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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pets have become more and more important for family life. The perfect picture of a family with two kids, a house, a white picket fence and a dog is thought about in the minds of a lot of people when they imagine a super family life.

Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rabbit, a parrot or even a fish, we see our pets as family members. When choosing a house pet, apart from fondness towards a certain kind of pet and previous experience, one must take into consideration different allergies a family member might have, as well as the rules and regulations of their residence. Different pets require different levels of care and knowing exactly how much time and care can give to a pet is a very important factor. When we were looking for our first dog, I read on-line which dogs are least to cause allergies even though no one in my family has allergies.

I grew up with dogs my entire life so I knew the responsibilities of taking care a pet. It is very sad when people get pets and only after the fact realize that the responsibility is too great for them so the pets either end up neglected or given away. Furthermore, one has to plan for all the expenses that come along with owning a pet. Everything from insurance to regular veterinarian check-ups and shots, medical emergencies, food and supplements, bedding, daycare if needed and care while away on trips, toys and accessories can end up being quite costly. My Shih-Tzu Teddy had to have surgery 3 years ago to remove a stone. It was very expensive. Nevertheless, if the budget allows us to give pets all they need to be healthy and happy they will repay us in many different ways.

Pets keep us company, seek and give attention and affection offering us pure and simple love. I could not imagine my day without my two dogs. They are always happy to see me and help me unwind after the stress of everyday life. They give me comfort in tough time and a sense of security. It is easy to be yourself with your pets, they are nonjudgmental. 

A lot of couples and single people who for various reasons don’t have children opt to get pets instead. At the same time, plenty of couples who plan on having children in the future gets pets to help them prepare for parenthood. After all, we do treat our pets just like our children and many of us acknowledge them as our own children. My dog Didi who is now almost 15 years old is my 3rd child. She follows me everywhere and is the sweetest dog.

Most children want pets desperately at least at some point in their life and plenty of parents are afraid of adding a pet to the family primarily because pets require almost as much attention as children and they don’t grow out of it. However, children form bonds with pets and learn how to take responsibility by caring for them as well as developing social skills. Studies show that pets are especially beneficial for children without siblings and children living in one-parent households.

It is a great lesson for a child to care for a pet on daily basis, as feeding, cleaning after them, grooming them and of course cuddling them which makes up for all those activities. My children when they were little loved and took care of our pets.It gives kids a clear picture of what it means to care for someone else and some idea of what parenting looks like. Watching a pet grow up and change with different milestones, a child gets used to the idea of change and learns that changes also occur in people as time passes. Pets also teach children about death and grieving when they pass away. As sad as loss and death that may be, it is a truth of life that a child needs to learn and find ways in which to accept it and adapt to it. Taking care of pets increases children’s self-confidence and gives them the pleasure of know that they have been entrusted and are able to take care of another living being.

However, pets can be messy and smelly and some require to training to be house broken which is much like potty training a toddler. Thankfully, there are plenty of good tips on how to establish ground rules of acceptable and desirable behavior in pets who need training. There are so many websites dedicated to pet training, TV-shows as well as professionals who can do it for you. It does take discipline to stick to the training rules but life with the pet gets much easier once the goals have been achieved. A lot of pets also create certain odors which make the whole house smell so keeping them and their bed, cages or living areas clean is very important. Families that work long hours and their is no one else home I would suggest a cat, bird etc. I feel a dog needs more attention and especially having to do bathroom duties. Everyone does have their own opinions and while deciding which pet is right for your family take that into consideration. 

There have been a lot of studies done in order to determine whether owning a pet affects people’s health in a positive manner. Three are some indications that people who own a pet and have suffered a heart attack are more likely to live longer, than those who have had the same health issue but don’t own pets. Cuddling and spending time with pets has been linked to lower blood pressure rates as well. Plenty of studies shows that owning a pet is good for the self-esteem, lower feelings of loneliness and more positive outlook on life. Pets are also being more and more used in psychotherapy whether behavioral or emotional, especially in children and couples therapy.

So owning pets has numerous benefits and surely the pros outweigh the cons but the decision of whether or not to own a pet and even more importantly what kind of a pet to own depends on a whole list of different variables and it is very individual. Pets will drive you crazy more than ones and add to your daily chores and affect your budget, but they will also make your life much more dynamic, pleasurable, full of laughs and possibly even healthier. I couldn't go without one of my furry friends :)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Using a Planner to Manage Your Schedule

There are many options when it comes to choosing a planner. Some people prefer electronic planners, while others prefer to use a book or notepad and write their various tasks and appointments in it by hand. Whichever way you choose to go about it, rest assured that using a planner to better manage your time will prove to be a big help if you have a busy schedule. I have found that once I started to use my planner, I am more organized and tasks are done more quickly. Most important is I don't forget !!

One of the first things you’ll need to decide when choosing a planner is whether or not you’d prefer to use an electronic one. Electronic planners are available for many devices including smartphones, tablets, and computers, and often contain features that aren't available when using a traditional pen-and-paper style planner. 

I tried to use my smartphone as a planner but found it to difficult. I also tried to use my tablet but didn't want to take it out with me everytime I go out. I have several standard pen and pencil input planners and they work the best for me. Even so, some people still prefer the old school feel and ease of using a standard book planner.

The other major choice you’ll need to make when choosing a planner is how detailed your schedule will need to be. Will you need one that allows space for hourly plans or will a daily or weekly planner suffice? I use a day planner and write everything down as I have plans or work. I do not feel I need a time planner because my schedule does not call for it. Also keep in mind that some planners will allow you to write additional notes, while others will not. This is a must. I always need to add and find I run out of room if I do not have additional notes on the side. 

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to choosing which planner is right for you. Whether that means managing your time electronically or otherwise, or using an hourly, daily, or weekly planner, the choice is ultimately up to you. By knowing which type best suits your needs, however, you will be able to get the most from your planner, which in turn will allow you to better manage your time. Write down what you need in your planner and then decide which one would work for you the best. 


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5 Ways to Improve Your Life with Blogging

People create blogs for different reasons. Businesses use blogs to share relevant information with consumers and to draw attention to their company. Individuals use it to share their life story and how to and instruction, or information they find interesting with the world. Some people even write private blogs for their own personal use. The blogs are as diverse as the people who write them.
If you've spent any time at all on the internet, you've probably read a lot of blog posts. There's a good chance you've written some blog posts or even manage your own blog, too. Did you know that there are many benefits to blogging? Find your Niche. What do you enjoy talking about? What interests you? What do you have knowledge in ? What would you like to blog about? I have a few. Reviews, finding deals and freebies to pass on to my viewers. Honestly any subject that comes to mind that I would like to blog about and share. Here are some ways you can improve your life with blogging.

It Improves Reading and Writing Skills

Writing blog posts often requires lots of research, which involves a great deal of reading. The more you read, the better reader you become. The same is true with writing. The more you do it, the better you get, so it makes sense that blogging will improve your reading and writing skills. I started having a hard time writing and I still do. Writing is a insecurity of mine but I enjoy it and will keep blogging. The more I write the better my content will be. 

Blogging Encourages Creativity

Blogging gives you an opportunity to express yourself by writing about the things you have a real passion for and that helps to get the creative juices flowing. It gives you an emotional outlet where you can openly express the way you feel. It also helps you find your own unique style of writing and teaches you new ways to express yourself.
Interacting with others who share an interest in your blog will push you to continually improve and broaden your way of thinking. This will ultimately improve your creativity. For this reason, blogging also encourages you to find new, interesting ways to present your information so it can even encourage you to try new things like creating videos or podcasts.


                                                             It Helps You Connect with Others

Writing blog posts puts you in touch with and allows you to connect with people that you would not normally meet. It gives you a chance to form friendships with others that are passionate about the same things that you find interesting. It provides you an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, share your opinions and hear the opinions of others, whether you have a small community made up of twenty or thirty people or a large one with thousands of viewers.

Gain Expert Status in Your Field

If you have a small business, blogging can help you gain expert status in your field. Use blogs to provide readers with valuable information that will improve their quality of life. For example, you can write about common problems consumers have with certain products and offer a solution for those problems.
By sharing your expertise through blogging, you are building trust and growing your online community and that will help people see you as an expert in your field. The more people that read and interact with your blog will also improve your search engine ranking and help you gain expert status.

It Improves Your Organizational Skills
Staying organized is a vital part of being successful and writing blogs will help improve your organizational skills. You will be accountable for keeping your blog site up and providing your readers with fresh, new content regularly. In order to do that, you have to stay organized and follow a schedule, which will also help you in other areas of your life.  

Regardless of your reason for writing blog posts, it can help improve your life in many different ways. It can help you grow and learn personally by challenging yourself to learn more about the subjects you’re passionate about. Anyone can become a blogger, regardless of your writing skills. If you’re searching for a new, interesting way to improve your life, now is a good time to try blogging!

I will be posting weekly what I have learned about blogging, reviewing etc.

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As many families deal with disabilities with themselves or family members from adults to children can be very overwhelming and they do not know where to turn for help. My mother’s husband has been dealing with so much since he was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease 10 years ago.

Coping with the different stages of this disease has been difficult for my mom. It has been a long road and within the last year he has been confined to a wheel chair. He received a wheel chair from a friend and he was able to use it at the beginning but it was very difficult. They have all rugs throughout the house and with Parkinson disease your hands shake and it has been so difficult for him to move around himself by pushing the wheels.  He now has no freedom to be able to get around the house. My mom has to push and take him everywhere and it also is taking a toll on her. He now has a motorized scooter (wheelchair) to be able to get around. He is a Veteran and dealing with NMEDA has helped with the costs. Scooters are very expensive if you need to go out and purchase one. 
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association NMEDA works to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. NMEDA and their members provide the best and most beneficial solutions for increased mobility. Simply put, they are the best source for wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility equipment.
NMEDA is a solution that helps all people who struggle with mobility issues and helps the person help decide what would be best for them.

Benefits of working with a NMEDA (QAP) quality assurance program dealer include: in-person evaluations, specialized training of equipment, 24-hour local emergency roadside services and so much more! Imagine the comfort of knowing that your mobility challenged loved one had this type of support and reliable safety. The network of QAP dealers will help get you or a loved one on the road to independence.
Many of the Associations NMEDA deals with are:

·         VA – Veterans Administration
·         DAV – Disabled American Veteran
·         PVA – Paralyzed Veterans Association
·         Wounded Warriors
·         ALS Association – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
·         MS – National Multiple Sclerosis Society
·         Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
·         United Spinal Association
·         RESNA – Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
·         AOTA – American Occupational Therapy Association
·         ADED – Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
·         APTA – American Physical Therapy Association
·         American Stroke Association
·         National Stroke Association
·         Senior Living Council
·         MDA – Muscular Dystrophy Association
·         AARP
·         Arthritis Foundation
·         National Council on Aging
·         United Cerebral Palsy

You do not need to be a member of any of the above, this is who NMEDA has worked with and still continue to do so.
All NMEDA equipment dealers must be certified in a unique training program so they assure the great quality, safety and experience to give to all in need of mobility.

If you or a family member has special need’s I highly recommend you visit their website or call to find out additional information. They have locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Find a NMEDA Dealer Near You

Becoming a member gives you exclusive membership benefits and discounts. Besides offering financing which is a great burden taken off most families since they do not have to put out thousands of dollars at once, they also offer rentals for they can set up for you for a day or extended time for you or your loved one to be able to go on vacation, or a special event !! That is fabulous. NMEDA will set everything up for you, just let them know what you need and a qualified dealer will take care of everything for you and your family. 

 Government Funding For Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles 

Veterans Affairs Agencies, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and various related agencies can provide valuable information, services, and assistance to people with special needs.

There are options for :

  • Government Funding
  • Financing
  • Rebates
Many options available that you can easily find out by talking to a specialist.  They have many ways to be contacted. Fill out a contact form on their website or call.
Here is the information 

Toll Free Phone: (866) 948-8341
Phone: (813) 264-2697
Fax: (813) 962-8970
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I have tried so many brands of Yogurt throughout the years. I love the idea of smoothies. I have also tried a few brands that claimed to have a great taste but all I tasted was yogurt and no true fruit. I gave up on finding a great tasting yogurt. 
I had the opportunity to try LALA Yogurt Smoothies. I have to say I am in love !!! The fresh fruit that is put into the yogurt is fabulous and the taste is superb!! LALA Yogurt has become a part of my everyday busy life. I take one with me when I go out and I am satisfied until dinner. I know my body is getting the nutrients it needs and curbs my appetite until I am able to eat a meal. 

Great for a quick breakfast or snack on the go. They are so much easier than traditional yogurts. No spoon needed. Drink as a regular drink but added is the nutrition your body needs for an active day.

LALA Yogurt Smoothies are made with real fruit, 5 grams of Protein. Some flavors contain 10 grams of protein with 8 grams of whole grains that fights hunger for a great in between snack. If you are busy at work or have an active lifestyle grab a LALA Yogurt Smoothie to give your body a boost of protein and other essential vitamins needed in order to be your best.

Many of us are always on the go. No time to stop for a full meal. If you are looking to lose a few pounds or maintain your weight keep these great smoothies at work, bring a small cooler with you at the pool or beach and have a great healthy snack. I take them all the time when I am on the go. 

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I have my favorites, Pina Colada and Tropical Mango. I love "Pina Coladas" and when I tried the smoothie it was amazing. It had the true taste of sweet coconut and delicious pineapple. A super great taste. Mango has the real taste of "Mangoes" and is a delight. 

My daughter who gets up early, doesn't have time for breakfast is hooked on Wild Strawberry. She takes it with her while she goes to work.  She also loves the taste. She always had regular yogurt in the morning but now she only wants the smoothies from LALA Yogurt. 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Having children can make your day too busy to make time for yourself. To add to the trouble, cell phones have become a major reason for kids wasting precious time by not sticking to schedules for everything. Recently, mobile monitoring applications have presented a reasonable solution for working and self-employed parents. Using these gadgets, people can plan time better, manage work, and make sure their kids follow a healthy lifestyle.
Allocate Time for Everything
As a working parent or self-employed parent, raising kids cannot be easy. The reason for this, mostly, is that kids have a routine of their own as they grow. They have their own time to have naps, meals, and if they go to school, then they need their own time to do homework and engage in extracurricular activities. Even if you have tried to work with a planner, you may not be able to keep up with time management. You have to make sure that you plan your day so that you can maintain a balance between work and personal life with your kids. Besides, when your kids start using technology like mobile devices, you have to look out for them and keep them safe from threats online.

Time Management Setbacks You Can Manage at Home with Mobile Monitoring Applications
Making time for specific things is necessary. If kids can follow a schedule and stick to it, life can be so much easier and you can make the most of your day. With a monitoring app, XnSpy for example, you can do this. Besides, if you don’t have mental peace, this can hinder you from doing other important things. Without proper planning and time management with your kids, you will not be able to attend to your personal business.
Moreover, knowing that your kid uses the internet while you cannot hover 24/7 is very disturbing. You may lose sleep over fears about threats lingering online, like cyber bullies, stalkers, kidnappers, and sex offenders. It’s natural to worry for your child’s safety. With Xnspy and similar apps installed on the mobile devices your kids use, like tablets, iPads, iPhones, and all kinds of smartphones, you can get some mental peace.
Ensure Kids Follow Schedules
From a web-baseddashboard, you can see everything your kids and spouse do on their devices. Here are some important things you can do with the app installed on their mobile devices to ensure proper time management:
1.       Monitor browsing history – You can keep checking on their browsing habits. If you have a fixed bedtime and curfew about staying up past that time, this app is very helpful. Assuming that they stay up too late browsing while you think they are asleep, the app shows it. You can see the entire browsing history with timestamps. Moreover, you can see bookmarked sites and see how frequently your kid visits those sites.

2.       Monitor apps installed – Sometimes, kids can lose focus with too many gaming apps. Apple and Google Play store have numerous attractive games that are easy to download and install. Concerned parents often want to minimize game addictions so that kids can spend sufficient time studying as well. From the dashboard, you can block installed games if you feel it is necessary.
3.       Monitor conversations – Nowadays, using the internet for messages and text messages is the quickest way to communicate. Moreover, sharing photos and videos is an all-time favorite for kids. However, sometimes, the person receiving the images and photos may not have friendly intentions. As a parent, you may worry about your kid’s sharing extremely personal images that can invite trouble. You can listen to calls they make and even turn on the recorder remotely to record ambient surroundings. There will be no secrets from you and you wouldn’t have to hold their devices in your hand or hide in corners to eavesdrop. You can see time stamps to make sure they don’t spend too much time on socializing and make time for other productive things.
4.       Track emails and calendar entries – If your kids use emails to communicate with specific people, you can monitor that too. You can check their emails remotely to see if they are doing well at school. You can also track calendar entries to see if they are handling school projects right. You can always remind them that you are watching them and pull them down to pending things to do. This will also save you from panic attacks when they need your help at unexpected times.

5.       Use GPS Tracking – With mobile monitoring applications that come with this feature, you can know where your kids are at odd times. If they haven’t reached home after closing from school, you can check their real-time location to make sure they are safe. If you are out of home then you can pick them up yourself so that you can save time during the day.

Suppose you can save ten minutes every hour through proper planning and making sure your kids follow a routine, you will be surprised at how it can improve your life. You will be able to make time to go the gym, take naps, and attend to other important businesses without excessive stress. 
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