Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zylie Goes to Florida!

Hey neighbors!

Everyone remember Zylie the bear?  She is going on vacation with us to Florida!  Zylie will be traveling with my daughter and occasionally dropping in here At the Fence for updates.  We are actually leaving Thursday, but I thought we would begin the first post here.

Zylie has her bags almost completely packed, with my daughters help.  She has borrowed some clothing from my daughters dolls, so you will see her in some different outfits.  Every well traveled bears needs a few outfits for a month long trip!  Tomorrow, Zylie and M will finish packing and they will load their bags into the trailer.  We will be pulling a cargo trailer for all our stuff!  Of course Zylie and M are bringing some books to read, some stories to listen to, and M has started drawing, so I am sure they will spend some of their time traveling, drawing pictures.

Zylie and M will have to share a seat with M's older sister and brother.  Hopefully it won't be too crowded.  But Zylie "bearly" takes up any room!

Now, here is the great news...we are going to have another giveaway, where the winner may choose either Zylie or Shen.  Here is how this will work.  We will start the giveaway Wednesday.  I will have a small post, and include a Rafflecopter for entry.  With each updated post from M and Zylie, there will be one extra way to enter.  The giveaway will end the end of February, when a winner will be chosen randomly to receive their choice of either Zylie or Shen.  So be sure to check back often to see how the trip is going!

My Feet are Warm Again!

Hi Neighbors!

We just received the cutest, and I mean cutest pair of sock slippers!  They are little, pink pigs!  Lately my feet have been cold.  Nothing else, just my feet.  I think it has to do with my diabetes and the hardwood floors in the home here.  I am the first one to complain of being too hot, but not my feet.  I used to run around barefoot as much as I could, now I wear socks or these really nice sock slippers. They really Chase Away the Chill!

They actually come a little above the ankle, and are super soft, and super warm! The sole is non-slip, and the actual base of the slipper is a nice comfortably, padded bottom.  I do have to hide them from my daughters because they will try to wear them when I don't.  The sock slippers came from BunnySlippers.com.  They have a wide variety of animal slippers.  They also have... get this, Microwavable slippers!  They have removable insoles, that are lavender scented.  You heat them up, slip them back into the slipper, and enjoy. 

The Pink Pig Sock Slippers are $24.95.  Wait till you see the pictures!  You just might want a pair yourself.  You can purchase them from BunnySlippers.com.  They even have them for men, but I think my husband would prefer a different color than pink.  Maybe the  Monkey Sock Slippers.

I encourage my neighbors to stop by their site and look around.  They have some really adorable slippers!  And they have them for the whole family!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive a pair of slippers for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Monday, January 30, 2012

More Whole Grain!

Hello Neighbors!

Before my family got their hands on them!
Wow!  That is all I can say.  I received 5 Boxes of cereal from General Mills and My Blog Spark.  I opened the package in the late afternoon, by the next morning one box was empty and 2 more were on their way!  My family LOVES cereal!  And not just for breakfast.  They love to have a snack in the afternoon or right before bed and many times it is cereal.  Two of them had three bowlfuls that night!  (My husband was one of the culprits!)

First bowl!
Anyway, we received Total, Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Cheerios.  We all know how important whole grain is to our health, and the health of our children.  Now with a quick glance at the box, you will be able to tell which cereal has whole grain as it's first ingredient.  They will be marked with a white check.

Below are some tips from Dr. Stork, Emergency Room physician and host of "The Doctors".

  • Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
  • Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
  • Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.

This was whole box was gone by the time breakfast was over!
Now, not only will you have a chance to enter here to receive the same 5 General Mills Cereal prize pack that I did, but if you visit the website www.WholeGrainNation.com you have a chance to enter their sweepstakes.  They have developed an educational game called, "Fast Lane for Whole Grain", where Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grains as the first ingredient.  When you do this you you will have the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check on them.

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Encouraging Children to Eat Healthy Meals

Hey Neighbors!

Imagine, I have just started doing extra in the kitchen with my children, and Social Moms and Uncle Ben's team up to bring a post about making healthy meals for your children.  Now I just have to tell you, that we add rice to alot of our meals!  My husband could have rice with butter as a side dish every night of the week!

Just yesterday we created a really great meal using rice!  We started out by marinating chicken breast chunks in a Teriyaki Sauce and some of it in a Buffalo Sauce.  I personally don't like spicy, but the Buffalo Sauce won hands down with the rest of my family.  The girls all helped prepare the meal.  Anyway, after marinading the chicken for several hours, we placed the chicken in baking dishes and placing them in the oven.  We started rice next.  While waiting for the water to boil, we pulled out the wok and started stir fry veggies.  Yum!  The veggies included broccoli, mushrooms, snap peas, red pepper, carrots, water chestnuts, and those little corn things!  With eight of us and one guest we had to do two pans of veggies.  Unfortunately we underestimated on the chicken.  Everyone wanted more!  So, today we purchased more chicken and other ingredients and are making it again tomorrow!

Buffalo Chicken
I find that my children seem to be more excited about eating healthy when they help.  My two youngest daughters, 11 and 14, are all excited because soon they get to do a the whole week of meal planning and cooking.  They love to search through recipe books to find new meals to try.  And of course my neighbors know they have started baking their own bread.  Much better for you, you know!

Teriyaki Chicken
I try to use fresh veggies whenever possible to make the meals healthier.  We also use alot of chicken.  I try to use fish, but it is not a very welcomed item by most members of my family.  I also substitute ground turkey for ground beef.  While I would not label us health nuts, we do try to add healthy ingredients when possible.

Stir Fry Veggies
Now, Uncle Ben's is having a Beginner's Cooking Contest to encourage children to cook healthy meals.  Have them create a meal using rice and then video them and their excitement over the meal and cooking, and then upload it to the contest site.  Maybe they could win!  perhaps my girls could do our rice and chicken with stir fried veggies to enter!

How do my neighbors encourage their children to cook and eat healthy?  Do you have a special recipe to share?  I know a few people posted a bread recipe last week, and we are looking forward to trying them!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Dress Up and Growing Up

Hi Neighbors!

How many of you have a little girl, or not so little girl who likes to play dress-up?  My 11 year old is going through an amazing stage right now.  Not only does she like to play dress-up, but she is starting to want to bake, cook, sew etc.  One minute she is running around in a princess dress and cape, and the next she is making homemade bread all by herself.

She is the youngest, so watching her go through this stage is sad, but sweet.  She goes from little girl to young lady.  My husband said the Lord gave her to us to put a smile on his face.  She loves to tease him in return.  In the last week she has baked bread and made chocolate cream pie, all from scratch.  She even whipped up heavy cream to make her own whipped topping.  She did very well on her first tries.

We are working through a book from Keepers of the Faith called Keepers At Home.  It has all sorts of ideas and projects for girls to accomplish to prepare them to be a wife and mother.  They are both excited about working through the book.  She is really looking forward to sewing and taking charge of preparing meals.  I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Aerobie Megatop

Hi Neighbors!

Did you wake up to snow this morning?  What a perfect day to find something for the children to do inside to Chase Away the Chills!  How about an Aerobie Megatop.  This is some serious fun, after you get the hang of it.  You have to practice a little first.  The Megatop comes with a good sized top, a string to launch it with, a Spin-Booster, and a Catching Plate.

Do some of these terms sound strange?  They were to me!  I finally got the hang of sort of back-handing the top on the table, then I found the Spin-Booster.  It is a little rubber paddle to help keep the Megatop spinning.  Pretty neat!  The Catching Plate is so you can transfer it to another surface or you can toss it up into the air and catch it.  Some other tricks are listed that you can try, but I don't think I will!  You can come up with all different kinds of contests, from who can spin it the longest to who can make it go the furthest difference.  You can also set up an obstacle course.  They also suggest using a shallow platter and having them knock into each other until one wins!  Oh, and I forgot to tell you, the top has two different tips.  One is rounded for long spinning and the other is a traveling tip, so that it moves around.

I have to confess, my son got it spinning for a long time by using the Spin-Booster.  We are going to have a competition and see who can spin it the longest.  My children are very competitive when it comes to things like this.  The quick launch accelerator easily achieves 3000+ RPM spin rates.  AMAZING!

Would you like to own an Aerobie Megatop?  You can purchase one online, just search their website, or you could try to win one here. 

One neighbor will receive an Aerobie Megatop.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tora, Tora, Tora Blu-Ray Edition!

Hello Neighbors,

This review is somewhat different than most as it is of a classic film, Tora, Tora, Tora.  I thought this would be a good item to review being  historical as it deals with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The film, originally done in 1970 and winner of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, looks tremendous on this new Blu-ray edition!  Simply put, it looks like a modern film, not one from over 40 years ago!  This film has been appreciated over the years for being particularly accurate in the details of this tragic event, which is exactly why it has been labeled a docu-drama, providing the facts while still maintaining a story-telling feel as you watch it.  Compared to the movies of today, Tora, Tora, Tora is very tame regarding violence, although I was somewhat surprised and disappointed that a few curse words were in the film, despite its "G" rating.

This Blu-ray DVD edition comes LOADED with extra's including the Day of Infamy Documentary, the AMC Backstory, The History VS Hollywood and the very special Fox Movietone News Clips, all regarding the accuracies of the movie, as well as many other interesting features such as the Behind the Scenes Gallery, the Production Gallery, Commentary and the original trailer!  In addition this Tora, Tora, Tora Blu-ray DVD comes specially sealed in a 10 page booklet that itself contains some pictures of the film as well as biographies of the main persons involved in that "Day of Infamy" December 7th, 1941 and the actors that portray these men.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive a copy of Tora, Tora, Tora for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.

Fuller Brush Disposal Cleaner

Hello Neighbors!

Fuller Brush Foaming Disposal Cleaner now has Rafflecopter.  Please email me when you notice something is missing.  I apologize that it was not in place.  Thanks so much!  See you soon, At the Fence!

See's Candies!

Hello Neighbor!

How are all of you doing today?  The weather here is gorgeous!  So nice.  Hopefully it is just as nice for all of my Neighbors.

Have any of you heard of See's Candies?  I have and I heard that they were really good.  Well guess what?  They now have candy fundraisers!  So if anybody is looking for fundraising ideas check them out!  Are any of my Neighbors planning a fundraiser?  Candy is always a great fundraiser.  If any of my neighbors has ever tried their candies, leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

We are planning for our trip to Florida next month.  It will be so fun!  There are a lot of things we plan on doing, a lot of friends we are going to meet up with, and a lot of places to go.  :D  We are also planning on a short trip in March.   My little sister is sooo excited!  We are staying in a cabin for a week.  We found some really nice ones that have some cheap rates!  It has two bedrooms.  Another thing we like about it is that there is a full kitchen, a living room area, and a porch!  She is already planning everything she wants to bring, do, etc.  She wants to go boating, hiking and so many other things.  Anyway... it should be a lot of fun.

Brought to you by your friends at : www.fr.sees.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

Hey Neighbors!

As some of you know, we homeschool.  My youngest, loves history and has begging to read old poetry books or some Shakespeare.  (Strange child!)  Anyway, when I was asked to review one of the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare books, I chose Romeo and Juliet.  These are designed to give a sixty-minute presentation of one of Shakespeare's works.  There is an introduction, that includes tidbits on Shakespeare and his works, hints for the director, and some of the most often quoted lines.

Throughout the book there are blank pages for the director to write notes in.  The play can actually be completed in sixty minutes.  Now, I will tell you up front the problem I have is not with this book or the way it is done, it is actually that they take God's name in vain.  Yes, I know that is how Shakespeare wrote it, but I personally do not care for it.  So, I have allowed my daughter to read through the parts and we actually put together a small part she acted out in the video below.  She is a ham!  This is my daughter who loves to play dress up in frills and ruffles, and then she is also the very same child, who like to get into snowball fights with her brothers!

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare is an ideal choice for someone who does not have the time for the unabridged version, or for the homeschooling parent who wants to give their child a taste of Shakespeare or even the teacher who wishes to cover Shakespeare with her students.

This series is done by Cass Foster, who has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over thirty-five years.  He is the director of a theatre program in a small college in central Arizona and has choreographed fights for numerous Shakespeare Festivals.  He has directed shows and staged fights at theatres and universities throughout the country.  Besides his obvious interest in Shakespeare, Cass is actively involved in the development of new plays for young audiences.

One entry is to tell which of Shakespeare's works this quote came from: "To be or not to be.  That is the question."  One of my neighbors here At the Fence will get to choose one book from the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series.  Visit the website GetShakespeare.com and look around!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

UPrinting 50 Brochures R and G

Hi Neighbors!

We are having another beautiful day here At the Fence.  It is actually short sleeve weather outside.  Not complaining at all!  Do any of you have a business that could use some brochures for advertising?  Or perhaps you have an event coming up.  I know we have many uses here between 4 websites and the ministry.  We seem to always have printing needs.

UPrinting is offering 50 Brochures:

8.5" x 11"
100lb Paper Gloss
With Folding (Half Fold, Trifold/Letterfold, Z-Fold, Roll Fold, Accordion Fold)
Front and Back Printing
2 Business Days Turnaround
*Free shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only

If you have won or hosted a giveaway with UPrinting Brochures, you may not win this giveaway.  Otherwise feel free to enter.  

UPrintings brochures look super great!  I have received other products from them and have never been disappointed.  Both the quality and the speed with which I received them impressed me.  I have business cards that I use for my site.  This time the brochures will be for my husband.  I can't wait to see the results.

Uprinting is there for all your printing needs.  Be sure to visit their website and see what they have to offer.  
Disclosure:You should assume that the owner of this blog will receive free print product in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions.

Homemade Bread From Scratch

Hi Neighbors!

I just had to share this.  My two youngest daughters are learning to bake bread.  They are 14 and 11 and have both completed one loaf each!  With a family the size of ours they don't last long though!  The minute they come out of the oven everyone wants some!  Pull out a knife and butter and let's go.
Looks ready to eat.

Can you tell she is happy with the results?
Anyway, yesterday Modesty baked her bread all alone.  Today she helped Mercy bake hers.  They both turned out great!  We did have to rescue Mercy when she forgot to put some flour on her hand before kneading the dough.  They both did an excellent job and will each be making a pie, a sweet bread, cake, cobbler and cookies.  I will post more as they work on these.

Sticky hands! Still smiling though.

Much better!
Looks good!

Can you taste it?
Ready to eat.
 Have you ever made bread from scratch?  Have a favorite bread recipe to share?  Leave a comment!


Authored by Rickey Combs

I have decided what I am going to get my sister for her birthday in February. I was looking through gift blogs using my Clear Internet Somerset connection and saw something that was really cool. When I buy gifts, I always try to buy something that I would like and also something that I know that the recipient would never buy themselves. Those are the kind of gifts that I like getting too. Anyway, I got a great idea to buy my sister a Pendleton Woolen Blanket. They are really works of art. They are hand woven fine wool. They have some really beautiful colors and prints. They have a native American flair and most are actually designed by Native Americans. The blankets will last a life time. I think that my sister will really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making these blankets. I think that they will also be a perfect fit with her funky style. I can’t wait to give it to her on her birthday, she is going to love it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gorton's Grilled Seafood

Greetings Neighbors!

Once again Gorton's is offering something great for my neighbors here At the Fence.  Not only will there be a giveaway (more information later), but they have a Grill Your Way to Gorgeous Giveaway going on.  It started January 4th and runs through February 9th.  With all the New Year's resolutions that were made to lose weight, seafood is one of the best options to assist in reaching your goal.

We here At the Fence, love Gorton's Seafood.  This time we tried the Grilled Tilapia Roasted Garlic Butter and the Grilled Tilapia Lemon Peppercorn.  We served it up with rice and spinach.  My husband was raving throughout the meal!  He loved it!  I think that their favorite was the Roasted Garlic Butter, but there was not any fish leftover.  See the pictures!

Be sure to take time to enter the Grill Your Way to Gorgeous.  The Grand Prize is a $1,000 Wardrobe Makeover and the 1,000 First Place winners will receive a coupon for a free Gorton's Grilled Seafood product.  I am sure my daughters will be entering.

Now, Gorton's has offered 2 coupons for free product to 3 neighbors.  Be sure to enter!  You will love it!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive coupons for free product.  All quotes are taken from the Gorton's email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Driving Tips For Moms

Hey neighbors!

As you all know, we will be taking a month long trip to Florida and then spend the whole month traveling and camping.  We will be returning the first week of March.  So, what better time to add some driving tips, especially when traveling with children.  Remember, we have 6 children, and although 3 of them are now considered adults, we have spent a majority of the last nine years on the road.

First of all, we plan as much as possible in advance.  We like to know the route we are taking, and approximately where we will be stopping each evening.  By doing this, we cut down on having to read a map while driving, or get concerned we past a turn or exit.  I can't tell you how many times when we first started on the road that my husband would hand me the map and say, "Quick, tell me if this is the exit we need!".  And I personally hate having to make a judgement call like that. So now we map out our route, so we don't have surprises like that!  We also have a GPS now, but even they make mistakes occasionally.  We were looking for a restaurant a friend had told us about and it took us to a golf course!

Another thing we do, is plan to have plenty for the children to do, packed and handy.  Nothing like trying to drive and entertain bored children at the same time.  This can be a major distraction!  We bring, books, small toys, music, and occasionally a dvd.  Oh, and plenty of snacks and drink.  This makes for a quieter ride, less distractions, and the children are happier.  And of course make sure your children are buckled in.  A child bouncing around or climbing over seats could cause a wreck.

Now this should be a given!  My husband is very strict about obeying speed limits and other traffic signs and signals.  He has been this way since we first married.  He has enforced this rule with every one of the children when they have learned to drive.  We tease him about being a passenger driver.  He is constantly giving hints and tips while they have their learner's permit.  Sometimes they look at me and laugh.  We have seen and heard of many accidents caused because someone did not follow basic traffic signs and signals.  My husband lost his mother when he was 7 because someone went through a stop sign.

Another thing I would recommend is to keep your mind on the driving and not try to multitask while you are driving.  I have seen to many moms talking on phones, applying makeup and turning around to talk to the children.  I know this is a basic tip, but it really is necessary for safe driving.

Always be aware of the condition of the driving surfaces.  Wet or icy conditions can seriously effect your driving.  All it takes on a wet or slippery surface is a second of misjudgement and you can end up in a wreck.  Just the other day as we pulled into the mall parking lot we slid a little on some ice.  Just for a second, but we slid nonetheless.  I can remember one time in Maine it was snowing and as we approached a major intersection we started sliding through the stop sign.  A semi-truck was passing and we missed it by maybe an inch.  So, be aware of weather and how it affects the your driving.

Last of all I will share an experience I had as a teenager.  I had gone roller skating with a friend and her older sister drove.  I did not know that while we were skating she was drinking.  My home was on a gravel road.  As we came down a nearby road the asphalt ended and the gravel began just before you went into a curve.  As we entered the curve the car began sliding.  Instead of giving it a little gas and guiding it through the curve she applied the brakes!  HARD!.  We ended up, upside down in a ditch.  I was the only one injured, with a broken collar bone.  So, don't drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.

Hope this helps someone.  Leave me a comment with one of your tips!  And take a moment to check out Esurance's Facebook page and check out some of their hints and tips! You can like them here:

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Esurance blogging program for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pringles and a Great Trip Idea!

Hi Neighbors!

As you know from previous posts, my family LOVES Pringles!  It is the number one snack that my 14 year old daughter asks for.  And with a family of 8, everyone has their favorite.  Some like the Original, others Sour Cream and Onion, and others the Barbecue.  They are one of the snacks we have on game night.

Game Night!  Board games that is.
Now Pringles has a new idea for using the can afterwards.  You can visit their Facebook page and download and print activities for the children to use on a trip.  Print them off, roll them up, and put them in the Pringles can. Now, add something for them to write or draw with, pop on the lid, and you are ready to go.  My personal preference is colored pencils.  They don't melt, and don't leave stains like ink pens or markers.  They can be used for writing or coloring!  You could throw in a small pencil sharpener. 

Sour Cream and Onion.

Original for her!
Not only could you take these on road trips, but they are perfect for Dr. appointments, shopping trips, or even going out to eat.  How many times have your children been bored waiting for the adults to finish talking.  They don't cost much, and they are easy to replace if they get damaged.  I don't know how often I have purchased little bags or bins for carrying activities and then had them ruined or broken.  With a Pringles can, you just throw it away and use your next can...as soon as you eat all the Pringles of course!

Be sure to visit their Facebook page and print off some pages for your next trip.  Coloring, Word Find, Tic Tac Toe, Riddles, etc.  There is even a section for parents with a check list for Before Leaving, After Leaving and SOS.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive some Pringles for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the email and website.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fuller Brush Foaming Disposal Cleaner

Hi Neighbors!

Do you have any odors emanating from your sink or disposal system?  Perhaps you should try the Fuller Brush Foaming Disposal Cleanser.($6.99)   We do not have a disposal, but we used it in our sink drain.  We are in an older home, and the drain has a tendency to back up and also to emit odors.  The Fuller Brush Foaming Disposal Cleaner has a fresh citrus scent.  The natural citrus oils break down the grease build up and removes grime and odors.  I personally think it smells great!  Fresh and citrusy!

It is very simple to use.  Shake the can well, remove the black cap, and place clear plastic tube on the tip.  Place the tip down the drain or disposal and press the button.  When you begin to see foam around the lip of the drain, stop.  Allow the foam to sit for approx. 4-5 minutes, use a special Multi-purpose Kitchen brush to scrub the disposal, and then rinse well with warm water.

Now, Fuller Brush is going to send one neighbor their own can of Foaming Disposal Cleaner.

Sticky Monkey Labels!

Hi Neighbors!

Have you ever tried Sticky Monkey Labels?  I received a sample pack, and they are not only adorable they work very well.  I have not tried the labels inside the shoes yet, because I wanted to get this posted as soon as possible.  My originals were somehow lost in the holiday mail, so when Sticky Monkey Labels sent me new ones, I wanted to share them with you right away.  These labels are waterproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, laundry safe, and weather resistant.  Not only that, you can personalize them with really cute designs.  I had a kitten added to one and the other was done in Pink and Chocolate.  They are really cute!

About Sticky Monkey Labels:
" Who are we?  We are a couple of girls raised in small town Oklahoma.  And we happen to be sisters.  We’re the two youngest of five girls.  Four girls very close in age and then me, Dodie, eight years later.  And like most sisters there were instances of torment and torture, but also many instances of pride and admiration. 
Chrissy started her family and continues to live in Oklahoma.  Shortly after school I moved and settled in Arkansas.  Then I too became a mother.  And like all Mothers, being a Mom is the most important job in our lives.  Our sisterhood became motherhood, giving us a deeper connection to each other and other mothers as well. 
We have been there.  In fact, we are there.  Between the two of us, we have children in diapers, in preschool, elementary school, and even college.   We do the shuttling from school, soccer, softball, summer camps, and field trips.  Carpool, boy scouts, dance classes.  Oh yes, we are indeed mothers!  Mothers desperate to find a way to keep track of their children’s personal belongings, just like you.
Let’s face it.  No one wants to constantly replace their child’s lost belongings.  Not to mention the financial strain this can put on a household.  Sticky Monkey Labels was born from this one premise.  We needed a cost effective way to label our children’s belongings.  And making them fun was just an added bonus!  But more importantly, our labels work. 
They are cost effective, waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, laundry safe, and weather resistant.  And don’t forget they are super-cute! 
Our labels are designed and created by mothers, for mothers.  This is who we are!
Thank you for visiting our store and we hope you enjoy what you see!  More than that, we hope you find our products as useful as we do in helping to keep track of your child’s personal belongings.
Let us hear from you and how you and your family have had fun using our labels.
Until then, Happy Labeling!"

My daughters are putting their labels in books, on clothing, anything they think is important.  We will be doing the shoe labels too!  With the labels for shoes, you place the foot shaped label in, and then there is a clear label you place over it to protect it. No more fussing over who owns the shoes, and hopefully no more lost shoes!

Be sure to visit their site, and then connect with them on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on anything new!  Just think of all the possibilities!  You can label bottles, sippy cups, school supplies, jackets and sweaters, backpacks, books, shoes, blankets, snack cups, toys, skates....  What can you think of?

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I received sample Sticky Monkey Labels for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the Sticky Monkey Labels website.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Diamond Candles

Greetings Neighbors!

Another cold, cold day here At the Fence!  We have had alot of activity at our birdfeeders!  So, here is one thing I enjoy on a cold day, it is to sit inside, light a couple of fragrant candles and watch our feathered friends visit.  Or perhaps curl up with a good book.  Nothing like Chasing Away the Chills!

Here are some of our feathered friends!

You can see it here.
Anyway, I received this gorgeous candle from Diamond Candles.  It is Carnival Candy Scented.  I have a confession to make here, I LOVE cotton candy!  Now, I can't eat it anymore, but the fragrance of this candle sure brings back memories! Diamond Candles are soy candles.  One of the most exciting things about Diamond Candles though is there is a ring in every candle!  What a really neat idea!  Each candle has a foil sealed ring in the candle, and you don't know what you will receive.  You have to burn your candle down until the foil wrapper is exposed, blow out your candle, and then carefully remove the foil package.  Inside you will find your ring!  It can be valued at: $10, $100, $1,000, or $5,000.

It's going to be awhile.

So, my candle arrived, and of course I love the scent.  We started burning it right away!  It took awhile, and I have to admit, I helped it along by pouring out some of the melted candle occasionally.  When we finally reached the foil package, we blew out the flame, and then used tweezers to get the package out.  Inside was a little zip-lock bag with my ring inside.  See the picture!  My daughter thinks it is hers!

Still burning!

See the packet peeking out?

Want to know how it all got started? Here is the story:
"Let's start at the beginning of this love story that turned into a business. David met Brenda for the first time in November of 1978 when they were both still in high school. He knew the first time that he laid eyes on her that she was going to be his wife one day. They both realized that they were destined to be together.
Several years later at a picnic in his parents' back yard, David got down on one knee and proposed to Brenda just two years after their first date. She said yes!
Young, broke, and in love, there was nothing wrong with the world as long as they were together.
Throughout the next year, David worked long hours in construction and had been saving up every penny to be able to buy something nice for his wife for their anniversary. With their anniversary approaching, he went to the local jewelry store to see what type of gift he could afford with his hard earned savings. He soon discovered a diamond ring that he knew Brenda would absolutely love.
With the ring purchased, David rushed to the grocery store to buy a gift bag to put the ring in. He couldn't find any gift bags, but just before leaving he saw some candles. David knew that Brenda loved candles, and he decided to pick one up to go along with the anniversary ring. On his way out of the store, he looked down at the ring in one hand and the candle in the other, and the idea of Diamond Candles was born."

Found it!
Here it is!
What do you think?

Diamond Candles are $24.95 each, and are available in an array of scents!  Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  And last but not least, make sure you enter their giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive a Diamond Candle for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the Diamond Candle email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely mine.