Full of Thanks and Giving! 10 Thanksgiving Ideas for your family from mine…

I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying a few days off from work and school. Feeling so thankful for a healthy, loving family, for a wonderful job that allows me to use my gifts and share lots of love, for the opportunities I'm given to inspire and encourage other parents in the community, for a comfortable home, for the beauty of the … [Continue reading]

Counting Our Blessings and Thanksgiving Songs

  This November, as we have been counting our blessings at home and at school, it has been such a blessing for me to help the children in my life to focus on an "attitude of gratitude." And a great reminder for me, as well. We have enjoyed adding leaves of thanks to our "Blessing Tree" recently. My favorite is the one that Ellie wrote that says "Mommy". But other leaves read "bars" (teddy … [Continue reading]

Behind the Masks….

I had SO much fun with the pre-school kids at school this week doing Halloween songs, movement, and musical games*! We pretended we were bats, monsters, ghosts, cats, skeletons, and magic pumpkins! We held hands while I told my favorite not-so-scary ghost story by flashlight, we took turns surprising each other with Jack-O-lantern masks, we told the story of the "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not … [Continue reading]

Our State Fair is a GREAT State Fair!

"Our State Fair is a GREAT state fair! Don't miss it, don't even be late. It's dollars to doughnuts at our state fair, cuz' at our state fair it's the greatest fair in the state!" (MUST SEE: this video of my kids singing from 2 years ago on the way to the fair, Video of kids singing "Our State Fair" song. At that point in time, I had no idea that the backseat bickering would get even worse! … [Continue reading]

10 Fun Fall Family Rituals!

  “Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy children.... RITUALS are the GLUE that holds the MOSAIC OF LOVE together.” (Becky Bailey) Happy Fall, everyone! This is my favorite season for the crisp, cool days (still waiting) that refresh my spirit, the chance to be outside in nature again (now that the temperature in Dallas has dropped below … [Continue reading]

Flashlights, Spider Bites, and COLD nights!

Sitting on the mattresses, helping us set up camp!

10 Reasons to be a "Camping Family"! Camping encourages family team work! And the sense of … [Continue reading]

Halloween Books and Songs

I have a new favorite Halloween book this year! I discovered it in a box of hand-me-down books in … [Continue reading]

Fall Family Rituals: 10 Ideas to Get you Started…

“Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy … [Continue reading]

Summer “to-go’s” in Dallas: affordable, family-friendly

{This post is my 4th in a series on "Slowing Down for Summer". Sometimes slowing down with your kids … [Continue reading]

“Celebrate Seuss” Story-time Tuesday!


Family Story-Time THIS Tuesday, March 1st, 4:00 Highlands Christian Church Join the fun as we … [Continue reading]

Mommy Manders Camps 2016

Earth is my friend

Back by popular demand for the 5th summer in a row, ANNOUNCING June “Mommy Manders” … [Continue reading]

Valentine’s Story-Time!

MONDAY, Feb. 1st, 4:00-5:00 pm at Highlands Christian Church Come dance and sing, snack and … [Continue reading]

Winter Family Story-Time: MONDAY, Jan. 4th!

Monday, Jan. 4th - Winter Family Story-Time with Mommy Manders, 4:00pm-5:00pm Snow books, songs, … [Continue reading]

Christmas Story-Time with Mommy Manders!

Holiday Family Story-Time in Lake Highlands Monday, Dec. 7th, 4:00-5:00pm Highlands Christian … [Continue reading]

Give Back with “Mommy Manders” and “WEE Volunteer”!


Looking for a way to teach your children the importance of giving back? Looking for a FUN … [Continue reading]