Category Archives: Family Life

Beauty Happier after Marrying Beast?

Do you think Beauty was happier after marrying Beast?

According to a study from the Florida State University, she was!

red rose and beauty and the beast

APVI-TV out of Philadelphia mentioned the study here.

Apparently, women are happier when they are just a wee bit better-looking than their hubs.

On the other hand, brides that are less attractive than their grooms tend to worry about their weight and they stress about exercising more.

As for me, I like to think my relationship goes further than skin-deep. Maybe new brides initially think about looks but (as the marriage progresses) the deeper love takes over. I’d like to read more about the study and see if the university addresses this.

What about you and your honey? And does it really matter?

Beauty Happier after Marrying Beast and our engagement photo
The engagement announcement photo for our local papers.

Total Eclipse of 2017

Have you got your little ISO-certified glasses ready? We have, and we’re counting down the hours to the eclipse! We’ve heard Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart and plan to play it on our cd. (We still have it!) Princess Buttercup’s school is doing half-days, allowing her to opt-out altogether with an excused absence.… Continue Reading

I Hate School! What’s a Mom to do?

I remember being at an event where I met another little six-year-old who was right at my age. “I hate school,” I said with all the passion of my being. Let’s just say that my first grade teacher and I were far from compatico. She liked to talk. And talk. And talk. I liked to… Continue Reading

Excellent Kid Party this Weekend!

Hi Everyone! I am getting ready for a big birthday party this weekend! It’s the first big party in our new house. Here’s the funny thing: I put little thought and little planning into this party for Princess Buttercup. She send out texts to her buddies, and there’s no telling how many will show up.… Continue Reading

The Spring Band Concert

It was a wonderful, creative, crazy idea. It was a fun idea. It was a scary idea. Princess Buttercup’s band directory wanted the kids to teach their parents how to play the kids’ instruments for a segment in the Spring Band Concert. I had never played clarinet in my life, but I play the flute. Lefty, bless his… Continue Reading


Namability. It’s a word I just made up that is relevant to expectant parents. As in, how does the name that you choose for your child rank on the namability scale? It can be one of the most important decisions that you and your spouse make and should probably be considered along with your research… Continue Reading

It’s Valentine’s Day and I ain’t got Nobody…

Poor Charlie Brown. He never got anything for Valentine’s Day but a used card that the gang gave him to assuage their own guilt. Valentine’s Day may be great fun if you’ve got a sweetheart, but what if you’re like Charlie Brown and (like the song says) ain’t got nobody? First of all, try not to… Continue Reading

Got Love on Your Mind? + Giveaway from Stoneridge Homes

How good does it feel to be in love? Not too bad according to researchers who sent people through an MRI who said that they were “experiencing passionate love, maternal love, or unconditional love.*” The MRI found that certain regions of the participants’ brains were bathed in happy chemicals, while passion enhanced cognitive functions. Maybe… Continue Reading