Thursday, April 18, 2019

Macy's and The North Face!

Hey neighbors!!

How many of you like a good buy?  I know I do!  I found out quite a few years ago, it is better to spend a little more on a quality product, rather than paying less and having to keep replacing the item.    So, with that in mind, Macy's is running a special sale on The North Face.

You can:
Get 25% Off Select The North Face StylesRestrictions may apply. Valid through 4/22/19.

I went to the Macy's website to see what they have available.  I found this North Face Waterproof Rain Jacket for women!!  It is perfect with spring in the air for starting up my walking program.  It comes in several different colors.  Check it out!!  I think I like the teal best.



Then I would of course add the Women's Hedgehop Fastpack Waterproof Boots. In the matching teal color of course!!


I will be prepared for all the spring showers and look great too!!

Be sure to take time to see what other North Face items Macy's has to offer during this special sale!! And, Macy's will be having specials all month long!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!



Monday, April 15, 2019

Charity and Giving to Others

Hey Neighbors!

Many people think about giving to charity around the holidays, but realistically, people need assistance year round, whether it is help with bills, medical expenses, groceries, or whatever other needs come up. Help your family to learn to give year round.  I know too that we have a tendency these days to question if the person in need is genuine and really needs help, because of all the counterfeits out there.  Many of us want to help, but we don't want to be taken advantage of or to be labeled a fool. A person approaches us for money for gas and we tend to question if we should help or not.

On way to avoid that, is to give to places that have a proven track record of assisting people.  Obviously some charities have been around for a long time, like: Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, American Red Cross, etc.  There are some more recent ones too, like Matt Redhawk, Miriam's Kitchen, Canine Partners for Life, and others.  Each of these charities assists people in different ways and with varying needs.  There are several organizations online that do your research for you regarding the validity of many charities.  Most of them can give you generalized information regarding the charity, how long they have been established and the type of work they accomplish.

When you are considering giving to charities you will need to decide if you will only give funds to one specific charity or if you prefer to divide it up among two or more.  An option would be to give a different charity each year.  Perhaps you could give as a family and all of you support the same charity for a specific time period and then choose another charity to support.


It is always good to start our children early on giving to others, so use this as a time to teach them.  Let them help decide what type of organization to give to.  Change it up once in awhile so they understand different needs.  If you can put up a picture on their dresser or perhaps on the refrigerator where they have a visual reminder about who they are helping.  If you can purchase a special container to put their funds in.  They can help go through old clothing and toys to donate to a local shelter or other ministry for those in need.  You can use this as a time to teach them to accept others and not look down on someone who does not have the same type of clothing or who is physically handicapped.  All this plays into giving.

Remember, giving does not just have to be money, you can also donate your time and skills.  Find out what local charities there are and see if your skills could assist them in some way.  Maybe cooking a meal, helping with child care, designing a website for the charity, running errands, whatever they might need done. Participate in the local fundraisers when possible.


Another thing I like to do when it comes to people on the street or who approach you for a meal or money for gas is go with them and actually make the purchase.  Go to the gas station and fill a gas can.  Take them to a restaurant and get them a burger, pizza or a couple of tacos.  My husband did this in a town we were visiting and took a gentleman into a pizza shop and bought him a pizza, large enough for two meals as well as purchased him a beverage.  I came up with the idea of purchasing a few $5 food gift cards to McDonalds, Wendy's or Taco Bell and carrying them with me for the times we see someone holding a sign or looking for assistance with a meal.  Try to come up with ideas like this that will work in your area.

I know some people prefer to give to local shelters and ministries so the funds help people in their own community.  Sometimes there is a local fundraiser for a family who has medical expenses or has lost their home.  Whichever route you decide to take with your giving, just jump in and get started.

Thanks for stopping by today to chat.  Please share your own ideas in the comments.




Friday, April 12, 2019

Memorable Things to Include in a Florida Vacation

Florida is a vacation destination with something for everyone. the best times to visit include spring and fall when the weather is cooler and the tourist crowd has thinned down. If you think Florida is all about the beaches, well, you are not entirely wrong, but there is so much more to explore.
Off the Beaten Path
With so many fun and unique dining opportunities all around you, don’t just settle for fast food or the same few you always choose. For something a little more unexpected, change things up a bit by spending an evening of suspense and intrigue on a Pinellas County Florida theater train ride. Colorful costumes, a five-course dinner and an interactive experience may make this one of the highlights of your vacation.

Oceans Views and Beach Bumming
Of course, sapphire skies and turquoise waters are a huge draw along Florida’s coastline. The white sugar sands on the beaches are ideal for building sand castles and shells of every description are scattered along the shores. Whether you are a sunbather, a swimmer, you want to frolic with the kids or just stroll along the water’s edge, you will enjoy each beach for it’s own unique features.

 Wildlife
Florida is a prime area for bird watching. In the mornings, listen for the twitter of songbirds including blue grosbeaks or scarlet tanagers. Along the beaches, Bonaparte’s gulls, snowy plovers, spot gull-billed terns, American oystercatchers, or swallow-tailed kites and even herons are frequent visitors.
Children may especially enjoy counting how many different kinds and sizes of lizards they see climbing walls and tree trunks or scampering along walkways. It is common to see the Florida scrub lizard and a variety of skinks along the path.
The biggest lizards are not really lizards at all. Alligators are reptiles and there is no shortage of them in Florida. You may spot a few as you drive the Big Cypress National Preserve and in several areas in the Everglades. They may even turn up at a local golf course, so keep your eyes open!

National Parks and Nature Preserves
There is no shortage of scenery in Florida. It is riddled with national parks and nature preserves where you may find a wide range of primitive looking plants in the wetlands and marshes. You may also see groves of Gumbo Limbo trees, royal palm and cypress trees. Again you may glimpse heron, egret, alligators and turtles.

So next time you plan a vacation to Florida, along with your swimming suit, pack some comfy touring clothes, walking shoes and maybe even an old time costume for the theater train because you are in for the ride of your life.

Kindle for Travel

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Hey neighbors!!

I personally love to read on trips.  Since I don't drive, I can read a lot on a day trip.  We are soon taking a trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which will give me plenty of time to read.  Now normally I am a hold a book in my hand type of reader, but on trips it is so easy to damage or lose the book.  A Kindle really helps on a trip, because it carries several books along for you to choose from.  It takes up very little space compared to physical books, and you can read at night.  I am considering picking up a Kindle just for trips.



With a Kindle in my hands I will be able to read the entire trip!!  Anyone have any recommendations?  Leave a comment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Getting Through the Struggle

Hey neighbors!!

Not sure what you may be struggling with this week, but no matter what it may be there is always hope.  We have passed through a few trials this last year, and I have found myself reflecting on where we have been, what is presently happening, and where we are heading.  I saw a post the other day that really got me to thinking.  Someone stated that always saying, "I really don't have it as bad as some, so I should not be complaining." is not a good thing.  I really get where they are coming from, no matter what has happened to others, what has happened to you is still important.

You need to allow yourself time to adjust and come to terms with what has happened.  I see so many people who have lost a child, gone through a divorce, or been diagnosed with a lifelong illness and they need to be able to focus on themselves some.  Now, I am not saying they do not have to move forward and gain a new interest in life, but there is a time for grief and healing.  Keep your friends close and rely on your church family.  They are there for you and can help you through whatever struggle you may be having.


Divorce literally rips families apart.  Even without children a divorce is difficult, but the minute you add children it multiplies the pain and confusion.  Children often must choose one parent over the other.  They end up spending part of their time with one parent and then the rest of their time with the other.  This can seriously cause emotional problems for the children.  The very best thing that could happen if there is no alternative to a divorce is to keep it pleasant between both parents.  Do not make your children choose one over the other.  Get counseling when needed.  Choose a good attorney who will understand you are trying to keep the divorce as amicable as possible.  Search for a good attorney in your city or surrounding area, for example in Tampa search Tampa divorce attorney.  Then work your hardest to keep things as peaceful as possible.


Death of a spouse or child can be quite traumatic.  I have seen cases where a death has literally torn the entire family apart.  This is where even through the grieving process you need to be aware of where the other family members are in their mourning.  Make times to talk and remember.  It is more often when we close ourselves off that problems and depression occur.  Reach out to friends and spend time together even when you don't really feel like being around others.  Keeping yourself close to other family members and friends will be a blessing and may help you overcome those periods of darkness.  Have a friend or grief counselor you can call when you feel like you are losing ground.


Being diagnosed with an illness whether terminal, chronic or  just long term can really make you sit back and consider things.  Once again this is an area where you need to stay in touch with family and friends.  Let them know where you are and what needs you may have.  Do not feel bad if you require certain diet, assistance in getting up or down or special sleeping arrangements.  There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.  Do not be embarrassed to let others know of your needs.  Many make the mistake during this time of only reaching out to new friends who are experiencing the same illness or disease, or who have family members with the same issues.  Please hear me when I say there is nothing wrong with making new friends, but keep your old friends close as well.  Build a solid base of people you can reach out to for assistance and sometimes just to have a simple conversation.

I hope this helps encourage someone.  please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gerrard Larriett Pet Aromatherapy Products



Hi Neighbors!!

Today I have some wonderful products to share with you for your pet from Gerrard Larriett.  We received the Gerrard Larriet Aromatherapy Pet Spa in a Box.  We LOVE it!!  It includes the Unwinding Lotus Deodorizing Soy Candle, Lavender & Chamomile Aromatherapy Shampoo and Conditioner (in one), and the Lavender & Chamomile Aromatherapy Freshening and Shining Spray.  

The candle, Unwinding Lotus, smells so very good.  I actually left it on my desk a day or two just to be able to smell it. My daughter used the candle in her room where her Golden Doodle spends a lot of time.  Sometimes, especially after playing outside she can get a little fragrant and the candle helped neutralize that odor, as well as other odors.  She got in the trash and became a little sick overnight one night and my daughter used the candle to help her room smell better.  The candle is worth purchasing even if you don't have a pet!




The Lavender & Chamomile Shampoo and Conditioner smells great too and leaves their coats, fragrant, soft and shiny.  Paisley doesn't mind a bath, but Buddy really does not care for his bath, but we managed to get pictures of both of them using this shampoo and conditioner.






Last but not least is the Lavender & Chamomile Aromatherapy Freshening and Shining Spray. This is perfect for when your dog needs a little help with their doggy smell.  It is also perfect to help soothe and relax them when they are feeling a little stressed.  Look at Jules in the pics below!!



Sort of an update here, the candle is gone.  My daughter and Jules loved the scent.  Our Lavender & Chamomile Shampoo and Conditioner is being used by all and is almost gone, as well as the Lavender & Chamomile Freshening and Shining Spray.




The above pictures show how these guys get dirty enough to need a bath!!  I am impressed with the quality of the Gerrard Larriet Aromatherapy Pet line.  If you are looking for a great shampoo for your dog take time to check them them out!

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Thanks for stopping in!  See you all soon!!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Hiring a Moving Company


Hiring a Moving Company
Have you recently sold your home? If this is the case, you will need to pack up your belongings and move them to your new place. However, this job might be a little too big for you or your family to handle on your own. You will then need to seek out the services of a professional moving company. However, it would be unwise to hire the first moving company that you see listed in your phone book. You need to understand that not all moving companies are the same. Do some research and read reviews. You will need to look into several moving companies to determine which one is the best. Here are a couple ways you can do that.

1. Get in touch with a few people who have hired moving companies in the recent past.
One of the best ways to determine the skill and reputation of a moving company is to talk to people who hired them. You should have these people give you the details about how well the moving company performed for them. Were any items damaged during the move? Did the movers carefully pack all of the items. Did they demonstrate skill and professionalism? Would they hire these movers again in the future. You might be able to get some good references from local movers Ann Arbor MI.
2. Make sure that the moving company is licensed and insured.
Never allow a moving company to start working before you verify the status of their license and insurance. It is very important for a moving company to be licensed because this means they have received all of the training that is mandated by your state. Your moving company needs to be insured in the event that they damage some of your possessions.
3. How much will the movers charge you?
The prices that are quoted to you by moving companies in your area can vary from reasonable to extremely expensive. This is why you need to take some time and call as many as you can, so you are well informed. Doing this will allow you to find the best bargain from a quality company that will save you some money.
Have any other great ideas?  Feel free to share them in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Pilgrim's Progress - Make Plans To See It!


Hey neighbors!!

I am sure you remember my recent post with the giveaway for the Pilgrim's Progress Digital Book.  Well, now I am sharing a bit about the movie, and we have another giveaway.  More about that in a moment.

I watched the new Pilgrim's Progress with my daughters and we really enjoyed it.  I was amazed, because often times when a movie is re-made, it is not as good as the first.  I have to say I was afraid that was going to happen with this one, but soon was totally engrossed in watching the old story unfold.  They stay well within the bounds of the original storyline.  The film is animated, and will hold your child's attention.  There are a couple scenes that might be a bit intense for very young children.  This film will help encourage you and your family to stay the course in their christian walk and can be used to open discussion about different trials we each can and will face in our life.  If you enjoy Pilgrim's Progress I highly recommend this movie to you and I am hoping for a sequel about his wife and children.  Remember it is only being shown 2 days, so make sure to check your schedule and get your tickets.  More about that below.

About:
Based on John Bunyan’s epic masterpiece, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is one of the most popular books of all time, and one of the most important stories of our faith! Second to the Bible in total copies and translations, the story was written by John Bunyan a pastor, imprisoned for sharing his faith.
This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult
Genre: drama/ animatedRating: NRRun time: 1:45Studio: Revelation MediaTalent: John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Kristyn Getty, Ben Price

Thursday, April 18, 7:00p  Saturday, April 20, 12:55p

Now is the time to make plans:



There will be three winners in this giveaway, with each one receiving 2 tickets to see the movie in theaters on 4/18 or 4/20 and 1 Pilgrim's Progress Illustrated Storybook.  Only US residents are eligible for the Fandango movie tickets due to Fandango limitations in Canada and outside the US.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Teach Your Children About Finances Now



Hey neighbors!

It is extremely important that we teach our children the value of money and how to properly handle our finances.  As we have become an "I need it now" country, filled with people in debt using credit cards impulsively I see more and more how much we need to train our youth financial responsibility. Can you start too young, probably, but once they start earning an allowance or making money doing odd jobs, they need to start learning.  It is much easier to learn early, then to try and correct bad money habits.  I should know, because we fell into some of these pitfalls when we first got married.

So I am going to share a few tips and ideas to use to teach your children about finances.

1. Start early teaching them to save money.  You can open a children's savings account, or if you want something a little simpler, purchase a bank of some sort.



2. Teach them to work for money.  Have certain extra chores that they can do to earn money.  When I say extra, they should have a certain amount of chores they do without pay, just because they are part of the family and we all do chores around the home. Perhaps you could put up a chore chart with paying jobs.

3. Teach them about giving to others.  Whether it is donating toys to other children around the holidays, giving to a mission or church, you could even help them find an individual they actually know that they can help.

4. Help them learn to look for ways to earn money for larger purchases, like a bike.  Depending on their age, they can pull weeds, mow lawns, babysit, walk dogs, rake leaves, help around someone's home with cleaning, painting a fence, etc.

5. Once they are a little older, teach them how to create a budget, fill out checks, apply for a job.  Yes, I have seen people unable to do this because they were never shown how.

6. Have them write down exactly what they spend, every cent for a week, or even longer.  At the end of the time period you set up, sit down and help them see if there is somewhere they are either spending foolishly or where they could cut corners a little to save.  Money Savvy has a book, Cash Cache, that helps teach teens financial skills.



7. Have them start a change jar where they put all their change to save it up.  My children have been amazed by how much change they have at the end of a month when they go to a bank and turn it in.

8. Teach them to wait and plan for purchases that are out of their reach.  Many times they will appreciate something more if they worked to earn it rather than just have it handed to them because they want it.

By teaching them how to handle their funds, they may never end up in debt and in need of a company like Strategic Financial Solutions.  These companies are out there to help should you run into financial difficulties, but how much better to never need them.

I really hope this post helps someone to think about teaching their child about handling finances.  Some of the ideas in this post will also work for adults.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Giant Gummy Bears, Made in the USA!



Hey neighbors!!

Have you ever seen a GIANT Gummy Bear?  Well, I have.  This guy is huge!!  It is the world's largest gummy bear and he is made right here in the USA!!  How amazing is that!!



We received the Cherry flavored bear.  The minute you opened the package you could smell the cherry flavored bear.  He looks, smells and tastes delicious!!  He is over 1000 times the size of a regular, single Gummy Bear.  He tips the scale at a whopping 5 pounds and is considered to be 51 servings.  He stands 9.5" tall and is 5.5 inches wide.



Now, I have a son who is addicted to Gummy Bears, so we ended up giving this to him.  I have a feeling my grandson will be getting some it too!!  I am amazed by all the different options this company offers.  Not only do they have the World's largest Gummy Bear in cherry, but he comes in a variety of colors and flavors.  Then they have worms, skulls, brains, and hearts, all in large sizes.  If you are looking for smaller gummies, they carry a line of giant gummies that are around 2 pounds.  You should also check out their Fast Food Gummies.  I never knew there were so many gummy choices!!


Any one of their Gummy treats would make a great birthday or holiday gift.  And of course they are made in the USA!!


So neighbors, do you have a family member or friend who loves gummy foods?  If so, you need to visit the Giant Gummy Bears website.  I have a feeling you will be able to find what you are looking for!  Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase DVD Release and Giveaway!



**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Hey neighbors!!

I was given the opportunity to preview the new Nancy Drew movie, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.  Since I grew up reading the Nancy Drew novels and my girls have also read them, as well as playing all the computer games, I was really wanting to see how this turned out.

So, the other day we popped this into the DVD player and sat down together to see what we thought.  To be honest with you, I wasn't sure what to expect.  It definitely is not your old Nancy Drew.  We turned it off after about 20 minutes.  Now, don't stop reading here.  We had several discussions regarding how disappointed we were.  I understand they are going to update, but I was expecting the characters to stay the same.  You know what I mean, I expected George to be a tomboy, and Bess to be scared and insecure and for Nancy to be pretty straightforward yet classy.  Bess is the only one I feel retained what she was like in the books.

So, after the girls left today for the nursing home ministry, I decided to finish the movie.  It picked up and improved.  The girls will most likely finish watching it.  The movie ends, leaving the option of a sequel.

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase on Digital starting March 26, 2019 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019. The film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and“Alice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case! The film carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital, $19.98 for the DVD and $28.98 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case! 

Pros - The movie itself will hold your interest after a slow start.  It is fun trying to solve the mystery.
Cons - There are several "Oh my,...."  There are also at least 2 more cases of swearing and one inappropriate word.  In the beginning of the movie Nancy is sort of portrayed as a juvenile delinquent, which never occurred in the books.

Are you interested in owning your own Blu-ray DVD combo?  If so, try the Nancy Drew Escape Room Experience and then in the comments tell me how long it took you to crack the code and escape.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Escape Room & Mystery Match Blog App:
• Welcome to the Interactive Nancy Drew Escape Room - to escape, you must solve riddles and find items to uncover the three numbers needed to open to door. Good Luck! 
• In the Mystery Match Video Puzzle, use your mouse to click + drag puzzle pieces to unlock clips from the film.





Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-ray DVD combo and DVD release tomorrow April 2nd.  Enjoy the app and take a moment to enter the giveaway. (Open to US residents only.). Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Spring Swagbucks!!





Spring is here, and there's no better time to start earning free gift cards through Swagbucks! All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2019. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned a lot of Amazon Gift Cards through Swagbucks! I save them up and use them for gifts for birthdays and the holidays.   

Made in the USA Starts Today!!



Hi Neighbors!!

Starting today and for the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring some products that are made in the USA.  So much is done overseas and outside of the country, that we thought we would feature a few companies that make their products here in the USA.  Each post will be clearly marked as part of this event.  We will have a few regular posts thrown in, just because that is how the schedule works, but we want to show support of these specific companies.

Here are a couple of the companies:
Murbles
Giant Gummy Bears
Pink Lemonade Shop
Soapbox

Just to give you a hint of what is coming!!  So keep an eye out for these posts!!