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...]

How to Read More Books for Less Money

If you ask me how I want to spend my free time, the answer will always be reading books.  Ever since I was young I have tried to figure out how to read more books on a limited budget.  I had a very worn out library card and multiple book cases filled with favorites that I couldn't bare to part with.  As an adult, rarely do you see me go anywhere without a book or my iPad in case I get a free 15 minutes with nothing to do.  If you are as much of a bookworm as I am, I figured you would like to know how to read more books and spend less money on … [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...]

Why You Need to Start Live Streaming TV Channels Online

This post about live streaming TV channels online is part of a paid partnership with XFINITY.  All opinions are my own. When my kids were little, they were always underfoot. I was home with them all day, every day. Half the time there was a toddler clinging to my leg and a preschooler lying on the floor by my feet playing with toys.  There were days where I craved alone time like you would not believe.  Well, now I have teenagers.  There are days that they only come out of their rooms for food or bathroom breaks.  And they are stealthy about … [Read more...]

Romantic Movies for Couples Perfect for Date Night!

Some days, we just need to spend time reconnecting with our significant other.  The week is long.  The kids are annoying. Date night doesn't have to mean expensive dinners out or trips to a crowded movie theater.  These romantic movies for couples will make date night inexpensive and enjoyable!  Make a few appetizers together, grab a blanket and get those kids to bed.  Choose one of these romantic movies for a fun date night in with your partner. Romantic Movies for Couples Perfect for Date Night! Let me just say that some guys INSIST that … [Read more...]

Things You Can Do with the Amazon Echo That Make Life Easier

This year, my husband decided he wanted to get the family the Amazon Echo for a Christmas gift.  Which basically means, he wanted the Amazon Echo and Christmas was a good excuse to buy it!  Ever since, I have been researching things you can do with the Amazon Echo to make life easier.  What is the sense in having technology in the house if it can't solve a few problems here or there, right?  First off, you might be wondering what is Amazon Echo, right?  Basically, it is Amazon Prime, Google, Wink hub,  and Siri all wrapped up in one very simple … [Read more...]

Daddy’s Home Movie: Who Wins the Cool Dad Award?

When my kids were little, I stayed at home with them. All day. EVERY day. I spent hours cooking for them, cleaning up after them and trying to convince them to wear pants.  Some days I was successful.  Other days, it was just too much to hope for.  No matter how much time I spent with them, all I heard was 'When is daddy getting home?' Really kid?  What is mom, chopped liver?  But, of course, dad is FUN.  Sure, he's a responsible guy and works a steady job.  But when he gets home, his job is to play with the kids.  When I first saw the trailer … [Read more...]

Christmas Party Planning Tips and Artichoke & Kale Bruschetta Topper Recipe

This Christmas Party Planning Tips post is sponsored by NABISCO Cookies and Crackers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is a chaotic time of year.  There are gifts to buy, trees to decorate and classroom parties to supervise.  It's easy to forget the truly important things with all the stress surrounding us.  What's really important during the holiday season is celebrating with friends and family. Having our loved ones (and the occasional annoying ones) around us on Christmas is what makes this holiday truly wonderous.  Of … [Read more...]

A Royal Night Out Movie Trailer: A Glorious Evening in the Lives of Two Real-life Princesses

A Royal Night Out Movie Trailer post has been sponsored, but all opinions are my own. As the mother of two teenagers, I have learned a few key things about them.  Teenagers know everything about every subject known to man and YOU, my dear parent, are rarely right.  They want to experience life to it's fullest but don't quite have the best judgment to deal with everything life throws at them.  These traits are not unique to my own teenagers.  Teens from the beginning of time have been itching to explore the world, grab life by the horns and … [Read more...]