‘National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness’ Answers the Questions We Should Ask, but Don’t [REVIEW]

Henry and Heather

Henry is one happy pooch… especially when his mommy takes him for a walk. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

You guys know we are huge animal lovers. We’ve both had so many pets over the years that we can barely keep track of all of them. But as any pet parent knows, there are times when you simply have questions. Should I buy a purebred or adopt from a shelter? How much food should my fluffy friend actually eat? Do animals have allergies too? Now you don’t have to wait to take your family pet to the veterinarian to get answers. National Geographic has a great new book every family with a four-legged friend should own, the Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness by Dr. Gary Weitzman. Read more of this post

‘Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel’ is Fueled by Heart and Hope [REVIEW]

Italian Hotel

Can an old hotel restore damaged lives to their former glory? (Photo by heartburn, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerA famed artist stricken with dementia. A shell-shocked soldier. And a wife at the end of her rope. When an old hotel draws them together, will it be able to repair the lives time has sought to destroy? Find out in James Markert’s latest spellbinding novel, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel.  Read more of this post

Garlic Roasted Potatoes [RECIPE]

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Coated with herbs and garlic, these roasted potatoes will wish you’d made more than just one batch! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Potatoes. There’s countless ways to make them, but one of my favorite ways has to be to roast these bad boys. It’s a quick and easy recipe, and best of all they cook in the oven while you work on getting the main dish ready on the stove top. Talk about multitasking! Read more of this post

The Right Way to Buy and Store Fish

New Bedford Working Waterfront

Fresh fish is readily available in New Bedford, Mass., the top producing fishing port in America. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Flickr)

Having lived on the coast, we are picky when it comes to seafood. In Massachusetts, we got really spoiled because New Bedford is still the top producing port in the U.S. when it comes to commercial fishing revenue, according to NOAA, so there was never a shortage of fresh-off-the-boat scallops, monkfish, lobster, summer flounder, black sea bass, and more. Now that we are back in Texas, finding quality seafood is a chore. However, that doesn’t mean it is impossible! So here’s the 4-1-1 on what you should know no matter where you buy your fish, and a few tricks on how best to store it when you do. Read more of this post

Explore the Hidden Fears that Make Us Human in ‘Beautiful Bad’ [REVIEW]

A kiss

How could the perfect marriage go so horribly wrong? (Photo by Vee, Flickr)

There are so many things that make Maddie afraid. And yet, that isn’t the face she shows to the public. Most people look at her husband and child and think she has the perfect life. Yet perfection is usually only in the eye of the beholder. After all, even the most precious gems are liable to crack under the right amount of pressure. Find out what makes Maddie go off the rails in Annie Ward’s Beautiful Bad.  Read more of this post