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Gardening: good for the soul and the family

Nature is surprisingly attuned to humanities needs. By now most American schools are back in session and organized sports have started. Parents are celebrating early bedtimes and welcoming back the scholastic routine. If you are a gardener or farmer the change in the weather has prompted fall blooms. We planted for the Fall growing season in mid-July.   [caption width="640" align="alignnone"] cucumber should be ready in a fee weeks [/caption] Gardening has been very therapeutic for me. Nature has been teaching me patience and perseverance. In a society of instant gratification, I have...


Zucchini muffins-easy, healthy breakfast for back to school week

I am thankful that my husband and I both worked in the restaurant industry. We both were employed with Outback Steakhouse in Lufkin for quite a few years through high school and college. We started off as a hostess and a busser and eventually worked our way up to managers. During our stent at Outback, we learned to have an appreciation for fresh food. We both love to cook and hardly ever eat out.  As a busy mom, it is almost impossible to enjoy cooking while you have little hands tugging at your shorts and searching for chips and crackers...


Home is where happiness lives 

My family and I have lived in this house for 2 1/2 years. Before buying our first home, we rented and grew accustom to change and packing! I am getting use to the idea that my house needs to be decorated. I suppose you could say that we are "puting down roots." This concept is hard because we are living in a city. Actually we live in a suburb of Houston. We dreamed of having land on then lake with our kids and dogs, maybe chickens and a cow. We still have or goals and will always be open to...


Eco Beach Detox & Yoga Retreat | Los Organos, Peru


Family communication 

Why is it harder to be honest with your family? Does it seem as if they judge harsher? Do we feel as if we don't know how to say the right thing without hurting each others feelings? Does it just turn into a reality t.v. drama?  The past week I was surprised to have my middle sister visit Houston. It so happened that my mom was here in Houston and she was able to spend time with her 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.   [caption width="640" align="alignnone"] Yaya and her family, along with our...