4 Tips To Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

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Winter is on the way. Homeowners all over the United States are working round the clock to keep their homes warm and their families healthy this cold season. However, preparing your home for winter can be expensive. How do you keep your family warm without blowing the energy bill?
Here are four handy tips to keep your home warm this winter.

1. Use Heavy Curtains
Covering your windows properly is a great way to ensure that heat does not escape from your home during the cold season. Up to 40% of the heat loss that occurs in your home leaks from the windows. Invest in some heavy drapes to give your home extra insulation.
During the day, when the sun is out you can open your windows to let some warm air in. Shut your curtains immediately it starts getting dark in order to keep the warmth inside the rooms.

2. Seal All The Cracks And Gaps
Unsealed cracks and gaps can raise your energy bill by 30% or even more. This is because most of your heated air slips through the cracks and gets wasted. Ensure that you inspect the interior and exterior walls of your home.
Seal all the cracks and gaping holes to protect your home from air leaks. Inspect the window frames and doors as well. Fill the gaps with spray foam insulation that is specifically designed for doors and windows.
Seal cracked basement floors and walls. Check your supply ducts. Ducts are one of the top causes of a leaky home. Ensure that all air duct problems are repaired before winter so that they do not interfere with the heating and cooling efficiency of your home.

3. Place Rugs On Wooden Floors
Hardwood floors are beautiful and can enhance the appearance of your house. However, during winter, wood floors can get extremely cold because they let the heat escape. To counter this, place a rug on the floor. This will help keep your feet warm on the floor surface and also, the rugs provide extra insulation which keeps the entire house warm.
You can place your rugs along the entryways but ensure that you do not step on the rugs with wet shoes as you enter the house since they can absorb moisture and make the temperatures in your house worse.

4. Buy A Humidifier
A humidifier is a lifesaver during winter. When the weather turns cold, kids become more vulnerable to those dreaded coughs and sniffles that feel like they are never-ending. A humidifier provides a natural option by adding moisture to the air and this greatly reduces dryness in the throat, sinus headaches, bloody noses, and allergies during winter.
Conclusion
There you go; four tips to keeping your home warm this winter. Are you looking for the best humidifiers for children and babies? At How To Home, you will find a comprehensive guide to choosing one for a baby, the pros and cons of each humidifier and the best pick for a household with small children.

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Freezer Meals to make with leftover Ham #FreezerMeals #HamMeals #HamRecipes #Easter

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There are a lot of great recipes that you can make and freeze with leftover Ham from Easter. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Ham & Cheese Homemade Hot Pockets

Pizza Dough
1-2 cups chopped ham
slices of American Cheese
bag of Frozen Broccoli

Take the dough roll it out to a small circle, add some ham pieces, slice of cheese and a couple pieces of Broccoli. Then fold in half and take a fork and close the edges on both sides. Be sure not to over stuff or they will leak. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Let them cool and put them in Sandwich bags to freeze individually. Then just take one out and heat them in the Microwave till hot and serve.

Here are some more recipes that you can use as well:

Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

6 potatoes
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup of Ham
1/2 cup of Milk

Clean and slice the Potatoes, You can leave the skin on or remove it, Then in a freezer bag, just throw the potatoes in and Ham, then mix in the Cream of Mushroom Soup. (Do not add the Milk to it till you cook the dinner.

Ham and Macaroni and Cheese (from the oamc digest)

8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups shredded cheese
2 cups cubed ham
2 cups thin white suace (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni and drain. Place half of the macaroni in and 2 qt casserole dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Add all of ham. Top with remaining macaroni and cheese. Pour white sauce over casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

THIN WHITE SAUCE (for macaroni and cheese)
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk

Melt butter. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Use as directed in recipe for macaroni and cheese.

Notes from a tired oamc cook (don’t know who this was!): I was tired and worn out at this point. I decided that the Ham and Macaroni and cheese would have to be a SAR (Some Assembly Required) meal. I placed three cups of cheese in a qt. size freezer — then I placed 2 cup bag another qt size freezer bag. I placed a rubber band around these and froze them. At meal time – I will use this recipe. I will stir in the ham before baking.

The following recipes are from “Dinner’s Ready” by Andrew Schloss and Ken Bookman, a “chain cooking” cookbook, where you make completely different meals out of leftovers from previous meals. These look good. Where there is a leftover used, I posted that recipe too, in case you wanted to do it their way or adapt these recipes.

Here are some more great recipes:

* Delicious Ham & Potato Soup

* Ham & Cheese Ziti

* Cheez Ham & Potato Bake

* Ham & Bean Soup

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Instant Glam Styling Head Doll Review #Christmas Gift Guide

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I received a Instant Glam Styling Head Doll to review. I saw them at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in Chicago. I saw the Instant Glam Styling Head Doll and instantly fell in love with them! There were many reasons that I fell in love with them, and why so many were flocking to their booth to see the Styling Head Doll as well.

When I arrived at the booth I hung back and watched how the kids reacted to the Instant Glam Styling Doll. The kids were going crazy over the Instant Glam Styling Doll, they were just loving this Doll. I was talking to the kids to see what they liked about the doll, they loved that it had hands that moved so you could paint it’s nails, other styling head dolls do not offer this feature. They loved that they were not stuck with one type of hair color, they could do wild and sassy hair styles on the Instant Glam Styling Doll head. They loved that they could get as creative as they wanted with this Styling Doll Head and be able to change it again as often as they wanted. They also loved that they could purchase other hair colors for the Styling Doll Heads as well.

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The Instant Glam Styling Doll Heads are not your typical Styling Doll heads! Your child can remove their hair completely and start from scratch to have any hair style that they want from blonde to wild colors like Purple, pink, and Blue to mention a few of the colors. They can mix and match any colors that they want and even do a rainbow hair style if they would like. The hair comes off and goes back on with ease and it’s easy for all age children to play with. Teens were loving the Instant Glam Styling Doll Heads as well because they offered such a variety of hair color choices. They were playing as much as the younger children and having as much fun as them as well. They were all wanting one for Christmas and asking their parents to get them a Instant Glam Styling Doll Head.

One of my biggest things that I loved, well their were actually two things that I loved the most about these dolls. The first being that they have black Instant Glam Styling Doll heads! They are just the most adorable dolls as well and they had many different hair types for them as well. Having Bi-racial grandchildren I am always on the lookout for companies who make black dolls as well as white dolls. However, most of the time black dolls do not always come out looking the way they should. The Instant Glam Styling Dolls have the most beautiful black dolls I have found so far for my princesses! I just loved the hair, the facial features, just everything about them. The second thing that I absolutely loved is the passion that the Doll creators have for their dolls. They take so much pride in them, you can see how they light up when they are showing how they work, how the kids can play with them, how much they wanted them perfect for their customers. It really showed when they were at the fair. They took so much pride in each doll that they made and how they put them together because they wanted children to enjoy them for a long time. Their excitement is what got people flocking to their booth and wanting to purchase the Instant Glam Styling Doll Head along with how adorable they are and how many options they offered for the Doll Heads. Kudos to them for their hard work on these beautiful dolls, they did an amazing job on them!

If you have been looking for a Styling Doll head for this holiday season for your princess to play with. I can tell you that I would choose Instant Glam Styling Head Doll every time!

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5 Tips to Painting with Your Kids

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Parents strive to find time to spend with the kids despite their busy schedule. Nowadays, it can be hectic to find ample time to bond with your little ones. Some of the extra-curricular activities such as painting provide a good platform to bond and educate your young ones. Painting with kids can be a little messy and hectic, but there is always a way to make it fun and less hectic. We have compiled a list of ideas that will make it easy and fun for you and the kids. They include:

1) Diamond Painting
This is a great way to engage your child without having to worry about the paint mess, and Pretty Neat Creative will give you all the tips to help you achieve the most colorful results. It provides your child with a platform to develop their cognitive, organization and engagement skills. They are only required to place the tiny crystals that come with the package on the canvas to create colorful and neat patterns. The best feature about this option is that you get to hang it on your wall or in their rooms. It is an easy and less anxious way of introducing your child to art.

2) Lower Viscosity Paint
Do not expect a kid to work with the same type of paint an experienced painter will. Low viscosity paint is recommended for younger learners because it will allow smooth brushing over the paint with close to or zero resistance. Children love fun and less stressful activities. High viscosity paint will be a bit of a challenge discouraging them to indulge again. It also provides room for brush movements experimenting.

3) Different Brushes
Do not limit your kid to one brush only. Introduce them to the concept that every tool has its role in any given task. They will learn to use different brushes based on what they want to achieve. You can introduce them to a brush by briefly explaining what the brush does for every painting.

4) Engaging Talks
Engaging your kid during this process is important. It helps create a good foundation for them to remember. Let it not be only your ideas that the kid incorporates in the painting. Engage them to know what they would love to paint. Give them a platform for them to share their ideas. This approach will also make it easy for you to educate them on the basic painting skills. They are likely to pay attention to what you will say if you extend the same courtesy. It is a great bonding experience that will make them look forward to the next session.

5) Prepare Your Working Space
There is a minimal chance that a kid will be as neat as a grown up. They will want to run around trying to show you how great they did with the painting. This can end up becoming messy on your floor, table, and even clothes. Most parents will tape a paper to be used during painting on a stationary board to limit movements. You can also dress them in old clothes and lay down an old rug to avoid spilling.

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Make your own drink coasters craft directions DIY #Thanksgiving #DIY

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I found this great craft that I thought I would share with you all. You and your children can make several different types you can make. There are Kid designed, Tile coasters, Greeting-card coasters, Photo coasters, and T-shirt Coasters. Find out how to make them here.

You can make the perfect holiday coasters, to match your decor, or any other type you would like to make. You could make some special ones to use just for holidays, you could use special Christmas cards to create them. There are so many ways to create these coasters and the best part is you can make them with your whole family so they can be treasured for many years and make wonderful memories for your family as well.

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After the Turkey Coma make Turkey Freezer meals with the left overs #TurkeyRecipes #Thanksgiving #FreezerMeal

There are a TON of great Turkey Freezer meal recipes. So instead of just freezing the extras as just turkey meat here are some great recipes for you to make Turkey meals for those fast dinner nights that we all have. They are easy to make and you already did half the battle by already cooking the Turkey. :) There are several other recipes as well on the pages of these links so get creative for the family.

Here is a list of some great freezer meal recipes:

* Turkey & Corn Tortellini Soup Freezer Recipe

* Turkey Noodle Casserole

* Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is Easy to Make and Easy to Freeze

* Enchiladas With Turkey Recipe

* Southwestern Turkey Taco Soup Recipe

* Honey Thyme Turkey With Lemon Noodles Recipe

* Crock Pot Chili With Turkey

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Maintain Your Plumbing With Roto Rooter

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The holidays are coming up quickly. You want to have all the family over to have a festive time with them and spend quality time as well. We totally understand and are right there with you. I have also started thinking about how all those extra people are going to be using the restroom, we will be using the sinks, toilet and shower a lot more for hand washing, cooking, and showers. So this is on my list of must check on for the holidays as we will be having a lot of guests.

So in prepping for the holidays all of our plumbing needs to be maintained in order to ensure that we have a fabulous holiday. Did you know that the plumbers busiest time of year is during the holiday season??? That’s right it’s great to see everyone but your plumbing is not always as excited to see them as you are. So be sure your plumbing is ready and that you will not have to spend money on a plumber this holiday season because the prices are higher per hour during this time as well. So let’s make sure your ready for a stress free holiday!

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Slower drains for bath tubs or shower~ If you are noticing that your drains are moving slower then normal take care of them now before the guests arrive. If your bath tub drain is moving slower more then likely it’s a hair clog and Roto Rooter Hair Clog remover will clear your drain and bring it back to draining properly. You will not have to worry about clog during your families stay. Nothing worst then having to run out and get proper care products while trying to entertain at the same time.

roto rooter septic treatment
Toilet~ Before your friends and family arrive for the holidays you want to make sure that your bathroom can handle the guests. If you have a septic system then now is the time to treat it before they all start to arrive! Roto Rooter Septic Treatment will have your plumbing working great during the holidays and everyday. You do not want your septic to back up during the holiday season, again it comes with a huge per hour price to be fixed during that time. So make sure your ready for all the festive holiday fun before your guests start to arrive. Just one treatment a month can save you 100’s of dollars.

Kitchen Sinks~ If your sink is draining slowly then now is the time to fix it. If you drain a lot of grease from foods then Roto Rooter Build Up Remover will help remove the clogged drains that are starting to build up. When your doing all your holiday cooking having a clogged kitchen sink is not going to help with all the holiday stress. So making sure your sink is ready for all the cooking it would really help with the holiday prep.

Bathroom sink~ All the shaving, toothpaste, and other things that we use for personal care can start to work our drains into a frenzy and clog them. Make sure they are ready for the holidays with Roto Rooter Gel Clog Remover to ensure that your sink is ready for the extra guests that will be using it. It’s going to be a busy holiday season so making sure everything drains properly will ensure a great holiday season!

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Sweet Potatoe And Apple Bake #Recipes #SweetPotato #Thanksgiving

sweet Potatoes and Apple Casserole

This easy dish is filled with amazing flavor that your family will love. The flavors are swirled throughout the dish, and even if your family will normally not eat Sweet Potatoes they will love this dish. It’s so simple to make and it will be gone in a flash. If your making it for a holiday dish I suggest doubling the recipe so that you will have enough for everyone.

Ingredients:

3 Large Sweet Potatoes
5 Gala Apples
Ground Cinnamon
Brown Sugar
Honey

* Boil your Sweet Potatoes till they are Soft and your able to Peel the skin off about 20-30 minutes

* After you let your Sweet Potatoes cool, peel and cut in half, then cut into large slices and place to the side

* Peel and cut your apples into slices and place to the side

* Use a 9 X 13 Pan to place a row of slices of Sweet Potatoes and then top with a row of Apples

* Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and drizzle Honey over the top of the cinnamon and top with a light layer of Brown sugar

* Continue to layer the ingredients till your pan is full

* Cover with Foil and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes till the apples are soft, then it’s ready to serve

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Libby’s Pumpkin Log Recipe #Food #Thanksgiving #PumpkinLog #FallRecipe

pumpkin log

Libby’s Pumpkin Log is one of our favorite recipes. It is just a heavely treat that I make for Holiday’s and for the winter as a treat for the kids. They can’t get enough of it, so I make it frequently for them. You can replace the Libby’s Pumpkin with Fresh Pumpkin as well for this recipe.

If your looking for the perfect compliment to your Turkey or Ham look no further! It’s an amazing treat for the family and they are sure to ask you to make it every year for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I do highly suggest making more then one because they will go QUICK! Even if your not a huge pumpkin fan, I can tell you that you will LOVE this as it is not over the top with the pumpkin flavor it just adds a great complimentary flavor to the log. This is always requested for each holiday meal by our family and once you taste it you will know why! It’s one of the first things that my kids ask me for.

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