Helpful and encouraging thoughts, stories, and home tips from seasoned Mom, Kim Skinner.

Why I Love to Speak

Do you have a sweet spot? Is there something that, whenever you partake, it electrifies your life and lifts your spirits? My sweet spot is to speak to women. Read more

Temperament Training Tips: How to Get Along!

Do you ever feel like it’s a dog-eat-dog world? Someone is always bossing you around or barking up your tree! It may help to understand the cause of all of the bossing and barking. Read more

Serenity and “Thinking Outside the Box”

Sometimes I feel like an old cow, paralyzed as I stare at a new fence post and open gate. I’m just so comfortable with familiar patterns of thinking that I get stuck. Do you? Read more

How Adaptable Are You?

No one wants to be rigid and inflexible. Becoming a “control freak” alienates us from others and produces unnecessary stress for us and everyone else around. Read more

Loneliness & Insecurity: The Same in 2nd Grade or College

Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in? I learned something this week during Vacation Bible School. We’re all WIERD in our own way, and our uniqueness makes us NEEDED! Read more

How NOT to Gross People Out

The first assault to my olfactory perception was Limburger cheese. On the lips of my stepfather, it was “a most evil and searching odor,” indeed, “a premeditated outrage of the organs of smell.” (I am quoting Mark Twain and John Luchsinger, but I whole-heartedly experienced it as they described.) Read more

Kim’s Favorite Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Perfect Peach Ice Cream

8 fresh peaches, peeled and thinly sliced and diced (even mashed if you prefer) – refrigerate

In large saucepan heat:

– 2 cups half-and-half cream (175 degrees)

Stir in:

– 3 1/2 cups sugar

– 3/4 teaspoon salt

Slowly add, whisking constantly:

– 6 eggs-beaten

Cook and stir over low heat until it reaches 160 degrees.

Remove from heat. Add:

– 4 cups heavy cream

– 2 teaspoons vanilla

Cover, cool and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2-3 hours)

Combine the custard with peaches. Freeze according to your freezer’s directions.

I let it “set up” in the ice cream freezer for 2-4 hours before serving. Read more

Emotional Intelligence and Bridging Cultural Barriers

Do you avoid eye contact with women who look different from you? Is it difficult to initiate a conversation when you are unsure whether or not you will be offensive? Misunderstood? Rejected? Read more

Smile Power: Why I Love Lucy

I grew up in the 1960’s and loved the reruns of the 1950’s black and white classic, “I Love Lucy.” Just the sight of her puts a smile on my face. Her crazy antics and hilarious expressions elicit courageous laughter, don’t they? Ever wonder why? Read more

Woman On a Ledge

Your eyes open. You knew but DIDN’T really KNOW… but now you see… Catch your breath… Collect your thoughts… You are a woman on a ledge. I’ve been there too.

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