Denise would love to hear from you! If you'd like to comment on any of her posts, simply click on the title of the day's post and a comment box will open for you to use.

How to train your budding little athlete...

May 4, 2014
It's that time of year again when city parks will be teeming with hoards of little people in matching uniforms, along with tired dads and moms hauling bags of bats, bases, and water bottles early Saturday mornings. Clusters of shouting parents will be found vying for the trophies...these thoughts conjure memories of years gone by for so many of us. It seemed like a good time to share this (somewhat controversial) article I came across a few months back.

I live quite happily with lots of men, and have for the past 33+ years. There's nothing like hearing a man's man, a little rough around the edges, talking about First World life issues. Men like Adam Carolla and Gary Vaynerchuk have made a living doing just that. (Come to think of it, I'd love to hear their take on this same topic...)

Anyone with a kid, period, will enjoy this read, and those of us sports' enthusiasts will want to share it with our friends. Emergency Room Doc and Dad, Louis M. Profeta, colorfully illustrates his perspective on pushy parents at the ball park (and at Urgent Care)! Ya' gotta' love this guy...(Click Here To Read!)
 

It pays to listen to your husband.

May 2, 2014
"Why?" you ask.

I've had many seasons when I sketched out my weekly or 2-weekly meal plan. It was effective. But for the past couple of years, I've been in the midst of a lot of activity and transition (not unusual for me LOL, but somehow it increased!) and this habit went to the wayside.

I began to shop somewhat haphazardly, grabbing stuff I liked, shopping the aisles by memory, buying what I 'knew' (or intended) I would use, and relying on my favorite habitual recipes and the cow I have in t...
Continue reading...
 

If MY man loves this lentil soup...it's good!

May 2, 2014
So in my last post, I gave you some tips to save on groceries - the single largest expenditure I make on a monthly basis! It can get a girl down when she happens to be a foodie and watches the numbers tally at the end of a long day of planning, driving, shopping, deciding, fighting for aisle space at Trader Joes, yada yada... 

Anyhoo-when I scavenged my cupboards and fridge and freezer to create my week's worth of meal plans BEFORE I hit TJs last week, it changed EVERYTHING. (which I shall enl...
Continue reading...
 

Grocery prices gotcha down? No worries....here's HELP!

May 1, 2014
Confirmed today. Food prices are SOARING. My best tips: 

1. Don't waste a morsel. Take inventory of your cupboards, fridge and freezer, and create something out of what's already sitting there. Get online and in your recipe box to jog your memory of recipes. I did that today, then cooked it up: a Mexican lentil soup and a chicken-mushroom-spinach-fresh basil dish with a sour cream sauce over gluten-free pasta. SO yum and almost free because I used what I had on hand that could have gone to was...
Continue reading...
 

I'm back, and delighted to say....

March 26, 2014
THE NOC STUDY GUIDE HAS ARRIVED! This handy manual has been a work in progress over the last year, and I must say, she's a dandy! My editor for No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, Gwen Ellis, formerly with Focus on The Family, had her gifted hands on this project as well, and I think you'll agree, it's been worth the wait!

Loving parents have everything they need to parent successfully...but so many haven't yet realized it! My passion is to empower dads, moms, foster par...
Continue reading...
 

Friends, thank you for your patience with my production! Stay tuned for updates...

April 10, 2013

Continue reading...
 

Mama, think again.

March 13, 2013

I’ve been pondering (Yeah, I know. I do that a lot...) my five sons. I’ve just happened to have had some significant exchanges with each of them lately, and was reminded of their unique and diverse God-given strengths and gifts.


Honestly...as I sit here at my desk even now, listening to some of the music they’ve produced, I’m in awe of the genius in each of them. It’s not just musical entertainment. It’s intelligent thought, heart, and soul ordered in such a way as to grab our at...


Continue reading...
 

Diffusing bombs.

February 28, 2013
As I busily ran in and out of our parking garage, squirreling away items in our mini-storage and checking on my car battery that had been dead the night before, I glanced at the clock and realized it was time to go! I hadn’t played tennis in 3 weeks and I didn’t want to be late.

Usually, every noise is amplified in the cavernous garage space. The repetitive creak of the rolling entry door, the hum of car engines, etc., warn of ‘incoming’... but this time, I didn’t for the life of me ...
Continue reading...
 

BOYS!!! YOU FORGOT YOUR SMOOTHIES!!!!

February 24, 2013
I know this for sure: Kids will forget many, many things, but they will never forget to grab their latte as they walk out the door to run to wherever. Lengthy coffee shop dates with wi-fi are now the official rite of passage for all youth as they transition into young adulthood.

It never entered my mind to drink coffee as I was growing up. Well, maybe a cup now and then at McDonalds to fit in with the crowd or stay warm in the frigid cold of the Midwest Plains; their coffee was good and they ...

Continue reading...
 

Bad Bug and Mad Mama...

February 21, 2013
Been layin’ low over the past week and for good reason. I’m sick.
Yep, nurse Mira caught the bugs she’s been helping the rest of the family overcome since the middle of January.

Has this one come to your house yet? Sinus creeps in quietly and then turns into coughing your lungs out, general malaise, achiness and complete un-productivity for dayzzzzzz on end? Your eyes burn out the sockets if you try to watch a movie and even checking email is painful. You work your way through at least tw...
Continue reading...