Christmas Sucks Review and Giveaway


Does the coming Christmas season conjure up going into debt (again), terrible travel and creepy mall Santa Clauses? Then you probably agree- Christmas can suck! Good news… there’s a new book that says you’re not alone.CHRISTMAS SUCKS: WHAT TO DO WHEN FRUITCAKE, FAMILY AND FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT MAKE YOU MISERABLE by Joanne Kimes is a collection of practical tips that will … [Read more...]

The Mission Minded Family

Often, parents and teachers ask their children, “What do YOU want to be when you grow up?” In a world that is increasingly self-seeking, self-centered, and self-absorbed, the answers are consistently more egocentric—“a movie star,” “a rock star,” “a dance star.” Even within the church, this present generation is fixated on obtaining fame, wealth, and pleasure. But shouldn’t … [Read more...]

Halloween Leftovers


Better late that never, right?E.B. was Superman (for the 2nd time in his whole 3 years of life) for Halloween this year. This was the first year that he really "got" what it was all about and I don't know who had more fun trick-or-treating...E.B. or Cracked Daddy. … [Read more...]

Febreze To Go

I'm a Febreze spraying fool around my house and have been hooked on this product ever since it came out. There's just nothing better than a clean, fresh smelling house, unless, maybe someone else cleaning the house for you. In any case, I was pleased to see that Febreze has come out with a handy, compact size bottle of their air refresher called Febreze To Go. At just 2.8 oz, … [Read more...]

Cole Family Christmas

If you're in the market for a great chapter book to read aloud with the kids to get you in the Christmas Spirit, Cole Family Christmas is definitely the book that will warm your heart and remind you and your children of the importance of family values in a time where they seem to be all but slipping away. Set in the Kentucky during the 1920's, Cole Family Christmas is written … [Read more...]

Free Coloring Page Fun!


The holidays are drawing near and that means in a few weeks the kids will be out of school, at home, and B-O-R-E-D. If you find yourself home alone with the kids and the whining starts, head over to has more than 2500 FREE Coloring Pagesto give you with hours upon hours of free coloring page fun! … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Time


The weekend before last was a busy one here at the Cracked House. Before we had E.B., Cracked Daddy and I put up a few Halloween decorations, handed out candy on Halloween night and called it good. Once E.B. came along, however, Cracked Daddy insisted he would have a carved pumpkin every year from now on and he has. I certainly don't begrudge my child a pumpkin, but I'm a … [Read more...]

Good Deals & Smart Steals

The economic downturn has been a hot topic and on everyone's minds lately, and with good reason. It affects all of us and does not discriminate on race, gender, or net worth. One of the most proactive things I think anyone can do during this time is to be smart with their purchases, and the editors at Good Housekeeping have written Good Deals & Smart Steals to help you get … [Read more...]

Tattle Tail, Tattle Tail, Hang It On A Britches Nail


I am thoroughly proud of the progress E.B. is making in preschool. He has really blown us away with some of the things he comes home telling us about. It's definitely been money well spent. However, there's just this teensy little habit he has picked up while there and it's getting just a teensy little bit annoying. My baby is now a tattle-tail.Poor thing. He has no … [Read more...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Publishing Children’s Books


I must confess. I've always wanted to write a children's book. As a young child I used to write stories and even published a neighborhood newspaper with some of my friends. Writing has always been an activity I enjoyed and I recently had the opportunity to check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books by Harold Underdown. If you have ever thought of … [Read more...]