DIY Dog Ear Wipes

One thing that I hate doing is paying an arm and a leg for something that I won’t use a lot but will use enough times on Yoda. Lately we have been trying to stick to a budget and that means kind of cutting out taking Yoda to the groomer. But have no fear because I have made it a plan to at least give him a bath every few weeks and all that. 

I went to Petsmart today to pick up some ear cleaner or the ear cleaner Wipes and was shocked at the price of them! I could not believe the price of either one of them. Then when we went to Walmart there too I was ashamed to say that they had only the ear swabs but no Wipes or cleaning solution. Ugh! Seriously?! So I thought back to when my sister had her dog Possum, she got tired of buying the ear Wipes and cleaner and started making her own. So that’s exactly what I did! 

Here is all you need:

  • 70% rubbing alcohol 
  • White distilled vinegar
  • A storage container
  • A measuring cup (I used a 1/3 cup)
  • Cotton pads or balls 

All you do is mix an equal amount of the rubbing alcohol and white vinegar into the container that you are going to store the Wipes in. The add the pads into the container and allow them to soak up the mixture. Then close the container and you have your own Wipes for your pup or pups next time you need to clean their ears! It was so easy to make and honestly was the first time I have ever cleaned Yoda’s ears as they always do them at the groomers!
I hope you enjoy this fun and quick little DIY to do at home and help save you some $$!! I know just today it saved me a good $18 from the pet store! 

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy Review

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy {Family Gravity Media}
The one thing that Olivia has always loved to do is take videos of whether it be of her dancing, jamming or playing with her Littlest Pet Shops. Apparently that is the thing these days with a tween. I honestly didn’t know that and I was so happy when we were selected to be able to review this amazing service online called Online Christian Filmmakers Academy by Family Gravity Media, a division of Families for Christ Ministries, Inc. I was so excited to get started with Olivia on this. She may not be old enough to have a camera but we allowed her to have a phone and she has been making loads of videos that way.


The one thing that made me excited about this program was that even though it was online, it allowed both me and Olivia to learn how to go through the process of film making and if that is the path that one year she would like to continue to do then she will be wonderful at it. While watching the videos online with Zack Lawrence, I realized that he said in most of his videos to not let the information and sit but for you to go out and practice what you have just learned in that specific lesson. This is true for anyone who is learning film making or even dealing with photography like I do. This is a very important lesson to learn. We have gone through several of the lessons and have learned so much already. Olivia has been “practicing” on her pets and even on Yoda who doesn’t stay still which is a good thing for using a camera. It’s not like she’s taking a picture of him but she is recording him for a mini video of him. She loves chasing him around the yard or the house and I love seeing the happiness I see in her as she does this each time we watch a lesson. This is a very informational course to take online and is easy to do while at home. I love how Olivia is coming up with ways to incorporate this in the next time we go to Disney World so that she can come up with a pretty awesome movie for our family to watch.

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy {Family Gravity Media}
I love how this academy began! It started when a family was homeschooling their 4 children and they oldest son, Zack became interested in film making. So just like any father or parent would do they did some research on how to get their child started in something like this. The good thing was that Ken the dad had gone to college and studied Radio & TV Broadcasting. How lucky were these kids? Pretty lucky I tell ya! So Ken started studying along side with Zack in learning Christian Film making and even started to purchase the equipment to get ready to start filming. Through the years they have gone through some lessons themselves on learning how to be a successful filmmaker but not only just a regular filmmaker but one who is in the Christian Film making world. This is very important to me as a parent that my child continues to learn the good news and to continue to still be sheltered some. Or as much as I can as a parent. In 2012 is when they decided to start their camp and offer it online. They wanted to make sure that those who went through the online academy or the online camp would still be able to glorify Him through his praise no matter what. This is what I loved about this academy!!


Now comes the fun part….I now have a Canon XS which is an old DSLR more for the starter photographer but now a days you can get a wonderful DSLR that does video as well. This is what I am hoping to upgrade to and Olivia and I can make our own movies when we travel in which we do a lot these days. You don’t have to have just a video camera you can use a DSLR camera which is amazing and you can definitely get the different views. I already have several so we could just incorporate those our use on our new DSLR.


I highly suggest you check out the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy Facebook Page and the Online Christian Filmmakers Camp Facebook Page. Plus here is a little plus for all my readers, directly from Online Christian Filmmakers Academy they are offering to all my readers $100 coupon code off the regular price of $299. Please know that this coupon code is only good until November 30, 2016. The coupon code is: FALLCREW16


I did receive a full 12 month access to the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy from them and as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. All my opinions are 100% my own!


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Three Simple Ways to Be a Healthier Person

Three Simple Ways To Be A Healthier Person
These days, many people are realizing that we live in an increasingly unhealthy world. This is the case for numerous reasons, including the fact that many people are now eating highly processed diets and leading sedentary lifestyles. In recognizing that health is the precursor to happiness, you may be interested in learning how you can optimize your level of physical and well-being. There are numerous techniques you can implement to realize the goal. Here are three of them: 

1. Enhance Your Home.
Your private living space can have a profoundly powerful impact on your mood, and this is why enhancing your home is a good idea. Whether you’re implementing strategies that help declutter or making more space to promote a feeling of well-being, the small or large changes you exact can lead to a healthier state of mind. There are several techniques you can employ to get your home in great shape, and one is attaining professional assistance from a team of trained contractors or home design experts. You can find contractors near you today by visiting 

2. Keep It Moving!

These days, most people do not maintain the level of physical activity necessary to promote weight management and mood stability. But you can. In many cases, the secret to success with developing and sticking to a workout plan is locating forms of physical activity that you enjoy engaging in. Some types of exercise you may find appealing include:
• running 
• weight-lifting

• cycling 

• softball 

• jump rope

• step aerobics

• tae-bo

• yoga

3. Get A Monthly Massage.
One final technique that can help you attain greater health is investing in a monthly massage. While many people think of massages as a special pampering activity that one attains while on vacation or as a birthday present, it’s important to know that they are a health-regulating procedure that you can engage in regularly to optimize wellness. Some of the health benefits that result from attaining massages include:
• elimination of toxins from the body
• optimized functioning of the circulatory system

• clearer thinking 

• better breathing 

• improved sleep quality 

• clearer skin

Don’t Delay: Get Healthy Today! 
If you’re looking for ways to become a healthy person, you can get the process going and growing immediately. Three strategies that can help you optimize your level of wellness include enhancing your home, exercising regularly, and investing in a monthly massage!

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“I Said Yes” by Emily Maynard Johnson Book Review

I sure do love reading books and last year I promise that I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to due to school, teaching and my health. But thank goodness this year seems be going just a little better than expected. I was lucky enough to read a wonderful book about love, loss and redemption. I read “I Said Yes” by Emily Maynard Johnson who was on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Emily’s book shows us all about how even though we may look for love in all the wrong places, the first place to look to is God. He is the one who will show you the true meaning of love and show you and guide you through the process. Emily in the past was engaged to Nascar Driver, Ricky Hendrick and he was soon gone too soon. She found out just after the tragic accident that she was expecting and realized that he would live on forever with their child. Being a single mom to a beautiful daughter, Ricki, Emily wanted to find someone who would share her life with and her daughter’s. I honestly never watched The Bachelorette but I have watched the Bachelor before and loved it. This is a book that I don’t want to give away too much of the book but I will say that you should definitely go out and get it and read it or see if your local library has it. It made me realize that yes I found the man that I am going to spend the rest of my life in and if only I had this book when I was looking. Would have made me turn back to God a lot sooner! You can get this book online via or find at any local book store.


I did receive this book from BookLooker in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily and all my opinions are 100% my own!


So we are on the watch to see if Hurricane Matthew will hit us or not. It’s been kind of surreal considering just a year ago my sister lost everything she owned and was paddle boarding inside her home due to a flood from a hurricane then. Now she has been told that she has mandatory evacations happening now and so she is gathering up anything that means something and what not and heading out of town.

The hurricane though has shifted more eastward but we are still days from it making landfall near us so it’s still up in the air if it will hit us or not. Praying that we don’t get much damage and that all those who are in the path of hurricane Matthew stay safe.

Great Gas Mileage!

When I had my last van, Satan’s Cheriot as we nicked named it, the Dodge Grand Caravan, we struggled with getting good gas mileage with it on the highway. We thought that getting 24 MPG on the highway was great but then the mileage started to decrease on the van. So when we purchased the new van the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite we realized that we made the best decision a family could make. Our van was only rated to get around 28 mpg on the highway but honestly that was still wonderful considered we never received that on the other van.


This past weekend we went to the beach to visit our best friends and we got great gas mileage on the way down there. I want to say it was around 27 give or take a little but still wonderful. Then I filled up before heading back home in Leland, NC and I made it home with still 3/4 of a tank full. I was getting around 28 on the way home and I was so excited about that. But then we had to leave to head to Kernersville, NC to go get our free oil change. I was not going to back away from a free oil change and even though it was a 2 hour drive there it was completely worth it. They worked with us so well and it was a nice change to have a dealership work with your times since we lived so far away. Did I have to fill up before leaving…nope. I was still on half a tank of gas so we headed back home. On the way home I had gotten 32.6 miles to the gallon which was was completely amazed!!! Needless to say, I want to now make a trip down to Orlando just to see what kind of gas mileage we will get whenever it’s time to head down there for our family vacations. 🙂


So if you are looking for a wonderful vehicle and family friendly van definitely check into getting an Odyssey!! It’s well worth the money! Annual Subscription Review Annual Subscription
Is your child savvy on the internet? Do they like to get emails from their friends and family? It’s almost like they are independent but there are so many threats out there on the internet that it’s hard to keep them protected at all times. Now we have a solution for keeping up with Olivia’s email as we are now using for her main email and I feel so much better knowing that we are protecting her by using our Annual Subscription that we received to be able to review this product. Annual Subscription
I had used in the past for Olivia but had completely forgotten about it for a few years. I should have known better but it’s like life got super busy for us and I just forgot. The main thing that I love about allowing Olivia to use this email service is that I can protect her from the threats and predators out there who are preying on young children. I like how I can monitor her email and I can set up a few features that are wonderful for all parents to have for their children. One of the features that I love is that I can set time restrictions for when she can access her email. That means no emailing or getting her email in the middle of the night! Yes that has happened to us already with her using a regular email account we set up for her. Not good! And if they are grounded from using anything or the internet that means they will be grounded from their email as well. A simple solution for most parents out there! Annual Subscription
Next up that I love is no Ad’s! This is very important because you never know what kind of ad’s will pop up on their email accounts. I think this is a very safe and protected thing to have. Plus the parents have the option of viewing all of their child’s emails that they receive so you can really keep a check on what and who they are emailing. This is something I wish I had for Olivia back in May when she had pulled her little stunt she pulled. You can set up a contact manager to where your child can only email to the people who are on her contact list. No other person at all and this is a great way to protect our children for sure. also allows you to block people from sending any emails to your child or children. I love this idea! I’m sure Olivia would think otherwise but that’s her opinion and not mine.


When it comes to the different options that you have to choose from for the subscriptions they are as follows:

  • Trial: Try out for 30 days for free! This way you can try it out and see if it will work for you and your family!
  • Monthly: Pay $4.95 a month and receive 4 email accounts with your subscription.
  • Annual: Pay $38.95 annually and receive 6 email accounts with your subscription. This is the best value to get because you get more email accounts and will be able to keep your family safe.

You can use this for a teenager as well which is what we are going to be dealing with in about 6 months with Olivia. Perfect! I can still check and see what she is doing and writing to her friends! Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts. This is going to be my favorite email service to use with Olivia from now until she’s old enough to be in college! Annual Subscription
I did receive an Annual Subscription from and as part of the Homeschool Review Crew! All my opinions are 100% my own!

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The Pray-ers/Book 1 Troubles {CTM Publishing Atlanta}

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
Is your child looking for a new book or series to read? Are they into praying for others, for themselves or just praying for things in general? Olivia is really into reading good books that she won’t put down nor will she share them with other people. She is what you would call a book hoarder! There I said it! Now the whole world knows it…just kidding but she is an avid reader and loves to read new books. This book is like no other book she has read before. She found it like she was reading part of a devotional book and yet a book that she would have picked up in a bookstore or at the library. It’s called “The Pray-er/Book 1 Troubles” and it was published by CTM Publishing Atlanta and written by Mark S. Mirza.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
This book was hard to get Olivia to read at first but once she picked the book up it was hard for her to put it down to do certain chores, sleep or even eat. She loves to read and loves to put herself into the story. When she was reading this book, she really got into the book as you could hear her get sad, upset, and laugh all in one chapter. She really began to ask me questions about how to pray and why we should continue to pray every day. This is something that we have always tried to teach her but before she was never interested in it. After she started to read this book, I noticed a change in her demeanor. She started to question certain things and she started to pray more. She started to read her Bible daily and started to understand that life isn’t about what we have but it’s about the troubles and trials that we go through as a child and as a person.

I personally love how the book takes you through what you may go through in life. It starts out with Angels and Demons and then each chapter it takes you through many characters troubles that they encounter. It brings you into the historical mode and yet you can still picture yourself within this book being one of the characters! This book reminds me gently that not everyone’s lives are made up of roses and peaches and that we all will endure our own troubles no matter how hard we try not to. This book is such a good book for a pre-teen or teenager to read because it will help them understand that maybe them not getting their favorite makeup or a new iPhone is all that important but that God himself is more important. We often think that no matter what challenges we go through, there are others out there who go through things that can and are a lot worse. There are children and teens that have gotten themselves into so much trouble that they don’t think there is any way out but there is. Accepting Jesus into their hearts is what we all want to do and that is how this book makes you think that no matter how hard you think it will be it can always be worse. I never thought a book could be so in depth and could have so much more meaning behind the story line but it can! As a parent and even a student I still feel like no matter how hard we try to protect our loved ones we can always get over things a lot better. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series as it is one that even I want to continue to read and allow Olivia to read it as well. I truly believe that this is a wonderful Christian Fiction book and series that I would want Olivia to continue to read!!!

You can view online their Facebook and connect with them on Twitter! I was sent a copy of this book to review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew! All my opinions are 100% my own!

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We’re going to float away soon!

Whew! It’s been raining for the past few days and I have been fighting a migraine as well. The pressure that my head has been feeling hasn’t been too pleasant and I’ve been trying to get away from using facebook to post what is going on in our lives and instead blogging about it. This is what I started my blog for in the first place. To post about our lives and how we have been doing and what Olivia has been up to. I also started to do reviews on it as well and as Olivia has gotten older and now we homeschool, I find it more difficult to post daily. But if I could just post a few times a week that would satisfy me too. I haven’t been taking any pictures lately either. Just too lazy at times and then times my little model (Olivia) doesn’t want to work with me anymore. I’ve lost my free model! She now has attitude, hormones and well sometimes is just too unpleasant to deal with. So I will try to post more pictures of Olivia as well.


One thing that we did do this year was we banked our week at Bryce Mountain Resort to use somewhere else. I’m seriously thinking of doing something for spring break week or maybe hitting the beach sometime in May before it gets too crowded. I’m sure I can find something then for not a lot of points. We shall see what we can get. I’d of course love to go skiing but that may come another year. But that’s about it. Life is busy and hectic but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

NeilMed ® Naspira ® Nasal-Oral Aspirator Review

Do you have a young child? Or even a baby or toddler? Have you ever tried to use a regular Nasal Aspirator and the struggle that comes along with it? Man I have and I struggled. When Olivia was a baby and a toddler it was very difficult to do so but now that she is old enough to blow her nose, it’s been a breeze. The one thing that I am very happy about when I found out that I was going to be able to review the NeilMed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator I was super excited. I may not have a baby now but I watch my nephew quite often especially when he is sick. These came in handy as soon as I received them Brayden was sick. I used one of them on him and he was pityful and it was so much more pleasent to get his nose unblocked compared to before.

Here is a little more information about the NeilMed Naspira:

  • NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator is the world’s most uniquely designed
    nasal aspirator system that safely and works for babies and toddlers. Who wants to deal with a screaming child who is already having a difficult time breathing? Perfect!
  • This is very unique in a 2 in 1 design where you can use it just as a Nasal Bulb or you can use the suction tube to help get more of the gunk. Don’t worry you won’t get it inside you mouth! Trust me this grossed me out if I would have gotten it in my mouth.
  • The Sterilization is very easy by boiling. Never put these into the microwave though to sterilize. Very unsafe!
  • You can get this for a price between $9.99 and $14.99! Very price worthy in my opinion! Why didn’t they have this when I had Olivia. Would have made my life a lot simpler and easier!

You can connect online with NeilMed via Facebook, Twitter and their online website. NeilMed products can be found at Babies R Us,Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon, Kinney Drugs, Shop Rite, Brookshire’s,,,, and


I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
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