Tips for Saving Money on Laundry

These tips for saving money on laundry have been sponsored. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.I have told my family multiple times that I really think we should adopt nudity as a way of life.  I would save SOOO much time and money if we could just stop washing and drying clothes every day.  Unfortunately, no one really seems like this plan.  I guess we would get a little bit chilly in the winter, right? So, since I can't stop dealing with … [Read more...]

Teenagers and Technology: Negotiating their Expensive Wish List

Teenagers and technology seem to go hand in hand nowadays and it can be a pricey combination. When my children were small, their wish list was relatively easy to handle.  They wanted small things that were fairly inexpensive.  I bought tons of LEGO (ok, not THAT cheap!) and art supplies (thank you, Michaels coupons!) and they were happy as clams on Christmas and Birthdays.  But, now I have teenagers and all of a sudden my gift budget just isn't going to make a dent in the wish list they have in their heads. The primary desire of my teenagers is … [Read more...]

Conquer Kids Sports Chaos with TeamSnap Sports Team Management App (Get 3 Months FREE!)

This Sports Team Management App post is sponsored by TeamSnap brought to you through ShopShare Network.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.Ever since my children were old enough to toddle across a field, they have played sports of some kind.  We went through a LOT of youth sports as they struggled to find the perfect one for their personalities.  Each sport came with its own challenges, … [Read more...]

A Cell Phone for Teens Only Works When It’s Charged!

This discussion about charging a cell phone for teens has been sponsored by ANKER but all opinions expressed here are my own.Everyone has their own rules for when they think their child is ready for a cell phone.  When my kids were in middle school, they had little flip phones that were strictly for calling home for a ride.  They were rarely used and the charge on that thing lasted forever.  Once my kids hit high school, they were given their first smart phones.  Well, all of a sudden, there are a million things they can do on their … [Read more...]

Olloclip Photo Lens for iPhone Macro Photography

Since I started blogging, I have become quite a passionate photographer.  I seem to take my DSLR camera everywhere to take photos of my family, nature, and (of course) food!  My husband recently got me an Olloclip photo lens for my iPhone as an anniversary gift and I have started realizing that my DSLR is only seeing 'the big picture' when it comes to photography.  I wanted to share my experience in iPhone macro photography over the last month or so in case you want to delve into the world of macro photography for yourself.  If you aren't … [Read more...]

The Best Buy Tech Home Takes Suburban Life High Tech

This post about the Best Buy Tech Home has been compensated, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.A few weeks ago, my husband and I were in bed on a Saturday night and it was after 11 PM.  All of a sudden, our doorbell rings!  We look at each other in confusion, the dog starts barking like mad and  we make our way downstairs tentatively to see who is at our door at this horrible hour.  Of … [Read more...]

Online Safety for Teenagers Presents Unique Challenges

Keeping my kids safe online when they were young was pretty easy.  The computer is in the living room and they had no cell phones or other electronic devices.  They also had no idea what the term 'search history' meant and had even less of a clue about how to erase it.  Online safety for teenagers presents unique challenges that you just don't have to deal with when your kids are little.  Both of my kids now have smart phones, Kindles, way too much time alone and are more tech savvy than I am.  How do I keep my teens safe online when they have … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Start Live Streaming TV Channels Online

This post about live streaming TV channels online is part of a paid partnership with XFINITY.  All opinions are my own.When my kids were little, they were always underfoot. I was home with them all day, every day. Half the time there was a toddler clinging to my leg and a preschooler lying on the floor by my feet playing with toys.  There were days where I craved alone time like you would not believe.  Well, now I have teenagers.  There are days that they only come out of their rooms for food or bathroom breaks.  And they are stealthy about … [Read more...]

Things You Can Do with the Amazon Echo That Make Life Easier

This year, my husband decided he wanted to get the family the Amazon Echo for a Christmas gift.  Which basically means, he wanted the Amazon Echo and Christmas was a good excuse to buy it!  Ever since, I have been researching things you can do with the Amazon Echo to make life easier.  What is the sense in having technology in the house if it can't solve a few problems here or there, right?  First off, you might be wondering what is Amazon Echo, right?  Basically, it is Amazon Prime, Google, Wink hub,  and Siri all wrapped up in one very simple … [Read more...]

DIY Screen Cleaner and Essentials to Pack in Your Computer Bag

#spon: This DIY screen cleaner post has been sponsored. I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.Now that the kids are back in school, I have the house to myself to get my work done.  No interruptions from children asking for a snack.  No kids begging to use the computer to play Minecraft.  Just me and the 4 walls of my office.  And BOY do I get sick of those 4 walls pretty quickly!  Last year during an extended power outage, … [Read more...]