In 2002, our boys were little. We moved from Ohio to North Carolina and built a house in the 'burbs. It had everything we could want, four bedrooms, a playroom, office, formal dining room and a separate bathroom for the kids. We had a large back yard with the swing set, a deck, trees to climb and a quiet street for bike riding. Of course, we added the portable basketball hoop in the driveway. Idyllic! And then they grew up. Well, there's still one left, but she's pretty low maintenance ... Read More about Downsizing your home: Essential tips for getting started
Football season is upon us -- my favorite "season" of the year! And I'm not the only one! In a call last week with my oldest son, who lives in Birmingham with his wife, he said, "Football Saturdays are my happiest childhood memories." Swoon! Just this morning, my second son, a senior at UNC-Greensboro, texted to our family chat, "Guys there is a football game tomorrow!!!" Yes, with the exclamation points. On a Friday. Before 9 a.m. Double swoon! This post may contain affiliate links for ... Read More about 30+ Gameday Foods everyone will love!
Dear Mom (and Dad, too), You made it! Your kid survived infancy, preschool, kindergarten, middle school and high school. You celebrated the achievements. You comforted him through the disappointments. Now, he's going to college. (I say he because I've sent two boys, not because this doesn't apply also to daughters.) You've done all you can. The stuff is purchased -- no doubt way too much stuff! The bags and boxes are packed. The day approaches. He's going to college. He's ... Read More about Dear Mom, Your kid’s going to college. You’ll be okay.
When it comes to cooking in our family, I'm the casserole queen. My prime cooking season starts in late October, when the North Carolina temperatures get cool enough for sweaters. It usually wraps up in March, when we break out the shorts for our long summer season. At least for us, casseroles usually coincide with cozy comfort. But, casseroles are so convenient when cooking for a crowd. Earlier this summer, we had friends come to visit from California. Their flight arrived late in the ... Read More about Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
A couple years ago, I never heard of sunflower fields. Thanks to Instagram (social media used for good), I learned about the Raleigh sunflower field at Dorothea Dix Park last year. It made our must visit list for this summer. Of course, nothing "MUST DO" is ever that easy to accomplish! Am I right? Yeah... I see you nodding your head. (Nah! I can't really see you. That would be creepy!) I bet you can relate, though! Back to the Raleigh sunflower field The 2019 sunflower ... Read More about Summer fun in the Raleigh sunflower field