Jan 122016
 

Direct Energy Plans allow residents of Massachusetts and other states to save more money on their electricity bills. I love that, because like I said in an earlier post, this is the Year of the Ruehrweins. And the year of the Ruehrweins doesn’t involve paying more on electricity than we have to!

Saving Money Lets Us Live Like We Want

We’ve got plans this year. Big plans. Huge plans. Those plans require money. One of the best ways to help get that money is to save wherever possible, and one of our biggest problems is electricity costs. I’d much rather put our cash towards a trip or a short jaunt than our utility bill. Therefore, I’ve put together some ways that the family can save on our utilities.

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Turn Out the Lights

I don’t know how it is in your house, but in my house, the lights always seem to be on. My husband blames the kids, and my kids blame my husband. I think it’s a little of both. Either way, we’re just burning 75 watts of cash. From now on, we’re turning off the lights when we’re not in the room. Continue reading »

Nov 192015
 

Do you watch NBC shows? I do. They’re some of the best out there. With everything from The Blacklist to Heroes Reborn, the NBC lineup is super strong this year. Unfortunately, I’m rarely able to watch NBC shows – or any shows, for that matter – live. So what’s a girl to do?

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Watch NBC Shows with TVEverywhere

I’ll tell you what I do. I use TVEverywhere. Here’s the thing about television for me. I love it, but I’m rarely around when any of my favorite shows are on. That’s where TVEverywhere comes in. It’s not your cable on demand. TVEverywhere is another way to watch NBC shows that I love on my computer or laptop. Continue reading »

Oct 162015
 

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of SUDAFED®. I received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.​

It seems that every year around this time, I get the sniffles.  I blame it on the kids. They come home from school everyday with god knows what kind of germs.  Even though we all wash our hands regularly, it’s still bound to happen.  Since I am always on the go, I feel run down quite often and I think that makes me even more susceptible to getting sick.  I can always tell when I am getting sick, too.  I end up with a sinus headache and the rest of the symptoms aren’t usually far behind.

For some people, sinus congestion feels like a big old weight sitting on their face and I definitely fit into that category.  In addition to the fact that my head feels like it weighs 322,210 pounds, every little noise is totally amplified.  It’s like I can hear everything that goes on in my next door neighbor’s house as if they were in my house.  Just imagine how loud it gets for me when my sinuses are congested and both boys get home from school and try to talk to me at the same time.  It’s like there are 40 people in my kitchen screaming at the top of their lungs.

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Sadly for me, I am currently experiencing that sinus congestion that I was just telling you about.  I finally took some SUDAFED® yesterday and after a good nights rest,  my family is super happy that they don’t have to tip toe around the house any more…..well, until the next time. Continue reading »

Sep 082015
 

My son just turned 11 years old and has been asking for a cell phone ever since he was about eight. I always told him that he needed to be in the middle school before I would even consider it, but guess what – he’s in the 6th grade at the middle school this year.  Honestly, I was dreading the expense because we all know cell phones can cost a pretty penny.

But what if I told you that there is a way to save on your child’s smart device?  Have you thought about getting them a used iPhone?

New smartphones start at a steep cost, $649, and most carriers no longer subsidize the cost. Kids all too frequently break and lose smartphones and tablets, and a brand new device may not be a wise investment for a child. Nearly 70% of parents reported that a child in their household has broken or lost at least one smartphone, according to a Gazelle survey.

Purchasing a new phone or tablet. Purchasing a new phone is often expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t need to be! Why purchase a new iPhone or iPad when you can get a lower-cost version from Gazelle? You can save up to 40% on a Gazelle Certified pre-owned device.

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I know what you’re thinking, a used device is ‘old’ or ‘outdated.’ But smartphones actually have a much longer life span than you think. And frankly, I don’t know about you, but my kids certainly don’t need the ‘latest and greatest’ technology, especially when I know that I can save as much as 40% off retail value by getting them used phones. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 

Have you ever laughed so hard that you peed your pants?  Me neither, but chances are that if you don’t suffer from bladder leakage, you know someone that does. For me, it’s some of the ladies that I zumba with.  Whenever a song that involves jumping of any kind, there is usually a collective sigh from the moms who experience it.  I feel for them, I really do.

Here I am with a couple of my favorite zumba ladies!

Here I am with a couple of my favorite zumba ladies (at a party after class one morning)!

Luckily for people who experience bladder leakage, Depend underwear is here to the rescue! Continue reading »

Apr 022015
 

Many of you that know me in real life already know this, but for those of you who don’t – my husband, Christian, is a retired Air Force veteran.  He retired about a year and a half ago after serving our country for 20 years. Because he’s been deployed numerous times and our family understands the hardships that the entire family faces during those times, we are all about helping Veterans.

Speaking of being deployed, Christian was actually deployed overseas immediately following September 11th and he’s actually got a really interesting story that I wanted to share with you.  Because it’s his story to tell, he wrote it:

I am a military retiree who served 20+ years in the United States Air Force as a fire fighter. One of my most memorable/hardest deployments in the military was right after 9/11. I remember watching the news that day like everyone else and wondering what was going to happen next. As it turned out I was on a plane two weeks later heading to the Middle East. The plane ride there summed up what I was in for over the next few months.

The plane ride, coming from a civilian point of view, was like this;  think about taking a four hour plane ride to Disney World, but instead, it is a 25 hour flight.  Your seat is just a bench and there definitely were no flight attendants.  We got powdered meatloaf for breakfast, a powdered  hot dog for lunch and a bottle of water for dinner.  I spent the whole time looking at the truck right in front of me for the whole trip. When we landed I stepped off of the plane, I turned my head and all I could see was sand. I turned my head in the other direction and again, all I see is sand. Instead of taking a breather, stretching our legs or finally get some rest, we had to build out tent to sleep in that night.

My job as a fire fighter was put on hold and I became a tent builder during my first week  there because we were preparing for arriving troops. One of the toughest things to deal with was that I was not able to communicate with my family.  There no care packages for the first month and it was two weeks before we had the showers built – and for the entire time I was there, we had no hot water at all.

For me, one of the hardest things to deal with was the food. We ate MRE’s (meals ready to eat) every day for two meals.  One of the two was a hot meal (although most of the time it was cold), which either consisted of chicken and rice or eggs and sausage.  Those were our only two choices every day for over 100 days. The only thing we had to drink at first were water bottles )for the first couple of months) and around day 60 I waited in line for an hour to try our second choice of beverage, which was warm (we had no refrigeration) goats milk – at least it came in chocolate. I still remember getting back home after my tour was finished and having my first Coke after about a six month hiatus.  It felt like I was swallowing shards of glass.

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Nov 122014
 

Thanks to Honey Nut Cheerios for sponsoring today’s discussion!

Mornings around my house can be really chaotic.  Not only do the kids have to get ready for school, but my husband needs to get ready and out for work – all at the same time.  The one thing I insist on is that everyone in the house has a healthy breakfast before starting their days. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what’s better than kicking off the day with a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios?  With Honey Nut Cheerios, I know that my family is eating a heart healthy, nutritious breakfast and even better, it’s something quick & easy to get for them!  I am all about saving time in the morning!

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Often times as we’re running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get ready in the mornings, we’ve got music playing in the background.  Imagine my excitement when I bought a box of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart the other day and I saw that it had a code for a free song download.  And not just any song mind you, it’s a brand new song from one of our favorite artist’s: Usher.  Score.  Usher’s new song, “Clueless” is is ONLY available through this Honey Nut Cheerios promotion! That’s right, it’s not included in Usher’s new album release and cannot be found or purchased anywhere else. Continue reading »

Sep 052014
 

**Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement.**

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Have you ever laughed so hard that you peed your pants?  Me, neither, but chances are that if you don’t suffer from bladder leakage, you know someone that does. For me, it’s some of the ladies that I zumba with.  Whenever a song that involves jumping of any kind, there is usually a collective sigh from the moms who experience it.  I feel for them, I really do.

Luckily for people who experience bladder leakage, Depend underwear is here to the rescue!

The #underwareness movement is all about educating people about the prevalence of bladder leakage and the misconceptions about Depend underwear. Depend provides a variety of discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back, including:

  • Depend Real Fit for Men and Silhouette for Women briefs: Look, fit and feel like real underwear and feature a cloth-like fabric for a sleek, ultra-smooth fit.
  • Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection: Features more Lycra stands for a smooth and comfortable close-to-the-body fit.

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Jul 112014
 

Usually when school lets out for the summer, I move the boys bedtime back a little and let them stay up a little bit later. I wish I could say that when they stay up later they sleep later in the mornings, but sadly that’s not the case.  At all.

Such is life.

With our extra time in the evenings, we find ourselves having lots more family movie nights.  It took a long time before the gruesome twosome would actually sit and watch an entire movie, but now that they will – I take full advantage of it.  We love to grab a snack, which is usually a bowl of our favorite cereal, curl up under a blanket and watch our movie.

That’s part of why I was so excited when I heard that I could get a free movie download when I purchased my favorite Big G cereals.  Yesterday, I curled up with my loves to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid and of course, have a snack.  Because it’s no fun if there are no snacks involved, right?

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May 212014
 

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today’s discussion.

When I was a little girl, I remember that my mother would always set her alarm for an hour earlier than anyone else in the house – whether it was a school day or a weekend day.  It didn’t matter, she was always up much earlier than anyone else in the house.  Whenever I asked her why she got up so early in the mornings, her answer was always the same.  She’d say “I like my quiet time”.

I went for years scratching my head about that one….until I had children of my own and now I get it completely.

These days I find myself with a nine & a six year old and I now set my alarm clock to go off before they wake up so that I can enjoy the peace and quiet of the house just like my mother did when I was a child.  I mean, hey, I need time to get ready before they need to get into the bathroom and start getting ready for school.

When it comes to getting ready in the mornings, I am basically a creature of habit, and my routine has been the same for as long as I can remember.

1. Tinkle
2. Brush my teeth
3. Shower
4. Flat iron my hair
5. Apply lotion

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Apr 112014
 

**This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleansing cloths is all my own**

Today let’s talk about bums, shall we?

*Giggle*

Sometimes, my boys have issues when it comes to wiping their butts. There I said it.

And that got me to thinking.

I started to think back to when my boys  were babies and how magical baby wipes seemed when it came time to change their messy diapers.  There was nothing left behind and I would say that they cleaned up the mess pretty easily, right? And I think that a clean bum is pretty much all anyone can ask for in life.

That super cute little man pictured below is my six year old when he was a wee little one (about 20 months old) and those were definitely simpler times for him because I was the one doing all the wiping.  Now that he has to do it himself, well – let’s just say it’s an art that he still hasn’t mastered completely.

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I know I said to my husband on more than one occasion back in the day, that I didn’t understand why the littles got those awesome wipes and once we’re potty trained, it’s dry toilet paper for the rest of our lives. Continue reading »