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Is There an Alternative to the Local Utility Monopoly?

energy savings How many times have you looked at your electric bill and wished that there was an alternative to increasing costs. Local utility companies seem to know that they have you backed into a corner; if you can’t afford or don’t want to use their services, you have little recourse but to build a windmill or ...

Burn that Baby Fat Naturally! #PostNatalFatBurner

FitTea PostNatal Baby Fat Burner So I am about 6 weeks away from having our 5th baby. As excited as I am to hold our precious baby, I can’t help but think of the work I have ahead of me as far as weight loss goes. I am 5’9″ and prior to pregnancy, I weighed between 145 and 150. For ...

Should You Convert Your Gas Engines to Propane?

Propane Powered Generator with capacity in mind, you have to think about whether or not it would make sense to convert your gas powered possessions to propane. Think about having your next camping trip with your Honda LP generator instead of a regular gas powered generator, simply for the convenience of not having to worry about filling the tank as often....

3 Fun Ways to Save Electricity at Home!

Save on Electric Bill in the Winter Electric bills are no laughing joke when it comes down to the bone-chilling wintertime, and everyone could use that few extra dollars from cutting their electricity or gas usage during this cold time of the year. In southern Arizona, you might say that I have no room to talk! I mean, it’s supposed to be ...

Decorating our Sons Newly Remodeled Room!

Trigg's Basketball wall  After begging and pleading with my husband to replace the old (fake) wood paneling in our sons room, for drywall, we are ready to start painting and decorating (my favorite part!)  WooHoo!! So, now I have fresh drywall to work with.  I looked all over the internet to find images of boys rooms that I ...

Bed Bugs, Everybody Run!!!

bed-bug Whenever I hear the words “bed” and “bugs” used in the same sentence, I almost immediately get the eebiejeebies! Understand though that I’ve never actually seen a bed bug, had bed bugs or really known anyone with a bed bug infestation. But from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty nasty little buggers! Naturally, when you hear ...

Lights, Action … Let’s Go Green

green lighting When it comes to lighting, I am jealous of our local town hall. In fact. the place has everything considered “green” in the world of modern architecture that is available for a simple town hall in upstate New York. That does not mean it was not built with heat from nearby hot springs. It does ...

What the Heck is a Bolster!

Wood Log Bolsters This just shows how oblivious I am to the world of interior design and decor, but I recently added a new word to my vocabulary. But, to be completely honest, I’m not quite sure I’ll ever use it. I’d much rather just say pillow, instead of using the word bolster. I guess it is easier ...

Keep Your Tools Handy, Man, With a Tool Bag

tool bags It’s hard to be a handyman if your tools aren’t handy, you know what I mean? There’s nothing that frustrates me more than knowing I have the right tool for the job, but when I need it, it seems to have grown legs and walked off on it’s own!  Now, a job that would have ...

The Perfect Patio Does Matter! Oh Yes. It Does.

Outdoor Patio Design Who says a patio isn’t worth the extra investment and muscle hours you put into it? Unless you’re one of “those guys” who has an allergy to everything under the sky, a patio is the next best thing to a having a theater room in your house! Well, at least from a man’s point of ...

Thinking of a Wedding in Paris?

wedding in paris Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. So what could be more romantic than having its iconic skyline as a backdrop to your a wedding? And, of course, you probably want to remember all the miniscule details about your wedding in Paris. One of the best ways to do ...

Community. It Is What You Make Of It!

Be a good neighbor Have you ever moved to a new neighborhood and felt as though your neighbors made you feel like you were chopped liver, not welcome in the community or part of the “IN” crowd? When all you really wanted was a simple “hello” or a plate of cookies with a note attached saying, “Welcome to the ...

5 Ways to Build Your Child’s Musical Talent

musical talent Whatever instrument your child either shows talent in or takes an interest in, have it in your home. If budget isn't an issue, head on down to the Hollywood Piano Store and choose from the best, if pianos are what you're after. If your budget is limited, a great place to look is Craigslist or your local yard sale groups on Facebook....

My Dog Just Had Puppies! What Dog Food Do I Buy?

"Bella" Yellow Lab “This is a sponsored post, however all views expressed are my own”. In a perfect world scenario, I think I would like to have the choice as to who the father of my dogs puppies would be. But a little over two months ago, a St. Bernard found its way into our fence to find ...

Two Things You Need to Know About Insurance

Insurance Policy Don’t worry. This isn’t going to be one of those posts where I try to convince you to switch insurance companies. Heck, I’m not even going to tell you how you can save money, well, at least not in the way you think I am. Some aspects of insurance policies are cut and dry, common ...

Get Paid for Blogging! Join Markerly’s Blogging Network.

markerly I’ve written similar posts like this one in the past, about how you can get paid for writing sponsored content for big name brands…well, have you taken action on that yet? If you have, I’m genuinely curious and would like to hear about your results. Please leave a comment below this post and tell me ...

Moving? Make Setting Up Utilities Easier On Yourself with a Concierge

moving happily In the last decade, I have moved my family once per year. That’s ten moves in just ten years. And yes, it was just as painful as it sounds. Promotions in the civilian world and joining the Army will do that to a family. I chalk it up to the fact that we just weren’t ...

The Hangar

The Hangar How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I had a shop?” Sometimes your garage, driveway or kitchen table just doesn’t get the job done and a bigger space is needed. For the longest time we’ve had to use our garage for our many DIY and craft projects, and not that it doesn’t ...

Smoked Beef Brisket? I’m in!

beef brisket Warning! This blog post is not for the faint at heart. In other words, if you're a vegetarian, vegan or someone who doesn't like beef, you might want to find another article on this site that interests you. Because this one is all about beef....

V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers

V8 V-Fusion Refreshers V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers…Seriously so yummy! So my family loves to drink! Yep, we are a bunch of drinkers around here! but, not the kind of drinkers you were probably thinking about. We love water, flavored water, milk, chocolate and strawberry milk, apple juice, other flavored juices, and even a  little soda pop here and there. ...

The Toyota FJ Cruiser

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser The Toyota FJ Cruiser is exactly what you’d want in a multipurpose vehicle. It has a 4.0-Liter V6 engine, automatic transmission on the 4×2 AT model, 4WD options available as listed, a comfortable interior, and the ability to go through water of up to 28 inches deep without affecting the engine. Did I lose any ...

Spruce Up Your Mixer with Vinyl

Mixer Vinyl I have long awaited a KitchenAid Mixer and a few Christmas’ ago, my parents surprised me with a lovely white one. It has made all my mixing experiences blissful. Well, today…I found a way to jazz it up a bit with this cute Mixer Vinyl.I found it **HERE** on Group Dealz!! There were a few ...

Whimsical Chalkboard Giveaway

Whimsical Chalkboard These are so cute and you can actually win one with this Giveaway over at Dejavu Crafts. It’s pretty simple…just visit Dejavu Crafts by clicking on their highlighted name, Like their page, for one entry… and then Share their giveaway for a second entry!!...

How To Straighten Hair Naturally

Straight Hair So, I have tried a ton of things on Pinterest. Some have been absolutely amazing, and others….well, not so amazing. Having naturally curly hair, I am always looking for different ways to either beef up my curl volume or tame it a bit. I found this pin on Pinterest claiming to help straighten my curly ...

Career Schools – An Alternative to College

which career fits best Did you go to college right out of high school and land a job you thought you’d love? Maybe it’s been years now and you realized that the career path you took just isn’t for you. Unfortunately, many adults find that the jobs they once thought they would love aren’t nearly as interesting as they ...