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November 14, 2017

Free Printable Grocery List

Free Printable Grocery List

If you want to save money the number #1 thing to do is write a list of the items you need. Then you find coupons to go with them. If you stick with your Real Advice Gal Printable Grocery List then you will also save money. I use this list. I laminated it and I use a dry erase marker to keep track of what we need each week. It is a great tool and helps my husband and myself stay on budget. It is yours to print. Please leave my logo on the bottom since it took a lot of time to create.

Save money by planning your grocery list. Print my printable grocery list and use it to stay on a budget when buying your family essentials


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October 27, 2017

How One Neighborhood Seeks To Silence A Veteran

A Neighborhood Seeks to Silence A Veteran



I’ve lived in my neighborhood for fourteen years now. I went to bed last night being embarrassed for the first time by where I lived. It isn’t my home or the location.  You can see how much I love my town of Palmyra and the people of the community. I even wrote about it very recently in my post what goes on in Palmyra. Yesterday, however, I received a slap in my face. A slap that was felt by anyone that serves or has served in the military. I lost hope in humanity and I was scared for the very first time.

I wasn’t scared by a robber or natural disaster. I wasn’t scared by the climbing water bills or a wandering animal. I trembled in anger, then aggravation, denial, frustration, and eventually into a pile of emotions pondering when did the goodness of man sink to a new low?

When did it become the norm to harass people when they differ in their opinions? I ask you, the Lake Monticello Home Owners Association, why didn’t you follow your own procedures?  Why did you go after a war veteran who is 73 years old for having more than one American Flag on his property?  I ask you when did it become the norm to go straight to a lawyer and threaten to impose fines of $2,500- $15,000 on a person who loves his country because of “political speak”?

Here is the actual letter:

This letter is shared with permission of Mr. Reilly (It wasn’t even sent certified mail.)




(Note: In late summer of this year, Mr. Reilly was notified of a violation in connection with signs on his property.  He removed them and the violation was cleared by the HOA.  In that instance, he received a normal letter.  He did not receive a letter from an Attorney at the expense of the homeowners.  UPDATED: It should also be noted that the present decor was there at the time and was not “cited”. The letter above still shows the split rail signs as an issue even though Mr. Reilly took them down and received a letter from the HOA stating it was done.)


I wonder when his decorations stating his love for the American Soldier and Jesus become political speak? When did God become political? Can you tell me who Jesus voted for? Is Jesus registered? I mean he might be with all the voter fraud. When did serving your country become political? I was so incensed as a lake resident, granddaughter, daughter, and wife of a Veteran that I went to Mr. Reilly’s house to see for myself and to speak to him about the letter. I wanted to see what was worth spending my HOA dues on. Was Mr. Reilly attacking someone? Did he cause harm? I saw none. I didn’t see anything offensive. I saw a patriot.

I remembered that when my husband served he was surrounded by his brothers and his sisters. He did not see their voting card, color, religion, academic level, or, bank statements. He saw an American who was willing to take their last breath so the rest of us could breathe freely. We all need to take a breath and remember we are all Americans.

Mr. Reilly has had his home decor up for years now. He is someone who has the right to his opinion. He has the right to love his God and the American Soldier. I am heartbroken to think that loving your country is a fineable offense?


Update October 26th, 2017 LMOA response:

My response:

The property looks the same with the exception of the two signs those were the affixed signs to his fence that triggered the original violation. Those same signs appear in the letter from the lawyer even though the offense was deemed corrected on September 27th at the LMOA board meeting.

  1. Mr. Reilly assumes he is in compliance since he received a letter on September 29th stating he is.
  2. The next thing that happens is Mr. Reilly gets is a letter from an attorney.


That seems strange since his property was already looked over when they found the original offense. He changed nothing. I have to wonder what changed? Does the LMOA not know their own policy? Did they miss everything stated in the letter from the attorney the first time Mr. Reilly was cited?

I want to know did policy change from the time his first offense was cited and resolved to October 20th?

I want to know if someone’s lawn has the same decor for the last 4.5 years why it suddenly wrong? Should I wonder if this is a targeted attack on a Veteran? That can be answered quickly if the LMOA can show me proof that other people were cited for having more than one flag on the same day.

I mean I should give the LMOA the benefit of the doubt and assume everyone with more than one American flag got a letter from an attorney. Right?


What can you do to help?

  1. Buy two American Flags and put them up at your home in the lake to show the lake that you support our country.
  2. Spread the message by sharing my post
  3. If you agree with me that Mr. Reilly is being unfairly treated, let the Lake Monticello office know.

This is their facebook page

This is their phone number(434) 589-8263.

4.  Share on social media.  Feel free to retweet my tweet to Fox news and the local news channel

If free speech and the men and woman who died granting it to you are important to you, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. We cannot be silenced.  We MUST support Americans who love America.


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October 25, 2017

How to Date Your Kids

How to date your kids

Dating your kids is so very important. Whether you have a picnic, dinner and a movie or take them some place special, you need to date your kids! I love that each year my dad still takes me out to lunch for my birthday! That has been a tradition since I was two years old. Now I have kids of my own, and I do the same thing to them! Recently, I took my kids with my mom for an extra special date! We went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a Howl-O-Ween experience! We had such great time at the Monster Bash Dance Parties, Trick-or-Treat trail, Spooktacular Story Time and Costume Parade. And that isn’t even including all the fun we had at the park and other fun activities they normally have!Continue reading

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 19, 2017

What to do in Mount Airy North Carolina

What to do in Mount Airy North Carolina

In my quest to spend more time making memories with my children than working more for money for a vacation. I am traveling to smaller towns that offer exceptional experiences for pennies on a dollar. We are diligently living on our 40,000 budget so we are doing  Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget. I was invited to tour Mount Airy North Carolina “Mayberry” as part of a conference called Travel Media Showcase. I decided to share what I know.

Have you been to North Carolina? I had a great time during my trip and I want to share with you my list of what to do in Mount Airy, North Carolina

The first thing I can tell you is to relax. That is what Mount Airy is about. It is about the people and their love of their community. There wasn’t anyone who wasn’t friendly, helpful, or kind. We met the people who made the town, who had grown up there all their lives and who weren’t changed.  Mount Airy like any town has a history of its own. It features things to do for the young to the old. It has travel destinations worthy of its large neighbors, but they don’t have the heart of Mayberry.Continue reading

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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