How To Spice Up Your Parties With Fun and Flavor

Hosting a house party can be a ton of fun, however, your party planning ideas may need a bit of an upgrade. Learn how to spice up your parties!  Here are some party tips and tricks to make it more memorable with more fun and loads of flavor. Simple Cheap Party Decorating Ideas Are Fine! Hosting a house party that really rocks doesn't have to cost a fortune.  In fact, keeping the party decor simple will allow you to focus more on the FUN and less on the FLASH that will only end up in the trash can. Simple cheap party … [Read more...]

Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. Going hiking is great exercise and a lot of fun.  Don't let lack of experience make it a not so enjoyable time!Why Hiking is the Best Exercise When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club.It was my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  The club was a great group of people who had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Long Distance Road Trip for Fewer Snags Along the Way!

This post about how to plan a long distance road trip has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own.When I woke up this morning, the first thing on my to do list was to plan a long distance road trip for this summer. Why am I starting my vacation planning in April?  Because planning a family vacation takes more effort than organizing military troops for war.  If you want to have a fun and safe road trip this summer, I thought I'd share a few tips to make your journey a bit more enjoyable.  The Joys … [Read more...]

Football Game Day Snack Ideas and a Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip Recipe

These football game day snack ideas and Greek yogurt ranch dip recipe are sponsored by Babbleboxx.  All  opinions are my own.Unless you have been hiding your head in a book for weeks, you probably know that there is a big football game coming up soon.  Its a really SUPER football game who's real name shall not be used by anyone but we know what it is, right?  Do you love football?  Have friends over for the big game!  Of course, you need football game day snack ideas in order to keep them well fed, right?  Well, Babbleboxx sent a collection … [Read more...]

What to Do with Halloween Costumes Once Trick or Treating is Over

When my children were younger and dressed up for trick or treating, I used to spend a ton of money on Halloween costumes and accessories.  For an event that lasted about 2 hours. I know, I was a sucker for cute princess dresses and rakish looking eye patches.  Then November 1st came around and had me wondering what to do with Halloween costumes after all the fun and games of trick or treating were over.It seems silly to spend all that money and only get a few hours enjoyment out of your adorable dress up clothes, right?  Well, over the … [Read more...]

How to Rock Family Movie Night with Teens

This post about family movie night with teens has been sponsored by BestBuy.  All opinions are my own.When  my kids were young, we watched a lot of movies together.  There was plenty of Disney, cuddly blankets, and popcorn to go around.  Now that the kids are older, they have a tendency to hide in their rooms.  They emerge occasionally for food or money.  Then they just want to go hide again.  Now that my oldest is off to college, I see him about once a month.  It's been a hard transition.If you feel like you are disconnected to … [Read more...]

6 New Hobby Ideas for a More Unique YOU

This post about new hobby ideas has been sponsored, however, all opinions are my own.If you are looking for new hobby ideas this year,  you are well on your way to creating a more unique YOU.    All work and no play makes mom a dull girl, right?  Finding a new hobby is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.  Depending on the which new hobby you decide to try, you may make new friends, create something you can sell to earn money, or even get more physically fit.Need a bit of inspiration when it comes to developing a new … [Read more...]

Celebrating High School Graduation with Burgers, Tears, and Memories

This post about celebrating high school graduation has been sponsored by Culver's.  All opinions are my own.The school year is drawing to a close.  It's hard to believe that the last 9 months have flown by so quickly.  What makes this year particularly difficult is that I have a high school senior.  There will be no going back for this guy.  He is moving onward and upwards and will be heading off to college in a few months.  His impending departure has me wanting to cling to every moment I have left with him. He is harder to hold on to as a … [Read more...]

Happiness in Middle Age means Mountains and Motorcycles!

This post about Happiness in Middle Age was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.While my job keeps me at home and on the computer, I wouldn't say that my chair is my happy place.  And as I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate moments of happiness more than ever.  I see so many people my age suffering from illness or injury, dealing with the death of loved ones or the stress of job loss.  Happiness is fleeting and not something to be tossed … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Camping Trip to Stay Safe and Have Fun

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with the family.  Getting outdoors and unplugging for a few days is a great way to reconnect with each other while you have some fun.  Once you invest in the right gear, it also becomes a very inexpensive way to go on vacation.  You can rent a campsite for significantly less money than you can stay in a hotel. Knowing how to prepare for a camping trip can make or break your outdoor experience.  Heading into the woods unprepared can leave you with soggy socks and unhappy memories!  Check out my hiking … [Read more...]