Amdro Powerflex giveaway!

This is a sponsored post by AMDRO. 

Who’s ready for Summer? I am!! This beautiful weather is just begging us to get outside and that means that it’s time to get our out doors ready to enjoy. Yard work, sprucing up the patio and filling flower pots. With our out door “to do” list growing by the minute I was excited to try out the Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed system to help me tackle a few jobs. This system is perfect for getting weeds and pests under control.

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Before I put out our new patio furniture I wanted to take care of those pesky weeds popping up in between our patio pavers. Pulling weeds doesn’t always take care of the problem. You have to kill them all the way down to the root in order to kiss those weeds goodbye for good. I used the Amdro Weed and Lawn killer for this problem area. The Lawn and Weed killer is perfect for weed control on driveways, sidewalks and in between pavers. It’s fast acting and starts to kill weeds within hours.  Check out my video showing off how simple this system is to use…

I loved how easy it was to get started! No mixing and no spilling. And when you are done treating an area you can remove the cartridge, return it’s cap and save it for later. No need to use up an entire cartridge at once.

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Weeds aren’t the only things Amdro can take care of! Amdro offers 4 solutions for our home and yard!

1.        Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate
2.        Lawn Weed Killer Concentrate
3.        Yard & Perimeter Outdoor Insect Killer Concentrate
4.        Home Pest Indoor Killer Concentrate

All of these products work with the Powerflex system making weed and pest control easy! Simple application with the electric wand keeps the solution off your hands and only where you want them. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Fill the reusable tank with water. 2. Twist on your needed cartridge. 3. Spray and treat your pests or weeds. It’s that simple!

Amdro is available at Home Depot and Walmart.

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Amdro wants to give one lucky BCD winner a $50 American Express gift card! To enter simply leave a comment in today’s post telling me what problem around your house or yard Amdro could help you out with! For an additional entry please pin an image from this post and leave a separate comment that simply reads ” Pinned on Pinterest!”

Winner will be announced on the Blue Cricket Design facebook page June 8th.

 Disclosure Statement
Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their AMDRO products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

 

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Ready, set, refresh!

There’s just something about this warmer weather that always makes me want to refresh my home with a new look! Maybe it’s all the beautiful Spring flowers in bloom that are inspiring my need to breathe new life into my home. Whatever it is I’ll gladly take it and my kitchen was the perfect place to start my home refresh projects this year. With a few new and affordable decor items my kitchen has a new light feel that I love!

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Bright new rugs add a fun pop of color and tie in my new color pallet! Blues, greens and yellows were the colors I fell in love with when shopping for my new accessories and decor. They just make me smile and in a room I spend a ton of time in I wanted to be sure it brightened my day!

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A kitchen island is the perfect place to have a mini display of something beautiful and functional. I love this new little vignette! Green orchids and a new glass jar for snacks sit atop a wood tray and I am in love with these new darling salt and pepper shakers! It’s all about finding things you love!

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And there’s always room for a little sentiment and nostalgia! Before my grandma passed away I asked her to type out her famous sweet potato recipe! It’s a treasured recipe that I proudly display in my kitchen and every time I glance at it it takes me back to my grandma’s kitchen where we spent so many hours together cooking and creating memories. When you add a sweet touch like this to a space you love you can’t help but love the room even more!

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New hand towels are a must when refreshing your kitchen. They are an easy way to incorporate your colors and who doesn’t love new hand towels!

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A little luxury by the sink goes a long way! This yummy smelling sea breeze soap and hand lotion not only matched my kitchen but they smell amazing.

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This new utensil caddy is making setting the table so easy for my kids.

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Swapping out small accessories can make a big impact. I love this light and fresh look. My kitchen really is the heart of the home so making it a space I love to be in helps create a warm environment for me and my family!

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Wilsonart also believes that small changes in the kitchen can make a house feel more like a home! Beautiful changes are simple and easy with the new Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate. These beautiful countertops offer a variety of colors and looks that are sure to turn your kitchen into your favorite room in the house!

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Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate countertops can give you a granite like look for an affordable price. The high quality surface is 5 times more scratch resistant then traditional laminate making it a great option for any busy kitchen. With a wide variety of colors and beautiful edge finishes, these countertops will compliment any kitchen design. If you are looking for an easy way to freshen up your kitchen be sure to visit Wilsonart to view their entire selection of beautiful countertop options!

 

 

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Sunshine Smoothie

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Nothing like starting your day with a energizing pick me up! This Sunshine Smoothie is just what you need to start your day off right. Bright fresh flavors that will wake up your taste buds and give you the energy you need!

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I always love to add a few healthy add ins like milled Flax seed and protein powder! That’s the best part about smoothie making! You can customize it to your needs! My husbands loves to add extra protein powder. And don’t forget… you can turn any smoothie recipe GREEN by adding in a handful of spinach and kale! Added nutritional value never hurt anyone!

For more Smoothie recipes check out my other recipes: Freeze ahead Green Smoothie and my “Go to” Smoothie recipe!

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Boy, oh boy giveaway

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What a fun week! Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate the addition of my new little Gunner! I really am thrilled to have this new guy in my life and to embrace all things BOY! It has been a blast seeing all that I have to look forward to being a mom to a boy! As we wrap up this week long celebration I could not be happier to end the week with an AMAZING giveaway event! Thanks to so many generous sponsors you guys are about to meet some impressive vendors who all offer amazing items any little dude would LOVE!

One winner will be chosen at random to win all of the following items below! A giant prize package for one big winner!  Entry details will be at the bottom of this post!

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Rocky Paper and Design is about as cool as it gets! This site offers amazing personalized gifts that any little guy will love. From Birth Announcements to Personalized wall art to these darling lunch boxes! Rocky Paper Design is your gift giving destination! Winner will receive a lunch box of their choice! Enjoy 15% off with coupon code: BCD salew ends June 30.

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Knot So Crafty Creations is a crochet shop filled with adorable creations! Hats and Super hero outfits for the little super hero in your life! Winner will receive $25 of store credit to use towards a hat of their choice! Also enjoy a 15% discount when you enter code BCD15

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Looking for the perfect way to record that little dudes growth? Well look no further then The White Loft! These darling growth charts are perfect for recording the whole family!  Winner will receive a Growth Chart Board!  Enjoy 10% off thru June15th when you enter code:BLUECRICKETDESIGN

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One Little Belt offers a wonderful selection of little boy accessories! Belts and ties and Bow ties! The one stop shop for the finishing touches! Winner will win 1 free belt of their choice!  Find them on Facebook!

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Lucy Darling Prints is exactly what it’s shop name leads you to believe! Darling prints for your little guys room! I am in love with these designs and Gunners room is about to get a little  more finished thanks to this shop! Winner will receive a print of their  choice! Also enjoy $2 off your print order when you enter code SPRINGGIVEAWAY

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Lucy Darling Shop offers the BEST selection of milestone stickers! I have never seen such a unique collection of designs and I had to make a set my own! Your little dude will have adorable month stickers to help capture his growth thanks to this site! Winner will receive a set of stickers of their choice! Also enjoy $2 off your order when you enter the code SPRINGGIVEAWAY! Find them on facebook!

9Hill Country Wood Craft specializes in adorable eco friendly wood toys! There is just something so adorable and simple about these high quality toys that I just can’t get enough of. The perfect unique gift for any little guy! Winner will receive a wooden tractor!

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Every little guy dreams of being a Super Hero! Klassi Kreations can make every little boys dreams come true with these Super Hero Cape sets! Custom capes for parties and for dress up! Winner will receive their choice of a Medium sized Superman, Spider Man or Batman cape and mask set. Find Klassi Kreations on facebook and on their blog!

Giveaway ends May 29th and a winner will be announced on the BCD Facebook page May 30th!

Thanks again to all the amazing sponsors for making this possible!

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Party time! Boy theme ideas!

There is so much to love about having a boy and when it comes to celebrating them and entertaining them the ideas are endless! It might be too soon for me to start planning Gunners 1st birthday but you better believe I’ve already started peeking around to see what all of you do to celebrate the boys in your lives! I’m so excited to share a few fun party and entertaining ideas from some of you…

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Oh my goodness! This “Man” party for a darling 2 year old named Warner is too too adorable! Every little detail was thought through and perfectly executed! Mustache cupcakes! Umm, hello! So darling! Kristy over on “The Life and Time” pulled out all the stops when she created this shin dig for her little dude! Check out all the details HERE!

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Larissa from Just another day in Paradise knows how to throw a party for a boy! Her Harry Potter themed party was a hit for her son and all of his wizard in training friends! Potions and spell books and spooky treats! She has thought of it all! For more photos and full details check it out HERE!

And I love this game and gift idea from Lorraine from over at Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart. Next time you have a party to attend why not create a personalized gift for the birthday boy! Customized and personal tic tac toe boards! Full tutorial HERE!
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Dapper little dude wear!

I have to be honest…when I first found out I was having a little dude I got all scared! My pre-Gunner self was never very impressed with little boy clothes. In my mind I always thought boy clothes were Winnie the Pooh overalls and helicopter shirts. I never had to venture into the boys department so little did I know that little guy clothes were as cute as they were! I’ve made a complete 180 and am in LOVE with tiny man threads! Nothing cuter then a dapper little guy! I’ve gotten over my fear of he boy clothing section and have quickly fallen in love with little shopping for Gunner and seeing everything I’ve been missing out on. Plaids and stripes and cargo pants, oh my!

e29bec56da98fe50a97c1bf67c784678So cute! What was I afraid of! And it’s open up an whole new world for projects! Check out these fun tutorials that I want to try thanks to some amazing readers…

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Kaysi over on Keeping it simple shares the perfect tutorial for the a Sunday staple! Her tie pattern and tutorial are going to come in handy over here! Thanks for sharing the full tutorial HERE!
This “Lil Stinker” Onsie is too too cute and you can see how Heather created it over on Small Fry & Co! Click HERE for the fun tutorial! She even provides a FREE download of the design!
Where are your favorite places to shop for boy clothes?
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Read to me, Mom!

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Our house is filled with books but for the last 10 years we’ve been reading about princesses, ponies and fairies! With a little dude now in tow it’s time to start getting my feet wet in the super hero, din0saur and truck department! I’ve been loving all the new finds and recommendations I’ve been getting and just had to pass on my growing list of wants and haves for my little guy…

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I can not begin to tell you how much I adore this first book! The cover caught my eye at a book store and the story made me laugh out load! It’s my new favorite gift to give at a baby shower and everyone needs to add it to their library but any little boy would eat this story up! Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown is my #1 new favorite children’s book!

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My sister-in-law sent Gunner this darling book that I adore! Indestructibles: Baby Faces! These books ar ejust like they say: Indestructible! They are made out of cool material that is drool, dribble, chew and rip proof, perfect for the early reader and grabber in your family. They make an entire collection of these durable things so load up! This one about different faces is too cute!

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I’m a sucker for darling design so this book “Moby Dick,” part of the “BabyLit” series, totally caught my eye. These board books take classic tales and presents them to your little one in a simple and beautifully illustrated way.

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DC Super Hero ABC 123 is any little boys dream. This board book is here to help any little super hero learn his ABS’s and 123′s! Makes learning fun and has your little guys favorite Super Heros front and center!

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Hi-yah!!! The Three Ninja Pigs takes a classic tale and puts a humorous martial arts twist to it with a surprise ending you’ll love! Your little guys will adore this tale and chance are will act out a little karate by the books end!

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What wouldn’t you love about a book called ” Dragons love Tacos!” Come on! A hysterical tale of dragons and tacos! Sign me up! Beautifully illustrated and ready to entertain! new York Times Best seller!

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Wonder is a book that every house hold needs to own! I read this book to my then 8 and 6 year old last year and I was blown away. This story is so well written and helps teach a beautiful lesson about compassion, bravery, friendship and the joy of the human spirit! Buy it! Read it! Love it!

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Magic Tree House books are all about adventures! This series is fantastic for boys and girls but the adventure part of it all is a great appeal for any boy ready to take on a dinosaur, join in with Knights and conquer Mummies!

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Dangerous book for Boys is a book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.

What are your favorite boy book must haves? PLEASE share! Leave a comment and share with all of us!

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Rest your little head, little man: BOY rooms!

As you can imagine I’ve been looking for inspiration as I turn a little girl room into a boy room! So far we have a crib being painted orange and that’s about it! Thank heavens for amazing people like you who have provided an endless supply of inspiration. I am loving these submitted posts from my readers on spaces they’ve created for the little guys in their lives…

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Amy over at Mo Momma shows off her painting skills as she shares this amazing tutorial on how she created s a stripped feature wall in her little mans nursery! I am in love with this look and think it adds so much to this fun space. be sure to check out the link to get full instructions!

 

I SWOON over this amazing space that Jen from Craft-O-Maniac created! I die! It is an incredible space that I know I would be in love with if I were a little guy! I love the colors, the creative beds and all the storage! You are going to love all the photos so jump on over and check out the full post HERE!
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Jocelyn over at Playing it Cooley shares a handful of great tutorials on how to create a cool space for her little dude! Love the cool motorcycle detail! Painting,
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Boy, oh boy kick off!

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Wo hoo! I’m kicking off our “Boy, oh boy! ” week long event today where it’s all about the BOY!!! I’ve gathered some great tutorials, awesome boy products and a fun collection of giveaways to help me celebrate the arrival of my little Gunner! All week long we’ll be swooning over little boy grins, tiny little man toes and all things boy! Be sure to check in daily cause you never know when a giveaway might pop up!

To kick off the week I just have to share a few shots from Gunners newborn photo shoot with the amazing Emilie of “ Photos by Emilie!” I just adore this chick and so did Gun…

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Emilie is amazing and it was such a treat to have her in my home to capture these sweet moments! If you live in the Salt Lake area you for sure need to have Em work her magic with your little ones and your entire family!

And don’t feel left out all you non local friends! Emilie offers out of this world online photography classes where she teaches you how to use those DSLR cameras like a pro! BE sure to check out her online classes that are going on now!

See ya tomorrow for more “Boy, oh boy!” fun!

 

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Family Dinner Project!

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Several months ago, my sister-in-law and I were talking about ways we can add a little more fun to our family routines- specifically our dinner-time routines. We both agreed that the dinner table is an ideal gathering place to connect with your family and create lasting memories. But with all of the tasks and responsibilities we have as parents, it is easy to fall into a “dinner-time rut” and lose some of that excitement and joy.

Raising children is no walk in the park; in fact, it’s one of the HARDEST things we’ve ever done. We’re all about keeping motherhood meaningful and fun, but what happens when you get too busy for meal times or the conversations at the dinner table are lacking? We all have struggles and triumphs in our own lives and there is no such thing as a “Perfect Mom”, but with a little bit of effort and determination, the time you spend with your family can be meaningful and memorable.

We got right to work brainstorming ideas that we could implement with our own families- activities we could do at the table, games, themed dinners, fun foods to eat etc. When we had a pretty extensive list of ideas, we hit the ground running and tried them out on our individual families.

And guess what………. it was a stinkin’ BLAST!!!!!!!

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My kids for sure thought I was the coolest mom ever. If they came home from school and saw the table already set for dinner, they knew they were in for a treat! A couple times their friends would come over when I was setting things up and you could see the ENVY in their eyes…… every kid deserves to experience this!

We had such a great success with our individual families, we decided to write a book all about it! Introducing……….

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The Family Dinner Project is a book written by moms for moms! We continue to work extremely hard at our motherhood responsibilities. We’ve learned many things along the way and we are ready to share them with you! If you’re ready to make family dinners a priority in your home, we have you covered!

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“The Family Dinner Project” is here to help make dinner time more meaningful! We planned 12 themed meals that are fun, interactive and perfect for all the different times of the year. These are some of the best tips and ideas we’ve put to use with our own families.

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All of the planning has been done for you – the menu is set, a shopping list is written and the decor and activities are suggested. We’ve also included fun printables for every meal that will make your evenings even more special. All you have to do is add your own special touch!

Let us help you turn your dinner table into something magical!

CLICK HERE get your hands on a copy of The Family Dinner Project for only $9.95!!!!!

Then, gather your family together and let’s see where the night takes you!

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