Helping Your Kids Love To Read Again | Technology Wins This Round

A Book Is A Magical Thing

Reading has always been a passion of mine since I was very young.  I love to get lost in a good book and I can remember staying up well past my bedtime reading to the glow of a little nightlight in my room (don't tell my Mom).  Over the years my passion for reading has not changed … [Read more...]

My Blog Writing Process | A Blog Tour

My Blog Writing Process at

When Cindy from Little Miss Celebration (AKA my partner in crime party co-host) asked me to join in on this little blog tour I have to admit I giggled a little bit.  Someone actually thinks I have a process??  She knows me better than that.  Cindy has a lot of faith in me. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Sacrifice | Happy Memorial Day 2014

Uncle Joe

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them". - John F. Kennedy Gratitude.  I've been thinking about that word a lot over here.   It's a three day weekend and it's a time to cook out, right?  It's a … [Read more...]

Sometimes I Just Don’t Feel Like It | Mama Musings

The Things You Take For Granted

Sometimes I just don't feel like it, how 'bout you? Tuesday night, two nights ago, our Middlest boy performed in an All County Concert where kids from all of the different schools came together to form a choir of about 280 students, a full orchestra, a percussion ensemble and even a recorder … [Read more...]

A Photo A Day – My April Photo Diary | Show Us Your April

Our Favorite Spring Flowering Trees

Here we are starting the month of May already and how was your April, my friends?  Mine seems like a little bit of a blur, to be honest. I knew from the start it was going to be a super busy month but, back in March, I told you all about the fun April Photo Diary Project that my pal Amy at Ms. … [Read more...]

A Photo A Day | Mama Musings & An Invitation

Time and Tide

source Another Monday and how was your weekend, sweet friends?  Any time to relax?  Any fun memories?  Did you make it count? I think we sometimes tend to fly through these days and count down each weekday until the weekend.  In fact, I was pouring my coffee Friday morning and once again thought … [Read more...]

My “One Word” For 2014 & Our First Ever Reader Survey {Help!}

Focus PM

Happy New Year, my friends!  I want to tell you about my "one word" I have chosen for 2014 and why.  We're going to get into that but at the end of this post there is a 10 question Reader Survey {well, ok 11 questions but the last one isn't required}  and I am EARNESTLY asking that you will help me … [Read more...]

Reader Favorites: Top 10 Posts of 2013

Best Of 2013 Collage PM

So here we are... the last day of 2013.  My Husband and I were talking last night about how, when we were little, the year 2000 seemed like a million years away.  I will admit I was a bit nostalgic writing this post.  This past year has been so full of fun and yet there were days when I just didn't … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from A Little Claireification

The Boys - Christmas 2013

"A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn..." Merry Christmas! … [Read more...]

Why I Didn’t Make A Fall Wreath | Bad Blogger Diaries – Part 1

1 a Fall Wreath 4

I actually started writing this post on the first day of Fall, September 22nd, and have set it aside a few times.  That day was also the first in the 6-7 weeks prior that I could recall that I finally had a day to be able to relax and just enjoy time with my family without dealing with work emails … [Read more...]

The “M” Word: The Good, The Bad & The Pudgy

Highlander 3 - PM Wall climb

Alright, let's have a little "girl talk".  No boys allowed, ok?  Shut the front door.  No  really. So here we are at the end of the first week of September and I should be working on some Fall craft or recipe today and I just don't feel like it.  While I have some fun ideas, work has been … [Read more...]

Go The Extra Mile | A Free Printable {Do The Right Thing}

Wales Image

Back in the early 1900s, my grandfather was once overpaid by 10 cents.  Basically, someone gave him the wrong change back on a transaction. He discovered this error, which was in his favor, towards the end of his long walk back home.  He promptly turned around and walked a few miles back to correct … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Listen

Listen - Claire On Deck

"Five Minute Friday".  A group of gals comes together every Friday and, based on the key word prompt by Lisa Jo Baker, they just write what is on their hearts for 5 minutes and post it.  While I am not able to participate every week, I do so when I can and I love seeing what others write as … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Imagine


This is new for me so I am not going to over-think it.  "Five Minute Friday".  One word.   Five minutes.  Write.  No editing {yikes}.  Here goes. The word today is "Imagine". GO: First thing in mind is that John Lennon song: "Imagine all the people…" … [Read more...]

Just tomorrow… {time flies}


It's really hard to believe that it's already the last day of April.  It seems like it was just Christmas.  April has been a pretty busy month over here at the ALC Ranch.  The Teenager started his first job and we also confirmed his college selection.  We took a mini family vacation in lieu of a … [Read more...]