6 Ways to Fix a Sexless Marriage Before It's Too Late

When you first meet someone and pass the courting stage you will probably enter a period where you enjoy sex at every opportunity you get, this could be daily or twice daily.  However, every couple experiences a reduced need for sex as the relationship becomes more comfortable.  This does not mean the love has gone, rather that the time available has reduced.  Commitments at work and at home will often drain you physically and emotionally leaving very little time Read more

What to Do if Your Teenager or Young Adult Has a Drug Problem

Drug addiction can happen at any age, and nobody is exempt from the risk of becoming an addict. Teenagers may become addicted to drugs for a number of different reasons, whether they started trying a drug simply to experiment or have fun or as a result of more serious underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If your teenager is using drugs and continues to use them despite the real risks of harmful consequences, you may need Read more

8 Surprising Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

We humans need our sleep. Most of us feel at our best when we have had around seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We then wake up full of the joys of life, ready to face the world. It is a different story if you haven’t slept well. You wake up feeling like death, hollow-eyed and groggy, and then spend the rest of the day fighting to stay awake. Everyone has a few bad nights here are there, usually when kids Read more

Women’s Guide to Anti-Aging Skin

You can never start too early to prevent your skin from showing signs of ageing. What you need is the right skincare and lifestyle tips to send them packing. Here are some tips to help you save face. Pack Your Moisturizer No matter what moisturizer you use, anything that will soften your skin will go the distance to giving you supple skin that is less likely to show wrinkles. However, there are some ingredients that will make your skin even softer, Read more

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

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According to About.com, legend has it that chocolate lava cake was the result of a major culinary disaster. If that’s the case, I’m so happy someone goofed in the kitchen! And that it wasn’t me for once! I’ve had some epic disasters of my own recently–none creating something better than what was originally intended. I even ruined a simple box of Hamburger Helper! The horror!

I can assure you that this recipe for Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes is one that never fails. It’s my go-to when we are craving something sweet on a busy day. It’s also a crowd pleaser when several batches are made and served as dessert. Or the main event! There are a million recipes out there for chocolate lava cakes. This one is a little different because they are made mini-sized in a cupcake pan. They’re also a little less “wet” (runny?) than those traditionally made in individual ramekins or custard cups. But they’re every bit as delicious. Read more

Crock Pot Picnic Lunch

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Okay. So you can’t pack a crock pot in your picnic basket. That doesn’t mean you can’t whip up some heavenly perfect-for-the-outdoors eats before heading out for a special feast. Outdoor dining doesn’t mean you have to settle for drab dishes! Here are 10 highly recommended recipes for the perfect crock pot picnic lunch. Several are from my Gram’s Recipe Tin: Read more

Budget Friendly Family Meals: Easy Beef Stroganoff

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I’m excited to share with you a meal that I have been preparing for years and one that came directly from my grandmother’s recipe tin–Easy Beef Stroganoff! Fit for a family, this recipe is easy to prepare and extremely versatile. It can be served on egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or your favorite pasta. You’ll find the recipe at the end of this post. Read more

Crock Pot Dark Chocolate Pudding

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Crock Pot Dark Chocolate Pudding

If you’re looking to try dessert recipes for your crock pot, start with this easy and super yummy recipe for Crock Pot Dark Chocolate Pudding. Hips be damned! This is a heavy, cream-infused treat that will leave you full, but longing for more. It’s been kid tested and husband approved, so grab your crock pot and get busy! Read more

Crock Pot Beer Steamed Sausages

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! And you know what that means, right? Beer, beer, and MORE beer! Even though I despise the stuff and wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot leprechaun, I love cooking with ales and stout. What’s on the lushful menu this year? Crock Pot Beer Steamed Sausages is one of my favorite beer-infused meals. Forget about beer brats. You’ll drool over these babies! I’ll be whipping up another batch this weekend! Read more

Crock Pot Thai Peanut Pork

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Looking for an easy pork dish that the whole family will enjoy? Look no further! This recipe for Crock Pot Thai Peanut Pork is tasty and easy to make. The kids will be asking for seconds – guaranteed! It’s just the right combination of hot, sweet, and smooth! Read more

Hood Sour Cream Infused Smashed Potatoes

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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  

When I think of comfort food, I immediately see visions of mashed potatoes. Glorious, delicious mashed potatoes! And one of my all-time favorites recipes for cooked spuds is Sour Cream Infused Smashed Potatoes. My brand of choice? Hood Sour Cream, of course! It’s a household favorite. Read more

Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Balls

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There are a lot of recipes for making candy in a crock pot. This is one of the easiest and most versatile around! Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Balls are loaded with flavor and so simple to make. This is a great project to tackle with the kids! Read more