S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

S'mores cheesecake recipes

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good […]

Please Touch Museum – A Day Trip to Philadelphia


All summer long, I’m featuring day trips around the Harrisburg, PA area. Our last trip was to the Adventure Aquarium in Philadelphia. This week’s trip was to the Please Touch Museum, also in Philadelphia. (And we stopped at IKEA on the way home, if you’re interested.) The girls were super excited for the Please Touch Museum. […]

50+ Creative School Lunch Ideas

These school lunch ideas are great! There are so many things here that I never even thought of!

I was excited to do a sponsored post for Rubbermaid LunchBlox because we pack a lot of lunches, we are always on the lookout for new lunch containers, and we really like the quality of the Rubbermaid brand of containers. The package with the LunchBlox arrived during a week of music camp for Grace. She immediately […]

Adventure Aquarium – A Day Trip to Philadelphia

Adventure Aquarium review  - hippo head

My family has been having quite the busy summer. This was the first time since 2009 that I didn’t create a summer to do list – because we didn’t need one. We’ve been going, going, going, not even making it to Hersheypark as much as we’d like. We’re too busy. One of the things we’re […]

20 Smart Ways to Raise a Reader

How to get kids to read

My kids love to read, both of them. I love to read, and I’ve been reading books to them by the truckload since they were born. Reading and writing are the most important skills your kids need for school success, whether they go to school or are homeschooled. There is nothing more fundamental to communication than […]

Tips for Doing Hersheypark with Kids

Grace and Diego the sea lion performing a trick together at Hersheypark.

This is part three in a weeklong series filled with tips for making the most of a trip to Hersheypark. The first post focused on planning your visit, season passes (and why you might want to invest in them), and eating in the park. The second post focused on tips for The Boardwalk, Hersheypark’s waterpark. […]

Tips for Visiting Hersheypark’s Boardwalk Water Park

Having fun in The Boardwalk water park at Hersheypark

We love Hersheypark. We visit often, usually once a week, and I have amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years that I am happy to share with you. Most of these tips are true for any water park, so read on. On Monday, I shared my best tips for season passes, planning a visit, […]

My Best Hersheypark Tips

These are great tips for getting the most out of a trip to the amusement park!

Last week, we had Grace’s birthday party at Hersheypark. Instead of inviting 8 kids to our house, we let Grace invite 3 friends to join us at Hersheypark. We spent the same amount of money, and we had 12 hours all together walking our legs off in the park. It was a superlative birthday. My […]

When Calls the Heart Season 2 Wrap Up

When Calls the Heart - Saturdays at 8pm on the Hallmark Channel

The When Calls the Heart season finale is tomorrow night! This is it #Hearties! I’m pretty sad about the season ending, but I’m super excited to see what happens in tomorrow night’s finale (at 8pm on the Hallmark Channel). This season has been an exciting one, with Elizabeth traveling back and forth between Hope Valley and […]

5 Ways to Unwind After a Long Week

How do you unwind after a long, busy week with your kids and spouse? Here are 5 simple and easy things to do to relax and recharge.

Before I became a mom, Saturday nights were for going out. They were for drinking and parties and friends and sometimes even dancing (but not usually because I am far too uptight for all that). Saturday nights now have a distinctly different flavor. It’s more of a enjoy the peace and quiet because the kids […]