Kids drink more water for their size than adults. The majority of the water comes from the tap, and standards instituted by Congress govern the quality of the water, included in the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Subsequent laws have set clean drinking water criteria for chemicals which were known to be in some water supplies. In his DIY Guide to Home Water Treatment, Ed Carmichael of CleanerSofterWater.com … Read More
For fifteen years, my hubby and I have been sleeping on a spring mattress. However, we recently both agreed that it was time to buy a new mattress. We opted for online mattress shopping and we found a new queen mattress.
All of the mattresses we bought online because you can return them risk-free (check out SleepDelivered.com for an exhaustive list of mattresses available online).
Eventually, we both unanimously agreed … Read More
There are conflicting views on the addictive nature of marijuana and the effect that pot has on the body and brain. Regardless, many come to a point in their lives when they choose to stop.
As you may already know, I am a huge believer in homeschooling and as such, I am always on the look-out for new and better curriculums. Recently, I discovered Wayfarers History, and I must admit I fell in love with it.
Wayfarers history comprises of 4 complete program guides; Ancient History, Medieval History, Revolution History and Modern History. These programs cover a wide range of subjects from pre-kindergarten to grade … Read More
Being a stay-at-home mom of young children is not simply hard work, it is a full time job that deserves a little mandatory holiday thrown in. The idea of a Momcation may sound terrifying when your kids are small, especially if you have never been separated from them for longer than a day in Kindergarten, but temporary separation could do you both the world of good.
Take a step back … Read More
How I Medicated to Deal With 9/11
Something happens to people when tragedy strikes; some people break, others cower in fear yet the majority of people who live through the tragedy are made stronger by it.
Such is the case of a large percentage of Americans in the aftermath of 9/11. During the collapse of the Twin Towers, we all felt as though our comfortable and safe world had come … Read More
Between all the sorority mixers, club meetings, games, and internships, it’s difficult for college kids these days to find time to study. But what’s a girl to do when the clock strikes midnight and she hasn’t begun to study for her 9 a.m. exam the next day?
Enter: study drugs.
Many college level and high school students have discovered a dangerous solution to better and more intense concentration, it’s … Read More
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.… Read More
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.… Read More
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 … Read More
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. … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More