Penny Roach's Blog – April 2013 Archive (11)

But I Wanted Wiener Wraps and Tator Tots!!

My initiation into the mom scene was a bit different than most.  It wasn’t until after I had spent a few years helping to raise my step-kids that my son was born.  I wasn’t going to be able to bond with these kids while changing diapers or teaching them their ABC’s or snuggling with them at bedtime.  This was…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments

The Cost of Permanent Press

Nobody would argue that people are busier than ever these days.  Between work, spouse, children, home and other commitments, there is more and more competition for our time.  And those companies that manufacture goods understand this and cater to the demands of convenience and ease.  But at what cost?

After…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Cost of a Clean Home

If you’re like me, when kids came into your world you wanted everything in your home to be as clean as possible.  You probably went to great lengths to disinfect everything because you wanted your child to live in the cleanest environment.  And you may have even safely assumed that as long as the cleaning supplies you were using weren’t bothering you, they weren’t bothering your baby either.  Sadly, that’s not true.

Here are 4 of the most toxic ingredients that are found in almost…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Leave the Colors in the Crayon Box

Recently, I did a post that included a recipe for homemade Macaroni & Cheese.  In that post, I was discussing the backlash that Kraft is receiving because of its refusal to eliminate artificial dyes in their American version of Macaroni & Cheese.  The reason I say “American version” is because they have…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

As my beloved Chicago Cubs celebrate their Opening Day, I thought I’d talk today about making healthier choices at the ballpark.  As a baseball fan and someone who used to work in professional baseball, I can tell you that part of the overall experience is the food and drink.  It just isn’t realistic to expect anyone…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Friday Favorites for April 5th

When I was a little girl in 5th grade, I had my first eye test.  I failed it – miserably.  My mom took me to get my first pair of glasses and I thought I was the coolest kid ever.  Back then, it was pretty rare for kids to wear glasses.

As I moved through middle school and into high school, more and…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Steps to Better Fuel Efficiency

Not everybody is in a position to go out and buy a brand new, energy efficient vehicle.  But there are several things you can do with your car right now that will make it more energy efficient.  This will help you to go green and save green in the process.

1.  Make sure that your tires are inflated…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

I Think I Left My Self Esteem at the Mall

So yesterday I took the entire day off to hang out with my son, who is not quite 14.  I told him that we could do whatever he wanted to do - the day belonged to him.  He said he wanted to go out to lunch.  I figured as much.  He also wanted to check out the latest "G.I. Joe" movie.  That would not have been my first choice, but what the heck.  It was his day after all and there were cute guys and some fighting and car chases.  I could roll with that.  But I was more than a little…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 3, 2013 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Green Your Bathroom

One of the steps to Going Green is conserving our natural resources.  And one of the natural resources that gets wasted the most is water.  Here are some steps that your family can take to conserve water.  This will not help our environment, but save you money as well.

1.  Shower instead of bathing as…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 3, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Planning to Dry Clean Your Easter Sunday Best?

I don’t know anybody who enjoys dry cleaning.  If you want a really funny story about dry cleaning, you can check out my friend, Vicky, at the Pursuit of Normal here.

But besides the…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 2, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Breakfast - Most Important Meal of the Day

When I worked in our elementary school district, one of the most heartbreaking things I dealt with were the kids who came to school hungry.  Our school didn’t offer a lunch program, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.  Our school didn’t have “cooking” equipment.  We basically only had ovens to heat up processed…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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