When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful Tips

When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful TipsWe returned earlier this week from our second big road trip of the summer. The trip went well. We had a great time visiting my extended family. We celebrated my brother’s marriage with his fabulous wedding party. It was a good trip.

We drove home and made it from Southern California through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and through part of Colorado. We were making it home in record time.… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: William Wordsworth

Thought for the Day, Wordsworth


While I tremendously enjoyed our last trip and I’m looking forward to the two other big road trips we have planned for this summer, today my soul is rejoicing in some time spent alone.


We all need to make room for quiet in our lives.  Whether it’s taking a walk alone, taking a relaxing bath, spending time reading a good book, snuggling with your little one, or simply pausing for a minute of purposeful quiet in the morning before you step into the business of the day, it’s those moments when we can reconnect with our better selves.… Continue reading

A Cool Way to Save Water

A Cool Way to Save WaterWe are one of the few families I know who don’t have an in-door water and ice dispenser in our refrigerator.  (This is by choice, those models tend to be much less energy efficient than their solid door counterparts.)  This means that cold water is not a given at our house, nor is it instantaneous.


If your refrigerator is similar to ours, than this tip is for you. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Nelson Mandela

Thought for the Day: Nelson Mandela


On this day, when we celebrate our country’s declaration of freedom from British rule, may we be thankful for our own freedom as well as be willing to defend the freedom of others.


Freedom of speech.  Freedom to disagree.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom to object.  Freedom of thought.  Freedom of the press.  Freedom to love.  Freedom from corporate rule. … Continue reading

Relaxing Near the Bay

Relaxing Near the BayTaking time to relax, to step away from day-to-day demands, is important.  We all need white space in our lives.  Time that is unscheduled.  Time to think.  Time to dream.  Time to simply be.


While I work hard to create moments of quiet in my day-to-day life, as truly we all need to have downtime daily, it’s definitely a challenge to accomplish this while homeschooling two young, active boys.… Continue reading

Preparing for a Road Trip

Preparing for a Road TripWe’re getting ready to head off to Michigan to visit my in-laws.  This week I’m focusing on planning and packing.


I keep a Master Packing List [you can find a version of it from a previous trip HERE], which makes packing so much easier.  Each time we have a trip planned, I pull out our master list and modify it as needed for the particular time of year and circumstances under which we’re traveling. … Continue reading

An Invitation to Mindfulness: Chopping Mushrooms

An Invitation to Mindfulness: Chopping MushroomsMindfulness means paying attention to what you are doing.  It is a focus on what is going on in us and around us.  By focusing on the uniqueness of each moment, we can be undistracted from and accepting of whatever lies before us.


With a mindful focus, any task can become a meditation.  Tonight as I was chopping mushrooms for dinner, I focused exclusively on the task before me; it helped that my boys were outside working in the yard with my husband.… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.


I believe that love can conquer fear, hatred, and heartache.


I look forward to a day when human kind can live in peace.  Let us work together, love one another, and leave a legacy of kindness and compassion wherever we go.



“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.… Continue reading

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand SoapIf your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap.  My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing.  I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands.  It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading

Teach Kids to Help with Special Day Preparations: Use a Post It Note Wall

Teach Kids to Help with Special Event Preparations: Use a Post-It Wall
Lainie’s kids choosing tasks from the Post It Wall. *photo credit: Lainie*

My dear friend Lainie is back with another household tip.  This time, she discusses how she gets her kids involved with preparations for a special occasion.  Her tip about Teaching Kids to Clean with Lines has made a huge difference in our house.  I can see her suggestion about a Post It Note Wall being equally effective (especially once both of my boys can read!).… Continue reading