Shopping for Boys Sneakers #CBias

Note from Z.E.N.

Last week while I was going through Z.E.N.’s folder, I noticed an envelope with my name on it.  I thought that maybe it was a thank you note form his teacher for the Christmas gift he gave her, so didn’t open it right away and opted to focus on his homework.  When I opened it…

What I’m Reading In 2012

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Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been reviewing a lot of the children’s books that Z.E.N’s been reading.  I have fallen a little behind, but I plan to continue with the children’s book reviews. Last year, I read a few books but never got around to reviewing them.  Well this year that’s going…

Getting My Life Organized


It’s that time of the year when I start to think about getting my life organized and all the home organizing and home improvement projects I want to do this year.  I always tend to start of with lots of plans,but just like resolutions, a lot of these plans somehow seem to fizzle.  Not this…

Putting Greased Lighting Multi Purpose Cleaner To the Test

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We (well mostly Phil) did a lot of cooking this past holiday season. With cooking, comes messes, and since he loves to fry certain foods, we certainly wound up with a mess. When we finally slowed down from all the holiday hustle and bustle, it was time to deal with the mess. One particular trouble…

Kids Learn To Care With The BK Crown Program

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Kids learn to care for the planet when they participate in the BK Crown Program. They will learn how they can help support charities that make a difference in many areas, like wildlife, the environment, and education. The program works by donating a penny to designated charities each time a child enters a code from…

Happy New Year 2012

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I just wanted to take the time to wish you all the best for 2012! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Help Others Help Themselves With Kiva Microlending


Have you heard of micro lending? This relatively new concept in financing allows people to loan small amounts of money to people wanting help with their business start-ups and improvements. In fact, Philip and I have been involved with microlending since 2008 by providing loans to people living in third world countries via Kiva Micro…

The Courage Of A Brave Woman #Cbias #BraveWoman

No Domestic Violence

Many people would agree that society should have progressed to the point where domestic violence no longer exists. Sadly, this is not the case. Many women still find themselves in situations where they are victims of violence, sometimes in their own homes. During times when there is trouble at home, women can feel like they…

The True Meaning Of Christmas

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Now that Christmas is just about here, I’m taking the time to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas.  When Christmas is mentioned, most of us instinctively think about a big tree with parcels wrapped up, the strings of lights outside the house, or the jolly fat man who comes down the chimney on Christmas…

Decorating For the Holidays – Part 2 #Searsrealcheer #CBias


As I mentioned in my previous post about decorating for the holidays, one of the items we purchased while shopping at the Sears Holiday Shop was a Christmas train set for Z.E.N. As soon as we got home, he insisted that we had to set it up.  We had a long day and I really…