Buying a Used Car? Why Buying Certified is the Way to Go

Buying a car can be scary. Most of us depend on our vehicles to get to and from work, to get our kids where they need to go, get groceries, and many other trips that we depend on our cars for on a daily basis.
What can be scary when you buy a used car is that you really never know what you are going to get – you could end up with more problems than your current vehicle, and a big bill at the mechanic.
That is one reason that you should buy certified.

There is quite a peace of mind when you buy a certified vehicle. There are so many benefits to buying certified you may never buy anything else!
The certified used cards come with a 3 month/3,000 mile maximum care warranty, up to 7 year/100,000 mile power train limited warranty, and lifetime certified upgrade plans.

All vehicles are put to the test with a 125-point inspection to make sure they stand up to quality standards. You also get a CARFAX history report so you know your vehicle is clear of any prior title obligations, and protects you from unknowingly buying a used car with any type of incidents such as salvage, fire, flood damage, odometer issues or lemon history.

Certified vehicles also include roadside coverage with 24-hour assistance, and up to $100 per occurrence for flat tire service,gas delivery, battery jump assistance, lockout service, and towing service.

Also, if your vehicle requires repairs and is inoperable due to the failure of a covered peril, and repairs take more than a day, they will give you a $35 a day car rental allowance (up to $175 max) so you don’t go without a vehicle while your car is being repaired.

Buying certified is the way to go for peace of mind when buying a used vehicle!


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Oui is for Me

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

It seems whenever I am going to the store, or offered to try some products from a company they are all about my kids – which is great. I mean, that’s how I am. If you look at my kids wardrobe, shoes, and even haircut, you know who gets the bottom of the barrel (that would be me) nearly every time. We all do our best, and sometimes run ourselves ragged always making sure that our kids have everything they need – and the best of it.

Recently, over the past year or so, I’ve realized that I need to do what’s best for me sometimes as well. Whether it’s going to get my hair done (I leave feeling like a supermodel) getting a pedi (another way to leave a place feeling awesome) or even hiding that delicious food in the back of the fridge from the kids, and eating it after they’ve left for school or practice, it’s OK I get it..and it’s OK to do stuff for you – you deserve it.

My kids usually have free range of what they want in the fridge, but I have to tell you, I’ve been a bit selfish with this new treat – Oui by Yoplait. It’s an all-new French style yogurt that has thick and creamy texture, and a subtly sweet taste. Oui is a traditional French recipe that is cultured in each glass pot for eight hours, which creates the unique thick and cuttable texture.

Oui has simple non-GMO ingredients which makes this tasty treat guilt free – whole milk, and real fruit are poured in set in each glass container which creates a deliciously thick yogurt with a sweet, pure taste in every bite – Oui is for me.

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Quit Smoking in 2017 with These Unbelievable Tips

Smoking is a habit that most people hate. This is mostly due to direct and indirect impact it has on people. You don’t even have to be smoking yourself; as long as you’re in vicinity of someone who does, you will be affected.

Although it is really hard to quit this habit (due to accessibility) there are definitely ways you can do it.

Most people who tried to quit smoking will tell you that it is all about strength of will: you shouldn’t waver at any point. But there is another factor that needs to be regarded and that is your overall state of mind and body.  Like with any other vice, it is important to be healthy and on top of your game. In fact, if you’re in good conditioning, cigarettes will become a burden.

Let’s check some of the best ways you can quit smoking today.


  1. Be prepared mentally

In a way, quitting a vice can be a lot of work. This means you have to be prepared for the whole process both mentally and physically as it will take a while for the results to show. In terms of psyche, people who are suffering from mental issues such as depression, low self-esteem or some other severe problems in their life should start quitting process. Instead, make sure to deal with everything that is holding your back and then you can begin. There is no point in starting if you can manage for several months only to relapse. This will affect your confidence and make the next quitting process that much harder.


  1. Get your body in shape

Like with mental part of preparation, your body needs to be strong and resilient. Going cold feet may prove to be very stressful. This means that your body will also be under a lot of scrutiny and do not be surprised if you fall ill due to bad immunity. In order for everything to go smoothly, start exercising. There is another benefit to being in shape. Unless you’re training at home, it will force you to move around, get some fresh air and be active. These are all small things that can prove to be extremely valuable later on.


  1. Think about diet

Diet is something that can definitely improve your overall shape. Make sure to eat more things that are nutritive but also, things that make you happy. If you have, eat more candies as long as it makes it easier to go through non-smoking. However, you will have to be careful; there is no point in substituting one vice with another. Diet can be very important when it comes to certain groceries. Most smokers have certain food and drinks that they consume with cigarettes. Coffee is one of the biggest culprits in that sense. If you manage to eliminate or at least reduce consumption of some of these drinks/foods, you will manage to control your process better and to reduce chance of relapsing.


  1. Consider substitutions and blockers

Over the course of time there were a lot of different products that were supposed to help us quit smoking. Patches, chewing gums, e-cigarettes based on e-juice were just some of them. Although these products have limited effect and in case of some individuals no impact whatsoever, you should definitely consider using some of them. Even if you try and it does work at least you gave it a short. However, if it works, the whole quitting may turn out to be really easy.


  1. Get a dog

I already mentioned how exercises and going out can be important. Here is another tip: get a dog. By getting a puppy, you will have a daily commitment. Occasionally, dogs can be so demanding that you will lose whole day just taking care of one. Walking a dog is also important as it will get you out of the house. As you well know, it is easier to go for smokes while you’re bored. Dog gives you a new, more natural perspective and can be just the right mental support you require.

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It’s Not Them, It’s Me

Recently an old jr high school friend of mine posted she was getting rid of her old dishwasher – ours hadn’t worked in nearly 2 years, and our landlord refused to replace it, which made me refuse to pay for one myself. So the girls and I had been washing dishes by hand for when I saw that she was giving it away, I jumped on it, “I’ll send my husband to get it this weekend” I quickly replied, before anyone else could jump on it.

I was so excited, I hadn’t had a chance to tell my husband until the night before, and he asked me if I was ready to put my moving clothes on and I looked at him strangely, “um, what?” He expected me to go with him since I had grown up with her. I quickly made up the excuse that I had things to do (which when don’t Moms have anything to do? Like we are busy all the time). Can’t you just take the neighbor? You help him all the time.” I was thinking of every excuse in the book to not go see an old friend that I hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years.

He quickly jumped to the assumption that I didn’t want to be seen with him – and I laughed. Hello, were married, and you’re all over my Facebook. He continued to push and I finally blurted out, “I’m like 100 more pounds then I was when I saw her last! That’s why I don’t want to go!”

He gave me that look, and said “why do you always care about what everyone else thinks of you? I tell you all the time you’re beautiful and I love you the way you are, and you could care less what I think.”

“That’s not it” I told him, and he just looked at me.

He didn’t get it. A lot of people don’t.

Did I think that my friend, someone I actually considered a friend would judge me because I was fat? Sure I was never super skinny when we were in school, but I sure wasn’t looking like a can of busted biscuits either.

I realized that it wasn’t that I was worried about what my friend, or any of the people I grew up with, thought about me.

It was what I thought about myself.

When I’ve been taking care of myself – from the outside in – I have no problems being social, hoping to run into an old friend, or even just talking to a neighbor.

When I start to feel ashamed of myself; of how I’ve let my weight get out of control, my life out of control – that’s when I turn inwards. I don’t go out, I don’t try to make plans, or do anything where I think there might be anyone I know (which makes it kind of hard when you live and work where you grew up!)

It seems like my weight has a direct  connection to the rest of my chaotic life. When my weight gets out of control, so does my house, my work, my blog, my money, everything! It’s hard to get motivated when you feel so down and out.

I’m going to start taking back control.

One step at a time.

One meal at a time – one chore at a time- one bill at a time.

Even though its hard for me to share anything that makes me feel insecure,  I have to be real. It isn’t always easy, I’m not always on top of my game.

But I’m gonna’ try.




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Montgomery Inn’s Summertime Barbecue Bonanza !

I remember my Grandpa taking us to Montgomery Inn because it was his favorite – it’s a family tradition to visit the Boathouse so I am so excited my family and friends who no longer live in Cincinnati still can experience a taste of home!

The Montgomery Inn Summertime Barbecue Bonanza consists of four slabs of the family-owned company’s hand-rubbed, USDA-inspected ribs, two pounds of pulled pork, two pounds of brisket baked beans, and a bottle of the original, sweet and tangy Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce and the newest addition to the family, the hot and spicy chipotle Barbecue Sauce to top it off.

The Barbecue Bonanza is packed fresh and then frozen and can be sent to most of the country in two days. To help celebrate summer, Montgomery Inn is offering the Barbecue Bonanza ($174.95 value) for $99.95 plus shipping (a $75 savings).

To take advantage of the Montgomery Inn Summertime Barbecue Bonanza, please visit to order online. Or, phone in your order at 1-800-USA-RIBS. Please use Promo code: summerfun and item #004BB

“Our meats undergo a 12-point inspection and our award-winning sauce uses artisan craftsmanship to bring a healthy alternative to the sauce market,” said Evan J. Andrews, Vice President of Montgomery Inn, Inc. “If you are worrying about what to feed your family, the Summertime Barbecue Bonanza is for you: all-natural, handcrafted, and delicious.”

The Montgomery Inn Summertime Barbecue Bonanza runs from August 18 to September 15, which allows you to extend the summer fun for a couple more weeks.

Let the Grill Master Have a Day Off

After the Montgomery Inn Summertime Barbecue Bonanza package is thawed, it can go from package to table in about 7 to 10 minutes. The ribs can be cooked in the oven or finished off on the grill. The pulled pork and baked beans are easy to prepare. Just follow the instructions included in the barbecue kit.

Summertime Barbecue Bonanza packages are shipped via UPS, packed frozen in dry ice. The care taken with the food and sauce ensures that consumers simply have to thaw, heat, and enjoy.

The grill master in your house will thank you for having the day off!

The Sauce – At the Heart of it All!

Montgomery Inn barbeque sauce is an artisan delight at a fraction of the cost. Through decades of craftsmanship, Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauces are made with all-natural ingredients in small batches, featuring Matula Gregory’s famous top-secret recipe.

The #1 ingredient in Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce is tomato paste, made exclusively from fresh California tomatoes. Additionally, the sauces are 100 percent fat free and contain no high fructose corn syrup.


Enter below for your chance to win your own Montgomery Inn’s Summertime Barbecue Bonanza ! (U.S. residents only, contest ends 9/8)


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