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November 17, 2017

Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. I am part of the  Mom It Forward Influencer Network.

Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life Album

Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life Album

The green trees that swayed in the wind. The birds that beckon us to them. The streams that spill over the rocks. The creatures that live with us and created a world of melodies if you stop to listen. The moment I saw you was the moment I noticed the world.

I began to worry what would happen if? How could I do better? What could I make better? Is there a way to love only you? You showed me. You stopped the world and made it a better place to be in it. That was the first time I knew The Meaning of Life. When I found you. It is still your hand I hold your heart that melts mine. Your laugh that carries me through the day and your love that challenges me to do better. You are more than a chapter in my book you are the person I want to write each page with. You are my person.

When I tell our daughter about finding your person the single greatest lesson I have is to be yourself, and if that person doesn’t love you for who you are, then they aren’t your person. When I struggle to find the right words to remind our daughter I think about the outside influences in the world. I think about the power of music to communicate.

The new album by Kelly Clarkson communicates to me. It moves like a freight train pounding through the night. Her album is about me because she was me, she is me, she is every woman. The hits keep coming from this singer as she returned to her powerful voice. The release of her new album will have you singing in the shower, in the car, even while you do chores. The melodies are so powerful your kids will also fall in love.

Kelly Clarkson’s The Meaning of Life is the album of our time. Kelly Clarkson’s ability to tie together life’s missteps and life’s gifts in songs are uncanny. Her voice whispers in our ear long after the music is replaced by the chaos of our life.Continue reading

November 9, 2017

Southwestern Turkey Soup with Avocado Recipe

One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to cook in season. Food that is in season will be at it’s lowest price for the year. For example, right now things like citrus, avocados, broccoli and fixings for soup are in season.

I love avocados and I found a Southwestern Turkey Soup recipe that calls for avocado. This recipe is fantastic as it can be adapted in many ways. Since I have leftover turkey, it is a perfect fit this week.

Warm up with a bowl of hot soup. This Southwestern Turkey Soup with Avocado Recipe is so easy and so tasty.

Easy Southwestern Turkey Soup with Avocado Recipe

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October 26, 2017

Holiday Toy Ideas for Kids

Holiday Gift Guide Toy Ideas Kids will Love

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s time to plan on what gifts to give to our loved ones. With 3 kids to give gifts to for the holidays, I always make sure to do some research on gifts that they would like to receive, that are good for them and of course that fits our budget. If you have kids who love tech toys, then you should check out Best Buy’s Toy’s Gift Guide.

This year Best Buy has an amazing selection of the hottest toys that for sure kids and those kids at heart will love. They have classic toys, learning toys and of course cool tech toys.

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What Goes on in Palmyra Virginia

This content is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach
programs, but views and thoughts are my own and written from my heart I am #MyTownProud.

It isn’t the hills that beckon or that sound that one hears when they listen. It is the way the grass moves in the wind and the way that the river flows and the rocks that the children throw on its shores. These are the shores where history was made. There are people who are ready to share the tales of time gone by in historical Palmyra.

We are a town of many faces and histories. The city of Palmyra, Virginia is full of people who grew up here and the people who moved here and never wanted to move on. We are a little rural community that believes in one another. We are a hand to hold and a day to explore. We have apple orchards and a country store. We have fresh vegetables that are passed to you by the hands that nurtured them. We have farmers who have jams to sell and the homemade bread on which to lay the spread. We have fresh eggs from chickens that roam.Continue reading

October 22, 2017

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in the pantry. Because this meat was already cooked, sausage was the first meat I ever used in preparing supper for my family. I started cooking meals for my family when I was nine years old. I was so proud of myself for being able to prepare supper for my family. Using pre-cooked sausage made this easy for me. The easiest supper for me to make was Sausage Rice Pilaf. All the ingredients were readily available for me to assemble with only stove-top cooking. Now, I realize most of you do not have a supply of canned meat in your pantry, so I’ve re-written my original recipe to include cooking the sausage.

Sausage Rice Pilaf is a savory side dish that is easy to prepare, elegant to serve, and freezes beautifully. Plus, it’s made with rice, that pantry staple we always have on hand and often can be purchased for under .50¢ using the Real Advice Gal principles. Make this dish for your family and serve it with a green salad for an easy supper, or serve it as a side dish on your Christmas table.

Sausage Rice Pilaf

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What I Wish I Knew Before My House Burned

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. I am part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. I hope you will learn more about home fire safety and make sure your family and house is prepared and safe.

The twisted metal gleamed and reflected the red flames of fire. The smoke cloaked the air as my breathing was labored. I wasn’t sure what to do with all my hopes and dreams disintegrated in front of my eyes. It was August 25th when my house burned to the ground. I was grateful my family, and our dogs made it out alive, but the trauma of losing all of our material possessions still keep me from sleeping at night. The smell of the wood, the ashes, and the heat that melted what once was only to be replaced by what will be.

The remnants of my life lay tattered and worn under piles of debris. I found my sadness grows from the snapshots of my life that weren’t salvageable the pictures, cards, furniture, and art that can’t be replaced. I couldn’t find my most precious photos, but I was able to grab my wedding ring before the fire took more of my memories.

Be prepared with these home fire safety tips.

What you need to know because it may save your life is that each year nearly 3,000 American dies from home fires. Many of these fatalities could be prevented with proper placement and maintenance of working smoke alarms, as well as prior emergency and escape planning.

Ensuring properly functioning smoke alarms are installed throughout the home – one on each level and in every bedroom, as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends – is the first line of defense for fire prevention. Additionally, alarms must be regularly tested for proper alarm and battery functionality – and all alarms must be replaced at least every 10 years.

Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.

Keep your house and family ready and safe, read our house fire safety.

Alarms do not last forever; smoke alarms and newer carbon monoxide alarms last for 10-years. When alarms are due for replacement, upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms.Continue reading

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