Valentine Doodles

Last year I attended middle school art class. I work at a k-8 school and had to take a few students to art. Everyday the teacher had students draw a doodle. She would take ideas from WhatchamaDRAWit Game. I was inspired to start doodling.

I searched Pinterest and YouTube channels and found some fun doodles from both. I’ll attach a few favorites from Pinterest at the bottom of this post. I picked some fun Valentine’s Day Doodles since it’s February. I am also attaching some of my own doodles. Don’t judge! I have never been good at drawing or art but with practice…

I also like to add doodles to my chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

I found Doodles by Sarah on YouTube and subscribed to her channel. I really enjoy her videos. They inspire me to doodle more! Here is a video from last year, Valentine Doodles.




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Steering to Success – 5 Tips for Purchasing the Right Car for You

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Purchasing a vehicle can be scary, especially if it is your first car, but it doesn’t have to be. They say there is a vehicle for everyone and this could not be truer. Often times, people who are unhappy with their car did not take time to find the right car for them. When it comes time to make a purchase, you do have a couple of options and those include purchasing the car outright, receiving one of the many options of car loans from Latitude, or leasing the vehicle.

No matter what, do know that it is okay to take your time when choosing a car. Your decision does not have to be made overnight and you do not need to feel pressured when at the dealership. If you do, politely let the salesperson know how you feel or let them know that you would like some time to think about the purchase before you commit.

Continue reading below to learn more about how you can purchase the right car for yourself.

Determine What Your Needs Are 

You could probably create a laundry list of items that you would love to have in your vehicle if asked to. Before you settle on just one car, you should sit down and think about both your current needs and your future needs.

For example, one of the biggest mistakes you could make would be to choose a two-door vehicle when you plan to have a large family soon in the future. Instead of the hassle of trading in your car and finding a new one, think about your needs now and in the future, as this will eliminate any stress later.

Know Your Budget 

Your budget is one of the most important aspects when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. You do not want a car payment that is more than you can afford, and you do not want to forgo so many features that you are unhappy with your purchase either.

Think about what you can reasonably afford. There are many monthly car payment calculators out there that can help you.

What’s the Purpose of Your Vehicle? 

Purchasing the right car for you means that you need to evaluate what you will use your car for. For example, if you know you need to tow around large pallets to and from work, then a coupe or sedan would not be a wise choice. In this instance, a truck, van, or SUV may be a better choice.

However, if you only need to move around from point A to point B, then you can likely choose a smaller vehicle without the worry that it will not be large enough.

What Type of Fuel Economy Do You Desire? 

Fuel economy is another big deciding factor. Will you be travelling to and from work? What about school? How far away are those places?

If you know that you will need to travel for work or personal reasons, then you may want to evaluate which vehicle would save you the most on gas.

Take it for a Test Drive 

Lastly, if you do not like the feel of your vehicle, you will not want to drive it. You should take any vehicle you are interested in on a test drive to see how it feels to you. Sometimes, vehicles may look nice, but the driver’s seat may be uncomfortable for you.

Don’t Just Settle for the First Vehicle You See 

Yes, there will be vehicles with affordable price stickers and others loaded with features you would love to have, but this does not mean that they will meet your needs.

Before you settle on any one vehicle, you should make sure that it is right for you. With the five tips above in mind, you will soon be on your way to owning a wonderful new car.




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5 Reasons To Keep Your Establishment Pest-Free

5 Reasons To Keep Your Establishment Pest-Free

Nobody wants to see insects and other pests in their environment, especially in a commercial establishment. But, due to the nature of our ecosystem, eliminating them may not always be possible or beneficial for our planet. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t control pests and creepy crawlers and keep your business property free of infestations that can be unhealthy and destructive.

Below, we’ve outlined several reasons to consider hiring a professional pest control service regularly to keep your commercial establishment pest free.

  1. Pests are Unhealthy for You and Your Property

Pests aren’t just irritating, they also carry a wide range of infestations and disease into your business environment. A variety of different pests carry dangerous health hazards, and it’s not just bugs and rodents you have to worry about, but ticks and mosquitoes too. That’s why controlling both outdoor and indoor pests is important for everyone’s health.

  1. Pests are Highly Destructive

Many rodents and other pests can be destructive and ruin your property and possessions. If you have an infestation of termites, they could hurt the structure of your business. While they may seem harmless, carpenter ants can destroy objects around the property. If your infestations get that far, you’ll need advanced pest control available at Pest Free Australia.

  1. Pests Get into Food

Arguably, one of the worst things about pests is that they just love to target food. Whether you have a kitchen in your office premises or you’re running a restaurant, if pests can find their way in, then they’re not only going to eat everything in sight, they’ll also get you into hot water with food inspectors or health and safety authorities. Be sure to hire a team of professional pest controllers to ensure that your perishables are pest-free and safe and to ensure all possible points of entry to your establishment are properly sealed.

  1. DIY Measures

While you may think that getting rid of an infestation is as easy as buying a couple of traps and chemicals from the store, think again. Even though pesticides are sold in supermarkets, it doesn’t mean they are safe for you and those who visit your establishment. If you operate a commercial establishment, chemicals do not create a healthy work environment at all. By the time you invest in such products, you’re likely to end up spending a small fortune when you should seek expert help to begin with.

  1. It Shouldn’t Be a Worry

As a business owner, there’s a lot for you to deal with – from managing your business to motivating your staff. Pest management should not be one of your stresses. A pest management company will give you peace of mind that your establishment is pest-free, minus the harsh pesticides and chemicals.


By far, the best way to keep your commercial establishment free of pets is to prevent infestations in the first place. Tick it off your to-do list by enlisting the help of the professionals as well as quality pest control products to keep your premises free of pests.


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6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

Have you realised that your teeth aren’t looking as white as they used to? Are they remaining a shade of yellow even though you brush regularly?

There are several factors that contribute to the colour of your teeth. Some you can control and others you can’t.

Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

  1. Smoking

Smoking makes your teeth yellow since the nicotine, tar and chemicals that are carried in the smoke seep into your tooth enamel’s pores, staining your once pearly whites. Studies have found that smokers tend to have not-so-bad to severe levels of discoloured teeth in comparison to just over 12% of non-smokers. Studies also show that smokers tend to be less happy about the state of their oral health.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If you start to notice a yellowish build up on your teeth, it could be tartar or plaque. Plaque tends to form when bacteria from drinks and foods aren’t cleaned efficiently from the teeth. Over time, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist. If your teeth are stained, you may want to consider teeth whitening Brisbane professionals are offering.

  1. Your Diet

What we put in our mouths can impact the colour of the teeth. If your teeth are yellow, it could be as a result of consuming the following foods:

  • Curries
  • Red wine
  • Tea and coffee
  • Beetroot
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauces
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sugary foods
  • Sports drinks
  • Juices and citrus fruits
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Alcoholic drinks

By rinsing your mouth after consuming these items, you can help to minimise damage from any acid from the foods and drinks.

  1. Genetics

If you seem to have had yellow tinted teeth all your life, you may be able to blame your genes. Genetic variances can actually affect enamel porosity and tooth colour. What’s more, more porous enamel tends to be more liable to stain.

  1. Ageing

Aging is bad enough, but did you know it’s relatively normal for our teeth to yellow as we get older? That’s because the protective layer of enamel that we all have on our teeth becomes thinner with age, and it reveals the yellow dentin below the surface.

  1. Illnesses and Medication

Some antibiotics, for instance amoxicillin and tetracycline, can affect the shade of your teeth, particularly in younger children. Medications prescribed for adults with high blood pressure or allergies are also known to have this side effect. If you’re concerned that your medication is leading to yellow teeth, be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

There are also some illnesses, especially those that affect the liver, that can result in your teeth discolouring. Patients that undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer may also find that their teeth begin to turn yellow or even brown.

Fortunately, with advanced teeth whitening treatments, you can go from yellow gnashes to pearly whites once more. Treatments are quick, easy and painless. You can talk to your dentist or hygienist about professional teeth whitening that is designed to last a long time and bring back confidence to your smile.


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Great Ideas For Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Great Ideas For Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Once upon a time, a child’s birthday party was as simple as music, funny games, party food, and, of course, cake. These days, however, it’s likely that your child will want something a little more exciting. The good news is, if you’re looking for a different take on a birthday party for your kid, there are lots of out-of-the-ordinary ideas to choose from. However, before you start to book venues and events, it’s important to work out your budget. That way you’ll know exactly what you can achieve, and you won’t have to scale back after you’ve already booked. You’ll also need to take into account how many children are attending and plan accordingly. As long as you know what you are doing in advance and the entire duration of the party is covered, you should have a group of happy, tired children by the end of it. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Teddy Bear Party

Every little child has their favorite stuffed toy, the one they want to take everywhere with them. If you use that idea as the basis for a younger child’s party, you’ll have everyone enjoying themselves immensely. Work out a teddy bear’s picnic-themed meal and think of some games that the little ones can play with their toys such as ‘pin the tail on the bear’ and hide and go seek. You can even set up your home or a hired room to look like a forest or some other kind of fanciful toy town. Using picnic blankets on the floor, everyone can sit around and play fun games. At the end of the party, as a thank you, you can present each child with a brand new bear. You might even want to make this a game, like a treasure hunt.


Chocolate Making Party

All kids love chocolate, and it’s not something they get every day, so a chocolate making party is a real treat. It’s cheap too; you just need to invest in some plastic molds and baking chocolate as well as some lollipop sticks and other candies to decorate the chocolates with. It’s a task that will keep the children occupied for quite a while, and you can play music while they work, to keep them focused. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy snuggling up to watch a chocolate based movie, or if the weather is nice enough, they can go outside and do a chocolate hunt for more goodies.


Make Your Own Carnival Party

This idea might appeal more to those with a bigger budget, and more space to spare, but if you can pull it off, it’s a huge amount of fun. You’ll need to spend a few weeks planning and thinking about which games you can easily set up and play. You can make a backyard bowling alley, mini golf course, ring toss, have bikes and go-karts set out for racing, bring out a trampoline (or borrow one) for some jumping skills, and much more. The kids will be active and love the variety of games they can play. You could even put them into teams and make it all a competition. In addition, you can have popcorn and cotton candy stands, hand out balloons, and offer face painting.


Escape Room Party

An escape room party is a newer idea, but it’s something that no one is going to forget in a hurry. Escape rooms are organized puzzles, where participants are locked in a room, and they have to work out how to escape. Working together as a team, your children and their friends can solve puzzles and find clues that will help them. There is a time limit too, so they have to work fast (and that also means you know exactly when to move onto the next part of the day). Escape games can be the perfect way to entertain a group of older children. Afterwards, take them out for pizza and ice cream, and they can talk about how they managed to escape (if they did!) and how much fun they had.


Craft Party

Kids love to make things, and it seems that age and gender offer no particular barrier to this. Organizing a craft party is a great way to ensure that everyone has fun, and has something to take home with them at the end of the party. You can hire a professional to host the party, and they will bring all the tools and materials that are required, but if you prefer to do things yourself and you’re looking at a way to lower the cost, you can easily skip the professional. Simply buy some unpainted pottery, plain picture frames, design-free tote bags, and similar. Go to a craft store and buy the right kinds of glue, paints, and accessories to make these things look great, and let the kids go wild!


Scavenger Hunt Party

Scavenger hunts are exciting for kids of any age. The important part is to take your time when organizing the hunt so that it is just difficult enough to hold everyone’s attention. Too easy and it will be over in a flash, too hard and no one will want to keep at it. You might choose to give every child a different, personalized clue, and have them work against the clock to find the treasure. They could also work in teams, or you could make sure there was a gift for everyone so that they all take turns in finding something. An extension to this party idea is a geocaching party. A geocache is something that you need to use GPS to find, and you can download an app to do it. Follow the route, and you should come across a Tupperware box or similar, within which sits a notebook or piece of paper. Sign the paper and put the cache back where it came from for the next person to find. There are many caching routes that you can take, and it can be a truly fun hobby!


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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