It's a Family Affair

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with many of my cousins. On Friday, I drove to New Jersey and enjoyed an afternoon including a facial, my first hot stone massage, and a fish & chips lunch with my cousin, This and That co-writer, Jasmine Ratliff. It was fun sharing a much-needed…

Giving Thanks

I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. If there is a goal I need to reach, or some affirmation I need to make, I can do that 365 days of the year. In the same way, I can’t afford to wait until Thanksgiving week to “be thankful.” I have been blessed beyond…

A New Look for This and That With Calandra!

Have you noticed anything different about This and That? Yes, we’ve redesigned our blog! We said goodbye to the dark background and HELLO to a bright, fresh page, complete with a banner and new slogan – “Be Beautiful…Be Healthy…Be You!” Feel free to let us know how you like the new look! NEW FEATURES! –…

Sometimes all it takes…

is apples.  Last weekend my family went apple-picking.  Being a fan of food and where it comes from I wanted my daughter to learn that apples come from trees, just like we showed her in May that strawberries can be picked off of low bushes.  But apples brought me back to North Carolina, where my…

Watching From a Distance

While on family vacation in Florida, I have been able to do something I rarely get to do these days – watch my children from a distance. I have a boy and girl, ages 5 and 3, respectively. When they aren’t in school, they spend all their time under the watchful eye of my husband…

Guest Post: We Are Family…?

Here’s another post from This and That’s new Contributor, Jasmine Ratliff… Calandra and I are cousins because my grandmother and her mother are sisters. I think technically that makes us second-cousins (she and my mom would be first) but regardless, we know the connection. In the past year, though, I found new family in unfamiliar…