Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Ice Age Collison Course

My family was recently invited to an advance screening of the newest Ice Age: Collison Course and we loved it! All of our favorite characters are back including Scrat the squirrel and his love for the elusive acorn, Manny, Ellie and Peaches, Sid and Diego. This time Scrat is the one who’s responsible for the confusion that threatens the planet and the herd has to make correct his mistake. There are a few new characters as well for us to love and there’s even a wedding in the works! My 8 year … [Read more...]

20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge – #Read20

March #FamilyChallenge 20 for 20 Reading Challenge Headband For Today

It’s already mid-March and I’m behind in sharing my #FamilyChallenge for March. Our friends over at Scholastic sent a box of books over so we could participate in the 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge. Our love for Scholastic (and their book fairs especially) is not new but I was so glad to accept the Family Reading Challenge because it has made us much more deliberate in reading as a family. You can read more on the Scholastic website but the 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge is so simple. … [Read more...]

Bears for Humanity – Friends for All

Bears for Humanity 4

One of the things that makes my heart smile the most is seeing my boys happy and feeling secure. The Bears for Humanity lying here in this picture is part of how they feel secure. As a human, it makes me smile to know we’re paying it forward by giving a friend into another family with a purchase from Bears for Humanity. Bears For Humanity is a social good enterprise, manufacturing Teddy Bears and Animal Friends with an organic faux fur. They’re made of 100% certified organic materials, … [Read more...]

The Mapmaker’s Children Book Review – #FromLefttoWrite


I am appreciating my participation in the From Left to Write book club so much! It’s really helping me to expand my reading list. My most recent selection, The Mapmaker’s Children, is no exception. When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Things I Learned as I Traveled The World – #International Travel

Things I Learned as I Traveled the World

I recently had an international travel adventure that would only be considered off the beaten path. I spent a little over two weeks traveling through the North Pacific to the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Guam with stops in Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. To say it was amazing would be an understatement. It was a business travel trip and I would have never imagined visiting these places on my own (and truly except for Scuba divers, these are not tourist destinations. … [Read more...]