Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Let Dad Have a Pain-Free Day with Salonpas (plus TRY ONE FREE!)

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Have you heard of these over-the-counter analgesic products from Salonpas? Help dad enjoy his big day pain-free with topical OTC products that offer a safe and effective way to be free of pain. Put a few Salonpas products in a gift basket that you make for dad and let him know you understand and care about his aches and pains.

--- How To Give Kids A Healthy Relationship With Food

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Teaching young children about food is important. Many countries are facing rising obesity levels and the people and a loss of basic cooking skills, which can lead to an over-reliance on processed foods. 

So how can you help your children develop a healthy attitude toward food that can benefit them for the rest of their lives? 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Top 5 Graduation Gift Ideas from Collage.com

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Is anyone else amazed at how quickly the school year went by? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were in the mall shopping for school clothes to START the new school year. And now, here we are... It's graduation time and a lot of us have graduation parties to attend. Besides the most favored gift of a new grad ($), what else can we give the upcoming graduates to help them remember the big day? I want the graduates I know to remember that I value their accomplishments and them, so I have decided that in addition to cash, I will be giving them something personalized to remember this special time in their lives, and I will create it at Collage.com.

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5 Key Strategies To Improve Employee Wellness

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5 Key Strategies To Improve Employee Wellness

From several surveys and reports, it's no secret that employee wellness directly impacts a company's performance and bottom line. It's so commonplace that over 60% of organizations now offer wellness initiatives to their employees. As a business owner or manager, finding the right way to promote employee wellness and keep your employees interested in their well-being can be challenging. However, it's extremely important. When your workers feel physically and mentally healthy, they are more likely to perform better at their tasks and feel valued by their company. If you are thinking of improving your employees' wellness, here are five key strategies to adopt.

1. Improve indoor air quality in the workplace

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Grabber Tool Giveaway

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Q. What in the world are those??? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

One for You and One for Me! Snack and Go Reusable Bag Giveaway!

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I have four grandchildren now and the one thing they all have in common (besides being sweet) is that they love their snacks. To take them out on a little trip without a drink and snacks could ruin the whole excursion! The best way I've found to pack toddler snacks, to make sure we always have some on hand, is the Snack'n'Go bag by Roll 'eat.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: London, England


International Travel, to me, is not just an experience, it is an investment.

This is not the best picture of Westminster Abbey you will find (not by a long shot) but this post is more about a mood than a photo. This was taken in London quite a few years ago but London is still a place that holds great memories for me, and definitely a destination to where I would love to return. 

Going through some of my old travel photos today is giving me all the (vacation) feels.

--- Camping with a Baby: 5 Tips for a Successful Camping Trip

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Camping is usually one of those couples' or family-friendly activities that can create so many wonderful memories that you’ll never forget. Even if you have a baby, that doesn’t immediately mean that you can have amazing vacation ideas. Sure, there may be some limits on what type of vacation you can do once you have a baby, but fun trips such as camping don’t immediately need to be erased.

 While it will of course depend on the age of the baby, you can still count on having a memorable time in the great outdoors. So, here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a successful camping trip with your baby.

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--- How to Keep Your Home and Belongings Safe while Abroad

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When traveling, there are many things to worry about – from making sure your passport is up-to-date to ensure you have enough foreign currency. Unfortunately, one thing that often gets overlooked is how to keep your belongings safe while you're away. So here you’ll find some tips on how to protect your valuables while enjoying your holiday.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

--- 5 Tips For Staying Healthy After Childbirth

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5 Tips For Staying Healthy After Childbirth

The postpartum period is one of the mentally and physically challenging phases of motherhood. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop because you’ve had a baby. From the second you leave the hospital, you are thrown back into the chaos of your everyday life. It can get very tough balancing life with your newborn with your responsibilities. Welcoming a baby into your family is an exciting time, but the postpartum period is also critical for families to transition into parenthood. Statistics show that 54% of pregnancy-related deaths occur during this period. That’s why it’s important you take some time to take care of yourself. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy after having a child.

1. Rest

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Having a newborn is a full-time job that requires total attention. However, as impossible as it may seem, you need to get a lot of rest. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this. First, be sure you do not entertain any distractions that may prevent you from getting enough sleep, such as chores. You should also consider timing your sleep following that of your child’s sleep routine, and if you’re lucky, your baby might sleep a lot. During the first couple of days and weeks, you can also restrict the number of visitors you might receive. You can easily get overwhelmed with loads of family and friends visiting you at various times of the day. By limiting these visits, you give yourself enough time to sleep and develop a relationship with your baby.

You must also seek and accept help whenever you can. Try splitting nighttime duties with your partner taking turns attending to the baby. You can also encourage help from family to give you more time to catch up on sleep.

--- Simple Ways To Have More Confidence

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If you are keen to try and have some more confidence in your life, then there are a lot of ways in which you can do so. This is actually easier to achieve than many people think, and that’s good news because it means that you are going to be able to make it happen much sooner in your own life. No matter what position you are starting out from, finding confidence is always perfectly possible. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the really simple and effective ways to have more confidence in your life, so that you can enjoy the results of that day after day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

---- Gifts Grandpa Will Love

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give grandpa this Father’s Day, or for any other special occasion, then you might be finding it tricky to think of something he will really love. If that's the case, I've put together a list of ideas that most grandpas will adore, which you can read below.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Take me to the River...


The Savannah River: It doesn't matter where we visit, if there's water, I'm going to want to go see it.

Part of the charm when we visited Savannah, Georgia, was the beautiful homes and trees. Then we discovered the water and it was a beautiful place all on its own. I wouldn't mind visiting this city again.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Grandma Slept Where?!??! And She'd Do it Again in a Heartbeat Too

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Look Who Came to Visit Grandma!

For the last two weekends in a row, we have been fortunate enough to have grandkids over. For the first weekend, my daughter's two girls were here, and they kind of occupy each other during the p.m. routine, so sleep time was fairly easy. 

Last weekend, my second oldest son's sweet daughter was here (her first time to spend the night) and she wanted to have grandmama next to her, which of course was perfectly fine. I soon came to discover that she is an all-over-the-bed kind of sleeper. She went from the head of the bed, to the side, to the bottom, all before I could even finish the chapter of a book I was reading (and she was sound asleep). 

My bed has a comfortable split king mattress, and is super roomy, but I knew that in no time flat she was going to end up on the floor. She's a little tiny one, and my bed is up very high, so I bargained with the teen. I told him he could take my room, and we'd put his mattress in the living room on the floor (to ensure if the sweet little one toppled off, she would be fine).

He readily agreed, and I had him sit next to her while I set up the makeshift campsite. I transferred the little one to the living room and she didn't even wake up. She was again, all over the place with her precious little rolling around self. My teen's mattress is significantly smaller than mine, so I chose to sleep on the floor next to the mattress. That way I could be a barrier if she fell off of the one side she kept gravitating to (LOL!!). It was perfectly fine though, I'd do it all again in an instant. She's a joy, and I loved having her here. All of my grandbabes are sweet little buttercups, and I enjoy every second I can get with any one (or all) of them.

When my teen woke up and came out to see the sleeping arrangement (namely me on the floor and the babe on the comfy mattress) he started cracking up. He made a big deal of stretching languorously and telling me how restful his sleep on the big comfy mattress was... to which I promptly threw my pillow at him and told him he was in charge of making breakfast. :)


All is well that ends well though. The little one was delighted to wake up on a mattress in the living room. To her it was a big adventure. And the teen didn't have to make breakfast afterall because his big brother (lil'-bit's daddy) called and wanted to meet for breakfast. We ended up at a cute diner with perfectly-sized silver dollar pancakes and fresh fruit on the menu for the baby grand. And a teen still telling (and laughing) about the mattress story. 

Honestly though, I cannot wait for the next grandbabe adventure. Whoever said grand-littles are the best, surely knew what they were saying. :)

Monday, May 16, 2022

---- How to Travel without Breaking the Bank

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Traveling doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, there are many ways that you can travel without spending a lot of money. This blog post will discuss some tips and tricks for traveling on a budget. 

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Friday, May 13, 2022

---- Safety Tips For Cooking Seafood

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Perhaps, you have friends and family coming over for dinner, and you plan to cook something different. Very often, seafood is top on the list for special dinners. The fact that 63% of seafood consumption is at home proves it. However, it is one food category that needs the utmost care, from handling to preparation. The last thing you want is to cause a tummy upset for your guests. Here are some tips when cooking your delicious seafood.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

--- How To Decide What You'll Be Cooking At Your Next Dinner Party

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When planning a dinner party, the first step is deciding what to cook! There are many factors to consider when choosing a dish, such as your guests' dietary restrictions, your cooking skills, and of course, your budget. The following blog will discuss some tips for choosing the perfect dish for your next dinner party.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Do You Know Either of these Treats?

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Johnson's Popcorn has been around since 1940. The store is famous at the Ocean City, New Jersey boardwalk, where the red and white awning beckons visitors to come inside and smell the hot caramel being tossed over the giant kernels of popcorn. These kettles, where the hand mixing takes place, are worth a visit. Caramel is not the only variety that they serve. In fact, there are many others. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday


My oldest son and his girl recently came to visit.
I'm laughing that she took the steering!  You go, girl!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tips To Make Healthy Eating More Fun

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We often confuse healthy eating with ‘being on a diet.’ The truth is that dieting is not always healthy, and it’s usually not a lot of fun. If you’re looking to make changes to your menu to lose weight or improve your health and well-being, here are some tips to make healthy eating more enjoyable.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Have You Heard of GourmetGiftBaskets? Perfect for Mother's Day!

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Still wondering what to get mom for Mother's Day? Flowers are always welcome, of course, and so are treats. If the latter will be a part of your gift-giving this year, there is none better than GourmetGiftBaskets.com to find the perfect sweet treat for your mom, mom figure, or grandmother. 

The Love for Mom Cookie & Brownie Gift Box is my favorite at the moment, but just like my favorite perfume changes often, so does the treat I most want to try from this site. There are so many great choices!