Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gramma In A Box - Beach Party Treat




Hey Neighbors!!

We have the August Gramma in a Box!! This is a family favorite!!  This month's theme was Beach Party Treats!!  Super fun to make.



As always Gramma in a Box comes prepared for you to jump right in and create some amazing treats.  I love that she includes the recipe cards, as well as a general information card. The first card gives you general information, including what treats you will be making, and the other items you will need to complete the projects.  The actual recipe cards have step by step instructions to make your special treat.  On the back of the card is a list of ingredients with possible allergens, such as wheat and soy for example.



PROJECT ONE
The first project this month was Goldfish Bowls.  This was a really cute idea.  We melted our chocolates, dipped marshmallows into the blue chocolate, dipped the bottom of the marshmallows into crushed graham crackers for sand, and then added colorful Goldfish Crackers to the side.  Pretty neat!!




PROJECT TWO
This was Seashell Pretzels, which my husband thought tasted great!! This one you used the rest of your chocolate, dipped the pretzels in and then added white pearl sprinkles and one chocolate seashell.  And yes, he ate more than one!!




PROJECT THREE
This is one of my favorites, decorating seashell, starfish, and fish shaped cookies.  I LOVED the colors this month.  The icing comes ready for you in a small baggie.  You simply knead it a bit to ensure it is well mixed, then snip the end off a corner of the bag and decorate your cookies.  There is always sprinkles of some type included to add to the top of your cookies.




No matter the age of the children, I have a feeling most families would LOVE receiving a Gramma in a Box.  What a super gift idea this would make for a birthday, or even the upcoming holidays.  Yes, I said it.  I can not believe how fast this year is going.


Gramma in a Box is  so much fun to do each month.  You can use it for your own children or grandchildren.  What a great way for gramma to get to spend some quality time with the grandchildren.  And, from what I hear, a few grandparents have done this using a video call!!

There are some different options for subscribing.  You can purchase just one box for $20 to try it out. Trust me you will enjoy it.  You can also sign up with an auto debit, and your first month will be just $10.  The boxes usually go out the first week of the month, so you must subscribe before then.  She does occasionally change the shipment date a little, like the July Box arrived early enough to do it on July 4th.

Be sure to follow Gramma in a Box on her social media.
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Here is some really good news.  One neighbors will be receiving their own Gramma in a Box for September.  The theme will be Back to School.  Be sure to enter and tell others about Gramma in a Box.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Releases on Digital Today!



Hey neighbors!!

I am sure many of you have seen The Secret Life of Pets 2 in theaters, but today it released digitally and August 27th it will release on Blu-ray and DVD.  Be sure to add it to your collection.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them, the families that love them and answers the question: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.

The film features an all-star voice cast including Patton Oswalt (TV’s “A.P. Bio”), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Jenny Slate (Despicable Me 3), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Lake Bell (TV’s Children’s Hospital), Nick Kroll (Sing), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Ellie Kemper (TV’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones franchise) in his first ever role in an animated film as new farm dog, Rooster.



You can find The Secret Life of Pets 2 on social media too!
Facebook: HERE
Twitter: HERE
Instagram: HERE

Brought to you by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Illumination Entertainment. There are loads of bonuses on the Blu-Ray and DVD.  You will find, deleted scenes, mini movies, character pods and more.

Rating: PG for action and some rude humor

Thanks for stopping by today, where neighbors share!!








Monday, August 12, 2019

Kosher Casual Modest Fashion Review and #Giveaway

Modesty and fashion are often seen as being at odds with one another. Many people think dressing modestly means you can't be stylish and vice versa. Our family has always held modesty as being of the utmost importance, and we love finding companies that offer modest options that are cute and feminine as well. One such company that we discovered years ago is Kosher Casual, and they have become one of our favorites for skirts that are feminine, beautiful, and stylish without sacrificing the modesty we desire!

I recently received the Long Flowing Skirt for review, and this quickly became one of my go-to wardrobe pieces. This skirt can literally be worn for any and every occasion! I'm not actually sure what my favorite aspect of the skirt is...the pockets, the versatility, the a-line style, the fabric, or the fact that you can toss it in the washing machine/dryer and it comes out wrinkle free and ready to wear! Seriously, this skirt will become your go-to for everyday wear, running errands, church, and anything in between. I also love that it is available in so many colors. I chose black because that's what I wear the most, but you can choose from blue, purple, green, and many other colors.



This skirt is by far my favorite maxi-style skirt ever. There are so many features that I love. The waistband is an actual elastic waistband, not just a fold-over like most maxi skirts (which I'm always afraid aren't as snug and secure as I'd prefer). It has pockets-yes, pockets! Perfect to hold cash, cards, my mini wallet, gum, etc. The material is slightly heavier weight than other maxi skirts. It's not so heavy it's hot or uncomfortable in summer weather, but it's heavy enough that the skirt is not see-through (another of my pet peeves when it comes to maxi skirts). This skirt also has an actual shape/drape that compliments your body - obviously without being too form-fitting - rather than the standard boxy, shapeless pieces of material that passes for a skirt nowadays. This skirt is perfect for any occasion, be it everyday wear around the house, running errands, or even church! Obviously this style of skirt pairs well with a t-shirt and sandals, but I wore mine for church yesterday with a dressy top and dress sandals, and it was the perfect summer outfit for church!



I highly recommend you check out Kosher Casual's line of stylish modest clothing. They have incredible denim skirts that I love, as well as dresses, tops, and accessories.

Kosher Casual is giving a Long Flowing Skirt to one of our readers!!


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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Descendants 3 Has Released



Hey neighbors!

Descendants 3 released this past week on the 6th.  This is the third in the series of movies, but is the first I have seen.  Remember that this is a teenage musical.  Throughout the movie they burst into song and dance.

The music and dancing are definitely not my cup of tea, but I was impressed that this was kept a G rated film. The stars of Descendants go back to Isle of the Lost to bring back new recruits to join them at Auradon Prep.  There is one scene, that might be scary for young children early in the movie. So, the idea is these are all descendants of Disney villains.  Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay are known as VKs or Villains Kids.  Once again the group of teens must save Auradon.  Will they succeed?  That would be telling.

The DVD Descendants 3 comes with a Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes and a Short Story: Descendants Under the Sea.  If you have already seen the first two movies in the series, I am pretty sure you will enjoy the 3rd installment.

Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!

Friday, August 9, 2019

People Science Recruiting Solutions

Have you ever wondered if your hiring process is truly effective? Do you sometimes think there must be a better way to to find new employees that can fill the necessary positions you have available. Maybe you should consider outsourcing. Let someone else take charge of the tedious job of finding the perfect employee to meet your company's needs. Check out the steps below provided by People Science, you might be surprised how easy it is.


STEP 1: Identifying your organization’s recruiting challenges – “Sore Spots”
Whether your interest is in End to End, Augmentation or Project RPO, all recruiting organizations have specific positions which are more challenging than others. The reasons can be varied but the implications are always frustrating. To make the most of learning how People Science works, we invite you to choose at least one of your most difficult recruiting challenges and move forward in this review with this challenge(s) in mind.


The identification of “Sore Spots” is a good first step in improving the overall success of making hires. In addition, “Sore Spots” are often the best funnels to consider when starting an RPO partnership with People Science.


STEP 2: The Recruiting Continuum
The recruiting continuum depicted here occurs naturally for each recruiting effort.


By identifying the segments of the recruiting continuum and measuring their current effectiveness, we can begin to address what work can be performed by People Science to assist an organization in reaching optimum results.


STEP 3: Self Assessing Your Recruiting Effort
Reading each section of the continuum allows a more objective view of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities


STEP 4: People Science Filling the Gaps
Define and Attract
Recruit
Candidate Processing
Interview
Reporting
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STEP 5: Keeping the Critical Points in the Forefront
Recruit – Match – Measure


People Science’s success has come as a result of our continuous focus on achieving our customer’s objectives. As complex as recruiting has become, reaching optimum efficiency results in better hires, longer retention rates, significant cost reduction and many other advantages.


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People Science has discovered every RPO relationship is unique. We have found the best way to prepare for a long term relationship is to perform a pilot RPO. Our quick start pilot ENGAGE provides a multitude of benefits and lays the foreground for a well planned and executed partnership.


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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tips for Choosing a Bedding Store

Hey neighbors!
Has your old bedding become worn out? Does it need to be replaced? If this is the case, you will need to look at places where you will be able to purchase new bedding. There are certainly many stores and websites for you to choose from. It would be in your best interest to do some research in order to explore all of your options, this is just good common sense. The bedding industry is very large and thus provides many options. You should never rush into a selection. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it is time for you to go shopping for new bedding.

1. Research the Bedding Companies
Not all comforters and bedspreads are made with the same materials and quality. This is why it would be in your best interests to get as much information as you can on several of the different companies that make bedding, before making a choice. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing this. This will help you to avoid buying bedding that is cheaply made and that will not last. Croscill bedding has a reputation for being one of the best manufacturers of bedding in the world. Check thread counts, material, fill and weight when considering new bedding.
2. Check for a Warranty
There are some bedding companies that offer warranties that cover the cost of repairing or replacing bedding that has been damaged. You would be wise to seek out a company that has a good warranty. The length of the warranties offered by bedding companies can be very different and may not all cover the same issues. Contact the bedding company to get the details about the warranties they offer.
3. Compare Prices
Once you have done some research, you will be ready to start visiting bedding stores. Be sure to look around and see what styles most suit your needs. Find bedding that will go with the decor of your bedroom.  Take your time to shop around, don't jump at the first comforter you see. You might even discover a few good sales if you take the time to look. Paul's Home Fashions has affordable prices.  Remember that costly does not always mean better quality.

4. Know the Store's Return Policy
You should definitely check the deadline that you have to return or exchange the bedding you are decide to buy. You might get the bedding home and find out that it is not as well-made as you thought it was. This is a very common problem when people order things like bedding online. Therefore, verify the amount of time you have to get the bedding back to the dealer. This will save you a lot of problems and prevent the dealer from refusing to issue a refund. The return policy should be on the site, or somewhere in the store.

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you soon, where neighbors share! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Building Your Kennel's Online Presence

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Hey Neighbors!

When it comes to owning a business there are many hats that owners wear. You are the person in charge of budgeting, hiring and firing of employees, ensuring that your business runs smoothly and marketing. While it may be a challenge, it’s also extremely rewarding to be your own boss too. 

As a dog lover, building your kennel’s online presence is critical to keeping it in business. Dog breeders want to know about upcoming litters that might be available as well as share various certificates or awards they’ve received for showing dogs in past dog shows. How does someone go about sharing their business? I have a few steps that will help if you are thinking about starting your own.

  1. Share With Friends And Family - Word of mouth is huge when it comes to promoting your business. Before the internet, many small business owner’s would use ads in the newspaper to share about their business or talk about it with their friends and family members. Once potential clients start to come in and see what a great establishment it is, they’ll be excited to share their experience with other people. This in turn helps your business grow and because friends and family can trust you, this is also key in having customers come back month after month. 
  2. Think of A Creative Name - There are several breeding and animal websites available so you want to make sure that yours stands out above the rest. You could make it unique to your town, your last name or something catchy with a specific type of breed including “Pleastown’s Teacup Puppies”. Once you have a name that you think is a good fit, you’re all set to share it!


  3. Create A Website - It’s one thing to share a few things on your social media platforms but have a website to create a central landing place for any questions, concerns and information a potential buyer is coming to do. Set up several pages that include this type of information for easy access. Don’t forget to add pictures that say “coming soon” or “reserve now” to let your customers know about litters. 
  4. Use Social Media Effectively - This is a huge way to keep an online presence with future and existing customers. Linking these social media platforms on your website is also important. Set up a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest account. People will see this information pop up throughout the day, week or month depending on how often you update your page which will keep them engaged and in the know of what's to come. This is also an easy way for them to share your page with others, thus making it easy for you to market your business because they are doing it for you! 
Image: RoboWorx

  1. Hire A Robot For Easy Work- Before you think I’m making this up, it’s true! RoboWorx Inc is a software company that created a system for you to pass on your simple tasks to the robots. These include things such as scheduling posts, termination letters, hiring letters and more! The company offers three different systems. The Studio system is a recodered that watches your tasks and mimics them to perform them automatically. The Orchestrators is a central location where the robots are deployed. They are able to report, audit, log you in and out of microsoft word programs and schedule items. The last is a Robot system where they take over and execute all of your tasks with perfect accuracy. How is this possible? By using their RPA or Robotic Process Information, the system is able to manipulate these applications just as we humans do. Basically they never sleep, make zero mistakes and can actually save you money because you don’t need to hire an employee to do these tasks. It also can help you with tasks that you might otherwise not want to do including HR Automation items such as attendance, scheduling, employee data management and more. Let the bots do the work for you so you can focus on more important things! 
  2. Set Goals - Once your company begins to pick up, set goals for your business. They can be simple goals such as ‘creating awareness of my business’ or ‘find leads for xys’. You can also research perhaps what other goals similar companies are doing like yours too to get an idea. Having goals keeps you accountable and knowing what you still need to work on each week, month or year. 
Now that you have some idea on how to keep your kennel afloat, what items are you going to start with first? Do you need to create or update an existing website? Do you need to edit your contact page? What about making sure that you're scheduling upcoming posts or relevant articles to your social media platforms? Whatever it is, I hope these tips help encourage, keep you motivated and on track to build your business to the best it can be.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book Review -Nanny Witness by Hope White



Hey neighbors!!

It has been awhile since I have written a Christian Fiction, book review.  I had the opportunity to read and review Nanny Witness by Hope White.  Before I start though, let me tell you I am pretty picky about my Christian Fiction reading.  Not that I don't read a lot of books, at least I start them, but many I only make it a chapter or two and then quit.  My family can tell I have a good one when I actually carry it around and take it with me so I can finish reading it.  This is what happened with Nanny Witness.

Nanny Witness is considered a suspense, and truly held my attention.  I like suspense and I like them to include a little romance, but many go way over on the romance, not so with this book.  Hope White walks an excellent line in this book in that there is plenty of suspense and action with some romance thrown in.

The book is apparently part of a series -The Baby Protectors.  Carly Winslow is a nanny who while putting the child in her care down for a nap hears gunshots and voices over the baby monitor from downstairs. This launches her and the baby she is caring for on a run for their lives.  She runs into the baby's uncle while fleeing the home.  Brody "Whit" Whitaker is Mia's uncle and also an officer on leave.  Unsure whether either one can trust the other, they agree to work together to keep baby Mia safe.  I am sure you will enjoy reading about the struggles they have to endure while trying to protect Mia.  No spoilers here, just a recommendation that you read this book. My 18 year old daughter read this too and was impressed.

You can purchase Nanny Witness on Amazon in paperback, Kindle or mass market.  Check out Hope White's website and social media for more information on her and the other books she has written.
Website - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Thank you Hope White for a story that holds the attention until the very end.  Neighbors, thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!  See you soon!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tips for Creating a Pet-friendly Home

Hey Neighbors!!

If you have a pet, and the majority of American households have at least one according to a recent National Pet Owners Survey, you know that they can get into just as much trouble as a child. Not only can they make a mess or even do damage to your home, they can harm themselves with their natural curiosity and desire to eat just about anything they find. Here's how you can create a more pet-friendly home to keep both your four-legged friends and your house safe.

Buy Furniture with Stain-Resistant Materials

The last thing you want to do after purchasing that beautiful new home among the San Antonio houses for sale, or anywhere else, is to buy pricey furnishings with delicate fabrics that won't hold up to damage your pet can do. That velvet couch, for example, may be gorgeous, but it's also going to attract hair like a magnet, and if Fido or Fluffy has an accident, you're going to have to get it dry cleaned. Corduroy, tweed and anything that has an open weave can easily snag on claws and end up unraveling. Open weave fabrics also tend to trap hair and dust that's nearly impossible to clean unless you can remove the cushions - plus, when all the debris gets embedded in the fibers, that furniture is going to stink.


When investing in furniture, look for stain-resistant materials such as coated cotton, treated leather and micro-fiber - Ultrasuede is a great machine-washable microfiber that feels just like real suede. Look for rugs that can be spotted-cleaned, such as the type made from treated wool.

Skip the Delicate Bedding

If your pet sleeps with you, there are likely to be accidents, cats are known to vomit often, and it happens to dogs occasionally too. Then there's pet hair, drool, and so on. Be sure to get easily washable bedding materials like duvet covers which are easy to take off and wash regularly. Protect your mattress with a thick pad.


Give Your Pet Something to Chew or Scratch On

Dogs like to chew, and cats like to scratch. If they don't have anything to turn to, they're going to go for your furniture or something else you don't want destroyed. Avoid rawhide bones and pig's ears for your dog as they're coated in nitrates and can leave grease stains on furniture and floors, plus they smell bad too. Instead provide durable rubber toys. For cats, buy a scratching post or make your own.  It's easy to do with an old piece of carpet, a wood post, wood base and some screws.

Make It Safe
Of course even more important than furniture and the like, is keeping your pet out of harms way. Everything from household cleaners to certain foods, and even plants can be dangerous - for example Lillies can cause a cat's kidneys to shut down. Before adding plants to your home do some research to make sure they are safe for your animal companion. Also be sure to keep anything that can be toxic (medications, chemical-filled cleaners, etc.) on high shelves or locked away so pets can't reach them. Don't forget your trash can, which can hold all sorts of potentially hazardous items - be sure it's a lidded one and keep that lid on tight.

Thanks for stopping in today, where neighbors share!! Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When Does Someone Need Memory Care?


Hey neighbors!!
Do you have an older relative or even friend who seems to be having trouble remembering things?  I am not talking occasionally forgetting something, I am talking the kind of forgetfulness that seems to happen more and more.  Where they almost seem lost. Without a proper functioning memory, your identity becomes fragmented. People that were once familiar become distant strangers, and the world becomes incredibly challenging to navigate. While not everyone experiences a degradation in memory, this is all too common as people age. Fortunately, there are countless resources available for families that have a loved one experiencing early signs of dementia or other memory loss. A professional can point out particular signs to watch for, but a person’s condition could be overlooked if they are not frequently in contact with them. If you have a loved one who lives in Denver who is experiencing problems with memory loss, you may want to reach out to memory care Denver.

Signs to Look Out For

General signs of forgetfulness can involve not opening the mail, forgetting names of close friends or relatives or falling behind on other obligations. One way to determine if this lapse in memory is something to be concerned about consists of visiting this loved one and seeing how they are doing. Not just a quick visit, but where you spend some time with them and see if they appear to be consistently forgetting things or if they seem confused or lost. If this individual is generally reliable with paying things on time and taking care of routine activities, it will be easy to detect a problem with memory over time. However, if you are dealing with someone that is typically aloof and forgetful already, it will be harder to determine if further action needs to be taken to assess their mental health. Another area that can be observed involves how your loved one interacts in a social environment. Do they interact with others and seem to follow conversations? When they fail to recall simple things such as your name, it is time to seek the help of professionals. No one wants to take this step, but it is the best thing that can be done for someone that is seems to be experiencing loss of memory.
Memory creates a framework for you to live your life through. While people with severe memory loss will need assistance in day to day living, they can still lead healthy lives under the proper care.

I hope this information is helpful to someone.  Thank you for stopping by, where neighbors share!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July Gramma In A Box

Hey neighbors!!

We have been having a busy time here.  Two of my daughters went to the Creation Museum for a month, we have a litter of 4 Toy Aussies and it's summertime!!


So, Gramma in a Box arrived a little early this month because it was filled with fun, 4th of July, projects!!  We had a lot of fun making these tasty snacks!!  Gramma in a Box arrives in her recognizable red box with stickers on the outside.  When you open the box everything is wrapped in a pretty red and white tissue paper with a gramma sticker.


Inside you find all you need to create each treat project.



For our first project we had to melt the confetti chocolates.  This is the first time we have received a kit with these chocolate pieces.



We started with the Sparkler Pretzel Rods.  After you melt your chocolate you dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate and then sprinkle on of the topping on.  They are so easy to make.  We let them set for a few minutes on the wax paper to hard ad they were ready to go!!






Project Two was the Golden Peanut Bites.  Gramma does warn if you have peanut allergies to not use the peanuts.  She is very careful to list ingredients on the back of the cards with possible allergic reactions.  Anyway, we melted the rest of our chocolates and mixed in the peanuts. Then with your pretzel pieces in the brown candy wrappers, you drop the peanut and chocolate mis by spoonfuls on top of the pretzels.  Then add sprinkles.





The last project was to decorate some cookies!!  Just look below to see how we did!! When your box arrives, there are 3 different color icings already in bags for you to use.  Just snip the end off the corner.




Here are all the finished projects.


I really appreciate all the work that goes in to each monthly box.  If you follow Gramma in a Box on her social media you will be able to see what is in the upcoming box.  She loves to share what she is working on.
Find her on:
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Gramma in a Box is a subscription box that arrives monthly filled with treat projects to make with your children or grandchildren.  It is a unique box each month that you can do in person or even through a video call.  You can purchase just one month or subscribe on a regular basis.  Be sure to check out the Subscribe page that details all the information you need.  She is very careful to list every ingredient so if your child has any allergies you will know what to avoid.  Generally just about everything you need arrives in this subscription box.  Even the wax paper to make the treats on.  Obviously you need a microwave, a microwaveable bowl, a spoon and maybe a butter knife, but basically most needed items are common kitchen utensils.

If you are interested in the August box, head over to the Gramma in a Box website and sign up for the box by the 3rd of August.  The sooner the better. If you subscribe with an auto debit program for only $20 per month… the first box is only $10 – no code needed.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  See you soon, where neighbors share!!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Disney's Dumbo



Hey neighbors!

Great to see you today!  It's a beautiful, yet hot, day today here, At the Fence.  We have some errands to run today, but before I head out, I wanted to share with you about Disney's Dumbo.  It just recently released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

Before we get into the review, I will tell you that I was raised on the original Dumbo, and after seeing the new release, I am still an original fan.  I will tell you why here.  First off, they use 3 swear words in this movie and one almost comes out.  I haven't decided yet whether they were aiming this for children or adults.

Now, beyond that, I was impressed by the CGI used to make Dumbo fly.  The storyline itself gets a little lost almost in whether the father, Holt, recently returned from war missing an arm will connect with his children Then you have the relationship between Holt and the trapeze artist develop. And of course will Dumbo get reunited with his mother Jumbo.  Amidst all this going on V.A. Vandevere, played by Michael Keaton is the evil owner of a huge amusement park that wants to use Dumbo to get his park out of debt.  He is of course willing to use underhanded means to get what he wants.



I don't want to spoil the end for those of you who still have not seen Dumbo.  My recommendation is if you are going to watch it, do not expect what the original gave.  Both my daughter and I said it was an interesting watch, and yes we viewed the entire movie, but we came away feeling something was missing.

For this review, the movie has already released in stores, so you can easily find Dumbo at your local retail store.  Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share! See you again soon!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Is Your Home a Healthy Living Environment?

Hey neighbors!

Do you do purchase products specifically to make your home a more healthy living environment?  Our family has been experimenting with different ideas for making our home more healthy.

I personally have a love of essential oil diffusers and use them quite regularly.  Rather than sprays and candles, I have chosen a couple of diffusers placed around the home to scent the home, as well as I believe many of the oils are beneficial to our health.  During cold season, I often use Eucalyptus oil to help with breathing.  I use lavender for soothing and to help sleep.  Lately I have been on a fresh citrus scent.  In our Neville, I often grab an essential oil and a couple of cotton balls, that I place in the car vents to help circulate the fragrance.  I also use peppermint oil on cotton balls as a healthy, natural pest control.  Below is one of the oil diffusers I have personally used in our home.


We also use dehumidifiers for our home, because this home seems to retain moisture, which can lead to mold.  And mold is definitely not healthy!  We had a few leaks in our roof, and that caused some major moisture issues for awhile, but also one of our bathrooms really stays moist.  There is no vent or window in this bathroom, so we have found using the dehumidifier works great fr removing the excess moisture.

In contrast to the dehumidifier, when my husband and daughters are suffering through the allergy season we often use a humidifier.  I have considered replacing our humidifier so I've been doing some research. I found this article that rates several of the different humidifiers available they mention some that you can use with essential oils.  Some feature auto-timers and night lights.  Hopefully this will help you with finding the perfect fit for your home.  Along with all of this, we make sure to wash bedding regularly to remove allergens.  Regularly changing filters out in your furnace and AC is a must.

You can also improve the environment of your home by using non-toxic, natural cleaning supplies.  We are consistently bombarding our homes with chemicals when we clean.  From countertops to tables to the floors our children and pets play on, we keep layering them with cleaning chemicals.  There are many options out there from DIY cleaning supplies to natural products you can purchase in your local retail store or online.  I often clean with vinegar and/or baking soda, as well as using oils from my supply of essential oils.

Speaking of pets, keeping them clean and free from fleas and ticks often seems to be an unending cycle of applying more chemicals.  If you do your research though you will find ways to go chemical free and still keep your pets clean and protected from those little pests.

A couple other items to have in your home would include a smoke detector, that you check regularly to make sure it is working.  Mark your calendar to replace batteries.  Next would be a carbon monoxide alarm.  Make sure you purchase one or more each of these items based on the size of your home.  You can also purchase a 2 in 1 that has both a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

I hope this information helps someone.  I know there are many more things you can do to make a home a healthy, living environment.  If you have some ideas, please share them in the comments.  Thank you for stopping by today, where neighbors share.