Friday, November 28, 2014

No Cost Wreath Design

Are you looking to decorate for the holidays but don't have a big budget for decorations?

Try looking in your own backyard and garden to create your own holiday wreath without spending any money.

Do you use chicken wire around your garden to keep out animals? Well, chicken wire bends easily and can be formed in to a wreath shape easily. Also, the great thing about chicken wire is that it has these awesome holes to shove in evergreen pieces, which is what I did. I just looked to the yard to find trimmings that I could use to make an evergreen wreath that now hangs outside the garden shed at the cabin.

I spent no money to make this beautiful wreath. What can you make just by looking around to see what you already have?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I will be celebrating the day with family by eating way too much good food and I hope that you are blessed with the same givings to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Rogue Brewery

These are some pictures I took on our tour of the Rogue Brewery in Oregon.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Zubels Organic Hand-Knit Cheerleader Doll

My Thoughts:

Let me introduce you to Pom Pom Pam from Zubels (cheerleader doll). She in an eco-friendly hand knit with 100% organic cotton yarn and is 100% non-toxic. She is a 12" soft doll and is sure to be cuddled often by any child lucky enough to receive her. The heart on her chest in the picture is just a sticker to let you know that it comes from their organic line. This cheerleader comes a variety of colors, including Purple and Gold for all the Vikings fans living here in MN.

Not only is this little doll just adorable she come with minimal packaging to reduce the waste of resources and uses cotton yarn that is dyed with eco-friendly low impact dyes. I hope to be able to review other of their "dolls". My kids are huge fans of stuffed animals and there are so many that I know they would love to have. If I had to pick which ones my kids would want the most (which is hard to do because there are 105 dolls to choose from, all handknit), I think my son would pick Dino Dinasour because he is a huge dinosaur fan. My daughter might be most drawn to Bunny Girl Pish.

I do want to point out a couple of things that I think my readers might love and that is there are some holiday dolls that include a red-nosed reindeer, Santa, and elves. There is also an assortment of colors for the football players, including Purple and Gold for all Vikings fans.

Product Description from Zubels

Zubels, the finest hand made 100% cotton dolls in the world they come in these sizes 7" rattles , 12", 14" and 24" We also offer sweaters and hats to match - their is no product in the market that delivers such great looks with our high qulality standards.... 

 About Zubels are 100% cotton (some organic) hand knit toys, hats and sweaters which are sure to be cherished and loved by children of all ages.

Mission Zubels were born of a creative group working together to bring smiles to children (and to us). There was a need for an eco-friendly yet purposeful toy whose only requirement was a little love and imagination.

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GIVEAWAY and Review: Eco-Jarz Lids

Are you looking for a unique gift idea for that person who is eco-conscious and doesn't like to add to the landfill or accumulate a lot of possessions? Or maybe you just have that person who is hard to buy for and you want to give a practical gift. These EcoJarz lids would be perfect for anyone and are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer.

With EcoJarz Lids you can turn nearly any jar in to a beverage container for on-the-go. Lids sizes are made for both small mouth and wide mouth jars. Maybe you have canning jars just hanging around waiting to be used like I do, or maybe you want to re-purpose a jam jar or a pickle jar; they fit on nearly every jar in your pantry.

Just insert your own straw on the lid and you are ready to go. If you don't have reusable straws, EcoJarz does sell stainless steel and glass straws. Or purchase a wide mouth pop top lid where you can easily drink from the lid and seal it up. If you check out the last picture, I made some ice tea in a quart jar and put the pop top lid on top so that it could be sealed when it was in the fridge.

Product Description from Eco-Jarz

We are a young company focused on challenging the concept of throw-away culture. Our first product — the Stainless Steel EcoJarz Drink Top — is designed to make reuse the new norm. Because our drink tops fit standard canning jars, they also fit hundreds of other bottles and containers that are disposed of everyday.This drink top will fit any standard mouth jar, whether it’s an empty tomato sauce, salsa, or mayonnaise jar. With EcoJarz, the possibilities of turning jars into long-lasting, always-handy, on-the-go drink vessels are almost endless.


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Happy Thanksgeometry with a Tangram Turkey

This is a project I did with my daughter's 3rd grade class. I go in and volunteer a couple hours every week in her classroom and usually I am just helping out wherever the teacher needs me, but I get to plan a project each month to do with them. I have been trying to plan things that are also educational and fun, so this was the project for November.

I just used foam sheets from the Dollar Tree and cut them in to a variety of shapes. I talked to the kids about developing a pattern and design, but let them come up with their own projects. This one is mine. :)

This picture you can see what it looks like as a whole piece. I should of taken a picture of my daughter's before I left the classroom, as it hasn't come home from school yet because she said they hung them up in the classroom. The kids really seemed to enjoy this project.

This one is my preschool son's version pf the Tangram Turkey.

Monday, November 24, 2014

GIVEAWAY: The Three Dogateers DVD

The Three Dogateers are here to save the Holidays!

About The Three Dogateers Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!


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