Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Etsy FABULOUS! 4th of July Excitement!

We are planning a trip to Washington D.C. during the 4th of July.  I just HAD to get Gwen an outfit for the trip.     I was trolling around on Etsy and I came across THE CUTEST OUTFIT EVER!  I bought it right away.  Waited a couple weeks after I sent the seller Gwen's measurements and today, I opened my mailbox to a small, white package--THE OUTFIT!  I opened it up with squeals of delight from Gwen.  After we ate lunch, we washed up and put it on.  IT IS SO FANTASTIC!  Adorable, quality fabric and sewn beautifully. 

After the pictures, I emailed the Etsy seller, Sandy (a super nice lady), telling her how much I loved the set and that I'd love to share my pictures and her Etsy store address on my blog.  She so graciously offered you, my blog readers, a 10% off discount off your entire order!!!!! The discount runs through the summer, so be sure to get your order in.   How awesome is that???!?!?!  Thanks, Sandy!  You are great!
This awesome outfit can be found in her store at:  Imbornagain on Etsy
Enter the code at checkout:  allsortsofrandom1 
Let me say it again, this will give anyone who puts this code in the checkout section to receive 10% off their whole order.

I hope you all enjoy this discount.  I know I will be ordering from her again!  I gotta ask her if she has any cupcake themed sets!  :) 

Stick a fork in it! Creative Plant Labels

Look!  Something crafty--FINALLY!!

I planted some herbs last week and I stuck the seed envelopes in the pot, but you know how they get all gross and ugly.  I knew it was going to be a temporary deal, but I didn't want to BUY anything to make the identifying thingies.  I found some yellow forks in my kitchen drawer that I haven't used.  TA DA!  Fancy?  Nope.  I'm not even sure if I should call them "Crafty", but hey, I used something intended for one purpose for something completely different.

I just used a Sharpie and stuck those babies in the pots.  Easy!

Lookie, you can even see the little green hairs coming up?!?!  YIPPEE!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nature Mill Indoor Composter Product Review

Last year, I was crazy about getting a composter.  Living in about a third of an acre in a town, I thought my neighbors would want to strangle me if I got an outdoor composter.  

Composters have a reputation.  Smelly, ugly, and attracts all sorts of critters and insects.  Those three things, along with the potential of pissing off my neighbors, brought me to the Nature Mill Indoor Composter.

Ah, Nature Mill.  It promises that it can make compost from most of your food items, including meat, in two weeks.  It can be used indoors.  No worms, high energy efficiency, and no stink.  

The one thing that I was a little hesitant about was the price points: 
The Plus XE, is the starting model at $299!  YIKES!  The heavy duty PRO XE is $399!!!!  Even more YIKES!!!!  So, I used all my birthday money and skipped the spa last year and got the PRO XE model.  

I got package in super-fast time.  A couple of days really.  

It was a shiny and surprising LIGHT!  It is actually mainly made out of tight-fitting foam.  With a heater and a bottom drop pan for completed compost and any liquids that may drain from the compost.  

I was nervous about having a composter in my house.  Let's be honest here--compost is rotting food.  Gross.  No matter how much green vs. brown materials you have in there with some baking soda, it's gonna smell.  

We put our composter in the garage.  Plugged it in and started composting.  It really does work great!  I'm really happy with it and I've learned, with time, what composts well and what doesn't.  (BTW, bananas don't compost quickly, even when they are chopped up.)  

As for the promises:  High Energy Efficiency--it's great!  No insects or critters--fabulous!  No smell--it kinda works.  When I have the lid closed, there is no smell and therefore, the insects mention above, do not come around.  BUT when I open the lid, HOLY STINK!  Yes, you can make it better by adding baking soda and pellets, but remember, it is rotting food in there people.  

I live in Wisconsin. I composted all winter long--and winter this year lasted into May!  :(  When my collection was full, I put it in small garbage can with a lid--to help contain the odor.  Last week, when I was planting my flower gardens, I had a ton of great compost.  

I still give this product a grade of about an 8 out of 10.  I wish that there was a way to clean it out--I think it would be nice if we could hose it out or something.  

I hope this helps you decide if an "Indoor" Composter is for you.

Made in the USA!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I watched "Walmart:  The High Cost of Low Prices".  I knew as soon as I watched it, that I had to make sure that I never shopped at Walmart ever again.  Oh my gosh.  I learned a lot and the documentary really made me think.  If you get a spare 90 minutes and would like to be more socially aware of how large corps treat people, both here in America and around the world, PLEASE watch this movie.

I've been thinking a lot about the movie and how the Chinese people were treated.  Basically living in company owned housing and getting paid $.13 a day for 12-14 hours of work.  It made me cringe.

This morning, I decided that in July, I will try to only buy products made in the good ol' USA--with two exceptions--Gasoline--I really don't have a choice of what is at the pump--and the use of my one Gymboree Gymbuck--the clothes are made overseas.   (Just a side note:  I haven't had a Gymbuck in over a year.  In 2010, I made a New Year's Resolution to spend less on kids clothes.  I really did a great job and I think I busted my kids clothes shopping addiction).

In July, we will be going to Washington D.C. for our first non-Disney family vacation.  WE LOVE DISNEY and Boone already wants to go back, but I need to see other places besides the Magic Kingdom. I hope that this vacation will open more opportunities for vacationing for our family.

So, my July Resolution will be to shop USA!  Check back to watch me on my journey and to see what i learn.

No inspiration for a wreath

Well, my front door has been naked since Easter.  I just have no inspiration for a spring wreath--yet.  I'm still not counting it out though.  Just gotta keep looking. flower beds are done and looking great!  So far, no deer have come to eat either!  YIPPEE!!