Simple Patriotic Party Ideas to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

This post about patriotic party ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial, Labor Day, Veteran's Day or any other patriotic holiday, having a party is always a fun way to enjoy it.  If you are looking for patriotic party ideas, they don't have to be complicated or expensive.  A dash of red, white and blue along with some food and a few crafts for the kids is all you really need. Sure, amazing fireworks and giant flags are nice but you don't really need them to get the point … [Read more...]

Learning Photography Basics Without Spending a Fortune

This post about learning photography basics has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. When I started blogging about 8 years ago, my photography skills were pitiful.  I was only using my cell phone. and knew nothing about lighting, staging, or creating a visually appealing display.  Over the years, I like to think I have improved quite a bit. Of course,  I still have a ways to go!  Learning photography basics hasn't been easy and I spent a lot of money on a photography class to try and help.  However, now that Best Buy has … [Read more...]

A Delicious Peek at the Seasonal Fogo de Chão Menu

I was provided a meal at no charge in exchange for sharing this post about the Fogo de Chao menu.  All opinions are my own. When my husband and I moved to the Atlanta area 15 years ago, one of the things we fell in love with was the wide variety of restaurants and food experiences to choose from.  From Cajun cuisine to delicious Thai food, I have come to love many different flavors in my food.  One place my husband and I  have been wanting to try for years is Fogo de Chao and I am so excited  to have finally gotten the chance this past … [Read more...]

How to Make Your iPad Run Faster (a guide for the NON techie person!)

Tired of waiting for apps to load and wondering how to make your iPad run faster?  I am in the same boat. Mine is an iPad 2 and am desperately trying to figure out how to make my old iPad faster.  I live on my iPad...to the point where I can feel the heart palpitations starting when I cannot locate it.  It is synced up to 7 email accounts.  It also holds 5 years worth of eBooks that I may never read again but don't want to lose.  However, my beloved iPad is starting to show it's age.  I find myself getting more and more frustrated with it's … [Read more...]

Want to Buy a MacBook Online? Here are a few tips!

This post about how to buy a MacBook online has been sponsored by Swappa.  All opinions are my own. My house has always been a PC home.  We have multiple desktops and laptops and every one of them is some sort of PC.  However, in the last few years, my daughter and husband have gotten seriously interested in art, photography, and music.  They are starting to make a bit of noise about my computer choices.  They insist that an Apple computer is better for video production, photo editing, and music creation.  While I am not quite ready to give … [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.  Now, maybe you are asking yourself 'What's the best way to back up my computer?' That really depends on personal preferences.  I want a physical … [Read more...]

How to Make Frozen Wine Cocktails and Easy Frozen Wine Cocktail Recipes

I remember  (many years ago!) enjoying delicious Arbor Mist frozen wine cocktails during a summer BBQ. They were so delicious!  With the weather finally warming up, I am craving frozen wine cocktails for refreshing splurge. I spent the weekend cleaning off the patio and can't wait to start relaxing out there and listening to the frogs in the pond!  If you are wondering how to make frozen wine cocktails, I thought I would share a few tips. Check out my post on basic bar essentials before you host your next party. Best Frozen Drink Makers … [Read more...]

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 storage bins, and then start purging our lives of unnecessary STUFF. These are great goals to have but what about tackling basic computer maintenance tips and the pigsty that lives inside our hard drive?   Are you going to deal with the fact that it takes your computer so long to download a website that you could go make yourself a ham sandwich in the time it takes for the site to finally be … [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 released a new album this month and it has debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200! I discovered the joys of country music when I was in college and once I moved down to Houston, I was hooked. There is something so moving and catchy about the down to earth lyrics and twangy beat of a good country song.  If you are a fan, you should definitely find time to check out Chris Stapleton's new … [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 the kids were young, gift giving was easy.  They were pretty happy with just about everything they found under the tree.  Heck, when they were really little, all they wanted was the empty box and bows to play with.  Now that they are teens, gift giving has gotten more challenging.  Of course, like most teens, they are constantly tossing out plenty of high tech holiday gift ideas in addition to new … [Read more...]