Tailgating Essentials for Fall Sports Fans #BBNshops

Tailgating Essentials for Fall Sports Fans #BBNshops

This list of tailgating essentials has been provided by Boombox network but all opinions expressed are my own. This year I am suddenly the mother of a highschooler.  I was well prepared for an early morning bus pickup, a new schedule, and the trials and tribulations of my son making new friends.  What I was NOT prepared for, however, was highschool football.  All of a sudden, now that I have a highschool kid, I am expected to show an interest in highschool football.  I was in the band in highschool and attended every SINGLE highschool football game at my school for many years.  I swore I would have nothing else to do with highschool football ever again but I find myself in the bleachers anyhow while my kids hang around and socialize with their friends.  Lucky me!  So many of my friends … [Read more...]

10 Things You Should do NOW to Get Ready for Christmas

10 Things You Should do NOW to Get Ready for Christmas

These Christmas tips have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we merrily roll into fall and plan our children's Halloween costumes, I would like to remind you that there are only 64 days left until Christmas.  Freak you out just a little bit there?  As soon as Halloween passes us by, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then all you have to do is blink and Christmas is here! I, for one, am nowhere near ready for it!  It always amazes me how quickly we move from summer vacation to the first day of school and then the chaos of the holidays plows us right over.  This year, though, I am determined to be ready for it!  I am making my 'to do' list early so that when Christmas gets here I can sit back and enjoy it.  If you would like to take charge of your … [Read more...]

Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock

Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock

I received a copy of Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock at no charge to facilitate my review but all opinions expressed here are my own. As the mother of incredibly inquisitive teens with the attention span of gnats, we are huge fans of all the Ripleys Believe it or Not books.  They are chock full of amazing photos and unbelievable facts.  It is also laid out so that the book can be read a page or two at a time or just opened up right to the middle and enjoyed in whatever order you want!  The newest Ripleys Believe it or Not book is called Reality Shock and if you have curious kids that need something to keep them busy, this is definitely a great choice! Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock Title: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Subtitle: Reality Shock Author:  Ripley's … [Read more...]

What does a middle aged marriage look like?

What does a middle aged marriage look like?

42 is kindof a rough age.  Grey hairs are starting to pop up on my head, my metabolism can barely manage to burn off salad, and some days I have the energy level of a sloth.  Work, kids, hormones, and financial responsibility can wreak havoc on a middle aged woman.  And, of course, what effects a middle aged woman also effects her spouse and her marriage.  As I look around at my friends, family, and co workers I see more and more middle aged couples getting a divorce and I always wonder WHY.  What changed from the time those people got married to the moment someone said 'Let's get divorced'.  Because lets face it...statistics suck right now in terms of whether or not a marriage will last.  And seeing couples I know heading to their lawyers makes me worry about the sanctity of my own … [Read more...]

Need More Coffee?  Head to RaceTrac and Get it FREE!   #CrazyGoodCoffee

Need More Coffee? Head to RaceTrac and Get it FREE! #CrazyGoodCoffee

This crazy good coffee post has been sponsored by RaceTrac but all opinions expressed here are my own. As a busy mom, I spend a fair amount of my day with a coffee cup in my hand.  I start out my day with a couple of cups and by 3 PM I am starting to wilt and looking for another cup of coffee to fuel the rest of my day.  Sometimes I am at home when that 3 PM slump hits but sometimes I am out running errands and nowhere near my beloved coffee pot.  On days like that, I often need to stop by the closest coffee supply and fill up.  Isn't it convenient that when I stop to fill up my gas tank at RaceTrac I can fill up my caffeine tank at the same time! In honor of fall and our increasing need for hot caffeinated beverages on cold, dark days,  RaceTrac is ushering in its Crazy Good … [Read more...]

Cotton Fashion Event Announces Celebrity Host Lineup!

Cotton Fashion Event Announces Celebrity Host Lineup!

This post about Cotton's Fashion Event has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. When you think fashion, what immediately comes to mind?  High heals?  Huge price tags?  Maybe a few outfits that really shouldn't be worn to pick up the kids from preschool?  Fashion means different things to different people.  Quite often, fashion means silk, leather, lace and a whole lot of bling.  But, have you ever considered the idea that COTTON can be fashionable?  Simple cotton....it makes up a huge portion of our every daily wardrobe and yet can also be part of a very fashionable look! Cotton is fashion made simple! Cotton Incorporated is all about the use of and desire for all things cotton. It's in the clothes, sheets and towels we buy every single day. It is the fabric … [Read more...]

Join the #UbyKotexSweeps Twitter Party!

Join the #UbyKotexSweeps Twitter Party!

Today, we are going to chat about something a little bit personal.  But, since most of us are all females here, I think we can handle it.  "That time of the month" can be a huge pain.  And I'm not just talking about the cramps and the headaches either.  Oh no...there are all sorts of aches, pains, hormonal imbalances, and other embarrassing moments that we have to suffer through every single month. Don't you want to chat all about your monthly misery with other women who can TOTALLY relate to your suffering?  Lets make our chat fun and rewarding and there will even be prizes to make the whole thing worth while! This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox about U by Kotex Sweepstakes, all opinions are my own. Million of undies are ruined every month because of some ordinary pads. Help … [Read more...]

How to Make Washi Tape Bookmarks

How to Make Washi Tape Bookmarks

Have you ever been in the middle of a good book and need to mark your place when you set it down?  Maybe the phone rings and you can't ignore it again.  Maybe it's time to pick up the kids at school but you're going to bring your book to read in the carpool line.  Of course, you can't find a bookmark so you end up sticking weird things in the book to mark your place.  Maybe a paper coaster or an expired coupon that you meant to throw away.  They get the job done but are certainly not the prettiest way to mark your spot.  You could always turn down the corner of your page but that isn't good form when reading a library book or something borrowed from a friend! Well, if you have a little bit of cardboard and some Washi tape laying around the house you can very easily make this Washi tape … [Read more...]

5 Things Dads Need to Know About Teenage Daughters

5 Things Dads Need to Know About Teenage Daughters

I am pretty sure that my kids have the greatest dad of all time.  He was there to catch them the moment they were born, despite nearly passing out from the blood.  He disciplined them with loving kindness as they turned into unruly toddlers, only occasionally threatening to leave until the terrible two's passed.  And he spent many years attending PTA meetings and orientation days with me when they were in elementary school, despite the utter boredom over treasurer reports and curriculum standards.  My kids are lucky to have such an amazing dad.  However, now that my kids are entering their teens I am beginning to see some conflicts and confusion arising in the household. Bad grades?  No.  Rotten attitudes?  Nope, not that either.  We are dealing with a little bit of 'dad denial' in my … [Read more...]

This Radish Tea Sandwich Recipe Makes a Simple Appetizer!

This Radish Tea Sandwich Recipe Makes a Simple Appetizer!

Every year, I try to grow radishes in my garden with little success.  I honestly have no idea what I am doing wrong.  I get a few smallish sized radishes but not enough to really make my gardening efforts worth while.  In order to feed my love of radishes I have to rely on farmers markets and grocery stores.  Thankfully, there are farmers much more talented than I who know how to grow radishes! I love radishes...they come in so many pretty colors and are much more versatile than you would think.  Sure, we use most of them in our salads but a simple radish tea sandwich makes a quick and tasty appetizer as well. In order to make a radish tea sandwich all you need is some sort of bite size bread, a bold and flavorful cream cheese spread and some fresh herbs.  I chose to use a loaf … [Read more...]