• Family

    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 are five things that my kids, nieces, nephews or…

  • Outdoors

    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 bike at night is to install lights on your bike.…

  • Food

    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 Barbeques Galore can help. The staff can point…

  • Home Improvement

    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 added to your property efficiently. Have you accounted for council…

  • Home Improvement

    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 blurred vision and sore eyes, often requiring medical attention. To avoid welder’s flash, protective equipment such as a…

  • Garage
    Around The House

    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 may realize that you own items that are too good to…

  • Deals,  Featured,  Money Matters,  Product Reviews

    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 from Crowdtap I was excited to share my find with my wife! Unfortunately,…

  • Blog Hops & memes,  Throwback Thursday

    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. Enjoy!!!!      

  • #WalmartAuto
    Cars,  Daddy Talk,  Featured

    Visiting Walmart Auto Center For Car Needs

    I spruced up my car using STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer products from Walmart, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WalmartAuto Right now I’m having one of them dad moments because my son, who is my oldest child just recently got his learners license and has been driving all the time. These are moments I’m hoping he’ll always remember because it’s something that is embedded in my mind when my dad was teaching me how to drive. Not only he’s learning to drive, but in my eyes it’s a huge achievement and this is also moments we can bond even more now that he’s becoming a young man. One of…

  • Cars

    Five Affordable Ways to Maximize Performance with Your Vehicle

      Are you looking to give your car a bit more grunt, but don’t have heaps of cash? Don’t despair; there are plenty of effective ways to bring out your vehicle’s inner hot rod that won’t break the bank. When it comes to engine performance (speed and power), it’s all about increasing horsepower. Here are the top five affordable ways you can do this: 1. Improve power-to-weight ratio The quickest and cheapest way to boost your vehicle’s performance is to improve its power-to-weight ratio. By removing excess weight and stripping down your vehicle to its bare bones, you’ll unleash more horsepower and achieve optimum performance. 2. Use performance air filters…

  • Money Matters

    Let MassMutual Help You Live the American Dream

     “I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”       Are you still trying to live the American Dream? What exactly is the American Dream? Is the American Dream to you still attainable? Growing up my parents’ vision of the American Dream was probably just to have the opportunity to provide for my sister and I despite so many obstacles placed in front of us. This was probably the same vision my grandparents had with my parents despite all the racism in place during that time. As time has gone by, the more…