Giveaway FAQ

Many blogs offer giveaways at one point or another. With all the bonus entries and such, some may be confused and just decide it's not worth it to enter. Actually, you have a better chance at winning a blog-hosted giveaway with a couple hundred entrants versus a sweepstakes at the mall for a car or Hawaiian vacation. I hope these answers help a bit:...more

Musicals: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Once in a while I get in a serious mood to watch my favorite musicals. There's something about that jolly, technicolor era that you don't find anymore. Some may find them old fashioned but they are actually great fun for any age. ...more

Interview: Baby Cuisine Cookbook 6/3

Thursday, June 3rd I was able to sit down with Shane and Chantal Valentine, founders of Alina’s Cucina, and ask them about their new book "The Baby Cuisine Cookbook". It’s a beautiful book with a lot of recipes the whole family will enjoy, as well as babies from 6 months old. I tried their hummus and it was actually tasty with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon. ...more

Making An Anniversary Special

Occasions, such anniversaries, are meant to be special. How can you add an extra touch to make that particular celebration even more memorable? Here are two options: you can go to a posh restaurants and spend 2 weeks of groceries on one meal, or you can do it at home. Dining at home doesn’t seem very special, let alone romantic, especially since you do it practically every day. But, as I recently found out, there are ways to create a unique and lovely dinner. Let me break it down into the key features I used so that you can customize to your own liking and style....more

Getting into Gardening

Spring is here! Technically we are almost in summer but with the strange weather patterns it feels like spring just arrived. With that, my husband and I got this gardening feel surge through us. Mind you, we have never been the gardening-type folk. We both suffer from seasonal allergies and our parents enjoyed working in the garden so we never had to. So why start now?...more

Homeschooling 101

For various reasons, more and more families have opted to teach their children at home. Parents are dissatisfied with the quality of education in the public school system and concerned about the safety of their children. Here’s a brief summary based on my own experience with my daughter from kindergarten through third grade.Social Development: You, as the parent, need to schedule a lot of play dates, plan various field trips, and do as much as possible as a family to ensure that your child will be well-rounded socially....more