Curbside Appeal & Light

This is not a sponsored post, this is just a tip and quick trick to help you light the way and change things up a bit!

The days are brilliant and sunny and it is nice to be able to easily navigate where you are going with the sunshine.  When the last light of the day leaves and dusk sets in, moving around can become a bit more difficult. Lighting is always a nice way to change the look of pathways and shrubs up because it accents the nature around you.  The moon beams can cast on down from the sky and your lights can cast a light from the ground up, meeting halfway.  What I don’t think you should have to do is pay for electrical fixtures that light up pathways because we do have the thing known as the sun, bright, shining and brilliant at our disposal free!  How you choose to use the sunlight can definitely add to the appeal of your curb and the look of your home!

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When I take a look around, at different homes I generally pick out 2 things I like at each house and 2 things I would like to do differently. This inspires me to make changes, whether they changes are little changes like plantings, or shrubs or large changes such as fresh paint or fixture changes.  The changes I make are always dependent on a mix of both budget and taste.  Most recently, I had read an article on lighting and after reading the article I began to look around and see what others were doing, what I liked about it, and what I might be able to add to challenge our current style.  I wanted to make sure to blend in with the current small shrubs and I did not want large lighting.  My other thought process went to solar lighting instead of electrical.  Why? If I had to invest in more lighting, hire an electrician, what would have been a simple, cost effective project would have suddenly become an financial investment.  The project was only meant to add a bit of zest to the current night time look and I did not want to invest thousands to do so.

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Solar Lighting.

I have purchased solar lights before, and as a novice, I had bought them from major retailers for $1.  You know you get what you pay for because I was replacing AA batteries every other week and the simple purchase of solar lights that offered rechargeable solar batteries that were already included with the package would have made the most sense.  I have no gotten smart, found the correct lights and my only investment in the solar lighting package is that initial investment in the 8 pack, which was still under $30.

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The pathway looks nice during the day, the fixtures are plain and they do not stand out.  Once I plant the beds, and mulch a bit these won’t even attract daytime attention.  The night time look is captivating, almost like our  own little pathway making the curbside appeal more attractive.  Solar lights are a very economical, easy way to spice up the look of a front pathway.

 

Earth Day & Nature’s Miracle

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Earth Day marks our chance to renew our appreciate of the land we live in each year.  How will you be making some small changes to help sustain our beautiful Earth?  It does not take a large change in your lifestyle to make large impacts in the results, and if everyone does their part, our earth will be beautiful forever!

Do you have a cat? A Dog? Chances are you need to cleanup messes, but how you clean those messes, the products you use, will directly impact Earth.  With Earth Day upon us, consider making a small change in the cleaner you use to clean up those pet stains and odors that our darling little furry friends leave behind.

Up for your consideration a product from Nature’s Miracle: Green Leaf.  These are sustainable products for a clean and eco-friendly home.  Green Leaf by Nature’s Miracle was created with our planet in mind. The line contains biodegradable earth-friendly cleaning ingredients and biodegradable packaging. Green Leaf offers 5 unique solutions to tackle all pet messes and stains.  The new products hit the PetSmart shelves this spring.

Here is one product I found particularly intriguing: Green Leaf Hydrogen Peroxide Carpet Shampoo.  Why? This will help keep your carpets clean and odor-free the eco-friendly way! Using environmentally friendly, plant-derived surfactants, works to break down and destroy persistent, pesky stains and smells, while stain block protects the area from future soiling. Safe for your pets and this is a low foaming, oxidizing formula that will clean and treat your toughest pet messes!

Mother Earth treats you right each day and our pets and homes deserve products that will help us clean up without cleaning away all our natural resources, and without cleaning away our Earth. Celebrate Earth Day this year with a few small changes that go a long way in sustaining our planet! Happy Earth Day.

 

Yoplait Vs. Chobani


The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” FTC Endorsement Guide Please see our Disclosure Policy. *property of Pittsburgh Frugal Mom** NO part of this video may be reproduced without my direct expressed consent. This taste test was sponsored by Yoplait, but I was given the creative freedom to honestly express my opinions. 

 

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It was off to the spoon drawer and refrigerator as it was time to test out and have an official Taste-Off of yogurts I purchased at the store.   Cup versus Cup, strawberry vs. strawberry, mouthful to mouthful, the two contenders are set up for the challenge and  we are proud to announce the OFFICIAL Taste-Off of Strawberry Greek Yogurts.  My daughter and I set out to see which of the Greek Yogurts were better:  Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry or Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry.

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As we pulled the foil from each package we both sniffed the product for smell appeal.  In all honesty, hands down to YOPLAIT, round ONE!

Round Two: This is more my daughter’s forte as she is a yogurt-a-holic, I am just the shop-a-holic, so betwixt us both I buy the latest and greatest and she tests it out!

My daughter’s taste test was far more informative than mine as I usually purchase yogurt for smoothies not knowing much about them, just moving from brand to brand until she let’s me know her preference.  My daughter however ranks foods based on texture, color, sweetness and how it smells, so she was my princess of the Yoplait and Chobani taste testing.

Straight UP From my favorite Yogurt Critic: Smooth, thick, rich, but not too sweet.  The Yoplait offers a smooth, palatable taste, with nice pieces of strawberry meshed through the delectable scoops.  There is no after-taste, it is not bitter and it does not taste fake.  IN a smoothie, this only enhances the fresh berries that are added, and the 100 calories keeps it Teen Friendly for those trending clothing styles! The pink color is an added bonus.

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My daughter and I then went ahead and tasted the Chobani.  I can tell you that this did not hit the winning mark with either of our palates. Thick is an understatement, but it was almost like mayo in a yogurt container.  As for the taste, my daughter and I have decided it is tart, and it lacks the fruit consistency of the Yoplait.  Neither of us gave it a passing flag on color either which is often an important factor in presentation of food.

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Did you know that Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt has only 100 calories and is available in 12 flavors.  This is available nationally.  To find Yoplait Greek 100 nearest you, please use the product locator found on the Yoplait website

Twelve Flavors
- Strawberry
- Blueberry
- Black Cherry
- Strawberry Banana
- Vanilla
- Peach
- Key Lime
- Lemon
- Mixed Fruit
- Tropical
- Apple Pie
- Strawberry Cheesecake

Our winner in taste, consistency, and overall product was Yoplait.  Strawberry to strawberry, mouthful to mouthful these two cups duked it out until the last bite, but Yoplait took the ribbon.  That’s our story, what will yours be? I’ve taken the Yoplait Taste-Off, not it’s your turn! Let me know who won your taste off!

 

 

An Earth Day Response To Rodents ~

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Let’s find a way to repel rodents, keep them out or at least if they enter, make sure they are not coming back.  Rodents need to be kept out, of your homes, and places of business.  Have you ever had a  mouse infestation and have you cleaned it all up with bleach, and vacuums and endless hours of work? If you have ever cleaned up mouse poo you know how tireless it  can be and how much there can be.  It seems that their whole body must be loaded with droppings because there is just so much.  Once, when we purchased a building, we cleaned it up for days, and it just seemed never-ending.  I would vacuum, bleach and clean the room out, and the next day the process would begin again.  The exterminator put pouches down, and that did not help.  This one room seemed like a nesting zone for these little furry rodents and they just kept coming back.  I wish we would have known about Fresh Cab, a botanical Rodent Repellent then because it would have taken one day of cleaning with bleach to rid the little creatures rather than weeks! Let’s take a look at this Earth-Friendly item that is made in the USA and can be used in homes, cars, boats, trailers, campers, and tractors.  Keep mice out of storage areas and keep the air fresh!

What is Fresh Cab?  Fresh Cab is a safe and effective way to rid your home and property of rodents. Made exclusively of botanical fibers and oils, Fresh Cab is safe around children, pets and livestock, and contains absolutely no poisons or toxic materials.  Kari Warberg Block, Founder & CEO of earthkind, developed Fresh Cab botanical rodent repellent, a safe and effective way to rid your home and property of rodents.  Block was determined to find a preventive method of protecting her property from rodent damage over the winter without subjecting her children and pets to poisons.  Plus, rodents bring 35 known diseases, cause 8% of all house fires and gift up to 600,000 rodent bites per year presents, it is quite a challenge for individuals dealing with unwelcome guests. Fresh Cab repels by odor that is very offensive to rodents but not to humans! This is perfect for sheds, garages, RV’s, airplanes, attics and more.   Do not use this in an exposed area around small cats, dogs, or birds as it may give them a headache!

I watched the videos on this and I have seen the packs up close and personal, these are made to keep the mice out of enclosed storage areas.  This would have been a perfect item for us when we were moving and using a storage unit. I cleaned the storage unit out and placed loads of mothballs in the unit.  I think you could smell the amount of mothballs I used up and down the parking lot, but that is what I knew to do to keep away rodents and it really was not a ‘safe’ method nor was it earth-friendly.  The smell is very fresh, like a sachet packet. If you are having rodent problems you will still need to bait traps, but because the rodent will have entered a room with a scent that it can’t stand, in it’s scurry to get away, it will likely stumble into the trap and that is one less problem you will have!

Here is what you really need to know about this great company: About earthkind, Inc.

earthkind’s™ mission is to preserve the good and prevent the rest.  earthkind™ develops and manufactures naturally-efficient solutions for indoor home maintenance, including rodent and odor control.  Its products give consumers choices that are safer and more effective than their toxic counterparts.  earthkind™ products are third-party verified for safety/efficacy before being introduced to the market.

About Fresh Cab

Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of earthkind, was a farmer’s wife from North Dakota dealing with a rodent problem when she discovered that certain perfume scents actually repelled them.  Block, and earthkind, is now best known for the invention and commercialization of Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent, the first and only natural repellent product to gain Federal EPA certification for indoor use. FreshCab is so effective in repelling rodents that it is used by commercial customers such as John Deere, but also safe enough around children and pets that it is used by a quickly expanding number of families for protecting their homes, vehicles, storage and other property.

 

 

 

Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating

I personally dread the change of seasons because seasonal congestion hits our household like a bug smacking the windshield and blame, it’s all tissues, saline nose drops, neti pots, and sniffling going on around the house.  There have been weeks when I can’t let the kids go outside and play which is really not fair to them, and I can’t go out because it just makes me too congested. Trying to keep the kids and myself congestion-free is a tough challenge.  Congestion seems to be at its worse in the very early morning and very late at night, just when the kids need to sleep or get up and that means our Spring season is often windows locked tight with no fresh air! What is causing all this seasonal congestion? It’s hard to tell, but we have found Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief which actually helps the kids maintain an active outdoor lifestyle.

Spring is in the air, the birds are tweeting, the sky is blue, one day the temperature is 75 degrees and the next day the temperature is 36 degrees and it does seem that Mother Nature can’t make up her mind, but with the sun shining, and the light rain showers that appear daily, the natural perpetuation of plants in bloom, and grass growing seem to happen almost overnight.  Now add in your insatiable thirst to be outside and dig into to the flower beds, weeding, trimming, painting and of course joining in with the kids in their activities you need to find a way to some relief which allows you to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. I love going out, and the kids do as well, but we don’t want to feel like we are walking in the clouds because of congestion relief products we might have taken, which is what makes Zarbee’s a spectacular choice, you won’t feel ‘clouded’.

Get ready for seasonal congestion as Spring time brings it on.  Have you ever met Zarbee’s?  Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief helps many to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle.  Zarbee’s is a great solution for congestion.  Did you know that every time  someone visits the Seasonal Relief Project website to share how Zarbee’s Naturals’ Seasonal Relief with Butterbur worked for them, the brand is donating to four causes that support exposure to and the protection of fresh air, including Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network, and Moms Clean Air Force, and Healthy Child Healthy World. You can try a free sample of the Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief by visiting their site and requesting a free sample, like I did!

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Now you might be wondering where you can purchase Zarbee’s so you can have your own congestion solution? That’s easy, as Zarbee’s is available over the counter at CVS and Target and is intended for children 12 years of age and over.

  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As a reminder, Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief is intended for children 12 years of age and above.