Tips On How To Create a Disaster Plan for Crisis

Tips On How To Create a Disaster Plan for Crisis

Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time, and the emergency situations that follow can typically involve life-altering decisions, actions and consequences. No matter what region you and your family live in and regardless of which large-scale threat your area could be subject to, being prepared is crucial to handling these frightening situations in a proper manner. Following these tips can help you be ready for emergency scenarios. Understand potential threats. The starting point for building a preparedness plan is knowing what to prepare for depending on your geographical region, time of year and many other factors. For example, some … Continue Reading →
Neighbors – The Good and the Bad

Neighbors – The Good and the Bad

I’m taking my own advice and using and writing today using my 52 Prompts for Bloggers. I’m starting out at the top of the list which is a prompt about neighbors. So I have lots of neighbors and I’ve lived in the same place for over 20 years so I have seen many come and go also. There have been a few I’ve been happy to see leave, but many I do miss. My example of what makes a bad neighbor is right next door to me. Ugh. Now when she moved in we were very nice to her and … Continue Reading →
How to Reduce Home Energy Costs with Upgrades and Fixes

How to Reduce Home Energy Costs with Upgrades and Fixes

(Family Features) There are some great ways to reduce home energy costs. Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American homeowner spends about $2,000 a year on energy for heating, cooling and other power needs throughout the house. However, inefficiencies caused by poorly operating systems, drafts and other energy drains may account for as much as 10-20 percent of wasted money each year. Whether your motivation is reducing home energy … Continue Reading →
10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

(Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot of pressure to live up to expectations, but your party can be both simple and elegant with a few easy tips. Start early Early is never early enough when it comes to planning a rock-star summer gathering. Check to see if you have enough utensils, make sure everything is … Continue Reading →
DIY Project – Glitter and Light Canvas

DIY Project – Glitter and Light Canvas

(Family Features) When your home decor needs an upgrade, but expensive, ready-made items aren’t in your budget, DIY projects can be an easy and affordable solution for revitalizing rooms in your home. One simple way to enhance the character of a room is with lighted elements. Add a glistening, on-trend look with a lighted canvas, which features twinkling lights that dance on shimmering glitter to lend a glam look to any room. The project, designed by crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, can be adapted to any palette; just change out the color of the glitter to match … Continue Reading →
Safety Tips for Buying/Selling Locally Online

Safety Tips for Buying/Selling Locally Online

Do you regularly buy or sell items online where you meet up with people locally to make the exchange? Common places to find transactions are Craigslist, Letgo, etc. You can post items for sale or find items to buy and they generally are for local pickup and delivery. While most of these transactions present no problems at all, sadly, there have been some very serious crimes committed with some throughout the country. If you are like me, you like to think the best of everyone, but sometimes we all need to take some safety precautions. Safety Tips for Buying or … Continue Reading →
Deck Design Made Easy

Deck Design Made Easy

For my family we enjoy our patio and deck areas just about all year long. Our current deck is over 20 years old though and it is time to think about a new one. So we have started planning. My first step has been started a Deck Ideas Pinterest board. (Family Features) While outdoor living season may be winding down, there’s no better time to start planning your dream deck. Prep work is a big part of the process – much of which can be done now and throughout the cooler months to get your backyard retreat ready for next … Continue Reading →
StarNight Laser Review and Giveaway

StarNight Laser Review and Giveaway

Have you all seen the laser lights on TV commercials? They look awesome, but do they really perform as well in person? The answer is YES! I recently received the StarNight Laser (disclosure: I received this for free but the opinions here are my own) and my family and I love it! The StarNight Laser lets you select between red, green, red and green mixed, or red and green alternating which of course makes it a great idea for the Christmas season. You can really use it anytime of the year though. When I first tried it I actually had … Continue Reading →
5 DIY Decorative Crafts for Autumn

5 DIY Decorative Crafts for Autumn

I know it is still summer, but autumn will be here before you know it. Crafts have always been enjoyable for me, but I haven’t really been doing much of it for quite some time now. Since fall is my favorite time of year I thought I would round up some ideas from my fellow bloggers to try out myself and to share with you. All of the photos below are those of the original creator of the project that have said I could use them. Thankful Chalkboard by Where the Smiles Have Been At dinner we often do “3 … Continue Reading →
5 Mistakes Homeowners Make That Attract Pests

5 Mistakes Homeowners Make That Attract Pests

(Family Features) Spring is house-hunting season and with warmer temperatures and increased rain, it is also the season when pesky creatures can invade homes. Even minor flaws in a new home should not be ignored as they can potentially lead to pest damage. Ron Harrison, Ph.D., entomologist with Orkin, recommends new homeowners avoid making these five mistakes: Overlooking tiny cracks Even tiny cracks and crevices in the foundation, doorways and walls where pipes enter the home could be inviting ants, roaches, spiders, rodents and other pests inside. A rat can squeeze through an opening as small as a quarter and a … Continue Reading →