Dirty Little Secret

Alternatively Titled: Clean Little Secret I should not be sharing this little secret about myself.  Its not like I need to give anyone else another reason to think I am totally weird. I just could not resist sharing this with you. I have been doing something for about 20 years now.  Yes, I started when […]

Knock Knock

(ha, did you totally say "Who's there?" in your head???) Anytime we go anywhere, its a drive.  A typical outing to a grocery store is about 30 minutes away, so the kids and I have spent lots and lots of time in the car together. Recently, my trusty DVD player broke, and there has been lots more […]

Kids Will Be Kids

Last weekend we had the pleasure of spending lots of time over at my grandma and grandpas house in Bemidji. My grandparents have this wonderful hill (awesome pics in that link) in their yard that I remember playing on as a wee little child. I was wee once. Anyway, my dad and cousin Scott and hubby […]

Good and Bad of Parenting

Sometimes I feel like I was blessed with three wonderful and inquisitive and insightful children. Other times I wonder if their disobedient behavior is a direct correlation to the dreadful way I behaved as a child. Either way, there are good days and bad days. Its a good thing that despite their behavior, they are loved and treasured every […]

Confessions of a Cheap Mommy

This is my youngest child, my baby girl, my sweet giggly Audrey. Exhibit A Although it would be fun to post pictures of her and talk about how cute she is and oohh and aahh over my precious little angel, thats not what has inspired me to share today. I want to talk to you […]

What’s That In My Underware Drawer?

About six months ago, I made this little book for my niece.  Before I made I went out and bought all things polka dot.  Polka dot paper and polka dot fabric and polka dot ribbon.  I LURVE polka dot. Turns out I never needed to use the green and white polka dot fabric for my […]

Is My Baby Mocking Me?

What you are about to read may or may not be a typical day in my house.  I may or may not be slightly crazy and may or may not have sent a letter to Sharpie asking that all black markers come with a child proof cap.  Just sayin. 8:37 A.M.  Examine the meager contents […]

Today Is A Good Day

This morning, my kids slept in until 8:00 am.  All three of them.  The baby even slept until 9:30.   My in laws came over and played with the kids and loved on them and gave me a moment to catch up on a project that I have to have done for tomorrow that I […]

How I Wish

I wish someone had whispered in my ear… … that afternoon in August when we were all sitting outside, and as the sun set behind the trees, a faint wind stirred, causing me to rub my arm and get a chill as I lounged in the shade. I wish someone had said, "THIS IS YOUR […]

Women of The World, You Owe Me Bigtime

I gotta tell ya, I am a little disappointed in the female gender today. I had thought as women, we told each other stuff.  We prepared each other…. we warned each other of the inevitable.  Apparently, that is not the case. Last night I stood in front of my mirror and just looked at myself.  […]

It Time For A Little Game

Would you like to play a game??  Well.  Since I have yet to figure out how to make my blog interactive, I guess we'll have to settle for 'I'm gonna play a game and you can watch'.  That sounds really fun for you. So have ever had a conversation, say, with a child that went […]

Snips and Snails…

What does a little boy do on a typical summer day in Minnesota?   Stands still in a corner holding the wild flowers he helped his mom pick.   Catches turtles making a mad dash through our yard.  Who knew turtles were so fast?     He eats cookies that he decorated all by himself in […]

An Un-Conventional Review of The Shred

The Shred Day 1 I have not worked out in about 4 years.  For some reason I feel like I can do this. I have purchased the Shred at Target and cringe slightly as the checkout girl snickers as she scans it through.  I’m gonna show her! __________________________________________________________________   I just completed the Level 1 […]

Things Successful Bloggers Do

 I have decided to stop apologizing about all the cookie related topics on my blog.  For two main reasons. 1. I would be apologizing ALL the time and that gets tiring. 2. What the heck am I apologizing for?  I like making cookies and showing you all.  Which reminds me. "Things That Successful Bloggers Do […]

Family Reunion/80th Birthday

You may continue reading if one of the following applies to you: 1. Your last name is Merschman. 2. You can close your eyes right now and spell Merschman.  Correctly. 3. You recently witnessed *mature* adults throwing themselves down a hill on a slippery slope aided by soap, water, and lots and lots of laughter. 4. You […]

I Am Totally Judging You Right Now

Don’t judge me. You had better not judge me without looking at yourself first. You have no right to judge me! How dare you judge me!   Harsh. I don’t know about you, but I have heard these things many times.  I have said it many times. Mostly to my husband.  Typically I am eating my fifth […]

I Did it To Myself

Its raining.  Its been raining for about 36 hours straight here.  While that is wonderful news for the dry, dry ground, it is wretched news for those of us trying to complete HUGE projects and publish Before and After pictures in a timely fashion.  Hello, sunshine, I have blogging to do! OK then. I needed […]

10 Small Things (but some are really BIG things!)

10 Small Things   Each week I try to list 10 Small Things that make my life better, improve things in some way, or that I am so grateful for.  It can be as insignificant as toilet paper or as significant as the people nearest and dearest to me. I couldn't resist adding my kids this […]

How Not To Run Your Day

What you are about to read may or may not be a typical day in my house.  I may or may not be slightly crazy and may or may not have sent a letter to Sharpie asking that all black markers come with a child proof cap.  Just sayin. 8:37 A.M.  Examine the meager contents […]

Happy Belated Mothers Day

As you may remember, we had our children Dedicated last Sunday, which also happened to be Mothers day.  We invited over friends and family and grilled burgers and made yummy salad and I baked cake.   One is yellow cake (vanilla) One is white cake (white chocolate) One is chocolate cake (devils food) One of […]