Category Archives: For Your Home

Bonsai Tree Review

Pictured above is the 5 year old outdoor Green Mound Juniper in a rock container.
I have always wanted a bonsai tree, I love them!  To me, they add such an interesting look no matter where they are.  I was thrilled when I was given the chance to review this beauty!  I awaited the delivery with the passion of a small child waiting for Santa!  When it arrived, I am very surprised I didn’t reach the delivery guy before he got out of the truck!  LOL
Anyway, on to the review…
Obviously, I am loving my bonsai!  I have always been nervous about getting one because I was told they are hard to care for and I wasn’t interested in reading one of those big fat books to learn how to care for it.  I know, lazy, don’t judge me!  The Soothing Company eliminates this worry by including an easy to understand pamphlet on how to care for your tree.  Obvious, HUGE plus for all of us!  Takes the difficulty out of it!  In addition to being able to contact them for help and support in caring for your tree, you can get all of the tools you need to care for your Bonsai on their site!
The other factor that kept me from buying one in the past was the cost.  On occasion, there are people on the side of the road here that set up and sell them.  Unfortunately, the price range is from $80 to up to $400 bucks!  Umm, yeah….  can’t afford that one!    This Juniper, at 5 years old, costs only $50!!!  Also, they include free shipping and you don’t have to pay taxes!
I really love my tree and have enjoyed their site a lot.  I’m making my list for what I’ll be buying in the future for my home!  They have so many great products, it’s almost like the who’s who of home accessories!  Their site is incredibly easy to navigate so that you can find exactly what you want and I really appreciate the simplicity of the site operation.  The Soothing Company offers hundreds of soothing products for your home and office. Everything from Water Fountains to hammocks to bonsai trees and modern fireplaces.  You can check out their amazing water fountains here for both indoors and out!

Originally posted 2013-02-26 06:00:00.

Emerson Creek Pottery Review

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 Hey everyone!!!  I don’t know if you’ve checked out where your stuff is made these days, but it is getting rarer and rarer to have any North American labels on things!  I rarely see anything made in the USA anymore, and it’s even more of a rarity for me to see anything made in Canada!  Today, I’ve got these wonderful little loaf pans to review for you which were made right here in the US by Emerson Creek Pottery!  They are made in Bedford, Virginia and each piece is stamped with the company name, location, and year on them!
Emerson Creek has been hand making pottery since 1977 in VA and makes all types of amazing pottery!  I was fortunate to be able to review one of their loaf pans and I just loved it!!!  It’s dimensions are 3x5x3 and it is the perfect size for making loaves of bread to give to friends for the holidays!

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I had never baked in hand made pottery before, so I was a little nervous but it turned out so well!  Much better than in a glass loaf pan, if for no other reason than nostalgia alone!  Of course, there isn’t any special way to cook in it, but it sure seemed like something special when I was making it!  LOL.  Nothing like old fashioned, hand made ceramic cookware!!!  I really loved the way it turned out and it was super easy to clean!

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Originally posted 2013-01-01 06:00:00.

Catch Santa in Action in YOUR House!!!

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Hey everyone!  I don’t know if you had seen my post from before, but I used I Caught Santa last year and got an adorable picture of Santa in our living room!  It really made me smile.  At first I thought the idea was a little silly but now it’s one of my favorite holiday pictures!  Anyway, check it out.  Trust me, you’ll love it and the little ones will too!  It will be a treasure to look back on!  I’ll be getting mine this year as well!  😀


Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos.

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In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making iCaughtSanta.com a great gift idea even if you don’t have kids yourself.
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Originally posted 2012-12-23 02:12:00.

Frego Review

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Hey everyone!  The buzz going around is all about frego and their ability to do everything you need to do for your lunch except prep it!  Okay, well…  maybe not everything, but close!  Here are three four awesome things that make this thing…  well….  fabulous!

1.  You can heat it in the microwave OR oven.  The glass bowl is safe up to 600 degrees and the silicone is safe to 464 degrees (farenheit).  While the silicone will quickly cool down, the glass stays hot so that your food will stay hot as well!  Awesome…  check!
2.  It will keep your food hot (as noted above) or even keep it cold!
3.  It can be stored in the fridge, freezer or just in the cabinet!  The seal softsnap lid keeps food fresh and safe!  😀  Um….  check!!!
4.  You can put it in the dishwasher!!!  This is always a welcome product in my house!  LOL.  Check!

If you haven’t guessed, I am loving it!  The only thing that isn’t totally awesome is the weight, as it is a bit heavier than tupperware would be, but then it does a lot more as well!  So, it is my official opinion that the weight is worth it in order to have food that stays at the right temp!  I think it’s awesome especially as you can hook up a mini lasagna or casserole when you are cooking dinner in the little glass bowl, keep it in the freezer til ya want it, then thaw and reheat all in ONE dish and it will stay hot so you don’t have to eat a lukewarm lunch!  That’s my kind of benefit!

Below is their video demonstration:

As is required by the powers that be, I recieved one Frego product in hopes that I would give them a review on my blog. There is no compensation, this is not a paid post, and my opinions remain, as always, my own! 😀 Read more official mumbo jumbo on the PR tab. 😀

Originally posted 2012-12-07 06:00:00.

Candle Warmers Review

Product469w275MAR Candle Warmers ReviewSo, surely we’ve all heard of candle warmers.  Right?  With the popularity of them going around, it’s almost impossible not to!  Plus, get the right scent wafting through your house and there is something cozy about it!  I love when my house has a strong, pleasant scent!  These days, they have some adorable warmers too! 

Back in October, they were the gentle reminder for me to post about fire prevention.   I especially love and appreciate that they care about not only their customers, but everyone.  A really cool little secret???  Lean in close…..  they didn’t even want or ask for acknowledgement, they just wanted me to remind everyone to be aware!!!  How awesome is that!  Ssshhhh….  don’t tell that I told you.  LOL.

Anyway, I was given the chance to review their Snowman candle warmer along with a few of their scents and I am loving it!!!  It’s absolutely adorable!  Plus, since the back has nothing on it, after winter we can turn it around and keep using it.  Of course, ideally I’ll have this adorable little warmer that I’ve been eyeing by then!  I really love the little snowman, he is simply adorable!  Plus, it makes the house smell so yummy without me having to worry about forgetting that I have candles burning!  It utilizes a quick warming bulb that shines a little light to melt the scented wax while getting rid of indoor air pollution!  Fabulous?  I think so.  😀          

Originally posted 2012-12-04 06:00:00.

7+ Cookies: 1 Mix! #MakeItYours #EatSmart

These cookies turned out absolutely amazing!  I have eaten far more than I needed to!  Perfect for Christmas or any day! I love that one recipe can make multiple types of cookies!

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I love this recipe!  I received it from Influenster some time ago and just recently tried it out.  The recipe itself gives four different additives so that you can make the batch and make different types, but with creativity they will make so many more!  The awesome thing is that one batch makes enough for doing at least two different types of cookies, probably even four if you wanted!  I doubled my batch and have an insane amount of cookies, we’ll be sharing them with many!

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I’m always worried, when trying a new recipe, whether my measurements are correct.  So this time, I used my Eat Smart digital nutrition scale to measure out the ingredients.  The recipe turned out literally perfect.  The Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale, for many reasons, made it onto the 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide, as those cookies were too tasty!

 

 

From the Company:

  • Calculate calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin k and six other nutrients from thousands of packaged and 999 whole foods
  • White backlight LCD screen with on/off button for conserving battery life
  • Memory Mode: Save up to 99 entries for daily or weekly tracking
  • Weighs in grams (to nearest whole gram) and ounces (to nearest .1 ounce)
  • Max weight: 11 pounds / 7kg
  • Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl
  • Auto power-off after 2-minutes
  • Includes 4 x AAA batteries with your purchase
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty

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Now, on to the cookies…

Be sure and check out the tips & notes at the bottom!

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Mix-ins

  • M&M’s
  • Reece’s Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows & Chocolate Chips (Smore Cookies)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butterscotch Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 c Country Crock Butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups your choice of mix-in

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Fold that mixture into the other bowl until well mixed.
  4. Add mix ins as desired.
  5. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls or small balls onto a well greased pan.  (The cookies will spread some, but not a lot.)
  6. Grease a pan very well, bake 10-12 minutes until cookies start to brown on the bottom.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.

Notes:

2 batches made 54 1 inch round cookies!

Use a vegetable bench scraper to pick up multiple cookies, saves tons of time!

Fire Safety: 6 Tips

Fire-Safety-Tips Fire Safety: 6 TipsHey Everyone!  Fire safety is crazy important and this time of year it is important to make sure you and your family are safe from fires and have a plan in case of one!   When I was two, our house burned down.  We all got out safely, but it could have been so much worse!  Here are some tips and such to help you stay prepared!

  • Have an escape plan!  Draw up a ‘map’ of your home and talk to your kids about how to get out if there is a fire and where to meet up.
  • Check your smoke detectors on a regular basis.  Have a day of the month where you go through and check them.  It doesn’t take long and you’ll appreciate it!
  • Make sure you have insurance!  Even if you are renting there are plans to protect you family in case of a fire!  No one wants to start from scratch!
  • Never leave candles unattended!!!
  • Get a fire extinguisher and know how to use it!  If you have older children, teach them as well! The small ones are around $20.  Just remember, it’s an investment!
  • Be mindful of the stove/oven.  Be sure not to leave anything unattended.  I’m gonna be honest and say I’m guilty of this one, so now I try to find something to do when baking to keep me close by.  Sometimes, I sit on the counter and read.  😀  If you can’t do that, then at the very least set some timers so that you don’t run off and forget it!

 

Below are some resources that may help you:

Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist, Red Cross
Fire Drill Checklist
Free Home Inventory Software
Home Inventory Checklist

Do you have any good resources for home inventory and such???

Tips or tricks maybe????

What does your family do to be prepared???

Originally posted 2012-10-09 09:51:00.

Precision Get Fit Body Scale

Weight is on almost everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list, Check out this Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat  Scale from Eat Smart!Precision-Get-Fit-Body-Scale- Precision Get Fit Body ScaleImmediately, the look of the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale impressed me!  Gorgeous, shiny glass and a bright LED screen was quite an impressive view!   With a 100% satisfaction guarantee,  you can’t go wrong.  In addition to up to 8 user profiles with automatic recognition of who is on the it, the scale will give you your body composition, hydration level, bone and muscle mass!  The scale can be used for up to 400 pounds in weight, with a minimum weight accuracy of 11 pounds.

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The only problem I’m having with the scale is learning how to use it.  I don’t like reading directions, so I always struggle at first.  The older body scale I had was difficult to see the numbers as the backlight was brighter than the numbers were dark.  With the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale, this is NEVER an issue.  It is amazingly easy to see, even from 6 feet above!

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This is truly made for those wanting to monitor their weight and fitness!  I love that it gives so much important information and makes life a little easier!  One can know exactly where they lie with the right information, therefore properly targeting areas in need, hopefully getting to optimum health!

Family Honor Plate: Give the Gift of a Priceless Memory

Holiday shopping for grown children with families is a beast, but the Family Honor Plate will solve that for you!  You’re welcome, you may now stop stressing about shopping!

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I have heard from more than one person that shopping for people is impossible, especially once they have children and families of their own!  With a family of adult children, shopping for gifts gets more expensive and more difficult each year!  That is exactly what and why I love about the Family Honor Plate!

Even if crafts and DIY are not a thing in someone’s household, the Family Honor Plate makes it so easy that anyone could do it!  With easy to follow direction, the Family Honor Plate contains everything one needs to not only make an awesome family memory, but also an heirloom that lasts for a lifetime!  From experience, it is known that these are the things that are forever held close to our hearts.

The Family Honor Plate contains:

1 Ceramic Honor Plate

8 colors of paint

3 paint brushes

7 Discussion Starters

1 Painters Palette

1 Plate Stand

The really cool thing is, with all the correct tools in hand, not only can you make amazing memories with family but it can be baked and sealed in very easily!  The plate can actually be eaten off of so no need to have a plate collection or use it to decorate; it can be a daily reminder of the fun that was had and the values that were learned!  You won’t be sorry and neither will any recipient!

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The Family Honor Plate can be found all over the place!

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Glass Straws Review

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Hey everyone!  With the holiday season fast coming upon us, I wanted to review some things that we could use for gifts so the awesome people over at Glass Dharma has allowed me to review their glass straws!!!

Pros:  great for the environment, pretty, makes you feel kinda classy, comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs, easy to clean and they have specially made brushes to clean them with in case anything gets stuck inside!, GREAT for the environment!

Another pro is the way it is made!  It’s made with the same process the people at Pyrex make their glass!  I love Pyrex and have some really old Pyrex dishes so I like that they are made the same way!

Guarantees:  Breakage and satisfaction guarantee!  Taken from their PDF regarding Glass Dharma: We take great pride in the workmanship of every piece we make. We use exclusively borosilicate glass (Pyrex® and Simax® are familiar brand names). Occasionally a crack may occur unnoticed before the annealing process takes place. This would significantly weaken the glass. We guarantee all of our work against such rare defects. It is also because these defects are sometimes difficult to detect that we guarantee against ANY breakage. This gives you the benefit of the doubt!!

Cons: none really, however I did learn that I tend to ‘grab’ straws with my teeth.  No worries, it didn’t hurt.  LOL

Price:  $6.60-$8.50

Great For:  These straws would really make a great gift for the person that has everything.  I would almost guarantee he/she wouldn’t have these!  (Since they are fairly new)  I also think they would make great hostess gifts!  Of course, they’d make great gifts for anyone that loves to entertain!

My Two Cents: I really like them.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about the concept, but I’m loving them.  Did you know that it takes a plastic bag over a 100 years to degrade???  I think using these straws will do a nice little bit in my part of helping the environment!  I read that stat and am still in shock!  Furthermore, and I know this sounds crazy, but I can totally see me and my girls sipping our ice tea (we’re southern, you just have to understand) and enjoying great conversation!  Makes me feel all grown up and sophisticated!  LOL.

Giveaway:  We’ll have a giveaway soon so you can win some, but in the meantime go here and get yours!  Then keep checking back and you can win some for your favorite hostess this year!  We’ll have the contest in time for you to get them to that awesome holiday party!

Have you used glass straws???
Which one would you like if you won?
What would you use them for???

 

Originally posted 2012-09-04 09:18:00.