It’s All in the Details: Dead Wake By Erik Larson Book Review


This post was inspired by Dead Wake by Erik Larson, a thrilling account of Lusitania’s last voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and the U-boat that attacked it. Join From Left to Write on March 26th as we discuss Dead Wake. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I never thought that reading a non-fiction historical book would make me fall in love with reading and being nosy again. But that’s exactly what happened when I read Dead Wake. As a mom, I don’t have tons of … [Read more...]

Lessons from Thrive by Arianna Huffington


As part of the Left to Write Book Club, we’re reading the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, even more so once I heard her speak at BlogHer14. I feel like it’s really speaking to me at this point in time because I want to be great in everything I do. I recognize that it’s not going to happen without some changes though. I’m always trying to remember how to balance and prioritize what really matters. If I was honest, my list should read God, self, … [Read more...]

The No More Excuses Diet Book: Fatshaming or Tough-Love Motivation?


My personal theme for this year is Make It Happen. I haven’t done everything that I’ve wanted to do but I am making some changes and things are surely happening in my house. Of course, weight loss is on that list so when I was offered the chance to review The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang as part of the From Left to Write virtual book club, I did it right away. Like my wordplay there? Maria Kang might be best known as the mom that people loved to hate last year because of her post on … [Read more...]

How to Attend the White House Easter Egg Roll


It might seem strange but Easter is my favorite holiday because for me it also celebrates the official beginning of Spring. I love the Easter Egg Rolls and hunts that happen. One of my favorite hunts has to have been our visit to the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2011. At the time we only had one child and he had an awesome day! People have asked me several times how to attend, so here the recap of what it is and how to go. The White House Easter Egg Roll is the official name of the White … [Read more...]

How to Practice Self-Compassion – #1000Speak


Today I’m honored to join bloggers all over the world in raising their voices for compassion today. I jumped right into it because I think the world needs a little more compassion or as I like to think of it grace for each other. Being totally honest, I am not always the most compassionate person. I think I am but I don’t extend it equally and I sometimes forget this compassion when it comes to those who I perceived who have wronged me in some way. I know that usually something that happens … [Read more...]

Lessons in Life: The Matheny Manifesto


I’m not a huge baseball fan but I am a fan of my two boys. I know that over the next upteen years I’ll be a sports mom for several seasons. When I was offered the chance to read, The Matheny Manifesto, I was really interested because I’m always forward to learning more and I figured that it would share more about sports. I realized that like the full title says this book is really about more than sports. That’s exactly why I enjoyed it so much. It really aligns with my perspective on children's … [Read more...]

Love is Everyday


  I can’t believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day already. Somehow it’s just kind of snuck up on me so I’m glad that Love is Everyday in our family. It sounds kind of cheesy but I’ll stand firm on it. February is a little extra full of love in our house this year for a few years. Truly, I know Love is Everyday, just like being superhero family is based in being a family everyday. I realized that our 10 year 6 month anniversary was last Saturday. The 6 months aren’t usually what you … [Read more...]