Free Kindle Books, How to Save Tomato Seeds, Smithsonian Magazine, The North Face and More

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Word of the Day: Incontrovertible Definition: Cannot prove wrong, indisputable  Used in a sentence: An incontrovertible argument was presented for the adoption of the resolution.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 😉

Mavis

*This deal post will be updated throughout the day so be sure and check back for deals. 

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Up to 60% Off Certified-Refurbished ARRIS SURFboard Cable Modems

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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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Do you save your tomato seeds to replant next year? You should. Here’s How {and Why} to Save Your Tomato Seeds. Find more cool tips on my Gardening Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board.

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Tomatomania!: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen $18.37. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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Get a 3 Pack of Lego Candy/Jello Molds/Silicone Ice Cube Trays for just $10.99!! These would be so much fun to use at birthday parties. 

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Get a 12 Pack of 6″ Bamboo Crochet/Knitting Needles for just $2.90 shipped!

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Get a 12-Pack of Sharpie Markers for $5.88. These ship FREE with Amazon Prime.

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Zulily has Dr. Who Clothing and Le Sportsac on sale today!

KUT from the Kloth Sheri Cowel Front Top

6pm has the KUT from the Kloth Sheri L/S Cowel Front Top  on sale for $19.99 shipped.

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This Peace Necklace would make a great gift for a teen girl and it’s only $3.59 shipped right now on Amazon.

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My favorite Crock Pot is on sale!!

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This Carrot Cake Jam recipe is technically a jam, but you might confuse it for dessert because it’s so delicious! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Canning Pinterest Board.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – The North Face ThermoBall Hybrid Hoodie $89.73 shipped {was $180}.

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The Home Depot Deal of the Day – 30% OFF SELECT BATH FANS & HEATERS

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Get a case of 36 Magnolia Paint  Brushes, 1-1/2″ Trim, 1″ Width, for $9.86. I ordered these a few days ago and I was VERY pleased when they arrived. Just like the ones they sell at The Home Depot for $0.99 each!

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Amazon Add on items

*These are all Amazon Add-on Items and they will ship with qualifying orders over $25 and are eligible for free shipping on $25 orders with Amazon Prime {or will ship FREE on $35 orders without Prime}. 

Smithsonian magazine

Get a 1 year subscription to Smithsonian Magazine for $12. This magazine chronicles the arts, environment, sciences and popular culture of the times. It is edited for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse, general interests. With your order, you become a National Associate Member of the Smithsonian.

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Amazon Prime special offer: Get a 3-month free trial to Audible

Right now Amazon Prime members can get a 3-month FREE trial for Audible!!! {I like to listen to audiobooks while I garden.} With over 150,000 titles to choose from you’d be CRAZY to pass up this freebie. Listen with the FREE Audible app on your smartphone or tablet. Yee-Haw!

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Tang Breakfast Drink Jelly Recipe

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The recipe below comes in from reader, Susan. Check out Susan’s other recipes: Easy Lilac Blossom Jam, Canned Amaretto Cherries and Canned Pickled Dill Carrots. Thanks for sharing, Susan!

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Hi Mavis,

I found a recipe for Tang Jelly and just HAD to try it! The recipe is from a 1974 Sure-Jell booklet. The Tang goes on sale at Fred Meyer and QFC for $1 quite often – with a $1/2 coupon = .50! I think they would look better in those squatty 4-oz. jars {since these will be gifts} but I don’t have any empty and this was a last minute project. :)

Ingredients

3 3/4 cups sugar
3 cups water
1/2 cup Tang
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 box {1 3/4 oz} powdered pectin

Measure sugar and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and mix well. Place over high heat and stir until mixture comes to a hard boil.

Add all the sugar at once and keep stirring. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim foam {if there is any}. Ladle into jars. Wipe rims, apply lids. Place in water bath for 10 minutes.

~Susan

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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

How to Get Rid of Bad BreathThere is nothing worse than that nagging worry that you are breathing hot dragon breath on innocent by-standers.  I am kind of obsessive about keeping my breath in check–mostly because I’ve been on the receiving end of buffalo breath, and my friends, I do not like it.  Also, with all of the dental work I’ve had done over the years, I have a lot of people near my mouth or close-up and personal with my face, so I like to do what I can to keep things on the fresh side.

Chronic bad breath does not necessarily have anything to do with poor oral hygiene.  Sometimes it starts from bacteria in the mouth, but a lot of times, it starts in your gut and works it’s way up.  Whatever the cause, here are some ways to keep it at bay:lucy the puggle dog toothbrush

  1. Brush and floss religiously.  Duh, I know.  But, who hasn’t slacked off on at least flossing from time to time?  The problem is that brushing doesn’t always get all of the food that can contribute to odor causing bacteria.  Flossing ensures none of the stink gets stuck.
  2. You know that piece of parsley restaurants put on the plate?  Well, it turns out it’s not just a garnish.  Chewing on fresh parsley after a meal can clean your teeth naturally {and it encourages saliva, which helps fight odor causing bacteria}.
  3. Your diet might be to blame.  Studies have shown people who eat diets low in carbs have higher incidence of halitosis {bad breath}.  Apparently low carb diets release ketones {chemicals that can which can contribute to bad breath}.glass of water
  4. Increase your water intake.  Water helps to rinse the mouth.
  5. Make sure you are cleaning your tongue too.  It can harbor bacteria just like the teeth.
  6. Acid reflux can contribute significantly to bad breath.  If acid reflux is an issue, make sure to manage it with medicine and/or diet.transparent yellow apples
  7. Eat “natural toothbrushes,” like apples, raw carrots and celery.  Their structures helps them to clean your mouth as you chew.
  8. Drink tea.  Tea has antioxidants that make it more difficult for plaque to build up.  Plaque can get a bit stinky, so less plaque is a good thing.
  9. Eat regularly.  An empty stomach can cause acid to build up in your gut, and bam, next thing you know that acid is making your breath smell bad.  Plus, eating promotes saliva, which again, helps clean the mouth.
  10. Try a probiotic.  If you keep your mouth immaculate, your diet is fairly clean, and you know you drink plenty of water, it may be that your system is off-balance.  Try a good bacteria promoting probiotic, or snack on probiotic rich foods like yogurt.

Do you have any tricks you use to keep your breath fresh?

~Mavis

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Can You Hear Me Now? I Need Your Phone Expertise

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Okay you guys, I need some help. I need a new phone but I can’t make a decision to save my life about what phone to get. So I’m turning to you because you never let me down {no pressure!}.

I currently have an iPhone4 and my phone contract is set to end in a few months. I would like to get a new phone WITHOUT a contract. I don’t use my phone constantly, but it is an important part of my day for a few reasons. I use my phone to text, talk occasionally, check email and post on Facebook and Instagram. Occasionally I’ll read an e-book on it, but that’s is really it. Those are the only features I use. Pretty easy peasy, right?

So here’s what I need help with. I need to know a few things:

What phone do you have? Would you buy it again if you could go back in time? Is it an ancient dinosaur of a phone you can’t live without? Do you have the latest and greatest with shiny bells and whistles? Does my life need that phone in it?

What do you love/hate about your phone? Do you love long phone conversations with Siri? Does your phone take the best pictures ever? Is your phone super duper easy to operate? {This one might be the most important aspect!}

Who is your carrier and what do you love/hate about them? How is their customer service? Are they kind and cheery? Can you actually reach a real person? Do you know anything about their plans? How is their coverage?

Okay so lay it on me, oh helpful readers! I’m counting on you to guide this phone dummy in the right direction. Whatcha got?

~Mavis

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P.S. I must be able to buy a case for the phone that will hold my driver’s licence, debit/credit cards and a wee bit of cash because I don’t use a purse anymore. :)

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Free Kindle Books, Free Samples, How to Can Peaches, Emergency Essentials and More

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predilection

Word of the Day: Predilection Definition: Liking for, preference, leaning towards  Used in a sentence: He showed a decided predilection for outdoor sports.

Repeat after me… today is going to BE FREAKIN’ AWESOME.

Seriously, it is. 😉

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Ecosmart Electric Tankless Water Heater

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Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day – Dyson DC41 Upright Ball Vacuum (Certified Refurbished) $199.99 shipped

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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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How to Prevent Back to School Cooties

Before you send your kids on that bus, check out these tips on How to Prevent Back to School Cooties! Keep your kids healthy as they head back this year. Find more cool tips and ideas on my Back to School Pinterest Board.

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Get the 8-Pack of PURELL Hand Sanitizer Advanced – Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles for just $11.69 when you clip the 10% off coupon.This ships FREE with Amazon Prime. 

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Looking for a great baby gift? Bebe Bella Designs has their luxurious Baby Blankets on sale for $20 shipped thru 8/24/15. {Blankets normally retail from $52 – $58}.

Frogg Toggs Pro Lite Rain Suit

Cabela’s has the Frogg Toggs Pro Lite Rain Suit on sale for $19.99 {was $39.99}.

how to can peachesDo you know How to Can Peaches? It’s easier than you think. Find out how HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Canning Pinterest Board.

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Brita Sport Water Filter Bottle, Twin Pack $14.99

Old Friend Jemma slippers

6pm has my favorite Old Friend Jemma Slippers on sale for $20.99 shipped {the blue ones are $27.99}. These retail for $69!

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Emergency Essentials:

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – REI Compact Digital Scale $12.73 {was $26.50}

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The Home depot Special Buy of the Day – UP TO 30% OFF SELECT DOOR HARDWARE

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Walmart Value of the Day – RCA 10.1″ 2in1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core Windows 8.1 $129.99 shipped {was $169}.

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Snag these two free samples while you can!

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Don’t miss the Amazon Summer Magazine Sale. All the titles above are just $5! Many more available for just a few bucks more.

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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 $1.89/lb $75.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $3.99/lb | $159.60/case
  • Frozen Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets 25 lbs
  • Frozen Premium Alaskan Cod $5.49/lb $137.25/case
  • All Beef Hot Dogs $3.29/lb 10 lbs $32.90/case
  • Polish Kielbasa Sausages $2.79/lb 10 lbs  $27.90/case
  • Meaty Back Ribs $3.99/lb | $143.64/case
  • Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet $3.79/lb  36 lbs 136.44/case
  • Pork Sausage Links $2.79 ln 20 lbs $55.80/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 – 20lbs $4.49/lb  $89.80/case

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

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10 Ways to Use Up and Preserve Fresh Pears

10 Ways to Use Up and Preserve Fresh Pears

10 Ways to Use Up and Preserve Fresh Pears

Even if you don’t have pear trees, you can still score a big box of pears while they are in season.  If you want to get really crazy, you can preserve them so you have them all year long.  If not, just enjoy them while they are fresh and the season lasts.  Either way, here are some ideas for both:

pear butter recipePreserving

  1. Can them.  Canned pears are simple and delicious.  They are my go-to winter fruit.  Also, they taste pretty awesome for breakfast with a little cottage cheese.
  2. If you are not into canning them as is, try making/canning pear butter.  This stuff makes toast something to look forward to.Slow Cooker Pear & Ginger Applesauce
  3. Pear Vanilla Jam makes great gifts.  We like it on our pancakes too.
  4. Make Pear and Ginger Applesauce and then freeze it.  It freezes really well and makes for a quick side for lunch or dinner.
  5. Whip up and can a batch of Cranberry Cinnamon Pear Sauce for Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Make it now, enjoy it later.

pear treeWays to Enjoy Them Fresh

  1. Besides the obvious of eating them whole, you can add them to antipasto platters–which make simple, but popular appetizers.
  2. Keep in mind, you can usually substitute pears for apples in most recipes.  It gives the recipe a whole new flavor.  Try your favorite apple pie recipe or apple crisp recipe using pears.
  3. I am a pretty big fan of tarts.  This Rustic Pear Tart is no exception.
  4. Throw them in smoothies.  They sweeten really lightly and add nice flavor/texture to smoothies.
  5. Dice them and add them to a spinach and chicken salad.  They add just the right amount of sweet.

Do you have any favorite pear recipes?

~Mavis

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Moving Hosta Plants, Planting Fall Vegetables, Teaching The Boy to Can, And Old Fashioned Clothes Pins

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I few weeks ago The Girl gave The Boy a jar of homemade raspberry jam. Since then he has gone home with 3 more jars {all half pints}. Apparently he can’t get enough of the stuff. So yesterday, when I asked him how his jam supply was doing, he kind of gave me a funny look and I knew he was out again.

So The Girl took matters into her own hands and taught him how to make raspberry jam.

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Are you growing tomatoes this year? Have you starting canning them yet? Yesterday I put up 4 pints of heirloom salsa. My goal is to can 12 pints of salsa and 24 quarts of tomato sauce this year. Our tomatoes are just coming on so I suspect most of this will get done in early September. clothespins

Clothespins! I scored 5 dozen old fashioned clothespins at the thrift store yesterday for $2.99. They don’t make them like the used to I tell you. The springs on these suckers are AWESOME. Now all I need to do is install a {hidden} clothesline. :) :) :) lucy the puggle dog

Lucy is grounded. I found her trying to dig under the fence yesterday. I’m not sure if she was digging for treasure or wanting to visit the cute little pup down the road.

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Goodbye hosta plants…

growing vegetables in your front yard

Hello oak leaf lettuce, Detroit Dark Red Beets, and ornamental cabbage. Okay, so it’s not really ornamental cabbage. It’s the REAL THING. But I’m pretty sure no one on the snoopervising committee will be able to tell at this point UNLESS THEY ARE READING THIS. So for right now, I’m calling it ornamental cabbage.

The way I see it, if the lady down the street in the cottage type homes can grow zucchini in her front yard… I can grow some fall vegetables right with pretty foliage. Right? I mean the ornamental cabbages go for $3 a pot all over the place in the fall and I’m sure the neighborhood will be covered in them. I’m just ahead of the game because I’ll be able to EAT mine, right?

You’ve got to get your thrills where you can people.

Keep calm, and carry on.

~Mavis

P.S. No hostas or gladiolus were tossed {I moved them to a more shaded area in the back}.

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All the Cool People Pee in Their Garden

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I thought I was cool, but according to Rodale Wellness, really cool people pee in their garden {or at the very least, use their urine in their compost piles}.  Say what?  Yep, studies have shown that urine is a pretty effective way to add a great “nitrogen-phosphorus-Potassium ratio” to the soil–and oddly enough, it is generally recognized as safe to put directly onto plants {though, it is really better suited directly on the soil, instead}.

So, in the off chance you want to give it a whirl…{Or a wizz?  Sorry, bathroom humor has never been my strong suit} just collect your urine throughout the day and dilute it one part pee to five to ten parts water.  Then, sprinkle it around the base of plants or on the base of the plants.  It’s apparently particularly effective for “cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and tomatoes.”

I feel obligated to tell you that pee-fertilizer comes with a warning label:  wash your veggies reaaallly well before you consume them {duh}, avoid using it if you have an infection {gross}, AND because of the high salt content in urine, make sure to water it in well and don’t over-use it {basic fertilizing rules apply}.

I guess it’s one way to go really green.  Who knew you were literally flushing money down the toilet?

Now get out there and wet the {garden} bed.

~Mavis

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