Camp Wannalaffalotta: Heading to the Great Outdoors


In case you didn’t know this coming Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, it’s a community event designed to encourage families to get outside and connect with nature. You don’t have to go far — just outside your backdoor. At to help and inspire you, this week’s Camp […]

Meal Plan O’ the Week


I need to emphasize the word plan here. Plan doesn’t always signify that it happens. I had a meal plan last week. But, mealtimes didn’t happen exactly as I had planned. We ate omelets instead of take-out on Monday, this fantastic shrimp and pasta instead of Spaghetti and sausages on Thursday; Friday night’s Chinese Food […]

Celebrating Summer with Giveaways: The Summer Book


TIME’s UP! THANKS FOR PLAYING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY. You know how much I love to eat and cook. Over the years I’ve made it my mission to collect beautiful and delicious cookbooks. Those written and illustrated by Susan Branch are some of my favorites. They are full of restful, whimsical illustrations, yummy […]

Counting the Days


Every day is a bank accountAnd time is our currencySo nobody’s rich, nobody’s poorWe get 24 hours eachSo how are you gonna spendWill you invest, or squanderTry to get aheadOr help someone who’s under Teach us to count the daysTeach us to make the days countLead us in better waysThat somehow our souls forgotLife means […]

Time for MOM: Spend Time with a Friend


My friend Jessika and I have known each other for about 15 years! It’s so fun to walk through motherhood together. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis It’s good for mom to get out. […]

MOM Deals This Week


This week was a fun one for deals and freebies. –I received a free Food Network cookbook in the mail which I won from a Psst sweepstakes. I had no recollection of entering or anything. — Picked up a ton of produce for great prices. Read about my fruit loot here. — The kids and […]

Need a Last-Minute Gift for Dad?


The pressure can be something fierce when Father’s Day roll around. The purpose is to honor the dads in your life, but it can become this, “Oh-my-I-better-get-him-something-good” frenzy. And “something good” can often be translated into “something expensive.” But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can honor Dad and still respect the wallet. […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Fruit Loot


This week I only went to one store. But, I took ALL SIX KIDS. So, I think I get extra points for that. Don’t you? The kids did great. It helped that I made my expectations of their behavior very clear as well as the consequences. Losing your half hour of computer time can be […]