Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty than sunny and tan. Sorry, maybe that's weird!  Our love of the outdoors did not stop once we had kids.  We threw the baby in a backpack and continued hiking up mountains.  The kids have hit those fun teenage years (yeah...that is sarcasm there!) and we struggle to get them out into the woods with us occasionally. Hiking with teens is a challenge.  They enjoy it...deep down in the pit of their souls...I know they do.  But, they are sloth like, lazy creatures with an unnatural obsession with YouTube videos and Instagram.  But, my husband and I continue to make them join us on our occasional … [Read more...]

How to Make Easter Fun for Kids

How to Make Easter Fun for Kids

Easter means different things to different people. Obviously if you are of the Christian denomination, Easter has significant religious meaning for you.  If you aren't the religious sort, maybe you just like Easter because you can gorge yourself on those decadent little creme filled chocolate eggs!  My family falls in both of those categories and while I feel the need to drag the kids to Easter church service, I also want to find ways to make Easter fun as well. How to Make Easter Fun for Kids My kids are teenagers but they still get a lot of enjoyment out of the things we have been doing since they were toddlers.  It puts a smile on their faces to see the same plastic Easter eggs and the same hot crossed buns on Easter morning.  If you are wondering how to make Easter fun for kids, here … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]