The holidays are a season of hospitality with many people welcoming extended family members into their homes for some or all of the festivities. You don’t need a full guest suite to keep your visitors comfortable during their stay. Use these simple tricks to make any part of the house a cozy hideaway for your relatives, no matter how big or small.

     It’s important that your child has their own space in your home and that space is the bedroom. As they get older, this is going to be increasingly crucial because they're going to slowly become more independent. They won’t want to spend the evenings with you, they may spend it in their room, or they may head out with friends. They’ll also want privacy, and you have to provide them it. You can’t constantly be walking into their room and inspecting it. You should not be asking them to clean it or worse cleaning it yourself. From an early age, you have to make sure kids know this is their space. It’s their job to look after it and treat it how they please. Although if things get too extreme, you may want to take action. No one wants a room in a house covered with mold and filled with stale food. Even if it does belong to a terrible teen.

     Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed is invading Pittsburgh this weekend and you don't want to miss it! This incredible event isn't just a walk through dinosaur exhibit. It is a nonstop adventure for your entire family. Dinos will be in Pittsburgh from Feb 3-Feb 5. If you live outside of the Pittsburgh area, see when they will be visiting you

     March 17 is almost here!! That night will be the premiere of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic! In anticipation of this super exciting event, check out the incredible movie posters!! 

     A last-minute date night with your sweetheart is exciting, but not without its share of aggravations. You need to have everything in place for an evening that goes without a hitch. That includes having a babysitter, picking a place to go, and making sure your makeup is in place. It's a little stressful, but doable if you maintain grace under pressure and lay out everything you need to do to get ready. Following are three tips to help you everything together and look your best when you arrive at your destination.

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     Many of the household products that we use in our homes contain toxic chemicals that can make us sick and harm the environment. These chemicals, which are sometimes found in laundry detergents and spray cleaners, can cause everything from asthma and respiratory irritation to fertility issues and birth defects. They can also contaminate water and increase air pollution. So, how can you ensure that you’re using products that won’t harm you, your family, or the environment? Start by examining the household products in your home. What chemicals are in them? Are these chemicals toxic? Do they pose a threat to your health? If so, replace them with safe, environmentally friendly alternatives.

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     Of course one of our main goals this year is to have another little one! We have been doing everything we can to increase our chances at getting pregnant, so I have a great feeling that this is going to work. Especially with the help of Stork OTC, I am confident. 

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     Stuck on what to buy your Minecraft fan for the holidays? Best Buy has some awesome gifts that every gamer will be drolling over. The Xbox One S console bundle comes with everything every Minecraft lover needs to build, survive, and explore! 
     This bundle includes full game downloads of Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10, thirteen community-favorite content Packs which include  Halo Mash-up and Festive Mash-up. 
      With this Xbox One S console bundle you and your friends can get together on Xbox Live and craft new Minecraft worlds. The Xbox One S even allows you to watch 4K Blu-ray™ movies, stream Netflix and Amazon Video in stunning 4K Ultra HD, and play a growing library of Xbox 360 games. This is the perfect gift for the serious gamer! 

This post was sponsored by Hasbro’s Joy For All brand  as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
     As someone who volunteers at our local nursing home, I have seen firsthand how much Hasbro's Joy for all Companion Pets can impact a patient's life. They inspire companionship and delight their owners. Every time one of the patients plays with their pet, their entire attitude changes and their face lights up. It is amazing to watch! 

Christmas is right around the corner! Many of us are still scrambling to complete our shopping lists, running store to store or finalizing our shopping online. Often, with the hustling and bustling this time of year we can lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas or start to feel a bit of the bah humbug creeping in. When this happens, it’s time to stop, and reflect on the true magic of the season, giving back. This doesn’t mean you have to drain your wallet on gifts for other people. Giving back this year can be as simple as decluttering your house and shipping those items to Goodwill. The best part, you can do this for free. This year Goodwill stores have teamed up with Give Back Box to enable you to reuse your online shipping boxes to donate your unwanted household items (such as gently used clothing, handbags, shoes, etc) to Goodwill at no cost to you. Here’s how it works: Give Back Box gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at By gathering your unwanted items that are stuffed in the back of your closet, under your bed, in your attic or garage or wherever it is hiding, you can pack it up and ship it to Goodwill to help create jobs. Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.

Did you know, you can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment.