How to Make Your Ipad Run Faster (a guide for the NON techy person!)

How to Make Your Ipad Run Faster (a guide for the NON techy person!)

I pretty much live on my iPad...to the point where I can feel the heart palpitations starting when I cannot locate it.  I have it synced up to 7 email accounts and it holds 5 years worth of ebooks that I may never read again but don't want to lose.  My iPad is how I find the phone number to just about every place I have ever visited and it keeps me busy in the carpool lane when I need to kill 20 minutes waiting for my daughter. However, my beloved iPad is starting to show it's age and I find myself getting more and more frustrated with it's inability to work as quickly as it used to.  I have suffered in silence for a year until yesterday.  It should not take 3 minutes to load Facebook on my iPad, right?  I went in search of a solution and learned a ton of tips on how to make your iPad run … [Read more...]

Onion Ring Salad Recipe with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette  #SpringIntoFlavor

Onion Ring Salad Recipe with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette #SpringIntoFlavor

This Onion Ring Salad Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias Have you ever opened up a classic French cookbook and checked out some of the recipes in there?  Know what you will find?  A REALLY long list of ingredients.  I am not a huge fan of really long ingredients lists...in my recipes OR in my food! I just don't have time for complicated most days!  Simplicity is my main goal when it comes to getting dinner on the table.  Healthy and natural are right up there, too, and of course it helps if my family actually likes the food I make for them.  Today I am sharing my onion ring salad recipe that uses Alexia Onion Rings.  This is a quick, simple and very elegant looking presentation that … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Teens About Underage Drinking #ABFamilyTalk

How to Talk to Teens About Underage Drinking #ABFamilyTalk

I am participating in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own. Children are naturally inquisitive creatures.  They ask an assortment of questions ranging from 'why is the sky blue' to 'why do farts smell'.  Yes, I have a boy.....I'm not sure girls ask as many questions about bodily functions as boys do!  As kids get older, they start asking harder questions.  'How are babies made' and 'Why do the other kids pick on me?'.  As parents, we need to learn to give educated, thoughtful and meaningful answers to the questions our children ask us.  However, there are some questions that they will never ask.  THOSE are the questions that … [Read more...]

Summer Skin Care Made Easy with DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner

Summer Skin Care Made Easy with DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner

There are a lot of things that I enjoy about summer.  I love the sun coming up early to motivate me to wake up and get moving.  I love summer evenings spent at our local ice cream shop.  Days at the pool, weekend camping trips, and Popsicles rate pretty high up there, too.  What do I DISLIKE about summer?  That's pretty easy...the heat, the sweating, and the constant battle with my skin!  Summer skin care can be challenging! Well, I am up to the challenge and I put together this easy Rosemary Mint Facial Toner to improve my summer skin care routine! The biggest problem I have during the summer is that my face tends to be rather oily compared to my dryer, winter skin. The constant sweating, combined with regular application of sunscreen has a tendency to clog pores.  And when pores … [Read more...]

Italian Baked Spinach and Egg Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Italian Baked Spinach and Egg Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Am I the only person who goes onto Pinterest looking for healthy recipes and then gets sidetracked by things like caramel brownies and fried icecream?  Here I am...just looking at beautiful images of salads and grilled seafood and then WHAM! I am drooling over espresso cupcakes or some such thing. Well, I finally conquered by Pinterest ADD!  I headed over there a few days ago for creative ways to get more dark, leafy greens in my diet and discovered a baked spinach and egg recipe that actually had me drooling! I have been trying hard to eat more dark, leafy greens but honestly, it is incredibly hard to find ways to serve them that don't totally make me want to just skip eating completely.  I have been drinking green smoothies several times a week and putting spinach and arugula on … [Read more...]

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty than sunny and tan. Sorry, maybe that's weird!  Our love of the outdoors did not stop once we had kids.  We threw the baby in a backpack and continued hiking up mountains.  The kids have hit those fun teenage years (yeah...that is sarcasm there!) and we struggle to get them out into the woods with us occasionally. Hiking with teens is a challenge.  They enjoy it...deep down in the pit of their souls...I know they do.  But, they are sloth like, lazy creatures with an unnatural obsession with YouTube videos and Instagram.  But, my husband and I continue to make them join us on our occasional … [Read more...]

20 Creative Uses for Orange Peels

20 Creative Uses for Orange Peels

I am always trying to get my kids to eat more fruit and one of their favorites is oranges.  I go through a bag of those little clementines in only a few days, leaving me with millions of leftover orange peels.  Usually I just throw them in the compost bin but recently I have been wondering if there are other uses for orange peels that I might be missing.  Nature created this amazing little fruit wrapper....might as well figure out a few creative things to do with it right?  These uses for orange peels can probably be applied to most citrus fruits.  If you eat a lot of grapefruit, limes or lemons, you can probably substitute those as well.  If you have any other uses for orange peels that I have missed please leave me a comment!  I'm sure I will have a few more to use up when the kids get … [Read more...]

Bourbon Blueberry Sauce for a Simply Decadent Gelato Topping

Bourbon Blueberry Sauce for a Simply Decadent Gelato Topping

This bourbon blueberry sauce recipe is part of a #TurkeyHillGelato sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own. I am a firm believer in the idea that simple is better.  Simple, uncluttered living is the key to a low stress life.  Simple gifts are often the most meaningful.  And a simple ingredient list usually means a higher quality food product.  I am all about simple ingredients when it comes to our food.  I don't want complicated chemical names or a bunch of numbers and symbols.  Simple ingredients just taste better.  When I got the chance to try out the new Turkey Hill Dairy all natural gelato I was intrigued!  I have never met a frozen dessert I didn't like so this project was right up my alley!  To go along with my simply decadent gelato, I … [Read more...]

Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Now that the pollen has finally been (mostly!) washed away, I am ready to start getting my patio ready for spring.  I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few  new plants to add a pop of color.  Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table.  Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus.  Of course, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorating my patio.  I have enough things to spend my hard earned pennies on, right?  However, I found a simple DIY to create terra cotta coasters for less than $10 for a set of 6.  I thought that was a pretty frugal craft to help bring a touch of color to my patio so I decided to … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Yogurt Cups

Creative Ways to Reuse Yogurt Cups

My children go through a ridiculous amount of yogurt.  every week at the grocery store I must spend 15 minutes just picking out new flavors and brands for them to try.  Breakfast, lunch, smoothies, and dips are all great ways to include more yogurt in your diet.  The more  yogurt you eat, the more  yogurt cups I have to recycle.  I have tried making my own to eliminate the plastic waste but my kids just don't like it as much.  Homemade yogurt just seems to be less rich, creamy and flavorful than the stuff I buy at the store.  Recycling these old yogurt cups is good...but finding new ways to reuse yogurt cups is even better.  If you have a family full of yogurt fans and need to find creative ways to reuse yogurt cups, here are a few that I have come up with. I have included affiliate links … [Read more...]