3 Ways Your Child Can Learn about Italy Through Kroger's Taste of Italy Experience

3 Ways Your Child Can Learn about Italy Through  Kroger's Taste of Italy Experience

I am incredibly fortunate that my husband cooks a majority of our meals. He is an incredible cook and he is always cooking healthy meals to accommodate our family's allergy needs.

Then, we discovered the iBotta program and we fell in love....again...with Kroger! We love our Kroger store and NOW it has a pick up option for individuals who are in hurry or who are not able to shop in the store. I cannot WAIT to try this out during the Winter time. Now, let's talk about Italy!


Introducing the Taste of Italy!
This month, Kroger is celebrating Italy! We are always excited about these themes, because we can infuse them into our monthly curriculum unit for our preschooler. Our little one is learning all about Italy and its culture!


#1 - Cooking (Science) with the Taste of Italy
Kroger has a variety of recipes focused on Italy! In fact, there are 69 recipes focused on Italian spices and food preparation. These recipes range from Bolognese Meat Sauce - Ragu alla Bolognese and Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Cream Sauce and Penne to Chicken Piccata and Pesto Vegetables!

Here is a link to all of the recipes!
https://www.kroger.com/italianworldflavor/recipes



#2 - Experience Kroger's Taste of Italy with Your Five Senses
The Taste of Italy can enable your family (either homeschool or evening school) to experience elements of the Italian culture with their five senses. Here's an example:

Smell and Taste - HemisFares Italian Mountain Speck

Touch and Hear the Sounds of the Pan Ducale Crackers

See and Taste (and Count) the Carando Fresh Meatballs



#3 - Exercise Your Right to Vote on Your Favorite Recipes from Kroger's Taste of Italy and Promote Political Participation for Your Family!
You can vote for your favorite Italian recipe and promote the political process in the United States! It is a wonderful opportunity to prep for your family for the upcoming election.

You can cast your Taste of Italy ballot here: Vote for Your Favorite Recipe



We hope your enjoy Kroger's Taste of Italy experience! Remember to infuse learning in each of your shopping trips at Kroger! Introduce your little one to new experiences and new cultures during your shopping adventures!


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7 New Brain Food Study and Work Snack Products for Your Family to Try from the Love with Food Subscription Box


Each month, we enjoy receiving a red box in the mail filled with new goodies to try! I admit, this is usually my airline and road trip travel box as well. It always highlights a theme and additional links to discover the different new products available for purchase!

Why We Love "Love with Food"
Our busy family LOVES this list because it enables us to add new items to our Amazon Subscribe and Save Lists! Recently, we've discovered new popcorn and new dried cherries to add to our monthly list! Here's a neat coupon for 40% (yes that is quite a opportunity) for you and your millennial family!

Are You Interested in Your Own "Love with Food Box?
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7 New Protein-Packed Snack Products for Your Family to Try from the Love with Food Subscription Box


Each month, we enjoy receiving a red box in the mail filled with new goodies to try! I admit, this is usually my airline and road trip travel box as well. It always highlights a theme and additional links to discover the different new products available for purchase!

Why We Love "Love with Food"
Our busy family LOVES this list because it enables us to add new items to our Amazon Subscribe and Save Lists! Recently, we've discovered new popcorn and new dried cherries to add to our monthly list! Here's a neat coupon for 40% (yes that is quite a opportunity) for you and your millennial family!

Are You Interested in Your Own "Love with Food Box?
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5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Find Homeschool and Evening School Curriculum Content for Your Preschooler



This is an exclusive post for any parents who are interested in educating their child at home. From stay-at-home parents who have the option to educate their school by adopting a home school curriculum to parents who work outside the home have the option to adopt an evening school curriculum, educating your child at home does not have to be a difficult or expensive process!

Tip #1 - Purchase Gently Used School Supplies for Your Curriculum


We purchase puzzles from our local Just Between Friends sale. These are neat, gently used items that are great for little ones.

Tip #2 - Purchase Preschool/Kindergarten Workbooks from the Dollar Tree


We purchase preschool/kindergarten workbooks for our little one to complete each day when we arrive home from preschool and work. These books are only $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree and they sell out FAST! Remember to grab these whenever you see them.


Tip #2 - Provide Low-Cost Incentives for Your Children When They Complete Tasks

We always add a check plus and a sticker on the sheet of paper when our little one completes her tasks for the day. Another incentive for her is to have iPad time upon completion of her evening curriculum.


I love this certificate of completion! What a neat incentive at the back of the workbook!



This is a separate sticker book for my little one. We keep it in her folder (which she uses every day)!

Tip #3 - Purchase Cheap Arts and Craft Supplies When They Super Cheap (90% off)


This item was purchased from Walgreens when it was 90% off (around $.15 cents WITH paint and a brush)

Tip #4 - Incorporate CHEAP Science Experiments

When you see EASY science experiments, purchase them for later. We purchased a lizard and we filled a Dollar Tree bin with water to demonstrate absorption for my little one. She checked the lizard every day for two weeks to see if the toy increased or decreased in size. Great activity!


This lizard was very small when we began the experiment!


It grew over time by absorbing water!


This was the original packaging from the Dollar Tree! Quick, easy, and effective!

Tip #5 - Talk about Nature

Simple items like flowers and leaves are wonderful foundations for a great conversation about science and nature (think about pollination, identification of the parts of the flower, seasonal changes, etc.).

Please let us know if you have any questions about the five CHEAP and EASY ways to find home school and preschool curriculum content! We are happy to help...especially if it involves the dollar tree.

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A Millennial Family's Review of the Next Level Triple Toothbrush Value Pack for Pets


We hope you are having a great week! The Weekends Count Family was VERY excited to have an opportunity to review the NEXT LEVEL Triple Toothbrush Value Pack for Pets!

This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.





This was an exceptional item for our family to review because we have always been focused on our little miniature schnauzer's teeth. She is not a fan of normal pet toothbrushes that we've purchased before. We even resorted to using baby toothbrushes to provide another solution for brushing her teeth.



This week, we utilized the NEXT LEVEL Triple Toothbrush Value Pack for pets for our miniature schnauzer. The pack is definitely a VALUE pack for any family, because it contains:

1) One double-ended toothbrush
2) Two Finger Toothbrushes (one of these are very similar to the baby toothbrush that we've utilized in the past).



So in all, the pack includes four brush heads for your pet! The colors are very attractive (red and white) and they are easy to spot as a reminder for you to brush your pet's teeth. The toothbrush focuses on the items that are important to our family! It can stop bad breath, fight disease, control tartar, and it is dishwasher safe! The best thing is...it is veterinarian approved!



Two surprises that were very important for our family were the items on the back of the package: directions focused on helping your pet become acclimated to the new toothbrushes and the pet toothpaste recipe for MAKING YOUR OWN toothpaste!


If you are looking for another toothbrush for your pet. Please check out the NEXT LEVEL Triple Toothbrush Value Pack for pets. It is an excellent choice for pet parents!


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Review of the Bamboo Mart - Bamboo Cutting Board & Utensil Set


Our daily commute always ends with a mad dash inside of our kitchen to find ingredients to form our meal for the night. This is always a problem for our family and we are looking for ANYTHING that will make our weeknights easier!

This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.


The Bamboo Cutting Board from Bamboo Mart is a MUST HAVE for any working mother or father who has the daily task of preparing meals each night. This cutting board is great for any kitchen and it features a groove that catches any liquid from fresh fruits and serves as a quick way for your countertops to remain clean.


Make your weeknights easier by purchasing the Bamboo Mart - Bamboo Cutting Board & Utensil Set from Amazon! Here's the link - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GGC00EG

We received this item to review from the company because we want to continue to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.

Please let us know if you have any questions! Here's the hashtag to explore the product! #iBambooMart

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Our Review of the Grillinator Utility Tote & Firewood Log Carrier - #GrillinatorTote


We hope you are having a great week! As the weather in North Texas becomes cooler, my mind wanders to the ice-filled weather we have each year. This weather will usually feature ice, snow, and very cold weather.

A few years ago, we had a rolling blackout conservation warning during the coldest day of the year. Since then, I've always been prepared with candles, flashlights (with batteries), hand crank flashlights, and firewood.



We received this item to review from the company because we want to continue to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We are passionate about the product and the experiences listed in this post, but we also wanted to provide easy links you can click to purchase products for your busy lifestyle.


Firewood is always a hassle to carry from the outdoors to the indoors because it causes a large mess on the floor of our home. Recently, we discovered the Grillinator Utility Tote & Firewood Log Carrier on Amazon.


It has padded handles, full enclosed construction, is made from premium experiences, has a self standing design and is oversized.



The Grillinator Utility Tote & Firewood Log Carrier is great for transporting firewood from the outdoors to the indoors or transporting mulch from one part of your yard to another section. In fact, this tote has a variety of different uses. We plan to purchase another one to store in our car for toys and other delights that we find rolling around in the back of our car!

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