Air Filters to Your Door! Let FilterSnap Help You Breathe Easy

528938_10151169596301082_1833946620_n With the winter season upon us, my husband, our three dogs and our cat love to huddle around the warmth of our wood burning stove – but along with that warmth and our furry critters, we often suffer from winter allergies. Wood burning stoves are a great source of heat, but when you’re allergic to certain kinds of wood – it can get a bit sticky, especially in the eyes.

Since we began heating with wood, we have tried several different kinds of air filters to keep the air in our home as clean and allergen free as possible. I’ve tried the filters you can remove, clean and put back – I’ve tried 3M and other major brands, still, nothing seems to work as well as I would like them to. Plus, since I have worked from home for the last sixteen years, I tend to forget to purchase a supply of filters and end not changing them as often as I am supposed to. Admit it, we all tend to be a little lazy when it comes to doing things we’re supposed to do on a regular basis.


FilterSnap makes it easy to remember with a simple subscription service. It’s such a convenient service that saves you the hassle of trying to remember to purchase a replacement or spending extra money by running to the closest place to pick one up. Here in our rural area, we pay out the nose for things like filters when we don’t remember to get them on our weekly shopping trips. FilterSnap delivers a better quality filter for about the same costs right to your door. Choose from basic, standard, and ultimate air filters, depending on your personal needs.


Once you subscribe to, you can create a schedule to receive your filters when YOU need them. It is that easy! All you do is let FilterSnap know your filter size, select the filter quality you’d like (basic, standard or ultimate) and the replacement schedule (1, 2, 3, 6 or 12 months). When your filter arrives, that’s your reminder that it’s time to change the filter. The quality of filter’s are described on their Our Filter page. It will only cost you $16-$24 per filter every 3 months! No more guessing the last time your filter was changed. No more tracking it on a calendar. No more higher energy costs from running an overused filter. No more trips to the hardware store when you realize you forgot to change your filter and you’ll always fresh, clean air in your home.


In the busy, hurried life we tend to lead these days, having a subscription to FilterSnap make it easy to have one less thing to worry about.

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Tragedy In the Heartland – Mental Illness and Depression are Real

Yesterday, my normal day was interrupted by a phone call from a friend who was attending a Veteran’s Day program at a small, local school that happened to be the school I attended, and one that my children attended most of their lives. When I saw his name on my phone, I knew instantly something was wrong. I answered, and straight away he said he noticed I was friends with a certain family on Facebook and that something terrible had just happened at the school.

During the program, the elementary, middle and high schools had joined in the high school gymnasium to pay tribute to the relatives of students who happened to be veteran’s. During that time, a male student managed to sneak off and go to the middle school boy’s locker room area and take his own life. The middle and high school are joined by a hallway and library. As I said, it’s a small, rural school system with about 1,400 students total.

Immediately I felt as if a bus had hit my heart. I had suspected something was going on with this family because they had made several posts that pertained to depression and thoughts of suicide. I watched, I prayed and hoped the posts would eventually become more uplifting and triumphant – they did not and now, this family is broken apart by the loss of a child.

As news broke on local television and through news station feeds, the articles gave details of a 17-year-old student taking his life in the middle school. The comments that would flood those segments were troubling to me.

Some people were focusing more on the fact that a student of that age was in the middle school rather than focusing on the horrible tragedy itself. To me, it was as if the depression and deep darkness this child must have felt didn’t matter.

The protective person I am, I replied with comments like “What does that matter?”What difference would that make?” I then created the comment shown below to which this “Kim” chick responded in a way that isn’t too surprising, given the nosy, over-entitled world we live in. The name of the kid nor his family had been released yet – but obviously she wanted to be the first to break that news.

Mental Illness and Depression are RealMental Illness and Depression are Real

The lack of empathy, sympathy and kindness in our world is overwhelming. Although I didn’t really want to, I did do the respectable thing and covered Kim’s full name – obviously not a skill she’s mastered.

What matters most here is, there was this child! A child who obviously found himself in a very dark place. A place where he thought his family would be better off without him. A place where the hurt was so great that he could not see, or believe, that the pain would pass.

Rather than focusing on what a news reporter MIGHT have gotten wrong, or digging for a skeleton that would place a child of that age in a school where he was not a student – we should be focusing on depression among our youth. We should be focusing on fixing the cruel kids rather than simply sweeping it under the rug with a cliché’ that “kids are mean and cruel.”

Kids are mean and cruel because they battle their own demons. That in turn causes them to create demons for other children through acts of bullying. It is a vicious circle that needs to be addressed and broken.

As I have mentioned many times, when I was ten, I lost my brother because of a bully. My brother was thirteen, his bully was sixteen. On the bus, the bully turned his class ring upside down to where the large stone was in the palm of his hand. The bully hit my brother in the head SO HARD. Three days later, my brother had a severe cerebral hemorrhage that would send him into a coma and would ultimately take his life, two weeks later.

Teaching your children empathy is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Teach them to be a friend first – never a foe. As for grownups that lack empathy and are cruel in their own ways, call them out. Make them OWN their words and actions. No one should ever have to be hurt by the words or actions of another when it’s completely unnecessary.

Whether or not this particular suicide had anything to do with bullying, I’m not sure – but when it comes to teens, their social life and social acceptance are paramount. Apart from abuse at home, for which I am more than certain that was not the case, bullying and social pressure, real or imagined, can likely be factored in somewhere.

In the end, like I said in my Facebook comment – at times like these – it’s so important to be respectful of the family that’s left behind. If the questions you have are not going to help the situation, just hold your questions, keep reading, because eventually, it will probably be answered. There were no weapon’s involved. There were no other student’s in harm’s way. The school handled the situation appropriately and are providing counseling for students – apart from that, the minute details should only matter to the family – not the general public.

If you can’t be KIND, then do everyone a favor and just be QUIET!

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