Send a kid to summer camp for $5

YMCA summer camp

By the way people are checking out my 2015 Atlanta Summer Camp Guide, I think most people know the importance of summer camp. Working parents need care for their children and stay-at-home parents need a break from the 24/7 care of their kids. And the kids need something fun!  They need to learn social skills [...]

5 Netflix Movies For Spring #streamteam

Stellaluna on Netflix

Rain, rain go away, come again another day! Rainy, cloudy, soggy, damp…those are all good adjectives for Spring. And Spring showers can be nice but they can also mean a lot of time spent indoors. If you’re a crafty mama than you will get excited to pull out the pom poms and Popsicle sticks and glitter [...]

Giveaway| Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

  It’s birthday time in the Smith household. Three of my four kids have birthdays within 6 weeks in March, April and May. It’s a crazy time with lots of birthday cakes, classroom cupcakes, and assorted special desserts being whipped up (at 1 a.m. most likely) using my gleaming red KitchenAid mixer. The mixer was [...]

Blownaway App Brings Professional Hair & Make-up to your Home (while the kids play in the next room)

Maria Smith Blownaway

When the people at BlownAway contacted me and asked if I’d like a complimentary trial of their on-demand hair and make-up services in exchange for an honest review, I was excited. I love a good blowout! But then I realized that I really shouldn’t pay for a sitter to watch my boys so I could [...]

Great Wolf Lodge deals | 5 ways to save you money

save money at Great Wolf Lodge

My family and I were treated to a media weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge-Concord/Charlotte this month to experience all they have to offer families. We received complimentary or discounted accommodations, dining, and activities while we were there. While I’m always thrilled to be invited somewhere fun, all opinions are my own. The concept behind [...]

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 | Recipes, Activities and Events for the Irish in us all

Maria Smith St. Patrick's Day 2009

On St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 if you didn’t know), it’s been said that everyone is Irish. While this is true, I have the delightful distinction of also being Irish the other 364 days of the year as well. I don’t know much about my genetic history, but I do know that I am part [...]

The Coca-Cola bottle turns 100

The coca-cola bottle turns 100 this year.

Anyone who thinks celebrating a glass bottle is silly has never lived in The South. Coca-Cola is not just something you drink here; it is a way of life. Northerners learn very quickly that unless they prefer sweet tea, they better get used to drinking Coke products. It is difficult to almost impossible to find [...]

Kids Can’t Break Me

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

As a member of Netflix’s Streamteam, I got early access to your newest favorite show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (Trust me.) I only give honest opinions and I know you’re going to love this show. The main character, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), survives being locked in an underground bunker for 15 years. And it got me [...]