Mar 072014
 

Stuff-It-Pink_detailWe’re working on a move out of state, so we have decided that moving into an RV is the way to go. Sound odd?

  • It will reduce our expenses, allowing us to save up for the cost of the move.
  • It will reduce expenses, allowing us to pay off the last of our debts and get our financial house in order.
  • It will reduce the cost of the move, since we will not need a huge truck or a storage unit.
  • It will make us mobile, in case the new job requires Wolf to attend military training in one or more other locations before our final destination.
  • It will free us of the clutter monster, and give our minimizing efforts a huge push forward.

CollageSo we have begun the purge, selling off the furniture, clearing out trash, and donating boxes and bags full of stuff to the Airman’s Attic.

I’ve also been on the hunt for some solutions for keeping the small spaces organized in the RV.

I found a company that had so many great organizing items for home, car, and travel… that I decided to join up!

Take a peek at my new Clever Container website, and see for yourself.  I even put up a Facebook Page!

And to top it off, I’m kicking off my new business with a Mystery Hostess Online LAUNCH Party!

If you are on Facebook, you can visit the Party Page.  But if you’re not, that’s okay, too!

Here’s how it works:

Help kick off my new business venture, and you may be the one selected (randomly) to be the party “Hostess” and earn free products and more!

** Every $50 order earns a free set of clever Car Hooks (a $12 value)!

** Earn 1 entry into the Mystery Hostess drawing just for placing an order. PLUS earn an additional entry for every $25 you spend. (A total of 1 entry for a $10 order, 2 entries for a $25 order, 3 for a $50 order, etc.). You must place an order to earn any other entries into the drawing.

** Earn 1 entry into the Mystery Hostess drawing for booking an online / catalog party of your own!

** Earn entries for inviting your friends to the party! 1 entry for inviting 1-15 friends, or “Sharing” on your wall; 2 entries for 16-30 friends; and so on!

** Earn another entry for each and every friend you invite who places an order. Make sure they comment on the Event page (or email me) with, “YourName invited me, and I ordered!”

Just visit: https://www.mycleverbiz.com/tiffanyh/shop/

Browse the products, or flip through the online catalog. As you complete your purchase online, the very bottom right corner will ask you to “Select Party”. Just select “Mystery Hostess online LAUNCH Party!” and you will be entered in the Mystery Hostess drawing.

SHOPPING IS OPEN NOW! This party will *end* at midnight on March 12th, so get your order in…

hooksI’m so excited to begin using the items that I received in my New Consultant Kit!  And I’m going to be placing an order with this party, myself, because there are a few more things that will really help out my organizing efforts.

If you’d like a paper catalog, feel free to request one through my Clever Container website (HERE).

And if you don’t win the Mystery Hostess drawing?  You can host a party of your own — entirely online and/or with catalogs — and earn free gifts all for yourself!

Feb 142014
 

milli3Well, sometimes things work out better than you could have imagined. That was definitely the case after I wrote my post on Securing Headcoverings!

I discovered a lovely online store called the Millinery Shop.

Like many places, they offer a wig grip product:

Slipproofit! This SLIP-NOT WIG GRIP band is worn directly on your head under a hat pretied, scarf or wig. The crushed velour material holds everything in place. No more will your WIG -HAT – SCARF – PRETIED BANDANA slide back. This Velour item is extremely comfortable to wear with an adjustable velcro closure in the back.

But they have several wonderful differences from “many places.”

If you’re inclined, they offer fantastic wholesale discounts for volume purchases. Since their prices are already quite low, I imagine this would be a terrific business opportunity.

But more important for the rest of us: They produce their own merchandise, so they can make it however they need to!

This means that their products – including the wig grip – are offered in a fantastic variety of sizes. It also means that they can offer customization if needed.

Wow!

The Slip-Not Wig Grip, for example, has options for fabric (velour or cotton/velour), color (black, brown, champagne), and size (S, M , L, XL).

And look at all the other stuff they offer: from their array of pre-tied bandannas, snoods, hats, and other headcoverings, to gloves, iron-on accessories, and more.
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As you know from my prior post, size is a problem for me. However with this variety, I found myself with an overabundance of choices! At 24″ head circumference, it looked like I could easily use either a Large or an Extra Large!

They were kind enough to send me both – and they are, in fact, both comfortably usable! And even doing a crazy hybrid of wearing a tichel and having it back off my forehead a bit, they held the slippery scarf in place solidly.

I will definitely be shopping more for myself at the Millinery Shop, and I recommend it to you enthusiastically.

Want to try it out?

One lucky As For My House reader will win a Slip-Not Wig Grip (with options of your choosing!) from Millinery Shop! Just use the Rafflecoptor form, below, to enter the drawing.

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Disclosure: I received one or more complimentary products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. The sponsor is also providing the giveaway prize, to be shipped directly to the winner. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 232013
 

TT HolidayMost of you have probably seen a reference to Tropical Traditions, here or on another blog, even if you aren’t currently shopping there.

I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to share some of their holiday deals with you. They are the choice of many, many foodie bloggers for healthy fats like Virgin Coconut Oil and Palm Oil, as well as a wide range of other healthy goodies.

From now through Christmas (hurry!!) you can get a TOTALLY FREE bottle of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (with your order of just $12.99 or more)!  (Must place free item in cart, will not be automatically added to order).

There are also MANY other sales throughout the site, including (but NOT limited to) these:

  • 40% OFF GRASS-FED GROUND BISON ENDS TODAY!
  • ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM CONCENTRATE 32 OZ.: BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ENDS THURSDAY
  • 40% OFF ALL MOISTURIZING LOTIONS
  • 35% OFF ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP

PLUS, Tropical Traditions has a free gift for you through their Referral Program:

If you are a new customer, as an As For My House reader you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your order. This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

Just select “Referred by a friend” when asked, and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my Sponsor ID number: 5689476.

Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your costs will be the same but As For My House will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. We appreciate your support.
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers.
I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 212013
 

amazonI really, really enjoy my Amazon Prime membership, because I can get pretty much anything shipped right to me – fast and free.  Since so many things I buy aren’t available locally, Amazon, and Amazon Prime, is a lifesaver.

But do you know what I just recently found out?

They have a whole library of movies and TV that you can stream … FREE!

Can’t really beat that, can you?

Okay, here’s one better, just for you:

You can have a totally FREE Prime membership for 30 days, which includes ALL the benefits, such as the shipping AND the video streaming.

So try it out.  Enjoy it for a month.  Cancel if you don’t think it’s worth it.  (Or get a couple of family members to share the cost with you!)

Nothing to lose…

Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your costs will be the same but As For My House will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. We appreciate your support.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers.

I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 072013
 

Yes, I mean the lower-case, adjective type “classic.” But I also mean the fantastic web shop Classic Clothing Store. (You may have seen references and links here in the past to Ringger Clothing – these are the same fine folks in their swanky new digs).

We have purchased from them before, and have always been delighted with the garments, the quality, the service – just everything!

For our particular needs, it’s important that they are happy to customize things – longer, smaller waist, add pockets, or whatever you need. Except where indicated otherwise, all of their products are made-to-order, so you can ask about any changes that strike your fancy.

The photos shown feature our lovely spokes-model Jewel, showing off her new Girl Blouse with Ruffles in Pink Floral.

You can click through to buy your own. Or why not click through anyway, just to check out my lovely girl over on their site?

The blouse is a great fit, and the color scheme is perfect for my little princess. She even had some new barrettes that coordinate perfectly.

Of course, it’s available in other colors, too, if your princess has different tastes. And they do feature a full array of modest clothing for women and girls – dresses, jumpers, skirts, tops, slips, accessories, and more… even fabric and patterns to do it yourself.

While you’re over at Classic Clothing, be sure to check out the Deal of the Day page. Great deals, and plenty of items that are in-stock for quick shipping.

And if you hurry (through December 10th), you can also take advantage of Free Shipping on any order over $100 with the code FREESHIP .

Just in time for the holidays – dressing up yourself and your daughter, or for gift-giving.

NOTE: If you’re planning to pay with a credit card, be sure to follow the instructions on the Shopping Cart page and select “PayPal” as your payment method. You don’t need to have an account, that’s just the processor they use for charges.

I received a discount on my Classic Clothing order, to provide me with products for a possible review on this blog.

All posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your costs will be the same but As For My House will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. We appreciate your support. [Ringger / Classic Clothing does not have an affiliate program. I have nothing to gain but the knowledge that I pointed you to a good resource!]

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers.

I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 022013
 

How did it get to be December, and I haven’t ordered my 2014 planner yet? Yikes!

I don’t believe I’ve ever shared before about the planner I use. I’ve been a huge fan of the Amy Knapp planner since I discovered it, I believe four years ago now.

She offers the planners in both spiral-bound and 7-hole punch, and in a generic and a Christian edition. There’s even a big, fun family wall calendar.

Roomy enough for activities and appointments, tear-out grocery lists, note areas, and weekly memory verse. I like it, I like it! :)

I prefer the 7-hole punch version because of the freedom it gives me from year to year. I purchased a “Day Runner” type binder inexpensively though eBay. Now I can retain the pages with addresses and phone numbers, important annual dates, web site references, and so forth, while removing the old daily calendar pages and adding new. I can also only add only part of the year if I choose, reducing the weight of my little companion.

They are available at some bookstores, and Amazon.com, but the most comprehensive selection (including the 7-hole punched) is only on Amy Knapp’s website (contains affiliate links, see below).

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Yep, I like it so much I became an affiliate; this is not a sponsored post. Clicking through my link doesn’t cost you anything extra, but I earn a small commission if you purchase anything. Thank you for helping to support the blog!

Sep 272013
 

Cheese… Mmmmm! Yummy, dairy goodness.

So why are my daughter and I both desperately gluten-poisoned after eating a big cheese-y meal?

Having eliminated all the other ingredients beyond doubt, I was left starting at a package of Kraft cheese. A block of cheddar cheese, not slices, or shreds, or anything “fancy.”

Cheese shouldn’t have gluten in it. Cheese should be in the category of “naturally gluten-free.” Let’s see…

Ingredients: Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized nonfat milk and milkfat, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, annatto [color]), natamycin (a natural mold inhibitor). Contains: Milk

Doesn’t sounds like gluten, does it?

So I called Kraft.

First, I got transferred from the regular Customer Service desk to a specialized department because I made the mistake of saying that I had had a bad reaction. And the woman at that department didn’t have lists of ingredients for given products, so was not actually set up to answer my question.

I grabbed the block of cheese and read her the ingredient list, and she confirmed that none of those ingredients were glutinous.

In the way of all the “good guys” big food companies these days, Kraft would have labeled anything that had wheat. And even anything that was “processed in a facility that produces things made with wheat.”

But gluten is not a “Major Allergen.”

They have no requirement to list any possible exposure to other potential problems, like rye, barley, malt, or oats.

And furthermore? They don’t care.

Really?

Well, that’s good to know.

All Kraft foods are now making an exodus from our home. There are other brands that do care about my health in this regard, not to mention the tasty option of making many of these products myself.

Sep 092013
 

Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued

An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

A lot of reviews of this book fault it because it is a faith-based story, and not an animal story, really – they find the cover photo and descriptions misleading. Perhaps that’s so, but since I received this book to review through a Christian publishing house, I knew what I was in for from the beginning, and this didn’t bother me.

I still didn’t adore the book, however.

Somehow the way it was written didn’t ring true to me. In a work of fiction, perhaps. But in a true story, to recall every instant of every conversation with the clarity to say, “I tucked my hair back behind my ear…” at that moment? Nothing wrong with artistic license, of course, but I can only express that I found the writing style a distraction from the message.

The message itself was a good one, but again, failed to engage me. It came across a tad preachy, a little too cliche, and a little too neatly all tied up in a bow. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

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Everyone who ranks this review at the Waterbrook Multnomah website has a chance to randomly win a free copy of the book — Note that you’re rating my review, and not rating the book in question. (Plus, I appreciate you letting them know that you appreciate me!)



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Sep 062013
 


When I think of the times I’ve sewn a big ruffle onto the bottom of Jewel’s skirts…

Or passed on a skirt that might have been good for me “if only it was a little longer”.

Whew!

As a tall family, that is a constant battle.

I knew genius the moment I discovered Make Me Modest. :)

A mother and daughter team designed and created these amazing little numbers, which are thin and lightweight in the top portion, then add length in a great variety of colors and styles.

They’ve even got some new things working, like sleeve extenders!

Make Me Modest sent me an extender to review, made to my specifications. They were amazingly helpful and patient in figuring out how to accommodate all of my various questions and special requests.

The extender is amazing! The design is clever, the workmanship is excellent… Even the packaging was a treat to receive.

I did decide, after trying it on, that I had picked entirely the wrong extender for the skirt I wanted to extend. Ah, well. I’m definitely ordering a different one, and one for Jewel as well!

The good news for you is that I’m going to give away the extender I received!

Sadly, the lovely packaging is gone, but you will receive a like-new (tried on but never worn or washed), white, Eliza style extender, Size XL, made extra long to 36″, with extra coverage upwards (to account for a slit or kick-pleats in your skirt).

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I received the above-referenced product free from Make Me Modest for the purpose of a possible review on this blog. I will ship the prize directly to the winner at my own expense.

Winner will be contacted by email. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your costs will be the same but As For My House will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. We appreciate your support.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers.

I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aug 242013
 


Previously, I wrote my thoughts on the Snugg iPad case.

Now we’re taking it on the road, with the Snugg iPad 2 Car Headrest Mount Holder.

Some of the things that we felt were drawbacks have nothing to do with this particular product, rather than with this type of product in general. For instance:

  • Having the iPad mounted on the seat makes for great viewing for one child, but not so good viewing for their seat-mate. When they hold the iPad, they achieve a much more neutral position. (Obviously, this is only a factor if you have more than one potential viewer)
  • Unless you have headphones for the viewer(s), you will be playing sound directly behind the ear of the front-seat passenger. Grrr!

As far as this particular apparatus, it is specifically designed to work with the Snugg case, and does a great job of holding it securely. It is easy to mount and remove, and we had no issues with its functionality on our recent road trip.

I also had considerable frustration in dealing with the Snugg folks from the time we agreed to do the reviews to the time (now) when our business with each other is complete. Presumably as a retail customer you would never have to deal with that set of folks, so whether that’s a concern is up to you.

Given the functional limitations mentioned above, for our specific situation, as well as my concerns with having the iPad in the Snugg case to begin with, I do not this we will continue to use this product.

Your mileage may vary!

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Disclosure: I received one or more complimentary products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”