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Discover Safari Wilderness – 1 of the Top 10 Safaris in the US!

Time to add another exciting adventure in Central Florida to our list! Check out this amazing opportunity to take your family or friends to visit Safari Wilderness today! Read about all the fun ways to view, photograph, learn more about, and interact with the animals at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, FL!

Our family is going to be visiting TODAY for a sneaky surprise for my daughter’s 11th birthday! You won’t want to miss the delightful pics and stories of our adventure coming up tomorrow!

DISCOVER ONE OF FODOR’S “TOP 10 SAFARIS IN THE U.S.” IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Feel worlds away at Safari Wilderness, no passport or long-haul flights required

LAKELAND, FL (November 6, 2017) – Rivaling the African savanna, the dramatic, 260-acre landscape of Safari Wilderness sets the scene for an unforgettable, family adventure. Located halfway between Tampa and Orlando in scenic Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, this family-owned, working game ranch offers an up-close encounter with herds of roaming exotic animals—without the crowds and lines found at theme parks and zoos.

During the signature vehicle safari, an experienced guide leads a small group of adventurers in a custom safari vehicle through the open vista of grazing animals surrounded by cypress domes and bay trees. Under the truck’s shaded canopy, guests are safe, cool and comfortable year-round, and everyone has the perfect view. Safari highlights include close-up encounters with Eland, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Waterbuck, Grant’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Watusi Cattle, Barasingha, Axis Deer, Fallow Deer, Water Buffalo, Scimitar-Horned Oryx and Nilgai. Guests may also take part in hands-on interactions with many species that feed from the vehicle. Pricing is $90 per guest. All ages are welcome.

Other tour options include a 90-minute camelback expedition in which guests can join the ranch’s roaming animals by becoming a part of the herd. Two experienced tour guides and handlers lead camels through the pristine wilderness. This is the only full-on camel-backed game-viewing safari outside of Africa. Pricing is $180 per guest. Children ages three to five must ride with an adult. Children under age three are not permitted.

Another option, game viewing by kayak, offers a unique perspective that is active, adventurous and educational. During this tour, guides lead small groups to easily navigate freshwater areas and encounter wetland species such as common and Defassa Waterbuck and Red Lechwe. Kayakers will also spot a variety of common local Waterfowl and upland birds such as Killdeer, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Wood Duck, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk, Meadowlark, Black and Turkey Vulture. Pricing is $180 per person. Children ages five to eight must ride with an adult. Children under age five are not permitted.

Any of the above safari experiences can be extended with the following add-on activities:

  • Lemur feeding – Enter the Ring-tailed Lemur habitat with a guide and hand feed grapes to a troop of playful and polite Prosimians. This “guest favorite” is in high demand and limited to a few participants per day.
  • Budgie feeding – Enter an outdoor aviary with a guide and feed up to 200 beautiful Budgie Parakeets. These colorful, sweet and playful creatures will land to eat seed straight out of a willing hand.
  • Guinea pig feeding – Guinea pigs live in colonies, which are fascinating to experience. The whole colony greets guests with excited whistling in anticipation of being fed.

Available by reservation only, tours are strictly limited in size to ensure a high-quality experience for every guest. Each guided safari lasts approximately one and a half to two hours. For online reservations visit http://safariwilderness.com or call (813) 382-2120.

In addition to tours, Safari Wilderness offers facility rentals—including the option of a full buyout—to host weddings, field trips, birthday parties, company holiday parties and corporate groups. For rental information visit http://safariwilderness.com/rentals/.

Follow Safari Wilderness on Facebook and Instagram at @SafariWilderness and on Twitter at @SafariWild.


Let me know if you get to go visit Safari Wilderness! I can’t wait to hear how you liked it! It’s now on our top ten list of family friendly experiences in Central Florida! Lots of beautiful pics coming soon from our visit!

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

High Praise for Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Here’s a unique treat of a review for families all around the world! I give it high praise and am very thankful to have had the chance to review it here at Love2EncourageYou. Today’s product in focus offers a unique and interesting way to teach Biblical principles of good character while developing stronger family bonds and relationships through quality discussion around the dinner table. Owner/Creator, Michelle Weber, calls this a Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun for family meal times?

The Family Honor Plate starts as a DIY ceramics-painting project you get to create and bake at home. Then it turns into a fun family tradition and parenting tool to raise our children in the fruits of the Holy Spirit, as written in Galatians 5:22.  

These fun questions from the Table Thyme Discussion Cards take conversations to a deeper level and teach everyone in the family how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinions, and for some how to even have an opinion. These are skills required for success in relationships and careers.  This is a creative and entertaining way for children to learn these skills naturally.
My family has a rather unusual mix of ages with my oldest son being 20 years old and my other two being younger at ten years and six years old. This did not prevent them from enjoying the opportunity to dive into this painting project together and make it a “family print” of sorts with each of them taking their turn to add to the painting of our Family Honor Plate. It was such a delight to see them interacting together in this way and looking forward to having “their day” to be honored when caught exhibiting one of the characteristics on the Family Honor Plate.
The Table Thyme Discussion Cards were particularly interesting to try out. I wasn’t completely sure what sort of response I would get out of my kids. They seemed to really like the opportunity to share their thoughts and their voice on a particular question though and loved getting to have a turn and learn what the other siblings would share. Even mom and dad took their turn on some of them!
Examples of some of the questions or discussion starters are:
*Look at someone at the table and give them a compliment.
*Share about a time when you were sad.
*What’s your favorite book? Why?
*Do you have friends who help you make good choices? Who are they and what are they like?
*Describe something you think your mom or dad does better than anyone else. Why?
I felt the variety of discussion starters were well mixed and appropriate for a variety of ages. I believe the ones specifically geared for adults were designed well to help kids learn more about their parents too.
The Family Honor Plate kit came with EVERYTHING we needed to enjoy this experience together and the plate itself is absolutely beautiful. I really loved getting to do this review with my family. I hope you will consider purchasing The Family Honor Plate for your family or a loved one who might benefit from the well-thought-out discussions and experience wrapped up in the Family Honor Plate and Discussion Thyme Cards.
Watch this helpful video from the company sharing all about the Family Honor Plate here on YouTube.

About the Family Honor Plate:

Step #1 MOM AND DAD – BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL: The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ’s Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.

Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.

Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER: Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
· Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
· Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.

About the Table Thyme Discussion Cards:

Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.

Share with me in the comments what your favorite family time discussion memories are? How much do you think a product like the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards would make a positive impact on your family discussions at dinner?

Disclosure: As a member of FlyBy Promotions, I received a sample of these products in exchange for this review and post. 

5 Top Tips To Make Bedtime Easier For Parents

If you are a parent, you know that bedtime is one of the most stressful parts of the day. Kids just don’t want to shut their eyes and count those sheep. Nope, they would much rather watch TV or play with their favorite toys until an ungodly hour of the night. Parents can’t let this happen because small kids are terrible when they are cranky. Plus, so are moms and dads!

As you know, clicking your fingers or making a wish doesn’t work. Unless you tackle the situation head-on, nothing will change and the whole family will suffer. Sadly, we all know parents who fight against the tide, and they don’t set a stellar example. Let’s face it – no one wants to be that mom or dad.

But, what can you do to change the way kids think about sleep? It isn’t as if they are mature, reasonable adults. The key is to build a routine and stick with it through thick and thin. Here is a selection of routine-based tips to keep in mind which should come in handy.

Deal With Sleep Troubles

The idea of going to sleep isn’t a simple one for children. Young kids always have and will continue to have sleep anxiety. It may be a fear of missing out, a fear of the dark, or sleep apnea. Don’t worry; the last one isn’t an Inception-style problem! The point is that kids have trouble falling and staying asleep because there are numerous issues which impact their brain. Most parents, because it’s common, decide not to act and wait before they see a doctor. Sorry, but it’s a bad move as the percentage of children who work out sleep problems on their own is low. Until you tackle the problem head-on, it will never go away. How you do it depends on the situation, but, as a general rule, talking to a pediatrician helps. Should the issue be severe, a specialized sleep therapist may be the only option.

Set A Strict Routine

During the week, going to bed on time is easy. In fact, it’s mandatory because you and your partner want time off before the rat race begins in the morning! However, when sleep experts say a routine needs maintaining, they aren’t only talking about weekdays. Unfortunately, it means weekends too. Now, Saturday and Sunday mornings are the only days you get to sleep past 7 am. Still, allowing kids to lie-in past their usual wake up time can impact the rest of the week. Then, on a Wednesday night during the week, your son or daughter may refuse to stick to the schedule. Whether it’s a Monday at the start of the week or a Friday at the end, their bedtime should be consistent.

Take Toilet Precautions

Older kids can’t wear diapers, but younger ones can because they are in transition. Yes, potty training your child without the need for diapers, or an accident, is the Holy Grail of parenting. But, don’t let your fantasy get in the way of reality. During the day, a child can tell their parents they need to go to the toilet. That way, accidents are easy to avoid. At night, their needs are involuntary and they can go without knowing. And, there is nothing worse to waking up to find your kid has gone number 1/2 during the night. The first step is to use diapers while they get used to potty training, and the second is to buy the right ones. At www.mothersandmore.org, there is a post which lists the factors to consider before handing over your hard-earned cash. Also, you can ask friends or family members with experience for diaper-buying advice. Just don’t do it over the table while you eat dinner!

Think About A Snack Attack

Eating before bed is a delicate balance. As kids are younger and use up more energy, they may need to eat before bed. This is particularly true when they have a routine based on a pre-bedtime meal. However, a large snack requires the body to use lots of energy to break down the food. And, when that happens, it is likely to interfere with REMS. If your child doesn’t complain about being hungry, don’t offer a snack before bed as the likelihood is it will do more harm than good. But, if they wake up during the night and ask for food, implement supper into their bedtime routine. The trick is to give them something light and easy to digest, such as fruit or porridge. Also, these foods have plenty of helpful nutrients which act as fuel through the night. Besides those examples, www.webmd.com lists graham crackers as a tasty yet healthy substitute.

Regulate The Room’s Temperature

Everyone sleeps better when the temp in the room is pleasant. In layman’s terms, it means it should be cool but not cold. Moreover, it needs to be warm yet not hot. Regulating the temperature of a room is never easy, especially if it’s too big or too small. Still, it is possible with a radiator which has a variety of settings. Turning the heat to the middle option is often an excellent way to stop the room from getting too hot. Plus, don’t forget about the role of the blankets and comforter. Usually, the top trick is to dress your child in normal PJs and resist the urge to splurge. Then, use the sheets as a means to retain heat during the night. If they get too hot, they can kick them off and allow the draft to cool them at night.

Finally, don’t forget to remove electrical appliances from the bedroom. Experts know that electronic devices give off radiation which the body picks up on at night. When this happens, it tricks the brain into waking up, which interrupts sleep. Therefore, the fewer items in your child’s bedroom, the less impact the radiation will have on their sleep patterns. Yep, that even goes for the TV on the wall or the personal stereo on the bedside table.

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Rick Warren Book: God’s Big Plans for Me – Review and Giveaway!

It’s always fun to plop down each night on the bedside with my kiddos and introduce them to a new and wonderful story from a special Bible themed storybook. This one is called God’s Big Plans for Me by Rick Warren. It is a devotional book designed for kids filled with 40 beautifully illustrated stories based off God’s Word. It includes many points of focus such as something to think about, something to remember, and a question to answer.
We have been reading it each night for about 12 days now and I have found it really captures the kids attention well. It shares just enough info based off the Bible stories covered that help students learn important key facts about those Bible stories without going too deep. if you have older elementary students, they will enjoy it and yet desire something that digs deeper, but this is still a great review collection of devotional stories they can read at bedtime. Younger students from toddler to early elementary will most likely benefit the most from this book.
It is a large hardcover book with beautifully illustrated pages. My daughter is 11 years old and she enjoys reading these short devotionals to her younger brother.  It’s a great idea for Christmas or birthday gifting. Enjoy!

About God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible:?God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.

About God’s Great Love for You:
God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

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Beauty Products You Might Want To Avoid

Most ladies like to spend money on the latest beauty products to ensure they always look stunning. However, there are some types of items that can cause a lot of damage, and so it’s sensible to avoid them in most instances. This article will draw your attention towards some of the things you’ll want to consider the next time you head out to your local beauty store to stock up on the latest brands. These items don’t cause problems for everyone, but they can have adverse effects, and that’s why you need to be careful. With a bit of luck, after reading the advice from this page, you will make better decisions in the future.

 

 

Perfumed moisturizers

 

Some people have no issues when it comes to using moisturizers that contain perfume for fragrance. However, those with sensitive skin can sometimes have an adverse reaction to those products. In many instances, they irritate the surface of the skin, and they can even encourage eczema to form. Those who have problems with those items tend to notice red blotches on their skin that can sometimes burn and cause pain. If you have any concerns about products of that nature, just be sure to read all the information on the packaging before using them on your skin. It’s always sensible to use a small amount in a “test area,” and then wait five minutes to see what happens before covering yourself in the cream.

 

Just be sure to look for moisturizers that say things like:

 

  • All natural ingredients
  • Perfume free
  • Fragrance free

 

Shampoo containing sulfate

 

There are lots of reasons you need to be careful when it comes to the shampoo you use on your hair. Firstly, some products contain ingredients that can damage the hair in many different ways. Items that use sulfate often require some research before you use them on your head. According to writers from sites like https://soundbodylife.com/best-sulfate-free-shampoos-list/, research proves that sulfate can strip the hair of its color damage the hair, and cause skin irritations.

 

Thankfully, most shampoos do not use sulfate, and so you just need to select a brand that only uses natural and harmless ingredients. The internet is your friend when it comes to discovering the best items and getting the best prices. So, make sure you shop around! Also, be sure to ask your hairdresser about the products they plan to use before letting them loose with your hair. Some professionals know less about this issue than the average lady on the street.

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Anything containing formaldehyde

 

Lots of cosmetics companies use formaldehyde in their products to limit bacteria growth according to http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/07/27/. That means the beauty items you purchase will stay in good condition for longer than they otherwise would have done. However, apart from being potentially linked to nasal and nasopharyngeal cancers, the chemical can also cause a lot of irritation and adverse effects. Some of the most common products that can contain formaldehyde include:

 

  • Nail polish
  • Body wash
  • Conditioners
  • Cleansers
  • Eye shadows

 

So, make sure you always read the small print on the back of the packaging, and never pick up an item if it contains that dangerous chemical.

 

Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, many permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes contain more than 5,000 different chemicals. A small number of those ingredients can cause cancer and other illnesses. More than a third of women over the age of eighteen use those products every year, and around 10% of men do the same thing. For that reason, it’s vital that you take the time to research the subject and ensure you never place yourself at risk. Ideally, you should only use products on your hair that don’t contain aromatic amines. That was proven to cause cancer in animals during the 1970s, and experts have many concerns about the effect it has on humans.

 

As you can see from the information on this page, some of those beauty products on the high-street probably do more harm than good. Considering that, it’s about time we all started to pay more attention to the chemicals we use on our bodies. For whatever reason, most people seem to think that if it’s available at their local store, then it must be safe. Sadly, that is rarely the case, and so we all need to take action to ensure we educate ourselves (and our friends) about the dangers we face. Share this post with people you know, and maybe you’ll save them some pain or discomfort in the future.

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Go See All Saints in Theaters August 25

Calling all Christian movie lovers! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get an early glimpse at the newest Christian film to hit theaters soon – All Saints! You will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to see the film in theaters!!

ALL SAINTS is a refreshing heart-felt faith-based film that all audiences can enjoy. It’s very essence is the heart of God caring for us – His children. He knows our needs, and He listens to our prayers. God provides for our needs and answers those prayers according to His perfect Will. Sometimes God calls us to do things in this world on His behalf that will not only affect our futures and lives, but also the lives of many others. It’s incredible to hear stories like this one in All Saints and learn again and again how amazing our God truly is.

Here’s a general overview of the film All Saints:
-Product category: film
-Title: ALL SAINTS
-Genre: drama
-Rating: PG
-Run time: 1:48:00
-Recommended ages: 10 and up
-Campaign focus: theatrical release
-Release date: 8/25/17
-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)
-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

I’m very eager to see this full motion picture in theaters! There’s so much going on in this movie All Saints that many people can relate to. Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and He answers in His timing! When you are looking for answers, get closer to God and listen for what He is trying to tell you. Don’t be so surprised when He actually answers those prayers!

Want to learn more sneak peaks about this exciting film? Check out these cool Behind the Scenes clips!

Other YouTube clips about the movie All Saints you may enjoy:
All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA
The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog
The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY

Keep up with all the fun! Share your thoughts about the film on social media and keep learning more from others by using hashtags  #AllSaintsFlyBy

Ready to see the movie? Visit the official film site at http://www.allsaintsmovie.com where you can  buy tickets to see the film, access video or photos, downloads, news, theaters the movie is playing in and much more.

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Dates: August 14 – August 19th at midnight EST

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Making A Short Diet A Long Term Gain

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When it comes to losing weight, there are so any routes that we can take. The diet industry is booming right now, and it can be hard to know where to start – just because we are spoiled for choice and have so many options to pick from. But when it comes to really keeping the weight off, what do we need to be doing? What are the diets that we need to consider for the long-run, and not just as a quick fix? And how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst losing weight?

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Keep It Off

When you’re losing weight, a lot of how much you lose is attributed to  what you’re eating and how often you’re eating it. A few treats or snacks here and there add up, especially if you are on a low calorie diet – your body will hold onto these foods more so during this period. Exercise comes into the mix here, as you need to be exerting more calories than you are consuming in order to see progression quickly.

Dieting – For Long Term Goals

Dieting is pretty simple once you know how. A lot of people spend thousands on finding out the secrets, when it’s just basic maths – the less you consume, the less that you will weigh. The one problem that most have when dieting is that, if embarking on a low-calorie diet that requires them to take a week off to let their body recover, they think that they are entitled to eat whatever they like. Dieting doesn’t work like that; it’s a constant process that will need adhering to to get the results that you want to achieve. If you get bored with what you are doing, you only need to do a quick search online to look for alternatives; The Military Diet has substitutions found at https://defendyourhealthcare.us/military-diet-substitutions and others are easy enough to find. Don’t be tempted to fall back to old habits when you are dieting – this is a period of forming a new relationship with food.

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Maintain
When you start dieting, it’s a good time to take on other commitments as well – although you shouldn’t be starting everything at once, as it can be quite overwhelming. Putting pressure on yourself to start an exercise regime such as one found at http://miamiherald.typepad.com/worklifebalancingact/2009/12/10-low-cost-low-effort-ways-to-fit-exercise-into-your-work-life-balance.html can seem like a big leap to take, but it’s one that should flow naturally in with what you are doing. There will be a surge of energy that you have once your body starts kicking into gear, and the release of endorphins that you get from doing gentle exercise will only increase this. When following some very low calorie diets, you may find that exercise is restricted for the first couple of weeks, but don’t let this put you off doing this healthy activity at any point in the future; it’s important that you keep on top of your physical fitness through raising your heart rate and making your muscles work as well as getting it to your ideal weight.

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Creative Ways to Save on Electricity That You Definitely Need to Try

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We’ve covered a lot of interesting tips and tricks on how to save on energy bills here on Love2EncourageYou. We even have our own Frugal Living section with more tips on how to save, along with tricks on finding discounts and deals. Every small saving you make today will add up to a substantial amount at the end of the month, so they are indeed worth making.

There are further ways to lower your energy bills and limit your electricity consumption. In this part, we’re going to take a look at the most creative ways to save on electricity that you definitely need to try.

Look at Alternatives

In the old days, we were usually stuck with a single service provider and a limited set of plans to choose from. Today, however, the energy market is more competitive than ever. Aside from more plans and competitive offers, there are also more players or service providers to choose from. Going for the most affordable plan will help you save more than 50% on your monthly energy bills alone.

To make it even better, there are tools that will help you get detailed plans in just a few seconds. You can, for instance, get electric rates from multiple companies based on where your property is located. Simply enter your ZIP code and hit Search; web applications such as DirectEnergyRates.net will automatically search for available plans and display the information on your screen.

It is also worth noting that actively asking for a discount could often lead to an additional discount of up to 10% being added to your current or new plan. That’s more money to save every month!

Be Mindful of How You Pay

The way you pay your electricity bills could also affect how much you’re actually paying every month. Certain banks charge a fee whenever you pay energy bills through them. Other banks or credit cards offer rewards in various forms. The latter is definitely the way to go since you will be able to save more in the long run.

Cashbacks are the most common form of rewards, usually given by select banks and credit card issuers. Direct discounts and the lack of fee – that’s a $5/month saving at minimum – are also worth pursuing.

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Start Using Smart Appliances

This last tip requires a bit of an investment, but it is an investment worth making. Home appliances are getting smarter by the day. Some of them can now connect to your home wireless network and be accessible remotely. Other gadgets can be set to automatically run certain functions and maintain high energy efficiency.

These smart appliances, including smart thermostats and the main smart system for the house, can actually lower energy consumption by 40% on average. Scheduling alone can help bring down energy consumption while maintaining the same level of comfort and convenience. Add the fact that smart appliances are becoming more affordable, and we have the perfect recipe for maximum energy efficiency.

As always, we’re delivering the tips that you can apply right away; the ones we covered in this article are no different. Give them a try and see how much further you can reduce your energy costs in one month.

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DIY Project Ideas For Around The Home

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Creating the perfect house is an ongoing task and one that many people may not enjoy undertaking. Sometimes, it seems like it’s one thing after the other, and money can be made scarce.

However, there are several updates to consider doing on your own, which may also be cost effective. See DIY projects for around the home and get inspired to do the work yourself.

Mold Removal

Water damage is never fun. It’s also a serious matter because it creates mold. The good news is, you’ll be able to remove it yourself. Mold removal DIY requires some equipment, but after following a few steps, you’ll be on your way to a clean space. You’ll save money doing it yourself and have something very useful and helpful to talk about with your friends. You’d be surprised how many people deal with this very issue of mold throughout the year.

Painting

A great weekend project is buying new paint and touching up areas around your home. Consider painting furniture or cabinets if you have the time. It all depends on how much effort you want to give. Paint is a budget-friendly way to give your home a facelift in a short amount of time. Consider inviting some friends over and make it a painting party. You’ll be done in no time!

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Landscaping

Head outside and take inventory of what you have in place. See where you might be able to add or remove pieces. Landscaping is a great DIY project, but it takes time. There’s a lot of manual labor, especially if you’re spreading out an item like mulch. Determine what you can handle and what’s best left to the professionals.

Bathroom

If you don’t want to spend your money on a full bathroom upgrade, a bathroom makeover is a great place to start. You’ll find it amazing when you realize what can be done in a weekend.

Update your light fixtures and add new paint. Also, add a frame around the mirror for style. Consider replacing your vanity or toilet too, if you’re not enjoying the way the bigger ticket items look. However, remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it look nicer. Small touches that you can finish right at home will do the trick.

Shed Makeover

A shed makeover is the perfect DIY project. Grab some paint, slap a new coat on and add trim. Head inside the shed and clean the floors and empty it out. Organize the items and get rid of what you no longer need. If you clean it enough, you can sit in there and read; also turning it into a summer house. Take your time making it pleasant, so you can enjoy it when the weather improves and temps are cooler.

Headboard

Does your bed need a little updating? Think about adding a headboard or improving the one your have. For a warmer look, put together wood planks and place them behind the bed. There are a lot of different ways to add whatever style and color to your bedroom. A headboard will add depth to the room, and you’ll love the personal touch it gives your bedroom.

Conclusion

DIY projects are a fun way to pass the time and enhance your home. There’s no need to tackle them all at once. Enjoy executing these DIY project ideas for around the home.

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Fantastic Tools To Help Your Child Develop At Home

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Education is one of the most vital parts of a child’s upbringing. School learning is undeniably a crucial factor. However, it’s equally important that you provide your son or daughter with the best opportunities in other areas too. Frankly, your home life is the perfect place to start.

Of course, you may need to help your child with their academic studies at various stages throughout their school tutoring. However, there’s more to life than purely academic development. You can promote the development of equally key skills from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the best ways to do just that.   

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Arts & Crafts

Children shouldn’t only learn the fundamentals of reading and writing. As a parent, you should always look to embrace their creative sides at every given opportunity. Arts and crafts are a cheap form of entertainment while they also encourage creative flair.

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Moreover, those crafts also underline the sentiments that hard work pays off. Whether it’s these paper bowl jellyfish or another craft isn’t overly important. As long as the project is age appropriate, it will be a rewarding method. Best of all, it gives you a chance to participate and track their personal growth.

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Music

Music plays a crucial role in all of our lives, and that spark of development starts at a very young age. Encouraging your kid to play music rather than just listen can bring a host of benefits. Guitars, keyboards, and other instruments may seem like expensive gifts. But the years of entertainment they’ll provide ensures that they offer value back for the money you’ve invested.

Another great thing about encouraging music at home is that you can use both autonomous learning and guided learning. In turn, that should provide your child with a comprehensive experience. Given that musical talent has been linked to academic progress too, the incentives to encourage this could not be greater.   

Interactive Video Games

Most kids respond far better when they are actively participating in their learning activities. Meanwhile, computer games are a firm favorite for children of all ages. So why not combine the two with educational titles that develop academic skills as well as computer literacy?

These popular ABCYA games for 5th graders are particularly good examples that bring a wealth of benefits. However, there are many more titles aimed at kids of all ages. If the kids are having fun and interacting while learning, you will see great results.

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Garden Activities

Learning shouldn’t simply be about remembering and reciting facts. Problem solving, logical thinking, and self-discovery are all important factors too. Likewise, it’s imperative that your child is encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle as well. Utilizing the garden with treasure hunts and other games is one of the best ways to do this. Who knows what exciting and unusual discoveries they will encounter?

Jungle gyms, trampolines, and sporting activities will also enhance their development. Those rewards can range from communication skills to improved coordination. When combined with the tasks above and strong academic learning, their opportunities to develop will be greater than ever.

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