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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

My children are in their early teens and as part of their 'summer chores' I decided that they needed to learn how to cook.  My daughter is very good in the kitchen, although she definitely prefers to make sweets and not actual dinner.  Unless she is going to live on cake for the rest of her life, that  needs to change.  My son would happily live on 'ready to eat' food.  That may include bagels (raw...because toasting is too much work), cheese sticks (because slicing actual cheese is too much work), and fruit that does not require cutting or peeling.  It will be unwashed.  Because running it under water is too much work.  Yes, I think I have the world's laziest teenager!  Getting my kids in the kitchen is an attempt to help them survive until adulthood after they leave my house. As long as … [Read more...]

Identity Theft is One Hassle I Could Live Without!  #LifeLockProtect

Identity Theft is One Hassle I Could Live Without! #LifeLockProtect

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock and Find Your Influence but all opinions expressed are my own. #LifeLockProtect I like to think that I am very careful with my personal information.  I work in the medical field so I know all about the importance of protecting personal information!  I shred important documents, shop only on secure websites, and cut up old credit cards into miniscule little pieces.  However, sometimes identity theft is completely out of our control.  When a business disposes of our private information in an incorrect way, unscrupulous people can swoop in to steal it!  Every time you give your personal information to a business, you are risking identity theft!   I remember the day I learned that my identity had been stolen due to … [Read more...]

Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals  #BufferinBucketList

Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals #BufferinBucketList

I have always been a list making sort of girl. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of errands I need to run, and lists of things I want to accomplish for my blogs. Lists keep me organized, on task and help me achieve goals or just manage to make it through the grocery store without forgetting anything. Imagine my surprise when I got asked to make a bucket list for Bufferin and realized I have never made a bucket list! ME! The queen of list making has no list for long term goals I would like to achieve before I die. I find that completely shocking and rather unacceptable. How am I going to achieve my long term goals if I don't write them down somewhere? I HAVE long term goals....now I just needed to put them in writing. Where better to write down my bucket list items than on an actual … [Read more...]

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security  #GenworthUSA

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security #GenworthUSA

This discussion about the best holiday gifts has been brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential  but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are a special time of year and while I am often caught up in the chaos of shopping and baking I try to never forget the reason for the season. I have never been the type of person to ask for diamonds and fancy coats for Christmas.  I don't need a Lexus tied up in a bow or a trip to some exotic island.  Okay, the exotic island sounds like fun but only if I can climb volcanoes and dine with the natives!  One year my husband got me a toaster oven and honestly I was probably the happiest mom on the block that year!  While a lot of people are maxing out their credit cards on gifts for friends and family, I would like to ask you to take a … [Read more...]

The Importance of Family Traditions and the Welch’s #sharewhatsgood Photo Contest

The Importance of Family Traditions and the Welch’s #sharewhatsgood Photo Contest

This family traditions post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Family traditions are a great way to make memories that your children will keep for a lifetime.  They don't have to be complicated....sitting down to dinner every night can be a family tradition all by itself.  Wikipedia defines family traditions as a collection of attitudes and ideas that a person inherits from his/her parents and ancestors.  I sat down to dinner every night with MY parents...and have passed that tradition on to my children.  Think you can't make family dinner time work? Check out my tips for a successful family dinner  for a few suggestions.  Maybe your family … [Read more...]