Three Great Read Aloud Handbooks

Are you looking for some good books to read with your children? Are you getting a little worn out from reading Good Night Moon twelve times a day? Eager to expand their literary horizons as well as yours? It is easy to fall into the same old, same old reading habits with young children. My […]

TGIF: Host Your Own Film Festival

For several years the kids and I hosted a 3-Day, afternoon movie shindig for friends and neighbors. It was a great way to break up the winter blahs as well as socialize with other families. It doesn’t cost much at all to have a good time. Invite your friends and neighbors – I made up […]

Food Network and Me

Me and my sisters, 1979 I confess. I am a Food Network geek. To be honest, I was rather displeased when we first got Direct TV. I did not see the expense one that I wanted to pay every month. But, I knew that FishPapa and the boys love to watch football together and I […]

6 Guy Friendly Love Stories

Your spouse’s tastes in movies may differ from yours. But, here are a few that you can both enjoy: guy-friendly love stories. My husband snickered last week as we walked past the Chick Flick display at Target. Yes, he humors me, and we often watch girly films on date nights. But, they aren’t what he’d […]

Maple-Oat Heart Scones – They Work for Me!

Maple-Oat Heart Scones

I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie […]

TGIF: Let Daddy Do It

One of my children’s greatest entertainments is time spent with their dad. They have all sorts of traditions and rituals, like FBA Meetings, Monkey Treats and the Choosing Game. Of the two of us, my husband is more adventurous. It’s a good balance for my kids to have calm, stay-at-home-ishness with me and climb-every-mountain-ness with […]

Budget Living: There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (or Dinner)

Last night FishPapa and I went on a long-anticipated date. We’d been waiting until we could swing a free sitter. Thankfully, one of my kid brothers was available. It was nice to get out of the house and spend some time together. Dinner at Red Robin was fantastic! My favorite is their Bleu Ribbon Burger. […]

TGIF: Plan a Super Bowl Party

Personally, I’m not all that into football or the SuperBowl. In fact, I am not really sure who’s playing. Once the Chargers lost, I lost interest. But, I know that FishPapa and the boys enjoy watching and rooting for their favorite teams. And that’s a good thing, because it got me cable tv which in […]