Empty Nest Ideas To Fill Your Free Time

My kids are both in college now. Surviving an empty next is emotionally challenging and I am struggling.  While I am always happy to find new hobbies or try out a new recipe, I have been a bit lost the last few months.  I thought I would share a few empty nest ideas that are helping me stay sane while I worry about whether my college kids are staying safe and healthy.  The truth about empty nests When children are young and underfoot all day, efforts to organize your home probably include chores as simple as keeping … [Read more...]

Do A 5k For A Cause With Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K

This post about why you should do a 5k for a cause is sponsored by Women Online and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K, delivered by CSX All opinions are my own. Interested in better health, supporting a good cause, and getting outside? Doing a 5k is right up your alley.  And just because you don't live in a major metropolitan area, doesn't mean you can't join the fun!  The Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K offers a virtual 5K to get you involved no matter where you live.   What is the Wounded … [Read more...]

Preparing for a Power Outage? Don’t Forget These Tips and Tricks!

Worried about a power outage?  Natural disasters like hurricanes, blizzards, and tornadoes can leave you living without power for several days.  Or weeks!  Preparing for a power outage before a storm hits is key.  Knowing what to do if you lose power is one thing.  Having emergency supplies on hand ahead of time is even more important! Hopefully these power outage tips and tricks will have you surviving natural disasters a little bit more enjoyably.     Power outages can be dangerous! When my son … [Read more...]

Building Positive Relationships and Saying Thank You

This post about building positive relationships is made possible with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All opinions are my own. Positive relationships are vital to your long term mental health, whether you are an adult, teen, or child. However, relationship building isn’t easy. It takes time, commitment, trust, and a strong appreciation of one another. And when you find that one person (or two or three) that supports you … [Read more...]

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Family hiking can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with your teenagers.  Or, it can be a horrible experience that will ensure your teens never set foot in the woods again!  Here are some tips for hiking with teens so that your outdoor family adventure is one you will want to repeat! Make Family Hiking a Priority My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty … [Read more...]

Projects To Upgrade Your Home to Add Value and Curb Appeal

This post about projects to upgrade your home has been sponsored by the Brazilian Wood Depot. All opinions are my own. Looking for cool home improvement projects this month? There are dozens of house upgrades you can tackle that will add value and make your space more enjoyable. There are a number of changes you can make to your home and yard that add curb appeal and make your space appear bigger than it actually is. Here are a few projects to upgrade your home while the weather is nice. Declutter Before Tackling These Cool House … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Yogurt Cups

Looking for ways to reuse empty yogurt containers?  There are a ton of ways to reuse your small plastic containers, which will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint! Since I go through a ton of yogurt, I thought I would share a few creative ways to reuse yogurt cups around your home.  When empty yogurt containers pile up... My children go through a ridiculous amount of yogurt.  every week at the grocery store I must spend 15 minutes just picking out new flavors and brands for them to try.  … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Community Support In Times Of Need

This post about the importance of community support in times of need is made possible with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All opinions are my own. The last few weeks have been incredibly challenging for many families. Whether you are out of work, trying to homeschool your kids, dealing with illness, or struggling through the loneliness of social isolation, this pandemic has had massive repercussions around the world.  Now, more than … [Read more...]

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard and Garden

If you have pets and small children, you may be wondering how to keep snakes out of your yard naturally to help keep them safe. I know this is a huge concern for us here in Georgia. A few years ago, my husband and I found two rather large copperheads in our yard.  Needless to say, there was a lot of commotion over this fact since they are poisonous.  From snake traps to snake repellents, what works and what doesn't to repel snakes from your yard and garden? Kids and Poisonous Snakes Don't Mix I am a huge nature lover but I can't … [Read more...]

How to Clean Patio Furniture and Enjoy Your Outdoor Space!

Kick off spring with a clean patio!  Deck and patio furniture often takes a beating over the winter leaving it dull, dirty, and gross when spring rolls around.  Here are a few tips on how to clean patio furniture so you can enjoy your outdoor living space as the weather warms up.    When old patio furniture is functional but UGLY I love spending time out on my patio in the spring and summer.  However, living in the moldy, pollen loaded south meant that I had to learn how to clean patio furniture the first … [Read more...]