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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great News At the Fence!!

Hey Neighbors!

I have an announcement to make.  Two of my daughters will be joining us here At the Fence.

Work It Wednesday - Modesty, who has helped here before will be making a permanent move and will be writing once a week about working out, sports, health and other related topics.  She is presently taking Tae Kwon Do and enjoys other sports like volleyball, racquetball, and bike riding.  She will be posting on Wednesdays.

Foodie Friday - Hope will be coming on board and sharing recipes and reviewing products for your kitchen.  She loves to bake, so stay on the lookout for some yummy desserts!  She will also include restaurant reviews.

Petacular Mondays - Lori, myself, will be specializing in pets.  All kinds of pets and products for your pet.  You never know what I will find.  This will be open to fur, fins and feathers.

We will continue reviewing family friendly products on Tuesday and Thursday.   This should round out our site here, along with allowing us to share the writing load.  We will still have special events that will take precedence over our regularly scheduled days.

Leave a quick comment and let me know what you think.  Any ideas?  Feel free to share them with us.

We will have an about us page.  If you happen to have a product for review, you will find our individual contacts there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Considering Selling Your Old iPhone?

Hey Neighbors!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.****

Parents do it all! From carpools to school functions, there is never a dull moment. With this hectic schedule comes a lot of expenses, which is why now is a great time to visit and check out their price lock promotion. With a few quick clicks (perfect for parents on the go) you will get a quote on your unwanted iPhone...up to $325! Consumers that visit between now and September 9th will get that price locked in and have until October 10th to send in their old phone. Pocket the extra cash to use for back to school shopping or use the money to fund an upgrade to the new iPhone being released in September! Visit Gazelle today, and see what your iPhone is worth!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit for Bloggers

Hey neighbors!

I know several of you have your own blogs.  Were you aware that Essio has this amazing Aromatherapy Shower Head Kit and they are looking for the first one hundred bloggers to fill out this form - HERE.  What do you think?  Are you interested?  I am.  The thought of an aromatherapy shower sounds great to me.  So for those of you interested hurry over and fill out the form!

Orkin : Fact or Fake?

Hey neighbors!

It's time for Orkin's Fact or Fake!  How much do you know about bugs and their habits?  You have heard the fables, but can you tell them from the facts?  Take Orkin's test and find out!

How well did you do?  Do you know your facts from fiction?  I will say that one of my daughters would find this extremely interesting while her younger sister would not.  It used to be the other way around with these two, but as they have gotten a little older, now the teasing goes the other way.  Of course her brothers also think it is funny to chase and scare her with bugs.

Orkin is there for all your pest control needs, except for older brothers of course!  Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that's right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that's based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call (844) 503-8251.

You can also find Orkin:
Orkin Facebook Page: 
Ask The Orkin Man® Twitter Page: 
Orkin YouTube Channel:

Orkin is going to send one of my neighbors there own Back to School Scientific Prize Pack.
The Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK includes: 
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible) 
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler 
- Orkin Drawstring Bag 
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Orkin Fact or Fake School Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Giveaway Box Update!

Hey neighbors!

Here is what is being added to our Fall Giveaway Box this time... a $5 Bath and Body GC.  Then you can choose your own scent!

Remember to be tweeting on a regular basis.  Share the giveaway with your friends!  Visit the original post to enter.  HERE

Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Do You Have a Child Heading to College?

Hey Neighbors!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.

I don't tink I shared anything about this yet, but one of my sons is beginning college this week.  I am amazed!  No, not that he is attending college, but how much of this he did on his own initiative and accomplished in the time limit he had.  He has amazed me.

To start off, he ad been discussing college for a short time.  He is interested in Law Enforcement.  He did quite a bit if internet research trying to decide the best route for himself.  Online classes? Going away to college?  Local community college?  He finally decided to go with the local community college.  Then al the paperwork began.  Looking back at this time, I could really have used the Kaplan KapMap to help us get started.  We probably would have begun the process earlier.

He was able to complete much of the paperwork online.  He filled out the application and the paperwork for grants.  He did extra study online to help prepare for the testing process.  All of this was in addition to his regular job and keeping up with his chores around the home.

When the day for testing arrived he headed out with prayers going up for him.  We all rejoiced when he called and said his scores were great and he was planning what courses to take.  Immediately following finding out his class schedule he went to work so they could rearrange his schedule around his college hours.  Yes, they are actually working with him.

I do have to say that we managed to get everything done and he is now ready for his first day this week.  I  think the KapMap would have helped us in preparing, so I am hoping it will help some of my neighbors out.  Click on the KapMap link and you will be able to receive a free 2014 KapMap College Planner.

Also if you are planning on enrolling in the Kaplan SAT and ACT course, I have some good news for you.  Save $100 when you enroll in Kaplan's SAT and ACT course through 8/28.* Promocode: SHESPEAKS100.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Hi neighbors!

Today I want to tell you about Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty.  This putty was designed for adults to remove stress.  The Thinking Putty comes in a variety of colors and characteristics.  They have glow in the Dark, Magnetic and Heat Sensitive just to name a few.  I received the Super Lava, which is a Super Illusion Putty.  My other tin is Quicksilver, a Magnetic Putty.

Ok, I know children will enjoy this putty, but I want to share that I also enjoy it.  I received two cans of Aaron's Thinking Putty for review, and both of them sit beside my computer.  Why?  So I can play with it while I sit there working.  Yes, I play with it.  This putty is perfect when you are feeling a little tense or stressed.  You can take it out of it's tin and just crush it in your hands, roll it around into a ball, stretch it and my favorite, squeeze it for the cracking noises as the air bubbles pop.

The Super Lava Thinking Putty, seems to shimmer and change colors as you squeeze and stretch it.  It is orange, red, even copper as the light hits it.  The Quicksilver is of course silver, but comes with a magnet as it has magnetic qualities.  The putty is not a magnet, but it responds to magnets.


Oh, the Thinking Putty also bounces.  I mean big bounces.  My daughter thought it was fun to bounce it off the hotel wall!  We made sure she did it on the wall facing outside, so she wasn't bothering anyone in their room.

Check out their Learn Tricks page.  It has some fun activities and you can even learn some science while there.  Oh, take a minute to follow them on their social media pages.  You can find them on Facebook - HERE and on Twitter - HERE.

You can purchase Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty online, or it is now carried in some stores.  They nay charge shipping, there are no handling fees.  Each tin ($14.95) is packed with 1/5 lb of Thinking Putty.

Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School with Little Passports

Hey Neighbors!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Shop Back to School Products at Little Passports

Pick up classroom favorites at Little Passports! For a limited-time only, kids can start the new school year with fabulous Back to School essentials. Choose from a Little Passports Back to School Bundle for only $19.95 or a Little Passports Premium Lunchbox and Chalkboard for only $29.95. Even better, pick up both! Plus, learn about Back to School traditions around the world by checking out the new blog post from Little Passports. Shopping and's a win-win!

Enjoy!  Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reebok All Terrain Sprint On Sale Today Only!

Hey Neighbors!

Here's a special going on at Reebok!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Today Only: Reebok All Terrain Sprint on Sale for $66
For just one day (Wednesday, 8/13) the Reebok All Terrain Sprint is on sale for just $66 (regularly $109.98)! Born from the trenches of the Spartan Races, these shoes are lightweight and fast, handle water and mud like an ATV, and can leap barbed wire and bunkers in a single bound. Available in styles for both men and women warriors, don't miss your chance to grab the ultimate gear in obstacle racing at this incredible price. Promo code: TERRAIN

Fall Is Coming Giveaway Box!

Hey neighbors!

I have decided to do another giveaway box.  We will be adding several things to our new box over the next 4 or 5 weeks.

First thing we will add is a Gold Canyon Scentric and Scentre.  This is one of their wall plug-ins.  The fragrance Scentre is Apple Spice.  Hmmmm, perfect for fall!  We are also going to add, one Red Hot Cinnamon VoLight.  How is that for a start?

Next we are adding one bottle (2 oz) of Clean Smart Hand Sanitizer.  Also included will be a Pampers Kandoo Foaming Hand Sanitizer (1.7 oz)

I think that is good to get us started!  Begin entering now and then keep sharing, tweeting and stopping by to see what is being added.

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Creative Freewriting Adventure: A Journey Into Freewriting

Hey Neighbors!

I know most of you know that I homeschool, although I only have two left in school.  I wanted to tell you a little bit about Creative Freewriting : A Journey Into Freewriting by Stacy Farrell.  I recently had the opportunity to review this book and will be using it with my daughter.

First of all, this is designed for older students.  I would say high school, maybe junior high depending on your students abilities.  This would be a good book for helping your student in expanding their creative writing.  I will mention here I like that they have several questions in each chapter before the student starts writing to guide them in getting started.  The whole goal is to allow the student to be creative in their writing, to expand beyond just facts.  I can remember well some of my children's first assignments where they wrote just the facts.

The book is broken down into 10 chapters or writing assignments.  Each one starts with a short introduction or story, that then leads to the writing assignment.  The writing assignment is explained and then there are several questions that will get the student thinking about what they are going to write.  The assignment time given to write is 15 minutes, but as the teacher you obviously can vary this for your children.  I have one who would need more time.  The whole idea is to get them thinking creatively, putting more into their storytelling.

Here is a sample of questions:

  1. SECOND, HELL: Describe the scene in hell and tell us what happens. Background: Is there anything you need to say to set up the scene?
    The Dialogue:
    ӯ Do you talk to the selfish girl? If so, what do you say? And how does she respond? ӯ Do you have courage when you encounter the bully? What do you say to him? How
    does he respond?
    ӯ Can the selfish girl and the bully converse with each other in hell? (Remember: You are

    only writing fiction here. This may or may not be theologically correct.)
    Incorporate your senses:
    ӯ What do you see?
    ӯ What do you hear?
    ӯ What do you smell?
    ӯ What temperature and textures do you encounter? 

My husband enjoys writing and so does my 13 year old.  He is often giving her tips and hints for writing.  I like that this book encourages thinking while writing.  Many of the assignments include more than just telling what happens next, but why it happens, or why you feel a certain way.  I also like the timed aspect of the writing.  My husband has often told my daughter that her first writing is often the best, rather than trying to get all the spelling and punctuation correct on the first try, he will encourage her to write out her thoughts and ideas and then go back and correct those things.

Not only does Creative Freewriting Adventure encourage thinking and creative writing skills, but I like the emphasis on the Christian faith.  I want my daughter to not only know what she believes, but why she believes it.  Although the assignments are writing fiction, much truth can be built into it.

I do recommend this for older children who have a firm hold on their faith.  I questioned a little about bringing in some of the ideas and themes, like re-incarnation and other gods, but when dealt with properly, your child will gain a better knowledge of their own beliefs.  I do suggest reading each section yourself and then perhaps going over it with your child if necessary.

You can find Creative Freewriting at:  Stacy Farrell has other products available on this site.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Look forward to seeing you soon, At the Fence!

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.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Medieval Times Schaumburg IL

Hey Neighbors!

We are so enjoying our anniversary trip.  We went to a dinner theater/gospel concert.  The children (well the youngest is 13), put us up in a hotel by ourselves. NICE! And then they took us to Medieval Times, Schaumburg.  If you have never been to Medieval times you are really missing out on a fun time.

We arrived approx. 45 minutes early.  As you check in you receive a colored crown and are told which knight you will be cheering for.  Next you have your picture taken with either the King or Princess.  You will have the opportunity to purchase one later if you like.

At this point you will have time to wander some of their shops, visit the dungeon, and view some of the horses.  Shortly before you enter the dining area they have a knighting ceremony.  You pay extra to participate in this, but it does provide a special memory for a birthday or other occasion.  Shortly after the ceremony ends the Chancellor will make a few announcements and then allow groups to enter the arena dining area based on the knight they are cheering for.

The show will begin shortly after you are seated.  During the show you will see horses perform, a hawk hunting, and of course the main draw, the knights.  They have competitions, jousting, and riding contests.  The show occasionally changes, but we always enjoy our time there.  My daughters love watching the horses perform.  Another fun feature is that as the knights complete a competition they are given carnations to toss to someone in their section.  Two of my daughters each received one.

Now, while the show is being performed in the arena in front of you, serfs and wenches serve your dinner.  We have never been disappointed in the food.  There is no silverware, so you eat with your hands.  You will receive soup, which you drink from the bowl, along with chicken, riblets, a potato, garlic bread, and a fruit filled dessert.

I highly recommend attending the Schaumburg, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.  They put on a fabulous show and serve a delicious dinner.  I am sure you will not regret going.

Take a minute to watch the slideshow.

The very best news though is one neighbor is going to receive 4 tickets to the Medieval Times Schaumberg Castle.  Yes, you heard right, 4 tickets.  Are you ready to enter?  Let's go!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's website.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Rolo Chewy Caramels Coupon

Hey Neighbors!

 Here's a coupon I have to share with you!

Announcement coming later this afternoon!  See you there!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Waterway Collection From Warby Parker

Hi Neighbors!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Introducing the Waterway Collection from Warby Parker 
Timeless design with an aqua twist, that is the new Waterway Collection from Warby Parker. Five favorite frame styles (Welty, Percey, Bensen, Griffin, and Piper) have been re-introduced in a poolside palette of sandy shades and bluesy hues—the perfect compliment to sun-bleached days or dry and dusty nights. 

Available with prescription or sunglass lenses, this shore-inspired collection will cool you down in the heat of summer, and become a treasured beach memento throughout the rest of your year. The Waterway Collection—inspired by what is essential to life—is a limited-edition collection and now available at

Thanks for stopping in.  Be sure to stop in later today for more product reviews!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tips From Gazelle to Keep Your Electronics Cool This Summer

Hi Neighbors!

Good to see you out today!

***This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Don't Melt Your Mobile Device: Tips to Keep Electronics Cool This Summer from Gazelle 
Not only is the temperature rising, but so is the amount of essentials for summer time fun, from beach gear to road trip must-haves. With the endless list of items to haul it's easy to forget your smartphone or tablet locked in the car and before you know it, it has gone the way of last week's leftover candy bar (is that what melted onto the backseat?). Gazelle, the nation's leading trading site for used electronics, has put together some tips to keep your mobile devices from puddling up and breaking down this summer
What the heat does to your phone
Phones, tablets, and laptops left out in the heat can all be impacted by heat. The internal components of your phone or any device will become damaged, causing data loss, dead batteries, and in some cases the lithium battery will leak, or bubble up and expand or explode. Luckily, a large portion of phones out today have a warning screen to let you know before this happens.

Keeping your phone cool
If you’d like to never see that screen (or if you see it and want to know how to fix it) here are a few steps to take to ensure the safety of your device, and yourself.
  1. Avoid leaving your device in your car. Temperatures rise much faster on the inside of a closed up car. Make sure your devices are not left behind, and don’t forget about your GPS!
  2. Turn your device off, or turn off any apps, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or LTE. iPhones are programmed to do some of this when the initial warning screen comes on. However, if you need your device on and the temperature is rising, closing any unnecessary programs will let the battery relax a little, and not heat up so quickly.
  3. Keep your devices separate. Carrying around your iPad, iPhone, and GPS in your bag? Keeping them all together is bound to conduct more heat than just your phone. Try to keep them as separate as possible to allow maximum air flow to each device.
  4. Don’t cool it too fast. If your phone overheats, your initial reaction is going to be to rush it to the coldest place you can find. However, rushing the cooling process can cause condensation to get trapped on the inside of the devices and inevitably, water damage.

Preventative products and accessories
Surprisingly, there are very limited temperature resistant cases out there. Even the Otterbox, that makes cases that protect your phone from nearly everything, doesn’t have a heat resistant option. 

There is a company called Salt that makes the first thermally-protective cases for Apple products that are resilient to extreme heat AND cold. Their stylish thermal technology was inspired by NASA spacecrafts designed to withstand the heat of a launch, and the cold of outer space. Hopefully they start making cases for ALL devices soon! 

When the going gets hot
If your device does overheat make sure you do not touch it. It can burn you. Try following the steps above to cool it down. If the battery does leak, you will begin to notice corrosion coming out of the battery compartment, or on the battery itself inside the compartment. The bad news is after battery leakage occurs, it’s difficult to ensure no other part of your phone is damaged. Cleaning so close to the inside is likely to cause water damage – and where you can’t reach with your cleaner, the acid probably did already and is wreaking damage on your phone’s components. 

So what if your mobile device is now a pile of molten metalwork? Rather than scrap your scorched smartphone, check outGazelleGazelle is a website that buys used electronics for cash, even damaged ones! More than 600,000 consumers have used Gazelle to sell nearly one million gadgets. Gazelle offers trade ins for everything from smartphones to laptops to e-readers... the list goes on. Gazelle can't return your memory, but they can give another life to your used iPhone by refurbishing it for another buyer, keeping it out of the landfill and giving you money in return. Better for you, better for the environment, better for everyone! 

Reebok Save $25 on $90

Hey Neighbors!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Reebok 4 Day Sale
Are you heading out to go shop for your high school athlete's upcoming fall season? Put down the car keys and get online. Today through Sunday (8/10), save $25 when you spend $90 or more at! You can pick up everything from training gear to post-workout wear, and sizes and styles also benefit mom and dad, so treat yourself while you're at it! This sale only lasts four days, so don't miss out. Promo code: BTS14 (Excludes custom and gift cards.) 

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hmmmm! Gold Canyon

Hey Neighbors!

So glad to be home!  Loved the anniversary vacation, but it is nice to be home.  Now, I have a company to share with you that I am so excited about.  We have reviewed some of their products before.  Gold Canyon, has so many products that I love.

Gold Canyon has announced they have come out with a new look and attitude along with a new selling plan.  They are trying to make it easier to run a successful small business from home.  If you are looking for a home business take a moment and look into Gold Canyon.  You can visit their site, or contact a Gold Canyon consultant.

Just about everyone I know enjoys candles.  Gold Canyon has released products for their spring/summer line and will be releasing more for the fall/winter season.  Gold Canyon sent me a few of their products.

Birthday Candle Lumie
Red Hot Cinnamon VoLight
Daisy Teenie Wrap
Blueberry Tangerine Ogee
Apple Spice Scentre
Blush Peony MagnaCharm
Extreme Medium Heritage

I personally like that they have two wicks in their candles so they burn evenly.  I think they release more fragrance that way too.  As I am writing this post I have the Birthday Candle Lumie sitting next to me.  It is so fragrant even without being lit.

Below is the starter kit presently available at the time of this posting.  Remember there could be changes as Gold Canyon changes their kits.

I am loving my Gold Canyon and I think you would too!  If you are looking for an extremely fragrant way to scent your home Gold Canyon has a lot to offer.  Not only do they have candles, scent pods and spritzers, they also have a line of home cleaning products.

Here is what I would like to do for my neighbors.  I am going to host a giveaway with the Daisy Teenie Wrap and 1 Red Hot Cinnamon VoLight.

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

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kids Academy App

Hey Neighbors!

Kid's Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps. The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.

Kids Academy is hosting an awesome giveaway!  Head over, download the app, and write a review in the App Store.  At the end of August, Kids Academy will randomly choose 2 lucky winners who will each win a $100 Amazon gift card!  Sweet!
2. Write a short honest review on the iTunes App Store. If you have already reviewed this app, simply update your review and you will be entered!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango

Hey neighbors!

I have a new favorite body wash!  I recently received the opportunity to try the new Dial Refreshing Mango Coconut Water Body Wash.  I really like this!  It smells so refreshing and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Coconut Water is a leading trend known to be rich in Antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration.  Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

In our home filled with 8 people, we have a shelf full of soaps and body washes.  When someone finds a favorite they mark their name on it so no one else will use it.  The new Dial Coconut Water Mango Body Wash will have my name on it.  If not, it will disappear so fast.  I brought mine on our trip!

The really good news is, two of my neighbors are going to have the chance to try the new Dial Coconut Water Body Wash.  I have 2 coupons for a free bottle.Are you interested?  I sure hope so.  Let's get started.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit again 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 email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reebok Skyscape $39.99 Think School!

Hey neighbors!

Start thinking back to school clothes and shoes!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Today only, the Reebok Skyscape is just $39.99 in 3 colors with code: CLOUD9
Run, don't walk, to grab your new favorite runaround shoes from Reebok! Today only, the Skyscape is just $39.99 in 3 eye-catching colors. Be sure to use the promo code: CLOUD9 at checkout to grab your discount. 

Be sure to check them out!  Thanks for stopping in!