Top 5 Things Women should know about Car Care

Barbara Terry PhotoHeading into spring cleaning season, there is no better time to consider tuning up your car by making sure you are equipped with everything you need to drive safely and maintain your vehicle’s condition over time.

America’s favorite female auto expert, Barbara Terry from Cars.com, wants all drivers to be more confident when dealing with service and repair. Barbara’s insight prevents drivers from associating the words “expensive” and “stressful” when servicing their vehicles.

Under the Hood with Barbara Terry

Top 5 Things Women should know about Car Care:

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1). There is a simple hack for checking your tire pressure:

Take a standard US penny with Abe Lincoln’s head on it. Insert the penny into a space between the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time for a re-fill.

2). When to change your oil, and what type to use:

You should change your oil every 6 months, or about every 3,000 miles. The intervals vary by manufacturer, so consult your owner’s manual and locate what type of oil to use. If you stick with the synthetic motor oils you will be able to go longer without having to get an oil change, but you should discuss the change with your local service representative before making the shift. A long distance commuter may consider an oils that is formulated for high mileage vehicles.

3). Radiator Fluid Levels:

Your radiator should always maintain a half-antifreeze/half-water mix. You can see the level of the fluid through your overflow container.

4). Research a good mechanic:

Mechanics can be tricky and often will underestimate women’s knowledge of car repair. Ask your family and friends for a recommendation before going into the service and repair center for the first time. You want the service tech representative to be specific about the repairs and explain why they need to be done and how you can keep up with maintenance over time.

5).Keep an Emergency Survival Kit:

Every driver should keep an emergency car kit in their car with a variety of items in case you experience a breakdown. You can never be too careful. You can use a tackle box, bucket or if you want to customize your own emergency car kit, that’s great! Some of the smartest items to include are:

  1. Box of Band-Aids, gauze and aspirin
  2. A flashlight with extra batteries
  3. Can of Tire Fix never hurts for a quick, temporary fix to that annoying flat tire
  4. You’ll always need jumper cables or a jump box, road trip or not, for a dead or weak battery
  5. Blanket in case you break down on the side of the road and it’s freezing outside

 

Happy driving! Smiles!

-Barbara

Pampers Easy Ups Prize Pack Giveaway

Welcome to the Pamper Easy Up Prize Pack Giveaway

Sponsor: Double Duty Divas and Pampers.

Giveaway for Pamper Easy Ups Prize Pack

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Now for the fun part!!!!! One lucky winner will win a Pampers Easy Up’s Prize Pack. The prize pack includes:

  • Pampers Easy Ups
  • Little Looster Step Stool
  • Fisher Price Perfect Fit Potty Ring
  • It’s You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop Too! book
  • $50 Amex Gift Card

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Get the Whole Family Moving with Chores

Family battles are known all over the world. Most of them arise when the house needs cleaning. Yeah, boring domestic chores! It’s like they never end and one of the tragic things about them is they can polarize a family into two camps. But rather than fighting over who scrubs the bathroom this time, get together and become a team. Here are some ways to reorganize housework so that everyone enjoys it, ohm, gets involved.

Get the Whole Family Moving with Chores

Split Tasks

If you want everyone involved in the housework one way or another, you are going to have to split the tasks. Leave the easiest ones to your small children. For example, they can collect items from the floor, dust the surfaces, make the beds or take the dirty clothes to the washing machine. The rest of you will have to vacuum the rooms, clean the toilet, remove stains, wash the dishes, scrub the bathroom tub and all the sinks, shine taps, clean mirrors and windows and anything that has to be done. The benefits of doing the housework together are many, from the mere fact that your home will be spotless when you are done, to the fact that you will burn some calories and strengthen your muscles.

Break Bigger Tasks into Small Ones

Rather than leaving larger tasks to one person, break them into small ones so that everyone can get their fair share. Not only will it be easy to do all the things, but it will take less time to get it done. And the best part is, no one will grumble about them doing more tasks than the others. Plus, everyone will be doing some physical work, which is part of the plan.

Turn the Music On

While you are at this, don’t forget to play some music. It will get you all moving in a second. Make sure to choose a fast and cheerful song because the upbeat will give you more energy. While listening, you can sweep the floor, collect any dirty socks from the floor, move items to their assigned places, scrub the oven, wipe down the fridge, and so on and so forth.

Listening to music will make the hard work seem a little less difficult. It will have you forget about the unpleasant side of housework and enjoy every minute of it. Before you know it, the job will be done.

Have a Race

Here is a fun way to do the chores. Have a race! Set a time limit and try to do as many tasks as possible until the time is up. Whoever does more tasks first, wins a 15-minute break. Or here is another one – choose a task for everyone and whoever finishes first can choose the next task they move to.

Additional Information

If you need further encouragement to start doing the chores together, here are some cleaning routines provided by CleanToPerfection SW5 and how many calories they burn:

Lose about 100 calories by vacuuming for at least half an hour.

Burn about 200 calories by scrubbing soap scum from your bathroom surfaces.

Think that jogging is more efficient than doing the chores? Think again. Get ready to burn about 120 calories by making the beds for half an hour.

Washing some of your clothes by hand can get your body to burn 150 calories! If you decide to toss your dirty laundry in the washing machine, you’ll burn about 80 calories provided that you spend at least half an hour on this activity.

And don’t let this confuse you. It is not about the calories, it is about physical activity. I know many of you probably thought to themselves: “Who cares about calories, I like myself the way I am.” How many calories you burn with each exercise mentioned above is just an example of how intense domestic chores can be. Many people do not realize that housework is a form of workout. The more time you spend on it, the healthier you will be. So what stops you from doing this? Time for the get-together. This time to clean the house. Roll up your sleeves and do it!

Little Tikes Jr. Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer Sweepstakes

Little Tikes Jr. Jump 'n Slide Bouncer Giveaway

Kids can jump, slide and bounce in this Little Tikes Jr. Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer inflatable. A fun, bouncy house design offers a large bounce area and a extra wide slide. The Jr. Jump ’n Slide Bouncer inflates in minutes and folds compactly for easy storage.

Age: 2 – 8 years

Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a Jr. Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer!
Open to the US residents only, ages 18+.
Only one entrant per household, per address.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Giveaway ends May 18, 11:59pm Central
Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Eco-Beauty Times: Mad Hippie

When it comes to beauty, often the product that goes on your face contains ingredients that would make even the strongest cringe. While I am not the best at being green, I certain try to make changes in my family’s routine that help us become more Earth friendly. Eco-beauty just happens to be one of the areas that I have been seeing more and more good for you, good for the Earth products emerge like those available from Mad Hippie.

Mad Hippie Eco-Friendly Beauty

It is said that Mad Hippie takes skin care seriously, but they also take corporate responsibility seriously. That is a powerful punch in today’s more eco-conscious world.

Seriously, have you ever felt guilty after buying a product because of it’s carbon footprint? If you haven’t, you are one of the few. In fact, this reason is one of the top 5 of the women we chat concerning why they decide to change from one brand to another. With Mad Hippie, you can truly feel good in knowing that their products are all natural and are backed with a 100% money back guarantee.

Mad Hippie Face

The two product we suggest trying first from Mad Hippie:

For quenched, healthy looking skin, the Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil is formulated with hemp seed extract to help strengthen and nourish skin from the inside out. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with that?

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil is a  free radical, hydrating oil is formulated with 18 actives in addition to hemp seed extract, including argan oil, goji and camu camu. These natural antioxidants and active essentials work hand in hand to liberate the skin from signs of aging and protect against photoaging. By leaving out harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance, Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil helps skin achieve true hydration harmony.

Available: $24.99 in select Whole Foods Markets and www.madhippie.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream helps solve issues from the dreaded crows feet to those tiring bags under the eyes, uniting the power of peptides & antioxidants, this product packs a punch.

Available: $25.99 in select Whole Foods Markets and www.madhippie.com

Best Midwestern State Parks Destinations for Wildlife

State parks make great travel destinations for the family, and there are several Midwestern state parks that are worth checking out. Being able to get out and enjoy nature is a big part of visiting each state park, there are a lot of opportunities to engage in recreational activities, but being able to spot wildlife is always a highlight. With the wide variety of natural terrain and habitats that spread out over the Midwestern states, come an even wider variety of animals and birds that you will be able to see.

Best Midwestern State Parks Destinations for Wildlife

Add these state parks to your travel list to enjoy the incredible wildlife that exists in each destination.

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois

The beginnings of Wildlife Prairie State Park are interesting because it was not originally a pristine or very populated area of Illinois that needed protection or conserving. Rather, it was made into a park and preserve for endangered animals through the necessity and work of members of Brookfield Zoo and conservationists. The park is over 400 acres big, located right outside Peoria, Illinois and is one of the first zoological parks that is meant to restore Illinois back to the way pioneers saw Illinois. Animals that you can spot include a wolf pack, bison, elk and red foxes.

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Because Custer State Park was originally established as a game preserve, there is a lot of wildlife to spot during your visit. The Black Hills were originally filled with herds that only this area of the country could maintain, and while the population numbers have never risen their original number, the area has grown in diversity. Buffalo, deer, elk, goats and antelope herds, in addition to eagles, prairie dogs and several varieties of hawks all call the park home and roam the hills freely. This is a great family destination that can be explored on foot or by car at all times of the year.

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota sits along the north shore of Lake Superior and is made up of several different types of habitats. From mountains to lakes to forests and lowlands, there are so many different types of animals that are unique to this area that you won’t see anywhere else. Large mammals like bears and moose are plentiful, small mammals like flying squirrels and the pine marten are harder to spot but plentiful too. Snowy owls, water birds and peregrine falcons are just some of the birds that you should watch out for at all times of the year.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri

Even though Mingo is a National refuge and not a state one, I’ve included it here because it is so important and significant among parks. Mingo serves as a migratory stop over for a couple hundred thousand birds every fall and spring. The almost 5,000 acres of marshland and open water are the main attractant for these birds, and the area totally comes alive twice a year to the point where the birds are almost deafening. If anyone in the family is an enthusiastic birder, this is definitely a travel destination worth adding to the travel itinerary.

Board Games for Boys: Marvel Dominoes Game

Big thank you to Wonder Forge for inspiring today’s publication, Board Games for Boys: Marvel Dominoes Game.

Indoor games are an important part of our family life. Especially during the winter months, when the Midwest becomes cold, wet and the windchill is just pure unforgivable. One of our favorite past times is the art of playing board games as a family. It is truly magically who sitting around a table for an hour, playing and chatting can really bring everyone together.

Now that my boys are getting older, they like to participate in family game nights just as much as my daughters. So, I had to switch focus and find board games that were not only more age appropriate for the younger crowd but also boy friendly. Lucky for me companies, like Wonder Forge, offer a vast selection of true boy themes including superheros and popular TV show characters. One of our current favorite board games for boys is the Marvel Dominoes Game.

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Monday’s Extraordinary Giveaway Linky

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Sinfully Yummy Experience: Cheesy Bacon Fries

If you’re looking for the perfect weekend snack check out these cheesy bacon fries. Having most of the stuff on hand for these yummy cheesy bacon fries makes them the perfect cheesy snack that are done in less than 45 minutes. I like to make these when my husband is working and I don’t have to share.

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Cheesy Bacon Fries

  • 1 package of frozen steak fries, any brand
    1 jar of Cheez Whiz
    8 slices of bacon, chopped
    Seasoning salt such as Lawry’s (optional)
    pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spread the steak fries out evenly on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoning salt.
  2. Bake 25-30 minutes, flipping once or twice with a spatula so they crisp up evenly. I like my fries more on the crisp side so the higher the heat, the crisper the fries.
  3. After removing the fries from the oven scoop the Cheese Whiz into a microwavable safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until heated through. My microwave only took about 2 minutes to heat my cheese. Let cool 1-2 minutes before pouring over your fries.
  4. Take a handful of bacon pieces and sprinkle evenly over the steak fries. Sprinkle on some more Lawry’s (I like salt) and then pour the Cheese Whiz over the top of the fries. Sprinkle with more bacon and then pepper if you’d like.

Voila! Easy and cheesy bacon fries.

*Makes approximately 6 servings IF you care to share with anyone.

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Meet Paddington at the LA Zoo 4/18

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WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension are pleased to present a special appearance of Paddington Bear at the L.A. Zoo. Paddington will be available in Digital HD April 17 in advance of the Blu-ray™ and DVD release on April 28. We invite you to bring your family to take a photo with Paddington himself! For additional photo fun, there will be a digital photo booth. Activities are free with paid admission and for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members. Admission is $19 for adults (13-61), $14 for children (2-12) and $16 for seniors (62+). Children younger than 2 are free.

WHO: He’s come a long way, but he is here to stay (at the L.A. Zoo for the day). Come out and get your photo taken with the most loveable bear, Paddington.

WHERE:    

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Teaching children in schools about sexual abuse may help them report abuse

Children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse at school are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse. This is according to the results of a new Cochrane review published in the Cochrane Library today. However, the review’s authors say that more research is needed to establish whether school-based programmes intended to prevent sexual abuse actually reduce the incidence of abuse.

It is estimated that, worldwide, at least 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience some form of sexual abuse in childhood. Those who are sexually abused as children are more susceptible to depression, eating disorders, suicidal behaviour and drug and alcohol problems later in life, and are more likely to become victims of sexual assault as adults. In many countries, children are taught how to recognise, react to, and report abuse situations through school-based programmes designed to help prevent sexual abuse.

The Cochrane researchers reviewed data from 24 trials in which a total of 5,802 children took part in school-based prevention programmes in the US, Canada, China, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. Schools involved in the trials used a variety of methods to teach children about sexual abuse, including, teaching of safety rules, body ownership, and who to tell through films, plays, songs, puppets, books and games. In children who did not receive the intervention around 4 in 1,000 children disclosed some form of sexual abuse. This contrasts with 14 in 1,000 children in the intervention groups, who disclosed some form of sexual abuse.

Studies also suggested that programmes were effective in increasing children’s knowledge about sexual abuse. Four trials assessed children’s knowledge again up to six months after, and showed that they remembered much of what they were taught. Children who participated in programmes were also more likely than other children to try to protect themselves in a simulated abuse scenario in which they were asked to leave the school and go with someone they did not know.

The researchers suggest that there are many reasons why it is difficult to prove that children have learned the skills considered necessary for recognising and reporting sexual abuse. “Even if a child demonstrates that they know how to behave in a certain scenario, it doesn’t mean they will behave the same in a real situation where there is potential for abuse,” said lead author Kerryann Walsh of the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. “Tests cannot mimic real abuse situations very well. For example, we know that most sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the child whereas in the test situations, unfamiliar actors or research assistants were used.”

There was little evidence to show that children experienced unnecessary worry as a result of sexual abuse prevention education, nor were there any other reported adverse effects.

“This review supports the need to inform and protect children against sexual abuse,” said Walsh. “But ongoing research is needed to evaluate school-based prevention programmes, and to investigate the links between participation and the actual prevention of child sexual abuse. To really know whether these programmes are working, we need to see larger studies with follow-up all the way to adulthood.”

 

About Cochrane
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Cochrane produces reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health. These are called systematic reviews. Cochrane is a not-for profit organisation with collaborators from more than 120 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Find out more athttp://cochrane.org Follow us on twitter @cochranecollab

About Wiley
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Medi-Pals Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Welcome to the Make it Easy for Mom this Mother’s Day Giveaway,
generously sponsored by Medi-Pals!

Do you struggle with giving your child medication or vitamins? Medi-Pals medication dispensers are going to make your life so much easier! Medi-Pals dispensers are available in 3 whimsical characters that are familiar for your child, easy for the caregiver to use, and most importantly, ensure that the child is always getting the accurate dosage of medicine.

Key benefits of Medi-Pals pacifier medicine dispensers:

  • They’re softer than a straight syringe, and the syringe sits snugly in the nipple, so no medicine gets lost or stuck to the sides.
  • They’re accurate – the caregiver is in complete control of dosage.
  • The diverter on the pacifier nipple fans the medicine to the sides, not straight to the back of the child’s throat, so that the child won’t gag and spit the medicine out.
  • They’re reusable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to clean.
  • The pacifier and faceplate are easy to put together and take apart. You can even change faceplates!
  • They work with more than just oral vitamins, pain relievers, and oral antibiotics – it can also be used with baby food or even honey. If you can get it into the syringe, it will work.
  • They’re made in the USA!

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Designing a Side Yard Garden #DIY

Designing a side yard garden is a lot harder than a front or backyard garden because of the shape and space available to you. A lot of side yards go untended, and are overlooked simply because most homeowners do not know what to do with them. With a little out of the box thinking, creative garden design tricks for small spaces and using favorite plants in new ways, the side yard of your home can easily become your favorite spot.

Like designing any other area of your yard and home, it is important that you look at the garden and how it will appear from many different angles, include from inside the home. Once you have a good idea of the spots that stand out the most, you can design from there to create a side yard that everyone can enjoy.

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Go Big

Most side yards give you a much smaller space with with to garden. Like any other small space design, you want to go with a couple big elements in the yard rather than a bunch of small items. So, whether you want to fill the space with plants, landscaping materials, garden sculptures or a combination of all of those, go big with what you choose. Larger elements help make any small space feel more substantial, even when they take up more space.

Create a Mirror Effect

Another great design feature in small gardens is the creation of a mirror effect that you can do with plants and garden elements. Whatever you do to one end of the side yard, make sure you do on the other side. This doesn’t just apply to plants, but to landscaping materials as well.

Lead With Design

Because it is a side yard, the narrow space will naturally pull the eye further back, so lead people in with design. A small footpath that leads around the corner, flowers that grow in size or deepen in color as they progress further back or a fenced entryway at the rear of the garden are all great ways to accomplish this. Step into the center of the yard when you are designing and make sure that from every point there is something pulling you further into the garden. Use plants with height, such as vines and small trees to help create some cover and pull the garden together.

Design With Color

Because you are creating such a small garden space, it is important that you use color, but there are some dos and don’ts. Try to stick with one or two colors in such a confined space like this. Also, green is a perfectly fine dominant color to use in a small garden like a side yard. When there is a lot of green, or a lot of one other color the garden gives off a lush and thriving appearance.

Little Tikes Sizzle ‘n Serve Grill Giveaway

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Welcome to the Little Tikes Sizzle ‘n Serve Grill™ Giveaway from Everything Mommyhood!

The Little Tikes Sizzle ‘n Serve Grill requires no tools for assembly, it just snaps together in minutes! Kids can grill indoors or take the set outside and grill just like mom and dad! It’s a great toy for imaginary play! [Read more…]

Keep Your Family Active on a Budget

Exercise has so many wonderful benefits – it builds strong bones, maintains a healthy weight and even improves self-esteem. The one benefit that millions of families overlook is how physical activity can create a stronger family bond. With summer right around the corner, we find ourselves busy making plans for the summer, but are we choosing the best activities for our family?

Family fitness activities teach valuable life lessons like teamwork, communication and organization. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make memorable memories. Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration and some imagination.

Below are my five favorite family activities that are low-cost and tons of fun!

Hula – Hula Hoops cost a few dollars, create hours of fun and can be a lifesaver on rainy days when you’re stuck inside. You can use it just like a jump rope, create a human ring toss game, play hula hoop pass or host a friendly competition to see who can hold the classic spin the longest.

Mini Yoga – Growing can be stressful on the body and mind, and yoga has been proven to improve balance, focus and emotional wellbeing. Not a yoga expert? No worries; the Butterfly, Tree, Bridge, and Child’s pose are moves any child and parent can do together.

Build A Dance Studio – Move furniture around and choose songs that are 2-3 minutes long. Dancing is not only great for the soul, but just 20 minutes of dancing is great exercise and most importantly, it’s fun for the whole family. The best part, you can create your own signature move. At FLYAROO Fitness we incorporate dance and yoga moves to my favorite dance songs like “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Waka Waka” by Shakira and the famous “Cha Cha Slide.”

Unstructured Fun – Pack a healthy picnic basket full of fresh fruit and whole grain sandwiches and head to your local park for some unstructured fun. Help your child use their imagination as they swing, slide, and climb to victory, while you channel your inner kid and fly through the air on the swing set.

Just Bike It – If you don’t know how to ride a bicycle, start learning! It’s a great way to exercise and with your whole family. If you don’t own your own bike, many towns have affordable bike rentals. Just make sure your family is wearing proper protective head gear and pads for the junior riders. For babies and toddlers, there are seats that attach to your bike. 

Creating/ Sustaining/ Designing an active environment is an important part of your child’s development. Aim to incorporate at least one group activity into your week. Also, check out your local kid-friendly gyms and children centers who have fitness programs, like FLYAROO Fitness, who teach young children about healthy habits through dance-fitness.

For more information on fitness and to learn about the FLYAROO Fitness certification program, please visit www.flyaroofitness.com.

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