Easy No-Sew Pet Holiday Stocking – #ClausAndPaws

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What is your favorite holiday?   Christmas is by far my favorite.

I love the holiday season because it’s filled with so many special traditions that make the time of year magical, memorable and fun!

Even our dog Bailey gets into the Christmas spirit. She loves when there are lots of people around and visiting because they always take time to pat her head, rub her belly or sneak her a little table snack! And she’s always sure to find her stocking filled with dog treats, toys and other surprises from both Santa and us.

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Random Ramblings

THM-RandomRamblings-LogoThis is not your typical blog post today.  I’ve had lots of little bits going on in my mind this week, so much to share, but so little time to write.  So, I’ve strung them all together for a new monthly series featuring “Random Ramblings.”


The New York Times recently featured an article based on a new Pew Research Center survey that “revealed” working parents are stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or hobbies.

While I found the article an interesting read, it wasn’t anything that I or any other parent (working or not working, quite honestly) didn’t already know.  Work/life balance is a constant juggling act, and it is hard to ever achieve perfect balance.

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My Purse Essentials #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife

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 My friends often joke that I’m the lady with the “magical” purse.

All you have to do ask for a particular item, reach into my big bag of tricks and viola, there you have it!

Need a pen? What about a piece of paper? How about a tissue to wipe your nose? What about a safety-pin to fix your pants? How about a stain remover pen to take that mark from lunch off your shirt? Need a flashlight? A pair of tweezers? A bottle opener? Want a puzzle to do or a magazine to read while waiting for an appointment?

Yep, I’ve got all that and a whole lot more in there…..

There once was a span of time that whenever I reached into my purse for anything I would pull out either a lollipop or a Matchbox car – much to the delight of children everywhere.

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5 Things You Need To Know About…Home Fire Safety (Fire Prevention Week)

rp_THM_FirePrevention-300x168.jpgDid you know that a home fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2014 public fire departments responded to about 1.3 million fires, and resulting in $11.6 billion in property damage, 15,775 injuries and unfortunately 3,275 deaths.

Since it’s National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), this edition of “5 Things You Need to Know” is devoted to tips to help keep you and your family safe if your home is ever involved in a fire.

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Blasting Off With NASA At Kennedy Space Center #AlwaysExploring

THM-NASA-AlwaysExploringWhen I would tell friends that we were going on a family vacation to Orlando, they’d automatically ask me “Disney or Universal?”

Now while a resort park was on our agenda (we did Disney!), we also  tacked on a few days at the start of our trip to do a little exploring of Florida’s Atlantic coastline.

We wound up spending two nights in Cocoa Beach, famous as the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie – but much to the disappointment of my pop culture heart, there is no actual home of Major Nelson to go see!  Anyway, Cocoa Beach has lovely beaches and lots of great fishing, and it was also the perfect location for us to go and check out NASA over at Kennedy Space Center.

What person – child or adult – hasn’t been fascinated by astronauts, rockets and space?

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5 Things You Need to Know About…Head Lice

Kids are back in school, and iTHM-5ThingsKnowAbout-Licet might have them scratching their heads in class, but for all the wrong reasons.

Head lice is common in school settings.  Lice are six-legged parasites about the size of a sesame seed that live on the human head. They  lay eggs called nits, that glue onto hairs near the scalp particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head.

Typical symptoms of head lice include the tickling feeling of something moving in the hair; itching, caused by an allergic reaction to lice bites; irritability and difficultly sleeping (head lice apparently are most active in the dark) and sores on the head caused by scratching.

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The Ultimate After-School Treat – Go Packs! Cookie Lasagna #SnackAndGo

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Growing up my favorite after-school snack was cookies.  The first thing I’d ask my mom for when I came home was for some cookies along with a tall glass of milk. Though I would eat  any type of cookie she gave me, I was always partial to chocolate chip ones! I’d sit at the kitchen table, eat my snack and tell my mom all about my day.

Fast forward a few decades and now I’m raising two children of my own. Just like their mom, my kids love to have an after-school snack too!

I’m lucky that I have a job that allows me to work from home one day a week, so I’m able to pick my kids up from school and spend some quality time with them.

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Doing Battle With the Evil Forces of Hunger. Who Will Save the Day? #MARVELSnackBar

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Imagine the scene as our story begins…

A nice, quiet tree-lined street in a small town. It could be anywhere USA. In the foreground is a red-brick elementary school.


It’s a beautiful and sunny weekday afternoon, just around 3 o’clock. Moms and dads have gathered on the blacktop immediately outside the school. We see the parents chatting peacefully with one another about homework assignments, after school activities, play dates, sports and even weekend plans. Things are eerily calm and quiet until the school bell rings…and all heck breaks loose!Continue reading ⇒

The Life of A Sports Mom – #FuelTheirAdventures With Dannon® Danimals® (Straw Sports Printable)


We’re a little over a week into September and I think we are finally starting to get the hang of our new fall routine of school, after school activities and sports practices/games.

In the past, our weekends were pretty open and free of any scheduled events, but this year my son is playing soccer and my daughter doing both soccer and cheerleading so our Saturdays and Sundays are now spent traveling from one athletic field to another and rooting for our children’s teams!

My daughter’s schedule is the roughest. On Saturdays she has to be at the soccer field in full gear – complete with shin guards and cleats – by 9 am and after practice and a mini-game she has just enough time for a quick change into her cheerleading uniform and get to the next field in order to cheer on our town’s flag football team.


It’s no wonder with all that physical activity that she’ll come running over to me and tell me she’s hungry!  Like any sports mom, I try to have some good snacks on hand for her, especially since she doesn’t have the time to sit down to eat a formal meal.THM-Dannon-Danimals-FuelTheirAdventures-Sports-OntheGo

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Kid Lit: Potty Humor

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about kid humor AKA potty humor.   If your children are like mine, they love to laugh and have an innate sense of humor. Stories with poop, farts, burps, stink, stank or a description of some other weird bodily function is mentioned are always sure favorites with children and are guaranteed to bring on the giggles.

Now potty humor books might not be a parent’s first choice when it comes to reading material for young children, but it usually is a sure bet when children are picking out their own books to read. Some parents may snub their nose at this month’s column and some libraries have even banned some of these books, but personally I think these books are good, clean and clever fun aimed at getting children to enjoy to read and isn’t that the whole purpose of books – to actually enjoy reading?

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