Part Four: Low-Carb Italian Sausage & Pepper Recipe

GrownupGripes: Low-carb or not I’m not going to eat Italian sausage and peppers without a bun, what’s the point of that and is it even possible? It’s more than possible AND it’s actually more delicious than being enveloped in bland dough. If you’ve ever been to a REAL Italian Deli, you know Sausage and PeppersContinue reading “Part Four: Low-Carb Italian Sausage & Pepper Recipe”

4-ingredient Meals Anyone Can Make that Cost Less than $10 & Feed at least 5

Grown-up gripe: It costs a small fortune to take your family (or self) out to dinner these days and the food isn’t even that good. (This page contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure.) What if you could cook a meal that tastes better than a restaurant, costs less than $2 and takes less than 5Continue reading “4-ingredient Meals Anyone Can Make that Cost Less than $10 & Feed at least 5”

7 Tips to Combat the Winter Blues during COVID

Grownup Gripe: By the time February rolls around, it’s hard not to be California Dreamin’ when you’ve been shoveling snow for months. Unless you’re fortunate enough to enjoy year round nice weather, shout out to you lucky dogs out in San Diego 🙂 for many of us this time of year brings the winter blues.Continue reading “7 Tips to Combat the Winter Blues during COVID”

Being Brand New to FB in 2020: Pros and Cons of the First Two Weeks

Grownup Gripe: If you’re not on Facebook these days chances are you’re not really in the know so I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! After almost a decade of going against the grain, I finally bit the bullet and joined Facebook. I did it primarily to shamelessly promote grownupgripes.com 😂😭 but it’sContinue reading “Being Brand New to FB in 2020: Pros and Cons of the First Two Weeks”

The best things in life are FREE: 20 date night ideas that cost nothing

Grownup Gripe: If I hear my kid say “I’m bored” one more time I’ll really show ‘em bored. How many times have you heard “I’m bored! What can I do?” Maybe it’s not just your kid. The problem is nowadays we’re inundated with nonstop stimulation so when the world stops for even just a fewContinue reading “The best things in life are FREE: 20 date night ideas that cost nothing”

Get out of a Rut with these 9 Tricks to Make You HAPPIER Starting TODAY

Grownup Gripe: If you think the grass is always greener, you really need to go get your eyes checked. Want to know the secret to happiness?  Right out of the gate I’m going to tell you: IT’S GRATEFULNESS. Be thankful for what you’ve got! BEING HAPPY IS A CHOICE Either you make it or don’tContinue reading “Get out of a Rut with these 9 Tricks to Make You HAPPIER Starting TODAY”

The 19 Silver Linings of COVID-19

Grownup Gripe: Since when did you think you’d have to put a face mask on to get needed groceries? First and foremost THANK YOU to EVERYONE of you sacrificing SO MUCH on the frontlines for us. For those of you out of work because of this, hopefully it’ll turn around whenever this is over. COVID-19Continue reading “The 19 Silver Linings of COVID-19”

Rags to ‘Riches’ Tie Dye Makeover: Squirt Dye Art for Everyone & Everything

Grownup Gripe: If I’m going to be stuck with my kids all day, I want an activity we can ALL get around. (This post contains affiliate links, please see full disclosure.) When was the last time you tie-dyed something? Summer Camp in the 80s (the 90s or even the 70s)? Whenever it was, chances areContinue reading “Rags to ‘Riches’ Tie Dye Makeover: Squirt Dye Art for Everyone & Everything”

The Best is Yet to Come: Are You Ready When This is Over? 7 Post-Carona Tips

Grownup Gripe: It was doable for a while but now when will this end and what’s the new normal? At this point I think we all feel like a fly in a bottle. We’d do anything to get it back the way it used to be but unfortunately the world we knew is over. HowContinue reading “The Best is Yet to Come: Are You Ready When This is Over? 7 Post-Carona Tips”

Heck NO Techno: How a phone ruins your quality of life and 5 ways to fix it

Grownup Gripe: Put your cellphone down. Your loved ones may wish you looked at them and held them like you do your phone. Have you gone out to dinner lately? Do you see tables-if not restaurants-full of people sitting at the same table wholly engaged with their freakin’ phone and not the PERSON right thereContinue reading “Heck NO Techno: How a phone ruins your quality of life and 5 ways to fix it”

Beat ANY bully: Learn how to get them off your back for good

Grownup Gripe: Haters are going to hate no matter what age we are, it’s a sad fact of life. Don’t be naive. There are bad people out there. These days it seems worse than ever. Now with the advent of the internet a whole new layer of trolls came out of the woodwork and life’sContinue reading “Beat ANY bully: Learn how to get them off your back for good”

Oil and Water and Piss and Vinegar: 2 Easy Science Experiments Kids Will Love

Grownup Gripes: Since we’re all acting school teachers now household items can wow your ‘class.’ For all you parents out there, eLearning during quarantine has proved challenging no doubt. The schools have really stepped up with virtual curricula to keep kids busy but it only goes so far. If you got a dollar every timeContinue reading “Oil and Water and Piss and Vinegar: 2 Easy Science Experiments Kids Will Love”

Interviewing: 2 Methods and 10 Secrets that will get you your Dream Job

Grownup Gripe: There are a MILLION things I’d rather do than interview for a new position. Unlike most, I actually live for interviewing. I treat it as sport. As such I’ve worked in two of the most competitive industries out there (TV News and Pharmaceutical Sales) and I swiftly learned how to swim and notContinue reading “Interviewing: 2 Methods and 10 Secrets that will get you your Dream Job”

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore: Shell Gift Ideas

Grownup Gripe: If you hate going into stores right now, look no further than the beach for ideas. (This page contains affiliate links, see full disclosure.) As Mother’s Day approaches you may be thinking of last-minute gifts to give your mom or wife. Go no further than the beach! If it’s in your backyard, you’reContinue reading “She Sells Seashells by the Seashore: Shell Gift Ideas”

Pantry Puffy Paint Recipe

Grownup Gripes: You know those expensive toys you buy for your kids or grandkids that hardly get any play; here’s a free project you can do anytime they will love and it will keep them busy for hours. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday and if you’re anywhere nearby it’s freezing cold outside.Continue reading “Pantry Puffy Paint Recipe”

Turn your Kitchen into Class: 8 Homeschooling Projects to Easily Create from your Pantry

Grownup Gripe: Let’s face it, schools out for summer so WTF can we do to keep them engaged for months? Head to your kitchen! No this time not to binge eat or cook for the 100th time, to teach your kids. Not only can you do the obvious and give your little ones baking lessonsContinue reading “Turn your Kitchen into Class: 8 Homeschooling Projects to Easily Create from your Pantry”

Flashback Food Fav: Chili Dog and a Root Beer Float

Grownup Gripe: If you’d like some comfort (and only have hot dogs left in your fridge) try these classics. This year’s Memorial Day celebration is sure to be different than years past so bring back the dogs. What’s a bbq without hot dogs, especially for little ones, but this recipe will even please old-timers. DoContinue reading “Flashback Food Fav: Chili Dog and a Root Beer Float”

Just do it! 12 Ways to Make Your Dreams Come True

Grownup Gripe: I’ve got enough on my plate, now is not the time for that, I’ll get to it later. As time goes on do you put yourself last? Are you a people pleaser who can’t say NO? Especially as our responsibilities grow it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner. More often thanContinue reading “Just do it! 12 Ways to Make Your Dreams Come True”

Back to School: 7 things YOU can do to help your kid excel in their class

Grownup Gripe: I thought parents finally got a break when the school year actually started. It’s hard to believe my youngest started Kindergarten this year. Unlike some parents, I couldn’t wait to kick her out the door! Sure I’ll miss her at home but now is the time. Does that make me a bad parent?Continue reading “Back to School: 7 things YOU can do to help your kid excel in their class”

Is your Spouse a Workaholic? 7 Tips to Get them to Get Home ASAP

Grownup Gripe: I work my ass off all day and then I can’t even catch a break at home. First to you single parents, I don’t know how you do it. It’s impossible with two people! This may not pertain to you but if you know someone in Corporate America (or any job) who hasContinue reading “Is your Spouse a Workaholic? 7 Tips to Get them to Get Home ASAP”