Munchkins Part III: Time to Relax

Munchkins Part III: Time to Relax

The dinner is over. It’s time to relax. Can this really be done with a bunch of little kids running around? What do you do with guests, to make the “after dinner time” peaceful and relaxing? There were quite a few dinner parties where our guests would leave their...

Munchkins Part II: Mealtime

Munchkins Part II: Mealtime

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it!” Bill CosbyWhat are some of my best memories of entertaining while our kids were little? Was it crying babies, emergency diaper changes or kids fighting over toys? No...

Munchkins Part I: Laughter and Planning Ahead!

Munchkins Part I: Laughter and Planning Ahead!

“Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.” Irish BlessingAs I reach back into my memory bank, remembering “how I did it” (entertained) with little kids in the house, I came up with one important factor: Laughter! Don’t our lives revolve around the...

Munchkins Underfoot!

Munchkins Underfoot!

I have the dishes, the napkins, the crystal, the love of cooking and baking … but how do you do it (entertain) with little ones?I recently received this letter from a reader with her 4th baby on the way. I love it when I see the hearts of young...

Attitude of Gratitude – Another Balcony Girls Lesson (and new GIVEAWAY winner!)

Attitude of Gratitude – Another Balcony Girls Lesson (and new GIVEAWAY winner!)

It’s been a while since my Balcony Girls and I met, so yesterday was an afternoon full of excitement and anticipation as we came together to learn a lesson on gratitude. Gratitude: A feeling of being grateful or thankful. It comes from being content and it comes from our...

After Dinner Walks

After Dinner Walks

My husband and I find “after dinner-walks” essential. After stimulating family time around the dinner table, Paul and I extend that time by the two of us getting away and taking a walk together. Rain, sleet, snow, or even under the beautiful moonlit night, we take the chance to...

More Dinner Talk – tradition turning to habit!

More Dinner Talk – tradition turning to habit!

Our dinner conversation on Monday night wasn’t our usual, “go around the room and ask how your day was,” type of discussion. Instead we talked about Martin Luther King and racism. Not only did we have our whole family at the table, we had extra kids, with it being...

Turn Up the Volume!

Turn Up the Volume!

Next time you have a dinner party, turn your music volume up a little louder than you might think – and see what happens! This post was inspired by a reader who recently wrote me: What is it that you have learned that causes you to turn the volume...