Friday, April 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
According to the Smithsonian Institution, at any given time there are at least 10 quintillion — that’s a 1 with 19 zeroes behind it — insects alive in the world. Given this astonishing number, it’s no surprise that you will find a few crickets, ants, ladybugs and roaches in your house from time to time.
Of course, while you understand that some bugs are common, you don’t necessarily want them to set up house in your kitchen or bedroom. The same goes for other pests like mice or rats. Fortunately, with a little vigilance on your part, it is pretty easy to keep pests outside. Check out the following ideas to keep your house as bug and pest-free as possible:
Keep Wood Piles Away from Your Home
Many kinds of bugs and small animals love to hide in dark areas like wood piles. As Angie’s List notes, if you heat your home with wood, keep your supply of firewood as far from your home as you can. Pests also like to nest in debris like leaves and mulch; so try to clean up fallen leaves sooner rather than later and don’t pile a lot of mulch or soil around the foundation of your home.
Keep Your Kitchen Extra Clean
With kids, keeping the house tidy can be a challenge, but try to at least keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Clean food crumbs and juice spills from the counters and floors, and aim to do the dishes every other night. Shake out the toaster regularly to remove crumbs, and make sure you have a garbage pail with a secure lid. The less food you provide for insects and other critters, the less likely they will be to visit.
Hire an Exterminator
If you have found a trail of ants parading through your kitchen or a cockroach or two in the bathroom, it might be a good idea to call in a professional for help. Unfortunately, for every insect you see, there are usually a bunch more hiding in your home that you cannot, so hiring a trusted and reliable animal and pest control service is often a good idea. In addition to spraying for insects and other critters, the exterminator can check your home for areas where pests are entering — for example, cracks in the foundation or doors or windows that are not properly sealed. In many cases, the exterminator can seal up these holes and other entrance spots. Mention that you have small kids and pets to be sure they use something that is as safe as possible for your family. You can hire a company one time or set up a regular service plan.
Eliminate Water Sources
Some pests, like mosquitoes, will breed in water, and all bugs and critters need water to survive. Make sure you are not accidentally providing plenty of it to creepy crawlies by avoiding leaving dishes and standing water in your sink. Then hunt for other, less-obvious sources. For example, check under every sink for leaky pipes and head outside to look for standing water in garden buckets, wading pools filled with rainwater and other places.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Narrated by John Krasinski, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard - an elusive animal rarely caught on camera - faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain - from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest - on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
· “Born in China” is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
· The first six big-screen releases under the Disneynature label - “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Bears,” “Monkey Kingdom” and “Chimpanzee” - are among the top seven highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
· Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Spring and Easter are times when people celebrate the warming of the season and their faith with one major holiday. During Easter, children are often thrilled to receive candy and seek out refillable eggs in their backyards. The spirit of the season is typically visualized in basket gifts traded between parties. Explore these Easter gift ideas for your next family gathering. There's more to top Easter gift baskets than just shredded grass and chocolate bars.
Going For The Eggs
In the past, you bought dozens of eggs to color and hide in the backyard. Because wasted food is frowned upon today, turn to more eco-friendly egg hunts. Purchasing refillable eggs means that you can use them each year. Pick eggs that come in a variety of different colors and styles. Buy candy in bulk bags, fill the eggs yourself and hide them around your property. Children still hunt for the eggs, but they'll simply empty them into their baskets. They're left with lots of candy while you can store the plastic eggs for next year's festivities.
The Chocolate-Bunny Surprise
A treat that's often the pinnacle of the Easter celebration is the chocolate bunny. These candies come in a variety of sizes. You might buy a bunny that's one or two feet long so that the kids can admire the huge treat before them. You'll also have a choice of either hollow or solid bunnies. The hollow bunnies will be more affordable, whereas the solid products are more luxurious prices. Consider the impact that you want to make on your family so that your choice becomes clear.
Quintessential Gift Baskets
Walk around any store or browse online, and you'll find every prepackaged gift basket ever imagined. Shop businesses that dedicate themselves to these baskets, such as Sweetbasket.com. Each design can be matched to the person's personality. Children, men and women will appreciate a basket with favorite candies, stuffed animals and cookies organized into an attractive array. Ideally, pick several baskets to buy well ahead of the Easter weekend. The popular ones can sell out very quickly. They'll normally store well for a few weeks as long as cool and dry conditions persist.
Creating Your Own Spring Baskets
It's possible to buy your basket supplies separately so that your shopping creates unique gifts on Easter Sunday. Buy baskets in large quantities to receive a good discount. Bags of grass and other filler are also inexpensive. Use your good judgement about candies and alternative treats within the gifts. You can opt for a healthy basket or one that's full of small, stuffed animals. These designs are entirely yours to develop as Easter day arrives. Cover the completed baskets in cellophane. You don't want any items accidentally falling from the collection.
Alternative Gifts For Adults
The children may be happy with chocolate and stuffed bunnies, but look out for the adult interests too. Fill a personalized basket with cheese, cured meats and crackers. Try a wine basket as an Easter gift too. Simply focus on your loved ones' interests in order to guide your purchasing process. A basket filled with books, yarn and other items might be a better choice for an older adult. With your mind focused on appropriate gifts, you'll be able to thrill everyone on Easter.
Consider Religious Tokens
Easter is a Christian celebration so it's not unheard of to add religious items to a gift basket. Crucifixes on necklaces or bracelets might be attractive. Small bibles placed among the basket grass are also smart touches. Children might be learning about Easter and its place in the Bible. Booklets focusing on the Easter holiday are important items between the fun toys and candies. Adults also appreciate religious tokens, including quotes from the Bible and other details. Easter is designed to bring everyone together, and thoughtful gifts perform this duty for you and the entire family.
Easter's date changes each year so keep up with the holidays. In many cases, you'll be able to stock up on candy and goodies several weeks before the date. Start your shopping early, and you'll be able to hand out unique gifts that thrill everyone in your household.
A kitchen island is an idea for you to install if you enjoy cooking or if you simply need more space in the room. When you begin the kitchen island installation process, you need to look at the size of the space that you have to work with and the size of the island as there are some designs that don't work well in small areas. There are several design ideas that you can utilize in the home depending on the function that you want from the unit.
For a lighter atmosphere, consider a kitchen island that is blue with silver or white accents. Blue often matches most kitchens. However, if there is another color on the walls, then you can paint the island to match. Place bar stools around the island that are silver in color instead of wood. A blond kitchen island can make the room seem much larger than it is, which is ideal for apartments or smaller homes. A black counter gives a modern look to the island. You can also add a marble or granite top to the island. This works well if you plan on doing a lot of food preparation as the surface will hold up better to cutting and the heat from pots and pans. A wooden kitchen island usually works in most kitchens because of the neutral color.
If you're looking for additional storage in the kitchen, then leave the bottom of the island open instead of enclosed. This design will give you the shelving that is needed for cooking utensils or plates and bowls that you use on a regular basis. White islands work well in a dark kitchen or one that has a lot of wood accents. The white color seems to brighten the space, making it refreshing. White is a good color for homes that are located on the beach as it contrasts well with the sand and nautical decorations. If the kitchen is larger, then you might want to consider an elegant design with detailed legs and drawers for the island that is installed in the kitchen area.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
The dual-structured Blackhole Cat Litter Mat prevents your kitty litter from being tracked everywhere at the first step on the upper surface. The round-shaped upper mat meets the footprints of your cat softly while taking the dirt down to the lower mat. Then fallen litter remains on the lower mat. Made of Durable EVA foam rubber. Strong, dynamic stability, scratch-Free, the Blackhole Mat takes only water to clean up all the dirt! Blackhole Cat Mat guarantees the easy cleaning of litter fast! Its pocket-formed dual-structure only needs to be shaken off. Only weighs 2 pounds! No struggling to move and clean.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Spice up your sketches and imagine innovative ideas with the Wipenote dry eraseable notebook! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or engagement – Beyouneeq’s Wipenote Notebook is the perfect, passionate gift for any artistic, creative mind. If you’re looking to express your own creativity, this accessory is just for you. Write, draw, and erase as many times as you want! Perfect for inspiring your child, this nifty notebook can easily be wiped away to create thousands of different, daring designs.
Beyouneeq LLC founder Raymond Nutautas created the company with the inspirational idea to showcase the enormous talent of new and worldwide recognized artists in everyday products. Originally, as a collector of graphic art and paintings, Nutautas crafted a platform that not only welcomes aspiring artists, it helps them to share their work with the wider public. Whether you’re a skilled artist, or feel like expressing your own imagination, Wipenote is the ultimate writing and sketching tool.
Explore the features of this creative tool:
Award-winning, original artwork cover art to enjoy
Ring binding allows for relocation of pages within seconds
Buy additional pages online
More pages than competitors (50 instead of the regular 40)
Dry/Wet erase whiteboard notebook
Only takes seconds for ink to dry
Safely place hands over artwork without smudging
Comes in small and medium sizes, available in green and red
Carry your creativity with you everywhere in either your pocket or purse with the securely sized Wipenote.
Wipenote's eco friendliness is in saving paper, which saves trees from cutting and making cellulose, the paper main ingredient.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Donate Life America was inspired by the concept of the pinwheel for the 2017 National Donate Life Month artwork. A pinwheel evokes various images and meanings, but the strongest association revolves around opportunity and energy. The pinwheel is symbolic of an instrument that turns obstacles into opportunities. The pinwheel’s ability to capture and pass on energy parallels one’s potential to make LIFE possible. Each Donate Life pinwheel has four sails supported by one stem, symbolizing the power one person has to be an organ, eye, tissue, or living donor. For recipients, donation can turn sickness and injury into a second chance at life. For donors, their decision to register can turn a sorrowful time into a source of comfort for family as a result of renewed life for others. The pinwheel reminds us that we all have the potential to capture and pass on life, comfort and hope to others by registering as a donor. This April, we encourage you to stop to feel the breeze, watch the pinwheels and think of the lives of those touched by donation and transplantation. We wish you a Happy National Donate Life Month.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio" and inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, and many more.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Having children is an amazing experience. It can be a joy watching them learn, grow, fall in love and do all of the other things that make life worth living. However, raising children is also a huge responsibility. There are many ways that your life changes when you decide to have children. One of the biggest issues that parents have is the financial burden that having children can create. It definitely costs a lot of money to have children. This is definitely the case if you plan on sending your child to college. An education is the greatest gift you can give to your children. Here are some ways that you can prepare yourself to provide your child with a college education.
1. Start saving for your child's college education as soon as he or she is born.
This might sound a little extreme to you. However, it is never too early to get started on saving for the massive cost of college. There will be times when other expenses need to be dealt with. Therefore, you will not be able to save as much as you had hoped that month. This is why it is so vitally important to put a little money away every chance that you get. Open a savings account specifically for your child's college education. It is better to have this money separate from your own savings. It is critical that you do not use the money you have saved for your child's college education for other things. Do not touch this money for any reason. Your own savings should be used for emergencies. However, your child's money should be left alone.
2. Enroll your child in a college preparatory school.
Money is not the only thing you will need to be concerned about regarding your child getting a good college education. Your child will also need to obtain certain skills that will help him or her to succeed in the very demanding and rigorous academic world of college. This is why you should seriously consider sending your child to a college preparatory school. This type of school will give your child an education that is far superior to a regular public school. Your child will be introduced to a wide variety of subjects. This will make it easier for him or her to decide on a college major. Landon School is a college preparatory school that has been giving kids a solid education for many decades. You should strive to send your child to an academic institution that is the same quality as Landon School.
3. Get advice about colleges from other parents.
You may not have gone to college yourself. Your child might be the first person in your family to go to college. If this is the case, you may need some help finding a college that is perfect for your child's career interests. You should talk to other parents who have gone to college themselves or sent their own children to college. Find out about their experiences while they were going to college. You should also determine the method they used to finally decide which college they were going to attend. You might also be able to pick up some tips about the college application process.
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