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6 Easy Ways To Teach Your Children About Birds, Bird feeders at ACE Hardware, Fiary Garden Ideas , where to buy birdfeeders, how to make bird feeders with your family, family activities to do outside, ad

I am excited to team up with Ace Hardware to be an “Ace Birding Blogger”, this is a sponsored post but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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As a little girl I remember going to my Grandma and Grandpa Ashby’s house and watching birds with them.  Sometimes we would just sit and watch them through the kitchen window. But  if it was nice outside we would sit outdoors and watch the birds flutter from one tree to another and listen to them sing their songs. I grew to love watching the birds, and is a memory I cherish.Spring bird feeders at ACE Hardware, how to make bird feeders with your family, family activities to do outside, ad

 Stopping to listen and watch the birds was something I had to learn. How many times had I run through their yard and totally missed the birds?  I had to learn to sit, listen and watch and like magic a whole other world unfolded in our own front yard. This is something I would like to pass down to my own children.

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6 Easy ways to teach your children about birds

  1. Get your kids involved and excited about bird watching.  If you do not already have birds in your yard, a good way to attract them is by putting a bird feeder in your yard.   Let your kids go to the store with you and help you pick out a bird feeder. Something as simple as allowing them to pick the color of the feeder helps to give them ownership of this new project. We went to our local Ace Hardware store, they had a great selection to pick from. We also got a huge bag of bird seed for  just under seven dollars.  Our local store is in Middleton, Idaho.  A small town, kind of a hidden treasure. You can beat the crowds and there are always friendly staff to help you with what ever you need. They even help you load your stuff into your car if you want!

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2. Look to see what kinds of plants attract birds in your area. Not all birds can live in your particular climate, so look for birds that are native to your area and build a space in your yard for them. My girls are hoping the hummingbirds come back to our yard this year.  So we looked for bright colored flowers with tubular shape that hold nectar, since that is what they are most attracted too.   We also bought a hummingbird feeder for them.  Our local Ace store had them for only $3.99, which is a really good deal!  Plus I can’t kill a feeder…. where I might end up killing the flowers, lol.  Our summers get pretty hot and about mid July I tend to start loosing flowers due to the heat.

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3. Knowledge is power and often makes them want to learn more. Teach your child a few things about the birds in your area. For example as we planted our bright colored flowers and filled our hummingbird feeder,  we also read a few facts about them. One of my daughters favorite was the fact that their long tongues could lick their food at the rate of 13 licks per second.  A few other fun facts, they only live 4 years and their hearts can beat 1,260 beats per minute.  My girls then had fun seeing how fast they could move their own tongue,  and counting their heart rate.

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4. Create a memory and share in the excitement.   Remember when I told you earlier how I learned to watch the birds from my grandparents.  I have never stopped to fully appreciate them if I have not spent the time with my grandma and grandpa all those years ago.  I could see how much they loved watching the birds, and I felt special that they would spend time with me, doing something they loved.  If you want your kids to learn about birds, join them. Get your hands dirty, help them fill up the feeders.  Giggle with them as they act like a silly little bird, and help them create a memory they will always remember.  If they have a positive first experience they want to learn more in the future.

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5. Let them dream. While we were at Ace my girls found a bird house that they wanted to add to their fairy garden. It was ceramic with a pretty teal roof. They both fell in love with it.  Now there is  a chance that the birds are not going to use this little ceramic house,  so I was very temped to tell them no and to only pick out the feeders that would actually attract birds.  But my heart saw the sparkle in their eyes, and I realized they will only be little for awhile. Before I know it fairy gardens will be a thing of the past, so let them dream.  They each picked out a few flowers to fill the flower pots and spent over an hour creating their own little fairy garden in a corner of our yard.

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6. Be consistent. Don’t just fill up the bird feeders once and never check them again.  Every other day or so, check your bird feeders to see if they need refilled. The ones we bought at Ace are pretty big and will stayed filled for a week or two depending on how many birds feed off of them.  Watch for feathers on the ground to see what kind of birds might we feeding if you have not been able to see them in person yet.  My girls just sat and looked UP the other night, and they were totally supersized to see two birds sitting in the tree above us, just watching us below.   When they got off the bus the next day, they stopped and looked up, to see if they were still up there, much to their delight they were!Bird feeders at ACE Hardware, Looking up to see the birds, where to buy birdfeeders, how to make bird feeders with your family, family activities to do outside, ad

 We are excited to be giving away a $150 Ace Hardware gift card that you can use at your local store or online. So you can start your own family memories  as you gather supplies to create your own Bird feeding adventure!

To enter  for the chance to win the $150 giftcard:

  1. Head over to the Ace Hardware page and leave a comment on this post telling me what catches your eye, what would you want to use your gift card on?
  2. For another entry leave a comment telling me what  Ace Bird Feeder you like best.
  3. For another entry tell me your favorite kind of bird.
  4. For another entry tell me if you have bird feeders in your yard, currently.

Giveaway will be fulfilled by  Ace, winner will be picked by a 3rd party at random.org.  Giveaway will end May 9th at 12pm mst.  Winner must list within the USA.

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“Ace Hardware has provided me with the products used within this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.”

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10 reasons why we need Vitamin D

I am excited to be a brand ambassador for Superior Source Vitamins, this is a sponsored conversation, all opinions are my own.

My husband has had muscle pain, weakness and has been tired since he was a teenager. Not long ago he was tested to figure out why he was so tired all of the time, mainly because I was tired of him being tired, lol. So after lots of test, blood work and appointments and a few years of trying to figure it out, we noticed what every time he went on his boost of Vitamin D (a huge 50,000 IU daily dose) that he would be more energetic, and his muscle pain hurt so much less then before, and was more manageable. Another thing we we noted was that he was much happier and not grumpy while he was taking his vitamin D boost. But long daily doses usually didn’t work with what the doctors planned so we started taking the daily supplements to try and maintain him after his boosts. We found success in his treatment with these daily supplements. Now it wasn’t that he wasn’t getting enough sun. If you have seen my husband you’ll know he always wears shorts and sandals. In fact in the winter if you see him with his shoes off you’ll still see his sandal tan line all through winter. He loves his Jet Ski’s, working in the yard and going camping with the Boy Scouts. So he gets the sun an average person would need for good Vitamin D processing, but for some reason his body just needs more to maintain any sort of normal level in his body.

Me and my hubby Matt out Jet Skiing in 2015.

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Why are we not getting enough Vitamin D

Most people do not get enough Vitamin D in their diet alone. That is why we see so many products like milk, orange juice and cheese that say “Added vitamin D”. Unlike most vitamins, Vitamin D also requires the sun to allow your body to process the vitamin D into something it can use.  And with modern technology that brings us indoors with increased office jobs and other duties or hobbies that keep us indoors more.  Or even increased use of sunblocks and clothes to block the sun, many of us aren’t even in the sun long enough to process the vitamin D that we need. Another road block that can keep our body from processing vitamin D is when we are obese or even just pregnant. Also the natural color of our skin can keep us from getting enough vitamin D processed. The darker the skin tone the harder it is to get enough. Also if you live in the far north of the US or Canada the day is shorter then farther south.

Why do we need Vitamin D

  1.  Muscle Weakness and Pain – low vitamin D level side effects can affect muscles and pain receptors
  2.  Bone diseases like rickets in children or osteomalacia, osteopenia, and osteoporosis
  3.  Depression – Vitamin D affects regulating adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine production in the brain
  4. Inflammation –  Research has shown a decrease in levels of C-reactive protein in patients as Vitamin D levels rise
  5. Increased risk of Dementia and other related diseases like Alzheimer (2014 study from Journal of Neurology)
  6.  Increased risk of prostate cancer (2014 study by Clinical Cancer Research)
  7.  Increased risk of erectile function (2014 study Journal of Sexual Medicine)
  8.   Twice as likely to develop Schizophrenia (2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism)
  9. Increased risk of Heart Disease like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction,heart failure, and stroke (American College of Cardiology)
  10. Every year there are more and more new studies that show the dramatic need for appropriate Vitamin D levels

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So how do I get Vitamin D and How much do I need

Sure you could sit down on the front lawn with a couple gallons of vitamin D enhanced milk and drink it up. One thing is for sure though is including the vitamin D supplement you also need UV rays from the sun to process the vitamin into something your body can use. The daily recommended supplemental dose for most people is 600 IU/per day. So we need at least 600IU per day to sustain our daily needed levels. But since many of us fit the reasons as to why we aren’t getting enough, like overweight, stuck indoors, maybe darker skin tones or even pregnant or the location of where we live, we should be getting checked. A simple blood test by your doctor can tell us if we are low. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplement. Even all natural things have elements and naturally found chemicals in them, like herbal vitamins, that can react and even overdose on. As a nurse my husband took care of many people who were admitted to intensive care units only due to taking too many vitamins that affected their bodies or adversely affected their daily medicines they took. So always check with your doctor on the test you would like checked and the pills, no matter how all natural they may be (even aspirin comes from trees) and follow your doctors guidelines.

 

Why should I take Superior Source MicroLingual Vitamins 

There are so many different options out there on the market on vitamins and supplements. Sure it would be easier to have the vitamins we needed injected directly into our blood streams, but unless you are a bionic humanoid connected to daily IV’s and injections, that isn’t possible. Sure you could go ahead and down all of those vitamins we need all at once or even spread them out through out the day. But many people may at one point see those pills in their toilet at the end of the day and their blood levels never change? Why? Our gut is not the best route for many of the vitamins we take, many times our gut can not fully absorb the nutrients we need. So what would be best is find the happy medium in between being hooked directly to the vitamins to our bloodstream and passing hard pills straight through our gut only to not get fully or even partially digested. That’s where Superior Source developed the MicroLingual vitamins route. Dissolving vitamins and having them absorbed directly into the blood stream under our tongue is the quickest way out side of being a connected humanoid to get the vitamins we need with out wasting and not absorbing them through our intestinal tract.

 

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I am so excited to let you know that this month Superior Source is letting you try Vitamin B-12 or Vitamin D for FREE, all you have to do is pay shipping!   They are also offering a BOGO on vitamins

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Vitamin 6-Pack GIVEAWAY (an $90 Value!)

We will be giving away a Health Vitamin 6 pack this month,  LEAVE A COMMENT on this page and tell us why you want to win the vitamin package! We will also do a live Facebook video for more chances to win!

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is a group of compounds that support eye health and the maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, and the surface linings for the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Vitamin A also plays a vital role in the promotion of immune system health.

B-12 ~No Shot Methylcobalamin Vitamin B-12 / Vitamin B-6 with Folic Acid MicroLingual® Tablets go to work fast, dissolving under the tongue — with no pills to swallow! The combination of Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6 and Folic Acid works synergistically to support healthy heart function and provide essential nutrients for the cardiovascular system. Vitamin B-12 in pill form can result in a loss of as much as 50% of Vitamin B-12 potency in the high acid environment of the stomach.

Vitamin D ~ Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Our Vitamin D products are D3, the finest source of Vitamin D available.

Just Women Healthy Skin Connection ~Just Women Healthy Skin Connection combines an array of key vitamins and our proprietary herbal blend to support healthy skin. Vitamin A is a group of compounds that support eye health and the maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, and the surface linings for the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Vitamin D is essential for skeletal, neuromuscular and immune system function.

Biotin ~ Biotin helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth, metabolism of fats and amino acids and the production of fatty acids. Biotin is essential in the healthy functioning of the “ Krebs Cycle” in which energy is released from foods and transferred to the body for use.

Vitamin K  ~Vitamin K supports normal blood clotting and the formation of prothrombin. Superior Source go to work fast, under the tongue.

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WHERE TO FIND SUPERIOR SOURCE VITAMINS

If you prefer to shop in-store at a location near you you can go online and find the store closest to you, many of them are having sales this month too, Here is a list of the Current March Promotions:

Fresh Thyme All Superior Source vitamins are on sale for 15% off the entire month of March.

Sprouts will have  All Bs and Ds on sale for the month or March!

Better Health is also running a great promotion,  20% off promotion during the entire month of March

Pharmaca has a great sale right now Save 20% on Superior Source during the entire month of March!

If you do not have a location in your area, you can shop with one of their Online Retailers.

You can also connect with them and follow them on social media via FacebookInstagram,Twitter , Google+ or Pinterest!

 

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Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger and Manuka Honey Dressing, Healthy Side dishes, Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger & Manuka Honey Dressing

If you are looking for a light and refreshing side salad with a little bit of kick, you are going to love this Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger & Manuka Honey Dressing.  Pacific Resources International sent me this box of fun products to try and I created this salad from a few of the items they sent me!

You will need  (serves 4 sides):

  • 3 1/3 cups English cucumbers sliced thin
  • 1 yellow mini pepper (or 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper)
  • 1 red mini pepper (or 1/4 cup red bell pepper)
  • 1/4 cup red onion

Cut these in thin slices, set aside as you make the dressing.

Dressing you will need:

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 Manuka honey (warmed slightly to thin)
  • 1/3 teaspoon PRI Gourmet Flaky Sea Salt

Whisk together and pour over cucumber salad. Cover and let marinate  for 30 minutes before serving.

 

 

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1. Manuka Honey –1.1lb. JarManuka Honey Blend is a delicious blend of Manuka honey from the Rewarewa and Kamahi trees to bring you a tasty rich floral flavor. This premium blend of New Zealand bush honeys has antibacterial properties, which are high in health-giving antioxidants
2. Manuka Honey Chocolate Selection BoxPRI’s award-winning chocolates are made by wrapping dark chocolate around the finest New Zealand Manuka Honey tested 5+. PRI’s Manuka Honey Dark Chocolate with Ginger or Mint contain only 3 Ingredients: Pure Manuka Honey, Dark Chocolate-99% Cocoa, and Ginger or Peppermint. They are All Natural, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Kosher with no use of artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Best of all they are produced right here in the USA.
3. Manuka Honey & Lemon Nuggets PRI 5+ Bio Manuka Honey Nuggets (Honey Candy) are a great tasting treat. Each Manuka Honey Nugget is individually wrapped for your convenience. Ideal for all sporting pursuits, hiking, travelling, and happy family picnic times. These Manuka Honey Nuggets banish dry throats, and help you to achieve your goals for each day. Enjoy the taste of these Manuka Honey Nuggets anytime, anywhere and discover why they are famous in New Zealand and enjoyed worldwide.
4. Proper CrispsProper Crisps knows you deserve real food. You shouldn’t have to settle for over-processed, artificially flavored potato chips, you’re worthy of crisps without compromise! And that’s exactly what they deliver at Proper Crisps. There’s a reason they’re the fastest growing snack company in New Zealand. Flavors: Rosemary & Thyme, Smoked Paprika, Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Kumara.
5. Children’s Lollipops PRI’s Children’s Lemon & Honey Lollipops are great tasting and have the benefits of Propolis & Manuka Honey to help fight off infections.6. Manuka Honey Caramels PRI’s Manuka Honey Caramels are so good it’s hard to put them down. These Manuka Honey soft chews are a taste sensation and packed full of flavorful goodness.
7. Manuka Honey Sticks PRI’s Manuka Honey Sticks are the nutritional alternative to candy. Kids love them! Great for lunches or after school snacks.
8. BONUS: Gourmet Flaky Pacific Sea Salt We couldn’t resist. We thought of treating you to the purest salt on earth! Desalinated from the cleanest ocean surrounding New Zealand, PRI’s Flaky Sea Salt is the perfect condiment to accent your cooking – and a treat for your family. Bio-Gro Certified.

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