5 Ways to OWN My One Word of the New Year: Complete

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To say I juggle a lot of life stuff at once is an understatement. The thing is, I'm not alone. Women everywhere are striving every day to find balance and strength amid chaos and doubt. This year? I'm OWNING it. And you can too! #ad #OwnWhatYouEat

To say I juggle a lot of balls at once would be an understatement, especially lately.

Earlier this week, I felt the effects of my own zany busyness. I was having a work meeting at my computer while our workmen hammered away in the next room. While I was answering work emails, they were taking a lunch break behind me. At the same time the kids were due home, the water softener people were arriving for their consultation. The dog had to go to Grandma’s house, the cat to Holly’s house, and the chicken sitter was on her way. All because we were due to leave for our Florida trip the next day. Did I mention we had to move the house around because the floors were being refinished?

I know this kind of nuttiness isn’t here to stay, but my daily life is probably not going to get less busy. That’s ok. I OWN it.

To say I juggle a lot of life stuff at once is an understatement. The thing is, I'm not alone. Women everywhere are striving every day to find balance and strength amid chaos and doubt. This year? I'm OWNING it. And you can too! #ad #OwnWhatYouEat

And it’s all because of the choices I make, the company I keep, and my motivation for the future. It’s all good! I’m gaining confidence here, and I’m someone who has struggled with it for my entire life. I juggle parenthood, 3 jobs, and marriage.

I had mentioned the words HARMONY and COMPLETE for the year. Hover over the image below to see how I’m OWNING 2018!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a special love for Special K® food and snacks. I love the variety, from breakfast to lunch to snacks, and even dinner. When I get caught up doing too many things at once, which I’m quite guilty of, I can be rest assured that some things are simple. Some choices are simple. And that’s with my favorite cereals, like Special K® Chocolate Delight Cereal, Special K® Protein Cereal, and Special K® Fruit and Yogurt – among others.

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You KNOW from the above photo that I have embraced the Special K® Protein Caramel Pretzel Cashew Bars because I need snacks and cereal with the protein I need to fuel my day.. I also find that Special K® Blueberry Pastry Crisps are a must-have in my house! We love all the flavors. However you eat it, own it. That’s why diets are out, and confidence is IN. Recently I discovered breakfast items! YUM. I sometimes can’t decide between the Special K® Sausage Crustless Quiche and the Special K® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich. Luckily I have both at home so I have great starts to my days.

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Here’s where it gets more exciting:

From 12/31/17 – 1/27/18: Get 10% OFF select Special K® Quiche and Handhelds at Target.

From 11/1/17 – 6/1/18: Get a free Swell water bottle with an empowerment message on it via Kellogg Family Rewards when you purchase any combination of three (3) participating Kellogg® Special K® products between 11/1/17 and 6/1/18. Receipts must be submitted by 7/1/18.

Click here to learn more about the Kellogg Family Rewards offer for a free Swell water bottle with purchase of three Special K® products!

Personally, I love to stock up when I’m at Target. With juggling so many things at once, it’s nice to have the confidence I need when shopping for all these products I know and trust. It’s helped me to write 5 things to COMPLETE for 2018:

1 – I want to COMPLETE a meal plan. We’ve been experimenting, and everyone is happier when there’s some plan and some flow. It’s easy enough to plan out our breakfasts and snacks, especially with Special K® food and snacks. That helps to then plan the meals that make us happy. It can be exciting, I swear. We’ve been doing that for about two weeks.

2 – I want to COMPLETE a 5K. Scarlet and Cassidy ran one in 2017 and I wasn’t ready. Now I feel more ready.

3 – I want to COMPLETE a year of routine and timely physicals, dental appointments, checkups, etc.

4 – And I want to COMPLETE a full series of classes – whether it’s barre or Zumba or yoga.

5 – Lastly, I want to COMPLETE a self-care regimen that sticks. I don’t want to burn out. It’s all about books and more books. Movies and luxurious baths. Recognizing that I’m not building a life I need an escape from – because I love my jobs and family life – but I’m building a life in which I learn how to ask for help or to stop and breathe when it gets overwhelming. It WILL get overwhelming. I will need rest. All so that I can go back to OWNING it after my break. Like at the store:

Special K® food and snacks are found at Target:

Check out the Kellogg Family Rewards page to find great Kellogg deals!

What’s your One Word for 2018?

7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family

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I’m proud to be partnering with ScriptSave® WellRx in the New Year, as my family has used them for the past six months. We’re excited to welcome a new year and find all of the ways you can stay active, healthy, and close for your 2018!

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

It seems like only yesterday that I started using ScriptSave® WellRx back in the summer before school started.

I got such a great perspective of how to get organized and inspired for a new school year. It was Des’ first year in elementary school, and Scarlet was starting third grade. I was almost unbearably nervous at the thought of two in school. Two sets of paperwork, two little immune systems to help protect, two new wardrobes, two backpacks, two lunch boxes, two water bottles, etc. You get the idea! I needed to get organized in order to feel less nervous about the transition.

I’m happy to say that it worked.

Now we’re four months into the school year, which I honestly can’t believe, and I’m happy at the way my family has rolled with the punches. Now we’re at the eve of brand new changes! Next month, our long-term home renovations will finally be over. Cassidy and I will have a finished bedroom and bathroom, and we’ll be splitting up the kids and giving them their own rooms. These seem like such big changes! At work, Cassidy is as busy as ever and has big resolutions for his own health and for his company. Me? I’m still managing the family and my three jobs and focused more than ever on taking care of myself, and thus, taking care of my family even better than before. It’s time to welcome this new year of 2018 as a family.

Here are 7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family:

1 – Get your medical info organized, schedule your annual medical appointments, and learn all about our favorite time and money saving app for your prescription medications. And that’s with ScriptSave WellRx. When I used their website to search for discounts where we live, in Northampton, MA, I couldn’t believe the opportunities I found to save time and money. I had been skeptical when I first downloaded the app onto my phone, but I soon realized how wrong I had been.

This (below image) is a functioning savings card from ScriptSave WellRx! You can save the image on your computer or even take a screenshot on your phone to show at the pharmacy when you go fill a prescription! It’s so easy. Don’t wait!

Want to hear more? The ScriptSave WellRx card/app is free to download – so nothing ventured and nothing gained. It requires no credit card details to be entered, and there is no membership fee. Also, there is no way to pay more than you would have done without the program. In the worst case, you get no discount, although you’ll be getting no discount with the peace of mind that you KNOW you’re getting the lowest price available in your area. It can be draining and time-consuming to price shop, especially for something as important as medications. We also made our annual wellness appointments in advance. I had already downloaded the ScriptSave WellRx app, so we were already saving time and money on prescription medications. I feel more prepared.

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

Recently the ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app were updated to include brand-new functionality that I find useful for my family. They have “Medicine Chest Pricing” that allows a patient to enter the details of multiple prescriptions at the same time, and then click the “Price-check” button to see either the one single pharmacy that offers the lowest “one-stop price” OR the specific combination of pharmacies that will provide the lowest individual price for each single prescription. Amazing! You can also save all of your prescription to a secure “virtual medicine chest” for easy repricing every month. Using this will unlock access to pill reminders and refill reminders right within the mobile app. I’m astounded at both the money and time I’ve saved since the summer with ScriptSave WellRx. And that’s much more time and money to use for doing what matters.

Think about how fast, easy and free it is to unlock savings. Just the way you do that with flights or hotel rooms, you can “unlock” all prices at your local pharmacies on one screen. It’s important to know the cash price for your prescriptions, regardless of whether you have insurance or not. Sometimes, your insurance copay can be more expensive than buying medications without insurance. Knowledge is power in this case. Be informed and it won’t cost you a thing! Also, prescription prices can change daily and can vary in price at different pharmacies. You’ll have the best info.

I love how the arrival of a new year motivates us to make better choices and renew our commitment to self-care. The ScriptSave WellRx prescription savings program helps my family immeasurably. And here are our 6 other new year tips:

2 – Catch a sunrise together! You’ll have to bundle up for it, but we make a point to do this every January.

3 – Be a tourist in your own city, or one close to you. I love to read the articles of tourist attractions in Northampton (our city) and then go do those things with my family – either for the first time, or as if it’s our first time!

4 – Get outside as a family. Find a mild day or bundle up safely and go for a family walk, a family hike, family cross country skiing, or family snow tubing. It’s important to get that outdoors time together, even in the winter.

5 – Have an impromptu dinner party with neighbors. We had one just the other day with our neighbors three doors down. Our daughters were having an epic play date while we had tea and coffee together. That led to a delicious dinner.

6 – Make lists and check them off. It feels so good to be productive! Write down your appointments, schedules, renovations, shopping lists, etc. And don’t forget the wonders of using the ScriptSave WellRx app on your weekly to do list.

7 – Be intentional, of course, and go easy on yourself too! Self-care doesn’t mean to stop doing what you have to do – but it means doing it with more feeling and smarts. Enter the Invite Code: Camera when registering for your ScriptSave WellRx card or installing their mobile app. Link to do so HERE.

How do you welcome a new year?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScriptSave® WellRx.