Monday, October 20, 2014

S200 Set #Review { Speed Badminton }

Here is a really fun game for all of you!

It is called Speedminton Set S200 from the company Speedminton Sporting Goods.

Here's some pics of us trying it out recently:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paying Off Debt: Three Ways to Supplement Your Income without Getting a Different Job

If you’re working hard to get out of debt, one of the best ways to do it is to start a debt snowball. Budget your current income, and if necessary, take on a second job or supplement your income somehow. Begin paying off bills one-by-one, and as soon as you pay off one, put the money you would have paid toward that bill toward your next bill. Once you are down to your last bill, you could be paying a significant amount of money toward it, because you are paying off the minimums plus anything else you would have paid toward other bills until all your debt is gone. Getting started is the hardest part, because many people have to live paycheck to paycheck and can’t imagine having extra money to pay more than the minimums toward debt. Here are a few ideas to supplement your income without having to get a different job.

Test Proctoring

Many cities have several high schools that offer SAT and ACT testing to high school students or adults looking to go to college. These test centers are often looking for people who can show up a few Saturdays a month to proctor the tests. Proctors typically maintain order in their classrooms, read instructions, hand out papers, and ensure that no students are cheating. Test proctors typically make over $100 per test session, which can be a nice stipend at the end of the month. They will require you to get up early on a Saturday morning, but the tests are usually done in the early afternoon, and you have the rest of the day to attend to other things.

Clinical Trials

If you have the time and space for it, clinical trials are a great way to make some extra money. Clinical studies in Kansas City can pay up to $5,600 for time and travel, depending on your medical background and personal habits. Different trials require different things, so search for clinical trial agencies in your area to find out if you may qualify for one of their trials. If you can take the time away from your regular job, it may be a good way to earn a lot of money in one chunk and pay off debt quickly. Some trials may work over an extended period of vacation time, so you’d be making twice the money in the same time period. Consider this as a viable option.

Marketing Research and Product Testing

Many marketing companies travel to metropolitan areas to conduct studies that will influence the way they market products. Production companies may also be interested in having average people test their products and give feedback before releasing the products to the general public. Look for marketing research opportunities in your area. Sometimes you can make up to $100 just for answering a few questions and giving a few opinions. It’s easy money that may even be fun.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Interesting Lake in Petersburg

I watched a dumb "Romantic Comedy" on Netflix recently. I don't even remember the name, but one part I thought was cool, was the lady in it gave tours around her town of interesting facts of places that no one probably knows about.

Well anyway I found a lake in my town that's like that. When I first moved here - I tried to find a place that was good for walking. Because my husband and I like to talk walks in the woods, and such. So I found this place not to far that had some paths. 

No one hardly goes there though and I think people who do live here don't even know the history of it (maybe some do) This place has ties with the Civil War. They built earthworks here and it was part of the Dimmock line.

Another interesting thing with this place is the Civil Rights tie it has. They used to have swimming there and a cool bath house - but they only allowed white people to use it. Until in the 1950's when some people petitioned to get it open to everyone. But instead of letting that happen - they just decided to close the whole place!

Here is a really cool old photo I found of what it used to be:

C - willcox watershed conservatory 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour: The Practice

Today I am participating in a blog tour for the book, "The Practice," by Barb Schmidt. Read below for book info:

BarbThePractice CoverBarb Schmidt believes that making subtle shifts in the day will improve inner happiness, creating a positive ripple effect on all areas of life. In her new book, THE PRACTICE (HCI Books), Barb has structured an easy-to-implement, three-part daily routine- Waking Up, Living Present, Letting Go-that will help you look inward, cultivating the beautiful qualities of acceptance, gratitude, patience, compassion, strength, and courage. Barb provides readers with a set of practical tools that can be used throughout the day to help cultivate a peaceful mind so that readers can live their best lives filled with happiness, love, mindfulness, and purpose - the magnificent life that we are all meant to live.

THE PRACTICE is a set of practical tools that can be used throughout the day to guide us along life’s path. It is a compilation of the great Truths taught by authentic teachers and masters throughout the centuries from various religious and spiritual traditions. It is for people who are looking to deepen their connection to their innermost selves.

Barb has garnered followers from across the globe through her charismatic and radiant personality driven by the quest to find happiness and peace. THE PRACTICE begins with Barb’s own personal path of self-discovery, which began as a part of her recovery from her personal battle with bulimia. Throughout THE PRACTICE, Barb shares with readers the timeless truths and wisdoms she has learned through her nearly thirty years of study and practice with many of the modern-day masters.  Each chapter concludes with “Parting Seeds” – key takeaway points discussed in the chapter to keep in mind as you go about your day.

THE PRACTICE creates the following three-part framework around which to live our magnificent lives:
1.     Waking up
2.     Living Present
3.     Letting Go

Some topics THE PRACTICE addresses:

-         Gain strength and confidence in your ability to overcome daily stresses and obstacles by using simple breathing techniques to focus your attention
-         Learn simple, manageable tools to empower you to take control of your life, and make changes that bring you happiness
-         Gain confidence in yourself and learn to trust life as it comes by starting your day with a 5-minute meditation.
-         Feel energized and confident by repeating an easy to remember phrase consistently throughout the day.
-         Meditating 101

About the Author:

Barb Schmidt is such a captivating speaker that her passion and charisma have garnered her the devotion of fans, who travel across the globe to be part of her inspiring movement for global peace through inner peace. Barb is founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful World, a community outreach program through Florida Atlantic University (FAU) designed to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace by incorporating workshops and weekly teachings with Barb and many of her esteemed mentors, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Barb is also the founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, a non-profit organization through which she teaches The Practice, a three-part guide to practical spirituality in the modern world and her tool for spreading her belief that “outer peace begins with inner peace.” Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life has rapidly expanded to include an online community via Facebook (with posts reaching over 10 million people), through their daily inspirational emails and weekly blogs. In 2014, Barb’s extensive achievements in fostering positive change earned her an invitation to the White House State Dinner.

By Barb Schmidt
HCI Books; May 2014
$12.95; 176 pages
ISBN: 9780757317989

Also read on for an Interview with Barb Schmidt.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ApparelnBags Review

I recently was asked to do a review. It is for the website called ApparelnBags. This is a website where you can find a lot of named brand merchandise. They provide great customer service and ship everywhere in the US. You can find a great selection of apparel all at really reasonable prices too.

I was able to pick something from the site to review and I asked my daughter if she wanted to choose something. She wanted one of these beanie hats for awhile anyway so she found some on the site. The have these in a lot of different colors. She wanted this one pictured below which is charcoal heather:

These are very popular right now and looks cute on her. It also can be found on this site for a great price it only costs $6.11!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blog Tour: "Sleep In Peace Tonight" { #Review & #Giveaway }

It’s 1941 and a madman named Adolf Hitler is on a mission to invade Great Britain. The constant sound of bomb blasts followed by the stench of flaming homes and buildings are a part of everyday life in London during the Blitz. The threat that the Nazi’s next stop will be on American soil hangs in the sooty air.

SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT (Thomas Dunne Books; October 7, 2014; $26.99) is author James MacManus’ newest historic novel set in war-torn London. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dispatches his most trusted advisor, a tall, gaunt man named Harry Hopkins, to London to meet with Winston Churchill. There, Hopkins must assess the growing crisis in Britain. The White House is conflicted and many of FDR’s advisors oppose America joining forces with Britain. During his many meetings with the Prime Minister, Hopkins is bombarded by Churchill’s dramatic rhetoric and constant drinking. Churchill knows the only way to save Britain is with help from the United States. During a dinner in Glasgow, Scotland Churchill implores Hopkins to tell FDR to “give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

In his latest novel, MacManus paints a stunning portrait of a battered London with larger-than-life personalities from history and a mysterious love interest that work together to change the course of history. During his travels in Great Britain, Hopkins is assigned a beautiful young driver named Leonora Finch. The two find consolation in each other’s arms from the threat of war. Hopkins falls deeply in love and the couple’s passion artfully unfolds on the pages. While in London, Harry and Leonora befriend veteran CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow who frequents a secret nightclub named the Black Cat Club that features an unusual mix of colorful characters.

As Harry and Lenora grow closer, she confides that she’s a member of a secret British spy agency. Leonora craves wartime action and will stop at nothing to prove she should be on the front lines, even if it means risking her life. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Children Wall Decals

Are you looking for a great way to decorate your walls? There is a nice and budget friendly way to do that. I would like to suggest to you to consider wall decals.

These look great in every room of the house. And can really brighten up any area. Especially a child's room. Well I just found a really great website. If you are looking for children wall decals you should totally check it out. They also have wall decals for every room in the house too.

I found some different ones that I think would look terrific in a kids room. Here is one called Happy Owls and Butterflies on Colorful Tree:

Isn't that so cute? It would look so nice in a little ones bedroom. Here is another one that I like:

This is great for the little girls room. It is called The Fairy Princess Castle. There are one's for boys rooms too. Such as this one that I think a lot of kids would like:

Football Champion Wall Decal

And this one I like a lot for a nursery:

There were a few other ones that I saw that would be so cute for a baby's room. I think these can be so colorful and could be really calming for a baby. It will give them something (and the parents too) nice to look at.

You can create your own wall decals. Such as your own wall quotes. You could put whatever saying you would like for the text. You can also get a name on the decal. Maybe you would like your child's name on one. Here's an example:

Visit the custom page for all the options. These are so cool. I'm sure my daughter would love one with her name on it. So if you are looking for some wall decals for your home then I would recommend this website to you. They have a large selection of some very nice wall decals. 

What wall decal do you think you would like? Do your kids have any of them in their rooms? Maybe they would like their name on one too.

 This is a sponsored post - written 100% by me.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tips to Make Sure that Your Dental Implants Last

Implants help enhance the quality of life and reduce the health risks associate with tooth loss.   According to data from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately 5 million American receive dental implants each year. Unfortunately, many people need to have their implants replaced within a few years. You will need to learn how to take care of them properly to avoid that risk.

Taking Care of Your Implants

You need to do a variety of things to take care of your implants properly. Make sure that you are disciplined about following these steps after receiving a new implant to replace a lost tooth. You will want to reduce the risk they will need to be replaced.
Take Care of Your Gums
Dental implants are made from porcelain or composite materials that do not decay. Since they can’t form cavities, many people don’t clean them as often as they should.
Unfortunately, you still face the risk of developing gum disease, which could cause your implants to loosen. You may need a laser gum treatment to rectify periodontal disease before receiving a new implant. It is much less expensive to take clean your implants regularly to reduce the risk of developing gum disease.
There are several ways to clean your implants to reduce the risk of gum disease. Here are some to keep in mind:
  • Try using a sonic toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Use a fluoride rinse
  • Use a thin floss that can fit between the crevices of your implants
Cleaning your implants is particularly important to reduce the risk of gum disease. Make sure that you clean them as thoroughly as your natural teeth.
Minimize Stress on Your Implants
Unfortunately, the bond between the jawbone and the implant isn’t as strong as natural teeth. You could lose your implant if you face a traumatic injury.
People that tend to clench their teeth during the night are also at risk of losing their implant. You may need to wear a mouth guard to reduce the stress while they are sleeping or try to understand what factors are causing them to clench their teeth. Most people that grind their teeth in the evening are suffering from stress, so they may need to make lifestyle changes, speak with a counselor or take anti-anxiety medications.
You will also need to be careful about the types of foods that you eat. People can eat generally eat the same hard foods that they ate before, but there may be some exceptions. You may need to avoid eating extremely hard or chewy foods until you are accustomed to your implants.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post. 
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