3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

Research shows that children who read the most read the best. If you want to help your kids read better, you need to encourage them to read more. It’s not enough to just read “for school,” but it’s vital to create an environment of reading at home. Help your child… Read More »

Coloring Books for Adults

Coloring Books for Adults

I’ve always loved to color, but as I got older, standard coloring books didn’t include the detailed coloring I longed to do. When I discovered Usborne’s collection of doodling and coloring books, I knew it was only a matter of time before my love of coloring was rekindled as an… Read More »



Activities for Your Kids & the Babysitter

Activities for Your Kids and the Babysitter | 4 Enriching and Safe Activities Your Sitter Can Do with Your Kids

When you leave your kids in the care of a babysitter, there’s always a little concern about how they’ll spend their time while you’re away. Will they see it as an opportunity to bend the rules and in turn watch more than their allotted share of TV? Will they play… Read More »



Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley

Livy Reynolds can’t help but notice the similarities in the disappearance case she is working on and the case from her cousin’s disappearance two years ago. Working together with PI Alex Jennings, they uncover the truth about both cases in the latest from Patricia Bradley, Gone Without a Trace. From… Read More »

Hot Air Jubilee

Hot Air Jubilee

We’re not normally “spontaneous” people, but last night when Jason got home from work, I asked him if he’d be up for a picnic dinner from Subway at the park about 10 minutes away as I had discovered there was going to be a “media flight” balloon launch in promotion… Read More »

Frozen Fruit Pops

Frozen Fruit Pops - only THREE ingredients!! Get the recipe on PicheaPlace.com

My kids have been begging for popsicles for weeks now – ever since the weather turned from warm to hot. Not wanting to hand them a stick of sugar water, I started thinking about ways to let them have a popsicle without sending them on a sugar high. I decided… Read More »

12 Summer Freezer Friendly Meals from Aldi

12 Summer-Friendly Freezer Meals from Aldi

This time of year the last thing you want to do is spend hours on meal prep in the kitchen. You’re much better off relaxing at the pool, hanging out with friends and family, or maybe playing outside in the summer sun. So get ready to chill out, I’ve got… Read More »



Searching for the 7th Minion – frugal fun activity for kids

Searching for the 7th Minion - a fun and frugal activity for kids

While their sister is away, the boys will play! Last week, David, Chris, and I dropped Jenny off for a week of summer camp, and I decided it would be fun to do something fun with the boys. We were headed to Walmart to pick up some supplies for a… Read More »

15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

15 Summer Date Ideas | #marriagesmatter

With the arrival of summer, I thought it might be a good idea to update my list of inexpensive ideas for dating my spouse. The warmer weather brings lots of new opportunities to enjoy time together without breaking the budget! 1. Play tennis A few years ago, we purchased a… Read More »