SnackNation.com Healthy Snack Sampler #Giveaway ENDS 5/18

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I was given the following Snack Box from SnackNation.com to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This was such a FUN package to find on my front porch!  Who doesn't love snacks?  They were all individually wrapped and low calories, just the way I like them! Here's a view of the box when we first opened it.  The font slot contains small snacks, such as nutritional bars and bags of peanuts, while the … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Special Olympics – Rained Out

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We received an email from the basketball program at school about an opportunity to earn community service hours in our community.  The local high school was hosting the Special Olympics over the weekend and many volunteers were needed.  My 14 year old was very excited about this opportunity and we signed him up to work in the track area for the morning.  Unfortunately, we woke to a huge storm on Saturday morning.  Travis had signed up to … [Read more...]

Skin Tags and Kids: What Parents Need to Know

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Approximately 25 percent of the human population currently suffers, or has suffered from, skin tags.  This ranks skin tags among the most common cosmetic problems, which is why children shouldn’t worry or feel embarrassed if they have them.  While skin tags are most common in middle-aged adults and senior citizens, children are not immune from them. The Most Common Skin Tag Type (all ages): Acrochordon Doctors often refer to skin tags by … [Read more...]

#WhenWeBake Country Crock Sponsored #Giveaway ENDED

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This post has been sponsored by Country Crock.  All opinions are mine alone. I have been using Country Crock Buttery Spreads in our home for as long as I can remember.  I use their Buttery Spreads for all my cooking & baking for everything from deserts to our favorite casseroles.  Be sure to check out their site, they offer great recipes which even include nutritional information along with approximate prep and cook times.  If you are … [Read more...]

Time For Bedroom Curtains

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We renovated a few areas in our house over the last few months.  Our stair railing was unstable, so we replaced that and we also replaced a few of our windows last month.  They were original from where our home was built in 1995 and many of them were foggy inside the double pane glass. The majority of our windows were also allowing huge drafts to come into our home.  During the winter months we ran space heaters throughout our home to cut down on … [Read more...]

De-cluttering Your Home: Kitchen

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In Part 1, we discussed de-cluttering the bedroom.  Part 2 is all about the kitchen!  The kitchen is an area that holds a little bit of everything, which means it can get filled up and cluttered pretty quickly!  A few things you can go through (and most likely find a lot to get rid of) are: Glasses and mugs: Any type of cup or mug is automatically a collected item.  If you go to an event and they have a mug as a gift, you take as many as you … [Read more...]

Ready for Spring Cleaning?

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Spring is here, which means along with flowers, allergies will also be blooming.   There are a few things you can do as preventative measures to protect your family as much as possible against attacking allergies. Spring and cleaning usually go hand in hand, and in the case of allergies it can be especially helpful if you do a really good spring-cleaning.  Starting with your carpets and rugs is a good idea.  If you can, try to get all carpets … [Read more...]

DIY: Replace Your Toilet Fill Valve / Flapper

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Years ago, every time our toilet would continue to run, leak or have flushing issues, I would call the plumber and pay the $75 service fee to have our toilet fixed.   The plumber always had us up and going soon, so one day I stood over his shoulder and watched him fix the toilet.  Once I realized how simple it was, the $75 service fee days were a thing of the past.  I began fixing our toilets myself.  The first toilet took me awhile to read the … [Read more...]

De-cluttering Your Home: Bedroom

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De-cluttering can be overwhelming!  Are you looking for ways to de-clutter your home and get rid of items you don’t really need?  Are you having a hard time deciding on what to actually get rid of?  I have a list of items that are most likely duplicates, and you won’t miss them once you toss them because you have more than one! Here’s part 1: Your bedroom Pillows:  Throw pillows are normally all over your home and all over your bed.  We … [Read more...]

Amazon Coins And How They Work

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  Amazon coins are a feature on Amazon.com that can come in handy if you use them correctly!  They are supported on Android, Blackberry and Fire devices.  Amazon coins are used to purchase apps, games, and in-app items.  You can buy the coins (100 coins is equal to $1) or you can earn promotional Amazon coins when you purchase selected apps and in-app items. Earning coins is easy.  All you need to do is go to the Amazon Appstore for … [Read more...]

6 Summer Essentials For The Kids

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Oh sweet summer time, but with kids, sometimes it may not be quite as sweet as it seems.  Going to the beach can be quite the process with young kids, almost taking the enjoyment and relaxation out of it for yourself.  Teens can become a walking expense when you finally get to pull them out of the house and away from their electronics.  No worries, we’re here to help.  These products are must-haves that will make the summer easier on yourself and … [Read more...]

Be Prepared With Home Remedies For Wet Cell Phone

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I can definitely see this happening to me!  There have been so many times that I have been standing over the sink texting and have been bumped by the kids.  Thankfully, I never dropped my phone into the water, but it's something that could totally happen to me, so I need to be prepared.  The following post came in today and I thought I'd share it with you so that you could be prepared for this too.  Hopefully it doesn't happen to us, but if so, … [Read more...]

Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Do you feel that your kitchen is cluttered?  Do you have a designated "home" for all the items in your kitchen?  Is your kitchen in need of a good "clean out?" One type of item that takes up a ton of space in kitchens are the plastic storage containers that we put our leftovers in when we are ready to put them in the fridge or freezer.  I am not going to lie, I LOVE my plastic containers and I hate to get rid of them because you never know … [Read more...]

Help Your Child Cope With Divorce

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My husband and I are very happy and have been married since 1995, but as a child, my parents were divorced when I was in eighth grade and it was very hard for me to accept.   As a parent, it is your job to protect your child from harm, whether physical or emotional. However, when you’re the reason your child is hurt, it can cause you anguish too. If you and your spouse have decided to get divorced, it’s important to understand that this is … [Read more...]

Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Watching your weight can be very tough, but if you use the right types of foods, this becomes much easier.  Here's a great salad that can be quickly made at home that will be a great addition to your meal plan. Cucumber Salad           2 cucumbers sliced 1 bell pepper coarsely chopped 1 carton cherry tomatoes cut in half              Fat free Zesty Italian dressing 1 sweet onion coarsely chopped Mix altogether with fat free Zesty … [Read more...]

Blinds: Driving Property Prices Up

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It doesn't matter who you are, we're all trying to find the next way to drive the price of our property upwards.  Most of us rely on all sorts of advanced methods; ranging from garage conversions, to creating multiple rooms out of one space. It's often the smaller issues which are completely ignored.  As the title may have suggested, blinds most certainly fall into this category and they are a completely under-utilized tool when it comes to … [Read more...]