Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What Does a Ninja Do?

Hi neighbors!!

You may be wondering what a Ninja does.  Well, I am here to tell you she silently can cause mass destruction!! LOL!

Here is what my living room looked like when I left my Ninja unattended for a brief period of time.  She was so proud of herself!!



We gave her a bath today, so I put her hair up out of her eyes after she dried.  She is my laugh for the day.  She hardly ever sits still, and yet she is extremely quiet.  Hence the name Ninja.  I think I have heard her try to bark once.  Otherwise she just makes little chirping type noises when she is excited.





Look for more stories coming up soon!


Are You Saving For Retirement?

Hey neighbors!

I have a confession here.  My husband and I are both over 50!  Now, I say that to bring up the subject of saving for retirement.  I have to honestly admit, that is something we did not even consider until recently.  Isn't that awful?  Somehow when you are younger it just doesn't seem that important.  Then, all of the sudden it hits you, what are we going to survive on when retirement hits!



There are so many different methods of saving for retirement.  You do not need to be an expert, and many of you may have someone go to for financial advice.  If you are not aware of all the benefits and drawbacks to different types of savings plans, be sure to check with an advisor.  Some plans make work better for different individuals too, or you may just know already what you want to do.

A 401K or a 403 (charitable organization, church, public school eligible) are pretty comparable.  The percentage on the money invested varies by a few percentage points.  You also have the option of bonds and CDs or IRAs.  Each of these has it's own benefits.  A savings account is another option, although the interest earned is of course based on the banking institution and the type of account.

Another thing to think about is whether you want to pay your taxes on the account now or later.  Pre-Tax Investments vs. Post-Tax Investments.  No matter which route you take, be sure it is the one that will work best for you and your family.  If you are not knowledgeable regarding the different choices be sure to have an advisor look over your plans and goals.  Better to do this now, then to find out later, that something else would have worked better for you.



Have an opinion on the subject?  Be sure to share that in the comments.  See you soon!

How Does Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurant Rank?

Hey neighbors!!

We have quickly become such a fast paced society, that sometimes we just have to eat out.  We spent 10 years full time on the road traveling, and I can not even give an educated guess at how many times we had to have a meal at a fast food restaurant.  I am just wondering how many of us have stopped to consider just how the different chains compare calorie wise?



I am diabetic, so I try to watch carbs while eating out, but my husband has recently taken an interest in calories, as he is trying to lose weight.  So, out of the major chains out there, who do you think has a decent lower calorie meal?  I would probably choose Chick-fil-a as my first choice before seeing charts, but I was surprised to find out, that Subway ranks right up there too.  Generally I am not a big fan of fast food burgers and fries.  I eat the burgers minus the bun, so I know what the burgers themselves taste like, and the amount of grease with them.  I enjoy the Chick-fil-a grilled chicken items and I often enjoy a 6 inch sub from Subway.

Also, when people think diet, they often think salads, but you still have to be careful there.  Many salads have more calories than you think.  Most restaurants have a calorie chart available if you ask.  Just look at the percentage of menu items under 500 calories at some of the largest fast food restaurants.

What is your opinion?  Would you have chosen the lower calorie restaurant before seeing the charts?  Not that calories are the end all of diet, and it won't hurt you to occasionally splurge, but if you are trying to diet or eat healthier, take some time to educate yourself on the menu items of your favorite fast food stop.

Thanks for stopping by!!

The Home Issues That Are Best Left To The Professionals

Look - a lot can go wrong in the home. It's amazing that you want to be proactive, grab a toolbox and get your hands dirty in fixing one of the many home maintenance issues that can plague the home, but sometimes it is just going to be not only out of your skillset - but it could be dangerous. Professionals exist for a reason, so just call one up!

Finding a professional to fix issues in the home is easier than ever before thanks to the internet. Search engines act as the modern day phone book - and thankfully are nowhere near as big, and heavy. If you want to find someone to fix a certain issue - you only need to type it up and the number will be right there. What type of issues do you want to stay away from? Well - it's circumstantial. If you've got a number of allergies - you probably want to stay away from more issues than someone who doesn't have those allergies. If you're short, or your house is tall - you won't want to get up a long ladder. It all depends on what the issue is and the environment of the issue. Also - if you've got no idea how to fix something and the issue is of urgency, you're better off calling in the professionals.

What are the main issues you should leave to a professional though?

Firstly, it might not seem like something you should stay away from, but garage door repairs are not to be trifled with. There have been many reports of catastrophic injuries resulting from garage door repair mishaps. Automatic doors (and even old fashioned doors) have caused fatalities. Super powered hinges, springs and hooks can kill. Automatic doors can also crush. These are truly scary things, even though you wouldn't think it. If you want to tackle a garage door repair but don't have the knowledge, don’t.  It's not worth the risk - ever. Leave it to people like garagedoorrepairchandleraz.net - and this goes for any heavy duty machinery issues in the home. If you don’t have the skillset, don’t take the risk.
Brickwork and tiling issues can result in simple fixes, but if you don’t have the right tools, you could ruin entire rooms and walls with one simple mistake. It’s worth calling in someone and spending money rather than spending to fix problems caused by an untrained hand here.

Mold and rot also need professional attention. There are plenty of products out there that allow anyone to tackle basic patches and damp - that’s ok. When mold is large, sinister and seeping - stay away from it and call in the pros - it can be a huge health hazard! Rot follows on from leaks and damp. It can cause serious structural issues and absolutely needs to be assessed by someone experienced with rot issues. If you tackle rot, you could bring your house down.
All is not out of your hands though! Never tackle serious issues - but allow yourself to be educated about them so you can learn to prevent them. Then you’ll never need professional help!

Home Improvement Hacks Improve Your Health


Most of us are more health conscious than ever. It’s no wonder that the healthy option is considered whenever we have a choice. Home improvements should be no different. If you’re going to invest money and time into renovations to better your home, then that project should offer better health for all your family too. Here are just a few home improvements you might be considering, and how they can improve your lifestyle too!

Garage Conversion

The garage is one of the best places to develop extra living space that all the family can enjoy. Before you start clearing it out and hiring contractors, consider what else you might be able to use that space for. Could you install a small home gym in there? Perhaps a quiet corner for meditation or Yoga would provide great health benefits for you? If you’re looking for a way to cut the stress of office life and commuting, perhaps this space could become a relaxing home office?


New Kitchen

Stripping out the old kitchen may reveal some of the mucky spots that are hard to keep clean. This should give you some hints and tips on how to design the space a little better. Consider a fully fitted kitchen to avoid gaps and spaces where food debris can fall. These days there is a huge range of kitchen sinks to choose from. You might want to pick one with a second rinse sink to avoid raw foods mixing with your cleaning area. Perhaps you want a dishwasher installed so plates and cups can be cleaned more hygienically than by hand? If you have pets or children, consider knobs with safety features to avoid accidents.


Home Extension

Creating more space means you will feel less cramped and have more places to store your belongings neatly. Clutter can have a negative effect on your mental well-being. While a minimalist style may not suit a busy family home, having the space to tidy and organize the kids’ toys and your books will help improve your mood. It will also cut down the time it takes to tidy and clean if everything has its place! Best of all, you can enjoy reading in a quiet corner while the kids play at the other end of the room.

Bathroom Upgrade

Investing a little more into your bathroom could be just the thing to improve your physical and mental health. Consider a tub with a jacuzzi spa. The bubbles are not only cleansing. They also massage away aches and pains and improve the circulation to muscles and skin. A little ‘me’ time certainly works wonders when you’re feeling the pressures of a busy life!


Garden Set

Investing in your outdoor spaces is also good for your health. Fresh air and activity in the garden can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your heart health. It’s fun for the kids too. Consider al fresco dining or a family sized trampoline. Add a few flower beds for a beautiful view wherever you sit.  

Feel free to share some of your own ideas in the comments! See you soon!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Our New Dog Toys From GoDog

Hey neighbors!!

Maybe your spring cleaning routine includes throwing away old, damaged, pet toys.  If so, take a look at these new toys from GoDog, that you can replace those old toys with.


We literally have a wooden box of dog toys that is in one corner of our living room.  All toys the dogs are allowed to play with are stored there.  Honor can empty the box in minutes.  She loves toys.  Our little Ninja on the other hand is much slower at pulling out the toys, even though she enjoys dragging the larger ones around.  She prances across the floor dragging whichever one has most recently caught her attention.  And Little Bit (one of our Shelties) stayed on the couch out of reach playing with a toy.


GoDog has some of the very best toys I have encountered.  Honor has the ability to totally destroy your average dog toy.  I love that they create toys that are able to withstand Honor's rough and tumble play.  She loves to grab a toy and give it a good shake or two.  Occasionally it goes flying across the room.  Here you see Honor playing with a FurBallz.  This wonderfully fluffy toy is lined with Chew Guard Technology.  The larger FurBallz grunt, while the smaller FurBallz have squeakers.




The gloBounce tennis ball type toys are another favorite as Honor loves to play chase and fetch.  She gladly brings the toy back to you, as long as you throw it again.  Ninja will also play fetch, but you have to use smaller toys.  As you can see in the picture below, this is perfect for her to chew on.  And yes, it does glow in the dark!




The Crazy Tugs Monkey quickly became our tug of war toy.  She is very good about letting go when told to "drop it", so I don't mind the occasional tug of war.  This is actually one of Ninja's favorite toys.  For some reason she likes dragging it around the room by an arm or leg.  The arms and legs slide back and forth through the body of the monkey.







The Rhino Play, Vexo, has to be my favorite toy for chewing and fetch.  It is a nice firm "stick" that Honor is able to sink her teeth into.  It feels almost hard, yet you can tell there is some give to it.  These are made of a durable foam.  It is lightweight and will float.  There is also the Cirq, basically a ring made of the same material.









The screwBallz is fun, because of it's shape.  It bounces, but not the way a normal ball would bounce.  It bounces in a crazy fashion in random directions.





Can you tell she likes the sound this toy makes?  She finds the squeaker/noisemaker and sits there and bites down on it so it will make noise.  This Gators has a grunter in it.  The smaller version of the Gator has a squeaker.






The giraffe is one of the Hear Doggy line.  They are called Flats. These are perfect for when you have a dog who likes to hear the squeaker.  They have a squeaker, but it is not audible to human ears.  As are many of the dog toys on the GoDog website, it is made with Chew Guard Technology.  This means there is a tough liner built in to this toy, to give it a longer life.




I do want to say a little more about the Chew Guard Technology.  Honor is a serious chewer and often destroys plush toys, along with other toys.  Thus far she has not damaged any of the GoDog  toys with the Chew Guard Technology.  These toys actually have a guarantee to outlast other standard plush dog toys.  Be sure to check out the GoDog line of toys.

Follow them on their social media, so you will receive up to date information on new toys and products.
Twitter - HERE
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Thanks for stopping by!!  Be sure to come back soon!!

Kidorable Went #Cruising!!

Hey all!!

Well, since there is a pool on the ship and because we were to visit a private island with swimming, we invited Kidorable along.  We had this adorable, blond haired, boy with us.  My daughters all think he is so cute!!  So, we thought he would LOVE a Kidorable towel.

He was so excited when he saw the Fireman towel!!  Being a normal boy, he loves firetrucks!!  After being in the water for a while he decided that he was getting cold and curled up in his towel.  He looked so cute on the lounge chair.


In the picture below you get to see his grinning face.  I think he liked his towel!



The Kidorable Towels are 100 % cotton.  They sure helped keep our little buddy warm!  They have a button at the top, under the chin area, to help hold the towel in place whether poolside, or at the beach.  The hood helps keep the head warm, and of course looks so cute!  Towels are available in 2 sizes, newborn to 2 years and then 3-6.  They are machine washable.  And of course, each style is available in coordinating products.

As a family we really think Kidorable has some adorable, themed products.  Over the years we have had one or two of their raincoats, an umbrella, rain boots, a backpack and a set with a scarf, gloves and hat.  Be sure to check out there website to see just how cute their product designs are.  You will find items to please your little ballerina and knight.

Take a moment to follow them on their social media too!
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

They often run specials, so by following their social media, you will be able to take advantage of their specials.  They also have a Birthday Club you can sign your children up for and a Kidorable Parenting page you can subscribe to.

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon!







Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Say Goodbye To Stressful Gift Shopping

We’ve all been there. We’re rushing around at the last minute trying to find a suitable gift for a friend or racking our brains for weeks trying to think of novel ideas for our other half. Sometimes, you know exactly what you want to buy somebody special. Then in other cases, finding that perfect present can seem like an impossible task. Today, there’s more pressure than ever to impress with innovative thinking or personal touches, and this can make shopping even more stressful. If you’re keen to eliminate stress from your gift search, this guide should prove helpful.



Set a budget
Many of us buy numerous gifts over the course of the year. You’ve got Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day before you even start thinking about birthdays. Before you start shopping, it’s always wise to set a budget to prevent overspending and ensure that you’re spending the same amount on friends and family members. Sometimes, you may want to spend a little more than others, but it’s a good idea to have a rough idea in mind. Once you’ve got a budget, this will help you narrow down your options and find some suitable, affordable options. Work out a budget based on your finances rather than what you think you can afford or you want to spend. Check your statements, and figure out what you have available.



Put yourself in their shoes
Whenever you shop, it’s easy to get distracted and start thinking about what you like. When you’re looking for gifts for other people, always put yourself in their shoes. Would they actually like what you’re considering, or is it something you’re much more likely to choose for yourself. If you have a similar sense of style to your mom or your sister, you can search for items of clothing or pieces of jewelry you love, but if you’re very different or you’re shopping for your kids or your partner, always base your search on their personality and their hobbies and interests.

Think about what they would buy
If you don’t like giving money as a gift, and many of us don’t, think about what that person would buy if they did have cash in their wallet. Do they love fashion, sport, music or makeup? Do they put all their money towards the latest gadgets or games? Or are they partial to a bit of pampering? You can use their passions to choose gifts that you know will be a success. Think about what they like to do in their spare time, and what interests and excites them.



Shop online
Is there anything more stressful than waiting in traffic and then trying to dash around the store trying to pick something out at the last minute? If you can only make it to the mall on a Saturday, you’re going to be waiting in line, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find what you want. You may also have to factor in trying to find child care or braving taking the kids with you. One solution to all these problems is online shopping. If you choose to do your shopping on the Internet, you can browse from the comfort of the sofa, and you don’t have to worry about finding time to get to the shops, hiring a babysitter or running out of time.

When you’re shopping, you have a much wider choice of retailers online, and if you find something you like, there’s every chance that you’ll be able to find a stockist that can dispatch it straight away. You can use search engines to look for specific items or try and get some inspiration from virtual window shopping. If you’re looking for men’s jewelry, for example, you can consider options like Frost NYC mens gold bracelets and compare a number of different products at the same time to help you make a decision. You can also access gift guides if you’re short on ideas and online magazines and galleries if you need tips when buying makeup, clothing or accessories.

Shopping online isn’t just convenient. It can also save you a lot of money. Comparison sites enable you to see prices from different retailers, and you can often access discount codes and promotions online, which may not be available in-store. If you’re buying a blender for your mom or some new hair straighteners for your sister, for example, once you’ve selected a make and model, you can type in the information, and you’ll be presented with a list of retailers and prices. All you have to do is click on the best offer, and place your order.




Write a list
The most stressful part of gift shopping is often having to find something at short notice. If you’ve got a big family or you have a full-time job or kids to look after, it can be difficult to keep track of the days, let alone remember every birthday or anniversary. Make sure you have every occasion or special date written down in your diary and write a list at the beginning of each month to ensure that you know what you’ve got to buy in the coming weeks. Although it’s possible to get next-day delivery on many items, it’s better to be organized to avoid last-minute panics.




It can be really enjoyable to shop for gifts if you have an idea of what you want and you’ve got plenty of time, but shopping for presents can also be stressful. Everyone has that one relative who is impossible to buy for, and it can be really tricky trying to keep up to date with birthdays if you have a large circle of friends or a big family. The aim of this guide is to help you eliminate the stress of shopping by enabling you to plan ahead, set a budget, and find easy ways to access gifts your loved ones will adore. Be organized, and take advantage of the convenience and ease of online shopping. Think about what your loved ones like, and how they would choose to spend their money.

Have an idea or two?  Share it in the comments.