Yearly Archives: 2014

Behind the Counter: Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Behind the Counter: Papa Murphy’s Pizza

As a Papa Murphy’s Mom, I participate in a discussion group that allows me to ask questions and provide feedback and thoughts. There are private focus groups and surveys designed to gather opinions on a variety of subjects, too. I lov ...
A Digital Pet is an Option

A Digital Pet is an Option

It was only a matter of time before it happened. Miss K called me into her room the other day to give me the news. “Mom, I think I’m ready for a pet.” Her sister got a parakeet for her birthday last year but only after she ...
Technology and Toys for Learning

Technology and Toys for Learning

Although all of my kids were born in the 21st century, my little kids are so excited to be finally joining the 21st century – technologically. We have finally agreed to allow them tablets …according to my children they were the ONLY k ...
Getting a Grip on Winter Driving

Getting a Grip on Winter Driving

Growing up in Iowa, I loved going out in the snow. Whether it involved building a snow fort, sledding or skiing, I enjoyed it. Yes, there were days that it got cold but we just didn’t stay outside as long. (And mom always had hot choc ...
Young Heroes in My Home

Young Heroes in My Home

I always thought I was a pretty good kid. I wasn’t a trouble maker. I got good grades, was athletic, motivated and had a lot of friends. Like every kid, I had my faults but when I look at my daughters, I see more ambition than I ever ...
Thrift Treasure: Tantrix

Thrift Treasure: Tantrix

Our last Thrift Treasure showcased two very colorful games that used shapes and colors on tiles and required you to match them up while preventing your opponent from doing the same. Qwirkle and Qwirkle Cubes are games that have a ton of rep ...

Bloody Noses and Other Messy Things

A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk, working on something mundane for this site. Just like every back-to-school season I seem to catch a cold or the sniffles thanks to the germs my kids bring home each day. I reach for a tissue to blow ...
Shark Tank Comes to Main Street

Shark Tank Comes to Main Street

I’ve mentioned before that we enjoy watching documentaries on Netflix. They are the epitome of reality television because they’re real, raw and honest. Not to mention… informative. Since both Scott and I have business back ...
Making Monsters Without the Mess

Making Monsters Without the Mess

It is so wonderful to be able to write about something we truly enjoy as a family. A little over a year ago I decided to unplug our daughters from their iPad, Nintendo 3DS and phones, and get them to sit down and play a box game with us lik ...
Trying to Defy the Wrinkles

Trying to Defy the Wrinkles

The other day I was tucking Miss M into bed and, as usual, she had her radio on so she could listen to the nightly countdown while powering down for the night. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor was playing and without even ...