Friday, May 22, 2015

Freebie Friday!


Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding CouponsAMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deal Club.

This week I received a Sample pouch of Zero Grain dog food.
3 Free coupons for Stevia Sugar Substitute.
2 sample of Bio Freeze for pain.


I also received a huge box of free samples, coupons and full sized products for my Health Baby House Part thanks to Seventh Generation. 

My Healthy Baby House Party kit contained
A bag of diapers size 3
Full Size Pouch of baby wipes
Filter water bottle
Full size bottle of Dish Detergent
12 samples of baby vitamins
Coupons for many baby products
Bingo Games
Flash cards for games at the party
Goodie Bags
Samples of Laundry detergent, baby wipes and dish detergent

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recipe: Stir Fry Vegetables and Fried Rice

So last week I decided to make this dish with some fried rice. It came out so good I thought I would share the recipe with you. I cooked some chicken for Ken separately and he added that to his plate. 

I made Fried Rice for the first time a couple of months ago and it was so easy to make. If you've never made it before, here's a really simple recipe for it. For the Fried Rice you need day old steamed white rice, it just comes out better if it sits in the fridge over night before you use it in this recipe.


After it was all done, I put a scoop of Fried Rice in the middle of the plate and added a scoop of the vegetables on top of it. This was Ken's plate and he had chicken on his but you can omit that if you like. 

You will need...

Stir Fry Vegetables
3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
1 cup chopped mushroom
1 cup chopped Bell Pepper
1 cup chopped Broccoli
1 cup chopped Cauliflower
1 cup chopped Carrots
1 cup chopped Yellow Onion
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Broth
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder

Add oil to a large pan and heat. Add vegetables and stir over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add everything else, cover and cook for an additional 6 minutes stirring occasionally until tender. 

Fried Rice
1/2 cup diced Yellow Onion
3 cups day old Steamed White Rice
1/2 cup frozen Peas and Carrots - boiled
2 beaten eggs
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp powdered Chicken Bouillon Cube dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
3 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder

On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the peas and carrots, onion and rice. Stir fry until heated through. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the spices and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What It's Like Having A Hairless Rat


This is my hairless rat, Flower. She is 2 years old and although I've had rats for about 15 years, she's my first hairless one. I wasn't sure if she would need extra or different type of care after I rescued her from a lady who no longer wanted her so after doing research, I wrote an article about How to Care For A Hairless Rat


Care for a hairless rat and a furred rat is pretty much the same although I do have to rub Extra Virgin Olive Oil on her skin each month, not that she minds. It's just another game to her. She also gets a little extra protein in her diet and has extra blankets in her houses so she can stay warm if she's cool. 


Flower is very affectionate and will lick my hands *give kisses* while she is out running around on the couch or if I put my hand in her cage. 


She can get a little messy, especially if I share some whip cream from my pie with her. lol 


And she thinks she's a cover model. Easy Breezy Cover Rat. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Quick Stitch Sewing Kit



Product Description
 Portable light weight sewing kit that is easy to grab. Fits easily in your purse or brief case and can taken with you wherever you go!! Easily stored in your car as well.

 Perfect portable beginners sewing kit for repairing those unexpected rips and tears, missing buttons and more! No need to take out a heavy awkward sewing machine! Quick Stitch has all the sewing notions and supplies you will need.

Can be used for emergencies, as a travel sewing kit, as a starter sewing kit for any quick fixes and emergency or survival sewing needs at home, school, or at the office. With Quick Stitch sewing kit - Just say sew sewing kit.

Sewing kit for adults, both boys and girls ,and even children as a beginners sewing kit or your first sewing kit. Can be used as a survival sewing kit and army sewing kit to fix and repair all kinds of sewing thread repairs.

No need for a professional sewing kit! Quick Stitch sewing kit has all you need for those unforeseen quick fix needs. Just grab your Quick Stitch sewing kit. 


My Review
This kit contains: 24 Stainless Steel Needles of Various Sizes Contained In A Protective Plastic Case, 12 Spools of Assorted Popular Colors of Thread, A Pair of Stainless Steel Scissors, A Seam Ripper with Plastic Cover, Two Needle Threaders, Tape Measure, Straight Pins, Safety Pins, Thimble, and Buttons. All inside a Portable Carrying Case.

This kit is the perfect first sewing kit for someone or an emergency kit to keep in the car or purse. It's small enough to keep just about anywhere and has everything you need to sew up a small hole or rip in clothing. 

It's great that it has a zippered carrying case to keep everything together in one place. There's enough thread and needles to last for many years of small fixes. I really like that it comes with 2 threaders to help thread the needles since I need reading glasses now in order to see small things like this, so this was a big help for me. 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 

If you'd like to buy one, you can do so here

Happy Raturday!



Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*




Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: Midnight Raven by Becca Boucher


Book Blurb

Kat Brennan was a loner. Trust no one, and don’t let anyone in, was the mantra she lived her life by. The few times she had, it ended badly. Now alone and bitter she’s facing the consequences of her actions. Until one night a chance encounter with a raven sets into motion a range of events, and desires, she thought she had buried long ago. 

Cace Matthews was a successful doctor to the outside world. He seemingly had it all, good looks, a fast paced career, and a prestigious new job. But no one knew the real Cace. The shifter who searched for the truth, the end to the curse that had been placed on his family. 

When the two cross paths it leads to discovery and passion. 

Can Kat accept her true lineage and the magic that surrounds her? More importantly, can she let go of decades old resentments and let herself find true love? Can Cace bridge the gap between family commitments, and the desire to be himself, all while navigating his true feelings for Kat? And will they both live to see midnight? 

Adult themes and content 18+

My Review
I felt sorry for Kat right away. You can just tell when someone is depressed and on the edge and that's the way she felt to me. Kat seems to have shut her self off from others and isn't looking for a relationship but that doesn't stop Cace from trying after they meet. 

After meeting Cace and finding out he's a shifter and that she has a special gift, she also finds out they are in danger. Cace is a wonderful character. He's a raven shifter and I totally loved that he is able to fly and we get a sense of what it's like to fly through him. Case and his sister are looking into the death of their grandfather, so there's also that mystery story line going on as well. 

With everything that happens and all the different things going on, this story should have felt bogged down with too many things happening at once but the author did a wonderful job of keeping everything flowing and keeping me engaged. 

I have to say that I'm still reeling from the ending of this book. I never saw that coming. There's a twist in this story that totally changes everything and everyone involved and I was completely shocked when it happened. 

While this is book 2 in the Moon series, you can read this as a stand alone book with no problem at all. If you like fairies, shifters, paranormal beings and family curses then you'd probably like this book. 

If you'd like to buy this book you can find it here

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimer: I was given this book for free when I won it in a contest. 

Review: Stylus Pen by Jiggy Brands


Product Description
Stylus grip pen with twist-action mechanism.
Black ink with medium point.
5 3/8" W x 1/2" H x 3/8" diameter.
Ink Color/Point Style: Black ink with medium point
Available In Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red

My Review
I really like the stylus end of this, my husband and I tried it out on our Kindle Fire right away and it works well for us to tap the keys and be able to tap just the one key we are going after. That is the entire reason I wanted a stylus in the first place. My fingers kept hitting extra keys and so did my husband so we needed something like this. The pen side works really well but there doesn't seem to be a lot of ink in it so I have a feeling it would run out if we kept using it. Since all we really wanted was the stylus part, this works well for us.

It ha a nice rubber end for clicking on things on a touch pad, phone, Kindle ect. 

It also has a pen on the other end in case you need to write something on a piece of paper. 

I'm happy with it because I was able to get a 99% off coupon code it from No Kidding Coupons so I only paid .15 for it when the Amazon price at the time was $14.97

If you'd like to purchase this Stylus pen you can do so here

Disclaimer: I got this product at a deep discount in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Freebie Friday!



Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too.

This week I received 2 boxes of Pasta from Smiley360 to test out at home for free.


I also received an autographed book, Midnight Raven by Becca Boucher. She also sent me a fridge magnet and a business card. 

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: Grill Brush by Inspired Grill Instruments


Product Description
16-inch long handle means no burning from hot grill whilst cleaning. A non slippery, non slick handle allowing for easy grip even when you have greasy hands. Great value brush on Amazon!
Firmly interwoven, extremely flexible bristles allowing brush to reach every crevice on your grill with little effort or force required from you.
Only requires water to clean no heavy scrubbing or soaking the brush for ages to keep clean and therefore no fuss. Simply rinse the brush under a tap to clean for the next use.

My Review
During the summer months we like to grill food on the bbq and my old grill brush was just about done for, we needed a new one. So when I was given the chance to get this one for a deep discount from Elite Deals Club, I jumped at the chance and bought it.

I used to bring the grill in the apartment and clean off all the metal parts that my meat was going to be touching because I don't want old food and ash getting on the meat that I'm cooking. Hubby thought that was weird, that I should just take a grill brush and knock off most of it because with the high heat that a bbq uses anything left gets turned to ash and won't hurt you to eat. But I still like to scrub the grill before I add new meat to it. So I love this brush. It's got a long handle so I can have the fire going and clean the grill and not worry about my hands and arms getting burned. This is exactly what I've been wanting. 

If' you'd like to purchase this grill brush you can do so here

Disclaimer: I was given this product at a deep discount in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Recipe: Mary's Potato Salad

I make my potato salad a little different than other people do because I like a lot of pickle in it. Ken told me it should be called pickle salad. 


First thing you do is boil 5 lbs of red potatoes until they are soft but not too soft. You want them to stand up to being mixed with the other ingredients. Once boiled, put in cool water for 3-4 minutes and then drain. If you leave them in the water too long they will get mushy. Put the potatoes in the fridge for 2 hours until cool. 

Once completely cooled, take then out and cut into large chunks. Bigger chunks stand up better to being mixed. I cut each potato into 4 or 6 pieces. 


Slice one can of whole black olives and set aside. 

Dice 2 Claussen Kosher Dill pickles and set aside. 

Pour out 1/2 cup of pickle juice from the pickle jar into measuring cup ad set aside. 

You will also need 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. 

Add all of the ingredients to a large pot and mix using a large plastic spoon. 

Of course you can leave out the pickle juice if you don't like it with that much pickle but that's one of the things that I really like bout this recipe. 

Do you have a favorite potato salad recipe? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cute Animal Pictures

So today I thought I would share pictures of my animals. This is Falcor and me playing with one of his rope toys. This silly dog has a lot of energy and has taken to bringing us one of his toys and dropping it in our laps when he wants to play..which is all the time. 

Flower is my hairless rat. She and Scribbles are both 2 years old and she still has so much energy. She is really funny to watch run and jump all over the couch. She just had her weekly ratty massage with a little extra virgin olive oil to keep her skin from drying out. I have to get the oil all over my hands and then grab her and quickly and gently rub my hands on her because she doesn't want to sit still long enough for me to do it. I think it's fun for both of us. 

Scribbles is my 2 year old male rat and he's been a little under the weather lately. Last month he had an abscess on his nose and this month he has a small one on his shoulder. Thankfully they aren't getting too big and I can either lance them or let them drain and go away on their own. He's slowing down a little and showing his age but still comes running over to the front of the cage each morning when I clean the potty corner. He knows he'll get a treat a some mommy time. He used to want to come out and get held or play but now he just lays down and wants to be petted for a while. When he's done he'll turn his back to me and go back in his house. He comes out of his house several times a day and stares at me until I give him a treat or a petting. I know he wants a treat because he'll start sniffing all over my hands and push me away if I pet him. But if he wants to be petted he'll lay down and close his eyes once I start petting him. Yep, he has me trained well. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Raturday!


Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*