Blogging is a Passion for me, Therapy & Household Income

Blogging is a passion for me, therapy for my mind if you will. I enjoy writing to a point that if I don’t write at least one thing daily my mind will get so full that I can barely think straight. I will start to feel pressure behind my eyes, pressure in my neck and my shoulders will slowly start tensing up.

Blogging is an income for me, I am thankful {and lucky} that writing has become what I earn a living doing. I must admit I get some odd looks when I tell someone I am a blogger and that this is my primary household income only backed up a little bit by my virtual assistant business.

Blogging is not only an income and therapy for me, but it’s a community, a way to interact with others who have been where I am at or who are questioning the same things I am questioning. It’s a great way to connect with people from all over the world for support. Even virtual support can make a difference in a persons life. I don’t care if any non-blogger or non social media person doesn’t get it, but I get it, the connection bloggers have is amazing, truly amazing and supportive!

Yes, blogging can get difficult, especially if you want to share your views on a super sensitive topic that may not be part of the majority but really? This is your platform so whether you are like me and do this for fun and income or you just enjoy writing like me … remember, we are all here to support each other regardless of whether or not we approve of what each other write about. There is a bit of “fun” in a healthy debate, it’s when we put others down for having their own views that crosses a line that shouldn’t be crossed.

If you can speak or write about your views then why can’t someone else?! Remember “If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all”, really I swear, we don’t care if you read our blog posts and don’t leave a comment, it doesn’t bother us, especially if it’s not going to be positive or productive to the conversation.

Blogging is my passion, blogging is my therapy and blogging is my community so please keep it clean and free of negativity.

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CLOSED Kraft Mac & Cheese Smuggles In Veggies Review & Giveaway #win #giveaway @kraftmacncheese

I was so excited to get to test out the new KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta because my children LOVE Mac & Cheese, seriously my four year old would live on this if I let him, oh with hotdogs of course!

I wasn’t at all nervous having my sons taste the new KRAFT Mac & Cheese because they will eat any Mac & cheese I put in front of them, I was however nervous about my daughter. My daughter is my oldest and rather picky but she wasn’t made aware of the veggies hidden in this Mac & cheese and at a later day than these pics were taken she enjoyed this meal as much as her brothers.

I love these two boys, they are so cute in pictures! Maybe they should do a KRAFT mac & cheese commercial? hmmm… that would be fun! Now to share with you the information that every parent needs to know…. what is this new KRAFT Mac & Cheese all about?

KRAFT has Smuggled in the Veggies in their Mac & Cheese

New KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta has the great taste of KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese that kids and adults love, now with a half serving of vegetables* per one cup of product. KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta is another great offering from KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinners, which also includes Made with 50% Whole Grain, Organic Cheddar and Organic White Cheddar varieties.

*The equivalent of a 1/2 serving (1/4 cup) of cauliflower per cup of product.
USDA recommends 2 1/2 cups (5 servings) per day for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Available nationwide as of June 2011 and you can print a coupon to save money on your next box of KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta.


One person who enters below will win: 4 boxes of Veggie Pasta (2 of each flavor)

Enter below by completing any or all of the entry options, first option is to simply leave a comment as it is with all of my giveaways.

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Winner has 72 hours to get back to me or else another person will be randomly chosen.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 11th

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Disclosure: I received this product for free. All opinions are that of my own.

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How to Organize my Children’s Room

The other day I realized that my sons have WAY too many toys, if there is such a thing. All of my sons toys are things that they actually enjoy from time to time though. I don’t believe one item in their room goes not touched during a week home with me. They have matchbox cars, big trucks and cars, Little People and Little People houses, Chuggington Train sets and trains and miscellaneous bouncy balls and such.

As I get ready to pack up and move I realized that my sons are going to have a bigger room to share which means, I need to organize! Currently my sons have two medium sized totes full of toys, one tote for Chuggington only items and another for miscellaneous toys, mainly dinosaurs. The boys also have a cardboard box full of Mega Bloks and a small mesh basket thing full of their cars and trucks. The closet in my sons room is FULL of stuffed animals and that is where the boys hang out with their big sis pretending they are puppies or dragons.

One item I am thinking will work great as a way to help keep the boys organized and encouraged to enjoy all of their toys is this bin that I saw on Amazon. I had one of these bin items before for my sons but it was too small and eventually didn’t work for their collection of larger toys, however, I am thinking that an item like this bin organizer with the Cars theme will totally get them picking up their toys and being able to enjoy toys together with Mama and their sis.

My children LOVE books, the boys and my daughter read often together with me and alone. Actually my daughter and four year old son are currently writing their own story which is really awesome! This organizer for books will totally help create a great place for their books to be placed after reading time is over.

How do you find a way to organize your children’s toy collections?

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Zpass Vehicle Maintenance

Have you ever wanted to find a way to track people? What about a student riding in a vehicle? Zpass offers some great services for those who may be seeking such tracking devices. This is a great way to ease the mind of parents, bus drivers and students so that they are always aware that someone can find their most recent location as long as they have been carrying their unique RFID card. All data is process in real time and sent to a database that parents can access as soon as possible.

Having vehicle maintenance software  is a tool that I would love to have! I mean seriously, every year on my birthday I dread getting my vehicle inspected, because there is this new emissions law in NH and the check engine light can not be on. In all honesty, the check engine light doesn’t necessarily mean hard can be done in the emissions sense but whatever it still must be off. I spent near $400 if not more than that on trying to get the stupid check engine light off on a previous van of mine and swore that I would never purchase a 1996 or newer vehicle again so I didn’t have to deal with emissions.

Fleet management companies seem to be a great asset to work with. I mean they have the fantastic electronic monitoring needed to make sure that our students and our children are riding safely and monitor without taking away their independence.


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Throw an Ovaltine Party; Awesome & Wholesome

You heard that right, you can throw an awesome wholesome backyard Ovaltine party and enjoy it! Seriously … wish I had the pictures for you!

I wanted to share some tips on how YOU can host your own backyard Ovaltine party and have fun!

Get All The Right “Ingredients”

Of course you will want some backyard toys for the kids. So get those Frisbee’s, bad-mitten setup and get some balls to kick around (or for dodge-ball). Next you will most certainly need some ice cold milk and the three available flavors of Ovaltine; Rich Chocolate, Classic Malt and Chocolate Malt. If it’s a hot day you could always try one of the OvalMom’s Ovaltine smoothy recipe to cool down your guests.

Additional Details About Ovaltine Backyard Party

I must give a shout out because it was in support of Richards Free Library Summer Reading Program. Yes there will be money donated to this program, which is something very important to the local community here.  The Summer reading program is a way for kids to get active, interactive and have a happy fun filled time while learning!

Favorite Recipes

Make some Ovaltine Dippers and quite possibly Quesadilla Pizza for your guests to ensure they have a yummy meal. For dessert? Why not try some “Beat The Heat” Summer Snowballs?!

Whatever you try for recipes and activities remember this is a great way to get together and support local community at the same time! Summer is almost over, so enjoy it while you can!

Disclosure: I worked with a campaign for Mom it Forward and Ovaltine. I received compensation and products for free.

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