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 in iPhone macro photography over the last month or so in case you want to delve into the world of macro photography for yourself.  If you aren't … [Read more...]

Best Buy In Home Advisor Provides Personal Best Buy Technical Support

This post about the Best Buy In Home Advisor has been compensated, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. A couple of weeks ago, I got to check out the Best Buy Tech Home at a nearby mall.  I was absolutely amazed at how many high-tech products were being offered to make suburban life easier and more organized.  Best Buy has partnered with Samsung Smart Things to create an entire smart home … [Read more...]

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 Before You because I was truly moved by this story.  It was number one on my daughter's list of movies to watch and I am so glad we watched it together.  It was incredibly emotional but gave us a few good things to talk about after the movie was finished.  I would classify this one as a romantic tragedy I think with the primary talking points being assisted suicide and living your life as boldly … [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 form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. A few weeks ago, my husband and I were in bed on a Saturday night and it was after 11 PM.  All of a sudden, our doorbell rings!  We look at each other in confusion, the dog starts barking like mad and  we make our way downstairs tentatively to see who is at our door at this horrible hour.  Of … [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 your kids ever done anything so incredibly hilarious that you had to laugh?  But really SHOULDN'T laugh because that would send a really bad message?  Are there days that you find yourself hiding in the bathroom just trying to get a few peaceful moments to yourself?  Or maybe you are the mom that hides cookies in a trail mix box just so your kids don't eat them all before you get your chocolate … [Read more...]

Simple Patriotic Party Ideas to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial, Labor Day, Veteran's Day or any other patriotic holiday, having a party is always a fun way to enjoy it.  If you are looking for patriotic party ideas, they don't have to be complicated or expensive.  A dash of red, white and blue along with some food and a few crafts for the kids is all you really need.  Sure, amazing fireworks and giant flags are nice but you don't really need them to get the point across.  If you are looking for a few simple patriotic party ideas for your next get … [Read more...]

A Tailgating Essentials List for Fall Sports Fans

With football season gearing up, this tailgating essentials list is going to be vital for my survival this fall.  Why?  Because this year I am the mother of two high school kids, one of which is in the high school marching band.  When my kids started school last week, I was prepared for early morning bus pickups, a new schedule, and the trials and tribulations of my kids making new friends.  What I was NOT prepared for, however, was high school football.  All of a sudden, now that I have a highschool kid in band, I am expected to show an … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Jars and Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips

One of my favorite places in my house is not actually IN my house.  Our stone patio is my family's go-to place for lounging, enjoying a fire or chatting over a cup of coffee. As we move into summer, I was looking for a few healthier outdoor entertaining tips and a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Jars came up.  Why are these strawberry shortcake jars healthier?  Because they are small, bite-sized desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without being hugely filling.   I love dessert and if there is a full dessert table, I am going to be at it. … [Read more...]

Online Safety Tips for Children No Parent Should Ignore

All parents should familiarize themselves with an assortment of online safety tips for children given the amount of questionable content that is floating around on the internet.  When my children were little it was relatively easy to keep them safe.  They stayed with me at all times...I was there to catch them if they fell and kiss any and all booboos that needed attention.  Now that they are teens it is a lot harder to keep them safe.  They are not with me 24/7 anymore.  They want to go off with their friends without mom trailing along behind … [Read more...]

Protecting Kids from Questionable Content on TV

This post about protecting your child from questionable content on TV has been sponsored by XFINITY but all opinions are my own. Are you worried about your kids watching questionable content on TV? When my kids were young, I was a bit of a control freak over the remote control to the television.  I didn't want them to be watching Dora one minute only to have them hit the 'channel up' button and end up on the news watching the latest gang shooting.  Step out of the room for even a minute and it's amazing the kind of questionable content they … [Read more...]