How Do You Weigh a Cow Anyway?

Floor Scales Direct is the only company you need to contact for all your industrial scale needs. Their online store has a variety of durable scales for warehouses, trucking and livestock. If animals are your business FloorScalesDirect.com sells livestock scales that can be used for many purposes. They have alleyway scales, making it easy to prompt the animal toward the scale. The platform scales come in a lightweight but sturdy style for animals up to 80lbs as well as a 5,000lb capacity model that is NTEP certified, making it legal for the trading of livestock. With entrance and exit ramps, it’s easy for the animals to get onto the scale for weight. Diamond deck plating helps keep the animal from slipping and are easy to wash down. 
Floor Scales Direct also sells popular weight bars. These scales can be easily attached under livestock chutes, platforms, large tanks and hoppers. Weight bars are accurate up to 5,000lbs and compensates for the animal’s movement. They are made of heavy duty steel with a rust proof finish. Quick and easy to set up, this style of weighing system is a popular choice. Many of the livestock scales now come with data recording software which can save time as the numbers are recorded directly to your computer. It’s easy to use and tracks the weight, date, time, gross, tare, net and unit. Saved in a spreadsheet that includes an additional seven customer fields, it makes keeping records a quick and easy task. All it takes is the touch of a button.

Marriage...The Good Stuff

I've been married since June 2001. It's actually my third marriage. Third time's a charm, huh? I feel so blessed to be married to Johnny. We have a great marriage and sometimes I wonder if other people are as happy, and as lucky. I think one of the reasons we're so good together is because both of us never stop trying to make the other one happy. He is, and has been, the best dad to my kids. He has loved my two children just as much as he loves his own son. He is someone to admire and to respect. We have fun together and we make each other laugh. We listen and we pray.
If you're looking for some fun ideas to spice up your marriage a bit, here are some tips that I've found work to bring some light into our lives together.
  1. Make sure your goodbye kiss in the morning is a nice long kiss, with both arms around the other one and nothing else in your hands. Follow it by a hug, you know, the kind where it feels so good when the other one hugs you a bit tighter and closer. Do this every day.
  2. Play a board game together. Or a card game. Or play pool. Just you two. No electronic games. Once a week. Have a special snack available on the table that you both like. Something simple. Seasoned crackers, popcorn, something that doesn't take preparation. At your own home. Just you two.
  3. Surprise him with a new pair of silk boxers to sleep in. Surprise him by wearing some flirty new sleepwear to bed. Surprise her with a foot massage offer once she's in bed.
  4. Take a shower together. Soap each other up. Wash each other's hair. Towel each other off. Give each other a back rub with lotion.
  5. Snuggle on the couch together. Lay down, and snuggle together. Five minutes a day. We like to do this at lunch. Go home for lunch every day, if you can. He works just ten minutes from here. Another blessing.
I think, what I'm really trying to say is, FOCUS ON EACH OTHER.
Marriage...The Good Stuff.

Your Chance to Win a Trip to BlogHer Food ’13

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Foodies! Enter your favorite recipes for a chance to win a trip to BlogHer Food 2013 in Austin, Texas on June 7-8. Don't you think it's about time to boost your tired old cooking routine? I think it's Time to Change Your Oil! Pompeian Olive Oil is very popular, thanks to research about Mediterranean diets. Did you know that grapeseed oil has similar health benefits to olive oil, but is even more versatile for cooking because of its light taste and high smoke point? Me either, but I'm going to try out some new recipes with it now!
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Pompeian and Hungry Girl are challenging bloggers to recreate old recipes that contain butter or vegetable oil to create new recipes with Pompeian's Grapeseed Oil or OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend. The Pompeian’s Time to Change Your Oil campaign and contest is so easy to enter. Post the recipe and an accompanying image on your blog, then share the link on the Pompeian Facebook page application with your contact information. Then Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien will chose the winner, who will receive an all-expense paid trip to BlogHer Food 2013 in Austin, Texas, on June 7-8. Plus, the winning recipe will be featured at BlogHer Food with Pompeian all weekend long! Need some inspiration? Check out this recipe for Smoky Fried Chickpeas!
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You should definitely change your oil and create a new recipe with Pompeian Grapeseed Oil! It's so easy to make the change in your diet and enjoy the health benefits. Just think, one of those benefits could be a trip to Austin, Texas! Leave me a comment below and let me know if you're going to enter. Why would you like to win a trip to BlogHer Food?
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Love and Protect Pets with Vectra

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vectra flea & tick control for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Buddy is my beloved dog and even though he's no puppy anymore, I try to protect him in lots of ways. He is a wonderful walking companion who always walks on my left, but I protect him by keeping him on a leash. He spends most of his time laying around the house snoring, but I protect him in the great outdoors by making sure he is always up to date with his monthly flea and tick control. How do you protect your pets?

You can protect your pets with Vectra Flea and Tick Control. They have products for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Vectra 3D is made for dogs and offers long-lasting, broad spectrum parasite control. For puppies, use Vectra for Dogs and Puppies. For your cats, use Vectra for Cats and Kittens. Vectra 3D for dogs is fast-acting and protectts for a full month. It even continues to work after a dog bath or swimming, so pet owners can have peace of mind. It kills adult fleas and prevents the development of eggs, larvae, and pupae. It works through contact so the bugs don't even need to bite your pet. Ask your vet for Vectra products!
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Like Vectra Pet on Facebook and enter Vectra's Protect The Love Facebook Sweepstakes for a $100 Gift Card to use at your next vet visit.There is a new winner every week and every entrant can claim a free dose of Vectra flea & tick control. You can print the coupon and redeem it at a Vectra vet near you. Just enter the sweepstakes, then visit firstdosefree.com and fill out the form. Be sure to follow @VectraPet on Twitter too!
*Note: Do not use Vectra 3D on cats!

Daily Inspiration - Proverbs 17:22

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Saving on Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is one of the best selling Toyotas in history because of its high efficiency and utility. It can be difficult to find a Highlander at your local Toyota dealer because they usually sell out soon after they are stocked! However, buyatoyota.com is a reputable online Toyota dealer that always keeps Highlanders in stock. When it comes to Toyota Highlander incentives, buyatoyota.com is the premier site online for the best deals. The company can afford to pass along the savings that it receives from customers making their purchases of Highlanders online. Online purchases save the company money on human resources as well as storefronts, and buyatoyota.com is often able to give its customers lower interest rates or lower prices on Highlanders because of this.

Online, you can also create the Highlander of your dreams. Unlike a local dealer, you are not limited to the cars that are in stock. The buyatoyota.com website allows you to create the car that you want to your exact specifications from the paint color to the interior. If you have not checked buyatoyota.com, then you should do so before you commit yourself to any other source of purchase for your next Toyota Highlander.

Win a $50 iTunes Gift Card

Thanks to MyEmoticons.com for sponsoring this fabulous giveaway on Planet Weidknecht! Their site redesign is simply fabulous and you can get 100% FREE emoticons, smileys, and animations for your Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter. Their emoticons work with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox so you can express yourself to all your family and friends. They add new smileys all the time and their free download is Norton Secured and Spyware Free! Check out MyEmoticons.com and then enter below to win a $50 iTunes Gift Card! Giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and up. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Ends at midnight ET on 5/15/2013. Good luck!

Ten Tips for Backyard Fun

Spring is here and it's time to get outside. I've already started revamping my backyard and cleaning out the gardens so that everything looks inviting. Sometimes we find it easier just to sit in the house but outdoor activities are very important to your physical health and your mental health. If your backyard is boring, it will be a fight to get your family away from all their electronic toys. Here are ten tips to make your backyard more fun this year!
  1. Hang a hammock between two trees or on a hammock stand. By providing a relaxing and shady spot, your family will be less likely to head back indoors when it gets warmer.
  2. Fix old furniture or replace it. By doing some lawn chair repair and adding a few colorful throw pillows to your patio furniture, you'll encourage family and friends to stay around a while.
  3. Put some sun tea into some large jars and put them on a table with a couple of cups. Float some lemons in the tea for a dash of flavor and sunny color.
  4. Hang a bird feeder on a tree and fill it with seed. The singing of the birds and the activity around the bird feeder will entice your children outside to watch.
  5. Start a small container garden for an easy-to-grow vegetable, like tomatoes or beans. Set a wooden ruler near the garden for measuring growth. Keep a small watering can nearby so the kids can water regularly.
  6. Hang a little chalkboard on the fence and fill a pail with some colored chalks. Use it for drawing, notes to family members, and to announce when the next backyard cookout will take place. A quick squirt with the garden hose will clean off the drawings.
  7. Create a simple tic-tac-toe game out of sticks and rocks. Set it on a table to encourage fun and fair interaction between family and friends.
  8. Have a weekly cookout day and invite neighbors to join you occasionally. Make it simple with hot dogs and buns on the grill, some chips and some of that great sun tea you made. Visitors can provide a side dish like fresh fruits and vegetables.
  9. Fill a number of squirt bottles with water and set them outside on the patio. It's pretty likely a friendly water fight will break out with lots of laughter. It also feels wonderful to refresh your face with a light mist if you're outside in the sun.
  10. Make outdoor time your priority. Children usually follow their parents around and if you're stuck in the house, chances are they will choose that too. Make memories outdoors this year, right in your own backyard!


Wedne$day Wealth Giveaway Link Up

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New Winners on Planet Weidknecht

Cook It New Sprouts Chef Set - Darlene Ysaguirre
Affresh Cleaners - Melissa Moore Vandenbossche
Living Space Ebook - tickmenot
Moving Christmas children’s book - Cheryl Rahkonen and EMMAHORTON


Please Vote for Me #RedlineDodge Blogger

If you've been following my blog for a while you know I'm one of five finalists in the Dodge Redline Blogger contest. I was fortunate to be chosen as 1 of 5 finalists to visit New York City and attend the New York International Auto Show. While there, each finalist made a Dodge video as our final entry and now you get to vote! Please vote for me to earn a $10K gig with Dodge plus a new computer and trips to future Dodge events! Thank you!

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Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Trailer

releases in theaters on November 8, 2013

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Small World: Bee Life - Children's Book Review

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Bees terrify me. Bees terrify most preschoolers too. This new book Bee Life by Lynette Evans and Francesca D'Ottavi will show your young children (and you) more about bees and the intricacies of their lives. The story line very engaging, and the illustrations so beautiful you'll think you're looking at photos.
Full of fascinating facts, Bee Life demonstrates the clever ways bees interact in their garden world throughout the seasons. By exploring the busy hive and learning more about a bee's life, maybe we can all calm our fears (a bit) with this wonderful new high-quality hardcover picture book!
Purchase your copy at the link below!

Totino's Party Pizza - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I have enjoyed Totino's Party Pizza my entire life. Pizza is (by far) my favorite food and I could seriously eat just pizza the rest of my life and be happy about it. For a limited time only, Totino's Party Pizza is bringing back their delicious Mexican Style and to celebrate they are giving Planet Weidknecht readers a chance to win a Totino's Party Pizza Prize Pack!
Totino's Mexican Style Party Pizza includes their famous light and crispy crust, taco seasoned chicken and beef, plus green peppers and onions, and their delicious cheese toppings. Totino's Party Pizza is a family favorite here and with two teenage boys who can eat an entire pizza alone, we keep our freezer stocked.
The Totino's Party Pizza Prize Pack contains Four Free Pizza Coupons so you can select from Mexican Style, Pepperoni, Sausage, Cheese, Canadian Bacon and many other flavors. The winner will also receive a pizza cutter, playing cards, and a pen, so you can have a pizza party of your own!
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 5/12/2013. Good luck!
Enter below to win a Totino's Party Pizza Prize Pack,
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Healthy Delicious Kids' Boxed Drinks Are Here

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Feeling guilty about those sugary pouch drinks your kids love? Got a fridge full of boxed high fructose corn syrup kids' drinks? My kids loved those things! As a parent, I really didn't like to give them to my kids, but it sure was easier to have ready-to-drink cold stuff they could grab when they got thirsty. Now there is a delicious alternative healthy kids' drink!
Give your children a healthy energy boost with Power Rangers Samurai Berry Power Blast and Power Rangers Samurai Berry Power Blast. Each serving of Berry Power Blast is an excellent source of five vitamins and minerals that contain antioxidants, and it’s only 30 calories. It includes important B vitamins to support natural energy and alertness, vitamin C and zinc to support a healthy immune system, and vitamin D for strong bones. Each serving of Blueberry Power Blast is an excellent source of five vitamins and minerals that contain antioxidants, and it’s only 30 calories. It includes important B vitamins to support natural energy and alertness, vitamin C and zinc to support a healthy immune system, and vitamin D for strong bones.
Not only are these a healthier alternative, it's a more delicious alternative. My family loves these drinks and I'd much rather they drink these. I've been drinking them too and they are so good! Find them in the refrigerated section of the orange juice aisle at your local grocery store and fill your fridge with them. Your kids will love them. For more information visit Genesis Today and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Tuna Broccoli Bacon Au Gratin #Recipe

Tuna Broccoli Bacon Au Gratin
a Lisa Weidknecht pantry recipe
What's a pantry recipe? 
It's when you take what you've got on hand and create a fabulous new recipe
that everyone in your family absolutely adores!
Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for this post.

What you'll need:
- 5oz. can Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore, drained (sponsoring product)
- Store brand Au Gratin potatoes with cheese powder
- 2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup milk
- bacon pieces (I used the salad-style bits)
 Heat water, milk and butter to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
 Add package of potatoes, cheese powder, Bumble Bee Albacore, broccoli and bacon pieces. Stir and cover.
 Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, then pour into a serving dish and let cool five minutes. Enjoy!

Whose Egg? A Lift-the-Flap Book - Review

Preschoolers love surprises and author Lynette Evans has combined her own love of surprises with her love of mysteries. Whose Egg? is a beautifully written and illustrated lift-the-flap book that features the world of hatchlings and eggs.
Children will love trying to guess whose egg is on each page, then lifting back the edges to see if they guessed correctly. What fun it is when it's not always a bird! Each page gives clues to who might be hiding in the egg, along with information about the habitat where the egg may be found.
Guy Troughton's engaging illustrations throughout this hardcover book are very realistic, like a collection of beautiful watercolor paintings. Whose Egg? brings together nature and science at a child's inquisitive level. This book is a wonderful addition to a home library or children's classroom! Five Stars!!!
Order your copy at the link below!

Break Away - Movie Review

Disclosure: I received this movie at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Francois is a hard-working family man who finds himself out of a great corporate job. As a former athlete, he is a very determined man and to make ends meet for his family, he begins delivering packages on his bike. His brother, recently released from jail comes to stay with Francois and his family and his desire to do something for his brother leads him to build a better bike for Francois. The little bike shop is run by Eli, a man who remembers Francois' previous championship days. Though life is hard for all of them, the friendship between them grows as they lean on each other and on God.

When it seems all is lost for Francois, he comes to realize that you've got to use what you've got and let God do the rest. Much like the story where Jesus feeds a crowd with five loaves and two fishes, these three men begin to move forward in their lives and their faith, simply with what they have. Francois begins to train for Die Burger, a marathon race where the competitors are younger, stronger and more experienced than he, but with the help of his family, his friends, and his God, he pedals toward the finish line.

Find out what happens, when Break Away is released on April 23, 2013. It's an inspiring story that your whole family will love. You can watch the movie trailer HERE, order the movie HERE, and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Tomorrow “AFTER EARTH” Google+ Hangout Discussion with Jaden Smith and Will Smith

Mark your calendars for this online event tomorrow!

Top Thinkers Including Google’s Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk,
Alexandra Cousteau, and NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams
Join “After Earth” Stars Jaden Smith and Will Smith
to Talk About Science, Technology, Innovation and the Future
in “After Earth Day” Discussion Tomorrow, April 23
The Google+ Hangout will take place tomorrow, April 23, at 12 noon Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific. Moviegoers can tune in to the live Google+ Hangout at YouTube.com/AfterEarth, as well as Google.com/+AfterEarth where fans are invited to submit their questions for a chance to have them answered by the panelists. Visit the Facebook page too!

In After Earth, a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

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Spicy Tuna Avocado Salad #Recipe

An original Lisa Weidknecht Recipe
What you'll need:
- 1 5oz. can Bumble Bee Very Low Sodium White Albacore in Water, drained (sponsoring product)
- 1 Avocado, skinned and halved
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- Lettuce
- Tomato Wedges
Disclosure: I received Bumble Bee products at no charge in exchange for this post.
In a bowl, mix together Bumble Bee Albacore and salsa. 
 Layer the bottom of two salad bowls with lettuce pieces.
 Place avocado round side down on the lettuce.
Top with tuna/salsa mix and place a few tomato wedges on top.

Health Cleanses: Good or Bad?

In the past few years, celebrities and dietitians have brought more attention to health cleanses, which they swear clear the body of toxins and help you lose weight. But how effective are these cleanses in supporting and maintaining your holistic health? Can they work on a consistent basis, or are they just a fad diet that will fade? Let’s take a look at how cleanses work and see how they might affect different parts of your body in positive or negative ways.
What Do Cleanses Do?

Many of us have heard of the Master Cleanse and its promise to add health and vitality to your life. We’ve heard terms thrown around like a juice cleanse, colon cleanser, detox diets and flushing out toxins. For the Master Cleanse, participants spend days only drinking a concoction containing spring water, organic maple syrup, freshly squeezed organic lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Most cleanses aren’t this extreme, but they do require a 24-hour liquid diet. Our bodies contain toxins, which are difficult to get rid of unless we take matters into our own blenders. Toxins can decrease immunity, lead to chronic disease, affect energy levels, cause breakouts, decrease energy, and slow metabolism. Cleanses are designed to flush out these toxins, so you can live more healthily.

Do Cleanses Really Work?
We all know that it’s important for our bodies to get proper nutrients, so only drinking a regimented list of items may feel somewhat unhealthy -- especially when doing it for several consecutive days. Your body’s organs -- especially the liver -- are already part of its natural detoxification, so is it really necessary to do additional cleanses for something your body is already doing? Wouldn’t you rather just eat?

Studies Have Shown
Studies have shown that build-up can happen in your organs, especially in the colon, and it’s important to give them a boost sometime. Many doctors recommend only doing a cleanse if you’re already in good health and only doing a one-day cleanse. As with any health decision, you should consult your doctor on how a cleanse might affect your health. Many people have reported feeling much more energy and more positive while doing a cleanse. These are great effects of a cleanse, and even if they have no long-term, consistent proof of being effective, there’s nothing wrong with the euphoric feeling you get with more energy and a positive outlook.

About the Author: Sage is considering doing a cleanse. She did research prior so she could find something that would work well for her.