Thursday, October 30, 2014

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Recycle Container Lids into Pumpkins


Check it Out!  I have a great little fall pumpkin craft using recycled materials that would be great as a family or group activity.  All you need is an assortment of recycled lids (at least 3 of each size), some sticks, craft paper and some glue.  The larger the lid, the larger the pumpkin, so you could create a whole pumpkin patch using various sizes!


My large pumpkin was created with Cool Whip container lids.  What is great about the larger sized pumpkins is you could also cut out some face features and decorate it as a jack-o-lantern as well.  Great kid project!


I chose an orange colored paper and cut 3 circles to fit the lids.  It doesn't really matter which side you use, but I used the inside of the lid as my pumpkin front.


Once the lids are covered, stack and glue two of them together with one circle half over the other circle.  Then glue the third circle to the front center of the two glued together circles.  For the stem of the pumpkin, I used a stick from the yard.  I broke it off to proportionally fit and glued the end down into the opening of the lids as shown above.

I love the idea of using different patterns of coordinating papers.  
For my smaller pumpkin I used the lids that come on the icing containers in refrigerated cinnamon buns.  


Once again I used patterened paper to cut circles to fit the fronts of my lids and a stick from the yard.  I found a great one with this hook at the top.


Stack and glue the lids and add the stick to the top for the stem.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Essential Seed Vault Giveaway Winner!



Check it Out!  The Winner of the Essential Seed Vault Giveaway has been drawn!



*Chickie Brewer


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The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Product Review: Martha Clyne Hypoallergenic Quilted Stretch-to-Fit Mattress Pad #marthapad

*I received this product for purposes of review. All opinions expressed are my own.




Check it Out!  After the house burnt we had to replace all of our mattresses.  Have you seen the price of a mattress?  Yeah and I had to buy 4.  Since my kids are teenagers they didn't want twin beds.  So I  needed 3 queens and a king.  One of the queens ended up being harder than the others.  We had to purchase a mattress pad to try and make it softer.  But it's still a little hard.
When I got the opportunity to review this Martha Clyne Hypoallergenic Mattress pad with extra deep quilting I knew it was exactly what that mattress needed.
Since this pad fits mattresses up to 18 inches deep it fit nicely right over top of the other one. 


The Martha Clyne Mattress Pad has knitted polyester sides that easily stretch to give full coverage to even extra deep pillow-top mattresses.  Getting this perfect fit means the mattress pad will stay in place without shifting or pulling up.  The quilted pad has hypoallergenic polyester that allows for breathable comfort.  Both sides of the quilt are made of high cotton content woven fabric.



This mattress pad is well made and fit the mattress perfectly.  It is cozy and comfortable as well.  My daughter is loving the added comfort to her hard mattress.  I love that not only is she more comfortable but that expensively hard mattress is protected.  I also love that it is all temperature machine washable.  With its woven fabric added to the top and bottom of this pad, it will stand up to being machine washed.  Most mattress pads fall apart after a few washes for me.  This one has not!
The Martha Clyne Hypoallergenic Quilted Stretch-to-Fit Mattress Pad is backed by a 10 year warranty too!
This product is available on Amazon HERE.  


*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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Product Review: #AlphaGrillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set

*I received the product in this post for purposes of review. All opinions expressed are my own.



Check it Out!  I love Garlic!  I always have.  I think it might have something to do with being Italian too! lol  I have learned by now that Garlic comes in a variety of ways, but my favorite is fresh.  There are drawbacks to using fresh garlic though and that is the smell. Now don't get me wrong, I love the smell of garlic, but not on my hands, all day long!!  This is why having a good quality garlic press is an essential.  So when I got the opportunity to review the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press & Peeler Set, I was a super happy lady! lol
The Alpha Grillers Garlic Press & Peeler Set comes in its own special box.  An easy to get into box that is so plush, you may find yourself storing your press in it when not in use!  It also makes for a great gift.  I know at least 2 people who would love a set like this!


In the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press & Peeler Set you get one Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Press and a durable Silicone Peeler.  Perfect for keeping those hands clean and getting the results you need. 




Of course to get into the actual garlic, you have to get through all the peeling.  That is where the Alpha Grillers Garlic Peeler comes in!  It's super simple to use.  Just insert a clove of garlic into the peeler and roll it back and forth on a hard surface while gently pressing, then tip it out the end.  The clove comes out perfectly peeled.  
This peeler is highly durable and I love that it is dishwasher safe!  It has been extensively tested to identify the best texture and thickness of silicone so you get the best peel every time.  I like how easy it is to use and that the effects are the same every time.  





The Alpha Grillers Garlic Press is made from solid stainless steel and is guaranteed to last year after year without corrosion.  That has been the problem with presses I have purchased in the past, they corroded or the hinges would come loose. This press is ergonomically designed so that very little effort is needed to squeeze the garlic.  It easily minces both peeled and unpeeled cloves.  I love how easy it is to clean too, it's totally dishwasher safe!  There are hooks at the ends of the handles that allow for easy hanging for storage too, although like I said, that box is so nice, you might choose to store it in there!
As I mentioned the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press & Peeler Set comes with a 100% Money Back Lifetime Gurantee and is available for purchase on Amazon HERE.  





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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Halloween BOO Wreath




Check it Out!  It's almost Halloween!  I don't have a ton of decorations like I did before the fire but I have found that it's okay.  Now that my kids are teens, they really aren't in to all the trick or treating and dressing up, so I don't need to decorate quite like I did in the past. 
Last Halloween I got a chance to shop the after Halloween 80% off sale at Target.  I found some really great buys.  One of those purchases was this eyeball wreath.  It was normally $20 so I got it for like $4!  


When I pulled the wreath out to decorate this year, I realized it was pretty plain and in fact had a few empty spots where an eyeball or two was missing.  So I decided to gather up some of the other goodies I snagged at the sales and give this wreath a little pizzazz!
My supplies also included:

  • Halloween Letter Sheet (Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Halloween metallic trims (Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Wide Mesh Ribbon
  • Trick/Treat Picks (from a pack of cupcake decorations)
  • Glue




Although I bought the basic wreath, it could be easily constructed with a round styrofoam wreath, painted black, black tinsel and an assortment of eyeballs.  Just drape the tinsel all around the wreath gluing it down.  Add the eyeballs all around the wreath.  




I wanted to add some dimension to this wreath so I chose to add mesh ribbon gathered and glued to the back of the wreath.  This could be done in many ways but I just gathered it up as I went around the back of the wreath. 


After I added the mesh ribbon I prepared my letters.  I cut the letters BOO out and then adhered them to cobweb themed paper and then onto a cardboard tag.  I removed the string from the tags to make a frame for my letters.


I glued my letters to the wreath, added some of those trick and treat picks along with some pieces of the metallic trim.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winner of the Let's All Be Brave Book Giveaway



Check it Out!  The Winner of the Let's All Be Brave Book Giveaway has been drawn!



*Abedabun Dawn


Congratulations!  

The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.
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