Would You Attempt to Return an Item to a Store Even If You Knew It Was Not Purchased There?

Dear readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one… Here’s the scenario. you receive duplicate gifts at an event, after noticing the duplicate item a family member turns to you and says “is there a gift slip in the bag?” When you answer “no” they say “I bought mine at Target, but I don’t have a receipt, so just take it to Walmart. They take back everything there.” This reminded me of a story from long ago ....more

Letting Go

I noticed his picture while panning the shelter’s website. I sent a link to my boyfriend. (I wish I still had that email.) It said something like ‘this is the one for us.’ The little kitten was standing tall staring straight at the camera ....more

Savoring Life: I Should Have Died Ten Years Ago Today

My first delivery was much harder than my second. The contractions were stronger, I pushed longer and ultimately spent forty-five minutes after delivery watching the doctor stitch me up. I winced in pain as I felt each stitch tear through my skin ....more

$50 Novica Gift Code Giveaway

I’m hosting a contest! Hooray! The fine folks at Novica provided me with a $50 gift code...more

Book Review: Donkey’s Kite & The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey

Book Description: The three horses Jack, Max, Lax and their friend Donkey are back! In Horse Valley, it’s a perfect day to go kite flying. Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites ....more

Book Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 4

Book Description: Aoleon and Gilbert have become the Luminon’s top priority in stopping the Martian resistance movement, and after being chased by the Royal Paladin Guard, they are forced to flee the Martian Megalopolis. Aoléon, Gilbert and Zoot escape with the help of Bizwat and his newly found friend, Helios, a first generation soldierbot. After their saucer is destroyed, they crash land somewhere in the deep Martian desert, and they set out to locate Kyrios and the secret base where Aoleon’s parents are being held captive ....more

Odds and Ends in April

A few odds and ends since I can’t seem to find the time to post anything longer: I am completely hooked on Bark Thins. A good friend delivered a bag of these shortly after my son was born and I have methodically eaten a tiny piece every day for the last three weeks. Who knew the combination of dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds and sea salt would be so enticing? ...more

Best Baby Gear: A Few of My Favorite Things

Before my first son was born I read just about every must-have baby checklist out there. I bought the required number of crib sheets and made certain I had swaddling blankets and burp cloths on hand from day one. Along the way I discovered that a lot of items were completely unnecessary while others seemed vital in those first few months ....more

Extending the Love

I was hesitant to have a shower for baby #2, but oh so happy my family decided to host a sprinkle despite my reservations. Other than one former coworker the attendees were all family members and extremely close friends. All the people I love so dearly ....more

The More You Give The More You Will Receive

In January of 2013, (a little over a year after my first son’s birth), I gathered up two large bags of clothes ranging in size from newborn to six months. At the time I didn’t hesitate at the thought of passing them on to someone else....more