Connecting With Teens: Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cool Mom?

It might surprise you to learn that up to 67% of American teens actually want to spend more time with their parents. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that teenagers are sulky, overly emotional beings who are just so misunderstood and want to be left alone by all parental units. In reality, teens want to be understood as much as they want someone who will listen to them. If you want to find great modern methods of connecting with your teen, check out these excellent tips. Learn What They Like If you have ever become completely overcome with a fascination for a specific activity, you know how much you can learn about it in a very short time. Well, your teen is bound to become passionately obsessed with something eventually. Conventional wisdom say to steer into … [Read more...]

3 Safety Features To Consider For Your Next Family Vehicle

Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars, but a median of 60 minutes. A family with multiple children, however, often exceeds this time between the nonstop hustle and bustle of work schedules, school and extracurriculars, appointments, and other social events. Shuttling your kids around isn't always easy, but it's necessary, and it's a parent's responsibility to invest in a family vehicle that's as safe as possible. Here are just a few safety features you may want to consider for your next family vehicle. Advanced Seat Belts Obviously, seat belts themselves are considered a basic and necessary feature equipped in every vehicle. However, many newer seat belts are designed with increased safety in mind. A new energy management feature, for example, enables seat … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Create and Maintain a Balanced Diet

Parenting can come with a lot of challenges. Among those problems is keeping your child's diet in check. Making sure your child has a good diet on their hands can help prevent numerous issues. One of those issues is obesity, which can cause future weight problems. According to the CDC, the number of children with obesity has significantly grown over the last 20 years. Children and teens who are obese are subject to bullying and mocking, but also face potential health risks. These health risks include diabetes, asthma, and bone and joint problems. Your child may also experience dental problems. If you constantly give your child sugars and sweets, there's a high chance they will develop cavities. Cavities are known to develop when a child intakes a lot of candy, desserts, or … [Read more...]

Touchdown! Tips To Throw A Fan-Worthy Party for the Big Game

For American football fans, the most wonderful time of the year is yet to come. As the NFL decks the halls with rings and trophies, fans all over the country prepare for a day of wings, beer, and shouting at the television. Oh, Football season. How we missed you. While millions of people tune into football games every week, an estimated 111.3 million people watched the Superbowl in 2017, many of which were surrounded by equally enthusiastic friends. If you are hosting a party on Superbowl Sunday, this can be both exciting and stressful. It might seem like there are endless tasks to complete, but hosting a gameday gathering can actually be pretty simple. These tips will help you form a game plan and tackle this party like a pro. Don't overthink it. Remember that your friends … [Read more...]

Ways To Practice Self Care During Fertility Treatments

For many women, the journey to becoming a mother is one of the most difficult struggles they will ever face. If you are currently in the midst of IVF or other fertility treatments, you might know this difficulty all too well. About 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drugs or surgery, and this process can be taxing. From the news of your infertility to the actual intensity of treatment, you might be feeling emotionally and physically drained. And this is why self-care is more important than ever. While a self-care ritual might be the last thing on your mind, there are steps you can take to make yourself feel calmer and in control of your situation. While there are many tips floating around the internet, here are some simple ideas to get you started. Get enough … [Read more...]

Festive Drinks for a Christmas Party from around the World

Christmas is almost around the corner, and if you simply can’t wait to take part in all those incredible parties and family gatherings – welcome to the club! Apart from giving and receiving a bunch of wonderful gifts and eating some delicious homemade meals, there’s one more thing that’s typical of the holiday season– tasty drinks that can instantly put you into a festive mood. Here are three of them that are adored all around the globe, so check them out and have at least one of them this Christmas! The delicious Italian Bombardino If you ask the Italians, a warming glass of Bombardino is at the top of the must-drink list when it comes to the holiday season, which makes this tasty drink the most popular one in this part of Europe. Basically, it’s a combo of brandy and the egg-based … [Read more...]

3 Amazing Advent Calendars for Adults

As a kid, I loved advent calendars.  I collected quite a few as I grew up and I still love them today.  We have a cute cloth one that the kids mark the days with a wooden candy cane each year.  Last year I received a more grown-up version of the advent calendar and found that I still really loved opening a new door each day to find my surprise. Here are my favorites for this year and just for you and they make excellent gifts too. I especially love the idea of giving them as a thank you or hostess gift during the holiday season. The L'Occitane Advent Calendar There is a luxury version as well that is $124 versus the $69 price for the one above. 2.  Clarins Advent Calendar Last year I went with the Tonic Candle from Clarins.  It lasted for months and made my office … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Feel Good this Holiday Season

I'm just going to say it, the holiday season is upon us!  Let's not fuss and gripe about it being earlier and earlier each year. Instead, focus on the good and all the ways we can feel good this holiday season. Source: Alisa Anton, You may have noticed that things have changed around here.  Less is more? I'm not sure when it comes to blogging but I do know that serious health issues have made it impossible for me to work and the guest posts have really racked up around here.  That's fine.  While I continue to heal and still figure out what exactly has me in full body pain and fatigue daily, I'm happy to let others share their voice. Share.  That's a great way to feel good.  Share your love. Share your blessings. Share your home and whatever you have.  I love to share my … [Read more...]

The Big Three: How to Buy Your Next Car, Truck or SUV

What's the big three? It is the three big question all car buyers should be asking themselves each time they begin their search for their next vehicle. Question 1: Be honest with yourself and your partner (if you have one).  Will you be leasing or buying this vehicle? Do you like to haggle and strike a deal?  Before you even begin to do your research you have to know how much money you can spend each month on a car payment.  Do you have money for a down payment or will you be trading in a vehicle?  These answers can all affect the price of your next car, truck or SUV. For us, we will be buying our next SUV and plan to own it for the about ten plus years.  That's a long time to many people in the car world today.  While I know our budget has to be under a certain amount I do try to … [Read more...]

2 Ways the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Help Us Create a Summer to Remember

Sunrise on the beach with the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser. Source: Victoria Mason Toyota loves to say, "Let's go places!" And that's exactly what we did with the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser with its V8 engine and 4WD this summer. We did a lot of traveling and spent a great deal of time together as one big family unit, especially during the month of August.  It was as if we were really feeling the waning days of summer and wanted to chase after them, even if it meant we had to get in the car and drive for hours on end to do so. I'm talking to you eclipse traffic. The Land Cruiser is part of those memories because it gave us the ability to do exactly what we wanted without sacrificing comfort or safety at any point during our two trips.  First, when we were northbound to Bethany Beach, DE … [Read more...]