Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review/Giveaway Just In Time For Sping! Jolly's Garden Shoes

I love to garden, it's something that gives me satisfaction that I'm growing healthy and nutritious foods, gives me peace and relaxation, and also provides me with much needed exercise.  One of my only dislikes is how it ruins my shoes!  They get muddy or dirty and require constant washing.  I have long been needing a pair of those great garden clogs or shoes that are made for slipping on but have never gotten around to getting them. 

So when Jolly's Garden Shoes and Clogs offered to let me review a pair of their garden shoes I was thrilled!  Jolly's is an online company that offers  garden clogs and shoes in a huge selection of colors and prints. 

Here is a little info on the company and their products:


Garden Clogs and Gardening Shoes by Jollys are for anyone working in the garden, around the house, or in the garage.  Jollys garden clogs are great easy-on, easy off house shoes too.  Gardening shoes are invaluable during the early spring, the mud just rinses off.  Jollys garden clogs are convenient and totally comfortable for both men’s garden clogs and women’s gardening shoes.  Garden clogs offer the durability of work boots with the ease of slippers.

Shoes have a closed heel and are offered in both styles, Fashion and Classic for Men and Women. Clogs have an open heel and are offered to both Men and Women in Fashion, Classic, and now, Picture Clogs for Women.  Our new Picture Clogs (not shoes) are made in the Fashion style.
Jollys garden clogs have been the trendsetters among all-weather shoes for over 25 years! Jollys garden shoes are manufactured in Germany; made from 100% CFC-free Polyurethane Foam.  They are light, flexible, waterproof, and nearly indestructible
  • Three Garden Clog patterns to choose from:Classic, Fashion, and now NEW! Picture Clogs. 
  • Two Garden shoe styles to choose from:
    Classic and Fashion.
  • Traditional European styling imported from Germany.
  • Careful workmanship and durability.
  • Made of 100% CFC-free Polyurethane Foam.
  • Long-lasting good looks with brilliant colors!
  • Replaceable orthopedic insole of natural cork.Click here to learn more!
I chose a simple blue pair of the shoes for review.  Since spring is here I wanted something that protected my whole food from mud and water when I am doing spring gardening like raking leaves, tilling soil, and planting my spring garden. 

The first big test of these shoes came when I started cleaing up the yard.  I raked up leaves and dried weeds into huge piles out of my flower beds.  I noticed these were actually comfortable!  Most rubber shoes can chafe and slide around as they don't provide any support but these fit perfectly and even have great arch support.   I wore them for hours and my feet felt great.  Not once did they fall off or hurt my feet. They kept my feet nice and clean and wiped off easily. This is exactly what I wanted. 


They are fast to slip on and off, and I keep them in the back porch ready to use when I step outside.  They are very thick and tough so I know they will be good for lots of use.

I like that they come in so many different colors and patterns, some of them are adorable!  You could get a different pair for each season!  These are great for any gardener be they professional or amateur.  I also would use these for my kids as outside shoes, what a great idea to keep their tennis shoes nice for school and church!

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The Giveaway

Jolly's has generously offered to give one of my lucky readers a pair of Clogs or Garden Shoe's in the color/style/size of their choice!   That's up to a $55.95 Value!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified.

 
The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen. The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Make A Pansy Living Wreath For Spring! Easy!




Ok ok!  Lets face it, I only do easy things!  Sad to say, but with four children I am now totally uninterested in any projects that takes several hours of undivided attention.  I just don't have that luxury anymore.   So pretty much all my projects fall into the fast, easy, and cheap category.  If your looking for tedious, complex, and expensive you'll have to go to another blog!

This idea is so cute, so easy, and so cheap!  I am in love.  First off it only requires four items, second off its pansies.  I love pansies, they are one of my favourite flowers!  Now that spring is coming I want to get into gardening.  The nice thing is that pansies are extremely cold hardy so even with temps still below 50 they will grow and thrive.  Wouldn't this look amazing for Easter?

I found this cool idea over at Kinsman Company


Living Wreath Planting Instructions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review/Giveaway Lily Nily Girls Jewelry

 

I am very pleased to introduce my readers to a sweet little company called Lily Nily.  Lily Nily is a company that sells high quality age appropriate jewelry for little girls.  Here is a little info about the founding of the company.
 
It was in the summer of 2011 that two young jewelry designers at Jasco Designs – brothers Mark and Jay – came upon the realization that there was a need for quality fashion jewelry for little girls. They conceived of a line of jewelry that little girls would find precious and adorable – and that their parents would find adorable on their precious ones. And so Jasco Designs Inc., a family-owned-and operated business that’s been designing and manufacturing jewelry since 1986, set about creating the Lily Nily Collection for girls. The collection includes bangles, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and earrings, all adorned with a little bit of just about everything that little girls love. Not quite willy nilly, but definitely Lily Nily.
 
Lily Nily offered to let me review one of their products which was really fun.  My daughter and I looked through their extensive selection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, and much more.  Both of us loved the selection.  There are tons of different themes from fairies to sports so whatever interest you little girl has you can find.  All of it is very well made and high quality without being too expensive.  Also and very important to me, the jewelry is very age appropriate.  Meaning it does not make my daughter look too old but is still something she loves.  She is at the age between little girlhood and young ladyhood so this is a delicate tightrope.
 
My little girl who is 10 loves jewelry.  Having her ears pierced last year we have learned that we can only use stainless steel or gold and silver.  Cheaper metals cause her to have a reaction.  I was pleased to learn that Lily Nily not only tests all its jewelry for lead and Cadmium but it is also of only high quality metals.
 
She finally decided to get a watch since she's been wanting one for quite a while.  They have several to choose from all equally adorable.  She of course picked The Pink Hearts Watch $40.00 (note to readers, my daughters favorite color is pink and she loves hearts).  Featuring a small round face and a labeled "To" and "Past" dial, this watch makes learning to tell time fun and easy. A decorated plastic strap highlights a lovely heart design and secures with a tang buckle.
 
It arrived very quickly in the mail in the cutest packaging.  I was very pleased with the high quality of the materials used.  This is not some cheapie watch that's going to break in a week.  It is made to last!  That is one of my biggest problems with children's jewelry.  It tends to break quickly and be very cheap.  Whenever I buy anything I want it to LAST!
 
My daughter is in love with her watch.  She wears it every day and tells me the time constantly :).   This is nice as it builds her skill at reading time.  So far after a good month of testing and wearing every day the watch shows no sign of wear yet.
 
I will certainly be buying from Lily Nily in the future.  Not only is their jewelry adorable, age appropriate, and well made, but it also is reasonably priced for the quality.  With Easter coming up Lily Nily would be a great place to get your precious daughter a gift or accessories for her Easter outfit and spring pictures.
 

 

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The Giveaway!

 
Lily Nily has been super generous in giving away a $50.00 gift card to one lucky Thrifty Housewife Reader!  What a perfect way to start out spring!  Use the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be checked for completion.  Good Luck!
 
 
The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.  The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

I'm Back... Finally!

It may seem that I feel off the face of the earth, and in internet terms I guess that is correct.  We recently moved to a new house and in the process have been fighting it out with our internet supplier to get us back online.  It took them three times of coming out before it finally worked with long spaces between for available appointment times.  But now I'm back and have several fun reviews and giveaways planned as well as posts on gardening and cooking!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Portable Outdoor Cement Block Cook Station

I found this picture and it looks perfect for not just backyard use, but if you needed an emergency way to cook your food.  Easy to set up and cheap too!  One of the most needed items after a natural disaster is a way to cook food.  It's portable too o you could take it to the mountains or other location.
 
 
Found HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Zim's Petroleum Free Natural Vapor Rub Review/Giveaway!

Zim's USA
 
As a mom of four kids, I have a well stocked cold and flu shelf out of necessity.  Every winter brings its coughs, colds and runny noses.  There seemed to be little option but over the counter meds for many of my go to products to treat them.  But now I have been introduced to Zim's Naturally based Products
 
Zim's® started over 60 years ago with the creation of Zim's Crack Creme® by a pharmacist in Austintown, Ohio. Today, the Zim's® brand has expanded to over 25 products ranging from lotions and cremes to pain relief gels and diabetic care items. The Zim's Max-Freeze® brand provides an affordable topical pain relief gel that emphasizes the use of natural ingredients such as Ilex Flower and Aloe Vera.

When Zim's offered to let me review their Petroleum Free Advanced Vapor Rub I was more than happy to try it.   I pretty much am sold on any product that not only is natural, but also WORKS!  And trust me the Zim's products got a thorough testing! I got a cough as well as two of my kids.


Zim's Advanced Vapor Rub is 100% natural and contains natural menthol, arnica extract, aloe vera, camphor, coconut oil, white beeswax, and eucalyptus globulus. The formula is great for those seeking natural alternatives and parents not wanting to use harsh chemical products on children.

undefinedVapor Rub is available in your choice of traditional jar or the new, contemporary 4-ounce tube with a no-mess, easy-on applicator. The tube allows you to keep your hands clean when applying the vapor rub with its cool and clean application.

I really liked the smell of the vapor rub and it worked well for clearing my stuffy nose and quieting my cough.  The kids were good with it too and it didn't burn like traditional vapor rubs can.  I would recommend this product for your colds.

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The Giveaway!

 Zim's USA has generously offered to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader their own 4 oz tube of Zim's Advanced Vapor Rub.   Use the Rafflecopter link below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33ddb9f0180/

The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.  The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Video- Easy Detailed Step-by-Step Guide to Make Some Beer

Fermenting has always seemed a mysterious process to me, somewhat like alchemy.  Be it fermenting sauerkraut or making your own homebrew.  However I have found it to be pretty simple once you get the basics down.  This awesomely simple video from the Brooklyn Brew Shop shows how to make beer at home and boy does it look easy!  I might be trying this soon!  Brooklyn Brewshop also sells great beer brewing kits with everything you need to start home brewing.

http://www.amazon.com/Oatmeal-Stout-Beer-Brewing-Kit/dp/B00RR9SOGY/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=JWMOJSBNJXEYLGAP&creativeASIN=B00RR9SOGY 


 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

What it's like to REALLY be self sufficient and live off the land

 
I just found this great video series on youtube called Happy People.  I haven't watched the whole thing yet but it shows a community that for generations has been living off the land with very few modern conveniences.  This is my ultimate goal in life.  To have no mortgage, tv, and produce almost all of my own food.  Strange as it sounds that's what makes me happy.  If you have ever wondered what that would be like watching this show is much more realistic than the hyped up and somewhat fake "reality" shows you see. 


 
 
 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tips For Rendering Snow White Lard

I have actually rendered my own beef lard and pork lard.  It was a big learning experience!  This was before I had  surgery and I have yet to do it again because not only did I get about 50 pounds of rendered lard, but also I have not had the energy to try again.  I have enjoyed using it for baking and cooking and it is much cheaper than butter or Crisco (yuck!).  I was originally going to use it to make soap and candles and then sell them, but then we found out about my tumor and I put all plans on hold.  We will be moving in just a few weeks so I am planning to start my little business up after that and try rendering more lard then.  This article is great and exactly how I did it.  Reformation Acres is a great homesteading website!  Click HERE to go to the article.
 
Rendering lard doesn't have to be tricky! Here are 6 tricks I use to get snow white lard. | www.farmsteadcookery.com

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review/Giveaway Curious Cork Wines - Trying New Things!

 
 
Do you like wine?  Are you interested in trying new things?  Well if the answer is yes to either of those questions you will like Curious Cork Imports.  This is a pretty cool company that doesn't just sell wines, but tells you about the story of where they come from, their tasting notes, and their history.  I found that part fascinating.

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 4.40.28 PMAlso Curious Cork Imports makes it pretty simple to understand what kind of wine your getting. That is especially important for wine newbies like me.

Choosing a good wine for a hostess gift is always appreciated so the resources found on Curious Cork Imports make it simple.

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The Giveaway

 
Curious Cork Imports is giving one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader a surprise bottle of wine!  Enter to win using the link to the rafflecopter form below.  All entries are optional, all winning entries are checked for completion. Open to USA only.
 
 
The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to US only.

Monday, January 5, 2015

8 Reasons Why You Should Probably Start Eating Carrot Greens

Image Via Fotolia
Image Via Fotolia




I have always admired the feathery rich green of carrot tops but never thought of eating them! I always just tossed them to our chickens or rabbits and boy did they love them.  The information on the is article from Live Love Fruit is really interesting and I can't wait for spring so I can plant my carrots and use the tops too!  Go HERE to read about how eating carrot greens can improve your health.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review/Giveaway Pleasant Hill Grain Butter Bells - The perfect way to store butter

 
Pleasant Hill Grain, based in Nebraska is a company that carries all sorts of products to help you live a more self sufficient life.  From grain mills, juicers, bread ovens, meat grinders, and different food processors to long term food storage, baking supplies, whole grains, and even garden seeds.

They only carry the highest quality kitchen appliances and foods.  When they asked me if I would like to review their line of Butter Keeper Crocks I was more than happy to agree.  I have seen butter bells before and they are a great way to keep your butter fresh and spreadable in any weather.  In the hottest summer you fill the well with clean water and it keeps your butter from melting, but still spreadable.  They come in a wide selection of different colors and styles you can see HERE.  I had such a hard time picking, but since I love blue and that's the color of my kitchen I picked the Butter Bell Retro Collection in Royal blue $19.95.

Butter Bell Retro Collection When I received it I put it right in the dishwasher (Yay dishwasher safe) and then filled it with butter.  I was really happy with the quality of the craftsmanship.  It is really durable, but still attractive.  So far after weeks of use there are no chips, even with 4 kids.  They love using it by the way and think its really "cool".  After using all the butter up I just pop it into the dishwasher to clean.  Very easy!

Pleasant Hill's Butter Bells are such a great product and would make a unique and useful gift.  I know that any hostess would love to get one of these!

I would recommend Pleasant Hill Grain to anyone looking for well priced high quality baking supplies, home good, and kitchen appliances.
 

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Giveaway!

 
Pleasant Hill Grain has been super generous by offering to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader Their choice of Butter Keeper Crock!  Use the rafflecopter form by clicking the link below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!


http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33ddb9f0177/

The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to US only.
 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Info Graph How Big A Backyard Do You Need to Live Off The Land

I love this info graph.  It makes it easy to visualize how much property you need to produce most of your own food.  Found at Treehugger.
 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

How To Make A No-Dig Garden Bed

Are you thinking of spring and getting into the garden?  I know I am.  Last year I grew a nice big garden, but due to my illness ended up not harvesting about half of it.  Lucky for me we had sheep and chickens who enjoyed the bounty of greens.  This year we are going to have a much smaller area to garden, but that just makes garden planning all the more fun because you have to get creative!  Here is a great post about making no dig garden beds.  There is nothing harder than breaking sod so this is a great survival article or for people who don't have the endurance to break a large amount of ground.  Go HERE to see the article.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Minted



I know it's last minute, but then again that's when allot of people panic shop!   There is nothing worse than giving (or receiving a gift)  that you know the person just picked up out of desperation.  If you are looking for a last minuet gift I would heartily recommend a great company called MintedMinted is an online company that carries high quality Holiday Cards, Unique Artwork, Fabrics, Stationary, and Wedding Invitations.

The reason I am recommending them is because they have such great artwork and other products!  You can easily buy a gift card to give to that special person on your list and the neat thing is they can pick what art speaks to them.  This is perfect for that person who seems to have everything.  EVERYONE likes a beautiful picture to hang on their wall and Minted has something to suit every taste.
Wildflowers Day Planner, Notebook, or Address Book
Minted also has great gift like Stationary, Photo Gifts, Map Gifts (very unique), and more!  As I am a borderline obsessive about stationary I love their line! 


So if you have someone on your list or just as a treat yourself check Minted out.

 


 

How to Find Them

 
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The Thrifty Housewife was compensated for this post. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This review is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.