Pinterest … guilt much?

After searching Pinterest for yet another project I will never complete … I have decided that Pinterest must be a beautiful, shiny front for the anti-mom-fia, a secret organization whose goal is to make moms feel guilty by:

– encouraging judgement of the un-themed birthday party,
– whispering “You’ll never be THIS good” a minimum of fifty thousand times as it recommends parenting advice.
– doing an evil laugh while the desperate mom searches “What can I force my picky kid to eat without child protective services getting involved”, then purposefully returning pin after pin of toddler lunches perfectly sculpted into edible Montessori toys.

Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s a way out of this anti-Mom-fia … because the minute your kid smears nutella into their nicest clothes right BEFORE the annual family photoshoot, you’ll be back, begging for the assistance and knowledge that only the Pinterest Anti-Mom-fia can provide. Trust me … I’ve tried to leave, and all I have to show for it is 20,782 Pins.


The Dumpster

Celebrating National Novel Writer’s Month for fun … maybe when I grow up I’ll be an author, but for Today … having fun with a writing prompt … a scene from a real life experience from today 😳


The old man’s eyes darkened as they pulled up to the dumpster next to his small white pickup truck. As they hopped out of their jeep, Sunny watched as the man used both his gloved hands to heave a dripping black trash bag over the dumpster’s edge. The bag fell, landing a second later with a heavy thump. 

His eyes met hers, and a shudder ran through her spine. Sunny quickly turned away, and began unloading the Jeep’s trailer, tossing a rusted, broken bike into the dumpster below. Suddenly, a breeze picked up, blowing from the direction of the old man, accompanied by a strong, rotting stench. 

Brayden lifted a heavy metal shelf from the trailer, and as he turned towards the dumpster, he joked softly to Sunny: “Wow, That seriously stinks! What do you think that guy is throwing away? A body?!” Brayden winked at her, then laughed, tossing the shelf over the edge with a clang. 

Sunny glanced nervously back towards the man and his truck, watching as he worked to lift one last black trash into the dumpster. His gloves looked new, but were already stained with rusty brown splotches from the dripping bags. His face was twisted at the stench that seemed to be coming from the bed of his truck. 

She watched as he finished, but before she could look away, the man turned directly towards her. His eyes found hers, and narrowed, his jaw tightening while he stared back at her. Abruptly, he spun around and jumped into his truck, kicking rocks up as he sped away, down the dirt road.


MomHack – Hair Bands

3 daughters + long hair … I use a lot of the little plastic rubber bands, and they always drive me crazy – if the storage container spills, I’m picking up hundreds of rubber bands off the floor. Finally came up with this solution, and it works even better than I’d hoped!


Youth Theme 2016 {Free Printable!}

Our church has a yearly theme for the youth – this year’s theme is taken from a scripture from the Book of Mormon:

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life”    ~ 2 Nephi 31:20 ~

Isn’t that video awesome?!  You can download the music for *FREE* HERE!

I wanted something I could print and use for my kids to see and remember this message on a daily basis …


I’m sharing these sizes FREE FOR PERSONAL USE – download, print, and use in your home, or for church!  For larger sizes, check my Etsy Store.





Have a lovely day!

Girls Camp FREEBIES :)


Our church {The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints} has a “young women” program – basically Youth Group – for girls ages 12-18.  One of the big adventure we would have was Summer Girls Camp … a week of roughing it, camping, learning outdoor skills, being close to nature, and learning gospel principles while away from all the chaos of the world.  It was always a big highlight of my summers, and I was so excited when my daughter was invited to participate this year (She’s barely shy of 12).

Girls Camp circa 1995 🙂

In addition to bunkmates, year groups, friends, etc, we also would often do “Secret Sisters” – we’d each be assigned another girl to give little notes, treats, and service to throughout the week of camp.  My daughter had some really fun ideas for her Secret Sister, and I helped design her ideas into easy printables that look cute!

They print off as 4×6 photos, so we actually just had them printed at a local lab, and taped them to to corresponding goodie.

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Gummy Bears {Camp would be unBEARable without you}

Pair of fun socks {Hope Camp knocks your socks off}

Lifesavers {Luke 9:24}

Mini Flashlight {Teach me to walk in the light of His love}

Bubbles {Girls Camp is like bubbles, it can really lift you up}

Smarties Candy {Be a Smartie, remember to read your scriptures}

Chapstick {Poem about speaking kind words}

Glow Stick {Thanks for letting your testimony GLOW this week}

“Extra” brand gum {The difference between ordinary and EXTRAordinary is the little bit of extra}

Star themed gift (We got a light up star necklace) {Lyrics to “I am like a STAR shining brightly”}


TO DOWNLOAD THESE PRINTABLES, CLICK HERE, and use password: “Secret Sisters”


***These printables are for PERSONAL USE only.  Do not redistribute, sell, edit, or use for any commercial use***

Georgia Adventures {Babyland General Hospital: Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids}

Yesterday morning, we headed to Cleveland Georgia.  We’ve been to and through Cleveland a bunch, since its on our way to visit family, and the sister missionaries from our church live in Cleveland.  We’d driven past the Babyland General Hospital twice before, but they were always closed (they close daily at 5pm).  We planned ahead, and this morning was all about Cabbage Patch Kids …

smlIMG_4397There used to be a different Babyland, this new “plantation” looking place just opened in the past couple years.  When I was a kid, it looked more like this:

Babyland_General_Hospital_(447680534)I hope my mom can find MY babyland pictures … circa 1985, from when we lived in Atlanta!  It was fun to think of taking my 3 girls there.  For the record, I invited my son (13), and husband, but both of them were suddenly “VERY busy” with other things and couldn’t come along 😉

We pulled up to Babyland, and my moody 3 year old started to whine.  She was scared of the large white cabbage statues with faces inside.  My older two girls (9&11) thought it was funny, so posed for a picture with a “less creepy cabbage face”.

smlIMG_4400My 3 year old’s experience didn’t get much better as we went inside.  I thought the vintage doll displays were cute, but the minute my 3 year old saw one of the giant, soft-faced nurse dolls, she freaked out.  Like screaming and sobbing like someone was trying to kill her.  It would have been funny if she wasn’t so panicked and entering hysteria while running blindly towards the door, tripping on stuff.  The other guests and staff all just stared, looking concerned and horrified.  Sorry Y’all … she’s three, ’nuff said.

When we got there, we were told that mother cabbage was getting close to delivery, but with SweetPea’s melt-down, we missed the “birth”, and a “nurse” assured us that there would be another one soon.

Basically, there’s cute picture opportunities in the entrance, then you walk through a little hallway, and can look in the windows of “hospital rooms” and see a variety of CPKs from over the years.  Once you are through the hallway, it opens up to a very large open area of store, with “mother cabbage” at the back center, and dolls and toys all over the place.  There are unpackaged dolls everywhere, which start at $59.  They are cute, but I couldn’t afford to spend $200 that day, with my 3 girls.  I told them if they wanted a special CPK, I would bring them back on a special mom-date to buy one at that point.  I did tell them they could get something “smaller”, since I wasn’t wanting to spend more than about $80 this time, for all three of them.

smlIMG_4425We wandered the store, with me carrying SweetPea.  Anytime I tried to set her down to walk, she would see something that made her panic, like the mechanically moving dolls/cabbage heads around the place.  We wandered the whole place, and finally, by the very back, next to the exit, is a second of cheaper packaged dolls.  They are similar to what you’d find at a toy store, but they are HERE at Babyland, so create that memory …

My oldest found HER doll very quickly.

smlIMG_4476Meet Baby Riley, a cute CPK who came with a blankie, binkie, and bottle.   She had hair bows, a little romper, socks, and “OH MY GOSH MOM, SHE HAS A REAL DIAPER, JUST LITTLE”!

It took a bit longer for my 9 year old, who preferred a stuffed animal, but I told her that if she was going to buy something THERE, it needed to be cabbage-patch themed (mean mom!).  She finally found one she liked, the same “package” as her sister, but with a little bald baby named “Sunday”


SweetPea almost didn’t get anything.  She was so anxious and cranky that she was scared of everything.  I’d show her a doll, and she would run away from it.  She insisted that she wanted one, but wouldn’t touch any of them.

After a good 25 minutes, she found one she said she wanted.  She even carried the box for 5 feet, before dropping it, and screaming.  She thought its mouth was scary.  I thought my patience level was getting scary.

It took another 10 minutes before she found “Annie”.  Annie had beautiful almond eyes, pink packaging and outfit, and a blue boy’s birth certificate (Antony). I tried to show her other dolls, but THIS was her doll.  So I asked if it should be named “Ann” or “Toni”, and was told “Annie”.  Thank GOODNESS we could finally PAY for these “babies”.  smlIMG_4462smlIMG_4471

We paid, and asked how long it typically was for “mother cabbage to give birth”, since it had already been an hour.  “No one knows, but I think she’s close to 6 leaves dilated?” We unpackaged the dolls, with the help of the sales clerk, her pair of scissors, and her knowledge of “open the box from the BOTTOM, its so much easier!” (It was!)  By that point, “Mother Cabbage” was 8 leaves dilated, so we found a spot among the crowd, and sat ourselves down for the unique “Live-Cabbage” birth.

It was a silly experience, entertaining, and took about 10 minutes.  After that, we were all DONE with the experience, and headed out.  The whole experience was about an hour and a half.

My favorite part was when we were leaving, and the girls sat on the bench outside for a photo:


Overall, I think it was a successful memory-making experience!  The girls ALL have toted their dolls around non-stop, and SweetPea takes her baby with her to take naps ❤


Its fun to compare my 1985 Cabbage Patch Kid with these ones my girls got!  They also found a CPK doll SweetPea had lost interest in last year, and are giving love to “Princess Tutu” again.


{L-R Annie, Jean, Riley, Sunday, & Princess Tutu}