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July 27, 2016

Bakery On Main’s Bunches of Crunches - Cereal or Snack?

Some mornings as a mom can be quite hectic. I just don't always have time for a sit down breakfast some days either. Thankfully there are so many different options out there in place of a sit down meal. One of those options is Bakery On Main’s Bunches of Crunches. Yes it can be eaten as a cereal, but it can also be eaten dry too. I love it! If I'm not able to sit down I can pour some into a portable container or even take the resealable bag with me for easy eating on the go! Besides being portable I also like that it's a good for me option. It's not a super sugar coated cereal that leaves me feeling hungry after just a few hours. And because it looks like a chocolate coated food my kids were both quick to check it out too. I was actually quite surprised (and pleased) to find out how much they both liked them. Finally a breakfast food and snack that both of my kids enjoy that's good for them! Score one for this mommy.

Brought to you by Bakery On Main’s very own “granola superhero,” the Crunch Crusader (Bakery On Main founder Michael Smulders’ alter ego), this new superfood GRAINola cereal is set to save the world from the evils of tasteless gluten-free foods and unhealthy treats. Made in the USA, certified gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified, Bakery On Main’s Bunches of Crunches are also OU Kosher, free of cholesterol, dairy and casein free, and have only 130 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. These scrumptious chocolate clusters of crunchy goodness are packed with certified gluten-free oats, ancient grains such as amaranth and millet, and superfoods like chia seeds and cacao. They fuel the body with an amazing 10 grams of whole grains per serving!

Available in two varieties, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt with Chia and Coconut Cacao, Bakery On Main’s Bunches of Crunches will be sold at natural food retailers across the country this summer and are currently available online at for an SRP of $6.50 per 11oz bag.

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July 26, 2016

Got Kids at Home? Here's Why You Need a Landline #ooma

Picture this:  It's the end of July—smack in the middle of summer.  Your kids are at home with a caretaker while you toil away at your 9 to 5.  Then, disaster strikes.  There's an emergency at home, and your kids have to call 911 for help.

Are your children calling from a cell phone or a landline?  And does it make any difference?  Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  According to the latest data, if you don't have a landline in your home, it could be putting your children in grave danger.

Here's a shocking fact:  According to an investigation by the USA Today [], the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country.  With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.  The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet?

In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology—to deliver three tips for keeping your home safe this summer in addition to owning a landline.


Whether it's for a small scrape or something far worse, it's always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene.  According to the recent 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that's seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you're often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.


Make sure that no matter where you are, it's easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma's home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives.


Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

For many people, money is understandably a legitimate concern—but when it comes down to it, we really can't put a price on ensuring that the people we love are safe.  Luckily, first aid kits are both lightweight and budget-friendly, while the price of a secure Ooma landline pays for itself in just three months and costs less than a Netflix subscription on a monthly basis.

Got any 911 emergency stories of your own?  I wouldn't be surprised.  In the past five years alone, over a quarter of Americans have called 911 with a cell phone, and in that group, there were many dissatisfied callers.  If you've got a story you'd feel comfortable sharing, I'd love to hear about them!  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Keepin' it cool with the Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan

I don't know about where you live, but where we live here in Indiana it's hot. I know it's right smack dab in the middle of summer so what should I expect right? Thankfully there are ways to help keep cool even on the hottest days, especially when the AC has trouble keeping up. One of those is with my new Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan. By using this fan I can help cool down the living room where we all seem to spend the most time when it's too hot to get outdoors. It looks great too because it's black like my room decor so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb!

Some of my favorite features:
• You can choose from 60, 90, 120, or 360 degree rotation for air circulation exactly where you need it.
• LCD Display tells you exactly what selections you have chosen as well as the temperature of the room.
• A programmable timer so you don't forget to shut it off.
• A remote control so you can change the settings from across the room.

It's not the quietest fan I've ever used, but it's not loud and annoying either when you are trying to watch television. I actually prefer a fan that I can hear the consistent sound of, especially when I'm trying to sleep. I find the fan sound to be soothing.

Check it out for yourself by watching the video review I created:

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