Things I Haven’t Accomplished this Month (or the last three months)

Some days, I nearly have it together. But in this last month of the kids being out of school, I’m suffering from lack of a schedule. I’ve been totally scattered, which ultimately causes me to turn into an ostrich, head in the sand-style – only my avoidance method is to dive into a book. Because [Read On]


Baby Back Ribs with Coffee-Infused BBQ Sauce

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyKCMasterpiece #CollectiveBias With warmer weather arriving, we’ve nearly reached the time when I pack away my slow cooker and the gas grill goes into heavy rotation.  I love to barbecue, and we grill year round. When we lived [Read On]


Tuesday’s Read: Seashell Season

What do you do when your one long-held hope is finally realized – and it’s nothing like you expected? What happens when you find out that most of your life has been a lie? Intrigued? Holly Chamberlain’s newest novel, Seashell Season, tackles this and more in a book that will tug on your heartstrings. When [Read On]


Summer Bucket List – 2016 Edition

  Monday was the first day of summer and the start of the third week of summer vacation. During the first two weeks, my 12-year-old had an overcrowded schedule with early morning strength and conditioning training, a soccer camp, a basketball camp, and evening soccer trainings and goalkeeper trainings…oh, and percussion lessons, too. Meanwhile, all of my daughter’s swimming [Read On]


Tuscan-Style Lemon Roast Chicken

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerfulFusionClean #CollectiveBias My search for meals that are easy to prepare – and easy to clean up – is never-ending.  One trusty standby is roast chicken. Quick to throw together, it comes out like a dream and leaves [Read On]


8 Reasons You Need to Go To Hay Festival

It’s early morning and I woke to the crash of thunder and a crack of lightning. Perfect. The weather is spot on to match my mood, because my hopes to be at Hay Festival this week were dashed by airfare prices, and I love my firstborn just enough to not sell him for passage. (Damn you, [Read On]


I’m on Mamalode today!

Nothing to look at here today – because I’m over on Mamalode talking about the need to give our kids a gentle push (and then back away and let them go).   I won’t be shy…please go check out my essay! I’ll love you even more if you leave a comment there!!!!! http://mamalode.com/story/detail/breaking-away


Today is My 8th Blogiversary

When I picked up my phone this morning, a calendar notice popped up. It simply said “Blogiversary (2008)”. That’s right, today is my blogiversary: the blog is officially 8 years old. I think that makes it about 64 in blog years, because in the blogging world, that’s pretty ancient, and reasonably accurate, because in general, it is [Read On]


Disney, Roald Dahl and the BFG (and a Movie Trailer)

I’ve always been an avid reader, and one of my favorite childhood authors was Roald Dahl. The BFG, The Magic Finger, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World – all of them wonderful, comic (sometimes darkly so) stories where the children triumph over the wicked adult villains (usually with the help [Read On]


Citrus Roasted Mahi-Mahi

I confess, I do not cook fish as often as I should, despite the fact that three of the four of us love it, and it typically makes an easy (and fast) meal. Salmon, swordfish, and mahi-mahi are my three go-to choices at the fish counter of our favorite market. Leaving the soccer fields yesterday [Read On]