An Interview

    I decided to do an interview for 'The Sowell 
    an Alabama bloggers' forum:
    1. What part of the state do you call home?

I live in Michigan now, but I did live in Huntsville from 6th grade through high school and then back to Michigan for college.

I2. How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in October of 2010.

3. Why did you start blogging?

The blog started as an extension of parenting ideas used in our workshops and book…How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths…and it has continued as a way to spread happiness and joy in the lives of adults and children.

4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?

I guess that would be weird since I am a Michigan blogger, but blogging is international, isn’t it?!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Enjoying my life, helping others, being with family and friends.

6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?

Sandra Bullock…just because I like her as an actress and as a person (at least from what is assumed to be true about her).

7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?

1-seeing both my boys happy and married with wonderful families, 2-finding avenues to help others, 3-visit Tahiti or some other Polynesian island, 4-I could revisit Hawaii a million times and I’d never tire of it, 5-continue to find the good and positive in people and events…recognize the good in the universe.

8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why?

Being a positive and encouraging person…bring a light to others

9. Describe the best moment in your life.

Being married to my college sweetheart and having my 2 sweetie-pies with him

10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?

a parenting expert giving workshops and talks

11. What or who inspires you to blog?

“A Spot of Whimsy” got me started for the beauty in her blogs and now I’m inspired to continue sharing positive messages to anyone who wants to see them.

12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend?

In Alabama, Jim and Nick’s would be a favorite of mine too…always stopped there on our way from Michigan to Gulf Shores for spring break. In Michigan, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse is a wonderful steakhouse.

13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?

Instilling beautiful manners into children….I saw many great manners being used in the south.

14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?

The post that I revisit each year is my Grief post….tells my story, in a nutshell.

15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can visit. and a personal facebook page, Linked in and google+


Are there other questions you have for me? I’d be happy to share:)))

Here are my favorite people…family, friends, sweetie-pies!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #6

Hurray for Super Saturday #6…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

Hurray…after my Florida trip, I now have more old photos to share with you:

1) Dan and I…as young ones

2) before there was “The Hunger Games”….

3) visiting Belle Isle with Gramma Smith and cousins…

I love finding these old pictures…some I remember, some I don’t, but no matter what…Beautiful Memories:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

So Much To Do…

Look at all the things on the calendar…

can I find the time???

So many books to read…

maybe I’ll just take a nap!



Happy Parenting!

D and C

Summer Chart

Would you like to try a behavior chart for the summer? Here is a chart developed by a teacher with the same last name as mine…but we are not related…at least physically!! We have both taught in the same school district and are very concerned with kids learning how to be good people. She has come up with a plan that she is using with her own children this summer involving tokens. It sounds pretty good to me. Want to give it a shot???

Developed by Casey Finkbeiner:


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Here it is…

Summer 2013

Finkbeiner Token Economy System


In the real world, adults work to earn an income.  They are employees and consumers.

Consumers spend income on expenses they want and need, or they save for the future.

Consumers have to pay for goods and services they use, plus they may pay fines for breaking the rules, such as being late with a payment, or breaking a law.

Employees are not paid for work that is done in an unsatisfactory manner, such as rushing through work.




1 token  = 1 hour of game/screen time

1 token =  $1.00 to spend at the store

1 token = 1 movie ticket

1 token = 1 DQ treat or Slushee

1 token = $1.00 offering to church REQUIRED weekly

*Save  50 tokens and deposit $60 to the bank!*


You may cash in your tokens at any time, but you must have at least 5 remaining in case of fines so you are not overdrawn.


You do not get paid simply for following the rules of the household.


Sources of income for boys:

ü  Vacuum living room, stairs, upstairs hall, 3 bedrooms= +1 token

ü  Vacuum basement stairs and basement= +1 token

ü  Sweep kitchen, hall, laundry, bathroom= +1 token

ü  Dust all living room surfaces and banister, clean glass doors at front and back = +1 token

ü  Polish stainless appliances, polish wooden cupboards=+1 token

ü  Polish barstools, chairs, and dining table=+1 token

ü  Change and wash the bedding in your room=+1 token

ü  Wash, dry, fold, and put away laundry = +1 token

ü  Sweep deck, porch, sidewalks and gazebo = +1 token

ü  Clean garage, organize bikes and toys, sweep floor = +1 token

ü  Wipe 4 sinks and counters in bathrooms, clean 3 toilets = +1 token

ü  Scrub 2 tubs, wipe 3 bathroom floors, shake rugs = +1 token

ü  Empty dishwasher & take out garbage =+ 1 token

ü  Carry in groceries and assist in putting food away = +1 token


Sources of income for Josie:

ü  Feed pets = +1 token

ü  Get the mail = +1 token

ü  Put away laundry = +1 token

ü  Keep bunny pen clean = +1 token

ü  Empty small garbage cans = +1 token


Some great ideas, huh? Now the plan is to figure out how to send this to pinterest…if it doesn’t work, please send me suggestions!! Still learning, you know:)))

Have fun giving it a try:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Love ‘em:)


My sweet Carl…


Super Saturday #5

Hurray for Super Saturday #5…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

Today’s three:

1) “Let love be your guide”…   always:))

…ain’t love grand:)))

2) had book club this week…next meeting not until September, summer break!!  The book will be The Orphan Train..

3) I watched “The Way We Were” recently…quite a movie! Barbra and Robert, quite a team!

That was the name of our 1949 ChrisCraft…yup, The Way We Were!

Are you finding your happiness today?? I hope so:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Summer Fun??

Now that the kiddies are home for the summer….have some fun with them!! And use those teachable moments along the way…

A quote from Billy Graham makes perfect sense to me:

“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”

Here is a link to some fun summer ideas…  fun!

summer…whether you go away, stay at home, spend money or spend none…find the littlest things that will make you happy!! Remember to take photos because the memories become the best part of summer:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happy Birthday….early….to Shannon!!! We went to a favorite place, Lucky’s in Imlay City, on Sunday afternoon to celebrate!! Did we enjoy our meal??? We sure did:))

Tons of food…so…

leftover ribeye

leftover surf and gone, turf left!

leftover filet

prime rib...gone!

crab legs...gone

absolutely delicious cheesecake with carmel sauce and raspberry sauce...a great birthday cake!

birthday girl:)))

Lovely day with awesome folks…always a great day!!  Happy Birthday, S!!

….And yes, we love leftovers:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C



Super Saturday #4

Hurray for Super Saturday #4…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


1) leaves and plants growing green .. that amazing spring-time green

2) completing a particular task….writing invitations, affixing labels, buying supplies….any task that can be checked off the list…magic!!

3) for those of you who have loved reading Robert B. Parker books for many years and have been saddened by his death…take heart!! The author who has been given permission to use his name by his estate…Ace Atkins, does a fantastic job using the same familiar characters and the same sarcastic humor we have become used to. The latest book, “Wonderland”, feels just like a Robert B. Parker Spenser book.   Love it:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C