There has been much debate over the issue of gun control. I find it unsettling to read comments of other readers because everyone has their fists up. Whoever is speaking (or writing) seems to have the mentality that he/she is right, and that’s that. Anyone who opposes a different view is met with an abusive or disrespectful response. And the people who are flamed, in turn, flame right back. I’ve thought about why starkly contrasting views on issues such as gun control bother me so much. I determined that it’s not the contrasting views that bother me, it’s the verbal abuse. These “i’m-right-you’re-wrong” conversations areRead More →

When we moved into our current home, every wall in the house was white. I promised myself that would be the first thing I would change. With limited income and time (when does one paint who has two toddlers?), I knew I would need to start with the room that was most important to me. The rest of the house would be painted little by little over the years. I decided to start with my bedroom. I chose a lovely pale blue, and painted the bottom half of the walls in subtle stripes. Because the two shades were right next to each other on theRead More →

I stress about what to buy for my husband, even though he’s easy to please. I want the gifts to be thoughtful and creative. Here is a list of the things I’ve purchased for my husband that have been winners. I have become a picky buyer over the years as I’ve seen what things last and what things end up forgotten or broken. I put a lot of research into reviews. I have learned the hard way that I’d rather spend a little more to get something that’s a LOT better, but I am also mindful of balancing the best reviews with the best price.Read More →

Christmas is coming up, and if you’re like me, you want to get other parents’ ideas of what items are worth buying. I’ve been buying children’s gifts for 16 years. These are the ones that have stuck around. I only include items in the list that I have owned and vouch for, and found on Amazon. They are tried and true winners in my family! *Need more gift ideas?* Please see the following links: Babies and New Mothers, Household, Emergency Preparedness and Men. Age 1-4 Three Little Ghosties The best picture book I’ve ever read. My teenagers even like it. Mr. Potato Head Megabloks  Fisher Price Xylophone ToyRead More →