Memories of Manila, 1941 to 1945

(NOTE: This post was first published several years ago but I am publishing it again in honor of my Uncle David, who passed away on March 27, 2015.) My mother recently jotted down some of her recollections about life in the Philippines during World War II. Born in Baguio in 1939, she was a toddler when the Japanese occupation began, and so cannot always relate exact dates and times. Her father, Herman Strong, was from Alabama and so as an American citizen was interred in a Japanese concentration camp ....more

Cooking Challenge March Results

This month was the month of meal prep. I've always wanted to spend a day creating meals for breakfast or lunch for the week, in part so that I didn't have to spend all my money on breakfast and lunch, but also to be able to control what I eat a little better....more

ASICS GEL Nimbus 17 Review

I have a new shoe love and her name is the...more

Air Conditioning and Private Schools: All in One

I was raised with a long list of conservative Dos and Don’ts of life. I abided by most. The ones that made sense, like “Don’t let your lips touch the spigot when drinking from a public water fountain,” were easy to follow ....more

The Perfect Example of Love

46 years ago this Valentine’s Day, a bright-eyed 22-year old man proposed to his 19-year old girlfriend. It had only been five months, but they were young and in love, and she happily said yes. Eight weeks later, they were married on a Tuesday at the local Methodist church. It was the beginning of a beautiful love affair, what would soon become the greatest love story I’ve ever known....more

3 Things I'd Teach My Younger Self

I walk past it every day and pretend to ignore it, deny that it’s there. But it waves at me from the corner of my eye and reminds me of my neglect. My poor, overgrown, unloved garden is just a small plot in my backyard, but it represents so much more. While I’d like to think that I’m good at many things, gardening is just not one of them. It requires too much time and attention on a regular basis and I’m really not that consistent....more

An Amazing 7 Year Old Boy Spider-man Cake

When my nephew asked if I could make him a Spider-man cake for his birthday, of course I said yes. ...more

Things You Learn As A Female Solo Traveler

I travel.  I travel a LOT.  Travel has always been a huge priority in my life, even when I couldn't afford a plane ticket.  It is something I hope to continue until I'm no longer physically able to board a plane.When I think of all my travels, one thing sticks out, I'm almost always alone.Some people might find this sad or depressing, but the reality so far from that. Some of my greatest travel experiences have been while I was traveling alone....more

Drop Cloth Pillow with welting & fray

Just don’t know if I can. I know I promised but, …don’t know if I can give this one away. It’s become part of the family ~ the family room that is… I made this drop cloth pillow for friend who is running an auction at her kid’s school - you know, “silent auction” items needed! ...more

March 2015 Favorites

Long time no see on the beauty favorites front! Today I have five new things to share that I’m totally obsessed with. Many of these products have me in the mood for warmer weather, and I’m so jealous of all of you on spring break this week! ...more