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Shopping at DICKS Sporting Goods and Supporting Youth Sports

This post has been sponsored by DICKS Sporting Goods but all opinions expressed here are my own. Christmas is coming up faster than I can deal with and I am in full shopping mode this week.  Gifts for kids, my husband, my parents and for a needy family at our church are on my shopping list and I found a ton of great ideas at DICKS Sporting Goods this weekend.  Since fitness, health, and exploring the outdoors are all high on my list of great ways to spend your free time, I was really … [Read More...]

10 Uses for Coffee Mugs When They Are Taking Over Your Cabinets!

Over the years, I have acquired a whole lot of coffee mugs. I got them from students when I taught preschool, as gifts from friends and family, and they come in sets of dishes when I really only needed the plates and bowls.  Now I find myself looking for creative uses for coffee mugs because my cabinets are overflowing with too many mugs!  Since I pretty much only use one or two a day, this leaves … [Read More...]

Give a New Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) for a Gift!

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, PLEASE give a new puppy care package on Christmas day and not the actual puppy. My husband and I both had dogs as children so when we moved in together after college we immediately starting talking about getting a puppy.  Granted, getting a German Shepherd puppy in an apartment was probably not the wisest choice but we soon found a house with a … [Read More...]

Olloclip Photo Lens for iPhone Macro Photography

Since I started blogging, I have become quite a passionate photographer.  I seem to take my DSLR camera everywhere to take photos of my family, nature, and (of course) food!  My husband recently got me an Olloclip photo lens for my iPhone as an anniversary gift and I have started realizing that my DSLR is only seeing 'the big picture' when it comes to photography.  I wanted to share my experience … [Read More...]

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub with Cranberries and Orange Zest

I have been swamped with work and a mile long to do list for the last several weeks.  I am looking forward to taking a few days off this week to spend time with out of town friends.  There is nothing I like more than feasting on the smells and tastes of the holiday season.  A glass of spiked egg nog while I take a hot bath or this easy homemade sugar scrub with cranberries and orange zest will … [Read More...]

Holiday Budget Tips for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

Are you pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips? The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a serious amount of shopping.  Gifts for friends and family members, holiday baking supplies, wrapping paper and pretty clothes for Christmas Eve church service are all on my list of things to buy this year.  I will be shelling out an awful lot of money over the coming … [Read More...]

Cooking

Decadent German Chocolate Brownies Recipe

I just finished making this German chocolate brownies recipe and seriously don't think I can wait … [Read More...]

Pumpkin Ginger Snaps with Chewy Crystallized Ginger Chips

As I sit here typing up this recipe, I am truly amazed that any of these pumpkin ginger snaps … [Read More...]

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe: 10 Minutes Start to Finish!

What do you do when you have a huge fruit bowl full of apples but are craving something sweet?  You … [Read More...]

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Parenting

Tips for Car Shopping for Busy Parents of New Teen Drivers

This discussion about tips for car shopping has been sponsored by Capital One but all opinions expressed here are my own. Several months ago, my … [Read More...]

A Mom’s Take on Raising an Introverted Child

For 16 years I have been raising an introverted child and it is just as stressful for me now as it was when they were toddlers. Many years ago, my … [Read More...]

Online Safety for Teenagers Presents Unique Challenges

Keeping my kids safe online when they were young was pretty easy.  The computer is in the living room and they had no cell phones or other electronic … [Read More...]

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Crafts & DIY

DIY Skin Moisturizing Spray with Rosemary and Glycerin

I held out for as long as I could but we finally had to turn the heat on last week.  It's no wonder that I went looking for skin moisturizing spray … [Read More...]

Easy Thankful Tree Craft to Remember What Matters Most

Well, the chaotic presidential election of 2016 is over and I must admit that I am not all that pleased with the results.  I find myself getting … [Read More...]

Make This Pumpkin Spice Playdough Recipe for the Littlest Trick or Treaters!

Have you ever opened the door on Halloween night only to find an adorable baby with a plastic bucket in hand? This pumpkin spice playdough recipe is … [Read More...]

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Entertainment & Technology

Review of Me Before You Movie and an Emotional Movie Night with My Daughter

Last night was movie night with my teen daughter since the boys were out enjoying a rock concert for the evening.  I decided to share my review of Me … [Read More...]

The Best Buy Tech Home Takes Suburban Life High Tech

This post about the Best Buy Tech Home has been compensated, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. The reviewer has been compensated in the … [Read More...]

FX Better Things: The Full Motherhood Experience In One Funny TV Show

This post about FX Better Things has been sponsored by FX Networks and Better Things, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Have … [Read More...]

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Life in the Burbs

10 Uses for Coffee Mugs When They Are Taking Over Your Cabinets!

Over the years, I have acquired a whole lot of coffee mugs. I got them from students when I taught preschool, as gifts from friends and family, and … [Read More...]

Give a New Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) for a Gift!

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, PLEASE give a new puppy care package on Christmas day and not the actual puppy. My husband and I … [Read More...]

Holiday Budget Tips for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

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Shopping, Style and Beauty

10 Easy Winter Care Tips for Hands

Now that the weather is getting chilly, are your hands looking a little rough around the edges?  These winter care tips for hands might be just the … [Read More...]

What is the Secret to Eternal Youth? (When Beauty Becomes an Obsession….)

What is the secret to eternal youth?  What exactly is 'youth' anyhow? Is it how you look or how you feel?  I hit 40 a few years ago and all of a … [Read More...]

How to Care for Feet That Work Out Regularly

Thank you to AmLactin for sponsoring this conversation about how to care for feet.  All opinions are my own. After a relatively lazy summer, I am … [Read More...]

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