Murchison Hume Review & Giveaway

I have been trying to switch to more natural cleaners to help make my home safer. My son likes to help clean the house and I don’t want him using products with a whole bunch of chemicals.

I was excited to get to try Murchison Hume products and tell you all about them. I got this opportunity from Moms Meet Blogger program.  I received the home starter kit that includes

  •  Ladies’ Bathroom Cleaner- surface cleaner & air freshener -Australian White Grapefruit
  • Premium Glass Polish- fragrance free
  • Effortless Floor Cleaner- Australian White Grapefruit
  • Spit & Polish Stainless Steel Cleaner- Fragrance Free
  • Counter Safe All Purpose Cleaner- Australian White Grapefruit
  • Everyday Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner- Australian White Grapefruit
  • all of the products came in a jute Murchison-Hume tote
  • Murchison -Hume

Now let me tell your more about Murchison-Hume

Murchison -Hume cleaning products are 99% or more natural and are always free of ammonias, bleach, dyes, formaldehyde, parabens, and phthalates.

They rapidly biodegrade into harmless by products after drain disposal.

Made in the USA, Murchison-Hume products are powerful, natural germ fighters that also eliminate orders without the use of harsh chemicals.

Murchison-Hume products can be used on any surface not harmed by water. They also never test on animals and are 100% cruelty -free.

Refill and bulk options are available, and can be delivered right to your door at significant savings every day.

Murchison-Hume has a dog care line too! “Best in Show” products are scented with essential oils that keep your best friend naturally pest free without the use of synthetic fragrances or silicone.

The Murchison-Hume Starter kit retails for $59.00. It includes bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, everyday furniture & upholstery cleaner, effortless floor cleaner, spit & polish stainless steel cleaner, counter safe all purpose cleaner, and Murchison-Hume Jute tote.

 You can connect with Murchison-Hume
 I really enjoy using all of the cleaners they all smell so great and work great.
 I have great news Murchison-Hume is giving away a Home Starter Kit valued at $59 to one of my readers. Enter the giveaway below.

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You can also save 20% on any order on Murchison-Hume products using the code MomsMeet20 this code is valid through March 31, 2016.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program.  May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

 

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Your Family Vacation in Miami Beach      

Miami Beach is the perfect travel destination. The weather is sublime, the people are friendly, and the area offers an abundance of things to see and do. If you’re going to be visiting Miami Beach with your family, you will likely be highly impressed with everything that this spectacular coastal resort city comprises. The islands, the water, the views, and the local attractions are only a few reasons to take your family to Miami Beach as soon as possible.

Miami Beach Islands

You and your children will have reason to marvel at the view the moment you arrive in Miami Beach. Miami Beach is a main island, but the city also encompasses other, smaller islands, as well. The visual aspect of this place is stunning: Gorgeous beaches, water you’ll want to immerse yourselves in, and an urban skyline worth observing. Relaxing on the beach could consume the bulk of your trip, which would probably be a great way to spend it. However, you may want to take your family to see at least a few of the major attractions while you’re in Miami Beach.

The Boardwalk

You might start your trip with a stroll along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. This boardwalk extends 40 blocks up from the southernmost point of South Beach. You and the little ones can stop for refreshments when you need to rest. This scenic attraction will provide you with an incredible view that you won’t forget.

The Children’s Museum

The Miami Children’s Museum is located between South Beach and Miami, and it is an ideal destination to take the kids. On the third Friday of each month, guests may even visit the museum free of charge. Little ones can explore exciting exhibits created with them in mind. The Educational Gift Shop at the museum is another must-see for those traveling with children.

Jungle Island

Don’t forget to take an excursion to Jungle Island when you’re in the area. The island is actually a zoo, and your little ones may thrill at the chance to interact with the animals at the petting zoo. You can also take a safari tour, where you might view kangaroos, tortoises, and lemurs. Parrot Cove Beach offers a play area for kids, and the exhibits and shows are sure to delight and entertain the entire family.  

The Botanical Garden

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is also worth visiting with the kids. The landscape is awe-inspiring, and kids seem to enjoy the guided tours. If you prefer to take a self-guided tour of this beautiful Miami Beach attraction, you can do that, too. The on-site water gardens could instill a sense of tranquility in your group that you may well appreciate.    

Miami Beach is a top choice among countless travelers for many reasons. The area offers the kind of climate that many people dream about on a daily basis. The views are breathtaking, from the skyline to the sand to the sea. Your family will never be bored in Miami Beach, and you will likely want to book a return trip at your next opportunity.

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February Stitch Fix #stitchfix

I am always so excited to get my Stitch Fix it is like getting a present in the mail. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that you can monthly, bi-monthly, etc it contains apparel and accessories. You can read more about Stitch Fix here.

I got my Stitch Fix on Saturday. I would like to know your thoughts on what I received in this month’s Stitch Fix.

 

Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt in Navy $64. I was not a fan of this because of the funnel neck. It was comfy but just not my style. Returned

Loveappella Funnel Neck Sweater

 

Lemon Tart Kienna Patch Detail Pullover Sweater $68. I really don’t like stripes and especially didn’t like the patches. Returned

Lemon Tart Patch Detail Sweater

41 Hawthorn Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater in Coral $68. I don’t like the colorblock on this sweater. It was also weird to have the buttons on the back. Returned

41Hawthorn Colorbloack Sweater

 

Market& Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top $58. I didn’t like the lace overlay on the shirt. Returned

Market Spruce Lace Overlay Top

41 Hawthorn Queensland Dolman Jersey Top in teal green. I really like this color I kept it so I wouldn’t lose the $20 styling fee. They already sent me a dolman top awhile back that I kept. Dolman tops are not my favorite.

41Hawthorn Dolman Top

Here are the style cards that give you ideas on how to style the clothes

February style cards

If you want to see some of my past Stitch Fix boxes you can see them below

November Stitch Fix

December Stitch Fix

January Stitch Fix

What do you think I should have kept?

 

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Menu Plan 02/08-02/14

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I have been trying to get back into the habit of sharing my weekly menu. I really enjoy watching Pioneer Woman and I also have her Dinnertime cookbook. So I am making a couple of her recipes this week. Here is what is on our menu this week:

Croissant French Toast/bacon

BBQ Meatballs/mashed potatoes

Chicken Mozzarella pasta/green beans

leftovers/make your own

Cheeseburger soup/croissants

I don’t cook Saturday nights-we usually get takeout

Shake & Bake pork chops/corn

What is on your menu this week?

 

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Coupons to print-Super Bowl edition

Coupons for Super Bowl Parties!

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Spreads Recipe

My favorite cooking show is Pioneer Woman, I love the weekends they have back to back episodes if I am not going to be home I record it. This last weekend she had a recipe called Spreads.

Spreads

You can go here to get the recipe. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/spreads-my-brothers-favorite-cookie/

The fun part about this recipe there are so many variations you can do. On the show she made three different kinds. She made one with sprinkles, m &m’s and other candies and then drizzled caramel all over it, and the last one was smores . You just crush up some graham crackers and throw that on there with some marshmallows.

I can’t wait to try the smores version. I made this recipe yesterday the kids were home for a snow day, my son wanted it with just M&M’s on it. It was really good.

I am actually watching another episode of Pioneer Woman as I am typing up this post. I have a Pioneer Woman board on Pinterest. Check it out here for more Pioneer Woman recipes.

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Menu Plan 02/01-02/07

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I haven’t shared our menu for the week in awhile. So I wanted to share with you what we are having this week.

leftovers

Chicken & wild rice

Naked nachos ( this one of my favorites from a local restaurant) I just put a jar of queso and 1 lb cooked hamburger in a baking pan. I usually throw some shredded cheese on top and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes. Then I take it out and put cut up tomatoes, lettuce and tortilla strips on top. You can choose any toppings you want. Then you just scoop up the yumminess with tortilla chips.

Lasagna stuffed shells/green beans

Mini BBQ Meatloaf/corn

Saturday- I don’t cook on Saturday nights so we usually get takeout

Slow Cooker Glazed Pork Loin/ baked Zucchini fries

Dessert 3 ingredient brownies

 

 

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Stuffed Green Peppers

I have been trying to meal plan every week. I got tired of staring blankly at my pantry trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I am always trying to think of different recipes

This week I made Stuffed Green Peppers, you can make these a lot of different ways. I just winged it and made them last night and thought you might want the recipe so you can make them too.

stuffed peppers

Here is the recipe

Stuffed Green Peppers
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • Knorr Spanish Rice (5.6 oz packet
  • 8 green peppers
  • 2 cans Tomato sauce (8 oz can)
  • taco blend cheese
Instructions
  1. I boiled the green peppers for 15 minutes. Then cut the top off and scooped out the seeds. I browned that hamburger and drained the grease. I then combined the hamburger and rice in a large bowl and then added ½ the can of tomato sauce and mixed that all together. I then stuffed the green peppers with the mixture and poured the other half of tomato sauce. The last thing I did was sprinkle the cheese on top of each stuffed green peppers.
  2. Bake them at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Everything is cooked so you just need to warm everything back up and melt the cheese.
  3. Note: I only made 4 stuffed peppers because that is how many family members there are. I had plenty of mixture left to make four more so that is why I adjusted the recipe to 2 cans of tomato sauce

You could easily make this night before and then when you get home from work throw them in the oven. I thought this recipe was delicious.

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January Stitch Fix #stitchfix

I was so excited to get my January Stitch Fix, it is like getting a Christmas present in the mail. Let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix if you haven’t heard about it. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that send you clothing and accessories. You fill out a style profile and can also create a Pinterest board with inspiration and items you like so your stylist knows what you like. You can link your Pinterest board to your profile. There is a $20 styling fee but if you purchase anything the $20 goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all of the items you get 25% discount.

Oh my gosh I absolutely loved this month’s box so much I am keeping everything. The stylist nailed my style this time.

January Stitch Fix

My first outfit includes Liverpool Colleen Straight Leg Jean ($78) and Loveappella Nelli Knit Top ($34). The jeans fit like a dream as usual. They always send amazing jeans.

Liverpool jeans &Loveappella

Next shirt which I had pinned to my Pinterest board so I love it. 41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse($58)

41 Hawthorn

Oh I love this next one another one I had pinned on my Pinterest board. Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan($68). You can wear it how I have it or unzip and wear it as an open cardigan

Market & Spruce

The last one is Market & Spruce Abrielle Color Block Sweater ($58) When I tried this on the first time I got lipstick on it so I had to wash it and had no one here to take a picture so this is the best I could do.

Market & Spruce Sweater

Here is they style cards which are so nice to give you some ideas on how to style the items you received.

Market & Spruce Sweater

If you want to try out Stitch Fix you can do so here.

If you would like to see what I have got in my other Stitch Fix boxes

December Stitch Fix

November Stitch Fix

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Fab Fit Fun Winter 2015 Box

I love subscription boxes, it like getting a present in the mail. There are so many subscription boxes out there, but I do have some favorites. One of my favorite subscription boxes is Fab Fit Fun. It is a box full of beauty, wellness, fashion and fitness items. You get a box every season and each box has a retail value of $200 or more.  The cost of each box if $49.99 .

I just got my winter Fab Fit Fun box this week and I wanted to share with you all of the goodies I got.

Fab Fit Fun Winter box

Candlenut Body Creme-retail value $35

Wine Stopper & Charm set-retail value $15

Dermalogica travel set-retail value $45

Fingerless gloves by Whitney Eve-retail value $26

Diffuser by EJH (Sugar Cookie)-retail value $37

Zoya Vanessa Nail Polish-retail value $9

Donna Earbuds by Friends-retail value $80

$40 Gift Card by Sweet & Spark-carries vintage jewelry

$25 Shoptiques gift card-boutiques across the world

card for 3 free meals from Hello Fresh

The total retail value of this box is $312

 

If you want to sign up to get your very own Fab Fit Fun box you can do so here. When you use the link you will get $10 off your first Fab Fit Fun box.

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5 Common Financial Emergencies That Can Appear Without Warning

Many people have developed a financial plan that will allow them to cover their monthly expenses and save for retirement. However, many of these plans may not cover those unexpected financial disasters that can put you into an emergency. Besides setting aside money into an emergency fund, there are often things that you can do to avoid common financial emergencies. Here are some of the top financial emergencies and what you can do about them.

Job Loss
If you lose your job without warning, it can be devastating to your income and your savings. Overcoming this obstacle may require you to have a savings fund to keep your household going during the interim between jobs. You can protect yourself from a long period of unemployment by staying in the loop in your industry; if you’ve already done some networking recently, then you may already have a contact who can get you your next interview. Keeping your skills up to date is another important part of protecting yourself against a lay-off; look for continuing education in your area.

Divorce
Divorce can sometimes sneak up on you and cause not only the loss of your spouse’s income, but also loss of some of your assets in the divorce trial. The best way to protect yourself in this instance is to hire a good divorce lawyer that can get you the best settlement possible.

Medical Expenses
If you don’t have the proper medical insurance coverage, a medical emergency can be the source of a lot of financial stress. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do in case of this kind of emergency. Short-term medical insurance may help you to get some coverage at the last minute. You may also want to consider a healthcare credit card; these will have lower interest rates on approved medical expenses. The bar for getting a medical credit card may also be lower in the case of a true medical emergency. Finally, you may need to speak with the health care provider directly to create a health care payment plan if you are in a financial crisis.

Property Damage
Property damage can be a major expense, and it can result from natural disasters and theft. Hopefully, you have a comprehensive home insurance plan to take care of most of the expenses. If you do need to pay for some repairs out of pocket, consider independent repair people who may be able to offer you lower rates for the work.

Identity Theft
Finally, identity theft can be a great source of financial strain. Although you may be able to recover the money through your bank’s fraud policy, the temporary loss of cash flow may cause other financial errors with your monthly payments. You can try to work with your bank on a temporary loan or raise your credit card limits temporarily to cover the losses.

The methods for dealing with each financial emergency may be different, but there are common tasks that can help you prepare for them. Setting aside money is one, and getting proper insurance coverage is another. Think about the risks that are most likely to happen to you and try to build safeguards into your life; this way, you can avoid some of these emergency financial situations.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who focuses on personal finance and other money matters. She currently writes for Checkworks.com, a leading supplier of personal and business checks.

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The person who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to post it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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December Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

I love shopping for clothes and having a variety of clothing to choose from. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone would shop for you and send you a box full of clothing and accessories. Well your in luck because Stitch Fix does just that for you.

If you want to read more about Stitch Fix checkout my last Stitch Fix post for more details.

I am always so excited to get my monthly Stitch Fix box this month was no different. Checkout what I got in my December Stitch Fix.

 

 

Olive & Oak Alvin Striped long sleeve sweater $68

Stitch Fix sweater

Keep or return: It was very comfortable but I just don’t think I look good in stripes so I returned this sweater. Plus the price was way too high.

 

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48

Stitch Fix cardigan

Keep or return: I just didn’t like this and knew I would never wear it

 

Kut from the Kloth Jonathan Skinny Corduroy pants $48 and

Skies are Blue Meskie Open Back Blouse  $54

Stitch Fix Dec

Keep or return: I decided to return these because they were too long and I didn’t care for the color. I also returned the blouse because I didn’t like the print.

 

Romolo Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace $28

Stitch Fix necklace

Keep or return: I am definitely keeping this, I had it pinned on my clothing board so I was so excited to get it.

 

If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself you can do so here.

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link.

 

 

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Organizing with shoe organizers

I am always trying to organize my house and find ways to keep it more organized. There are articles/posts all over the internet with ideas. But I wanted to share with you how I keep somewhat organized in my house.

My go to product is using shoe organizers all over the house. I have them all over my house to corral stuff and keep it where I can easily access them.

My favorite way to use it is to store gloves, hats, scarfs, etc. I keep all of my kid’s stuff on the bottom rows so they can reach their own stuff and I put my husband and my stuff on the top rows.

mittens & scarfs

I have a hallway closet and I store travel size items and other small health & beauty products.

travel size

There is another one on the back of the master bathroom door I store extra hair products, razors and anything else that I use in the bathroom that will fit in the pockets of the organizer

beauty products

The last one I have is in my kitchen in the pantry. I keep the kid’s snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc) in the lower rows so the kids can grab stuff out that they want, on the top rows I keep some of my snacks.

snacks

What products do you use to keep your house organized?

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ASPCA Kids Rescue Readers Books Review & Giveaway #MomsMeet #studiofun

My kids love reading books, every night before they go to bed they read a couple books. They both also have to read books for school. We also love pets we have a dog and a cat and I love to support companies and charities that help pets.

I was so excited to get chosen to read, review and giveaway some ASPCA Rescue Readers books through MomsMeet.

ASCPA Rescue Readers

Let me tell you a little bit about Studio Fun and their partnership with ASPCA. They published  a children’s book series called ASPCA kids Rescue Readers.  Each story is inspired by a real-life animal rescue story from the pet’s point of view and include facts and photographs of the actual pet that inspired the story.

Each book creates a fun and educational hands on experience written at a Level 2 reading level for early readers. There is a letter to parents in the front of the book that give you some ideas on what you can do with your kids . (ex. sound out the words, take a picture walk  to preview the story)

Four to five percent of the purchase price of every book goes directly to the ASPCA to help continue the mission.

My kids absolutely loved the books. My son read the Superman book right away and my daughter wanted me to read all of the books as she looked at the pictures as I read them. The Rescue Readers books would make great gifts for all children.

Adam Reading Alba reading

 

You can connect with Studio Fun online and find out about new releases, exclusive discounts and  special offers.

website

ASPCA

Studio Fun on Facebook

Now here is the fun part they gave me three books to giveaway. I am Nibbles, I am McKinley, and I am Daisy. One lucky winner will win all three books. Enter to win below

ASPCA books

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program. May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger,I agree to use this product and post my opinions on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

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How to get free gifts when shopping online

Who doesn’t love a good deal? If you can save big-time with a great online deal, chances are you’re going to take it. But what about in the all-important area of education? If you’re desperate to save on the latest release from the Criterion Collection or the latest blazers and/or blouses made available by respected outlets everywhere, chances are you’re going to want to find a way to get some perks out of the deal as well. Frequent flyers on airlines get deals, and the same goes for frequent shoppers and members at many brick and mortal outlets today.
And hey, as stated previously—who doesn’t love a good deal?
So, what are some of the best ways to get free gifts when shopping online?
Well, we just stumbled one of the more popular options. As those brick and mortar stores so many of us grew up with either go extinct or find their way to inline prosperity, the chances of their offering online deals and free gifts is sure to go up. This is especially true in the latter case, as these companies are either trying to make up ground, and thus offer free gifts to try and entice new customers and keep their current base loyal, or else flourishing and able to offer free gifts as a way to grow their brand even more.
Then there are online sites such as totallyfreestuf.com. (And if the existence of such a site in 2015 shocks you in any way, we invite you to try and get a bit more acquainted with the Internet as it is.) In any case, sites like these function much the same way as online coupon sites, wherein different listings for various opportunities are posted. Free gifts being offered by Company X? This, and places like it, are very likely to know about it. Think of it as a Craigslist of online free “stuff.”
And then of course there are online deals and coupons themselves. After all, offering free gifts has long been a favorite tactic of coupons—“buy one, get one free” a regular part of our lexicon—so it only makes sense that it’d extend to the fast-growing world of online coupons. Whether you go with Groupon, Coupon Ninja, Passion for Savings, or one of the other great online coupon sites, your ability to find out about and access free gift offers could be just a click away.

 

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to post it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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