Irish Cream Push Pops for St. Patrick’s Day

These Irish Cream Push Pops are perfect for after dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. They look amazing and are easy to make, they will think you slaved over them to make them.

If you do not have the Push Pops you can purchase the Push Pop Containers with Lid 12 ct. Clear Plastic Push up Pops for only $19.99 Shipped. They come in handy for many events and different goodies you can make.

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Personalized Engraved Pocket Knife Review #giftideas

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Laser Baby gifts offers beautiful Personalized Engraved Pocket Knifes for Christmas Gifts, Groomsmen gifts, and any other gift needs. You can have them personalized with “Merry Christmas 2013” as shown in the photo above, your wedding date, or other engravings. I have to say that they will make great gifts for the men in your life.

When I received the Engraved knife, I was amazed at the quality of the knife, the beautiful engraving, the weight of the knife as well. This is not one of those cheap looking knives that you see in some stores. This is a beautifully crafted, sturdy knife that the person you give it to will get many years of use from. The personalization is just beautiful as you can see. It has the lock in place feature for the blade and is very easy to close when it’s not in use. This beautiful piece is just $24.50 Each or they offer deals on several knives for Bridal Parties or if you would like to get one for all the men on your Christmas shopping list. I have to say that it would be the perfect gift for all the men on your gift buying list.

The knife would be great to use for hunting, fishing or just everyday. The men in your life are sure to get plenty of use from their gift. I just love the design on the knife, and how it really picks up the light and flatters with the detailing. You will want to order soon to get them in time for the holidays. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed!

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How to Build a Vertical Pull-Out Cabinet (Pantry) #DIY #Pantry

I know that many could use a little more kitchen or basement storage for your stockpiles,canning items, or just extra storage in general. There just never seems to be enough room for everything and it seems that homes are sometimes lacking storage areas for the things that you need. So I thought this would be a perfect solution that you could build yourself. Here are the directions for building the How to Build a Vertical Pull-Out Cabinet (Pantry). It would work great for under stairways that are open in the basement as well for extra storage.

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How To Weatherize a Mobile Home #HomeWeatherization

I’m doing the weatherization of a Mobile home in a different post as anyone who lives in a Mobile home or Double Wide knows that these are a whole different creature when it comes to weatherizing.

Now when you do a couple of things they will be the same as weatherizing a house. Such as insulating the windows and Doors and the AC units will be the same. After that then things are different.

* Windows and Doors- These can cause some problems for losing heat in your home. How can you make sure you won’t lose heat through this area of your home?

* A good 20-50 year Silicone Caulk will help seal up areas.

* Compression weather-stripping is used to seal swinging doors and window sashes.

* –V-shaped weather-stripping is fitted against the side of the door or window jamb so it presses against the edge of the door or sash and forms a seal. V-stripping may be vinyl or bronze.

* Foam weather-stripping is used to seal either swinging or sliding doors or windows.

* Thresholds and Door Bottoms–A threshold fills the gap between the floor and the bottom of a door. It may have a built-in vinyl bulb. If not, it must be used in combination with a door bottom mounted on the lower edge of the door.

All of these weatherization products will help to keep old man winter from making your heating bills to sky high.

Air Conditioner Units- If they are left in all year round then you will need to weatherize them so that your heat is not escaping through the unit. I like to make sure that mine are WELL insulated so that I will not have problems with the unit the following summer as well.

* Pink Insulation form boards
* Silver insulation sheets
Duct tape (Love my Duct tape!)
* Air Conditioner cover

Now I first use the Silver insulation sheet to cover the AC unit as it’s a tighter fit to the unit. I then measure the pink foam board and make a box with it to go around the unit and I duct tape both in place one over the other. Then I attach the Air Conditioner cover and tie it down over the top of the insulation. Then of course I like to Duct tape the edges so that it’s not being lifted by the cold winter air. This gives me 3 layers of protection for my unit. I do not have leaks in the winter and it is still solid as a rock come spring. Which I then place it in the shed so that I can reuse it the next winter.

* Your vents on your roof for the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace and so on. You will want to Caulk around them as they can let a lot of heat escape. Having this extra protection on there could save you more then you like to think. You will want to Silicone them either before or after putting the coats on the roof.

Your Roof:– Most mobile home roofs and floors are already insulated, but the cavities are often only partly filled. Filling these areas can save up to 20 percent of your heating cost. Now to have insulation blown in your roof and under your home you will need a professional to do this. I have opted to do two things that have saved on heating. Installing the long strips of pink insulation under it and then applying the long strips of the Silver insulation over the top to add more insulation and so that heat will not escape under the mobile home.

This can be done by you and no need for a professional. Now you do have to watch where your water pipes are and check them BEFORE installing the insulation or the insulation will just hold the water and do you no good as an insulator.

Now the roof you will need to put at least 2 coats of a water based Coat sealer. You can do this with a paint roller and the sealer. I suggest going with the white if at all possible as you don’t want the black for the summer months as it draws the heat into the home! Then you will be running your A/C or Central Air more to cool the house in the summer months! (always think ahead to all seasons) The sealer can only be applied in weather temps of above 50° F / 10° C. This will help to prevent any leaking during the winter months.

Plumbing- You will want to check your connectors and pipes by the main as those are usually the first to go. You do NOT want those to go during the winter months or any time really. However, the winter is worst because they have to shut off the water to the whole park and you risk you and all your neighbors freezing their pipes up because you didn’t check your plumbing. Doesn’t make for friendly neighbors. :(

If you do have a leak with a connector or pipe that is leading to the main call and let the park manager know so that the water can be shut off and it can be repaired while it is still nice out and no one is worrying about their pipes freezing. This will make for a much better living environment. I would suggest that if there is an elderly person in the park who you know can’t afford to get someone in or get under their home that you supply your services as well. Why? Well, it will be a great neighborly thing to do BUT again it will save you from getting your water shut off in the middle of winter and risking your pipes as well. They will greatly appreciate your offer.

Heating tape- If your house has a tendency to freeze up during the cold months now is the time to install heating tape! There are many different choices in this product. I do NOT suggest going with the cheapest price out there. This could cause a disaster in the winter that your NOT going to want to wake up to.

Heating tape runs anywhere from $24-$300 Now, some stores mark up the prices on the heat tape as they know your going to need it so shop around to get the best price. If you find a sale RUN don’t walk to get it because it WILL be gone! If you do not have a plug-in under your home be sure to get a solid heavy winter extension cord to plug in at the nearest outlet.

I will suggest the pipe insulation tubes as well BEFORE using heat tape. This gives it added protection if your heat tape malfunctions. Also always leave your hot water dripping in all the sinks and tubs so that you keep the water flow going and are less likely to freeze up.

Detouring furry pests- In the winter months they like to find new homes that are warm. My theory if your not paying rent I’m Evicting you! Not to mention HATE THEM! :(

So to detour them from entering make sure that you have no holes in the bottom of the home where they can sneak in. Silicone caulk around pipes going into the house, make sure there is no entrance by your furnace, stove, Washer/Dryer and water heater for them to sneak in at because both are warm areas. You can also place 2-3 boxes of Tom Cat Bait Blocks under your home and that sure helps with detouring them as well.

Skirting under house- I like to put sheets of the silver insulation around the outer edge of the skirting to block extra strong winds from coming in. You will then also want to make sure that all of your skirting is securely locked into place and in the correct track so that when the snow comes it’s not pushing all of your skirting away from the home. If it does you then have your added blockage with the silver insulation till you can get it back in the track.

These are some of the things you can do to winterize your mobile home or Double wide from Jack Frost.

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Planning Your Wedding? Dress First Has The Perfect Wedding Dress And Bridal Party Dresses #Bride #Dress #Wedding #Ad

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Planning your wedding can be such an amazing experience from finding the perfect Wedding Dress to the tiny details so that your day is everything that you hoped it would be. Shouldn’t you have the dress that makes you feel like a princess on your special day??? dress first is sure to have the perfect dress for your big day from the Dress to the Veil to make you look beautiful on your day. Dress First offers many different styles, from making you look like a princess to more simple designs and lengths for the bride who wants to be beautiful and comfortable on her special day. Your wedding budget will also love their Wedding Dress Prices starting at $112 for beautiful dresses that are sure to make you a glowing bride.

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You will love the Bridal Party dresses that are available to choose from as well at dress first from Long flowing dresses, knee length, to Maternity Bridal Dresses. They have a beautiful selection to match your colors and theme you have chosen for your wedding. Dress First bridal party dresses are starting at $90, your bridal party will love the dresses that you choose as well as the savings for Dress for your beautiful day.

You are also able to purchase Mother Of The Bride Dresses, Bridal Accessories, Reception And Favor needs, and more for your special day to make it completely the way you have dreamed about. It’s your special day and with a budget or not your sure to find everything for your beautiful day at dress first.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dress First, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Time to Weatherize The House for Winter And How To #Weatherize

It’s time to start to weatherize your home so that your ready for those cold months. I have to say living in Wisconsin it gets darn cold here on many days and we get a TON of snow as well. So you want to be ready when Jack Frost starts to nip and make sure that your home is ready to be warm without leaks letting your heat escape.

There are many ways to do this and for low cost as well. I will be locating rebates for you to get different supplies to weatherize your home. If you were reading last month there was a rebate for Dap silicone caulk to get you started on your way. (That rebate has ended now) Many of your hardware stores, Menards, Lowes and other stores are going to be having some great deals coming up on weatherizing products. As those become available I will be posting them so that you can get your home ready. I will be joining you in getting ours ready as well so that we are warm and toasty this winter and keeping our heating bills in check.

Today I wanted to take a moment to go over a check list of what are some of the areas that will be needing some attention.

Where do you lose the most heat?

* Windows and Doors- These can cause some problems for losing heat in your home. How can you make sure you won’t lose heat through this area of your home?

* A good 20-50 year Silicone Caulk will help seal up areas.

* Compression weather-stripping is used to seal swinging doors and window sashes.

* –V-shaped weather-stripping is fitted against the side of the door or window jamb so it presses against the edge of the door or sash and forms a seal. V-stripping may be vinyl or bronze.

* Foam weather-stripping is used to seal either swinging or sliding doors or windows.

* Thresholds and Door Bottoms–A threshold fills the gap between the floor and the bottom of a door. It may have a built-in vinyl bulb. If not, it must be used in combination with a door bottom mounted on the lower edge of the door.

All of these weatherization products will help to keep old man winter from making your heating bills to sky high.

Air Conditioner Units- If they are left in all year round then you will need to weatherize them so that your heat is not escaping through the unit. I like to make sure that mine are WELL insulated so that I will not have problems with the unit the following summer as well.

* Pink Insulation form boards
* Silver insulation sheets
Duct tape (Love my Duct tape!)
* Air Conditioner cover

Now I first use the Silver insulation sheet to cover the AC unit as it’s a tighter fit to the unit. I then measure the pink foam board and make a box with it to go around the unit and I duct tape both in place one over the other. Then I attach the Air Conditioner cover and tie it down over the top of the insulation. Then of course I like to Duct tape the edges so that it’s not being lifted by the cold winter air. This gives me 3 layers of protection for my unit. I do not have leaks in the winter and it is still solid as a rock come spring. Which I then place it in the shed so that I can reuse it the next winter.

* Your vents on your roof for the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace and so on. You will want to Caulk around them as they can let a lot of heat escape. Having this extra protection on there could save you more then you like to think.

Your Attic-
Insulating your Attic is always a good idea. While there check for any visible leaks, areas that need to be fixed now, and anything that could cause a problem in the winter months. NOW is the time to find it instead of when your wondering why it just got so cold in the house and hmmmmm…..where did all this snow come from! Silicone Caulk can also come in handy in this area of the house as well. This will not fix large areas but smaller areas it will do the trick.

Plumbing-
– If your house has a tendency to freeze up during the cold months now is the time to install heating tape! There are many different choices in this product. I do NOT suggest going with the cheapest price out there. This could cause a disaster in the winter that your NOT going to want to wake up to.

Heating tape runs anywhere from $24-$300 Now, some stores mark up the prices on the heat tape as they know your going to need it so shop around to get the best price. If you find a sale RUN don’t walk to get it because it WILL be gone!

Now is also the time to check any connectors and pipes as well. It’s not a fun time to have a flood in the basement and all of your family treasures floating on the surface of said flood. :( Check under all sinks as well as you don’t want to be at work and come home to a flooded Kitchen or bathroom. This can be a mess to clean up so checking every 3-6 months can save you a LOT of headaches. You never know what is going to wiggle loose!

* Furnace- Now is the time to test it and make sure everything is in proper working order instead of that first cold morning when your wishing you had. Change the filter on the furnace before checking it. These can be purchased at any hardware store, Menards, or Lowe’s. If you have problems call in a repair man BUT find one that you will pay a trip fee usually $40 and then parts and labor. If you pay by the hour there are many who take their sweet time unless your watching them the whole time.

Your outdoor Plumbing – Yes, this needs to be maintained as well. Your outdoor plumbing can cause as many problems as your indoor plumbing. Regardless of whether your outdoor water faucets are frost-free or the hose bib type found on older homes, external faucets should be bled before freezing temperatures cause problems.

Many homes have an interior shutoff valve for exterior faucets; typically located on the interior wall of the house, directly behind the exterior faucet. The valve will either be a gate valve (round, wheel-shaped), or a ball valve (one with a lever). Turn a gate valve clockwise to shut off the water supply to the outdoor water faucet; turn a ball valve a quarter turn. If the valve is difficult to turn, apply a lubricating spray, and then turn with an adjustable wrench.

A cold weather cover will provide extra protection. Try this: cut a hole in the center of the cover to an empty plastic butter or margarine tub, large enough to fit over the faucet. Place the lid over the faucet, the lid top should be against the house. Secure the lid to the house siding using screws or tacks.Wrap a strip of fiberglass pipe insulation around the faucet, and secure with masking tape. Push the plastic tub over the faucet, and snap it onto the lid.

* You will also want to Weatherize your Garage and Shed as well. These are just some of the things you can do to weatherize your home. It will hep to keep your bills in a good range and make sure that the heat is not escaping. I will be doing Mobile Homes in a different post as they are a whole different animal. ; )

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Rover: Have Your Dog Stay In Comfort While Your Away On Vacation And Tips For Dog Boarding #PetLover #ad

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Are you going away for the holidays? Do you need someone to take care of your furbaby while your away and will give them excellent care, play with them, take them on walks and treat them like one of the family? There are always Kennels that you can bring your Dog to but will they get the personal attention there? The answer to that is more then likely not.

Our furbabies are just like our children, we don’t just leave them anywhere, then go on vacation. You will love that you can find a great Dog Sitter at Rover.com. They will come to your home or They can go to the sitters home, which ever is easier. Your furbaby will be taken care of by your personal sitter and treated as their own. They could stay with an elderly person and be treated like one of their grandchildren, keep them company, play, and be spoiled by them.

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You may come home to find that your furbaby had a better time on their vacation then you did on yours. You will know that your furbaby is being taken care of while your gone and you will be able to see how they are doing by contacting your sitter. They will be able to get your pet care if needed while your away. The prices for using Rover.com are very reasonable from $10 to $75, so your budget will be happy as well. There are also sitters that when paid donate their earnings to charities as well and do it for their favorite charity and the joy of taking care of furbabies. Your sure to find the perfect sitter for your furbaby while your away. Don’t forget that Rover Gift Cards make a great gift for the holidays!

Tips for Dog Owners when you have a sitter:

* Be sure to send their favorite toys

* They will want their favorite Blanket or Bed

* If your Dog has allergies to foods you will want to send their food and let the Sitter know

* A number to where you will be or your cell phone number

* Your dogs Vet number

* A local family member’s number or close friend

* Your Dog’s normal Schedule

* Other comfort items that will make them feel more at home with their sitter

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by Rover, all opinions are my personal opinions

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Are You Moving? Have PackRat Moving Help You Move To Your New House #Moving #ad


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If you have had to move before you know what a royal pain it is and how sore you are during the whole move and not to mention after as well. I just moved myself and I have to say it was not a fun time and I didn’t have a whole lot to move. It was more then I wanted to movers to finish moving me midway through the move though. lol If your moving no matter if it’s a short or long distance get a quote from PackRat Moving. If you need a hand loading and unloading you can receive a quote from Hire A Helper that is partners with PackRat Moving.

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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post, it was written by myself and sponsored by PackRat Moving.

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Free Glasses From Coastal

You can get a free Free Pair Of Glasses from Coastal. Shhhhhhhhhh…Don’t tell my daughter that I am using her picture to show you her glasses from Coastal! lol She HATES her picture taken! She wanted some glasses that would go with anything she wore and were teen styles so she picked out this pair. She just loves them. I have also ordered them for my son and my Step daughter as well and they all love their glasses. Shortly my son needs a new pair and we will be ordering them from Coastal again! Here is how to get your FREE Pair of Glasses. This is a deal for First time customers only!

* Get Your eye exam prescription from your eye Dr. Be sure it has PD (Pupil Distance) listed on the order.

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* Use the promo code: LENSUP at the checkout to get your free pair

* Pay Your shipping around $16 for glasses, cleaning towel, and Glasses case which is an AMAZING DEAL!

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