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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Easy To Make All Natural Homemade Weed Killer Spray That Works In A Day

This all-natural weed killer is chemical free!

Spring is here and so are the weeds. I hate weeds in my yard and I hate pulling them. I also have seasonal allergies to all the weeds. I also do not like using chemical weed killer sprays as they have harmful effects on the environment. I have found a natural weed killer that not only kills the weeds but is easy to make. The best part is the 3 ingredients that you need are not expensive.  The total cost to make this weed killer is under $3.00 and it makes a whole gallon. The three items that you need are vinegar, dish soap, and salt. 

Three ingredient weed spray!

Homemade Weed Killer
1-gallon vinegar
1/4 cup dish soap
2 cups Epsom salt or regular table salt
an empty clean gallon milk container or any other comparable size container
a spray bottle

Using a funnel pour the salt into the empty container and then add the vinegar, leaving a little room at the top for the dish soap. Place the lid on the container and shake the vinegar and salt together. I recommend letting this mixture sit for an hour to allow the salt to dissolve before adding the dish soap. After you add the dish soap put the lid on the container and shake it. Then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Then spray the weeds with the mixture. Bigger weeds may need more spray than the smaller ones. It can take 24 hours for the weeds to die. Don't spray plants you want to keep or grass as it will kill both. This spray needs the sun to work so spray on a sunny day.

I need to buy a bigger sprayer! 

I need to get one of those big gallon size sprayers with a pump sprayer! This would make spraying the whole yard so much easier. 

 Spray directly on the weeds in the morning - let sit all day & overnight!

Works best with full sun!

Here are the weeds before I sprayed them. I live in New Mexico and we landscape with rocks. I have rocks instead of grass as we live in the desert so not much rain here to grow grass. The spray works best with the sun so spray the weeds on a sunny day.

Needs only a day to see results! 

This is what the weeds looked like after 24 hours. I like to use this weed spray on small weeds that are a pain to pull. The larger ones I just pull them. This weed spray is also great for weeds that grow along the sidewalk as those are so hard to pull out.

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? 
Check out these Natural Ways To Cope With Spring Allergies.

Take Backyard Fun To A Whole New Level With Thermal Hunter

My boys had a blast with this dart blaster!

                 I received a toy from Buzz Bee to facilitate this post.

Meet the Thermal Hunter from Buzz Bee

  The weather is finally nice enough for outdoor play and the boy's and I headed up to the park to try out a new toy. I am glad that the park is only one block from our house so we can head there quite often. The boys like the bigger space of the park for their adventures and head up there for the chance to play with friends. The boys were excited to try out the Thermal Hunter from Buzz Bee and needed the space of the park as this blaster can send the darts up to 90 feet. If they played with the dart blaster in the yard, they would be having to hop the fence to retrieve the darts as we have a small yard.

Backyard blaster battles will be elevated to a whole new level!

  The Thermal Hunter was easy to put together and did require 4 AA batteries for the awesome HeatSeeking Scope. The boys quickly determined that the HeatSeeking Scope would work best with the darkness of nighttime as it was hard to see the red light outside. This scope works by detecting a heat source up to 60 feet away, pretty cool in my opinion.

The scope detects a heat source up to 60 feet away 

  So mom was left to hold the Heatseeking scope and the extra darts. The dart clip held 10 darts and the blaster came with 20. I like when there are plenty of darts so I am not having to replace them right away. My boys got into their action poses and the fun began! With a couple of pumps, the dart blaster was ready to shoot darts.  They took turns blasting the darts across the park. It was a good thing the foam darts were red as that made it easier to see them in the grass. I was amazed that the darts flew far into the air as the Thermal Hunter has the power to shoot them up to 90 feet!

 One person shot the darts and the other chased after them to pick them up. Then they switched places. Next time, the boys are going to bring their other dart toys and practice target shooting. The boys informed me that the this cool Dart Blaster from Buzz Bee Toys came with an adapter so it could be used with other popular brands of dart guns.

This blaster is the perfect birthday gift for any kid. 

 The boys knew that this Thermal Hunter would be great to bring up to the park next week when we had a playdate with friends. This smart mom knew that this toy would be an awesome gift for all those birthday parties that the boys get invited too. One can never have enough dart blasting toys!

'Tis the season for an overflow of kid birthday party invites, but parents no longer need to fret about what gifts to get -- Buzz Bee Toys' most popular dart blaster will make you the best gift-giver in the neighborhood.'


Monday, May 21, 2018

My Favorite Baby Shower Gifts

                           I love baby showers!

    I received samples of the mentioned products to facilitate this post.

  My daughter is due with her first baby, my first grandchild, in August. This mom, soon -to be -grandma is busy getting things ready for her baby shower. As I am planning her baby shower, I am also remembering my last baby shower and thinking about gifts that I received. I just loved receiving all those gifts from friends and family. I loved how people showered the baby with awesome gifts. I think the gift that I loved best was all the meals that friends brought to me after the baby was born.

   Did you have a baby registry?

  My daughter is busy making a baby registry and she asked her friends on Facebook, their baby must-have items. I love reading their responses and some of them are gifts are my favorites. Another favorite baby show gift is diapers and wipes. You can never receive too many diapers and wipes as babies go through so many. Another friend suggested a video baby monitor and this grandma agrees so much about that being a great baby shower gift! I wish I had a video baby monitor with my babies as it would have made life so much easier.

Check out these unique nursing items 

 These are nursing favorite items that I would have loved to receive as a baby shower gift. A new breastfeeding mom will be thankful for these gifts after the baby arrives. The Haakaa gift pack is so cute and gives the new mom everything she needs to start her breastfeeding journeys. I just love how it has an adorable silicone flower stopper that keeps the milk clean after the mom collects it. This unique breast pump allows the mom to collect extra milk for the baby on one side while the baby feeds on the other. Having extra breast milk is always a good thing.

  Moms can now save all those milk leaks from their let down with this unique nursing baby gift. The Milk Saver is so easy to use, simply slip the Milk-Saver into your bra cup on the side you’re not nursing or pumping from and it collects the milk that is leaked when your milk lets down. This prevents you from wasting a single drop and can be safely saved for another feeding.

A grandma favorite baby shower gift

We grandmas can always use baby items too. My favorite baby shower gift is this unique portable high chair. This high chair can stay at grandmas house for an easy to store high chair. Now grandma does not have to store a bulky high chair for all those babysitting adventures. I just love that this chair folds up to a compact size. It also is great for camping too.

Other favorite baby shower gifts

My other picks for favorite baby shower gifts are swaddling blankets, teethers, baby socks, and baby thermometers. These small items are always great to have plenty of as most of them tend to get lost or dirty, making spares so good.  This cute Owl Teether is made from 100% natural rubber, making it allergen free! The one-piece design means there is nowhere for mold, dirt or bacteria to breed. New moms will love that contains No PVC, BPA, phthalates, or artificial colors.

Do you have any favorite baby shower gifts?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo & Giveaway #GFAFExpo

The Expo is the biggest gluten-free and allergen-friendly event in the US!

   I am so excited to be able to attend the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo In Glendale, Arizona next month! This is is going to be a great way for me to learn about delicious products that are available for people who are sensitive or allergic to certain foods. My daughter has a peanut/nut allergy and I am sensitive to dairy so I will enjoy 2 full days of tasting allergy-friendly foods. That way I can come back and share the products that I discovered with my readers. I have many friends who can't eat gluten so I want to learn more about products that are available that taste good so I can share my advice with them. I had a friend the other day who was craving pizza and was disappointed at the last gluten-free pizza that she had bought. So I told her about Caulipower pizza and how my family loves the taste, even my picky husband. Because a company sent me a sample of Caulipower pizza, I was able to help my friend. It is amazing how good allergy-friendly foods taste and there are many that I enjoy so much that I buy them for my family.

Get your tickets for the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo HERE

This event is taking place in Glendale on June 23 & 24 and it is two fun-filled days of discovering new foods that are allergy-friendly. You will have the opportunity to sample many foods. Many of the companies will also have products to purchase so you can stock up on your favorites.

Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be! The tickets are a great price too!

Get your tickets for the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo HERE

What do you get with your Expo Ticket?

+Entry into the vendor fair with 100+ exhibiting brands
+Coupons from the best gluten-free & allergen-friendly brands
+FREE samples from exhibitors- baked goods, pizza, healthy options & more
+Discounted products available for purchase
+Informative classes related to the gluten-free & allergen-friendly lifestyle
+Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
+The chance to meet your favorite brands, restaurants, authors & bloggers

Learn more about the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo 

I am hosting a giveaway and five people will win a free ticket to attend the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo. Just enter on the Giveaway form below and good luck! The giveaway ends June 18th and I will email the winner a code so they can get their free ticket online so they can attend this awesome event.

 Tickets are for the Glendale Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo June 23 &24.
   This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Get your tickets for the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo HERE

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