Effortless Savings: a Book Review


As a working mom, on a budget, I’m always on the lookout for books and articles to help my family save money, without sacrificing our quality of life.

Recently,I can’t across a Book called Effortless Savings, by Richard Syrop. What I like most about Effortless Savings is the layout, flow and simplicity of it. It’s a very easy read and full of tons of useful money-saving information.

Effortless Savings is broken down into 11 savings-filled chapters:

  • TeleCom Services
  • Insurance
  • Home Energy
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Health and Beauty Products
  • Clothing and Household Items
  • Automotive Expenses
  • Additional Shopping Strategies
  • Restaurants and Entertainment
  • Vacations and Travel Expenses
  • Credit Cards and Banking

Each chapter provides you tips on how to save money, effortlessly. And, as a bonus, Syrop has a table at the end of each chapter that gives you an average amount you can save, using the methods he recommends.


It’s this kind of content and attention to detail that puts Effortless Savings at the top of my list of budgeting/money saving books.

DISCLAIMER: I was provided a copy of Effortless Savings, free of charge, for the purposes of review. As always, ask opinions are my own.

Happy Anniversary to Two of my Favorite People

A year ago, today, two of my favorite people – my cousin Dominique Morisseau and her (now husband) Jimmy Keys - got married. I was blessed to be one of her bridesmaids. I had such an awesome time!

Last year, when I originally shared this video on YouTube, it went viral! I just wanted to share it again, in celebration of two wonderful people.

And, as you’ll see at the end, my ending is abrupt… even I couldn’t resist the call of the music. :)

#EarthToEcho: Feeding my Sci-Fi Addiction


As you know, I’m a huge sci-fi fan. And, luckily, my addiction has rubbed off on the kid.

Normally, it’s hard to find a sci-fi movie that appeals to the both of us (or one that is appropriate for him to watch). Well, that’s all changing on July 2, with the release of Earth to Echo by Relativity Media.

Earth to ECHO

About the film…

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

So cool, right?! The Glenn household is so excited to see this movie!

In preparation for the movie, the kid and I were sent a package containing all kinds awesome goodies: a decoder pen, glow-in-the-dark stickers, a poster and a mini projector pen. The kid is in heaven.

The Mom with Moxie Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo is directed byDave Green and written byHenry Gayden; and stars Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt.

Learn more about EARTH TO ECHO on: On the webTwitter, FacebookYouTube, Tumblr and Instagram.

Disclosure: I was provided with a press mailer of Earth to Echo goodies, free of charge.

A Quick and Easy Meal with #Johnsonville Premium Sausages

As a working mom, I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty meals to cook for my family. As such, I turned to Johnsonville for some of their premium sausages (less time, because it’s already fully cooked and so flavorful).

To start, I bought some Johnsonville Andouille sausage and mixed it with a box of store-bought jambalaya mix. So good! And, super easy to make.

Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

As I said, start with Johnsonville Andouille sausage:
  • Slice the sausages into bite-sized pieces (I sliced, then cut the slices in half).
  • Then, bring 2 ½ cups water to boil
  • Add a tablespoon of oil
  • Stir in sausage and store-bought jambalaya mix
  • Turn down the heat to low and cook for 25 minutes
  • Let stand for five minutes
  • Fluff with fork
  • Serve

It’s that easy and *so* flavorful!

Jambalaya with Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

It was a hit with the kid. In fact, his exact words were, “the first meal I ever cook, will be jambalaya.”

And, if jambalaya isn’t your cup of tea, Johnsonville offers 14 different flavors of meat, so you can easily mix things up.

I also bought some their smoked sausages and grilled them on the indoor stove-top grill and served them on buns with fries. Another quick and easy meal, using delicious Johnsonville sausage.

Grilled Johnsonville Smoked Sausages

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, opinions are my own.


Getting in Shape for Summer [#Infographic]

Summer is less than a month away, and I’ll admit it… getting in shape for the season has been on my mind as of late.  Heck, getting in shape period, has been on my mind. But, with all the fitness magazines, infomercials, websites, etc. out there, it can be hard to figure out just what works for you.

Check out this infographic of the “Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2014″ from Health Perch. See any you’d like to try? Are already trying? Let me know, in the comments section.