Tips for Hosting an Awesome Game Day Party

These tips for hosting an awesome game day party have been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own.I live here in Atlanta where there will soon be a huge influx of football fans to watch this years big football game.  You know, that BIG GAME that is totally super but no one is supposed to use it's official name ever? I decided to share a few game day party tips, as well as some info about the new 77-inch LG OLED television.  It is seriously an awesome viewing experience for your upcoming football game … [Read more...]

Romantic Movies for Couples Perfect for Date Night!

Some days, we just need to spend time reconnecting with our significant other.  The week is long.  The kids are annoying. Date night doesn't have to mean expensive dinners out or trips to a crowded movie theater.  These romantic movies for couples will make date night inexpensive and enjoyable!  Make a few appetizers together.  Grab a blanket. Get those kids to bed early!  Choose one of these romantic movies for a fun date night in with your partner.Romantic Movies for Couples Perfect for Date Night! Let me … [Read more...]

Simple Patriotic Party Ideas to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

This post about patriotic party ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial, Labor Day, Veteran's Day or any other patriotic holiday, having a party is always a fun way to enjoy it.  If you are looking for patriotic party ideas, they don't have to be complicated or expensive.  A dash of red, white and blue along with some food and a few crafts for the kids is all you really need.Sure, amazing fireworks and giant flags are nice but you don't really need them to get the point … [Read more...]

How to Make Frozen Wine Cocktails and Easy Frozen Wine Cocktail Recipes

I remember  (many years ago!) enjoying delicious Arbor Mist frozen wine cocktails during a summer BBQ. They were so delicious!  With the weather finally warming up, I am craving frozen wine cocktails for refreshing splurge. I spent the weekend cleaning off the patio and can't wait to start relaxing out there and listening to the frogs in the pond!  If you are wondering how to make frozen wine cocktails, I thought I would share a few tips. Check out my post on basic bar essentials before you host your next party.Best Frozen Drink Makers … [Read more...]

Make Time for Music No Matter What Your Age

 Thank you Fender for sponsoring this post about why you should make time for music. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play!One of the first formal classes I joined with my children was a small music class at our church.  The kids were babies and toddlers at that point.  The instruments they used were wooden maracas and brightly colored shaker toys.  We sang and we clapped and generally had a grand and glorious time for a solid hour.  As the children grew up, they brought home the dreaded recorders from school.  We signed them up for formal … [Read more...]

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Releases New Album: From A Room: Volume 2

This post about country singer Chris Stapleton has been sponsored.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Country singer Christ Stapleton has released a new album this month and it has debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200! I discovered the joys of country music when I was in college and once I moved down to Houston, I was hooked. There is something so moving and catchy about the down to earth lyrics and twangy beat of a good country song.  If you are a fan, you should definitely find time to check out Chris Stapleton's new … [Read more...]

Giving My Kids Music Gifts Makes Us All Happy!

Thank you, Fender, for sponsoring this post about kids music gifts. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play!Like most teens, my kids have a long list of 'wants' when it comes to birthday and holiday gifts.  Some years, I have to say, NOPE, you can't have that.  Like the baby sister my daughter asked for several years in a row.  That one wasn't going to happen!  I'm always happy to give my kids music gifts, however, and there have been many!  Our home contains a piano, flute, piccolo, clarinet, about 5 guitars and a ukulele.  And probably a … [Read more...]

Best Christmas Movies for Teens for a Fun Family Movie Night

My kids have already started hunting through Netflix, Comcast on Demand and Amazon Prime looking for Christmas movies.  I keep telling them to wait til after Thanksgiving before worrying about the best Christmas movies but they will have none of my life lessons. I decided to give in to their obsessive holiday spirit and started looking for the best Christmas movies for teens last night.   There are so many to choose from!  I definitely encourage you to choose a few holiday movies and settle in for a fun holiday-themed family movie night with … [Read more...]

Now That’s What I Call Music and Rocking Out in Sign Language!

This is a sponsored post for Now That’s What I Call Music. All opinions are my own.I am a child of the 80's.  I grew up on mixtapes, Walkmans, and MTV.  There was nothing I enjoyed more than rocking my headphones on a walk or watching MTV on the television at my friend's house.  Times have changed since then.  Just a little bit, right?  Now my teens are rocking earbuds and iPhones and watching videos on YouTube and streaming music on Spotify. But the concept is the same.  Music speaks to teens today just like it did 30 years ago when I … [Read more...]

Basic Bar Essentials for Your Next Party Hosting Experience

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are planning on a bit of entertaining in the coming months.  The family will be visiting, friends want to celebrate the season, and everyone loves a good wine and cheese event, right? If you are planning on party hosting and serving a cocktail or two, there are a few basic bar essentials that you may want to invest in.  Sure, you can drink wine out of your kid's plastic juice glass but it takes something away from the ambiance of the evening!  My husband and I have been slowly stocking our bar … [Read more...]