Getting Ready For A Big Day Of Work

Most workers who spend their days in the field must have a way to easily organize and prepare their tools. A snap-on tool bag from a company like Toolsmith Direct allows the worker to easily get ready for a long day of work. These bags provide the worker with the simplicity Continue reading

that offsets their legion of tools, and the worker can simply pick the bag and go to work.

The Storage

When these bags are used as storage spaces, they keep each tool in the same place all during the day. The worker can easily files their tools back into the bag, and the bags are easy to carry on and off the job site. Also, these bags are easy to store in the back of the truck or the passenger seat in the truck. Workers struggle to find enough storage, and these bags are easy to carry around. This is much simpler to use than a toolbox that must be rolled around.

The Size

These bags come in several sizes for each purpose. There are many workers who carry a small set of tools because their job requires only a few tools. These tools can be placed in the bag and carried easily onto each job site. The worker can carry the tools over their shoulder, and they will not struggle to get all their tools everywhere they need to go.

The larger bags can be unfolded to make sure that the worker can get to all the tools out in one fell swoop. Also, the worker who is using these large bags can zip the bag up quickly at the end of a job. These bags may be heavy, but they make the work simple because of the organization they provide.

People who are taking tools into the field every day must make sure that they are using tool bags that suit their needs. Every tool bag should fit the number of tools the worker has, and they can be carried from the truck to the site without a problem. Organized workers get more done during every work shift.

Proper Furnace Filters For Your Home

When people are using air filters in their home, they often forget about the filters in the furnace. Furnace filters do the same job as filters in the air conditioner. Also, these furnace filters can help people when they have breathing problems. The filters capture all the dust and dirt in Continue reading

the house, and the dust and dirt will increase when the weather gets cold outside.

The Strong Filters

A strong Honeywell furnace filter from a place like Your Filter Connection will help keep the home clean. These filters can sterilize the air, and they are used in hospitals to keep patients safe. The best way to make sure the dirt that is tracked into the house is captured is with these furnace filters. The filters take the dirt in through the intake and clean the air for the homeowner.

Other Filters

There are many other filter choices, and homeowners need to make sure they are using filters that work best for their home. Most people can get by with standard filters, but people with asthma or bronchitis will benefit from stronger filters. The people who use standard filters may not have breathing problems, but they need to make sure that they are changing their filters often.

Changing Filters

Changing the filters every three to four months is the best way to keep the air in the house clean. Homeowners may not realize how clogged these filters can get, but the filters will break if they are clogged too much. Homeowners will release dirt and dust into their homes when they let their filters get too dirty.

The best way for people to make sure that their homes are clean is to use filters that capture all the air in the winter. Running the heat in the winter is a welcome thing for all families, but these families should not be breathing dirty air. These filters protect the family from the dirt that gets tracked in the house, and the sickly people in the house will be more comfortable than ever breathing air that has been cleaned by the air filter.

One Great Way to Enjoy Summer Weather at Home

One Great Way to Enjoy Summer Weather at Home

When the leaves start turning colors, we often look back at our summer and wish that we could have spent more time outside. Despite getting its fair shake time-wise in most areas, summer is the one season that always seems to blow by Continue reading

in a blink of an eye. No matter how much effort we put into enjoying the warmest months of the year, it always feels like we short-change ourselves.


Enjoying summer doesn’t have to be extravagant though. While waterskiing, parasailing, or hiking in the mountains can still be your highlights, it’s very easy to enjoy the season, even at your own home. The best way to do this is with comfortable patio furniture.


Comfy porch or patio furniture gives you the ability to enjoy quiet moments, while still getting fresh air and sunshine. However, the issue many people have with patio furniture is comfort. To leave them outside 24/7, hard, waterproof materials are needed to ensure they don’t breakdown. Of course, these lack comfort. To soften them up, many people purchase cushions, but these have their own issues, as they become a hassle to bring in and out and keep dry.


There is an answer to this catch-22, though. Wide-pored, fast-drying foam is now manufactured, perfect for outdoor furniture. When encased in breathable outdoor fabric, these cushions are soft and supportive while allowing water to drain right through their forms. Air is also able to pass through, helping them quickly dry out. Treated to be antimicrobial, these cushions won’t rot like other cushioning materials are prone to do. This means you can leave them out in the wind and rain all year, without the effort of bringing them in and out every time you want to enjoy the outdoors. With outdoor patio cushions, you can make the most of your summer, while making your life easier than ever.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online retailer and manufacturer of cushioning foam, including fast-drying outdoor foam, great for outdoor uses like patio furniture or boat cushions.

Review: Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale from Ingenuity

I got the chance to review the awesome Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale. First, let me say that it is so easy to assemble that MIL and I did it without the instructions. It wasn’t a decision we made to prove a point, we literally didn’t find them until we Continue reading

were done. (Hint: They are tucked into the bottom of the carry bag)

Once it was all together I put my youngest in it and she instantly loved it. She has just started cruising and has a ball holding on while walking around. My Three year old sees how much fun the youngest is having and keeps trying to climb in with her. Due to the excellent craftsmanship, the Pack-n-Play wasn’t affected the one time the three year old did manage to sneak inside. Thankfully, baby was safely napping in her crib.

DH and I are becoming more and more pleased with the quality, versatility, and ruggedness of products produced by Ingenuity. As stated, every surface of the pack-n-play is washable. What is not stated is how resistant to dirt and stains the surfaces seem to be. Every spill or accident that has occurred on the Pack-n-play was quickly wiped up with no fuss. I finally had to deliberately try and make a mess just to test how truly washable it was. After some “baby inspired” leftover baby food smearing, I tossed a couple of the covers in the wash and they came out like new.

As you can see from the pics, we get a lot of use out of it. My youngest loves it. She would play it in all day if I let her. We use it so much it is on semi-permanent display in my living room.

Along with an excellent Pack-n-play you also get a portable changing table that clips right onto the top as well as a bassinet.  The base mat also clips and zips in about half up the inside to raise the play area up. There is a storage bag that attaches and hangs off the side for essentials like diapers, wipes and any assortment of support items for changing time or playtime.  It all packs up into a sturdy carry case and you are off.  All in all, it is an excellent, versatile product that is well worth the investment if you are looking for a pack-n-play

If you love the style it is the Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale and will be available at Walmart. Check out the video review here


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Advancing Your Nursing Career Online

Advancing Your Nursing Career Online

Many people dream of working as nurses, but they do not have the funds or ability to attend classes. The most common online programs are for business or education, but nurses can get online RN to MSN degrees to help advance their careers. These degrees offer all Continue reading

the same information as formal degrees, but these degrees allow students a bit of leeway as they pursue their education.

The Coursework

The coursework for a nursing program is often rigorous. Nurses must have a great deal of medical knowledge, and these nurses must be trained completely before they work with patients. The courses teach nurses everything they need to know, and the nurses will feel confident that they have learned as much as their traditional counterparts.

The Internships

When nurses are nearing the end of their program, they must be placed in an internship program. These internships put nurses in a variety of medical situations for their own benefit. A nurse must work in every field of medicine possible to learn what they would most like to do. When the nurses are working in these internships, they get real work experience that could lead to job offers. Also, the experience teaches nurses things they could not learn in a class.

The Flexibility

The flexibility of an online program helps nurses to maintain a job, a family and a social life. The classes do not have regular meeting times, and the work is graded online by each professor.

The nurses are also able to communicate with their professors online. Students can be heard much more easily when they can send a quick e-mail to their teachers. The correspondence between teacher and student can provide a whole new learning opportunity, and the nurse gets to determine how much they are going to learn in each class.

With these new online programs for nurses, students from all walks of life can gain their education without dealing with normal obstacles to schooling. The schedule, cost and transportation are taken out of the equation to allow each student to attend school on their own terms as a rising nurse.

How to help get your kids excited about reading

Get Your Kindergartener Excited About Reading Before the First Day of School

You have the shiny new backpack. You have the lunchbox. You have new shoes that actually fit with spiffy laces that cannot accidentally become untied. You have a few shirts with no grass stains, no ketchup stains, and no unidentified Continue reading

stains. Your kindergartener is almost ready for his or her first day of school.

What’s missing?

You need to get your little one excited about academics. Personalized gifts are the perfect way to get little ones excited about learning how to read. Instead of only looking forward to lunch time and recess, get your kid stoked about learning how to read with a personalized book just for him or her.

Little Kids Love Stuff About Themselves

Early childhood is a great time for kids to explore new things and reach new milestones. However, one thing does not change for a few years. Little ones love pictures of themselves, they love seeing their name on things, and they love personalized gifts. Books are the perfect type of personalized gifts for boys and girls. Instead of getting a generic book from the store, get something that will spark a lifelong love of reading and learning.

It is true. Reading can be a lot of fun, even before Kindergarten. Give your child ownership of a new book about going back to school by having his or her name and picture on it. Encourage him or her to start reading before the teacher drills the class on the alphabet.

Embrace the Transition From Early Childhood to Elementary School

Personalized gifts are a great way to introduce your little one to a milestone without being too scary. After all, sharing halls with fifth graders literally twice your little one’s size can be intimidating. Give your child something he or she can identify with as a little critter and as an adult. There is a little bit of child in almost all adults, and the ability to remember a specific time is priceless. Instead of buying a virtual library that will likely be discarded and ignored a few years down the line, invest in a personalized book that will be a great welcome to school gift today and a great heirloom years from now. One of my favorite  distributors of personalized items is popular book publisher Chronicle Books that also offers personalized gifts for boys and girls.

Your Kindergartener Will Be a Surly High School Student Before You Know It

Take the opportunity to cherish early childhood memories with a personalized book. Let your little one get excited about reading from the first time he or she sees his or her picture in a real book with binding and a story. Share the gift of a love of reading, or share the gift of a personal story that is to be continued. After all, there is life after the first day of school.

Give your child more than a book for his or her first day of school. Give him or her the opportunity to “write” his or her own journey. Life is full of surprises, just like a great book. Let your child take ownership of a personalized gift, and let him or her take ownership of the rest of his or her time in school.

Smitten Book Club Review

Smitten Book Club is the third book in the “Smitten” series.  All of the books are a collection of short stories from four authors with different main characters. There is a central theme or story that ties the stories together. This time the central theme was a hunt buried gold. The Continue reading

workers at the store where the story is set discover what they think are hints to where the treasure is buried.

The short stories are fun to read and the characters are well developed.  The buried treasure storyline was fun and did not feel forced.  An enjoyable read if you enjoy this sort of book.  I may even check out other books from this series.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Buffalo French Dip

DH loves these quick and easy sandwiches. They make a nice easy hot lunch for him at work. buffalo jerky french dip

Buffalo French Dip

1 packet of dry onion soup mix

1 package of Jerky Direct Sweet & Spicy Buffalo O’s

4 Sweet Dinner Rolls

Monterrey Jack Cheese

Prepare onion soup per label directions. While soup is cooking, slice open dinner Continue reading

rolls. Place two Jerky Direct Sweet & Spicy O’s on each bottom of the roll. Then, slice enough Monterey Jack Cheese to cover the bottom half of the roll. You may substitute your favorite cheese if you wish. Place the top of the roll back on top of the cheese (now you have a sandwich). Microwave two sandwiches at a time for 25 seconds. Essentially, you are microwaving the sandwiches just long enough to start the melting process of the cheese. When soup and sandwiches are done, dip the sandwich in the soup before each bite.


What’s your favorite quick hot lunch?

Making an Open Floor Plan Work for You

Back in our grandparent’s generation, the most common home layout included many small rooms rather than one large space. This architecture style was a practical choice as heating and cooling a large room was very difficult. Today, most floor plans being built are open concept, as seen in many modern contemporary
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meaning that there is one big central area, such as a great room, that attaches to a few smaller rooms in a home. Having bigger rooms is excellent for resale as it allows for more natural light to enter, making a space feel larger. Open concept homes are also excellent for entertaining, as there is a much larger common area for your guests.


While open concept homes are in high demand among buyers, what should you do when your home is too open?  Sometimes, furniture configuration in large, unrestricted spaces can be tricky to arrange because there are fewer walls to back your furnishings into. If you are having a difficult time making your open areas function, make the most out of your space by breaking your living area up into smaller, more manageable sections.


If you have a very large room in your home, make it do double duty by visually converting one room into two. Rather than building up walls to reconfigure your floor plan, there are many other options to maintain the open feeling of your room while designating it as two separate areas.


Permanent Solutions


If you own your home, one way to section out your existing room is to build out a permanent partition wall. If there are many windows in your space, this is an excellent way to maintain all of the natural light in your room while also splitting off the space.


If you are building one small pony wall, this is a very cost effective method to create a permanent floor plan change as any handy do it yourselfer could take this on as a weekend project. If you plan on working with load bearing walls, or installing any beams to support other floors, it is a good idea to get a general contractor involved in your project. A construction professional can come in handy when making many smaller rooms out of one larger space, and they will have great advice on how to define the structure of your home.


The only difficult aspect of adding a pony wall would be if you would like to add outlets or other electricity to your new partition. If electricity re-routing is a requirement, it is important that an experienced and licensed electrician completes this work.


Temporary Solutions


Another great option for breaking up the space is to integrate a non-permanent partition. There are many different materials that can be used to create your temporary divider. Bookcases and shoji screens make practical and beautiful additions to any space in order to help break up your room. You can also create a semi-permanent divider by hanging a sliding barn door, curtain or other temporary wall structure to create boundaries in your larger areas.


Open concept homes are great for resale, and if you own your house, you can make top dollar on your next move. By not blocking off your large rooms and defining your current living space, you are appealing to even more buyers in this already seller-dominated market.



Chicken Gnocchi Soup

DH will attest to being dragged out to Olive Garden almost every time we have a date night. I always order the Chicken Gnocchi Soup then take my main entree home for a meal the next day. While I love this arrangement I think Hubby has decided he’d like a little Continue reading

more variety so he made me this very yummy copycat version of the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Great soup for chilly nights.  Pairs well with garlic bread. As an alternative swap out the chicken for a lightly seared firm tofu and the chicken broth for vegetable broth for an excellent vegetarian dish.

What are some of your restaurant favorites you wish you had a copycat recipe for?
chicken gnochi soup copy

  • Prep time:15 minutes
  • Cook time:20 minutes
  • Serves: 8


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart half-and-half
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast (you can use a rotisserie chicken)
1 (16-ounce) package ready-to-use gnocchi


Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes translucent. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half. Simmer until thickened. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, the thyme, parsley, carrots, spinach, chicken, and gnocchi. Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.

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