Noke Bluetooth Padlock – Perfect for Back to School PLUS GIVEAWAY

Noke Bluetooth Padlock – Perfect for Back to School PLUS GIVEAWAY

For those of you with teens who are headed back to school and who love technology I have an amazing new product to share with you today. Disclosure: This is part of my work as a Verizon #VZWBuzz Ambassador, opinions are my own. If they had this when I was in high school I would be all over it! The Noke, pronounced as no-key (get-it), is a padlock but instead of using a key or turning a dial for the combination on the lock you use your phone connected via Bluetooth to open the lock! Even if you aren’t into technology … Continue Reading →
#SharingSafety for New Drivers for National Teen Driver Safety Week PLUS Win Tires

#SharingSafety for New Drivers for National Teen Driver Safety Week PLUS Win Tires

I am sharing this post as a part of the Michelin #SharingSafety campaign along with She Buys Cars. I have been compensated, but the story below is my own real story and my own opinion. Even though my son has been driving for several years now, I still worry about him behind the wheel. It’s a mom thing I guess. T was always a “car guy”, even as a baby. This must be a genetic thing because Hubby is a true “car guy” too. Every toy had to have wheels and if it didn’t, T pretend it was a car … Continue Reading →
What Parents Need To Know About Mobile Gaming for Their Kids

What Parents Need To Know About Mobile Gaming for Their Kids

Our kids have adopted mobile devices faster than we can blink but just because they understand how to work these devices doesn’t mean they know everything. One of the most popular things for kids to do on smartphones and tablets is to play games. You may not have to teach them how to actually play the game, but you still need to know what to teach them about being safe and responsible with mobile gaming. As part of my role as a Verizon #VZWBuzz Ambassador I share a lot about mobile gaming, usually though it is sharing fun games. However, … Continue Reading →
Light Therapy to Fight Acne with illuMask

Light Therapy to Fight Acne with illuMask

I hate pimples, well I guess everyone hates them really. At 45 I would have thought I would be done with acne, but no, I still get pimples even at my age. It is not nearly as bad as when I was a teenager though thank goodness. Nevertheless, it is still annoying. Most of us have tried all sorts of chemicals, lotions, potions, scrubs, and such to help clear up our skin. Most of the time our skin has not liked those things. When I first heard of illuMask (Disclosure: I had heard of this on my own first and … Continue Reading →
Using Photos for Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Using Photos for Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults

During summer break kids, of all ages, can really get creative with their writing. I’ve done a few posts with lists of writing prompts for diaries, journals, and stories, 83 Teen Writing Prompts and 77 More Teen Writing Prompts. Today I want to share another great way to get minds thinking by using photos as writing prompts. There is no right or wrong way to use photos for writing prompts either. You can give some direction to the writer or nothing but the photograph. Just like with all learning at home you can customize it to fit the needs of each … Continue Reading →
Do your kids know what to do in a vehicle emergency?

Do your kids know what to do in a vehicle emergency?

We are a nation of on-the-go people. On average, Americans spend 541 hours per year in a car. That’s a lot of time spent, even if you are a child just riding in the car. There are approximately 5.25 million driving accidents per year – yikes! Now add to that vehicle emergencies that are not actual accidents and that number soars even higher. As adults we have a bit more life experience to know what to do in an emergency, but we need to educate our kids on what to do as well since they are in the car with … Continue Reading →
Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safer Online

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safer Online

My son is now 20 and out on his own. Growing up he has always been immersed in the digital world though because I am so much. There have been so many changes with the internet since he was little and I had to stay on top of these changes through the years. All parents and caregivers need to have some understanding of the digital world we live in so that we can do our jobs as parents to protect our children and teach them how to use these tools. The folks at domain.ME asked me to share my experiences … Continue Reading →
Learn about illuMask at #FightAcne Twitter Party

Learn about illuMask at #FightAcne Twitter Party

Disclosure: I am being compensated for sharing this information and participating in the Twitter chat. Opinions are my own. So who of us does not remember the dreaded acne of teenage years? I had very bad acne as a teenager and it was a constant battle. My son had acne as a teen as well, but thankfully not nearly like mine was. I tried all sorts of creams, lotions, ointments, and such throughout the years with not much success. Then I would use far too much makeup to try and cover them up, not an attractive look.  Now there is … Continue Reading →
Going Beyond the Driving Test and Win a Set of Michelin Tires

Going Beyond the Driving Test and Win a Set of Michelin Tires

Disclosure: I have been compensated by SheBuysCars and Michelin to be a part of the #SafeTires and Safe Teen Driving Initiative. When our kids get to driving age we worry about lots of things… will our child be a safe driver? will our child make good decisions about driving? will our child’s friends be safe drivers? As parents, we help them practice learning to drive. We may even have them take a Driver’s Ed course. When they ride with us we try to model good driving behavior. We talk to them about the dangers of drinking and drugging and driving … Continue Reading →
Life is hard, but I will be okay

Life is hard, but I will be okay

Today I am going to share what has been happening with my life as a mom. For those that may read this and wonder why I am sharing these kinds of things on my blog for anyone to read, it is because I know I am not the only one these things happen to. Sharing here helps 1) me by letting it out and 2) others who have had similar situations because it helps to know we are not alone. In August of 2013 Hubby and I asked (told) our son to leave. I could not ever have imagined I … Continue Reading →