Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Toughest Monster Truck Tour is Coming!

The Toughest Monster Truck Tour brings only the best and baddest monster trucks in the nation to compete in 3 competitions each night. Only one can be the Toughest! I'm excited to be able to get tickets for Aron to take our boys to this in Independence, MO. I'll be back to write up a review and post pictures!

In addition, you might see high-flying Freestyle Motocross riders, a giant fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur, ATV/quad racing, tough trucks or a 2,000 hp jet powered ATV!

Tickets On Sale Now! Find more information and view the upcoming schedule by visiting this site.

January 19th - January 20th, 2018 Rio Rancho, New Mexico 
Santa Ana Star Center

February 2nd - February 3rd, 2018 Youngstown, Ohio
Covelli Center

February 10th, 2018 Casper, Wyoming
Casper Events Center

February 17th, 2018 Salina, Kansas
Bicentennial Center

March 9th - March 10th, 2018 Saginaw, Michigan 
Dow Event Center

March 23rd - March 24th, 2018 Lafayette, Louisiana

March 30th - March 31st, 2018 Stockton, California
Stockton Arena

March 30th - March 31st, 2018 Independence, Missouri
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

April 13th - April 14th, 2018 Loveland, Colorado
Budweiser Events Center

April 21st, 2018 Grand Forks, North Dakota
Alerus Center

Finding Inspiration for Your Blog When You're in a Rut

Blogging is the chance to put your thoughts, your expertise, and your name out into the world. Blogs can become huge. They can become a career all onto their own. They can be used to draw in organic traffic to your online store, so that you can take your business to the next level. They can be used to draw in brands who want to work with you. They can do so much, but you need to be committed to it.

One of the ways that you need to be dedicated is to continue to create valuable, great content. You need to publish this content consistently, otherwise no matter the format, your blog will suffer. To help you stay inspired, and to help you keep generating new ideas for content, follow these tips:

Make a List of What You Have Done
Hitting that writer’s block can be a tough thing, especially if you started off so strong. That’s okay though. To get you out of this rut start by writing down all the blog posts that you have already written. Doing this alone might spark a few ideas about what is missing from your post collection. If not, that’s okay. This is useful to ensure that you don’t make repeat posts by mistake.

Read Blogs
There are no new ideas, only new takes on them. That’s why it’s absolutely okay to go through other blogs and see what their posts are about. You should never plagiarize, of course, but you can take inspiration. For instance, if there seems to be a challenge circulating around bloggers in your niche, you have a post to write!

Discuss Ideas with Friends, Family, or Co-Workers
Another way to come up with new content ideas is, of course, to talk about them. Get your friends, family, and, if you work for a company or own your own, your co-workers or employees. Brainstorm; come up with new ideas together.

Try New Things
Sometimes, writer’s block isn’t because you don’t have post ideas, but because you don’t know how to go about writing them. When that happens, you need to try new things. Go out and have new experiences that let your brain kick into overdrive. If you can’t get out of the house, that’s okay. New flavors are another way to stimulate your brain, so whether you try adding a new spice or new Mt Baker Vapor e liquid flavors is a great way to get the inspiration that you need.

Start Writing
If all else fails, just write. Good ideas will come just by forcing yourself to start, even if what you initially write is promptly deleted.

Creating consistently is a challenge at first, yes. The more you do it, however, the easier you will find it to be. Continue to use these tips to keep you inspired, so you can always have a list of ideas to pull from when it comes time to write another blog post, or to draft the storyboard for a new video, and so on. 

Is Your Child's Playroom Ready for a Makeover? - How to Make it Happen on a Limited Budget

Your child’s first playroom or play space is an important part of their development. It gives them a place to explore, create, and learn to be independent. As your child grows from baby, toddler, to school-aged it’s often necessary to give the playroom a makeover as their tastes, toys, and needs will differ as they grow older.

If your child is of school-age and their playroom still looks like something meant for a toddler, then it’s well overdue a makeover. The good news is that you can make some pretty transformative changes that are relatively easy on the budget, giving your child a much more age-appropriate place to play in.

Start with Paint

The very easiest and cheapest place to start is usually with paint. When you first decorated a playroom for your child as a baby or toddler, you probably picked something bright and cheerful. This time around, why not let your child be involved in picking the color. By now they have their own likes and dislikes, as well as unique personality. Their playroom can be a reflection of them, which helps to make them feel more comfortable and happy with the space.

If you want to take the involvement one step further, they can even help with the painting if they are old enough. They may choose to do an accent wall too, complete with their own creations. Remember, it’s just paint and it can always be painted over at a later date.

Work on a Theme Together

As discussed on mashioid.co, your child may also want to pick a theme for their playroom. This can be helpful for you when it comes to d├ęcor, as it will give you a basic idea to work with. Popular themes include space, science, superheroes, dinosaurs, animals, under the sea, Lego, and nature.
If your child is stuck on finding a theme, it can be helpful to take a look at Pinterest and show them various ideas.

Get Creative with Storage

One of the most important parts of a playroom is the storage. You want to be sure you have plenty of it and that it is easily accessible to your child. This is where you can get a bit creative in order to save money. Sure, you can purchase those pre-made shelving systems with cubby boxes, but they don't tend to be very cheap.

Instead, look for ways you can repurpose furniture already in the room, or in other areas of the house that you aren’t using, and look for inexpensive items you can purchase that can be turned into a storage solution. Things such as milk crates, buckets, hanging shoe organizers, old tins and jars all make for great ideas. You can add personality to the storage solution with paint, fabric, and other details.

An Age Appropriate and Fun Space

These tips will help you to transform your child’s playroom into a space that is fun, creative, imaginative, and age-appropriate all on a budget.

Monday, January 15, 2018

5 of the Best Things About Retirement

The average person works for at least four decades, and then, as age takes hold, they enter the last stage of their life, which should be the most enjoyable, and by choosing a retirement village, one can experience the ideal environment. Of course, it all depends on a person’s perception of the strange environment they find themselves in when they no longer work for a living, and some people feel a little neglected, as for many years they performed a necessary service, yet one should look at the positive side of retirement – and you will see there are many benefits – of which just a few are outlined below.

1.      Time to Spoil Yourself –There is no subtle way of putting it – For years, you have put others in front of you regarding needs, and with the children grown up with families of their own, now is the time to take that round the world cruise you have always promised yourself. Your living environment, for example, no longer has to be near the children’s school and with no work commitments, you can find a lovely retirement village that has all the amenities you could ever need. As an example, RetireAustralia has plenty of retirement villages in Queensland, where you can meet other retired people who are enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a village that is designed with retirement in mind.

2.      Freedom to Choose – Your time is no longer controlled by your job, and with so much time on your hands, you can finally take up that hobby you never had time for, or pursue a healthy walking schedule in the early mornings. Of course, you would need to live in the right type of environment, and with a retirement village, everything is designed for the life of leisure.

3.      Financially Secure – The peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about how to pay the mortgage and other finance payments, and if you decide to sell the family home, you would have enough for a top notch unit in a retirement village where the weather is always pleasant, plus enough left over to cross off a few things on your bucket list. If you would like some help with personal finance, there are some tips to successful financial planning online that will ensure you have no money worries when retirement comes calling.

4.      Pursue your Interests – When you actually sit down and think about it, there are many things we wanted to do when we were younger, and the good news is that your retirement makes any of these possible. You might want to restore that sports car that is still in storage, or perhaps take up boating, which is a great source of peace and tranquility, and with the extra time and no money worries, you can finally do the things you always wanted to.

5.      Busy Social Life – When you are no longer working, it is important to be able to socialise, and also to have the ability to seek out seclusion when required, and living in a retirement village allows you to make many friends.

If you would like to explore the possibilities of relocating to a retirement village, an online search will put you in touch with several developers, and then you can begin to start to relocation process that will allow you to experience a life of leisure and happiness.

Dealing With A Flooded Home When You Have Kids To Care For

When you become a parent, your whole world shifts and everything is about your children and their
happiness. That’s why whenever anything goes wrong, it is always your children who you think of
first. So should your home flood this winter, then the first thing that will probably cross your mind is
the impact that the flood will have on your children. If they are homeschooled, for instance, the impact
could be huge, as there is the concern of how they will learn while your home is being repaired.

The fact is that should anything happen to your home, from flooding to fire damage, it is always
going to have an impact on your children. However, the good news is that if you are smart about
how you deal with the issue, it doesn’t have to be a negative impact. The fact is that if you take
note of the steps below, you can make dealing with a flooded house when you have kids to care
for, that little bit easier and less stressful.

Find somewhere else to stay

The first step that it is important to take if your home has been flooded and you are not able to stay
there for a while is to find somewhere else to stay. Of course, this step may not be necessary, as it
may only be one room which is flooded. However, if the whole property or most of it is flooded, then
for your children’s sake, it may be worth finding somewhere else to stay. Whether that’s at a hotel,
in a rental property or at a family member’s house, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that your
family has somewhere safe and comfortable to sleep while your home is being repaired.

Take advantage of your insurance

If you have property insurance in place that covers issues such as flooding, now is the time to take
advantage of it. The fact is that if you are lucky enough to have insurance in place, then it is vital that
you use it to help make the restoration of your home after the flood, quicker, easier and more
affordable to complete. Whether you require specialist flood restoration knowledge or
emergency help, your insurance can help to make the repair and restoration process that little bit
easier. Make sure that you contact your insurance company within 48 hours of the flood occurring,
as many companies have policies that state they must be informed within this period of time,
otherwise they can reject the claim.

Get your home sorted as soon as possible

It is important that for your family’s sake so that you can restore things back to normal, that you
do everything that you can to get your home repaired as quickly as possible. Being away from home,
not in their own bedrooms, is never nice for children, which is why it is so important that you do
whatever you can to get your home repaired and restored to its former glory as quickly as possible.

The fact is that dealing with any damage to your home is never nice to have to do, but it is even
worse when you have little ones to worry about as well. For their sake, you want to get your home
repaired as quickly as possible, the only issue is that it can take a lot longer than you would like it to.
Just remember, whatever happens, remain positive about things and realize that the situation
cannot last forever, and will resolve over time.
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