Sunday, January 31, 2016

Keeping Your Vessel Elevated with High-Quality Fixtures

Boat owners know that proper boat care often calls for keeping the vessel's bottom off the ground. If the boat is allowed to sit on damp or loose soil, the bottom could corrode and become damaged, making the boat unsafe to take out onto the water until it is fixed. When you want to keep your own boat off the ground in your garage or elsewhere, you can do so by investing in equipment like boat dock lifts and other equipment like chains or cables. You can find all of the gear you need to keep your vessel safe and intact when you shop online.

Sling Kits and More

One of the easiest and fastest ways to get your boat lifted involves using a sling. Building a sling can be quite simple when you purchase a kit from an online store. The kit comes with all of the components you need to put the sling together. It also comes with instructions for how to build the sling. Once it is built, you can elevate the boat and keep it secured when you are not using it.

You can also find wood mounts, central pipes, and clamps when you shop online. These fixtures also help you keep the boat off the ground while it is being stored or when you are making repairs to the sides and bottoms. These fixtures are designed to be safe to use and secure enough to hold the boat's weight. They also come with instructions on how to install and use them safely.

Getting More Information

If you are new to boating or using boat lifts, you may need some more information before you make your selection online. Many of your questions and concerns can be addressed when you read the website's blog. The blog is updated regularly for your convenience.

You can also use the contact option found online. The company has two ways for contacting it. You can email if you prefer or you can use the phone number listed at the top of the website. The website offers you several different ways to answer your own questions, however. You can access instructions to the products and also request an online quote if you need information about pricing.

Your boat can be kept safe and secure when it is elevated with lifts and slings. You can buy this gear when you shop online.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Weather Threat, how do you prepare?

Here in the Eastern part of North Carolina where I live, we don't get much snow or any winter weather threats for that matter.  When we do it is almost ALWAYS ICE, not much is snow and if we do get snow it is generally a snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain mix.  What kind of winter do you have where you are from?  How do you prepare for the threat of the storms?

Sometimes it takes a little prep for us simply because we don't get it enough to keep everything on hand and we don't think to prepare early.  Some of the ways we try to prepare for this great event though are as follows:

1.  Flashlights and batteries, as I said we get ice mainly and ice likes to take power lines down.  No power line, no power. Candles and matches also if you are just sitting in a room together, and they may just make you house smell nice while you wait for the power but DO NOT leave them burning if you are not able to get your eye on them or if you go to bed.
2.  Propane, Kerosene, Wood, Depending on what secondary heat source you have.   In my case I have a Kerosene heater and I will stock up on a little extra Kerosene in the event the power goes out we still have a source of heat to keep us warm.
3.  Extra blankets, the heat already feels like it is having to work in over drive so we keep extra blankets in the car, in case we break down or get stranded, and home, so we don't have to run the heat so high.
4.  Food, in the South for some reason everyone hears snow and they run to the store to buy ilk and bread.  It has become a joke among many other states, especially those that get a lot of snow, but it is what it is.  That being said, you need to have bottled water, can foods that don't necessarily have to be warmed up to eat, peanut butter, bread, any kind of food you and your family will eat that dosen't have to be kept cold or heated up.
5.  Non-electric can opener, for the obvious of opening those cans of food, when the power goes out.
6.  Clean, and warm clothing, done properly you can layer your clothes to keep warm and not feel quiet so wrapped up and still stay really warm.  This is a practice we try to do even whe it is just cold out side.
7.  Charge all cell phones, and tablets, your cellphone may be the only way you can call and check on another family member or if you have to leave call for emergency help.  Tablets and other smart devices can be used to get the up to date info on what is going on with the weather.  Also can be a form of entertainent, LOL
8.  Fill up your gas tank before hand, If the power goes out and you have to get to the emergency room you need to know you have enough gas to get there, in major traffic and if for some reason your car was to break down, you could leave the car running while keeping warm. 
9.  board games, sounds silly right?  Not really, now days most "Board Games" still have some type of electronic you need so get some old fashioned board games to keep the family entertained while waiting for the storm to blow over. 
10.  Medications, make sure you have enough to get through the storm.  If you are going to run low call your Doctor or pharmacy and let them know.  They can make previsions for you so you don't have to do without.  Also you want to keep all your needed meds in one place, maybe an old make-up bag in case you have to leave home in a hurry you can just grab the bag and go.
11. Baby formula, diapers, wipes, baby food, I don't have a baby so I tend to forget this sometimes but a big one if you do a little ones.  You don't want to have to get out in the storm for diapers when you could have prepared yourself in advance. 

Most of these are NOT just for your home, in fact it would be a great idea to have a few of these on hand in your vehicle.  There is nothing like being stranded on a highway, cold, no food, and no water to drink.  Make a home and car emergency kit and this can be for any storm.  Biggest thing to remember here is, if it is something you and your family enjoy and it is non-perishable then get it together in your storm kit. 

Did I miss something that you would like to add?  Leave a comment and let me know what are some other things that you feel is needed.  Personally I think I need a stock pile of chocolate, you know for the long days of hyper kids, no school, and to add to my coffee or hot chocolate <3. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chicken Casserole with a twist

I love to cook for my Family and sometimes I actually make something that just wows me.  So I would like to share with you my simple recipe for Chicken casserole and then a little twist my husband added.

Chicken Casserole:
5 Leg Quarters or whole chicken
Cream of chicken soup
peppridge farm Stuffing (blue bag)
Salt and Pepper
Chicken Broth (made from boiling chickens)

Boil your leg Quarters until done, I usually let them cook until they almost fall off the bone.  Remove from water/broth and place into a separate bowl to cool.  While you are waiting for the chicken to cool down so you can handle it, I like to take my casserole dish nd put a layer of Cream of Chicken soup in the bottom of the dish.  Once the chicken is cooled down, you can start de-boning the chicken and putting the chicken into the prepared casserole dish.  Once you have removed all fat, bones, and any other part of the chicken you'd rather not eat, I usually like to take a little bit of the broth and pour over top of the chicken.  Salt and pepper to taste, remember you can always add more at the table but you can't take any away!  Then add another layer of Cream of chicken soup, now here is where I can't tell you how much to add because I like my casserole a little juicy.  So I add about 4 cans but this is up to you.  Place your stuffing mix in a bowl, melt butter and a little of the broth in the microwave.  Once it is melted, pour it over the stuffing mix.  Again here I don't want it soaked but I want the entire bowl to be mixed well.  Then put a layer of the stuffing mix over top of the casserole and bake in the oven.  I bake mine at 400 for about 30 to 45 minutes.  This depends on the size of the dish you are using, you are only cooking until it is golden brown.  Once it is done too perfection, remove from the oven and allow it to cool down at least 10 to 15 minutes so the cram of chicken soup isn't runny.  I use a sppon, scoop and serve.

Now I told you in the beginning that my husband added a new twist to this recipe, so let me share...

I bought some of the flour tortillas because he likes the sausage Burritos (recipe coming soon) and I tend to keep these on hand most of the time.  Now he is a bread eater, but this time he took a tortilla and put him some casserole in it, rolled it like a soft taco, and ate it.  He said it rocks.  Now you have to understand that while my husband will eat chicken he is NOT a fan of it because he worked in chicken houses growing up.  So now he had rather not have but.  He came back to the casserole about 5 times last night, so I know he really enjoyed this one! 

If you get a chance to try this recipe, come back and let me know what you think.  This is a great alternative to soup on a really cold day or night, and feeds a family of 5 to 6 maybe more depending on how much your Family can eat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Powerball 1-13-16

Do you play the powerball?  I never have before but last Saturday night I gave my husband $5.00 and told him to buy us a ticket or 2.  So he came home with 2 tickets, and of curse as we all know, I did NOT win.  At least not at first glance, no I didn't win thousands, hundreds, but I did win.  We had one ticket that 13 as the powerball, and little did I know that, that was all I needed to get a little money back.  So I took my ticket to cash in on my $4.00 win and come to find out it was a $12.00 win.  So now you ask what did I do with the money, well I had a scrath off that was worth $5.00 totaling $17.00.  We had $7.00 invested in tickets so I got my $7.00 back and bought 5 more numbers for a total of $10.00 for the lottery tonight.  As of 1-12-16 it was at $1.5 BILLION dollars, Hello, I'm game.  Will I win, who knows but I know you can't win it if you ain't in it!

Good Luck and if you win or have won anything, let us know.  I get excited over the small wins just as much as the big wins.  Gotta go get one more ticket, we'll see how we do!

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Movie 13 Hours, Will you watch it?

“Faith teaches you how to live with courage, how to live with honor, gives you something to strive for.  To me, that’s the American spirit.”

“I’ve always had that strong relationship with God.  And that’s what’s gotten me through in life.”
-13 Hours

Have you heard about the Benghazi attacks?  Did you know that there was a movie made about what happened in those 13 hours?  Well, yes there was and I have the trailer/feature here for you to view.  The movie  "13 Hours" starts in Theaters January 15, 2016, and tells a story of the men that were involved in this attack and told from their perspective.  I haven't seen the movie yet myself and have only watched this clip, but I have to admit, it looks like it is going to be a really good movie.

Maybe I can get my husband to take me to the movies this weekend so we can watch it.  If I get the chance to watch the movie, I will def come back and do a review of the film.  Rather you follow politics or not, I feel like this may be one of those, everyone needs to watch films.

What are your thoughts on the Benghazi case?  The only thing I ask is that no matter what anyone posts or comments that we respect each others opinions and keep it clean.  We all have our opinion and only a select few really knows what happened.  Thank you and please enjoy the movie.  If you get a chance to go to the theater, please come back here and let us know what you think or thought about it. 

At What age is TOO Old?

     I look around and I see all the little Ladies that look like they are about to pop any day now, and I ask myself at what age is it too old to have another baby?  Between me and my husband we have 3 girls and a son, but if it was up to him, he would have more!

     What are your thoughts on this?  I'm not even sure if it is possible for me to have another child and I think that I would just enjoy playing with others babies.  That being said, on top of our own children I babysit a 3 year old and she is going to have a little Sister in January.  Not only will I have mine, my 3 year old, but also I get to keep and play with the tiny new baby when she is about 2 weeks old.  I think I get the best of both worlds with the exception that I did LOVE being pregnant.  I play with little Melody (new baby) all day long, and her Mommy and Daddy get to sit up with her at night.  Who could ask for abetter situation and to top it all off, I get paid to do this!

     Just not really sure I want to go through the whole delivery process again.  I am 38 years old and the last 2 babies were both C-Section, and neither were planned surgeries.  Don't get me wrong, I Love everyone of my babies, and wouldn't trade anything about the entire process of getting them here, but I have fears about having another baby! After I had my son, which is now 16 years old, I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and I had to a Cervical Colonization Surgery done.  I was told that I may never be able to carry another baby to full term, however 5 years later I delivered my first baby girl.  She is now 10 years old and she was actually about 4 days over do.  Now what I haven't told you yet is that my son weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces and my baby girl was 7 pounds and 4 ounces.  With each baby they got smaller and shorter, and my pregnancies were harder and harder on me.  If all my pregnancies were like my son, I could have had babies and just passed them out to the loving couples who couldn't have a baby, because I was never sick or anything,  The only thing I didn't like about his was I gained 200 pounds from conception to delivery. With the girls I was so sick all the time and with each pregnancy it got worse. 

None of this changes for my husband, he still tells me that he wants another baby.  But I'm still not sure about this.  What are your thoughts?  Is there an age that you shouldn't be thinking about having a baby but more so looking forward to grandbabies?

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Couponers and where to find the deals!

Are you a couponer? Or maybe you are trying to figure out how to get started.  I myself am not what you would call the Extreme Couponer, however I always enjoy saving a buck and getting things I need. I started couponing about a year ago thinking that since I stay home that maybe I could take this time to add a little income to our Family.  Now, I babysit an 11 month old and a 4 year old, plus I have a 17, 11, and 6 year old of my own and I take care of y mother that just went through pneumonia and fell before Thanksgiving.  I also clean houses for 2 ladies and have a husband that never has to need for much of anything.  I take care of my house and the yard work,  and do all the grocery shopping.  With that being said, I don't really consider my self a stay at home mom, I am more like the everything else mom.  I never seem to have time to really take care of me at times,because I am so busy taking care of everyone else and in my spare time I clip coupons and blog.  Yes, my blog sometimes is that getaway that is much needed.

Now onto where to find the coupons for the weekly sales! 

1.  Magazines generally have coupons in them, these are sometimes higher value coupons with extended expiration dates on them.
2.  Sundays paper, unless it is a holiday weekend like Christmas, there can be as many as 5 inserts in a paper each week.
3.  Internet coupons, now these coupons can be found from numerous sources!  If you are on Facebook, then liking a companies page may trigger a coupon, you can find them on blogs, almost any social media groups, and websites.  My favorite place to get printable coupons is at MyPoints, I not only get great savings but I earn points for every coupon I print and use.  There are also Coupons. com and other coupon printing sites.
4.  Order them, You can order individual coupons or the entire inserts depending on the site.  I have never tried one of these sites so I CAN NOT vouch for them.  I know of others whom have asked about them and tried them with no problems, however I haven't taken this avenue yet.  I usually just google search when I am looking for coupons.
5. Email the company, a lot of the times you can email a company and tell them how great their products are, or be blunt and tell them you are looking coupons, they may send you a 1.00 off of an item or a FREE item.  Naturally I love the free coupons but I love any savings so I am grateful for what they send.  Not all companies will send you coupons, they may email it to you or send you to their facebook page, but none the less it is savings.
 6.  Friends and Family, this sounds like an obvious answer but a lot of people don't a;ways think about the obvious. 
7.  Store websites i.e. Dollar General has a tab for coupons.  You sign up for this site and use your phone number at checkout, Harris Teeter and Food Lion have store cards that you can load coupons to the card, and they come off at the register.
8.  Store Loyalty cards, by using these cards you save an automatic amount off.  Maybe Pepsi's are buy 2 get 3 Free with your card and $4.99 each without it.  These savings add up quick.

Once you get your coupons together you need to think about what stores you have available in your area.  It may be Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, r a Harris Teeter.  Once you have your intended store in mind, you can go online to the store website and get the coupon policy.  If you have a Dollar Tree, they too accept coupons but you need to know the policy before you attempt to use the coupons there. 

To get your coupons organized, this one is up to the individual.  I personally have a binder with baseball card inserts.  There is no rhyme or reason to the order they are in but this works for me.  I also have a notebook that I write all my sales and deals in to make it easier when I go to the store.  You will need a calculator, pen/pencil, notebook and coupons to get started.

Now to find the best deals, get your local store sales papers.  You can find these usually in the Sundays paper.  If  you don't get the Sundays paper most of the time you can find the weekly circular on their website.  Once you get to the site, make sure you put in your zip code and choose which store you are looking for info on.  For example I have 5 Wal-Marts available in my area, once I put in my zip code then I choose which store is closest or the one I am going to.
 The most important thing to remember when looking for great deals is to know what the normal price of items are.  If they have say drinks buy 2 get 3 free and the reg price is $6.99 at one store and another store has them for 5/$10.00 then obviously the 5/10 is going to be the better deal.  Most stores are pretty competitive in sales and coupon policies make a huge difference in what you can save. 

There are also pages on Facebook like Harris teeter deals and couponing at food lion that help break sales down with the available coupons.  These ladies
put a lot of time into getting these together and it really saves you and me both a lot of time and headaches of doing the math yourself. 

If you can think of any other ways to save with coupons please share so other readers can save too.  If I can think of anything else I will update as I can think of them.  This is just a heads up and beginners guide to getting started. 
Enjoy and we always enjoy reading and hearing about the savings you have made!

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