It had to happen. After the 4th of July passed our local store put up all their Back To School sections. When we saw them the kids and I let out a collective groan. None of us are ready for back to school, but ready or not, here it comes!
It had to happen. After the 4th of July passed our local store put up all their Back To School sections. When we saw them the kids and I let out a collective groan. None of us are ready for back to school, but ready or not, here it comes!
What seems like it was just yesterday I shared with you about Why It’s Better to Do Sports In The Summer. Our camp week has now come and gone, and as it was our very first experience with British Soccer Camp I wanted to come back and let you all know how it went!
Going up to the camp there was good communication through email. The first day we ended up getting rained out and they were great at keeping us in the loop about whether or not it would be canceled. To make up for the first day that we missed they added on extra time at the end of each day to make sure all the parents got their investment’s worth.
As I mentioned before Amber loved being in soccer, but only when she was able to be the goalie. As a result, she was a little unsure if she would enjoy the camp or not. After the very first day, though, she said she was really enjoying it!
When I first showed up I realized that the kids were grouped into two groups, the younger kids camp, and the bigger kids camp. Because of this Amber had some kids her age at the camp, but also a few teenagers. I was wondering if this would be a problem, but it wasn’t at all. There was a nice mix of learning, drills, and games.
They also did a great job of mixing in lots of fun. For her week they split all the kids into different world soccer teams. Then they kept score throughout the week to see which team would win the World Cup. One of the ways to earn points was to dress any way you could in your team’s color. We went all the way and I even let Amber dye her hair blue using a temporary wash out dye! (Our family has an affinity for fun hair if you hadn’t noticed by now). The coaches couldn’t stop laughing when she showed up in blue from head to toe, but she did earn extra points! Each day they had a new fun, funny challenge for points.
Another fun thing they did was during snack and water break they had the kids take turns telling funny, silly, or other kinds of stories. The kids all loved this, and there was lots of laughter!
The coaches were so nice, too! I especially loved Coach Dan who was over the younger kid’s group. Since it was only part of the time Amber was in camp he spent lots of time chatting with me and the other parents. He even helped Tyler hunt for bugs in the woods. The coaches British accents are just way too fun and we had a great time comparing life in Texas to life in Great Britain (so many differences!)
The very last day was all fun and games. At the end the coaches even let all the kids attack them with water in all its fun forms. (Personally, I think that they really enjoyed it since by Friday it was HOT!!!)
We had a wonderful experience and I am very impressed! Many parents showed up and watched from the sidelines the entire camp time. However, you were also free to drop off your kids and leave. I did both throughout the week. During our sideline chats several moms most told me that they do this camp every single year. It was clear it’s always ran well, and that they all love it. We had a great time and I know Amber is looking forward to doing it again next summer!
If you’d like to find a British Soccer Camp Near You Check out the Challenger Sports Website Here.
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When I stepped onto the scale and she read out the number I thought it must be broken.
There was simply no way, no way that I could have gained nearly 30 lbs in one year. But, the crazy thing was I had, and I never even knew.
I was a newlywed and was doing my yearly women’s doctor check up. I’d always been what I thought of as “medium healthy” when it came to weight, and through my teens and college years I didn’t own a scale or think at all about what I was eating or how much I was moving. So I nearly burst into tears when I stepped onto that scale 11 years ago and discovered that I was no longer anywhere close to where I was comfortable being.
Since then I’ve been bouncing up and down between that number and my original weight. Of course, pregnancies made it go up more, but I was able to go down again after….and then slowly back up again. With my “baby” having just turned 7 last week I can no longer blame anything on my “baby weight” and yet the number continues to bounce but mostly climb. Throughout the years I’ve shared my “hot healthy & happy” journey on this blog. I’d track calories, I’d exercise, I’d set huge goals and I’d share them.
Each time, though, slowly the same bad habits crept back in and the number rocketed back up. I stopped sharing and slowly slipped away from the programs, groups, and people I used to hold me accountable as I messed up, again.
Over the past year our move, work, sicknesses, and the crazy that life is lead me to throw any attempt or progress on my wellness journey out the window. Once again I went a long while without stepping on a scale, only to be shocked when it again reflected a number that I know is not what’s best for me.
Because of my story, this quote really resonated with me,
If you just exist in the world we live in without a plan, without conscious action to create a different lifestyle, you’ll end up in the normal position, which is being overweight.
I heard it from Ari Whitten as part of the NeuroGym Winning the Game of Weight Loss program.
You see, just as I was trying to decide which way to try to re-tackle my regained weight I heard about this program that approaches getting healthy in a totally different way.
I took their Weight Loss Quiz to make sure the program would be right for me. It was fast and easy (took me about 5 minutes) and then I got a video response that was customized for my results. Sure enough, John Assaraf (the founder of the program) let me know that I already do have many habits that have kept me at what the BMI scale calls a healthy weight. He also said, however, that there are areas I am stuck in, and that if I wanted to change my mindset about weight loss this program could help. One thing that’s really cool about this program is that when you purchase it, you have access for life. There is no monthly charge or annual fee to continue membership, ever!
You can take the Weight Loss Quiz as well! It’s free and will help you find out if this might be what you’ve been needing, too!
This is one thing that I’ve loved about Winning The Game of Weight Loss from the start. As I mentioned, technically I’m considered at the top end of a healthy weight. Sometimes I even get funny looks when I talk about weight loss or needing to re-start my wellness journey.
However, I’m going to be honest with you all right now. I feel chubby and self-conscious at my current weight. I don’t love pictures of myself like I used to. I lack energy and feel exhausted and stressed a lot of the time. I know my bad habits and back and forth weight loss are taking their toll on my body. I want to create good habits, get healthy, and have success in this area for the rest of my life. Everything I’ve seen so far working through the first levels of Winning the Game of Weight Loss aligns with this, and I’ve already learned so much!
This program is all based on Innercises. Sounds weird, right? Innercises are science based techniques to help individuals unlock their brain’s fullest potential so they let go of the mental and emotional blocks that prevents him from losing weight and keeping it off. Now, it might sound strange, but honestly, if you’ve taken Psychology 101 or done any scientific research into how the body and brain work together and affect one another it starts to make a lot of sense!
I’d definitely encourage you to take the quiz and see if this program is right to help you Win The Game Of Weight Loss! It comes in easy to watch videos and audio clips that even the busiest person *cough*me*cough* can fit in. I’ve been watching and listening to them while cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning the house which is perfect. Mindset is the differentiating factor between this and any other weight loss program. Instead of following a strict “do this, don’t do that list” you are retraining your brain.
So today I want to share with you some of the ways I’m revamping my life so I can tackle my wellness journey head on and stick with it this time. Hopefully, these will inspire you to begin as well!
Focus on the Big Picture
After taking the Weight loss quiz if your answers are a good fit then you’re given the chance to attend their free Winning the Game of Weight Loss Webinar. During this one thing that really jumped out at me was they spent a lot of time talking about figuring out your big picture. They said that you can’t just focus on looking better. That is a vain and shallow reason that is all too easy to jump ship over.
I think that’s been a big problem for me. All along, although I have had deeper reasons, if I’m being perfectly honest I really just wanted to get my hot body back. I wanted to see that magic number on the scale, wanted to wear my tight clothes again without rolls showing up in spots they’re not “supposed” to be, and I wanted to turn heads like I used to do.
Yeah…pretty shallow. So since it was all based on my desire for approval and gratification it’s no surprise that when stress hit or I wanted to feel rewarded at the end of the day a generous heap of something oh-so-sugary or salty was a quick fix.
This time I’m focusing on the Big Picture. Because when I truly dug down deep I discovered do have valid and important reasons to Win the Game Of Weightloss. The biggest ones?
These two precious kids! My dear friend and I were just talking this week about our real reasons for wanting to be fit. We both agreed that we truly desire to be those little old ladies who are still driving, still serving, and still able to do all sorts of fun things with their great-grandchildren well into their 80s and 90s.
I want to live a long, beautiful life with my kids and husband and be able to adventure and explore throughout it all. I know I can only hope to live that life if I start making the right choices, habits, and mindsets now. So I’m digging in deep, and writing it down so I don’t forget.
Start Tiny & Grow
This one is a toooough one for me. I’m very much an all-or-nothing kinda gal. So anytime I get excited I dive in head first, make all these crazy elaborate plans, and try to go full tilt boogie. When I (of course) fail miserably I throw up my hands in dismay and reach for a brownie. In Level One John Assaraf made a comparison that really stuck with me. He compared this journey to a garden. When I’m working in my little plot I have to plant tiny seeds and take care of it in order to get the end result after a long wait. In the same way I can’t try to do all-the-things-all-at-once in my own growing process.
John encouraged us to pick little, achievable goals for today. Not the ones that I normally go for, but one that gets me excited and will be just a teensy bit of a challenge. While I’m excited to finally make progress, I have to keep reining myself in from making crazy goals that I’m sure to crash and burn on!
Make It Easy & Fun
Another thing I love about the Winning The Game of Weightloss program is that there is no specific diet or exercise program you have to follow. This is huge for me. I actually have never followed one of the popular “diets” just because the thought of them immediately made me angry, haha! I love that this program provides great, scientific information from the leading experts. You create a plan that is completely and entirely based on YOU with the program’s help! Your bad habits, your goals, your food preferences, and how you enjoy moving.
So as I get started again I’m focusing on easy and fun ways that will get me happy, not grumpy about starting my journey once more. I love fresh fruit and veggies so an easy change for me will be to start buying it to snack on throughout the day and night. This will help replace all the less than healthy options I’ve been defaulting to lately. It’s something that makes me smile, and from now on I’m going to focus on these kinds of easy steps that make me happy and are achievable!
These are a few of the realistic and attainable ways I’m starting my journey for good this time! What are you focusing on in your wellness journey right now? Let me know!
And don’t forget to take the Weight loss quiz!
When I think Groupon I usually think of huge discounts on amazing experiences. But that’s not all that Groupon is amazing for! Did you know that Groupon has over 9,000 retailers and over 70,000 deals?!
With back to school barreling on us I’m trying to get all my shopping out of the way now so I can avoid the crowds. My favorite way to do this is by shopping online, shopping now, and using Groupon Coupons.
Of course my love for Amazon is no secret by now. From birthday gifts to school supplies we’re always ordering from them. The great news is that right now Groupon has over 156 deals on amazon items! Right now, one of the Groupon Amazon deals is FREE shipping with Amazon without having to have Amazon Prime. So if you don’t have it like us you can stock up!
Groupon isn’t just about Amazong though. There are so many retailers you can shop such as Target , Macy’s, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, and Aeropostale. No matter what your shopping need may be, Groupon has a deal for you! So, get saving and check on the deals for yourself!
Businesses are targets for credit card fraud. This criminal behavior causes major problems for owners and patrons, especially if customer financial data is stolen. Because of this threat, Merchant Account Solutions offers point-of-sale systems that have advanced security features. If you are victimized, there are signs to look for that can help minimize your financial loss.
Bills Arrive Late
Are your bills arriving late – or not all? If so, contact your vendors. Chances are identity thieves have rerouted your mail to a new address, so they can use your personal information to apply for and to max out credit cards in your name.
Creditors Call You
Are creditors calling you about unpaid bills for good or services you never purchased? If so, there’s someone making purchases with your credit card information. Your customers will have the same issue if criminals breach your customer database. Advanced technologies like Clover POS system have built-in fraud and security protection that helps prevent ID theft.
Look at your bank and credit card statements carefully. Pay attention to any unusual charges, especially small ones. Hackers often make small transactions first before making huge purchases. Call your financial institutions when you notice any suspicious account activity.
Criminals often apply for multiple loans and credit cards using stolen financial information. They max out the accounts and leave their victims with unpaid balances. If you have been targeted, you may experience the following:
You can get a free annual credit report from Equifax, Experian and Transunion. Monitor your credit regularly, so you can stay on top of what’s being reported to these firms.
If you encounter the issues above, take action immediately. This may involve filing a police report and/or contacting the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. To protect your patrons’ financial data, use one of these advanced POS platforms.
Traveling with kids can be a nightmare if your accommodations don’t accommodate them. Lots of hotels simply aren’t kid-friendly. The secret to a fun family vacation is ensuring the kids have a good time too; otherwise, you’re going to be subjected complaints and negative attitudes. The following is a guide to help you choose accommodations that your kids will love so much they’ll be raving about the fun they had for years to come.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Adult Cities
Some destinations are more fun for adults than kids. For example, Hollywood. If you’re not riding rides at Universal Studios Hollywood, there’s a chance your kids are going to be bored. But, family friendly hotels do exist. A fun hotel can cheer a kid up and give them something to look forward to. The best boutique hotels in West Hollywood are the most kid-friendly, such as Loews Hollywood Hotel which is located on the Walk of Fame and features a rooftop pool and lots of kids toys. Look for resorts, huge pools with water slides, and on-site arcades to accommodate kids in adult-friendly destinations.
Is It Near the Beach?
It’s hard to find an ocean-front hotel that doesn’t cost a fortune, but kids love to play in the sand don’t they? They also love to boogie board, swim, and splash. Instead of paying for a hotel, why not consider the benefits of a beach front home or condo rental. AirBnB is a great place to seek out waterfront property that fits in your budget. For added fun, seek out places that include watersports equipment, such as use of kayaks or snorkeling equipment. This will provide hours of fun for kids, but requires safety demonstrations beforehand.
Look for On-Site Restaurants
If your hotel has an on-site restaurant (and, it’s great if it does) call ahead to make sure they accommodate kids. Do they offer crayons and pages to color? Do they encourage kids to be themselves? Are there games to play and a menu that’s packed with the stuff they like to eat? Keeping kids full and having fun will ensure your vacation goes swimmingly, and a stuffy hotel restaurant won’t help with that at all.
It helps if the restaurant also serves a daily breakfast. Some will offer a free hot or continental breakfast; others will charge for breakfast. What you want to do and what you can afford is up to you; however, feeding kids bright and early will help them start the day with positive attitudes. All day long, they should be treated to nutritious and filling meals because it will help keep them happy while traveling.
Be Nearby Attractions
If your attractions aren’t already on-site, such as staying at an all-inclusive resort, make sure they’re nearby. Long walks or car rides aren’t going to bode well with your little ones. Of course, they can suck it up for one vacation, but if you’re looking to keep the trip on the sunny side, don’t expect them to always have a smile on their faces (especially on long journeys). They are almost guaranteed to complain about long trips, but will be pleasantly and happily surprised by nearby destinations. Look for rentals and hotels that are right by your favorite attractions or expect to be complained to.
iMom recommends that you identify what’s bothering a whiny kid. It’s likely a sour tummy or they’re too hot, or some other travel related reason. Then point out and challenge the attitude. Offer the kid some incentive to turn the attitude around, and the ride should go more swimmingly. You can basically use that method to solve any of your journey’s issues; coupled with kid-friendly accommodations it almost guarantees a happy vacation.
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Summer is in full swing and our family is doing our most to make the most of it and cross off items on our Summer Bucket List! My very favorite summer tradition since we moved to Texas is picking Blueberries each year. I remember growing up reading berry-picking stories and I always dreamed of getting to do it for myself. It is just as much fun as I always dreamed and the fresh berries are simply amazing. I’m not even a huge blueberry fan, but I can eat these by the bowlful.
This year we tried out a new farm that’s closer to our new home. It was a great experience, but they sell theirs by the gallon. Which means that we ended up with a whoooole lot of blueberries.
Another thing I learned quickly after moving to Texas is that fresh produce goes bad, sooo quickly. I rinsed and left some strawberries out and overnight from the heat and humidity they’d molded by the next day.
So when I found out about the new Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ Produce Saver I knew that I needed it in my life in every size! Their Patented FreshVent™ Technology keeps produce fresher, longer. It does this by allowing excess CO2 to escape, delaying produce spoilage.
Then the Crisp Tray™ elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage. My favorite part? Lid, container, and tray are dishwasher safe and BPA free. My least favorite chore is hand washing dishes so this is an absolute must for any item I’ll be using frequently. (Get $2 cash back on FreshWorksTM Now From Ibotta, offer valid while supplies last)
I’ve been making All-Things-Blueberry to use up that huge amount we picked, and as much as I love dessert I wanted to opt for something a little less processed sugary for the weekend. When I was at Kroger picking up my Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Savers from the food storage aisle I looked around for inspiration. This is when I discovered that they had some drool worthy Raspberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries in the produce section. They made the choice to whip up a Berry Salad a no-brainier!
I also picked up a big bunch of Kale to make Kale chips. This fits perfectly in the FreshWorks Large container which is designed for heads of lettuce or an entire bag of grapes. Me and the kids looove Kale Chips. If you’ve never made them before they are super easy, super delicious, and so much better than any packaged form of chips!
The Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ by putting the produce into it whole, without washing it first. It basically replaces the container from the store to keep it fresh while you’re waiting to make your recipe or eat it! If you’d like to learn more about this cool new product check out the Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ website!
Now that you’ve got everything stored freshly away it’s time for the recipe!
Use all fresh produce, if it’s a little early or late in the season for any berry try the organic section for better-looking options. If you have a U-Pick place anywhere close use those berries instead and just put them in equal amounts to all your other berries.
First, cut off tops and slice up strawberries.
Next, rinse and put in all the berries together in large bowl.
Now you’ll cut the lime in half and juice both halves over berry blend.
Pour Orange Juice over berries and stir together gently till well blended. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This salad couldn’t be more simple but it’s absolutely delicious! The kids and I gobbled it all up! It’s so easy you probably don’t even need a printable recipe to remember–but just in case here you go!
There are several benefits that a smoothie is going to have to your skin. Some of these benefits include increased energy, improved mental focus, glowing skin, a better immune system that can fight many diseases and infections, rich in fiber, healthier teeth and bones, a slimmer and sexier body, and the ability to take the smoothies with you.
The first benefit is that your energy will greatly be increased and your mental focus will improve. This is because of the fruits and vegetables that will be mixed into the smoothie. There are a variety of different healthy minerals inside of these fruits and vegetables. Therefore, you are going to feel the boost of energy almost as soon as your get through drinking the green smoothie.
The second benefit is that the person is going to have clearer skin that glows. This is because of all of the antioxidants that are inside of the smoothie. Therefore, your skin is going to be healthier, which is what is going to give you this completely natural glow to your skin. This means that your immune system is going to kick into overdrive if you drink a lot of smoothies. You will be more resistant to catching the nasty bugs that could be going around. The smoothies can also help with the prevention of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Rich in fiber
The third benefit is that the smoothies are high in fiber. This means that they will be able to help you get rid of all of the waste materials and toxins that they have been inside of your organs. It is very important that you do not need to get rid of the good stuff when you are making a smoothie. The fiber is a big part of a person’s healthy digestion. The smoothies also help reduce the amount of gas that a person will have along with getting rid of the feeling of being bloated that comes with gas.
Healthy teeth and bones
The fourth benefit is that the person is going to have stronger teeth and bones. Of course, this is because of the calcium from the milk inside of the smoothie. The vegetables inside of the smoothie can neutralize the excess acid inside of the stomach that can make the teeth weaker.
The fifth benefit is that are you are going to be slimmer. This is going to make you feel sexier about yourself. The smoothie can help curve your food cravings so that you do not feel hungry in between your meals. This means that you will not have the urge to snack or eat unhealthy foods when you are hungry. Therefore, you are going to lose a lot of weight since you are not going to be eating all of the time. The smoothies are high in nutrients and fiber that your body needs when you are losing weight. One of the best smoothies that you can drink to lose weight in the green smoothies since they are low in calories.
An on the go drink
The sixth benefit is that you can take the smoothies with you no matter where you go. It is only going to take about five minutes to make a smoothie unlike if you are trying to prepare a meal that is fully balanced that will take an hour or two to make. You just throw all fruits and vegetables into your smoothie blender, pulse a few times and blend to your heart content. That makes plenty of bottles to carry around. Using a spilling proof bottle would make it even easier to take your smoothie with you when you are on the go.
Victoria is a home cooking mom and a food blogger behind How Daily. Her enthusiastic is in creatively cooking and seeking new flavors. She also loves to share about her experience on the journey through authentic, original taste or traditional cuisine.
My first experience with a computer was playing the Oregon Trail in elementary school in the computer lab. I remember dying of dysentery and running out of supplies. I’d go back after school to click and clack out a chicken pecked story on those big, bubble, colorful Apple Computers.
Computers in our home life, however, simply didn’t exist. I didn’t have an email address until I was nearly out of high school, and our family bought our very first home computer – just one for all six of us, right before I was heading to college. I remember our parents shouting at us to get off of the Internet so they could make a phone call.
Obviously, that’s no longer the case. If you’re reading this you’re probably even guilty of letting your two-year-old play an educational app in the grocery cart at the store. When you make the jump from that, to introduce them to the Internet, though, is a line that can be a little fuzzy and be intimidating. I have always been very conservative until the kids started school. I was shocked that my Kindergarten was using the computer and iPad daily, and pretty soon was as comfortable as I am navigating them. This last year for 3rd grade Amber was assigned her own iPad, and most of her books were on it. I quickly was introduced to how many amazing tools there really are online for kids, and have since allowed them to be on the computer quite a bit more at home.
Of course, like everything in parenting, this is going to vary wildly depending on your family and your child. Today I’m just sharing what works for us, in hopes that it might help you decide what works for you!
Get The Right Tools
Old Computer The next time your laptop gets sluggish and you upgrade hang on to that out of date one. The last thing you want is for your six-year-old to “accidentally” anything on your $4,000 MacBook. Having an older, slower laptop for your little to bang away at will make everyone a lot happier. The same goes for old phones! Before you deactivate that old phone download all the free games and educational apps you can find. Even without cell service, it works amazingly well for keeping kids entertained during Dr. Office waits!
Ad Blocking Software Once you get the hardware you’re going to want to get the ideal set-up. I highly recommend installing an ad blocker on your computer and your phones. While I always allow ads on sites like blogs or Youtube that the content creators depend on that income when it comes to your child’s computer you want as little “stray links” for clicking as possible.
Antivirus Protection The next thing you’re going to want to invest in is a good AntiVirus App for your phone and software for your computer. As I just mentioned, you’ll have those weird links to a minimum, but you still can’t be positive they won’t end up somewhere weird. Making sure you have great protection is a must! Especially with PC and for Android Security.
Parental Blocking Software There are lots of great options out there when it comes to monitoring or blocking software. These can make sure your child stays away from those really sketchy sites. To be honest I don’t have this for us yet. Amber and Tyler are 9 and 6 and haven’t used the computers without our direct supervision yet. I figure once they are closer to teens and we give them a little more leeway I’ll start researching these more in depth.
Use The Right Sites
Now that you’ve got everything “kid ready” it’s time to discover the right places to send them online! Here are my very favorite FREE, fun, educational, and kid friendly!
PBSKids.org – If you have little kids you are surely big fans of PBS Kids already. Their website is equally great with games that are educational and fun and feature all your kid’s favorite characters
DisneyJr.com – Same as above, lots of fun with your kid’s favorite show characters. This one is a lot like the tv channels are to each other with Disney being educational but more on the line of fun and not so educationally based.
Prodigy – We discovered this free math game this year through Amber’s school. It starts out at 1st grade but Tyler wanted to do it so bad after watching Amber that I signed him up and he’s been able to do the work with a little bit of help. The kids absolutely love this site and beg to play it—even with the math snuck in!
ChessKids – I found out about this website when Amber participated in Chess Puzzle this past year. It teaches kids how to play chess through fun videos and they can solve puzzles or play against other kids.
ABCMouse.com — I’ve heard amazing things about this site for years, but we have just started playing on it this summer. I’ll be bringing you our full review of it soon!
Yepi – This is another site that I found out about from Amber’s school. It has a ton of free games to play online. I will mention that these are NOT educational and I would CAREFULLY screen them before your children start playing them. Tyler found some Zombie/Ghost games (like Plants VS. Zombies) before I realized they were there and while they really are harmless they did scare him. So I recommend this with those disclosures.
Your Local Library Website – Many libraries’ have sections online dedicated to fun games!
Hopefully, these tips will give you a great starting point for your family! If you have any tips or know about any amazing websites I’m missing out on please let me know! I’m always looking for more amazing tools to use!
Applying for an ITIN number can be a daunting task, so it’s a common occurrence that questions exist throughout the process. The information below should be helpful in answering some of the common dilemmas that arise.
There are several types of identification that will be accepted by the IRS:
For applicants who are being claimed as dependents, school papers or a valid birth certificate are needed. Also, there are other documents that have to be included with the ITIN application. These include an original and legal U.S. federal income tax return, and, in some cases, the SSA letter of denial is also necessary.
Generally, the IRS processes all ITIN applications in under 10 weeks. The more common time span is between 6 and 8 weeks. If everything was in order, then the applicant’s assigned ITIN should have arrived in the mail by this time.
The W7 form is the official government form which must be completed in order to be assigned an ITIN. It is not possible to apply for an ITIN without having first submitted this form.
Those who do not already have a Social Security Number, and are ineligible for the same, should obtain an ITIN number. Many different circumstances require an ITIN. For example, dependents and spouses of a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or a Visa holder need to have an ITIN number. This is also true of resident and nonresident aliens who are required to file a tax return with the U.S. federal government.
There are many steps to securing an ITIN. The above details should help to clarify some common questions regarding the process and the paperwork. For more information, visit the ITIN W7 application website today.