New Year’s Resolutions Every Traveler Should Make

The world always seemed much bigger when I started travel writing, and the editors would always tell me that the places I wanted to write about were too exotic. There was a time when people considered Australia and South Africa just too far away. Now there are plenty of non-stop flights to just about anywhere you want to go....more

13 Great Fall Activities for Kids

It's a rainy day, the sun doesn't shine and it's too wet to play. So we sit in the house and... do creative fall crafts!In fall and winter rainy days it may be challenging to have fun activities with kids. The best solution is to roll up our sleeves and get to do some art and craft activities indoor.Crafty indoor activities are for any age but toddlers seem to especially enjoy them and love some extra hands on attention....more

Labor Day Weekend – Single, 40-something and Fabulous!

Labor Day weekend has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited for three whole days off. Three whole days to do literally whatever I want to do. Three whole days to celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new season. This weekend always seems like a transition for me. Not that anything really changes in my life between Summer and Fall, but it’s kind of a mental reset and a time to refocus and reenergize for the rest of the year....more

Delinking the food from the fun

"Mom, is it a dessert night?" I get asked that question almost every night. And I am pretty arbitrary in whether or not it will be a dessert night, as it depends on a lot of factors. To paraphrase Cookie Monster: Dessert is a sometimes food....more

10 reasons that will make you fall in love with Australia

Well for starters it is essential that you know that for teenagers like you and me, Australia holds a lot of opportunities. Be it recreational endeavors or job opportunities, Australia has got it all covered! You should know that it not only is a place for those who love the fast life track but it also caters to those who want to stay in their own personal space. Below are the 10 facts that makes you love Australia even more:...more

10 Ways to Make August Awesome

Don’t know what to do this month? Here are 10 ways to make August awesome!Why don’t you…?1. Start a collection? Vintage sunglasses? Cocktail rings? Charm bracelets?...more

New Blogger on the Mound

Hi, My name is Deborah, I just started my own blog, which is very scary. I came to this site for a little encouragement, and advice. I would appreciate any feedback, criticism and straight talk that you all can give me. I try to write what I feel, but I also try to stay relevant. Getting people to even look at your site is a challenge, and trying to earn money from a blog is even harder. I thank you all for

DIY: Chalkboard Labeled Glass Jars

I love using my hands for projects around the house. Finding fun and easy DIY projects is a simple way to express myself and grow my creativity.After so many loads of laundry, unmaking and making up beds, cleaning toilets and rounds of dishes, I need something else for my hands to do. ...more

Hopscotch fun

My kids and I love to play outside. And, one of the activities we most love to do is play hopscotch.  It's a great activity to teach numbers, processes, coordination and taking turns.  As my children have grown, I've allowed them to draw their own hopscotches to practice drawing squares and writing numbers....more