Healthy Whole Grain Eating with Roman Meal

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mom Central and Roman Meal.

As a mom, one of the things I’m concerned about is that my kids eat a variety of healthy foods so that they can grow up strong and fit. Unfortunately, most of the time I can’t just stick foods in front of them and expect them to actually eat.

Yep, I’ve got a couple of picky eaters at my house…I know you can all relate!

My son would be happy to exist solely on pretzels and drinkable yogurt. My daughter is a little better, but not by much. Luckily, I’ve found a couple of ways to get that healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains into their bellies.

Smoothies are a big hit at our house, and in the summer, when berries and melons are in season, I can’t keep the refrigerator stocked with enough fruit to satisfy them. Carrots are a treat when the kids get to dip them into Ranch dressing or hummus. Getting them to eat whole grains is even easier, however, thanks to Roman Meal bread.

Healthy Whole Grain Eating is a Snap

When I was young, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house. I have wonderful memories of learning to how to bake, how to make her famous spaghetti sauce, and how to wash dishes in her kitchen.

As lunch time rolled around, she would usually pull out a loaf of Roman Meal bread and make the most delicious BLT sandwiches or sometimes just a simple grilled cheese.

So when I became a mom, it was only natural for me to start buying Roman Meal for my own kids.

whole grain lunch

When I make grilled cheese for my family, I like knowing that they are getting a healthy dose of their daily requirement of whole grains in just one sandwich…21 grams to be exact. The kids don’t realize that the bread they are eating is good for them, they just like the way it tastes.

Roman Meal is also very fresh bread–they bake fresh in dozens of regional bakeries across the country–meaning that the bread you buy in your local grocery store was baked locally and was never frozen.

Benefits of whole grain eating

Making something as decadent as French Toast healthy (OK, semi-healthy) is easy too…just use Roman Meal in place of your regular bread.

whole grain breakfast

On Saturday mornings, I like to make a big batch of my mom’s French Toast recipe for our family breakfast. It’s not your regular recipe of eggs and milk; it is more of a batter that you dip bread into and place on the griddle.

Using a whole grain bread like Roman Meal in this recipe not only gives my family a good deal of whole grains, but vitamin D and calcium as well. We also see the benefits of better digestion, weight maintenance, and the possibility of a reduction of our risk of heart disease (which runs in our family).

To learn more about Roman Meal, make sure to sign up for their helpful newsletter.  They also have a ton of great recipes on their website for you to try at home. The Curried Egg White Salad sandwich looks good to me!

Win some Roman Meal bread for your family

Head over to Roman Meal’s Facebook page to enter to win their amazing Baked Fresh Sweepstakes! Not only are they giving away $1 off coupons to everyone who enters, but one lucky winner will receive $2,500. You can also win coupons for free Roman Meal bread!

Roman Meal is also sponsoring a generous giveaway of coupons for free bread here on My Mommy World! Sign up to win below:

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How do you like to use whole grain bread in your kitchen? Let Roman Meal know when you visit them on Facebook or Twitter!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Weekly Goals: Happy Easter!

Weekly Goals

After a beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine (I even got a bit of a sunburn), friends and family, it’s time to get back to goal setting.

My kids are home with me this week, and we’ve got some fun things we want to do together: library, planting new flowers in the yard (they love digging in the dirt!), and just hanging out! They are mostly excited about being able to go to the gym so they can play in the kids’ area. I’m also really looking forward to worship this week…Easter is always so soul-filling :)

I want to wish all of you a very Happy Easter!

Here’s what I did last week:

And here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

What are you planning for the week?

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Good morning friends! I hope you had a great weekend :) Here in Maryland, we had picture perfect weather…it was such a refreshing change after all those months of freezing!

This week, my kids are off from school (hooray!) and we are planning to spend some fun time together, dying Easter eggs, going to the library, planting flowers, and more. We will also be at church several days this week, so I’m making a few simple meals for those days.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Monday: BBQ Pork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes, veggies

Tuesday: Homemade pizza, salad

Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole, veggies

Thursday: Burgers on the grill, salad

Friday: Breakfast for dinner

Saturday: Spaghetti, veggies

Sunday: Eat Out

For our Easter dinner, I’m thinking about Ham (of course) with potato salad, corn on the cob (if I can find some), asparagus, and cake.

We’ll also be making Banana Cake this week, and I’ll post the recipe for you in a few days :)

What’s on your menu this week? If you need more inspiration, check out Org Junkie and her menu link-up!

This Week’s Best Freebies

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for this week’s best freebies! Check out this great list of free Kindle books, samples and more that you can request. (Please note, this post contains affiliate links.)

Thanks to Kathy at Savings Lifestyle for contributing to this list!

Free Kindle eBooks

Fiction

Stolen Secrets (Sisters of Spirit)

The One You Love (Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy)

Six Months in Montana (Montana Sweet Western Romance Series)

Nobody’s Slave

Non Fiction

The Vitamin D Miracle: How to Cure Common Health Problems and Have Optimal Health (Natural Cure, Natural Remedies, Natural Lifestyle)

Regret-Free Personal Finance: 10 Steps to Financial Freedom and a Life You Love

Always Know What To Say – Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To Anyone

Garden Design and Landscaping

A Little Bit of Everything For Dummies

Cookbooks

Paleo Easter Bunny: Kid Tested, Mom Approved – Quick & Easy Gluten-Free Easter Treats and Paleo Snacks (Paleo Diet Solution Series)

Donuts :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes

51 Easter Dessert Ideas: Scrumptious Easter Recipes For Any Occassion

10 Fun Things To Do With Your Microwave

Kids Books

Julio Bunny and the Land of Carrot Trees: Easter Book Collection

Bedtime Little Bear (Picture Flats)

Children’s Book : I Wanna Be .. A Firefighter (Motivation & Education series for ages 6 – 12)

Minecraft: The Best Mods That You Will Love (Minecraft Books)

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You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

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Free Apps

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

UNO & Friends – The Classic Card Game Goes Social!

PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue FREE

Best Jigsaw Puzzles Vol. 2

Prayers & Blessings Daily

Free printables and samples



Free subscription to American Baby magazine

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste Sample

Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight Cat Food Sample

Easter Labels for Kids

Hydroxycut Gummies Sample

Book from Barnes and Noble through Summer Reading Program (begins 5/20)

10 Top Country Music Playlist

The Best of Betty Crocker 2011

Easter Subway Art Printable

Easter Word Search Printable

Easter Cross Word Puzzle

Easter Chicks Coloring Page

Lego Club Magazine

Eucerin Sample

BVLGARI Omnia Indian Garnet Fragrance Sample

Identity Theft: What to do When it Happens to You

Identity Theft Tips

When I was the victim of identity theft early last year, nobody was as surprised as me. I mean, I keep all of my information safe, I never give out any account numbers, and I shred all bank statements and other documents that might have any personal information on them. There was just no way that someone could steal from me, or so I thought.

If I learned one thing from my experience, it is that anyone can be a victim at any time. I hope that by sharing what happened to me, and what steps I used to deal with the theft, that I can help someone who may find themselves in the same position.

My identity theft story

My family and I had been back from a week-long vacation in Florida only a few days when I discovered that someone had made 2 payments to their credit cards using our checking account. Because their very large payments caused our account to be overdrawn, our bank notified us that same day.

I immediately called the bank to report that those payments were fraudulent and expected that they would just reverse the charges and that everything would go back to normal. Was I ever wrong!

Because the payments had been made using our account number (instead of a debit card number, for example), the bank told me that our account was compromised and that we would need to close that account. They also advised me to file a police report right away.

Making a long story short, the police were able to discover that my personal information had been stolen by an administrative employee of a doctor’s office. She took my name, address, social security number and driver’s license number from a new patient form, and when I made a payment to my account by check, she took the routing and account numbers to my checking account.

Using my information, she obtained a free credit report to see if I would make a good victim. Satisfied that I might have some money, she used my checking account information to make payments on both her and her husband’s credit cards. We also found that she had made a fake ID with my information, which she used at a store in another state to open a credit card at the register and purchase $3,000 worth of merchandise.

In order to clean this mess up, I had to spend hours on the phone with my bank, the issuer of the fraudulent credit account and the credit bureaus. Because we had to open a new checking account, I also had to spend a good deal of time switching over our direct deposits and automatic payments that we have set up to pay insurance and other bills.

This ordeal was a nightmare for me, but I realize that it could have been much, much worse had we not caught it so early. I also realized that my identity theft was not the result of something that I had done wrong, but that I could take additional steps to prevent it from ever happening again.

What to do if you are the victim of identity theft

1. Stay calm. When I first discovered that my identity had been stolen, the first thing I did was to panic. I felt very insecure knowing that a total stranger had been able to take all the money we had in our account, and wasn’t 100% sure if we would get it back.

What I discovered later was that the banks and credit companies are very used to this type of thing. While talking to the representatives who were helping me with my accounts, I heard some some of their experiences, and realized that they deal with this every single day. It happens a lot more often that we are aware of, and they are more than happy to help you.

2. File a police report as soon as you realize that the theft has taken place. Identity theft is a crime, and should be treated the same as if your car was stolen. Having a police report on file is also helpful in demonstrating to the banks that the transactions that you are disputing were indeed made by someone who stole your information.

3. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. After filing your police report, the next thing to do is to place a fraud alert or credit freeze on your account with the credit bureaus. This tells banks or credit card companies that someone has stolen your information and, in the case of the freeze, will not let them open accounts in your name. Check out this guide for more information on how to do this.

4. Contact your bank or the company who issued the fraudulent credit account. Let them know that the charges were fraudulent as soon as possible. In our case, the bank gave us a temporary credit in the amount that was stolen until they were able to finish their investigation. I also had to complete an affidavit to prove that I had not made those charges, and provide them with the police report I had filed.

5. Make sure to keep copies of everything. There will be A LOT of paperwork involved in this process. Make sure you keep everything in case you need it in the future.

6. Take steps to prevent identity theft from happening again. Unfortunately, in my case, the information I gave to the doctor was necessary for him to file a claim with my insurance company. He had no idea that his employee was unscrupulous, and I’m sure he feels terrible that many of his patients were affected by this person. In hindsight, however, I think it would have been better to make my payments via my debit card in person, or better yet, in cash, to prevent anyone from obtaining my account numbers. Having a permanent freeze on my credit report would have also made the thief unable to open a credit card in my name.

If you would like more information on identity theft, you can take a look at this helpful series written by the FTC.

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft? How has it changed the way you protect your financial information?

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