LISTEN NOW: #Ferguson #MikeBrown anthem seeks to provide healing, raises money

Listen The Game Ferguson anthem

( – The past two months have been unbearable for parents trying to find the words to explain to their kids why so many Black kids are being murdered by the police.

If your family is like mine, you may participate in events like “National Night Out” or other events that bring the police and community together. There are some good cops in the world, but when good cops sit back allow bad cops to ruin the public’s trust it’s hard to know if silence is the same as actually pulling the trigger. As you struggle to find the words to comfort your children – white, Black or purple – it’s going to be hard to get them to understand that the people who are supposed to protect and serve may be serving their own agenda. Here’s a song that brings some of the nation’s raw emotions to the surface. Maybe after your kids here this song – although there are some strong language and cursing – may get your kids talking about their feelings.

The Game stands up to intolerance and racism on the Ferguson anthem “Don’t Shoot,” dedicated to the memory of Mike Brown. The Compton MC brings together the hip-hop community including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT.

The protest song includes powerful verses and a call to action: “Time to take a stand and save our future like we all got shot.”

Game explained how the collaboration came together. “I managed to get everyone on fairly easy, simply because we have hearts,” he said. “We care and are inclined to take a positive approach to resolving an issue that has existed since the beginning of mankind and that’s racism and hatred towards one another as human beings.”

The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds benefitting the Justice for Mike Brown charity.

Listen to them join together for justice.


EXTREME COUPONING: $267 worth of groceries for a PENNY!

Antoinette Peterson extreme coupons thesinglemomclub( – Single mom Antoinette Peterson knows a thing or two about saving. She gets a year’s worth of school supplies for under $20.

Parents of elementary-school students nationwide are expected to pay a total of $132.37 for supplies needed to fill a backpack, including books, notebooks, scissors, pencils, pens and the backpack itself, according to the 2011 Backpack Index issued by Huntington Bank, a Columbus, Ohio-based bank that operates in six Midwestern states. It estimates $159.22 for middle schoolers’ basic supplies and $900.70 for high school students.

The elementary school backpack index’s highest expenses are for six two-pocket folders ($13.74), an assignment book ($10.99), the backpack ($8), two large boxes of tissue ($5.98) and 500 sheets of plain paper ($5.49). For high school supplies, a $120 calculator and $32 worth of books top the expenses. (More after the break)

TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN DOLLARS worth of groceries for a penny! Here’s how:

She is realizing the best deals by watching for coupons and special sales and taking newspaper ads into certain retailers that match lowest-advertised prices. Examples include 39-cent highlighters and 20-cent spiral notebooks at Target, and 1-cent folder and notebook paper sales at Staples.

Peterson found affordable school uniforms at local retailer Zemsky’s Family Fashion Stores.

Shoppers also may grab deals by staggering clothing purchases and inventorying drawers and closets rather than buying a new wardrobe in one trip, says Jill Cataldo, a coupon expert and mother of three based in Huntley. Once a child sees what his friends are wearing, he and the parents can find clothing sales after Labor Day, she said.

BABY DADDY DRAMA: Are you over your ex? Here’s how to move on for good

Baby daddy moved on

( – This post is for the moms struggling to move past their feelings for their child’s other parent. Thank goodness, this post is one I cannot relate to from the romantic side but it offers good tips for dealing with your child’s other parent.

“Come to terms with the fact that he has moved on. The quicker you come to terms with the fact that he has moved on, the better,” says Natasha, a mom blogger who has been there. “There are even more questions that come up in this situation. Why won’t he even make it work for the sake of our child? Doesn’t he care about me or our child? Will the new relationship create an impact on his relationship with our child? What if she doesn’t want him to be a part of our child’s life? Will I have to be a single mom? Will I have to deal with this man in some way, shape, or form for the rest of my life?” Natasha says.

“It does nothing for you, nor your child, if you spend your time dwelling on something that you cannot control. If he broke up with you, learn to accept it. And if you broke up with him, then why are you dwelling on it! Sometimes it’s not even about the fact that he moved on or that you wanted a relationship with him, it’s about the fact that he found someone else and you are still alone. Come to terms with the fact that he has moved on – and move on too.”

Read Natasha’s full article by clicking the photo

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: 5 things moms should know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

gates ice bucket challenge

( – In a must see video, Microsoft founder Bill Gates accepts Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But in doing so, Gates up the ante. He actually used his engineering skills to build the device to dump the ice bucket. Each dumpee write a check to fund research on ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

As a parent, this is thrilling because it brings science, math and other elements into the “cool factor” so I’m asking parents to join me in the MOMS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE to help raise money assist our members in buying school clothes for kids or pay book rental fees or repair their car so that the single mom can continue to provide for her family.


I think it’s both a great way for us to show our kids that we’re still “cool,” help promote the awesomeness of science and help create a fund to help each other. Let’s face it. All single moms need a little help sometimes. Each mom that does the challenge must donate at least $10 to help us establish the Single Mom Monthly Support Fund.

FREEBIES: Silk Vanilla Almond milk FREE coupons until October 10th

free silk almondmilk coupon ( – If you hurry, you snag a FREE Silk Almondmilk Product Coupon. 700 coupons will be given out each day until October 10, 2014, which is a great way to ensure that a lot of people get to try the product! That doesn’t mean you can sit back and the coupon will fly into your inbox, but if you dont get one today you do have a wee bit of time to get one.  Click HERE for offer

Many people have issues with milk, others opt out for personal preference. There is a lot of debate about soy milk, so here are a few of the facts:

Silk Pure Almond offers a wide variety of almond milk. While they have numerous flavors to choose from, they also have a selection of light almond milks, including Light Vanilla and Light Original. Although you’ve heard that anything labeled “light” usually contains less of certain nutrients, you may not know what these means as far as almond milk. Read about the comparison of these Nutrition Facts to see what is really different about Silk Light Almond Milk.


A one-cup serving of Silk Light contains 60 calories. Of these calories, only 15 are calories from fat. The regular Silk has 90 calories in a one-cup serving. 25 of these calories are calories from fat. This makes Silk Light a good option for those who are trying to cut back on calories to lose weight.


There are two grams of total fat in Silk Light. This is only three percent of your daily value. None of this fat is saturated fat or trans fat. Original Silk has 2.5 grams of fat per serving. This is four percent of your daily value. Compared to the Original, Light Silk doesn’t contain a significantly lower amount of fat per serving.


In one serving of Silk Light, there are 160 milligrams of sodium. This is about seven percent of your daily value of sodium. The original Silk also contains 160 milligrams of sodium per serving. This goes to show that just because something is labeled “light” doesn’t mean it has less of everything in it.


Adults should consume somewhere between 36 and 47 grams of sugar each day. You should get some sugar in your diet, but too much can lead to weight gain. One serving of Silk Light provides you with eleven grams of sugar. The regular Silk Almond Milk contains 16 grams of sugar in each serving. This makes Silk Light a good option for those who are trying to lose weight by limiting their sugar intake.


Protein is needed to help build and rebuild muscle. Unfortunately, Silk Light only provides you with less than one gram of protein. Original Silk only provides you with one gram of protein. This is still not a very good source of protein. If you don’t want to cut the protein out of your diet, switching to Silk Light won’t make much of a difference.

Silk Light is a lighter alternative to almond milk. As you can see, there are a few drastic changes between the two almond milks, such as calories, fat and sugar. Yet aspects like sodium and protein stay virtually the same. Check the Nutrition Facts of other almond milks and light almond milks to find which will fit into your diet.

DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT: Refresh old wooden and folding chairs to match your personal style

chair - refurbish - thrift store - do it yourself - thesinglemom( – One of the best parts about being a single parent is you don’t have to fight anyone over tool and crafting projects, except maybe your kids. But, once you tighten your first screw with an electric hand drill, there is really no going back. You’ll find yourself walking about the house unscrewing light switch holders and anything else you can find. It’s the ultimate power rush.

But here’s a project that just might put you into DIY (do-it-yourself) overdrive: Refurbishing old chairs!

August 17 is National Thrift Store Day so why not celebrate by popping by your favorite thrift store and pick up some old wood chairs. Believe me, they NEVER run out of these chairs. They are hideous but only before you work your magic. Then you could probably sell them for $100 a pop. So, let’s get started!

This project was very simple.  First, the entire chair down with a 100 grit sandpaper that I picked up at the local hardware section of my favorite store. Next, use Kylon Outdoor/Indoor Wood spray paint or any indoor/outdoor paint brand that you prefer.  Make sure to do this outdoors on a good day with no wind, away from the house because even the faintest amount of wind can pick up the spray paint and create a design that you didn’t intend. Yikes!  This paint dries in about 10 minutes so apply a couple coats of paint back-to-back.  Let it dry overnight then sand it down with 320 grit sandpaper and apply a lacquer gloss spray paint to the chair. For best results, do two coats of lacquer.

SCHOOL FEES: Are schools profiting from parents or helping students?

public school book fees to high

( – Public schools across the country, struggling with cuts in state funding, rising personnel costs and lower tax revenues, are shifting costs to students and their parents by imposing or boosting fees for everything from enrolling in honors English to riding the bus.

At high schools in several states, it can cost more than $200 just to walk in the door, thanks to registration fees, technology fees and unspecified “instructional fees.”

Though public schools have long charged for extras such as driver’s education and field trips, many are now asking parents to pay for supplies needed to take core classes—from biology-lab safety goggles to algebra workbooks to the printer ink used to run off grammar exercises in language arts. Kindergarteners are paying about $70 each for community supplies like facial tissue, hand sanitizers and other related supplies. In some schools, each class comes with a price tag, to be paid at registration. Some schools offer installment plans for payment. Others accept credit cards—for a processing fee.

Public-school administrators say the fees—some of which are waived for low-income families—allow them to continue to offer specialty classes and activities that would otherwise fall to the budget ax. Some parents support that approach, saying they’d rather pay for honors physics or drama than see those opportunities eliminated altogether.

benefitsHouseholds with children who qualify for free or reduced lunch also qualify for many other programs like a home phone for $5 per month, high speed Internet service at home from Comcast Internet Essentials for $9.95 and other programs.

With millions of dollars available under the new finance formula for schools with large numbers of low-income students, districts are pulling out all the stops to make sure they get an accurate count of their high-needs students. Because the new system defines “low income” as students who are eligible for the federal free- and reduced-price meals program, some districts are offering free Raiders tickets, ice cream parties, tickets to the county fair and other perks to encourage families to sign up for the National School Lunch Program.


Afterschool Snacks, part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), provides cash reimbursement to schools and residential child care centers to serve snacks to children who participate in afterschool education or enrichment programs.

To be eligible to participate in the afterschool snack program, competitive interscholastic sports teams are not an eligible afterschool program. The school or residential child care center must also operate the lunch component of the NSLP. In locations deemed area eligible, snacks are served free to all participating children. 

Snacks served to children must be nutritious. At a minimum, they must provide at least two different components of the following four: (1) fluid milk; (2) meat or meat alternate; (3) vegetables or fruits or full-strength vegetable or fruit juice; and (4) whole-grain or enriched bread or cereal.


The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1946. The program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to school children. School meals contribute to student learning success, while positively affecting their health and nutrition.

NSLP operates through agreements between the West Virginia Department of Education, the state administering agency, and the Local Education Agency (LEA) or other sponsor. Participating school districts and independent schools receive cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal served. In return, sponsors must serve lunches that meet federal and state requirements, while offering free or reduced-price lunches to children whose families are income eligible.

Lunch meals will offer a minimum of 5 components (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat/meat alternate and milk) and must also meet dietary specifications for calories, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat.

The Special Milk Program (SMP) is a federal program that provides milk to students in participating private or nonpublic schools, half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where access to the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program is not available. Camps operating during the summer months may also participate in the SMP. Children may buy milk or receive it free, depending on the choice of program options of the school/camp. The program encourages the consumption of fluid milk, while helping to defray the cost by providing the reimbursement for each half pint of milk served to children.

Schools or institutions must offer only pasteurized fluid types of unflavored or flavored fat free or low-fat (1%) fluid milk. These milks must meet all State and local standards. All milk should contain vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration.