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Tips on how to Prepare your Fireplace for the Season

Don’t Play With Fire This Winter  Whether you have a wood burning or gas fireplace it is important to properly prepare them for the fall and winter seasons to ensure both their functionality and your safety. Napoleon Fireplaces ( ) have provided some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the season. Most of the simple inspections and cleaning can be done by the average homeowner, however, if you have any doubt at all, contact your local fireplace installer or chimney sweep.  Wood Burning: ·                      Have the chimney cleaned before starting your wood burning fireplace, stove or insert. The leading cause of fires from wood burning appliances is the result of creosote (unburned fuel) that has accumulated in the chimney.  ·                      Have any gasket material inspected and replaced as required, such as the gasket sealing the door, the door glass and in some cases the ash dump. If a

Swapoween Time Again!

Wow fall has snuck up so quickly I feel as though summer wasn't even here. But now that it is here it is time to embrace the season and enjoy the wonders that fall brings. Everything from changing leaves to cooler temperatures make fall one of the nicer seasons. Let's not forget the fantastic tradition of Halloween, and with Halloween comes the Swapoween which has turned into an annual tradition for me.  If you have yet to swap this is one of the most enjoyable swaps you can be involved in. We get chosen to be with other bloggers and swap packages of surprise gifts catered to our individual likes and needs. It is a blast and I hope to see you give it a try.  Important Dates to Remember Sign-Ups Close on September 28th, 2015 Partners Assigned on September 30th, 2015 Packages Ship by Saturday, October 17th, 2015 Swap Show-Off Post/Linky goes live on October 21st, 2015 I can't wait to swap some gifts!

Home security tips for after-school safety

With school now in session, many children may be coming home to an empty house and as a parent, there are several precautions you can take to ease your worries while they’re home alone. Weiser, manufacturers of innovative, high quality and secure door locksets, recommend simple, common sense home security when it comes to keeping your home safe. “ On average, more than 50 percent of home break-ins are through an unlocked door,” said Steve Kolobaric, Marketing Manager, Weiser. “Keeping your door locked is an easy step you can take, whether you’re inside or outside of the house. With a few other proactive steps, you can add an additional layer of security and comfort for you and your children.” Weiser suggests the following security tips to help keep your home safe this September when your kids are coming home after school:  Stay in touch - Ask your children to check in as soon as they arrive home or leave the house.  Staying connected, despi

Hoover Floormate Steamscrub Review

Running a household can be a challenge even for just a couple or small family, when you have a family as wild and crazy as mine with a mini backyard farm things can get very messy. I need products that not only clean but can destroy all the nasty germs that all the small creatures create. The Hoover Floormate Steamscrub does that and much more. This bad boy does windows, carpets, floors, and every nook and cranny in between. I have done my laminate flooring and it works fantastic and I used it on the grout in my bathroom and it turned out amazing.   This has to be one of the most versatile and useful products I have ever used in my household cleaning. If your looking for a multi functioning mop that exceeds expectations than this is the product for you. Look for it in your local Walmart, Home Hardware, as well as many other Hoover dealer locations.  ** I received this product free to provide my review, no other compensation was made and all opinions are my

Back To School Anxiety Survival Tips

DO YOUR CHILDREN HAVE BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY?   NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST DR. SANAM HAFEEZ PROVIDES TIPS FOR PARENTS TO EASE BACK TO SCHOOL JITTERS Did you know that anxiety issues are the most common mental health disorders in children? There are an estimated 18 million children and teens who suffer from anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 25 percent of teenagers have issues of anxiety, and the statistics don't take into account the young people who are undiagnosed or don't reach out for help. (credit )  Because the start of a new school year can trigger or worsen anxiety in stressed-out children and teens,  NYC Licensed Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez offers the following tips for parents to help ease back-to-school anxiety for their kids. Start Early Over the summer, most families take their cues from the sun and stay up later. While it may be tempting to keep the late-night fun going u

Simple Tips To Keep Costs Down On House Cleaning

Do you spend a fortune each time you go shopping for cleaners? Do you like how your dishwashing  liquid smells and cleans but you are generally not fond of the price? Don't stress over  it . There is a way  that you can avoid overspending on house cleaning. Just check out the tips and tricks that were kindly  provided down below for you. Make Less Dirt = Clean Less Many people have mastered the art of cluttering and staining but the hardest part is to keep your home  decluttered. If you make less dirt, you will spend less time cleaning and use fewer products. Which will  keep you from overspending on house cleaning. How to make less dirt: 1.  Leave shoes outside. Dirt and debris constantly cling to your shoes and spread to your floors and  carpets as soon as you walk in.  2.  Invest in covers for your furniture, pillows and mattress. That way your furniture pieces will be clean