baby number three!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to share … WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!

WoooooooOOOOOOoooooo!!! This is my fourth pregnancy and (hopefully) third child. We are just beyond excited and blessed to be adding one more to our family.

Like my other pregnancies, I have been pretty ill for this one as well. However, the sickness is slowly subsiding, and I feel as if I can start doing all the little things again. 

Our baby is due in early December. Only 6 more months to go. 💛💛💛

Pictures were taken by Emma Victoria Photography.

Emory

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protect your home, in every way!

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Protecting your home is not just in the sense of security, there is a huge umbrella with many topics covered. For example, if you have a leaking roof, then it could be dangerous in the long run, or perhaps you are suffering with damp or even cracked walls. Maybe you have some type of leak in the home too, such as a slab leak – in this case you need to ensure a licensed professional look at the job. In addition to this, of course security will enhance the work inside your home too; for example it will keep your children safe and your belongings. Once you have taken care of the internal and structural issues, you can turn your attention to protection.

Security Cameras

Well-installed home security cameras allow you, the landlord, to see those coming in and out of your area at all times. Simple but effective, only the presence of security cameras will prevent a lot of criminals from trying to break into you. In fact, you should advertise the fact that you are using cameras with a “CCTV” sign. To upgrade the security you get from the cameras, the video can go directly to your smartphone so you can check your home from anywhere. If you are still worried about the time your property is vacant, consider hiring remote monitoring services. These security experts will monitor your property 24/7 and notify the landlord and police of any incidents, and will also warn the burglar verbally.

Lights and alarms

Naturally, entrances like windows and doors, are good places for lighting with a motion sensor. It will be harder and less appealing for a criminal to break in when the area is well lit and there are no dark places to hide. Alarms are also an important technique to get alerted about burglary to protect your home

Deterrence

One of the easiest ways to protect your home from burglary is to prevent criminals from trying in the first place. Dogs have been used for this for centuries and are still effective despite technological advances. Even if you do not have a dog, still put a sign up – this way the thieves will not know either way if it is true or not. Deterrence is the best form of protection, therefore practicality plays a large role.

The garden

The visibility of the garden and plants in your home can affect the way people, including burglars, navigate the exterior of your property. Consider pruning shrubs and trees near your home, as this can reduce the area where a burglar can stay without being seen. Also consider planting thorny plants near places with windows to prevent entrances from these areas. 

Doors and windows

The best way to assess your security is to look from a burglar’s point of view, and pay attention to potential vulnerabilities and entry points. Proper doors and windows are an important part of home security, just like proper locks. If there is a problem, fix it immediately; such as broken locks, rotting doors and windows and more. It’s important to stay safe!

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4 benefits of upgrading your commercial lock

Commercial locks are one of the most important things when it comes to security. Upgrading your commercial locks can give you peace of mind. A reliable local locksmith Markham can easily do the job for you.

This article lists the benefits of upgrading your commercial lock.

Ensured security 

Upgrading commercial locks provides better security. They are made to protect buildings and businesses and make it impossible to break in.

As a business owner, your job is not only to make sure your business is well-maintained, but also secure. Having a high-security lock system in place can ease the burden of worrying about security and lets you focus on the other aspects of your business.

Standard pin tumbler locks are a security risk. They are the easiest to manipulate. High-security commercial locks are much more difficult to pick because they use diagonal cuts or biaxial cuts on the pins. By upgrading your locks, you prevent lock-picking intruders from entering your business unauthorized.

Upgraded locks are durable 

Locks should be replaced after some time for the best security, so upgrading your locks gives you a more durable and long-lasting lock. Different locks are more durable than others, so you should choose one that won’t need to be replaced for a longer period of time. This can help save you money in the long run. 

Customizable locks 

Most commercial locks are customizable, meaning they are designed to be customized for various purposes. By upgrading your commercial locks, you can customize your lock based on your needs. 

Rekey options and key tracking 

A lot of commercial locks allow you to reset your locks anytime. If any key is lost or stolen, you can reset your locks by changing the system so that the stolen key will no longer be accepted while the other keys will still work. 

Electric doors with commercial locks allow you to track keys with tracking software. You can administer a key system that lets you keep track of where keys are. This will help you find lost keys and determine which keys can be used where if you have different locks at multiple entry points. The keys provided with commercial locks also can not be duplicated. The best part is that you don’t need any IT specialists to help you, and a reliable locksmith can easily set up the system for you. Then you can just use it efficiently.  

 Using a professional to upgrade your commercial locks is the smartest decision you can make when it comes to security. It is worth the money to invest in a reliable, quality lock system, especially when you think about what is at stake. Moreover, a smart lock might also increase the curb appeal of your business by matching the styles of the windows and doors.  

A quality lock system should last years, and having a professional locksmith install the system ensures you get the most out of the lock system.

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recipe: homemade hot dog buns

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

(Makes 10)

What food epitomizes summer more than a delicious hot dog? There may be other great contenders, but when I think of warm weather and the outdoors, I always think of BBQs, picnics, and of course, hot dogs. So why not up your game and make your own hot dog buns? It is relatively simple and the end result is only that much more delectable.

Ingredients:

2 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

1 large egg
1/4 cup butter + more to brush buns, melted
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Oil (any kind), to grease

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, water, and sugar. Stir, cover with a tea towel, and let sit until frothy- about 15 minutes.

2. Add the salt, egg, butter, and flour. Mix until well-combined. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes. Then grease a medium bowl and place the dough inside, coating it with the oil. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm spot for 1 hour.

3. Punch down the dough. Place on a floured surface and form into a log. Cut into 10 equal pieces. Roll out each piece until it resembles a hot dog bun (about 6” long). Put the buns on a greased baking sheet. Cut a slit down the middle of each bun. Cover again and let rise for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake the buns for approximately 20 minutes. Once browned, remove and brush with butter. Let cool before serving! 

Note: You can substitute a bit of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour, like I did. I always prefer to do a combination of the flours, so I switched 1 cup out for whole wheat. Feel free to substitute as much as you would like, or none at all!

Emory

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a quick guide to a successful house move with children

Moving home is something that is cited as one of the most stressful things that you can do in life. If you’re moving with children in tow, whether that is a toddler or a teenager, it can add a little more stress into the mix. If you are going to be moving to somewhere completely far away from where you are now, then it can be something that is troubling for children, especially if they feel like they are leaving friends behind. It can be real tough, that is for sure. That is why having a quick guide to help you to move home when you’ve got children to move with you too, can be a big help, no matter the age of the children.

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Considerations when moving house with children

For some children, they will have only ever lived in one house. They may be school age and go to school locally, as well as have ties to friends and connections in the area. As well as the stress of physically packing to move, there can be an added element of stress when these things are taken into consideration. Some of the stressors will depend on the age of the children. The demands of a baby are just going to be timing things right around feeds and naps, but with a teenager, you’ll be thinking about what they are going through and how stressed they must be themselves. 

What you can do is to offer a lot of reassurance, especially if your child is of an age where they will remember the old home. Keeping them comfortable and keeping them entertained is another aspect to think about. You should also look to get as much help as you can, to reduce the physical moving stress. From removalists like Two Men and a Truck you can get help with packing, storing, and moving your items to your new home. Hopefully, you will have some friends and family on-hand to help too.

Get the children involved

How involved children can be will depend on their age. However, boxes and going through all of their things could be something that is really enjoyable. Give yourself plenty of time to pack, as soon as you know that you are moving, so that things don’t feel too rushed. Children can pack some of their own belongings, as well as help with labeling items and getting organized. When they are involved they can feel like part of the process and that can put them at ease and reduce any anxieties.

Have a bag for move day with you

When it comes to the actual moving day, there can be a lot of things packed away that you will have no access to. That is why having a bag for moving day, filled with snacks, treats, small toys, and things that will be helpful for them (a phone charger for a teenager, for example). This will make the day smoother for you all, so make sure that you have something separate and ready to use on the day.

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