17 Things I’ve Learned in 17 Years

1.  People change.  Always.  Kevin and I are not the same twitterpated teens we were ...

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

Today on the Broke and Bookish Top Ten list, we’re branching into other types of stories.  So, here are my top ten favorite TV shows.  In random order. Lie to Me. IMDB summary:  Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He’s employed by various public authorities […]

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Signs You Might be the Parent of a Theatre Kid

You might be a parent to a theatre kid if… 1.  You are constantly tripping over jazz shoes in the house, but none of your girls have taken a dance class in the past 5 years. 2.  Your children know the word “thespian” is not a reference to sexuality. 3.  Children breaking into song as […]

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Cookbook Review: The Homesick Texan’s Family Table

The Homesick Texan’s Family Table by Lisa Fain From beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, aka the Homesick Texan, comes this follow-up to her wildly popular debut cookbook, featuring more than 125 recipes for wonderfully comforting, ingredient-driven Lone Star classics that the whole family will love. There are few things finer than a delicious, homemade meal […]

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Book Review: First Light

First Light by Bodie Thoene Winner, 2004 Logos Bookstore Award for Fiction.  Go back in time to first-century Jerusalem. It’s a dark time in the world’s holiest and most turbulent city. Walk with Peniel, the blind beggar who longs for rescue from his suffering. Peek into the lives of Susannah and Manaen, two lovers separated […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

  Today’s Top Ten Category on the Broke & the Bookish is Bookish/Blogging Confessions.  So, here are some confessions from yours truly: 1.  Trains and Tutus is not a book blog.  It’s just that I’ve kind of been obsessed about reading lately, so it’s what I blog about.  Remember all my gardening posts?  Yeah, my […]

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Monday Musings

I learned 5 minutes ago that my 10 year old’s feet just surpassed the size of her 13 year old sister’s.  Sigh. Just in case you haven’t heard me mention it before, planks are the DEVIL.  They are SO hard!!  When I complained on Facebook, my BFF (Mama Train) told me to flee the devil. […]

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Book Review: The Selection Trilogy

The Selection by Kiera Cass For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. […]

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Kids in the Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really been combatting the summer boredom with my kids this year.  Completely unrelated, I also got into a menu funk a few months ago and was just in a rut when it came to planning/cooking meals.  So, I came up with something that has killed two birds with […]

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Monday Musings

Hello friends! So, I am rocking it during the week staying on track with diet/exercise, but the weekends?  Not so much.  It seems like more often than not we eat out on Sundays, and I just am not as good at saying ‘no’ to snacky foods on the weekend.  Why is that?  Ugg.  Not that […]

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Book Review: Speak Love

Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie F. Downs You’ve heard, ‘Think before you speak’ a hundred times, and probably shrugged it off just like that other insightful phrase, ‘Your face will freeze like that if you’re not careful.’ But unlike a facial expression, our words do stick around. (Just think about middle school […]

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