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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Time on Facebook

Facebook. The only place I can go to see what is going on with my teen-aged relatives, see the kiddos of my high school friends, and share my family’s accomplishments. Oh, and I can also use Facebook to see what you ate for lunch, how much you paid for gas, what movies you are watching, […]

Note to Self: You Don’t Own The Music

Anyone who knows me well knows I love ’80s music. I have several variations of ’80s music stations set up in Pandora and I have considered subscribing to satellite radio just so I can have an all ’80s station in the car. The decade encompassed my entire K-8 experience and the music takes me back […]

Burt’s Bees Natural Products – Plus 5 Ways to Make a Guest Feel at Home

Many thanks to Datarank and Burt’s Bees for their sponsorship of this post. Women spend a lot of time and concern over what we put into our bodies. Nutritionally savvy women try to avoid preservatives, artificial sweeteners, HFCS, and dyes. Where many of us miss the mark is with what we put onto our bodies. […]

Every Kid Deserves an After School Snack #SIMPLEGiving

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.I love picking my kiddos up from school everyday. I love seeing their smiling faces greeting me and hearing their stories of everything they did at school that day. But I think that their favorite part of […]

How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook

Photo credit: DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY I was recently invited to attend an early screening of the newest Dreamworks movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and you can read my review here. But just reviewing the movie didn’t seem like enough to me. You see, the movie really challenged me to re-think the […]

Becoming a Cyber Safe and Cyber Smart Parent

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. Kids today have an unbelievable level of access to information and technology. I am old enough to remember when wanting to know more about a topic involved leaving your house, heading to […]

Summer of Giving: Give Back and Win Big for Your School

Summer! No school, camp-outs, s’mores, swimming, and family vacations. It can be a great time but it can also be a busy time. Would you mind if I asked you to add one more thing to your summer plans? If you haven’t already, why not add giving to your to-do list? There are so many […]

Hunger Free Summer: Making a Difference in Your Community

Earlier this month I told you about the ConAgra Foods’ Hunger-Free Summer initiative with Feeding America and I am pleased to say it is still going strong. Meals are being donated and people are making a difference in the lives of children. Now that summer has officially started I wanted to remind you of some ways […]

How You Can Help Kids Have a Hunger-Free Summer

Each summer I plan out fun and easy meals that keep my kiddos healthy and also cut back on my work a little. My kids are blessed because they have always had enough to eat and have never experienced food insecurity. However, that is not the case for millions of children in our country. Summer […]

I Survived a Mammogram Unscathed (But Not Unsqueezed) #YearTil40

I never planned to have a mammogram. You see, when I was in my twenties I was convinced that by the time I was 40 a new form of technology would emerge that would make the squeeze machines obsolete. Maybe there would be flying cars by then, too. But here I am today still driving […]

Should Women Over 40 Have Long Hair? #YearTil40

I cut my hair short once. Even though it was for a good cause, I got a lot of grief from people who loved my long hair. I am still growing it out and it seems to be taking longer. My hair just doesn’t grow as fast as it used to. It isn’t as soft […]

Do These Shoes Make Me Look Old? #YearTil40

Back when I was a teenager my favorite shoes were Converse All Stars. I love basic shoes and appreciate a classic. I also love that they can be a little offbeat and unique. But once I hit my 30s I stopped wearing my favorite shoes because I felt like I was trying to cling to […]