Family Fun Friday | A Little Something for Everyone

It's opening day for the Texas Rangers and around these parts (at least among our family and friends) this is the first day of a new season that's celebrated more than the first day of spring. ...more

Crepes, Hot Cocoa and The Irresistable Table

I love cookbooks.  I love big ones, small ones, old and new ones.  And before this starts to sound like a Dr. Seuss book, I’ll add I have all of the above. ...more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
Thank you for sharing this!  I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before.  It's a great idea. ...more

Dime Store Diva

I stepped in to the store, taking stock of the room as I walked through the glass doors. I wasn’t sure where to start. My eyes scanned the displays and my heart skipped a beat as I saw the aisles of tops and dresses in a rainbow of colors. I carefully picked through several racks before I found a top I thought was perfect for the occasion. It was date night and it would be the first time I would wear a new outfit in a very long time. ...more

If You Can’t Say Something Nice – What Not To Say To Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

According to the 2010 Census, almost 5 million children live in a grandparent headed household. Most of these are either the grandparent raising the grandchild alone or the child’s family moved back in with the parents. There are numerous reasons this could happen, and it’s likely you know someone in this situation. ...more

What would you do?

My husband had reason to deal with an individual we don't know recently. He seemed like a nice enough guy. We were selling something and he was buying. They talked for a while and he began to share a little more than my husband expected. He has a very successful business making 6 figures yearly and enjoying this extra income on top of his retirement. He was a colorful, outgoing gentleman. Until he spoke the words we wish we'd never heard....more

Adventures of a WAHN (Work at Home Nana) | How I Decide on a Craft Show Venue

We turned in the parking lot slowing to pay the $5 parking fee. The man at the gate took our $20 bill and asked if we had anything smaller, calling my husband Big Spender. This made me giggle a little as he handed back two id="mce_marker"0 bills in exchange. As we drove away we realized he just gave us back the $20 we paid. He didn’t have change, so played it off without questions for the next guy....more

What a beautiful morning

I love the quiet of the morning. It’s going to be a busy day and I enjoy the moments just before the grandchildren run downstairs looking for breakfast and Nana lovin. It’s our morning ritual as they crawl up in my lap and start their day with hugs and cuddle time from Nana. The moments before this are the sweet, quiet minutes with only the birds outside and the click of my fingers on the keyboard. I’m thankful for mornings. ...more

Summertime Thoughts

The house is empty this morning. In the summer this is a rare occasion. I want to enjoy it while I have the chance. I can hear the birds singing and the weather isn’t too hot yet. It’s a Texas summer, so we enjoy our morning’s pre-100 degree days. I have more than enough of my to-do list today and it’s slow going to get moving. My fur babies are at my feet, where they are more often than not these days. This is far from the career days of jumping in the shower before I’m awake and heading out the door, only to come home in time for dinner and bed. ...more

Life Rearranged

Mealtime with the four year old has become quite a challenge. I make dinner, he tells me he doesn’t like what’s for dinner (before he knows what it is) and we have a showdown when he refuses to eat. Tonight it was chicken enchiladas, last night it was slow cooker lasagna. It doesn’t really matter what I make, he has decided he doesn’t want to eat dinner. He stands his ground, I stand mine, and he eventually ends up being sent to his room. After tears and some drama on his side, he ends up back at the table and eats his obligatory three bites....more