Zoku Stainless Steel 18 Oz Water Bottle

This is a really cool 18 oz water bottle that acts like a thermos that can keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. This particular design is a very trendy light blue almost peacock blue color. It has a screw on lid with a paracord handle. The lid is easy to remove to access contents as well as making putting contents into the bottle easy. The paracord handle allows me to easily hold and carry the bottle. It is made of stainless steel so overall the quality is really great. The lid screws on nice and tight so I don’t have any worries about the contents coming out or seeping out. Have a smoothie or soup in this for an easy catch up for a lunch or after workout coolant. The design is nice and makes it easy for me to hold in one hand comfortably. When I use something really hot or really cold I don’t really feel the temperature with the hand I am holding it with. Really recommend this for a hot and cold bottle with many purposes.

Win Zoku’s Reusable Stainless Steel Bottle #16
https://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js

Easter Fun In The Snow

1491754_745050055527484_4116727764355239130_nFor those of you still in cold weather you have to find some fun in the weather you are having and I hope this finds you with a new smile.

Differences Between The Cold, Flu And H1N1 (Chart)

1506751_803228223024987_1473409493_nHere is a quick guide to tell you the differences between the cold, flu and H1N1. It is pretty precise and should help guide you in making a decision about your health care. So many try and put off going to the doctors trying their best to work with home remedies, and although that is great, it appears if you have severe body cramps and a fever you should seek help immediately. Take care of you and you family – many this season have died rather abruptly from getting sick from what seems like outta nowhere.

A Very Cool Sunburn Relief

998606_651481088215316_335042112_n

With the temperatures soaring these days it is always to be better prepared for a family member to get a bad sunburn. I came across this idea and wanted to share it with you – frozen aloe vera. Now I will swear to the use of aloe vera on any burn but the thought of getting a sunburn, and then placing a frozen block of it  on a burn sounds like pure pleasure. Now I do not recommend using the large regular ice cubes, but rather use small sometimes decorative ice cube shapes like is pictured. This is not for the pleasure of looking at a shape but to not use too much aloe vera as it is expensive. When you are done filling your tray remember to keep your aloe vera bottle in the fridge.

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

memorail day 4th of july strawberries chocolate sprinkles desert party pool country and victorian times

It is that time of year again – both for those delicious fresh strawberries and time to express your patriotism by celebrating all things red, white and blue for 4th of July and Memorial Day. Here is a simple way to dress your strawberries up and it will make your next get together more festive. Simple dip strawberries into melted white chocolate or melting chocolate and dip end in a mix of red and blue sprinkles. They even have sprinkle with little stars that come as blue and red.

Sierra Mist Pink Watermelonade

Found this incredibly tasty looking drink and just had to share. I remember one time when my son and I were at The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM and we shared a watermelon drink over ice and this reminded me of that occasion. The memories of seeing the hundreds of hot air balloons at the show for the first time and the watermelon drink were fantastic. Now I will surprise him with this drink one afternoon when he gets home from school and see if it brings back the same memories that we once shared.

Winter Storm & Extreme Cold: Preparation For Disaster

Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit:

  • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

Prepare your home and family

  • Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

Prepare your car

  • Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
    • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes andrepair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
    • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
    • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
    • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Place a winter emergency kit in each car that includes:
    • a shovel
    • windshield scraper and small broom
    • flashlight
    • battery powered radio
    • extra batteries
    • water
    • snack food
    • matches
    • extra hats, socks and mittens
    • First aid kit with pocket knife
    • Necessary medications
    • blanket(s)
    • tow chain or rope
    • road salt and sand
    • booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag

Dress for the Weather

  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.