Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals  #BufferinBucketList

Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals #BufferinBucketList

I have always been a list making sort of girl. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of errands I need to run, and lists of things I want to accomplish for my blogs. Lists keep me organized, on task and help me achieve goals or just manage to make it through the grocery store without forgetting anything. Imagine my surprise when I got asked to make a bucket list for Bufferin and realized I have never made a bucket list! ME! The queen of list making has no list for long term goals I would like to achieve before I die. I find that completely shocking and rather unacceptable. How am I going to achieve my long term goals if I don't write them down somewhere? I HAVE long term goals....now I just needed to put them in writing. Where better to write down my bucket list items than on an actual … [Read more...]

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security  #GenworthUSA

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security #GenworthUSA

This discussion about the best holiday gifts has been brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential  but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are a special time of year and while I am often caught up in the chaos of shopping and baking I try to never forget the reason for the season. I have never been the type of person to ask for diamonds and fancy coats for Christmas.  I don't need a Lexus tied up in a bow or a trip to some exotic island.  Okay, the exotic island sounds like fun but only if I can climb volcanoes and dine with the natives!  One year my husband got me a toaster oven and honestly I was probably the happiest mom on the block that year!  While a lot of people are maxing out their credit cards on gifts for friends and family, I would like to ask you to take a … [Read more...]

The Importance of Family Traditions and the Welch’s #sharewhatsgood Photo Contest

The Importance of Family Traditions and the Welch’s #sharewhatsgood Photo Contest

This family traditions post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Family traditions are a great way to make memories that your children will keep for a lifetime.  They don't have to be complicated....sitting down to dinner every night can be a family tradition all by itself.  Wikipedia defines family traditions as a collection of attitudes and ideas that a person inherits from his/her parents and ancestors.  I sat down to dinner every night with MY parents...and have passed that tradition on to my children.  Think you can't make family dinner time work? Check out my tips for a successful family dinner  for a few suggestions.  Maybe your family … [Read more...]

Tips for a Successful Family Dinner and McCain Potato Contest

Tips for a Successful Family Dinner and McCain Potato Contest

This family dinner post is sponsored by McCain Potatoes and Mom Central but all opinions expressed here are my own. Growing up many years ago, family dinner was very important in my house.  My dad didn't get home til after 6 but we always sat down to eat dinner together.  You did not answer the phone, read a book, listen to the radio or get distracted by anything else during the family dinner.  You ate and you talked to your family.  Fast forward 30 years and now I am just as adamant about the sanctity of the family dinner as my mom and dad were.  My kids know that they cannot answer the phone or have their music playing while we eat.  The hardest one to convert to the family dinner rules was actually my husband.  During March Madness we seriously fought like cats and dogs about turning … [Read more...]

Long Distance Care Giving for Elderly Parents #GenworthUSA

Long Distance Care Giving for Elderly Parents #GenworthUSA

This discussion about long distance care giving is brought to you by Genworth Financial and Brandfluential but all opinions expressed are my own. My grandmother is 93 years old and up until a few years ago she was quite active and independent.  She was the type of grandmother who went on trips to the casino rather than baking cookies and had loads of energy.  Age and 2 broken hips have slowed her down quite a bit and last year my parents finally had to make the decision to put her in a nursing home.  It was a hard decision for them to make, especially since they live 4 hours away from her and wouldn't be able to spend much time visiting with her.  The whole situation has gotten me thinking about what *I* am going to do when my parents get too old to live on their own.  I live a 2 days … [Read more...]