Sunday, August 17, 2014

Linky Love

Not Sharing Policy This is an interesting look at whether or not we should teach kids to share.  Some really valid points.

The Danger of Back to School - this article deals with the increase of mental health visits for kids during the school year.  This is really interesting as the visits increase dramatically during the school year.  School is stressful.

What to Feed Teenage Boys?  Oh this is an oldie but has a lot of good suggestions.  I struggle with this topic a lot as I have a 12 year old and 16 year old. My 12 year old has some food restrictions due to braces so it makes it more complicated.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Road Rash Warrior

What a pretty face!
We had a little incident with a boy meeting the asphalt track.  What is summer without some scabs, right? Luckily there were no broken bones.
Road Rash Leg
I am reminded that scars have stories. I remember a bike accident I had on the street of my childhood home.  It was a steep hill and I believe that I loss control going down.  I ended up with a nice scar on my elbow.  I guess it is a rite of passage. Did you have an awesome bike wreck during your childhood?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Point Whitehorn Low Tide

Charlie and Cody
A couple Sunday's back, we had a chance to visit Point Whitehorn Marine Park when there was a -1 tide.  The low tide exposed lots of sandy beach and tide pools.  The beach is normally a very rocky beach.  We arrived before the tide was completely out. 
That was lucky as the beach got very busy.  This beach has to be hiked into.  Though the hike is a small one (3/4 of a mile) complete with steep stairs at the end.
sea life stuck to bottom side of a boulder
Low tide exposed lots of sea creatures. 
I had commented to Mrs Epi on a previous adventure to Point Whitehorn that I haven't seen any starfish lately.  Well, we saw quite a few on our adventure at a negative tide.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


IT is BLUEBERRY season in our neck of the woods. Last week, we picked our bushes almost clean and made some blueberry muffins.  Our bushes were loaded this year but we have been mainly snacking from them.  Our bushes are conveniently located by our back door. Charlie and I decided to make blueberry muffins.

We barely had enough to make our muffins.  These muffins were quickly finished off.  The recipe is from Tammy's Recipes - Best Ever Blueberry Muffins.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


I can't believe I am a Mom to a sixteen year old. I am blessed to have such a fearless son who tackles life head on.  He has taught me so much about patience and expectations.  Happy Birthday Cody.  I hope your day is exceptional.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I Learned in July

The black screen of death on your computer is a bad thing. It isn't the end of the world.  Though it certainly seems like it in the moment. The lesson though is back up your stuff.  It really is that simple. I also learned what a time suck electronic devices are too. 

I am also reminded this month that new ventures excited me.  My hubby and I have started making shot up picture frames. These picture frames have genuine bullet holes. It feels good to make something.  Though my main contribution is puling staples out of broken up target frames.  I have a new respect for staples. The wood in the frames is totally recycled from our local shooting range and their busted up target frames. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to the local junior shooting program. Who says a shooting range can't be environmentally friendly- shoot and recycle. Locally our frames can be purchased at TENEX.

I am reminded that there is wisdom in Kung Fu Panda 2. I went with my youngest to see Kung Fu Panda 2 as part of the summer movie express.   I loved several quotes but this one below is sticking with me.

Po to Shen
You've gotta let go that stuff from the past. Cause it just doesn't matter. The only things that matter is what you choose to be now.-Kung Fu Panda 2

I am linking up with Chatting At The Sky and What We Learned This Summer

Monday, July 28, 2014

Booking It July

Check out what the ladies are reading over at Life as Mom. Once again sucked in by the hot reads table at the library.  That just proves that displaying books prettily gets readers to pick them up. 

I read Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann. It is about a vintage clothing buyer and proprietor of a vintage clothing store that finds a journal sewn inside the coat.  The journal belonged to a young woman who wanted to become a clothing buyer for a department store during a time when woman faced some challenges in this field. It was a light enjoyable read. I wish it was a little more fleshed out especially at the end in regards to how Olive story ended.  It was a quick summer read.

I also read The Expats by Chris Pavone recommended by the Modern Mrs Darcy.

An international thriller, The Expats is the story of a seemingly ordinary working mom, Kate Moore, whose husband, Dexter, is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg—a move that will unravel everything they believed about each other. Kate and Dexter have struggled to make ends meet, so they jump at the chance to start a new life abroad with the promise of rich rewards. But Kate has been leading a double life, and leaving America forces her to abandon her dangerous but heroic job. She soon discovers that it will be harder than she thought to shed her past, especially while coping with the weight of an unbearable secret. Dexter seems to be keeping secrets of his own, working long hours for a banking client whose name he can’t reveal. When another American couple befriends them, Kate begins to peel back the layers of deception that surround her, revealing a heart-stopping con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life. - Amazon

I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. It was a good compelling read. I also read The Accident by Chris Pavone as well. This one I enjoyed even more.  Chris Pavone slowly unfolds this story.

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder. -Amazon

I also read The Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl Gordon. This is another book about the mysterious heiress Huguette Clark.  I once again came away from this book thinking that Huguette was not crazy but eccentric.  Huguette was wealthy beyond imagination and I don't think we can understand the burden and privilege that comes with that fully. This book also confirms to me once again that her personal nurse took advantage of her relationship with the heiress even if the heiress didn't feel that way.   There were also others in her personnel circle such as her accountant and lawyer who also took advantage of  her. This book delved more into the will contest and I found that fascinating. I did a previous review on the book Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman. Bill Dedman broke the story on Huguette Clark so his book was also quite interesting if you are fascinated with   the story of Huguette Clark.