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Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome to Feels Like Home! Hi. I’m Tara. It’s great to meet you! I am the mother of two small children and the wife of a doting husband. It’s a great life even though I struggled after the birth of my second daughter. I was a high school science teacher for ten years, but I resigned a few weeks ago to stay at home full time with those two girls. Would you like to hire me to blog or write for you? Know someone who might? Let’s chat. I am passionate about the Lord, about being a mother, about teaching … Read more

Caring for Our Sensitive Skin with Aquaphor

Our Skin Issues I have sensitive skin. I also have chronic hives, so my skin is often itchy. Scratching my skin leads quickly to itchy welts, a combination of eczema and hives. When I get a rash, I put hydrocortisone cream on it, followed by Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Grace’s skin is exceptionally sensitive. When she was just six months old, she was diagnosed with eczema, and she’s seen a pediatric dermatologist since. Despite our best efforts, she has, over the years, had many flare-ups requiring treatment. Our first intervention when a red spot shows up? Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Most of … Read more

Sister Love

I am inadequate, but I am doing something right. Because these girls adore each other. Adore. Each. Other. They adore each other absolutely. Allie’s face lights up when Grace smiles at her. Grace lights up just to see her baby sister. Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV  

Little Cloud Activities for Preschoolers

Activities for Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Grace and I got a book from the library last week called Little Cloud by Eric Carle. I love Eric Carle (did you know that he has a blog?), but I’d never seen this particular book before. Little Cloud is a very simple picture book, following one little cloud through all kinds of shape changes. After Grace and Joe read Little Cloud, she and I talked about clouds all afternoon. Little Cloud Activities Mini Cloud Lesson I talked to Grace about the 3 types of clouds, and we looked out the window to see what we could find. Cirrus clouds … Read more

10 Ways to Use Corn Flakes (Without a Cereal Bowl)

If you’re only using your cornflakes for breakfast, you are missing out on some tasty treats. How many of these have you tried? 10 Ways to Use Corn Flakes (Without a Cereal Bowl) Replace bread crumbs or fried onions. Many casseroles call for bread crumbs or fried onions on top. Even simple mac & cheese tastes better with a crunchy topping. Crushed up corn flakes work perfectly. If you top them with some shredded cheese, it will turn into a pleasantly crunchy crust. Zucchini fritters. Kelloggs.com has over a hundred recipes that use corn flakes – everything from baked fruit … Read more

Marinated Cauliflower

marinated cauliflower

On our third or fourth date, Joe took me to a Penn State football game. Incidentally, that was the date on which I knew we’d get married. It was uncanny. Anyway, I’d never been tailgating before. I’d been to lots and lots of football games as a student, but I hadn’t been to a football game since I’d graduated, and I had just never done the tailgating thing. I didn’t really know what to expect. Imagine my surprise when the nervous fellow I’d been seeing opened the trunk of his car and began to grab dish after dish, container after … Read more