Moms, let’s officially declare Monday as MOMday

Monday isn’t the best day of the week and frankly, no-cook-Monday didn’t sound as good as MOMday so let’s declare MOMday to be a day of relaxing… It’s the first of the week, who wants to start the week off with stress and never-ending to-do lists? What if we make Monday a day to AVOID the kitchen and just focus on what is important???? Sounds good to me.


DIY Lavender & Coconut Body Scrub Recipe

The holidays are a fun time, especially when you get to spend it with family. I love coming up with gift ideas to give to relatives and friends and this year, I wanted to plan ahead and find some fun gift ideas that I thought were not only unique but helpful to those receiving the gifts.


Feel Good News: PPG completes COLORFUL COMMUNITIES project at Academy Prep Center

As part of its global community engagement efforts, PPG announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project that helped to brighten and revitalize classrooms at Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition, the PPG Foundation donated $20,000 on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math programs.


Don’t Drink? You Can Still Toast To The Holidays

I recently decided to give up drinking and there were many things that factored into that decision but mostly I did it in support of my husband who gave up drinking a few years ago. I wasn’t ever a big drinker by any means but I never really enjoyed it as much as most so it wasn’t that hard for me to give it up.

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How I Manage With ZERO Time In My Day

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Extra Precautions to Take Around the Holidays

There’s nothing else that compares to the joy felt during the holiday season. With any holiday season, your days can become busier and your stress can likely increase as you try to get everything done on time. During this time of the year, it’s extremely important to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings to keep yourself and your family safe.