Things to Consider When Planning Summer Sports for Kids

This post about summer sports for kids has been sponsored by TeamSnap but all opinions are my own. There is exactly one month left of school for my children before summer vacation begins.  Isn't that crazy?  The school year has just flown by and summer will be here before you know it.  I already have a calendar on the wall to help me keep track of my children's summer activities.  My daughter is taking a summer PE class (so she can opt out of it in high school) and my son is excited about tennis camp. We are looking forward to a busy and fun … [Read more...]

Craft Closet Ideas: How to Keep it Stocked for Creativity!

For parents of young children, I highly recommend you research a few craft closet ideas to keep your kids busy without plugging them in all the time.  When we first moved into this house,  there were things I liked about it and things I didn't really care for.  Unfortunately, I will never be able to create a basement underneath my house but I have turned that weird space under my stairs into a superb craft closet for my kids! Craft Closet Ideas: Keep it Stocked for Creativity I was a stay at home mom from the time my first child was born … [Read more...]

How to Plan Family Game Night for More Fun and Less Stress!

This post about how to plan family game night has been written by me on behalf of Spin Master Games for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Want to bond with your kids?  Create lasting memories?  Maybe get worked up and laugh, yell and generally annoy one another in good fun?  Learn how to plan family game night and your whole family can spend an hour or two just relaxing and reconnecting with each other!  Of course, without a bit of planning, your family game night may be a flop.  Do you want tears from the 5-year old who doesn't understand … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Active with Your Dog #PinnacleHealthyPets

This post about staying active with your dog is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle's Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food, but Suburbia Unwrapped only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article. #PinnacleHealthyPets Many years ago, my husband and I discovered the joy of competitive dog training and getting involved in dog sports.  At the time, we had a German Shepherd … [Read more...]

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.  … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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.  … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]