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Helpful Tips for Winterizing Your Home

The summer has folded its wings and you’ve got to buckle down and prepare for the coming winter. This isn’t much of an issue if you live on the West Coast; but even in that region, gray days are ahead, and you want to make sure your plumbing, heating system and any other necessary repairs are taken care off.

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your heating system has undergone regular maintenance. If it hasn’t, now is the time to start looking for reputable HVAC Contractors in your area; they can take a look at your air conditioning unit, furnace and more. Keep their number handy for emergency services, too, when they’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays.

Check The Status Of Your Roof

Whether the rain or the snow hits (or both, for that matter), you’ll want your roof to be in tip-top shape this season. Hire a handyman if there’s no one in the house who can safely climb a ladder to inspect the shingles. This past summer has been a hectic one with hurricanes and strong winds in some parts of the country, so you want to make sure damaged or broken sections of the roof are fixed just in case inclement weather hits your region.


For flat roofs, all it might take is a rake to get rid of pine needles and fallen leaves, so the water they retain doesn’t cause mold to build up. In fact; mold can be a problem in spaces inside the home you rarely see – behind the vanity in the bathroom. If there’s water damage in your home, RestorationElite is a trusted provider of emergency services, mold remediation and water/fire damage repair; they’re located in multiple places around the nation.

Property Cleaning And Leaf Work

Clean your gutters of leaves and debris. While you’re up there (or the professional handyman you hired is) have some water downspouts placed to allow any run-off from the rain to cleanly pour down them and into the street gutters.

For your front and back yards specifically, mulch the leaves to break them up into smaller parts. This saves you a bit of cleanup when compared to raking; furthermore, the mulching motion allows the soil to reabsorb the leaves and nourish your grass this season. If you have a lawn mower, replace the blade with one appropriate for mulching.

Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of winterizing your lawn mower. Any fuel left inside could cause issues if it gets too cold, and possible damage the exhaust. Even if it does not cause damage, it can make the mower more difficult to get running again in the spring. 

Have Your Sewer Line And Sump Pump Checked

Experts generally recommend you check your sump pump pit once every three months or so by pouring water into it. If the pump activates, then you’re okay; if not, then you need to have it looked at. Problems, when they arise, tend to occur after an extended dry season.

It’s a good idea to check your sump pump when the forecast is calling for a rainy season. If there’s any extended work to be done, you’ll probably require a registered professional engineer equipped with small trench boxes they use to safely excavate the ground. They may need to dig to find the problem and ward off an impending failure.

All-in-all, it’s best to have your house checked for all the things that require maintenance; if they fail during the winter season, they’re more costly to repair or replace.

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The Faster, Easier Way to Scrape Ice and Snow From Your Windows.

We are getting blasted with cold temperatures, snow and ice. It is not pleasant to be outside and yet after every storm comes the task of cleaning the windows on your vehicle. That was why I was so glad to find the Scrape-A-Round, this scraper is made of a softer plastic allowing it to conform to the curvature of your windows. It is comfortable to hold even if you have issues like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
I can clean my windows faster and get out of the cold quicker. The Scrape-A-Round has 18″ of ice scraping surface that lets me scrape the frost and ice off my windows faster than other scrapers. It also doubles as a funnel when you remove the cap! Watch a video of it in action HERE!
The Scrape-A-Round makes a very useful and practical gift this holiday season. We have added it to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings! Learn more HERE.
Mommy Ramblings’ readers get to save! Get FREE Shipping when you check out at the Scrape-A-Round Website and  Use code LU8FBEZREU2 at checkout. Hurry and order, this winter is supposed to be brutal!

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Enjoy Outdoor Colorful Plants, Shrubs & Flowering Trees All Winter

I cannot believe that I have been turning the heat on and walking around in sweatshirts this last week. While it is still warm during  the day, it is turning very cool in the evenings. Seeing as we just hit mid September and it is still officially summer, it is far too early for my taste. I love my plants and I hate knowing it is only a matter of weeks and the first frost will mean the end of the perennials in my flower beds until next spring.

I also dislike having to carry my house plants and trees in and out when they were loving their time on the deck this summer. I am not a winter person. The thing that I dislike the most is the drab grayness that happens right after all the beautiful, fall leaves fall to the ground. There is such a harshness in winter and even when the first snowfall comes the beauty does not last long. Before long, the drabness of the long cold winter leaves me longing for color.


While I do not have the power to change the weather in New York, I can do something to add color to my home during the winter season. I recently found a company called Permaleaf that has a collection of artificial plants, trees, and flowers that are lifelike and can withstand the elements.

They look great outside, on a patio, by the front door, in planters and more all around my home. I like that they are a nice way to add color during the gray winter months. I ordered a lavender plant in a nice black ornate planter and love it! It is easy to see how the elements will not affect it and I know it will make me smile to see those pops of color over the long winter.



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Diffusing Essential Oils Can Help You Cope With The Last Weeks of Winter! #Giveaway

You know when we are at the end of winter like this and just longing for spring, it can seem just like a huge tease. We are so close but then Old Man Winter just does not want to leave quietly. Instead, he wants to go out kicking and screaming. It is those last few weeks that can drag on forever it seems especially since that liar groundhog made us think we were getting an early spring. Never trust the groundhog, he lies! One thing I found that really improves my mood during these seemingly endless last few weeks of winter is to diffuse pleasing blends of pure essential oils throughout my home. You would be surprised what a difference it makes.

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If you have never used an essential oil diffuser or if you are looking into getting another, I have a great option to share with you. The Rockano by Quooz is a very interesting looking essential oil diffuser. It comes in three colors; cobalt blue, toffee and peach. I chose the toffee. This diffuser holds 200 ml of water so is in the mid-range volume size. It has a light function that has three modes; steady on, breathing mode and off. The mist has a low or high setting and the unit is easy to operate and care for. Watch my video below for all the details.


Product Description:

“”Rockano”” by Quooz® is an essential oil diffuser that utilizes the most advanced ultrasonic technology to diffuse tap water with a few drops of your choice of oils into a cool mist, maximizing the aromatic powers of the oils. It is ideal for relieving asthma, dry cough, sinus, and cold and flu symptoms or for adding fragrance to your environment.

With adjustable mist and adjustable lighting, “Rockano” is sure to please your every preference. The high mist setting is designed for those who like a strong mist or for larger areas. On the regular mist setting, Rockano’s high capacity allows it to work all night. Then, for optimal safety, the unit will turn off automatically when the water runs low- quietly.

Rockano’s stylish, contemporary design, shaped like a peaky, rocky mountain, will blend well with your style- whether conventional or modern. It also resembles the fine cuts of a dazzling Diamond.

•Large capacity- 200 ML
•2 mist settings with separate control buttons
•High mist diffuses up to 5 hours
•Regular mist diffuses up to 10 hours
•Energy- saving LED lighting
•Quiet Diffusion
•Quiet automatic shut-off
•Low energy use
•DC 24V Voltage. 12W Power.
•BPA- free
•Diffuses ultrasonically at 2.4million Hz/second
•Easy to clean & long- lasting
•Five Functions in one: Purifier/Aroma Diffuser/ Ionizer/Humidifier/Night Light
•Great for every room in your home, office, hotel- just about anywhere.

Open your senses to the beauty of aromatherapy – a true retreat for the body, mind and soul.

Included in the gift box:
Rockano diffuser
A/C adapter
User manual”

This diffuser is a great way to enjoy your favorite essential oils and essential oil blends. The product is available right on Amazon and you can order one by clicking on the photo link at the end of this post. If you would like to try and win one, we are having a giveaway and one lucky reader will win their own Rockano Aroma Diffuser. Thank you to Quooz for the review unit and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Open to US residents, just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck!!!
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Staten Island Chuck or Punxsutawney Phil? Who Should I Believe? #GroundhogDay

It’s Groundhog Day! Living in New York but close to the boarder of PA, it’s hard to know which groundhog to trust.  Do I listen to Staten Island Chuck or Punxsutawney Phil?

This morning Staten Island Chuck, in a new Plexiglas enclosure made his prediction. Chuck said we would have an early spring. I want to take the word of  Chuck, really I do, but I saw some shadows under him on the video replay.  The prediction of early spring is a bit ironic on the day of the first major blizzard we have seen this year.

staten Island Chuck


It is snowing like crazy outside right now, so Chuck’s prediction was very welcome, not sure how realistic though.  However, I decided to embrace Chuck’s prediction.  That was until Punxsutawney Phil had to see his shadow and predict 6 more weeks of winter.  I should share that old Phil has quite a track record of calling for more winter, he has predicted more winter 102 times and early spring a measly 17 times.  Chuck has a track record of being right for the last 5 years.

punxstawney phil groundhog

So while I want desperately to believe Chuck, that negative Nelly Phil is probably right.  On a side note the new enclosure for Chuck was thought to be a safer alternative given what happened last year when Mayor de Blasio dropped Charlotte (the unlucky Chuck stand in), several feet.  Poor Charlotte died a week later of internal injuries, however the Staten Island Zoo has not officially declared that it was a result of the fall.  Come on now, we all know that Mayor de Blasio has Charlotte’s blood all over his hands.  Speaking of hands, back in 2009 Chuck bit then Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the hand.

Not to throw any more puns in but back to the question at hand. Who do I believe, fellow New Yorker Chuck or my friend in Pennsylvania Phil?  Phil or Chuck, Chuck or Phil?  I think I will go with Phil and hope to be pleasantly surprised to learn that Chuck was right.  I just can’t get those shadows I saw under Chuck out of my mind.

What do you think?  Let me know who you think is right.


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How To Survive Winter Travel With Kids & Safety 1st, Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat Giveaway!!!



The holidays may be over but Winter travel is in full swing.  As the temps get colder many families decide to motor south for some fun in the sun and escape the winter chill.  Schools seem to know this too and many have a winter break carved out for families to do just this.

I thought this post from Safety 1st Consumer Safety Experts on “How to Survive The Holiday With Kids?” would be applicable for any kind of family getaway this winter season.  After reading, be sure and enter the giveaway to win a Safety 1st, Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat!

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According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.


1.      Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.


2.      Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival. 


3.       “Are we there yet?” – To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six-hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.


4.      Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.


If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.


5.      Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.


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Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Most of the country has been hit with record-breaking low temperatures in an Arctic blast that is hitting far too soon, since it is still officially autumn.  If you are in one of those areas your hands are going to need protection when you go out.  If you have a smart phone, you do not want to have to remove your gloves to use your phone, but sometimes you have to because your phone is not responsive.  Well, no need for frosty fingers, you can have your gloves and your smart phone too.

Glider Gloves are touch screen friendly and are made with  special conductive micro-fibers woven into the liner, they are able to bridge the conductive gap your gloves create between you and your device. The result? Amazing touch response along your entire hand and fingers and allows for precise control and unparalleled touch response of your touchscreen device – no matter which part of the glove you use.




Available in Urban or the thicker, warmer Winter the gloves make a great gift this holiday season.  You will find Glider Gloves on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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I tried out a pair of the Winter and they are toasty warm and I am still able to expertly navigate my iPhone 6.  The gloves are comfortable and stretch nicely giving you a great range of motion with your hands.

Glider Gloves is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a pair of Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves!  Thank you to Glider Gloves for the review gloves and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Arctic Blasts, Cold Squirrels, Stupid Groundhogs and Things To Appreciate About Winter!!!


I have to tell you, I have stopped looking or listening to the weather.  It seems old man winter does not want to loosen his vise grip on the Northeast.  The Arctic Blast we thought was gone is back with a vengeance, and from the little I do hear, it’s going to be days of bone-chilling cold followed by days of snow coming on the heels of the same.  Wow, with that to look forward too, I think we better make a list of things that we appreciate about this weather to get us through the next few days, weeks, but please don’t say months!!!  After all Spring is only 22 days away!!!

Things I appreciate about winter:

You can use your car as an extra freezer.

You never need to worry about frozen foods and ice cream melting like you do in summer.

The never-ending supply of snow for snow candy.

Burning calories naturally just trying to get warm.

Enjoying roaring fires in the fireplace.

The knowledge that it has to end sooner or later.

Taking lots of photos of our feathered and furry friends who are braving the same winter without coats, heat or down comforters.

The strong appreciation for the sun, spring and summer this weather puts in my heart.

Remembering it has to end.

Taking a hot shower and having warm cozy “feetie” pajamas to put on.

The ability to shop online even for my house hold necessities so I do not have to drive on black ice, freezing rain or blizzards.

Appreciating the beauty it does bring even if it overstays its welcome.

A central heating system that keeps us cozy even though the price of oil is outrageous.

Anytime seems like the perfect time to bake.

Knowing that its days are numbered and while March is coming in like that lion, it will be great to see it going out like a lamb!

Stay warm everyone!!!  Spring is only 22 days away, just keep repeating that!

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Habé Natural Cream For Hands, Feet & Body Review & Giveaway!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Saturday is one of my most favorite days of the year!  You may wonder if it’s my birthday or anniversary but it’s not.  The reason for it being one of my favorite days is because it’s the first day of February and the first time  this year that I can official say that Spring is next month!  By this time I am through with Winter and wanting to have my feet in some sandals or in the grass.

With the brutal weather most of the country has been affected by, it’s seems truer than ever for me.  If your feet or hands have been feeling the effects too then you may want to try Habé Natural Cream for feet, hands and body.  This soothing cream is more like a balm and is 100% natural made from the finest natural ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil and beeswax.  This head to toe body moisturizer will help restore your dry skin and bring softness and healing to cracked feet and hands.


This cream comes in a 2 oz tin that is handy to keep in your purse or pocket and is great for travel.  Just apply and you will notice the improvement quickly in you skin, using Habé Natural Cream now will help you have soft, moisturized skin you will want to show off come spring and summer.  That reminds me, spring is on its way!

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Fall, What Fall?

A little ranting going on this morning and I am calling out all of the people who say that Fall is their most favorite time of the year.  They talk about warm, crisp days filled with apple picking, sipping pumpkin flavored beverages and jumping in piles of crunchy, colorful leaves.  Hayrides, picking pumpkins and just sitting and admiring the changing colors are all on their list of favorite things to do.  That’s all well and good unless you live in upstate New York.  We don’t have Fall most years, in fact the leaves start falling in July.  I can’t tell you how many colored Autumn leaves I find on my lawn all Summer.  In August the nights get cold enough that you put the heat on in the car at night and sweatshirts are required.  

Before even the official start of Autumn we have frost warnings, are using the heat and building roaring fires in our fireplaces.  Sure there are some days when we have a taste of true Autumn but never a season of it.  We seem to move from Summer right to Winter with a short stop at Autumn beginning late August.  My husband laughed when I told him that he needed to finish the new porch railings a few weeks ago because we would never get to  paint and stain if he didn’t because soon the snow would fly.  Let’s just say he’s not laughing now.

Saturday was so cold and windy we cancelled a family photo shoot due to the conditions.  Fall to me is one of the most depressing times of year, not true Fall but our Fall.  Everything dying, the thought of a Winter that lasts to late May (I kid you not it snowed mid May here last year), is not uplifting for me.  I love Spring (again if we had one) and Summer which is entirely too short since it ends mid August.  So far today looks fairly okay outside, so I will enjoy one of the last days of true Autumn even though it’s technically still Summer and better fit that pumpkin latte in quick before the chance passes me by.  That’s what you have to do when you live in the state of 2 seasons, Winter and Summer.

Enjoy some photos of Fall in upstate New York that I took in July (I jest a little). It is beautiful when we get one or two true days of Autumn.  











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