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Go Rving with Kids!

Some of my best memories from my earlier years are family vacations. Our family had a travel trailer and we would go RVing around the Midwest. It felt like an adventure! We camped, fished, explored, sat around the campfire, and played card games (something as simple as the family playing card games is what I remember so vividly)! Even when the travel trailer was just sitting in our driveway at home, we wanted to sleep in it!

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We have five kids in our family and two of my brothers were toddlers at the time, so I bet my parents felt like RVing was a different type of adventure! Now, as a parent to three kids, I can understand the apprehensions my parents might have had with buying a travel trailer and taking us on these adventures, but I’m sure glad they did. Now I realize how important it is to create those same memories for my children.

My aunt and uncle had a large motorhome that they traveled to all of the states (except Alaska) and visited every one of the sights, attractions and national parks across the country. I’ve been around the world, but there are so many places right here in the U.S. that I haven’t had the chance to see: the Grand Canyon, mountains, Mount Rushmore, or even Niagara Falls. I want my kids to be able to explore and appreciate every part of their country and not just read about it in textbooks. Hopefully one day we will be able to buy an RV and provide our kids with excitement, adventure and memories.

RVing brings families closer together and creates fond memories for kids to always look back on.

Check out Go RVing to learn more and start planning your trip!

Tell us what you love most about RVing or if you’ve ever wanted to try it! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go RVing via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Greek Pasta Salad

I’m always looking for dishes to bring to potlucks and a cold pasta salad is a perfect make-ahead dish that is good for hot weather. One of my favorite salads is a classic Greek salad. Naturally, I would turn those flavors into different dishes just like I did with my Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken Enchildas and Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Soup because of my love for spinach and artichoke dip.

Here is a delicious Greek Pasta Salad (I see a Greek Potato salad in my future!) that I created for Litehouse Foods. Their new OPA dips are created with Greek yogurt. I love using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and cheeses because it provides a creamy taste and texture with fewer calories and a lot of protein! By using Greek yogurt in these dips, Litehouse has created a dip with fewer calories but flavorful taste!

Head on over to the Living Litehouse blog, where I am blessed to be a contributor. You will find a ton of quick and healthy recipes- perfect for a busy mom!

Greek Pasta Salad

End Child Hunger #LetKidsBeKids

Child hunger does happen in the United States.

In Oklahoma, it is estimated that 300,000 children may be left without a stable source of nutrition during the summer months when school is out.

Fortunately, some of the schools here in Iowa provide free lunches during the summer to make sure the students who receive free lunches at school will continue to be well-fed.  Many people don’t realize that despite all of the great organizations we have here in the United States, children are still going hungry.

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This is why Feed The Children is piloting The Oklahoma Summer Food and Education Program.

You may already know Feed The Children as one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, but they are back with a new look and a renewed commitment to making sure no child goes to bed hungry. I’m here to tell you of the organization’s new commitment of leading by example, starting with their pilot program in Oklahoma to end child hunger.

In partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, kids in Oklahoma will:

  • Have Access To More Meals: Feed The Children will provide 115,000 meals, many of which can be brought home.
  • Nourishing Bodies and Minds: At 11 sites, Feed the Children will provide books and educational resources including school supplies for the school year.

Part of the issue of child hunger, is to figure out why kids are still going hungry. Feed the Children will also conduct studies to figure out why some low-income families send their children for meals and some do not. To end this issue, we need to empower families, unite forces with other like-minded organizations and build a new generation of partners and advocates to help eradicate child hunger.

Join us in the fight to end hunger with a tweet-up on July 9th, from 1-2pm est on the hashtag #LetKidsBeKids No organization can tackle the issue of child hunger alone. We need your help!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Feed The Children.