Behind the scenes with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Dr. Pepper Snapple products

Do you like finding out what’s going on behind the scenes with your favorite brands? I know I do. I appreciate learning about the improvements they are making both in their products, the environment and the community. That’s why I’m so excited to bring you a behind the scenes look at what Dr. Pepper/Snapple has (Continue Reading…);

10 Facts You May Not Know about the National School Lunch Program

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National School Lunch Week is upon us. It’s a week designated each year as a time to educate the public on school lunches, examine how the system works, and evaluate effectiveness. Much has changed with the school lunch program in 2014, with tougher standards and regulations enacted in an effort to improve student health and (Continue Reading…);

Grab a Tray and Silverware- It’s National School Lunch Week!


Today, October 13, 2014 is Columbus Day and while most children are enjoying a day off from the demands of education, the topic of school is getting more attention this week than usual. Specifically, the subject of food is front and center as October 13 through October 17, 2014 is designated as National School Lunch (Continue Reading…);

Save at the Pump with Shell Fuel Rewards


Gasoline costs can get expensive. Anyone who owns and operates a vehicle knows that gasoline is a regular expense and as driving needs increase, gasoline’s share of the household budget also increases. Shell Oil has a plan to help you beat the high price of gasoline. It’s called Shell Fuel Rewards and it offers many (Continue Reading…);

Take the Team Healthy Kids Fitness Challenge


Action for Healthy Kids is an important non- profit organization that works for the good health of children. The organization has affiliates in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia with dedicated volunteers working to improve kids’ health. One of the organization’s national events begins in just two days and everyone is encouraged to (Continue Reading…);

Life Expectancy for Americans Reaches Record High


Good news for Money Saving Parents everywhere: Americans are living longer, according to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control. Official data from the CDC shows the average lifespan for a United States resident at an all- time record high of 78.8 years in 2012. Many factors can be credited, but most experts (Continue Reading…);

Chronicle of Philanthropy Ranks the States for Charitable Giving


Americans are a generous people, but residents in some states are certainly more generous than others. The Chronicle of Philanthropy released data for 2012, showing the percentage of income given to charity from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. What the data shows is that states with higher average incomes are not necessarily (Continue Reading…);

California Bans Plastic Grocery Bags


California, the nation’s most populous state and a hotbed of political and social activism, has taken a step many felt was long overdue: It has outlawed the use of plastic shopping bags across the state, citing environmental and other concerns. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law September 30, 2014, making California the first (Continue Reading…);

Taking a stand instead of being a bystander: ALS Bucket Challenge Prank #Love>Hate

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You have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge right? This amazing opportunity to bring awareness to the world about a heartbreaking disease and the research that could, someday even cure it. Celebrities and everyday people joined in the challenge hoping to be a participant in something bigger and better than themselves as the create (Continue Reading…);

Household Income: How Does Your Home Measure Up?

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Personal finance is a necessary subject of discussion. Some do not like it and find it makes for uncomfortable conversation, but like it or not, finance and economics are critical to our daily lives. Statistical sources like to bombard the public with rankings for everything from credit card usage to net worth to savings rates (Continue Reading…);

Spirit Airlines Special $35 Off Deal Ends Tonight


If you’re the type of family that likes to explore and has a flexible schedule, then you may want to check out the special deal presently offered by Spirit Airlines. Spirit Airlines, in case you didn’t already know, is a no- frills budget airline carrier known for its low base prices. The airline offers frequent (Continue Reading…);

Learn about the American West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

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What is life like in the American West? It certainly maintains a culture all its own and it was especially unique during the 18th and 19th centuries when cowboys called this area home and settlers frequently clashed with Native Americans. The contributions of the Western U.S. to American history and culture are honored at the (Continue Reading…);

Medical Fallacies: What You Think is True is Often Not

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How do you react to health concerns? If you catch a cold, do you respond by taking vitamin C supplements? If you’re pregnant and you’re carrying your baby low, does that mean it’s likely a boy? Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Do you avoid vaccinations for your children because you are convinced the (Continue Reading…);

Fourth Annual Houston Art Fair coming to NRG Center

Houston Fine Art Fair

Houston area art fans are fortunate to live in a city where fine art is readily available, both for viewing and for purchase. This coming weekend, the city is hosting a fair with paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other works of art from some of the best artists from Houston and beyond. It’s the 4th Annual (Continue Reading…);

Center for Disease Control study confirms that kids eat too much salt

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America’s Center for Disease Control released a report on September 9, 2014 detailing the sodium intake by the average child and the bottom line results confirm what most of us already know: Children consume too much salt. According to the results of the study, the average school- age child consumes about 3,300 milligrams of salt (Continue Reading…);