April 24th Autism Walk & Expo

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I want to share with you one of my family’s favorite events to attend every year: The Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley. We look forward to heading to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds every April for this event! This walk event is super family friendly and it is the biggest annual fundraising event for our local chapter of the Autism Society of America.

I confess this event was one of my favorites before I had kids. I was a board member and the marketing chair for Autism Society Hudson Valley for nearly seven years. I left when I was pregnant with my twins (five years ago, yikes!). But, my heart never let go!

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For seven years in a row I helped with all the behind the scenes support to make this event happen. I handled print media, gathered donations, procured the entertainment, stuffed goody bags and set up signs the night before. I loved every second of it. But, you know one thing I didn’t get to do each of those years? Actually participate in the awesome activities happening at the event!

My kids weren’t even a year old when we took them to their first walk event. I remember pushing our giant red, double stroller through the grass and taking everything in for the first time. It is truly an amazing event where families with children living with autism can find support. No one is judging you if your kid can’t be near the loud DJ, or they are having a meltdown because they are over stimulated. In fact, almost every parent attending understands “over stimulated.”

Drums at walk

I may be a tad biased with my past experience, but let me tell you why this is my families favorite event of the year. Not only do my kids have a great time banging on drums, petting the Llamas and jumping in the big bouncy houses, but we get to help a lot of local families who are in need of services and advocacy.

Ribbon cutting

The walk portion of this event is the most important part. Most of the funds raised by registration fees stay right here in the Hudson valley serving our local families. (A small portion goes toward autism research). To register as a team, or as an individual you can download registration form below, or stop by the registration tent upon entering the fairgrounds.

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Autism Society Hudson Valley provides grants for persons with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or a parent, a professional or caregiver working with a person with ASD. Grants can be used for a variety of reasons; including but not limited to, health & safety concerns, therapies, social skills classes or recreational activities. (These grants WILL NOT cover daily living expenses or household bills). For more details you can download the grant application form below. The Autism Society Hudson Valley also brings guest speakers and conferences locally for parents and educators.

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The Expo portion gathers local service agencies under one big info tent. This makes it convenient for parents to walk through and pick up information about an agency, or talk with an employee representative. To keep the kiddos entertained there is usually a bouncy house, sand art, drum time, karate demonstrations and a little fair with activities. Specific activities may change each year, but there is usually plenty of fun for everyone!

This event takes place rain or shine, so be prepared to bring appropriate gear. You can always duck into the grand stands if necessary. The walk happens along the track and strollers are allowed, but no skate boards, bikes or scooters. Food for purchase is available, but breakfast is typically served in the morning at no charge and a few snacks and bottled water is available too. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. You won’t want to miss the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony and countdown to walk start! Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. It is a 1-2 mile walk around the track.

As you take your lap around the track, be sure to take a moment and look behind you. Experiencing that sea of compassionate walkers and volunteers moving together to make a positive change for families living with autism is breath taking. I guarantee you will need a Kleenex!

The Whatever Mom is a full-time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here. You can also find her musings and popular shares on Facebook and Twitter.


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Family Fun on New Year’s Eve

Dec 31, 2015

  The elves have all packed up and returned to the North Pole. Santa has retired to the Caribbean for a much deserved vacation. So, what’s left for the New Year holiday? As a parent with really little ones you may be wondering the same. Here are some really fun ways to usher in the New Y...

Here It is The Eve of Christmas

Dec 24, 2015

Here it is, the eve of Christmas. Are you all ready? Did you make all your Pinterest crafts and wrap all the gifts? Or, will it be a marathon night of wrapping? Did you send out the perfect holiday cards, or make sure you at least had the perfect family holiday pics taken? If not, then don’t ...

DIY Magic Reindeer Food- A Christmas Eve Tradition

Dec 17, 2015

Have you ever heard of magic reindeer food? Last year we were given a packet from Santa during one of the Christmas events we attended. My kids couldn’t wait to sprinkle it outside for the reindeer on Christmas Eve! Just like that a new tradition was born! Now, we let the girls sneak outside ...

Set A Place For Santa – DIY Cookie Plate

Dec 10, 2015

I don’t know about you, but every year around Christmas I experience delusions of grandeur. I think, “THIS is the year everything will sparkle, and glisten and drip with Christmas cheer!!” But, then I run out of time and I realize if we want clean clothes and food to eat I need to scale...

Fun Activities For Thanksgiving Day

Nov 26, 2015

Whether you are traveling or staying home, keep this list handy! Thanksgiving day can be a long day for little ones. Adults have so much to do to prepare for that kids can feel left out. Watching TV is a great way to keep the kids corralled in another room and away from the kitchen, but really litt...

Give A Kid The Gift of Swag!

Nov 19, 2015

This week the girls and I set aside the crafts to work on a unique service project! We are collecting birthday swag to deliver to the People’s Place Thrift Store & Food Pantry in Kingston. The Birthday Booth started in May 2015 when participants began asking for help providing birthday ca...

5 Thankful Traditions For Teaching Kids Gratitude

Nov 12, 2015

Growing up I really didn’t have many Thanksgiving traditions. My mother was a single mom and often had to work most Thanksgiving holidays, so we were just thankful when we could all be home together for dinner. However, my siblings and I kind of set our own tradition for how we spent our day....

Graphic Novels for Young Kids

Nov 5, 2015

Illustration credit to Robert Geronimo as published in Little Maia’s Coral City Adventure. Does your kid get excited about comic books? My girls fell in love with comic books at age three. Mr. Whatever Mom is a self-professed comic book “geek.” Other than the most recognizable supe...

A Monster In My Salad Bowl- Finding Inspiration In The Ordinary

Oct 29, 2015

This week my girls discovered the McDonald’s salad container I was eating out of looked very similar to a UFO. So, they decided to decorate their own UFO’s in honor of Halloween! I know UFOs are not a traditional part of Halloween, but when you are five anything goes. Now, you can’...

Thinking Inside The Box For Craft Time

Oct 22, 2015

Each week the girls and I try to create our own projects. I scour Pinterest, or Facebook for ideas and we make them our own. I like to keep things simple. This week is so busy we are taking some help from the store. Well, more specifically a generous gift giver. The girls are using the gem mining ki...

Sensory Play With Water Beads

Oct 15, 2015

This week we are playing with water beads!! I don’t know who is more excited the kids or me! A friend (and Occupational Therapist) recommended these to me a while ago. When the girls preschool teacher gifted us with a set we couldn’t wait to try them out. Plumped up water beads are a gr...

7 Ways To Entertain A Sick Kid While You Are Sick

Oct 8, 2015

All my plans for this week have been stymied by that pesky cold virus. Not only are both my kids sick, but I am sick too. It is never a fair fight when mama is sick. The only thing I can do is just focus on survival. The girls missed two days of school to stay home and rest and to stop the free flo...

Be Prepared For Rainy Days

Oct 1, 2015

The next few days are supposed to be really rainy. Normally my kids and I enjoy playing in the rain. But, with an impending hurricane coming up with coast causing heavy winds… well, big trees and heavy winds do not mix well. So, we find ourselves inside until all the rain and 80 mile an hour ...

Connecting Art With Nature

Sep 24, 2015

The Fall weather is finally upon us and I couldn’t be happier! The mild temperature makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors. Each day we find something new and fun to do after preschool- from lunch at the park, to play dates and even painting and drawing outside. A very generous neighbor invite...

Use Your Kids Imagination as Inspiration

Sep 17, 2015

So excited to get a reader question! “Where do you find inspiration for your kid’s activities? Do you homeschool?” To answer, no I do not officially homeschool. We do find a lot of enriching and educational activities to do in our home (and beyond). I began introducing these types...

Sunday Drive Leads to Best Roadside Lunch!

Sep 10, 2015

One of my fondest childhood memories is taking a Sunday drive with my family. Our drives usually took us a few towns over and we could experience the sights and sounds of what was happening there. It wasn’t worldly travel, but it was a great way for me as a kid to see that life existed outside...

Your Stay At Home Mom Field Guide!

Sep 3, 2015

I am preparing our household for a year of Pre-K and I can’t stop thinking about how fast the years have gone by! I know every parent feels this same way, but I remember bringing home two newborns and thinking, “how will I survive the day with them all by myself?” In a flash my gir...

Ways To Stay Connected To Friends

Aug 27, 2015

If you have read any of my blogs this summer you know I have spent a lot of time finding adventures for me and the kids to enjoy. Well, this weekend I left them at home and celebrated my 40th birthday. Turning 40 wasn’t nearly as painful as I imagined. I still feel seventeen! I wish I had the...

Having A Blast At Trevor Zoo, Millbrook, NY

Aug 20, 2015

I am so thrilled that we can officially cross Trevor Zoo off of our Summer Bucket List!! After hearing so many moms talk about taking their kids we decided to find out what all the buzz is about. Trevor Zoo is located in Millbrook, NY. A fun fact about the zoo is it is actually part of a high schoo...

New Twist On A Classic Crispy Treat

Aug 13, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy the fall air is settling into our August nights. After a recent hot spell it feels nice to walk outside without the deep sizzling pain of the hot sun. OK, that’s a little dramatic. But, it really was too hot for us to be outside most days. So, t...

Frozen Dino Smash – What’s More Fun?

Jul 30, 2015

Wow Hudson Valley is it hot enough for ya? Phwew!! I knew we were having a hot spell when I broke into a sweat getting out of bed. OK, that may be partly due to being out of shape. But, still it has been hot! So, after play dates at the pool, eating our ice cream, visiting the library and watching ...

Keeping Kids Cool With An Ice Cream Social

Jul 23, 2015

I have a child who is a total planner like me. She will set up a social event in a matter of minutes and spares no details: “Hey, mom you know what would be a great idea?” “What?” “An ice cream social!! We’ll need bowls and spoons and napkins! And, how about some...

Creating An Outdoor Mud Kitchen

Jul 16, 2015

When I was a preschooler you could find me playing in the mud. I drove my mom crazy with cleaning me up after a mud session, only to find me wandering back outside to find more mud. Sorry mom, it’s just good clean, messy fun! Is it any wonder my own children love playing in the mud? I actuall...

Our Day As Little Farmers

Jul 9, 2015

I have a secret fantasy to be a farmer. Seriously. I would love to be an actual farmer! My aunt and her family ran a dairy farm for many years. After seeing how messy cows and chickens are I have decided I’d like to grow veggies only. I day dream about riding on my tractor one lengthy row at ...

Storm King Art Center – Family Friendly Art

Jul 6, 2015

This summer my girls and I are on a search for free art! We enjoy creating our own art at home, but now that my girls are older we are looking for new ways to appreciate art, and inspire our creativity. The number one item on our Summer Bucket list this year is a visit to Storm King Art Center. Than...

Creating Unique Keepsakes at Boudoir Baby

Jun 25, 2015

Store window for Boudoir Baby 114 Partition St. Saugerties The Hudson Valley is so rich with creativity. I am always excited to find new ways to get creative. You know, minus all the crayons and glitter glue. Also, I am always on the look out for heart melting keepsakes. I found both at Boudoir Baby...

4 Low Sugar Snack Time Swaps for Kids

Jun 11, 2015

Sometimes I like to take a break from the crafting and make some fun things with food. My picky little eaters and I really enjoy getting creative in the kitchen! Recently, I gave our eating plan a sugar overhaul prompting me to get creative with our snacks! If your kids are like mine you have littl...

5 Simple Gifts To Thank A Teacher

Jun 4, 2015

It’s the time of year we all start to panic and worry about buying our kid’s teachers a thank you gift. This is the first year we have to think about end of year gifts. Honestly, I’m not worried. I have our gifts all picked out. But, I don’t really understand why moms get so...

Creating a Perpetual Mural

May 28, 2015

What a crazy week! I am burning through my  to-do list! Besides my usual duties as a chauffeur, chef and maid, I am catching up on some home improvement projects. It seems once you have children everything comes to a halt for oh, let’s say the first five years. With so many things happening a...

Adventures Of Working From Home . . . With My Kids.

May 21, 2015

  Here is a little behind the scenes look at the office of The Whatever Mom. It isn’t all crafty and educational fun. It gets messy, the kids get cranky and some days I just wanna pull my hair out trying to get everyone to listen. That’s just the daily stuff. But, when you work fro...

5 Mom And Me Date Night Ideas

May 14, 2015

Keeping up with the demands of being a wife and a mother is not easy. I feel like everyone wants a piece of my time. I realize how important it is to set aside time to be with my spouse.  It isn’t always easy, but as a married couple we need time to connect, catch up and remember why we love ...

8 Ways To Entertain Your Kids Without A TV

May 7, 2015

So here it is screen free week and I kicked it off by letting the kids watch TV while I cooked dinner. Ooops! In my defense we were screen free last week.  No,  I didn’t mix up my weeks. I just did not turn the TV on for a whole week. My kids also may be the only 4 1/2 year-olds without an iP...

Every Day Is Earth Day

Apr 30, 2015

So, last week I was so excited to share with you all the wonderful free services I found just by reading the Hudson Valley Parent blogs, that I forgot to share my recycling fun for Earth Day! That’s OK because Earth Day is every day right? Recycling has always been important to me. Growing up...

6 Tips For Keeping Your Car Road Ready For Summer

Apr 9, 2015

After a week of meeting up with friends at different parks, and a whirl wind trip to Mystic Connecticut, I am reminded that now is a good time to do a little automotive Spring cleaning and organizing. Plus, in a few short weeks my girls will begin their first soccer season. We need to be ready! Here...

Spring Cleaning the Art Cart- Watch Out Martha!

Apr 2, 2015

Spring is finally here! The temps haven’t broken 50 degrees just yet, but we have had two park play dates so far. The fresh air and the tiny bit of sunshine just feels so good! Dear summer heat I am ready whenever you are! You may, or may not, be making plans for spring cleaning. I like to try...

My One Year “Easterversary” Round Up!

Mar 26, 2015

I started blogging for Hudson Valley Parent one year ago this month! Woo hoo! Several of my first posts shared all the fun things we were doing to prepare for Easter. This year we’ve decided to scale back a bit and just keep it simple (mostly because I lost track of how early Easter is this ye...


Mar 19, 2015

Confession: I thought being a SAHM meant I’d have more time. I’d have more time to enjoy my kids, make fun crafts, and organize our closets like Martha Stewart. None of that happens. I do enjoy my kids, but much of our day to day stuff is me cleaning up after them and making food they won’t eat. B...

Let Them Eat Pie!! Celebrating Pi Day With Your Kids.

Mar 12, 2015

Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie who wants Pi holler I! Who wants Pi? OK you can’t eat Pi because it’s a number, but you don’t have to be a math junkie to enjoy pie! According to Piday.org “Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “p”) is the s...

5 Simple Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home!

Mar 5, 2015

Beautiful spring colors found at Adam’s Spring Showcase One of our favorite places to go in the winter is the garden center at Adam’s. It is our winter time refuge! The girls and I love to grab a free cookie at the bakery and check out the greenhouse. The warm, humid air and the colorful...

Hope For An Overwhelming Space- Get A Makeover!

Feb 26, 2015

Is there a room in your house that as soon as you walk in you feel your pulse race and your mind start to whirl in confusion, “how did it get this way?” That room for  me is my home office. It has become a dumping ground for all of my unfinished projects, things I don’t want the kids to touch and t...

This Week- Our Chinese New Year Celebration!

Feb 19, 2015

Last week I introduced the girls to Mardi Gras with our crafts and cheater beingets. This week we are learning about Chinese New Year! The Chinese New Year celebrates family and hope for prosperity. Many families gather and give gifts of lucky money tucked inside red envelops and take their family p...

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler – Let the Good Times Roll

Feb 12, 2015

It’s Mardi Gras! Although I have never been to a Mardi Gras celebration I have been to New Orleans where Mardi Gras really never stops. My husband and I spent a week in NOLA soaking up the local color, eating some of the best southern fare and enjoying a whole lot of musical history (along wit...

Sensory Bottle Fun

Feb 5, 2015

  By now you have all found these sensory bottles on Pintrest, random Facebook posts or even in a family magazine. I was dying to try them out. Not only am I dying to try them out, I also promised my friend Amanda I would make these for a blog. So,here ya go Amanda! Here […]

The Insanity of Living With The Toddlerazzi

Jan 29, 2015

I found this Facebook post I wrote on November 15, 2012- just weeks before my twins turned two. Day in the life of a SAHM November 15, 2012 at 2:17pm Many people ask me (on a near daily basis) is it hard having twins? My reply is usually “depends on the day.” I thought I’d share […]

Pom-poms and Cardboard, Expensive Toys Are Overrated

Jan 22, 2015

My kids are totally obsessed with fuzzy pom-poms. You may have gathered that from myEaster post. They love to make crafts with them, count them, sort them, and now we are making games out of them. My kids do not like going outside in the winter- which I do not fuss about! So, we need to […]

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun!

Jan 15, 2015

If you were a child in the 1980’s your birthday party might look something like this: friends, cake, ice cream and the backyard. Or, if you were really lucky, you got a party at McDonald’s. If you are a child in the 2000’s your birthday party might look something like this: A high society ball. We [...

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours with Bonus Craft

Jan 8, 2015

Simmer down now, this is a family show! I don’t know about you but I am filled with a great determination to get organized this year! (Maybe it is just coincidence that about 1.2 million other people have this same urge?). Now that my twins are 4 I feel like I am finally coming out […]


Jan 1, 2015

  I’m not one to make a lot of resolutions for the new year. But I do like to look back and think about all the good things that happened in my year. 2014 has been a pretty great year for the Whatever Mom. I started this blog less than a year ago as a […]

3 Last Minute “Whatever” Christmas Gift Ideas

Dec 18, 2014

Only eight crazy nights left until Christmas! Whatever. I’m not worried. That’s a lie… Anyone else feel a slight panic attack coming on? I have been so behind this year thanks to the 5 weeks of sickness holding us hostage. I was down for three weeks in November, and my girls have been sick the [R...

DIY Shower Soothers Using 3 Ingredients

Dec 11, 2014

This weeks post is going to be short and sweet. My little girl picked up a terrible cold virus. It comes with a wicked cough and major sinus congestion. She woke me up at 3:00 a.m. standing by my bed shouting, “mom!! I can’t smell!!” Poor kid. Unfortunately, there aren’t many...

4 Gift Giving Traditions

Dec 4, 2014

Every family has their holiday traditions. Maybe there are certain special gifts we can look forward to each year, or special way to celebrate our holiday. Growing up my mom always let us open one gift on Christmas Eve. It was usually a pair of pajamas to wear to bed that night. My husband knew [...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2014

Wishing all my readers a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving! Safe travels and may your stuffing be perfect! The girls have the entire Thanksgiving week off from school. We have been busy decorating, baking and making the house a giant mess. I am actually thankful for the toys scattered about the ho...

7 Ways Being a Mom Has Made Me a Horrible Friend

Nov 20, 2014

Ok, I’m not a horrible friend. But, I am definitely not as good a friend as I used to be. Before motherhood I was the girl you’d call at 2 a.m. and sob about your broken heart. I was the first to remember your birthday and get everyone together for cake. I’d join you at the gym [&#...

10 Reasons Aunts Have it Easier Than Moms

Nov 12, 2014

Being an aunt is so awesome. I never feel pressure to dress my nieces and nephews perfectly, or feed them organic stuff. Everything I say seems so wise. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gotten angry or impatient. When they were little it was so easy picking up my little cherubs [R...

Charity Starts At Home- 7 Ways To Give Back With Little Ones In Tow

Nov 5, 2014

So Halloween is over and it’s nearly Christmas already. Oh wait. Did we forget about that little holiday in the middle? The one where we are thankful for our families and friends before donning our sweatpants and stuffing our faces with cheesecake. Right, Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favo...

Grief In Her Own Words

Oct 30, 2014

As October begins to wind down with everyone’s focus on Halloween festivities, my mind drifts toward the child that won’t be celebrating with us this year. I miscarried our first child on October 27, 2007. Coincidentally October is also Infant Loss and Miscarriage Awareness Month. One in four women ...


Oct 23, 2014

Welcome to Week 3 of the No Frills version of The Whatever Mom! Hope you are enjoying my personal insights into this parenting gig!   We had the luxury of going to dinner at two different restaurants this weekend. We are lucky if we eat as a family at a restaurant two times in the […]

Kids Who Tantrum in Public – A Parent Perspective

Oct 16, 2014

Last week, fellow blogger Discount Diva gave out medals to moms with children who throw tantrums. As a mom of two children with epic tantrums I am not looking for a medal, just simple understanding and space to be a parent. Let me take you through a recent experience and break down for you what [...

3 Fun Kid Friendly Decorating Ideas

Oct 9, 2014

October is here! We can officially get excited about pumpkins and Halloween! I LOVE decorating for Fall!!! (Can never have too many exclamation points when sharing my excitement for Fall!!!). Gone are the days I can display my intricately designed, hand crafted grown up tablescapes. The delicate ens...

7 Pop & Drop Freezer Meals to Celebrate CrOCTober

Oct 2, 2014

HAPPY CROCKTOBER Have I shared with all of you how much I love my crock pot? My love affair with slow cooking began a few months after my twins were born. It takes a lot of work to put a hot dinner on the table while adjusting to life with kids! Once I got over […]

3 Easy Steps to Feel Organized

Sep 25, 2014

Every week for nearly the last four years I have proclaimed, “THIS is the week I get organized!” I really mean it when I say this. But, the reality of taking care of the other humans in my home leaves me little time to organize like Martha (as in Stewart). I admit it is disappointing [&#...

10 Fun ABC Activities

Sep 18, 2014

  I had this fantasy that I was going to home school my children. It sounded like fun at the time, but then the reality of being out numbered by two feisty little divas quickly changed my mind. But, I did want to teach them some basics like letters and numbers. So I started on […]


Sep 11, 2014

Let me start this post with a confession: once the kids go back to school I kind of go on auto pilot with the whole educational crafting at home thing. I feel like I did my due diligence and picked just the right school for them with teachers who are way more patient…er um, qualified […]

How to Start Your Own City Swap

Sep 4, 2014

With summer winding down I took a look at our summer bucket list. It was fun counting up all the things we have checked off. What a busy summer it has been! It feels like we just made our list yesterday and I can’t believe how quickly this summer has passed! One special bucket list […]

Super Simple Parenting Hacks

Aug 28, 2014

The countdown is on for my girls to return to school! Although we don’t have a ton of supplies to purchase, we are in a whirl-wind to get our house organized and cleaned up from summer’s fantastic chaos. I really just want to spend their first day of school focused on them (while I enjoy […]

What a Luxury It Is To Be Anxious for 17 Years.

Aug 21, 2014

My anxiety about turning 39 began on October 30th, 1997. I know that was 17 years ago, but I vividly remember sitting at my desk in my dorm room studying for an exam. The phone rang. It was my mom. “I’m sorry sweetie but Aunt Christine passed away.” My memory goes blank after that. I don’t […]

Dear Lonely Mom, You Are Not Alone.

Aug 14, 2014

I had a different, fun little piece ready to share, but when I opened my Facebook page my news feed was full of posts about Robin Williams’ suicide. My heart broke. Not because Hollywood lost a great actor, but as humans we lost a great one– his kindness, compassion, wisdom and joy now gone fr...

Make Bath Time the Last Activity of The Day!

Aug 7, 2014

Hard to believe August is here already! Everyone seems to be gearing up for back-to-school and lining up their routines. I’m still enjoying the longer days of sunshine and the slower pace of summer. Some days seem longer than others, like the days when kinds are cranky and do not want to get into th...

Reclaiming My Passion for Painting

Jul 31, 2014

I walk into the Vine Van Gogh paint night so excited to spend time with other moms (and a glass of wine). It really doesn’t matter what we are painting, I am just happy to be out of the house and among other adults. In the last three years I’ve made due with stolen moments […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Potty Training Edition

Jul 17, 2014

So you know that What to Expect when you’re Expecting series of parenting books? I’m about to add another volume to that called, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Potty Training Edition.”  Potty training has not been a magical 2 day experience for me. It hasn’t even been a difficult 2 mon...

The Whatever Mom Wants You To Join The Whatever Army!

Jul 10, 2014

We’ve all heard the term “Mommy Wars.” It just doesn’t sound right. Moms are supposed to be peaceful role models for their children. We teach our kids not to fight, to think of other people’s feelings, and to be kind to others. I have struggled the last few months to find jus...

Christmas in July My $150 Spending Plan

Jul 3, 2014

Here it is right smack in the middle of Summer and I am going to talk to you about Christmas. I know it’s 6 months away but as I mentioned last week, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It isn’t long after the smoke from the fireworks clears that my mind starts making Christmas [&#...

Red, White & Blue Holiday Crafts and a Frozen Treat

Jun 26, 2014

I really love the 4th of July! Next to Christmas, it is one of my favorite holidays.  I know Christmas is pretty awesome, but I really feel like the 4th is a spectacular holiday without all the pressure and stress of finding the right gift. And there are no hard and fast rules on how […]

Make Paper Pinwheels for Your Next Summer Party

Jun 19, 2014

It was such a gorgeous day today, the girls and I spent most of it outside. We played with the water table, ran around flying kites, kicked a ball and even enjoyed our lunch outside. Then someone said, “Let’s make a craft.” I didn’t feel like making a huge mess with paint and...

Family Savings Jar- Dimes for Disney

Jun 12, 2014

Most of my crafty ideas start with me rummaging through the house to find whatever items I already have on hand.  I found these awesome mason jars (which held our store bought pasta sauce) and knew I needed to use them for something! Disney jars it is! I think my girls are still a little […]

Introducing Phase 2

Jun 5, 2014

We interrupt this regularly scheduled crafty blog to focus a moment on Phase 2 of my frumpy to fabulous plan. Remember my post about how to spring clean your look? Well that was Phase 1 of my plan. I decided to add Phase 2, Healthy Eating and Exercise, after my daughter caught me getting out […...

Stay Strong Moms! There’s Hope for Picky Eaters.

May 29, 2014

During a play date a mother observed my preschooler eating salad. “You are giving me so much hope right now. You mean my kid might eat a salad one day?” Yes! I am here to bring you hope! My kids are just coming out of a hard core, year long cheese phase. They ate cheese, […]

Backyard Pirate Adventure

May 22, 2014

I had been trapped for hours in the back yard. Forced to swashbuckle against my will. Someone put a twig in my hand and made me sword fight before I was told to walk the plank. This is not a bad dream. This is my children’s obsession with all things Pirate. Yes, friends my girls […]

Make a Summer Bucket List!

May 15, 2014

Dare I say the winter that would never die has finally passed and we can FINALLY, FINALLY (no for real this time) enjoy some summer time activities? Woo hoo! For us, summer begins a flurry of travel plans, exciting adventures and new places to see.  I feel like our social calendar fills up so quickl...

How To Make An Income Without Leaving For Work

May 8, 2014

Having children is the most expensive venture I have ever made! Thankfully, there’s a pretty big emotional return on my financial investment. Unless you’ve married a Trump, you know the financial pinch having kids creates. I have always wanted to be a SAHM. I thought, “I’ll j...

Kid’s Art Storage

May 1, 2014

During my last visit home my mother handed me this haphazardly filled box of some of my old artwork and collectibles. Not everything fit and it was spilling over the sides of the box. I dropped most of its contents on the way to the car. I was excited to see mementos of my childhood […]

Spring Clean Your Look

Apr 24, 2014

Anyone else hear about this new fad called “spring cleaning?” It’s where you clean stuff simply because the season has changed?  It’s all the rage in my house right now. We are pulling apart closets and cleaning in corners we didn’t even know we had. It all started because I was tired of my ug...

A Funny Bunny Photo Booth

Apr 17, 2014

I wanted to do something really fun for the girls Easter pics this year. Short on time and money for a professional photographer, I decided to create my own funny bunny photo booth. But once I made the booth it was too cute to keep to ourselves. So, we invited a few friends for an […]

How to Build a Busy Binder

Apr 10, 2014

How often do you find awesome projects on Pintrest and think, “who has time for that?” Or, “I would never think of that!” That’s what inspired me to create these super simple busy binders! I used items I found at dollar stores. No need to use up my ink to print off a ton of […]

How Not to Host a Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 3, 2014

It’s my second blog in and I know what you’re thinking. This chick really digs the eggs. I was prepared to write a whole fluffy craft piece about how to host your own glow in the dark egg hunt. I realized it is more important to share what happened behind the scenes during party prep. […]

“Eggless” Easter Fun!

Mar 27, 2014

Hi! My name is Roxanne and I am the “Whatever Mom.” I am a stay at home mom with busy, unstoppable twin preschoolers.  I am excited to share with you this mess free, fun Easter egg activity. Last year I discovered the simple beauty of plastic Easter eggs and fuzzy pom-poms. With Easter right around ...