Make your own Kale Chips

I had recently become obsessed with Kale chips from Fresh Market.  Then the other day as I strolled through the produce at Costco I saw this huge bag of fresh kale.  I thought wow for $4 I could make tons of Kale chips.  So I came home and immediately whipped up this super simple snack at a fraction of the price I have been spending. So grab a bag of fresh kale and bake your own flavor of crunchy kale chips. Simple, healthy snack at a low price.             All you need is: Fresh kale olive oilseasonings of choice (I used garlic, red peppers and parmesean) Simple to do: preheat oven to a low 300 degrees use just enough olive oil to lightly cover the kale mix in your seasoning with your hands spread kale out evenly on a lined baking sheet bake for about 20 minutes, until crispy If you give this a try, come back and share with me what seasonings you used!

Paw Patrol Birthday Party

If you are looking for a cute gender neutral birthday party for a preschooler then this is a cute one!  Paw Patrol is a TV show on Nick Jr about a group of pups led by a little boy named Ryder, who set out to help the community.  Toddlers and preschool aged kids love the show and the color scheme. Paw Patrol makes for a fun and simple party to plan. My son just turned four.  It took him months to decide on the theme.  When he finally settled on Paw Patrol I was excited.  Using primary colors to decorate makes things much easier.  And since Paw Patrol is so popular right now there were party items everywhere.  Here is what we did: THE DOG BONE CAKE I like to bake cakes, so I decided to do a large dog bone cake.  This is a large cake and will serve a lot of people!  It takes three batches of cake mixes which made it easy to offer three different types of cake.  Making a dog bone cake is not difficult, just a little time consuming.  The only hard part is shaping the cakes. PAW PATROL FOOD The food bar was … Continue reading

Healthy blueberry almond donuts {egg free}

BLUEBERRY healthy donuts with almond flour recipe

Every moms wants to feed their kids a healthy breakfast full of nutritious foods.  But it can become a difficult task when you start looking at the ingredients content of muffins, toast and anything frozen!  Plus our kids want things they see like DONUTS! As I was planning my son’s 4th birthday, I needed food trays of certain colors.  I thought I would try to change up a blueberry recipe I saw; so I set out to create a healthy blue food with Almond flour and no eggs.  Though these are not the fluffy, pretty donuts you may imagine, they are delicious, filling and most importantly HEALTHY! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups skim milk (or you could use whole, almond, etc) 1 1/2 cups Almond flour – I personally think Trader Joe’s brand works the best for baking 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened) 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup frozen blueberries   INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Nonstick your donut pans. (I need more than one of these pans) 2. Mix oats and milk in a medium-sized bowl, let stand. 3.  In a large bowl, mix together … Continue reading

Home in Progress…

Updating your home, DIY by The HouseholdHero _ Mandy Carter

Three years ago we decided to sell our home in Alabama along with just about everything in it and move to Florida!  It took us three years to find the city that we wanted to raise our kids in.  But I am happy to say that yesterday we bought our home in Florida! It is an older home that has been remodeled in all the major areas; it just needs a face lift in some rooms. So here is my list of DIY projects that will be posts soon- stay tuned: How to Paint a Striped Wall with multiple colors Frozen Inspired Boys Room Done it a Day Laundry Room Makeover Re-purposing Kids Closets Kids Craft Corner Butterfly Garden Transforming the Lanai Nautical Master Bedroom Which one of these DIY projects are you looking forward to reading about?

What is a hashtag and do you use it correctly?

Hashtags are used everywhere. Almost no one can avoid them.  As a marketer you cannot ignore them.  In fact it’s important to understand what a hashtag is and how to use it strategically. What is a (#)hashtag? Hashtags are clickable links in online posts. When a hashtag is clicked or searched, a feed of all the posts related to that particular hashtag will show up from different users. To make a hashtag, type the number symbol (#) infront of a word or phrase, leaving no spaces.  For example, #globalVCard and #Fintech are hashtags. Why should a marketer use hashtags regularly? If you are not using Social Media as part of your Marketing strategy then you need to start now!  If you are then hopefully you are using hashtags strategically. Hashtags connect your content with people talking about or looking for something on the same topic. They are used on all major social media platforms like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to increase visibility of a post. So no matter what platform works best for your business, hashtags could help you expand your contents reach, increase your brand and campaign awareness, target your audience, improve SEO and help with social monitoring.  Who would not want to … Continue reading

Giving back to the community one sandwich at a time

  Community Giving I enjoy volunteering for local organizations.  It brings a unique sense of purpose to my talents. Not everyone understand the impact that one person can make in the lives of those who are in need. Everyone community has a need that far exceeds the abilities of a single person.  But when corporations make a commitment to giving the impact can be tremendous. Small and large companies across the country take pride in strengthening their communities.  Wal-Mart, GE, Wells Fargo, and Verizon are just a few companies that are making a big difference through corporate giving initiatives.  I am fortunate to be part of a company that values the importance of giving back to the community. Peanut Butter Jelly Time Every other month the employees at the CSI globalVCard headquarters take time out of their day to pack lunch bags for the homeless in Fort Myers, Fl. A different team takes the responsibility each time to purchase all the supplies and food needed to pack 150 lunches to be handed out by ‘Come as you are Ministries’ the next day at a local park.  The bags include a bottle of water, chips, apple and a peanut butter and … Continue reading

5 tips for improving your LinkedIn profile today

tips for a better LinkedIn profile

  5 things you should do today to improve your LinkedIn profile: I must admit that until recently, LinkedIn was a social media platform that I only used for a job search.  I ignored LinkedIn until I was looking for job opportunities.  This is a mistake that I am sure many people make.  The obvious problem with my former approach was that I didn’t spend time building up my connections which would be able to assist me in my job search.  But the greatest mistake I made was treating my profile as a resume. My opinion of LinkedIn has matured over the past year as I learned the value an individual as well as a brand can gain from using this massive social network as it is intended.  I am not going to go into a the benefits that are wrapped into LinkedIn.  Instead I want to focus on how you can consider updating a few simple things on your profile to maximize the potential it provides.  I took screenshots from my LinkedIn profile as examples. 1.  Add a professional head shot to your LinkedIn profile.  The ultimate LinkedIn no-no is having no kind of photo representing yourself.  The second … Continue reading

Change happens. This blog is changing too!

I am sure many of you can relate; putting a certain part of your life on hold to bring precious humans into the world. A large percentage of women choice to walk away from a career path that they so eagerly worked hard to build.  Making a choice like this is never as simple as one assumes or makes it look.   And then when the mommy decides that she wants to go back to where she left off it is an equally hard decision that is followed by doubt and often discouragement.  It can make you wonder if you will ever get back on that road of focus that you voluntarily steered off of. I have been back focused on building my career for about 6 months now.  I have two beautiful, healthy children that get to see me grow as much as I get to see them grow!  I wasrecently presented with an opportunity to develop a new role within the company I joined last Fall.  I am responsible for developing and implementing a social media strategy from the ground up.  This is an exciting time for me in my career. As much as I love making my … Continue reading

10 tips For Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Go Back to Work

You already opted in on the most important job in the world I made the decision last Fall to focus on my career again.  With a toddler and a 6 month old at home, this was not a decision that came easy.  So many opinions out there about moms and their choices.  All the one-sided media discussions either talk about moms opting out of careers if they decided to stay home or talk about the choice to work somehow meant that they were giving up time with their children.  These ignorant discussions made it hard to focus on how I really felt.  (you can read more about my transition from staying at home to working in this post) To all the moms reading this, I think it is important for you all to remember that no matter how you choose to spend your days you already opted in on the most important job in the world- being a mommy.  And don’t let anyone make you regret your decision whether you stay at home full-time, part time or work full time.  Every mom knows that being a mommy is a 24 hour a day job regardless of you are.  We all … Continue reading

From stay at home mom to working mom

I took a break from the blog world for a few months.  But. now. I . am. BACK! Over the past few months I have made a few big transitions in my life.  My family moved to South Florida! (Moving with a toddler and an infant is not as simple as that sentence made it sound).  And then I made the big decision to start focusing on my career again.  As a mother of two, this was a hard decision because part of me felt like I was choosing work over my kids.  But after lots of thought and talks with my husband and mom I decided that the decision was also FOR my kids.  I have always taken pride in being a good example of health and fitness for my kids.  So why did I see hard work and determination as a negative and not another great example to show?  I think it is something many moms feel at first when they go back to their career.  It took time for me to realize that it would have some hard moments but in the end it would benefit my children.  But it did require me to take a look … Continue reading