Beat Holiday Weight Gain with These Simple Tips

Oh, how I miss my twenties and thirties.  Those were the days when I could eat Christmas cookies and not put on a single pound.  I didn't have to worry about how to beat holiday weight gain because my metabolism worked off all those extra calories without me lifting a finger to lose weight.  Now that I am in my forties, however, holiday weight gain is a real concern.  I am pretty sure I put on … [Read More...]

Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe

This Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe has been sponsored, but all opinions expressed here are my own. The one thing I do not have a lot of right now is time.  I have lists.  I have deadlines.  I have kids with colds.  I do NOT, however, have a lot of free time.   I'm sure you can totally understand where I'm coming from right now.  If you are pressed for time and hate cleaning up a … [Read More...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

How Many Gift Cards Does It Take to make 9000 tons of plastic?  Last week I headed over to my local Barnes & Noble book store to buy all of my children's teachers a small gift card in appreciation of all their hard work this year.  There are a lot of teachers...and music instructors and Girl Scout leaders and a bus driver to buy for so I ended up with quite a stack of gift cards and a very … [Read More...]

Green Mom Guilt: Perfect Dreams versus Stark Reality

From that first moment when you know for certain you are pregnant, you begin planning the details of how you will raise your child.  Will you stay home with your new baby or put them in daycare and go back to work?  Will you breast feed or bottle feed?  Do you believe in spanking or co sleeping?  There are a huge number of parenting issues to worry about even before the baby arrives.  Its no … [Read More...]

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank!

I spent some time this weekend looking for easy fall decorating ideas because I am about as far from Martha Stewart as you can possibly get.  It once took me three months to decide on a shower curtain for the bathroom.  I am just not great at picking out home decor items for my house.  Not  only do I not want to spend a lot of money but I also don't seem to like a lot of what I see in stores.  I … [Read More...]

Health Benefits of Massage and Taking Care of YOU

This post about the health benefits of massage was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central There are a number of health benefits of massage that can really help improve the lives of busy mom's (and DADS)!  Life is chaotic, especially around the holidays.  We bake, we shop, we chaperone classroom parties.  We work hard to pad the budget for Christmas … [Read More...]


Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar

At first as the weather cooled off and summer said goodbye, I was sad.  I would miss the fresh berries, watermelon, and ripe, red tomatoes.  But then … [Read More...]

Teriyaki Glazed Pork Belly Recipe with Jasmine Rice

A few years ago, my husband and I were on a motorcycle ride up to The Highlands of North Carolina and we stopped at a restaurant called Ruka's Table.  … [Read More...]

Baked Brie with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Italian Herbs

I have always been a lover of cheese...much to the dismay of my waistline!  Many years ago, I was introduced to brie as an appetizer recipe that a … [Read More...]

Triple Berry Jam Recipe using No Pectin and No Canning!

There are a few key items that I always keep in my pantry and jam is one of them.  Oh, may be called jelly, preserves, or fruit spread … [Read More...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe

Up until a few years ago, I really didn't have much experience with Thai food.  After discovering an amazing Thai restaurant right near my house, … [Read More...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of … [Read More...]

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Green Living

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank!

I spent some time this weekend looking for easy fall decorating ideas because I am about as far from … [Read More...]

5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider

I have decided to share a few green Thanksgiving tips with my readers.  WHY?  Because how many … [Read More...]

Our Frustrating Search for a Safe Nail Polish

I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails … [Read More...]

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Health Benefits of Massage and Taking Care of YOU

This post about the health benefits of massage was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an … [Read More...]

10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; … [Read More...]

7 Effective Natural Remedies for Chronic Pain

Natural remedies for chronic pain are not always as easy as just popping a pill.  I have been … [Read More...]

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DIY and Crafts

15 All Natural Sugar Scrub Recipes You Need to Try!

I finally broke down last week and turned the heat on.  I hated to do it....I was starting to enjoy … [Read More...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were … [Read More...]

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with Aloe and Essential Oils

I am not a huge fan of the over use of hand sanitizer but our society seems to be obsessed with the … [Read More...]

DIY Business Card Holder and Real Agent Guard are Must Haves For Real Estate Agents

This DIY business card holder and Real Agent Guard post has been sponsored by Acorn and Real Agent … [Read More...]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with reusing and repurposing things I find around my … [Read More...]

Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft and an Upcycled Garden Craft Roundup

When my son was younger, he was one of those kids that picked up EVERYTHING he found.  He would come … [Read More...]

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8 Plants that Bloom in Winter

In most areas of the country, winter is rather dreary.  A look out your window usually shows a … [Read More...]

Fall Vegetable Gardening: 5 Things To Plant Now

You probably look outside and see an abundance of tomatoes and cucumbers in your summer garden. … [Read More...]

10 Summer Garden Projects You Need to do NOW!

This summer garden project post has been sponsored by Mode but all opinions expressed here are my … [Read More...]

Tips to Improve Your Garden Photography for Instagram

Gardening in an interesting combination of exercise, food growing, and phycological cleansing.  … [Read More...]

How to Keep Animals Out of the Garden

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to discover a bunny in the back yard.  The dog was LESS than thrilled … [Read More...]

5 Edible Flowers for Your Backyard Garden

Edible flowers are a great way to add a burst of color to your food.  A bright yellow blossom in … [Read More...]

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Stand Up Paddleboarding at Morgan Falls Overlook Park

In an effort to squeeze just a few more fun outings from our summer, we decided to head out this … [Read More...]

Saint Augustine Distillery: Free Tours and an Ecofriendly Mission

My kids have been dying to spend a week at the beach so we headed down to Saint Augustine, Florida … [Read More...]

Callaway Gardens is a Beautiful Georgia Destination for Nature Lovers

This week is spring break for my kids and my husband took a few days off from work so we could spend … [Read More...]

Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road … [Read More...]

Go on a Beach Adventure this Fall! #GCFLnofilter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for IZEA. All opinions are … [Read More...]

Kentucky travel highlights from our recent vacation!

I recently hit the road with my family for a two week journey that took us from Atlanta, GA through … [Read More...]

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House, Home and Family

Managing Sports Teams and Clubs with TeamSnap

This post about managing sports teams and clubs has been sponsored by TeamSnap but all opinions expressed here are my own. Over the last 10 years I … [Read More...]

How to Go Green Without Going Broke

Earth Day has come and gone and maybe you stumbled across an article or two online about reducing your carbon footprint. The raw vegans insist that … [Read More...]

Green and Healthy Picnic Ideas for Summer

Today is my kids last day of school and I am torn between excitement and dread for the coming months.  I love those kids like you would not believe … [Read More...]

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