Spring Garden Flowers


The weather has been beautiful these past couple of days. The kids have enjoyed riding bikes, playing ball and running around outside and I spent some time in the garden working on my to-do list. I finished around the front of the house, but will still need several days to work in the back flower beds.

Here’s what’s blooming in the garden today.

Creeping Phlox




Grape Hyacinth


Weight Loss Update – Oops


These last two weeks have been a little discouraging. I was determined to excersice at least 3 times a week and drink plenty of water. Alas, I failed miserably. On the other hand, John is still making steady progress!

Looking back, I can identify two reasons why I struggled these last two weeks.

1. I was sick for a large part of the time. Fulfilling all of my mommy/teacher/homemaker duties took up most of […]

Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti

Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti

Here’s a new recipe we tried out for our March 30 Meals in a Day freezer cooking session.

Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti

Let’s just say, we love it! I knew it would be good when I was making it. The olive oil just gives it such great flavor!

To prepare for freezing, I followed the recipe except for adding the ricotta cheese. I wasn’t sure how the cheese would freeze and figured it would be easy […]

Spring Gardening To-Do-List (April)

Spring Gardening

It’s spring! My favorite time of year. The cold dreary winter is behind us and it’s time to get out in the garden and get things ready for a new growing season.

Here’s my spring gardening to-do-list.

I plan to check these tasks off between now and the end of April.

:: Pick up sticks and leaves

:: Clean up dead flower debris in the flower beds

:: Pull weeds

:: Trim back the cleamatis […]

March Freezer Cooking – Part 2

Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti

Let me just start with saying how thankful I am for freezer cooking. I’ve been sick for almost a week now and having meals in the freezer, ready to go has been such a blessing!

Here’s what happened on day 2 of my March 30 Meals in a Day cooking adventure. (Really, it’s more like 30 meals in two days, because I realized after my first try that this would be much easier for me […]

Art Tuesday – An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Welcome to Art Tuesday!

Yes, I know today is Wednesday and I haven’t posted a project for a couple of weeks, but we’ve had lots of stuff going on and our art project kept getting pushed to the side. The kids were thrilled when I announced that we would do one today :).

Today, we’ll study the painting on page 16 of the book Can You Hear It? by William Lach. This is super exciting […]

Gorgeous Table Cloths


Table cloths are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of a room.

My favorite store to buy table cloths has a great sale going on right now!

20% off all Patterned Table Cloths, Table Runners, Napkins and Placemats 3/17-4/9 at WorldMarket.com!

In fact, I always include one or two on my birthday and Christmas wish list. The quality is fantastic and the table cloths still look great after many, […]

More Spring Flowers in the Garden


We are continuing to enjoy unseasonably warm weather here in Ohio. Here’s what’s blooming in our garden today, on this last day of winter :).



Plum Tree

Weeping Cherry tree

We’ve also seen the most marvelous magnolia trees in bloom around the neighborhood!


Shopping for FREE plus more great deals – Week of 3/19

Meijer Trip 3/19

Here are the highlights of my shopping trip today.


Here’s what I picked up for $4.22 (includes tax) for a total savings of 86%. The FREE items were the Revlon nail clippers and nail files as well as the 4 packages of panty liners. For a complete list of Target deals check out Bargains to Bounty.


I purchased these 4 jars of salsa and 4 jars of pickles for a total of […]

Spring is here


The weather has been fabulous here in central Ohio. I can’t believe we’re enjoying this warm, sunshiny weather in March! Yesterday, the kids and I took advantage of the weather and cleaned up the flower beds, picked up sticks, and started edging.

Every year I plan on taking pictures of all the flower varieties in our garden. So, here’s what’s blooming in our garden today.