Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Little North Star Gender Neutral Crib Sheets from Amazon

Finding quality crib sheets that aren’t too costly can often be a daunting task. Are they safe? Are they soft enough?  Are they truly hypoallergenic?  Will they fit properly?  These are just some of the many questions you may face when shopping for those perfect sheets.  Well, thanks to My Little North Star and their organic cotton fitted crib sheets searching just became a lot easier.  

With their luxurious yet healthy gender-neutral sheets, you will not need to look any further.

Since these sheets are made of pure unbleached organic jersey cotton, they are truly hypoallergenic and free of any harsh chemicals.  As well as light and breathable, I can not get over just how soft they are.  I also noticed that the material is made very well and the overall quality is excellent.  I absolutely love the subtle gender-neutral pattern.  The stars and the elephants are quiet calming.   And the fact that you get 2 sheets is awesome; having that second sheet allows you to always have a clean sheet ready to go.

 After washing them, they came out even softer than when they went in.  There was no shrinkage and all of the stitching was still intact. Like any other bed sheet proper care is key.  If you do not take care of your bedding it will not last, no matter the price.  Caring for these sheets is very easy.  And as long as you stick to the washing instructions, these sheets will not pill or fray.  Wash in cold water, omit the fabric softener, and tumble dry low.   Harsh soaps and fabric softeners eat away at fabric, so it is best to launder with just regular laundry soap and exclude the fabric softener.  Also, you should avoid using hot water and over drying, as this will cause the threads to come loose.

Overall, I am really impressed with these sheets. You receive quality, luxurious feeling sheets at an affordable price and they fit snuggly. With these revolutionary sheets your baby is guaranteed a more restful, restorative sleep. I am not affiliated with this company and I never promise to provide a positive review when offered a discount. I, like you depend on honest reviews when making purchases online. Therefore, I tested this product thoroughly so that you can make an informed decision. I hope you found it helpful.

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016 MI Ren Fest

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!

If you are in the Holly, Michigan area I definitely recommend grabbing some tickets...even if you do not think the festival is for you.  Everyone should experience it at least once in their life.

Open weekends and Labor day Now thru October 2nd from 10a to 7p!

Our 2016 Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets are here and we are so excited to dress up and head to Holly.  The girls, Hubby, and I look forward to visiting the Festival every year because it is so much fun!  Since there is so much to see and do there's fun for the whole family.  The kids love the Mermaid, I love the Jousting and Hubby enjoys the comedy skits and the Pub Crawl.  Those are not even the highlight, the best thing about this festival is the people.  Being a pretty "judge free" zone feel free to let loose, dress up, and just have fun!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

ONLY 2 DAYS left to WIN!! GIVEAWAY value $240!!

America’s increasingly hot and humid summers can prove to be quite the discomfort—especially when trying to get a good night’s rest.  And with summer now in full swing, getting the right cooling system for your home should be a priority. Portable air coolers are a great option for staying cool and keeping out the summer heat without breaking the bank.

The scorching summer heat is hard on our bodies, our moods, and our electric bills.  Stop the madness and finish out the rest of this hot summer with a Culer SOLO of your own.  

**CULER is generously offering one of our lucky readers their very own SOLO Flash Evaporative Air Cooler valued at $240! This giveaway is open to the Continental US only and will end August 22nd, 2016. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Beat the Heat with the CULER SOLO +Giveaway ~$240 value

America’s increasingly hot and humid summers can prove to be quite the discomfort—especially when trying to get a good night’s rest.  And with summer now in full swing, getting the right cooling system for your home should be a priority. Portable air coolers are a great option for staying cool and keeping out the summer heat without breaking the bank.

I am so thankful that I found the CULER SOLO.  The SOLO is a lightweight flash-'evaporative' air cooler that atomizes water to uniform micro-droplets which are flash evaporated to reduce the temperature of the airflow projected from the unit. It is the coolest, easiest, most portable 'evaporative' air cooler I have found.

When the SOLO arrived I could not wait to plug it in so I could turn my air conditioner down.  My first impressions were that it was much taller and more powerful than I expected.  Like any other air cooler or fan it is a tad loud which is only bad if you need complete silence to sleep.  It is more of a white noise and it doesn’t bother my family at all.  My husband actually appreciates the noise especially when he works midnight's because it drowns out the kids.

Since the SOLO is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, you can now beat the heat wherever you go.  Camping? Not a problem.  Long car ride? Don’t forget to pack your SOLO.  I absolutely love this feature.  It is great for keeping us cool when we sit on the porch during these hot summer days/nights.  We also use it every night in the bedroom.  It not only moistens the dry air but it cools the room making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.  We also sometimes use the SOLO in the living room during the day so that the air conditioner does not have to work as hard.  And it lasts for about 10+ hours on one gallon of water!!

As the instructions state, be sure to keep the front of the unit 3 feet away from anything because it does mist a little.  Although, I have not noticed any leaking or moisture collecting underneath the unit after use, I still place it on a towel while in use.
What is so great about the SOLO?

Simple Set Up:  Just pour water in the designated spot and place the cover on!
Running Time:  Enjoy 10+ hours of running time with a 1 gallon water reservoir fill.
Portable:  The SOLO weighs in at just over 10pounds empty, offers low voltage construction, and comes              designed with a built in carrying handle for easy portability.  Use indoors, outdoors, on-the-go, in                    cars, or anywhere.
Low Maintenance:  No pads to clean and replace!  The CULER air & water filters are designed with ultimate performance in mind while protecting the Flow Blurring system and requires no regular replacing.
Low Energy Usage:  The SOLO consumes only 35 watts of energy which translates into operating for less than a penny per hours
Easy Operation:  Simply plug in, lightly push the power button, then fan button, and finally cool button for ultimate performance.
Three Speed Performance:  Simply select high, medium, or low by pushing the fan button to select the perfect performance for your needs.

***All CULER products are extremely reliable, durable, simple to use, and they are backed by a one-year warranty.  I love companies that stand behind their products.

For a much “CULER” summer, I strongly recommend snagging the SOLO and giving it a try.  Don’t waste your time on a regular fan that just pushes warm air around.  To learn more you can visit their website.  And do not forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest,

The scorching summer heat is hard on our bodies, our moods, and our electric bills.  Stop the madness and finish out the rest of this hot summer with a Culer SOLO of your own.  

**CULER is generously offering one of our lucky readers their very own SOLO Flash Evaporative Air Cooler valued at $240! This giveaway is open to the Continental US only and will end August 22nd, 2016. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back to School with I See Me! ~Back to School Guide

Why not celebrate Back-to-School with the wonderful gift of a personalized book?  Personalized books are a perfect way for children to recognize and learn their names. And what a wonderful keepsake for them to cherish forever. With just learning to speak, I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to review one of  I See Me!’s wonderfully fun personalized books.
I See Me! creates personalized storybooks that feature your child’s name.  Each book is totally unique and made special for your child.   In a matter of minutes, you can create your own personalized storybook (and keepsake).   To make choosing a book easier you can actually go on a virtual tour of each book.  This gives you a chance to see what you are purchasing and what is  more awesome than that?!  The books take about two weeks from the date of order to arrive.

I recently received the I See Me! My Very Own Fairy Tale gift set to include in my Back-To-School series.  This set includes a hardcover personalized story, personalized coloring book, and a cute fairy wand.  Although not for her, with M just learning to read, she insisted on reading this book as soon as it arrived.  Since she already has a "name" book of her own she was excited to learn how to spell her baby sister's name.  The rhyming text and beautiful illustrations are printed on thick glossy paper, making the books both fun to read and durable.  

On the title page you have the option to include a dedication and a photo!  Its 30ish (depending on the length of the name) beautifully illustrated pages encourage us to recite letters of the alphabet, rhyme, laugh, and bond throughout the whole book!   It will certainly  become a family favorite.  I cannot wait to give this book to Princess A for her second birthday this October.  I See Me! never disappoints.  Definitely high quality.  

I absolutely love the coloring book included in this gift set!  It is set up similar to the story however every page is without color and ready to be brought to life by your child.  There are even a few learning activities at the end of the book.  Embellished with glitter and ribbon, the wand is also a cute little bonus.

Great Back to School Gifts

Award-winning author Jennifer Dewing and illustrator Colin Jack have created the perfect book for teaching children that they can be whatever they want to be. From an Astronaut to a Zookeeper children can explore different careers while learning the alphabet. The story has rhyming verse and fun illustrations that feature your child’s name.

Celebrate your favorite little preschooler with this adorable new personalized storybook, The Very Important Preschooler (V.I.P.)! Your child will learn that being a “V.I.P.” means making new friends at preschool, sharing, helping out, cleaning up, learning new things and more. The Very Important Preschooler is filled with lots of great messages for your little preschooler and is personalized throughout the story and on the cover with his or her name!

The 1-2-3 Blast Off with Me! personalized board book teaches your child basic concepts of letters, numbers, shapes and colors in an exciting new way! This adorably illustrated book comes personalized with your child's name and photo on the cover and throughout the book. 1-2-3 Blast Off with Me! is a board book made with thick, durable pages perfectly suited for young, curious children.

This year marks the 15 Anniversary of the very first I See Me! book, My Very Own Name.  It is a beautifully illustrated personalized children's book that helps children to learn to recognize letters and spell their names. In this hardcover, professionally bound book, animals bring letters one by one to create the child's first and last names in rhyme. A jackal brings a J, an ostrich brings an O, and so on. At the end, the animals celebrate because they've created the perfect name. 

I See Me! personalized lunch boxes make your child feel special every day! Each one of their lunch boxes features your child’s name on multiple sides. On the inside lid, there’s a chalkboard where you can write a personalized note to your child each morning! Safe for storing food, these lunch boxes are made of tin and contain no lead. They’re also great for storing toys and other treasures!

Another one of my favorites is the I Can Change the World personalized book as this story encourages the spread of kindness and giving back to others. 

Make back to school more fun!

We have several  I See Me! products and everything single one has surpassed our expectations and will be cherished by my girls forever.  They make great learning tools as well.  I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a special personalized gift for their little loved ones!

 I See Me! not only has a huge variety of personalized books, but they also have coloring booksplacemats, and gift sets you can create especially for your child.  Great for any occasion,  You can even shop for Christmas a little early and order one of their  placemats or coloring books; they make great socking stuffers! 

I am going to close here because I can honestly talk about I See Me forever as they have an extremely large selection and they are constantly creating new and fun stories

To learn more about their wonderful products you can connect with I See Me! on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.

Buy It

Your child can own their very own I See Me! personalized book for as low as $24.95. 

Giving a gift and not sure which book to choose?  Don’t worry I See Me! also has gift certificates available!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

How to Creatively Cover a Fuse Box

I have recently been working on making my laundry a nice practical place to "work".  I started by adding a few shelves, a shoe rack, and some other little things to help inexpensively spruce it up.   Working with a small budget, I found wonderful pictures and decor that go with my "vintage/retro" theme at various garage sales.  

Besides the paint and the folding table everything is finished.  Everything but our unsightly utility/fuse box.  Since we do not have a basement (boo), our fuse box is located in our laundry room...right smack dab in the center of the wall...a total eye sore, IMO.  Not only is this box huge but it is oddly shaped. Measuring 27.5" tall  and 15.25" wide.  Too big to cover with a regular size frame yet too small to use a poster frame.

After much research and many many Pintrest pins, I came across an neat idea from Nesting on a Budget and tweaked it to fit my needs using the supplies I had on hand,  

Supplies Needed:

Canvas (you may need more than one)
Frames (I bought mine at the dollar store)
Craft Glue
Staple Gun

**Before you start be sure to iron your material or you will have creases.  

1. Line up your material with your canvas, leaving at least a one inch excess on all sides.  
2. Wrap your material around your first edge and staple from corner to corner.
3. Pull the opposite edge tight and staple from corner to corner.
4. Wrap the last to edges, tuck the corners and staple.
5. Glue frames to the material covered canvas and let dry.  Make sure you use enough glue.
6. Attach hinges to the canvas 
7. Add your magnets to keep them from swinging open.
8. Attach hinges to wall 

And that's it!

Simple yet elegant. 

I am not super crafty so I am very proud of how this turned out.  And although I am unsure if it will stretch nicely, I am considering wrapping both canvas' together.  

What are some creative ways you have covered eyes sores in your home?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How To Quit Smoking

Smoking is a hard habit to break, just ask my husband who has been struggling with a nicotine addiction for nearly 2 decades.  Over the years he has tried nicotine patches, prescription medication, vaporizing cigarettes, and even cold turkey, but nothing worked.  So when I saw the opportunity for him to try a laser stop smoking program, we had to give it a shot.

This type of laser therapy is a completely painless procedure designed to reduce withdrawal symptoms due to the effects of nicotine.  During the laser treatment to quit smoking a technician lightly applies a laser wand to 33 key areas on the ears, face, hands and wrists.  The entire procedure is super quick.  In just one visit to the Alpha Lifestyle Center of Birmingham, you can be on your way to a new lifestyle. 

From the moment we walked in for my husband’s appointment I knew we were going to have a wonderful experience.  Everything from the welcoming lobby to the beautifully decorated treatment rooms a relaxing atmosphere was created, making it very hard for us to leave.  When we arrived we were immediately greeted by his laser technician.   After completing the simple questionnaire my husband was taken to a treatment room.  Both before and after the procedure all of the questions we had for the technician were fully answered, we did not feel rushed at all.  I absolutely love that the staff at Alpha Lifestyle Center not only educate you but they truly want you to succeed.  They provide all of the tools that you need to move forward and become a better you. 
In the treatment room you will be asked to watch an introductory video to prepare you for the road ahead.  My husband said the entire experience was completely relaxing and painless.  You may feel the slight pressure of the wand but it does not hurt.  When we left, my husband said he felt relaxed and ready to start our day.   One laser treatment costs $295.  Included in the price is a free booster which is offered to help with cravings within 8 weeks from the time of your original treatment.  However, in order for the booster to be effective, you have to remain completely nicotine free.  I am thankful to know that they are very understanding and realize that setbacks do occur so they offer a second laser treatment at a heavily discounted cost, however, that cost increases after 8 weeks from your first appointment, so if you happen to relapse, do not wait.

Unfortunately my husband had a relapse before the 8 week period.   I found out later that he was not fully ready to quit and was just doing this treatment to appease me. To succeed, YOU have to want to quit.  It has to be for you, not anyone else.  If you are not fully committed to changing your lifestyle wait until you are before making an appointment.  Overcoming an addiction is not easy and requires some hard work on your end.  That being said, my husband and I both feel that if you are truly ready to quit and put forth the effort, this program will help.  We are definitely going to try again when he is ready.  

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