Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Job Opportunities!

Enjoy the freedom to stay at home with your family. Work remotely. Set your own schedule. Make money, network AND have fun!

Benefits:





  • Work with a great wellness company
  • Go Green!
  • Earn more money!
  • Replace your job, even!
  • Network and make friends.
  • Work Remotely!
  • Work whenever, wherever, and how much you want!
  • Great incentives!
  • Bonuses and more!
  • Opportunities for Advancement
  • No Selling
  • No recruiting friends and family 
  • No catalog orders
  • No making deliveries 
  • No cold calling
  • No business kits to buy

NO HASSLES OR SURPRISES!!!

The Nuts and Bolts of What We Do:

Set appointments. We are provided with a list of people who have requested information to work from home. We contact them to ask if they are still looking in teaming up with an established, ethical company with an A+ rating with the BBB? 

If they say yes then we simply set up an appointment for them to talk to one of our team leaders. It's as easy as that!

No experience or equipment needed. Work from your computer, smartphones or tablet. Training is taught step by step and everything is pre-written, so the messages we send are simple- copy and paste. We have a great team of people, and we have a TON of fun! Everyone sets their own flexible schedule and we work as a supportive team to help each other in every way possible!

Positions are open for residents of Canada and the U.S. who are 18 or older.

If you're interested in more information you, please email me at melasloot@gmail.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

It's official. Today is President Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. While I tend to stay away from politics as a general rule, I am interested to see what the next 4 years will bring.

Mr. Trump claims he will "Make America great again!"
I'm anxious to see what's in store.

I hope we can become a supportive nation for each other; rather than a nation divided.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Give a Gift that Makes Memories

Exploring the Outdoors


My daughter just turned 6 in October. We live in rural Maine. Where I live, you can go outside and look up at the sky on a clear night and see all the stars. You can identify the constellations. Sometimes we can see the planets, satellites, asteroids, comets. Unless it's a cloudy night we can almost always see the moon and the stars. It's really breath-taking!

When she was born, I was lucky enough to meet one of the nurses who took care of me and my twin sister back in the 80s. As new parents, like most other parents we were so nervous. She told us there were 3 things children really needed, "Feeling secure or safe, love, and basic necessities."

Growing up we didn't always have a lot. We learned to appreciate what we had. To be humble: that no matter your situation there was always someone who was worse off. I tried taking some pictures for you, unfortunately, none of them came out: just a black screen :(

This is a fairly accurate depiction of the night sky where I live. Unfortunately none of the pictures I took came out: just a black screen. Source: Night Photography

It's the Simple Things in Life


It's the simple pleasures in life we share that will last a lifetime. During the holidays we sometimes go overboard on buying presents or the "things" but it's the feelings; the emotions associated with those things and the people. Family. Loved ones we're surrounded by that will last a lifetime.

Stargazing, nature watching are both experiences our family shares together.


GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope


  • A Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner (2016)
  • National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) winner (2016)
  • Teacher's Choice Preschool Award Winner (2016)















  • Ideal tool for preschoolers interested in space and the moon
  • Encourages exploration and discovery
  • Provides hands-on experience with a scientific tool
  • Introduces the wonders of space
  • Perfect for STEM learning



My First Telescope is made for ease of use.











This is what I loved about the Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope:
  • No focusing, so it's user-friendly.
  • Easy open tripod
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • I liked the eyepiece even though you can't adjust the focus and this telescope is essentially a nicely made magnifying glass that looks like a telescope.
  • The concept is to get kiddos excited about the outdoors 
  • It helps kids develop their imaginations



This product is recommended for ages 4 and up. My daughter is 6 and this has definitely been one of her favorites. She loves that she can feel grown up, "Let me go get my telescope, so I can look at the stars!"

Folks, I'm sorry to disappoint you; but, I've tried it... I can't see my neighbor's porch light, let alone the stars with this product. It's essentially a magnifier and the website says this too.

But the bottom line is that doesn't matter! Like I said before, it's the simple things in life. Making memories. Feeling a part of the family. Being loved. Looking at the stars.

Find the Award-Winning GeoSafari Jr. Telescope at Educational Insights or visit Educational Insights for more great products!

Disclaimer: I received this product in order to facilitate my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.


Ocean Wonders Build & Spin Toy Is Durable and Age Appropriate

Learning Resources

Learning Resources has a reputation they can be proud of.

"Parents have trusted our award-winning, innovative toys and games for more than 30 years."

Our products are loved by kids, designed by educators, built to last, and backed by our commitment to safety.


Ocean Wonders Build & Spin Toy by Learning Resources comes beautifully packaged.

Ocean Wonders Build & Spin Toy

About the Product


Recommended Age: 2+ years

Splash into early building fun with this Ocean Wonders Build & Spin Toy!

  • Oversized chunky pieces are made for little hands and ease of building
  • Cute character pieces are made of soft plastic and wipe clean easily
  • Pieces click into board for endless combinations and stay put until the next playtime

Product Features

17-Piece set includes:

  • Gear board
  • 8 Gears
  • 7 Character pieces
  • Handle



This was the perfect gift for my nephew whose 2nd birthday party was just this past weekend! Once he figured out that it came apart. Taking it apart and putting it back together was his favorite part! 

My nephew loved his new toy and once he figured it out that it came apart... it got even better!

I have to say it made me cringe a little... But, he sure put it to the test... whacking the pieces down with a plastic toy hammer he received as another gift! 

I would definitely recommend this product to parents, grandparents, educators or anyone else who lives or works with little ones.

  • It's a nice, attractive toy that helps with hand eye coordination
  • Very Durable
  • Easily cleaned
  • Bright
  • Helps children with their motor skills
Find Ocean Wonders Build & Spin Toy at Learning Resouces online.


Disclaimer: I received this product in order to facilitate my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.

Once Upon A Craft


I reviewed the Gingerbread Man.

Once Upon a Craft features 8 craft options.

The other options include:


  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • The Frog Prince
  • Rapunzel
  • Twelve Dancing Princesses

Each product package comes with a storybook and the materials to make the craft. This product is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Watch as your child brings their favorite story to life: putting together a simple craft. Share a story with them. Praise your child as they retell the story in their own words with the craft they made on their own!

For the price; it's a great product. The kiddos get something they can keep: the book. They also get something to entertain themselves or an activity/project to complete with Mom, Dad, Grammy or Grampa or someone special- the craft.

Once Upon a Craft The Gingerbread Man













The Product


It's a quick craft but the story can be retold with the use of the craft and story. This was actually a better product in its function than I expected because it aids children in their learning of how to retell stories and building memories.

My only qualm with the series is for me personally, I would like to see more offerings that are gender neutral. It's pretty obvious as to which products are marketed to boys and which are marketed to girls. You really only have to look at the packaging.

My daughter's completed Gingerbread man.
Once Upon a Craft would make a great standalone gift or stocking stuffer! If you would like to check out the product I reviewed or purchase it for your kiddo visit Educational Insights!

Disclaimer: I received this product in order to facilitate my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Update: Holiday Gift Guide

I'm excited to announce I'm partnering with Educational Insights and Learning Resources!

I've made many inquires to various companies and am awaiting replies.

I am still taking Submissions for my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

I hope to feature gift ideas in the following categories:

  • Children's Gifts
  • Men's Gifts
  • Women's Gifts
  • Family Gifts
  • Pet Gifts
  • Stocking Stuffers
If you are interested in sponsoring my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, please contact me at dpapsis2@gmail.com

**There are a number of options available!

I plan to publish product reviews ASAP with backlinks to product and/or company pages and original photographs with social media amplification.

All sponsors and/or products will be featured in my Holiday Gift Guide and on my social media sites; as well as my permanent Sponsors Page.

I plan to publish my completed Holiday Gift Guide by Monday November 21st for maximum traffic and exposure in line with the Holiday Shopping Season. (Think Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

Companion or Service Animal? Maine Seeks to Draw the L

Google it. You can buy service animal gear, patches, harness and more online.

A Holographic Service Dog ID Card for sale on Amazon
While it may not be required, a Service Dog ID Card like the one pictured above, it is a good idea for anyone with a service dog in case of a medical emergency.

Another retailer who sells service animal products is Free My Paws. Free My Paws does a good job; in my opinion referencing the ADA.

Maine is taking a step forward to limit those who pose pets as service animals. It's not yet clear how the law or fine will be enforced. It's a controversial issue and it should be interesting to see what happens.

My Journey


Many of you likely do not know I have a significant vision impairment. I am legally blind in one eye and because of this I have no depth perception, and limited peripheral vision. I don't see in 3D. I cannot watch 3D movies even, as to view them correctly your brain must put the picture together from both eyes for the effect. My brain picks up cues to tell me where things are in relation to others things, to estimate distance, depth and so on.

I was a preemie twin born in the 80's. I now have cataracts in both eyes. I grew up when the ADA became law. My condition is called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and is similar to those diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy. I have used low vision aids such as a monocular, software for my computer, and now I am able to merely adjust the screen size as needed, which is nice. I learned to type on an Apple IIE so as not to "hunt and peck" and touch type instead. As a result my handwriting is legible; but, I have to work at it. It's much quicker and I prefer to type.

One benefit I've found to having sight in only one eye is that I am a pretty good shot. Most hunters and/or target shooters will close one eye and focus on their target; I don't have to. Now, on a good day my best corrected vision is 20/30. My Fiancee and I went through Maine's Hunter Safety Course. We plan to go hunting for deer this season. Perhaps if we both bag a deer, I'll have the chance to experiment cooking with venison. I'm not a big fan; but, Hubby and our daughter love it. I prefer moose and hope to put in for the lottery at some point in coming years. At some point in my life; if and when I lose my sight I may need to rely on a service animal for some things.

Adaptations and Service Dog Training


I have been to many workshops, trainings and presentations across the state for those with blindness and vision related disabilities. One man I met at a workshop through Voc. Rehab. was completely blind; but, worked as an organic farmer. He spoke of the technology he used and how he made his garden. It was really amazing to hear. He told us about service animals and about the process of obtaining a service dog due to being blind. Of course there is a whole application process, fees, etc. The disabled person must go through cane training first and use a cane. Once approved, the person and dog go through a week or so of vigorous training, beyond what the animal has been trained for already. The final test in training is when the person crosses the road with a car coming at them, if the dog does not stop or put themselves in front of the person- the dog fails and it's back to step 1.



From the Associated Press:

Those who try to pass off pets as service animals in Maine now face a $1,000 fine under a new law.

The Maine Human Rights Commission says many people in the disability community are unaware of the changes, which include a new category called assistance animals. Such animals are either trained or determined to be necessary to provide comfort and support to people with physical or mental disabilities.

Service animals, in contrast, are dogs trained to do specific tasks like pulling a wheelchair or guiding individuals who are totally or partially blind.


You can find the full article here: Service Dog or Furry Friend? Maine clarifies law

Policy on Service Animals

Sections II and VII discuss the definition of a service animal and service animals own regards to the general public.

I. Policy Statement.

It is the policy of the Office of the Maine Attorney General (“Office”) to support employees with a physical or mental disability by permitting the use of Service Animals as part of a reasonable accommodation plan which has been developed in conjunction with the Office’s Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator (“Office EEO Coordinator”) or the State’s Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator (“State EEO Coordinator”) within the parameters set forth in this Policy. It is the policy of the Office of the Attorney General to allow Service Animals to accompany members of the public while in the office on state business and to allow access to the premises to the same extent as allowed to other members of the public. It is also the policy of the Office to permit members of the public who are especially trained service dog trainers, while engaged in the actual training process and activities of service dogs, the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other members of the public, as provided by 17 M.R.S.A. § 1312. 

II. Definitions.

“Service Animal” means an animal that: 
  • has been determined necessary to mitigate the effects of a physical or mental disability by a physician, psychologist, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner or licensed social worker; or
  • has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a physical or mental disability , including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to intruders or sounds, providing reasonable protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items.

IV. Prerequisites for Service Animals.

No Service Animal will be permitted in the workplace until the animal:
  • is licensed by an appropriate municipal clerk, or veterinary licensing agent;
  • is current on all recommended vaccinations; and
  • has completed training from an established service animal training organization or has been evaluated by a certified animal trainer and found to have a sound temperament suitable for a workplace setting. If the animal is evaluated by a certified animal trainer, the animal’s behavior must be tested indoors around unknown people, including children, and unexpected distractions and noises.

V. Standards Applicable to Service Animals within the Workplace Setting.

All Service Animals are expected to meet the following standards:
  • the health and care of the animal is the sole responsibility of the Responsible Employee;
  • the animal must be within the Responsible Employee’s control at all times, either by means of a leash, containment (e.g. crate) or voice command;
  • the animal must behave in a non-aggressive manner at all times (e.g. no jumping, growling, snarling, biting or snapping);
  • the animal must not be disruptive in the workplace (e.g. barking, whining or destructive of state or personal property)
  • the animal should, if practicable, wear a vest or backpack to be readily identifiable as a Service Animal.
Failure to meet any of the above standards may result in the temporary or permanent removal of the Service Animal from the workplace.

VI. Co-workers.

Considerations relative to co-workers:
  • The Office will notify co-workers of the pending placement of a Service Animal and give the opportunity for co-workers to express concerns in advance.
  • The Office will develop a plan to address the concerns of employees who are allergic to or fearful of a potential Service Animal, if appropriate.
  • The Responsible Employee should post prominent notices at his or her workstation with information for co-workers about interactions with the animal, such as “please ask before petting or speaking to” the Service Animal. 

VII. Members of the Public.

It is permissible to ask a member of the public accompanied by an animal whether an animal is a Service Animal and whether it is necessary for a disability. Generally, it is not permissible to ask about the nature of the person’s disability or for documentation supporting the Service Animal. If there are any questions about the use of a Service Animal by members of the public, the matter should be referred to the Office EEO Coordinator. 

VIII. Removal of Service Animal.

A Service Animal may be removed from the premises if it is a direct threat to the health or safety of others, if it would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others, or if the animal substantially interferes with the work of the Office.
For full definition and coverage of the Laws regarding Service Animals in Maine please visit: Service Animals at Maine.gov