Madeon Hard Lotion Bars

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I first ordered a trial size of Madeon Hard Lotion Bars through a blog I read frequently called Money Saving Mom. Crystal raved about them, so I gave these lotion bars a try, and I have to say – I love them!

Madeon Lotion Bars only contain a few ingredients, namely beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter. To use the lotion bar, you simply rub it on your skin. Your normal body temperature will cause it to soften immediately.

I suffer from very dry hands from dishwashing plus I’m pretty compulsive about washing my hands. They get so dry in the winter that they will crack. This lotion bar rubbed on my dry hands keeps them bathed in moisture. They don’t feel greasy, just very comfortable.

You can purchase these lotion bars in some lovely scents, however, I prefer the unscented version. My skin is so sensitive that I don’t want to add a possible allergen into the mix.

One of the gift sets would make such a wonderful Christmas gift for the person on your list who is difficult to buy for. Head over here, and perhaps you’ll be able to get some folks checked off your list.


Plan to Eat

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I’ve been a subscriber to Plan to Eat for the last several years. What I love about this particular meal planning service is that you are able to use your recipes, not someone else’s (which never works out for me).

When I’m browsing food blogs (too often) or see a recipe on Facebook that I want to try I simply click on my Plan to Eat Recipe Clipper. It uploads the recipe and photo to my personal recipe book page on the Plan to Eat website.

When recipes are uploaded into your personal recipe book, they are automatically filed into categories like appetizers, main course, slow cooker, soups and so on. These are standard default categories that you would typically find in a cookbook, or you can customize your own.

How I use Plan to Eat:

Before ordering my groceries online (through Walmart), I go to my recipe book and decide what I want to prepare for the following week. I click on the Queue button which is represented by a  “√” located on the lower left side of each recipe pic, and those recipes go into my queue.

I then click the Plan button, which takes me to a planner calendar where I decide which day I want to make each of my recipes. I just drag the recipe from my queue list located on the left side of the page to my planner calendar on the right side of the page. When I’ve finished this for the week, I click the Shop button.

This is where it gets good. Suddenly I have a shopping list all prepared for me! You can discard ingredients from your shopping list that you already have in your pantry. After doing that, you print your shopping list to take to the store or use as a guide when shopping online as I do. You can also export your shopping list via email to your smartphone.

And, it’s as easy as that! Head over here to give this excellent meal planning service a good look-see.  I could not recommend it more!

OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid

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You may look at this ice cube tray and wonder what the big deal is. Allow me to share! First, and probably most significant, is the fact that there’s a silicone cover for the ice cube tray. What a great idea that is! You, perhaps like me, may have an ice maker in your freezer and think you wouldn’t have any need for an ice cube tray, cover or no cover.

I use this tray to freeze small amounts of many things that would end up getting thrown out because of spoilage. To name a few, I freeze canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, canned pumpkin for smoothies, and leftover bottled wine to use in recipes.

You portion out whatever you would like to freeze in the ice cube tray. After freezing,  just pop out and seal into a quart size freezer bag. The list just goes on and on as to what you can freeze and use at a later time.

Head over here and pick one up, and leave a comment below sharing what you’re going to use it for to inspire the rest of us!

My Daily Devotional

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Grace Notes by Philip Yancey is a daily devotional that I ‘ve been reading this year. It is by far my favorite devotional that I have ever used.

This devotional draws from Mr. Yancey’s days as editor of Christianity Today and several of the books he has written. What I appreciate so much about his point of view, is the honesty and authenticity that resonates from each page.

Philip Yancey does not think it sinful or unusual to doubt or to feel let down by God. He speaks through his own life experiences and the fellow pilgrims he has met along the way. Mr. Yancy is forthright about his struggles, even as a member of a local church.

One of the most memorable and moving passages surrounds his relationship with Dr. Paul Brand who worked with victims of leprosy and co-wrote with Philip Yancy “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.”

If you’re looking for a devotional, please give this one a try. I cannot recommend it enough, as it is full of grace and encouragement. It’s available in all formats here.

God bless!

Acorn TV

If you have a Smart TV or streaming device, you have the ability to subscribe to Acorn TV. The cost is $4.99 monthly. I subscribed on my Roku streaming device, however, you can subscribe through Amazon Prime as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my Acorn subscription. It primarily streams series and movies that are from the BBC (British Broadcasting Channel) but there are a few Canadian and Australian programs as well.

One of my favorite series is “A Place to Call Home“, which is set and filmed in Australia. New seasons are available periodically. Another series that my husband and I are currently watching is “Murdoch Mysteries“, a crime mystery program from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Channel). We are addicted!

Acorn TV, just like most streaming channels offers a free week trial. Head over here and give it a look-see, I think you’ll be glad you did!

Masterpiece Theatre

Many years ago, when our boys were small, we were hosting my in-laws for dinner. My MIL and I were talking about how years ago many women would watch their “stories” (soap operas) every day.

My youngest son blurted out, “Mommy; you watch your soap opera.” I was confused and asked him to explain. He replied, “You know, Masterpiece Theatre.” I breathed a sigh of relief, and we all laughed!

Seriously, I have been an avid fan of Masterpiece Theatre for decades. I am currently watching Home Fires which I love. What has been my favorite series? So many, but to name a few: Poldark, Grantchester, and of course, Downton Abbey.

Where can you find me at 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday night? One place – on my sofa watching Masterpiece Theatre. I wouldn’t miss it for anything! Won’t you join me?

Disposable Vinyl Gloves

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I use these disposable vinyl gloves, which I purchase from Amazon, for everything. Not kidding, I use them in food preparation, cleaning my home, working outside… you name it, and I count on these gloves to make the job easier or less yucky, depending on what needs to be done.

What’s funny is that when I watch any Food Network cooking show, I always think, “You should be wearing disposable gloves to do that.” In food preparation, they are great in preventing contamination. When I’m finished slicing raw chicken, I just peel them off and toss them into the trash. Incredibly useful and convenient.

Head over here and get yourself a box of these Vinyl Gloves. You will find a million uses for them.

Amazon Prime Membership

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If you aren’t a current Amazon Prime member, you should seriously consider it. The cost is $99 a year or $10.99 a month. We love being able to purchase anything online (and I mean anything) at terrific prices and have it within two days!

If you have kids at home who are in college, you can sign up for an Amazon Student Prime membership for only $49 a year (you need a valid .edu email address to qualify).

Below are all the benefits of Amazon Prime courtesy of Consumer Reports (and the list of benefits keeps growing all the time):

Prime members now qualify for free same-day delivery on more than a million items in 27 metropolitan areas and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas.

Among other key or recently enhanced Prime benefits:

Instant access to video streaming. Membership includes instant access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, including Amazon original series like the Golden Globe-winning Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, the drama Bosch, and Doctor Thorne, from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. You can watch at home on your computer, Fire TV, or other compatible devices.

Music streaming. Prime Music offers unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations.

Prime Photos. Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.

Access to Lightning Deals. Members qualify for early (30 minutes before everyone else) access to short-term, deeply discounted Amazon Lightning Deals that often feature high-tech and fashion goods.

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Access to more than 800,000 e-book titles. You can borrow one a month, with no due date, along with one pre-released book a month with Kindle First.

Prime Now. A mobile app that allows customers in most parts of the country to shop from early morning to late night, seven days a week, for groceries, gifts, and food from neighborhood restaurants. Delivery is within two hours for free, or within an hour for $7.99. For restaurant orders, delivery is free within an hour of ordering, and the service is available from Amazon-affiliated restaurants in Manhattan, Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, and Portland, Ore.

Amazon Family. The benefits include 20 percent off diapers through its service, Subscribe & Save, and a 15 discount off of eligible products from your baby registry.

Membership Sharing. Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.

Head over here if you are a first-time subscriber to Amazon Prime. I personally think it will be some of the best money you have ever spent.

All-Clad Cookware

I spent the first 15 years of my married life always buying a new set of pots and pans every few years. Non-stick, Teflon coated cookware was all the rage in those days. However, they did not last very long if used daily.

I don’t care if manufacturers of nonstick cookware advertise that their product will stand the test of time, they just don’t. Nonstick pans have to be replaced every few years just because of the very nature of the nonstick coating that is sprayed on. By and by the interior of the pan gets scratched and then begins peeling. No one wants to use a piece of cookware that looks like that.

I found an alternative to all this mayhem.

All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware! It is an investment; however, it is the best investment I have made in my kitchen. I use it every day, and it looks fantastic almost 17 years after purchasing. I bought mine from Macy’s and paid around $500 for the set. I looked online and found this similar set.

If you are in the market for a set of high-quality cookware that will not have to be replaced, I highly recommend All-Clad.This fantastic set of cookware will become a workhorse in your kitchen. It is so well made, it may well outlive some of us!.

Walmart Grocery ~ Shop Online, Pick Up at Your Local Walmart

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Our mid-size community has two Walmarts. One is close to our home, so I decided to try their new online grocery service with pick up at my local store.

First I have to confess, I am not a Walmart fan. I won’t go into why but let’s just say it is not my favorite place to shop. My curiosity, along with a $10 off code was just too much to pass on though.

I placed my order on the Walmart website. There is an icon on the upper right side of the Walmart homepage that says “Grocery Pickup.” This particular page is exclusive for buying groceries (food and miscellaneous items).

You just type in whatever is on your grocery list in the search bar and options for that particular item pop up. You then select your choice adding it to your cart and then proceed to the next item on your grocery list. Just click on the heart icon on any product page to make it a “favorite.” Next time you can choose to shop directly from your Favorites page. (You just click on the word Favorites on the upper right part of the Walmart grocery homepage.)

At the end of your ordering process, you will have the choice to select to have your shopper make substitutions or not. You then pay for your purchase and choose a day and time for pickup.

During the day and hour you want, you just call the phone number given to you on your order confirmation and let them know you are on your way. Once you arrive in the designated area, you only wait. In just a few minutes your groceries are delivered to your car. All you have to do is open your trunk!

You have to try the new Walmart Online Grocery Service and have I got a deal for you! Head over here and place an order of at least $50 and receive $10 off your first order.

Happy Shopping!