Update Your Life Before Winter Arrives

Do you feel like everything from the shoes you wear to the food you like is dated and unfashionable? Trends move quickly, so if you aren’t paying any attention to them then you shouldn’t be too surprised when you wake up and the whole world is different. Rediscover where you fit into the styles of the twenty-first century, and where you’re still living in the past.

Winter House

Out the Front

Take a walk around to the front of your house. Are there uneven patches in the paint on your front door? Are there cracks in the windows? Is Ivy pulling your walls down? Don’t wait for the end of Halloween to get rid of the spiders – you need to get around to all of this before it starts to get too cold. If it looks like this, your friends will all be glad to help you out, so see if you can take care of it in a weekend with the help of the cavalry.

Round the Back

In times gone by, your garden probably had a sandpit with a plastic basin, that eventually got water in it. It probably had a swing tied up to the branch of a tree or else hanging from a rusty frame. This is probably an oblique pond that used to contain all kinds of fish. If your garden still looks like this then you’ve got a lot of work to do. If you don’t have children around the house much these days then get rid of the rusty and leaky play equipment, and if you do still entertain young relatives you can update the garden to one that contains safer and more modern play equipment. Buy equipment that’s sheltered from the weather or that won’t be damaged or made unappealing by it, and remember that modern gardens tend to be focused around adult amenities, luckily for you, so if you have the space why not think about building a sauna or steam room?


On the Driveway

What does your current car say about you? Does it leave oil on the drive? Are the miles adding up? Is it going to be safe this winter? It might be worth a trip to Honda Scotland to consider a newer and more reliable alternative. If people are hesitant about excepting a lift, and your family are concerned about it being on the driveway, there’s probably a reason.

On Your Back

The clothes on your back say a lot about who you are, and you have the power to control this perception by choosing your clothes. If your life needs this much updating before the snows start to appear then your outfit probably does as well. When did you last buy a suit? If you’re concerned that your suit might be a little out of date then it’s probably extremely out of date – so ask the person in the shop what people are wearing these days or check it out online, but whatever you do make sure you update your look. Even a new winter overcoat might be a step in the right direction, to keep the cold out and the style in, if you’re nervous about becoming a different person completely.

Ovation Brands Thumbs Up Johnnie Family Night Adventures

Family Nights at Hometown Buffet are one of our favorite things.  I love the themes, and the kids love the buffet of food to choose from!  This month’s feature is a book series, “Thumbs Up Johnnie”.

Ovation Brands’ portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet are rolling out a new Family Night promotion featuring the popular Thumbs Up Johnnie books! The lovable character and his friends reinforce a positive and healthy lifestyle. EachThursday, from September 14th through October 19th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Ovation Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations.

The featured activities are as follows:

  • September 14 – Thumbs Up to RED, WHITE & BLUE!
  •  September 21 – Jimmy Jam Germ & The Happy Handshake
  • September 28 – Buckaroonomics
  • October 5 – Adventures Through the Wild West
  • October 12 – Macro-Heroes Save Field Day
  • October 19 – Zipp, Little Digit & The Happy Signs

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And now for a giveaway!!  One winner will win a Thumbs Up Johnny Prize Pack with 4 passes to any Ovation Restaurant.

Entering is easy, just comment on this post with what your favorite food to eat at a buffet is!  

Giveaway ends October 4th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 FOR BABIES

The holiday is fast approaching and if you are like me- you are starting your christmas shopping now so you are not swamped trying to shop last minute.  I have two little ones that fall into this category so I am going to be sharing some items that I think would make good gifts for the 3 and under kids.

I am still accepting prospective gifts to be added to this list, so if you are interested, please send an email to: mommyhasalife@gmail.com

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race Vehicles 

Vtech Go! Go! Racers!

The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race cars are a huge hit for both of my boys.  Just like it sounds, you press down on the car and it zooms across the floor!  They also make light up, make sounds and play music, which adds to the excitement for the boys.  The new Press & Race vehicles include a race car, dump truck and fire truck.  The retail price point on these is $8.99 each.  Perfect for a stocking stuffer or a gift for a young child.

Sophie the Giraffe

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Sophie has been a staple in our house for all the babies.  Starting with Colton- who is now 8- had a Sophie.  She is a great toy for teething babies to gnaw on, because she is soft and has lots of places that little hands can grasp.  As a mom, I feel confident letting my little one gnaw on Sophie over other teether because she is made of 100% Natural Rubber (phthalates Free) and food-grade paint. She is also great for toddlers for role playing as my two year old still plays with his Sophie- only now Sophie goes for rides on the bus or train :-) .  You can get Sophie the Giraffe on Amazon  for between $20 and $30 depending on what package you choose- they have several options- Sophie by herself, Sophie with a book, Sophie with a teether, Sophie with a plush Sophie… I think your loved one will be thrilled with any of them so you can pick one that will fit their needs the most!

Boppy Pillow


The Boppy Pillow is a great gift for new babies.  A lot of moms rave about it as a nursing support.  Personally I liked it for two things.  To prop baby up on– either for tummy time or just to sit in so he wasn’t laying flat on the floor.  Once my little ones got a little older, it was great to sit them in to help them sit up in that wobbly stage of he can kind of sit up, but not really and we don’t want him to fall backwards.  If you have a little one on your list- this is a great gift because it isn’t a toy, but more of something that is needed for development.  I have 3 kids and feel like 3 for 3… I needed a boppy.

I also want to add that I HIGHLY recommend the Boppy Water Resistant Cover to go with this.  Babies spit up, toddlers spill drinks… heck- mom spills too!  My oldest has asthma and a dust and mold trigger so these covers on pillows is a must in our house.  Even so- I am sure you don’t want moisture seeping into your pillow that your baby will be sitting on- so get this cover too :-)


Exergen Temporal Artery Scan Thermometer


This is another great gift that is more of a necessity than a toy- but still something parents will thank you for when they have a sick child.  I love it when my kids get toys, but sometimes the amount of toys around the holidays is overwhelming and I am really thankful for the kids to get things they need.  This would be one of those gifts.  We have this thermometer and I feel it is ACCURATE and fast.  It took me a few times of using it to get the hang of how it works, but once I figured it out it is a breeze.

What You Need To Have For A Successful Road Trip

Planning a road trip is fun, but it’s also a lot of work. Make lists and plan ahead if you want it all to be smooth sailing. Work together to confirm you have all of the items accounted for and didn’t forget to include any to-dos on your checklist.

Have everyone pitch in and help prepare for the adventure. Decide when you’ll be departing and what you all need to get done before you leave. Organize your belongings and make sure those who are going along know to pack light. See what you need to have for a successful road trip.

A Destination

When planning a road trip, first you need to determine where you’ll be going. Enlist the help of the family and narrow your destination list down to a few special places. Go somewhere you’ve never been before and that interests everyone. Take into consideration how far you’ll have to travel and what you’ll do once you arrive. Confirm different attractions and activities that you can participate in once you’re at your destination. Be sure to book your accommodations early so you’re all set upon arrival.

A Reliable Car

If you don’t have a car or one that’s going to get you across country, it’s time to consider buying one. Look into using car loans as an option to get you a vehicle that’s going to get you to your destination. You don’t want not having a reliable car to stall the entire trip. Save money and time with a convenient auto loan application process, fast approvals and great auto loan rates. There’s no application fee on any of the auto loan programs. It’s a great option for someone who’s in need of a car quickly and wants to make a smart financial move.

Snacks & Games

It will be a long car ride. You’re going to want to stock up on snacks and games to keep everyone happy and entertained. Pack healthy options that give you natural energy and make you feel good. Bring various games and electronics to keep your mind sharp as you travel the long distance to your destination. Be willing to share with each other and keep the peace. Read a book, play music and take pictures to pass the time as well. Do whatever it takes to not be completely bored the entire way.



You have to practice patience when you’re traveling long distances with a group. Everyone’s going to be tired and crabby at some point, and anxious about reaching the destination. This is when you need to remain patient and realize this is what long car rides entail. Have a conversation with each other or take a nap when you’re feeling restless. Pull over and take a break so everyone can stretch their legs.


Going on a road trip isn’t your typical vacation. You have to be prepared to endure a long journey. This is what you need to have for a successful road trip.

What to Do If You’ve Lost Your Pet

Growing up with pets is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn how to take care of other living things, how to nurture other creatures, and how to appreciate all forms of life. On top of that, owning a dog or cat could even help reduce the odds that your child will develop allergies, and pets can also work wonders in helping you reduce your stress level and improving your cardiovascular health. So, it should come as no surprise that losing a pet can be devastating. But if this happens to you, try not to lose hope. Below are a few strategies that you can employ if your pet ever goes missing so that you can hopefully be reunited before you know it.

Take Precautions Before the Worst Happens

Before diving into what you should do if you ever lose your pet, it is important to cover some things that you can do beforehand to make the process of locating your furry friend easier if he does ever lose his way. If you own a cat or a dog, you can put a collar around his neck, along with a tag that contains your contact information. In this way, if he is found, a kind person can simply call you and tell you where your pet is. Microchipping your pet is a bit controversial for some pet owners, but it can really save your pet’s life if he gets lost and ends up at an animal shelter. The scary truth is that some shelters will euthanize lost pets that are not claimed right away, but if they scan your pet for a microchip, they can contact you and tell you that your pet has been found. And, finally, you can also invest in one of the best dog GPS collar products on the market in order to effectively track your pet’s movements when he gets away from you.

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Start Posting Flyers Around Town

Posting flyers around town is a good way to alert your neighbors and your community about the fact that your pet has gone missing. Make a lot of copies and make sure that a photo of your pet is clearly placed in the middle of the flyer. Post these to community bulletin boards and on poles around town. You can include a short description of your pet, such as his coat color and pattern, breed, size, and gender. And you should also put the words “Lost Pet” in large letters at the top so that people will be able to see it from afar. You want your flyers to be eye-catching and easy to read, and you need to include your contact information so that people can call you if they find your companion.

Let the Online Community Know About Your Lost Pet

In addition to posting flyers locally, you can also post about your lost pet online. Perform a search for websites that provide resources for pet parents who have lost their pets. You might be able to post to message boards, Facebook groups, and rescue websites to let even more people know that you need them to keep an eye out for your pet.

Contact Local Shelters and Rescue Groups

Go online and perform a search for all of the rescue networks, animal control companies, foster networks, and shelters in your area. Contact all of them and let them know about your lost pet. They can write down a description of your pet and contact you if an animal that fits that description is brought into their rescue or found by one of their volunteers. You can also visit the shelters yourself to see if your pet is there, and you can leave flyers there as well for people to post and take with them. Don’t forget to also check shelters’ websites to see if a photo of your pet has been posted if he was found and put up for adoption. You just never know, and it is not worth taking any chances. Be diligent about checking in with shelters regularly.

Go Out and Search Through the Neighborhood

Head outside and search for your pet by calling him by name, looking into neighbors’ yards with their permission, and asking your neighbors to check their crawlspaces, sheds, basements, garages, etc. Your pet may have made his way into a neighbor’s property and may be stuck in there, afraid to show himself when they open the door, so it is important to alert your friends and neighbors about this possibility.

Leave Food Out

Leaving food outside in your backyard or near your front door could also be a good way for your pet to find his way back home. He might pick up on the scent of the food, and that could be just what he needs to realize that he is home and safe. You can even leave out an item from inside your home, such as a pet bed, blanket, or toy, that has a familiar scent. Perhaps your pet will be able to sniff it out and make his way back home that way.


Don’t Lose Hope

Most importantly, don’t lose hope. Just keep searching, keep asking around, keep posting new flyers when the ones that you posted outside get ruined. Let people know that you are still searching and that you will not give up. You can even try offering a small reward to anyone who manages to find your pet and return him to you. You may not be able to find your pet right away, but there might come a day when you finally get that important phone call saying that your pet was found at last.

Losing a pet can be absolutely devastating for everyone in your family, but knowing what steps to take if this happens will allow you to stay calm and take immediate action. Having a plan in place with steps that you can follow will allow you to get more done in the shortest amount of time, and that may increase your odds of being reunited with your pet.

How to Create a Kid-Friendly Outdoor Space

Outdoor playtime is important for kids of all ages. It provides them with the space and freedom they need to run around, shout, and just basically be a kid. With that said, if you have young children, it’s important to create the kind of outdoor space that not only encourages this type of freestyle fun but is also safe for them to play in. Whether you’ve just moved into a new house, or you’re looking for ways to better your outdoor space, these tips are sure to help you create a child-friendly yard.

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A Fenced in Space

One of the first tips is to create an outdoor space that is fenced in. If you have a particularly large yard, it may not be necessary to fence the entire space, rather just a segment. You need to know that the children are safe and are staying within bounds. If they have access to the road, then traffic can pose a serious safety risk.

Photo credit to Rachel Myers Photography

Photo credit to Rachel Myers Photography

Provide a Shaded Area

While the sunshine feels great and is wonderful for your daily dose of vitamin D, it’s also a good idea to offer a shaded area for your children to play in. This ensures they remain comfortable, even on the hot days, which makes the space more useable. Shaded areas can be gazebos, pergolas, camping style tents, a patio table with a big umbrella, or even a playhouse that has a roof for shade.

Give Them a Swing

If you don’t feel like investing in a whole swing set or playset, then you can opt for just a swing instead. A tire swing attached to a mature tree is sure to put a smile on any child’s face. Swings are one of those things that kids seem to gravitate towards.

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Encourage Creativity with a Chalk Wall

Rather than having sidewalk chalk all over the side of your house, your walkways, and patio, why not give the kids a designated area to be creative. An outdoor chalk wall is the perfect way to do this. This DIY project is simple and quick, and you can make the wall as big or small as you want.

A Fun Water Feature

What kid doesn’t enjoy playing in or with water on a hot sunny day? With that said, why not create a built-in water feature? You can create a small fountain, pond, or even a water table. This will be especially entertaining for younger kids.

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Kid-Friendly Seating

Kid-friendly seating is an absolute must have. You can add a small table and chairs and create a space all of their own that is separate from the adult area.

A Pest-Free Environment

Finally, you want to be sure that the space is safe for kids in terms of pests. If you’re looking for the best pest control company in the world, look no further than Reynolds Pest Management. They will be able to come in and get rid of any issues you may have.

Now that you’ve created the perfect outdoor space for your kids, it’s time to head outside and enjoy it with them.

4 Ways To Make Your Home More Comfortable

You spend a lot of time at your home. It’s no wonder you want it to feel warm and cozy. Understand that you have to put in the extra effort to create an environment that’s welcoming. Learn different ways to increase the comfort factor and start implementing changes today.

Going to your house shouldn’t make you feel unsettled and anxious. Do what’s in your power to make it a safe space that brings you peace at the end of the day. Do this by paying attention to your décor and elements throughout your house. See four ways to make your home more comfortable.

Add Carpet & Area Rugs

Create a space under your feet that’s warm and cozy with carpet and area rugs. This is a quick and budget-friendly way to add comfort to your rooms. They’re easy to care for and will add texture to your home as well. Throwing down an area rug is also a quick way to add color and vibrancy to a dull room. This is a smart way to instantly make your home feel more comfortable.

Include more Lighting Options

Lighting isn’t just for being able to see. It’s also a way to set the mood and ambiance in a room. Put your lights on dimmer switches and add lamps and candles to give yourself extra lighting options when you’re sitting in a room. It’s a great way to feel warm and cozy while you’re watching television or reading a book. Also, replace old light fixtures to spruce up the look of your space. The more lighting options you have the better. Lights are an excellent way to increase the comfort level in your home, but you won’t know it until you give it a try.

Pest Control

You can try to fight off the pests by yourself all you want, but they’re probably not going away. That’s why you need to turn to the professional pest control services to help you out. They’re the experts and have the equipment to rid your home of the pests for good. They’ll arrive on time with a professional appearance, preform a thorough inspection of your home and recommend a targeted treatment plan to meet your specific needs. The skilled technicians understand the special requirements of effectively controlling and exterminating pests. You’ll have nothing to worry about and your home will return to a cozy and comfortable place to live.

Remove Clutter

Clutter is disturbing to look at and makes you feel unsettled whenever you pass it by in your home. Get to work by organizing and decluttering your space, using organizational tools and getting rid of what you no longer need. You want to be able to sit and walk through your home with ease and not run into piles of your belongings. Removing the clutter will instantly make your home more comfortable to move and live in on a daily basis.


Choose to create a cozier home by implementing small changes that make a big difference. You won’t believe how easy it is to do. These are four ways to make your home more comfortable.

Ways To Make Your Dog More Comfortable

Bringing your dog home for the first time is exciting, and it’s also nerve-wracking if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Take your time and enjoy the experience. It’s important to get all of their belongings together and set them up in an area of the house. Everyone in the home needs to make room for the new family pet.

You want your dog to feel welcome right away. Give them attention and show them around the house so they can familiarize themselves with the space. Have lots of treats on hand for training and reinforcing good behavior. See ways to make your dog more comfortable.

Get in A Routine

Dogs love routines. Start each morning the same way. Decide if you’re going to take them out or feed them first. Show them where their food and water dish are located and make sure it’s easy to get to and find. Have someone check on your pet during the same time each day if you’ll be gone for long periods of time. Otherwise, make it a point to come home at lunch and check on your dog. Take him or her out for a walk around the same time each morning and evening and give them dinner at a consistent hour. Let them out before bed and lower the lights to indicate that it’s close to bedtime.

Soft Bedding & Clothing

Provide your dog with soft and warm bedding. Give them a dog bed that’s plush and cozy. Include any blankets if the air is chilly. Create a bed that’s made just for them and show it to them each night, so the dog is used to sleeping in the same spot. Another idea is to buy clothing for your dog to keep it warm when you’re out on walks, both for their chest and feet.


Don’t be afraid to talk to your vet about giving your dog medication, such as truprofen caplets, if you think there’s an issue. These contain carprofen, the most widely prescribed and clinically proven non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for pets, at a price you can afford. They’re also available in chewable form. It’s a smart way to eliminate any pain your dog’s feeling and help them manage their condition.

Give them Space

Similar to you, your dog needs his or her own space. Put the water and food dish in an area that’s reserved for them. They shouldn’t be disturbed when drinking or eating. It’s healthy for them to separate themselves for a little bit. The same goes for their bed and sleeping area. Place it in an area of the house that’s quiet and made for the dog to rest and relax. They’ll soon become familiar with your house and understand where their items are stored.


Your pet deserves a warm and safe home to live in. It’s your responsibility to make sure they’re happy and healthy. Do this by understanding how they function and what their needs are. These are ways to make your dog more comfortable.

Ways To Make Your Child’s Birthday Party Special

Planning a party for your child is an important task. It’s up to you to make sure it all goes off seamlessly. That’s why it’s important you plan ahead and come up with ways to make it exceptionally good.

While it’s normal to feel pressure, don’t overthink it so much that you stress yourself out. Let your child know you’ll do your best and hope to make it a very special occasion for them. Discuss who they want in attendance, so the right people are present. This will make all the difference. See ways to make your child’s birthday party special.

Involve them

Sit down with your child and ask them what they want. Be open and honest with each other about what the perfect day would look like and what’s actually possible. Make it clear that they may not get all of what they ask for, but that you’ll consider their suggestions. Some surprises are nice, but there’s no reason to make it all a surprise if that’s too much for you. That’s why it’s key you discuss with your child what they picture as the perfect party and what’s most important to them. Involving them takes pressure off of you and ensures they’ll be happy on the day of the event.

Design the Invitations

Make the party extra special by using a birthday invitation maker to create the invitations. There are no design skills necessary. Personalize the invitations using Adobe Spark’s easy-to-use templates and customize text, images, shape, color, decorations and more. A birthday is an important milestone in your child’s life, and you want it to be perfect. Do this by paying careful attention to the design and look of your invitations. You’ll be guided through the creation pathway until you’re at a point where you’re happy with your final product.

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Hire Entertainment

A birthday party isn’t a party without some entertainment. Depending on your child’s age, look into clowns, inflatable bouncy houses, bands and more. Make sure there’s an activity or two for the kids to do at the party to keep them entertained and engaged. That’s why many families host the party at a venue where there are activities for the kids versus their home. The choice is yours, but if you have it at home, you’ll need to research entertainment ideas for the kids.

Order their Favorite Cake

Your child definitely cares about the cake. One place you can earn extra brownie points is by ordering their favorite cake. Include colors, images and text that speak to the birthday kid. Having a delicious dessert to serve toward the end of the party will make you a very popular person. Let the kids enjoy their cake and ice cream while you sit back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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Throwing a birthday party for your child isn’t always easy. Remain calm and use these suggestions for making it a day to remember. These are ways to make your child’s birthday party special.

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Dog’s Health

A dog is often a much-loved member of the family, which is why many people will want to protect their pet’s health as much as possible. However, many pet owners can make some big mistakes when caring for a canine companion. Ensure your pet lives a long and happy life and read the four ways to improve your dog’s health

1.Fruit & Vegetables

We all understand the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Yet, we often do not consider the ingredients for dogs, despite the fact they are packed full of live enzymes that can improve your pet’s health.

Whole foods are full to the brim with fiber, which can aid digestion and bowel movements. They also offer many nutrients that will ensure your pet enjoys a happier, healthier body. It may also be beneficial to add puree vegetables to their bowl, as they offer maximum nutrient absorption, which can aid their teeth and gum maintenance.

2. No Artificial Preservatives or Flavors

Many of us wouldn’t dream of eating foods filled with artificial preservatives or flavors, so why would you allow your pet to eat them? Avoid unhealthy processed foods and opt for healthy foods that are made from 100% meat, such as duck treats for dogs. Look for an option that is low in fat but high in protein, so they will have the energy they need each day without the weight gain.

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3. Regular Exercise

Physical activity is important to a dog’s general health. As well as improving their energy levels, it will also allow a pet to explore new surroundings and boost his or her happiness. The level of exercise your dog should enjoy every day will depend on his or her age, size, breed and current health. However, it is believed every dog should enjoy between 30 minutes to two hours of exercise each day. Pets that often need the most exercise include Labrador retrievers, collies, hounds and German shepherds.

4. Do Not Overfeed Your Dog

It is essential you speak to a veterinarian about the amount of food a dog will need to lose, gain or maintain his or her weight. Stick to the vet’s recommendation and do not overfeed your dog. Also, if your pet is overweight, it’s often wise to feed him or her earlier in the day, so your dog has more time to work it off. However, you should feed your dog regularly throughout the day if he or she needs more calories in their diet.

It’s not a bad thing if a young dog is on the skinny side, as your canine companion may pile on the weight easily with age. Do not overfeed your dog to gain weight unless otherwise recommended by a veterinarian, as weight gain will happen naturally.

Do you have any top tips for caring for a dog’s health? We’d love to hear them. Please share your advice in the comment section below.