Camping Tips for Beginners that Will Make Your Outdoor Experience FUN!

Camping, whether as a family or on your own, offers an amazing experience for very little cost. It is a great way to unplug you and your family from the everyday hassles of life. You will learn to enjoy the simple pleasures of a glorious sunrise or a quiet shared meal.  However, you do need to read up on a few camping tips for beginners if you really want to have a pleasant experience. You'll also need to invest in some equipment!  However,  once you are done planning,  you will have everything you need to escape the city and enjoy Mother … [Read more...]

Family Travel Self Care Tips for Low Stress Family Vacations

Family travel has always been very important in our lives.  Several times a year, we head out to visit family, explore new locations, or just visit a touristy hot spot or two. We have been tackling the open road since my youngest was 6 months old and have had our share of both good and bad experiences.  I thought I would share a few tips for family travel self care from Kristy Rodriguez, author of the newly published book Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide To A Healthy Baby. If you have family travel scheduled for the coming months, put some time … [Read more...]

Herb and Spice Storage Tips for Longer Life and Fresher Flavor

For the last few weeks, my dehydrator has been running non-stop as I dry the herbs I have growing in my backyard.  Growing herbs is incredibly easy and helps save you a ton of money.  Those little bottled herbs and spices cost a fortune!  Using fresh herbs and spices in your recipes help you boost flavor and cut down on salt usage. Of course, you want your herbs to stay flavorful as long as possible, right? Well, here are a few spice storage tips to extend the life of the herbs you grow (or buy!) so they stay as flavorful as possible.This … [Read more...]

5 Must See Events at Atlanta World of Coca-Cola

This post about the Atlanta World of Coca-Cola has been sponsored but all opinions express here are my own.My family has been living in the Atlanta area for the last 17 years. One of the kids favorite places to visit when we have company or a school vacation is the Atlanta World of Coca-Cola.  On a hot summer day, spending a few hours touring the Coca-Cola museum is incredibly fun. We watch their fun 4D movie, explore the gift shop,  and taste test dozens of flavors of soda. It's a fun way to spend an afternoon.  With summer vacation … [Read more...]

Conquer Kids Sports Chaos with TeamSnap Sports Team Management App (Get 3 Months FREE!)

This Sports Team Management App post is sponsored by TeamSnap brought to you through ShopShare Network.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.Ever since my children were old enough to toddle across a field, they have played sports of some kind.  We went through a LOT of youth sports as they struggled to find the perfect one for their personalities.  Each sport came with its own challenges, … [Read more...]

How to Attract Bats to Your Yard and Why You Want Them There!

Years ago, my family went caving in Kentucky.  We learned quite a bit about the plants and animals in the surround areas and the guide was passionate about bats.  The bat population in many areas is decreasing due to the spread of numerous fungal illnesses and a serious loss of habitat.  Learning how to attract bats to your yard can be a great way to do your part to support the local bat population.  You may think they are a bit intimidating but honestly, they need our help if they are going to thrive!  Here are a few ways to attract bats to … [Read more...]

Tips for Saving Money on Clothing for Teens

This post about saving money on clothing for your teens has been sponsored by Groupon.  All opinions are my own.Last month, while planning our Florida vacation, my daughter came to me and told me that only three pairs of her shorts fit her from last year.  Great.  Three days before we leave and she has barely any summer clothes to wear! While teens tend to grow slower than smaller children, they still outgrow their clothes.  Whether it is a growth spurt of a couple of inches or a broadening of the shoulders, my teens still need new clothes … [Read more...]

Preparing for a Power Outage – Are You Ready?

When my son was 6 weeks old, the Atlanta area was hit with a massive ice storm.  We lost power for several days in the middle of January. The temperature in my house was in the 40s.  Needless to say, we were cold and miserable for a while.  As soon as we recovered, we decided we would never end up unprepared for a power outage ever again.  Preparing for a power outage is important to protect yourself, your family, and your belongings.  You will need different supplies for a winter power outage versus a summer power outage.  With summer storms … [Read more...]

What to Look for in a Financial Advisor Before Your Hire Them

From the time my husband and I first moved in together after college, we have had financial goals. We started saving small amounts of money very early in life, even when we were struggling to pay the bills.  We bought our first house at the age of 27 and when our first child was born that same year, we opened a college savings account as well.  While we have had financial goals our whole lives, we have never spoken to a professional about our finances.  We decided it was time to bring in a financial advisor and we have an appointment with one … [Read more...]

Best Closet Organizing Ideas to Keep Your Wardrobe Neat

For the last year or so, I have been trying to clean out and organize my closet.  I have adopted the 'one in, one out' rule when buying to clothes and fashion items. Most of the items I have not worn in a year have been donated to charity.  Plastic tubs and shelving systems have been added to try and keep my closet organized.  In my quest for fashion order, I have been searching for the best closet organizing ideas that I can find to help keep my wardrobe neat.    I will include a few closet organization tips that have helped me as well as some … [Read more...]