Weekly Top 5, Vol. 33 – Last Week of Summer

Ok, it’s not the last week of summer, but it was when I wrote most of this.

I’m a little late on this Top 5 (like three Mondays and a few hours). I missed the first Monday after a Sunday night trip to the emergency room (everyone’s fine, the youngest left with two stitches in his tongue). Then I missed the next 2 Mondays due to life. Now I’m just pulling the Band-Aid off to get back on track and so happy to be back! Here are the things making me happy… Continue reading

The Perfectly Imperfect Train Cake

On my children’s birthdays, I want them to have a smile that is unforgettable: wide, genuine, unbreakable. I want it to be there the moment he wakes up in the morning til he places his head on his pillow that night.

But the world doesn’t stop for our childrens’ birthdays. Making sure the wide smile lasts from sun up to sun down might require shortcuts. Sometimes hacks are needed to make sure the day exceeds (ok, at least meets) any expectations.

This year, my middle child’s third birthday fell the day after two back to back out of town work trips (not to mention that his birthday is a week after Thanksgiving. Sorry December babies. You totally get the short end of the stick). With no time to be a Super Mom, I was really close to throwing in the towel… Continue reading