Things I Learned As A First Time Mom by Jessica


Things I had to learn about as a first time mom - written by Jessica . I just had a baby 7 weeks ago, and my whole life has drastically changed.  Nothing and no one can prepare you for what you are about to experience and do as a new mother.  I read books and talked to other parents, went to meetings about being a mom, etc., but once I brought my baby into the world, all of that information left my memory and I had to start from … [Read more...]

5 Tips To Get Your Kid To Try New Foods


At some point or another every parents comes to a battle of wills with their child.  Whether it's over picking up the toys they've strewn from one end of the house to the other, putting on appropriate clothing so you can leave the house and make it to an appointment on time or simply following directions, I know my fellow parents have come up against the wall of wills more than once in their parenting days.  For a lot of you the biggest battle … [Read more...]

Infographic: Foster Care in the US

Have you personally ever looked into foster care?  Either way, make sure you check out "The Current State of Foster Care in the US" infographic found below.  Do you happen to know a social worker personally?  If so, have they discussed foster care issues with you in the past?  A social worker would be a great person to discuss the pros and cons of foster care with since they are personally involved in these cases on an ongoing basis in their line … [Read more...]

Our Dog Dakota Met Up With A Raccoon

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We live on a greenbelt so we see many wild animals behind the house who are very brave.  The raccoon and opossums like visiting our pool for a drink and even a few nightly swims.  One night this week, a raccoon challenged Dakota.  She was barking to go out, so I let her outside.  She came back in with mud all over her legs, back and had blood running down her face.  The raccoon had put a gash below her eye as you can see in the image … [Read more...]

Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe


Strawberry Jam is something that is loved in many households, but it is super expensive and seems to disappear quicker than you can save up your money for the next jar!  If that is the case in your home, you should consider making your own jam!  Making your own jam ends up being a bargain and it will probably taste better, too! For this strawberry jam recipe, you will need the following ingredients: Two quarts of fully ripe … [Read more...]

Aurorae Beach Towel #Giveaway ENDS 6/5

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I was given a beach/swim towel from to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine alone. Above you will see the stitched logo that appears on all the Aurorae towels.  The beach/swim towel that  I was given for this review was Cayman Island Coral in color.  I also have the Fiji Sunset in the yoga towel and have washed it multiple times over the past year and there are no signs of fading.  As you can guess, I … [Read more...]

May 6 Houston Rockets Playoff Game Vs. LA Clippers

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Our family was thrilled to be able to attend the May 6, 2015 Houston Rockets Playoffs Game vs. LA Clippers.  Here we are outside the Houston Rockets gates at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Here's a view from the inside.  There were lots of people proudly wearing their Red Nation tee shirts.  The doors open at 7:00 which gives you time to walk around before the game, take pictures, visit the food stands and hang out in the special … [Read more...]

Improve Indoor Air Quality & Family Will Breathe Better

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When you want to make sure that you are able to provide the safest and healthiest environment for your children, making sure that your home is tested for indoor air quality is extremely important.  After all, your kids spend a great deal of time at home; whether it's a rainy weekend indoors or evenings spent relaxing with the family.  When your family is exposed to a particular environment for an extended period of time, you certainly want to … [Read more...]

12 Reasons Turmeric Should Be Part Of Daily Health Routine


  Have you heard of Turmeric?  It is an Indian spice commonly used in curry, yet it has a documented history of amazing medicinal benefits.  Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.  Natural health care professionals to prevent/treat tumors and manage autoimmune disorders often prescribe this super food. According to an article on turmeric in the Huffington Post – which quoted a 1989 study – … [Read more...]

Orlando, Florida Must-See Sites

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With over 1,200 miles of coastline, a plethora of amusement parks, some of the best fishing in the US and an endless array of family-friendly destinations to choose from, it's no wonder Florida is on the top ten most popular tourist destinations of the US list.  Although Florida is home to some big draws for it's tourist population, Orlando is among 3 of the top tourist visited cities in the entire state which makes it home to some of the best … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Greeting Card Craft


Do you any old greeting cards lying around and you do not know what to do with them?  How about some canning jars and lids?  If so, I have a great craft for you!! You will need: Scissors Canning jars and lids Greeting cards As you can see, this craft does not require many supplies so it does not require much time either!  First, take your greeting card and trace the inner lid of the canning jar on to the focal point.  Cut your … [Read more...]

Check AC Before Summer Keep Family Comfortable


Spring cleaning is a both a popular tradition as well as an important part of summer preparations.  As the hotter months of the year approach, you need to service the air conditioning system to improve its efficiency, minimize breakdowns and extend its overall lifespan.  Air conditioner maintenance will also help to improve indoor air quality, which is important for the health and safety of your family.  The first thing you need to do is clean … [Read more...]

Video Rewards App Review


If you are like me, you love to shop!  If you are like me, you also tend to spend too much.  How would you like to shop for FREE?  If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download a free app called Video Rewards.  You earn points by watching movie trailers and app trailers!  It is highly-rated and easy to use. Once you download the app, you will need to create an account.  Just enter your first and last name, email address and a password for … [Read more...]

Steamed Vegetables Made Easy


Unfortunately I was never made to try anything I didn't want to as a child.  My dad said I had to and my mother said that I didn't have to unless I wanted to.  That seemed very good for me at the time, but now as a mom, looking back on that, it wasn't as good for me as I thought it was.  Now as an adult, I am just getting to where I think about cooking vegetables and eating them on a daily basis.  I can remember broccoli being served with cheese … [Read more...]

Make Money With or Without Owning A Blog


Most of us have figured out the different ways to save money, but how about finding ways to make some extra money?  Earning some extra cash is always nice, and many people have turned to using the Internet in order to make some extra dough.  One popular way involves blogging.  There are a lot of different ways to make money blogging, but money can also be made online if you don't currently own or manage a blog. However, sometimes that just … [Read more...]

Creative Corner for Kids!


Your coffee is gone, and you're pretty sure your sanity has wandered off somewhere too.  The kids are into everything and you're not sure you have the energy to deal with it today. Sound familiar?  Welcome to the club.  Kids are playful, always learning new things through all their senses. T his means they will get into everything.  Great fun for them, for mom and dad?  Not so much. Is there anyway to fix this?  Aside from sending them to the … [Read more...]