Review and Giveaway: Little Adventures Dress ups

Review and Giveaway: Little Adventures Dress ups

Little Adventures is a website that sells children’s costumes for Halloween or dress up at great prices.  They have any imaginable costume a child would want. These costumes are well made and high quality. I picked out a Cinderella costume with the gloves, necklace and headband to check out. Below is a picture of my niece in it. She loves it and i’m told doesn’t want to take it off.

If your child likes to play dress up check out their website,they also offer matching doll dresses. Check out their site and you can use this coupon code to receive 15% off any costume. Use code:  lapromo-yoc   

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 4 Year-Round Common Allergens and How to Combat Them

 4 Year-Round Common Allergens and How to Combat Them

Indoor allergens can cause problems for your family year-round. Chronic sinus inflammation, skin issues, or even behavioral problems can often be attributed to allergies, and the symptoms can interfere with the quality of your sleep and your daily life. If you want to control your symptoms without the side effects of medication, you’ll need to eliminate the source of the problem. Here are the most likely culprits and some tips for combatting them.

Dust and Dust Mites

 

 

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One of the most common, and often overlooked, sources of allergy symptoms is probably collecting around your baseboards and on top of your window frames. Dust is made up of minuscule bits of plants, dirt, fibers, insects, skin, and other matter, any one of which could be triggering your allergies. Dust mites are tiny creatures that thrive in dust, and their droppings are the most common source of asthma and allergy symptoms. They love dead human skin flakes and humidity and tend to settle in your bedding and rugs. 
The biggest step to combat dust in your home is encasing your mattress and pillows in dust-proof covers. Keep dust down by washing your bedding regularly and vacuuming rugs thoroughly with a HEPA vacuum. Have your ducts professionally cleaned to remove any dust mite nests lurking there, treat your drapes and upholstery with a dust mite treatment, and install a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content in your indoor air. 

Pet Dander
Contrary to popular belief, pet dander is not animal hair, but a protein that comes from the pet’s saliva. It’s a sticky substance that coats the hair and can also cling to people’s clothing and shoes, so dander is often present even in homes without pets.
If you are allergic to your best friend, there are some ways to minimize your suffering. Keep pets out of your bedroom and restrict them to rooms without carpeting if possible. Bathe your pets often and wash your hands after touching them. If you can’t keep your animals off your upholstered furniture, at least give them towels to lie on and wash those frequently. 

Mold
Preventing mold is mostly a matter of controlling moisture in your home. Repair leaks promptly, waterproof your basement if necessary, and keep your gutters in good repair. Fix any ventilation issues that cause moisture to collect in your bathrooms or kitchen. Encourage airflow throughout your home by opening doors and installing ceiling fans as needed. If your home is prone to mold or mildew issues, a dehumidifier would be a good investment. 

Cockroaches
Like dust mites, the real problem with cockroaches is the droppings, which contain a protein that is a common allergen. If you choose not to use chemicals to control cockroaches, you can discourage them by sealing up cracks in walls, cabinets, doors, and cupboards. Take your trash out often and keep the kitchen floor clean of crumbs and spills that might feed them. 
Controlling allergens in your home can feel daunting at first, but once you’ve tackled a few initial tasks, the maintenance work will be fairly simple. 

4 Hidden Culprits That Could Be Making You Sick

4 Hidden Culprits That Could Be Making You Sick

Getting sick is the worst. Have you ever thought about what causes your illness? Diseases oftentimes spread due to unsanitary items with which you interact daily. Here are four hidden culprits that could be making you sick.

Drinking Water

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While you may have confidence in your drinking water, recent events in Michigan demonstrate how easily water can become unsanitary. Since hydration is a key part of staying healthy, you need confidence that your drinking water is safe. Thankfully, methods are available to learn for certain that your water contains no harmful chemicals.
Your first step is to contact your local utility. Ask about the source of the water as well as the utility’s sanitation methods. Also find out how it tests the water to verify its safety. The second thing that you can do is test the water yourself. Finally, independent of everything else, you should add a filtration system for your drinking water. It’s the proactive step that allows your family to hydrate safely.

Allergens
Unless you haven’t dusted in a year, you’ll never notice most of the allergens in your home. Dust mites, pollen, and bacteria are virtually undetectable unless they build up in huge numbers. These allergens are also the source of many illnesses and skin irritants. They could make you sick without your ever realizing the issue.
The best preventive step to take involves a bit of home maintenance. You want to improve your indoor air quality, or IAQ. Add a few plants throughout your home; they naturally cleanse the air. You should also remember to change your HVAC air filters, especially in spring when pollen starts to fall. Old filters restrict airflow, and your HVAC unit spreads those contaminants throughout the home. In fact, hiring a repair service to look at your unit might help identify potential IAQ problems.

Healthy Foods
In a cruel twist of fate, some of the foods that have a reputation as healthy are actually foods that can make you sick. Food poisoning occurs frequently, and some of the causes will shock you. Leafy greens can spread contaminants because they rely on water to grow. When the water is unclean, it spreads to the greens. Raw eggs and fish are other potential causes of food poisoning.
Even meat, whose processing the FDA regulates, still occasionally undergoes a bacterial outbreak. Generally, chicken is the culprit, but beef can have E. coli, too. Pay attention to the warning labels on all your foods and watch consumer sites for updates on food recalls.

Bacteria on Touch Devices
The items that you touch most often during the day are the ones most likely to cause infection. Whether you use a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you’re at risk. Any unsanitary usage could cause bacteria to spread across your device. Each time you interact with it, you’re a carrier, moving the disease to a larger area. Clean your technological devices regularly to avoid hygiene issues.
As you can see, the potential for sickness is everywhere. Now that you’re alert to it, follow the suggestions above to safeguard your family.

3 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects

3 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects

The kitchen is the heart of the home. For most people, this is a universal gathering place where friends and family come together several times a day. A space that’s both functional and welcoming will draw everyone in and give them a warm place to eat, work, socialize, and share. The right DIY projects can transform your standard kitchen into something really special. Consider these intriguing options.

Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash

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Updating your backsplash will instantly add color and interest to your kitchen. Thanks to handy peel and stick tiles, you can add a DIY backsplash with minimal time and effort. Just measure your space and cut the peel and stick tiles to fit. Remove the backing and lay the tiles gently against the wall. Don’t press until you’re sure of the placement, as these forgivable tiles allow you to remove and reposition them twice if needed.
Once your tiles are firmly in place, finish the project by squeezing grout on a float and applying it to the backsplash in a diagonal motion. Push grout into the joints, moving first in one direction then in the opposite diagonal. Wipe the area down with a sponge and you’re finished!

Rolling Bar Cart
Homeowners who love to entertain will adore the idea of a handy rolling bar cart. You can build a bar cart to your personal specifications using lengths of lumber for vertical supports and laminated pine panels for shelves. Easily customizable, you can build your cart to fit in any nook or corner, no matter the size.
A slatted shelf will create grooves that nestle wine bottles. Hardware like hooks, glass holders, and cabinet pulls will help you store everything from wine glasses to dish towels. Rolling casters on the bottom make the cart a movable fixture so you can take the party to the porch, living room, or elsewhere in the house.

Bright and Cheerful Shelving
Shelving is a functional necessity in your kitchen, but it can also make a bold statement about your style. Put your dinnerware on display by replacing solid cabinet doors with glass paneled ones, or removing the doors altogether. Brighten up your shelves by applying wallpaper to the back or the cabinet, painting the interior, or sticking patterned washi tape to the front of the shelves, or any combination of the three.
You can make the items inside your bright cabinet a bit more eye-catching as well. Use porcelain paint to turn mugs and dishes into works of art. Use chalkboard paint or a chalkboard label on snack and spice jars for a charming touch that also boosts your organization. Your everyday items can become a cheerful and homey display with these easy tricks.

The kitchen has a natural allure that draws people in to this gathering place. Whether it’s the promise of good company or the warm spicy smell of a mouth-watering dinner that draws you in, it’s almost impossible to resist the pull. Give your kitchen a fun, festive atmosphere in any season with these attractive updates.

The Lowdown on Bringing Up An Eco-Conscious Child

The Lowdown on Bringing Up An Eco-Conscious Child

When you live an eco-friendly life, it’s only natural that you would want to pass on these beliefs and this lifestyle onto your children. Of course, most parents let their children choose how they want to live their life and don’t pressure them if it’s not what they want to do. But by taking action early on in your child’s life, you can at least steer them towards hopefully becoming ecologically conscious. As it is the younger generation who will soon be responsible for the survival of the planet, instilling these values in your children could end up being beneficial for the whole world, not just your child themselves. Here are some ways you can get them interested in organic living and being an all-round friend to the environment.

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Talk to them

Kids are more intelligent that we give them credit for, and from a young age your child will be able to understand various analogies regarding harming or not harming the planet. For example, if you buy children’s toys from http://www.makaboo.com/organic-baby-gifts , explain to your child in simple terms that their toys are so great because they don’t damage the planet and the animals. Sustainability is a complex subject matter even for many adults, so don’t stress too much about explaining the ins and outs of it to your child. All that really matters is that they have a grasp of the importance of being kind to the planet. Make simple links for them that you can expand on later – encourage them to throw their plastic waste in trash cans. If they ask you why, explain that throwing it down a drain or littering it has the potential to harm animals.

Make green-living part of everyday family life

If you want your child to grow up eco-friendly, you are going to have to practice what you preach! Recycle your materials every week, and you can even do the same with food if you have room for a compost pile. Shop organically whenever you can and try and make your home as energy efficient as possible. If your child grows up with this kind of behavior they will simply see it as second nature, and will continue it throughout their own lives too.

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Spark their love for the natural world

Animals always tend to fascinate young children – and if you really want them to care about the planet, instilling a love of all living creatures into them is a great way to get them started. If your child shows an interest in animals, nurture this interest. Let them watch nature programs (although be careful that it doesn’t show anything too brutal) and take them to zoos or wildlife parks. Many of these parks are conservation areas that are places to learn just as much as they are places to have fun, so taking your child there can really help to broaden their minds. Having animals of your own can also be great for your child as they are growing up, so you might want to consider getting a couple of pets.