Simple Tips for Hosting a Wine and Cheese Party

These tips for hosting a wine and cheese party have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.My husband is always suggesting that we have company over but the idea of entertaining often stresses me out so much that it is no longer fun.  Why?  Because I plan things that are way too complicated!  Fancy cocktails and lots of appetizers sound delicious but they are very time-consuming for the hostess to whip up!  I have been giving some thought to hosting a wine and cheese party to help simplify our entertaining.  If the idea … [Read more...]

Love Great Science Fiction Novels? Read Micro: A Novel By Michael Crichton

I have been on vacation for the last two weeks and it has been heavenly!  I have had plenty of time for walks, spending time with family, and reading a few great science fiction novels!  Before I left, I picked up an intriguing book by Michael Crichton called Micro: A Novel and it was an amazing story!  I thought I would share a quick review of it with you in case you are looking for some summer reading inspiration! Micro: A Novel By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston Purchase this Michael Crichton Novel on Amazon  Title: Micro: A … [Read more...]

How to Protect Electronics during Summer Fun!

Summer is here and we have loads of things planned in the coming months.  We will spend plenty of time in the garden and hanging out at the pool.  Our visit to see family up north will include kids on trampolines, a trip to the beach, and plenty of time in a hot car.  My teens are connected to their phones constantly and knowing how to protect electronics during summer fun can save a ton of money on repairs and replacement.  If you have electronics that you are trying to keep safe during summer fun, I thought I would share a few tips that might … [Read more...]

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...]