Ordering Eyeglasses Online

Prescription Eyeglasses bought online - a review.

I’ve wanted to order eyeglasses online for about two years, but I’ll be honest, I was skeptical. Will they fit? Will I like them when they are on my face? Will the prescription lenses be correct? I had so many questions and it seemed risky. Recently, I made my two-year trek to the eye doctor.  [...]

Pizza Night: A Family Tradition

Pizza Night: A Family Tradition (with Tony's Pizza)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #TonysPizzeria http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO I’m not good at family traditions.  It’s mostly because I’m scatterbrained and don’t take the time to think through rituals and establish traditions.  Every holiday is a [...]

Good Friday

Good Friday - An Old Rugged Cross

When I was a kid, I took piano lessons in school, even though I didn’t have a piano at home.  You can imagine how great my practice sessions were without a piano. One Christmas, I somehow talked my grandparents into buying an electric piano for me to practice on. Don’t you just love how grandparents [...]

Nutella Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Nutella Cheesecake Cookie Bites

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Facts Up Front program. My kids and I are in love with Nutella.  We spread it on sandwiches, and bagels, and bananas.  We top it with strawberries and granola.  We eat it right out of the jar. Well, I do….sometimes, but please don’t [...]

Beauty Box Five – April Review

Beauty Box Five - April Review

I’ve really been enjoying Beauty Box Five.  I love getting a package in the mail each month.  It’s a little like Christmas morning when the mailman comes holding a turquoise box in his hands. Beauty Box 5 is a subscription based service that introduces you to products you may not have tried before.  Each month [...]

A Season to Work


When I set my goals for 2014, I focused on “work” goals.  I mean, all goals take work, but I believed this season I am in is a season to work. I don’t really know why I’ve had such an impression about this time of my life, but I began 2014 ready to work. This [...]

DIY: Hand-Painted Linens

Hand Painted Linens - DIY

Ever since I saw Emma and Elsie paint napkins on A Beautiful Mess, I’ve been itching to try my hand at painting linens. It takes me some time to get around to things, but the other morning, I woke up feeling crafty.  I think it was the sunshine and the slightly warmer temps, because I [...]

How I Make Money Blogging

How I make money blogging and how you can too

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me how I earn money through my blog, and that’s a great question. First, let me say, if you want to get rich quick, don’t blog.  If you want to be a shining star, don’t blog.  If you think you’re awesome-sauce, don’t blog.  Chances are you won’t get what [...]

Rolo Poppers – Salty & Sweet Snacks

Rolo Poppers = The perfect salty and sweet snack

Rolo Poppers are the perfect mix between salty and sweet and I do love me some salty and sweet snacks. How about you? My daughter’s best friend’s mother (that’s like 7 degrees of separation plus one family member’s friend) makes these every time she has a party and I love them, so I decided to [...]

Mother’s Day Gift Book

Mother's Day Gift Book, a printable eBook that's pretty enough to give as a gift.

You can never start preparing for Mother’s Day too early. Ladies, can I get an Amen? This year, I wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day, so I put together an eBook, only it’s not just a regular old eBook, it’s a gift book.  It’s pretty enough to print out and give as a [...]

Two are Better than One

Two are better than one.

Two are better than one.  Sure, that’s in the Bible and we always think of it in terms of marriage, but the application of that truth is so much broader than husband and wife. We need a team. Each of us has our own strengths and we’re pretty good on our own, but when we [...]

How To Buy A Bra That Fits

How to Buy a Bra that Fits - A practical guide - Most women are wearing the wrong size bra.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Figleaves. Most women are wearing the wrong size bra and don’t even know it.  Today, with the help of Figleaves, I’m going to give you tips on buying a bra that fits. Gentlemen, all three of you who read, this is your time to [...]

Liar, Liar, Your Birthday Cake’s on Fire

excerpt from Liar, Liar Your Birthday Cake is on Fire

I lied to the health department about my age. Of course, it wasn’t intentional.  I didn’t mean to lie.  It’s just that I’m so old I must be getting senile, because I can’t seem to remember where I am in this decade of my life. If I was intentionally being creative with my age, I [...]

In The Bag: Best Affordable Purses

In The Bag: Tyler Rodan Purse

I love Tyler Rodan purses.  They are the best affordable purses I’ve ever bought. Now, I’m not much of a name brand person.  If you ask me what brands I like, I really wouldn’t have any idea.  I can tell you what stores I shop in (secret: it’s the cheap ones), but I don’t pay [...]

Chalk Paint: How does it hold up?

Chalk Paint: How does it hold up? An honest review by a novice DIY'er.

I want to give you a little update on the desk I painted with a homemade chalk paint mixture.  I had not previously used this method and I was more than a bit skeptical.  I mean, it seems weird to mix paint with plaster.  Add the final step of waxing painted furniture and it sounded [...]

Fire in My Child’s Eyes

Fire in My Child's Eyes: A Humorous Look at Family Life, specificially in the kitchen

Tonight as we were eating dinner, my husband asked, “Where is that draft coming from?” It’s seemed cold in the house today and he thought perhaps one of our basement windows blew out.  That happened back in January.  The force of the snow coming from the neighbor’s snowblower blew out a window and our pipes [...]