I am the mother to three beautiful, brilliant and bossy daughters. I'm married to Joel, Dr. Maestro Orchestra Conductor extraordinaire. When I'm not working on my mother of the year status, you can find me singing professionally, teaching voice lessons at the University, taking lots and lots of photographs, listening to opera, finding a good deal on groceries, reading a good book, or maybe even scrapbooking (that is, if I'm not blogging). Life is definitely overstuffed, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

How to Host a Summer Book Club for Kids

This post is part of an ongoing Summer Reading for Kids series. Click HERE to find ideas for reading activities, reading lists, and reading incentives...and keep checking back for more! This post is also part of a SUMMER FUN series hosted by Emily of Nap-time Creations....more

Quick & Easy Bathroom Makeover

Every summer I have a huge list of home improvement projects to do. You know, since I supposedly have more time to do them. Which never turns out to be quite true, but it sure makes me feel really wonderful when I am actually able to complete one or two of them!This summer, the upstairs bathroom was on my list ....more

A Year of Sundays

This, my friends, is basically the year anniversary of the Sunday Photo/Lara's life update posts.One year ago, I decided that I better either do something to resuscitate my dying blog, or let it die. I decided to commit to the Sunday photo, and I'm so glad I did. Just blogging once a week reminded me how much I love to blog ....more

Beauty Box Five Review: July 2014

"Defining Moments" is the theme for the July 2014 Beauty Box Five. Celebrating the events that make you the amazing woman you are today. (Keep reading for a coupon code to try Beauty Box Five at half off at the end of this post.) Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara...more

Summer Book Club: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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I Just Want to Read My Book

My summer hasn't turned out to be as relaxing as I had hoped. But that's my own fault, as usual.I'm in the throes of organizing the annual benefit recital for our local hospice. A few years ago, before I learned how to say no, I found myself in charge ....more

Five Printables to Make Summer Reading Fun

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Summer Snack Solutions for Kids

Do your kids eat you out of house and home during summer vacation?Because mine totally do. I have one child in particular who would eat all day long if I would allow it. All ....more

12 Easy Chapter Book Series for Early Readers

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Independence Day Weekend 2014

This may just win the prize for the absolute worst Sunday photo ever. But I am sick today, so I stayed home from church. When the girls got home, they all hopped into bed with me to tell me about their day and Chloe suggested we just snap a selfie with my phone and call it good ....more