This weekend’s nail art project!

This weekend’s nail art project!

I have never been much into painting my fingernails.  Seems like every time I put on a coat of nail polish I end up with my hands in the dishwater or digging up things in the garden.  Inevitably my nail polish would get chipped within hours of putting it on my nails.  Needless to say, I haven't experimented with nail art yet!  Seems like a lot of work for a few hours worth of sparkly nails.  Now, my daughter on the other hand LOVES painting her nails.  She would happily paint her nails a different color every single day of the week if she had the time.  Nails chip? YAY she says...time to repaint the nails!  Over the last few months she has discovered the joy of nail art and I decided it was just about time for me to share her creativity with my readers. We usually aren't too picky … [Read more...]

Make Memorable Moments with GODIVA #GODIVAsummer

Make Memorable Moments with GODIVA #GODIVAsummer

This discussion of memorable summer moments has been sponsored by GODIVA.  All opinions expressed here are my own. We are a family of foodies and many of our vacations and most memorable moments revolve around food.  This summer has been loaded with memorable moments like a summer pool party with homemade macaroni and cheese.  A stop in Buffalo, NY at the Anchor Bar to enjoy hot wings where they were first created.  Teaching my children how to make a healthy dinner this summer.  Food, family, and great summer memories all go hand in hand.  Having a serious sweet tooth I have found that a lot of my memorable moments involve chocolate.  When I was asked to attend an event recently for GODIVA I was more than a little thrilled!  What special event was GODIVA inviting us to a party for?  … [Read more...]

What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I look back on my childhood in suburban Connecticut I am pretty sure that my family was living the American Dream.  We had a modest sized house in a close nit neighborhood.  It was not a mansion in a gated community but there was plenty of space as long as my sister didn't hog the bathroom for too long when I had to go!  We felt safe playing in the streets, had good friends, and a community of parents who kept us under control even when we wanted to let loose a little.  There were a few new clothes for the first day of school but not those $300 sneakers that a few of the 'rich kids' were sporting.  The American Dream meant plenty … [Read more...]

A Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) Goes Under a Christmas Tree!

A Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) Goes Under a Christmas Tree!

This post about making a puppy care package for Christmas was inspired by a product I received at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a tiny amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. My husband and I both had dogs as children so when we moved in together after college we immediately starting talking about getting a puppy.  Granted, getting a German Shepherd puppy in an apartment was probably not the wisest choice but we quickly found a house with a fenced in yard and she quickly realized that eating shoes was not as much fun as chasing squirrels.  It all turned out great in the long run and ever since that first puppy, my husband and I have always … [Read more...]

Tips to Prepare For Your Road Trip #Sodapalooza #ad

Tips to Prepare For Your Road Trip #Sodapalooza #ad

These tips to prepare for your road trip are brought to you by RaceTrac but all opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I live far away from all of our family.  Since the time my kids were babies, we have been making long road trips at least once or twice a year so we can visit with parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents.  Over the years, we have had some good times and some bad while on the road.  There have been poopy diaper blowouts, flat tires, and vomiting children but there have also been hours of singing, amusing trivia, and incredible memories.  Knowing how to prepare yourself, your car, and your KIDS for a long road trip will make your trip a lot more pleasant.  If you are planning a vacation this summer, here are some tips to prepare for your next road trip: Tips … [Read more...]

Man of Steel: Best Summer Movie to See with Your Teen Son!   #SeeSteelFirst #ad

Man of Steel: Best Summer Movie to See with Your Teen Son! #SeeSteelFirst #ad

This Man of Steel information is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. All opinions expressed are my own. My kids have been out of school for 2 weeks now and the summer stretches endlessly in front of us.  Hours upon hours to spend doing creative and educational things...except the only thing they do is complain that they are bored!  This morning, after watching my son wander aimlessly from room to room with a blank look on his face I suggested he go outside and play.  He looked at me like I had lost my mind and told me it was HOT outside.  Which, seeing as I live in the middle of the deep south, he is 100% correct about!  And (unfortunately) things are only going to get hotter!  One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to head to the movies and with all the rave … [Read more...]

Summer Activities for Kids: Create a Toyrarium   #MiracleGroProject

Summer Activities for Kids: Create a Toyrarium #MiracleGroProject

This Summer Activities for Kids article is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Well, today is my kid's last day of school and then we have 2 1/2 months of unstructured summer fun.  Oh, sure, they have a few camps and a family vacation to look forward to but there will be endless hours of free time as well.  During that free time, I will hear an unending stream of 'I'm bored', 'there's nothing to do' and from my son 'I'm hungry!'.  So, what is a mom supposed to do when here kids are home all day during the summer with nothing to do?  Find some easy summer activities for kids, of course!  There are a ton of ways to keep kids entertained without plugging them into the TV, video games or other electronic delvices.  When I was … [Read more...]

How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

I am the mother of an 11 year old girl who thinks I am the meanest mom in the entire world.  Why?  Because I will not let her go to the salon and get her hair dyed!  Many of her friends are dying their hair...which honestly floors me completely because they are only 11!  Usually they just get a strip of hair done or just the tips but I am too paranoid about the health risks associated with hair dye to let her get it done.  In an effort to find a 'happy medium' so she does not hate me forever I told her "Learn how to dip dye your hair using Kool Aid and you can try it".  Well, off she went to her friend Google and started doing some research and it seemed pretty easy.  Here is a brief summary of how to dip dye your hair with Kool Aid if your daughter (or YOU) want to give it a try!  The … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Craft:  Make a Mushroom Fairy Circle

Easy Spring Craft: Make a Mushroom Fairy Circle

When my daughter was younger she was obsessed with fairies.  She watched Tinkerbell, read fairy books and even made a tiny fairy bed to keep on her nightstand in case the fairies wanted to come visit her at night.  I guess she was hoping they would get tired and decide to take a nap with her! This easy spring craft is a great way to use up all those empty toilet paper rolls I know you are stashing in your art closet.  You can find decorative muffin papers at most craft stores and other than a bit of paint, that is all you really need.  In real life, a fairy circle is a ring of mushrooms that occurs naturally in woodsy or forested areas.  Mythological history says they are gateways into elfin kingdoms.  According to wikipedia: A fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Crafts:  Egg Shell Candles

Easy Easter Crafts: Egg Shell Candles

My family buys their eggs from a small, local farmer and come spring, the chickens are laying a LOT of eggs!  Eggs are a great way to get more protein without actually increasing your meat consumption.  However, what do you do with all the eggshells that are left over after breakfast?  I will frequently use them in the garden to deter slugs or just toss them in the compost bin but there are a lot of creative ways to use them to decorate your house.  Making Egg Shell Candles is one of the easy Easter crafts that I enjoy because it is also a great way to use up leftover wax from candles that are just about empty.  Here is how you make them:   Egg Shell Candles Easy Easter Crafts   Materials: Clean egg shells Acrylic paints and brushes if desired to paint … [Read more...]