How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner – Easier

your best thanksgiving ever!

You can host an excellent Thanksgiving meal and spend time with your guests. Really, you can! Whether you have a lot of cooking experience or none at all, you will be able to follow my instructions, plan, and host a relaxed, traditional, Thanksgiving dinner. Does the idea of hosting Thanksgiving leave you completely overwhelmed? Are […]

Childhood Anxiety, Drugs, and Faith

children with anxiety disorders

Grace has a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Someone told me recently, “Don’t we all?” and that made me bristle. No, we don’t all have what Grace has. I hesitated to write and publish this post because of Grace’s privacy. I don’t want her someday to be upset that I shared her personal struggle. On the other […]

I Eat Downstairs

how I lost to my 3-year-old

I was sitting in the dining room eating my lunch when Allie came to the table. “I eat downstairs,” she said, grabbing the edge of her plate with two hands. “No, you eat at the table,” I said. “I be careful,” she said. I put a finger on the opposite corner of the plate, preventing it […]

The Importance of One-on-One Time with Your Kids

The importance of one-on-one time with kids

I spend 15 minutes in devoted one-on-one time with each of my kids each day. We call it Momma-Gracie or Momma-Allie time. It’s special. I don’t allow interruptions of our special time together. No phone calls, no emails, no tv. Not even Joe can butt in. It’s time set apart to nurture my children’s hearts, […]

Childhood Memories and Hoss’s Hossome Burger Fest

Hoss's Salad Bar Review

When I was a little girl, we never went out to eat. Well, never unless you count eating at Old Grandma’s house which we did pretty much every day. But going to a restaurant, even to a fast food joint? There was no money for such luxuries. I do remember one restaurant, though, and I […]

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: Getting Ready for Winter

fall home maintenance checklist

Fall is a time for family fun (what time isn’t?!), but there’s more to it than apple picking and pumpkin carving. Fall – while the weather is still warm – is the best time to get your home ready for the chill of winter. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detector and change its batteries. Replace your furnace […]

Authentic Chinese Food

A real life adventure - eating authentic Chinese food in Chinatown, Philadelphia

We went to Philadelphia for an overnight mini vacation the weekend before school started. Joe was working an odd shift and had Thursday and Friday off, so we left at 7am on Friday and came home late on Saturday night. We packed a lot of fun into two days and one night. I’ll write about all […]

Be a Hunger Hero!

Be a Hunger Hero

I wrote last week about random acts of kindness. The post that follows could be added to that list – look for products and companies that give back as a matter of everyday business. More than 16 million American children live in poverty. For these kids, access to nutritious foods can be a big challenge. […]

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