My Favorite Five Minute Updos for Long Hair

Super easy and under two minutes to get The Knot - an easy updo.

This shop and tutorial on my favorite five minute updos for long hair has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #CareWithKeratin #sponsored When it comes to my hair, I generally get the same curious questions. “Do you have hair extensions?” “How did your hair grow so fast?” “What do you use to keep your hair so shiny?” While these are just a few of the beauty questions I get, I think folks are generally very inquisitive as to my hair. That’s a good thing. And, although, these questions are super easy to…

Preparing for Back to School: How Do You Relax?

relaxing with Tradewinds tea

Disclosure: I’m part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network and was asked to write about #MomentsToSavor and Tradewinds Tea. Yes, I’ve been compensated for this post but all opinions are my own! #AD Whew, I can’t even believe that it’s back-to-school time. And, while I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a burden, I know one thing: this time of year is CRAZY for my family! Before I know it, autumn will be happily sneaking up on me (bring on Halloween!), and I’ll be spying autumn decorations on the…

Back to School with South Hills Village Mall: What’s Hot for 2017

South Hills Village Disney Store

I love mall shopping. And, while that could be an entirely different story, one of the reasons is that I get to spend time with my teen daughter. The Kid and I got down to back-to-school-shopping business on a recent visit to South Hills Village Mall in Pittsburgh, PA. We hunted for bargains and necessary items, but what we ended up doing the most was having fun! Here’s the scoop on what’s hot for back to school in 2017! We had such a fun time partnering with the folks at…

Life Lessons Gained from Life Insurance

Life insurance for women from MetLife

This post was sponsored by MetLife life insurance as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Look, no one wants to relive, or even think about, horrible moments in their lives. It’s those times that the words simply don’t reach what we’re trying to comprehend and I rarely write about those kind of moments. But this time, I’m sharing with you the story of my mother and how her life insurance was a huge sigh of relief for my…

Teens and Screen Time: How Much Is too Much?

Kindle Fire Front seat

Teens and screen time. How much is too much, especially when it comes to teens and kids? Do you allow your children the freedom of using their tech as much as they’d like or limit usage? Do they give you flack for it? What do you provide as an alternative? Here’s my story on how I maintain a happy household with a tech-loving teen. Hi, my name is Karyn and I have a teenager. “Hi, Karyn.” While I may be making light of the fact just then, she is a…

Simple Ways to Make Road Trips Fun!

Road trip tips

My family? We’re seasoned road trippers. We spend hundreds of hours every year on the road and I relish the time. And, while it’s mainly sunshine and roses, there are times when the hours become barely tolerable, particularly when we can’t take anymore radio tunes or playing “I Spy”. It’s those times that we look for easy ways to keep ourselves happy and occupied, and over the years we’ve come up with some good ones. Here’s my favorite simple ways to make road trips fun. This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on…

DOSH App: Save Money on Travel, Dining, and Shopping

DOSH app

I’m just like the next shopper: if there’s a way to save money while shopping I’m all for it. I recently discovered DOSH, a cash back app and am finding all kinds of ways to save some serious cash. Here’s how DOSH helps save money on travel, dining, and shopping. If there’s one thing I like, it’s saving money. I always look for the beast deals on travel, clothing, dining – you name it. And honestly, I’d be even better at it if I didn’t have a constant time crunch…

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: from Flop to Fiesta!

Front Porch Decorating Ideas before

This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Café Lights. All opinions are my own! #ColorCafeLights I’ve neglected my front porch for years. I mean, years. Does that make me a bad home owner? Nope. Is the fact that I’ve kept my front porch bare a complete waste of family space? Yup. But, no longer. I’d finally had enough of walking in and our of the front door and thinking, “One day I’ll spruce it up.” and set this summer as a goal. I turned my front porch…

6 Reasons You Didn’t Know You Needed Jetty Renters Insurance

6 Reasons You Didn't Know You Needed Jetty Renters Insurance Apartment exterior

This post is happily sponsored by Jetty renters insurance. All opinions are my own! As a gal that’s had her fair share of purchasing renters insurance in my younger years (and before we were homeowners), I never really checked into the different types and what each had to offer. Honestly, I simply checked with my auto insurance carrier and took its word for truth. Of course, this was before the age of internet and when my cellular phone came in a giant leather case and plugged into my car’s cigarette outlet!…

How to Keep Valuables Safe While Traveling:Easy Hotel Tips

How to keep valuables safe while traveling jewelry

When theft in major hotels or resorts make the news, I have to remind myself that almost all people are honest. It’s that teeny fraction of hotel employees that make us leery of keeping our valuables in plain sight when staying at a hotel. So I started snooping around and asking folks that are seasoned travelers, travel writers, and bloggers how to keep valuables safe while traveling. From the common ones to one you may not even know about, here’s easy tips to protect your valuables in hotel rooms. Safe (ish)…