Reading Together as a Family


Most parents seem stop reading to their children when they are somewhere between second and fourth grade. The bedtime ritual is dropped, the time for homework starts to pick up, and more classes and lessons are added after school. It’s no longer easy to fit in reading time. One of the things that we have…

Today….


I am away with my family while my son takes the ACT at a college about an hour from home. I wanted us all together today. My heart is heavy. As I watched the news last night I was crying again like 9-11. This is not the world I wanted for my children. So, today…

On the Road Again….


As we get ready to close out the month my daughter and I are on the road again. She will participate in a Feis (Irish dance competition) today. Above is my daughter and one of her beginner Irish dance students. She loves teaching them and working with them. I hope she does well today. It…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


This holiday is second only to Christmas in our house. My Irish dancing daughter started dancing yesterday, Friday, at schools and nursing homes in the area. This morning there is a parade through downtown Kalamazoo. After that a Hooley for Healing. A hooley is an Irish party. This one is a fund raiser for families…

Thankful….


I have been able to make this trip to Walt Disney World with my daughter because of my partner. She is home with our son making sure that he gets to the Science Olympiad regional competition, the Orchestra Festival, and tons of other lessons, classes, and practices while still working. Normally most of this falls…

A Mother/Daughter Trip


Picture from our 2015 trip to Walt Disney World My daughter and I are making one last trip to Disney World while she is still a child (well, at least in my eyes). She will graduate from high school in June and is planning to move to get ready for college shortly after. She and…

Making Simple Dinners Look Amazing!


Sometimes you simply want an easy meal. When company is coming in an hour and you still need to pick up or your kids bring home an extra friend or two from school and they ask to stay for dinner and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Having that box of pasta, jarred sauce,…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part III


This is how we helped our children (and us) become adventurous eaters. In Part I (click for link to blog post) and Part II (click for link to blog post) I wrote about how this all started and giving our children the appropriate words to use when talking about food. One of my goals for…

Indoor Picnic – 5 Tips for Making a Fun Meal


Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you are spending the day with those you love. ❤  ❤ ❤ I am planning a fun dinner with my family and thought I would share with you some of the ways we make our family meals “special.” It has been super cold and snowy here. We have actually been spending…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part II


In case you missed it Part I (click for link to original blog post) last week was how we started playing our food game and how we started working on getting our kids (and myself) to be a bit more adventurous in trying new foods and understanding why we like or don’t like certain foods. One…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part I


Image from Google Images I had another conversation a few days ago with a mom who was convinced her children would not eat anything at all like I make for my family. I have this conversation quite often with parents and I have written about it several times on this blog. It usually starts with…