17 DIY Dog Treat Recipes Make Great Gifts for Dog Lovers and Pets!

Do you have a canine friend in your life that would appreciate these DIY dog treat recipes?  Or are you looking for gifts for dog lovers? Making homemade dog treats is easy and they make a fun and personal gift for the dog people in your life.  Most of the time, the ingredients are already in your pantry and they take very little time and energy to make.  I thought I would share this roundup of homemade dog treats to inspire you to get busy creating a few healthy dog treats this month! You can also put homemade treats in a puppy care package, … [Read more...]

Christmas Storage Solutions for Easy Post Holiday Organizing

Christmas comes with lots of fanfare.  There are ornaments and wreaths, wrapping paper and bows, not to mention very large trees.  In about 3 weeks, you are going to need some creative Christmas storage solutions for post holiday organizing.  Unless you plan on leaving all those decorations up until summer.  I don't really recommend that plan!  In partnership with Walter Drake, I am sharing a few organizing ideas that may come in handy as you pack away your tinsel and ribbons!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decorating with At Home Stores

This post about simple holiday decorating has been sponsored by At Home and Mom Select.  All opinions expressed here are my own.The holidays are here and boy did they sneak up on me!  We have been busy with college applications and SAT classes and visiting the schools on my son's wish list.  Then, I blinked and it was almost Christmas!  Where did the time go? Now, I need to find time to shop, cook, help my son with scholarship applications AND get the house looking slightly festive for the holidays.  Add a full-time job and I am a bit … [Read more...]

Professional Family Holiday Photos for a Simple and Memorable Season

This post about Professional Family Holiday Photos has been sponsored by Portrait Innovations.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Over the years, I have taken a lot of really bad photos of my family.  While they are amusing to look at, I don't want to send them to family and friends on my holiday card!  I love looking back on the professional family holiday photos that I have had done.  The lighting is right and they are in focus.  The backgrounds are pretty and some of the special effects are truly beautiful.  When I was contacted by … [Read more...]

Giving My Kids Music Gifts Makes Us All Happy!

Thank you, Fender, for sponsoring this post about kids music gifts. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play!Like most teens, my kids have a long list of 'wants' when it comes to birthday and holiday gifts.  Some years, I have to say, NOPE, you can't have that.  Like the baby sister my daughter asked for several years in a row.  That one wasn't going to happen!  I'm always happy to give my kids music gifts, however, and there have been many!  Our home contains a piano, flute, piccolo, clarinet, about 5 guitars and a ukulele.  And probably a … [Read more...]

How to Create a Winter Car Emergency Kit

You really need to have a  winter car emergency kit no matter what area of the country you live in.  Several years ago, Georgia went through a winter emergency we fondly called Snowmageddon.  We got a whopping three inches of snow and the entire area came to a standstill.  The governor of Georgia declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was mobilized.  Motorists sat stranded in their cars for 16 hours due to total gridlock on the highways and a layer of ice that blanketed the entire city. This post contains affiliate links. If you … [Read more...]

10 Things You Must do NOW to Get Ready for Christmas

As we merrily roll into fall and plan our children's Halloween costumes, I would like to remind you that there are less than 60 days to get ready for Christmas.  Freak you out just a little bit there?  As soon as Halloween passes us by, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then all you have to do is blink and Christmas is here! I, for one, am nowhere near ready for it!  It always amazes me how quickly we move from summer vacation to the first day of school and then the chaos of the holidays plows us right over.  This year, though, I am … [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...]

Tips for Saving Money on Laundry

These tips for saving money on laundry have been sponsored. 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.I have told my family multiple times that I really think we should adopt nudity as a way of life.  I would save SOOO much time and money if we could just stop washing and drying clothes every day.  Unfortunately, no one really seems like this plan.  I guess we would get a little bit chilly in the winter, right? So, since I can't stop dealing with … [Read more...]

Tips for Creating a Fire Safety Escape Plan with Your Kids

This post about creating a fire safety escape plan has been sponsored by First Alert.  All opinions expressed here are my own.When my children were young, they had a fire safety lesson at school.  There was a mobile 'classroom' that came to the school and taught them how to escape from a room if the house was on fire.  They learned things like staying low to the ground to avoid smoke and to feel the door before opening it to see if it was hot.  When they came home from school that day, they brought home knowledge that could save their … [Read more...]