Simple Steps to Protecting Your Pipes

This post is sponsored by Roto-Rooter. all opinions are my own.

It’s that time of year – the weather starts getting colder, and sometimes disaster strikes – busted pipes, and a whole slew of problems are now in front of you. If you’ve never had to deal with a broken pipe – you are lucky. Some damage is so extensive that their whole house has to be gutted and re-done.

So doing what you can to protect your pipes during the cold winter months is extremely important. Even if it’s never happened to you – or you think it can’t happen to you – think again.

Protect Your Pipes
Your outdoor faucets, spigots and pipes should be protected with an insulating dome. You can get them at any hardware store. We even put them on the pipes in our garage and basement, where they might not get as much heat as the rest of the house. It’s fairly simple to do, and cheap.

Warm ‘Em Up
Sometimes putting a space heater in colder rooms or areas is smart when the temperature outdoors is extremely cold. We have a space heater in our garage and basement, and sometimes even in the kitchen since its a bit colder there with the back door. You can also leave bathroom and bedroom doors open, and cabinets open as well to help with the airflow.

Turn the Water ON 
You can release the pressure of the water in your pipes by turning on the faucets to a very slow drip. Turing the faucet on relieves some of the pressure in the pipes, which will help prevent (or at least reduce) the chance of a busted pipe.

Don’t Be Stingy with the Heat
Turn the heat on! Even if you are going to be gone, don’t turn the heat off or down too low. Trust me, it’s not going to save you ANY money if you end up having to pay for a busted pipe repair and all the damage the water might do.

More Preventative Measures 
Use products like Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield that can help reduce the possibility of build-up thus also helping reduce the possibility of frozen pipes.

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Big Game Food and Big Game Giveaway: Only with Sam’s Club

This is a sponsored post on behalf of, however all opinions are my own.

My family watches football all year, but nothing is like the big game in January! We pull out all the stops, (even with matching team t-shirts) and of course, all kinds of delicious game day food!

I usually try to get creative and have football theme food (or at least try to make it themed) like last year when we made these yummy and cute Chocolate Covered Football Chips

It’s a lot of fun, and the kids get a kick out of coming up with football, well, everything! And we get great deals on all the game day essentials at Sam’s Club – like what’s a football game without wings? Tyson Chicken Wings are my favorite, and I can get enough for the whole family without breaking the bank.

We pick up all our game day essentials at Sam’s Club, including candy like Skittles and M&M’s and of course 5-Hour Energy Drinks to keep us going!

If you aren’t a member of Sam’s Club yet (why aren’t you?!) check out this awesome promo! Get a $20 gift card with a $45 membership purchase!

Be sure to check out your Valpak envelope for additional information on Sam’s Club memberships and the savings available to members!

Also make sure to enter the #SamsBigGameGiveway! is giving away 20 of the $45 Sam’s Club Memberships! Hurry and enter NOW, giveaway ends 1/16.

Win a Sam's Club Membership!

Join us for the #SamsBigGame Twitter Party happening at 6 p.m. on January 16th! They will be giving away $500 in prizes! Be sure to RSVP here.

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Why We Love the All-New Toyota Highlander

Last month I had the opportunity to test out the 2017 Toyota Highlander. I’ve been looking at upgrading my vehicle, because I realized even though my kids are older – I still need that extra room I needed when they were little. (Not to mention it isn’t easy getting all the kids along with a weeks worth of groceries loaded in my small SUV either). So having the opportunity to try out a few bigger vehicles was just what I needed.

So the first thing of course I noticed, was the room. There’s reclining second row seats (which is awesome for travel) plenty of head and leg room for the driver, and of course the third row seat can be laid down for extra storage (which is pretty much how I keep my seats, unless I have to take all the kids somewhere at the same time). This definitely wouldn’t be a bad vehicle for a road trip.

What I also loved about the Highlander was the pick-up-and-go. I drive 25 miles each way to work, on the highway mostly. So of course I’m passing vehicles, or getting out of the way of those drivers you just don’t want to be driving next to – the eight-speed automatic transmission is amazing. It’s more responsive than the earlier transmission, and it shifts wayy smoother. The transmission quickly downshifts to a lower gear, making getting around (or away) safely is a lot easier (and kind of fun!)

Another one of the great ‘pluses’ of the Highlander is the excellent safety features. It has top notch impact protection and tons of ‘driving assistance’ – like the lane departure warning (which is awesome) pedestrian and other vehicle detection (I love when it warns me that there is a vehicle in the other lane that I’m about to switch to. I always look multiple times, but it’s nice to have an extra set of eyes). Also something new I noticed on this model, was the optional 360-degree camera! Not only do I see what is directly behind me when I am backing up, but also at the corners and all around the vehicle (I can think of a few times this would of came in really handy!)

I haven’t made a decision yet on which vehicle I will upgrading to, but I know the Highlander is definitely in the running!

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Color Me Valentines Day Printable

Over the past year we’ve gone back to basics with a lot of things – instant cameras, retro record players, and coloring books. I bought my first grown-up coloring book a few months ago and I was surprised at how much it relaxed me and kept my mind off of things I didn’t want to think about. So I thought – how fun would it be to have some cute printable color-me valentines day printable for the kids to color and give out at school?

Not only is it fun (and free) but it helps kids develop fine motor skills – and keeps them off their computers, video games and tablets for awhile (yay!)



You can download the PDF of the above printable valentines day cards here –colormevalentine3

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The Best Profession to Pursue Based on Your Skill Set

It can be extremely hard choosing what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Sometimes we go into a career and end up wanting to pursue a different one, and sometimes we’re lucky in always knowing what we have wanted to do. Whether you are about to study a degree and need some help in choosing, or you want a career change, check out the different options available depending on your skills and values.

Real Estate Agent

If you have an interest in real estate and would like to be able to take care of your own clients and are great at time management, going into the property market could be for you. It can be long hours and is a competitive market, but if you like staying busy, this could be the career path to pursue. You also need to be confident and good with people as you meet clients and build trust with them, they are trusting you with their home after all.

Police Officer

If you enjoy being physically active and would like to help stop crime, becoming a police officer is a great opportunity. This isn’t for everyone as there is always a risk of danger within a police officer’s role, but this is part of the job. You need to be able to rely on your emotional intelligence as you will often face encounters where the assailant isn’t happy to see you. Empathy is also a great skill to have as a police officer because often there is a reason behind why someone commits a crime, so we shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover.

Flight Attendant

This is a great career for anybody who wishes to travel within their job and explore the world. You need to be good with heights and being on a plane for hours at a time- if you love flying this could be perfect for you! If you are fluent in another language, you may be able to get a job with a foreign flight company, often with a larger salary. You need to have a good customer service background and airlines often like flight attendants to look pristine whilst working to give a good impression of their company. has a lot more details on this profession and many others.

Physical Therapist

If you have a real passion for helping others and wish to work in a hospital based environment, this is a very rewarding career path to take. You must have patience as physical rehabilitation can take a long time and it can be extremely frustrating for both you and your patient when you want them to get better but seem to be getting nowhere. You need to have great people skills with all age ranges as you could work with the elderly, children with disabilities and amputees, which can be very hard but extremely rewarding.

Whether you want to help others, enjoy customer service or want to go into something a bit different, there is a career out there to suit your skill sets and interests.

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