Gary Mathews

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How to tell if your child's injury is real or imagined

Ten is a funny age. He still climbs into boxes and up trees making himself both small and tall- which of course he is. Right now he is cross legged …

Parenting

A revelatory "conversation" with the dentist about pole dancing

I don’t know what I expected from a dentist that offers Botox.<p>I am reclined in her chair preparing for my filling. The dentist is preparing for my …

Cheese

Birth and Mothering in America: Mothers Deserve More

Working as a public health nurse with low-income, high-risk families has opened my eyes to the world in so many ways. The person that I am today and …

Jacob is Bringing the Thunder From Down Under! ⋆

<i>I remember going out on a date with this one!</i><p>Recently, Miss Madison gave up our plans to have a bayside wedding ceremony along the banks of Gren Bay. …

Pets

Reasons Upon Reasons

One of the first questions my wife asked me was, “Do you think she did this on purpose?”<p>I answered, “No.”<p>At that point, my daughter had not been …

Parenting

Brownie Cookie Dough Cake

Turning 16 deserves a special cake!<p>Actually, it garnered two cakes! Ice cream cake is a birthday must have in our house for the kids’ birthdays, but …

Dessert

In Zion National Park, the iconic Subway in 360 degrees.

The Subway in Zion NP<p>The Subway in Zion National Park is considered a semi technical canyon, requiring some short swims, a bit of rock scrambling, a …

National Parks

Surrealist Sculptures by Ellen Jewett Merge Plant and Animal Life

Artist Ellen Jewett refers to her sculptural work as “natural history surrealist sculpture,” a blend of plants, animals, and occasionally human-made …

Welcome to the Midwest! ⋆

I don’t know if Mother Nature had symptoms that required a Midol or found out Father Time blew the family budget on his Preakness wagers, but damn …

Power Rangers

Two of a Kind–I’m Becoming My Husband!

I’ve often heard that over time married couples begin to resemble each other. Aside from the two whiskers that recently sprouted to the right of my …

Love

Women Over 60 Are Still Dynamic and Powerful! A Conversation with Jeanie Brosius King

No matter how many times I hear or read about this so-called phenomenon of older women feeling invisible, I refuse to accept it as a “thing.” I may …

Mind

Why Are There Swans At The Rum Shop?

I love these swans. But I have to ask why are there swans at the rum shop? Seriously, these swans decorate the porch leading into the shop that sells …

10 Surprising Things I Learned About Cuba

Cuba was always a mystery to me. The Cuban Missile Crisis happened just before I turned one. Growing up we were taught to fear Cuba and the thought …

Cuba

Brexit Fortunes (A Game Show Parody)

Hello and welcome to our Brexit and Election Special episode of Family Fortunes (Family Feud for our American audience). The game in which two …

Brexit

What Would Mrs May Do? (Or How to Run Your Home Like the PM)

This week, I have been thinking about our Prime Minister, Theresa May. Now, I can’t stand Theresa May. I think she’s a maniac, in fact. However, I …

A Toddler’s Guide to Rainy Day Activities

Nice weather we’re having, aren’t we? Still, no need to dread rainy days in with small children. Just follow this comprehensive toddler guide to …

I Got Screwed in the Custody Battle ⋆

Guess what, divorced dad, as much as you wish your ex would disappear off the face of the earth, let me tell you a little secret…she isn’t! You are …

How To Interpret Bad Hotel Reviews

Picture the scene. You’ve spotted the hotel of your dreams – it looks good, it’s in a location you want to visit, it’s a place to cross off on your …

Hotels

Happiness Is PomPoms

<b>A few weeks ago on the blog I interviewed the UK charity Living Streets (read the interview HERE) and the charity were preparing for the UK’s</b> …

Crafting

Dandelion Pesto - Because Dandelions are more than just a weed!

Most people would see Dandelions as weeds, but trust me if I tell you they are not just full of yumminess but also have many health …

Online Hustles That Could Genuinely Build A Tidy Income On The Side

Online Hustles To Make More Money<p>By now, you should be aware that the internet is a great resource for earning money. In fact, millions of people are …

World Wide Web

Summer Drink | Strawberry and Lime Spring Water

On a hot summer day when all you want is a refreshing cold drink. Try my strawberry and lime spring water.<p>This idea came to me when my niece who is …

Water

I'm Getting Re-Treated! ⋆

<i>This obviously is going to be a bad day!</i><p>Before I get a radical vigilante pack of mommy bloggers showing up at my door hurling Molotov Cocktails and …

Mother's Day

Email

<b>HI MS. O’SULLIVAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</b><p>My little barely 4 foot self walked like a tornado into our …

Teaching

Email

There were quite a few of us nervous about our fifth grade teacher. First off, he was a man and therefore even in his normal voice, he was much …

Teaching

Battle of the Bands - Happy Together #BOTB #4M

May 15. Time for the next Battle of the Bands. I was going to go with something silly, <i>but…</i><p>I’m also participating in the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog …

Bands

Restore Your Inner Zen with Yoga: Top Tips to Get You Started

Yoga is a great form of exercise that not only helps with your muscles, but it can also help with your mind. Something we can often forget about. …

Yoga

15 Best Weekend Getaways in California • Ordinary Traveler

For visitors from all corners of the world and native Californians alike, the toughest part about planning a the perfect weekend in California is …

Target’s New Concept: The Myths, The Facts, and My Opinions

The Overall Concept Summary<p>Target is no stranger to the retail struggle as they have experienced a decline in sales since the first quarter of 2015. …

eCommerce

Zara- My Dark Little Secrets

I have a confession, a strange and crazy confession, one that will absolutely blow your mind and shake your entire world. Perhaps I’m over hyping it, …

Fashion