February 3rd, 2010

To the few hundred of you following by email subscription, I’ve finally worked out the kinks…I hope. You’ll now see ONE email go out on Fridays with that week’s blog posts. Now I did pick Friday just to “wrap up” the week, but I’m open to suggestions for better days that work for you. When do you spend the most time flipping through email and surfing the web? Would the weekend be better even? Oh and if you haven’t done so already, you can subscribe by entering your name and email under the “subscribe” box. (“Thank you captain obvious?” Well, just saying…) Would love to hear your thoughts!  Read More →

January 27th, 2010

You may have noticed we’ve gotten into a better habit of keeping up with the blog here. After a rough summer and lack of ideas, we’re finally back in full swing. However, to avoid flooding those subscribed by email with mail, the way we broadcast has changed. Well, and also just in case the posts begin to drop off again you won’t go months without seeing posts (our apologies for the “where to find christmas gifts” email last week when that post was a full month ago!). Now we’ve changed it so notifications to updates on the blog go out on Fridays, regardless of how many posts there are. If you haven’t signed up to our newsletter just yet, feel free to do so at the top of this page (in the “subscribe” box there in the navigation). We try our hardest to only post useful information such as... 

January 21st, 2010

I have finally joined the rest of the world and set myself up a Twitter account. No one ever said I was the IT girl that had everything before all my friends. Seems the same is true for online stuff. And no, I’m still not on Facebook. Who else is Twitter? How do you like it? Do you find anything interesting? Feedback welcome.  Read More →

August 24th, 2009

If you haven’t noticed, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted much of anything. Over the summer we lost a very close loved one on top of your normal summer craziness. Needless to say, this blog wasn’t at the top of the list. However, with today being the first day of school, I’ve officially reclaimed the house and much needed quiet time to think, reflect, and write.  What you’ll see in the next few months I hope to be more recipes, ideas for craft projects, and maybe a little of my ramblings (although I promise to keep these to a minimum!). If there’s anything else you’d like to see more of around here, let me know! The Idea Queen is always looking for fresh ideas to share.  Read More →

February 4th, 2009

With the risk of tainted peanut butter and other health issues, I find myself asking WHY the schools are still serving it. Until my daughter started complaining of a stomach ache the other night, I didn’t even know we had a “Peanut butter and jelly sandwich table” at school for the kids who finish all their lunch. Since my kid is quite the eater and overweight, of course she joins that table. Yesterday my son came home from school shortly after lunch complaining of stomach cramps, which the school nurse has said “is going around”. She listed a few symptoms that sounded an awful lot like salmonella, and I questioned her about the peanut butter outbreak. She was aware of it, but new little. This wasn’t the first time he was sick, either. A few weeks ago while visiting his dad, he was very sick after eating... 

January 9th, 2009

Since we live in a small town that lacks a true class system in the schools (at least for now), my kids are more or less friends with everyone in their classes. After school, though, they have some specific friends they play with quite often, mostly because they are in the neighborhood (although in a small town like this, no one is more than a mile away unless they live in the country). I know my son’s little after school “group” quite well. There’s the boy across the street who he’s known since preschool (they are in 2nd grade now), the two boys on either sides of town who seem to wander over in this direction often, and the little girl up the street. Five of them in all who run together on a regular basis, and are all in the same class this year. My son has always been an excellent reader and fantastic at spelling... 

August 18th, 2008

The first day of school is always bittersweet. I’m sad to give my kids up for the entire day and see they are growing up, yet at the same time I’m gaining a whole lot of freedom. This year my youngest started kindergarten. That means no kids, at all, from 8am to 3pm.  Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this time. I know I should use it wisely, and get some work done (including housework and “real” work). Although sometimes the silence is distracting. It’s a good thing I’ve got some good CDs to get me through the day. So I guess today I’ll focus and what needs done with Pearl Jam in the background. Nobody is here to protest my choice of music, so why not? Still, this feels weird.  Read More →

August 6th, 2008

There’s about a million and one things to do before school starts, and my calendar is just absolutely booked. While I might find a few minutes here and there to post a little something for everyone, I’ve decided to make the announcement that I will be taking a short vacation. School here starts August 18th, so I expect to be back posting daily by the 19th. I’d really love a day of peace and quiet the minute they go back to school, but I’m not holding my breath. Since my son has some small behavior issues, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be at school most the day getting him settled in. Hope you enjoy your own summer vacations (especially since I’m giving you a break from Tidy Tuesday)!  Read More →

July 10th, 2008

Today I thought I would post something a little bit different. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to be “when I grow up”. While I do enjoy running websites (most days), it’s not exactly what I thought my adult career would be. Think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember how fantastic your imagination was? Sure we got bored once in awhile, but never for that long. We could think up hundreds of different games to play. During the summer you were probably outside for hours at a time, playing games with friends or just by yourself. We also didn’t have the fear we’ve got now. Remember the first time you climbed to the top of a tree? I sure do! If you tried that now you probably wouldn’t get too far, since you’d probably be afraid of falling. But we didn’t fear that as... 

May 27th, 2008

The lack of comments are making me wonder if “Tidy Tuesday” is really helping or not. If you are just wandering in to this blog for the first time and not sure what “Tidy Tuesday” is, you can click on the “Household Tips” category to see what exactly I’m talking about. While my own house still needs a lot of organizing and work, I question if the tips here are really helping anyone else. Are you following along with each weekly challenge? Do you try your hardest to get each challenge done? Is it helping you get your house in order? If there’s no comments or no one who wants to keep this weekly task, we’ll get rid of it. Although if you want to keep it just leave a comment!  Read More →