Everyday Travel

How to Plan a Budget Family Vacation

Vacations are a fantastic way to unwind, relax and take your kids to wonderful locations around the world, teaching them about different cultures, foods and climates. However, as we all know, vacations can be very expensive, with the cost of plane tickets, travel agents, meals, days out and other activities all taking their toll on every Mom’s purse.

Seasonal Tips & Ideas

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips & Recipes

Thanksgiving is one particular holiday where there is always plenty of food on the table. However, hosts may find themselves stumped when preparing a “gluten-free” Thanksgiving dinner. What should be avoided? How can families create a meal that everyone will be able to enjoy? Dr. Kristen Bobik, founder of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Practitioners, has the following tips on identifying small changes that can be made to ensure Thanksgiving staples remain delicious and most importantly, safe.

Everyday Seasonal

7 Fun Ways to Teach Kids about Thanksgiving

Though kids may view Thanksgiving as the first stop on the school holiday vacation train, there’s a lot more for them to know about it than simply no class, stuffed turkey and whipped cream-topped pumpkin pie. Considering Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays in which children can learn about sharing, community, gratitude and compassion for others, it’s important to take the time to talk about its meaning.


Personalizing Handbags

Are you obsessed with handbags as much as I am? Do you have a closet dedicated to handbags alone? Hey, let’s not go crazy and get all judgey about it… I’m sure we aren’t the only ones with quite the handbag collection. With that in mind, I’m excited to introduce you to Initials, Inc. They are a fast growing direct sales company that offers amazing personalized bags, home products, and gifts! Their products are on trend, high-quality and the best part about it is that everything can be personalized. 


New Year, New Slimfession

Right around December is the time that I realize I had not yet started on my new years resolution to slim down. Yes, I know, I am running about 11 and a half months too late, but better late than never, right? At least that’s what I have been telling myself. Sometimes I could use a little kickstart, and when I finally get into my groove, slimfast has always been a helpful addition to my weight loss routine. Sometimes the things that I say to my husband are different than what I actually mean. I might joke and say “i want to look hot under the mistletoe”, but what I actually mean is I was to be healthier, fitter and more present for my family. The motivation can be hard, but I can make it happen!


The Give Back Event

Publishers Clearing House is known for making dreams come true for people all across the United States. One thing I was surprised to learn was that they also help to make dreams come true for charities and individuals in need, as well!  Through the benevolence of the founders of Publishers Clearing House — Harold and LuEsther Mertz, who are now deceased — over 40% of PCH’s profits go to trusts for the benefit of charities that support the environment, the arts, human rights, medical research, education and other extremely worthy causes.  That is just so awesome to hear!


A Morning Pick-Me-Up, Coffee Style

I love coffee.  It’s my morning pick-me up, my lunchtime wake up call, it’s what gets me through the afternoon and it’s was keeps me up long enough to watch the news after the kids are in bed.  Unfortunately I never have really liked my coffee hot.  For years I’ve asked for iced coffee every time I order one out, pick one up at the store, and especially when I make one at home.  Sometimes though, it’s hard to get the flavor just right.  


Earn with MyPoints

Have you heard of MyPoints? Well let me introduce those of you who have not heard of it. MyPoints is a free online rewards program. You earn Points/rewards for most everything you are already doing online: shopping, filling our surveys, searching, printing coupons and playing games. It almost sounds to good to be true, doesn’t it? I have been doing all this stuff online already, and for nothing! Now I can get rewarded for it! With the holidays coming up, it seems like there would be no better tie for you to get started earning points for the things you are already buying online! I know, I know, you can thank me later.