Adios Irma! & A List of Charities For Donating

The last two weeks have been so crazy thanks to Hurricane Irma. At the beginning of the week we were cleaning out Ben's workshop trying to make room to house a number of family and friends fleeing Irma's path. Then suddenly Irma's path changed. Our evacuating guests were no longer evacuating. In fact, we were predicted to have worse weather here in the mountains. I got a phone call on Friday morning from a friend planning to stay with us. His family made it half way up the state and decided to turn around and go home because they didn't want to face the weather here! We spent the weekend … [Read more...]

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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving: Take the Pledge to Drive Sober

Everyone, or most everyone I hope, has heard of the age old adage “Don’t drink and drive.” I mean there are signs, billboards, commercials – you surely can’t say you haven’t. But how many people truly know and understand that you do not have to be falling down drunk to be too intoxicated to drive? So that is my message to you today: Buzzed driving IS the same thing as drunk driving. You can still get arrested, you can still get fined, and you CAN still injure or kill someone if you pick up those keys after you have had a couple of drinks.The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and … [Read more...]

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Be a Part of the Nestlé® Pure Life® Ripple Effect

Thank you Nestlé® Pure Life® for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Do you struggle to get your kids to drink enough water? Getting my oldest daughter to drink water has always been a battle. She says she hates the taste of water, so she's not touching it unless she has no other option. With all the sugary drinks that are available to our kids why would she want to choose the boring healthier option? I am constantly trying to think of new ways to get my daughter to drink more water. Kids in America aren't drinking the amount of water they need. A new study released by Nestlé® … [Read more...]

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Enter the See’s Candies Flash Fundraiser Giveaway to Win Big for Your School! #Flashfundraiser @Seescandies

This post is sponsored on behalf of See’s Candies and VolunteerSpot.com. The school year is in full swing for many of us, and fundraising season isn't far behind. My daughter has been in Kindergarten for 2 weeks, and I'm already receiving PTO emails asking for volunteers with future fundraising. Soon our children will come home with fundraising material in their book bags ready to sell. I fully support school fundraisers because our schools need all the funds they can get. Public schools across the nation are cutting programs that enrich our children's lives and educational experiences … [Read more...]

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Valuable Lessons for Children From “Zen Pig”

I received a copy of Zen Pig free of charge. Affiliate link included. We live in a world full of selfishness and materialism, so it may seem like a battle sometimes to teach our children how to be compassionate and gratuitous people.  The critically-acclaimed children's book, "Zen Pig", is a great resource to help teach our children those valuable lessons. The illustrations, provided by Mark's wife, Amy Lynn Brown, are simple yet beautiful. The book flows very well, and although it is a short read, is chock full of character lessons that are great for both children and adults.  "Zen … [Read more...]

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