Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Country Scents 20oz Father's Day Candles Just $22!

Don't forget about dad this Father's Day!
Choose between 3 different Country Scents Father's Day themed Candles! All just $22.00 each!
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Fathers Day Candle (Hero Dad)

Fathers Day Candle (Hero Dad)

This Fathers Day Candle is a rich, warm, sweet woodsy musk scent.
Fathers Day Candle (Love You Dad)

Fathers Day Candle (Love You Dad)

This Fathers Day Candle is a rich, warm, sweet woodsy musk scent.
Fathers Day Candle (Mustache)

Fathers Day Candle (Mustache)

This Fathers Day Candle is a rich, warm, sweet woodsy musk scent.
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Teacher Transforms Students' Artwork into Stuffed Animals!



While third-grade teacher Shannon Anderson loves writing, she knows many of her students think it, well, stinks. But she discovered a way to help them be excited about it. The secret? She transforms their characters into stuffed animals
“I thought, ‘How cool would it be to have stuffed animals?’” the teacher from Van Rensselaer Elementary School in Rensselaer, Indiana, told TODAY Parents. But having personalized plush toys for her students is more than just an awesome thing to do. She also hopes it encourages her students to “see that writing is a joy.” To do that, she works with them on a long-term book project. Each student writes a story and illustrates it. She then takes the illustrations of the characters and submits it to Budsies, a company that makes custom stuffed animals
Then comes the big reveal. Anderson allows them to un-box their toys and records their reactions. Even the toughest of children coo in excitement when they see their fictional characters have come to life.
“Every single student’s instinct is to be in awe, to hug it and love on it,” she said. “It is something very special that they created. It is powerful.” 
Anderson loves how detailed the animals are: One student created a story about a sea turtle that carried a blanket with it. When it arrived the turtle was clutching a blanket. What’s more, students feel impressed by seeing something they once only imaged become tangible.
“Students just create these characters that came from their brain,” Anderson. “The kids absolutely love and treasure the animals." 
Throughout her 24-year career, Anderson always encouraged her students to write. When she taught first grade, the students wrote a page with a picture for a class book. Third graders are more advanced so they’re able to write an entire book with drawings. While she’s only been making the stuffed animals for three years, she knows her former students still keep their creations.
“I have had some siblings that have done this project and they have pulled out their stuffed animal to show me,” she said. 
While providing about 20 stuffed animals can be expensive, Anderson applies for grants to offset the cost. She wants all the students to have one even if their families cannot afford an extra expense.
“Things like that help the parents out and help the kids not feel different if they don’t have resources,” she said. 
But more importantly, Anderson said working on the book with the children creates lasting memories.
“It is just a very special project and I love that we are able to do it over time,” she said. “It gives them a lot of ownership and excitement.”
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Avon Bug Guard Insect Repellent Guide

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Take the bite and burn out of summer and give your family uninterrupted outdoor fun with the full collection of Bug Guard mosquito repellent and Deet-free bug sprays and lotions. From fun in the sun and water to 2-in-1 sun and bug protection, find the perfect mosquito spray and bug repellent for wherever your outdoor adventures take you.
The entire Bug Guard Plus line is DEET-FREE — A big plus for moms with young children.  All products are suitable for the entire family and are available in scented and unscented. All of our insect repellent formulas contain either Picaridin or IR3535, are dermatologist-tested, Deet-free, PABA-free and contain Vitamin E.
Deet isn’t the only weapon.  Products containing the active ingredients Picaridin and IR3535 are as effective!” ~Dan Strickman, M.S., Ph.D.


Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition + SPF

2-in-1 protection from sun + certain insects – perfect for outdoor adventures.
  • Protects against mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges, and deer ticks that may carry & transmit Lyme Disease.
  • SPF 28 & SPF 30
  • Dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic
  • With Vitamin E
1) Pump Spray SPF 30, 4 fl. oz.
Repels deer ticks for 10 hours, mosquitoes for 8 hours
Repels deer ticks for 10 hours, mosquitoes for 8 hours
3) Aerosol Spray SPF 28, 4 oz. net wt.
Repels deer ticks for 12 hours, mosquitoes for 8 hours


Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin

Protects against mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies, biting midges, and deer ticks that may carry & transmit Lyme Disease.  Aerosol spray also protects against black flies.
  • With Vitamin E and aloe*
*Aerosol spray does not contain aloe
1) Pump Spray, 4 fl. oz.
Repels deer ticks for 12 hours, mosquitoes for 8 hours.
2) Family-Size Pump Spray, 8 fl. oz.
Repels deer ticks for 12 hours, mosquitoes for 8 hours.
For on the go!
  • Throw them in a beach tote, camper’s backpack or purse
  • Repels deer ticks that may carry & transmit Lyme Disease for up to 12 hours
  • Resealable bag holds 8 packets. 9″ L x 5 1/2″ W towelettes, .3 fl. oz. each
4) Aerosol spray, 4 oz. net wt.
Repels deer ticks for 7 hours, mosquitoes for 6 hours


Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Lotions + SPF 30

Great for beach/pool.
  • SPF 30 water-resistant (80 minutes) protection
  • Protects against mosquitoes that may carry the Zika Virus.
  • Non-greasy
  • Hypoallergenic
  • With Vitamin E and aloe
Goes on blue then disappears, so you don’t miss a spot!  Pediatrician-tested. Dermatologist-tested.


Bug Guard Plus Anti-Itch Spray*

Itch relief.
  • Provides temporary itch relief from insect bites. 2 fl. oz.


What is the most effective mosquito repellent?

All of our repellents protect against mosquitoes and we have different formulas for all your outdoor needs – some contain SPF, some are best for exposure at dawn and dusk and some are even water-resistant.

I’m planning on a trip. Which bug spray should I pack for travel?

All of our repellents are great to use for on-the-go protection, especially when you’re traveling by ground transportation or you’ve packed liquids and aerosols in your checked-on luggage. Don’t forget – for carry-ons, the TSA requires all liquids and aerosols to be less than 3.4 oz, so stock up on Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes for easy stowing in your carry-on bag.
*Does not repel insects. Does not contain Vitamin E, aloe or SPF. Read and follow label directions & precautions.


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10 Ways to Keep the Family Physically and Mentally Active This Summer

With summer break upon us, many parents will be scrambling for ideas of how to keep their families active over the next couple of months. Staying active, both physically and mentally, can help families avoid the dreaded summer brain drain, where kids tend to lose some of what they learned during the school year, and it can help keep the body healthier. Plus, you can make some great family memories and everyone can learn something. There are numerous ways for the whole family to keep active this summer in the Pigeon Forge area.

“Summer is a great time to engage your family in something new,” states Ed Shaffer, General Manager for WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge. “By seeing and experiencing different things over the break, their mind and body will stay active and challenged. The Pigeon Forge area offers plenty of opportunities for the family to make memories together.”

Here are 10 ways to keep the family physically and mentally active this summer in the Pigeon Forge area:

  1. Explore Art. Check out the illusion artwork at WonderWorks, some of which have hidden objects. You can also play brain games by answering riddles along the way.
  2. Get climbing. WonderWorks offers a 50-foot tall indoor ropes course, where you can be challenged and have fun. The four stories of ropes over 50 different obstacles and activities.
  3. Play tag. There’s nothing like a family-friendly game of laser tag to create fun memories. WonderWorks offers an interactive laser tag option that is a great experience for the whole family.
  4. Be awed. Don’t miss The Wonders of Magic show at WonderWorks, starring Terry Evanswood. Considered the best magic show in the state, it won’t disappoint!
  5. Start digging. Visit the interactive sandbox at WonderWorks, where every hand motion and sand movement leads to more to explore.
  6. Take a hike. The wonders of nature and benefits of spending time out in it cannot be overlooked. Pick a trail that is appropriate for all ages of those in your family, and head out for a nice hike.
  7. Learn something new. Visit a nature center, where you can take part in guided activities, learning about things in the environment.
  8. Family bike ride. Head out on one of the area’s paved bike trails, such as Riverwalk Greenway, and explore by bike. Those who are not local can rent bikes for the journey.
  9. Visit goats. Give the kids a hands-on experience with animals. Families love stopping by to see and feed the animals at Goats on the Roof.
  10. Go downriver. A fun family experience for everyone, head out for a couple of hours of family tubing or rafting. This experience provides an exhilarating experience for all.

“We are blessed to live in an area that offers many family-friendly activity opportunities,” added Shaffer. “Combining WonderWorks with some outdoor activities will help keep your loved ones physically and mentally strong and growing over the summer break.”

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” opportunities, billing itself as an amusement park for the mind. They offer over 100 hands-on exhibits covering natural disasters, space discovery, an imagination lab, a physical challenge zone, a far out art gallery, and a light and sound zone. WonderWorks is open daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. 

About WonderWorks
WonderWorks, a science-focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits – there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Feel the power of 71mph hurricane–force winds in the Hurricane Shack. Make huge, life-sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab. Get the NASA treatment in our Astronaut Training Gyro and experience zero gravity. Nail it by lying on the death-defying Bed of Nails. Conquer your fear of heights on our indoor Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. WonderWorks is also home to Wonders of Magic, starring Terry Evanswood, the award-winning and longest-running performer in Pigeon Forge. WonderWorks hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Open daily from 9 a.m. until midnight

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Support my mom and Special Needs sister with their Young Living Business!

For anyone who has followed my site from the 'early stages' knows I have a sister who was born in 2002 with special needs. Long story short, she has a missing chromosome which is extremely rare which plays a part (if not the reason) for my sister's medical issues which include, but not limited to: memory loss, brain not maturing past a certain age point, and seizures. Now, when I say seizures, I don't mean sometimes. I don't mean 1-2 times per day. I mean averaging at least 200 per day, most you do not even know she is having. They are not the stereotypical 'shake around' seizures, but rather she will stare off blankly appearing to ignore you when, in fact, she is in a seizure state. To give you a bit more insight, she has a machine that was surgically placed inside of her to help reduce the seizures. This machine is meant to last roughly 10 years, give or take. In my sister's case, because she has so many seizures, she has been having to get the battery replaced every 2-3 years. Not even half the life it should have.  
This leads me on to the next point. My parents are both retired. My mom ultimately had to retire early to care for Amy. Once they realized Amy could no longer be in a traditional school setting my mom had to begin caring for her and find alternative educational means, which is where they are at now: doing a 'homebound' program. Basically, teachers come to your home rather than the child going to school. So both of my parents are on a fixed income and unfortunately do not qualify for government assistance, despite the extremely high medical bills. Absolutely does not make sense but that's for a different post on a different day as I could rant on and on about that. 
I'm giving a little back history because I wanted to explain why shopping with Young Living through my mom would make a difference. There are a TON of direct sales companies. I have my own. It's a competitive market. Some people need the income while some people are just trying to get some extra cash or want the discount. In my parent's case, they NEED the income. This isn't 'just a little extra cash', but something that will help offset some of the many medical expenses they have. 
My mom had gotten started in using Young Living because she's always been into essential oils and has tried quite a few of their products. She finds they are expensive but definitely help out a lot. I couldn't tell you everything, she would be better suited. However, I am happy to ask her any questions on your behalf for her to answer. So she didn't sign up to just make money, but to actually better her life from the products. Since using it and finding it beneficial, she has just set up her online link and is hoping she can get some funds coming in to help with the family. 
So while I know many of you don't care too much about direct sales and such, I want to simply put it out there that if you're into essential oils or Young Living, to please shop through my moms link here: https://www.myyl.com/kathyg#my-products 
If you are browsing through products, please make sure to add this ?sponsorid=13815400&enrollerid=13815400&type=member to the end of each URL so she gets the credit when you shop with her. 
I say that because while browsing I noticed that not all links have her name attached. So if you click an item a typical link would look like this:
When you add my moms link, the same link would look like this:
I'm not a part of Young Living so I'm not 100% sure if it catches without adding that on or not so I wanted to make sure to mention it. 
Don't use essential oils, but know someone who does? I'd graciously appreciate you simply sharing this story to help spread the word. It would mean a lot. 

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