Learning Fun Facts about Family

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Meet my great great aunt Agatha Victoria and cousin Arthur.


I grew up seeing that photo (taken in the late 40s) on my grandmother’s mantle but thanks to Ancestry.com — the world’s largest online resource for family history — I was able to see the signature Aunt (as we call her) wrote on emmigration and naturalization papers. Pretty cool, right?

Aunt was born in 1899 and named after Queen Victoria (who was born in 1819 named Alexandrina Victoria  – Brits traditionally use their middle name usually not the first one.). Aunt was a British citizen. Two family members were named after her.

Aunt was only 21 when she came to the United States through Ellis Island.  She sent for cousin Arthur in the 1940s to come to the United States. Can you imagine moving at 21 to a whole different country … by yourself!?!

And then she sent for my grandfather in 1960 who then sent for my grandmother and mother to come in 1962. Which led to my parents meeting in high school!

Ancestry.com has a free trial I encourage everyone to sign up for. The feeling you get seeing historical records, including handwritten historical documents and state and local government archives about family members from long ago is amazing and everyone should experience it. And it’s also a great way to learn fun and interesting facts about your family tree.

Thank you Ancestry.com for helping me learn about my family history. 

Supermarket Savings – Breakfast Recipes

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My kids are up and out the door at 7:45 at the latest most mornings. That means my alarm usually wakes me at 6:15 if I want to make them a breakfast that requires the use of anything besides the toaster oven. But on mornings when I am up and my children are awoken by the smells from the kitchen its because I’ve decided to make fun recipes from supermarket staples.

We went to Price Chopper and picked up some items to make a breakfast option that will be easy for me to make in the morning for my children. Breakfast is a really important meal for my children as I need them to focus throughout the school day.

Honey Nut Cheerios #PriceChopperB2S


I picked up Honey Nut Cheerios (family size had a Box Tops for Education on top. Yay!), Yoplait Greek yogurt, Hillshire Farms Naturals lunchmeat and bananas. I’m an AdvantEdge card member so I was happy the prices were even more affordable for these back to school options!

I decided to make Honey Nut Cheerios pancakes and parfaits of Greek yogurt with bananas. All four of my children love those items. It would be a win for all of my children in the morning.

Breakfast #PriceChopperB2S

I took a regular recipe for pancakes and added a cup and a half of Honey Nut Cheerios that were minced in the Magic Bullet. The other option was to put them in a Ziploc bag and put a rolling pin over them but I went the quick route. After all, time is of the essence in the morning.

Pancake Batter #PriceChopperB2S

And for my tween daughter who may not have enough time to eat a parfait and the pancakes, I picked up individual cups of Yoplait Greek for her to take with her.

BananaParfaits  #PriceChopperB2S

You can find Price Chopper on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Follow them to find out more ways to save!



Feeling Back to School Emotions

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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

We had a blast this summer! From dipping our toes in new waters to having fun with friends and family; it was a summer of smiles, laughs and silliness.

I know it’s August and there are a couple of weeks left of summer but the weather here is starting to get chilly unexpectedly. Not the kind of weather you expect because you are seaside. It’s the kind of weather that reminds you summer doesn’t last forever and school will start soon.

I don’t know if it’s because my oldest is starting middle school combined with the fact even my youngest has educational plans this year but September is making me a little emotional. I am so happy my children love school and learning with their friends so they are looking forward to going back to school and starting a new grade.

Del Monte Fruit Burst #DelMonteBTS

While at Walmart Super Center the other day with my four children, my seven year old spotted New Del Monte Fruit Burst squeezers  and asked to put them in his lunch box. I’m excited he chose them because his class eats lunch so early at school.

He needs to eat well so he stays focused throughout the day. Del Monte Fruit Burst squeezers have a cup and a half of fruits and veggies in each pouch and come in a variety of flavors.

DelMonteFruitBurstSqueezers #DelMonteBTS
Since he’s definitely my son, he picked up two boxes of the peach mango flavor. And because we were at our local Walmart Super Store we took advantage of the free 5×7 photo promotion that gave us a $1.00 OFF coupon when we printed any photo we took.

Free Walmart Photo #DelMonteBTS

Yep — a free photo and $1 OFF! The promotion is at select Walmart Super Center locations until September 13th while supplies last!

#DelmonteBTS Del Monte Fruit Burst Coupon

When we got home I decided to do a lunch runthrough for my youngest to figure out what he would take to class this fall.

Lunch Ideas #DelMonteBTS

He’s my little star and I know he will shine this school year! I’m excited to hear his stories of the day. And watch him bring home artwork for our fridge. Hey 2014-2015 school year, my little stars are ready for you!