Living Room Design Ideas to Make Your Space Look Luxe

Living Room Design Ideas to Make Your Space Look Luxe

The living room is a very special place in a modern household. You could actually call it the focal point of your home, as it serves many a purpose from being a cozy snuggle area for those long Sunday afternoons to being the party central for your family and friends. Creating an upscale look in your living room needn’t be an expensive project, believe it or not, as there are plenty of affordable ideas you can throw into the mix to elevate the vibe from chic to full-on luxurious. Introducing a luxurious vibe into your living room doesn’t mean wasting money on ridiculously overpriced decor, as there are plenty of upscale solutions you can implement on the cheap. With these ideas, you should have no problem taking your living room design to the next level.

Healthier Eating With A Magic Chef Air Fryer Without Losing Any Flavor

Healthier Eating With A Magic Chef Air Fryer Without Losing Any Flavor

Over the past several years, my husband and I have gained quite a bit of weight. From the time we got married until about a year ago, I had gained close to 70lbs. Between having a miscarriage, losing my mom to cancer, and my depression, I just “didn't care”. About this time of year in 2017, I stepped on the scale and it read a number I had NEVER seen before. I had officially hit 300 lbs. I cried. Literally, balled up on the floor in the bathroom, still wrapped in my towel after my shower and cried so hard. No one was home with me, but I think I was crying for a good hour. After...
10 Things To Prep Your Home for a Holiday Get-Together

10 Things To Prep Your Home for a Holiday Get-Together

Growing up, we always had holiday parties. My parents always made a point to welcome everyone over for holiday parties, birthdays, etc. My mom took a whole week prior to the event doing an extreme deep clean of the house. Washing walls, cabinets, baseboards & moldings, etc. Oh, and her decorating was ALWAYS on point. She was an interior decorator, so every room (whether we wanted it or not) was decorated. She had good taste, nothing was ever gaudy or over-decorated, so, for the most part, my dad, brother and I just rolled with it. You will find that it always seems like no matter how much...
Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either! However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t having problems with stress more or less than any other child.

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

Mental illnesses are difficult to diagnose because there aren’t any reliable biological markers—like blood tests, scans, or x-rays—to verify that something is medically wrong. But the symptoms are real, like mood swings, impulsivity, increased irritability, and irrational thoughts. Because mental illnesses affect people’s thinking and behavior, a diagnosis wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships. When Steve first got sick, well-established family routines changed, and we lived for years in a fog of uncertainty as doctors worked to find a combination of medications to stabilize his mind.

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

If you are like most parents I talk to, you are crazy nervous about talking to your kids about sex. Whether they are 5 or 15, talking to your kids about sex doesn’t have to be this big, overwhelming ordeal. In fact, having many conversations in bite-sized chunks will have the most lasting impact over time. These strategies are effective regardless of the child’s age. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make while talking to your kids about sex a little easier to handle: Stay Calm and Carry On. Pay attention to your body language and tone when responding to questions your child asks....
3 Favorite Locations Around Pittsburgh I Love to Visit

3 Favorite Locations Around Pittsburgh I Love to Visit

When I was growing up, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was talked about a lot by my family. My grandparents moved to my hometown from the Pittsburgh area shortly after they were married when my grandfather started working for the steel mill in my hometown. I still have several cousins who still live out that way. I haven't visited as much as I would have liked to, but the times I did, I had a blast. Pittsburgh has a reputation as a blue-collar sports town. While it is true that it’s often ranked as one of the best sports’ cities in the nation, you’ll find a lot more to do here than cheer on the...
The 6 Best Places to Find Vendors for your Wedding or Special Event

The 6 Best Places to Find Vendors for your Wedding or Special Event

My husband and I are coming up on our 5 year anniversary and I've talked to a few friends who are currently planning their wedding or helping their kids with planning their wedding. I always know that when it comes to the need to find vendors for your wedding, it can be daunting and a pain in the butt! My biggest piece of advice is always: “Don't sweat the small stuff! Everything will work out, but the more you iron out the details and expectations immediately, the easier the wedding will be on the day of!” We were lucky that we knew a lot of event planning professionals. A...
3 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Child’s Education

3 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Child’s Education

Of course, no one says that you can’t invest in something different but also as important, such as savings plans, unit-linked insurance plans, and growth plans with a significant capital appreciation over a period of time. Besides that, you can also opt for an investment plan targeted at higher education expenses, with the help of financial advisors, of course. Professional help of this kind is highly recommended for planning portfolio so that you can be 100% sure that your child will have a bright future thanks to your smart moves and decisions you were making from their early age.

Orange Wild Rice – A Recipe Perfect for On The Go

Orange Wild Rice – A Recipe Perfect for On The Go

My husband and I lately have been trying to expand on our range of recipes. I’ve been compiling recipes for years and years that “sounded delicious” but just didn’t fit into our lifestyle at the time. I’m sure some of you can relate. One of my favorites is the Orange Wild Rice recipe below! Until about a year ago, we were constantly on the go! Between kids doing after school stuff, to the oldest starting his first job and then all of the family commitments, it’s been crazy! This summer was crazy busy because we were house hunting, I had my full hysterectomy surgery, then we moved into our home less than 2 weeks after my surgery.

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