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spiderman zippy sack

It’s no secret that we love superheroes in our house. In fact, we love them so much, that each family member actually has their own superhero. One of those superheroes happens to be Spider-Man. We love Spider-Man! 🙂 Our son, Parker, was even named after Spider-Man, that’s how much we love him! (Peter Parker = Spider-Man. Our boys picked out his name, and we went with it!) So, when the opportunity arose to review the new Jay Franco & Sons Spider-Man collection, I jumped on it! I just knew Parker would be giddy when this box arrived in the mail.

I wasn’t wrong! 🙂 Parker couldn’t wait to get his hands on everything in the box, and the first thing he did was put the Marvel Spider-Man Zippy Sack on his bed. (Don’t worry! He had help!) Here’s why I love the Zippy Sack:

  • It’s super easy to put on the bed. We just put it right over his sheet, and it was ready to go! Less than 2 minutes from bag to bed. Love that!
  • Parker can make his own bed every morning. I hate fighting with my kids about making their beds. With the Zippy Sack, he gets out of bed, zips it closed, and his bed looks fantastic all day long. Bam!
  • It is super soft! I don’t have to worry about him getting to hot or cold or itchy during the night. The incredibly soft material keeps him comfortable all night long.

He also absolutely loves the Spider-Man Plush Snuggle Pillow Buddy. So much fun in one crazy little character. He’s perfect to snuggle with every night, he uses him as a pillow to watch movies in the living room, and he loves playing with him. Parker is a rough and tumble kind of kid, and the pillow buddy has held up to countless pillow fights already. 😉

spiderman pillow buddy

The last item we received is the Spider-Man Hooded Bath/Beach Poncho Towel. While Parker loves this, the baby won’t let him use it. It’s hysterical. For some reason, Sawyer has claimed this towel as his own, and he freaks out if Parker uses it. Parker totally understands, though, and he’s been good to share the towel with Sawyer without complaint. This towel is soft, dries quickly, and makes anyone who is wearing it feel like a superhero.

spiderman hooded towel

If your kids love superheroes like we do, I encourage you to check out the Spider-Man collection from Jay Franco & Sons. You will not be disappointed! While I posted the links to the items on Amazon, you can also find them in your local Walmart store. Be sure to look the next time you go shopping, and stock up now for Christmas gifts your kids are sure to love.

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Check This Out: What’s In Your Rug: Spring Cleaning Edition #Infographic

With 8 kids and a dog in my house, you can only imagine the amount of dirt that gets tracked inside. All those little feet that have been jumping in mud puddles, splashing in the creek, and tromping through our 5 acres of land. Oh, heavens. It makes me crazy! My husband and I often talk about  rug cleaning and how we have to get it done! I had absolutely no idea how much dirt gets trapped in our rugs until I took some time to check out the infographic I have posted below.

Please take a minute and check out the infographic from Ahdoot Oriental Rugs:


Oh, those numbers make me crazy! Multiply them by 10 people living in our house, plus a dog and a cat. Eeek! I think it’s time to get our rugs cleaned: STAT!

How about you? Have you ever even given your rugs a thought before now? I’d love to hear from you!

How to Create a Beautiful Kitchen Outdoors

Ahhh, let’s hear it for the great outdoors! There is nothing like it–and when it comes to entertaining, it’s especially rewarding to host an outdoor soiree. Any gathering of friends, family and colleagues, where there’s plenty of room to move about and great eats and drinks is somehow always more enjoyable and rewarding when it takes place outside. If this were not true, there wouldn’t be so many outdoor eating areas for diners at restaurants everywhere.

Nothing Really New About it
While cooking dinner underneath a canopy of stars and moonlight is nothing new–it can be traced back to the discovery of fire. It was actually a functional divergence to engineer new, modern methods of bringing the process of cooking under a roof and into the house to change the game. So not cooking outside, at one point in time, was a brand new innovation, and surely a most welcome respite, delivering a new level of convenience for the one doing the meal preparation and cooking.

Back Into the Yard, and Onto the Patio
weber grillThe cooking of mostly “main course” meat (also known as grilling,) on backyard barbeques became a particularly popular pastime during the 1950s, with a major wave of post-WWII families migrating from the city and farm into the suburbs. The origin of the first grills to resemble what we think of today began in the mind of a metal worker employed by Weber Bros. Metal Spinning Co, maker of harbor buoys. By applying certain modifications to a buoy, he produced the first Weber grill, the game changing cook-piece template for what would become modern grilling that we have today.

Today’s Lifestyle Entertaining
The list of reasons for today’s grand proliferation in adding outdoor kitchens would be vast, however it seems to only be an offshoot from a fascination families seem to have with moving just as much of their living space to the out of doors as possible. So, the fanciest of grills and smokers are being one-upped by the encroaching rivalry of full kitchens designed for backyard living, replete with every single modern appliance to ever grace a dream kitchen on the inside of any home. And because there are other living spaces being located behind the main house, There are both furniture and construction practices that offer a myriad of options for the outdoor home expansion.

Design Basics for Outside Practicality
At the heart of any viable plan for an outdoor kitchen must be two elements: durability and function. In a move to meet the growing demand for hearty outdoor appliances, the leading manufactures now offer a wealth of options, purposes and convenience geared to withstanding the elements suitably. As many of these appliances are built-in, they’ve got to hold up to a full range of weather conditions and all possible extremes in temperature.

Creating Built-in Kitchen Ambiance Outside
Most well designed backyard kitchens feature all of the amenities of their interior counterparts, with bars, kitchen islands, cabinets and countertops, dining spaces, unique flooring, half-walls that distinguish the area, pits and even special pizza ovens. Oh, and the time-honored grill is a significant feature of them all. Some of these kitchens are designed to accommodate more than one chef in the kitchen at a time, with purposeful configurations of all equipment. Full sized and deep stainless sinks with running hot and cold water factor prominently in the complete outdoor kitchen. You’ll find refrigerators, ranges, grills and more that run on electricity, but there are just as many appliances for cooking, fueled by gas and liquid propane. The installation of both requires special permits and professional installation to code. Decide beforehand, your fuel preference, or if you’ll want both, and hire a professional to run the pipes and wiring underground.

All the Modern Conveniences Outside
In general, it’s best to begin your outside kitchen plan by first deciding on exactly which appliances you are going to want. You might choose a fully integrated range, or perhaps a wall oven or two, set in a brick structure, with a full scope range top elsewhere. Some homes install the new separately-available range top components, with extras like smaller grills, two burner gas grates, deep fryers and more. Countertops are chosen from materials most impervious to year-round external elements, and stain and acid-proof sealed concrete, bricks and tiles are popular choices. Smokers with rotisseries are wonderful for cooking that Thanksgiving turkey! Pizza ovens are a lot of fun and quite versatile for slow-roasting larger items. Warming drawers are very handy components for outside entertaining.

Adding Ambiance
The general layout begins with the installation of flooring, again, from weather-hearty materials. This floor serves to connect the home itself to the outdoor kitchen. A dedicated outdoor bar can either be a fixture of the kitchen, or set apart. There are numerous sizes and types of beverage centers, ice makers, wine coolers and keg refrigerators from which to choose. Outdoor refrigerators are now available with all of the functionality, advanced technology and options of the best indoor models. And refrigerated drawers add even more convenience. And don’t forget to include a viably-housed wide screen TV, along with a good system for docking your devices to play music. Good speakers can be purchased for a decent price, and will make all the difference. Cabinets and other forms of secure storage can protect any associated items, like gaming equipment, pots, pans, eating utensils, drink ware, plates and of course, your famous apron. With all of this kitchen capability, still, a fire pit offers the ideal place to gather later on, and year-round. It’s always a cozy, fun way to roast hot dogs, or try out some new s’mores recipes.

The type of lighting you include in the design, as well as the positioning of it will play a major role in creating the perfect ambiance. Give yourself lots of options, with dimmers, too. Imagine the degree of lighting you might need for executing precision moves with a sharp knife, for instance, when cooking outside on a moonless night, a good while after the sun has set. Best to err on the “too much” side here. Then, you can always use the dimmer switch.

Indoor Fountains Serve As Home Décor Element Of Beauty

Wherever you go, a home, hotel lobby or an office, an indoor fountain is the first piece to grab your attention. It is due to the reason that indoor fountains displays artistic elegance and offers a lovely and cool environment.  Beauty is the main feature to add in your home look when you install an indoor fountain. It offers a sophisticated outlook to your home décor project and also gains a lot of popularity. They are simple to install and look very attractive. You can install them in a modern or classic style to fit your style. Here I would like to share you some simple ways of how an indoor fountain can serve the best in the elements of home décor.

We can say that an indoor fountain in your home magnifies the look and beauty of the interior. It displays a striking impression and provides something different in the home background. You cannot ignore the presence of this object. The cascading water gives you something magnetism and grabs your attention due to its attractive look. It will also make the climate cool, serene and calm. It serves as a centrepiece of captivating beauty.  Water fountain table top water on a centre table looks a great décor in your den, office or living room. There are many features to select from fitted to your budget and home.  You can also customise indoor water fountains.  People who are interested in integrating a creative touch to their living room, customising water fountains can fulfil their dream feature. The added benefit of this fountain is that you can customise it easily. You can give it your design to fulfil your requirements and also seek the assistance of the experts to customise your design.

Water Fountains White Noise
Water fountain in your home serves as the best home décor and beauty piece because it produces white noise. What is white noise?  White noise generates from same frequencies such as the water flow and rainfall. It masks other unwanted noise from a neighbour, pets and traffic. When unwanted noise around you covered by the lovely and rhythmic sound of flowing water, you have a relaxing place to live and work.

Easy maintenance
Indoor water fountains require simple and easy maintenance.  It is recommended to make use of distilled water so that it does not build mineral and ugly spots which are not easy to clean and remove. Easy cleaning process comes with the manual product.  There are many benefits of adding fountain inside the home. Everyone is willing to appreciate while staying at home to enjoy the invigorating and relaxing effect.

While considering all these benefits, it is a good idea to install an indoor fountain at home. Indoor fountains are available in the different price range so everyone can easily afford it. Do not get a delay. Place an order for the indoor fountain installation in your living room today and enjoy its benefits.  Proper cleaning and maintenance will let your indoor fountain to work without any issues for many years to come.

Guest Post: How to Instantly Update Your Home with New Curtains

The home is precious; it’s where we feel safe, secure and happy. It’s where we can truly be free to relax, be ourselves and lock ourselves away from outside distractions.

Why curtains?
Curtains are much more than just pieces of material that keep the light out in the morning and retain the heat at night; curtains are a tried-and-tested method of home decoration.

As well as being functional, they also make the room seem softer. This may sound like an odd thing to say, but the truth is that a window without curtains or blinds can really make a room look harsh and the angles of the window frame are sometimes at odds with the peaceful and calming feel that many people want their homes to exude.

Simply put, curtains are a simple and instant way to update any room in the home.

Pick a great fabric
When it comes to new curtains, the fabric is a chance to go wild! Do you want bright colors, or soft pastel shades? Do you want to try out a new, bold contemporary style or something more understated and traditional?

The choice is yours, but if you pick a fabric that you want, a material that you adore and simply cannot live without, then use that to form the starting point of your home’s beautiful new look.

Find a new texture
Your curtains don’t just have to be an accessory; they can be the focal point of the entire room. So, if you’re looking at getting a new pair of curtains, it’s also a chance to look at injecting the room with new colors and textures.

Textures, such as flocked cotton, silk, wool, velvet and sheer materials can breathe new life into an old room, adding lots of different layers and movements to the room.

Make your room a success
Before you start looking at curtain fabric, make a floor plan, and look at where the light comes in, where large pieces of furniture will sit and how many windows there are.

If you have lots of windows in one room, think carefully about the type and color of fabric you want, as dark, pattered curtains will make the room look too busy and dominate the room, which you don’t want.

There are many ways to update your living space, but buying a new pair of curtains is a good way to get started, and you can find more at Tesco.

Image by: love Maegan, used under Creative Commons license

How to Spot the Perfect Plumbing Company

There is no shortage of plumbing companies in Calgary, so how can you know which one to choose? The truth is, many businesses will simply tell customers what they want to hear, or else they will say one thing on the phone and totally change their stance once the work is over and complete. While there are definitely lots of options to choose from, here are some tips on how to spot the perfect plumbing company for your specific needs and circumstances.

Check for Certification
This should actually be one of the very first things that you pay attention to, because without a solid certification and background in these home services, you do not want to take your business there. Be sure to look for plumbing companies in Calgary with a staff or team of people who have studied or trained in plumbing and other home service areas. Do not be afraid to ask where they received their training or how long they have been in business. There may be some team members that have more knowledge and understanding than others, but as long as everyone is certified to do the job, that’s what matters.

Ask the Right Questions
There are some key points that you want to touch on during a consultation with a business. For instance, you should ask for an accurate quote and timeline for the project or job. Know how much you are willing to spend and be aware of how long such a task will take. It is a great idea to do your research beforehand so that you actually know the price range for different services. That way, you can easily spot if someone is hiking the price way up. Furthermore, be sure to ask if there are any team members on hand who have specific experience or training in your particular problem (hot water tanks, sinks, etc.)

Peruse Their Service Options
Finally, it helps to hit the Internet and check out the websites for some plumbing companies in Calgary. Is the site well-designed with correct spelling and grammar? Mistakes and poor usability indicate a mediocre company. You want to be able to read through the services that the business offers, as well as some descriptive detail on how they operate. The more information you can find about the company, the better. Perhaps they even include customer reviews on their website as well. The Internet is such a huge resources nowadays that there really isn’t an excuse for a company not to have a reliable and intuitive website.

So now you know how to navigate the many home service businesses out there and spot the right ones for your home. Take your time, don’t back down, and never settle for anything less than the best.

Why Allowing Professionals to Handle Your Commercial Caulking Needs is Wise

One of the best ways for a person to chart their own financial path is by starting a business. In order to give legitimacy to your new business, you will need to think about setting up a permanent base of operations. Without a commercial building, you may find it a bit hard to get the clientele you are after. Over time, the commercial building that you have may start to show signs of wear. Having exterior caulking Toronto and painting done is a great way to revitalize the look of the building. Below are some of the reasons why allowing professionals to handle this job is important.

Choosing the Right Products
The main thing that a professional will be able to do when hired for this job is to get the right products in place. Without the right caulk and paint products, you will be unable to get the right results and may make matters worse. By choosing a professional with a good bit of experience, you will be able to get the results that you need with ease. The professionals will be able to take the needs that you have and then find the right products to match those needs.

The Time to Apply the Caulk and Paint
For most business owners, trying to find the time to caulk and paint the exterior of their building is nearly impossible. Rather than spending time on tasks like this, you need to hire professionals so that you can carry on with business as usual. You need to make sure that the company you hire has a good deal of experience and has a proven track record. Paying more for a company with a good deal of experience is well worth it considering how beneficial they can be.

Great Looking Finished Product
If a business owner tries to do this type of work on their own, they will usually end up with a less than stellar finished product. Without knowledge of how to properly use caulk, a person will struggle when it comes to having the right finished product. Getting some professional help with this job will allow you to carry on without having to worry about the outcome of the work. Before hiring a company for this job, you will need to get a few onsite estimates. These estimates will give you all of the information you need to make the right hire with ease.

The time and effort that you invest into finding the right caulking and painting professionals will more than pay off in the long run.

So You Know I’m Not Lying…

Here’s a picture of our driveway:

Our Dreaded Driveway

It is really pretty, isn’t it? But all that snow is deceiving. Underneath the snow is a muddy mess, full of holes and uneven ground.

I took this photo about halfway down our driveway, and the top is the same way. Steep, scary, and just a mess. I’m praying there are no more falls during this pregnancy, because getting back up the driveway is hard to do. 🙂 The snow gives some traction, but now that we’ve finally got temperatures above freezing, it’s all melting and turning to mud.

I’m busy with a blogger to wordpress transfer for a friend and client today, but I wanted to at least pop in and say hello to my readers. Hopefully you’re staying warm and having a great weekend!