5 Gifts to buy kids this summer

You’re probably already getting ready for it; summer break is right around the corner! My kids get out of school next week for the summer, and they’re looking forward to staying up late, waking up in the middle of the day and me cooking on the grill almost daily. Sure, we have the family vacation planned for later this summer, the 4th of July fireworks with our entire neighborhood and some time spent with other family members. However, there is still a lot of time between the end of May and the beginning of August to keep the kids busy. Here ... [read more]

Be sure to check out Clover Valley Items at Dollar General!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Finally!!! No more frigid weather or being bundled up if you want to go outside because the spring weather has arrived. That means more time spent outside, getting together with family and friends, kids outside playing longer, and most importantly I get the chance to cook on the grill. With Dollar General around the corner, about 10 minutes away from my house, I have started picking up all of my grilling needs there. Talking with ... [read more]

5 Tips for Riding Your Bike at Night

Without a doubt, bikes are a terrific way to get from A to B and everywhere between and beyond. Burning off excess calories while cruising at speed through a fresh breeze is truly invigorating. And doing it at night is all the more exciting as the dim light changes your perception of speed and distance. The darkness of night, however, also exacerbates the risks of daytime riding. So what can you do to make night riding safer? Here are a few tips to consider. Lights on Your Bike One of the simplest ways to boost your safety when riding your ... [read more]

Grilling Tips: 5 Tricks to Improve your Cooking

If your grilling skills leave a lot to be desired, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to improve your overall cooking ability. Check out some of these helpful tricks to set you on the road to delicious dining. 1. Equip Yourself With Quality Cooking Tools The age-old saying that a workman is only as good as his tools is worth bringing out here. The same can be said for a cook. If you plan to grill meals for your family then you need to invest in the right equipment. Don’t know where to start? A specialty grilling and barbequing store like ... [read more]

Top Tips for an Easy Home Renovation

Tired of the same look? Still have that green shag pile rug in the living room? The time for change is now! Renovations are a great way to add value to your home and create a welcoming new environment – one that’s only ‘vintage’ if you’ve intentionally made it that way! Whether it’s an entire makeover or just a few touch-ups, here are some helpful tips to take the stress out of renovating. Planning This is the most crucial stage when starting any  home renovation. This stage should be as detailed as possible to make sure the most value is ... [read more]

Safety Issues You Need to Know About Before Welding

  Before getting started in the welding trade, it’s necessary to be aware of safety issues. Welders can protect themselves from accidents or burns by using personal protective equipment and conducting a risk assessment. What do you need to look out for when you start a welding project? Check out this list for the most common safety issues. Welder’s Flash Exposing the eye to ultraviolet light causes sunburn-like damage to the cornea. This is often referred to as “welder’s flash.” A welding torch is a source of UV light which can cause ... [read more]

Declutter Your Garage in 5 Easy Steps

The garage can be one of the most valuable places for storage on your property but typically, garages become the dumping ground for everything that needs to be hidden and items for which there is no obvious place. De-cluttering your garage is always a great idea. Not only will a de-cluttering effort provide you with more space, it will also give you the opportunity to dispose of items that you no longer need or want. 1: Use offsite storage As you go through your garage you will probably find a range of items that you forgot you had. You ... [read more]

Save Money at Walmart With the Savings Catchers App

I shopped savvy using Walmart Saving Catcher, as part of a sponsored post for Crowdtap #WMTSavingsCatcher.   As many of you know I’m all about saving my hard-earned money. My kids call me cheap and my wife usually just shakes her head. However, the truth is she is the one that actually got me into couponing and price matching. I admit I always thought it was a waste of time! Until I started seeing our stockpile and all the money, she was actually saving us!! Right then I was hooked. So, when I learned about Walmart® Savings Catcher ... [read more]

Where my Too Short Fans? Throwback Thursday from Too Short Gettin It

My Throwback Thursday is usually something that I've listened to the week prior that I haven't listened to in a long time. This one is no different and this is from the legendary Too $hort and it's off of what was to be his 10th and final album, Gettin It. Well that was back in 1996 and Short Dawg is still doing his thing at the age of 48 years old, but this track is the album title that I'm choosing because I absolutely love this song and I still have the CD I bought years ago. ... [read more]

Music Monday Holy Ghost Remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar

My Music Monday is from Jeezy and it's the remix to one of my favorite tracks off his album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. This track features Kendrick Lamar and it's the remix to Holy Ghost. Enjoy!!!! http://youtu.be/6KzL_M5b4PQ ... [read more]

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