Frugal Friday: Free or Almost Free Hand Soap

Yes, back in the old days, Gramma placed a bar of soap at the sink and we called it good. But, somewhere in my childhood some wise chemist developed soft or liquid soap. And our lives were changed. And as the years passed, mothers everywhere became addicted to soft soap. It reduced the mess at […]

13 Ways to Stay Safer on the Streets

A year ago today, car and street safety was heavy on my mind. We had watched the movie Bella the same week that Maria Chapman passed away in a tragic auto accident. Talk about a sobering week. Counting six little heads when we’re out and about is my habit, but all the more so when […]

From Their Perspective

Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera. With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400″ camera. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a […]

To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live

The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his […]

Just a Mom

Me and My Mom, 1973 This past weekend the local paper featured a story about “working” mothers who’ve been forced to leave the workplace and their stay-at-home counterparts who’ve been forced to join the workforce, both due to the economy. One mom commented that she has a hard time now being “just a mom.” The […]

It’s OK Not to Go Overboard

I am probably in the minority when I say that. But, it’s ok not to go overboard. I had to tell myself that this weekend. You see, I had big plans for a fancy, shmancy cake for my mom this weekend. (I mean, I do have a reputation to uphold, after all.) But, my computer […]

A New View

Visits to amusement parks were a regular occasion for my family when I was growing up. Since we lived about a 45 minute drive from “the happiest place on Earth,” and only five miles from Magic Mountain, a day at the park was a frequent activity. Those days are a wonderful part of my childhood […]

Diet for the Decades — Your Best Diet at 50+

This is the fourth and final part in a series of guest posts by Elizabeth Somer, MA, a registered dietician and the author of nine books including Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best. She is also the spokesperson for 8th Continent Complete Soymilk. Elizabeth has carved a unique […]