Rights and Wrongs

I usually stay positive, but this is bothering me, so I’m sharing because keeping things in the dark isn’t helpful. Yesterday, my son was interviewed by the police at school. Why? Because he was at the table in class when one of his female classmates said she wanted to kill a bunch of people at…

Road Trips

Fair disclosure: I used to think that road trips were about as fun as getting teeth pulled. However, over the past few years, I’ve come to love road trips. As a matter of fact, today I prefer road trips with my kids to airline travel. First thing you need to do is to figure out…

Airplane Travel with Kids

I read a lot of stories about how traveling with kids can be a nightmare; either for the parents or for other travelers. Just a little planning ahead can make traveling with kids a much more pleasant experience for everyone. And, just so you know, this applies to the younger ages especially, don’t expect to…

Count Your Blessings Before You Sleep

They say that what you focus on expands. So, when you focus on bad things, you notice more of them and it seems as if more bad things are in your life. And, if you focus on good things, you notice more of them and it seems as if more good things are drawn into…

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…