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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 8/18/2019

Checklists are like that chore list your mom used to give you. To-do lists can help keep you on task when you want to accomplish many things in a small time-frame. Lists can also help you start and maintain new daily routines. Putting the power of time management systems to work for you. Whether you need to get yourself packed for traveling, develop a healthier lifestyle, or cut down on the family mayhem. When you work out a routine for developing habits for time efficiency, the outcome becomes predictable. Teaching your kids this skill set will enable you to hand off some of those household to-do lists. 

Get Packed and Out the Door

Getting ready to head out of town can be stressful between making sure you secure your home, pets are taken care of, and your bags are packed. Having a system to get you on your way helps reduce stress and uses your limited time effectively. A method to secure your home while you are gone, another for your house/pet/plant sitter and a system for packing what you will need for your trip. If you have a household binder or management files, you can add your printed checklists. If you do not have one, consider putting one together. Having a pre-made list to check off what needs to happen makes everything run a little smoother. You can also delegate things to other people with confidence.

Healthy Routine Checklists

One thing you cannot delegate is your health. Only you decide what level of commitment you will invest in a healthy lifestyle. You already start each day off with a routine; whether it is intentional or unconscious, you do the same things usually in the same order every morning. You may only need to add one or two small things to reap the benefits of a healthier you. Using your personal goals as a guide, pick a few simple changes to your morning routine that will add health to your life. For example, putting a bottle of water by your bed a night and drinking it first thing in the morning is an excellent start to the day. Consider taking five minutes and stretching out before you get dressed. Let it be your warm-up for your busy, stressful day ahead.

Look at your daily habits or routines and write down the morning routine that sets you up to conquer the day!




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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/21/2019

Are you trying to keep cats out of your garden to protect your birds or to stop them from defecating in your yard? Or perhaps to keep wandering cats from mingling with your cats. Whatever the reason, with the correct approach, you can successfully keep cats out of your garden for good and stop them from using it as their private litter box.

1. Preventative planting with chicken wire

Place chicken wire down on top of your soil or mulch, across the garden bed before you plant. Cats dislike walking on the chicken wire, so this will keep them out. Using your wire cutters, you should be able to open up pockets in the chicken wire sufficiently large for your plants to grow.

2. Cat repellent plants

Some plants give off smells that repel cats. One good example is the plant known as scaredy-cat plant. Other plants that work just as well at keeping cats away are rue, lavender, and pennyroyal. You can plant these and also the other plants in your garden for all-around effectiveness. 

3. Ultrasound devices

Some ultrasound devices function on a high frequency that is imperceptible by humans but is rather intolerable for cats. You just position the device so that it faces the garden. A motion sensor detects the intruder's presence, and the device gives off its high-pitched sound, frightening off the cat. 

4. Smelly substances

Cats apparently don't like dried blood as is present in blood meal fertilizer, or citrus scents. Place peels of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit in your garden to repel stray cats. You can also use mothballs or cayenne pepper flakes although they sting.

5. Keep your yard, garden, and property clean. 

Clear gardens decrease visits from all stray and wandering cats. Be sure to avoid feeding your own pets outside as the food odor serves to attract other animals, including cats. You should also keep your outdoor grill and any other outer eating areas clean to prevent food smells. Secure your trash bins so cats cannot gain access. If you observe urine spray on your garden walls, wash them with odor neutralizer to stop the cats from returning. 

If your community has laws, ordinances, or homeowner association restrictions, that prevent you from taking any of these steps, you can ask what can be done legally to stop wandering cats.




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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 5/12/2019

Changing locations is daunting. There are a plethora of exciting things to learn and do. One that might not be on your radar ahead of the move is finding a place to source your food. Most people have a favorite grocery store. You know, it's your go-to place because you know exactly where to find things. You get what you need and are in and out in a flash.

If your chain is national, you're in luck, because most modern grocery chains have similar layouts and offer similar, if not the same, product lines. Some chains, however, go by different names in different states. In this case, each brand may have its quirks, local products, and unique layout while still offering some of the nationally branded items. If you have a loyalty card from your current store, comparable "sister" stores may be on a list on the back or the connecting website. Visit the sister store to see if it appeals to your comfort level but check out other local stores as well. Some grocery conglomerations allow you to use your loyalty points interchangeably among all their stores, while others limit access to local stores. 

For those that typically shop at farmers' markets, co-operatives, and directly from the source, finding local alternatives may be a little more difficult. Many area farmers' markets list hours and locations online, but you also might discover your local library is a better resource for information.

Some cities also boast small "mom and pop" shops that specialize in regional foods or ethnic products and spices. You might find the best ready-to-bake chicken parmigiana you've ever had at that tiny shop around the corner. And if your taste runs to more exotic fare and African, Hispanic, or Asian markets might have just the specialty items you need.

Check out local butchers, bakers, well, and even candle-stick makers for regionally sourced produce, locally baked bread, and farm-to-table livestock.

And if you prefer a more extensive, one-stop-shop type store, you may find local versions with higher quality goods or locally sourced products than the nationwide brands. Some stores even offer special-order products unavailable from other sources.

Some local stores may offer special events such as cooking classes or live music and outdoor seating with a dine-in option. Plan to explore new culinary experiences in your new home by branching out from the national chain stores to include local produce and spices, ethnic stores, and farmersí markets.




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