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Eliminate Cat Litter Odor the Easy Way! #StopCatLitterSmell #LitterGenie


Do you love your cat but hate the smell of the litter box. If so, you should check out the Litter Genie Pail. The Litter Genie is a convenient way to dispose of used cat litter and helps to eliminate the stinky odor that goes along with it.
The three step process will keep your home fresh and clean. Just Scoop the litter with the Litter Genie Scoop that stores conveniently on the side of the pail. Then open the lid and toss in the used litter. Last, pull the handle and you are done. The litter is locked away and so are the odors.

A PURRFECT FIT
Have a small space? No problem. The Litter Genie® Pail fits in your bathroom, under the kitchen sink and in other small spaces. It’s great for apartments and basements.

AT A GLANCE: – INNOVATIVE, HASSLE-FREE CAT LITTER DISPOSAL SYSTEM

  • Locks litter and odor away in 3 simple steps
  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Pail holds up to two weeks of cat litter (for one cat)
  • Seven-layer refill bag with odor barrier technology locks away odors & germs
  • Compact pail design that fits anywhere
  • Added antimicrobial inhibits odors caused by bacteria on the pail
  • Meow

We love the Litter Genie for the ease of use and the great way it locks odors away. It makes our home a happy, fresh home for us and our cat Max. You can follow Litter Genie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop with them. Have you tried the Litter Genie?

 
This post is sponsored by BrandBacker. As always my words and views are 100% my own.



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Big Home Improvement Updates & New Projects #HomeImprovement

Hi Everyone, I hope all the moms out there had a very Happy Mother’s Day.  I am here with some very big updates. We will finally be starting the process of having the interior of our home rebuilt. We received great news from our air and surface testing after the mold remediation was completed so we can go to phase 2 and start getting our house back!

Need Help?

We have had a busy week. First off if you are looking for contractors or craftsmen and women, please try Thumbtack. We live in the country and we were having trouble finding contractors, electricians, plumbers, painters etc. One afternoon on Thumbtack solved that. Our house was like a hub for the next few days getting estimates because we had such a great response.

I have to tell you, we found so many skilled professionals we wanted to work with, it was hard to choose. We actually felt really bad about having to tell them that we hired someone. In the end, we found a contractor to do it all, from soup to nuts, everything! It was the best choice for us and we cannot wait to get this home rebuild party started.

Home Depot Pro Accounts Rock

My husband and I went to the The Home Depot the other day with our new contractor and added all the SKU numbers for all the drywall, wall spackle, thin set, grout, insulation, molding and other building supplies to my Home Depot Pro account. If you are doing work on your home and do not have a Pro account, go and get one, it is free, and if you are doing major renovations and will be spending more than $1500 in 7 days, it is well worth it. They also have a Pro special buy each week.

I could kick myself for the $7,000 plus I spent prior to knowing this. The only thing that consoles me is that what I bought previously was on a huge sale, so I tell myself it probably would not have been knocked down more. That is what I am telling myself anyway.

I work with a wonderful man there and he is so helpful and friendly, he knew my contractor immediately and told me he was a good guy. So, we now have just about everything we need except for the wall paint. That is because I need to pick the colors, which I plan to do this week. My kitchen designer told me to use the Cambria site that I am getting my quartz from. It has a paint match tool that is really cool so that is a huge help. It gave me four shades that would work and so I have to decide which two colors I want to go with.

Unbelievable Deal

We bought all the new hardwood flooring for our upstairs foyer, atrium and bedrooms as well. I am so excited about that because we got a great deal on the wood. It was more than a great deal, it was the kind of deal that makes me think of the IKEA commercial where the woman is running out and screaming to her husband, “Start the Car! Start the Car!”

We also have 3 pallets of Italian porcelain tile in our garage for the kitchen and first floor of our home. I still need to choose the tile for my kitchen backsplash, but my kitchen designer has advised me to wait until the countertop is installed, so I can really see how it will look. In the meantime, I am looking at what I think I want. I have just been informed by my contractor to look at some tile mat designs for the special accent tile I want to put behind my cooktop. I will try and do that this week.

Bathroom Renovation Finally Starting

We are going to be demoing the powder room downstairs and finally installing the new vanity and toilet. I did not pick out the new wallpaper yet so that will be something I need to do. I did pick up the new light fixture for the ceiling  and we have a huge medicine chest, mirror unit that matches the vanity with built in LED lighting from Hafele.

We will then be installing a new TOTO USA Guinevere toilet in our bathroom and  the beautiful Guinevere faucet from TOTO USA in the powder room. We will be installing the American Standard Self-Cleaning Toilet in the Powder Room along with the vanity and mirror unit  from Strasser Woodenworks.

Kitchen Cabinets Due To Be Completed Soon

The kitchen cabinets from Wood-Mode are due to be completed on May 21st! I cannot wait to get my kitchen in. I am so excited. I have missed cooking and baking more than you can imagine.

Our refrigerator and dishwasher were delivered this week too! On May 19th, Home Depot will deliver all the building supplies and then work is going to be full speed ahead.

More Projects Underway

I also have some exciting little projects planned for me to do and show you on the blog. Our basement steps are still the unfinished wood from when we built the house. I want to dress them up a bit. I have thought about it for a while, but never got around to doing it, but no more procrastinating.

I bought Minwax Polyshades in the dark brown Espresso color for the top of the stairs and for the risers, I picked up some Wall Pops, Newport Reclaimed Brick NuWallpaper, peel and stick wallpaper to use. There was a photo on the outside of the package showing it used on stair risers and I loved the look. I will take video of the project to help anyone who might want to recreate the look in their own home.

I am also refinishing some windowsills in my house with the Watco Danish Oil and other Watco products. I cannot wait to share that with you, they are coming out fabulous. I am also covering the process on video, I hope it will help others to see how easy it is to get beautiful results.

Lastly you may remember in my master bath, I have the Concealed Cabinets. Well, I have wanted to add a little bling to them and I found some mosaic tile at Home Depot that I thought would match, and it does! I am going to put them all around the frame and then grout them.

I still need to find the right thing for inside the frame. I am thinking of using one of my flower photos enlarged to that size. The lilacs are just starting to bloom and I am going to try to take a photo that might work for that or use one that I have. I may do one in a peony and one with the lilac. I will Have to see. It is either that or one of my lake photos.

So, that is my update and I will be taking lots of photos and videos of the rebuild and all my projects to share with you of our progress along the way.  If you have any questions, please ask.


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The Easy Way To Eliminate Funky Odors #FunkAway

This is a sponsored post with FunkAway and BraVoMark. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

 

If you are a parent, you probably are well acquainted with funky odors. Funky odors and kids seem to go hand in hand. The more active our kids are, the more funky smells we will experience.

You know the smell I mean, the nasty odors that come from your kids sports equipment, helmets, sneakers and more. It’s gross and stinky but what can you do about it?

I found a solution with FunkAway, it works to eliminate odors on anything you can’t wash right away or thing that typically don’t get laundered like helmets, gloves and more.

Best of all, it is not a fragrance that just disguises the odors with a heavy-scented perfume. FunkAway works differently using a unique, patented compound called OM Complex that attacks the horrid smell created by play and hard work. OM Complex absorbs and breaks down the odor, eliminating it for good.

FunkAway spray comes in two different sizes so you can have one with you whenever you need it.

  • The Traveler, the 3.4 fl. oz. odor eliminating spray, which provides portability and convenience at arm’s reach
  • The Heavyweight, the 13.5 fl. oz. odor eliminating spray, which features an aerosol delivery system that offers maximum uniformity of coverage and ease of use

Keep The Traveler in your gym bag, purse, glove box or locker. The Heavyweight is perfect to keep home for treating all kind of funky stuff. There is also a laundry booster for any funky stuff that needs the 1,2, punch. Laundry booster attacks the toughest stains and odors.

How To Use FunkAway:

It is simple to use FunkAway, all you need to do is spray anything that you sweat in like your athletic gear, work equipment, shoes, sneakers and helmets right after use and allow to dry. That’s it, spray it, let it dry, no more stinky stuff! It is so versatile, you can use it on just about anything! Keep the kids, lose the funk.

My Thoughts

I love the different sizes that the spray comes in. The smaller bottle is perfect for travel, in my car, gym bag or to keep at the office or in a locker. The large bottle is perfect to keep in the laundry room, garage, home gym or anywhere you store your sports equipment or other funky items. It has a pleasant, almost baby powder, fresh smell. It is easy to use and when dry, the funky smell is gone. It starts to work as soon as I spray it, and keeps working while it dries. If you have funky odors, try FunkAway.

 

 

 

 


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We Put The Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Vacuum To The Test!

As many of my readers know, we have been out of our house for the entire winter and into spring due to a leak that caused extensive damage. We are coming to the home stretch though, the mold remediation team finished today. The basement level passed the hygienist’s tests, so if levels 1 and 2 are cleared, then construction can begin to put our house back together again.

Right before we had to move out of the house, I was sent a Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Vacuum to review. I made the review video a few weeks later at our other house but with everything going on never posted it or posted my review. So here it is, better late than never.

We really love this vacuum, it has a lot of suction but it is easy to push, it actually just glides along the carpet with ease. It has a nice long 30 ft. cord so you can vacuum large rooms without having to unplug and plug in somewhere else. It comes with many attachments:

  • TruePet mini-motorized brush
  • Under-appliance wand
  • Upholstery tool
  • Duster crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • On-board accessory storage clip
  • Wall-mount storage hook
  • Accessory bag

The vacuum is very lightweight and you can easily pick it up and carry it with hardly any effort. The triple particle cleaning works on large particles, small particles and stuck on particles. Learn more about DuoClean Technology HERE.

I really like that it comes with the extendable under appliance wand, it makes cleaning under your refrigerator and other tight areas so simple! The TruePet mini motorized brush is great for stairs, upholstery and so much more. My husband loves how easy it is to empty the dirt cup. Powerful lights on the vacuum head let you see clearly even in low light.  Vacuum weights 9.4 lbs and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

You can watch our video unboxing and demonstration below:

So what do you think?
Thank you to SharkNinja for sending us this unit to review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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6 Fun Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Your Family

Earth Day is Saturday! Do you have any special plans to celebrate our planet with your family? If you don’t, I have some great ideas to share. Earth Day is a special day to stress the importance of giving back to the planet we live on. Teach your children to respect and nurture the Earth and you will be making a difference not only in the next generation but our planet as well.

Go on a Litter Walk

Grab some trash bags and gloves and set off around your neighborhood cleaning up the trash that is around. Explain to your kids how littering like this is dangerous to wildlife. As you pass your neighbors encourage them to join in. Before you know it, you will have a parade of trash pickers and as they say; many hands makes the load lighter.

Plant a Garden

Nothing shows your kids where their food comes from better than planting a garden. From seeds or seedlings, they will see the entire process. Let them help with tending and caring for the garden all season. By the time of your last harvest, you will have some very experienced gardeners.

If if is too cold yet to plant by you, plan out your garden with your kids. You can start getting your garden ready by cleaning up last years plant remains, leaves, sticks and other debris. Then break up the soil. You should pick a soil test kit up and test your soil to see what nutrients it is lacking. The better your soil, the better your garden.

If you don’t have land to plant a garden, plant some container gardens or vertical gardens. There are some great ideas for maximizing your space on sites like Pinterest, so check it out.

Plant a Tree

This is a lot of fun, take a ride down to your local nursery and pick out a tree or shrub. Then go home and plant it together. Again, enlist your children to take part in the planting and care of the tree. Explain how the plants and trees give us something we need to live…oxygen.

Start a Habitat Garden

Did you know that our population of pollinators is dwindling? It is, and our food supply depends on bees and butterflies to thrive. Do your part by researching the types of plants you need to create a habitat garden.

The Monarchs main food source in the Milkweed plant but along with that you can plant native grasses, butterfly bushes, bee balm and so much more. There are also butterfly houses and feeders as well as bee houses you can add to help our pollinators. We visited a butterfly house last year with our kids and learned so much.

Start Composting

Do you compost? If not you should. It will not only cut down on your organic household garbage, it will enrich the soil in your garden. It is not hard and you have a lot of options.

There are countertop compost bins you can use to collect your daily vegetable peels, banana skins, egg shells, coffee grounds etc. Then you can take them out to a compost bin or drum. They have nice units you can buy that make it super easy or your can put up some wire fencing and make a bin of your own. You can read more about the process HERE.

Go For a Family Hike:

See the beauty of our planet by taking a family hike. It is good exercise for the body, mind and soul. Pack along a picnic lunch and make a day of it. There are resources for your state where you can find recommendations for great trails. Go somewhere new, you might be surprised at the beauty you find and did not know existed in your state.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?


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5 Easy Spring Lawn Care Steps #ILoveMyLawn

This is a sponsored post through the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

We are transitioning into spring in New York and the massive snowfall we were buried under, is finally melting away. As the ground becomes visible, I am filled with excitement about being able to see green grass again.

Grass evokes so many emotions, there are songs about grass, we relish the smell of fresh-cut grass and love the feel of grass beneath our feet. Our yard has a large lawn and it is where we spend a great deal of time. It is a place where our children practice their baseball skills, we gather on a blanket for a picnic, our dogs happily sprawl out for an afternoon nap, we watch the squirrels and birds frolic, entertain our friends and family and sit at night gazing up at the stars.

Lawn games are fun too, our neighbor just gave us a bocce ball set and my kids cannot wait to play. Our lawn adds beauty to our home; it is like a gorgeous carpet that compliments my perennial flower gardens. I am so thankful to live in a community where lush, green lawns are plentiful.

Lawns are beneficial too! Living on a hill at the top of a mountain, our lawn helps prevent erosion from heavy rains and wind. Beyond that, grass is beautiful and naturally calming. The visual appeal of green grass helps our mental health and reduces stress levels.

Having a nice lawn does not mean you need to be a slave to it. Sure, lawn maintenance is important for a healthy-looking lawn, but it does not have to consume your life. Did you know that the best season to revive and repair your lawn is spring? If you follow five simple steps now, you will ensure an amazing, summer ready lawn!

Rake

I like to enlist the whole family for this. We each grab a rake and get to work removing old leaves, dead grass and other debris that accumulated over the winter. Raking allows us to easily see any areas that need attention as well as providing more soil contact when seeding, which helps grass grow more easily.

Aerate

This is very important if your lawn is like ours, and has been buried under snow which causes the soil to compact. My dad used to joke that by walking on the grass wearing his golf shoes, he was doing his part to aerate the lawn. Seriously, there are core aerators you can rent or you can hire a professional lawn service to do this for you. Aerating will pull small plugs of soil out of your lawn which allows increased movement of water, nutrients and oxygen into the soil. It will also help to promote growth of new seeds by providing more soil contact.

Seed

Spring is the ideal time to seed any spots that are bare or thin. If you are planning on expanding your lawn, spring is the best time for that too. When you start in spring, the grass has ample time to grow healthy and strong before summer. Selecting the right seed for your area is imperative, ask a turf specialist at your local garden store or university extension office for guidance. After seeding, water lightly and regularly to ensure the area stays damp until the new grass grows.

Control Weeds

Did you know healthy lawns will squeeze out weeds? They will, but damaged lawns that are overrun with dandelions and crabgrass may need some help. Talk with your local garden specialist to decide what weed control options are right for your lawn and your family.

Tune up That Lawn Mower

Get your mower in top shape with an annual service including changing the oil, replacing the spark plug, cleaning or replacing the air filter and sharpening the blade. When the grass is about 3 inches high, it is time to mow. Newly seeded areas should be mowed when they reach 2 inches in height until the new grass is established. Mow with a frequency that allows you to cut less than one-third of the height of the grass. An easy-to-follow rule is to not let grass grow taller than 3 inches and not to cut it shorter than 2 inches.

Following the steps above will leave you with a lush, green lawn to enjoy this summer. I can’t wait to kick off my shoes and feel that grass between my toes! What do you love most about your lawn?



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Diffusing Essential Oils with the Sparoma Baby Penguin #Giveaway

I diffuse essential oils in my home all the time. My current favorite essential oil to diffuse is Vetiver oil, because it helps so much with ADD and improves our focus. It smells nice too! When I am shopping for a diffuser, I always look for one with a large capacity. I do not want to be bothered refilling it after an hour.

Style is important too! I like sleek diffusers that don’t take up a large footprint. I found what I was looking for in the Sparoma Baby Penguin Essential Oil Diffuser. It has a 300ml capacity that will last for 7 hours. Perfect for using overnight. The easy touch control lets you choose the light and mist selection with a light top of your finger.

The soft white light has 3 levels to choose from including one that cycles between bright and dim creating the feel of a candle. You can set the mist to run continuously or for an hour and then shut off.  The unit will also operate without any light if you prefer. The diffuser has a one year warranty and you can purchase it on Amazon.

Check out my video below to see more details and how it works.

This is such a cute diffuser that looks like a sweet penguin. Perfect for use in the nursery or any room of your home. Would you like a chance to win one of these Sparoma diffusers? If so, enter below.

Giveaway:

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Hollar if you love Hallmark Peanuts Collectibles at Unbelievable Prices!

I love the Peanuts gang. I have been collecting Hallmark Peanuts merchandise for years. I almost passed out when I saw that Hollar has Hallmark Peanuts collectibles at clearance pricing. They are also eligible for free shipping! Check them out below:

Lucy on patrol with her “common sense patrol” box car, ready to join the rest of the Peanuts gang. Regular price $19-Only $6 at Hollar!

  • Cute collectible box car water globe featuring one of your favorite Peanuts characters—Lucy
  • “Common Sense Patrol” written on the side
  • Made from cold-cast resin and 55-mm glass globe
  • Measures 2.4″ x 3.4″ x 4.7″
  • From Hallmark

Pigpen rides in with his pickup truck box car, ready to join the rest of the Peanuts gang. Regular price $19-Only $6 at Hollar!

  • Cute collectible box car water globe featuring on of your favorite Peanuts characters—Pigpen
  • “Peanuts-6” written on the license plate
  • Made from cold-cast resin and 55-mm glass globe
  • Measures 2.2″ x 3.5″ x 4.2″
  • From Hallmark

 

Are you the forgetful sort? Don’t be a blockhead and forget everything. Keep all your tasks on Charlie Brown’s head with this handy memo globe. Only $4 at Hollar!

  • Memo globe is perfect for writing all your “to-do” tasks
  • Features a mini globe design with Charlie Brown’s head
  • Includes dry erase marker
  • Measures 8″ H x 4″ W
  • Peanuts licensed product
  • By Hallmark

Aren’t they adorable? I have to get that Charlie Brown Dry Erase Globe for my daughter, she will love it! Check out all the Hallmark items they have including Muppets and The Wizard of Oz. If you are a Disney Lover check out The Big Disney Shop. They also have Star Wars collectibles and toys as well as Melissa & Doug merchandise and so much more!

While you are at it, check out the whole site, you will be amazed how far your dollar goes at Hollar! Let me know what you think.


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Kitchen Update and Countertop Dilemma

I am back with an update on our new kitchen. I am happy to say, that 2 weeks ago we signed on the dotted line and our cabinets went into manufacturing. Since they are custom cabinets, they will be made to order and take at least 8 weeks. We ended up going with a brand new Wood-Mode finish called Vintage Bright White. The Vintage finish is a distinctive glaze that is applied over the base color and adds a brushed appearance to the surface while highlighting the details of the door style and architectural elements. It also tones done the bright white and is just beautiful. The cabinets below are in Vintage Bright White. This is not the door I picked but I wanted to share the color with you.

We are also really excited about the integrated Häfele LED lighting matched to custom-fabricated Wood-Mode cabinetry. This lighting is brand new and we are the first kitchen that has it. I cannot wait because, I love light and I was forever saying I needed better lighting in the kitchen. This lighting will be in every cabinet and every drawer.

An industry-first, the Wood-Mode Integrated Lighting Program featuring Häfele LED solutions is a collaboration between two industry leaders to meet and drive the growing demand for integrated lighting design. The program utilizes the very best 12 volt, 3rd generation Loox LED options from Hafele. LED lighting is specified in 80% of kitchen projects overall (according to the NKBA) and offers energy-efficient, controllable, and discrete illumination with unlimited creative possibilities. You can read more about it HERE.

Beyond that, I have all the tile at the house and ready to be installed. I still need to pick the tile for the backsplash and that is where I am conflicted. The kitchen designer I am working with told me that it did not matter if I was having second thoughts on the color/pattern of the quartz now, because we have a lot of time. She said they will not  be coming to do the template until the cabinets are installed. That made me breathe a bit easier because I have been going back and forth with my choice. I selected Cambria Quartz in Nevern. I have a very large sample piece and I love it!

The problem is that Cambria Quartz does not photograph well. At least the Nevern does not. In almost every photo I see of it online, it looks like a dull, flat, ugly laminate countertop. The picture below is the one I hate the most, it does nothing to sell this countertop.

That frightens me beyond belief. I know, I like Cambria Quartz, because I had it in my kitchen for almost 10 years. It is just that they need to do a better job in showing the beauty I see in this sample. I have heard other people complain about the same thing. Most said that they had second thoughts based on photos, but were happy in the end when it was installed. They said that the photos did not do it justice at all.

So I was thinking, I should play it safe and go with something like Ella.

On my way to sign the contracts, I kept thinking about it, but my heart and my head were not sold on it at all. I was so glad that when I told my kitchen designer  I was thinking about Ella, she said, “Oh no, you do not want to go with Ella. You want something to make things pop!” I thanked her so much! It was the advice I needed! So Ella got kicked to the curb but I still am second guessing my choice.

I went on the Cambria Facebook page and asked them about my dilemma, but received as Verizon would say, a “half fast” answer. It was like they did not even read my question because they responded that I should look for a larger sample. I guess they missed what I wrote about having a large sample and the photos not looking at all like what I see in front of me.

I don’t know, I know I have time, but until I decide on the countertop, it halts the selection of the backsplash tile. Speaking of being halted, we have been halted for weeks with the demo crew. They should have completed everything by now. We have been held up for over 3 months, but let’s not even go there. Hopefully, work is going to begin next week. I feel like we are behind the 8-ball in getting everything done before the cabinets are ready.

Anyway, I guess this is not much of an update, but I wanted to let you know that things are still moving along slowly. The bathroom renovation has been halted a bit by this whole situation as well. I will have a post up about the faucet we chose for the bathroom in the next few days.

If you made it this far, thank you. If you would like to add any insight on the countertops, please do so in the comments. I would like to hear your thoughts. I will tell you one thing, if I do go for the Nevern and I love it, I will do everything in my power to get great photos of what it really looks like. I don’t want anyone else to have this uncertainty due to poor photos.


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8 of My Favorite Bird Feeders

I love watching the birds at my feeders during the day, at night we have the pleasure of seeing southern flying squirrels, which is really cool! I have used a lot of bird feeders over the years. I want to share some of my favorites that have stood the test of time and can be found all around my yard.

Watching the birds brings me a lot of joy and provides me with thousands of photo opportunities which is something this hobby photographer loves. These are my 8 favorite bird feeders:

The No/No Red Ball Feeder by Perky Pet

This fun-shaped feeder comes in red and green. I use the red but red and green would be perfect for Christmas since they look like ornaments. They are low maintenance and supposed to be squirrel and small animal proof. They are better, but not foolproof. I have some pretty smart squirrels and frankly, as long as they do not break the feeders, I don’t mind them coming in for a snack. Even if they do manage the tough task of removing the top,  this feeder has not broken. That is a huge plus as plastic feeders don’t stand a chance!

It is easy to fill and holds 6 cups of black oiled sunflowers very well. I have a few of these and they are out all year-long in the frigid, snowy winters of Upstate New York and hold up well. The birds really like them and they are one of my most flocked to feeders in my yard. I just noticed Amazon has the green feeder on a super sale now  for only $5.98. I am picking up a few more because I like color and I can always find more places to use them on my property. I think they would make a nice gift for teachers at the end of the school year. I guess I should get a few more.

 

Ladybug Mesh No/No Feeder by Perky Pet

This feeder is one I bought when shopping with my young sons in our local garden center. It adds a whimsical touch to our yard. It does not hold as much as the ball feeders and it is a little harder to fill, but not terrible. The birds really like this feeder and I think it might be the contrasting colors that make it stand out. The little legs add a perching area for the birds coming in for a snack.

No/No Bronze Tray Bird Feeder by Perky Pet

This is a feeder with a huge capacity of 2.5 lbs. I like this feeder because of its large capacity, if I have to be away for a day or two, I know the birds can count on this feeder. It can feed many birds at once which is great, because we have many birds that dine at our house.

Perky Pet Metal Tube Feeders

I love these metal feeders almost as much as the birds do. I like the colors, they remind of colorful houses in the Caribbean. I hang them off my porch which may occur for my only issue. The squirrels can, with a lot of work, pop out the plastic seed guard and perch. They are very tough and I have been able to pop them right back, but I think if they were not in such an easy area for the squirrels to reach them, it would not be an issue.

They are so easy to fill,  the red and blue hold a nice amount of seed. I just love the look of the bright colors among my home and gardens. Red is the largest, then blue and yellow is the smallest.

 

Wildbird Care Vertical Cedar Bird Feeder

I like this feeder because the seed guards and perches are screwed in Even though we have squirrels dropping or flying by for a treat, they cannot remove them and happily snack from the tray on the bottom. It is very attractive and is a beautiful addition to our yard. This is another feeder I will be buying a few more of.

Droll Yankees New Generation Finch Flocker

Along with black oiled sunflower seeds, I like to put out Nyjer or thistle seed and since they are so tiny, they need a special feeder. I have used sock feeders, but they are hard to refill and  can get moldy. I wanted something better. I found the Droll Yankees New Generation 8″ Finch Flocker  fit my needs.

This feeder is very well made and allows for several of our colorful finches to eat at the same time. An internal seed baffle  directs seed to an additional seed port located at the lowest level of seed to ensure that the feeder empties completely without allowing seed build-up. It is easy to fill and holds 1/2 lb. of seed. It has a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty against squirrel damage.

Kaytee Mesh Feeder

This feeder is perfect for filling with dried mealworms that our Bluebirds love!

Stokes Select Double Suet Bird Feeder with Metal Roof

If one is good, two is better, right? My birds seem to think so! The Stokes Select Double Suet Bird Feeder has a metal roof and room for two suet cakes. It looks nice and gets a lot of traffic. Stokes also makes a larger cylinder style that I may give a try. If you feed suet, check these out!

I will not get into hummingbird or oriole feeders now, I will let you know about those in an upcoming post. Let me know what your favorite bird feeders are.

 


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