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20 April Fool’s Day Pranks You Can Do at Home!

April Fool’s Day is right around the corner! Every year, I start out with good intentions but then I get busy and don’t have time to concoct some elaborate plan of trickery. So, here are some quick, easy and most importantly, kid-friendly ideas for celebrating April Fool’s Day at your house during self-isolation.

Want to make it educational? National Geographic shares the origin of April Fool’s Day.

20 April Fool’s Day Pranks, Recipes and Ideas!

1. My kids have never forgiven me for the year when I bought some succulent strawberries and dipped them in sugar…only to find out it was salt.

2. Speaking of salt, sprinkle a bit of it on your child’s toothbrushes the night before.

3. Put a couple of very small drops of food coloring on your child’s toothpaste. They won’t notice until they start brushing and their mouth turns a different color.

sleepy4. If your kiddos are deep sleepers, carefully put them in a different bed when they are asleep. There’s nothing like waking up in a different place.

5. Lunch surprise. Open a small bag of Cheetos from the bottom and replace them with carrots before carefully taping it back up.

6. Open up the lid of your child’s shampoo and put a piece of Saran Wrap underneath. Nothing will come out when they go to wash their hair.

7. Grüß dich. For older kids, go in and change the language on their smartphone. Just make sure you know how to switch it back!

 8. Stuff some toilet paper into the toes of their shoes so they’ll think they grew overnight. PSA: Only if you have valuable TP to spare!

7. Takedown some wall hangings and replace them with your child’s shoes. Or put them in funny places.

8. Swap the cereal in the boxes so they need to track down their breakfast in the correct box.

9. The night before, pour their cereal and milk into a bowl and freeze. The next morning, they’ll have a frozen surprise when you call them down for breakfast.

10. Turn their room upside down while they’re asleep. Everything from furniture to toys to pictures to books.

11. While they’re sleeping, adjust their alarm clock a half-hour early. This one will go over splendidly well. 🙂

12. Tell your kids to clean their room. When they do it, have a co-conspirator go in and mess it up a bit again. When you go to check their work, laugh at their reaction.

13. Take a rubber band and wind it tightly around the sink’s spray nozzle and leave it aimed at the person’s face. When the water is turned out, they’ll get drenched. Note: be sure to do this one before they get dressed.
14. This one is for the husbands. Block the remote signal with a piece of opaque tape.
meatloaf cupcakes

meatloaf cupcakes

15. For a fun April Fool’s Day dinner, make meatloaf and put them in cupcake tins and wrappers and top them with colored mashed potatoes that look like frosting. 

16. Do your kids love chocolate chip cookies? Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes (emit spices and pepper) and mix in some black beans. Bake them as you would cookies and serve. Oh, the anti-climax!
17. Do you have someone who checks their email first thing in the morning? Put part of a post-it note over the tracking ball on a computer mouse — it won’t work!  Or, turn up the volume as high as it can go on someone’s computer or radio before they turn it on.
18. Hide all the utensils in the house and make the rule everyone has to eat with their hands. Kids will love the break!
19. Do your kids love Oreos? Scrape the filling out and carefully replace a few of them with toothpaste.
20. Take all their underwear and hang it in embarrassing places around their room. What a memorable way to wake up!

Movie Review: Fairy Tales Come True in Pixar’s Onward

Unicorns are dirty pests that get into trash. Elves live in suburban homes with toasters and TVs. Cops are minotaurs and cyclops. A Manticore runs a family restaurant. Pixies rob convenience stores. Magic? It is nowhere to be found. 

Onward opens in a realm that has forgotten its wild and magical roots. Technology, invention, and even pure laziness have replaced the wonder of adventuring through challenges. A few haven’t forgotten the old ways, however. Exuberantly nerdy Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) is using his gap year to careen around in a custom van named Guinevere. He is obsessed with a role-playing game akin to Dungeons and Dragons, convinced it is more than a fun hobby. It is real. When his shy, socially awkward younger brother, Ian (Tom Holland) turns 16, their mom Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) presents them with a gift from the boys’ deceased father. 

The father died before Ian was born. Barley has only a handful of memories of his late dad. When the mysterious gift offers an opportunity to spend one day with their dad, they follow the instructions. Things go very comically awry and must be fixed. The only way? To go on a quest, of course, like days of yore. Will Barley’s deep knowledge of the old days save the day? Or will Ian’s skepticism and self-doubt steer them in a new direction? 

Along the way, they meet The Manticore, voiced by Octavia Spencer. She is a fierce beast who has abandoned her legendary ways in favor of running a loud and garish family restaurant. They collide with a gang of Pixies who have forgotten how to fly (and act in public). Meanwhile, they have half a dad to lead around. These are some of the funniest movie moments Pixar has ever produced. 

Between the many laughs lies the heart of the story. Two fatherless brothers find themselves asked to redefine who they are to each other. Barley and Ian each sacrifice something of great value in order to save what they haplessly set into motion. This is a grand theme, and Pixar does very well with grand themes. Onward is not afraid to explore great loss, mourning, regret, and redemption — yet it has laugh-out-loud funny moments and delightful details. It’s the type of film you will want to see again to catch the incredible detail and whimsical touches that fill the screen. 

Pixar’s Onward is rated PG. 

What’s your family’s love language?

My husband Jamie and I are different.

Sure, in many ways we think alike, have the same interests and similar methodology with raising our children.

But we go about life very differently. He is low-key. Methodical. Wise.

I am not.

One of the areas in which we are most different is how we need to connect. I am physical. I crave affection. My son Bode is the same whereas my Hadley barely likes to be touched. Jamie is somewhere in the middle.

We both work from home and in such a setting, you would think we see each other all day. This is not the case and he often spends most of the day (and sometimes the evening) holed up in his basement den.

At the conclusion of one such day, I desperately wanted to snuggle up and just talk to him.

He just wanted to unwind by watching TV.

Like an annoying younger sibling I kept pressing him for conversation while his eyes remained glued on the television. Finally, exasperated he said, “You know you talk too much.”

“But I just want to talk to you tonight,” I sulked.
“I AM talking to you,” he professed.
“Oh really? About what?”
“About not talking to me.”


Your Love Language

Everyone has a different way of showing love to one another. A  few years ago, a friend introduced me to Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages. According to him, there are five key categories, or five love languages, proved to be universal and comprehensive, which are:

*Words of Affirmation
*Quality Time
*Receiving Gifts
*Acts of Service
*Physical Touch

The key is identifying which of the love languages you most embrace in your life and recognizing which ones most resonate in others.

The Quiz

Dr. Chapman has a short online quiz for adults, children, teens and singles that helps with the identification process. The 5 Love Languages is not just about solidifying romantic relationships.

In fact, in going through the quiz for my children, I recognized how differently they respond to and need affection. My son was easy to figure out because we both love to snuggle. My daughter’s love language, however, is not physical touch and after taking the quiz, I realized she responds best to positive words of affirmation. This knowledge has helped me become a better mother because I understand how to fulfill each child’s individual needs.

So, be sure to head over to and take the 30-question quiz and report back. The results may just surprise you…and help with your relationships.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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A Valentine’s Day to Forget!

During my single years, the road was rocky as I attempted to find a man who would one day be legally required to be my Valentine.

Some people call it marriage.

My most memorable S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) was my junior year of college. I had been casually dating a guy for a month. When I say casually, I mean casually. Even though we spent an inordinate amount of time together, he had shown no romantic inclinations towards me.

He was a bit of an anomaly: drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely clueless. Women fawned over him but he was immune to their charms. He was on the fast-track in business school but was also dirt poor and worked as an on-campus janitor at 4 a.m. One gal who lived in his apartment complex offered to drive him every morning. At 3:30 a.m. “Oh, she is just being nice,” he rationalized. “Besides, she drops me off on the way to the track.” The track that did not open until 5 a.m.

Confessions of a non-skier in Colorado

I have a confession to make: I hate skiing.  There. I said it. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 13 years, and I am not a skier. *gasp* Do people like me actually exist? Yes. Yes, we do.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the ski resorts!  There is so much to do at our wonderful ski resorts that doesn’t involve skiing. I’m just not a big fan of pain, and I never have been.

Even though I hate skiing, I love skiers! A lot of my friends ski. My husband is a skier. My daughter is a skier. I, on the other hand, am not a skier. In all fairness, what I do cannot be called skiing.

There is not that much screaming in skiing.

Every time I ski, things go downhill. Literally.

It all started when we moved here in January 1999.

Making Lunch (Out of Nothing at All)

Dear kids, I thought I had groceries and it turns out I didn’t. I am sorry for this sad excuse of a lunch. Love, Every parent (at least once).

We’re halfway through the year and the lunch struggle is real. That’s why we love the Holderness family new parody of the popular song from Air Supply. 

The Best Christmas Ever: A Hilarous Parody by Matt Damon

No one parodies the life of a parent quite like “Saturday Night Live.” Add guest host Matt Damon to the mix and you have holiday magic.  Matt Damon joined forces with “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong’s rendition of what Christmas truly looks like for parents everywhere. It’s a quick reminder that even when the holidays are the worst, they’re the best.

The bit titled “Best Christmas Ever” features the show’s December 15th co-host Matt Damon and his on-screen wife sitting in front of the fireplace on Christmas night. The two are enjoying a glass of wine and reliving the day together. The charming scene is set straight out of a corny Hallmark movie, but as the two recall all the excitement throughout the day, their flashbacks show a not-so-perfect array of stressful holiday road bumps.

Happy Holidays, Bumps and All!

Love, The Mamas

How to ruin Thanksgiving in four words

On Facebook, we asked the question “Ruin Thanksgiving in four words” and you answered. Oh, did you answer! 

According to Denver moms, here’s how to ruin Thanksgiving 2020:

  1. The potatoes are instant. 
  2. Nathan is coming over!
  3. I’m on a diet
  4. We weren’t expecting you!
  5. My mother-in-law is coming.
  6. I licked it all.
  7. Mom, my flights canceled
  8. Strep, Coxsackie, Norovirus, Flu
  9. We’re getting a divorce
  10. No Turkey or Mac-&-Cheese
  11. The turkey is frozen
  12. I am not cooking
  13. The oven won’t heat.
  14. I’m probably not contagious
  15. Taken out too soon
  16. Hand Foot Mouth Disease
  17. That is not gravy
  18. Where’s my pet turkey?
  19. No booze this Thanksgiving
  20. Dog tastes great, eh?

And the #1 way to ruin Thanksgiving:

Any thoughts on impeachment?

Humor: Millennial Dads vs. Baby Boomer Dads

YouTube comedians Taylor Calmus of Dude Dad and Myles Montplaisir of You Betcha are on a mission to bring more laughter into the world, and they’re doing just that with a new clip that’s going viral. In the wake of the world discovering that Gen Z has a major beef with their grandparents’ generation, the Baby Boomers, Calmus and Montplaisir decided to illustrate another generational divide. Now that many Millennials are parents themselves, the way they’re raising their kids looks quite a bit different from the way they were raised by their Boomer parents.

In “Millennial Dads vs. Baby Boomer Dads,” Calmus plays a Millennial dad (probably not unlike himself) who says no to McDonald’s (gotta avoid GMOs!), imaginatively turns a basic cardboard box into a spaceship, and politely requests that a baseball coach put his son in to pitch, among other “active” parenting endeavors. Meanwhile, Montplaisir portrays a Boomer dad who kicks the kids out of the family room when he wants to watch his TV shows, gets flustered and gives up while attempting a sex-ed talk with his son, and tells his bored kids to “go play with a box over there”.

“Cheer Dad” goes viral for duplicating his daughter’s routine

Move over Cheer and Dance Moms, Cheer Dad is here and he has some moves! 

Rolland “Hekili” Holland is literally his daughter’s biggest cheerleader, and there’s video evidence to prove it.

Video showing the Virginia dad went viral, raking up more than 3 million views, after a fellow parent filmed him enthusiastically performing his 15-year-old daughter Mackenzi’s cheerleading routine in time with the squad at the York High School football game on Friday.

Talk about nailing it.