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Val's posts from: April 2018

Upcoming Summer 5ks

Posted On: April 27th, 2018
Summer is synonymous with sunshine, cook-outs, fireflies and 5ks, at least in my house. I have already signed up for three this summer! If I am not careful I may end up with one every weekend. The whole family loves doing 5ks. (Some are even themed runs, which encourage participants to dress in the spirit of the theme!) ...read more

Volunteer With Me!

Posted On: April 24th, 2018
For many, including me, the phrase “it is better to give than to receive” has been engrained in us since our childhoods. To this day, the phrase resonates very deeply and goes to the heart of who I am and how I live my life. I am blessed to work for an employer who shares this same sense of ...read more

Teach Your Kids How to Save

Posted On: April 20th, 2018
While saving money is an important life skills topic, it is seldom taught in school. It is up to the parents to teach their kids about not just the importance of saving money and building a nest egg, but also how to go about it. As adults, most of us know how to save and what the benefits of saving money are. It is important we pass this knowledge along to our children. ...read more

All About Earth Day

Posted On: April 17th, 2018
Earth Day is this Sunday. While I always enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil and companionship with nature, on this day especially I like to celebrate nature. It’s a great day to take a walk through the woods, enjoy a picnic, or go to the park. ...read more

Fun and Inexpensive Family Activities

Posted On: April 13th, 2018
Often times I am faced with the difficult task of finding ways to entertain my family. I have spent countless hours looking for fun, family friendly events that are also easy on my pocket book. If you are in the same boat, I have some good news! I have found a handful of fun events coming up ...read more

Delicious & Inexpensive Slow Cooker Meal Ideas

Posted On: April 10th, 2018
Being a mom means you are busy all the time! If you are like me, that means you are always looking for ways to minimize time spent on chores so you can maximize snuggle time with the kids. One way I save time is by using my slow cooker or pressure cooker. I usually use my slower cooker and pressure cooker ...read more

How to Start a Garden

Posted On: April 6th, 2018
It’s finally April and my hyacinths, tulips and irises are beginning to bloom which means warmer weather is on its way. My favorite part of spring is seeing all the flowers in bloom, which is why I have 11 different flower beds in my yard. ...read more

Fun Children's Books

Posted On: April 2nd, 2018
Today is International Children’s Book Day. Established in 1967, the day was created by the International Board on Books for Young People to help encourage children to read and hopefully inspire a love of reading. The day coincides with the birthday of fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson. As a kid I spent a lot of time at the local library reading as many books as I could. ...read more