The new Hotel Transylvania: Transformania movie

Have you heard?? As you can tell I am super excited!! The new Hotel Transylvania: Transformania movie is coming out on January 14th!! I can’t wait to watch it.

 

Drac and the Pack are back like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank), and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis).

Here is the trailer, it looks like it will be amazing! Just be ready for an exciting time!    https://youtu.be/6suJohjIvfo

Let me know what you think about it, I know my grandsons will be excited when we go watch it!

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Budgeting Works, here is my tips and tricks!

I always get a new planning calendar at the first of the year. It doesn’t matter if it is from Dollar Tree as long has it has days in months in it for the whole year! This is mine for 2022. I love decorating it with encouraging words using some of my old vinyl, so I am not out any money.

 

I like to plan the month out ahead of time and always plan on worst case scenario. Meaning, I plan on what our least amount of income has been prior. My husband and my check sometimes vary so I use the lowest we have made and budget using that income. This works for us, but if you receive the same amount every month then you can use that.

Before we started, I logged every penny we spent for a couple months, every day. This helped me to make sure I budgeted for any surprises. And boy did we have some, I didn’t plan on some pipes busting in the barn and needing to fix that nor did I budget for some tractors repair we needed. But this taught me to not only budget for repairs but to also add more to savings for that “just in case”.

Of course I use things like Fetch Rewards

I also like to use MyPoints to click on links and watch videos for points. You can redeem the points for gift cards! I have done this for years and at Christmas, I am able to cash my points in to give gift cards for gifts!

Of course, I love couponing on Saturdays at the Dollar General, so when I budget I add an amount that I can coupon shop with.  I can stock up and still stay within my budget.

My other love is making money while I sleep! My friend sent me a link to sign up with Robinhood Stock Investment, so I did, and they gave me one stock. I have started buying one stock every pay period. I did a little research and found stocks that pay me dividends every quarter. I use that money to purchase even more, I am investing in my future!

Lastly, I have planted a ton of fruit trees on our property. Every Mother’s Day, Birthday & even Christmas, I have asked for fruit trees. We can save a ton of money not having to buy them. We also have free ranging chickens; these don’t require much feed and lay eggs daily for us.

I have adjusted and added to my budget the closer we get to my husband retiring, I don’t want any surprises to pop up and us not be prepared.

Let me know what you are doing to make sure you budget and stay focused!

Here’s What Buyers Really Want From Your Home

Here’s What Buyers Really Want From Your Home

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Are you thinking about selling your home? If the answer is yes, then you need to make sure that your property is appealing to buyers. Nobody is going to be a house that they don’t like, or a house that doesn’t have all of the things that they are looking for. As such, you have got to try and put yourself in their shoes, and see what kind of things that they would like. If you’re struggling with this then that’s okay, because we’ve done it for you. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that buyers really want from your home, so keep reading to find out more. 

 

A Green Home 

 

People are becoming more and more conscious about the environment, so the greener you can make the home, the better. For example, you can think about adding alternative power methods to the home such as solar panels on the roof or in the backyard. While it’s not going to be possible to use this alternative method of power all the time, it will make a significant difference even if only used sometimes.

 

You have also got to ensure that you are keeping up with your insulation. This is responsible for keeping the cool air in the home as well as the hot, making it beneficial at all times of year. This means that you are going to have to do things like check that all your windows are sealed and that crawl spaces are well insulated. If the windows aren’t sealed properly or there is a larger issue, you might need to look into replacement windows as soon as possible.

 

A Spacious Living Area

 

Nobody wants to live somewhere in which they constantly feel as though they are cramped into a small space. As such, the living area should be as spacious as possible. When you are decorating for this, ensure that you go for a minimal design to really show off the amount of space available. You want people to be able to picture themselves living here with all of their furniture and belongings, so the less of your stuff there is, the better this is going to be.

 

Also, you want to paint the walls white and let as much natural light in as you can. This makes the space look larger, enticing people.

 

Modern Choices 

 

A lot of people these days want modern choices. They no longer want the old fashioned interiors, meaning that you’re going to have to make some changes if this is what you have got. Upgrade the kitchen to something sleek and modern first, and then make this improvement to the rest of your home.

 

Hopefully, you have found this article helpful and now see some of the things that buyers really want from your home. Each buyer is looking for something slightly different from the last, but these are some of the common things that you can count on people looking for. Enhance your home to match these desires, and your home is going to sell in no time. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that you get the sale that you want sooner rather than later.

Wiener dog, Duck, Wiener Dog

I usually buy stuffed toys for my puppies but for Christmas this year I wanted to make sure and add my big dog to Santa’s list. I ordered this adorable stuffed duck from Amazon. I loved the price and thought it would be perfect. But once my wiener dogs saw it, they assumed it was theirs!

 

 

The war started and needless to say I ended up ordering them all one! Now everywhere they go, they carry them.

 

 

We leave several out for them to choose from but of course they only want the one the other has.

 

 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your fur baby, these are the best. I love the price on them and how soft they are. But most importantly is the squeaky noise they can’t resist.

Grandma’s Apple Pie recipe to die for!

 

Growing up we would always go to my grandmother’s house for Christmas, she lived far away so I remember the long drive and being so excited when we arrived. Her hugs were the best and she was always in the kitchen cooking. I remember sitting in the kitchen listening to her tell us that one day we would learn to cook and one day we would receive all her cooking secrets.

The older I got the more I learned about her cooking secrets and was able to help her in the kitchen. In her later years she shared her wisdom with me on life, recipes, and faith. I will never forget the last Christmas I spent with her she told me, no matter if you measure every ingredient perfectly, it won’t turn out as good as if you make sure to add the best. She was of course referring to the apples she used for her apple pies.

As an adult I always try to mimic her apple pies at Christmas, this year being no different, so in my quest to find the perfect apples, I came upon Lucy’s Apples. These apples are by far the most flavorful apples I have eaten in years.  I never got a chance to ask my grandmother where she got her apples from, so I had to find my own that were full of flavor. But after making her pie with the Lucy’s Apples it was as if grandmother was sitting across from me while I was eating my first bite.

I am going to share my grandmother’s recipe with you with some advice; make memories this Christmas. That is far more important than the gifts. I don’t remember what gifts I received but I remember my grandmother’s apple pie!  Share a recipe with others and make sure you pick out the most flavorful ingredients like Lucy’s apples!

Filling:

  • 3 pounds good cooking apples, such as Lucy’s Apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your pie
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour for thickening
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

 

Cook on medium until apples are soft.

 

Shell:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons if for a sweet recipe)
  • 8 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

(Double this to make a top)

 

Bake at 350* about 10 minutes before adding pie filling.

 

Have a Merry Christmas and remember make memories this year!

 

The Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Ever!

So growing up my mom mad a bunch of stuff I love! This is so smooth and cheesy.  Everyone who has tried it loves it. I get asked to make it at most events. It is fairly easy to make and for a NON baker, I love how easy it is to put together.

 

I can’t wait to get together for Thanksgiving with my family and make this. My adult children and now grand children all love this recipe.  This gave me a great idea for a Christmas gift to my adult children.  I asked my mom to write some of her recipes to share with them this year so they will not only have it, but have it in their grandmothers handwriting!

So I had to find them all a recipe box to start adding their own recipes to enjoy and hopefully one day for their own grand children.

Recipe:

1 cup mayonnaise
1 small jar chopped pimiento
1 small onion, grated or chopped fine
1 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 can mushroom soup
1 Tsp. salt & Pepper
Cook 8 oz. pkg. macaroni (1 1/2 cups dry macaroni). Mix with rest of ingredients. Brown crushed Ritz crackers in melted butter
Spread over casserole. Bake in 350 degrees in oven until hot and crackers brown.
What is your go to recipe?

Barilla Pesto Pasta Sauce Creamy Genovese

I am so in love with Italian food, I never miss the opportunity to try some, especially when it is from a brand I love.

Barilla has introduced a new, rich flavor Barilla Pesto Pasta Sauce with creamy Genovese.  It is flavorful with Italian basil and freshly grated Italian cheese.  This sauce can be used for a number of items, not just pasta.  I loved it with my Barilla thin noodles!

 

Here are some delicious options:
• Stirring into warm pasta and grains (one jar to one 16-ounce box of pasta)
• Spreading onto sandwiches or toast
• Marinating meats and vegetables
• Using as a dip for veggies and pita chips

As you can tell I love it! I used it on my noodles and also on my toast!

This is also great with fresh veggies. I like to serve it with small carrots, cauliflower and cucumbers.  This is always a crowd favorite. Most are surprised when I show them it is from a jar.

Remember a little bit goes a long way! It doesn’t take a lot to get the full flavor!

This can be found at Target, (Super Target), Publix, Stop & Shop (Super Stop & Shop), Meijer, ShopRite,
Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and more.

 

 

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Why Building Muscle Leaves You Sore

Why Building Muscle Leaves You Sore

 

It’s common knowledge that exercising is good for you. Most people who decide to kickstart a healthy lifestyle quote exercise as one of their top priorities. You can dissociate fitness from wellbeing, as a regular physical activity can have positive impacts on your health. A fitness routine can help reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, as it improves heart health. Additionally, sports help bring oxygen and nutrients to all organs, increasing and improving blood flow. Therefore, your immune health and general health conditions can improve when you hit the gym frequently. 

 

But, more to the point, exercising is crucial to improve and protect your muscular and skeletal health, which can decline in old age. In other words, following a physical regime is beneficial for your muscles. So why do they hurt so much? Muscle soreness could be linked to different factors. 

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You’ve misjudged your fitness level

Nothing like an ambitious start to keep you motivated. However, overdoing it isn’t going to make you stronger faster. On the contrary, too much exercise or too much intensity can lead to what doctors call an overuse injury. If you are new to fitness or a particular activity, you may not know how to listen to your body. It can be tricky to differentiate muscle fatigue from an injured muscle. However, pain is a definite sign that there’s something wrong. Ideally, you need to pace yourself. Don’t be afraid to take it slow and help your muscles recover with compression garments such as a knee compression sleeve. Knees, ankles, and elbows are the most common areas to develop overuse injuries.  

 

You’re doing the same movements

Similar to an overuse injury, a repetitive stress injury can also affect new fitness doers. If you pick one kind of workout and stick to it every time, you could aggravate the risks of straining tendons. If you are not familiar with tennis elbow, this type of repetitive stress injury affects tennis players. The injury can affect your mobility, as it can be too painful to move. Compression gear, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication can help with minor injuries. Be careful not to push yourself too much.  

 

Muscle soreness is a good thing

Soreness is the sign of a growing muscle, according to gym-goers. The truth is a little different. Exercising can cause micro-tears inside the muscle fibers. It is a natural phenomenon that supports muscle build-up and strength progress. However, muscle damage is not an indispensable trigger of muscle growth. Physical activities that don’t create microtears in the fibers can still encourage growth. In other words, muscle soreness is not always necessary. Additionally, too much muscle damage can prevent muscle growth; see what we’ve said about overdoing it. Here’s the important lesson: Some people will experience more or less muscle soreness than others, and it’s not an indicator of building stronger muscles. If you experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after a workout, it’s a completely normal phenomenon. But don’t assume you are not making progress when DOMS decreases, as it’s likely to when your train more regularly. 

 

Can you work out without pain? The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no. Pain indicates serious damage or an injury. On the other hand, soreness is a mild sensation that doesn’t affect your mobility or function. Being sore is also unnoticeable from the outside, while injuries can lead to swelling, bruising, etc. In short, be sure to read the signals your body is sending. 

 

9 Awesome Advantages of Swaddling a Baby

Most films that feature a newborn have a scene where it is impossible to swaddle a baby. By the end of the scene, the individual carelessly wraps the child in a blanket and calls it a day.

This is not the way you should swaddle a baby.

Swaddling a baby is not just for the aesthetic of a comfortable-looking bundle. It is more than that. It includes providing your baby with stability.

Some benefits come along with that swaddle that you may not be aware of. Here are 9 reasons why that swaddle is important for you and the little one.

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1. Body Heat Regulation

Newborn babies cannot pull up a blanket when they’re cold. Many babies even have difficulty keeping their body temperature at a normal level. This is because their little bodies are brand new to the outside world.

Swaddling benefits include body heat stability. By swaddling a newborn you can lock in that heat for them. This will keep their tiny bodies from becoming too cold.

That new baby swaddle is beneficial in caring for your little one. It’s more than just a cozy way of holding a baby.

2. Provides Comforting Touch

Of course, there’s nothing better than getting the chance to hold your baby. It’s not only great for you, but it’s comforting for them. Try as you might, you cannot hold your newborn all day long.

One of the benefits of swaddling is providing them comfort. Swaddling your baby comforts their nervous system. It makes them a secure bundle who can sleep their day away.

Your baby wants nothing more than to feel safe and secure. The world is a new place for them. You want to provide them with as much security as possible.

3. Emulates the Womb

Going from a tiny enclosed space to a big bright world sounds overwhelming for a tiny baby. When you swaddle your baby you mimick that warm and wrapped feeling they enjoyed for 9 months. This gives them comfort and stability.

Swaddling your newborn is a reminder of where they came from. This will give your little one the time to adjust to their surroundings. What is better than giving your baby a comfortable reminder of the womb?

4. Calms the Startle Reflex

Your baby is born with a Moro reflex. This means that they startle quite easily. You may find your newborn jumping and waking up from sleep relatively often.

This startle reflex is one that they will keep for the first few months of their life. When you swaddle your baby you can comfort this reflex.

A swaddle gives your baby a tight and secure space. It calms them and reassures them they are safe. A baby’s swaddle is a tight blanket of protection that allows them to relax.

5. Helps With Digestive System

Did you know that when your baby is comfortable everything is more at ease? Not just mentally, but physically too. When you swaddle your baby they have an easier time with breaking down their meals.

This soothing wrap helps you when it comes to caring for a baby. It allows them to feel comfortable. This will help them with it comes to things such as digestion.

Many things hinder your baby’s comfort level. Why not make it so that they have the best options.

6. Eases Colic

A baby with colic can make the infant stage something a parent wants to run from. No matter what a parent does, their newborn constantly cries. What if swaddling was a way to eliminate that colic?

Colic typically occurs due to trouble with the digestive system, it can be avoided. Swaddling helps that digestive system along. It provides the stability your baby needs to relax.

7. Overall Mood Boost

Everything about swaddling your baby will make them happier. When your infant can rest peacefully they have a better chance at having a calm demeanor. Relaxation is a perk for your baby.

A swaddle provides your baby with the security they look for. It sets off endorphins of comfort. This makes your baby calmer and enhances their development.

When your baby is given the benefits of being a happy little one you get to enjoy the infant stage. A happy baby will make a happy parent as well. You will be able to take comfort in the fact that you have provided your baby with security.

8. Reduces SIDS Risk

Questions about the correct way to put your baby to sleep have changed numerous times. Evidence has shown that laying them. on their back without a blanket is the best way for them to sleep. Then you worry about them being cold, right?

This is why a swaddle is a preferred way of putting your newborn to sleep. With a swaddle, your baby will be able to sleep exclusively on their back. There is no worry about blankets obstructing your newborn’s breathing.

Your worries about excess blankets or putting up their bedding are eliminated. Your baby will have a nice restful sleep where they feel comfortable and protected.

9. Gives Caregivers More Excuses to Cuddle

That swaddled newborn baby is too inviting to resist. They’re easy to pick up and get lost for hours in. This is exactly what you want to do with a brand new baby.

Enjoy all of the time your baby can be swaddled. Soak up every moment of that new baby smell. The years pass by faster than you’ll want them to.

A swaddle gives both caregiver and baby the comfort they seek. This provides the downtime every new parent needs.

These Reasons Are Why Swaddling a Baby Is Important

Swaddling a baby isn’t only about how cuddly they look in their warm blanket. It’s about bringing them comfort. When you swaddle your baby you give them benefits you didn’t even know about before.

Before you lay your baby down in their crib for the night be sure they’re wrapped in a swaddle. This will provide them and you with the sleep you all need.

For more tips on how to care for your new baby and all other aspects of your life, we’re here for you. Check out our blog for more information.

6 Reasons to Keep an Updated First Aid Kit at Home

Almost 40 million people visit the doctor each year because of an accidental injury.

Injuries are a part of life but being prepared can go a long way towards recovering quickly.

Do you have a first aid kit in your home? If you answered no – you aren’t prepared.

Keep reading for 6 reasons you need an updated first aid kit in your home.

1. To Treat Injuries ASAP

The most important benefit of having a first aid kit at home is the ability to treat injuries quickly. With some injuries, time is critical and even slight delays can cause serious issues. When you have a first aid kit at the ready, you can treat common medical situations like cuts, scrape, burns, and bites in an instant.

This can give you a head start on treating the injury and could even prevent the need for a costly urgent care visit. You may be able to minimize scarring and help your wound heal more quickly with prompt treatment.

2. Everything Conveniently in One Location

The last thing you want to do in an emergency is scramble to find first aid supplies.

When you have a kid already assembled, you don’t have to waste time and energy trying to figure out what you need and where to find it. Taking the time to assemble a kit in advance will save you time when you need it most.

3. Fits Anywhere

First aid kits are compact and can be stored just about anywhere. You can even take them with you.

You should have a first aid kit in your home and your vehicle. You can even store one in your bag.

4. Preventing Infection

One of the most important aspects of first aid is preventing infection. If not properly cleaned, wounds can easily end up infected.

Be sure to keep antibiotics like Neosporin in your first aid kit.

5. Help Someone Else

Having your own home first aid kit can come in handy for others besides your own family.

If a friend is injured at your house or even a stranger, you can act quickly to provide first aid. Accidents happen when you least expect them to.

6. Customizable for Your Needs

The first aid supplies in your kit can be customized based on your family’s needs.

For example, if you or a family member has an allergy and needs an epi-pen close by, you can keep it stored in your compact first aid kit.

You can build pretty much any kit you can imagine and can even design your kit like a first responder kit bag.

Are You Prepared With a First Aid Kit?

If you don’t have a first aid kid in your home, you need one. Assembling a first aid kit takes little time and can be more than worth the trouble if an accident leads to an injury.

Check out the rest of our blog for more reviews of the best health supplies to keep in your first aid kit.

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Solar Company for Homes

Are you ready to install solar panels on your home? The good news is that there is no better time than today. Since solar panels have declined in price by 99% in the past 40 years, it’s a perfect time to start the conversion process.

If you’re trying to find a solar company for homes, this post will help you in your search. Below are five factors to consider when looking for a company for installing solar panels on your home.

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1. Verify Licensing Information

There isn’t one set of building guidelines that applies across all locations. Each city and county have their own unique requirements. That’s why you can’t pick up and start working in any location you please.

You need the right licensing to show that you know the local regulations. Verify the licensing for every person working on your property, so you know for sure that they know how to do the job correctly.

2. Get the Timing Right

The chances are good that you don’t want to wait months to get your solar panels installed. However, certain contractors won’t always work with you on your schedule. They fit you in months down the line when they have an opening.

If you want your installation done soon, verify scheduling before you commit to a provider. Doing this will ensure you get your new solar panels installed quickly.

3. Get Pricing Options

Even if you’re in a hurry to get your new solar panels installed, the last thing you need to do is rush the process. If you only look at one company during your search, you might miss out on a great deal.

Try to get quotes from a minimum of three solar companies when comparing installation fees. Of course, don’t jump at the lowest price you see. Try to get the most value for your money when making your choice.

4. Look Over Warranties

Even with qualified solar installers, the job will sometimes not get done right the first time. Whether it’s because of human error or bad equipment, there’s always the chance that something will go wrong.

The question is, will your solar provider stand by their work when this happens? A warranty guarantees that they will. Make sure your warranty covers both labor and equipment before you buy from a solar installation company.

5. Look for Good Reviews

With so many options for solar providers available, it’s challenging for many people to pick out the cream of the crop. Anybody can tell you how good their service is. It’s another thing to deliver on your promises.

That’s why looking at online customer reviews is essential in your search. Great providers like Blue Raven Solar will have many reviews available online. You can tell by looking at customers’ past experiences whether or not a solar company is worth working with.

Do Your Research When Searching for a Solar Company for Homes

You’re investing a lot of money in solar panels, so you don’t want to work with a company that can’t give you the service you need. The factors above will help you find the best solar company for homes. Do your research, and you’ll get the solar installation experience you’re looking for.

Are you interested in more tips for improving your home? Head back to the blog for more great home improvement tips.

Winning Water: 5 Water Softener Advantages You Didn’t Know

Have you been ignoring hard water? Hard water can be annoying but did you also know that it can cause major problems for your home?

If you live in the United States, chances are you’ve experienced hard water. If you’re dealing with poor water quality in your own home, you don’t have to suffer.

Keep reading to learn more about why these 5 water softener advantages can seriously change your life.

1. Water Softeners Save You Money

Many people hesitate to invest in a water softener because of the cost upfront. But installing a water softener can actually save you money over time. Here are just a few of the things you can save money on over time by investing in a water softening system:

  • Plumbing
  • Appliances
  • Gas and electric bills
  • Soaps, detergents, and cleaning products

2. Improved Laundry

Hard water is hard on clothes. The minerals in hard water leave deposits on clothes that lead to fading, stains, and dull whites. One of the biggest water softener advantages for laundry is that soft water dissolves into clothes more easily, helping them get clean.

Softer water means softer clothes. It also keeps clothes looking new for longer by preventing damage caused by minerals in the water.

3. Cleaner Dishes

Hard water leads to cloudy dishes. No matter how many times you clean them, your dishes will look dirty when they dry. This is because of a build-up of minerals.

You might be wondering, what does a water softener do about that? Well, water softeners remove the minerals that lead to build-up on dishes. The softer water also blends with dish soap more effectively, creating more lather and cleaner dishes.

4. Better Skin and Hair

If you’ve ever showered with hard water, you’ve probably noticed that your shampoo and soap didn’t lather very well. A water softener will solve this problem and make your products more efficient, leading to cleaner skin and hair.

Hard water is hard on your body because it strips away your natural oils. This causes problems for your skin and hair. Installing a water softener can improve the look and feel of your hair and your skin as well as increase water pressure.

5. Saving Time on Cleaning

If your home has hard water, you probably spend a lot of time cleaning.

Hard water doesn’t fully penetrate and dissolve soap and leads to a build-up of minerals like lime. This residue collects in your showers, baths, sinks, and faucets.

One of the biggest signs you need a water softener is the presence of these hard-to-clean substances. Check out this link to learn more about the best water softeners to keep your home clean.

Want to Learn More Water Softener Advantages?

If you’re noticing signs of hard water and want to improve your quality of life, you should consider investing in a water softener.

Not only will softer water improve your daily life, but it can improve your health and give you peace of mind about the water you drink.

Check out the rest of our blog for product reviews to learn more about water softener advantages.

4 Possible Reasons Your Dog Is Low On Energy

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If you have a dog, you might have noticed that from time to time they can suddenly appear to be quite low on energy. When this happens, it can be a shock, and you might even be surprised about how depressed or upset your pooch can be at these moments. However, there is usually a fairly simple reason behind it, and it’s something that you should be able to fix. First of all, you will need to work out the reason however. Here are four of the possible reasons that your dog might be low on energy at the moment.

 

Bloated

 

Sometimes the reason your dog is quiet and lacking in energy is simply because they are bloated. This can happen to any of us (just think about how you often feel at the end of Christmas day!) and your dog is no different in that regard. It may be that they are overeating, or it could be that they are not eating the right kind of food. If you have fed them some rich meat, for instance, this might cause this kind of reaction in dogs. So make sure that you are only doing that sparingly.

 

Lacking In Vitamins

 

It can also be related to what vitamins your dog is or is not getting. If they are apparently lethargic most of the time and it doesn’t seem to be changing or improving at all, then you might want to take a look at their food and see whether it needs changing for something better. If you take a look at dogfoodcare.com you will see plenty of advice on choosing the right food to feed to your dog. That should help to ensure that they are getting the right vitamins wherever possible.

 

Pain

 

You might assume that a dog would always yell out loudly if they were in a lot of pain, but in fact this is not necessarily the case. Just as often, a dog will respond to pain by becoming very quiet and subdued, and they might want to only rest in their bed until they feel better. So if your dog is suddenly very quiet in this manner, you might want to check if they have any pain, which you can normally do by gently encouraging them to move a little. If you are worried, take them to the vet to find out if there is anything seriously wrong.

 

Obesity

Sometimes, a dog is not able to move around much because they are obese. It is part of your duty as a dog owner to make sure you know what counts as obese for your dog, taking into consideration their normal weight, breed and so on. If it turns out that they are obese, then you should try to feed them less, change out their food for a better one, and encourage them to exercise more. Perhaps you could take them out for walks more often, or play with them in the garden more. All of that should help.

Fire Dept Coffee Review

I can not even begin to think about functioning in the morning until I have my coffee, my sweet husband knows the minute I start to stir I need coffee. He has recently started to make me a cup before I get up which is so sweet and thoughtful. I have noticed some of my coffee is missing!! Apparently I am not the only one who loves this coffee, he can’t stop talking about it.

Early this month I received some of the best coffee I have ever tried from Fire Dept Coffee. I received two different types and both are amazing. The flavor is so good! My husband has never really been much on coffee but he is now making a cup each morning. His favorite was the Bourbon Spirt Infused Coffee. Mine was the FDC medium roast. We both can’t get over how flavorful this coffee is!

 

They have some amazing flavors, I liked the convenience of the K-Cups but check them out, there is a ton of varieties including ground coffees! I have a sweet code for 10% off your entire purchase! Code:  FDCOFFEE10

This is my favorite part of this Company!

 

OUR COMPANY

Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business and certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), we’re dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee to people everywhere. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs.

Inspired by the vital role that coffee plays in helping firefighters stay alert and energized through long shifts, Fire Dept. Coffee was founded in 2016. Founder and CEO Luke Schneider is a full-time firefighter/paramedic and a U.S. Navy veteran who teamed up with firefighter/paramedic Jason Patton who is also a full-time firefighter and VP for Fire Department Coffee.

Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters, including our operations officer and chief coffee roaster.

Along with providing a growing selection of incredible coffee — including its signature spirit-infused roasts — Fire Dept. Coffee also supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.

 

Flavor Your Life Virtual Influencer Event Review

It isn’t every day you get to attend a virtual event that features both Alissa Mattei and Riccardo Zanni, but I recently was invited to participate, thanks to Flavor Your Life and Mom’s Meet and it was just as fun as I imagined!

Alissa Mattei – Alissa Mattei is an organic chemist, professional taster, recipe developer, and consultant. She has published numerous scientific articles and patents, has worked as a consultant for a multitude of companies and associations, and has organized tastings and scientific courses around the world. Additionally, she writes recipes from Tuscany and other Italian regions that incorporate olive oil. Today, she is the President of the Knoil Association, a non-profit who shares the culture of extra virgin olive oil, as well as an AIFO panel leader.

I loved watching Alissa sharing how recipes work together to make amazing dishes. I can’t wait to try some of her recipes she was so knowledgeable and informative.

Riccardo Zanni – Chef Zanni has four generations of cooking experience from his family, which has owned a restaurant since 1934. His experience includes working in a Michelin star restaurant and managing the food business at the Grand Hotel Palace of Rome (five luxury stars). He has traveled all over the world, cooking traditional Italian dishes and learning other cooking styles. Chef Zanni has taught cooking in Italy since 2005, including at the European Bachelor of The Cordon Bleu in Florence. Currently, he serves as the chef of Bonifiche Ferraresi, one of the largest agricultural producers in Italy.

Riccardo is so creative in the kitchen, his world travel makes him fun to watch while he is creating masterpieces. I was excited to try the extra virgin olive oil he used while demonstrating some of his recipes. His food looked amazing! I learned to cook olive oil on a low temperature to ensure the flavor stays in the ingredients!

Some information about the Flavor Your Life Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Extra virgin olive oil is made by pressing olive oil, without heat or chemicals; it’s known as the first cold pressed olive oil.
  2. Olive oils are tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of aciditybelow 0.8%. If the percentage of oleic acid (fatty acid) is too high, it indicates improper production and rancidity.
  4. A panel of trained, expert tasters tests for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness, and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance, it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating.
  5. Extra virgin olive oil has a high smoking point of 400°F, so it is suitable for cooking and baking.
  6. Between use, store your oil somewhere dark and cool (around 57°F, if possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within six months of opening.
About Le Stagioni d’ Italia
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia takes great pride in bringing authentic Italian foods from seed to
shelf, selecting seeds, harvesting crops, and packaging foods in their state-of-the-art
production facilities in Northern Italy.
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia’s short, fully traceable supply chain is guaranteed sustainable and the
great care they take with processing creates exceptional taste.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first cold pressed olive oil from the first round
of extraction of fresh, intact olivesit has not been heated during processing, so it retains
its full nutritional value.
Harvested in Italy, it is vegan, gluten free, and contains no additives or preservatives.
It has a robust flavor of artichoke and almond, with a medium bitter and spicy aftertaste,
as well as a green, ripe, fruity aroma with a leafy feel.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil typically retails for $19.99 for a 500 mL bottle.
After attending the event I felt more confident in trying these amazing ingredients and making a dish. I made a deer sausage, squash and rice dish that was amazing!
Add one link sausage (I used deer sausage).
Add three squash, I cut up small,
1/2 onion &
season with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
For the rice I used Le Stagioni d’ Italia.
This was the best, whitest, greatest textured rice I have ever tried!
The end result!
I can’t wait to try more recipes using this amazing Flavor Your Life ingredients!
“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

4 Key Questions To Help You Decide Whether To Buy A Home

Are you thinking about buying your first home? If so, then you do need to make sure that this is going to be the right decision for you. Here are some key questions that you should ask yourself. 

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Can You Afford It?

 

First, it is important to determine whether you can actually afford to buy the home in question. If the answer is no then you need to be honest with yourself about this and potentially continue to save. It could be the mortgage that is putting you off and if that’s the case, then you might just not have found the right one. Sites like MortgageQuote.com can help ensure that you are exploring all of the options available on the mark that could suit your needs. 

 

Are You Ready To Settle?

 

You might not have found the place where you want to stay for a long time just yet. If you’re still young, then there’s no shame in this. It’s great to be able to move around and continue to try and find the right place for you. However, a mistake people make is thinking that they can buy and they continue to do this. That’s a problem because a home will always cement you in one place. Even if you rent it out, that still means that you are responsible for the upkeep and providing health and safety standards for tenants. Selling a property isn’t always easy either which is why if you are not ready to settle it’s best to avoid a purchase until you are. 

 

Are You Prepared For The Responsibility?

 

There’s definitely a lot more responsibility when you buy a home compared to when you continue to rent. The main responsibility is that you need to take care of the home and ensure that you are fixing it up and repairing it. If you rent, a landlord will be responsible for doing this for you. When you buy things change and you’ll have to make sure the home is safe for you and the rest of your family. If you don’t have the time or willpower to do this, it’s best to keep renting for now. 

 

Have You Found The Right Property? 

 

Finally, you need to make sure that you do find the right property rather than rushing in. It’s tempting to buy the first property you discover that looks okay and matches your price range but this is never going to be a smart option. The problem with doing this is that the property could be riddled with problems and might not be the smart investment that you hoped for. One of the ways that you can avoid issues here is by doing a thorough check. You should also make sure that an owner is selling the home on the floor. If you buy a home that is too expensive then you could end up with a mortgage shortfall. 

 

You can research and find out more about buying a house and whether it is the right time for you here www.moneysavingexpert.com.

 

We hope this helps you determine whether buying a property is going to be the right choice for you. 

 

4 Tips to build a home during the pandemic!

Prior to the pandemic, we decided to sell our home and buy a ranch.  We enjoyed the freedom of having our own land and knew we wanted to build our dream farmhouse. Then covid happened and we had to get creative to stay in our budget and get what we wanted! My husband nor I lost our jobs during covid, fortunately, our income didn’t suffer due to Covid, but the cost to build doubled!

Here  are few things I learned about building during covid:

Make sure you have exactly what you want on the plans. Most of the extra money made during home building is from the changes made after the building starts.

Ask for a complete breakdown of when each draw will be due. We receive upfront a step-by-step guide of when each payment is due and what will be completed. This helps with knowing what to expect.
Lastly, if you don’t like the options for things such as the garage door. Then ask to upgrade and pay the difference right then. Don’t settle with something you aren’t 100% happy with.
These tips helped us have a smooth building experience and actually enjoy it.

 

Castaway Nantucket Dress Review

Have you ever sat by the pool and saw someone walk by with the cutest summer dress on, or is that just me? Growing up around the beach I was always around people wearing the cutest summer clothes. I loved the beach dresses everyone would wear while walking on the beach or sitting outside by the pool,

After I got married and since saltwater is in my blood, I had to have a saltwater pool. I wanted something special to wear for our cookouts. Then I remembered the cute outfits I saw everyone wearing when they were walking on the beach or sitting by the pool.

Once Covid happened and the party’s stopped I spent more time looking for some perfect outfits. This year I am excited to say I found a company that has the most stylish, sophisticated outfits. I am so excited when I received this dress from Castaway Nantucket.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with their style and designs. This is exactly what I have been looking for!

I was so excited when I received the dress that I have been searching for!

This dress is lined but not heavy material so it is perfect to wear to an outside party or even an evening out. It is a classic blue gingham in a Tunic style. I will be the envy of the next party with this dress on!

The quality of this dress is amazing even down to their emblem.

If you are like me and looking for gorgeous outdoor wear, then check out Castaway Nantucket!

Edge Naturale Hair Vitamins Review

After a year-long battle of trying to recover from a botched coloring I experienced at a local beauty salon, I finally accepted the need to chop my hair off. This was devastating to me since I have always worn long hair. After this, I knew I wanted to find a product to help my hair grow fast and continue to recover. I found the Edge Natruale Hair Vitamins and within days fell in love with this product.

 

First I noticed my hair had a shine again, one that was lost due to the damage. I realized, my hair was moisturizing itself. Prior to these vitamins I just had dry, brittle hair.

The second was how fast my hair was growing! My hair felt like it was growing at a snail’s pace until I started these daily vitamins, then it was growing at an inch a month. That of course is according to my hairdresser, she says she hasn’t seen my hair look this healthy ever.

Lastly, I realized my hair is finally producting oil again. Growing up I hated how oily my hair always seemed. I would have to wash my hair daily. But after my botch job, I noticed how brittle and dry my hair was, and how it wasn’t producting oil. So this was the most exciting to me, my hair is recovering finally.

 

 

So after a month of using, I can honestly say this hair vitamin works amazing and I can’t wait to see how much growth I have had for my next hair appointment with my hair dresser.

Owners Can Be Doing During The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted lives and plans all over the world over the past twelve months. It has particularly affected the tourism and hospitality industry – many hotels and vacation properties have not been allowed to open, or have been affected by travel restrictions stopping would-be tourists from being able to travel.

 

Of course, this means that many owners of vacation properties have been sitting, twiddling their thumbs for most of the past year and for the foreseeable future while the pandemic passes. They may be understandably worried whether their business will even survive and if it does, how they can entice the tourists back when it is safe to do so.

 

Here, we look at some of the things that vacation property owners can be doing during the pandemic to make the best out of their time. 

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Make sure the property is up to scratch

 

While your property should always be up to code in terms of fire safety and is hopefully always in a good condition for tourists and short-term tenants, we all know how easy it is to let some general maintenance issues slide when you have customer after customer booked in. It might have been a while since you have had the gutters cleared out, or that HVAC repair that you have never quite got around to. Use this time now to get the professionals in – safely – and do all the jobs that need doing to make it safe and pleasant for your guests.

 

Redecorate and refresh

 

If you have got the financial means to do so, use this time to redecorate your vacation property and look at giving it a new lease of life. This can be as big or as small as you want – a lick of paint in all of the rooms, or ripping out the kitchen and bathroom and putting new ones in. It could be as simple as putting up new curtains and pictures or replacing that carpet which has seen better days. You should also be giving it a deep clean, particularly given the current circumstances. Disinfect everything, hire a carpet cleaner to clean the floors, and give everywhere a really good going over while you have the chance.

 

Set up your own website

 

Sure, third-party booking websites such as Expedia and Air B n B are great for helping you to get bookings, but as well as taking a cut of your money, they also can be restrictive. Set yourself up a website and enjoy the freedom that it can give you with bookings. You can use your own booking system, you are not limited by the number of photographs that you can use and are not competing directly with other local properties. It also, if done properly, can pish you right up the search engine results, particularly if you work with a local SEO expert. 

 

While no one wants this crisis to carry on any longer than it needs to, there are things that vacation property owners can do to make the best out of their time without business.