Castro Valley Marketplace

When people ask, "What's good around here?" it used to be a bit hard to answer. There were a good number of decent places, but we come from San Francisco where there are lots of good eats open all hours of the day and night. Slowly but surely, there are some eateries arriving on the... Continue Reading →

Apollo 11

In our school group, we learn and memorize a history sentence every week. In Cycle 3, we learn about US history. Week 21's prompt is "Tell me about US astronauts." The sentence that is recited is: "In 1989, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon." We... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Winter

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for me than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. I'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous month. I don't... Continue Reading →


We love finding out about new music that is coming out. Our recent favorite is Francesca Battistelli's Own It. We can't wait to check out more of Mack Brock's music. Have you heard his songs before? *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Covered Release Date: March 22, 2019 Publisher: Sparrow Website |... Continue Reading →

Christmas Eve Brunch

We received a few questions about the Christmas brunch we hosted for my family. Here are some quick details and if you have more questions, feel free to ask and I can add the answer to the post. 🙂 Since my nephew's birthday was not too long ago and my parents hosted at their house,... Continue Reading →

Cat’s Cradle Book Kit

Who knew string could be so fun? Who knew it would be a family bonding activity? Who knew people are so creative to come up with string figures? Who knew string could occupy you for long periods of time? Oh, so many questions! :p *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Cat's... Continue Reading →

Ellie Claire Art Journals

Can we just say, "WOW?" When these arrived, we were amazed by how gorgeous these books are! We were very impressed by the quality of the last books we got that were from Museum of the Bible so we shouldn't have been surprised. Read on and take a look at some of the pages of... Continue Reading →

Who Sang the First Song?

Who sang the first song? That's a great question! This book talks all about songs. Yes, regular songs, but not only regular songs with music from instruments and words from our lips. There are wind songs, there are hooting songs, but the best song of all is...well, you'll see. Kids will also enjoy the beautiful... Continue Reading →

Baked Grilled Cheese Sandwich

We usually modify recipes to our own likes, dietary tolerances, cooking skills 😉 , and budget. This is the ORIGINAL RECIPE I followed. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. I made some notes at the top portion, but the full list of ingredients and instructions are at the bottom.... Continue Reading →

Healed By Grace 2

I love a good story. Whether it is a made-up story from a book or a story my grandmother told me about her childhood, I think stories have a way of connecting people. Our church has been celebrating different "heritage months" through the year, and it has brought about many stories. There have been stories... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2018: Castro Valley Library

The third reading program of the season we're signed up for is the San Leandro Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Read about other national and local-to-us reading programs HERE. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. 3 Simple Steps Step 0 :: Sign up at the library or sign up online.... Continue Reading →

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