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Friday, April 29, 2016

Is Your Home Healthy?

Having a healthy home is very important, whether you live with your family or by yourself. Keeping yourself healthy is crucial, but if you don’t bother to make sure your home is healthy, it’s only a matter of time before you experience ill effects. It’s probably much easier than you think to keep a healthy home. Make sure you’re doing the things in this guide and it shouldn’t be a problem:


Vacuum And Dust Regularly


Dust can be more unhealthy than you realise, and it could be hiding in all kinds of places in your home. Make sure you don’t get a build up of the stuff by vacuuming and dusting regularly. Dust can actually trigger allergies for pets and young kids especially, so make sure you get into the habit of doing this.


Ask Visitors To Take Off Their Shoes


Although somebody might appear to be clean and polished, you don’t know where their shoes have been.  Asking them to take off their shoes before they enter your home is a reasonable request and will stop things being spread all over your home. Ask people to do it often enough and eventually they’ll know.


Wash Your Hands


Always wash your hands when you’re finished in the bathroom. You could be spreading bacteria all over your home if you fail to do this!


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Keep Medication And Chemicals Safe


Everybody has medication and chemicals in the home to some degree. Weather it’s plain old calpol and toilet cleaner or something more sinister. If you have these things in your home. Make sure you keep them locked away, high up where kids can’t reach them.


Keep The Air Quality


Open windows in your home every so often to improve the air quality. Make sure you have a working air purifier or conditioner, and include plants in your decor. This will help you to get a higher quality of air!


Avoid Smoke


Always avoid smoking in your home. The chemicals can linger long after you’ve finished. Not to mention the way you can discolour the walls and make everything smell! You never know, smoking might actually hinder you selling your home later on.


Check For Hidden Problems


Not all problems in the home are visible. Some problems, like mould and termites may not be noticed until it’s too late. It isn’t difficult to find out how to get rid of termites when you do a quick search online. If you find these problems and sort them out early on, you’ll have a much healthier home. If you fail to sort them out early, it could take a lot of time and money.


Install Alarms


You can get alarms for fires, gas, and more issues some homeowners experience. Installing these alarms could stop you from experiencing disaster! Make sure you install them and check them over regularly.

Well, is your home healthy? Hopefully you now know what you need to do to keep your home as healthy as possible, for you and your entire family. Making sure everybody follows the rules will make a huge difference too. Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Leave your comments below!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Splendid Security Suggestions for a Safer Property!

It’s vital to look for ways of making your home more secure. There is so much involved in this these days. And you need to take extra precautions because there are more risks to your property than ever before. Take a look at the ideas I’ve listed on here, and use them to work towards a safer and more secure home.
Double Glazing
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These days if your home doesn’t have double glazing you need to change this. It’s important to think about the benefits of double glazed windows. Of course, some properties won’t allow you to do this because they are listed buildings. But, if you can do it then you need to make sure you get double glazing. There are so many benefits to doing this such as trapping in heat, and, importantly, extra security. It’s very difficult to try to break into a home with double glazed windows. So you already put your property in a much safer and more secure position by doing this.
Garden Fence
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Your garden is an area of the property that needs to be protected and preserved. You don’t want people wandering across your grounds and you want to protect the borders of your property. And that’s why it might be a good idea to build a fence. I think garden fences look great anyway, but they also have the added bonus of giving you some privacy and security. You might consider buying the fence already assembled. Or, you could go through the process of customising it and building it yourself.
Front Gate
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Think about the areas of your property that are at risk, and what you need to do to make them safer. For example, the front of the house might be vulnerable to intruders or burglars. If you live on a main road or a street, you might be able to avoid this. However, if you live out in the middle of nowhere, you will need to be more vigilant. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get yourself a secure front gate. You can get this installed at the end of your driveway to make the property more secure. An electric gate is one of the amazing home additions you’ll be glad you made because it will improve security and visual appeal.
Garage
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You might not generally associate a garage with being a security step for your property. But, in reality, it can play a big role in helping your home become more secure. The advantage of a garage is that it gives you a secure storage space for important things. For example, you can keep your car stored in the garage, and this will help you preserve it as much as possible. You can also store important and prized possessions in there. This will keep them safe from harm and protect against theft and damage.
Guard Dog
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If you want to make the home safer, but also kill two birds with one stone, how about getting a dog? The kids have probably been bugging you for a pet for a long time. Well, you’ll find that a dog is an excellent choice. Not only are they loyal and loveable, but they are also great for protecting and looking after your home. A lot of elderly people and families like to have guard dogs, and it’s easy to see why. The wonderful thing about a dog is that you don’t have to specifically get a guard dog. The family pet can also play the role of a guard dog, and look after the home as much as possible.
Security Shutters
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Have you ever had to go away and wondered just how secure your home actually is? I know I have in the past, and it’s something I worried about for a long time. Well, lucky for you, I’ve found the solution to the problem. You want to look into getting roller shutters and security screens installed. That way, when you go away, you can initiate them to make the property safer than Fort Knox! This might seem like a drastic step for a residential property, but in my experience you can never be too careful these days. So, make sure you try to get hold of these shutters when you can as they will give you peace of mind.
CCTV
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If you can afford it, and you want to be more thorough, you need to consider rigging up CCTV. This is an excellent form of modern security for any home. You will be able to keep your family safe and secure by ensuring that you record everything. I would suggest you check if you need permission to put CCTV on your property. It shouldn’t be an issue because it’s your land, but this is something that’s worth checking out. I would strongly recommend getting a CCTV camera system if you can. It provides an excellent natural deterrent to would-be criminals, and documents evidence as well.
Timers
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Something you might not have thought about in the past is making sure you have timers. You can use these to your advantage when you aren’t home. A great idea would be to set up your lights to come on using the timer. That way you can be sure that the lights will come on at the specified time every day/night. The benefit of this is that if you’re away, the lights will still come on of their own accord for a certain length of time. This means that as far as anyone is concerned, you are still at home. It’s the best way of discouraging potential burglars from targeting your home.

Your home is your private personal place, and you need to do what you can to protect it. Luckily for you, there are so many ways you can do this these days. Just think about adding extra layers of security to your home gradually over time. The more secure you make the home, the safer you and your family will feel inside. That’s why it’s important to take into account all of the methods you might think about using. Use the suggestions above to inspire you to protect your home more thoroughly.

Little Fixes That Will Make A Big Impact On The Sale Of Your Home


As the old saying goes, the devil is in the details. This is something that you should keep in mind when you’re selling your home. When you start showing your house to buyers you want to achieve two things. First, you want them to be impressed and fall in love with the property immediately. Hopefully, they’re already wondering how high they can go by the time they leave. Second you want that impression to mean that they’re not thinking about haggling. They know this property is going to sell fast. Instead, they’re already happy to offer the price you want to sell at, and they will outbid any other buyer. That’s what you want. That’s the dream scenario. But to get that you need to think about the little things. Let me show you exactly what I mean.



Paint The Walls


You might think that the walls of your property are not that important. What does it matter if there are a few hand marks in the hall? The walls will be repainted as soon as they buy regardless. Almost everyone does this when they buy a new home. Ah, but the state of your walls says a lot about how you’ve looked after your property and maintained it. That’s going to have an impact on how much people are willing to spend I promise you that. So, rather than not bothering about the walls, choose the simple option. Paint them all cream and that way you’ll have a clean canvas for a potential buyer.



Small Fixes


If you go and view a property, you might be surprised how fast buyers are trying to explain little breakages. Something as small as a wheel on a shower door being loose leads to a ten-minute conversation. You won’t have asked about it, but the seller is already trying to convince you it will be fixed before the sale. They know it’s these little things that will sway a buyer. That’s why you have to make sure you get all those little things fixed. Even the details you don’t think a buyer will notice. You might think buyers won’t try taps in front of you. But I bet they do. They want to make sure everything is working properly. So if you do have a poor valve get it replaced with a cpvc ball valve.



Clean It Up


You better make sure your home is clean before you try and sell it. In fact, you should be vacuuming and polishing after every viewing. As well as this, you need to make sure that your home doesn’t look or feel cluttered. Don’t forget that clutter will make a home seem smaller and that’s the last thing you want. If you’re struggling to get rid of the clutter, try a minimalist design. With this design, you limit the number of items in each room of the home. It’s an easy way to ensure that it looks clean and clear.


I hope you find this advice helpful. Make sure you take note of these details, and you’ll have no trouble selling your home for the best price.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Homemade Apple Pie-Easy As Pie! #Recipe

Have you ever wondered where the term "easy as pie" came from? To many people it may seem like an odd phrase, because let's be honest, many people prefer the ease of popping a frozen pie in the oven for an hour, or picking one up at their local grocery store. The phrase actually came not from the pie preparation though, but from the consumption, and is used to describe a task that is simple and pleasurable. I'm sure we would all agree, eating pie is both simple and pleasurable! Recently I was asked to make an apple pie for someone who doesn't bake, but wanted to taste a homemade pie. Of course I gladly obliged, and took pictures of each step so I could be sure to share it with our readers. This will take you a little longer than running to Perkins or putting that Sara Lee in the oven, but be assured it is well worth the extra effort. The taste of homemade apple pie can not be beat!


Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups Flour plus 1 tablespoon, divided
1 tablespoon Sugar plus 1/2 cup
3/4 teaspoon Salt plus 1/2 teaspoon
1 cup Unsalted Butter, cold
4-6 tablespoons Ice Water
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Milk
6 large Apples (Granny Smith & Fuji)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Cinnamon, divided
6 tablespoons Butter

Directions:
Combine 2-1/4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Dice 1 cup butter into small cubes, cut into flour mix with pastry blender. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough comes together. Separate into two balls, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.




To make the filling, peel, core and slice apples into 1/4 inch slices. Toss in a large bowl with lemon juice, cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.


On a floured surface, roll out one ball to a 12" circle, place into 9" pie plate and trim edges.


Pour filling into the crust (this will seem a little full), and top with 6 tablespoons cold butter cut into small cubes. Roll out second ball of dough to 12" circle and place on top of the filling. Trim edges and press crusts together to seal. Stir milk and egg together, brush over top of pie crust and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (if desired). Cut a few slits in the top to vent.



Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and bake for approximately one hour. Let cool at least one hour before serving.


So there you go, next time you're craving some apple pie a la mode, don't buy that frozen tasteless pastry at the grocery store. Instead make your own and savor the taste of cinnamon, sugar and apples baked together in a flaky cinnamon crust!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Giveaway




Hey neighbors!

It is that time of year again!  Spring is here and with it comes BUGS!  We have already seen ants in the house, and soon our evenings outside will be filled with mosquitos.  It is sort of funny, because our family is divided on this.  About half of us are the chosen mosquito bait.  No matter what, we are the ones who get bitten.

We were camping one year and we were sitting out at the picnic table.  Two of us started smacking at mosquitos immediately as they were landing on our arms and legs.  I told my husband that we needed to head inside.  He asked why, and was totally amazed that we were getting bitten and not a single mosquito bothered him.

Orkin is on hand to try and help you beat the mosquito season.  Take the quiz below and then in a comment share something you have learned.  This allows you to enter the giveaway for a Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit.




Here are some social media links, where you can connect with Orkin:
Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl 
Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/TheOrkinMan 
Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

One neighbor will receive an Orkin Summer Science Kit.

This post is a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions in the post other than those clearly from Orkin are my own.

Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wonderfully Made by Danika Cooley



Hey neighbors!

I previously shared a little about this book and a giveaway that was going on.  Now, I would like to share a little more about this book.  I believe now, more than ever in the past we need to ground our children in Biblically sound teachings.  This book, Wonderfully Made, by Danika Cooley tells how a child is formed from the time of conception to birth.  The book is done keeping the innocence of your child in mind.

The book follows a week by week description of the baby's formation and development.  I would suggest the book for ages 7 and up, but you could use it with younger children to share the pictures and explain some of the growth and development in your own words.  I love that she gives examples of common items to compare the size of the baby, so your child can get a visual image in their minds.

Danika includes Bible verses throughout the book.  I personally use only KJV, but it is so easy to just look the verse up and read out of my own Bible, that I would not consider that a drawback.  The verses are of course to do with how God has created each individual.

If you are expecting and have other children, this is the perfect book to use to explain the pregnancy.  Wonderfully Made is a great gift too.  You don't need to be expecting though to use this book, it is great just to explain from conception to childbirth to your children.  When you get asked where do babies come from, pull out your copy of Wonderfully Made.

One of the very best parts of this book is the end, where Danika goes from explaining about the physical birth to describing spiritual birth.  What a great transition from physical to spiritual.  This will open a door to you speaking to your child regarding their spiritual state.

About Danika Cooley:

  1. Danika Cooley is a married mother of four, a grandmother, a curriculum developer, and a writer. Danika's three year Scripture survey for preschool to high school, Bible Road Trip, is used across the globe. She blogs about godly parenting and homeschooling resources at Thinking Kids. 

Please consider ordering Wonderfully Made, as a gift or for your own family.  You can purchase Wonderfully Made on Amazon.

Be sure to attend the Facebook party tomorrow evening, Thursday April 21st at 9 pm EST.  Fun, prizes, and more about Wonderfully Made.  RSVP: HERE

Monday, April 18, 2016

Earth Day April 22nd

Hey neighbors!

Earth Day is April 22nd.  We recently as a family have been looking for different ways to be more eco-friendly.  For some reason spring hits and we feel the need to start fixing up, cleaning up and making changes to the home.  Some are minor, like cleaning and changing filters, while others are more major like, making sure the home is properly sealed to cut down on cooling bills.

No matter what you have decided to do this year, or what you can afford, try to consider when you make changes and improvements that you look at ideas for going green.  Whether you have a large budget or a small budget going green can lower your bills and of course be eco friendly.

Amazing to me is that Earth Day actually began in 1970.  I was all of 6 years old!  There have been so many changes since then in how people look at going green.  The majority of Americans back then were not exactly eco-friendly.  Now there is a whole movement of people who strive to "Go green." Then you have another group, which I would say that I fall into.  We are willing to make some changes, but may not be exactly gun ho on the idea.  And last of all you have a group that really does not consider the earth at all.

No matter which area of the spectrum you fall into, or if you are just somewhere in between, take a moment and see if there are any changes you can make this year.  Encourage your children to help you come up with some ideas.  If you come up with a couple, comment and share.


Handy Drop Stop

Hey neighbors!

How many of you have ever dropped an item in your vehicle and had it disappear down the side of the seat?  I know we have dropped many a cell phone and had it slide down between the seat and the center console.  Then you try to maneuver your body around to try and reach it.  This of course is especially dangerous for the driver.  We have also had it slide down and end up at the driver's feet.  Not exactly where you want something sliding around.


So, along comes Drop Stop.  A neat little invention that fills the opening between your seat and your center.  One end has a slit in it, so you can slip it over the seatbelt buckle to help hold it in place.  You sort of wedge the Drop Stop between your seat and center, or between two seats.  The Drop Stop is a soft, stuffed, tube that squeezes between your seat and completely blocks anything from sliding down.  It will fit many different makes and models of vehicles.

I had it pulled up a little, so you could see it better.

Yes, it works!  I do have to remind my husband not to keep pulling it out from it's position when he is searching for something.  He has done this more than once already.  I do believe this is very handy product, and that with the Drop Stop, you will be able to quickly recover whatever you happen to drop.  Change or something extremely small could get caught between your seat and the Drop Stop, but only very tiny items would be able to do that.  Cell phones, wallets, iPods, keys etc will not fit down beside the Drop Stop.

Take a second and watch the Allstate video below and see just what Drop Stop could help prevent.



Two neighbors will each win a set of Drop Stop for themselves.  Be sure to enter the giveaway!  Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids Review





Hi neighbors!

Here is a book review of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell.  The 8 tools consist of talking, listening, influencing, connecting, teaching, encouraging, correcting, and leading.  These tools are for parents, each section will give you hints and tips to on how to respond and interact with your child.


Yes, I do agree with most of the points, but I have some issues when it comes to using psychology over Bible.  When I get advice on child training and other issues in life, I prefer to have Bible given to back up what is being taught.

Now, with that being said, this book does bring many helpful ideas forward that will help in different areas of raising your children.  Tips like not raising your voice, actually listening to what your child says, etc.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, I have a code you can use to receive 50% off your purchase.  The code is good until May 15th.  Use this code:GREATKIDS16

I received this book for review purposes.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Homemade Oladi (Pancakes) with Fresh Berry Syrup! #Recipe

I absolutely love breakfast. In fact, I often eat breakfast foods for lunch and/or dinner...or even for a snack! When I found a recipe for thick, fluffy pancakes recently, I knew it was something I had to try.  Not much can beat a hot puffy pancake topped with blueberry syrup. And when you can make these pancakes and syrup at home, it's even better!

Let's start out with the pancakes. This is actually a Russian recipe, and the traditional name is Oladi. I made mine with crushed pecans, but you can add just about any kind of fruit, nuts, or even chocolate chips if you'd like. Before you decide to hop up and make these for breakfast this morning, please note that you do have to let the batter rise twice, for about half an hour each time. The wait is well worth it, but don't plan on making these if you only 20 minutes!

Ingredients:
1 cup Milk, warm
1/4 tablespoon Yeast
1-1/2 plus 1/6 cup Flour
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Dash Salt

Directions:
Stir yeast, flour and milk in a large bowl. Cover bowl and let rise for 30-45 minutes. To speed up the process heat your oven to 200, turn it off, and then place your batter in the oven. If you let it rise on the counter you'll need to give it the extra 15 minutes.


Once your dough has doubled, stir in egg, sugar, salt, oil and nuts (or chips, fruit, etc). Once again, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.


Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. To cook the pancakes, dip a tablespoon in a dish of cold water, and scoop out batter. Do this very gently so the dough does not deflate! Cook until golden, flip and repeat.  You may have to drain on paper towels before serving.



I top mine with fresh blueberry syrup, but you can also use any other berry, syrup, fresh fruit, or jam. For a quick and easy syrup recipe, simply puree fresh or thawed frozen berries with the desired amount of sweetener (sugar or a sugar substitute). Pour over the top of hot Oladi and you have a delicious breakfast just waiting for you to dive in!




A Definitive Guide To Dealing With Fleas

Most pet owners are familiar with fleas. These miniscule creatures can cause havoc in your home and it can take months to get rid of them for good. If you have pets, this guide will help you to detect and deal with fleas as quickly and effortlessly as possible.



How do I know if my pet has fleas?
There are various warning signs to look out for when it comes to a flea infestation. Watch out for your pet itching and scratching. Fleas tend to gather around the ears and the back legs. You may also notice flea droppings. These are tiny black specks, which may be visible on light-coloured bedding or towels. Sometimes, it’s possible to spot fleas if your pet has white or golden hair. They tend to jump on and off very quickly and they’re difficult to catch without a comb.

What should I do if I suspect my pet has fleas?
If you think your pet may have fleas, use a very fine comb and brush them thoroughly. Run the hot tap and fill a cup with warm soapy water. Keep this cup by you, in case you find any fleas. Comb every part of your pet’s coat and focus on areas where they have been scratching. When you bring the comb up, you may notice fleas. Put the comb in the cup of water as quickly as possible. Ensure that the fleas have fallen off into the soapy water and then repeat. You may also find that you remove droppings when combing. Fleas reproduce rapidly, and you will need to continue combing on a regular basis.

Fleas lay eggs everywhere, so if your pet has got fleas, you will need to be conscientious with your cleaning. Vacuum from top to bottom, including carpets, rugs and skirting boards. Wash all your bedding and towels and any clothing that has been lying around on the floor. Make sure you use a hot wash. Continue to vacuum daily until you are confident that your pet no longer has fleas. It’s also essential to vacuum and wash your pet’s bedding. Try to prevent them from sleeping on your bed, as fleas can bite.

Self-help techniques have limited success when it comes to fleas and it’s best to invest in a flea treatment, such as Frontline plus for dogs. These treatments are designed to kill fleas and break the cycle, so hopefully, you should be able to get rid of them for good. Consult your vet for advice if you are not sure which products to buy.