Valerie was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas but spent many years living in Colorado, Florida and Ohio. She is thrilled to be back in Texas again with her husband Paul and their daughter, Sofia. She is a board certified music therapist and a Music Together® director and teacher in the Waco area. She loves coffee, animals, teaching, scrapbooking, baking and listening to records.

Waco Local Eateries

Waco may not be a metroplex like Dallas-Ft. Worth or Houston or Austin, but that doesn't mean we have a lack of great local eateries to choose from!  My family and I moved here...
ALS Awareness

My Story: ALS Awareness Month

  ALS is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. In 1939, Lou Gehrig announced his retirement from the New York Yankees. He was only 36 years old as he told the crowd about his ALS diagnosis. He said, “For...
Healthy Habits

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Your Home

The Google definition for the word "habit" is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.  A habit often reminds me of something that is negative like...
Time for your spouse

4 Ways to Find Time for Your Spouse

I'm pretty sure my husband is laughing as he sees this topic because he knows how hard it is for me to find time for him with all the things, and little people, that...

Guide to Trunk or Treat In & Around Waco

When it comes to Trunk or Treat 2021, the Waco area has several options!   They are listed by date.  Check them out, and don't forget to share all that candy with your kids too....

Make Meaningful Thanksgiving Memories

  In preparation for this blog, I asked my Facebook friends, "What are your most memorable Thanksgiving traditions from your childhood?"  I was looking for answers that would give me some really cool activity ideas...

We need to give ourselves a huge dose of mama grace

We need to give ourselves a huge dose of mama grace. We talk so much about giving other people grace, especially other mothers when we see their kid throwing a fit at the store. ...

50 Great Books for Ages 1-6

One of the best ways to create memories with your child is through reading.  Bedtime reading is a popular way to sneak in a few books during your time with the kids.  But don't...

Choosing to change instead of crumble

From great pain comes great change.  At least that is what I have experienced in my time on earth.  I used to believe that life would be bliss most of the time with a...

Give me SPACE!

Making friends is complete torture for me. Not because I don't want friends, but because "making" them is really difficult. Getting past the whole acquaintance waiting period is painful. I'm a solid introvert. So...