The Margaritaville Hotel in Pensacola Beach
For a clean, relaxed, comfortable stay in a new modern hotel on Pensacola Beach, you definitely want to check out the Margaritaville Hotel (owned by Jimmy Buffet, who used to visit Pensacola Beach when he was a child). And yes, you gotta get their margarita recipe.… Continue Reading
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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