Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

This book…oh, this book.  Magical, rich, and lyrical, this book was just gorgeous. Who says fairy tales are for kids? I didn’t want this one to end. The Bear and the Nightingale is one of those finds that make me appreciate the diverse array of books and authors that NetGalley introduces to me, because this [Read On]

2017 Disney Movies to see!

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released it’s 2017 lineup, and it’s looking like my family will be spending quite a bit of time at the movies this year. From live-action remakes of a favorite classic to more sequels of Disney favorites, along with another wonderful Disneynature film in time for Earth Day to a new adventure, there [Read On]

Southwestern Chicken Roll-Ups

This blog post has been compensated by Borden® Cheese. All opinions are mine alone. #BordenCheeseLove #CollectiveBias #Love  Somehow, it feels like each passing holiday season gets busier and busier – and while it is wonderful to spend time with friends and family, making new memories, and celebrating cherished traditions when the new year arrives….I’m exhausted. [Read On]

One Word 2017: Conquer

I am not one for resolutions. And I’m downright disappointing at keeping promises to myself. Other people? No problem. Italian-Catholic guilt will get it done if determination and organization are lacking. All too often, however, I fall guilty to the mom phenomenon of putting everyone (and everything) else first to the detriment of herself.  I also lay [Read On]

Book Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I’ve been on a YA/Middle School reading binge (and a horror/thriller binge, and…fine, I’ve spent most of the past two weeks with my nose in a book.)  This was simply a remarkable, fun, smart, painful (at times, in a good, “I feel her pain” kind of way) read. Let me introduce you to Louise Gornall’s Under [Read On]

Yummy Ham and Bean Soup

Growing up, after every nearly every holiday dinner that included a spiral-cut ham, my father made ham and bean soup. Like the turkey salad he made from the last dregs of turkey leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, it was one of those fixtures of childhood that was unique to my dad. I cooked a spiral ham [Read On]

Book Review: Life in a Fishbowl

I’ve spent most of the past week reading, and several of the best books I’ve read all year were those read over this weekend. Len Vlahos’ upcoming release Life in a Fishbowl was one such book, read in one sitting, with eye gritty at 1 a.m., but I simply had to finish it. It just bowled [Read On]

Sneak Peek: the 2017 American Girl “Girl of the Year™” Gabriela

For all my moms of American Girl fans, I have a sneak peek at American Girl’s new 2017 “Girl of the Year™: Gabriela McBride™!  It’s no secret that I’ve long been a fan of the American Girl dolls because they are coupled with a story that sends a message – and I’m thrilled with Gabriela’s back story, because it [Read On]

Instant Pot Tortellini Turkey Tetrazzini

Post-Thanksgiving meals bring to mind one thing: leftovers. Now, there are only so many turkey sandwiches and Hot Browns a girl can eat before she says “enough turkey”, so I always freeze a bag (or two) of leftover turkey for when I need a fast meal and am low on ideas – and in the mood for [Read On]

Book Review: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

I’ve read and reviewed plenty of stories so far that were set in Christmas, but only a few that were about Christmas itself – and none for kids. That was a situation that was more than rectified by Matt Haig’s book, A Boy Called Christmas – easily my favorite of this season. This story will delight [Read On]