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3 Ways Automation Can Simplify Your Everyday Life


Wouldn't it be so nice to come home from a long day at work to a house that already knows what temperature your house should be, what rooms to light, and whether to play music or a podcast? Luckily, these features are readily available with smart devices and their accompanying services. You can make anything happen without leaving the comfort of your couch. Finances, scheduling, shopping, and many more tasks can be automated. There are a myriad of devices and appliances available with the … [Read more...]



Family Vacation Ideas

It’s not always easy to decide where to go and what sort of vacation to have with your children. They will get bored looking round museums and art galleries, and if they’re on the beach they’ll want to play, not leave you in peace to soak up the sun! On the other hand, many parents would be terminally bored spending all their time at a soft play center or amusement park. How do you make sure the adults and the kids all have fun on your family vacation? Have a conversation Start off by … [Read more...]


Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies

It’s that time of year again. You have a bumper crop of certain fruits and vegetables in your garden, someone has shared their bumper crop or you’ve made a trip to the local farmer’s market or fruit stand. The question becomes what do you do with all of it? Here are some ideas for storing the harvest. Consider these ways you can preserve your fruits and veggies for use later in the year. Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies Dehydrating This is probably … [Read more...]


Oven-Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

This elegant side dish elevates basic green beans to a whole new level. These oven-roasted Parmesan green beans are great for entertaining because it looks and tastes like you spent a lot more time on it than you actually did. Roasting the green beans assures they will be crisp tender and full of robust flavor. As an added bonus, the high-quality extra virgin olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese greatly enhances the natural appeal of this classic side.  Oven-Roasted Parmesan … [Read more...]


Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies

People who grow gardens each year hope that the garden will supply enough fruits and vegetables to be able to save some for the winter months. Some people choose to can their surplus while others freeze. Have you considered ways to dry/dehydrate fruits and vegetables as an alternative to canning or freezing? Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies You can dry food in a number of ways: * Sun Drying * Solar Drying * Oven Drying * Dehydrator Drying To effectively dry food it is … [Read more...]


Tips to Encourage Heart Healthy Habits In Your Child

Heart health, is it related only to adults or elderly? Certainly no! The modern-day lifestyle today increases the threat of heart risks even in young children and early teenagers. Health disorders such as obesity and heart risks are increasingly found in the present age children because of the unhealthy and extra-sophisticated lifestyle that they are exposed to. The excessive love towards their children, sometimes, makes parents to give them high comforts which cause serious health … [Read more...]


How to Stay Comfortable All Summer With Allergies

Summer is almost here, and with it, the seasonal allergy triggers that plague 50 million Americans every year. Sometimes, seasonal allergies seem unavoidable, but this summer, it is possible to get ahead of the game and keep your symptoms to a minimum.  Keep an Eye on Pollen Levels Technology is a wonderful thing. While once upon a time not so long ago, people had to take their chances with pollen, we can now check the pollen levels on our devices from the safety of air-conditioned … [Read more...]


How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store

An overabundance of fruits and vegetables from your garden means you may have a problem. What do you do with all the extras? Some of it you will want to eat right away, some you may want to share with others but some you will probably want to store. Do you know how to choose which fruits and veggies to store and which are best used in another way? How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store No matter if you’re talking about fruits or vegetables, you want to purchase produce at the end … [Read more...]


Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies

Preparing foods ahead of time makes it possible for you to save money on your grocery bill. You can find fruits and vegetables on sale during the summer and into fall months when they’re in season and cheaper. It helps to know which are freezer friendly fruits and vegetables so you can plan ahead to fill your freezer. Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies Not all fruits and vegetables will freeze well fresh from the garden. Fruits can often be frozen without much preparation but the same … [Read more...]


4 Smart Ways to Automate Your Home

Home automation, also known as smart home technology, is the process of controlling various home functions through either automated or remote technologies. Automating your home can be done manually or automatically through a remote control or smartphone apps. Lights and temperature are examples of home functions that can be controlled and optimized. Most smart home technologies also include built-in proximity sensors to detect issues like water leaks, smoke hazards, and doors and windows that … [Read more...]


Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces

Have you ever wished you could fill your freezer with meals that are already prepared and ready to heat and eat? Oh, yeah, those are called TV dinners, but you’re not convinced they’re that healthy or they don’t come in the foods your family likes. You could make your own freeze-ahead meals and sauces. It will take some time but it can be so comforting knowing you have those meals for those evenings you simply don’t want to cook. Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces Preparing freeze-ahead meals … [Read more...]


National Summer Reading Programs

There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash! Need some kids book recommendations? Check out this Kids Summer Reading Book List for lots of great ideas for the best books for kids to read this summer, including books for all ages and all reading levels.  National Summer Reading Programs Junie B Jones Reading Club - Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, … [Read more...]


Free Incredibles 2 Coloring & Activity Pages

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a … [Read more...]


5 Clever Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

Do your utility bills often cost more than you expect? The good news is there are many ways that savvy homeowners can reduce their bills. Here are five clever ways you can lower your utility bills and reduce your household expenses. Lower the Thermostat on Your Water Heater Water heaters are generally set to 140 degrees, but you can save money by lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be warm enough to take a hot shower and to discourage bacterial growth … [Read more...]


Free SOLO: A Star Wars Story Activity Pages

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The … [Read more...]