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Juice Plus Gummies Review & Giveaway!

Have you ever wanted to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible but realized it is never gonna happen (impossible to eat if you are on an  atkins diet ).  With the rising cost of food and the small amount of time any of us have have anymore it is an impossible goal to eat as many fruits and veggies as we would like to. That is why I decided to try Juice Plus ! So what is Juice Plus? Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best. I have only been taking them for a couple weeks so I don't have any major changes in health to report I am just happy to be getting this much fruit an

Coturnix Quail Hatching

Yesterday I hatched 5 baby coturnix quail. It was an experience I would highly recommend to anyone interested in birds, farming, or educational experiences. The eggs were so tiny when they arrived and I had originally started off with a homemade incubator. Lets just say that was a learning experience and if you have a busted thermometer your not going to hatch anything. I got a new batch of eggs from a local coturnix quail farmer I found on our local classified ads. If you live near the Okanagan and are interested in getting some farm animals this is where you should look: Castanet Farm Ads . I also rented an incubator from a local farmer who does educational hatch a chick programs around town: Quality Farms. Here is some useful information about hatching coturnix quail: Incubation of eggs *Incubation period is 16-18 days *Turn eggs 3 times a day *Stop turning 3 days before eggs are due to hatch *Keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F. Keep humidity in the 40'

CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint Review

My kids love to draw, and do pretty much any arts and crafts you can name. They get their artsy side from me (obviously) and I couldn't be prouder.  Finding ways to engage in outdoor arts and crafts can be a challenge if you are extremely busy and need your kids (when they are not playing with their  Bengal cat and his toys )  to entertain themselves while you are working on other things.   That is why I have come up with the outdoor chalkboard using CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint .  CIL has a reputation for amazing paint products, this paint is no exception. I bought a 946 ml can from Walmart for $18 which says it covers a 7 foot square with two coats. I also purchased a large sheet of OSB chipboard from Home Depot for $9 to use as the chalkboards surface. You can buy just regular plywood but it is twice the price as OSB and the only difference is the texture. If you want a perfectly smooth finish pay the extra and get plywood, kids are not too picky about how smooth the

Free Tax Software

It is tax time. For some this means paying the government a ton of their hard earned cash and for others it means a nice return! Before I share a list of free tax software programs I know and trust I thought I could dig up some Canadian statistics about taxes. $11,747 – Total income tax a person with an annual income of $50,000 will pay in Quebec for 2011, the highest regional amount in Canada.  $500  – Amount families can claim annually in sports and fitness activity fees per child under the age of 16. $50.3 billion – Total amount of corporate income taxes collected by federal, provincial and territorial governments in 2009. $20,000  — Amount of principal each Canadian could have in tax-free savings accounts ( TFSAs ) in 2012 without paying a penalty. It is interesting to know how much money our government is getting from us, it is also good to know what you can claim when it comes time to file. Here is an article by the CRA that shows what you can deduct.  Fre

Getting a Product Off The Ground

My son does not like reading. When he has trouble with a word he gets frustrated and wants to quit, even with lots of positive reinforcement. He is 6 and in grade 1. I have been looking into all these websites that are supposed to be helping your child learn to read and yes some of them look great and probably do help, but I want to be involved more then just plopping my son at a computer and letting him learn on his own. I also don't want him glued to a screen. I am a huge advocate of getting out and being active with your kids. So what can I do to create a get up and go reading tool? All I can tell you is that I have figured out a way to keep my son engaged in reading, happy to read, and getting him moving all while keeping myself very involved in the process. This application can be used at every age and kids get excited to do it. I am in the process of creating a product and cannot wait to make it readily available to the public! Not only will it involve reading but ge

Raising a Mixed Flock (kids + birds)

My kids are absolutely everything to me. I was never afraid of introducing my kids to birds or birds to kids because I knew to take the necessary precautions and I knew my kids were not afraid of animals. That is not always the case, some kids are afraid of meeting new animals and some folks don't know the proper steps and procedures to teach their kids. I am here to tell you, what I have figured to be a great way to raise kids around birds.  When first introducing kids to birds keep them a safe distance from the birds. Most birds are quite curious and want to peck around and see if your holding any treats. Kids may get scared if a bird comes pecking at them.   Do not let your child get face to face with a chicken even if the bird is a newbie or not, animals are very unpredictable. Chickens will gladly peck your little one right in the eye.  Teach your child to be gentle to the birds. I have seen a chicken get injured from kids picking them up and squ

Protect your birds from the Avian Flu H5N1

There has been a couple of outbreaks of Avian Flu (Bird Flu) in my province and it is well worth my time and effort to protect my beloved flock. I have had losses before and the last thing I want is to be sick with no flock and a quarantined area. The losses and risks are huge, no eggs, no birds, and a seriously bad virus that can affect others are not my idea of a good time.  So what is the Avian Flu? The H5N1 virus is the strain of avian influenza that has infected numerous species of birds in Asia, Europe and Africa since the end of 2003. Avian flu viruses can be divided into highly pathogenic and low pathogenic strains based on its ability to cause disease in poultry. Low pathogenic avian flu is a natural infection of waterfowl that may cause minimal to no signs of disease in domestic poultry and wild birds and is not a serious threat. Highly pathogenic avian flu is rarely found in waterfowl, but causes severe disease in domestic poultry with a high death rate.