Today was our first official snowy day of the season (with more than a dusting of snow I mean) and since the kids finally have new boots (that fit!), they were able to go out and play in it. I don’t mind the snow much myself (I rather enjoy shoveling. Shhh. Don’t tell Jody that.), but the 23 degrees for a high is a little too cold for my comfort. Not theirs though. They didn’t mind at all. :) FYI: my blog was down for several hours last night and into the morning and, as a result of several restores, there may be some “Hello,Read More →

Tomorrow morning is day 1 of our two-week vacation to Michigan. For the most part we’ll be staying with my parents in Oscoda which is very near the Au Sable River and Lake Huron (yes, we’ll be doing plenty of swimming), but we’re also taking a few days to go to Mackinac Island (pronounced Mack-ih-naw) where we’ll stay at Mission Point Resort. (Those of you who’ve seen the movie “Somewhere in Time” with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour may remember that the movie took place primarily at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.) I spent a week every summer on the Island from sixth toRead More →

I’m excited to tell you about a new green blog in town. 5 Minutes for Going Green, a sister site of 5 Minutes for Mom and managed by the amazing Arianne, launched last week! Going green is not a destination–it’s a journey. Together we can do a little bit each day to sustain our planet and clean up our lives, because even a small change can make a big difference. Our world is a gift, and taking care of it can be fun, fulfilling and easier than ever. No matter where you are at in life, or in this journey, green looks good on everyone.Read More →

Edited to add: I’ve received more responses than I thought I would and will have no problem filling two weeks’ worth of vacation. So thank you all for your replies, but I’m not going to be accepting any more guest bloggers at this time (though I may do this again in the future). I will be getting in touch with everyone who emailed me to let them know if/when I can use their post. Thank you! The fam and I are going on vacation for two weeks at the end of July/beginning of August and rather than try to kill myself blogging in advance orRead More →

Hey mamas! There’s a new blog in town and I think you should check it out. API Speaks – The voice for gentle parents everywhere launched last week with it’s inaugural post and has been turning out excellent content ever since. API Speaks is written by a group of very talented people who all have one thing in common – they practice Attachment Parenting and will be discussing their personal experiences and journeys in AP on the blog. You might notice some familiar bloggers’ faces/names there and discover some new ones as well. More names will be added to the contributor list in the weeksRead More →

Just a reminder that my Pay It Forward (PIF) – Reader Appreciation post is still open for comments. Please take a look and if you are a regular commenter, leave me a comment there if you want to be considered for some fun PIF gifts from me. You just need to promise to host a PIF on your own blog. I’m closing it to comments after Friday, April 25, so I can pick some names and get goodies mailed out. Thank you all for being such fabulous readers! :) Also, I have a big Earth-Mother’s Day giveaway in the works to celebrate both Earth DayRead More →