Category: BOOKS

Still Me by Jojo Moyes and Valentines Gift Inspiration

A Valentine’s Gift List because I met Jojo Moyes

February 8, 2018

”Be kind” Jojo Moyes says when someone asks her what the one thing the breadth of ALL her work tells us at an author reading the other  night at Third Place Books in Bothell. “Kindness is an underrated virtue.  Be strong, be courageous and if you’re strong within, the world will be a better place.” […]

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Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Advent Calendar shopping on a Monday

October 23, 2017

It is such a blasé Monday because I just came back from my 20th reunion in my hometown with family and friends and Monday is hitting me so hard.  When this happens I try to add a little excitement to my life to make me feel better, so today it’s all about advent calendars for […]

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Purple Cow Backpack World Rummy Game

Family travel tools to help you on World Tourism day

September 27, 2017

Yes, there are millions of theme days nowadays, but today is one that is dear to my heart.  There is nothing like travel to make the big wide world feel smaller and more like a interconnected community and I would rather have a handful of travel days in my heart than any materials things.  That […]

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Summer in Seattle at Moss Bay Boating

When Tuesday is a little scary for a mom of twins on a Monday

September 6, 2016

I slipped and called my duo ‘babies’ at a wedding the other night.  But my twins really aren’t that little anymore and I can’t believe it.  My giant 8-year-old babies are starting school again in a few hours and I’m totally going to miss them.   Apparently this year my guys will be in different classes for […]

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Souvenirs from Japan

Travel Reading to inspire trips or to help you when you get home on a Monday

May 25, 2016

In the next few weeks you’ll hear about our recent trips to San Diego, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo on the blog-we literally just flew in from our travels and back to a world of baseball and soccer practices, piano and school.  It makes me realize how precious family time on trips is in all […]

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Kids baseball in Seattle at Ella Bailey Park

A Book to read for Baseball Season in Seattle

April 15, 2016

It’s baseball season again and now that we’ve played a few years, we’re starting to get serious.  Practices are longer and we now have kid pitchers who throw the ball for part of the game.  Coaches take notes on little pads of paper and I look around wondering which of the neighborhood kids might play […]

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Gifts and books that can inspire little travelers

March 2, 2016

My guys have loved travel since our first trips up to see family in Vancouver when they were teeny tiny babies.  Because Vancouver is about a three-hour drive from Seattle, it meant a van-load full of stuff and drives conveniently timed between naps.  Back then our travel needs were totally different than they are now […]

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