When Christmas Comes Around

When I sit down to write on this blog, I...more

When They Come Home

It was a long three month stay away, his first semester in college. Now he's home. Tonight, nothing could wipe away my smile as I heard three separate bedroom doors close after each of my sons called out, “'night, mom, I love you.” All three of my children are in one place at one time....more

When They Come Home

It was a long 3-month stay away, his first semester in college. Now he's home. Tonight, nothing could wipe away my smile as I heard three separate bedroom doors close after each of my sons called out, “'night, mom, I love you.” All three of my children are in one place at one time ....more

The Days of December

It'll soon be Christmas Eve at our house, and my first son will be home from college. I think of how my second boy will have just one more Christmas with us, then he'll be on his own, too. I've got the third littlest still with me for a good chunk of years, but we all know what they say about time, and how it flies....more

The Days of December

Nine days to go. It'll soon be Christmas Eve at our house, and my son will be home from college. I think of how my second boy will have just one more Christmas with us, then he'll be on his own, too ....more

What's Christmas Like When You're Allergic to Evergreens?

Made in China. My kids could read that by the time they were 3 years old. And not in a sound-it-out way but an "Oh! ...more

16 Important Publishing Tips I Picked Up at a Writers Conference

I went to an all day local writers conference. Though not as relaxing as a spa with hot rock massages and smoked salmon for lunch, it was time that felt rewarding and reassuring. I made sure to note tips, sage advice, and collective wisdom with the purpose of sharing it with you. I'm home now, and so ready to hop into pajamas that have been run through the dryer to super hot, but I'm putting that off to tell you the top must-knows from today's presenters. Here are 16 things I learned today at the conference. ...more
Rita Arens  Thanks, Rita! It was a great, local, affordable conference. Their first year, but ...more

19 Makeshift Snacks to the Rescue!

My friends call me "good enough girl." That's what they call me, all right. Because if it does in a pinch, and if it fills a temporary need, why, then.... GOOD ENOUGH! Today, so filled with the holiday spirit am I, that I'm sharing my go-to good enough snacks that are satisfying for a second breakfast or second lunch. Whatever you partake in (I happen to dabble goldstar in both) Go ahead, cobble a little extra sumpin sumpin special just for you today. ...more

19 Makeshift Snacks to the Rescue!

My nickname is "good enough girl." That's what they call me, all right. Because if it does in a pinch, and if it fills a temporary need, why, then.... GOOD ENOUGH!Today, so filled with the holiday spirit am I, that I'm sharing my go-to good enough snacks that are satisfying...more