One of my children’s favorite Mexican cultural celebrations is Dia de Los Muertos. Today we are preparing for the holiday by making a super easy, kid-friendly craft: Paper Plate Sugar Skulls with colorful General Mills cereals! When my husband and I met, I was immediately swept into a vast and rich culture. My husband is Mexican-American, and… [Read More]
If you’re a fan of Halloween and like to celebrate all October long, then you’ll be excited to meet my new friend, Boo the Bat! Boo the Bat is the star of a new product called Sneek-A-Boos. Much like the Christmas Elf on the Shelf, Boo shows up each morning, bringing either a “trick” or… [Read More]
They say you take the most pictures of your first baby, and that’s probably true. But what about your last baby? Melody joined our family on September 9th (birth story coming soon!), and we are just in love with her! I know I’m taking fewer pictures, because I’m so busy with four kids now, so… [Read More]
I don’t have a ton of memories of breakfast when I was growing up. My parents worked opposite schedules when I was young. Dad worked nights, he came home and went right to bed. My mom worked downtown, so she had to leave early in the morning. My brother and I usually fed ourselves before heading… [Read More]
When you bring home a new baby, you are going to have so many people who just “have” to come see her! In our case, this included relatives, close friends, and about 150 teenaged students! We decided it was a good idea to host the throng all at once and invited them over for an open house, meet-the-baby party!
We set the date and time (an hour and a half was plenty long), and put out an open invitation for anyone to drop by. We said that no presents were requested, just their “presence” (see what I did there?).
When I started Shaping Up To Be A Mom, back in 2008, I was just about to become a mom to a sweet baby boy. Last month that sweet boy turned eight! We were invited to celebrate Carter’s 8th birthday at the brand-new LEGOLAND Discovery Center, at the Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe. So we invited… [Read More]
Judging from the onslaught of “first day” pictures on Facebook, the kids are all back in school, Fall is just around the corner, and we are all settling into the routine of a new school year. It’s the perfect time to treat the family to a dinner out, and for the rest of September, kids… [Read More]
Last week we talked about what to pack in baby’s hospital bag, but today it’s all about mom! My baby girl is due to arrive in just 10 days, so I’m finishing up all the last minute details, including packing my own hospital bag. Today I’ll show you everything I’m bringing to ensure a comfortable labor,… [Read More]
Three weeks from today I am due to have baby #4! I told my husband the other day how each day itself seems to go by pretty quickly, but the overall time left seems to drag on and on. Nevertheless, it’s just a (short) matter of time before I’m cuddling that sweet newborn! Just today I finished packing baby’s hospital diaper bag, and I thought I’d share what I’ll be bringing!