Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy #Thanksgiving!

Selena Thinking Out Loud wants to wish you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. Before you sit down to eat and celebrate with your family, take some time to share what you are thankful for because we are all blessed. I am truly thankful for my health and strength on this Thanksgiving Day.

Peace & Love, 

- Selena B.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Recap of Art in the Arena at The Pond Digger Ranch in #CherryValley, CA

In Cherry Valley, California is the annual Art in the Arena at The Pond Digger Ranch. Many local vendors display and sell their creations to the public. The vendors sell pottery, metal art, natural soaps, charcoal art, hand-sewn items, wood-carved statues, and more. It's the perfect opportunity to learn about new small businesses and purchase items for the holidays while watching the video below. I have provided the information for all of the vendors with whom I was able to meet and show their items. Contact them if you would like to order anything or commission them for artwork and such. After enjoying time with the vendors, I couldn't leave the ranch without seeing the 2-day old alpaca with her mom and her dad too. It was enjoying the shade on the beautiful, sunny, day. The chickens, hens, cats, horses, and pigs, to name a few, were enjoying the day as well. 

On The Pond Digger Ranch, they rescue animals and many times nurse them back to health so they can be released back into nature. Also, if you are looking for a good contractor to build a pond at your home or business with koi fish, then here is the place to contact for an estimate and a thorough walk-through of the process. In the video, I show some of the varieties of koi and other fish that are available. The ranch's website was provided in the video as well. During the holidays, getting out among animals and connecting with good people is what the holidays are all about. It's a time to celebrate and enjoy good company. Hopefully, next year you'll attend the next Art in the Arena as a guest or vendor. It's free to the public and where comfortable shoes too, They share an update in November on Facebook every time they open for the year for the event. Enjoy the video and reach out to the vendors below.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

John Boos & Co. Gourmet Maple End Grain Butcher Block Cart #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends: December 20, 2021, 11:59PM EST

In the kitchen, during the holidays you can never have enough room for pots, pans, dishes, and all of the ingredients necessary for making holiday dinners.  That's why this John Boos & Co. Gourmet Maple End Grain Butcher Block Cart is so convenient and a must-have because of its durability and high-quality wood finish. Deliciously Savvy, I and some other amazing bloggers have come together to deliver this giveaway to you! All of the details and the giveaway form to enter are below. Good Luck!

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John Boos & Co Gourmet Maple End Grain Butcher Block Cart

Since 1887, John Boos & Co. has been handcrafting the finest butcher blocks, cutting boards, and countertops in the USA. Their craftsmen love and know wood and are experts in handcrafting American Hardwoods into top quality products of beauty, durability and function.

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The John Boos Gourmet Block Maple End Grain Butcher Block Cart is the perfect addition to every kitchen and it is perfect for all of your chopping and cutting needs….. Plus it is made by John Boos & Co. right here in the USA in Effingham, Illinois by skilled craftspeople using time honored techniques. The final result is a stunning work of art each and every time.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Keystone Lockable Latch for Wood Gate #Review

There are several ways to secure a gate, but I wanted to use a double-sided key lock for my gate. After reading many reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase a Keystone Latch Series lockable latch. I already installed the frame of the gate using the Adjust-A-Gate. This lock was simple to install, but I do recommend finding a tool that will allow you to easily cut through metal. The rods on the inside of the latch will need to be cut to length to connect to the other side of the key locking unit depending on the size of the wood post you're using. Overall, I would recommend this latch. It had mixed reviews on Amazon, but after installing it myself I believe it is strong enough to handle daily use. The bottom button of the latch could stick if pressed too far in, but you do not need to push the button all the way in because the lock unlatches very easily with half the pressure. My video review below will walk you through the installation process of this lock as well if you're interested in this product.

*Disclaimer: Some products listed are Amazon affiliate links. I am able to earn a small commission for products purchased or links used above. I use these products in my daily life and that's why I recommend them. I hope you like them too.

Friday, November 5, 2021

National Diabetes Month and Helpful Resources #DiabetesLogbooks #DiabetesCookbook

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November is National Diabetes Month and the perfect time to educate ourselves and our families about the disease and its effects on the body. Many American adults either live with diabetes or have prediabetes. People with type 1 diabetes can't properly produce insulin because their immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the cells that produce it. People with type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant and can’t use insulin effectively to regulate their blood sugar. As part of their lifestyle, many people have to test and track their insulin, glucose, and blood sugar levels daily. Below are some resources to help you or people in your life track their levels throughout the year. 

For more information on events and informative activities about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association here.

Blood Sugar Log Book: Weekly Blood Sugar Diary, Enough For 106 Weeks or 2 Years, Daily Diabetic Glucose Tracker Journal Book, 4 Time Before-After (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bedtime)