Calling Friends

It seems everyone has a cell phone these days.Even some elementary school kids have them.If a kid today wants to see a friend they call or text from their phoneand make a play date.But back in the days of my youthfulness it was different....more
melanie jean juneau  Sorry I haven't said hello before now.  I am just getting used to BlogHer. ...more

You're Loved.

So for a little while, I’ve been following this fantastic blogger (and I now own a couple of her books) named Holley Gerth.  She’s another one of those who writes into my heart.She’s started “Coffee For Your Heart,” which allows those what want to join in a chance to be encouraging (with prompts she sends out) every Wednesday, whether through their blog, their Facebook, or a Tweet....more

The fruits

Carolina is my dog

Children and animalsHow many times has your child asked you have a puppy? How many times have you told him not? Because you live in an apartment, because you have to take him out, because you have to educate. There are a thousand reasons to say no, but you had the luck of having a dog as a kid? it is not necessary to explain how important it is for a child to have a pet....more

Adventures in Marriage and Cooking

My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. However, he has two things that he will not eat. He can't stand onions and tomatoes, so I've had to come up with variations to work around not including these two ingredients that are in most recipes. One day, after I started cooking for him more, I asked what food he had been craving. My husband is such an amazing man and made sure I always got the foods I was craving when I was pregnant with our daughter, Ava. I wanted to do the same for him. He said that it had been years since he had beef stew....more

6 Tips for Teaching Handwriting to Young Children

A child's success in handwriting depends on their fine motor development. Fine motor muscles are the muscles in our hands and fingers that are responsible for the small muscle movements used in cutting, drawing, and writing. ...more
I'd' also add ripping newspapers, connecting the dots with pens/markers/etc, and teaching kids ...more

10 Good Things About Being An Empty Nester

There was a time when I took pride in the fact that my house was one of the busiest (and noisiest) on the street. I had four children of my own, took care of five others during the after school hours, and maintained a revolving door for all the neighborhood kids to come over whenever they chose.     On one particular rainy afternoon, I counted seventeen kids (ranging in age from 10-17) in my matchbox-sized home. I'm convinced that this is when my love for margaritas began....more

Finding Hope in a Hungry World - How you can help.

Finding Hope in a Hungry WorldIt’s Christmas time and over 50 million people in the United States are struggling with hunger?  These people are skipping many meals because they are unable to afford food, and sadly, over 17 million of them are children.  This is a problem that affects nearly every county in the entire country....more

New Santa: Same Old Fears

I cannot be the only one…who has noticed how much better the “mall” Santa's are looking lately, gone are the days of red polyester suits, cotton masquerading as fur, and those weird shiny angel hair beards, the current Santa’s are bringing it.  Although, even with Santa's modern make-over, the kids standing in the crowded lines, between the red crushed velvet ropes, have the same terror in their eyes I remember from my time as a kid waiting to step up to Santa's throne. ...more

5 Easy Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior from Children

Managing the behavior of children can be challenging.  Equip yourself with some go-to strategies to save yourself time, show respect to the child, and encourage positive behavior. How can you solve that problem? ...more