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Mom Tip #111

AMAZON PRIME!! This mom STRONGLY suggests getting Amazon Prime! This is probably my most important mom tip 😉

Seriously, I use Prime every week, every day! I know the price has gone up this year to $119. Which is alot upfront, but in the long run, this has saved me $ and reduced my stress! For example; last week my daughter joined the ski club, I ordered her a ski coat and snowpants and with 2 day shipping she had it in time! WE had no time last week to go shopping for a new coat and snow pants, Prime saved the day 🙂

I use the free, 2 day shipping for birthday parties scheduled last minute, school functions and/or whatever else pops up during the week! Or if I just don’t have an extra minute to get to the store and buy something (which happens often), I Prime it! It was also nice, this past Christmas season, I added a family members address and it was delivered right to them and wrapped as a gift!

We also use it for our family, watching TV. i already had Prime and so we went down to basic cable, and have Netflix and Prime for our shows/movies and it is so much cheaper!

Here are a few of our Favorites:

  • Spongebob episodes
  • Pete the Cat episodes
  • Wild Kratts
  • American Pickers
  • Jack Ryan
  • Homecoming
  • And so many other good tv series and movies….they even have one of my favorites – The Man in the Moon

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Recipes*

Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast

Happy Monday friends!!

This pork roast recipe has “fall” all over it! Apples and Cinnamon add the perfect flavor!

Apple-cinnamon Pork RoastThis recipe was found on Parenting.com. They have a few, great recipes on this site, that I have tried! They have a great foody section and if you have time you should check it out: Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 – 3 pound boneless pork-loin roast
  • teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • tablespoon vegetable oil
  • medium sweet onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • Jonagold or McIntosh apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • bag (16 ounces) coleslaw mix

Make It

1.If the roast wont fit in your 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, trim it and save the pieces for stir-fry later in the week. Then sprinkle the roast with thyme, salt, and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil.

2.Layer the onion on the bottom of your slow cooker. Place roast on top and pour on the apple cider- we prefer cider because it has a bit more fiber. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Toss apples with lemon juice and cinnamon. Add them and the coleslaw mix to your slow cooker. Cover and heat 10 minutes more.

3.Remove the roast and place it on a platter. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables and apple slices to the platter. Drizzle any remaining cooking juices over meat and vegetables.

For nutrition facts check out:

Have a Marvelous Monday and blessed week!

All About those Kids, family, Mom Life

October 31st (otherwise known as Halloween)

So over the years Halloween, has become my least favorite “holiday”. I’m not sure why, I used to love dressing my kids up in costumes and getting FREE candy! But the more I see  Halloween decorations, it feels like it just gets more “evil like” every year and I am not into that.

So below are some options to try and maybe start a new family tradition:

  1. Movie Night – check these out! some for the real young ones and some for your older kiddos. And if you are looking for even cheaper, head to your local library and find them there.

2. Hotel – this really only works well when the 31st falls on a weekend, but go to a hotel for the night that has a pool or water park.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch, pick up a pizza, then go home and carve the pumpkins out.

4. Have a family game night! This is defiantly a budget friendly option $$$

5. Camp out and tell scary stories! Vote on whose was the scariest!

Here is a link to a post about tips on how to tell the scariest (of course, know your audience and if there are young kids, keep it G rated…just a suggestion for your future self 😉  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

http://positivewriter.com/how-to-tell-a-scary-story/

6. Visit an orchard – many will have specials for Halloween night, that don’t require dressing up. Check you local orchards and farms. 

7. Check out your local churches! There are great opportunities to take advantage of a fun,clean environment with lots of great activities! Typically they have a snacks or even a free dinner – talk about budget friendly! 🙂 $$$

7. My favorite – have a date night and leave the planning to the babysitter 😉

Have a blessed week friend! No matter what you decide to do this week, look for the blessing!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Help us reach our goal of $40,000!

In partnership with the Norwex Foundation for a Brighter Future, a portion of the proceeds from every October Customer Special will benefit breast cancer organizations across North America.*

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Another Summer Season

In the past, our summers still consisted of a pretty defined schedule, because while my husband and I are both working, we had to bring our kiddos to babysitters (usually family) but with drop offs and pickups, we had to have a schedule; which I am sure many of you can relate too! And my kids HATED it! However, with me working from home, this summer, we had a little bit more flexibility, , which was VERY helpful, it was honestly quite great!! 

However, I STILL had to work and that was something the kids had to get used too; that even though I am home, I’m home working

But being a WAH (work at home) mom, we still didn’t have family vacation all summer 😕Which is tough because majority of my female family and friends do not work, so they can plan all kinds of fun things and vacations… (mommy guilt = ✅check ) but we make the most of what we have, looking at the blessings and enjoying the time I do have off 👍🏻

Below are a few fun times our family had this summer🏕🏖🚲☀️

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Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds

Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds

Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds
— Read on philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/07/20/children-of-working-moms-better-off-later-in-life-study-finds/

Great little clip I had to share! Just because it made me feel a less guilty about being a working mom 🙂