Great Hostess Gift Ideas and Gift Giving Etiquette

With the holidays fast approaching, have you started looking for great hostess gift ideas?  You want to stock up and be prepared for those last minute party invites!  I thought I would share a few ideas that I found for inspiration for you hostess gift shopping! Before I get to the cool gift ideas I came up with, how about we discuss a bit of hostess gift etiquette first! And buying hostess gifts early is just one way to prepare for holiday parties.  Check out my post on how to get ready for Christmas for more ideas! Hostess Gift … [Read more...]

Workout Gift Ideas for Fitness Enthusiasts

The holidays are coming and that means we need to start thinking about the perfect gift for friends and family members.  I try very hard to choose gifts that the recipient will actually use in their everyday life. I have a ton of people in my life that are trying get healthier. With this in mind,  I have started looking for workout gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts that may be well received.   Have a health nut or workout warrior in your life? Get them something to make their workout safer, healthier, and a lot more enjoyable!  And … [Read more...]

Buy Online Shoes But Read These Shoe Shopping Tips First!

This post about how to buy online shoes has been sponsored by 4EurSole. All opinions expressed here are my own. I received compensation and product for sharing these shoe shopping tips with you.  While I enjoy shoe shopping, I am very picky about the shoes I buy.  I tend to buy high-quality shoes that I know will last.  My preference is for practical shoes rather than something that will only match with one outfit.  I have no need for a pair of cherry red heels but a pair of black boots will be worn regularly for years.  I have started to … [Read more...]

Beauty Stocking Stuffers for Teens That Will Be A Hit This Year

This discussion about beauty stocking stuffers for teens has been sponsored by Olay and Braun at Walmart. All opinions are my own. Gone are the days of getting my kids Pokémon cards for their Christmas stockings. I have teenagers now, and it has gotten harder to find stocking stuffers that they will really use. I could load their stockings with candy but there are enough sweets around this house in December without me buying them more. If you are hunting for stocking stuffers for teens this year, I thought I would share a few that might be a … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Tips for Saving Money on Clothing for Teens

This post about saving money on clothing for your teens has been sponsored by Groupon.  All opinions are my own. Last month, while planning our Florida vacation, my daughter came to me and told me that only three pairs of her shorts fit her from last year.  Great.  Three days before we leave and she has barely any summer clothes to wear! While teens tend to grow slower than smaller children, they still outgrow their clothes. Whether it is a growth spurt of a couple of inches or a broadening of the shoulders, my teens still need new … [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...]

Shopping at DICKS Sporting Goods and Supporting Youth Sports

This post has been sponsored by DICKS Sporting Goods but all opinions expressed here are my own. Christmas is coming up faster than I can deal with and I am in full shopping mode this week.  Gifts for kids, my husband, my parents and for a needy family at our church are on my shopping list and I found a ton of great ideas at DICKS Sporting Goods this weekend.  Since fitness, health, and exploring the outdoors are all high on my list of great ways to spend your free time, I was really impressed with the selection of items that I found there. … [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...]