Getting Your Kids to School Safely in the Winter

RainX Safety

Portions of this post are brought to you by Rain-X. I received complimentary coupons in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve kept Jacob home from school twice in the last month simply because I couldn’t safely get him to the bus stop. In one case, the bad weather started after it was too late for the school to call a delay or a closing. In the other, my driveway and road leading to the bus stop were still an ice rink even after the two-hour delay. This is life in the Poconos. One day we […] Read more »

How to Talk to Someone You Love About Their Drug Problem

Drug Problem

There are so many articles out there that promise to teach you how to talk to a loved one about drugs and alcohol. Most of them are filled with good information and useful tips but most of them also approach the issue from the perspective of prevention. The idea is to teach your kids and teens about addiction before it happens so that, hopefully, it won’t. Nobody is ever going to say that this is a bad idea. Unfortunately, not every kid or teen comes from as open and supportive an environment as yours. So what should they do? How […] Read more »

Verified Codes: The ONE Site You MUST Check Before Shopping!

Verified Codes Home

This post is brought to you by Verified Codes. All opinions are my own. I do about 90% of my shopping online. Since I’m already spending most of my day on the computer, it’s just more convenient. Besides, my area is still sadly lacking in many of the coolest stores. Before I buy anything, I go searching for coupon codes. I don’t just like saving money, I NEED to save as much as possible. As a single mom and the sole provider for my son, every single penny matters. Do you know how depressing it is to find an amazing […] Read more »

Forever Now Book Blitz: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveway


  Forever Now (Forever #1) by Elise Sax Release Date: 11/29/14 264 pages It was a kiss to last a year. We melted into each other, desperate to hold on to a part of us, even though we would be so far away. Our tears flowed and mixed together, making the kiss salty and wet. “Don’t forget any of it,” he said, finally, his voice wracked with emotion. “I won’t.” Summary from Goodreads: When Tess’s mother abandons her during her senior year at high school, she must find a way to keep the secret and survive until graduation. She’s surprised when Cruz, her […] Read more »

Avenge Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Tristan Johnson is not an easy guy to get to know. He’s quiet, shy, and borderline elusive. That never stopped Samara Cavanaugh from claiming Tristan as her best friend, her tutor, her longtime crush. She knows Tristan better than anyone. Sam was the one person that Tristan had allowed himself to get close to. But even Sam wasn’t aware of the secrets her best friend had been keeping. When Sam’s life was in jeopardy Tristan didn’t hesitate to protect her. Now that he’s gone, Sam will do whatever it takes to get him back. Buy on Amazon     Samara […] Read more »

Create Stunning Canvas Gifts with Canvas Factory

Canvas Factory Abbie (1 of 1)

This review is SO overdue, and I apologize for that. I’ve had a gorgeous picture of my niece on my wall for well over a month now from Canvas Factory. That’s the problem. My mom was so excited to see her smiling face, she hung Abbie’s picture up right away and moved it out of my “to be reviewed” section. Yes, I need a better system. It’s a goal for the new year. Now that I’ve assuaged my guilt a bit (that also counts as my FTC disclosure, by the way), let me tell you a bit about Canvas Factory […] Read more »

How to Have an Insanely Romantic Date Night at Home

How to have an insanely romantic date night at home. Yes, I know the picture is not "at home" but come on, it was too good to pass up!

Portions of this post are brought to you by K-Y, as part of a Smiley360 Blogger Mission. All opinions and ideas are my own. Contains content not suitable for young readers (or anyone who is uncomfortable with intimacy talk). Whether you’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day or just planning to spend a little more time connecting with your love, having an insanely romantic date night at home isn’t just a great way to save money, it’s actually quite fun! In fact, it’s way more fun than going out all night. Let me illustrate with a short (and family-friendly version) of my New Year’s […] Read more »

Incredible Benefits of Procrastination: How Wasting Time Saves Time

Benefits of Procrastinating: How Wasting Time Saves Time

I am a procrastinator. It’s the truth, no way around it. In fact, I’m writing this post as a way to procrastinate on another post I should be writing! I know that all the books, self-help coaches and what not tell you that procrastination is the devil (or something equally dramatic). I have a different theory, though. I think rather than trying to change deeply ingrained habits, we can learn to use them to our benefit. Benefits of Procrastination (Yes, they do exist!) Let me tell you a story. When I was a journalism student, I wrote many articles and […] Read more »

Check out the Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Kiwi Crate!


Creativity… delivered! This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy, I get a small commission and you get my undying gratitude. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, let Kiwi Crate help get the family together with fun hands-on projects delivered right to your door step! Kiwi Crate just released a Limited Edition: Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Kids’ Project that includes all the materials, instructions and inspirations to make adorable Valentine’s Day cards. Looking for a little inspiration for fun crafts to get you and your kiddos through those frigid winter days? Check out Kiwi Crate, an award-winning, monthly […] Read more »