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Positive Living Is Now A Lot More Easy to Obtain

As someone that does not like drama or stress, I am always looking for a new means to be able to obtain a more positive lifestyle.

Melinda D. Carver has made positivity a much easier goal to reach. She has created an easy, step by step set of instructions for how to get positive and live positive. Her book, Get Positive, Live Positive is a great book for anyone that is sick of negativity surrounding them in their daily lives. She even makes it known that negative things are bound to happen, but it is up to us to choose how we respond to that negativity.

She offers not only great ideas, but easy to do worksheets that will be sure to help you see what changes you can choose to make to make your own life more positive.  She is a great teacher through her books. The best thing about it is that it really teaches you that your happiness is up to you.

Choose to live positive by reading “Get Positive, Live Positive”, by Melinda D. Carver.

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CaveTools Fish Basket is not just for fish anymore

Whether your catch of the day comes from your garden or the sea, CaveTools  has you covered for a great basket to hold your delicious treats while grilling or smoking them. Their fish basket is great, whether it is used for fish or veggies.

One of my daughter’s favorite treats is smoked celery. So, yesterday my husband tried out his fish basket as a means of holding it so that the celery does not fall between the grates of the barrel smoker. That is an issue we have had in the past. While I did not get some after picture of the smoked celery, you will find that the before pics are enough of an idea of how much she enjoys smoked celery.

On October 21, we did learn one very important lesson with the fish basket. Beware of how hot your smoker gets. Of course, the only damage done to the fish basket was a little bit of burn that did not clean off. However, 90% of the burn marks came off with little to no effort.

CaveTools makes items that are versatile and do not have to be used solely for their intended purposes. That is one reason that I make sure to recommend their products any chance that I get. If you are wanting to cook carrots, celery, or asparagus (my personal favorite veggie) this basket is a great way to make sure your veggies stay put. Plus, it is also a great basket to keep your seafood from sticking to the grill racks.

Check out their Fish Basket today.

Forgive the background. We are still remodeling the home. So, it is a bit of a crazy kitchen right now.

 

Also, as a great treat from me to you. If you want to save a little money on your fish grill basket, make sure to use the code FISH15.

Loving my new lunch bowls

With winter being right around the corner (hey, I live in Michigan, winter is always right around the corner). A hot bowl of soup is the perfect work lunch, especially on a cold day. When I got the chance to try the six pack of ceramic lidded bowls from Sea Collection, I jumped for it. Of course, that was partially because I have always wanted a good soup bowl for work that was not plastic, and this was the perfect opportunity.

The bowls are microwave safe, they make sure you can get your hot stuff hot without the need to worry about melting the bowl (my personal reason for hating plastic soup bowls, I love hot soup, but do not like cleaning up hot soup messes from a melted plastic bowl).

My first day to work with these, I took homemade chili to work. I ended up having the wait for the person in front of me to finish cleaning up the mess she made from her Rubbermaid bowl melting in the microwave. She saw my bowl and asked how it worked, I told her we would find out together. My chili came out perfectly hot, and the best part is that the lid creates the perfect air tight seal when closed, you have to pop the tab on the lid, if you want to be able to even take the lid off of it.

These bowls are great for the home or office. They create a happier and cleaner lunch time.

K12 Michigan Virtual Charter Academy a great way to learn

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For many parents, traditional homeschool is not an option, because it does not offer advice on what to teach to what age groups. This is where the K12 program steps up and offers great advice, help, and public school curriculum from the comfort of the child’s home.

My daughter will be attending her second year with Michigan Virtual Charter Academy. She was able to hold amazing grades, since she has left the brick and mortar school learning environment.  Plus, instead of there being teachers that are getting the “I finally got it” look, mom and dad get to see that twinkle in her eye.

Our daughter has ADHD, bipolar, and sensory perception disorder. However, the K12 program and MVCA do not let that stop her from being the best that she can be. Traditional brick and mortar schools put kids like her on the back burner and do not focus on helping them to be or do better. Why not? Because usually, they are focusing on 30 or more kids at a time, especially in 4th grade on. As the children get older, the classes get larger.

Sorry schools I did not raise a robot. With MVCA and K12, my Dbug can be a top notch student, yet she can still be able to be a normal kid. She just learns a little bit differently from other kids. Mom and dad are there to help, but she gets to do the work and sees herself learning and getting better at doing things. The pride she has in her learning is something that makes me glad to make the choice to choose K12 last year in NC, and makes me even happier that we chose to continue it when we moved to MI back in January.

For those moms and dads that are thinking, “I can not afford the materials to teach my child from home”, that is another benefit to this program. You do not have to. You supply the child and the internet service. K12 supplies the materials, including a computer for lower income households.

Thank you, MVCA and K12, you have made me one proud mom and DBug one very happy kid with a thirst for knowledge.

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How-to Avoid Home Buying Nightmares!

When you buy a home, you find that there are a lot of issues that arise. In my case, it is a little more than a lot. We bought a fixer upper that to be honest, it would be better to level and rebuild. However, that is not an option. Here are a few things to make sure of when you buy your home.

  1. Get it in writing: If the old owner says that something is included in the purchase of the home, make sure that you get it documented along with their signature. This way if that item or items are gone when you go to move in, you can pursue legal actions against the previous owner.
  2. Have it inspected: If you are buying a home, there are a lot of considerations that need to be thought out prior to signing any agreements. There could be a lot of hidden issues that the old owner does not let you know about. This is why it is a good reason to have a home inspector come through the home prior to you buying it, especially if you are a first time homebuyer.
  3. Take pictures prior to purchase: By taking pictures, if anything that was there is missing, broken, or have other issues, you are covered. It will help in any future legal actions that may take place. It will also be a good way for you to price out the repairs that will be needed to know if the home is really worth what the owner wants you to pay for it. In the long run, even a cheap home can become very costly, if there are too many high dollar repairs that have to take place to make it livable.
  4. Background check the owner: This may sound crazy, but in the long run, it can save you a lot of headache and heartache. If you find that the person has multiple fraud charges, it is a good chance that you are not getting what you expect in the home you are buying. You may find that they have had insurance claims against the home for repairs that they have never taken care of, which may include structural or foundational issues.

These are just some warnings that can end up making a Home Buying adventure turn into a home buying nightmare. I should know, because that is what we are going through right now. While we did have in writing the items that were to come with the house, we chose not to get the house inspected. We also chose not to take pictures of the house prior to the purchase. We also did not background the owner. Had we done those, we may not have bought the home we have now. However, we got lucky, most of our nightmare is cosmetic stuff and structural with the floors needing to be leveled due to sagging throughout high traffic areas of the home. There is also some minor foundational issues to the home, as well. We later found out that the owner had been charged and convicted of multiple felony fraud charges dating as recent as two years before we bought the house.

So, save yourself the work and the headache that we are now going to face. Be more prepared when you enter the home buying market.

 

Cave Tools offers durability for the cooking Man

Does your hubby cook? If your hubby is like mine, he is a master chef in his own mind and in your kitchen. Problem is that the stainless cooking utensils never seem to make it into the drawer, because they do not want to hunt for them. I was offered the chance to try the Stainless steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools. I fell in love with it instantly. So did my husband. While we are in the process of moving, and remodeling the new home, he has managed to keep all of his stainless steel cooking tools conveniently located near our gas stove.

I love the easy assembly. I was able to put it up with no help. My husband came home to find all of his cooking tools he loves on the wall next to our gas stove. He loves that he no longer has to search drawers to find them, anymore. I love that he actually takes the time to wash them, himself.

Cave Tools offers a lot of great products for the Man Cave, Woman Cave, or Cooking Cave. They also offer top quality at  a price that anyone can afford. I do not have the pictures of the product located here, at this time, because as I said, we are in the middle of a move and remodel. As soon as I get a chance to get the pictures put up, I will make sure to show you how absolutely awesome our Cave Tools Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack is.

I plan on actually ordering a couple more of these, because of how versatile they are. My daughter does her school from home, so we have various signs to use for her school room to tell what is going on. We are planning on using one for holding that and her book bag for fieldtrips. I am also going to get a few of them for my husband to put in his work shed and one for keys and coats to be hung by the door.

For those who like to save money on awesome gifts. Here is a little code that gets you 15% off the purchase price. HOOKRACK15. All of my Amazon savvy shoppers, click here to get to their Amazon page. Trust me, you are going to love this hook rack as much as I do. Plus, it even includes a reversible screwdriver tool. Not only that, but it also offers free recipes. Now, that is one awesome deal.

Groovin’ in Gildan

When it comes to winter, a must have item is warm socks. Among those, you also want something that is comfortable and looks nice. Instead of paying for socks that fall apart, choose a company that makes good quality socks at affordable prices. Plus, you want to make sure that the company that you are supporting also supports the community.

Gildan meets all of those qualifications and many more. They make top quality, warm socks. Their socks can be plain or you can choose one of many pattern styles. Beyond that they are a company that cares.

Gildan has been helping the community through various outreach programs. Also, they are willing to immediately step up and fix issues that occur with products that people purchase from them. For example, if you find that your 10 pair of socks is missing a single sock, they will make sure that issue is taken care of. They will not make you have to take the product to a store or mail them the package back, they will fix it, because you as the customer have come to them to get it fixed.

 

A Round of Applause to the Hands of the Goddess

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When many people are complaining about who needs a handout, there is one special group offering those in need a hand up. The group was originally started in Pasco County, Florida. Well respected author of “Rupert’s Tales” and “Mi’s Search for Beauty“, Kyrja and her husband Randy, found a need in their local community to help out.

Hands of the Goddess offers a variety of services to those that are homeless or at-risk. They have monthly outreach programs where they offer food items that are either bought or donated locally. They offer toiletry items, clean socks, and a variety of other items. Some of the items that are issued during these event are shipped in from other states. They work with multiple agencies, individuals, and organizations to meet all needs of those that need a hand up.

Some of the things that they are known for doing is collecting shopping bags that would have otherwise been thrown away. They will then take those bags, cut them into strips and use the strips to crotchet mat that are not only able to soften sleeping areas, but also help to keep the user fry from the morning dew.

Hands of the Goddess may have started as a local group, but they have grown in number of supporters and branches. They are becoming a wildfire of care and compassion. Hands of the Goddess has already spread from Florida to Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, and has a fifth branch in Bakersfield, California. For item donations, most go to the Florida branch then are further distributed from there to the other branches. However, you can choose to also locally donate, if you are in an area where one of the other branches are located.

If you would like to donate to help them with one of their many community projects, click here. To learn more about items that they need, please feel free to message Hands of the Goddess at handsofthegoddess@yahoo.com. You can also follow their efforts by checking out their Facebook page by clicking here.

In a world that has taken a turn for the dark side, it is good to see that there is a small group trying to relight the fires that burn in each of us. The fires, once lit, will burn brighter with each and every thing we do to continue to help our communities both locally and globally. While Hands of the Goddess- North Carolina has not officially been made known, it has slowly been building to become something great to help out the northern rural regions of NC.

Spine Tingling Suspense in “Remembering Lauren”

I recently got the chance to read the ebook of “Remembering Lauren” by Misha Jordan. I got the chance from this book to be able to revisit a place I have not been in a very long time. I am originally from Florida. In Florida, there were a lot of cold case murders that went unsolved.

I loved this book, because I was able to relate with Nikki, who is the main character. She moved from a busy city, because of bad events that had happened in her own life. She went to a small town, where she learns that creature comforts are not available, like public transportation and easy to find rentals. I found many of these same challenges when I moved from Florida to North Carolina.

One issue I did find with the book was that the first couple of chapters were a little bit drawn out. It is slow in the beginning, but it is because you are finding out more about both Lauren and what is the story behind why Nikki moved to Chiefland and why she is so interested in Lauren’s case.

In Florida, there are many junior detective groups that love to try to find ways to solve old cold cases. This story does include one of those groups. It shows that sometimes it takes more than just the local police department to get to the bottom of the case.

Once you make it through the first couple of chapters, the story does pickup and it does get very interesting with a few plot twists. So be sure to be paying attention or you may miss something in this spine tingling suspense.

Calling ALL Grammar Police

Yes, I am calling you out. If you are wanting to give a gift that will keep you from blowing your top with your friends. How about, a copy of “Perfect English Grammar” by Grant Barrett.

He offers a great idea of how to write the perfect paper. The thing is that they have to be willing to read it. The book offers information on proper spelling, abbreviation, and even the Oxford comma. Plus there are section on proper word usage  and parts of speech. This book offers a great learning tool to anyone that wants to do better with speaking or writing the English language.

The book even offers tips in how to write a better paper. One of the biggest tips offered is to use the same style or point of view throughout the entire paper. You do not want to start off writing the paper in third person and end writing it in first person. That will lose and confuse your audience.

One thing that I tell many people that ask me for writing advice is to not be overly critical. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not hold your mistakes against you. Learn from them and move on. If not, you will find yourself getting stuck in a rut. Sorry about the pics of me not coming out well. That is what happens when you are sick and are a writer.