Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods

Mikey’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free hand-held meals, breads and snacks

Mikey's Gluten Free snacks

It all started with the Mikey’s English Muffin. Quality ingredients ONLY and without the common allergens including gluten and the carbs KETO-dieters hate. It’s the perfect english muffin and it tastes great too! I don’t eat standard breads if I can at all help it and many better options taste like cardboard. I love the touch of sweetness on this bread and I feel much better eating Mikey’s.

Keto-friendly muffins

Not all gluten free products are good for you and Michael Tierney, a classically trained chef set out to create his products to actually be good for you. Snack pockets are always a hit especially with our boys as teens. Have you looked at the ingredients in these? Yikes! Mikey’s made their pockets tastet good and left out all the junk I want to avoid.

English Muffins

I wanted to announce the 2 new pocket meal flavors: Buffalo-Style Chicken and Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheddar. These join the cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, ham & cheese, egg & cheese and the egg/cheese & ham flavors we already love to have on hand.

grain free muffins

Mikey’s products are Certified Gluten-Free, non-GMO and Certified Paleo, and free from dairy, grain and soy. Mikey’s product offerings include English muffins, pizza crust, tortillas and pizza pockets. 

Find these at many retailers nationwide and feel less guilty about serving frozen snacks to your family. Visit Mikey’s to learn more.

Healthy Living

How to choose a nursing home for yourself

Deciding to move into a nursing home is difficult. You may be concerned about leaving your home and going into a new environment. However, a nursing home should provide you with consistent care. Furthermore, there are often activities available and opportunities for you to socialize. The nursing home you choose can make a big impact on how well you settle into your new life and the decision should be made with care. One thing to consider is whether you want non profit nursing homes as this may affect the level of care that you receive. 

What are your priorities?

The first thing to consider is what you want from a nursing home.  You may want to find somewhere with good food, a religious connection or good physical therapy. You should also think about your proximity to friends and family and how easy it will be for them to come and visit. 

Some homes specialize in dementia care, if you do not suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s then you may want to avoid these homes. This is because they will have a high number of residents with these illnesses, which may make it difficult for you to make friends and join activities. 

You need to ask yourself whether you can see yourself living there and being comfortable and happy. 

What do your friends and family think?

Always involve other people in your decision, a second or third person looking out for you could be very important. Bring someone along with you when visiting nursing homes and get their advice. 

Visit as many as you can

Visit as many nursing homes as you can that are close to you. This will give you a good idea of what’s available. You may find somewhere that has a good feel to it. Here you can find a checklist which you can bring with you so know what questions you should ask. 

Once you have narrowed down a couple of facilities, try and visit a second time. This could be your new home for a long time and it needs to be right. You may want to visit during mealtimes to get an idea of what food they serve and the atmosphere in the dining room. 


Activities are important as you age. Keeping your mind active will help it to stay healthy. Some nursing homes offer better activities than others, or some may offer activities that are more suited to you. When visiting nursing homes, you can ask to sit in on one of the activities so you can get a good idea of what the home can offer, this is also an opportunity to meet other residents. 

Read your contract

Once you have chosen a home make sure you read your contract. You can also get friends and family to have a look at it, as they might pick up on something you have missed. 

If you have any questions regarding your contact or anything you have seen make sure you ask.

Education, Home

Military Families: Boots to Shoes Program Joins with Goodwill for Job Mentoring

Military Families! Boots to Shoes Program Joins with Goodwill for job mentoring. How amazing is this?! With customer funding and mentorships from MOD Pizza, Boots to Shoes and Goodwill will transition service members with their civilian job hunting and employment.

Who is Boots to Shoes?

Boots to Shoes is the training for mentors who will guide discharged service members as they re-enter the workforce. BTS civilian mentors will provide approximately 200 transitioning service members in 2020 with individual coaching in career planning, projecting their skills, sharpening civilian resumes and interview skills, and other keys for a successful transition. 

Boots to Shoes goes beyond training mentors. Goodwill’s Military and Veteran Services program serves 1,400 transitioning service and family members each year. BTS can now be of valuable assistance to these Veterans and families and will stick with them even beyond employment. This includes celebrating the businesses that train/hire these servicemen and women.

Goodwill’s Military and Veteran Services is in its 7th year of operation, now this partnership is a win-win for Veterans and local businesses.

Meet Mark Farnum! His successes are due to this civilian training as he needed to re-enter the workforce after his Military duty:

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I live about 20 miles from Tacoma’s Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) and Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region is who helps serve these great neighbors ready to work and provide for their families in this part of Western Washington. I am proud to partner with Goodwill to share this partnership with Boots to Shoes and also with the help of MOD Pizza (my favorite pizza place)!

When you shop Goodwill and dine at MOD Pizza your purchases helps in a huge way for programs such as this one for Veterans and their families. To learn more about Goodwill’s military outreach programs, you can visit this link to sign up or request more information.