Ratatouille Themed Family Movie Night

Tis the season for squash and zucchini! When I stumbled upon a multipack at Costco I just couldn't resist, and when the children lacked the palette to enjoy my simple prep method, I began brainstorming a way to trick them into eating it (I know, mom of the year, right?!) Up until a few days [...]

How to Contact Your Representatives to Enact Change

This morning I walked though the shady streets of our beautiful downtown, felt the breeze in my hair, and walked through a beautiful courtyard and into an imposing government building. Today I sat in a senator's office and used my voice to ask for change. I overcame my deep fear of confrontation to stand before [...]

Book Review: The Power

The Power is an insightful journey into an alternate reality, a dystopian adventure full of suspense and intrigue. Each character is carefully and artfully crafted, so throughly developed they feel frighteningly real. Each viewpoint offers a fresh perspective, providing an insight into that character and how they fit against a new world order. The plot [...]

Book Review: The Dream Daughter

Diane Chamberlain’s Dream Daughter is a gripping novel that examines family and sacrifice. I’d seen it recommended by another author I adore, and added it to my list without even reading the summary! The first half of this novel is so fun to read. Witty characters, an intriguing plot, and well written to boot equals [...]

Beat the Back to School Blues with Dollywood!

My latest Dollywood Insiders post is up, and it's all about how to beat those back to school blues by planning a gorgeous fall vacation at Dollywood! You can read it here. I share my favorite Fall Break planning tips. When planning your fall Dollywood fun, remember to use this Dollywood Insiders code to save [...]

Book Review: This is How it Always is

Wow. Just wow. I finished this book days ago and I’m still thinking about it. This fictional family is engaging and hilarious, and their ordinary moments are so beautiful. They remind me of when I wanted a super big family (you know, until I had kids and learned how difficult this parenting gig can be). [...]

Organize Your Life with Baby Wipes Containers

If you buy baby wipes, you undoubtedly end up with a dozen reusable wipes containers haphazardly stacked and frequently knocked over by mischievous little hands. They seem like they'd be super useful, but you only keep wipes in so many places. So what purpose can you give these wipes containers? Here are a few ideas [...]

Book Review: The Alice Network

Every now and then an exceptionally special book comes along, and it sweeps me off my feet in a whirlwind of perfectly described settings, enchanting dialogue, and a plot that keeps me on my toes. The Alice Network is a gorgeous treat of a novel, filled with historical accuracy and the well developed characters to [...]

If Dads Summarized Disney Movies

The Little Mermaid falls under the topic of 'heated discussions' in our household. My husband (I would hope jokingly but I'm honestly not sure) is against the kids watching it, because Ariel deliberately disobeys her father. Then I provide the counterpoint of her father being anti-human, and how she opened his eyes to a new world. [...]