Tsue ~ That's What She Said: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Home DIY ~ Entertaining Spaces

Although our summer days of enjoying time outdoors and about the pool are drawing quickly to a close, with autumn creeping closer, thoughts of football and indoor entertaining are capturing my attention.  With our close proximity to the local schools, our home is often the easy choice for gatherings after home football games, for Halloween and for weekend football viewing parties.  In the past, we've entertained adult guest on the main floor of our home, our lower level recreation room hosting kingdom for kids.

Now that the children are older, what was once a toy-filled play area is now a likely candidate for a more sophisticated revamp, to provide comfort and style suitable for both my teen and pre-teen guests, as well as provide more entertaining space for our adult guests.

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Certainly replacing our existing furniture will be the first thing to consider, with seating pieces well used during countless parties and sleepovers for building forts, game play and no small amount of joyful jumping.  Although I have no doubt we will be hosting overnight guests for video game competitions and giggle fests galore, providing upgraded seating will enhance everyone's enjoyment of the space.  With a fresh look, increased level of comfort and certainly a lack of kid spills and stains, adding sectionals will expand the number of guest we might comfortably host.  The addition of convertible seating or modern sofa beds will allow quick set up for expected and impromptu overnight guests.

DIY Tip
Accommodate both children and adults in the same entertaining space by adding storage units with doors rather than open shelved storage to allow for a less cluttered look and increased organization than traditional toy boxes and bins.

Walnut Furniture, Storage Cabinets, Modern Wood Furniture

While my pre-teen son is still quite fond of all things engineering and maintains a firm grasp on a variety of  building toy collections, we still need to re-create the space in a way that provide space for his creations.  Our goal will be to provide space for him and walnut cabinets for his items, although the easy access he required as a young child is no longer required.  No more does our lower level entertaining area need to appear as a toy store, rather by adding storage units with doors, we can house his treasures when not in use.

DIY Tip
Best paint colors for rooms with little or no natural light are white, off white, cream, beige, peach, lavender, and lighter shades of blue and yellow.

Before adding any shiny new pieces, however, certainly the quickest way to create a new look in our space is by changing the feel of a lower level space with minimal natural light is with a fresh coat of paint in a brighter hue to create the illusion of more space and feel of natural lighting.  With a large area, we can define the various areas of our space with varying shaded of the same color or draw our guests to our primary space by adding a bold, complimentary color to one wall, considering both our primarily wall colors and new furniture in making our color choice.

Decorating With Color, Home DIY, Entertaining Space Color, Paint Color Combinations, Basement Paint Colors

The lighting one selects for an entertaining space will certainly have an impact on the feel and tone of any room.  With unbounded relish, I look forward to replacing our dated lighting fixtures for carefully positioned recessed lighting and thoughtfully chosen contemporary floor lamps to match our decor theme.

What home DIY projects are on your list for fall?
Which color combinations are top on your list?
Share your DIY tips and tricks in a comment below!
I'd love to hear your thoughts!

 Some images sourced from InteriorAddict.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Must Have Fab ~ Best Six Fun Hairstyles For Girls ~ Give Away

Helping your Little Diva prepare for back to school requires more than finding the perfect notebooks and color coordinated writing utensils to match her fabulous new back pack.  Even beyond a stylish, fresh wardrobe, your Little Diva has an important quality in common with women of all ages.  We all crave fabulous  hair days.

Whether your Little Diva has straight, wavy or curly hair, no matter if her locks are styled in a short, medium or long fashion, knowing the right tricks and techniques to help her properly care for her hair is essential for meeting both Mom's and Little Diva's hair goals.  Fun, easy styles and no fuss care.

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This Mom and the Diva recently explored an excellent resource, specifically designed with the Little Diva in mind - Guide To Girls' Hair created by expert, Cozy Friedman, of  Cozy's Cuts For Kids of Manhatten, New York.
"I want girls to feel good about themselves - and I want to empower parents to help their children realize their true beauty, on the inside as well as the outside.  When you look good, you feel good; it's as simple as that.  This book will help parents to help every girl bring out the best in her hair and herself.  Here's to a good hair day and having fun because when you're a girl, that's what hair is all about!"
This Mom found Guide To Girls' Hair to be well written and appreciated the fun, colorful photos and thorough coverage of all topics relevant and essential to helping Little Diva's achieve great hair days!  I was surprised to discover all the topics outlined, including chapters on hair type, products for girls, and hair emergencies, all well as a full range of hair style options with easy to follow instructions.

Want to learn more about organic hair product?
Tips for caring for Little Diva's hair in all seasons?
Look no further than Chapter Five!

Fun hairstyles for girls, easy hairstyles for girls, braids for girls

Each style included in the Guide To Girls' Hair includes step by step instructions, with color photos or illustrations to make discovering and sporting new looks easy to achieve and a pleasant experience for both your Little Diva and Mom.  Helping both to target styles that are appropriate for both hair type and length, you'll find a helpful guide accompanying each style throughout the book.



Looking for a solution for static cling or gum emergencies?  
Chapter Six covers a full range of hair emergencies!

From Trendy Tails, the Braid Brigade, Special Occasion Dos and early morning 5 Minute Or Less looks, you'll find over twenty styles certain to please and to help your Little Diva look her best from top to bottom.  

Special Occasion Styles for Girls, UpDos for Girls, Girls Hair Styles

Do you have a pint-sized Diva?
You won't want to miss Chapter 8's tips for Baby Hair Care!

The Teen Diva and I loved exploring the Guide To Girls' Hair and couldn't help but to try out some of fun styles ourselves.  We found excellent advice and tips on hair care, products, styling tools, hair accessories and more and give Guide To Girls' Hair our enthusiastic approval.  

Our Top Style Picks
Flip Tail
Fairy Princess Tail
Heart Braid
French Braid Headband
Ballerina Chignon
Wraparound

Hair Care Tips, Easy Hair Styles, Girls Hairstyles, Quick Hairstyles


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***GIVEAWAY***
Cozy Cut's For Kids is generously offering That's What She Said readers an opportunity to win their own copy of Guide To Girls' Hair.   This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before an alternative winner is chosen.  If you email address is not available through your comment name, please leave it in your entry comment in anti spam format.

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I was provided with a copy of Guide To Girls' Hair for the purposes of creating this feature.  Some images and information sourced from various Cozy Kids sites.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping prize.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Best Hardy Perennials For Vibrant Fall Gardens

The ease of temperatures, signaling autumn is on its way is the perfect time to add blooming fall perennials to your garden.  Although gardeners may grow perennials from planted seeds beginning in spring as soon as the danger of frost has past, most fall perennials need a good year of growth before they will grace your garden with their showy fall colors.

Benjamin D. Esham Photography, Blooming Fall Perennials, Mums, Fall Flowers
Photo Credit:  Benjamin D. Esham
Choices available for adding bold color to your fall garden are plentiful, with colors ranging from white, yellow, gold, orange, rust, red, as well as yellow, pink, and purple.  Although some hues are demure, most are quite vivid, inviting you to experiment with color combinations in selecting which plants gather in mixed flower beds.

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Gardening Tip
Don't be fooled by the milder fall temperatures.  Just as you attend to the light and soil preferences for your spring and summer blooming plants, your hardy fall perennials will fair best by matching their needs to beds that will accommodate them for planting. 

Before selecting perennials to add to your fall garden, create a bed chart before cutting back your summer plants, identifying areas that are already home to earlier blooming residents.  Ensure that your new plants will not crowd existing residents and will have room to establish healthy root systems for best results.

Fall Flowering Plants, Fall Perennials, Hardy Perennials
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Gardening Tip
After a long growing season with spring and summer plants taking nutrients from the soil of your garden beds, fall is an excellent time to provide a boost with natural and organic matter for soil improvement.


Hardy Fall Perennials, Hardy Fall Flowering Plants, Purple Fall Flowers

Just as you select blooming plants of varying heights for your spring and summer garden, add the same visual interest to your fall garden.  Choose a variety of plants, considering height, color, shape and texture for your fall flower beds.  The effect will be stunning!


After planting your blooming fall plants, take care replenish your beds with natural mulch to protect both the plants that are preparing for winter dormancy, as well as your new residents.  While I prefer wood bark, other natural mulch choices include straw, hay, hardwood bark and fallen leaves.  Recycled mulch products are yet another option available to the gardener.

Favorite Hardy Fall Perennials 
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
Sedum (Stonecrop)
Rudbeckia (Coneflower)
Physostegia (False Dragonshead)
Coreposis (Tickseed)
Chrysanthemum (Painted Daisy)
Achillea (Yarrow)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)

Blooming Fall Plants, Hardy Fall Flowers, Orange Fall Flowers

Which blooming fall plants are your favorite?
Which colors do you like to use in your fall gardens?
Which mulch is your preference?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Organic Snacks For On The Go ~ Fuel For The Family

The days until my children are back at school and our scheduling chaos begins are quickly ticking away.   Although the bulk of our preparations involve shopping for new clothes and supplies for the classroom, stocking my pantry with nutritious snacks and portable options to keep my student athletes fueled up is always in mind.  Our weekdays are all about dashing from school to practice, meetings, games and events.  This Mom needs a ready supply of energy for on the go, both to keep up with their pace and to ensure they have the energy they need to get through their days.

Clif Bars, Energy On The Go, Athlete Fuel, Healthy Snacks

Energy bars are always a big hit with my crew and we were excited to be introduced to a new line from Clif Bar, Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Bars.  Sound delicious, don't they!

Berry Almond, Peanut Butter, Organic Energy Bars, Clif Bars

This new line from Clif, launched early summer, was personally developed by Kit Crawford, co-CEO of Clif Bar and inspired by her lifelong passion for organic foods.

In 2003, Kit and Gary moved to rural Northern California, to be closer to the land and start a small farm.  Now called the Clif Family Farm, the property has evolved and is deeply committed to organics and now sustainable farming. California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Food Alliance certified, Clif Family Farm supports Kit’s vision of family farms, local, organically grown ingredients and handcrafted artisan foods. 


Kit's Organic Clif Bars, Organic Snacks

Putting four delicious flavors to the test, my in house team was more than willing to give these temping bars a try.  While all the bar flavors were moist, chewy and delicious, we each had a personal favorite.  My husband preferred the Cashew bar and my son's favorite was the Peanut Butter.  My daughter quickly claimed the Chocolate Almond Coconut, which was fine with this Mom as my favorite flavor was Berry Almond, hands down.
Flavors
Berry Almond    Cashew     
Chocolate Almond Coconut     Peanut Butter

Gluten Free Energy Bars, Soy Free Energy Bars, Dairy Free Energy Bars, Organic Energy Bars

Whether you have an active lifestyle, a chaotic schedule or kids on the go, this Mom loves the Kit's Organics line as an any time energy fueling solution.  Those with special diet considerations will also appreciate both the ingredients of these delicious bars, as well as the important things that are not to be found in Kit's Organic bars, gluten, soy or dairy.

Tempted?  Of course, you are!  You can order Kit's Organic Bars by the dozen, directly from the Clif Bar site.  Clif offers cool shipping for all products that may be heat sensitive!  Learn more about the Clif philosophy and their full product line by following them on Facebook and Twitter

Have you already enjoyed Clif Bars?
Are they an any time energy booster or for specific occasions?  
Which of the Clif Bars are your favorites?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!. 

I received Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut bars to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Some information sourced from various Clif Bar sites.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Landscaping ~ Trees For Brilliant Fall Color

If your spring season is as busy as this Mom's, with countless trips to and fro the sports field and attending other spring kid activities, you may have missed the ideal window for planting deciduous trees in your yard.  Despite spending time researching the perfect new additions to our landscape over the winter season, spring often flies by by I have an opportunity to arrange for new additions to our landscape.

Jeff Dean Photography, Deciduous Trees, Fall Color Trees, Red leaf trees
Photo Credit:  Jeff Dean
Although those in southern states are granted a broader window of opportunity for adding new trees and shrubs, in the regions of the country that experience freezing winter temperatures, the ideal time to plant trees is limited to spring and autumn.  Before the ground hardens with early frosts, now is the perfect time to make good on plans to add trees and shrubs to your landscape.

Landscaping Tip
If even you miss the ideal spring planting time for adding new trees and shrubs to your landscape, take advantage of the softer soil of summer to plan your additions and prepare planting holes. Trees will fair best when planted during their dormant season.  Purchase and bed your new trees when the autumn air cools.


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When selecting trees, consider not only how these new additions will add to your landscape in the green of summer, rather also blend an assortment of trees that will grace your yard with blooms in spring and vibrant colors in the fall.  Varying trees and shrubs in height and color can create a delightful natural palette to the look and feel of your outdoor areas.


Landscaping Tip
No matter which season you add trees to your landscape, be sure to keep them watered with moist soil for the first several weeks, taking care not to over or under water.  Remove grass from around the base of your new tree, up to 12" in diameter and fill area with mulch to help maintain a moist soil.

Grandmont, Colorful Fall Trees, Fall Color, Trees in Fall
Photo Credit:   Jean-Pot Grandmont

Hardy Weather Zone Trees For Brilliant Fall Color
Red Maple      Sugar Maple      
Dogwood     
Sassafras      Black Tupelo
Aspen     
Sweet Birch         Bald Cypress

Do you have deciduous trees in your yard?
Do you love the fall colors or wish for less fall clean up?
Are you planning to add any trees to your landscape this year?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More Family Time. Less Laundry Time? ~ Laundry Prize Pack Giveaway


As families across the nation are heading back to school, Mom's busy schedules are filling up quickly. PTA meetings, volunteering at school, shuttling the kids to and from sport practices and activities all add heavily to Mom's day.  Finding a way to carve quality family time out of the schedule can be a challenge.

Even so, taking time out for family fun is important, whether for a last run to the beach, a family date night, exploring a local trail or a visit to the zoo and aquarium!  The challenge facing Moms is how to find that extra time!

Fun Family Activities, Family Day Trips,

The makers of all® mighty pacs™ designed this handy new laundry detergent solution especially with Mom's precious time in mind.  These handy pre-measured packs are just the right size for your average laundry load and contain powerful stain-lifters to save Moms the time of pre-treating and battling with their family's stained laundry.  Safe to use in all types of washers, simply pop one all® mighty pac™ in with your laundry for average loads, or two pacs for larger or heavily stained loads.  How convenient is that!

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With a family full of stain-makers, this Mom loves the convenience of detergent and stain-lifters concentrated into one easy pac!  Even better, all® offers these mighty pacs ™ in a free and clear formula that is free of dyes and perfumes, perfect for my son's extra sensitive skin!



To help Moms celebrate the freedom from extra effort in the laundry and the importance of family time, all® has partnered with ParentsConnect.com to offer the Mighty Fun, Mighty Moments contest!  The Grand Prize winner will be treated to a well-packed family vacation on Norwegian Cruise Lines for a seven day Nickelodeon themed adventure!  How much fun would that be!  Don't miss your chance to enter!  The Mighty Fun, Mighty Moments contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, August 23, 2012!  Check out the Mighty Fun, Mighty Moments Contest and enter!  

Win Family Cruise, Win Nickelodeon Norwegian Cruise

This Mom had a chance to try all® mighty pacs™ and I loved the convenience.  Never at a shortage of heavily soiled clothing from my in-house athletes to test, I personally found the stain-lifter to be quite effective.  Best yet, my son loved the pacs and this Mom didn't miss a beat!  I took advantage of his appreciation for the fun pacs to teach him how to run simple laundry loads!  Score one for Mom!

***GIVEAWAY***
all® is generously offering That's What She Said readers an opportunity to win a fun all® mighty pac™ prize pack for themselves and save their own precious time!  This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 12:01am EST.  

Winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries and notified by email.  Winner must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be randomly selected.  Please leave email address in your comment if it is not available via your comment name.  

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Disclosure:  The information, products and additional all mighty pacs gift pack was provided by all® through MyBlogSpark.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Images sourced from various all® websites.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping prize.  Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fabulous To Family Friendly ~ Give Away Gala ~ Monday Give Away Linky



List Giveaways, Find Giveaways, Win Giveaways

Welcome to the Collective Media Magic Monday Giveaway Linky and Gala.
A collection of featured giveaways from five blogs including a linky for you to link up your giveaways!

This Monday Giveaway Linky will be hosted on all five blogs giving you the benefit of reaching all of our combined readers. So feel free to check out giveaways and link up your giveaways. We only ask you link directly to your giveaway, any links to your homepage will be removed.

Week 8/19 Featured Host Giveaways

Just Like June

3 Princes and a Princess 2 

Closer To Lucy

That's What She Said 

Have Sippy Will Travel 
PLAYMOBIL Vet Clinic 8/25

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saving On Name Brand Contact Lenses ~ Give Away


Do you use disposable contacts to improve or correct your site?  This Mom knows it's time for another visit to the opthamologist to have my vision checked.  As I suffer from seasonal allergies and frequently have sinus -related headaches, the idea of perching specs on my nose is none too appealing.  

Vision Exam, Eyeglasses,

I love the idea of disposable contacts to correct and improve my vision.  The big question will be, how much will have I have to spend for the convenience of disposable contacts?   Having recently been introduced to an online resource of brand name, quality contact lenses, I am much encouraged.  I appreciate the low everyday prices and the ability to save even more by ordering multiple month's supply at the same time.

Perhaps you wear glasses and are ready to explore the convenience of disposable contacts or are interested in trying a new brand?  Whatever your vision motivation, your ability to purchase disposable, name brand contacts for less is certainly a factor in deciding which vision path to explore.

ReplaceMyContacts.com if offering That's What She Said readers an opportunity to win a one month's supply of contacts, from familiar and trusted brands such as Acuevue, Air Optix and BioFinity!

Disposable Contact Lenses


This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada, 18+ and will end on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 12:01am EST.  Note:  Winner must have and submit a current eye prescription to receive prize.

Winners may select a one month's supply from any of the contact options listed below available through ReplaceMyContacts.com:

Acuvue 

Acuvue, Acuvue 1 Day Moist, Acuvue 2, Acuvue Advance, 
Acuvue Advnace for Astigmatism, 
Avuvue Oasys, Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism

Air Optix

Air Optix Aqua, Air Optix For Astigmatism, Air Optix Night & Day Aqua

BioFinity

Biofinity, Biofinity Toric

Avarra


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Thank you to ReplaceMyContacts.com for sponsoring this giveaway.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping prize.  EyeChart Image.  Acuvue Contact Image sourced from Acuvue.

Rex Reviews ~ Giant Hedgehog ~ Durable Squeaky Toys For Dogs

Dog Reviews, Dog Product Reviews, Dog Toys

My friends may remember my Mom sharing about this crazy new dish she found for giving me treats.  It was the oddest thing.  Usually she puts my kibbles in the bowl but this new dish is something else.  It's round, alright, and even though there are a  bunch of little bowls in the big bowl, they are all covered!  Yes, that's right.  Covered.  (I know I've mentioned Mom, bless her heart, is a bit slow on the uptake sometimes).  


Active Dog Toys, Dog Puzzles, Great Products for Dogs

Not the kind of canine to let a cover stand between me and my tasty treats, I do eventually get to eat them, but I have to spend a LOT of time fooling and fiddling around with said covers to actually get to the treats.   Mom just smiles and smiles and doesn't lift a paw to help.   You can read more about Mom, me and the crazy dish she calls a "dog puzzle" if you'd like.   Even though it is a challenge, Mom always put great tasting treats in the dish so my tail's a-waggin' when I see her bring it out.

A while after my BFF, the man with the big truck, brought that crazy dish in a box, he stopped by again with another box.  It smelled a bit like the dish box and I remember thinking, "Here we go again!"


Kyjen Dog Toys, Quality Dog Toys, Unique Dog Toys, Durable Dog Toys
Homer the Hedgehog
In this box was something completely different!  A squeaky toy!  A GIANT squeaky toy!  A GIANT squeaky toy with five, count 'em, five squeakers!  Oh, doggy joy!  There is NOTHING this guy loves better than gutting squeaky toys!  I still love the man with the big truck but this softy guy is my new BFF!  His paws squeak high and his belly grunts low!  I went to work right away, first testing all his squeakers to make sure they worked properly and then went off to my favorite "gutting" spot behind the big sofa.

Wouldn't you know it!  There is something very wrong with my BFF.  I've been working on that guy for months and I haven't gutted one squeaker!   Not one!  I don't mind very much, though.  My boy really likes the giant squeaky toy and always wants me to play with it.   That's okay with me!  Mom seems to like it when we play together so she put together some pictures for me to share with you.

As far as doggy BFFs go, Harley is a good egg.  He and I have very similar interests.  He likes to wrestle and play and enjoys rolling around in the yard, going for walks with Dad and my Boy.  Mom won't let me take him in the pool, though.  I tried to tell her that Homer likes to swim, too, but she didn't listen.

Even though Mom and I don't always see eye to eye, she does "get it right" sometimes, like when she ordered Homer!

Kyjen, Harley the Squeaking Hedgehog, Rex Reviews Dog Products
Psst!  I heard her talking to Dad the other day and she told him that there are a lot more toys at the same place she ordered Homer from!  Maybe there is another box in my future!

Unique dog toys, active dog toys, durable dog toys
We design and make unique, quality products 
that keep dogs active and engaged!
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Rex received an Extra Large Harley the Hedgehog to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  All opinions above are both honest and of his own experiences.   Some images sourced from Kyjen.

Fun Kid Activities ~ Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine ~ 2012 Tour Dates & Give Away

If you have a child in your life, no doubt you are familiar with Thomas the Tank Engine.  Ranking up at the top of the favorites list for young children, Thomas and all things dinosaur never fail to put a smile on a child's face.  What could be more fun than treating a child to a Day Out With Thomas?

Day Out With Thomas Tour 2012, Train Ride With Thomas, Kid Activities


All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging into a station near you for Day Out With Thomas™: Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. For over 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. During its 17th consecutive year, Day Out With Thomas will make stops in more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers.


My own children and my nephews have enjoyed several years of the annual Day Out With Thomas event and I can attest to the fact that this is a fun kid adventure not to be missed!  Tour dates for 2012 are available at select locations across the country from July to November. 


Courtesy of Closer To Lucy, That's What She Said readers are invited to enter the giveaway below for four Day Out With Thomas tickets.  Please note:  These tickets are for a Day Out With Thomas train ride on September 1, 2012 at 12:00noon in the Nashville, Tennesee area.


Images and information sourced from Day Out With Thomas website.  I have received no compensation in exchange for this post.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Giveaway is managed by Closertolucy.com.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mom Vs. Pet Fur ~ Hoover WindTunnel Air Cyclonic Vacuum

He looks so innocent.  You would never guess that he is the cause of much distress to his 'mother'.  In truth, Rex is actually a quite well behaved Yellow Labrador.  How does he contribute to this Mom's household challenges?  Despite his light colored and short coat, this furry son of mine sheds constantly!  Lucky for him that he is such a good snuggler or else he might be vanquished to the fabled dog house!

Yellow Lab, Labrador Retriever


It is a simple Mom truth:  if you have kids and pets, vacuuming carpets is a daily necessity.  Despite my best efforts to curb the endless tide of floating fur, it is not uncommon to find treasures in the most inconvenient places.

Dog Fur

As with any Mom duty, having the right tools to tackle the job is essential to maintaining your sanity, as well as keeping up with the heavy demands on a mother's time and schedule.  Unfortunately, our current vacuum has not been much of a team player.  Although our vacuum gave it the old college try, as is so often the case with regular vacuums, it worked great for the first couple of months and then quickly became unproductive.  Recently, despite a collection gathered from its meager effort in its collection canister, simply looking at my carpets told me that this model needed to be benched!

Fortunately, there is still hope before this Mom pulls all her hair out!  (Goodness knows, we don't need more hair on the floor!)  Having recently been given an opportunity to test the new Hoover WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright Vacuum!  Hooray!

Cyclonic Vacuum, Lightweight and efficient vacuum

Why is this Mom cheering about her new Hoover vacuum?  It works!  Fabulously!  Check out the slideshow below to see my rundown of all the fantastic features of the WindTunnel® Air™ Vacuum!  You won't believe what this vacuum removed from my carpets after I had vacuumed with my benched model!

Hoover WindTunnel® Air™ Vacuum Features 
This Mom Loves
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Smooth connections between components
  • Easy functioning buttons and controls
  • Extra flexible extension hose
  • Narrow brush base hugs walls and fits between chair and table legs
  • Has the ability to recline to a fully horizontal position for hard to reach spaces
  • Quick release collection canister for no fuss emptying
  • Dual filtration system with easy access filters
  • Suction protection design, bypassing motor
Re-thinking the efficiency of your own vacuum?  I don't blame you!  You can find out more about the WindTunnel® Air™ vacuum and other Hoover products at their website, Hoover.com.  This fantastic Mom's household helper is available to purchase from Hoover, Target and Amazon.

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review through Mom Central Consulting #MCC..  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Some images sourced from various Hoover websites.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Creating Blooming Fall Gardens ~ Amazon Gift Code Give Away

Have you planted your fall perennials and bulbs?  If not, now that the harsher summer weather is wrapping up is a great time to revisit your outdoor garden beds.  Fall flowers are hearty and provide a welcome splash of color for the cooler fall season, often holding their blooms well past first frosts.

Whether adding fall blooming plants to an existing bed, to a container or creating a new bed in your yard, hearty seasonal flowers are available in a wide range of colors to help you create cohesive or bold effects. Painted Daisy or Chrysanthemum can be found in a veritable rainbow of hues, including white, yellow, gold, bronze, pink, purple and red.

Gardening Tip
Cut down fall flowering plants to base before regular snow fall. Your perennial plants will bloom again next fall, even more brilliantly now that the roots are fully incorporated in the soil of your bed.

Collections Etc, Garden Borders, Decorative Edging, Garden Spaces

Define your beds and garden spaces with decorative borders which can be created from eco-friendly trims or inter-locking panels with the look of stone.  To add your own flair to your garden, create your own decorative pavers and stepping stones for the garden.  With molds, you can easily create the shapes, textures and colors to make your garden area unique and enchanting.

The Mold Stone, Garden Accents, Garden Borders, Garden Decor

Gardening Tip
Adding a fresh layer of mulch to your seasonal beds will help protect your plants root systems during even the harshest weather.  Mulch protects your blooming plants during the hot and dry seasons, as well, holding in moisture and protecting soil from becoming dry.


Hearty Fall Flowers, Blooming Fall Plants, Red Flowering Plants, Aster

Create interest with decorative elements placed throughout your garden with planters and weather-resistant decor.  Experiment with placement to achieve the perfect balance. Use both plants and decor elements to vary height, color, shape and texture in your garden.


Planters, Garden Decor, Large Planters

Before the crisp air of fall makes way for the bitter chill of winter, take stock of your fall garden and make plans for colorful additions for next year.  Finding areas in need of blooming companions in your garden and determining which colors will compliment is easiest to accomplish while your fall plants are in bloom.

Gardening Tip
Most annual as well as less hardy perennials plants from your garden can be transferred to a container and housed indoors over the winter, eliminating the need to grow or purchase new plants each year.   Plan your winter storage carefully, before dig.  Even indoors, your plants will need space, attention and light to thrive.

***GIVEAWAY***


Pool Supply Buying Tips, In Ground Pool, Amazon Shopping, Giveaway, Makobi Scribe

Enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate Code and shop for your heart's desire! 

This event is hosted by Makobi Scribe and Inspire Your Walls and is open Worldwide to those 18+.  This giveaway will end on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 23:59pm EST.  

To simplify entering, you can follow the participating sites via this convenient Twitter List!

I received no promotional items or compensation for promoting this giveaway event.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping the prize.  Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in, nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.  Images sourced from various Amzaon.com retailers.
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