How to Improve the Welfare of Your Livestock


Throughout the last several decades, the livestock and agricultural industries have seen their fair share of changes and development. With technological advancements and scientific breakthroughs in research, farmers and livestock producers have more information at their disposal than ever before. That being said, sifting through such information to find the right practices that you should be implementing with your own livestock can be a challenge.


Essentially, every farmer and producer of livestock should be making the best decisions for their personal situation. Those decisions should ultimately be based on how improvements in the welfare of livestock can be made. With healthier, happier livestock, you can hope to bring about higher production levels and better overall products.


If you are currently looking for ways to improve your livestock's welfare, here are a few things that you should consider doing.


Evaluate Your Feed


The health and welfare of your livestock will be heavily affected by the type of feed you opt for. While it had been common practice to go with feed options that contain synthetic elements in the past, more modern insights have demonstrated that such synthetic products can have negative long-term effects on the health and wellbeing of livestock.


With that in mind, if it has been a while since you have evaluated the feed that you supply to your livestock, now is the time to do so. By making a switch from harmful synthetic feed to feed that is made from purely natural ingredients and components, you can greatly improve the welfare of your livestock.


Another benefit to going this route involves the costs associated with the feed that you provide your livestock. While synthetic products have long been touted as the more cost-effective option for livestock producers, there are now some excellent options on the market that are just as cost-effective as they are healthy for your livestock.


Adopt More Humane Methods


There is a great deal of scientific research to back up the claim that the more humanely livestock is treated, the better your resulting products will be in the end. With this in mind, you could stand to benefit a great deal from consulting with a livestock welfare expert to uncover new ways in which you can promote the humane care of your livestock.


By implementing certain ethical farming practices, you can vastly improve the welfare of your animals. For instance, reducing the amount of time that your livestock is in close confinement and providing conditions that are more conducive to your animals behaving more naturally can go a long way to improving their overall wellbeing. 


It is also important to note that such changes while costing a bit upfront, can end up reducing the costs of managing and maintaining your livestock in the long run. With happier livestock and reduced costs, you can find yourself in a much better position in the future. Hopefully these tips have helped to give you some ideas on improving the welfare of your livestock.

3 Ways To Reduce Heavy Workloads on Small Farms

While the general public may not recognize it, owning and managing a small farm is a lot of work. The mathematical and logistical problems involved are difficult to comprehend, and most do not realize that these problems exist. Here are three ways to help lessen your workload on your small farm.

1. Consulting

There are so many variables to keep track of that it can be impossible to account for them all yourself. In this situation, it is helpful to hire a consultant. For example, cattle breeding consulting is useful when you have so many different cows and bulls with so many different traits that you want to make sure you do not overlook anything.

2. Outsource

If you want to save money by avoiding hiring another employee, it is always helpful to outsource and delegate your work. Since a lot of the menial work on a farm is unskilled labor, teenagers and young adults from your local area will likely be willing to perform cheap labor with little training needed. Otherwise, freelance workers and agencies for all kinds of work are always available.

3. Feeding

A large chunk of your time is spent feeding livestock, but if you learn how to alter your feeding schedule, you can significantly reduce that time. Once a day feeding is a popular option that only requires you to fill feeding troughs once every day, but that can lead to livestock overeating or undereating. You have to be prepared for the changes your livestock will experience as a result.

With spring comes a heavy workload, but that inevitability does not have to mean the end of your sanity and relaxation time. As long as you prepare for your increased workload by organizing freelancers and altering feeding patterns, you will make it through the spring with minimal blows to your stress levels.

Horror Fans! You Better Not Shout, You Better Not Cry! Toys of Terror NOW on Digital & My Review


See on Digital NOW or On DVD January 19, 2021 

BURBANK, CA (October 20, 2020) – Season’s Screamings and Happy Horror-days! Just in time for the most spooktackular time of the year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will have you on the edge of seats with an all-new original feature-length horror film, Toys of Terror, on Digital NOW and DVD January 19, 2021.  The movie is priced to own at $14.99 SRP for Digital, and $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada) for the DVD. The DVD has an order due date of December 15, 2020.

David and Hannah Cashman have promised their family a fun Christmas getaway, but when they arrive at a grand, old house in the snowy woods of Washington and are greeted by familiar construction foreman, the kids realize their parent’s plan to make it a working vacation; renovating the place in the hopes of flipping it. Alicia, the eldest, is annoyed but the younger kids are soon distracted when, wandering through the creepy mansion, they find a stash of old toys in an abandoned playroom and take to them instantly. Before long, they seem to be inseparable from their new playthings, much to the consternation of their nanny Rose who, along with Alicia, senses that something in the house is not quite right. As stranger and stranger things start to happen, Rose and Alicia have a hunch that there may be more to the history of the old house than the Cashman’s are letting on.  Can the family escape with their lives – or will they stay forever in the crumbling house, never to celebrate another Christmas again?


Toys of Terror will grip you from beginning to end with its creepily life-like toys and chilling plot twists,” said Mary Ellen Thomas SVP Originals, Animation & Family at WBHE. “Get into the holiday spirit and be prepared to be horrified the same time with this all-new horror classic.”


Bringing the nostalgia of stop motion holiday specials - Toys of Terror stars Kyana Teresa (“Shadowhunters,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) as Hannah Cashman, Georgia Waters (“Siren”) as Rose Mathis, Verity Marks (“The Christmas Club”) as Alicia Cashman, Dayo Ade (“Workin Moms,” “October Faction”) as David Cashman, Saul Elias as Franklin Cashman and Zoe Fish as Zoe Cashman. The film is written and executive produced by Dana Gould (“Stan Against Evil,” “The Simpsons”) and directed by Nicholas Verso (Boys in the Trees, “Nowhere Boys”). The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY. Toys of Terror will make its broadcast debut on SYFY this December 


·       Toys of Terror Come to Life

·       A Terrifying Weekend: Making of Toys of Terror

 Toys of Terror is available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

The 411:

I base all movie reviews I watch with my husband on whether or not he takes his eyes off his laptop and while watching Toys Of Terror he totally watched this movie never getting to his homework and that says a lot. Usually the TV is on as background noise while he does his homework and he has to get it done! He works all day and goes to college at night. He does not have time to watch TV but I received a copy and was dying to watch Toys of Terror.

OK...let's jump in. Toys of Terror wasn't award winning, there was a ton of loop holes for me. A blended family are going away for Christmas to a home they bought so they can flip it. It is literally a mansion and so much better then the house they are currently living in so flip the other house and move into this one. We also never see them working on flipping anything and only know this because when they arrive at the house. all the family including the nanny, are standing in a row staring at the house while the camera takes a long shot of their profiles as they discuss the house and we learn more.

The house is huge and their is a caretaker staying their as well. The mom knows this home was once a children's hospital and her step daughter and nanny research the home to find out the history. 

The smaller children find a chest of old toys which eventually come to life and have an agenda of their own. A fuzzy bee, a flying dragon with a rider, a car, a monkey, a mask and more.  The toys seem to be changing the children or are they? t

There was so much to find hocky about the movie. 

The flying bee who suffocates the caretaker

The scene where the kids wake for Christmas and the toys teach them that crappy presents like clothing should be thrown in the fireplace. 

The dance sequence! 

The caregiver who thinks the kids have gone up to the 3rd floor and are hiding under the tinniest piece of paper and so many other instances 

The scene where the toys try to toss the nanny of the railing. 

The little sock the nanny find and the bassinette. This scene made no sense to me. Apparently the nanny lost a baby. Is the sock to remind her? Is her baby there? Is someone trying to drive her mad? I have no idea.  There were so many moments I was scratching my head but in the end people die and one is left there to take care of the kids forever with them reading to the children of the hospital in the lit living room while the camera pulls out past the outside of the home, the living room light goes out. 

All in all I love this movie and would totally watch it again and plan on it!


Toys of Terror is available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Toys of Terror is also available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.



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Digital Release: October 27, 2020

DVD Release: January 19, 2021

DVD Order Due Date: December 15, 2020

DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 89 min

Enhanced Content: Approx. 14 min

Rated: R



Price: $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada)

1 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

UPC# 883929707287 (US & Canada)

Catalog# 1000757408 (US & Canada)


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.


About SYFY

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with scripted original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, along with late night animation, fan-focused franchises and live event coverage. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (, the premier editorial brand for fans of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. SYFY is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


About Blue Ribbon Content

Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and also experiments with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include digital feature Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, comedies Beerfest and JoJoHead for CW Seed, SpringHill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We’re Talking, Golden Revenge, and the feature-length comedy Good Girls Get High. Animated BRC programs include Constantine: City of Demons and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, as well as Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.

My Life In Pictures - Sept 1 - Sept 7, 2020

September 1 - My girl and I went glamping with some friends who were kind enough to invite us to go with her and her kids. It was a nice time away doing something different with my daughter. We had a great time being unplugged and hanging with her and her kids.

September 2 - My girl and I hanging in our bedroom of the cabin! Small but cosy!

September 3 - NADA

September 4 -  My deck lanterns are some of my favorite things to take photos of.

September 4 -Sometimes I need to take photos of myself. I do not like this photo. My hair is strange. My eyebrows so need help and my skin looks so dry and aged but I like my eye color so  photo was necessary. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves. Always find something you like about yourself. It is important for your soul and we are our own worst critic. 

September 6 - NADA

September 7 - This skeleton looks so weird. Not even sure why we took this photo. 

How I Handle Stress In My Life And How It Can Help You Too


I am not so self important to think this is the only way there is to handle anything. I know only what works for me and maybe it will be what works for you too!

Today I was extremely angry at work. Something happened that made me angry! So angry! I am not someone who gets angry so if I am pissed, it has to be something big! I was down right pissed feeling completely disrespected and confused. Unsure as to why someone would go out of their way to make things difficult.  Instead of being pissed and talking or spreading the gossip around I went straight to my boss to discuss it openly and honestly in a very, I hope,  relaxed manner.  I am a firm believer in talking to the person who can fix things or can make a difference. Whenever a co-worker complains to me over work, I always tell them to talk to the boss. I cannot help, if you want real changes go to your boss or in other cases the source that can help you, sometimes that would be the person causing your stress. 

As I have got older I try to handle things that bother me head on. I see no reason to not discuss the unsaid. I do not want to waste time focusing on things I have no control over NOR do I want to try to make everyone happy. 

Stressors will always be there. Some big, some small.  Most of the time I can let stuff roll of my back, today was not one of those days. 

Feeling so angry that I couldn't even sit down while I ate lunch I decided that if I waited I would burst and it wouldn't be good, I decided to walk into my bosses office and just let it out. 

Thankfully she said all the things I needed to hear at that moment. She was calm, collected, understanding and made me feel like what I was saying mattered and was just. This doesn't mean she truly believes I am 100 percent right but she balanced my emotions enough that I could get through my day without feeling stressed or ready to confront the person who had a problem with me. 

When you are feeling stress. Make sure you understand why you are feeling it. Are you feeling it because you are embarrassed, guilty, disrespected? Does the other person fight fair? What is the agenda? Make sure you are not fighting back to belittle or be a step up. Try to understand where the other person is coming from, talk to the person, the source of your stress.  If you are not feeling better after talking to someone, anyone, regroup and figure out if you truly know why you are stressed. We are too old to say, I don't know why I am sad, upset, depressed or whatever. Deep down we all truly know. We may not be able to say it or sometimes even put it into words for others but we know! 

Do not allow yourself to be consumed by stress, you are worth peace and finding the outlet that allows you to release your negative thoughts is the most important thing you can do for yourself when feeling stress. 

Stress or anxiety effects us in so many ways. It not only makes us exhausted but also can contribute to help problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, insomnia and so much more. 

With everything we are all dealing with these days the last thing you need is more stress. Do not go it alone. I have always found that talking it over is truly the best thing and today confirms this! 

If you need to talk, talk. There will always be someone willing to listen and if you can't I am here too! I may not be able to help but sometimes just getting it off your chest makes all the difference.

Peace be with you!

My Life In Pictures Aug 23 - Aug 31

 August 23 - My teens room. We painted this room when I was pregnant with my son 18 years ago now. IT was sponge painted to go with the border my husband picked out after I mentioned I wanted to do sun, moon and stars mixed with Noah's Ark. When my daughter turned 13 I figured she would want to repaint. When given the option she told me no, that she could never paint over this paint, this is her childhood and knowing we had painted it made her happy. She embraced our theme and loved it. Her room is tiny and has a ton of things in it but she manages to make it work. 

August 24 - We cat sit for friends and this year they brought us back some salt water taffy which was delicious. This little box had so much taffy I was able to share it with my coworkers

August 25 - NADA

August 26- My daughter's friend Tony has been in her grade since Kindergarten. They become friends in the 4th or 5th grade and she considers him one of her best. What I love about their relationship is that they are real friends. Neither has an interest in the other and they can be very much themselves with each other. She is not shy or awkward around him. He is one of the funniest people I know and if I could have him hang out with us everyday I would be okay with that. Whenever I think she needs to hang with a friend I offer to pick up Tony! 

August 26- 27 - NADA

August 28 - My daughter took this because she said it was the first time she was waiting on a train to pass by. I am sure it has happened before this but she insists. It is however the only photo I have to share for this day.

August 29 - NADA

August 30 -  Window shopping with my girl. She does love her Jack!

August 31 - Jinxy!

My Life In Pictures - Aug 8 - Aug 22

Aug 8 - This is a painting my daughter did years ago and she always hated it. Before we threw it away I took a photo so I could remember it.

Aug 9 - My daughter and I are obsessed with this whipped coffee and have it at least a 4 times a week. It is so good and a real treat.

Aug 10 - This bee with the mean face! Scary! Nasty! Vile creature. 

Aug 11 - Why do beautiful teens hate camera?! She use to allow me to take thousands of photos of her when she was little but now if I pull out my camera or phone I get this!

Aug 12 - Nothing

Aug 13 - For my 54 birthday I asked my daughter to make me a lava cake. It is the perfect size and so good. I love it mostly because she made it for me. 

Aug 14 - NADA

Aug 15 - When I feel good I take selfies like every other woman.  Thank you Snapchat for making me feel pretty.

Aug 16 - 19 NADA

Aug 20 - This morning I decided to take my kids to breakfast. It is a treat we don't do often. It was beautiful out and so worth it.

Aug 21 - My daughter takes photos of my radio when a song comes on that she wants to remember. I have no idea what the song was it's blurry but I love spending time with her. We were on our way back from Shoprite and singing to the radio!

Aug 22 - My cats love hanging out on the chairs under the table. Sometimes you have no idea they are there until you try to pull one out.

My Life In Pictures - Aug 1 - Aug 7

 Aug 1 - We love growing our own veggies. This little bounty made us very happy.

Aug 2 - I am a true sky watcher and spend a lot of time looking up.  Thankfully my husband and my daughter also sky watch and send each other pictures often. 

Aug 3 - My work look! Masks mean I smile bigger so the kids can see my eyes are happy. I find it so sad that my class will not see my face. It is also really hard to talk to a room of rowdy 2 year olds with a muzzle on. UGH.

Aug 4 - Thank God for my chiropractor. He is a magician. 

Aug 5 - Driveway Drive-In with my kids! It was just as good as going to the drive in but better. When I got tired I didn't have a long drive I simply got to go right inside my house. Thankfully they sat in the front seat and I had the whole back to myself. I could have fallen asleep easily!

Aug 6 - Chores! They need to earn their keep AND be forced off their computers and game systems once in a while. My daughter isn't on those things often but she does get lost in Pinterest. My son however only walks and plays games. I guess I should be happy that he at least walks. 

Aug 7 - My daughter wanted to paint her bedroom furniture white. She has many colors in her room. White desk, off white bed, off white shelf and black book case. At 15 and addicted to looking at rooms on Pinterest it was time for a change.




#KissTheChef and #BeMyValentine Kits Let Kids Design Masks and Cook Treats for

Cupid’s Favorite Day


Send your kids the ultimate telegram this Valentine’s Day with holiday-themed mask kits for children. Kadoodle Kids, a new crafts brand designed to inspire imagination and creativity in children, is debuting two special box sets that let the little ones design their own masks on Cupid’s special day. Also featuring stickers, glitter pens, stamps, markers, a special cookie recipe and even a chef’s hat and apron, the Kadoodle Kids Valentine’s Day kits are the perfect way to let your children express their love and imagination on this heart filled day.


“Kadoodle Kids is all about letting kids be kids, and Valentine’s Day is always a favorite holiday,” says co-founder Lyss Stern, who created the brand with Jodi Okun and Pam Mandell. “Our kits are designed to foster play, imagination and expression, and what better way to do so then on a day built around love and heart?"


Kadoodle Kids will feature two kits as part of the Valentine’s Day special. Its #KisstheChef box set, at $34.95, features a mask, fabric markers, glitter glue pens, candy stampers, heart and treat stickers, wash-off candy tattoos, a cookie recipe and a kids’ apron and chef hat, which can also be designed. The #BeMyValentine box set, at $21.95, includes a mask, fabric markers, glitter glue pens, heart stickers, wash-off glitter heart tattoos, Valentine's stampers and a mask pouch. Both can be ordered online at


“Our Valentine’s Day kits are such a great way for kids to get away from their screens and enjoy a tactical, experience that fosters imagination,” said Okun. “Whether designing a mask, apron or hat, the experience is a perfect time-out designed to let kids express themselves through art and creativity.”


“Valentine’s will certainly be different for many kids this year,” Mandell added. “Telegrams and heart-shaped candy will not be in plentiful supply. So Kadoodle Kids makes it all the more special. Our kits are created with love, and the experiences let kids express that sentiment too. Who doesn’t love that?”


In addition to the Valentine’s Day box sets, Kadoodle Kids will also feature its signature  “Doll/ Stuffie and Me” kits, available in unicorn or dinosaur sets where kids can design a mask for themselves for themselves and their doll or stuffed animal. 


Kadoodle Kids launched in 2020 after Stern, Okun and Mandell witnessed the effects the pandemic had on children. In addition to illness, kids experienced isolation, being kept indoors and lack of activity. The mothers, all with kids of varying ages, decided to create an activity that would take children away from television, phones, computers and video games and let them use their imagination and creativity in designing masks. Kadoodle Kids debuted with holiday themed box sets and based on popular demand they are premiering new Valentine’s Day kits.

Keeping a Healthy Gut Is Key to Good Health


Improving your gut's bacterial population has been shown to be important in a study that found an association between diabetes and obesity and intestinal flora variability. 


Luckily, making these improvements is pretty easy through a few adjustments. You can learn how to improve the population of intestinal bacteria, and how to make probiotic yogurt in the process! 

There are several ways you can improve or change the composition of your gut bacteria. Here's a quick guide on the best steps you can take.


Get tested 

Many times, people have food intolerances, whether it's dairy or wheat or something else, but might not know it. If you suspect you may not get on well with some foods, consider looking at to find out exactly what your gut doesn't like. This can really help keep you healthy. 


Keep a healthy diet


Sticking to eating a healthy, organic and vegetarian diet is helpful. You can also take capsules with different types of beneficial bacteria. And there are various dairy products that contain lactic bacteria. These are healthy bacteria that every stomach needs. Another way to enrich the population of good intestinal bacteria is to eat home-made pickled plant foods. Things such as sauerkraut or pickled eggplant. Another source is vegetable yogurts (yes, it's a thing!). The most suitable ingredients for making vegetable yogurts are almonds, sesame seeds and hazelnuts. 

Intestinal microflora and diabetes 2

The conclusion of a recent study was that there is a close link between the condition of the microflora in the gut and type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The more glucose intolerance there is and the more severe the diabetes, the greater the difference in the bacterial population in the gut. In healthier people, this is not the case.  


Certain diets can help in improving gut health, and taking supplements with appropriate types of acidophilus bacteria, can be helpful for type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. This is a new, interesting and challenging topic. Two important parallel steps are boosting the population of intestinal bacteria and providing prebiotic supplements, i.e. ingredients in foods that encourage the proliferation of healthy microflora in the body. 

IBS connection 

IBS and gut health come hand in hand. There is intense communication between the brain and intestines, which is in part governed by the flora in the intestine. However, there is currently no common scientific explanation as to exactly how this works. The prevailing opinion is that stress and post-inflammatory conditions in the intestines are among the common causes of IBS. Stress is a huge contributory factor, but because there is no organic cause for the syndrome, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason. 


There is also no laboratory test that can indicate the presence of bacteria or viruses. So, if you go to see your doctor, with complaints of multiple gastrointestinal symptoms, and you are sent for a long series of tests, some painful and invasive, you still may not get to the bottom line. However, it is good to check with your doctor to rule out bowel cancer, or inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and colitis.


Hopefully this advice was easy to stomach and you're now on your way to a healthier gut.


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