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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WorkIt Wednesday : runningluv Review+Giveaway!

Hello Neighbors,

This is a little bit late today, but had to run some last minute errands for my little sister's fourteenth birthday party (on Friday, but we are celebrating tomorrow).  I want to share a really useful product today for not only runners, but anybody that works out/exercises.  Introducing...

runningluv [ruhn-ing] [gluhv] A sweat towel. A tissue. A sweatband. A hands-free solution.

Yep, just like it sounds!  You can use it as a sweat towel, a tissue (don't we all hate those runny noses while trying to get in our morning run!), a sweatband, etc.  I was sent two runningluvs - one black Luvs pink with pink stitch, and one 5K Luvs.  I used the first for my morning runs during training, and my sister (who also ran the 5K with me) decided that she got the other one!

Here is a little bit about the founder of runningluv... "Runningluv™ was designed and developed by Danielle Aiken in an effort to create a hands free, drop resistant tissue to tackle her runny nose. Creating a product that she had quick access to without dropping it while she ran was her goal.  It started in 2011 when Danielle and her husband (best friend) of 17 years, Dwight, changed their lifestyle. Together, they began running as part of their attempt to lose weight and get healthy. Danielle often became very distracted with her runny nose that needed much more attention than a wipe on the sleeve. In addition, it became obvious that her runny nose wasn’t the only distraction. Sweat brought on a new list of concerns that needed to be addressed. It didn’t take long before Danielle created the first prototype to solve her snot and sweat problems. Quickly realizing that one product could be used to solve both her issues, Danielle began testing fabric samples and sewing her own running gloves. That is when the runningluv™ was born. Initially created for her own use, research of her situation proved that other runners had similar issues. At this point Danielle decided it was time to share the runningluv and its benefits with others. Danielle is proud to currently design, sew and distribute the product from her home in Nesbit, MS. Expanding her business and introducing the runningluv to other runners, athletes and sportsman nationwide are the hopes for the future as she travels to Health and Fitness Expos.  Danielle and Dwight continue to run, race and develop runningluv™ together. They have three amazing children that range from high school to pre-school age. So, if Danielle is not chasing her runny nose or tackling her sweat while running, then she is keeping up with the ones that make the LUV in runningluv™ worth it all."

Wow, what a story!  I think all of us can agree that these are quite a problem sometimes.  I love the texture of these.  It is very soft (that used to be another problem - rubbing your nose raw!), but it also absorbs the sweat.  I LOVE it! 

...and obviously so does H!
We used these in the 5K (you can see one each of our rights hands in the picture below), and they definitely helped.  Instead of having to slow down to use a tissue, try and wipe it on your sleeve but still being able to see where you're going, try a runningluv!  

So, if you have this type of problem and just can't wait for the giveaway, head on over to the runningluv website and purchase your own!  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with their latest news.  

1 Winner will receive 1 LUVS of their Choice!

 I received no monetary compensating for this review.  I did receive two products for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine, and all text in red is taken from the sponsor's website.

Winter Wonders Box Update #1

Hey neighbors!

Here is our first update to our Winter Wonders Box.  A box that will be filled with surprises and then mailed to the winner of this giveaway.  You will need to keep coming back to find out what is in the box and what has been added.

Today we are adding a Spring Clean Wax Melts and one Clear Coat Polish along with a Mochaccino Polish.  Are you interested?

If so make sure you complete the mandatory entry and then share this Winter Wonders Box giveaway. You can see the first item/s added by visiting our first post HERE.  That is also where you will enter the giveaway.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook HERE and Twitter Here as we will also post updates there!  If you are new to At the Fence, we have just started posting our Holiday Gift Guide 2014.  It will be loaded with reviews and several giveaways!  Join the rest of our neighbors and enjoy visiting with us At the Fence!

Oh!  I added a new method of entry.  So check it out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet - 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Hi Neighbors!

Here's our newest 2014 Holiday Gift Guide suggestion.  How many of you have heard of the Boogie Board?  This LCD writing tablet is a very handy product to have around.  The Original 8.5 Boogie Board is great for leaving notes, taking notes, and just general fun.  The Boogie Board can easily replace, post it notes, scrap paper and memo pads.

Buy more than one so you can have one at home, one at the office and one in your car.  It is so easy to carry the Boogie Board with you to take notes.  It is also nice for entertaining the children while on road trips, at the doctor's office, even when eating out.  Your child can draw, write and play games like tic, tac, toe or hangman.

Use the stylus that comes with the Boogie Board to write on your board.  To erase, simply push the button at the top of the screen.  The Boogie Board comes with a magnet kit and stylus holder.  So light weight it is easy to carry around.  It is made with a scratch resistant plastic LCD.

These are not the only Boogie Boards available.  They have a small mini size and they even have one that works with bluetooth technology.  To find a location that carries the Boogie Board near you, just click on the tab at the top of their site and enter your location.  I did and found that both Staples and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts near us carry the Boogie Boards.

A Boogie Board would make a great gift for pre-teens, teens, and adults.  I am planning on using ours for shopping lists and to take on trips for playing games.  Who do you know that would benefit from a Boogie Board?

Boogie Board will be giving the winner of this giveaway their very own Original 8.5 Boogie Board.  Be sure to enter and then share with others about this great gift idea!

Moments With Mercy-Riley Harrison Clark

Hey neighbors!

This interview with Riley Harrison Clark from Tribute was one of Mercy's favorites.  We consider Tribute friends and enjoy hearing them when they are nearby.  Take a moment to enjoy Mercy and Riley's interview!


See you next time!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Keeper's of the Faith Golden Text Series

Hi Neighbors!

We are starting off our Holiday Gift Guide for 2014 with a very favorite company of mine.  Keeper's of the Faith, republish old christian books.  We own several of their reprints and by the pictures you can see that they are often read books!   My daughters have a wish list for some of their books.

Keeper's of the Faith has been around for approximately 30 years.  They actually have a club that churches and homeschoolers can participate in.  It is your club your way.  There are no set in stone rules you need to follow.  We actually used the books for part of our homeschooling.  The girl's book is Keeper's of the Faith Girls and the boy's is Contenders for the Faith.  Be sure to read about this when you visit their website.

I really want to focus on their other books this time though.  These books make great gift ideas!  You can browse their site by age, author and other categories.  One of our favorite authors is Isabella Alden who wrote under the pen name Pansy.  Another favorite is A. L. O. E.  This stands for a lady of England.  We have read many books by both of these authors.  Their biographies of missionaries, evangelists and great Christians through history are really good reading too!  These books start at a few dollars and go up to about $12 depending on the size of the book.

Be sure when you visit their website to also take time to look through their Bargain Bin.  They have many marked down books on a regular basis.

Each of these chapters starts with a Bible verse or two.

 Another gift idea from Keeper's of the Faith is their craft kits.  They have a variety of crafts for both girls and boys.

One of the things that most impressed me about Keeper's of the Faith was how they choose the books they are going to reprint.  They have high standards that make me rest easy when I choose one of their books.  These are books that I don't have to read before my children can read them.  Take a moment and go read the standards they have for their books. HERE

To order from Keeper's of the Faith you can order directly from their website or you may phone in your order.  You may also through mail.  You can find out more about all three options on their website.

Keeper's is going to give the winner of this giveaway a set of their Golden Text Series ( a $49.35 value).  This set contains the following titles: Browning Boys, Her Mother's Bible, Dozen of Them,
Side by Side, Exact Truth, Six O'clock in the Evening, Hedge Fence, and We Twelve Girls.  These books are perfect for bedtime reading or even devotionals!

Petacular Monday Our Baby Chinchilla!

This is mom.

Hey neighbors!

We recently acquired a couple of chinchillas.  A regular dark gray female and a white male.  We decided to add one more and picked her up Saturday morning.  She is a beautiful pale gray color.  She was getting along great with the male, but not the other female.  We decided to separate them and have the male and newest female together and the older female by herself.

This was right after we put the kit in with her.
Imagine our surprise this morning when a baby chinchilla was running across the floor.  Now came the dilemma, which female did she come from.  We immediately decided it would be the older chin since she did not want anyone around her.  Well, we were wrong.  The minute we showed her the baby she tried to attack it.

Here she is cleaning her kit.
Next we died the younger female.  She started sniffing the baby and the kit started making little chirping type noises.  We reunited mom and baby and made sure the little one could not get out.  Baby immediately crawled under mom to nurse.

The young one is so adorable.  Baby chinchillas are born with their eyes open and hop around.  This one is following mom around their cage.  We took a couple of pictures to share with you.

What do you think?  Isn't the little one cute?

See you soon.  Our first Holiday Gift Guide post is going up this afternoon!

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!


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!


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.