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 freecreditreport.com (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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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 go? Please, please pretty please???!!! Just for a little bit, please????”

So when I told them that we were going to get a Bouncy House from Little Tikes, well, I wish I had that excitement on video. Their very own bouncy house? The were pretty thrilled to say the least.

We sat down and looked at all of the bouncy houses that Little Tikes currently offers. After a lot of consideration, they agreed on the Shady Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer because it had a shade and they didn’t want to worry about excessive sun exposure. Smart girls, right?

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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 Foodie.com This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foodie.com. 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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Join the Breathe Right Sleep In Movement to Get a Good Night’s Sleep {Free Samples}

by Chrystal Johnson October 15, 2014

Thanks to Breathe Right Sleep In for sponsoring this post on getting a good night’s rest. I have struggled with sleep for a few years now. While I have no problems falling asleep, I do have problems staying asleep. It’s like clock work. I wake up nearly every night around 4 am and can’t fall […]

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