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Malt-O-Meal® Cereals Makes School Mornings Tasty, Easy, Affordable

by Jennifer Wieland
Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious


 

School mornings are rough for many of us. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home or work outside of the house parent it’s difficult getting the entire family up, moving and out the door with different personalities at play. That’s why I love grabbing Malt-O-Meal® cereals. Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

My oldest son and I are usually the first ones up in the morning. He is trying to get up and ready and out the door for work while I am trying to roll the other kids and my husband up out of bed. Sounds easy enough but we have learning centers in my area and that means we have staggered start times for the schools. My 12 year-old has to be up first for his bus at 7:05. So once he’s dressed he gets a bowl of his favorite Malt-O-Meal® cereal to start eating while I go and wake up my 7 year-old. Her bus arrives at 7:33. As she comes down for breakfast and my 12 year-old is leaving for the bus I’m left dashing back upstairs to wake my 9 year-old and husband. My 9 year-old has a bus that comes at 7:54 and my husband has to be dropped off at the train station a half mile from us by 7:50. To say our mornings are a long, drawn-out affair is an understatement!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

Malt-O-Meal® cereals are a life saver for our family! Malt-O-Meal® makes 34 different varieties of cereal! With that many varieties each of my family members can always find just what they want at a price I love. My oldest has been a fan of the Cinnamon Toasters for a long time now. For me, Malt-O-Meal® keeps my shopping budget on track with great prices! Pair that with this valuable coupon and you can’t beat the price! My other reason for loving Malt-O-Meal® is that with their resealable bags there’s never any waste. This ensures that each and every time we are rushing around on busy mornings that my family is getting a fresh bowl of cereal. No stale stuff for my group!

 

 

 


My Family is Angry for Savings with Walmart Family Mobile

by Jennifer Wieland
My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

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

 

Trying to save money while keeping my family outfitted in top tech devices and services used to be one tough job. A few years ago though I discovered Walmart Family Mobile and got more bang for my buck with their plans and devices. Their plans are unlike anything else out there and my favorite one is their newest plan!

The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan is full of everything you need from your phone service and an added bonus! That’s right, you get not only Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to a whopping 10GB of 4G LTE but you also get a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line and all of this comes in at only $49.88 a month.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

To get in on this all you need to do is pick your phone out at your local Walmart store. I bought the Coolpad Catalyst for my son and it was only $59.88! Then just grab the starter kit while you’re there as well (It’s on rollback for only $19.88) and you are all ready to get started. They have phones in every price range so there is something for everyone!

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

Coolpad Catalyst- $59.88 & starter kit is on rollback for $19.88 (from $25)

One of my favorite things about Walmart Family Mobile plans is that you can start service on ANY plan today for $19.88! Walmart Family Mobile is great because they bill you after your monthly usage, not before like so many other carriers out there.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

With all of the data you get in the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan you will have no problems surfing the web, catching imaginary animals in the hottest app or posting your best selfie to your social media channels.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

This month my family plans to grab The Angry Birds Movie for a fun family night. To make watching it even more fun though I’ve come up with a fun activity game to turn us into Angry Gamers during the movie. You can print off your own copy for your family to play along too and be sure to snap lots of silly pics and catch some of the antics on video too.

My Family is #AngryforSavings with Walmart Family Mobile #ad

Walmart Family Mobile will be having a fun event at stores across the country. Check here to find an in-store event near you to meet with a Walmart Family Mobile rep. This event will have a code that you can scan to receive a free power up for the Endless Runner Game on the Angry Birds Action! app. While you’re there at the store you can also Scan the Angry Birds code on the displays to unlock a selfie augmented reality experience with the Hatchlings. How FUN!

 

What movies would you use your monthly VUDU credit on?

 

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/4q-u1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

 

 


St. Louis – My Five Favorite Things to Do

by Jennifer Wieland
St. Louis - My Five Favorite Things to Do #FunnestFamily


 

I bet for a lot of people out there St. Louis has never popped into your head as a must visit place when planning your family vacations. Not there is anything wrong with St. Louis but more often than not I think people plan trips to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando when thinking about family fun. Oh sure, sometimes other locations in the United States might pop into your head but is St. Louis one of them? If it’s not it should be because St. Louis is a vacation spot that guarantees family fun with great things to do.

Living in the Chicagoland area most of my life I have been to St. Louis. It’s a pretty standard road trip that most people here do at least once. My first time was as a kid with my parents. It was so much fun and we made so many fabulous memories on that trip that I actually remember more about that trip than I do about some pricey well-known trips that we went on. I’m such a fan of St. Louis that I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. Are you ready? It’s where my husband and I went for our honeymoon. Not surprisingly to me it’s on my list of places to take the kids this summer as well.

I know what your thinking? What could possibly make St. Louis so great? St. Louis is a city that is rich in history, food and culture so it has options that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

St. Louis - My Five Favorite Things to Do #FunnestFamily

My Five Favorite Things to Do in St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts

I bet you’re thinking how is this a family thing and I bet you did this on your honeymoon. Actually we had planned on making this a stop on our honeymoon but honestly, it was our honeymoon and there just wasn’t time. Nope, this is one of my all-time favorite vacation memories from my childhood! My parents wanted to go which was odd to us as kids because neither of my parents were drinkers. We did the tour and my parents found it fascinating, my siblings and I were mildly interested… and then we saw the horses! Clydesdale horses are an awesome sight to behold and will have children and adults oohing and aahing alike. I picked out a stuffed Clydesdale horse in the gift shop and that toy spent years with me!

Meramec Caverns

The Meramec Caverns are so fascinating! The tours are interesting and educational. You’re budding geologists or kids in general will find it interesting and bring all that science stuff from school to life. With ties to the Civil War and a famous outlaw the tour is definitely a must while visiting St. Louis. The temperature is cool inside though since they are caverns so bring a jacket. 

The Cathedral Basilica

Catholic or not anyone can appreciate the beauty of architecture and one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. The beauty, detail and design that make the heart of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis will leave you breathless. This is one of those places that anyone who is a fan of art and design will appreciate and love. 

Endangered Wolf Center

There are zoos all over this country and while they interesting and educational the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis focuses on specific species of animals form around the world that are facing extinction. They strive to help preserve and grow the numbers for these animals and to educate the world about them. With the ability to “adopt” a wolf or a pack it’s a great way to teach kids about endangered animals and to let them help save a species.

The Gateway Arch

Driving to St. Louis from Chicago as a kid I remember how excited I was when my siblings and I kept asking are we there yet, are we there yet every so often to have my parents point to the Gateway Arch from across the river and say yes. Seeing the Gateway Arch from there was absolutely amazing but then we went there and I remember standing below and looking up with my mouth hanging open. Then it got even better! We went up into the arch! This is definitely a must and with its 50th anniversary they’ve been working on making it even better!

Enter the #FunnestFamily Contest

Now are you ready for some St. Louis fun with your family? How about a chance to win a St. Louis getaway with your family? Then it’s time for you to enter the #FunnestFamily Contest! Your family could win a weekend of nonstop fun in St. Louis. To Enter, share your family’s funnest picture or video with #FunnestFamily on Instagram, Twitter or the Explore St. Louis Facebook page. Contest ends 6/30/16. One entry per person. For more information on prizing, view the official rules and regulations.

 

 


A Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and Family

by Jennifer Wieland
A Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and Family #MomentoNESCAFE


 

 

It’s so easy to let life get in the way of family and friends. Everyone gets busy, you don’t get to see each other and the next thing you know you’ve lost your closeness. I felt this acutely with my oldest son. He moved back home after he graduated last summer and it was so great having him here. Now he’s working a full-time job while trying to start his own business in the evening and on the weekends. He lives with me and yet it often felt like he didn’t because I didn’t see him for more than a few minutes here and there. Yesterday we were able to have a Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and reconnect.

A Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and Family #MomentoNESCAFE

What’s a Sobremesa You Ask?

In the Latin culture we have Sobremesa moments. A Sobremesa is described as “to casually linger on, after the main meal of the day, drinking coffee and/or liquors and chatting.”

A Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and Family #MomentoNESCAFE

Yesterday my son was off work and opted to just stay in. It was nice because the other kids were at school and my husband was at work. We were able to talk and hang out after lunch. We discussed subjects near and dear to each of us. He had time to tell me what’s been going on with work and his business. As a mom, it was great being able to feel included in his life.

A Sobremesa with NESCAFÉ Clásico and Family #MomentoNESCAFE

Why NESCAFE Clásico for Your Sobremesa?

Based on this tradition, NESCAFÉ Clásico set out to test what makes a good and enjoyable Sobremesa. The brand embarked on an experiment to see what would happen during the Sobremesa with a good cup of NESCAFÉ Clásico and without. They filmed the experiment and the results illustrated that more meaningful, deeper connections were made when a group of friends enjoyed a cup of NESCAFÉ Clásico.

 

Ready to have your own Sobremesa with NESCAFE Clásico?

For more information on Sobremesas and NESCAFE Clásico head on over to the NESCAFE Clásico Facebook page.

 


How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

by Jennifer Wieland
How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night


 

Family pizza night is staple in our house! We pick out a couple of flavors of pizza, pop some popcorn, grab some candy and drinks and the whole family votes on a movie. It’s a time for us to fully relax, reconnect and enjoy some family time together watching a new or favorite movie. For us, Red Baron Pizza is a go to staple to making these nights a success!

What I love best about family movie night is that the whole group gets involved. People help pick up so everyone can get comfy. The kids ask to help make the pizza and snacks and a lively debate always ensues about just what movie we will be watching for the evening. For us the pizza is the easiest thing to pick! We love Red Baron Pizza with its great flavor and variety of crust and topping options. 

How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

We have a large sectional so the kids load it up with blankets and pillows to make a comfy haven. Family pizza night is the one night a week where I am okay with people eating upstairs and making a bit of a mess. 

How to Have a Fun, Family Pizza Night

Red Baron Pizza is a classic and has been around since I was a kid and so has family pizza night with a movie. This was a way my family connected and spent time together just eating, snuggling and enjoying each other’s company. It’s one of those great childhood memories I have that I have been able to pass down and share with my own kids. Who knows maybe some day I will get invited to their family pizza night as a grandma. 

 

To make your next family pizza night a success I would like to help you out by offering up a $20 Amazon gift card to one of my lucky readers. Whether you need it to buy a new pizza stone, the perfect pizza plates, a movie to watch with your pizza or anything else family pizza night related. 

 
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Facing the Crossroads of an Autism Spectrum Parent

by Jennifer Wieland
Facing the Crossroads of Autism Spectrum Parent when you've reached your limit with the school district do you then homeschool?

 

 

I worked for our local school district last year. I am the president-elect of our PTA and chair or co-chair of four other PTA areas as well as serve as room representative. I am that parent who tries to help and make their children’s schools the best they can be. It’s getting harder and harder for me to do this though. To say that my time and devotion to this is worth it when my 11-year-old son who is on the Autism Spectrum cries or goes into a meltdown every morning before school or shuts himself away in his bedroom as soon as he gets home from school and has tears in his yet again. So now I’m facing the crossroads of an Autism Spectrum parent. 

Facing the Crossroads of Autism Spectrum Parent when you've reached your limit with the school district do you then homeschool?

What are the crossroads you ask? Well, I’m sure it’s different for every Autistic family but for me it’s that I can’t support a school district anymore that does not meet my child’s needs. That his left him to flounder and suffer on a daily basis. A school that reports of bullying are said they are being managed but aren’t. So how did our family reach this point and what should we do now?

Our history…

Luke was diagnosed at the age of four with Autism and severe ADHD. It took us forever to get a diagnosis because his doctor at the time kept ignoring me saying something was not right. She would just say, “He is a typical, hyper, little boy.” and I’d reply back with he has three older brothers and I know what typical is and this isn’t it. He was to hyper (He could stay up for days with no sleep.) and basic things seemed to be very hard for him to master. He could work in a CAD like program to develop model train plans but we could get no where with potty training. He is a sweet boy who gets frustrated easily with himself if he can’t do something in the way he perceives to be perfect. Nothing happened though until I took him for a visit again to the doctor after he had been up for days, was bouncing off the walls and in a full meltdown. Then she finally referred us for testing and we got our diagnosis, changed pediatricians and contacted the local school district about what we should do.

Kids Oktoberfest

The good…

The school district did some additional minor testing and monitoring and promptly referred him out of district to a school that would be better for him. I was leery at first and was afraid this was not a good idea. He flourished though. He loved it there and had great staff that you could tell truly loved him and since he was with other kids who didn’t fit the world’s idea of normal he made friends. He even grew so much that he was sent to a satellite classroom at a school district in another town where he stayed for a few years. He enjoyed that school experience too but in third grade his special school district said they thought it was time for him to go back to our school district. There was testing and many meetings to get everything worked out and to make the transition easier because he had only ever been in tiny classes he would start in summer school. We all figured the smaller class size and the shorter day would be a good fit. 

He did great in summer school! Made a friend or two and transitioned exceptionally well into fourth grade. His teacher that year was great and he had an aide with him all day who was just amazing! I would pull up to the school and hand Luke off to him and he’d be waiting at the end of the day to give Luke back to me and give me a full report on the day. As problems arose we would work as a team to tweak things and keep everyone involved and on the same page. He was working at a kindergarten and early first grade level when he went there but he was an avid learner. His reading specialist still says she has never had a child who loved to read so much. He had friends and was happy and developing by leaps and bounds. By the end of that year he was at a second and third grade level for most things. He did so well he was given a presidential award that year. Then came his IEP meeting for fifth grade. 

Luke President Award

Our district is broken up into learning centers. There are four schools. One is pre-k through second grade, one is third & fourth grades, one is fifth & sixth grades and then the last is of course for, seventh & eighth grades. This meant that a child that does not like change was going to be moved and transitioned yet again. His IEP meeting was very much a wreck. They had no definitive staff or placement setup for him at the new school and so I was left with very little information about what exactly was going to happen. 

The bad…

Fifth grade rolled around and I started seeing red flags left and right but tried to stay positive. Luke’s teachers did not contact me at all prior to school starting to go over anything… oookay I thought. When I did try to speak to his homeroom teacher she was very curt with me at the meet and greet.  I emailed her with a list of things that I needed to know about if they were or were not in place. They worked on the list (This wouldn’t have been a rush if anybody who was going to have him would have been at his IEP meeting.) and got stuff in place. I assumed that he would have his own aide as he had before because all of this was still new and he did need the help. I later learned he just had an aide here and there at different points of the day. The case manager he has tends to make questions, requests or problems I bring up into a pissing contest with me and not a true effort to help this child in her care. He’s in sixth grade now and still has her. They completely stopped all of his occupational therapy and have moved him to general education classes. His only positives he ever talks about is one of his teachers and she also happens to be one of his Special Olympics coaches and that is something he really enjoys. 

Luke Bowling SO

And the ugly…

Since last year he has faced bullying repeatedly. From lunch items being taken and tossed back and forth and then crushed and smashed. To kids telling him every day (literally) that he is dumb and stupid and that everyone hates him and that’s why he has no friends. To threats of actual physical violence against him from classmates. I of course contact the school about all of this and I’m told it is being addressed and yet he still has to sit with his bullies in class and at lunch each and every day. I have been at the school during lunch recess and have witnessed my child being the only kid with nobody to play with, that everyone ignores and it breaks my heart for him because I know he wants friends but doesn’t know how to make the kids like him. 

What to do?

So now I’ve reached the point where I am just tired of the fighting with the school to get them to do what’s right and what they should do. I am tired of seeing my child hurt every single day. I want to fix this for him but at this point the only way I think I can fix this for him is to pull him from school and homeschool him. He used to love school. I want that for him again. I don’t want his school life to be nothing but bad memories and feelings.

I worry though, can I do this? I am not the most organized person to begin with and I worry that maybe he will need more than I am able to do as far as education. Then I think maybe this will be better. Maybe this way he gets the one on one he needs but has been lacking? Maybe this way he gets to go out into the world and try more daily social situations? Have any of you faced this and made the switch or found a way to get the school to really listen and meet your child’s needs?

 

P.S. – Before I get a lot of negative comments here I want people to know this is just a brief overview of the problems and issues as well as the good things. 

 

 


Honey Maid This is Wholesome

by Jennifer Wieland
Honey Maid This is Wholesome

 

 

Thank you to Honey Maid for sponsoring this post today via Mode Media.

As long as I can remember I have been enjoying Honey Maid products as a tasty, wholesome treat. It has been with me on mundane days of playing with friends and siblings while growing up or playing with my own kids. It has been there as a wholesome and delicious snack after the birth of all six of my children at the hospital. I have had Honey Maid products after donating life saving blood to help others and I have enjoyed it throughout the holidays in my life by themselves or in festive recipes.

Honey Maid This is Wholesome

This weekend at each Fourth of July celebration I attend we will have Honey Maid products on hand. Honey Maid products are requested by everyone. The adults and older kids love the classic Honey Maid Graham Crackers during the campfire time. The little ones get Honey Maid Teddy Grahams to snack on because they are easy to handle for them and because they travel well. My mom loves that treat!

Honey Maid This is Wholesome

Spending time together every year with the whole family enjoying good food, togetherness all while wowing the crowd with fireworks makes the Fourth of July extra special and I’m always glad that Honey Maid is a part of it all.

Honey Maid This is Wholesome

No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will. Honey Maid provides wholesome snacks for every wholesome family.

Honey Maid This is Wholesome


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