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Time to Shake Things Up a Bit…Confessions of a Fast Food Junkie it's been a year since I posted the original blog titled "Time to Shake Things Up a Bit...Confessions of a Fast Food Junkie," and after my experience at Wendy's today, I thought it might be time to update it a bit and repost!  So, I'll go ahead an admit,...

The Native Texas Butterfly Garden & House at Heard Museum

The Native Texas Butterfly Garden & House at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is now one of my favorite little places to visit with my camera.  If you are looking for something to do with your kiddos this summer,  you really should...

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas

I'm often discovering wonderful places so close to home when I'm out with my camera, and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is another one of those wonderful places you should add to your list of places you need to visit! Zach, my 4th grader, came home from school...

Chasing Red-tailed Hawks & Private Property

Hawks!  And Private Property signs.  Just what is the rule for chasing after hawks when their nest is in a tree that is on someone's private property?  Is there a rule?  Am I breaking whatever rules are in existence for this situation?  I'm not sure, but I think it's...

Kan Jam

Kan Jam!  What exactly is Kan Jam?  Well...let me tell you.  It is the simplest game that is so fun to play with your entire family!  I was introduced to this frisbee game at a friend's house a few months ago, and I watched my children play it for hours. After...

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I love taking pictures; especially of my kids.  I’ve taken over 100,000 photos, and learned a few things in the process (mostly through trial and error).  I share some pictures and some tips here.


I love to read (when I can find the time).  I always have one on my Kindle and a real book on my bedside table.  When I find a good book, I love to share it.  So many books, so little time to read them.

Toy reviews for moms


I’m still a kid at heart.  Now that I have two kids of my own, I get to play with their toys.  I share some of my thoughts about the best fun toys here.

Random thoughts

My thoughts on other topics are here as well.  There are always so many exciting things going on.  You can see the entire collection of my random musings here.

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My Adventures in Graffiti Art at the Fabrication Yard

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On all of my hiking and birding adventures, I've always loved it when I come across old train tracks, and especially old train tracks with old railcars detached and unused. I love it even more when these abandoned railcars are covered in graffiti. The graffiti tracks...

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Every time my kids come home with a project sheet, I immediately start to panic!  What will they need to create this time?  I close my eyes and chant "please let it be a poster, please let it be a poster."  That's what I'm good at - helping them make...

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I was not at all planning on blogging about Kiteboarding when this day started.  In fact, I had never even heard of it.  Most days when I head off on one of my adventures, I have a goal in mind.   I’m usually looking for a particular bird, a certain type of landscape,...

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In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game.

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