Helping with Homework

We all have those moments when our children need our help with their homework. Either they are out of sorts or for whatever reason they don’t understand the assignment or they haven’t started on time. How do we parents help them without winding up doing their homework for them? Let’s face it, homework can be…

Why I Don’t Eat Wheat

About two and a half years ago, I read a book that truly changed the way I eat. “Wheat Belly” was written by a cardiologist who had seen amazing, positive changes in his patients who stopped eating wheat. So, I figured that I’d give it a try and see what happened. Well, the first thing…

Mom Guilt

If you’re a mom, you know what I’m talking about. There’s no getting away from it. At some point, maybe at many points, we do something we regret and boom, there it is. The feeling that we are horrible mothers. Personally, I deal with this daily as I let my kids play on their electronics…

Thanksgiving

Today has been filled with cooking, cleaning and visiting with friends and family. It has been deeply satisfying, though it didn’t start out that way. Early in the day, I couldn’t help but remember how my mother in law would always offer to help and my husband would always tell her to just sit there…

Hubs of Instagram

Today, two of my pictures were chosen to be shared on Instagram Hubs. A hub is a page that is moderated by one or more people who choose pictures to share on their page. They give full credit to the creators of the pictures. Additionally, the photographers post the hub’s hashtag so that the photographs will…

A Prayer Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow and I don’t feel prepared. I’m thankful for so many things in my life; not the least of them my husband, children, family and friends. I am truly blessed by the people in my life. Today, I am offering up a prayer for this world. Please let love and…

Mothering Competitors

Both of my kids compete in their respective sports. Both conceived a passion for their sports early and both work really hard to get better at what they do. Each of them spends several hours a week practicing what they do. My daughter dances. My son does jiu jitsu. If you are friends with me…

How I Compose Pictures

This could probably be an entire book, and should you want more detail, I am sure you can find excellent books to help you to compose better pictures. However, I will give you the main things that I do so you can start to use those suggestions if you like. I have been taking pictures for…

How I Insta-edit Macro Photos

A friend of mine, Angela Campbell, asked me on Facebook to do this post, so this is thanks to her request. It will be a 2 part post. The first will be simple editing on Instagram and the second will be how to take better pictures. I am no expert with my camera, but I…

A Simple Way to Grow Your Instagram Account

Yesterday, I made a few suggestions about pictures to share through Instagram. Now that you have a good general idea of what to share, I want to talk about a simple way to find friends and followers in the big Instagram world. I believe that it’s 400,000,000 strong and counting, so it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed….

5 Tips to Make Your Instagram Page a Standout

I’ve been playing on Instagram for almost 2 years now. I opened my account because my son opened one and I wanted to monitor it. However, I soon had my own little Instagram addiction and over the course of these past couple of years, I’ve figured a few things out that I’d like to share….

Missing my Mother-in-Law

I have been thinking a lot about my mother-in-law, Ellen, who passed into the next life on June 10 this year. I miss her something fierce. She would be so nervous about my son’s upcoming professional jiu jitsu fight. Ellen would be proud too. You can bet that she would have been sitting right with…