Susan B Anthony Day

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Susan B Anthony DayToday, February 15, is Susan B. Anthony Day, and I thought it would be fitting to share a little bit about her history.

Susan B Anthony Inspirational Quote

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/409194316115042559/

Susan Brownell Anthony was born February 15, 1820, and passed on March 13, 1906. She was a civil rights leader, who campaigned against slavery, promoted workers rights, and women’s rights, including the right to vote. She was born here in New England in Adams, MA (a place I’d love to visit and tour the museum, there’s a separate one in Rochester, NY!), and began her career as a school teacher. She later left her position to devote her full time and energy into social reform. In 1872, she was beaten and arrested for trying to vote for Ulysses S Grant, while it was still illegal for women to do so. She was tried and convicted 7 months later, with a sentence of a $100 fine. She said, “I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty”, and she did not.

Susan B Anthony

Source: Library of Congress

Ultimately she died 14 years before the 19th Amendment passed, allowing women the right to vote, but she made such a pivotal impact on the movement that she was recognized by the US Treasury in 1979, with the minting of a silver dollar to recognize her contributions and the betterment of our society.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Valentine's Day IdeasHere in New England, we are in the throes of a Nor’Easter. The kids will likely be out of school again tomorrow, so Valentine’s Day parties will have to be pushed back to Monday, and many people might find that their celebrating Valentine’s Day well into next week, depending on schedule disruption, snow shoveling, and other activities that have been put on hold. If you are looking for some ideas for Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to visit my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest, I’ve found and pinned many great ideas there! I’m sure there will continue to be additions over the weekend as people celebrate and share ideas from this season, and it’s never too early to start planning ahead for next year! I have a handful of posts that I’ve written across my blog plat forms too, that might be helpful, and I’ve linked those below. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend celebrating the love for life, liberty, and loved ones!

Last year I made a post highlighting my Top 5 favorite Valentine’s Day Wreath’s that were on my Pinterest Wreath Board. There are many new additions to that board, and it’s not just for Valentine’s Day. I love Wreaths, I’m just not crafty enough to make them :) So, I pin them to enjoy, and purchase a few here and there as well.

I also had a blog friend who made some Homemade Valentine’s Cookies that were incredibly beautiful. I tried my hand at making them, and while delicious, they weren’t even close to looking like hers! Perhaps you’d like to see what happens when you match up Homemade Valentine’s Cookies Dream vs. Reality.

If you’re looking to make a special dinner at home, I have many easy to follow recipes at When Is Dinner to choose from. Most are linked in the sidebar under the various categories.

You may have noticed that I’ve been importing posts from one of my other blogs on health and fitness. I also plan to import posts from my blog on budgeting and finance over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have a post on Affordable Valentine’s Day Ideas that might help you with any last minute preparations. After the import, that post will be on this blog permanently :)

 


Winter Driving Tips for Parents

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Winter Driving Tips for ParentsBeing a mom with three kids in the backseat, I understand the complications and drama that we have to run interference for while we drive. The challenges don’t stop with just one parent in the car though. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen one parent driving and the other parent leaned over into the back seat putting in a pacifier, feeding a bottle, or any number of other parent related activities while driving down the road. Here are a few tips to hopefully help keep us all safe on the road.

  • Always keep your seat-belt buckled when the car is moving and/or on the road. You may be tempted to unbuckle for “just a second” to grab something, and while you may not even be the one driving, you are still vulnerable. Not only is it a distraction, regardless of whom the driver is, that could also be the second that someone slams into you.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. This will eliminate the temptation to speed to get there on time, the stress of doing last minute preparations in the car, and allow time to stop for any last minute forgotten items (snack for the soccer team, etc.)
  • If you have a baby in the back, consider one parent riding in the backseat to care for any needs the baby might have, especially if traveling a long distance. This will eliminate your temptation to unbuckle and turn around in your seat.
  • Respect the weather. Go slow if it’s wet or icy out, and make sure you have plenty of bottled water and blankets in the car so if you get stuck, stranded, or in an accident you can stay warm and hydrated!
  • Go hands free with the cell phone in the car, or better yet, keep it in your purse until you reach your destination! We have enough distractions on the road and in the car that we don’t need to add any to that, especially trying to dial a number, text, or check email!
  • Get Roadside Assistance. We have this through our insurance company, and it costs very little each month. They’ll come help if we get a flat, run out of gas, lock the keys in the car, need a tow, etc. If you have kids in the car, you don’t want to worry about what to do with them or how to handle them while you deal with any of these situations. We’ve used ours twice and it’s paid for itself for about 10 years in just those 2 instance.

These are just a few tips that I regularly share with those closest to me in my life when we discuss this matter. You should also be shopping rates at least once per year, with policy in hand so you can compare line by line coverage, to make sure you are getting the best rate on your policy. Our company hasn’t always been the lowest, but they’ve matched rates for us before, and overall, with all of our policies combined, they are the lowest price in our area.


Six Simple Ways for College Students to Live On a Budget

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Six Simple Ways for College Students to Live on a BudgetCollege is a time for learning new things, socializing with new people, and preparing for life’s many challenges. But as you may know, it can be quite costly. Tuition rates have risen steadily as universities struggle to make ends meet in wake of the economic downturn. So how can you make it through without burying yourself in student loan and credit card debt? You’ll need to establish a monthly budget to ensure that there’s not a large debt hole waiting for you after graduation day. A good budget will make you feel happier and relaxed because you have made a plan. You know where you’re income is coming from, and where you are spending your money. No budget will make you feel stressed and worried because you haven’t planned. You might know where your income is coming from, but if you haven’t planned to spend it wisely, you might find that you are spending carelessly, and running out of money, which can cause a myriad of problems.

Consider these Six Simple Ways for College Students to Live On a Budget:

1. Make a Budget before You Start School

First things first: you’ve got to be prepared before day one. Many college students spend money more freely in the beginning of their first semester—sometimes without realizing the implications of the spending until months later. A few are fortunate to receive money from their parents throughout the school year, others must plan to work during school to cover expenses. That means many students can find themselves in a serious bind—unless they get their personal finances in order. It’s really difficult for an incoming freshman to anticipate expenses, seeking the advice of upperclassmen that they know can help. Establishing a budget so they know what their budget is ahead of time can help them avoid taking on unnecessary debt.

2. Use Student Discounts

University area businesses often give student discounts to boost their business. Just flash your student ID at restaurants, bookstores, movie theaters, travel agencies, clothing stores, and more—to get big student discounts. Student discounts benefit both students and local businesses. The businesses benefit because they hope you’ll tell your friends about their store; you benefit because you get a discount.

3. Avoid Credit Cards

Students may feel the need to get a credit card for college. Yes, they’ll help build credit, but they can destroy it as well. If you do opt to get a credit card, be sure to pay it off in full every month. Many college students fall into the credit card trap early on, which only adds to their student loan debt. So avoid them if you can, and use them responsibly if you can’t.

4. Work for the University

Students can reap some serious rewards when they work for their school. Even if it means swiping meal plan cards at a nearby dining hall, they could receive discounted food, books, and even tuition. To take it a step further, explore the possibilities of working in one of many university offices around campus – many institutions have paid internship programs. You could earn some great real world experience, from the comfort of your campus. Also, many universities have their own student-run credit unions, where you can learn everything you need to know about finance—and get paid for it.

5. Meal Plan

If you’re not using a university meal plan, be sure to plan your meals in advance. For one, it saves you trips to the grocery store and allows you to avoid overpriced minimarts on campus. By making a shopping list and sticking to it, you can keep your food purchase within your budget. It also allows you to eat healthier because you are planning ahead of time and can purchase healthier options. If you have roommates, share the burden and shop together. It will also help you avoid eating out because you are hungry and don’t have food in your room.

6: Buy Your Books Online, or rent if possible.

It’s convenient to buy books at your campus bookstore, but it’s not always cheap. Unless you’re looking for a rare book offered only at your school, look online first. Amazon.com should have most of the books you need. If you do need to buy your books on campus, pick out a used copy. Some students may try to share a textbook with a classmate, and can be a great way to save some cash, but you will need to work out a rotation for the actual reading time, which can be difficult. That doesn’t just apply to books—gas, meals, appliances, and laundry can all be shared, too. So make it a habit to share. It could give you a serious financial boost this school year. 

While having a budget can’t solve all of your financial issues, you still need to have an income that will cover expenses, it is the first step in financial responsibility, and can alleviate unnecessary stress.

I’d love for you to share other tips you have in the comments!


Get Organized Electronically

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Get Organized ElectronicallyI mistakenly thought I’d have TONS of time when my kids were on Christmas Vacation to get caught up :) The good news is, I spent a lot of time just hanging out and enjoying my time with the kids. I thought they were going back to school yesterday, but Ole’ Hercules adjusted my expectations when he brought a couple feet of snow to us, and some bitterly cold temperatures. The kids were ecstatic to get their first 2 snow days AND extend their Vacation Break until Monday. As I began to try and clean up my email and sort things out, to try and Get Organized Electronically for the New Year, I saw on Facebook that I friend used Unroll.me *NOT SPONSORED OR ENDORSED* to get control of her email inbox. She joked that she had way too many subscriptions. Others commented that they had 250, 254, and 536 respectively. Then, I ran mine:Unroll.me

792! Clearly, I need some sort of intervention or something. No offense to anyone I unsubscribe from, but this is out of control, LOL. Unroll.me is a free service, which I definitely appreciate, after 5 unsubscribes it made me “Share to Continue Unsubscribing” but then it allowed me to unsubscribe as many as I wanted. Be careful not to get click happy though, look carefully at the name and sender address to be sure it’s not something you want to keep or Add to rollup. I ended up with 423 subscriptions. I plan to see what kind of impact this has over the next week or so, and then re-evalute and perhaps try the rollup system.

Jan14 Week 1Next step, Google Calendar. I’ve used this for several years to help me meal plan, and keep up with doctor’s appointments, etc. I like that I can sync and check it on my phone so I don’t miss anything, and it sends me alerts to keep me on track. I am bad at cropping and deleting personal info. Excuse the white blanks :) You can see on Sunday, I’m planning Beef Stew – I haven’t gotten to the rest of the week just yet, but it’ll be at the top like that for every day. It eliminates the “What’s for dinner tonight” dilemma, makes it easy to grocery shop (make a list of all needed items you don’t have on hand, shop the pantry first!), and I guess I accidentally cropped out the things I do first thing, every day -make kids breakfasts, lunches, snacks for school, do dishes, etc. I am a tad compulsive about email, so I alloted an hour each morning to check in and see what needs to be addressed. Hopefully unsubscribing to so many things will help keep that manageable. I try to do 1-2 loads of laundry each day, a quick pickup of the entire house, and deep clean one area per day, to keep on top of things. I’ve alloted an hour a day to social media management – a necessity in blogging, and an hour a day to each blog to write and schedule out posts, and sometimes an extra hour to write posts I’ve already committed to. I’m also eating Lunch with Logan (though it’s only showing once, for some reason) which is another story in and of itself each day. I had to take a hard look at everything on my plate and make some tough decisions about what is actually manageable for me to do. First, and foremost, I am MOM and I must make sure the kids and house are taken care of. Secondly, one of my kids is on the Autism Spectrum, one has ADHD, and I have RA among other issues. We have frequent doctors appointments that I work my schedule around. As much as I do love blogging, it has to be done around these other things. It’s not and can’t be a full time job for me in this season of life, and I am okay with that :)

I also check in with my bank, daily, online to make sure everything is as it’s supposed to be. I’ve moved to using the online system for refills, etc for our pharmacy so I can see what needs to be refilled, what’s ready, and how much it will be. I LOVE that I can also check it online if I’m at a new specialist to show them exactly what medications I am taking, and how much. Some of my email subscriptions must stay because I’ve elected to get most all statements electronically from anywhere I can. I have folders set up in my email that I can move those to once I’ve read them. Less paper in the house, and mail to worry about getting lost! The kids school has started sending out as many notices and flyers through email as they can, which also helps reduce paper clutter. I have decided this it the year for me to Get Organized Electronically, and hopefully stay that way!

What other tips or suggestions do you have to Get Organized Electronically?