A few months ago, I walked into our garage to grab some bottled water from our extra fridge, and *something* darted across my path. Naturally, since I didn’t actually SEE what that *something* was, I screamed and ran back inside the house. Hubby to the rescue! And what he discovered was a tiny little itty bitty mouse. UGH. A mouse!!! Apparently, each time the field in front of our home is mowed, the mice migrate to our garage. NOPE.
One of the greatest worries you can have as a homeowner is a rodent invasion. The unfortunate discovery of rat or mouse droppings when you move a box in your pantry can be both disturbing and unsanitary. There are numerous problems caused when rodents make their way into your home. Issues caused by these vermin range from structural damage to health problems.
These reasons make it imperative to take proper measures to ensure that rodents do not enter your home in the first place. Following a few basic guidelines can stop rodents from entering into your home and wreaking havoc. Implementing these rules into your rat or rodent prevention strategies will yield great results.
Now that it looks like we’re soon to come to the end of all this lovely pandemic fun, I’m even more thankful that summer is just around the corner! With the summer season comes everything that goes with it, including vacations, cookouts, sports outings, tailgates, pool parties, beach parties, camping trips, family gatherings, reunions, and more. All of these activities are great and they help you make a lot of great memories, but it can also lead to you not seeming to have time to get together with friends and family that you do not get to see often. It is so important to make time to see friends and family when it is possible, whether you browse a grilling blog for a cookout with them or plan a getaway together.
Here are a few fun ideas to do this summer that will give you a great time together and amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Ice cream socials
When it is summertime, you obviously want something that is fun, tasty to eat and helps cool you down at the same time. Ice cream is the best creamy treat to add to any party and it can be turned into something as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Purchase a few gallons of different flavor ice creams, or make it yourself. Have just a couple or a few dozen toppings set out to put on top. People will flock to your house and you are sure to have a lot of laughs and great conversations over several bowls of ice cream.
Did you know that half of all dogs are now diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life? Anyone who has ever lost a dog will tell you of the heartache and bereavement they felt at the passing of their beloved ‘family member’. When we last our Taffy girl early last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until we opened our family to another canine.
After a few months, we visited a local animal control location and took home a new family member. This is Trixie!
She actually looks kinda small in this photo, but Trixie is an almost-80-pound pure-bred Chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is literally our third toddler. (Because why not?!) And her health is just as important to us as any other member of our family.
If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”
Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.
Sustainability Goals at Home
Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.
My slow cooker has been on the fritz these days. And I cannot…I repeat…CANNOT have that happening at this point in my life. I’ve put way too much trust in that particular appliance – I must have it working! But I’ve used the same one for a few years, and so I’ve become rather attached to it. How on earth am I supposed to choose a new one?
Slow cookers take the stress out of preparing healthy homemade meals. They’re designed to simmer your food at low temperatures over an extended period, with minimal effort on your part. But how do you get a slow cooker that’s perfect for your needs? Simply purchasing the costliest and most sophisticated appliance won’t cut it because price doesn’t automatically predict performance. To get the best value for your money, you may want to check product reviews before making a purchase.
Nearly all manufacturers depict their slow cookers to be the best. You can’t trust their words as parameters for evaluating the quality of their products. The best judges for slow cookers are the consumers themselves. Product reviews provide tremendously valuable information about slow cookers that you can’t find elsewhere. They give opinions and in-depth insights into performance, packaging, shipping, and even encounters with the manufacturers’ customer service.
The reviewers talk about the different topics on the products in a way that’s real and unfiltered. Bias is minimal because the information provided is based on personal experiences with slow cookers and there’s no pressure on the reviewers to give a specific response.