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Can’t Cook? Even You Can Serve a Yummy Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 23, 2020

If you are like me, “Culinary Expert” is not apart of your repertoire and just thinking the phrase “Thanksgiving Dinner” makes you anxious. What if I told you that it doesn’t have to be that way? Since this Thanksgiving will be different due to the Pandemic. Instead of feeding 15 people, you might find yourself feeding 4 people or less with close friends and immediate family.

There are many options for culinary novices out there that some only require having an oven and a microwave. There are even some restaurant chains and grocery store chains that are offering different catering and take out meals options.


Let’s start with the most important dish, the Turkey! At your local grocery stores you can find pre made Turkey Breast with Gravy from Hormel. You can get “Family Size” or “Personal Size.” All you need is a microwave to have the taste of a delicious Thanksgiving turkey.

If you are like me, you are mostly enthusiastic of side dishes. There are a plethora of options for side dishes that do not require you to go crazy in your kitchen.

Bob Evans sells microwaveable Mashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese. If you are looking for Mashed Sweet Potatoes, they are available too from Hormel.

If you are looking to include some healthier side dishes as well, you cannot forget your steamable veggies and cranberry sauce!

Missing your carbs? A staple to any Thanksgiving feast is Pillsbury’s Biscuits. All you need to do is put them in the oven and you have savory and delicious biscuits. Make sure you do not forget to dunk them in gravy.

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Last but not least, do not forget the pumpkin pie! You could purchase the frozen pie or you could go to your local supermarket and pick up a fresh one.

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To make things even easier, you can have your groceries delivered right to your door if you utilize services such as InstaCart, Shipt and Wal-Mart Grocery Delivery.

Take Out

If you do not want the headache of heating up multiple foods and grocery shopping, why not try something easier than pre-made. Take out. Franchise Restaurants are offering to go Thanksgiving meals for you and your entire family to eat and enjoy.

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Buca De Beppo

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Are you wanting spaghetti and meatballs as a side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Then Buca de Beppo has you covered. This meal includes all of your classic favorites including spaghetti and meatballs.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

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Uber Eats is offering a “Churkey” for anyone that is not a fan of Turkey can order a Thanksgiving dinner through Uber Eats Delivery from Popeye’s.


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Make your Thanksgiving easy this year! Gobble, Gobble.

Your Stress Free Holiday Shopping Guide for 2020!

November 19, 2020

I know what you are probably thinking, how is it November already? Didn’t this year just start? For a year that feels like it has been going on for an eternity, we still always feel that the holidays are constantly creeping up behind us!


Counting Those Blessings: Thanksgiving Edition

November 17, 2020

2020 is not like any ordinary year. With a historical event that is the COVID-19 Pandemic, there were many things that changed our mindsets on what is to come.

It definitely has not been easy for us, but imagine how children are doing? How are they feeling about all of this? A lot of their events, school activities, sports are postponed or cancelled. With video conferencing becoming the new normal, kids are not having their usual socialization like they did in school.


Smart & Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2020!

October 26, 2020

No one would have predicted last year that this Halloween, we would be in the middle of a pandemic. A lot of vacations, gatherings and concerts have been cancelled and or postponed due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


How Your Child Can Benefit From Taking Care of A Pet

October 18, 2020

Caring for a pet is an excellent way for your children to learn responsibility and other important life lessons. Since the pandemic began, the pause has meant paws for many families who took the pet ownership plunge as they found themselves spending unprecedented amounts of time at home. In fact, dog and cat shortages have been reported by many shelters and breeders in recent months. With adults and kids continuing to work or attend school remotely in large numbers, there’s still ample opportunity for many to bring a “pandemic pet” into the home. Here are some of the ways that caring for a pet can help your child grow and develop.


Virtual or in-person classes: What’s best for your family?

October 18, 2020

School started several weeks ago and now families across the country may now have an opportunity to reevaluate the distant learning or in-person plan. Some communities are experiencing an uptick in Covid-19 cases while others are not. School buildings are either closing temporarily or going fully remote, where others are just starting a blended/hybrid model.


Helping Your Kids Deal With Anxiety As The School Year Begins

September 28, 2020

About 4.4 million children have been diagnosed with anxiety, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and anxiety symptoms have increased since the COVID-19 crisis began. The start of the school year has exacerbated the anxiety level for many, as children are separating from their families for the first time in six months and finding that their school has a markedly different look and feel, with all the masked faces and new social distancing and handwashing routines. Kids may worry (with good reason) about whether it’s safe for them to be at school. Those kids who are attending school virtually may have increased anxiety, as well, as they worry whether life as they knew it will ever return. Here are some ways to help kids cope with anxiety as they adjust to the current normal.


Virtual or in-person classes: What’s best for your family?

September 23, 2020

About half (51 percent) of parents reported they were “extremely” or
“very” concerned about sending their children back to school in an
Axios/Ipsos poll last month. As the pandemic continues, parents across
the nation are weighing the benefits of in-person instruction versus the
risk that their child will contract COVID-19 at school and bring it home
to the other members of the household.
While some schools have gone 100 percent virtual for the foreseeable
future, others are offering in-person instruction, either five days a week
or perhaps as an A-day/B-day model, where half the kids come one day
and then have virtual instruction the next, and vice versa. If your school
offers the option of online versus in-person classes, here are some of the
factors to mull over as you make your decision.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Smart Shoppers

August 18, 2020

Kids want so many things, from the latest toys and video games to trendy clothes and sports equipment. But though the universe of things to buy is unlimited, money is not. So kids need to learn how to spend their limited resources wisely. Here are five ways that you can help your kids see that by shopping smart, they can get more for their money.  

Some of the best things are free

Kids can enjoy some of the items on their wish list for no money at all. Books, movies and even many video games can be borrowed from the local library for free. Naturally, the item has to be returned on time to avoid late fees, and your child won’t be able to keep it forever. But chances are, when it’s due back, your child will be ready to move on to something else. 


3 Ways Kids Can Help Parents Save Money During The Pandemic

May 6, 2020

Kids, during these uncertain financial times it’s important to reduce expenses. Here are a few ways you can help:

Reduce the electricity bill.

Electricity costs money and, since families are home more often now, the utility bills will be higher. Reducing the amount of electricity you use will reduce your electric bill.

If you leave a room, make sure you turn off the lights. Encourage others in your family to do the same. During days of warm weather, make sure air conditioner units are turned off in vacant rooms. If you need the air conditioner on, have a family member set the thermostat to a higher temperature. Turn off the TV if no one is watching. READ MORE

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