Breast Cancer Awareness + HM #204

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #204! This week’s theme is none other than: Breast Cancer Awareness. Such an important topic! I know it’s on everyone’s hearts and minds this time of the year especially. Hopefully we can bring some good things to the forefront in the midst of a horrible disease. #BreastCancerAwareness #HomeMattersParty

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Breast Cancer Awareness + HM #204

There’s so much out there relating to breast cancer, but I especially wanted to focus on what the average person can do to HELP those who are fighting this disease. I hope this post can give us all some direction on how to support those in need!

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Chemo Care Basket from Holly @ Pink Fortitude

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31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer from Dollie @ Joy in the Home 

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How to Help a Friend or Family Member with Cancer from Jennifer @ Leaving Cancer Behind

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Choose An Exercise Program That is Right for You from Rita @ Breast Cancer Authority

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10 Useful Tools that Helped Me Deal with Breast Cancer from Claudia @ Midlife Boulevard

There are SO many more ideas out there! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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  Homemade Candy Corn from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground   PIN here.  


  Soft & Chewy Monster Cookies from Mel @ Adventure of Mel   PIN here.  


  Mini Pumpkin Pies in Easy-to-Make Flower-Shaped Crust from Lois @ Walking On Sunshine   PIN here.  


  Ricotta Tart with Apples and Prosciutto from Carlee @ Cooking With Carlee   PIN here.  


  Vertical Layer Pumpkin Orange Chocolate Cake from Jas @ All That’s Jas   PIN here.   Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week! Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow… Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.

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5 Reasons To Hire A Furnace Repair Professional

I swear, I felt just a HINT of Fall in the air today! And that’s sayin’ something, folks! Here in Central Florida, Fall is hard to come by.  Yet I know there are places where the temps are already dropping – perhaps you are reading this post from one of those cool spots!

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So, in celebration of the fact that cooler weather is indeed on the way…let’s talk about being ready! Mainly, making sure your furnace is ready! After all, when the time comes to do some maintenance checks around the house, if there is one appliance that should not be overlooked, it’s your furnace. Many people forget about their HVAC unit and leave it unattended for years, only noticing it when something goes wrong. Tricks like changing your furnace filter are helpful when it comes to maintaining the appliance, but it might be time to check how the unit itself is running. While you may be tempted to DIY this project, here are five reasons why it’s a good idea to hire a furnace repair specialist to do a check-up on your home’s HVAC unit.

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Searching for answers on the internet can give you varied information when it comes to maintaining your home. Why not skip the research step and bring in a trained professional who can quickly decipher problems with your furnace and air conditioning unit? Furnace repair experts have years of experience and the knowledge to help you get your HVAC unit running efficiently in order to save you money on your energy bill. It’s their job!

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Apple Ideas for Everything! + HM #203

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #203! So last week we talked about chicken, and this week we’re talking about: Apple Ideas for Everything! I adore apples because they’re so versatile and they go with SO MANY different kinds of food! Plus, they’re very Fall-ish…and I’m into all things Fall right now! #Apple #AppleIdeas #HomeMattersParty pray and Style Hair Blog

Apple Ideas for Everything + HM #203

Now, apples can definitely be used for savory purposes, but I felt like focusing in on the sweet ones! So, without further ado, here are some very yummy ideas along those lines! Cinnamon.Apple_.Chips_

Cinnamon Apple Chips from Carrie @ Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

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Apple Pie Bites from Amy @ The Blond Cook

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Old Fashioned Apple Crisp from Elizabeth @ Life Love Liz

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Dutch Apple Bread from Jessica @ Butter with a Slice of Bread

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Appledoodles from Megan @ Pip & Ebby

This post is just the epitome of Fall! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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  Fall Family Activity Bucket List + Free Printable from Susan @ Crafting a Family   PIN here.  


  Monster Cupcakes from Gina @ Kleinworth & Co   PIN here.  


  DIY Checkered Fall Pillows with Stencils from Marie @ The Interior Frugalista   PIN here.  


  DIY Pallet Pumpkins from Angie @ Live Craft Love   PIN here.  


  Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Kit @ The Kittchen   PIN here.   Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week! Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow… Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.If you were featured this week, Please Grab our Featured Button to display proudly on your blog post, featured page, or sidebar! Share the joy…

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New Product Review: Limm Resistance Loop Bands

So my girls are now 2, and I still haven’t been able to settle back into a regular exercise routine. I totally blame them. HA! 

We got going in a couple good grooves over these past 2 years. I really enjoyed the phase where they loved being in their stroller – that was a dream, folks. There’s tons of great walking paths around here, and we had a great time exploring them. They got fussy? No worries! Pop a bottle in their mouths and continue on!

It’s not nearly as easy these days. And I’ve resorted to the idea that, in order to do any kind of actual exercise (besides chasing them around everywhere, I mean) I actually have to do it before they get up in the morning. And it’s true…this blog really isn’t about fitness, but I think that fitness definitely plays a part in the journey to domestication, as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve found a few great internet-based programs that I’m really liking these days. You’ll hear me talk more about a great one called Aaptiv later on this week, actually. So those kinds of things seem to be helpful in my current occupation of “2-Year-Old Twin Chaos Coordinator”. The only problem was, I found I was missing some of the tools I needed to make the most of some of these workouts. And I wasn’t sure how to go about taking care of that issue.

So when Lisa from Limm contacted me, I was a bit curious. I hadn’t heard of Limm before, but I was very intrigued to know that they specialize in home fitness products. Ooo! Right up my alley! I took a peek through their website, and when Lisa offered to send me a set of resistance bands, I was all about it.

Folks, there are SO many different exercises that include resistance bands. I had no idea, until I started getting in to various online workouts. I won’t lie, I tried to make my own! HA! (THAT’S really what we need pics of in this post!) The reason I tried to make my own was that I wasn’t sure what “level” of resistance band(s) I needed! For someone like myself, who isn’t experienced in this area, the world of fitness equipment is a bit daunting. I didn’t want to order something, then find it wasn’t right for me…then send it back…then try another one…ugh! It just seemed like a big hassle. (And what’s an even bigger hassle these days is loading up my kids to actually visit a brick and mortar fitness store to see resistance bands in person!)

Lucky for me, when my resistance bands arrived from Limm…

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…I found they were EXACTLY what I needed.

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The box itself is about the size of a women’s wallet, and the nifty little pouch fits snugly inside. The AWESOME thing is…

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These bands are actually a set of five DIFFERENT bands! Five different levels of resistance, all in once package! YES!

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From extra light all the way up to extra heavy, no matter your age or agility level, there’s at least one that will work for you! Plus you can use various bands for various exercises, to build on your strength and continue to grow your endurance! And if one day you’re extra sore or perhaps you’ve slept wrong and have a crick in your neck or something of that nature, there’s no need to change your workout – just use a different band and go a little easier on yourself. How great is that?!

The band itself seems to be very well-made.

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Extremely sturdy, and it’s comfortable to use – no pinching here!

Here’s an example of the size (these are my hubby’s hands/arms):

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Did I mention that HE likes these bands, too? (I had to go in search of them the other day because someone got a little bit carried away and actually carried them away! HA!) And it’s worth mentioning that my girls think they’re great fun to stretch with – although, to be perfectly honest, they don’t need ANY MORE resistance training than they’ve already acquired just being the typical 2-year-olds that they are. MERCY.

After using these bands for a bit, I popped back over to Limm’s website to see what else they might have to offer for my workouts. From core sliders to jump ropes to yoga balls, and even unique things like traction cleats and agility ladders, there’s definitely an awesome selection of products! Plus, they offer a Member’s Portal with product tutorials and videos, product manuals, exercise programs and external workout videos. It’s all the support you need, and more, from a family business who’s mission is to help people achieve better health and wellness by having more comfort and easiness in doing activities of everyday life.

If having better health and wellness is something you’re working on these days, you definitely want to check out Limm!

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OH! And here’s the fabulous thing: Limm wants all of you to be able to try their bands, too! Just use the code KRSTNC15 for a 15% discount via Amazon! (Please note: shipping can only be completed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.) Go on – check them out!

Are you doing any good workouts at home these days? Have you found something that works great for you?
 
Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Chores That Should Be At The Top Of Your To-Do List This Fall

One of my favorite things all year long is putting out my Fall decorations! I LOVE FALL! And I love decorating for it! So I sometimes have to remind myself that, as fun as decorating for the season is, the important thing is to make sure you’re prepared for it.

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When spring hits, people are eager to get out their mop buckets and brooms to give their house a good cleaning. When it comes to the fall season, you should also get ready to run through a list of chores to prepare your property for falling leaves and colder nights.

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Caulking windows

The moment that the balmy days of summer end, you will want to seal your window and door frames with caulk to secure your house from the chilly outdoor temperatures. This is a terrific chore to take on during the fall because the weather is more likely to be forgiving — the results may not be as effective if you apply it on a day that is freezing cold or blistering hot.

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