Teen Fashion: Encourage your child’s individuality with JCPenney! #ThatsMyKid

Teen Fashion: Encourage your child’s individuality with JCPenney! #ThatsMyKid

This post about teen fashion has been sponsored by JCPenney but all opinions expressed here are my own. Some days I look at my 12 year old daughter and wonder how in the world I was lucky enough to be blessed with such an amazing child.  From the time she was young she somehow managed to strike a balance between "down to earth" and "creatively dreamy".  She is the girl who would go camping with her brother's Boy Scout pack and catch frogs...then come home and paint her nails.  She was always the first one to the top of the mountain trail....even if she was carrying her baby doll in a tiny sling over her shoulder.  She can master the frilly skirt look but is just as comfortable in jeans and hiking boots.  That's my kid!  She has confidence, style and a take charge attitude and I really … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe

DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe

Last week my son was complaining because he thought his feet were ugly.  He's 14 and has reached that awkward phase of adolescence where he's self conscious of every single part of his body.  In an effort to improve his foot image and have a little mother/son bonding time I suggested a pedicure.  He tried to convince me that feet really did not NEED regular maintenance.  I assured him that everyone should be putting a little effort into their feet now and then even if they weren't going around sporting hot pink polish and toenail art. Hopefully one day his future wife will thank me for this advice.  We used up the last of my lemon and rosemary salt scrub so today I decided to make a new sugar scrub highlighting a few fall scents so we can do it again next week. Pumpkin is incredibly … [Read more...]

Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips #IBBakesWell

Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips #IBBakesWell

This outdoor entertaining post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we move from summer into fall you would think that opportunities for outdoor entertaining would be disappearing, right?  Well, here in Georgia we actually don't do much outdoor entertaining in the summer.  Mainly because it's hot and humid all summer!  Not to mention that swarms of mosquitoes are just waiting to bite my bare legs!  I firmly believe that fall is the absolutely BEST season for outdoor entertaining.  The weather in the evenings is cool enough to allow for a fire in the fire pit and it still stays light late enough that we aren't stumbling around in the dark trying to eat dinner. If you are planning a little bit of outdoor entertaining this fall, here are a few tips to make your … [Read more...]

Fig jam is easy to make with no canning required!

Fig jam is easy to make with no canning required!

Fig jam isn't something you normally see when you stroll down the peanut butter and jelly isle at the grocery store.  In fact, I am pretty sure I have never actually had fig jam in my entire life.  Other than Fig Newtons I don't know that I have ever even eaten a fig!  Ok, maybe once as an appetizer at a friend's house?  I have certainly never bought them myself because, quite honestly, I have never come across one at the grocery store.  But, I was at the farmer's market last weekend and low and behold there was a guy there selling figs! My husband has been trying to convince me to put in a few fruit trees for years.  One of the fruits he come back to time and time again is the fig.  Did you know that figs were one of the first plants cultivated by humans?  How crazy is that?  And … [Read more...]

Consignment Sale Tips from a Veteran Shopper

Consignment Sale Tips from a Veteran Shopper

When my husband and I moved to the Atlanta area 15 years ago I was 7 months pregnant with my first child.  My husband was fresh out of graduate school, we had no family or friends here and  I was unemployed.  In other words...we were broke and about to become even MORE broke since we had absolutely nothing for the baby yet.  I discovered the beauty of the consignment sale out of sheer necessity.  No way could we afford new stuff for our soon to arrive bundle of joy!  And since I had no plans on going back to work after the baby was born we wouldn't be buying much of anything that was new for quite a few years. I shopped my first consignment sale 15 years ago and have been shopping at them every single year since.  Sure, we make more money now.  I COULD buy my kids new clothes and I do on … [Read more...]