Daily Planner

Daily Planner

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I am so ready for the new year to come. I don’t know about you but I feel as if new beginnings may be in the near future. I have a few goals that I am working on and I need a planner to stay on track. I have never been great with keeping up with much. I usually use my calendar on my cell phone. The cell phone calendar comes in handy for scheduling doctors appointments, hair appointments, but using it for blogging has not been so great for me. If I was using a daily planner I would be able to jot down who owes me money, ideas for recipes, and so on. I have already started working on my 2016 daily planner. Organization is my big thing for 2016, that is something I need the most work on. How do you keep up with everything you need to keep up with?

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Getting The Home Organized

Getting The Home Organized

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getting the home organized

I moved into my new home last December. I also worked during the move and after, so I have not had a lot of time to get my home organized. My goal for this up coming year is to take one room at a time and sort what we use, and what we don’t use. I must get rid of some clutter. I absolutely can not stand it any more.

Getting The Home Organized

My closet is in need of a major overhaul, I have always loved a big large closet and I do not have room for a lot in this closet.

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10 Reasons Dogs Make Great Pets For Children

10 Reasons Dogs Make Great Pets For Children

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10 Reasons Dogs Make Great Pets For Children

Our four legged friends are a burst of energy and fun for the entire family, but it is the kids who seem to enjoy their company the most. They certainly aren’t called a man’s best friends for no reason. Some breeds are better than others, and just like certain dogs aren’t made for apartment living, there are certain types of dogs not recommended for children. You might discover that a friend has a dog on this list, and it loves children and she’s never had an issue. Keep in mind that a dog’s temperament, and how it was raised as a puppy plays a factor in how that adult dog is going to treat children. Children that are raised to respect animals, and know proper boundaries are going to have the best experience owning a dog. So it is ultimately up the parent to not only choose the right dog for their family, but to ensure their children are respectful to the family dog so they don’t get bit. Too often dogs are rehomed due to preventable aggression towards a child. Studies have shown that children who grow up around dogs are better adjusted to life’s challenges, have better coping strategies, and are generally happier than those that did not grow up with dogs.

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Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

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Must Have Oils for traveling

 

Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

 

If you have ventured into the world of essential oils you know how easily and quickly they become part of your everyday routine.  Vacation season is just around the corner and I was trying to pair down a list of my MUST have essential oils for traveling so that I can do my best to pack light and what I need for our trip.

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kick stress to the curb with these essential oils

kick stress to the curb with these essential oils

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Kick Stress to the Curb With These Essential Oils

 

Stress is a not so pleasant emotion that creeps up on us and can try to stay longer than is welcome. A little stress is good as it helps us to get going. But too much stress is not good to lead a healthy life. Check out how to kick stress to the curb with these essential oils.

Frankincense Essential Oil

One of the best stress-busting essential oils is Frankincense. It will lift you out of a funk and let stress and tension roll of your back. Diffuse this at the beginning of what you know is going to be a stressful day. It will help keep your mind clear and and working towards the end goal you are trying to accomplish.

Lavender and Roman Chamomile Essential Oils

Lavender all on its own is one awesome stress-busting essential oil. Pair it with Roman Chamomile and stress doesn’t stand a chance! You can diffuse these together or make a misting spray. Spray the inside of your car and even the room, whether at home or work, that brings you the most stress. Watch how these two essential oils work together to kick your stress level to the curb.

Vanilla Essential Oil

The scent of vanilla helps to take your mind back to memories of homemade cookies and comfort at home. When we smell it as adults, it essentially releases happy chemicals in the brain that helps us to relax. You can blend Vanilla with Frankincense or Lavender. They work great together in the diffuser or you can make a massage lotion. Take two tablespoons of a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and add in 3 drops of each of Frankincense, Lavender, and Vanilla essential oils. Massage this all over the body when special attention to the back of the neck, your earlobes, and your feet.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

For an instant mood lifter, look no further than Grapefruit Essential Oil. Its bright citrusy smell gets rid of bad moods and stress-filled rooms lickety-split. It is best to either breathe straight from the bottle or get it going in the diffuser. I like to put in at least 5-7 drops and do 12 if it has been a truly terribly stressful day.

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Health Benefits for Eucalyptus Oil

Health Benefits for Eucalyptus Oil

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Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Health Benefits for Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is made from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree and has many health benefits. It’s uses are plentiful and can help us in our everyday lives to help with congestion, aid in muscle and joint pain, kill bacteria, clean cuts and scrapes, and can help calm our minds and relieve stress. Here are 7 ways to use eucalyptus oil in your everyday life.

Use as a decongestant. Just a few drops of oil in your diffuser can help clear the way to better breathing. For more serious sinus issues, use one or two drops of the oil in boiling water and cover head using a towel and breathe in the vapors.

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Travel With Jewelry

Travel With Jewelry

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Travel With Jewelry

 

Travel With Jewelry

Do you travel with your jewelry? It depends on my mood before I leave for a international trip if I do bring my jewelry along. I did take my jewelry when I visited Curacao. Always check with a hotel or resort to see if they have a safe in the room. You may not always want to wear your valuables on the beach or some excursions you may be taking. My husband has had some mishaps wearing his jewelry on trips. I now beg him to just leave his valuables at home. Airports have scanners and he took his chain off and the plastic container had small holes. His chain slipped through the holes and we almost did not find his chain. I don’t know why he did not place it in a bag instead of dropping it right down in the container. I wore my ring and was able to leave it on instead of having to remove it. My husband also lost his sunshades with the scanners at the airport. He realized it when we boarded the plane. Luckily, the flight attendant was able to get the shades. The pilot did not want to hold up our flight schedule.

Make sure a hotel has a safe to store your valuables. You don’t want any mishaps to mess up a wonderful vacation.

Before you get away, be sure your jewelry is insured. Relying on an existing homeowners’ insurance policy may not provide sufficient protection for jewelry, particularly when traveling. Consult an insurance agent and consider obtaining an independent appraisal report to ensure a fair replacement if the article is lost, stolen or damaged.

I have been around several people at the lake that has lost very valuable jewelry.  My husband’s friend lost his Citadel class ring. They were playing volleyball and he went to hit the ball and the ring flew off. Everyone immediately stopped playing ball and searched the water. He was very lucky that his ring was found. I also can bet you he will not wear it back on the lake again.

Most people hands may swell a little during the summer. However, you may not realize how loose rings may get if you are in water. Just to be on the safe side you may want to leave your valuables at home on certain trips.

Have you ever lost jewelry on a trip before?

 

Understanding Auto Insurance: liability, comprehensive, and collision

Understanding Auto Insurance: liability, comprehensive, and collision

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Understanding Auto Insurance: liability, comprehensive, and collision

 There are many terms the car owner needs to know; for example, just what exactly is a head gasket and why should one care?  However, there are none perhaps more vital to the security of the pocketbook than the language surrounding auto insurance. There are three words one must understand: Liability, Comprehensive, and Collision.

 Liability: Liability is one’s protection against being sued and sustaining personal injury and loss for the outcome of an accident.  This is the protection for the driver that covers both medical care for injuries sustained in an accident as well as legal protection from being sued. 

 Comprehensive: Comprehensive coverage protects the insured’s vehicle from loss when the car is not in motion.  For example, comprehensive coverage includes losses sustained due to fire, theft, vandalism, falling objects, and the rock that hits and cracks the windshield. 

 Collision: Much as instinct tells one, collision insurance covers the car and driver when the car causes damage while in motion.  Damage sustained due to a loss while driving would be covered over the policy deductible.  For example, if $4000 damage has been sustained, then the driver with a $500 deductible would receive payment of $3500 to repair the car: $4000 – $500. However and here again, do check with the broker as to how comprehensive the policy actually is.

 All drivers want to have liability coverage and protections whereas comprehensive and collision coverage depend on the value of the vehicle.  In other words, people are always worth insuring from harm, but some cars are not worth the investment of collision and/or comprehensive automobile coverage.

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Start Food Blog Like A Pro

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Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

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Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Bullying has always existed, but with the advances in technology and kids growing up a lot faster than they did in our day, it seems like it’s gotten much worse. If you think your child may be experiencing bullying at school, it’s important to address it immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it can get. We’ve all read about the many suicides attributed to bullying, or seen them on the news – what if someone had noticed? What if someone had reached out? What if someone had put a stop to it? Be that person. Don’t let your child – or any others – slip through the cracks.

Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

Your child starts to lose interest in things he used to love, like a sport or certain school subject. This could be other things, too – like not understanding the material as it gets more difficult, or not being as good as the bigger kids at the sports, but it could also be that they’re being bullied. Chat with them about it, find out why they no longer love these things, and try to find something else for them to get interested in. Interests do change, so don’t jump the gun… but keep an eye on it.

Your child stops talking to most or all of their friends. Did your child just find a new circle of friends because their interests changed, or were they pushed out of their social circles by bullies? If your child used to be a social butterfly, but now she is withdrawn and rarely hangs out with friends, it’s time to find out why.

Your child is moody. Okay, so this one is a big maybe… because tweens get super moody for basically no reason at all. But if your child is getting moody, depressed, etc quite often, ask them about it. Don’t be accusatory, don’t be defensive. Just ask, and listen to their response.

Your child gets “sick” often. If your child is trying to stay home from school because he is “sick”, but he has no fever, and no outward signs of actual sickness (like a cough, runny nose, etc), he may be avoiding bullies at school. This happens more frequently than anyone would like to admit. Many kids miss several days of school each year because they are trying to steer clear of their bullies.

Questions to Ask Your Child if You Think They’re Being Bullied

Instead of just hammering at them, “Are you being bullied? Is someone being mean to you?”, ask questions in a more subtle way that will get them talking. If they won’t open up to you, try enlisting the help of your partner, one of your older kids, or even an aunt, uncle, or grandparent.

“How are you getting along with the kids at your new school? Have you made many friends? Tell me about them.”

“What kind of kids do you hang out with at school? Do they like sports like you do? What are they like?”

“You haven’t been as upbeat as you used to be, is there anything you need help with? Anything you’d like to chat about?”

Subtle questions are easier for most kids to answer, and it opens up the dialogue on their end without forcing it.

Sometimes it’s easier to write a note – especially for girls, they usually love to write! Write them a note asking them to tell you about their school experience. When they write back, it might give you some insight as to what they’re dealing with.

If all else fails, ask the school counselor or other trusted school staff if they think your child is being bullied. If they aren’t sure, they can keep an eye out and let you know – and intervene if necessary.