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Child Passenger Safety Week
Don’t guess when it comes to which seat your child should be in right now. So what do you choose? Infant, convertible, or booster seat? Finding the right car seat and installing it correctly is no easy task. Then there's the question of when to transition your child to another type of car seat. Following these steps will help you find the right car seat based on car seat type, age and size recommendations, and will show you how to install your car seat the correct way. It is Child Passenger Safety Week! Let’s Spread the word and tell parents and caregivers to visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat (or SaferCar.gov/Protegidos for Spanish-language information) to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat check station in their area. Also – Don’t register each child’s car seat with the manufacturer so as to be informed in the event of a recall. A car seat is no doubt one of the most important purchases will ever make for your child! But it isn’t just that first purchase that matters the most. As your child gets older and while they are growing, you will need to change not only the direction that the car seat faces and how they sit in it – at some point you will have to upgrade to an entirely different seat. Child Passenger Safety Week While you can customize the look and feel of a car seat, there are three basic types of car seats to choose from. But even having the right seat doesn’t mean you are completely safe. You also need to ensure that the seat is installed properly!:
  • Installation Resources:If a car seat is not installed correctly, your child's safety could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips here to help you get “the right fit” on your car seats: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightFit.htm
  • Free Car Seat Checks:During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be more than 600 events in 45 states across the country, where certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use them. In most cases, this service is free of charge. Locate a car seat check event here:http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm
Car Seat Safety - Find The Right Seat Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. By working with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we hope to get out a message that will educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives. Get this message out to your friends and family!
  • Twitter - Many parents do not realize their child is in the wrong car seat. Visit Safercar.gov/TheRightSeat and make sure your child is riding safely. #therightseat.#
  • Facebook - Storks know how to keep kids safe. Do you? Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to know for sure that your child is in the right seat for their age and size. #STORKS #TheRightSeat
I, for one, did not know there are about 29 million American adults without a high school diploma. But I do know that without a high school diploma, opportunities in today’s economy can be limited. I think it is amazing that Finish Your Diploma has helped more than 800,000 adults in all 50 states find free test-prep classes in their area. What an awesome program! Read more below...

The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org have launched a new campaign to celebrate the adults who have finished their diploma and to inspire those who feel like they have been alone or did not know where to turn to find resources and tools for free adult education in their community.
When we think of back to school season – most of us think of kids and teenagers who are headed to the stores to stock up on school supplies, new school clothes, and getting themselves back into a routine for the new school year. But did you know that there are roughly 29 million American adults who do not have a high school diploma? Most people are afraid to talk about not having a diploma as if there is something wrong with them. But there are hundreds of reasons why smart hardworking people were unable to finish high school - and there is nothing wrong with admitting that. In fact, we should be celebrating and be inspired by those hardworking adults who make the choice to finish their diploma, even as adults. And we should be helping and encouraging those close to us who we know need an extra hand or extra help to finish their diploma!

 

 The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org have launched a new campaign to celebrate the adults who have finished their diploma and to inspire those who feel like they have been alone or did not know where to turn to find resources and tools for free adult education in their community. Without a high school diploma, opportunities in today’s economy can be limited. In fact, nearly 30% of adults with household incomes at or below the federal poverty line do not have a high school credential. Since the campaign initially launched in 2010, Finish Your Diploma has helped more than 800,000 adults in all 50 states find free test-prep classes in their area.
  The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org have launched a new campaign to celebrate the adults who have finished their diploma and to inspire those who feel like they have been alone or did not know where to turn to find resources and tools for free adult education in their community.

We want to get the word out about the network of thousands of free adult education classes available throughout the country. In most communities, local nonprofits and literacy centers are able to offer free classes to help adults prepare for the GED, TASC, or HiSET high school equivalency tests. If we can get people in the door, these centers will provide support and guidance on the path towards higher education. For many adults, earning a high school equivalency diploma is the first step toward a college degree, better job, or brighter future. How else can you help in your local community?

The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org have launched a new campaign to celebrate the adults who have finished their diploma and to inspire those who feel like they have been alone or did not know where to turn to find resources and tools for free adult education in their community.

Join the #HatsOffToYou Social Media Campaign – One thing that unites graduates in the U.S. is the tossing of a cap to celebrate their tremendous achievement. The AdCouncil and FinishYourDiploma.org are asking people to toss a hat in support of adult graduates and to inspire others to get their diplomas. Simply film a short video or Instagram Boomerang, or take a picture of yourself tossing any hat you have available. Use the hashtag #HatsOffToYou and tag @FinishYourDiploma on Instagram. Example: I’m tossing my hat in honor of the thousands of adults who will receive their diplomas this year, #HatsOffToYou @FinishYourDiploma
As you probably have guessed by now, there has been a lot going on in our house. Honestly, I don't know where to begin with honest-to-blog post so I will take advantage of the fact that it's Thursday and do a much needed Thursday Thirteen update post (sorta). Tada - here it is!

1. My husband has a new job. He was not looking for one but sometimes God just makes something happen that you aren't expecting!

2. This job puts him on the road most of the year as the tour bus driver for a Christian band. In our eyes, it is full-time ministry supporting the band.

3. In completely related news, in the not so distant future we will be moving. Yes, again! This time to the Nashville, TN area.

4. We now have a second grader! She has always had great teachers but I like this years the best I think. It's me! (lol) I've been thinking about homeschooling since she was little and now we are doing it! Her first day was Monday. Want proof? Cause I just gotta share this cuteness.


5. I'm not in college right now. Maybe I'll go back someday but for now I'm feeling good with my decision.

6. It seems to be getting to be fall here in Wyoming. Yesterday and today it hasn't even hit 70 degrees but it is supposed to get a bit warmer next week so we'll see.

7. I'm still really "addicted" to Pretty Little Liars. I don't care what other people say, it is a good mystery show.

8. I'm starting to go through our stuff and purge things before we get to the packing stage of the move.

9. If you don't hear from me, it's likely I got lost somewhere in a closet. lol

10. I love that we have video calling available to use in our day and age. It is so nice to see the person you are talking to. (for example, my hubby)

11. The kiddo pictured above also just turned 8 years old. Eight!

12. I'm so thankful for the people in my life. 

13. Also, I'm thankful that God is with us every moment of every day.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.



By now I think most of us have heard of Groupon. It's a great website where you can save lots of money getting deals on different restaurants, massages, nail salons, hair salons and more!

But, there is a new part of Groupon called Groupon Goods where you can buy many more things that you need daily. There are many categories to browse through -- Groceries, Jewelry, Home and Garden, Fashion, Entertainment, and even Toys for your kids can be found. Oh, and did I mention Electronics?! That might be my favorite of all, honestly.



Because this is Groupon we're talking about, all the products are at great prices too. The products change frequently but here are a few examples of products available right this moment.
They offer free shipping on orders of $34.99 and up. Plus there are free returns!

Oh and let's not forget, for a lot of us, what is coming up soon....back to school shopping! If you just can't drag your kiddos out for one more shopping trip, simply shop online! Here is just a small sampling of some of the things you can find: personalized labels, backpacks, crayons, chalk, flash cards, scissors, colored pencils, and markers.

I know I have been using it to shop for birthday presents. You know, great presents at a discounted price?! Win win in my book. I'm sure you will find at least one thing you love. Enjoy!







Inhumane factory farms are not what I want to support with my grocery budget. I try to keep in mind what I am spending my money on and what that says to food companies about the treatment of farm animals. Join me in taking the pledge to give farm animals better lives.

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Aside from the people who are vegan, most everyone I know buys meat, eggs, or dairy at some point during the week/month/year. And those of you who do – have much more buying power than you probably even realize. By buying welfare-certified animal products, or more plant-based products, you send a strong message to food companies that you care about the treatment of farm animals. Just an average size family spends hundreds of dollars a month on meat. Imagine if every single consumer used that buying power to purchase welfare-certified meat instead of the meat from inhumane factory farms. What a difference that would make!



As you may already know, most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, milk and eggs in the US are suffering in inhumane factory farms. And animals are not the only affected, as factory farms impact human health—they can be breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and the antibiotics used to prevent disease create the potential for dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria to develop. To fully harness the power of our collective purchases and demand better lives for farm animals, the Shop With Your Heart initiative launched by the ASPCA gives consumers the resources to recognize, locate and demand meaningfully welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy products as well as plant-based alternatives.

Will you take the pledge? 

Everyone who signs the pledge also gains access to an exclusive Shop With Your Heart Grocery List, including welfare-certified and widely available plant-based brands. Make Heart Hands for Farm Animals! Pose with your hands in a heart shape and post a photo using the tag #shopwithyourheart and @ASPCA to let your friends know you believe in a more humane world for farm animals. Don’t forget to tell them where you shop to find more humane products—give the stores a shout-out by tagging them, too!
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