5 Reasons Shopping at ALDI Makes us Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

This post is sponsored by ALDI USA. All opinions are mine.

5 Reasons Shopping at ALDI makes us healthy, wealthy, and wise from SimplifyLiveLove.com

Recently, I was honored to attend an event at the ALDI Test Kitchens in Batavia, Illinois. If you’re a regular reader of SimplifyLiveLove, you know that I’ve been a loyal, life-long ALDI shopper, starting when I was a young girl in Germany. ALDI saves me time, ALDI saves me money, and ALDI provides an overall healthy product line that I am comfortable feeding to my family.

ALDI test kitchen store tour from SimplifyLiveLove.com

Before I went on this trip with ALDI, I thought I knew everything there was to know about shopping there. But I was really wrong. I learned so much during my tour of an ALDI store in the Chicago area and I’m excited to share you with a list of the progressive reasons ALDI is a top-notch grocer in the USA and why you MUST shop there if you don’t already!

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Keep Your Outdoor Dog Healthy this Winter with #BayerExpertCare

 This post is sponsored by Bayer® ExpertCareTM and the BlogPaws Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Bayer ExpertCare products but SimplifyLiveLove only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bayer ExpertCare is not responsible for the content of this article. Keep Your Outdoor Dog Healthy this Winter with #BayerExpertCare Great Pyrenees in the snow from simplifylivelove

Until a couple of years ago, we’d always had indoor dogs and didn’t have to worry so much about them being outdoors all the winter. But two years ago when we moved onto our five acres, we got an awesome homestead dog – Nora the Great Pyrenees. She likes to be near her people, but she’s definitely an outside dog with a job to do.

chickens in the winter

As a livestock guardian dog, she takes her job as the sole protector of our chicken flock very seriously. In the two years that we’ve had Nora, she’s chased away raccoons, hawks, and coyotes, and my dad said it was absolutely fascinating recently when he watched her run off a bald eagle that was circling mid-air over my girlies!

Keep Your Outdoor Dog Healthy this Winter

We’ve had a pretty mild fall so far, but winter is coming. It’s Nora’s favorite season and there are several things we need to do to keep our outdoor dog safe, healthy, and warm so she can enjoy the weather we like to gripe about. We’re looking forward to playing with her in the snow again and want to make sure she’s in top condition to enjoy her favorite weather – cold, wind, and snow!

BayerExpertCare at PetsMart

To do that, we headed out to PetSmart a couple weeks ago for some Bayer® ExpertCareTM Health & Wellness Supplies. It’s important to keep our dog in prime condition all year long but we need to take extra precautions in our blistery Iowa winters. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind as we head into winter.

Keep Your Outdoor Dog Healthy this Winter

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Beyond the Thankful Tree – Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

As we enter this season of plenty, it’s important to teach children gratitude. Especially when considering current events, our abundance becomes overly clear. We really don’t have to worry about much here in the First World. We have plenty of food. We have warm clothes and homes, cars to get us places, and more toys, book, and movies than anyone really needs.

Beyond the Thankful Tree - Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

Some kids naturally seem to put others first, but mine often don’t. I’m looking for a few activities this year to help us remember that we really have it pretty good. We’re not walking across countries fleeing terrorists. We don’t worry about bombings or go to bed hungry. At this time of year, I want my kids to count their blessings and think of other people. Here are a few activities that teach children gratitude to get the ball rolling.

Beyond the Thankful Tree – Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

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Little House on the Prairie & Andover Fabrics Giveaway

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I’ve got an exciting giveaway to tell you about today from Little House on the Prairie and Andover Fabrics! I’ve been a huge Little House on the Prairie fan for about as long as I can remember and I’m excited to help spread the word. This past spring, my friend Robin and I took our kids to Laura & Almonzo’s adult home in Mansfield, Missouri and had a great time. I had been there when I was a kid, but I’d never taken my kids. They’re weren’t as thrilled as I was, but oh well. 😀 You can see pictures from that trip over at this post.

Little House on the Prairie & Andover Fabrics Giveaway

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Andover Fabrics sent me fat bundle of their new Little House on the Prairie inspired fabric a while back and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it, because sadly, I’m not really that crafty when it comes to fabric. I finally ripped some of it into smaller pieces and made a cute fall center-piece for my dining table. I used little mums I picked up at Trader Joes, mason jars filled with beans, a wax candle my friend Robin made, pumpkins we got from our Franklin County Harvest tour, and cute ornamental corn the kids and I grew in our garden. I put everything together on a bamboo tray with a piece of burlap. I love the tray because it makes cleaning the display off the table at mealtime very easy!

Little House on the Prairie & Andover Fabrics Giveaway

My seven year old daughter is also use some of the fabric to make an apron for a doll she’s making in one of our homeschool coop classes. Ironically {or maybe not} the class is on Little House on the Prairie! If you’d like to find this cute fabric for your own crafts, head over here to see which Andover stores carry the new LHOTP inspired fabric!


If you’re a huge Litte House on The Prairie fan, you might like this fun giveaway from Little House on the Prairie & Andover Fabrics! Check out the giveaway form below, and good luck! lhotp-andover-giveaway-prize-bundle

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