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29 May 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

Happy Memorial Day!
Thanks for join us for the Happiness is Homemade Link Party! We can't wait for you to show us what you've been up to. Stop by each other's posts and say "hi" and share your best blog posts.
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Just click on the circle to connect to our blogs!!
The party rules are so simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipes, crafts or your latest DIY project. We want you you share it all! 

As always, please make sure to follow your hosts and co-hosts. Link up your posts, make some friends, and maybe you will be featured on next week's Happiness Is Homemade Link Party!

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We will feature our favorite posts each week! Plus, every feature will be pinned to our


Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to all 12 Hosts, along with any co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Happiness Is Homemade, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to your original source. Therefore, linking up you agree to allow us to use your images on each of our blogs in features relating to Happiness is Homemade Link Party.
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27 May 2016

Top Five Reasons Why You Don't Poop Scoop

When striving to achieve an organized life, there are choices to be made. What is important to you? Order is not everything, you know. It is important to ENJOY your life, as well. So, what about a dog?

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Some people with hard and fast career goals have chosen to postpone, or even forego, having children or pets. Their professional goal is their number one focus and they are the happiest fulfilling that drive for success.


Many of us, though, don't feel complete without the pitter patter of little feet around the house –children, dogs, cats or, all of the above! Children and pets take time, money, maintenance, increased clean up, and affection. But we wouldn’t be happy without them, would we. We are smitten. 



Four years ago we added a "little one" to our happy home. Lexi, our 8 year old Yellow Lab, was lonely since her buddy, Troy, moved out.  I wrote all about it in "My Dog Needs a Dog".  So, finally we welcomed this adorable yellow lab puppy, Sadie, into our home. With one more dog, though, comes a lot more POOP! It is inevitable.



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Even the littlest pups poop! 
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So, while formulating an organizational plan—daily baby steps to freedom from clutter and chaos—dog owners should include a plan for their yard. There are no litter boxes for dogs (at least not the big ones). If you have dogs, your yard can become a pile ‘o poop before very long at all.

It is possible to do-it-yourself but what if your schedule doesn't allow for it? What worked yesterday, may not work for today!

The Top Five Reasons You Don’t Poop Scoop:

  1. Family schedules-- Sports practices and games for the kids, music lessons, the school play, parties and celebrations, hair or doctor appts, shopping, church activities, visiting the grandparents, etc. The list goes on and on.
  2. Shortage of help-- point number one sums it all up. They are too busy.
  3. Physical limitations – one sore back or knee can put the kibosh on poop scooping, until you recover.
  4. Loss of daylight – if you get home from work after dark, where is the poop? “What poop?” That excuse will only last for so long. When the dog won’t go potty on the lawn anymore, you know it has been too long.
  5. You simply hate poop scooping!
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A very effective solution to eliminating this problem, and still keep the dog, is to hire someone to do it for you. There may be a business in your community that removes pet waste. They do a great job for a price but, to many, it is worth it. If you don't have a pet waste removal company where you live, perhaps there is an individual you could hire to do the job for you. Bottom-line  someone has to do it. It is one job that refuses to be ignored. Pretty soon, it will find you!

Got a dog? Who poop scoops for you?

Enjoy!
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26 May 2016

Recipe Sharing Party on Yummly and Pinterest

Welcome!

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Join us every Thursday morning at 9am ET for a new 

Recipe Sharing Party



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Visit us? We'd love it if you'd follow us on social media while you're there!

Easy Party Rules...
  • Add up to TWO recipe posts of your own.
  • Visit all of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe!
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of traffic for recipe post!
  • If a recipe does not have a YUM button and you have not added Yum button to your toolbar, then Plan B would be for you to just Pin the recipe. 
  • Adding a button to your toolbar is easy: How to add a YUM button 
  • PLEASE TWEET AND SHARE OUR PARTY to spread the news :)
  • Thanks for coming to our party! 
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25 May 2016

Last Minute Company? Chobani Mezé Dips Come To The Rescue!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipintoMeze #CollectiveBias


party planning, summertime fun, family fun

The phone rings and, surprise! Unexpected company is coming for a holiday celebration. How do you pull together an impromptu party at this late notice? With little time to just "whip something up," do not stress out. There is still a way:  Chobani Mezé™Dips to the rescue!

Chobani has designed their new "globally inspired" Mezé Dips to be no "fuss-no muss" summer fare. Just keep some handy in the fridge and you will be ready to entertain guests at a moment's notice. Open them up poolside, on the patio or wherever a party is about to happen. Add your favorite "dippers" - crisp veggies, pita crackers, potato chips pretzels - and the party has started!


How To Pull Together A Summer Party In No-Time

  1. First, assess the situation. How many people are coming and how soon?
  2. Next, do a quick inventory of what you have on hand. Food, paper goods, decorations?
  3. If there is time, send someone out to get the few items while you do a quick clean up and pull things out to set up.

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As you can see here, I had some veggies and chips on hand that go great with dip. Good thing I had just been shopping at Walmart, so there were three Chobani Mezé Dips in the fridge. 

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Next, I pulled out a sectioned serving dish and loaded it up with chips, baby carrots and pepper strips for dipping. Then I opened a Chobani dip container and set it in the middle. So simple. So easy. So yummy!


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A bowl of fresh strawberries and a pitcher of fruit punch complete the table.

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One of my precious students gave me a pretty little floral arrangement as a gift. A perfect centerpiece, wouldn't you say? 


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Hey, take a look! We are all set for a party! Do not hesitate to let your guests bring something to add to the menu. Dessert? Some pizza? How about hot dogs to throw on the grill? The point is, summer parties are easy to pull together with Chobani.

I bought the dips at the Walmart on Marketplace Drive in Henrietta NY. They are right in the deli section, which is across from the produce. Pick up dip on one side, turn around and get veggies for dipping on the other. Quick and easy!


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They come in four flavors:
  • Roasted Red Pepper - roast pepper mix that is sweet with a little bit of heat.
  • Chili Lime - this tangy blend is lime with light spices with a ranch flare.
  • Three Pepper Salsa - a light herbal blend with three peppers: jalapenos, green and chili peppers. 
  • Smoked Onion Parmesan - a rich, bold onion flavor with Parmesan. 

Ever had to throw an impromptu party together really fast? 
How did you do it?


Love coupons? Who doesn't! Walmart has a Chobani coupon just for you!

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Make The Day Go Better - Relieve Joint Pain With Shrewd Planning

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatInconvenience #CollectiveBias

arthritis pain, health

I consider myself to be a healthy "Grandma-on-the-move!" With 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 7 young nieces/nephews and one more "great-grand" on the way, there are a lot of fun things to do. And, in addition to my own family, I also have twelve wonderful 3 and 4 year olds to keep up with in my classroom. Yes, I am a preschool teacher. I do a lot of walking, lifting, kneeling, all day long - not something that goes well with joint pain!

When dealing with pain, I have learned to go "light" on my joints by strategically planning daily tasks and taking Advil® with the new EZ Open Cap. Let me share what I've learned to do.


5 Smart Ways To Manage Joint Pain


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1. Delay Certain things may have to wait for a better time. For instance, if your hands are especially sore, some tasks that require you to use them can be saved for later. Sewing comes to mind. If you can mend that garment or work on your favorite craft later, that is what you should do.



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2. Lighten the Load: Have the grocery store clerk pack bags lightly. If they have help available, ask them to deliver it to the car. Simplify your steps - wise planning can minimize extra walking that is not necessary. We all need exercise but there are times to rest.

3. Delegate: Enlist the help of other people when they are available. Let the "big guys" do the heavy lifting for you whenever possible.



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4. Protect Your Health: Common sense steps to preserve good health are important. Proper diet, plenty of sleep and exercise are all essential. Ask your health professional for guidance in devising a plan.

5. Reduce Strain: Don't put pressure on yourself when it's not necessary. People with pain in their hands, arms and shoulders will attest that even opening a tough container can be excruciating. Advil has designed the new EZ Open Cap for those with arthritis pain for that very reason. Take a look at how simple it is to use:

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I bought my Advil with the new EZ Open Arthritis Cap at Walmart. It was right in the pain reliever section of the store near the pharmacy. Did you know that Advil is the #1 doctor recommendation when it comes to join pain?*
*Based on a survey of monthly doctor recommendations.





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Did you know that nearly 53 million Americans suffer with arthritis? That is a lot of pain. Well, May is National Arthritis Month and the Arthritis Foundation has prepared some nifty Better Living Tool Kits just for you.

Enjoy!


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