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March 23, 2018

Ideas For Kids Over Break

Ideas For Kids Over Break

It is spring here. You wouldn’t know that since there is snow on the ground and my children are home for the second day in a row. I am on the brink of insanity since I still have work to do. Then I got to thinking even though they do not have school. I bet I could find a way to teach them something.  I just needed Ideas for Kids Over Break.

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Are you tired of hearing I am bored? Do you have a nervous breakdown when your kids are at home from school? (I do.) Do not worry I love mine to the moon and back but I can’t keep them entertained forever and more importantly I do not have the funds to buy them everything they think they want.  What I do have is a desired to help them learn new things. I love when they can find those gifts that they have and use them. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am when they are excited and happy.

I have three kids, and they are all different. They differ in age, gender, and interest. They also vary in learning style so how did I find a resolution for all three children at the same time on a limited budget?

Am I magical?

It depends who you ask. I will share my magic with you and tell you my secret. It is reading

March 15, 2018

5 Things You Can’t Leave Northern Ireland Without Doing

Things To Do In Northern Ireland

Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap darn I need to put that pencil down. I can’t think of a single thing my mind is filled with dreams. I have to finish my packing list or empty the laundry that has cascaded down the basket. I again pick up my pencil only to start tapping it on my lips. Grr? Why, can’t I concentrate? Focus I tell myself. Who could focus on work when you know in just a few days you will leave for what could be the best trip of your life?

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet according to National Geographic Travellers ‘The Cool List 2017’. It was also voted ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ by Independent Travel readers. It is no wonder I can’t get anything done on my list other than googling things to do in Northern Ireland. It seems the more I try to stay on task the quicker my hands move over the keys. I type things like where to sleep in Donegal?

What are the best hotels in Donegal?

Then I type what are the best restaurants in Ireland?

I practice saying it Donegal DUN-i-gawl in my best Irish voice which is hardly something I would use if I was trying to make friends. I was so excited to travel to Donegal so I put my pencil away since clearly it was impeding my list creation capabilities and I began to type.

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How to Explain the Military To Children?


How to Explain the Military To Children?

I was sitting with my son last week. He is a very thoughtful child full of more questions than I can answer. He has these long eyelashes and eyes the make you want to melt. His questions are well thought out and come at you faster than rain in a storm. They wet you and sometimes chill you to the bone and other times refresh your spirit. They are occasionally light and kiss your soul, and sometimes they have the world driving each word. Today was one of those days where I had to stop everything and answer his question. This question was so big it filled the room, and I had to give it the attention it deserves, so I did.

He asked, “Why, do people want to serve in the military.” I sat down. I asked him for a minute so I could give this question the attention it deserves. I closed my eyes. I opened my heart, and my words began to flow. I asked him if he liked being able to talk. He said, “Most of the time except when my teacher tells me to stop.” I asked, him if he likes to pray. He said, “Yes, I do it all the time, but you told me to stop praying for toys and instead pray for peace and wisdom which I think I can find in toys.” Then I said, “Do you love being an American?” He said, “Yes, we have fireworks.” Then I asked him if he feels safe outside. “Yes, mama. Why wouldn’t I?”

How to Explain the Military To Children?

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Stay At Home Date Ideas

“Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are my own.”

Did I ever tell you the story about me making pasta? I was so excited it was the first meal I planned to cook for my beloved. I got the box. I read the directions. I turned on Paula Abdul because we all like Forever Your Girl. Right? I took out my red pot. I turned on the stove. I filled the pot with just the right amount of water. I watched the water boil for 10-12 minutes just like what the box said.

Only the box forgot to mention one very important thing, and my dinner was almost ruined.

The box forgot to mention you pour the pasta into the water as soon as it starts to boil and it should take 10-12 minutes from there. I was so busy singing with the spoon that I didn’t pay attention to the fact that there wasn’t enough water to cover the pasta since I had allowed the water to boil for 10-12 minutes thus evaporation took place.

That wasn’t the worst part.

The worst part was my beloved arrived early saw me singing, saw the pasta burning, and he couldn’t stop laughing. You know the kind of laughing that makes you want to cry because they are laughing at you, but it is so infectious that you start laughing as well. The next thing you know you are grateful you have a roommate who had a box of pasta you borrowed.

I think back to that night as I am walking up and down the aisles at Kroger that it reminds me that Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be about going out.

I think the new Knorr® One Skillet Meal ideas found in the side aisles near the soup in my store on aisle 22 can make you the chef you want to be. I was even able to save by using their $1 off coupon. They have a range of delicious meal starters featuring grains like barley, farro, quinoa & whole couscous. Just add chicken, beef or even shrimp and fresh vegetables to create a satisfying main dish that is full of flavor. They are perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices, with no artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources, Knorr helps you turn some wholesome new ingredients into tasty meals you can feel good about eating. Knorr One Skillet Meals contain only responsibly sourced, organic grains and whole wheat couscous.

Knorr one skillet meals are made from ancient grains and spices that will make cooking meals super easy.

What I like best about Knorr’s one skillet meals are they’re for couples who love to cook together. The best memories I have of my beloved and me are in the kitchen. We enjoy cooking together or cooking for one another. We enjoy laughing together and catching up on the day. I love the Knorr’s one skillet meals because they are in one pan and the directions are so easy that I am sure my former self could have followed them.

Knorr one skillet meals are super easy to make. You have to try this Lemon Chicken with Barley, it's so good and perfect for stay at home date night. Knorr one skillet meals are made from ancient grains and spices that will make cooking meals super easy.

That is why when I think of the best stay at home date nights cooking is tops on my list. Cooking dinner -will fill up your belly and your “love tank.”

Knorr one skillet meals are super easy to make. You have to try this Lemon Chicken with Barley, it's so good and perfect for stay at home date night. Knorr one skillet meals are made from ancient grains and spices that will make cooking meals super easy.

I mean look at this Lemon Chicken with Barley, are you drooling yet? Do not worry you can easily make this I promise. It is perfect for date night, Valentine’s day, or Monday.

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The One Thing You Should Do for Your Child that You Could

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently had a conversation with my son. He wants an $800 cellphone because his “starter” cellphone isn’t good enough. I wonder did I buy him a cellphone to let me know he was on the bus and for him to call me when he was done with soccer or did I buy him a cellphone to keep up with the Jones? If you know me you know, I bought him the cheapest phone I could find that worked. You know why?

He doesn’t have a job. His phone doesn’t earn money, and I wanted to pay cash, and it would be a cold day in Hawaii before I would spend $800 on a phone for a kid. Why is it that this same mom wrote a check for thousands of dollars for something he will not even use for 18 years?

You see I like to spend money on things that matter. We live our lives with the big goals in mind. If I spend money on all the little things that do not matter the thing that matters most will be out of my grasp.

What matters most to me?


Yes, college. I wanted to make sure my children have the ability to attend college and to graduate college debt free. We chose Florida Prepaid College. We were able to pay all three plans off before our oldest attended high school. We said “no” to many things along the way so we could say “yes” to the one thing that will never break, that will never get old, that will never lose value. We gave them the gift of an education.

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Living on 30000 or Less: 10 Frugal Living Ideas

Frugal Living Ideas for Living on 30000 or Less

Frugal Living Ideas for Living on 30000 or Less

As a full-time stay at home Mom and full-time college student, saving money is extremely important and beneficial to our family. Over the past several years I have learned different ways that our family can get all the bills paid, buy groceries for the month, have extra money for entertainment and put a little away in savings. Here are 10 Frugal Living Ideas to help your family live on an annual income of $30,000 or less and still find time to have fun and save for a rainy day:

1. Coupons – Use them, love them…they are free money. Coupons can be found for pretty much anything now; you just have to hunt them. Sign-up and join as many coupon/bargain sites that you can find. Also remember to search and use coupon codes when ordering items online.

2. Comparison Shop– always look to see what store or company will offer the better price; shop around.

3. Take advantage of local farmers and farmers markets – You can find really good quality produce at a better price than what grocery stores sell produce.

4. Grow your own food- dirt, seed, water and sunshine is less expensive and more rewarding.

5. Cut down on your electricity usage and save on your power bill – if you’re not using something, cut it off and unplug it. Make sure lights are off throughout the house when you aren’t in those rooms. Keep your thermostat on 68 in the winter and 72 in the summer. Don’t run your dryer any longer than you have to and on warm sunny days, hang your clothes out to dry.

6. Take advantage of thrift stores or yard sales.

7. Save gas reduce the number of trips you make out of the house every day on days that you need to run errands, plan your trip beforehand. Find a route that will take you from place to place that you need to go without having to back track. Carpool if that is an option; find an errand/shopping buddy.

8. Pack your kids lunches for school – Not only is it cheaper; it is healthier. Read our list of 15 Healthy Snacks for Lunchboxes

9. Find way to re-use items – For example: I use old baby wipe containers to hold the kids markers and crayons. Take worn out towels and use as dust rags, used baby food jars are great to store nuts, bolts and screws, plastic grocery store bags can be used in small trash cans.

10. Use the internet to your advantage on finding money saving deals. Use sites like or to save money on doing things your family enjoys, like eating out. Look at store sales papers every week and buy in bulk when it is something you use a lot of and have found a great deal on it.

There are tons of ways that you can save money every day and live on an annual household income of $30,000 or less; be frugal and always hunt for the best deal or bargain.

Thanks Tabitha J. for this Living on 30000 or Less tips!

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