Where was I?

A nasty cold bug has taken our house by storm. I mostly just have a cough left, but both kiddos are still all snotty and congested (day 6 and counting).

My house needs a good scrubbing.
I have about 7 half-written blog posts that need to be finished.

BUT I have managed to declutter and get rid of quite a bit of stuff. My living room received a makeover – looks way better, just needs a few finishing touches.

The busy holiday season is almost upon us! I cant believe summer is over – i guess it will be more believable when our sunny corner of CA gets the memo.

I need to go put a sleepy baby down for a nap, but i will have a few posts coming soon.



Giving Christmas gifts to deprived kids

Christmas will always be a season for giving. A lot of charities are active during the holidays, especially those that focus on providing aid to children. In every corner around the world, there would be food drives, solicitations, and fund raisers in schools and churches. If you want to make children happy this Christmas by participating in charity drives, you may want to remember these things before donating.

Prioritize your area

International aid groups already receive help from a lot of people all over the world. However, your area may not have a lot of donors or even aid groups. Before signing yourself up to international charities, you may want to check whether or not your area has a group that provides aid to children.

Be generous

Stay within your means but don’t just donate something that you can easily pull out of your coin purse. Christmas is just once a year anyway and you’ll feel great when you know in your heart that you’ve made a kid somewhere out there very, very happy. Besides, scientific studies say that helping others is good for the health.

Determine where you want your money to go

There are a lot of charities but each has a different aim. Some charities prioritize in giving toys, while others make food their number one concern. As a suggestion, you may want to donate to groups who prioritize the basic needs of people. UnaKids is an international organization that supports the overall well-being of children, from education to work opportunity when they grow up, so you may want to support charities like that.

Wrapped or unwrapped

Before dropping off your donation to a charity, know whether or not the group wants its received donations wrapped or unwrapped. Some charities prefer receiving donations unwrapped for inspection purposes. This is mostly true for international organizations.

That’s it! Hope you can find it in your heart to make a generous donation to the needy this gift-giving season.

How do you give back to others during the holiday season?

*Note – this is a contributed post. I do, however, totally agree!*

Hello, Stranger!

I’ve been MIA lately; busy with work (elementary school “librarian”), parenting (expecting our second child in January!) and home (does housework ever end?).

With a new baby on the way and home improvements galore, you should be seeing more of me!


Lately I have been planning on turning our spare bedroom into a playroom for current and future littles! You can see my pins here:

playroom inspirationI’ve also been reading a lot about RIE parenting style, especially from Janet Lansbury’s blog and Facebook page. For me, I would sum the parenting style as respectfully caring for children.

Work is an interesting way to observe the school’s education system and teaching styles.

And as for our home – we should have a new roof and updated paint-job by the fall!

Hope all is well with all of you!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I will be posting some great deals and sales on the blog after Thanksgiving. And if you are still deciding what to cook on Thanksgiving Day, maybe THIS POST will help.

I will be linking sales for great products for kids, parents, and the health-conscious, and more!

Not to mention, I will be posting even gift ideas for your loved ones in the days to come!

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Simple and satisfying side-dish

About two years ago my husband found a recipe for a sweet potato and bacon “salad;” it was a little too rich for me, but my husband loved it. The other day we were going to a friend’s house for dinner and charged with bringing a side. For some reason, I thought that the sweet potato and bacon salad had brussel sprouts, which my husband assured me did not. But brussel sprouts, bacon, and sweet potatoes sounded like a fabulous combo, so we decided to give it a try and create something new.

Sweet potatoes, salty bacon, savory brussels; sounds perfect to me! I imagined something hearty and satisfying, yet still somewhat green and my husband wanted to make sure we made something paleo or primal. I also did not want to make a dish that had a million ingredients. I’m the type of girl who wants simple, wholesome ingredients, and not need a huge list for the grocery store.

Anyways. We whipped the sweet potato, bacon, and brussel sprout salad up and it turned out great! It was a hit at the party and something we will definitely make again, probably for a 4th of July BBQ!

So here’s the recipe – simple, and very forgiving! If you change the quantity of the ingredients here or there, it should still be pretty tasty.


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20 Ways to get into the holiday spirit

Christmas can a happy time for many, but sometimes it can be hard to get into the happy holiday mood. Amidst cheery songs, sparkly lights, and sugary treats, sometimes it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit.

I suppose in order to “get into the holiday spirit” you need to figure out what holiday spirit means to you. To me, it means the birth of my savior, spending time with family and friends, and giving to others. Even if you don’t have a religious reason to celebrate the holidays, giving to others and spending time with family and friends can be an important part of celebrating this time of year. I think it is a great time of the year to bless others and be thankful for all that you have.

In a nutshell, what puts me in the holiday spirit? Reacquainting myself with the real reason for Christmas, connecting with others, and giving.

And please, if you are depressed and having thoughts about harming yourself or others, please get help. The holidays can be a tough time for many and you are not alone.

20 ways to get into the christmas spirit

  1. Take a walk or drive down your local Christmas Tree Lane
  2. Drink hot apple cider or hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music
  3. Watch Christmas movies
  4. Volunteer at a food bank or shelter
  5. Attend church service
  6. Attend local holiday plays or musical events
  7. Read about the birth of Jesus
  8. Read Christmas stories
  9. Host a holiday party with friends and family
  10. Volunteer to wrap donated presents
  11. Bake goodies for your neighbors, friends, or family
  12. “Adopt” a family or child to buy presents for
  13. Jingle” or “Elf” your neighbors
  14. Perform random acts of kindness
  15. Do Christmas crafts
  16. Gather a caroling group to sing at retirement homes
  17. Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru or at the cash register
  18. Make a list of what you are thankful for
  19. Wish everyone you meet a happy holiday or tell them “merry Christmas”
  20. Send family and friends Christmas cards

What do you do to get in the Christmas spirit?







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