Friday, July 18, 2014

Something "Cool" For Your Sitter- When It's "Hot" Outdoors!

With the long, hot days of summer in full swing and full of pool play dates, sticky Popsicle faces, summer camp carpools and grass stained knees; parents are constantly on the lookout for relief. A few hours to spend with catching up with friends, to grab dinner that does not consist of mac’n’cheese and hot dogs, to snag a cocktail with their hubby, or to just enjoy peace and quiet.

This is where the bribery begins; babysitting candidates, teens and young college kids, need a trade off to give up their precious summer nights. Some are swayed by the simple idea of having a little extra spending money in their pocket, others need to hear that the pantry is stocked and that extra money will be left for pizza, ice cream treats and movie rentals.

Prepaid cards like OneVanilla allow parents to leave $20-$500 for their babysitter but in a safer manner. OneVanilla is accepted anywhere Visa cards are and if and if the card is lost, it can be frozen and a new one with the funds on will be provided.  Parents can also view exactly how many pizzas were ordered and check the balance of the card online or over the phone. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Cleaning

Now that summer is here, many of us are dealing with more cleaning than ever before. It is amazing how much of the outside finds its way in. However, never despair, there is a ton of things you can do to enjoy the summer and keep a clean house and the laundry as well.

After all we have better things to do then clean.

The Sun Products Corporation has a variety of laundry aides to help with those dirty clothes this summer . Products like All, (that give it their best when you give them your "All"). And for those that don't want "scent", All has that too, with their All Free Clear line. Snuggle too has such nice scent boosters, that not only scent the clothes but your laundry room as well. Wisk too has made laundry time easier with it's deep cleaning power. With these products in your laundry room, your all set for what summer has to dish out!

Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant:

Back to school season is a busy time for families. Adding to the stress: trying to keep family members healthy AND keeping your home clean amidst the chaos.

Most people think cleaning products immediately kill germs, but they take time to successfully sanitize a space. Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant is a professional-strength, all-purpose home-cleaning product that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria in only five seconds, including Staphylococcus aureus (Steph) and Klebsiella pneumonia. It also kills most viruses in 30 seconds to two minutes. Other antibacterial cleaners take up to 10 minutes to work. $3.47. Available at retailers nationwide, including The Home Depot stores, Tractor Supply Company, select independent retailers, hardware and home improvement stores.

** Watch this spot for more help for keeping it all clean this summer.

Summer's Backyard Cookouts

Backyard cookouts or BBQ are arguably the best part of summer. Food just tastes better when it is cooked outdoors and can be enjoyed with family and friends. With the sun shining and food grilling you can soon realize that summer cooking can be amazing.

Look what we found- this is cool:

There's no time like the summer to enjoy a grilled steak on the barbecue. But sometimes, it's nice to mix things up and get a boost of flavor from smoking your meat. That's why Man Crates has created a crate specifically dedicated to grilling your meat with the delicious flavor of hickory. Using the cast-iron smoker box is quick and easy and it will forever change your standards for the way food should taste. Adding a nice touch, Man Crates includes their favorite rubs, steak, and barbecue sauces, along with some snacks to enjoy while your food heats up. Bring this crate to your next summer cookout, and you'll be the star of the show!

The Hickory Grilling Crate - With Cast Iron Smoker Box, Dried Hickory Wood Chips, 3 Flavors of Miner's Mix Seasonings and Rubs (Original Steak, Wholly Chipotle, Salmon Marinade), Original 1835 Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Bone Doctor's Original Barbecue Sauce, Corn Nuts, and Snyder's Pretzel Bites.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday- July 13, 2014

I think Gerry is really going to find it hard getting up at 6 am tomorrow, after being off work for a week! Staying up till midnight watching tv, when he normally is in bed by 10 pm.. 

He had taken the week off as it was suppose to be our trip to Montana, (which we have since re-scheduled to the first week of August now.) Thought he was going to head back to work, but he decided to still stay home, even though the trip was short lived. 

We've had troubles with the rv and just got it a few months ago. Had been doing the fix ups on our own, but after the generator went, that was the last straw and we tried working with the dealer who sold it to us, but to no satisfaction. So I have filed a claim with the BBB. We at least want the generator repaired. And not at our expense, so will see how all this turns out. Still trying to trade it in or sell it though. Do still want a newer and bigger one, but without spending too much more. I told Gerry when the mortgage and his truck are paid off that's different but don't want to pay more than we are already with this one. So we're fixing, and looking around at the same time. Not alot for choice in our area at all. Especially within our budget.
Erika, Jon and their pets will be in next weekend for the week so we'll be sitting still at home, and will have to also reset up the rv as they may be spending a few days sleeping in there.

Had to turn the furnace on today. Terrible you think it's mid July, but it's cold in here, even with a sweater and slippers. Even the dog is trying to warm up. The furnace had actually cut in early this morning- it's what woke me up I think. Only 13 degrees right now. Suppose to drop to 10 tonight. The other day we got a $600 hydro bill! I know we freaked out too- especially when we are on equal billing and used to paying $160 every month, but apparently it was the year end catch up bill. They said they hadn't charged us enough monthly during the year, plus we've had a colder and LONGER winter. Our next equal billing payments will be $210 monthly they said.

Our kitchen cupboards arrived and the counter tops next week. Appliance are in too next week, so Gerry will be busy.

Have been also baking up storms lately and trying all sorts of new recipes.
Did this copycat one yesterday- for you pumpkin lovers- Starbucks Pumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping.

Then had 1/4 cup pumpkin left from my can
so today going to bake the Peanut Butter Pumpkin Banana Squares. Need to turn the oven back on and warm it up in here! Have a good one everyone.


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Road Trip Safety Tips and Reader Giveaway From State Farm

During the hot summer months, it is important to remember to make sure vehicles are properly equipped with roadside emergency supplies to help keep families safe this summer.

Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to:
  • Beat the Heat: Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
  • Hydrate Your Vehicle: Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.
Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up:
  • Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare,
  • Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly,
  • Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables,
  • Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications, and
  • Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit:

Even if you’ve prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a "just in case" kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:

Summer Driving Tips
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat tire repair
  • Gloves, blankets and towels
  • Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Water for both the car radiator and your family
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food

Traveling with kids:
  • Always use proper safety restraints
  • Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
  • Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts and granola
  • Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs
  • Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too.  If you become drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue the drive
  • Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives
Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle’s "check engine light" or "malfunction indicator light" lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don’t forget to have fun!
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State Farm cares about you and your family and would love to giveaway ONE summer trunk safety makeover kits, worth $50 in value. Entrant can be from the USA or Canada.
A random draw will be made by on July 13, 2014 from all entries received.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

July is National Blueberry Month

July is National Blueberry Month, not that anyone needs an excuse to enjoy more of these delicious berries. Whether in a smoothie, on their own or baked into something delicious, blueberries are filled with antioxidants and taste amazing. So take advantage of them in season.

The Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Cookies by Healthy Cravings are an excellent fit for National Blueberry Month because of the subtle yet complex flavor of the cookies. They showcase the flavor of the blueberry by complimenting its tangy sweetness with the subtle, nutty flavor of the pecans. Completely gluten free, the Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Cookies are a quick and easy way to get your dose of super food in the mornings or as a quick afternoon snack without sacrificing the delicious flavor of the blueberries. They really are the star of this snack.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Making Supper Just Got Easier With Idahoan Potatoes

Potatoes have been part of dinner for generations. However, sometimes all the prep work involved can be a hassle. Idahoan potatoes have got you covered for dinner, with minimum effort and maximum taste. Try something different like scalloped potatoes with rich and creamy sauce. Or for everyone's favorite instant potatoes, it is sure to be a hit in everyone's house. Add some gravy and you can have the holiday favorite meal any night of the week. With a lot less work, and huge taste you can spend a lot more time enjoying dinner time with your family, rather than slaving over the stove.

Gerry and I got the chance to sample the assortments of Idahoan potatoes and really liked the quickness of whipping up the instant potatoes for supper. 

I personally love instant potatoes as well, and would rather eat them over potatoes I cut up, boil and mash myself. I think Gerry is more of the boiled and mashed potato guy but loves trying new food. 

Gerry found their Homestyle Casserole potatoes  more to his liking. Easy to fix as well, and very flavorful, but a bit more time required for cook time, compared to instant.

All in all we loved the ease of the cooking, and the types and flavors available. We give Idahoan potatoes a thumbs up!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Today's Quick Tip

Leftover dry cereal? You can use it up and make "mallow" squares, just like you would if you were making Rice Krispie squares. Most dry cereals work, and you can adjust recipes to sizing by how much cereal you have left in the box.
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