Allison is wife to John and mom to three blue-eyed blondes: a six year-old son, a three-year old daughter and a four-month old baby girl. She spends her non-summer days teaching middle school reading and writing and is excited to be writing for an adult audience! When not teaching, she can be found at local parks, taking her children on stroller rides, pushing the car-carts at the grocery store, or ordering vanilla lattes or Diet Dr. Pepper fountain pops. Allison loves decorating her home and tries to keep a good balance between kid-friendly and not kid-run. She enjoys cooking and making meals that are taste bud-friendly for both adults and kids. She is always excited to throw a good party and loves any reason to host family and friends in her home. Allison also blogs for AWG's (Best Choice) Mom Blog and runs Sincerely Design Co .

Fun Ways to Prepare for Easter with Kids

We love a good Easter egg hunt in our family. Who doesn’t enjoy the great variety of Tootsie Rolls, Peeps, chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs and bunnies, Easter Sweet-Tarts, and more? That said, it's very important to...
Dear Mom at the Pool

Please Watch Your Kids at the Pool

Dear Mom at the Pool, I stand in the pool with both of my children, watching one swim on his own while catching the other as she jumps in - but I can see you...

Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You”

"Thank you" is one of the first phrases my children learned to say. Sure, my daughter sometimes says "thank you" when she should be saying "I'm sorry," but we're working on it! Regardless of...
"Can I Spend the Night?" (on cultivating sibling friendships)

“Can I Spend the Night?” (on Cultivating Sibling Friendships)

My husband and I have been very fortunate in that both of our children go to bed easily. (See my advice on putting kids to bed awake here). They both love reading books, singing songs,...
My Advice for New Moms

My Advice For New Moms

If I could pick one bit of advice to give to a new mom, what would it be? That's the question I was asked following a baby shower this weekend. I first thought about how...

When Mom Leaves Town

My husband arranged for me to take a much-needed trip to Chicago to visit a girlfriend over the 4th of July weekend. I was beyond excited! I cherish my time with my family more...

First Fridays in the West Bottoms

I don't know about you, but I love any excuse to get together with the fabulous women in my life. I also love any excuse to shop and feed my itch to always be...

A Masterpiece From My Little Picasso – Now What Do I Do With It?

My heart swells when my son pulls out his work from school. He is so excited to share his projects with us and we love seeing them! We love looking at his letters, numbers,...

“Pick up, Pick up …”

Legos. Matchbox cars. Puzzle pieces. Sports balls. Game pieces. Transformers. Baby bottles. Crayons. Legos. Baby dolls. Tonka trucks. Did I say Legos? These are items which have caused injury to my feet after stepping on...

My Go-To Crock-Pot Recipes

As a busy mom, I like to find any way I can to spend more time with my kids and husband - which means less time prepping our meals in the kitchen. To do...

And Then I Remembered … I Still Need to Fix Lunch!

I have good intentions - I really do. I love the idea of making the cute little Bento lunch boxes for my son to dive into during lunch time. I have visions of these...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!*

* Note: Inspiration for today's post came well ahead of yesterday's sixty degree warm up! ;-) Are you one of those people who, like me, enjoys changing some of your home accessories up seasonally? I...

The Perfect Snow(ed in) Day

It's Sunday night. I'm sitting in front of the fire, beneath the glow of the Christmas tree, a cup of hot chocolate in my hand. I just finished watching "Home Alone" with my little...

Teaching Thankfulness

Last night, as I was tucking my son into bed, I asked him what he was thankful for.  The conversation went like this: Me: Let’s say our prayers. What are you thankful for today? M: I’m...

Cereal For Dinner

In my last post, I wrote about my love/hate relationship with meal planning and grocery shopping.  This week, I was feeling great about our trip to the grocery store and good about dinner plans, as well. ...
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