Simple Summer Berry Tart Recipe #BerryJoyfulSweeps


I consider myself an average cook. If I search for a recipe on-line, I usually include the words “easy” or “simple”. Also, “Crockpot”, but that’s a post for a cooler season. I was inspired by an article in the July 2014 edition of Bon Appetit magazine. They let me subscribe, even though I don’t even own any Maldon sea salt flakes. Usually when Bon Appetit says “simple” it only involves a … [Read more...]

June is Home Safety Month.


I never thought about home safety much before 2006, especially fire safety. Sure, I’d baby-proofed my house. We tested our smoke alarms when the clocks sprang forward or fell back. We had a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that we once had to use on fajita night. That was about the extent of my considerations for home safety. Then, we got a 5 a.m. phone call while we were on vacation. My … [Read more...]

My Story of Strength


I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Motherhood crept up on me. As a child I preferred books to dolls. As a teen I babysat a little, but didn’t seek it out. As a young women I never really thought about being a mom then or in the … [Read more...]

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Right!

Gwyneth Paltrow, public blonde person, has come under fire for complaining about how hard it is to be a rich and famous movie star. Again. This time, instead of moaning about how much easier it would be to work in a cubicle in Peoria for minimum wage and no benefits, she compares being made fun of on the Internet to being a soldier at war. After thinking about it, maybe she’s right! Those … [Read more...]

Review of Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus


I received a two-week sample of Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus at my Ulta store. They have a new Clinique counter there staffed by a consultant. The consultant at my store was very helpful and knowledgeable about the science behind their anti-aging products, or “de-aging” products, as Clinique calls them. After using up the first sample, I was able to take in the empty bottle and receive a … [Read more...]