Teenagers and Technology: Negotiating their Expensive Wish List

Teenagers and technology seem to go hand in hand nowadays and it can be a pricey combination. When my children were small, their wish list was relatively easy to handle.  They wanted small things that were fairly inexpensive.  I bought tons of LEGO (ok, not THAT cheap!) and art supplies (thank you, Michaels coupons!) and they were happy as clams on Christmas and Birthdays.  But, now I have teenagers and all of a sudden my gift budget just isn't going to make a dent in the wish list they have in their heads. The primary desire of my teenagers is … [Read more...]

Easy Cake Decorating Tips for Beautiful Homemade Cakes Every Time!

A cake is a perfect dessert for just about every celebration.  From birthdays and weddings to baby showers and office parties, serving cake brings people together over a delicious dessert!  Homemade cakes give your dessert a personal touch and these easy cake decorating tips will make your dessert spectacular!  These tips are being shared from Janice Murfitt, a highly qualified cake decorator, cookery writer and editor, food journalist, and home economist who specializes in cake making and decorating. If you are interested in making homemade … [Read more...]

Pairing Music and Wine is a Feast for the Senses

This post about pairing music and wine was sponsored by Cambria Winery as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.My husband and I are passionate about music. Our house is filled with instruments, stereo systems, and a speedy internet connection for buying concert tickets to local shows.  Our tastes in music differ widely but we have learned to take turns controlling the radio dial on long car rides!  There is just something about music that speaks to us on a deeper level.  When I … [Read more...]

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...]