Author Ann Kirsten

  • Ann Kirsten

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Ann Kirsten has been a writer since kindergarten. Married, with three adult “kids” and two adorable grandkids, she has a lot to write about. She finds sharing her failures and being able to laugh about them, makes learning life’s lessons so much easier. She also believes that chocolate should be consumed daily and tiaras should be worn at all possible times.

 

FUN-fetti

In honor of the gorgeous Spring-like weather we’ve been having, I decided to share a simple Spring cookie recipe with you (take note of the word “simple”). Perhaps because I recently spent some time on Instagram, I was inspired to try and make my blog pictures just a little more beautiful for you all this week. First, I set out my little daffodils and I put the ingredients for the cookies into little glasses. So far, so good. And then, I decided to tint the egg a soft shade of pink just for the photo. Brilliant and creative, right? Turns out, not so much… Read more...

The Unusual Ways We Say I Love You

We teasingly called my mom “the bag lady” because she brought bags of stuff wherever she went. Her little car was always filled with bags. I called them her “in case” bags. Some held blankets in case she got stranded somewhere. Some held shoes in case the ones she was wearing hurt her feet. Some held a change of clothes “just in case she needed them” and some bags held books in case she got bored. The problem was that whenever I gave a party, my mom was always the first to arrive with her arms full of bags. Into my clean house she’d come, set down her bags, and unload them into my living room. Read more...

Comparisons

A few weeks ago I was watching my grandkids so their mommy could go to an appointment. We planned to meet up with her later at the local Target store. My granddaughter asked if she could choose her own outfit and I agreed. I really wish I had a better picture to show you because the outfit she chose was truly … umm, hideous. She had on an orange floral dress, royal blue patent leather shoes, a grey sweater, lots of gaudy plastic beaded jewelry, and a huge blue butterfly pinned to her hair. Read more...

An Alternative to Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore.  It’s too depressing when I look back and see how many I have broken.  I’m not the most disciplined person.  In fact, it could be argued that I am one of the least disciplined people on the planet.  So, resolutions just serve to make me feel like I’ve failed. Read more...

2015

So, Tomorrow is 2015. 2015! Seriously, did I sleep through 2014? Because, I’m pretty sure I’ve barely gotten used to writing 2014 on my checks and now the year is over (* see note). That seems to sum up my life these days. I just get used to something before something newer and better comes along to replace it. I can’t keep up! When I got my first “smart phone” it was waaaaay smarter than I was. I couldn’t even figure out how to answer a phone call. It frustrated me so much that I threw it across the table while shouting, “I don’t want this stupid thing!” Read more...

The Gingerbread Tree

It all started with Martha Stewart (as all good stories do).  Many years back, Martha had a darling small tree with gingerbread men hanging on it in her magazine.  The cookies were simply decorated and the result was lovely.  Despite my better judgment, I decided to try and recreate it. Read more...

A New Kind of Christmas Card

I once naively told a funeral director that Christmas must be his quietest time of the year (I figured that even if people were gravely ill they would try and hold on through the holidays). He looked at me like I had lost my mind and said, “It’s our busiest time of the year, suicides are at their highest during December.” I had no idea. Read more...

ANN’S “BUSY MOM” SUGAR COOKIES

Recently, our family was going through a hard time. One day, out of the blue, I received a mysterious manila envelope addressed to “Queen Blogger Ann”. I opened it to find a mesh bag of cookie cutters, a snowflake container of hand sanitizer, and a card from my fellow blogger, Stephanie. I can’t begin to tell you how much that sweet gesture meant to me. A simple thing in a difficult season. So, today I am sharing my recipe for sugar cookies that I made with those cookie cutters. Read more...

Party Panic Is My Love Language

As we head into the Holidays, most moms start to feel their stress level rising. In spite of our best efforts, we somehow tend to get caught up in “perfect mom syndrome” and the desire to give our families the perfect holiday experience is so strong that it usually wins out over our desire to simplify the season. Read more...

Thank You For Chex Mix

As I was doing research on the first Thanksgiving, I found out that the only females left alive after those first awful years of sickness and starvation were four women and two teen girls. It is said that those six women alone cooked the food for the entire settlement and all of their guests on feast day. I could relate to those ladies! Read more...
  • Hebrews 1:2

    • In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Read More

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  1. 7 Things that Help Our Kids Get Along

    Kristina Slaney said "We do a lot of talking through the rough moments. My kids are nearly 4 years apart, so it's easy to reason with the big..." More
  2. Comparisons

    Valerie said "Thank you for this humorous story...it is so funny how quick we, as women, are to compare ourselves to others at times. ..." More
  3. Comparisons

    Kristina Slaney said "A couple weeks ago I read on Jon Acuff: "Comparing yourself to others leads to arrogance or shame, but never happiness."..." More