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Friday, April 18, 2014

Tomboy Tools for Girls

Hey Neighbors!

I think these are perfect for my family!  The girls and I are always, hanging a picture, tightening a screw or working out in the yard.  Having a set of these tools would keep us from constantly raiding my husband's toolbox and would definitely keep the males from borrowing ours.  They are PINK!  Hope's Cafe reviewed these items and I am seriously considering these.  Read the review and see what you think.

As we're nearing the end of our Sprucing Up For Spring event, I have to tell you that I really, really enjoyed the opportunity to review this company's products! Tomboy Tools specializes in tools for women-be it tool kits, garden tools, power tools, plumbing, auto, etc. they have a wonderful selection of tools for women. And the best part-you don't have to worry about hubby or son taking off with them, because they're pink! Yes, I said pink tools!

I received the Garden Bucket set and Tomboy Traveler set for my review. The Garden Bucket was quickly claimed by M, the youngest-she loves to garden, and always enjoys the planting, caring, and gathering in her bounty. 

As of yet, it's still a bit too cold for her to plant (would you believe we had snow and hail a couple days ago?), but she did use the garden snips already to trim our rose bushes that look on the verge of death, but always grow back over the spring and summer.

The Garden Bucket set comes with a 2-gallon bucket, a transplanting shovel, cultivator, gloves that have a rubber grip, and knee pads. This would be the perfect Mother's Day gift for any mom who loves to garden!

The Tomboy Traveler is a set that I claimed for myself (although I have had some children borrowing various tools-and  make sure they bring them right back!). The kit includes a magnetic head hammer, 16' tape measure, multi-bit ratchet screwdriver, pliers, quick changing utility knife, torpedo level, rubber grip gloves, safety glasses, sanding block and carpenter's pencil, all stored in a zipper-closure wide-mouth canvas bag. 

Seriously, I love these tools! I have used them so many times for something as simple as hanging a picture or fastening down our landscaping fabric, to building a new piece of furniture or measuring our dojang floor for matting.

As you can see, Tomboy Tools were quite the hit with the girls in our family. We love that they're "girly" and chic, making you feel feminine even while working, and of course, not having to worry about the guys taking off with your tools is the best! Check out Tomboy Tools today, and see if you don't fall in love with their one-of-a-kind pink tools!

I hope you enjoyed this review from Hope's Cafe.  This is one I wish was a giveaway!  enjoy your weekend.  See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

French's Crunch Time Entrees

Hey neighbors!

Have any of you tried the French's Crunch Time Entrees?  We received two different flavors to try.  The family LOVED them.  We made both of them the same night using chicken, although you can use pork, beef or seafood.  We had the Sweet and Sour and the Buffalo chicken.  Half my family really enjoys Buffalo flavored products the other half not so much, so fixing both at the same time solved that problem.

The French's Crunch Time Entrees are so simple to prepare.  You cut your meat into bite size pieces, dip them in a bowl of beaten egg and then roll them in the crust mix that has a little flour mixed in.  Place them on baking sheets and bake.  Once they are done you add your sauce.  The Sweet and Sour was almost like a honey glaze.  The Buffalo was pretty hot, so taste it so you can add to your taste preferences.

The family preferred the Sweet and Sour, but that was only because some didn't even try the Buffalo.  Too spicy for them.  We will definitely be using these again.  They make it so easy to make a meal of chicken something special.  (Or pork or beef.)  We added rice as a side dish.

The French's Crunch Time Entrees also come in General Tso's and Chipotle BBQ.  I have a feeling my older children would like both of these.  The younger two will probably stick with the Sweet and Sour.

Are you feeling hungry?  French's Crunch Time Entrees make it easy to serve a special restaurant-style meal, without a lot of fuss.  Just add a side dish and of course dessert.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's website or email.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Love Kuranda Dog Beds

Hey Neighbors!

Kuranda beds sent us one of their Bunk beds!  Yes, I said bunk beds for a dog.  This is great!  They are perfect for our females when they have pups.  When the mother needs to get away she can jump on the top and the pups can't bother her.  If you are looking for a sturdy, dependable dog bed be sure to read this review.

The Kuranda beds are extremely well made and easily put together.  You can use them inside or outside, whichever you and your dog prefer.  The bed frames are made of a patented poly resin, furniture grade, co-extruded pipe.  The outer layer of the frame is glossy and able to stand up to different weather conditions.  You have several choices for the bed material.  You can choose from heavy duty vinyl, textured nylon, outdoor mesh, or smooth nylon.  Each one has different benefits.  The beds come in single or the bunk bed style.  The bunk bed style saves room if you have more than one dog.  You can also choose from several sizes.

Kuranda beds are recommended for their orthopedic design.  They work well for dogs with hip and joint problems.  These beds are super for larger dogs who need the extra comfort for their hips and joints.  The beds have other healthy benefits for your dog, such as keeping them up off the cold floor and of course allowing air to circulate underneath when it is hot.  You can also place a pad on the bed for extra comfort.

Kuranda Chew Proof Guaranty:

Your dog can get sick from digesting the stuffing from ordinary “pillow” type dog beds. The Kuranda Bed is the only genuinely chew proof bed available. With choices of the Poly Resin Bed or the sturdier Aluminum Beds, there hasn’t been a dog born that we couldn’t build a bed for. This is why the Kuranda Beds are far and away the choice of professional Kennels, Shelters, Rescues & Breeders.

We are going to use ours on the back deck over the summer.  This way the dogs will be able to join us when we are sitting out back enjoying the weather.  You can see in one of the pictures our cat decided to try out the Kuranda bed.

The Kuranda beds are easy to clean.  I just brush any loose hair off, and can quickly wipe down the frame and actual bed.  This also makes them perfect for kennels, shelters, rescues and doggy daycares.  You can find more information on the Kuranda website.

We highly recommend the Kuranda Dog Beds!  I am actually thinking they might be great in our kennels outside.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure and leave a comment or share our post about Kuranda beds with your friends!

See you soon!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's website or email.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Campus Book Rentals

Hi neighbors!

Any of you out there attend college, or have children that do?  I am sure you know then, that along with the rising costs of classes, you also have to plan for purchasing books.  Many times these books are quite expensive, and then once class is over, you will never use them again.  So, what do you d?

I know of a company that can help, at least with the cost of books.  Campus Book Rentals actually rents you your books at a fraction of what you would pay for them.  Not only do they rent them out, but they also allow you to highlight in the books.  Wow!  Another perk? Free shipping both ways on books rented from Campus Book Rentals.  They say you can save 40%-90% off the bookstore pricing.

 If that is not enough, for every book rented, Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile.  So, along with getting a great deal on your books you are helping someone else.

A little about Operation Smile:
At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.
Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope.
That's where we come in as the largest volunteer-based children's medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.

Perhaps you have already purchased your books, so you are not interested in renting textbooks.  Maybe you would like to hear about their new program Rent Back.  This program allows you to rent your used books to other students.  That way you will be able to see a return on your expenses for textbooks.  Be sure to check out their website for more information on how this works.  It sure is better than selling them at a yard sale years down the road.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post for the benefit of our readers.

Spring is Here?

Hard to see, but it is snowing in this pic.
Hey neighbors!

We have been doing quite a bit of work around the yard.  We have cleaned out dog houses, put down new rock in the kennels, put up bird feeders and pulled out all our hoses and reconnected them.  I was actually beginning to get excited about spring and then what happens yesterday?  Temperature dropped and it actually snowed again.  No, it didn't stay on the ground, but off and on all day it snowed.  It is the middle of April, we are supposed to be thawing out.  Today it is just as cold, there is just no snow.



I want spring to be here.  I am so ready to get out and work in the yard.  I have rose bushes to take care of, some new feeders to get out, and we are putting up one more kennel.  And, my hummingbirds won't show up until it warms up!



Are any of my neighbors having problems like this?  Are there things you want to get done but can't because of the weather?


On another topic, if any of my neighbors know the names of some of our feathered friends, please leave a comment and include the number of the picture.  We recognize a couple, but would appreciate any help.  Thanks!  See you soon!

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Paul Pet Awapoochi

Hello Neighbors!

Here is another great giveaway!  PI of Products reviewed some products from John Paul Pet.  Yes, believe it or not we still have some pet reviews.  She used the John Paul pet on her Shetie's pups.  They are so cute!  read below to see what she had to say.

We have a couple more pet producst (I believe:).  This one is from John Paul Pet and has been PERFECT for our pups.  Grace's puppies needed bathed, but we wanted something that would be okay to use on them at about five weeks old.  With the Awapoochi Shampoo and Conditioner Rinse that is Paraben and EDTA free (also tested on humans first), I knew that we would be okay.

Here is a little bit about John Paul Pet... "30 years ago John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, revolutionized the professional salon industry by banning animal testing for his line of hair products. John Paul’s in-depth expertise in hair and skin care formulations also led to research in new standards for pet grooming and hygiene, which lead to the creation of John Paul Pet shampoos, conditioners, sprays and pet wipes. John Paul Pet shampoos and conditioners are pH balanced so they don’t irritate sensitive pet skin and the entire line is “tested on humans first” to ensure effectiveness and safety for all pets. John Paul Pet actively supports programs benefiting all animals, including Best Friends Animal Society, The Morris Animal Foundation, PAWS, The California Wildlife Association, The Humane Society of the United States, as well as numerous Humane Society of America and SPCA events, pet rescue organizations and pet charities nationwide."

Sophia was the first one to use these and she really seemed to enjoy her bath.  It lathers up really nice and rinses out pretty easily.  It also makes them smell  A LOT better!  :)   You know how puppies can get playing together.  As a side note, I noticed my hands felt really soft after bathing the pups.

Next are the John Paul Pet Care Wipes.  I received the fresh mouth - Tooth & Gum Pet Wipes, the clean face - Ear & Eye Pet Wipes, and the healthy paws - Body & Paw Wipes.  

These are moistened wipes and they really do seem to help clean them up, when you don't want to give them a whole bath. Perfect for cleaning wet muddy feet when they come in from outside.  We have also used these on the puppies when they play in their food and just need a little cleaning. This is so much better than having to bathe them several times a week.  Really nice!  

So, it is well worth purchasing John Paul Pet Care products.  You can purchase the John Paul Pet Care 3-Pack on the John Paul Pet website.  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with their latest news.

John Paul Pet is going to send 1 of our readers a John Paul Pet Care 3-Pack!


John Paul Pet is a #1 Petacular Product!


What do you think?  This product was gentle enough to use on her pups!  They are so adorable!  Make sure to enter this giveaway soon!  Thanks for stopping in.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Here We Go, Another $5 GC

Hey Neighbors!

Be sure you are entering the fun this month!  This is the third $5 GC this month.  The first is for Chick-fil-a, the second is for Sonic and this one is for Walmart.  Who knows what will be next, or when it will happen!  You will just need to keep stopping in, or make sure you follow on Facebook or Twitter for the updates.

So, who needs a $5 GC to Walmart?  Main entry is to give me a caption for this photo!

Then follow along and tweet, post and share this giveaway.  The more the merrier!  If you share on your Facebook or blog I will give you more entries!

This was my husband's idea to do several $5 GCs this month so enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I Need Frego Storage Containers

Hey neighbors!

How about it!  We have been so busy painting a bathroom, re-doing some of our kitchen and it actually lines up with our Sprucing Event!  Hope's Cafe was able to work with Frego on a review/giveaway that I am sure you will enjoy!  Tale a minute to read through the review and then enter the giveaway!

Well, apparently our sprucing up for spring event is running at the perfect time, because we have been doing so much renovating and redecorating this past month! There's something about spring that just makes you want to organize, clean, and remake your entire home and yard. One of the areas we are focusing on is the kitchen. Our kitchen is on the small side, so we have to conserve space and make the most out of every inch. That means if we have items that don't get used much, they're donated to Goodwill. If we can find an item that has dual use, it's quickly added to our kitchen. So when I heard aboutFrego Food Storage containers, I was excited to learn more. 

Frego sent me one of their 2-Cup Square containers. This is not just your average food storage container, as I quickly discovered. The container is made of borosilicate glass, which apparently has a much wider range of temperature safety. The Frego containers are safe to use from temps of -40 to 465! I know you're thinking that glass containers wouldn't last long in a household with children, but again, Frego has you covered. The glass container is snugly wrapped in a silicone sleeve that offers better grip ability, and turns the glass into a virtually unbreakable container! Now, combine these 2 materials, and you have a storage container that is incredibly sturdy, easy to grasp and carry, and can be heated in the microwave without any trouble-the silicone prevents burnt fingers!

Additionally, the Frego containers come with a unique SoftSnap lid that provides a seal with both the glass and the silicone. It's airtight, which means your food won't spoil easily, and the lid is also see-through so you can see what's in the container without opening it. 

Frego Food Storage containers are perfect for storing leftovers or packing a lunch - anything from soup or salad to meatloaf and mashed potatoes. They are freezer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe, so they can be used anywhere, and cleaned in the dishwasher-no special care required! Now THAT'S what I call the perfect food storage container!

One of our readers will receive a Frego 2-Cup Square Container!!

Check that out!  I am putting some of these containers on my want list!  We are constantly storing leftovers and then heating them up later!  They are perfect for when there is only enough left for one.  Anyway, enjoy the giveaway!  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon.