American Girl Apron

  Last fall when the latest American Girl catalog arrived, I found this American Girl apron for Kit. I loved it! I didn’t love the $34 price. So, I made my own! It’s an apron — or three — to fit an American Girl doll (or any 18″ doll). See Kit, Samantha, and Kirsten modeling […]

Think and Make it Happen: A Review

I have been reading Think and Make It Happen by Augusto Cury, thanks to the nice folks atThomas Nelson Publishing.  On its cover, it claims to be “The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety, overcoming negative thoughts, and discovering your true potential”. Well, that sounds promising.  I am a big believer in the power of our thoughts, […]

Felt Mushroom House

A craft project I just finished:  this lovely little felt Mushroom House: I saw these pictured on this wonderful blog, and the author was nice enough to post the pattern (which she created herself). I haven’t had the time to do much needlework in recent years, and I had fun fiddling with the embroidery details […]

Thank You, President Bush

Today, the media is filled with praise and adulation of Barack Obama.  I figure there’s plenty of that out there, so instead I’ll choose a topic you may not hear so much of: Gratitude for President Bush. Yes, you heard that right. “What?” you may ask.  “Gratitude for that ignorant, war-mongering man who has harmed […]

Just a Rock

Today … a rock. That’s right – just a rock (or two). As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a story behind it.  In my previous life, as a sixth grade teacher, one year I was assigned to teach “low” language arts/reading (the 3 of us sixth grade teachers divided the kids in to high, middle and […]

Disney World Free Souvenirs

We visited Disney World last January, and I keep having fond flashbacks (as I get stuck in snowdrifts in my driveway). Disney World Free Souvenirs One fun way we make the magic last a little longer is with the plastic Mickey head plates that kids’ meals are served on there.  We saved one for each […]


When I first had my kids, I knew about the Mommy Wars – hey, I read Parents magazine!  Breast vs. bottle, family bed vs. not, stay-at-home moms vs. working (for pay) moms, you name it. But somehow, I thought this competition would end once the kids began school. I was wrong. Earlier this week I […]