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 [...]

Main Event FUN card Giveaway

Bloggers at Main Event Atlanta

Main Event Atlanta recently hosted a Bloggers Night Out and gave us complimentary food, drinks, and activities. We had a BALL! They have also graciously given me TWO $25 FUNcards to giveaway to two lucky readers. [See below to enter!] All opinions are my own.   Main Event Entertainment Centers are the perfect place to [...]

Six Ways to Survive Snow days

Pasta Chips flavors

I don’t love snow days. I am not a let’s-go-build-a-pillow-fort type of mom and my kids are not let’s-stay-in-our-pj’s-and-watch-movies-all-day type of kids. When all 4 of them are home all day, my house gets messy, ALL my food gets eaten, and I find myself stressed out and exhausted at the end of the day. HOWEVER, [...]

Some days motherhood beats me up


I’m doing the best I can. And some days…that’s not good enough. Some days I yell at my kids because I spilled the milk. Or because I turned my back on them for a minute and they followed another mom out of the door at RaceTrac. Or because I JUST VACUUMED and they spilled the [...]

I have no genetic history. So I got tested.

JScreen testing

I have no medical past. I have no genetic history. When doctor’s forms ask for a family history, I have nothing to give them. I was adopted and have sketchy (at-best) information from my biological parents. I’d like to say that it doesn’t bother me…that I don’t care that my history starts with me…but I [...]