“Wishes” to End and “Happily Ever After” to Begin


Disney World means a lot to our family. It is our “home” away from home. My children grew up watching the “Wishes” fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. I remember holding each one of them on our shoulders to see the fireworks and the castle. ┬áNow they are as tall as I am (or taller!) and…

Blending In and Letting Go


This what I am doing this morning. My daughter is on her final college tour before she starts to make her decisions. This school is at the bottom of her list of choices right now but we all felt she needed to take the tour and see how it felt for her. So, I let…

Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies


I admit it. I am not a big desserts fan. Oh, I love a good piece of chocolate cake or dark chocolate candy from time to time but overall I’d rather have a bowl of mashed potatoes or an extra piece of meatloaf than dessert. But, the rest of my family loves dessert. I don’t…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


This day is second to only Christmas in our family! Today my daughter and I will spend most of the day traveling to schools and nursing homes so that she can dance with her Irish dance school. Here is a video of some of her dance class performing last weekend at a Hooley (basically a…

Hotels and Housekeeping


We stay at hotels quite often. Usually, at least two or three times a month. But, lately I have been noticing a trend that I do not like. Housekeeping. This is one of the most important jobs in a hotel. If your rooms aren’t clean you will begin to develop a reputation and no one…

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Begins!


So, I am just beginning my YouTube channel. Here are the first videos I have added. They are all Irish dance videos right now but I plan on using the channel as a compliment to my blog. Maybe showing a recipe every so often or a certain way I cook something that may not always…

My Daughter’s New Dance Blog


Over the Weekend I competed at the Lavin-Cassidy feis on both Friday and Saturday, and I have to say this might be one of the better competitions I have been to so far. Many of my likes and dislikes will be similar for both days because it was pretty much the same feis, but I…

Give Back Night Pizza


Our community in Southwest Michigan has Give Back Nights at some restaurants where a portion of the sales (usually 10-20%) of the sales for the day are donated to a local not-for-profit. We don’t go out to eat for many of these because they are usually held on nights that we are away or near…

Lake Geneva, WI and Questions about Feiseanna (Feis)


Sunday is my family day. The day I talk about my family or our life. The past few days we have been in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Lavin-Cassidy Feis on Friday and Saturday. This was the first time we have been to Lake Geneva. We usually don’t go to this feis because it is…

5 Ideas for Up Cycling Plastic Containers


We all have them. A stash of plastic dishes from drive thru and take-out meals. I have quite a collections of Chick-fil-A containers. I love their grilled nuggets, soups and super salad (I eat kale!). We were challenged, by Chick-fil-A, to up cycle the containers and were given 2 free chicken tortilla soups from Chick-fil-A…

Being Average in a World that Expects You to be Extraordinary


Being average is okay. It almost seems like we need to apologize these days for being average. If you look at a bell curve guess what? Most of us ARE average. Despite what we tell ourselves, our children, and their teachers, most children are average. As my daughter is starting to look at applying to…

What Is Your “I Can’t Believe You Eat that Food?”


I was in the grocery store today and saw these and HAD to buy them. Yes, I admit it I love Vienna Sausages. The rest of my family thinks they are disgusting. Yet, they each like Spam, Necco Wafers (remember those icky candies) and those blue shark gummies. Everyone has that one food that everyone…