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Friday, October 17, 2014

Locker Lookz - Let Your Child Accessorize



Hey neighbors!

We have worked with Locker Lookz before and my thirteen year old thinks they are great.  We homeschool, so she does not have a locker, but she has definitely found other uses for her Locker Lookz.  She fixed up her cubbyhole.  Now all she needs to do is replace the picture!


Everything from Locker Lookz allows your child to personalize their locker without damaging or leaving behind any sticky residue.  The wallpaper allows your child's locker to stand out from others. Now, I will admit here that my daughter loves the other accessories best.  She likes the white boards, bins, frames and lights.  She likes all the color and sparkle that Locker Lookz allows her to add.



My 17 year old on the other hand, took her sister's left over Locker Lookz and designed a gorgeous dog bed out of a console TV.  Yes, Locker Lookz are designed for school lockers, but they can be used for other projects.  My daughter has personalized her homeschooling area previously.  She has also decorated a shelf where she keeps her school items.  It is amazing what you can do with the Locker Lookz line.




A nice feature on the Locker Lookz website is your child can go in and design their locker before purchasing anything.  This allows them to try out some different mixing and matching until they are happy with their design.  My daughter did this and realized that some of her first choices didn't stand out as much against the wallpaper she chose.  This allow her to make adjustments before making her final decision.




Follow Locker Lookz on their social media and stay updated on their sales and new designs.  You will find them on Facebook - HERE and on Twitter - HERE.  You might also find some really nice designs on their Pinterest page - HERE.

Locker Lookz is going to allow the winner of this giveaway to receive up $50 worth of Locker Lookz, based on availability.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kernel Season's Popcorn Party Pack Review!

Hello Neighbors!


How is everyone doing today?  We are doing pretty good, although plenty busy right now.  We are doing a thorough cleaning of the house (one room at a time).  The beginning of November we have some friends coming to visit for a month!


I received the Popcorn Party Kit from Kernel Season's for review.  This is a really great kit to have for any type of party (we used our's for a birthday party!), get together, or just family night!




Here is a little bit about the Kernel Season's... "1999 - A Taste of Inspiration... While in college, Brian Taylor was looking for a way to add some pop to his favorite snack, popcorn. He started mixing what would later become the original Kernel Season’s recipe while living on campus at the University of Michigan.  2000s - Kernel Season’s Graduates... Brian teamed up with experienced flavor experts to perfect the recipes and began developing a seasoning line.  2005 - Planting the Kernel’s... Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning popped overseas in 2005, shaking up the flavor in grocery stores, movie theaters and millions of homes around the globe.  Today - Pop to the Top... Kernel Season’s is the leader in the popcorn-seasoning category, with even more flavors and on-shelf innovation coming soon!"

My personal favorite - the White Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning!

This party kit includes one pound of premium popping corn kernels, a Butter Spritzer to help the seasoning stick to your popcorn, and three nine ounce containers of Kernel's Season's Popcorn Seasonings - Kettle Corn, Nacho Cheddar, and my personal favorite, White Cheddar.  

Yum yum!
Our family loves these flavorings.  Everybody seems to have a "favorite" flavor, although the White Cheddar and Nacho Cheddar seem to be the most popular.  Because of that, I think our family would REALLY enjoy the Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese sandwich above!  Doesn't that look great?  You can visit the Recipes Page to see other delicious meal/snack ideas!  

This was dessert for our Birthday Party!

This set would make a GREAT gift for anybody (I almost said that likes popcorn, but you could literally use these seasonings on ANYTHING!).  Visit their website and make some purchases.  Think ahead and do some holiday shopping!  I just added some Kernel Season's to my wish list - hint, hint.  :)  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with all of their latest news and updates.      



I received no monetary compensation for this review.  I did receive one Popcorn Party Pack from Kernel Season's for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's website.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Moments With Mercy-Matt Fouch

Hey neighbors!

Here is another one of our interviews from the National Quartet Convention.  This time Mercy interviewed Matt Fouch from Legacy Five.  I think it went pretty well!

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Mercy had a great time dunning the interviews and we appreciate each person who allowed us to take up a few moments of their time while at #NQC2014.  Looking forward to NQC2015.

Tatutina 30th Anniversary - Tatu Tees



Hey neighbors!

I worked quite some time ago with Tatutina and since they are celebrating their 30th year in business they have brought back their very first product Tatu TEES.  Congratulations Tatutina!


The Tatu Tees are 100% cotton and you can purchase them online for $15 plus shipping.  The one I received has two cute frogs sitting side by side with a little fly hovering between them..  Above the frogs it says: BIG brother.  Start thinking gifts!



Tatutina has grown over the years and now carries much then Tatu TEES!  Take a minute and visit their site to see all the beautiful products they have for children.   Let your child visit the site with you and if they are anything like my daughter, they can design their entire room with bookends, treasure keepers, organization cubes and bins.  They even have a few products for mom.  How would you like a Take Out Menu Box?  I mean, how many times have you gone searching to find a take out menu from one of your favorite restaurants.



I have some special plans for this Tee from Tatutina.  I know a little boy who is overjoyed over his baby sister.  Just check out this video his parents took of him!

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I have a feeling he will enjoy this Tatutina TEE!  What do you think?  Check out their social media - Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

Tatutina is going to give one neighbor their choice of Tee!  Be sure to visit their site and see what the choices are!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Even Kids Enjoy Veggies With Garden Lites! #FoodieFriday


Wow, I am a new but wholehearted fan of this company! Garden Lites is a "Delicious Vegetable Company" that offers products with a veggie "base". Muffins, souffles, bakes and more, all of them with a healthy "dose" of vegetables. We received a package with some of their products to try out: Cheddar Broccoli Bake, Chocolate Muffins, Blueberry Oat Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Carrot Berry Muffins.

The muffins were our first "test run", specifically the blueberry oat. I was surprised to find that you can't taste the veggie ingredients; it honestly tastes like a 'normal' blueberry oat muffin. Look at the ingredients though, and you'll discover that the very first ingredient is zucchini! It's the same with all the flavors; zucchini is the base for these delicious, and deliciously healthy, muffins! That means there's no guilt over eating one for breakfast, or pairing with a glass of cold milk for a late afternoon snack. I would honestly have a hard time choosing a favorite out of the muffins; probably either carrot berry or banana chocolate chip. The carrot berry have a wonderful spice-cake-like flavor that is just perfect.

Decisions, decisions!
Muffins aren't the only way to enjoy your veggies though; Garden Lites has a number of vegetable souffles and bakes as well. The cheddar broccoli bake was destined to be a hit from the get-go. I love broccoli, cheese and brown rice-whether together or individually-so combining them in a healthy, easy-heat bake is great! It's perfect for a side with your dinner, the main dish for dinner, or just for a healthy snack. 



This was my first experience with Garden Lites, and I was pleased to find out that they are available at our local grocery stores. Now that I'm hooked on their muffins, I need to be able to restock! And I can try some of their other products as well. :) You can see if Garden Lites products are available near you by using the "Where To Buy" tab on their website.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WorkIt Wednesday : TrailHeads Review + Giveaway

Hello Neighbors?

How is everyone doing this morning?  We are doing great.  Kitty is settling in fine and enjoys cuddling with everyone.  This is the first of my reviews of products that I used during training and for the race.  I want to introduce to each and every one of my lovely neighbors...


I received a wonderful Goodbye Girl Ponytail Running Cap White with White Trim.  This is such a great hat to wear while running.  I have tried wearing other hats before and they either come off of my head way too easy, make my head way too sweaty, or just plain look funny!


I love the ponytail hole in the cap.  The design of it also helps keep the cap on my head.  After I am through with my run, I sometimes have trouble taking it off without pulling my hair scrunchie out.   It doesn't bother me, it just means my cap stays on my head during the run.  I really like that the cap is made of a lightweight, moisture wicking, mesh fabric.  My head stays so much drier when I wear this compared to other hats.  


Here is a little bit about how TrailHeads started... "Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit about us. Back in 2002, we said “I do” and began our married life together. In the busy year that followed, we welcomed Elle, our first child, to the world and we started this business together.  Working out of our tiny, one bedroom apartment we combined our savings with a grant from the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped in order to pull together our first collection, including our famous ponytail hats. We struggled through numerous production challenges, managed to get a handful of retailers to actually place orders and then we shipped almost everything late. But through it all we remained confident, at least most of the time, that we had some good ideas and a solid plan. Mark Charpentier, a colleague from Ed’s days working for Cannondale Corporation, joined TrailHeads to head up our sales efforts. We were on the trail and moving forward!  Along the way, we added our second daughter Maggie to our family, relocated to Kent, CT, and steadily built a small team of talented people. From our solar powered office here in the northwest hills of Litchfield County, you’ll find our team passionately working to develop the highest quality, innovative apparel and accessories for outdoor fun and adventure."

After the race!  I got third place in my age group (far right)!
Make sure you visit the TrailHeads website and look around.  While there, check out their selection of ponytail headbands, and their fall/winter line.  If you are interested in staying up to date with their latest news, remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.

Crossing the finish line with my TrailHeads Goodbye Girl Running Cap!


I received no monetary compensation for this review and giveaway.  I did receive one TrailHeads Goodbye Girl Ponytail Running Cap White w/ White Trim for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  All text in red is taken from the sponsor's website.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Winter Wonders Box Giveaway

Hey Neighbors!

Here we go!  We are starting our Winter Wonders Box.  We will be adding all kinds of goodies to our box along with fun ways to enter!  Be sure to follow along and catch our updates as to what we have added.

We are going to start out with a Mint Chocolate Truffle Candle. Just think about the wonderful fragrance that will fill your home on a cold winter evening!

The first and main entry will be to share your favorite winter activity or tradition.  Let's go!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Announcement - Upcoming Holiday Gift Guide!

Hey neighbors,

We are in the process of lining up companies for our Holiday Gift Guide!  We have several people promising to participate and are working on more.  A few companies already lined up are:

Animal Planet
Nielsen Massey
Royal Pet
Boogie Board
Gift Box
World Vision
Love Cooking
K-NEX
Waterproof Bible
Tatutina
Jamberry
Kid Kraft
TheraPearl
Speck
Aeromax
Locker Lookz
Klee Girls
Manhattan Toy Company
Pom Tree
The Young Scientist's Club
KidKraft
TheraPearl
Kidecals


Be sure you check in often to see who has been added!  Also if you have a specific product you would like to see reviewed, leave a comment and I will try my best to line something up.

If you are a company looking to participate in a Holiday Gift Guide, please email me at blessed6mom@yahoo.com or atthefence@gmail.com and we can make arrangements to include you.   No product is too small or too large as long as it is family friendly.

Thanks for stopping by!  Looking forward to the upcoming months.

Clayton and Scotty Inman Sing This Little Light of Mine

Hey neighbors!

Just had to share this little video clip of Clayton and Scotty Inman singing This Little Light of Mine.  Mercy interviewed Clayton and asked him if he would sing together with his son Scotty.  They are both members of Triumphant Quartet and we saw them at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge TN.

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We consider the members of this group friends and enjoyed the opportunity to see them at the #NQC2014.  I hope you enjoy this clip.  Thank you Clayton and Scotty.

Moments With Mercy-Clayton Inman

Hey neighbors!

Mercy was given the opportunity to interview Clayton Inman from Triumphant Quartet.  He happens to be one of her favorites and she really enjoys seeing the group anytime they are nearby.  Enjoy the interview!

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Thanks for stopping in and be sure to visit again soon!

Should You Get a Pet for the Holidays?

Hi Neighbors!

For this Petacular Monday, I wanted to hit a subject that can be a bit touchy.  Many times people decide to add a pet to the family around the holidays.  Is this a good idea?  Let me share a few thoughts on this.

I fear that around the holidays it is often an emotional time and people decide to get a pet without thinking it through.  Sometimes they give in to a child's request or they see that cute little puppy or kitten and  make an impulsive choice.


Holidays are often an emotional and stressful time of year anyway and adding a new pet with extra work may not be the best idea.  House training while having company for the holidays or a very hectic schedule is not the best idea.  A new pet can get lost in the shuffle.  Image too, how this pet will feel coming in to your home with all the activity going on.



My suggestion is, if you have seriously considered a pet and the changes it will bring to your home, think about giving a pet gift basket with a card stating that you will be picking out your new furry friend after the holidays.  This will make for a happier holiday for you and it will also lower the stress placed on your new pet.  If you have already picked out the new kitten or puppy, perhaps the person will hold it until after the holidays. This way you could include a picture and then make plans to go get them once everything settles down.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!  See you soon!

Ripley's Old MacDonald's Farm Mini Golf Pigeon Forge TN

Hey neighbors!

While in Pigeon Forge we had so moony things to do.  Along with NQC we also visited several of the Ripley's Attractions.  I already shared with you about the Aquarium in Gatlinburg, so now I would like to tell you about one of their Mini Golf courses.  They actually have two in the area, but I am going to tell you about Old MacDonald's.


We decided around 9:00 pm that we wanted to try mini golf.  The closest course was the Old MacDonald's Farm.  We jumped in the vehicle and headed over.  After choosing the color ball we wanted we asked which course was the hardest.  Why start with an easy one?  Obviously by the name, you can tell the whole course is farm themed.  We started out on the Porky Putts course.  Mind you this was our last night there, so we were a little bit tired at this point.




We started out fine, but the humor, and playing quickly went downhill.  My husband is a strictly by the book, play by the rules.  The girls and I were more out to just have fun, so we got a little bit silly at times.





Each of the three courses has 18 holes.  The last hole being the same for all three.  After making it all the way to the end, you can win a free game if you can make the hole-in-one.  None of us did, although three of us managed a hole-in-one on other holes.



I think the funniest shot was one I made where my ball jumped out of the one we were on and almost made it into the previous hole.  Everyone thought it was hysterical and even though I had to start all over they still counted it as a stroke.  Fortunately they only allowed 6 strokes per hole, because on one I had 8.  Needless to say I tied for last place.  My daughter who won, made par and everyone else fell in between.




We had a great time and even spent a little time in their game room, where the girls challenged my husband to air hockey.  Modesty and Hope beat my husband and Mercy every game.  They were pretty pleased with themselves.




If you make it to Pigeon Forge and want some good, clean , family fun, try one of Ripley's two mini-golf courses.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WorkIt Wednesday : SGMA Hall of Fame 5K Results!

Hello Neighbors,

This is our first WorkIt Wednesday after our first 5K, so I wanted to update you with the results!

SGMA Hall of Fame 5K

We got up early Saturday morning and prepared for the race.  Had breakfast, did a little packing, etc. , and left the hotel around seven fifteen.


We arrived at the LeConte Center (where the race was being held), and checked in, stretched, etc. At exactly eight o clock, the race started!


Between the altitude and my allergies already bothering me, we had to walk quite a bit.  We still make pretty good time though between speed-walking, and jogging.


H. came in third in her age group, and I came in third in my age group.  Not bad for our first 5K!


So, we did pretty good.  I will be back later this week with some review of products I have been using for training, and such.  

Moments With Mercy-Michael Booth

Hey Neighbors!

Here is our very first Moments with Mercy post!  She interviewed Michael Booth at NQC 2014!  She had a great time and you will see that her interviews slowly progress.  Thank you to each and everyone who participated in one of her interviews.  Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by today At the Fence!  See you again soon!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

National Quartet Convention 2014 Pigeon Forge TN

Hi neighbors!

We are going to be spending the next several days telling you all about the National Quartet Convention 2014 that was held in Pigeon Forge TN.  Let me tell you up front we had a GREAT time.  The weather was good all week long.

Before I get started about the week I want to take a moment to address an issue.  Throughout the week we heard some griping and complaining about the new venue.  Prior to this year the convention had been held in Louisville KY.  The complaints were:
1. The seats were all on level not slanted or with steps.
2. It was too hot.
3. There were a few complaints about the food.
Now, let me add that in previous years in Louisville, there were complaints of the steps to the seats, it was too cold and of course some complaints about the food.  There were a few issues the first few days due to so many people converging on the Leconte Center all at once.  The issues were handled quickly and efficiently.  They stepped in and I have a feeling next year will be even better.  I am looking forward to 2015.

What were a few of the conveniences?  I personally loved the setting.   This is of course my opinion, but the Smoky Mountains looked beautiful in the background.  The trolley service to and from the Leconte Center was great for my daughters because they were able to come and go as they had need.  There was so much in the area to do in our free time.  Pigeon Forge plug here...The restaurants right nearby were varied and served some of the best southern food.  We will have a couple reviews later of a couple we went to.

Another thing you will be seeing over the next several days are some interviews my daughter did  while at the convention.  She managed to ask several unique questions and had fun recording her interviews.  We are going to call these Moments with Mercy!  Start making your plans to attend the National Quartet Convention 2015.  My daughters are already making plans.

We still have one more day traveling and we will be back to our regular posting schedule.  Thank you for your patience while we were on this trip. Be sure to stop in soon!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg TN!

2 of my daughters! 


Hey neighbors!

As you well know, we are presently in Pigeon Forge for the National Quartet Convention.  While here we are visiting a few of the attractions.  So, after breakfast this morning we headed out to Gatlinburg to visit the Ripley's Aquarium.

We loved it!  There is a parking area directly behind the Aquarium.  I like the setup where you can set your own pace as you work your way through the building.  The whole group of us, my husband, 4 daughters and myself, wandered through the displays watching fish, reading the information plaques, and discussing what we were seeing.  I kept hearing cries of, "Look at these!"




We started in the Amazon RainForest.   The waterfall they have is gorgeous!  I was very interested in the piranhas.  It was amazing to watch the video where they devoured a carcass in seconds.  Looking at the swimming in the tank it was hard to believe that they could be so frenzied.  We also saw some Poison Dart Frogs.  I think my daughters would like to have a display of these in our home.  They loved the brilliantly colored frogs.




In the Ocean Realm we watched the Schooling Fish that seemed to swarm all in the same direction.  Of course after stating this, there was one rebel that swam back in the opposite direction of all the others.  The Flounder were so difficult to find.  At first all you could see were their eyes moving.  Watch the video clip below and see how long it takes you to find one!



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Here are just a couple of fun facts, regarding the Ripley's Aquarium:
  • The Aquarium has 1.4 million gallons of water in its exhibits. Water travels throughout the building in over 40 miles of pipe – more than the distance from Gatlinburg to Knoxville.
  • Shark Lagoon is 750,000 gallons of water. The state of the art filtration system for Shark Lagoon circulates 11,664,000 gallons of water every 24 hours.
The Coral Reef was ablaze in colors.  Fish of brilliant yellows and blues were seen here.  Just about every color of the rainbow can be found as you explore this section of the Aquarium.



I think most everyone enjoyed walking through the Shark Lagoon.  Here you are completely surrounded by aquarium.  You can watch sharks, stingrays and saw fish swim above you.  You feel like you are actually close to these fish.  While we were there a few employees were inside cleaning the rocks and such in the tank. Two cleaned while two others used poles to keep the sharks away.  They did not need to keep them away because they were hungry, or trying to attack, but because they were curious.  I can see how having a shark bumping into you could slow you down!



Discovery Center is an area where children, and adults can explore.  We were able to touch a horseshoe crab.  There are some other hands-on displays in this section of the Aquarium.  My daughter had her picture taken as a deep sea diver.




Gallery of the Seas is another very colorful display of unique, beautiful and sometimes deadly sea creatures.  Loved the Sea Nettles, more commonly called Jellyfish.  Watching them flow as they moved is actually quite soothing.  I enjoyed watching as they seem to just flow from place to place.  A neat little fact about them is, they are 99% water!




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Stingray Bay was very interesting.  We learned from one of the employees that a stingray's tail has barbs that are slanted backwards, and that they do more damage being pulled out than going in.  The next area is designed to allow you to touch a Stingray.  They are sort of rubbery and almost slimy to the touch.  Only one or two swam close enough to the edge for us to touch.



One of the last areas we explored was the Penguin Playhouse.  I think penguins are adorable.  Watching them is so much fun.  They have an area where children can crawl through a tunnel and pop up and appear to be in with the penguins.  Extremely flexible adults can do this too!  Two penguins stood right next to my daughter and appeared to be posing.





We all enjoyed our time at the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg.  Be sure to visit when you are in the area.  When you purchase your tickets you can also add some of the other Ripley Attractions.  We will be posting about some of them later next week.  So be sure to stop back in!

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