Monday, November 3, 2014

Best Infuser Water Bottle that is safe for you! Review


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What a great way to create your own personalized flavored beverage with fresh, natural ingredients! Made of durable Eastman TRITAN™. A quality reusable product with comfortable single hand access. Fill the removable snap lock infuser basket with strawberries, lemons, limes, orange slices, mint leaves, tea bags and much more! These bottles are BPA-Free and are top-rack dishwasher safe.


Single fruits in each bottle is another way to go.  Personally I like to combine the fruits and you really don't need all the pieces of fruit that are shown in the above image unless you want it strong!



Infuser Water Bottle broken down. I like the taste of orange and lemon in my water. So I only need 1/4 of an orange and 1/2 of a lemon. I put those slices into the tube on the right side of the photo and then then cap it off with the blue piece on the left. It has holes in it and you actually drink from that top.


The infuser water bottle is also dishwasher safe and easy to clean!   I love this infuser water bottle and I think you will too.  You can order today and get a free gift- Order today and receive a free Jute Bag Bonus. Plus, your purchase will be backed by a 90 day money-back guaranteed!  
Order here:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LVG6A60/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_50


Disclaimer:   I was provided with this product in exchange for my honest review.  I only share those products on my blog which I find are appropriate for my readers.

 

BBQ Grill Mats are the Bomb! Review

These BBQ Grill Mats are what every serious BBQ'er needs!  This is the answer to having to scrub down the grill racks every time we use it.  It works with charcoal, gas, Big Green Egg, Yoshi, and Weber Style Grills. 


As you can see from the picture, there are 2 mats making this so easy now to barbeque. We had lamb burgers and rolls on the grill.  But the next time we grill we are going to use either chicken, ribs, burgers, steaks or seafood.  We can also use eggs and fish.  One thing we love on the grill is vegetables!



The mats are made with 100% PFOA free materials and is FDA approved.  That is important to our family because we eat fresh and frozen.  We want to use products that are safe to use.  The mats are also high quality grill mate and are 150% thicker than many low cost alternatives.  We never knew about these grill mats which says that we need to do more viewing and cruising through the aisles of Amazon.com to see what is new and useful.

My husband did the dishes (I know, he's great!) and he said how easy they were to clean because all he had to do is wash them with warm soapy water.  They can also be put into the dishwasher.

There is a no hassle money back guarantee, so why wouldn't you want to buy these and make the best food on the BBQ Grill Mats!  Here's where you can buy them: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KXEK84Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Disclosure:  I was provided with this free product in exchange for my honest review.  I only share those products on my blog which I find are appropriate for my readers.

Nov. 3 (30 Day Challenge) DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

frugalhomemaker.com 
We've all seen the exquisite Thanksgiving centerpieces and said to ourselves that there's no way you would even attempt that.  Well I want to tell you that by following the directions on any of the following centerpieces, that you too, can have a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece or maybe you just want to have a fall centerpiece.  This is called DIY because you Do It Yourself (or in my case sometimes, with help) and the kids love to help.

Pinterest and I can't find where I found this.  Sorry.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/clever-ways-to-decorate-for-thanksgiving?bfpi
For the complete directions, please go to this link: 
http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/970473/how-to-make-a-candle-apple

Found on rainbowdelicious.com


For complete directions on these projects for centerpieces,
http://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2013/10/17/31-days-fall-centerpiece-20-easy-centerpiece-ideas/

http://ow.ly/DKQRB

How to dry acorns and decorate  http://ow.ly/DKU4K

Celebrate Magazine
Directions:  Wrap glass cylinders with ribbon, twine, and leather.  Finish with pinecone flowers.

These are just a few of the ones that I found at Pinterest.com
and all you need to do to find some more ideas is go there and in the search box type:  Thanksgiving DIY centerpieces. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fan's Choice $350 AMAZON GC GIVEAWAY Gift Card

Welcome to the Fan's Choice $350 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Hosted by ~ All About Parents
~ Co-Hosted by ~
and last but certainly not least



This giveaway will run from November 3rd - November 17th 4:00am
Deb asked her fan's what was the next giveaway they wanted. Gift cards or money was the number one thing. So Deb from All About Parents made it happen!
There's alot of amazing bloggers joining in on this giveaway! Make sure you show them some extra special love!
This should cover some Christmas presents or what ever else you want or need!
I hope everyone has fun and good luck!
Enjoy!



Disclosure: Deb from All About Parents is sponsoring this giveaway herself , If you should have any questions about this giveaway please feel free to ask. In no way is this giveaway associated with Amazon, Facebook or any other social media site you might see it on. Thanks for participating!

Paint Brush Set By Brush Artistry Review: The best brushes I have ever used!





I'm thrilled to be writing a product review about the Paint Brush Set by Brush Artistry. These are 36 high quality, long wooden handle paint brushes featuring synthetic, hog and pony hair bristles.  They can be used with watercolor, acrylic, 
oils and other paint media.  They are ideal for beginners and experienced artists. 

These 12-inch long wooden handles are color-coded for ease of selection.  I used three white handle brushes and one green handle brush for my first watercolor painting.



The brush I used in the next photo had a tuft that was round at the tip.  Several of the brushes in the entire set have the same tuft.  It was easy to use this brush and I used the yellow watercolor and dabbed at the paper.



The brush I used next had a tuft that was flat at the tip.  This allowed me to make a different stroke in red and I used a short stroke with the brush.




I then switched brushes and used a brush that had a tuff with a round tip.  I pushed the brush into the paper with the blue paint and continued doing this all over the paper as with the other strokes of the brush.



I used the first brush again, once it was cleaned in water.  I noticed how easily it was cleaned and it took in the green paint and I made dabs with that paint all over the paper. 




Since I had used up most of the space on the paper I decided to stop there and save this as my first watercolor painting.

Some of these brushes would be great with nail art as well.  This would be with the broader strokes covering most of the nail as nail art brushes are smaller and more precise.  

I just love these brushes and I intend on sharing them with my friends when they come over this week.  I'm going to work on more paintings and try other strokes and see how to use them.  

The case is cloth and is durable and has small pockets for each brush on the inside, as the flap covers the brushes and then this can be rolled and tied shut.


I would recommend these brushes to anyone of the age to appreciate brush care as these can be used by the beginner through the experienced.  This is a set that you will use for a long time.

They can be found at Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LHMVC5C/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_37




Disclosure:  I was provided with this free product in exchange for my honest review.  I only share those products on my blog which I find are appropriate for my readers.

Nov. 2 (30 Day Challenge) What to do with those pumpkins!

John with his carved pumpkin 

                  How to Preserve a Carved Pumpkin


With Halloween having just passed and pumpkins piled up in bins in every grocery store, are you looking forward to carving a jack ‘o lantern? Some people wait until after Halloween to carve their pumpkin, finding that they want it to last until Thanksgiving for the decorations of Fall.  It’s a favorite holiday activity that’s just as much fun as an adult as it was as a kid. 

A good many of people know Clorox® Regular-Bleach can be used to help cut flowers stay beautiful longer, but may not know that the same bleach solution can also help keep a jack ‘o lantern from getting fuzzy mold and black mildew inside. It’s super easy, and (spoiler alert) fun to watch the pumpkins float! If you’d like to try this, here’s how! 

Materials Needed
—Clorox® Regular-Bleach
—1 clean 5 gallon bucket
—1 quart measuring cup
—Measuring spoons
—A pumpkin
—Sharp knife and a spoon (tools for cleaning and carving)
—Paper towels 

Procedure
1. First you will cut the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Try to remove as much of the stringy fibers on the inside of the pumpkin by scraping them away with the spoon. Be sure to clean the underside of the pumpkin top, too.
2. Next you will rinse the pumpkin inside and out with water.
3. Cut the desired face or design into the pumpkin.
4. Measure 3 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket.
5. Add 3 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the water in the bucket, and use the measuring spoons to stir the bleach solution.
6. Then you will immerse the pumpkin in the bleach solution. Since the pumpkin floats, you will need to stir it around to make sure all surfaces contact the bleach solution for a full two minutes. And don’t forget the top!
7. Remove the pumpkin from the bleach soaking solution, and let it air dry on a few paper towels.
8. Easy clean-up — just pour the bleach soaking solution down the drain. 

 
 
About candle and soap step by step with photos


This also works well with mini-pumpkins — I like using them to hold tea lights. You can trace the outline of a tea light on the top of the pumpkin, and then cut around it. The top pops off, and then you can clean out the inside and soak it in the bleach solution as described above. Finally, just pop in the tea light (without the tin around it)! If you will be using these to set a festive table for a Halloween Party, or for a Thanksgiving table with no worries about prepping them early!


                       
activities using mini pumpkins for children and adults
  

Glitter Pumpkins 

gift of curiosity.com project
 
"One of the items I was most excited to receive was the Fall & Halloween Stickles Glitter Glue Set. We had some mini-pumpkins at home that were just begging for little sparkle, and I knew the glitter glue would be the perfect way to add some pizzazz!"

gift of curiosity.com project
"The kids practically squealed with delight when I pulled out the glitter glue, and their creations were dazzling."

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nov. 1 2014 (30 Day Challenge)


Fall Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder Project

img src: Pinterest Craft River
If you don't know yet, I make and sell homemade candles.
So this is the 2nd candle holder that I made when I started and I wanted to share it with you.  Unfortunately the pictures taken are in a scrapbook I gave to my mom or dad and don't want them to go to the trouble of taking a photo for me. So I bring you the next best which is Pinterest and the Internet.

There are some things missing from this craft and they are directions and how to add the rafia and candle!  Click here please:  http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder

img src:  Pinterest Betty Crocker

You never forget your first!  That is true of Thanksgiving dinner as well.   Whether you are a carnivore, herbivore, paleo...  and oh my gosh they have some many tailored diets for everyone now which is really good.  I'm going to share various kinds of recipes for various kinds of dinners.  This first one is for a carnivore!  It comes from Betty Crocker's Guide to Thanksgiving and please click here:  http://www.bettycrocker.com/Home/Menus-Holidays-Parties/MHPLibrary/Holidays/bettys-guide-to-thanksgiving


Please also visit the 1st page of this Challenge:  http://conversationswithcarolyn.blogspot.com/2014/11/30-day-november-challenge.html

30 Day November Challenge



Conversations with Carolyn is embarking on a new challenge.  Instead of the typical 30 Days of Thanksgiving that I used to do on Facebook, I am working on 30 days November challenge of anything for November!  It may be a craft, a recipe, a photo, a story about kindness or gratitude, you never know what it will be!   Then watch this blog for the next 30 days! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014


The Haunted Palace - Edgar Allen Poe

-- Coolest Halloween Poems --
In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace -
Radiant palace - reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion -
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair! 
Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This - all this - was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A wingèd odor went away. 

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute's well-tunèd law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
(Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen. 

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace-door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king. 

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn! - for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home, the glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed. 

And travellers now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh - but smile no more.


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