Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Introduce Bokksu Into Your Life

When I get the opportunity to travel, there's nothing I enjoy more than trying traditional foods native to that place or country.  Whether it's sampling a local fish in Jamaica, or having the opportunity to eat an authentic Costa Rican breakfast, I'm open to it all.  I feel that it's important to broaden your horizons and try something that you may not have the opportunity to again.

Bokksu is the only truly gourmet Japanese snack box featuring exclusive artisanal snack and baked goods from local makers and prestige Japanese brands.  This premium subscription service allows individuals to discover delicious snacks and teas from all over Japan.  Having lived in and snacked through Japan, founder Danny Taing curates a gourmet box for subscribers every month filled with unique offerings.  Bokksu will take you on a gourmet journey through Japan.  From Hokkaido white chocolate butter cookies to Kyoto hand ground matcha, each box will be a culinary surprise! 

Each month has a specific theme that isn't reveled ahead of time.  You can choose from a classic Bokksu subscription, or a tasting subscription.  The classic one offers 20-25 Japanese teas and snacks while the tasting box has 8-10 snacks.  If you want to pay per month to have a box each month that's an option as well as 3 months, 6 months, or once a year.  A subscription box would make the perfect gift for a foodie or someone who is interested in new experiences.

I received Bokksu's July's box which has the theme of citrus.  This is a very fitting theme now that we're in summer.  Citrus keeps you cool on a hot summer day and the box is filled with Japan's most refreshing citrus snacks.  Since I am unable to travel to Japan, why not let a taste of Japan come to your own home? 

I honestly have no prior experience with Japanese snacks and wasn't sure what to expect before opening the box.  The box contains familiar citrus flavors like orange and lemon as well as some that most would not be familiar with like Yuzu, Hyuganatsu, and Shiquasa.  All three of these are delicious Japanese fruits that I've never even heard of, let alone tasted! I was interested and curious at what I was about to taste.  

Once you open the box, you're met with a myriad of snacks ranging from sweet to savory. A selection of teas was also included, as well as a booklet detailing what each snack is along with information about it.  

The snacks range from orange and lemon cakes to orange biscuits and smoked crackers and peanuts in a lemon salt flavor for starters.  That's definitely an interesting combination, if I say so myself!  Green tea and Hyuganatsu jelly are also included.  

I really thought the Bokksu box was a great opportunity to try something new and exciting. I haven't yet sampled everything, but what stood out to me was the rich orange biscuits and the orange stick cake.  A few items I wasn't extremely partial to, but that's okay because it's all about opening yourself up to new tastes.  

The rich orange biscuits combine two dark chocolate biscuits with a layer of tangy orange cream made with 41% fresh orange juice concentrate.  This classic sandwich cookie that resembles an Oreo is a favorite in Japan and I can definitely see why.  One big change I noticed is the lack of sugar in the cookies.  A typical American sandwich cookie is very sweet and packs a big sugar content.  The rich orange biscuits were very light, not overly sweet at all, and not heavy.  The orange flavor is extremely prevalent and welcoming. You're not going to eat these and instantly regret it, like you may other cookies. They would pair perfectly with a cup of green tea for a mid-day snack.

I haven't had many orange cakes in my lifetime, so when I saw that the orange stick cake was included I was intrigued.  The light fluffy orange cake is delicately airy and moist.  You'll notice that it's baked with real orange slices on top, giving it a classy look and delightfully zingy freshness perfect for summer.  A big bonus of this cake is that it's a small stick portion. There's no room for overindulgence or overeating which I am guilty of.  

I love the orange slices that are baked in, it gives the cake extra personality and looks beautiful.  Like the rich orange biscuits, the orange flavor is clearly noticeable and again very light.  The cake is not ridiculously sweet at all like most cakes are, but just sweet enough for your sweet tooth to be satisfied.  I really enjoyed it and would love the privilege of having it again one day.  Both the cake and the biscuits had hints of the other fruits incorporated along with orange. 

I look forward to trying the rest of the box and seeing what else I enjoy.  Who knows, maybe I'll be able to go to Japan some day and be able to try these snacks in person?

If you're looking to give your taste buds a treat, it's time to head on over to Bokksu.  

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Bokksu for providing a box in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Children Can Sing Their Heart Out With Singing Machine Karaoke Machines

Scarlett's personality is in full force these days! When she's not cracking me up on an hourly basis with her antics and silliness, she's singing and dancing.  She has her favorites whether they range from kid songs to real top 40 hits.  Scarlett requests the tunes she wants to hear and enjoys singing them anytime, anywhere. Who knows, maybe I have an emerging singer on my hands?

Singing Machine works to be the recognized leader in home karaoke and entertainment by creating products that are innovative, fun, and complement an entertaining lifestyle.  The brand offers a range of different machines that cater to children and adults.  Whether you're looking for a downloadable series that works with strictly downloaded music only, the classic series that is ready to be plugged in and enjoyed right out of the box, or the kid's series which offers sing-along toys that create bright beginnings for your child.  Some machines offer special sound and light features too to really make your experience even better.

Whichever machine you choose, I can guarantee you'll have a fun experience with.  If you're looking for a unique gift for the person who has everything, a karaoke machine will brighten their day.  Who knows, maybe you'll even be invited to karaoke night in the future! 

I opted for the Singing Machine Tabeoke in the pink/purple combo for my tiny tot.  Did you know that music helps children develop confidence, creativity, and brain power? Tabeoke is more than up to the task of helping.  Stream your little one's favorite tunes on this bluetooth-compatible system or enjoy access to thousands of karaoke classics with the app for iOS! Feel free to coax your child into the limelight with a duet for two! Plug in an additional microphone to have a delightful duet you'll never forget. The Tabeoke machine makes an exciting present for any child.

The system works with any tablet and supports many apps.  While this unit is geared towards children, I can guarantee that a person of any age will be interested to use it! Mothers, Fathers, and even Grandparents will want to give it a go. 

Once the unit arrived, Scarlett was very excited to set it up and start belting out some tunes.  What would she sing first? The Ants Go Marching or maybe her longtime favorite, One Call Away? Only time would tell!

The machine is ready to go right out of the box.  Little girls will love the girly aspect of the bright pink and purple which will catch their eye.   It's easy to connect the machine to bluetooth and have music play from Amazon Music or any other service.  You can also use your iPad or iPhone to play MP3's as well.  Children will also enjoy using it without music like a PA system to make announcements or talk with the echo turned up.  I know Scarlett loves hearing herself talk!
I connected the Tabeoke machine via Bluetooth to my phone in a matter of seconds.  Since I don't have music stored on my phone, I streamed songs from YouTube which was just as convenient.  The sound quality is perfect and crystal clear.  Scarlett of course requested to hear her kid favorites and was so excited to sing along to the Frozen soundtrack and Moana.  It was fun to see the joy and excitement in her eyes while I watched her sing.

The knobs on the machine are large and ideal for little hands to turn with ease.  The microphone is not heavy to hold and Scarlett's voice was clearly heard when she sung into it.  She now thinks she's a singer and wants me to watch her sing constantly.  It's very funny.  I can't wait for her friends to come over and use it with her.

Since the unit is portable, you can use it in any room of your home with ease.  It's very lightweightt and runs on an AC adapter, but also is battery compatible if you want to bring it in the backyard or even to the pool.  Wherever you want to go, let the singing fun come with you.  Children will have a blast singing their favorite songs when their friends come over, or even at sleepovers.  You can buy an additional microphone to rev up the experience and allow duets to happen.

Everyone enjoys karaoke and now you can have it happen anytime you want in the comfort of your own home.  Maybe you'll even use the Tabeoke machine for Family Fun Nights? Break out the snacks and drinks and get ready for some fun performances.

However you incorporate the Tabeoke Singing Machine into your family's life, I can promise it'll always be a fantastic time!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to The Singing Machine for providing a sample unit in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Friday, June 22, 2018

Protect Your Home With Guardzilla's Security Camera

One of my greatest fears is having my house broken into.  Luckily, it's never happened to me but that doesn't mean it can't at any point.  The thought of a burglar in my home rifling through drawers and cabinets and stealing things is very unnerving.  I'm fortunate that Lynnie is an amazing watch dog and would probably attack anyone who broke in.  When I'm not home, I'd like the comfort of knowing I can be alerted if an intruder is in my home.  That's where Guardzilla steps in.

Guardzilla is an easily deployable home security system with no monthly fees or installation that allows you to monitor your home or workspace.  The brand offers a few different security camera options including indoor and outdoor ones that have a variety of features, depending on your needs.  Everyone will quickly fall in love with the Guardzilla 360 Indoor camera which is the first wi-fi security camera to deliver 360 degree live streaming video from your phone.  This is cutting edge since most other camera only allow you to see one view, but Guardzilla lets you see the entire room! 

The camera is easy to set-up and once you connect it to your wi-fi, you can start watching your home anytime, anywhere! Whenever motion is detected, you'll receive a push button notification to your smartphone alerting you.  A great bonus feature of the camera is that the infrared sensors let you see clear videos images at night and in dark, shaded areas.  The video intercom lets you hear everything and talk if need be.

It's always a good idea to have your home monitored while you're home and away.  Yes, you can ask neighbors to keep an eye on your home, but they can't watch it 24/7.  My family and I go on frequent trips during the summer and it would give me great peace of mind to be able to check on my home from my phone while I'm out of town.  Imagine you saw an intruder in your home and had the ability to call the police and stop something horrible while it was happening? That makes me feel much better.  

Another idea for this camera is being able to watch and speak to your family whenever you want.  Let's say you go on a work trip and your husband stays home with the kids.  You can check in and see and speak to them whenever you want.  It will surely make being away easier.

There are two steps for installation for the camera.  The first step is taking it out of the box, and the second is downloading the free app and following the instructions for installation from it.  You won't be drilling holes in your walls to mount a camera or doing anything labor intensive, it's that easy! You'll also be thrilled that there are no monthly fees with the camera either.

Since the camera is compact, it can easily sit on a counter, a table, a bookshelf, or wherever you'd like to place it.  In my home, my living room is near the front door and I chose to place it on a ledge so I can have full access of the entire room.   If you're looking to use this as a nanny camera or a sort of "secret" camera, this one is not for you because it's noticeable and out in the open.

Once the camera was connected to my Wi-Fi and completely installed, it was time to see how it looked from my phone.  When you turn on the app, you can disarm the camera if you're home so you don't have constant notifications of activity.

You're able to see basic things in the app like settings, event history, monitoring, and a list of connected cameras if you have more than one in your home.  The app is very user friendly and I had no issue navigating it.  I was instructed by my iPhone to update my iOS software to make sure it's the best version for the app.

The push button notification came on my phone and it was a little unsettling to say the least!  I knew it was me, but you never want to see that notification obviously.

It was helpful to be able to have my whole living room monitored at once, nothing goes unseen with Guardzilla!

The images are not crystal clear but clear enough to realize what you're seeing, or who you're seeing! All of the images captured from motion are stored in the event history of the app.  You can go back and see the images or watch any of the video at any time.  It's convenient to have everything in one place so you don't have to look for it elsewhere.

This camera is wonderful to have and I feel essential for every home to own one.  Material items and possessions can be replaced, but your family cannot.  Be safe and don't take your safety for granted.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Guardzilla for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Make Travel Easy With Thirty-One's Gifts Duffel Bags

Have you ever stopped to think about how many items you fit in your purse or backpack on a daily basis? You potentially transport a computer, keys, phone, wallet, a kindle and a large notepad for starters.  Without your bag of choice, it would be hard to carry everything you need to work or school.  Make sure that you choose a bag that is sturdy and durable and fits your needs.

Thirty-One Gifts offers trendy and affordable purses, totes, wallets, gifts and more for men and women.  The brand's pieces come in a variety of styles and patterns to meet anyone's tastes.  Women will enjoy a chevron or bold print tote bag, while a man will enjoy something a lot more subtle like a solid colored backpack.  Whether you need a weekender bag for your upcoming summer trip to see your family, a large utility tote to hold your craft supplies, or a new wallet to match your purse, they have anything you could possibly want! The bags are spacious and hold plenty with ease.  Anything from Thirty-One gifts would make a fabulous present for a friend or family member.

My husband has been needing a new overnight bag for a long time now.  If you ask him, he'll say he's perfectly content with what he has.  In reality, that answer doesn't fly with me! The handles of his bag seem to not be on as securely anymore and the bag just looks in rough shape! I knew it was time to replace the bag with something new and improved. When I came across the All Packed Duffle in the Charcoal Crosshatch print, I knew it would be ideal for Jay.  It will also come in handy for all of the summer trips we have planned.  There are a few prints to choose from if you are not partial to the charcoal.  

This duffle is the perfect bag for the gym, weekends away, sports, camping, overnight, or whenever you need a carryall.  An exterior compartment keeps your shoes separated from the rest of your clothes, while two interior mesh pockets keep things in place during transport.  Feel free to carry the bag by hand or sling it over your shoulder with the included shoulder strap.  An option to personalize the travel duffle with monogrammed initials or a name is possible.  Every husband or dad needs one of these bags! Surely the duffle bag would make an ideal gift for any male friend or family member. 

Jay does not like to combine his shoes and clothes together in one bag and feels like the shoes will get his clothes dirty.  He was excited that there was a large mesh compartment for shoes on the inside so he wouldn't have to mix them together.  You can even use the pocket to store dirty clothes so they don't mix with clean if you choose.  The charcoal color is a perfect masculine hue and would please any man.  Jay liked the two outside storage pockets to hold any essentials or personal hygiene products. 

Once you unzip the main compartment of the bag, you'll quickly see how much room there is inside.  You can easily fit a few shirts, and a pair of pants or shorts among other things.  The bag is a perfect weekender size and will allow you to bring whatever you need for a night or two away.  

The bag is quality made and very durable.  I can easily see it lasting for some time to come.  Jay loves the bag and can't wait to use it in the next few weeks.  I'm happy that he's happy with it! 

If you're looking for a new duffle bag to make your next trip a success, Thirty-One is waiting for your order! 

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Thirty-One Gifts for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Scarlett's Dream Come True Seeing The Wiggles at The Wellmont Theater!

For some time now, Scarlett has really been into music whether it be top 40 songs or kiddy music.  She has her favorites and enjoys singing along to whatever she requests to hear. One of her favorite musical acts by far is the Wiggles.  Any parent of a toddler age child has probably heard of The Wiggles at some point or another.  If you haven't, I can guarantee your child will instantly fall in love with them.

The Wellmont Theater is a theater and concert venue located in Montclair, NJ.  The theater opened in 1922 and was originally intended for live entertainment until it switched to showing only movies in 1929.  It stayed the same until 2008, when it completed a large renovation and became an entertainment venue again.  Music was back and people flocked back to hear their favorite acts.  The location of the theater is in downtown Montclair and ideal for grabbing dinner or even some ice cream afterwards.  If you're not in the mood to eat, why not check out the various shops geared towards all interests? Parking can be a little tricky so make sure you find a spot ahead of your show.

There's always an individual or a band performing at the Wellmont Theater and I can guarantee you'll find an upcoming show that you'd enjoy seeing.  The variety of shows ranges from stand-up comedy, musical acts and more.  You can even rent the theater for a private event like a corporate reception.  Inside the theater you'll find The Pharmacie Liquor Bar, where you can get a drink before or after a show as well as grab something to eat.

Scarlett has had a love affair with The Wiggles for about a year now.  The Australian foursome is a singing and dancing group geared towards preschool age children.  Parents everywhere have surely gotten some of their songs stuck in their head, they're just too catchy! Scarlett is always singing Fruit Salad, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear, or Do The Propeller.  The current line-up consists of Emma, Lachy, Simon, and Anthony.  Some may know the Wiggles from their childhood since the group just celebrated their 25th anniversary.  I personally was not aware of them when I was younger. The group is known for their individual colors which represent which Wiggle they are.

Scarlett's favorite from the group is Emma, which isn't surprising! I think all little girls who are fans of the Wiggles gravitate towards her.  It's hard to resist her beautiful curly pigtails, smiling face, and love of bows!

When I found out that the group was bringing their Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Tour to the US, I was crossing my fingers that they'd be playing somewhere close to us.  Since we're in the tri-state area, I was hoping we'd have a shot since three states would be covered. Thankfully, The Wiggles heard my wiggly prayers and announced they'd be playing in Montclair, NJ!  Luckily, Montclair is under a 2 hour drive for us and I knew it was meant to be!

I prepared an Emma outfit for Scarlett to wear to the show ahead of time so she could channel her favorite lady.  This is her first real concert so I had to make it extra special! I ordered her special black and yellow show bows, a black and yellow hair bow, and of course she had an Emma costume that came all the way from Australia.  I think we have the black and yellow covered as best as possible, don't you agree?

On the day of the show, we made the drive to the Wellmont Theater and Scarlett was just as excited as ever.  I've been telling her for weeks and weeks that we'd be going and have been helping her count down the days.  The fact that the show date had finally arrived was incredible for my tiny tot.

I've never previously been to The Wellmont Theater before so I didn't know what to expect upon arrival.  The inside is intimate with ample restrooms, friendly staff, and bartenders on hand to serve you.  Flash photography is not allowed so make sure you know that before you go! I was going to bring my DSLR camera to the show, but unfortunately was not able to.

My husband Jay and I along with Scarlett were in the upper balcony.  You may think that this is not ideal seating, but it really is since you have a clear view of everything.  In my opinion, there's not a bad seat in the whole theater.  As soon as you exit the doors to the upper balcony, there's restrooms and a bar where you can get some popcorn or a quick drink.  That was very convenient for having to take a child to the restroom and there's monitors outside so you don't miss the show.

The Wiggles put on a fantastic show and Scarlett was singing and dancing through the entire thing.  All of The Wiggles have wonderful stage presence and interact with the audience throughout the show.  There's one part of the show where they collect posters and drawings that children in the audience bring for them.  Scarlett had a card for them and it was a fun moment for her to know they'll read her card at some point!

Whether they were wearing giraffe or fish costumes or doing Irish dances in glittery costumes, there was always something to see! Scarlett kept saying she wanted to hug Emma and wanted to go on stage to see her, but it was hard to explain to a 3.5 year old that she couldn't when Emma was right in front of her!

Of course they sang all of the tunes they were known for! It was magical to see all of the love that the children had for them. Even some of the parents were getting into it! Scarlett was so happy and it was an exciting to take her to her first concert in a different state and be up past her bedtime! A special night for sure.  It was wonderful as a parent to see Scarlett so happy and share an experience like this with her.

Our seats in the upper balcony were great and we were able to hear and see everything well.  All in all we had a great time and left with smiles and and memories.  Scarlett was also thrilled with her Wiggles shirt and toy figures too.

Jay and I are looking forward to coming back to Montclair in the future and going to another show for just the two of us.  It'll be exciting to check out the downtown for sure!

If you're looking for a fun venue that caters to all ages, it's time to make a trip to the Wellmont Theater!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to the Wellmont Theater for providing tickets in exchange for this post. All thoughts are strictly my own.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Scarlett Loves Food

Out of the struggles I face with Scarlett, I'm lucky that food is not one of them.  I have friends who have children who eat next to nothing and it's a fight to get them to eat.  That seems extremely stressful and I'm fortunate to not have to deal with that.

From a young age, Scarlett has always enjoyed food.  I did my best to expose her to everything my husband and I liked so she wouldn't be a picky eater.  She loved veggies as a baby and that enthusiasm has continued into her toddlers years. Some of Scarlett's favorite snacks are carrots, chopped peppers, tomatoes, and veggie chips.  Of course she loves her fair share of junk, but gets very excited for vegetables.  She's a unique child!

Honestly, there's not much that Scarlett won't eat.  Even if she doesn't like a food, I encourage her to try it so she can determine if she truly doesn't like it, rather than showing disdain for it just by looking at it.  Some of her favorites are any kind of pasta with veggies, chicken and cheese quesadillas, fruit, soups (all kinds), stews/chili, fish, seafood, cheese, and much more.  She also loves roasted potatoes and snacks like crackers and air popped popcorn.  As Scarlett has gotten older she has been exposed to sugary treats and of course juice.  I try to limit juice and sweets but she loves any sweet drinks including lemonade.  Scarlett is a big carb lover like myself and can go to town on a wedge of cheese or a bowl of pasta in record time.

Scarlett's portions are big and sometimes it surprises me how much she can eat! She eats more than I do on occasion!.  Her weight is fine and she's an active child, so I let her eat as much as she wants within reason.  It's hard to eat around her because she wants what you're eating even if she has the same thing.  My husband and I have to eat usually after she goes to bed because she'll want a 2nd dinner.

People are often impressed with her zest for food and wish their children were like her.  I hope she always has an interest in food because it makes me one happy mom!
Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Sock Subscription Makes An Ideal Gift For the Fashionista In Your Life

What Makes a Sock Subscription so Convenient?

New socks are one of the great luxuries of life. When you were a kid, you may not have liked getting socks as a present. Today, however, you enjoy slipping on a fresh pair from Say It With a Sock. The experience can be made even better if you put on a pair of stylish, fun socks. You can get a new pair of socks each month by signing up for a sock subscription. This type of subscription is convenient and beneficial for the following four reasons.

1. Get Free Exchanges

When you become a member of a monthly sock club, you gain access to high-fashion and high-quality socks. The company offers a wide range of socks with either patterns or graphics to ensure you get the type of product you'll love to wear as much as possible. If you ever get a style you don't love, you can exchange it for free without hassle.

2. Choose Your Size

Feet come in all shapes and sizes. Because you want to make sure the products you get will fit on your feet well, you can choose from a variety of sizes. Whether you need socks for a child or a grown-up, you can find something that meets your needs.

3. Select a Subscription Duration

When you sign up for a sock subscription, you're not stuck in a contract. You can prepay for six or 12 months or choose to pay as you go. You can also choose to skip a month if you don't think you need a new pair that soon. Choosing how often you get your new socks ensures you'll only pay for products you're ready to use.

4. Receive Quality Products

This type of subscription gives you access to high-quality socks. You'll get brand name products known for funky styles, durability and comfort. With this type of quality, you can feel confident knowing you'll be happy with anything you get.

Are you ready to learn about the benefits of a sock subscription first hand? Shop though everything Say It With a Sock has to offer right now.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Save Money With DIY Fixes Around The Home!

My husband and I have been homeowners now for over 4 years.  In the course of those four years, we've had to pay our fair share of expenses to fix various things around the home.  Whether we were fixing a leaky toilet or having our air conditioning unit repaired, the list seems to be endless.  When you rent, all of your repairs are covered and you don't have to pay anything out of pocket.  Sometimes I miss renting! Since homeowner repairs can be so costly, sometimes it can be helpful to find a DIY fix to save some money!

Roto-Rooter is the #1 plumbing and water restoration company.  To make things easier and save you a big bill from a plumber's visit, the company offers a Gel Clog Remover that you can use at home.  The three main things that clog a drain pipe are soap, grease, and hair.  Roto-Rooter's Gel Clog Remover attacks the source of the clog with a formula of up to 25% more clog-busting active ingredients than any other national brand.

Like most people in this world, I like to save money when I can.  Sometimes some homeowner repairs and fixes are unavoidable with savings and you have to leave it to the professionals.  In the cases that the situation is less problematic or severe, sometimes you're able to fix things yourself!

Did you know that a broken toilet lever is pretty easy to fix? In most cases, if pressing the lever doesn't flush the toilet, you can just open the tank and re-attach the chain.  In some cases, the handle itself can become corroded or any one of the pieces that connect the handle to the flapper (including the handle, nut, metal rod, or chain) can break.  All of these parts can be replaced very cheaply. 

Another easy fix involves the garbage disposal.  Some people are cautious of the garbage disposal because of the hidden blades and bad noises.  However it's actually fairly easy to clear up a clog.  You'll need to cut the power to the unit to prevent any accidents.  Some units are plugged into an outlet in your cabinet, but others may be wired directly to the wall.  Once the disposal is turned off, you can use an allen wrench to adjust the flywheel inside the disposal.  Simply do this by placing the allen wrench in the hole in the center of the bottom of the unit.  You won't actually see the flywheel, but rotating it can help loosen any jammed food inside.

Once you've done this, you can then use either a wooden dowel or some pliers to reach into the top of the disposal and try to remove anything clogging the unit that may be near the top.  If you've successfully cleared the obstruction, you can reconnect the power, run water through the disposal and turn it back on to ensure the clog is gone.

If you have a clogged shower or sink drain, Roto Rooter can certainly help you with a DIY fix at home.  Skip calling the plumber and save that money to spend on something fun.  A few weeks back my kitchen sink was backing up and I was in a panic.  My mom was at my house and baked a few batches of brownies and threw a lot of egg shells down the garbage disposal.  

The next day after she left, millions of pieces of tiny egg shells backed up and my sink wouldn't drain.  I just thought to myself "great, how much is this going to cost to fix?" I called my husband at work after unsuccessfully trying to to unclog the sink myself.  He suggested trying the Roto Rooter Gel Clog Remover and I wondered why I hadn't thought of that myself.

The Gel Clog Remover worked wonders and truly saved my sink, my sanity, and my wallet! In no time at all the clog was gone and I could have kissed that blue liquid if it was possible.  I was so happy that I didn't have to wait around for a plumber and my sink was useable again.

I'm sure there are plenty of other DIY fixes that I should learn and know about.  You never know when they'll come in handy! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Add Joy To Your Life With Bloomsy Box

There's nothing quite like a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to light up any room.  Can you imagine how beautiful your home would look with flowers as the centerpiece? Not only do flowers make the perfect gift for any occasion, they bring an instant smile to anyone's face.  When's the last time you had a stunning flower arrangement in your house? Go ahead and spoil yourself or someone else today.

Bloomsy Box is a flower subscription service that believes everyone should enjoy beautiful blooms no matter where they are.  A subscriber has the option to choose from a small, medium, or large flower arrangement that they will receive monthly.  You can choose from a range of flowers including peonies and orchids in colors that will take your breath away.  Bloomsy Box can arrive at your door on a month to month basis, or you can pay for a certain length of time in advance like 6 months or a year.

Flowers make the perfect thank you gift for anyone including work clients, and they make an ideal holiday or birthday gift for all.  You don't only have to enjoy gorgeous flowers in your home, why not have them in your office too? Head on over to Bloomsy Box today to start smiling every month.

This morning a gorgeous flower bouquet showed up at my door and I was in absolute heaven.   Not only did the flowers arrive in wonderful shape, they were packaged perfectly and securely with a velcro closure.  A small envelope of flower food was included to make sure your blooms stay gorgeous and healthy for as long as possible.  

Before the flowers arrived, I had no idea what bouquet I'd be receiving.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive these and truly love them.  When it comes to flowers, I usually like more color but these are truly simple and gorgeous.  The soft pink gives the pale background a nice hint of color that is certainly welcomed.  These flowers not only smell great, but they are fresh and very high quality too.  

I cut the flowers down to fit better in the vase and they look spectacular now.  It's interesting how a simple vase of flowers can really brighten up a room and make it more welcoming and inviting.  This bouquet is on an entry table near my door and anytime guests come over, they'll be instantly welcomed by the flowers.

With summer just weeks away, it would be a great idea to have Bloomsy Box in your home.  If you're entertaining and having BBQ's and summer soirees, flowers will surely bring your party up a notch.

I'm very satisfied with my flowers from Bloomsy Box and I hope my arrangement lives for as long as possible.  I'll surely be keeping them in mind for future orders!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Bloomsy Box for providing me with product in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  
Friday, June 1, 2018

Put Some Montgomery Inn BBQ In Your Mouth Today!

My husband is the big meat lover in our family.  He'd happily eat steak, sausage, and ribs every day of the week if he could.  Some of his favorite gifts that I've given him over the years are meats delivered right to our door! At least he makes gift giving easy, right? I enjoy ribs and steak on occasion as a treat.  What are some of your favorite types of meat?

Montgomery Inn is where it's at for BBQ lovers everywhere.  With one taste, you'll quickly know and realize why Montgomery Inn has fans from coast to coast.  Fox News has named it one of America's top 10 barbecue restaurants.  If you don't live near a Montgomery Inn restaurant, let the meat come to your door! Every slab of hand-trimmed world-famous ribs must pass 12 quality checkpoints.

Ever since the family-owned operation opened in 1951, it has served US presidents, locals, and visiting celebrities alike.  Your stomach will be delighted to try brisket baked beans, BBQ sauce, pulled pork/chicken, and of course fantastic slabs of ribs.  If you're looking to make your mouth happy, go ahead and treat yourself or a loved one to an order from Montgomery Inn.

When our Montgomery Inn Summertime BBQ Bonanza order showed up at the door, my husband Jay couldn't have been more thrilled.  You would have thought we won the lottery based on his reaction! Four glorious slabs of perfect ribs were in the order as well as two pounds of pulled chicken, two pounds of brisket baked beans, and two bottles of BBQ sauce.  One bottle is the newest addition to the family, hot and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce.  If you're an individual who is a big fan of grilling and smoking meats, this would be the perfect lunch or dinner for you and your family.

The ribs are fully cooked, but do need to be thawed for 2 hours before eating.  Once the meat was ready, Jay fired up the grill in preparation for all of us to have a delicious dinner! In just 7 minutes from start to finish, those beautiful grilled babies were on my plate looking fabulous.  I loved the luscious BBQ sauce that was poured over them at the end, it was the perfect finishing touch! The beans were frozen, but heated up in just a few minutes on the stove top. 

Once we began eating, I noticed that there was a significant pause in the conversation due to Jay not speaking.  He was focused on attacking that slab and was loving every moment of it.  You know that when your spouse stops talking during a meal that it's fair to say they are immensely enjoying what they're eating! 

It's been a long time since I've had ribs but it's safe to say these were utterly amazing.  Who can resist tender, fall off the bone perfectly cooked ribs? We both really loved the BBQ sauce that was poured on afterwards too.  The flavor of the ribs was phenomenal and we felt spoiled eating such a wonderful dinner! I don't typically go for seconds at meals, but I had to make an exception this time around.

The brisket baked beans were a close favorite with Scarlett and Jay.  I immediately noticed the thick and rich brown sauce filled with beans and chunks of brisket.  Scarlett had many helpings and her messy bean face clearly professed her love for them.  The baked beans were sweet and had a wonderful flavor.

There is about a slab and a half of ribs hanging out in the fridge that have my husband's name on them for lunch or dinner tomorrow.  I know he'll be looking forward to that tomorrow. 

We have not tried the pulled chicken yet, but pulled chicken sandwiches will make a quick and easy weeknight meal paired with chips and fruit.  

If you're looking to have the ultimate meat fest, it's time to place an order with Montgomery Inn! 

Summer is coming to an end but that doesn't mean BBQ's are over just yet! You can take advantage of the Summertime BBQ Bonanza from now through September 15th.  

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Montgomery Inn for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.