Two Dogs are Twice the Fun!

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Last month we added a new dog to our family, and it is working out really well! We love having two dogs, especially the kids, who have been asking for another dog for years.

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When it was time to pick a dog we took our older dog Dodger to the shelter and brought out dogs for him to meet, so that we were sure the dogs would get along.  He picked Ziggy, and the two of them love to play together. [Read More...]

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Review and Giveaway

Heating costs keep going up, and one great way to save money is to turn down the thermostat when you aren’t home.  But do you always remember to do that?  I know I sure don’t, and sometimes will realize that no one is home, and I am wasting money heating an empty house.  That is why I wanted to review the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.  With access from your smart phone or other device, user-friendly scheduling options, and smart technology that knows your home’s unique heating and cooling cycles, this thermostat can help keep your budget on track, without compromising your comfort.

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Mere Christianity Journal – Schoolhouse Crew Review

Home School Adventure Co.While C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known for his Chronicles of Narnia book series he was also a prolific writer of non-fiction books, many of which are about Christian apologetics.  I have read and enjoyed much of his non-fiction, because he is an engaging writer who makes complex subjects understandable.  Mere Christianity is a compilation of talks he gave during World War II in which tries to explain the basics of Christianity and describe the reasoning behind his conversion.  I read this book a few years ago, so when I had the chance to review the Mere Christianity Journal from Home School Adventure Co. I felt it would be a great opportunity to have my 14 year old son read this book and use the Journal to get more out of it.

Mere Christianity is not a book for kids, and therefore the Journal is designed for ages 12 and up with parental/teacher guidance. High schoolers should be able to do this on their own, although I think it lends itself well to parental discussion. I received the Mere Christianity Journal in PDF form. It retails for $18.95 on the Home School Adventure Co. site, and if you prefer a print version you can buy one for $28.95. [Read More...]

Boston Market Review and Giveaway

Boston Market recently moved into the Syracuse area and opened up a brand new location inside the Destiny USA shopping center. I used to eat at Boston Market before we moved here, because they are a nice alternative to fast food. I was excited to learn they finally opened a location near where I live now, and was glad to have the chance to visit the restaurant and review it.


This Boston Market location is a little different, because it is in a food court, instead of a stand alone building. When my family and I arrived at the food court on a Saturday evening we found that there was a decent sized line, so obviously it is popular!  It had been years since we had been to a Boston Market, so we spent some time perusing the menu, and deciding what to order.  All four of us settled on rotisserie chicken, because after all that is what they are most famous for.

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Safe Use of OTC Pain Killers

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If your house is like mine you have lots of different kinds of Over the Counter (OTC) pain killers in your medicine cabinet.  I checked through mine and found seven different bottles of OTC pain killers, plus some prescriptions left over from various illnesses.


We have aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium and various migraine and tension headache formulas which combine some of these ingredients!  And I didn’t even look at the cold medicine, many of which also contains a pain killer. So it is no surprise that OTC medicine overdose has become a real problem.  It is very important to know what you are taking and talk to a professional about dosage and medicine interaction, because even over the counter medications are dangerous if used incorrectly.

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Visit Puerto Rico for a 5-Star Vacation

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Click HereMy husband and I are trying to decide where to go for our 25th anniversary, and Puerto Rico sounds like it would be an amazing vaction spot. After all we visited the Caribbean on our honeymoon, so perhaps a return trip would be appropriate!

There is so much to do in Puerto Rico, whether you are looking for a relaxing time or exciting adventures. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and well-known beaches, like Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best in the world.  There are Bioluminescent bays, where you can glow like an angel in the water. But it is not all beaches, you can also visit a rainforest, El Yunque, and climb up to the clouds.  I had no idea there was rainforest that is part of the US National Park Service! Check out this video to get an idea of the spectacular scenery.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Most breakfast casseroles I see call for hash browns, and I thought it would be fun to make one using sweet potato hash browns.  I love sweet potatoes and have been cutting one up to saute for breakfast and adding an egg on top for a few weeks.  So this is a make ahead version of that sweet potato hash, perfect for Easter brunch.

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Wordless Wednesday – Cape Cod Road Trip

Last Friday I had to make an unplanned trip to Cape Cod.  So I woke my 17 year old up at 6:15am and told her if she wanted to visit the ocean she had 15 minutes to get ready!  She has been begging to go to the ocean, so she was out of bed and dressed in record time.

The Knob Cape Code

Cape Cod is not really a day trip from our house, since is is over 5 hours away, but we did it anyway.  After I finished my errand we spent about 4 hours exploring beaches, and had fun finding shells and walking along the beach.

Selfie at Cape Cod

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