Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Starting My Low Carb Diet Again

Hey neighbors!!

Many of you already know that I am diabetic.  I was diagnosed about 6 years ago when I went in to the emergency room due to back pain.  They took care of the pain and let me know that I was diabetic.  They placed me on Metformin and told me to start watching my carbs and to start exercising, which I did well for about three years.  Then I slowly started letting things go.  The exercise slowed down, I started allowing more little treats, CARBS, into my diet.  I had stopped Metformin after the first month and still have not gone back on it, but I notice my numbers are climbing again.  So, I am going to start eating strict again and begin walking and at least over winter doing light exercise and walking on our treadmill.  I get bored easily on the treadmill, so I am going to store a bunch of music and short video clips on my iPod and iPad, so I have something to distract me.

I have already started the lower carb, and I thought I would share some of what I am doing here.  I am doing this to give me some accountability, encouragement and hopefully to encourage someone else.


So, here is the first "recipe" I am sharing.  I made a chicken, bacon, ranch wrap.  We started with a low carb Lavash.  I cooked up three strips of bacon.  (Next time I will cook more and refrigerate it for later.) I had some skinless, chicken breast left over from a previous meal, so I chopped this up and added it to the wrap.  Next I added some shredded cheddar cheese, some ranch, some shredded lettuce, and a few pieces of tomato.  I am sharing pics, and please realize, that I shared some of it.  It was really good, and my husband wants me to make him one next time too.







If any of you have good ideas for low carb meals, desserts, or beverages please feel free to share them in the comments.

Three Tips for Building Wealth as a Family

In this current political climate, it's clear that you can't rely on the government for everything. It's so important to set yourself up financially for the future. Because of the government shutdown, over 800,000 government workers are without a paycheck. This directly impacts their ability to pay their bills, feed their families and more. You also don't want to look at your social security check as a plan for the future. 
In order to build wealth and maintain a comfortable lifestyle as a family, consider the following tips. 
1. Find ways to get discounts. While it's always cheaper to cook and eat at home, it's nice to take a break from cooking once a week. However, when a family of five goes to the local fast food restaurant, the bill can easily equal over $50. Instead, it's a good idea to find online coupons and deals that allow you and your family to enjoy a night out without paying tons of money. The key is to plan the night in advance. 

2. Save money. It's also important to actively save money. Whether it's a nickel or a few dollar bills, teach your family the importance and value found in saving money. A great way to do this involves keeping a coin bank for kids in a visible spot in the house.. Whenever anyone finds extra money around the house, they can race to put the money inside. This develops a tradition of saving for a rainy day. This is an incredibly important trait to develop within your financial regimen. It's also important to pass this skill down to your children. 

3. Actively invest money. Invest your money wisely. Get the children involved in the process as well. One of the great ways to do this involves purchasing rental properties and investing in the stock market. If you are cleaning up a rental property, take your children with you. Allow them to see you in the midst of the process so that they can see what goes into owning rental properties. Teach them the stock market tips and tricks on their level. These lessons will really serve them well in the long run. 

I hope some of these tips help.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Memories of Cousins and Butchering Beef

Hey neighbors!!

Growing up my grandparents owned a few acres and each year they raised one calf and one pig for butchering.  They also had chickens for both eggs and eating and they raised rabbits.  They had two cages with rabbits that we were allowed to name and play with, the rest were not allowed to be named.  There was a worm bed for raising worms for fishing and of course a slop bucket in the kitchen for slopping the pigs.  Of course there were the usual pets too of a dog, a couple barn cats and a pony for the grandchildren.


Butchering day was always a fun day, because all the families came together, the men did the actual butchering while the women made things like the sausage, head cheese, plucked chickens, etc.  We always cooked out on the grill and had a large picnic together.  The kids played and ran errands when needed to carry a message or something.  The boys always thought it was great to claim the pigs tail and cook it over a small fire.  We played games like hide and seek, tetherball and kickball.


Then we grew up.  The grandchildren married and started moving around the country.  We still stay in touch, but mainly through email and Facebook.  My grandparents moved and eventually passed on.  I believe some the family who ended up in Texas still raised cows and pigs and butchered their own meat, but many of us went to purchasing meat and eggs at the grocery store.  My family spent 10 years on the road doing ministry work, so we often ate out, or of course continued using a grocery store.

We have now been stationary, living in a home, about seven years and we take quick trips out for meetings.  Three of the six children are out on their own, so there are five of us her at home.  A friend of ours found a local gentleman who raises beef and has them butchered at a butcher shop about one hour away from us.  We now get half a cow every couple of months.  Let me tell you, there is a big difference between store beef and beef raised locally and butchered.  I still have not found a place to get fresh eggs or chicken.  We tried raising our own, but we were just inside the lines of the township, so no chickens are allowed.  I am talking there are cows one block away from us.  I miss my fresh eggs.

So now we have half a cow and of course we add some chicken and occasional pork to the menu, but this is definitely much better than purchasing from the grocery store.  We have steaks, ground beef, and roasts.  I use some of the liver for treats for the dogs, which they thoroughly enjoy.  This is how I would like to get our meat.  We do have a very small, local farmers market where we can get fresh some fresh vegetables.

Do I miss when my grandparents used to butcher right in their yard?  I  do miss some of it, but I was a young then and just hanging out with cousins was fun.  I am not sure I would enjoy the actual butchering now, but I very glad we have found a way to get fresh, local butchered beef.


Roofing Issues And Repairs

Hey neighbors!!

Well, I think I may have mentioned that our roof was leaking.  When we originally had the roof done, it was basically a ceiling for a large, covered porch with skylights.  Then we came up with the idea of enclosing the entire back and turning it into an addition to our home.  We ended up with three extra rooms by doing this.  A large bedroom, a living room and a private study for my husband.


A friend did the original patio and roof, and then came back to help enclose the back patio and create new rooms.  After some discussion with him, we just enclosed the skylights in between the roof and the inside ceilings, instead of removing them.  Although this sounded like a good idea, apparently it was not.  One of the skylights cracked and began leaking when it rained.  Next  thing we knew we had several leaks in the living room, two leaks in the bedroom, plus we found out that one of the attached sheds was leaking and the Dojang we had added on to the home had a small leak.

The leak in the shed roof was really bad.  The Dojang or exercise building where my daughters practice Taekwondo only leaked occasionally and it was around one of the lights.  Our bedroom leaked pretty bad and we had to move our dressers out from the wall to put in buckets to catch the drips.  In the living room we had to move two bookcases and we also had a few buckets in the middle of the living floor.  The roof only leaked randomly.  Sometimes it would rain hard and nothing leaked, next downpour everything leaked.  A few times it would leak with a light rain shower.

To top this off, we started hearing scratching sounds in the ceiling.  I actually thought that whatever it was up there was actually in our bedroom one night.  It is funny now, but was not that night.  We started finding our trash strewn all over, so my husband put out a cruelty-free trap.  We have captured 9 raccoons and one opossum.  It has been a bit ridiculous.


So, our friend came back up and decided to enter the crawl space and see what he could find.  He found a couple of places where "some" animal had entered and had torn up the insulation inside. This was allowing the rain to enter and and the more damage the animal created the more rain was able to run and leak.  So we finally completed all the repairs and our friend returned home.  We waited for the first rain to see what happened.  Well, we are down to one leak in the living room.  Now we need to wait out winter and he will come back in the spring to try and figure out the last leak.

If he can't help this time we will have to reach out to some sort of roofing service.  I know many of our friends have used roofing services Florida after that huge hurricane went through, and I am hoping our friend can help rather than going that route.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Moosh-Moosh Shark and Elephant

Hey neighbors!

We received the softest, squishiest, plushies from Moosh-Moosh.  My grandson thinks they are so much fun, and everyone who holds them can not believe how soft and squishy they are.  It is actually fun to hold them and squeeze them.


Little B played with Neptune the Shark while bouncing to the song Baby Shark.  He is so adorable trying to move to the music.  He is only one.  He also had fun catching Neptune. Of course he also ended up with Itsy the Elephant.


Here he is with Itsy the Elephant!




I love that these super soft, squishy animals are perfect for young and older children.  There are no buttons, or eyes or anything like that, so you do not have to worry about and small objects coming off that your child could possibly put in their mouths.  And no matter the age, everyone will enjoy the soft squishiness of the Moosh-Moosh.  You can't help squeezing them when you hold them.  Several of the Moosh-Moosh come in a large or medium size and they also have a small clip on size.

The Moosh-Moosh come in several different animals, and they even have slippers that match some of them.  They are perfect for cuddling and on trips, could even be used as travel pillows.

Be sure to check out the Moosh-Moosh website and follow them on social media.
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE


Thanks for stopping in!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Incredible Coffee #Giveaway from Mount Republic Coffee!!


Hey all! You might remember last month as part of our holiday gift guide event, we shared about an amazing coffee we were able to sample. If you missed that post, you can read it here and see why we loved it so much. The exciting news is that Mount Republic has offered a giveaway with the winner's choice of a 12 ounce bag of coffee beans or 12-pack of single serve coffee cups!! I'm very excited about this because it means one of our readers will soon be tasting what I personally think is the best coffee I've ever brewed at home! Before we get started, let me share a little about this company and their coffee with you all.


"We are a small company in the greater Chicago area who specializes in specialty, roast-to-order, coffee. After years of drinking coffee, tasting new blends and roasts from all around the world, and continuously searching for new and better coffee our frustrations grew with the standard process of buying coffee. Going to the store and choosing an origin, roast, and grind was sometimes next to impossible let alone knowing how long ago the beans were roasted. Finding local roasteries wasn't always easy (especially in smaller towns) and, even then, choices were limited. This led us on a path to search for a simple way to create a completely customizable coffee that’s guaranteed to be fresh and delivered right to your door. Thus Mount Republic Coffee Co. was born so that we can share with you our passion and love for coffee."



Now for the giveaway!! One of our readers will receive their choice of 12 oz Coffee (whole bean) or a 12-pack of single-serve coffee cups!!


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

SwagIQ from SwagBucks



Have you played SwagIQ? It’s a live trivia game show where you test your knowledge to win cash prizes. It’s free to play, just download the app to get started. To earn money, you must be a member of SwagBucks. It’s also free to sign up, and there are plenty of ways to get free gifts cards by using the site! Just click on my referral link HERE to get started!

Here’s a little more about Swag IQ:
Monday through Thursday they broadcast a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one.
Get it right; you get SB (points you can use to get gift cards) and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.
Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.
Have fun!

Monday, December 24, 2018

9 Helpful Tips for Your Email Marketing

Hey neighbors!!

I am not sure how many of you have your own websites or blogs, but here is some information regarding emails that contains some really good points.  I personally want to try to revamp my email strategies for At the Fence in 2019, but I won't begin working on that until after the first of the year.  (We are going to take a short break.)  I have not changed my email since I started At the Fence over 10 years ago.  I think it is time to totally change the way our emails have been done.  I don't want to overload your inboxes with unnecessary clutter.  I know I signed up for some emails years ago, that I do not even read anymore and some I have unsubscribed from.  If you have some ideas for our emails, leave a comment below and give me some feedback.  Tell me what company you use to send out your emails. How often do you send out emails?  I am looking for any information that will help us start off the New Year right.

While many brands treat email marketing as a set-it-and-forget-it channel, it's important to continually optimize your strategy if you want to see great results in the inbox. With that in mind, here are nine things to stop, start, and keep doing to encourage more opens, clicks, and conversions. 

STOP 

1. Freaking out about unsubscribes

Despite what many people (marketers especially) would like to believe, not every person wants or needs what your brand has to offer. There’s also a chance that due to some sort of misunderstanding during the signup process, you gained a few subscribers who weren’t the right fit. Then, somewheredown the road, they realized you guys weren’t a match made in heaven… and that’s ok!

It’s much more worthwhile for you to spend time nurturing qualified prospects than to waste effort on folks who were never going to convert in the first place. When it comes to your email list, it's all about quality—not necessarily quantity. Besides, every unsubscribe provides an invaluable opportunity to really think about your email strategy and where you may have misstepped. Have you gotten overzealous with your send frequency? Is your audience opening on mobile, but you aren’t optimizing for the small screen? Is the content you’re sending simply not relevant to your subscriber’s interests?
Be brutally honest with yourself in these moments. That unsubscribe might just be the wake-up call you needed to do your best work.

2. Batch-and-blast sending 

It's 2018, and this shouldn't have to be said, but here we are. 
If all you ever do is send the same mass, generic email to your entire list of subscribers, you're missing the point of email marketing. The inbox is one of the most personal places you can connect with consumers (Where else do they actually ASK to hear from you?) so treat it with respect by using it to foster connection, not blast people with content they have no interest in. 

3. Using irrelevant subject lines 

Too many brands get so caught up thinking of great puns and picking out emojis that they forget the point of a subject line: To tell their recipient what’s inside their email. That doesn’t mean you can’t jazz things up with humor, but make sure that above all, you:
 
1. Explain the actual contents of your email.
2. Demonstrate the value a person will get when they open.
3. Never trick your subscribers with misleading messaging
 

START

4. Automating significant touch points 

If you’re not incorporating automated messages into your email strategy, you’re missing out on some of the best-performing emails that you’ll ever create. Automation is a robotic-sounding word, but it really means sending timely, targeted messages to subscribers based on key actions or milestones: milestones like signing up, making a purchase, renewing a subscription, or even just having a birthday. Stuff that’s actually the opposite of robotic. Your subscribers want emails that are personal, relevant, and timely. Automation helps you create campaigns that check all three boxes and get some seriously great results, fast.

5. Utilizing A/B testing 

One of the best ways to improve your results over time is continual testing, yet 53% of marketers never A/B test their emails. Even if it’s just a quick subject line test, every piece of data you can collect about your email audience will help you improve your strategy. And you should never stop testing, from sender names to email content to send times. 

6. Experimenting with dynamic content

Dynamic content is the chameleon of modern marketing: It can change itself based on the demographics or preferences of the person who’s looking at it. It can be tricky to spot because when done right, the recipient just thinks the brand is really, really good at personalizing content. 
Sounds pretty cool, right? That’s because it is. Dynamic content takes personalization to a whole new level by allowing marketers to target individual subscribers with different content from the same mailing. Rather than having to set up, design, and schedule separate emails for different groups, marketers can send it all at once, and the email automatically adapts for each recipient. 

KEEP 

7. Segmenting whenever possible

Segmentation is an important part of virtually every successful email marketing program. Just chew on these stats:
• Segmented campaigns can lead to a 760% increase in revenue (DMA).
• 39% of email marketers that practice list segmentation see better open rates, and 24% see increased sales leads (eMarketer).
• 56% of people unsubscribe from emails due to content that’s no longer relevant to them (Chadwick Martin Bailey).
And remember: Smart audience segmentation goes beyond simple demographics like age or gender. It means segmenting by what they clicked on, what they bought, which show they just binge-watched…whatever you like. If you’re collecting the data, you can segment by it and start reaping the rewards.

8. Personalizing the inbox experience 

According to our 2018 Email Marketing Industry Report, 61% of marketers are personalizing at least a quarter of the emails they send. But nearly a third aren't personalizing at all, and there's much more personalizing that could be done all-around. 
As a consumer, what kind of experience do you expect from the brands you interact with? Do you prefer generic messages, or do you want to feel as if they've taken the time to deliver messaging that's relevant to you based on your location, interests, etc.? 
It isn't tough to make your emails more personal. Connect your data sources with your email marketing platform, analyze what you have (what content does your audience like best, when are they engaging, in what channels, etc.) and use it to deliver a personalized experience to every subscriber. 

9. Designing for the small screen 

The importance of mobile design is impossible to ignore in the modern marketing ecosystem.
80% of people will simply delete an email if it doesn’t look good on a smartphone (Blue Hornet), a result no marketer wants to see. But if the same email looks beautiful on a smartphone, tablet, and desktop, then you’re in the presence of mobile design. Mobile design is all about making emails easier to scan and engage with on a mobile device. It relies on content that's large, easy to see and simple to consume, so use big, bold images, large fonts, and tappable call-to-action buttons.

Wrap up 

You know that cliché everyone likes to reference about the definition of insanity?
Well, it applies to the inbox, too. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results won't get you very far, so be sure to continually keep an eye on your email strategy. Stop practices that produce negative results in the long term, find ways to experiment with new ones, and maintain the ones that make up the foundation of a great email program. 

I hope some of those tips were helpful to you.  I will be implementing some of them myself.  Thanks to you all for stopping by today!!  Great to get to share some helpful information.  Please stop back again soon!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Gifts For Guys! #SOGKnives #ChristmasGifts

Anybody still searching frantically for that perfect gift for one more person on their list? Usually I would be, but somehow I managed to complete all my shopping early this year, so I'm avoiding the last minute rush in stores, or even the browsing site after site to check off that last needed gift. (Insert pat on the back, as I'm very proud of myself!) If you are still searching however, maybe for a guy (they're the hardest people to shop for, in my family) here's a great idea: SOG Knives.


What guy wouldn't love a new knife for Christmas? Whether it's a businessman who needs a discreet and elegant blade to slide into his suit pocket, an outdoorsman who needs a new survival knife, someone in the military or law enforcement who would love a tactical knife, or just a guy who carries a pocketknife everywhere he goes, you can find whatever blade you need from SOG Knives!

I received two products from SOG recently; the Fling Throwing Knives Set and the Instinct Mini knife. The Fling set includes three throwing knives and a nylon sheath for carrying. These are perfect for anybody who wants to get into throwing knives, whether for sport/competition, or just fun at your next backyard get-together. Unfortunately, with the snow and cold weather we've had up here, I haven't been able to use these a whole lot yet. From the little I have used them though, I love both the look and the feel of them. They're slightly on the smaller side compared to my other set of SOG throwing knives, but still a good length/size/weight to really fly.





The Instinct Mini Satin Knife has become my go-to for everyday carry, even though it's more of an outdoor or even tactical knife. One of the reasons I love it so much is the sheath (included) has a belt clip, so I can wear it on my waistband, in my boot, or even around my neck thanks to the included lanyard. Yes, the knife is very secure in the sheath; I have worn it all different ways and it has never come out accidentally-very important detail! I love the size of the Instinct Mini as well. It's less than five inches long, and weighs less than two ounces so you can literally clip it on your waistband or slide it into your boot and forget it's even there until you need it. I was slightly concerned the knife would be awkward due to the shorter blade/longer handle length but it isn't at all. It doesn't slide or tip or get caught on anything like I had been worried about, and is easily concealed wherever you'd like to wear it.




SOG Knives has many other options for any guy (or even a girl like me who loves knives), so be sure to check out their wide selection online. I have at least 10 different SOG knives in my collection, and I've never been disappointed in one yet! Recently, I actually learned a bit about the history of SOG, which I found interesting as well-and explains the practical, made-to-be-used quality of SOG knives: "Our story begins in Vietnam, where members of a highly classified US special ops unit - known as MACV-SOG - carried a unique combat knife into the jungle on covert missions. Years later, in 1986, that knife inspired a young designer, named Spencer Frazer, to found SOG Specialty Knives. His mission: to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it. What began as a single commemorative model soon became a full line of innovative tools - field-proven by US Special Forces, even honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. Today, SOG knives are carried with confidence into the most demanding situations. Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you.
So whether you're protecting others or leading an epic hunting expedition, tackling one of life's everyday challenges or facing your most extreme conditions yet, lead the way with SOG."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

11" SensoRed Wok



Hey neighbors!!

I am really intrigued by this new wok we received.  The SensoRed Wok from Fissler is designed so that you know when the pan is at the right temperature for adding your food.  The pan is speckled inside and as it heats up, the whole inside of the pan turns the same color as the speckles.  They use a thermo-sensitive nonstick coating to ensure your food is placed in the pan at the right temperature.



So, we tried out the new pan and it is wonderful.  My daughter placed it on the stove added a little oil and waited for the pan to heat up.  She then cooked up the beef strips for our Beef and Gravy with Brown Rice dinner.  You can see the difference in the pan after it started heating up.  The meal was great of course. 




My conclusion is that this would make a great gift for that special cook on your holiday list!!

If you are interested in this SensoRed Wok, you can find out more on their website.  Also follow them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Thanks for stopping by!! See you soon!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sensory Goods Weighted Blanket



Hey neighbors!!

Have any of you or your children used a weighted blanket?  Maybe a weighted lap cover? Weighted blankets can be used to assist with autism, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, etc.  Sensory Goods has weighted blankets as well as lap pads, animals, and neck wraps that are weighted.  They carry a wide variety of weighted blankets, floor products, sensory swings, oral motors, and more.



Weighted blankets can help those with special needs stay calm in a busy, stressful, environment.  I have heard it said that a weighted blanket feels like a huge hug.  After using one, I am not sure I would describe it as a hug, but the weight of the blanket is very calming.  I have anxiety or panic attacks and I find the blanket brings a calm feeling.  I have actually used pillows before in a hotel.  I asked for extra pillows and covered myself within.  They are obviously not as heavy, but sort of created the same effect. 

I have a weighted blanket from Sensory Goods that is about the size of a twin size blanket.  I can use it on my side of the bed, or I can use it out in the living room on the couch.  I sleep better using the weighted blanket.  My husband who has trouble sleeping, sleeps better with a weighted blanket.  I occasionally turn the blanket sideways and we both use it.  


The weighted blankets from Sensory Goods are made by hand.  They use soft fleece and flannel, unless otherwise stated.  They are super soft.  Plastic or glass beads are used to "weight" the blankets.  The general rule is to have a blanket that is 10% plus 1 lb. of your body weight.  I personally have found I can use one quite a bit less than that ratio.  I just need to feel the weight, so 14-15 lbs. works great.  

A nice thing about the weighted blanket is that to someone looking on, it just looks like a regular blanket.  It is not going to draw attention to you or your child. 


There are a few common sense warnings for weighted blankets.  Such as, do not use for a child younger than 2 years of age.  Do not place them above the shoulders and NEVER over the head.  Also, do not use them to restrain a person.

If you or a loved one have anxiety, stress, insomnia, trouble sleeping, restless leg syndrome, ADHD or another sensory type issue, a weighted blanket might help.  Consider gifting a weighted blanket this year to someone you know who might benefit from its use. 

Please take a moment to check out the Sensory Goods website.  Follow them on their social media too.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Wyze Cam



Hey neighbors!!

Here's a great gift idea that could also work as a stocking stuffer!!  Wyze Cam ($19.99) allows you to monitor outside your home, another room of your home, or even your baby's room.  Use this as a security camera, or just to allow yourself the ability to watch a certain room in your home.


When you receive Wyze Cam you will need to download the app and set up Wyze Cam with your phone.  This will allow you to monitor in real time, see and talk to your children and/or pets, as well as receive notifications as needed.  Wyze Cam has night vision and two way radio.  This allows you to set Wyze Cam up in a window to view outside your home like your driveway or front door.  Your Wyze Cam v.2 will work with Alexa.  Mine is only the original Wyze Cam.


Wyze Cam is extremely flexible and because of this can be used in almost any situation.  It also comes with a adhesive metal plate, so you can mount it just about anywhere without screws.  There is a microSD card slot so you can record on the microSD card.  Once it is full, it will begin to overwrite the older files.  Wyze Cam can capture time lapse videos.  You can schedule when to start and stop and capture a picture.


Wyze provides a free rolling 14 day cloud storage. Wyze Cam automatically records a 12-second Event Video when it detects motion or sounds. Videos are securely uploaded to the AWS cloud via end-to-end encryption and are accessible for 14 days — no subscription or monthly fees required.

You can visit the Wyze Cam website to learn more about this unit and the other style units they have available.  Also take a moment to follow them on their social media pages.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter -  HERE
Instagram - HERE

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Researching Educational Opportunities for Your Children
When you want your children to have the best opportunities in life, you may see the advantage of enrolling them in preschool as early as possible. Once they are potty trained, you might want to put them in a daycare or preschool that will teach them important lessons that will put them academically ahead of their peers. If you are not sure of what preschools to consider for your children, you might want to do some research about the available programs in your area. You can get the address, contact information, and current curriculum details about the Montessori preschool of your choosing online today. 
Discovering What Kids Learn
The primary basis of your decision as a parent will depend largely on what kids learn in the preschool. Will they learn valuable academic lessons like reading and writing during their time there? Will your children simply be playing and learning how to get along with their peers? Based on the answers you discover on the school’s website, you can decide if it is worth your time as a parent enrolling your children in the program. When your goal is to give your child an academic edge over their peers, you may want to select a program that provides more than just playtime. A Montessori preschool may best suit your needs and expectations for your children. 

Enrollment Requirements 
Most Montessori preschools do not admit just anyone. They are rather selective in their admissions processes and require potential students to fit stringent criteria before being admitted to the programs. You can find out what those requirements are by visiting the website of the school. You may find an online application and also tips for how to prepare for the application and interview process. With this information, you can prepare your children to attend the best Montessori preschool that will fit your children’s academic needs and also your budget. A Montessori preschool can give your children a proverbial leg up on the competition. You can find out more about the curriculum and also the admissions guidelines by visiting the website of the school today. Just Google, preschool near me.

Giving Back to Your Community



Hey Neighbors!!

Around this time of year, many people start to think about giving to others.  And not just to family and friends, but we start to think of ways to give to other members in the community.  Many times people we don't even know, but want to help in some way.  Sometimes it is just a one time gift or donation to a local business helping others, like the Salvation Army or a local food bank.  Maybe you make a donation to Toys for Tots or some other group helping with giving presents or clothing to families in need.  Usually we want to help people in our local community, although some of these groups obviously work nation or world-wide.

Each of these groups started with someone wanting to help others.  Perhaps you have an idea that would help others in your community.  Many times this is how a philanthropic organization gets started.  Someone comes up with an idea, starts out on a small scale and as others gain interest the organization grows.  Our family has done a lot of reading on the founders of the Salvation Army and that has certainly become a large organization.

There are many ways to help or give back to others in your community.  Donate clothing or goods to local homeless shelters or women's shelters.  Give canned goods, dry goods and cash to food banks.  Perhaps you could sponsor a local family who has needs or who maybe is out of work.  Sometimes schools need volunteer tutors to assist students.  Our family goes to a local nursing home and visits the patients.  As a matter of fact my daughters just did a small Christmas concert at two different healthcare facilities.  This is a great place to put in some spare time, because often times the elderly are forgotten or ignored.  Even going in randomly and reading to the patients would be a benefit.  Some hospitals still take volunteers to do things around the hospital.

Another way to give back or help your local community is to host a fundraiser. You could sell baked goods, hold a craft fair, or have a huge yard sale with the funds raised going to one of your local organizations that help families.

Some times helping others is on a much larger scale.  There are groups that train people for different occupations.  Of course there are medical foundations that assist families going through a trying time with illness in the family.  They often can find housing close to the hospital or assist with funds for food, gas, even medical bills. We all have heard of the foundations that fund trips for children that are terminally ill.  You could donate to any one of these groups.

Some people like Julie Queler have formed organizations to assist in scholarships and helping college students.  She has formed a certain niche for  giving help.

No matter what choices you make this holiday season for helping others, consider doing more year round in your community to those around you.  And teach your children to give back and to help others in need.







Monday, December 17, 2018

Flybar Pogo Pals, Scooters and iPogo Jr.

Hey neighbors!!

Flybar has some of the coolest sporting goods for kids.  Flybar has been around since 1918 as the Original Pogo Stick Company.  They are the world's largest pogo stick manufacturer.  They have since become an all-around sporting goods company.  They have pogo sticks, scooters, skateboards, stilts, trampolines and much more.

We had a friend try out the Pogo Pals for us.  We received the Flybar My First Pogo Pals Jumper Fox ($21.99).  She was so intrigued by the Pogo Pals Pogo.  She jumped right on and began bouncing around.  The foam base actually squeaks as your child is bouncing.  Watch the little video clip below.





Next, we have the Flybar Aero 2-Wheel Kick Scooter ($59.99).  Ours is orange, it is also available in pink and blue.  The scooter has a Custom Grip Tape deck, that ensures stability and prevents your foot from slipping.  It is very easy to adjust the height of the handlebars.  The grips are comfortable for holding on to.  The scooter wheels light up when spinning.  There is a sturdy easy to use rear foot brake.  I am impressed with the quality of this scooter.





Our last item is the iPogo Jr. Interactive Pogo Stick in pink ($99.99).  It is also available in blue.  This is the world's first interactive pogo stick.  You need to insert 3 AAA batteries (Not included).  When you turn the iPogo Stick on it greets you and then keeps track of the jumps and motivates your child to do more.  The light panel on the front of the iPogo flashes as they jump about.  Weight limit is 40-80 lbs.



Visit the Flybar website and take a look around.  You are sure to find something that would be perfect under the tree Christmas morning.  Take a moment to follow Flybar on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Flybar has agreed to a giveaway for the PogoPals!  Be sure to enter, but be aware product will not arrive before Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by today!!