Win 2 Night Stay At Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

Win 2 Night Stay At Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

“Heeeeey Boo Boo, It’s time for some camping. The Ranger is going to be opening up the park soon!”The smarter than average Jellystone resident bear has the right idea! It’s about that time, camping time. Just make sure you keep your “pikinik” baskets locked down. If you love camping or glamping just as much as my family does, then you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway! One lucky reader will win a 2-night stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest. Click on the photo and find out how you can win a weekend getaway.

Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Get it, key? Like Piano Key? Ha, I crack myself up sometimes. Yeah I know, I did a lil’ play on words there. I had to, it’s me. So you guys remember that I started homeschooling our youngest son again. We gave him a chance at going back into mainstream schooling again, and it just wasn’t the right time, so we pulled him back out. He’s been great since. However, I’m not musically inclined and he THRIVES off of playing a musical instrument. So when I was approached by Playground Sessions to collaborate, I jumped. Guys, this program is FANTASTIC!I’m seriously not just saying this either. EVEN I am learning to play the piano and I never thought I would learn. But I guess, you really can teach an ol’ chick new tricks!

What is an Appropriate Age for a Child to be Left Home Alone?

What is an Appropriate Age for a Child to be Left Home Alone?

One of the biggest worries I had when I was a single parent was when was it appropriate for my child to be left home alone. Obviously, I wasn’t going to leave my 10yr old to watch his 5yr old brother, but could the 10yr old be left alone for 30 mins or so while I ran to the corner store for milk & eggs?Or what if I was running late from work and the bus arrived already?Could they be trusted for 15-20 minutes alone?Another scenario happened quite a bit while I was a single mother. One of the boys were sick, so they couldn’t go to their normal caregiver, so I would have to find someone to stay with them.

Easter Giveaway: Enter to Win $100 Target Gift Card

Easter Giveaway: Enter to Win $100 Target Gift Card

Can you believe it’s Spring already?I can’t, it’s still really cold here in Ohio…. but that doesn’t mean that the awesome weather isn’t just right around the corner.Easter is quickly approaching!We all have those baskets to prepare and some even have clothing to buy for special services that we may choose to attend. What better way to celebrate than with an extra $100 to spend at Target in your pocket?Our boys love Easter and growing up it was always one of my very favorite holidays. Growing up I enjoyed spending time with my cousins and dressing up in fancy clothes, complete with lace trimmed socks & of course the oversized huge woven hats, strappy sandals or saddle shoes, and then gathering for a family meal.

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child More

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child More

Children are at an age where they need lots of love and encouragement to grow up into healthy young adults. This is one thing I’m not afraid to admit that I struggle with. Growing up the only person who really encouraged my brother and I was my mom. My dad was raised with a firm hand and was more authoritative instead of encouraging. So I have tried to be more like my mother, but it’s hard. Especially when you’re stressed to your children how you expect them to act. I have a little bit more of the authoritative way of thinking that I would like, but it is definitely something that I’m working on. I do notice, however, when my kids are encouraged, they do act a tiny bit better. Just a little bit though.

I Will Always Keep Pads or Tampons in my Bathroom

I Will Always Keep Pads or Tampons in my Bathroom

I first got my period when I was about 11yrs old.It was a horrid experience. I was at school, started feeling sick and had horrible cramps, went to the bathroom, screamed like crazy because I had absolutely no clue what was going on and why I was bleeding from “there”. The teacher who’s classroom was just next too the girls bathroom came running in to find out what was going on. I was standing there crying, saying I was dying. She calmly walked over to me, hugged me, grabbed some wet paper towels and told me to clean myself up and we headed to the nurses office.I didn’t learn about girl stuff until that day. My mom never discussed getting my period until that day because she didn’t think it was time, until she got the call. My grandmother came and picked me up from school, took me to get pads, midol, chocolate and ice cream. She said “These are the 4 things you will need every month for 1 week.”

WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop

WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop

May not already know, but  my family LOVES gaming.Okay, that may be a slight understatement. Whenever we get free-time we’re gaming. We game either via consoles or PC. We don’t discriminate. Any console, PC, mobile, etc. One of us, or all of us are playing some type of video game.Thanks to our friends at GameStop for offering up an amazing prize package for one lucky reader! Enter to WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop from GameStop!

The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

Did you know that 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect? Did you know that 50% of them are at risk of death if their defect is not surgically corrected? How about that Congenital Heart Disease is the NUMBER ONE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT? It is also the number one cause of infant mortality. You’d think that would be more widely known and publicized, but it isn’t. Most people think of other defects when they are asked about the most common. Because Congenital Heart Disease (or Defects as it was previously known) has so many different ways to manifest itself, many people don’t put it all together.

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Since we live in a primarily rural area now, we have the ability to walk to a lot more places that are outdoors. One of my favorite places to get out and walk is around the “Rez” or the reservoir. Our Rez is HUGE at 212 acres and a circumference of 2.5 miles and at it’s deepest point its 33ft deep. My husband and I go up there and walk around a bit when it’s warmer and not as windy. Unless I get antsy at home and want to go bird watching for the local Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles were my mom’s favorite bird and when she passed, my brother and I both saw a bald eagle within a couple days of her passing. We took it as “Mom’s with us, watching us.” So now whenever we see one, we simply say “Hi mom, love you!” 

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

Sometimes cooking a meal just isn’t in your daily plans whether it be work, kids’ activities, traffic, or you’re just having a bad day. For me, it’s usually the later, or I just don’t feel like cooking because, that takes too much work after working all day. Typically we tend to go out to eat to ease the remainder of the day, but dining out can be expensive especially if you do it more than once a week. Which is why we either go out just once a month, or we utilize other savings methods.
You should definitely double check with the restaurants prior to taking advantage of their promotions as most national chains have franchises and independently owned locations.

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