Things Non-Creative People will Never Understand about Creative Friends

If you’re a creative person, as I have come to accept that I am, then maybe you’ve realized that your brain seems to work a little different than the rest of your friends & family.  My in-laws, for example, are very organized, very tidy, very disciplined people.  They are great at getting things done, finishing things on time, and organizing things.  Me? Not so much.  Oh sure, I can get stuff done when it comes to work, or getting my kids to their activities on time, but left with an entire day without any hard and fast deadlines, I’m pretty likely to drift aimlessly from one project to the next.

4 Things Non-Creative People Will Never Understand About Creative People


Ladies Only Blog Share: Perfectly Imperfect Party!

Ladies Only Blog Share

Welcome to the party!  This week’s theme is all about celebrating all the perfectly imperfect things in our lives, including ourselves!  As we were working to promote our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns we discovered something, we were not alone!  All of the moms around the world were celebrating our imperfection because they had found a sisterhood in it.  Each and every one of us is imperfect, we all fall down, we screw up, we meltdown!  The awesome part is, we get to try again tomorrow.

The truth is, if you think you know a perfect mom she’s probably hiding her imperfection better than the rest of us but she’s not any closer to perfect than you are!  She has forgotten to pick a kid up after practice, or totally botched a birthday party, or spilled the beans about Santa and the Easter Bunny!  So, link up your best post your own imperfection!  It can be new, or old, we don’t care we just want to celebrate your perfectly imperfect self! (more…)

Buttermilk Nutella Waffles

For months now my mom has been telling me she has been making pancakes using this buttermilk blend and how they’re the most delicious pancakes she’s ever had. Well, I’m pretty partial to pancakes and I’ve never really met one I didn’t like so I decided that I would try the stuff.  Only instead of trying the stuff I got the stuff and stuck it in the pantry and forgot about it.

Then I got a waffle iron for Christmas and the kids and I have had tons of fun experimenting with different types of waffle recipes.  We’ve made cinnamon sugar waffles, Belgium waffles, we’ve used regular old Bisquick mix, you name it.  Some we’ve loved, some we thought needed to go back to the drawing board.  Last weekend we decided to get really creative.  I suggested peanut butter waffles and the kids immediately raised the stakes and requested Nutella waffles.

They’re Nutella junkies so I was not all that surprised!

Buttermilk Nutella Waffles

I took a buttermilk recipe that I found on the website listed on the package for the buttermilk blend and modified it to work with the Nutella mixed in.  The results were DELICIOUS!  We made extra and put them in the freezer, the kids have been popping them in the toaster for breakfast all week long!

1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup SACO Cultured Buttermilk Blend
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup Nutella Spread

Before you start mixing the batter, turn your waffle iron in and let it get nice and hot so it’s ready when you have the batter ready!  The key to great waffles is having the waffle iron nice and hot before you add the first batch.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients except the Nutella.  Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture and mix until combined but do not overmix (you don’t want chewy waffles) when it’s combined add the Nutella.

Pour the batter into your waffle maker and let it cook until it stops steaming.

*Makes about Nine 6-inch waffles.

Guest Post: How To Help Your Kids Guard their Online Reputations While You Still Can

A few weeks ago I was reading an article online and was so taken by the author’s wisdom and no-nonsense style in writing about a topic I am extremely passionate about I took a leap and reached out to her asking if she would consider writing a post for my blog.  I was thrilled when she accepted!

As the mom of a teen and a tween who both spend a fair amount of time connected to their devices, as well as an online community and social media manager I know first hand how difficult and yet how important it is for parents to be involved, informed and on top of things.


Once upon a time, kids could be kids. They could do the silly things that kids do — make inappropriate comments, appear in and take ridiculous photos — and only their very close friends, and maybe their family, would be any the wiser. (more…)

What will my kids think when they see this?

There’s an old expression about not doing anything in public you wouldn’t want your parents to know about, people like to use it to keep teenagers in line and remind them that bad choices aren’t always kept secret.

As a blogger, and a social media professional, and a mother, I filter absolutely everything that I do on the Internet through the filter “What will my kids think when they see this?”.  The Internet is forever.  There’s no deleting a post, or a Facebook status, or a YouTube video that erases it.  It’s out there.   If you post something online that you don’t want someone specific to see, it’s pretty much guaranteed that one person will definitely see it. (Trust me, if that weren’t absolutely true I would have a LOT of stories to share about friends & family!)

What will my kids think when they see (more…)

No Mother is Perfect, But Every Mother is Unique!

No Mother Is Perfect, but Every Mother is Unique!

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’m not perfect as a mother, but I am the perfect mother for my children. I’ve started giving this mantra to my fellow moms when they’re having an “oh sh!t” kind of day.  You know the kind where you’re pretty sure you’ve done every single thing wrong from the moment the doctor cut the umbilical cord through now?  Yes, we all have those moments. Even those celebrities who love to give us advice.  Even those moms who look so put together at the school parties.  Even those moms who seem to have every thing together.  Even them.


Budget Friendly Family Recipes

15 Budget Friendly Family Recipes

I am so excited to share today’s post with all of you!  I have a list of 15 amazing, budget friendly family recipes you can make for your family tonight for dinner!  Some of these recipes are so amazing my mouth is watering just getting the post ready!  Beef Stroganoff!  Pork Chops!  Baked Ziti!  The list goes on & on!  I know what we’re having for dinner for at least the next 15 nights! (more…)

Ladies Only Blog Share: Spring-a-Link!

Welcome to this week’s Ladies Only Blog Share!  The calendar says it’s spring, even if the weather man hasn’t decided to get in on the act just yet!  Here in the Mid-West we’re alternating between teasing warm temps, and freak winter storms and tonight we’ve got our first Tornado Watch of the season.  Yay! (not)  Get your spring posts ready to link up, and get ready to find some new fabulous blogs to connect with.


If the days are getting longer, how come I still can’t finish my to-do list?

It’s spring, or so the calendar is telling us.  We’ve fiddled with the clocks and our days are getting longer.

Our days are getting longer.

What does that mean?

I still only have the same 24 hours in my day that I had in the dead of winter, how about you?  I still go to bed every night with half of my to-do list still hanging over my head.  I still wake up every morning thinking of how I have so much to do today!

Are the days longer? 'Cause I can't tell!


The Great Bra Evolution

The evolution of bras goes much like the rest of our life, first we’re dying to have them, then we hate them.  From training bras to granny bras, there’s definitely a timeline to this story.

The Great Bra Evolution

Like most girls I was eager for the day my mom said it was time to get my first bra.  It meant I was growing up, it meant I was finally getting BOOBS!  Boobs are a big deal when you don’t have them, especially if your friends do!  And my friends had them…big ones!  Meanwhile, I had zilch.  Mosquito bites! (more…)

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