Archives for October 2015

5 Incredibly Easy Ways to Serve Your Community

When I think about serving my community, I often conceptualize it as another activity that I need to add to my already busy schedule. Thankfully, there are actually many easy ways that we can serve our communities. Consider these five approaches that are practically effortless. 5 easy ways … [Read more...]

Penne Festival

It has been years since I’ve eaten at a Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, but I recall there being a number of incredibly tasty items on the menu. I’ve recreated a few of these at home, including the Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival. As you’ll see here, I use penne pasta instead of bowtie pasta, … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Enhance Your Femininity

I didn’t spend that much time thinking about femininity until I had my daughter. Femininity is one of many things I want to model for her. I’ve never fit the stereotype of a “girly girl,” so this is a little intimidating. Thankfully, I don’t think that being feminine is about wearing lots of … [Read more...]

Why and What to Read to Babies

It felt very natural to read to my daughter throughout her first year. Though she didn’t understand many of the words in the books, I figured that reading provided an opportunity to cuddle, to instill in her a love for reading, and to foster her intellectual development. It turns out that I … [Read more...]

Rampant Reusing: License Plates

As I changed the license plates on my car a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I’ve gone through several sets of plates in the last decade and a half. There has to be something creative I can do with the old plates instead of tossing them in the trash or letting them collect dust in a … [Read more...]

Philly Cheese Meatloaf

After we enjoyed last menu’s Meatloaf Parmesan so much, I decided to attempt another twist on meatloaf. This time my inspiration was a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Like the Meatloaf Parmesan, it was a hit! Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]

When You Have So Much to Do That You Don’t Know Where to Begin

I’ve been distracted by house hunting and other move-related tasks like getting a new driver’s license, registering my car, and finding a new pediatrician for my little one. Subsequently, I’ve fallen behind on housekeeping tasks and feel somewhat overwhelmed. In fact, it seems like I’m paralyzed by … [Read more...]

7 Fall Get Together Ideas

Autumn is finally upon us and I’m thinking that it would be nice to have a list of get together ideas akin to the one I made for summer. If you’ll be spending time with friends this fall, then you may be able to make use of some of these ideas. Fall get together ideas Go on a hayride. … [Read more...]

How to Kindly Bring Safety Issues to the Attention of Other Moms

Several months ago my husband and I were visiting with another couple when the wife mentioned she was eager to turn her daughter’s car seat to face forward once she turned one year old. This statement concerned me because I’m familiar with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that … [Read more...]