Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta you will certainly not have trouble finding them.  Like most major cities, Atlanta is home to a number of tourist attractions.  From CNN and The World of Coke to the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, there is something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Atlanta.  But, what if you are looking for something a little less 'touristy'?  What if you want to get off the beaten track and find some really UNIQUE things to do in Atlanta?  Well, this weekend my husband and I toured a bit of Atlanta that not everyone gets to see! My husband and I are total foodies and very conscious of where that food is coming from.  When we are looking for restaurants in Atlanta, rarely do we choose to eat at a 'chain' … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they looked like the perfect balance between sweet and healthy. Chocolate dipped clementines are incredibly simple to make and require only 3 ingredients.  We almost always have clementines in my house because my children inhale them at an alarming … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids to NEVER Do These 5 Things!

Teach Your Kids to NEVER Do These 5 Things!

I have two teenagers whom I love dearly but I can honestly say that I am not generally fond of most kids.  This makes me sound like a horrible person but I have found that many kids (mine included!) have some habits which really grate on my nerves.  In my own kids, I can correct their bad behavior or at least punish them for things they know better than to do.  Other people tend to frown on non parental adults correcting their kids and maybe the things that annoy ME are totally allowed in your house.  In an effort to help society create children that do not annoy the crap out of other adults, here are a few things that I firmly believe you should NEVER teach your kids to do. And keep in mind that we teach our child every single day by our own actions. 5 Things You Should NEVER Teach … [Read more...]

How to Make Easter Fun for Kids

How to Make Easter Fun for Kids

Easter means different things to different people. Obviously if you are of the Christian denomination, Easter has significant religious meaning for you.  If you aren't the religious sort, maybe you just like Easter because you can gorge yourself on those decadent little creme filled chocolate eggs!  My family falls in both of those categories and while I feel the need to drag the kids to Easter church service, I also want to find ways to make Easter fun as well. How to Make Easter Fun for Kids My kids are teenagers but they still get a lot of enjoyment out of the things we have been doing since they were toddlers.  It puts a smile on their faces to see the same plastic Easter eggs and the same hot crossed buns on Easter morning.  If you are wondering how to make Easter fun for kids, here … [Read more...]

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

The information, products and giveaway prize in this Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe were provided by General Mills through Linqia. Some nights I have plenty of time to sit around while a whole chicken roasts in the oven and some nights I barely have time to throw a bowl of cereal down in front of a hungry kid.  While I love to cook from scratch, a busy schedule with two active teens doesn't always make that possible.  I have found, however, that the key to getting a healthy, homemade meal on the table every night of the week is GOOD PLANNING!  Look at your calender and figure out which nights you can cook.  On those nights, make double! Or, make a few extra meals for the freezer on a slow weekend.  Invest in a slow cooker and a few good cookbooks.  You CAN make a healthy meal for your … [Read more...]

Important Questions to Ask the High School Guidance Counselor

Important Questions to Ask the High School Guidance Counselor

My son is in high school this year and while he has always been a good student, I find myself worrying about whether we are doing the right things when it comes to getting into college.  It seems crazy that I have to worry about college admissions requirements at the age of 15 but the competition is fierce when it comes to getting into the school of your choice.  Unless we hit the lottery, my kids aren't going to  Yale but I at least want to know that they can get into a local state school without a problem! So, what do we need to do to make that happen?  I honestly have NO idea!  And that is where the high school guidance counselor comes in!  On my list of things to do next week is to call the high school and make an appointment to talk to the guidance counselor about the next few years.  … [Read more...]

Easy Valentines Day Craft Idea: Make 3D Paper Hearts!

Easy Valentines Day Craft Idea: Make 3D Paper Hearts!

I don't do a lot of decorating in my house for Valentines Day but I do try and get into the spirit of the holiday in small ways.  While I am not running out to Target to buy heart covered shower curtains or Cupid decorated plates, I do like to find an easy Valentines Day craft or two just for fun.  A few weeks ago I purchased some (affiliate link--->>>)  Valentines Day scrapbook paper and have been trying to decide what to do with it.  I came across an easy Valentines Day craft idea on Pinterest that I thought would be simple enough for even my 'uncrafty' self to accomplish!  All you need is a few simple supplies that can all be found online or at your local craft store.  It takes only minutes to make each of these 3 dimensional hearts and you can make them whatever size you … [Read more...]

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For most of the day I cruise along at full speed ahead and get stuff done quickly and efficiently.  I am a type A, high energy, slightly anal retentive type of person.  I have lists, plans, and work well with a deadline.  And then 3 PM hits and I crash hard!  Seriously, it's like if my body isn't moving in the late afternoon I feel this intense need for a nap!  I usually try to grab a cup of coffee and a healthy afternoon snack to help me refuel but I put together a healthy smoothie recipe that combines my coffee AND healthy afternoon snack all into one delicious drink! Protein is a great energy source so this smoothie recipe includes AllWhites® 100% liquid egg whites. … [Read more...]

How to Protect Your Bird Feeder From Squirrels

How to Protect Your Bird Feeder From Squirrels

This post contains affiliate links. Here in Georgia, we get many varieties of birds that live here year round.  There are also many migratory species that fly through on their way to or from their seasonal homes.  As a result, my husband and I are very diligent about keeping our bird feeders well stocked, even during the cold winter months.  I love looking out my window and seeing blue birds, tufted titmice and cardinals hopping about near our pond or hanging out on the bird feeders.  Then, every once in a while I discover someone ELSE hanging out at my bird feeder!  Ever look out your window and see a squirrel on the bird feeder?  Annoying, isn't it?  I know, they have to eat just like the rest of God's creatures but I don't want them decimating my bird seed stash in one day and they … [Read more...]

DIY Sensual Massage Oil and How to Give a Romantic Massage

DIY Sensual Massage Oil and How to Give a Romantic Massage

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and to be honest, my husband and I really don't do much to celebrate.  I don't want flowers that are going to die in a week or chocolate I will feel guilty eating.  After being together for 20 ish years, romance means totally different things to us now than it did when we were younger.  Romance is making sure we actually kiss each other good morning.  Maybe make time for a walk after dinner.  Or actually sit together in front of the fire place and watch TV together.  Yes, we are lame when it comes to romance but it works for us! The one thing my husband loves is a good massage so I thought this year I would make my own sensual massage oil and give him a romantic massage on Valentine's Day.  It's inexpensive and doesn't require that we fight the crowds … [Read more...]