8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed foods when that is not what our Thanksgiving meal looks like at all. I tried to explain to her that food banks do not usually have the luxury of refrigerators, making processed foods almost a necessity if they are going to succeed in feeding the … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a lot of food!). 5 AM is not the most pleasant time of day to be awake every morning...and I have been known to send children with the wrong lunch due to tired mom syndrome. Sorry, baby girl, I didn't mean to give you your brother's chocolate milk and … [Read more...]

National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit!  #LifeLockHealthyCredit

National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit! #LifeLockHealthyCredit

This self improvement post is sponsored by LifeLock but all opinions expressed here are my own. Over the summer, I don't have much time to do anything for myself.  The kids are home from school, the pool is open, and vacations need to be planned.  I'm lucky I find time most days to get the beds made and dinner cooked.  Once September comes around,  I finally feel like I can breath again and that means there are a number of things that need to get checked off the to do list.  Organize the medicine chest, take piles of stuff to the thrift store and get our finances in order.  With the holidays right around the corner, I like to know how my finances are doing before pulling out those credit cards to start shopping!  Since September is National Self Improvement Month, it makes sense to use … [Read more...]

Tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament

Tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament

This post about Cutthroat Kitchen has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I love to watch the Food Network together and there are always great cooking shows on for us to watch.  We enjoy seeing hosts travel to far off lands to eat exotic foods, cook mainstream favorites in their own kitchen, and compete against each other in a brutal cooking competition.  One of our favorite TV food personalities has always been Alton Brown. We even have a few cookbooks of his and they have some great recipes in them!  Last year, Alton Brown came out with a new show called Cutthroat Kitchen that is part cooking show, part reality TV. Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament Basically, in each episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs are faced with three … [Read more...]

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

I spent almost 15 years working in a retail pharmacy and it broke my heart every time someone told me they couldn't afford their medications  Healthcare is so very important but there are many people that struggle with rising medical bills and are looking for any way they can to save money at the pharmacy.  Medications are not generally cheap but there are a lot of ways that you can cut your pharmacy bills.  If you find yourself spending a fortune for your medicine every month, here are just a few ways that you can start saving a little bit of money! How to Save Money at the Pharmacy 1.  Stick to generics whenever possible.  Brand name medications cost significantly more and do the exact same thing.  Ask your doctor which medications will work for your health problems and which of … [Read more...]

Your Back to School List Should Include Identity Theft Protection #LifeLockUltimatePlus

Your Back to School List Should Include Identity Theft Protection #LifeLockUltimatePlus

This back to school discussion has been sponsored by LifeLock but all opinions expressed here are my own. Every year before my kids go back to school I have to register them with the county at the school they will be attending.  I have no idea WHY I have to reregister them every single year but I do and it is a huge pain in the neck.  I go online to the school's website and have to fill out a ridiculously long online form with all the required data.  This year as I was filling out the back to school form I came across a question I don't think has ever been on there before.  The school wanted my children's social security numbers!  Having been the victim of identity theft in the past I am always a little hesitant about handing out social security numbers and I chose to leave that part … [Read more...]

Genealogy Tips: How to Start Researching Your Family Tree #surnameproject

Genealogy Tips: How to Start Researching Your Family Tree #surnameproject

These genealogy tips are brought to you by Ancestry.com but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was young my father discovered the joys of genealogy.  What did that mean for me?  It meant that we went to every family reunion armed with paper and pencil to interview everyone that was willing to talk to him.  It mean that we spent a LOT of time wandering around old grave sites and doing rubbings and taking photos.  It meant that the basement started to gather a huge collection of old books and an impressive photography setup.  Dad was passionate about genealogy and even now, 30  years later, he still has an active database of family that he spends time researching.  The one thing you need to know about genealogy is that it is never 'finished'!  Genealogy Tips: Researching Your … [Read more...]

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock.  I am a LifeLock ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. For the last 2 weeks I have spent a great deal of time planning my family's upcoming vacation.  5 states, two weeks, and a whole lot of miles in the car with 2 teenagers.  I think we may be just a tad bit insane.  If not, I can guarantee we will be by the time we get back from this road trip!  Since I leave nothing to chance, I made our hotel reservations over the phone for the places I know we want to stop at along the way.  I have an itinerary planned out already for sights we want to see, restaurants we want to eat at and we are ready to go.  The one thing I will NOT be leaving behind is my wallet....unfortunately this trip will not be cheap and I … [Read more...]

Credit monitoring is not the same as identity theft protection! #LifeLocksafety

Credit monitoring is not the same as identity theft protection! #LifeLocksafety

I am a LifeLock Ambassador and this identity theft post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last month I wrote about my experience with identity theft.  Someone had used my personal information to open a fake bank account and bounced a $300 check.  I was shocked!  A business had disposed of my personal information incorrectly and as a result, I ended up with a huge hassle to deal with!  If I had identity theft protection at the time, I would have known the moment that account was opened!  While credit monitoring is helpful, it could not have prevented the hassle I had to go through with police reports and paperwork! Identity theft can result from a criminal dumpster diving for your old receipts, with the installation of malware on your computer, or a … [Read more...]

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

This post about fitting the bare necessities into your tiny purse is brought to you by Poise but all opinions expressed are my own. When my children were babies, I never left home without a diaper bag or backpack.  It was filled to the brim with everything we could possibly need in order to survive the apocalypse.   Honestly, I had enough toys, food, sippy cups and diapers to outfit an entire baby army.  When they got older, I *STILL* packed like we were going to be lost at sea for a month.  Crayons, snacks, changes of clothes, etc all got stuffed into a large purse that looked more like a duffel bag than a fashion statement.  Now, I have teenagers.  I am sick of looking like a hobo when I go out and about.  I do not need to lug around 20 pounds of stuff everywhere I go.  Not to mention … [Read more...]