How to Prepare for Company so Your Guests Feel at Home!

Fall is finally here and the holidays are fast approaching. Now is the season for visiting friends and family and you may be wondering how to prepare for company so they feel at home during their visit.  As much as I hate to think about it, the chaos of the holidays will be here very quickly!  Shopping, baking, wrapping and holiday parties are a lot of fun but add them to an already hectic schedule and you get one really stressed out mama.  One of the things I really enjoy about the holidays is having company to cook for but having house guests … [Read more...]

How to Make Nature Walks with Kids More Educational

Are you considering nature walks with kids this weekend? When my children were younger, we spent a lot of time outside.  Mainly because I was a stay at home mom and any mess they made outside was one that I didn't have to clean up.  They could also be loud, run around like maniacs and tire themselves out so they would take a good nap.  Outside time every day kept us all sane!  I was also very passionate about their education, even at a young age.  While I didn't home school, I made sure to find something that we could learn about every day.  … [Read more...]

10 Eco Friendly Date Ideas to Help Your Love Life Go Green!

Many, many years ago, I met a wonderful man who wooed me with flowers, cute little love notes, walks through town holding my hand, and other romantic yet simple gestures.  We weren't necessarily thinking about eco friendly date ideas.  We were just poor! We laughed, snuggled, and skipped a few classes while we relished our budding relationship.  Fast forward 25 years, 2 kids, a few jobs and a whole lot of stress and my husband and I have lost a bit of the romance we used to have in our relationship.   Weeks are long, the kids are annoying, the … [Read more...]

How to hike with kids and actually enjoy it!

Summer is drawing to a close and Fall will be sneaking in soon.  Once the days start to cool off, my husband and I enjoy finding time to head out into the woods for some quality hiking trips.  We had to learn years ago how to hike with kids since we have no family around to play babysitter for us.  And truthfully I WANT my kids out in nature with us.  Yes, hiking with kids isn't always as much fun as hiking with just adults.  They tend to be slower, louder, and more prone to tripping or getting hurt.  However, I am a firm believer in the idea … [Read more...]

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 have signed my children up for more activities than I can count.  When they were little, we joined the hoards of other suburbanites signing our kids up for soccer.  When they showed no aptitude for soccer, we moved on to everything from gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do to Ultimate Frisbee and Running Club.  We didn't just sign them up for sports activities, either....oh NO!  We had Boy Scouts, Girl … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area.  I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices.  The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend.  I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD.  I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at.  I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, … [Read more...]

Tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament

This post about Cutthroat Kitchen has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own.My husband and I love to watch the Food Network together and there are always great cooking shows on for us to watch.  We enjoy seeing hosts travel to far off lands to eat exotic foods, cook mainstream favorites in their own kitchen, and compete against each other in a brutal cooking competition.  One of our favorite TV food personalities has always been Alton Brown. We even have a few cookbooks of his and they have some great recipes in them!  Last … [Read more...]

Genealogy Tips: How to Start Researching Your Family Tree #surnameproject

These genealogy tips are brought to you by Ancestry.com but all opinions expressed here are my own.When I was young my father discovered the joys of genealogy.  What did that mean for me?  It meant that we went to every family reunion armed with paper and pencil to interview everyone that was willing to talk to him.  It mean that we spent a LOT of time wandering around old grave sites and doing rubbings and taking photos.  It meant that the basement started to gather a huge collection of old books and an impressive photography setup.  Dad … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

A Healthy Lunch with Friends and Lean Cuisine Honestly Good #EatHonestly #cbias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This healthy lunch shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.I really love working  from home but some days I find myself talking to the dog because it has just been too long since I interacted with other adults. So far the dog has yet to talk back to me, making our interactions rather uninteresting.   I remember when I was younger and working in a large research hospital .  There were meetings, lab lunches, and … [Read more...]

The Many Uses of the Ninja Mega Kitchen System! #sponsored

I received the Ninja Mega Kitchen System to review at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own.Back in June I attended BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas and had the chance to connect with Ninja Kitchen.  Being a serious foodie I was excited to learn more about their line of kitchen products and to see how they could be integrated into my own kitchen.  I was particularly interested in the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and when I was given the opportunity to review it I was beyond excited!  What is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System?  Consider … [Read more...]

Sun, Swimming, and Summer Fun with Snapple Iced Tea #Snapple5050

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop Snapple Iced Tea post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.My kids have been off from school for two months now and I am pretty sure that 90% of those days have been rainy.  Honestly, we have had so much rain the last couple of months that the garden is practically under water and the kids are going stir crazy.  What happens when teenagers don't get out of the house on a regular basis?  They drive me … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Thank the Military this 4th of July!

This conversation about how to thank the military this 4th of July is sponsored by Outback and Social Chorus but all opinions expressed are my own.When I was growing up, my father was in the Naval Reserves.  Some of my earliest memories if him include those shiny shoes, formal navy uniform and that flat topped white hat with the black brim.  He always looked so handsome in that uniform!  He was in the Naval Reserves for 25 years and I like to think that at some point during his service, someone stopped to say THANK YOU for the work he was … [Read more...]

Green Up Your Camping Routine! #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This post on how to green up your camping routine is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. Camping and hiking are two of my family’s favorite spring and summertime activities. I love getting back to nature, exploring the woods, cooking over a fire, and ignoring my cell phone every once in a while! Camping is a great way to teach children to appreciate nature and the importance of eco-friendly planning during trips. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few ways to reduce your … [Read more...]

Natural Fruit Bars Make Getting Healthy Oh So Sweet! #FreshNFruti #sponsored

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This natural fruit bars shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.I have mentioned many times over the years that I have a weakness for dessert.  Dinner usually includes a little something sweet at the end and when I find myself cruising the pantry for something to snack on,  my eyes are always drawn to sweets rather than the more healthy options in there.  Getting healthy can be difficult if you have a sweet … [Read more...]

Earth Day Craft Idea: Make a Tin Can Bird Feeder!

Earth Day is fast approaching and I am a huge fan of getting kids involved in our efforts to go green.  If you think about it, children are the future of this planet and if we do not teach them how to be good stewards of the Earth, it will not survive for THEIR children to enjoy.  This Earth Day craft idea is a great way to get kids involved in repurposing a tin can while also providing food for the birds in your yard.  You can try hanging the bird feeder from a suction cup on the outside of the window so that you can get an up close and … [Read more...]

Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

This post is sponsored by Piggy Paint but all opinions expressed are mine alone.This past Sunday was Easter and instead of spending it doing an egg hunt with my kids, I spent the morning at the doctor's office with a sick girl child.  Half way through church, she laid her head on my shoulder and a quick kiss to the forehead told me that she was coming down with something.  Word from the doctor was that she just had a nasty virus....nothing to do but go home and hunker down for a few days.  You know when your kid is sick enough to not be … [Read more...]