Shoo those pesky flies with Stinger No Touch Fly Trap



I have mentioned many times on my blog that we live on a condo (aka – shoe box). I grew up in a house and dream of the day we can move from here and have a house again.

I’m not a fan of condo living. Although I do like my neighbors I just don’t like having people living under me, across from me, diagonal fro me and next to me. I can literally hear my next door neighbor open and close his hallway closet every time he does it. The walls are so thin.

Another thing I don’t like is that we have no say in certain matters. We have a condo board and they decide what goes on around the complex.

One thing I don’t like is the placement of our dumpster. While I do enjoy the convenience of the dumpster being close by (other residents have to lug their garbage long distances to get to the dumpster), I don’t like that the dumpster is below our balcony – not directly but close enough that flies sometimes make their way into our home.

We keep our balcony door open during the day so that our pets can move freely in and out. They enjoy siting out on our balcony and taking in the fresh air and sunshine. The only problem is that bugs can get inside. Most recently it was a giant moth. My cats went crazy chasing it around our home. Thankfully I was able to shoo him outside.

Sometimes people toss out stuff in the dumpster that smells horrible. That scent attracts those pesky flies. For some reason they make their way to our condo unit. I can only assume they are searching for the rotting scent and figure it’s coming from our place. Of course it’s not – they are just a bit off on their destination. They are looking for the dumpster – not my living room.

I as sent a nifty little contraption to help keep the flies from coming inside my home looking for their next meal. Instead it attracts the flies to the trap and it captures them.

The product is called Stinger No Touch Fly Trap.

Stinger Fly Trap 2

Back in they day when I was young they had fly traps that hung from the ceiling. They were made out of an awful sticky tape that got on everything – even my hair! Not only that they are disgusting to look at. I would never use them in my home, especially with cats. They might see it as a toy and jump at it. I wouldn’t want to try and peel that off one of my cats.

The Stinger No Touch Fly Trap is mess free and much nicer to look at then other fly/insect traps. Its actually decorative looking.

The trap creates a 20 foot bug-free radius.

The trap is easy to set up and use. Simply activate the powder “attractant” with water to activate it and then set the trap a good distance away. The attractant will attract the flies and other pesky insects inside where they will get trapped inside. There is nothing more you need to do except replace the plastic bag inside with a refill bag (available for purchase).

Here is a little more information about the Stinger No Touch Fly Trap.

  • Portable/reusable

  • Decorative, plastic vessel disguises contents from open view

  • Spill-proof disposal with 1 easy step

  • Lure/attractant comprised of food-grade, natural ingredients

  • Activates with the addition of water

  • Covers up to a 10-20 foot radius

  • Lure lasts up to 30 days

  • Lure Refill Model: 1B10 (1pk), 1B11 (3pk)

  • MSRP $9.99

As far as being effective the Stinger No Touch Fly Trap does do a good job attracting the flies. The only problem I had with it was the smell. The attractant doesn’t smell too good. This would be fine if we had a backyard we could hang this away from where we sit or do outdoor activities. We don’t have that option with our condo. Our balcony is 6′ x 12′ in size. We hung it in the corner on the side of the balcony where we don’t sit (due to the satellite dish being in the way). That helped but we could still get a whiff of the scent from time to time. The device was only about 6′ from us at any given time, give or take. I think it needs to be put a bit further away.

The Stinger No Touch Fly Trap does work. I think it’s a great product to keep those nasty flies from ruining your outdoor fun. If I had a house and a yard I would certainly use it during the warm weather months. It’s just not good for condo living unless you have a large outdoor space.

For more information about this and other Stinger products visit www.StingerProducts.com. They have other interesting anti-bug products including a portable bug zapper that looks like a small tennis racket.

You can purchase the product on the Stinger website as well as places like Walmart.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Lock in flavor, freshness and nutrients with frozen foods

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

  Frozen Food Aisle

I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. I love eating delicious foods but I hate the time it takes to shop, create and cook meals.

Don’t get me wrong, I do cook from scratch as much as possible but there are days that I just don’t have the time or energy to cook that way. That is when I turn to convenient foods from my grocer’s aisles.

I keep my freezer fully stocked with frozen foods from my favorite brands.I have frozen foods for my entire family to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. I also keep a lot of frozen vegetables on hand. As much as I love fresh fruits and vegetables it’s not always possible to keep them long for as long as I need to. Usually I purchase them from the farm when I need them so that they don’t spoil before I have a chance to use them. The last thing I want to do is toss out food. Sometimes there is no question between fresh vs frozen. Frozen is often better.

I like the convenience of having a pre-made meal ready to go for my family – or myself – simply by tossing it in the oven or microwave to warm up.

I recently started back to work. I’m still getting used to getting up, getting ready and heading out the door by a specific time. As a result I haven’t had much time to make myself a breakfast like I normally would prior to working outside of the home. Before I would make myself omelets, pancakes from scratch or a big bowl of oatmeal. I could get up earlier but frankly I like my sleep.

My kids are infamous for eating on the go, especially on school mornings. I’ve looked to them for on-the-go breakfast ideas.


Both of my kids LOVE to make waffles “sandwiches”. They take a couple of frozen waffles from the freezer (like Kellogg’s Eggo waffles), heat them up in the toaster, then smear a hazelnut spread or peanut butter and jelly on the waffles and enjoy them as a “sandwich”. It’s quick, easy, tasty and filling. I have to say that the waffles with hazelnut spread is a new favorite of mine.

My family loves breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, sausage or ham on a biscuit or muffin). They are delicious but sometimes take a lot of time to put together. Especially because we currently have a two slice toaster (our four slice toaster stopped working so we’re using out two slice spare). Trying to make breakfast sandwiches for four people at one time with a two slice toaster is easier said then done.

Jimmy Dean

Hillshire’s Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches are a great alternative. Jimmy Dean’s Delights Whole Grain English Muffins with Turkey Sausage, Cheese and Egg Whites not only taste amazing they also have only 250 calories which is probably a lot less then the ones I normally make.

Speaking of Hillshire’s Jimmy Dean you MUST try the Turkey Sausage Crostini using fully cooked Hearty Sausage Crumbles found in your grocer’s freezer section. My family went crazy for these! They are SO GOOD! You can find the recipe here - Delicious Sausage Crostini Recipe (please note that the giveaway is over).


Sausage Crostini made with Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles[/caption] Now that I back at work I need some lunch options to keep me full and hold me over until dinner time.

Stopping by our local deli is one option (they make a fabulous Italian combo) but it can get very expensive. Plus I don’t often have the time in the morning to stop by the deli to pick up lunch.

I do buy cold cuts to make sandwiches at home to bring from work, but that gets “boring” sometimes. I like to enjoy a variety of lunch options.

My favorite “go-to” lunches are Heinz’s Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones. They come in dozens of varieties and each one is perfectly proportioned for one. I don’t have have to worry about lugging around left over dishes. I just grab one of the meals, toss it in my bag and off to work I go. Then at work I just have to pop it in the microwave for around 5 minutes and I have a hot, delicious meal.

My favorite Heinz’s Weight Watchers meals are Three Cheese Ziti, Vegetable Lasagna and Meat Lasagna. Of course the Smart Ones desserts are a nice treat too. I keep several on hand in my freezer. I like to stock up on them when they are on sale too. Just recently I purchased them for around $1.88 each. Try buying lunch from a local restaurant, deli or pizza place for $1.88.

Smart Ones

I have a Nestlé Lean Cuisine meal in my freezer too. I think that is what I’m going to have for lunch tomorrow. It’s Apple Cranberry Chicken. It sounds SO GOOD! 

I’m not the only one who lives a variety of lunch options. My kids to too. They are home most of the time this summer since I am working and they can’t go anywhere without their “ride” (me!).

My kids are typical teens – lazy! When it comes to making lunch when I’m not home they usually take the easy route (PB&J or a bowl of cereal). This is why I like to give them options that they can put in the microwave and not have to worry about bothering with the stove.

Both of my kids love the products made by Kellogg’s Morning Star Farm brand. Their foods are made without any meat products. Plus they are low in calories, fat and have no cholesterol. They have the option of cooking them in the microwave or the oven. They tend to use the microwave because it’s quicker and easier.

Morning Star

I like to crumble the Turk’y burger into a salad. I’ve also made it for breakfast along side some scrambled eggs in place of a sausage.

My teenage son will eat us out of house and home if things did not come in portion controlled sizes. Offering him frozen meals options like the Morning Star Farms products, or frozen meals such as Smart Ones helps to control his portions so he doesn’t over eat.

Fresh foods are fantastic, but frozen foods are equally as good. Think of the freezing process as nature’s “pause button”.

There are benefits of frozen foods.

Most foods products that you find in your grocer’s frozen food aisle are made from real ingredients incorporated into real recipes. They are cooked or baked then quickly frozen to lock in their freshness. It’s the same flavor and nutrients from meals you create on your own. Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh

Frozen foods are quick and convenient for busy families. They also allow you to try out foods and recipes you might not otherwise be able to cook on your own. I love that you can find frozen foods in a variety of ethnic recipes too.

Frozen foods are also a good way to keep track of what you eat. Each one is labeled with nutritional content and calories. If you are looking to watch what you eat and control your weight it’s easier to read a box then weight and measure things.

You can also “jazz up” any frozen meal by adding your own ingredients or side sides.

How do you incorporate frozen foods into your family’s life? Do you have any favorite “go-to” products or meals? How does frozen foods make your life easier? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Happy National Ice Cream Day! Have a “ball” making your own ice cream at home


Ice Cream

Today is National Ice Cream Day (July 20, 2014). Have you celebrated the day yet with your favorite ice cream? I haven’t yet but I plan on making my own ice cream later on today after dinner with my family.

Did you know you can make your own ice cream in the comfort of your own home? There are several ice cream makers available, not many of them you can “have a ball” making your own fresh ice cream – that is until now.

Introducing SoftShell Ice Cream Ball from YayLabs! Now you can make fresh home made ice cream in less than a half hour using the SoftShell Ice Cream Ball. Instead of sitting around waiting for the ice cream to be made you can have an active part in making the ice cream.

The SoftShell Ice Cream Ball is exactly that – a ball. It looks like a small kickball and part of it feels like a kickball too. DO NOT KICK THE ICE CREAM BALL! It’s not a read ball. Kicking it will result in injury and possibly breaking the Ice Cream Ball.

FYI… our dog thinks the ball is a play toy. You may want to keep that in mid if you have a dog at home. :-)

I received one of the SoftShell Ice Cream Balls to review. My very first impression of it is that there was no way this contraption could make delicious ice cream. My initial thought was that it was one of those “As Seen on TV” type products that was a lot of hype and failed to deliver. To my surprise I was wrong.

SoftShell Ice Cream Ball

You’ll need a lot of ice and rock salt to make the ice cream. I had a hard time tracking down rock salt but I did find it and made sure to buy a big bag so I had plenty for future ice cream making. I also bought a bag of ice because we didn’t have room in our freezer to make our own ice cubes.

The basic recipe for making ice cream involved heavy cream, sugar and Vanilla. You can change the recipe to suit your needs or preferences. For example, use Almond milk instead of regular cream, or organic sugar. And you can try different extracts. So far we’ve only used Vanilla but I plan on trying Root Beer the next time we use the ball to make ice cream.

Please note – The higher the fat content of the milk/cream you are using the faster it will turn into ice cream. Typically it should take 20-25 minutes but other milks/creams could take up to 35 minutes. You can stop and test out the consistency of the ice cream at any time so you can judge if your ice cream needs to be shaken up a bit longer or not.

Our first attempt (heavy cream) took around 20 minutes (I think it was more like 22 minutes, but you get the idea).

As I said, you can stop and check on your progress at any time. You can also drain out any melted ice and add more ice and rock salt if needed.  You’ll also need to stop half way to scrape the sides of the ice cream container to help it with it’s freezing process. You’ll need to use a wooden or plastic spoon. 

How you shake the ball is up to you (just don’t kick it or drop it). You can roll it back and forth between people or shake it with your hands like a giant maraca. We did both – pushing it back and forth between my kids on the living room floor (they refused to let me take their picture doing it) and we took turns shaking it with our hands.

Ice Cream Close Up

When the ice cream was done it had a soft serve consistency. My kids ate their servings right away with a drizzle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. My husband had his plain (“as is”). I put mine in a glass left over dish (with a cover) and popped it in the freezer for about an hour. It firmed it up very nicely. I ate it “as is” too but next time I want to see about topping it with some nuts, fruits or cereal (I love Captain Crunch cereal on ice cream).

The SoftShell Ice Cream Ball doesn’t make a lot of ice cream at one time but it’s enough for my family of four to have a small dish each. You can also make ice cream a few times and combine them in a larger container and pop it in the freezer so they all have the same consistency. I am going to try that as well.

This is great to have on hand for those times you want ice cream and don’t have any in the freezer, or if you are looking for something to keep the kids busy on a hot summer day or a rainy day. I can see younger kids having a blast with this (teenagers not so much – LOL).

This would be great to bring with you when you go camping. It would be a lot easier to keep cream/milk chilled then ice cream. Making ice cream by the camp fire would be a lot of fun along side your S’mores.

If you are impatient this is NOT the product for you since it takes a while to make ice cream. If you can wait upwards of a half hour it’s well worth it. The ice cream tastes really good and you can add your own fresh ingredients and even come up with your own flavor varieties.

I don’t know if you can add ingredients aside from the basics (milk/cream, sugar, extract) into the ball when making ice cream. I think you’ll need to add the extra ingredients AFTER the ice cream has been made. It might not freeze good enough if you put the extra ingredients in the ball.


In honor of National Ice Cream Day, YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball has partnered with Organic Valley to host a special Facebook giveaway.

Starting today (July 20, 2014) until August 1, 2014 YayLabs! and Organic Valley will be giving away 25 prize packages that include: a SoftShell ice cream ball, a Zak Designs ice cream bowl, a Light My Fire Spork, and an Organic Valley 1 Free Product Coupon.

Here is the link to the giveaway: https://a.pgtb.me/k5lHGJ. It’s hosted on the YayLabs! Facebook page.

Have you ever made your own ice cream?

What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or ice cream topping?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Coolest Pen & Pencil Set EVER!


Acme #2 set

I really wanted to get this post up sooner because I believe this set would have made for a fantastic graduation gift. Even though most graduations are over and done with by now I still think this set would make a great post-graduation gift, “off to college” gift, a gift for a favorite teacher or a “just because” gift for someone who is into nostalgia and fun things.

When you think about school, what comes to mind? Teachers, learning, friends… those all probably come to mind for most people. What about things that all you have to look at transports your mind back to your school days? For me it would be a hopscotch “board”, chalk, kick balls and yellow #2 pencils.

As adults we don’t always have need for a pencil. Sadly most people these days don’t even write things down. They would rather text or email someone or use a voice memo over a Post-It note.

I actually enjoy using pencils. Whenever I use a pencil I am tempted to doodle – and most of the time I do. I loved the draw when I was younger. Give me a pencil and some paper and I was a happy child.

#2 Pen & Pencil

I do have a couple of pencils that I keep on my desk. Most of them have business information embossed on them. I even have one pencil (Smencil) that is scented like peppermint.

I received to review THE COOLEST pen and pencil set. It’s called the Number 2 Pen & Pencil set. Both the pen and pencil are exact replicas of #2 pencils – the same ones I grew up using in school, and the same pencils my kids still use today.

The #2 (Number 2) Pen/Pencil Set, designed by Adrian Olabuenaga, comes from ACME Studio’s Collezione Materiali Pens. The design represents the “#2″ Pencil. This set comes with the #2 Rollberball Pen and the #2 Mechanical Pencil. This set includes 2 pencil erasers and a pack of 0.7mm led. It is presented in an ACME Composition tablet box. Instructions are included on the inside of the packaging.

The set also come in a black and white marbled composition notebook box, just like the composition notebooks I used when I was in school.

Check out this brief video that shows you what the set looks like.


I LOVE this set. I won’t even let my kids touch either piece.

I can’t even keep any good pens at my desk for when I need them. My kids tend to take my pens and they disappear – never to be seen again. When they are at school I guess they just lose the pens or give them to classmates and never get them back. I don’t mind my kids using my pens but I do like to have a few pens on my desk for when I need to write something out or sign something. As much as I enjoy pencils I do need a pen from time to time.

Up until now I had one pen that was strictly forbidden for anyone to touch because it was the only good pen I had and I didn’t want it to disappear at school or under my kid’s beds. Now that I have this wonderful #2 set the pen the comes with the set is my new favorite pen and the one that my kids are NOT allowed to take.

Pen and Pencil gift set


The pen writes beautifully. It also feels good in my hand. I suffer from Carpal and sometimes it feels uncomfortable to write with some devices. This pen feels good in my hand. It’s still hard for me to write neatly with the Carpal, but at least I have a nice pen to help me.

I like the pencil. It’s not a regular pencil but rather a mechanical pencil which means you can replace the lead when it runs out. I like that because you don’t have to worry about sharpening the pencil and ruining it and you can keep it for many years to come. All you need to do is replace the lead when you run out. The set even comes with plenty of extra lead pieces.

Both the pen and pencil are made to resemble the #2 pencil in every way. The only noticeable difference is that the pen and pencil are a bit heavier and made out of a plastic-like material, not wood like a real pencil.

This is a wonderful set. This would make a great gift as well as nice to “gift” yourself.

If you would like to learn more or make a purchase visit Acme Studio website (AcmeStudio.com). Here is the directly link for the #2 Pen & Pencil set. The set can also be found at other retail locations.

When you have a chance you should check out the Acme Studio website. They have a lot of fun and unique products. I LOVE the limited edition Dracula set (it includes red “blood” ink!).

Buzz Dracula


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Cleaning up with the kids – tackling kid-made summer messes



Summer vacation does have it’s ups and downs. I love doing things with my family and backyard barbecues. On the flip side I hate the heat and humidity and my kids constantly whining that they are bored and have nothing to do.

I had hoped when my kids got older they wouldn’t be so bored during summer vacation with their friends to hang out with. Sadly most of my daughter’s friends have jobs and no one is around for her to hang out with. She’s looking for a job too but so far hasn’t found anything. I hope she finds something soon because she’s driving me bonkers with her constant complaining about having nothing to do. I give her suggestions but like a typical teen she doesn’t want to listen to her parents because our ideas are “lame”.

When my kids were younger I had a “Box Full of FUN” that I would take out on rainy days or summer days when it was too hot and humid to be outside. I would fill the box with crafts, crayons, coloring books, small indoor and/or hand held games and more.

When it comes to things like crafts kids tend to make a mess. During the summer months little ones tend to make even more messes with ice pop drips and bringing sand into the house after a day at the beach.

Here are some great tips from Debra Johnson, national cleaning expert for Merry Maids (Merry Maids can also be found on Facebook). Debra has simple solutions for moms and kids to conquer the sandiest and stickiest messes this summer.

The Ice Pop Drips

Ice pops are always a fan favorite once the weather warms up – but when the frozen treats start melting all over the carpet or furniture, they are not always a favorite to clean up. Johnson explains the best home remedy for removing an ice pop stain from upholstery or carpeting is to dampen the stained area with dish washing liquid solution. From there, place a white terry cloth towel over the solution and run over the towel with a hot iron – this will help transfer much of the stain to the towel.

Get the kids involved: An easy way for kids to help keep their hands clean and the floors dry is to make a DIY ice pop holder. Johnson suggests parents help their kids cut a hole in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and place the wrapper around the base of the ice pop stick – use multi-colored or printed wrappers to make it fun and personal. This will catch all of the drips and drops and keep kids’ hands (and moms’ floors) from getting sticky.

Surviving Rainy Days with Glitter

On rainy summer days, keeping the kids entertained indoors is a survival coping skill, and many times, the best forms of entertainment involve glitter, glue, paint, and markers. A day of arts and crafts can be fun for the whole family, but leaves a lot to clean. Cleaning up glitter can be a nightmare, but Johnson has some simple steps to help contain the sparkly mess. She suggests spreading paper or plastic over the table before starting any craft projects – hopefully most of the glittery residue will stay on the paper, but prepare for some spillover.

Get the kids involved: Make DIY lint rollers with the kids so they can own the cleanup responsibility. Help them create a loop of tape, sticky side up, that fits loosely around their fingers or hands so they can tap the sparkly surfaces and capture any glitter that got left behind.

Sticky Season

Neighborhood lemonade stands and juice boxes are summer staples, but there’s no avoiding the spills when the kids are running in and out of the house for refreshments. To help prevent the spill area from being sticky, Johnson says the best trick is to wipe up the lemonade or juice immediately – first with a paper towel and then with a wet microfiber cloth, soaked in warm water, to ensure no residue is left behind. If the juice spill occurs on a cloth surface, rub the wet area with ice cubes and blot the area with a dry microfiber cloth.

Get the kids involved: Turn the cleanup task into a team project and get the kids involved by having one person rub the juice stain with an ice cube while the other pats the area dry.

Sand-y Days Ahead

One fun way to entertain the family during the long summer days is to plan a day at the beach. However, before leaving the beach, make sure to use a towel to dust as much sand off of the kids’ feet as possible, to avoid tracking the sand inside. Johnson also recommends keeping a bottle of baby powder nearby. The baby powder helps remove moisture from the skin, making it easier to wipe the sand off before it gets into the house.

Get the kids involved: Before entering the house, Johnson encourages kids to do a little dance on a door mat with bare feet –taking four or five steps on the mat will transfer the sandy soil from their feet to the mat, instead of from their feet to the floor. This will keep debris out of the house and help prevent any scratching of the floor.

Water, Water Everywhere

Warmer weather means kids are spending more time in the water – whether it’s jumping into a neighborhood pool, splashing friends with the garden hose, or running around on a slip ‘n’ slide. However, water activities lead to wet swim suits and soggy towels that can leave marks and water stains throughout the house. Once the kids are done playing in the water, Johnson recommends parents entertain the kids outside for five to ten minutes before heading back into the house, allowing enough time for swim suits to dry.

Get the kids involved: To make it easier for the kids to help prevent any slippery messes, Johnson recommends setting up a towel tree by the pool or placing a laundry line in the bathroom on which kids can hang their swimsuits and towels to dry completely.

I learned the baby powder trick many years ago. It works GREAT! We always bring along a travel size bottle of baby powder when we go to the beach. We just tuck it into our beach tote bag and when we are read to leave we put it all over our feet. It works great!

When it comes to messes, do you have any special cleaning tips you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section. I always love to hear from my reader.

Sandy Foot


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Creating my own personal “oasis”



Living in a teeny tiny condo does not give you much space to find some peace and quiet. No matter what room I’m in there is someone always trying to get my attention. I can’t even take a shower or get dressed in the bathroom without a cat hanging out in there with me.

I won’t even get started on my kids. I knew they would follow me everywhere when they were little. I was hoping as teens they would give me some space. Nope. They are usually asking me to drive them here or there or they need me for something. That’s what moms are for. :-)

We do have a balcony. It’s not the greatest. It’s a rickety old wooden 6′ x 12′ balcony. I try and dress it up as much as possible.

We are not allowed to have barbecues (as per the Fire Marshall). That stinks because we love to barbecue.

I do enjoy sitting outside on my balcony when the weather permits.

Kohl’s helped me to dress up my balcony and help me to create my own personal oasis (which I gladly share with the rest of my family). Thank you Kohl’s!

The problem with the balcony is that it’s a mess and not very “inviting”. We also don’t have any comfortable seating. We do have a bench and folding chairs but the folding chairs are not that comfortable. I want to be able to put my feet up and relax.

Before 1

Before 2

Before 3

Even our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) is not pleased by our balcony.

I took my kids to Kohl’s with me to see what fun stuff we could pick up to spruce up our balcony and make it nicer.

The first thing that caught my eye was the lounge chair. I really wanted something I could lean back in and put my feet up. My husband and I have both been eyeing lounge chairs for quite some time now. They can be very expensive. When I saw that chairs at Kohl’s were heavily discounted I jumped on the opportunity to get one.

Chair 1

Chair 2

The chairs were available in a variety of colors. I was torn between brown and terra cotta. That is until I saw a green one. I just had to get it. Green is my favorite color.

We have a bench on our balcony. I was thinking some colorful, decorative pillows would be nice accessories for the bench. Not only would they be nice to look at they would also provide some cushioning on your back when seated on the bench so that you don’t have to lean up against the wood.


I couldn’t find pillows to match our bench pillow but I found two that I really liked. One had colorful butterflies on it and the other one had a cute bluebird.

Both the chair and the pillows are from the Sonoma brand which Target carries. Sonoma makes a lot of great products including clothing.

To add a little something extra to our balcony I picked up a pair of really nice lanterns with flameless candles inside of them. They run on solar power so I don’t have to worry about batteries or turning them on/off because they do it automatically. When it starts to get dark they switch on and when their power runs out (depends on how much sun they received during the day) they turn off on their own. There is also and on/off switch.

Lanterns how they look at night.

Lanterns how they look at night.

Lastly I picked up a really nice wind chime. I LOVE wind chimes. I find them to be very soothing. Listening to their gentle sounds is very relaxing and ideal for my own personal oasis.

I think it turned out pretty good. I moved some things around and added a few more personal touches.

After 1

LOVE this chair! The head pillow can be re-positioned. The butterfly pillow ads a pop of color too.

After 2

Notice one of the lanterns? The wind chime in the back behind the chair is the one I purchased from Kohl’s.

After 3

Our dog Espn seems pleased with the new look of the balcony – my personal oasis.

I have to laugh about all of this. I tried to create a personal oasis for myself but my kids tend to use it more then I do. I’ve caught my kids out there on more than one occasion – both day and night – enjoying the comfy chair and using the pillows on the bench. They like to read out there, listen to their music with their eyes closed and most recently enjoying the fireworks across the way from the local ballpark.

My favorite time is in the evening when it’s cooler outside. I like to close my eyes and listen to the wind chime gently swaying in the breeze. I even posted about it on Facebook the other day (I blocked out personal information).



Koh’s had a lot of other great things that I would have loved to add to my balcony. If my balcony was bigger I would have purchased another lounge chair. There were also a lot of color accent pieces I was looking at too.

My family and I are enjoying our little oasis thanks to Kohl’s.

To find a Kohl’s near you please visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

Do you have your own personal oasis? Where is it? Can you describe it for me? I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received a gift card to pick up pieces to review for this post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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