How To Meditate in 5 Easy Steps (video guide)

During my months of sickness, I learned that the best way for me to deal with my husband’s long absence and to get rid myself of daily pressures while raising two little children was to meditate every day.

What is ironic about meditation is it has only lately become seen in the West as a healing technique – but it’s been practiced for ages in the East.

In my quest … Continue Reading

Story of World Volume 1 Resources

Story of the World is our homeschool spine.  

Our writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary and geography all center around Story of the World.  We do a lot of art projects and field trips relating to what we are learning in Story of the World.

I have compiled a list of the websites, additional reading materials and projects that we have used to supplement our learning.
I always buy both … Continue Reading

Carnitas Time, Senior Frog

Man, I love carnitas.

I ate them a TON when my husband and I were stationed in Texas, years past. I mean, what’s better for a day of football than a huge pile of nachos carnitas?

This is an excellent carnitas recipe for a crowd. It doesn’t require much prep, either, which means you see the game and spend more time with you friends.

Pork carnitas is a classic … Continue Reading

Why You Should Let Your Kids Use Social Media

Today, social media is just another part of being a member of society – so your kids need to participate! Especially if they are nearing the age of 13, like mine.

That said, as parents we want to keep our children safe while they are using social media.

I logged some time on the interwebs last week and found a few ways to keep them safe online – including a … Continue Reading

Don’t Just Give It Live It

The image that pops into our heads when we hear about charitable donations is that it involves giving money, food, books and other material stuff. This is the image that has been painted by most of the modern day charity industry.

To me, though, the best kind of charity work does involve giving – just not cash or material items. I prefer another type of charity – donating my time.… Continue Reading

Built in Bookshelves with Window-seat for under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA Billy bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for … Continue Reading

It’s a Jersey Thing

In 1984 I was twelve years old.  I had a major crush on Ralph Macchio from the Karate Kid.  I read in TeenBeat or Bop or one of those magazines that I used to spend my allowance on that Ralph Macchio loved Bruce Springsteen.  So, I started saying that I loved Bruce Springsteen–because this way, when I met Ralph and we fell in love, we would have something in common.  … Continue Reading

Halloween Costume Review – I’m a Parisian Showgirl this Year (ooh la la)!

It is almost that time of the year again when all attention turns to October 31st – Halloween.

For me, Halloween is one of the best days of the year. I have always enjoyed myself throughly every Halloween, since I was 5 years old I think.

I enjoy everything about the holiday: talk about carving pumpkins, attending a bonfire party, playing pranks or any other thing that can rush my … Continue Reading

Always Remember

Do you know someone who has died from an overdose?

I do. Two overdoses in my circle, actually. One very close relative many years ago, and a friend who died less than 4 months ago.

Overdosing is a truly sad, meaningless way to go. It leaves families and friends feeling terribly guilty, asking themselves “what did I miss” and blaming themselves with, “I should have been there!”.

In my friends … Continue Reading

Thankful Thursday Friends Edition

This Thursday, I am giving my heartfelt thanks for my two long-life besties, Tammy Winscott (a well known family attorney around here) and Charlese McDowell.

Due to my recent illness, I’ve had a tough time keeping things running here at Castle Winslow during past three months. But help was not far.

Despite having two busy families and intense careers of their own, Tammy and Charlese both came to my rescue … Continue Reading