A Rant About Summer & Some Cool Things Too

for years I suffered from SAD, except mine season was summer. i think it started the year I decided to spend the summer potty training the girls. Days of cleaning up puddles and looking at seafoam green tiles almost drove me off the deep end. This year I thought I was going make summer my bitch. How wrong I was.

You are Killing Me Summer
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Lazy Housewife Handbook : Summer Cleaning Tricks

Who wants to spend time inside cleaning when they could be out enjoying the summer fun? Not this lazy housewife! So here are ten of my best summer cleaning tricks.

Ten Summer Cleaning Tricks
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Cooking With Books, Fictional Recipes Are Yummy

One of my goals is to cook more with my kids. I grew up watching my mom cook and turned into an awesome one myself (#humblebrag.) She didn’t actually cook that much with me so I could just take my chances that the terror twins learn by osmosis like me. But that would defeat my goal of turning them into domestic servants by eight. So cooking with kids it is.

Cooking With Kids

Up first, Tiana Mac and Cheese!
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Fast Food Fridays : Michael Angelo’s

Fast food is never more tempting to me than in the summer. It just seems so much easier to just order a pizza at the pool or have the husband pick up something on the way home. Forget the family meal, it’s more like shove some food in the kids’ mouths before they go to sleep.

We need more dinners like this…

Michael Angelos for Dinner

Especially since fast food is expensive now that the girls are eating less like birds and more like humans. And amazingly unhealthy. My husband recently told me the calorie total of my favorite fast food dinner and I shed a few tears. So when Michael Angelo’s asked me if I would like to try their new family entrees for dinner, my answer was a resounding YES!
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#BeautyIs Determination

-This post is sponsored by Global Influence-

I confess that sometimes it’s easier fun to say yes than no. Desmonda Drama has been dissolving into a a crying, whiny mess every evening. And I am pretty sure it is due to her summer schedule. Summer school is open to every kid in our school district, so she has been attending that, then swimming at our swim club, and then on top of that attending adapted swim lessons every evening.

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So when she woke up this morning and said how about I stay home today and go to school tomorrow. I couldn’t help but say yes. Even though tomorrow is Saturday. well played, Desmonda Drama. Well played.
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Dinner on Applebee’s

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Do More, Move More, Cheer More with Degree and US Soccer

Partnering with Global Influence for this sponsored post about Degree and the World Cup.
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It’s here! After a weekend of matches, America finally makes its entry into the cup today with the match against Ghana. though my husband is leaving to go watch the match with fellow American Outlaws members, I plan to have it stream here at home too. Even though the girls do not play soccer, their father’s love of futbol is definitely rubbing off on them.

And they are not alone…
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Auto Insurance Comparison, Done and Done!

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric® Community. Collective Bias has provided me with compensation for my time and effort to evaluate this website. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Love, love, love partnering with AutoInsurance.com and #CollectiveBias on this post on car insurance. Cars and dads go together like pb and jelly, in my opinion. Me and cars, not so much.

Happy Sunday! How are the fathers in your life? My husband has been watching the World Cup all day so he’s happy. I am bummed though, because I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to my own dad.

Through out my life, he’s been my calm, comforting rock. It’s amazing to me how unflappable he was and still is. The Terror Twins give him a run for the money, but after raising my and my sister, I think he’s ready for anything. Especially after enduring my awful driving.
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Guest Post : Graduating This Year? Don’t Get Hit With A DUI

A Montgomery County, PA father decided to host a party for his underage daughter and her friends, thinking that they will be safe under his watchful eye.  However, when the party got out of hand and one of the minors became so intoxicated that he was vomiting on the front lawn, the police arrived, arrested the father and charged him with 43 counts of corruption of minors, 61 counts of selling/furnishing liquor to minors, and 1 count of recklessly endangering another person.  

Underage drinking is against the law and providing minors with alcohol carries with it serious criminal penalties.  In addition, a person furnishing minors with alcohol can also face civil liability if the minor gets hurt or hurts someone else.  Underage drinking never leads to anything positive and experienced DUI lawyers frequently explain that it can have serious legal implications for both the underage person and the one who provided them with alcohol.  With high school graduations coming up fast and summer break around the corner, parents and students alike should think twice before incorporating alcohol into their celebration.

Caught drinking underage at a graduation party?

While every state has its own laws regarding how underage drinking cases are handled, some being more severe than others, these are generally looked at seriously and have potentially long-lasting legal implications.  Furthermore, many states have a number of different criminal charges that you can be charged with for underage drinking, it’s not just a single “underage drinking” offense.  For example, in Pennsylvania, along with a charge for Underage Drinking, you may face additional charges of Misrepresentation of Age to Purchase Alcohol and/or Carrying a Fake ID.  All three of these charges carry hefty fines, potential jail time, and mandatory periods of driver’s license suspension.  

Aside from these charges and those similar in other states, virtually every state has specific carve-outs in the law for those under 21 who are caught for driving under the influence (DUI).  These charges may have different standards and penalties than standard DUI cases, specifically in that they may have a lower threshold for a conviction.  Again, for example, in Pennsylvania, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08%, however, for a minor this limit is significantly lower, at .02%.  These DUI charges have significant penalties, as well, including fines, costs, potential jail time, and license suspension periods.

What if adults provided you with alcohol?

As illustrated above, there are serious charges and penalties if parents or adults knowingly provide alcohol to minors.   The reality is that some parents remember the first time they drank, whether it was underage or not, and want to be able to provide their child a safe environment to experiment with alcohol.  DUI lawyers frequently hear the excuse that since many kids inevitably try drinking alcohol, some parents just think it’s a good idea that they do so under supervision.

However, selling/furnishing/providing alcohol to minors can carry significant penalties, no matter what state you are in.  Much like how there are a number of charges that a minor could be charged with for drinking underage, there are typically a number of charges for adults, as well.  If minors are seriously injured due to the alcohol provided by an adult, even more serious criminal charges can be filed.  Furthermore, parents or adults who provide alcohol to minors which in turn results in the death in the minor or someone else are also subject to civil liability under a negligence theory or a particular state’s Dram Shop Laws.  

Unlike the charges and penalties faced by minors for underage drinking, which may be eligible for “diversion” or probationary programs for first time offenders, the criminal charges and penalties faced by parents or adults in furnishing the alcohol are not.  They are serious charges, which tend to carry substantial fines and significant jail time.

About the author:

As part of the experience PA DUI lawyers at The Martin Law Firm, P.C., located in Blue Bell, PA. Alex Magid, Esquire provides legal representation in the areas of DUI and criminal defense as well as wills, trusts, and estates. Alex is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned his degree in Crime, Law & Justice. To read more of Attorney Magid’s work, please visit www.jbmartinlaw.com/blog.

The Power of Dads

Last week was rough, my main guy was out of town. And though I joke about pulling more than my weight when it comes to the house and kids, the truth is that my husband pulls more than his weight around here.
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Especially when it comes to the nighttime routine.
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