Erin Ferris

My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas.

My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas. I love snow, strawberry shortcake, tulips, cowboy boots, musical theater, college football, crime dramas, young adult fiction, and the color red; I really can’t stand unloading the dishwasher, lizards, and drivers who don’t use their turn signals. My heart belongs to an absent-minded professor and every morning I wake thankful for the opportunity to spend another day with the two loves of my life: Wiggly Willie and the Halligator.

21-day organizational challenge

If January is too overwhelming of a time to start another new project, plan ahead now and turn it into a goal for February. Read More

Bring balance to summer activities

Finding balance between the scheduled and unscheduled, activity and rest, work and play - during the summer months can be a challenge. Read More

Prepare your kids for severe weather

The fear of severe weather is completely normal – and almost to be expected – in children. Read More

12 Days of Christmas - Parenting Edition

After a particularly challenging day in the world of parenting, I sat down and wrote new lyrics to the festive Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Read More

Great Ideas for Volunteering with Kids

Late fall into early winter is a perfect time of year to begin a volunteer tradition. Read More

Tips to Get Children Started with Volunteering

Studies have repeatedly shown that people who volunteer are more personally fulfilled and feel better about themselves. Read More

Halloween BOO Letters

Let’s start with a confession: I’m not creative. I’m not crafty. Read More

A Rebuttal to the Viral PTO Letter

Recently a uniquely honest and humorous fundraising letter was sent home to parents from the PTO at their students’ middle school. Read More

Grass Angel

Our grass here in Texas is only "for show." Read More

A Valuable Gift

Swimming lessons, while not as exhilarating as a shiny two-wheeler or stunning as jewelry, were arguably one of the most valuable gifts my parents ever gave me. Read More

Summertime and the Livin' is NOT Easy

Here's to a starting summer over and doing it right this time around! Read More

Summertime, and the Livin' is Easy. I Hope.

I am, at my core, a meticulous planner. I like organized. I like tidy. I like clean. I like on-time. (Early is even better.) Read More

Happy Summer

In just over a week, our family – and many other families with children – will celebrate the first day of summer. Read More

Mub the Slug

When the kids and I saw the movie Epic two summers back, we immediately developed an affection for Mub the Slug. Read More

Texas Poetry

When we first moved to Texas, some of the commonly-used terminology here rubbed me the wrong way. Read More


I believe happiness, at least to a certain extent, is a personal responsibility. Read More

A Mental Health Day

After one of our busiest weekends in months, and a heavily-scheduled week, I feel anything but healthy, organized and enthusiastically positive. Read More

Breakin' In the Spring

I haven't looked forward to spring break this much since my years as a college student. Read More

A Spring Egging

As children, my sister and I - with the help of our parents and a ladder - decorated the Crab Apple tree in our front yard with brightly colored, plastic Easter eggs each spring. Read More

Fourth Time's a Charm

Master Gardeners we're clearly not, but maybe the fourth time is a charm? Read More

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