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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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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Rebe Pink Pearl Necklace Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

pink pearl necklace

I received the Rebe Pink Pearl Necklace to review for our Christmas Gift guide. I had looked at so many of Rebe’s beautiful pieces they have so many beautiful pieces that your sure to love! They would make amazing Christmas Gifts.

I know at times we women can be difficult to shop, so men let Rebe help your holiday gift “shine”. I’m sure you will find the perfect gift from the beautiful scarves that they have to the beautiful jewelry collections. Your sure to find that perfect gift for the woman in your life. I have to say that from the precious pieces of jewels to the brilliant scarves that they have I found something that the women on my Christmas shopping list would love.

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I really was impressed with how much knowledge they have about gems and they travel abroad to find the perfect gems, crystals, pearls and silk farms to find only the finest items. I can tell you that when I received the Pink Pearl necklace that I was highly impressed with the quality of the pearls! They are just so brilliant, the weight of the necklace you can feel the quality of the pearls, it is stranded together very well so that your necklace will last a long time. There is nothing cheaply made about this necklace at all! The beautiful chain as well that makes the pearls just perfectly rounds off this beautiful necklace.

If you love pearls then your going to fully appreciate the beautiful lush pearls that Rebe has used to make this beautiful necklace. The way that they have stranded the pearls is just beautiful as you can see from the photos. If Turquoise is her favorite then you will love the Turquoise Sunray Necklace. This Garnet Leopard Animali Necklace would be perfect gift. If her favorite is Red Onyx Animali Necklace will get her eyes sparkling. Your sure to find the perfect gift for all the women on your list.

Your sure to find and choose the perfect gift at Rebe. The most beautiful gifts and they will be cherished when she wears them to show them off to everyone with a glow on her face. Your going to make her whole next year with the perfect gems or silk scarf. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to tell you all about Rebe. Don’t wait till the last minute order your special holiday gifts order now so you know that you will have them in time for the holidays!

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5 Tips on How to Dry Laundry Quickly Indoors

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Despite the fact that sometimes we complain about the heat, those sunny days are always good for our laundry. In addition to killing bacteria and improving the odor on our clothes, sunlight is considered the best way to get laundry dry. But blame it on the seasons; most of the days and nights in a year are the ones we have to deal with cold, moist or and snowy 12-24 hours. But hygiene and sanitation standards have to be observed all the same. Ever woke up to one of those mornings when you’re like, “where’s my blue silk top that I really need to wear today?”Well, for those of you who have a tumble dryer, it just takes you a couple of minutes to hours to get this blue top ready. However, these don’t always come cheap. And endless cycle of wet laundry can be a disaster in the making, especially for the professional individual who has to look the part out there at work. So how exactly can you dry your wet clothes fast indoors?

Here are some 5 tips on how to dry laundry quickly indoors.

1. Get a drying rack
Also known as a clothes horse, a drying rack can be an amazing piece of equipment in your arsenal if you have to dry your clothes indoors. These are mostly made of plastic and can be acquired from most supermarkets and homeware stores. Foldable options that allow you to save on storage space are also available. In case you need something more practical, you can also plant a few indoor clotheslines, but this will require you to have a considerable amount of indoor space you can spare.

2. Pick a warm and breezy place
When you have to dry your laundry indoors, the location will also have an impact on how long your clothes take to dry. Significantly warm places that have a good flow of air can be the best to place your airer, clothesline or permanent drying rack. You can also consider areas with a considerable source of warmth, such as near the oven (kitchen) or radiator. However, you’ll also want to avoid areas where your clothes can pick up foul or strange smells.

3. Rotate your drying clothes regularly
To improve the rate at which your clothes dry indoors, be sure to rotate the hanging positions regularly or at least once. Doing so improves airflow and heat distribution, which are factors that your laundry relies on to dry. The way you pack up or position your clothes drying rack will also affect how fast the moisture in them drains and evaporates off. Also, you might want to consider opening more windows to improve ventilation, which can reduce the time your clothes take to dry. However

4. Consider Using Hangers
Whether you’re using a clothesline or a drying rack; your smart fit shirts, blouses, and coats could use some hangers. In addition to saving space, using hangers will also help reduce creasing when drying your clothes indoors. Once dry, you’ll have less to worry about ironing.

5. Dehumidify

Last but not least, drying clothes with dehumidifieris also another one among the best ways you can dry laundry quickly indoors. In addition to speeding up the clothes drying process, a dehumidifier will also protect your indoor environment from moisture and smells of dumpiness. It will protect your home indoors from attracting the growth of mold and other microorganisms. With the above tips, you can manage your closet better during the cold or rainy season. Anytime you’re doing the laundry and the sun is not up, you’ll have less to worry about.

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STASH Folding Kids Chair Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

Stash folding chair

I received the STASH folding Chair to review. I have to say that I was excited to receive it because I wanted to see if it could really do the folding well. You know how some products make claims but then you purchase them and they do not work as well as stated. So I was wondering was this chair really 21 lbs, did it fold well? Was it the perfect chair for my little prince and princesses when they visited?

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When it arrived I unboxed it and it was just as adorable as shown, it is made very well also. I was really impressed with the quality of the chair, the construction, it was just so adorable! Then I tested how well it folded. I was not difficult to do, it went down without having to push really hard on it so a child could fold it with no problems and I have a shelf system that it actually fits on when it’s not use if I need the floor room as well or I can put it in the closet as well if we need more room. It is really just so adorable and it gives the kids not only a great seat for them to sit in, it folds to be stored away if l need to AND l ast but not least it has a storage area under the seat as well.

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I have set up the STASH chair as a reading area for my grandkids. I have it in a corner of the room, it has been filled with books for them to enjoy reading. I also have the books that read it to them in the chair as well for the little ones that can’t read yet. The kids all know that they books are in there and that it’s their special reading spot. So when they come over they will take turns sitting in the chair and reading books to each other or letting the little ones have the books read it to them. It has turned into the grandkids favorite place in our house. Which I have to say that I just love! It’s getting them reading more and they have a great place to sit and do it and it makes clean up very easy all the books just go back under the seat when they are done reading.

We also have special nights when the kids stay over we like to do a movie night with popcorn, hot chocolate, and a few other goodies. One of the kids will sit in the STASH chair and then the others will have cuddle time with me, Great Grandma or one of their uncles. Then they trade places so that everyone gets some cuddle time and then they don’t fight over where they are sitting. So everyone gets a turn with where they want to sit or who they want to cuddle with. It has really worked out well having the STASH chair for the grand kids while they are visiting! They all love it and want a STASH folding chair at their house! It has made a great reading adventure chair and helped to get the kids reading more.

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My Towel Buddy Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I have to say that I was curious about the My Buddy Towel frog. I was looking at them thinking that they are just so adorable but would they really work when you come out of the bath or shower? Are they soft or are they a little course to the touch? Are they really that cute in person? I had so many questions whirling around in my head at one time. So I could not wait for it to arrive to answer all the questions that I had.

When it arrived I took it out of the package and I felt the “My Buddy Towel Frog.” The material for it was so soft and just perfect for a little one to get wrapped up in to dry off and be warm and cozy. You can just unzip it when your little one is done with their bath or shower and have it all ready for them. When I used it with my grandson, he looked at me like “What are you doing Nana?” he didn’t ask but you could tell by his expression that’s what he was thinking. He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m went, no jammies yet!” I laughed and said “They aren’t Jammies buddy, it’s your towel that gets you all dry and warm at the same time. So I put the hood up and picked him up to show him in the mirror. He gasped and said “I’m a frog!” I have to say I laughed and told him it is very fitting for him since he is always jumping around!” He asked me to put him down and went running and hopping to see his mom to show her that he was a frog. LOL!

I let him wear the towel for a while because he was not going to get out of it. I tried to tell him it was time for me to wash it for his next bath and put his Jammies on but he was not having it! He would run and then hop around. I finally got him and he cried when I told him that he could use it for his next bath and that I would wash it so it was all ready. I told him he could still be a frog without his My Buddy Towel and that did the trick. However, the next day he came to me and asked where his frog was. I asked him “why?” He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m stinky, I need a bath and to be a frog!” so I laughed at him and told him that I had to make dinner and he had to eat before he could take his bath and be a frog. He ate his whole plate and looks at me and said “Nana! It’s bathtime!” I said “Can Nana finish eating first?” He looks right at me and said “No, it’s bath time NOW!” I laughed at him and said “Okay, your going to wait till Nana is done eating then bath time.” He looked at me like I just took his favorite toy away from him. lol So he sat down and waited for me to finish eating and then it was bath time. I can say that I will not have to fight with him for bath time! Which is a great win!

I love that they have other “My Buddy Towels” as well for you to choose from! The Shark and flamingo are adorable as well. These adorable My Buddy Towels would make a great Christmas gift. However, once they have them be ready for them to want to take a bath all the time so they can wear their frog, shark, or Flamingo My Buddy Towel. Makes bath time so much easier and no fighting with them to get them in!

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