Friday, May 6, 2016

Nature is Beautiful - Re-potting discounted plants

Gardening is one of my hobbies. I wanted to take a moment and show you one of my flowers the way I see it. Yesterday it was off and on raining but between the sprinkles and bursts of rain I went out and grabbed a shot of my red Lily. I got this Lily discounted because they pot was overgrown with roots. All I had to do was re-pot the plant, which is something you end up needing to do anyways when planting with planters and pots. I wanted to share this because I wanted to remind everyone how beautiful nature can really be. So here is my unfiltered photo of my red Lily covered in rain drops. Please feel free to comment with any comment or share pictures of why you feel nature is beautiful. I'd love to see them.

This photo is property of The Momma Blogger

I want to add a little more about finding discounted plants and on re-potting plants. You don't need to have a lot of money to do this hobby. Go to Lowes, Kmart, your local Greenhouse, even Kroger. Basically any place that sells live potted plants. A lot of these places will have a discount section or discount shelf, rack, cart, ect and see if they have any discounted plants to offer. They usually have tags with care instructions. Easy to grow, hard to grow, shade, sun and things like this are found on the tags. Wilted plants are okay as long they don't show a lot of brown. That just means they need watered. You may even see that they have a lot of dead flowers on them. That's okay. The dead flowers will need to be pinched off. This particular plant had a nest of roots growing out from the bottom of the pot. When potting a plant, any container will do. Re-purpose old pots, storage containers, butter bowls, you get the idea. If you don't like the way it looks then just paint the container. Just make sure the pot is larger than current container and that roots will have room to spread out.  Next you need dirt/soil. While having the better named soils that have extra fertilizer and balance is ideal for larger plants and more blooms, you can you dollar store soil and still have a beautiful garden or pot. To be truthful the soil this beauty is planted in, I paid $1 for an 8 lb bag. And of course water to water the plant. You can use fertilizer too if you wish. They sell fertilized soil, pellets, granuals, and even liquids. Fill your pot with enough soil so that you can sit the current container and flower in the pot and the old pot comes below the lip of new container. Then comes the hardest part (not really hard) of re-potted a plant. Loosen the edge of the soil of the plant, if they container is flexible then squeeze it gently at the bottom. The idea of this is to grab the base of the stem of flower and be able to pull the whole plant, soil and all, from the old pot. Don't tug too hard because you may break the stem. Loosen it again if it seems to tough to pull, until the plants slides right out of the pot. Some people suggest that you fan out the very bottom of the root system once you get it out of the pot. This step is up to you. Then simply place the plant into its new pot and finish filling the side with soil. If you want to make a large pot fill, with several flowers, just do the same as the steps above and then fill in between each section with soil. It's really not hard and doesn't have to be pricey to have beautiful flowers.

Gluten Free Apple Cake recipe

I tried looking online for a simple Gluten Free Apple Cake recipe but I couldn't find one that suited what I was looking for. So I made one up. This recipe uses Old Reed's Mill Gluten Free Flour, but I am sure you can use any gluten free flour or regular flour.

Gluten Free Apple Cake

2 cup gluten free flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup vegetable oil (can also use olive oil)
2 tablespoons Baking Powder
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ tablespoon salt
¾ cups water
4 large apples peeled and diced

Mix all ingredients well. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes.

This tastes great as is or you can add a caramel icing.


Homemade Play Dough..for those rainy days

Today I thought I would share a recipe for Homemade play dough.  This is great for those days that aren't nice enough to go out and play.


Homemade play dough


  • 1/2 cup salt 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • food dye (any colors you wish, the neon collection is nice) 
  • newspaper or cheap tablecloth to cover the surface you're working on


In a medium bowl mix the salt and flour together.  Add a few drops of the food coloring (in the color of your choice) to the water, until your desired color is reached.  Remember to start with a little food dye at a time, you can always add more but you can't remove the dye once it's been added. Knead the mixture together and let you child have fun.


Please note that if you use too much food dye that it may temporarily stain your child's hands but will come off with a few hand washings.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Reminder PBS Kids announces Holiday Programming.

*Information in this post came from a PBS Press release.



PBS KIDS has multiple holiday specials that will air next week, starting December 17. CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas will air December 17, and again on Christmas Day. Specials from PEG + CAT, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, THOMAS & FRIENDS will all premiere on December 17 and repeat throughout the holiday season. Check your local listings for specific airtimes.

Here is their lineup:

CURIOUS GEORGE
“CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas” – airs December 17 and 25
Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Maybe you can help!

PEG + CAT
“PEG + CAT + HOLIDAYS” – one-hour special premieres December 17
“The Hanukkah Problem” - When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” - When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” - Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
“Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker” – premieres December 17
“Daniel’s Winter Adventure” - Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel ice-skates for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard.

“Neighborhood Nutcracker” - Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first, but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on! Strategy: If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time.

THOMAS & FRIENDS
“Christmas Cheer” – premieres December 17
“Duncan The Humbug” - Everyone is happy at Christmastime except Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, who seems to be grumbling even more than usual. Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. Duncan rises to the challenge, but it is not so easy for an engine who likes to grumble to give up a lifetime habit.

“The Perfect Gift” - The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere.  But it doesn't look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up. But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap.

“Coming Home for Christmas” – premieres December 18
“Last Train for Christmas” - It’s Christmas Eve and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can’t carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. It becomes a race against time, and the engines have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas.

“Long Lost Friend” - Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But the two engines keep missing each other. They both have doubts they’ll see each other, but finally they connect and have a wonderful reunion.

Amazon announced the 12 Days of Deals.

Below you will find the Deals that Amazon has released in their press release. So if anyone has any of these items on their shopping list you may want to check out the deals.

Disney Day of Deals (Dec. 11)
·         Save 25% or more on select Disney toddler bedding
·         Disney Frozen Lighted Athletic Running Shoe is 40% off
·         Disney jewelry for girls starting at $13.99
·         50% off or more boys’ pajamas, jackets and more from favorite Disney characters including Mickey, Cars, and Frozen
·         Up to 20% off Disney collectibles and autographs

Day of Deals for the Active Lifestyle (Dec. 12)
·         50% off little girl’s active apparel
·         Up to 50% off Polar GPS Watches, heart rate monitors & activity trackers
·         50% Off Rockport men's shoes
·         Misfit Flash, only $24.99
·         Up to 40% off Select Razor Scooters
·         Up to 45% off select juicers

Day of Deals for the Artist (Dec. 13)
·         20% off or more on select artwork
·         20% off or more on artwork under $250
·         38% off Lulu Jr. Illustory

Day of Deals in Fashion and Beauty (Dec. 14)
·         Extra 30% off top jewelry gifts
·         40% off women’s premium denim
·         43 % off Florsheim Men’s Portfolio Cap-Toe Oxford Shoes
·         Save 40% on select apparel from Columbia, Icebreaker, Outdoor Research, & prAna
·         Buy one, get one 50% off L'Oreal Paris & more

Day of Deals in Entertainment (Dec. 15)
·         $700 off a Samsung 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz Smart LED TV
·         43% KETTLER Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Foosball Table
·         68% TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speakers
·         60% off JLab Premium Bluetooth Headphones
·         Save $150 plus get a free game when you buy the PlayStation 4 Console + AstroGaming A40 Headset

Day of Deals for the Traveler (Dec. 16)
·         60% off Rosetta Stone level 1-5 sets
·         Save 48% on Insta-Bed Raised Queen Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump, a must-have for weekend getaways
·         Up to 33% off select on-the-go Kitchen items

DIY Day of Deals (Dec. 17)
·         $10 off select $50 Black & Decker lawn & garden products
·         $25 off select $100 DEWALT tool orders
·         Up to 40% off select Topeak Bike Tools & Accessories
·         Save over $50 on Seagate Desktop HDD 6TB Interal Drive Retail Kit

Day of Deals for the Entertainer (Dec. 18)
·         29% Off 6 Burner Swiss Grill Gas Grill
·         Up to 50% off select Lifesmart Saunas
·         40% off Schott Zwiesel Champagne Flutes

Day of Deals in Stocking Stuffers (Dec. 19)
·         Up to 50% off select Sony headphones
·         Save 25% on select athletic clothing like socks, gloves and hats
·         Up to 50% off MLB caps & hats

Day of Deals in Games (Dec. 20)
·         20% off Tonque twister game, "5 second rule", for ages 10 to adult
·         53% off Park & Sun BB-109 Bocce 109mm Pro Set

Day of Deals for the Hobbyist (Dec. 21)
·         Additional 15% off select Perky-Pet Seed Bird Feeders
·         Up to 30% off Bushnell Binoculars
·         $10 off any NGC MS69 Silver Eagles (Collectables)
·         50% off select espresso machines

Day of Deals for Accessories (Dec. 22)
·         50% off InvisibleShield HDX iPhone 6  Screen protectors
·         50% off Jabra DRIVE Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

In addition, we’re offering great savings on Fire HD devices, including:
·         $25 off Fire HD 7, now $114 through Dec 23
·         $30 off Fire HD Kids Edition 6, now $119 through Dec 13
·         $30 off Fire HD Kids Edition 7, now $159 through Dec 20
             
Shoppers can also visit Amazon.com/ebookdeals each day to find two Amazon editors’ picks for $2.99 or less—one Best of 2014 title and one title from the list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

Alpha Grillers Grill Brush


If your looking for a new BBQ or grill brush you may want to consider this one from Alpha Grillers. The brush is the perfect shape to get down in between the bars on your grill rack. The recommended way is to take a bowl of water out to your grill after cooking and while its still warm and dip the brush into the water and scrub your grill. Or you can either use this brush after you have warmed up the grill or on a cold grill using soap and water. All ways can get your grill clean. No worries about the steam from using the brush while the grill is hot because of its long handle. The brush is 18 inches long.and has a handle that is easy to grip. It comes with a plastic covering over the bristles and if your careful you can reuse this to cover the brush head when your done. The bristles are very stiff so do not grab it by the brush head, this would hurt. You can use this on a propane or charcoal grill and it doesn't take long to use at all.

HOW TO USE THE BRUSH

Hold the brush flat against the grill and scrub away. This way you are 
able to effectively clean the top and sides of the grates. You can also 
clear any gunk out of the sides and corners of the grill.

Hold the brush vertically and scrub between the grates. This way you 
are able the get deeper between the bars and clean any debris that have 
spread further down.

The best time to clean the grill is when it is still hot, as any burnt 
on food will be easier to remove.
It also helps if the brush is wet. Fill a container with water and put 
it by the grill so you can dip the brush in and keep the bristles wet. 
This way, each time the wet bristles contact the hot grate steam will be 
produced which will make cleaning off the mess so much easier.

Ensuring the brush is wet also helps prevent grease sticking to the 
bristles, making cleaning the brush faster
For really stubborn patches of burnt on food, the long plastic handle 
ensures that you can use a two-handed grip and really put some force 
behind your scrubbing.

CLEANING: Simply rinse the brush in hot water. Do this immediately 
after use to make cleaning ever quicker.

STORAGE: Since our brushes are made from the highest quality stainless 
steel they are very resistant to rusting, so you don't have to worry too 
much about where to store it. That said, to give your brush the longest 
life possible, it is best to keep it somewhere relatively dry.

SAFETY: The bristles are sharp! Don't grab the brush by the bristles. 
Keep the brush out the reach of children.

*Disclosure. I did receive the above mentioned item free of charge but the thoughts and opinions stated in this review are that of my own*

Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes

If your looking for a fast, fun, and festive cookie decorating activity for the kids this year, this one might be for you. We took one can of generic icing, yes generic, some food colorings, sprinkles, and a box of Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes and it made for a great little activity for the kids. First I took the cookies out of the package (Shapes are Santa Clause, Christmas Trees, Stars, and Bells):



Then I separated the icing into three bowls and added red dye to one, green to one, and yellow to the finial bowl and mixed the icings until they were the desired color. I put the icings on the table with thin spatulas and spoons, along with the cookies and sprinkles and told the kids to get creative. This is what my kids came up with.




They really enjoyed this festive project and they loved the taste of the cookies too. The cookies are firm but taste buttery (but doesn't overdo it) and flaky. Just an idea for your kids this Holiday Season.

*Disclosure: I received a free box of cookies to help with this post. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amazon introduces Nudge Day

Amazon introduces Nudge Day. This Friday, November 14, Amazon is celebrating Nudge Day. Just two weeks away from the busiest shopping weekend of the year, we invite customers to ask (or nudge) their family and friends to create an online wish list by going to Amazon.com/nudge. Nudge day is a way to nudge people toward the gift you may want by using Amazon Wish List.

Step One: Search
Search to see if your friend or family member has a Wish List on Amazon.   You can search by name or email address.
Step Two: Nudge
If they have a list, visit it and ask for an update. You will see “Ask your friend for an update” right underneath the Wish List name.  They will be able to send you a response to let you know once they are done.
If they don’t have a list, send them a request to create one. You will see “Ask your friend to create a Wish List” in your search results page.   Simply enter their email address and a request will be sent. 
Step Three: Create
Don’t forget to update and share your own list. On Amazon Wish List customers can even add items from other web sites using the Amazon 1Button App.   Add photos of products and personal notes with gift inspiration as well.   Once a wish list is update, the important thing is to share it friends and family and make it easy for them to buy something special.


Bamboo Deluxe Shower Floor and Bath Mat


I was surprised at the Bamboo Deluxe Shower Floor and Bath Mat . I was honestly expecting a bulky, heavy piece of wood that I may or may not use for it's intended purpose. I was quite surprised to find that it is a beautiful bath mat that fit right in with the decor.
The floor mat is made out of eco-friendly 100% Bamboo and features anti-slip grips on the bottom so that the mat holds still. This mat can be used inside a shower stall or outside the tub. The measurements of the mat is Size: 25.3 in. L x 15.7 in. W x 1.3 in. H.

If using this as the bath mat, outside the tub, as I had I would recommend putting a cloth bath mat down underneath it to absorb the water. This mat is very comfortable on the feet. I love walking across it and the way it feels beneath my bare feet. It is stain resistant but I do recommend cleaning it from time to time to prevent mildew buildup.

If you are looking for an alternative to a rubber or cloth bathmat I would recommend this mat. This would be a great way to change up the look of your bath mat or inside of your shower stall. I'm sure you can use this in several other ways as well.

Here is my 2 year old trying it out and she approves! 

*Disclosure: I was sent the above item free of charge to help aid in my review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions in this post are that of my own and not persuaded in any way.*

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Help the T. Holmes Foundation help others this year

I have wrote before about the T. Holmes Foundation before ( previous post is here) and today I will write about it again and ask you for your help. The T. Holmes foundation was created by a mother who lost her grown child, Tylor to suicide. She wanted to keep his memory alive and create awareness to try to help other get through their hard times and to try to prevent other's from committing or attempting suicide. This is a very close to the heart subject so I ask that if you choose to comment on this post please keep it respectful. As part of Tylor legacy, his mother wanted to make sure to carry on his traditions. Every year he would do something that at the time I'm sure he didn't think it was special, but it was very special. He would stay over on the holidays so that the residents of the elderly care facility would not feel as lonely. Tylor truly had a big heart and lots of love in that heart. 

Because of that the T. Holmes Foundation have brought back for another year T. Holmes Santa's Secret Mission. They are asking for signed cards, signed with your family name (ie. The Smiths) and T. Holmes Foundation Santa's Secret Mission. You wouldn't believe how many people in elderly care facility and various other shelters won't even get so much as a card this holiday season. They are also asking for socks for seniors, playing cards, dominoes, winter hats and gloves (I am sure they will take scarves too), fleece throws, and toiletries.  

If you can find it in your heart to donate to this cause please mail items to: 


T. HOLMES Foundation 
631 12th Ave
Bethlehem PA 18018


You can buy most of the items asked for at the local Dollar Tree or have your children hand make a Christmas Card. It will definitely brighten someone's day. So far the foundation is going to be taking the donated items to pass out at  7 facilities and 1 mental health facility. Below you will find a flyer with additional information. You can also check out there FB page to see photos and learn a little more if you would like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tholmeshelpinghands/?notif_t=group_added_to_group or you can go here: http://dia455.wix.com/tholmeshelpinghands.  And feel free to pass this information along. 


If you are wondering what will be done with any items left over they will get passed out to other facilities as well. This year they have a Santa that will be passing out all the items.




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