Friday, December 15, 2017

Looking Out for You and Yours Through the Years



We all want to make sure that we look after ourselves and those around us throughout the years. Unfortunately, the fantasy is always more straightforward than the reality. Factors such as work, relationships, and unforeseen circumstance have a habit of getting in the way, and the result all too often is that of life getting in the way.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Technological advancements have made it easier than ever to keep up to date with what is happening with your friends and family even if you are on the other side of the country or even the world. Furthermore, these advancements can also be beneficial to you, should you so wish.

Wanting to look out for friends and family is a natural desire. You want them to be happy, just as much (and sometimes more) than you want yourself to be happy. Keeping an eye out for those you love young and old can breed love and respect, and make you feel better about yourself in the long run.

Keeping in touch with those you care about even if you are miles away is now easier than ever. Video calling is a great and much more personal way of making sure everything is right in the world of your parents, grandparents or friends.

For the younger ones among us, Skype is the obvious choice. But for elderly friends and relatives you wish you saw more of, but can’t ever seem to make it in person, products such as Oscar Senior is a simple and easy-to-use device that does away with the unnecessary bloatware of more commercial electronics and streamlines the process to suit their needs.

As we get older, what was once so easy that you wouldn’t even need to think about during your youth starts to get a bit harder. It will approach in increments. First, your knees might ache when getting out of bed, or you’ll find yourself having to raise the volume on the TV, or even wonder if that tree outside has always been so blurry.

This could happen to you, or someone you know and, while at first, it can be a bit much to deal with, knowing that there are solutions can make the whole growing-older process that much more comfortable. When you or a friend or relative begin to feel not as spritely as you once did, identifying ways to tackle this as you grow older can end up changing your life for the better.

If it’s an ache or pain, consulting doctors to identify ways to change your lifestyle and get into shape is an excellent way for anyone suffering from unfamiliar pulls and strains. While vision problems can be solved by working with tri-state centers for sight and can help return your vision to how it was in your youth - it will also save you from losing your glasses four times a day.

It isn’t just keeping in touch and maintaining a healthy physical lifestyle that is important. Often, the most damaging problems can be in the mind.

With all of the stress that the modern world causes us, from worrying about the next bill payment to struggling to meet deadlines at work, to even thinking frantically about whether or not you are a good person, there are many ways which your mental health can suffer.

For this reason, it is essential that you can identify the problems before they become too much. The beauty of looking out for other people as well as yourself is that not only can you fall back on a community of loved ones which you can talk to and rely on, but also be able to be there for them as well, should they encounter some problematic road bumps in their life.

Fighting mental illness caused by stress or burnout is a battle that many are ashamed of and as such choose to face it alone for fear of being considered weak or unstable. However, being able to recognise the signs of mental unrest before they become issues is paramount to being able to help those in need.
If you or someone you know appears to be exhausted, unmotivated, or just simply down, consider taking the time out to talk to them in a way they feel safe and comfortable to discuss any problems. It might be that they are fine, and are just having a rough day or week, but should they be suffering from any mental strain, letting them know that you are there to talk with them will feel like a weight lifted.

It is not just your friends and family that you need to look out for. As always, you can’t help anyone until you start to help yourself. It is not selfish to want to look out for you every once in a while. And so, should you find yourself feeling down, tired, or unwilling to do things that used to give you so much joy, finding someone to talk to about your problems will help not only you but also those that care about you, as well.

For times when you might feel the strain, there are also smartphone apps that can assist with working through your problems, should you want to keep up with dealing with any issues. These are just machines, are there is no substitute for talking to a real thinking and feeling human being.

It is natural to want to keep up to date with all the happenings of your loved ones no matter whereabouts in the world they may be. Looking out for them, even from a distance, is more possible than ever in today’s world. All it needs is that little bit of effort, and you can rest assured you and your loved ones can live happy and healthy lives for years to come. With the number of options available for looking out for one another in a scary and often unfair world, there will be something out there to help you or those around you.

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour and Discounted Tickets



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I don't know about you, but I can remember watching some of the Globetrotter games on tv as I was growing up.  When I was given the opportunity recently to go to a Globetrotters game (courtesy of The Harlem Globetrotters and US Family Guides), I was pretty excited, but was not sure how I would like it.  I mean, they must have changed a lot since I was younger.  You know, Curly and Meadowlark Lemon and all the other guys were a pretty classy act to follow.  Anyway, I am glad I went.  Yes the players have changed, but they still are just as entertaining and talented as the team  I knew growing up.


The Harlem Globetrotters played a great game!  I enjoyed watching their interaction with each there, and with the audience.  The game brought about a lot of cheering and laughter.  It was a nice time for me to sit back and enjoy seeing some of the old antics, mixed in with some updated fun.  I want to say here, that The Harlem Globetrotters are just as family friendly as they used to be.  If you have the opportunity to attend one of their upcoming games, make it a family event and enjoy!



You can find a listing of upcoming games on their site.  I have also included information regarding a discount on tickets.  Be sure to take advantage of this!  Use code:FUNFAM http://harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets







It's Time To Get Serious With Your DIY




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It can be great getting stuck into a DIY project. You get to focus all of your energy and effort on one thing, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end of it. The trouble is when you end up coming up against a project that you're not going to be able to finish, or even start in the first place. There are few things more frustrating than having to get someone else to take care of a project that you'd much rather deal with on your own. If you want to be able to stop doing that, here are a few things that you can do to start getting serious with your DIY.

Do your research
If you want to start getting a decent idea of how to tackle some more serious or intensive DIY project, then you're going to need to increase the amount of knowledge that you have, even from a basic level. If you've generally been playing things by ear up until now, it's time for that to change. Sure, it might have been alright before, but as the projects that you take on become more difficult and complex, little mistakes or bad habits here and there are going to cause more and more problems that can end up ruining the entire thing. Luckily you've got the ultimate tool for finding any information that you need right at your fingertips: the internet!

Get the right tools
Now, you should never hold off taking on a project that you want to try because of the tools that you have. Anyone who tells you that you can't do a DIY project because you don't have a selection of huge power tools is someone who isn't worth listening to. That being said, many tools are going to make your life a lot easier, and it's better to know what tools you need before you start a project than running into a problem and needing to get something halfway through. Not only that but you should make sure that you understand your tools. Any tool can be dangerous, and you need to make sure that you're using them properly. Everything from chainsaw file size to the kinds of drill bits your using needs to be correct. Otherwise, you're just going to end up putting yourself in danger.

Be patient
When you take on a new project, especially one that's more challenging than anything you've attempted before, you're likely to run up against problems. The key is to make sure that you're not trying to rush through it or skip any difficult steps. Take your time and think carefully about everything that you're doing. If you do that, then you're going to be able to take on even the most challenging of DIY projects.

Of course, every time you improve your skills you'll probably find that there's a new level of difficulty that you haven't reached yet. The important thing is not to get discouraged by this but to take it as a chance to keep evolving and improving your DIY skills. Every project should be a test of your abilities, and you should relish the chance to push yourself at every opportunity.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Taking Care Of The Home’s Bones




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For a lot of people, DIY and other home improvement work is mostly superficial. You are changing your home to make it look nice or fit a different theme, and won’t be adding much to its functionality. Of course, most people won’t need constant home-tech updates to be happy, but you will need to keep your home in good shape. This is impossible if you don’t focus on the right areas, as mere cosmetics won’t help your home if it’s falling apart. So, to give you some support, this post will be exploring your home’s bones and some of the ways you can keep them intact.

Structure
The very first, and possibly most important area to consider is the structure of your home. From the foundations which support it to the bricks and walls which help it to stand, your home will only be any good if it is structurally sound. When you first buy a place, you should always have a professional check it over for you. Along with this, you could also consider having this done every couple of years after your purchase, just to make sure that nothing is going wrong with the building you call home.

Wiring
Most people don’t consider wiring to be something which will degrade over time. In reality, electrical wiring has to take a lot of punishment, and this constant battle against power is seldom won. Replacing wiring in your home isn’t too hard, but it could be worth getting the help of a professional to make sure that it’s handled safely. Electricity can be very dangerous. So, it makes sense to look for someone with some experience before you get started.

Pipes
Along with the wires in your home, the pipes you have installed will also be very vulnerable to degradation over time, and this could impact areas like hot water and heating. You can find loads of great information on repiping your whole house around the web, though this job will also have to be handled by professionals. Simple pipe care can include regular descaling along with using cleaning chemicals throughout the system. Repiping not only makes the place more efficient, but it may even improve the temperature.

Roofing
Finally, as the last area to consider, most homes would be completely lost without their roof. Keeping the elements on the outside, this part of your home is very important, and it will be a big job to make sure that it stays in one piece. Having tiles fall off and your attic exposed could lead to some major leaks. This will be much more expensive to deal with than fixing the roof in the first place, so it makes sense to handle a repair over a replacement.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder to preserve the bones of your home. Not a lot of people will think about this during their DIY, choosing to make things look nice, instead. Of course, this sort of approach will work for some people, for others, it will prove too costly to ignore these critical parts of the home.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How To Create A Happy Home




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When you consider what your home represents on an emotional level, there are a lot of feelings of peace, security, safety, belonging, and feeling settled… yet, with such busy lives we can often let our physical home environment spiral out of control. This article offers a practical four-step process to create a happy home environment for you and your family.

1. DE-CLUTTER
There’s a popular saying that goes something like “tidy house tidy mind” which means the same could hold true for the opposite - in that a cluttered house could lead to cluttered mind - in fact, there have been a number of sociological and psychological studies that link the two. If you are always searching through clutter to find your car keys, or frantically searching through draws prior to going on holiday in a desperate attempt to find your passport - then you could certainly benefit from this advice. It leads onto the next phase of ‘getting organized’, but decluttering your home is necessary to get organized. How can you get organized when there is clutter everywhere?

2. GET ORGANIZED
Most people need some form of order in their life in order to feel calm, centered, grounded and balanced. This sense of emotional stability is closely linked to the feeling of stability and order you feel within your home life. Now that you’ve decluttered your home, you need to get organized, which sounds like a drag but the time investment will pay off as it will make your life a lot easier in the long run.  Have a place for everything, keys, bills, toys, shoes, etc.  Only by having a place where things belong can you organize your home and keep it organized.

3. GET RID OF JUNK
Yes, this sounds a lot like removing the clutter from your house or removing it from your yard.  This can take a large amount of time and effort if you do it yourself. However, there is another option, and that is hiring people willing to clear out your junk for you. Although junk removal prices vary hugely based on the area in which you live, there’s a good possibility you will be able to hire someone to remove the junk for you. This option can save you a lot of time, effort, and hassle. The alternative, you could hire a van or truck for a day or two and use this to cart rubbish to a local refuse site.

4. CLEANSE
The act of cleaning your home isn’t a purely physical experience; it has clear practical benefits but there are significant emotional benefits to cleaning too. It can be cathartic to go through your home and clean every corner of it, whether that includes pulling cobwebs down from the ceiling, vacuuming each room, or deep cleaning the mildew that has grown around the bathtub. The process of cleaning your physical home gives you an opportunity to cleanse the energy and emotion stored within your home, and can be a very soothing experience.

In summary, the four steps are to declutter… then get organized... get rid of the junk… and then cleanse your home. It’s a time consuming, and energy draining, process - but one that is well worth the investment!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Swagbucks Green Monday!!




You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back - 2x or more - at a number of different stores today only. They're also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!  

If you're not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!   

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set!  

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays From Legacy Shave



Hey neighbors!!

Here is a perfect gift for that man in your life, or maybe young man.  Legacy Shave has the perfect gift set available for the holidays and gift giving.



This shaving gift set includes a razor, pre-shave oil, after shave balm and a wonderful Evolution Brush that attaches to a can of shaving cream.  The brush has an attachment, that you use right on your can of shaving gel or shaving cream.  Instructions are included that show you how to attach it to your can, and then you can apply the shaving cream/gel with the brush.  Be sure to check out the pictures and the video below.  Leave the brush attached to the can, just rinse clean after each use.  When the can is empty, remove the Evolution Brush and attach it to the new can.  Loving it!! I know my husband will like using this new Evolution Brush and shaving kit from Legacy Shave.


After locking the can in place, you simply press the button enough to see the gel/cream coming a=out the front, as in the picture below.  That is all you need, so stop pressing the button and start applying your shaving cream.  Simple as can be.



For the record,  the After Shave Balm smells wonderful.  The Pre Shave Oil is fragrance free and is to be applied, before shaving to help condition the beard for the shave.  After your face is moistened with warm water apply the oil and gently massage it in.  Do not remove the tile prior to shaving.  Use the Evolution Brush to apply your shaving cream, shave as normal, rinse, pat dry and apply the After Shave Balm.  This will help condition and moisturize your skin.



I do need to tell you, the Legacy Shave products can be used by both men and women.  The Evolution Brush works just as well applying shaving cream to your legs as it does a man's face.  The oil and balm can also be used.

Be sure to visit the Legacy Shave website as there are a few different gift ideas there.  The Evolution Brush also comes in a variety of colors for the attachment piece.

Here's a quick video from Legacy Shave.


Also follow Legacy Shave on their social media so you will receive updates.
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Thanks for stopping in today!! See you soon!

Heat Holders For The Holidays!!



Hi Neighbors!!

Not sure what type of weather you are having today, but it is quite chilly here.  We went from short sleeve weather to 20 degrees in the morning.  So, this is the perfect time to talk about Heat Holders.  We have a Oversized Luxury Throw, a pair of Thermal Gloves and a pair of Lounge Socks, all from Heat Holders.



I am going to start with the Heat Holders Lounge Socks, because I already have a couple pairs of these.  These are my go to socks on chilly mornings or in the evenings as the temperature is dropping.  They are by far the most comfortable, warm socks I have ever owned.  I have one foot that often gets colder than my other foot, so my family often sees me roaming the house with just one Heat Holders Lounge Sock on.  I love how nice and thick they are, they soft insides, and the non-slip grips on the bottom of these socks.  These are definitely a GREAT gift idea for the holidays!!


Next on hand!! The Heat Holders Thermal Gloves.  Just as I stated about the socks, these gloves are very warm and I love the soft inside.  The inside is a Heat Weaver Lining.  It is a plush, fur-like  lining that helps build heat around your hands.  The cuff is able to be unfolded and you can put it inside your jacket cuff for extra protection from the cold.  Just look at the pictures.



Last of all is the Heat Holders Oversized Luxury Throw.  My whole family will be fighting over this one.  They love to sit on the couch cuddled up to watch a show or read a book, and this throw is perfect for that.  The throw is soft on both sides.  This is the type you like to rub your cheek against because it is just so soft.  It measures 71" by 79".  You can wrap this beauty around you.




Anyone of the above Heat Holders would make an excellent gift this year.  We highly recommend any one of them.  You can purchase directly from their website, or I have found some of their products in our local stores.

Be sure to follow Heat Holders on their social media.
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Have a great weekend!! Stop by again soon!


Friday, December 8, 2017

10 Things You Need To Do Before Moving Abroad





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There is nothing more fulfilling than travelling the world and visiting new and exciting places. If you’re a fan of travel, then you might have thought about moving abroad at some point. Unfortunately, there is a lot to do before you can get on the plane, with finding accommodations and a job being the most important. If you’re moving abroad soon, or think that it’s something that you’d like to do in the future, then here are ten things that you need to do before you start your new life.

1. Visit The Country
Plenty of people move abroad without visiting the country first. Although this is fine to do, as long as you’ve done plenty of research on the country, it makes much more sense to visit the country first. This way you can get used to the culture, and will know in advance whether or not the country is somewhere that you’d actually like to live.

2. Research The Country
You need to do lots of research before you move abroad, especially if you haven’t visited the country before. You need to find out about the cost of living, the culture, the climate, the laws, the food, and so much more. You will also need to find somewhere to live (at least temporarily) and find a job if you can. You will also need to look into different banks, and open a new bank account.

3. Look At Visa Requirements
Some countries need a visa for you to be able to live there, some might not. You need to find out whether or not you need a visa to move to your chosen country. You should also look at the visa requirements, and apply for one if possible, to ensure that you can stay in your new home.




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4. Check Your Passport
You need a passport to be able to travel between countries, so make sure that you have one before you start to make any solid plans. It can take a little while for your passport application to be approved and for your passport to be delivered, so you should do this as soon as possible. Even if you have a passport, make sure that you’ve got at least six months left on it before it expires, or you might not be able to travel.

5. Save Up
Moving is usually a costly task, and moving abroad is no different; In fact, it will cost you a fair bit more. You will have to move all of your belongings to another country, book flights, and will have to have some money spare if you don’t have a job lined up in your new country, so make sure you have at least a few thousand dollars for that.

6. Declutter Your Home
Moving your belongings abroad can get costly, so make sure that you only move what you need to take with you. This means that you should get rid of anything that is broken or you haven’t used in the past few months.

7. Visit The Doctor
When you research your chosen country, you might find that you have to get some shots or special medication to avoid getting ill while you’re abroad. You should visit your doctor at least a few months before you leave and get this medication.

8. Hire a Moving Company
You should hire international removalists like Chess Moving as soon as you know that you’re definitely moving abroad. This will reduce your stress, as it’s one less thing that you have to research and book. It’s also important to book early, as prices with moving companies tend to lower the earlier you book.

9. Pack
One of the last things that you will do is pack up your home. After all, you’re going to need to keep using your belongings until the day you leave. Pack room by room and label every box to avoid confusion and disorganization when it comes to unpacking. Pack as much as you can before moving day, and put whatever is left over in a box or suitcase before you leave.




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10. Spend Time With Loved Ones
You don’t know when you’re going to be next able to see your family and friends face to face, so it’s important to spend as much time as you can with them while they're still around. A going away party is a great way to do this and means that you can say goodbye to those people that you might not see on a daily basis.

Moving abroad is exciting, but it isn’t easy. Hopefully, these tips will help you out if you ever decide to live somewhere new.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Unwinding Winding You Up? Consider Creating A Calmer Home

There are no two ways around it; modern living is stressful. We’re all busy with jobs which always demand more from us. It’s no wonder, then, that by the time we get home for an evening, most of us crave de-stressing.

Only, it doesn’t always happen. In fact, sometimes, our houses increase our stress levels. Not having the home you want can have a significant impact on our anxiety. And, if you’re stressed already, that can lead to melt-down. After all, this is the place you come to escape. Nothing should stress you out here.

If you find that even unwinding is winding you up, it’s time to think about ways to change that.. Here are a few worth considering.

Less clutter



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Clutter is prime cause for hometime anxiety, as explained on sites like nourishingminimalism.com. If you can barely move, it’s no wonder your coils stay tightly wound. They do say that a cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind. If you face a mountain of stuff as soon as you walk through the door, it can feel impossible to kick back. Even if you manage it, you may feel that things aren’t right. That’s because you’ve been reminded that you need to clean up your life! Decluttering is just another job you keep putting off. Even if you think you love a cluttered home, it’s probably having more of an impact than you think. Try clearing out a room, and notice how much lighter you feel when you spend time there.

Finish those projects



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In keeping with a reminder of future tasks; it’s also crucial not to leave home projects unfinished. Let’s be honest; many of us start redecorating, only to leave a room half finished for a little too long. We close the door to that room and hope we’ll forget about it until we can be bothered to tackle the rest. The trouble is, that closed door becomes yet another source of stress. Every time you walk past it, you’ll feel a pang of anxiety at all the work you still need to do. To make sure it doesn’t happen, only ever start projects when you know you can finish them in quick succession.

Focus on creating a calming space


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And, of course, it isn’t only things we haven’t done which stress us in the home. The wrong decor choices or color schemes can also cause issues. If you can’t put your finger on the source of stress, it may just be that you haven’t focused enough on creating a calm home. You can do this in a few different ways. First, think about the calming power of scent by installing something like the diffusers found on https://aromatechsystems.com. These ensure that the smell of your house instantly eases your anxiety.

It’s also worth turning your attention to neutral colors which can help to calm you. Think, too, about bringing houseplants into your space. The stable presence of nature can go a long way towards de-stressing us all.

6 Steps To Getting In Shape And Boosting Your Confidence

Most of us worry about our weight and appearance from time to time, and with the festive period approaching, there is a good chance you will overeat and spend most of the Christmas period lazing around with your family and friends. There is nothing wrong with doing that for a couple of weeks when it’s time to celebrate. However, you might want to implement a routine after the holidays to ensure you shed some of those excess pounds and feel confident about the way you look. With that in mind, there is a step-by-step guide below that should ensure you achieve your goals. Use it wisely!


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Step 1: Set your goals
Those of you who want to lose weight and boost your confidence levels will need to determine your goals before you can work towards them. That might involve standing on the scales and checking your weight before deciding on how much fat you want to lose. It could also mean working towards a predetermined number of exercise hours each week. Once you have your ambitions in place, it’s much easier to assess your progress as you work towards the goals. You can then record your achievements each week and see how close you’re getting to your ideal weight and body size.


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Step 2: Plan your meals in advance
Lots of people end up purchasing junk food when they visit the local store. That is because the people who run those businesses use advanced psychology to encourage you to buy products out of impulse. However, you need to avoid doing that as much as possible. The best path to follow involves searching online for healthy recipes and planning your meals ahead of time. That way, you can make a list of ingredients and ensure you don’t deviate from it when you head down to the local store. Leave those chocolate bars on the shelves because they are not going to help you achieve your weight loss goals.


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Step 3: Consume lots of fruit and vegetables
Experts say that all humans should aim to get their five-a-day when it comes to fruit and vegetables. Still, lots of folks struggle to consume the right amount, and so they will never maintain optimum health according to TIME Magazine. You need to eat lots of fruit and vegetables because those items will provide your body with the energy it needs to exercise without causing massive weight gain. Try to eat berries with your breakfast, bananas and apples at lunch, and then ensure your evening meal contains a couple of different types of vegetables for the best results. If you’re used to eating junk food; you should notice an improvement in the way you feel in only a couple of days.

The best fruits and vegetables to consume if you want to lose weight and get in shape might include:
Apples
Bananas
Pears
Oranges
Leafy greens
Carrots
Boiled potatoes



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Step 4: Join a local gym
Now your body has all the energy it requires; it’s time to think about your exercise routine. Specialists from Club Fitness claim that a couple of hours in the gym each week will make a significant difference to your body. You should start to shed the pounds straight away, and you will notice an increase in your fitness levels within a couple of weeks. There are lots of gyms all around the country, and so it’s just a case of searching online and then reading some reviews. You could even opt to employ the services of a personal trainer if you’d like some extra support your time at the gym. Most establishments offer that service for a small fee.

Some of the best machines to use at the local gym if you want to lose weight and get in shape include:
Treadmills 
Stairsteppers
Rowing machines
Spin bikes


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Step 5: Invest in some home workout DVDs
Some people don’t like the idea of working out at the gym because they don’t enjoy other people watching them sweat. Also, sometimes membership fees are expensive, and you might not want to spend the money. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get into shape and boost your confidence levels. There are hundreds of new workout DVDs that hit the market every single year. In most instances, you can use them at home at a time that suits you. Just try to put an hour aside each day to get into your gym gear and follow the instructor on the screen. You might also think about jogging around your local streets from time to time as that tends to work well, and you’ll get lots of much-needed fresh air.


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Step 6: Stop using your car so much!
Far too many people use their car for short journeys these days. Sure, it’s convenient when you want to take the kids to school or commute to your workplace. Still, that doesn’t mean you should jump in the car every time you need to travel half a mile to your local shop for essentials. Get in the habit of walking from time to time, and you should increase your fitness levels without working too hard. You will reduce the cost of your insurance if you don’t drive as much as you did before too. Also, you’re going to save a lot of money on fuel as short distance driving tends to increase your automobile’s consumption. If you get bored when you walk places; just take some headphones and listen to music on your phone. Either that or you can ask the kids to come along for the stroll.

So, now you have a step-by-step guide to follow; it’s just a case of finding the motivation after the holiday season and putting some of this advice into action. When all’s said and done, losing weight and getting in shape can seem difficult if you haven’t tried the process for a long time. However, if you work your way through each of the steps outlined on this page; you’re guaranteed to notice a massive improvement in only a couple of months. You will feel more confident in your appearance, and that could help in many different areas of your life. So, save this post and refer back to it in a few week’s time!

Bring A Little Extra Comfort To Your Home This Winter

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When the winter sets in, there really is nothing like getting cosy and comfy at home. After all, summer might be the time for sitting out in the sun with a ice cold lemonade, but the winter is the time for slippers, a roaring fire, and a hot cup of cocoa. Then again, if your home isn't a comfortable place to be, then that whole experience can be shattered. If you can't enjoy the experience of shutting yourself away in your home during the winter, then the whole season could wind up being a whole lot more unpleasant. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways that you can bring a little extra bit of comfort to your home this winter.

Soften things up
There's nothing better than being able to sink into your warm bed after a long day of putting up with the cold. Of course, trying to do that when you've got a mattress that feels like a slab of concrete is hardly anyone's idea of a fun time! A place like, air mattress reviews can help you find the mattress so you can get far more comfortable when you're in bed and make life that much more pleasant. Of course, you should be warned that doing this may make it several times harder to drag yourself out of that warm and cosy bed in the mornings to go to work, but that's probably a fair trade.

Set the mood
Light is one of the most important things in anyone's home, but a lot of people tend to forget just how important it is to change the lighting in your home based on the season. Sure, bright lights can be great in the summer, but in the winter it can make a room feel even colder. Warm lights from things like lamps can often make a room feel much cosier and more relaxing. Lamps are fantastic because you can turn them on and off one at a time until you have the perfect ambience for relaxing on a winter's evening.

Warm yourself up
Of course, no matter how comfortable your home might be, if you find yourself shivering and your fingers turning blue then you're never going to have an especially wonderful time. Do everything you can to keep your home as warm as possible. Sure, running the heating all day long can be expensive but simple things like having double glazing installed and filling your home with as many soft and heat absorbing things like pillows and blankets as possible are both fantastic ways to keep your home warm without having to spend more and more money every single day.

These things might seem incredibly simple, but the truth is that you don't need to make major changes to your home in order to make it more comfortable. Nine times out of ten the way that you improve your home is through the little details and minor touches. Sure, you can make some big changes to your home if you want, but focusing on the little details can be just as effective and half as much work.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

From Shambles To Showhome: Prepping Your Home For Sale

If you’re selling your home, it’s time to prepare for visitors and try and showcase your property in all its glory. It takes seconds to form impressions, and you need to ensure that your home impresses from the outset. If your home is cluttered, there’s stuff everywhere, or there’s paint chipping off the door frames, now is the time to do a little sprucing up before those all-important viewings. Here are some simple suggestions that could make all the difference.

Curb appeal
The exterior of a house is usually the first thing you see as a potential buyer. If you drive up the road and you like what you see, this gives you a positive vibe, and you’ll probably be excited to see the rest of the house. In contrast, if you’re greeted with rickety gates, overgrown lawns and broken windows, you may not even want to hang around to see the kitchen or the master suite. If you’re selling up, don’t focus all your attention on the interior of the house. There are lots of very easy ways you can make the exterior of the property more welcoming and appealing. Give the front door a lick of paint, put up some hanging baskets or place a couple of potted plants or olive trees on the porch, sweep the driveway and mow the grass.




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Odor
There’s nothing worse than walking into a house and smelling mold, pets or cooking odors. This can be a major turn-off for potential buyers, so invest in some scented candles or a scent machine. You can find out more about home diffusers and essential oils if you read this article. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. Would you rather be greeted with a wave of wet dog, fresh linen, or summer meadows?

Cleaning and tidying
Clutter is a huge no-no for buyers, so make sure you give yourself time to tidy up and clean the house before you start showing people around. It’s also really important to ensure that your home is as tidy as possible when you take photographs for the brochure or online gallery. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and darker. If you don’t have enough space for all your stuff, invest in some storage boxes.

Natural light
Most people appreciate airy, light spaces, especially when they’re looking at kitchens and bathrooms. If you’ve got a viewing, maximize natural light by opening up the curtains and blinds and hanging mirrors on the wall. If you’ve got dark walls in a small room, consider painting them white to open up the space and make the room look larger.



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Personalization
It’s wonderful to make your house homely when you’re living in it, but for selling purposes, it’s a good idea to remove personal touches. You want the buyer to imagine their family in that property, and if you’ve got photos or personalized prints everywhere, this may make that task more difficult. Offering a blank canvas is often a more appealing option.



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Are you selling your home? If so, you’re probably dreaming of a quick sale. Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare for viewings and show off your home in the best possible light.

Your Age And Your Health: Are They Connected?

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Taking care of your health is one of the most important things that you can do. Whether it's maintaining an active lifestyle or making sure that your diet is as healthy as possible, most of us are pretty concerned with taking care of ourselves. However, one thing that a lot of people tend to forget is that your needs when it comes to health have a tendency to change as you get older. Sure, there are some things that you will always have to worry about, but it's important to recognise the connection between your age and your health.

Your lifestyle

When you're in your twenties, it's easy to feel totally invincible. It feels like you can eat whatever you want, staying up all night, eating and drinking as much as you please, and none it has any negative ramifications. The first time that you wake with the effects that accompanies getting older, you realise that it might be time to slow down just a little bit. Sure, there's no reason why you should stop going out and enjoying yourself from time to time, but it might be time to hold off going too wild. The reality is that the things that you put in your body are going to have more and more of an impact on it as you get older.

Joint pain

You might assume that joint pain is something that you're only really going to have to worry about when you get much, much older, but it can often start surprisingly early. The best way to deal with any joint pain is to be as active as possible. Over time, certain joints are going to end up under more pressure than others so keeping them strong and active as much as possible is always a good idea.

Menopause

Menopause is one of those deeply unpleasant but sadly unavoidable things that all women go through later in life. It's the kind of thing that some people will tell you that you just have to put up with but that's not the case. There are plenty of things that you can do about the symptoms of menopause, these 8 tips to reduce hot flashes and nausea are incredibly useful. Of course, if the symptoms are particularly severe and it seems as though they're lasting for an especially long time then there are always options for things like hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. The reality is that menopause is pretty much unavoidable, but that doesn't mean that it's something that you have just to lie down and take. There are always things that you can do to make your life a little more pleasant.

Of course, just because you're getting a little older doesn't mean that you need to give up everything that loved when you were younger. As the old saying goes, you're only as young as you feel and as long as you don't let anything get in the way of living your life the way you want, you won't have to change much at all as you age.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide : baby deedee Sleep Sack

Hello, Neighbors!



Today I want to tell you all a little bit about the newest addition to our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide-- baby deedee!  Baby deedee was founded by a mom of 3, Dominique, and was inspired by the need for her son to feel cozy and secure while sleeping.


We were so excited to receive the blue sleep nest teddy for Baby B!  The sleep nest teddy is their newest winter weight sleep bag and let me tell you, it is so incredibly soft.  It is quilted for warmth from the winter cold, and has a faux fur lining.  There have been many studies done regarding the safety of having blankets in a crib with a little one, but baby deedee removes the need for a loose blanket!


Look at it... you can practically feel the silky softness through the photo!  The sleep sack has an oversized zipper (so even dad's larger hands can manage it) and snaps at the shoulders so it makes it a breeze to put baby in and out of it.  Baby B. is arriving this weekend, and I can't wait for him to be able to use this!  


Be sure to visit the baby deedee website, and purchase a sleep sack for the little bundle of joy in your life!  You can also find baby deedee on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and even Youtube!  

baby deedee is giving away 1 sleep nest teddy!
(winner's choice of size/color)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Comfort Socks Make Great Gifts!




Hey neighbors!!

Check out these new socks!!  They are casual crew socks from The Comfort Sock.  I have really enjoyed wearing them this past few weeks.  To begin with, they are super soft.  One thing I require in my socks.  They have a non-binding top, and arch support.  I am diabetic, so I am pretty picky regarding my socks.


The socks are lightly cushioned for your comfort and so they are shock absorbing.  The seam on the toe is also comfortable.  They are made of a polyester cotton blend.  The MSRP is $16 for 6 pair.


So, if you are looking for some comfortable socks for a holiday gift check out some socks from The Comfort Sock.

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Thanks for stopping in!! See you soon.





2017 Holiday Gift Guide : Infanteenie Beenie Review

Hey, everyone!

We've been super busy here lately, getting ready for an upcoming trip, but wanted to stop in for a few minutes and tell you about this company.  Some of you may already know, but my little nephew is due any day now!  As soon as we heard the news, of course we started browsing the web for all sorts of gifts for mother and baby.  While browsing I came across Infanteenie Beenie - they offer the original four seam round top newborn hospital hat, but with a twist.  They allow you to keep the traditional newborn hospital hat look but with the added style of bows, puppy dogs, ruffles, baseballs, etc.


When Infanteenie Beenie agreed to be a part of our Holiday Gift Guide, we were thrilled!  Mom is decorating Baby B.'s nursery in a blue+white nautical theme, so when we saw the "Sailor Made" Beenie, we knew it was the one.


All beenies arrive in a hand stamped muslin gift bag (above).  This really adds a personal touch to it, and will be sure to impress when given as a gift.   The design was completed by a mommy herself, and all hats are super soft and hand-made!  The little anchor design is so cute, and you can tell was very carefully constructed.


Now as Baby B. isn't here yet (arriving this weekend!), so I do not have a photo of him wearing his beenie, but rest assured I will add a photo as soon as possible.  I can't wait to meet him, and I know he will look adorable in his hat.

Head on over to the Infanteenie Beenie website to purchase one of your one for your own bundle of joy, or as a gift for a loved one!  You can also "Like" their Facebook page to stay up to date with their latest news.    

4 Things Guaranteed To Turn Off Potential House Buyers

There comes a time when your family outgrows even the most perfect and idyllic of homes. The arrival of a new bundle of joy, accommodating an elderly relative, or a change of circumstances meaning that you need to work from home (which requires a dedicated workspace or home office to manage your time effectively). When this happens, you know that it’s time to upsize your home but this may well be easier said than done.




Finding a new home that is perfect for your requirements can be difficult and stressful while finding the right buyer for your existing home can be an absolute nightmare. You know how to make sure the sale goes smoothly when the right buyer comes along, but though parades of people have walked through your front door, the property just doesn’t seem to be generating the level of interest and enthusiasm that it should. If this seems achingly familiar, you may be making one of these mistakes guaranteed to turn off potential buyers…

Stained carpets


While some buyers will be able to see past surface level imperfections and concentrate on your home’s potential, there are some for whom tiny imperfections can be extremely distracting. The odd scuff or scrape in the paintwork on the walls is forgivable but stained carpets are too much to prospective buyers. Replacing the carpet may be advantageous but if your budget won’t stretch to this, hiring a professional cleaner like https://arevalobroscarpetcleaning.com/ can render your carpet good as new. A clean, vibrant carpet can breathe new life into a room and make it far more visually appealing.


Pet odours


When getting the home ready for prospective buyers, many people focus solely on the visual, but lingering odors can cast aspersions on even the most beautifully maintained room. Make sure that they are neutralized so that they can’t compromise your hard work. Ensure that cat litter trays are emptied and rinsed out, rodent cages are cleaned and pets are fed in advance of your buyer’s visit to reduce the chance of unpleasant lingering pet food odours.




Dingy Kitchen and / or bathroom


The kitchen and bathroom are the most common sticking points for prospective buyers. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most personal and oft-used areas of the home, so your buyers will likely have certain expectations. They will expect the space to be airy, spacious, clean and free of clutter. Of course, this is usually at odds with the demand of feeding and bathing a household, which is why extra special care must be taken in getting these rooms up to presentation standard. Try to clear away clutter and ensure that surfaces are clean and gleaming. If you’re really struggling to sell, refurbishing these rooms will not only make the property more attractive but add value too!


Transport noise

Frustrating as it may be, no matter how pristine and beautifully presented your home may be, hearing a cacophony of noise from passing road (or air) traffic can be the death knell for your homes’ sale. If you haven’t taken steps to insulate buyers from the noise such as upgrading your double glazed windows or wall cavity insulation these may make the difference between selling your home or allowing it to languish on the market.