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...]

Simplify Your Holidays


Are you looking for a way to simplify the most stressful time of the year? Feeling like it’s impossible to keep up with all the demands of the coming holiday season? Marcia Ramsland, The Organizing Pro and author of Simplify Your Holidays, has found a way to change seasonal stress into intentional success! She believes everyone can find that calm and peace they are looking … [Read more...]

And It’s My Blogoversary!

I didn't want to miss posting today because today marks one whole year that I've been blogging. I remember when blogging became a big buzzword around the internet and at the time I had zero interest in it. I couldn't imagine what was so great about writing down your thoughts and letting other people read them. Then I started reading a few here and there and suddenly I was … [Read more...]

Waving My Little White Flag

OK, so I know things have been pretty dull in here as of late. And I know I am waaaay, waaay behind on visiting your blogs and commenting. I hope by this weekend things will be a little less hectic. I've been working longer hours and E.B. is having a really, really difficult week. And this is causing his mama major frustration and tears because this is an expensive disorder … [Read more...]