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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coobie Seamless Bra

One of my BIGGEST complaints with my bra is that the seam connecting the front to the strap ALWAYS causes me to itch.  It scratches and bugs me ALL THE TIME.  Then of course there is the underwire that always finds its way through to poke me at the WORST time!  I am so looking forward to trying this bra!!

Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and supportive. Perfect for everyday wear our versatile one-size fits 32A - 36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors/patterns, with adjustable straps and removable pads! 

Try one, you'll love it! 

PROMOTION: Save 25% on any order of Coobie Seamless Bras at www.shopcoobie.com Use code: USFG



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Research at its best - UW Medical Center

My son has been a part of a research study since he was about 3 years old.  It's a project whose goal is to find out how children develop self-control skills and brain processes that underlie self-control.   In the beginning, they did things like give them a box and have them identify colors, and do things backwards (if it's blue, put it in the red box.  If it's red, in the blue...  BUT, if it's a square on the card, it goes in the circle box, only if it's blue) stuff like that.  Very confusing stuff for adults, as our brains are, well... old.

One test they gave him when he was young, was a padlocked box with a toy inside, and about 15 keys.  They left him in the room by himself, and was told that he could have the toy inside, but he had to open it.  The catch was, none of the keys opened the box.   They had monitors on him that measured everything from his heart rate to his sweat output.  Eventually they gave him the toy inside, but it was amazing to see him try it, but not get frustrated.

He has continued in this study every couple years, until, well, they're done with him I guess.  So this years study is more of  the same... until today!

Today we went to the UW Medical Center's Research MRI dept.  There, they gave him a MRI while he completed several computer games & tasks, to see how is brain reacted.  He even had the chance to EARN MONEY AND PRIZES during the games.  As anxious as he was, he went in it and completed it amazingly.
The bonus for mom & dad... we received a print out of HIS BRAIN.   It is the most exciting picture of him that we've gotten to date!!

We've always loved coming to this research study.  They're kind, and helpful, and go OUT OF THEIR WAY to make sure you're comfortable & happy.

So here I am, telling you, to consider doing these research studies out there! You don't have to do the medical ones, where movies have made us believe that experimental pills will make you grow a tail, become invisible or allow you to be mentally superior to everyone else... but there are plenty who's goal is to better our lives, better our information and better humanity.

So now... without further ado... my kid's BRAIN!!!!!!




BTW... We did get paid for the study.  Yes...a bonus.  No, I didn't get paid for this post.  This is NOT a part of it... Just mom, being, well... a blogger.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Choosing a General Contractor to Build Your Custom Home

Building a custom home from the ground up is a dream come true for many people, but this process can be quite complicated. Those who don't take the time to find a world-class contractor could find themselves with shoddy work, lengthy delays, or even an expensive legal battle. Here are some tips you can use to find a general contractor that always puts their clients first.

Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
No matter how small the job might be, any general contractors you ever hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured for the work they are doing. They should also be able to provide you with proof that their insurance and licenses are up-to-date. If they cannot do that, then it is time to find yourself a different contractor. 

Ask for a Phone Interview
Everyone has a busy schedule, and that is why you might want to narrow your list of contractors by conducting a short phone interview with each of the potential candidates. During these interviews, you should ask for basic information such as their experience, the size of their team, and information on their past clients. Most experienced contractors keep a list of references they will be happy to share with you. 

Pick Three or Four Candidates for Estimates
After you have gotten the phone interviews out of the way, you should have a list of three or four candidates you would like to meet with in person to discuss estimates. Before meeting with them, you will want to collect as much information as possible. This includes your own price range, thoughts on materials, the construction site, and the plans you will be using. 

Bids, Guarantees, and Warranties
When you have finally settled on a single contractor, every single aspect of your home should be completely planned out. This includes how they will deal with unusual situations that might take place such as certain materials getting sold out or a building license coming late. Guaranteeing a completion date and price for a custom home can be tricky, but they should have an upper limit that is clearly stated in your contract.

Choosing a contractor is one of the most important steps in building a custom home. That is why it is so important to take your time and do as much research as possible on these individuals and their companies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Benefits of Dentistry Journals

There are many reasons for dental professionals to take advantage of online dentistry journals. Using an online journal can help readers stay current on trends in the profession, learn about dental-associated products and services, network with peers and much more. Online journals such as The Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry (JIACD) are even available free. 

Advances

Dentistry is a rapidly evolving field, and it continues to become increasingly specialized. Articles posted in an online dentistry journal are often the best, or even only, place for professionals to learn about specific developments in their areas of expertise. For example, topics covered in recent JIACD articles include mesh ridge augmentation in implant placements, the use of "sticky bone" in implant dentistry and the aesthetics of anterior maxillary implants. 

Advertising

Online journals allow dental professionals to learn about the precise products that will benefit them. Additionally, when viewing online advertising related to their field, users can click on links, do searches and otherwise use the Internet quickly and easily as a research tool in order to make informed decisions. 

Communication

Professionals who read online journals can learn about conferences, seminars and other opportunities to interact with those in their field. Furthermore, some online journals offer opportunities to post comments and develop a professional dialogue over the Internet itself. 

Benefits of Online Journals

Traditional paper journals have been helping dental professionals for a long time, and paperless journals offer even more benefits. For example, many online journals allow users to quickly and easily search through their archives of past issues. Using the Internet allows journal editors to post articles about advances in technology and practice extremely quickly, whereas with paper this can take days or even weeks. 

Online journals offer an excellent platform for readers to make contributions themselves rapidly and without a lot of hassle through articles, editorial advice and in other ways. Publishing online allows journal editors to offer content for less money and often even for free, and while print journals turn into landfill when they have been read, online journals are environmentally friendly. 

In conclusion, using an online journal offers dentistry professionals all the traditional benefits of print journals and more. Online journals are an excellent resource and are good thing for the entire field of dentistry. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Homes with great curb appeal reflect a home that's been well taken care of by its owners. With proper maintenance, stylish features, and a well-maintained landscape, your home will command a higher sales price and take less time to sell in today's competitive housing market. Here are some tips to boost your home's curb appeal and property value.

Give Your House a Clean Face

Before you add a fresh coat of paint or plant beautiful flowers, wash the dust, mildew and general dirt off your home's facade. Washing your home's exterior can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price. With a tub of soapy water and a large, soft brush, you can remove the dirt from wood, stucco, brick, metal, and vinyl siding. With a power washer, you can clean your driveway, front walkway, porch and patio. It's important to wash your windows and doors, clean your garage door, get rid of cobwebs, and clean out your gutters. With help from a friend, or a professional cleaning crew, you can make your house sparkle in a few weekends.

Add a Fresh, New Coat of Paint

A fresh, new coat of paint will instantly boost your home's curb appeal. It's a quick fix with great benefits. Since painting your home can be an expensive and time-consuming job, you need to plan ahead. Depending you your location and the condition of your home, a 3,000-square-foot home can cost $400 to $800 for paint and $3,000 to $8,000 for professional labor. To save time and money, match the existing paint color that's on the house, so there's less preparation with scraping, sanding and priming. Avoid the urge to choose a bold or bright color. An appraiser will often mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from others in the same neighborhood. 

Create an Appealing Landscape 

A well-manicured lawn, neatly pruned shrubs and trees, and fresh mulch will quickly boost the curb appeal of any home. Mow your lawn and green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover any bare spots with new grass seed or sod, and get rid of weeds. Trim overgrown shrubs and trees and use bark chips or straw around the base for a neat, finished appearance. Fill your garden beds with colorful annuals, then add a stylish border edge with stone or brick pavers. For more tips, hire a general contractor now.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Washington State Puyallup SPRING Fair 2016


You know you're excited!  Who wouldn't be??  The Puyallup Fair is KNOWN for it's fun... 


So here's you're SECOND chance to enjoy it! 

THE SPRING FAIR is coming!!!

The Washington State Spring Fair is a great celebration to spring! The four-day event in Puyallup features a family-friendly atmosphere with animals, FFA and 4-H contests, SlamFest Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, racing pigs, Garden Show, Auto Alley, KidZone for young guests, vendors, rides, food and loads of memories. The Spring Fair will be held April 14-17, 2016, at the Washington State Fair Events Center. For more info, visit www.thefair.com.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour


If you don't know who the Harlem Globetrotters are, you should climb out from under your giant rock that you've lived under for the last 90 years.
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 They are BY FAR the best entertainment you can find.

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I've had the pleasure of taking my special needs son for 2 years in a row now, and it's been an amazing family adventure.  We have a great time enjoying the game, and get an opportunity to do something together that works.

My husband is physically disabled, so many family things are just too difficult.  Then my son's special needs make things even more difficult.  Specifically his anxiety.   Of his needs, that's actually the big one, because it stops him from doing a lot.  That's why I really enjoy going to these games, and I'll tell you why.

It all starts when you walk up to the arena.  Instead of THRONGS of people everywhere trying to buy tickets, selling merchandise and, well, the usual people who've had WAY too much to drink at most sporting events, the Harlem Globetrotters are a FAMILY event.  So you walk up to families, smiles and fun.

Entering the arena, the customer service reps (we usually have to get a special seating arrangement for my disabled husband.  While he isn't wheelchair bound, he CANNOT safely walk down the stadium stairs... bad things usually happen!)  are VERY friendly and helpful.  Instead of just pointing to our area, they actually walk us to our seats & help us out.  It's wonderful.  The disabled seating is similar to a box, in that it has a bar area in front of you to put your drinks on, so people in wheelchairs can roll right up to it.  Then there are regular chairs right next to it for the rest of the family.

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Just before the show, there is a time for people who've paid a bit extra to be "in" the beginning of it - They call it a "Magic Pass" which allows you the following exclusive pre-game events (per their website)

  • Shoot Hoops with Globetrotter Stars
  • Learn Tricks with Globetrotter Stars
  • Get Autographs and Selfies with Globetrotter Stars
For the extra cost involved, I'd say it's WELL worth it!!  The cost is fairly minimal considering what you have access to.  Some people will say that you can get the autographs/selfies at the end of the game, which is true, they do offer a period which you can get balls/souvenirs signed... HOWEVER, I will warn you that there are at least 2-600 other people thinking the EXACT same thing!  There are usually at least 40-60 people at EACH Globetrotter waiting for a signature.  And since they haven't figured out a great way to get people to stand in line, most are just pushing their way through the crowd... but more on that later.

If you're interested in looking into the Magic Pass for the next Globetrotters event, you can watch a great video below on a child who's been able to "learn" how to spin a ball on his finger.  Adorable!!



The show starts out with some local talent and fun.  This year there was a great dance team that did a good job.  There was even a set of VERY young dancers.  They were cute!!


After that Globie comes out, and does his thing.  This is usually one of the funniest parts of the performance, as somehow, he usually ends up falling.  That's great to see.


This year, the game was extra special, because it was the Globetrotters 90th anniversary.  To be able to say that we were there for that game will be something that we enjoy forever.
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During the game you're allowed to purchase souvenirs, including large/small balls, shirts and much more. The prices are quite reasonable.  Small balls were $20 and large were $25.  Makes SO much more sense to go full size!!


After the game, the announcer says that they'll be starting autographs.  The downside of this, is it's a timed event.  Somewhere right about a half hour or so.  There are about 10 or so Globetrotters, but trying to make your way around ALL those people, in that small amount of space (there is usually a couple feet between the ropes and the first set of chairs, so you're constantly having to climb over chairs.  My kiddo fell at least 3 times.  It actually brought out the best in a family nearby though.  They had a VERY tall teenager with them, who saw our struggles.  The aunt that took them invited my son & I to walk with them through the crowds to get the signatures.  This was really great because  the teen was SO tall with such long arms, that he could basically put the ball right in front of the Globetrotter & get them signed with ease!  He helped us get several signatures before the end, which was SO sweet.

In the end my son had a ball full of signatures, a very happy day and lots of memories.   Just like last year.  This is something that our family with keep with us, regardless.  Can't wait until next year!!!



One of the big things that I REALLY love about the Globetrotters, is their giving nature towards a variety of great causes.  Their "Ambassadors of Goodwill" causes include stopping bullying, making fitness fun, and especially their hospital outreach program, which targets children that are in the hospital with illnesses that keep them from going to games.
Be sure to check out their Ambassador page, and see all the great things they're doing!!!



*We were given tickets to enjoy the show, compliments of US Family Guide and the Harlem Globetrotters, in exchange for a blog post about our time.  No other agreements were made, no other compensation was given.*

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Prayer Points: Praying God's Promise at Your Point of Need

Praying God's Promises
at Your Point of Need
 
 

As a new Christian, I often have problems discerning the "holding God accountable" part, as I don't exactly know what I'm holding him accountable to.  I'll be the first to admit I don't know all the scriptures.  I may never.  I also don't know what to refer to when praying for something specific.
So when I had the chance to review this book, I jumped.

First impression:  I love the beautiful look of this book.  While the small book cover is a little awkward, the feel of the covers itself is wonderful.  It's very soft and sleek, and smooth to the touch.

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The book allows you to search for any topic you want to pray over, and it will assist you in locating the scripture associated, and how to pray God's Promise over you.
 
There are great topics you wouldn't ordinarily search out, including the challenge of being a parent, and fear of dying.
Once you've identified your topic, (for this review, I'll use Facing Spiritual Attack.  Something I'm quite familiar with!) you locate it.  For ease of searching, there is an index in the back.  Each topic is grouped together for easy location.  You can search under Physical, Spiritual, Relational etc.
 
From the book:
 
Facing Spiritual Attack
Overcoming the enemy's discouragements.
God's enemy, satan, sometimes throws obstacles across our paths to discourage us.  Resist him by stepping into the shelter of God's presence.  Sit with Jesus for these next moments and wait for Him to strengthen you.
 
It then provides several scriptures that give God's promises in relation to this topic, so that I can identify what God promised me, and how to ask specifically for it.
Finally, you are given a prayer that you can pray, either directly, or in your own words, to help you ask specifically for help with this problem.
 
This is another great book that I will definitely refer to again and again, until I know how to pray God's Promises without assistance.
 
This book is perfect for the beginner, who needs some reassurance, and even to a seasoned saint, who just needs some help. 
 
Here is the book's information:
 
Think about it . . . you feel more alive, whole, and centered when you’re firmly connected to God and anchored in his Word. You cling to him, give him your best moments, and talk with him nonstop. But then, there are times when you just don’t know how to sincerely express yourself through prayer. You’re at a loss for words, and a sense of helplessness takes hold of your heart.

God desperately wants to hear from you! PrayerPoints lets you take what you’re feeling right now, quickly connect your needs to God’s Word, and then pray through his promises as they relate to your specific need.

Don’t abandon your prayer life because you can’t find the right words to say. Let PrayerPoints guide your thoughts, direct you to the heart of Scripture, and move you to a place of wholehearted, all-out, amazing relationship with God.
 
 
I received this book in exchange for an HONEST review from Tyndale House Publishers.  No other compensation was provided.