Monthly Archives: September 2013

Soccer mom life

SoccerI just realized that September is Youth Soccer Month.  So I’m celebrating soccer mom life this last day of the month.

Isn’t it amazing how many of us are soccer moms these days?  When I was growing up, I didn’t know much about soccer.  Now I love cheering on my kids at the soccer field!

What is it about soccer that has made it such a fast-growing sport in America?  I think one of the greatest things about it is the ability for everyone to get involved.  Kids just need to be willing to run and kick a ball to begin.  And anyone can improve on those skills with practice if they’re dedicated.

Since my husband and I didn’t know much about soccer when our boys started playing, we all had to learn fast.  We were confused when we started hearing about things like offsides and corner kicks.

We got a few books for our kids, and we all read through them to understand the rules of the game.  This one was helpful: The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book: Rules, techniques, and more about your favorite sport! (The Everything® Kids Series).

And now my soccer mom duties are calling.  I’m off to the soccer field – we have a game for one child and a practice for another!


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Do you love Pinterest as much as I do?  I think Pinterest is one of the best social media inventions!  I love being able to “collect” lovely things on my pinboards and look at them for ideas or inspiration.

As I close out my first week of blogging, I’ve set up my Pinterest account for this blog.  You can find me at

Have a great weekend!

Cooking up more fun

I have a confession.  I’m not a great cook, and I don’t really enjoy it.  I see a lot of great blogs and recipes on Pinterest, and I wish I was one of those moms who create amazing meals for my family every day.  But that’s not me.

Thankfully, my family doesn’t complain about my lack of culinary greatness.  In fact, they’re very gracious and appreciative about our meals.  But I wish I could wow them every night.  One of my goals since I recently became a stay-at-home mom is to become a better cook.

I decided that I may need some additional/better kitchen tools.  What I have is a mix of things I got when my hubby and I got married almost 18 years ago (and I had no clue what to put on my registry) and hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law when they downsized.  It’s a lot of old and mismatched stuff.

So I went browsing through the store recently and realized that I could make cooking a lot more enjoyable for myself.  I love all the bright new colors and options available!  I’ve added a few new things, like these rainbow-colored measuring spoons.  They’re just more fun to use than my plain old white ones!  

It’s a small thing, but I need all the inspiration I can get for cooking.  I’m looking forward to adding some more fun items to liven up our kitchen and help me beat the cooking blahs! 

What’s your favorite way to make cooking fun?