Get a Shot – Give a Shot

chat August 25, 2014 Leave a response

I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet. But whether I like it or not, school starts next week and Summer 2014 is almost completely on its way out.

Back to school is now the main focus of our days as we take the last dips in the pool and towel sand off our legs from the beach.

And for my older children age seven and over, school required immunizations also come into play for them.

Walgreens Signs

I’m lucky my children don’t have a fear of getting shots. They get them and make a big deal about choosing the character Band Aid that they wear afterwards. And if they are offered a sticker, they are over the moon excited. They are totally the opposite of their mother who would gladly give people money to not have to get a shot. Eeeek!

Walgreens Circular

It’s the perfect time saver having Walgreens around for back to school items I needed to pick up as well as immunizations. And since my children always have wanted to help others in the community, I made sure to mention to them that children age 7 and older who go to Walgreens for immunizations can also help a child in need.

Through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign, school immunizations — like whooping cough or meningitis — Walgreens, will help provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country. What a great initiative for our children to participate in before they go back to school!


Thanks for sharing this information about #GiveaShot with me, #CollectiveBias!

Learning Fun Facts about Family

chat August 22, 2014 Leave a response

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 — 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! 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 for helping me learn about my family history. 

Supermarket Savings – Breakfast Recipes

chat August 19, 2014 Leave a response

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! And find out how to win an iPad Mini! Customers can enter a ‘first day of school’ photo from 8/17 through 9/20 and then they can vote on their favorites from 9/21-9/27. The 5 winners with the most votes and 5 random winners will each receive an iPad mini.