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December 30, 2014

Driving in Snow Tips

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Driving in Snow Tips

Driving in Snow Tips

Winter Safety – Driving in Snow Tips

In some places, Winter means dangerous driving conditions. Snow, sleet, hail, wind and icy conditions can lead to accidents, injuries and damage to your vehicle. When you hit the road this Winter, be prepared. Make sure that you put safety first. Be responsible and cautious when you are driving and be sure to follow these Driving in Snow Tips.

  1. You may be ready for Winter, but is your vehicle? Have it checked by a professional to be sure that everything is safe and can handle all Winter driving conditions.
  2. Check that your windshield wipers and window defrosters are working properly.
  3. Have your tires inspected and replaced if necessary.
  4. Drive a little slower than usual and keep a good distance between yourself and the car in front of you in case you need to stop quickly.
  5. If you begin to skid, steer into the skid, with your feet off the pedals until you gain control of the car.
  6. Leave early if you have to be somewhere at a certain time. You want to allow yourself time to get there and not have to rush causing you to be less cautious while you are driving.
  7. Always keep an Emergency Car Safety Kit in the trunk. This will have things like a flashlight, bottled water, snow scraper, emergency blanket, first aid kit, hand warmers, jumper cables, etc. I would even suggest a jump starter especially if you live in an area with frequent low temperatures.
  8. Have a plan in place in case you end up in an emergency situation. Let someone know where you are going, the route you are taking and when they should expect to hear from you next.
  9. When buckling a child into a car seat make sure their coat is not too thick. It can interfere with the harness on the seat. Instead, take off their coat, buckle them in and then cover them with a blanket and keep the heat on at least until the car warms up enough to be comfortable.
  10. Always wear your seat belt, even if you are driving around the corner. Better safe than sorry.
  11. Keep your gas tank as close to full as possible so the nightmare of getting stranded without gas on a dark, snow covered road never becomes a reality.
  12. Avoid using cruise control on a wet, icy, or slippery road. You want to keep as much control of the vehicle as possible.
  13. If you don’t have somewhere that you really need to be, stay off the road. If you have somewhere to be, but don’t feel comfortable driving, consider an alternative route. Don’t force yourself to drive in conditions you don’t feel comfortable or safe in.

Always remember, no matter your destination, the most important part of any journey is your safe arrival. Put safety first at all times, especially in bad weather. When the temperature drops, and it rains or snows, the roads will become icy and can be dangerous. Follow the rules of the road and our Winter Driving in Snow Tips to keep yourself and other drivers and passengers safe.


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December 18, 2014

Tips To Make Holiday Family Traditions More Special

Family traditions matter because it is how we build a strong bond with our family. It brings people together and is a great way to bridge the gap between generations and make its bond stronger. My childhood memories are filled with fond memories of helping my parents decorate the house for Christmas. We bought Christmas tree together and had lots of fun decorating it, then we will end the day with a warm cup of hot chocolate and cookies. Celebrating holidays isn’t also complete without going to my grandparents house for Christmas eve where we celebrate it with our other relatives. It’s a time to reconnect with them and get in touch with what’s happening to everyone. Family traditions remind me of home and love. As I reminisce I can still clearly remember the scent of Christmas, the taste of the holiday recipes and the joy of being with people we love. Now that I have a family of my own, I appreciate family traditions more and I want my kids to grow up with wonderful memories of it as well that will last a lifetime.

Check out our tips for how to make holiday family traditions more special!

Tips To Make Holiday Family Traditions More Special

Choose special foods that are made or purchased every year:  Families always enjoy a special tradition of a food that is always there during the holidays.  Whether it is grandma’s cookies, a classic roast lamb or one of the great gift baskets from Hickory Farms, family traditions often include food that everyone loves.

Hickory Farms make family traditions more special by giving us great tasting products that complete our holiday gatherings. For more than 60 years Hickory Farms has been providing holiday shoppers with a wide variety of products that not only present beautifully but also taste delicious. The Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection is available in select stores, from the catalogue and online at
Give to others as a family during the holidays:  There is nothing better you can do as a parent than to begin family traditions that revolve around doing good for others.  We love teaching our children to give back to our community, and what better way to do that than to volunteer or give food to those in need?  You can even use our tips for how to save money on the holidays to create more funds to help those in your community.

Did you know that buying from Hickory Farms can help a good cause? Hickory Farms is proud to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. It is the leading non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. To date, the combined support of Hickory Farms and their customers has raised more than $3.3 million. These contributions help provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, holiday charitable giving and long-term solutions for families in need.

It’s also great to know that Hickory Farms supports military overseas. Hickory Farms has 5 products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses, including the “Festive Cheese Sampler” gift basket and “Beef Hearty Hickory” basket. This is a perfect surprise to give to military families abroad because Hickory Farms is a great way to give them something that reminds them of home.

Stop for time to count your blessings.  No matter what your family traditions may be, never forget to stop for a moment to be thankful for the blessings you have.  Look around at your family, your home, the food on your table and remember to create a tradition of being thankful not just during the holidays, but every day.

You can start your own Hickory Farm family traditions by picking up one or more of their amazing items at: and in nearly 600 Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

December 17, 2014

Holiday Shopping on a Budget

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

   I will tell you a big huge secret every year my husband doesn’t buy me any presents. I mean none. Yet, I get amazing gifts. I bet you are thinking why are they still married? Is he a thief? Does he re-gift? How does she get awesome presents from her favorite stores? Does he have a job she doesn’t know about? How does he take the money he has and make it work for him? How does he get her trips and the finer things in life without spending a dollar?


   I have led you on long enough and I want you to know how brilliant my husband is since his brilliant idea is not only available to you but it can be copied by you. The secret is he has a Chase credit card with Ultimate Rewards. He puts everything on the card. He pays off the card. He only spends what he has. Then guess what he gets points towards everything I want. I am a girl that likes trips and presents and I am married to a guy that doesn’t like to spend money on frivolous things. It is a win for both parties.  

   He used to use cards that gave points towards flights to earn our yearly trip. We were always met with blackout dates and flights that didn’t match our work schedule. It was horrible and we spent more time trying to figure out how to book the trip then on the trip. That is why I like the easy to follow formula that Chase Ultimate Rewards offers. If you earn 2000 points you get $20. That $20 bucks can be used to pay toward your bill or you can use it for stores that you already shop at. They will send you a physical gift card or you can shop online to make your rewards dollar go even further. Then if you use your credit card with Ultimate Rewards to shop online in their portal you can accrue even greater rewards. They over different percentages or money back amounts.

   I like that the portal tells you what you need to do to earn more points. Then they offer suggestions based on your current spending to find you great deals on travel and goods and services. I know right now you are doing a lot of holiday spending. You have to buy everyone a gift. I am telling you now is the perfect time to think about how you can reward yourself for something you already have to do. I mean wouldn’t it be nice to take a vacation? How about getting that gift you want but Santa can’t afford it?

   We write a lot of posts about how to live your dreams on the money you already have. I can tell you that each year I get something that we couldn’t afford if we didn’t use our Chase credit card with Ultimate Rewards. It is our way of saving money for something special by living our life the way we have to “within the budget.“ offers you the ability to track your spending and your rewards. It will allow you to make responsible decisions and you can dream bigger and work toward your reward. It is easy to use and understand. This is a tool to help you do more with less.

   So how can you take advantage of Ultimate Rewards? It’s available to Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire and Ink from Chase cardholders. When you use any of these cards, you earn points that you can redeem for travel, experiences, merchandise, gift cards and even cash back. Visit to learn more about the program and the card that’s best for you.

I will let you know what big gift Santa Chase brings me this year.

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November 21, 2014

Work at Home Job

Work at Home Job

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I was recently approached by the company. The owner travels the United States offering courses in how to work at home. I thought wow what she has is an interesting opportunity. We chatted over email and I decided I would work for her. I am not a part of her service but I will be helping her with her marketing. The reason is simple. I like what she does.

She gives people who want to work an opportunity to work. She has come up with a business model that parents who homeschool or parents who don’t can work . You do not even have to be a parent. You can just be someone who wants to learn and make your own money in your own time.

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She has made it easy to find a job and helps you create a business. This website is my business. It takes a lot of work but the rewards are:

  1. I am in control of my schedule
  2. I can watch my son nap
  3. I can use break up my routine
  4. I can go to any and all school functions
  5. I can work out daily
  6.  I can contribute to my family’s income

The true reason why I work is I needed the mental stimulation that comes from learning something new. I love helping people and I love being busy while developing and growing my company. I spend countless hours on my site and on educating myself to be more productive.

I liked this class because you are your own boss. You can take classes live or online. There are several options available. Check out the Class schedule List .

Are you ready to have a Work at Home Job?

If you are ready for a change. If you are ready to do something that will benefit your family. Then I suggest this is the gift you ask for this holiday season. I always say they there are many ways you can spend your money but only education will benefit you forever. You can’t take away what you know. The more marketable you are the better. I see a new job in your future. Make it Happen!

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November 16, 2014

10 Holiday Shopping Tips To Help You Keep Your Sanity

10 Holiday Shopping Tips To Help You Keep Your Sanity

Holiday Shopping Tips

The holidays are here! I don’t know about you but I love everything about the holidays! I love the sights, sounds, smells, and the shopping! I’m an avid Black Friday shopper, and I love finding the perfect gift for my family and friends. With all the wonderful things about the holidays, there are some stressful things about it. Beating the crowds, setting a budget, and keeping your sanity during a very busy time of the year can be hard. So I thought I would share with you my 10 Holiday shopping tips to help you keep your sanity! Follow these simple tips and throw in some of your own for a fun, and stress free holiday! Continue reading

November 9, 2014

2014 Veteran’s Day Freebies

Veteran’s Day Freebies

Veteran's Day Freebies

Veteran’s Day Freebies 2014

In honor of the people who have served the US military celebrate this Veteran’s day by taking advantage of these freebies and discounts.

Freebies & Online Deals:

Amazon Veterans Day 20% Off Savings – Save 20% on tons of eligible items for Veterans Day with coupon code 20OFFVET thru 11/11
Veterans Day Honor – 12 FREE Patriotic MP3 Downloads
Free Book: Operation Money – A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families [Kindle Edition With Audio/Video] Free Admission to Several National Parks on 11/11
Free Car Washes for Veterans on 11/11
Free Admission to 1 of Several Annheiser Busch Parks for Military (Sea World, Busch Gardens, and more)
Read the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence Free Online
Salute To America – 101 Strings Orchestra MP3 Album – $1.89

Restaurant Deals & Freebies:

Applebees – Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military Valid 11/11 (exp: 11/11/2014)
Bakers Square – FREE Breakfast for Veterans or Active Military Valid 11/11
Bob Evans – FREE All You Can Eat Pancakes for Veterans and Active Military Valid 11/11
Cafe Express – FREE Dessert (exp: 11/30/2014)
California Pizza Kitchen – FREE Entree for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Carlos O’kelly’s – Free Sopapilla Dessert + Free Entree Coupon for Next Visit for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Carrabba’s – FREE Appetizer for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Champps Americana – FREE Cheeseburger for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Corner Bakery – FREE Short Stack of Pancakes with Reservation at Your Location Valid 11/10 – 11/14
Dennys – FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11 from 5AM – Noon
Fox and Hound – FREE Cheeseburger & Fries for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Friendly’s – FREE Big-Two-Do Breakfast & Coffee or Classic Burger Meal for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Golden Corral – Free Dinner for Veterans and Active Duty Military Valid 11/17 from 5 – 9pm (exp: 11/17/2014)
Krispy Kreme – FREE Doughnut & Small Coffee for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Menchies – FREE Frozen Yogurt for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
On The Border – FREE Create Your Own Combo Meal for Veterans Valid 11/11
Shoney’s – FREE All-American Burger & Fries for Veterans & Military Valid 11/11
Sizzler – FREE Lunch & Drink for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11 Until 4PM
Texas de Brazil – 50% Off Regular Dinner Price Valid on 11/11

Retail Store Deals & Freebies:

Ann Taylor Factory Store – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Bed Bath and Beyond – 20% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Carters – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Dollar General – 11% Off for Veterans and Active Duty Military Valid 11/11
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Great Clips – FREE Haircuts for Veterans & Military or Free Haircut Card to Give to a Veteran Valid 11/11
JoAnn – 20% Off Entire Purchase with Military or Dependent ID (exp: 11/11/2014)
Kirkland’s – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Military, Fire Department, Police & Medical Personnel (exp: 11/9/2014)
Kirkland’s – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Kohl’s – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lifeway Christian – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lowes – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/12/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Sport Clips – Free Haircut for Veterans and Active Duty Military at Some Locations Valid 11/11
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 11/12/2014)
World Market – 20% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Yankee Candle – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 12/31/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores for this list!

Find out how to Thank a Veteran with Katy’s Goodness Cookies and Marie Callender’s Comforts from Home Project

Also read Ask a Wife of a Veteran

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