Archives for December 2016

50 Things We Should Do More Often in the Coming Year

When I was writing a thank-you note a few days ago, it occurred to me that I should write notes of this nature more often. I’ve recently had similar thoughts about other actions. In fact, when I really think about it, there are scores of simple, but beneficial things I ought to do more … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important to Make Time to Read

I’ve always enjoyed reading. During my teen years, I preferred reading over other pursuits that were common among my peers. As an adult, reading remains one of my favorite activities. What has changed is that these days I rarely feel like I have time to read. As a wife and mom of young … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Cultivate Love for People

Sometimes I grow irritated with my fellow human beings after getting stuck in traffic or having to wait for a long time in a public place like the DMV or a doctor’s office. I see people acting rudely and without regard for others (e.g., cutting off other drivers when in a traffic jam, leaving trash … [Read more...]

Winter 2016 Menu

Though we’re busy with Christmas festivities, I didn’t forget to plan my family’s winter menu. I won’t explain the whys and hows of my menu planning here because I’ve detailed these elsewhere (you can read all about it here). In short, I plan a new menu containing a month’s worth of meals at … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Decorate Front Windows for Christmas

Though I love decorating for Christmas, I have no motivation to get up on a ladder and hang Christmas lights on the house. My husband lacks this motivation, as well, and we’re uninterested in having any bulky decorations out in our yard. As you might guess, this means that thus far our homes have … [Read more...]

Festive Christmas Cookie Bars

One by one I’m trying the cookies on my Christmas Cookie Bucket List. I tried the Neapolitan Bars last year, but I thought they took too much work for the flavor that resulted. I really like the appearance of a tricolored cookie bar, though, so I’ve made over the recipe so the bars are easy to make … [Read more...]

Soup, Stew, Chowder, Bisque, or Chili?

I generally consider winter to be “soup season.” Subsequently, I’ve been looking over a lot of soup recipes as I plan my winter menu. In addition to soups, I’ve seen recipes for stews, chowders, bisques, and chilies. Many of these recipes look similar, so how can we tell these different … [Read more...]

FUNtastic Tools for Teaching Toddlers About Shapes

When my oldest daughter was 18 months old, we gave her a puzzle that featured 8 common shapes. Within days she was able to identify a couple of them. However, it took her a little longer to learn the remaining shapes and to differentiate between similar ones (e.g., square and … [Read more...]

Wonderful Gifts for Entire Families

It seems that my husband and I struggle every year to come up with ideas for Christmas gifts that will be appreciated by their recipients and fit within our budget. Sometimes the best solution is to use some sort of alternative gift exchange. This year I’ve had another idea that I think is … [Read more...]