Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Summertime Fun and Entertainment!



Hey neighbors!!

I know some of you are already experiencing summer weather with temperatures soaring and beautiful sun shining days.  We unfortunately are encountering rainy days with the temperature going up and down.  Some days we are in short sleeves, others we are grabbing sweaters and light weight jackets.  Now, that being said, we are working on our backyard on the good days, removing limbs, fixing the fence, and cleaning the grill.  We plan on having several outdoor fun days once our weather realizes we are supposed to be heading toward summer.


Check out this really unique TV I want to share with all my neighbors. It is the SunBrite| Veranda Series Outdoor 4K UHD TVs with HDR.  I am amazed!! This television is weatherproof and designed for full shade outdoor areas, like covered patios and decks, or screened in porches.  Imagine having a birthday party and allowing the children to watch their favorite movie or cartoon outside.  Or maybe a group of you will get together to grill out and watch a game! The powder-coated, rust-proof, aluminum exterior protects the internal components from the elements such as, rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity and salt air.  The display is up to 50% brighter than an indoor TV so it is easier to view in brighter outdoor settings.  A large, weatherproof media bay allows you to connect cables without a problem.  It has plenty of storage room for many popular media players and has thick gaskets to seal out moisture.  This TV is available in 43", 55", 65" and 75" for your viewing pleasure.

I am imagining a movie night outside with family and friends.  Grill out dinner first and then gather around with popcorn and other snacks and relax as you enjoy the outdoor experience.  Imagine the fun you can have! If you plan on spending time outside this summer you might want to consider an outdoor tv.  Let's get ready for some outdoor living!

Thanks for stopping by today!! See you all soon!



Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Brush Create Social Media Ads and Images

Hey neighbors!

I was given the opportunity to work with Book Brush!! This site is amazing!!  You can easily create all kinds of ads and images for all your different social media.  It is designed for authors to be able to create high quality images without any hassle.  Don't know how to use Photoshop?  Book Brush makes designing fun and simple.

My husband has written a couple of books that he self-published.  Recently he made them available on Amazon as e-books.  I took a few minutes on Book Brush and was able to throw together a couple of images for him to use.  I have by no means exhausted or even attempted all the possibilities on Book Brush.

The really great news is, Book Brush works for non-authors as well.  Bloggers can create super images for reviews and/or giveaways.  Book Brush offers the correct size ads for all your social media sites.  You can also make 3-D ads, as well as videos. Book Brush offers templates to make your designing easier.  They have over 1 million free images for your use and also give you the capability to upload your own images.  Choose your font type and size, add stamps, design until you are satisfied.  Download your image and you are ready to go.  They have many tips and videos to help you create your images.


You can sign up for the free account with Book Brush, that allows you to create 3 images a month, with limited 3D templates, stamps and fonts.  If you choose to sign up for the Plus account, you will receive access to create unlimited images, all 3D templates, stamps and fonts.  The Plus plan is basically $8 a month paid yearly at $96.


I believe you will find Book Brush  Plus plan a great deal if you create a lot of images.  If you are not sure, sign up first for the free deal and see if it works for you.

Thanks for stopping by!! See you soon!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the product/product information. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did/will receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May's Gramma in a Box!!



Hey neighbors!!

We received another Gramma in a Box! It is always fun to open the box and see what Terry came up with this time.  I have to admit, I really love the colors and sprinkles in this box!!  We made Pretzel Butterflies, Butterfly Bark, and of course some wonderful Spring Cookies!!


As always the Gramma in a Box comes with everything you need to create three special treats.  All I needed to add was a small microwave safe bowl (to use in your microwave) and a spoon.  Gramma provides everything else you need in the box.  All the ingredients and she even includes the wax paper to create your treats on.  Each box comes with 4 cards.  The first tells you a little about the month's theme, the projects you will create and it gives you the deadline to sign up for the next month's box.  The back of that card tells you what you will find inside and the other supplies you might need.




The next 3 cards are the individual projects.  Each one tells you what you need for the project, gives precise directions for creating the treat and on the back tells you the ingredient and lists any known allergens.

This is such a unique box to get together with your grandchildren, your children or even ask a few of your children's friends over to help.  If you live too far away from your grandchildren, you can FaceTime or Skype while the projects are being created.





You can do one project a day or do them all at once.  Whichever works out best for you.  Gramma in a Box provides you the opportunity to spend quality time together and all the planning is already done for you.  No searching for ingredients or having to plan activities, they are right there and ready to go.


Terry, the founder of Gramma in a Box comes up with original ideas each month.  Many of the boxes are holiday or season themed.  We have enjoyed doing several of her boxes and have not been disappointed with a single box.  You can choose just one month to try it out, or you can sign up and have the boxes delivered monthly.  June 3rd is the deadline for the next Gramma in a Box.  Click on Gramma in a Box to subscribe.




 The really good news here is we are doing a giveaway on our Instagram for next month's box.  So, be sure to drop in At the Fence on Instagram to enter.

So glad you all stopped by!! See you next time!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sinking In Debt - Can August Funding Help



Hey All!!

Are you in debt?  Having trouble paying bills or getting your finances under control?  Maybe this post can help.

Admit It
The first thing you need to do to get out of debt, is to realize you are in debt.  Too often we try to fool ourselves and think we are just a little behind.  To think we just need one more pay day and we will get caught up.  Sometimes this is true, many times we are just trying to convince ourselves that we really aren't in trouble.  Our finances are not that bad.

Take Stock
Once you realize you are in debt and have a financial struggle going on, the best thing you can do is sit down with pen and paper and write down every bill you have.  Record every payment that must be made. List them by priority.  Make sure you pay the most important bills first.  Once you have this completed, try to budget how you can pay off some of those debts.  Perhaps you could take a local course on finances.



Contact
Reach out to ever company you owe money to.  Explain your situation and try to make arrangements to pay a little less each month.  Perhaps they will work out where you can make a full payment, but lower it some just to get it paid off.  Remember some companies can and will work with you, while others will not.  Do not take it personally, they are just following the procedure set down by their companies.

Cut Nonessentials
While going over your finances try to cut out nonessentials.  Cut back on eating out.  Start packing lunches.  Perhaps spend less on soda and other treats.  I am not saying you can not enjoy a snack or have pizza once or twice a month, but cut back.  Do you have cable? Try cutting back on your service or even going without it for awhile.  Anywhere you can save a little do so.  See if there is an insurance company that charges less.  Do this with cell phone companies too.

Earn Extra Income
See if your company can give you a few more hours a week.  Try picking up a part time job on the side.  Try selling items in your home that you no longer need or use.  You can advertise online, have a garage sale, or find a local consignment shop.  Also set up a jar, coffee can or bank and deposit all your change in there every day.  I have been amazed how quickly that adds up.


Create a Budget
Write out a weekly or monthly budget.  Plan your meals, and only purchase what you need. Use coupons and shop for deals or sales.  Don't make impulsive purchases.  Stick by your budget as closely as possible.  By writing down what you spend each week, you might even find some other areas where you can cut corners.

Check Out a Company Like August Funding
If you find you just can not get your head above water, consider locating a debt consolidation company.  Do your research and go with someone reputable, but this may be just what you need to be able to afford the monthly payments to recover from debt.

As a last note, do not ever feel alone in this situation.  There are many reasons people can get in to debt.  The most important thing you can do is realize where you are at and start working on a solution.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!!


Friday, May 10, 2019

Milani Cosmetics Coupon!!


Hey neighbors!!

Anyone interested in scoring a coupon on Milani Cosmetics for Walgreens?  Just look below to find a coupon you can use to purchase your favorite item at your local Walgreens!   Start thinking about a Mother's Day gift you could maybe purchase with the coupon.

Personally I love Rose Oil face sprays, so I am sure I would love the Milani Prep & Brighten Rose Face Oil.  What's something you would like?  Or maybe your mom would like!



Take a minute to download your coupon, and then head to your local Walmart store.


 Thanks for stopping by today!! See you all soon!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How a Donated Piano Can Make New York a Better Place

Hey neighbors!!

If you live in New York, you don’t have to be told twice that it’s the greatest city in the world. Even though New York is big and beautiful, you know that it has its challenges. Many great organizations undertake incredible projects each year to improve its appearance or help clean it up. Imagine, however, a way to make New York a little prettier for tourists and New Yorkers alike while at the same time improving music education in public schools. We’ll show you how this can be done by people who donate pianos NYC.

Brightening Up the City

The idea is actually fairly simple: they simply take the used or unwanted pianos, decorate them, and turn them into works of art to make the city look a little brighter. The donated pianos will become a canvas for a local artist to transform into a public artwork. Whether it’s a busy person who takes a few seconds to stop and stare on their way to work or a tourist using it as a backdrop for a selfie, these pianos are becoming New York landmarks in their own right!

Helping Public Schools

One of the main criticisms that get levied at works of art is that they don’t do anything of value. They may be pretty, but they just take up space and don’t make the world a better place. But, what if all the pieces collected made another stop along their journey after being beautifully decorated and displayed throughout the city? And what if that stop was a public school badly in need of a piano to help with their music program? And what if that piano was re-tuned and ready to be used by students in a music class? Would that make it a rare piece of art that “does something"?

Artists Welcome

In addition to accepting donations of cash and pianos, artists who can donate their time to give the pianos a new look are always welcome. So are technicians willing to work on the pianos, and people willing to help move them from point A to point B.
These pianos not only add character and beauty to New York City, but they also provide opportunities to students who might otherwise go without. If you can donate a piano to this program in NYC, you’ll be able to feel great knowing that you made a true difference for native New Yorkers, tourists, and the next generation of great musicians alike!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Daisy Blue Naturals Skincare #Review



Natural skincare is something I've slowly started to love and use over the past few months. I've transitioned to a lot of natural cleansers, moisturizers, et cetera and I have loved the results, as well as knowing that I'm not using all the chemical-laden products. I was thrilled to receive a few products for review from Daisy Blue Naturals to try out, a company that carries a wide selection of natural health and beauty products.



I received the Vitamin E Body Oil, Chardonnay Face Cream, and Almonilla Body Bar Soap.
The Vitamin E Body Oil is hands-down my favorite product. With the long winter we had, and how frequently we're still getting cold snaps with temps dipping down into the 30s or lower, dry skin has been a huge problem for me this year. I tried numerous lotions, none of which seemed to work. This Vitamin E Body Oil is fantastic though, and is the only thing that has worked to moisturize, soothe, and soften my skin. This is perfect to apply right after a shower while skin is still damp, and while you might assume an oil will leave your skin feeling greasy, that is not the case at all! It absorbs very quickly and I could literally tell a difference in just a couple uses. I love how long the moisture lasts too; I apply once a day after a shower, and that works perfectly. I'm sure during the severe cold we had back in Dec-Jan, I'd probably apply twice a day but I love not having to put lotion on three or four times day - and my skin feels so much better!

The Chardonnay Face Cream is another wonderful product. This comes in a one-ounce jar and actually contains antioxidants from Chardonnay grapes. These antioxidants nourish your skin and really does leave it feeling soft and healthy. I love using this at night right before bed so my skin can absorb all the nutrients overnight. It's also light enough to wear under makeup during the day!


The Almonilla Body Bar Soap is one of the best-smelling soaps ever! French vanilla and almond are paired for the perfect scent, and it cleanses without stripping my skin like most bar soaps tend to do. If you're a fan of a cherry vanilla scent, this one's for you!


Daisy Blue Naturals carries many other great products including makeup, natural deodorants and perfumes, body care, and more! Check out their product line today!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Schoenhut Wooden Dolls

Hi Neighbors!!

I believe some of you know that I collect wooden dolls from the early 1900's.  These dolls were created by the same company who made Schoenhut pianos.  A company founded by Albert Schoenhut a German woodworker who moved to the states.  Along with the dolls he also made circus sets and animals.  The company stopped making the dolls in 1935.  Since I have been collecting these dolls and some of the other figures, I found a community on Facebook, Well Loved Schoenhuts, where members not only collect these dolls, they also repair, restore and re-create them.


I presently have approximately 20 of the dolls, as well as a small circus set and a poodle.  What makes these dolls unique is, not only are they made from wood, but they have spring metal joints, that allow you to pose them.  They are jointed at the ankle, knee, hip, wrists, elbows and shoulders.  I am amazed that so many of them are still in very good condition.  They range in size from 11 inches to 22 inches.  The most common is the 22 inch Miss Dolly, but there are several others both boy and girl.  Many like to dress them in clothing from their time period, but it is also fun to find more modern clothing for them. I have found that many of the American Girl accessories and clothing will fit some of my Schoenhut Dolls.





I am following along in this group I am a member of to see all the different things that can be done.  Several of the women are skilled at rebuilding some of the dolls and parts for them.  These women use different woodworking tools, like those found at, MemorialWoodWorking.com to make new arms and legs for their dolls.  I would love to become that skilled.  Another woman in the group has sanded down their faces and then recreates totally new looks for the dolls.  She has made two different boxers, a monkey face, adorable Raggedy Ann and Andy and many others.  There are also members in the group who make and sell period clothing and one makes replica shoes.






I recently purchased a couple of older TLC dolls to try my hand at repair and restoring.  I will see how it goes.  I know I can sand them down, but beyond that will be an experience.  I will be repainting the body and face.  I may have to replace a wig or two. I have been studying some of the different books and articles available on Schoenhuts.  I am both excited and hesitant to start one.

I have two large store displays that I keep my Schoenhut Dolls in.  They have glass doors that lock, although I never lock them and have lights above.  I have purchased many different items to create displays.  I have hay bales, fences, tables and chairs, desks, and of course food and drinks.  I found one woman who is great at creating homemade items.  They look so realistic.  She has done Starbucks, ice cream, snacks, etc. 




There are just so many things you can do with these dolls.  If you are interested in more information, leave a comment or message me and I can put you in contact with people who are much more knowledgeable about these dolls.

Thanks for stopping in. And come back again soon.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pink Lemonade Reusable Cloth Pads - Made in the USA!



Hey neighbors!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day today!  Today I am going to share with you about a company called Pink Lemonade.  They make Reusable Cloth Pads for every woman.  I received four different liners and want to share a little bit with you about them.  Don't worry, it will all be handled very discreetly.

First off the four I received are each just a little different.  One is a Terry cloth type material.  Two are made from a t-shirt type material, and the last one appears to be made of a cotton material.  They each have a difference in either color or design.  The Terry cloth is a teal color.  The t-shirt material has one with cats wearing glasses and the the other has calming type words like: hope, calm, meditate, peace, etc.  The cotton material liner has a floral design.






Now, the benefit to these pads is of course you use them over and over.  The other thing I really like, is they snap around the crotch of your underwear.  One snap that is sturdy.  This means no more finding out they became loose and moved all over.



I personally am at the stage where I need pantyliners almost daily.  I really tire of having to purchase them on a regular basis and dispose of them in a hygienic manner.  These liners allow me to snap them in place, once they have been worn I place them in a small lingerie laundry bag and then toss them in the wash.  So very convenient.


Now, I am sure there are some who think they could never wash reusable liners, but that is what they are designed for and I may be wrong, but I am sure most of you wash your underclothing, this is nothing different.  Simple, comfortable and easy to use.  And there is another benefit.  You can order these right on the Pink Lemonade website and have them delivered to your home.  I mean I am sure I am not the only one who hates to check out with a male cashier when purchasing feminine hygiene products.  I know my daughters do.

Pink Lemonade is being kind enough to sponsor a giveaway of a $25 Gift Certificate to their online shop.  Be sure to enter below, and to follow them on their social media.

Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!! See you soon!