Friday, February 14, 2020

February Gramma in a Box - Happy Valentine's Day - Giveaway

Hey neighbors!!

We had a lot of fun with the February Gramma in a Box!!  And we appropriately planned for it to post today, and then our car had issues this morning, my husband took me out to lunch and then shopping and we did not make it home until almost dinner time!!  So, here is what we thought of this month's Gramma in a Box!!

The February Gramma in a Box arrived and I was pretty excited to see what Terry came up with for this month's subscription box.  She always has such unique ideas.  Last month my husband and I did the box together.  This month it was just me to surprise the family.

We started with Valentine Candy Cane Hearts.  Above you can see the items we used, and below you will see the finished result.  They are so adorable and quite easy to make.  Gramma in a Box comes with recipe cards with step by step instructions, so you can easily complete each project.  She lists the ingredients need, along with any other items you will need from your kitchen.  Everything you need to add are pretty common items, like a spoon or butter knife or a microwave bowl.

Our next project were the Crispy Caramel Bites.  These looked so pretty when they were completed.  We had chocolate melts, caramel bits, crispy rice cereal, and we added the heart shaped sprinkles to ours.  On the back of the recipe cards you will find an ingredient list that will include items that someone might be allergic to.  She is always very careful to include the possible allergens.

Our last project was decorating cookies.  The cookies always come nicely packaged with pre-mixed icing in bags.  You simply snip a small hole in the bag of icing and start decorating.  I always try to start with a small hole for writing.  Then of course we had sprinkles and conversation hearts to add to the cookies.  As I said above she includes just about everything you need, including the wax paper to create your projects on.

Look at all these goodies, all from one subscription box.  Gramma in a Box is a subscription box available to anyone on a monthly basis.  It is perfect for grandparents and parents to do with their children and grandchildren, but are also perfect for teens or even college age students.  If you do not live near your grandchildren, send them the box and video call while they are creating the treats.

You can buy a one, three, six or twelve month subscription to Gramma in a Box.  If you choose auto debit, your first month is only $10.  Regular price is $20.  You can visit Gramma in a Box to subscribe, and I recommend following her social media as she shares upcoming projects, as well as pictures and reviews of previous boxes.  Please sign up by March 3rd if you want to receive the March box.

Gramma in a Box Social Media:
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Terry is allowing us to have a giveaway for next month's box.  This giveaway will end the 27th, as she needs the winner's information in time for the March box.  Hurry up and enter and invite your friends to enter as well!!

Thanks for stopping by today, where neighbors share!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tips for Transitioning to a New Town

No matter where life takes you, you want to feel comfortable and at home in your city. Whether you are moving to a new town for work, family, or anything else, it can take some time to settle in and find your rhythm. If you are moving to a place that you have never been to before, this can be particularly challenging, so here are some tips for making the transition as seamlessly as possible. 

Find New Medical Providers 

One of the first things you should do when you arrive in your new city is to find new medical providers. This can be especially important if you have medications that routinely need to be filled or if you have an ongoing medical condition that needs to be monitored. Whether you need to locate a pulmonologist or a dentist in oshawa, you can use sites like Healthgrades or Zocdoc to find the right professionals for your needs. Don't forget your pets, either - finding a new veterinarian should be one of your first tasks, too. 

Find New Banking Establishments 

Another top priority is finding a new bank or a local branch of the bank you use. Many banks are national and have locations in nearly every city and state, but you may bank with a smaller company that has limited locations. Either way, it's worth checking out the new options in your area, as they may have better services for you. Credit unions often operate locally operated but have a network of shared sister branches where you can bank. Getting your finances set will help you relax more and enjoy your new home. 

Find New Favorite Places 

Finally, it's time to make your new city of residence really feel like home. It's always nice to become familiar with businesses and communities around town. Whether you want a go-to hiking trail or a go-to bar stool, finding familiarity in the unknown helps make you feel more at home. Start exploring local parks and tourist attractions to learn the history of the area. Saddle up at a local watering hole or coffee shop and chat with some locals to learn about great places to eat and drink. Residents can give you recommendations on everything from hair salons to babysitters. 
Wherever you live, you want it to feel like home. Take the time to find everyday essentials as well as entertainment favorites so you can enjoy your city! 

Monday, February 10, 2020

New Homeschool Mom's Science Podcast by Greg Landry

As you all know, I homeschooled all six of our children. Each one has graduated and are now moving on doing their thing in the world.  I still love to keep updated on homeschool information and try to help others. Greg Landry now has a new podcast for homeschoolers. Be sure to read below to learn more.
This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry:
Former college professor, homeschool dad, and homeschool science pioneer, Greg Landry, has a new podcast specifically for homeschool moms – the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast. The purpose of this podcast to encourage, entertain, and equip homeschool moms to teach science (6th - 12th grade) and to make it interesting and enjoyable for students (and mom).
You’ll enjoy a familiar voice with science, stories, and humor every week – a new homeschool mom’s podcast available every Tuesday morning.
Episode #1 – Intro & She Married Me Anyway
Professor Landry will also cover:
- Interesting and unique aspects of teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology.
- Teaching science to your children who aren't going to college or who won't be college science majors and preparing students for college.
- Preparing students for the ACT
- The ins and outs of creating good lab reports.
- From years of teaching university students and homeschooled students he’ll tell you some great stories (including cadaver lab stories)!
- And much more.
Upcoming Episodes...
- Order of middle school and high school science classes
- How to teach science to "non-science" students vs. college-bound science majors.
- What my wife and I learned about getting our homeschooled children through the college experience
- How your children can benefit from daily graphing and how to teach it
- How to write good lab reports and mistakes to avoid
- Stories from the cadaver lab
- How and why to teach the metric system
- His experience with homeschoolers as a college professor
- Top homeschool science mistakes and how to avoid them
- What you don't know about college sports scholarships for average homeschool athletes
- How to teach cellular respiration
- What my wife and I learned from searching for colleges for our homeschooled daughters
- What your students should know about basic statistics
- Why and how to teach measurement
- Should you take the ACT and SAT?
- How to prepare for each section of the ACT
- And much more 

​​Do you have a topic you’d like discussed on the homeschool podcast? We’d love to hear from you!
​Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

Shopping for Jewelry

When the timing for giving gifts to that special someone comes around, men often find it harder to buy something for the woman. They wonder what to shop for and sometimes wait until the last minute to decide. There is something that can solve these men’s problems though, jewelry! Jewelry is something that is always available and is rarely unwanted by women. If you are trying to decide what piece you should purchase, here are a few ideas.


Purchasing a bracelet is one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry you could choose. Some stores offer you the option to build a customized piece where you pick the charms that you want on it. This is a great way to give a gift that you could build upon each time a special occasion comes. You will also find companies that specialize in single charm bracelets, but the bands are easily stackable and go together on the same wrist.  


Rings can be a tricky thing to buy. If you are not already engaged or married, purchasing one of these may not be your best option. If you are planning to pop the question though, this could be the perfect time to do it. A moissanite engagement ring is a lovely option if you are looking for something nontraditional. For those who are already married, purchasing a ring that signifies something special and can be worn all the time is a very romantic gift to give.    


As one of the most common pieces of jewelry, necklaces tend to be the most popular buy. You do not have to guess the right size when picking one, and you have numerous options to choose from. You could go with a classy, yet simple pendant or maybe something long with sparkles bedazzling the chain. Necklaces are an easy piece to wear, and many women will not complain about owning multiple.


Earrings are a fun way to spoil your special someone. A pair of diamond studs can go with almost anything, and they send the message that your loved one is worth spoiling. Some jewelry sets consist of several pieces, but the earrings are often sold separately. It can be a fun arrangement to give your lady the entire collection one piece at a time.
Finding that perfect piece may take a little time but remember to keep looking. Once you determine the kind of jewelry you want to buy, your battle will be half-way over!

Top Things to Do First in Your New Home

Buying a new home is a more complex process than buying a car or a major appliance. You might think that once you get the keys to your house, you’re good to go. All you need to do is just move your belongings in and you’re set, right? Not so fast there. Whether you’re moving into new construction or a resale, there are some things you need to do right away for your benefit. Get started on this new phase the right way by following these tips.

Change The Locks

If you’re moving into a new build, you’ll need to change the locks as many people had access to your home during construction. From real estate agents to contractors and even other potential buyers, other people have come and gone freely to your house. If you’re moving into a home with previous owners, you can’t be sure who also might have keys to your place. It is strongly recommended that you switch out the old locks for security and peace of mind. A professional locksmith can install deadbolts and extra locks on all your doors, internal and external. They can also rekey existing locks. Another alternative is a DIY lock that you can install yourself.

Clean Thoroughly

Both resales and new construction can use a deep, thorough clean once you move in. Former owners may have left behind dirty floors or carpets which can seriously affect the air quality of your new home. A service that provides carpet steam cleaning Melbourne can provide a deep clean. If you’re moving into a brand new place or one that experienced significant upgrades, the contractors may have left behind dirt and debris from demolitions and drilling. The good news is that a new residence is easier to clean when you’ve first moved in. You can do most cleaning yourself or consider hiring a service that offers deep cleaning.

Get Familiar With Your Home’s Inner Workings

Now that you’ve moved in, you should familiarize yourself with your home’s inner workings. Find out where your breaker box is and which switches control which rooms and/or appliances. If the switches aren’t labeled, this is a good time to do so. Learn where your water and gas shut-off valves are, so you’re not having to discover this during an emergency situation. This is also a great time to check your smoke alarms, security system and carbon monoxide detectors.
Start this new phase on the right foot. Taking these important steps gets your homeownership off to a better start and avoid certain pitfalls in the future. Your house is your castle and it deserves this level of care.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Ripley's Books for Children! Giveaway!

Hi Neighbors!!

Many of you have seen some of the previous books we have shared from Ripley's.  They have quality books for all ages, from board books for toddlers to books for adults.  They are well-made, quality books that are worth adding to your bookshelf.  This time around we have some adorable books for young children.  Think Valentines Day or just a something special gift.

We have Gabby and the Dark, about an adorable turtle who is afraid of the dark...sort of.  Gabby is an explorer and while on an adventure overcomes her fear of the dark. Norman and the Flight is about a young penguin who believes penguins can fly.  He truly wants to try.  Get the book and see if Norman gets to fly.  Bremner and the Party is about Bremner, who is a puffer fish.  He has been invited to a party and is afraid he will puff up in front of everyone and be made fun of.  Last of all is Sharkee and the Teddy Bear.  Sharkee sees a teddy bear fall into the ocean but can't find it.  He really wants to find the teddy bear and goes searching for it.

Here I want to share, that we are having a giveaway for all 4 books, but the best news is that the winner of the giveaway will also receive the newest Ripley's book in the series when it releases.  The new book is Rosie and the Night Sky.  Rosie is an eagle ray who wonders what those lights are that twinkle in the sky at night.  The book releases May 5th, and is already on pre-order through Amazon. The winner will receive this book when it releases.

Interested now? Each one of the main characters in the books are actual mascots at one of the Ripley's Aquariums.  Be sure to visit the Ripley's website to learn more about these entertaining children's books.  And if you ever get a chance to visit one of the Ripley's Aquariums, I highly recommend them.  We have been to the one in Gatlinburg TN several times and have always enjoyed visiting.  Well worth the time to wander through.

You can follow Ripley's Believe It or Not on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

So, let's get this giveaway going.  Unfortunately it will not end in time for these to arrive as a Valentine's Day gift, but perhaps they can be used during the last of winter for some inside entertainment.  Please be sure to share the giveaway with others and thank you for stopping by!!

Consider Mugadoo for Valentines Day

Hey neighbors!!

A new coffee or tea mug from Mugadoo could really make someone's day!!  Just gift a mug, or get creative and put something special inside the mug.  Perhaps a gift card, special candy, or a special coffee.  You could also do a gift basket with a Mugadoo mug and put in a good book, coffee, flavored creamer, candy, a good movie or CD.

One of the really nice things about Mugadoo is that they have so many mugs to choose from.  We chose the "Wake up and smell the coffee", but they have mugs that feature dogs, cats, coffee, music, moms, dads, farms, nurses, husbands, wives and more!! Visit their website and take a look around.

Give Mugadoo a follow on their social media:
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Thanks for stopping by!! See you soon!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Valentines Giveaway with Axol and Friends!

Hey neighbors!!

I received a Limited Edition for Valentines of Axol!! This Axol comes with a very special Valentines Tin, which you can place an extra special gift in.  Fill it with your sweetheart's favorite candy, place a gift card inside for their favorite store, or even better for you guys getting ready to propose you could place the ring inside this beautiful tin.  There are three different color Axols to choose from, as well as a Pangolin.  They are too adorable!!!

Not only will you surprise the person you gift Axol to, but you are also helping to raise awareness with youth of endangered species. Axol is an Axolotl and they are an endangered species of salamander, native to Mexico.

Each one arrives in a special box, with a certificate of authenticity.  They are made from eco-friendly organic cotton.

You can purchase your Axolotl or Pangolin on their website, HERE.  Be sure to follow Axol on their social media as well.
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

The good news is, one of our neighbors will win their very own Axol!!  Enter the giveaway and share.  It will only run one week, so enter now!!