How We Made A Unique Coat Tree From Cut Timber For Free #BringingInnovation

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias

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I care deeply about the Earth, I love to repurpose things and use the natural resources around us.  It’s funny, even though our house has many closets, my children and husband leave their coats and back packs all over our kitchen chairs.  This drives me crazy! Since closets and wall racks did not work, I thought maybe a coat tree placed in the side hall would. The coat tree would be prominent,  they could easily hang their coats, hats and backpacks as they walked by.  I choose my battles and would rather have the coats on a coat tree in the side hall than on my kitchen chairs.

When I started researching coat trees, all I saw were flimsy or unattractive designs.  I looked further and found some really unique coat trees made out of TREES!  Can you imagine?  After seeing that and living on acres of wooded property…I think you can imagine my thoughts.  I called out to my husband  and showed him my idea, he was all for it. We couldn’t have picked a better time, many trees were recently cut by the town because they were too close to electric wires.  We gathered our tree supplies and started the process of assembly.

For the base my husband split a large log in half. Then he used a chainsaw and chisel to make a hole in the top of the base for the tree trunk.  He also hollowed out the underside of the log right beneath the hole on the top.  Hollowing the bottom made it possible to get the screw/bolt used to attach the trunk to the base, deeper into the trunk. We wanted to make sure the base was very safe and secure.

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We also put wood glue around the base before attaching it.  Then my husband cut the “hooks” from long lengths of tree branches. After that he drilled holes in the tree trunk for them.  He put wood glue on the base of the branch hooks, then placed them in the holes and knocked them into place with a 2 pound sledge-hammer.  Right now, we have three branch hooks on the bottom for the little kids and three on the top for adults but we plan to add a few more.

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As soon as this New York winter, err I mean spring, wants to give us some seasonable weather, we’re going to take the coat tree outside and seal and protect it with marine varnish.  I will update when it is finished with the final pictures.


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We are really impressed with our unique coat tree and have more projects in mind that we will share with you in the upcoming weeks.   We’re happy  we can utilize the natural resources on our property to make something we need.  In the end we have something we’re proud of and best of all is made in the USA by us!

The coat tree is super sturdy and far better than anything we could purchase. I wish we could make everything we need, but there are some things we can’t.  Batteries for our remotes, kid’s toys, clocks, and more are something we can’t harvest outside. Last weekend I was shopping at Walmart and saw new Energizer® EcoAdvanced AA Batteries and picked some up.  They’re right in the normal battery aisle in the photo department. EcoAdvanced AA batteries are the longest lasting and best performing Energizer® Alkaline ever!  Equally impressive EcoAdvanced AA and AAA batteries are the first in the world to be with a percentage of recycled batteries. You can stock up on them too, because they hold up to 12 years in storage.

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Performance is very important to me, I work from home and rely on the battery in my computer mouse. If  I’m in the middle of a webinar or conference, I can’t afford to have the battery die when trying to change a slide (I hate touchpads). I need performance I can depend on. Energizer® EcoAdvanced Batteries give me peace of mind knowing I have that! This is another step  Energizer® is taking on their journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world – that’s positivenergy!™  I’m thrilled at these steps forward and love the guilt-free benefit I can count on in the longest lasting Energizer® alkaline!

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You know what else I love?  Coat free kitchen chairs around my table! Yippee for small but gratifying victories! Speaking of victories you can enter the “GuiltFreeEnergy” Giveaway below for your chance to win  $1,000 in Gift Cards!

GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway – $1,000 in Gift Cards

I hope you will let me know what you think about our project and share with me what you’re doing to make our Earth a little greener!

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Easter Burlap Bunnies Craft Ideas Even Young Children Can Help With

My kids are on spring break this week and we are still experiencing single digit temperatures at night!  It sure doesn’t  feel anything close to spring.  Believe me when I say, we’re looking for all of the spring crafts we can do to hopefully bring spring our way.  Easter is next Sunday and I want to share some cute burlap bunny crafts you can sew and your kids can help decorate and paint. Below is a supply list of what you need to make the bunnies.

 Burlap Bunnies Supply List

Let me share what we have made so far.

I purchased a roll of burlap, cut two pieces and folded them in half

The pieces are folded in half and look deceivingly smaller in these photos than the actual size.

The pieces are folded in half and look deceivingly smaller in these photos than the actual size.

Next you cut a V in the middle.

Next you cut a V in the middle.

Then I trimmed the tops to look more like rabbit ears.

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Next, I just took it to my sewing machine and sewed each side up to right under the ear.

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Turned it right side out.

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Then I stuffed it with fiberfill.  If you want you could also used dried beans.

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Off to the sewing machine where I sewed around the ears and in between to securely hold the filling.

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You then tie with a ribbon of your choice. Next, you can paint, color with markers or paint pens the inside of the ears and make a face.  I added buttons for cuteness, you can really have fun here and the kids love to help!  You can add a white cotton ball tail to the back side of the bunnies.  These make adorable country inspired decorations or you can make one for everyone with their name as place holders for dinner.  There are so many great ways to use them and they are simple to make.


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Next, I wanted to make a bunny to hang on the door.  This nearly turned to a Pinterest Fail but I turned it around.  I just found a basic bunny template online and printed it out.  I had to extend it because it was too large for the paper.  I pinned and cut the pattern out of the burlap.

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Then off to the sewing machine to sew around the bunny.  Leave a part open so you stuff it.

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After you stuff it, just sew the opening close and trim your threads.

Here is the almost Pinterest fail.  We had wanted to put polka dots on the natural burlap with the spouncer brushes but it did not go as planned. LOL

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 Back to the drawing board and we painted the bunny purple, leaving the edge natural and adding pink polka dots.

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Then you want to find a ribbon to hang it with.

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We decided to continue the polka dot theme.

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 I attached the ends of the ribbon to the bunny some machine stitches.

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You can add a ribbon around the neck or other embellishments.  I chose to keep ours plain country simple for the side door.  Let me know if you try some burlap bunnies and how they turn out. If you want to make things really easy they have burlap already printed with polka dots or you could make egg shapes and use with multi color burlap or chevron stripe.  Happy Easter! Please if you are in a warm part of the country would you send some spring our way!  Let me know what you think and if you tried any of these crafts.


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Now You Can Double The Battery Life of Your iPhone 6


Would you like the peace of mind that comes from having double the battery life for your Apple iPhone 6?  Well, now it’s easy to achieve.  The Apple MFi Certified Chromo iPhone Backup Battery Case does just that.  It meets all of Apple’s performance standards and if follows the protocol specifications for iPhone accessories.  The sleek, black case is so much more than stylish, it features a powerful 2500mAh lithium-polymer battery that doubles the battery life.  The case gives you more than extra power, it provides premium protection because it wraps around the back and sides of you iPhone 6 to protect it from drops and scratches.  You can tell how much battery power is left by looking at the three LED indicator lights.  The handy on/off button lets you turn the case on for battery power when you need it.  You can also charge and sync your phone without removing it from the case.  There is a handy kickstand that lets you view your phone without having to hold it.

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- MFi certified means it meets Apple’s performance standards
– 2500mAh lithium-polymer battery doubles your phone’s battery life
– Integrated kickstand for comfortable hands-free viewing
– Charge and sync your phone without having to remove it from the case
– LED indicator lights let you know exactly how much power remains
– On/off button lets you decide when to provide power to your case
– Covers back and sides of your iPhone 6, protecting it from scratches and drops
– Provides approx. 12 hours of talk time, 12 hours of video play, 51 hours of audio play, and 254 hours of standby time

iPhone 6 Battery Case [Apple MFi Certified] Chromo Inc® - 3 in 1 Charging Case, Desk Stand and Slim Protective Case All in One - Black

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Get A Swim Suit You Love And Save As Much As 80%

If you are searching for a new swim suit you may be reeling from sticker shock.  Swim suits can be very expensive even though there is usually very little material.  I am excited to let you know that Ujena is having a spring sale and some suits are nearly 80% off regular price.  That’s right there are more than a few suits under $20 like the Bengal Halter Bikini!  You can see some of the suits on sale below.  Now is your chance to save big on high quality, stylish and great fitting Ujena swim suits.   Hurry though, with these price cuts the inventory is flying out the door! Hope you find something fabulous!  Let me know if you do.



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10 Great Gifts For Classic Disney Lovers


There are so many occasions and holidays coming up.  Mother’s Day, Graduations, Father’s Day, Bridal Showers and more will soon be upon us.  If you are looking for a gift for a Classic Disney Lover or maybe it’s you that is a huge Disney Classics fan, check out the awesome ideas below.

1. Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapotalice in Wonderland Tea Pot


Featuring Alice, Mad Hatter, and March Hare, it’s the Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapot! Perfect for dining and entertaining, this resin teapot inspired by the Disney animated movie Alice in Wonderland stands 8-inches tall and boasts art that includes Alice sitting in her chair while Mad Hatter serves the table tea. Serve tea in style with the Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapot!

2. Winnie The Pooh Lend A Hand Cookie Jar

Winnie The Pooh Lend A Hand Cookie Jar

It’s no honey pot, but it will do! From the Winnie the Pooh Collection, it’s the Winnie the Pooh Friends Lend A Hand Cookie Jar! This ceramic cookie jar measures 8 1/4-inches tall, and features Christopher Robin, Eeeyore the donkey, Kanga the kangaroo, and Kanga’s son Roo. The handle of the cookie jar reads, “Rabbit’s Howse.”

3. Cinderella Wish Upon a Dream by Thomas Kinkade StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print


Relive the classic Walt Disney movie Cinderella and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Cinderella Wish Upon a Dream Hanging Glass Print shows a beautiful image of Cinderella and Prince Charming.

4. Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Based off the hit Disney movie The Lion King comes the Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers! These Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers stand 3 1/2-inches tall, and will make the perfect gift for the Disney lover in your family! The salt and pepper shakers set features the words “Hakuna Matata,” and has the stars Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba.


5. Little Mermaid Series 1 Montage Film Cell

Little Mermaid Film Cell

This limited edition of 2,500 pieces measures 20-inches tall x 19-inches wide. The charming film cell features an adorable print surrounded by 6 actual strips of film from the classic Disney movie The Little Mermaid, and a numbered limited edition nameplate. Perfect for display in your home or office, these elements are framed in black wood and include a certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 2,500 pieces. Made in the USA.

6.Sleeping Beauty by Thomas Kinkade StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print


Relive the classic Walt Disney movie Sleeping Beauty and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Sleeping Beauty StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print shows a beautiful image of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing in the forest. Complete with a hanging string.

7. Peter Pan Tinker Bell Flowers Cookie Jar


Modeled after the very same character that appears in Disney’s 1953 animated film Peter Pan, this sizeable 10 1/4-inch tall ceramic Peter Pan Tinker Bell Flowers Cookie Jar will make for a great conversation starter in your kitchen! As colorful as the film, this Tinker Bell cookie jar features the beloved Disney character sitting atop the jar handle in a charming pose. The flowers on this jar are detailed down even to the folds in the petals!

8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White’s Apple Teapot

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Tea and apple pie with Snow White and her little pals. It doesn’t get much better than that! From the Disney Princess Collection, this ceramic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White’s Apple Teapot holds 35 ounces of liquid and measures 6-inches tall. It’s shaped like an apple and features Snow White in her familiar dress from the animated Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, plus a gaggle of her forest friends.

9. Disney Aladdin Thomas Kinkade Studios Morphing Mug


Relive the classic Disney movie Aladdin and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Disney Aladdin Thomas Kinkade Studios Morphing Mug transforms from black as hot liquid is added! Watch as the heat-activated process reveals the hidden image in full vivid colors! Holds 11 ounces.

10. Mickey Mouse Pencil and Notepad Holder


This delightful Mickey Mouse Pencil and Notepad Holder stands 4-inches tall and is made of polyresin. It includes a pen/pencil cup and features a nicely detailed sculpt of Mickey holding a pencil. Decorate your desk in Disney style! Ages 6 and up.


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Make The New Baby Transition Easier For Older Siblings with Mission: New Baby Book #Giveaway

Mission: New Baby by Susan Hood is a book to make the transition to a new sibling see more like a mission and your child a special agent.  This book will be an inspiration for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters.

Mission: New Baby | Susan Hood

Parents will appreciate the encouraged bonding as they share this book as a family.  The illustrations by Mary Lundquist are absolutely charming and the text will have everyone giggling.  If you are looking for a unique book to celebrate an older sibling, then Mission: New Baby is what you’re looking for.  Recommended for children ages 3-7, book is 32 pages and available in hardcover or Ebook.

National Siblings Day is April 10th!  This book would be perfect for starting that sibling bond off early!

Random House Children’s Books is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  Two lucky blog readers will win their own copy of Mission: New Baby! . Thank you to Random House for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Mission: New Baby (Hardcover)

By (author): Susan Hood

Greetings, Special Agent! You’ve accepted the mission: you’re going to be a big sibling! This is your super-secret guide to training your family’s newest recruit. There will be lots to do, like leading physical training (teaching your sibling to walk) and sharing intel (reading together), but we know you’re up for the challenge. Best of luck, Agent! This is HQ, signing off. Over and out!
List Price: $16.99 USD
New From: $8.42 USD In Stock
Used from: $6.52 USD In Stock
Release date February 24, 2015.


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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Blu-Ray Giveaway #TheHobbit

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers


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Easy Easter Treats To Make With Kids

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Is it wrong to dip tender, sweet marshmallow Peeps in melted chocolate?  If it is…I’m guilty!  I wanted to share how much fun we had with colorful Peep Bunnies and Chicks, some sticks, sprinkles, decors and our imagination. There are so many fun things you can do with Peeps but making Peeps Pops has to be near the top of the list.


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So easy and you can decorate and make a nice centerpiece for a dessert buffet with them.  Just melt your chocolate and put your Peep on a stick and let your imagination run.  You can dip them totally and sprinkle with decors and sprinkles or you can dip just the bottom of the chicks so it looks like a nest.

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Whatever you decided this is a fun and tasty Easter project the whole family can take part in!  So grab some Peeps and get read for some dipping and sprinkling in the kitchen festivities.  With Peeps, chocolate and sprinkles…you can’t go wrong.  Later Peeps (sorry couldn’t resist).

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Dress With Style and Save Big Money During Cache Stores Liquidation Sale!

Cache a premium women’s apparel chain is closing all of its stores.  They are in the process of a liquidation sale to clear inventory.  Right now discounts of 30%-60% are going on but the percentage off is going to get larger as the sale period goes on.  You can follow Cache on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to speed on the latest reductions and extra savings.

Many stores are closing by March 30th so there are only a few days left to save big!  So hurry if you want to take advantage of huge reductions on high quality fashion for  women.  I took a look at their website and I really love the Pink Border Print Maxi Dress!  Discounts are in store only so head on down to your nearest location and get it before it’s gone!  Sale includes even the latest 2015 arrivals!

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Brand-Blogger Relations Focus of NYC Type-A Bootcamp-Will You Be There? #typeacon


Type-A Parent 7th Annual Conference (Atlanta, October 8-10, 2015)

I am making it a point to attend more conferences and network with other bloggers this year.  One of the conferences I am excited about is the Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp which is going to focus on brand-blogger relations.  Not only is NYC super convenient for me, the focus of the bootcamp is perfect!

Type-A Parent was founded in 2007 and hosts the world’s top conferences for mom and dad bloggers.  In addition to the New York City bootcamp, there will be the 7th annual conference in Atlanta.  Type-A Parent conferences are packed with powerful networking with the best and brightest parent bloggers along with major brands and firms who want to engage with them.

Influential digital parents like myself will be attending  Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp (Focus: Brand-Blogger Relations) and Type-A Parent 7th Annual Conference (Atlanta, October 8-10, 2015) this year.  Will we see you there?  Register at Type-A Parent Conferences, the premier events for mom and dad bloggers. Use CODEPARTNERSPECIAL to get 20% off for one day only!  Hope to see you there!

Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp (Focus: Brand-Blogger Relations)


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