Happy Homemaker Monday 05.14.18

Good Morning! Hope all the mom’s had a great Mother’s Day. Mine was very nice and relaxing. The boys were going to take me to see Avengers Infinity War, but they saw it opening weekend, and when my oldest son told me he cried, I was like, yeah no.  I don’t think I am emotionally prepared to see it, lol.  I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it alone. Hope everyone is doing well, have a great week!

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.




With being back at work, I have not been cooking much.  The break is nice, but I do miss a good meal, and will look forward to trying new things again in July.

I know this isn’t a meal, but it sure looks like a yummy snack!




Last weekend the boys and I worked on our front yard.  Our grass was damaged from last year being fertilized and not watered enough.  So I am on a mission to get it back into shape.  Our neighbor’s grass right next to us is so beautiful, but he does have a built-in sprinkler system.  So, when we started our little project, we stood by the edge of our lawn and I told them, look at how bad our grass looks, now look at our neighbor’s; that is our goal.  While Ben and I were dethatching, working hard and sweating, he stops for a moment and looks at our neighbor’s grass again, and he’s like, that grass can’t be real.  It was a lot of work, but by the end of the day, Ben says to me, you know mom this was a lot of work, but it was fun hanging out with you all day. I have spread some grass seed all over and have been diligently watering it, so I am grateful for all the rain we have gotten over the weekend 🙂

The boys have two more weeks left of school, so we are working on getting projects done, and preparing for final exams.

In my last post I mentioned that I would share the ministry of my friend Traci.  Her and I have been friends for over 20 years. Traci is the Visionary Leader of Grace and Power Ministries. She, along with her husband and daughter, also travels to Uganda, where she has helped build a school.  My mom is involved with a group of ladies who crochets blankets, and Traci has taken some of those blankets with her to Africa, and the mothers there were so excited to receive them.  Traci has recently started a new project called The Butterfly Project.

The heart and mission of The Butterfly Project is to transform communities through partnering with local leaders to develop hubs where women across the globe can come together to experience healing and empowerment through a support system that gives access to teaching, training and incentive programs that promote the development of ideas for economic stability and growth.

You can find out more about it here:







The 2nd PLACE WINNER in the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Anne Clare, “Dark Corners”

Congratulations Anne Clare! This was a good story! I know how much research needs to be done for historical fiction, good job!

Dan Alatorre

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It is my pleasure to present to you the second place winner from the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, Anne Clare’s “Dark Corners.”

Anne Clare’s story was a blast to read. She hooked me from the opening and held me straight through to the end. Obviously, it was a fave of the celebrity judges, too.

Have a good time reading this story. I’ll give you my reasons for why I liked it, as well as including comments by the celebrity judges, at the bottom of the post.




“Dark Corners”

Anne Clare

Bonny tiptoed to the library door and peered around the frame, holding her breath. Miss Worther sat in the far corner, back bent over the desk, pen scratching across a sheet of paper.

She must be writing to that sweetheart we’re not supposed to know about. She’ll not notice I’m gone…

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Happy Homemaker Monday 04.23.18

Good Evening!  It’s a late one, but I have not been feeling well today, picked up one of those “spring” colds.  My youngest was sick last week, so it was inevitable.  It looks like we will finally get to see some spring weather by the end of the week.  It has been just chilly and cold.  We didn’t get the last big snow storm that hit other parts of the Midwest, but we did see a dusting last week.  Hope everyone is well, summer will be here before we know it, and I’ll be complaining about the heat 😛

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.



I have the ingredients for the Chocolate Eclaire Cake, just haven’t had the chance to put it together.  Hopefully in the next few days, I’ll let ya know how it goes.

This is one I would like to try, can’t go wrong with bacon!





It’s that time of year again where I’ll go back to work at the photo place.  Looking forward to it. This past year I have been working on getting some bookkeeping business that I can do from home, and I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with some very inspiring women.

Eight months ago I started working as an Administrative Assistant for Tara at Green Edventures.  Since then I have been able to take on her bookkeeping work as well.  Tara is an inspiration to me, because she is truly living her dream.  She started her business Green Edventures in 2008, and it continually grows.  I am so excited to be a part of it.  What her company offers are educational adventures for groups of women, and for school groups, usually going through their Science teachers.  We currently offer 6 different locations: Alaska, Baja Sur, Mexico, Costa Rica, Florida, Iceland, and Trinidad & Tobago.  These trips include some beautiful scenery and the chance to snorkel with Sea Lions and Manatees.  She is adding more trips every year.  Currently she is traveling in Uganda and Tanzania, scouting out that trip which will be added to the list.  She has been keeping a chronicle of her adventure with pictures and videos, and it is incredible, here are a few:



You can check out all the trips and what they include at www.greenedventures.com

Next week I will share with you the ministry of my friend Traci.  We have been friends for over 20 years, and I am now doing the bookkeeping for her ministry.  She too travels to Uganda, where she helps women build their own businesses and has been building a school there as well.



They make it look so easy.  So fun to watch.





I saw in the news this past week that Avicii passed away at the young age of 28, RIP.