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How To Maintain Your Vehicle for Work

  • April 1, 2021

How To Maintain Your Vehicle for Work

Whether you use a company vehicle, you provide company vehicles, or you’re using your own personal vehicle for work, the ways in which you take care of it remain the same. Keeping up with any repairs or routine maintenance will help you reduce long-term expenses. Know how to maintain your vehicle for work to preserve productivity and decrease maintenance costs.

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Is My Injury the Result of a Product Defect?

  • March 23, 2021


Imagine driving down the road. It's a nice day and you're zipping along on a bumpy stretch of interstate when suddenly your steering becomes much more difficult, and even slowing down becomes harder. When you hit another car, your last conscious thought is surprise that the airbags didn't deploy. This type of scenario injured thousands of people and killed over 100, because GM installed faulty ignitions in some of its vehicles. Without attorneys to represent the families impacted by this product defect, it could be argued that GM would have continued to release the same faulty ignitions year after year.  If you have an injury from a product you need an attorney!

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E-cigarette Pros Outweigh Cons, Researchers Say

  • March 19, 2021


According to a group of researchers, strict control of e-cigs such as Utillian 421 is really not justified based on existing proof.

Manufacturers of e-cigarettes put you at risk on purpose.

After reviewing 81 previous studies on the use and safety of nicotine-emitting products, the researchers concluded that enabling e-cigarettes to contend with conventional cigarettes could reduce tobacco-related deaths and disease.

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Top 7 Herbal Tea to Drink When Gaining Weight

  • March 15, 2021

Herbal tea is made from spices, herbs and different plant extracts. They have many health benefits, including weight loss. It is the best tea for gaining weight because it contains different beneficial components when you want to lose weight. Like many other herbal remedies, it is a delicious drink that offers all the benefits you will get from the herbal treatments. You can blend different herbs to form a rich flavored beverage which will help you in losing weight. Here are some of the beverages you should drink when you are gaining weight.

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4 Ways Your Life Changes if Your Spouse Dies

  • March 14, 2021

When you marry someone, you typically hear the person performing the ceremony say, “till death do you part.” The insinuation is that you agree with your partner that you will be with them until one of you passes away. It’s tradition to have the minister or whoever else is marrying you say that, but you probably don’t like thinking about it much.

The reality is that you will, in fact, be together till death parts you unless you divorce each other. You have legally tied yourselves together since marriage is a formal declaration that you have committed yourselves to one another.

You’re both probably hoping that death, when it does come for one of you, does not occur for many, many years. But what if it occurs sooner than you expected? Let’s look at four of the ways your life will likely change if such a tragic event happens.

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Activities in the Spring for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • March 9, 2021

Spring is such a fun time of year to be raising young children.  But after surviving the long winter, and the weather not always cooperating for hours of fun outside, some of us moms need some extra ideas of ways to pass the long days.


Spring Nature Walks

Spring is such a fantastic time of year to do a nature walk.  There are so many new and interesting things to find.  Flowers peeking out of the dirt, buds just popping on the trees, tadpoles becoming frogs, eggs hatching, etc.  Finding a great nature park to do a daily walk is a must all spring.  Look for parks that have an abundance of trees and wildlife.  A stream is wonderful because as the weather warms, little feet can jump right into the water and feel its cold water tickle their feet, watch the minnows swim under their toes and the frogs hop.  Other great ideas are turning over the rocks and moving the trees limbs and seeing what is laying underneath.  Make sure to always put them back!  Keep your eyes open for broken eggs too! 


Easter Egg Hunts and Coloring of Eggs

When the weather isn’t quite warm enough for hours of outdoor fun, you can do an indoor egg hunt.  To make it academic, put lower case letters in the eggs and have the kids match them to the uppercase letter poster you hang up!  Outside, you can hide empty eggs first and then allow each of your children to play Easter bunny and hide eggs for each other!

Coloring eggs is also a great inside or outside activity!  I have found cookie sheets work great as a tray for spillage!   As long as you like hard boiled eggs, I find this as a great weekly activity for the month before Easter!  As your kids get older, you can add bigger skills like egg blowing for a keepsake you can keep forever.


Outside Art

One of my favorite toddler activities was putting my son outside in a diaper in the warm afternoon sun and letting him do his first art work with whip cream and food dye.  He loved it and when it was all over straight in the sink for a quick bath!

Never underestimate the amazing ability of chalk to mesmerize your kids for hours!  I can’t tell you how many kids I know, learned their alphabet through mom writing with him in chalk.  In fact, my son learned how to write with chalk long before we learned with pen and paper!


Water Sensory Bins

On those beautiful 75 degree days, a plastic bin of water and all the toys you can find has provided the best afternoon breaks! Boats, cups, and mini people and let the imagination go.  When doing activities like this, it's good to help them get started by letting them see how you play in the water and then pull yourself out of it and let them make up their own games and stories. A hour of water play and they will be begging to be outside again and again!


Lonely?  Looking to make friends?  Stay at home moms keep similar hours.  Head to a playground near by around 10 am on a sunny morning and meet some other moms!  The playground will be filled with similar aged kids and similar aged mommies all going through the same struggles as you!  Looking to be socially distant and play by yourself?  I have found the hours of 1-3 a pretty quiet time at a playground with most littles home napping.  It picks up again after 3 when older siblings get out of school, so watch out!



Pre covid, libraries were my favorite place to hang out at least once a week for a story time!  Between the rich environment of books and amazing educational toys they stock, you can’t go wrong spending a morning picking out next week’s bedtime stories while your child builds legos roads for the dinosaurs.  



Never underestimate the gift of a shovel and seeds. Spring is a time for planting and whether you have a small inside garden or a large plot of land, allowing your kids to participate is a wonderful thing.  I have six pots that I plant every May, a patio that I have 2 yards of mulch to lay around it, and a children's garden.  Every year, we start with a trip to Loews or Home depot to pick this year's flowers for walkways and pots.  Then we pick their special seeds to plant in their garden.  One year we grew pumpkins that took over half my yard!  The next year we planted zinnias which bloomed all summer and filled their rooms with fresh flowers.  Sunflowers have also been a big hit!  This year we are going to try to do gourds over an arbor...The beautiful thing about gardening, is it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!  Flowers bloom even when we don’t buy the perfect dirt, and weeds sprout all summer giving us work to do in the evening hours!


Puddle jumping

Not sure how many of you have a kid that spent their winter watching Peppa Pig, but if you are sick and tired of hearing the oink oink oink at the beginning of the show, puddle jumping is a great way to break the tv habit!  In Pa, we get a lot of rain in the spring.  Sometimes it feels like it rains every day!  When March blows in, I usually end up at the shoe store buying this year's rain boots, because no matter what the weather is, when I am hitting my max of indoor time and tv, a pair of rain boots and a jacket go a long way to a happy afternoon or morning!


Baby Chicks

If you don’t live on a farm or you don’t want to go visit one, Tractor supply and Ace hardware are two large chains that have Chick Days.  This is a time when they get hundreds of baby chicks that come into their stores and live under heat lamps.  Farmers and homesteaders usually buy them to keep for eggs.  We like to go visit and look at them.  You're not usually allowed to touch them, but the kids get a kick out of seeing all the varieties, sizes and colors!  A stop by starbucks on the way home, makes it a great day!  


 Farm visits

This is pretty par for the course in the spring, but rounding up the kids and taking a tour of a local farm or creamery is usually a hit.  There are a couple different options to visit from your local small creamerys to your larger farms that have strawberry picking.  May is not complete without muddy boots and baskets of fresh strawberries.  They usually have goats and baby calves to see as well.  Near us, we have working orchards that do farm tours to show their fruit trees with their beautiful flowers blooming, strawberry farms and also tulip farms.  Each place makes for an amazing morning out!



Spring is my favorite time to go to the zoo.  The weather is beautiful, the animals are out exploring and the crowds are small.  If you live near a zoo, a membership is usually the way to go!  Try going at least once a month, your children will always find new things to spot or new interests to explore.

If you haven't noticed, I love spring and the outside time.  Studies have shown that our kids are healthier and happier the more they engage in nature.  It might be cold, and it might be raining but their are so many wonderful things to see and explore in the spring with your toddlers and preschoolers!

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Investing in bitcoin practical tips

  • March 3, 2021


The interest in the crypto market does not seem to dwindle these days. Here are some great tips to follow, especially if you are just getting started with BTC investing.


Understanding the Bitcoin blockchain


The blockchain emerged in 2008 with Bitcoin as the first cryptocurrency. This new technology gives the possibility of transferring data online in a highly secured and transparent environment.

Thus, Internet users can make money transactions and send money over the Internet independently, without third-party intervention (banks), and in a secure manner.

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Should You Choose Canvas or Framed Prints?

  • February 23, 2021

Should You Choose Canvas or Framed Prints?

If you’ve recently moved and have some bare walls to cover or maybe need a refresher of your existing art, you have a choice to make. There’s a wonderful new photo of your kids, your dog, you and your hubby or that epic landscape of your latest vacation; maybe it’s all of those. You know what you want up on the wall, but can’t decide whether you want a traditional framed print or a canvas print.

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Benefits and Drawbacks of Driving for a Rideshare

  • February 8, 2021

Benefits and Drawbacks of Driving for a Rideshare

Maybe your goal is to finance the small business of your dreams. Maybe you want to save up for your kids’ college. Whatever the reason, it always pays to have a side hustle. And when it comes to side hustles, there are few more popular than driving for a rideshare like Lyft or Uber.

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Todd Stottlemyre’s New Book, The Observer, Discusses Emotional Intelligence

  • December 29, 2020

the observer

Entrepreneur and former MLB pitcher, Todd Stottlemyre, launched his new book today.

It's called The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts & Emotions.

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