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.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Avengers End Game Digital Release



Hey neighbors!!

For those of you who have not seen Avengers End Game, it will be releasing for home viewing on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, and Movies Anywhere on July 30th!!  The physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.  I am sure many of you have been waiting 
to see this movie that ends an 11 year journey with 22 films.  In End Game the Avengers will take a stand against Thanos.

Purchasing this release will give you access to hours of extra material.  Bonus features include a tribute to the great Stan Lee; the tale of Robert Downey Jr.’s casting as Iron Man; the evolution of Captain America; Black Widow’s dramatic story arc; directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s experience at the helm of both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”; the making of an epic battle scene with the women of the MCU; the creation of Bro Thor; deleted scenes; a gag reel and more. The Bonus material may vary by retailer.


Viewers can bring home the film two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD and gain access to an exclusive extra highlighting the love story of Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Peggy Carter. A physical copy of “Avengers: Endgame” is available as a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD. Fans who wish to revisit all four films in the Avengers franchise may opt for a Digital bundle, which includes “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” 

Runtime is approx. 181 minutes. The film is rated PG-13




ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT: 
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. ©2019MARVEL

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

July 4th Picnic or Party Ideas!

Hey neighbors!!

Who doesn't love gathering together with friends and family for a 4th of July picnic or party?  Here are a few ideas if you happen to be the one planning the get together.

Table Decor and Supplies
First off if you are creative I found a beautiful tablecloth made from handkerchiefs or bandanas.  You could easily make several for all the tables, or make just one for your main serving table.  See the picture below.


You can also purchase reusable, wipe off tablecloths, so you can put them away and use them year after year.  You can choose a 4th of July design, or choose plain red, plain white and plain blue, and then you can pull them out for other occasions too.


If you choose the handkerchiefs, you can also use extras as napkins!!  Other options of course include disposable napkins.

You have plenty options for table decor.  You can choose red, white and blue carnations for your centerpieces, or you can purchase table decor from places like Hobby Lobby or Amazon.



Look at this table top cooler to help keep beverages and cold drinks cool! 


Be sure to decorate with plenty of red, white and blue!!  You can of course go the easier route, and just purchase a set of plates, napkins, etc.



General Decorations
Obviously these choices will be based on whether you are having an indoor or outdoor celebration.  Inside you will most likely hang a few decorations on the wall, while outside, you can string decorations around the yard.  Be sure to put a nice patriotic looking sign out front to announce the party to people as they arrive. This works well too if you are meeting at a park or pavilion.


Games
1. For the kids you could plan a red, white and blue water ballon war.  Just make sure parents know to bring a change of clothing.  Or pull out the slip and slide.

2. Fill a mason jar with red, white and blue candy, like jelly beans, and ask guests to guess how many are in the jar.  Have pens and small sheets of paper available for them to write their estimate on. The winner gets to take the jar of jelly beans home.  

3. Plan a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt where clues will lead guests to find miniature soldiers, Statue of Liberty, flags and more!

4. Play a game of flag football.

5. Put up sheet after dark, and let the adults and children watch a patriotic movie.  Options include National Treasure, Captain America, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Night at the Museum, even The Music Man.

For the competitive games have small rewards.  Maybe take home a watermelon, a $5 GC for a local restaurant, or just some gag gifts.  Get creative and have fun!!

Food
Generally, keeping it simple is best.  Some may want to cater in food, or create elaborate meals, but keep the day easy for you too.  If it works for you, you could have people sign up to bring a certain dish so it all does not fall on your shoulders. Fire up the grill and cook some hamburgers and hotdogs.  For the kids you could heat up some chicken nuggets or mini corndogs.  Open a few bags of chips with dip or even popcorn.  Add some potato or macaroni salad, which you can keep cold in your table top cooler (see above).  A big pot of baked beans goes well too.



Drinks can include ice tea or lemonade and have a few strawberries and blueberries that can be added to the drinks.  The kids might prefer a punch or even Kool-aid.  

Desserts can include Strawberry Shortcake.  Between the strawberries, whipped topping and add a few blueberries and it will fit right in with your red, white and blue theme.  Cut up some nice, juicy, watermelon for a cool refreshing treat on that warm summer day.  Another idea would be cherry and blueberry pies with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.



Entertainment
Be sure to have some cd's on hand to play throughout the day.  And once evening comes you can watch your movie (see above), pull out some sparklers, or watch the local fireworks.  Set up a table with some board games for the "older" children. 

Hope this helps give someone a few ideas.  Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!  Share a few of your own ideas in the comments.



Monday, June 24, 2019

HipStik Legwear!

Hey, y'all!

Today I want to take a few minutes to share about Hipstik with you!  Hipstik is a woman-founded/owned company that offers tights and hosiery (made in the USA!).



"It all started with a pair of scissors. Seriously! One day after work, while changing into PJs, my husband and co-founder, Jason, was baffled by the scissor cut down the front of my pantyhose. He said, “What happened there?” I said, “THEY’RE SO UNCOMFORTABLE, so I cut them in the bathroom at the office!” We had a good laugh and that pair ended up in the trash. And then I began the hunt for a comfortable pair. After years of trying on dozens of styles and brands, I had given up. The largest size was too small – the tug, pull and irritating squeeze. The waist always too high – why is control top the only style available?! What if I don’t want a control top at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday!  I knew there had to be better. That’s when I had the “light-bulb” moment. With our backgrounds in product development and marketing, we knew we could make this happen. I could bring women the tights they actually want to wear. Then, the real work started. Asking friends about their own experiences wearing hosiery. Finding a manufacturing partner. Samples. Conversations. Samples. Testing. Patenting. It became a crusade for comfort in a product category that has never been comfortable. And here we are – Hipstik is everything women have ever wanted in a pair. I have found my happy. And I truly believe Hipstik tights are so comfortable, they will make your day happier, too."


There are several styles and colors to choose from, and each item features a feminine lace waistband (stretchy, so it's sure to fit correctly!), and it actually has a little silicone band to keep it from sliding.  That is honestly probably my favorite feature of these!  I love the classic look of wearing hose any time I'm "dressed up", and I can attest to the fact that it's hard finding a pair that the waistband does not slide or roll.


If you wear hose or tights on even a semi-regular occasion, you definitely need to head on over to the Hipstik website and choose a pair of your own!  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their latest news, products, etc.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Top Dog-Friendly Destinations in the US


Summertime means longer days and warmer weather. With the extended sunlight hours comes extended time for recreation with your dog, which is fantastic. Summertime is also synonymous with vacations, which can often bring about trepidation for many dog owners.

The anxiety of trying to find an affordable dogsitter for an extended period of time is only rivaled by the anxiety of considering a cross-country trip with your confined canine.

Not to worry. We have compiled a list of dog-friendly destinations in every region of the country. So you can confidently plan to have your favorite canine companion accompany you on your travels.
East
Dog Mountain - Vermont
Dog Mountain, the brainchild and vision of married artists Stephen and Gwen Huneck, is located on 150 acres of a private mountaintop in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The grounds are always open to people and their dogs. The Hunecks bought the property in 1995. In 1997, construction began on the Dog Chapel, which serves as a memorial for people whose pets have passed on. In addition to standard doors, the chapel has a dog door, pews with carved dogs on the ends, and stained glass windows celebrating the joy dogs bring to our lives. 

The chapel opened in 2000, and Stephen Huneck provided for much of the gorgeous design that was developed. Over the years, pet lovers have contributed with their tributes: pictures, letters, and colorful notes to departed pets, covering all of the walls several layers deep. The result is a masterpiece beyond description.
Freedom Trail - Massachusetts
The Freedom Trail Foundation's most popular tour highlights the revolutionary history that took place at 11 of the 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites. This 2.5-mile path is marked by either red bricks or a red painted line and winds through the city, starting at the Boston Common Visitor Center located on Tremont Street south of Park Street.

Leashed pets are welcome to enjoy the Freedom Trail with you; just remember to adhere to the following rules:
  • Pets must be leashed
  • Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly
  • Pets using the Boston Common Off-leash Area (from 6 am – 11 pm daily) must have current vaccinations, a current license, wear an ID tag at all times, and be leashed when entering and exiting the area. Owners must always carry a leash and are limited to three dogs in the off-leash area at a time.
Newport Cliff Walk - Rhode Island
Newport's majestic Cliff Walk is the perfect place for you and your dog to encounter a prolonged moment of peace. Observe the glory of the Gilded Age mansions, take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean, breathe in the invigorating sea breeze, and explore the pristine beaches.

Your dog is welcome on the Cliff Walk, but he or she must be leashed and you must pick up after your dog. The 3.5-mile trail is littered with stretches of lawns, beaches, and parks for you and your dog to use as resting areas.
Mystic Seaport Museum - Connecticut
Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the country, but it doesn’t feel like a typical museum at all. The modern technology and nautical history are woven together so seamlessly that it has the feel of an interactive park of innovation and information. There are ample opportunities to explore impressive old boats and learn about the maritime lifestyle of New England in the 1800s.

Leashed pets are permitted throughout the 19-acre grounds of Mystic Seaport Museum, but they are prohibited from entering restaurants, exhibit buildings, or display vessels. Your dog, however, is allowed on boat rentals and on waterfront cruise boats, as long as there’s room on the tour for your dog to fit comfortably.
South
City of Charleston - South Carolina
Charleston, also known as The Holy City and Silicon Harbor, has been voted one of America’s friendliest cities in the US multiple times over. That cordiality is extended to your canine companions. From admiring the amazing architecture on King Street to strolling on the edges of Charleston Harbor to taking in the Civil War history at the Battery, there are dozens of dog-friendly venues to appreciate in the scenic southern city.
Nestled in between lush hiking trails and a historic downtown, the Hot Springs National Park is a great place to walk, run, or camp out with your pet. There is a peaceful river that can serve as a a cooling off point where your dog can dip its paws. And with 26 miles of hiking trails bicycle-spoked throughout the park as you pass by Bathhouse Row, you’ll have plenty of room to give yourself and your pup a substantial workout.
Eastport is a serene sailing neighborhood in historic Annapolis and has plenty of dog-friendly venues and activities. Take your dog on the All About Annapolis Walking Tour. Then, stroll through the many waterfront parks that are littered with Revolutionary War history and artifacts. Finally, patronize one of the many dog-friendly restaurants like The Wet Dog Cafe or Davis’s Pub.
The birthplace of the nation’s 16th President is surrounded by woods, hills, well-kept walking trails, and a river – all of which are available for you and your dog to wander and explore. Although pets are not allowed in the monument building or the visitor center, there are plenty of wide-open spaces like the Big Field at Knob Creek that your dog can take advantage of for recreation.
Midwest
Black Hills and Badlands - South Dakota
Whether you want to camp out at dog-friendly sites like Lake Park Campground and the Rapid City KOA or want to visit the iconic Mount Rushmore, you can bring along your four-legged friend with confidence to experience these scenic venues in the Dakotas. With scores of trails, miniature mountains, and creeks to explore, you and your pet will not lack for outdoor adventure.
Itasca State Park - Minnesota
From the Headwaters Center to Lake Itasca and river headwaters is an 800-foot trail where you and your furry traveler can observe diverse wildlife up close. From ducks to chipmunks to turtles and deer, Itasca State Park is crawling with creatures to spot and snap pictures of. 

After exploring headwaters, you and your dog should traverse the Wilderness Drive, a paved, 10-mile, one-way loop that circles through the park. Travel by vehicle, by bike, or by foot if you’re looking for a challenge.
This vestige of frontier living and Native American culture is a quiet venue, rich with history, that is a suitable expedition for you and your dog. As with most of these locations, pets on a leash are welcome to walk the trails and explore the grounds at the Knife River Indian Villages’ site with you, as long as you pick up after them. They’re prohibited from entering the visitor center and the reconstructed earthen lodge. The Village Trail can is accessible from the visitor center, and the North Forest Trail and Two Rivers Trail are accessible from parking areas on Highway 18.
West
Painted perfectly on a canvas of burnt red rock and verdant foliage, the desert city of Sedona is a picturesque destination for any dog lover. There are a variety of parks and hiking areas throughout Sedona and the surrounding towns, including Red Rock State Park, Coconino National Forest, and Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness. Leashes must be worn by your dog on the trails, but wherever you choose to begin and end your Sedona expedition, you’re bound to have a blast.
You and your dog will be transported back in time when visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum. You will be able to explore antique aircraft from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. As long as your dog is friendly and is on a leash, you’re welcome to attend any of the walking tours or explore many of the vintage exhibits.
Monument Valley has a unique place in cinematic history, having served as the backdrop for many Western films and having been featured in iconic blockbusters like Forrest Gump and Back to the Future Part III. Monument Valley’s multi-faceted, multi-colored desert landscape is located on the Arizona-Utah border and offers plenty of hiking trails to enjoy with your pup. One such trail is Wildcat Trail, a nearly-four-mile hiking trail that dives into the valley and wraps around West Mitten Butte.
Santa Monica - California
From the famed Santa Monica Pier to Airport Park Dog Park to Huntington Dog Beach, Santa Monica, California is saturated with dog-friendly venues, both indoors and in the open air. Santa Monica is a bona fide dog lovers’ community. The extra care and attention that the residents have invested in creating a canine-compassionate culture make this city an attractive and comfortable destination for visiting tourists and their pets.

So as you deliberate on where to travel during the dog days of summer, you should give great consideration to these dog-friendly destinations.

Bio

Schimri Yoyo is a writer for exercise.com and a financial advisor with active health and life insurance licenses. Born in Haiti. Reared in Brockton, MA. Matured in Philadelphia. Schimri is a proud graduate of Arcadia University, having earned both a Masters in Special Education and an MFA in Creative Writing from the castle-riddled campus in Glenside, PA. By personality and by profession, Schimri is an educator and a storyteller who is eager to assist individuals and families to craft and complete their own financial success stories.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Benefits of Investing - Brice Capital



Hey neighbors!!

So good to see you all today!!  We are going to have a short discussion on investing.  How many of you are dabbling in investing?  Did you start out young, or did you start investing as you got older?  Are you investing on your own, using a broker, or are you in a 401K plan at work?

First of all, I want to say here, that I am 54 and prior to a couple years ago, never considered investing in any way.  Since I have begun a little research I have learned more and wish I had started when I was quite a bit younger.  Looking back I can see where investing would have been a benefit and though I can start now, obviously it won't have as much impact as if I had begun years ago.


First of all there is a major benefit by learning to invest when you are younger.  Not only does your investment have more time to grow, but you will learn early on what works for you and be able to branch out some.  Investing early, will also teach an awareness of money and how to budget and how to manage your money.

Most of the information I read said one of the best things to do is to get out of any debt before investing.  Pay off credit cards and any other debts.  Starting early can prevent having to go through this step. Once you have done this you should try to set aside enough funds to carry you through approximately three months without any income.  This will be of benefit, should you become unemployed and is a means to get you through until you find a new job without touching your investments.

Now, most people think, "I do not have enough money to invest".  It really does not take large amounts of money to get started.  I learned about Robo Advisors.  You can start with $100, and sign up through a Robo Advisor and they will make choices for you based on the information you input, like the amount you are able to invest, the amount of risk you are willing to take, and the amount of return you are expecting.  Robo Advisors a are much less expensive route to go, because you will not incur the larger fees of working with an investment company.  Be sure to check out the companies before investing through them.


There is also something called DRIP Stocks, where you can invest as little as $10.  I need to do more research on this one.  This method also avoids using a broker, so your output in fees is obviously less.  You are actually investing in the company and you want to choose a well established company.  This is a long term investment strategy, not a quick turn-around.

As with any type of investment program, diversity is a must.  You don't want to put all your money in one place, just in case there is a problem you will have other options available.


Another form of investment is in real estate.  If you have the skills to successfully purchase a piece of real estate and make repairs, this might be a viable option for you.  You must of course have the extra money to invest and to have it tied up for the amount of time it takes you to make repairs and then resell.  We personally know a couple of people who do this.  This is of course a high risk if you do not know what you are getting in to, or you do not have the necessary skills to do repairs and upgrades.  Before flipping a house consider what will go in to the full process.

Any one of these methods of investment will eventually produce a nest egg for your future.  You can rest knowing that you have created funds for later on in life, and the ability to get through minor setbacks that life throws at you.

I hope this information is a benefit to someone.  This really is just a general, basic post to give you some ideas on how you can invest and benefit from investing.  Have some ideas?  Share them in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Captain Marvel


Hey neighbors!!

How many of you have already seen Captain Marvel?  Captain Marvel actually released last week on DVD on June 11th, but I did not get the opportunity to see it until this week.  Anyway, we have a player that takes out swear words, so the family was able to sit down and with this together.  If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to get a copy for yourself. The spectacular, 1990s-era Super Hero adventure, which electrified and inspired audiences worldwide and surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales, is available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere May 28, and lands on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ June 11.  Bring home the first female-led franchise film that launches audiences higher, further, faster, centered on Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

      After hearing mixed reviews about Captain Marvel, yet still curious about how it would be, I popped it in my player and gave it a viewing.  As most movies are that introduce a character by giving the backstory, Captain Marvel takes a few minutes to get into the story, but the film delivers as far as I am concerned and does not deserve some of the negativity that has surrounded it.  
     
 The actress Brie Larson does a fine job as the female superhero, providing a good balance between humor and seriousness.  And the roughly two hour movie has both.  While not having as many funny scenes as Guardians of the Galaxy and some of the other Marvel blockbusters, Captain Marvel has enough to crack a few smiles and lighten the mood when necessary.  The action scenes are plenty including a fantastic fight scene aboard a train and some battles that take place on space ships.  Fans of science fiction will be doubly pleased with the feature as it includes  alien races, beings that can change shapes etc.  The special effects are as good or better than expected and are right in line with other movies in the Marvel Universe.

      
And to bring in a popular character from the Marvel films and finally include his backstory, was a smart move on the part of the writers.  This character, (no spoilers here, sorry), added some fun and flavor to the movie.  The ending satisfied as so few movies do these days.  So sit back and enjoy Captain Marvel.  You will be glad you did.



If you want to share your opinion, please do so in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by where neighbors share.

June Gramma In A Box



Hey neighbors!!

Our Gramma in a Box arrived and I was pretty excited to see what was in it this time!  This box centers on Minions and Emojis.  How neat is that?

So, Gramma in a Box always arrives in her red box with stickers on the outside.  You just know that there is something special inside.  Gramma in a Box never fails to meet expectations!!  The box arrives with just about everything you need to complete the projects.  And the items you need to add are pretty common kitchen items.  We needed a microwave safe bowl, a spoon, a knife and of course you need a microwave. As a side not though the microwave is to melt the chocolate pieces and there is a stove top method to do this if necessary.


Each Gramma in a Box starts with 4 cards.  An introduction card and then the recipe cards.  The recipe cards give step by step instructions on how to complete each project and it lists the ingredients on the back with allergy warnings.  The ingredients are separated into small containers, so you can pull out what you need for each project.  She also includes wax paper to make your creations on.


Our first project this month was Emoji Pops.  We pulled out the necessary items and melted the chocolate to start.  First you get a little melted chocolate on the end of your provided stick and then insert it in a marshmallow.  Then dip or roll the marshmallow in the chocolate.  Dip top of the marshmallow in the brown jimmies for hair.  Use the candy decorations to create your emoji faces.  They came out so adorable.




Next we made the Minion Bites.  Basically the Rice Krispie mix coated in yellow chocolate and sprinkled liberally with the blue jimmies.  Pretty neat looking.




Last of all were the Minion/Emoji  cookies to decorate.  They came with yellow, blue and red frosting, already to decorate with, just snip a small hole in the tip of the bag.  Then add leftover candy decorations of eyes, mustache, hearts, and bow ties.  There are blue and gold sugar sprinkles and of course you can use the leftover jimmies.  I think they came out looking pretty good.



One last thing was in the box and that is the Gramma in a Box business card. You can subscribe with an auto debit program for only $20 per month…and the first box is only $10 – no code needed. There are several other options on her website as well.  Neighbors, this is a really neat subscription box to do with your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews.  Could you just go purchase everything yourself and come up with your own projects?  Probably, but you would have to find projects and purchase the supplies.  This way, everything is already planned, you have everything you need, and you don't realize in the middle of a project that you forgot something.  I am really impressed with the quality of Gramma in a Box and she comes up with new projects each month.  Purchase one for yourself to do with the children, or send it to someone as a gift.  If you do sign up, be sure to share some of your project photos with Gramma in a Box on her social media.  We would love to see the pics too!!
Facebook - Gramma in a Box
Instagram - Gramma in a Box




Thanks for stopping in today, where neighbors share!!

Summer Home Care



Hey neighbors!!

I don't know about you, but as we head into summer, we are preparing our home for the season.  After a winter that did not want to end, and a spring that tried to flood everyone out, we are finally getting the chance to clean and prepare for summer.

We are already experiencing those little summer pests.  You know, ants, mosquitos, gnats and flies.  I am sure some of the ant problems have to do with how much rain we have had and they are just coming in to stay dry too.  I have found ants on my desk, in the bathrooms and even one or two on our dining room table.  There was a whole army of them surrounding my husband's door to his study.  And don't get me started on spiders.  I have never seen more spiders here than this year.  Inside the home and outside.  At least I am short so if I let my husband go down our walkway first he takes out all the newly built spider webs!!


So what can you do about the invasion of bugs?
1.  Remove all standing water from around your home and yard.
2.  Cut back all brush, shrubbery and tree limbs from your home.
3.  Seal any cracks where you find them entering your home.
4. Be sure to put away all food, clean up spills, and wipe away all crumbs.
5. Wipe down all counters and stove tops with a cleaner.
6. Be sure your sink is clean after doing dishes.
7. Be sure to spray a pest control around window and door seals where those little pests can enter.
8. Keep all pet bags sealed and remove your pets dishes when they are done eating.

We are also doing a generalized cleanup of our yard.  Some of the weather had affected our privacy fence, so we had to replace some slats and tighten up a few boards.  The dogs found a few places to escape, so we had to fix that too.  We have mowed several times in between rain.  My husband has gone around the home cutting down branches and other brush as well as picking up dead branches that fell.  He has also cleaned the gutters and trimmed all the brush from the driveway.  He had to block several holes under the home to prevent larger pests.


Next on our list is giving the outside of the house a good cleaning.  We have a lot of dust, spider webs and wasp nests to remove.  I definitely do not want the wasps moving back in.  Of course all the windows will receive a good cleaning as well and then we will apply an insecticide.

So neighbors, what are you doing to cleanup and prevent pests?  Any helpful hints?  Be sure to share them in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!!





Friday, June 14, 2019

Eating Your Way to a Healthier You


Eating Your Way to a Healthier You

Between job schedules, medical appointments and a social life, it can be hard to keep your household on track for healthy living. You might not have the time or ability to cook an entire food-group conscious meal. Fortunately, there are many easy and affordable options for keeping your family fit and focused on healthy eating and living. With some online assistance, you can always find out more about local eateries providing healthy options, but there are some changes you can make as well.

Start at the Beginning

Many people don’t worry about their eating habits until it’s a little too late. If you really want to get your family on track, start when your kids are young. If you are a new couple, make it a priority. It’s a lot easier to instill good habits than it is to break bad ones.

Get Colorful and Creative

Your evening meals don’t have to look like a Food Network show, but the more color you have on your plate, the better it will be. Kids like the variation in color and it does engage more of the senses in a dining experience. However, many of the colorful fruits and vegetables you include are some of the healthiest options available. Use chopped fruits and veggies for kid snacks or your afternoon work slump rather than processed snack foods.

Take Small Steps

A game changer for healthy living is the small substitutions that you make on a daily basis. Swap the bad fats for good fats (olive or coconut oil rather than butter) and invest in protein-rich foods rather than empty starches and carbohydrates. Little by little, you can revolutionize your family eating habits.

Make It a Memory

If you don't think your kids will appreciate the way you trashed the bucket of cheese puffs, turn their snacking alternatives in a family affair. Schedule a homemade pizza night where everyone gets involved. Let them roll their dough and pick their toppings. Many children are more apt to eat something they have had a hand in preparing. Look through recipes or snack ideas together, and let them have a hand in choosing what is on the menu. 

You Can Do It

The old saying goes that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same is true for starting on a healthy living mission. Change your diet one bite at a time.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Norm of the North King Sized Adventure



Hey neighbors!!

How many of your children like Norm of the North?  Well, check out Norm's newest, E-NORM-OUS adventure!!  I love that while the children are having fun watching Norm as he bumbles around in his polar bear style, that they are also learning valuable lessons.  This one is about how it is important to keep your word.

King Sized Adventure arrives today on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand from Lionsgate.  The Combo Pack suggested retail price is $21.99 and the DVD is $19.98.

Norm is preparing to celebrate his grandfather's wedding with his friends, when he gets sucked into another adventure that has him trying to recover an artifact and return it it its rightful place and still make it back in time for the wedding like he promised.  Will Norm do it?  You will have to watch to find out.

Take a sneak peek at the trailer and then purchase a copy of Norm of the North King Sized Adventure for your family to enjoy.


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Travel - Hints to Inexpensive Eating



Hey neighbors!

With summer fast approaching and the school year ending already for many students, some of you may be planning trips.  Or perhaps you would like to take a trip, but expenses stand in your way.  If that is the reason you can not take a trip this summer, check out a few ways to cut down on food expense for a trip.



One of the first things to do is pull out your cooler.  If you don't own one, consider purchasing or borrowing one for your trip.  The cooler will allow you to bring snacks on the trip, as well as cold drinks or at least ice for your drinks.  This is also where plastic containers and zip-loc bags will come in handy.  We like to bring fruit, deli meat, cheese, yogurt and other things like this for snacks and or a quick lunch.  Use snack size containers and bags, so you can just grab one snack and be done. Bring along a case of water and toss them in the cooler throughout the day to get cold.  If your children prefer a little flavor, grab a small box of the flavor packets you can use to flavor your water. You can also make a pitcher of tea or lemonade and fill drink bottles before leaving.

Planning on being in a hotel your first night, or maybe you are only going one day's travel away.  Make a casserole a day or two ahead of time for dinner and double it.  Freeze the second one and you now have dinner the first night in your hotel.  It will help keep things cold on your trip and then just pop it in the microwave for a quick dinner the first night.


We also pack a small tote with our dry goods.  We put in bread for deli sandwiches, snack bags of nuts, chips, crackers, along with a few paper plates and plasticware for eating.  We toss in a roll of paper towels and a packet of hand wipes.  We add a plastic grocery bag or two for trash.

Eating out will definitely be more expensive then bringing or preparing meals, but it is possible to cut down on expenses even here.  First of all, eat out for lunch rather than dinner.  Many restaurants have a lunch menu.  Have children share meals.  Mine did, and even at the age of 32, 22 and 18 they often share meals.  Like a footlong sub or a pasta dish at a restaurant.  If you have a cooler, or you are at a hotel with a refrigerator bring back your leftovers.  They can be used for dinner, lunch the next day or even just an evening snack.  Look for coupons and special deals.  You can oftentimes find coupons in the Sunday paper, restaurants close to the hotel often give discounts by showing your room card, and small, local papers will have specials advertised.  Download apps from your favorite restaurants since they will send you specials occasionally.


Many hotels provide a breakfast for their guests, but if yours does not, purchase items to eat there in the morning.  Donuts, pastries, and cereal are easy to have on hand in your hotel room.

We always make sure the hotel room has a small refrigerator and microwave.  This is big help when trying to eat inexpensively.  You can store and then warm up leftovers and keep deli meat and snack items all in your room.

We have managed to take several trips and save on our food by utilizing most of these suggestions. My daughters travel quite a bit and have come up with some of these hints.  If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments to help our neighbors!!

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