Kiqplan Personalized Fitness / Training App Review

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I received these personalized fitness apps shown in the image below from www.kiqplan.com to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine alone. Kiqplan is a personalized fitness app that comes with a digital coach, motivating tips and noutritional info. that syncs up with many activity trackers, fitness apps and smartphones.  I don't go anywhere without my Fitbit band, so when Kiqplan approached me about their app that worked hand … [Read more...]

It Is Possible To Become A Foster Parent

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          Can you be there for a child during life’s special moments? Imagine the top five things that matter the most in the mind of a child.  This may include the love and comfort they receive from their parents or caregivers, surprise kisses from their family’s furry friend, cuddling up with their favorite teddy bear before bedtime, and watching Saturday morning cartoons with their brothers and sisters. … [Read more...]

Cleaning Checklists Relieve Stress

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Let’s be honest, cleaning is a chore.  There are a few people who actually enjoy cleaning, but for the rest of us who do not, it can be stressful and hectic.  One way to reduce the stress and chaos when cleaning is to create a cleaning checklist. My daily cleaning checklist includes: Make beds Place dirty clothing in hampers Wash, dry, and put away one load of laundry Clear kitchen counters and wipe down stovetop Clean kitchen … [Read more...]

The Balance of Family Daily Device Usage

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There seems to be a recent trend in the world of parenting advice where experts are berating parents about how much screen time kids are getting.  Take this article, recently published by Time, for example.  Of course there's no question that plenty of children spend too much time in front of a screen that's acting as a babysitter.  However, I would like to make a point to present the opposite side of the argument: screen time isn't evil.  It … [Read more...]

Sports Related Charms Show Team Spirit

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Do your kids play sports?  Have you noticed all the moms who wear matching sports related items to the games?  I have seen teams that all had buttons with their kids faces on them, moms with personalized megaphones and awesome glittery matching tee shirts.  I have even found sports related Jamberry nail wraps.  All of these items are great, but my son dedicates so much time to basketball that I'd like to find an item to wear to support him on a … [Read more...]

Tips: Clean Your Home Like A Pro

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Have you ever thought of aquiring paid cleaning services?  It would be so nice to have someone clean your house twice a week but that gets pretty expensive, so I just create a time where I can do it myself using the cleaning tips from the pros. The first thing you need to do is schedule a cleaning time.  The cleaning professionals do not quit until the job is done, and neither should you!  Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done … [Read more...]

Time To Update My Halloween Decorations

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School just started back up and Halloween will be here before we know it.  Hopefully the Texas weather will cooperate this year and it will be cool enough in the evenings for my son to wear a fun Halloween costume this year.  Sometimes we get lucky, then other times, it is just WAY too hot to dress in much of a costume, let alone Halloween Costume makeup effects. Our family looks forward to Halloween and always decorates the inside of our home … [Read more...]

Easily Match Home Wall Paint

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When's the last time you needed to track down a matching paint color for one of your rooms?  Above you can see my laundry room.  We had to have some patch work done in this room which now requires me to repaint.  Thankfully I learned how to organize my paint colors or matching this exact paint color may have taken me awhile or even required me to repaint the entire room. I used to save all the paint cans, but that just took up too much … [Read more...]

Declutter Strategies

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If you have been following along with my home remodeling, you know that I had to declutter a bit (remember all of those bags of things I got rid of?).   It can be hard to declutter once the clutter has added up over the years.  That is why I have come up with some decluttering strategies for you! First, you will want to put your first STOP clutter efforts where they will bear the most fruit.  Look for the places where you struggle the most and … [Read more...]

Garbage Disposal Installation Tips

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Is it time for a new garbage disposal?  If so, there are a few things you should know: We are currently remodeling our kitchen which called for a new garbage disposal after our kitchen had been completely gutted.  Once the cabinets and sink were installed, I was anxious to get the water faucets and garbage disposal hooked up so I can begin using my kitchen again.  A sales lady at the plumbing store helped me put an order together for the … [Read more...]

Simple Preworkout Food Combos

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I have listed a few different pre-workout food combinations you can eat before specific workouts.  These will fuel your energy and keep you going longer. If you plan on walking for a while, try eating one medium sized pear and ½ an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese.  100 to 200 calories with a mix of carbs, protein and fat offsets hunger and helps muscles stride longer. If you are going to go running, eat ½ cup each of oats and blueberries … [Read more...]

Child Accident Claims: What You Need to Know

Injuries and accidents are bound to happen throughout your child's youth, but if your son or daughter gets hurt as a result of some form of negligence, you might be able to submit a child accident claim and get the compensation that you and your child deserve. There is no reason to hesitate when it comes to initiating proceedings on behalf of your child, but there are certain things that you need to know before submitting your claim.  Continue … [Read more...]

School Is Starting Back, Did You…

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Many schools have already started back up for the fall session, but we've got one one more week left of our summer break before it's time to get back to school.   Getting ready for school to start back up can be very hectic, so I've included my personal check list  for your review. Things To Do Before School Starts Back Up . Back to school shopping for items that are needed NOW Shoes Clothing ( Backpack Lunch kit Books from … [Read more...]

Helpful or Harmful: Juice Cleanse

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I have always heard positive things about juice cleanses until recently.  Juice cleanses can actually have some negative effects on your body: Mood Swings:   Without the carbs, fat and protein your body needs to make the neurotransmitters that keep you even-keeled, anticipate some irritability.  That is usually the last thing I want to happen while trying to lose weight. Muscle Shrinkage: Your body does not know it is missing out on … [Read more...]

Halloween Mummy Jars – Get Prepared

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Even though Halloween is still a few months away, I love getting ready for Halloween crafts ahead of time so I can go ahead and start collecting the supplies I need. Mummies are creepy and cool at the same time, and they are a lot of fun to make!  Photo Credit:  www.whilehewasnapping.com Here’s what you will need: Glass canning jars (I always see a ton at our local Goodwill/thrift store) Paintbrush Medical gauze Mod podge or … [Read more...]

Easy Blackberry Cobbler #Recipe

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Do you like Blackberry Cobbler?  Are you discouraged from making it sometimes due to the time it takes to put together?  You're in luck!  This Blackberry Cobbler recipe is great if you need a dessert in a hurry. Preparation: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees before getting started.Place 4 cups of blackberries in a lightly  greased 8 inch baking dish and sprinkle  the berries with 1 Tbsp lemon juice.Stir together the following in a medium … [Read more...]