Adopting an Adult Dog: Not Easy But Worth It

I grew up in a dog-less home as a freckle-faced, kitty-obsessed kid. I love most furry faces indiscriminately, but as an adult, I married a man that is allergic to cats. When I went to adopt my first dog, I preferred smaller breeds. I had small children and didn’t want the kids’ faces to be…

Shoulder or Back Pain? Consider Minimalizing your Purse!

Minimalizing your purse can provide relief from back and shoulder pain, as well as being unable to find your keys, phone, or a pen lost in the abyss of a big bag! Once the diaper bag was retired, however, I still felt the need to keep everything at the ready. In reality, I couldn’t find…

DIY nontoxic Goo Gone!

All this staying at home had me re-arranging my furniture pretty quickly. With laminate floors, my carpet would slip around or curl up on the edges, so I had stuck it down with some heavy duty carpet tape. It really is good stuff…it just leaves some pretty tacky residue if you want to move your…

Boot Upcycle Mother’s Day Gift (to Myself. hah!)

I’ve been doing crafts with things “normal” people would throw away for ever since I can remember. Little coffee straws would become Barbie toilet paper rolls (plus tissue strips), our military family’s moving boxes would become multilevel doll houses, and “Aim” toothpaste tubes would morph into bracelets with my nickname on them. That’s why it’s…

When ASD Kidnaps Family Fun

This isn’t a real chipper post. Skip it if you’re down. But I have a feeling I’m not the only parent feeling this way, so I thought I might as well post and perhaps someone will feel seen and know they’re not alone in surviving the emotional storms that parenting a child on the spectrum…

Managing Stress Well during Covid19 : My 5 Best Tips

I have a confession. I don’t naturally handle stress well. Some people seem to be able to roll with the punches, but as a highly sensitive person, I often sense tension and absorb it like a sponge. (And I can create plenty of tension myself through perfectionist black and white thinking–assuming things are “all bad”…

Chai Tea Latte Recipe

This is the Chai tea I’m always talking about in my Youtube videos (in particular, this one about motivation for moms and this one about spring cleaning/staying sane during social distancing). You can make it on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot!Chai tea Concentrate:  DIY Authentic Chai Tea Concentrate for Lattes3 qts boiling water…

DIY Granite/ Multi-Surface Cleaner Recipe

When we moved to a home with granite countertops, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a cleaner for them. I also wanted one cleaner that would work for many surfaces that I could just grab and feel confident it was safe enough for the kids to use, smelled good, and really…

Reaching 100 Subscribers: Celebrating my First Year as a YouTuber

Recently I hit the big first 100 subscriber mark. That may not seem big if you’re not a YouTuber yourself and have noticed Youtube channels with many thousands of subscribers, but trust me…the first 100 is an amazing mile-marker. It took me a year of trying to post weekly videos to get to this point….