Category: Recommendations

A birthday party match made in heaven

Snakes and iguanas and alligators, oh my! Boy #2’s birthday was January 26, but true to my nature, I failed to schedule his party within the same week — or even month — of his birthday. Fortunately, however, it seemed to be worth the wait. His party was Sunday...

5 Reasons Mom Needs a Smart Phone for Christmas

If you ask Mom what she wants for Christmas, her initial response will likely be something like, “Oh, I don’t need anything” or, if pressed, “I’ll love anything you pick out!” Don’t buy it. What Mom really wants? A smart phone. Even if she doesn’t know that she wants...

Norah Jones “…Featuring” — A Perfect Christmas Gift

There are certain artists who seem timeless, like they could be dropped into any decade and still be relevant and true. Norah Jones is one of these. She has a voice that defies time, yet she makes every sound that passes her lips seem fresh and new. I swear,...

Gifts that give back — Heart of Haiti

As I’ve been searching the Internet and stores over the past week for the “perfect” gifts for the people on my Christmas list, I’ve found myself seeking out gifts that support a charity or cause. I mean, what’s better than giving a “double gift”? It’s a gift not only...

Writer’s Block Presentation Overview

I met so many amazing people at I_Blog last weekend, and one of those was a fellow Iowan, Emily Muhlbach, who is Media Relations Manager at Mount Mercy University. Besides being very sweet and funny, Emily is also a writer and has a blog with a great title —...

Kitchen-Aid Wants to Rescue Your Appliances

Growing up, we had orange kitchen appliances. I believe “poppy” was the correct term for it, although it was more of a burnt orange than a bright. They went with our orange kitchen curtains. And kind of went with our white and yellow Formica table and chairs. Looking back,...

Rock on with the School of Rock

One of our family’s go-to movies is School of Rock. One reason is that the boys find Jack Black all-too hilarious. Another is that it’s just a feel-good movie about gaining confidence. And yet another is that music is in our blood. No, neither husband nor I sing well—at...