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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fun Saturday DIY Project from Mamawj's Moment Away

The weekend's here and I bet you're in the mood for some fun spring crafts.  Problem is, it's a busy weekend with Easter on Sunday and you don't have a lot of time.

Well don't fear, Julie from Mamawj's Moment Away has taken all that into consideration when she came up with this springtime craft.
I love diy projects that recycle everyday items.  Julie used glass pickle and jelly jars and even the lid from a Purex Crystals bottle.  Julie's a smart girl.  Not only do this terrariums light up but they smell good too.  She added a few Purex Crystals to the jars as filler so the items have something to nestle into.  The burlap on top breaths so you can smell the crystals, and Julie drilled holes in the cap on the smaller jar so you can smell the scent with it too.
*tip - if you don't have a drill don't worry, use a hammer and a nail.
But hey, enough of me telling you about it.  Click here to head over to Mamawj's Moment Away and see her step-by-step tutorial.

P.S.  Don't forget to enter my giveaways below and Julies over at Mamawj's Moment Away.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter...
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!  Though I have fallen, I will rise.  Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
~Micah 7:8

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Purex No Sort Sweepstakes and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a this product to facilitate my review. However all opinions are 100% my own.

If I were to ask readers if their favorite chore was sorting the laundry, I feel pretty certain there wouldn't be many hands raised.  Purex want's to help us out with that little dilemma.
Women don't like sorting laundry and if they ask their families to wash the clothes, well more times than not they end up with a ruined item or two. Colors bleed.  It's just a cold, hard fact. Sorting clothes has always been rule #1 when we teach our children about doing the laundry.  Well Purex is changing the rules!

Purex is always working hard to make your life easier. They know our time is precious and we look for all the short cuts we can find.  Cutting out the step of sorting is a sure time saver.
Let me introduce you the newest laundry innovation from Purex....


This new technology traps loose dyes in the wash and does not let them settle onto other fabrics.  Typically color bleeding happens when dyes bleed out of fibers and deposit onto your other garments but the new Anti-Color-Transfer Technology stops that.

A Miracle you say!  

Well not exactly but it is packed with innovation that changes the way we do everyday laundry.  We all know new clothes, especially bold or dark ones are loaded with dye.  The manufactures know there's a certain amount of dye loss with washing. We all do.  They're just not going to stay looking that way, but after a few washes the major part of that loss is over, but not all of it. So keeping that in mind, please follow these words of advice:

  • Wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing, especially jeans, separately at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.

The Sweepstakes

To celebrate the release of the NEW Purex No Sort for Colors detergent, the Purex brand will is hosting a Sweepstakes.  One grand prize winner will receive $1000 while 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex No Sort for Colors detergent!  Be sure to Purex website and enter for your chance to win Big.
You can prevent color bleeding and stop sorting your clothes with the NEW Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.  It's already on store shelves.  I found it my local Walmart.

A Cotton Pickin Cute Giveaway

Of course as a Purex Insider I can't let you leave here without a chance to score a FREE coupon so that you can try it for yourself.  2 lucky Cotton Pickin Cute winners will be chosen at random to receive their own coupon.  Just enter below.

Good Luck & Good Wishes...

So he went to him and kissed him.  When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.
~Genesis 27:27 

Is 15 Minutes A Day Worth It To Look Better and Feel Better?

  • crunches - 10 reps of 3 crunches. I lay on the floor with my back pressed against the floor, legs straight up in the air with feet pointed parallel.  My hands are behind my head and I lift my shoulders off the floor.  Straight up, down, up again twisting to the left, repeat again twisting to the right.

Exercise is the best way to get rid of unwanted fat deposits in your body.  Researchers at Havard's Dana-Farber Cancer institute reveal that working out for 30 minutes five days a week is sufficient to burn belly fat.  Exercising releases a hormone called irisin that helps in the conversion of white fat to brown.  Indulge in exercises that involve multiple muscle groups while effectively working your cardiovascular system.

I knew it was really making a difference when I would feel Neil's hand on my stomach as we slept. I could tell he was feeling it like someone taking mental notes.  He never said anything, he thought I was asleep.  Then one morning he said your stomach's really gotten a lot flatter.  Picture me grinning like a Cheshire cat!  Something like this.
Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you how I'm taming the jiggle where there shouldn't be any wiggle - underneath my arms.

Before you leave be sure to enter my latest giveaways.

P.S.  If anyone knows why blogger thinks it's fun to play with my font please let me know.  I can't get all the paragraphs to come out the same even though I typed every word the same way and it looks the same in the draft.  Geez.

Be blessed y'all...
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
~Proverbs 17:22

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brylane Home Spring Reviews and a Giveaway

I've survived winter and I'm bursting with Spring energy.  I'm out walking and I'm inside sprucing up with a good spring cleaning too.

The temperatures are just right for walking to the store, but comfortable temperatures or not, I still only have two hands. That's where my new BrylaneHome cart comes in handy!
This BrylaneHome shopping cart is just the ticket! It's small enough to not be cumbersome, while still having room to hold a bag of cat food plus several bags of groceries too.  And it's saving my arms and shoulders!
BrylaneHome does a wonderful job with packaging to ensure you get a safe delivery.  My cart came shrink wrapped and double boxed.  Plus you can always count on them to stand behind their products if anything unfortunate happens between the warehouse and your home.

Assembling it couldn't have been any easier.  It was a simple 4 step process and no tools were required.  I was able to put it together in less than 5 mins.  Now that's my kind of project.
The construction is really sturdy.  With it being so lightweight you wouldn't think it would be that strong but it really is. There's no rattling or loose feeling parts on it.  I love the foam handle too, it's very comfortable to pull or push.  I prefer tilting it back and pulling it all the back wheels.  I've already taken it to the store several times.
This lightweight shopping cart is perfect for trips to the grocery store and has special back wheels that climb curbs and stairs with ease.
  •  max weight capacity of 30-lbs.
  • front 360 degree rotating wheels for smooth movement
  • open: 36 3/4"H, basket: 14"W x 16"D x 18"H
  • folds flat to store
  • all-weather polyester fabric liner with Velcro closures
You'll love this easy to maneuver shopping cart that's ultra-lightweight for a stress-free trip to the store.  This cart is regularly priced at $79.99 but right now it's on sale for $49.99 at a savings of 37% HERE!
Yep, that's Neil's bare feet in the photo, as he holds the cart so I could snap a picture when I came home from shopping.

My cart wasn't the only thing I received from BrylaneHome. Take a look at my brand new shiny stainless steel trash can (and my photo bombing cats).
When it comes to spring cleaning we all think about cleaning floors and baseboards, maybe even buying some new linens or towels.  But how often do you think about changing out your trash can.  The poor work horse of the kitchen barely gets a second thought.  Well, every time I open my pantry door I think about it.  My tired, worn and frankly, broken trash can was an eyesore that needed to go.  It was pretty embarrassing when someone would ask where's your trash can.  There was my pantry, nice and neat with my hand painted walls looking good and then there was this (notice the before picture).

Notice how with my old trash can, the round shape wasted a lot space.  I love the slim rectangular shape of my new BrylaneHome trash can.  The shiny stainless steel is so easy to keep clean.  The easy-lift, spring-loaded black plastic lid is a nice feature too.  The can holds a standard 13-gallon trash bag.
One of the features I find really unique and so helpful is the built in clip for the bag.  It keeps my bag from slipping down in the can, something that drove me crazy with my old trash can.

It's available in your choice of 3 colors...white, copper or stainless steel.  Best of all, you can save 50% right now. Thats right, it's regularly priced at $79.99, but you can buy it on sale for $39.99.  What a deal!  Click HERE to see more at the BrylaneHome website. 
You can see it was nicely packaged in styrofoam.  
It came in 6 easy to assemble pieces that took me less than 10 minutes to put together.  Again, no special tools were needed and the instruction sheet was easy to follow.

I'm really happy with my Stainless Steel 40-L trash can.  And you know what they say, "When Mama's happy, everybody's happy".

BrylaneHome has so many well know for products that are "helpers" around the house.  Things that make all the hard work you do a bit easier.  How many times have you went to reach for something and had to ask someone for help or look for something to stand on?  Having a stepstool at my house is a must. Being 5'3", I'm always stretching for everything and I couldn't get by in my kitchen without one.

Julie over at Mamawj's Moment Away and I are partnering together again to host another giveaway to make your life a bit simplier.  This time we're giving our readers a chance to win this red extra large step stool, valued at $69.99, that Julie reviewed.  You really have to read her review HERE and you'll see just how sturdy and invaluable it is.  It's one of those items that you'll use so often you wonder how you ever did without. She's crazy about hers and says it's making life easier and safer every day.  Now I'm wanting one of these too! Julie will tell you everything you want to know about this great stool and lots of other "helpers" over at Mamawj's Moment Away

Enter to Win

How would you like to win your own BrylaneHome "helper" for around the house.  Julie and I are giving away one red extra large stepstool to one of our readers.  It's so easy to enter just follow the instructions on the form below. You'll find lots of easy ways to gain extra entries.  Giveaway ends 5/12.

Good Luck...
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
~ Colossians 3:23

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Mystery Giveaway with Dinner at Ryan's, HomeTown and Old Country Buffet

Disclosure: I received the following products to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are 100% my own.

It's time to gather your honey bunnies up and hop on over to Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, or Old Country Buffet for a family gathering around the dinner table. Throughout the month of April, the restaurants have partnered with Nancy Drew Diaries and Hardy Boys Adventures to celebrate the relaunch of the classic mystery book series. The books you may remember loving in your childhood can now be read with your own kids with a new look and suspenseful storylines.
As parents and former kids we all know the tradition of filling those Easter baskets full of candy and sugar overload goodness.  But have you ever thought about putting a book in their baskets.  After a busy day of hunting Easter eggs is over, you can calm that sugar rush down by delving into an exciting mystery novel.
One lucky  Cotton Pickin Cute winner will receive the Nancy Drew Diaries Curse of the Arctic Star book and the Hardy Boys Adventure Secret of the Red Arrow book, plus a family four pack of meal passes to Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet. The total value of each prize pack is $60.00.  Keep reading to learn more.

Neil and I really enjoy going to Ryan's to eat.  We both love buffets because of the large selection of foods to choose from.  Whether I'm eating at home or in a restaurant, I just like a little bit of this and that, I'm not big on stuffing on just one thing.  That's why I really enjoy Ryan's.  I get a spoonful of this, a piece of that.  Believe me, I'm a happy camper when I leave.  Going out to eat can be very expensive when you include the kids.  Going to Ryans is much easier on the wallet.  And when Ty was a kid, we ate at Ryan's a lot because we knew there would always be something that he'd enjoy eating as much as we would, and it was affordable!
The restaurants are celebrating Easter in a big way this year! In addition to serving traditional Easter ham, delicious prime rib and special Easter desserts at dinner from Friday, April 18 to Sunday, April 20, the first 50 children each night for dinner will receive a surprise gift. Parents will be treated to a Two Can Dine for $15.99 coupon (valid with two beverage purchases) that is redeemable from April 21 to May 2. 

Ovation Brands, is the parent company of Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet, and they're all about family.  The good folks at Ovation Brands are always coming up with ways to make family time more fun, and now Ryans, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet are turning dinner on its head with the introduction of Breakfast for Dinner starting Thursday, April 10th.  The offering features breakfast favorites to enhance the restaurants popular Family Night.  Breakfast for Dinner is available from 5 to 8 p.m.  I know we love to switch things up and eat breakfast for dinner at our house and the grandkids love it too.  So now along side their everyday dinner favorites you'll find things like pancakes, waffles, sausage and sliced bacon.  And check this out....they'll even have an expanded Egg Action Station, where guests may request eggs to order with more choices, omelets with various fixings, as well as scramblers.  *Menus will vary by location.

Enter To Win

By now your mouth should be watering and you're wanting to know "how can I win this prize package?".  Well that's easy...just follow simple instructions on the Giveaway Tools form below.
Good Luck Y'all...
 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
~Acts 2:42

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mothers are the hardest working people on earth and that's why it's so important to remember them on Mother's Day. They give all year long day in and day out.  Whether a mother is 19 or 91, there's not a day that goes by when she doesn't think about her children.
This year Julie and I have decided to put together a Mother's Day Gift Guide.  We're busy putting together an awesome selection of products that we really like and want to share with you.  It will serve two purposes:
  • #1 - We'll give you our honest opinion on gifts that will be perfect for the mom in your life, even if that's you.
  • #2 - Some of our sponsors will even be providing products for you to win!!
So for all our Cotton Pickin Cute and Mamawj's Moment Away readers, don't forget to come back on April 28th, when we'll get this party started!

If you are a company or business owner, and are interested in having your product featured, I would love to talk to you.  I can be reached at cottonpickincute(at)hotmail(dot)com.  

We would love to include some of you Etsy artiste (how's my French accent?) in our Mother's Day Gift Guide too!! Contact me to see how you can be featured.

Hugs Y'all...
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right.  Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise - that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life.
~ Ephesians 6:1-3

Greening Up with Scotts Bonus S Turf Builder

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Turf Builder for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

March is the month that we pull out our Scott’s spreader and Scotts Turf Builder, and this year was no different.  You know the saying “April showers bring May flowers”, well that phrase has always stayed in my mind and helps me to remember when to fertilize each year.  March we fertilize and then April - God willing we have plenty of showers (if not the hose can do the job) and the next thing we know we’re looking out at a lush lawn of green.
It's so easy to fertilize your own lawn.  The spreader makes it so simple and the directions are right on the bag. There's no need to hire a company to do it.

We use the Scotts broadcast spreader to apply our fertilizer. I start out by walking the edges of our property and then start walking in a back and forth pattern between those edges to spread the fertizer evenly.  See the illustration below.

Be sure to water the lawn thoroughly after fertilizing. Watering in the fertilizer washes the nutrients into the soil where lawn roots can use them and where they won't be washed away by a heavy rain. Watering also gets the fertilizer off the blades of grass which may cause burning. A dry lawn is more likely to burn than a wet one.

Like I was saying, we just spread the Scotts Bonus S Turf Builder last month and you can see it’s already done a lot of work.  I’m sure I’m going to be seeing even more changes in the coming months. Can't wait to watch as it greens up even more.

Forgive my before photos above, somehow my camera was on vivid mode.  We had a lot of weeds and the killing weeds part of the Bonus S sure did the job it promises!  Now we have quite a few bare spots, but that’s okay, because killing off those weeds is going to allow the grass to spread and grow, allowing the feeding part of the formula turn our lawn a beautiful deep green.
You can see in the after pictures above and below how much better our lawn is looking already! That's a lot of grass in front of our shed and it makes me so happy and proud to drive up in the summer and see it a deep rich green. The shed in the picture is where we store all our garden tools, like our Scotts spreader.  The wooden wall on the right, is a giant secret door, that we can put our bigger equipment in.
The photo with the fountain in the background is to the right of the shed and the same spot I was in when the before pictures were taken. These pictures tell exactly why we’ve used Scotts Bonus S Turf Builder for years.  We can count on it to get the job done.
Bonus S is an existing lawncare product designed specifically for southern grass and weeds. This year they have a new, and improved formula. It’s the most effective Bonus S formula ever that’s guaranteed to clear out listed - It controls 82% more types of weeds.
It’s now safe for more major southern grass types including St. Augustinegrass (including Floratam), bermudagrass(new), centipedegrass, zoysiagrass, seashore paspalum(new) and buffalograss(new).
- Available at major retailers in the Jacksonville & Ft. Myers area.  When you think of Florida, you think of lush tropical green lawns.  You don’t want to be THAT house, you know the one I’m talking about.  The one with the brown, dry lawn with patches of dirt throughout.
Do yourself a favor and pick of a bag of Scotts Turf Builder, so you don’t have to hang your head in shame.   
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Hugs Y'all...
 Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
~ Deuteronomy 32:2