Treating and Preventing Runner’s Knee

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Are you experiencing the following? Terrible pain when trying to bed your knee Grinding in the knee Swollen knee Worse pain when walking downhill or down some stairs If so, you might have runner’s knee!  This is very important to get checked out by your physician as soon as possible so treatment can start.  If you are experiencing this, it is time to step back and take it easy before you cause any extra damage to the cartilage in … [Read more...]

#Win Coconut Butter, Essentially Coconut #Giveaway ENDS 2/15

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 I was given three jars of coconut butter from to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine alone. Essentially Coconut is a company owned and operated by a mother who needed something she could use as “me time.”  We ALL know what that feels like!  She became intrigued with the health benefits of coconut and started making her own coconut butter.  She would experiment with different add-ins and flavors but the … [Read more...]

The Best Natural Toys for Your Kids


When plastics came into common use, many parents were overjoyed that they could give their kids toys made of materials that were shatter-proof and easy to clean.  Unfortunately, as we’ve learned more about plastics, they’ve become less appealing.  Not only can they leach dangerous chemicals like BPA into your child’s system, but they also generate a lot of harmful chemicals during the production process.  If you are concerned about your child’s … [Read more...]

Have You Tried Essential Oils?


If you are looking for natural ways to take care of every day issues that medicine would normally take care of, consider using essential oils.  They can aid in a lot of situations such as acne, allergies, arthritis, backaches, blisters, bloating, etc.  Imagine the amount of money you would save if you quit buying medicine and just started warming some essential oils in your room!  You will want to make sure you do not have any sort of reaction to … [Read more...]

Do You Use Eye Protection?


  Eye protection is vital any time of year, whether you're mowing the lawn in the hot summer months or skiing the slopes in the cool of December. It is important to always consider eye protection indoors and outdoors, all year round. A number of sources can cause injury to eyes, including the sun’s rays and debris. Keep your eyes protected no matter what with the following methods! Sunglasses Being outdoors exposes us to the … [Read more...]

Things To Consider When Designing Your Nursery

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When you are designing your nursery, there are a few things you need to do and consider.  First, make sure that the room you are turning into the nursery is clean.  Deep clean the walls, carpets, baseboards, windows, closet, etc.  You want to make sure that it is as clean as it can be since you will be bringing a newborn in and out of the room. Do not crowd the nursery with tons of furniture.  Most parents want to have EVERYTHING just in case … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Create A Unique Online Shopping Experience

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What's Been Missing?  Three Ways to Create a Unique Online Shopping Experience In the minds of many consumers, brick and mortar stores have a leg up on online stores.  Although online sales are on the rise, not all customers are fully satisfied with the online shopping experience, largely because it often lacks the level of customer service and engagement that one finds when shopping in person.  However, innovative companies have responded to … [Read more...]

Guide to Communication For New Step-parents


Becoming a Step-parent? Here's Your Guide to Communication: When you find out you are becoming a parent, you have months to prepare for it.  Then, you have the privilege of bonding with your child from the very beginning.  When you become a step-parent, the experience is completely different.  If you have kids of your own at least you have an idea of what to expect.  If not, then you may feel like a fish out of water.  Not to mention, you have … [Read more...]

Preparing For Your First Child?


Preparing for your first child sounds extremely overwhelming because, well, it is.  You have so many things to consider! H ave you made your birth plan yet?  Do you know how you want to handle labor?  Will you labor at home or at the hospital?  Will you get the epidural or will you opt for a natural birth?  No matter what you decide, it will be the right decision for you!  There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to preparing for your … [Read more...]

Trying to Drop Those Last Holiday Pounds?


Are you still trying to lose those last few lingering pounds from the holidays?  It can be done just keep going!  My family loves Popeyes chicken tenders but there is no way that I can get full on the amount of calories that I am giving myself if I eat Popeyes chicken tenders with them right now.  I am counting calories and eating Popeyes chicken tenders would either run me way over my daily calorie count way too soon or I wouldn't be full after … [Read more...]

Teen Breaks Shower Curtain Rod Bracket TWICE

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Do you have a curved shower curtain rod like this?   It is one of those rods like you find in hotels that curves in order to make a little more room inside your shower.  This is a great rod; however, my teen has managed to break the black plastic brackets that hold it to the wall twice!  Both times were his fault, but this can be very irritating when it requires you to install a whole new curved shower curtain rod due to a problem with a plastic … [Read more...]

Tips To Help Keep Your Baby Free From Illness


There is no fool proof way of keeping a baby safe from bugs and infections. The sad truth is that if you have a heavy cold, you are highly likely to pass on your germs to everyone in close proximity, including your baby. Babies have very little immunity when they are newborn. They do gain some immunity against bugs from their mother, particularly if they are breastfed, but it takes a while for a baby’s immune system to develop a reasonable … [Read more...]

Get Free & Bargain eBooks Daily

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Do you like to read eBooks?  My neighbor told me about the Pixel of Ink Newsletter and and now I get a daily email with a list of free and bargain eBooks.  Each newsletter usually contains four free eBooks with two of them listed at the beginning of the email and the other two listed at the very bottom of the email newsletter.  I download all the free ones that catch my attention and sometimes buy a few of the bargain eBooks as well.  The free … [Read more...]

Organizing Your Christmas Decor Saves Time

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I love the Christmas decorations, but each year I dread putting everything back up in the attic.  It makes a huge mess and takes a long time.  This year I spent a little extra time organizing my Christmas decorations as I put them away so that next year I'll be more organized when it comes time to decorate our home for Christmas again. Hopefully you've had time to get your Christmas decorations put up for the year, but if you're household is … [Read more...]

Thought About Starting A Compost Heap?


Have you thought about starting a compost heap at your house?  If you are not familiar with it, compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.  It’s very simple to start up, and it is easy to keep up with.  I have a friend in Tennessee who has one in her garden, and all she used to make hers were two old pallets and some nails.  She built a box that sits next to her garden, and she throws all … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Malnutrition: Are We Failing Our Senior Citizens?


Nursing Home Malnutrition: Are We Failing Our Senior Citizens? We all get old, it’s a fact of life.  But, we don’t all end up in nursing homes.  According to some actuaries (professional mathematicians to help design, among other things, long-term care insurance policies), your risk of needing long-term care as you age is 50 percent, if you reach age 60. That means you effectively have a 50 percent chance of needing some type of assistance … [Read more...]