Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock.  I am a LifeLock ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. For the last 2 weeks I have spent a great deal of time planning my family's upcoming vacation.  5 states, two weeks, and a whole lot of miles in the car with 2 teenagers.  I think we may be just a tad bit insane.  If not, I can guarantee we will be by the time we get back from this road trip!  Since I leave nothing to chance, I made our hotel reservations over the phone for the places I know we want to stop at along the way.  I have an itinerary planned out already for sights we want to see, restaurants we want to eat at and we are ready to go.  The one thing I will NOT be leaving behind is my wallet....unfortunately this trip will not be cheap and I … [Read more...]

10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

This post about how to survive a long distance road trip has been sponsored by Poise and Social Stars.  All opinions expressed here are my own. #PoisewithSAM My husband and I are in the midst of planning a long distance road trip.  We will be taking 2 weeks to visit an assortment of friends and family that are scattered between 5 different states.  Needless to say, a road trip of this size requires a significant amount of planning. Think along the lines of a military invasion of an enemy country!   It is a bit hectic but we have made similar trips almost every year since the kids were babies.  Living far from family means that a road trip is often the only way you get to see anyone!  So, throughout the years I have come to realize that there are certain things that every mom needs to … [Read more...]

Glamping: What is it and where should you go?

Glamping: What is it and where should you go?

This post about glamping has been sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek, but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was in college at the University of New Hampshire, I joined the Outing Club. I had never been camping a day in my life but it sounded like fun. I had a blast exploring the White Mountains over the next few years. These were some serious outdoors type people; we would hike 8 miles into the woods just to get to a tent platform, and we had to carry our own water, and pack out our trash. Then there was that 3 AM incident with the bear.... Fun, yes, but also very challenging. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that while I enjoy nature, my back doesn't do so well sleeping on the hard ground any more! Have you discovered the same thing? This is where a new … [Read more...]

Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip

Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's travel tips.  All opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I live far away from our family which makes visiting them a bit complicated.  We could travel by plane across half the United States but honestly, have you checked out the cost of air fare recently?  It is ridiculous!  So, instead of flying we usually embark on a two week long car trip which allows us to visit both sides of the family plus a number of friends all in one long vacation adventure.  For those of you who have never spent two weeks in a car traveling thousands of miles it is not easy to plan.  In fact, I think military battles require less planning and precision than our trips from Georgia to Vermont and back again!  We have been making this trip every couple of years … [Read more...]

Aladdin Southern Style Luncheon at Piedmont Estate in Atlanta #AladdinMason

Aladdin Southern Style Luncheon at Piedmont Estate in Atlanta #AladdinMason

Many thanks to Mom Trends, Party Bluprints and Aladdin PMI for sponsoring the Atlanta luncheon.  As a thankyou for attending and writing about the event I will receive products and promotional items from the sponsors. It's not every day that I manage to get into Atlanta but occasionally I step outside of my little suburban bubble to enjoy a little bit of upscale socializing.  Last week I was thrilled to be invited to attend a southern style luncheon at the Piedmont Estate in Buckhead, Atlanta.  The folks at Mom Trends, along with Aladdin PMI and Party Blueprints invited a number of bloggers to enjoy an afternoon of southern style food and good company.  The afternoon's festivities were to celebrate the arrival of the new Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection. Aladdin Southern … [Read more...]