Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad - Tales from the Not-so-Darkside of Parenting

Holiday Gift Guide for Teens & Tweens

18 Dec

gift guide for holiday presents

Listen up folks, Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, it snuck up on us again. Luckily, we’ve found some great gift ideas for those with teenagers and tweens! Don’t disappoint them this year, get them something they’ll love from our holiday gift guide for teens.  If you have little ones, check out this guide. […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

18 Dec

gift guide for little kids

You didn’t think I’d forget a gift guide for the little ones, did you? Check out some of the exciting items below  in our holiday gift guide that will make your Christmas morning full of laughter. If you have a teen, stop by our teen gift guide too.   Gifts for Elementary Aged Kids Create […]

Christmas Memories from top bloggers

17 Dec

Teddy bear on Christmas tree

Christmas is one holiday that elicits so many memories for us as a family.  I vividly recall most of my youth and hope every season that I’m helping Beloved create the same.  One of my fondest memories is building a snow fort with my sister and dad.  We made an amazing “igloo” and then watched […]

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad’s Christmas List

13 Dec

Christmas stocking and lights

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad’s Christmas List WE WISH: That every family had enough to eat. For snow in Florida on Christmas Eve. All parents will stay together. To remember that Jesus is the reason for this season. Just Plane Dad’s mom was still with us. That for one night, we could freeze time. […]

Speed up your mornings with McCafé premium coffee

11 Dec

#McCaféMyWay #CollectiveBias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #McCaféMyWay #CollectiveBias As a busy mom that works outside the home, I constantly look for ways to streamline my morning routine.  Yes, I could wake up an hour earlier, but come on, who wants to do that?  I’d […]

Babys Brilliant for military families

4 Dec

Military read along books

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad are thrilled to help Baby’s Brilliant with their military initiative.  Being former military, there is definitely a soft spot in our hearts for those that serve or have served.  Baby’s Brilliant has decided to do something amazing for those military families that can’t be together for Christmas. Just Plane […]

10 Things I’m Thankful For

27 Nov

Thanksgiving table with family

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Besides all of the amazing food that I can stuff my belly with, I am surrounded by the people that I love most.  Each year our family joins together and spends the day and mealtime laughing, reminiscing and just loving each other’s company. We tell the same old […]

Survive the Holidays with just $2.99!

25 Nov

surviving the holidays by jill smokler

With the holidays upon us, I’m looking for any break that I can grab.  Any single moment to myself where I’m not bombarded by requests for my time or ever-growing task lists.  Why is it that Halloween to Christmas is the most hectic, hurried part of the year?  I’ve worked hard all year, I just […]

Happy Anniversary

14 Nov

happy 21st anniversary

Happy 22nd Anniversary Just Plane Dad. I have loved you since we first met.   I will love you until God parts us.    

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project-Feed a hungry family

6 Nov

scary mommy thanksgiving project

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project started as a simple blog post from Jill Smokler in 2011.  She was upset that some parents couldn’t provide food for their families during the holidays.  Jill reached out to her readers and they warmly responded by donating money to her project. As I think about my life and each of […]