Thank 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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Today, 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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