15 St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Ideas


When I was a little girl, all I knew about St. Patrick’s Day was that I had better not forget to wear green to school!  The last thing anyone wanted to happen to them was to be pinched.  As I’ve gotten older, I rarely remember to wear my green, but rest assured, my students don’t forget to ask. You definitely don’t have to be Irish to get in on the fun of the day.  And speaking … [Read more...]

DIY Easter Bunny Crayons


A few years ago I tried a melted crayon craft here on the blog.  It turned out pretty good, so when I spied the cutest little Easter Bunny cookie pan on a shopping trip a few weeks ago, that thought of playing with crayons again popped into my head.  I could just see the cute little bunny crayons that were going to come out of that pan, so naturally I bought it. I finally … [Read more...]

Jumbo Sprinkle Easter Marshmallow Treats


My son and I were in the grocery store the other day when we spotted the biggest marshmallows I had ever seen in my life.  They were called Giant Roasters and they indeed were giant!  I love marshmallows, and I have seen several sprinkled versions floating around Pinterest, so with my son insisting that we really, really needed these huge marshmallows, I decided to give them a … [Read more...]

Annoying Facebook Posters


I’ll admit it.  I’m a bit of a Facebook addict.  I check it several times a day on my phone and often keep it open in a window on my computer while I work at home.  I can’t help it.  All of my friends and family are there and I want to know what’s going on in their world.  But then there are these people….and yes, they are friends.  Not close … [Read more...]

11 Popcorn Recipes With a Twist


Popcorn is probably my number one go-to snack around the house.  It’s so quick and easy to make and definitely satisfies those salty cravings I seem to have all the time.  However, add in some chocolate, toffee, candy, and nuts?  Hello!  That just makes popcorn taste even more amazing and makes the perfect combination of salty and sweet!  I am so bad about buying those bags of … [Read more...]

5 Travel Tips for Adults


If you are a parent, you probably already do some major planning before a road trip to pack everything your kids might need to make the long drive a more pleasant one. Before you go, have you considered packing a few things to make the trip more bearable for yourself? Just like kids, adults also need things to keep them entertained and comfortable on a long trip. Before you … [Read more...]

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Touring- Not Your Mom’s Minivan


If you grew up with parents who owned a minivan, chances are you remember feeling just a little cooler than your friends whose parents still drove those huge regular sized vans. However, once you could drive yourself, the last thing you wanted to cruise around town in was your parent's minivan. Even today, when someone mentions a minivan I can't help but picture those early … [Read more...]

Our First Look at The 2015 Ford Explorer Limited in Iowa


I recently had the opportunity to visit my local Ford dealership and one particular vehicle on the showroom floor stopped my son and me in our tracks. It was a larger vehicle than I wouldn’t normally consider for our small family, but it was beautiful and roomy, but not too big that I wouldn’t consider ever driving it. We fell in love at first sight, and when I walked around to … [Read more...]

Family Reading Tips That May Surprise You


Today kicks off Read Across America Week, a fun week of celebrating books and the joy of reading.  We have a fun-filled week of exciting activities to engage our students at my school this week, including a breakfast of green eggs and ham!  There are so many fun activities you can incorporate at home during this week and beyond to spend some family time bonding with books and … [Read more...]

Three Signs It May Be Time to Buy a New Vehicle


Most people purchase a vehicle with the intention of driving it for many years to come. It is one of the biggest investments you will make in life and having a vehicle that fits your lifestyle needs as well as being safe and reliable is very important. However, life changes and vehicles eventually start to need repairs. That great new vehicle you purchased a few years ago may … [Read more...]