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Summer Job Ideas for Teens

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While summer can be filled with barbecues, fun, and relaxing on the beach, for many teens it's also a great time to focus on a first job to make some extra money. While it's certainly true that mowing lawns and babysitting are both excellent first jobs, there are some other summer job ideas for teens that may be a bit more interesting (and also might pay a little bit more). 

Server or Host
Many restaurants do have certain laws about teenagers serving alcohol, and in many states you must be 18 to be a waiter or waitress at these establishments. However, many eateries, such as diners, don't serve alcohol, and these spots can be great first jobs for teens. Even at an ice cream parlor or burger joint, tips can be great, and this is an excellent way to earn some summer cash. 

Law Firm Runner
For teens that are mobile, being a law courier is a great idea for a first summer job, especially if the teen is considering a law or political science major in college. This is a great way to learn how the legal world works while also making a decent wage per hour. Keep in mind though, a lot of this job may be coffeehouse runs.

Golf Caddy
Summer is definitely golf season, and teens have the possibility to make a decent amount of cash being a golf caddy. Pay varies per club, and a driver's license is usually required, but many of the golfers do tip, making this a great choice for teens who like the outdoors and want to make a decent wage. 

Camp Counselor
Younger kids go off to camp each summer, and every camp is in dire need of counselors. This is also a great opportunity for teens who may also be certified as a lifeguard. This is a fun job that is a great idea for teens that may have a caregiver career in their future. Depending on the location of the camp, this is also a great opportunity for teens to be away from home for a few weeks during the summer.

Pools, state parks, and beaches are incredibly busy during the summer, and lifeguards are in high demand. This will require a certification and some classes, but it's a terrific way to have some fun in the sun while working during the summer. 

As restaurants and event centers fill up for the summer months, valet and parking attendant jobs are widely available. Of course, a driver's license is needed for this position, but it offers an opportunity to make a solid wage per hour with tips from customers being the norm. 

Cashier/Retail Work
A great first, part-time job is at a store or retail outlet. While it does keep you indoors for the summer, hours are usually flexible, with stores closing in time for you to have fun with friends afterward. Plus, most places offer discounts on their merchandise for employees. 

Jobs for teens over the summer months are widely available. Teens may also find some avenues to extra money by working from home. Market research studies are a great way to make extra cash while sitting at the computer or using a smartphone. Younger teens may have trouble finding something that appeals and fits their skill set, but remember that landscaping, babysitting, and lemonade stands are still an option, and have always been a great way to make some extra summer money.

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What summer job is your teen considering?


Summer Packing Tips

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Packing for summer trips and days at theme parks is a little different. You do not need much variety in the clothing department as far as dressing for drastic temperature changes. It is best to create an itinerary for the trip and pack for each event or activity accordingly. It is also a good idea to book accommodations with laundry facilities available, just in case an outfit is needed a second time or becomes stained.


Wahoo Racer is Packing Speed at Six Flags White Water

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The girls and I were invited free to preview the Wahoo Racer ride, all opinions are our own.

Hey Yall!  Wow, my first summer break free from a 9 to 5 job, I been spending much of my free time with the girls seeking fun adventures.  It's like we have non-stop action together.  From riding rides in the mountains at Dollywood, facing our fears of holding and feeding exotic parrots, seeing that watching puppet shows can be fun and entertaining for all ages, and so on.  Goodness, I didn't know I had it in me to do so much in the past month.  Go me!


What Are My Fish Up to When We're on Vacation?

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Disclosure: Post sponsored by XFINITY, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

Travel, one of my favorite things to do.  I love to explore, see new things, meet new people, and having bonding time with my family.  Traveling also helps me to renew, refresh, and hit the ground running when I return home.  But need a few days to recuperate, traveling can make you restless.

Lately, there has been talks from the girls wanting to have another pet.  One week they want a ferret, following week they change their minds and want a dog, a week after that they want a rabbit.  Goodness, they want our home to become a zoo!



Capturing Vegas

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Hey Yall!  As many of you know, I recently traveled to Las Vegas twice, the beginning of this year, and last year in July.

Although my visit to Las Vegas both times were business trips, Mr. M and I managed to squeeze in some leisure time together.  Since we took these two trips without the girls, it's only right that we have some play time together.

It seems like with Vegas there is always a story to tell, the good, the bad, and the let just keep this amongst ourselves and not tell a soul.

I shared with you all both of my travel journeys to Vegas, what happened in Vegas was all shared on this blog. When I heard the insiders themselves, Vegas.com, was looking to #CaptureVegas I had to share my favorite Las Vegas moment!

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On my travel bucket list, I want to visit overseas, and one of the places I would like to go to is Italy.  Las Vegas has hotels that resemble places in Europe, like The Venetian Hotel that replicates Italy.  When you walk through the hotel, you feel like you're taking a stroll in Italy, with the beautifully structured buildings, Grand Canal, many different eateries to choose from, and shops.

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What I enjoyed the most about The Venetian Hotel was the gondola ride.  You step into a gondola, have a seat, and the gondolier sweeps you away down the canal while singing a beautiful song.  During the ride, you gracefully glide under bridges, float beside cafes, while taking in the breathtaking views of the Venetian streetscapes.  This boat ride was so romantic and relaxing; it was like love was in the air and the gondolier was cupid to set the mood.  I love snuggling up with my high school sweetheart.

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If you're ever in Las Vegas, make sure to visit The Venetian Hotel with your love and do the gondola ride.  You have the option to choose the indoor, or outdoor ride, weather permitting.

Also, Las Vegas deals page is a great source if you're interested in visiting Las Vegas, it'll help you plan your trip, as well as save you money.  There is something for everyone in Las Vegas, along with the gondola rides there are many other attractions to suit anyone's needs!


Private Screening of FINDING DORY Recap

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Hey Yall!  The girls and I had the pleasure to attend the celebration release of Disney and Pixar’s highly anticipated new film, FINDING DORY with Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who hosted the private, advance screening for members of her Kamp Kizzy Foundation, celebrities, and influencers on Tuesday, June 14th at AMC Phipps Plaza in Atlanta.

Must-Have Gadgets for Summer Break

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Summer break means that everyone is home more. This means that my kids are going to fight over charging locations, devices and just about anything under the sun. So, to take some of the frustration away, I found some gadgets that just make life easier with more people in the house more often.

Multi-Port Charging Station

Each child has a tablet. Of course, they all need to be charged at the same time and everyone wants the same outlet. You can cure that with a multi-port USB charging station that holds 7 devices, from tablets to cell phones. It has a rack to organize them and allow each one a stable charging position.

The fighting over who is charging their device/s first will stop. This works great when you go on vacation too. Hotel rooms rarely have enough outlets to charge all of our electronics these days.


I typically do not buy trend products so quickly, but the Fitbit can really help you stay on top of your workouts. You can track your progress, the number of steps you take daily and you can quickly check to see just how lazy you have been on a specific day. The ability to sync your stats helps you compare your numbers with some of your friends to see who is staying on top of their fitness goals for 2016.

Cutting Machine Set

When the kids are on summer break, they get bored easily. This typically means that having a weekend gathering or impromptu sleepover is going to happen. If you like to keep them busy with craft projects, you will love a cutting machine kit for graphic designers. It lets the kids create shapes in a variety of colors. They are not limited to just paper. The Silhouette Cameo cuts vinyl, cardboard and fabric. This is great for when girls want to add fabric patches to their jeans.  

The Cameo also comes in handy for school projects, party invitations, scrapbooking materials and posters for the kids’ rooms.

Portable USB Turntable

Sometimes you just want to feel a little nostalgia from your younger years. If you are a classic rock fan, you know that the best way to listen to classic rock is on an old vinyl record. The thing is, record players are really a thing of the past, so they are a bit hard to find. However, the USB compatible option from Crosley that works great.

It is compact, so you can store it under a coffee table or in the closet when you are not using it. It also travels well. You can take it on weekend getaways and be able to listen to some of your favorite classic bands to make the time away even more relaxing.

My family has had a lot of fun with gadgets during summer. I get more done and there is less arguing amongst the children. We have a lot of fun on rainy days too because of all of the wonderful summer gadgets available. Creativity time really seems to get my kids to focus and not bother each other. 

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What is your family’s favorite summer gadget?


Summer Styles

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Wearing less in the clothing department is what much of society looks forward to in the summer months. While it is important to dress for the season, it is also important to remain in-style at the same time. Clothing trends change as often as the seasons do, and much of that has to do with what celebrities are wearing. Today, I am sharing with you some of the summer styles that have been projected for this year. 

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