10 Reasons to Stop Snubbing Cereal as a Valid Breakfast Option

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Breakfast cereals are amazing, and not just because they are sugary. Here are 10 REAL legit reasons why cereal makes the best breakfast meal.

This post is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions and love of cereal are my own.  If you believe breakfast is the best meal of the day, then you a wise man, woman or child. If you believe cereal is the breakfast of champions, then you are even smarter. I've been eating cereal for breakfast since I was a little girl. Almost every single morning. The mornings I didn't have cereal were the rare mornings my dad was home and cooked a hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon. Now as a 28-year old adult with four kids, I still eat a big bowl of cereal with cold milk (and a ...

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How to Save Money on Groceries Without Ever Leaving Home

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If you want to try out online grocery shopping, here's how to make it much more affordable! Save money on groceries without coupons or leaving home!

I hate grocery shopping. And it's not even because I have four kids that join me when I go. The main reason for my disdain is the high grocery bill at the end and still feeling like we don't have any food a few days later. My frugal nature encourages me to find ways to save money on groceries. I clip coupons. I shop sales. I stockpile when the price is right. I use money saving couponing apps on my phone. I buy generic. I avoid eating out too! Nonetheless, I always spend more than I want to, because I want to spend $0 on food. I know. It's unrealistic, cause, well, I need to eat and so does my family, and it isn't going to ...

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The Adult Consequences of Growing Up as a Picky Eater

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This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. All opinions on picky eater adults are my own. "If you don't like what's for dinner, go make yourself something else or eat a bowl of cereal." My mother didn't want an argument at the dinner table so she took the path of least resistance. I can't say I blame her; after all she had nine kids to feed, plus herself, and she didn't want to spend all of dinner forcing kids to eat their vegetables and make the dinner table a war zone. As a parent, you have to pick your battles. This was one she didn't want to fight. Because I was never forced to eat my vegetables, or really, ...

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The Best Things about Living in Texas Hill Country

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This post is sponsored by Ozarka Water. All opinions and love for Texas Hill Country are my own. When we looked into places we'd like to move for my PhD, we considered Colorado (my home state), Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan (as my wife is from the Midwest) and our far-fetched choice of Montana.  Texas wasn't even on my list. I held a lot of common misconceptions on the State of Texas, thanks mostly to the proud Texans I met during college, things like: “oh, it’s all dessert except along the Gulf Coast where it’s a billion degrees AND humid”; or “oh, Texas is full of cowboys, hicks, and rednecks and they all have the worst ...

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Online Grocery Shopping Made Easy: Walmart Grocery Pickup Review

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On Facebook the other day one of my local friends, Crystal, tagged me in a post with her personal Walmart Grocery Pickup review. Our local Walmart has recently become a participating Walmart Grocery that offers free curbside pick-up service. My friend was a fan. She said: I just tried this and it was amazing! I took my time shopping, double checked my list against my week's meal plan, price compared to other stores to make sure I was getting the best deal. And I did it all without my kids whining through the store or running down the aisles. So amazing!  I will also say that they pick you the best produce. Better than I pick on ...

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Am I Becoming a True Texan? Our 10 New Favorite Texas Foods

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Am I becoming a True Texan?

When my husband and I were in college, we knew quite a few Texans, and it was apparent that they all had quite a lot of this thing called Texas Pride. And we both kinda thought it was a tad obnoxious. What was really so great about Texas? My husband swore off Texas as a place that he never wanted to live... and now here we are one and a half years into living in Texas. We moved to Texas for my husband to get his PhD. It was between Texas and Colorado, and, surprise of all surprises, we choose Texas over Colorado, a state we both loved since childhood. We chose Texas when neither of us had spent much time here before. My only ...

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The Course that is Removing “Disaster” from Your Disaster Prep

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This online course sounds amazing! Such a great resource all in one place on disaster preparations.

I have to admit I thought it was pretty cool to be walking on a sidewalk I walked on thousands of times in my youth, because this time it was flooded. This time I walked this same sidewalk in mid-calf deep water. My parents however didn't think the major Wisconsin flooding in the summer of 2008 was so cool. Their basement flooded with thigh-high water, ruining their washer and dryer, their furnace, their food storage, clothing, furniture, and other things that they stowed in their unfinished cement basement. My hometown was completely flooded. The High School football field was completely underwater. The Main Street was ...

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How to Clean a Copper Pot with Ketchup

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A DIY cleaning tutorial hack for cleaning copper pots with ketchup!

After I posted my cleaning hack on how to clean a copper pot with vinegar and salt, I received comments about how you could also clean a copper pot with ketchup and Bar Keepers Friend. Now, the latter made sense to me, but the former made me gag: you clean pots with a condiment? A thick, red, tomato-based condiment? I know that ketchup has vinegar as a main ingredient, so it makes sense that it would also work, but who thinks up this stuff? Well, curiosity finally got the better of me this last week and I decided to see how well ketchup really cleans copper and how gross (or not) it is to clean with ketchup (doesn't that seem ...

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7 Tricks for Ending Your Child’s Endless Snacking

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Great parenting tips for stopping my toddler's endless snacking habits! Hopefully no more meal time battles.

If there is one area that children cost you an arm and a leg, it's in the kitchen. There will come a point when your fast-growing toddler can't seem to get enough and can eat endlessly throughout the day, always begging for another snack. Not only is this hard on the pocketbook, it's taxing to be constantly feeding and cleaning up after your child. It is certainly true that growing children need food more often, and its even recommended to have built-in snack times for toddlers and young children in your daily schedule, but sometimes it gets out of hand. Your bottomless pit of a child is seemingly the one controlling the opening ...

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10 Smart Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons

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10 Smart ways how to save money on groceries without coupons!

Hi! My name is Kathleen and I blog at Fearlessly Creative Mammas. I'm happy to be sharing 10 tips on how to save money on groceries without coupons while Katelyn takes a little baby break. Yes, I know it's not really a little baby break, especially in her case. I think it should be called Family Bonding. Whatever you want to call it, I'm happy to help her out. I decided to tackle this topic because it is something my husband and I have been talking a lot about lately. I know there are a lot of people who just don't have a lot of money to spend on groceries and it seems like they just keep going up and up. I was shopping the ...

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12 Free DIY Popcorn Box Printables for a Better Family Movie Night

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I love popcorn boxes! What a great list of free printable template popcorn boxes so I can DIY and get my craft on (and save money and not have to run to a store!).

This post is sponsored by PopSecret thanks to Linqia. All opinions are my own.  I love watching movies, and I love it even more when I get to eat a giant bowl of yummy popcorn as I do it. As a kid we regularly made and ate popcorn as a family, as we crowded onto the couch to watch a movie, TV show, or Packers football game. It was one of our great family traditions. We would either get out our air pop machine, and drizzle fresh butter on top, and lots of salt, or occasionally get some special popcorn topping to put on it. Most often though we enjoyed microwave popcorn, and several bags, because one bag is not enough to satisfy ...

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5 Ways to Connect with Family Far Away

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These are really simple ways to connect with family far away. I would love to be closer with my siblings and their kids!

I have eight siblings spread across the United States of America. I am currently living about 800 miles away from my closest immediate family member.  The distance makes it hard to connect with my family.  Thankfully several of my siblings are active on Facebook and I can see pictures of them and their kids, as well as updates about life and what's going on. But, not all of them are on there. I am not as close to my family as I once was when we were all in the same place in Wisconsin. Honestly, I am always grateful for the times we do get together, talk, and reconnect. Here are some things the connect me with my family, whether ...

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