Wednesday, July 30, 2014

She's Got The BEET...She's Got The BEET! Yeah...She's Got The BEET!

Here's another update from our back patio garden!!

One of the weirdest things that the kids and I planted this year was Beets.  I have never had a garden, let alone grown things like beets (typically not something people are volunteering to eat)...but I was excited to see if we could get them to grow...because I actually like eating them (in the pickled version).
So today, I pulled up our first "BEET".  No one told me when I would know they were ready, but after seeing how big it was...the other one that's growing hasn't reached this size yet...I figured I could pull it!  And as usual...I am impressed that things like this have actually survived and flourished with an inexperienced gardener (me) tending their keep.  I am already planning what we will plant next year!  

SO EXCITING!
Now...to find some recipes on how to cool and pickle this baby and I'll be all set to have a yummy late night snack!  Wanna join me?
Mmmmm...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fruit Vines Bites - Chewy Sweet Snacking On The Go! @RedVines

I'm a person who loves chewy & sweet candies, and a guilt free taste bud pleasure...and who also has four kids that do too...but sometimes finding a snack option like that is hard to come by...right?
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When "Fruit Vines Bites" arrived at my door today...I couldn't help but taste test them immediately!
This care package came with several "serving size" options.  Some are the size of "fruit snack" packs (perfect for packing for quick snacks for your little ones), some are bigger (perfect for movie watching or an adult's sized snack) and then family sized packages (perfect for everyone to dive into).
The Strawberry Fruit Vines Bites were sweet, chewy and tasty!
The Cherry Fruit Vines Bites were also sweet, chewy and tasty...and my favorite of the two!

These are perfect to pop into your mouth, or you can eat them the way I like to...separate the "bites" into three sections and eat them individually!  SWEET!

I would recommend these Fruit Vines Bites for any family who loves candy, loves a chewy sweet snack and loves the convenience of packaging...so they can take them as they go about their busy daily lives.  YUM!

Simply put...they are delicious!

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I Found The Culprit...

My tomato plant, in my back patio garden, has grown so much, and is healthy & producing such delicious, beefy tomatoes. 
YUMMY! 
Have I mentioned how proud I am of the kid's and my garden and how it's grown?

Sadly though, I have noticed a change in the past couple weeks to my tomato plant and I've been watching it.  I noticed some black dots on some of the leaves and...
TODAY I found the culprit!  OH YES I DID!!  
This totally brings me back to memories of when I was a child and we had tomato plants growing in our parents backyard! We used play with these guys all the time!  
In fact, we used to get them to hiss, tick and spit at us!  
YES WE DID have fun teasing them! 
This is the HORNED TOMATO WORM!  
These things are so gross they are cool, right?  
Have YOU seen one before in real life?  

Anyway, I was excited to find what has been eating my plant and I just had to share, since I finally found it!  
GUILTY as charged!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

@DiamondCandles - A Treasure In Every Candle And Mine Was Worth $5000??

I love having candles in my home to make our place smell delicious!  Yes...I am one of those, who's sweet tooth helps her choose the scents of candles she purchases!  But what if a candle can be even more than just a fancy fragrance and mood lighting for your home?  What if you actually can find a cool piece of costume or even VALUABLE jewelry inside your candle?  
Would you want to buy one just to see what was INSIDE?

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I've heard of them before, but I have never had the experience of ENJOYING a premium 100% soy "Diamond Candle" until just recently!  I chose the "Cupcake Ring Candle" from their "FOOD COLLECTION", mainly because I had a feeling that I would very much enjoy the scent of cupcakes filling my house!  There were other scents too, that sounded equally delicious...like Vanilla Cream Ring Candle and Cinnamon Roll Ring Candle.
It arrived, very quickly I might add, in a very cool package, which kept it from being broke in the shipping process.
The look of the candle itself is pleasing to me...and it's definitely something I don't mind having on the counter, the table top or out in the open...even when I am not using the candle.
I was honestly torn what to do next!  I know some people dive right into the candle and dig out their "RING" (we just can't stand the suspense).  I just didn't have the heart to do this to this candle, so we lit it and enjoyed it!  However, after it was lit for probably 3 hours, my kids were driving me nuts to dig in and see what treasure was hidden inside.
I wasn't even sure how the ring was in there.  It wasn't difficult to get it out...because soy candles tend to be on the softer side (wax wise), so  I pulled out a wad of tinfoil.  Inside the tinfoil, the ring was wrapped in plastic.  Me and the kids were so excited!  My parents (who were visiting) were excited as well.  
In fact, my dad inspected the ring to see if it was "valuable" or costume.  
Unfortunately, mine wasn't stamped with .925 or 10K or 14K.  
Pretty sure my ring was in the $10 value category...but that's okay!!
My ring is a beautiful piece of COSTUME jewelry!  And hey...the experience, both enjoying the candle and finding the treasure inside, was super fun too!  My Cupcake Ring Candle is AWESOME!  My house smells sweet and delicious and I will be using this candle all the time.  
This scent is definitely a SPIRIT LIFTER.  
It can smell like a "birthday party" in our house every day!

Did you know that Diamond Candles runs MONTHLY SPECIALS too?  
CLICK HERE to see what candle is being offered for this special discount right now!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Prayer Request - FOR TODAY!! Please Read!

I don't ask for this often...but I do ask for it when necessary!  
And in my opinion, today is one of those days for me and the kids!  

Will you pray for me today?  
PLEASE!!
I am asking you...those of you who read this blog and care about more than just my product reviews...to please spend a few minutes today lifting us up in your prayers!

Your prayers today will help me more than you will ever realize!  
SO THANK YOU!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stylish Charging - For Your Cell Phone...ON THE GO @chicbuds CLUCHETTE POWER

How many times have you been running around, busy as a bee, and not had time to stop and charge your cell phone?  But you really, desperately need to keep it charged...cause what if there's an emergency?  What if that important phone call you've been waiting for is coming and your phone is about to die?  

Our darn cell phone batteries just don't hold their charge...especially when we are playing games, taking pictures or sending text messages a lot.

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What if I told you about a STYLISH option that will do portable charging on your cell phone, but also can be used like a clutch style purse as well?  Would you be interested?  I know I was!  

Chic Buds offers so many different types of products for cell phones...to make our lives, as electronically crutched people, stylish and fun!  In fact, they also make our lives portable and keep us moving...even when we need a "CHARGE".
I received theClutchette Power Taylor Clutchette Bag and I LOVE IT!  First off, it's adorable!  Perfect for a night out, without having to lug around a heavy purse!  
It is big enough to hold my money, my ID, my car keys and more importantly, my cell phone.  
It has a portable charging capability (yes...you do have to charge it before you leave home), but when you are out and plug in...it can charge your smart phone battery to full capacity again!  
HOW AWESOME IS THAT? 
I bet you know some teenagers that would LOVE this product!  
Probably even some mommies, aunties and even Grandmas who would use a product like this!

CLICK HERE to see their selection of stylish Clutchette Bags and give your friends and family the CLUTCHETTE POWER from Chic Buds too!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Perfect Summer - A MUST SEE

As you know, we are family that loves "family movie night".  
Tonight...the kids and I got the pleasure of previewing a movie called, "THE PERFECT SUMMER".  
It is a mix of several things that the kids & I LOVE!  
Faith...GOD...surfing...waves...and a sweet story all mixed into one.
In my opinion, this is probably a movie that somehow...some way...everyone can relate to.  The main character lost his father...the mother is struggling to make ends meet for her and her son...the beautiful surfer girl "takes it to the waves" because she lives in a home with parents who are constantly fighting...and a Grandpa will teach his Grandson to do something that he, himself loved to do too but wasn't able to continue, after loosing his reality to alcohol.
"UP TV" offers uplifting shows...that are perfect for "FAMILY VIEWING"...because you don't have to worry about bad words, nude scenes, or off color humor.  This movie touches topics like BULLYING, building ones self confidence, building ones personal strength, dedication, falling in love, and finding FAITH.  These are real life issues that we deal with...and how we choose to respond tells a lot about our faith.  With four kids who are learning who they will become in life...it's good to encourage & teach them to do the right thing, tell the truth (this one is harder than we realize), try even when it's hard and be a person of integrity...in a world that doesn't always teach or preach that.
THE KIDS AND I GIVE THIS MOVIE 5 STARS!!  
Not only did it hold all of our attention, from ages 5 to ages 35...but also was uplifting, encouraging, offered the message to NEVER STOP trying, to PUSH harder and to step out in faith.  I think this movie was especially encouraging to our oldest son.  He could relate a little to the main character...who is being bullied and at first would rather play on his phone (be on the internet) than do "real life" stuff.  I always see something COME ALIVE in our son...when he's "in the waves and water".  He's got a surfboard and is learning to surf...and after watching this movie, I wouldn't be surprised if he's begging me to take him to the beach so he can practice even more now.  Our boy could spend hours in that open sea of salt water.  
I've always said that the ocean is GOOD MEDICINE to soothe the soul and even my kids would agree to that!

The kids and I don't have cable, but if we did, we would be watching this channel all the time!  
This movie, "The Perfect Summer" will be airing on Sunday, August 3rd at 10 AM ET.

CLICK HERE to check it out!  GREAT MUSIC, watch the trailer and enjoy the story with your family too!  

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Fortune Cookie Got It Right...

Could being an optimist be a bad thing?
I got this fortune cookie saying the other day and I had to smile...
"Courage and Optimism Are Your Best Traits"
Pretty sure that most people that know me, would agree with this cookie!  
At least I would hope so!
I am so thankful that no matter what LIFE throws my way...I have a STRONG faith that GOD is walking every step with me and will keep my attitude focused, positive and peaceful!  That I see the opportunities, even in difficulties!

Just because I smile doesn't mean everything is rosy all the time!  It means that I choose to not let circumstances or people dictate how I feel about how truly blessed my life is!  It means that I know, no matter what happens, no matter what...I KNOW GOD is in CONTROL!

I guess you can call it hope!  I hope you are feeling HOPEFUL today too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Our Nighttime Visitors... Ribbittt CROAK Ribbittt

Our back yard garden has offered us some new "friends" to play with at night time too!
LOVE IT!
Tonight we were able to catch one (I've heard them out there croaking)...
and if you can't tell by the look on my oldest daughter's face, she was delighted to catch, play with & meet this adorable little creature!
And yes, we did bring him inside, for a closer look...but don't worry, we set it free...so it can keep our plants "bug free" and we can play "hide and go seek" with it again another night!  

It's the little things...right?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oh My Zucchini - Our First Harvest

Here is another progress report from our back patio GARDEN...
Our zucchini plant is growing OUT OF CONTROL!  It's amazing just how LARGE and IN CHARGE this plant has become.  The blooms are a gorgeous bright orange!  It's simply lovely!
Not only that...but it's already producing amazing amounts of zucchini.  We just picked our first two (slightly odd shaped) zucchini!  I can already taste the bread, the muffins, the fried and the baked zucchini.  YUM!  I can't wait to use this squash fresh and freeze some for this winter, when I'll actually want to turn my oven on to cook some tasty treats!!

Again, we are delighted and impressed with how well our garden continues to grow and grow and grow!  What a treat this is!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Kissable Summer Lips - @Carmex Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Lip Balm Stick

Most of our summer days, at least for me and the kids, is spent partially OUTSIDE!  We love to be outside, active and having fun! That means that we are in the heat & the sunshine and sometimes that leaves our lips chapped and weathered.  That also means that our skin, and sometimes even our lips, suffer some slight "weather" damage...

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I've used Carmex products in the past...in fact, their products were super popular when I was in high school and it's no surprise to me that they are still a "GO TO" brand, but also coming up with new products to keep us happily coming back for more!  

And trust me...NO ONE likes cracked, dried, sunburnt or chapped lips.  
THEY HURT!  
I received the new Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Lip Balm Stick ,which not only smells amazing...but also leaves your lips tingling and refreshed!  When you mix a lip balm product that is already historically known to work really well, with something like pomegranate (I love to eat them and their scent), then you know this is going to be a product that I SHOULD REALLY LIKE!
I LOVE THIS STUFF!
My lips feel hydrated, super soft and ultra kissable!  
Yes...even when I head off to the beach for the day!
Plus...they smell good & taste good too!
Anyone want a kiss?

Have you tried any Carmex products before?  
If you like the scent of pomegranate and you enjoy Carmex products, you will probably really love this too! 
CLICK HERE to see all that Carmex offers!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

@Honeywell QuietSet Oscillating Table Fan - Offers A Peacefully Cool Night's Sleep

WHO has the money to pay for HUGE electric bills during the summer months?  Running the air conditioning around the clock, so that your indoor temperature stay stays a nice cool 75 degrees is a fantasy dream...LITERALLY!  Who wants to sit and sweat while you're inside your own house?  What if I told you, you might not have to suffer...because there are products that will minimally cost you, but maximize your cool factor during the hot summer months?  Would you want to know more?

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So what is a person to do, who is on a budget and trying hard to minimize costs, but survive the heat?
Honeywell offers so many options to help you with this dilemma, one of which I just had to pleasure of getting to try out for our little townhome.  I am more than delighted...because this fan not only offers quite a BLAST of air...but also has settings that will also help me have a peaceful night's sleep.  I pulled this Honeywell QuietSet Oscillating Table Fan out of the package and immediately plugged it into the wall.
WATCH THE VIDEO as I try it out for the first time:
I love that it oscillates the air around the room, that it has several settings to move the air around my bedroom, that it's small enough to sit on top of my hamper...but powerful enough to really move the air around, and it really does make a difference on a hot summer night...when a little "breeze" is helpful, as I doze off to sleep.  I love sleeping with white noise in my room!
This little table fan, really can BLOW it out!



CLICK HERE to learn more about Honeywell products and where you can purchase them!

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Battle Sheep - @BlueOrangeGames - FAMILY FUN GAME!

As you know, the kids and I love to play games together!  
Especially "family fun games" that we can all enjoy together!

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Blue Orange Games always have fun new things for us to play together...and this new "BATTLE SHEEP" game is no exception to that rule!
Our kids were very excited to see what it was all about!
The game seems simple...it comes with 4 sets of sheep (different colors).  It also comes with pieces of the board...that the players get to lay out together...in their own design and pattern.
Our little guy went first and then they went clockwise, taking turns spreading out their FLOCK of sheep.  Around and around it went and the board started filling up.  Our oldest son got "BLOCKED" into his area first and was OUT OF THE GAME.  
Then our youngest daughter and finally our youngest son!
The person who won the game?  
Our oldest daughter.  She strategized to spread her sheep out the MOST on the board.  Her flock dominated the board!

This game is fun, entertaining and can be different every time you play, because you can lay out the board differently every time.  Plus...you really have to think about a strategy to spread your sheep out...so that you don't get blocked in, stopped in your path and can dominate the game with your "COLOR" of sheep.  My oldest son is also looking forward to making up his own RULES for the game.  So that should be interesting too!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this "FAMILY FUN" game - BATTLE SHEEP!  Perhaps this would make an excellent birthday, Christmas, or "just because" gift.

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