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.

10 Great Podcasts for Kids & Families

Taking a roadtrip? Or maybe just driving to town over and over again for errands? I completely understand being desperate for peace. I have spent hours searching for something entertaining and educational that ISN'T...

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...
School supplies

7 Must-Have Supplies for Back to School

Back to school time always makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I love newly sharpened pencils, new backpacks, school clothes and supplies shopping and all the preparation that comes with a new school year....

Featured Recipe: Old Glory Berry Pie

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I have childhood memories of a small town parade, followed by a pancake breakfast, and ending the day with small town fireworks at the park and...
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. ...