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    Every day I troll around the internets seeking information from which to chat about on the radio show. Lots of time inspiration comes from my own crazy family. See us weirdos above. Here you will find links to stuff I'm chattering about on the show. "Studio Chatter" if you will. I'd love to hear from you about whats going on in your life too! Let's connect!

Studio Chatter Thursday

Good Morning Friends! I thought this was a super cute idea for gifting cookies. Start saving your foil/wax paper/Press n Seal boxes and use them to gift cookies over the holidays!  Idea borrowed here.






Also on the show today, I’ll be reading from another incredible blog post called, Mom Guilt, I’m getting over it.  Most of the time, I feel like I do a pretty good job of being a Mom, I mean, life is just gonna be crazy for awhile.  But I totally connected with the negative thoughts Lisa-Jo Baker says run through her brain too…like,

–You should have added pureed spinach to dinner tonight.

–You should have remembered to buy spinach.

–You should have been meal planning for the last four years so that spinach could have made it onto the shopping list.

–You shouldn’t have let them watch TV while eating last night. Or this morning.

–You should be having more meaningful dinner conversations.

–You should have baked the birthday cake from scratch.

–You should have bought more favors for the party gift bags.

–You should have taught them to do their own laundry by now.

–You should at least have a chore chart.

–You should have done more educational activities this summer.

–You should read more to them. You should watch less TV with them.

–You should work less. You should educate more. You should stop feeding them Chef Boyardee anything.

–You should make them actually open the library books we checked out. You should enjoy them more.

–You should lose your patience less.

–You should have a more creative system for displaying their art than just putting it up on the fridge with the magnets that come with the pizza delivery.

–You should have built more fairy gardens instead of just giving them the leftover parts of the last vacuum cleaner to fashion into random pirate swords, wands or zombie weapons.

–You should make home made snacks.

–You should wash their sheets more regularly.

–You should eat less ice cream. You should exercise more. You should go to bed earlier.

You should be like her. –

She goes on to say “You are wildly under-rating yourself.”  That’s my favorite part.  Because we do, don’t we mama’s?

April 9, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Vickie Herrold - Don’t be so hard on yourself!!!! We all could have done more, but that would of been over doing it. We don’t want our kids to feel like they just have to keep doing MOOOOORE.

Studio Chatter Tuesday

Yesterday, this little 4 year old of mine skipped off to Preschool. She had the choice of attending her first day with either myself or her daddy. She picked me obvi. We found where to hang her backpack, put together her name puzzle, figured out where the mini book library was. She was a little ticked there was no snack to speak of. The teacher announced 55 minutes later that we were done and if the kids wanted to spend a little time playing before the hour was up they were welcome to. Like any good Mom I  grabbed her mini backpack and headed straight for the door. On the way home, I said, “So Pipes, how was it?” “Terrible”, she replied. “I should have brought Daddy. He would have let me stay and play.” Yeah he probably would have. Maybe he can volunteer to be the class helper next Wednesday. Ahem.

I read this article today about how we are over-scheduling our little kids within an inch of their lives. Shocking! Experts say this is actually counter productive. We should just let our kids play a bit more.  Actually A LOT more.  ““Kids need time to play – without rules or structure or supervision. Play IS their work. Through play, they learn how to communicate, problem solve, count, share, and generally make sense of the world around them.”

The Mom Tip is for you if your whiteboard looks like this. According to this Pinterest, You can use Febreeze to clean a dry erase board that just wont erase (because the ink is very dried on) . Spray the board and wipe, it also helps recondition old dry erase boards.

Have you seen the Febreeze commercials where they blindfold people and drag them into a living room with rotting garbage and they claim it smells like a flower garden?  Yeah right.

If you missed the Mom Tip yesterday…You can use shaving cream to take the foundation-makeup stains from your shirt collars.  Cool!

September 10, 2013 - 7:00 am

tami - Agreed with the kids schedule.
When my kids were younger I remember reading that even play is organized and it robs kids of their creativity…I say yes to playing ball in the empty lot, or exploring the creek…but in order to do this we must have down time and encourage the dirty that comes with it…

September 10, 2013 - 7:45 am

Amy - thank you for this. I sometimes feel guilty that I didn’t send any of my kids to 3 school or preschool, but instead let them stay home and play. But this makes me feel so much better :)

September 10, 2013 - 8:01 am

Connect with Ceci - Amy, I sometimes feel like my kids aren’t going to get INTO COLLEGE because of how few extra curriculars they are involved in. There is so much pressure on us these days, huh?

Studio Chatter Wednesday

First things first…How to make my friend Sara’s Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. She brought these to bible study one time and I’ve been meaning to ask her for the recipe ever since.  This is exactly what she texted me yesterday:  1 box of chocolate cake mix, 1 15 oz can of pureed pumpkin, 1 bag of chocolate chips.  Mix together and bake per the directions for cupcakes on the back of the cake box.

The Mom Tip is how to quickly defrost chicken and small cuts of beef.  So glad to know that I don’t have to remember to put the chicken in the fridge the night before to thaw it.

On the show today, we also talk about fun family games for kids ages 3-8.  There are some on the list I haven’t heard of before.  Anyone do regular game nights?

Studio Chatter Tuesday

How was your Labor Day? Mine was incredible! We had friends over for dinner Saturday night and family over on Sunday, rested on Monday. It was just perfect. Since we had people coming to the house, I figured it was as good a time as any to scrub the tubs. Which made me giggle because who really would pull back the shower curtain and peek at the condition of a tub? But I digress. I used this recipe from Martha and it worked great!  I didn’t have tea tree oil so I subbed the lavender oil I did have and it was actually fun cleaning the tub for once.  I love that its non toxic too.


I also found a great list of prayer starters over on Pinterest.  We will be talking about some of my favorites on the show this week.


I’m super excited to start a new project!  “Before” picture tomorrow!





First Day of School, and what Glennon said.

Made in the shade in the 3rd grade.

Ready to rock Middle School!

We dropped off these lovely ladies for their first day at school today. Aren’t they precious? Another Mom posted a picture of her kids’ school lunches with the caption “sniff sniff” and I retorted, Not me! High fives all around! I am ready for this school year to start and more than a little excited for some routine back in all our lives. I’m also thinking and praying for the Newtown Conn today…its the First day of school for Sandy Hook studentsin a new location and building.   I can’t imagine how the parents are feeling who are sending one sibling without the other this year, or are remembering their kid on the first day of school last year, with such hope and promise.  God, bring your peace to Sandy Hook today.


On the show today, I’m reading my favorite bits and pieces of this letter, written by Glennon Doyle Melton.  The way she explains compassion to her son heading into 3rd grade is amazing.

Baby, if you see a child being left out, or hurt, or teased, a part of your heart will hurt a little. Your daddy and I want you to trust that heart- ache. Your whole life, we want you to notice and trust your heart-ache. That heart ache is called compassion, and it is God’s signal to you to do something. It is God saying, Chase! Wake up! One of my babies is hurting! Do something to help! Whenever you feel compassion – be thrilled! It means God is speaking to you, and that is magic. It means He trusts you and needs you.

Sometimes the magic of compassion will make you step into the middle of a bad situation right away.

Compassion might lead you to tell a teaser to stop it and then ask the teased kid to play. You might invite a left-out kid to sit next to you at lunch. You might choose a kid for your team first who usually gets chosen last. These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.”

And also, how she doesn’t expect her kid to be the best at anything.  This one just gets to me everytime.

We do not care if you are the smartest or fastest or coolest or funniest. There will be lots of contests at school, and we don’t care if you win a single one of them. We don’t care if you get straight As. We don’t care if the girls think you’re cute or whether you’re picked first or last for kickball at recess. We don’t care if you are your teacher’s favorite or not. We don’t care if you have the best clothes or most Pokemon cards or coolest gadgets. We just don’t care.

We don’t send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can’t lose it. That’s done.

We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.

Kind people are brave people. Brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd.

Trust me, baby, it is. It is more important.

Don’t try to be the best this year, honey.

Just be grateful and kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.”

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Oh, and the Mom Tip?

Hair Dryer as Cake Decorating Tool: To gloss the frosting on a freshly baked cake, lightly blow warm air over the top and the sides of the cake until the frosting melts a little. When it cools, the surface will stay shiny for a professional finish.  Sounds fun, huh?


September 1, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Rachel - She is lovely. Rae