Saturday, September 20, 2008
Kids Lunch Box Cards come in a pack of 5, enough for one week of entertainment. The cards are very colorful, contain fun facts and are topics that are truly kid tested! Just what you want to have the other kids say to your child "Wow your Mom is cool to give you these!". And yes, you kid endorses that comment! This is a great concept instead of filling the lunch box with calories, you give them a little laughter and fun, sugar free!
The back of the Kids Fun Cards are blank and can be used to send as a post card or write a note. Of course these cards are not limited to the lunch box. Drop them in their backpack, on an over night stay or in their coat pocket. I know a few of my cousins that will love these cards and I even caught myself giggling when I read and looked at them. The idea is to make it a surprise, a laugh and smiling is good for you. I love that they are made in the USA and are lead free!
This review was written for the Family Review Network.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Have you seen this cat? I haven't seen Martini in almost TWO days and that is VERY abnormal for him. He loves his food, sleeping on the bed and Bugaboo Girl! I am now officially worried. My neighbor called this morning and I told her to keep an eye out, she stated the other neighbor is also missing her cat. This is not good. We have coyotes, fox and fisher cats here and I have seen all in my yard. As you can see he is also not just a snack but a complete meal!
This is one of my favorite jelly to make! I use the jalapeno peppers and the green bell peppers we grow from our garden, add a red bell pepper. My pepper supply is doing extremely well and I know I will end up canning more of this jelly this year than last. How many did I can last year? Well I had thought 45 jars would last me through the season, I have 4 jars left right now. So I am thinking I am going to do one more extra batch. This is a great quick appetizer poured over cream cheese with crackers, a little sweet with the heat, yummmmm. I also love to give them as gifts, or pass them on to the family! Now my problem is I need more jars, the jars passed out last year are not making it back. Don't they know that if they return the jar, you get more?
So I have made my first batch, straight off of the pectin recipe box, no need to list a recipe. Oh sure I add a little bit more jalapenos than the recipe calls for, 6 is not enough! My first batch yielded 14 jars, not bad. Only three more to go!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If you have a dog or a cat, then you mostly deal with shedding. I have a 19 pound cat who is always shedding white fur and a border collie that blows her coat in the late summer. I feel like I am sweeping and vacuuming all of the time, finding hair in places I never knew it could hide! And oh how I love seeing the "tumble weed" like hair balls across my wood floors that were hiding under the old radiators! So when I was offered to try the Fur Buster, I felt I had a challenge to meet and see if I could cut down on my housework and make my pets happier!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Last Saturday night I went out for my future Sister-in-Law's Bachelorett party. I do not go out much, let a lone a girls night out so this was a very special occasion. It was a small group of 6 girls, all married, all a little older and wiser. I say this because we seemed to be the oldest Bachelorett group at the casino. Here was a chance for me to wear a dress and something fun, wow I actually have other clothes besides T shirts and capri pants. I found a sweet and sassy necklace and earing set from Versajewel, an Etsy shop of course. It was perfect, simple, fun and matched my dress.
Kami is a stay at home mom who has taken her passion of making jewelry for relaxing down time to the store front! What I love is her goal which is to make it affordable to wear jewelry with every type of outfit you have whether it is out on the town for a party or a T shirt and jeans running to the grocery store! That is what I call real life! Her designs are fun, simple and a little sassy which we all need.
The detail of Versajewel can be seen in her choice of look and texture. I love the colors of this Black Freshwater Pearl Ring antique gold blending with the bronze undertones of this freshwater pearl. Looking for a piece of jewelry to match a specific outfit? Kami can custom make you a complete set to match, taking less time than spending money for gas and wasting time looking at the mall for jewelry that is mass produced!
Versajewel has offered choice of either a glass or scrablle style pendant with 18" ball chain for one winner! See rules below.
1. Pop on over to Versajewel and look at her selection of jewelry. Post a comment on this post what design you like the most.
2. US address only, one post per person and please leave email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email feed and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Versajewel and Life is like champagne, post a separate post linking your blog post.
5. Contest ends midnight 9/23/08, winner to be announced 9/24/08. Prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I love the concept of nesting blocks. Bugaboo Girl has a set that is quilted fabric for the alphabet that she loves. So when I saw the see-thru stories transparent nesting blocks by Alex Toys, I had to give them a try.
I started out by handing the nested boxes to Bugaboo Girl who immediately her eyes got very big and started to "Ooooo", something new and pictures that interested her. We have been working on colors so it was easy to begin with the color of the each block. She pulled out the first smallest block pointed to the tree, looked up as if looking up at the sky and then pointed up. I talked about what lives in trees and how the leaves are green. This interaction continued for each block she pulled out. Then I showed her how to put them back in, looking at each picture as she did. When she noticed the dog in the water, she had this big question look at me saying "mommy...woof...wawa" as if to ask if this was correct. I then told her how dogs like to play in the water, but don't live in it, like the fish and the whales, showering her the whale. After seeing that combination on the blocks, she had fun looking at all of the others.
I know my daughter enjoys this toy for the look, pictures and ease of use. I enjoy it for her development of motor skills with the nesting, learning colors, explaining picture scenes and just simple fun!
The first tackle is the large ripe plums. You have to get the skins off which means blanching them. Start out by cutting the tops off and using a double boiler to cook them for about 5 minutes. My husband tells me that he has developed a callus from pinching hot tomatoes to get the skins off, I do not have that ability and they are HOT! While you are doing this not so fun task, boil your canning jars and lids to sterilize before use. I happen to have both the screw top jars and the glass top where you can use the rubber gasket.
You can purchase the complete canning kits on line or at your local hardware store. Definitely invest in the tongs for removing or placing jars, they save your hands from getting burned! Also, if you can do most of the process outside, saves a lot of the mess and also keeps the heat out of the kitchen. I process the tomatoes in my kitchen and boil the jars outside on my grill.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I haven't seen something so funny on Saturday Night Live in a long time! Tina Fey did a great job as Sarah Palin, you could have easily thought it was her! In case you missed it, here is the link, let me know what you think!