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AcuRite for Weather Preparedness

Prepare for weather with Acurite


I have lived in tornado alley for a good portion of my life and there have been times I wished I was more prepared.  I have also lived through earthquakes and a tsunami (thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as expected where I was) and have several friends who frequently see hurricanes.  The past few years I have introduced power banks and more flash lights into my home but somehow a weather radio never made it into the mix.  

Acu-Rite NOAA Portable Hand Crank Weather Radio

When I came across AcuRite’s Flashlight with Noaa Weather Radio, I knew I had to add it to our preparedness pack!  Some may think this is just a silly gadget but this flashlight could be a lifesaver.  When power goes out, so does wifi and often cell towers, leaving few possibilities for updates on the current weather conditions.  If you are lucky, maybe you have a battery powered radio, but many stations will still play music and you could miss important local weather updates.  A NOAA Radio keeps you updated and alert to what is going on right now from dedicated experts.

This flashlight is convenient and perfect for your weather preparedness box or even to keep at your bedside.  The portability and all-in-one functionality is perfect.

AcuRite Intelli-Time Alarm Clock with Temperature and USB Charger

Another AcuRite product I love is the Intelli-Time Alarm Clock with Temperature and USB Charger.  I love a good bedside clock and this has everything I need.  Being able to wake up and glance at my clock to find out what the temperature is helps prevent me from playing guessing games with my closet and hoping for the best that day.  The clock has a USB port, allowing me to plug my phone right in rather than stretch down and find my cord that fell down between my bed and nightstand because the outlet is just out of reach.

Head on over to the AcuRite website to check out the current available products, as they are constantly changing! 


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Back to School!

Back to School!

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Alright moms and dads, the kids are starting school again. We all have experienced – or will soon experience for the first time – a day in the life of a busy parent getting the kids back to school. There are so many things to worry about and supplies to hunt down, school fees, new clothes, backpacks, and the ever-rising cost of school lunches.

One way our family keeps the cost down is by sending lunch from home with the kids. This is especially great for us, because in addition to the cost, our kids are picky eaters. The school lunches in our town have changed; don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but my children simply won’t eat lettuce or sliced zucchini, or even pizza for that matter. Why pay so much for a lunch my kids won’t even eat, just to leave them hungry at the end of the day?

Letting the kids help shop is a great way to get them interested in healthier snacks!

To make sure the kids eat their lunches, we let them be a part of the process, even picking out the groceries! We grab our favorite Nature’s Harvest® Bread, some crunchy peanut butter, and let the boys pick out a jelly or fruit to slice and put on top. Once they have the sandwich ready to go, they choose what shape they want to have it cut into. We keep a collection of cookie cutters on hand so they can cut their own sandwiches and get even more excited about their food!

After preparing the sandwiches, we move on to the sides. At the beginning of each month, we take the boys on a shopping trip and pick out a collection of quick and easy, healthy sides to choose from all month. We separate them into categories, like fruit or veggies, filling snacks like Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks, and desserts like a jello or pudding cups, and let them pick one from each category.

I got these for the kids but I couldn't help but take some to work for myself...yum!

It seems like a small thing, but letting the kids build their own lunch and choose what they want (even if we choose the available options) gives them a sense of independence, and they come home proudly with empty lunch boxes more than ever before! Do you have a back to school routine to make life easier, healthier, or more fun for your family? I’d love to hear all about it!

In the mean time, head over to our Kid-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for more lunch ideas to keep your kids happy all year long.

And parents, remember to head over and enter to win the $10,000 “Life of the Lunchbox” Savings Bond sweepstakes!

Life of the Lunchbox $10,000 Savings Bond

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