#TransformationTuesday: How an Internet Meme Helped Me Realize That I'm Happy

As an avid Instagram user, I always try to keep up with the latest trends. I don’t always participate, but as someone who loves social media and uses it daily both in my life and career, I like to know what’s popular. Social media is always evolving and changing, and it’s important to me to keep up with those changes. One weekly hashtag that I’ve had an interest in has been #TransformationTuesday. ...more
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L'il Critters™ Fruit and Veggie Gummy Bears: Vegetarian Formula

I can't believe it's almost time for school to start back up again. As many of you know, Stephen is a high school English teacher, so he's already deep into his prepping for the next school year. But he's not the only member of our family headed back....more

Our New Homeschooling Year {& School} Update

Happy Tuesday, friends! Soooooo, whaddya think??? I'm really happy with my new design and love how it updated my blog, yet kept with my brand ....more

snapshots | 9.16.14.

I always try to find a way to make these snapshots posts cohesive, but it never works. I guess the all-over-the-place-ness is what makes them unique, right? I’ll start with last Friday, where I went to the lovely wedding of my friends Mark and Trish ....more

White Sour Cream Cake Recipe

I know there’s a lot of controversy over using cake mixes vs. baking from scratch, but I have to tell you – I am a cake mix girl! ...more


I simply loved Joan Rivers......but I really didn't  fully discover her till after she tragically "passed" recently.....I listened to her on Johnny Carson years ago and thought her to be so funny and yet it wasn't until recently that I discovered all the wonderful dimensions of who she was....She truly was an amazing woman.....A woman who overcame many obstacles to achieve the level of success she achieved....Yes, she was most often politically incorrect...but then that is why so many loved her....She said what others were thinking, but simply too afraid to say what was on their minds....more

Back to School Routines, Nutrition, and a Giveaway

We're trying to get back into the school routine. Summer spoiled us with its lack of a schedule. Not that my boys ever really slow down, but during the summer, they can choose to move on their own time....more

Know your Options for Self-Defense

Most people don’t give good hard thinking to their capabilities in a physical assault situation. You need not be built like an MMA fighter to know effective self-defense.An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of safety....more

BLT Stir Fry

Let me just say this right at the start: the stir fry is genius. Truly genius. Here’s just a sampling of the wonderfulness of the stir fry: It’s the fastest hot meal game in town! ...more

Identity proofing proves who You are

Identity proofing is proof of whom you are. Proving one’s identity starts with that person answering questions that only they themselves can answer (even if the answers are fictitious), such as their favorite movie, mother’s maiden name or name of their high school. Since most people provide real answers (that can be found online) rather than “Pointy Ear Vulcan Science Academy” as the name of their high school, this technique is on its way to the dogs....more