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Challenger Sports: British Soccer Camp Signup + New Bonus Items

Challenger Sports: British Soccer Camp Signup + New Bonus Items

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

Before we know it, school will be out and summer will be here!  So even though it’s still winter, it’s time to start looking at summer day camp programs.  This one is a must for any child that loves to play soccer!

My son participated in the British soccer camp last year and loved it.  He learned several new skills and I definitely saw a big boost in his confidence level!  So this year, he is going to go back… and so will his younger brother.


Challenger Sports: British Soccer Camp Signup + New Bonus Items

British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!



Enroll in the most popular soccer camp in North America! British Soccer Camps have programs for all ages and abilities and feature an innovative curriculum full of skills, drills, and thrills! Register now and you will get

  • free British Soccer game jersey (value $34.95) shipped to you for free immediately,
  • brand new skill development App
  • 20 videos to help your child practice at home.
  • Soccer ball, T-shirt & poster will be given out at camp.


USE CODE: BSC18 at check out to get free shipping.

To Enroll, visit Challenger Sports British Soccer.

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7 Foods to Use as Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

7 Foods to Use as Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  All opinions are conveyed honestly and are mine alone.  

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

I have been trying to remove processed foods, preservatives, and artificial flavors from the foods that I buy and from the meals that I make for my family. That is why I was so excited to see the article posted on eMeals that uses natural products, that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry, to dye Easter eggs!

Usually, I just let the kids color the eggs and then we throw them out because the chemicals and dye soak through the egg shell and into the egg white. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat that and I certainly don’t want my kids eating that! This year, we won’t have to waste those beautifully colored eggs because we will be using fruits, vegetables, and juices to color our eggs.

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Use pomegranate juice or canned cherries with syrup.

Boil 4 cups of water. Cut 1/4 of a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to water. Stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Boil 4 cups of water. Chop 1 medium beet and add to water. Stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets. OR if you have cranberry juice on hand, you can use it.

Boil 1 cup of water. Stir 2 Tablespoons turmeric and add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 teaspoons white vinegar.

Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 teaspoons white vinegar. OR if you have spinach on hand you could use spinach in boiled water.


*You should note that using all natural dyes tends to yield lighter colored eggs. If you would like darker colors, you may want to let them set overnight in the refrigerator.



If you are looking for colorful cookies, without using food coloring or dyes, check out my Easter Drop Sugar Cookies.  I use blackberries, strawberries, lemons, and limes for color and flavor!  And they are so pretty too!

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Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie

Copycat Orange Julius

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A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! And my kids and their cousins absolutely love this Orange Julius copycat recipe!

Even though these smoothies are a relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often for the kids.  But there’s no reason to go out for them when you can make one that tastes so similar at home!



Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

  • ¾ cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ice, add a few cubes at a time until desired consistency
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein** (optional to add a little protein boost!)


Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

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5 Steps You Need to Take to Repair Your Credit

5 Steps You Need to Take to Repair Your Credit

This post has been sponsored by Lexington Law.  All opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

Have you ever applied for a credit card and only qualified for one with an extremely high interest rate?  Or applied for a loan to finance the purchase of a new car and been turned down?  If so, there may be items showing up on your credit report that are dragging your score down.  But don’t worry, there are steps that you can take to clean up your credit report and repair your credit score.

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So what all goes into your credit score?

A credit score is a number ranging from 300-850.  Creditors use this compilation number to evaluate the risk of extending credit to you.  But your credit score isn’t just one number—you actually have three credit scores.  There are three different credit bureaus: Transunion, Experian, and Equifax. These agencies receive information about you from your current creditors and assemble that information into a credit risk score. Some creditors send and receive information from only one credit bureau, some use all three. Each credit bureau only uses the information—both good and bad—that is supplied to it by the creditors that utilize that particular bureau.

Your credit score is decided by several factors, including:

  • Number of accounts that you have open
  • Type of accounts
  • Level of debt, as compared to available credit
  • Length of credit history
  • Payment history
  • Number of recent credit inquiries

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It is important to regularly review your credit report to make sure that the information reporting on you is accurate and up-to-date.  If old accounts are showing up or negative items have not been cleared, they may be damaging your score.  It is also critical to review your credit to make sure that no fraudulent activity is taking place.

How do I fix my credit?

If you find that your credit is less than perfect, don’t worry.  There are some steps that you can take to resolve credit disputes, fix your credit, and increase your score.

  1. Request a copy of your credit report. In order to know what you need to fix, you need to know what is showing up on your credit report.  You can request a copy of your credit report by contacting each credit bureau individually, or you can use a credit repair service to get a free copy of your credit report and a free credit repair consultation.
  2. Start making on-time payments. If you have accounts that you are making late payments on, try to get those caught up.  Remember, a payment is not actually reported late to the credit bureau unless it is 30 days (or more) late.  It can be really hard to catch up when you are in a cycle of making late payments, but moving that timeline up so that the creditors are reporting on-time payments will really boost your credit score.
  3. Only apply for credit cards that you need.  It may be tempting to apply for a store card to take advantage of a special discount or free gift.  However, you should only apply for and open credit cards that you need.  Having too many open accounts might actually be tempting you to use credit more oftencausing you to spend more than you would otherwise.
  4. Pay off or settle any bad debts. Old collection accounts can be truly detrimental to your credit score.  If you currently have any accounts that are in collections, see if you can negotiate a settlement amount with the creditor or collection company.  While the creditor would ideally like to collect the entire amount, including late fees and interest, they may be willing to settle and consider your account paid in full for a lower amount.  Trying to negotiate a payoff or settlement amount can be overwhelming on your own, so you may want to consider consulting a credit repair company to help walk you through the process.
  5. Get old or inaccurate items updated. Just because you paid off an old account or a collection account doesn’t mean that it was properly reported to the credit bureau.  So, if you have any accounts still showing up as outstanding, get a letter from the creditor showing that the account has been paid in full and that you are requesting that the account be closed.  Once you have this letter, you can send it in to the credit bureau to update.

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How do I get started?

Even when you know the steps to take to help repair your credit, it may be that you need some help to navigate through the entire credit repair process.  That is where Lexington Law credit repair service can help.  Working with professionals who know exactly what to do and how to follow up will get your credit report cleared up quickly and accurately.


Related article: How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills

How to know if refinancing your mortgage is a good deal or not

How to know if refinancing your mortgage is a good deal or not

Have you ever received one of those letters in the mail that tells you how you can save nearly $250 per month if you refinance your mortgage with their company?  No closing costs, low rate—sounds great, right?  Well, before you sign the paperwork on this, you need to read the fine print.  Saving $250 a month sounds great.  With the ever-increasing costs of food and other consumer goods, getting a break in the budget can be quite tempting.  But how do you know if refinancing your mortgage is a good deal?

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There are four major details of the offer that are important to know before deciding if it is a good deal or not:

  1. Rate—Make sure that the low rate the bank is offering is fixed, so that it doesn’t fluctuate after an introductory period. If it is only a three-year fixed rate and then adjustable after that, your $300 per month savings will dwindle quickly once the rate adjusts.  In fact, depending on the terms of the loan, the rate can adjust, only a certain amount each year, but could end up being several percentage points higher than the original introductory rate.
  2. Loan Points—Are you having to pay points to buy the rate down to the low rate that is being advertised. If it is going to cost you several thousand dollars, even if the amount is rolled into the loan, then the costs could end up out-weighing the benefits.
  3. Closing Costs—Does $0 closing costs really mean there are no closing costs? While you may not be expected to come up with closing costs out-of-pocket, they may be rolled into the loan or there may even be a large pre-payment penalty if you sell your home or refinance within a certain amount of time.
  4. Term—what they don’t usually point out in big, bold print on those marketing letters is that it in order to achieve the $250 per month savings, you are going back to a 30 year term on your mortgage. If you have already been paying on your current mortgage for 10 years, going back to a 30 year term may actually cost you money.


Related post: Renting vs. Buying: How to Know When Renting is the Best Option


So how can you figure out if the offer is a good deal?  Follow these simple calculations, and you will know for sure:

Example Scenario: Current mortgage—30 year fixed rate of 5.5%, $150,000 original loan amount, with an $852 monthly payment (principle and interest only—do not include any portion that is paid to homeowner’s insurance), and you have been paying on it for 10 years (120 payments).  What you need to calculate is how much you have already paid (total of payments), what you have left (mortgage payoff balance), and total cost of payments of both mortgages.

Calculate Total of Payments:

Monthly Payment x Number of Payments = Total of Payments

$852 x 120 months = $102,240

Calculate Mortgage Payoff Balance:

This is easy because the remaining balance should show up on your monthly mortgage statement.  However, you would want to call your mortgage company for an exact payoff amount because if there is any prepayment penalty that would have to be added to the balance.  You can also use an amortization calculator to estimate a payoff balance.

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Related post: How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills


$123,527 Mortgage Payoff Balance

Calculate Total Cost of Payments of Current Mortgage:  (Yes, this is a big number!  You should have seen it on the Truth-In-Lending when you signed your original mortgage papers)

Monthly Payment x Term of Loan = Total Cost of Mortgage

                                $852 x 360 months = $306,720

Calculate Total Cost of Payment of New Mortgage:  If your new mortgage is going to save you approximately $250 per month, (with a lower rate of around 4.17%), then your new principle and interest payment would be $602 per month.

                Monthly Payment x Term of Loan = Total Cost of Mortgage

                $602 x 360 months = $216,720

The cost of this new loan is lower, however, you need to add the amount that you have already paid to this balance because it is actual cost to you—which you have already paid.

$216,720 + $123,527 = $340,247

Now, just compare the two Total Cost of Mortgage values:

Current mortgage, total cost of mortgage: $306,720

Potential New Mortgage, total cost of mortgage: $340,247

So even though the new loan offers a lower rate and monthly savings, by taking you back to a 30 year term, you will actually pay more than if you kept the current mortgage that you have.  So if you are comfortable with your current payment, keep the current mortgage that you have; if however, your situation has changed and you absolutely need the monthly savings it might make sense to make the change.  You can always pay more toward the principle once your financial situation allows it again.



*Example scenario for illustrative purposes only.


Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

One thing that I have really been focusing on lately is reducing food waste.  This is way more than just not letting food go bad sitting in the refrigerator.  I am trying to use things that I might have just thrown out before.  For instance, when I make Beet Root, Carrot, & Apple Juice, I would normally throw the pulp out and just drink the juice.  But why throw it out?  I have washed and prepared all of those healthy fruits and vegetables, so I may as well use the fibrous part too!

So something that I normally wouldn’t even bother using is going to be the sweetener and healthy boost to some healthy oat bran & beet muffins!  And the beautiful color that the beet adds to these muffins make them the perfect festive treat for Valentine’s Day or a Mother’s Day brunch.  Not to mention… they truly are guilt-free muffins!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these muffins is that they are not sweetened with sugar… honey is used instead. Of course, the beet, carrot, and apple pulp is pretty sweet too!  The only sugar in this recipe is totally optional, and that is the glaze that goes on top. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to indulge a little…


Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins


  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free baking mix
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup beet, carrot, and apple pulp (*This is what I have left over from juicing earlier today)
  • **For a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • Glaze **optional**
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk (add one at a time and stir until proper consistency)
  • just add a few drops of the beautiful beet, carrot & apple juice that is left over from juicing to get a beautiful pink glaze...


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine baking mix, Vanilla Juice Plus+ Powder, and oat bran.
  3. Add applesauce, egg, honey, vanilla, and baking soda.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Add in mashed banana and beet pulp mixture.
  6. Spoon into muffin tin.
  7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  8. ** Drizzle with glaze while muffins are still warm.
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These muffins are so sweet and tasty… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!


3 Easy Ways to Quickly Grow Your Pinterest Following

3 Easy Ways to Quickly Grow Your Pinterest Following

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

Any blogger or business owner knows that a strong social media presence is key to success in today’s virtual community.  While the algorithms of each social media outlet seem to be ever-changing, one of the biggest platforms for bloggers and business owners still remains with Pinterest.  So, to increase your reach on this platform, there are three easy ways to quickly grow your Pinterest following.



MiloTree is a pop-up that you can customize to showcase your Pinterest account to attract new followers.  (MiloTree also can connect with your Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or email list as well!)  I would normally recommend against pop-ups; however, this one you can customize how often it will pop-up when a visitor comes to your website– so you don’t annoy your audience.  There are both FREE versions and paid versions, so it is a very affordable resource to help grow your blog.


Group Boards

Group Pinterest boards are a great way to post high quality content and also find other high quality content to share.

I am a member of several group boards started by other people, but I also have started by own group boards.  I’m going to leave the links for them below and if you find that one of these boards suits your niche, just follow the board directions to be added:

  • Beautiful Budget Life—anything that has to do with frugal living. It can be recipes, DIY, budget travel, everyday money saving ideas, inexpensive family fun… you get the idea!
  • Blogging Tips, Tricks, & Advice—share your great blogging hacks and tips to help other bloggers grow…
  • Bloggers United—pretty much any topic (family friendly only!)
  • Christmas Roundup—bloggers can post their own original posts and agree to allow other bloggers to use them in roundup posts for Christmas.

Why do I love group boards so much? 

Well, because Pinterest loves it when we share other people’s pins and content!  Of course, we have to share our own, but part of the equation is sharing other content as well.  I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure that I am sharing good content.  So having access to group boards is a great way to know that my content will be shared with a lot of other people and I also have a huge pool of high quality pins to re-pin from… and this helps all of our numbers increase!


Auto-Pinning vs. Manual Pinning

So then the next question is, should I pin manually or automatically?

Short answer: Both!

I have not done any scientific studies on this, but from my personal experience, I saw my number skyrocket when I started using Tailwind!  So I am a believer in auto-pinning… but I haven’t given up on manual pinning.  My strategy is to use Tailwind to make sure that I have my own pins, as well as some other pins scheduled so there is always activity in my account, but then I also go in and manually pin every day as well.  This is the only auto-pinning resource that I have used, but I love it!  Tailwind gives you insight into the best pinning times for your audience, what their interests are, which pins are high-performing, etc.—lots of great info to know if you’re trying to grow your Pinterest account!


A great resource that you might want to check out is Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Campbell.  She really knows her stuff when it comes to using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog!


Happy Pinning!

Valentine’s Day Glitter Slime

Valentine’s Day Glitter Slime

Do your kids love to play with slime?  I think pretty much every kid loves to play with slime, right?!  So instead of the standard boring green or yellow slime, we are getting a bit festive for Valentine’s Day, because, after all, nothing says “be mine” like some Valentine’s Day glitter slime!

Your kids may love playing with it, but do they know how it’s made?  That is part of the fun— mixing all the ingredients together and actually making the slime!  Your kids can get messy, and maybe even learn something too!

This is a fun science experiment, but you don’t have to tell them it’s actually educational.  That can just be our little secret…

Here is what you will need to make the slime:
  • clear glue
  • baking soda
  • contact solution
  • large paper plate
  • plastic fork or spoon
  • glitter
  • food coloring *optional
  • plastic bag (for storage and later disposal)

  1. Mix 1 cup of clear glue with a ½ teaspoon of baking soda. 
  2. Sprinkle in the glitter.  For Valentine’s Day, we are using pink glitter and pink, red, and silver heart-shaped glitter.  
  3. Add contact solution, 1 tablespoon at a time. 
  4. Combine on the plate until the mixture is somewhat stiff, yet gooey.
  5. This is where the get-your-hands-dirty part comes in… now you need to pick up the slime and kneed it with your hands— and pull it and stretch it until it is very elastic-y.

 So pretty and festive!  Happy Valentine’s Day! 


*Make sure to dispose of this concoction in a plastic storage bag. You DO NOT want to pour this down the drain, as it could cause a blockage.

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

So how is your blogging going in 2018?  If you are like me, you probably had really good intentions of getting organized and getting off to a good start.

Unfortunately, that has not happened for me.  Things are always so busy at the end of the year with the holidays… and so I thought I’d get things in order when my kids went back to school.  Well… we had a lot of snow days, and when my kids are home, my focus on the blog is set aside…

But, it is not too late to get organized and still get going on a great year!

So, I put together a calendar with monthly topics to publish and a look-ahead to see what I want to start writing about… and you can download your FREE copy of my Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner and use it to organize your blogging topics this year too!  

This list takes into account the things that are popular on social media— such as seasonal topics, but also includes a bonus list of evergreen topics that can be used to write about throughout the year and be of interest to readers year-round.


January topics

Organization • Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • Resolutions • Winter • Starting a Business • Winter Skin Care • Snow/Snowflakes • Silver/Gold • Comfort Food • Super Bowl Party/Recipes • Heart Health • Cold/Flu Season

Planning for February

Valentine’s Day • Black History Month • President’s Day


February topics

Ground Hog Day • Valentine’s Day Gifts/Quotes • Black History Month • President’s Day • Handmade Valentines Crafts/Cards • Cold/Flu Season • Winter Fashion • Meal Planning • Heart Health Month • Date Ideas • Date Ideas on a Budget • Indoor Gardening Tips • Love • Red/Pink

Planning for March

St. Patrick’s Day • Preparing for Spring • Easter • Mardi Gras Recipes/Parties


March topics

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes • Passover • Easter Cards/Crafts/Recipes • Spring Cleaning • March Madness • Basketball • Daylight Savings • National Nutrition Month • Spring Break • Spring Gardening • Mardi Gras • Entertaining

Planning for April

Tax deductions/filing taxes • National Financial Capability Month • Spring Weddings • Summer vacation


April topics

April Fools • Easter eggs • Decorating Easter eggs • National Financial Capability Month • Graduation • April Showers • Spring • Spring Break • Pastels • Outdoor Entertaining • Gardening—vegetables/fruits/herbs/shrubbery/flowers • Fresh starts

Planning for May

Cinco de Mayo • The Masters (golf) • Mother’s Day • Memorial Day • Memorial Day picnic/recipes/party planning


May topics

Flowers & Gardening • Cinco de Mayo • Mother’s Day Crafts/gifts/cards • Graduation • Kentucky Derby • Grilling/BBQ Recipes • Memorial Day recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • School’s Out • Summer Activities for Kids • Picnic Foods • Weddings • Vacation Plans

Planning for June

Swimming/Pool • Father’s Day • Summer Parties


June topics

Vacation • Staycation Ideas • Summer Drinks/Infused Water • Summer Travels • Beach • Father’s Day • Picnics • Pool Party • Grilling/BBQ • Gardening • Summer Skin Care • Wimbledon • Outdoor Entertaining • Outdoor Décor

Planning for July

4th of July/Patriotic • Beach vacations


July topics

Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • 4th of July • Grilling Recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • Weddings • Patriotic • Summer • Beach • Summer Adventures • Summer Crafts • Vacation • Frozen Drinks • Pool Fun • Fun Ways to Beat the Heat •

Planning for August

Back to School • Weekend getaways


August topics

Back to School • School Lunches • Back to School Shopping • Summer Olympics • Tailgating • Labor Day Recipes/Parties • Scheduling • Planning • Picnic Foods/Recipes • Gardening • Recipes from the Garden

Planning for September

Canning • Tailgating • Fall/Autumn • Fall Sports


September topics

Labor Day • Fall • Fall Décor • Fall Crafts/Recipes • Fall Fashion • Motivation • Organization • Apples • Grandparent’s Day • Yom Kippur • Comfort Food • Canning/Food Preservation

Planning for October

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month


October topics

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month • Pumpkins/Fall Colors/Leaves • World Series • Football • Slow Cooker Recipes • Fall Recipes • Halloween Crafts/Parties • Preparing Outdoor plants and house for colder temps

Planning for November

Thanksgiving Crafts/Recipes • Gratitude • Harvest • Cold/Flu Season • Christmas


November topics

Thanksgiving Recipes • Gratitude • Leaves • Thanksgiving Crafts/Tablescapes • Fall Celebration Crafts • Veteran’s Day • Election Day

Planning for December

Christmas Crafts/Recipes • Hanukkah Recipes • Kwanzaa Celebrations


December topics

Christmas • Christmas Cards/Crafts • Holiday Recipes • Gift Ideas • Snow • New Year’s Eve Parties/Recipes • Hanukkah • Kwanzaa Celebrations

Planning for January

Weight Loss • Budgeting • Organizing • Resolutions • Goal Planning


**PLUS, get the Evergreen topics list as a Bonus with the FREE downloadable planner!



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Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier this year?  I know I didand this year, Giant Eagle is going to help me keep my resolution!

Hmmm, you might be wondering exactly how my local grocery store is going to do that?  Well, shopping for fresh produce and picking out healthier options just got easier and less time-consuming with Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery!

As a mother, it is my goal to give my family healthy meals and snacks, but as you probably know, that can be really time-consuming.  So when I found out that Giant Eagle now offers Curbside Express Delivery, I was pretty excited!  This is a huge time saver!

Here’s how it works:
  • Go online and pick your local Giant Eagle store
  • Connect your Advantage Card to your Curbside Express account
  • Choose the groceries that you wantit can be fresh produce, freezer items, meat, dairy, canned goods, etc.:
    • Shop weekly specials or search for the products you want
    • Find your item
    • Add it to your cart
    • Select how many of each item you want

  • Select a time and date
  • And kick back and relax while a personal shopper puts your grocery order together
  • Be ready for delivery of your order!

**Even if you are not located in an area that has delivery, your local store may still have Curbside Express at the store, meaning that they will still get your order ready at a specific time and date and all you have to do is drive to the store, sit in your car and they will bring your order out to you!  Still a huge time-saver!**

Now, if you’re like me, you might be a bit skeptical about having someone else pick out your produce.  I am super-picky when it comes to selecting produce.  I like to make sure that I’m not buying fruit or vegetables that are bruised or on the verge of going bad.

So how did my personal shopper with Giant Eagle Curbside Express do?
  • My order was ready on-time!
  • Before delivery of my order, they went over some substitutions that they had to make and offered me some additional options because a few items were out of stock. (You can choose to keep or delete the substituted items)
  • My bill was finalized and my groceries were delivered.
  • All items were correct in my order, and the produce all looked great!

Knowing that winter is here— and that cold and flu season is upon us, I want to make sure our bodies are getting the vitamins and nutrients that we need, so to help boost our immune systems, I am going to make fresh juice with all the wonderful, produce that I just got.

Now, my kids probably wouldn’t choose to eat beets on their own, but I can hide them in some fresh juice that has been sweetened with some fruit and sneak in the goodness!

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice

Peel and wash all produce thoroughly before juicing.

  • 2 beet roots (I don’t juice the beet leaves, I save those and will cook those as a side dish later!)
  • 6 medium size carrots
  • 3 apples (any variety that you like)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2-3 oranges

Put through your juicer and blend juices together.  Strain if preferred to remove some of the pulp… and enjoy!

Why are these fruits and vegetables so good for immunity?

Beet roota rich source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iodine, manganese and copper. Additionally, beetroot is rich in folic acid. This rejuvenates the resistance of the body to fight toxicity.

Carrots—rich in Vitamin A and can help reduce toxins

Apples—rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  Apples are just good for overall health and they help to sweeten up this juice combo!

Lemon—has many nourishing elements, such as: vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.

Cucumber—very effective detoxifying agent, which clears the blood stream of excess uric acid; soothing and anti-inflammatory

Oranges—excellent source of vitamin C; also helps to sweeten this juice combo!


New year, new you… what will you do to live healthier this year?

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