chewy cookies recipe, andrea updyke, lilkidthings, cookie recipe

Nothing says summer like chocolate chip cookies! Add some vanilla ice cream, make a sandwich and I don’t know that it could get much better than that. This is my secret to chewy cookies (even after they cool). Originally posted October 2013. Enjoy! I’m not a fan of the crispy chocolate chip cookie. I like […]


It’s hot y’all. Time to get crafty INSIDE am I right? Here’s a fun handprint craft that’s easy to make and you probably won’t even have to buy anything! Originally posted January 2012.  Oscar has been hit or miss with the crafts lately. For some reason he never wants to do a project when I […]


10 Minute Chores

Are you trying to get a handle on cleaning this summer? I know I am. Always trying. Bumping up this cheat sheet so I can try again! Originally posted February 2013.  I am no expert on cleaning. Let’s just get that out of the way. However, I have learned a few things over the years. […]


I’m spending some time during the summer break with Calvin using our Lego Read & Build sets. That’s the awesome thing about Legos right? They never get old! Also, look at sweet little Oscar in that video. Melts my heart! Originally posted July 2012. Oh LEGO you know just what to say. Being the huge […]


This seemed like a good one to bring back during my season of rest. Are you struggling to find balance? Originally posted May 2011. In the past couple weeks, I have been hearing a lot about living in balance, observing the Sabbath and getting rest in general. The first installment came from my Pastor in […]


Looking for a great summer meal to grill? I am bringing this one back in a big way during my summer blog break. I thought you might enjoy it too! Originally posted March 2011.  It’s been a while since I have talked about my love affair with Everyday Food Magazine, but this recipe had me […]


comprehension worksheets

I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Summer reading is great! Use these sheets for books or TV time. Originally posted February 2013.  The other day, Oscar and I were reading a Fly Guy book on our Storia app […]

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I’m taking a tiny break from my blog break because in the past week I have been so moved by my friends and fellow bloggers that I really wanted to share their stories with you. I guess that is one upside of a blogging break. I actually get to read other blogs! I thought about […]

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I am sharing a few of my favorite summer posts while I am on blog hiatus. This oldie is still a great way to stay cool in NC during the summer! Originally posted June 2012. Yesterday, I had the chance to take the boys to preview an exhibit at the NC Museum of Life & Science […]


Travel Potato Head

If you are looking for an easy project to keep your kids quietly occupied on a summer road trip, read on! I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Originally posted April 2012. I have been looking online at quiet […]


summer thumbs up

This summer, I am doing something I don’t think I have ever done. I am taking a blog break! With my part-time job and the kids out of school, I decided it was time to scale back and make sure I am not overloaded. As much as I love writing here, I just don’t have […]


firepit cover

We’ve been in our home for almost four years. In that time we have done quite a few meaningful projects to add some life into this 50+ year old house. We finished the basement, painted the kitchen cabinets and we are about to get new windows. We aren’t breaking any renovation records, but I am […]



I’ve never been much for fitness gadgets. I had a pedometer once when I worked for an insurance company. I always forgot to wear it though and it seemed wildly inaccurate so it didn’t take long for me to ditch it. These days however, activity trackers seem much more sophisticated. I love mapping and timing […]


sw madlibs

Wow! I can’t believe we are at the end of our Star Wars Weekends at Home journey already. I have SO enjoyed following along with the action at Disney Hollywood Studios and I hope you have had a great time making some galactic memories whether at home or away. We’ve made cupcakes, met Darth Vader, scored […]