How to Choose and Store a Turkey

  We all know that Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without a turkey. In fact, most of us plan our entire Thanksgiving meal around the turkey. But, before you head to the grocery store to buy your turkey, there are some things you need to know first. Here is how to choose and store […]

Food and Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Day

  Thanksgiving is a holiday where we spend time with friends and family, give thanks for all we have and eat lots of food. With everything that is going on for this holiday, sometimes food safety can get overlooked. However, food safety is extremely important so that foodborne illnesses do not occur. Food safety not […]

How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey

  Thanksgiving is coming on us faster than some of us would like. Preparing for a Thanksgiving meal is quite a bit of work. One of the first things you need to know before you even start thinking about the potatoes, the stuffing and the pies, is thawing your turkey. Here is how to properly […]

Thanksgiving Cooking Hotline Numbers You Need to Know

  No matter if this is your first Thanksgiving meal or you have done this for the past 20 years, you may end up having a question. Luckily, there are some hotlines you can call to ensure your Thanksgiving meal is a successful one. Here are some Thanksgiving cooking hotline numbers you need to know. […]

6 Tips for Growing Healthy Habits with Your Kids PLUS New Episodes of Cyberchase

Looking to get your kids more active and eating better? Here are some great tips from Kristie Hubbard, PhD, MPH, RD, Cyberchase Health Advisor. Plan ahead and track your progress. Key strategies for improving eating habits and increasing physical activity are planning ahead and tracking progress. Plan meals and snacks ahead of time and ask for […]

How To Keep Kids Busy on Snow Days – #RealCheeseRealLife #ad

  This post is brought to you by Jack’s Pizza and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.   While it’s still a beautiful autumn here in Iowa, the white stuff is coming and coming soon. We’ve been enjoying the 70 degree weather and fall colors, but snow is on the way and as we […]

4 Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Families

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Torch.  All opinions and concerns about my children’s safety are completely and totally my own. So your kids are finally beginning to surf the web. While there is lots of cool, exciting and great educational stuff out there, there is lots of scary stuff […]

How to Keep Kids Cold Weather Gear Organized

  As parents, we spend a good deal of money on our kid’s winter gear like jackets, snow pants, gloves, mittens and hats. So, of course the last thing we want is to have to replace these items on a regular basis because they get lost. Here are some great tips for keeping kids cold […]

3 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes and Supplies – @GetFlipp #ad

Does all your Halloween shopping have your budget a little spooked this month? Having fun this Halloween doesn’t have to be costly. Here are some of our favorite ways to save this scary season. Compare Prices Looking around for the best prices on Halloween candy, decorations or party favors for that upcoming Monster’s Mash? Compare […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids PLUS Fun Great Apps to Use This Halloween @USCellular #BetterMoments #ad

I am a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade. However all opinions and unnatural obsessions and attachments to my smart phone are my own. Halloween is one of kid’s most favorite nights of the year. They get a chance to dress up as their favorite character and get tons of candy and other tasty […]

Fun and Frugal Fall Date Night Ideas for Couples

  It is finally autumn: the time of year when the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. It also is the perfect time of year for fun date nights. Here are some fall date night ideas for couples. Take a hayride– Many local area farms will offer hayrides in the fall that are […]

How to Survive School Sports Season (and Get Dinner on The Table Anyway) #RealCheeseRealLife #ad

This post is brought to you by Jack’s Pizza and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. School is back in session and in addition to all the craziness of classes, homework and getting the kids back into a routine, chances are you’re probably juggling fall sports schedules as well. When you only have a […]

4 Things To Know When Picking a New School for Your Child  #FallBackToSchool @FollettNews #ad

This post was brought to you by All opinions, as always are completely our own.  Last year when we were relocating long distance, a tougher decision than finding the perfect home was deciding where our children would go to school. Finding the perfect school and / or school district that is a fit for your […]

5 Easy Fall Weather Hacks

Falling leaves and cooler temps are two of the main indications that fall is arriving on our doorstep. Here are some great fall weather hacks. Catch cold and flu season– Along with cold and flu season comes runny noses. To help with this issue, be sure you have tissue boxes and packs easily accessible to […]

5 Tips for Celebrating Baby’s First Halloween

Your child’s first Halloween is not a so-called typical one as you might think. After all, your little one really has no clue what Halloween is all about and why everyone is dressed up funny. However, their first Halloween can still be fun and festive, despite their tiny size. Here are some great ideas for […]