Covid-19 – Anxiety and How to Cope

This Corona-virus – Covid-19 pandemic has been changing the way we live around the world. What can you do to keep yourself, your loved ones and the people you come in contact with, healthy. It is the first and foremost objective and with that comes anxiety.

Taking care of you physically:

Wash your hands

It seems many of us may have been doing this wrong! Not a quick soap up and rinse off of your hands before heading out the door or your next project, but to actually spend 20 seconds at the sinks washing thoroughly. Not a problem.

Mask or no mask

If your not in a field of work that requires a mask, your not accustomed to wearing one all day or from patient to patient visits when necessary in the medical field. Today we are all getting lessons on how to wear them, and what not to do, (keep hands away from face, do not fuss with the mask). The most alarming thing about the masks is the medical hero’s who need them are in such short supply. See what you can do to help out with that here!

Survival Mode

Staying home the first few days may have felt like a mini vacation from your busy life, but your new day to day routine at home has you realizing that life is going to be this way for more then a leisurely vacation .

The trip to the grocery store can be filled with apprehension while trying to implement social distancing. Going out to eat, meeting with friends at a local pub are options put on hold for a little while until they slowly open again. Even with that, our lives will be different with social distancing and the options of wearing a mask. Many small businesses are suffering and will new rules will need to be implemented to accommodate their customers.

So we have to make the best we can of a situation that has disrupted our lives with an invisible monster and feel like we are waking up everyday in a survival state of mind. The wonder of what is going to happen in the future, worries about your loved ones, paying your bills, its all there and can build up anxiety. Counteracting that anxiety is key and using coping techniques to help us all through this hard time.

Taking care of you mentally

Lori Helms, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sebring, Florida has a very helpful article about experiencing anxiety and how to cope. Take a few minutes to see how this can help you or someone you know.

COVID-19: Coping With Anxiety During This Difficult Time

Prayers for all to keep healthy!

 

 

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COVID-19 – DIY Face Mask – How To Care For – Patterns and Instructions

DIY homemade masks are not going to give you the protection a meidal (n95) masks will. They will however provide you with helping slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recommends the Cloth Face Coverings (masks) “fit comfortably but snugly, have multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction and be made for washing and drying without damage or changing shape”. See all their recommendations Here for keeping them clean, safely removing them and more. They also provide information of what materials will be needed and a tutorial to make a homemade mask.

Here are some other places that offer DIY homemade mask tutorials and patterns.

DIY Face Mask with Elastic in 10 minutes – Sewing Tutorial
Melanie Ham shows you an easy way to make a mask using elastic.

Melanie shows you how to make a DIY Face Mask with Ties, Fitted Nose and Filter Pocket

Want to volunteer?
Joann Fabrics is asking volunteers to help support our Country’s Medial Personal and their goal is to have 100,000,000 million masks donated. Today the number of masks donated is 33,213,645, wouldn’t be great to see them reach their goal! Get the information here is you would like to contribute.

Free Mask Sewing Pattern from Craft Passion
Very helpful instructions with step by step photos, a video tutorial and printable patterns. Scroll down to the photo of the family wearing the face masks to see the list in red for Men, Women/Teenagers, Kids, with 3 options for for download. Hint: You could just print and cut out the patterns and use your copy paper and pins instead of the freezer paper.
Get the pattern and DIY instructions Here

Stay home, wash your hands and please implement social distancing to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19

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Our Response to Covid-19 From Budget Bi Rite Insurance

As the world is facing the Corona virus Covid19, Budget Bi Rite Insurance is closely monitoring the latest updates from our local county, the World Heath Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We want to assure you that we continue to deliver our best customer service you have come to rely on. Our business is open at this time and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions regarding your insurance policy and payments via email or phone if you are not able to come in.

If you live in Highlands County please click on the links below to stay updated on what is going on in our county.
Don Elwell – County Commissioner District 2, Highland County BOCC. Commissioner Elwell is keeping up on the latest updates of the corona-virus with helpful links and information.
Please visit Commissioner Elwell’s Facebook page

Sebring Chamber of Commerce – lists restaurants in the area that are offering takeout and delivery, church services information, community updates and more.

If you live in the state of Florida please visit
Florida Health – What you need to know Covid-19

Also please keep updated with the following:
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO – World Health Organization and Advice For Public from WHO

We encourage you to please stay updated to protect you and those around you to stay healthy.

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe

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St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins. These plans could change in Ireland and around the world because of the Coronavirus.

In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2020 would have been its 258th year.  Unfortunately this year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they have cancelled the parade

You can still celebrate at home…

Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe with 3 ways to cook the corned beef and step by step instructions.  

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Girl Scout Cookies For 2020 Are At a Location Near You

Who can’t resist a box of Girl Scout cookies! Its that time of year again, and the Girl Scouts will are delicious cookies in a variety of flavors. This year there is a new cookie on the menu Lemon-Ups. They are a crispy cookie and have messages stamped on them for inspiration, like “I am a Leader”. If you are looking for a gluten free cookie check out the Trios gluten free peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips and Toffee Tastic butter cookie with bits of toffee through out.

Fun Facts:
Did you know that the girls scouts organization is one hundred and two years old? Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low invited 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, to attended the first Girl Scout meeting. See the History here.

In 1917 girls and their mothers started baking cookies to help raise money for the troops activities. In 1922 Florence E. Neil came up with a cookie recipe for the now 2000 Girl Scouts. The suggested price to sell the cookies were twenty five to thirty cents a dozen.
On March 16, 1950 Congress chartered Girl Scouts of America and as of today over 59 million women in America have been a girl scout when they were a child. Read more about that here
Support the Girl Scouts! Not only do you get yummy cookies but the benefits of purchasing them for the Girl Scouts is wonderful. See Why Here

GirlScoutCookies.org can help you find where the cookies are going to be sold. Go to the site, you can put in your zip code and find out when and where the sales will start in your area. You can also download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App at iTunes or Apple.com. This App uses your IPhone GPS to find the where the cookies are sold and what cookies are available for your location.

Find out the top 4  reasons to join thousand of Girl Scouts from around the world at the G.I.R.L 2020 Event at Orlando, Fl in October 2020.

 

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Help Out Others Valentines Day By Volunteering Plus 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes

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Share Valentine’s Day by volunteering in your community with co workers, family and friends. Take a little time for this day, to bake up some Valentine cookies and cakes or you could purchase store bought treats and give them out with a special tag.

Take the family or a few friends and visit a nursing home in your area. Hand out flowers (a Carnation for each person) and Valentine cards. This does not have to be expensive and it will bring so much joy. (Call ahead to find out how many flowers and cards you will need and make an appointment.)

Visit someone who is under the weather with Valentines Day treats and offer to run errands for them.

Get your family and/or friends together and celebrate with a mini tea party. Serve hot tea and cookies. Have pretty paper, glue, scissors, paper dollies available to make old fashioned valentines day cards.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours, washing dishes or serving up a meal will be appreciated.

Don’t forget our furry friends. Lend a hand at a community animal shelter or donate pet food or both.

Have a little brother or sister? Take them for the afternoon to a Children’s Museum or a favorite spot they like.

Check out our 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl – Top Picks For Appetizers Dips Wings Sandwiches and more Recipes

On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 is the biggest game of the year for football fans, the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will play at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL. If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on the Fox channel (see other options here for streaming) and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.

Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl LlV (54) we have searched for the best appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.

and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…

Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy to make and a favorite!)

Buffalo Chicken BitesSweetPeasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Asian Slaw Dogs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Game Day Chili – Sunny Anderson Food Network

Dessert is always welcome!

Butterfinger Rice Krispie TreatsRecipeGirl.com

Football Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

Touchdown Brownies

Football Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Monster Dip 

Southern Sweet Tea

Enjoy the Super Bowl :}

 

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Winter Driving Safety Tip – Driving On Black Ice

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To drive in snow and ice can be dangerous and one of the most driving perils is black ice. Black ice is a term for ice that is transparent and invisible. Normally you will not know you are on it until you are just a short distance away. If you see cars ahead of you suddenly swerve for no apparent reason, black ice can be the cause. Understanding how to drive on this hazard in the road is very important for you and other drivers that may be around you.

Black Ice is a glaze that forms on the surface of a road, sidewalk and driveways at just about the freezing point. I usually occurs from a light freezing rain, refreezing of snow or water on the surface. It is clear and not easy to detect in advance and can form from the heat of tires on the road.

The most common times of formation is at night or early morning when the temps are lower or on a cloudy day. Look for this along tree lined roads, near rivers, tunnels and roads that do not have much traffic. It can also be found on bridges and overpasses from the cold air cooling both over and under the bridge or overpass.

In the right conditions you may be able to see the black ice before you head onto it. It is very smooth and sometimes glossy. Watch the road and if you see a change in the color of a patch ahead of you slow down and proceed with caution.

If you have ever hydroplaned on a wet road, this is close to what your experience would be on black ice. Just like most kids learning to drive, many were taught by mom and dad in a big empty parking lot. It would not be a bad idea to find one that has the black ice so you could practice braking, and driving your way through to understand what it is like. If you know someone that is familiar with driving, even better to take them with you. Get to know how your vehicle will react in this situation and doing this in a controlled environment is much safer then finding out when you are with other cars around you.

Tips:

If you come upon Black Ice stay calm and turn on your hazard lights if you can. Try to let you vehicle pass over the ice and do not hit the brakes. Try to keep the steering wheel as straight as possible very gently. Don’t struggle against the steering if you feel the back of your vehicle fishtailing, going left to right turn the wheel in the same direction as the fishtail so that you do not skid or spin out.

Look for an empty field, soft snowbank or a yard if you can slowly steer you vehicle into that. Remember do not hit the brakes.

Winter on the road can be hazardous, drive slower then usual on heavy snow days or in freezing weather.

This short video offers advice on what to do when you are driving on black ice.

 

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New Texting and Driving Laws For 2020 In Florida

There are enough distractions on the road without adding in talking on the phone or worse texting someone. You have responsibilities to yourself, your passengers and others on the road when you get behind the wheel.

There has been a timeline addressing this issue starting in May 2013; Governor Scott signed a bill that will make texting while driving illegal. Motorists would be ticketed for texting while driving if they are pulled over for other traffic infractions. This took effect October 1st, 2013.

As of July 2019 – “a motorist may be stopped and cited for texting and driving in the state of Florida” with the Put It Down: Focus on Driving campaign according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Learn more Here about the Wireless Communications While Driving Law

January 1, 2020 brings us to updates on the laws of texting and driving in Florida: Drivers can expect to get a ticket if they are caught texting while the car is in motion, but you may text if you are at a stop sign. Read more about this Here

Have you ever experienced the following..

Someone rolling through a stop sign talking on the phone and not aware of what they just did?

Riding too close to you distracted by a phone call or busy texting?

Its bad enough to talk on the cell phone while driving, but to actually keep looking at cell phone key pad to text a message or looking to see if the voice command is typing it correctly is beyond thinking. One of the biggest causes for accidents is distractions and driving and texting is certainly proven to be a big one.

It’s simple: Do Not Text or Talk on the Phone while driving. What do we tell our kids when they reach the age of driving? It’s a privilege not a right. In Florida you can get a traffic ticket for being a distracted driver and worse cause an accident.

If you must answer a call, get a hands free phone. If you must text, pull over.

See Just How Dangerous of Texting and Driving Is With This Short Video!

Right to the point of danger Driving and Texting Video – Why Nothing is that important that you text while driving!

Stay safe on the road…

 

 

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For Last Minute Christmas Gifts Try These Easy DIY Homemade Gifts In a Jar

jam-428094_640Hopefully you are about finished your Christmas shopping or are to the bottom of your list. But what about an unexpected guest arriving for your holiday fare and you have no gift. Or a neighbor or co worker brings you a little something, you will want to return the kindness. Be prepared ahead of time…

A homemade food gift with the recipe makes a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. . Add a few decorations to a mason jar with your famous holiday cookies inside or a mixture for a special hot chocolate with a hand written recipe attached with some ribbon makes it special. Know someone who loves to bake? Give them a jar with a scrumptious brownie mix inside. Make these up ahead of time and you will be ready for the unexpected…

Delish.com has over 22 recipes in a jar from MM Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Granola, Pancakes, Hot Cocoa, bread muffins and more. Check out their slide show with links to mixes in a jar recipes Here.

Here are some idea’s from MixesInaJar.com

Brownie Mix In A Jar

Cappucino Mix in a Jar

Chinese Barbeque Sauce

Know someone who would love something other then food?

Candy Cane Bath Salts

Egyptian Facial Mask

There are over 250 gift jar idea’s to choose from including breads and muffins , coffee and teas, breads and soups and more.

Merry Christmas :]

 

 

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