Author Archives: Tricia

Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Time Once the kids had Chore Charts that finally worked for us and they were getting old enough to make use of spending money, we wanted to start incorporating a weekly allowance. Just like chore charts, not every allowance system works for every family. However, here is what we have found works for us

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart System That Works for Us I have to admit we started and stopped many chore chart efforts over the past few years. However, I’m happy to say we finally found a system that works for us. We are using a magnet system that lives in our mudroom. This location works well for

Oven-Baked Deli Sandwich

Oven-Baked Deli Sandwich

This sandwich is perfect for many occasions. You can easily make one and deliver it to someone who is in need of a meal. The great thing is that it can also be frozen! Make one to eat and one to freeze for later! It is also easy to modify – choose your own meat

Girls On the Run

Girls On the Run

I remember moving back to Cincinnati in 2006 and living with good friends while Andy stayed in Alabama finishing his job and selling our very first house. I was staying in Mason. And my friend received some sort of Mason Magazine. In that fall issue was an article about a newer organization in town –

Brown Sugar Blondies for Valentine’s Day

Brown Sugar Blondies for Valentine’s Day

I got this recipe from the Baked Perfection blog a few years ago which was adapted from allrecipes.com. At a friend’s suggestion, I doubled the recipe to fit a 13 x 9 pan. (Don’t double what is shown below! It’s already doubled.) And since I was making it for an event on the eve of

Valentine Paper Plate Party Hat Craft

Valentine Paper Plate Party Hat Craft

These hats are a Valentine Party favorite. They are super easy to prepare and a fun craft to decorate. All you need is a stack of paper plates, a pair of scissors and some art supplies. It’s best if an adult prepares the plates before the decorating. Fold the plate in half and cut out

That Time My Husband Was a Fathead

That Time My Husband Was a Fathead

For anyone that knows us, it’s no surprise we bleed blue. Andy and I both went to Xavier University and met there while we were Resident Assistants. I loved that school. I still LOVE all things Xavier. And we’ve done a great job raising our kids as Musketeers as well. I looked for some college

Hamilton – We Can’t Get Enough

Hamilton – We Can’t Get Enough

I picked up Charlotte and a friend after school today and they got into the van. I started the van. Hamilton blared through the speakers. Charlotte and her friend screamed, “Hamilton! YES! Hamilton!!!!” Then they each requested their favorite songs. And the van was filled with smiles and a sing-along the whole way home. What?

Books: Matched and The Selection

Books: Matched and The Selection

Sometimes I DON’T want to read a really good or really deep book. Sometimes I just need an easy read. Not a bad read. But an easy and entertaining read. I really enjoyed both the Hunger Games and the Divergent series. Therefore, when someone suggested the Matched series and the Selection series, I looked into

Book: small great things

Book: small great things

    Have you read this yet? YES, it is worth all of the hype on all of the book blogs and Facebook posts and wherever you see it mentioned. Go get it. Right now. Buy it however you prefer books. And, YES, this one is worth buying or begging your neighbor to borrow her

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave

This really can be prepared in the microwave in the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker (or Rockcrok) in 10-15 minutes! It’s super simple. Make the cake batter as directed on the box. Pour into the butter-greased baker. Scoop the icing on top. Microwave 10-15 minutes. That’s it. Save Print Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave