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Stress Less This School Year With Walmart Family Mobile

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #JustACallAway #CollectiveBias

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My 15 year son, TJ,  recently started his second year of high school. I can’t believe my baby is not a baby anymore and is a sophmore in high school. Last year he was pretty busy as a freshman. There was cross country, basketball, practicing for his drama club and hanging out with friends. His first year in high school went better than I expected. TJ made the transition from middle school easily and all my worrying was for nothing.

This year I expect him to be just a busy if not more. One of the things I worry about the most is not being able to stay in contact with TJ.  Both us are will be pretty busy and it is very important that I am just a call away when he needs to reach me.

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TJ had a very expensive cell phone last year that he lost. Somewhere between the bus ride home and walk from the bus stop the phone was lost. I could not replace it because a new phone was at least a few hundred dollars and not in my budget.

I don’t want to worry about how TJ will let me know if he has to stay after school for an activity, misses the bus or wants to hang out with friends after school.  I headed to Walmart’s electronic department to check out their Family Mobile plans. The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. Now that is what I am talking about! That fits well within my budget.

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I grabbed a Walmart Family Mobile Sim Starter kit for $25 and I went with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. samsung galaxy grand primeThis phone has a 5″ HD display, 8MP rear facing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, voice commands and up to 17 hours of talk time on 3G. It also a Smart Manager that will help my son keep track of his battery life and how much time he has left on it.  I don’t want to hear anything about he did not know his battery was going dead.

I was able to set up my service at home with no problem. I inserted the sim card and activated the phone and we were up and running. I set it up for him while he was at school and surprised him when he got home. In addition to a few of his favorite apps, I chose some educational apps too.

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TJ is very happy to have a phone of his own again. He is able to stay in touch with his friends through calls and texts. I am happy because I was able to take advantage of Walmart’s Best Plans. The best part is if I want to add another phone to the line, it will only be $19.99 more.

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With the help of Walmart Family Mobile I am able to stress less because when my son needs me I am just a call away.

I have shared with you how I’m just a phone call away from my son. Who will you need to connect with when heading back-to-school and how can Walmart Family Mobile help you? Leave a comment and let me know!

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/kxt3 or your local Walmart for current pricing

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Mushroom, Kale and Caramelized Onion Pizza

This post  was written in partnership with Door to Door Organics in exchange for a gift certificate. All opinion are 100% my own as always. 

Last month my family had the pleasure of trying Door To Door Organics, a grocery delivery service. Feel free to read my review to see what type of food you will find and more about Door To Door Organics.  I have really enjoyed cooking with the food that we had delivered. I wanted to share a recipe my daughters and I  recently made.

Mushroom, Kale and Caramelized Onion Pizza

1 Pizza crust
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch chopped kale
3/4 cup of pizza sauce
1 cup chopped yellow onion
4 ounces mozzarella cheese
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat up the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the chopped onion. Cook onion and stir 8 minutes or until the onion turns golden brown. Add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add the kale, cover and cook 2-4 minutes or until kale is wilted.  Uncover and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce over pizza crust. Spread the mushroom and kale mixture over the sauce. Top with cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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The pizza came out great! My 16 year old, Savannah, even it liked it. She added a little italian seasoning to hers which she said made it perfect. I really should have made two pizzas because it went pretty quickly.

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The best thing about this pizza is we did not have to leave the house to get anything! Door To Door Organics has a large variety of food and the choices are continuing to grow.

For a $10 off code to use on your first purchase, please click here.

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My Family Will Continue To #ShopTobaccoFree!

This is a sponsored post by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

This is my last post as a part of the #ShopTobaccoFree Campaign. This does not mean I will be changing my shopping habits when it comes to supporting retailers that do not sell tobacco.

The Tobacco-Free Retailer campaign challenges America’s retailers to help save lives and create a tobacco free generation by ending the sale of tobacco products. Since the launch of the Shop Tobacco Free Retailer Network, 754 new stores have signed up to be a part of it. It is wonderful to see this change happening.

Back in November I wrote a post about Tobacco Free Retailers in Wisconsin. Since that post another store in Wisconsin has joined the movement, Trader Joes. I will gladly add them to my list of stores to support and shop at.

I plan on continuing to ask stores to stop selling tobacco. Here are 10 reasons why it is so important to strive for a community that does support tobacco:

  1. Tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans every year – more than 1,300 people every day.
  2. Tobacco use costs our country at least $289 billion a year in health care bills and lost productivity.
  3. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
  4. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body and causes about one-third of all deaths from cancer and heart disease, as well as 80 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (such as emphysema).
  5. 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18.
  6. 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking unless current trends are reversed.
  7. Every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette – that’s more than one million kids who take their first puff each year.
  8. An estimated 375,000 retail stores sell tobacco products in the U.S. The widespread availability of tobacco products sends a terrible message to kids that tobacco use is normal, acceptable and appealing.
  9. Tobacco companies spend over 90 percent of their annual $8.8 billion marketing budget at the point-of-sale in stores, and this marketing has been shown to increase youth tobacco use. By ending tobacco sales, retailers can help reduce kids’ exposure to harmful tobacco marketing.
  10. Exposure to tobacco products and marketing in stores has been shown to encourage youth use of tobacco products and undermine smokers’ attempts to quit by prompting impulse purchases.

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Please remember you can always show your support for #ShopTobaccoFree using social media. Help spread awareness by retweeting my message below.

Feel free to click and tweet any of the following messages as well!

Tweet: Join the movement & #ShopTobaccoFree with me! Encourage your retailers to take tobacco off their shelves!shoptobaccofree.org

Tweet: I learned where I can #ShopTobaccoFree from @TobaccoFreeKids’ http://ctt.ec/82j2e+ Check it out!

Visit the Shop Tobacco Free website to find Tobacco Free retailers in your area.

Stay Connected

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Follow Tobacco Free Kids on Twitter
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Door To Door Organics Review and Giveaway

This review was written in partnership with Door to Door Organics in exchange for a gift certificate. All opinion are 100% my own as always. 

Years ago we used to get frozen food delivered through a service and I thought that was the best thing in the world. Every month our freezer what get filled up and I only had to go to the grocery store for pantry items, fresh fruits and vegetables. When the company closed I never thought I would find any else like it.

A few weeks ago I was introduced to Door To Door Organics and had the opportunity to review their online store.

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“A Louisville, Colo.-based company that delivers boxes brimming with farm-fresh organic produce and curated natural, local artisan groceries to homes, schools, and offices. Door To Door Organics only offer 100% organic produce. They only partner with farmers and ranchers who are committed to the health of the land and the welfare of their animals. These often local producers raise animals the way nature intended—humanely, pasture-raised, cage-free, grass-fed, wild-caught.”

I was pretty excited to place my first order with Door To Door Organics. The site is set up in a way that makes it pretty easy to use. You have to enter your zip code to make sure delivery service is available in your area.

door to door organicsYou have to choose what type of box you would like to order. This is a great idea because maybe one week you are in the mood for more fruit than vegetables and you can easily choose accordingly. Next you pick what size box you want. I have been using Door to Door Organics for three weeks. I have ordered the Bitty Mixed Box twice and the Large Mixed Box once. The large is great if you use a lot of fruits and veggies within in week otherwise a lot of food will go to waste. The Bitty Mixed Box is perfect for trying out a few pieces of fruits and vegetables.

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Next you decide how often you want to get food delivered. The options are weekly or bi-weekly. Whatever choice you make, it is not permanent. You can even put your delivery on vacation for the times you don’t need anything.

One of the best things about Door To Door Organics is they offer more than just produce. You can find a variety of food to meet all of your needs.

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You can shop through each individual category, by searching for products or use the kitchen tab.

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I like this feature because it makes menu planning a snap! When you discover a recipe you would like to make, you can shop for the ingredients right there. You can choose to bookmark or print the recipe if you like.

I found grass-fed burgers, coffee, brownies, raisin bread, salsa, bacon, pita chips, pizza and more! There is a growing selection of food and I was very impressed. I saw quite a few brands I was familiar with.

door to door organicsI was able to find food for Kayla who does not eat meat very easily and this is a huge plus. She really enjoyed the variety, especially the veggie burgers! Her absolute favorite were the Boomerang Aussie Pies! They were very filling and full of flavor.

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Door to Door Organics has such a large variety of foods, I was able to try some from local companies.

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Di Salvo’s and Potter’s Crackers are in Madison, Wisconsin. Tapuat Kombucha is in Door County. Upton Naturals is not too far in Chicago, Illinois. These are all brands that I might not have discovered at my local grocery store.

I was very happy with the level of service provided by Door To Door Organics from ordering to delivery.  While placing my order I was able to easily substitute produce in my box for food I wanted. The delivery man was pleasant and all smiles on delivery day even though it was a pretty bad snow day. I did not even want to be out in it! My food was packed very securely.

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My boxes were delivered with a list of my items attached. There was even a little note about an item that was out of stock.

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It was pretty nice to place my grocery order and get it all delivered with free shipping. The only thing I had to do was unpack and put the food away. We were very happy with all of our food. I fell in love with the Pink Lady Apples and Murcott Mandarins! All of the food was delicious and we had no complaints.

Door to Door Organics specializes in organic produce and natural groceries including dairy, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, spices and more. You can save $10 on your first Door To Door Organics order by clicking here.

The Giveaway

3 readers will win  $50 Door To Door Organics gift certificate.
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Take A Stand Against Tobacco and Shop Tobacco Free Retailers!

This is a sponsored post by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

My household is tobacco-free. My husband and I don’t smoke and we do not allow anyone to smoke in our home. Earlier in the year, my kids took part in a campaign where they were able to take a stand and show their support for Tobacco Free Kids.  We were able to learn about CVS and how they became a retailer that does not sell cigarettes.

I am very happy to be a part of another campaign where I can show my support for tobacco-free retailers while helping to bring awareness to the cause.

“An estimated 375,000 retail stores sell tobacco products in the U.S. The widespread
availability of tobacco products sends a terrible message to kids that tobacco use is
normal, acceptable and appealing. Tobacco companies spend over 90% of their annual $8.8 billion marketing budget at the point-of-sale in stores, and this marketing has been shown to increase youth tobacco use. By ending tobacco sales, retailers can help reduce kids’ exposure to harmful tobacco marketing.”

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There are many reasons why parents should shop tobacco-free and encourage retailers not to sell tobacco. Here are just a few:

  • 90% of adult smokers began at or above age 18.
  • Every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette.
  • 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking unless current trends
    are reversed.
  • Tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans every year, more than 1,300 people every day.

Take a step towards creating a tobacco-free generation by finding tobacco-free retailers locally. Visit the ShopTobaccoFree.org and type in your zip code. I searched my zip code and a list of stores popped up.

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The retailers in my area that are tobacco-free are:

  • Aldi’s
  • Target
  • CVS

All the tobacco-free retailers in Wisconsin were listed.  Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and The Medicine Shoppe bring the total up to six. Wow, even though the number is low, I am glad to know that we shop at these stores regularly. I have no problem spending my hard earned dollars and supporting their decision to be tobacco-free.

Show your support for #ShopTobaccoFree using social media.  Feel free to retweet my message below.

Share any of the following messages on Facebook and or Twitter to help spread the word:

  • Join the movement & #ShopTobaccoFree with me! Encourage your retailers to take tobacco off their shelves! shoptobaccofree.org
  • I #ShopTobaccoFree to encourage retailers to help us achieve a tobacco-free generation! Learn how you can help: shoptobaccofree.org
  • I am proud to #ShopTobaccoFree at my local tobacco-free retailers! Find out where you can shop tobacco-free at shoptobaccofree.org

The Shop Tobacco Free website has a Hall of Fame and Shame page where you can send thank you messages to tobacco-free retailers. You can also find out which stores sell tobacco.

Stay Connected

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Help Feed Kids In Your Community With Champions For Kids and Walmart #SummerOfGiving

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Champions for Kids and Walmart are joining with sponsors Tyson, Birds Eye, and State Fair brands for the Summer of Giving Project, to help provide 5 million meals to hungry kids.

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The core values of Champions for Kids are simple, yet profound, and drive their efforts to “mobilize millions” to help children — All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.

Did you know that 10 percent of U.S. children live in food insecure homes? That’s millions of children who don’t know when, or if, their next meal is coming. This is especially true during the summer months when school meal programs are no longer in effect. A few schools in my community offer free lunch during the weekdays in the Summer. This is a big help because a lot of children would go hungry without this service. I know this is not enough and want to do more.

Thankfully we all can help by shopping the Walmart freezer section and support the sponsor brands, Tyson, Birds Eye and State Fair. When you do, you’ll be helping to feed hungry kids in your local community.

Nannah and I were able to visit our local Walmart SuperCenter and buy food for a community food pantry.

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In addition to the perishables, we also bought bananas, juice, peanut butter, jelly, bread, canned fruit, baked beans and more.

There are a lot of food pantries that could use our donations but I was drawn to Hope House Of Milwaukee.

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In addition to providing emergency food through the United Southside Food Pantry,  Hope House provides community outreach. Adults and children who need health care, financial assistance and educational opportunities can go there for help.  Hope House provides services that aim to end homelessness and create healthy communities.

Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Projects are an easy way to get involved in helping your community! Every SIMPLE Service Project has 4 basic steps: 1) Gather your friends, family, and co-workers. 2) Learn about the needs of children in your community. 3) Give items to help kids enjoy happier & healthier lives. 4) Share your story with Champions for Kids to inspire others! 

Please consider doing a Summer of Giving SIMPLE Service food donation collection project of your own. Visit your Walmart freezer aisle June 9 – July 9, enter your food donation drive project http://cfkhelpkidsthrive.org for a chance to win one of three $25,000 awards for your school district.

Stay Connected To Champions For Kids:

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Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Smoked Sausage Kabob and Party Tips

Through a partnership with Johnsonville, 1StopMom was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own as always.

The weather is getting warmer and my husband and I are itching to get out of the kitchen and do a little cooking outdoors. My husband was one step ahead of me though. He went out, bought a grill with a smoker and had it put together in a blink of an eye.

When I told him we need to grill up some Johnsonville he was excited and ready to get started. We visited our local grocery store to choose something for dinner. Johnsonville has been around since 1947 so there are a lot of different fully cooked sausage to choose from:

  • Beef Hot Links
  • Chili Cheeses Smoked Sausage LInks
  • Beer Brat Links
  • Smoked Brats
  • Andouille Split Rope Sausage
  • Apple Chicken Sausage Links
  • Texas Recipe Hot Links
  • Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links
  • Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Links
  • Polish Kielbasa Links
  • Pizza Sausage Links and more!

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I finally decided on the Three-Cheese Italian Style Smoked Sausage and making kabobs was the first thing that popped into my head. All I could think about were these sausages on the grill with some pepper and onions.

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The Johnsonville Sausages are individually packed in case you don’t plan on making both of them.

jville1We are about the simple life, especially when it comes to cooking. We decided to go with some tomatoes, peppers, onions and bacon. I fried the bacon slightly, not to the point where it was crispy.

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Kabobs can cook very quickly so it is a good thing the Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Sausages are smoked and pre-cooked. The bacon did a great job of crisping up.

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Ingredients

2 Packs of Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Style Smoked Sausage (sliced on an angle)
Sliced peppers, onions, pineapples, squash (pick flavors you like)
Chopped up pieces of slightly cooked bacon

Assemble sausage and veggies on a skewer switching back and forth.

Cook on grill for 5-8 minutes. Aim for a nice char but feel free to go as dark as you like.

The finished dish smelled so good, But eating it even better. The flavors blended together well.  Unlike other fully cooked sausages, Johnsonville does not use any fillers. Each bite was juicy and firm.  And they were a huge hit with the kids!

Tips for hosting a Johnsonville Cook Out

  • Pre-slice Johnsonville Smoked Sausage and a variety of veggies and fruit so guests can make their own kabobs.
  • Make a variety of Johnsonville Sausage so there is something for everyone. In addition to the pork sausages, there is also chicken and turkey.
  • Invite your guests to bring their favorite toppings or dips to share.
  • Have fun games to play. A water balloon toss, horseshoes, outdoor twister, scavenger hunts, badminton, tug of war, cards and water guns. Bring out whatever brings the most laughter and smiles.
  • Prep ahead of time so you can be part of the fun. Enjoy your guests.
  • Make sure you have lots of charcoal.
  • Have music on hand
  • Keep it simple. Entertaining should be fun and relaxing

 

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