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...]

Best Christmas Movies for Teens for a Fun Family Movie Night

My kids have already started hunting through Netflix, Comcast on Demand and Amazon Prime looking for Christmas movies.  I keep telling them to wait til after Thanksgiving before worrying about the best Christmas movies but they will have none of my life lessons. I decided to give in to their obsessive holiday spirit and started looking for the best Christmas movies for teens last night.   There are so many to choose from!  I definitely encourage you to choose a few holiday movies and settle in for a fun holiday-themed movie night with your … [Read more...]

Now That’s What I Call Music and Rocking Out in Sign Language!

This is a sponsored post for Now That’s What I Call Music. All opinions are my own. I am a child of the 80's.  I grew up on mixtapes, Walkmans, and MTV.  There was nothing I enjoyed more than rocking my headphones on a walk or watching MTV on the television at my friend's house.  Times have changed since then.  Just a little bit, right?  Now my teens are rocking earbuds and iPhones and watching videos on YouTube and streaming music on Spotify. But the concept is the same.  Music speaks to teens today just like it did 30 years ago when I … [Read more...]

Basic Bar Essentials for Your Next Party Hosting Experience

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are planning on a bit of entertaining in the coming months.  The family will be visiting, friends want to celebrate the season, and everyone loves a good wine and cheese event, right? If you are planning on party hosting and serving a cocktail or two, there are a few basic bar essentials that you may want to invest in.  Sure, you can drink wine out of your kid's plastic juice glass but it takes something away from the ambiance of the evening!  My husband and I have been slowly stocking our bar … [Read more...]

André Rieu CD “Shall We Dance”: Review and Upcoming Concert Tour

This André Rieu CD review has been sponsored however all opinions expressed here are my own. Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I joined my elementary school band when I was 10 and learned very quickly to appreciate just about every style of music.  Whether it is a slow and melodic classical piece or an upbeat show tune, there are very few styles of music than I don't enjoy.  I was recently given the chance to preview  André Rieu's newest album entitled "Shall We Dance" and it is truly amazing how … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Party Ideas to Help You Celebrate in Style

Have you started planning your holiday entertaining already?  Are you stressing out about plans that seem way too complicated?  It shouldn't be that hard, right? Well, I am going to share a few simple holiday party ideas that might help. That means you can focus on what's REALLY important: relaxing!  Having friends and family over for a holiday get together is a great way to remember the truly important things in your life.  You don't have to be a celebrity decorator or waste your entire holiday budget to throw a great party! This post … [Read more...]