Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Homichef Saute pan review #PRODUCTREVIEW

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I cook most of my food from scratch so it is important to have good tools to make my job easier. Homichef has beautiful functional stainless steel cookware with a copper bottom. It is also healthier than many brands as it contains no nickle which harms health.  It's thick 3 ply base allows for better cooking. Clay tried the pan first and made hamburger for tacos and it worked out beautifully. I prepared a seafood dish and it worked beautifully Clean up was a snap! The food didn't "stick" to the pan. I give this product a five out of five stars. This is a wonderful gift for Valentine's Day for the cook in your home! I did receive this product for review and no monies were exchanged.



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Five Finger Tee Shirt Product Review #FASHION #JOKES

Paws (Jaws) T-Shirt  To order yours go to https://www.fivefingertees.com/collections/all-t-shirts/products/paws-t-shirt

I love funny tee shirts. In fact my whole family does, we always get a good laugh whenever someone has a fun shirt on. Five Finger Tees has affordable funny shirts for the whole family. Perfect for Valentine's Day for that special someone, or even to purchase matching ones! We received the "Paws" shirt for our honest review. It is adorable! Great for cat lovers and Movie goers too! The quality was great and the laughs were fun too! I give this company a 5 out of 5 stars. We did receive this product for our honest review and no monies were exchanged.



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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Home Free Cookie Review #PRODUCTREVIEW

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I enjoy a simple snack through the day to keep my energy up as I am working on our little farm. Home Free Treats have a wonderful flavor and there is more.. they are...

Egg and dairy free
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and best of all they taste fantastic! We give this product a 5 out of 5 stars :) We did receive this item for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. Image result for parts of a bee body  Did you know the Drone Bee does not sting? Bees are alive all winter.. Clay got stung the other day working on the hives and it is January! The Queen Honey bee can sting you non-stop.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

How to know if your cat is in heat...Time to get your kittens spayed :)

Working on our little farm - it is like cat city.. I have 3 cats but there are a "herd" of cats that roam the neighborhood. We have a stray cat I call her Donny that had a cute litter last year - I saw them a few times  with Momma cat and lately there was a real sweet little kitten that I saw on my back porch. It is wild but so cute! None of these cats will come to me but I see them roaming the neighborhood. All said.. the question is How do you know your cat is in heat? Well..She will become mature sexually between 5 months to a year. She will want you to keep petting her, rub herself up against furniture and generally be friendly. Roll over on her back and just act all lovey dovey. You really want to fix your cat before she goes into her first heat. - Cats unlike dogs do not spot. If a male is around you will have kittens. As you can tell I do love cats but unfortunately the wild ones won't come to me but they all are nice and fat as I think they travel around getting meals. We don't feed the strays as we have 3 of our own but I do worry about them and hope that in our farming community these kitties find a home with a farmer who wants a few mousers. If you have a cat that you are concerned about that needs to be spayed many times there are groups that will help as well as for rabies shots etc. It is usually posted in your newspaper so keep your eyes glued to the paper to make sure your little fur baby stays up to date. Even tractor supply was giving "group" rabies shots at a discount. With Spring right around the corner it brings to mind all the babies that come to the farm.. chicks, baby rabbits, and stray kittens! 

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Losing London by Joey Jones #BOOKREVIEW



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Today's post is made possible by Losing London by Joey Jones. This is the second book I have read by this author the first being A Bridge Apart which I loved! This second book was not a disappointment! Losing London is about two people that were close to London, who lost her life to cancer. The story is how the two people closest to her, dealt with her death and how they  fall for each other. Harper is London's sister and Mitch her lover. It is moving and heartbreaking. I really loved the writing style of Joey. I felt like the writing was down to earth and the characters seemed like real people and it didn't take me long to get engrossed in this read. Once you pick this up you won't be able to put it down until you are finished! I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.




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Raising Quail





Flash back Saturday.. we still have our quail but I thought you would enjoy seeing our quail in a flash back Saturday :) 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It is super easy to make your dog a support dog but should you?

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I looked over at my new dog, given to me by my son. A designer dog A Fox Toy Beagle (in other words a mutt) and thought wouldn't it be cute to give Branch (my son and wife said I couldn't change his name- named after a character in a movie) - I looked at all the people carrying poochy in grocery carts or proudly walking rover through the department store. Then I saw on one of those judge shows someone suing someone for bringing their dog into a restaurant hiding them in their purse after a fist fight over cleanliness and food. That's my intro but here is the deal.. 
You can make your dog into a emotional support dog. No big deal basically you need to get a letter from your doctor if you have anxiety, etc. That makes it official. Why? Only two reasons.. To be able to put him on airplane.. Which I thought would be great rather than getting a prescription from my doctor for a calming pill of some sort before I fly to prayerfully knock me out.. my reason.. but my dog would probably flip out.. which would be good as it would keep my mind off flying but the other patrons wouldn't like him. Or for housing if your apartment says you can't have a dog this will allow you to do so. Only two reasons to get one. You cannot bring a emotional support dog into a restaurant, store, or public places of that sort. I can just picture Branch in McDonald's begging or eating the scraps under a neighboring highchair.He'd see a real service dog and start barking uncontrollably.. oh the shame.. so it isn't as delightfully and cute anymore. However it may be a wonderful thing for some of you. These dogs require no training and are strictly for the emotional support of the owner. As far as certificates and all that from my research - they aren't really doing anything for you.. and some feel it is just a way to get your money.. Now onto .. Why you shouldn't make your dog a emotional support dog except for the only two reasons..flying and for your housing. - 


The people that needed service dogs - which are TRAINED and usually are ON THE GROUND .. not in a purse - except for small breeds for diabetics that need to smell their breathe etc .. All these excess dogs may cause business owners to be alarmed for food and cleanliness issues. It is actually a very serious issue and people really should not make your dog a support dog just for kicks to protect people in need of service dogs that have fought so hard for this right.  If you are in bad shape .. absolutely get your emotional support dogs but you are not allowed to take them in restaurants, etc. and there are federal laws you could be breaking if someone got on their high horse  https://esadoctors.com/where-can-i-take-emotional-support-animals/ and http://www.lajollalight.com/news/local-news/sdljl-county-guidelines-dogs-public-buildings-2016may04-story.html  I am not for or against emotional support dogs as I know many military and emotionally abused or high anxiety issues these are wonderful and TOTALLY necessary. YES! You should get a emotional support dog.  It is just good to know the deal so you can protect yourself. If you choose to make your dog a support dog you can train him yourself and I suggest getting him papers, coats, and all the bling and to learn how to train your dog so you can have a comfortable experience and also protect yourself if the need arises. Do your research - I am in the midst of training my dog to be a good farm dog for his protection and happiness but I don't plan on making him an emotional support dog as it is more emotionally supporting to me to know he's not jumping on strangers lap or barking at other dogs LOL. 







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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Air Hook #PRODUCTREVIEW #BUSINESS #TRAVEL



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Today's post is made possible by The Air hook. When you fly things can get really cramped - It's especially hard if it is a long flight and you are working paperwork on the flight or have small children  The air hook goes on the flight tray and you can hold bottled water and hook up your cell phone , headphones etc. This makes for a much more enjoyable trip. I a great item for all travelers. Also a perfect item to give your business customers who are in the air a lot I did receive this item for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 



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Monday, January 8, 2018

Freezing outside working on bees and chickens






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Thursday, January 4, 2018

www.fauxchet.com Vermont Innovations Needlecraft #PRODUCTREVIEW





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This has to be one of my favorite reviews :) As you all know I love fiber arts and crocheting, and knitting etc... I came across this tool awhile back and found it to be similar to the old Ktel knitters from years gone by only this tool is better as I bought a couple from ebay to compare a while back.  Vermont Innovations made me a gorgeous scarf as well as sent me instruction books and "samples" . I already loved this craft and now I feel like I am equipped to really make things. I am in the process of making my dog a sweater. Super easy to use and I love that it is portable and you can't LOSE the needle as it flows right with the yarn. They were very generous in what they sent to me and I am sending the book and a tool to my sister Patty who taught me how to crochet and makes beautiful work we are going to work up some projects and I will be sharing on you tube how to use this tool and show you some of my work. Honestly you can look right in the book it is super easy and you can learn right from the books. Check out all the wonderful things at www.fauxchet.com and open the door to this wonderful hobby. I did receive my products for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 






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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Expression Fiber Arts #PRODUCTREVIEW #YARN

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I am more than just a little addicted to my fiber arts. I love to make things. I always have a multitude of projects going. I love teaching my friends how to crochet, knit and  other fiber arts (ktel, knook, etc. ) Expression Fiber arts has wonderful soft yarn. The price is wonderful for such a nice quality yarn and it works beautifully for projects. I adore all the colors that they have on their site. I just started a nice shawl with the yarn that was sent to me for review from Expression Fiber Arts.  I decided that a crochet shawl would be nice in a really easy pattern as I will be instructing on our you tube channel - http://www.youtube.com/poplebackyardfarm how to do this and it will look gorgeous in the yarn by Expression Fiber Arts as many crochet readers haven't branched out into the finer yarns and I feel that this would be the perfect project for them as well. I think you all will love working with this yarn and the color choices as well as the affordable pricing! I did receive this product for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.

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Flavabar #PRODUCTREVIEW

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Seriously the Flavabar chocolates are pure chocolate lovers' heaven! I took the 10 day challenge to show how good chocolate can be for you! Since chocolate is one of my favorite food groups this was a wonderful experience! I absolutely hate cheapy chocolate and can tell when something is good chocolate.. this my friend was goooood chocolate! 
Not only in the taste but it is good for you. Chocolate workes brain stormed together to produce the wonderful flavanaturals to give you the goodness of chocolate. There are six flavors. My favorite was the Roasted Almond and Himalayan Pink Salt. Take a tour around the site (link above! ) and check out all the goodness Flavanaturals has to offer you and get your chocolate game on! I did receive the product for review purposes and no monies were exchanged.


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New Orleans Roast Coffee Review


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Clay and I are coffee drinkers. Our schedule is hectic to say the least. I have been called "the city that never sleeps by those who have worked with me as it seems I have always had to keep crazy schedule. My attitude is go with the flow-  I grab a good cup of coffee when I have to keep going to get the job done.  I really enjoyed trying PJ's coffee and New Orleans Roast. - Great flavors and different roasts. They also have the cups that you can pop into your coffee makers for a single cup. Some of the flavors include King cake, Wedding Cake and salted carmel! If you are a good strong cup of Joe girl like me you will enjoy the Dark Roast with Chicory. If you are a business owner these are great to give to customers or for business meetings as well! We did receive our product for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 


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Monday, January 1, 2018

African violet is in bloom to welcome 2018

I have a huge collection of African violets - odd ones you won't be able to find locally as well as good old faithful ones that can be easily purchased locally.  Right now only one of my aAfrican violets is in bloom here is why..  no light, and I am not feeding them. One reason I decided to pretty much stick with only growing African violets (plus my wandering Jew and a palm) is because my house is very dark in the winter. I even have some under lights with no luck. My goal in the winter is to keep them ALIVE until Spring and summer when I put them outside or in bright windows where they are happy to bloom for me. One thing I do in the winter is hardly ever water them I wait until they are so dry I think they will die before I give them a HUGE drink and let them sit in water. Over watering will be the kiss of death to your violets they are a succulent and trust me.. they don't do well in the winter if you over water. I have too many african violets to water feed etc.. so I just let nature takes it's course and water when I get to it.  My violet that is blooming now was given to me by my sister along with a huge wandering Jew that did beautiful outside last year in the HOT FRONT SUNNY PORCH. I figure the violet is about a year old. I feel to be successful it is best to do some trial and error following things from the book may have worked for one person but not for you. I suggest taking the information that you hear (why do the homework all over again?) but if it isn't working you may need to try something different as all plants , environments , etc.. are a little different. Study how these plants have been grown in the wild as well as how developers have changed their growing habits to get the best results. :) African violets are a wonderful hobby and yes you can have beautiful flowers in the winter! It all depends on your situation.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

One cat makes 2,072,514 Kittens here is how!


Imagine what would happen if our cats kept having babies! I was surprised at these figures and thought it would be of interest to all of you that love cats :) 





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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Every Rural girl owns a cat or two...or maybe 19?

I own 3 cats..
Blue, Shadow and Maxine. All little kittens not full grown. Blue is a Russian Blue, 
Shadow has gorgeous orange eyes with long silky hair and looks similar to a Bombay



Maxine is a black and white similar to a Tuxedo cat :) 


All of my cats are less than a year old and add so much joy to my house.. One reason I wanted some cats is that our area has tons of cats that "roam" the area but aren't friendly and won't let us touch them. There are 4 cats I see all the time, but are not my cats.  Donny.. who is expecting and has scored a few meals from me but hates my dog.. so never comes over.  Oscar who sits and watches my dog but never comes close by.  Judah..(Judah is a boy, I checked)  he is a grey tiger that I have petted picked up and hates my dog. Plus "Paws" a wild kitten that is so tiny but hisses but hangs out with Judah.. I know.. I think I am turning into a cat lady naming them.. but I see them weekly if not daily hanging around our neighborhood.  But "I" only own 3 cats but since I see the neighborhood kids (cats) I thought I would include them. I went to the dentist the other day and a lady told me at one time she had 19 cats in the past but now just has 5.  She told me how one cat had a few litters and they would be multiple breeds from one cat!  I found this to  be really interesting. With so many cats in our area one thing I have learned I have to feed mine in the house or I will have a army of cats. Living in a farming community cats are not exactly unwanted and many people here have multiple cats that they use for the barn or inside company.  In fact I personally don't know anyone who only owns one cat here! I am from the "city" so I come from the one pampered pussy cat world. But I found that all of my cats are pampered here! Usually lounging with my husband if they can :) You can see a picture I posted with two of my cat's on him while he was working on a puzzle book - http://www.Facebook.com/RuthiePople so after 6 years of marriage I too own multiple cats and just really love this laid back living in the country. Yes, cats are people too- life slows down in the country and you get a appreciation for all God's critters. 






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