Creative Ways to Save for a Vacation and Why Your Family Needs to Take One!

Family vacations aren't always cheap but they are a great way to relax and reconnect with your family.  Vacations don't always need to be expensive to be one of the best times of your life.  You don't actually need to go to a 5-star hotel and eat only in the most exclusive restaurants. Some of the best memories you can make with your family will be on a family vacation.  Your child won't remember the quality of the hotel you stayed at but they will remember the card games, trips to the beach and all that togetherness that you enjoyed.  That … [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...]

Tips for Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Spring is approaching and with it comes lots of new baby animals.  If you are considering adding a critter to your house, I encourage you to check out these tips for choosing the right pet before you shop.  Animals are a huge commitment and they deserve to be a full-fledged member of your family.Growing up, I had a dog until I was about 10 years old and he passed away from old age.  That was the first time I had ever seen my father cry and that memory has stuck with me for decades.  I begged and pleaded for years after that to be allowed to … [Read more...]

4 Examples of Personal Financial Goals I have Added to My To Do List

Our personal budget has been stretched fairly thin for the last few months and I'm researching examples of personal financial goals to help me save money. After the slightly out of control holiday spending came a trip to London (not cheap!) and a few first of the year expenses (darn you Home Owner's Association!) and now we are looking at a very slim balance in the bank.    With two teens who one day soon will want to go to college, we need to learn how to save money in ways that don't involve me giving up my organic food or my iPhone.  A girl … [Read more...]

How to Connect with Your Teen and Bring More Peace to Your Family

When my children were small, it was relatively easy to connect with them.  A few minutes building a LEGO castle or coloring in a princess coloring book was pretty simple to accomplish and they were always happy to participate.  Learning how to connect with your teen, however, can be a bit more challenging.  Teens are often busy or tired or in a bad mood or just plain not interested in hanging with mom and dad.  But, teens really need you to connect with them, whether they realize it or not.  Staying connected with your teens means that they … [Read more...]

How to Make Road Trips Fun and Educational

Are you planning a long car ride this holiday season and wonder how you will all survive the trip with your sanity intact?  Do you get tired of plugging your kids into electronic devices for the entire journey to grandma's house?  We have traveled long distance with our kids since my first was only 6 months old. A  2 to 3-day drive from Georgia to Vermont gave us plenty of time to find creative ways to keep us all busy. If you are wondering how to make road trips fun and educational, I am sharing some tips from Ruth Rumack, the founder of Ruth … [Read more...]

Give a New Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) for a Gift!

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, PLEASE give a new puppy care package on Christmas day and not the actual puppy. My husband and I both had dogs as children so when we moved in together after college we immediately starting talking about getting a puppy.  Granted, getting a German Shepherd puppy in an apartment was probably not the wisest choice but we soon found a house with a fenced in yard and she quickly realized that eating shoes was not as much fun as chasing squirrels.  It all turned out great in the long run and ever … [Read more...]

Holiday Budget Tips for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

Are you pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips? The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a serious amount of shopping.  Gifts for friends and family members, holiday baking supplies, wrapping paper and pretty clothes for Christmas Eve church service are all on my list of things to buy this year.  I will be shelling out an awful lot of money over the coming months and have started looking for some holiday budget tips to help keep my spending under control.  If you are anything like me, you have trouble … [Read more...]

Find Your Perfect Car Match with Capital One’s Auto Navigator

This post about how to Find Your Perfect Car Match has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.When my husband and I moved to the Atlanta area, we were young, expecting a new baby and incredibly active in dog training and competition.  We had very specific needs for our new car.  It had to be an extended cab pickup truck with a cap on the back.  It would give us room for car seats within the cab itself and room for our two shepherds and all their training gear in the back.  Unfortunately, it was the very first year that … [Read more...]

What To Do for Teens Who Need Help with Getting a Job

My son will be 17 in a few weeks and I honestly never thought he would need help with getting a job.  When I was a teen, I walked into the grocery store at the age of 15 and was hired immediately.  I had been babysitting and delivering newspapers for years.  I had absolutely no trouble finding employment the minute I started looking for it. Well, fast forward 30 years and now we live in a major metropolitan area.  There are thousands and probably hundreds of thousands of teens out looking for jobs.  Not to mention all the unemployed adults … [Read more...]