Packing and Planning to Visit Everglades National Park

We have only a few more days until my kids are finally out of school for spring break.  We don't always do a big family vacation over spring break but with the kids getting older, we only have a few years left to travel together as a family.  Pretty soon, jobs and college will interfere with our family trips so we decided to do a big one this year.  We decided to explore Florida and will spend some time in the Everglades as well as visit Disney.  A few days with friends and family will round out our trip before we come home.  While traveling … [Read more...]

Healthy Dog Coat Tips and Nature’s Recipe Launch at Walmart!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Recipe®. The opinions and text are all my own.For the last 20 years, my husband and I have owned a breed of dog called the Dutch shepherd.  Similar to a German shepherd, Dutchies are hyper, high drive, protective and incredibly smart.  They are also very hairy!  With a double coat to protect them from cold, winter weather, shepherds tend to shed quite a bit. While they shed year round, spring is the absolute worst when it comes to finding dog hair all over my house.  I … [Read more...]

Spring Yard Care Tips to Increase Curb Appeal

With the onset of spring comes an intense need to get my yard cleaned up.  After months of neglect, the grass, trees, and shrubs are all screaming for some attention.  My teenage son is thrilled to start some spring yard care since it means that he can once again get paid for mowing the lawn.  It's a chore that neither my husband nor I really enjoy. Paying the boy to do it is a win/win for all of us!  If you are wondering what sort of chores you need to tackle this month to increase curb appeal, here are a few things to get started on.  I will … [Read more...]

Kids Sports Tips: Surviving a Season of Chaos

Over the last decade, my children have been very active in a number of different kids sports.  This caused quite a bit of chaos around the house some days.  Sometimes we were pulled in a million different directions and the bills, gear, and time commitments were overwhelming. We managed to survive (thankfully!) and now that the kids are teens, our lives have stopped revolving quite so much around sports and focus more on school.  I thought I would share a few kids sports tips that helped us keep our sanity intact while the kids were younger.  I … [Read more...]

How to Be More Optimistic and Improve Your Outlook on Life!

I am not the most optimistic person.  I tend to be skeptical of things that seem too good to be true.  Planning for catastrophic events happens regularly in my head.  Rarely do I go into any situation expecting things to run smoothly.  I envy optimistic people. They must be much more light-hearted than I am, right? I really want to learn how to change my slightly negative views on life and when I was sent a few tips by Dr. Sanam Hafeez from Comprehend the Mind on how to be more optimistic, I thought I would share them with you.  There are a lot … [Read more...]

Planting Bulbs in Spring for Vibrant Summer Flowers

With the weather already in the low 60's here in Georgia, we have daffodils blooming and the scent of hyacinths in the air.  While most bulbs are planted in the fall for spring blooming, you can still plant bulbs even after the snow melts.  Planting bulbs in spring will bring you a nice rainbow of colors in your yard during the summer.  However, you need to follow a few of these easy planting tips and make sure to buy the right type of bulbs. I will share a few tips and affiliate links to get you started on your bulb planting journey!How … [Read more...]

Unique Kitchen Science Experiment for Kids

I spent this past weekend declutter my book collection and donated dozens of science experiment books to a local science teacher.  My husband and I both have degrees in science and we loved sharing an assortment of fun science experiments with our children when they were young.  It makes me sad to say goodbye to that time in our lives but I'm happy the excitement will live on in another generation. I thought I would share with you our favorite kitchen science experiment for kids as well as a few others I found that can teach a few valuable … [Read more...]

Uses for Shredded Paper After Your Home Office Decluttering is Finished!

When the new year rolled around, I decided it was time to do some home office decluttering.  I have an overflowing filing cabinet and a computer desk that has way too many piles of stuff on it. I have been sorting, purging, donating and recycling quite a number of things over the last few weeks.  Of course, many of the documents I have in my home office require shredding to protect personal information.  Now that I have purged the files, though, I am trying to figure out a few uses for shredded paper rather than throw it all away.  If you find … [Read more...]

Fun Easter traditions from Around the World

With the coming of spring we also celebrate the season of Easter in the Christian church.  Well, to be honest, even non Christians are celebrating Easter nowadays. Are you looking for some fun Easter traditions to start with your kids?  This holiday has less and less of a religious meaning to many people and instead is just a day for children to gorge themselves on candy and run around looking for little plastic eggs.Our family falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to Easter traditions.  I make sure my children understand the … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

One of the best ways to add flavor to your food is to learn how to grow your own herb garden.  Fresh herbs are not cheap at the grocery store and once you buy them, they go bad fairly quickly.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to grab the cilantro only to find that it is slightly slimy and no longer usable. There goes another $1.00 right into the compost bin.  Herb gardens are a very easy way to ensure that you have fresh herbs right at your fingertips whenever you need them.  Not only do you get fresh flavor in your recipes but … [Read more...]