What Children Really Need

In a binging fashion, I have been watching episodes of "Hoarders" on YouTube. I remember watching the show on TV years ago and being so amazed at how people could collect so much. I am still in awe, but I now understand that it is a disease that is usually triggered by a trauma. It…

Don’t Let this New Year be an Accident

There are a few phrases our parents mutter that, for whatever reason, stick with us. Maybe the phrases are funny, sweet, sad, or just truthful. I can remember many examples, but I choose to dwell on one my dad said that taught me a great lesson. He told me once, very simply, "Good things don't…

How to Keep Your House Clean (the Karla Edition)

I have to confess that I don't like to clean, but I dislike dirt more than the action of cleaning, so, I clean. Our house is not immaculate but we do maintain it regularly. I, like I assume we all do, have a dream where I won't ever have to clean. My homemaker duties quickly…

Karla’s Successful Christmas Shopping Guide

For us, Christmas hits right after our wedding anniversary. On our first year we had not prepared for it at all and shopping right after such a huge event wasn't as easy as I would have expected. I want to be able to get the best gift I can for those I shop for, but…