Entries by Tonya


Cheesy Vegetable Rice

I don’t share a lot of recipes because I am a very simplistic cook, and most of what I make does not actually require a recipe.  This dish for example does not actually require a recipe, but I will make one up for you so that you can share in the deliciousness of it as […]


Laugh At Your Kids

I love kids. They are so much fun to hang out with. I may have a very different parenting style than many people, but I think that my style is normal and awesome. There may be a couple of differences in my style though. See if you can spot them. Photo by Alexandra Giese During […]

Bonding With Baby – or Through the War Zone

When I was going to have my first child, I would read stories that would gush about how there was this instant bond with the baby when it was born.  I found that to not be true.  When my daughter was put on my chest, it was like she was this little alien that had […]

Essential Oils Can Support a Healthy Lifestyle

Essential oils are meant to be used to support a healthy lifestyle.  What does this really mean?  It means that they can be natural things for the everyday health. There are so many ways that they can be used, but since they are organic compounds, certain ones may work for you, and others may not.  […]

sick kids

Sometimes it seems like it is hardly worth trying to work for a living because the kids keep getting sick.  When the kids are school age, they seem to get sick a lot, and then I have to stay home from work too.  Sometimes I start to wonder why I have a job when I […]

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Giving Is Harder Than It Looks

We go about our days and live our lives.  We periodically give money to people who are holding signs at the street corners if we feel compelled to.  We donate to charities that we feel fit our giving profile.  We give to church groups and try to be a part of the charitable community.  So […]

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Keep Active in the Summer

It is summer and the kids are out of school.  We need to build activity into their days or it is too easy to settle in to a lazy summer and watch too much TV and play more video games than is good for them. We have Tennis Tuesday every week, and go swimming at […]


Having an active summer

The summer started out a bit difficult because I didn’t have a job set yet, so I was unsure what my schedule would be.  It is hard to plan when you don’t know.  Then we went on vacation to Yosemite, and we all got sick.  That took us down for a week or two.  I […]