Fun STEM Activities for Kids That Families Can Do Together

This post about Fun STEM Activities for Kids has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.If you have been following my blog for a while, you may know that before I started blogging, I worked in the science field.  STEM learning is something I am utterly passionate about and my husband (also a scientist) and I have spent many hours doing science experiments with our kids.What is STEM? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  It is a vitally important educational activity for kids of all ages.  Stem activities … [Read more...]

Family Meals Made Easier with Boston Market

This post about family meals is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Boston Market.  All opinions are my own.Would you believe that school started exactly one month ago for my kids?  Seems crazy that those lazy days of summer passed so quickly!  Family meals are easier when school is out.  Life, in general, is slower and more relaxed.  Now that school is back in session, so are after school activities.  Add in homework and chores and life has gotten chaotic once again.  Thankfully, Boston Market has stepped up and made family meals a … [Read more...]

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

Is your teenager struggling to find a job?  While a lot of the responsibility is on them when it comes to employment, there are things you can do to help teens who are looking for work.  Not sure how you as a parent can help?  Well, if you are wondering what to do for teens who need help with getting a job, I thought I would share a few easy suggestions!Teen Employment:  Then vs Now 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. … [Read more...]

Holiday Budget Tips and Quick Side Hustles for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

This post about holiday budget tips has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.You're thinking 'It's still summer, who wants to think about Christmas bills'... right?  Well, I am already seeing ads for high tech holiday gifts and those aren't cheap! Want to skip the holiday gift giving DEBT this year? You need to start pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips. There are plenty of ways that you can save money and MAKE money in the next 3 months before you start your Black Friday shopping adventures.  Keep reading … [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...]

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...]

Waste Free School Lunch Tips to Save Money and Reduce Trash

I know....you are in the middle of summer vacation and don't want to think about school lunches, right?  Well, my kids go back to school in 3 weeks so I am thinking about what they will bring to eat this year.  Sending a waste free school lunch is important to me but it definitely takes a bit of planning.One of my favorite tips to save money is to ditch the disposables.  No sense throwing your hard earned cash in the garbage can, right? If you want to cut down on lunch costs this year, here are a few school lunch tips that might help. Check … [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...]

Balancing a Plentiful Life with Community Volunteering Keeps Kids Grounded

This post about balancing a plentiful life with community volunteering has been sponsored by Reward Volunteers.  All opinions are my own.I look around the area I live in and am both awed and slightly shocked by the wealth that surrounds us. My teens’ friends have homes with actual media rooms in them. Many had the newest iPhone by age 8. They often get brand new cars for their 16th birthday. This is not the way we raised our children. I don't want them to think this is common for most people. My husband and I are financially stable but … [Read more...]