natures-path-oatmeal-dayThank you to Nature’s Path for sponsoring this Oatmeal Day giveaway!

Did you know that October 29 is National Oatmeal Day? I didn’t either until Nature’s Path, one of my favorite organic brands, enlightened me! They sent me a sweet little package of oatmeal, a mug and spoon so I could get ready for National Oatmeal Day.

They also included an Ode to Oatmeal:

The weather is cooler the leaves are in full color
Now eat this hot breakfast made by your mother
It is a bowlful of love made just for you
To keep you going for all that you do
Did you know that oatmeal is healthy and delicious
And packed full of antioxidants it’s so nutritious
Was there ever a cereal more deserving of adulation
From all of us who love this taste sensation
So sit right down, add some fruit, nuts and well wishes
Celebrate oatmeal day, and honey, please do your dishes

Indulging in a bowl of delicious Nature’s Path oatmeal took me back to my corporate days. Every morning when I arrived at my office, I would make myself a cup of oatmeal and grab a cup of coffee. It was my morning ritual. I only wish I had known about Nature’s Path back then because their oatmeal is so much tastier!

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Tracking Pixelstolen-identityToday, I’m going to share with you some news about my recent identity theft. While this post is sponsored by Credit Karma™, all of this information is written by me about my personal experience. I hope to help prevent others from experiencing what I have.

Did you know that 16.6 million people experienced identity theft in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics? Receiving the news that your identity was stolen is something no one ever wants to face. Earlier this year, I discovered my identity had been stolen when I received a letter from the IRS asking why I filed two tax returns for one year.

My husband and I had filed jointly that year, as we always do. Apparently someone else filed as single – with my maiden name and my social security number. While I was first happy to hear that the IRS would be investigating the situation and taking action against this perpetrator, I quickly realized I should probably check my credit report.

More bad news. Cell phones had been purchased in my name and some other things. I am still dealing with cleaning up my credit report. It’s an ongoing messy situation that I wish I didn’t have to deal with. It’s something I never imagined happening to me, but it did.

Now that I’ve discovered just how easy it is to have your identity stolen, I’ve been working to educate myself about how to prevent it from happening again. One of the biggest things you can do is to monitor your credit report regularly.

You may be thinking, “But I can only get one copy of my credit report per year!” While that is true of (the government-recommended website), there is another website where you can check your credit report (and credit score) every single week for free – Credit Karma™. All of information provided by Credit Karma™ is based upon your TransUnion information (one of the 3 major credit reporting agencies).

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Hours of Fun in the Little Tikes Shady Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer

by Chrystal Johnson October 21, 2014

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my blog and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment. It never fails. Every time we drive by a place with a bouncy house, the girls freak out. “Mommy, look a bouncy house! Can we go, can we […]

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15 Nourishing Paleo Soups for Fall Weather

by Chrystal Johnson October 20, 2014

Check out Nourishing Paleo Soups by Chrystal at This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fall is here and I find myself craving a warm bowl of soup at the end of the day. I love soups during the fall because they’re nourishing, hydrating and oh-so-easy to make in […]

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Inspire Your Kids’ Creative Side with Creative Galaxy from Amazon Prime Instant Video

by Chrystal Johnson October 19, 2014

You may already know that I’m a huge fan of Amazon. Between the awesome prices, great shipping and Prime Instant Video, what’s not to love? I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for a few years now, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have recently started using the Amazon Prime Instant Video more […]

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Kaylee’s First Day of Pre-School

by Chrystal Johnson October 18, 2014

I have gone back and forth on whether to send Kaylee to pre-school for a while. After we sent Zoë to Kindergarten last year, Kaylee started asking about going to school. I thought about sending her last year, but decided against it. When Zoë started First Grade this year, the questions started up again. Kaylee has really […]

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Natural Baby Care Products from Baby Mantra

by Chrystal Johnson October 17, 2014

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I have always used natural skin care products on my daughters. I built up a stash of them before Zoë was even born. It […]

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Promote Your Small Business with Refrigerator Magnets

by Chrystal Johnson October 16, 2014

This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Signazon. All opinions are my own. We have owned several small businesses over the last few years. Right now, I have Happy Mothering (this blog), Green Moms Media (a social marketing company) and my doTERRA Essential Oils business. That is all on top of my family, […]

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GMO 101: Let’s Talk About GMOs During Non-GMO Awareness Month

by Chrystal Johnson October 16, 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Advocating for Our Food Supply. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Since October is Non-GMO Month, National Farm to School Month and Fair Trade Month, we are naturally talking about […]

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Get Up to $70 Back During Cooper Tire’s Fall Reward Event

by Chrystal Johnson October 15, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tire for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Fall is here, and Winter will be here before we know it. It’s time to check your tires before the weather hits and you’re left with less than optimal tread on your tires. Having good […]

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