#Giveaway Fun Books For Kids ENDS 7/13

Smithsonian Books

I always look forward to the fun times spent over the Summer with the family, but I also encourage my boys to continue reading during this time.  It's hard to get reading time in with all the running between water parks and play times with friends, but it's very important that the boys continue to read over the summer months.  My oldest has a reading list from his school that he follows, but I encourage the youngest to read books that catch his … [Read more...]

Have You Read My Book?

michael book fair dino

I published my first book and have been working on book promotions.  My wife and I attended a book signing in Canada and a book signing at our local Barnes & Noble.  We have had a lot of fun through my this experiences gained from writing An Average Joe's Pursuit For Financial Freedom:  Change Your Perception Of Money   I decided to write this book so that my boys could read about my thoughts and experiences once they get older.  My eight … [Read more...]

Our Family Roots For The Houston Rockets

Bobby Rockets

Have you been following the Rockets in the playoff games?  Our family was on the edge of our seats last night counting down the last few seconds of the game.  We've still got hope that the Houston Rockets can come through with a win against this team.  My boys are rooting and even my wife has been screaming from the couch, which is very abnormal for her.  She never used to be a sports fan, but now that our boys play basketball, she is becoming on … [Read more...]

Children Should Learn How To Do Yard Work


Teach your children how to mow and weed eat the yard!  It is very important that our children be taught to take care of the yard.  It is sad that in the area we live in, most families hire work crews to mow their yards and this skill is never taught to their children.  When we go away for vacation, we usually try to find a teen in the neighborhood that could use some extra money that could mow our front yard twice while we are gone.  The first … [Read more...]

We Left Our Donations On The Porch

donation on porch

My wife slowly works on cleaning out everyone's closets.  She makes piles as she goes, so if the kids get out clothes for school that end up not fitting them anymore,  they go in the donation pile for kids, etc.  It is hard for her to throw things out as she likes to hold onto everything "just in case" but is she knows the items are being donated, she is happy to help. Normally she was waiting until she had a large load of donations ready and … [Read more...]

It’s Chocolate Torte For My Dad


Every time my parents come to town, my wife makes Chocolate Torte for my dad.  It's a pudding dessert that her mom used to make when she was growing up.  She made it once for my dad and he was hooked.  You can make this dessert with any flavor of pudding.  Lemon and Butterscotch work great, but they have decided that Chocolate is the best way to go. This dessert takes my wife a long time to make but she says it's definitely worth it in the … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Easter Candy Centerpiece

Easter Centerpiece w Candy

Easter is almost here, surprise the family with a fun Easter Candy Centerpiece.  My wife threw this Easter Candy Centerpiece together for the kids after finding a few ideas on Pinterest.  She is watching her weight so she used jelly beans since she thought she could stay out of those and then used chocolate eggs for Bobby.  Of course, she found herself digging into the jelly beans on the first night and eating tons of eggs because Bobby would … [Read more...]