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Deer Fawns | Wordless Wednesday

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If you’ve followed HWYD at all, you know that I go stalk deer.  All summer, I’ve been waiting for deer fawns.  It’s sort of my thing. There are two very large herds that live in the subdivision where a friend lives.  We saw them for the first time while looking at the house my friend moved into.  Anyway, these deer are ridiculously tame.  They’re not skittish, and they practically come right up to you.

Here are some pics from the past month or so of deer adventures. Lot of deer fawn cuteness!

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Pretzel Making at Home book

Pretzel Making at Home

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Pretzel Making at Home was provided for editorial purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Pretzel Making at Home book

Pretzels have always been one of my favorite foods.  When I was a wee child, like three or four, there were snack food pretzels that had a really buttery taste, and that got me hooked.  A couple years later, I was introduced to soft pretzels and my whole world changed.  The older I got, the more adventurous my eating became.  I started trying all kinds of different pretzels and their accoutrements.

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5 Tips for Cleaning Hidden Dirt and Grime

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This post brought to you by BISSELL Homecare, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most people are pretty good at keeping their house clean.  They may have clutter, but their houses aren’t dirty.  Or are they?  Did you know that there are tons of places in your house where dirt and grime are hiding? 

Where are the secret places that dirt and grime are hiding in your life?

Ceiling fans.  Even though a lot of designers say that they are passé and no self-respecting home should have one, most people have ceiling fans.  They can easily cut your utility bills.  And they are horrible collectors of dust and dirt.  If you really want a scare, climb up on a step-ladder or chair and have a look-see.  You’ll never forget to clean up there again. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment, a wand duster, or even an old sock on your hand.

Your computer keyboard.  Yeah, it’s kind of gross to think about.  One of the things you touch the most has the most dirt and grime.  Your keyboard is full of dust, debris, and skin cells that have shed.  Add in the random stuff that falls in there like cookie crumbs and little potato chip bits, and you’ve got a real mess.  A combination of canned air, a vacuum, and keyboard sanitation can work wonders.  A co-worker cleans her keyboard twice a month with cotton swabs and alcohol.  Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!

The Dishwasher.  It seems counter-intuitive, but your dishwasher is probably harboring all kinds of ickiness.  Think about it – it’s a hot, steamy environment that gets lots of food debris passing through. There are dishwasher cleaning products out there, or use a bleach solution.  Be sure to run an empty cycle after cleaning your dishwasher, though!

Your car.  Think about all the times you get in and out of the car in a day or a week.  You’re tracking so much stuff from the outside into your passenger cabin.  If you’re anything like me, you toss spare change and other oddball things in your cup holder, and you rarely really clean those suckers out.  Don’t even get me started on the door handles and other parts of your car.  A car wash, vacuum, and a little elbow grease can work wonders.

Your carpet.  Yep.  Even though you vacuum regularly, there are still all kinds of horrible things in there.  Pet dander, dust, and allergens are just a few of the things hiding in your carpets.  That’s why people shampoo their carpets. 

Do you know what most of these places have in common?  The BISSELL Powerglide line of vacuums can help you keep them clean.  There are additional cleaning tips on the BISSELL website.

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  • Large capacity dirt cup
  • 27-foot cord
  • Included TurboBrush® and crevice tool

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6 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

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This post brought to you by Pep Boys and Techron. All opinions are 100% mine.

I like to drive.  I drive a lot, headed wherever the open road takes me.  I’m pretty sure I inherited this from my mother, who regularly packed a lunch, and us, into the car and we would head off for parts unknown.  She always said that gas was cheap and adventure is priceless.  

Fast forward 20 or so years.  The lust for adventure still lives on, but gas is no longer so cheap.  When you’re pushing $4 a gallon, you’ve gotta make sure that you get your money’s worth.  There are a few ways that you can make sure your car is getting the mileage you deserve.  

Check your tires.  When your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure, your mileage improves.  Your vehicle is also easier to handle and the ride is smoother.  

Get rid of the extra weight. Each extra 100 pounds that you’re hauling decreases your mileage by up to 5%, according to some reports.  Clean out the extra junk that you’re hauling around.  

Fill your tank in the morning.  Molecules expand when they’re warmer, and gas is no exception.  In the morning, the molecules are smaller, so you’re getting more for your money.  It’s not considerably more, so don’t stress over it, but it can add up.


Maintain your car.  Routine maintenance can increase not just your mileage, but also the life of your car.  Go to a reputable shop, whether it’s a mechanic or an auto parts store like Pep Boys.

Get quality gas.  I don’t know about where you live, but we have some janky gas stations here.  They get water, dirt, even mud in their holding tanks, which then gets into your car.  No one wants that.  I’m not saying you have to buy premium, either.  Just be wary of the ‘bad gas’ stations.
 

Fuel Cleaners.  Fuel cleaners can help clean your engine, which will help use gas more effectively.  A product like Techron Fuel System Cleaner is a great additive. It's easy to use, as you can see in the video. 

For quality auto parts and additives, try Pep Boys.  Find a Pep Boys Near You

 

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Energems Energy candy

Energems For a Mid Afternoon Pick Me Up

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Energems.

Ever have one of those days? You know the ones I’m talking about. Those days that just seem to drag on and on, and are never ending, but you have a pile of stuff to get done? How do you get through the day?

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For me, personally, I tend to reach for a treat. Like candy or maybe a soda. Sometimes, I’ll get out for a couple minutes and go get a frou frou coffee drink. I do this for a couple reasons – one, it allows me to clear my head and get out for a couple minutes. Second, it gives me a dose of caffeine and sugar. Third, I get horrible headaches and find that caffeine helps alleviate them.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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I absolutely adore bread pudding, and this pumpkin bread pudding is no different.  I was never much of a fan as a child, but something happened when I started college.  I don’t know if it was the comfort food aspects of it, or what, but I started having bread pudding on a regular basis.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This pumpkin bread pudding with homemade caramel sauce is easy, fairly quick, and nade to impress your friends.  Serve it as a fantastic dessert or as breakfast on a special day.

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$10 Flash Cash Giveaway

$10 Flash Cash Giveaway – WW

$10 Flash Cash Giveaway
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$10 Flash Cash Giveaway

It’s the weekend, and there’s not much that’s better than that, is there? Well, maybe one thing, and that’s money! To that point, I’m giving away $10 of cold, hard cash. That’s right! It’s enough to go get a snack, treat, a couple bottles of nail polish, an adult beverage, or pay for your blog hosting for a month.

Payment will be made via Paypal.  If you don’t have a Paypal account, winner can choose a $10Amazon gift card.

Enter to win in the Rafflecopter after the jump!

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Tips for sewing with vintage patterns

Tips for Sewing with Vintage Patterns #waverize

Tips for sewing with vintage patterns
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These tips for sewing with vintage patterns were inspired by a DIY Challenge I participated in with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Waverly.  All opinions are my own.

Tips for sewing with vintage patterns

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a creative challenge with Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts and Waverly Fabrics. This was all part of Waverly’s 90th anniversary and the Waverize It contest that Jo-Ann & Waverly are holding. They sent me a mystery package with a top-secret fabric inside. I had to create a sewn project that was a unique twist.

 

What was I going to get? What was the pattern going to be? Would it be like a quilter’s cotton or would it be a heavy upholstery fabric? Most importantly, what the heck would I make?!?!

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