Archive for June 12, 2012

Mondays Made in USA | Tervis Plastic Tumblers

This week’s Made in USA was submitted by a reader… my dad. We call him Poppi. I got a text from him with a picture showing off his Made in USA hunting skills.

Tumblers from Tervis. I have seen these at Bed Bath & Beyond before but never purchased one because I was always there for something specific. To see the line of Tervis items from Bed&Bath click here.

I did a little research about Tervis and their company and was pleased to find out that the company as a whole is proud to say there are Made in America. They are made in north Florida to be more exact.

These are some things Tervis says on their website…

We may be all about kicking back and relaxing – but we’re serious about our responsibility and also know when it’s time to take a stand.

Tervis products have been proudly made in America since 1946. We carefully hand-assemble each one right here at home, so it’s strong enough to withstand all of life’s adventures. If we could sing, we’d belt out a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner right now. Instead, we’ll just stick to offering high-quality products.

(see the full page here)




If you would like to read more about their company visit here to read the Tervis History. Their history, what they stand for and what they support and made me a new fan.

Thanks Poppi for sharing.

Do you own any Tervis products? Have you found any great Made in USA stuff lately? Don’t forget to submit it to be featured.

Disclosure: Links on this page are not affiliate links. There was no reimbursement for this post from any company mentioned.


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Giveaway | iChill Relaxtion Shot

To say I am excited about being one of the supporters of this giveaway would be an understatement. If you follow me on facebook you know that I am often up in the middle night because I can’t sleep. I toss and turn and my mind just goes and goes.

You have to read about what my BFF, Brittany w/ The Butterfly Mom, says about it below and then enter a chance to try iChill. The giveaway runs June 22nd-July 2nd.



A very big thank you to the giveaway sponsors, iChill and Brittany w/ The Butterfly Mom!

About iChill Relaxation Shots:

According to the iChill website: iChill Relaxation Shot was developed to help people unwind at the end of a long, intense day. The refreshingly natural blend of Melatonin, Valerian root, Rose Hips and B Vitamins has no calories, no sugar and no carbs. Their unique combination helps you to feel more tranquil and promotes relaxation and deep restorative sleep. The 2 ounce shot is easy to take and usually starts working to relax you shortly after consuming it. On average, people tend fall asleep within 30 to 40 minutes after drinking an iChill.
To learn more please visit the iChill Facebook Page or their website.


Review By The Butterfly Mom:

I’m a super busy work at home mom of three young children. Between being a full time professional blogger, running online communities, volunteering for local animal rescues, founding a non-profit animal shelter, and of course spoiling my children rotten…there is little room for sleep. Even when I get the chance to lay my head on a pillow there is usually so much caffeine or thoughts of the day racing through me that I toss and turn for hours.
I am one of those people who LIVE on coffee and {I hate to admit this} soda. I am also one of those people that when I don’t get enough sleep…I am shall we say a bit “grumpy” and should be avoided at all costs.
I don’t do milk, let alone warm milk, and as much as I love to drink a nice cup of hot tea it does not knock me out the way I need it too. Unfortunately that has left me with OTC and prescription sleep aids. I do not like taking medications, even over-the-counter meds. I don’t like how the prescription sleep aids are habit forming and just as bad the OTC meds cause my legs to get super restless.
Getting to try the new iChill Relaxation Shots was a new experience for me. I have heard of energy shots, but anti-energy shots? Hmm….I like the fact that they are 0 Calories, 0 Sugars, and 0 Carbs. So I gave it a shot, pun intended. The taste was nothing to get to excited about, very similar to the other shot style drinks. Nothing horrible, no bad after taste.
About 45 minutes later I honestly felt…tired. Not the tired but can’t sleep tired, more the tired and ready to pass out tired. I went to bed. I slept. I slept GOOD! No not just good, GREAT!
I am so excited about this product I just had to share. What better way to share than host a giveaway!

Giveaway Prize:

The giveaway winner will receive (1) case of 12 2oz iChill Relaxation Shots valued at $37.50

Date:

The giveaway will run from June 22nd to July 2nd, 2012

Giveaway Entry Rules:

Entrants must be 18 or older and U.S. Residents. Winner will be announced on TheButterflyMom.com and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Thank You To Our Supporters

There are 25 awesome bloggers helping to support this giveaway by cross-posting this on their blogs and social media, so The Butterfly Mom wants to say thank you to:

Enter Using The Rafflecopter Form Below

Disclosure: Bit Of Byrd is not hosting or sponsoring this giveaway and Bit Of Byrd is not responsible for claims made in the review or giveaway prize shipment.

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Mondays Made in USA | Elmers Spray Adhesive

This week’s feature was sent in by a reader… and one of my personal best friends… Sabrina.

She is also very crafty and while she was crafting she turned over her product and wowzer it was Made in USA so she snapped a picture and sent it my way.

Sorry the picture is a little blurry… phone camera.

Like last week since the featured product is Elmer’s Spray Adhesive I thought I would tell you a little more about the product.

Sabrina uses it in her crafts and with her ribbons. I used it in college while working in a media studio.

Elmer’s says this about it

Acid-free and photo safe. Allows for repositioning. Dries permanent. Fast tack – dries clear. Specially formulated for mounting items to a variety of surfaces, including plastics, photos, fabrics, paper, foil, cork, metal, wood, films, felt, foams, canvas, leather, glass, cardboard and foam rubber. Sprays wide to cover large areas. Resists “bleed-through”.

Pinterest has some awesome craft ideas that use Elmer’s Spray adhesive. Check them out here.

Have you used Spray Adhesive before? What did you use it for? How did it turn out?

Remember to share your other Made in USA finds with me!


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Giveaway | Say Hello Diamonds Earrings

Enter for a chance to win these:
Giveaway runs 6/17-7/1 
see below for more details





Giveaway and Review done by ELITEMAMA


Ah Diamonds. Every woman’s best friend. Well, that and chocolate =P

Say Hello Diamonds jewelry is great to have. It’s affordable and stylish.

About Say Hello Diamonds:
 ”Each replica diamond goes through a rigid selection process by our Say Hello Diamond experts. These specialists analyze the weight, cut, and shine of each stone before it can be called a Say Hello Diamond. Each replica diamond is polished, packaged, and presented to our Say Hello Inspection Team. From there, our inspection team begins a 3-step review process; Look, Shake, Ensure. During this process we analyze the physical properties and test the durability of each diamond replica. Replica diamonds that meet the rigid criteria set forth are lucky enough to be called, Say Hello Diamonds.”

Here is what I had received in the mail
Pantina
Easily the top selling Say Hello Diamond product, our 4 carat Pantina earrings radiate shine through our round Say Hello Diamond studs. Beauty she can enjoy throughout the week, the earrings are set in cool, polished Sterling Silver and feature butterfly clasp backs.
Item Information
Item Code
DV24TWS
Approx. Weight
1.0g
Total Approx. Weight
2.1g
Width
6/16 in (7.8mm)
Metal
Sterling Silver
Length
6/16 in (7.8mm)
Say Hello Diamond Information
Setting Type
Prong
Clarity
VVS1 – VS2
Color
D-F
Total Carat Weight
4ct
Stone Cut
Round Brilliant
MOHS Hardness
8.5

My Review:
I would have to say that these earrings from Say Hello Diamonds are by far my favorite piece of jewelry that I own. I am not much of a jewelry person, but with these earring I can make an exception. I love the look and the feel of the earrings. They are not to big nor to small. The one thing that I am amazed by is that the earrings do not cause an allergic reaction to my ears what so ever. I am very sensitive to jewelry, but with these Pantina earrings I don’t have to worry. I love Say Hello Diamonds Pantina Earrings. They are a great gift for any women. Or even men as well.

One lucky person will receive there very own pair of Pantina Earrings
Just enter the rafflecopter form below. Please be patient as it may take a bit to load.
Giveaway is open to the US and Canada
Winner will have 48 hours to respond, if no response then another winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer-  I received no compensation at all to host this giveaway. All expressed opinions are my own. Bit Of Byrd is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. Prize will be sent from the company. If you have any concerns please send an email.


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Use a Mix | Yellow Cake 2 Chocolate Cake

Have you ever needed a chocolate cake but you only had mixes for yellow or white? I had that problem a while back when I was making the cakes for my Dirt Bike Cake I talked about here.

I did some Googling and no one seemed to agree about whether you could convert a box mix from yellow to chocolate.

Well I am happy to tell you… you can and it will taste yummy!

It is very simple too.

Use your yellow or butter box mix of preference, follow instructions as listed and add::

  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chocolate Syrup
I used Hersey’s because that is what I had. But the kind you put on ice cream would work the same as the kind you put in milk.
Mix it all up like you would normally
The color is more of a carmel then a dark brown like traditional cake mix
The reviews were unanimous though. No one could tell the difference and they thought it was moist and delicious. 
I have used it several times since. Now I often stock up on yellow cake mix instead of yellow and chocolate now that I know how to convert it.
Some might say it would be easier to make it from scratch. More power to you. I like my mixes. 

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Furniture Repurposing | Making a Cricut Table

 You know what a Cicut is right? A Cricut Expression is what I own and it is a personal cutter that can cut paper or vinyl. I love it and hope it use it more now that it has its own table!

 As promised::

When I moved into my first apartment this table was given to me and it served me well in the apartment. When I moved into my house and I got a new dining room table it became the catch all Cricut table. The surface area was just too big for storage of the unit and I ended up always setting something down on it.

Did you see yesterday’s post about how bad my craft room had gotten? Having a catch all table does not help. So I measured and was excited that I was right about this table being perfect!

I first measured the folding leaf of the table and it was 9 in. That is the minimum needed for this project.

Next I went to my local Walmart and found this narrow cart… and look… it is Made in USA! The width of this cart is about 8.5 inches. I also picked up 2 L brackets. I got the 6x8s. So I spent about $13.

Turn table over
Remove base, hardware and 1 set of hinges
Put table on drawer to figure height. Mark  L Brackets.
I did install my brackets about 1/4 in above the marks I made to give the drawer some clearance to roll out.
Predrill the new holes for the L bracket

  I reused the screws from the hardware I removed. Those screws were already the exact length to not go through the table completely.

Table closed. 
I wanted the drawers under the table for two reasons. The extra storage. I put my Cricut cable in one of the drawers. But also so that the drawers could be used as a “leg” when the table is open.
Table open

I added one piece of wood that I just liquid nailed to the bottom of the table so that the drawer would have a stop. The table is only going to be used for cricuting so it doesn’t need to support a lot of weight. But this allows the perfect place to have a Cricut space when needed and yet have it out of the way when not.

Cricut Table Finished

How I store my Cartridges 

Since I showed you how I store my Cricut it only makes sense to show you my cartridges. Those shelves are from IKEA. They call them spice racks. I just didn’t put in the front bar and they are the exact deepness of a cart and is wide enough to hold 10!! I obviously need to pick up some more. but for $4 each they are a steal for something that is so perfectly sized.


 How do you store and organize your Cricut and accessories?

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Small 7×8 Craft Room Redo

This weekend I decided I wanted to reorganize my craft room. It was horrible in there. I have a small room to start with. It is only a 7×8 room and the 7 foot wall has 12 in deep shelves so the room is more like 6×8.

Small Craft room redo

I am an avid curb shopper and that is how I cam across the two matching tables in this room, and the awesome chair! I am all about re-purposing and giving things a new life and new home.
Across the back wall…

Shelves to hold stamps and paints

I love these shelves and they were actually empty before the redo. They fit my Stamps perfect. Those paints are a mix of different glass paints. I also have several drawers, paper storage and a spice rack for my many little items… like googly eyes. I use an old silverware holder from the dishwasher to hold my scissors and pens.
The shelf on the bottom right is my favorite. It really shows a little bit about me and things I love. Almost every item in this box has a great memory to go with it so I couldn’t think of a better place to have these memories than in my craft room.

Wall of Shelves

This is the wall I mentioned that is all shelves. The far right is all fabric! I might have a little bit of a thing for fabric… but who doesnt! The plastic boxes from the Dollar Tree have been a live saver in staying organized in the other shelves. The last set of shelves are the most random. But I decided to also store my wrapping paper here. I got the tall wrapping paper to stand up by adding a wooden dowel across the middle of the basket. In the bucket is my favorite curling ribbon.

Do you have a small craft room? How do you stay organized?

Come back tomorrow to read about how I made that table the Cricut is sitting on!


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