Tuesday, December 18

Take your Journaling to the Next Level with Art Journals


Journaling can be a therapeutic activity, or it can just be something one does for fun. I know for me it helps when I'm struggling with something being able to put it into words on paper. Sometimes I can't (or don't want to) put it into actual words out loud so this method is very helpful. My daughter on the other hand says its just "fun" journaling. Either way we are both getting something out of it. And with this new set of art journals we have an added bonus to our journaling. Art journals like Faith & Lettering, The Illustrated Word, and Illuminate Your Story can help spark creativity and add dimension to your words. If you've ever gotten writers block when trying to express your thoughts on paper these journals are a great help for that. I've found myself flipping through the pages reading the scriptures to help calm my nerves many times already. My daughter likes the coloring journal because she can go back and forth from writing to coloring if she can't quite think of what she wants to write about. Each journal has similar features like the thick paper, lay-flat binding, and overall quality. But when you open them up they are entirely unique inside.

Faith & Lettering Journal
New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Illustrated Word Coloring Journal
Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Illuminate Your Story Journal
Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I received product to share my honest and unbiased thoughts. However, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brand.

Monday, December 17

Routine Maintenance: Simple Steps to Protecting your Pipes #RotoRooter #ad


Roto-Rooter reminds us that we need to protect the pipes in our home as the first step of routine maintenance. It's a great way to help prevent septic back-ups, leaky pipes, and clogged drains and could save you lots of money in the long run. Below are five simple ways you as a homeowner can protect your pipes.

Service your Septic System: Every 3-5 years you should have a professional service check your septic system. As part of that service they will check your pipes for leaks and check the septic tank for current sludge levels. The service will let you know when your tank needs to be pumped. And trust me this is something you want to take note of as it can be a costly mess if it backs up!

Replace older cast iron and galvanized pipes: Cast iron and galvanized pipes used in older homes can begin to rust on the inside after being exposed to water over the years. Not only is it a health hazard but it can also cause your pipes to clog, or even worse spring a leak. It is advised that cast iron and galvanized pipes be updated with plastic PVC piping.

Take better control of what goes down your drain: Clogged pipes is a common household problem, especially in homes with multiple family members with long hair. (Yes I'm speaking from experience.) Roto-Rooter products can be good for unclogging them when the actually clog does occur, but a little prevention can go a long way. For instance if you have a garbage disposal, use it for smaller foods and stray bits of food that happen to spill into the sink. Not for larger pieces that may not get chopped up well and then end up getting stuck. Or by installing a cover on bathroom drains that catches hair and keeps most of it from going down the drain causing clogs.

Septic Treatment: Another thing you can do to help your septic system is use Roto-Rooter Septic Treatment each month to keep your septic system clean. You simply pour the indicated amount in your toilet each time and it does the dirty work. It uses enzymes that break down and eliminate waste that has the potential to clog your pipes and back up your septic system.

And finally winterize pipes: In the winter it's important that you prevent your pipes from freezing. When pipes freeze they can burst, and this can lead to major leaks and loss of water. To prevent this from happening cover exposed pipes with insulation to keep them warm. When the outside temperatures are below freezing, it is recommended that you leave the water running on low. This keeps the water moving to prevent pipes from freezing. As an added measure you can also keep your sink cabinet doors open inside your home so the heat inside can reach the pipes easier and keep them warm inside the house too.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I received product to share my honest and unbiased thoughts. However, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brand.