Amazing Life Lessons From Board Games

Who doesn’t love all the benefits of a good old-fashioned board game? Board games are perfect for a little indoor fun as the weather gets cooler and on rainy days. They provide hours of entertainment and are wonderful ‘educational tools’. Yes, they make everyone a little smarter! And to top it off, they offer lots of family bonding-without screens. Top Life Lessons Learned: Taking Turns – Let’s face it, it can be tough for kids to take turns. Board games teach you to be patient as you wait for your opponent’s next move. Commitment – Keep going and don’t give up! A simple game such as Monopoly teaches commitment and perseverance. Stay committed, even if times get tough. Things can turn with time! Focus & Concentration – Study the situation and focus! Operation takes a … [Read more...]

Eppa Summer of Sangria Tour

Eppa Sangria has hit the road for their Summer of Sangria Tour! Last week, I had the privilege of going on behalf of One2One Network, because it was right in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, FL, my hometown. I was able to sip sangria and take my photo in their fun photo booth, chat with the Eppa Sangria gals about what makes their sangria the best on the market and register to win an outfit from Soybu. It was a super fun afternoon. Eppa SupraFruta Sangria is a blend of real, organic superfruit juices and premium varietal wine made from organically-grown grapes. Eppa SupraFruta Sangria is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and is crafted in Mendocino, CA. The key to Eppa SupraFruta Sangria’s delicious and refreshing taste are the real superfruit … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Summer Activity Books

Ready to turn off the television, put away the iPhone and iPad, and get back to basics with activity books? Activity books are my go-to resource to minimize my kids’ screen time and to feel confident that they are learning new skills. There is something wonderful about relieving stress, re-charging the brain and sparking inspiration. All you need is an inviting activity book and the benefits are countless! Here are my five reasons why you should break out summer activity books: Boredom buster (without technology) Simple markers, pencils and pens along with activity pages offer hours of entertainment. As a busy parent, there’s something refreshing and guilt-free about bringing out tried-and-true workbooks. Travel friendly These books can be thrown in the backseat, in a … [Read more...]

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Have you ever been invited to a Holiday party and felt like you should bring a gift to the hostess? Whether you're thinking small scale or spendy, a hostess gift is a kind gesture to let her know you appreciate her invitation and hard work in preparing for the event. You could take a bottle of wine, a candle or a home baked basket of goodies. No matter what gift you choose, it will be special to the recipient. {Not many people give hostess gifts these days.} What if you saved yourself the time and travel to the store and made a hostess gift? The money would be less spent. Most importantly, DIY gifts are often times the very most special...and rarely forgotten. Today I've gathered 9 of my favorite hostess gift ideas that you can use throughout the holidays. /1/ Homemade Body Scrub - … [Read more...]

12 Cool FROZEN Party Ideas

"Do you want to build a snowman?" Something tells me you've heard that movie line approximately 85,457 times in the last few months. If you have children, especially little girls, you've had the song Let it Go on repeat for weeks. You can quote Olaf's famous line, "Hi. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs." Why? Because Disney's Frozen is the HOTTEST movie for kids of all ages right now! As a matter of fact, Frozen took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 18. Why not host a viewing party and invite a bunch of friends over to enjoy it with you? Food, friends, family, fun AND Frozen!! Today I've gathered a bunch of great ideas to help spark your imagination for the best party ever. /1/ Frozen Party Snack Table - Every party needs … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to See a Concert at a Small Local Theater this Summer

Guest Post by Scotty Reiss I’m so over the big arena concerts: the scramble to buy super expensive tickets that get you a seat near the roof from which performers look like ants on the stage. It’s just not worth it. Luckily, hundreds of great bands are booked into local theaters—many of them historical treasures—around the country, and it’s a growing trend. My local theater, the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a fabulous destination for any sort of show. Recently I went to see The English Beat and it’s an experience I’ll smile about forever. But most towns have a playhouse (a listing of historic theaters is here), so here’s why you should take a look at the schedule and buy tickets to see a favorite band: With only a several hundred seats, … [Read more...]