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Friday, July 25, 2014

10 Tips To Help Your College Student Get Ready For School

This is it! You have put in so many years into making sure that your kiddo is prepared academically for college. When they receive their high school diploma, and its a big relief that you have raised a successful child! Woo Hoo! Give yourself a big pat on the back because you have spent many hours doing homework, parent-teacher conferences, science projects, encouragement talks and lots of love. Now, what do you do when their getting ready to leave for college?
It’s a whole new ball game and if its your first one to leave, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. I have had the privilege to help 4 amazing kids get ready for college. Did I do everything right? Heck, no! Hopefully, my bumps in the road and successes can help you!
1. Finances: You need to figure out how your child is going to deal with money issues. It’s a great idea to give them a mini crash course on creating a budget and paying electronically. We weren’t able to help our kids financially and so they worked through the summer to save their money. We would help with groceries, insurance, phone and etc., but even if they have had a job, they have never done it by their selves and it will be totally different without mom and dad. If they do work while going to school, help them figure out how many hours a week they can work without feeling overloaded!
2. Checklists: Start putting together as early as possible, a checklist. Not sure  where to begin? Get suggestions from the free site College Packing List. You will feel more in control.
3. Doctor Appointment: Schedule appointments for your child to visit the doctor and dentist. Fill their prescriptions. Yes, they will have the campus health office, but you will feel better if you send them off completely checked out!
4. Boil an Egg?: Can your child boil one? If your child is going to be in a dorm, they may not have cooking facilities, but if they living in a apartment, you want to make sure they will be eating more than Ramon noodles!
5. Look for bargains: Everything about college is expensive! Help them find ways to save. For better deals on books, check out chegg or Amazon, they can scan barcodes and compare prices. Visit the Dollar Store and help them see that they can find amazing deals that help them save money.
6. Time Management: It is so hard to learn how to be in charge of your on schedule, when your use to “Mom” taking care of your every move.You can get them the book College 101 for $8.52 for Kindle or $11.94 for paperback. That’s one of the hardest thing for college freshman's to do, manage their time.
7. Find Opportunities: Help your child understand that college is a place with tons of opportunities. The more involved they get, they will feel more part of the college experience. My son Zac, had the opportunity to go to Peru and South Africa for his majors and the it was mostly funded by the school.
8. Be Social: Encourage them to be social but there needs to be a balance. They have to get out there and meet people and socialize but they need to make sure their studies come first.
9. Roommates: You would think that it would be easy to live with a roommate, especially if they have siblings, but this is a whole new experience! It can be so uncomfortable to live, eat, sleep, change, study and wake up with a total stranger in the same room! Encourage them to be honest with the roommate and tell the roommate to do the same and hopefully they can be open with each other when something is bothering them.
10. Be Careful: Talk about being smart and beware so they can be safe!  Take the time to find out about crime on campus and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. Trust your intuition about risky situations. Thefts are common on campuses. Don’t leave belongings unattended and always lock your apartment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Let's Get Real Friday Party- We Are Co Hosting!

Welcome to our Let's Get Real Friday Party!

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

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Splash Boutique: A Cool New Idea In Flip Flops

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Splash Boutique is your one stop shop for the best prices on Lindsay Phillips Switchflops and accessories. Located on the sunny shores of Indian Rock Beach Florida, we embrace the Lindsay Phillips lifestyle. The Splash Boutique offers a full selection of Lindsay Phillips Switchflops, Flip Flops, Snap Shoes, Ballet Flats, Sandals, Kitten Heel Sandals, Scarves, and more to meet your every interchangeable need.
I’m the proud mother of 4 daughters and I’m always prided myself in dressing my girls in cute things! I have searched high and low for things that weren’t like everyone else’s. My older girls like to tease me because when they were little, I would buy something for them and at first they would be upset because they didn’t think they would like it or it wasn’t cool enough for them to wear, but low and behold, their friends would ask them where they got it and it became their favorite thing!
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I’m thrilled to introduce you to Splash Boutique! I love shoes and boy do they have shoes. Splash Boutique have such fun designs that your feet will be doing a happy dance! What a fun concept to be able to switch the top of your flip flop and adding a new flair for just a few dollars! They also have ballet shoes!   I love throwing on a pair of casual ballet shoes when I’m going shopping, softball games or just hanging out with my family. You will look so stylish and your feet will be so comfy.
Living Utah, we aren’t very close to an ocean beach but it would be so fun to bring a little Florida to my little part of the world. The Splash Boutique provides free shipping and they have Daily Deals! You can even use Pay Pal. Click on the picture and start experiencing some of the cutest flip flops and shoes ever!

Brazilian Cheese Bread

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Seriously, I can’t believe how many different foods there is in the world! When we find something that we have never tried before and I’m  like “WOW” why didn’t I know about this. This little cheese bread fits in this category! Yes, Zac found these little delights and we are glad he did. They are perfect little snacks or a great side dish that are gluten free.
2 cups Tapioca flour
1 cup milk
1/2 butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 eggs
* Tapioca flour can be found at specialty stores such as Whole foods, Asian Markets or Winco. It is also called manioc starch or tapioca starch.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • In a saucepan, bring the milk, salt, and butter to a boil, while stirring constantly.
  • Once boiling remove the mixture of milk mixture from heat.
  • Slowly add tapioca flour, stirring constantly with a whisk, until thoroughly mixed
  • Add the cheese and eggs to the mixture
  • Mix until smooth
  • Fill each mini muffin cup all the way up
  • Bake until golden brown, 17 to 20 minutes.
Eat while hot. Cooked puffs can be stored, in the fridge as as it’s kept covered and then warmed up on a low setting in the oven.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

6 Baking Soda Helpful Tips

I love to read about new uses for products that always have around my house that I never knew about or forgot about. Here are some fun uses for baking soda!
  • Great for itchy bug bites: Rub a paste of baking soda and water onto the bite, and let dry. It will draw out the toxins and soothe your irritated skin.
  • Whitens teeth: A mild abrasive baking soda scrubs away surface stains on teeth and breaks down deeper stains when mixed with water. Brush daily with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, followed by your toothpaste, for 12 weeks.
  • Makes omelets fluffy: For a fluffy omelet, whisk in a pinch per egg before cooking.
  • Two boxes are better than one: When your baking reach for your cooking, only stash. Don’t dip into the box you keep in the fridge to remove smells. It could make your food taste nasty.
  • Makes your stainless steel sparkle: Get a damp cloth and sprinkle with your baking soda, then rub appliances , following the grain, to create a paste. Rinse well with warm water, dry, and they will shine like the top of the Chrysler building!
  • The stink stops here: You can pour baking soda between layers of trash to keep it from smelling in your kitchen, before the garbage bag is full. Sprinkle soda inside gym shoes and let shoes sit overnight, then shake them out before wearing. To keep your hamper smelling fresh, place a package of soda in the bottom of each hamper. Try the spill-proof kind meant for the fridge.

Healthy Funfetti Milk Shake

My Lisa Kailey loves ice cream! We make our tri weekly trips to Arctic Circle to get a yummy shake. So you can say she is a ice cream snob, she doesn’t just like any kind of shake! It always fun to have a recipe that is a little more healthy and your munchkin loves it! The great thing about this recipe is that it only has 4 ingredients.
2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of Funfetti cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cut up bananas into chunks and place into a Ziploc bag to freeze.
  • Throw frozen bananas, milk, Funfetti cake mix, and vanilla into the blender.
  • Garnish with sprinkles and let the party begin! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Corn and Tomato Relish

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Nothing screams “summer” like grilling! I love when you go outside and you can smell a neighbor grilling, even if you just ate, it will make you hungry! Since we started our blog, it has made me step out of my box and try things that I would have never even thought of.
On TV, I heard someone talking about a corn relish, I thought, hmmmm, what would you eat corn relish on, and I found my answer! This simple little recipe will add so much flavor to your grilled meat, its crazy! My husband, the negative Nellie, didn’t think he would like it, but never fear, he LOVED it! It is so addicting that you will want to eat it plain or on a Tortilla chip. Be ready to be amazed!
4 ears of corn, husked and silk removed
2 Tablespoons extra virgin oil, plus a little for grilling
2 Roma tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and diced ( if you want more heat, leave the seeds)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Heat grill on high heat until hot. Rub corn with oil to lightly coat it. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until blackened in spots and starting to pop, about 5 minutes. Don’t overcook! Corn should still be yellow and have a bite. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  • When cool enough to handle, lay each ear of corn on its side and cut off one side of kernels. Rotate cob and cut off another side of kernels and repeat until all of the kernels are off.
  • Pour kernels into a bowl and add tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt and 2 Tablespoons oil. Toss until well mixed.