First Step… 2016

I did it.

I committed the $28. $2/week. 14 weeks.

I’m doing the14 week Real Food Mini Pledge course on 100 Days of Real Food blog. There are videos, emails, handouts, etc. $2/week. My cutting out Starbucks will cover that. LOL!!


I’m super excited.

Tomorrow I clean out the pantry.

And fridge.

Then I get ready for this…


I’m so ready.

And I’ll bet my amazingly awesome, fabulous, BEST ever husband will be psyched too. (Yeah, he reads the blog! 🙂 )

Anyone else working on goals and plans for 2016 yet?


Tuskegee Airmen National Park – Tuskegee, AL

On a recent road trip through Alabama, the kids, some friends and I made a stop at the Tuskegee Airman National Park. I have wanted to go here FOREVER, but it never really ended up being near a destination or on a route. So, when we were headed to Auburn University (travel review on that one, soon!!) we planned a little extra time in our trip to stop and tour the aviation museum.

I WISH we had planned more time.

It was awesome. I can’t recommend stopping here enough.

First – logistics. You can check it out on your maps app – but the park is about a half an hour from Montgomery, AL. There are lots of places there to eat and stay. The museum is free, and while there is handicap parking and access – if walking is tough you may want to take a wheel chair along. There may be more handicap access that I didn’t see – so please call ahead and check for more details. (I was thinking when I was there, “Man, if we had my handicapped parents here this would be a HAUL.”)

After arriving and checking out the airfield from the parking lot, you head down a hill to one of two hangars that house displays, movies, interviews, and much more.  I’d plan at least a couple of hours to really explore the museum.



I love maps and visuals. These were excellent.


P-51. Really? What can be better???



Big’s favorite. Maybe because she’s flown in one!! (Not that I’m jealous… OK. I am.)



A fuzzy Cub. Get it?



DD did the Junior Ranger Program – which took here less than an hour. For the 6-10 crowd, I’d plan on a couple of hours.



My favorite interview, bar none, was the one with LTCOL Alexander Jefferson. As I listened to his stories I was enthralled. He completely captivated me, making me laugh and cry. All I could think was , “Wow. This man is a fighter pilot.” And trust me, I KNOW fighter pilots! LOL! I also thought, “Wow, he would be such great friends with my Father in Law!”. Unfortunately, when we got to the store they had just shut down, so I couldn’t purchase his book there. As soon as I got home I bought his book, Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW.  I planned on giving it to DH for Christmas, but I couldn’t wait. He started it, then I started it. I LOVE this book and can’t wait for a little more time to finish it. It will be mandatory reading for my kids.


Like pretty much anything with WW2, we need to take the time NOW to learn the stories of the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. In my humble opinion, the Tuskegee Airmen were amazing men who deserve our study and ultimately our respect and appreciation. I cannot even put into words how remarkable these men were – brave, strong, smart, and patriotic – willing to die for a country that treated them so inhumanely. This museum is a moving, stirring, and humbling place.


Please, if you’re in Alabama. Make the trip. You won’t regret it.


I’ve shared here before about our experience with Landry Academy. If you’re remotely interested – check out the specials link below. They have some INSANE deals. They change roughly every 4 hours, so buy when you see something! I bought one generic class for 2017 or beyond, and got $1600 in free extras!!! Insane!!! (And no, I’m not compensated for anything…just cheap and want to share the LOVE!)

Landry Academy Specials

Childhood Favorite

Well, minus the coffee! LOL!!


When I was growing up (back near Boston) we used to have donuts and coffee after church each week. There were 2 services, so I guess it was a way to bridge the two groups. My parents were on the rotation to pick up the donuts – at Dunkin – of course! They picked up 12 dozen donuts at a shot. Most of the donuts were straight dozens, but we’d get to pick one. And without fail, my favorites were the cream filled and chocolate glazed.

Since childhood they’ve “updated” (ruined!) the chocolate glazed, but the cream are still amazing. Honestly, I can only eat one about every two years, and that’s usually just picking at them and eventually eating one full donut. But it’s a yummy, nostalgic donut.

I recently had my biannual donut. (The nearest Dunkin is 90 minutes away.) It was great. They’re even better with an iced coffee, two creams, no sugar. Much better than the orange juice of my youth!

I’m coming back!!

I’ve been a terrible blogger. I took a break. A rest. It was good.

But I’m back!!

Soon I’ll be sharing… about travel… and homeschooling… and stuff. Lots of stuff.

Today, oil change, crafts, gift making, church ladies’ Night. Big day.

But you know, it’s the little stuff. Today I got my bag in the mail just before sitting for an oil change. AND my beautybox five box. How fun!! What a treat.


So during this busy day, I’m chilling. Blogging. Wearing cute new lip gloss from ipsy.


Fun times!!! Thank you, Lord, for this little break!!