Dec 182014
 

Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate is a partnered post.

You may remember a few weeks ago when I shared how when I was younger Hickory Farms had often been part of our holiday traditions.  Even though our Signature Pantry Planner box is pretty much gone now, I’ll be picking up another gift box for our trip to the in-laws on Christmas Eve.  Tradition is tradition, after all, right?

When you’re considering your own family’s Christmas traditions this year I encourage you to make donations of time or money one of them.  This is an especially hard time of year for those who already struggle; they could definitely benefit from a little Christmas magic.  Plus giving back makes you feel good so it’s a win-win situation. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

I received compensation as part of my relationship with Vidoozi through the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own.

Keeping connected to family and friends around the country can take a little effort. Fortunately it’s a lot easier now than it was when I went off to college. There were cellphones and email back then, but no smartphones or video chats or anything like that.

Create custom videos - share a story, send a greeting - with the Vidoozi app for iPhone

Now there are even tons of apps that let you stay in touch in a variety of ways. But my new favorite is the Vidoozi app for the iPhone. In under five minutes you can easily create a custom video message for your friends and family – and it’s free! Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

Choosing gifts for little kids can be harder than you might think.  I mean, yes, there are plenty of toys around.  And there are no shortage of commercials causing kiddos to shout “I want that!”.  But how much is hype and how much is true interest?

Checking out the Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid at the Walmart Toyland Chosen By Kids event
This Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid post is brought to you by Sverve. All words and opinions are my own.

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I was heading to the Walmart Toyland event at our local Walmart.  They had some of this year’s hot toys available for hands-on play.  Bubbles was excited to try her hand at a few different products, and as a Mom I appreciated being able to judge her reaction and see which ones she gravitated towards. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

The technology that has gone into smartphones over the last few years really can make your head spin a little.  They do everything!  In one device you can talk, text, watch movies, stream music, play games, surf the web, create videos, take pictures – even use it as a remote control.

$50 will get you unlimited talk, text, and web PLUS free music streaming without using data. Get this T-Mobile plan - plus the Nokia Lumia 530 - now at Walmart #TMobileWM

Much of that takes data, though, and as anyone who has paid a cellphone bill knows – data can get expensive.  That’s why in this post sponsored by Lunchbox (all opinions are my own) you’ll be excited to learn that there is an awesome T-Mobile plan available from Walmart.  It has unlimited talk, text and web plus free music streaming that doesn’t use your data all that for just $50 a month. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

This CASHFLOW game post is sponsored by Rich Dad. All words and opinions are my own.

I think one of the most important things we can teach our kids before they leave our homes is money management and how to be financially responsible.  When I left home to attend college I ran into a number of kids who clearly didn’t have these lessons growing up and it was a little painful watching some of the decisions they made.  (College tip: running up a pizza tab on your credit cards is probably not smart.)

The CASHFLOW game by Rich Dad Poor Dad. A fun way to introduce the concept of money management and fiscal responsibility to your kiddos plus learn a little about investing for yourself, too. Add #CASHFLOW to your next family game night.

I had lessons both at home and in school.  In the fifth grade we were given “checkbooks” that we managed for the entire year, had ways to earn “income” and were given the opportunity to write out “checks” for prizes and other items.  It made learning the concept a lot of fun, which is really helpful for a topic like money. Continue reading »