Book Chat May 2015

Book reviews post contains affiliate links. The bulk of my reading time the past couple of months has been the classic Middlemarch. I try to read a lot of classics. Because — I figure, they’re classics for a reason. Books don’t survive for hundreds of years if there’s not something special about them. Middlemarch was […]

Childhood Memories Friday: Dorm Eating in the ’80s

A recent trip to my college alma mater included a visit past a dorm. As I listened to a discussion of meal plan options, “I-bucks,” and more, I began to reminisce about the dining halls I frequented several decades back. Dorm Eating in the ’80s Back then, in the mid-’80s, the IU college meal plan […]

Tea Collection Memorial Day Sale

Thanks to Tea Collection for sponsoring this post. Tea Collection’s co-founder Emily and her family recently traveled to India! Their incredible adventure was captured by renowned Japanese photographer, Hideaki Hamada. Hamada photographed Emily’s family while they explored in and around Jaipur and at The Farm, a beautiful bohemian hotel 30 minutes west of Jaipur. His […]

Spring Piano Recital Tips

I recently held a piano recital — a habit for me each spring for the past several years. It’s always a fun day and is appreciated and enjoyed by all. Here are some tips that helped the event run more smoothly. Piano Recital Favors I always like to have some type of favor for each […]

My Experience Flying Allegiant Airlines

“Fly to Orlando, Tampa, or Fort Lauderdale for $79!” The headlines were hard to ignore. When Allegiant Airlines came to my hometown, they touted direct flights to popular vacation destinations for cheap prices. Since we were planning a trip to Disney World, Allegiant was my first choice for research. I found that Allegiant was founded […]

Menu Plan Monday 5-18-2015

Another May Monday, which means we’ve just finished another full weekend. The highlight was the piano recital: I always enjoy the recital immensely, although they make me nervous — it’s kind of like having 17 kids! I always hope each of them performs well enough that it is a good experience for him or her. […]

Top Baby Name Ideas for Josh and Anna Duggar

Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting baby #4 – what should they name their new baby? Fans of the famous Duggar family, featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” know that Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle have given each of their 19 children names beginning with J. Josh and Anna Duggar have followed the […]