Saving on College Textbooks

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My son is in 11th grade this year, so our years of homeschooling are winding down.  This year he is dual-enrolling at our local community college for a few courses, which is a big change both for him and me.  With community college come a lot of extra expenses, like tuition, fees, gas for commuting, and textbooks.

College Textbooks

Textbooks are a huge college expense, and they are one that can take you by surprise! The first time I had to pay over $100 for a textbook for a college class I was shocked, but it is actually normal for textbooks to cost that much. College Board estimates that the average cost for books and supplies last year was $1,225 at public colleges and $1,244 at private colleges! For my son the cost of textbooks for his two classes, History and Macroeconomics, is about $250, and that is for just one semester of part time enrollment.Continue Reading

Simple Dinner Ideas with Farm Rich

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Fall is always such a busy time of the year!  With all the back to school preparations, sports, and all kinds of activities starting up it is hard to find the time to get the whole family together for a meal.  I am always looking for ways to make dinner time more simple, which is why frozen products have a place at my family dinner table.

I recently found out that Farm Rich has expanded the stores that stock its products, and they are now being stocked at Target stores, including ones near me.  They are now stocking Mozzarella Sticks, Mozzarella Bites, Bone-in Buffalo Chicken Wings and Boneless BBQ Chicken Bites in the freezer section.Continue Reading

Maze Runner $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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I can’t wait for the new movie Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials! The sequel to last year’s successful Maze Runner, this movie add new challenges as the teens face a challenge more difficult than the Maze.


Can you survive a day in The Scorch? Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters September 18
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

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Women’s Equality Day & Suffragette – Trailer and Poster

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.  Ninety-five years ago today the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, finally giving women the right to vote.

The start of the Women’s Rights movement in the U.S. is traced back to a convention in Seneca Falls NY in 1848. Now the Women’s Rights National Historic Park is on the site where the convention was held.

Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention

It is a fantastic, lesser known National Park, and it is great to visit and learn about the fight for women’s rights in this country.Continue Reading

Yogurt Parfait with Plum Cherry Compote

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I am always looking for quick breakfast ideas, like the new Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups.  These are a convenient and easy shelf stable yogurt product, that combines granola, fruit and yogurt, all in a single serving size. I combined the Yogurt Cups with a simple plum and cherry compote for a delicious and easy Yogurt Parfait, perfect for breakfast.

Yogurt Parfait with Plum Cherry Compote - an easy and quick breakfast idea featuring yogurt and fruit

As soon as I heard about these Yogurt Cups I knew I had to try them because I love the idea of shelf stable yogurt. I have seen nothing like this before, and headed to Walmart to pick up some of the flavors.Continue Reading

Make Your Old Car Look Like New

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My daughter, Eleanor, headed back to college last week, for her second year. Last year she was a nervous freshman, but this year she is a self assured sophomore! In fact she is a resident assistant in a dorm this year, so she has all kinds of responsibilities, and she had to go back to college a week before everyone else for training. Now she would have loved to show up on campus in a fancy new car, to impress the rest of the staff and her friends, and show how sophisticated she is. But the reality is she driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Intrigue that she inherited from my Dad, and it shows its age!

Make Your Old Car Look Like New - Get your car ready for college with these seven easy steps for making an old car look like new and getting your car college ready.

My Dad loved this car, and he took meticulous care of it. It was clean and polished, and never driven in the winter. After he passed away my Mom gave the car to my kids, and well, they have been a little bit neglectful. So to help Eleanor make a good a first impression on campus we set out to clean it and make the old car look like new. Here are seven easy steps for making an old car college ready!Continue Reading

Refreshing Summer Drinks – Lemonade and Limeade Recipes

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There is still plenty of time left for summer fun! And nothing enhances a summer get together like a big pitcher of lemonade or limeade to quench your thirst. This collection of delicious summer drinks adds some new twists to the classic drinks by infusing them with more fruit or herbs.

Check out the slide show by clicking through and see which drink sounds best for your next summer gathering.

Check out Lemonade and Limeade – Fruit Infused Summer Drinks

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Dairy Free Back to School Breakfast

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About a year ago we realized that my teenage son has a dairy allergy.  He misses some dairy products, but luckily there are milk alternatives that let him swap out milk and still enjoy his favorite foods.  With the school year just around the corner I made this delicious dairy free back to school breakfast of Cherry Pancakes with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie!

dairy free back to school breakfast - a delicious breakfast with Dairy free  cherry pancakes and a  Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothie made with Cashew milk

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Labor Day Books for Teens and Tweens

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Labor Day is the traditional end the summer season, but it means more than just the closing of the neighborhood pool. Labor Day actually has a fairly bloody past, as it was started after U.S. workers died during the Pullman Strike in 1894.

Labor Day Books for Teens and Tweens - Books to help kids learn about the labor movement and its place in U.S. history

This is an era in history which is sometimes glossed over in history at school, so books can help make it come alive. Much of the earliest efforts in the labor movement focused on the abuses of child labor, which is easy for kids to identify with and understand.  Check out these Labor Day Books for Teens and Tweens for some excellent age appropriate reading about the labor movement.Continue Reading

Upcoming Films from Pixar and Disney Animation

This past weekend at the D23 EXPO, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios introduced a bunch of upcoming movies and characters! John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios,led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. 

“We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”


A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream shared new sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action.  This movie will be out this fall on November 25th.Continue Reading