BJ’s Benefits Beyond the Club

BJ’s Benefits Beyond the Club [+$100 gift card giveaway]

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. Did you know that BJ’s Wholesale Club has benefits beyond the club‘s amazing product selection and prices?  BJ’s offers a long list of services to help you save money! (Check it out for yourself! Enter to win a $100 BJ’s Gift Card via the form at the end of this post!) Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, extended warranties, prescription eye wear or health insurance, BJ’s has you covered. BJ’s Services offers a wide range of savings on everyday essentials. Please visit BJs.com/Services for a complete listing.       As you know I am …

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

If you’ve been to Disney World or Disneyland in the last 10 years or so, I’m fairly certain you have heard of a Dole Pineapple Whip… if not, it’s about time you did!! Truthfully, until a friend sent me this recipe from Food.com, I had never heard of a pineapple whip before! I haven’t been to Disney World since before I was married, when my husband Colm (my boyfriend at the time) and two friends met me down in Orlando for a long weekend. And I don’t remember seeing a Dole Pineapple Whip. Of course we spent a lot of time on Pleasure Island partaking in adult beverages so I wasn’t exactly looking for one. When I made the Food.com recipe it was just okay. I knew I could make it better so I, …

Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

My 15-year old SUV has been in the garage for a week having a new exhaust system installed and getting the A/C repaired (lucky me). Because it was the last week of school I had something going on each day where I needed a car, so I ended up driving my husband to work and picking him up every day. I felt like I’d spent my entire week in the car… Today I told him to just take his car and I’d survive being stuck at home for the day. My kids spent 2/3 of the day watching TV. Finally after listening to 6 hours of Psych in the background I’d had enough! I threw my kids outside and told them to turn on the sprinkler and have fun outdoors …

Mom Matters: How to Be a Media-Savvy Mom

Mom Matters: How to Be a Media-Savvy Mom

Friday, July 10, 2015  Asbury Park Grove, 9300 Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte, 11:30am-1:30pm If you are a mom in 2015, you are not going to want to miss this event! Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Charlotte Parent with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  It is challenging to be a parent in the digital age! Gone are the days of Facebook as the be-all and end-all for social-networking needs. Tumblr, Vine, Snapchat, Yik Yak. Everyday there’s some new program or app parents need to figure out. Understanding the programs’ capabilities and giving kids guidance and limits can be difficult. This Charlotte Parent Mom Matters* event will discuss strategies and approaches to help guide parents through this technology maze. At …

Picnics & Popsicles

Picnics & Popsicles

Well, summer has struck North Carolina with a vengeance (and I know we are not alone)! Two straight weeks of temps in the mid to high 90s, plus a few 100 degree days in there AND almost no rain. Basically the moment the kids got out of school we hit a heat wave that kept them in the house all. day. long. Finally, the high temps fell to a balmy 88 degrees and we took the opportunity to pack up a quick picnic lunch and enjoy some time outside. The kids were so excited to play outdoors. Their excitement didn’t last long though. Just enough to eat, play for 15 minutes and then everyone was complaining about the heat. Everyone, except Annaliese. Her cotton FabKids Summer Tide Outfit kept her cooler than the …

Joy Williams - Venus

Joy Williams – Venus [music]

Disclosure: I participated in the Joy Williams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own. Honestly, before I was asked to review this album I had no idea who Joy Williams was. That is, until I read she was one-half of the four-time Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. I have several of their albums and especially love the popular songs “Dust to Dust” and “The One That Got Away“, not to mention the Taylor Swift Hunger Games song “Safe & Sound” in which they were featured. The Civil Wars broke up in August 2014 citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” as reasons for why they were “unable to continue as a touring entity.”   Williams wrote her first …