7 Trick or Treat Halloween Tote Bags You’ll Want to Use All Season Long

Halloween totes trick or treat

Let’s talk trick or treat bags. Usually, I buy Jacob some sort of super cool plastic bag that ends up ripping halfway through the night. I also bring a backup pillow case, which is what I used as a kid. Jake likes the super cool designs but doesn’t exactly like losing any of his loot! So as we madly dash from door to door, he starts dumping his candy into the backup bag, which I then tote around all around the neighborhood. Doesn’t really seem fair, since I do the heavy lifting and he gets the best of the loot! This […] Read more »

Classy Halloween Decorating Ideas (No Crafting Skills Required)

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Does this sound at all familiar? You spent half of August pouring over all those beautiful Halloween crafts on Pinterest and blogs, pinning away and thinking “I’m so going to try that this year!” You buy the pumpkins and pool noodles (for wreath forms, of course!), the black lace and plastic spiders. You have a whole entire craft drawer all set! You are GOING to do it! You’re going to craft the heck out of this Halloween! Then reality hits. You don’t have time to make 500 Halloween crafts! You don’t even have time to tie your own shoes before […] Read more »

Make a Statement with Stunning DIY Fall Home Decor Crafts

Make a stunning statement with these 22 beautiful and fun DIY fall home decor crafts!

I’ve been in such a “make over my house” mood lately. I looked around the other day and said “this house is SO boring!” I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Since Jacob is back in school, I figure I have a teeny bit of extra time on my hands. Maybe, just maybe, I can try to actually MAKE something! You know, crafts. Not sure how it will go, but I have my eye on a few of these great DIY fall décor crafts from some of my favorite bloggers. Which do you think I should start with? DIY Fall […] Read more »

8 Absolutely Cool Posters for Your Dorm Room Wall

Ditch the drab beige dorm walls with these absolutely cool posters that look amazing on your dorm room wall!

There’s nothing more boring or uninspiring than a drab grey or beige dorm room wall. I remember looking at those walls and feeling like I was in a prison or a hospital. They’re just so blah! Fortunately, most colleges let you hang posters, as long as you use something that doesn’t leave major marks. Check out a few of my favorite absolutely cool posters for your dorm room wall! Inspiring Posters for Your Dorm (This post contains affiliate links) Inspire yourself every day to do amazing things with this Be Awesome poster! Remind yourself that you only get one shot […] Read more »

Get Sparkling Clean Dishes + Amazing Deals with Finish® Jet Dry® Offers

Finish Max in One 2

Washing dishes can either be one of the easiest household chores or a total nightmare. It really all depends on your dishwasher. Years ago, I was the dishwasher! When we moved into this house, I was thrilled that it came with a working unit! No more standing over the sink for an hour scrubbing! Alas, the house also came with cruddy water. Not unsafe, just not good. It’s hard, sulfur well water. We can’t drink it and it tends to make our dishes look less-than-sparkling unless we use really good dishwasher detergent. Finish® is always one of our go-to brands […] Read more »

I Kissed the Sheep Goodbye with My Serta Perfect Sleeper #SertaPerfectSleeper

Stop Counting Sheep Serta Perfect Sleeper

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Serta. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember last month I told you how difficult it is for me to get a good night’s sleep? If you need a refresher, check out this post. Seriously, check it out, there’s a video with a rare glimpse into my bedroom! In that post, I shared with you the 5 common sleep problems that can make it difficult for you to get the good night’s rest that you deserve. These included: Tossing/Turning Lack of Support Back Pain Sleeping Hot Partner Movement and Sagging/Rolling […] Read more »

Make Your BBQ More Eco-Friendly with Sustainable Earth Party Ware at Staples

Sustainable Earth 4

Summer is party season in so many ways. Between the BBQs, graduation parties, “bon voyage” parties for teens going to college, family reunions and so on, it seems like these three months are just one party after another. All those parties can wreak havoc on the environment if you don’t use the right disposable party ware. The Sustainable Earth line from Staples makes it easy to change that. I received a selection of Sustainable Earth party ware for review and a gift card to help me buy party food. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate until this past weekend. We’ve had […] Read more »

Latchkey Kids in the 21st Century: Keeping Your Kids Safe When You’re Not Home

Latchkey Kids in the Digital Age

I was a latchkey kid back in the late 1980s. Long before cell phones and Skype. I don’t even think they had old-school nanny cams back then! My mom worked in an office where everyone knew us, so if I had a problem, I was able to get in touch with her pretty fast. Still, I imagine it had to be a little scary at times knowing her 12-year-old daughter was the only person in charge of her 7-year-old son for about two hours every day. Once I hit legal babysitting age, it was just me and him after school until […] Read more »

Conquer Mount Laundry with a Little Help from Tide HE Turbo

Tide HE Turbo Clean

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tide® HE Turbo Clean™. All opinions are 100% mine. How can two people create such a mountain of laundry? I ask myself that question every single week. No, scratch that: every single day! How can two people create such a huge mountain of laundry that just never, ever, ever seems to go away? I swear, I just did laundry the other day and already my bedroom floor looks like my closet upchucked on it. That’s just MY laundry. Then there’s my son’s room. His dirty clothes are a little […] Read more »

Make Perfect Shakes & Smoothies for One with My Juicer + Orange Cream Shake Recipe

Orange Cream Shake

I love making smoothies and milkshakes, especially during the summer. When it’s hot and sticky, I can’t even think of eating an actual breakfast or lunch. Too much effort to cook something! I live on smoothies. At night, when I want a frozen treat while I’m catching up on all my summer reading, I love making milkshakes. What I don’t love? Dragging out the big blender for one milkshake or smoothie! My Juicer from Ergo Chef solves that problem beautifully. I received a My Juicer from Ergo Chef to try out in exchange for an honest review. I was really […] Read more »