Before I was an accountant, I was the daughter of a math teacher.  You could just imagine my younger days, as a humble math prodigy, with a busy schedule of winning math competitions, solving the latest algebra problems  with my fellow geeky friends, arguing math hypothesis with my dad…. Well, thatContinue Reading

As we drove off from my mother-in-law’s house, I remarked to my husband that his mom’s garden was lovely.  Of course, her gardening skills were top notch. “I wish I had a green thumb”, I sighed, to which he replied, “Why don’t you just paint it green?” As he roaredContinue Reading

WAKE-UP CALL You know what’s the best way to kick off the new year? Realizing that your lifestyle of ‘modest’ spending last year was a load of baloney. You thought you were saving…but you’ve just been fooling yourself. You came up with your own personal budget, full of great intentions.  Yes!Continue Reading

When I set up Christmas advent calendars for my kids, they tend to be focused on activities. Today’s activity is writing a letter to your sibling.  I thought it would be fun to create not only blank templates for these but also a creative Fill-in-the-Blanks activity as well. I can’tContinue Reading

THE LAZY MAKEUP MOVEMENT Have you looked in the mirror recently?  It’s been a scary thing for me since I hit 40 this year. Since that fateful event, I’ve been running out on my errands without even taking a peek at my (almost!) middle-aged mug.  I’m failing to catch theContinue Reading

Have your school notices started coming home yet? You know, the ones from the nurse’s office, informing you of the latest seasonal illness circulating in your child’s classroom? You picture that snot-nosed kid who started it all, with his juicy sneezes spewing cold germs on every surface, including your child’sContinue Reading

I know you’re curious.  Or is that mild amusement?  Have I finally lost my marbles? Why make your own checker board game? Because you can – it’s an easy project. It’s unique and adorable. You can customize it for different seasons/holidays. These board games make interesting gifts. They are an excitingContinue Reading

Try this quick and easy way to finally organize your games and bring the fun wherever you go!

  PLEASE USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE Are you ready to face your family? Summer has sailed and Halloween is a blur.  What stretches before us is the trifecta of festive family gatherings: Thanksgiving, Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanza) and New Year’s celebrations. It’s time to put away those phones and mingle. Prepare forContinue Reading

Design Your Own Toy Mat - it's easy!

When I was a kid, I learned not to question the mysterious garbage bags my parents brought home. They would pull the heavy, misshapen bundles out of their trunk, one by one, and drop them onto the shaggy carpet of our family den.  They issued specific instructions not to touchContinue Reading

Simply Zal's Fitness Series

ZANTHA MOTIVATES ZALEINA “When are you going to try this class with me, Zaleina?!” my co-worker Zantha yelled to me at least once a day.  She was young, slim and immaculately dressed.  She had handwriting that I wished for, so I could turn it into a new font – tryContinue Reading

Halloween Party Favor Treats - non-food

“Mom, can we get Skelly from the basement?” my son breaks through my daydreams as I pull into the driveway.  “Skelly’s just for Halloween” I reply.  Another drive home with yet another request from him.  “Mom, we need some Halloween decorations!”, he yells from the back seat.  “Son.  It’s September.Continue Reading

Binder for Child's School Papers

My son scatters the contents of his Take-Home folder on the dining table faster than a low-flying bird taking care of business over unsuspecting pedestrians.  I need a moment to breathe. I make my way over to the source of my frustration (surprisingly, not my son) and take a queasyContinue Reading