When you go to throw that chicken or steak on the grill or in the oven, do you think “Hmmm, I wonder where this meat actually came from?” Most people don’t.  Or maybe you are already label savvy and you have done your research. Either way, it is vital to […]

The ASPCA, Humane Food and a Giveaway!

Holiday Travels and Unwanted Surprises
After a great season of holiday travels with the family – the last thing you want to deal with are unwanted surprises. Here’s what to do if your kids get colds, head lice, and itchy skin as well as gifts during the holidays.  The holidays are a great time to reconnect […]

After Holiday Travels, be Prepared for Unwanted Surprises

Decor on a Budget
Furnishing and decorating on a budget can be simple if you have a little patience and a little knowledge!  That pivotal life moment: you’ve moved out of your parents’ house, basement, dorm room – wherever you’ve called home – and finally signed your first lease. Congratulations! Though technically, you have […]

How to Furnish Your First Apartment or Home ...

As an empty nest is slowly creeping up on me and my husband, we are really starting to think more about what our future looks like with only two of us. Looking back at our kids growing up, it feels like it was fast and furious. We invested so much […]

5 Retirement Tips to Start Right Now

I was recently introduced to these adorable figurines and I instantly fell in love. I think it was both a combination of – of course – how adorable they are, but also the incredible history of the brand and how it became what it is today. M.I. Hummel is a company that has […]

Adorable Hummel Figurines + A Giveaway!

It is that time of year when it is starting to get a bit chilly outside. So, when you have two REALLY bored kids on your hands, what do you do? As parents, we look for things that are entertaining but will also get the kids up and moving – […]

It’s a Super Wubble That Glows + A ...

What is The Other F Word, you ask? Well, depending on how you are using it, I guess it could be many things. But The Other F Word I am excited about is the Amazon hit series that is back for a second season! Last year when I wrote about […]

It’s Back! The Other F Word Season 2 ...

Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States due to incorrect or misuse of a car seat? No? I didn’t realize that startling statistic either. I also did not realize that over half of car seats are […]

Child Passenger Safety Week – What You Need ...

This back-to-school year is a bittersweet one for our family. It is the last back-to-school that we will have with our kids because they are starting their Senior year in high school. And as I sit and think about what we must do to prepare them for a fresh start […]

Are You Back-To-School Ready?

For generations, parents and caregivers have tried to teach children the value of a dollar. There are many tools at their disposal — allowances, chores, and of course, piggy banks! My kids, now teenagers, are truly learning the value of a dollar. And while we have always preached at them […]

My New Financial Secret Weapon: Yesterday’s Tomorrow

I don’t know about you – but in our house, we accumulate stuff fast. Or at least it seems that way. We have been in the same house for eight years now and every year when we embark on our spring cleaning adventures, it seems like we have more stuff […]

Clearing your Clutter Could Mean Jobs for Your ...

Do you ever look at yourself and wonder who that person in the mirror actually IS? I mean, where has the time gone? When I was younger, I would look at the people who are my age and think to myself, “that person is old!” Now, I AM that old […]

Seniors in High School? How did THAT happen?

If you have ever been in a vehicle accident, especially one where your kids were in the car, you understand just how scary that feeling really is. I know it all too well, unfortunately! We have been in a few accidents, and while none of them were any fault of […]

Do Your #KidsBuckleUp Like They Should?

Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and awareness of autism. Each and every one of us is unique and special in our own ways. Being unique and understanding one another is important, especially today. Thankfully, knowledge is at our fingertips […]

#LightItUpBlue With Us For Autism Awareness and Education

Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States due to incorrect or misuse of a car seat? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, […]

Is Your Child In Danger? Car Seat Safety

This post is sponsored by Forever Connected – all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am known in my family as “the crazy photo lady” and “Do you really HAVE to get a picture of that?” I love my photos! But even with the 500 (million) photos on of […]

Forever Connected – Bringing Your Photos to Life

monkey music
Making my kids get up and MOVE has never really been an issue, thankfully. They have always been the type to get off their butts all on their own. My son cannot sit for more than 30 mins without moving – he comes by it honestly. But sometimes, even still, […]

Fun, New Monkey Music to Get the Kids ...

The Mom Village
One of my favorite projects each year is the book we do benefitting a different organization. Last year, we worked on a book together called the Mom Quilt. The proceeds from the book went to build a well in Kenya for the Mercy House. This provided not only clean drinking […]

The Mom Village – Encouraging Moms Through Stories