No One Warned Me About Fake Hands When I was Pregnant

My youngest child recently started watching nail tutorials on YouTube. That’s how she ended up spending her money on this weird fake hand thing. Tip: you can use this hand to pat your husband on the back but he will not find it cute. And don’t even try to use it to get freaky. He [...]

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a thriller where every single character is a bad person. A retelling of Jane Eyre, it's extremely well done and I'd highly recommend that you read it. If you're not familiar with Jane Eyre, don't let that scare you away. This book is extraordinary on its own merit. [...]

Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett

In his critically acclaimed Kingsbridge Series, Ken Follett transports the reader back in time to Kingsbridge, a small cathedral city in England. From here, a story follows that knits together the history of the people of England. While lower caste noblemen and women are often part of the stories; the books focus on the everyday [...]

Five Books to Read While the Power is Out

With most of the southern United States facing the coldest temperatures in a century, many of us are dusting off our bookshelves or our kindles and catching up on our never ending reading lists. Personally, I panicked as I'd just recently finished the two library books I had checked out from the Libby app and [...]

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: A Book Review

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: A Book Review

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is a "forbidden love" romance novel. It is the first of a series of three books. I wish this series could go on forever, because the books are unputdownable. Travis Ford is a World Series Champion baseball player. He's known in the tabloids as "Two Bats" - referencing his [...]

5 Amazon Gifts Under $20 Teens Want in 2021

5 Amazon Gifts Under $20 Teens Want in 2021

I asked my soon to be 14 year old what they wanted for their birthday. The following gifts are apparently what all of the kids at school have these days. Parents, birthday shopping has never been this easy!1) Bandanas - "Because I look really cute in bandanas. My friend lent me one of her bandanas [...]

How to Paint Cabinets: A Complete Guide

How to Paint Cabinets: A Complete Guide

Are you looking for a guide for how to paint cabinets? You've come to the right place. My husband and I spent six months of trial and error and developed a system that yielded professional results that even contractors have asked us our secret. Read on for details, or you can skip to the infographic [...]

You are not Alone: A Book Review

You are not Alone: A Book Review

You are not Alone, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen: A Book Review You are not Alone is on a bazillion bestseller and best of lists, and I completely see why. I'll write on but what you really need to know is that no matter your preferred genre, you should give this book a read. [...]

A Day at Dinosaur Valley State Park

A Day at Dinosaur Valley State Park

Our family took a day trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park in December - a COVID-safe activity Like so many other families, when the world around us began to shut down in March, we were left stunned. Since that time, we've quarantined, worn masks, avoided play dates, parties and public parks. After a year of [...]

How to Start Geocaching

How to Start Geocaching

How to Start Geocaching: Planning After a week of serious eating and resting around the house, I was absolutely thirsting to get outside and move around a little. My new sister-in-law, Nicole, had never been Geocaching, but when I asked her if she would like to learn how to start geocaching, her face lit up [...]

2021: The Year to Read your Favorites Again

2021: The Year to Read your Favorites Again

In 2019, I read all of the Anne Rice Vampire Novels for the second time, in order. It was a great experience because I loved reading each and every book. Some of the reading was nostalgic, some of it was revelatory. There were so many fantastic passages I'd completely forgotten in the two decades since [...]

The Midnight Sky: A Netflix Movie Review

The Midnight Sky: A Netflix Movie Review

What Netflix has billed as George Clooney's greatest achievement underperforms expectations of those that loved Lily Brooks-Dalton's Good Morning, Midnight. Earlier this month, I reviewed the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. I reviewed the novel enthusiastically, as it is an excellent read. The screenplay adapted from the novel was changed enough from the [...]

Raising Children as a Chronic Pain Patient

Raising Children as a Chronic Pain Patient

The pain does not have to interfere with raising good humans. I am a chronic pain patient. My pain is manageable, which means: it will never go away or be cured but can be reduced enough to allow me to move and walk up to two miles on a good day, with some modifications and [...]

Houseplant Spotlight: Dumb Cane

Houseplant Spotlight: Dumb Cane

Diffenbachia (Dumb Cane) The first question I get when I show people my big, beautiful Dumb Cane is always, "Why is it called Dumb Cane?" The reason is that the stem of the plant contains toxins that, when chewed, render the person unable to speak as their tongue and throat swells and becomes numb. The [...]

How to Get a Library Card: A Guide for The Socially Awkward or Anyone Who Hates Talking to People

Libraries are straight magic. They are the most utopian thing America has to offer. In a world where we are all trying so hard to hawk our content and everyone wants to nickel and dime you for everything, the library just sits there - a content superstore where everything is free. Once you take the [...]

Hot Honey Salmon Dinner with Leftover Salmon Breakfast

Hot Honey Salmon Dinner with Leftover Salmon Breakfast

Make a mouth-watering healthy salmon dinner and use the leftovers to pack protein into your breakfast. This isn't one of those blogs in which you have to read a thousand ads to get to the recipe. Skip the following paragraph and get right to it! For those of you who like to read about the [...]

Houseplant Spotlight: Pink Nanouk Tradescantia

Houseplant Spotlight: Pink Nanouk Tradescantia

Today's spotlight is the Pink Nanouk Tradescantia, once upon a time referred to as "Wandering Jew" - a stunningly beautiful plant with waxy, firm leaves. I treat my pink nanouk like a child. I even bought her a special matching pink ceramic planter and I am notorious for reusing or painting old planters. I hadn't [...]

Every Parent Should Teach their Child This One Thing

Every Parent Should Teach their Child This One Thing

I was sitting on the couch at a large family gathering. The children were sitting on the floor playing with the McDonald's Happy Meal toys my grandmother always collected for them and the adults were watching football. A teaser for the local news came on the television, promising all the details in a domestic violence [...]

Eight Five Star Books of 2020 – with an Honorable Mention!

Look no further - these are the must reads of the year. Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 2020 will go down as a year as rough as 1929. An economic crash, a pandemic, an erratic, gridlocked government - many of us are looking for healthy ways to de-stress and cope. [...]