10 Foot Flamingos and My Big Date with Mrs. Hillbilly

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Mrs. Hillbilly was planning on popping by yesterday to check out my new garden boxes. That was it. But when I called her right before she headed over and suggested we stop by the nursery to pick up some veggie starts for her garden, she was like, “Okay, that would be fun.”

Then, as we headed off down the road I suggested we try out the new Harbor Market Cafe/Coffee Shop that had just opened up downtown.

We stopped and both ended up both ordering one of their chicken, spinach and tomato stuffed crepes. It was flipping delicious. I don’t even think I put my fork down once and I seriously thought about ordering a second crepe it was so good.

Is it just me, or does food taste better when someone else prepares it?

creeping hydrangea

Anywho, after a quick breakfast, made it to the nursery. Not the original nursery we we planning on going to, but since Rosedale Gardens close to where we were headed, we stopped there first to take a look around. {Does anyone know if that is a hydrangea plant? If so, what is the variety called? I think I might want to plant a few along my fence line.}10 foot tall tin flamingo

10 foot tall pink flamingos. Who wouldn’t want a flock of these beauties in their backyard? Seriously. The HOA doesn’t seem to have a problem with my 50+ plastic flamingos grazing in the backyard so I’m pretty sure I could slip a few of these in without anyone noticing, don’t you think?
trunk of flowers and veggie startsAfter all was said and done, we made 4 stops and came home with a car full of plants. Not to shabby for an impromptu date. Ha!

Happy Wednesday,

~Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Beach Goodies, Free Kotex, Puffy Vests, a Composter and More

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conjurerWord of the Day: Conjurer Definition: Trickster, one who practices magic arts Used in a sentence: The conjurer spoke the magic word and music sounded.

Just in case you didn’t know… Today is National Jump and Down Mavis is Getting a Fence Day. Yep. It’s totally an official holiday. There will be a ribbon ceremony, a sheet cake from Costco and balloons. Maybe even some annoying party blowers if the UPS man gets here in time.

I just thought I’d give you the heads up.

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 60% or More Off Swimwear

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Cents of Style has their Abstract Summer Scarf {4 colors to choose from} for just $7.95 shipped when you use code ABSTRACTSTEALS at checkout. This deal will probably sell out quick so snag one or two if you want one quick.

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Walmart value of the Day – Faded Glory Women’s Classic Denim Jacket $10.00

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Headed to the beach this summer? Get an XL Beach Mesh Tote Bag for just $11.59. The Camco 60″ x 78″ Handy Mat with Strap is also on sale for $12.95 and they ship FREE with Amazon Prime

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Zulily has great deals on Citrus trees, olive trees, blueberry bushes and flower bulbs today!!! New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up. Then go HERE to check out this deal.

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Get a Set of 4 BioPEDIC UltraFresh Anti-bacterial Bed Pillows for $28.00. 

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to All Recipes Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire 5/21/15 at midnight EST.

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Keep those knives and scissors sharp with the KitchenIQ Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener for $5.99. {Awesome reviews!}

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Men’s REI Therum Down Vest $49.73 {was $99.50}

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The Home Depot Deal of the Day – UP TO 38% OFF SELECT WET/DRY VACS

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Amazon has the Yimby Tumbler Composter on sale for $99 shipped and the reviews rock!

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My Favorite Garlic Spinach Dip Recipe

garlic spinach dip recipe

garlic spinach dip recipe

I had some pita chips and I needed something delicious to do with them. What better than to dip them in a scrumptious dip I found in the Simply in Season cookbook?! I had all the ingredients on hand and it was super easy to make. I think this is how I’m eating my spinach from now on, so no one start telling me how unhealthy it is. I’m going to ignore you and dive right in. I suggest you do the same!! spinach

Ingredients

8 cups fresh spinach
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 milk {I used 2%}
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce

saute spinach

Directions

Saute spinach and garlic in a frying pan until wilted. {Add a wee bit of water to prevent sticking}.  Pour spinach mixture into a blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until nice and smooth.

Serve warm or cold with pita chips, Hawaiian bread, or whatever floats your boat.

garlic spinach dip recipe

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9 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are On Vacation

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Walton-Mountain-Museum-Earl-Hamner-HouseNow that we have a house on each coast, I have had to really think about keeping each of them safe and secure while we aren’t there.  Usually, the HH and Monkey Boy stay behind to sit in their under-roos and play video games while The Girl and I travel, so our main house is secure, but as we move toward being empty nesters, I may actually take the HH along on a couple of my adventures ;).

I have a couple of things I try to always do to keep the house in one piece whenever we all travel.  They give me peace of mind, and really aren’t all that difficult.

  1. Stop your mail and paper.  Nothing says “nobody is home” like a pile of uncollected newspapers on the front stoop.
  2. Turn off the water to your house.  No one ever anticipates a pipe breaking, so just turn off the water and avoid coming home a swamp in your living room.
  3. Don’t announce that you are on vacation over social media.  Believe it or not, some criminals are saavy, and scour social media to find out who is out of town.  I usually delay sharing my vacation for about a week {yep, the secret is out, you are not always getting it in real time, unless the HH and Monkey Boy are home.} You can find some more social media strategies to deter burglary while you are on vacation on the Allstate Blog.
  4. Ask friends/family/neighbors to pop in and check the place out a time or two while you are gone.  It’s just a precaution that will give you peace of mind.
  5. Consider a timer for a lamp or two in the house.  That way, it will have that lived in look, but lights won’t be blazing all night long {which is pretty much a dead giveaway that no on is home.}
  6. Lock everything.  I know this seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people have windows that are unlocked when they are home.  Make sure to double check and lock everything down.  At least make people have to work to get in your house.
  7. Unplug unused appliance/electronics.  There’s no reason to have power going to the computer, television, coffee maker and toaster.  Unplug them and save some cash.
  8. Hide your valuables.  If you have jewelry, deeds, or otherwise valuable paperwork, consider hiding them someplace safe while you are gone.  In the event that someone does break in, you may be able to avoid losing those things at least.
  9. Even if you don’t have a neighbor do a walk through, make sure to let them know you will be gone {assuming you like and trust your neighbors}, that way, they might take note anyone coming and going.
  10. Remove the spare/hidden key.  If you have a key hidden for emergency purposes, make sure to bring it in while you are away.

None of these take a ton of time, but in my opinion, they are all totally worth doing.  How do you make sure your home is secure when you are out of town?

~Mavis

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Dirt Piles, Fence Building and Building New Garden Boxes

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mavis butterfieldSunday afternoon the HH and I had a Home Depot Date and bought a bunch of wood for the new garden boxes. The whole time we were there the HH kept trying to talk me into building ordinary garden boxes {1. Because they are easier and 2. Because I could build them myself}. But I held strong. 😉

skill saw

So after loading up {24} 4″x4″x10′ boards we headed home. The original plan was to use 4″x6″x12′ boards but there wasn’t enough in stock {and I wanted these puppies build pronto}. As soon as we got home the HH dragged out his skill saw and tools and we got to work. building garden boxes

These new beds will be about 15″ deep and a little fancier than any raised garden beds I’ve had in the past. I found the design idea in an old gardening magazine awhile back and I really liked the look of the staggered corners. building garden boxes

Just for the record, my husband dislikes any and all gardening/house related projects. I think I had him build too many things when we were just starting out as homeowners and I turned him off completely to this kind of stuff. 😉 So I was pretty surprised when he offered to help me put the new raised garden boxes together.
drilling holes garden boxes

Or maybe he was afraid I’d hurt myself with the sharp drill bit. Who knows… All I know is we’ll be finishing up the garden boxes when he gets home from work later today and I’ll get to start planting as soon as the fence is up.coatney fence

The fence guys. Can someone please tell me how I end up with the cutest contractors every time we have work done on the house?  SERIOUSLY. Chino the Handyman, Cameron the Carpenter, the Hottie Electrician… it’s like I can sense their awesomeness over the phone or something when I call to get a bid.
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Dennis and his crew from Coatney Fence Company came by yesterday to set the fence posts. All ten million of them. If you’ve ever had to dig post holes before, you know it’s crazy hard to do all.day.long.

Luckily the hard part is over with and when they come back tomorrow the fun stuff {putting up fence boards} begins. Weeeeee! Lucy and I are VERY excited. pile of dirtIn the mean time, The Girl and I still have a little more soil to shovel out of the driveway {and into the garden beds} and one last trip to the nursery for a few more plants.

Yep. That should keep us busy for the next 24 hours. Right?

~Mavis

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DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

I have a lot of chrome fixtures in my house and have been looking for a good DIY chrome cleaner. I fiddled with a few recipes and this one does the trick. I use it all the time now. It requires only 3 ingredients and works like a champ. I’m never going back to the store bought stuff!

DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
3 tablespoons white vinegar

DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a large spray bottle a shake well.

To Use

Spray onto chrome surface and let sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth and then buff with a dry cloth.

DIY Chrome Cleaner Recipe

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Free Kindle Books, Bali Bras, Starbucks Doubleshot, Espresso + Cream, Ninja Blender Deal and More

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assimilateWord of the Day: Assimilate Definition: Make alike, absorb Used in a sentence: The body must assimilate food to be benefited by it.

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Exhausted. That’s was Lucy was when I picked her up from her play date yesterday. She slept all afternoon in fact, on the couch with her legs all stretched out. She didn’t even notice the fence guys in the backyard she was so tired. Naps are the best, aren’t they?

Have a great Tuesday everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Up to 70% Off Select Kingston Computer Components and Accessories

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Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day – 50-70% Off Bras, Panties, Socks & More

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My favorite Deal –> Playtex Women’s 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wire-Free Bra $13.99

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon Subscribe and Save

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This is pretty!!! Amazon currently has the VTG Blue Flower Bronze Resin CZ Rhinestone Drop Hollowed Bracelet Bangle starting at around $3.44 shipped. This would make such a lovely brithday/Christmas gift.

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Walmart Value of the Day – V7 19″ Class Widescreen LED Monitor with Built-in Speakers $79.96 shipped {was $129.99}.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Runner’s World Magazine for only $5.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire 5/20/15 at midnight EST.

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Find more recipes on my Strawberries Pinterest Board.

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Get the Char-Broil Classic 480 40000 BTU 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner shipped to your front door for $159.99! Great reviews and just in time for grilling season. 

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Amazon has the Suisse Sport Alpine Adult Mummy Double Layer Sleeping Bag on sale for $38.73 shipped! Perfect for camping this summer. 

 

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Mavis Butterfield – New Day Northwest Video 5/18/15

Today I stopped by a New Day Northwest and shared my favorite deals with host Kim Holcomb. I even brought a few of my neighbors along too. :) I’ll never win an award for public speaking, but hey, I try my best.

Have a great Monday everyone,

~ Mavis

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Regal Cinemas {that includes United Artists and Edwards Cinemas} is once again hosting the Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for nine weeks. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. GoHERE to see movies listings in your area.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Start Date June 23rd.

  • Nut Job
  • Annie
  • Earth to Echo
  • The Boxtrolls
  • Paddington
  • Rio 2
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • The Book of Life
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Madagascar 3
  • Dolphin Tale 2
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Alexander and the Very Bad Day
  • The Lego Movie
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Costco

  • Mott’s Fruit Medleys Fruit Snacks (80 ct) on sale $7.59/$0.09 per bag
  • Champion Reversible Sports Bra 2 pk on sale $14.99
  • Heinz Picnic Pack (4 ct) on sale $5.59/$1.39 each
  • Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins (5 lbs) $9.99
  • Gatorade All Stars Variety pack (28/12 oz) on sale $10.79/$0.38 each
  • Subaru Electric Start 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer $269.99

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Zaycon Fresh is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb $67.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $4.49/lb | $179.60/case
  •  Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham $3.79/lb | $83.38/case
  •  Meaty Back Ribs $3.79/lb | $136.44/case
  •  Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet $4.69/lb | $46.90/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Chuck Roast $5.79/lb | $208.44/case
  •  USDA Choice or Higher Patio Steaks $6.49/lb | $214.17/case
  •  Smoked Pulled Pork – 20lb $4.49/lb | $89.80/case

Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Recipes we talked about on air:

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