10/15/18

One Day Project - Door Makeover featuring the Deconovo Tie Up Curtain #renovation

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We have now officially owned our 1888 Kansas farmhouse for one year! There are not very many "one day projects" around here, because most of our projects take weeks or even months. Finding just the right curtain for the back door of our house was the perfect reason to make a Door Makeover one of our "one day" projects. I absolutely adore this Deconovo Blackout Tie Up Curtain in light gray!
Made of 100% polyester, the Deconovo Tie Up Curtain is beautiful right out of the box. It measures 46" wide and 63" long, but can be used for any window smaller than that because the tie feature means you can make it as long or short as you want it on your window. It's also machine washable and can be dried in the dryer. It's soft, smooth, and durable. I didn't even feel a need to iron it before hanging it.
This is the back door that desperately needed a makeover. Okay, in all reality, everything in this house desperately needed a makeover since it hadn't been updated since the 1970s. Also, the gentleman we bought the house from was nearly blind so I'm sure he had no idea how rough the house actually was when we bought it. The window on the door measures about 23" x 25" but the horizontal blinds that came with the house are not appropriate to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Deconovo tie up curtain fits our 100+ year old farmhouse better.
I've been painting the master bedroom the past few weeks and have developed a very tender elbow, so I smiled sweetly at my dear husband and asked him to tackle the back door makeover. He took off the old horizontal blinds, taped off the antique door hardware with blue painter's tape, filled all the old nail holes and screw holes in the wood door, sanded down the rough spots, and had the door and door frame primed by noon.
Two coats of white paint with a few hours of dry time in between coats, and we have a beautifully restored back door. I bought an adjustable 3/4" diameter curtain rod and my husband installed the two included brackets higher on the door than the horizontal blinds were hung, so we could give the door an illusion of more height. The door looks so good, and now the rest of the laundry room looks awful because we haven't painted that room yet...another project for another day!
It took me a few times toying around with the tie up strips until I liked my bows. The light gray looks so soft against the white. The polyester fabric is really easy to work with and fluffs perfectly where I want it fluffy. The whole look of the Deconovo tie up curtain is so much more inviting than the hard lines of the old blinds.
I took a couple of pictures last night (two pics above), then a few more today (two pics below), so I could show how it looks at different times of the day. The Deconovo Tie Up Curtain is a Blackout curtain, which means it helps to block out light. I can also tie up the curtains higher if I want lots of light to come in through the window. I love the flexibility of this curtain!
I have also seen pics of this type of curtain where the bottom hem is rolled up rather than bunched up into ruffled waves. There are actually four strips of fabric that make up the ties, two in front and two behind it. You simply make the bow by tying one front strip and one back strip together. Deconovo offers this curtain in lots of great colors and you can even choose from a rod pocket top or a grommet style top. I love the new look and all it took was one day!
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10/12/18

October Gramma in a Box - Sweet Treats, No Work, Just the Fun!

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Gramma in a Box is the perfect gift subscription for kids. If your kids love to decorate cookies and create fun edible crafts, but you hate all the mess, then Gramma in a Box is perfect for your family. If your kids are grown and you're enjoying time with your grandchildren, this box will keep them entertained for a while and you won't have to bake. If your grandchildren are far away, then Gramma in a Box is a great way to let them know they are always on your mind.
 Your monthly Gramma in a Box includes baked cookies with frosting and sprinkless as well two easy candy crafts to make. There are enough supplies in each box to make at least 20 finished products. Each box also comes with handy step-by-step instructions with illustrations, but of course creativity is always encouraged.
October Gramma in a Box comes with three projects - Oreo Spiders, Monster Bark, and Halloween Cookies. You get all the necessary sweet ingredients in the October box, already separated into little cups or baggies. Gramma even sends along wax paper to help keep the project mess in one spot on your table.
Since my grandchildren are out of state, I borrowed a couple of children from one of my neighbors to help me make the Gramma in a Box treats. They were so excited to do these projects and the little one kept asking me if Gramma was coming over to eat the treats. They even wanted to keep all the little leftover storage cups and lids.
I am a big fan of Gramma in a Box! The ingredients are fresh, the project cards are easy to follow, and the mess is so much less than if I had to bake all the cookies before the kids arrived. The kids even used the shipping box as their little trash can while working at the table, so cleanup only meant tossing the little box of trash and a quick wash of the table with a wet cloth.
I asked the kids which project was their favorite one and they both shouted "all of them!" With the holidays coming up, a Gramma in a Box subscription is the perfect holiday gift for your kids or grandkids that will keep them smiling month after month.
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10/11/18

myCharge Portable Power Outlet Charging Hub and Inverter #tech #review

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I am so excited about the myCharge Portable Power Outlet Charging Hub and Inverter! This amazing piece of tech is like taking a wall outlet along with you wherever you go. This heavy duty Portable Power Outlet delivers 20,000 mAh and AC 110V/65W total output power for up to 10x extra battery providing a streamlined power source of a maximum power output of 65W, enough to power a laptop or even a 34-inch LED television for up to four hours.
It has a compact design, measuring 5.0 in x 5.75 in x 1.4 in, and you won't want to go anywhere without it. It's the perfect camping and tailgating companion, because it's designed to replace heavy, bulky generators and extend the life of your electronics when out of reach from a consistent power source. Power your laptop, tablet, cell phone, Bluetooth speaker, lights, fan, camping and outdoor accessories, and much more!
The myCharge Portable Power Outlet is rugged and durable with a rubberized finish. It is built for regular and repeated use, and to withstand the most extreme outdoor conditions (it's splash-proof, drop-resistant, and dirt-proof) while camping, hiking, mountaineering, or simply on the go. I love that each power outlet features a rubberized cover to use when not in use!
This fabulous power hub allows you to power up to four devices at one time, with two USB outputs, one USB-C output, and an AC power output. It features a super easy on/off button on the face of the hub and an easy to read LCD display screen that shows you the charge level. You can even charge up the Portable Power Outlet while you're charging your devices.
I don't do much camping anymore, but I take my Portable Power Outlet Charging Hub along with me on road trips and plane trips. It's a wonderful travel accessory and it's safe to take in the airplane cabin with you. My older-style laptop doesn't hold a charge for very long, so taking the myCharge along on the plane allows me to plug in and use my laptop on long flights.
Best of all, I fully charged the myCharge Portable Power Outlet Charging Hub and Inverter in less than 2 hours! And, if no devices are being charged, it will automatically turn its power off in 60 seconds to retain power. I have never, ever had a myCharge product fail on me. Every product I've ever used from myCharge did exactly what it was advertised to do or better.
The myCharge Portable Power Outlet is an excellent gift for anyone. They offer a wide variety of portable power solutions at www.mycharge.com. Check out their entire line of products and find the one that works best for you and your lifestyle, then order some for holiday gifts!




10/10/18

Myland Fire Truck - Lights and Sounds #giftidea #kids

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Fire trucks are probably one of the first vehicles that young children can easily recognize. In my 25 years of teaching preschoolers, I cannot even count how many of them wanted to be firefighters. The Myland Fire Truck by Kid O features a chunky red fire engine with lift-up ladder, a fire fighter, and a dog. To make it even more fun, there are lights and sounds!
Your kids are going to love the Myland Fire Truck! They won't even realize they are learning new developmental skills while they play. Children will practice social skills as they role play sending the fire truck out to fires, helping the play figures to climb the ladder, and pretending to put out fires all over town. Children will use their motor skills to move and push the truck around, to lift and lower the ladder, and to place the fire fighter and dog into the fire truck.
The hidden learning experience comes when children place the fire fighter in the front seat and the dog in the back seat. Notice the fire fighter's lower half is yellow and the dog's is green. In the photo below, notice the same color seats in the fire truck. Children will learn when they color match the fire fighter the siren lights come on and when they color match the dog the sounds come on. These cognitive skills will also be enhanced by children using their senses (sight, hearing, and touch). All that learning will be happening, but your kids will just love playing with it!
I love the open-ended play the Myland Fire Truck offers! I also love that Kid O has a whole line of Myland Toys for imaginative play, including a house boat, play house rooms, and a UFO, as well as a horse, a dinosaur, and a seal that the Myland characters can ride. Each Myland toy comes with its own figures so the more play items you add, the more little friends your child can add to their collection. It's a great gift idea for youngsters!

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10/9/18

Precious Moments - Perfect Gifts and Decor for Fall

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Autumn has finally arrived and I am so ready for pumpkins and colorful leaves! Precious Moments has released their newest bountiful blessings collection for fall and I fell in love with the "I Picked The Best One" bisque porcelain figurine. Precious Moments is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and their figurines are always the perfect gift.
Headed to your family celebration this Thanksgiving? "I Picked The Best One" is the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, this figurine makes a perfect autumn display for your console table or coffee table. Another great option for this gorgeous piece is to combine it with some other fall decor for a beautiful dinner table centerpiece!
Did you or someone you know have a fall wedding, or are you headed to a fall wedding? This is the perfect wedding or anniversary gift, especially with the theme of "I Picked The Best One." The sweet faces of Precious Moments figurines always display so much affection and I just love them!
This figurine is so much bigger than I thought it was going to be, at 7 inches wide and 5.5 inches tall. It comes packed in a gift box that can easily be used as a storage box year after year if you store your seasonal decor in the off season. This one is so cute I will probably leave it out year round! This bisque porcelain figurine is meticulously hand painted and is simply stunning.
I styled my "I Picked The Best One" figurine on a flipped-over distressed tray (to provide a pedestal stand) and surrounded by artificial pumpkins and leaves, and a few tiny authentic pine cones. I love the soft colors used for this figurine because it goes perfectly with my farmhouse decor. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift to give to someone you love!
Precious Moments has so many wonderful gift ideas! Find all their bountiful blessings figurines, as well as themed cutting boards/cheese boards with bowls, serving trays, candles and candle holders, appetizer bowls, salt and pepper shakers, table runners, trivets, porcelain pumpkins, platters, and much more! Shop today for the best gifts!


10/4/18

Sock Fancy - Your Holiday In The Bag!

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I love fun socks! Since I wear a uniform to work in the post office six days a week, socks are the only item I get to choose to wear. I love the patterns and designs from Sock Fancy for both men and women, and I have great news from them about the holidays!

Sock Fancy, the direct-to-consumer sock subscription company, is releasing a limited-edition holiday sock design in addition to brand new shipping options, allowing customers to schedule arrival dates for an extremely tailored gifting experience. Subscribers can expect custom packaging as well as an additional pair of the limited-edition holiday sock design featuring a modern nordic pattern, when they apply the promotional code. New this year, purchasers will be able to select a custom ship date, ensuring delivery within any window, personalizing every gifting need for celebrations throughout the holidays. Advanced shipping options will roll out November 1 and the holiday sock promotion will begin Friday, November 23 and run through the end of December or while supplies last.
I just received a sample package from Sock Fancy so I could try them out for myself. I received one pair of women's socks and one pair of men's socks. They arrived super fast, packaged perfectly in Sock Fancy packaging.
The women's socks I received are amazing! The colors are fun and exciting (you might even say - fancy!) and the quality is incredible. They fit me perfectly and since I have sensitive feet, I'm especially happy that they don't slip down my calves and don't bunch up in my shoes.
The men's socks look very professional to me, with a splash of fun design. I can totally imagine my husband wearing these with dress slacks to work in his office. He hates shopping, so a sock subscription service from Sock Fancy would be a perfect holiday gift idea for him.
With the new holiday sock patterns (and even a holiday shipping bag), Sock Fancy is ready to help you get your holiday in the bag. You won't have to brave the shopping mall, the awful traffic, or the icy roads. Just sit back with your eggnog and order everyone fancy socks this year!
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10/3/18

GuruNanda Essential Oils Kissed Exotics Collection #review

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If you love essential oils, you're going to adore the GuruNanda Essential Oils Kissed Exotics Collection of ready-to-use roll-on oils. This wonderful set of five includes Neroli Kiss, Blue Chamomile Kiss, Immortelle Kiss, Rose Kiss, and Jasmine Kiss. This collection is the perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, or just to say thank you. I love using essential oils and these GuruNanda roll-ons make it so easy for me to use and carry along with me.
GuruNanda sources farms where the plants are indigenously grown - Nepal/Egypt, Morocco, Bulgaria, India, and Balkans - to ensure the greatest therapeutic strength of each essential oil. From this collection comes all these wonderful therapeutic properties: Healing, Rejuvenating, Regenerating, Enhancing, Relaxing, Calming, Toning, and Sedative. Every oil is gcms tested for quality and purity, both in-house and with an independent third party lab.
Chamomile is known for its floral aroma and often used as the main ingredient in bedtime tea. Neroli is known for its floral aroma and often used as DIY Deodorants, Perfumes, and Room Sprays. Rose is known for its highly fragrant floral aroma that uplifts the mood and provides a euphoric atmosphere. Jasmine is known for its highly fragrant floral aroma that uplifts the mood and provides a euphoric atmosphere. Helichrysum is known for its sweet aroma. They all smell fabulous! GuruNanda even offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
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10/2/18

CozyPhones Soft Fleece Headband Headphones for Kids #review

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If you are tired of listening to "Baby Shark" on full volume, you're going to want to get each of your kids their own CozyPhones! These ingenious headband headphones for kids are made of a soft fleece, with headphones tucked comfortably inside the headband. Your kids can listen for hours to whatever they want to hear, and you won't have to hear it over and over again.
Designed to replace clunky headphones that fall off and painful earbuds that just don't fit children's ears, CozyPhones takes comfort to a whole new level! They come in several adorable animal styles - Froggy, Unicorn, Panda, Fox, Purple Frog, and WhatIf Monster, as well as their new Paw Patrol characters - Skye, Chase, and Marshall.
Use CozyPhones with all of your favorite devices such as Android, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry, Nokia, LG, HTC, Google Nexus, Lenovo, Asus, Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, HG, MP3, MP4, and all of your other audio devices. They are easy for kids to put on and take off and the slightly stretchy fleece will allow kids of all ages to use them.
As a parent, safety is always number one for me. CozyPhones feature ultra-thin speakers that are limited to 90 dB to protect little ears. They can even be pulled down over the eyes as a sleep mask for a worry-free nap. The headphone cords are very durable and the headband is even washable. CozyPhones are also great for kids with sensory issues and special needs!
Take CozyPhones anywhere! They are perfect for traveling, long waits for appointments, sleeping, quiet time on rainy days, school and events, and will even help keep ears warm on chilly fall days. They are a wonderful gift idea! I am so impressed with CozyPhones and I know that my grandson is going to go absolutely nuts over the Paw Patrol CozyPhones!
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