Follow Your Art with Gymboree

Art. It’s a great way to express yourself. I’ve always loved the art my kids have created. In fact, I framed a piece of artwork each of my girls made. They are some of my favorite things in my house. Here’s one example:   Follow Your Art Gymboree, one of my favorite kids’ clothing retailers, […]

Sunrise, Easter Surprise: Review

With every day, there’s a bit more sunlight, and Easter gets just a little closer. Before long, we’ll see flowers pushing through the soil and little animals in the yard. You’ll see those things as well in the book I’m reviewing today: Sunrise, Easter Surprise Sunrise, Easter Surprise This sturdy board book introduces the youngest […]

Educated: Review

“I am only seven, but I understand that it is this fact, more than any other, that makes my family different: we don’t go to school.” Tara Westover begins her memoir with this statement. It’s typical of the book: not written in soaring prose, but stated factually. We learn much more about her upbringing. Her […]

Menu Plan Monday 2/19/2018

Happy Menu Plan Monday to all you readers out there! This week, a few things are on the horizon that make it seem like spring really is nearing. I can notice more daylight — the other night, I was driving the girls somewhere and mentioned that at 6:45 in the evening there was still a […]

Phoebe’s Light: Review

Head back with me: Nantucket Island, 1767. Phoebe Starbuck has caught the eye of a dashing whaling boat captain, Phineas Foulger. She is taken by this older man’s attention, and soon they are married and she is onboard the whaling ship. But life onboard isn’t quite what Phoebe expected. Marriage isn’t so great, either. And […]

LG Twin Wash System at Best Buy

The┬áreviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card – all opinions my own. I have a sad? impressive? not sure? confession to make: my washer is over 25 years old. My husband owned it when I met him, which would be 25 years ago now. And … it’s just kept […]

Menu Plan Monday 2/12/2018

Hello friends, and welcome to another Menu Plan Monday. I hope you had a good week. Here, it was more intense cold and more snow. Thankfully, the weather cooperated for Daughter #3 and me to travel south about an hour for her first college visit (she is a high school junior). It was fun for […]

Piano Valentine Treats

I like to give my piano students a little treat at Valentine’s Day. What to give that is fun and yet doesn’t cost much? This year for my piano valentine treats, I decided to fill snack-size bags with gummy bears and add a topper saying “You’re a Beary Good Student.” I had seen this idea […]

That Grand Easter Day: Review

Easter? I know, it seems ages away. But, it is April 1 this year, which is just seven weeks away. Time to bring out the spring Easter decor, and of course, the Easter books! Today, I want to show you a beautiful new Easter book for kids: That Grand Easter Day. That Grand Easter Day […]

Menu Plan Monday 2/5/18

Happy Menu Plan Monday! Are you all surviving winter so far? This is the point where I start getting really tired of it. We got snow yesterday and are expecting more this week. Thankfully February is a short month. I am ready to have more light and see some flowers poking through the dirt. I […]