Wife, Chicken Mommy, eBay Seller and Walking DIY Disaster

Heatin’ up

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Hexie, hexie, hexie

We went on a long baseball tournament. I sewed a lot of hexagons. BY HAND!

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I’m busy! Here are some cute kittens and kids

It’s summer y’all. That means I’d rather be outside playing in the garden, running around just to be outside or otherwise occupied. That makes me a shittier than normal blogger!

But look! Pictures! of cats! and kids!

I went to Memphis. There were kittens.

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There were nieces! and Monkey! The museum wore us out. It also was apparently not exciting enough.

 

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We took the requisite posed pictures at the weird holes in the walls at the zoo. Mostly though, we just played with kittens. How could we not?

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Summer bloggy blahs

I haven’t been feeling very blogilicious lately. Something about warmer weather, traveling for baseball every $*%&^)@#$%^ weekend and instagram. It’s so easy to pop up photos for instant gratification that my instagram account has just about taken over. Here are a few of my recent faves.

 

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Better yet, just come see the photos as I post them. My feed is chock full of kitties, flowers and FABRIC. The sewing bug got hold of me again, so I’m back to it, and trying my hand at quilting! Find me on Instagram as wwwindylou

Everybody needs a SpareOne: Buy one, donate one SpareOne emergency phone

I’ve been hanging on to this SpareOne emergency phone trying to figure out how to review a product that I hope I never have to use. This week with all the tragedy surrounding the Oklahoma tornado damage is a great time to think about emergency preparedness. I grew up in a household that planned for emergencies. We had backpacks under our beds with clothing, non-perishable food and water and basic first aid kits. We also stored extra food and water in case of hard times (which we ended up using during a time my dad was out of work for a year) and we gardened to have healthy foods to store.

As I think about how my life and technology have changed over the years, I am happy that I have kept the habit of preparing for the future. In my own home, I store extra supplies, water, food and keep a store of first aid supplies. Now, I also keep a SpareOne emergency phone. It’s quite a neat idea – a battery operated phone whose battery lasts for 15 years. The packaging is waterproof, floats and the phone is operable through the bag. Knowing that we are covered for emergency phone calls in the event of a disaster is a great feeling. Although we all have cell phones, having a waterproof, cold temperature proof phone offers more peace of mind.

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Yesterday, I was contacted with a special offer in relation to SpareOne and the Oklahoma disaster. Right now at SpareOne.com you can buy a SpareOne emergency phone at a discount and an additional phone will be donated to people in tornado stricken areas. Anyone using the code BUYGIVE04 will receive a $20 discount on each phone purchased, a SpareOne phone will be donated and SpareOne will track buyers coming from WindyLou.com!

This is a small way to help the recent Oklahoma tornado victims and first responders, and at the same time, prepare your own family.

 

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a SpareOne phone for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review/article and all opinions are my own and honest. This review is provided as part of my relationship with itsaglamthing.com

I dyed

I’ve been working with a new group that sends me products for review. One of the recent boxes on my doorstep was a nifty set of all natural, organic dyes! I was super excited to try these because I had promised one of my stepdaughter’s friends birthday cupcakes. Her favorite color was green, so I yanked off the wrapping and got coloring.

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The Nature’s Flavours dyes come in glass bottles, and must be refrigerated. I love the heft of the bottle and not feeling like I am going to squeeze a little plastic dispenser so hard that the coloring will fly everywhere. (Yes, I know this from sad experience!) The box is sturdy enough that I can store the entire set in one spot of the fridge and not have to worry about the bottles rolling all over.

Since the colors are all natural, they don’t have the fakey neon look of other food coloring. I liked the difference in a more natural color. It didn’t take a ton of coloring to get a nice shade either. At first I worried I would have to use half the bottle to get a nice shade of green, but I didn’t!

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My requisite taste test of frosting delivered no surprises either. Another thought at the back of my mind was that with the dyes being plant based, the frosting would taste like beans or grass or something icky. Not so!

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Everything turned out just right and from all reports the cupcakes were well received! To order your own set or to check out more all natural products you can find Nature’s Flavors online at their website, on facebook and twitter.

 

Disclosure: I was provided Nature’s Flavours Rainbow Pack of Natural Colors for review in affiliation with www.itsaglamthing.com I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions and photos are my own.

It’s Spring Cleaning Time! Bust out the JAWS

A while back I reviewed and gave away an awesome household cleaner: J.A.W.S. The Just Add Water System is cool because the products are environmentally friendly AND the packaging is minimal. The best part is the little refill holder attached to the bottle – it doesn’t get lost in the dark corners of a drawer or cabinet.

Since we tried the sprays indoors this time I tried the degreaser/cleaner on a REALLY grubby project. I’m renting a booth space in a boutique mall, which has sent me hither an yon trying to find all sorts of displays and shelving. I found a darling chippy old cabinet, but man o man was it dirty. Armed with my JAWS I decided to see if it would work on the crusty cabinet.

I’ll let the picture give my answer:

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Y’all that is years of who know what all caked on. I didn’t photograph the whole cleaning sesh, but needless to say I’m an even bigger fan of my JAWS now.

Here’s the skinny on a few sales at a couple of stores: BOGO sale on JAWS cleaners April 14-27 at Busch’s and April 8-21 at Hiller’s (www.Jawscleans.com). It’s normally $4.99 a bottle at each store (with one refill included). The sale is a BOGO at each store, so it’s $2.49 a bottle with the included refill. The sale is on the JAWS Glass and Hard Surface Cleaner; JAWS Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser; Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer; and Disinfectant Cleaner Degreaser.

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I’m also giving away another full line of cleaners valued at $20!

 
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Painted Farmgirl

I’ve been working on a little side project. There is a soon to be open craft and antique mall in the next town over. I am delighted to have a small booth there for my overflow vintage lovelies. This is what I have been working on: price tags!

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Onward and upward!

Good things are coming our way! I love having new projects. More than that I love having new adventures to look forward to.

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DIYing my heart out

I’ve been a busy little bee down in my sewing room over the last little while. I have Pinterest and Instagram to thank for my recent fabric re-obsession. It’s hard for me to see so many gorgeous photos of other people’s projects and not be inspired. So far I’ve made a seat back organizer, a  lap quilt, a tote bag and a makeup bag, with several other projects lined up! Behold:

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