I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Buddha Board

I found a small Buddha Board in a tiny eastern themed shop somewhere in North Carolina when my mother was still a professor at ECU.  I am pretty sure I only had Ella at the time and I may or may not have been pregnant with Gabriel yet.  My point is that this little toy was under $20 and has survived three kids and lots of play time over the last 5 years.  This is one toy that I can highly recommend as being worth the money and space to store it.  It has given my kids countless hours of fun and entertainment and they all are still as entranced watching the board dry so they can start over again as they were the first time they used it.  Best of all the only added materials you need are a paint brush and water so it is virtually mess free.

This is one perfect toy for young toddlers and up.




Rach said...

I believe I may have to get this for Beanie. I pinned it to remember. Thanks for sharing it!

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