It's World Farm Animal Appreciation Week!

I received these products to review for World Farm Animal Awareness Week (September 21-28).

First we have this beautiful Schleich Knabstrupper Mare toy figure.  Each figure is individually crafted out of high quality plastic.  The spots on its coat are as unique as its character.  The Knabstrupper is known for its willpower and intelligence, yet it is calm and good natured, making it very suitable for use as a therapy horse.  Depite being head strong and stubborn, they are very loyal animals.  This toy is recommended for any animal lover ages 5 and up.  It can be purchased on Amazon for $9.99.  

Next we have the Schleich Donkey Foal figure.  It is hand painted, highly detailed and made of high quality plastic.  Donkeys are sturdy and powerful, with a gray coat and white around the snout and eyes.  They have served humans for thousands of years as beasts of burden.  They help out on the farm, transport goods, sire mules, keep horses comapany, guard sheep and are even kept as pets.  They are highly valued for their ability to live in deserts.  They have a tough stomach and an ability to retain water from food.  They are very dependable as pack animals.  This toy is recommended for ages 3 and up.  You can purchase it on Amazon for $3.29.   

The Schleich Sheep is made of high quality plastic and hand painted.  Sheep have a soft cuddly wool that protects them from the winter cold.  Although it is airy, it still manages to trap body heat and absorb a lot of moisture.  This provide a pleasantly dry warmth.  This toy is recommended for ages 3 and up and can be purchased on Amazon for $5.29.     

Finally we have this cute Plus-Plus Cow Tube from their Farm Series.  It contains over 70 small pieces shaped like puzzled pieces.  You interlock these pieces together to build things.  This particular tube contains black, white and pink pieces.  Just follow the included step by step instructions to assemble the pieces together into your own Plus-Plus cow.  You can also use your imagination and build your own creations.  Plus-Plus is recommended for ages 5 and up and you can purchase it on Amazon for $7.99. 

Make the Switch to Cloth Pads---I did!

Are you looking to an alternative to traditional pads for your period.?  Have you tried cloth pads?  WE recently received this period kit from Highoh.  The kit contains six cloth pads and a a waterproof bag.

This has definitely changed my perception of cloth pads.  My daughter has been urging me to try them.  She is trying to reduce waste on our precious planet.  With cloth pads, you can wash and reuse, saving you thousands of dollars a year on traditionally bought menstrual pads.

These pads are made of all natural bamboo charcoal fiber.  They are very soft, which is exactly what you need for that sensitive area. And, they are washable! The period kit comes with a wet bag, so you can put your used pads in while you are away from home.  Just toss in the washer when you get home and you are set.  You can also toss them in the dryer or let them air dry.  I prefer to air dry mine.

Many that use cloth pads say, they are not big enough or they do not stay secure to their panties. These pads are just the right size and they do not bunch up.  I will admit, I was skeptical.  But, after using them for a week , I will never go back to traditional pads again.  Not only am I saving money, I am saving the Earth.  According to manufacturer, these pads should last four years, with normal use.  I spend about $25 month for pads for two in my household.  That is $300 year and $1200 over the course of four years.  You can spend $29.99 one time and these pads will last you a while.  You will always have pads whether it is for your period or incontinence.

One thing I was very concerned with, was my sensitive skin.  Would they be irritating?  They absolutely are very soft and did not cause any irritation.  I am very pleased and I highly recommend.

I plan on buying more and giving as gifts to me female friends.  Why not make the switch to cloth pads today.  You can save money and  start making a dent in saving the Earth.


Old Time Candy Giveaway

Thanks to our friends at Old Time Candy for sending us this wonderful 80's four pound decade box of candy with a Halloween themed cover. Filled with our fave candies from the 1980's, this is surely a trip down memeory lane.  The pop rocks brought back so many memories as did the  Tootsie Roll and Ring Pops.

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JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Having a portable bluetooth speaker means you can take it anywhere.  We were happy to receive this item from JBL for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide.  This is a great gift for anyone on your list.  This awesome speaker has Google Assistant built in.   Whether you use it for music or your favorite podcast, you will be amazed at the quality of the sound.

The JBL Link 20 is a voice activated portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers rich stereo sound. It has the Google Assistant built-in. It’s your own personal Google. Always ready to help. You can ask it questions. And tell it to do things. The more you use it, the more useful it gets. Just start with “Ok Google” – a simple voice request triggers your JBL Link 20 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. This compact speaker is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers 10 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime. Sporting durable, waterproof fabric materials, JBL Link 20 is ready to take the party everywhere. And with the Chromecast built-in, you can instantly start streaming to JBL Link 20 from your favorite music apps.

Celebrate National Rum Punch Day

National Rum Punch Day is September 20th. Round out the week with a punch party featuring Diplom├ítico Rum as the base for your libations. Diplom├ítico is a super premium rum hailing from Venezuela and a favorite spirit of bartenders around the globe. If you are looking to please the palates of your guests, try a few delicious recipes courtesy of notorious bars in the US: 

Tropic Thunder:
1 cup Diplomatico Planas
½ cup Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
½ cup coconut cream
½ cup orgeat 
½ cup lime juice
2 cups pineapple juice
¼ cup orange juice
½ oz Bittercube Jamaican No.2 Bitters
Top with soda water - Created by Ryan Gullet, Beverage Manager of Bluebeard in Indianapolis, IN

Fenway Rum Punch:
2 oz Diplomatico Planas
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
.5oz finest call single pressed lime juice
.5oz grenadine
Ginger beer float
Garnish with orange or lime - Featured cocktail @ Fenway Park- Boston, MA