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No one wants a hot kitchen during summer. So this Memorial day let’s spend more time grilling. I feel like we always grill the same stuff over and over again, so we went to Food Lion, and I found out that they have a great selection of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork! These are slow-marinated and already perfectly seasoned in the bag which means no more prep work, and you get to enjoy Real Flavor, Real Fast. That means we have more time to enjoy the good food and the company of our friends and family during our Memorial day celebration or for our summertime get-togethers.
Unfortunately, I know a lot of people that don’t like to grill out because they find it intimidating. So I want to share my tips for grilling and easy recipe. With these for sure, you can have a great grilling holiday experience!
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The night was quiet and seemingly ordinary. The moon was on full display as it reflected on my window. I was awake reading with my tiny lamp beside my bed. My husband was asleep next to me. I was at peace.
I began to remember nights that weren’t like this.
I thought about the nights when I slept alone. I read all night long because I was worried about where my husband was, and I was concerned about what he was doing. I wasn’t even sure exactly where in the world he was.Continue reading
rong>Hosting a Cookout on a Budget-I love that the weather it’s starting to get warm, that means it’s time for flip flops, swimming, and cookouts! What is better than rounding up some friends and throwing some burgers on the grill? Nothing! You get to enjoy being outside in the fresh air, and the clean up is much easier! Cookouts are a great way to spend your summer days, and here are some tips for hosting a cookout on a budget to make it even better!
Monday, May 25, 2015 is Memorial Day. It’s a federal holiday in the United States so some stores will be closed. Before you head out and celebrate with the family make sure to check out this list of Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015.
Belk is open
Best Buy is open
BJs Wholesale Club is open
Burlington Coat Factory is open
CVS Caremark is open
Dillard’s is open
Home Depot is open
J.C. Penney is open
Kmart is open
Kohl’s is open
Lowe’s is open
Macy’s is open
Marshall’s is open
Nordstrom is open
Neiman Marcus is open
Publix is open
Rite Aid is open
Saks Fifth Avenue is open
Sam’s Club is open
Sears is open
Target is open
Walgreens is open
Walmart is open
Most Restaurants are Open.
Costco is closed.
Government offices are closed.
Stock markets are closed.
Banks and credit unions are closed.
Post offices are closed.
Libraries are closed.
UPS – Closed
FedEx – Closed
Check out our Memorial Day Military Discounts and Freebies
Take advantage of these freebies and deals for military & veterans this Memorial Day! Check out our list of Memorial Day Military Discounts.
iTunes – Get Anthem USA app completely FREE for your iPad, iPhone or iPad
Blue Star Museums – More than 2,000 museums across the U.S., including 21 in Alabama, will offer free admission to active-duty personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserves, from Memorial Day on May 25 through Labor Day Sept. 7.
A Story Before Bed – FREE recordings to parents in the U.S. military who are spending time away from their kids.
Cedar Point – Service members both current and retired gets free admission from May 22 through May 25
Hooters – Military personnel, veterans and spouses can receive 10 free boneless wings on Memorial Day. Military ID required.
Kings Island – Service members both current and retired gets free admission from May 22 through May 25
Red Robin – All veterans, retired, active duty and military spouses will receive a free appetizer with any purchase of at least $10 between Saturday-Monday.
Long John Silvers – Get a free combo when you have a coupon
Sam’s Club – Through May 26, the store is offering a free $15 gift club and three free products for military personal and veterans with a Sam’s Club membership or renewal. For active duty, family members, military personnel and veterans.
Wendy’s – Free waffle cone on Monday, May 25 from noon until 8:00 p.m.
Shoney’s – The restaurant is offering free All-American burgers to active duty and military veterans on Memorial Day. Proof of military service required.
Target – The store’s portrait studio is offering a free package for military personnel through May 31.
24 Hour Fitness – Free complimentary access to all guests at 24 Hour Fitness® clubs nationwide. From Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25. 2015.
Kings Dominion – Free admission to active, inactive or retired US military members with valid IDs. May 23-25 AND July 4-5.
Max & Erma’s – Free slider to every guest with the purchase of a beverage.
McCormick & Schmicks – Active members of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Veterans get a complimentary lunch or dinner entree.
Wildwater Kingdom — Free admission for active and inactive service men and women. Valid May 23-25
Michigan’s Adventure — Free admission to military members. Can also purchase up to six tickets for friends and family for just $24 each. Valid May 24 and 25.
Knott’s Berry Farm – Free admission for all service members. Can purchase up to six discounted tickets from May 23-25.
General Motors – All active duty members, reserves, veterans and retirees a GM Military Discount through June 30th, 2015.
Boston Market – 25% off any Family Meal on May 25th.
Applebees – Military members get $5 meals with a military ID all day on Monday or use military ID to get 15 percent off entire food purchase. Two offers can’t be combined.
Home Depot- Veterans and active duty military will receive a 10 percent discount from now through May 25. Military ID or veterans discharge papers required.
JC Penney – Current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, reserves, guard and retirees get a 20 percent discount at JC Penney.
Lowe’s – 10 percent military discount to all those serving in the military, their families, and all veterans. Valid military ID, Veteran ID card or other proof of service required.
BuildASign – Veterans and active duty military can get a FREE Welcome Home banner/sign, Jumbo Card, or Yard Sign – just pay shipping.
This week our nation celebrates Memorial Day; a day set aside to remember all those military men and women who lost their lives in the line of military duty. For many Americans, Memorial Day means a day off from work, the opening of the community swimming pool and picnics with family and friends. Quite often memorializing fallen American Hero’s on this or any other day doesn’t seem as important as having extra free time for ourselves. We celebrate Memorial Day because of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we, Americans, can continue to live in freedom and enjoy our days off, family picnics and lazy afternoons at the community pool.
Today, as I sit in my comfy chair I am grateful that I have not suffered a great loss when it comes to losing a family member or friend in active military service. I do, however, have a very dear friend whose life was transformed by the loss of her husband while serving in the Army in 2002. SSG Paul Hanson, father of two, devoted husband, Army Veteran serving in the Persian Gulf War lost his life while doing what he loved; serving his country. He was 39 years old. When Paul passed away he left behind his beautiful wife (my dear friend) Connie and two young children Amy and Jayce to figure out how to find a new normal in their lives; one without their beloved husband and father.
I met Connie several years ago; my daughter and her son were in the same grade in school and our paths had crossed before our “formal” meeting. Throughout the years Connie has shared stories of her husband and the love they had for one another and the vast hole his absence has left in their lives. Aside from their great love for one another and their family, love of country has and will always be a strong focus in their lives. Connie has stayed active in the local ladies auxiliary working pancake breakfasts, placing flags on fallen soldiers graves, selling paper poppies in honor of Memorial Day and working to bring patriotism awareness to our school and community. I admire Connie and her children for working to find a new normal in Paul’s absence; it’s not easy for them but somehow they managed to move forward. They cling to hope and faith to push through while honoring Paul in the process.
As you go about your Memorial Day I encourage you to take a moment to acknowledge a military serviceman or woman you may know, make a donation to a fallen hero charity or simply take a few moments to silently acknowledge within your own heart the deep sacrifice these heroes have made for our country; for all of us.
For me, I am thankful for SSG Paul Hanson, his loving family and the unselfish service he gave to our country. I wish I could have met this American Hero and am grateful for the presence his family has in my life. Happy Memorial Day.
I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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