Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift, Giving and Giveaway Guide --Let Dirt Devil make your holiday messes a breeze to clean with their Quick Flip PRO cordless hand vac....

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own! 
 
 
Oh boy can the holidays be messy. Whether you're hosting family members who visit from out of town or entertaining your friends and their kids for a big holiday party, to a messy Santa who leaves cookie crumbs all over the counter it's always a great idea to have the right tools and gadgets to help you keep your house neat and tidy during this busy season and long after.
 
 
Dirt Devil has the perfect gift for you to add to your wish list this year or to give to that awesome friend or family member who'll be entertaining and doing the work at their house instead of yours!
 
 
It's the Dirt Devil Quick Flip PRO --Powerful 16V Cordless Hand Vac with Powered Stair and Upholstery Tool. 
 
 
Sometimes the big vacuum just isn't convenient. When you need that powerful clean without a big design to get smaller jobs done, the Quick Flip PRO has your back in these situations. It features a 16V Lithium-Ion battery with powerful suction, a longer use time and a 2x's faster charge.
 
 
Other features include a powered stair and upholstery tool, as well as a quick-flip crevice tool and easy to rinse filters.
 
 
The lightweight design has powerful suction, an extra large easy-empty dirt cup and a rinsable filter making it really easy and convenient to use.
---------------------------
 
I know a hand vac isn't the most exciting gift you could give or receive this year under the tree, but if you're like me then you're all about anything that makes life and housework easier! 
 
The older I get the more I can't stand messes. The Dirt Devil Quick Flip PRO makes my life easier. I love, love, love that it's cordless. Sometimes a pesky cord just gets in the way and I love being able to carry this room to room and from mess to mess without having to worry about a cord being too short or having to plug it in somewhere else. The boys went outside with their friends and got their shoes all muddy. I cleaned them off as best I could and threw them in the dryer. When I opened it dried dirt was everywhere. This fit in my dryer and was the perfect vacuum to clean up the mess. There isn't a plug near my dryer so having the cordless vac was great for this job!
 
 
I also love the quick flip crevice tool. It's perfect for cleaning my pantry, again a place where there is no close wall plug. 
 
 
My pantry was a disaster. It was unorganized and there were things all over the floor in there. It's where we keep the dog food and between the kids getting themselves snacks and our goldendoodle's  food out of the big container there were just crumbs and pieces of her food all over the floor.
 
 
The Quick Flip PRO worked perfectly for cleaning this space. The crevice tool worked great for cleaning up the dirt in the corners and I was able to vacuum up the mess in little to no time at all!
 
 
If you need a hand vac that is super portable while having a good amount of suction and several ways to pick up then this ones for you! Use it to sweep furniture, clean out your car, and to clean those really tight awkward spaces that a sweeper or broom  just can't get to.
 
Want to learn more about the Dirt Devil Quick Flip PRO and check out all of their great products this holiday season?
 
Be sure to visit www.DirtDevil.com for all of your gift giving and holiday house cleaning needs!
 
------------------------------------------
 
Be social: Like Dirt Devil on Facebook, Follow on Instagram and Twitter @dirtdevil
 
 

 
 
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Will you be traveling over the holidays? Here are 4 tips to help keep your home safe and secure when you hit the road....


 
1 in 3 Americans will travel over the holidays. The last several years we have taken a trip over Christmas break when the kids are out of school.  There's no better way to close out the year than by hitting the road, singing holiday songs at the top of our lungs, spending time with family and friends, and eating delicious food.
 
But if you're anything like me, whenever you travel, a little voice in the back of your mind says, "Is my home safe? What if a fire breaks out? Could a pipe burst? Could a thief break in while I'm away?" So even though I love holiday travel, I'm never able to completely relax.
 
So I breathed a sigh of relief when I was contacted by Ooma—a leading internet home communications hub—with the opportunity to deliver 4 tips for keeping your home safe and secure when you're on the road this holiday. Before you lock your doors and hop in the car, make sure you follow these steps to ensure your home is safe.
 
 
 
TIP #1: DON'T TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT OFF
 
Before leaving for an extended trip, it's important to lock in a safe temperature in your central heating system. If you live somewhere with cold winters, don't turn your thermostat off! To prevent your pipes from freezing, set the temperature lower than usual—ideally between 40 and 55 Fahrenheit. Live in a warmer climate? Leave the thermostat at about 69 Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can completely avoid worry by controlling your thermostat remotely. Ooma detects when your thermostat is on "Away" mode and will automatically forward any home calls to your mobile device.
 
TIP #2: SHUT OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG ALL APPLIANCES
 
Always turn off gas-powered devices such as stoves, ovens, and fireplaces, and unplug all appliances. This can prevent any accidental fires and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide leaks into your home, as well as save energy. This is especially important if you have pets at home who can't defend themselves against unforeseen hazards. For an added layer of protection, be in the know—Ooma can warn you via text and direct you to call 911 when your Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector has been triggered.
 
TIP #3: DON'T KEEP YOUR TRAVEL A SECRET
 
When leaving home for several days, tell someone you trust where you'll be in case of emergency, such as a fire, burglary, or carbon monoxide leak. Friends staying in town or a thoughtful neighbor could be options. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and notify you of any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. Ooma allows you to be notified immediately when 911 is dialed and you can call them or call police to investigate.
 
TIP #4: LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR YOUR HOME
 
Thanks to technology, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Did you know there are countless apps that can connect to systems in our homes—from central temperature to security systems, light bulbs to the Amazon Echo? The Ooma Telo seamlessly interacts with your favorite smart home products and services to make your home safer and more convenient than ever before. Whether it be increased levels of carbon monoxide or a home break-in, Ooma can be the first to alert you of any danger. 
  
 
You can learn more about Ooma's home monitoring system and buy an Ooma Telo at:
 
 
Has an emergency ever happened at your home while you were away? Tell me about it in the comments below! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies --Ohioeggs.com

The Jackson Five Family was compensated for this sponsored post while working with the Ohio Poultry Association. However, all opinions are honest and our own! 
 

What are you bringing to all of your holiday parties --We have the perfect holiday cookie!
 

These are easy to make, are super festive with all of the flavors of a peppermint patty and have chocolate in them--yum! Not only that, but they have that perfect crispy outside, with a chewy, gooey inside that everyone loves.
 
Before I share the recipe with you, lets talk eggs, a key ingredient in these cookies. The Ohio Poultry Association who represents Ohio Eggs has some fun facts and tips to share with you, including this holiday recipe!
 
 
Eggs are flying off the shelves right now with everyone baking for holiday parties, family Christmases and the popular cookie exchange. Did you know more eggs are marketed during the winter holiday season than any other time of year, including Easter?  
 
 
Eggs are one of the most important, indispensable ingredients used in baking during the holidays, and all year long! Eggs add moisture, color, flavor and nutritional value to recipes. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals. They are all-natural, contain high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants and are only 70 calories a piece!
 
There's a good chance the eggs you're using are from an Ohio egg farm, and they might just be from right here in Mercer County. Ohio is the second largest egg farming state in the nation, producing more than 9 billion eggs a year! 
 
 
 
Want to hear more about Ohio egg farmers and see what they do? Take a virtual tour of the Lochtefeld Family Farm and visit OhioEggs.com to learn more!
----------------
 
Now back to those festive holiday cookies...


Ingredients:
 
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 pkg.(12 oz) or 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted, cooled
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. peppermint or vanilla extract
1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
1/3 cups granulated sugar, for rolling
 
Directions
 
Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
 
Beat 2 cups sugar, cooled chocolate, eggs, oil and peppermint  extract in mixer bowl on medium speed until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating on low speed until blended.
 
Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape about 1 hour or overnight.
 
Heat oven to 350°F. Mix powdered sugar and crushed candy in a small bowl. Work with 1/3 of the dough at a time, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar first and then in crushed candy mixture. Place 2 inches apart on the parchment paper-lined or ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in 350°F oven until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Find the whole recipe, baking tips and more HERE!

Holiday Baking Tips from Ohio Egg Farmers
* Use large eggs in holiday baking! Using a different size egg, without making an adjustment, will affect texture, flavor and consistency. If you don’t have large eggs, use this conversion chart to see how to substitute a different size.
* If your recipe calls for multiple eggs, add one egg at a time. This will help prevent a lumpy batter and will allow it to mix evenly.
* Use an inexpensive egg separator or a funnel to separate eggs, rather than passing the egg yolk back and forth from the shells or your hands, to avoid contamination when a recipe calls for only egg whites or yolks.

ENJOY!
 
 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Giving and Giveaway Guide --GrandBox is the perfect gift for grandparents, shipping it straight to the front door!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample while working with USFamilyGuide.com. However, all opinions are honest and our own!
 
Still looking for a fun, unique gift for your hard to buy for grandparents? GrandBox is the perfect gift for them this holiday!
 
Subscription boxes are so 'in' right now and you'll be in with your grandparents when they receive this fun gift in the mail from you!
 
 
GrandBox is filled with handpicked items that any grandparent would love. The December box is so fun! It's filled with holiday themed items like peppermint lotion, tissues, a few sweet treat like candy canes and more!
 
 
Not only will they receive fun items in their box, GrandBox allows you to send 5 photos and a personalized note too! Simply upload 5 photos you'd love GrandBox to include and they'll print them, add your note and ship it right to their door step. Grandparents will love this extra special touch!
 
 
My grandma loved receiving her December GrandBox! I loved that I could trust GrandBox to select the perfect gift items and ship them right to her doorstep! The pictures and personalized note were a big hit!
 
Learn more by visiting:
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Giving and Giveaway Guide! Find Joy, Share Love, Give Jord Wood Watches this holiday! Signup to receive a $25 Giftcard!!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!
 
 
Still looking for that perfect gift to give a man in your life? Whether it's your dad, husband or even your stylish brother you're still shopping for, we have a great gift idea --JORD Wood Watches.
Wood Watches by JORD are the finest luxury all-natural wooden watches ever created.
 

 
My husband has the Dover series Ebony and Copper JORD Wood Watch and LOVES it!
 

 
It's contemporary, classic and so cool all at the same time. Rich ebony is set off by a brilliant ring of genuine copper giving it a distinctive look and the blue hands add the tiniest pop of color. We love this watch is automatic and there are no batteries to replace, ever!
 
 
 
JORD has so many styles to choose from, making it the perfect gift this holiday!
 
 
Add a personal touch with JORD's new engraving option --personalized messages can be engraved directly on the watch or the box!
 
So which timepiece will you give this Christmas? Remember Jord offers both men's and women's styles!
 
Find Joy - Share Love - Give Jord

- GIVE-A-WAY -

We're excited to have teamed up with JORD this holiday season and are giving YOU a $25 gift card to use on your watch purchase!

Simply click HERE to receive your $25 gift card that's good thru Feb, 28th 2017!

HAPPY SHOPPING!
 
----------------------------- 
 
 
Be Social: Like Jord on Facebook, Follow in Instagram and Twitter @woodwatches_com
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Oriental Trading is the place for all of your holiday and new years needs!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!
It's the most wonderful time of the year (in my best singing voice) haha! It really is the best time of the year. People just seem happier and in the holiday spirit. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is help out during my kids classroom parties. I always turn to Oriental Trading for everything I need. From fun little crafts, to treat bags and games they always have exactly what I'm looking for.
This year was no different! At parties we always play a few games, do a small take home craft, eat lots of yummy snacks and I love bringing goodie bags as well. At the last party one little guy thanked me and said that it was the best party ever and he was beyond excited about his goodie bag. To some kids the smallest little gift is the most special and I love that Oriental Trading always has just what  I need. It's so fun planning a school party and seeing the kids faces light up when they get their own little gift, playing fun games and simply having fun.

(Update: pictures from the party, fun!!!)
So here are a few things I'm contributing to my son's second grade party this year all from Oriental Trading.
1. Pin the Nose on the Snowman --I'm always looking for an easy game that the whole class can play and love this fun spin on a classic game.  Blind fold one, have classmates spin them a few times and watch them all giggle when their friends pin the nose on the snowman's hat or chin!
2. Hot Cocoa Thumbprint Ornaments with Card Craft Kit --I'm so excited for the kids to do this craft this year. It looks so cute! It's a hot cocoa mug ornament that kids get to put together. Kids will love personalizing their very own mug ornament  with their names, adding cute decorations with their fingers and the stampers included and gluing cute pom-pom marshmallows on the top. Kids also get to  fill in the blanks on the card craft. It's one of those ornaments that parents and kids will look back at hanging on the tree for a long time remembering just how tiny their little fingers were and the cute answers they put on the card! What a fun addition to the Christmas Tree!
3. Classic Christmas Stockings --Usually I just get little goodie bags to fill up, but this Christmas I found the cutest stockings at Oriental Trading. I'm going to add each students name on them and fill each one with little goodies. Oriental Trading has a huge selection of holiday items. We picked out some bracelets and glittery pencils for the girls, snowmen footballs and pencils for the boys and then we are filling the rest with candy which Oriental Trading has too!
4. Merry and Mod -- How cute is this Mod and Merry Garland?! Love it! Love that Oriental Trading also offers the best party decorations and this new Mod and Merry line is Fun, Fun, Fun and right up my ally! I think I'll hang it up welcoming kids at the class party too!
---------------------------------------
Whether you're planning a Christmas party or are already lining up New Years plans, make sure you check out Oriental Trading for all of your party needs and so much more!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Giving and Givaway Guide -- Kids will love received a fun 3DLightFX 3D Deco Light this holiday season!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature while working with USFamilyGuide.com!


Still looking for a fun and unique gift?  3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are a great gift idea this year! They are a battery operated, cord free, cool to the touch fun light that kids can place anywhere in their room.


These fun 3D lights look like they are popping right out of the wall with the cracked sticker! They come in a variety of themes like comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, car lights, sports and so many more!

They also are a fun addition to the man cave, game or office. Not just for kids, adults love these unique lights too!



My boys have a sports theme in their room and they love the football, soccerball and basketball styles! What a fun addition to their walls.
----------------------

Check out all of the fun 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights this holiday season --they are available for purchase at Target and Target.com --http://bit.ly/TargetUSFamily


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Giving and Giveaway Guide --Give the Gift of Clean with Eureka this holiday season...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!


We have the perfect gift idea for pet lovers. It might not be the most exciting gift you could give or receive, but it's definitely pretty 'pawsome' when it comes to cleaning!

If you have pets you know that they can be messy. Whether it's the cats litter you're constantly battling all over the floor or your dogs hair that sheds like crazy, Eureka has a vacuum that will make your life easier during the busy holiday season and long after all of the fun is over!



It's the Eureka Ultimate Clean Pet Cyclonic Upright Vacuum with Brushroll Clean and SuctionSeal Technology, AS3451A. Their signature No-Tangle Brushroll and PetPal cleaning tools work together to easily remove pet hair and keep your whole house clean. Hate when that cat littler scatters all over the floor? Worry no more with their Scatterproof Crumb Cleaner, which quickly sweeps it all up. The Ultimate Clean Pet vacuum is also engineered with AirSpeed Technology and an extra-large dust cup to provide powerful suction and deep cleaning performance on all carpets and hardwood floors. 

--------------------------------------

We have a goldendoodle puppy and between her and our two boys, there is always a mess being made. She may not shed, but she's as bad as the boys when it comes to dragging dirt in from the outdoors or getting food pieces all over my tile. 


We were excited to try this new sweeper. My husband and I both like things clean and love having several options when it comes to the job we need done. You all know I love our robotic sweeper for the fact that it goes slow and really cleans the carpet because it take its good ol' time, but sometimes, yes sometimes I just want to be able to clean up a mess and be in control. Making sure that I've swept thoroughly, or a quick sweep with lines in the carpet when friends or family are coming over (you know you do this too) or I need to clean my carpeted stairs and furniture which the robot can not do. So having an upright sweeper along with the robotic one is definitely necessary and something I won't be without. 

We put the Eureka Ultimate Clean Pet Vacuum to the test and as you can see it has lots of suction. Our carpet is a long shag and most sweepers don't show the 'lines' that you love to see when you walk into someones home and for me that's big! That really shows how much suction a sweeper has. 
 
But, how dirty could my carpets be....
 

I'm always embarrassed and shocked, seriously shocked when I think my carpets are clean and then this above! Oh my goodness, you guys that's just from my living room. Yes, it's where we get the most foot traffic, but I never expect that much dirt and debris since I really do clean on a regular basis. Needless to say I think you can tell that it works and works really well!

This vacuum has a few features I really like too. For one it has a retractable cord. I've never had a sweeper that you press a button and the cords zips right back into place. It really is better than winding the cord back up. So that to me is so cool! 

(not my photo, courtesy of Eureka and walmart.com)

It's easy to empty with the touch a button and I love that it makes cleaning furniture and steps easy  too!

(not my photo, courtesy of Eureka and walmart.com)

If you have fury friends running around your house, or even kids/spouses that make messes then you need this vacuum. I love that it's easy to operate, has cool features, is budget friendly and as you can tell from my pictures above it really has some good suction. If you're looking for a new sweeper make sure you add this to your wish list this year or give one to that pet loving friend or family member, they'll love you forever!


 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Give the gift of clean floors this holiday with the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to  help facilitate this reader feature. However all opinions are honest and our own!


It's the holidays and we're all busy. Busy getting our homes ready for Christmas and busy finishing up our holiday shopping. If you're a neat freak like me or know someone on your list that is then you'll love this gift idea...


It's the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System. We have tons of light tile flooring throughout our home and with all boys and a dog it gets dirty quickly. Not only does it get dirty, but since it's light you can see every piece of dirt, every mark and it shows all kinds of foot traffic so keeping it clean is a huge deal for me. 



When I had the chance to try this new Shark steam mop I was so excited. I like quick, easy and convenient. I also look for cleaning products/gadgets that are easy for anyone in our house to use because we all pitch in to clean since it's a joint effort making the messes around here. Jace is getting old enough to take on more responsibility and he was just as excited as me to try this out!


The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop is just what we needed to keep our floors clean! It features 3 levels of intelligent steam heat settings --Hi, Low and Medium and if that's not enough to get your floors and big messes clean then you'll love my favorite feature, the 'Steamer Blaster'. The steamer blaster is located in the mop head and is an optional super powerful burst of heated steam that aids in those really dirty, sticky, hard to get off spots and messes.


This steam mop comes with 2 mopping pads and it features Touch Free Technology which is another thing that I absolutely LOVE! With this new technology you'll never have to touch the dirty mop pad again and with having 2 pads that you can clean and sanitize on both sides with you'll always have one ready even if ones in the wash --another winning feature for me!


I haven't used any cleaning solution with this steam mop and and it does a really good job of cleaning, steaming and sanitizing my floors with just heat and water. I never have to worry about any chemical residue left behind like traditional mop and buckets that you usually add cleaning solution to. We have enough toxins in and around our home so it makes this mamma heart happy knowing I can get a good clean without any of that. 



The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop system really is genius in my opinion. It's easy to use, gets the job done and I love that the only thing I need to get my floors clean now is the mop itself and some water. I also love that it doesn't take a genius to use it so even my 11 year old son can work it! The only negative about this particular steam mop is that it won't stand up on its own so you do have to lean it up against something when not in use. Since it works so well that would be a very minor factor to me and not one that would prevent me from purchasing it. 

If you love clean floors or are looking to make someone else's floor cleaning much easier then you must check this out! I really do love it and would highly recommend it to any of you who are looking for the best thing to clean your hard floors with!

--------------------------------

Learn more about the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop by visiting:


Be Social:

Follow Shark Cleaning on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest products and info.