Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden Sheds Can Eliminate Your Home Storage Woes

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Inadequate storage space in our home can be a serious concern for some. It can interfere with being organized in a big way. It can also lead to the presence of excessive amounts of clutter. The solution, however, is easier than you may think. It's to invest in a garden shed.

Yard Equipment Storage

Yard equipment is often large and bulky. It can take up significant amounts of space in our home. If you don't want to waste precious space inside of your home on yard equipment storage, the addition of a durable garden shed can do you a lot of good. A garden shed can also keep annoying and awkward yard equipment away from your outdoor patio. If you want to be able to walk around freely in your home without fears of running into racks, lawn tractors and lawnmowers, a reliable garden shed should be your best bet.

Pure Convenience

A shed can do more than just free up more space inside of your residence. That's because it can also give you the gift of extra convenience. If you place yard equipment inside of a single garden shed, you'll be able to locate specific necessary items with more ease. It can be frustrating to have equipment and tools scattered in seemingly random spots all throughout your home. If you have everything all together in one spot, however, that can simplify things for you. It can save you a lot of unnecessary time wasting as well. Who wants to spend hours looking around for a small weed eater, anyway?

Say Goodbye to Home Storage Woes Today

A garden shed can help you say goodbye to any and all home storage woes. You don't have to restrict your garden shed to yard equipment storage needs exclusively, either. You can store anything you want in your garden shed. It's 100 percent up to you. If you have a bicycle, you can keep it inside of the shed. If you have tools for recreational activities, you can keep them in there, too. People frequently keep outdoor play equipment for children inside of garden sheds as well.

If you have a playhouse for your child that doesn't need to stay outside all year long, a garden shed may be able to house it when it's not in use. It may be a good idea to store the playhouse in the shed during the winter months when your child is not outdoors as often. People can explore amazing options in high-quality wooden garden sheds online by visiting the prominent shop '1st Choice Leisure Buildings’. They provide shoppers with a large selection of durable and reliable sheds. The store also has many dependable options in garden offices, summer houses, log cabins, workshops, garages and greenhouses. 1st Choice Leisure Buildings even sells a good number of beautifully crafted playhouses for energetic youngsters.


Keep Your Garden Shed Neat and Tidy

If you want to enjoy the storage benefits garden sheds offer, you have to make a point to keep things neat and tidy at all times. It can be annoying to deal with a garden shed that's a cluttered and chaotic nightmare. A mess can defeat the purpose of a garden shed as well. A clean garden shed is key to storage success.

Monday, April 17, 2017

First Check 12 Drug Test Giveaway

There are some tough topics to talk to your children about. Communication is very important in any relationship. I know talking to your child about drugs can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It could save their lives, keep them out of trouble and help them make good choices. Your children are going to make mistakes as we do, but if we talk to them, maybe they can have the tools to make the right choice. When I was in school, we had drug free clubs and classes, I felt like they were a great resource and it made me not want to use drugs. Peer pressure can be so hard though. Your child will be offered drugs, just as you probably were. You can’t think that your child will be immune to this, because unfortunately, they won’t be. You can’t possibly be everywhere all the time, as your child gets older, they will want independence. You don’t have to wait until you suspect your child is on drugs to take action. Here’s the truth about drug use, it can be a problem for anyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you are from, what your background is, it’s everywhere.

You might not know how to bring it up in a way where you aren’t accusing them. Here’s an idea, buy a First Check Drug Test and just set it on the counter and say nothing. It will definitely start a conversation. If you are watching a movie with your teens and there’s drug use, ask them if they have ever been asked to use drugs. Drugs are an epidemic today. I am not even talking about like pot, it’s heroin, and cocaine. That’s some serious stuff right there.  Drugs seem glamorized in music and movies. One of my favorite movies is Requiem for a Dream. I highly recommend that everyone sees it, because it shows you the real effects of addiction. It’s pretty graphic at times but it’s a great movie.

Here’s some information on First Check 12 Drug Test:

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7 Illicit Drugs
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  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
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  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
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*Clinical studies confirmed the First Check test to be over 99% accurate. We recommend all positive screening results be sent to the laboratory for confirmation via gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), the gold standard in laboratory testing for most drugs

It worries me that Noah will be offered those substances. I have already had conversations with him about drugs. He knows that he’s not supposed to do them no matter what. We have a system where if he needs to leave a friend’s house that he can always come to me. Last Halloween while we were trick-or-treating one of my neighbors was offering a bottle of beer to the adults taking their kids around. I jumped at the offer. I am not a big drinker, and Noah knows this. I am not an order a drink with dinner person. He looked at me like I was crazy. I explained that I was getting it to make onion rings. I love beer battered onion rings but getting a single beer is difficult to do. I don’t like to drink beer so it would just sit in my fridge until someone drinks it, or I throw it out.

Here’s some reasons why you should purchase and drug test your age appropriate child before it’s a real problem.

If your child knows you will drug test, they know they will get caught and in big trouble. You aren’t accusing them, you are protecting them.

It gives them an out for when they are offered. They can say, “My parents drug test me, so I can’t.”

It’s a good conversation starter about drugs in general. Be sure to be open to the questions.

You might be asked by your child if you did drugs when you were younger. It’s important to be honest with them. You can tell them you experimented with it, and didn’t like it. You can talk to them about peer pressure and how sometimes it is hard to feel like you fit in. You realize it was a mistake and you don’t want them to repeat that mistake.

Starts a conversation about peer pressure. Give them some tips about how to deal with it.  Talk to them about how drugs are not cool. They are stupid and ruin lives.

If your child tests positive, you are supposed to send the test in for free for lab testing. If it’s positive, you will probably be upset. You need to remain calm and talk to your child about it. You cannot fly off the handle. You cannot act like it’s not a big deal because it really is. You don’t want to come off like you don’t care about it. Remember that your child will make mistakes. You need to take the steps necessary to get them to stop. If it’s a big problem, get them in treatment or counseling. They may be mad at you but I promise you that they will thank you later.  Keep an eye on your medicines and keep them locked up so there’s not a temptation to take some when you aren’t looking. A small safe is a good idea. Drinking is also something that kids do. Drinking is not a good thing either. It’s seems to be readily available and most homes have alcohol in them. It’s important to not be that cool parent that says, “If you drink, at least do it at home, where you are safe.” That gives them permission to do it, and they will be more likely to do it when they are out too. 

For more information please visit First Check

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This post is sponsored by First Check, all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We went on the Dolphin Racer

Noah and I love to travel. We went to St. Petersburg, Florida to visit my mom over spring break. We have been there so many times and we lived there for two years. This particular weekend, we couldn’t find anything going on. I found that to be odd because there is always some kind of festival. We thought we would just go to the beach and go to Johns Pass. My mom had the idea of going on the Dolphin Racer. Noah has never been on a dolphin cruise before. I had gone a couple times in the past. It wasn’t just a dolphin cruise though, it was in a speed boat. Noah was pretty nervous at first because he knew it was going to go fast. I reassured him that it would be fine and fun. It was a typical hot and beautiful day. We ordered our tickets online because it’s pretty popular and was spring break. 

Mama Dolphin with her baby
We had so much fun. The captain and first mate were so nice and funny. I laughed a lot.  We had a guarantee to “surf with dolphins” or our next trip was free. We definitely surfed with the dolphins. I recommend sitting in the middle back of the boat because that’s where you will see dolphins easiest. 
It was really cool because we could see my mom’s apartment from the boat, I actually knew were we were most of the time because I know the area. The captain and first mate knew a lot about the area and was very informative. It was definitely something I would say to do if you are in the area. You are in the boat for about two hours, you can purchase soda and water, which is important so you don’t dehydrate. Definitely bring sunscreen with you because you will be in an unshaded boat. I liked that you were able to walk around and get different views of the water. There’s also a bathroom which was nice. It’s not really that expensive for the experience. It was definitely worth the $68 for the three of us. I also got some amazing photos.

I really liked that they gave the kids a chance to drive the boat. Noah jumped on it. He was the first to drive it. Adults could do it too if they wanted. I wore a dress, I had mixed feelings about that. I liked that it was comfortable and cool, but it was windy. Next time I will wear my swimsuit under it. You don’t really get wet in the boat if you sit in the front. I don’t think anyone was soaked even in the back. We also saw the coast guard towing a yacht which was interesting. My mom and I had fun guessing what the reason was. I am pretty sure the boat broke down but you never know.  Starlite Cruises also offers a dinner cruise that I think would be fun to do sometime too. It would be more of a date though in my opinion. We had such a great time, we were very happy that we decided to go.

For more information check out Dolphin Racer.