Gardening: good for the soul and the family

Nature is surprisingly attuned to humanities needs. By now most American schools are back in session and organized sports have started. Parents are celebrating early bedtimes and welcoming back the scholastic routine. If you are a gardener or farmer the change in the weather has prompted fall blooms. We planted for the Fall growing season…

Zucchini muffins-easy, healthy breakfast for back to school week

I am thankful that my husband and I both worked in the restaurant industry. We both were employed with Outback Steakhouse in Lufkin for quite a few years through high school and college. We started off as a hostess and a busser and eventually worked our way up to managers. During our stent at Outback,…

Home is where happiness lives 

My family and I have lived in this house for 2 1/2 years. Before buying our first home, we rented and grew accustom to change and packing! I am getting use to the idea that my house needs to be decorated. I suppose you could say that we are “puting down roots.” This concept is…

Family communication 

Why is it harder to be honest with your family? Does it seem as if they judge harsher? Do we feel as if we don’t know how to say the right thing without hurting each others feelings? Does it just turn into a reality t.v. drama?  The past week I was surprised to have my…

Summer Vacation, Remembering my Dad and running out of gas

I use to hate the roosters that would wake me up every morning. They were annoying, embarrassing, and straight up mean! I was born in Lufkin, Texas, population about 35,000, known for piney woods and lying just west of the largest man made lake in Texas. My husband was also born and raised in Lufkin. Now…

Self confidence- my fashion statement 

I have not always been comfortable in my own skin and let’s not mention the issues every women has with her body. I am full-blooded Filipina born in Lufkin and raised by my immigrant mother and my step-father from Kentucky. I was not just self- conscience about my looks but also about my not-so “conventional”…