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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Looking For Ways to Beat the Summer Heat??

Summertime is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities: going to the pool, neighborhood parties & BBQ's, hiking, walks with the dogs and so much more! But with all this heat also comes the challenge of keeping you and your family from feeling the burn!  So I'm passing along some natural ways to keep you cool using quick an easy tricks indoors, outdoors, and after a day in the sun...here are some quick tips from our friends that like oils and natural ways to ease the pain!!


Do you own a spray bottle? Seriously...get yourself a glass spray bottle with some nice cold water (I put mine in the refrigerator to really keep it cold)...you can add some simple natural oils to help keep you cool...like peppermint, basil, cardamon, cilantro (anything non-citrus).  Just add a few drops to your water bottle, shake it up well, then spray it to all of your pulse points..wrists and neck are the quickest...I love them it on my feet when wearing flip-flops!  Spraying down these areas will cool you down quickly...even if you are on vacation in Florida!! 

Wear the right clothing! If you have never taken the time to check your labels on your clothing....cotton is rotten!  It gets sticky quick!  So, try to find wicking fabrics that breathe, think yoga..athletic wear is a must in this summer heat!  It's easy to get hot in dark colors as well, so loose the black and opt for light grey instead!  The point is to keep the sweat away and still stay cool...I tend to find these fabrics everywhere nowadays, so check your labels people!

Are you drinking enough water?  I know that it sounds cliche' but water is you best friend in the summer!  You need to constantly replace the water that you are loosing with fresh, cold water...especially if you are drinking soda or alcohol!  Quick tip, you can also add peppermint, tangerine, cucumber, lemon to your water to give you a fresh taste..especially if you are not a big water drinker!  Make it fun and add fresh fruit, use a glass bottle if you use oils in the water! Cool down with some slices of watermelon...or even add that to your water as well!!

Eat Light! This is the best time of year to get all of your fruits and veggies in...they are light and in season, so take full advantage!  They digest easier and keep you from feeling full and hot...so if you can't let go of the burger and hot dogs...then at least add some cucumbers and watermelon...less is more!


The First thing to go out in Summer is your air conditioner!!  This is the worst, but happens every summer, especially with the summer we are having.  It will run all day and then freeze up or blow out the fan and stop working, so here some quick tips to help with that not happening...
  1. Get you HVAC serviced ASAP!
  2. Point a fan at an open window - this will help push some of that hot air back outdoors where it belongs!
  3. Plants like Eucalyptus give off natural diffusers to help cool and clean the air.
  4. Portable air filters...they clean the air and cool at the same time...they are great if you have pets because the dander will clean up as well and help with any allergies that you may be having right now!
  5. Blinds and curtains are your friends! Block the sun's rays in rooms you know are he worst, close the windows during the day and keep the shades drawn...when it cools down at night (If it does) then open the windows and doors to get that ventilation through the home and help your air conditioner out in the process!
  6. Water your lawn late at night...it will stay hydrated longer during the day...if you run your water during the day it can actually burn your lawn faster!
  7. When it's cooler outside, you can also take a damp towel and hang it from an open window helping the air coming in cool down as well.
I can't sleep in the heat!  You may be great when it's hot while your sleeping, but I get headaches..and just can't sleep!  Try this...take your pillow cases and bed sheets and put them in your freezer for a while to cool them down....put them on right before you go to bed!  Remember that water bottle we talked about earlier?  Well if it's cold and has a little peppermint in it, spray it over your pillow and sheets lightly and not only will it cool you off, but you will breathe better as well, I like Eucalyptus for this one!

Cool down your body!! Take a cold shower before bedtime, drink lots of iced water with lemon or peppermint...re-hydrate before you sleep!  Quick Tip, you can take your peppermint oil and add a drop to each ice cube tray, fill with water and BOOM peppermint ice! Yes, that just happened!


Sunburns are no fun!  So do what you can not to get a sunburn...yep sunscreen!! But, if you forgot while watching that Soccer game and find yourself with a nice pink tan-line, then here are few quick tips!
  1. Straight Aloe Vera.
  2. Cool Shower.
  3. Coconut oil with a few drops of Lavender oil
  4. Vitamin E oil
  5. Use that spray bottle again and add some Lavender with coconut oil
Trust me, from a person who burns fast and tend to go to the beach every year...everything that I have given you above is always in my travel bag...enjoy the summer the right way!!!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Why is it important to hire a "Professional" to help sell your home?

Buying a home can be exciting, but for many homeowners, selling the home they’re currently living in is a must before they can move. Whether you’re buying for the first time and moving into a single family home from an apartment, you’re selling your home to downsize, or anything in-between, avoiding legal battles during the process is essential.
Here are ways to safeguard yourself when shopping for a new home or selling your existing one.
Hire Qualified Professionals
Selling your home and buying a house are both major life decisions that involve a whole lot of money. To protect yourself and avoid court, hiring people you can trust right from the beginning is a very important step. For sellers, hiring an agent who has the right market research and experience can help you avoid trouble down the road. For buyers, an agent that understands the area, the inspection process, and what you should look for when shopping will help you greatly.
Don’t get caught off-guard at any point during the buying or selling process. Have knowledgeable professionals on your side who can help make the process smooth and easy for you from the jump.

Get an Inspection
You’ve probably heard that getting a thorough inspection is a top priority whether you’re buying or selling a home. If you want to prevent legal battles and issues with the buyer or seller, it is absolutely imperative. In fact, both parties need to get separate inspections to ensure they’re on the same page.
When selling your home, get a thorough inspection and disclose any issues the property may have in writing. If you’re the buyer, get your own inspection and share the results with the seller. In most cases, you should be able to come to an agreement on price and repair responsibilities, if there are any.
If you’re a buyer, a legal warranty should also be something you look for. This ensures that the property is free of existing loans, in line with existing public laws, and not subject to third party input.
Make Time to Talk
The process of buying and selling can feel like a whirlwind, but making time to actually take to the buyer or seller is ideal in most cases. You’ll still need the right professionals and documentation, but sometimes simply feeling out the people you’re working with can tell you whether it’s a good situation or not.
In many cases, a simple phone call or face to face meeting at the property can prevent a lot of long-term headaches and potential legal trouble.

Buying or selling a home is a major decision and not something most people take lightly. The process can be easy, but it can also be rife with troubles if you skip steps or go in blindly. Follow these tips to buy or sell a home whether it’s your first starter house or the dream home you’ve always desired.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Secure the Nursery
Toss out airborne amusements that have strings longer than 7 inches. Remove even mobiles with shorter strings once Baby can sit up and might be able to reach them.

Changing Table
More than a third of injuries from falls occur when babies tumble from furniture, says a study in Pediatrics. That safety strap is there for a good reason. Buckle up!

"Check that your crib meets current safety standards and has all the right pieces," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "If the sides go down or you can fit a can of soda between the slats, it's not a safe crib for your baby. Stuffed animals, bumpers, and cute accessories may make a baby's crib seem warm and cozy, but they can do more harm than good. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to make your baby sleep safe and sound."

About half of all crib deaths occur when infants suffocate on bedding -- such as blankets, pillows, and bumpers -- according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). And skip sleep positioners, too; babies can slide off and suffocate.

Batten Down Your Bathroom
Splashing in the tub: good times! However, this room is safe only with supervision. Keep the door shut so Baby can't wander in without you. Tots can drown in just 1 inchof H2O.
Grooming Products
Even lotions, oils, and soaps that are made for babies can be toxic if consumed, so stash them far from reach. Keep items that pose a cut or burn risk, such as razors, curling irons, and hair dryers, in a cabinet with a childproof latch.
Childproof packaging isn't enough to keep your kid safe -- little fingers can be nimble! "Secure all vitamins and drugs in a locked drawer or cabinet that's out of reach," urges Joel Clingenpeel, M.D., a pediatric emergency room physician in Hampton Roads, Virginia. "And never refer to any pills as 'candy.'"
A cushioned guard on the spout will prevent bumps, and a skid-resistant pad on the bottom of the tub can stop slips. Also, adjust your water heater to 120 degrees F if you haven't yet done so -- any hotter and Baby could get a burn.
"A curious infant could easily fall headfirst into a toilet and drown," Dr. Clingenpeel says. A potty lock might seem more than a little inconvenient (especially when desperate houseguests call out for your assistance lifting the lid!), but it's definitely worth the bother.

Safeguard the Kitchen

Crawlers can give new meaning to "Hell's Kitchen," so consider gating off this room. Never handle any hot foods, beverages, or pots when your baby is nearby; hot spills cause the majority of scaldings in children ages 6 months to 2 years.
Stove and Oven
"Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, use the back burners and turn pot handles away from the edge," says Carr.
Some parents swear by industrial-strength Velcro for securing the door; others rely on a sturdy dishwasher lock. Whichever you choose, point all sharp utensils down in the basket, and fill the detergent dispenser just before you run a load of dishes.
Utensils and Dishes
"Put objects with sharp edges, such as knives, scissors, and dispensers for plastic and foil wrap, out of Baby's reach," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Be sure to use locks or latches on all low drawers and cabinets.
Cleaning Supplies
Injuries related to cleaning products keep pediatric emergency rooms busy. "The simple fix is latches, which are easy to install," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Buy cleaners that have child-resistant packaging, and never store them (even those that are environmentally safe) in food or beverage containers.

Check Other Biggies at Home

Remind family and visitors not to leave unsafe toys, as well as purses and bags, lying around. Wind cords so they're short and keep them out of sight. Also place plants out of reach.
"On upper floors, install guards or stops that prevent windows from opening more than 3 1/2 inches," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Window treatments are also hazardous. The CPSC has recalled millions of Roman and roll-up blinds and recommends cordless ones. Can't replace yours? Learn how you can childproof existing blinds, or order free retrofit repair kits at WindowCoverings.org.
Install security gates at the top and bottom of your stairways. "Make sure the gate you get for the top swings only one way. You want it to go inward, toward the floor," says Dr. Clingenpeel. Screw top gates securely into the wall; you can pressure-mount bottom ones.
Instead of plastic plugs, which babies learn to pull out, get sliding or box outlet covers that fit over the entire plate or power strip.
Furniture and TVs
Thousands of kids wind up in the E.R. each year and some die when furniture or a television topples on them, a study in Clinical Pediatrics reports. Injuries due to fallen TVs in particular have increased by 31 percent over the last decade, says Carr, partly because flat-screens are heavy and have a narrow base. "Securing your TV and furniture is an important step in preparing your home for toddlers," says Carr. "Make sure you mount flat-screen TVs to the wall and place large tube TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture. Use brackets, braces, or wall straps to then secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall." Be sure to keep toys off high shelves to curb a child's urge to climb.
Make sure the doors of your fireplace are heat resistant or block off a large area around the hearth. Store matches, lighters, the gas-jet key, pokers, and sharp tools out of reach, and consider a hearth cushion or adhesive padding for sharp edges. There -- safe and sound. Now go have some worry-free fun with your little one.

Stay on Top of Recalls

Baby products are usually designed with safety in mind, but mistakes happen. Look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) seal on purchases, new or used. Return registration cards so companies can contact you for recalls.

Prevent Falls

Remember this: Falling is the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among babies younger than a year old -- yes, even before they can walk. Nearly 9,000 infants end up in the E.R. each year when car seats being used as carriers plummet from countertops, beds, and couches, according to a report in Pediatrics. A caregiver tumbling down the stairs while holding an infant is also common. "This usually happens when the parents are rushing to get the phone or carrying something in one arm and their little one in the other," Dr. Joel Clingenpeel says.
Safety steps: When using an infant carrier, swing, or seat, keep your baby strapped in and on a flat, hard floor. If you're carrying a child, have nothing else in your arms. And set up a safe area, such as a play yard, on every level of the house for when you have to rush into another room.

4 Who-Knew Dangers

Because tots explore the world with their mouth, once they're mobile and can grasp small things (usually around 9 months), they're vulnerable to choking on found objects. Look out for the uh-ohs below.
Latex Balloons
More children have suffocated on broken or deflated latex balloons than any other type of toy. "If your baby gets hold of that gift from the store and sucks on it, it can easily slip into the windpipe and cause a complete obstruction," Kate Carr says. That's why the CPSC suggests keeping balloons well out of reach of unsupervised children for a solid eight years.
Buttons, Batteries, and Magnets
Button batteries, used in toys, remotes, and even greeting cards, can get caught in a child's esophagus and cause serious burns and fatal bleeding. Keep devices containing these batteries out of reach; magnets too. Ingesting two or more batteries, or a magnet and another metal object, can perforate the intestines.
Bags can contain choking hazards (coins, gum, mints) and toxins (nail polish, makeup, medications). "We see kids who have discovered prescription pills -- like blood-pressure medicines -- in a visitor's bag," says Dr. Joel Clingenpeel. Put a lock on the closet by the front door so bags can be secure, or install a purse hook high on an entry wall. Bonus: You'll know exactly where you left it!
Remember this: Your car heats up faster than you think, says Kate Carr. "Young children are particularly at risk as their body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, or a concerned bystander, you can protect kids from this preventable tragedy."
Safety steps: Remember to ACT: Avoid deaths by never leaving your child -- even a sleeping one -- alone in a vehicle for any amount of time. Create reminders to ensure that you don't forget to take your baby out of the car when you've arrived. Place something you'll need at the stop (like your purse) on the floor in front of her. If you take your child to day care, set a daily alarm on your phone to confirm you dropped him off. Take action: If you spot an unattended child in a car, dial 911.

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