I just received my FabFitFun Summer 2022 box, so it's unboxing time! This was another one of my all-time favorite boxes. I'll show you what I chose th
It's spoiler time! Customization will be opening soon for the FabFitFun Summer 2022 box so if you wanted to sign up for FabFitFun and be able to custo
When warm weather rolls in, the first things I think of are getting outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, and going on a summer vacation. We sorely need a vacation this year, but it will be on a tight budget because our summers also contain 3 immediate family birthdays, with 3 parties, and day trips to the lake for each, myriad extended family and friend birthdays, painting, minor house renovations and repairs, etc., etc., etc.. And it's usually the et cetera that kills our trips. It will also be on a tight schedule because the kids only get 2 months out of school here, and with the aforementioned plans and my husband's tight vacation window at work, I'm going to have to super-mom this thing. So this year, I'm starting early, researching all the possibilities for an inexpensive family-friendly vacation and I'll share what I find with you. I'll do a series of posts by type of vacation and give you costs. Of course this will vary by family depending on the number of people, your distance from the site, gas prices, equipment already owned, etc., but it will hopefully give you some ideas and an estimate of what it will cost to take your own inexpensive family vacation.
When warm weather rolls in, the first things I think of are getting outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, and going on a summer vacation. This year, I'm starting early, researching all the possibilities for an inexpensive family-friendly vacation and I'll share what I find with you. I'll do a series of posts by type of vacation and give you costs. Of course this will vary by family depending on the number of people, your distance from the site, gas prices, equipment already owned, etc., but it will hopefully give you some ideas and an estimate of what it will cost to take your own inexpensive family vacation.
Summer is here and yellow squash are in high season! This dish is a great Southern classic. Don't let its looks fool you; it is delicious! The eggs and cheese form a more substantial layer in between the soft squash and crunchy crackers.
This recipe for a sweet and creamy Cole Slaw is about as Southern as it gets. It's excellent as a side for pork, brisket, smoked sausage-dogs, chicken, burgers, and sandwiches, or right on top of a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich, Memphis-style. It tastes very similar to the slaw of a certain three-letter chicken place, but I like my version so much better because I know exactly what's in it. ;)
Teaching our daughters STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) skills is so important these days as there is a marked deficit of women in STEM majors and in STEM-based careers. Adventurer Abby was designed to be a fun, relate-able role model to help take young girls through that first journey using a story-based program and engaging experiments. You can order (very affordable) boxes that your girls will be delighted to receive in the mail, and with summer vacation on it's way, it's a great way to keep the learning rolling right up to the next school year.
I have a fun project for the kids today! With summer vacation looming, I hope this will give you something to entertain the kids with on a rainy, or even a sunny day! It's quick, requires a few inexpensive ingredients, and will keep them busy for hours.
If your kids are anything like mine, their most-worn PJs feature characters from their favorite TV shows and movies...like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I remember watching it when I was a kid and I was just tickled that they remade TMNT for a new generation. Richard Leeds International has come out with a line of cute and cheeky pajamas featuring everyone's 4 favorite turtles, just in time for summer sleepovers! Check out the review below along with a huge, mega, awesome giveaway!
Here in the South we're just now getting some gorgeous spring weather. I expect this to last, oh, maybe a month before summer comes on full force. The summers here can be brutal, so over the years I've built up an arsenal of cute, casual updos, because trying to wear your hair down here in the summer is like wearing a wool blanket in a sauna. It's just not a good idea. Today I'm showing you an easy wrapped updo hairstyle tutorial that is so simple, you can do it in about 2 minutes. As a bonus, I made a video to show you how to make the pretty DIY crochet lace headband that I used in this style, and I'll tell you how I get naturally beautiful hair!
Spring is here! Although it's still a bit chilly where I am, I just can't wait to get my summer glow on. You've seen how pale I am, and being pale accentuates every one of my skin imperfections, from dark undereye circles to splotchy freckles. I wear foundation frequently throughout the winter, but when summer rolls around, I opt for a tan. Having a tan just makes me feel more confident in my bare skin (also, Southern summers are not kind to makeup!) In today's post, I'll show you how to prep your face for a flawless self-tan, show you what I use, and give you a ton of tips and tricks to get you glowing like it's already summer!
Spring and summer are my favorite seasons. I love to shake off the winter blahs and get to playing and enjoying the warm days. Something about the season turning always gets my creativity going, and I've come up with a wonderful sparkling blended drink to help you enjoy the warmer days ahead. This Very Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling "Mock"quiri is made with an easy raspberry puree and is perfect for hot summer days or entertaining a crowd. Make every moment sparkle this summer!
Is your family taking a road trip this summer? If so, are you dreading the typical “Mom, I’m bored!” chorus from the back seat? Taking a road trip with kids can be a stressful event for any parent, but there are a few things you can do to help keep your kids entertained and peaceful and guess what? You don’t need to bust your budget to do it! These 10 cheap ways to keep your kids entertained on the road are great for road trips or anytime you’re in the car together!
It can be fun planning a summer road trip, but there's more to think about than the trip itself or the destination. Planning should also include preparing your car for the haul to get peak performance, but it doesn't have to cost a bundle and you can do some of it yourself! I've got 5 great tips for road trips, like checking (and filling some of) your vehicle's fluids, changing your air filter, and switching out those old wiper blades, and I'll show you how. I'll even tell you about some great kid-approved travel kits! Are you ready for that summer road trip?
The spring tornado and summer storm seasons can be a stressful time if you live in an area that is prone to them. The likelihood of an emergency situation is much higher, so it pays to be prepared. Having a plan and a stock of emergency supplies can bring peace of mind if a disaster should arise. These 12 simple ways to prepare for summer storms are a great place to start.
I have a guest post today from the wonderful Kate Trout of Maternity Glow, a website for new and expectant mothers. She's written a super-informative post listing the 5 most important swimming safety tips for toddlers that can help you keep your little ones safe this summer. Take it away Kate!
My husband and I had our 10 year wedding anniversary just a few days ago. It is astonishing to realize how much time has passed; It feels like it's just been a few years. In the spring/summer crush between the kid's birthdays, Mother's and Father's Days, and the various holidays coupled with our work schedules, it feels like I never stop planning events this time of year and our anniversary usually suffers. With this being our 10th, it was important to commemorate it in a special way.
Summer may be a time to relax, but try telling that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or screaming "I'm bored." As parents, we want each summer to be more memorable than the last, and with that comes the need for a few new ideas. Here are a few ideas to keep kids from getting bored and create memories they'll have for a lifetime.
Summer vacation is here and I couldn't be more excited! It's time for long days, warm weather, swimming, exploring, and adventures. To kick it all off I organized a fun Family Movie Night Party, and with #DataAndAMovie we made it an all-day event! I'll show you how I did it, and give you recipes for yummy flavored popcorns and a refreshing Watermelon Mint Cooler to help you organize your own Kick Off Summer movie night snack bar!