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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dollar Tree Holiday Shopping!

Dollar Tree makes Christmas affordable and easy!
For the crafter, Dollar Tree offers all the supplies you’ll need to create your own cookie mixes, filled ornaments or tabletop decorations. If you’re playing host for Christmas dinner, shop seasonal dinnerware, including red and gold plates, baking pans, candy jars, and placemats. Haven’t decorated yet? Find bulk ornaments, stockings, garlands and even Santa hats to transform your space.
Start stocking your seasonal must-haves here!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fly With Class - Even In Economy

Photo - Does the thought of travelling Economy fill you with dread but your wallet just can’t stretch to First Class? Turn any flight from cattle to classy with these simple tips!

Move seats

Always be on the lookout for free seats – sometimes whole rows are empty on the flight and let's face it, three seats are better than one. You will be able to lift up the armrest and potentially lie down across a full row. So keep your eyes open and ask the cabin crew if you can move.

Bring your own blanket

Flights can be chilly when you're sat still for hours and blankets aren't always provided, or can be very thin. A shrewd packer's tip, make sure one of your holiday scarves is a warm pashmina or shawl that can double as a cover - if you're wearing it, it won't count as hand luggage.

Bring slipper socks to walk around the plane in

Sometimes flights provide free socks but they're often thin and flimsy. Bring some of your own slipper socks so you can comfortably walk around an Economy flight like a luxury jet-setter.



Take a good travel pillow

A top quality travel pillow can make all the difference when it comes to sleeping well, whatever fare you're travelling on. Ditch the free cushions that you get on long-haul flights; these are flat, thin and slip behind your head as soon as you fall asleep.  Avoid having to carry on anything too bulky. Instead, look for a orthopedic neck pillow - these are the ones that give good support on the go. Dreaming you're flying First Class is almost as good as the real thing, right?

Buy an inflatable foot rest

Having your feet slightly raised on a flight not only aids circulation, but it can reduce the risk of swelling and joint pain too. Like your trusty travel pillow, it won't take up much space when deflated.

Go DIY gourmet with Duty Free treats

If plane food has never impressed you, then why not take the time to purchase some luxury chocolates or snacks in Duty Free to take with you on the plane? These little treats can bridge the difference between Economy and First Class.


Invest in good headphones

Whether it's a crying baby, a chatty neighbour or the noise of the engine, loud noises can ruin the chances of a peaceful flight, so make sure that you're fully prepared. Bring some good quality noise-cancelling headphones and listen to some relaxing music

Bring a good sleeping mask

Sleeping masks are great for blocking out ambient light and letting you have a good rest. Invest in a slightly pricier one that sits away from your eyes and has eye cavities built into the mask. This will mean that rather than pushing on your eyelids, your eyes will be unobstructed during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, so you will sleep more deeply. (Photo)

Pack some toiletries to pamper yourself on the plane

There are so many lotions and potions that you can bring on the flight with you to bring a touch of First Class pampering to a journey. Try some face spritz, under eye gel, tired eye drops, moisturiser, lip-balm, face wipes and a toothbrush and toothpaste. Check the rules for liquids in your hand luggage before you fly.

Take the woe from your wanderings and make any flight “plane” sailing!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Caring For Your Dog: Almost As Much Effort As Your Child


Having a pet is fun, tiresome and completely worth it. When you first get a dog, you can sometimes get caught up in the excitement, but having a dog is a serious job too. Realistically, you need to care for it almost as you would your child. It might sound extreme, but they need feeding, cleaning and attention, just as a child does.

So, it’s time to get your puppy owner cap on and learn about the things you can do to care for your dog in the best of ways. These tips should clarify any questions you may have on being a dog owner and make the job that little bit easier.

Keep Them Clean


First of all, you’re going to want to figure out how and when you’re supposed to keep them clean. While there isn’t a set rule on what to do, you do need to think about your dog’s personality and your lifestyle. How often do they play outside? Do they get dirty by rolling around in the mud? If so, then you’re probably going to want to wash them more than if they like to sleep for most of the day!

Watch Their Diet


When you think about what your littles ones are eating, you probably concentrate on the proteins, vitamins and minerals that they are getting, right? Well, it’s the same for your dog. Just like you want your children to be happy and healthy, you’ll want to do the same for your dog. So when you’re picking out dog food, look at the ingredients - know everything they’re eating. And, above all, make sure they don’t get their hands on any bad ‘human foods’ that could potentially be toxic to them.

Know The Signs


If your child got a rash or sick, you’d know they were the ill. Even when a baby can’t tell you that they’re feeling poorly, you learn to look for the signs. Well, pup owner, you can also do that for your dog. Learn more about the dog illnesses and diseases that exist. Once you know what they are and the symptoms they carry, you’ll be better equipped to care for them and keep them healthy. When you educate yourself, if you notice your dog is sick, you might even be able to get them to a vet before anything bad happens. Having the ability to do that is priceless.

Give Them Exercise


If a dog doesn’t get enough exercise, the chances are they’ll put on weight. They can even become obese. Just like obesity in humans, an overweight dog is at a higher risk of poor health. Their joints can suffer from arthritis, and they can develop problems with organs too. To stop that from happening, you just need to make sure they’re active. Ask your vet what level of exercise they recommend for your dog and start a routine that suits you both.

Shower Them With Love


And probably the most important tip of all - shower them with love endlessly. Dogs can get lonely and jealous and sometimes, all that they need to make them happy is a bit of love and affection. So when you’re all cuddled up on the couch ready to watch a movie, make room for your dog - it will make their day!

Celebrities and Their Franchises

Hey neighbors!

Here is a just for fun over the holidays post!  I just took a quiz on celebrities and the franchises they own.  I must confess, I failed miserably.  I only had 2 right out of twelve, and most of that was guessing.  Do you know how many celebrities actually own franchises?  I was sort of surprised!

I am going to share the link to the quiz in a moment and I would love to hear from you what your results are.  Be sure to share in the comments.

Here is a head start of sorts.  Do you know which franchise Peyton Manning owns?  I did not.  Many celebrities it appears own franchises.  And some even stop in to the ones they own.

I have often wondered how hard it was to get started in a franchise and if it was really worth it.  Then we met the owner of the Sonic franchise nearby.  He and his wife both worked together in getting it going.  It was long hours and hard work, but they have succeeded.  They now own 4-5 franchises in surrounding areas and she is now able to stay home!  They worked together and have reached one of their goals.

If you are interested in a franchise opportunity, at the ed of the quiz there is a link to click, that will share franchising information with you.  You can search different industries, such as food or health and fitness, etc.  You can also look based on the investment involved.  You will be able to research many different facets of franchises as well as gain knowledge as far as owning a franchise.

So stop by the page and check out the quiz and share your results in the comments.  And if by chance you own a franchise give us a short comment on how it is going for you! Quiz Here

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Big Changes For A Happier Life

Do you feel like you need a change within your life? Maybe you don't feel as content as you know you can be? Well, do something about it. Our lives are too short to waste any more time pondering about what life would’ve been like ‘if’...
Go find out and see for yourself!

Lose Weight
Have you been seeing yourself recently and not liking how you are looking? Maybe it's time to get in shape and get that body confidence back. Whenever you're trying to lose weight, you should always do it the proper way, don't cut corners because this could end badly. Speak to your Doctor and see what kind of diet and exercise they suggest before you do anything drastic.


New Job
Are you sick and tired of doing the same things every day? It might be time you start searching for a new job. Yes, we need money, but if it means doing something that makes you miserable every day - you're not doing the right thing. Life is here to enjoy, so don't waste it on things you wish you weren't doing; use it on the things you love to do!  Set a goal and work toward it.


New Home
Do you think it's time for a new home? Maybe you don’t like your current house, or it holds unwanted memories, or maybe you’re just ready for a change. There are many ways to find a new house whether you do it online or contact a real estate company.
You might want to upgrade in size, or even make something from scratch like the manufactured homes out there. Whatever you go with, make sure you're happy with your decision and don't let anyone persuade you into anything.


Marriage
Are you ready to take the next step in your relationship and put a ring on it? Marriages are a promise given to one another for a lifetime, that isn't taken lightly, so be sure to think everything through properly before you tie the knot. Once the thinking is over, next comes the celebration!



Children
Have you been brooding recently and think it might be time to start a family? Be sure you both are wanting to be parents first. Sit down and have a long talk about what exactly you want and where you see your lives going together. Having children is something to discuss before marriage.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ms. Dress Up Zipper Pull #2016HolidayGiftGuide

Hi Neighbors!

Here is a really great gift for women!  It is the Ms. Dress Up Zipper Pull.  This is a must have for those times that you have a zipper up your back and you just can't zip it by yourself.  You know what I mean, you get to that one area, and you just can't reach it.  You twist, you turn, you bend over and no matter how you contort your body, you just can't do it!  Can't ask the neighbor!  What should you do?

So, along comes the Ms. Dress Up Zipper Pull!  It is not only functional, it looks nice too.  It is a silver chain, with a tiny hook at one end and a floral shape at the other.  Total length is approx. 20 in. from tip of the hook to the top of the petal.  You simply attach the little hook to your zipper pull, and use the chain to slowly zip up your dress.  be sure to watch the video below.  Then once you are all zipped up, you can actually use the chain as a necklace or bracelet.  You never know when it might come in handy!  Quite a unique idea!



How many of my neighbors could use a zipper pull like this one?  Or, how many of you know someone who can?  Husbands, fiancees, brothers, and all males that read this, PAY ATTENTION, this will make a great little gift or stocking stuffer!   Ladies add Ms. Dress Up Zipper Pull to your wish list.

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Follow their social media pages:
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Ms. Dress Up is offering our neighbors a discount on their purchase, by using the code - HOLIDAY15.  Thanks for visiting with us today!  See you soon.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Unlocking The Weird #2016HolidayGiftGuide



Hey neighbors!

Here we have a very interesting book!  It's the new Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Unlocking the Weird. My daughters love looking through these books and showing us the oddities that they find.  This is a book you can set on a coffee table to entertain friends.



This book is hardback and is 256 pages long.  You can purchase it for $28.95.  The pages are extremely colorful, just like the stories.



An example being: After suffering from headaches and seizures, a woman in China had a 3.15 inch parasite removed from her brain, which was caused by eating live frogs.  (Pg. 95)

Or: Miniature guillotine toys that decapitated dolls were popular with children after the French Revolution. (Pg. 47)



One more: Jenny Tay and Darren Cheng, who both work as undertakers in Singapore, posed for their wedding pictures inside a coffin. (Pg. 19)

Believe me, many of the pictures are just as interesting as the stories, as you can see by the pictures I have included.



So, if your teenager, or a close friend, or a relative loves to learn odd, interesting facts, this might just be the perfect gift.  All of the stories in this book are true and have been picked by Ripley's Believe It Or Not.  Sections include: Animals, Pop Culture, Feats, Art, Food and Beyond Belief.

Thanks for visiting today!  See you soon!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Great Pretenders! #2016HolidayGiftGuide



Hey neighbors!

What child does not like to dress up and pretend to be someone else?  Great Pretenders is a GREAT way to assist your chid when they want to play pretend.  They have costumes and accessories for children to dress as knights, princesses, kings, dinosaurs, etc.

I still remember the day my two oldest daughters were playing they were someone else.  I called them for lunch and they both ignored me.  After I called a couple times and went back to check on them, I was told I was not calling them by their proper names.  They had each chosen new names for the day!

So, Great Pretenders sent me these really nice costumes.  We received the Gold Knight and the Pterodactyl Cape.  I had a friend of ours try them on for us, as they are going to end up as gifts.  He thought they were great, but was a little embarrassed at first.


The Pterodactyl Cape has a hood, that has the pterodactyl head on top.  The beak sticks out over your child's forehead.  In a turquoise blue color, the cape is actually quite eye-catching!  If your child grabs hold of each corner, they will be able to look like a flying pterodactyl.




The Gold Knight set on the other hand is a black top, with gold trim and design, with a hood.  There is of course a gold colored cape along with a crown.  The crown is made of soft material and has a small band of elastic, so it will fit varying head sizes.  The crown is black and gold.  The wooden sword is not included.

Your son can dress in the knight costume and go slay dragons.  Or conquer kingdoms.  As a pterodactyl he can soar and explore.



Great Pretenders has so many other options!  Be sure to visit their website and take a look around.  Anyone of their costumes would make a great gift this holiday season and encourage your children to stretch their imaginations!

Be sure to follow Great Pretenders on their social media:
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Be sure to add Great Pretenders to your holiday shopping list.  Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon.

Enviro-Logs for the Holidays #2016HolidayGiftGuide



Hey neighbors!

Starting to feel the chill of winter?  We are.  Today was cold and wet.  If you have a fireplace using Enviro-Logs is perfect for those chilly winter nights, when you just want to sit inside and enjoy the fire. Enviro-Logs are 100% recycled.  They are completely safe and can be used in fireplaces, chimineas and campfires.  These logs burn clean, and you can even safely cook over them.  We are talking toasted marshmallows and s'mores!  They are great in emergency situations too!

Enviro Logs Firelogs emit:
  • 30 percent less greenhouse gases 
  • 80 percent less carbon monoxide 
  • 86 percent less creosote

Enviro-Logs also have fire starters, which are great for camping, hiking, or even tailgating.  They are an easy way to start a fire.  These starters burn for approx. 20 minutes.  They come in 8 start or 24 start packages.

FireStarters:
  • Up to 20 minutes of burn time 
  • Tall and consistent flames 
  • Can light damp firewood 
  • Leaves no mess to clean up



So, if you live up north, you can use this in your fireplace on those wintry evenings with family and friends.  Or maybe a holiday get together.  If you live in the south perhaps you can have an outdoor holiday party around a campfire!

Obviously practice safety around fire.  Monitor children when you, the adult, are using Enviro-Logs.  No matter how you decide to use Enviro-Logs this holiday season enjoy your time together with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Holiday Drinks Made Easy With Torani! #2016HolidayGiftGuide


How many of you enjoy all the holiday beverages that come out during the fall and winter? Yes, my hand is raised! From the beginning of September when Pumpkin Spice makes its annual debut, to as long as our local Starbucks carries the ingredients for peppermint white mochas, caramel creme brûlée and any of their other holiday drinks, I make frequent stops. Well, I actually make frequent stops any time of year, because, I have to admit it - I'm kind of a gourmet coffee addict. Yes, all those "froufrou" drinks some coffee drinkers turn their noses up at. I do enjoy a good cup of black coffee, but I also love some good "frou-frou"! However, when you want to enjoy these coffees every day, it gets expensive. Don't worry though, there's an alternative - and it makes for wonderful holiday party beverages, as well as the perfect gift for any coffee addicts on your gift list! Torani Syrups offers everyone the possibility of becoming a barista at home, and you'd be amazed at how good these syrups taste!

I received a bottle of Torani's White Chocolate Syrup and Sugar-Free Raspberry Syrup. These are perfect for pairing with each other, separately, or for any other of a dozen more options! My personal favorite is the raspberry white mocha combination. A friend told me about this drink a few months ago, and I have been hooked ever since! A venti raspberry white mocha runs 6.00-6.50 depending on the cafe, so it gets expensive super quick. However, two bottles of Torani syrup, espresso or strong brewed coffee, and some half and half and you can make your own at home for very little cost and any time you want! I've also enjoyed trying some other flavors. Peppermint white mocha is a very popular holiday beverage, so I've enjoyed making these at home with Torani syrups as well. Add a tablespoon of white chocolate syrup and a tablespoon of peppermint syrup and you've got the perfect holiday drink!



These syrups aren't just for coffee drinks, either. I love making raspberry lemonade at home. Mix up a pitcher of lemonade, add raspberry syrup to taste, and serve over ice! This is one of my favorite summer beverages, but I even enjoy it over the winter.

So, whether you're looking to add some flavor to your coffee this holiday season, or have a friend who would love to be an at-home barista, you can't go wrong with Torani syrups! You can find Torani products online, or use their store locator to find a store near you. Be sure to check out their recipe section as well for inspiration. Coffees are just the beginning of all the fun you can have with Torani syrups!

Five New Puppy Essentials

So you have just made the best decision you will ever make: you have purchased a puppy! First of all, I would like to congratulate you, and send my best wishes to your new puppy. He/she is probably the cutest thing that you have ever set your eyes upon, and is undoubtedly set to be pampered with every product you can find in your nearest pet store.

However, before you go to the pet store and spend more money than you will care to admit at a later date, ensure that you are buying things that your new puppy need.

Below is a list of five essential items to buy your new puppy.

Collar and microchip

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In the same way you bring a form of identification everywhere you go, a new puppy needs to do this too. On the off chance that your puppy finds his/her way out of your house or the back yard, ensure that they can be found and brought back home safely by purchasing an identifying dog collar and have your puppy microchipped. On the identifying dog collar, include: the puppy’s name, your address, phone number and email address. If someone finds your puppy, they will be able to get easily get in contact with you and return him/her. Having a microchip the size of a small grain of rice containing your contact details inserted into the puppy is also a great way of making sure that he/she can be located. Dog kennels and shelters have microchip scanners that can read these contact details and utilise them to get in contact with you, the owner, regarding the puppy’s whereabouts.

A comfy bed

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Preferably the comfiest one in the pet store. Your new puppy deserves the best, so do not be afraid to go a bit over-the-top when buying him/her a bed. If you would not mind taking a nap in it, it is good enough for the puppy!

Food and Water bowls

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I would recommend buying two separate bowls as opposed to the style of dual bowl pictured above. To ensure that it is easy for the owner to remember which bowl to put pour water into and which to put food in, buy a blue bowl for water and a red one for food.

Toys

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One of the first things that you will realise about your new puppy is that he will try to eat everything in your house and in your garden while he is teething. Therefore it is essential that, in order to save your kitchen table from constant abuse, you purchase a large quantity of toys for your puppy to chew on and play with. Dog toys are inexpensive and are easily found in any pet store.

Dog food and treats

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Obvious but an essential nonetheless. Purchase a large bag of dry kibble food for your new puppy instead of moist canned food. Dry kibble food is recommended by vets, as it contains all the nutrients needed for a growing puppy.

You Need To Read This If You Want Clean Furniture And Appliances

Keeping your house clean can be a pain, especially when you’ve got lots of furniture that needs cleaning in separate ways. Sofa’s and chairs need a different type of cleaning to wooden furniture or your carpet. Here we have some great ways to keep different types of  furniture spotless. The effects of your spring clean have likely well worn off so why not try these new tips to clean your home.

Keep your Upholstery Looking Clean

You’d be surprised by what you need to do and how easy it can be to keep your upholstery looking good. All you need to do is invest in a good vacuum. Hoover it once a week and you’ll keep the dust off. Make sure you keep fluffing the pillows so they don’t become too sunkun and also flip them to keep any springs even. It may also be worth purchasing stain protection from your retailer, especially if you have kids. This even applies to leather lounge suites, because although leather is easier to clean it can still stain.The quality matters too, if you purchase a cheap sofa or lounge suite it won’t last as long as a quality one. You can view a range of different suites at Roth Newton.




















Give Your Wood Furniture The Care It Deserves

Firstly as a preventative measure keep your furniture out of the sun. It will cook fine finishes, fading them over time and it will dry out and shrink the wood, which will cause cracks ruining even the most expensive of wood. The same applies to placing it near fires or radiators. You can clean the finish by using a small amount of water and gently rubbing at the wood but be careful not to totally soak it.  After this use a soft wood paste to clean the actual wood, or for a quick fix you can use the appropriate colour shoe polish on scratches and chips to fill them in. There are many ways to care for wooden furniture, but to keep them looking in top condition you need to give them a good buff and polish at least once a year.

Use These Key Tricks To Get Your Dusting Right

Dusting is a tedious old task but you can make it much easier by using these tricks. Use fabric softening liquid on your TV screen to eliminate the static dusk attraction. This will save you more work on a week to week basis. You can do the same when cleaning venetian blinds, it’ll repel dust and stop it clinging to hard to reach places. You can also use wet wipes to pick up dust instead of a dust cloth, by using this technique you can ensure the dust is picked up and it also wipes down your surfaces nicely.

Keep Your Appliances Sparkling

There are countless tips and tricks for cleaning your appliances but here we’ll go over the most basic and easy. The power of lemon and lemon juice cannot be understated, it blasts through the toughest of grease and grime leaving you with sparkling appliances, it’s especially useful when cleaning your microwave. To clean your stainless steel appliances like cookers and fridges you need to use a microfiber cloth, rub a detergent solution onto the marks in small sections and go  with the grain. It’ll take some hard work, but it can get the toughest of stains out and it will leave your kitchen gleaming.