It's really not terribly exciting to watch a pig show, but I thought I would share this short video with you in case you have never seen a pig show at the county fair before. Enjoy!
In case your wondering what else you might do at the county fair...you can watch this!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Well we had such a fantastic first year getting back into the 4-H game (Justin & I were both 10yr members). My goal when starting this whole new adventure was for him to learn some new life skills, hard work, responsibility, and to have a good time. We accomplished all of those things...plus a few more for a bonus.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Julia helped me the whole way along....she loves helping me on anything she can when it comes to sewing! She is proud of her new bag and proudly totes it everywhere she can.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
More pictures to come, along with the details on our fun filled, crazy busy week of our FIRST year back in the 4-H game.
Posted by The Gaertegang Homestead at 9:04 PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The folks at Snikiddy sent us a FREE bag of the tasty cheddar cheese fries as part of this review. I have to tell you the first thing I wanted to know about this company was "What is up with this weird name?" So in case you want to know the same thing here is a blurb from their site. I think after reading this you might understand their products a bit better.
How Snikiddy Got it’s Name:
Snikiddy® is a shortened (and let’s face it, easier to say) form of the word persnickety, which means choosy or picky. Growing up, Janet (Mary’s mom) and her siblings were known around school as the Snikiddy kids (a badge they wore proudly) because they always ate healthy lunches. Their mom (Grandma), ahead of her time with her passion for good health, would pack their lunch boxes full of locally grown organic produce and very simple foods. A teacher once referred to them as being persnickety and the kids’ version of the word (snikiddy) stuck.
Grandma’s passion for healthy eating was obviously contagious. It was passed from generation to generation and in 2006 Janet and Mary founded Snikiddy®. At Snikiddy®, we are persnickety about our products – whether we’re insisting on top-quality ingredients or simple ingredients such as real cheese, potatoes and corn, we take pride in every product we make and are confident that these snacks would pass the true test…your family’s! We thank you for being Snikiddy® about your snacks too!
We got just a small bag to review, and boy was it gone at record speed! I had everyone in my family try some and everyone liked it! I think these snack are genius really. A great tasting product that uses all natural ingredients, but still satisfies your snack cravings. I think it's great that this company has gone out of the way to offer a product that tastes really yummy, but without all the yucky stuff ! (see below for more details) I plan to buy them again for my family to enjoy. We don't typically buy a lot of snack food around here, so I plan to purchase them on occasion as a special treat. In case your wondering how much this snack will cost you, $1.79 for a 4.5 oz bag.
If you are curious to find out what other flavors Snikiddy offers, which is ALOT, be sure to go check out their site. While your there sign up for their newsletter and get a COUPON so you can try them yourself. If your into all the social networks be sure to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
Here is a little more detailed information about the fine products at Snikiidy!
A healthy, tasty alternative to typical fried snacks like potato chips, making them a favorite for families seeking healthy snack options-
- All Natural
- No corn syrup
- No preservatives
- No trans fats
- No hydrogenated oils
- 50% less fat than potato chip
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We decided after a whole week of working hard on 4-H projects and other household stuff...we took a day to have!!! We went to a local park and ran some energy off........
Posted by The Gaertegang Homestead at 6:00 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I've been sewing a ton lately and one thing that lacks in my "sewing area" is good lighting! I was browsing at some fantastic looking wall sconces from CSN stores. Speaking of CSN stores did you know that they have 200+ stores? Did you know you can go HERE to see a review on some products I got this Spring? Okay, pay attention to this one........
Did you know they are offering a $60 GIFT CERTIFICATE to one loyal reader of The Gaertegang?
It's true!!! Here is what you have to do to enter: 2 Mandatory entries
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Enter the Quilt Happy/Scrap Happy giveaway!!
OPEN to US or Canadian residents.....Deadline for entering is July 31st at noon!
Nothing fancy I simply sewed all the strips together to make the backing....which could be the front side if you wish. I wasted virtually NONE of the fabric....lovin' that!
Monday, July 12, 2010
If you have ever wanted to do a serve project but just didn't know where you would fit it into your schedule then you should consider Downy Quilts for kids! I heard about this program through my local quilt club I belong to. You go online and sign up for a kit. Downy Quilts will send you ALL the fabric you need, along with the pattern for the quilt, right to your door step!!! The only expense involved is buying the batting, and then pay for the $4.95 shipping to send it back. I used batting I already had on hand. Downy Quilts for Kids does ask you to complete the quilt in 4-6 weeks. So you'll have plenty of time to complete this FUN and EASY quilt for such a great cause. What is the cause you ask? These quilts go to children while they are in the hospital. These quilts bring comfort and smiles to children as they can feel a little more at "home" with a quilt on their bed instead of looking a the blah blankets the hospitals normally provide.
My cutting flowers that I put in the garden are doing great! I think you all know how much I LOVE having blooming flowers around the house and then cutting them to enjoy inside as well! At this point I have mainly zinnias blooming. Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE zinnias!!! The color and flower variation is limitless......so here are a few that are blooming right now!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I am sure glad we enjoyed every minute of that nice 70 degree weather we had last, because this week of the 90's has been not so much fun. We enjoyed some time at the pool for awhile (thanks Uncle Gary and Aunt Suzy!). Here are some picture to prove it!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Country living is the best......of course this is my opinion.....I can't imagine any other way I rather be. I like the quiet....watching nature......my garden growing.....my proud little guys getting to drive their first tractor.....Here are a few more reasons I love living in the country.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I love how it looks all super shiny when you get it back from the jeweler.....I wish it stayed that way! Plus, I have always loved my ring...Hubby did an amazing job picking it out all by himself didn't he? Over the years I have come to love what this really represents. Our devotion and commitment, another, how much I truly LOVE my spouse, the hard times, the good times, the children we've added to our home, our growth in God as we walk through our life journey together. I always remember the night he proposed to me...such joy. When the diamonds catch my eye, I remember back to the fantastic wedding day we shared......what a party that was! JOY.....JOY......JOY!!!
I would love it if you left me a comment telling me one thing that has brought you JOY this week.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I don't really remember when the last time was that we visited the zoo. I do remember that either Caleb, who is now seven, was and infant or maybe it was Zach, who is now five. Either way I am pretty sure it's been to long. We have a ZOO that is ranked in the TOP TEN in the nation that is basically in our backyard. What a shame we don't visit more often. It was absolutely gorgeous last Thursday when we went! We thought it was best to go ahead and get the zoo pass since we could only be there for 3 hours. I am excited that we can go back whenever we want and enjoy all the FUN things they offer.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The first product that Quilt Happy provided for me to review was this BPA Free water bottle. I like the fun colors that they are offered in. I also liked the insert that you can put into the freezer and then when you need it add it to your beverage and it will keep it cold for you without watering it down. The first water bottle I had leaked after the first time I used it....I contacted Karen to see if this was common and she said it was not. She also kindly sent me another in it's place. I have had no problems with the new one. The only negative thing I have to say about the bottle is that it is made in China. I would like to see items like these MADE IN THE USA. I understand that it might drive the cost upwards a bit, but worth it to keep our work here in the states.
handy notebook. I really love that I can put this notebook in my purse along with fabric notes, patterns notes and keep it all together while shoppping. I have mostly used it so far to use in my hobby space for making notes on projects I want to complete and what items I need to buy for those projects. I think this would be a very fun gift to someone who loves quilting!
Scrap Happy line! I am currently using mine to hold my scrap pieces of cardstock and designer paper. I love that it is transparent so I can easily spy what I am looking for. I love the cute logo too! I am not sure how durable this bag would be over the long haul, if I was using it to carry along with me on a daily basis. Again I would like a bad MADE IN USA over the imported version.
I'll tell you what I do have my eye on. One of the super cute Quilt Happy insultaed tumbler mugs or the color dipped mugs (a PINK one)!!
Guess what? Karen was having so much sharing her line of products with me that she is being just as generous to THE GAERTEGANG readers! I am giving away TWO prize pack...yep TWO prize packs!!
#1 Prize pack: Quilt Happy Water bottle & notebook (Like the ones I reviewed)
#2 Prize Pack: Scrap Happy Water bottle & Tote bag (Like the bag I reviewed)
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