How to Rock Family Movie Night with Teens

This post about family movie night with teens has been sponsored by BestBuy.  All opinions are my own. When  my kids were young, we watched a lot of movies together.  There was plenty of Disney, cuddly blankets, and popcorn to go around.  Now that the kids are older, they have a tendency to hide in their rooms.  They emerge occasionally for food or money.  Then they just want to go hide again.  Now that my oldest is off to college, I see him about once a month.  It's been a hard transition. If you feel like you are disconnected to … [Read more...]

Advice for my Son: Those First Few Steps Are Always the Hardest

This advice for my son is part of a paid campaign with The Mission List and the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  All opinions are my own. The last two months have been incredibly emotional for me.  I sent my first born off to college 2 months ago.  There were tears (both mine and his), the worry over college costs, and the chaos of shopping and moving.  Where did my baby go? How is this college kid the very same boy who struggled to read in kindergarten?  Then and now....  how did we get here so fast?   Advice for my … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with someone on Facebook about my intense dislike of cockroaches.  After living in Houston for 7 years, those things give me the heebie jeebies!  I said (and I quote!) "I would rather have hundreds of ants in my house rather than one single cockroach!"  Well, God must have heard me because within 24 hours my kitchen was overrun by ants!  I kid you not!  Talk about a coincidence, right?  Well, now I have been spending weeks getting rid of the ^&%*@! things and figured I would share my tips about how to … [Read more...]

Want to be Hiking at 50? Here is Some Important Advice to Follow!

This post about hiking at 50 has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. I decided to start hiking when I was in college and it is by far my favorite way to exercise.  While I spend more time in the gym than I do on the trail, stationary bikes do not bring me the sort of enjoyment that I get from setting off on a hiking trail.  But, hiking definitely gets more challenging the older I get! Keep reading for a few middle aged hiking tips as well as information … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Stay Organized to Reduce Stress

One of the best ways to increase your stress level is to be unorganized.  Since I am trying to REDUCE the stress in my life, I decided to start looking at the best ways to stay organized this year.  With the holidays fast approaching, I need to get my life in order before holiday chaos strikes! Getting organized isn't always easy. Like most moms, I get pulled in a thousand different directions every single day.  Not only to I have to keep myself organized but I am also in charge of the kids and husband.  Sure, they are pretty good at … [Read more...]

PlateJoy Meal Planning Makes Eating Healthy Easier

This post about PlateJoy meal planning has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Healthy eating isn't always easy or affordable.  Planning healthy meals usually requires cooking from scratch with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  And that takes more time and money than using most prepackaged products on the grocery store shelf.  However, there are ways to make eating healthier easy and a bit more frugal.  If you want to eat healthy on a smaller budget, I thought I would share my experience with the PlateJoy meal planning system! What … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do With Acorns for Loads of Fall Fun!

I went for a walk yesterday and all along the ground I am starting to see  more and more acorns.  It got me wondering about creative things to do with acorns since they are so plentiful right now. My son always used to gather them up to use in his slingshot (target practice only of course!) but I figured there had to be a ton more ways to use acorns except for target practice.  I started to do a bit of research and am honestly amazed at how many uses for acorns that I found. Creative Things to do With Acorns Wondering what to do with … [Read more...]

How To Add Texture To Your Home for a Peaceful and Relaxing Space

When decorating your home, there are many aspects to consider. Color and style are two ways of incorporating various design elements, but there is even more. It is important to include the use of texture as well. This is often one of the most overlooked (yet brilliant!) ways of highlighting your living space. Wondering how to add texture to your home? Here are a few materials you can use in order to pull your room’s decor together, making it both unique and fun! How To Add Texture To Your Home I am a huge fan of natural decor elements in … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom Ideas To Make Company Feel at Home

This post about guest bedroom ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. If you are having company this holiday season, you may be searching for a few guest bedroom ideas to make sure they are comfy during their stay. Guests like their own private space occasionally and not tripping over suitcases in the living room is a big plus. I highly encourage you to put together a guest bedroom for your guests to stay in. It doesn't have to be 5-star hotel worthy but there are a few things that will make your guests more … [Read more...]

Holiday Budget Tips and Quick Side Hustles for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

This post about holiday budget tips has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. You're thinking 'It's still summer, who wants to think about Christmas bills'... right?  Well, I am already seeing ads for high tech holiday gifts and those aren't cheap! Want to skip the holiday gift giving DEBT this year? You need to start pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips. There are plenty of ways that you can save money and MAKE money in the next 3 months before you start your Black Friday shopping adventures.  Keep reading … [Read more...]