Saturday, August 31, 2013

Giveaway is Not Getting Entries!

Hey neighbors!

We have a caption the photo giveaway going on and no one is entering.  The prize is the M and M Candy Shop.  You can see the picture below.  There are also several extra entries.  You can find the original post HERE.




Energizer and National Childhood Injury Prevention Week

Hi Neighbors!

I just learned something!  September 1-7 is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week.  I found out when Energizer shared some interesting information with me regarding coin lithium batteries.  Were you aware that if a child swallows one of these they can suffer serious chemical burns within two hours?  Energizer found in a survey they conducted that 62% of parents were not aware of this.  Wow!



Now, I took the Energizer Challenge.  I received two different packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries along with a package from a competitor.  I set a stop watch and proceed to remove a battery from the competitors package in 26 seconds.  That was just using my hands.  I am also thinking if a child bite or chewed on the cardboard, they might even get it out faster.  Next I tried a package from Energizer.  Since I felt defeated at 55 seconds, after bending, twisting and even biting the package, I finally decided to poke it once with a pen.  That was at 55 seconds.  It still took me until 1 minute 28 seconds had passed to totally remove the battery after puncturing the package once with a pen.  I am impressed.  Yes, with scissors, I would be able to open the package easily, but this was to show how hard it is for a child to open. Just so everyone knows, I am the one who tried to open the packages, I did not allow a child to try.  Also, once I opened and removed one battery, I could not remove another one without first puncturing the package or using scissors, as each battery is sealed individually in the package.  This is a good safety factor, because your child will not be able to get to the other batteries, even though one has been removed.

Competitor's Battery package opened in 26 seconds.

Here are some tips Energizer gave me to share with my neighbors here At the Fence.

The 4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety
·         STORE devices that use coin lithium batteries out of reach of children
·         SECURE the battery compartments of devices
·         SELECT battery packaging that meets federal guidelines for child resistance, such as Energizer’s coin lithium battery packaging
·         SHARE this information with your friends and family

Energizer led the industry by being the first to voluntarily develop packaging for its 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging.  They also developed a national awareness campaign in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide called The Battery Controlled, which works to alert parents and caregivers to the dangers of swallowing coin lithium batteries. Identifying ways its products can help keep families safe is part of the Energizer commitment to designing its products with people in mind and investing in programs that have a positive impact on the world. that’s positivenergy

If a child should ingest a a coin lithium battery, you should immediately get them to an emergency room and medical help.  Do not hesitate if you suspect the child might have swallowed one.

I received the packages of batteries from Energizer along with a great little 2 in 1 flashlight and a "Cars" nightlight. The flashlight can be used as a small lantern or a flashlight.  I also received a Target GC to shop for some other safety supplies for our home.  You know, latches for cabinets and drawers, outlet covers and plugs, corner guards, or even a child safety gate.  My shopping trip will be next week!



Not only is Energizer providing me with the opportunity to share this information with you, they are also allowing me to giveaway a prize package to one of my neighbors.  The package will include:

  • Two (2) packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries
  • One (1) Energizer LED Nightlight (winner’s choice between Sleeping Beauty or Cars)
  • One (1) Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 LED Light
So, enter the giveaway and then help me share with others about National Childhood Injury Prevention Week.


Background on CPSC Child-Resistant Packaging
The CPSC imposes strict guidelines to determine if a packaging qualifies as effectively child-resistant. The packaging is tested with groups of children ages 42-51 months and also with senior adults ages 50-70. For a package to be child-resistant, a total of 80% of the children tested must not open the package in a full 10 minutes of testing. To make sure that adults are able to use a child-resistant package properly, 90% of adults tested have up to five minutes, and then another minute in a second test, to open and close the package (if applicable) so that it is child-resistant again.


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

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back to School with The Ultimate Green Store



Hi Neighbors!

We took the day off yesterday as my son turned 20!  We spent the whole day together as a family, so we did not post anything.  Now, today I have this really neat store to tell you about.  It is called The Ultimate Green Store, TUGS for short.  If you are looking for a one stop green shopping experience, this is it.  I can't believe all the different green products they carry.  We are focusing on Back to School right now, so they sent us the ECO Lunchbox.  This is a Stainless Steel Three-in-One Bento Lunchbox.  I think I will allow my daughter to use it as it is just the right size for her.

This lunchbox has three containers and they are such a convenient size.  The bottom container is perfect size for a sandwich.  You then place the next container on top and put in fruit or chips, or maybe veggies.  You can then put nuts, fruit, or some other treat in the smaller container and nestle it inside the middle container.  Then, place on the lid and snap the closures in to place.  The containers can hold items like applesauce, but are not 100% leakproof as no plastic is used.



So, to test this out, I had to use Pork and Beans, because I didn't have any applesauce in the house.  I put it in the smallest container, placed it inside the other container, snapped them all together and then shook them up.  I tossed them in the air a couple of times and turned them upside down.  I opened the containers and nothing leaked.  Not even a little.



Product Features from the TUGS website:

  • Independently lab tested as lead-free, food-safe, series 205 stainless steel.
  • No plastic - BPA-Free.
  • 2-layer stainless steel bento box with upstairs inner box. 
  • Closures are kid-tested and will not snap little fingers. 
  • The small inner box, which contains 1/2 cup of wet foods, is good for applesauce, cut fruit and salads, but its pressure fitting stainless steel lid is not 100% leak-proof because no plastic is used.
  • Dishwasher Safe.
  • Made in India. 

The Ultimate Green Store also carries many other eco-friendly Back to School items.  You will be able to choose from a variety of lunch boxes, backpacks, and even school supplies that all .


Here is a little about The Ultimate Green Store:
As the ultimate web-based destination for eco-conscious shoppers, The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! We also have an incredible collection of gifts for any occasion and you may personalize your shopping experience by creating a wishlist or custom gift registry for your special event! 

TUGS will be giving one neighbor a $25 GC to use to purchase whatever you like, it does not have to be Back to School.  Be sure to look around their site and then hop over and follow their social media.
Facebook-HERE
Twitter-HERE
You might also be interested in signing up for their newsletter. HERE

Let's get started on this one.  Enter and then be sure to share it with someone!

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, August 28, 2013

Five Gift Basket Ideas to Give Your Loved Ones


Hello Neighbors!

Picking out gifts is sometimes a hard task. Whether the gift is for someone you hardly know or even your best friend, finding the perfect thing is difficult. One way to take the stress off of picking out one perfect thing is to give a gift basket. You can choose to create your own basket or purchase one that has already been put together for you. Although it is always a great idea to fill a basket with a variety of things you know the receiver will love, here are some themed gift baskets to give you a few ideas.

Baby Basket

The birth of a new baby is always a wonderful time to give a gift. Instead of trying to find the perfect baby gift, why not fill a basket with smaller things? You can combine some necessities such as newborn diapers and pacifiers with some fun little toys, books, or clothing.

Bath Basket

A bath basket may be the perfect gift for the woman in your life that loves to relax in the tub. Fill it with bath salts and oils, brushes and loofahs, and even a pair of slippers, bath robe, or towel.

Book Basket

If your friend or loved one is a book worm, you could fill a basket with some great reads and a few bookmarks and highlighters. You could even include a mug and packets of instant hot chocolate, tea, or coffee to enjoy while reading.

Movie Basket

This is a great gift for young parents or couples that aren’t able to get away from home much. Fill a basket with a few good movies, popcorn, glass bottles of soda, and theater-size boxes of candy. 

Cookie Basket

A basket filled with cookies or other baked goods is the perfect gift for those friends who love to indulge in treats now and again. The great thing about these gift baskets is that they can be used for a variety of occasions including birthdays, holidays, and other special days.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Bucks 2 Blog.

Fun with our Pup

Hey Neighbors!

This is our last Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) puppy for the year.  He is six weeks old and totally adorable!  My daughter decided to take pictures today with some props and have some fun.

This is our COWPUPPY!
ONE

TWO

THREE

Then things got a little sillier.

FOUR

FIVE

I still can't believe how tiny he is.  This is doll furniture for the 18 inch dolls and he fits them just fine!

SIX

SEVEN

EIGHT
Now, it is awful tempting to add captions, but we are going to let my neighbors do that.  Yes, this is going to be a giveaway just for fun!  And no, he is not the prize!

NINE

TEN
Basically there are ten pictures and each has a number under them.  For your first entry you must choose one and give me a caption.  BUT, we are not limiting you to one.  There will be 3 extra entries for captioning another picture. Please include the picture number in your comment.  Please do different pictures for each of your entries.  the prize is pictured below.  I will be sending it to the winner after the giveaway has ended.  It is an M and M's Sweet Shop.  There is a container inside with an M and M figure on top.  Included is a small scoop and a small bag of M and Ms.  Are you interested?  Then let's get started!


Disclosure:This is not a sponsored post.  This post is entirely provided by At the Fence.  All pictures are property of At the Fence.


flattenme Personalized Water Bottle

Hi Neighbors!

We are still going with our Back to School theme this week, so here is our next review!  It is from flattenme.  We received their Royally Awesome water bottle.  We sent them a picture of M, and they added her face to the water bottle.  It turned out really cute!

Not only does flattenme personalize water bottles, but they also do t-shirts, books, wall art and cards.  With the books you can choose from a couple of options, like having their picture in the book or just their name.


Their water bottles are $24.95.  This is a 20 oz. personalized water bottle, that is of course BPA free.  They come with a clip on the top so you can hook them to a backpack, lunchbox or belt loop.  Perfect for Back to School, field trips, sports activities or just spending the day outside.

A little about flattenme:

All stories have a beginning. This is ours.
Years ago, my husband caught our daughter on film eating a gobstopper – 15 photos taken over 24 minutes and 10 seconds. The photos were arranged in a book and given to my daughter as a special gift. It was love at first sight. My daughter slept with it, ate with it, took it on road trips. Love-worn and long-admired, the book slowly fell apart, just like the fur on the Velveteen Rabbit.

Now, flattenme is allowing me to share a code with my neighbors here At the Fence.  The code is good for 15% off any order that includes an ABC book, t-shirt, or water bottle.  The code is valid from now until Sept. 15th.  Here is the code: Back2School_15  So take a minute and visit the fllattenme website and take a look around.  Also follow them on their social media.
Facebook-HERE
Twitter-HERE


READ THE RULES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY:
Then be sure to enter the giveaway here for a GC for $24.95, which is the price of a water bottle, but can be applied to any order from flattenme.  The code is only good through September 30th.  The winner will be required to pay shipping.  (Flat rate in the US is $3.99.  Canada is around $9-$10)

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this review.  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.



What to Look for in College Housing


Hi Neighbors!

When you’re moving out of the dorms, it’s a big step in your college years. You’re leaving behind RAs, food plans, and your life as a freshman. Living in a college apartment is part of learning how to be an adult. You take on more responsibilities but also gain more independence. When searching for UCM housing, make sure you know what features to look for. The amount of rent you pay is not the only important standard to consider. Follow this guide for ideas on how to select appropriate housing.

Finances

The amount of money you put into a place is a huge deciding factor. Ask what the monthly rental rate is. See if you can get a discounted rate if you pay early or if you intend to lease certain months of the year. Inquire about the fees you’ll be charged for late payments. Look through the contract in great detail to understand what other fees may be involved. Find out what the security deposit is. Ask if all of it is refundable when you move out. Discover what amounts will be drawn from the deposit for cleaning or repair fees.

Location

Location should be a major concern for you. Where you live impacts many factors. Ask about how safe the surrounding neighborhood is and what the crime rate is. Keep your eye out for what locations are nearby. There may be a grocery store or restaurant in walking distance. There may also be a hospital or a night club nearby that makes the neighborhood loud. Remember that each apartment complex has a different social life. Knock on doors if you have to in order to ask current residents how friendly your neighbors will be and what social events go on at the complex.

Management

Remember the importance of management, which can make or break your UCM housing experience. If the apartment complex you’re looking into is known for poor managers, turn the other way. Ask current residents and read online reviews to see if the management is attentive and charges fairly. Beware of managers who delight in hidden fees and neglect serious problems such as mold or flooding.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Bucks2Blog.

Need to Raise Funds? Try Teespring!

Hey Neighbors,

Here is a really neat site, I want to share with you!  It is called Teespring.  It is sort of funny that I am getting to do this because just recently we have been discussing ways for my 12 year old daughter to raise funds for music school.  She has really been looking for ways to make extra money, even going so far as ironing her brothers dress shirts for work and cleaning their bedroom.  They are actually paying her!  Now, we are discussing trying Teespring.

Anyway, Teespring is a really neat site where you can design a t-shirt and then sell them to raise funds.  The best part is, you don't have to put anything out up front.  You use their online designer where you can add text and art.  Once your design is completed to your satisfaction, you get to choose the type of shirt.  They have basic t-shirts, tanks, hoodies and long sleeve to choose from.  You can even pick your color.  After this is completed, they will show you a base price for the t-shirt and you move on to the next step.

Here is where you decide how many you need to sell to reach your goal.  Then you set up your campaign.  You need to title your campaign, give a description of what your campaign is about, maybe include your goals, etc.  You will be able to determine the length of your campaign, from 7 to 21 days.  If you do not reach your goal, the t-shirts do not sell, so there is no loss.  If you reach your goal before the ending date you can opt to continue running the goal and going above your set amount.

For your campaign you will receive your own URL to send people to so they can order.  You can share with your friends and family through tweets, a Facebook post, email, however you want to share your campaign.  The buyers do have a shipping charge for having them delivered directly to them, or you can give the option of having them delivered to you for pickup.

How simple is this!  Any of my neighbors trying to raise funds?  Do you belong to a group that is trying to raise funds?  Take a minute to check out Teespring and see what they have to offer.  Maybe use their designer and try designing your own shirt to see just how easy it is. You can watch the video clip below to learn more.



Disclosure:This is a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions however are my own.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Doorposts Beauty in the Heart



Hi Neighbors!

In this review I was given the opportunity to look at and use the Doorposts study guide, Beauty in the Heart. This is designed for young girls 10-12 and up.  The study guide was written by Pam Forster.  Beauty in the Heart is not only a study on what the Bible says about beauty, but it will also teach your daughter different ways to study the Bible.

The first study is an inductive study.  With this type of study, you move from an overall view to specifics.  You will also learn verse study, character study, book study, chapter study and word and topical study.  You daughter will learn good study skills by using this devotional.  She will learn to use a Strong's Concordance, Nave's Topical, maps, and online studies.  All of these will be beneficial for her in future studies.

The side of the pages are filled with gray boxes with extra study information, places you can look for further study, historical information, and instructions on how to find more information online.  At the beginning of each study the gray boxes will tell you which type of study you are doing and list any extra materials you might need.

Now, I am going to do this post differently than I normally do my curriculum posts and at the end I will tell you why.

Pros:
1.  This is an in depth study on beauty.  It covers many passages and studies them in different ways.
Your daughter will cover both Old and New Testament passages on inner beauty, as well as study many examples of women who had a Godly beauty, such as Sarah, Esther and Ruth.

2. Your daughter will learn how to use many different study aids.  (Bible Concordances, Bible Dictionaries, Maps, Online Media)
Being able to use different study books and guides will improve your daughter's ability to study issues on her own later in life.


3. Your daughter will learn different ways to study the Bible.
By learning the different methods of study your daughter will build a strong foundation of how to study and which study she should use.

Cons:
1.  Has sections that ask you to use several different versions to look at a verse.
As we use only the KJV, I do not want to encourage my child to use other versions.  As we have taught them over the years God has promised to preserve His Word and we find this to be the KJV.

2.  In areas the study seems to correct the Bible.  (Remember, we believe the KJV is the Word of God.) For example: Regarding the AV (or Authorized Version known as the KJV), they quote the Vine's for a definition of Shamefacedness.  "Shamefacedness is that modesty which is 'fast' or rooted in the character...The change to 'shamefacedness' is the more to be regretted because shamefacedness...has come rather to describe an awkward diffidence, such as we sometimes call sheepedness."

I believe the KJV to be the inerrant Word of God, thus causing my daughter to question this is a problem for me.

There is also a whole section where they look up the original Greek.  As I believe we have God's Word for today in English, there is no need to go back to the Greek. We use a Webster's 1828 to look up definitions.  As I state in my position below, I realize not everyone feels this way.  I am letting you know why I can not use this devotional, although as stated above there may be some who would have no problem.

Here is why I did this review this way.  Although I see many ways this devotional could be beneficially to a young lady, I personally can not recommend this for those I know.  I am stressing those I know.  Many of our friends believe as we do and read my posts, thus I need to include this.  As a family we firmly stand on the KJV and I have a problem when it is being corrected.  I know not everyone feels this way which is why I included the pros.  To use this curriculum I had to skip many sections, thus it would not be a devotional I would purchase.  Beauty in the Heart can be ordered for $14


Please take time to click on the link below and read what other TOS Crew members had to say.

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Arrazzles by Funnybone



Hey neighbors!

Here is another Funnybone Toys game up for review.  It is called Arrazzles!  Funnybone games are not just fun, they are also for learning!



Here is the technical description:  Arrazzles lets you explore abstract geometrical configurations.  Each card has one of five different patterns of slots allowing for countless abstract building and design opportunities.  Arrazles are covered in five beautiful, reflective metallic colors, with a different color on each side of the card.  As you build connect the cards, the metallic colors reflect off each other.  The hole in the middle allows for further form exploration-it's sized to perfectly hold a standard plastic straw, so you can connect the cards that way, or string them together with yarn or pipe cleaner, allowing you to build a completely unique abstraction every time you play.


With Arrazles they are several ways to play and create.  You can play a memory game, build something and let the others guess what it is, divide the cards among the players evenly and allow them to take turns adding to the arrangement.


Arrazles will spark your child's creativity and allow them to explore and design.  Honestly it is fun to just sit down and design with Arrazzles.  Funnybone Toys has another winner!  Be sure to visit their website to see more of their games.  Also you might want to follow them on their social media.
Facebook- HERE
Twitter- HERE

A little about Funnybone Toys:
Company Snapshot: While most people love to play games, very few appreciate the “art” that goes into their creation. This is because, for the most part, the art is hidden in the background, secondary to game play. But a new game design company was tired of seeing the art of games taking a back seat to play…so they decided put artwork on equal footing. The designers at Funnybone Toys want people to actually see, enjoy, and appreciate the art in their games. So in addition to creating fun and thought-provoking card games, they have also designed them to be visually stunning works of art.


One neighbor will win their very own Arrazzles game from Funnybone Toys!  Enter soon and be sure to stop back At the Fence for more reviews!

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

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School with GeoPalz! Review/Giveaway

Hello Neighbors!

How is everyone doing today?  We are doing great!  Today I want to share a product our family just recently found... GeoPalz!  If you have never heard of GeoPalz, let me tell you about them.  GeoPalz is a children's pedometer where they have to walk to get free prizes, awards, or game time!


We received the GeoPalz Rose (above).  After it arrived, we went online and set it up for M.  The registration is very easy and kid friendly (and yes, the parents do need to verify the account via email, before the child can sign in).

The next day, M. started using her GeoPalz.  It took her a couple of days to remember to put it on her hip or shoe each morning, but now she is wearing it regularly.  She is already planning whether she wants to use some of her points to get a prize right away, or save up her points for something bigger!



Here is a little bit about GeoPalz... "What are GeoPalz?  GeoPalz are pedometers using 3D Tri-Axis Accelerometers, designed for the shoe or hip, that gauge MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) for tracking a child's daily activity. Each device features a unique design and kids earn points based on the overall steps/activity they have each day, and can redeem those points for prizes or time in the online arcade.  Each GeoPalz pedometer comes with its own unique code that the children use for their first time registration. This process is very simple and only has three screens for them to navigate through. GeoPalz is the first activity tracker and online game that records your child’s physical activity by tracking steps throughout the day and encourages them to be active by tracking their steps online to win prizes, awards and online game time. GeoPalz are intended for children primarily ages 5-12. Check all of the cool designs below. "



One of our favorite things about the GeoPalz is that after you have been signed into the website for five minutes, a little notification box pulls up that says... "HELLO M.  You have been on the site for 5 minutes now. Why not run around, grab your jump rope, and come back when you have taken some more steps?".  So if your child gets distracted and isn't watching the time/etc., they will get a little reminder to go run around and play some more.

Today many children spend time sitting in school or at the computer, or in front of a TV for hours.  GeoPalz will encourage your child to get up and get active. Especially after several hours doing school our children need to have some physical activity and GeoPalz will help.   What do you do in your family to encourage physical activity?  Be sure to visit the GeoPalz website to learn more.

GeoPalz has agreed to send 1 GeoPalz to one of my Neighbors!


Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review.  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.

Radio Shack Big Digit Alarm Clock

Hey neighbors!

With school already started for some and starting soon for others, who needs some help getting the children up and ready for school on time?  I have a couple that need a little help, well, maybe big help would be more like it.  With 6 children I have a mixture of early birds and night owls and sometimes it makes it a little difficult to get everyone going the same time. When I received the Big Digit Alarm Clock from Radio Shack to review I wasn't sure who to give it to. Of course with the big digits, maybe I need it, so I am not squinting at the clock in the morning!



Anyway, Radio Shack sent us this purple, (my daughters favorite color), Big Digit Alarm Clock.  It works on 2 AA batteries, which are not included.  It has a 3-second backlight, snooze function, large, easy to use buttons, and rubberized feet.  It is easy to set the time and the alarm.  My daughter is already begging for it.


The clock sells on their website for $12.99 and should you or your child not care for purple, it is also available in black, blue or white.  I think my sons would prefer the black.


Radio Shack has loads of Back to School items.  Does your student need a SanDisk 16 GB Polka Dot USB Drive?  Or perhaps they could use a Texas Instruments TI-89 Titanium Graphing Calculator.  Be sure to visit your local Radio Shack or you can shop online.

Neighbors, be sure to keep stopping by this week as we have more Back to School items coming up At the Fence.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review.  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.