Thinking About Moving To Florida?

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Visiting Florida and basking in the sunshine is a much different experience than actually packing up and moving to the great sunshine state.  Sure, your business trip or family vacation went off without a hitch and you were able to enjoy some awesome places during your stay but there's more to living in the sunshine state than beaches and tourist attractions.  To prove it I've put together a list of reasons why you should pack up and commit to … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Lighten Your Home

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It's time to brighten up your home with a little light.  Bright rooms always bring happiness much quicker than the dark rooms that are found throughout your home. Here are a few easy ways of brightening up your home: Add fun lighting to your room, not just a metal lamp, but one with color or uniqueness.  One of my favorite lamps is my salt lamp that I have in our living room.  It's a great conversation piece and something that is very … [Read more...]

Give The Gift of A Cloud 9 Experience

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I was given a Spafinder gift card from cloud9living.com to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine alone. If you haven't checked out Cloud9Living.com, you owe it to yourself to head on over for a few minutes to get a feel of what they offer.  They contacted me to try out of of their experiences and there were so many great experiences offered in my area that it took me awhile to make a choice, but since I have never experienced … [Read more...]

Things I Learned As A First Time Mom by Jessica

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Things I had to learn about as a first time mom - written by Jessica . I just had a baby 7 weeks ago, and my whole life has drastically changed.  Nothing and no one can prepare you for what you are about to experience and do as a new mother.  I read books and talked to other parents, went to meetings about being a mom, etc., but once I brought my baby into the world, all of that information left my memory and I had to start from … [Read more...]

5 Tips To Get Your Kid To Try New Foods

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At some point or another every parents comes to a battle of wills with their child.  Whether it's over picking up the toys they've strewn from one end of the house to the other, putting on appropriate clothing so you can leave the house and make it to an appointment on time or simply following directions, I know my fellow parents have come up against the wall of wills more than once in their parenting days.  For a lot of you the biggest battle … [Read more...]

Infographic: Foster Care in the US

Have you personally ever looked into foster care?  Either way, make sure you check out "The Current State of Foster Care in the US" infographic found below.  Do you happen to know a social worker personally?  If so, have they discussed foster care issues with you in the past?  A social worker would be a great person to discuss the pros and cons of foster care with since they are personally involved in these cases on an ongoing basis in their line … [Read more...]

Our Dog Dakota Met Up With A Raccoon

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We live on a greenbelt so we see many wild animals behind the house who are very brave.  The raccoon and opossums like visiting our pool for a drink and even a few nightly swims.  One night this week, a raccoon challenged Dakota.  She was barking to go out, so I let her outside.  She came back in with mud all over her legs, back and had blood running down her face.  The raccoon had put a gash below her eye as you can see in the image … [Read more...]

Improve Indoor Air Quality & Family Will Breathe Better

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When you want to make sure that you are able to provide the safest and healthiest environment for your children, making sure that your home is tested for indoor air quality is extremely important.  After all, your kids spend a great deal of time at home; whether it's a rainy weekend indoors or evenings spent relaxing with the family.  When your family is exposed to a particular environment for an extended period of time, you certainly want to … [Read more...]

Check AC Before Summer Keep Family Comfortable

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Spring cleaning is a both a popular tradition as well as an important part of summer preparations.  As the hotter months of the year approach, you need to service the air conditioning system to improve its efficiency, minimize breakdowns and extend its overall lifespan.  Air conditioner maintenance will also help to improve indoor air quality, which is important for the health and safety of your family.  The first thing you need to do is clean … [Read more...]

Steamed Vegetables Made Easy

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Unfortunately I was never made to try anything I didn't want to as a child.  My dad said I had to and my mother said that I didn't have to unless I wanted to.  That seemed very good for me at the time, but now as a mom, looking back on that, it wasn't as good for me as I thought it was.  Now as an adult, I am just getting to where I think about cooking vegetables and eating them on a daily basis.  I can remember broccoli being served with cheese … [Read more...]

Creative Corner for Kids!

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Your coffee is gone, and you're pretty sure your sanity has wandered off somewhere too.  The kids are into everything and you're not sure you have the energy to deal with it today. Sound familiar?  Welcome to the club.  Kids are playful, always learning new things through all their senses. T his means they will get into everything.  Great fun for them, for mom and dad?  Not so much. Is there anyway to fix this?  Aside from sending them to the … [Read more...]

Great Dogs: German Shepherds

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The German shepherd is a beautiful dog.  They can stand 2 ft tall and weigh up to 90lbs or more.  This large breed of dog is in the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America.   They are one of the most recognized and sought after dogs in the world.  These dogs are very smart and used for confiscating drugs, helping handicapped people, or being a loyal companion. Breeding German Shepherds Full bred German shepherds are very sought after dogs … [Read more...]

De-Cluttering Your Home: Living Room / Office

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It’s time for Part 4 of our De-cluttering the home series!  Part 4 will cover the living room and office area. Books:  If there is one thing that collects dust faster than anything else, it’s a book sitting on a shelf.  If you have a bookshelf full of books, go through them and see which ones you are likely to read again. I f you come up with a stack that you will most likely never pick back up, consider donating them to the local library or … [Read more...]

Five Family Health Insurance Tips

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Health and safety is a top priority for parents, thus when it comes to finding health care, most parents scour high and low to find the best health care insurance. Since health care has changed in recent years, and is still continuing to change, it can be difficult for parents to find insurance that covers all of their needs for a relatively decent price. When looking for insurance, here are five tips that can help you and your family find the … [Read more...]

Probiotics – Which and Why?

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You've probably heard the word on the grapevine, or you may have read it on your container of yogurt.  Probiotics are not a new thing to the world, and what the word basically means is 'good bacteria'.  Many health professional advise the use of a probiotic because of all their benefits. The benefits Probiotics are a source of good bacteria for the stomach.  Digestive health is hugely important in overall health, and is not something to … [Read more...]

Adding A Dog To Your Family?

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Are the kids now at an age where you feel a new addition to the family is a viable option?  Perhaps you've been thinking of getting a puppy or dog eventually anyway.  There is quite a lot of information out there about choosing the right canine for your family, and it should be heeded. When adopting a dog, I'd always recommend trying a shelter first.  These are the animals that need the homes the most, and if you are dead set on getting a … [Read more...]