Tips for Staying Active with Your Dog

Want to exercise with your dog to stay healthy and have fun? There are a few things you should consider before you get started.  Staying active with your dog can be beneficial to both of you, but don't jump into it too quickly!   How much exercise to dogs need? The amount of exercise a dog needs is really dependent on the breed and age.  If they are putting on weight or destroying your house, you may want to increase the activity level of your pet. Many years ago, my husband and I discovered the joy of competitive dog … [Read more...]

Lessons From A Garage Sale Survivor

This post about garage sale lessons contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your life, you may want to give some thought to having a garage sale.  Whether you call it a yard sale, tag sale or estate sale, they are all basically the same thing.  A great way to ditch stuff you don't need and make a little bit of extra cash.  Having a successful garage sale isn't easy, however.  I have had many over the … [Read more...]

A Tailgating Essentials List for Fall Sports Fans

Tailgating is a lifestyle and it is gearing up quickly this month.  If you look forward to tailgating season, it's time to get your grill and cooler ready to go.  But, there is more to it than just hot dogs and beer. Make sure you have everything you need with this tailgating essential list!  What is a tailgate game? If you are new to tailgating, you may not even understand what tailgating means.   Basically, a tailgate game is a a party that revolves around sports.   It is basically an outdoor social … [Read more...]

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community

This post about teaching kids to give back is sponsored by Barbara's.  All opinions are my own.   Want to know how to teach kids to give back to the community? Help them get involved in a new service projects and then volunteer WITH them!  Children learn by example and giving back to those in need is a lesson that needs to be passed from parent to child. Already have a child passionate about helping those in need?  You can nominated them for recognition in the Barbara‚Äôs Believe in Better contest.  Keep reading to … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Teens About Underage Drinking

Parenting teenagers is hard work.  You have to find a balance between being their parent and having them not hate you.  Figuring out how to talk to teens about underage drinking is tough.  However, it is one aspect of parenting teens that may very well save their life.  Parenting Teens is Tough But We'll Survive! Children are naturally inquisitive creatures.  They ask an assortment of questions ranging from 'why is the sky blue' to 'why do farts smell'.  Yes, I have a boy.....I'm not sure girls ask as many … [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...]

Financial Wellness Checklist and Using a Bullet Journal to Save Money

As we enter the new year, you should consider working through this financial wellness checklist to ensure financial security in the years to come.  For most people, money is in limited supply and the demands on finances are fairly high.  Gas must be purchased regularly if we want to continue driving to work and kids need to eat.  And they generally eat a LOT.  Unless you sit down to tackle a few financial tasks occasionally, you won't truly be financially 'healthy'.  One way to get a great look at your household budget … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating

With the beginning of the new year comes a renewed determination to eat healthier.  If you want to join me on my healthy food kick, you may need to change your shopping habits.  Hopefully, these grocery shopping tips for healthy eating will help you make smart food choices next time you grab your cart.  Follow these healthy shopping tips to drop a few pounds and increase energy levels! Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthier Eating I bet I'm not the only one who ate way too many Christmas cookies last month.  Every time … [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. The holidays are a stressful time and chaos is not healthy for raising puppies.  A puppy care package, with a sweet 'puppy IOU' and a new pet gift or two is a much better plan! I thought I would share a few puppy supplies you might want to include in your pet gift basket.     New Puppy Care Package Ideas Christmas is actually not a very good time to bring a puppy into your home.  … [Read more...]

Family Tradition Ideas You Need to Start

Everyone has their own family tradition ideas that play a part in their holiday planning. I grew up enjoying the chaos of friends and family during the holidays. Big holiday dinners, multiple stops at different people's houses, playing with cousins and general chaos.  Those were some great times that I look back on with fondness now that I'm an adult.     After college, my husband and I moved halfway across the country from both of our families.  After that, holidays had no cousins, or traveling, or chaos.  It was … [Read more...]