The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families

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Like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of your family! You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy. And you’re suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house – not to mention in the medication you give your kids.

But it’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any sort of roadmap to follow.

Until now.

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Save Big with Bonus Box Tops for Education

Saving Box Tops for Education is an easy way to get money for your local school.  Now my kids have mostly been homeschooled, but homeschool groups can participate in Box Tops for education too.  We belong to local homeschool co-op, and it can become quite expensive.  I like the co-op because it is good for the kids to get together with other children, and to take classes from someone other than me. After all there are things I am not qualified to teach, like foreign languages.  But once you factor in the cost of renting space, insurance and paying the teachers, classes can be pricey.

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And I hate fundraising.  When an organization wants me to sell stuff to my friends and family it is a big turn off. But Box Tops are a silent fundraiser – there is no selling required.  All I have to do is save a few pieces of paper from things I am buying anyway. I can handle that, and my group earns money, which it needs.Continue Reading

Top 10 Favorites at the NY State Fair

Top 10 Favorites at NY State Fair

For my family going to the NY State Fair every year is practically a requirement.  I have lived in New York for over 20 years now, and I think I have only missed the State Fair once in all that time.  In fact the first date my husband and I went on was to the State Fair!  Now once you have been that many times a lot of the things are the same, but for some reason it never seems to get old.  So here are my family’s New York State Fair must-dos.Continue Reading

What’s Always on Me

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Like most moms my life is pretty hectic. It seems like there is always something I should be doing, and I am always on the go. One of the things I have noticed over the years of being a stay at home mom is that I am rarely actually at home!

Ready to be on the Go

There are no typical days for me, but there always seems to be something that I need to take care of.  There are packages to be mailed, doctors and dentist appointments, and last-minute school projects that always need something we don’t have in the house.  Late afternoon and evenings are the most hectic though, since my son’s schedule is extensive.  He is in two scout troops, taking classes at community college, and he just joined a Robotics team. Until he gets his driver’s license I am taking him everywhere.Continue Reading

Erase Stress This School Year

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The new school year brings excitement, but it can also bring stress for kids. After all there are new classes, new friends and sometimes new schools, all of which can make kids nervous. My 11th grade son is taking two classes at the local community college this semester – and he is definitely stressed about that! College level classes are harder, and the grades count too.  I am sure he is ready for this next step in his education, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t butterflies in his stomach.

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One of the biggest issues he will probably have with higher level classes is his messy handwriting. As a homeschooler he doesn’t do as much writing as kids in school, and he has never developed overly legible handwriting. Last year there were a number of occasions he got a math problem wrong because he misread his own handwriting!Continue Reading

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.

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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