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Let your baby cry it out by Dr. Orlena Kerek

14 Jun

little baby girl sitting in grass crying

When you have your first baby, your world is turned upside down. You stop being able to do what you want to do, when you want to and are now in charge of this tiny being. To begin with, the tiny being only has a handful of needs, that is, to be fed, changed, entertained, […]

Then I Became a Mother by Robin Kramer

24 Mar

Robin Kramer book Then I became a mother

We were so excited to receive a copy of Robin Kramer’s book “Then I Became a Mother” to review. We found her stories painfully true and inherently lovable.  She is an amazing author with the gift of gab and I highly recommend you read her stuff! Then I Became A Mother This book is so […]

Travel with Kids made easy

22 Mar

Back when I was single, road trips and holidays were pretty simple. I’d pack my bag with my stuff and head out. I could leave whenever was convenient for me and stops along the way were only dependent on my appetite and my bladder. Since becoming a parent, things have gotten a bit more complicated […]

Will the real helicopter parent please stand up?

6 Mar

#helicoptermom looking over daughters shoulder while texting

My husband and I have lived under the constant scrutiny of a nation that does not understand our parenting style.  Not only don’t they understand, but many of them don’t even care to try.  Just like the extra effort needed to stay involved in their children’s lives, it isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. […]

180 Experiences that will Strengthen your Marriage

25 Feb

180 experiences that will strengthen your marriage

Okay, so I guess you’re wondering why Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad have moved from helicopter parent topics of discussion to marriage; truthfully, we asked ourselves the same question.  When Dustin Wiggins asked us to review his newest book, 180 Experiences that will Strengthen your Marriage, we thought perhaps he had reached out to […]

Helicopter parents can hover with Zubie

19 Feb


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zubie for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Since Beloved has only been driving for a short time, she has not yet learned all of the nuances of her vehicle and the road.  Just Plane Dad and I have taught her the basics and […]

Jungle Gym Jam CD review

17 Feb

everyones invited music cd

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad were asked to review the Jungle Gym Jam CD.  Our review and #giveaway are below and we are honored to work with Jason Didner.  We received a copy of the CD in order to offer our honest opinion. Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show, and […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

valentine basket with candy

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  For my family, we all exchange cards, a few kisses and spend the evening over a wonderful dinner.  For us, nothing beats quality time together.   I show my love for Beloved and Just Plane Dad every single day that I have them with me on this journey […]

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend with #CookieBoss

5 Feb

cookie weekend save the date #cookieboss

I am being compensated by GSUSA for my participation in its National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend campaign as part of my affiliation with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  I love Girl Scouting and I’m honored to work with both organizations. #CookieBoss   I have a long love affair with the Girl Scouts and an even […]

Where do we go from here?

20 Jan

MLK, statue, I have a dream

Today is one of those beautiful days in history that you learn about your whole life but never fully understand the impact of the lesson.  Growing up we were thrilled to have the day off of school and that was enough.  We understood the general meaning of why we were celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

Welcome the New Year with promise

4 Jan

new year's eve celebration

Welcome to 2014! The New Year holds so much promise for helicopter parents like us.  We get a chance to think about our past year’s mistakes (of course we had some) and our accomplishments (plentiful) and work to ensure a brighter future.  It’s a peaceful time of year when the Earth is cloaked in promise. […]

10 Things I’m Thankful For

28 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 […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

16 Nov

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 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 Your Own Fashion Headbands Awesome […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Teens & Tweens

16 Nov

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.  If you have little ones, check out this guide.   Gifts for Teens/Tweens 97 Things to […]

Happy Anniversary

14 Nov

happy 21st anniversary

Happy 21st Anniversary Just Plane Dad. I have loved you since we first met.   I will love you until God parts us.