About Mini Van Dreams

Our story, in a cupholder… errr, nut shell.

Girl likes boy. Girl asks boy out. Boy says yes. Five years later, boy and girl get married. Eight years later, doctor says “There’s two – little boy and little girl.” Boy and girl’s life is crazy and nonstop and full of laughter. Six years later, boy and girl know more about Minecraft and Phineas and Ferb then normal people should. But, boy and girl wouldn’t trade little boy and little girl for the world. Boy and girl truly believe God picks the strongest to be parents of twins. Besides, boy and girl can sleep when they are dead, or at least during Phineas and Ferb. 


About the blog.

Mini Van Dreams is a website dedicated to finding the humor in life, especially in motherhood.  We share funny and not-so-funny family stories, parenting, recipes, crafts, scrapbooking, card making, jewelry making, printables, organization, blogging tutorials, reviews, social good initiatives, and more.

You will find sad posts and serious posts.  You will find happy posts and funny posts.  This is real life.  We understand what it is like to not have time to do anything.  To be overwhelmed.  To feel like you are the only one. Yet, through it all, we keep laughing – even if it is through the tears.

We have had our ups and downs in life, but have found that laughter truly is the best medicine and when you think you cannot go one more step… a deep breath and a belly laugh makes it all right in the world.  These are the moments that matter.

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Do you drive a mini van?

We used to.

After Don’s cancer and emergency surgery, we decided to shift gears on the blog and make it a joint effort.  He wanted to become more involved and give a dad’s point of view on the blog.  That, and I think he was jealous of the swag bag I got at BloggyCon!   Plus, he gets to be my social media manager and I don’t have to pay him anything.

We tossed around several names before changing from Mom on the Run x2. Mini Van Dreams came to me driving home one night in our mini van.  And dirty dishes was tacked on while designing the blog… satirical play of Robin Leech’s “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams…”

So, we welcome you to Mini Van Dreams… and dirty dishes.



More about Julia.

Julia is a twin mom.  Wife.  Accountant.  Scrapbooker.  Card maker.  Lover of all things Harry Potter. And self-proclaimed nap sneaker.

She is the proud mommy of boy/girl twins.  She is also a full-time accountant that works outside the home in Corporate America.  She holds an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree in Accounting.

Julia prides herself on not being a “typical” boring accountant.

A former amateur drag racer, she loves to scrapbook, make cards, cook and read.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, redecorating her house and traveling with the twins to new – and old – places.

Julia blogs at Mini Van Dreams about life with twins, scrapbooking, card making, easy recipes, blog tutorials, reviews, giveaways and anything else that crosses her path.

She recently became involved with social good endeavors through her blog and is now a  member of the elite Global Team of 200 and a Monkey Do Project Blog Ambassador.  She has also had several featured articles/posts on various websites, including Feed the Future, What to Expect, and US Aid.

She is impetuous, sassy, and a trooper.

She laughs her way through life.

She sleeps when she can sneak it in.

She absolutely loves to hear from her fans!  Please, feel free to contact her through social media.


More about Don.

Don is the busy dad of twins, a husband, and an engineering technician.

In his “spare” time, he watches Steelers football, drag races a 1968 Nova,and entertains the twins while Julia blogs and creates.

A colon cancer survivor, he tries to live life to the fullest and has recently become more involved in the blog.  He truly lives by the motto:  “Dad of twins: I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”