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Month: March 2015

Getting Anthony his First Cell Phone with T-Mobile Simply Prepaid

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Anthony will be turning 10 soon and we are starting to give him a little more independence.  
I don’t know where the time went, my little boy went from sippy cups and cheerios to technology obsessed and picking out his own clothes.  As he reaches the double digits we agreed to get him his first cell phone with a prepaid plan.
 
We don’t have a house phone because both my husband and I have cell phones and the kids know how to work them incase of an emergency.  With two cell phones, having an extra landline phone and the bill that comes along with it didn’t make sense to us.  This is the main reason we are agreeing to let him have his own prepaid phone.
 
 Anthony will soon begin learning how to stay home alone for short periods of time and I want him to have a way of contacting me or emergency help.  However Anthony is still young so we have decided to implement several rules to go along with this phone privilege, and because we are using a Simply Prepaid plan from T-Mobile, I can cancel the phone at any time. 

These are 5 rules we currently have in our house, I’m sure these will change as he gets older.

 
Our Family Cell Phone Rules:
1) Phones can not be brought to school.
2) Mommy and Daddy get access to the cell phone at anytime.
3) Bedroom must stay clean and chores have to be done or the bill will not be paid.
4) Homework and reading needs to be finished every afternoon before the phone gets turned on.
  5) No texting photos or videos.
 
Once we agreed it was time for Anthony to get his first cell plan, we had to start looking into cell phones and calling plan options.  We knew we wanted a prepaid plan because we didn’t want to worry about overages or being locked into an annual contact.  However prepaid plans often have slow data, a spotty network, and less of a selection of phones.  This was worrysome for me because I wanted to be sure the signal would work at several different places, especially my parents house where a signal can be hard to get.  It was also disappointing to Anthony who really wanted a “cool” phone. 
We were excited to visit our local Walmart, and see that they were introducing Simply Prepaid™  from T-Mobile.   Simply Prepaid showed us we didn’t have to settle for second-rate prepaid wireless!  Which was a huge surprise.
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  Anthony loved the phone options and his new Samsung Galaxy Avant is a perfect fit.  It’s a nice smart phone that doesn’t break the bank. 
I was relieved that the plans run on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network, so I knew the coverage would be great. 
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Choosing a plan with Simply Prepaid was also a smooth process,  their prepaid wireless plans offer unlimited talk, text, and data with your choice of a high-speed data amount, starting at $40 a month.  This gives him the ability to talk and text with his uncle in South Carolina as much as he wants, play games and watch movies all without me worrying about him burning through a plan or occurring overage charges.
  We were also able to put parental controls on the phone during the activation process which was a great perk to me. 
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 This phone plan has been awesome for us.  As we come into spring, the kids are getting busier everyday with sports, school activities, and play dates.  I love having the piece of mind that comes with being able to get in contact with Anthony anytime I want, whether he’s at the soccer field while I’m running to dance or at a friends house.
Best of all, Anthony has been playing and texting with his uncle every night over the phone.  His uncle moved to South Carolina a couple years ago and Anthony really misses him and the bond they shared.  Its amazing watching him reconnect with my brother. 
So far giving him his own phone has been a great experience.
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Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe
I am a potato addict, I love every and any potato recipe I can get my hands on!  This Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe is one of my family’s favorites.  It’s crispy and flavorful, plus it has bacon on it which obviously makes it extra delicious!

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Ingredients:
3 lb Yukon Potatoes
12 oz Bacon
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp minced Garlic
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley
1/4 cup sliced Green Onion
Salt & Pepper to taste
Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Start by slicing potatoes in half lengthwise and place in water and boil for 12 minutes.  After the 12 minutes, drain the potatoes and set them aside. Next slice the bacon into 1″ pieces and fry until cooked but not crispy, then allow the bacon to drain into a bowl or cup so that you can keep the bacon grease.

Once the potatoes are cut and the bacon is cooked.  Add 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and butter to a large pan and heat over medium temperature. Once heated add garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper to the pan and mix well.  Then add the potatoes to the pan and toss to coat well.

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Next, transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet so that they are laying with the cut side down, and sprinkle the bacon pieces over the potatoes.

Cook for 30 minutes or until cut side begins to brown, then flip the potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes.

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Remove from the oven, and garnish with sliced green onions.

That’s all, not to bad for a delicious loaded potato recipe.  This is a must try I promise you.  I also serve mine with sour cream on the side, because I think potatoes and sour cream go hand in hand.  Another great side dish I like to make with these is a baked pineapple because it helps me digest all the carbs.

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes Easy Recipe

Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy R/C Toy Review

*Disclosure: We received a press sample to facilitate this review; All opinions are 100% my own*
The new Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy remote control stunt truck is one of Anthony’s favorites!  The truck is fast and easy to maneuver, with large buttons on the remote control so the kids have no problem controlling the trucks direction even while its moving at full speed.
The kids love that the truck is made for stunts, it jumps high then rolls back on its wheels, drives off ramps they build with other toys, does 360 degree spins, and is fast enough to beat out all their other remote control cars in a race.
I love that the quality of the truck is superb, there’s been no tears over broken pieces or parts.  This truck is durable!  I also really like the controller, with Anthony being 9 years old and the twins 5 years old, the features are great for both age groups.  The controller is easy enough for the twins to use, the large buttons are particularly great for Aidan who has no patients for smaller buttons, however the jump feature and speed control is also perfect for Anthony.  Its great finding a toy that works well for both boys.
The feature I like the most, has to be the rechargeable battery in the truck itself.  The controller takes AAA batteries which haven’t needed to be replaced too often.  However the truck eats up battery life, but with the Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy I haven’t had to buy and replace countless batteries.  This truck just plugs into a wall charger and its quickly recharged!
This would be a great Easter gift idea, and will be loads of fun outside this spring!
 Learn more about the Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy RC with Toy State!