Feb 142018
 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I have been looking at washers because mine is going out – It makes a terrible noise when it spins.  So one of the places we have looked at is Best Buy.  I am really happy with the selection of products they have.

Washers have come a long way since I bought my last one.  One that I really like is the  LG Twin Wash system.  You can do a large load on top and a small one on the bottom.  You can even use both at the same time!  It is discretely styled with a concealed control panel. The small washer on the bottom is called the LG SideKick. Here is what makes me think this might be the washer form me.

Features of the LG SideKick:

  • 1.0 cu. ft. capacity – just right for doing a small load
  • Perfect for delicates – they get the special care they deserve
  • The motor has fewer moving parts for better efficiency – and has a 10-year warranty
  • It raises your front-loading washer to a comfortable height

Features of the top washer:

  • Turbo Wash 2.0 feature saves up to 30 minutes on large loads – and still has great cleaning performance
  • TurboSteam technology deeply penetrates fabrics for the best cleaning power

The combo of both of these makes it the perfect washer for any family. I can see using both of these washers a lot.  I often have just a few things to throw in the washer but hold off on them until I have a full load so using the LG SideKick would be a great option. Then when it is time to wash bedding you have plenty of room in the top washer.  With this set I can tackle any size of load.  They are energy efficient while giving the best cleaning performance.

Best of all from 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home at Best Buy. Start your shopping HERE.

Feb 132018
 

So, you’ve got your partner’s birthday coming up, and you want to do something special for them? Celebrate their birthday by showing them you care and perhaps try this year to think further outside the box than you did last year; this helps to show your partner that you care and you want to make them happy with an added element of surprise. There’s likely to be some gifts that are old favorites and reliable present ideas, so stick with those too but incorporate a new element to gifting and excite your partner on their special day. Whether you’re throwing a party or keeping the day a small and intimate affair, take note and begin preparing for your partner’s upcoming birthday.

Prepare Nice And Early

The secret to pulling off a great party is in the organization and the good timing, so take advantage of any time you have in the run-up to your partner’s birthday and begin sourcing materials for the party you might be having. You can also circulate the invitations ahead of time, and wrap the presents in good time so that you do not have to worry closer to the big day. If you have food at the party, then sort the catering weeks in advance too, this way you’ll take the stress out of the equation, and you can relax in the knowledge that the food will be sorted. You’ll then be free to concern yourself with others matters like finding the perfect gift or experience to give your partner.

Personification

Gifts that are personalized always feel special, and they show that you went that little bit further when considering a gift. Instead of choosing a generic card that says “Happy Birthday,” look online to personalize the card you send to your partner. Or you could make a card that communicates your love for your partner and personalizes it with their name. Perhaps something special and unique to your relationship, you could use an image of the two of you together as a backdrop, for example. Gifts that have inscriptions, like photo frames, are a tasteful and romantic gesture and idea for a meaningful gift. You could have the photo frame engraved with the date of your anniversary, or perhaps even an abbreviation of something relevant to your relationship; if the two of you have pet names, then you could abbreviate the name on the pen so that only you two understand what it refers to.

Check The Date

Always, always double check the dates of your planned party to ensure that there are no mishaps on the day, and you find yourself canceling at short notice to attend a work commitment that had been organized months before deciding to throw your partner a birthday party. To be extra careful, plan the party on the weekend and let your boss know you’re having a party just in case they wanted to rope you into some late notice work. The task of decorating the venue, which may be your own house or garden, may fall on you, so plan how you’d like it to look in advance and start a Pinterest board of all the ideas you have for making it look just the way you want it to.

Jan 242018
 

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The New Year is here, which means one thing: getting fit. Over Christmas, people put on weight thanks to the overindulgence of fatty foods and alcohol. So, a new start is a great excuse to stick to a resolution which will positively impact your lifestyle. The problem is that losing weight is very difficult. Indeed, it isn’t uncommon for people to go for the surgical option such as a gastric band or a tummy tuck. Each to their own, but it’s usually best to avoid going under the knife. Here are the reasons why. Hopefully, they will contain issues you haven’t thought about before.

Money

The price of a procedure is astronomical these days. Everything which involves cosmetic surgery is going to cost an average person a small fortune. And, you don’t need a personal loan payment calculator to tell you that you can’t afford it. Surgery isn’t the only pricey part of shedding the pounds unnaturally. Diet pills and “miracle” supplements often carry a hefty price tag. After all, losing weight is in demand and people will try anything to get their beach body back. Typically, the extra cost leads to lifestyle problems such as mounting debt, which isn’t worth the stress.

Health

Everyone understands the dangers of going under the knife. However, people aren’t as savvy when it comes to nutrients. It’s amazing what a person will put in their mouth when it claims to help shed the stones. Pharmaceutical companies are not known for their research, and lots of ingredients are properly investigated. As such, it’s not rare to hear of creams and pills which have bad side-effects. Also, it’s impossible to trace the source if the product is online. Just think that a person with no experience could put anything in a tablet to make money.

Effectiveness

How many times do you read about a new nutrient which is going to revolutionise weight loss? There is a breaking news story every week, yet nothing ever happens. As a rule, the ingredients in diet pills and supplements are either unfounded or naturally occurring. And, they suddenly turn your metabolism into a growing monster that can’t be filled. Sadly, there’s a good chance the pills won’t work, and the same goes for the surgery. In the end, you could spend thousands on a procedure that puts your finances and health at risk.

Pride

Now, this might sound corny to a lot of people, but it’s true. There aren’t many better feelings than looking in the mirror and thinking ‘I did that!’ One of the amazing parts of getting into shape is the journey. In the beginning, you think it’s impossible and that you will never lose an ounce. Then, you stick with it through thick and thin. Finally, the hard work pays off and you are immensely proud of your body and how you managed to stick to the script. Confidence in your abilities can have an impact in every aspect of life, which is why it’s crucial to prove a point.

It’s a personal decision, but losing weight naturally has excellent advantages.

Dec 212017
 

How do you know if you have fallen in love for the first time ever? How do you know that love is really real? The short answer is…lots of ways. There are dozens of ways to know if you have fallen in love, and many of them are chemical within your body and psychological within your mind. So, without further explanation, here are a few ways to tell if you have finally fallen in love for the very first time.

Butterflies, Butterflies Everywhere

When you fall in love, your stomach ties in knots. Not literally, but that’s kinda what it feels like. You get those butterflies in your belly. The ones that make your palms sweat, your knees go weak, and your excitement jump from 0 to 60 in less than a minute. Sure, this reaction can be to any number of things, but it’s most often associated with the excitement and adrenaline kicks that come from being in love.

You Get Giddy and Starry-Eyed in Their Presence

The chemicals in your body and brain are going absolutely crazy when you fall in love. Ergo, it shows. You get giddy in your conversations, as your excitement becomes overwhelming and almost too much to contain. And you go all starry-eyed, which means your gaze becomes focused with a glazed, lovestruck look that’s directed at your prospective lover.

You Can Picture a Future with Them

When you fall in love, it’s the easiest thing in the world to picture a future with that person. You feel driven, passionate, and focused when it comes to a future together, because you suddenly want that person to be in your life for always. Sometimes it lasts. Often times it doesn’t. But the point is feeling it now, because that’s what love is.

Nothing Feels Forced or Rushed

When you fall in love with someone, you can be yourself. There’s nothing forced or rushed about anything you do with that person. You don’t have to fake your whole personality for their sake. In fact, they love you back for who you are and what you adore.

If you’ve been in previous relationships, falling in love for the first time feels different than anything you’ve felt in previous relationships. There are many steps to love, and falling feels a lot like lust and adoration because of the thrill of relationship firsts. However, as you progress in your relationship, that love calms down considerably, becoming a comfortable love. Plus, love can happen anywhere at any time. One minute you could be booking  tee times  at the local country club, and the next you are falling head over heels for someone you just met.

Dec 062017
 

I received free product in exchange for my honest review.

We love to watch football at my house.  Often we have friends drop in to watch the game with us.   I am from Green Bay so we love the Packers.  When people stop over they are always hunger that is why I like to have HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays on hand. The HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays makes entertaining easy.  The party trays include two kinds of cheese, two different meats, crackers and a nice variety of olives. Now I can spend my time watching the game instead of making snacks.

Just last weekend we invited some friends over.  The planning was easy for me ~ I just had to get a HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays.  It was easy to put together and everyone loves cheese and crackers. We had a fun time watching the game.  Good food always makes the time with friends more fun.

I think the HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays are a great product – everything is package in their own bag.  The cheese was fresh and tasted good. I plan on using these more often – with Christmas around the corner I have a few get events that these will be perfect for!

Next time you are planning a get together make sure to pick up a party tray.  You can find them at many of your local stores or use http://www.hormel.com/locator to locate the store nearest you.  Then you can share the good times with family, friends and good food!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nov 162017
 

Bariatric surgery is an option if you have tried other weight loss methods with no results. There are a few different ways that the doctor can perform the surgery, such as removing part of the stomach or using a gastric sleeve. Before visiting a bariatric surgery Las Vegas office, you need to understand that benefits that are associated with the procedure as well as the risks that are involved. You also need to understand that your diet will change because there will be foods that you should no longer eat. The stomach will feel full in a shorter time, which is how you decrease the calorie intake and lose weight.

Talk to the doctor about the procedure and what to expect. There are support groups for people who have had bariatric surgery, which is a good way to get your questions answered and to get tips about what to eat and how to live your new life. Write down your experiences, what you eat and what you shouldn’t eat and your successes. This will give you a way to maintain a positive outlook about your surgery and see how far you’ve come since starting your weight loss journey. Most doctors ask that you go through some kind of counseling before having the surgery performed. The counseling will help you deal with why you started overeating in the first place and what you can do to stay on track with your weight loss. It’s a good idea to see the counselor after the procedure so that you can continue to discuss ways to deal with your personal issues without overeating.

Your doctor will usually require you to limit the number of calories that you consume before the surgery. Sometimes, you might have to begin consuming about 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day for a month or longer before the procedure so that the body can adjust to the decrease in the amount of food and so that you can mentally and physically prepare for your new life. Exercise should become a part of your daily routine as well. It could be walking around the house or range of motion exercises so that there is a decrease in the chance of a blood clot forming and to help with your weight loss.

Oct 262017
 

 

Are you looking for a gift that will be appreciated? I recently received this cute pair of Harem Pants.  They are one of the most comfortable pants I have.  The pair above is the Black and Red Peacock Harem Pants. They are great for hanging around the house, going out and also very comfortable for traveling.

The Boho Harem Pants collection of hand stitched bohemian harem pants come in seven unique designs and over 50 beautiful prints. These hippie pants are a must have for travel, yoga, lounging & more.

Look at the beautiful colors and the stretchy waist.  They will soon become one of your favorites!  One Tribe Apparel also has cute tops, shorts and Kimono.  I am sure you can find something special for your loved one.

One Tribe Apparel harem pants for women provide the ultimate in comfort and come in multiple styles and colors ranging from black to white to turquoise. Ideal festival clothing, loved by yogi’s in flow and comfortable for traveling, our diverse harem pant collections are guaranteed to be a frequent go-to in your wardrobe.

Pants from Thailand go by many names: Thai pants, elephant pants, genie pants hippie pants, and harem trousers but no matter the name, the quality and artwork of our boho clothing is outstanding.

One of my favorite things about One Tribe Apparel is they gives back to nature.  They donate $1 from every sale to help the Elephant Nature Park. The park is located 30km outside our home base of Chiang Mai, the Elephant Nature Park has been rescuing and rehabilitating elephants for over 20 years. At the turn of the 20th century there were 100,000 elephants in Thailand alone, a number which has been dwindled to between 3,000 & 4,000.

You can go HERE to start your shopping!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 112017
 

While some people may get a new smile for cosmetic reasons, there are many others who need to get a full mouth dental restoration for a variety of other reasons. If you have missing teeth, lock jaw or headaches caused by your teeth, you should consider consulting the help of a reputable prosthodontist Wheeling IL such as the ones found at www.nwimplantdental.com. Below are some of the main benefits of deciding to get a full mouth restoration.

Relieves Migraines and Headaches

If you suffer from persistent headaches and migraines as a result of bruxism or teeth grinding, a full mouth restoration could be the cure you are looking for. The procedure can address many of these concerns and will oftentimes alleviate your headaches or migraines altogether.

Fixes Gum Disease Issues

Another reason why dentists may suggest a client to get a full mouth restoration is because they have issues with gum disease. The procedure can rearrange your teeth in a way that they have a more healthy foundation. Root planing and scaling might be sufficient to help correct gum disease issues.

Straighten Teeth

Crooked teeth can be unsightly for people to have. It can take a toll on many people’s self-confidence. Crooked teeth have also been linked to pain and discomfort for some people and may increase the risk of gum disease and tartar buildup. Getting procedures such as Invisalign, braces or porcelain veneers can give you a more beautiful and health smile.

Better Self Image

One of the first things people notice when first meeting each other is their smile. If you have crooked or damaged teeth, it could leave people having a bad first impression of you. Many people who have damaged teeth are more likely to have low self-confidence and self-esteem. Getting your teeth fixed and having a bright, beautiful smile can really do wonders for someone’s self image.

Easier To Eat

If you have painful and crooked teeth, it can be more difficult to enjoy the foods you love. Fixing your teeth can let you eat what you want and without worrying about pain or discomfort while chewing your food.

The benefits of getting a full mouth restoration are plenty. Whether you are looking to have a more appealing and attractive smile or need help fixing dental issues and crooked teeth, the reasons will far outweigh any time and money that will go into it.

Oct 092017
 

A large part of self-acceptance is tied to your ability to accept yourself holistically. The sum of your parts is what makes everyone unique and valuable. The earlier we teach this concept, the better. It’s important that kids grow up with self-acceptance and feel encouraged to explore and develop their interest. It’s a healthy part of developing self-esteem.

Encouraging Free Play
Most schooling platforms place a lot of emphasis on structure. In most educational settings, there’s an allotted time for each scheduled task or activity, already pre-determined for a child. Although structure has its value, it is equally important to encourage free play and exploration. This part of child development allows kids to feel comfortable trying new things and exploring any and everything they are interested in. Encouraging free play is the opposite of the type of precise training you’d need to perform harmonic scalpel repair. Instead, it’s crude and undefined on purpose.

Encouraging Differences & Individuality
Groupthink is alive and well in the world today. Even adults fall victim to this type of influence. Honestly, it can be quite strong. However, once again, the earlier we encourage the exploration and expression of different ideas, tastes, and preferences, the easier it is to show our children that it’s ok to have differing thoughts and preferences. These distinctive opinions and tastes are the early beginnings of what will make your child authentically who they are.

Encouraging Discussion about Differences
Another powerful tool that supports creativity is encouraging open and honest expression. No child is too young to voice his or her concerns or preferences. Encourage it as much as possible. You are empowering their voice. If a child feels that he or she is free to voice their feelings, thoughts, and preferences about a variety of different things without being censored, they are more likely to practice this essential communication skill. Effective communication is a beneficial skill for anyone, however, self-acceptance is an essential skill that promotes self-love. It also gives children the confidence they need to stand apart from the crowd if necessary.

There are no two fingerprints alike. Your child needs to know that he or she is uniquely and wonderfully different. However, they also need to know that it’s ok to be different. Talk to your child often and encourage open and honest communication. In addition, create as many different opportunities for free play as well as other creative activities. It allows children to explore themselves and find their own unique interests and preferences.

Oct 072017
 

The average adult spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, and must of that is on a mattress. Do you really want to spend all that time with dust mites? Dust mites are tiny insects that consume dead skin cells, which we shed on a regular basis. Dust mites are harmless in themselves, they can trigger and aggravate allergies. And even if you don’t suffer from allergies, the mere thought of tiny insects in bed with you can be unnerving. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep dust mites at bay.

Clean the Bedding
Regularly cleaning your bedding is an essential step in living a dust mite free life. Once all the bedding, such as pillowcases, sheets, and blankets, are removed, laundry them in the hottest water temperature allowed for that specific fabric. Once all clean, dry the bedding as you normally would.

Don’t forget the Pillows
Your pillows can also be full of dust mites, but washing them is no easy task. Instead, place your pillows inside a plastic bag that you can secure closed. Set the bag outside on a sunny day. The sun will cause the temperature inside the plastic bag to increase, which will kill the mites on your pillows.

Vacuum the Mattress
The upholstery attachment on your vacuum is a wonderful tool for cleaning your actual mattress. Once attached, run the upholstery cleaning tool over your entire mattress, making sure to get into any nooks and crannies where dust mites can hide. Flip the mattress over and repeat on the bottom. You will also want to repeat the process on your box springs. When finished, carefully transfer the contents of your vacuum’s canisters into a garbage bag and seal closed. Make sure to place the sealed bag outside and away from your home until you can throw it away.

Consider disinfecting the mattress and box spring with a hand-held steamer after vacuuming. You will then need to set the dampened items in an area where direct sunlight can hit them for at least four hours.

Preventing Dust Mites
If you really want to get rid of dust mites once and for all, then you need an organic mattress. Organic mattresses are ideal for anyone who is suffering from allergies since they are dust-mite repellent and resistant to mold. They are also chemical-free, which means they aren’t made with synthetic polyurethane and are never treated with chemicals.