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What IS That? – The Special Joys Of Family Fridge Cleaning

So yesterday I admitted that our fridge is gross a lot of the time, and that I had sought the guidance of an unnamed household guru, today we’ll call her “Smartha,” in an effort to properly combat that problem.  Unfortunately, Smartha apparently lives in a Utopian Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Family Life Love Refrigerator Coils Fridge Clean Dirty Filthy Martha Stewart Tool Brush Maintenance Haz Mat Cantaloupe Tomatoworld where mess and thus children do not exist.  Still, her advice is not completely without merit.  It’s great for a laugh.

If You Don’t Clean Your Refrigerator Coils You Will Die

If You Don’t Clean Your Refrigerator Coils You Will Die

Our fridge is gross most of the time.  The interval between just got cleaned and just turned disgusting is measurable in increments smaller than the differences in Olympic time trial running times.  It’s like I shut the door on a sparkling clean family fridgeHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Family Life Love Refrigerator Fridge Coils Clean Dirty Filthy Martha Stewart Vacuum Crevice tool Brush Circuit Breaker Fuse Box Cobwebs Racoon Broom Handle Stick Maintenance Apple Juice and open two seconds later to find a frat house appliance.  It’s scary.  It’s frightening.

Drills We Actually NEED To Have

Drills We Actually NEED To Have
by Gina Valley

My kids’ school had a fire drill the last day of school.  I’m not sure they really benefitted from that one.  Let’s face it, few of us ever benefitted from the monthly fire drill at school beyond getting some extra time to mess around and maybe to push off a math test.

But, since school has primed our kids to be ready for drills,

Green

Green
by Gina Valley
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Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission

Green

Breathe deep, my soul.

Bask in Beauty.

Soak in Light.

Grow in forgiveness.

Live in Love.

Breathe deep.

-gina valley

My Bodyguard’s Assault Cannon Is Bigger Than Yours

My Bodyguard’s Assault Cannon Is Bigger Than Yours

This is Hunter.  He (well at least I think he’s a “he”) is from HALO and is my body guard this week. At 2 ½ inches tall, he’s the largest plastic body guard I’ve had.

Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Family Life Love Caring Body Guard Toys Hunter Pirate Dinosaur Scared Lonely ProtectA couple years ago on a Wednesday evening, Sons #3 & #4 came to understand that after they went to bed at night I would stay up to work.  I’m not sure they understood then,

Just Called To Say I Hate You

So, my neighbor come over and tells us, and by us I mean the Professor as I wasn’t home at the time, (because God was sparing the life of my neighbor that day) that the windows of one of their cars had been shot out by a pellet gun.  Normal, neighborly information, right?  Something bad happened.  Want to make sure you are aware so you can protect your loved ones and your property,

Thanks For The Daddying

Thanks For The Daddying
by Gina Valley

In honor of all of you who do the daddying here are some words of wisdom from both those who are wise and those who are wise-cracking.

Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Family Life Love Caring Fathers’ Day Quotes DaddyingKnow that all of your efforts for the children in your life are appreciated and world changing, even if they aren’t acknowledged.  On behalf of those children, please accept this gratitude.  Thank you!

What My Dad Was REALLY Saying

What My Dad Was REALLY Saying
by Gina Valley

My dad is the sweetest man alive.

While I visited my parents this winter I needed to drive from their tiny mountain village to the closest big city to pick up The Professor from the airport.

My dad wanted to serve as my chauffeur, but that would have left my mom with no one to help her.

He was quite concerned about me making the longHumor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids Children Family Life Love Caring Fathers’ Day Driving Snow Airport Car Boots Water Coat Worry,

Do We HAVE To Have A Meeting For EVERYTHING?

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Do We HAVE To Have A Meeting For EVERYTHING?

So this woman says to me, “We get together to figure out more ways to have fun with our children.”

I was at one of my kids’ functions (why does “kids’ functions” make me immediately think of poop?) recently chatting with a woman I had met once or twice before at one of these things.

She was in a perfectly pressed,

Location, Location, Location: Planning For Your Disaster Area

Location, Location, Location: Planning For Your Disaster Area
by Gina Valley

I moved our pack’s craft table out of our family room and into our living room last month.  The Professor was thrilled.  It’s not that he doesn’t want our pack hanging out with him while he watches the Lakers;Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life love caring Mother Location Disaster Area Craft Table Bedazzle Remote Draperies Curtains Drapes Rhinestones Finger Paint Light it’s that he doesn’t want our pack’s art supplies hanging out near the TV.

He really didn’t appreciate it when someone bedazzled the remote.  For some reason its functioning was somewhat limited after receiving a coating of rhinestones.  And,