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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

How This Blogger Updated An Office Into A New Photo Studio

A messy unused office became my new photo/work space!

   It all started with my daughter asking me to host a baby shower for my new grandbaby. After I said, "of course!", it dawned on me that my house was too cluttered for me to invite 12 people over to celebrate the arrival of my daughter's first baby. I have been avoiding any kind of entertaining for quite some time as my blogging work had taken over most of the downstairs, leaving it quite messy. I was simply overwhelmed by the fact of cleaning up my dining room for a party. Even to the point that I was going to cancel a trip to a conference.

Taming the blogger clutter!

  My dining room usually is clutter with my work stuff. At any given time, I can have 10-20 products that need my attention. Last year I accepted a storage cube organizer in hopes that it could help tame the clutter. It did for a while but the room did not stay clean for long.

An outdated office becomes super messy!

  Then there was our outdated office that I used for my photos and props. This room also had a large desk with a very old desktop computer on it that had not been used since 2011! Does anyone use desktops anymore? The desk was being used as a place to hold paper clutter and office supplies we no longer needed. 

Click here to see the process of the remodel project
Post #2 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/the-process-of-turning-office-into-new.html

Click here to see the after photos of my new room

Post #3 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/pictures-of-my-new-photo-studio.html

The transformation of a messy office to a photo studio!

 My husband was making more money at his job so I asked him if we could turn the office into my workspace. He liked the idea as he later revealed to me that he was embarrassed to open the front door because of all my work clutter. So I went online for some Ikea inspiration and discovered for $50 I could get furniture delivered to my home! My husband was disappointed that there was no road trip to Ikea, sorry honey I don't want to be in the car for 8 hours. I found 16 cube storage unit that I like and Ikea had it priced quite well. So I bought two of those so it would fit across the whole wall. A trip to Lowes after our anniversary dinner gave us the inspiration for doors that the room needed. A good dinner always gets my husband in a shopping mood. Having doors on this room would allow me to close up the room when company came over.

Cleaning up the room was fun for the boys. 

This desk had not been used since 2011 so there was a lot of paper clutter like tax papers, old bills, and receipts. It is amazing to think that my kids will never know about having to save all those papers in a file cabinet as everything now is stored online. This cleaning took a whole day and the big massive desk and desktop computer went to the curb. I am shocked that no one wanted them so I had to call the city to take them on trash day.

The room is ready!

 The room was ready for the transformation. Now we just had to wait for Ikea to deliver our furniture. It took 2 weeks from the day I ordered for the delivery to be scheduled. Thank goodness the delivery was able to be scheduled on a Saturday so we would be home. This was Mothers day weekend and my son graduated on that Friday. So my mother's day present was everyone helping with building the storage unit and painting/hanging doors. I was worried that putting together the two storage units from Ikea would be a pain for my husband as the last time he put together a dresser he said: "I will not be putting together furniture again!"

Click here to see the process of the remodel project
Post #2 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/the-process-of-turning-office-into-new.html

Click here to see the after photos of my new room
Post #3 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/pictures-of-my-new-photo-studio.html

The Process Of Turning An Office Into A New Photo Studio

My messy office is being transformed.

Our busy weekend started with a graduation and a track meet. My son graduated high school as the salutatorian of his class! He was almost the valedictorian as he had been number one in his class for 3 years. The girl who was the valedictorian retook a class last summer and had a .033 increase on my son as he had a 4.5-grade point and she had a 4.533-grade point. My son also ran state track the same day and received 6th place with a 4.28-mile time! I am so proud of this boy who is either headed off to the Merchant Marine Academy or the Naval Academy!

The painting of the doors!

We purchased some pine folding doors at Lowes for the new room and decided to whitewash them with gray paint. I am glad my husband took over that job as he would not let me paint. The last time I painted, I think most of the paint ended up all over me. I don't have a process photo of the doors but will show the end result in the next post.

Click here to see the after photos of my new room
Post #3 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/pictures-of-my-new-photo-studio.html

I reused the old storage cube system.

I decided to incorporate my old storage system into the new room. This smaller cube storage unit would be a great place for me to store products as they get delivered. That way they would be out of sight until I was able to take photos. My youngest son was excited to rebuild it for the new room. 

My husband put together the Ikea storage system with no complaints.

 My husband had no problems putting together the furniture from Ikea and said that Ikea is the only place that he will buy particle board furniture from. It was easy to put together the shelf unit as the pieces all came pre-drilled and the instructions were easy to follow. My husband also hung the new doors and moved the wall shelves up higher. The doors gave him some trouble as we did not account for the baseboards in the measurements. It took us all day to build everything but we did it!

Keep reading to see how the new photo studio/workroom looks.

     The before picture. Click HERE for the after picture.

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Post #3 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/pictures-of-my-new-photo-studio.html

Pictures Of My New Photo Studio

I love my new workroom/photo studio!

  My new workspace and photo studio is a room that I love. I wish I had remodeled this room years ago. This new room is making my blogging work so much easier and less messy. I no longer have the clutter and I am able to get my work done faster. Having everything that I need in one room makes it so much easier to take pictures. Even my teen has used my room to take some pictures.

I can close up the room!

Now we company comes over, I can shut the doors of my workspace so they can't see my mess. My husband says I should keep it clean all the time but I know that may not always happen, especially if I have some work in progress.

So much storage!

My new room has plenty of storage in it for all the things that I need for taking photos. I can store all my dishes and other props in the storage unit. I also have a place to store products as they come it. There is even a nice table for taking my pictures.

The photo table.

 I love this simple table as it allows me to place different backdrops on it for photos. I can also leave the backdrops out on the table instead of rolling them up. No more having to flatten them. I can also place my photo screen behind the table for. photos. When I want to do a Youtube video, the storage unit makes a nice clean background.

Reused some furniture!

  I reused the older storage cube unit for the place to put all the products that I get from companies. I just open the box that gets delivered and place the stuff into a cube. Then it is easily found when I need to take pictures.

Love my new curtains! 

I found these curtains at Target and just had to have them. The cactus on them is so pretty. My son says they would make a great backdrop for photos and I so agree.

This storage unit has 32 cubes!

  I bought this unit at Ikea and it is so awesome for organization. I am able to store things like dishes and other things that I need for pictures. I even shared some space my husband for his things. I love that I was able to get cabinets and pull out drawers also at Ikea for the unit. This makes it easy to hide the clutter. I also bought plenty of totes for storage.

Love the open cubes!

The open cubes were fun to decorate with items that I use for my photos. I love that I can change the items around for holidays or different seasons. Since I am taking summer photos right now I decorated several with a summer theme. I also make a coffee theme as I am always in the mood for coffee.

Storage for my photo stands.

I can fold up my stand for my bigger photo backdrops here. This space is just the right size.

Love all the storage!

Everything has a place in this storage unit. The best part is no one sees all the stuff. I love having all my photo stuff in one room. It makes it so easy to take photos and clean up afterwards!

The before photo of my messy office!

The after photo of my new photo studio/workroom!

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Post #3 https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/05/the-process-of-turning-office-into-new.html

Friday, May 18, 2018

FREE Larabar

Coupon Details

FREE Larabar Receive ONE (1) FREE Larabar Single Bar (1.24-1.7 oz.). Available in most stores.

Exp 06/03/2018

This Friday, May 18th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for a FREE Larabar.
Although 05/18/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 06/03/2018

What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
Remember to check back the next Friday for a new offer!

Don't forget to save even more money with other great coupons under the Savings & Rewards Tab!

Healthy Products That You Need To Add To Your Shopping List

Check out these products that I discovered this week!

       I received samples of products to try and give my honest opinion about.

  I love discovering new healthy products and over the years I have added many of them to my shopping list. My kids and I get excited when a box of healthy goodies arrives at our house. This week I received some organic baking items, a unique PH supplement that I discovered I needed, and some delicious Manuka Honey treats that my boys helped me eat.

What is Manuka Honey?

 My boys sure did enjoy the Manuka Honey treats, especially the salted caramels, that we received from Pacific Resources International. The next day as the teen was adding honey to his yogurt, he read the label and said: "what is Manuka Honey?"  I told him it is the most delicious honey from New Zealand! The younger boys agreed and told the teen about the salted caramels that they enjoy yesterday. Beyond having a great taste Manuka honey has been shown to have natural, powerful antibacterial properties that aid with digestion, boost the immune system, treat wounds and diabetic ulcers. I learned from the company's website that not all Manuka honey is the same and it has to do with a grading system. So this unique honey has a great taste and amazing health benefits that you can learn more about by heading on over to  www.shoppri.com

The chocolate treats were amazing and we loved the Ginger and Mint flavors. I also loved that the treats were:
  • All Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free and Kosher
  • No use of artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Best of all they are produced right here in the USA.
I loved how thick the honey was and it made my tea taste so good! Did you know that Manuka honey is sourced from the Manuka tree which is native to New Zealand?

Could I have a PH balance problem?

  I am not sure if I have a PH balance problem but this Alkalizing Multi-Mineral Dietary Powder sure did help me sleep better last time I tried it a year ago. You can read about my experience HERE so I decided to try this supplement again as it could help me with my exercise recovery time and with the acid from the coffee that I like to enjoy. My allergies have been bad so I want to see if getting balanced might help with the symptoms. I also figured the supplement would help get me balanced and prevent future problems that come with getting older.  Head over on over to  https://www.multiforcehealth.com to find out more about PH balance as most people are imbalanced and a simple tasty drink could help a wide range of symptoms.

Multiforce contains the perfect combinations of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and mineral salts that help reduce the harmful effects of acidity to maintain the perfect pH balance between acid and alkaline. And best of all, Multiforce is effective for a wide range of unrelated symptoms (i.e. indigestion, gout, osteoarthritis, heartburn, urinary issues, exercise recovery, etc.) from one common source - excess acidity.

Organic baking products that I am excited to try!

 I had never heard of green banana flour or potato starch but I wanted to try it my gluten-free baking recipes. I was simply intrigued by how a flour made from bananas could taste. I also wanted to try potato starch and when I saw all the delicious recipes at Edward and Sons, I knew that I needed to add these to my pantry. I will post a recipe once I have a chance to try these unique baking products.  I love that this store sells many hard to find unique organic allergy-friendly products. My teen loved that there was a bag of unsweetened organic shredded coconut as he adds it to his daily smoothies that he enjoys after running. The teen has gone healthy to improve his track times and he won 1st place in his last meet and ran 4.30 mile!

What healthy product would you like to try?

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