Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bzzing ... Pennington Fertilizer Smart Feed Sprayer System




I love being a BzzAgent! It's a fantastic company that invites Agents to test new products and talk about them! Over the years, I have discovered many products that have become essential to my family and our lives. My latest Bzz Campaign has been for the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System.   I have a pretty green thumb, but hate the work that goes into it.  I was SO excited when the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System BzzKit arrived on my doorstep.  I cracked it open and went into action - my garden had been waiting almost as impatiently as I had been!

The first thing I noticed was the fantastic instructions that came with the sprayer.  They had the perfect balance of clarity and simplicity.  Sounds weird, but I can't tell you how many times I've read bad instructions and you definitely don't want mess up fertilizing.  Part of the genius of this system is that it's really hard to mess it up.  Pop in a fertilizer disc (or two or three, depending on how much area you need to cover), pop it on the hose and away you go.  The sprayer even has a multitude of different spray options to choose from!  The luxury!

I immediately realized that I would never have to measure, mix, and spill fertilizer ever again!  Gone were the days of feeding one watering can at a time.  Slopping back and forth from the spigot to the plants ... and back ... and forth ... and back ... ugh.

All one needs to do it walk around the hose and aim.  Easy!!  No drips, no slopping, no walking the yard time and time again lugging the watering can.

And the plants are happy!!  Pennington has the exact right fertilizer types ... a general one for my grass, a balanced one for my flowers, and a special one for my fruit and vegetables.  Just pop in a new disc and move on!

A few pictures to share ... using the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System and a few "before" plant and flower pictures.  More to come!

I make sure everyone knows all about BzzAgent, how I got the product for free, and how fantastic Pennington Fertilizer is to have come up with Smart Feed Sprayer System!

Some references:

It's important to share the fact that I received my Pennington Fertilizer Smart Feed Sprayer free from Pennington Fertilizer and BzzAgent as participation in this BzzCampaign.



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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bzzing ... Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash



I love being a BzzAgent! It's a fantastic company that invites Agents to test new products and talk about them! Over the years, I have discovered many products that have become essential to my family and our lives. My latest Bzz Campaign has been for Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash.   I have two young boys who get in to no ends of trouble, so keeping everyone clean (and I mean clean!) is not easy.  I hate to use harsh chemicals to get the job done, so I was so excited when I was offered this campaign.

We've tried different antibacterial soaps before, but they usually have a funky smell.  The first thing I noticed was the great scent on the Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash.  Creamy Vanilla Orchid is exactly that - it doesn't overpower, but it does smell great!  I've never used a foam handwash before, and I was thrilled at this one - the lather is non-drip, so it stays on your hands and gives full coverage.  Not to mention how great it feels!  They call it "moisturizer-enriched micro-bubbles" that leave your hands feeling soft and comfy ... I call it very well thought out.  I am so tired of my hands being hard and chapped after repeated washing, but with the Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash, I can wash all day and my hands are still soft and crack-free.  That's important to me!

It also kills 99.9% of germs on contact - fantastic for those times when you have just worked with raw chicken, or taking out the garbage.  And, to partner with that, the pump top is made out of Microban, which keeps germs and bacteria from growing on it!  Clean and safe inside and out.

Overall, I love this stuff.  Yes, I got one for free from Lysol and BzzAgent, but I have picked up several since trying it ... one for the kids' classrooms - school is the place they really need to be kept safe!  - one for work, a few for friends and family ... and everyone has had the same things to say.  Thanks!  I Love it!  It smells great!

And the proof is in the pudding ... we have had many fewer colds and sick kids in the house since we've started using Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash.  And that's what matters.

I make sure everyone knows all about BzzAgent, how I got the product for free, and how fantastic Lysol is to have come up with Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwash!

Some references:
It's important to share the fact that I received my Lysol Touch of Foam Antibacterial Handwas free from Lysol and BzzAgent as participation in this BzzCampaign.


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bzzing ... Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Color




I love being a BzzAgent!  It's a fantastic company that invites Agents to test new products and talk about them!  Over the years, I have discovered many products that have become essential to my family and our lives.

My latest Bzz Campaign has been for Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color.  It's been a long, long time since I paid any attention to my hair - the foils of being a mommy!  It was time, and this Bzz Campaign sealed the deal.

First up was a hair cut - I took off almost 8 inches and got new bangs!  But alas, this wonderful transformation that took years off of my appearance had a horrible consequence - it revealed my gray!!  As a dark blonde, I'd been able to hide it, but apparently having long hair also helps hide it.  My stylist started describing the physics of it ... oh dear ... but basically the shorter hair is, the lighter (weight) it is, and as a result it allows more light to refract off of it ... and when the gray is in there, it shines through!  Great.  Grr.

But never fear!  I have a Garnier Olia kit waiting for me at home!
7.0 Dark Blonde, to be specific.  I wasn't concerned about changing the color - although over the years my blonde has gone brown and it would be nice to get back to a lighter blonde - I was totally concerned about hiding this horrible gray.

The first thing I noticed as I began to prepare was the amazing instructions!  They were specifically clear, but didn't make me feel like I was stupid for not understanding how this works.  Everything I needed was inside - right down to the gloves.  I did a test patch first and left it in for 48 hours ... I figured I'd be safe but wanted to follow the directions specifically and just in case ...

Two days later I was cleared for takeoff.  Let the chemistry experiment begin!  Mixing the color was easy - and such a delight!  No stinky smell!  This Oil Powered stuff rocks!  A little shaking and I was ready.  The colour mix was excellent - no dripping or running anywhere  - I had a few flashbacks to home perm kits from my childhood, but quickly realized that there was absolutely no reason for it - no stinky colour, no nasty chemicals running down my back or face.  Thirty minutes later I was in the shower rinsing.  Five minutes after that the conditioner was done and I was rinsing again.

And then, the reveal!

I am in love.  My hair is awesome and I did it all by myself!  Ok, with the help of Garnier Olia, to be sure.  I am actually excited to keep this up and I am usually so very low maintenance.  But it was easy, got rid of the gray, and very affordable.  The Oil Power makes all the different - from the texture of the color, the way my hair received it (so smooth and silky!), the amazing smell (no more ammonia!), and the intense color saturation ... Olia is the way to go - thanks Oil Power!

I have received nothing but compliments on my transformation, although most people can't figure out what I did ... it's that natural!  I make sure everyone knows all about BzzAgent, how I got the product for free, and how fantastic Garnier is to have come up with Olia!

Some references:
Garnier Olia Facebook Page
Want to be a BzzAgent?  Join here!

It's important to share the fact that I received my Garnier Olia kit free from Garnier and BzzAgent as participation in this BzzCampaign.

Here is the proof!

Before Garnier Olia:




















After Garnier Olia:





















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Monday, March 11, 2013

Bzzing ... Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser review





I love being a BzzAgent!  It's a fantastic company that invites Agents to test new products and talk about them!  Over the years, I have discovered many products that have become essential to my family and our lives.

My latest Bzz Campain has been for Glade Expressions.  I had never tried an oil diffuser, so that's what I decided to try.  I picked the Lavender & Juniper Berry because I wanted to try it in my bathroom and thought that the lavender would be relaxing.  And how I was right!

So easy to put together - just pop the insert into the oil bottle, and onto the counter.  The holder is attractive, and yet so discreet.  Amazingly, it both blends in and stands out at the same time!  And the scent is perfect - not overpowering, but strong enough that you definitely notice it.  I hate it when the scent is so faint it might as well not be there.  Not only that, but it's good for 30 days ... it's been in there for 2 weeks so far and the scent is just as good today as it was the day I installed it. 

The diffuser is perfect for my family - no electricity needed so I don't have to sacrifice an outlet or waste electricity on it, and it doesn't spill even when tipped over - which, with 2 kids under the age of 6 happens often. And our bathroom has been tricky to keep fresh ... we rent our house and live at the beach ... as a result, we inherited some odd scents that just won't go away ... and after trying all of the usual tricks to no success, I had given up hope ... until now!  Glade has me covered.

I absolutely love my Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser, and almost can't wait for day 30 to come along so I can try another scent.  I think that Cotton & Italian Mandarin is up next!  I would absolutely recommend these Oil Diffusers to anyone, but especially for those tricky areas.

Some references:
Glade Expressions webpage
Want to be a BzzAgent?  Join here!

It's important to share the fact that I received my Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser free from Glade and BzzAgent as participation in this BzzCampaign.



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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Finding my 'Thing'


I have spent a lot of time over the years trying to decide what 'my thing' is.

This may sound odd ... but it is something that has taken up a lot of my time (and money!) trying to figure out.

I am a creative person.  This much I know.  My entire family is creative - my mom has a group of 'Crafty Ladies' that has met every Monday for the past 20 years.  My father is a woodworker complete with a shop that has every tool a woodworker needs, plus a few more.  My father's father was also a woodworker (ah, the memories of playing in the sawdust from the table saw in the garage shop).  Both of my grandmothers were knitters.  And then my Great-Aunt - she, I have come to realize, was my role model more that I could say.  She was a beautiful seamstress (saying 'sew-er' just sounds wrong), but her true talent was that she could do anything.  Every time we visited, she had a new 'thing'.  One time it was painting, another knitting, another it was felt crafting,  needlepointing, beadwork ... you name it, she did it.

I have now decided that I don't have a thing.  I want a thing - but the problem is that I want every thing.  I want to quilt.  I want to paint.  I want to create altered books. I want to knit.  I want to sew.  I want to be the ultimate homeschooling mommy.  I want to do ICAD.

But here's what it comes down to - time and money.

In high school, I worked at a craft store.  Big problem :)  I wanted to do every new 'thing' that came in.  And I tried most of them, and could do them.  But didn't stick with them.  I can't subscribe to Martha Stewart because I want to do everything.

I have always been a cross-stitcher.  I have completed a few beautiful pieces that have never been framed.  And I have a few unfinished pieces that one day I will complete.  And, in my constant need to have a complete supply for each 'thing', I have a great stash of embroidery floss.

I can sew.  Mostly things other than clothing - I can't deal with the fitting.  I love having this skill, even thought it's not perfect, because I can pull it out when I need it.  Like to make Dew1's sensory weighted blanket.  But more about that soon.  One Christmas I made stockings for everyone.  I love having them.

I was going to make a quiet book for the boys.  I made 3 pages.  I was going to make felt food for the boys.  I made Valentine's cookies and a lunch bag set.  But I have a collection of felt that would rival Jo-Anne's.

When I was single and carefree, my thing was scrapbooking.  I lived alone in New York City and had several friends who were Creative Memories Consultants.  I scrapbooked once a month (sometimes more!) and loved every minute of it.  For 6 or 7 years.  Then I made the decision to dabble into Stampin Up! and while I loved it, that was a mistake.

The mistake?  I go 'all in' when I find a new hobby.  So I have amassed a supply of scrapbooking supplies that is near shameful, and then now a similar supply of rubber stamping supplies.

But I blather.

Here's the deal.  I am currently inspired by ICAD, altered art, and the like ... I have done 4 ICADs and love each and every one of them.  But only 4.

But I started with something new that, the more I think about it, has been a part of me since my childhood.  And it is, at the moment, functional for my kids, which makes me feel good about it.

There is a common thread that will lead me back to my other 'things', but for now, this is it.

But I can't tell you now ... soon ... I promise :)


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

ICAD2 Week 9 (9) Maze



Sources:
Worldwide Circle of Labyrinths - How to draw a Labyrinth.
Myth and History of Labyrinths

I was going to stick to the prompts specifically, but the collage one stumped me for a few days, so I decided to just jump around for a bit until I got over the sticking point.  I say stumped not because I couldn't do it, but stumped because collage takes a lot more space and supplies than just a few drawing utensils and a table.  My prompt hopping led me to Maze, and maze made me think labyrinth.  A quick google search on how to design a laybrinth and here we are.  I am very happy with it.  Kind of fits into the rainbow one too ...


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Friday, July 27, 2012

What I'm Reading: Wonder



Wonder by R.J. Palacio was a delightful surprise.  August is a boy in grade 5 that has had over 25 surgeries in his life so far.  His against-the-odds combination of birth defects has left him looking like no other.  In August's words,

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. 

And yet, this is a warm tale of love, friendship and family.  When August's parents decide that it's time for him to go to a regular school instead of being home-schooled, August embarks on a journey from being the one alone in the crowd to being the glue that holds the entire school together.

In chapters of rotating narrative voice, we get to hear about everything from everyone - his sister and her BFF, to name a few - readers are given an view of August's situation.  Tolerance, friendship, self-respect and individuality are all powerful themes that August embodies with ease and grace.

I Loved this book.  I can see why it's a NYT Best Seller.  I can't wait to see what's next on the list.

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What I'm Reading

It's been a long while since having the opportunity to read what I love to read most ... Children's and Teen books.  So, I was faced with the quandry of where to start.

The New York Times Best Sellers list was where I started.

Interestingly enough, the books that turned into my first choices were the ones available in digital form.  Yes, I have become an eBook reader.

So I balanced the list versus available eBooks, added them all to my GoodReads account, and was off and reading.

And now, without further ado, on to what I'm reading ...

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