Family Internet Safety Tips // Sophos Home

October 26, 2016

Parental Controls for your Computer

Sophos provided me with compensation in exchange for this sponsored blog post, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

When it comes to protecting my family, like most parents, I take that job very seriously.  For a while now it has been weighing on my mind that I haven’t been taking the proper precautions to keep my family safe during their time using the Internet.  Now that my kids are in Elementary school, they are required to use our home computer a lot more often than before. And, while I have always heavily monitored their time behind any kind of screen, I still wasn’t taking all the steps I needed to in order to keep them safe online.

Kids using the Computer Internet

Kids using the Computer Internet

It is not that I didn’t care about their online safety.   I was just unsure about the best way to do it, which software I could trust, or which one was the best.  It really was something that was keeping me up at night.  I would never leave my kids home without supervision where I knew danger was lurking, so why was I giving them access to our computer with a whole world of scary things that they could access to at their fingertips?!  Much like we take the proper precautions to send our kids off to ride their bicycles with a helmet, it is also important to take the appropriate steps to keep our families safe on the Internet.  I know I would feel horrible if they ran into something inappropriate or dangerous due to my neglect to put in place the proper procautions.

I am so glad that I was recently introduced to Sophos Home.  Sophos Home offers Free Business-Grade Security for your Home Macs and PC’s.  It is the same trusted security that protects millions of business computer worldwide, and they offer it to Families for Free!

Installing Internet Safety Software

Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malware, viruses, ransomware, and inappropriate websites. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their businesses. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family from any browser, create custom settings,  block unwanted content, and control the content your family can view with web filtering.  And, the best part is, you can install and control it for all of your computers on your password protected dashboard.  It really was exactly what I have been looking for to protect my family.

Parental Controls for your Computer

You can download the Free Software,  and go to Sophos Home to learn more by clicking here.  And, if you sign up and download the free Software from Sophos Home between now, and November 3, 2016, you can register for the Sweepstakes!  Sophos Home will be giving away one Mac Book Pro and two Apple Watches to a lucky winner!  Pretty cool, right?!

Kids Playing Computer Games

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French Onion Soup Bowls with Sargento Cheese

October 24, 2016

17-sargento-cheese-french-onion-soup-recipeThis is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

I don’t know about you, but the second the cooler weather hits, and the crisp fall air rolls into the valley, then it is soup season from here on out! All day long, I am over here craving soup!  
French Onion Soup Sargento Cheese

Today I am partnering with Sargento Cheese to share my favorite French onion soup recipe!  I just loved how it turned out!  I think the flavor is deep, robust and spot on!  Sargento Sliced Swiss Cheese, paired with their Artisan Blends Shredded Swiss Cheese is the perfect addition and finishing touch to the soup, and the gooey cheese with the baguette croutons makes for such tasty soup!

Colorful Fall Table CenterpiecesColorful Fall Table CenterpiecesEach year I love to put together a fun Fall Dinner for my family to help welcome in the season, and sometimes I like to add a few spooky touches as we gear up to celebrate Halloween.  The kids think it is so fun to have a few twists on an otherwise normal dinner, and we love to sit down together and enjoy a nice meal as a family!  

French Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss Cheese

For our Fall Family dinner this year, I decided to prepare a French onion soup!  There is not much that is as comforting as a bowl of French onion soup with that nice gooey warm cheese and crouton!  It’s a favorite among the adults and kids!  To add a little twist on and add a little spooky flair, I decided to surprise the kids with a few little ghoulish eyes to top their soup, and they just thought it was so fun!  Just a few little adjustments, and they are so pleased!  I love seeing how excited they get about the little things!

French Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss CheeseFrench Onion Soup Recipes with Sargento Swiss CheeseI set the table with a nod to the season, but used some not-so-traditional fall colors, to create a fun yet sophisticated setting with a few little spooks thrown in there!  I also think this would make a lovely table for just about any season minus the pumpkins and spooks, but also it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving spread!  

Colorful Fall Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Halloween Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Table Centerpieces

Colorful Fall Table Desserts

I love that we have kept this tradition alive over the years, and the kids think it is so fun to have an otherwise regular family dinner be a little more dressed up, and festive than normal!  I love to sprinkle little goodies throughout the table, and serve some fresh apple cider!  They made cheers all throughout the dinner!  I just love something to celebrate, and most of all having fun traditions and making lasting memories to look back on in years to come!

Family Cheers

Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

Be sure to check out the full recipe below!


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10 Tips to Make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults)

October 6, 2016

This is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

Video/Photo Credit: Modern Atelier | Styling and Creative: Caroline Armelle Drake | Assistant Styling and Creative: Sarah Larsen

Sometimes it can be hard to constantly come up with a nutritious lunch for my kids (and myself) day after day.  But, if you really break it down, it doesn’t have to be difficult!  I’m super excited to be partnering with Sargento over the next several months, and today I’m thrilled to provide some ideas and tips for nutritious and fun lunches as well as snack ideas!  I hope you enjoy the video!  It was a lot of fun to come up with creative ways to fill the lunchbox!

It isn’t always easy and convenient to feed and provide our families with the best options.  But, at the end of the day, it is up to us to make those decisions, and help guide our kids to a robust lifestyle and good relationship with food.  Even as adults, it is hard to make good choices when our schedules are so busy, and we just plain don’t have a lot of time!  But, I have some tips to help make putting together lunches and snacks easier on you!

Healthy Kids Lunches with Sargento and Planetbox

10 Tips to make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults!):

  1. Use high quality, fresh ingredients:  When it comes to our food choices, we have to consider and make good choices on what we are feeding our families.  I always try to serve my family the best quality ingredients, and make good choices on the products we eat.  My kids and I love eating Sargento Cheese in our lunches as well as for snacks!  The kids especially love when I get creative and use cookie cutters, or present their lunches and snacks in a fun way.

Kids Snack Ideas Snack Palm Tree with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas Caterpillar Snack Snake

Kids Snack Ideas Pinwheels with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas ABC's with Sargento Cheese

2. Pack a balanced meal: When I make lunches, I always try include: a fresh fruit and vegetable, dairy like Sargento Sliced Cheese or Cheese Snacks, some kind of meat or sandwich or salad, some kind of a snack, and usually a little treat. (Read on to see the rest of the tips!)


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