Saturday, May 20, 2017

What to look for in a new neighborhood

Street of homes

Summer is a popular time for families to move. You don't have to worry about your child changing schools in the middle of the year. It can be difficult to move during the school year because you aren't quite sure where the lessons are at the new school. Will they have lessons your child already did? Are they learning something your child has no idea about? Timing is important when you move. Of course, there are times when you can't wait and that's fine too. Talking to their new teacher can make the transition smooth. 

There are so many homes on the market. When you are shopping for a new home make a list of things you want and things you don't want. It can be different for each family. When I am home shopping there are specific things I look for in the neighborhood. Having a good realtor is also important they will help you find the right home for you. If we were to move out of state, I would consider Ohio because it's a lot like Indiana. I like to look at houses when I am bored. I have been looking at the MLS listings in ohio. It's fun to think about living elsewhere.

I prefer living in a neighborhood where there are people around. I look at the actual neighborhood when I really like a house. I want Noah to have friends to play with where he can just walk to their house. I like the community feeling a neighborhood provides. I like knowing that my neighbors are there in case I need them. I always look for a neighborhood pool because Noah is a fish and loves to swim. My ideal neighborhood would have a hot tub too, but that's hard to find. 

The safety of the neighborhood is important too. I don't want to live in an area with high crime. I want to feel safe with Noah playing outside, at the bus stop and at night. I don't want to live somewhere where drugs are a problem or there's things I don't want my family exposed to. 

I always look at the schools. Not just the school Noah will go to, but all the schools. Education is so important to me. I want Noah to go to a high rated school with nice kids. It seems like there's a lot of fighting at schools. I want to make sure Noah feels safe and is able to learn to his ability. 

Location is also something I look at. I like to be close to stores and restaurants. That way it's easier to get to. If they have restaurant delivery, well that's even better. I prefer to live in a suburban area. I am not a big city girl but I am not a small-town girl either. I also like to have fun things to do close by. Noah and I love to go out and do things together as a family and make great memories.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® Review

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time on my computer and my phone. It’s part of the job. I have noticed that my posture isn’t as great as it used to be. I am not quite hunchback, but I need to be careful. I use my laptop a lot, so I am usually sitting on my bed slumped over my laptop trying to work. It’s not good for my back or neck.  I don’t like sitting in a computer chair for a long period of time.  I wish I would have though. My neck has been hurting from looking down all the time.  I had been looking for solutions to this problem online.

 I came across a company called Posture Pump®.  They have products that will help your neck and back. As I was reading the site, I noticed that they mentioned headaches, and I have been having headaches. We have had so much rain lately, I thought that it was weather related but it might be due to my stooped posture. I was so excited to try out the Posture Pump®, I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. I thought it sounded so cool. I told my mom about it, she asked me how it worked. I told her that it has a pump similar to a blood pressure pump. She asked me to try it out when I see her again. I think she will like it too. She’s a teacher and she has to lean over to help teach her students.  I love their slogan, "Dump the hump with Posture Pump®."

Here’s some information from the Posture Pump® site:
Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® (Model 1400-D)Our Most Comfortable Neck Model Available Without Prescription

Prevent the Hump with Posture Pump® and Avoid Stooped Posture as You Age

Relieves Painful Neck and Upper Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue

Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve

Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed Discs

Decreases Disc Bulging

Reduces and Corrects Forward Head, Neck and Upper Back (Hump) Posture

Applies Reversing Pressure to Upper Back Humps

Improves Flexibility and Ranges of Motion

Lightweight, Easy to Operate & Travel With

Made in the USA & Built to Last

Our most comfortable neck model (works neck and upper back). Upgraded from the Model 1100-S to decompress in two areas with even more comfortable corrective deep relief! Two uniquely angled EED® air cells* decompress and shape the neck and upper back (hump region) to relieve compressive forward upper body posture. New Comfort Visor™ gently molds to the shape of the forehead (no chin or jaw contact). Does not hyper-extend the neck. Operating at moderate pressure levels, the “Dual” provides extremely comfortable disc decompression & hydration while shaping and restoring the proper neck curve.

When I received the Posture Pump®, naturally Noah was intrigued. He wanted to know what I was doing, and if it hurt. I told him it was something for my neck and spine, and he asked if he could try it out. I said, Sorry buddy. I really like how easy it is to use. When I read the instructions, it talked about a warm up. For a moment, I thought that I would have to exercise first, until I read further. It’s simple “exercises” where you move your head and neck. After deflating the pumped part, I was ready to start using the Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator®. Pushing the deflate button and helping the air escape was oddly satisfying. I laid down on the floor and put the device on my head and under my neck and started to pump. I made sure Noah had the cats put away because you aren’t supposed to move while it’s inflated. I didn’t want someone to decide to walk on me while I was testing it out. It felt good to have the pressure on my neck. I am starting slow and making sure I don’t pump it up too much. I am also only using it for a few minutes each session per the instructions. I don’t want to overdo it. I have been doing it in the morning before Noah goes to school.  It’s very important to follow the directions. I love that there’s illustrations too. I like to see what I am supposed to do beforehand. I plan to use the Posture Pump® as part of my routine.

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This post was sponsored by Posture Pump®, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Make money with your car

Everyone wants to make extra cash. It doesn't matter how much money you have in the bank. You are looking to save for a rainy day when an expense can wipe you out. You can go from living comfortably to not being able to make ends meet. Emergencies happen and if you aren't prepared it can be devastating. Saving for a rainy day should start now, before the storm. You might even be looking for something to help you make ends meet right now.

 Here are some ideas how to make money with your car. 

You can drive people around town. It's fairly easy as long as you have a good car. This job is extremely flexible and you can do it at any hour of the day.

You can deliver groceries to homes of people who don't have time to shop. It's basically going to the grocery store and picking up those items and delivering. It’s a great thing to have someone bring you groceries.

You can rent your car out to a friend as long as they have a good driving record and a license for a fee. Make sure they sign an agreement, just in case.

You can deliver for Amazon. One of my good friends is an Amazon delivery driver. In some areas, Amazon delivers within a couple hours and they hire people to deliver the packages.

You can do the old standby of delivering food from restaurants. You have two options, work for the restaurant or work for a third-party company that takes you to different restaurants. I was an order placed for a while and when I had to call different restaurants it made me so hungry. 

You can offer errand running services to the elderly and give them some companionship while you take them around. This would be great if you have older people in your neighborhood, who probably wouldn’t mind if your kids came along. You can help them shop too.

If you don't have a good car you can invest in a new one and pick up a couple side jobs. A lot of them let you choose your own hours and are flexible. Start putting your car to work for you today. You probably won't become rich from doing these but sometimes every bit will help especially when you have kids who want to go to summer camp or want to take a family vacation. 

Hopefully you will be able to use these suggestions to make some extra money this summer. 

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