10 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent the Flu

This post is sponsored by Diamond Links.

I work in a hospital and they take flu season very seriously. They’ve drilled certain things into our heads to help prevent the flu and daily to help the spread of all germs. Here are 10 things you can do to help prevent the flu.

  1. Hand Washing – This is the most important. If you don’t even read the rest of the list you can do a lot just by washing your hands. Our hospital tells us we should wash our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That’s long enough to sing the birthday song.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose – When sneezing or coughing cover with your hand or a tissue. You can even wear a scarf or take a handkercheif with you when you have to leave the house for a doctor’s appointment or to go the pharmacy.
  3. Regularly wipe down frequently touched surfaces – Things like doorknobs, toilet flush lever, sink knobs, etc can be wiped down with an all purpose spray or wipes. Think about it, not everyone washes their hands like they should.
  4. Clean electronics – This is something not everyone thinks about. Things like keyboards, TV remotes, touch screen devices, and headsets come in contact with a lot of fingers. We actually had a rash of pink eye go around our house one year and I realized it was being spread by a touchscreen tablet that everyone was using!
  5. Eat Healthy – You body can better fight off the flu when it has the nutrients it needs.
  6. Antibacterial gels/sprays – Keeping an antibacterial gel on you when you travel or in the car can help when hand washing isn’t possible. There are plenty of antibacterial options out there from products like Purell, to alcohol-free options, and natural options like Doterra OnGuard sanitizing spray.
  7. Consider the flu vaccine – I know not everyone is interested in vaccines but for those that are there are plenty of places to get the flu vaccine even if you don’t have insurance. Rite Aid stores offer flu vaccines for $25 and if you have insurance, often it’s free. Of course your doctor’s office or your child’s pediatrician is another source to obtain flu vaccines. Some employers also off the flu vaccines to it’s employees.
  8. Drink plenty of water – this is a good idea anyway. There is some research that says drinking plenty of water can help strengthen you immune system thus helping your body fight the flu.
  9. Immune boosting supplements – there are some that swear by products like Emergen-C or Airborne. A friend recommended air born to me and I stock up during flu season.
  10. Get Plenty of Sleep – According to the Sleep Foundation, when we don’t get enough sleep our bodies can get out of wack. Lower our immune systems and more.

With the spring not too far off in the distance Dr Summit Shah can help with your allergy needs too!


Mafia Boss Book Tour & Giveaway

Mafia Boss
The Accidental Mafia Queen Book 1
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance
Better to be at the right hand of the devil than in his path…
When you come from a crime family, you have a name to live up to. My enemies know I’m a bastard who shows no mercy—exactly the cold-hearted don my father would want me to be. Except we’re not the one’s in charge. Yet…
The Boss wants me to take over his billion dollar business, and the only way that’s happening is if I can win the heart of his cop daughter. I planned to treat her just like all the other women who meant nothing to me, but everything about her is tempting. Her beauty, her body, her soul. Money and Power. That’s all this was supposed to be about…
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was finding out that her father has a hidden agenda, and I’m just a pawn in his game.
MAFIA BOSS is The Godfather and The Sopranos with the sexy edge of a drool-worthy Alpha male. Fans of R.R. Banks and Vi Keeland are gonna love this…
**Only .99 cents!!**
Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband, two kids, and three crazy ferrets.
She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating.
When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends.
No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine’s books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.
Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Restaurants and other Businesses Offering Help and freebies for Furloughed Federal Workers

I just want to say that I’m thinking about all you federal employees that aren’t getting paid during the federal government shutdown. My husband works for the state of Pennsylvania and is our main income earner in our home. On two different occasions we’ve gone without his pay due to state government shutdown. The one time it was for nearly two months and I was on maternity leave from my job not getting paid either. So I have an idea what you’re going through. I’ve been seeing different restaurants offering help to furloughed federal employees.

  1. Paypal Credit customers are offering a 0% apr cash advance up to your available credit line up to $500 (min $250) for furlough federal employees you can read more info HERE
  2. Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a free mom’s ricotta meatballs & spaghetti to all furloughed federal employees just show your federal ID.
  3. SweetWater Brewery is offering free beer to federal employees just show your government ID to get 2 free beers.
  4. The Met Museum will offer free admission to furloughed federal employees and one guest for the duration of the government shut down
  5. World Central Kitchen started #ChefsforFeds and will offer free hot meals for at the 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW near the Navy Memorial win Washington DC
  6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is offering free tickets to select games for federal employees
  7. Fresno Bulldogs are offering free tickets to their games just show your federal ID
  8. National Civil Rights Museum is offering free admission to federal employees with ID
  9. All Farm Burger stores are offering free chicken burgers, fries, and an iced tea all day every Friday until the government shut down ends
  10. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is offering free admission to furloughed federal employees for the duration of the government shutdown.
  11. Ohio State Buckeyes is offering free tickets to athletic events for furloughed federal employee throughout the government shutdown.
  12. GoodRX is offering free membership to it’s premium savings program GoodRX Gold to save up to 90% off prescriptions
  13. Trying to find more confirmation but it looks like at least some Whole Foods stores are offering free spaghetti and meatball dinners to furloughed federal employees
  14. New England Aquarium if offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their family during the shutdown.
  15. Capital Area Food Bank is offering free groceries at pop-up markets Saturday Jan 19. Click here for more details
  16. Many schools are now offering free and reduced priced lunches for students of furloughed federal employees talk to your school to see if they are offering this.
  17. Many aspca locations are offering free dog and cat food to furloughed federal employees. See if your location is participating.

Guys I was almost overwhelmed with places that are offering some kind of assistance on Twitter alone. If you search what your looking for specifically you can find places in your area. Just search things like “free meals for furloughed federal employees” and you can add your state or town to the ends or “free for furloughed federal employees” lots of museums, sports tickets, and more. I’ll add to this list when I find more restaurants and things that are national.


Delusions Book Tour & Giveaway


Delusions
by Amy Crandall
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller

As she waits to give her statement in one of the interrogation rooms of Arcata Police Department, Abigale recites the same line over and over inside her head.


I did not kill anyone.

I did not kill anyone.

But there’s a trail of bodies, and it leads straight to her. The events that brought her to this very moment all point to one thing…her guilt.

She must convince Detective Collins of her innocence, but how can she explain her ties to the victims, and the evidence that has her name written all over it?

Then there’s the mysterious Facebook profile. DarkHeart434.

Who is DarkHeart434? And why does it seem like this person has all the answers, including the identity of the real murderer?

As pieces of the puzzle start to come together, everything about Abigale’s life begins to unravel—her past, her present…and even her self-proclaimed innocence.





Amy Crandall is an avid reader and novelist born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She began writing in elementary school, publishing her first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. With the support of her loved ones and newfound friends on the site, Amy continued to share her thoughts and interests in the form of storytelling.


Before her Wattpad.com days, she was published in A Celebration of Poets – Summer 2012 (Creative Communication, 2012) for her poem My Garden. That experience only drove her desire to further pursue writing. Her first full-length novel, “Delusions”, was a featured story on Wattpad.com, reaching #7 in the mystery/thriller genre, and surpassing 115,000 reads, before its publishing.

When she isn’t envisioning a new story plot, Amy can be found camping with loved ones, getting lost in a great read, jamming to her favourite tunes, or giving in to her craving of Timmies’ iced lemonades.





He chuckled, leaning back in the chair. “No. I’m just trying to get to the bottom of this.” His gaze turned
serious. “I don’t think you killed her, but I do think you know more than you’re telling us, which is
unfortunate. Her killer is still out there, and you’re sitting here defending him. It appalls me that you would
defend the person who stalked, kidnapped, and attempted to murder you.”
Abigale inhaled sharply. Flashes from that night bombarded her thoughts, but she pushed them away with a
hard blink. “I’m—I’m not defending him.”
“Yes, you are. By not giving us a name, you’re withholding information—which is a criminal offense by the
way—and you’re protecting him by doing so.”
“I’m not meaning to do anything, Detective,” she muttered. “I have no desire to protect him.”
Detective Collins leaned back in his chair. “Then why aren’t you telling me what I want to know? Wouldn’t it
be so much easier for you if you just told me?”
“Yes, it would be easier,” replied Abigale. “But I’m not going to tell you. I’m done talking. I want my
lawyer.”
Collins shook his head. “You aren’t a suspect, Ms. Fern. Therefore, you don’t require a lawyer.”
Abigale laughed coldly. “Really? That FBI agent seemed to think I was a suspect. He was about to arrest me
an hour ago. I’m not that stupid, Detective.”
He was silent for a moment. Abigale stared into his eyes, her arms crossed over her chest. “I didn’t kill Julia
Holland,” she told him firmly, her voice steely calm. “I didn’t kill anyone.”
Detective Collins said, “You seem very certain about that.”

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!






Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop: $10 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card

We’re in the middle of January. I live in Pennsylvania and we’re supposed to get a pretty good snow storm tomorrow and another on Saturday with a high of -4 degrees on Sunday! I’m not looking forward to it.

I’m normally not a fan of January. My depression is worse in the winter, it’s cold, etc etc but this year I made some goals for myself to accomplish before the end of the year. Setting goals has helped me stay focused and positive.

Other things I love to do when it’s way too cold outside is read. I also love entering sweepstakes.

What do you like to do when it’s really cold outside?

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Welcome Winter: $10 Paypal or Amazon egift card

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