Stationery Necessities For Every Event

From Guest Blogger, Basic Invite Even in the age of the world wide web stationery products still play an important role. Nothing beats a hand written thank you note or the exchange of a beautiful business card – especially when its customized and personalized to fit your style. Rather than picking up generic blank notes at the store, hop online to create your own at Basic Invite. If you haven’t heard of Basic Invite, they are an innovative stationery design company. They offer personalized stationery for all your needs. Basic Invite offers customized thank you card designs, business cards, elegant baby shower invitations and more. Snail mail and hand written notes can help you stand out from everyone else who […]

GIVEAWAY Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub

One lucky winner will receive Arbonne’s Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub, a $50 value Gently sloughs away dry, dead surface skin cells and impurities and cleanse pores of excess oil to reveal radiant, brighter-looking skin. Contains essential oils such as: grapefruit and juniper berry. Has key botanicals such as: turmeric, dandelion and ginger. Key ingredients are: sea salt, safflower oil, avocado oil, coriander seed oil and vitamin E. Here are the rules for this one: You must like on Facebook to be eligible for this contest In the box below that says,”Leave A Reply” please enter your full name and email address (email and names will NOT be posted to the site). Please leave a comment saying: Arbonne Please! Click “Post Comment” to complete your entry. Share […]


Have you heard about LuLaRoe and wondered what it was all about? It’s a direct sales business where Fashion Consultants sell clothes like shirts, skirts, dresses and leggings. They only make 30+ items for mostly women but carry some styles for kids and men. Then from there they make only a limited amount in each fabric so when you find something you love, it’s often a unique piece. They don’t have a catalog. Instead each consultant gets a shipment and carries stock. You shop from their online parties, in person “pop ups” aka home shows or at a vendor event. I love their clothes for a few reasons. They are incredibly soft. If you or your child has sensory issues, […]

FLASH CONTEST! Quassy Amusement Park Giveaway!

Winner will receive a 2 Pack of tickets to Quassy Amusement Park  Here’s what you need to do for this one: You must like on Facebook to be entered into this giveaway. In the box below that says,”Leave A Reply” please enter your full name and email address(email and names will NOT be posted to the site). Please leave a comment saying: Quassy is awesome! Click “Post Comment” to complete your entry Liking and sharing (share must be set to public so it can be seen) the Facebook post for this giveaway will give you an additional 3 entries for this giveaway!  Please also let us know when you leave your comment that you have shared it. All entries will be automatically registered to receive our […]

The White Envelope

This is beautiful! ***tissue alert*** Christmas Story: For the Man Who Hated Christmas By Nancy W. Gavin It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma – the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to […]

Are You Doing This Parenting Thing Right?

Are You Doing This Parenting Thing Right? (What we can learn from studies of successful children and their parents) by Guest Blogger Lisa Natcharian, M.Ed., Parenting Coach at Raising Wizards Just as there are all kinds of children with all kinds of personalities, strengths and challenges, there are all kinds of ways to parent.  What works for one family may not work for another, so comparing ourselves to the family down the street isn’t particularly productive. However, recent studies show that there are definite common themes among the parents who have raised successful and happy children.  We all have our moments of doubt when we wonder if we’re doing this parenting thing right.  When yours strikes, take a quick look at […]

The Power of Camp

From Guest Blogger, Carrie Singer, Director of @camp565 Camp enriches children with seemingly magical skills in fun, outdoor settings with cool counselors leading the fray. I say these skills are magical, especially in today’s technological era where children have strong relationships with their cell phones/internet browsers and the art of social skills is being lost. Camp is one of the only places where children can “unplug” and develop in the following ways: Collaboration Children are placed in camp groups with other kids they may not know. They learn to work as a team, effectively and respectfully. They learn to make compromises in order to accomplish goals and each group member learns to value other campers’ contributions. Social bonds are formed, lifetime […]

Natural Flea and Tick Remedies

I have already picked a tick of my dog this year and considering the fact that she only goes outside to do her business and then comes right back in, to me that means that the ticks are going to be brutal this summer.  Whatever the reason, our pets need protection from these blood suckers. Since we lead a pretty toxic free life and because my dog is all of 8 pounds, I am reluctant to use over the market flea and tick products such as Frontline, K9 or Revolution.  So here are some options that are safe for pets and family, instead: Spray the yard with PCO Choice.  This is a non-toxic spray (a bit expensive) but it lasts […]


If you’re at all like me, boiling Easter eggs to make them hard boiled, is a bit of a nightmare!  Inevitably, I crack several of them.  So I found this trick last year and it worked like a charm and it’s easy and I’m all about EASY! Place eggs in a pot big enough to hold them in a single layer. Cover the eggs with cold water and bring them to a rolling boil. Cook for one minute, then remove them from the heat. When the water has cooled off, about 20 minutes or so, the eggs will be hard boiled. If this isn’t when your eggs get cracked and you find that the kids are the ones cracking them […]