Summer 2014 Bucket List

Summer 2014 Bucket List by Elaine Griffin from The Laine List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We’ve already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires. Summer break has finally arrived. We are all more than a little ready for summer. We are tired of the grind, yo. I’ve managed to squirrel enough cash to cut back on my work hours, and we {… Continue Reading …}

Meal Plan Week of June 2nd

meal plan week of June 2, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

I know I am not the only one who cannot believe it is June already! The weather is crazy – today may be close to 90, and by Thursday it is going to be around 70, hence my choice of a leftovers chili. We are still working on our healthy eating habits. This week my {… Continue Reading …}

Learning to Cook from the Heart

Learning to Cook from the Heart, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

I’ve been watching cooking shows since I was knee high to my mother and grandmother. Of course back then it was Julia Child. The Frugal Gourmet was right up there for me too. But after Julia it was Graham Kerr and Martin Yan. Soon after that, celebrity chefs hit the scene and the Food Network came {… Continue Reading …}

Case of the Mondays - I'm sorry I can't work today. I'm too busy pretending to be sick so I can finish all the things I should have done over the weekend.

Anyone else wish all weekends were three days long?


Nourish by Elaine Griffin

The theme of this months NaBloPoMo is Nourish. As an aspiring food blogger you would think my mind would have immediately thought this would be a perfect opportunity to blog about food. Interestingly, my first thought when I read the word Nourish was how to nourish my soul. What nourishes my soul? My little dude {… Continue Reading …}

My Daughter, a Big Kid Bed, and a Flashlight Friend #Review

My Daughter, a Big Kid Bed, and a Flashlight Friend The Laine List

My daughter has a lot of…personality. She’s a little bit of loose cannon, little bit of headstrong, and a whole lot of sweet all rolled into one. I wouldn’t trade any part of her personality for anything, but it is for the first two reasons why we have, until recently, kept her in her crib. {… Continue Reading …}

Summer Dreams Fall Away

summer fun in the sun

Summer is over. The weather is starting to change, and we are getting back into the groove of school. Soon we will be jumping in leaves. Making snow angels. Starting our little seedlings. Before we know it, summer will be here again. This summer, our days went too quickly. Work took over mornings. Attention spans {… Continue Reading …}

The Best Mother’s Day Gift: My Children

Best Mother's Day Gift My Children

Yesterday was my son’s  7th birthday. Seven years ago, one week before Mother’s Day, he made me a mother. Four years later, one week after Mother’s Day, I became a mother again. This time, to a daughter. I was gifted with two amazing little people. There are some ways that bringing my babies into the {… Continue Reading …}

Our Trip to the National Museum of Play

museum of play

Last week the kids and I played hookie we took a field trip to Rochester to visit a friend and go to the National Museum of Play. That place is seriously awesome. I can’t even put into words all they have to offer, so I will let them do the talking. You’re never too big {… Continue Reading …}

My Kids Help Me Grow and Learn


Lately I have been so stressed out. About a lot of things. My children seem to want to compound this stress. Genevieve will not stop getting into stuff. Her new trick is putting things in the toilet. Washcloths, hand towels, cups. Ben spends his days at school, apparently smiling always, complaining never. He hits my {… Continue Reading …}