Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Gardening and How To's From Miracle-Gro and Gardenieries

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Having a garden in our back yard we are always thinking "what should we plant now?"  and trying to keep up with the different season and of course the weather!  

I found some awesome videos that helped my husband with what to plant for the winter season and HOW TO's!  As new gardeners we really are in a fog on what to do and how to do it.  Gardenieres website has all kinds of useful videos on tree planting, tomato growing tips, greenhouse ideas, sustainable vegetable gardening and much more!  I enjoy watching videos because once I "see" them doing it then I can repeat what they are doing.  Gardening books or articles are hard for me to understand- I need SEE! 

(1) Miracle-Gro

Watching Teena Spindler the West Coast Gardeniere gave me some ideas on what to plant in the cooler season~ potatoes, onions, strawberries, leeks and green beans.  We also will be planting greens and lettuce as well.  Being able to go in your backyard and pick vegetables/fruit for your meals is so exciting and enjoyable! So in order to have the cooler season garden we  want we also need to get some Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers and Vegetables.  This helps build strong roots!  Also going to get the Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed to help feed the plants through leaves and roots.



Check out Miracle-Gro Facebook page to see more ideas, talk to other gardeners, plus share your story!  


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Friday, November 2, 2012

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home- Join Me!

Some people in my life feel I'm a bit obsessed with my house so I want to be able to run my house without giving that impression.  I feel better (mind) when my house is clean and in order.  But with 2 crazy kids and a messy hubby it doesn't always feel in order.  They haven't figured out a HAPPY MOM means HAPPY HOME, yet.  Lately, I haven't felt well enough to do housework everyday and so I need to get back on track.  A clean organized house is something I want and DESERVE.  Who wants to join me in this adventure- if so HERE is the INFO.  

If you join, leave a comment and let's help each other out! 

November Theme is FAMILY!

November brings a lot of us to think about what we are THANKFUL and WOW I'm very thankful for my 

FAMILY!  Every last one of them!!!

I wouldn't be the person who I am today without them.  My mom, my dad, grandma/grandpa, aunts/uncles, and cousins all shaped the person I am today.  My hubby and kids make me a better person.  I strive to be my best for all of them (including myself).  Oh boy, I could have turned down the wrong road more times than I did.  I'm not perfect and have made many BAD CHOICES in life but I learn from them and move forward.  

I'm going to work on letting go of some anger issues I have from childhood that I've been hanging on to for awhile now but hopefully I can work through them and forgive.  I'm also going to work on letting go of guilt feelings I have for my bad choices I've made in the past.  Beating myself up doesn't do anyone any good.  I want to be that mom that my kids and look up to and be proud of when they grow up.  

I have a beautiful family and we struggle everyday but we love each other very much.  I know my hubby has my back and I have his.  The kids they have both of our backs!  

The younger 2 kids are having a hard time at their new school for many reasons but they are so strong and take on the challenge  as it's all good!  They are also so different that is it crazy but they make me smile everyday.  Both of them are so protective over me right now- they are both so concerned for my health.  

My oldest son (22 yrs old) recently moved in with us for a bit until he could afford his own housing but he wasn't able to save up like we warned him about.  He had to take a train back up to WASH yesterday and it broke my heart having to say goodbye.  It was so nice having him here and wish it could have worked out but he needs to get priorities straight and then it will all be good. He is such a hard worker and will do good I just know it!  

My hubby goes to work at 3:30 am everyday then comes home to do more work- airbrushing.  Some weeks (like this one) not so much work but most weeks he is out there 4-5 more hours a day doing his thing.  We appreciate him very much.  He has a motto that he sticks to and lets us know all the time~ YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO FIRST THEN YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! 

So this month my blog posts will be a lot of about my family!  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chris Mann: "Roads" Album REVIEW

Remember Chris Mann from the VOICE- 3rd Runner Up. I love the show so I do know who he is, and was very happy when I was offered to review his album.  

On the VOICE following one of his many dynamic live performances on the show, Christina Aguilera told him, “I feel the heavens open up when you sing.” America agreed, and when the series ended, Chris had not one, but two songs on the iTunes Top 10 Pop Singles Chart.  What a difference a year makes. Now Mann is signed to Faircraft/Universal Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair. 

Influenced by Pavarotti, Robbie Williams and vintage Sinatra, Chris’blend of classically-trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that’s rare in music today. Said Cee Lo, “He is by far one of the most incomparable vocalists I have ever heard.”

You really hear all the different music genres he sings~ classical, country, and pop. I was surprised  I enjoyed the the album that much because I'm a R&B kind of girl but I liked it a lot!  My kids like it too- they were in the car when I put the CD in.  I really enjoyed the SMOOTHNESS!  This is a CD I will listen when I just need some CALM around me.  What a beautiful singer and I'm sure he will be doing BIG THINGS.  He is needed in the music industry!  My favorite and the one I connected with the most was ROADS.  I give this CD a big 2 thumbs up! 

If you want to get this CD you can NOW!!!  Or buy as a gift. 

 This is a review post from One2One Network. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.

Planning Blog Posts-How do you? (Day 1)

I made the commitment to myself I will blog EVERYDAY in November! Today I need to PLAN out the month and see what my plan is.  As of right now I have no PLAN.

I'm one of those people who put PRO in Procrastination:

Problogger ROCKS:This POST helped a lot~!  If you are a blogger his book is awesome and go to his website and check out more info: http://www.problogger.net/

Things to post about~
  • Theme for the month
  • Contests/giveaways planned
  • What Reviews I have to do
  • My Kids
  • My Hubby
  • Me
  • My Surgery
  • My Job
  • Social Media
  • Lists
  • Pinterest finds
  • How to's
  • Recipes
  • Holidays
Okay so now know now what to write about over the month- it's brainstorm time!  I think I will plan it on paper first then transfer to GOOGLE CALENDAR so I can get reminders!!!  BTW LOVE LOVE Google Calendar.

I know there is a lot more to think about but I know myself if I think too much than I will find something else to do....LOL!  Blogging is so much fun and I love it- even though I might bitch about it!

Look forward to a fun filled month full of posts!  

REVIEW- Effervescent Denture Cleaner for Household Items

Who knew (I didn't) that you can use DENTURE TABLETS to clean household items.  Plus it's so easy!  Drop in, let Fizz , let sit...DONE!

I cleaned my coffee maker and it was DIRTY!  I put in about 3-4 tabs and let sit for a couple hours and when I dumped the water...ewwww gross!  The inside of the coffee pot was so clean and SILVER not brown.  Of course I ran water through the coffee maker a couple times before making my first cup of coffee.   I have to tell you that cup of coffee was the BEST I had in months!

I also had some dishes that needed a little TLC and so I filled the sink up and put in 8 tabs then let the dishes soak.  BAM they came clean- all that dried up food that I didn't get washing by hand- GONE!!!

With 3 boys in the house the toilet seems to get a RING all the time and so instead of scrubbing like I normally do- I put in 4 tabs and let sit for a couple hours (do this after kids go to school)  BTW I love the mint smell!  No more ring!  This has become a weekly thing for me now.

Here are some more ways Effervescent Denture Cleaners (you can get at national pharmacies, discount stores, and supermarkets)

  • Coffeemakers – fill the reservoir with water, add a few tabs, soak for a while or overnight and rinse well. Don't run through heated cycle. Rinse well and run a clear water cycle.
  • Cruets / Decanters   – break tabs into small pieces to fit inside hard-to-clean small-necked glass or ceramics. Let soak for a couple hours or overnight. Shake occasionally and rinse well.
  • Kids Bath toys – 3-10 tabs in a pail of hot water with toys. Soak for 30-60 mins and rinse well!
  • Enamel / Glass / Stainless cookware – soak in water with 3-10 tablets to remove burnt-on spots and crusty stuff. Scrub lightly if necessary.
  • Porcelain sinks – Add 4-10 tablets to standing hot water in sink and soak 30-60 mins (or overnight) to remove tough stains. Scub lightly if necessary. Leaves sparkling.
  • Little stuff – ideal for make-up brushes (swish & soak just the bristles) mani-pedi tools, toothbrush holders hair clips, hair brushes & combs, pen/pencil holders, cosmetic trays etc..
  • Clogged Drains-Drop 3 tablets and 1 cup of vinegar down a clogged drain. Wait a few minutes and then run hot water thru.
  • Whiten Fingernails-drop 2 denture tablets in water. When the bubble stop soak your fingers for 10 minutes. Remove and dry with towel
PinkMama gives this product a 2 Thumbs Up!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

National Blog Posting Month- Sign up NOW!

I signed up to participate in this month long challenge- and I will do it!  It will take some planning and some days the posts will have to be scheduled but I will finish!

If you want to get involved please sign up HERE and Shareaholic have a lot of info to help you plus some tips for your blog!

Also you can sign up to be on BlogHer November BlogRoll- WOW 235 blogs already signed up- sign up HERE

If you are participating please leave your BLOG LINK in the comments so I can follow your posts!  I would love to connect with other bloggers doing this!

Monday, October 29, 2012

NEW Money Saving Tool- Get Coupon Codes/Deals- BeFrugal.com

TUESDAY 10/30:  BeFrugal.com is introducing the Browser Add-On with a CouponomaticTM- Coupon Codes at the checkout- how AWESOME IS THAT!  

The free Add-On is available at http://www.befrugal.com/addon/ for free download. There’s a helpful video that tells you all about in in 90 seconds and here’s how it works:

·         When shopping at any major online store, there will be a Couponomatic drop down box at the coupon code entry field during checkout. Shoppers can easily select a promotional code from CouponomaticTM instead of hunting for codes separately. No more copy & paste!

·         To help shoppers save time and money, it also provides more money saving resources including coupon & deal alerts and an average of 7% cash back at more than 3,000 popular online stores. In addition, the Add-On provides restaurant, and grocery coupons and weekly ads right in the web browser. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. 

·         BeFrugal.com’s unparalleled content includes coupons for more than 40,000 retailers and more than 250 major restaurant chains, cash back for more than  3,000 retailers, and weekly ads for more than  200 grocery chains, along with thousands of grocery and manufacturer coupons.

Check out these screenshots to see what the ADD-ON will help you with when shopping online.  Also the holidays are coming up and don't you want to save as much money as you can- I know I DO!  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Win a Kindle Fire Plus $50 Amazon Gift Card

Only 6 Days until we give away another Kindle Fire + $50 Amazon gift card!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pinterest Find~Cool DIY RUG

Start with this:

Turns into this:

OMG what an awesome idea! What I like the most is make it any size you want.  Love this DIY project. 

Visit Shannon Berrey for the HOW TO'S.  

Want to follow me on Pinterest please go HERE and also leave a comment and I will follow you back!  I'm a Pinterest Junkie! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teavana Tea Coupon Code- 30% Off Plus $5 Off

"Get Your Fruit On For Halloween" Giveaway Ends 11/1

It's Halloween time! Which also means spoiling ourselves with some not-so healthy foods. Chocolate, candies and those good old chips! We all love our chips but the guilty feeling that comes with it, not so much! But hold on! What if you could eat chips and still do your body good? And how about if you could win some of those fantastic and delicious chips? 

Birthday Freebies~ Look at what I'm going to do on my day!

I came across a blog post the other day that was titled~ 101 Birthday Freebies.  Of course I clicked and was very impressed on all the freebies places offered.  Some I knew but a lot I didn't so on my birthday these are the coupons I'm going to use LOL!

Wake up and go to Denny’s: Free Grand Slam on your birthday. Then head over to Starbucks: Free drink on your birthday. Get some shopping done at Old Navy: Free birthday surprise
Sephora: Free Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo, World Market: Surprise Birthday Gift
CVS: $3 ExtraCare Bucks for your birthday, Smashbox: Free gift set during your birthday month. Lunchtime head over to IHOP: Free meal on your birthday.  Visit Wendy’s: receive a free frosty. Have hubby take me to Black Angus Steakhouse: Free steak dinner on your birthday then Baskin Robbins: Free Ice Cream on your birthday.  On way home stop at Redbox: Free rental code on your birthday.

Sounds like an AWESOME DAY!!!!  Now check out what you will do on your birthday- 

I need to get a Hysterectomy

It's scary to admit it but yep it's going to happen on November 27, 2012.  The Dr's are going to take out my lady parts. How do I feel about this....well I guess I don't need these parts anymore since having babies wasn't in my plans (had tubes tied 8 yrs ago).  The only thing that worries me is MAJOR SURGERY and what could happen.  Yes, I'm worrier but I do know this is for the best.

For the past month I've had 3 blood transfusions, been bleeding non-stop for 4 weeks now, and the pain OH MY!  My family is in consent concern on how I'm feeling and making sure I'm doing OK.  Some days are better than others.

The past couple years my periods have gotten worse and longer.  The first couple days I would need to stay in bed due to all the pain/cramps.  And the bitchiness OH MY way off the charts.  My family knew when to STAY AWAY.  The pain took over my life.  So basically I would loose a whole week worth of my life a month due to my bad periods.

Fibroids are the cause of this!  In my 20's fibroids caused many miscarriages, in my 30's they behaved but in my 40's they came back with a vengeance and haven't let up yet.  The Dr told me last week, "Your fibroids have taken over your uterus and it's now time for them to leave.".

Everyone who I know who has had a hysterectomy says its the BEST THING EVER and you will feel so good afterward.  I'm just hoping they are not lying to me...LOL!  Just kidding I'm sure this is what needs to happen and I'm looking forward to not having to deal with this crap every month.  My hubby is looking forward to it too!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Vistaprint - Personalized Holiday Stockings For $7.99 Shipped

Watch your children’s eyes widen with excitement after seeing their name on their own red plush Vistaprint stocking hanging from your mantel. After all, children and adults alike are sure to love having this memorable holiday keepsake every holiday season. Christmas stockings are easy to customize, fun to show off, and always add the perfect personal element to gift giving. Simply choose a name and font to begin creating a holiday gift that you’ll enjoy for years to come – and that’s as unique as you. And for only $7.99 plus FREE shipping, now you can shop once and deliver cheer to everyone on your holiday list. Just one of the many reasons to shop at Vistaprint this season.


Friday, October 19, 2012

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our Garden SUCKED This Year!

I'm the first to admit it...I'm not the garden kind of person.  I flip out when a bee comes round me plus jump when I see a spider so gardens have never been on my "must do" list!   However, our house we rent have a HUGE organic garden.  Last year's garden wasn't too bad.  We grew peas, beans, greens, carrots, tomatoes, corn, and peppers.  But this year about all we got was tomatoes and shit load of them too!  We have been giving away bags and bags of them for months now.  The beans died, the melons died and the wild flowers never came up!

The shining star of the garden this year was the SUNFLOWERS that my daughter planted!

My hubby promises he will make it happens next year!  I told him that the inside of the house is my domain and the outside is his domain.  I'm just not sure if he gets it yet!  I will go buy flowers to plant outside though- I love having fresh flowers in the kitchen.  

Any tips on how to become a gardener when you really don't have the gardener gene?  

My Pinterest Recipe I Made This Week- Meatball Sliders

Here is the RECIPE that was posted on PINTEREST~ Meatball Parmigiana Sliders

HOWEVER I did a very LAZY version that came out just as GOOD I'm sure (LOL)!

I bought these because I had no time to make homemade meatballs:


Sauce: (any sauce will do):

Small dinner rolls (found them by the produce at Target)

Mozzarella Slices:

  • Cooked the meatballs in the sauce
  • layered the meatballs, sauce, mozzarella on the rolls 
  • baked in oven (350) open face for 3-5 minutes- cheese melted
  • served with side salad
Everyone loved this meal so we put it in our LOVE recipe file!  Quick and Easy!  I got all products at Target Grocery.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

York Deal 20- 4X8 Photo Cards for a $1

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This would be great time to get those HOLIDAY CARDS!!!!! I know I am!  What are waiting for go get those photo cards- HERE

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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