Thanks to Family Christian for a review copy of this book, and for the giveaway certificate.
Dancing Through It

As a child, I was a dancing wanna-be. I so clearly remember standing beside the rickety stage at Oktoberfest, gazing longingly as the Dixon Dance Studio kids filed onstage in their glittery costumes. At recess, I’d do made-up dance steps, once prompting a recess teacher to ask, “Are you in dance?” Embarrassed, I shook my head. Then who could forget the highlight of Saturday night’s Lawrence Welk Show — it was, of course, the dancers Bobby and Cissy. Continue Reading »

Fun Epcot Food

As you regulars know, I recently spent a wonderful week at the happiest place on earth, Disney World. My favorite Disney park would have to be either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot, but for today, let’s talk about Epcot.

More specifically, let’s talk about the food at Epcot. Since it features pavilions from various countries, Epcot is famous for its food offerings. Apparently, it’s also popular for its drink options. I saw so many people walking around the Epcot version of Europe holding wine glasses! But, not being a drinker, that wasn’t a draw for me.

Here’s what was:

La Cantina de San Angel nachos Epcot Mexico Continue Reading »

Febreze Car Vent Clips

Thanks to SheSpeaks and Febreze for samples to review and for providing the giveaway gift card. All opinions my own.

Febreze Car Vent Clips

Smells. They’re everywhere. Many are great: that wonderful springtime smell of earth. Flowers. Good home cooking.

But then there are other things we’d prefer not to sniff. Pet odors, the remains of yesterday’s lunch, dirty clothes ..

Have you ever noticed that bad smells are made even worse when you’re forced to coexist with them in a confined space — like a vehicle? Continue Reading »

Disney World Carousel of Progress

One of my favorite things to do at Disney World isn’t a ride, or even something to eat. It’s the Carousel of Progress. And if you haven’t been to Disney World — no, it’s not a real carousel.

The attraction was built for the 1964 World’s Fair (the  year I was born; no wonder I like it!), for the General Electric Pavilion. After the fair, it was moved to Disneyland, and then to Disney World in 1975.

One great thing about Carousel of Progress is that, even if there is a long line, you’re almost certain to be admitted when the next show starts, which happens every 20 minutes. You enter a 240-seat auditorium, and when the curtains open, you meet a family from around 1904. Continue Reading »

Menu Plan Monday

menuplanmondayHappy Menu Plan Monday to all you readers out there! This has been a great week because winter has finally loosened its grip. We saw temperatures near 40 the past few days, and this week may even reach 50. After another long winter, that is cause for celebration. Yesterday I even saw a rabbit exploring the sunflower seed shells beneath the bird feeder! Continue Reading »

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Little Passports

I review Little Passports here. They are a great way to teach kids about our nation and world in an affordable way, in your own home.

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Childhood Memories Friday

Today, let’s take a look at my childhood dollhouse:

Marx vintage metal dollhouse

From a little searching, I see that it is most likely made by Marx. I don’t remember how I came to get it, but it was part of my life for as long as I can remember. This is the front, although honestly, I spent very little time looking at this side. So let’s get to the good part … Continue Reading »

Stress: We all have it in our lives.  I could go into a list of my unique stressors, but honestly, they’re not any more … um, stressful than yours. Still, stress doesn’t feel good. It’s not good for us. As a result of the stress in my life, I’ve come up with ways to combat its negative effects, and ways to lessen it to begin with.

Here are my top 5 ways to reduce stress. Continue Reading »

Congrats to winners, Nancy and Melissa! Thanks to all who entered.
Dial Miracle Oil body washDial Miracle Oil Body Wash

It’s that time of year. Week after week, temperatures struggle to reach freezing. The air inside is dry, and soon your skin gets that way, too. Moisturized, soft skin begins to seem like it would require some sort of … well, miracle.

But no worries. Dial has come to the rescue with Miracle Oil Body Wash. Continue Reading »

Thanks to #DisneySide for the products used in this party! All opinions my own.

It was an exciting winter day when a big box of Disney Villains goodies arrived at my house:


I was chosen to host a #DisneySide gathering of some type. Villains are a popular Disney theme lately. Of course, there’s the recent Maleficent movie. And, when I visited Disney World a few weeks ago, I even saw a Villains store at Hollywood Studios.

Villains Store Hollywood Studios Disney

And, among all the adorable “blanket babies” that were in every Disney store, check out these sweet villain babies: Continue Reading »