Favorite Things Party ~ Love This Idea!

I attended my first Favorite Things party last weekend and it was so much fun! Our fabulous host invited an array of people who didn’t necessarily know each other well and asked each of us to give her an additional name of a person who we would like to add to the invitation list. Several of the guests were parents whose child(ren) attend the same school, but that was not the overwhelming majority. I met some super nice and funny ladies, who I hadn’t connected with before, but who I certainly will reconnect with now.

I think the idea originated from Pinterest. Here’s how it works: More

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Three of the Most Flavorfull and Easiest Marinades for Chicken, Flank Steak and Tri Tip Steak

These are my three all-time favorite marinades. Your husband, father, son, mom, wife, sister, brother, friends, kids, cousins, and everyone else–will love them all (unless they’re a vegetarian)! :) 

These are great marinades to try for Father’s Day weekend. If you do try them out, I’d love your feedback! 

BBQ or Baked Chicken Marinade

If you are looking for the easiest and best marinate/salad dressing in the history of ever, you must try Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing! I use it all the time in a variety of recipes. It’s one of my staples. You can use the chicken as the main dish, or chop (after cooked and cooled) for salads, or lettuce wraps or whatever else you’d like!

Do not (I repeat–DO NOT) buy the “Lighten Up” version.Yuck. I have tried other Italian Dressings…not as good!


  • Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing
  • Fresh garlic diced (add as much as you prefer)
  • Black coarse pepper (add as much as you prefer)
  • 1 lemon sliced and halved
  • Fresh Thyme or Rosemary (I prefer the Rosemary)


I marinate the chicken with the Italian Dressing, garlic, and pepper for at least 24 hours, but I prefer 48 hours.

Place directly on BBQ with out lemon or herb, or arrange chicken, lemon, and herb in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30ish minutes, or place chicken, lemon, and herb in aluminum foil and BBQ until done.

You will not be disappointed!

BBQ Flank Steak Marinade

A couple of our friends, Paul & Julie Wells, made this for us last weekend and it was delicious.

The recipe is originally from allrecipes.com.

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Photo from BellaMUMMA.

The kids’ anticipation for summer break is growing. The jubilant energy buzzing through the air is spilling out of the classrooms and halls onto the playground and into our car as we drive away from school. I especially noticed it last Friday. There are still more performances, field trips, celebrations, and graduations to attend, but the kids are starting to ask on a daily basis, “How many days of school are left”…they don’t seem to care that the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet. They are just excited for a break. More

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

 To My Mother
~Author Unknown

For all the times you gently picked me up,
When I fell down,
For all the times you tied my shoes
And tucked me into bed,
Or needed something
But put me first instead.

For everything we shared,
The dreams, the laughter,
And the tears,
I love you with a “Special Love”
That deepens every year.


This is what a few moms and daughters I know had to say about their loved ones…


Anaphylactic Food Allergies and Airborne Allergies ~ They Are Part of Life by Liz Nord

When our youngest daughter, Olivia, was nine months old, we found out that she has a severe anaphylactic allergy to eggs through both physical contact and ingestion. Our oldest daughter, Bella, accidentally flung a pea size amount of scrambled eggs onto Olivia’s arm one morning–the hives erupted immediately.

A trip to the Allergist, over a dozen skin pricks, and blood draws for the radioallergosorbent test (RAST)  confirmed that Olivia has a Level 5 anaphylactic allergy to eggs (that was the highest level at the time, although they have since added a Level 6), and that she was also moderately allergic to soy, milk, cats, dust mites, dogs, and mold.

That was a tough, confusing, and emotional time for us. Not only were we completely uneducated about the realities of a severe life-threatening allergy, but we hated seeing Olivia cry during the testing. It made us sad for her, but she was a trooper. We were also upset about the implications of the severity of her allergy;  Olivia would miss out on some things and changes must be made in our day-to-day lives.

Anyone who has a child with severe allergies knows the feelings you go through when you realize that this is a life altering diagnosis. I remember people saying that it was no big deal, don’t worry, she’ll out grow it, or don’t make a fuss. PLEEEZE! They are as clueless as I was before having a child with a severe allergy. I understand. How would they get it completely when they haven’t lived it? Having a child with a severe allergy is definitely a lifestyle change. No more Sunday breakfasts out or spur of the moment fun restaurant experiences. Most everything would be cooked and baked at home until we figured out outside places and food that would be okay for her. Some restaurants claim to be eggfree, when they are not. We’ve learned that the hard way.

Having a severe allergy there are issues to be dealth with: More

Spring Equinox–Today is the Official First Day of Spring. What Do You Love About Spring?


Spring has sprung, and I am excited! The Cherry trees are blossoming, daffodils are blooming, and my “Hot Lips” are budding. Hummingbirds love “Hot Lips”, so they will soon return as well. The trees are sprouting; the dreary brown will soon be replaced with lush greenery. As I look out my window, I see two deer nibbling on grass.  We’ll see more rabbits, eagles, coyotes, frogs, and even the bear will come out now that Spring is here.

These are a few of my favorite things about Spring… More

Hello, world! Welcome to the Secrets of Moms Who Dare to Tell All!

Hi, everyone!

This website is for all you parents out there who want to hear the real ins and outs of being a mom. We will discuss the moments, days, feelings, and experiences that most moms don’t usually share with anyone but their closest friends. Almost every mom I’ve met has said that no one ever told her what it’s really like to be a parent. You hear about how wonderful, fun, and lovey everything is (and that’s true), but people don’t tell you about the craziness, unpredictability, and all-encompassing reality of what it’s like to raise kids. I wish I would’ve known the truth sooner, so that I never would’ve felt like a failure for not being perfect. Thankfully, I don’t feel that way anymore–what is perfect, anyway!?! I am perfectly unperfected and so are you. Let’s help all the mom’s out there feel good about themselves and their children, by being real.

This is a place for EVERYONE to have honest, direct dialogue without judgment. Secrets will be told and almost anything goes. We will cover every topic imaginable–the good, the bad, and the funny. Several of my friends will be on-going contributors, and we hope you will comment often. Let yourself be heard! Dads are welcome too. Please share your stories, send us comments and pictures, and tell the truth. As long as you are speaking your truth, you are welcome here. Please be kind to each other, interact, and ask questions.

No nude pictures or completely deviant comments, please.

Liz Nord is the creator of www.secretsofmoms.com. She is a wife and mother of two daughters ages six and nine. She loves family, running, reading, seeking knowledge, baking, laughing, innovating, traveling, in-depth conversations, sunshine, and outdoor adventures. She earned a B.A. in Communications, and completed graduate editing courses at the University of Washington. Liz has published articles in a number of magazines, newspapers, and on numerous websites. She has been a guest on the Leeza Gibbons talk show, Hollywood Confidential, and serves on the Editing Certificate Advisory Board at the University of Washington. She is also the co-creator of Plus-Size Models Unite. She is passionate about promoting healthy self-esteem, positive body image, and confidence.  She believes in cultivating who you are truly meant to be and embracing your unique self.

We are an eclectic, intelligent, fun group of women, who are all here to share our parenting experiences. Introducing the rest of the team: More


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