Ways to keep your home well maintained on the outside with Peter's Roofing

20 years ago my husband and I purchased a brand new house, built in a brand new neighborhood. We have two girls, young adults now with their own homes.

In the years we lived in this brand new home we made improvements, repairs, painted walls, and dealt with water damage from heavy rains and winds. We experienced hurricanes, hot days, and snowy days that nature took a toll on the roof, siding, gutters, and chimney. 

When I look at a house, I look at the roof, there is so much real estate atop a house. If the roof is stained, missing shingles, faded, or looks ugly, to me that's a big sign to replace the roof. 

Most everyone in our neighborhood of 50 houses has replaced their roof. I envy those nice clean, fluffy roofs. By fluffy I mean the shingles look kind of 3 D, and I suppose there is a word for that type of shingle. 


We are the hold out neighbor, holding out until our house went on the market to see what the buyer would want done with the roof. Personally I'd have replaced it but the first showing brought us our first offer, and we took it. We had roof repairs made by a local handyman, and we learned the hard way to call a professional first, always.


Take a look at this new roof, with the fluffy shingles! A girl can dream, right. I love the look of the clean, neat, and orderly fashion of these shingles. 

        Photo Credit: Peter's Roofing

When looking to replace or repair your roof, visit Peter's Roofing, it is a family owned business since 2011. Serving Northern and Central New Jersey. Peter's Roofing offers 24 hour emergency repair services and same day repairs.


Ways to keep your roof in good working order:

My advice is if you see damage or need replacements, call a professional. Skip the weekend handyman job, or the weekend DIY project. 


Are there any missing or loose shingles that you see? Look at your roof on a windy day. Are the shingles in place? Look on the ground for shingles that have come off the roof on the ground as well that you might notice. This is an indication that you need to get someone to take a look at whatever damage might be going on. 


Check for leaks on ceilings and walls.   Do you see water stains, or perhaps water dripping from your ceiling?  This is an indication that there could be potential damage not only to your walls but also due to snow melting or water coming in after a storm because of a crack somewhere. 


Do you see loose and clogged gutters? We had a tennis ball stuck in the gutter and that made a waterfall down the side of the house, right into the basement. 

Keep your gutters clean and fully operational by using a ladder to get up near the gutter, a trash bag or a leaf blower to get all the gunk and debris out of those gutters. This also helps keep the water running smoothly through those pipes and not into your home.


Look for leaks inside your house that would be the place on the roof where the vent stacks stick out of the roof. The "boot" on ours had decayed and water leaked into the house at several spots corresponding with the vent stack.


Take a walk around your house looking up at the roof, gutters, sky lights, attic fans, and chimney. Make notes of damage or signs of wear on any of these areas.


Call a professional for repairs and/or replacement for all your roofing needs. Peter’s Roofing are true professionals to help with any questions, concerns or advice on roof repair needs in the Newark area. You can be sure to feel safe, secure, and know your roof and loved ones are in good hands thanks to this incredible business. 

Win THE LITTLE PRINCE, now on Blu-Ray and Digital

Hello February 2021! The month of Valentine's Day, hearts, love, snow and more snow, and the release of THE LITTLE PRINCE on blu-ray disc and digital all in the same month. How can so much goodness be happening? 

Get a head start on your Valentine or Easter basket gift giving by picking up:

 The Little Prince, starting February 9. 2021.

With an All Star cast (see the cast list below), the movie starts by giving us an intro into the prince and the aviator, but quickly we are taken into the busy world of a mom that is desperately trying to get her child placed in the local academy. The mom has charts, books, and plans on how to reach the goal of her child enrolled in the academy. They even move to the town the academy is in to better the little girl's chance of being accepted. 

Their street is a row of neat and tidy homes, but their next door neighbor looks like he must be the original land owner before the new housing was built, and he stayed in his odd looking property. The daughter is intrigued by her quirky neighbor and begins to visit him, learning so many things about the stars, animals, imagination, stuff she wasn't aloud to wonder about.

Somewhere around the 10th grade I signed up for French class in high school. One year was enough for me. The teacher assigned to us to read "The Little Prince", the French version...years later I would find myself holding an English version of the book. I could read to my children.  Mostly what I remember about the little Prince is that he wanted someone to draw him a sheep, and he was in the desert.

When my copy of The Little Prince arrived on my doorstep, I was kinda relieved I wasn't in French class, better yet I could watch the story on my television. I took my copy of the DVD over to my niece's house on one of the babysitting days so we could all watch the film. My oldest niece made movie tickets for us and sat us in our assigned seat. My ticket was #4. It was a recliner, but no cup holder!


From the director of Kung Fu Panda comes this critically acclaimed, re-imagined take on Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry’s classic story. At its heart is “The Little Girl” (Mackenzie Foy), prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up real-world.  After her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, “The Aviator” (Jeff Bridges) introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, she learns of “The Little Prince" (Riley Osborne). And so begins the magical and emotional journey where one learns, amongst other things, it’s the human connections that matter most.

This is the place to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of THE LITTLE PRINCE ON BLU-RAY DISC AND DIGITAL.
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When: now until February 16, 2021 

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Put the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible Gift Set For Girls on your holiday shopping list.

My family and I are in the process of moving out of the house we have lived in for 20 some years.   Imagine the amount of stuff we all accumulated over the years. 

We had a wall of six book cases. One of the book cases was stocked with Bibles, related books of the Bible, Christianity, church, teachings, and history. I came across my own Children's Bible and my youth Bible. 

We did pass along many of the books, but those two I kept. 

My Bible is full of underlined pages, highlighted sentences, souvenir bookmarks, and little slips of paper with inspirational thoughts or Bible verses.

My girls have several Bibles from Sunday School, Confirmation, Graduation, and gifts. I've never bought a Bible, they have always been gifted to me. I think that is the most thoughtful and best gift to give someone.

As you prepare for the upcoming gift giving and receiving Holiday Season - Harper Collins Christmas Publishing offers a NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible Gift Set For Girls.  (it's on sale over on ChristianBook.com)

The NIV Beautiful World Coloring Bible Gift Set for Girls comes in a sturdy, decorative box for gift giving, storing, and keeping the stickers, colored pencils, and Bible at the ready.  The cover of the Bible is a calm teal color, but with texture (LeatherSoft (tm) OverBoard) and drawings of flowers and swirly designs. Who wouldn't want to open up the book and see what's inside?  Let the reading and coloring begin!

The gift set features:

Check out the sampler pages from the gift set here and/or see the images here:

To purchase NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for girls gift set please visit ChristianBook.com . There is also a sneak peak and FREE coloring pages available from book seller. click the free link above or just look for the image on ChristianBook.com to get your FREE sneak peak and FREE coloring pages. Print the pages out and give them along with the gift set or save the coloring sheets for a snowy day inside.

Use colored paper to print the freebie coloring sheets for added color and fun. 


Many thanks to Telling Ministries LLC and HCCP for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

"Take Back Your Life" A 40 Day Devotional Journey Review

This week started a bit frazzled for me. I spent Monday worrying about all the places I had to go and people to visit. My grumbling to myself and others has led me to go back over my feeling out of control of my very own life.

I should be thankful I can do all those things on my "to do" list, but I wasn't. Today I'm feeling a bit more in control, I've sorted out what I can do and what I can't do to keep my life a bit more less frazzled.

Have you ever felt like you needed to take back your life? Like the days go by and you do the same things over and over, but really don't get much done, kinda like that pile of papers on the kitchen table!

"Take Back Your Life" A 40 Day Devotional Journey by Levi Lusko takes us on a 40 day journey on thinking right so you can live right. What does that mean, to live right? Am I living wrong? I'll admit, it's a yes for me. How do I know? I feel it in my soul. 

In Levi Lusko's book "Take Back Your Life" you can read a section each day for forty days, but for me I'll be checking in after the forty days to re-visit topics I need to tend to.

The book is full of prayers, Bible verses, and interactive ways to think right.

I love the ease of reading the book and the illustrations. The Bible references, verses, and prayers are comforting and words to live by. 

A few examples of the days 40 day journey:

Day 23: Let it Go.

Day 25: A trip to the dump.

Day 18: Mind you words.

Day 3: You matter more than you know.

Day 8: Jesus Turns off the dark.

Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, located in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. He is the bestselling author of Through the Eyes of a Lion, Swipe Right, and I Declare War. Levi also travels the world speaking about Jesus. He and his wife, Jennie, have one son, Lennox, and four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven.

Parents can take a look at the Kids Guide and sign up to join the "Take Back Your Life for Kids"  a four day devotional titled "The me I was meant to be". 



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Key ways to have your own backyard splendor.

What would your dream backyard look like?

What would your dream backyard look like to you? For me it would be the perimeter of the yard to be non stop blooming annuals and perennials in weed free garden beds. I'd love lush green grass that feels like the best carpet you ever walked on in your bare feet. Sans any creepy crawly animals in this dream backyard.

I've covered the plants and grass but what could I add to make my yard into an outdoor living space? Lilac trees are my favorite. In the Spring they are lush, full of lilac blooms and the fragrance is a sure aroma of Spring. The winter months the lilac tree looks like many other trees that lose their leaves. The use of Evergreen trees can help fill in areas that are deciduous trees.

 My top picks for plants, trees, and shrubs for the yard:

  • Lilac (refereed to as shrub or tree)
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Evergreen (tree)
  • Pussy Willow (tree) Spring bloomer
  • Curly Willow (tree)
  • Weeping Willow (tree)
  • Forsythia (bush) Spring bloomer
  • Mint (plant) fragrant, and spreads.
  • Fever Few (Plant) good for hard to grow areas
  • Peony (plant)
My Grandmother and Mother had beautiful perennial gardens.
Every Saturday in the Spring and Summer my Mother would spend the day tending to her vegetable and flower garden. Our Summer meal sides would be straight out of the garden. I had the job of picking green beans every single dinner time. I didn't care much for green beans then or now!
My sister has carried on the tradition of stunning plants and vegetables. As for myself...I don't claim to have the knack for gardening. I need a back up plan, a professional, ideas, and all the help I can get in the garden area.

My imagination doesn't give me too many ideas, but looking at Onorato Landscaping LLC  I can see way more than I imagined in my backyard. Take a look at their portfolios to see the beautiful landscaping and Hardscaping completed works. Onorato Landscaping LLC offers services from design, build, and  maintenance of your outdoor areas.  Jot down your likes, ideas, and wants on a list to keep your motivation up to speed on your dream backyard. Research for plants and trees that thrive in your neck of the woods. Choose native plants for a better outcome in growth. Take a walk or drive around neighborhoods near where you live to narrow down your likes and dislikes of what you'd like in your yard. 

Make your backyard comfy and cozy for year long use. 

Use outdoor furniture like sofas, chairs, and gliders for your guests to sit and relax. Make sure you have plenty of seats for everyone. We have a stack of outdoor chairs we can grab out of the garage for extra seating. Place umbrellas or canopies over these areas for shade or even in the event of a light rain. A pavilion for shade and dining areas makes a great place for strings of lights, plants, or wind chimes.

The fire pit.

It seems every backyard these days has a fire pit. Do your research in shopping for a fire pit. I find it is best to choose a reputable company like Onorato Landscaping for your fire pitMy dream backyard would have a fire pit and also an outdoor fireplace. Keep S'mores fixings on hand for impromptu get-togethers with neighbors. Plan a make your own pizza night and cook them in the fireplace. If I had nothing else in my backyard, it would be a fire pit. From the glow of the fire, the warmth of the fire, and the relaxation of gathering around with friends is priceless.

Ideas to make your backyard into a outdoor living room:

  • Outdoor furniture: sofas, chairs, dining sets, gliders, benches, swings.
  • Pathways and walkways with lighting.
  • A pool, hot tub, waterfall feature.
  • Outdoor cooling fans and heaters.
  • Strings of lights for soft lighting.
  • Umbrellas and canopies for shade.
  • Candles that repel biting bugs.
  • Fire pit and/or fireplace ideas from Bergen County Fire Pits 
  • Interesting decor or bird feeders add interest to your yard.
  • Use the color blue! It's a clam color. I like to use gazing balls for added color and reflection.
  • Have a set up so guest can help themselves to food and beverages.
  • Bird feeders to attract a variety of colorful birds.
  • Statues of ocean birds, mermaids, or other nautical themed decor.
  • Take clues from nature for decor ideas. 

Put your backyard plans in motion now for Summer and the upcoming Fall season. Take the indoors outdoors. Make comfy living areas in your yard for peace and quiet or spending time with others.  Carefree and easy maintenance will give you more time to enjoy your yard rather than having to pull weeds and cut the grass. 

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Arm & Hammer New Odor Defense Foot Powder is ready for your feet where ever you may wander.

 They had me at "Refreshes Feet Instantly". They being, Arm & Hammer™, the company we know for neutralizing odors from our fridge to our feet.

Arm &  Hammer has introduced Talc Free Odor Control Foot Powder:

My wearing of sandals this Summer has been non existent due to not frequenting my local nail salon for a pedicures. My feet are hot. The month of July has been hot, really hot!  I am happy to report a solution to feet that sweat and odor: It's new Arm & Hammer Talc Free Odor Control Foot Powder

Why I like Arm & Hammer Foot Powder:

  • Eliminates Odor on Contact
  • Absorbs Sweat & Moisture
  • Sweat Activated Odor Control with Fresh Guard Technology: Destroys Odor Caused by Sweat upon Contact.
  • Contains Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Keeps Feet Cool & Dry All Day Long
  • Talc Free
  • Made in USA
  • Available at Target, like I need a reason to go to Target, but I'll take it.
  • Easy carry all bottle with precision dispenser
Keep your feet feeling and smelling fresh all the day long with New Arm & Hammer Odor Defense Foot Powder.


Disclosure: I received a sample of Arm & Hammer new Foot Powder for this post. 
The comments and views are my own.

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends.

Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for body and one for feet.

I tried the Invisible Spray Powder first, and it really is invisible, I know how could that be? But it is, and it sprays on in a cool dry mist.
Relief. The spray has a nice light scent too.

Next I sprayed the Invisible Spray Foot Powder on my feet. It sprays on invisible, yep just like the product shows, and the mist is a dry cool, refreshing feeling.

The new Arm and Hammer Invisible Spray Powder is unisex. You can share the spray bottle, or buy for his and hers.

Look for  NEW Invisible Foot and Body Powder Sprays wherever you buy health and beauty products.  Each sells for around $7.00.

Good things to know about Arm & Hammer (tm) spray powder:

ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Powder Spray

• First ever cake-free invisible foot spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or feet.

• Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps feet feeling fresh all day.

• Ultra-clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat.

• Burst of cool fragrance lasts all day.

• Talc Free.

ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Body Powder Spray

• First ever cake-free invisible body spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes or body.

• Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps body feeling fresh all day.

• Ultra-clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat.

• Unisex fragrance for all day freshness.

• Talc Free.

Look for new ARM&HAMMER SHOE REFRESHER SPRAY  where  you purchase health and beauty aids too.

ARM&HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray

• Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact,

• Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it.

• Sweat activated Fresh Guard® Technology refreshes and rejuvenates shoes, sneakers and sports gear.

• Safe for all types of footwear.

Disclosure: I was sent Arm & Hammer Products for this post. The comments and views are my own.

Ways to keep your home well maintained on the outside with Peter's Roofing

20 years ago my husband and I purchased a brand new house, built in a brand new neighborhood. We have two girls, young adults now with their...