The Last Day of School and 1 Year Work Anniversary

I cannot believe that today was the last day of school for my kids. It feels like this year flew by. I had such a hard time on E’s first day of kindergarten and now he is officially a 1st grader — crazy! And V is a 4th grader. That seems impossible to me. My kids have learned so much this year. I feel like that is completely cliche, but it is so true. E started school not being about {Read More}

Just a Little Update

Hey all. I feel like it has been a long time … a very long time … since I have written a personal post. Or any post for that matter. Life has been crazy. Honestly – that is a bit of an understatement. There have been a lot of big changes that have happened in my life in the past year and a half, and for the most part, they were not the positive, happy kind. I am currently going {Read More}

Keeping Your Kids Engaged in Summer Arts

With summer here, many parents are wondering just how to keep their children engaged and occupied while they are at home. While trips to the pool and days spent playing outside can keep your child out of your hair, they don’t necessarily keep a child engaged and learning. If you are looking for something different to enroll your child in this summer, consider looking at the fine arts. Most lessons or camps are fairly priced and children get to work {Read More}

Create A Beautiful Fresh Flower Arrangement

There’s nothing better than a fresh flower arrangement to add beauty to your home. Whether you create a small vase of flowers on a side table, or a large stunning centerpiece on your dining room table, fresh flowers are a great way to bring natural color and scent into any room. Healthy Environment Fresh flower arrangements need a healthy environment to survive. Cut flowers need clean air to thrive and last their longest. Polluted air will quickly diminish the life {Read More}

Tax Deductions Can Be Helpful

Taxes are often a complicated issue, and no one wants to end up owing a high amount or paying penalties. There are a few ways to reduce tax liability. Tax deductions can reduce the amount of taxable income, and this could mean a possible refund when taxes are filed. Consider Itemizing While itemizing taxes is not as simple as taking a standard deduction, the extra forms can be worth the small hassle. Itemizing provides more of an opportunity for claiming {Read More}

Awesome Fashions From Oshkosh for the Holidays #GIVEHAPPY #MC

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{I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.} I have said it before and I’ll say it again — I love Oshkosh B’gosh clothes. And so do my kids. The fit is spot on, and the quality can’t be beat. Any time the kids need new clothes, the first place I check out is {Read More}

Coping with a Loved Ones Addiction

Unfortunately, substance abuse is something that I know a lot about. Having had many friends and loved ones that have suffered from addiction over the years, I have been forced to learn as much about the topic as I possibly could. Contrary to many stereotypes, anyone can suffer from substance abuse. Many of the friends that I have seen go through it were what is considered privileged, “upper-class” kids … and for some reason, being of that social standing leads {Read More}

Minimize Drafts in Your Home Before Winter Arrives

When we think of winter, we have the classic images of huddling by the fireplace and getting cozy with a hot cup of cocoa in our warm, relaxing homes. In an ideal world, this is exactly how things would unfold. Unfortunately, winter is a battle against nature and the elements as much as anything, and our home is our first and only line of defense. And while it usually gets the job done, there a few issues that seem to {Read More}

9 Ways To Find Coupons

You don’t have to guest star on Extreme Couponing to enjoy the feeling of getting a deal. Here are nine ways to find coupons for your next shopping trip. 1: Ask The Manufacturer The easiest way to get coupons is also the most direct. Simply call or email the manufacturer and ask if there are any coupons available for your favorite products. If they exist, the company will send them to you. They want you to spend money on their {Read More}

Identity Theft – Protect Your Identity From Hackers

Identity Theft on the Rise Identity theft has increased exponentially over the years. Ever since the economy took a turn for the worst, scammers have been looking for ways to get through the difficult times. Identity theft was popular before the economic downturn, but it has increased in recent years. Just last year alone, there were more replacement cards sent from institutional banks than ever before. This is due to the fact that accounts were being compromised left and right. {Read More}