I am the spender in my family, but I’m frugal. I make lists and watch spending. We do not carry a credit card balance, we have opened college savings accounts for our kids, and I put my own money into savings each month. So as I helped my kids count the money in their piggy … More Making Cents
It started with a coffee. It was meant to be an innocent fall treat. It exploded into a marketing frenzy we now know as Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! You’ve got lattes, Pringles, Oreos, and I even saw pumpkin spice peanut butter!! My mind goes bonkers and my taste buds are not a fan, but I am … More It’s The Great Pumpkin!
A few months ago, I served my civic duty by serving on a jury. It was a long week and a very tragic story which, thankfully, had a happy ending. During a cross-examination, a high school student was asked to read their statement taken by police. The high school junior looked down at the statement … More The Art of Writing
I once wrote a letter to your brother about how I hated being apart from him. My job then took me away from him and daddy and you and a little thing I was so scared of happened. Change. I got stuck working towards something that was not right for me and God stepped in … More Shine Your Little Light
Easy, full of flavor favorite of our household was adapted from Iowa Girl Eats. I start so many of my dinners from one of her recipes. I guess I tend to trust a midwest girl. My problem, I usually do not have everything I need to follow her recipes so I improvise and make stuff up … More Thai Sticky Fingers
While everyone is preparing their kids to go back-to-school, the teachers are silently planning, decorating, and anticipating their return to the classroom. So many details go into back-to-school for them. Your kids need to learn one name — teachers have 20+ new faces to learn. Not to mention the teachers need to calm down the … More Teacher’s First Day
When my kids were younger, instead of books, we told stories before bedtime. My husband or I would start the story and the kiddos would add the twists and turns. They had their favorites, but because my memory fails me even favorites retold became new and exciting adventures. In order to tell a story to … More To the Batcave – The Art of Pretend