What’s Important…Surviving Hurricane Harvey

Did you ever play that game in your head? The “What If My House Caught On Fire Game”? You know the one. When you’re trying to fall asleep at night, and your mind goes to those places. Where, God forbid, disaster struck. You have a minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes. What would you try to […]

Travel Experiences with Trip Advisor

Yes, you read the title correctly. Not only is TripAdvisor the go-to for reviews on cities, hotels, and destinations far and wide – it’s also THE place you should be heading to actually BOOK the details that will make your trip unforgettable.  The experiences. You all know I LOVE to travel, and I spend a […]

Cheesy Baked Pasta

  Today I’m sharing another pasta dish with you, courtesy of our sponsor Skinner® pasta.  I hope you’ll love it!   You may recall that a few days ago, I posted about a Texas themed pasta – a dish that we all adore here at our home just outside of Houston.  It’s become a regular on the […]

Family Travel: A Weekend in Grapevine, Texas

I’ll be upfront with you here…until I WENT to Grapevine, Texas, I really didn’t expect much from Grapevine, Texas. The very first time I went was about 4 years ago, to a mommy blogger conference, with some of my most favorite friends. We stayed at the Gaylord Texan. For 5 days. And in 5 full […]

Central Market Annual Hatch Chile Festival

I was recently asked by Central Market to check out their Hatch Chile Festival.  Being new to Texas, and to grocery stores that actually CARRY things like Hatch Chiles, of course, I said yes. I live just outside of Houston, in a suburb called Spring.  Downtown is only about 15-20 minutes away, depending on the […]

Easy Texas Lonestar Pasta Bolognese

Today I’m sharing a pasta dish with you, courtesy of our sponsor Skinner® pasta.  I hope you’ll love it! As you may know, I’m now a Texan.  Becoming a Texan has been easier than I imagined, as coming from a very proud state (both Virginia and West Virginia), I know how to puff up my chest and […]

Easy Sweet and Smoky Chicken Sausage Garden Grill

Y’all…it is HOT down here in Texas.  And while it’s not even been 100 degrees yet this summer, it still feels ridiculously hot.  Our house?  It’s pretty big, and so open.  Even with 2 A/C units, we are finding it very difficult to keep the house as cool as we’d like.  So, turning on the […]

Where to Stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Did you survive the winter? This year, to me, has flown by, and one of the reasons has been the weather. Certainly, these past few months have been record setting, no? Here in Texas, we saw only a two-day cold snap, then out of nowhere, temperatures were hovering around the 80s. Which is fine, you […]

Summer Learning with Brain Chase

It’s not very often I get terribly excited about school.  Nor do I really think about your child getting excited about school, especially in the summer, when life is supposed to be lemonade and pool parties. But this year, I am.  And so is Seven. I stumbled on to a genius site called Brain Chase. […]

Peanut Butter Pie

I wish I loved peanut butter. Really, truly, LOVED peanut butter.  My Rust does.  Sometimes, in the middle of the night, he will sneak out of bed, and five minutes later will snuggle up close, smelling of spoonfulls of JIF.  I can’t tell you exactly how many giant jars we go through every month, but […]