Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Saving money on Senior Pictures

If you are looking for a way to save money on Senior Pictures without sacrificing quality....the Mom Squad has a deal for you.

Jamie Jansen Photography looks at senior pictures in a whole new way. Graduation and that senior year should be an exciting and fun filled time. Too many times, parents are overloaded with financial responsibilities that go along with parties, invitations, travel plans, cap and gown, fees for college, loans for college and the price of senior pictures that must be sent to every known relative and friend.

For a senior, those pictures are very important. Some of them will be attached to job applications or sent with college applications. Looking your best is extremely important.

Some of the better studios will charge up to $3,500 for a full package. Even the more modest ones will hit parents for $1,200-$1,500.

Jamie Jansen has been in the business for over 9 years. In California he photographed models and actors and many of them received jobs based on the photos he took. Jamie does beautiful wedding photos and has also worked for churches and corporations.

But...Jamie has a heart for people struggling in this economy. Therefore, he is offering a wonderful deal for parents.

Jamie is charging a mere $200 for a sitting fee. That means he will spend several hours with your child getting the best photos possible.

After the photo shoot is done, you can decide to either order prints at very reasonable price or you can purchase the entire photo shoot on disk.

Yes!....for only $300 more - a total of $500 you will receive a disk of your child's photos. The disk will include a release form that will allow you to take the disk to Wallmart or any photo shop and have as many prints made as you want. For the rest of your life you will be able to have photos printed from that disk.

So, if you purchase the disk and print a certain amount of photos but two months later you need two more prints for great aunt Martha, you will be able to print those on your own.

How cool is that?

But we aren't done yet! If you pay for Jamie to do your child's senior pictures - AND you let him know you heard about it from the Mom Squad - you will receive a free 8x10 print.

And....If you schedule Jamie for any of his other services (and you mention the Mom Squad) - once your account is paid you will receive two free 5x7.

And....If you schedule Jamie for a wedding - and you mention the Mom Squad) - once your account is paid you will receive a free 8x10 and two free 5x7.

The Mom Squad hopes you enjoy the value of using Jamie Jansen Photography.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Promoting courage with your children

Most parents are concerned about how their small children will face a contemporary world. We are especially worried when we see how the "innocent" is often sacrificed to promote some contemporary theory. Will our children stand strong? Will that handsome son stay true to his Christian beliefs? Will our daughter be bullied into denying her faith?

Last week Christian parents all across the country were given an object lesson for their children. Miss California, Carrie Prejean was viciously attacked for an answer to a question during the Miss USA pageant.

The blogosphere has been full of hate about her answers. She's been interviewed on most of the bigger stations. Through it all she has remained kind, understanding and courageous.

Be good to your children by discussing this issue with them. Point out that you can be classy and still stand for your beliefs. Help them to understand that she made a choice for her faith and that God will take care of her.

And if you have time, please go to this blog and leave a "positive" comment to help counteract the hateful posts on the Internet. All comments will be moderated and only "positive" ones will be posted.

Carrie has been informed about this blog. Our goal is to have one million positive comments. If your comments are longer, please send it to so it can be included as a post.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Coupons Without The Cutting

Here is a cool website for getting coupons downloaded automatically to your store savings card and you don't have to cut and remember to take them. Fabulous!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mom of 10 Shares Tips, Faith

With the economy in a rough spot and money tight, many families are cutting back. One local woman has a unique insight into making the most of a dollar and stretching groceries and space. She is a mom of 10! We sat down with Mary Roshak to hear about how she does it.


You and your husband Tim are blessed with 10 children. Just so we can get a perspective, can you tell us their ages?
23, 22, 19, 17, 15, 13, 8, 6, 5, 3 and one in heaven who would be 20 now.

Did you always know you wanted a large family?
Yes, I remember that specific thought went through my head in 4th grade. I knew I would have a lot of children. I’m not sure if God put that thought on my heart but I knew deep down that I wanted many children. I am also one of 9 kids so being raised in a family that was open to life and having so much fun with my siblings was also what I wanted for my own children.
My husband, on the other hand, didn’t know what he was getting into. He never really thought about how many kids he wanted…

Many families find this day and age to be a challenge in terms of keeping up with kids activities, events etc. How do you manage so many schedules?
We try not to stress over it. Right now we have our own built-in- babysitting in place so that one of the older kids is usually home to watch the younger ones. If not, the younger ones go with us. It is actually getting a lot easier now to get everyone in the car quickly because the youngest are a little older and we just got beyond the diaper stage. YAHOO!
We also allow one activity per-child, per-season. Our oldest children all did cross-country and track so it was a family sport. We could watch 3 of the kids participate at the same time.
We have a big office calendar on our wall to keep track of all the kids schedules.

How often do you have supper together around the dinner table?
About 5 times a week. This is very important to come together and share in each others’ day.

I imagine you must know how to make your groceries go a long way. Can you share some of your favorite money-saving tips when it comes to food?
I either buy in bulk at Sam’s Club or only what’s on sale at the supermarket. When making dinners I don’t use a lot of meat. I fill them up by making lots of rice (5-6 cups), or lots of pasta, or mashed potatoes. I guess I’m heavy on the carbs.
I also try to make my own homemade desserts rather than store-bought packaged goodies.

What are some of your favorite recipes?
I love to do casseroles because I can prepare them ahead of time. Usually by dinner-time it gets to be crazy hour with the kids: some may be having melt-downs, while others need to be picked up from sports. So anything prepared ahead of time is good.
Meatloaf, lasagna and spaghetti are always hits. I also do a Kraft macaroni and cheese casserole with hamburger, tomato soup and corn added. Chicken and rice casserole is also another staple.

How do you keep costs down on clothing and sports equipment, etc?
Hand-me-downs are a life-saver. We have friends and family that are gracious enough to pass on clothes to us. Our children also have been blessed with a lot of cousins (34 so far) who we share clothes with.

Do the kids share rooms? What are some ways to maximize space?
Yes, everyone shares. For awhile we had 4 boys in 1 room in 2 sets of bunk-beds. We also had 4 girls in 1 room in 2 sets of bunk-beds. The youngest 2 boys were in the smallest room. Maximizing space means trying to live simply. We always seem to be short on drawer space so I am constantly thinning out. The kids tend to wear the same 3 sets of clothes over and over so all those other clothes are really unnecessary.

I can never keep up with the laundry in my home! Your family is more than twice the size of mine…what is your secret?!:)
Doing laundry is my sanctification – that’s the only way I can think of it. haha. I will not do laundry on Sundays so by Monday I can have 6-7 large loads waiting for me. On average I do about 3-4 loads a day. I keep a small crucifix on my dryer, so that every time I throw in a load, it reminds me to say a prayer for the poor souls in purgatory. This is a way for me to try to live in the presence of God and offer all I do for His glory and to help others out. (I guess I would rather suffer through another load of laundry than be suffering in the fires of purgatory!)

What are some ways that you stay connected with your husband?
After dinner, when the kids leave the table, we will sit there and talk. Also when Tim and I have a school function, or sporting activity, or errands to run, we enjoy our time in the car together to reconnect and catch up on each other’s lives. I consider this our ‘together’ time.

What would you say to someone who loves children, but is afraid to have more (or any) because of challenges like: rising costs of health care, expenses for college, crime, the economy, etc.
I would say that they need to put all these concerns aside and pray to let God’s will be done in their family. They should pray to be open to life because a child is the best natural gift God can give a couple. If someone gives you a gift, you don’t say ‘no thanks’ and give it back. Yet that is what we are doing when we intentionally are not open to life. I know this sounds simplistic but if a couple lets fear be the reason for limiting their family size then they may be missing out on the beauty of what God has in store for them.
We’ve found that after the first 4 children it actually gets easier to have more children. By the time you’re on number 5 or 6 the older ones are pretty self-sufficient and can take care of their own basic needs and really help out with the younger ones.
This question is really interesting because over the years we’ve received many comments from couples of grown children that say they wish they would’ve had more children now that they look back over their lives. It seems that what were concerns/fears of theirs in their child-rearing days turned into non-issues in hindsight.

What is the best thing about having a large family?
It is so fulfilling to see the kids enjoying each other and having fun together. Having a baby/toddler in the house brings so much joy to everyone. Their innocence and antics draws everyone to them. I knew that I always wanted a baby in the house and for the last 20 years I have been blessed with exactly that!

How do you instill faith into your children?
- Mass on Sundays and holydays of obligation. I want them to be in awe and reverence of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.
- Monthly confession helps us all to keep trying to be better.
- Morning prayer with the kids before they go to school.
- Mealtime prayer.
- Family rosary during the evenings. Outside of the Mass, the rosary is our most powerful prayer because it is a way to meditate on the gospels (the life, passion, and glories of Our Lord).
- I teach them their catechism. I want them to be knowledgeable in their faith
I want eternal salvation for my children. I want them to experience God’s love for them so they can be a light to others.

What is a piece of advice that you could offer moms that you have learned on your journey?
In the words of St. Theresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
All things are passing
God alone suffices.
I find that daily living can be filled with so many concerns and anxieties and Our Lord wants us to do our best but not to fret over things. I think these words from St. Theresa are a reminder that our lives are a journey towards the eternal. We need to learn to trust in Him and things will work out.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Why Fruit Salad Is Better Than A Banana

Are you stuck in a banana-a-day rut? Here’s a good reason to chop up that ’nana with some strawberries, apples, grapes, and oranges.

It’s called synergy. You don’t just get a wider variety of nutrients by eating more fruits. Those nutrients actually work together to produce even more powerful health benefits than any single fruit could alone. Think of it like compounding interest -- but with fruit!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

RECIPE OF THE WEEK - Chicken With Pesto


4 skinless, boneless chicken half breasts
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper seasoning
(or Garlic & Herb flavor)
4-5 cups lightly cooked potato pieces
(about 3 long potatoes, with skin, cut into
1-inch pieces and micro waved until just tender)
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons prepared pesto (found in the frozen pasta section)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper


Start heating a large, nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat the outside of
the chicken breasts with olive oil and add to the hot frying pan. Sprinkle Mrs.
Dash seasoning over the chicken. When the bottom is nicely brown (about 2
minutes), flip chicken breasts over to brown other side (about 2 minutes).
Add lightly cooked potato pieces to bottom of slow cooker. Pour in low-sodium
chicken broth. Spread pesto evenly over the top, and sprinkle chopped red
pepper over the top. Gently toss mixture. Lay browned chicken breasts over the
top of the potato mixture. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours or low for
about 6 hours. 4 Servings.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
Total Fat 10.5 g
Cholesterol 76 mg
Sodium 287 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 4 g
Protein 32 g

Monday, April 13, 2009

Per MSN Cut 100 Calories During Dessert!!!

Stop eating when you hit the crust. The edges and bottoms of baked goods are especially caloric because they absorb the butter used to grease the pan.
Fill your bowl with sorbet instead of ice cream—you can have an extra 1/2 cup of the former and still slash calories.
Next time a cocoa craving hits, ditch the dish of chocolate ice cream (about 3/4 cup) for a Fudgsicle.
Have sugar-free Jell-O instead of pudding. Better your nighttime treat jiggle than your thighs.
Go ahead and have that piece of birthday cake—just scrape off the chocolate frosting first.
Eat five meringue cookies instead of two chocolate chip ones.
Pass on the à la mode and savor that brownie au naturel.
Can the cone. Have your ice cream in a bowl.
Top your dessert with 1/2 cup of fresh berries instead of 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

2009 Mother's Day Luncheon


We are thrilled to announce news of our luncheon: Magnificent Motherhood: A Day of Pampering and Praise! Think of it as a day at the spa....for your soul! It will be Saturday, May 9 from 11-2 at Windows on the River in the Flats.


Enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Cleveland (parking is FREE), a spectacular buffet-style lunch, entertainment and prizes! The program will include music from American Idol contestant Sean McNeil, comedy from 95.5 The Fish's Mark Rein, concert from Praise-a-Pella, and national speaker Diana Lindsey.

Plus, one mom will receive our first "Mom Squad, Mom of the Year" award!
If you have a deserving lady in your life, you can nominate her here.

Our hope is to spend the day lifting each other, praising the Lord, laughing, and re-connecting with our dignity as women and mothers. Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased here.

This event is being sponsored by GFS-Gordon Food Services. Gordon Food Service is North America's largest family-owned broadline foodservice distributor. We love what they stand for and their mission. They are centered around their customers! You can find FANTASTIC prices on food items and they are a business we are proud to support. To find a location near you, click here.


We hope to see you on May 9. Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, April 06, 2009


"What's a Card Cubby®?"

Card Cubby®is an alphabetized mini-card file that fits right into your purse, briefcase or car console! The Card Cubby® measures 5" wide by 3" high and holds approximately 80 cards!Use your Cubby to Alphabetically File:• Gift Cards• Coupons (Fold and File)• Frequent Buyer Cards• Discount Cards• Business Cards• Important Contact Info• Insurance Cards• And on and on...Room for most cell phones, iPods and small cameras! Put your Drivers License in the clear pocket, some cash and credit cards inside and use as a wallet

Fish Mom Squaders, use Code CC208 at checkout this month (April) and receive a 10% discount.

Wendy Krepak President
Card Cubby LLC
1564 Eagle Nest Circle
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Phone 888 696 1975 Fax 407 218 5165

Sunday, April 05, 2009

URGENT: Act Now to Save Christian Music Radio

An Urgent Letter From Mark Jaycox, General Manager of 95.5 The Fish

The radio industry is facing a threatening new tax—a “Performance Tax”—that could jeopardize the very existence of this radio station. We need your help.

The largely foreign-owned record labels have begun a push for an unprecedented new royalty that will impose a financial burden on the radio industry to the tune of hundreds of millions annually.

If they succeed, this station could very well go off the air or be forced to change formats. The current recession has hit the radio industry particularly hard. Even without this new tax, some radio stations are facing the very real threat of bankruptcy. If this legislation passes—many stations will simply be forced to change their format or simply disappear.

Over the years Congress has repeatedly rejected efforts to impose new fees on radio, recognizing the enormous value of radio play for music promotion. Congress needs to hear from our radio listeners—and reject the efforts of the big, international record labels. Please take just a moment to express your opposition to this alarming piece of legislation. We’ve made it easy for you.
Just click the link to and within just a few minutes an e-mail will be sent to your representatives urging them to actively oppose H.R. 848/S. 379—commonly referred to as the Performance Tax.

You are a valued listener and, on behalf of the entire staff here at 95.5 The Fish, thank you for helping protect the survival of radio here in the Cleveland metro area.

Mark Jaycox,
General Manager

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fashion Show & Luncheon Benefiting the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit County

Sponsored by NicoleJeffrey's Salon - Day Spa


Encore Resale Shoppe

Sunday, April 26th

1 - 4 pm

Raintree Countryclub

$35.00 per person

Corporate Sponsorship Welcome

Call (330) 733-0700

Help Us, Help Them, Help You

The mission of the Battered Women’s Shelter is to lead the community in the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy and education throughout Summit and Medina County. All in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and help promote peace in every family.

The economy is in a downturn and domestic violence is on the rise. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and that is in a good economy. When the economy is bad, that number begins to rise.

How does this affect you and your business? Any employee may be affected by domestic violence. More than half (56 percent) of businesses surveyed were aware of employees who have been affected by domestic violence. What were the effects?

Thirty-seven percent of women who experienced domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job, or career promotions.

In one study of BATTERERS, 41 percent had job performance problems and 48 percent had difficulty concentrating on the job as a result of their abusive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence equals $727.8 million, with more than $7.9 million paid workdays lost each year.

Please support this worthwhile event.

Raffles, Door Prizes, Guest Speaker

Chance to win $500, $250, or $100
Call 330-733-0700 for tickets and more information