Ball Home Canning Celebrates It's 135th Anniversary With New Products

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

This summer, the Ball Home Canning brand relaunched the NEW Antique Aqua Jars to celebrate their 135th Anniversary. These collector’s edition jars share the vintage design, color, and logo with Ball Jars originally produced 1910 – 1923.  The jars are ideal for showcasing vibrant, homemade jams and jellies, but are also great for home canning, crafting and decorating.

The Ball Home Canning brand continues to celebrate fresh preserving and innovations to home canning and also launched a handful of other new items including NEW Leak Proof Lids that are great for covering your overnight oats, or any canned items that you keep in the fridge. They also launched a NEW Canning Starter Kit perfect for canning beginners.

These are great new product looks for you to check out- I think they are just perfect for home!

Review and Giveaway: Demes Natural Beauty Products (Canada Only)

I first learnt of Demes Natural Beauty products from a bottle of their Get The Funk Out deodorizer I had gotten in a beauty subscription box. I fell in love with using it in the bathroom and around our kitchen . It made the rooms smell so nice without smelling like a bathroom or kitchen spray- if you know what I mean. The deodorizers have essential oils that are great for deodorizing and germ fighting. You can even use them on your body as deodorizer or hand sanitizer! Currently they have 5 scents available, and once you start using these- your hooked- trust me!
I also tried their Look Ma ,Clean Hands! Once again nice for the bathroom for hand washing and 6 scents available. This soap can also be used as a body wash if you prefer also.
And yes, last but not least the Butter Me Up Moisturizer that they carry in an amazing Tangerine Vanilla is such a nice scent, although 3 other scents are available. 100% natural moisture without the mess! Made with natural products, of course!
Demes Natural Beauty are offering to give away the same products- but scents YOU choose, to one lucky winner in Canada, who will win all 3 items I tried. Thank you Demes!

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One winner will be chosen on August 8, 2019 from all correct entries, through

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Visit With My Sister and Daughter

Photo Left to Right:
Me, daughter Ria, and younger sister Chantelle, in visiting for a few days.

9 Reasons to Become a Nurse

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The world of nursing has changed. Where once, most little girls dreamed of becoming a nurse, and it was one of the few jobs that offered women a chance at an important and life-changing career, now, women have more options, they are taking roles in many different industries, and equality is something worth fighting for. We speak about gender pay gaps, fighting discrimination and mistreatment, and women finally gaining equal rights. We’re certainly not there yet, but it’s something that we are striving for. More employers are offering equal treatment and opportunities, and more women are looking to branch out, no longer held back by what they can and can’t do. 

But, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still value in a career as a nurse. If anything, nursing has grown and evolved, and if you have got the most crucial nurse personality traits, there’s never been a better time to get involved. Here are nine of the reasons to become a nurse.


When you have completed your training to be a nurse, you have always got options. You can work full time or part-time. You could work in your country, or even travel abroad. If you have trained as a nurse in the USA, your skills and knowledge could be highly valued in other parts of the world, where not as much investment and time goes into training nurses to a high standard. You can work in a hospital or a doctors surgery. You could work in a care home or a school. You could train to become an oncology nurse or a mental health nurse. You could be a midwife, or you could become a nurse manager. Once you are a nurse, you are never stuck in one area. You’ve always got options


Nursing is a growing industry, and it always has been. As the population gets older, we need more healthcare professionals. As breakthroughs are made, we need more nurses in specialist fields. You don’t just be a nurse to stay at the same level. You could further your training, to one day become a nurse practitioner, a manager, a researcher, or a doctor. You could one day open your own practice, or follow your passion to enter a specialist area of medicine. There is always room for you to grow, to develop your skills, to gain new responsibilities, and to earn more money. 


If you are looking for a flexible career, without having to miss out on career growth or development, there’s none better than nursing. Yes, shifts in a setting like a hospital can be long. But, you might be able to just work four days. Or, you could work more flexible hours as a school nurse, or in a local practice. More women are returning to work after having children, which means that more flexibility is needed, and in nursing, job shares can be a popular choice. 

Patient Contact

Many people that go into healthcare do it with a desire to help people. While, of course, doctors and other professionals do this every day, they don’t always get to witness the results of their hard work due to limited patient contact. As a nurse, you’ll spend time with patients and their families. You’ll offer then support and guidance and you’ll educate them. You are the person that gets to know them, and that sticks around to help.


There always seems to be a nursing shortage. In part, this is because the baby boomer generation is retiring, but it’s also due to the aging population. There will never be enough nurses to cope with demand. We’ll always need more. That gives you job security. Other careers come and go, nursing is constant. 


Not every day as a nurse is happy. There will be days when you go home and cry. But, more often, you will go home knowing that you have made a difference. That you have helped people, and even saved lives. That’s a kind of career fulfillment that is hard to find.

Gender Equality

Unlike many other careers, nursing has always been mostly female-dominated. But, more men than ever before are entering the profession, in many different areas. This helps to promote equality in the field and makes it easier for even more men to get involved. 

Interesting Work

When you are a nurse, in whatever setting, no two days are the same. You’ll meet different people, cope with new traumas, treat various conditions, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s certainly not dull. 


Nurses often form firm bonds quickly. The nature of their work unites them; they make friends, offer each other support, and grow together. As a nurse, you’ll soon make lifelong friends.

Looking for a nurse job? You may find it here.

Book Review: Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Saturday, July 27, 2019

As soon as I saw the book "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" at Walmart, it caught my eye. I picked it up and glanced through it. A lot of the contents seemed to have reached out to me to want me to read more.

Richard Carlson writes on simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life.
100 , 1-2 pages of thoughts and insights, on such thought topics like:
- Choose Your Battles Wisely
-Imagine Yourself At Your Own Funeral
-Become More Patient
-Choose Being Kind Over Being Right
-Let Others Have the Glory
and more....
The book tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy.
The author reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.
Its easy reading, available through Walmart and Amazon. Worth the read, and makes you stop and think about alot of the "small stuff".

Do You Love To Get Free Stuff AND Save Money ??

Friday, July 26, 2019

Do you love free stuff and saving money?? Check out my blog with helpful tips on creative ways to save money and stay tuned for fun giveaways!

Helping Your Partner With His Bachelor Party

Let’s face it; not all men are good at planning things! This is probably because we take over the role of planning. So, when it comes to organizing their bachelor party, they can experience some trouble. Of course, you cannot get involved in all of the finer details of your partner’s bachelor party. You probably don’t want to either. However, if your partner does not know where to start, you could help him by finding a good party planning company. So, what should you look for?

A wealth of destinations to choose from
Make sure there is a huge number of different party destinations they have available. This ensures that you have lots to choose from and so the chances of you experiencing a location which suits your partner and his friends are extremely high. A good company will have options around the United States. However, they may also give you the opportunity to go abroad as well. From Cancun, to Budapest, to Dublin, to Las Vegas, to Ibiza, to Amsterdam, to Marrakech; the options are endless. 

Independent travel agency
This ensures that they are unbiased with their viewpoints. They won’t try and point you in the direction of a destination, hotel or activity because it will benefit them. All decisions are 100 per cent based on your wants. They use their experience and knowledge to ensure that you end up with the best stag party celebration for you. 

Unusual activities
The key to a successful stag party is to make it stand out from all others. The best way to do this is to pick an activity which you wouldn’t usually get to experience. Choose a company that has a wealth of unusual activities for you to enjoy. This includes the likes of; Sumo Wrestling, Kidnapping, Distillery Tour, Medieval Banquet, Bull Running and West Country Games. 

Fantastic reputation
If you take a look at the reviews which have been left by previous customers then you will see that they all have positive things to say. This should fill you with confidence that the company is going to provide an excellent service for you. After all, if they have planned fantastic stag parties time and time before then it is likely you will be more than happy as well. 

Something for everybody
When you think of a stag do, you automatically think of strip clubs and getting drunk. However, not everybody wants to do this! Choose a company to break away from the norm. Maybe your partner wants to purchase wrestling singlets and have a competition? Maybe he wants to go on a cultural trip?  Choose a company that has worked really hard to put together a list of destinations and activities which cater to all types of people. From adventure activities, to nightlife options, to sports activities, to various restaurants, to getting a little bit naughty; there is something for all. 

Consider the points above and you cannot go wrong!

Love My New 3D Quilted Art

Daughter visiting and have been getting her to do some sewing for me.
She refinished a quilt, made some curtains for our RV kitchen and is going to help convert some new ones for the front window in the RV once Walmart gets them in. Also made us this beautiful 3D quilted wall hanging for the bathroom. It has been so hard finding any pictures in a small town that when she had been making pictures for family and friends I snagged her for one for us as well.
I think you'll agree she did a wonderful job!

Finding Time For Yourself With A Hectic Lifestyle

Thursday, July 25, 2019

When you’re bogged down with the commitments that come with being a parent and/or the stress of a full time career, finding some time to participate in activities whose sole benefactor is you can seem to be impossible. However, denying yourself attention to focus on other areas of life will only cause issues that can potentially have further negative impacts upon your health, family and career. When you fail to look after yourself as an individual in order to care for another person, you will eventually run out of steam and be unable to provide assistance to yourself or anyone else. If you’re struggling to find time in your hectic life to focus solely on yourself, then read these top tips to discover what you can do to improve your personal well being in no time at all. 

The Importance Of Eating Well

As a parent, there often comes a time where you find yourself cooking a nutritious meal for your children, and either not eating anything or making something worse in quality. The effort that you put in to preparing food for others must be mirrored in your own eating habits, as you need a healthy diet just as much as everybody else. Each plate should consist of a portion of fruits and/or vegetables, a source of lean protein and complex carbohydrates, as these are the building blocks that will contain all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to thrive. Realistically it doesn’t take long to throw some fresh ingredients together, and the energy and vigor you will gain as a result make it so worth it. Skipping breakfast should be avoided as much as possible, as it is the most important meal of the day and acts to literally “break” your overnight “fast” - hence the name. Your first meal should realistically be the largest, and is a great opportunity to fill your plate with foods like whole grains that can help you to stay full and energized until lunch time rolls around. Your overall focus and concentration will certainly be lacking if you instead opt for some kind of junk, as high sugar and fat foods cause a roller coaster for blood sugar levels and can make you slump in extra fast time. 

Self Care Can Transform Your Day

Taking part in self care activities can help to transform a very negative day into something much more positive and worthwhile. This could be anything from a long hot bath filled with bubbles to a session standing in front of the mirror reinforcing your importance - anything that you feel would remove even the smallest amount of the pressures you are experiencing should be considered. One of the best and most beneficial self care exercises that you can do is meditation, and it’s so easy to fit a couple of sessions into even the most hectic of lifestyles. Whenever you find a moment during which you can pause and think, whether this is whilst on your morning commute or perhaps as a part of your night time routine before bed, grab it with both hands. All you need to practice meditation is yourself and a comfortable place to sit down, as it all comes from within. Take a seat and begun to focus solely on your breathing, paying close attention to ensure that you you inhale via your nose and exhale through your mouth. Try to do this for as long as possible and make a note at which stage or time your mind decides to wonder elsewhere - this is essentially what you are building on, as the longer you are able to keep a completely clear and balanced mind, the more peaceful you will be, therefore helping you in many other aspects of life too. With meditation comes mindfulness, which is the practice of addressing and accepting your current emotions and situation in a calm and collected way, or “living in the here and now”. This takes no time from your busy schedule, as it’s simply a very achievable frame of mind that can greatly benefit your mental health. 

Find A Passion & Stick With It 

When you become a parent, it’s hard to keep a strong individual or personal life. The hobbies and passions you used to take part in get replaced by children’s own alternatives, and whatever it is that really interests you has to take a back seat. However, you cannot allow this kind of behavior to fester and grow as you need some kind of outlet or passion to keep yourself sane. Even if you decide to do something as simple as going back to school, it’s completely achievable with a hectic life as places such as Rutgers University can offer online courses that can remove a large chunk of the hassle. Do some research to determine what it is that you would actually like to spend some of your free time doing, either with an end goal like a qualification or just to have some fun. Make sure that whatever you choose to take part in, you are able to fully commit yourself to really having a go - and not giving up. Developing some kind of extra interest has so many different benefits, from the social side of being able to meet and converse with new people regularly, to the extra skills and knowledge you can gain, so it’s a win-win situation. 

With any luck, these ideas are just the push you needed to begin making some time for yourself. You simply will not be able to care for anyone else if you are not in good health - both physically and mentally. Make an effort to consume a healthy diet to lay the perfect foundations, and always take part in self care activities that put you at the center of your own attention. Finding a passion, hobby or interest will do wonders, positively benefiting your social life, interpersonal skills, knowledge base and much more. Don’t forget - your brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised in different ways so you can be strong both in mind and body.

No Money And Hating Your Job? Go Down A Different Path

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Well if this isn’t something that a lot of us can relate to. Well, we know all of you who are reading this will relate to it, and that’s why you’re reading this article. But you might have read articles like this before, or you might have heard people giving you all sorts of advice to your problem. But will you have followed any of it? Not yet, and that’s why you circle back to reading articles like this all of the time. So we hope that this is the definitive article for you, because there’s only so long you have in life to make a change and do something that you actually want to do, and how are you ever going to be able to do anything like that if you don’t have the money to support it. And when you think about money, it all boils down to the job that you have, how much you’re having to work to get the money, and how much money you’re actually getting. So if your head is hurting, and all you want to do is escape from the job you’re in and go down a different path, then we’re here to help. Let’s tackle that mental block, get you on the right path, and get you making the most the most of life!

Break That Mental Block

Having a mental block is one of the things that’s holding most of us back in life. It doesn’t just have to be career related, it can be anything in life. Mental block that stops you from getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, eating right, exercising right. All of that is stopped in most of our lives, simply because we have a mental block. It’s no different for those of you who are struggling with your work life. You can have all of the will in the world to go for a different career, but a year later and you’ll still be sat in the same job, thinking the same thing. But that’s only because we’re creatures of habit as humans, and we find it so hard to break that. So much so that there have been books written about how we can try and break that toxic trait. So if you’ve spent longer than a few months wishing you were in a different job, it’s time to break that mental block. Detach yourself from the people you work with, the comfort, and remember what it is that you don’t like about the job. Let it drive you to chose something else, because it won’t be long until you feel like you’re too far into your life that you can’t do that. 

Retrain Towards That Dream Job

It’s common knowledge that going into a new job either requires experience or some form or a qualification, and a lot of you will have none when thinking about your dream job. So perhaps it’s time to think about the power of education, and how easy it would be to get your dream job if you had that career behind you. If your brain could use some training, and you’re happy to go back into education to work towards your career, you should check out Norwich University and see what courses they offer that might interest you. It might be hard to take you out of your normal routine and get you back into the world of learning, but once you get into the swing of things and set up a routine, it won’t be long until the course is over, and you’re moving towards your dream job.

Is It Your Job...Or You?

So now it’s time to think about whether it’s the job role, or whether it’s you that’s the problem. Now we want to talk in relation to money, because a lot of us are bringing in such a nice wage, but we’re so bad at wasting it half way through the month, and them complaining that we should have a job that offers us more money. But in fact, it might be time to take a look in the mirror, and check out your spending habits. A good way to do this is to use one of the many apps that are available at the minute. They allow you to track your bills and your other outgoings, and clearly show you how much you’re going to have to spend for the week. After using that, you’ll then be able to see if it is in fact your job, or your own spending habits that are the problem.

4 Degree Choices To Land You A Great Paying Job

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Many teens are now preparing to go to university this September. With the cost of education rising and income stagnating you might wonder whats the best degree to choose if you want to land a great job with a decent salary when you graduate? Starting university can be daunting in itself and even more so if you're unsure that you've picked the right elective. What type of role is right for you when entering the world of work? You might even want to try something completely different to what you’ve studied at lower levels of education or have a perfect idea of where you’d like to be in the next few years. But with the average graduate changing jobs every two years, it's likely that this may change sooner than you would think. Having a look at professional career sites like Linkedin allows you to measure yourself against other graduates qualifications and can help to alleviate some of your worries. But to make it even for you we’ve put together a list of some of the best-paid graduate jobs for you to have a look at and hopefully sees you on your way to landing your dream job. 
Graduating with a degree in Business is a sure-fire way to see you on the road towards a lucrative career when you graduate. With a variety of pathways from Business analyst, Accountancy to Actuarial analyst, a Business degree can equip you with skills in leadership, public speaking, presentation and teamwork that will make you well rounded for whichever route you choose. Colleges like the University of Alabama Birmingham offer comprehensive Business courses to see you on your way to greatness. 
 Date Entry/ Administration
While it may come as a surprise to many, a degree in Administration can land you an extremely well-paying job in the long run. A qualification in administration equips you with a variety of different skill sets that can be used in a variety of challenging roles. You will gain skills in writing, communicating, strategising and planning. These skills can take you to a job in Project Management or Business Development, the list really is endless.  
A job in education and teaching can be a safe, lucrative job for life. With a shortage of teacher’s in many parts of the country, schools and colleges are offering new graduates extremely hefty incentives to get into teaching. Not only is it a hugely rewarding experience to make a difference in the future generations lives its also hugely noble profession.  
Teaching is still considered one of the noblest professions. Despite that, there is a shortage of teachers worldwide. Helping the next generation to accomplish and realise their goals can be a hugely rewarding experience. With graduates from the computer sciences, mathematics and engineering, regularly being headhunted and being offered huge ‘golden handshakes’ for joining the Education field, this may be a role well worth considering. 
Communications  and Social Media 
New media and digital marketing are one of the fastest-growing employment sectors of the 21st century. Taking on such a varied degree will allow you to gain a keen creative outlook. Perfect for those who loved drama, art or English at school, a degree in communications will teach you to be a keen negotiator and astute businessperson. 

We hope this helps you find the ideal degree for you! 

Things To Consider When Getting A Home Loan

Taking out a home loan is one of the biggest things you will ever have to do. As a future homeowner it is a crucial decision in the buying process and will determine not only the term of your mortgage, but what your payments will be for the next 20 years or so. 

Choosing a home loan is a big decision and there are of course a lot of options to consider. You could go for a fixed or variable rate home loan, a short or long term, and these will all make an impact on the lifestyle you lead going forward. Today we are going to take a look at some of the different things you need to think about when getting a loan this year. 

1. Research Options

When choosing a home loan some of us might think that it is a one size fits all kind of deal, but this is not the case. In fact,  there are many types of loan you can choose depending on your needs and these will all be helpful for you when you are living your daily life. For example there are who types of interest you can choose: 
  • Fixed - the interest rate will stay the same for a fixed period of time, usually 2-3 or 5 years 
  • Tracker - the interest rate will rise and drop with the market, which can sometimes save and sometimes cost you more 

Choosing the right type of interest and loan for you will make a big impact on your life. 

2. Affordability

The most important thing you need to think about when you come to take out a home loan is how affordable it is for you every day. As well as being able to afford the payment, can you also afford to buy food, pay bills, and live comfortably? If so, then you are well on your way and ready to go. Just be aware of hidden costs of your life and make sure that you always have enough money to spare.

3. Spend Cautiously

During the time it takes you to choose a home loan and move into a house it is incredibly important for you to take the time to save up. There will always be unexpected costs of moving into a home whether it be a wall to be painted or an appliance to buy and the best thing you can do for yourself is be ready to pay as soon as you can. Saving up now will make life less stressful later so make sure you try to do this today. 

4. Long Term? 

It is important when thinking about a home loan that you consider the long term impact of it as well as the short term. For example, if in 5 years you will be having a child, you need to make sure that you can still afford your home loan even with the cost of a baby in the family. Be sure to think ahead and make sure that this is the right option for you right now. 

5. Read Documents Carefully 

Before you sign anything it is important to look carefully and be sure you know what you are signing. This might sound like the most obvious thing in the world but a lot of people don’t read thoroughly enough and this can have an impact on your spending later on.
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