Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Congo Tropicals - Plantain Chips Review

I have a soft spot in my heart for Ecuador.  Jason and I went there for a week on a mission trip in 2017.  It was then that I was introduced to plantains.  They were served at almost every lunch and supper meal.  I grew a fondness for them, so I was happy to receive some plantain chips from Congo Tropicals.  There are three different flavors - Ripe, Salted, and Garlic.  I received the first two for review.

In case you didn't know, plantain is a sugar-free vegetable and is grown in the same way as bananas.  It is nutritionally high in fiber, potassium, and low in cholesterol.  Plantains are always cooked before eating.  The process of making them is similar to that of a potato chip but they contain more vitamins and minerals.  


The Plantain Chips from Congo Tropicals are imported from Ecuador, so that brought back pleasant memories for me.  Even if you've never been to Ecuador or even if you've never tasted a plantain, I definitely suggest you give the Plantain Chips from Congo Tropicals a try.  They are a crisp snack that provide the crunch of a potato chip, with a lot less calories.  

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.  

Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway - DVD Giveaway

Follow Baby Shark and new characters as they create more smash hits in Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway! featuring: Grammy Award®-winning* superstar Cardi B as Sharki B, the biggest rap icon in the seven seas; Offset, as Offshark; their daughter Kulture, as Toddler Shark; and John Michael Higgins, as Mayor Anchovy!

Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment as of  September 20, 2022, for the suggested retail price of $10.99. 

Baby Shark’s Big Show!: The Seaweed Sway episodes:

The Seaweed Sway

Busy Baby

A Shark Day’s Night

Wavey Jones’ Locker

Daddyshark

Rocky-Bye

Rainy Day Roundup

Deep Goo Sea

Baby Shark’s Big Show!: The Seaweed Sway synopsis:

Do the “Seaweed Sway” along with Baby Shark and William when they meet the fin-credible rap icon Sharki B who created the dance craze! Next, Baby Shark bites off more than he can chew before his big dance party with Grandma Shark! Then, The Tentacools (Baby, William, and Vola) get caught up in the trappings of being rock starfishes and forget that they formed the band to have fun! It’s a dancing and singing extravaganza!


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara - #BeyondTheTiara Book Review

Featuring concept art, memorabilia, and original interviews, Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara explores the legacies of the Princesses and what they represent today.

Everyone knows the Disney Princess characters, but how did they become the cultural icons we know today? From the Princesses Walt Disney and his artists brought to the screen in the 20th century, such as Snow White and Aurora, to the recent additions such as Moana, Tiana and Rapunzel, each Disney Princess character’s influence has expanded beyond their original film. Each of their unique, individual stories create a fabric with the power to inspire our imaginations, spark social conversations, and empower us.

Featured Disney Princesses include:

Moana

Merida

Rapunzel

Tiana

Mulan

Pocahontas

Jasmine

Belle

Ariel

Aurora

Cinderella

Snow White

Organized by themes of origins and inspirations, re-imaginings, toys and collectibles, fashion, music, parks, fandom, and more, Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara features memorabilia and interviews with Disney historians, directors, voice talent, and fans. Explore the different eras, influences, and legacies of the Princesses with Disney Legends such as Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and author of the book’s foreword), Lea Salonga (the singing voice behind two Princesses, Jasmine and Mulan), and composer Alan Menken.


 About the author

Emily Zemler is a freelance writer and journalist based in London. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone, among other prestigious outlets. Emily is the co-author of A Sick Life, with TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and the author of The Art and Making of Aladdin.

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara

Published September 20, 2022, by Epic Ink, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Hardcover, 192 pages, 200+ illustrations

$40 US, $53 CAN

ISBN: 9780760373620


My Review:

I know there are die-hard Disney fans and collectors out there. I'll admit I've never been to a Disney park (someday, oh someday) but I certainly adore the movies, characters, and "magic" surrounding the brand.  

Did you know that the animators for Pocahontas were inspired by a variety of historical sources, as well as a visit to Jonestown, Virginia?  Or that Ariel continues to be one of the most popular princesses when it comes to toys, dolls, and dress-up costumes?  If you browse through Disney Princess: Beyond The Tiara you'll learn this and so much more.  The book is divided into chapters, with some being about fashion, music, girl power, and origins.

Looking at all the illustrations and reading about Disney princesses in Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara has been a fun journey. This coffee-table book is loaded with facts and information about the iconic princesses and how they've evolved over time.  Every time I look through the book, it seems there's something new I learn, having missed it the first time through. I've had guests over who've picked up the book and started glancing through it. It's a trip down memory lane for some. The cover design and overall look of the book make it one worth keeping out on the coffee table.


I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinion and results may differ.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues - DVD Giveaway

PAW Patrol teams up with the Cat Pack in an all-new PAW Patrol DVD, PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues. Join the little cats as they become big heroes in this action-packed adventure! PAW Patrol and the Cat Pack save runaway rockets, retrieve stolen artifacts, visit the jungle, and much more in this paw-some DVD.

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues will became available on September 13th, 2022, on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.   

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues episodes:

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Meow Meow Mayhem 

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Rocket Rescuers  

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Pups and Cats Save the Golden Mask 

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: The Cat Who Roared  Rocky-Bye

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Pups and Cats Saving the Safe  

Pups Save the Kitties and the Kiddies

Pups Save the Portable Pet Wash  

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues synopsis:

Dreaming of being as powerful and heroic as their feline idols the BIG CATS - lions, tigers, cheetahs, and jaguars - four brave kittens are out to show that little cats can be big heroes! Kittened out with awesome transforming vehicles and power suits, the Cat Pack are ready to team up with the pups to save the day.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Summer's Eve Spa Collection - Review

 


Summer's Eve is a brand that's been around for quite some time now.  It used to be associated with douches back in the day.  Although it still carries those type of products, Summer's Eve has expanded their line to include body washes, serums, and other feminine hygiene products.  Summer's Eve recently came out with a Spa Collection that includes Summer’s Eve Intimate Skin Serum and Spa Luxurious Daily Wash.  I was given the opportunity to review both.

I have somewhat sensitive skin so I have to be kind of careful about what kind of body wash I use.  The Spa Luxurious Daily Wash hasn't irritated my skin and it has a nice scent of florals and chamomile.  I like how it lathers and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.

I'm especially fond of Summer's Eve Intimate Skin Serum.  If you've ever shaved your nether regions you know the after effects can be quite unpleasant.  There's nothing uglier than red bumps and ingrown hairs on your lady parts.  This serum is specially designed to hydrate, smooth and soften your delicate intimate skin. Infused with vitamin E, aloe and coconut oil, this serum absorbs quickly.  

Any time I shave my privy parts I apply a couple dabs of this serum among that area and rub it in.  Now I don't have to choose between the "Sasquatch" look or the "pimply teenager" look.  The area feels smooth and keeps my naughty bits from irritation.  I call that a win!

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Gift-Giving Made Easy With Artistscent Candles - Review


I know we're just now getting into "Fall" season but this is about the time I start purchasing gifts for Christmas and getting together ideas of who would like what.  I don't want to have to get everything all at once.  One thing that the adult girls in my family are fond of is candles.  

Why not give family and friends something totally different and more meaningful than just a regular ole' candle? Artistscent candles perfectly blend expertly crafted fragrances with original art to create an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. Each Artistscent collection features stunning artwork created by the artists they partner with, paired with fragrances that tell their olfactive story of each piece.  The candles have unique scents with pretty designs.
If you're not quite sure which candle you'd like from Artistscent, or if you'd like to experience different fragrances, you can always purchase the Sample Flight.  With this box you will receive nine  9 mini scented candle tins from their Elizabeth Karlson and Ronnie Queenan collections.

The Ronnie Queenan Collection includes:: City Scape, Along the Path, and Under Construction II.

The Elizabeth Karlson Collection includes: Berry Crush, Maui, Soul Flame, Evergreen Shore, Dockside Morning, and Polynesian Waves.



The Sample Flight candles are a bit bigger than tealights and each one is presented in its own tin with the name of the scent on top.  You'll get about one hour of burn time per each candle.  Although this flight did not include any candles from the Ron Chereskin collection, I was able to enjoy the aromas of the other two artist collections.  I am very pleased with the fragrance of each candle and was able to get a grasp of which I'd most likely purchase in the future.  My favorite two were Under Construction and Maui.  So, go ahead and purchase the Sampler Flight for yourself to see which candles you like best or which ones you'd like to gift to others.

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru! - DVD Giveaway

The biggest global animated franchise in history adds an all-new laugh-out-loud gru-vy movie in Illumination’s MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, available to own with over 60 minutes of despicably entertaining bonus features on Digital August 30, 2022 and on 4K UHD, Blu-rayTM and DVD September 6, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Now with even more frolic and fun from the world’s most irresistible Minions, fans get a chance to learn the comedy-filled origin story of how Gru and the Minions became the world’s most villainous team! Jam-packed with exclusive bonus content, this Collector’s Edition includes two all-new mini movies, hilarious outtakes, a how-to draw (& animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson and tons of activities the whole family can enjoy.

 Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. Packed with the franchise’s signature subversive humor, MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU features more thrilling action than any Despicable Me film ever before!

 The film is written and directed by Kyle Balda (Minions, Despicable Me 3, The Lorax), co-directed by Brad Ableson (“Minions Holiday Special”) and Jonathan del Val (the Secret Life of Pets 2), and co-written by Matthew Fogel (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) and Brian Lynch (Minions, The Secret Life of Pets), starring Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. The original score was created by Heitor Pereira.

With the purchase of MINIONS: RISE OF GRU on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

 


BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL for your collection:

POST MODERN MINIONS (MINI MOVIE) – Experience one Minion’s rise and fall as an artistic genius when he sneaks into a 1970’s post-modern art gallery with a fellow Minion and unintentionally creates an explosive new art form that is declared by a snooty art critic as the greatest art he’s ever seen. When the critic moves onto the next new artist, our Minion tries everything to get back in the spotlight, which accidentally leads to his next unexpected career. 

MINIONS AND MONSTERS (MINI MOVIE) – Follow a newbie Minion as he joins three more experienced Minions in playing a 1970’s fantasy role-playing game. After struggling to gain the skills needed to master the game, the newbie unexpectedly rises to the occasion and saves the day, earning him the magical crown and the appreciation of his buddies.

EXTENDED SCENE

OUTTAKES

CHARACTER PROFILES

GRU

WILD KNUCKLES

BELLE BOTTOM

MASTER CHOW

THE VICIOUS 6

BIKER

GRU-VY ANIMATION - Join Steve Carell and the directors as they take us through the animation process. From Concept Art, through Storyboards and on to the Final Film, with every Gru-vy step in between explained in fun and fascinating detail.

THE '70S - FASHION, FOOD & FUNK - A behind the scenes look at the 1970’s through the lens of MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU.  From fashion to music, cultural phenomenon and back – the cast and filmmakers are bringing the 1970’s to a whole new generation.

MINION MARTIAL ARTS - In this 1970s inspired martial arts movie throwback, we hear from the film’s directors about their inspiration, how they created authenticity in animation, the role the many martial artists in the cast played to bring it to life and how you teach a Minion to fight.

HOW TO DRAW (& ANIMATE) WITH BRAD ABLESON - Co-director Brad Ableson shows us how to draw all of our favorite characters.

MINION

YOUNG GRU

KUNG FU STUART

LAIR FLAIR: MAKE YOUR OWN MINION HIDEOUT - The Minions aren’t the only ones who can build a secret lair — now you can, too! (And yours doesn’t have to be built under Gru’s bed.)

THE LAIR

DISCO BUBBLES

JET PACK

SUPER STYLE SHOP - The Minion uniform of overalls and goggles is timeless. Simple yet functional. But sometimes Minions have a casual day out and can abandon their work attire for something more fashionable. Here’s how can create fresh new fashion for YOUR Minions!

BELL BOTTOMS AND BANDANA

FRINGE VEST AND CHUNKY NECKLACE


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Spark a Child’s Imagination with Wonderbly - Personalized Book Review


 I have a large family and it seems we are always celebrating birthdays.  I'm known for giving gifts that are original and can't be bought at large chain stores.  My grandson, Waylon, will be having his first birthday in October and I will be presenting him with a a personalized book from Wonderbly.  


 Wonderbly, the global leader in personalized books for children, gave me the opportunity to create a personalized book for Waylon by sending it to me for review.  I chose to personalize the I'm a Name-O-Saurus book.  With 34 pages, this hardback book is a fun dinosaur themed story that features your special child's name throughout.  The story is told in rhythmic tone and illustrations of dinosaurs are the main spotlight.  In the front of the book is a dedication page.  I used that page to dedicate to Waylon's first birthday from his Gma and Gpa Heck.   Another option when personalizing the book is being able to choose what skin and hair color you want for the child you're dedicating it to.


Because it is a hardback book, it is somewhat stiff at first and the pages don't stay open on their own.  However, like most hardback books, it will become less stiff and easier to keep the pages down once the book has been read several times.  This is a super cute book that shows a little boy encountering different species of dinosaurs. The book that I will be gifting to Waylon is something he can treasure for years and it will affirm that his grandparents will always love him.

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

An Unlikely Angel - #AnUnlikelyAngelMIN #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 film that was recently added (August 26th) is An Unlikely Angel.  I was asked to review the film.

Synopsis:

Janie is a workaholic who is falling apart at the thought of becoming a first-time mom.  She whispers a small prayer for help and it's answered in a very unlikely way when an angel intervenes and fast-forwards her life.  Will her second chance change how she approaches life?  Janie is lucky enough to get a second chance, but will she change before it's too late?

My Review:

I'll just put this out there now....Yes, I cried more than once during this movie.  It definitely pulled at my heartstrings.  An Unlikely Angel isn't exactly original with it's "angel/ghost/spirit visiting someone and showing them their future" plot but it is still worth watching.  The story tells of Janie who just has a baby and leaves for work a few hours later.  Her life revolves around her career.  She whispers a prayer and is met by her angel while in a car.  The angel isn't one with wings and a white robe; Rather, it's an ordinary-looking man who you might  meet on the street.  The angel fast-forwards her life and Janie is met by her significant other, another woman, and her 6-year old daughter.  

Janie sees what she's missed out on and decides she'd like to do the things with her family that she normally wouldn't.  It seems she's decided to be the "quality-time" mom, until a call from her company starts to derail all that.  Janie is ultimately left to decide if she will put her trust in God and let Him be in control.  

This movie moved me and I think it will make viewers consider and evaluate just how important it is to put faith in God, and how important it is to be with family.


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Monday, August 15, 2022

The J Team - DVD Giveaway


Ready to show your sparkle? Join JoJo Siwa and friends in The J Team – the brand-new movie from Nickelodeon! Follow JoJo as she starts her own, totally unique dance team, learning about friendship, perseverance and never letting anyone dim your sparkle!

The J Team is available, as of July 12th, from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $15.99 and on Digital for $9.99 SD/HD.

The J Team synopsis:

Loosely based on JoJo Siwa’s life, “The J Team” is the story of a young girl who is kicked out of her dance troupe and forced to rediscover what dance and friendship means to her, finding her true “Sparkle” in the process.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters - : #StrongFathersMIN #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 film that was recently added (August 1st) is Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.  I was asked to review the film.

Synopsis: 

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto his little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future.  Watch the movie inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s best-selling book, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.”

I'm pretty sure we all want what's best for our kids.  We try to be proactive and teach them what's best for their life.  As a Christian myself, I can relate to wanting my kids to follow God and grow in their faith.  My kids are all adults now and they're all on different paths of life but I feel like I've at least instilled some Christian values and morals in their lives.

I could resonate with 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters' and how the parents, especially the father, want their kids to lead a certain path.  Steve is a businessman with three daughters, all with different personalities.  Steve isn't too keen on the idea of his oldest daughter marrying a missionary; He had plans on her becoming a Jr. Executive.  And, his middle daughter shows strong signs of rebellion.  He thinks he can control it all but soon learns that he needs to trust God and it all starts when he is given a book called 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters'.  

I was moved by this movie in many ways.  I definitely shed a few tears, laughed several times, and even internalized the teaching lessons.  I definitely recommend watching 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters', available now on Pure Flix.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Visit to Hot Springs National Park

main entrance to the park

Back in May I went on a weekend getaway to Arkansas with a friend.  One of my favorite places that we visited was Hot Springs National Park.  Located in the middle of town, there are 26 miles of hiking trails in the park where you can take in beautiful scenery and have access to ancient thermal springs.

steam rising from one of the hot springs

I found it fascinating that the main entrance to the hot springs was located in the middle of a bustling tourist area known as Bathhouse Row.  Rebecca and I chose to walk along Peak Trail, a short and moderately steep hike that took us to an observation tower.  

The "haze of smoke" is steam rising from the waters.

The thermal water at Hot Springs National Park is nearly 4,000-year-old spring water in its natural state. I'd never been to a location where hot spring water was available.  I was amazed to see the strong force of steam rise from the water.  And, it is indeed, hot!  The water comes out of the ground at 147 degrees Fahrenheit.  

a jug of hot springs water I filled from a fountain

Congress first protected the hot springs in 1832, and it intended for the water to be used.  Drinking the hot springs water is perfectly normal, and even encouraged.  I collected a sample of the hot springs water in one of the actual hot spring pools while I was out on a hike.  Before we left the park, Rebecca and I purchased large jugs and filled them with water from one of the many Thermal Spring Fountains.  The fountains allow visitors to fill containers with the hot springs water for free.  They say it's safe to drink the water that comes out of the fountains, but I'm keeping mine in the jug as a souvenir.  

I seriously cannot say enough about the beauty and interesting history of this national park.  

An original bathtub that, back in the day, was used to bathe in the hot springs sits inside the Bathhouse Row Emporium.  

Friday, July 29, 2022

Petmate: 20% Off All Orders

Weekend Sale 20% off all orders with code WEEKENDS20 at Petmate.com 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 Petmate.com 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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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.
#Twinsies

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
Touche

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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