Monday, June 27, 2016

Cottonelle.



 




When I was in college, I worked at a veterinarian office. It was pretty great, I got to play with puppies all day long...I also got to clean up...the ehem...aftermath of the puppies. Little did I know how handy that training would come into play later on in life.

There are four children in my house.  I repeat four child. Bathroom situations can be a bit messy at times. I would have love to have gotten my hands on these FLUSHABLE Cottonelle® wipes years ago! These wipes are a great way to help assist small children in the restroom. They are thick, durable, and haveCleanRipple® Texture to clean better. 

After using these, I will most defiantly be keeping these around the house. 

Visit the Sam’s Club to save $3 when you purchase a pack of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths (6/22-7/17)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Share a Song Road Trip + a travel journal.

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone.  #ShareTheLyrics #CollectiveBias

 

 
 

 
 

 

Road trips, are you a fan?

I love road trips, love them.

Share a Coke and a Song, makes for the perfect addition to any adventure. Songs and lyrics can really take you back...they can enhance a memory. Every summer I have had at least one song that stands out, one song that seems to be the anthem for that year. 

I wanted a way to tie that one song, of the road trip, to a tangible memory.

I decided to create a travel journal. 

You'll need:

a journal - any will do...you can pick these up at any retailer or thrift store. 
pens 
tape 
instant photos (optional, but help capture in the moment memories)
stickers/ label maker to mark pages...songs listen to...places we ate...and so on (optional) 

I started off by listing the place we visited and made sure I documented the dates we traveled there. I added games, in the journal, like tic tac toe...hangman...and MARSH (mansion, apartment, ranch, shack, and house) ...who didn't love playing that game as a child???? Playing MA(R)SH as an adult would be a thousand times more fun, plus it is a great way to pass time. 

I created a page to write down what songs were listened to on the trip. Road trips are always a lovely way to hang out and listen to good tunes.

I made a page to write down all the places we stopped at, a page for the best foods we ate, and a page for funny memories to be stored. 

If your an artist, you could have a page for sketching and doodling.

I also, left a few pages so that I could tape down ticket stubs, restaurant receipts, and other items along those lines. 

I designated a page to write down my favorite moment of the trip, the happiest I felt, if we got lost, and all the other moments that create a journey. I would take instant photos along the way and tape them to the book and write the memories of the photo along side the image. 

I like the idea of a travel journal, because I can write the memories down while they are fresh. 

So before your next road trip, swing by Sam's Club and pick up a 28 pack of Coca–Cola so you can Share a Song, and a drink with your road trip companions. Be sure to pick up a journal so you can write down all your memories while they are happening. 


 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mezzetta.






Dear Mezzetta,

We are huge fans of your peppers in our house. The husband loves peppers on his sandwich. I loved them that time we wrapped them in bacon and served them up as an appetizer for a holiday party. Now you have a whole new line of flavors, I am particularly fond of the Imported Golden Greek Peperoncini.

I made pepper, onion, mushroom kabobs and grilled them up as a side dish...it was sooooooooooooo tasty...and more importantly...easy to prepare. ( recipe below ) 

Sincerely,
Me.


P.S. If you are a fan of giveaways, be sure to check this one out ---> HERE you can win some awesome prizes!! Prizes including a Weber 3 piece tool set, Mezzetta Peppers, a summer entertaining kit, and even a grill.


Mezzetta Pepper Kabobs:

You'll need:

Peppers (flavor of your choice)
Assortment of fresh veggies ( onions, garden tomatoes, mushrooms, olives)
meat (optional)
wooden skewers ( soaked in water for about 45mins.)
olive oil ( to drizzle over veggies )
salt and pepper ( to taste )

Allow skewers to soak, then arrange peppers and veggies of choice. Drizzle olive oil over the top of veggies and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for about 25-45 mins ( depending on veggies )  


  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How to change a FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter + how to survive a road trip with children.


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerCarCare #CollectiveBias





Do you take road trips?

Do you take road trips with children?

Before my family of six takes off to explore the great unknown, there are a few things I do the husband does in order to prep the car for the journey.


  • change the oil
  • gas up the car the night BEFORE the trip (this saves so much time!)
  • check the air in the tires
  • clean and vacuum the car
  • load the car the night before the trip
  • change the air filer


Have you ever changed an air filter?

There are many benefits to having a clean air filter...

Air filters are the engine's first line of defense.

Having a clean air filter improves airflow, plus it prevents dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine.

Changing your air filter and having a clean air filter can increase accelerations, horsepower, and improve overall engine performance.



If you take your car to a shop to have this done, the cost is right around $25 dollars (give or take)...by doing this yourself you can save around $10...PLUS the hassle of not waiting at a car shop...waiting at a car shop is the worst, the worst.  

You can change the filter yourself in just a few easy steps.

First, buy a FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter...I picked mine up at my local Walmart.

Note: They have a book sitting by the filters, that tells you exactly what size you will need for your particular car make and model. 



Next, locate where your air filter goes. Ours was under the hood. (see your car manual for location) 


Then, unscrew the screws that hold the filter in place. There were six screws in all, on our cover. The screws were star shaped...so check that detail out before you start the job...you might need to purchase a special screwdriver to help with this task. I honestly had no idea that, that there were even star shaped screws. Once all screws are removed take off the top cover.

note: be sure to be safe...unlike this guy...and wear safety gloves.


Next, be grossed out by how dirty and icky your old filter is and marvel at how clean and lovely the new filter is.




Last, place the cover back on top and tighten all the screws. This filter change took just about five minutes.


Now...how to survive a road trip with children...don't go on one? Kidding, kidding.

1.) Don't show all your cards at once. This is key. I never hand out snacks, drinks, or toys the first hour of the road trip. I pace myself. They can handle looking out the window...or talking to their siblings for for some time. I stagger what I give them, toys for an hour or so...then snacks...then maybe a little movie watching...and then a drink...then some more toys...followed by candy. 

2.) Be prepared. I place all drinks in one cooler and all snacks in another. Also, plan your drinks accordingly...I've got a kiddo who has a tiny tank...so if I don't want to stop every 30 mins to use the bathroom...I must ration drinks in the car. I also pack candy, and other treats I wouldn't normally allow them to eat at 9 am. My youngest daughter looooooves suckers, I always make sure I have those handy...I hold out on giving them to her as long as I can.

3.) Music. Have a selection of songs ready. Music can be a sanity saver...trust me I've listen to a song on repeat just to keep my baby from screaming.

4.) If possible, drive early in the morning, at night, or around nap time if you have smaller children. My children wake up on average between 7-8 am. If we have a 10 hour road trip in front of us we leave our house around 4:30-5 am. My children always fall back to sleep and when they wake up, 4 hours of the road trip is over!  

5.) Pack tablets or travel T.V.'s. There are nice to have, but I never bank on my children wanting to use these for 10 hours. They aren't huge T.V. watchers...and my oldest gets car sick very easily...so this isn't the best option for her...but they are still handy to have on long drives. Often times, I buy a new movie they have never watched.

6.) Buy a handful of new never before seen toys! They don't have to be expensive! I visited my local dollar store, the dollar section of crafts stores, and Walmart's birthday party sections. Some of my favorite purchases for roads trips are as follows....

Magnetic board games (that way the pieces don't get lost) 
Stickers...I'd like to thank the inventor of stickers, stickers have saved the day more than once.
Zip pouches...I stuff the pouches with little toys...and my baby loves to zip and un-zip.
Lip balm and a mirror (this is handy because one of my daughters is really into lip balm and likes to look at herself...the baby gets a kick out of travel mirrors too) 
Bandages...You never know when you might need one...and my children can get worked up over a paper cut in a matter of seconds.
New pens, paper, and pencils. (they can draw, play hang man, tic tac toe, write stories, and play MASH) 
Glow sticks
Silly putty
Arts and crafts (small items) 
Favorite toys and lovelies.
Odd items your children like. ( parents you know what I'm talking about, my baby loves to play with spoons, remotes, and other weird items that aren't toys...pack those.) 

 
 

Would you ever change your air filter yourself?


Be sure to pick up your FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter at Walmart, today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Harvey, a DIY NO SEW dog bed, and Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PawsToSavor #CollectiveBias




I am noticing a lot of signs that ol' Harvey boy is getting older. He is starting to grey in the face, stairs aren't the easiest thing for him, and he sleeps a lot more.

The sad fact is dogs don't live forever. I want to savor the moments I have with him while I can. 

Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend, which can be picked up at PetSmart, can help with that. We used to feed Harvey in the basement, because we couldn't seem to keep the baby away from the dog food. Recently, the stairs have started to get tough for him, and he wasn't wanting to go downstairs to eat. That prompted us to start feeding him on the porch while we drank our morning coffee. I think he prefers his meals this way. He has company now, and we get to hang out with him while he eats his breakfast. 

Mealtime is a moment worth savoring and Purina® Pro Plan® Savor helps your pet do just that, so you both of you can savor the moments of Summer.


Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend offers outstanding Nutrition and is high-quality nutrition with a taste dogs absolutely love. The main thing I look for in dog food is real poultry, meat, or fish as the #1 ingredient...Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend has just that...this is key for Harvey...if that isn't the number one ingredients...it isn't ehem...fun to clean up the after math. 



Speaking of summer, and dogs, and sweet moments. 


Harry, got a new dog bed. 
Did he need a new dog bed? 
Probably not. 

However, as I mentioned it is getting harder for him to sit down and stand up...and a little extra cushion helps this process. He already has a dog bed in our room, and in the living room, and I figured he needed one on the porch too.

Also, he's cute and he lets the baby bite him and does nothing to retaliate. 



I wanted his new dog bed to match the patio cushions...so I set out to make my own! I also didn't want to spend $40+ on something that was going to sit outside.

Ok, ok,....and I didn't want to sew, so I made a NO-SEW dog bed...It was sooooooooo easy! It took a total of 20 mins. 

You'll need:

fabric (1-2 yards...depending on size of the dog) (COST: anywhere from $4-$10 per yard)
stuffing (COST: $4-10...depending on how much you need)
heat bond tape- I used the thickest I could find...since my project was big. (picked up at any craft store) (COST: $3)
iron 

First, plug in the iron and turn it up high.



Next, Fold in half. You should be looking at the backside of your fabric. The pretty side should be one the inside...the dull side should be what you are looking at.

note: If your fabric is wrinkled give it a quick iron. 


Then, measure and cut your heat bond tape. Unfold your fabric and place your tape along the right edge, fold your fabric back over. The heat bond should now be between the fabric.




Then, using the hot iron, iron over the top of the fabric. Back and forth, getting the corners, do this for a few minutes...you want the heat bond tape to melt.

REPEAT the same process for the left side on the bed.

Once both sides are heated, you should have a little pocket. Check your edges and make sure they are sealed, if they don't feel secure...then iron a bit more. When it feels sturdy flip your fabric inside out...


Like so...



Open your bed and start stuffing with stuffing. The more...the better, this will really flatten over time.

  

Once, your bed is filled to your liking. Fold the bottom edge over, using heating bond tape to make it stick. Do the same thing to the top side. This step isn't really necessary, but it will give you a nice clean edge to work with. After you have a flat edge, use more heat bond to seal the opening together. 

That's it! An easy no sew dog bed!! 



Would you ever make this for your pup?

Are you feeding your Dog the best you can? A wholesome brand like, Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend.

Be sure to pick up your pets favorite flavor at PetSmart, today!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

PANDORA leather bracelet.



 

 

 




PANDORA , I'm in love with you.

This is actually this first set of PANDORA jewelry I have ever owned. I'm hooked. These leather bracelets are so chic. 

I honestly had no idea they offered such a HUGE variety of charms.

While flipping through the catalog. I had a great idea! 

I have three daughters...and they all fancy jewelry. I though it would be a really neat idea to start collecting charms for them. 

One or two charms a year, and having that charm represent something we did or something they accomplished that year. For example, last year I took two of my daughters to see the Nutcracker for the first time ever...PANDORA just so happens to have a nutcracker charms...so that nutcracker would represent that special event. I would love to collect these charms over the years and then present them each with a bracelet when they graduate high school. That way when they head on out to the real world they can look back at a life time filled with memories. 


Tell me are you a PANDORA fan? 
Do you like leather bracelets? 

Head on over to REEDS.com to see the newest collection.

P.S. You can get a FREE leather bracelet with any $100 order. 




 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

review and giveaway.

 


Young & Beardless The Search For GOD, purpose, and a Meaningful Life by John Luke Robertson is the perfect summer read for any young man ( or lady ) ( ok and adults ) 

If you are a Duck Dynasty fan you like enjoy this book. It allows you to get to know John Luke a little better than what you see on the show. He has a wholesome God driven message.

The book will provide a great message to any young reader in your life.

Interested in winning a copy for you or for yourself? 

Leave a comment below telling me what is meaning full in your life?