Cool Gifts for Teens That You Will Want to Keep For Yourself!

The holidays are coming and not only do I have Christmas gifts to buy but both of my kids were born in November and December!  I am always on the lookout for cool gifts for teens and this year I have found a few that I totally want to keep for myself!  I thought I would share my finds with you in case your own teens are hard to shop for.  Check out my post about gifts for techies  if your teenager is a huge technology fanatic like mine are. If they are photography buffs, check out my macrophotography post using the Olloclip lens for my … [Read more...]

Practical Purse Essentials List So You Are Prepared For Every Emergency!

When my kids were young and I had a diaper bag to carry around, it was easy to bring everything I could possibly need along with me at all times.  My must have purse essentials list included things like snacks, toys, wipes, spare clothes, and just about everything but the kitchen sink.  Now that my kids are older, I have had to narrow down my definition of purse essentials to only what fits into an average sized handbag. And since I hate huge purses, my handbag tends to be small!It isn't always easy to narrow down what goes in your purse. … [Read more...]

How to Care for Boots so They Last Longer

Fall is almost here and I will soon be breaking out the jeans and boots.  I honestly can't wait because I have a pair of boots that I absolutely LOVE and, well, they look ridiculous with shorts!  If you have a pair of boots that you really treasure, learn how to care for boots properly so that they last a really long time. A good pair of boots is NOT a cheap investment.  You don't want to spend money on a pair that will fall apart in a year.  Buy high-quality boots and take good care of them and you will be wearing them for years to … [Read more...]

How to Get Healthy Lips in 5 Easy Steps

 This post about how to get healthy lips has been sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you by ShopShare Network. All opinions are my own.The older I get, the more I realize that I am no longer a spring chicken.  I look at photos of myself from 15 years ago and I am truly shocked by the differences I see.  My hair isn't as luxurious and my skin is definitely showing some wrinkles.   Even my lips are starting to show signs of aging and I decided that something should be done about that!  When I was asked to work with Grande Cosmetics … [Read more...]

Bedtime Beauty Tips to Help Fight Aging

This post about bedtime beauty tips has been sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you by ShopShare Network. All opinions are my own.Do you wake up in the morning, stare into the mirror, and wonder what happened to that fresh-faced young beauty that you used to be? Need a few bedtime beauty tips to help you look your best? I know I'm certainly giving more thought to my daily skincare routine now that I am officially 'middle aged'!  While I am determined to age gracefully and not fight it TOO hard, I also don't want to give up … [Read more...]

Must Have Summer Fashion Accessories for a Bold and Beautiful Wardrobe

I live in the south and it's already close to 90 degrees some days.  I pull out my summer clothes around mid-March and they stay in my closet all the way through early November.  Since I spend so much time in summer clothes, I don't mind spending a few extra dollars for something that is high quality.  Of course, pants and a shirt are only the basics when it comes to your wardrobe.  While I don't spend a ton of money on hundreds of extras, there are a few basic summer fashion accessories that I try to include in my summer wardrobe.  What sort … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Kids That They Will Love!

Looking for Valentines Day gift ideas for kids?  I have certainly bought a lot of them over the last 15 or so years so I thought I would share a few ideas.   When I was little, I remember my parents (okay, probably my MOM!) getting me a small gift for Valentines Day every year.  Usually, it was just a small box of chocolates or a nick knack of sorts along with a card.  No matter what the gift was, it left me feeling special and I knew that I was loved.  I have always gotten my children a small gift on Valentines Day, although it is getting … [Read more...]

10 Easy Winter Care Tips for Hands

Now that the weather is getting chilly, are your hands looking a little rough around the edges?  These winter care tips for hands might be just the thing you need! It's only October and I am already noticing that my skin is getting dry.  The minute that heat kicks on I start getting frizzy hair, chapped lips and hands that are dry and flaky. Sure, I like hand lotion as much as the next girl but it seems like no matter how much I put on it just sucks right into my skin and I don't see any change in the way my hands feel.  If you have the same … [Read more...]

What is the Secret to Eternal Youth? (When Beauty Becomes an Obsession….)

What is the secret to eternal youth?  What exactly is 'youth' anyhow? Is it how you look or how you feel?  I hit 40 a few years ago and all of a sudden I am starting to notice those gray hairs and fine lines that I have been pretty good at ignoring up until now.  Sure, the metabolism has slowed down and I can't walk past a bathroom without having to pee but I'm not getting old, right? HAH!  I look back at pictures of me in my 20's and I am seriously starting to wonder how I can get that glowing skin and shiny hair back.  But then I start taking … [Read more...]

How to Care for Feet That Work Out Regularly

Thank you to AmLactin for sponsoring this conversation about how to care for feet.  All opinions are my own.After a relatively lazy summer, I am back at the gym and lacing up my workout shoes on a regular basis. If I want to fight that sluggish middle aged metabolism, I can't just sit around watching my favorite crime dramas on TV all day - especially with my love of desserts and anything covered in cheese!  Daily workouts help me keep fitting into my pants!  If you work out regularly, your feet probably take quite a beating.  Feet that … [Read more...]