Cool Places In and Around North St. Louis County, MO

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North St. Louis CountyNorth St. Louis County is where I have lived for the past several years.   A large area of St. Louis’ metropolitan area, north county is home to over 375,000 residents based on the last census count done in 2010.  It is a flourishing area with a variety of restaurants and shops for its diverse population of residents to enjoy.  But lately with all the news coverage of Ferguson, Mo, which is also part of North St. Louis County, I think people who do not actually live here think it is a war zone, full of thugs, and just an overall depressing place to live.  Well I’m here to tell you that is absolutely not true.  While North St. Louis County has some issues just as almost any other community does, I would say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I enjoy living here.  So I have decided to highlight some cool places here that I thought people may want to check out if they currently live here, nearby, or plan to visit the St. Louis area soon. 

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Quinoa Taco Salad

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IMG_20141006_214351Taco salad is one of my fave meals to eat.  There’s just something about a delicious, nutritious,  colorful mix of vegetables over seasoned meat mixed with crushed tortilla chips and chunky salsa then topped off with light sour cream that I just love! (Can’t you tell from how I described it that it is one of my absolute faves?!)  Well, as I have become more health-conscious I have experimented with various, more nutritional foods….quinoa is one of them.  This “super grain” has a number of nutritional benefits such as essential amino acids and it soaks up seasoning pretty well making it a great substitute for meat in some dishes.  After seeing a beautiful picture on Pinterest of a quinoa taco salad I decided to give it a try.  Not only did it look fantastic but it tasted HEAVENLY!  I mean look at that picture!  Ok wanna know how I made this tasty dish?  Then check out the recipe here! Continue reading

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6 Fun Facts To Know About Wine

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I am a wine lover.  I could drink a glass or two of Merlot everyday (yes I prefer dry and semi-sweet wine).  I’ve been to a number of wineries and I am always reading up on different types of wine.  And there has been some interesting information I have found that many wine drinkers may not know.  Curious to know what?  Then read on. Continue reading

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6 Tasty Things To Do with Kale

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Many of us have heard about the benefits of kale. It’s nutritious and full of health benefits such as good amounts to calcium and fiber.  Consistent consumption of kale also helps to ward off health ailments such as lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, and of course aiding in weight management due to its low calories.  But some may wonder what kale can be used for when it comes to meals and snacks. It’s definitely much more than a boring green leaf.  So here are a few ideas that can help. Continue reading

Blog Conference Must-Haves!

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Blog conference checklistI have officially attended my first blog conference, the Type A Parent conference held in Atlanta, and it was a blast!  It was a weekend full of networking with bloggers and brands from all over as well as learning about ways to lead a successful and profitable blog.  Blogging is a serious but fun business for many.  Kicking off with a pre-mixer event for bloggers to meet and greet, the Type A Parent conference was set to be a weekend full of learning, sharing, networking, and having fun.  I really enjoyed being able to talk face to face with “veteran” bloggers who have been in the game for a while and have successfully monetized their blogs.  Also, it was great to get helpful information and advice in the various sessions held throughout the conference.  These were all wins for me and made attending the conference very much worthwhile.  But as a “rookie” blogger attending my first blogger conference it should be no surprise that I made some mistakes.  There were a few important items I did not get prior to the conference such as business cards (yes…ashamed to say).  Here’s a list of items that should be taken to a blogger’s conference. Continue reading

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Tech Gadgets and Apps Every Busy Mom Should Have

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Being a mom is one of the greatest gifts life can offer. Full of twists and turns there is always something new to learn and numerous things to juggle. For many moms, it can become a struggle just to keep up…I’m speaking from experience!  Since the beginning of time, though, moms have found ways to manage the many duties that are required of them.  But it is always nice to have a little help just to make being a mom easier.  We’re fortunate enough to live in the age of advanced technology that has offered us many conveniences that make everyday life easier.  From gadgets to apps, there is something everyone can use and moms are certainly no exception to this.  I currently use and plan to purchase a few different apps and gadgets that make my life as a busy mom a bit easier so I thought it would be nice to share some ideas with other moms. Continue reading

How To Explain To Your Children When Bad Things Happen: The Ferguson, MO Situation

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As a resident of North County St. Louis the situation in Ferguson, MO hits very close to home.  With on-going news coverage, the social media

Picture courtesy of cfcrights.org
Picture courtesy of cfcrights.org

coverage, a few visits to the location where the protests are taking place as well as the site of the incident, and so many people talking about this around town, the nation, and even the world (yes…I encountered new reporters from places such as Russia and South America at the protests!) I had to find a way to explain this to my kids.  As parents, we often want to shield our kids from many of the bad things we see or hear about happening.  There is that innocence that only a child has that we often do not want to alter.  But realistically, there is likely to come a time when it is necessary.  Children, like adults, have to realize that bad things do happen in the world and that bad things can happen to any person.  They have to understand that bad things happening are just a part of life….hopefully a small part but definitely something that we as people will have to deal with from time to time.  So as I started watching continuing coverage of the Ferguson, MO incident and visited the protests a couple of times even with the kids, I thought it was important to explain to them what was happening and why it should matter to them. Continue reading

Attending My First Blogger’s Conference – Type-A Parent Conference 2014!!

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So as many of you know I am fairly new to blogging only starting earlier this year.  I chose to start blogging for a few reasons.  The first is my passion for tech and health/fitness topics and my desire to share my personal experiences as well as other interesting information I find on these topics.  Also, I have always loved to write and blogging seemed to be a way I could write on topics I’m most interested in instead of what I may just have to do for my day job (which can be less interesting).  Last but certainly not least, I wanted to be able to impact people’s thoughts on the topics I write on.  If I can enlighten someone on how to track their kids’ whereabouts via wearable technology, make vegan burgers, and just how to live a fun lifestyle on a budget then that makes me feel great and it is very fulfilling.  Blogging has allowed me to be fulfilled in a way that I was no longer feeling from my day job at the time. There’s no turning back for me now and I know that the best is yet to come for me in the world of blogging.  As I’ve thought of different ideas to grow my brand I started researching various ways to do this such as networking, hosting events, and writing for other blogs.  During my research, I ran across the idea of attending blog conferences as a way to network with other bloggers.  I then started looking for the top blog conferences to attend and, thus, I found the Type-A Parent Conference.  Once I read up on this conference and saw that it was being held this year in one of my fave cities (Atlanta, Georgia!) I just knew I had to find a way to attend.  So I am SOOOO EXCITED that I’ve been selected as an OFFICIAL PARTNER of the Type-A Parent Conference being held in mid-September.  YAAAY! Continue reading

Six Jobs That Can Earn You Six Figures

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Are you ready for a career change that will get you out of the 5 figure salary range (or perhaps less than that)?  Are you ready to get in the upper echelons of salary without years of schooling and a great deal of student loan debt accumulation?  Well hopefully this article can put you on the path to reach this goal!  Here are six jobs that will allow you to make six figures….not necessarily in the beginning (unless you’re very fortunate or already have the right experience, training, etc.) but in which you can definitely reach this level of salary.  Just think….the U.S. national average wage as of 2012 was $44,321.67….quite a ways from a six figure salary.  Why aren’t there more people making a six figure salary or close to it?  Well, I can’t answer that question but perhaps most people think that in order to make such a salary would require years of expensive schooling and/or training.  Others just may not have found the typical six figure jobs appealing enough to go after i.e. doctors and lawyers (yes….really….there are many people who do not want to be doctors or lawyers even if the schooling for these professions was a lot cheaper).  So what are those jobs that may not typically come to mind when it comes to six figures?  I’ve compiled this list of jobs based on research I did.  So read on and if a six figure salary is something you’re pursuing then I hope this article helps you to get there sooner than later!

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Social Media’s Impact on Relationships: The Survey and Results

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I recently conducted a survey on the impact that social media has on today’s relationships.  With the worldwide heavy usage of social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram it is certainly to be expected that it would have some impact on relationships and even play a major role in redefining relationships in today’s society.  Think about it.  People get engaged and can’t wait to update their Facebook status to show it (well, maybe not so much the guys but usually the women are quick to do this).  People love to post oh-so-lovey couple pics from date night or family pics from that trip they took with the kids to Florida.  Or how about the relationship status updates made after a nasty breakup when the person can’t wait to let their social media friends know that their “back in the game”….or even worse when their status reflects that they are stuck in a relationship that’s “complicated”?  This has become all too common in today’s society where social media plays a huge role in our lives.  It gives people a look into the lives of others via pictures, posts, comments, bios, resumes, and yes…relationship statuses. So has social media had any impact on your relationship?  If so was it good or bad?  Social media has certainly been the blame for the demise of many relationships causing some people to not even be connected with their significant other as, for example, Facebook friends.  It may sound crazy to some that a husband and wife are not friends at all on Facebook but to others who may have dealt with the drama it sometimes causes it is totally understandable.  I wanted to conduct this survey to get an idea of how others view the the impact of social media on relationships and below are the results.  Continue reading

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