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The Internet Of Things And How It Can Help You Sell Your House

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If you were to think about the defining features of the zeitgeist, what would you say? The financial crash of 2008 was a massive event, and its effects are still being felt. The developments in politics around the world are also playing a large part in shaping society today. However, in the last twenty years or so, it could be argued that the single biggest change is the digital revolution. The internet was invented in the early nineties by a British scientist called Tim Berners-Lee who just wanted to make it easier to access documents wherever he was in the CERN complex in Switzerland. It now connects an estimated 3.7 billion people, or about 49.6% of the world’s population. Its impact can be seen in lots of different parts of life. For instance, the Arab Spring of 2010 was in large part facilitated and enabled by access to the internet, and social media sites in particular. On the other hand, Facebook is now cited in one-third of the divorces filed in the United States of America. The internet, like every other tool, is effective relative to the ways in which it is used.

 

If you are trying to sell your house at the moment, you may want to check up on the infrastructure of your property’s internet connection. 73% of households in the US have a broadband connection, so if your house does not, or it is slow, you should think about investing some money in improving it. The nature of real estate is such that you have to be able to appeal to the prospective buyers. That may mean having all the fundamentals in place that they expect from every property, but it also means setting yourself apart and proving that your property is the perfect one. One way to do this in the modern era is by embracing the ‘internet of things.’

 

This means getting tech that allows you to communicate with your house more effectively. A lot of the cool gadgets that you can get around the house are still reasonably new to the market and therefore sometimes quite expensive, but they can make your life so much easier. For instance, both Amazon and Google have launched products that respond to your voice and let you control your ‘smart home’. This may mean being able to dim the lights just by saying that you want them dimmed, or putting on a load of washing while you are still on your commute home from work. One innovation that is particularly good if you are trying to appeal to prospective buyers is the smart technology that allows you to protect your property. For example, you can now get security cameras that will stream a 24-hour high definition video to your phone or tablet. You can also get motion sensors for your doors and windows which will notify you on your smartphone as soon as it detects something that should not be there. Sometimes it is just going to be a cat, but if it is a cat burglar, that extra bit of time could be the difference between losing your stuff and keeping it. These sorts of measures will appeal to buyers and may help you sell your house quicker for a greater price.

Spider-man Bath Bombs Recipe Fun in the tub!! Easy!! DIY

I have three grandsons who all love Spiderman. They are also extremely active and have sinus issues, so I came up with an idea to make them “Spider-man Bath Bombs” and adding sinus and calming essential oils to help them at night time.

The reason we call them Spider-man bath bombs is simple, because they are red and blue like Spider-Man. I have found adding little mini toys inside them so they find them in the tub is a fun way for them to play while the essential oils do their job!

Most of the time you can find mini figures at Dollar Tree, or their own toy box, they don’t care!! But be careful if too small with your little ones, make sure they are age appropriate!

How To Make Your Own Bath Bombs:

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 tsp. Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. essential oil
  • 3 tsp. oil (olive oil)
  • food coloring (any color you want)
  • bowl
  • whisk
  • cup
  • bath bomb mold

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then divide it in two if you want two different colors.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a cup, if more than one color, I separate into more than one cup.

 

Pour the wet into the dry mix and stir until smooth.

Put into the mold and wait.

Usually about 5 minutes later, I remove the top.

After sitting out over night I bag or box them individually.

If they begin to swell then you have too much moisture in them, add a little more cornstarch.

If they begin to crack then add a few drops of water to the mixture.

Make Your Home A Secure One

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If you’re worried about the security of your home, there are many things that you can do to ensure a safe environment

 

 

Social media

If you’ve just bought a new expensive gadget or maybe you’re getting ready to go away on holiday – don’t tell the whole world!

The same goes for calendars, don’t put them somewhere that can be seen through the window. Otherwise, it’s just asking for trouble.

 

Remove flyers from your door

If thieves are having a look around the next potential target, the build up of flyers outside your home will give them the impression that you’re away on holiday, which is perfect if someone is looking to break in and steal any valuables you may have.

So if you actually are away, ask a trusted neighbor to remove them for you.

 

Pets

A lot of people think it’s a good idea to advertise the fact that you have a dog at home, but it could actually work to their advantage instead of yours. Not only can pets be bribed with food, but burglars will know that you are less likely to use an alarm if you have an animal at home.

 

Windows

Try not to leave your windows easy to look through, by doing this you will prevent thieves from seeing the layout of your room, and also stops them from seeing any possible valuables.

Always make sure that windows are locked and are visible. Thieves hate to break glass because it makes a lot of noise and can cause unwanted injuries.

 

The garden

Don’t leave any tools out in your garden as these can easily be used to help break into your home.

Burglars will go through your bins too, so make sure there is nothing of value there either, especially letter with your personal information on. And if you install some home security cameras, you will most likely scare people away without having to do anything else.

 

Doors

Make sure you have the best locks for all your different types of doors. If you’re dealing with a professional thief, they will most likely know all the techniques to breaking into a lock within a few seconds. But by having the protection for each door, you will be making it a lot harder for them to get in.

It’s also a very good idea to fit a letterbox cage to your door; this means they won’t be able to put anything through in order to open the door from the inside.

 

Valuables

With a number of valuables out there nowadays, it’s no longer about finding the largest item within your house. Little things can end up paying off, maybe, even more, the a tv would, such as phones, laptops, jewelry and any other gadgets you treat yourself to.

The best areas to put your special things are in the loft. Thieves will avoid places like this because there is no escape route.

Don’t leave anything out that you don’t want to be taken – it really is that simple.

Parenting The Post-Grad: Helping Your Son/Daughter Make That Next Transition

Even as your kids get older, they never stop being your little treasures. As a loving parent, you’ll want to provide as much as assistance as you physically can. That desire will still be strong when they approach the end of their undergraduate degree too.

 

Seeing your child collect their degree will feel you with immense pride, and it will also highlight that they are now an adult. Nevertheless, your help can still be extremely useful as they prepare to take the next steps in their life.

 

Here are just three ways you can continue to show your support.

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Help With Their Next Decision

 

Upon graduation, your son or daughter will be faced with a variety of potential pathways. While you should never force them into any decision, offering support throughout the selection process is key.

 

After years of studying, many will want to enter the working world, which is fine. Despite being an adult, they still have youth on their side. Continuing their academic progress is still an option. The John Monash Scholars 2017 show how it’s possible to complete a postgraduate degree while getting to see new parts of the world. If it encourages them to live their life while boosting long-term prospects, that has to be a positive step.

 

No two people are the same, and it’s up to your son or daughter to find what works for them. By providing them with the necessary support throughout the research stages, they’ll be set for far better decisions.

 

Teach Life Skills

 

The past three years have been a great opportunity for your child to start making the transition to adulthood. They’ve gained a greater sense of independence, and have started taking greater responsibility in their lives. However, those developments have been somewhat limited.

 

This might be their first chance to rent or even purchase a property of their own. Not a student flat, but a home that requires care and attention. These DIY skills should go a long way to helping your son or daughter create that homely environment on a budget. This is also the time for them to ditch the nutritionally substandard student meals for real cooking too.

 

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Money management will be another key skill, especially if they need to pay back student loans and other debts. Your child probably has a better understanding of the tech systems than you. But you can certainly have a positive impact on money-saving strategies.

 

Show Pride

 

This is one of the proudest stages of parenthood, so don’t be afraid to show it. Not only does it strengthen your bond, but it also breeds confidence for your child too.

 

As exciting as this time in their life is, it can be daunting. After all, even graduates face tougher employment challenges than ever before. Giving them that confidence to chase their dream job or advanced degree by standing out from the crowd could make all the difference. Missing out on those opportunities due to self-doubt would be a huge shame indeed.

 

You know that your son or daughter is capable of greatness. If your support can help them unlock that potential, you’d be a fool not to make the most of it.

 

Stubbs BBQ & Memorial Day Cookout! #stubbsbbq Recipes

 May is the official kickoff of grilling season with Memorial Day and National Burger Month. Stubb’s encourages all food lovers to try new traditions this summer, including boosting their favorite burgers with condiments that pack more flavor and great taste. 

We enjoyed our meat with Stubbs BBQ Sauce and Seasoning!! But you can do your anyway you like to!!

DIY sauce recipes: Kick the ketchup habit with some fun, easy and tasty DIY burger sauces that you can make with some items you might already have on hand.

§  Mustard + Original BBQ Sauce: ¼ cup mustard to every 1 cup of BBQ

§  Bang Bang Sauce: Mix together 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 3/4 cup Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce, 1 heaping tablespoon of hot sauce and either a tablespoon of honey or some brown sugar depending on what I am cooking.

§  Spicy Mayo: ½ cup of mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons of Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce

§  Not Just Basic BBQ:

o    For a sweeter BBQ sauce – add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoon honey to 1 cup of Original BBQ

o    To give your BBQ sauce a spicy kick – add habanero peppers to 1 cup of Original BBQ (add as many as you like depending on your level of spice)

Tips for Grilling your Meat:

·         Start with a clean grill so your burgers don’t stick and fall apart. My tip is to use an onion to clean your grill. Cut the onion in half, and while the grill is heating up, rub the onion across it. The juices from the onion clean the grill and get it ready for use.

·         Make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty before putting it on the grill. This will help the patty come our nice and flat (not puffy in the middle) and the meat will be cooked evenly throughout.

·         Avoid burning or charring your meat by flipping it every couple of minutes. It’s a myth that you shouldn’t flip your meat! The hotter the grill, the more often you should turn it.

Full Recipes:

1.     Toasted Pecan Burger:

·         Ingredients

–       1 pound ground chuck

–       ¼ cup chopped red onion

–       ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

–       1 tablespoon finely chopped green bell pepper

–       3 tablespoons Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s BBQ Spice Rub

–       Lettuce, mayonnaise, and toasted buns, for serving

·         Instructions:

–       Mix together the chuck, onion, pecans, bell pepper, Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce, and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub. Shape into 3 large or 4 average-size patties. (The burgers may be mixed and shaped earlier in the day; refrigerate until ready to use.)

–       Prepare a grill for direct cooking. For a charcoal grill, when the coals are ashed over, rake or spread them out in the bottom of the grill so the food can cook directly over the coals. (For a gas grill, fire up the burners so the food can cook directly over the heat.)

–       Grill the burgers over direct medium heat, first on one side then on the other, 7 to 10 minutes, until they reach your desired degree of doneness. (Medium burgers register an internal temperature of 160°F.) Serve with lettuce, mayonnaise and toasted buns.

2.     Stubb’s Fried Egg Burger with Spicy Mayo:

·         Ingredients

–       ½ cup mayonnaise

–       3 tablespoons Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce

–       2 lbs. lean ground beef

–       1/3 cup Stubb’s Texas Steakhouse Marinade

–       2 tablespoons vegetable oil

–       6 eggs

–       6 hamburger buns

–       Tomato

–       Lettuce

–       Blue Cheese (optional)

 

·         Instructions:

–       In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce. Set aside.

Using your hands, mix the ground beef and marinade. Divide meat into six patties.

–       Prepare the grill for direct cooking. Cook the burgers for 6-7 minutes on each side for medium doneness.

–       Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny, approximately 3 minutes. If you prefer your eggs over easy, flip and cook for an additional 15-20 seconds.

–       Assemble the burger in the following order: bottom bun, lettuce, tomato, cooked burger, blue cheese (optional), then egg. Spread the spicy mayonnaise on the top bun and place on top of the egg.

 

3.     Stubb’s Stuffed Burger:

 

 

·         Ingredients

–       2 lbs. ground beef

–       3/4 cup Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s Beef Marinade

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s BBQ Spice Rub

–       7 oz. can of nacho sliced jalapenos

–       3/4 cup shredded cheese

·         Instructions

–       In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, Beef Marinade, and Bar-B-Q Spice Rub together with your hands.

–       Use about 1/3 cup of meat and press it into a thin patty with your hands. Top the patty with one tablespoon sliced jalapenos and two tablespoons shredded cheese, leaving at least a ¼” rim around the edge. You can adjust toppings per your taste.

–       Press out another thin patty. Place the second patty on top of the first patty and use your fingers to seal the two patties together well. Repeat another five times to make a total of six burgers.

–       Grill burgers over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side, flipping once during cooking. Baste with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce during last 3 minutes of cooking.

–       Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.

A Roof Over Your Head? Don’t Take It For Granted

One of the most important things is the home – or the idea of home. A home means comfort, wellbeing, family and safety and we all know in our own way just how important each of those aspects is to our own lives. We want comfort to relax and let the worries of life flow away. We want wellbeing to be healthy and live a fulfilling life. We want family so that we are surrounded by the people we care about most. We want safety so we don’t have to worry about the outside world, for one reason or another.

 

Now when we think of the idea of a home, a phrase comes to mind – does it not? Four walls and a roof, for that, is home the typical home is constructed in the physical world and within the mind. Four walls and a roof is all we need to call something a home, well – in the most basic form anyway. The perfect home is going to be different in its own way for everyone in this world – as everyone has different expectations of what a home should be. However, those four walls and roof? That’s exactly what we need to get started.

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So if you’re a homeowner, or a parent – or anyone living in a home with those four walls you need to avoid taking that for granted. But you also need to ensure that you’re looking after the roof – as without that – you’ve not got much of a home at all. The roof serves a number of important functions not least protecting the inhabitants of a home from the outside world and the weather.

 

The roof does a number of things for the home, and it needs to be on form during these tasks at all times. Being at 90% isn’t good enough, and the condition of a roof can deteriorate at any moment, and the condition can plummet fast.

 

The most basic check you can perform on a roof is a shingle check. A roof needs shingles to ensure that no wind or rain escapes into the confines of the home from the outside world. If your shingles are broken or missing – you might need to replace them with a like for like – or even an improvement like Wakefield Bridge Steel Shingles. Shingles are the first line of defense on the roof so if they are missing or broken, replace them.

 

The main job of the roof is to guard the home from the weather, but it also has another critical function, and that is to guard the foundation of a building from debris and water.

 

The roof does this with its shape, so that water falls away from the bottom of the building, but it also uses guttering to lead water towards drains. This is to prevent erosion. One of the easiest things you can do to help you roof is to clear the gutters or replace broken guttering.

 

A leaky roof means hell for the home. Don’t take it for granted. Fix any issues and keep it safe so it can keep your home safe.

6 Ways to get help with school supplies!! #helpchildren #schoolage

As a former teacher, I always found it difficult and sad for children on the first day of school who didn’t have the needed supplies. Usually, I would supplement what they didn’t have and try and ration what was brought. I began budgeting for those who didn’t have what they need as I am sure most teachers do.  Here is a list of ways parents can get help with those expensive supplies!

 

  1. Check out Local School Supply Stores
    Organizations across the country provide free supplies to teachers from qualifying schools.  Kids in Need Foundation, which helps support the nation’s teachers and students.
  2. Try an Online Group
    Join a Yahoo Group or a Google+ community and post a request for the supplies you need. You can even use this group to promote your school supply drives.
  3. Utilize Your Community
    Contact local churches, charities and nonprofit organizations, and research local distribution projects. The American Red Cross usually holds school supplies drives at their local chapters. (Our church will band together to help any child in need! As I am sure most do!!!)
  4. Seek Out Backpack Programs
    Backpack programs — such as the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program, Schools on Wheels and School Ready Supplies — donate supply-filled backpacks to students.
  5. Go Online
    Craigslist doesn’t just sell items, it gives them away for free! Under the “For Sale” category, click on “free” and search for whatever supplies your child needs. You can also search Freecycle.org, a grassroots movement that connects people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
  6. Check With Your School District
    Some states require public school districts to provide necessary school supplies to children. Certain districts are also required to provide books and school supplies for children whose parents cannot otherwise afford them.

I too was a single mother at one time and I know how hard it is making sure your child gets everything on that list. Don’t be ashamed to ask, your children only deserve the best!!!

17 Bright Ideas For Hiring Reputable Tradespeople

If you find yourself in the midst of home improvements and needing some professional help to get the job done, then it can be a worrying time. You’re inviting people you don’t know into your home, hoping that they are going to do the work to a standard you find acceptable. It can be tough to know who to trust when it comes to hiring tradespeople; it can also be awkward when you have hired them and work begins. So here’s a few ideas to make the process as streamlined as possible.

 

1) Google everything you can about the company. You’d be surprised how many people don’t check a company out online before hiring them.

 

2) Know exactly what you want. One of the worst ways of hiring in a tradesperson is being unsure of the work you need doing. Make sure you have a clear idea in your mind.

 

3) Know the numbers. Whenever you invite someone to quote, always ensure that you have a rough idea of the budget you have in mind…

 

4) … But don’t tell them! If you are asked for a budget, then just shrug and say that you’re open to offers.

 

5) Check local records. If someone has been called to the attention of local authorities for bad workmanship, there may be a record at a local authority. You need to speak to anyone involved in trading standards.

 

6) Check local courts. If it’s a big job involving a lot of money, then go the extra mile and call the local court also. They will have any record of prosecutions or civil cases that may have resulted in the past.

 

7) Give them space. It can be tempting when someone is working in your home to stand over them, checking what they are doing. It’s tempting, but it’s also a bad idea. Not only does it foster a sense of unease, but you might distract them from something important.

 

8) Get at least three quotes, but five is better.

 

9) Never commit to anything immediately. If someone gives a quote you’re happy with, don’t commit to it on the spot. Give yourself at least 24 hours to do the relevant research before you agree.

 

10) Write everything down. Even for a basic job, get everything written down and signed by both parties. There’s far less room for confusion if this happens.

 

11) Request multiple contact details. Any reputable company will have at least one phone number and an email address. Ask for these at least; you want to know you can contact them if something goes wrong.

 

12) Go local. This is especially important for someone you might need to call in an emergency, such as a plumber or electrician. The sooner they can get to you if you have a problem with the project, the better.

 

13) Don’t hand over money upfront. If you are asked for money “for supplies”, then insist on accompanying them to the store.

 

14) Only pay for work that has been done. There is no need to make advance payments, especially for small home-based projects.

 

15) Be polite. If things are not progressing as you expect, it’s still better to be polite and courteous. This ups your chances of a satisfactory result.

 

16) Get quotes, not estimates. A quote is an official record, preferably on paper, of what something will cost. An estimate is far vaguer and can be subject to increases without your knowledge.

 

17) Ask for references. Try and obtain at least one reference from previous work they have completed.

 

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6 Things That Will Improve Your Home DIY Skills

As a homeowner, you’re going to need the right DIY skills if you want to get the most from your house. Without them, you might find that you simply can’t make your property into the home of your dreams. That would be a massive shame, so maybe now is the time to start thinking about improving your DIY skills. If you do this right, you will be able to make your house into the home you want it to be.

 

Of course, DIY is not easy, especially if you have no existing experience of it. That’s just the truth of the matter, and you should realise this before you dive in head first. Here are six things that will help to improve your home DIY skills.

 

  1. Get Comfortable with the Basics

 

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re as comfortable as you possibly can be with the basics. This is essential, and not everyone is. So, you need to be prepared to do a bit of research read some books and get the basics nailed do. This will provide you with the basis from which you can push on and learn more about DIY. So, don’t hesitate to get started. Start learning about all the different kinds of hammers, nuts, bolts and power tools that are out there. Don’t forget to learn about any safety equipment you might need too.

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  1. Watch Plenty of Demonstrations and Learn From Them

 

The best way to learn from other people when it comes to DIY is watching. Watching and learning allow you to see for yourself what needs to be done. This is useful because DIY is practical and hands-on. You need to see other people doing what you need to do before you can go ahead and carry out the work yourself. It’s much easier than following written instructions too. Luckily, video sharing platforms online provide you with a bountiful supply of instruction and demonstration videos that you can watch and learn from in seconds.

 

  1. The Willingness to Take on a Variety of Projects

 

A willingness to delve in and try new things will take you a long way. If you are apprehensive and move too slowly, you will never learn fast enough. You will constantly be holding yourself back, which is not what you want at all. So, show a willingness to try new things and take on a variety of DIY projects. In reality, you will only improve and get better by doing things with your own two hands. No amount of guides or demonstrations can replace the experience of getting stuck in and using your hands to make or mend something.

 

  1. New Tools

 

You are also going to need a set of tools to get you started. You won’t get very far without these. Start off by investing in the basic things, such as a tool belt and all the things that it needs to be filled with. When you’ve done that, you can move onto the more advance tools. If you’re buying power tools, always research the options first. If you’re looking for a new router to use, read router reviews before making a purchase. There are so many tools out there, and you need to weigh up the options before handing over your cash.

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  1. Basic Plumbing Knowledge

 

Plumbing is one aspect of DIY that many people ignore or assume that they can’t get right. But there is no need to assume that that’s the case. There are plenty of small plumbing fixes that you can carry out if you want to. Hiring a plumber to come over and fix a minor problem can be expensive. So, why pay for that if you can carry out the work yourself. It simply doesn’t make sense. Learn some of the basics, and get to know how the shower, taps and toilet in your home work. That’s always the best way to start.

 

  1. Small Compartments and Storage Solutions

 

Finally, you’re going to need an organised storage arrangement to keep all your bits and pieces in. This is something that many people overlook, but if you want to do DIY properly, you need to make the most of compartments and storage solutions. All those nuts and bolts and other little things need to be kept organised. That way, you will be able to find what you need in the future when the time comes to use them. Create a setup in your shed or garage with these things in place.

A Guide to Recovering from Trauma

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Anyone, anywhere young or old, can suffer from trauma. The emotional toll of things like accidents, surgical injuries, assaults and even terrorist attacks can totally debilitate a person and take a lifetime for them to get over, especially if they do not get the help they need to recover as soon after the traumatic incident as possible.

 

So, What Exactly is Traumatic Stress?

 

Traumatic stress is a common reaction to a traumatic event like a car crash, terrorist attack or hurricane. Incidents of this nature but the victims under immense stress, which can cause a whole host of symptoms, including shock, fear, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, anger and complete mental breakdown. That’s why it’s so important that victims of traumatic events, and witnesses to them, are helped through the aftermath.

 

If you believe you, or someone you are close to, is suffering from traumatic stress, here are some things you can do to aid recovery and get life back on track:

 

Limit Exposure to the Media

 

If you were involved in an incident that has led to widespread media coverage, it’s probably a good idea to switch off the TV, avoid the internet and even steer clear from social media for a while. It only takes one clip of the incident to start you panicking again, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re already suffering from the effects of trauma. Sit back and relax with a good book or spend time with good friends for a while instead of watching and reliving the traumatic event over and over again.

 

Accept the Way You Are Feeling

 

Trauma can cause all kinds of emotions that can take you by surprise. You might be very angry with the surgeon who messed up your operation to you could feel guilty because you survived an accident with your life while others lost theirs. You need to process and accept these emotions before you can ever hope to come to terms with them. So, feel whatever it is you need to feel and start to deal with those difficult emotions slowly at your own pace and only so far as you are comfortable to do so. If you try to force recovery, you will only make things worse.

 

See a Counselor

 

Seeing a professional to help you through your trauma will almost always be recommended. I know that for a lot of people, talking to a complete stranger about their innermost feelings isn’t exactly something that appeals, but it can really help, and with the help of a good lawyer legal representative from Medler Law Firm, you might be able to get the cost of your psychiatry bills paid for by the person(s) responsible for your current condition, depending on what happened to you and how it happened.

 

Good counselors will take things at your place and only ask you to share things you’re comfortable with, so you don’t have to worry about being pushed too far and making things worse if you do seek help.

 

Do Something Positive

 

When you’ve been through a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel helpless about your situation and the events that took place. If you want to overcome this feeling and start to heal from your trauma, one of the best things you can do is take some positive action. Raise money for other victims, set up a charity, visit with other people who have been through traumatic experiences and you will feel more powerful and more in control of your life, which is definitely a positive when you’re trying to heal from trauma.

 

Exercise

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It’s probably one of the last things you want to do when you’re suffering from severe trauma, but exercising is great for boosting mental health. Even a brisk walk around the block will get the endorphins pumping, boost your mood and stop you from ruminating on the causes of your trauma. Apart from walking, yoga, running, basketball and dance are all good options for moving more when you’re suffering from traumatic stress.

 

Spend Time with Others

 

You might feel like isolating yourself following a traumatic event. In fact, you might want to hide away from the wider world completely, but to do so would be to give up on your recovery and sink further into your negative frame of mind. What you should do instead is get out there, spend some time laughing with friends and family, playing with children and petting dogs in the local park. Let yourself experience all of the wonderful things life has to offer, and you’ll feel a lot less stressed and more positive about life than you did before.

 

Take Steps to Reduce Stress

 

Reducing your stress levels should be a priority as you recover from trauma. Although a little bit of stress can be good for the average person, the amount of stress you will be under when you’ve had a traumatic experience will be off the scale. Good ways to relieve stress include listening to soothing music, taking a long hot bath and learning how to meditate, but you might have your own stress-busting go-to’s and they will be fine too.

 

Establish a Routine

 

Having a stable routine in place helps a lot of trauma victims to get back a sense of normality. Knowing what they will be doing from day to day, hour to hour and even minute to minute can be extremely comforting, so it is definitely worth a try. Just make sure that your routine includes a mix of essentials like work and chores and extravagances like meals with friends, trips to the cinema and time to work on hobbies.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet

 

The food you eat has a direct impact on your mood. If you eat healthy, nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, you will feel much better than if you eat lots of sugar, chips and bad fats. So, eat a healthy diet if you want to get back on an even keel. You might have to go through a period of trial and error to see which foods make you feel good and which send you on a downward spiral, but it’ll be worth it.

10 Advantages of Living in a Condo #condolife #secondhome #fishing

We were recently relocated due to work, but did not want to sell our home, so we opted to purchase a condo as our second home to stay in while working.

We quickly realized how nice and convenient this is. Here are just some reasons I  love it!!

  1. While not here, we can earn money renting it out.
  2. We don’t have to do any upkeep of the lawn or anything outside of our condo.
  3. We have a pool, tennis court & lighted pier we can use.
  4. Our water and cable are included in our HOA.
  5. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
  6. Friendly neighbors
  7. Grandkids want to come visit!
  8. We have a community grill & picnic tables available all the time.
  9. It is animal-friendly.
  10. It is safe.

I love watching the wildlife here, so far we have seen a red fox, two coyotes, and tons of birds. We also have a dolphin that comes to visit our pier often. This has been such a fun experience. If you are looking for a retirement home or just a place to spend vacations, look at condos!

Lastly, the views are breathtaking. I love just sitting outside and watching the views.

Easing The Stress Of Being A Mom Will Help Your Family

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Working comes with a whole host of stress. You’re basically dealing with stress from nine to five, with small glimmers of hope and sunshine dotted about. Working as a mum is 24/7, which kind of gives you some inkling as to the amount of stress that is involved. Thankfully, it i the best kind of stress imaginable. It is fun and unique and amazing, inspiring and worthwhile, totally worthwhile, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful too.

Yes, every single mum situation comes with its very own unique set of circumstances. It comes with the territory. But so does the need for you to constantly place an emphasis on your own health and well-being, and don’t for one second think that is selfish. Your being healthy is the catalyst to your family being healthy too.

So, here are some top tips on how to stay healthy, stress-free and sane as around the clock mum. After all, you deserve it.

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Get A Granny-Nanny

We all have that moment when we search the internet for some help, someone who can assist with the kids for just a couple of mornings a week. That would be enough. Well, why not make that someone a granny-nanny. These are semi-retired women that typically don’t have family close by. Nurturing people that will cherish everything you do. They are people that love baking, gardening, reading, colouring-in, and they know how to ace homework, while also cherishing the wonders of children. They are people that want to be involved with children, that’s the key and, in return, you’ll be relieved of some of the stress. You can do those errands you needed to do or just grab a pinch of personal time.

Schedule Your Personal Time

Yeah, this may sound sad, at least to begin with, but if scheduling in some personal time in the same way you would schedule an appointment is the only way you’ll get it, then do it. Personal time is so important. Seeing friends, getting that soft tissue massage you promised your doctor you would get, seeing friends for a coffee, going for a run, having your nails done, or just sitting in a quiet park. Whatever floats your boat on that day. Don’t feel guilty about this either. We all need a bit of peace and quiet, and your family will thrive if you grant yourself that space. Just make sure your family knows that these are appointments, one’s that you can’t miss.

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Bring A PA Into The Family

This idea of having a personal assistant to help in your personal life can be so rewarding, for everyone, especially if you are a mum that balances working with being a mum. The more you accept them into your family the better it will be too, not least because they will have such an important part to play. The reason we are referring to them as a PA is because that will help you distinguish their role a bit more. In the same way, you would lay out a set of tasks for an assistant at work, do the same for them each morning. Then they will know exactly what you would like doing, what principles you cherish and what is important to you, like the operation #dontforget you are championing. All this can be achieved while they also ensure your kids laugh from the moment they get picked up from school to the moment you get back from work, and you won’t feel stressed about the tasks that haven’t been done because, well, they will have been done. A PA is a right-hand person, someone you can trust no end, so why not have someone like that to help with your children?

Do you have COPD or Asthma? If so here is how you can save on Advair!!

I have Asthma, therefore, I have to take several maintaining medicines. Although I have insurance for prescription coverage, I have to pay the co-pay for everything I take.

If it is generic I pay around $10.00 if it isn’t I pay $35.00. Usually, I pick up my prescriptions every 3 months so even with insurance 3 months prescriptions cost me $105.00. Of course, I wanted to find a way to save money, I tried to get generic but and there was none available so I was told about this coupon.

 

https://www.advair.com/coupon-and-savings.html

I printed this coupon out and use it every three months before I go to pick up my Advair and only pay $30.00 for 3 months supply.

If you have expensive medicine, check their the manufacturer’s website and see if they offer a discount or coupons.

Please share this with anyone you know that has to pay a deductible for their prescriptions!

Why A Garden Room Is So Much Better Than An Extension

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There has been a topic of conversation that has taken over most of our family dinners recently. To build an extension or not to build an extension, that was the question. But then threw a curveball into the mix and it had us all umming and ahhing, “what about a garden room?”

We have to admit, the first image that popped into our head was a Wendy House, like the one we used to play in as kids. Basic, practical, functional and a space that quickly got filled with tools. Needless to say, we dismissed the idea. We were wrong to do this it seems.

Garden rooms have basically evolved into extensions, just ones that don’t have to be fixed to your home. They can sit all pretty at the bottom of your garden for instance. What’s more, you don’t need to borrow huge sums of money because you could just use your family home loans and tap into the equity you have already built up in your property. We know right!

 

Anyway, we started making a list of ways a garden room would be a better investment than an extension, and this what we came up with.

 

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A Place Of Peace

An extension certainly gives you more space in your home, but it doesn’t exactly allow you to escape because, well, you’re still in the thick of it. A garden room, however, is a home away from home; your own space and place of peace. You can run away to it. Take a book, a cup of coffee, an iPod, a notepad; whatever. There will be nothing to distract you but your garden and the beautiful outside of your home. Total and utter bliss.

An Outdoor Office

Millions and millions of people now work from home. Freelancing, entrepreneurs, flexible working conditions; there are loads of reasons why. However, working from home isn’t the easy ride people think it is because you need to have the right conditions in order to be as proactive as possible. That’s where a garden office comes in. You’ll have an inspiring setting that is nice and quiet, and you’ll be able to separate your work life from your home life.

Are You Not Entertained

All work and no play make someone a dull something. Basically, playing is just as important as working and relaxing, that’s what we’re trying to say, and what better place to play with your friends and entertain than your garden, and one with a garden room. You could slip a little kitchen out there and have garden dinner parties, or have it as a nice adult play room with comfy sofas and a projector screen for movie nights. You could make it into a games room, or a place for your kids to play their crazy and loud instruments. Your imagination is your oyster on this one. Just know that it will entertain.

Pinch More Privacy

We all love our gardens. Some of us are a little more secretive about this than others, but we all love them. The only real downside of a garden is the lack of privacy, especially if you live in a built-up area. That’s where a garden room would come in. Not only would you have somewhere inside your great outdoors to enjoy a spot of nice weather and no eyes, but the area in front of your garden room will be protected too. Perfect.

Simple Ways to Take Care of the Outside of Your Home

When it comes to home renovations, one of the most common things everyone does is look inside the home. This is completely normal, however, because most home renovations are designed to make your life a little more comfortable, productive or practical. For instance, you might renovate your bathroom so that it’s a lot more comfortable and spa-like, or you might paint your home to give it a fresh and new feeling to brighten up the mood in your home.

 

Whatever renovations you choose, don’t neglect to take care of the outside. It’s what your neighbours see and it gives your guests a first impression of your home. If the outside of your home is nasty, rundown and neglected, then don’t be surprised if your guests turn tail and run or if your neighbours see you as that lazy family that doesn’t want to mow the lawn. Here are a couple of tips to give your exteriors a little makeover.

 

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Roof Maintenance

 

Our roof can take a beating during bad weather. It’s assaulted with rain and hail, blown around by strong winds, and debris from gusts can clog up the roof and make it look nasty. Assuming you have a friend or family member who’s willing to help, you can climb onto your roof and clean away all the nasty dirt and look for any signs of damage, such as loose or missing shingles. If you do encounter some problems, then contractors like www.andersoncontractors.net will be able to help you repair your roof if you lack the expertise or knowledge to do so yourself. Remember that it’s incredibly dangerous to climb up onto a roof, so practice caution!

 

Cleaning the Driveway and Garage

 

If you want to clean asphalt, make sure you’re not using detergents because it can actually damage it. The best way to clean it would be to soak it with some water and use a brush to scrub it away. If there are stains on your asphalt, then you may need to use cleaning products but be careful not to use too much. If you want to clean concrete, then a pressure cleaner will do the job. If you don’t have a pressure cleaner, you can rent one or look at www.trustedreviews.com for a few reviews and tips on how to pick one.

 

Wiping Down Siding

 

Because of rain, moisture and a number of other factors, vinyl siding can easily get clogged with dirt, grime and mildew. Your best friend to clean the siding would be to use a pressure washer, make sure you are wearing protection because the water and loose bits of dirt are going to fly everywhere. If it’s close enough to wipe down, then simply use a bit of soapy water and a fresh cloth (throw it away after you’re done) to clean it.

 

Keeping the Yard Clean

 

Lastly, ensure that your yard is nice and clean. Pick up and get rid of any bits of rubbish that have been blown onto your lawn, trim it down so it’s presentable, and don’t leave dead plants to rot and wilt away on your grass. If you have furniture outdoors, then give it a nice clean and make sure it looks worth sitting on.

House Painting Hacks You Need to Know

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Few things can instantly transform the look of your interior faster than a new painting project. Changing the walls from one color to another is a great way to revamp the space and give it a whole new feel. Of course, painting the home can be an incredibly frustrating and time-consuming process if you aren’t an expert, which is why I’ve put together some great house painting hacks to help you with your next house painting project. Check them out now:

 

Make Paint Fumes a thing of the Past

 

One of the worst things about painting inside the house is the paint fumes that you are forced to breath in not only when you’re painting, but for hours and sometimes even days after. One of the best hacks I’ve ever come across then is the process of adding several drops of vanilla extract to your paint. It won’t affect the product at all., but instead of smelling horrible paint fumes, you’ll be treated to a lovely vanilla odor that makes the room smell divine.

 

Remember to Clean the Ceiling

 

Before you start painting, it is important that you remember to clean the ceiling even if you are not going to be painting it. You see, there is often a lot of dust and cobwebs on the ceiling and they can get moved around and end up on the walls as you paint. If they get mixed in with the paint, the finish will be poor, the walls will look dirty, and you’ll need to apply an extra coat. This can be so easily avoided by ensuring that the area is clean before you do anything else.

 

Line Your Paint Trays with Tinfoil

 

If it’s the cleaning up aspect of house painting that you hate, you can easily speed up the process by completely covering your paint trays with tinfoil. When you’re done, you can them simply remove the foil, and you’ll only have to worry about cleaning your brushes or roller because the trays will be spotless.

 

Use Fabric Softener

 

Speaking of cleaning your paintbrushes, did you know that soaking your brushes in fabric softener will have them looking as good as new in no time at all? If you’ve forgotten to soak your brushes immediately after use, however, soaking them in a bowl of white vinegar will soften up that paint and ensure that you can salvage them for the next job in no time at all.

 

Use a Swiffer for Perfectly Prepped Walls

 

Swiffers are great for getting your floors clean, so it stands to reason that they do an equally good job on the walls, right? When you’re painting, it’s important that you have a perfectly clean surface to work with, and the Swiffer will help you to achieve this much more quickly than going over every inch of the space with a rag.

 

Use a Wet Roller

 

If you want to ensure that you experience fewer drips and your paint takes to the wall better, lightly coating your roller with a small amount of warm water will do the job. Just don’t soak it or it could end up affecting the quality of your paint.

 

Get Clean Lines with a Paint Guard

 

There’s nothing worse that getting paint on the ceiling or the baseboards when you’re painting the walls. Luckily, there is a very easy way to prevent this, place a paint guard in the area you’re working on, directly above or below the line you don’t want to cross, and you’ll have no problems painting clean lines. You won’t even have to use decorating tape, which as you probably know, can be really fiddly!

 

Keep Paint Off with Petroleum Jelly

 

If you only plan to paint part of the wall and you want to ensure that you don’t get any drips on the parts of the wall you’re leaving as they are, cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly and any errant spills or inaccurate brushstrokes will only affect the petroleum jelly, leaving the walls free of paint.

 

Razor Drips Away

 

If you do get any drips, and let’s face it most of us will simply wait until they are dry and then either sand them away or cut them off with a sharp razor blade. Be careful when you’re doing this – the last thing you want is to add blood drips to your paint drips!

 

Paint Pads Get the Job Done Quickly

 

When you want to paint your walls really quickly, it can be tempting to use fancy gadgets to get the job done, but as you can see from these paintzoom.com complaints that doesn’t always work out well. What does work, however, is using paint pads. Unlike traditional rollers and brushes, these have a large flat surface area which has been designed to glide quickly and smoothly across walls. You can cut the time spent painting in half if you use paint pads as directed.

 

Avoid Roller Marks

 

If you’re painting your furniture rather than the walls, you should be sure to paint in one direction. This will prevent tell-tale paint marks that make the furniture look bad and which force you to apply another coat. Before painting furniture, you should always sand it down and prime it first, if you want it to look good.

 

Sand Before Applying Another Coat

 

It’s so disheartening when you spend a long time applying a second coat, only for it to dry with lots of lumps and bumps, forcing you to take further action to make the walls smooth again. Thankfully, this can be avoided by waiting until the first coat has dried and then lightly sanding the area with sandpaper to remove any imperfections. When you apply the second coat, providing you are careful, you will then be left with a perfectly smooth finish that makes your room look better than ever.

 

Are you a house painting pro? What are your tops tips for getting the job done quickly and achieving a professional finish that will make the room look fantastic?

The Key to Staying Young? Always Pushing Yourself

It’s normal to wind down when we reach a certain age, but you don’t have to. Taking it easy and settling into routines will happen by default, but you can rebel against it if you want. You just need to think about it. Find new and exciting ways to stay young and fresh, and you’ll feel a lot younger than your years suggest. Here are five ways to break out of the mold.

Broadening Your Horizons

 

When we’re young, we always have new experiences. There comes a time when these new experiences stop happening naturally, and we need to actively push ourselves to make them happen. If it’s been awhile since you stepped outside of your comfort zone, now’s the time to take a trip, try a new hobby or sport, or take a course to learn a new skill. You never know the path you might take when you undertake a new adventure!

 

A New Career

 

If you’ve been in the same job for a couple of decades, what’s stopping you from getting a new career? It can be scary to leave the comfort of the familiar, but starting a new career can be rewarding and make the Monday – Friday routine more exciting. You’ll have more skills now than you did when you were in your twenties, so not put them to use? Enroll in a coaching course, and you’ll be able to bring your people skills and natural energy to your job. You’re never too old (or young!) to take a different path in life. What jobs might you be suited for that you’re missing out on?  

 

Getting Involved

 

There’s a whole world that might be passing you by if you’re not involved with current affairs. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, just watching things unfold, you can get involved and become part of the process. You don’t have to become a senator to make a difference. Local charities and organizations really do make a difference. If there’s a cause you feel particularly attached to, meet with the groups in your area and turn your passion into action.

 

Making the Most Of What You’ve Learned

 

You feel like you know everything when you’re young; when you’re old, you realize you know nothing. But you do know a lot and will have learned a lot just through the course of living, or at least you will if you’ve kept your eyes open as you walked through life. The process of staying young, then, is to incorporate everything you’ve learned into your life. If you know that diving into a cold body of water each day makes you feel alive, then that’s just what you should be doing.

 

Pushing Yourself

 

There are plenty of suggestions on how to stay young and alive, but what if the best remedy hasn’t yet been thought of? Life is about exploration; what can you come up with? Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean it never will! Carve out your own path, and you’ll inspire others.

Operation #dontforget Don’t forget a child in the hot car!!

The summer months are sneaking up on us, it is already hot here in South Texas. I always stress this time of the year! As a Mimi of three grandsons, I can’t help but worry about making sure the kids are not left in a car.

I was coming home from the grocery store the other day and it dawned on me, I can’t forget my grandson in the back seat. This isn’t a usual thing for me to have him with me while grocery shopping so I began to think, how can I make sure to not forget when he or any of my grandbabies are with me….

So I came up with operation #dontforget, it is a simple concept. You add a clothespin to your AC vent I put my grandson’s names on them. When they are with you move it to your keys or even your door handle. This way before you get out of the car you are reminded to #dontforget.

This could even work with pets! I hate to see one left in a hot car.

I have come up with a printable list to place in your car until it becomes a habit.

 

 

I had to make my clothespins cute and of course get your kids or grandkids to help you. They will also remind you to move the pen! I made extra for my children to give out to anyone that may be picking up or keeping my grandchildren.

 

 

 

Please share how you #dontforget your loved one.

Email me at reviewsbykathy@gmail.com if you would like to place an order for one, with your child’s name and color. We will do them for $2.00 shipped anywhere in the US.

Check out this video, here is how I use mine!

 

Microwave Pecan Brittle Recipe – Quick & Easy #Pecan #recipes

Growing up in Georgia, fresh sweet pecans were always readily available. Now that I am an adult and live in Texas, I crave those yummy pecans all the time. Fortunately, my sister owns a pecan orchid so I still get those yummy pecans fresh each year.

I am going to share my favorite pecan brittle recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Spray baking sheet to prevent sticking!
  2. Combine pecans, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a glass 4-cup measuring cup.
  3. Heat in microwave for 3 1/2 minutes; stir and heat for 3 1/2 more minutes. Stir butter into pecan mixture and heat in microwave for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir baking soda and vanilla extract into pecan mixture until foamy; pour onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow cooling completely before breaking brittle into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

I’m turning 50 and I like it…. A fishing trip.

“Did you hear that?”, I turned to look at what I was supposed to be hearing, but all I could see is water. At that point, I thought maybe my husband or myself were literally going crazy. It is 6:30 in the morning and the sun is just coming up and we are sitting in a boat on the water….

My husband and I have been married for almost 18 years now. I came into this marriage with three children, who we have raised together and are now adults. Every weekend, he loves to go fishing, I was sitting on the boat reflecting how this wasn’t my favorite past time, but Robby, my hubby, sure does love it.

So off we go this morning to fish the day away…As the day started I landed the first redfish and thought wow this isn’t so bad after all. I began teasing my husband who is ad avid fisherman and really great at it. I then land an even bigger redfish than before, of course, each time he put his pole down and netted for me as I continued to tease him about how he better be glad I came cause at least we get to eat supper!!

As the day started I landed the first redfish and thought wow this isn’t so bad after all. I began teasing my husband who is an avid fisherman and really great at it. I then landed an even bigger redfish than before. Of course, each time he had put his pole down and net for me. I continued to tease him about how he better be glad I came because at least we get to eat supper!!

 

This continued throughout the morning while I caught 4 big keepers to his one, then it dawned on me, he is doing this to make sure I have a great time. Each time he would stop fishing to net my fish, recheck my bait and make sure he put me in a position to catch the big one.

 

I realized right then, how happy I am. I am not just talking about catching the most fish but in life. I turn 50 this year and was determined to not be depressed about it but what I didn’t realize is how happy I could be about it.

I am married to my best friend, blessed with three successful children, have three amazing grandsons and I still have my parents and we love God.

Even after our morning fishing trip, he cleaned the boat, cleaned the fish and offered to fry me up some for supper. Now I know I am blessed.