Corter Moon
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quick Ways to Uplift Your Home’s Curb Appeal


What is it that turns our heads to see one house and ignore the other one? Curb Appeal! Did you ever feel like going inside a home because it made an incredible first impression on you? That was certainly because of that house's curb appeal. This appeal begins with the color of a front door and goes all the way to a walkway, garden, and plants incorporated in the landscape.

Outdoor Fountains Add Curb Appeal

Outdoor fountains are long regarded as a major contribution to elegance and prosperity. Outdoor fountains add curb appeal and make even a simple space eye-catching. Whether someone visits your house just for the sake of visiting or as a potential buyer, a fountain will grab their attention. It not only adds curb appeal but also increases the worth of your property. You may not realize but the type of fountain you choose can actually improve, balance out, or totally transform the look of a home and the yard altogether. Fountains come in various styles, making the inside and out of your home aesthetic.

Features of Water Fountains Contribute to the Curb Appeal

Fountains are now becoming a popular choice for people from all walks of life because of the diverse designs available. There are outdoor water fountains that can be merged within front or backyard to form fascinating looks. If a house carries traditional looks, a stone fountain will look majestic and natural while a metal fountain will look contemporary and avant-garde to such a place. Other important factors while choosing a design are colors and reflectivity that carry their own specific influences on the entire look of the house.
During summers, water fountains turn out to be a lot more than just a curb appeal contributor. They refresh the surrounding environment and create coolness in the air. A water fountain energizes one’s mind in the same way a water spray energizes one’s body. An Asian-inspired fountain can influence any garden to look as though it was created in the Orient. A stone or concrete fountain can instantly bring out the greatness of the Victorian Time gardens. Integrated with perceptive landscaping, a fountain can turn out to be much more than just a water feature.

Lit Your Home

A well-lighted outdoor area can surely enhance your home’s curb appeal. Heedfully put lighting can highlight a yard’s wonderful features and also promote an embracing feeling into the evening time hours. You can beautify your water fountains with the right use of lighting and add more curb appeal to your home. Fountains lit well at night in the front yard can make your home stand apart. Fine soft lighting will create a mystical effect and may have the same impact as Christmas lights, urging walkers to cease and have a look at the diligent landscaping. Another approach to adding a reason of interest to your yard near a water fountain is to include lawn embellishments, for example, statuary, bird baths, etc.

We say, let your home be an inspiration for the passersby and your neighborhood by creating appealing curb appeal. 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

3 Ways Honey Maid S'mores Is ROCKIN'




If you haven't heard yet, Honey Maid has come out with a delicious new cereal, Honey Maid S'mores cereal, which sounds like heaven, does it not? I mean, come on, a delicious bowl of tasty s'mores anytime you want them? Um, yes, please! Here are three ways that you can rock Honey Maid S'mores cereal! You can find it at your local Shoprite Store!



1. Party Mix

Who wouldn't love to have a bowl of this delicious cereal at a party? It makes a great mix for a party! Everyone will be crowding around this bowl of yummyness for sure! Why? Because everybody loves s'mores! It's s'mores without the campfire, convenient and fun!


2. On The Go Snack





We all get busy, and we all have things to do, we have to get the kids here or there, or we don't have time at work to grab a snack, well, fret no more. Honey Maid S'mores cereal makes the perfect on-the-go snack! Plus, it can make a great refueling snack right before a big game or practice!


3. Cereal!



Of course, there is of course eating it just as a cereal! Who wouldn't want to try s'mores for breakfast? How delish does that sound? A big ol' bowl full of s'mores! That's why you have to try Honey Maid S'mores cereal for yourself!


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Monday, September 4, 2017

To My Second Grader

To my dearest little one, 

You're not so little anymore! In just a mere few days you will embark on your journey into second grade! I for one, cannot believe it! How fast you have grown how big you are getting, how large your vocabulary is, it's amazing to think that one day you'll be a man, and to say that your father and I raised you will be the greatest honor. 

I've watched you go from learning to roll over and lift yourself up off of a pillow, to crawling around the house. From tummy time to tickle times. From ABC's to 123's, to learning to read and write. There are so many milestones that you have hit, and so many more to come, I'm certain. 



You are the sweetest little boy that I know, bringing people tissues when they cry, giving out hugs and kisses all the time, and telling us we're "the best parents ever," warms my heart every time that I hear you say it. To say that time has flew is an understatement. You're seven now, and growing more and more each day. 

You're going to love second grade! I know I did. We got to do so much, and it was so much fun. You get to learn so much more, read so much more, enjoy so much more! I know that you are going to have a blast at school. But that doesn't mean I won't miss you. Having you home over the summer has been a blast for me, too. Even if I was battling depression, you were always right there, my little love, making sure I was okay. 

I love you more than you know, little guy, and I hope you have a blast this year in school. 

Love Always,

Mommy

Friday, August 25, 2017

Why We Chose Cord Blood Banking

Note: This post contains affiliate links

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I experienced a multitude of emotions. I was scared, anxious, excited and freaked out all at the same time. The minute I saw the little "yes" on the digital pregnancy test, I knew that my life was going to change forever. There were so many things to think about! Nurseries, will it be a boy or will it be a girl? There was so much to think about!

In mid-April of 2010, we got to find out that we were having a little boy, whom we would eventually bestow the moniker of Syrus Voltaire upon. But past that, we had questions about certain things. As new parents, we were thinking about various other things. They were things that we didn't want to think about, but we had to think about, even though our child had not even been born yet.



Like, what if our child became ill? What would happen then? How would we deal with a situation such as that? Enter our search for answers, and that is how we found out about cord blood banking. But we still weren't sure if it was for us. It took a lot of thinking and talking about it to actually do it. Even though it may seem like an easy decision to make, it can be hard, and can hit hard, financially. 

We eventually looked through various companies that provided cord blood banking services. Ultimately, we went with CBR, Cord Blood Registry. We were pleased with the customer service they provided to us, how they walked us through the process over the phone, it was wonderful. As far as the financial aspect, we were given a credit line to pay for the process and collection fees. We were over the moon excited that we got to be a part of this process. 

The whole collection process is quick and easy, too. Your doctor performs the whole thing, you just have to sit back and relax (well, as well as you can right after giving birth)! The kit looks a lot like this: 



We chose cord blood banking for our child because it is the ultimate birthday gift that we could give him, the gift of life. Should anything ever come up, health wise for our son, he is covered with the stem cells that were collected at his birth. Plus, it can also be used on any member of our family, should something arise. But, I digress. The ultimate thing it gave us was peace of mind, knowing that our son is covered. All we pay nowadays is a modest fee of $150 for storage. It's totally worth it for knowing that we have that peace of mind. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Understanding the Cycle of Drug Addiction

If you are suffering from a drug addiction, it can be difficult to know why you cannot seem to stop. You know it is bad for you, but you no longer have any control over it. To understand why this is, you need to know more about the cycle of addiction and what you can do to break it.

How it Starts

There are as many reasons that an addiction starts as there are addicted people. However, it almost always comes down to some problem or malady that the addicted individual is trying to escape. Some of the most common are:
·       Stress
·       Financial problems
·       Physical pain
·       Mental illness
Whatever reason for starting to use the drug, the goal is the same. That is to escape from the problem, even if only for a short time.

Riding the High

Once you take a drug, it travels to the pleasure center of the brain. This resulting feeling, known as the “high”, is intensely pleasurable. So much so, in fact, that you completely forget about the problems you were trying to escape. However, it does not actually solve these problems.

New Problems

While the high may have helped you temporarily avoid your problems, they still exist. Drug use also creates a whole new set of problems. Some of these include:
·       Missed work or school
·       Poor work or school performance
·       Poor decision making
·       Damage to relationships with family and friends
·       Possible legal problems
These problems bring on feelings of guilt and depression. At this point, most drug users turn to more drug use to escape these new problems and feelings. This creates the cycle of repeated drug abuse that leads to addiction

Tolerance and Dependence

Once you begin the cycle of addiction, it only gets stronger. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, repeated drug use changes brain chemistry and reduces the ability to feel pleasure from the drugs or anything else. This means that you will feel less high the longer you use a drug and may not be able to feel any pleasure without it. This is known as tolerance and dependence. This furthers the drug abuse and makes it hard to stop.

The Downward Spiral

Once you have become tolerant and dependent, you need more and more of your drug of choice. You also need it more and more often. Before you know what has happened, you are dedicating all of your time to getting drugs, getting money for drugs, or using drugs. This causes even more depression and guilt, keeping the cycle going.

How to Break the Cycle


Though this cycle may seem unbreakable, there is hope. Professional addiction treatment, like that found in Texas rehab centers, is proven to stop drug abuse and return you to a productive life. Breaking the cycle of addiction is not easy, but it can be done if you have the right help. Seek out treatment today to take back your life. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Syrus Version 7.0 (Kinderviews Special Edition!)

You guys know how much I love to write, that's evident by the blog. But my little one comes up to me every now and then and asks "Mommy, can we blog?" and what can I say? What can I say to this face?!


 Of course we can blog! Thus I began Kinderviews, where we get a little insight into the mind of a child. But this is a special edition, because in less than one week, somebody turns seven...SEVEN. Yeah, I get it now, blink and the time goes, it's nuts! Anyway, without further ado, here we have Kinderviews with Syrus V.!

Mom: So, I heard that you are going to be turning seven very soon! How do you feel about that?

Syrus: I feel good because I am growing older!

Mom: That's awesome! You are growing bigger everyday!

Mom: School is starting soon! What subjects are you most looking forward to?

Syrus: I like gym! We get to play games and run around!


Mom: Gym is fun! I liked it when I was in school!

Mom: I heard you're in your FOURTH season of soccer already! You must really like it a lot!

Syrus: I like soccer because like to run around and play with the other kids, even though I am shy.

Mom: Well, you're an awesome soccer player!

Mom: Time for some fun! What kind of music do you like? I know you like to dance!

Syrus: I like Star Wars music!

Mom: What are some  of your favorite superheroes?

Syrus: Jedi-Knights!

Mom: Cool!

Mom: Any favorite books? (In my head...let me guess...Star Wars?)

Syrus: Star Wars!


Mom: I knew it!

Mom: You're learning to swim this summer, how is that going?

Syrus: Good, I like playing around in the water!

Mom: Playing around in the water is fun!

Mom: What are some of your favorite foods?

Syrus: Chicken, candy and ice cream!

Mom: What a combo!

Mom: Do you enjoy playing outside? What do you like to play?

Syrus: I love pretending to be a Jedi Knight 

Mom: I should've seen that one coming from ten miles away! 

Mom: You're growing up SO FAST! Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

Syrus: An actor! So I can be in...drumroll please....STAR WARS!


I must admit these are always fun to do with my little guy. I love doing them! And he's going to be seven on Saturday, that just blows my mind entirely! Anyway, thanks for reading this edition of Kinderviews! Watch out for the next one!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Go BTS With Jet


This post is sponsored by jet.com, but all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

It's surprising that school is almost in again, isn't it? This summer just kind of flew by, didn't it? But you know what  that means, don't you? Awesomely fun back-to-school shopping! Normally, I usually wait a few weeks until school gets a little closer here, but I used Jet.com  and had a blast shopping for my little guy, who is going into second grade this year!

It was really great shopping with Jet.com, because instead of running all over, from one store to the other to get this lunch pail and that notebook and that backpack, you can do all of your shopping in a one-stop-shop, right from the comfort of home! Imagine sipping a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), and getting all of the kid's back-to-school shopping done. This way, you can milk every little ounce of summer that is left, instead of running around! Seamless shopping, done!

There are so many great items that you can snag at an incredible price at Jet.com. Just check out some of the great stuff that I purchased! Imagine my excitement that beautiful big purple box came in! I was excited to dig in and see the goodies inside!




Now how much do you think all of this would cost in a regular shopping trip? I rounded up all of these goodies for $75. Yes, you read that correctly, $75! Can you believe it?! I sure can't! We've got Syrus' first-day-of school outfit covered, his new lunchbox, an adorable pencil case, Twistables colored pencils, an Emoji maker (which is MAJORLY fun, by the way), some tape, and of course Gatorade to keep him nice and hydrated on the soccer field this coming season! 




Mr. Swag over here wanted to show us his brand new Clone Wars shirt for school, and of course his...


NEW Clone Wars lunchbox - can you tell he loves The Clone Wars?!

Anywho, guess what? You can also save at Jet.com, on your first three, that's right, three orders, when you are a first time Jet customer! Here's how: 

When checking out, use code SAVE15! (See site for details)

Earn $10 in JetCash when you spend $50+ on school supplies. Offer expires 8/31/17. JetCash will appear in your account 9/7/17. JetCash will be available for use on 10/1/17. See site for details.

New customers only. Min. $35 in eligible merchandise per order required. Max. discount $20 per order. Offer expires 9/1/2017 at 12:00 AM PST; if any of your first 3 orders are not placed by this date, they are not eligible for the discount. Excludes products marked as ineligible for promotion on the product display page. Offer cannot be applied to previous orders and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is subject to change or cancellation. Void where prohibited. Brand, category and other restrictions may apply.