Tips for the Beginning Gardener and a Garden Update

These tips for the beginning gardener have been sponsored by  Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have been gardening for many years but it seems like every seasonI learn something new.  Gardening can be a wonderful hobby that is both frustrating and immensely satisfying.  If you are a beginning gardener you need to go into this process with a clear understanding that it does take a bit of work, some research, and a whole lot of luck some years!  However, feeding your family right from the backyard is also incredibly … [Read more...]

Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips and a #EurekaPower Vacuum Giveaway #bringiton

These spring cleaning tips have been sponsored by Eureka.  I have been provided with one Eureka Airspeed All Floor vacuum to facilitate my post. After a very long, cold and dreadfully dreary winter, spring is finally here!  My garden is planted, the days are staying light later, and the kids are off to school in the morning in shorts.  Yes, April in Georgia is warm enough for shorts!  Along with the warmer weather comes a distinct need to clean out my house.  Clutter and dust bunnies shall be dealt with severely in the coming weeks.  Between … [Read more...]

Organizing your Home in Style with @Kmart

This post about organizing your home has been sponsored by Kmart.  I am a Kmart blogger but all opinions expressed here are my own. Winter in my house tends to leave behind an awful lot of clutter.  Hats, scarves and mittens, though used infrequently, seem to pile up near vents or randomly stuffed into places they don't belong.  Like toy boxes, book bags, or the basket of magazines I have yet to read.  Holiday gifts take forever to find new homes and by this time of year my house is starting to look a bit tattered around the edges.  Now that … [Read more...]

What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I look back on my childhood in suburban Connecticut I am pretty sure that my family was living the American Dream.  We had a modest sized house in a close nit neighborhood.  It was not a mansion in a gated community but there was plenty of space as long as my sister didn't hog the bathroom for too long when I had to go!  We felt safe playing in the streets, had good friends, and a … [Read more...]

Career Building Tools from Mom Corps YOU

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. When I was pregnant with my first child I decided I wanted to stay home after he was born rather than put him in daycare.  That meant leaving a job I loved doing cancer research for a large medical facility and taking a very drastic reduction in income.  I thought I was ready....little did I know that one car accident later I would be looking for … [Read more...]

Creative Decorating Ideas with the Sears Furniture Collection

This is a sponsored post through the Social Media Chicks influencer network. I am a Sears Holding Corporation blogger, though all opinions are my own. 8 years ago my husband and I moved from our tiny starter home into a larger house in a good school district.  All of the furniture from our first house fit into one floor of our current home.  Not that our current digs are a palace or anything....but we had a lot of empty space to fill up!  8 years later and it is still a work in progress.  Much of our current furniture is second hand (and … [Read more...]

Rent Textbooks with CampusBookRental and Support Operation Smiles

This post about how to rent textbooks is sponsored by CampusBookRentals but all opinions expressed here are my own. Every year my husband and I try to tuck away a small amount of money into a college fund for our kids.  College tuition is not cheap and I have less than 5 years before my first child heads off in search of higher learning.  While we have high hopes that they qualify for a scholarship, I am not keeping my fingers crossed.  Of course, looking at our pitifully small savings so far, we are going to have to be frugal when college … [Read more...]

Adding a Little Zip to Our Snacks with Heluva Good! Greek Style Yogurt Dip #HVGgoesGreek #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heluva Good! I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. My children started back to school last week and for the first 2 days I told them they had to buy their lunch.  This helps them get adjusted to the new routine while everyone is still a bit new to the process.  The children were less than pleased when they came home from school.  I heard all about how horrid the school lunch was.  They only gave them 4 … [Read more...]

Social Good with Johnson & Johnson #SelflessSelfie Photo Donation #JNJ #sponsored

This Social Good post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own. Today is the first day of school for my children.  My son is in 8th grade this year and is starting his third year in middle school.  My daughter, however, is just starting 6th grade and this is her very FIRST day of middle school.  She is nervous about going to a new school, making new friends and having new teachers.  Middle school is not always easy for kids but I am keeping my fingers crossed that things go smoothly.  … [Read more...]

Frugal Dog Care Tips for a Happy, Healthy Dog #sponsored

This post about frugal dog care tips has been sponsored by the Dog Bark Collar Store but all opinions expressed are my own.  When my husband and I were just out of college and struggling to make end's meat we decided we wanted to get a dog.  We decided we wanted to get a BIG dog!  Not only did we end up getting a German Shepherd, we got her a friend to play with a year later when we brought home a Dutch Shepherd, too. We quickly had to learn a few frugal dog care tips so we didn't go broke!   We jumped right into dog ownership with both feet … [Read more...]