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Visiting the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

One of the places we visited during our New Orleans trip is the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (here after shortened to Insectarium.)  This is the only ‘arm’ of the Audubon Institute that we had not previously visited. Having all boys, I thought  all the icky bugs on exhibit would be a great ‘hit’.  It [Read On]


Reflections on Boating in the Summertime

I was selected as an Ambassador for Discover Boating! Tips This post of reflections on Boating in the summertime is part of a series for which compensation in the form of a promotional item will occur.   Earlier in June, I shared a bit about enjoying summertime through boating.  At the time, we still had [Read On]


Top 5 Energy Boosters To Add Into Your Life

Day by Day in Our World is happy to welcome Lisa Consiglio Ryan, author of Renewal “Anytime”10 Day Detox, as a guest poster today.  Don’t miss my short review of the book. But, for now, read on for her top 5 energy boosters to add into your life.   “I don’t have enough energy to [Read On]


Renewal “Anytime” 10 Day Detox

  I suppose there could be some of my readers who have managed to escape the onslaught of detox diets.  Some rather extreme detox diets have been around for a while with some form of fasting involved.  But, lately there has been a growing movement to find ways to detox without giving up food.  If [Read On]


Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms

After 8 years of homeschooling, you’d think I had it all down pat.  Yet, I found myself hitting rock bottom in attitude and hence jumping for joy to have the chance to review Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms available from Apologia Educational Ministries.  As much as some people think I have it all together, I [Read On]


Celebrating the Little Things with a Backyard Bash

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions around the theme of celebrating the little things with a backyard bash are mine alone. #CollectiveBias   For more ideas on how to create your own #BackyardBash, check out the tumblr page at   Last week saw my youngest as [Read On]

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An Easy and Affordable Way to Learn Piano at Home ~ Review of HomeSchoolPiano

There are days when I feel like a homeschooling failure as my boys are not taking formal music lessons. I just can’t fathom paying up to $20 to $25 per lesson with 4 boys, yet I struggle with teaching them piano and voice myself as mom doesn’t get the same attention and respect as a [Read On]


Veggie Lover Egg Scramble

Tomatoes are a favorite vegetable of mine to eat.  Or is a favorite fruit to eat?  To-MAY-Toe or To-ma-Toe; fruit or vegetable, it makes no difference to me!  Maybe it’s my Italian heritage that longs for a juicy tomato paired with fresh mozzarella.  Or, it could be the experience of growing up in the deep [Read On]


Navigating the Denali Highway

Last year, we spent a few days RVing up along the Denai Highway.  This was our first experience of being completely OFF the grid.  No place to plug into electric or get more water.  No cell phone coverage or wi fi service.  Just you and your mode of transportation with whatever essentials you have brought [Read On]

Middle and High School Link Up July 2014

With the 4th of July holiday weekend at the beginning of the month, I totally missed the ball on getting the July link up posted.  So, here it is!  If I can get my son to finish his persuasive essay on human cloning, then I hope to share it here.     Welcome to the [Read On]


Catholic Bible Dictionary by Scott Hahn

For over a year, I have had the Catholic Bible Dictionary by Scott Hahn sitting in my Amazon wish-list.  I was wanting to expand our collection of reference materials specific to Catholicism and this one caught my eye.  Patience paid off as I was recently given the opportunity to review it. The Catholic Bible Dictionary [Read On]


Visiting the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

When we visit a new location, I love to learn a bit more about its history.  This includes things like how the town was founded, what life was like at the time, and how the community has evolved. We had just that opportunity when we visited the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.     This is [Read On]


Moving Beyond the Page Units for Middle School Curriculum

Last summer we had the opportunity to review Our Changing Earth and Greek Myths  by Moving Beyond the Page.  This summer, my rising 9th grader has been working through the Science Package – A Dynamic Planet and Language Arts Package –The House of the Scorpion we were sent to review in an effort to get a [Read On]


Summer Reading for High School Students ~ Merging Books with Movies

The lazy days of summer may have arrived, but that does not mean learning has to stop completely. I am so grateful that my boys enjoy reading for pleasure. As much as the teens love to watch a movie or play video games, they will also grab a book and keep reading to devour the [Read On]


This is America, Charlie Brown!

We’ve shared in the past a few reviews with Charlie Brown and his friends.  I thought it only fitting to have my review of This is America, Charlie Brown!  go live on the 4th of July as one of the episodes in this series has a strong connection to this American holiday.   About This [Read On]


Taking in Gorgeous Views of Denali / Mt. McKinley from Talkeetna

One of the things that is nice about visiting Talkeetna is that on a clear day you get some of the best views of Denali (aka Mt. McKinley).  We were blessed with one of those gorgeous, sunny days last August when visiting. Walking away from downtown Talkeetna, you’ll pass through a small parking lot for [Read On]


Enjoying Lunch at the Talkeetna Roadhouse

One upside to having out of town guests go on a day long expedition is that they were eager to patronize different establishments rather than brown bagging all the time.  Believe me, my boys were MORE than eager to have Grandma and her friend buy them meals at restaurants!  Before heading up to Talkeetna for [Read On]


A Walk Around Talkeetna Alaska

Last summer, I had the privilege of taking my mother in law and one of her good friends to spend the day in Talkeetna (pronounced tal – keet – na).  This charming community is a few hours away from Anchorage which makes it a great destination for either a day trip or an overnight stay. [Read On]

Bring American History to Life with Experience History Through Music

Experience History Through Music by Diana Waring Presents

  In the past few weeks, I’ve shared several posts related to the launch of Diana Waring Presents’ Experience History Through Music.  There’s an awesome $700+ value giveaway(which you can still enter!).  I hosted a short interview with Diana Waring with some of her background for this particular project.  And, I am hosting a giveaway [Read On]


Pasta Salads for Upcoming Picnics and Potlucks

4th of July is just around the corner and with it comes picnics and potlucks a plenty. What’s one dish that everyone enjoys during the summertime? Pasta Salads! With the 4th of July just days away, I know that I need to plan what I am bringing to share at our church’s picnic.  I also [Read On]