Have you ever wondered what it might be like to make your own vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin & hair products? If you answered yes, then you need to add Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty recipe book to your beauty repertoire.
I really enjoy reading books written from a historical frame of reference, fiction or non-fiction. Set during World War II, The Movie Star and Me by Kelly Durham, is an interesting read about one man’s brief experience on the front lines of battle resulting in an injury that sends him back stateside to California where he must re-assimilate into American civilian society and try to figure out what he plans to do with his life, personally and professionally.
I like to read before bedtime, so I always have a small stack of books on the nightstand that I am currently reading. I can get bored easily, so I am always reading at least 2-3 books at any given time. It’s saying a lot that during the time I was reading this book that it was my first choice of reading material just about every night until I finished reading it…. [read more]
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives by Amy Newmark, with Brooke Burke-Charvet, came into my life at just the perfect time. Four years ago a tornado destroyed my family’s home, sucking up and spiriting away many of our belongings in the process. Much of what was left became water-logged due to the several days of rain that followed. We acted fast and were able to salvage a few dozen plastic totes and some trash bags full of possessions and a few pieces of heavy furniture that escaped the F3 tornado winds and the huge tree that was uprooted and catapulted through my kitchen. Our home, 2,200+ square feet worth of living space filled with personal possessions was suddenly, abruptly reduced to about the size of a couple of storage units.… [read more]
For years, when I was in grade school, my family lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I loved having all the seafood and the taste of the Gulf at our fingertips. Po Boys, crab, shrimp, and crab boils are all good eats to me.
The thing that I miss the most not being near the Gulf Coast is the desserts. I miss the real Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier whipped cream that is made fresh in so many local places there. Another dessert that I love to indulge in when I am in Florida is Banana pudding with Nilla Wafers. I am not sure what it is that makes the banana pudding so good when I am visiting the Gulf Coast area, but it is a favorite of the whole family…. [read more]