Meal Ideas for Groundhog Day – February’s Forgotten Holiday #HormelFamily

Sauteed pork and okra with Jasmin Rice

Groundhog day comes and goes every year, but it is one holiday that I’ve never thought much about in the past.  This year however, Z.E.N. came home from school talking about it.  Apparently, they learned about it in school and of course he had a bunch of questions. So while I was driving Z.E.N. to…

What Is A Leap Year?

what is a leap year photo of february 29 2012 calendar

I’m sure you’re already well aware that 2012 is a leap year, but what exactly does that mean? The answer to the question “what is a leap year” is a fairly simple one. A leap year is a year in which the calendar has an extra day added to it. This day is needed once…

Z.E.N.’s Looking Cool Thanks to #MyHartstrings

hartstrings grey jeans

When it comes to clothing, my five year-old Z.E.N. has a mind of his own.  He really loves clothes.  His love affair with clothes has caused quite a bit of grief to say the least.  Remember the melt down I talked about last spring, when he wanted to purchase a certain suit?  Well he’s still…

Eating Healthy Takeout

Eating healthy takeout

Eating takeout food is a huge aspect of modern day living due to the increasing need for convenience in our lives. Certainly, there are many foods served in restaurants which are healthy, however, restaurant foods have this tendency of being rich in fat and servings are usually bigger as well. They dish up one temptation…

Keeping Myself Organized Online with Clipix

My clipix clipboard on books

Are you looking for a great way to easily save all those websites, pictures and articles you find online? Well then you definitely want to take a look at Clipix.

The Secret World of Arrietty – Movie Review

secret world of arrietty

Synopsis Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert…

{Love}ly Quotes for Valentine’s Day

quote - Love flies, Runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back by Thomas A. Kempis

In honor of Valentine’s day, I wanted to list some lovely quotes about love. Enjoy!   Hope you enjoyed these Cute Quotes for Valentine’s Day Happy Valentine’s Day!

Easy Valentine’s Day Craft Idea


I just realized that Valentine’s Day is only a few day away and I have not done a thing yet to prepare for it.  I had all these plans to make crafty things and decorate, but of course my plans never pan out.  So this morning I did a little brainstorming and  looked around the…

Imagine A Life Without Social Media

life without social media

Social media websites have become such a big part of our lives that it’s hard to think of life without them. The first real social media network I joined was MySpace.  Remember them?  I have no idea as to what prompted me to join them.  It was such a busy and crazy site that I…

Arthur’s Underwear by Marc Brown: A Review


  Children’s books are meant to entertain children, aside from teaching them how to read, understand sentences, recognize pictures, and hone their imaginations. However, children’s books do have another purpose, and that is to help kids experience different sorts of emotions and situations by “travelling” through them in books. Arthur’s Underwear by Marc Brown is…