Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review/Giveaway Golden Blossom Honey

 
I don't know about you but I love honey for cooking and sweetening things.  I am trying to use only all natural sweeteners for our family.  But I only buy American produced honey due to the fact that honey's from foreign countries can contain all sorts of nasty stuff and be cut with things like corn syrup so your not even getting 100% honey! Look at the honey you get in the grocery store and you will notice it will say that it's honey is not just from America but also lots of other countries in a blend.  And with how expensive honey is, even the stuff in the store, I want to make sure I'm getting real honey.

So I am excited to introduce you to Golden Blossom Honey. They are a company that sells only PURE honey produced right here in the USA.  I was sent four bottles of their honey for the purposes of this review.  Here is a little info about the company

GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY is a product of the U.S.A. and comes entirely from U.S. beekeepers, who receive a bonus from John Paton, Inc. for the high quality honey that they provide. All GOLDEN BLOSSOM items are packed in accordance with the standards set forth by the Orthodox Union with the 24 ounce size also packed Kosher for Passover.  

The first thing I noticed was the rich amber color of the honey.  As I poured some out to try I saw how nice and thick it was.  Pure honey is very thick in consistency. As my son (he loves honey) and I tried some we both loved the rich honey flavor.  My son puts it on his morning toast, his afternoon sandwiches, and on rolls at dinner.  I like it in my tea, coffee, and yogurt.  I use it when I make smoothies and in baking.

We also received a bottle of Organic White Forest Honey.  This was just as good with a nice floral flavor. Golden Blossom proudly sells Organic White Forest Honey, a blend of organic honeys sourced from Brazil. As it is organic and sources from a forest it is not cut with corn syrup or other nasty ingredients.

Golden Blossom Honey is also great for cooking a baking. They even have a section, found HERE, full of delicious recipe using their honey.  If your trying to get off processed sugars you should really check out the recipe section because it is huge!

They also have a really nice section on health and beauty which you can find HERE.  I am trying out several of their recipes right now.


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An Awesome Giveaway!

 
Golden Blossom Honey is being super generous by giving away four bottle in various sizes of their honey.  This includes their organic White Forest Honey!  Use the Giveaway form below to enter.  All entries are optional, all winning entries are verified 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. The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fried Apples - Old Fashioned Cooking

After reading the Little House books I was interested in trying out the idea of fried apples.  This was an accompaniment to dinners and breakfasts in the book Farmer Boy.  So I looked it up on the net and then added my own tweaks. Fried apples are really delicious and are perfect for cold evenings.  This is really good with pork or chicken or with a hearty breakfast.  Easy to do too, as long as you have lots of apples.  I buy my apples in bulk from an orchard for 50 cents a lb. and got 125 lbs. so I have lots of apples to play with.  The cooking time varies depending on how many apples you use and what variety. You want to use a cooking or baking apple like galas, granny smith, etc..  I use a mixture of them.  Here's the recipe


Take 10 large apples or less if your feeding less but this reheats well


Peel

Then slice into 1/4 in slices

 
In your skillet melt 1 stick of butter and add apples and then cook over medium high heat adjusting if apples are burning



When apples start to get soft grate over some nutmeg if you like and add one teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar.  Mix up well.  When the apples start to caramelize and get brown they are done.  Serve with breakfast or a dinner of chicken or pork.  Serve warm or hot.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Neat App for When To Plant Your Garden In Your Area




One of the hardest things to learn when gardening is what time of year to plant all those veggies in your specific area.  Every area of our country has different times for planting.  So I just found this great resource that will tell you right when to plant for your zip code.  How cool is that?

Just click HERE on and enter in your zip code to get started!
 


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Natural and Gentle Treatment for Warts!

 
Three of my children had lots of warts on their hands as toddlers from playing in the dirt all the time.  Normal country kids stuff right?  Did you know that warts are caused by viruses in the soil? And my kids had them bad, as in all over their hands.  I took my first two (Princess in Waiting and Captain Submarine) to the doctor several times to have them frozen off since the over the counter stuff wasn't working.  Each time I had to hold my screaming toddler down as the doctor treated them.  The treatments left open wounds that stung and hurt for weeks.  Later the warts not only didn't fall off, but a "halo" wart formed around the old wart making them look even worse!  This is a common problem with freezing warts off I found out.  The doctor said the next step was cutting them off requiring lots of anesthesia and stitches!

 I gave up, it wasn't worth the terror of my children to do something that really was just a cosmetic annoyance. 

But then I read in a old all natural book that the milky sap from the dandelion plant applied for several weeks will remove warts.  Crazy Right?  Well it works!  That spring and summer when I took the children out for daily play we picked dandelions as always to feed to the rabbits and I would rub the milk onto their warts.  Two weeks later the warts disappeared on their own!  Not only did they disappear, the treatment didn't irritate their skin and left no scars.  It was as if the warts had never been their.


I told my doctor about it today and he that dandelion sap can work.  Dandelions contain silicon that irritates the wart causing the immune system to "wake up" and notice that the wart is there.  Then, due to this irritation, the body kills the wart from the inside out.  It appears from the outside that the wart just shrinks and eventually disappears.

Consider the difference in using this on children!  Instead of pain, screaming, toxic chemicals, open wounds, and fear, you have a gentle and even fun remedy that will never cause your child to show a marked amount of distrust when you tell them "This wont really hurt honey".  Also it is something even small children can do on their own.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Unprotective Parenting

I have often thought exactly this, but couldn't put it into better words.  This post comes from a great blog called Teach The Younger Women.  I really enjoy her heartfelt wisdom filled writing.  Family members have often said their is no point in being a protective parent, and I have never been able to put into words her perfect response. 
 
 "The world sends  a very strong message by insinuation: it’s wrong to be over-protective, but it’s not wrong to be under-protective. They say that if you’re going to make a mistake, make a mistake in being loose, in playing fast and free, in not protecting enough." 
 
In other words if you don't take responsibility then you can't really be at fault.
 
The world says that one thing you don’t want to do as a parent is be “over” protective.  And we’ve attached all kinds of insulting words to it:
Hovering.
Smothering.
Babying.
Coddling.
Sheltering.

 The world sends  a very strong message by insinuation: it’s wrong to be over-protective, but it’s not wrong to be under-protective. They say that if you’re going to make a mistake, make a mistake in being loose, in playing fast and free, in not protecting enough.

Because, according to worldly thinking the one big parenting sin is protecting too much.
Really?
In a world of texting and Facebook, bullying in schools and internet sin is it time for hands off or hands on?
 

 In our fear of being over-protective, we’ve been under-protective.
We let culture dictate what is normal; if “everyone” is doing it, wearing it, seeing it, going to it, or listening to it, then we feel we will be doing our child damage if we don’t go along.
But parenting by “everyone” is madness.
 
And if we do it, we’re putting our children’s very childhood at risk.
The assumption with parenting is simple:  your children are immature and need your maturity.  Yet some parents are more eager to be liked, or accepted by their kids, than they are to be parents to their kids.
So instead of being active, they’re passive.
And in so doing, they drop their protective guard.
The very idea of childhood is that there is a time when a young person is sheltered from certain ideas, experiences, practices, expectations and knowledge
 
Read the rest HERE

Monday, March 16, 2015

Camping Themed Boys Room For Under $100.00

Being thrifty doesn't mean that I live like a monk with no decorations in my house.  In fact I make an effort to create a warm inviting atmosphere in my home.  For my children I want their bedrooms to not only reflect their interests, but also be fun and a place where they can let their imaginations go.

This can be easy if you are wealthy, but for those of us who don't have money for extras creating that special place can be challenging.

When we moved into our new house the boys room was painted blue in the main part.  The "sitting room" that is off to the side was walled with ugly 70's paneling which I have never been a fan of.  Plus it did not go with the rest of the room at all.  It was kind of a shock because the lovely blue walls and amazing windows of the main room clashed so greatly with the dark old paneling.  As our landlord didn't want us painting the paneling I asked if I could cover it up with my idea of a tent.  She said yes and so I started thinking about how I could turn their room into a Camping Themed room.  First I went to pinterest and got some great ideas and picked out what I wanted the tent part to look like.

My first job was to find enough flat white cotton sheets at the thrift store.  I spent about $6.00 to get enough.  Then I dyed the sheets (this is why cotton is important) with coffee to make them look more canvas like.  I was going for those canvas hunting tents that are huge and roomy.

Next me and my trusty staple gun got to work.  The finished product looked like this.

 
 
 
This sign I got from Minted.com.  They are very inexpensive and I could personalize it with my boys names.  It's their fort!
 
 
The interior is decorated with antique leather and fur army mittens from their great uncle.  An antique tapestry showing bears from grandma. And an old metal canteen I got at a yard sale for $1.00

 
A view of the other side with their toy shelves and a coffee table.  I painted the coffee table and small chest of drawers in there with dark blue satin paint so their two dressers, and book shelves match.  I painted the top of the coffee table with chalkboard paint so they can draw on it.  The table is where they assemble all their Lego creations.
 
 
 
This is the reading nook I made.  It's a dog bed wrapped in a flannel sheet.  Then a neat afghan in outdoorsy colors I got for free and two pillows from the thrift store for less than a dollar each. The red plaid arm pillow I got at a yard sale for $1.00.  The kids like to relax here and read.
 
 
 
I hung this lantern from the ceiling and got it at the thrift store for $2.00.  The candle is a flicker candle that turns on automatically in the evenings and turns off after 6 hours.  I got that new for $2.50 and it runs on batteries.

 
The tent when the kids close it for a more authentic camping feel.
 
 
 
The other side of the tent interior with all the Legos.  Yes those are ALL Legos!

 
My younger sons bed with a watercolor print of a fox from minted.com.  Very Cute!  And a old fashioned leather canteen from a yard sale for a buck.



 
My older sons bed is an antique folding military steel bedframe.  I got it at the thrift store for 5 bucks and found out to buy them anywhere else they are about $400.00.  I was wanting a matching one for my other son but not at that price!  I want to get them matching plaid bedspreads and pillow cases.
 
 
 
The boys book shelves repainted by me to match. 
 
 


A wonderful custom Bus Roll that I got for review (more to come on that)  from Great Big Canvas.
I got the idea off of pinterest for the brothers and you can find so many other ideas there



 
I love this little flickering candle.  It has two wolves to represent my two boys and doubles as a night light.  I got it at the thrift store for $1.99.
 
 
So that is my custom room.  All told it really cost me about $20.00 bucks since I got some of the decorations for free.  Shopping at thrift stores and garage sales is something that takes patients.  I don't get what I am looking for every time, but I have a list of things I need and every time I go I check the isles.  This is how I afford to stay home and yet decorate our house really nice.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

Ok when I found this article it just affirmed what I have felt since I was a girl.  Every time I get out in my garden and start digging I feel happy the rest of the day.  And now there is some science to prove it!  Totally cool! 

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

Soil.
Image by amoceptum
   
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy.

Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists have unraveled the why of many medicinal plants and practices but only recently are they finding remedies that were previously unknown and yet, still a part of the natural life cycle. Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable.  Go HERE to read the rest

Monday, March 9, 2015

Buttermilk Blueberry Morning Cake

Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Cake


I have tried many blueberry quick bread, muffins, and cakes before and I have to say this one is the best.  It is moist with a light texture and the blueberries are just enough.  I only used a heaping cupful of berries instead of the two because I was using frozen ones and it turned out perfect.  I also used sour milk instead of store bought buttermilk but that's a standard substitution.  The whole family raved about it and it is definitely going to become a standard on Monday baking day.  It's wonderful with coffee or tea.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Serves 6-8

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top


1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.

4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Advice For Moms Of Active Toddlers (And Need Help!)

I remember well my firstborn sons toddlerhood.  He was what is commonly labeled "active".  His mission seemed to be to find whatever he could and take it apart, destroy it, or throw it into a pile on the floor.  We nick named him "Don the Destroyer" and he drove his momma to distraction.  Or at least at first.  When we had him I had fallen for the feminist notion that all children are the same be they boys are girls.  My first child was a girl.  Even as a toddler she liked to play dress up, color, and organize her toys.  Don on the other hand loved to dig in the dirt, played "destructo" with his toys, and wouldn't color for anything.  I kept asking myself "what's wrong with this kid?".  He was ALWAYS into something.  Always looking for something to climb, jump off, or dig into.  He was like a little Viking bent on missions to conquer.


Due to being raised with only another sister and having no real experience with toddler boys I just couldn't figure him out.  I thought I was not a good enough mother, that I was not disciplining him enough or in the right way.  And then I realized that HE WAS A BOY!  And guess what mom?  Boys are different!  Yep they play different, think different, and relate different from girls.  What a realization for me!  Instead of trying to turn my precious son into a quiet neat little girl I let him be a boy.  I found activities that fostered his exploration and adventurousness.  And more importantly I began to study boys brain development.  It was very eye opening as to their special needs when it comes to learning and play.  Especially their need for DEEP MUSCLE stimulation.  To regulate their brains some children, and especially boys, need to work their muscles.  Things like jumping, swimming, climbing, bouncing, running, or working with their hands.

Now you have to understand I have a thing against TV.  Our children are limited on how much and what they can watch.  So I couldn't use the very easy out of TV to keep my son zombielike.  We also didn't allow computer games, video games, or tablet games during the toddler years, although now we have a Wii with appropriate games.

So what's a mom to do to keep her active little ones busy and happy without TV or video games?  Here are manageable activities and toys that actually WORK and have kept my three younger children who are all VERY active busy for hours.   All of them stimulate the deep muscles that these children need every day.  My children were much happier, calmer, and less destructive with these outlets for their needs.

At Mass last Sunday our neighbors daughter and children were visiting and sitting in the pew in front of us.  She had an adorable 18 month old son with her who, in my opinion, did excellent.  After Mass we talked and her parent mentions how busy he is and she made the same comments, expressing how she is always chasing him around and that most standard toys don't entertain him.  I made some suggestions for what has worked for our equally busy children and decided to make a post for other parents struggling with the same issues. As our family has always been very low income I have listed things in groups from cheap to expensive.  You don't have to be rich or even middle class to provide most of these items for your children.

Even though I have many of these items linked to affiliates on Amazon it's more so you can visualize what I'm talking about. I always look for gently used items before buying new.  If you do buy online through one of my links however thank you!  The little money I receive as a commission doesn't effect your price and helps to support this blog. I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Note:  All children need supervision, especially young ones!  These are not ideas for unsupervised play but more for things that will keep littles busy for extended periods of time so you can do things like fold clothes, do the dishes, or even read while being close by.

Cheap To Moderate


Water Tables


I cannot stress this enough that a Water Table is a life saver.  Almost ALL children love them and will play with them for hours (I have never met a child who didn't love them ).  When we got one it changed our lives for the better.

The nice thing is the worst that can happen is your child will get wet with clean water so you can just change their clothes.  You can even set these up in a place in the house with linoleum floors for easy cleanup.  They are great in the winter when you can't to outside to play.  A water table can be bought online and range in price from $20.00 up to $100.00 for a really elaborate one that has room for several children to play at.  Or you can make your own with a under the bed plastic storage toate you might have adding cups, plastic boats, and other water friendly toys.  Be sure to monitor you small children for safety!

Play dough

Play Dough is great and can be so cheap as to make it very affordable.  I do encourage you to make your own from THIS recipe simply because not only is it cheaper but it doesn't contain any toxic chemicals and is much softer so that even very young toddlers can manipulate it.  You don't need all those accessory's either. Although THIS SET pictured is very good for toddlers. Just plastic spoons, knives and cookie cutters work.  Play dough was and still is a great outlet for my children.

The Local Park

Many parks now have "toddler friendly" play toys that are made specifically for the younger children.  Going every day gets your child out in the sun and fresh air and lets them run, jump, and climb to their hearts content.

Bouncy Balls

These balls are great for toddlers up to 9 year olds and come in different sizes for different ages.  The nice thing is they are inside/outside toys and can be used for those rainy days when outside play is not possible.  They also are inexpensive and are excellent at stimulating that deep muscle I have talked about.


Outside Play

Daily outside play is a basic and free activity, but can also be destructive if you don't have things for you children to do.  Some fun ideas are sidewalk chalk, bubble blowing (always a huge hit!) , kicking balls,  outdoor slides and swings, digging in the dirt or sand, and making stick houses.

Wooden Blocks

Most toddlers love to stack blocks and I like the wooden ones that are unpainted due to fears of toxic paints.  For some kids they will play with them for a good hour or more. With younger children you will need to build with them for awhile before they get the hang of it and watch out for blocks small enough to choke on.  You don't need expensive blocks here and a set will not only last through several of your own children but can be saved for future grand children.  Click HERE to see a fairly inexpensive basic set.  Or heck you could make your own!




Bubble Blowing

Most toddlers cannot do this on their own without LOTS of parental supervision, although now there are many bubble blowers on the market that even a toddler can use.  For outside bubbles a Bubble Blower is great and provides lots of fun time.

 

Moderate to Expensive



Indoor Trampoline

Indoor Trampolines are great for little ones up to preteen years.  Put on some kids music and let them boogy down.  Don't forget that you can find these used!







Toddler Indoor Gyms, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Or Martial Arts

Most of these classes cost a fee that can vary from moderate to expensive, but they are also a lot of fun!  We went to a very low key toddler gymnastics that my son LOVED and was more like a structured play time.  He learned lots of balancing though.



Children's Museums

If you live in a big enough town it may have a Children's Museum to go to.  You can get a membership or pay every time you go.  They are really fun with all sorts of different toddler friendly activities.  Google them and you will see.  This is in fact where we first discovered water tables and knew we had to have one. Check out the cool Portland Children's Museum

Swimming Lessons/Pool Time

If you have a local indoor pool they usually do toddler swim time and lessons.  This is a great outlet for energetic little's let me tell you.  And as a bonus your child will learn swimming skills!  Most lessons for toddlers are very reasonable.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Oven German Pancakes - Super Delicious, Inexpensive, and Easy!

German Pancakes II Recipe
Photo Credit AllRecipes
Right now I am trying to shift from store bought easy breakfasts like cereals for my family.  Not only are they expensive, but they are highly processed with doubtful ingredients, preservatives, and GMO's!  It has been a challenge because I am NOT a morning person.  It takes me a good hour plus coffee to get up to par. Our mornings start horrifically early as our children have to be out the door by 6:45 to get to school.  Fortunately I wake up at 5 am every morning without fail or alarm clock.  Years of breastfeeding babies has trained my internal clock to wake up like that so I usually have an hour to get primed for the morning rush.  My children do not like things that would go into a crockpot like oatmeal or cornmeal mush.  But I think I have finally found a winning recipe that not only is easy, but healthy, delicious, and filling.

The recipe of course is German Pancakes, also called Dutch Babies.  Could we love it because my husband is mostly German and I am part Dutch :) ?  This is simply a puffed oven pancake that serves a family of 6 easily.  I like it because while my coffee is brewing I simply throw the four ingredients into my mixer, melt the butter in my cast iron skillet and preheat the oven.  Then throw it in and 1/2 hour to 45 min later I have a hot filling breakfast for my children.  I love it topped with powdered sugar and berries.  It can also be topped with maple syrup, honey, molasses, stewed fruits, or plain powdered sugar.  Because it has 6 eggs in it the protein helps my family feel full longer and helps with energy in the morning.  If I were to make just eggs and toast for breakfast we would need about 18 to feed our family.  The other reason this is a time saver for me is because while it is baking I can get on with other morning chores such as making lunches, starting laundry, and assisting the kids get ready for school.

I found the recipe on all recipes, but also have found another recipe that calls for less eggs if you need to stretch them and has a much more detailed instruction.  I am going to try it tomorrow. 

My children absolutely LOVE these and literally have pleaded with me to make them.  Talk about a hit!  So if your looking for a easy and healthy recipe for your family breakfasts try this one.  Click HERE to go to the allrecipes post.  Or go HERE to see the alternative recipe for less eggs at a great sight called Recipes From a German Grandma.  Love the name :)

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings        

           

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a medium baking dish (best if you use cast iron).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, milk, eggs and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake on center rack in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.

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.