5 Filthy Places You’re Overlooking in Your Home!!

What if somebody told you that after spending a few hours cleaning your home, there were still a few places you might have overlooked? Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to forget about some key areas, which if left uncleaned, can actually make your family sick.

Most of the time, these places are either hard to reach, like ceiling fans, or somewhat hidden from sight, like air filters. Other times, they’re in plain sight and you just don’t know they can be a hazard to your family, like kitchen sinks or toothbrushes.

Discover the following five places you’re overlooking in your home:

Computer Keyboards

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Many people don’t realize how filthy computer keyboards can be. But, if you eat on top of the keyboard or never wash your hands before using your computer, you might have a problem. Researchers have found germs like E. coli and Staphylococcus from keyboard swabs. You should always gently shake the keyboard or vacuum it, to ensure there are no trapped food particles, and also wipe it with alcohol daily to eliminate the hazardous germs. [Read more…]

Beat The Last Minute Shopping Stress This Christmas

The holiday season is almost there, and you’ve suddenly realized, with an increasing sense of horror, that you are far behind where you should be with your Christmas shopping. Don’t blame yourself: Life sometimes gets in the way. There is still time to get things right and to put a smile on everyone’s faces with a bit of clever shopping. All you need to do is to pick among the list the personality that best matches the friend, relative, or partner you want to spoil for Christmas.

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For Regular Travelers: Ease The Admin Nightmare For Them

If you have that friend who gets itchy feet as soon as he or she stays for more than a few days at the same place, then the best way to keep them satisfied is to support their love for travel. There are a few services, such as https://www.tsa.gov/precheck, that allow travelers to speed through screening lines at the airport, cutting the security check to a mere five minutes or so. This is a gift that, you know, they will welcome: Less stress guaranteed! These services are designed to make the administrative part of traveling a little less frustrating, making sure that your cherished traveler can get to his or her destination feeling relaxed and rested.

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THUMB-THINGS FINGER PUPPETS ARE A SUPER CUTE STOCKING STUFFER!!

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Imaginary play is one of the oldest toys in the book!!  These days it’s also one of the most overlooked thanks to technology and everyone being plugged in pretty much 24/7.  I sat in amazement as I watched my (almost) two year old great niece navigate the pictures of my sister’s iPhone to the video of my pet turtle!!   If fact, I think she and her big sisters who are six and eight could probably TEACH me a thing or two about MY iPhone!!  What ever happened to good old fashioned toys, and using your imagination at two, six and eight years old??!!?

Thumb-things finger puppets will have both kids and adults using their imaginations once again!!  Thumb-Things are “handmade with love,” and because they’re hand made, each one is unique and no two are the same!!  They were originally made by the Incas of Peru, and the tradition of making them has been passed down from generation to generation.  They are still created using traditional methods.  You can read the story behind these super cute finger puppets HERE, and fall in love with them as well as the story behind them!! [Read more…]

Tips and Tricks On Getting More For Less

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You have to spend money to make money, right? Not always. Sometimes in life, you can do more with less. You can go the extra mile and get a lot in return, just because.

And that’s the exact attitude to have when it comes to your money. Getting more with less isn’t complicated, but it was take practice and patience. By investing your time and efforts into making it happen, you can start cutting back on costs and keeping the quality.

So if you want to start today, if you want to get more for less, read on. Follow these seven steps and you might just find yourself with a lot more by doing a lot less. [Read more…]

Simple Tricks To Ensure You Are In The Know When It Comes To Your Spending!

A lot of people are clueless about their outgoings. After all, we tend to go through the month spending and then not know how much in total we have paid out. In fact, a high proportion of Americans admits they don’t check their bank every month! But it means that you can lose control of your spending, especially at this time of the year when we are buying lots of Christmas presents. As we go into different shops, it’s easy to lose track of what we have just spent. And also if you are not keeping on top of your spending, you are likely to fall into debt. Therefore, here are some simple tricks to ensure you are in the know when it comes to your spending.

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Always ask for paper statements

A lot of banks will contact you about going paperless. After all, it’s helping the environment if they are using less paper. And it saves them the trouble of having to send out information to your home address! But if you do decide to go paperless, it often leaves people clueless about their spending! After all, not everyone checks their emails regularly so you may have emails from the bank that you are not seeing. And if you have to log-on to see statements and other documents, a lot of people just don’t have time to do it! Therefore, it’s always a good idea to stick to paper statements which come to your home, so that you can keep on top of your spending! [Read more…]

THE BEST DOG TOY I EVER BOUGHT!!

 

I’ve heard about puzzle and interactive toys for dogs for a while now!!

About a year ago I bought a treat ball for my girls. As they play with it  treats come out of the little hole in the ball ~  it’s a pretty basic concept, and of course they love it so I thought maybe it’s time that I check out interactive puzzle toys for them.  I’m so glad I did!!

I found this Squirrel Hide-a-Toy online.  It’s THE BEST toy I’ve bought my dogs!!  You just put the (squeak toy) squirrels in the holes and the top of the tree trunk, and your dog pulls them out to play with them!!  My girls both go completely and totally nuts over this toy!!  They LOVE IT sooooooooo much!!  It’s seriously Chloe’s favorite toy EVER!!  Zoey’s too!!  They spend HOURS A DAY playing with their squirrels!!  They couldn’t love this toy any more than they do!! [Read more…]

Plan For The Future Now, We’ll Be There Sooner Than You Think


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When you start a family, you need to begin thinking about the future. You have to consider the cost of college fees for your kids, future unforeseen health issues and even maintenance costs on your home. Look further, and you need to think about retirement. It seems far off right now, but it isn’t really. Before you know it, you’ll be in the golden years with very little gold to spend. You must start preparing for the future right now, no matter what age you are. It’s crucial that you don’t waste another minute thinking, I’ll do it tomorrow. Tomorrow is already here.

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Why I’m Addicted To Never Paying Full Price And You Should Be Too!

I’ll admit it, I’m a bargain addict. Why shouldn’t I be? Why spend all your hard earned cash on full price things when you don’t have to? Remember you are basically handing over your time. It’s your time that has gone into working for that item. Is it worth 3  hours or 5 or 10? If the answer is no, then you will want to check out the methods below for making sure you don’t pay the over the odds for stuff ever again.

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Haggle

 

So you have something in mind that you want to get. It might be a new washer dryer or a sound system or even a new TV. You go to the shop and chose the item you want, pay the price and then take it home, right? Wrong! Just like when you buy a car, there is a chance that electrical items or appliance can be haggled over.

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The Steps You Need Now To Safeguard Your Family’s Future Finances

We can’t prepare for every aspect of the future. You never know what will come next to shake things up for your family. Regardless of whatever troubles, however, there is one element you can prepare well in advance. Your finances. They’re not the answer to everything. However, when they are the answer, you’ll smack yourself for not having them prepared. We’re going to take a look at how to avoid that future.

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Helping the kids

When we think of the future and finances, the kids are always the first things that come to mind. We want to make sure that we provide for them. That we help them. One way we can do that is by lessening the load that student debt brings. Saving for further education early can be a huge help to your kids. Even if they don’t go to college, they can use it to secure a business loan.

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ALLSPICE ORANGE NUT BREAD RECIPE

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Tim eats quick bread every single morning before he leaves for work at 5:30, and I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit so he doesn’t end up eating the same thing every single day.  He absolutely loves my Cinnamon Sugar Bubble Bread and doesn’t seem to mind eating it every day, but after 27 years of marriage I try to spice things up every now and then!!

Tim loves spice cake and orange cake, so when I found a recipe for Allspice Orange Nut Bread on food.com, I had to try it!! [Read more…]