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Creative Ideas for Reusing Aluminum Foil

Every time I make a batch of nachos, I start trying to come up with ways for reusing aluminum foil.  Why? Because I detest cleaning cookie sheets after something has gotten baked on and stuck. My lazy way of dealing with this horrid chore is to line my cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Of course, that leaves me with used used aluminum foil that I hate to throw away. I usually try to wash and reuse … [Read More...]

Balancing a Plentiful Life with Community Volunteering Keeps Kids Grounded

This post about balancing a plentiful life with community volunteering has been sponsored by Reward Volunteers.  All opinions are my own. I look around the area I live in and am both awed and slightly shocked by the wealth that surrounds us. My teens’ friends have homes with actual media rooms in them. Many had the newest iPhone by age 8. They often get brand new cars for their 16th birthday. … [Read More...]

How to Back Up a Computer on an External Hard Drive

Do you know why you need to learn how to back up a computer on an external hard drive?  Have you ever stopped to think about what you actually HAVE on your computer?  Photos, of course, and maybe your tax returns, wills, or other vital documents.  So much of our lives are digital and learning how to back up your computer means that your digital life is protected in case your computer gets fried. … [Read More...]

Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Spring break was rather chaotic in my house and I'm glad things are getting back to normal.  I decided to celebrate normal by making my family this chewy butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe. One kid went to Florida with friends for the week and the other one was in Germany for 10 days with his AP German class.  I am thrilled to have them back home and what better way to spoil them than with … [Read More...]

How to Plan for Your Retirement When Money is Tight

This post about how to plan for your retirement has been sponsored by GuidedChoice.  All opinions expressed here are my own. When my husband and I first moved to Atlanta, we were in our late 20's.  I was 7 months pregnant with our first child and we were broke.  After 7 years as a graduate student, my husband had his first real job. Every single penny we owned went into our first mortgage.  We … [Read More...]

Cooking

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

The weather is finally starting to warm up down here, although I know half the country is buried … [Read More...]

Frosted Grapes Recipe for Healthy Snacking

This frosted grapes recipe takes deliciously simple grapes to a whole new level. Grapes are one of … [Read More...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your Seafood Recipe

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few … [Read More...]

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Parenting

A Message for my Daughter About Acting Her Age

 I am writing a message for my daughter about acting her age as part of the #DisruptAging campaign. This post is made possible with support from … [Read More...]

Our Sylvan SAT Prep Experience for Improving SAT Scores

This post about Sylvan SAT Prep courses is in partnership with Sylvan Learning. All opinions expressed here are my own. I am the proud mom of one … [Read More...]

How to Stop Bullying in Schools: What Can Parents Do?

Have you ever wondered how to stop bullying in schools from affecting your child?  Kids of all ages can be mean. Bullying in schools happens more than … [Read More...]

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Crafts & DIY

DIY Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

If you are looking for a fun spring craft, these DIY terra cotta coasters are a great choice! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I getting … [Read More...]

How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

Easter is fast approaching and Easter egg decorating is on many of our 'to do' lists this month.  If you are tired of buying plastic eggs or want to … [Read More...]

How to keep spiders out of the house and a DIY Natural Spider Spray

Spring is coming and with it comes insects of every shape and size.  Knowing how to keep spiders out of the house and ants out of the kitchen is … [Read More...]

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Entertainment & Technology

Basic Computer Maintenance Tips and Cleaning 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 … [Read More...]

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Releases New Album: From A Room: Volume 2

This post about country singer Chris Stapleton has been sponsored.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Country singer Christ Stapleton has … [Read More...]

High Tech Holiday Gift Ideas and Shopping Technology for Teens

This post about high tech holiday gift ideas and technology for teens has been sponsored by Intel.  All opinions expressed here are my own. When … [Read More...]

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Life in the Burbs

Balancing a Plentiful Life with Community Volunteering Keeps Kids Grounded

This post about balancing a plentiful life with community volunteering has been sponsored by Reward Volunteers.  All opinions are my own. I look … [Read More...]

How to Plan for Your Retirement When Money is Tight

This post about how to plan for your retirement has been sponsored by GuidedChoice.  All opinions expressed here are my own. When my husband and I … [Read More...]

Spring Cleaning Chores You MUST Do This Month

Looking around your home and wondering which spring cleaning chores you must do and which you can skip? Spring is in the air here and all I want to do … [Read More...]

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Shopping, Style and Beauty

Buy Online Shoes But Read These Shoe Shopping Tips First!

This post about how to buy online shoes has been sponsored by 4EurSole. All opinions expressed here are my own. I received compensation and product … [Read More...]

Beauty Stocking Stuffers for Teens That Will Be A Hit This Year

This discussion about beauty stocking stuffers for teens has been sponsored by Olay and Braun at Walmart. All opinions are my own. Gone are the … [Read More...]

Cool Gifts for Teens That You Will Want to Keep For Yourself!

The holidays are coming and not only do I have Christmas gifts to buy but both of my kids were born in November and December!  I am always on the … [Read More...]

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