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

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 across.  If you are looking for a few simple patriotic party ideas for your next … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Chicken Cookbook Lets You Dominate Dinner in Style!

I am a passionate foodie and have a rather impressive collection of cookbooks on my shelves.  Never have I found one that makes me laugh out loud until I bought 50 Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook.  Seriously, this chicken cookbook is a unique balance of humor and actual food porn that is both sensual and disturbing all at the same time.  Know someone who loves food?  Have a friend who was a little TOO excited about the 50 Shades of Grey movies?  Think your husband will get a kick out of dominating dinner?  You need to get the 50 … [Read more...]

New Book and CD Experience: Dan Random Somewhere Called Now

A few weeks ago, I made a rather startling discovery.  Our neighborhood has been hiding a talented musician and author!  In fact, this is a guy who's house I have visited for oyster roasts and who's kid plays tennis with mine!  How did I not know that Dan Random lived down the street from me? My husband and I were lucky enough to get an invite to his latest book release party and concert for Somewhere Called Now and I thought I would share some information about this great new book and CD experience.  This post contains affiliate links if you … [Read more...]

Music and Teens: Bonding over Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor

Music and teens seem to always go together, right? You rarely see a teenager without earbuds in their ears! We have always been a very musical family.  From toddler music classes to marching band, my kids have always enjoyed the art of music.  My husband and son are passionate rock music fans and often enjoy going to concerts together.  My daughter and I have more alternative preferences in music and she regularly shares her love of all things musical to keep me updated on her favorite bands. We have an understanding that if I need help cooking … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Wine for Your Meal Without Knowing Much About Wine!

If you enjoy entertaining guests, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a challenge. My husband and I enjoy a glass of wine now and then. While we certainly do not consider ourselves wine snobs,  we can definitely taste the difference between a $3.00 bottle of wine and a $25.00 bottle.  I have learned over the years that I have definite preferences in terms of the variety of wine I enjoy.  The food I serve with it also plays a big part in how the wine actually tastes.  Food and wine can compliment one another or hinder your ability to … [Read more...]

Gossip Girl, 90210, and Gilmore Girls Cast Members Coming to Atlanta This Spring!

If you are a fan of Gossip Girl, 90210, or Gilmore Girls and are near the Atlanta area, this is an event you don't want to miss.   EyeCon Genesis, the first event of its kind, is a three-in-one convention experience featuring Gossip Girl, 90210 and Gilmore Girls cast members that will take place March 17-19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center. Tickets are now available at EyeConFla.com  from $50-$695.“The idea is to bring the cast members to the fans in a small setting, to allow them the … [Read more...]

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

In If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love.   This is a book that my teenage daughter read and absolutely loved.  She recommended I read it when we headed over to London last week so I took it along to keep me busy on the flight.  Let me just say that the person sitting next to me heard some serious sobbing as I finished this story! While there were a few things I didn't like about the book, overall it is moving and brings … [Read more...]

A Cell Phone for Teens Only Works When It’s Charged!

This discussion about charging a cell phone for teens has been sponsored by ANKER but all opinions expressed here are my own.Everyone has their own rules for when they think their child is ready for a cell phone.  When my kids were in middle school, they had little flip phones that were strictly for calling home for a ride.  They were rarely used and the charge on that thing lasted forever.  Once my kids hit high school, they were given their first smart phones.  Well, all of a sudden, there are a million things they can do on their … [Read more...]

Olloclip Photo Lens for iPhone Macro Photography

Since I started blogging, I have become quite a passionate photographer.  I seem to take my DSLR camera everywhere to take photos of my family, nature, and (of course) food!  My husband recently got me an Olloclip photo lens for my iPhone as an anniversary gift and I have started realizing that my DSLR is only seeing 'the big picture' when it comes to photography.  I wanted to share my experience in iPhone macro photography over the last month or so in case you want to delve into the world of macro photography for yourself.  If you aren't … [Read more...]

Best Buy In Home Advisor Provides Personal Best Buy Technical Support

This post about the Best Buy In Home Advisor has been compensated, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.A couple of weeks ago, I got to check out the Best Buy Tech Home at a nearby mall.  I was absolutely amazed at how many high-tech products were being offered to make suburban life easier and more organized.  Best Buy has partnered with Samsung Smart Things to create an entire smart home … [Read more...]