My first time at the DC Auto Show with #NextGenVolt

This post is part of a compensated opportunity with All opinions expressed are my own. My dad tells me stories about how much my grandfather loved cars. He loved that feeling of trading up and having the latest, coolest features. Fifty years after,Dad has the same new-car fever. We like to try things first and be in the know. Even now, Dad drives a hybrid car and has done for … [Read more...]

#HealthYourself in 2015

Happy New You

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions, Mostly because they'll be shattered by January 1. For me, it's a set up for failure. I do like the new tradition of choosing a word that will guide your intentions for the year. One friend has Leap as her word to encourage her to do things out of her comfort zone. I've also seen people go with Joy, or with something as simple and powerful as Do. I … [Read more...]

Tips for Holiday Entertaining

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You're pitched a lot of products as a blogger. Sometimes, the brand is looking for a very specific writer. "Had freckle-removal surgery in Yakima?" "Gone to clown college and love hairless cats?" Often I'm not a good fit … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Parent

In the spirit of giving back, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of public service advertisements designed to continue to encourage the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on the importance of keeping siblings together. Since the launch of this campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once … [Read more...]

December 2 is Celebrate Shelter Pets Day! #ShelterPetLove


It’s been a year since I wished for a dog and a Pomeranian showed up on my deck the next day. The Universe doesn’t provide a new dog to everyone so neatly. Most people have to go out and get them. We adopted our cat Pinky three years ago for my younger daughter’s birthday. Pinky’s been a joy every minute, almost. She’s very sweet and affectionate for a cat. She was brought into our family as our … [Read more...]