Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
 @mstmd  the child is a celebration :/, that's the very reason to give them birthday gifts and ... more

Sweeten Your Springtime With Flavored Lemonades

As summer approaches, it's great to have some new ideas in your back pocket for non-alcoholic coolers to serve to guests. This set of flavored lemonades is a terrific start—each one is fresh and flavorful, and they can be made with a base of either lemonade mixed up from concentrate, or the homemade variety....more
I don't know how they taste but they sure are pretty! more

Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
I may seem odd, but the thing that jumped out the most to me in your post is the thought of the ... more

Newly Married and Bah-Roke

The day after our wedding, instead of frolicking together on a white sandy beach, we were sitting at my husband's office desk. For the first time in our three-year relationship, we were examining and discussing each other's finances. $153 positive was what we had together and what we would have for a whole month (we were both also newly unemployed). Yes, we received wedding financial gifts that totalled a little over $2,000, but that was immediately set aside to pay our then credit cards' minimum monthly dues -- which neither of us knew the other had. ...more
wow, I understand alot of couples go through this even after they have a discussion. be ... more

Great Appetizer Idea: Individual Seven-Layer Dips

[Editor's Note: Here's a great way to take a traditional appetizer and make it more convenient for your guests, while making it prettier along the way, too! I love the idea of these small cups of dip, which both provide excellent portion control and give everyone a better view of the layers that make this distinctive appetizer what it is. --Genie] Individual Seven-Layer Dips ...more
this is so cute and I bet it's tasty more

Beautiful Evelyn

I was on a cross country flight recently on my way to visit family.  I boarded the plane and sat down next to an older lady who smiled at me even though I accidentally bumped her arm with my bag. The lady appeared to be African-American, quite small in frame.  She was seated next to the window, with her sweater cupped over her shoulders like a blanket....more
I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for letting Evelyn live through it! more

The "Don't Move" Exercise for Toned Abs

Practice the Pallof Press for a Tight Tummy! ...more
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Top 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners

I'm excited to finally get this post written! I frequently get emails asking for advice on starting a blog, and I always wish I had the time to respond with a really helpful answer, more than just a paragraph. Now I can direct readers to this post. There's obviously a lot more I can learn about blogging, but I definitely have a few thoughts I can share. One of these days I'll do a post about blogging beyond the basics. Until then... ...more
thanks, I so needed this and many more~ more