One of the Finer Things in My Life: A Good Cafe Creme


My adult years have been characterized by a love of good food. Ok, yeah, it’s been a lifelong love affair. Me and good eats, we go way back. Though I am as cheap as a summer day is long, there are some things that I choose not to scrimp on. Good coffee is one of […]

Time For MOM: This Leg of the Journey

Tree Lined Rural Road --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Last week I talked about determining your destination as a mom. What kind of mom do you want to be? Where do you want to go in your role as MOM? When you’re old and gray, having walked a winding path, where will you find yourself? Determining your destination now will help you get to […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

Young Girl Reading --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]

Old Acquaintance Not Forgot


Jessika and Jessica, December 08 One of the beautiful things about moving back to Southern California has been the opportunity to reunite with old friends. Seeing familiar faces after five years away just warms my heart! And it reminds me of when I was young and svelte. Over the past few months we’ve gotten to […]

Time for MOM: Determine Your Destination

Country road on rainy day with rainbow

Most travelers who set out on a journey have a destination in mind. Yes, there are some who just pick up and head out on the highway, letting the wind and their whims guide them. And there is a place for that. But, for the most part, when people set out, they generally have an […]

Ooh Baby, Baby (Baby Gifts and a Giveaway!)


Update, 1/13/09: This giveaway is now closed. Winner to be announced Wednesday morning. Thanks for playing. Last week a friend sent us the most adorable outfit for the FishBaby: cute frilly jeans and a pink, long sleeved onesie, both with precious embroidery. So cute! I know she’ll probably only get to wear it for a […]

Time for Mom: A Road Map for 2009


If you’ve read more than three blogs this past week, you’ve for sure landed on some posts that talk about setting goals or making resolutions for the New Year. It seems that everyone, including me, loves this opportunity for a fresh start. By the time December arrives, the year has become messy and cluttered. Oh! […]

When Christmas Isn’t So Merry


This past week my eyes are opened to the realization that for some people Christmas will not be so merry. For our family, we are grieving the loss of someone we loved very much. We spent several Christmases with my mother-in-law, and now, everywhere I turn something reminds me of her. A brightly colored sweater […]