I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
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I bet you feel like you’re always at the store. Here are some hints to help shop while still being able to watch your weight.
Don’t Go Shopping Stressed. If you’re more apt to emotionally eat (like me), then you’re more likely to purchase many comfort foods.
Bring A Snack. Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach because everything will look yummy and you’ll end up buying food higher in calories (studies prove it).
Get Good-For-You Prepared Food. The drive thru at your nearest fast food restaurant is a pretty easy dinner solution, but not health-wise. Many grocery stores have premade food, even a premade food section, with food that is lower in calories, fat, and sodium than traditional fast food.
Discover other great suggestions here.
Actress Olivia Wilde walking her pooch. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images/FilmMagic
Pumpkin Isn’t Just For Humans. The soluble fiber in pumpkin can help with digestive issues, while the antioxidants and essential fatty acids in the seeds promote healthy skin and fur and urinary health. Additional nutrients found in pumpkins, such as beta-carotene and iron, might reduce the likelihood of your pet developing cancer. Try mixing 1-2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin in your dog's food.
Get Active Again. Now that it’s not nearly as hot as before, you can take advantage of the beautiful days and go for walks, play ball, go to the dog park.
Cope With Shedding. Pets get ready for fall by shedding their summer coat. So brush your pet weekly (maybe even daily). You’ll be able to catch most of the hair before it gets all over your furniture and clothes. And most pets love the pampering.
Check out what else you can do here.
The National Toy Hall of Fame as announced their nominees for the 2013 induction. These bring back such great memories! You can find out more about the Hall of Fame and the significance of these toys at their website. Now, if it was up to you, which one would you choose?
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Credit. You need it and you need it to be good. But what are you doing that may be hurting your score? Even little actions you take can throw off your score and you don’t even know it:
A single 30-day late bill payment.
Multiple credit card issuers requesting your credit report in a 12-month period.
Account(s) sent to collections.
Even settlements can have a severe consequence on your score, meaning you could lose 100 points taking 2-10 years to recover!
Raise Your Scores
Remember that the credit scoring system is based on your spending habits so make sure you:
Clear all past-due debts
Pay on time from that point on
Get a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com to review annually and make sure everything is correct.
Check out other ways here.
My husband and I were watching the NASA channel over the weekend. Ok, it's more of my husband's thing than my own. One of the astronauts on the space station is Karen Nyberg. She's pretty interesting to listen to. And she posted her twitter account so you can follow her. @AstroKarenN She posts the most amazing photos!
Interstate 35, San Antonio to Waco, Texas. September 23. pic.twitter.com/dQCxsdiIR3— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) September 24, 2013
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Have you every wanted to pinch a baby's cheeks? Or hug the stuffing out of an adorable puppy? Well, it's a real thing. And it's called Cute Aggression.
Find out why we feel this way. It's really interesting!
Well, color me embarrassed! I’ve been saying a bunch of these the wrong way!
"Mischievous." You might be saying "miss-CHEEV-ee-us." But it's supposed to be "MISS-chiv-us."
"Often." It rhymes with "soften." Don't say "OFF-ten."
"Sherbet." Not "SHER-bert" . . . "SHER-bet."
"Seuss." As in, Dr. Seuss." Everyone says "SOOSE," but it's supposed to be "SOICE." Even the Doctor himself gave up and started accepting the wrong way.
"Bruschetta." Almost everyone says "bruh-SHETT-uh." But you should be saying "broo-SKETT-uh."
Wait, there’s more. Find them here.
This is the funniest thing ever! BatDad puts together Vines (a 6 second vignette) with his children, Ben and Sienna.
The story is he went shopping with his wife for costumes and found the Batman mask that he just couldn't pass up. Way to reuse it outside of Halloween!
I don't know how many times I've watched it now, but it still makes me laugh every single time. Enjoy!
Worried about helping your son with his math? Let the Math Forum at Drexel help with an archive organized by grade level and math topic. Mathforum.org/dr.math
Is your daughter stuck trying to come up with a science fair project? Try the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Hhmi.org/askascientist
Need tips and techniques for studying, research references and more? The Scholastic Homework Hub can help! Scholastic.com/kids/homework
Help your child research his reports with First Gov for Kids. It links up to hundreds of government run websites like NASA, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, and so much more!
Discover more websites and help here.