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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo

Disclosure: I received the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel's Labels for review purposes. I was not asked to provide a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this post are my honest opinions. I was not compensated in any way for this post. 

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It's back to school, and you know what that means--lots of things lost.  And since my kids wear uniforms, sometimes things get mixed up.  However, if they are properly marked with personalized labels or personalized dog tags, they stand a chance of getting back to the rightful owner.  That's why I love Mabel's Labels.

These personalized labels stick and stay stuck.  Through the washing machine.  Through the dishwasher.  Through life.  They are perfect for clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, school supplies and anything you can think of.

The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel's Labels is a great way to get a bit of everything you may need. The combo comes with:

50 Tag Mates™
40 Skinny-Minis™
16 Shoe Labels
2 Teeny Tags™

Tag Mates are perfect to put on clothing.  There was a time when a little girl kept taking my daughter's uniform sweatshirt, thinking it was her own.  Once a put a label on, the problem was solved!  The labels are washer and dryer safe, too. I love that you don't need to iron them on, either, just peel and stick.
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Peel and stick label goes through the washer and dryer with no problems.

Skinny-Minis are skinny little labels that can be applied to anything that has a smooth surface. Think lunch containers, water bottles, notebooks, pencil cases, pens crayons, glue, etc. They are also great for electronics.  Great thing is they are dishwasher safe, too.

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No mistaking whose scissors these are!
The shoe labels are perfect to slip inside shoes. These are circle labels that can be applied on the inside of smooth surfaced footwear.  We put them in the tennis shoes, too, with no problems so far!

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Teeny Tags are little metal tags dog tags. These can be attached to shoes for a fun, cute look, or bags.
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Find the label that matches your child's likes.  Owl bet you can find one they love!
You can custom design your labels with a variety of styles and colors to fit with your child's personalities. The website is easy to use. You can preview everything before you order.

I have been using Mabel's Labels for years and love them. These are high quality, durable waterproof labels that last. Mabel's Labels also has fundraising opportunities, too.


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Disclosure: I received the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel's Labels for review purposes. I was not asked to provide a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this post are my honest opinions. I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Museum Tickets in Your Area--10th annual Museum Day Live

The Smithsonian Magazine is once again hosting its 10th annual Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  This is your chance to experience a museum near where you live or want to travel to.  Over 1,500 museums are participating this year!  You can get 2 tickets for free online at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/.  Where will you go?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Get Green With Scott Naturals and #TossTheTube #Eco #Green


toilet paper tubes



Today in New York City, a replica of the Empire State Building constructed entirely of toilet paper tubes was revealed.  This structure was designed to get Americans to think about the 17 billion toilet paper tubes that are tossed each year and to think about going a little greener by choosing more innovative products, such as Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper.

I recycle my toilet paper tubes and for years I have wondered just how many toilet paper tubes end up in the garbage.  Now I know.  I know they break down eventually, but still... So, when I heard about Scott Naturals tubeless toilet paper and I had to smile at the brilliance of it!  Not only will it cut down on the billions of toilet paper tubes that end up in the landfill, think of the impact it will have over all on the environment by eliminating the production process!

If you Scott Brand now and take the pledge to go tube free, you can get a valuable coupon.
Scott Naturals Tubefree

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sol Republic Relays Headphones Review



Disclosure: I received a set of headphones to facilitate this review.  As always, I am sharing my honest thoughts.

Have you ever been listening to the radio when an old song plays and you vividly remember that song playing in the past and remember what exactly was taking place when it played way back then?  It is as if you are transported back there for a moment and can feel everything all over again.  Whether it was running through campus singing the song with your friends or your first dance with the love of your life, it seems that every great moment has a song attached to it.  Sol Republic believes this is your "Soundtrack of Life."  And to listen to your Soundtracks of Life, they have designed Relays headphones to deliver great sound on the go, no matter where you are.

Relays headphones feature:
  • i5 Sound Engines 
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • lightweight and low profile
  • Mic + music control
  • Ear-tips for life
Relays in-ear headphones fit great.  They are simple to put in and stay in place.  They are clearly marked L and R so you know which ear to put them in.  They also come with 4 different size ear tips for the perfect fit.

The Mic + Music control is great.  When playing music, click the play button once to pause, click again to resume.  With Apple compatible products, click play button twice quickly to track forward, three times quickly to track backward.  The top button increases the volume while the bottom button decreases volume.  During phone calls, pressing and holding down the play button for 2 seconds declines an incoming call.  Click the play button twice to switch over to call waiting, click again to switch back.  Once again, top and bottom buttons control volume up or down.  

These headphones have great sound quality, no matter what type of music I am listening too.  They are designed especially for iPod, iPhone and iPad.  Another nice feature is the small carrying bag for your headphones when not in use.  This is great for me, because otherwise, my headphones get tossed in the car and tangled with something.  And speaking of tangling, the cord does not tangle easily, as some headphones do, and I really like this feature.  I also like that they want you to be satisfied and offer a one-year guarantee.

I am also pleased with the sound quality of the mic.  I use this as a hands-free set for my phone and initially, I would constantly ask people if they could hear me okay.  Everyone told me they could hear me with no problems.  I love that I can be hands free when I take a walk or am doing things around the house.

I know many kids are going off to college right now and I think these would make a great gift!

(Link below is an affiliate link--same great Amazon prices!)

Disclosure: I received a set of headphones to facilitate this review.  As always, I am sharing my honest thoughts.

25 Ways to Tie a Scarf

I love this YouTube video of 25 ways to tie a scarf.  Pin it or bookmark it for future reference!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Simple Craft: Make a Jean Purse #Upcycle #Crafts

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a great seamstress.  Or a seamstress at all.  I did learn to sew a bit when I was younger, but it was just not my thing.  However, I believe it to be an important skill, so I wanted to teach my daughters the basics (which basically means I am also a student as I don't remember anything).  The bad thing is that at this point in my life, there is a couple inch range where go one way, I don't need my regular glasses, but go 1-2" out and I do.  Not a challenge when reading--I just hold the book at the proper range.  I found out that sewing is in that back and forth range, making things more challenging.

Anyway, getting back to the purpose of this post.  I seem to recall as a child making a jean purse from old jeans.  As my children destroyed the knees of cute jeans, I really had trouble throwing them out and saved them, with the thought of having them make purses one day.  Well, one day came (and went).  Fortunately, another day came and I pulled out their old jeans with embellished pockets.

To make the purses, turn the jeans inside out and cut the legs just below the crotch.  Pin front to back together.  Since the girls were sewing, I drew a line straight across both legs just above the crotch.  Sew straight across.  Turn the purse right side out.  For a handle, you can use a ribbon or use the legs of the jeans to make a strap and attach at the sides of the jeans.  You can sew in a velcro or snap enclosure on the inside of the bag.

Purse with ribbon strap

Claire modeling her purse.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Authentic Italian Meatball #Recipe from the Old Country

People think I am joking when I say my husband married me for the family Italian meatball recipe, but I am fairly certain that is a huge part of it.  When we were dating, he came over to my parents for dinner one night when we were having meatballs.  I kid you not, I think he had 17.  He says we exaggerate that number and it grows every year, but I don't think so.  Look at his plate from just the other day.  I counted 13 and know he had already sneaked some before he sat down to eat.

 

This is such a great recipe that I thought I would share it with you.

Authentic Italian Meatballs
1 lb ground beef                                                        
1/2 lb ground pork                                                       
1/2 lb ground veal                                                     
4-5 slices day old bread soaked in water                  
  and squeezed or 3 slices soft bread crumbled        
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese                               
3 eggs
2 TBLS. Minced parsley or 2 ½ dried
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 small cloves garlic finely minced or 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Mix all ingredients and shape into 1 1/2” balls.  Brown in oven at about 400 for 10 minutes or in  skillet in hot oil, turning to brown on all sides.  (Do not need to turn in oven)  Drain off fat and cook in sauce for 30 - 40 minutes.  Makes about 50.


Enjoy!

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