Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dyson Housewarming Giveaway!

Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway event. This took months in the making and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa Mom is proud to bring you this fantastic home essential and offer you the chance to win one too! Big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.

Carnival Fun- Knock Down The Cans

If you are a parent or even a babysitter you are probably already struggling, or about to struggle, with keeping the kids occupied during the summer. It is hot, there is nothing fun, to much tv is bad...........geeze they should make this easier on us.lol Well twice a year the carnival and fairs come around and there is so much there that the kids just LOVE to do! Knocking down the cans with a ball is one of those. I thought huh..maybe I can make something at home they can do like this. It was not only fast and easy but HOURS of fun!

Take some old cans, remove the labels and spray paint :O)
Now you can leave the cans plain as well if you want ;O) but I always have spray paint hanging around so I figured why not.lol You can even have prizes for the kids the dollar store is a great place to buy a bag of candies or small treats! Have fun and enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Camp Wags and Route 249 5K Fanbration

Welcome to the 5K Fanbration for Camp Wags and Route 249!

To thank our fans, we are throwing a Fanbration Event! ONE Winner takes both prizes!
Camp Wags is sponsoring some fun toys for your pups.
Route 249 is sponsoring $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Special thanks to the following great bloggers for joining us on this fun giveaway!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cook'n Recipe Organizer Review and Giveaway


Now I will admit I am NOT an organized person, not even close. Before this product I would have to turn to Google or Pinterest every time I was looking for my "favorite" recipe. With the Cook'n Recipe Organizer I have had so much fun going around and getting all my favorites into one place! You can enter your own recipes, or with the Capture option you can simply search your favorite recipe, click capture, and there it is at your finger tips to save into your cook book. You can use it to analyze the recipes for nutritional information, menu plan, and even set up a shopping list RIGHT THERE IN THE PROGRAM! If you are like me simply having it on the computer doesn't do a whole lot of good once you get to the store. You print it out, write it down and BAM you still forget it at home. Well with Cook'n Recipe Organizer you can link up with your smart phone and have it handy when you get to the store! It does SOOoo much it's hard to explain but they have assembled a great video to help.
 I have really enjoyed having this around and boy has it been a BIG time saver for me! Not to mention a little bit of fun(its the simple things that keep me going). If you love to cook, or even just have to cook, this is for you. The wonderful people at Cook'n Recipe Organizer have been wonderful enough to offer up a copy to one of my wonderful readers so make sure to take the time and enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Also make sure to check out their Facebook page where they do weekly giveaways! Thank you so much for reading and GOOD LUCK!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Making Cut-Off Shorts For Boys

If you have boys then you have jeans with holes in the knees! With the price of clothing I can never seem to part with them once they become holey.lol I have been searching different crafts and goodies I can do with them and then I thought what about cut-off shorts?? When I think of shorts made from pants though you think frayed ends and well I'm not sure my kids would survive a day at school wearing those.lol These actually turned out WAY better then I thought they would!
Pants with destroyed knee!

Cut the legs off at about the same point. Keep the scraps for other projects :O)

Fold it under and stitch :O) I stitched twice because well you saw the knees ;o)
LOL my poor son having to model them :O) they looks just like I bought them at the store
 While this won't work for holes any higher then the knees it was prefect for holes at the knees :O) and only 7 more to do for me hehehe. But hey I won't have to buy shorts this summer.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Adventures in Growing Goji Berries Day 9!

Wow I can't believe it has taken 9 days but I have my first little sprout :*). They like a whole lot of water it seems. I really hope more start popping up really soon! I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day. Don't forget to stop for a moment and remember those who have lost their lives so we can be free.
Look REALLY close in the middle of the screen.lol The sprout is VERY tiny!

Baby Shower Celebration- My Day Registry!

I am thrilled to be joining in with Tots and Me to bring her last Baby Shower Celebration Giveaway. The following review was written by Tots and Me.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Congratulations 7 On a Shoestring Blogiversary Celebration!

I'm so happy to be able to share with you a fellow bloggers excitement!May 21, 2012 was officially 1 year since she moved her old blogspot blog over to WordPress and became 7 on a Shoestring. The past year has been an amazing ride! "I have done things I could have never imagined and have been to places I would never have thought possible. Plus, the friends I have met along the way have been incredible and I am excited about continuing the journey."
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10K Facebook Fans and 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration

Therefore in honor of hitting 10K Facebook Fans {and then some} and her 1 Year Blogiversary, she am celebrating by giving each of you the chance to win some great prizes from some of the gracious sponsors who have joined, in commemorating the event. Not only do you have a chance to win the great prizes below, but you can also enter to win from the 7 Giveaway-A-Day sweepstakes from over the past week. Our sponsors have been awesome and all deserve much appreciation as well!

Sponsors for the Grand Prize Event

Each of the sponsors below have included a prize in the Grand Prize event. On the Giveaway Tools form you will find each of their Social Media accounts listed in order to support them as well. I will draw 6 winners, 1 for each prize. You MUST tell me your 1st and 2nd choice in prizes and you MUST like the sponsors Faccebook page in order to be eligible for that prize. I believe it is only fair to the brand. Secondly, a HUGE thank you to the 143 other bloggers that have joined me in promoting this celebration! My blogging community has been amazing and I could do not have gotten where I am without your support. Therefore, other than liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter, please make sure to include the blog's name or URL where you are entering so I can personally thank them for their hard work!
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Enter to Win

Are you ready? Here are the prizes up for grabs and the sponsors offering them:
VTech - Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor
Clipa- Polished Silver Handbag Hanger
BabbaCo - The BabbaBox
Bling Bling by Cyndi- $25 Gift Certificate
Rubbermaid - Clean & Dry Plunger
Build a Dream Playhouses - Choice of The Cosmic Cruiser or The Dream Machine
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Make sure to show your support for the sponsors and bloggers in the event. And THANK YOU for making the past year a success. Good luck!
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Cutting Vinyl With Your Cricut

  I recently bought a Cricut and wanted to try something new with it, cutting vinyl. In wanted to be able to make a sticker for my car window to help share my web page with others they may not come across it on a normal bases.
Make sure that in the overlay option you select your cartridges
Draw out your design
Set the green dial to 2 for thinner material I had to use 1! The black pressure is pushed all the way back to 1

 Before you cut make sure your multi cut is set to 1 and the cutting speed set to 3 :O)

Peel off the extra vinyl so only what you want on your window is left

Apply your transfer tape to the front

Make sure your window or other surface are clean before you apply. Remove the paper backing and carefully line up your sticker. Once it touches the surface getting it off will be very tough.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Are You Eating the Proper Food Portions

Are You Eating Proper Food Portions?
As you know I struggle constantly with the shape and fitness of my body. I eat what I feel is a "good" diet. I drink at least 864 ounces of water a day, eat between 1200-1500 calories, and stay pretty active. Really thought it seems I am always spinning in circles. Recently I came across an article that may explain WHY! While I eat the right amount of calories a day I am not eating the right variety of foods. Here is the article if you want to learn how you maybe able to help your health and weight by eating the right foods keep to your body healthy and working to its full potential.

Gardening in West Texas-Container Style!

Yeah I know my titles seem to get more and more lame hehehe. I've had such limited success with gardening it seems in this horrid soil we have. My onions, potatoes and beans seem to be growing "good", which really just means they aren't dead, but nothing else seems to survive. I have one cucumber plant that ended up someone in the watering furrows I have created. I think I may plant more down in there. The heat around here just seems to drain everything, add in a little bit of 60 mile per hour winds and all the good soil is gone! However I had a small handful of plants I bought in containers in the corner protected probably the best they can be from all these things and they are doing great!
"Giant Tomato Tree" As seen on tv.lol This thing has been growing for 4 months!

Our first tomato in 2 years! Turning yellow now woohoo!

My containers hiding in the corner.

I know everyone loves my chickens ;o) we are on egg watch! Should be any day now!

The rest of the garden.


Friday, May 25, 2012

PottyCover Review and Giveaway

If you have ever taken a small child to the restroom in public you know how scary it can be for them and well even us sometimes! Not only are the toilets covered in goodness knows what but they are big and can be quite overwhelming! The PottyCover is a great way to help not only protect your child from the germs that may be crawling all over the toilet, but to make it a more friendly environment for them to be in.
With a 4 year old little girl not only are germs "EVERYWHERE" but from her reaction they will most certainly be the end of her.lol She has had so much fun using these. We took one with us out shopping today and it was great. It's small size very easily fit into my purse and we were ready to go. It is durable enough that I didn't have to worry about tears like you would a toilet cover the store provide, but it was easily disposed of after we finished.
A pack of PottyCover sells for $5.99 and it is available on Amazon, Ebay, all Buy Buy Baby stores around the country and at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores. There are 6 in a pack and if you ask me it is money well spent. Our family goes camping often and sometimes the potty at the camp site is less the up to 4 year old girl standards and she will hold it till she can no longer hold it. Obviously this is unhealthy for her and these new PottyCovers are going to be so great! I'll be putting them in the camper tomorrow for our upcoming trip!
The makers of potty covers have been wonderful enough to offer a package to my readers as a giveaway. So please make sure to fill out the rafflecopter it will be a great chance to win to try these for yourself.

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Let the Camping Adventure Begin!

With Memorial weekend and the official start of summer this weekend I am so ready! I'm sure you have heard me complaining about the heat here in Texas already.lol It really does seem to be relentless, but I am glad to say the weather men and women around the country finally think this weird weather we have all been having is finally GOING AWAY! As someone with kidneys who are most times less then happy this is great news. We have so many fun things planned for this summer. My family LOVE to camp and you have probably saw me post before about our forum Camp Over America. It is just getting up and running but is already becoming a great place for people to share their adventures and favorite things about camping. We are in the middle of planning a great adventure over the week of the 4th of July :O) hopefully we can get some people to join us. Here are our shirts ;o) our adevutres are going to take us all over Southern Colorado in that new jJeep I was talking about hehe.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baby Blanket Music

Like many parents I've had my struggles with getting my children to sleep. I've rocked and sang, left on the light and even let them watch a movie while going to sleep. Even at 4 my youngest still has a really difficult time falling asleep some nights. So when I got a chance to review Baby Blanket Music I was excited that maybe just maybe something would help her fall asleep at a decent hour.
My daughter is quite the music lover so when it arrived in the mail she was eager to try it out. I chose the Billy Joel album because I felt it would be most relaxing for her. If there is a reason to dance she will lol so I put it on during the day to see how she would react to it. After all I didn't want bed time backfiring on me! She sat with me and listened to the entire CD not once getting up just telling me how nice the music was. I was so relieved to find not only did she enjoy the music but didn't have the urge to get up and dance to it. Come bed time we put on the CD instead of her normal movie and she was passed out by the 4th song, yep by 8pm! She has been enjoying her new CD all week and I have been enjoying an extra 2 hours of quite productiveness. Best part is they have so many different options from music of Garth Brooks to music by Lady Gaga. You can head over and listen to some snippets of the CDs to see which one your child my enjoy :O) 
**I received this product in order to provide a complete and honest review. All opinions stated are that of my own and were in no way influenced.**

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

As a mother and someone heading towards the teaching field I know all to well how little appreciation teachers get. It is so hard though to be able to personalize gifts for all teachers. This year my children decided on something kind of funny instead :O) a nice pen, a pen holder, notepad and a giant eraser and TADA!
In case my writing is to poor it says "Thanks for putting  up with my mistakes"

Refinishing a Chalk Board

When I was little there was nothing more fun then being able to play with my chalk inside my room :O). I'm not sure where my mother found it but I always remembered having this little chalk board that my sister and I would play with. While I still have the board it has seen a whole lot of wear over the last 25 years. Well recently I was in the store and saw a new spray paint to create a chalk board surface I wanted to try out. I wasn't as simple as I had hoped, and far more messy but I'm hoping my daughter gets as many years out of it as I did.
I didn't have to sand mine first because the surface was already worn if yours is a newer surface though sand first and make sure to clean off the dust

Make sure to tape any sections you don't want covered

It isn't perfect but it will work :O)
Most importantly read all the directions first because there is A LOT of them.lol You MUST wait 24 hours before using it. The dark blob in the middle is just my shadow. hehe

Monday, May 21, 2012

$3,000 Disney Cruise Giveaway

Here's the moment we've all been waiting for! Acadiana's Thrifty Mom has teamed up with American Family and an awesome group of bloggers to bring you our BIGGEST giveaway yet! One lucky fan will win a Disney Cruise for a family of 4 valued at $3000! That's right, a Disney Cruise ♥ This awesome giveaway is brought to you by American Family and Acadiana's Thrifty Mom, and hosted by Frugality For Less, and Debbie Does Coupons. GOOD LUCK! *This giveaway is opened to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years of age to enter to win. The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the port of departure. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Google, Pinterest, or Twitter in any way. Please read HERE for complete rules.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Eclipse 2012

I had such a great night watching this with my husband :O) we don't often get to enjoy a beautiful sight like this. Best thing was it was so quite! All 3 kids were sleeping after a long night and day of puking. Running on what I wouldn't even consider sleep this night couldn't have been much more perfect!
7:44pm here in Levelland Texas

Had to get on the roof ;o) 8:10pm before adjusting camera

LMAO husband Shhh don't tell ;o)

8:20pm

Lost my ring of fire to some clouds but it was still beautiful :O)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Adventures In Growing Goji Berries-Day1-THE PLANTING!

Goji berries have really about a million things the are claimed to be good for and have around in China since.....well...forever it seems. Used for every from fertility to cancer treatment support when I won 500 seeds I thought HUH let's see what we can grow haha. The best resource on them I have found so far is Livingstrong.com. So I figured I would start a kind of diary on them, growing them and hopefully one day when I get fruit, recipes. Here is day one, planting the seeds!
wow that is 500 seeds!

I'm not even sure you can see how tiny the seeds are
I cut the pods open and ripped them into about 9 pieces each. I used an egg carton because not only is it a great way ti recycle but when they get big enough I can put the entire thing into the ground!Time to send some off to my friend at My Side of Life :O) I know she will show me up in raising them she is such a great gardener.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Field Day Fun!

I've been away ALL day with my three little monkeys enjoying field day. Boy am I tired and so are the kids! The heat is back on the rise here and we ran and played in the water. Now it is time to sit in front of the air conditioner and enjoy some rest. Maybe even break my rule and order a pizza :O) here are some pictures from our day. Any plans for your Friday night??