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Vacation Planning Tips and my #Intel2in1 Lenovo Yoga 3 Laptop

Vacation Planning Tips for a stress free family vacation

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel .This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.  All opinions expressed in this vacation planning post are my own. #Intel2in1 Summer vacation is almost half way over for my kids but the best part is yet to come.  My husband and I are taking the teens to the beach for a week which we are all really excited about.  We are staying in a 'remodeled artist cottage' right on the water.  That is a fancy way of saying 'incredibly … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons Why Your Kitchen Needs a Lenovo Yoga 3 Laptop #Intel2in1

Why Your Kitchen Needs a Lenovo Yoga 3

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. I seem to spend a ridiculous amount of time in my kitchen.  Whether I am cooking dinner, feeding the dog, paying bills, or working on my weekly calender, it all gets done in the kitchen.  That room is pretty much the central hub of activity for my family.  I was recently sent a Lenovo Yoga 3 Laptop with Intel 2in1 technology to try out for a few months and I realized that the … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Affordable French Cuisine from la Madeleine

French Cuisine at La Madeleine for lunch

I received a gift card to la Madeleine in order to try out their affordable French cuisine but all opinions are my own. I have always enjoyed trying foods from many different regions around the world.  I have recreated many of them in my own kitchen...from Greek spanakopita to German Kaiserschmarrn and many others in between.  However, French cuisine has never been one I tried to recreate myself.  I'm not sure why but French cuisine has always intimidated me a little bit!  So, when I get a craving for French Onion Soup, Croissants or Quiche … [Read more...]

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Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

The Wrecking Bar and Unique Things to do in Atlanta

If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta you will certainly not have trouble finding them.  Like most major cities, Atlanta is home to a number of tourist attractions.  From CNN and The World of Coke to the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, there is something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Atlanta.  But, what if you are looking for something a little less 'touristy'?  What if you want to get off the beaten track and find some really UNIQUE things to do in Atlanta?  Well, this weekend my husband and I … [Read more...]

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Movies for Teens: How do you Know Which Ones are Appropriate?

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As of less than one month ago, I am officially the parent of two teenagers.  It's a rather scary thought, to be honest, and I seriously hope I don't screw it up somehow.  There are so many external factors that influence how our teenagers mature and very few of them do parents have any actual control over.  Teens get so much of their knowledge from peers, books, TV and movies that it's a wonder any of them become productive adults nowadays.  Have you seen what Hollywood is throwing at us left and right? Trying to decide which movies for teens … [Read more...]

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Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Digital Life

Get Organized How to clean up your digital life

January brings a renewed determination to get organized and simplify our lives.  We make lists of things to do, head to Target for assorted plastic storage bins, and then start purging our lives of unnecessary STUFF. These are great goals to have but what about the pigsty that lives inside our hard drive? How about the fact that 50% of the storage on our iPhones is taken up with photos of our last restaurant meal or some blurry picture of your kid running past you in a tutu? Are you going to deal with the fact that it takes your computer so … [Read more...]

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Fusion Anthology Book Blast and Giveaway

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Authors: Shannon Mayer, Denise Grover Swank, Addison Moore, Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Eve Langlais, Stephanie Erickson, Jesi Lea Ryan, JC Andrijeski NEW from HIJINKS INK PUBLISHING….. FUSION: Nine outstanding fantasy stories merged together to create a bestselling reaction. An anthology designed for readers of fantasy . . . Paranormal, urban/contemporary fantasy, science fiction and dystopian fused together in one epic fantasy bundle. Make your way through fire and ice, love, lust and hate as NINE International Bestselling Authors come … [Read more...]

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Teens and Technology: Negotiating the Holiday Wish List

Teens and Technology

When my children were small, their holiday wish list was relatively easy to handle.  They wanted small things that were fairly inexpensive.  I bought tons of Legos (ok, not THAT cheap!) and art supplies (thankyou, Michaels coupons!) and they were happy as clams come Christmas morning.  But, now I have teenagers and all of a sudden my Christmas budget just isn't going to make a dent in the holiday wish list they have in their heads. The primary desire of my teenagers is to have as much technology as humanly possible to plug themselves into.  … [Read more...]

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Damsel Not Blog Tour and Giveaway

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In the days of old, one knight fought to save the maiden he loved – a battle that ended in a bloody promise for the future. In the days of the 21st Century, Izz doesn’t believe in prophecies. A recent widow, she struggles to find the passion that once fueled her life – a passion that is reignited the day a knight in disguise cuts into her life in a flash of swordplay and seductive grins. Izz doesn’t want to love him. The guilt of moving on nearly crushes her, yet she finds herself unable to resist the touch, the feel, the scent of the man … [Read more...]