Friday, July 29, 2022

Petmate: 20% Off All Orders

Weekend Sale 20% off all orders with code WEEKENDS20 at 7/29-7/31/22 11:59pm CST.

 PetMate is passionate about pets and their families. As a worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry for over 50 years, they’re committed to providing fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets.

A great promotion they have going on right now is 20% off all orders when you use coupon code WEEKENDS20 at checkout.  This offer is valid 7/29-7/31. 

T&C's: Code WEEKENDS20 valid for 20% off at 7/29-7/31/2022 11:59pm CST. One use per customer only. Not valid on sale items, previous purchases or when combined with other offers.

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Panama likes it when I get her goodies from Petmate.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

AspenClean Plastic-free Detergents - Review and Giveaway

I'm not super vigilant about product ingredients, but have had to be more aware lately due to skin inflammation.  I haven't completely narrowed down the culprits yet, but my skin has adverse reactions to some ingredients and brands.  

I was recently introduced to AspenClean, the popular Canadian brand that offers safe and effective alternatives to chemical-based cleaning products.  The laundry detergent pods, dishwasher pods, and oxygen bleach powder and stain remover, all with plastic-free packaging, now ship anywhere in the United States.  AspenClean products are made with only natural and organic ingredients and have won cleaning product awards from Parents and Good Housekeeping magazines.  I was all in to see how well the products worked and if I had any reactions to the ingredients.

The plastic-free product line includes:

 AspenClean’s Unscented Laundry Pods

AspenClean’s Unscented Laundry Pods are entirely fragrance-free and carefully formulated with oxygen bleach and enzymes, using no synthetic fragrances, toxins or irritants.  The zero-plastic laundry pods are naturally formulated to remove tough stains, fight odor and fight dirt, grime and grease but are non-toxic and packaged in a compostable container. These laundry pods are packaged in a 100% recycled paper package designed for convenience while being conscious of the impact on the environment. The vegan laundry pods are gentle on sensitive skin and won’t damage your clothes with harsh chemicals. Remove tough stains and leave your clothes feeling good as new with an eco-friendly laundry pod that is still 100% baby safe, pet safe and is environmentally sustainable.  Also available are Eucalyptus Laundry Pods and Lavender Laundry Pods.

There are 36 pods in each container of AspenClean Laundry Pods.  To use, toss one pod (or two, if the laundry is extremely soiled) into the washing machine before adding clothes.  Easy peasy!  After using the laundry pods for quite some time now, I've noticed no adverse reactions to my skin and my clothes come out clean.  I'm sold!  

 AspenClean’s Unscented Dishwasher Pods

Made of biodegradable, plant-based ingredients that leave your dishes sparkling clean every time, AspenClean’s Unscented Dishwasher Pods are packaged in a 100% recycled paper container with no plastic at all, while being fully compostable and safe for your family and the environment. These eco-friendly dishwasher pods remove even the toughest of food stains and eliminate grease without leaving any residue or film on your dishes or glassware in just one cycle.   

I personally do not own a diswasher (I'm old-school and prefer to wash by hand).  However, the couple that I'm a nanny for do own a dishwasher and use it regularly.  When I am at their home watching the baby, I will often use their dishwasher to clean and dry their dishes.  They prefer their dishes to be done this way.  I spoke with Becky and asked if she was okay with me using the AspenClean’s Unscented Dishwasher Pods in her dishwasher and she obliged.

Becky was quite impressed with the company's mission and how well the diswasher pods worked.  If Becky is keen on a product, you can almost bet it's worth it.  She is a hound when it comes to "all-natural, eco-friendly, organic", and other similar verbiage.  She goes so far as to have a list on her fridge of companies she won't buy from and ingredients she won't use.  

There are 28 pods in each container of Diswasher Pods.  One pod is all that's needed to each wash, and they are to be placed in the main dispenser cup.

AspenClean’s Oxygen Bleach Powder and Stain Remover

AspenClean’s Oxygen Bleach Powder and Stain Remover is made of biodegradable, plant-based ingredients that gives your laundry a natural booster to remove tough stains on clothes!  The oxygen bleach stain remover will leave your clothes whiter and brighter using the natural power of mineral-based ingredients and enzymes in just 1 wash. Give your clothes a deep clean by removing those stubborn stains and restore them back to brand new.  Revive those whites and brighten those dull colors! Add the color-safe oxygen bleach powder as a laundry booster or as a stain remover to any load of laundry.  AspenClean Oxygen Bleach is suitable for standard and HE laundry machines. 

I did not receive this product for review so I cannot vouch for how it works.  But, if it's anything like the laundry pods and the diswasher pods, I'd say it's worth trying.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Quick Stop at Scenic Point, Arkansas

When I went on vacay with a friend in May, we stopped by a little area called Scenic Point, Arkansas.  It's a nice little stopping point to enjoy the scenery and see beautiful views of nature.  We were able to see the Buffalo River Canyon at 2169 above sea level.

Due to the view, we were able to see both Arkansas and Missouri land.  It was such pretty scenery.  Just standing there and taking in all the uninterrupted greenery was peaceful-ish.  

It was quite windy that day so it played mind games with me that I might fall over the ledge.  #DramaticIKnow 

There's a higher viewing spot that can be accessed by a ladder but I opted to stay on ground.  In the little spot of beautiful landscape, there's a lone gift shop.  Rebecca and I went in to browse and we both came out with the same tshirt.

My hair proves how windy it was!

Friday, July 22, 2022

Can We Be Adults About This?

I quit worrying about cleaning it.  The darn thing gets muddy almost every weekend.

Our RZR has a notorious reputation in the campground.  The super loud exhaust gives it away every time.  Last year we got in a bit of trouble with it for having it out on the trails past the quiet time of 10 pm (too early, If I say!).  This year Jason made a promise that he'd behave and have it parked by 10 every night.

Me and Jason, thinking we were sly.

One weekend this year, while I was away on vacay with a friend, Jason had it out past quiet hours.  BUT only because the owners wanted him to look in the woods for the keys to their Side X Side.  Of course, the complaints came in.  Although the owners took the blame for the incident, Jason still got a verbal slap on the wrist.

Several weekends later Kasi, one of the owners, came by and we started talking about the incident.  Then she threw out the words "Can't we be adults about this?"  I about flipped my lid.  She and I had a conversation that rivaled the noise level of the RZR's exhaust. 

Front of Kasi's shirt

After some deep breaths and thinking it through, we all came out better in the end for it.  To make a mockery of the situation, Jason and I came up with the bright idea to have custom shirts made from a fellow campground gal with "Can We Be Adults About This?" and a picture of our RZR.  

back of Kasi's shirt

Because nobody can keep their mouths shut, Kasi caught wind of what we were doing.  That heifer done went and had her own shirt made.  While she was my partner playing cornhole, she showed up in her custom shirt.  Nice play, Kasi, nice play!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1 - DVD Giveaway

Patrick Star stars in his very own variety show in The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1! In this brand-new series, we follow a teenage Patrick Star as he hosts his first solo show with the help of his sister Squidina Star, featuring some of Bikini Bottom’s most beloved residents.

The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1 is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment as of June 21, 2022, for the suggested retail price of $13.99.

The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1 episodes:

Late for Breakfast/Bummer Jobs

Stair Wars/Enemies a la Mode

Lost in Couch/Pat-a-thon

The Yard Sale

Squidina's Little Helper/I Smell a Pat

Gas Station Vacation/Bunny the Barbarian

The Haunting of Star House/Who’s a Big Boy?

Terror at 20,000 Leagues

To Dad and Back/Survivoring

Just in time for Christmas/Klopnodian Heritage Festival

X Marks the Pot/Patrick’s Alley

Pearl Wants to Be a Star/Super Sitters

The Patrick Show Mid- Season Finale

The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1 synopsis:

In this SpongeBob spin-off series, fans travel back to a time when Patrick was still living at home. This family sitcom stars Patrick and the rest of his family as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal imagination. 

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Bonnie & Pop Curated Gift Boxes - Review

Here come the summer parties and celebrations.  Take the art of giving to the next level with Bonnie & Pop's curated gift boxes and baskets.  Bonnie & Pop, out of New York, are a mother and daughter owned business. Their roots go back to Bonnie & Pop, two exceptional grandparents who devoted their lives to making people happy. They hope their products will do the same.

I received the B&P Elegant Mosaic Variety Gift for review and knew right away how I'd put it to use.  My son and his girlfriend recently had their first baby on July 4th.  As a gift to the new parents, I presented them with this tin gift set loaded with  Sea Salt Caramels, Champagne Bubble Gummies, Blueberry Blast Jelly Beans, Cotton Candy Salt Water Taffy, Coconut Glazed Cashews, Ice Cream Sundae Almonds, Sweet and Savory Snack mix.

When I presented the keepsake tin to Logan and Sabrina, they were very pleased.  I did make it clear before giving it to them that I was "obliged" to try all the sweets and treats myself.  While in the hospital room doting on the new baby, we all dived into the snacks.  We were quite impressed with the variety of goodies and how fresh they tasted.  I especially appreciated that they were individually wrapped or packaged.  My person fave were the Raspberry Almonds and the Sea Salt Caramels.

Not only were the edibles quite tasty, the presentation of the gift set itself was visually appealing.  The snacks were nestled inside a blue and gold keepsake tin with the company's logo.  The tin itself comes in a box with the same design.  The fact that there was a lot of blue and white colors made it perfect as a gift for a new baby boy.

A gift from Bonnie & Pop makes any occasion a special one.  Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and be among the first to know about promotions and discounts.


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Monday, July 18, 2022

Virtual Event Invite: Two Instagram Lives with PishPosh Baby


 PishPosh Baby, a top destination for the hottest baby gear, will be hosting two exciting Instagram Lives – one with UPPABaby  on 7/19 and the next with BugaBoo on 7/26. 

These events are part of PishPosh Baby’s 14th Anniversary Celebration where they will be hosting various Instagram Lives with different popular brands sold at the retailer.   

The best part? Viewers can leave a comment on the lives which will enter them to win a $250 gift card to PishPosh Baby! The retailer will be giving one gift card away during each week’s event..  

Please find @pishposhbabydotcom on Instagram to attend.

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Fourth of July at Woodyz Acres

Would it be a shocker if I said I spent 4th of July weekend at Woodyz Acres?!  Seems I'm there quite a bit during camping season.  This is my third year being there for the festivities and activities.  This one was the best yet.

son, Adam

The campground was packed to the gills with regulars and overnighters.  We had our usual crowd of around 20 people in our group, including some visitors.  Meals were a big deal, with lots being cooked on the charcoal grill and Blackstone.  

Jason cooking breakfast on the Blackstone

I even got a nice visit from my son, Adam.  He's out of commission for the next few weeks due to a broken foot (more on that in a later post) so he stopped by to hang.  It sucks that he's out of work but I've been getting to see a lot more of him lately.

sportin' my red, white and blue tee

Jason was actually not around on Sunday night.  We was in town shooting off the big booms with a professional company at the Country Club.  So, me and Adam hung out by the pool and watched fireworks together.

Other than the fireworks show (which was spectacular, by the way) we played Cornhole tournaments, played several games of Bingo, and indulged in a few drinks.  I've been on a Bloody Mary kick lately and found some Bloody Larry Mix (from Larry the Cable Guy) on sale and he definitely Got 'R Done.  It's one of my faves by far.  

Hibachi made on the Blackstone with shrimp, steak, chicken, rice, and noodles.

All in all, it was a successful weekend!  How did you celebrate 4th of July?

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Live+Local Now Available on Pure Flix - #LiveNLocalMIN #PureFlix #PureFlixVIPAmbassador #MomentumInfluencerNetwork - Review and Giveaway

Pure Flix is a streaming media platform where you can view thousands of faith and family-friendly movies, shows, and documentaries.  One series that was recently added to Pure Flix is Live+Local.  I was asked to view the second episode to determine my thoughts on the series.

• Starring Dave Coulier from Full House and Fuller House!

• Start your free trial on Pure Flix and watch LIVE + LOCAL now!

• Synopsis: Starring executive producer Dave Coulier and Emily Pendergast, get an inside look at the Christian local radio station K-HUGG. The staff is experiencing some strange transitions and power shifts at work, but the way they handle it with grace and comedy will be sure to leave you laughing and inspired.

• With guest stars: Danny Ray, Leanne Morgan, John Cooper, Colton Dixon, Anna Lind Thomas, Anthem Lights, Whitney Miller, Dustin Nickerson, Jeff Allen, Dallas Jenkins, and more!

So far, I've watched the first two episodes of 'Live+Local.  In episode two, titled 'Judge Knott', staff have to get used to a new bit where people ask questions and they're answered on the air.  'Tommy & Tina' in the Morning also discuss little known facts of the Old Testament.  It's a partnership that's working to make the best of the transitions they're faced with.  They also have a live discussion with John Cooper, lead singer of Skillet.  Jealousy ensues when the female broadcaster becomes "the superstar" and Tommy shows obvious envy.  I'd say this show can be summed up as watching how a team works together doing live radio broadcasts.  There are some slow moments throughout the show but it kept me interested enough that'd I'd watch more episodes.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Newest Grandson is A Holiday Baby

6 days old

I'm excited to announce I'm a grandma again, to my third grandson!  Emmett Darin was welcomed into the world at 1:28 pm on the 4th of July.  He's cuter than any fireworks show I've ever seen.

Logan and Sabrina with baby

Although I wasn't there the day he was born, I went to the hospital to visit the day after.  I also stopped by their house yesterday.  Logan (my son) and Sabrina are already amazing parents.  They're both so hands-on and each take turns with taking care of baby.

day after birth

Emmett was born at 8.5 pounds and 19 inches long.  He has a full head of black hair.  Can you tell I'm one happy grandma!

Winston, their fur baby, was quite excited to see the newest addition to the family.  Other than the occasional doggie kisses, he's been really good around the baby.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Encanto: The Sing-Along Concert Tour - Exclusive Ticket Promo Code Offer

The Encanto: The Sing-Along Concert Tour kicks off July 21 for 30 dates that run through August 28.

The Encanto Sing Along Tour is a one-of-a-kind concert event.  The entire feature film will be screened from start to finish, featuring a live band performing the music for all of the hit songs in sync with the film. Audience members of all ages are welcome to join in the fun and are encouraged to sing along throughout the concert. 

I am given the opportunity to offer my readers an exclusive ticket promo code (BRUNO15) to receive 15% off tickets.  The discount can be used on all tour dates (except for 7/26 El Paso, TX date).  For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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