8 Reasons to Garden

 

Growing up, my dad had a garden. I can’t remember anything he grew in that garden except for rhubarb, I guess because we used to munch on the rhubarb while catching fireflies in our Underoos.  As I got older, I was away at summer camp for 8+ weeks each year, and wasn’t really around for gardening season…and then we got a house on Lake Winnipesauke and weekends and vacations were spent there so the garden kind of went by the wayside.  We even have some rhubarb plants here, that we’d gotten from a neighbor, so we could bring it to my mom and dad up in New Hampshire.

My husband’s family has always gardened.  For him, having a yard that could fit a garden was a part of house hunting. I didn’t really have a preference to garden or not, at least where food was concerned. I just wanted to have roses where I lived. Oh, and peonies.

When we bought our current home in 2005, I was really pregnant with our oldest daughter.  We chose this house for many reasons, but a big reason is the yard.  Our backyard is large, with lots of room for a garden, flower beds, flowering trees, shade trees, and it had 2 huge apple trees and 2 8 foot tall blueberry bushes that were well established when we moved in.

Here are 8 reasons to garden:

1. Food- There’s not much that tastes better than something you planted, tended and grew yourself.

2. Earth- The cycle of plant life is good for the earth.  It’s good for the air and its good for the soil.  We use pine needles that fall from our trees to mulch beds, or we use pine cones.

3. Family- Gardening is something we can do as a family. Every step can include all of us.

4. Learning- The process of prepping, planting, tending and harvesting a garden teaches a lot to our children.  It also helps them develop an understanding and appreciation for growing our own food.  My kids have all said at different times how much better even our salsa tastes when it’s stuff we brought up from the garden.

5. Money- I’m pretty sure we’ve all bought fresh produce at the grocery store.  It’s expensive…. and that’s not even talking about selecting organic fruits and vegetables.  By planting our own fruits, vegetables and herbs and using an organic Miracle-Gro product for seed starting and/or amending the soil with our compost, we know just what’s going into the soil with our seeds…and we are able to save a lot of money that we would have otherwise spent on organic produce.

6. Fun- It’s really kind of fun to just dig in and garden.  It’s not only a fun way to be together as a family, but it’s also a source of stress relief.

7. Fragrance and beauty- while we are not big flower gardeners, we do have a dozen peonies around our property (and I’m sure we will keep adding, as they are my favorites), as well as other perennial flowers… which we can cut as we wish and put around the house to brighten rooms and enjoy the fragrance of.  We can also cut flowers to brighten someone else’s day.

8. Learning- I’ve learned so much over the years of gardening.  The kids have too.  From carpentry skills in building raised beds or our compost bin, to figuring out when to plant seeds in winter so they’ll be ready for the ground after the last frost….row spacing…timing… there’s a lot that gardening can teach all of us.

 Everyone grows for a reason. Some people grow to spend time with their family, or to beautify their community. Some people grow because they love cooking with home-grown ingredients, or because it’s a skill and tradition passed down from generations. Other people grow for personal relaxation, or because they love decorating their homes with freshly cut flowers. Whatever the reason, Miracle-Gro wants to know why we all grow- why we strive to Gro Something Greater.

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Portable Ice Maker is Great for Camping

Aportable ice maker may not be What Every Camper Needs but it is a great luxury item for summer camping.   We are so excited to add this ice maker to our camping packing list.  Yes, camping! We also have found that this ice is great for making smoothies. The ice is clear, odorless and easy to chew!  We received this item for review.

Luma Ice Maker IM200SS

 

The Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker is the ultimate luxury entertaining necessity for your home bar or kitchen. Producing up to 28 pounds of crystal-clear, restaurant-quality ice every 24 hours, the IM200SS features modern technology with a timeless style. Includes low water and full ice indicators, as well as an LED control panel. Retails for $239.00 online at at local dealers.

Clear ice maker

 

  • Plug & play operation
  • No plumbing required
  • Produces up to 28 lbs. daily
  • Sleek stainless steel finish
  • Space-conserving countertop design
  • Push button controls & LED display
  • Utilizes modern commercial technology
  • Clear ice melts 5x slower than cloudy ice

ice maker for campingWe are going to use this ice maker all year.  It is great for parties, holidays, and camping.  I wish we had gotten one years ago.

What would you use an ice maker for?

Luma Comfort wants one lucky reader to win an ice maker of their own.  Enter below.

 

I received the ice maker to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Worst part of cleaning the house? #MrCleanMorePower

I used to think that cleaning toilets was the worst part of cleaning the house.  This is a sponsored post about cleaning the house for SheSpeaks/Mr. Clean.

Then I had kids.

Toilets were still kind of the worst, but we also had diapers, and lots more general mess.

But we also have a dog.

And now we have 2 kittens.

Since we got the kittens, I have realized that the worst part of cleaning the house is keeping the area around the litter box clean.

Because, litter.  As in cat litter.  Where they do their business and cover said business with litter using their paws.  Then they leave the litter box and go about their day.

Except they don’t leave ALL the litter in the box.

Which, in a word? YUCK.

I’m diligent about cleaning the litter box and we have a mat around it to try to catch the loose litter.

It doesn’t catch it all. And sometimes there’s little footprints near the box. Again, I say YUCK.

I need muscles to help me clean these floors.  MUSCLES.

mr clean liquid muscle

Like Mr. Clean and HIS muscles. Specifically, Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle. I already love his Magic Eraser muscles for many reasons, and now I have a new reason to love them.

I am in love with this cleaner.  And I like to make my own cleaners.  But sometimes, when I’m dealing with kitty pawprints of cat litter on my floors that my family walks on, I want something tough, and something strong. I want those muscles doing the icky work FOR me. (Remember, I’m lazy!)

mr clean liquid muscle at work

Mr. Clean and his muscles made short work of the mess on the floor.  (Plus, isn’t that the coolest bucket ever? I love it).

So what’s your least favorite part of cleaning?  Do you have pets to clean up after, too?

 

 

 

 

Red Barn Canvas launches new Children’s line of canvas wall art

Red Barn Canvas launches new Children’s line of canvas wall art.  This post announcing the new brand from Red Barn Canvas is brought to you by my friends Kristy and Andy, the awesome behind RBC.

pinnsqueak childrens canvas wall art logo
    Introducing PinnsQueak Boutique, A Red Barn Canvas Brand full of fun, coordinating Canvas Wall Art specifically designed to grow with your child.  Our designs are sweet enough for the baby nursery but modern, and personalized, enough to grow with them.  In keeping with the style and quality our customers have come to expect with Red Barn Canvas, we are now expanding our product line to include more Children’s Wall Art decor.
pinnsqueak canvas childrens wall art
    One of our biggest challenges in owning a home based business and working together full time has been keeping the kids occupied.  Ensuring they are busy with educational and creative activities is very important to us as a family.  Luckily we always have extra canvas, wood and paint on hand.  Our new canvas kits are put together with kids in mind.  They include everything they need to be creative, and they are packaged using fun touches and ready for gift giving.
pinnsqeak canvas childrens wall art
    Among our other new PinnsQueak products is a writeable canvas, made to coordinate with our very popular growth charts.  This design is great for baby showers or early birthdays – it gives guests a place to write special notes to the little one and new parents.  I have one hanging in my 3 year olds room as a fun way to record and keep all those fun things she says.
pinnsqueak childrens canvas wall art kits
With PinnsQueak we are also introducing several new canvas designs and they are all made to mix-n-match, and adding to our already existing line.  Our hope is by giving our kids collection its own identity it will make the shopping experience more enjoyable.  For instance, our new Letter/Name line is made to give our customers the creative control, they choose the font, color and pattern from our new PinnsQueak palettes.
You can shop PinnsQueak online here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinnsQueakBoutique

5 ways for kids to help clean the house #SwifferatTarget #CleverGirls #sp


My little one, like most kids, is great at making messes. It’s kind of a gift of little kids. Fortunately for us, we have a little one who also wants to help us keep the house clean. She’s always the first to ask “Can I help?” and really, she’s a great helper. She just needs the right tools and guidance. We’ve actually had all 3 of our kids doing chores since they were 18 months or so. My little one has been helping her daddy to keep the floors all clean with the new Swiffer Sweep & Trap while I’ve been in bed with strep throat all week and it got me to thinking I wanted to share some of our family ways for kids to help clean the house with you. Instead of cringing at life’s little messes and messmakers, why don’t we find ways to embrace the messes and teach the messmakers?!

ways kids can help clean the house

1. Clearing and setting the table

This one is easy- even an 18 month old can carry, say, spoons to the table. We used plastic IKEA dishes for the kids for a long time so our kids were able to do bowls and plates for themselves and one another from a young age. That also meant they could clear those from the table. I will say we ALWAYS have insisted and still do that the kids are on their feet before they try to carry any dishes or anything from the table. Lessons learned the hard way, friends.

2. Wiping the table, chairs, cabinets.

We use almost all natural cleaners in our house, so it’s all pretty safe, but even a damp cloth is enough for your little one to be part of the team. Baby wipes can also work.

3. Loading and unloading dishwasher.

Most families I know keep kids’ dishes and utensils where they can reach them. If not the kids’ stuff then maybe storage containers. Those are the things even the littlest ones can help with. Our kids have helped to put their dishes into the kid drawer for as long as I can remember. We just make sure any sharp things are out of the dishwasher before they are having their turn. Now, as the kids are older, they are able to stack dishes that they aren’t able to reach the cabinet for on the counter, sort utensils, etc.

4. Sorting laundry and putting it away.

Yep. Totally serious. Kids know what socks are vs. pants from a really young age. Why not make a game of it and teach them to help with laundry? My kids are pretty skilled with laundry sorting and putting away (this is also one chore that they can get paid for, because I HATE sorting folded laundry and worse? putting it all away. They know if they sort and put away a basket, they get $1.00).

5. Floor cleaning and care

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No, most kids can’t handle a whole vacuum when they are little. That’s ok. Full sized brooms also are hard to maneuver. But a small broom and dustpan? Yes. A Swiffer Sweep & Trap is a really cool new product from Swiffer that uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper, but also has rotating blades and dirt bin to pick up loose pieces like, you know, the cat food my 4 year old spills every single day when she feeds the animals. The Sweep & Trap has a nice compact size, is lightweight, and you can skip the middle piece of the handle to make this a kid-sized “vacuum” as my littlest calls it. Actually, she’s decided it’s HER vacuum… who am I to argue?

swiffer sweep trap mess

Uses rotating blades to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin while the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, so you can embrace life’s little messes. And to embrace life’s little mess makers helping to clean up those messes.

Swiffer Sweep Trap during

Only intended for dry pick-up on hard floor surfaces. As you can see, we did not use it on the mat under the pets’ dishes, and we really really need to get our hardwood floors redone. That’s another project for another day.
swiffer sweep trap after

I LOVE this new Swiffer product. It’s not perfect, but it’s quick and easy to use, 100% chemical free which means the kids are safe to use it, and it lets the kids play an active role in cleaning the house. Something they SHOULD be learning!

Get $2 off of a Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit at Target.com and entering coupon code TGTBBAGU (thru 2/28/14)

What ways do your kids help clean the house?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Toy storage that makes cleaning up fun! ($150 Prize Pack #Giveaway)

A while back, I lost my mind.  I think it was the eleventy billionth LEGO brick I stepped on, or maybe it was the fourteen thousandth article of doll clothing/accessories I found under my pillow.  The toys are taking over my house and it has.to.stop. Toy storage needs to be stepped up.

I love my kids. I love their toys. I do. I really, really do. I have a deep love of toys. It’s just the leaving of the toys everywhere in the house that makes me crazy.  I love my son’s LEGO creations but I really don’t need to find them in my bed, or in the cabinet next to my deodorant. I just don’t. Racecars don’t need to be in the fridge, and doll shoes don’t belong in the VCR slot. (RIP VCR, RIP).

Three kids,  + three kids’ toys + a small sized house = need for organization.  (I really, REALLY wanted to put 4 in there, because, it was like math, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it). Now do 3 kids + 3 kids’ toys + a small house + 3 kids who hate cleaning up their toys = mom with a lost mind.

This is where I tell you what’s helping me regain my mind, one tiny little toy at a time.  It’s really not one thing, but several.  ToyTainer.

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ToyTainer is a company that clearly spends a LOT of time either secretly videotaping my children or is run by people who have children just like mine.  They came up with toys for kids to play with that also can house those same toys so that the children playing with them want to put them away WHERE THEY BELONG.  They asked if I’d check out their products and um, yea. Of course I would.

My little one is at the oh I love puppies and kittens and everything princess age. If it sparkles and comes with a lot of little parts she can shove into a pocket, even better. ANDDDDDDDDDDD she likes to have sets of things (can’t deny, that’s right from mama). So she has a new collection of Palace Pets toys. Which we’ve been shoving into this metal, sharp edged  bin thingy because we hadn’t had anything else that worked. Not safe and not practical, and always falling open.  Apparently, there IS a difference between the brushes that Cinderella’s puppy uses vs.  the brushes Snow White’s pet Apple uses. And if you know 4 year olds, you understand that they will smell your fear that a piece or part was misplaced…and they will hound you to find that piece.

palace pets storage before

 

Above, not working.  Parts were lost. Tears were shed.

palace pets

Above, not working.  More tears shed.  (By mom).

Drumroll please….

palace pets stored in toytainer

 

HEY MOM! I put my Palace Pets away!! All by myself!!

See this magical rectangle of pink? That’s the Shoe Box Play-n-Store Castle from ToyTainer.

Watch what it does.

palace pets in bin

 

And then… and then….

palace pets on mat

She can play with the pets.  All of them.  On a  mat.  That folds up into the case to carry the pets.  Do you SEE this, people?

She cleans up her toys and puts them away.  (Well, really, she cleans up THESE toys and puts them away. Baby steps).

It even has a handle so she can carry it from one place to another.

No pony brushes in my bed, no tiaras in my fridge.  No accessories in the laundry.

ToyTainer, if you are listening? I love you. Long time.

 

There’s all kinds of other equally fabulous ToyTainer products. Some are pink and some are blue and some are neither.  My son has more fun dunking Beanie Boos into the Fold n’Go Games Center on the back of his closet door than putting laundry away but… but… the 4003 Beanie Boos that live in my house are all in one place. And not in my bed.

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American Girl, Build-A-Bear, Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake…oh, and you, too, my little LaLaLoopsy pals… you can all rest easy, because you can spend some time on the back of the girls’ door now in the Princess Castle Fold n’ Go.  Mommy won’t be stepping on Jasmine’s leg and dismembering her any longer.

toytainer over door girls room

ToyTainer is available exclusively at Target.com and in Target stores.

One reader will win a $150 ToyTainer prize pack! To enter this giveaway, follow the instructions on the form below.

 

This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.

When cats don’t like to use the litter box #PreciousCat

This post about litter box issues is sponsored by Precious Cat on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network . I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Precious Cat’s Cat Attract formula, but This Mama Loves only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Precious Cat is not responsible for the content of this article.” raistlin When cats don’t like to use their litter box….and other tales from the crypt. Er, um. I mean Martin family. I grew up never having had a cat.  Never not ever.  Since meeting the fabulous Mister of mine, who had a kitty named Raistlin (above) when we met, I’ve pretty much never not had a cat.  Raistlin was 14 1/2 when she passed on.  She was awesome about using her litter box…until the last few months of her life.  Or maybe if the kids locked her in a room (not her fault). Then Sunshine kitty came along and LOVED her litter box, went to it from moment one and that was that.  Except the times we found some little presents in the corner of OUR bedroom (and ours only).

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Now we have 2 kitties, Lloyd and Rosabeth.  (Lloyd, also known as Moose Kitty, is the bigger one). They are PRETTY good about using the litter box. (I feel like I have to take a moment right now to tell you my 4 year old calls it a glitter box and I feel like it’s such a better term for it…and also, sometimes we think about slapping some mod-podge and glitter on the tops of our boxes just because it look fabulous… then we come to our senses). But there are times, and they seem to take turns having this ‘mood’ that they seem to forget where the litter box is or are mad at us and decide to use other facilities for their business. It’s annoying, it’s gross, and it stinks (in more ways than one). Litter box issues can pop up at any time, and I would prefer to take steps to prevent that. cat_attract So when I heard about Quality Products for Cats®, I was intrigued by the Cat Attract Litter Formula that they make.  A cat litter meant to attract cats to want to use it?  Interesting.  Intriguing.  Happy endings for many cats? Maybe.  Non-use of the litter box is the number one behavioral reason cats are abused, abandoned and placed in shelters. (This is news to me. I had no idea of this statistic but it’s sad, and I’m happy there are professionals who want to do something to decrease this number). Dr. Elsey’s goal is to provide products that help cats live happier, healthier lives and provide litter box solutions for the life of your cat. This new scoopable litter provides a solution for cat owners whose cats do not use their litter box. Blended with a natural herb attractant, Cat Attract’s herbal scent, ideal texture and particle size combine to solve litter box problems.

 So what is it about the Cat Attract and Kitten Attract Litter Formulas that makes them work for cats and kittens?

(The following is an excerpt from an interview that BlogPaws did with Dr. Elsey, creator of the Cat Attract products).

The kitten attract formula has a finer particle size which is better suited to the small size of a kitten’s paw. There’s no reason a cat owner couldn’t continue using the kitten formula on an older cat but it tends to track a lot more than the Cat Attract does. Cats like a litter that is as close to sand as possible, from a texture standpoint; studies back up that point. Using sand isn’t an option because, even though cats like it, it doesn’t absorb. In the beginning stages of litter training a kitten starting with a finer litter size encourages use of the litter; the Kitten Attract litter is formulated with an herbal essence that is pleasing to a kitten. The switch to Cat Attract litter can be made once the kitten is around one year old. The Cat Attract formula has a different herbal essence that is found to be more pleasing to the older felines.

Dr. Elsey also mentioned things that I wasn’t aware of- often times, when cats have blood in their urine, it’s due to stress and not infection.  Things that can cause your kitty stress?  Dogs, other cats in the home, small space, and people.  In our house, ,we have 5 people, 2 cats and a dog.  We do give the cats free roam of our house, so they have a good amount of space to roam, although it’s not a huge space, I think they have places to run and play.  One of their favorite “jungle gyms” is my son’s batman bed… So what are some immediate tips to help with this even before we try this new litter? 1. Make sure each cat has their own litter box (I’m so happy we have 2 already, win for the Martin family!) 2. Scoop the litter DAILY 3. Keep the litter box someplace that’s not super noisy.  Next to a washing machine can startle them if it’s running. 4.

Do you have cats? Do they ever have litter box issues?

Cuisinart Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker Great for Hosting

Cuisinart sent me their Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker to try out.  It is amazing now much the temperature that coffee is brewed at can change the flavor and the entire coffee drinking experience.  We were used to a bland brew from our old maker.  This Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker brews a wonderful and hot cup of coffee.

Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker

About the Cuisinart Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker retails for $99.95 and features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel.

Features

14-Cup Glass Carafe with decorative stainless steel handle

Control Panel and Extra-Large LCD Display that clearly indicates selected functions

Fully Automatic with 24 hour programmability, self clean, 1-4 cup setting and Auto- Off (0-4 hours)

Hotter Coffee with expert coffeemaking technology to ensure hotter coffee temperature without giving up flavor or quality.

Brew Strength Control allows you to select Regular or Bold coffee flavor

Easy-to-View Water Window for accurate filling

Brew pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle has finished

60-Second Reset recalls settings and position in the brewing process in case of loss of power

Gold-Tone Coffee Filter and Charcoal Water Filter

Limited 3-Year Warranty

BPA Free

cuisinart perfec temp coffeemaker

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpufThe Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

My Experience

We have been using our Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker for a few weeks now.  It has been wonderful to wake up each morning to a steaming hot pot of coffee.  The filter is easy to clean and and the coffeemaker is easy to fill.  This new coffeemaker is superior to our previous one.  I look forward to years of daily use from this great product.

How do you like your coffee?

 

 

 

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
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Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker

First Aid Kit Necessities (with savings) #Moms4JNJConsumer

This first aid kit necessities post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Some of you probably don’t know that I lovingly joke to my husband that he’s Safety Man.  (If you are ever in Manchester, CT watching the Thanksgiving Road Race, there’s no correlation). He’s just a very safety conscious guy, and one of the things he’s really insistent on is having fully stocked first aid kits around.  I have one in my van, he’s got one in the boat, we have one in the bag for the pool club, and we have one here in the house. I have a mini one I keep in my purse.

first aid kit necessities

First Aid Kit Necessities:

Instant Ice Packs

Bandages- various sizes

Antibiotic Ointment

Benadryl

Tweezers

Gauze

Benzocaine (for bee sting relief)

Motrin or Tylenol

Gloves

Cortizone cream (for itch)

Elastic Bandage

Small scissors

Medical Tape

 

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Now is the perfect time for a fresh start to your healthcare routine and to create healthy resolutions. From pain & allergy relief to dietary & digestive health to products for kids & babies, there are significant savings on items for every member of the family! Visit www.HealthyEssentials.com to sign up!

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Ring in the New Year with Healthy Essentials at the #Moms4JNJConsumer Twitter Party

We are excited to join Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies for a Twitter party to talk about HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® for the New Year, resolutions, family wellness and how to score great deals on health and hygiene products! Learn how HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® can help you reach health-related goals for 2014.

When: Tuesday, January 14, 1 p.m. ET

Hashtag: #Moms4JNJConsumer 

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Gluten Free Kitchen Makeover #GlutenFree

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or just want to make the switch to Gluten Free you will need to makeover your kitchen to make the lifestyle change a successful one.  Gluten is a protein that is found in-wheat, barley, and rye, many people’s bodies cannot process it properly and it presents as many different symptoms.  SOME of the  symptoms that you can  experience with a Gluten allergy or intolerance are; stomach pain and cramping, anemia, regular bouts of diarrhea and then constipation, brittle nails, fatigue, and headaches- there are many more symptoms. Some foods are obvious as having gluten like; cake mix, flour, crackers, etc.

The first step is to purge your kitchen of box mixes, condiments, or breads that will sabotage all your efforts.  If you have unopened packages these would be a great donation to a local food bank.  The remaining packages can just be tossed out.   If you cannot find definitive info on whether your item contains gluten its best to follow the old adage- “When in doubt, throw it out!” Many processed foods that you wouldn’t think have gluten do in fact contain it-  canned soups, sausage (fillers), and even soy sauce and other seasonings and condiments can contain gluten. Malt vinegar and malt flavorings contain gluten.

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Stock your kitchen well with unprocessed foods. Meat, poultry, fish,  fresh fruit and veggies should be the foundation of your new gluten free diet. These do not contain gluten and are safe bets for your meals.  The majority of your food intake should be these fresh, whole foods.  This is a benefit to your for many reasons beyond being gluten free. Try to use only fresh herbs, salt and pepper as seasonings for your meat and vegetables. Shop more often to keep fresh foods fresh and not end up with waste. Frozen fruits and vegetables are a good choice as well, just avoid the ones already packaged in sauces.

 gluten free pancake mix

Wait awhile to introduce gluten-free labeled packaged foods, add them in slowly, preferably one at a time so you can monitor your bodies reaction to them.  Some people still experience symptoms even with these packaged foods labeled as gluten-free.  Use them sparingly and try to stick to your whole foods. Even seasoning mixes can contain gluten as a byproduct. As gluten free eating has become more and more common, companies have stepped up to meet the need and there are a ton of gluten free products out there on grocery store shelves to help make your transition easier- from flour substitutes, to pancake mix, and even pre-made snacks.

 gluten free products shelf

Know that you will have setbacks, any lifestyle change this radical is a challenge. Sometimes the setbacks will not even be at your hands.  While it is achievable, gluten free eating at restaurants and social events can be like a minefield-where you must carefully watch everywhere you step.  Even the most innocent looking ingredients may contain your enemy-gluten.  Time and arming yourself with info are your best weapons in defeating it.