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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mini Taco Pizzas

Mini Taco Pizzas make a perfect throw together dinner! These are ideal for those challenging times when one must decide if they want tacos or pizza; now you can have them both in just a few steps!

I have been on a taco kick lately! I swear we have been having tacos 2 times a week for 2 months now. My family is starting to get a little weary of the constant offering of chicken tacos, traditional tacos or maybe my favorite, breakfast tacos!

I decided to change things up a little and combine a few favorites; fresh veggies, seasoned taco meat, and a cheese to create a hearty and easy dish that gave my family what they craved; pizza while still giving me that taco flavor I can't get enough of!

This recipe comes together easily. The hardest part is resisting the delicious aromas that will fill your house as they are baking!

One can of jumbo biscuits
One pound of cooked ground beef, taco seasoned
4 ounces of cheese
Chopped Onion
Chopped Lettuce
Sliced Peppers
Tomatoes {optional}
Sour Cream {optional}
Taco Sauce {optional}

Flatten the biscuits, so that they nearly triple in size.
Sprinkle a little cheese on each biscuit.
Top with Taco Meat and remaining cheese.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the biscuit crust is golden brown.
Top with peppers, lettuce, onion, tomato and sour cream, then serve.

This recipe makes 8 pizzas.

You might also enjoy this Taco Pasta Salad recipe.

Friday, September 22, 2017

6 Factors to Consider before Air Conditioning Purchase and Installation

6 Factors to Consider before Air Conditioning Purchase and Installation
Your old air conditioner has finally bitten the dust and it is time to purchase another one. What should you consider when making a selection to ensure that your home remains cool in the summer months? Staying cool is a primary consideration, but the energy costs should also be considered. Ideally, you want to have an air conditioner that cools your home and doesn’t significantly raise the cost of doing so. Here are some things to think about before making your next purchase:
Consider how big your home is – This is a critical factor because not all homes are the same. This means that not all air conditioners are ideal for you. If the unit you select is too small in comparison to the size of your home, then you can be sure that it will not effectively cool your space. However, if it is too big, then the cost of operation will be too high and you may end up dealing with unanticipated wear and tear costs. Be sure to find a company that is reputable and can help you find the perfect size of AC for your home.
Check the warranty – The cost of purchasing a new unit is huge, and that is why you should ensure proper air conditioning installation and that your unit comes with a warranty. Should something go wrong with the unit, you can get the services needed to ensure that it runs efficiently. It is important for you to read the warranty carefully so that you see whether it only covers certain parts or the entire unit.
How energy-efficient is it? Almost half of all your utility costs come from cooling and heating the home. You want to keep those costs low by finding an air conditioner that is energy efficient. To check just how energy efficient a unit is, check the SEER number. The more efficient the unit is, the higher the numbers.
Consider your budget – Although it is tempting to purchase the cheapest system in the market, it may not be a good idea. If you are looking for a unit that is highly efficient, chances are that it will cost more. The tradeoff though, is that their operational costs tend to be lower. By spending more on the purchase, you will likely be saving money in the long run.
Noise pollution –If the unit runs noisily, it could be very irritating and distracting if you are trying to study, watch TV or do something else that requires your concentration. Cheaper systems tend to be noisier, while the more expensive ones are quieter. In this case, spending more can make you more comfortable.
Installation and maintenance – Be sure to have the system installed by a professional, then carry out regular maintenance. Some of the maintenance you can do yourself, but you need a professional maintenance check at least once a year.
Ensure that the unit’s outside equipment is placed in an area that is free of foliage, dust and debris. Be sure to check it regularly and make sure that airflow is not restricted.

How Your Mattress Can Affect Your Sleep

How Your Mattress Can Affect Your Sleep
Most physicians suggest that we, average human beings, generally need to have a sleep of 8 to 10 hours. That means we spend one-third of our day as well as one-third of our life on our bed. Now, those 8 hours could be a blissful slumbering or could be a nightmare of tossing and turning and a drowsy exhausted morning. A huge part of your bedtime’s quality would depend on the mattress you are sleeping.
It’s also true that various other factors such as the temperature of the room, the amount of light and the angle it is projected on the bed and the noise level can heavily affect your sleeping. Even so, experts have found out that a good mattress could give you a seven to eight of hours of sound sleep easily.
Body support with proper alignment is paramount
According to studies, a body needs to have a proper support with perfect alignment to have a quality sleep and ache-less morning. Often sleepers who ignore this important point wake up with sores on their back. There is a good reason for that.

Many surveys suggest that a medium-firm mattress is the best of option for the majority of sleepers. Though, it is definitely a subjective issue. Certain people require their bed firmer or softer than others. But generally speaking, a too soft mattress doesn’t provide the essential proper support for the pressure points of your body. Thus, a sleeper with this type of mattress will have a tendency to wake up from sleep with back pains in the morning. Again, in case of a too firm mattress, sleeping can get pretty much uncomfortable to a nasty degree. Back pains are also common to those sleepers who own these types of mattresses. Thus, mattress comparisons are very important while shopping for your perfect medium-firm mattress. It’s best if you test the mattresses you choose for at least 20 minutes before you finalize anything.
Allergies and dust mites
You may not be aware of dust mites, a bunch of microscopic creatures that live with you. They feed on your dead skin cells which you shed naturally. You may be allergic to your old mattress and you are unaware that dust mites are the reason for your allergy. Dust mites and allergies can get between you and your sleep and disrupt the harmony of your life. Replacing your old mattress and buying a new one would be an excellent solution for this kind of problem. You also have to vacuum your mattress regularly to keep it mites free. Also, washing your pillow cover and bed sheets every week with hot water can also be very helpful.
Bedroom offices can be an unwise decision
Research has shown that those who are accustomed to working on their bed especially with their laptops (as well as their tablets and smart phones) are the one, who are more prone to have difficulties to fall asleep. The light and the dazzling glare emitted from your electronic device can be very disruptive to your brain’s sleeping mechanism. Thus, it will have a very detrimental effect on you and you sleeping time.
There will be a lot of signs that will tell you to immediately replace your mattress or at least reconsider to get a new one. Keep in mind that your sleep is crucial not just only to you but also to your family that you support. In the age we are living in, we have a lot of things to do and a very little time. But it’s essential for every one of us to get a sufficient amount of sleep to feel energetic in the next morning and to do our best. After all, each day brings a new beginning.

Author Bio: Patrick Simmons works at a bedding showroom and has an experience of 5 years in that field. He likes to help other people by sharing important tips about bedding and room decors. He advises his readers to give an extra amount of focus on topics such as mattress comparisons and the 20 minute testing on mattresses before buying anything.

3 Vital Ways to Secure Your Children’s Future

3 Vital Ways to Secure Your Children’s Future

Nothing lasts forever in this world, so it is best to be prepared for what might happen next. As parents, it is your obligation to provide all the needs of your children. You need to ensure their future as well in case something unexpected happens. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is for your children’s well-being.

Once you start a family, the welfare of your children should be a top priority. You need to be sure that they are secured at all times and they have all that they need in life. Everyone knows how tough it is to become a parent, but it is also rewarding. Nothing beats the fulfillment you feel when you see your children grow responsibly.

So, here are some ways on how you can assure your children’s future:

Invest in educational plans
Education is the best investment that you can give to your children. This will be their driving force to achieve all their dreams in life in the coming years. You have to make sure that you invest in educational plans and send them to quality schools. When you have these plans, your children’s education won’t be put at risk if things go unplanned. You can start by enrolling your kids in CBSE schools or globally known academic programs to give them quality education while they’re young.

Draft a last will and testament
Creating a last will and testament is becoming necessary these days. It is essential to draft one as early as now, in order for your kids to have a secured future. However, you have to draft one properly to avoid any disputes among your children. As parents, you have to divide your properties equally and ask for a legal expert’s assistance when creating one. Of course, the last thing you want to happen to your children is fight when you are no longer around. So, write a fair and proper will that won’t cause any problem in the future.

Assist your children in making connections
It is also important that you help your children build some connections in your community. This will make them feel belong and at the same time have other people to watch them over. You need to let them interact with other people, so that they can make friends and create relationships within your community. No one really knows when you are going to leave this world that is why you have to prepare your children by giving them a chance to have a strong support system.

Parents have plenty of duties and obligations to perform. Once you enter this crucial phase in your life, you have to get ready and do your best to become a good parent. The most important thing here is your children’s welfare no matter what happens. You might have difficulties along the way, but you have to keep in mind that everything will be worth it as long as you fulfill all your parental duties properly. Additionally, your children’s future should always be in your mind and do everything to secure it.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

11 Apple Crafts to Make with the Kids

I can't help but get excited about the end of summer, because it means that fall is near! Trips to the orchard with the family; lots of action in the kitchen, the temps are finally cool enough for baking! And of course, the crafting with the kids! How could I not get excited for fall!?

This year I have 11 craft ideas for you that I know you will have fun making with your little ones!

Toilet Paper Roll Apple Stamp
Paper Plate Apple Craft
Caramel Apple Fall Craft
Apple Suncatchers
Take a Bite Out of Fall Craft
Apple Playdough
Button Apple Trees
Fruit Loop Fall Tree
Apple Tree Craft
Toilet Roll Apples
Stuffed Paper Apples

I love all of these ideas! I am hoping to make them all with the kids! We are planning to make these Apple Tree Window Clings again this year but we might make it a crafting marathon with these great ideas!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What You Need to Know About Wall-mounted Toilets

What You Need to Know About Wall-mounted Toilets
Wall-mounted (or wall-hung) toilets are catching on in the UK and if you’re planning to remodel your bathroom soon or if you’re replacing your existing toilet, then you might be thinking about installing one. Before you skip off to buy a brand-new toilet from Better Bathrooms, though, you’ll probably want to find out more about how these new style toilets actually stay up and why you should think about one.
They’re easier to keep clean
Think about it, no awkward join between toilet base and floor – just a flat expanse of flooring to swish over with a mop. The toilet itself is easier to clean as well because typically it has no sharp angles or bends and no hard-to-reach areas, just a bowl. Some models have antibacterial coatings to improve hygiene.
You’ll save a lot of space
There’s no bulky cistern jutting out into the bathroom, which also saves “clearance space”, as the smaller toilet can be placed nearer to a wall, or a shower cubicle. Of course, you have to include the space used to house the hidden tank and wall-frame, but as one of the ideas of the wall-mounted toilet is to save space, you can be assured that the tanks are compact and slim, so a bit of clever planning will go a long way.
There’s also the illusion of extra space as you can see more floor under the toilet, so you feel freer and less cluttered.
There’s the visual impact
Everyone has different tastes, of course, but there is something striking about a toilet that just hangs off a wall. They’re still not quite ubiquitous, so you’re making a style statement, especially with the higher-end models.
How much to wall-mounted toilets cost?
A few years ago, they were very expensive, but then, so were most bathroom fittings. Recently, however, the prices have been coming down. You can get a decent wall-hung toilet for £120 to £150, with the wall-frame and cistern costing between £150 and £250, depending on quality and brand. So, this is a bit more expensive than your regular toilet and cistern, but if you want to save space and make an impact, it’s worth it.
There’s also the installation cost, and you shouldn’t skimp here as you want to feel secure.
How do I get into the cistern if there’s a problem?
Many people are discouraged from fitting a wall-mounted toilet because they think they’ll have to demolish the wall to fix a dodgy stopcock. This simply isn’t the case, or no-one would install or even sell them. Bathrooms have to be easy to fix and maintain, so you’ll find that your cistern is hidden behind a flush plate which is very easy to remove and replace and which gives you the same access as you’d have with a regular tank.
How much weight can it take?
This is most people’s biggest question. The toilet bowl is mounted onto a sturdy metal wall frame that in turn is fixed to the wall. A well-installed, good quality toilet of this type can support 200kg (30 stones) without any problems. Obviously, you shouldn’t jump up and down on it, whatever your weight, but there are very few problems reported, even with people of heavier build. If there are problems, this is usually down to the installation, which is why you don’t cut corners...
Monday, September 18, 2017

Popcorn Candle DIY

Fall is on the way and I am itching to decorate, bake and savor the cooler weather and the bounty of last of the season produce that I will scout out in the coming weeks! This year I want to keep my decorations for autumn simple and my costs at a minimum. I am gathering inspiration from nature to make my home feel warm, inviting and seasonal.

I have been experimenting with natural supplies to create stunning additions to my decor. This super simple candle holder is perfect for adding something naturally lovely to your home this fall on even the tightest budget!

All you need is a bag of popcorn kernels and a LED tealight and a clear glass candle holder.

Simply fill the candleholder with popcorn kernels then add a battery operated tea light!

I made a short facebook video to show you how lovely this is. I love the simple touch of natural beauty this easy project offers. You could also wrap a simple burlap ribbon around the candleholder also to add another sweet touch to the finished product.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Questions that Will Help You Pick the Best Life Coach

Questions that Will Help You Pick the Best Life Coach
Life coaching has always been one of the most important investments you can make in life. This is because the best coach will provide you with the framework and safe environment that you need to explore your fears and help manifest your dreams. You will be able to get over your fears and get the support you need to achieve a bigger and brighter future. Even so, you need to understand that coaching is unique to every person. To find the life coach that is perfect for you, you will need to answer the following questions.

What do you want to achieve?
The first thing you have to do before picking a life coach is to be clear on what you want to accomplish. You cannot just say that you want to achieve success. You need to pinpoint your trouble areas and know exactly what you need to be able to do at the end of the sessions. Your goal may be to achieve clarity around your set goals or to overcome a certain fear that is holding you back. It is only by being clear on your goals that you will be able to find the coach that will help you achieve exactly what you want.

What kind of life coach do you need?
Now that your goals are clear, you can go ahead and pick the right coach. The variety is huge. The coaches fall under such titles as nutritional coach, executive coach, spiritual guide, holistic coach, life coach or healer. There are coaches who focus on relationships, others on business, and others on life and so on. What you want to accomplish will help you pick the right transformational coach.

How much do you want to invest?
It costs money to work with a coach. The question you need to answer is how much you want to invest. To benefit from a coach, you need to invest emotional equity, time and money. The more committed you are, the more you will be able to accomplish. Before you start looking for a coach, you should know how much you want to spend and the amount of time that you have.

Customized or structured approach, which do you prefer?There are coaches that use detailed programs to guide you through whereas others use customized approaches. Both of these approaches work but the customized approach is more effective since it is tailored around the needs of an individual.

Do you have chemistry with the coach?
Prior to spending your hard earned cash, you need to make sure that you have a good rapport with the life coach. Do you like them? Do you feel comfortable working with them? Do you trust them? The best coach is the one you can be open with.

These questions will help you get off on the right foot in your search for a good coach. All in all, you will have to listen to your heart when making your choice. If you don’t like a coach, hiring him will most likely lead to regrets.

Easy Paper Apple Craft

Every day, my little girls says, "Let's make a craft!" I love her enthusiasm and always encourage activities we can do together. On this particular day, we were anxious to get into some fall themed crafts, and we are always super excited to kick off fall with the harvesting of apples!

This craft was so incredibly fun! It was a bit of a challenge for my almost 4 year old, but we worked together to get it right.

You will need:
A square of heavy white paper {Ours was about 6'' x6''
A piece of green, red or yellow construction paper
School Glue
A tiny strip of brown paper for the stem

To begin we made thin strips of green paper that were 4 inches longer than the square of paper
Next we began folding those strips of green paper so we had 2 folded edges per strip
We glued these on the white paper
Working in a circle we kept gluing both sides of the strips on to the square, being careful to not disturb the other strips of paper
At the end, we added a tiny stem to the top.

We liked this apple craft because it was challenging, a good exercise in patience for both Harp and I. It was also really cute when it was finished! This was a fun craft to follow up with apple slices as a snack!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Easy Apple Tree Stained Glass Window

Cute and easy to make, this kids craft adds a pretty touch to any window, just like stained glass!

We love to craft with contact paper, it is so much fun to use in so many projects! But, one of my favorite uses for it is to make 'Stained Glass' or window decals! These are so cute!

With fall being on the way, our thoughts drift towards the apple orchard almost every weekend. We head out for the time together as a family, harvesting fruit, eating fresh donuts and playing outside. In anticipation of the fun fall weekends that are to come, we made these easy as pie Apple Tree Stained Glass projects.

You will need:
one square of transparent contact paper per decoration
assorted colors of tissue paper, we used green and yellow
one strip of brown construction paper

Lay your contact paper sticky side up
Place your brown paper on the sticky paper to form a trunk
Next cut small circles of yellow or red tissue paper for apples
Place the apple cut outs around the tree
Fill in the leaves using green tissue paper
Leave a few sticky places without paper to easily affix to the window for displaying.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Chicken Salad Recipes to Cluck For

I have been on a chicken salad kick lately. It is an easy lunch, it tastes great, and there are so many economical ways to make it! I guess it is easy to see why I am clucking for chicken salad these days!

I have found some awesome recipes that I can't wait to try, and I know you are going to love them too! I had no idea there were so many yummy ways to make this lunch time staple. I also have a few tips to help you make the best chicken salad!

  • Poached chicken breast is the best option for making chicken salad, but you can use a rotisserie or canned chicken if that makes it easier for you.
  • Allow your chicken to cool, no matter how you cook it! Wait until it is cool to add it to the other ingredients.
  • Cover your chicken salad tightly to keep it fresh while stored in the fridge.

Some of the best chicken salads I have ever made have been on a whim. Made by surveying what ingredients I have on hand and making them work for me. However, these all look superb and I will be modifying my shopping list to make these happen in my lunchtime future!

Which of these sounds best to you? I think they all sound perfectly devourable!

Why Elite Eye Serum Is One of the Sought after Skincare Products

Why Elite Eye Serum Is One of the Sought after Skincare Products
Are you looking for a faster and more effective way to get rid of wrinkles for good? Do you want to make the skin under your eyes tighter? Do you intend to repair your damaged skin safely? If yes, then you are definitely in the right place.
Let’s jump right in! When it comes to skincare products, both men and women are working to ensure that they gets their hands on any skin product that will keep their skin nourished and looking younger for longer. The saddest part in all this is that people don’t take the time to find out if these products are safe for their skin type or for their skin issues to be precise.
To add salt to injury, many men and women are unaware of the different skincare routines they can choose from when it comes to keeping their skin looking younger, tighter and more refreshed. Fortunately though, by reading this post, both men and women who want to look younger than they actually are can learn a thing or two about elite eye serum skincare routine.
At the moment, elite eye serum is one of the most sought after skin care products because of its never ending praises of how it works to reduce wrinkles and ageing lines on the skin. So, what do people say about elite serum?
The products consists of three main ingredients which are Haloxyl, Argireline and Hyaluronic acid. Together, these three ingredients reduce aging lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The ingredients are said to be great for tightening the skin, toning the skin, reducing puffiness around the eyes, and also reducing under eye circles.
Argireline: This ingredient is effective when it comes to keeping one’s skin young and youthful. Therefore, if you are looking for a tested and proven alternative for Botox, skincare products with Argireline are worth looking into.
Haloxyl, on the other hand, is said to reduce the amount of fluid that is found in the human skin. A lot of fluid is said to settle under our eyes, especially when we sleep and the best way to reduce such fluid is by using skin care products with Haloxyl. By reducing the fluids, the skin will undoubtedly be tighter and more youthful than before.
Hyaluronic acid is said to help the skin absorb more moisture. By so doing, the moisture levels are increased and circulation within the skin is enhanced, leading to reduced swellings in the skin and elimination of wrinkles.

With that said, elite eye serum is definitely an easy-to-use skincare product. And for this reason, a good number of men as opposed to women are taking advantage of its amazing effects to keep their skin looking younger. Elite eye serum not only reduces wrinkles but also repairs damaged skin and reduces the chances of skin damage in the future.
In conclusion, the skin is one of the largest organs in the human body. It is important that we take extra care of our skin. Therefore, before using any skincare product, it is advisable that you consult a skin specialist or a dermatologist.