Life with Four Kids & Groupon Coupons

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This post is sponsored by Groupon, but all opinions are my own. Four kids. We have four kids. This reality is still sinking in for me after 6 weeks with Quin. (Despite the fact I haven't cataloged it in photo form yet.) As I told my mom today, things go in waves. One moment everything is quiet and simple. The boys are playing happily with each other and Cooper is playing with cars (the girl loves her fast rides) while Quin sleeps. I can breathe and perhaps even unload the dishwasher or check my … Read More

Stupid Simple: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Now that I have four kids (count 'em: FOUR), dinner is insane. Actually, dinner TIME is insane. Dinner itself is sad. We have been living on meals people have given us, frozen stuff, and meals that are just random things from the fridge. Look, everyone! Here is a dinner of cottage cheese, raspberries, some chicken, and a piece of cheese! Bon appetit! With this in mind, I need all the Stupid Simple I can get for the kitchen. If you're new, Stupid Simple is my series on things that are just what … Read More

Engaging Your Five Senses at El Pollo Loco

el pollo loco cinnamon churros

This post is sponsored by El Pollo Loco, but all opinions are mine alone. When I first moved to Houston in the summer of 1997, one of the first things I noticed was the sheer number of restaurants. People ate out constantly. I gained ten pounds that summer, a lovely cushion comprised mostly of Tex Mex. Houston is a city of FOOD. So when a restaurant like El Pollo Loco arrives, what is to separate it from all the other eateries serving burritos and tacos? Turns out, PLENTY. I had a chance to … Read More

Five Ways to Ruin Your Child’s First Day of School

5 Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Child's First Day of School

It's that time of year! Unsharpened pencils! New college-ruled notebooks! Shoes that still have white soles! Observing those pesky school zone speed limit signs! (To clarify: school zone speed limits are not pesky but a very good idea. Stay safe, kids.) Suddenly finding the mall emptied save for a few moms with strollers! It's back to school time!!! I actually love this time of year, but for the first time we are sending one of our kids to school. REAL school. Not just preschool (which is … Read More

#BlogFilmFood The Julia Part of Julie & Julia

Simple and easy pan-made bruschetta.

This is part two of a two-part posting for #BlogFilmFood, a monthly digital dinner and a movie with a fab group of bloggers. Part one dealt with the idea of blogging and has no recipes. Still want to read it? Find the Julie part of Julie & Julia here. Simone: Measurements don't matter. Julia: Oh but they do! They absolutely do! I used to think measurements didn't matter. I do my best cooking, I think, with nary a measuring cup in sight. Or, if it's there, it is merely a … Read More

#BlogFilmFood The Julie Part of Julie & Julia

Thoughts on Julie & Julia and blogging.

Julie: What do you think a blog is? It's me, me, me day after day. Eric: I thought it'd be fun. How stupid is that? It just turns out to be a lot of what you call meltdowns, but they don't feel like meltdowns. They feel like I'm living with a totally self-absorbed person who writes this stuff for a bunch of complete strangers and it's supposed to be a big adventure but it's not. It's our life. This week I re-watched Julie & Julia with a (sometimes) sleeping baby stretched across my lap. … Read More

The Baby/Blog Hours

Hi! In case you're wondering what happened to this vibrant blog of mine, it's been hijacked! This wonderful, sweet, calm, sleepy baby Quin wakes up every day at 7pm. You know, when all the other kids are going to sleep and I'm usually writing my blog. Quin likes to stay up for, oh, I don't know---four or five hours during this time. She also likes to be held almost exclusively and sometimes gets super fussy and there is no position in which she is not fussy. Eating doesn't make her happy. NOT … Read More

Couponing in YOUR Kitchen with Two Great Recipes

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This post has been sponsored by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You guys know that I love frugal deals. I am all about keeping things cheap, but I also like simple, which is why online coupons are a great option for couponing if you don't want to spend a lot of time clipping and sorting from newspapers. A few years back I gave up getting the weekly paper and began using online or printable coupons. My method of shopping and recipe-creating is simple: buy … Read More

Behind the Scenes at Roller Derby


This weekend marked the 2014 Houston Roller Derby championship bout. I played in two championships, called lineups in two, and have now coached two. There is nothing quite like the feverish excitement and the fervent drive to bring home that trophy. And there is also nothing quite like losing and watching that trophy go to another team. We really couldn't have asked for a closer or well-matched game, but at there is just something about a loss. Before the game, feeling nostalgic at another … Read More

The Balancing Act of a Balanced Diet

Help keep things balanced with L'il Critters Gummy Vitamins.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for L'il Critters. I received product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. Busy families and busy schedules mean that healthy choices are often a balancing act. How can we keep moving between activities and still eat well? It is so easy to make the wrong choices because sometimes those are the easiest. Often grabbing fast food or something prepackaged and unbalanced is so tempting, … Read More