Sunday, November 25, 2012

A piece of knowlege with my coffee

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OK, well usually with coffee it comes with a piece of cake or pie, in my case it comes with a piece of knowledge.  Fair Trade, we see the label on food products, some clothing, crafts etc.  Well Fair Trade is exactly that.  In the mountains of Columbia the small coffee farmers have little help in staying in business against the large farmers.  Children are forced to quit school and ofter work for free just to sustain the family farm.  Women were treated very badly and had no way to get help.  Education was a luxury the children of the smaller farms could afford.

Well Fair Trade stops that, it is a group of small farmers who group together to make a larger farm so they can be competitive in the beans pricing and in turn pay a fair wage.  The farmers must follow the rules to stay in the Fair Trade group.  Such things as education, women's health care and fair wages are given and the farmer is accountable to following the rules.

I took the time to look up the Fair Trade for keurig coffee.  I would suggest everyone do so, and also if you see another product advertised with the Fair Trade label fit would be worth reading about it.

I will not buy a product that isn't Fair Trade when there is a Fair Trade option to buy.

In this season of giving thanks and gifts, close you eyes and imagine the life of the people you help just buy choosing Fair Trade.

*** Disclaimer, I was given free samples of the Fair Trade Coffee for review purposes.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Benjamin Moore's Aura

Well I was lucky enough to be asked by Bzz Agent to try Benjamin Moore's Aura Paint Line for free, for review purposes. 

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Now I have to get this out there, this is an expensive can of paint when you first look at it in the store, but the increase in price is justified and may even end up costing you less in dollars, certainly in man hours when your project is all said and done.  This paint is a much thicker paint than the traditional, but it covers nearly over any surface or color in one coat.  This means you don't need to prime, or mess with second or third coats.
Also it is more environmentally friendly so the odor of fresh paint is missing.  This is a nice touch if you are painting in a bed room or trying to finish a last minute project and expecting company and don't want your house smelling like the paint isle at home depot.f

There are some tips I learned and I will share my knowledge with you... (applause)

1.  Always when not using your paint brush, cover it with a damp paper towel.  When I say this paint is thick it also drys quickly.  One phone call from your bestie or a grilled cheese for the kiddies later and your brush will be stiff (no giggling).

2. When you start to paint or are overlapping use a feather motion, You really should wait for the coat that is already on the wall to dry up before you paint near it, the paint will pull a bit as it is drying quickly.

3. If you can finish a wall without stopping, but it isn't necessary as long as you cover your brush and feather the latter coat.

4.  When you start to paint do your cutting first, (this is around doors, windows and ceilings and baseboards.  Once you have cut then apply you coat, remember above mentioned points.

5.  Since this paint drys quickly you can take of tape, very carefully and move back in, but take care not to let anything go right up the wall until the paints has cured a bit.

6.  Speaking of tape, don't be a cheapskate now, spring for the good not too tacky painters tape, do not go to the dollar store and get some tape thinking it won't matter.  It will.

7.  No odor so it's nice to paint in the winter and not have to open windows for ventilation.

Ok my good friends, I have passed along my painting knowledge to you., Go forth and decorate.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kikkoman Juicy Bird Project

Kikkoman Juicy Bird Project: Thx @KikkomanKitchen 4 my free Soy Sauce! Like them on FB for offers and recipes #JuicyBirdProject *Please remember the FTC requires you to mention that you received a free sample courtesy of Smiley360 when sharing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nectresse Friend's Mission

Nectresse Friend's Mission: Enter 4 a chance to win a $200 gift card from Smiley360 by taking a short survey *Please remember the FTC requires you to mention that you received a free sample courtesy of Smiley360 when sharing.