Saturday, May 27, 2017

Never forget...

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! God bless those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Never forgotten.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hello Summer!

My kids have wrapped up the school year, so summer 2017 has officially begun for our family. Summer is usually a busy time, and unfortunately I don't get to write as often, but I would much rather enjoy my time with my kids. My oldest son is moving away to college in August, so I'm cherishing my time with him before he leaves. Writing can wait until school starts in the fall. 😊

To get your summer off to a good start, here are some staycation ideas you can enjoy with your family:
  • Explore a new park. Check the website for your city or state to find local park listings. Bring a picnic or takeout, plus blankets, summer reads, and a soccer ball or Frisbee. ⚽
  • Play in the water. You might not have a resort pool at your disposal, but you can visit a local splash pad or aquatic center, or just play in the backyard with hoses, squirt guns, and water balloons. 🌊
  • Splurge on an activity you wouldn’t normally do. Since you’re not spending money on traveling, do something fun that wouldn’t normally be in your budget, like renting kayaks, going to an indoor climbing wall, or taking everyone to see a movie in 3D. 🛶
  • Play really long board games. Make milkshakes and spend an afternoon introducing your kids to Monopoly and Risk. 🎲
  • Go stargazing. Gather blankets, a thermos of cocoa, binoculars, and a stargazing guide, and head to the backyard. ⭐
  • Camp out. Pitch the tent in your backyard…or just your living room! 🏕
  • Have a progressive dinner. Go to three different restaurants to get your appetizer, entree, and dessert. 🍴
  • Have a “build your own” night. Let family members pick their favorite ingredients, and set everything out on the table for a “build your own” pizza, baked potato bar, etc. 🍕
  • Visit a quirky museum. There may be some hidden gems you haven’t discovered! Google “museums near YOUR CITY, YOUR STATE” and it should pull up a map with listings. 🌆
  • Go geocaching. Geocaching is a popular treasure-hunting game that you can play using your GPS or mobile device. Click here for more info on what it is and how to play. 📱
  • Go fruit picking. Find out what produce is in season in your area and then find a farm near you where you can pick blueberries, peaches, or whatever is growing! 🍉
(Article courtesy of The Humbled Homemaker)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Harlequin News

The romance writing community learned yesterday that Harlequin has decided to discontinue five of their lines as of June 2018. This decision has greatly impacted many of my friends who write for Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Super Romance, Harlequin Western, Harlequin Nocturne, and Harlequin Kimani. If you follow these authors, I hope you'll stop by their blogs or their social media pages to show your support. Thank you so much!

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