National Star Wars Day

National Star Wars Day – A Tribute to Princess Leia

I’m a child of the 80s. One of my favorite memories as a child includes Star Wars. As a family, we ordered pizza, popped popcorn, and settled in to watch Star Wars on TV – commercials and all. An Unconventional Princess My sister and I finally had a princess we could look up to. Princess Leia was Read More

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Book Review: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Maybe you’ve heard about mindfulness, maybe you haven’t. Dan Harris does an excellent job of explaining his journey toward a more Zen state in the book 10% Happier. If you’re looking for a reason to pursue meditation and/or mindfulness, look no further. The anecdotes and very real encounters described in this book are relatable (even Read More

Autumn as Steampunk Lady Gepetto

Academic Acceleration: A Parent’s Perspective

Parenting is tough and education is one of the biggest challenges these days. When it comes to academic acceleration, there is a lot of advice out there.  How do you determine what’s right for you and your family? Settle in, this is going to be a long one, but I promise, it will be worthwhile. Please keep Read More

Spirit Animals

Book Review: Spirit Animals Series

The Spirit Animals Series by Scholastic tells the story of a handful of young men and women with special links to spirit animals on the mystical world of Erdas.   There are good guys and bad guys, big battles, near misses, and amazing animals who are literally larger than life. The main characters, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan Read More

What my kids think I do....

National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Today is National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. I really love this day because it allows for career exploration and lets kids see what their parents actually do. “Work” can be an abstract concept until kids experience it firsthand.  We had to convince my son to participate because the idea of spending a day writing Read More

Easy Green Seed Starters

Go Green (and Free) With These Easy Seed Starters

We have a yard now and that means enough garden space for each of us to pick flowers to plant. It also means seed starters while the Midwest weather makes up its mind about spring. The Problem Unfortunately, after living in apartments for so long, we didn’t have a lot of pots to get started Read More

Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak

DIY Pedicures – Listerine and Vinegar

It’s almost that barefoot time of year again and that means cleaning up winter feet. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money to hit a salon and have the full treatment done. That’s where DIY pedicures come in. Like many women, I took to Pinterest to find solutions to my foot problem – dry, rough skin Read More

Egg Decorating with Food Coloring

Easter Egg Decorating with Food Coloring

We love Easter Egg Decorating – even if I’m the only person who will eat them when we’re done. In the past, we’ve done Silk Tie Easter Eggs and Shaving Cream Easter Eggs but this year I wanted something a little simpler so I took to Pinterest and found this awesome guide by Paging Supermom. I Read More