Spread Smiles

Spread Smiles

A poll of 2,000 adults found that these are some of the top things to do to put a smile on someone’s face! Just in case you want to spread smiles 🙂

1. Good news
2. If someone smiles at you
3. Positive news
4. Seeing loved ones
5. Making someone else smile
6. Someone telling a joke
7. Being with family
8. Getting a surprise from someone
9. Seeing a baby laughing or smiling
10. A compliment from a stranger
11. Listening to music
12. Waking up to sunshine
13. Eating a nice meal
14. TV Shows
15. A nice weather forecast


Things That Are Better To Buy Used

Things That Are Better To Buy Used

It can be hard to figure out what is better to buy new and what things are good to buy used. There are many gently used items that can still have a long lifespan and can help you enjoy the savings you’ll get from buying them that way. Here are some of those things:

1. Exercise equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and dumbbells that are still in good condition.
2. Anything with a lifetime warranty.
3. Hand tools.
4. Tech gadgets – things like buying an “open-box tv” that was returned or used as a store model.
5. Espresso machines.
6. Sports gear – especially when kids grow out of them so quickly.
7. Vehicles, cars lose a lot of value just by being driven off the lot.
8. Furniture – browse your local yard sales, flea markets and antique shops for great bargains.
9. Bikes, these have been a big item for people to purchase since the stay at home order began, and a lot of people get rid of bikes that just need a simple fix.
10. Clothing – thrift stores can save you up to 90% on all sorts of different items.
11. Musical instruments
12. Textbooks
13. Yard tools and equipment
14. Wedding accessories – wedding items are generally used for one day. It is a great way to keep wedding expenses down.
15. Jewelry, estate sales are a great place to find good deals on jewelry.

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July Fourth Safety Tips from an ER Doctor

July Fourth Safety Tips from an ER Doctor

Emergency room doctors have seen it all when it comes to Independence Day related injuries and accidents! This year’s fourth of July is looking very different due to COVID-19 and more people will be doing fireworks from home than in previous years. Here are some recommendations from ER Doctors!

– Don’t use fireworks without protective eye wear
– Take every possible precaution before using fireworks
Like knowing which fireworks are legal in your area, have a water source readily available, make sure people are a safe distance away, etc.)
– Sparklers may seem safer than traditional fireworks but you shouldn’t let small children hold them, and if they do supervise them closely.
– Don’t buy or use fireworks sold in brown paper bags (often for professionals only)
– Dress appropriately for fireworks display (a light jacket or long sleeves are recommended)
– Never carry unlit fireworks in your pocket (there’s a potential of a nearby spark causing it to go off)
– Should someone get burned, apply room temperature water to your burn, NOT ice.
– Keep your shoes on
They see lots of kids and adults with burned feet that stepped on coals that were dumped out or other hot items
– Don’t use wire bristles to clean your grill
They can break off and remain on the grill and end up in your food and eventually in your stomach.
– Don’t squirt lighter fluid on your charcoal
Many people lose their eyebrows, burn their face or hair or even clothing after doing this.
– Stay hydrated
– No one swims alone
– Use sunscreen
– Remember to practice social distancing and be mindful of others

Tips to Road Trip Safely This Summer

Tips to Road Trip Safely This Summer

We’ve all spent more time at home in the last few months than we originally planned and probably more than we would have liked to. As things continue to change throughout the summer, many vacation plans look different than we thought they would too. A road trip is a great way to get away with your family. Some states still have certain social distancing guidelines in place so here are some tips to help you along the way!

Plan your route.
Some states still have restrictions on in-person toll collections and rest area food sales. Travel apps like Roadtrippers and AroundMe can answer one of the most common questions any traveler has: What’s nearby? These apps identify your position through GPS and allow you to choose from a list of places, including gas stations and hotels.

What to pack?
So now that you have your route thought out, it’s time to get supplies. Health officials recommend bringing along items like masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wet wipes, disposable gloves (for those germ-infested gas pumps) and resealable plastic bags so you can dispose of your gloves. You’ll need to be extra vigilant about hygiene when hitting rest stops with public bathrooms and gas stations along the way.
Pack your favorite road trip snacks, too, like apples or pretzels in mini-sized bags and bottled soft drinks (bring a small cooler if you want to keep them cold). This will limit your need to stop for them along your trip, which limits contact with others.

Where do you eat?
Seating capacity will be limited with groups sitting six feet apart and some states are only allowing outside dining. In states that have not yet given the green light for sit-down dining, there are still take-out and drive-through services available. And of course, the larger fast-food chains, like McDonald’s or Taco Bell are always good for quick and easy options.

Will rest stops be closed?
If you need a pit stop, the majority of state rest areas will be open, though some may be closed due to renovations. If they are open, remember to pay attention to hygiene. The restrooms are open to the public, which means you’ll be exposing yourself to more germs. So grab a paper towel or two before you touch the exit.

Staying safe at the pump.
Health officials recommend using disposable gloves while pumping your gas, rather than trying to wipe it down with a disinfecting wet wipe. You can easily discard the glove outside in the nearest trash can after you’re done pumping. While paying for your gas, use your credit card instead of cash if possible. This will eliminate the face-to-face contact with the cashier. Plus, your credit card can be wiped down after use.

Sleeping accommodations.
Major hotel chains, including Motel 6, Best Western and Hyatt are still operating along the interstates but not all hotels have reopened after the pandemic. So if you do make reservations on the fly, it’s a good idea to reconfirm them before you get there.


Help Your Pet Cope with Separation Anxiety

If you didn’t know, dogs can get anxiety too! Especially after being left alone for the first time in months!

First lets talk about some warning signs that your dog is having separation anxiety:
– barking, howling, or whining when the owner is away
– panting and pacing
– excessive drooling
– destructive behavior like digging at the carpet, scratching around door frames, and destroying furniture
– peeing and pooping in the house
– vomiting and diarrhea

Baby steps
Start acting like you’re back to work. That means going in your home office or bedroom and closing the door so that your dog isn’t with you. If you would typically crate your dog while at work, do so. Also start leaving the house for longer and longer periods of time.

Make entrances and exits non-events
Most dogs are alert to the sounds that mean someone is leaving the house. Things like putting your shoes on, grabbing your keys, the tone of voice you use when saying goodbye, etc. If your dog responds to you putting your shoes on, do it multiple times each day without actually leaving. Also ignore your dog for about 5 minutes after you arrive home in order to let them settle down.

Crate train your dog
This sets up everyone to win as the dog feels comfortable and safe in their crate through the training.

As you go back to work
Take your dog on a long walk before leaving. A tired dog is often a calm dog. You can also play some low level sounds like soothing music or a TV on in the background.

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April’s Most Purchased

April’s Most Purchased

Good Housekeeping released an article with the top 11 most purchased (non-essential) items in April 2020! Check them out!

1. Cloth face masks
(during this time they were recommended but not required)

2. Dip-powder nail kits

3. Walking shoes

4. Pajamas/sweats

5. Puzzles

6. Hand lotion

7. Bread maker

8. Air purifier

9. Blue light filtering glasses

10. Bed sheets

11. Air fryer/toaster oven

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