The Real Spirit of the Holidays


I'll be honest, while I like a good deal as much as the next gal, the whole "Black Friday" craziness makes me faintly sick to my stomach.  So, here's a little antidote to all the overshopping madness.  I hope it gets your holiday season off to a great start!  Here's an adorable Christmas puppy just for you just to get you in the right … [Continue reading]

Fun and Funky Holiday Nail Designs

Fun and Funky Holiday Nail Designs - Check out some of the crazy things I do with my nails.

I don't know why I haven't thought to share this before - if you know me in real life, I am all about the fancy nail designs.  I am fortunate to have ridiculously strong nails that just grow like mad, so I figure I owe it to woman-kind to get some … [Continue reading]

My Son, the Eagle Scout

My son's Eagle Project - the Buddy Bench

If you remember this post from over the summer - "My son the almost-Eagle Scout", you'll know that I was really biting my nails over whether or not my son would complete his path to Eagle.  I'm happy to report that he finally got with the program and … [Continue reading]

Teach Your Child to Read!

Teach Your Child to Read!

Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, so I was pretty serious about my children learning how to read at an early age.  My stepson Ryan was in a Montessori school when my husband and I started dating, so he was an early reader in their program, but … [Continue reading]

Perfectionism Rears its UGLY Head

Perfectionism has a price. Are you willing to pay it? Is your family?

  I hear from a lot of women that they feel they are a "Perfectionist" and it’s said in smug sort of way that indicates they feel it to be an absolutely superior virtue. I’ve heard all the variations of it, my towels have to be folded a … [Continue reading]

Photo-Themed Christmas Gifts


I realize we are just a tiny bit early to be talking about Christmas.  BUT, it will be here before you know it, and when you are doing personalized gifts, it sometimes takes a bit longer. I know as a parent and a grandparent, all I want for … [Continue reading]

Are You Making these Cleaning Mistakes?

Are you making these cleaning MISTAKES? We all have lots of STUFF to do, so why waste time cleaning ineffectively?

Let's face it - cleaning is one of those things you can't avoid.  Like death and taxes.  We all have to clean up the house at some point.  But it's just smart to do your cleaning as quickly and efficiently as you can, so you can get onto more fun … [Continue reading]

Peter Walsh on Thanksgiving Cleanup

Organizational Expert shares his very special tips on thanksgiving cleanup.

I was watching TV on my lunch hour the other day and I happened to catch Peter Walsh on Rachael Ray.  I jotted down a few notes thinking you might enjoy some of the great tips he was sharing.  I love Peter - I use his books as a reference for my … [Continue reading]

Genius Products – For DOGS

This is a collection of must-have items for people who really love their pets.

A while back I did a post about Genius Products I've found for cats.  Well, my conscience has been bothering me a bit since I also am a dog lover, and there are tons of great products out there for dogs as well.  So, when Nina from Dogs by Nina asked … [Continue reading]

6 Things NOT to Do on a Cruise

6 things you don't want to do on a Cruise, unless you want to be the MOST disliked passenger on the ship!

We've been on several cruises now and we've met some really terrific people onboard the ships.  However, there are a few people who are memorable for all the wrong reasons.  So, just for giggles, I came up with a few ideas for rules I'd love to post … [Continue reading]

Unique Non-Tech Gift Ideas

Fabulous non-tech gift ideas. These dot-to-dot and coloring books make for some awesome and interesting gifts for adults or teens that can sometimes be a tough to choose gifts for.

OK, now that Halloween is past, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays.  This is something I've purchased for my own family and it was a big hit.  That doesn't happen all that often, but in this case, my sons both liked theirs enough … [Continue reading]

Sign up for the Pinners Conference

Come to the Pinners Conference with me.

OK, this is one of my rare posts for my local peeps.  If you know me, you know that I am a serious blog conference junkie.  I've been to nearly a dozen of them - so far.  Every time I go to one, I learn a ton of stuff, and meet a bunch of great new … [Continue reading]

Why I WON’T Use Homemade Laundry Soap

I will NOT use home made laundry soap, and here's why. @AdriansCrazyLif

I have seen SO many posts over the years about saving money by making your own laundry soap.  I think it's a good idea, in theory.  However, I learned a tough lesson about this more than 25 years ago.  My mother-in-law found some laundry soap that … [Continue reading]

How to Eliminate Magazine Clutter

Going on a Magazine Fast to Eliminate Clutter

America has a huge love affair with magazines.  There are thousands of magazines created every month for everything from knitting to golf and every other hobby or interest imaginable.  Most people have at least 5 to 7 magazine subscriptions every … [Continue reading]

Skinny Eating Tricks Series – #5 School Cafeteria Tips

Skinny Eating Tricks Series - #5 School Cafeteria

This is part three of my new Skinny Eating Tricks series.  I'm writing these to help you, but they are also helping me too.  I’ve always struggled with my weight and I am simply flabbergasted at some of these tips I have learned from an amazing book … [Continue reading]