Gifts for Grads: Dorm Room Makeover Kit

If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that's both practical and fun...especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style!

It’s graduation season, which means time to start looking for some unique and fun gifts for grads! While cash is still king to a graduating teen, sometimes you want to get a little something to go along with it.   If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that’s both practical and fun…especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style! Dorm Room […] Read more »

Best Friends Forever? Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


Got teens heading into high school in the fall? Add Best Friends…Forever to their summer reading list! Check out the blurb and excerpt from the book, then head on down to the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash! Best Friends… Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk […] Read more »

Super Fudge Brownie Recipe Made with Cake Mix

Super Fudge Brownies Cake Mix Hack

While baking is one of the few things I’m okay at, I rarely have time to do it from scratch. I’m all about this whole cake mix hack trend that’s going around these days! I had a few boxes of cake mix in my cabinet and my son was asking for brownies. I looked up a few recipes, but none of them seemed like they’d be fudgy enough, so I modified this one from to make my own! Check out my Super Fudge Brownie Recipe, made with cake mix! Cake Mix Hack: Super Fudge Brownie Recipe Ingredients:  Chocolate Cake Mix (preferably […] Read more »

Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool over the Summer

Tips for Using Minecraft as a teaching tool over the summer to inspire kids to read and write their own stories.

With like a zillion downloads to date, Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time and it’s here to stay. Rather than rebelling against your child’s passion for the game, embrace it and use it as a teaching tool! My son has learned so much by playing Minecraft. A few months ago, Jacob and I read and reviewed Mark Cheverton’s Minecraft-based novel, Invasion of the Overworld. Today, I’m happy to have Mark here to share a guest post about the inspiration behind his book, along with a few tips on how you can use Minecraft as a teaching […] Read more »

From Gods Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


  I’m getting my summer reading wish list ready so I have plenty of great books to read over the next few months, and this one is definitively going on it! Based on the blurb below, it looks like a fantastic read for those of us who love modern-day mythology YA novels. Since it’s free (for a limited time), now is the perfect time to grab it! Check it out, then keep reading for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash! From Gods by Mary Ting From Gods by Mary Ting Did you just see […] Read more »

Support Crayon Crunch: The Most Advanced Children’s Personalized Book Ever

Crayon Crunch Logo

Today marks an exciting day for the personalized children’s book industry: the Crayon Crunch Kickstarter campaign launched at 11AM PST. This is HUGE news for moms who want to give their kids the most advanced printed personalized book ever. I’m talking right down to hairstyles, clothing choices and, most impressively, special needs. Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem With Crayon Crunch Think of the positive impact Crayon Crunch can have on a child’s self-esteem. While many personalized children’s books (even my favorites!) let you add add plenty of text-based details, such as name, birthday, place of birth and even your pets’ names, they stop […] Read more »

Check out the Amazing Sales Happening at Life is good!

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This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Get ready for summer with gear and fashions that give a little something back when you shop Life is Good. They have some AMAZING sales going on right now! Take a look at a few of my favorite deals. Snag them before they’re gone! Great Sales at Life is Good! Life is good has an amazing new offer for a Free Beach Towel When You Spend $100 or more with code: SUMMER at! Offer runs through 5/24. For a limited time only, Life is good’s Tried and True Crusher Tees are […] Read more »

Looking for A Great Summer Party? Head to Indie Book Fest in Orlando!


  Indie BookFest 2015 is a three-day event celebrating indie/hybrid/traditional authors and artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for three days filled with a book signing, sessions, lunch, author meet and greets, an after party, and great fun!You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers. Indie BookFest 2015 will be held at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fl., on July 31, August 1, & 2, 2015The Caribe Royale is located just 1.5 miles from the Walt […] Read more »

Celebrate Your Best Friend with Barkfest on Nat Geo WILD


Need an excuse to celebrate your beastie bestie? How about an entire weekend dedicated to our beloved canine companions?  Nat Geo WILD’s inaugural BARKFEST, a full weekend of programming that celebrates man’s best friend, airs this weekend (May 15-17). Check out some highlights, along with a program guide below! Then kick back, invite your furry pal up on the sofa, grab some pooch-safe snacks and snuggle up!   Barkfest Weekend Lineup Barkfest weekend features 48 hours of all dogs, all the time. In addition to the highlights below, you’ll be seeing plenty of Cesar in Dog Whisperer, Cesar 911, Love my […] Read more »

Take the Heavy Lifting Out of Stopping Kitty Odors with Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Lightweight #ClumpAndSeal

Clump and Seal

I received Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal in exchange for an honest review as part of the  Smiley360 Blogger Program. All opinions belong to me and my cats. Aforementioned cats would like me to add that since I am not fluent in cat, they take no responsibility for any meows lost in translation. Ah, the litter box! It’s the best part of having a cat, isn’t it? Bending over with an aching back every day to scoop out another creature’s waste, it’s EXACTLY why I got my first cat! I couldn’t WAIT to start scooping! In case my own “meows” are […] Read more »