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Monday, August 13, 2018

How To Appreciate Senior Citizens [Senior Citizen's Day is August 21st]

Look, I get it.  Sometimes "old people" can be really frustrating.  Sometimes they drive really slow and don't use their turn signals.  Sometimes they take forever at the grocery store check out line because they're writing a check.  Sometimes they take a long time in line at the customer service desk because they're just slower and it's hard for them to keep up with everything around them.  But whether you like it or not, some day you too will become a senior citizen. And August 21st is Senior Citizen's Day so to celebrate I'm discussing how better appreciate Senior Citizens and giving you some ideas of what to do for them, especially next week on August 21st.

Be Patient With Them
They don't intentionally try to frustrate you but remember that to them the world is a very fast paced changing place and they may be confused, hard of hearing, and may struggle to read signs.  Before you start huffing and puffing in line behind them, just remember that they can't help it.  And remember that you too will be old one day and would you like it if people treated you unkind?  Sometimes when I start to feel frustrated I make myself think that exact thought and it makes me calm down and become more patient and understanding immediately. 

Listen To Them
Elderly folks love to talk to whomever will listen. Sometimes they are lonely because there's less people around to chat with so next time a senior citizen tells you a story, LISTEN.  Even if it's boring, nod and act interested because it makes them feel really good.   Plus, they can all teach us something about the times before we even existed.

Help Them
That old lady in front of you in the cereal aisle that's blocking the way with her cart may actually be struggling to reach a top shelf. Instead of getting angry that she's blocking your way, ask her if she needs assistance. Grab the cereal and move her cart.  If you see an elderly person struggling to open a door, read a sign, or understand what someone else is saying to them, for goodness sakes ASSIST them! Even if they aren't inconveniencing you, help them! Ask an elderly person if they want you to put their grocery cart back for them.  Pay for someone's coffee behind you in line.  When raking your own yard, ask your elderly neighbor if they want you to rake theirs. 

Remind Others  
Sometimes others get caught up in the frustration of dealing with senior citizens so remind them all of the things above.  Help them be more gentle and influence them to be more kind.

What are you going to do to celebrate Senior Citizen's Day?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Our Porch Floor Makeover

One of the selling points of our home when we purchased it was the amazing screened in porch which was large and beautiful.  As you may see on social media, we spend a lot of time in the porch in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The porch was added onto the house back in the 90's and while it's still in EXCELLENT shape, I do have 4 dogs and unfortunately we realized some of them were sneaking and peeing on the area rug we had under the table.  We realized that can be a problem in the long run because the wood boards underneath can start rotting away.  So the project began. 

That's what the new boards look like in the areas that were most damaged.  It was kind of a pain in the butt for poor James but with the help of our amazing neighbor he was able to haul them home from the store, cut them, and hammer them in.

We did our best to find a similar color which I think is more blue than the original grey/blue but I could be color blind.  So then we had to lay it out and cut it to size. James also made a point of working in sections. The small section along the window screens was still intact so it could hold all the furniture but then once the big area was done, everything was moved back and he was able to replace the carpet on the outer area.

Once everything was cut, James and I rolled the carpet back up and made sure the surface was vacuumed well with ShopVac before laying on the adhesive.  It was so satisfying with the sound it made and watching it cover the wood. I even put it on Instagram in my stories because I knew people would find it satisfying.

Then it was time to unroll the carpet and lay it down on the wood and adhesive.

James then used a paint roller to make sure the air bubbles were pressed out. 

Look at how nice that looks!!! He then tucked in the edges, cut any excess areas an he even rewrapped the steps! 

Here's the finished product!!!

I will go out of my way to make sure my dogs don't mess this one up.  I swear, I'll make them wear diapers, lol!

We hope we did this correctly since we didn't really look up a specific process and kinda just used common sense.

What home makeovers have you don't completely yourself?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

5 Handy and Healthy Hacks for Happy Home Vibes

When you walk into the house after a tiring and stressful day at work you long to just relax in the comfort of your home. Your life is pretty sweet; with a happy marriage, health children and good health you can’t really complain. Being the perfectionist that you are, you can’t help but strive for more. You want a simple and carefree life without any ongoing tension or stress in the air. It is time to switch up the way your home operations and make it a more positive environment for everybody. From better quality food to more family time together, you will soon be able to see a huge difference in the way you and your loved ones work together and communicate in the household.

1.Cook From The Heart

There is nothing more heartwarming than a healthy and delicious home cooked meal. Dinner time can truly bring a family together so why not try and spruce up your recipes a little bit? Invest in a cool new copper crisper which will work in your oven without any added oils or fat. Deliciously browned food, cooked to perfection without the added calories, what could be more enticing?

2. Quality Time is Everything

Everybody in your home has an extremely hectic schedule, but it is important to take a step back sometimes and spend time together. Organise a fun activity at least once a month, so that you can all come together, laugh and reconnect after super busy times apart.

3. Put Down the Phones

Mobile phones and social media can become a huge divider between families, so don’t let it happen to yours. Make sure that phones are put away during meal times and family discussions. Limit your time texting, taking calls and scrolling through social media platforms too, so that you can always stay present and enjoy the moment.

4. Share The Chores

If you are left to tackle all of the chores by yourself every single day, this is going to take a huge toll on you. Make a chore chart for the whole family so that you are not the only person responsible for cleaning the house, doing the dishes and taking out the trash. The more people that can pitch in, the easier the jobs will be.

5. Talk It Out

Never go to bed in a fight; if you and your partner have a disagreement simply talk about it. There is no point having silly arguments hanging over your head.

You notice all the time that some of your friends are not happy within their household. They argue in front of the kids and spend far too much time dwelling over social media. You never want these habits to creep into your family home, so it is time to set the ground rules sooner rather than later. Your family will be living in a much calmer, friendlier and healthy environment if you take on board all five of these handy hacks. Get everybody on board together and you will never see a sad face ever again!
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