Notes in Lunch Boxes

Another Encore Week post.... This one is my favorite because it's one of my fondest memories of my mom and of my kids... I enjoy celebrating special occasions as much as the next person but I also enjoy making ordinary days more memorable with simple unexpected gestures. To my son that may mean the smell…

The Sock Jail

Encore Week continues! My kids favorite post.... they think the existence of the sock jail is hilarious and somewhat embarrassing.... But hey it's practical and I reassure them that "everyone" has one. In our house we lose socks, but not in pairs. We only lose one sock from each pair at a time. I’ve given…

Cotillion, Cold Meds & a Goat

Riding to school with three of our four children was always eventful and this particular morning was no different. Our teenage daughter was explaining her difficulties with waking up due to the large doses of cold medicine she received from her father the night before. “You know your father should not dish out the cold…

Don’t Take No for an Answer….

When my son gets an idea in his head, you can forget changing his mind. I’ve always admired his persistence even though there are times I’m certain steam rolled from my ears as he just won't take "No" for an answer. The goal of his insistence on one particular occasion was a book he wanted…

The Great Green Goo is No More!

You know those times when your house is eerily quiet and you sense someone somewhere is up to no good? Well I had one of those occasions 8 years ago and I have the green goo stain in the carpet to prove it. One Sunday afternoon we were all enjoying a relaxing  respite from the…

A Black Eye From What?

I was hustling around the kitchen one night and not really listening to the steady stream of words my son was hurling my way. It's not that I was trying to ignore him. Actually, it was quite the opposite. As a finalist for Mother of the Year, I do try to actively participate in these…

There’s Hope in a Good Hair Day

My case of the "fat, dumb and uglies" was heading into remission but it wasn't in any hurry to pack up and move on. I'd gone to great lengths to assist, buying new lipstick and dressing for car line pick up like I was meeting the president. But this had been a severe outbreak and…

Blessed Easter Morn Gone Awry

Colorful center piece for table – check. Easter baskets with appropriate balance of chocolate, sour candy and non edible items – check. New clothes in festive colors for all family members – check. Delicious meal planned – check. Reminding kids of real meaning of Easter – check. Easter photo counseling session for mom – Um,…

Shrimp & Grits Coming Up

There’s a quaint hotel in Savannah, GA where my husband and I enjoy occasional weekend getaways. We love the location, the decor and most of all – the staff. I have been passionate about customer experience throughout my marketing career. I typically display unusual levels of excitement when staff members show they really “get it”.…

Ask…

As parents of players on a sports team, there are certain obligations you are expected to meet. Concession stand, ticket sales, fundraising... you know the drill. One particular Friday night, my hubby and I were confined to a small 5ft square space selling tickets to the school football game. Once we got past the pressure…