We All Need Mayberry ; The Relevance of The Andy Griffith Show in Today’s World

A lot of voices in the parenting world label TV as a worthless waste of time. Monitoring what our kids watch is important, but there’s no need to completely exile the talking box to the attic. Moderation remains one of my guiding principles in parenting; my kids get PLENTY of outdoor time but I believe that there ARE shows airing that are worth being seen, even if we have to go back a few years to find them. For the duration of my childhood, The Andy Griffith Show was an entertainment staple in my household; my parents were avid fans, and the hilariously relatable situations of its episodes made me laugh from a young age. Knowing that it was filmed when my parents were kids showed me that they, like Opie, had likely gone through the same things that I, many years later, was experiencing myself. Now I’m sharing this awesome show with my kids, and they love it in all its black and white glory. Just as I could see myself in Opie’s shoes, my children can, too. Even though era-specific details are present in the show (Wait, why is he putting money into that phone? Didn’t they have…

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Bacon Wrapped Burger Dogs for Tailgate Time

Looking for something a little different to put on the grill when you Tailgate this Football Season? I have an awesome recipe for you to keep in mind, and it’s super easy but will tempt the taste buds of everyone surrounding your party. I present to you our new favorite, Bacon Wrapped Burger Dogs. What is it? A cheese stick encased with hand-pattied, well-seasoned ground beef that is then wrapped in raw bacon, secured with toothpicks, and grilled until the meat surrounding the cheese has finished cooking. The cheese should also be well-melted and the bacon on the outside deliciously crispy. How Does It Taste? Like Angels are singing on your tastebuds, if singing angels tasted like an amazing grill-masterpiece. Ingredients 3 pounds of Ground Beef (Deer, Elk, Turkey etc.) 1 Pound of Ground Pork 1 Pack of Cheddar Cheese Snack Sticks 1 Pack of Bacon Toothpicks 1) Begin by seasoning your ground meat with whatever seasonings you prefer. We used Southern Flavor and Garlic Salt to flavor ours. The ground beef could be substituted with another ground meat if you wish, just as we used ground deer meat in making ours. Next time I want to add ground pork…

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Back to School Book Recommendations for Women and BIG Giveaway

Check out this AMAZING list of Back to School Book Recommendations for Women and other Grown-ups by me and a ton of other fun bloggers… Be sure to enter the HUMONGOUS giveaway after you read about the books we have loved reading this summer! It’s here, friends. The end of summer is upon us. I know. But that doesn’t mean you need to put your beloved books down! In fact, just the opposite. No time like the present to dig into your reading and escape the hassles and woes of Back to School prep and fuss. There is something solid to be said for hanging on to these last days of summer and making the most of them. To embrace the end of our summer months, I teamed up with a bunch of my blogging buddies and asked the uber-important question: what book would you recommend for a last-blast at summer reading? What book would you love to share with others? Every month, The Mom of the Year and Normal Level of Crazy meet through a virtual book club* to allow moms to come together and chat about fab books while still rocking their pj pants in the cozy-comfort of…

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