Thumbs Up: Monopoly Empire Boardgame

Monopoly Empire

Since cell phones and iTunes accounts are so popular, my kids seldom play board games.  Around Christmas time, I met a lady who was shopping in the game isle in Target who told me how great this game was because of it's shortened amount of game play time compare to the original Monopoly game.  Santa must have been listening because on Christmas morning, my youngest found this Monopoly Empire board game near his stocking. Unfortunately, the game … [Read more...]

Ways To Save Money At Restaurants

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Do you like to go out to eat often but hate when the bill rolls around and you have to pay that huge amount? There are a few ways to save money at restaurants – check them out! Have you ever heard of  I have used the site many times to purchase restaurant gift cards for less!  They almost always offer $25 gift certificates for only $4!  That’s a HUGE savings!  You will want to call the restaurant and make sure they still … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Family Secure: It’s the Parents Job!

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As parents we have a pretty singular goal in life when it comes to our children.  This goal is to make sure they grow up happy, healthy and secure. We do everything we can for our children to keep them out of harm’s way and ensure they are safe from anything life might throw at them.  While it might be tempting to be there for every minute of the day, this is often not possible.  The reality is that many of us have to work a day job, and entrust … [Read more...]

Combatting Clutter – Get Organized!


  Do you need a few tips on combating clutter in your home?  Spring is just around the corner, and it is time to clean out and clean up!  If you can add organization into that, your home will look great when you are done! If you have any jewelry boxes laying around (the flat cardboard kind you find at craft stores or dollar stores), insert them into your “junk drawer” and use them to organize pens, pencils, lipsticks or whatever … [Read more...]

What Is Crowdtap?

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Have you ever heard of Crowdtap?  It is a website where you are able to voice your opinion via “Quick Hits,” which are basically poll questions.  Based on your answers, you will receive picture and text challenges and each one that you complete comes with points rewarded to you in that particular brand category.  There are dozens of brands on Crowdtap (Neutrogena, Walmart, Beauty, etc.) and each month you have the opportunity to win gift cards to … [Read more...]

An Opportunity To Make An Impact With Targeted Giving


Mothers are almost always looking for opportunities to give back.  As mothers parent their own children, they develop an appreciation for the suffering taking place around the world.  Simply put, children die every single day from diseases that are preventable.  This is especially true in parts of Africa where conditions ravage entire regions.  The good news for moms and for others is that there are now ways to engage in targeted giving.  Rather … [Read more...]

Swallowed My Temporary Cap For My Tooth


Unfortunately, a root canal was called for in October, which was a painful experience, but I made it through it and was sent on my way without a temporary cap.  My insurance was fairly new so a year waiting period was called for before they would pay any of my expenses so the dentist said I could wait for my crown if we monitored that tooth every three months.  I was on board with this idea, until one day a huge chunk of that temporary tooth fell … [Read more...]

Medication Money Saving Tips

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Medicine can be one of the most expensive things we need to purchase at any point.  Some medications can cost over a grand (thank goodness for insurance) while others can be as low as free or a $5 co-pay.  There are ways to save on medication, which in the end can save you a ton of money since it is usually so expensive! When your doctor has to prescribe you anything, request that they prescribe the generic version.  Generic medications can … [Read more...]

Enjoy Restaurant With Your Family Without High Calories

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Yes, you can do it! When your family goes out to eat all the time, it is hard to resist your favorites, but it isn't good for you if you are trying to drop or maintain your weight.  I started bringing meal replacement bars in restaurants with me about a year ago.  When I first started, my family wasn't too happy with me as they wanted me to enjoy the same meals as they were enjoying when we stopped at our favorite restaurants.  Now they … [Read more...]

Protect Your Pet From Cold Weather

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Cold weather has been sweeping the nation lately, and the temperatures have gotten dangerously low.  While we are trying to keep warm ourselves, we also need to consider the safety and warmth of our pets!  If you have a cat or cats, try to keep them inside if possible. Outdoors, felines can literally freeze to death in a matter of minutes, become lost or stolen, injured and killed.  Cold weather can cause wild animals to do some pretty crazy … [Read more...]

Familiarize Yourself With Tinea


Tinea refers to a number of diseases caused by a fungus.  There are a number of these fungal infections, but the most common are ringworm, athlete's foot and jock itch.  They generally are not serious, but they can be uncomfortable as well as contagious.  Most people contract tinea by touching an infected person or from shower floors and other damp surfaces.  In some cases, the infection can be contracted from a pet.  People with weakened immune … [Read more...]

Fun Baby Shower Games

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Enjoy the following post, it was written by Jessica from My mother-in-law planned a baby shower for me (I am currently 36 weeks along with our first – a little boy!) and she did a wonderful job.  The room was decorated fully in jungle/safari décor and the food was amazing!  My favorite part of the day, though, was when we played baby shower games.  My favorite game was a scratch-off game and there were two winners.  The … [Read more...]

What Are You Doing With That?

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My son was playing basketball yesterday afternoon and then I noticed that I no longer heard the bouncing of the wall on our driveway.  I stepped out the backdoor to find him doing this!  First of all he is standing on my favorite owl statue and then has the pool net - what is he doing?  I told him that his weight could break the owl and then he'd get cut so get down!  He continues to look over the fence, and tells me his plan to scoop up his … [Read more...]

Pepsi Pot Roast Recipe

Pepsi Pot Roast

Above you will see the ingredients needed for one of my families favorite recipes:  Pepsi Pot Roast.  The recipe comes from the book in the picture:  Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly.  It is super easy to throw together and it tastes great with potatoes or rice. Here's the recipe above, straight from the recipe page.  As you can see, I like to take notes in my recipe books in order to remind myself if the recipe is a keeper or if I need to … [Read more...]

4 Places for Kids to Have a Blast in Chicago


The third-largest city in America and the crossroad of the Midwest, Chicago is hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  If you're traveling with kids to the Windy City, these four family-friendly Chicago destinations are sure to blow everyone away. Lincoln Park Zoo Only a few blocks north of downtown Chicago lies an urban oasis full of jungles, rainforests, and savannahs home to hundreds of exotic animals.  A quintessential … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Card Box For School Exchange

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Tomorrow the Valentines's Day cards and Valentine's Day boxes are due at school.  The kids will exchange Valentine's Day cards and also need to have their own personalized box or bag to use for collecting their own Valentine's Day cards during their Valentine's Day Class Party.  Luckily I had hit a great Valentine's Day sale last year and we were set with the cards, all we needed was a sucker for each student.  My fun had a lot of fun personally … [Read more...]