About Us

I'm the proud, but exhausted, mom of three great kids. After having three babies in just three years, I spent my first few years as a mom just trying to survive!

I'm not a "Martha Mom" whose well-behaved kids gather in a neat & tidy house to complete amazingly beautiful, detailed crafts. My kids have gone to school with their shoes on the wrong feet & shorts on backwards. They've spent way too much time in front of the TV or on the Wii and seem to be constantly bickering, pinching & whining. There are always dishes in the sink & piles of folded clothes to put away. I lose my patience with them way more than I ever thought I would and sometimes sneak off with my laptop to get a little Facebook break.


I do realize, though, that my kids are growing up way too fast. I truly treasure those times when we come together and really enjoy each others' company. I like to do projects that are fun & enjoyable but not expensive or overly time consuming. We like to go on outings & trips that are entertaining, memorable and worth any travel time or admission fees. If it was a hit with me and my crew, maybe you'll come together to enjoy it too.

27 comments:

  1. I love how honest you are about being a mom and life in your family. That is what most of us have. How fun to read it!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your ideas! I enjoy reading your blog and trying out your ideas with my son. I love how you keep things simple which makes the activities fun.

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  3. I am a 19 year old full time kid sitter for the summer- 4 days a week, 10 hours a day. The girls are going on 12 and 9. Thought I've been watching them for years, I was apprehensive about having enough things to do. The girls are very crafty and your site has been such an incredible help for coming up with ideas! We will never be bored this summer :)

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  4. Thanks for this website- its full of great ideas and crafts for me to do with my little boy. i also appreciate your enlightened views about being a mom.

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  5. I agree, your honesty is very refreshing!!...you sound just like me. :o) Glad to know I'm not alone! LOL

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  6. I love your honesty! Sounds like I am not alone!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing all these awesome ideas!!! I am so excited to try them with my own three kids. I also appreciate your honesty. I makes me feel inspired and not like a bad parent because my house isn't clean and I don't have unlimited patience. You are a blessing!

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  8. I am new to your site and I love it! Because of this, I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Congrats!
    http://mytwicebakedpotato.com

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  9. Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. They are totally awesome. But, I get lost in deciding which ones are appropriate to do with my kid, age wise. He's one yr old and do you have a label or sth, on your posts, that can help me decide which ones to try?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Swati Garg

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  10. Such great ideas for busy moms. Thank you very much! I already shared your idea of hot car crayons. 100 degrees this weekend and most of the area without electricity due to storms. Embrace the heat! :). Thank you!

    Christine in VA

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  11. Your site has been such a gift. Your kids are so lucky to have you.
    I already shared
    (1) Jello Watermelon
    (2) Really Big Bubble Maker
    (3) Cloud Dough
    (4) Bubble Snake Maker
    Again,thank you for sharing and providing your awesome ideas.
    xoxo,
    Merry Rose

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  12. Laura, it's super easy to add letter and dingbat fonts to your Windows or Mac computer. As soon as you do, they'll show up in your word processing program.
    And there are tons of free font sites for both Windows and Mac. Google "download free fonts" and "install new fonts Windows" (or Mac)

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  13. Reading your "about us" made me giggle. I am thankful that I am not alone in my "exhausted state of motherhood". My husband is OTR all week so it's just me and the kids (ages 2 and 4)until the weekend.
    You have such an adorable blog. I look forward to trying out some of your projects.

    Amy
    fryedelights.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank you for some terrific ideas, I sm always looking for ideas with helping my Grand daughter improve her skills in school. The bang game is so smart. Thanks again I also look forward to trying some of your projects

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  15. Loving your blog which I have just discovered via Twitter! Am a bit of a font hound, too. What font have you used for your lovely header, please? Is it a free one? Would be fab for school displays!

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  17. We loved your cute blog and all of the fun Halloween ideas! We are hosting a Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City on Feb. 16,2013. You can find more info on our blog sixsistersstuff.com or go to buildyourblogconference.com. We hope to hear from you! -The Six Sisters

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  18. I just found your blog today! I have already gone to the grocery store to get the items we needed for the marshmallow shooters. Great ideas!! I love this more then Pintrest! I have an 8 year old son and we are watching two sisters ages 8 and 10 for the weekend. My piece of paper is filled with all the ideas I don't want to forget!!

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  19. Hello I just read your not a Martha Mom. Wow I am so happy. I never was one either and didn't want to be. Can anyone be that perfect? But I am a 58 year old Grammy and my 3 young grand children came to live with me almost a year ago. Wow again I am still here and babysit everyday. My son came with the kids from Tenn. But for 4 of us in a 1 bedroom apt. we have handled the storm. We had a wonderful Christmas and everyone got spoiled. It was fun. Fun for the kids and fun for me and my son Casey seeing their faces. I am hoping every day they get into housing soon. Then I pray for endurance until then. The kids, Jameson-9. Collin-7 and our little princess is almost 5 and her name is Erin, they just can't understand why I don't want them to move. I just laugh and tell them one day you will. One day you will. I tell them, "because I don't even like kids." Your blog is a breath of fresh air. I love it and plan on stopping bye again soon. Alisa

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    1. God love you Girlfriend! I too enjoy my Grandkids so much, but they go home at the end of the day, and I'm exhausted. I think you're a saint to have them all in a 1 bedroom apt. They will always remember what a wonderful Grandma they have for the rest of their lives. Hang in there. Some day it will be quiet at your house and you'll wonder what happened?

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  20. Okay - I'm giving you what I think is the ultimate compliment: you seem like such a fun mom!

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  21. Hi Laura!!! loved your blog! I took some of your ideas and turned them into "My mischief box" as a present for my 5year old nephew, (thought it would make a great, inexpensive, memorable gift) and wanted to share the idea with you. I will recommend your blog to my friends! and post it in my blog. Keep writing! I will keep reading.

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  23. Hi from Basque Country, amazing your blog...great ideas to do with my little ones!!!!
    Thank you very much for share them and for your honesty ( my home is a mess ;-), no time to do everything, haha!!)
    Enjoy your kids!!!!
    Mon :-)

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  24. Hi from Bonnie Scotland. I work in a Primary School (ages 5-12) and have been looking for some playground games and activities. I absolutely love your bubble ideas. The whole website is a wee gem. Looking forward to trying out some of the other activities. Thank you! K Bourne x

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