Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio adventures, family train on water slide

Our family had an end of summer final hoorah last week at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio, and we had a fun filled over-nighter, complete with water-slides, a lazy river, and a suite… Continue Reading

How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk

Communication parenting book about talking and listening

If that title doesn’t grab you in, I don’t know what will! I am here to share another one of my favorite books, How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk.… Continue Reading

Graham Cracker Rainbow Weather Snack

Rainbow Kids Snack

When having a discussion or lesson on weather, I can’t help but think of the beautiful colorful rainbow. My mom’s knick name is Rainy, and she had a custom sewing business back in the day… Continue Reading

First Day Jitters

first day of school pictures

It’s the first day of school for my kids, and I sent them off with smiles, and a swelling in my heart. Man, I love them so much it hurts, and love that they embrace… Continue Reading

People in Pajamas

family cuddle on the couch

My friend Tricia of Dunlap Portrait wrote this article about having a photo session in your home, in pajamas. I loved this idea, and was happy to be one of the first in line to… Continue Reading

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Meatballs and sauce

With school quickly approaching, and the rush of weeknight activities all a flurry, I’ve got to get more serious about my meal planning. One of my favorite quick and easy meals is just to cook… Continue Reading

Cape Coast Castle {slave fort} in Ghana

fishing boat on cape coast

We spent the majority of our family trip to Ghana in the Accra area where my parents live, but we took a little 2 days side trip down to the Cape Coast (3 hour drive)… Continue Reading

Kids Picture Book about the Body and Making Babies

amazing you kids book

I’ve been meaning to share My Favorite Kids Book about the Body and Making Babies for years now, and I decided this would kickstart my favorite books series that I’ve been planning on sharing. I think most parents… Continue Reading

My Favorite Books

Favorite Books

I’ve thought for a while that I wanted to share my favorite books with all of my peepss out there, so I’m going to kick start that off right now! The thing is, I am NOT a book… Continue Reading

Best Ever White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

White Chocolate Macadamia nut cookie with Nestle white chocolate chips

I know lots of people like to claim all over Pinterest that they have THE.BEST.COOKIE.EVER. recipe, but theirs simply can’t be, because mine is. The base is delicious with a unique twist, and any type… Continue Reading

Ghana Canopy Walk: Kakum National Park

Ghana tourism travel tips

When we visited the Kakum National Park Canopy Walk in Ghana, it was one of 2 tourist type spots we saw while in Ghana. Destination events, so to speak.  There isn’t a lot of tourism, so… Continue Reading

No-Bake Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

Simple egg-less No-Bake Cookie Dough Brownie Bites by

I’m delighted to be a part of a campaign with NESTLÉ® , helping everyone across the world to have a treasure trove of no-bake desserts. In the peak of the summer, no one wants to… Continue Reading

Emoji Birthday Party

Emoji Birthday Party with yellow

My daughter turned 10 in June, and we celebrated with an Emoji Birthday Party, and all sorts of yellow goodness. {We also took her 10 year pictures here.} She loves emoticons, and thought it would… Continue Reading

Soccer Goal Eagle Scout Project in Ghana

hanging soccer net in Ghana for Eagle project

My boys have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for years, and more recently, my oldest was eligible to start working on his Eagle Scout project. With our family travel to Africa, we thought… Continue Reading

Jello Shave Ice

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A big hello to all of you Capturing Joy readers! I’m Debbie, one of the three sisters who blog over at Made From Pinterest and I’m so excited to be here today to share this… Continue Reading