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Halloween window painting

Peanuts The Movie and Star Market #peanutsmovie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway. The opinions and text are all mine.

Halloween window painting

What are the Halloween traditions where you live? We have a window painting competition where I live. Some years, we get torrential rain which erases most of the window paintings. One year, we got an early snowstorm that took out the power to our neighborhood for four days, including Halloween. This year, though, the weather looks great for window painting and, hopefully, Trick or Treating!

Halloween window painting

Do your kids like the Peanuts gang? Charlie and the gang are back in a new Peanuts movie that tells the story of Charlie and the new girl. The Albertsons Safeway family of local grocery stores, which includes my local Star Market, will be an exclusive grovery partner for the upcoming release of the Peanuts movie. Check out the trailer here. The Peanuts Movie is coming out Friday, November 6th, 2015.

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Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be EasyMy blogging friend, Nina Garcia of Sleeping Should Be Easy, has a new book out called Parenting With Purpose!

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Wrangling Volunteers #SignUpSpot

My son will be graduating from elementary school this year. The 5th grade parents raise money all year for the graduation festivities which includes a grade-wide field trip, a commemorative t-shirt, and a year book. The fundraising activities include a pumpkin raffle and a bake sale held during election day since voters will come to the school.

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Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

Healthy Living for Our Elders #AgingWell

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

Aetna recently teamed up with Grandparents.com on a survey to find out what healthy means to more than 5,000 Grandparents.com members. There is a strong focus on connections between the past and the future.

  • Many grandparents these days live with family, with almost one in five respondents reporting that they live with children or other family at least some of the time. My mother lives alone but my sister lives nearby and sees her twice a week.
  • A grandparent never really retires: A large number of survey respondents still work either full- or part-time. My mom sells wellness products so I can attest to that! I think a part-time vocation keeps my mom active.
  • Grandparents are online! Almost half (46.3 percent) say they use mobile devices such as phones and tablets for Internet searches about health. My mom is on Facebook!
  • Grandparents have a health focus. More than a quarter (27.2 percent) say they wish they had started exercising 20 years ago. More than one in seven (14.4 percent) state they wish they had started taking better care of their emotional health 20 years ago through activities like yoga and meditation. My mom takes weight lifting and line dancing classes.

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20 Things I Love About My Husband

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

What do we want from love? To be known. To be seen. To be understood. from TEDTalk by Mandy Len Catron

Today is my 20th anniversary! Happy anniversary to the love of my life. Twenty years, 3 kids and a dog later, here we are! As my husband always says, “Who would have thunk?”

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

Have you seen this TEDTalk? Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part…what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love.

 

20 Things I Love About My Husband

20. He’s handy.

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

The night we got engaged.

19. He doesn’t get cranky when you ask him to fix something around the house. He actually likes wearing his tool belt and teaching the kids how to fix things. Read more…

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

My blogging assignment for The Peanuts Movie delighted my family! We were to go to our favorite UPick farm and search for The Great Pumpkin and anything else that reminded us of The Peanuts Movie which opens November 6th.

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

We enjoyed the New England fall foliage as we drove to Stowe, Massachusetts to Shelburne Farm. We usually go here once a year to pick apples but this year, my husband opted for a less commercial farm on the North Shore which my kids did not enjoy as much. Why? My kids are all about the cider donuts!

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ScholarshipOwl

Apply to Dozens of Scholarships with 1 Application using ScholarshipOwl

ScholarshipOwl was founded by veteran tech entrepreneur Kenny Sandorffy, who believes passionately in the need to transform the application process, so students can get the aid they need to pay for their education. Sandorffy became frustrated after completing a single aid application took longer than applying to his college.

The college application process is already time consuming enough! But scholarships can help pay for college so it’s worth taking the time to apply. Imagine if you could use one registration form to apply for dozens of scholarships and they are targeted to you?!


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Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

Bertolli® Pasta Sauces Reminds Us of Tuscany #BertolliTuscanTour

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®.  The opinions and text are all mine.

This was my first time to shop at BJ’s. The trick for my family is to buy in bulk to save money while not wasting food. That’s the hard part but I want to teach my kids not to be wasteful. It’s also about gratitude. To me, not wasting food shows appreciation for what you are fortunate to have.

Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

What I like about BJ’s is that there is a huge variety of items, and while there is bulk savings, the quantities are not overwhelming. Take Bertolli® Pasta Sauce. It’s a great deal at $5.79 for 3 bottles! Read more…

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A “Good” Domain Name: The Possibilities Are Now Endless!

Do you remember life before the internet some thirty odd years ago? I do. I remember when email was the “new thing.” Seven years ago, when I met a friend at post MBA graduate function, her classmates were telling me that kids no longer use email. That was news to me! But’s it’s true. Teens and twenty-somethings only use email to communicate with “adults.”

I remember when URLs were limited to .com for companies, .edu for schools, and .gov for government, and .org for non-profits. But then … the internet took off. Blogging took off. Everyone on the planet has a blog or a website for their personal brand. There are simply no “good” names left.

When the folks at Name.Kitchen contacted me about writing a post for them, it was the first time I realized that a whole new world of domain names is now available! If you think in the old way of domain names, you’ve probably have had the frustrating experience of not being able to secure the.com of choice or having to create a ridiculously long and hyphenated name. That’s so hard to remember! Read more…