8 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip

Since having our son a couple of weeks ago, even the smallest of outings (ie – a trip to the doctor) seem like a huge deal.  (We haven’t even braved the grocery store yet.)  For the moment a road trip seems out of the question, but when we do get ready to travel, we will definitely be taking extra precautions and steps to ensure a safe and easy trip for our baby on board.  Here are a few tips for surviving a road trip. 

1. Check Your Tires – Check to make sure your tires have the proper amount of air in them and that the tread is good.  You may also consider taking them to a shop for a rotation.  Also, don’t forget to make sure you have spare tire in the trunk that’s in good condition.  (Find your perfect tires at TyrePlus.) [Read more…]

4 Tips to finding the best wheelchair for an active person

Just because a person has difficulty with mobility does not mean that they cannot live a full life. Not being able to use their limbs does mean they cannot do physical activities. With the use of wheelchairs, people can now have a more active lifestyle.

To say that a person is confined to a wheelchair is incorrect, as with the use of a wheelchair, people with limited mobility can get out of the house, travel to other countries, and do physical activities and sports like hiking and basketball.

But in order to make the most out of the wheelchair, it is very important that the right type of wheelchair should be used. Aside from having different styles, some wheelchairs are also manufactured for a variety of purposes.

If you know an active person who will be needing a wheelchair soon, check out some of the tips below to ensure that they can still have that active lifestyle they want.

  1. Get a wheelchair that has durable material – in any investment you make, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. With your wheelchair, you want to make sure that it will last a lot of years despite the fact that it will undergo wear and tear, especially if the user is an active person. Usual materials for wheelchair include steel, which is strong but heavy; aluminum-magnesium alloy, and titanium carbon fiber, which is the lightest but most expensive.

  1. The wheelchair should be stable – another thing that is very much needed for a wheelchair user is stability, whether you are an active person or not. Because of limited mobility, some may have little to no use of their legs. If the chair is not stable, there is a possibility that in a little bit or rough terrain or in a slope, the chair may tilt, causing the user to fall. An injury may happen and would only make the user’s physical condition worse. If the user can sit comfortably in a wheelchair, maximum stability happens. Make sure the chair is the right size for the user, meaning the seat will not be too wide or too narrow.

  1. Consider what type of tires the wheelchair has – take note of the physical activities that the user would want to do. Do your research as there are different types of tires, with variations in size and material. There are some tires that have little shock absorption, and there are also sports tires that require less energy to propel it.

  1. Get a chair that is lightweight and foldable – if the person using the chair likes to go on camping and hiking trips, you would want a chair that is lightweight so that it will not require too much effort to bring it anywhere you go. A foldable chair is also convenient as it does not require a lot of space when placed inside the car. The KD Smartchair wheelchair has been manufactured with those specifications, so it is perfect for active persons who want to live their life to the fullest.

Saving Money with Dryel

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With the holiday season upon us,  we could all use a few money saving and time saving tips!  Using Dryel at home for your dry cleaning needs is one way to save money and get your clothes cleaned with convenience!  (And you’ll have more money to spend on Christmas gifts for the family and yourself!) [Read more…]

10 Tips for a Bright and Youthful Eye Appearance

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Throughout my life, the number one thing people have always complimented me on has been my eyes.  Like most people, I always welcome a nice compliment and cannot help but smile about this.  As implied in my blog title, I’m a simple kind of girl, and I’m definitely not a “glam girl.”  However, as a woman, I believe it is important that we do what we need to do feel good about ourselves and feel confident and comfortable in our own skin. I, for one, feel dramatically happier and more positive about myself when I’ve taken 10 minutes to get dressed and do makeup versus spending the day in my pajamas.  And it is amazing how this extra bit of effort improves my confidence and my overall attitude as I go through my day.  And as I go through my day with a positive attitude, I am able to affect others in a positive way.

Achieving that bright and youthful appearance isn’t always that simple.  In fact, for many, it is a daily struggle, but it doesn’t have to be.  Today I’m going to share 10 tips for a bright and youthful eye appearance. [Read more…]

Tips and a Printable Checklist for a Clean Bathroom

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What’s your least favorite household chore?  Previously I’ve discussed how much I dislike doing the dishes, but if I had to pick something that I like even less than dishes, it would be cleaning the bathroom!  But guess what?  It has to be done!  This year as part of my quest for a more simplified life, I’ve been coming up with ways to make housekeeping easier for myself.  Today I will share my latest and greatest cleaning weapon in my bathroom cleaning arsenal, the New Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber (and Disposable Scrubber Refills), and I’ll share some simple tips and strategies for maintaining a clean bathroom (with a printable checklist included). [Read more…]

Ranch Pizza & Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu (+ A Giveaway)

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Ranch Pizza and Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu

In the winter time, I love my soups, casseroles, and comfort foods, but I love the opportunity that spring time brings to freshen up our menu! We get to embrace fresh ingredients, eat a little lighter, and enjoy new things.  Today I’m sharing tips on how you can join me and freshen up your menu this spring, and I’ve got a quick and easy recipe for fresh Ranch Pizza! [Read more…]

Tips to Help You Sleep Better to Feel Better

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Tips to Help you Sleep Better to Feel Better

When Daylight Savings Time begins, everyone seems to go in to a frenzy over that hour of lost sleep.  But what about every other night of the year?

I, for one, used to be the kind of person who could do just about anything with very little sleep, but over the past year or two, I have found that I really need sleep in order to function.   This month the folks at Walgreens are emphasizing the importance of sleep, because let’s face it, the Better You Sleep, The Better You Feel!

As part of my new year’s resolutions, I’ve been adopting new habits to help myself get a good night’s sleep,  and today I’ll be sharing some steps that you can take to develop an effective night time routine so that you can get in bed earlier, fall asleep easier, and wake up feeling well rested. [Read more…]

10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

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10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means!  It’s almost time to get out and work in the yard!  At our house, my hubby does the mowing and the majority of the yard work, but I do assist him with a lot of projects, particularly things like working in the flower beds and any project that involves building, painting, and making our yard and home prettier.

Last year we did a number of simple budget-friendly projects to improve the look of our yard and front porch area, and this year we will be continuing our work.  We have some general maintenance to do this spring, and then I hope we can accomplish a few new goals this year as well!  Today I’m going to share 10 outdoor projects for your spring to do list! [Read more…]

5 Simple Tips and a Printable to Improve Your Health + Drink More Water with SodaStream Power

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With Christmas just over a week away and New Year’s immediately following, it may be time for you to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions.  The last few years I’ve focused on small, simple goals to improve my life, rather than a large-scale grandiose scheme that probably won’t work out for me!  And I think if everyone focused one or two little things, we’d all have more success.  Today we are talking health goals.  I have some “small, simple tips” for tracking and improving your health in the new year! [Read more…]

Getting Your Small Business Organized

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Getting Your Small Business Organized

As many of you know, beyond my blog, I also have at etsy shop where I sell hand stamped jewelry and ornaments.  (You can take a look at my creations here.)  Several weeks ago my business received a huge custom order from a school.  The order was a huge opportunity for me, but I was rushed to get it out.  Luckily I had my trusty husband here to help me expedite the process!  We ordered some new tools and supplies to greatly improve our manufacturing process, our products, and our business, and now we are currently renovating a room on our property, which is going to serve as a new jewelry and business studio!

So right now I am extremely excited at the thoughts of getting all my jewelry supplies, photo props, and other items moved in to their new home!  (As soon as the new room is complete, I’ll have a full makeover post for you!)  Till then, I’m trying to get all my stuff ORGANIZED so that it will be ready to go, as soon as we’ve put the finishing touches on the room.  One new tool I’ve invested in is the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack. [Read more…]