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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

Pirates Lair DisneylandDisneyLifestyleTravel

Best Spots to Relax at Disney

Disneyland is wonderful, but it can also be exhausting. Sometimes we need a little break from the crowds and craziness.  Let me clarify that I when I say "we," I'm talking about us as parents.  Kids, they're like energizer bunnies, they keep going and going and going.  I'm usually the…
Michelle Tucker
October 26, 2021
smoked drinkEatsLifestyle

Our Finely-Honed Smoked Old Fashioned Recipe

This summer my husband and I were able to, against all odds, sneak away for a kid-free night in Saugatuck, Michigan. While we were there, we happened to dine at a restaurant that featured a Smoked Old Fashioned on its menu.  This cocktail voodoo was unknown to us, a smoked…
Michelle Tucker
August 29, 2021
Succulent WallLifestyle

Succulent Wall

I love Succulents. The temperate climate here in California is the perfect weather for them.  I have lots of them planted around the house. They look great in their pots and planted in the ground, but when I saw a beautiful succulent wall at a local restaurant, I knew I…
Michelle Tucker
May 16, 2021
MomAdvocacyLifestyle

Why We Don’t Do Summer School

I start counting down the days to summer break as soon as school starts in the fall. Being a parent of school-age children can be exhausting. Being a parent of a child with special needs on a school IEP is a whole different ballgame.  Both of my children are on IEPs. …
Michelle Tucker
May 12, 2021
PlumeriaLifestyle

Growing your own Plumeria Tree

Plumeria is one of my favorite tropical flowers.  You can find plumeria trees blooming all over the Hawaiian islands.  It's a simple, yet elegant flower that emits the sweetest of aromas.  I was ecstatic when I first learned that I can grow my very own plumeria tree from just a…
Michelle Tucker
April 25, 2021
Oliveda skin careLifestyle

Oliveda Skincare

*This posts contains products that were kindly gifted to me. I'm always on the lookout for good, all-natural, anti-aging skincare.  A gal like me, who's over 40, wants to soak in all of the anti-aging creams and jellies that I can get.   That's why I was so excited when I…
Michelle Tucker
April 16, 2021
Happy BirthdayLifestyle

Birthday Celebrations and Traditions

My kid's birthdays are exactly one week apart. I love celebrating their big days, but I am also completely wiped out once they are over. When they were younger I'd combine their birthdays and have a single, giant party each year. Unsurprisingly, as they got a little older they wanted…
Michelle Tucker
April 13, 2021
BikiniLifestyle

It’s Just a Number on the Scale

“Maybe you should buy yourself a slimming one-piece swimsuit." That’s what the nurse told me after I saw the number on the scale.  I was feeling discouraged after finding out, after a month of working out and eating right, that I had gained weight instead of losing it.  I was…
Michelle Tucker
March 28, 2021