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Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Cera Wireless Speakers 20% Discount & Review

IMG_4733I’m sitting here writing this post while listening to the Cera Audio Wireless Speaker and I must say, it is now essential to my electronic necessities!  I’m not real certain how I ever listened to any of my devices without it!  I can frequently be seen walking from room to room with it, not because I can’t hear it in different rooms, but because it’s my personal ‘surround sound.’  LOL.  Oddly, my family is so use to my quirkiness that they don’t even say anything about how silly I look when I’m carrying around a tablet and speaker throughout the house.  LOL.

CERA Wireless Speakers come in 3 colors: black, white, and red.  They are compatible with most bluetooth devices and can also be plugged in via usb and line in jacks.  We’ve been using it with my tablet and our Android smart phones (both are Samsung, not that it matters).  It takes 2-3 hours to charge and you get 6-8 hours of play time!  I got two, because I’m so addicted I need to rotate them while the other is charging (it takes a whole 2 hours, but still!).  LOL.  Plus, you can link the speakers together and multiply the sound!  I took 2 out that were linked while working in the yard and put the speakers by a koi pond, which was blasting out the noise of not one but TWO very loud fountains, and could hear it clearly from across the yard (about half an acre) and could have probably heard it from even further, but the privacy fence halted me.  LOL.

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From the Company

CERA Wireless Speaker Product Features:

  • Powerful Wireless Portable Speaker with Version 3.0 Bluetooth® Technology for a faster connection with better sound quality
  • Compatible with iPad®, iPod®, iPhone®, MP3, MP4, Laptop, PC and most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Voice notifications when CERA is on, in pairing mode, and pairing complete
  • Simple pairing with most Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Stream audio from your Bluetooth® enabled device from approx. 33ft (10m) away
  • Plugs into any non Bluetooth® enabled device with supplied 3.5mm (1/8) headphone jack as well
  • New Daisy Chain function allows an infinite number of CERA’s to play at the same time
  • Illuminated Touch Control Panel
  • 360° Expanding Sound Chamber illuminated with blue lighting
  • Internal Lithium Ion Battery recharges over USB
  • Up to 5-7 hours playtime on a full charge (approx. 2-3 hours to fully charge)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

Package Contents: CERA Speaker, Charging Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, Daisy Chain Cable, Carrying Case, Quick Start Guide and User Manual

Discount Code

20% off discount code: 20CRAFTYZOO

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Originally posted 2013-10-04 05:46:18.

Creepy Crawly Bugs (Toys) #OrkinMan

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The Orkin Home Education Kit includes:

• 2 Orkin Factoids 11×17 Posters
– Poster #1 – The Pollinators
– Poster #2 – The Recyclers
• 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight • 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs

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Originally posted 2013-09-01 21:02:56.

#EverBamboo Bamboo Charcoal Review

Bamboo Charcoal

When I first came across the Ever Bamboo website, I was perplexed.  There are so many variations of the same type of products on the market, what makes Bamboo Charcoal so special???  Granted, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any with charcoal, but there are many products marketed to accomplish the same thing.  Of course, this meant I HAD to find out what was so special about them!

The Journey of Experimentation Begins…..

Okay, my house has smells.  Not all good, not all bad, just smells.  For example, I have a teen daughter.  She brings all kinds of smells with all those chemicals she insists on using, then there are the lovely habits she likes to have, like leaving her dirty, smelly shoes and socks under chairs where no one notices them until they have thoroughly smelled up the house…  Yeah, gotta love that one!

Then, if the Monkey doesn’t do it well enough, the dogs start in!  We have 2 chihuahuas and a great dane who don’t always respect house potty rules.  Well the chihuahuas don’t.  Thank GOD the great dane is respectful of them! Of course, our Dane isn’t all innocent.  She has more gas than the local truck stop.  You can imagine…

Of course, there ARE good smells in our home.  LOL.  It’s just that one seems to pick out the bad smells first and foremost.  You can smell the most recent meal we’ve cooked wafting through the house, which is our favorite.  I was once told by a guest that our house had a ‘homey’ smell…  He meant that it didn’t smell like artificial scents, but rather a culmination of the smells a good family home was meant to smell like.  Our friend is a rather honest and simple man, which is one of his many endearing qualities!

Needless to say, of the products I had the privilege of testing out, the Over-Size Deodorizer has become my favorite!  I placed it under a sofa chair in our living room, we have an open floor plan so it’s central to the kitchen, dining room, and the hallway entrance as well.  I will be honest and say I didn’t have high hopes that it would work in such a large area.  Umm, I am super excited to say that I’ve been proven wrong!  We all know that the stinky smell will be noticed over any other smell.  Whether it’s the surprise the kids left in the sofa, the one the pets left in the hallway, or the hubby’s stinky work boots he insists on not putting away.

I’m overly pleased to say that in the Zoo, the bad odors are no longer there.  The bag obsorbed the bad odors and now we can’t even smell them!  It’s amazing!  I have no idea how it works, I just know that I can still smell the good smells but I can’t smell the bad ones!

Product Specifics

From the Company

Bamboo Charcoal

Over-Size Deodorizer
  • Absorbs odors & moisture
  • Place in kitchens, walk-in fridges, basements, garages, warehouses, and pet areas (areas up to 400 sqft)
  • 1 kg

 

Good for the Environment!!!

Wanna know what to do with the charcoal when it’s time to replace it???  Mix it in your soil!!!  Bamboo Charcoal is 100% natural and will help the soil.  Check out their site for more info.

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Check out my review of the amazing HEI Face & Body Soap!  You will want this one too!  I’m not sure they are gonna have a product that wouldn’t get an amazing review!  LOL.  Trust me, you will love it too!

Coming Up

I will soon get the pleasure of testing out a larger version of the Aquarium Filter for my koi pond.  I’m really excited, as this is a new one!  We’ll see how well it helps filtration in a large koi pond!  I hear they do awesome in aquariums!

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Originally posted 2013-08-02 12:02:13.

I Can Only Imagine In Theaters Soon!!! Fandago Ticket Giveaway

I Can Only Imagine

The song I Can Only Imagine seems to have gotten so popular that most people have heard it at one time or another, whether on purpose or just hearing it in passing.  They’ve now turned the song into a movie!  In theaters March of 2018, the song so many has come to love will be brought to life on the big screen!  For me, the song makes my heart wish for that time, but I know that I have to wait and do good until then.  All too often I long for the day to meet our Father, but even more so to be reunited with my baby girl.  I’ll be honest and say that since we lost her, I can’t listen to that song (or most) anymore, my heart yearns and aches to a point beyond what I can tolerate and still be able to function.  I suppose that was a pointless side track, but that’s my prerogative.

Back on point, check out the description below.  The film seems to be a lot like many of the Christian movies that have come out in the past few years.  There are only two that stand out to me as different and I highly recommend them: Mom’s Night Out and The War Room.  Perhaps the hometown football story line is up your alley, I know a lot of people who will absolutely love this film.  I’m fairly certain my entire family will be buying tickets in advance to see the film.  Then probably pre-ordering it as well.  Just as the song will grip anyone’s heart strings, the film is sure to do so as well.

As a side note, if you love the song (or just see potential in the lyrics), check out Tamala Mann’s version.  That woman has the most amazing voice and can bring you to your knees and your heart to the feet of Jesus.  She truly has a gift!

I Can Only Imagine

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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#MyPlatinum Amazing Cascade Dishwashing Soap #Sponsored

imageHave you heard of the new Cascade Platinum???

If not, hear now!  You’ll love it!

I will admit that my frugality has prevented me from trying this type in the past, I tend to get the best fiscal deal, but I’ve learned my lesson!  After using the Cascade Platinum, our glasses literally sparkled!  Now, that is sweet!  Especially considering we have people over quite often, I’d like for our dishes to look their best!  If you haven’t tried them yet, go now and get yours!  You won’t be sorry,  I swear!  I will say, I’m sold.  I’ll be switching my cheapness frugality  for practicality.  Cascade Platinum does an amazing job, and it’s worth the extra dollar or two to have amazingly clean dishes!  Though I frequently forget, one truly does get what they pay for.  I keep having to remind myself of that one.

Cascade Platinum Boasts (and backs up) the following:

Grease Fighting Power of Dawn

We all know Dawn does an amazing job with the grease, I think it’s probably my favorite to use when the dishes are really greasy.  LOL

Fights Tea and Coffee Stains

It is Monkey’s job to rinse the dishes and she has a problem getting the coffee rings out of the cups (by problem, I mean she doesn’t do it) so they are constantly having to be re-washed.

Brilliant Shine

Please see above.  Man those glasses were sparkly!!!

Virtually Spotless Dishes

Tough Food Enzyme Action

Their Best Film Prevention for a Sparkling Machine!

From the Company

What it is: Cascade© Platinum Pacs deliver the most powerful clean available from Cascade while simultaneously
helping to maintain the sparkling look of your clean dishwasher interior.
How it works: Cascade© Platinum Pacs feature an advanced triple action recipe that is specially designed to
leave dishware virtually spot-free and help prevent the build-up of hard-water film on dishwasher walls.*
*Use a dishwasher cleaner to remove existing build-up on wall interiors.
Why you need it: Cascade© Platinum Pacs achieve a top-tier clean so powerful that they even help keep your
dishwasher machine sparkling and deliver a variety of dish care benefits:
• Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
• Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water build-up
• Delivers exceptional dishware shine
Availability and Prices: Beginning in March 2013, Cascade©Platinum Pacs will be available in Fresh and Lemon
Burst scents at mass merchandisers, grocery and retailers nationwide. More information on the entire family of
Cascade© products can be found at http://www.cascadeclean.com
All pricing, promotion, shelving and distribution are at the sole discretion of the retailer.

The MSRP for:
• Cascade© Platinum 14 ct: $4.29
• Cascade© Platinum 23 ct: $6.69
• Cascade© Platinum 43 ct: $12.49

Cascade© Family of Products: The Cascade© family of products also includes:
• Cascade© Complete© Pacs
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ with Dawn® Grease Fighting Power
• Cascade© with the scent of Gain® ActionPacs™
• Cascade © ActionPacs™ Destinations: Mediterranean Lavender and Thai Dragon Fruit scents

The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four-week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates!

 

  • Visit the contest landing page for information on how to enter and submit images:
    • The landing page will prompt users to sign up for Instagram if they are not currently users of the app.
    • Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!
    • Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!
      • Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9)

      Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!

      • Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16)

             Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!

      • Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23)

             Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!

      • Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)

             Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

      Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)

GOOD LUCK!!!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Originally posted 2013-06-25 04:34:02.

Family Manifesto

Your Family Manifesto

Of the many things I have around the house decorating, this has easily become my favorite.  I currently have it hanging over the dining room table so that it is a daily reminder.  Such sweet sentiments that I truly agree with there to read every day.  The print is a Personalized Family Manifesto from Life Manifestos.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve glanced up on a rough day and was reminded to smile, as our family truly encompasses the sentiments in the poster.

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Originally posted 2013-06-25 00:56:10.

Healthy, Paleo Friendly Snack Food! KitchFix

This healthy snack is so delicious that it’s hard to believe the amount of descriptions if qualifies for: paleo, dairy free, non-gmo, gluten, low-carb and preservative free! It’s the perfect snack for a pick me up and to quench that sweets craving that attacks!


KitchFix Review Yummy Healthy Paleo Snack!

Healthy Snack???

Having spent an entire life struggling with eating healthy, I had never tried a granola mix.  There was nothing anyone could say that would convince me to believe the words even I am now saying to you!  I just refused.  I finally tried it for a review (would never have done so otherwise) and I am sold on this amazing healthy snack.  Absolutely convinced.  I let my husband try it and immediately became stingy again.  While I wanted to share, I also didn’t want to run out!  haha.

Due to narcolepsy and cataplexy, my doctor instructed me to go on the Paleo diet.  I have a much harder time than my husband, but that is not surprising.  While it does make me feel better (and he is shedding pounds like crazy), I have a hard time resisting my sweet tooth.  I am pleased to announce, that KitchFix is literally the best sweet snack I’ve had that is actually paleo!  It also, as described above, has a lot of other things going for it.  The best is that it’s a healthy snack that is actually good for your body!

KitchFix has quite a few different mixes: Original, Honey Pecan, Cocoa Sea Salt, Lemon Berry Chia, and others.  Mine has been an amazing snack, especially the honey pecan!  I can’t wait to try the Cocoa sea salt!   I highly recommend checking them out!

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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

 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!

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!

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