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My Honest Shaklee Review & A Giveaway!!

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

**Disclosure:  I received the products listed to try for myself, and write this review, but the opinions stated are honest, mine, and mine alone.  I would not choose to endorse a product I did not approve of, or didn’t think would be beneficial to my readers.**

I recently had the opportunity to try out some Shaklee products, and boy, did I put them through it.  First off, I am one of those people who are skeptical about jumping on the hype bandwagon, and I wasn’t sure how much different these products could really be from any others that I currently use at home.  So I put away the cleaning supplies for a few days, just to build up enough mess so that I could really make a good judgement, and provide y’all with my honest review of Shaklee.

Kelly is an Independent Distributor with Shaklee, and has a wonderful story on why she is with the company, and how it has helped her family.

The very first thing I did while waiting for my products to be shipped in the mail was to research the company.  You know, to find out if it is legit, and how their products are in comparison with other companies’.  What I found was promising.  Shaklee has been around for over 50 years, and according to multiple reviews I found on sites such as shopping site reviews and other blogs, many people grew up with these products and still use them today.

One of the best things I found out about Shaklee is that they are the first company to be certified climate neutral.  Which means that the product has a “net zero impact on the environment”.  That’s a huge plus, as the condition of today’s world is really getting out of control, environmentally speaking.  If I can use one product less, and it harms nothing, then why wouldn’t I want to do that?  Aside from being certified climate neutral, the products are derived from natural sources, mainly from fruit.  Here is a good pic that I got from Kelly of everything that is NOT used in Shaklee products:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

So after finding out some pretty good stuff, I was excited for my package to get here and put them to the test.  And boy, was their work cut out for them!  Remember, I hadn’t cleaned up on purpose, so no picture judging!  I wanted to make sure they could really clean as well as the hype.

When my box arrived, I was so excited that I opened it in the car.  I had recieved:

  • Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Basic H2® Wipes (35 count)
  • Germ Off Wipes (35 count)
  • Scour Off
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Dropper Pipette
  • Spray Bottles (3-pack)

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

 

The only problem I had was that the Basic H2 bottle had leaked a little in the box.  It did get the paper wet, but I figured it would be a good time to try out the sanitizing wipes, as I didn’t have any other wipes in the car.  Since the Basic H2 is really concentrated, it is a bit sticky.

The stickiness wiped off clean, and the Germ Off wipe had enough wetness to wipe down the entire inside of the car afterwards!  The dashboard, the seats, and the console were shining.  There was no smell at all, which is a big change from the sometimes overpowering scent of bleach or other cleaners.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I did have sort of a hard time getting the wipe through the top portion of the container, but after fiddling with it for a minute, it worked out fine.  The other wipe container gave me no problem at all.

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

Now it was time to test out everything else!  I had received the mini kit, which is really not so mini.  See that measuring scoop and the dropper?  Those are for measuring your concentrated Basic H2 into the spray bottles.  The rest is filled with water.  Yes, water.  Ok, I wasn’t sure how this would go.  Can anything really be that great if you are only putting 1-2 drops of concentrated liquid into 16 ounces of water???  YES.  To make this even more clear, check out what ONE bottle of Basic H2 can give you:

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The first thing I did was to fill up the bottles.  I like how each of the spray bottles has the measurement listed on the side of the bottle, that you are supposed to use.  Plus the labels are super pretty, and I’m a sucker for packaging :-)  I tried the Window Cleaner first, and I put 2 drops in the spray bottle, with 16 ounces of water.  This is my coffee table:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

I usually use Windex to clean the glass and mirrors in my house.  The Basic H2 Window Cleaner did not disappoint!  The first time I cleaned a mirror with it, it did streak a bit.  I think it was because I used too many sprays, which is what I would have normally needed with the Windex.  This really only needs a couple to get the job done.  Once I figured that out, we were golden.  I also want to add that I did have more luck using paper towels, than my microfiber.  But with the glass/window cleaner only.

Next I tried the Basic H2 Wipes.  I had high hopes, since the Germ Off ones worked great in the car.  I kid you not, the fingerprints and brown (gasp!  No judging!) you see in the next picture, I had only been able to get off with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Look at what a few swipes with these wipes did:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

Super happy by this time!  I tried them other places, such as wall light fixtures, the tops of our shelves and tvs, the floor boards (umm…I probably need to add that this was all still with ONE wipe) and it worked great.  They are a plus, in my book.

Now, does the All-Purpose spray work as well as the wipes?  Take a look at the top of my freezer:

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Notice the light in the two versions?  These pics were taken right after each other.  The spray cleaned it so well that the surface was reflective!

Speaking of reflective, the degreaser (which uses 1 1/2 tsp of Basic H2 concentrate in 16 ounces of water) also did an awesome job.  I promise I clean my stove.  But the back of it gets rediculously dirty and grimy when we cook.  And it is so incredibly hard to get all that off, I usually try and try, then give up and say it’s clean.  But look at what TWO SQUIRTS of degreaser and a couple NO EFFORT wipes with a towel did:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

I was so amazed I called Hubby in and had him watch me do more.  I really wish I had known about this so much earlier!!  My stove will never look like the left picture again!

The last cleaning product I tried was the Scour Off.  This one was really neat.  So far, none of the products had any scent to them, which was probably the first time I didn’t have to open all the windows and turn fans on while cleaning.  The Scour off is a red/pink color, and kind of smells like bubble gum!  And not in a fume-y way either, more of a subtle smell.  I had just the job to test it on.

My stove gets used a lot.  And along with the difficulty I had with cleaning the back of it, the same goes for around the burners.  See the little scratch marks in the buildup around the burners?  Yeah, that would be from when I tried getting at it with a toothbrush, lemon juice, and baking soda.  I’ve also tried almost every kitchen cleaner out there, and never got much farther than that.  Here’s what happened when I used the Shaklee products:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

LOOK AT THAT!  I didn’t try it on my actual burners, since the directions read not to use it on reflective or aluminum surfaces, and the small black marks left will take a bit more elbow grease, but look at it!  I didn’t even have to dig into it!  It was as easy on my arm as using the window cleaner.  Definitely my new favorite product!  I did use a sponge, and since I didn’t really know how to get the cleaner out of the container, I just used the corner of the sponge to get it out.  Worked wonderfully.  So overall, totally happy with the Shaklee Get Clean Household Mini Kit!

Still wondering what else you can use the Basic H2 on?  Here is a list of some other ideas:

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

Aside from having some pretty awesome home products, Shaklee also carries health and beauty products, as well.  I had the privilege of testing the Shaklee 180 Energizing Strawberry Smoothee (took me a minute to realize the spelling was different, how punny! :-) ) and the Green Tea (matcha) and Pomegranite energizing teas.  The teas I mixed with ice, and found them very refreshing.  I’m thinking that the refreshing aspects of the tea may have been what was energizing, but either way, I got through my morning feeling great!

The big kicker was the Shaklee 180 Energizing Strawberry Smoothee.  As someone who is not unused to drinking meal replacements, I was wary of the promise that it would fill me up adequately.  I followed the directions and took a swig.  Hubby liked the thickness of it, but I am partial to thinner drinks.  If I mixed it with fruit in the blender it would be perfect, but since I was drinking it straight with milk, I added some more milk to it.  Perfect!  The strawberry taste wasn’t too overpowering, and I tell you what, I wasn’t hungry again for AT LEAST two hours.  Which is huge!  I couldn’t believe how it filled me up.  And I’m not talking the Thanksgiving food coma stuffed, just comfortably full.  Another thumbs up from me.

My Honest Shaklee Review and Giveaway! by PioneerMomma.com

So what did I think of Shaklee overall?

Is Shaklee legit as a company?  I find the answer to be yes, with very many endorsements, and a solid history of reviews, research, and sales.  It seems they put a lot of research into making products good for the environment and those who choose to use them.

Do the products work as well as the hype?  I think the window cleaner works as well as Windex, but you use less, which is a good thing.  The degreaser and wipes work super great.  The definite winner for me though, is the Scour Off.

Do they seem environmentally friendly?  I believe so.  There are NO fumes at all, and I used every one without gloves on, which is not a normal thing while cleaning.  I also like that the ingredients are natural, so I don’t need to worry about exposing my family to harsh chemicals.

Do they smell?  No.  Other than the Scour Off, which I said smells faintly like bubble gum, they are unscented.  BUT, if you like the scented products, I also found that adding a couple drops of essential oils worked very nicely.

Would I use them myself?  Including the nutritional products, definitely yes.

Would I recommend them to friends and family?  Yes, and I have been!

Want to know about the specials for July?  Whether you want to join or just buy the products for yourself, Kelly will be more than happy to help you out!

July Shaklee Specials with Kelly Burtelson (EyesontheSource.com)

Want to see everything else Shaklee offers?  Check out Kelly’s site here!

Aside from that, Kelly has been gracious enough to offer a fun giveaway!!  Remember the Scour Off I was raving about?  She is offering up a FULL SIZE Scour Off and a sample size Basic H2 (which will give you a full bottle of All Purpose Cleaner AND a full bottle of Window Cleaner).  Easy entry through the Rafflecopter widget below, and see below for rules.  Good luck!! :-)

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Official Rules: No purchase necessary.  Contest is open to US residents 18+.  Widget for contest includes one free entry.  Contest begins at midnight 07/24/14 and ends midnight Friday 08/08/14.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond with shipping address and information requested.  Information will not be sold or given to third parties in any way, other than being provided to Kelly Burtelson, Independent Shaklee Distributor, so that prize may be sent.  By entering you release PioneerMomma.com from any liability regarding contest procedure/results/third party links and agree to the terms provided.  Void where prohibited by law.  See PioneerMomma.com privacy policy here.  If there are any more questions, feel free to contact PioneerMomma.com here.

What’d You Do This Weekend? #37

Welcome back to another fun week of What’d You Do This Weekend!  I’ve been working really hard on the kids’ pen pal network idea, along with the book club for the parents.  Anyone still interested, we’d love to have you!

I found the coolest book at the library this week: a Reader’s Digest Back To Basics – How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills.  Umm, super excited!  I’m convinced it will teach me how to build the most awesome chicken coop for when we move.  It even has recipes!  I wonder if they’ll let me buy it…

This week I shared Momma Time: “No, he’s not allowed to watch that!” and this week’s worksheet.  I also want to bring up again about the book club and kids’ pen pal network!  Click the pics for more details.

                                   2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 30 (printable) by PioneerMomma.com  Book Club and Pen Pal Network Announcement on PioneerMomma.com

Now!  On to the favorites of the week!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

These delicious bars by A Mind “Full” Mom would so not last long in our house!

Blueberry Pie Bars by A Mind "Full" Mom

Blueberry Pie Bars by A Mind “Full” Mom

This incredibly funny post by The Squirrel’s Diary is something I’m sure a lot of us can relate to, in one way or another!

The Haphazard Homemaker by The Squirrel's Diary

The Haphazard Homemaker by The Squirrel’s Diary

The gift wrapping done by T-shirt & Jeans is absolutely beautiful!

Wrapping Gifts with Baby's Breath by T-shirt & Jeans

Wrapping Gifts with Baby’s Breath by T-shirt & Jeans

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and stories!

Be sure to check out the winner of July’s ad spot for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed ContessaClayton Family Kitchen!  

By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 30 (printable)

So this is pretty much the reason last week’s worksheet didn’t happen.  I apologize to those who enjoy these and put them to use, but sometimes you just have to prioritize.  Let’s come back with a fun one!

2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 30 (printable) by PioneerMomma.com

This week’s worksheet is in honor of the kids’ pen pal network I am putting together.  Have any kiddos interested?  I’m taking any ages, and I’d love to add in even more!  You can contact me here for more details.

Here’s how our week will go:

Meal planning:

I need to do some inventory in my freezer this week, so we will be having mostly meals that I have made and frozen into individual portions.  Namely my Broccoli and Cheese Soup and Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup.  I’ll also be fitting in some sausage and rice, “breakfast for dinner”, and Chicken Soup.

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This Week’s Goals:

Home – Inventory freezer and pantry.  This makes meal planning so much smoother, and I can even do it from work!

Personal – Because of the stress increase lately, and my tendency to panic, I’m going to focus on meditating again this week.  It really does work wonders, and I’d like to try it maybe twice a day, if I can fit it in.

Blog – You’re going to want to stick around for the giveaway this week!

Tackle – Find out when and where to appraise an antique (pretty sure) I found while cleaning out some storage.

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Focus Word:

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Oh, look at that…my focus word is a sentence this week :-)  I know, there’s just no way I could condense that one, and it really is what I want to remind myself of each day.

Ready to plan your week?  Click here or on the picture above to get your worksheet for the week.  Enjoy!

Momma Time: “No, he’s not allowed to watch that!”

This has been one of those weeks that I’ve really had to put blogging on the back burner.  It will be back to normal now, but I just had so much to do and think about at home that there was no way I could focus on posting a recipe or craft.  So in a nutshell, here is what we did:

Hubby was supposed to have surgery this week.  Yesterday, to be exact.  But it was a no-go, because we were unaware that his company didn’t qualify for FMLA.  Which means that his insurance got cut off RIGHT BEFORE THE PRE-OP.  Actually, it was sooner, but we didn’t find out until then.  So we may even end up with some hefty appointment bills in the near future.  Yay.  Anyway, after the initial freak-out (totally understandable, right??) we think that everything is put back in order, and he can move on through the surgery process.  Again.  I’m trying to tell myself that everything happens for a reason, so I am just going to keep thinking that maybe on his scheduled surgery date the surgeon would have sneezed into his wound or something, or misplaced a piece of gauze where his meniscus should be.

Bubba came home a few days ago exclaiming that his class watched The Hunger Games.  I immediately saw Hubby swing his eyes over to judge on what level my panic would be.  Surprisingly, I stayed pretty calm, as after all, it wasn’t my son’s choice that they saw it.  I just needed to get his reaction.

Freaked out mom:  ”Did you like it?”

Bubba: “Yes.”

Freaked out mom:  ”What was your favorite part?”

Bubba:  ”The train!  That room was really nice, I wish I had one like it!”

Calmer mom:  ”What did you think about the games?”

Bubba:  **pause**  ”I don’t understand why they would play that game.  Why would people want to kill each other for fun?”

A lot calmer mom:  ”Yeah, it’s not very nice, is it?  What are you building?”

Since he gave pretty appropriate answers, I was much less upset.  But still, why would an elementary school show this movie to a bunch of 9 year olds??  Especially 9 year olds with special needs, who may not get the message of the movie??

Now don’t get me wrong, I read the books and watched the movies.  They were great.  I loved the story and action.  BUT, I am a grown adult, who doesn’t have an issue with differentiating or processing the good vs. evil (or lack of clarity) plot line.  I had already decided it would be a movie that Bubba would not be seeing, probably until he was much older.

Then comes the other side, is that sheltering him?  I don’t think so.  As his mother, I am with him the most.  I test him daily, seeing if he is following the rules, recognizing safety issues, growing up responsibly.  We decided a while ago that he could start to be introduced to more mature themes, but we would be with him, at home, and he had the option of telling us if it was too much for him at the time.  I actually did this with the Goosebumps series, which coincidentally, he is watching in school right now.  He didn’t have a problem with it :-)

I tried to let it go, and not make a big deal out of it with the school.  After all, aren’t a lot of kids watching it nowadays?  I slept on it and decided I was still uncomfortable.  I ended up writing a very polite email to his therapist, just stating my position and requesting that we be notified if a movie with a rating higher than PG would be shown.  At least then, we can decide for ourselves if we think he is ready for it.  I did receive an apology back from the school, and the teacher did get back to me.  Supposedly it wasn’t on very long, but I’m thinking if his favorite part was the room in the train, that is a bit farther than I would have wanted anyway.

Overall, I feel strongly in my decision to give my two cents, and feel comfortable knowing that we will be given a heads up in future occasions.  Luckily he had appropriate reactions, and we don’t have to do any re-con.

What would you do?  Have your kids seen The Hunger Games?  What age do you think is appropriate?  

What’d You Do This Weekend? #36 (and ANNOUNCEMENT!)

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to what has become one of my favorite times of the week: What’d You Do This Weekend!  I have an important announcement that I wanted to share, I am starting a book club and kids’ pen pal network and would love if y’all participated!  The book club is a book a month, and I have some fun interactive ideas to get everyone involved.  The pen pal network idea was born from my son writing a letter to my nephew and both of them being so super excited about it!  It made me remember those days in elementary school when we would have a pen pal from across the country and were able to learn all about a different place and family.  I have a few kiddos on the list and would love to add more!  If you’d like to learn more about either the book club or pen pal network (or both!) please email me here and I’ll get right back to you!  We will be starting soon, and I’m going to include some special surprises!  If you want to keep up with the announcements, I’d love if you subscribed (by email, in the left sidebar :-) ) and you won’t miss a thing!  I’m hoping the project will be fun for both parents and kids, and it will be a great way to introduce some aspects of communication we as children enjoyed.

Book Club and Pen Pal Network Announcement on PioneerMomma.com

Now!  On to the favorites of the week!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

I totally wish I had a Grandma’s Summer Camp when I was a kid!

Grandma's Summer Camp by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Grandma’s Summer Camp by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

This DIY Stain Remover recipe sure would come in handy after a day out in the garden!

DIY Stain Remover by Robyn's View

DIY Stain Remover by Robyn’s View

And since “Let It Go” is sung pretty much 24/7 in our house…here is a recipe for a Frozen Inspired Summer Punch!

"Frozen" Summer Inspired Punch by The Afropolitan Mom

“Frozen” Summer Inspired Punch by The Afropolitan Mom

Be sure to check out the winner of July’s ad spot for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed ContessaClayton Family Kitchen!  

By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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What Is Worm Compost? (and why do I need it?)

What Is Worm Compost?  (and why do I need it?) by PioneerMomma.comAs you may know, we are working on our first garden this year.  Which, so far, has really been going swimmingly.  One of my favorite and most looked forward to parts of visiting our community garden plot is the thought of who might be there and what we can learn from them.  Our fellow gardeners have been so extremely helpful!

Our gardening neighbors are some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable people.  I credit much of our success to the tips we’ve received from each gardener.  All three of us were lucky enough to be there (sweatin’ our butts off!) for the latest lesson:  worm poop!

Worm compost (or vermicompost) is one of the best gifts you could give your growing fruits and veggies.  I’ll tell you why.

 

**Want to read the rest of the post and find out how you can help your garden grow to it’s fullest potential for almost nothing?  Check out the full post on Eyes On The Source, where I contribute the second Thursday of every month!**

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Book Club & Pen Pal Network Announcement!

ANNOUNCEMENTRemember when you were a kid and you made up hand written letters and beautiful pictures to send to a pen-pal in another state?  Or maybe even farther?  Wasn’t that so much fun??  Nowadays, I think there is a lot that kids are missing out on.  Let alone having everything be “instant gratification” from searching something online or texting, but even just as simple as the excitement of seeing their name on an envelope.  I talked to one of my sisters last week about this and we came up with an idea to start a pen-pal network.  Completely voluntary, of course, but just a way for kids to better their penmanship and maybe make some new friends in a different place than them.  The letters would be handmade by the child, and sent to another around the same age.  Maybe we could even provide some writing prompts to get started.  Printables?  I’d really love to get something like this started, if anyone is interested!

I also have an idea for a book club.  This one is more for the moms and dads, and we could review a different book each month.  I have recently been getting into reading more, and listening to my audiobooks, and I think it would be a great way to get different perspectives on some of our favorites.

If you are interested in either project, please let me know and we can get it started!  It sounds like it would be so much fun :-)  Contact me here and I will get back to you shortly.  Hope y’all are enjoying your summer!

**Holy email spam, Batman!  If you noticed that something is different, I removed the little contact form here, because my inbox blew up with spam.  You can still click the little link in the paragraph above and I’ll get back to you!**

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What’d You Do This Weekend? #35

It’s that time again!  Welcome back to another fun week of What’d You Do This Weekend!  Did you enjoy your Independence Day?  Our 4th was great, and it was the first time that we actually all had it together.  Usually at least one person is working, and we had never planned any sort of party.  It was a great success!  We grilled burgers and peaches, and had some delicious sides.

Bubba had a ton of fun watching the fireworks, as he does every year.  He gets super excited and just runs around, trying to find the best view.  Overall, it was a lot of fun :-)

This week I shared one of the side dishes we had: 4th of July Popcorn Treats and this week’s Weekly Worksheet (check it out, it’s got new additions!).

                         4th of July Popcorn Treats by PioneerMomma.com  Weekly Worksheet: 2014 Week 28 (printable) by PioneerMomma.com

As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

This gorgeous watercolor technique by Stamping on the Back Porch is surprisingly simple!

Watercoloring Technique with World of Dreams by Stamping on the Back Porch

Watercoloring Technique with World of Dreams by Stamping on the Back Porch

These Phonics Flip Cards by A Time For Seasons are a great idea for a young reader!

Phonics Flip Cards by A Time For Seasons

Phonics Flip Cards by A Time For Seasons

And of course, I had to pick these Juicy Onion Burgers with Kale by Lori’s Culinary Creations…It was the first one Hubby went to!

Juicy Onion Burgers with Kale by Lori's Culinary Creations

Juicy Onion Burgers with Kale by Lori’s Culinary Creations

This month our winner of July’s ad spot for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Clayton Family Kitchen!  As soon as we get your pic or button, it will go up on both site’s sidebars.  Congrats!

By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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Weekly Worksheet: 2014 Week 28 (printable)

Weekly Worksheet: 2014 Week 28 (printable) by PioneerMomma.comSo this week, I’m really not sure everything will go as planned.  I’m probably going to be filling my worksheet out as we go, and see what happens.  We are still waiting on Bubba’s latest lab work, and now he has a pretty gnarly cold.  Hopefully it stays just a cold, but it’s definitely got me on edge.  I’m calling his doctor in the morning to see if he can get in and if his lab results are back yet.  It’s those darn white blood cells that make a mountain out of a summer cold.  Super nervous momma over here.  I have the old school Vick’s vaporizer out and we’ve gotten stocked with nasal spray and Tylenol.  He is feeling pretty ok, and is actually getting quite annoyed by my “bothering” him.  Ha!  Still gonna happen, buddy.  I’m hoping we can kick this in the next couple days and I’ll hear something back from his doctor tomorrow.

Because of the uncertainty of our week, I won’t be listing our meals or tasks this time around.  But like I said, I will still be filling mine out as the week progresses.  We have reached just over the halfway point of the year, so I added a few things at the bottom of the sheet so we can reflect a little.  I had so much fun with that, I may end up reworking the sheets a bit!

Click here or on the picture above to print yours, and I hope you have a wonderfully productive week!

4th of July Popcorn Treats

4th of July Popcorn Treats by PioneerMomma.comOne of the easiest, most affordable, and kid-friendly snacks to make is popcorn.  Whether you are sharing a big bowl on the couch during a movie night, or grabbing a bag at a community picnic, everyone seems to love it.  I had a TON of popcorn in my pantry that I wanted to use for our upcoming 4th of July celebration.  Because Bubba eats gluten free foods, it would be perfect to make, and he wouldn’t feel left out at all.

These are super simple to make, maybe ten minutes, tops.  Because it’s not the traditional solid ball of popcorn, you can pour these goodies into paper bags, cupcake cups, little boxes, you name it!  Little hands won’t be able to stay away, and you have the comfort of knowing that what they are eating is probably a healthier bet than cupcakes (although those are pretty dang delicious, too!).  Coconut oil is a great substitute for the buttery flavorings, and it’s good for you.  With the chocolate drizzle, you get a hint of sweet white chocolate, but don’t have to worry about a huge amount of sugar.  More like what Goldilocks said, “this one’s just right!” :-)

4th of July Popcorn Treats by PioneerMomma.com

First, grab a bag of popcorn and pop it.  Dump that into a large mixing bowl and drizzle about 2 1/2 tsp – 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil over the top.  Toss until all the popcorn is covered.

4th of July Popcorn Treats by PioneerMomma.com

Separate the popcorn into three smaller bowls, in equal portions.  In the first bowl, sprinkle about 1-2 Tbsp red gelatin mix over the top.  Toss to coat evenly.

Do the same with blue gelatin mix, in another bowl.

Carefully melt 1 ounce white chocolate (1 square) and separate into three containers.  In the first, add about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of red gelatin mix.  Stir and drizzle over the top of the red popcorn.

Do the same with the blue gelatin mix and popcorn.

With the plain white chocolate, drizzle over the top of the plain white popcorn.

4th of July Popcorn Treats by PioneerMomma.com

You can do the drizzling in the large bowls or in the containers you plan to serve in.  I had some 4th of July baking cups and flags that I put our popcorn in, and drizzled once I put the popcorn in those.  If you’d like a darker, more vibrant coloring, try using more of the gelatin mixes.  I like the hint of color these have, and I know that there won’t be red and blue fingerprints on everything.  Plus, they taste just as good, and are super pretty!

What are you making for the Fourth?

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