Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review/Giveaway - Brylane Home Invigorator Memory Foam Mattress Topper

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I do most of my shopping online.  We live in a small town hours away from any large city so doing so makes allot of sense budget wise.  That's why I appreciate companies like Brylane Home.  They carry a huge selection of home products for every area of your home.

I love their housewares section, they have so many cute things for entertaining and outdoor dinning.

So when they offered to let me review one of their products I was thrilled!  I chose to review the 4" Invigorator Memory Foam Topper because one of our beds for the boys is a futon and I thought they could use the extra padding.

It came in the mail well packaged.  Installing it on the bed was pretty easy and it has made a huge difference for the comfort of my son.  I laid down on it too and it is super comfy now! 

Here is a little info on it:

Our dense 4” Invigorator Memory Foam Topper feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud of pillows. By providing even better support than traditional memory foam it’ll rejuvenate your bedding at an affordable price.


http://www.brylanehome.com/• double layer design

• 1½" memory foam top and 2½" high-density foam base

• spot clean

• made in USA

• available in: Twin, Full, Queen, and King

• and when paired with our quilts, comforters, and duvets you’ll be sleeping on cloud nine thousand.

I would highly recommend Brylane Home if you are looking for pretty much anything for your home.  They have good prices and excellent customer service.

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The Giveaway!

 
Brylane home is being super generous by giving one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader their own 4” Invigorator Memory Foam Topper in winners choice of size.  That's a $300.00 value!  Use the Rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified for completion.  Good Luck!

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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. 

Review/Giveaway Kauffman's Farm Raw Honey and Maple Syrup

Kauffman's Fruit Farm
 
Detail ImageI have been trying to eliminate all un-natural sugars from my diet of late.  This meant switching to honey and maple syrup for my sweeteners in my morning coffee. Did you know that maple syrup doesn't effect your blood sugar? I didn't until very recently, but since switching to maple syrup for my coffee sweetener I have noticed a change in my blood sugar spikes and feel much better.  Also pure maple syrup is good for you!  It has antioxidants and vital minerals that our bodies need!  Read more HERE about the benefits of eating pure maple syrup.
 
Detail ImageRaw honey has long been known to be a healthy alternative to table sugar and certainly is much better than corn syrup.  It also has reputed health benefits but the problem is you need to make sure it is produced locally or at least in America because honey's from other countries are often doctored with corn syrup and contaminated with pesticides.  In a study of honey on the shelf of grocery stores it was found that almost 100% of all the honeys were contaminated!
 
Choosing USA produced honey and even better small local producers is your only protection.
 
So when Kauffman's Fruit Farm and Market offered to let me review their USA produced Pure Maple Syrup and Raw Honey I was thrilled!
 
 Kauffman's "Bird-In-Hand Brand" Orchard Products have been recognized and enjoyed since the early 1900's. Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations operate the business. Their warehouse and country market are located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country, along Rt. 340 between the villages of Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse.  They have a great website offering all sorts of delicious and natural foods for your family! 
 
Both the honey and the maple syrup they sent me was delicious and high quality.  I certainly recommend it!  I use honey in much of my bread making and maple syrup can be used in all sorts of things.  They have so many other products I would love to try!  Especially the cider!
 
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Giveaway!

 
Kauffman's has been super generous by offering to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader a two pack of their 17 oz Raw Wildflower Honey! Use the Rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified for completion.
 
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Puppy Love - Our newest family member

My husband recently called me telling me to come down and look at some yellow lab puppies. Knowing that frankly I would go and see any baby animals (I'm an animal lover) I came right down with the kids and saw a litter of 8 adorable puppies with their mom who was a sweetheart.  My husbands goal was to convince me that we should take one.  He has been wanting a hunting dog since we got married.


The long and short of it is that we now have a new family member named Nika who is a sweet little female lab puppy.  The personality difference between a lab and a boarder collie puppy is amazingly different.  Our boarder collie mix is almost a year old now so his puppyhood is still fresh in my memory. Typical to a lab Nika is already eager to please and obedient.  I have noticed her nose is much more sensitive and she is much more of a "people" dog. She of course also has the lab tendency towards mouthing everything!  I know she's going to be a great family dog, and hopefully a good hunter.  She has already adjusted to our family and absolutely loves our kids. I have always thought that labs make great all around family/alert/deterrent dogs with the added bonus of being able to hunt.  With our active family who likes to go camping and fishing allot she will be a good fit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We Finally have Raw Cows Milk Again!



I have always loved raw, unpasteurized cows milk.  There is ample evidence that the process of homogenization (which keeps the cream from rising from the top) and also pasteurization is bad for your health.  Insofar as your getting your raw milk from a cow that has tested negative for the diseases all cows have to be tested for and is being milked in a sanitary way the milk is perfectly safe and delicious! (trust me when I say this because I'm a germ freak and cant eat food I don't trust)  At one time I had a beautiful jersey milk cow named Buttercup that you see in these pictures that gave us gallons of milk.  I loved having all that milk to play with for things like cheeses, yogurts, and other healthy foods.

But that was long ago in another life.  The more I read about store bought milk the less I want to give it to my family.  But where to find a reliable source of good milk?  Well I found one and am so jazzed I'm fairly dancing.  I get it from a lovely lady that charges me only $3.00 per gallon!

The milk I get is from a jersey cow (which gives less milk but more cream) and is no more than a day old, and so delicious my kids even love it.  I first served it to them with a little chocolate mixed in, but after that first glass they were fine with it straight.

How does it compare to the store bought?  First off it is less, how can I say this, slimy in texture.  Due to homogenization store bought milk has a very different texture than milk straight from a cow.  Also it is more thirst quenching.  And last but not least it is FULL of cream that rises to the top after being in the fridge for a night.  I skim the cream into a sterilized quart jar for use in coffee and for whipping.

 
Look close at this gallon jar and you will see the cream line.  I measured a full 4 inch cream layer on one jar! 
 
 
My quart full of cream.  Oh how I love fresh cows milk!  Someday I will have my dream of a small 10 acre hobby farm with another milk cow, but for right now this is great.

Review/Flash Giveaway Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Preservative

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I have lots of wood furniture.  Much of it is older and even some antiques that have little scratches and dings from constant use and four children running around.  I clean my wood furniture every week and have tried many products to help cover the dings and renew the wood but have had less than satisfactory results.  So when Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative offered to let me review their products I was curious to see how it worked.

When I received it I was surprised by how big the bottle was.  It sprayed on nice and has a great almond scent which I love.  And the results were amazing!  I just got a new (to me) table.  As a side note I always buy my furniture used.  Not only does this match my budget, but also it saves my sanity.  I can't imagine spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a piece of furniture and then having someone scratch it or ding it! 


The table I bought has scratches and light wear on the top, but you cant beat the price of $50.00 for the set.  I cleaned it really well first and then after it had dried sprayed on the Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner.  Look at the after!  The table looks amazing and even after frequent washings it still has a gloss and the wear is covered.  I tried it on all my other wood furniture and have had the same results.  Also it seems to help keep dust from accumulating so bad which is nice.  This is a true frugal product because it restores furniture you might otherwise want to replace.

All in all I love this product.  It is keeping my furniture looking great, smells good, and is affordable. Scott's has many other products to keep your woodwork looking great.

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The Giveaway!

 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review/Giveaway Toockies Organic Handmade Housewares

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Asura BibiI love hand made items for my home.  They are usually much better made than store bought with the added bonus of supporting a family business.  So when Toockies offered to let me review their handmade organic household products I was so excited! 
 
Toockies is a company that works with  women and their families in Nababpur, India to produce these lovely hand crotcheted dishcloths, potholders, hot pads, and washcloths.  This helps these women who struggle with desperate poverty earn money for themselves and their children. You can see the artisans HERE.
 
I have to say I love the idea of this company!  The women who founded it have such a heart to help  women in third world countries earn a living.  Not only that, but the products they produce are beautiful and extremely well made.  The pot holders and washcloths I received are made from 100%  organic cotton with no chemicals or dyes.  They are all hand crocheted by women in India.  I think its pretty cool that I am getting something made by a woman in India anyways!
 
I really liked all of them but my favorites are the pot holders because they are extra thick and I love the shape of the Loving Heart Pot Holder.  These are certainly thick enough to pick up anything hot and work great at hot pads too.  I use allot of cast iron for my cooking and the handles get super hot so an extra thick pot holder is essential.


They are affordable and I have washed them several times already and they are still in perfect  condition.  These would make a lovely mothers day gift.  Think of it, not only are you giving something useful, beautiful, and unique to your own mother, but you are helping another mother support her family!  You can purchase their products HERE.

 

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Giveaway!

 
Toockies has been super generous in offering to give one luck Thrifty Housewife reader two Toockies products of their choosing!  This is just in time for Mothers Day!  Use the rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
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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.



Monday, April 14, 2014

What Veggies and Fruits to Grow in an Average Sized Yard

 
With seed ordering season starting up I came across this interesting section in a gardening book I own with a list of crops to raise that give you more bang for your buck.  I added a few that I have found useful as well.  The fruit section is all from my own recommendations

Beans - you can plant up to 3 harvests in one season in many parts of the country

Beets - easy to grow

Carrots -  good all around veggie

Corn - although they recommend this it is a space hog and you really need to plant more than a few to get good pollination

cucumbers - can be trained up a trellis or fence to save lots of space

eggplant - compact and usually produces lots of fruits

greens - easy to grow and can be scattered about the garden, can be grown deep into winter

Peas- can be planted fall and spring and grown up a trellis

Peppers- compact and generally prolific

Potatoes- can be grown in tires, as the plants come above the soil you just cover again with soil and another tire stacking taller and taller.  the vines just produce more and more tubers

Pumpkins/winter squash - plants are large but can be trained up a trellis for the smaller fruiting varieties.  Amish Pie would be ideal because they are for pie making and small enough not to break the vines as they mature

Radish - quick to mature and can be planted between larger veggies

Summer Squash -  large plants but with such prolific harvests they pay off

Tomatoes - prolific harvests

My recommendations

Okra- small plant that produces tons of food and pretty flowers too

Mellon's - can be trained up trellises

Bramble Berries - these can be put on sunny fences or walls that would otherwise have no food producing capacity and will discourage unwanted criminals

Strawberries- can be put in places that would be too small for other garden veggies and as a bedding in flower gardens

Gooseberries and Currents - I cant recommend enough that people should plant these in their shady dead spots.  These are the few fruits that prefer partial shade and you can put these in shady areas that would otherwise go to waste.  They make great jellies pies and syrups

Fruit trees - can be trained (called espaliering) flat to sunny walls and fences

Herbs- most herbs are ridiculously easy to grow and can be scattered throughout your plantings of other veggies.  Some herbs are perennials however so should be put in a permanent bed.  Right now I have Tarragon, Sage, Rosemary, Horseradish, Lavender, and Chives in my culinary garden.  I also plan to grow such things as Basil's, parsley, cilantro, fever few, savory, etc this spring.










Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easy Ideas To Make Easter About Jesus and More Meaningfull crafts and recipie ideas

I don't know about you but I get sick of all the materialism associated with Easter.  As a born again Christian these days are not just meaningful to me but sacred.  When we have gone to the store the Easter baskets have focused on everything except what the celebration is actually about.  I have seen soccer baskets, little kitty baskets, ect.  But I wanted something not only fun for my children, but would help to explain and enrich our experience of the Easter season.  Here I have collected some ideas from some great blogs that I'm going to use for my family and wanted to share them with you!  There are some important dates in the Easter week.  Each can be celebrated with simple crafts, bible readings, and foods to bring the meaning into focus not just for my children.  But for me too!  I have listed the important days with links to their explanation and significance and then links to different crafts and ideas for celebrating them.

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The Happy Home Fairy has a great all around tutorial on Christ centered Easter Activities.  It started on April 1st but you can easily cater it to the Holy Week.  She has the free printables which are adorable, instructions, and a downloadable supplies list.  I love them!


Palm Sunday - April 13

Find out about Palm Sunday by clicking HERE.  The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.

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This lady at A Holy Experience has a beautiful and simple Grace Garden tutorial with lovely pictures that you and your children can follow to make on Palm Sunday which is this Sunday!  It is so pretty and you make a cave where Jesus was entombed.  You can plant wheat grass in it so the kids can see it grow.  On Good Friday the children put a stone in front of the hole of the tomb and on Easter Sunday they roll it away.  Christ Is Risen!  I love this idea!
 
Image of Palm Leaf Crayon Sun Catcher
 
Over at FreeKidsCrafts.com there is a very pretty Palm Leaf Sun Catcher tutorial.
 
Traditional foods for Palm Sunday can include figs, hearts of palm, and Pax Cakes
 

The Holy Monday and Tuesday

 
Lots of information on the week of Easter can be found at The Holiday Spot.  Holy Monday is when Jesus overturned the tables of the sellers in the Temple. Tuesday is when the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus into saying blasphemous anti-God statements.
 
These are more somber days and can be simply commemorated by reading the passages that describe them. Matthew: 21:13   
 

Spy Wednesday

 
The day that Judas accepted the silver to betray Jesus.  This is a somber day HERE is a printable coloring page.  And HERE are more Christian Easter Coloring Pages at Raising Our Kids.  Readings Luke 22:3-6, Matthew 26:6-15
 

Maundy Thursday

 
This is the day said to be when the Last Supper occurred.  There are tons of ways to celebrate the last supper where Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.  One way is for the whole family to wash each others feet after reading the passage.  Also sharing grape juice and breaking bread.  Baking a loaf of bread would be fun and we are going to make Hallah.  Here is a good link to information on foods of the Last Supper. http://www.rainbowcastle.org/maundyth.html
 

Good Friday

 
The day Christ was crucified.  Over at Whole New Mom a collection of Healthy Easter Desserts.  Also at Catholic Inspired she has several Craft Ideas for Good Friday.
 

Easter Sunday

There are so many traditions for Easter Sunday and the day is usually so full for everyone with church and Easter egg hunts that I want to keep anything else really simple and quick.  One is to have cupcakes, cake, or pie with trick candles for each person.  As the children try to blow out the candle and it relights you can explain how Jesus is the light of the world and everyone thought his light had gone out but it hadn't!  Greet everyone you meet with He Is Risen!
 
The Friday of the week is the Good Friday. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill. And the Christian belief says that Jesus sacrificed himself for the men's sins, to be died crucified.

This day is marked by solemn observations in memory of Jesus' crucifixion.For, Christians believe that by dying Jesus accomplished a reconciliation between God and man. And accordingly the crucified image of Jesus or, the Cross itself, came to be regarded as the main symbol of faith for the Christians.
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/holy_week.htm#d26rILDt2eY7cHkQ.99
The Friday of the week is the Good Friday. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill. And the Christian belief says that Jesus sacrificed himself for the men's sins, to be died crucified.

This day is marked by solemn observations in memory of Jesus' crucifixion.For, Christians believe that by dying Jesus accomplished a reconciliation between God and man. And accordingly the crucified image of Jesus or, the Cross itself, came to be regarded as the main symbol of faith for the Christians.
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/holy_week.htm#d26rILDt2eY7cHkQ.99
The Friday of the week is the Good Friday. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill. And the Christian belief says that Jesus sacrificed himself for the men's sins, to be died crucified.

This day is marked by solemn observations in memory of Jesus' crucifixion.For, Christians believe that by dying Jesus accomplished a reconciliation between God and man. And accordingly the crucified image of Jesus or, the Cross itself, came to be regarded as the main symbol of faith for the Christians.
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/holy_week.htm#d26rILDt2eY7cHkQ.99
The Friday of the week is the Good Friday. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill. And the Christian belief says that Jesus sacrificed himself for the men's sins, to be died crucified.

This day is marked by solemn observations in memory of Jesus' crucifixion.For, Christians believe that by dying Jesus accomplished a reconciliation between God and man. And accordingly the crucified image of Jesus or, the Cross itself, came to be regarded as the main symbol of faith for the Christians.
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/holy_week.htm#d26rILDt2eY7cHkQ.99
The Friday of the week is the Good Friday. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill. And the Christian belief says that Jesus sacrificed himself for the men's sins, to be died crucified.

This day is marked by solemn observations in memory of Jesus' crucifixion.For, Christians believe that by dying Jesus accomplished a reconciliation between God and man. And accordingly the crucified image of Jesus or, the Cross itself, came to be regarded as the main symbol of faith for the Christians.
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/holy_week.htm#d26rILDt2eY7cHkQ.99

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review and Giveaway - Honey Candles 100% Beeswax Candles


Do you love to burn candles around the house?  I do!  I delight in the warmth and comforting ambiance candles give a room.  But I prefer beeswax candles over any other type!  The reasons being they let off a light sweet fragrance that's not too overpowering and they also are all natural.  Unfortunately most candles you buy in the store contain all sort of interesting chemicals that I don't want my family exposed to.

Beeswax - Lavender Essential Oil Tin beeswax candle imageWhile on my search for beeswax candles I found the company Honey Candles.  After talking back and forth they offered to let me review a set of their new line of Essential Tins which are their 100% beeswax candles mixed with pure essential oils to scent your home naturally!  They have several different scents and they all sounded so great I had a hard time choosing.  I finally narrowed it down to their Lavender, Mulled Spice, and the Kootenay Forest scents.

Beeswax - Mulled Spice Essential Oil Tin beeswax candle imageHoney Candles is a small business owned by Roy and Leah Honkanen who live in Canada. For over 15 years they have focused on creating bee-friendly, green, healthy and natural beeswax candles and incense.

They have a wonderful site that is not only beautiful but also set up very nice so that it is easy to navigate.  They have tons of information on beeswax candles and how to care for them that you can find HERE.  They carry dozens of types of candles in not only the natural beeswax color but also many other colors as well.

Some of the reasons I prefer Honey Candles 100% beeswax candles over other candle types is

  • Non-hazardous  
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Dyes are not tested on animals
  • Solvent free
  • Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
  • We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
  • None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer causing agents
  • Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point


  • The candles from Honey Candles are bee friendly, eco friendly, and renewable. Something else I learned is that beeswax candles can actually help clean your air! Beeswax candles have long been known for their air purifying effects. Unlike soy and paraffin candles, 100% pure beeswax beeswax create negative ions when burning, creating a similar effect as houseplants. Negative ions neutralize bad positive ions such as allergens, dust and air borne toxins thus improving air quality.

    Beeswax - Kootenay Forest Essential Oil Tin beeswax candle imageWhen I received  my candles I was excited to try them.  I lit them on different nights and the light sweet honey scent along with their different perfumes filled the air.  I loved all four scents equally.  They are fresh and clean without being cloying or overpowering.  I especially liked the Kootenay Forest.  I did notice that when I burn my candles after dinner it helps to clear any food smells which I like.  Also the glow they let off is lovely.  They are very bright I noticed, compared to standard tins and I feel so good knowing that they are not letting off toxic chemicals into my home.


    The only drawback is that beeswax candles are more expensive than what you would buy in places like Wal-Mart.  However I have looked through candle catalogues and they run about the same as Honey Candles but still contain all the chemicals I try to avoid. 

    Honey Candles would make a great gift for Mothers Day, birthdays, housewarmings, or hostess gifts.  They are the highest quality candles I have ever used and are eco responsible at the same time.  I would recommend them to anyone.  You can see the care and commitment Roy and Leah Honkanen have put into their products.

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    The Giveaway!

     
    Just in time for Mothers Day Honey Candles has generously offered to give one of my lucky readers the three Essential Tins that I reviewed which is a  $47.00 value!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified for completion.  Good Luck!
     

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     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.

    Review/Giveaway - Norms Farms Elderberry Products


    Spring is here and with it the spring cold season.  We seem to have some pretty nasty bugs going around our town as well! One way I help my family is by using elderberry syrup or other products.   Never heard of elderberries?  Well they are a berry found throughout most of America and have been used for thousands of years to boost the immune system and kill germs, as well as make delicious pies, jams and jellies. I often have harvested elderberries in the mountains around our home in the late summer. If you would like to know more about how elderberry can help you fight the cold and flu go HERE and HERE for just some of the information out there.  As always I recommend you do your own research!

    Norms Farms produce a large selection of elderberry products. From jams and jellies and most important to my mind their Elderberry Extract and Wellness Syrup.  Norms Farms provides elderberry products that taste great!  Not only that but they also sell elderberry bushes so you can grow your own.  How is that for a cold and flu remedy, something that actually tastes good and you can eat every day for prevention?

    Norms Farms sent me a sampler pack of their products for review.  I tried  all of it and must say I am impressed with the flavor and quality.  I love the extract for making healthy Italian sodas and the jam and jelly were amazing on toast and English muffins. As to it helping with illness I do have an experience to share.  My five year old son suddenly developed a huge lump on the side of his neck in a place I don't normally associate with a lymph node.  Concerned I took him to the doctor and she told me that there are lymph nodes there but it could also be a tumor!  I was to watch it over the next weeks and if it got bigger to bring him right in.   Most likely it is a lymph node though and she said it could take months to go away.

    Well that day I started giving my son the elderberry wellness syrup as directed and after a week the lump was gone!  I believe the elderberry's helped to boost his immune system to flush the lymph node out~

    Price wise the syrup and juice are less than what you pay for other elderberry products in the health food store only you know these are being produced in the USA.  The jam and jelly is priced as other gourmet preserves at less than $6.00 per jar.

    I would recommend Norms Farms product to anyone looking for USA Produced elderberry products.  They are delicious, nutritious, and have health benefits!

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    The Giveaway!

    Norms Farms has generously offered to give one of my lucky readers a Sample Pack of their products .  This includes Elderberry Jam, Elderberry Jelly, Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam, Wellness Syrup, and Elderberry Extract!  A $50.00 value!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are verified.  Good Luck!
     
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    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Review/Giveaway Gourmet Garden Organic Herbs And Spices

     
    I love to cook with fresh herbs.  My problem is that if I buy a package of herbs at the store more than half of them go to waste because in each recipe it only calls for a small amount.  I hate wasting food!  That's why when Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices offered to send me their full line to try I was thrilled. 

    One of the reasons is that these herbs and spices are packaged in tubes that last up to three months!  Meaning that I can use them as I need them and always have fresh tasting herbs and spices for my cooking! 

    The second reason is because they are extremely high quality ingredients.  Gourmet Garden herbs and spices are grown on organic farms on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Within 24 hours of harvesting they are simply washed, chopped, blended and packed into tubes guaranteeing their fresh taste and nutrition for up to 3 months.

    Their product line is staggering with 14 fresh herbs to use in your favorite recipes. The difference in using fresh herbs as apposed to dried is huge!  The flavors are brighter and more intense with fresh which is why I always prefer to work with them.

    I used Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices in a variety of ways for this review. One was in a make ahead breakfast egg dish that I make so that in the mornings I have a healthy protein filled option for my children.  I used the Garlic paste in place of the garlic powder and it turned out delicious.  Also in this recipe I could have used the dill or chili paste to add more kick. You can see my recipe for Scrambled Egg Muffins by clicking HERE.

    I love using Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices.  They are delicious, economical, and healthy by being organic.  You can find them in the produce isle of almost all grocery stores.  Go to their website for great meal ideas and recipes.

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    Giveaway!

     
    Gourmet Garden has been super generous by giving one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader their own cooler filled with their products!  Use the rafflecopter to enter, all enteries are optional, all winning enteries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
     
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    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.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Frugal Tips: Making Syrup From Canned Fruit Leftovers

     
    Being a stay at home mom means that we have a much more limited income than the average American family.  We have learned to live on less, never use credit cards (we don't even have one), and buy everything in cash.  Needless to say I have turned frugality into a fine art to stretch those limited dollars.

    One way is to never throw out food that could be used in some way,  the bones from chickens and beef to make broth, drying stale bread for bread crumbs, etc.

    My favorite recycle idea for something that would be thrown out is to make fruit syrup for pancakes out of the syrup leftover from my canned fruits.  Instead of paying up to $5.00 for expensive premium fruit syrups that are probably made from cheap ingredients I have a free source of cherry, plum, and peach syrup for our breakfasts and ice cream.  I don't do this with store bought fruit because they use high fructose corn syrup for the sugar and I avoid that stuff like the plague.  But since I can almost all of our fruit I don't need to really worry about that.  I always make my fruit in a heavy syrup because I plan to make syrup from it after the fruit is used up.  Preplanning pays off!

    First save your canned fruit juice leftovers

    When you have a few jars saved up pour into a large saucepan and bring to a boil

    Boil or simmer until reduced by half or until desired thickness.  If you have a very light syrup or just fruit juice you should add a couple of cups of sugar and also a tablespoon of corn starch to aid the thickening.  Be careful not to let it scorch.








    When thickened pour into clean jars and refrigerate
     Great on pancakes, waffles, french toast, and ice cream

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Review and Giveaway- Soap Nuts and Argan Oil Soap From The Eczema Company

    The Eczema Company
     
    Do you struggle with itchy patches of skin or rashes that come and go.  Well you may have exzema!  I have eczema and so does my eldest son. In fact he was born with Infantile Eczema and it was horrible.  We struggled for years to help him on our own and finally went to using all natural cleaners and skin products as his allergies were caused by chemical exposure.  I sure wish I had known about The Eczema Company back then!
     
    We still have to use all natural cleaners and still have occasional outbreaks of Eczema with my son, usually when he is exposed to some outside chemical.  The Eczema Company is a company devoted to finding products that help this common ailment. Here is a little info on why they do what they do.
     
    The Eczema Company was created by our family to help others dealing with the daily challenges of managing eczema. We know all about the intense itching, the sleepless nights (for the whole family!) and the desperation to find something to make the discomfort even the tiniest bit better. Our son developed a baby rash and was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. His skin continued to worsen and at age three his body was 90% covered in what looked like severe burns. Around that time we discovered he has many food allergies and sensitivities, some lead to eczema flare-ups and some lead to immediate itching. Now that we’ve found his triggers, our son’s skin is much better.
     
    We have tried countless eczema creams, eczema clothing, etc. and have made our favorites available to you in this eczema store. As you know, what works for one person's eczema may not work for another. We realized this after seeing our closet full of partially used eczema creams that were recommended for Tristan, but just didn’t help his itchy skin. While all eczema is different, we want to provide you with products try that we believe in because they work. We hope they bring you and your family some much-deserved relief.
     
     
    I have to say there is help out there for those suffering from eczema!  I was impressed with the selection of products The Eczema Company carries.  Not just creams and soaps, but clothing, jewelry, herbal supplements, and books.
     

    They sent me two products for the purposes of this review.  The first is a something I have only heard of just recently called Nepalese Soap Nuts.  These are a certified organic, Hypoallergenic, Natural Laundry "Detergent." Also works great in the bath as a body wash and as a shampoo! I can say they really do work! They leave no scent on your wash and get stains out, but you do have to use hot or warm water for your wash. I liked them allot, especially since they didn't cause my son to break out. These are really affordable and come with simple directions on how to use them.
     The world’s best soap nuts, or ‘’soap berries’’ as they are more accurately called as they are not actually a tree nut, grow wild in the mountains of Nepal. Traditionally used by the Nepalese as a laundry soap, soap nuts have been gaining in popularity worldwide with people who want to avoid the industrial chemicals found in commercial laundry detergents, particularly those with sensitive skin and/or allergies for whom it’s vital. And especially those with eczema and psoriasis.
     
    These wild crafted Nepalese soap nuts are harvested by hand in the Himalayan Mountains where the atmospheric and soil conditions are optimal for growing Sapindus Mukorossi (the best soap nuts in the world) with the highest concentration of natural saponins (soap) in the world. The soap nuts are then deseeded by hand and placed in the sun to dry before being hand packaged in wild crafted, handmade Nepalese lokta paper bags. These soap nuts have never been touched by industrial equipment or chemicals.
     
    They are economical too. You can do a load of laundry for less than you now spend on commercial detergents, and you don’t need to spend a cent on fabric softeners or dryer sheets because soap nuts have anti-static properties, and they’re a natural fabric softener too.
     
     
    The second product they sent me is their Argan Oil Soap and Shampoo Bar.  It has exactly four ingredients Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Natural Spring Water and Lye. As anyone who suffers from skin allergies can tell you the less ingredients the better when it comes to soaps. I found this soap to be great. The sent is natural and very light. It left my skin feeling clean but very soft and moisturized. It also has lasted a very long time in our shower, which I have noticed is a problem with hand made soaps. They tend to disintegrate quickly.
     
    In conclusion I would recommend The Eczema Company to anyone looking for natural skin care products and cleaners at good prices.  Even those who are not troubled with eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis can benefit from this store as limiting our exposure to the standard chemicals put into most home and body care products is a good idea.
     

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    The Eczema Company has generously offered to give one luck Thrifty Housewife reader their own Nepalese Soap Nuts and Argan Oil Soap and Shampoo Bar!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be checked for completions.  Open to US and Canada.  Good luck!
     
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    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.