Family Life

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

by Ann-Marie on December 24, 2013

CIB Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

However you may be spending Christmas, I hope you have a blessed holiday and safe travels!

I’m taking a couple days off to spend with my family. If I happen to see any really fabulous deals that I just have to share, I’ll let you know on my Chaos Is Bliss Facebook page or on Twitter.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and that Santa brings exactly what you’re hoping for.



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Daddy’s Sick = We all take a break for Fall Break

by Ann-Marie on October 23, 2013

Fall TreeI’ve been posting quite lightly lately, initially it was just due to some upcoming field trips, misc activities with the kids, etc.

Then things came to a screeching halt Monday when my husband came home from work, tried to rest but by 5pm was in such excruciating pain we had to take him to the ER.

Acute appendicitis. Resulting in an appendectomy.

“Aahhh, my (so-and-so) had that too.”

It’s common, we hear. Lots of people know someone or multiple ones that have had their appendix removed. Even my neighbor’s husband had his removed in March.

He’s home recovering, still a little nauseous and in some pain, which we’re managing.

Two hours from now my older kids get off the bus to start Fall Break, so we’ll just see how much rest Daddy’s going to get.

We’ll press on.

All this is to say, I will be posting lightly over the next several days, and this is why. I don’t have a staff, or writers, or a virtual assistant to fill in while I’m gone. It’s just me. Between caring for Larry and keeping my kids occupied and entertained the next 4 days, this mama’s got her hands full!

And please if you don’t already, follow me on Facebook because if I just can’t hop on to create a blog post I may just share a hot deal or freebie to my Facebook page.

Thanks all!

Larry & Dylan

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10 Must-Haves for a Summer Picnic

One of my husband’s and my favorite things to do in the summer is to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra play in the outdoor amphitheater at Conner Prairie, known as Symphony on the Prairie. We bring a picnic, lawn chairs and a blanket and curl up under the stars for a night of beautiful music.

To be honest what I enjoy as much as the music and atmosphere, is our picnic. Sometimes we go with another couple, always without children – love them dearly, but let’s be honest – sometimes kids can spoil a romantic date.

Indiana’s Family of Farmers┬ásent me a wonderful array of picnic-perfect must-haves, and by adding in my own favorite picnic tools into the mix I thought it would be fun to share with you my…

10 Must-Haves for a Summer Picnic

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