Friday, September 15, 2017

Uncle Ben's Flavor Infusions

Hi everyone I'm sorry haven't posted anything lately. Blogging is not what it used to be and I've had a lot of things in my life no time to blog.. I wanted to share the Uncle Ben's Flavor Infusions I received from Influenster though.

These are new rice mixes you can buy. I think Target has a big selection of them.



The rice inspired me to make some stuffed peppers. I haven't made those in literally years. And found an easier way to do it. And I used this rice and it was really good. My husband loved the dinner.


The rice was also easy to make. I will try to post some more soon. But am finding it hard to do so...
well that's it for now.

disclosure: I received a free product from Influenster for testing purposes. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Superior Source Vitamins #giveaway ARV $70.00



Guys I have another cool giveaway for you this month. It is products from Superior Source Vitamins.

Here is some info on them:

Superior Source Vitamins are MicroLingual® –“Under the Tongue Technology” works fast, as they are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds – NO pills to swallow! By swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach. No pills to swallow – dissolves in seconds GMO FREE and Sugar FREE
90% smaller than regular vitamins No binders, fillers, dyes or preservatives Only 3 clean ingredients Over 150+ vitamins to choose.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scratch & Grain Baking co. review & #giveaway


Hey dear blog readers! My family and I just got back from a vacation. We had a great time, and while we were away we were able to try the samples I received from Scratch & Grain.






Here is some info on the company:

Scratch & Grain 7/5/17 LAKE OSWEGO, OR - Delectable all-natural baked goods were served. Tears of joy were shed. And a life-changing deal was made. The year was 2015 and Oregon “mompreneurs” Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin were in the “Shark Tank” to pitch Scratch & Grain Baking Company, their highly innovative line of baking kits featuring individually-packaged and measured gourmet ingredients with such easy-to-use numbered and color coding, even children could feel like pastry chefs. Passing acquaintances before starting their business, the two women were now firmly united in the pursuit of two equally daunting but decidedly thrilling goals: to walk out of the Tank with a Shark in their corner, and to parlay their extraordinary television debut into a brand that would at long last redefine the baking mix category and make homemade baking for the entire family easier, tastier and healthier than ever before.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Downfalls of DIY Plumbing

Technically, my husband and I are new homeowners. About eight months ago, we were able to buy a house again. With owning a house comes many responsibilities. One is taking care of any plumbing issues that may come up. You may be tempted to try to do it yourself, but here are some problems you might encounter with DIY plumbing.

Shutting Off the Water Supply


Image via Flickr by MoToMo

A common mistake that many homeowners make is neglecting to turn off the main water supply before starting a DIY plumbing project. Most people don't even know where the main shutoff is. If you can't locate the main shutoff valve in your home, then you should call a plumber. Many pros will check your emergency shutoff valves for you and will show you how to do this yourself, usually at no charge.

Every plumbing project should begin with shutting off the main water supply for your home. This should be as easy as turning a valve. If for some reason you are unsure about this, then don't hesitate to call a plumber to do the repairs.

Causing More Problems
Everyone has good intentions when starting a DIY plumbing project, but many times, homeowners just create more problems. You could
damage your home or equipment, such as your HVAC system, if you don't complete the job properly. You could also run into trouble if you don't have the right tools. Plumbers will always have the right tools, and if the job needs specialized equipment, they'll have that, too.

You may think you know how to fix a plumbing problem, but some issues are too complicated to tackle on your own. This could end up costing you extra time and money. Hiring a professional could save you money in the long run, and a plumber can diagnose a problem and service your plumbing system a lot faster than you can.

Knowing Your Limitations
Be honest. Do you really know that much about plumbing? Unless you're a professional plumber, you probably don't really know the ins and outs of plumbing. If you make a mistake and something goes wrong, you'll have to call a plumber. This could end up costing you more because you've caused more damage.

While some DIY plumbing may be possible for simple jobs, certain plumbing issues that arise in your home demand a professional. Knowing when to call a plumber is important. When an emergency happens, such as a lack of water pressure or hot water, you should always call a professional. Another time when it would be best to call a plumber is if your pipes freeze, as attempting to thaw out frozen pipes by yourself could be dangerous and more expensive in the long run.

If you want to do something right the first time, then it's really best to leave it to the professionals. They can service and repair anything in your home much more quickly and easily than you can. Unless you're very confident in your abilities, then DIY plumbing isn't usually the best option.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Karen's Naturals review & #giveaway

Hi everyone! I've got a really cool review with giveaway for you this week. It is from the company Karen's Naturals.



Info about product and company:


Married to fourth generation family farmer Bill Cox and mother to their two young children Matt and Megan, Karen envisioned a brand that would utilize dehydration and freeze-drying technology to bring farm fresh fruits and vegetables to the public year-round in the most nutritious, convenient, cost-conscious and flavor-packed manner possible. So Karen and Bill created Just Tomatoes - initially selling dehydrated tomatoes from their farm, then quickly outgrowing their name by adding apples, persimmons, berries, corn and fruit mixes to their family of naturally-fresh, chemical-free products. As farmers devoted to growing not only crops but relationships, the couple built partnerships with other farmers and Just Tomatoes began an ascent that continues to this day

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Stay Cool This Summer

Summer is here, so it's important for you and your family to find ways to stay cool. Keeping your house and your family members at a comfortable temperature can sometimes be a struggle. If you're worried about high electricity costs, here are a few simple ways to stay cool this summer.


Stay Hydrated
Image via Flickr by jenny downing 

Drinking fluids during hot weather is very important. The most essential fluid is water. Unlike sodas or other sugary drinks, water is the one liquid that can keep you hydrated. There are many health benefits to drinking water, including keeping your energy levels up and maintaining a healthy body temperature.

There are a few tips to remember to help you stay hydrated in the summer months. One is to drink enough water to prevent thirst. This is a mistake that many make, as they start drinking only after they feel thirsty. Another one is if you're outside or exercising in the heat for 60 minutes or more, then you should drink plenty of water to replace the fluids you lose during exercise.

Use the Right Fabrics
If you want to stay cool in the heat, another way to do that is to wear light clothing. Try to wear clothing made from lightweight fabrics, such as rayon or linen. Rayon is perfect material for most sportswear and summer dresses. Wearing light-colored clothing can also help with the heat, since colors like white or other light shades reflect the sun. In contrast, black and other dark clothes absorb the heat.

Bedrooms can also get hot in the summer, which may make sleeping uncomfortable. Cotton sheets will keep you cool at night. Light-colored bed linens made of cotton are breathable and can wick away perspiration. Cotton helps promote airflow and keeps you cool and dry, unlike synthetic fabrics that don't promote ventilation.

Keep the Kitchen Cool
Turning on your oven will heat up your house. If you're trying to save money on your electricity bill during the summer months, then there are a few things you can do. These tips will help keep your kitchen and house from getting too hot and will take some pressure off your air conditioner

Using appliances other than the oven will keep your kitchen and house from getting too hot. Try cooking with the microwave, slow cooker, or even an electric skillet. These will save energy and produce less heat than your oven does. Cooking outdoors on your barbecue, grill, or even an outdoor pizza oven is another great idea for the summer. Not only is it fun to have a cookout with friends and family, but doing this will also keep your home's interior cool.

Following these tips will ensure that you keep both your house and your family cool this summer without always having to rely on your air conditioner. If you do need to turn on your HVAC system in the hot weather, then you should make sure that you've had it serviced for the season.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OOLA: FIND BALANCE IN AN UNBALANCED WORLD FOR WOMEN #giveaway

Everyone, I've got a cool book and giveaway to share with you. It is called OOLA: FIND BALANCE IN AN UNBALANCED WORLD FOR WOMEN. Written by:  Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl.



info on book:

After the release of their first book, the OolaLifestyle has become a sensation with readers who are trying to seek balance in an unbalanced world. Dave and Troy have built their entire phenomenon through social media, and now have more than 700,000 followers. The idea for creating a movement solely for women came when they realized their social following was primarily female. OOLA FOR WOMEN consists of more than 40 stories by inspiring, everyday women living the OolaLife. You can check out Dave and Troy in action here as they travel on their 16 city book tour across the country.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pets and Indoor Air Quality

Pets are members of the family, so it is only natural to want to include them in everything. When I was growing up my family always had a cat. But about 6 months ago, we actually got a dog, so now we are a two-pet family. Until the dog joined our family, I never knew how much fun a dog could be. We are realizing how much work a dog is, too. While we are really enjoying our pets now, we are also becoming aware of the effects on the air quality in the home. Follow the tips below to keep air quality under control when you have pets in the house.

Pets and Air Quality
 

Image via Flickr by BryanAlexander

Contrary to popular belief, dander isn't pet hair. It's actually dead skin cells. People who are allergic to animals are most likely allergic to pet dander. This can get on furniture, in your home's air supply, and even in your air conditioner.

Along with dander, pets can track in allergens and dirt from outside. They pick these up from rolling around in the grass or walking around the neighborhood. These allergens can accumulate on the air conditioner's motors and fans, which then circulate the allergens throughout your home. This can drastically reduce the indoor air quality. That's why it is important to have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned regularly.

Grooming
Grooming your pets will help reduce the dander and other allergens they may bring in the house. The ASPCA recommends that you groom your pets frequently. Dogs need a bath at least once every three months, and usually more often than that. If he or she spends a lot of time outdoors, then bathing more often is a good idea. Use a good shampoo to get rid of dirt and dead skin cells, which will limit pet dander.

Brushing pets often is also useful in reducing allergens. Long-haired pets, including many cats, need brushing at least once a week. This will help remove dirt and hair before it ends up in your HVAC ductwork.

Designated Pet Areas
Keeping your pets outside isn't always realistic, but having outdoor pets will limit allergens indoors. At the very least, keeping pets outside your bedroom is a good idea. This will reduce the allergens in your bedroom and improve the air quality. Since since most people spend about eight hours a day sleeping, you should see some benefit from resting in a pet-free bedroom.

If a family member or a frequent visitor is allergic to your pets, consider creating a pet-free zone. This could be an area or room in your house where pets are not allowed. That will improve the air you and your guests breathe while indoors.

If you love your pets, you don't want them to be left out of the family. Taking proper care of them and cleaning your house of dust and pet dander should eliminate most allergens. Turning your air conditioner on can also reduce allergens, so it's essential to get appropriate maintenance and cleaning for your HVAC system.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blog Tour: THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP

Today's book is THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP. by  Patricia Davids 

 


Here is a recipe from the author

  1. Bon Appétit and a Book:
In Their Pretend Amish Courtship, my heroine Fannie offers the hero Noah some cinnamon raisin biscuits she’d made when they returned home from their first date. When she asks him how they are, his response is, “They won’t choke me.” These won’t choke you, either.
Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Why to Hold Off on Turning on Your A/C This Summer

Now that summer is almost here, you may want to start thinking about turning on the air conditioning. When the temperature rises, your first inclination may be to cool your house with the HVAC system. But there are some alternatives to air conditioning that can save energy and money. 

Landscaping for Shade 
















Image via Flickr by K i N

Energy efficiency is possible with proper landscaping methods, according to Landscaping for Life, a site promoting sustainable living. An easy way to get results is to shade the HVAC unit itself. Shading the air conditioner from the hot sun will save energy, even when you do turn it on. In fact, shading the outdoor unit can increase the system's efficiency by as much as 10 percent.

If you can landscape with trees, shrubs, and groundcover, then you can reduce the heat that radiates to your home. Evergreen trees, or trees with high crowns, will shade your roof and windows, lowering your air conditioning costs throughout the summer.

Lower Humidity Levels
Another way to cut down on air conditioning use this summer is to lower humidity levels in your home. The optimal range for humidity inside your home is between 40 to 50 percent. Keeping the humidity level low will keep you comfortable, even as you wait longer to turn on the air conditioner. When the indoor air is too humid, it can cause the inside of your home to feel hot, sticky, and steamy.

One way to lower the humidity level is to use a dehumidifier during the summer months. You can place units in certain rooms, such as damp basements, where the humidity levels are too high. A few other things that can help ease humidity include limiting hot showers, cooking, and boiling hot water on stove. Putting lids on pots and pans can help prevent your home's humidity level from increasing.

Survey the Home
Do a quick survey of your home, and you'll see if there are some areas that need improvement to help fight the heat and keep you from having to turn on the air conditioner. One strategy could be to switch off some of your electrical appliances when not in use, such as the TV or computers. Keeping lights off during the day can also help, since lights can generate heat that adds up during the day.

Also, you can check if your celing fans are working properly, especially in the bedrooms. Turning these on at night can make you more comfortable while sleeping and lessen the need for the air conditioner. If you don't have ceiling fans, consider investing in some to beat the heat.

Having the option to turn on your air conditioner is useful, especially during the hottest months of the year. But being able to reduce your energy usage and save some money is also a favorable prospect for homeowners. Following these constructive suggestions and keeping your cooling system running efficiently with proper repair and service will allow you to hold off on turning on your air conditioner.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS: June Book Tour

The heat is on this Summer already, so it is time for another book on the June Harlequin blog tour. So today's book is In The Cowboy's Arms by Vicki Lewis Thompson



Here is some info on book:
Matt Forrest was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him figure out what he really wants out of life.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY blog tour & #giveaway

Guys, are you ready for Summer? Well I am. And I'm also ready for the June Harlequin book tour. The book on today's schedule is Wanted: Texas Daddy, by Cathy Gillen Thacker



Here is a Q&A from the author:

  1. What was your favorite part about writing WANTED: TEXAS DADDY?  
I loved having a pregnant heroine, and doting daddy-to-be.

  1. What was challenging about writing this book?  
I covered the entire pregnancy, from the first mention of having a child together, to bringing baby home from the hospital.  A lot of ground to cover in 55,000 words!

  1. How would you describe the relationship between Sage and Nick?  
Committed.  They started out as great friends, became lovers and then finally husband and wife.

  1. How did you come up with their names? Do they mean anything specific?  
Nick is a guy’s guy, so I wanted him to have a name that was both masculine and accessible.  Sage is a popular girl’s name in the southwest—probably because the plant is both hardy and evergreen and beautifully blooming.  Sage really blossoms in response to Nick’s love and attention.
  1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?  
I started dreaming up stories when I was eleven-adding details to the story was how I put myself to sleep most nights.  I got serious about putting words to page when my children were toddlers.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kid Friendly Healthy Home Infographic

I want to share this infographic with you. There's some important information provided in it for families. This could help parents maintain a healthy environment for their children. Some products that are believed to be safe may actually be harmful to you and your family. You can start by updating some of the products and items you use in your home everyday. One thing your family can do is reduce the amount or the type of plastics you use. According to Family Education, swapping out plastics that contain BPA with better alternatives will be healthier for you and your family. 

Something you can do at home is substitute plastic with glassware or plastics marked 1, 2, or 5. Also, instead of aluminum canned goods, which can be harmful because they are lined with plastic, switch to frozen or fresh foods. Some cleaning products have hazardous chemicals, but you can replace them with DIY cleaners. You can make them with vinegar, baking soda, and borax, which you may already have in your cabinet. You can swap out certain soaps, too. Going fragrance-free is best, and avoiding too many antibacterial soaps is also a good idea.

Following some of the tips shown will also help boost the air quality in your home. Be sure to avoid commercial air fresheners, change your HVAC filter regularly, and schedule annual HVAC maintenance. All of this information is outlined in the infographic below, and it will help you create a healthier environment for you and the little ones in your home.











Thursday, May 25, 2017

Washington Power Play: Book review and #giveaway

Hey all, I've got a cool book review and giveaway for you. It is for the book Washington Power Play, by Allan Topol. 



Here is some info for you about the book:

What does FBI agent Kelly Cameron’s college sweetheart, the dashing Xiang Shen, have to do with her latest case? As Cameron digs deeper into China’s influence on the presidential race, Shen’s romantic overtures might not be quite what they seem. What does this Chinese diplomat have to do with the influence of a foreign power on a national election? And who is targeting Cameron and her daughter?


In Allan Topol’s inimitable style, WASHINGTON POWER PLAY spins a tale of international intrigue, deception, and corruption at the highest levels of power.

Kelly Cameron has just thwarted a terrorist attack on the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, and is now in charge of a task force to find a mole in the U.S. government. She soon finds evidence of a plot initiated by the Chinese government supporting General Darrell Cartwright to promote his election as the president of the United States.

Cameron’s efforts to thwart this plan are hindered by Shen, and Andrew Martin, a powerful Washington lawyer who has strong ties to the Chinese. At stake in this Washington power play is nothing less than the global balance of power.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

THE SHEIKH'S BOUGHT WIFE #giveaway

This weeks book for the May blog tour is THE SHEIKH'S BOUGHT WIFE, by Sharon Kendrick.





Read below how the author shares her Writing Space :

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALWAYS MY BABY #giveaway and blog tour

Hey guys May is in full swing and it is time for another book for this month's blog tour. This week's book is Always My Baby, by Martha Kennerson.




Please read the Q&A with the author:

  1. What is your favorite part about writing for Always My Baby?
The best part of having the opportunity to write Always My Baby was having the ability to showcase a real friendship between China and Alexander. Even when things start to change between them, and their lives start taking them in different directions, safe guarding their friendship remains their priority.


  1. What are the traits you admire most in China and Alexander?
I admire China’s ability to wrap the vulnerability she thinks her love for Alexander brings out, in her confidence and independence.


  1. How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
It typically takes me two months to create the story and two additional months to make final edits.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LUCAS by Delores Fossen Blog Tour and #giveaway

Hey guys May is here and time for some really nice weather. It's also time for this month's Harlequin books. The first book for this months blog tour, is Lucas by Delores Fossen.


Here is some info on the book:

Lucas Ryland has always had a way with the ladies. That is, until Hailey Darrow dropped him after a single night of passion. Then he discovered her unconscious body in a wrecked car with a fake ID and enough money to disappear. Unbeknown to him, the one who got away was leaving town with his baby…

Now Hailey is out of her coma, but still in danger. However, hiding her at his Silver Creek ranch ignites old passions and introduces new threats. Lucas must use every protective instinct in his arsenal to keep Hailey and their infant son safe.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Grab Green product review and #Giveaway - 2 winners.

Hi guys I have an awesome review and giveaway for you today. It is from the co. Grab Green. You may remember me posting before about them.

Everyone I'm really in a rush to post this for you because I just found out the Grab Green discount for 25% off ends May 7th. the code is: Earth25 for 25% off all purchased products at www.grabgreenhome.com



I really like these products I have been using them and I especially like is the cookware and bakeware pods. You just put them in the pot or pan with some water and stuck on food comes off so easily. You can either leave overnight or they also help get clean even quicker. I also have been using the dishwater detergent pods and like them. And guys, honestly  I haven't had a chance to test out the laundry pods yet, because my brand new washer (bought beginning of this year) isn't working properly due to a plumbing issue in our new house. And I've had to go to a laundromat for awhile. So I will have to update you later on how I like those. But I need to get this post up so you can take advantage of that code.

And you guys will also be able to enter below to win a prize package same as I received ($40 value).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FINDING OUR FOREVER blog tour and #giveaway

 The last book in the April harlequin blog tour is Finding Our Forever by, Brenda Novak. Spring has finally sprung - even though April showers bring May flowers I guess, because we've had a lot of rain. But please read below for more info on book and the author.





The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner—Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager—that decision becomes even more difficult.


Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.