Gratitude/ Family Updates November 2021

November 27, 2021 My heart is just so full. The last four weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions and although there is some uncertainty still as I write this, I know we have so much to be grateful this year. I thought this would be a perfect time to count some of our blessingsContinue reading “Gratitude/ Family Updates November 2021”

I passed my aPHR exam!

July 24, 2021 When I first posted I had signed up to take classes for my APHR, I received questions from a couple of people who had been interested in obtaining the same certification. Well, I have officially passed my exam and received my certification! 🙂 So, I thought I would take some time toContinue reading “I passed my aPHR exam!”

To the 18 year old girl I used to know

Dear 18 year old girl I used to know,      Honey, I know if you’re reading this your world probably feels a little upside down right now. It doesn’t seem like it at the moment, but IT WILL BE OKAY. I know because I’ve been there. I remember it so vividly. Every feeling, every emotion,Continue reading “To the 18 year old girl I used to know”

Our $9,000 Wedding – How we did it & why we don’t regret it!

To Infinity & Beyond!         My husband and I got married October 3, 2015… & we spent six months leading up to the big day – DIYing our little hearts out. When you’re planning a wedding, you tend to get a lot of guilting comments about what people spend on weddings these days. “You could putContinue reading “Our $9,000 Wedding – How we did it & why we don’t regret it!”

8th Grade promotion/ Our first “podcast”

These pictures from Cameron’s kindergarten graduation showed up on my FB memories last week <3 Now.. here we are celebrating his 8th grade promotion! Oh my goodness.. be still my heart! <3 I thought it would be fun to do this little “interview” with him before he starts high school and see how the answersContinue reading “8th Grade promotion/ Our first “podcast””

Favorite Cleaning Tips & Products

As someone who works full time (and usually more-than-full-time), while also trying to balance being a mother, and wife – I struggle to have large blocks of time to focus on cleaning our home. I know there are plenty of others out there struggling with the same dilemma, so I thought it might be helpfulContinue reading “Favorite Cleaning Tips & Products”

Norden academy – 7th grade remote learning

During the first school shutdown in 2020, Cameron was required to do two “family science projects” per week for the last quarter of the year. Home Science Tools was an excellent way for us to easily have ideas and supplies at our fingertips. They had quick delivery and the kits included everything we needed, thenContinue reading “Norden academy – 7th grade remote learning”

Miracle on 1st Ave

  In July 2013, Kris proposed! We were so happy, and so excited but then as life does, it took a turn we weren’t expecting. September 6, 2013 my then-fiancé – was involved in a motorcycle accident. He had actually just left my office and was headed home. He was at the intersection before our neighborhood making a left handContinue reading “Miracle on 1st Ave”

Running for office (6th grade edition)

Let me start off by saying, I HATE public speaking. I always have, and here I am – 30 years old – and I still hate it! I remember sitting in elementary school and our teachers would have us read aloud. I would literally start counting the sentences to figure out what part I wasContinue reading “Running for office (6th grade edition)”

Marching to the beat of his own drum… literally!

Cameron recently decided he wanted to try taking drum lessons, and he has been LOVING IT! He seems to a be a natural, and it is my favorite part of every week to see him light up! Cameron didn’t know this when he chose his instrument but I could’t wait to show him pictures ofContinue reading “Marching to the beat of his own drum… literally!”

My Everyday Make-up

Foundation – Liquid Foundation – Powder Foundation Brush (mine could use a bath 😉 .. haha) Eco tools – brushes & blender sponge Jaclyn Hill’s first pallet Milani eyeshadow (love this one for the brow area) MAC – Aladdin theme eyeshadow Urban Decay eyeshadow (I couldn’t find the link to the exact one I amContinue reading “My Everyday Make-up”

10 Things 2020 Taught Me

Something I do every year around New Years’ is sit down and reflect on what the last 12 months taught me. It is fair to say that 2020 was a year unlike any other. I love to think back on what I learned, who I became, and the lessons learned each year. And let meContinue reading “10 Things 2020 Taught Me”

F Minus in Motherhood

This one goes out to the moms who have been feeling like they’ve earned themselves an F- in motherhood lately. I see you. I get you. We’re in this together! It’s been awhile since I’ve written. I don’t really know why. I suppose, maybe a little case of “lack of inspiration”? I try so hardContinue reading “F Minus in Motherhood”

Celebrating Small Victories (An Open Letter to My Son)

As I was watching Atypical, it came to a scene where the teenage boy was upset because of terrible things his peers wrote around his picture in his yearbook. He went to the only place he knew he would feel better, until his parents and sister found him. When his mom got there she toldContinue reading “Celebrating Small Victories (An Open Letter to My Son)”

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Yesterday I decided to take a drive to “Magee Lookout“. I have no idea if anyone else in Tucson actually calls it that, or if that was just something we called it when we were in high school.  I think some people called it “make out point” for awhile too. Anyways, it is basically aContinue reading “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”

Where is home?

When I was born we lived on a street called Positano, on the Northwest side of Tucson.  My parents were renting the home at the time. My mom has always told stories about her fears of me someday accidentally going down that steep driveway in my walker (but thankfully, it never really happened, haha). OtherContinue reading “Where is home?”

Breaking up with self doubt

Self doubt. We all have it, right? We start having it when we are children but it is probably one of the harder things to “grow out of”. The fear we can’t do something, or we won’t be good at it, or simply just won’t be good enough. Let’s think about that for a minuteContinue reading “Breaking up with self doubt”

Atelophobia. The fear of imperfection.

It sucks, doesn’t it? Feeling like you’re not good enough. I’ve been there.  Hell, I am there! Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe in yourself and stop letting fear get in the way. Sometimes, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel so you end up becoming your own obstacle. However,Continue reading “Atelophobia. The fear of imperfection.”

Making quilts for kids & believing in the good in people

Have you ever heard about the idea that when you dream of someone who has passed away, that it means they are visiting you? I’m not someone who dreams on a regular basis (or if I do, I forget about it as soon as I wake up). However, in the last few weeks it hasContinue reading “Making quilts for kids & believing in the good in people”

Tribute To A Beautiful Woman

Roughly six months ago my Grandmother was moved into a nursing home. Grandma Knight no longer knew who most of us were by name or even how we were related, but did seem to understand she does know us somehow.  Sidenote: When I was 17 years old my Great-Grandmother Roberts had Alzheimer’s and was also in a nursingContinue reading “Tribute To A Beautiful Woman”

In Loving Memory – Charlie B

Charlie.. B.. Blaine a Muffin.. It’s hard to believe Saturday will mark 9 years since you’ve been gone. I remember the day of the accident.  My mom called and said there was an accident and asked if I heard from you. I called and texted you all morning. Even left a voicemail asking you toContinue reading “In Loving Memory – Charlie B”

The story behind my blog name

I thought about what I was going to name my blog for a long time. By long time, I mean a well over a year.  I just couldn’t seem to come up with anything I could commit to and love for any length of time. (This is the same reason I haven’t gotten my firstContinue reading “The story behind my blog name”

Santa Claus is coming to town!

      It’s that time of year again! Christmas-time! My favorite time! It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I saw a meme a few weeks ago that said “my favorite color is Christmas lights“. I am pretty sure it was made with me in mind. I LOVE Christmas lights. They areContinue reading “Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Kids, electronics, & a little bit of momsense

I have found there seems to be TONS and TONS of articles about why people do not let their kids use electronics and about how terrible they are for kids. I represent what seems to be the smaller percentage of parents (or at least the ones who aren’t afraid to admit) that lets my kidContinue reading “Kids, electronics, & a little bit of momsense”

If money had no meaning…

Kids feel such genuine joy over the little things in life like blowing bubbles, playing with a stick for hours on end, or making mud pies. As I get older, the harder it seems to be to find such joy for the little things. Kids are truly inspiring.  My son inspires me everyday to striveContinue reading “If money had no meaning…”

10 thoughts I had while helping my son with his school project on 70s fashion

Cameron had to complete a poster board about fashion in the 70s. While I was helping him, these were some of the thoughts I had. Has anyone else felt this way? 1. Does anyone else help their kids with their homework? They say you shouldn’t help.. but how else is this ever going to getContinue reading “10 thoughts I had while helping my son with his school project on 70s fashion”

Cameron’s Book Report – Newspaper Style

Cameron has monthly book reports. Each month he is given a theme and has to choose one of the options in his packet for projects. This month was mystery/horror theme and he decided to go with the news article project. He had to write a report as though it was a front page news article.Continue reading “Cameron’s Book Report – Newspaper Style”

Cameron’s Corner – 8/2018

Mod Forest Burns Down – Written by: Cameron, August 2018.  Inspired by: Minecraft. I woke up with my orange covers wrapped around me and the sun made them hotter and tighter then they were already there and when I woke up in my room with my orange bed my dog Lucy was still sleeping curled upContinue reading “Cameron’s Corner – 8/2018”

An Open Letter to My Best Friend

  From the time I was in 5th grade, you have always been there. You have always tried to steer me in the right path, and made yourself available even when you couldn’t be here physically. Even though we can’t always be together (because, well..life) – you have never “left” my side. You have always goneContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Best Friend”

July 2018 Summer Family Fun Ideas

Are you looking for some simple and cheap family fun ideas for summer? Follow these four easy steps! Download the free printable below Switch your print settings to “landscape” – and print it out. Hang on your fridge. Enjoy something to do with the kids each day to help bust the boredom blues. 🙂 NeedContinue reading “July 2018 Summer Family Fun Ideas”

5th Grade Design a Board Game Project

If you are anything like myself & my husband – when your kid brings home a school project – you know you yourself also have a project to do. Between book reports, research papers, science fair projects, and whatever else comes in – there’s always a lot of work to do – and it takesContinue reading “5th Grade Design a Board Game Project”

Allowance & Chores for kids 

Over the years I have tried to implement all sorts of chore charts for my son. Unfortunately, nothing has worked. Im mostly to blame for that for not being as consistent as I should have been about staying on top of it. However, we have started a new system in our house and so farContinue reading “Allowance & Chores for kids “

2017, out with the negative- in with the positive!

          Well it is almost 2017! As clique as it sounds –this year flew by! All of the memes are flooding the internet now about how 2016 was such a terrible year or about how 2017 is going to be “your year!” My favorite so far was the one that made the joke that wasContinue reading “2017, out with the negative- in with the positive!”

Shooting up to avoid getting high

You are probably thinking “why the hell is this crazy lady talking about doing drugs?!”. Well, rest assured – I’m not. Not the drugs you are thinking of anyway. I am talking about something near and dear to my heart – type one diabetes. Now you are probably thinking “Oh that has nothing to doContinue reading “Shooting up to avoid getting high”