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26
Jun
Blog_TrashTalk

Trash talk or truth? Can liners save lives!

We’re all guilty of  adding  just one more bit of  garbage to the already  overstuffed trash, keeping fingers crossed that the bag doesn’t burst as we roll the can out to the sidewalk or dumpster.  Read more »

2
Jun
Blog_Hurricane_Storm

The Calm Before The Storm

Hurricane Season is once again upon us. While some will mark this time as uneventful, many of us will be gearing up for the worst. Regardless of whether you are laughing in the face of danger or going into full on panic mode right now, there are a few basic things that you need to know. Read more »

19
Apr

Picnic on Earth Day!

Monday is Earth Day, a day to raise social consciousness about our lovely and bountiful home planet. I could go into the politics about Earth Day, but I really don’t want to ruin anyone’s day. I’m not the best environmentally conscious person out there, but I do try to be cognizant of my and my family’s impact on our world.

What better way to celebrate Earth than to have a picnic, surrounded by her beauty? Spend a day outdoors, reading, playing football, walking on trails, maybe getting a jump on Arbor Day and planting a tree, put in some new flowers…man, makes me want to head out now!

I’m sure you may be thinking to yourself how to have a picnic and still honor Earth Day, a traditional “green” holiday? Easy, with recyclable plates and cups! Many manufacturers’ offer recycled products or products made from renewable resources like sugar cane, so that we can shrink our carbon footprint.

No matter how you celebrate Earth Day, or even if you don’t, just keep in mind that if we all recycle, and try to use as many recyclable products, products made from recycled materials and renewable resources, we’ll be able to celebrate a healthy Earth for many millennia’s to come! Happy Earth Day!

Terry

21
Dec

Happy December 21st!!

Supposedly, the world is ending today, but other than the fact that it’s actually chilly here in South Florida today, I’m not seeing any evidence to a major catastrophe that will destroy the earth. Which makes me happy, but I’m sure there are still those of you who feel that maybe something is going to happen, and that’s okay!

What should you have on hand at the end of the world? Food, water, flashlights, batteries, etc?  Well, it depends. If a mythical rogue planet is going to hit us, then it doesn’t matter what you have at your disposal. It’s pretty much sayonara, but the flip side is, you won’t know what happened. If it’s one of the natural disasters that people are talking about, then a basic hurricane/storm kit should do you fine. I’ve blogged about them before.

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If we’re going to be inundated with solar flares and rays and other very hot things that have to do with the sun, SPF 50 won’t cut it. Actually, I really don’t know much that will, but you can always use a welding blanket! They’re made to withstand very high temperatures, and are fairly reasonable in price. One blanket should be able to cover you.

To be honest there are so many theories about what is supposed to happen today that I can’t keep them straight! Just remember that it’s always a smart thing to have a disaster kit handy, a safe water supply, and about three days’ worth of canned, non-perishable food on hand. Stay safe, and enjoy the day, no matter what it brings!

Terry

19
Dec

Start Your Heaters!

It’s starting to get cold outside and furnaces and fireplaces are firing up all over the country (pun intended), even here in Florida. Believe it or not, we do have fireplaces and whole-house heating systems in South Florida, but down here its too much trouble to get a fireplace going for a cold front that’ll last a minute, and turning on your heat uses just as much electricity as your air conditioner. Sometimes we want a break from astronomical electric bills!

That’s where portable heaters come in handy.  You can heat one room, or many, at the fraction of the cost of whole-house systems. Most portable heaters are small and stylish, with plenty of safety features built in. You can put them in the bathroom, the kitchen, bedroom, and living room…any room that you can think of. And because they come in stylish options, they can blend in with your décor.

Of course, even with the built-in safety features, you still need to keep them away from fabric and any combustibles, but vigilance is a small price to pay for money savings. I have one heater that sits on a trivet on a side table, and another in my kitchen that sits out of the way but cranks out beautiful heat. We keep a chic  radiator style heater in the living room that looks very retro in a trendy way. We like cold bedrooms so I don’t have any in them, but that’s one of the pluses to living in the Sunshine State!

Whether you just want to take the chill out of the air or keep your footsies warm, a portable heater is a fantastic option. With tons of options available, you should have no problem finding the perfect heater for your office or home that fits your budget and style. Keep warm this winter!

1
Nov

Baby, Its Cold Outside…Time for Heaters!

It’s starting to get cold outside and furnaces and fireplaces are firing up all over the country (pun intended), even here in Florida. Believe it or not, we do have fireplaces and whole-house heating systems in South Florida, but down here its too much trouble to get a fireplace going for a cold front that’ll last a minute, and turning on your heat uses just as much electricity as your air conditioner. Sometimes we want a break from astronomical electric bills!

That’s where portable heaters come in handy.  You can heat one room, or many, at the fraction of the cost of whole-house systems. Most portable heaters are small and stylish, with plenty of safety features built in. You can put them in the bathroom, the kitchen, bedroom, and living room…any room that you can think of. And because they come in stylish options, they can blend in with your décor.

Of course, even with the built-in safety features, you still need to keep them away from fabric and any combustibles, but vigilance is a small price to pay for money savings. I have one heater that sits on a trivet on a side table, and another in my kitchen that sits out of the way but cranks out beautiful heat. We keep a chic  radiator style heater in the living room that looks very retro in a trendy way. We like cold bedrooms so I don’t have any in them, but that’s one of the pluses to living in the Sunshine State!

Whether you just want to take the chill out of the air or keep your footsies warm, a portable heater is a fantastic option. With tons of options available, you should have no problem finding the perfect heater for your office or home that fits your budget and style. Keep warm this winter!

30
Oct

Storm Aftermath

When a terrible storm has blown through your area, whether it’s a hurricane, tornadic cell, or a blizzard, not only do you need to be prepared for the time while the storm rages, but also the aftermath. I’ve blogged before about storm preparedness, but what about storm aftermath?

Once the danger of the storm has passed, you may be left with downed trees, no electricity, downed power lines, broken windows, damaged roof…the consequences of a bad storm are endless. It’s always best to prepare ahead of time and stock up, even if you think that it won’t be so bad.

What are some of the things you need for the aftermath of a storm? Some of it is supplies that you would have in your preparedness kit, but a lot is for the aftermath. Wet-dry vacuums for sucking up standing water, and then air movers to dry everything out. Tarps to band-aid the damaged roof,and solar chargers to juice up your cell phone when the power is out.

Generators are life savers. And you don’t have to use them only for storm aftermath. A portable stove and replacement fuel for it are invaluable, along with a weather radio. Bottom line is you can never be too prepared for a natural disaster. It’s best to keep a well-stocked disaster kit, with plenty of dry and canned food and bottled water to hold your family over.

We at ReStockIt hope that everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy is safe, and our thoughts are with you and your families.

11
Oct

Science Fair Time!

It’s that time of the year when parents everywhere are rushing around to craft and hobby stores, looking for presentation boards and round foam balls they can turn into planets. Or they’re making papier mache volcanos, or getting zapped by static electricity experiments. It’s Science Fair time!

When I was a kid, I loved science. Hated Science Fair time though. One morning, getting ready for school, I remembered that our projects were due THAT MORNING. My parents were not the type to help us kids with our projects, so it was up to me to get it done.

I found an old cigar box, ran outside to the backyard and looked around for something, anything that I could use. My eyes fell on an air plant, which I promptly snatched out of the tree, and ran back inside. Now, these were the days long before Google, so I grabbed our Encyclopedia Brittanica and wrote out a paragraph on air plants on a rumpled piece of paper. I glued the air plant to the inside flap of the cigar box and voila! had myself a project. Surprisingly enough, I got an F.

One of my colleagues was telling me this morning about her kids and their science projects and I am literally amazed at the attention to detail and thought they put into it. Her son did one project where he measured the growth of a plant and how it was affected by yelling and rock music as opposed to one who heard jazz and kind words. Guess which one grew better?

Her daughter did a project where she was able to generate current through pencil led! How amazing is that? That’s like total MacGyver stuff! My son, he’s more like his father and I. English and languages are his strong suit. He never pulled an air plant stunt though.

Now, I love science fairs. I get so excited by all the ideas and displays, and I learn something new. Still, running around trying to find all the supplies can be a daunting task! And helping with the projects when sometimes I feel my son is smarter than me can be a bit humiliating. How do you get involved with your child’s projects? Are you a volcano expert, or strictly a solar system kind of person?

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latenightwithjimmyfallon.com
 bathroomreader.com
myvictorianblog.blogspot.com
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