Field Trip Friday: A world of Hard Rock, Discovery, and very colorful parking

Field Trip Friday Port DIscovery

It start with a Living Social deal posted by my friend Cara. Super discounted tickets to the local children’s museum, Port Discovery, in downtown Baltimore or a greatly reduced membership rate. In the back of my mind, I heard Evan last summer ask repeatedly to go to Port Discovery, which we did. A few times. […]

5 Sports for Kids Who Don’t Like Sports

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If video games were a sport, I’m pretty sure my 7 year old son would already be on a varsity team somewhere being eyed up by major colleges in preparation for a career in the big leagues. But alas, video gaming is not really considered a sport. And I can’t base my retirement on my […]

A Day at the UTZ Potato Chip Factory


As summer is approaching, I’ll soon be managing my days alongside a 7 year old child wondering what he can do all day (besides play video games and watch TV). It’s especially hard when I’ve got work to do and all my work involves screen time. When I was better at managing life a few years […]

Getting Your Kids to Talk at the Table

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From the moment my son learned to form words, he has literally never. shut. up. I’m not complaining. I’m a talker. I come from a family of talkers. I’m also a nervous talker. When it’s quiet, I feel the need to fill up the silence, which I find really odd because when I’m alone, I […]

What’s Funnier – Cats or Wine? #RefreshYourFunny

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You know what I love? Wine. You know what I don’t love? Too much wine. Or wine as a necessity. Or wine as a crutch. You know what I’m starting to become even more aware of? Wine as a punchline. I’m as guilty as any mom or parent of having a very long day and saying in […]

Who Creates a Child’s World? {Giveaway}

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The age old question of parenting and child-rearing comes down to nature vs. nurture. Is a child simply a product of their environment or can you take a child out of the environment and change the course of their life? Of course, the question is rhetorical but I’ve always been fascinated by studies of twins […]

Finding Fault and Talking About It


“The kids called me fat again,” said my beautiful little boy as he stood before me. His mouth was turned down and his eyes were watering. “Do you want me to go talk to them?” I asked. The lioness in me already had her claws out but this was his decision. He nodded. “Do you want to […]

It’s Getting Crafty All Up in Here #DisneySide


You know those people that say Oh yeah. That post is super popular. It’s been pinned, like, 30,000 times? I’m not one of those people. I mean, I cook but it’s not really blogworthy. And my crafting skills happen about once a year. I’ve learned my way around a glue gun but I don’t need to […]

It’s All Fun and Games at a #DisneySide Party


Here’s one thing I’ve learned about entertaining at my house. If you’ve got grown-ups in attendance, give them some grown-up drinks and they’ll be happy. If you’ve got kids in attendance, set VERY CLEAR BOUNDARIES in the house and pack up the breakables. If you’ve got families in attendance, it takes a little more work. […]

Surviving the Post-Olympics Letdown


The Winter Games are by far my favorite sports on television. Forget the Superbowl or World Series or Stanley Cup or whatever you call the big game ender for basketball. I prefer things like skiing and skating and, yes, even curling. We haven’t been that involved in major television events since we moved almost two […]

History Gets Personal

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Can I tell you something? Growing up, I absolutely hated history. Detested it. In fact, I have distinct memories of traveling to Colonial Williamsburg as part of our family vacation and my memories are in black and white. I can remember asking my history teacher in high school why he would choose history as his life’s work. He […]