Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s – A Review and Giveaway


When we lived in Kansas City, one of the places that FishPapa and I missed most, believe it or not, was a little specialty grocery store called Trader Joe’s. They are ubiquitous throughout Southern California and in a number of states, but alas there was not a single location in the great state of Kansas. […]

Kaboom, OxiClean, and Baby Stains


Recently Kaboom and OxiClean contacted me and asked if the FishFam would like to try out some of their products. With six kids, a crawling baby, and lots of dirt, you know I said, “Absolutely!” I received the following products to sample: Kaboom Foam-tastic, a Kaboom Scrub Free! Toilet System, OxiClean Baby Stain Remover and […]

Once a Month Cooking Family Favorites – A Review


Years ago, like six kids ago, I heard a program on Focus on the Family about these two ladies who did all their cooking for the month in just a few days. I was dumb-founded. I was a high school teacher at the time and though I loved to cook, I knew that my minutes […]

Sara Lee Does More Than Just Bake! (A Review Plus A Giveaway)


As you may remember, Sara Lee and I go way back. She baked many a childhood dessert for me and my siblings. Cherry cheesecake, pound cake, you know the drill. Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee. But, did you know that Sara Lee does more than make desserts. She’s become a well-rounded woman, producing breads as […]

Fight Ants and Other Critters with EcoSmart


Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. — Proverbs 6:6 I’ve had lots of opportunity to meditate on that Scripture over the last month. With the dry weather we had in late August and early September, our home was virtually overrun by ants. I’m not talking a trail or two. […]

Review of Dove Body Washes with Nutrium Moisture


Since my family has sensitive skin, I have to be selective in my choice of soaps and lotions. FishBaby can only use Dove, per doctor recommendations. Her skin can flare so easily, it’s not worth the risk to try something else. So, I try to stock up on it when I can. While I am […]

Win a Copy of North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

CONGRATS TO KATIE OF KITCHEN STEWARDSHIP! PLEASE SEND ME YOUR MAILING ADDRESS ASAP. THANKS! Hilarious. Definitely fun. Kinda feels like it’s real. When a scary part happens, you definitely feel scared. I’m jealous that I didn’t think of those jokes. — FishBoy 8 Funny and exciting. — FishBoy 12 Yes, my boys are boys. Not […]

SeaLife Aquarium at Legoland Carlsbad


Mothers of sons from sea to shining sea know the pain caused by a small, plastic brick when stepped on in the middle of the night. They know that tell-tale crashing sound that emanates from the playroom when a box of said bricks is dumped onto the floor. In their minds eye, they can picture […]