Valentines Day Gifts for All Your Love Ones

Today I am pleased to bring you a sponsored post about a company that I have been using for years! Most of my family lives out of town, and I find a great way to send them gifts is through 1800Flowers. I like to shop from home and the gifts are delivered right to the recipient’s door. What is nice about 1800Flowers is that despite the name, you can purchase more than just flowers. They have thousands of gifts in addition to flowers, including teddy bears, food baskets, spa sets and chocolates. All of high quality and sure to delight. I know my Mom looks forward to her valentines day gifts from 1800Flowers.

Today while looking at the site and searching for valentines day gifts I found their Valentine’s Gift Bundles. In this section alone I had over 100 great gift choices ranging in price from $19.99 for a cute stuffed dog with chocolates, to $1,000 for Love’s Lavish Luxuries. You know, men like to receive valentines day gifts, but they can be difficult to shop for. At 1800Flowers I found lots of choices, from a spa set for men, to a floral arrangement in a beer mug.

If you would like the convenience of shopping from home for valentines day gifts that your loved ones will adore, head on over to 1800Flowers.

Winter Warmth

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Today I am sitting inside, watching the snow fall. We don’t usually get much snow, so a foot of snow is quite a treat. The snow is falling in big fat flakes, and outside, everything is covered in icy white cold. But inside I am nice and warm. Staying warm on cold days like today can get expensive. One of my favorite ways to save money on winter heating bills is by using “zone heating”. With zone heating, instead of heating the whole house, you only heat the rooms you will be using. So during the day we heat the living room and kitchen. In the evening we heat the bedrooms. That way we are not spending money on heating rooms that no one is using.

For effective zone heating we make good use of room heaters. A good source for attractive room heaters is Desatch.com. They have a large supply of vent free, gas propane heaters. The room heaters come in a variety of styles, including wall mount, freestanding, stove, and fireplace models. You can find room heaters that run on natural gas, propane, and even electricity.  My favorites are the fireplace heaters.  You can have the warmth of a wood fireplace, with clean and safe propane or  natural gas.

The snow is still falling. Time for a cup of cocoa, a good book, and a nice warm fire!

Kettering University

Do you know what an industrial engineer is, or what they do? I didn’t until today. Industrial Engineers work to make businesses more efficient.They will look at how something is made and find ways to make production more efficient. An industrial engineer might also work to figure out a way to shorten a line at an amusement park or how to make a more efficient automobile. An industrial engineer can also be known as an operations manager or a systems engineer.

If I were looking at a new career these days I might consider becoming an industrial engineer. It sounds like it could be a very interesting job! I like the idea of looking at systems and companies and finding ways to make them work better. A bachelors degree is required to become an industrial engineer and one place I would consider for my education would be Kettering University.

Kettering University has an innovative Co-op program in industrial engineering. Kettering places students with companies right from the start, giving the student valuable real world experience to go along with their classroom education. Beginning as freshman, the students rotate between school and their co-op job and gain practical experience.

Another good reason to choose Kettering would be that US News and World Report has ranked Kettering University as “the #1 University in the nation for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering” in its annual “America’s Best Colleges Guide for 2008”.

But, for the time being I am going to have to stay a mom and a blogger. As interesting as Kettering’s engineering co-op programs sound, I’m not ready to go back to school just yet. Plus I think my husband would miss me!

Search for Discounts at WebbyPlanet.com

Like most people I like to save money, and I probably spend too much time searching the web for discounts and coupons. I was happy to hear about WebbyPlanet. WebbyPlanet is an e-commerce search site where you can look for coupons and discounts all in one place. One of the things I like about WebbyPlanet is you can search for a store, and a page will come up listing all the coupons and discounts available for that store. That is how I found this dell coupon. The site is updated daily, and you can subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated on all the latest discounts.

Spring Vacation

segways in San FranciscoSpring is in full swing at my house. The trees are leafing out and the flowers are blooming. Birds are everywhere. I was sitting outside today thinking about how nice it is when spring finally arrives, with the warm sunshine and singing birds, but then I started thinking about all the spring projects that need to be done. I need to paint the house, put in the garden, weed out the flower beds, the whole spring cleaning thing. Yikes! Suddenly spring isn’t so wonderful. So, of course, the logical thing to do when faced with a mountain of chores is to take a vacation! Many years ago I went to San Francisco in the spring, and it was great! I loved riding the trolley cars. Chinatown was amazing and the selection of food was wonderful.bike san francisco

I am thinking it is about time to go back to San Francisco, and see some of the attractions I missed on my last trip. This time I think I will sign up for some sightseeing tours. I found a site that offers discounted tickets to some of the best tours in San Francisco. It used to be that I didn’t like guided tours, but I have since found that they are a great way to do things and find attractions that you might otherwise miss. Trusted Tours & Attractions duck tours splash downoffers a variety of sightseeing tours in San Francisco, including Segway tours! There is a tour where you can bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, and my favorite, the San Francisco Duck tour, where you can ride both land and bay in an original, refurbished World War II Amphibious landing craft.

Trusted Tours is having a special promotion right now. If you sign up for their newsletter you will be entered in a drawing to win a handheld GPS! That might come in handy if you are on the Muir Woods tour and get separated from your group!

If San Francisco isn’t your idea of a vacation spot Trusted Tours has tours in 23 cities including Things to do in Las Vegas.

But for now the vacation will have to wait. Because honestly, putting in the garden and weeding the flower beds aren’t really chores!