Be prepared for emergencies with the new Motorola Talkabout T480



September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a month dedicated to educating people on the importance of have back up plans and emergency supplies on hand in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe.

Sometimes things hit without warning – tornadoes, fires, earthquakes… It’s important that you be prepared 24/7.

Here in New York when people hear that a blizzard is coming they stock up on bread, milk and cereal. That always made me laugh. The most you’ll be stuck at home is for a day or two but some people treat upcoming blizzards as the apocalypse.

The things you really need to stock up on are non-perishable foods, water, batteries, pet supplies, diapers, medications and other things that will help sustain your family for a few days (if not longer).

If you are held up in your home for a few days without power, how would you know what was going on in the “outside world?” One way is having a emergency radio. The new Motorola TALKABOUT T480 would be a great choice. It’s more than just an emergency radio.


The latest Motorola TALKABOUT T480 helps families stay connected when the unexpected hits. It comes with a wall/desk stand accessory, so can be used as a traditional weather alert radio or as a two-way radio. The wall, desk stand allows it to remain fully charged at all times, so users don’t have to worry about battery drain.  And, still receive NOAA weather alerts automatically.  There is a flashlight that also automatically turns on when there is a power outage.  And the T480, features an emergency alert button, safety whistle belt clip, NOAA weather channels for continuous updates and alerts, an FM Radio and up to 35-mile range.  The color is white/red just like the American Red Cross colors.  Families can take them on the road, to the park, camping, etc.  and still stay connected to changing weather conditions.  Plus in the event of a power outage when cell phones are down, two-way radios are an important and much needed communication tool.

We were sent a set of these radios to review. THANKFULLY we did not need to put them to the test (meaning there were no emergencies). I did play around with them a bit to familiarize myself with how they work.

One of the best things about this emergency radio is that it’s always on and charging. It’s too late to charge something when the power goes out unless you have a portable charger (in our home the portable chargers almost always need charging themselves).

I also like that it serves as a flashlight. When the power goes out it’s hard to find our way to the kitchen cabinet where we keep the flashlights. We can however easily make our way to the desk from every room. It’s not a strong flashlight, but it gets the job done. It is bright enough to help us manuevor to the kitchen cabinet to pull out the other flashlights.

This emergency radio is compact in size so it doesn’t take up much space on your desk or table top. It’s about the size of a regular walkie-talkie. The base that it sits in is small too.


We received two of these emergency devices. We have one at home and my husband has the other at work. My husband works about 24 miles from home. The two-way can work up to 35 miles, depending on a few conditions. Sadly, the two-way doesn’t work between home and his job. In all fairness the signal has to go through the mountainous Bear Mountain State Park. I think that has a lot to do with it. You cannot even get a cellphone signal in parks of the park (on the Palisades Parkway). I honestly didn’t expect it to work because of this reason and I was right.

My husband still keeps the other one at work so that he can hear weather reports from NOA. That way he can leave for home before it’s too late. He also likes having the flashlight option.

The walkie-talkies can pick up other signals. In the event you are lost in the woods you could use them to try and pick up signals from others using walkie-talkies.

Speaking of being lost in the woods, something like this is a must have for people who like to camp and hike in the woods. You should always have an emergency radio to listen to weather conditions, as well as have a way to reach others in case of an emergency.

With this being National Emergency Preparedness Month I would encourage readers to make a game plan on what you and your family should do in the event of a disaster or natural catastrophe, as well as put together and emergency kit (food, water, first aid…). Consider the Motorola TALKABOUT T480 too.

For more information about the Motorola TALKABOUT T480 visit the Motorola website. The product retails for $69.00 per radio.

You can also check them out on Facebook.

Do you have an emergency plan AND kit for yourself and/or your family?

What do you think about the Motorola TALKABOUT T480?



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

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Prep your furniture for the upcoming winter months with Mean Green


Large barbecue cooker on cedar deck

I LOVE that the cooler weather is FINALLY here. I’ve had enough of the heat and humidity of summer. I am not a fan of the summer months. I can’t stand not being able to sleep at night because it’s too hot. And the humidity was horrific when at work. Our classroom doesn’t have windows so the heat and humidity made it feel like you were working in a furnace. When sweat dips down my head into my ear you know there is a problem.

Thankfully the cooler nights (and some days) are finally here. Last night I had to put the blanket on my feet because they were getting cold. I sleep so much better when it’s cooler.

Sadly, that beautiful, cool weather will be eventually replaced with freezing cold temperatures. Old man winter is not too far off.

We’re gearing up for fall cleaning. My husband and I are making our “game plan” so we know what tasks we need to tackle.

Next week we have a couple of days off for Rosh Hashanah (our school district is off for Jewish holidays). My husband knew I had off from school so he took a couple of vacation days at that time too. This way we can tackle something we have been dreading for a long time – our basement storage unit.

We live in a condo and each unit has a small unit in the basement for storage. Of course we have the most stuff and the smallest unit. Sigh…


We need to go through the storage unit and get rid of A LOT of stuff. My father is moving so we can no longer keep our stuff in his basement. We need to make room for that stuff in our storage unit. We also have to make room for all the things on our balcony – a bench, several chairs and tables.

A word to the wise – before you store away outdoor furniture (or cover it up), you should take a few minutes to clean it off.

I don’t know how it happens, but things left outside get dirty – really dirty. We don’t even have a yard. We live on the top floor. Our stuff is on the balcony and it’s all covered by the over hang, yet some how it gets filthy dirty.

We’ve been guilty of not cleaning the outside stuff off before packing it away. As a result, when we pull it out for the next summer season the furniture looks disgusting and not inviting at all. No one wants to sit on something that is covered in dirt and something that leaves green marks (Grass? Pollen?).


Before putting away your outdoor furniture, give them a good cleaning with a product like Mean Green Super Cleaner and Degreaser. This multi-purpose cleaner works great both indoors and out.

Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser is a powerful, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser that can get grease out and eliminate grime from most surfaces. From fabric to concrete, Mean Green has been a trusted brand for more than 20 years. It is used to clean just about everything, inside and outside the home, business, garage, restaurant, work or hobby shop.

Cleaning off all the dirt and grim prior to storing outdoor furniture will ensure that the furniture looks good for the next summer season. It will also prevent dirt and grim from causing permanent stains which could make your outdoor furniture look gross. No one is going to want to lounge around on dirty looking furniture.

Make sure to fully clean your barbecue too! You don’t want to leave a summer-full of grease from everything you grilled this season on your grill all winter. That is not healthy, nor is it good for your grill.

Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser is also good for indoor use. In fact, I mostly use my bottle for cleaning inside my home.

When I clean for the fall and spring I REALLY clean. I clean everything including the heaters, under the beds, and scrubbing fingerprints and marks on the walls. Basically I deep clean our entire home from top to bottom.

I don’t want to lug around a lot of cleaning supplies, which is why I appreciate the Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. I can clean a lot of surfaces using just one product.

I’m not exactly looking forward to fall cleaning but I do love and appreciate having a squeaky clean home.

If you would like to learn more about this and other Mean Green products, visit MeanGreenDegreaser.com. You can also check out the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.

Mean Green products are sold at many retail locations including Walmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Lowes, to name a few.

Have you ever tried any Mean Green products? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about them? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free sample to review as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How prepared are YOU in case of an emergency?



Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? How prepared are you if a disaster hit?

I think many people – myself include – have a false sense of security. “It could never happen to me.” Let’s ask how many people devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and the recent floods in Louisiana and West Virginia if they thought “it could never happen to them.”

There are a variety of natural disasters that could strike without warning – hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fires and earthquakes to name a few.

What would happen to YOU and YOUR family if you found yourself trapped in your home for days – or weeks – or if you had to flee your home in a moments notice. Would you have everything you needed to survive for a few days or more?

What you need is a plan – and a “kit” stocked with the essentials you’ll need for at least a few days for all family members. Don’t forget your pets! You need to have food, water and other supplies on hand for them as well.

Proper planning and preparation is essential for day-to-day survival, but in the case of an emergency, it can make all the difference in a family’s world. Seventy-five percent of parents agree that emergency readiness became a higher priority when they had children, yet 50% of parents don’t even know where to start.

Live Prepared Kit. PHOTO SOURCE: Live Prepared

Live Prepared Kit. PHOTO SOURCE: Live Prepared

The trick is finding the time to download the list of recommended products, running around town to purchase everything, properly storing your kit items and tidying them away in an organized fashion. To make the entire process easier and more attainable, Live Prepared is here to help people prepare for life’s unexpected adventures by introducing a collection of simple, high-quality emergency readiness food kits.

Live Prepared emergency readiness kits make it easy for parents to check preparedness off their to-do list by including everything they need to be secure, nourished and have peace of mind in an emergency. Having a kit on hand means parents can provide a prepared and peaceful home for their family, which in turn helps moms worry less and enjoy their families more!

In addition, Thomas Kostigen, an expert climate survivalist and New York Times best-selling author, was just named Global Ambassador for Live Prepared. In this role, Thomas will provide educational content, training and best practices to equip families and communities with the knowledge to weather any type of emergency situation with proper planning and tools.

Live Prepared has several kits in various price points to suit your families needs. They have kits that contain everything you’ll need for the home including food, first aid kit, hygiene products, radio, flashlight, candles, complete cooking and 6-in-1 Utensil Set, Advanced Water Filtration Bottle and more. Some kits even include things like duct tape, premium first aid kits, dust masks, utility cords and a 10-in-1 multi-tool.

PHOTO SOURCE: Live Prepared

PHOTO SOURCE: Live Prepared

Their kits are sold for individual people but you can easily add on more adults or children without paying for duplicate gear and safety items. The add-ons provide you with food for each additional family member for 72-hours (three days). I like that they give you this add on option so you don’t end up with multiple emergency kit, radios and other equipment you don’t really need extras of.

If you already have a “kit” available for your family, but you are in need of food with a long shelf life, Live Prepared has JUST food kits available too for both adults and children. They have 72-hour food kits and one week food kits. . In fact, the American Red Cross recommends having enough food and water on hand to cover a period of at least two weeks. At least these premade kits get you off to a good start. You can purchase what you need now and then purchase more to supplement the kits as time goes on.

Emergencies don’t always happen at home. They can also happen when you are on the go. That is why Live Prepared also offers consumers travel kits (everything in stored in the accompanying backpack) and auto kits.

I have one of the kits that was sent to me to review. It’s packed! In fact, I was afraid to take the products out of the storage box to take photos because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get everything back in the box the right away in order to close the lid.


I love that it comes in a reusable container. You can re-purpose it or add to it whenever you need to.


Currently our kit is in the basement and is easily accessible if we need it. I’d keep it upstairs but our condo is tiny and we don’t have much storage space inside our unit.

Each kit comes with a guide about emergency preparedness. They even provide every kit with a deck of cards. After all, without power there is no much you can do to entertain yourself. At least playing cards games is possible.

I would also recommend that you have any necessarily medications ready to go in case you have to flee your home or are unable to get refills for a while. I would recommend a few toys (lightweight, easy to store) toys and games for your kids (crayons, coloring books, paper, pencils…). It’s hard enough dealing with an emergency. Adding scared or bored children into the mix only adds to the stress.

And please don’t forget your pets! Make sure you have extra food, water and bowls – even if you need to make them their own kits (use backpacks because they are easier to carry around). Including a few toys for your pet would also be a nice gesture.


With thunderstorm, hail, flooding, and tornado season in full bloom, and the possibility for heat-related blackouts in our future, it’s a good time for parents to think through their emergency preparedness kits to ensure everything they need is organized and at their fingertips if the time comes.  That is why kits like Live Prepared are a “must have” in every home.

For more information visit LivePrepared.com. Right now, if you sign up for their newsletter you can received a discount code for 15% off your purchase. They also offer FREE shipping.

Live Prepared can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.

Are YOU fully prepared in case of an emergency? Do you have food, water and supplies to last AT LEAST 72 hours?

What do you think about the Live Prepared kits? Do they sound like something you and your family need?



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

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PINCHme Sample Tuesday is on September 20, 2016



Do you enjoy receiving samples? Do you like the opportunity to try a product before you commit to buying it? Do you enjoy “freebies.” If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should check out PINCHme.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you might recall that I have written about this awesome website several times in the past.

What is PINCHme?

PINCHme is a community of over 2.3 million members that lets you discover and try products from leading brands, completely for FREE! All they ask is for your feedback on the products. Every month, an amazing range of FREE samples are released on PINCHme for members to claim.

These samples include pet, grocery, baby, beauty, home and personal care. It doesn’t stop at FREE samples. Members benefit from special partner offers, exclusive sweepstakes, product review opportunities, and other promotions.

New samples are available on “Sample Tuesday” each month. All samples are available while supplies last, on a first come – first served basis. It’s important to make note on your calendar as to when Sample Tuesday will take place so you don’t miss out on trying out some great new products from your favorite brands.

The next Sample Tuesday is this coming Tuesday – September 20, 2016. The FREE samples available will be the following:


Household Essentials:

  • Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Snacks and Food:

  • McCormick’s Organic Taco & Chili Seasoning
  • MixPopCorners Carnival Kettle Chips

Personal Care & Baby:

  • Hydralyte Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets Orange
  • Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm

For Pets:

  • Purina ONE® Tender Selects Blend
  • Purina® Puppy Chow® Natural
  • Greenies® Pill Pockets®
  • Purina Beyond® Cat Food Coupon
  • Purina Beyond® Dog Food Coupon

If you are interested in receiving samples of the above mentioned products (and future samples), you’ll need to be a PINCHme member. Membership is FREE! All you need to do is create a profile.


In addition, PINCHme and the brands they work with would love to get your feedback on the samples you received. They ask that you visit the PINCHme website after you have received your samples and tried them  out and provide them with a brief review/feedback.

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1: Become a Pincher
Sign up for free now on PINCHme.com, take their shopper survey and tell them about yourself. They will find the best samples for you.

Step 2: Pick Your Samples
On Sample Tuesday, choose samples to add to your PINCHme box. No credit card required.

Step 3: Provide PINCHme with your feedback

Samples are completely free. In exchange, PINCHme asks for a bit of your time and plenty of opinions.

It’s that easy!

If you are already a member, be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on Sample Tuesday this coming Tuesday (Sept. 20th) at 12:00 noon (EST).

If you are not yet a member there is plenty of time for you to join so you don’t miss out. Simply visit PINCHme.com to create your free account.

Are you a PINCHme member? If not, do you plan on signing up?

Which FREE sample are you most interested in trying?

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



*I received a free PINCHme box of samples in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Back To School Alternatives To Plastic and Tupperware


brown paper bag lunch

By now most people are already getting used to everyone being back to school. Summer travel traffic has been replaced by school buses. The malls are now empty except with an occasionally toddler or two and most homes are quiet during the day with most of the family at work or school.

I started back to school – work that is. I work in the local school district as a teacher’s aide for a Kindergarten classroom.

I worked in the school district last year. My hours were 7:00 – 9:00 AM and 2:45-5:30 PM (I worked at two different schools). I was home for lunch. With my previous job I was home around 12:30 PM, so I was also home for lunch. With my new position I have to bring lunch with me.

It’s been a very long time since I have had to pack a lunch. About 10+ years.

It’s only been a week but I am still trying to get back into the “swing of things” packing a lunch. I don’t even have a lunch tote yet.

My assortment of reusable sandwich bags.

My assortment of reusable sandwich bags.

I hate the idea of using plastic bags, so I try and avoid them a much as possible. I have a reusable sandwich bag (it’s made out material, not plastic) but not much else that is “Earth friendly.” That is until now.

I was sent to review some lunch containers from reusable containers from Lifefactory.

Lifefactory – the leader in thoughtfully designed products for living well – offers glass, BPA/BPS-free and phthalate-free hydration bottles and food storage containers to ensure kids head back to school with healthier, and more stylish, alternatives to plastic bottles and every day Tupperware.

Lifefactor sent me their Bake and Take Food Storage Containers to review.

I received one 1 cup container (MSRP $14.99) and one 2 cup container (MSRP $17.99).

The Bake and Take Food Storage Containers;

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Feature oven- and microwave-safe silicone sleeves, making them perfect for baking as well as storing leftovers and bringing lunch to work
  • Pull-tabs on the silicone sleeves help secure lids during transport

These little containers are a perfect solution for meal prep, school lunches and all meals on-the-go.

Lids stay in place.

Lids stay in place.

I like that the lids stay securely in place. There is nothing worse that lids that pop off, leaving the contents of the container to get all over your lunch box or tote bag. Working with little kids I have experienced that many times from applesauce to cereal. Let me tell you, applesauce is NOT easy to clean up.

The one cup container is very small. I use it for baby carrots, raisins and cucumber slices. The two cup is not much bigger but you can use that one for a small side salad, sliced apples and maybe a piece of cake. I’m sure if you play around with it you can find many things that can fit into both containers.

I’m thinking the 4 cup container (MSRP $19.99) would be better for a lunch size salad, soup and leftovers. I didn’t receive one of those to review, but judging by the 1 and 2 cup containers, I think the 4 cup might suit people’s needs better.

I like the silicon pieces on the outside which protect you from hot contents. I don’t have a microwave where I work but I’m sure the silicon pieces will come in handy when you need to warm stuff up.


The lid, container and silicon pieces wash up well and are easy to assemble and un-assmble for clean up.

The containers are made out of tempered glass making them, and the silicon sleeves are oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. You can actually bake in them. The only thing you can’t bake or microwave is the lid.

The Bake and Take Food Storage Containers come in different colors so you can assign a color to different family members to that they take their own lunch and not another family members.

These containers can also be used at home to re-heat and store leftovers.

For more information about these and other products from Lifefactory, visit Lifefactory.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.



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

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Looking for furniture? Check out Oak Furniture Land



Are you in the market for new furniture?

We live in a small condo. Even for a small condo, we have a lot of furniture – beds, bookcases, pantries, dressers, television stands, dining room table, coffee table, chairs…

None of our furniture really matches. Some was given to us by family members, others we purchased ourselves.

We learned a lot time ago that furniture that you buy “cheap” is made cheap. Almost all of our bookcases and television stands were the cheap kind. We ended up having to replace them in a matter of a couple of years – or less. o When you think about it they are not that cheap after all because you have to spend money every few years to replace them.

Our dining room set was given to us by my mother in law. It was a small set but it was too big for the apartment she was moving into.

It was a nice set and lasted for many, many years. We got a lot of life out of it and that set was involved in a lot of family memories like birthdays and Thanksgiving dinners.

Old Set

Our kids made us breakfast one morning – just one of many great memories on our old dining room table.

Sadly, the years were not good to our dining room set. The varnish wore off, it got a burn stain on it (one of my kids put a hot pot on it and it burned a ring on it). Most of the chair legs were scratched up from one of our cats who opted to use the legs as a scratch pad instead of the actual scratch pad.

The table was also too small for us. It was round and only had four chairs. It made it hard to have guests over for dinner. The adults had to eat at a different time than the kids. Once we even had to have a guest sit on the desk chair (the kind on wheels) because we didn’t have enough chairs.

Since a dining room table is something that we use every single day – multiple times a day – it’s something that we can skimp on. It has to be well made and something that could last for decades.

Enter Oak Furniture Land.

Oak Furniture Land is a U.K. company that recently opened up here in the United States.

Oak Furniture Land’s furniture is made from 100% hardwood. It’s NOT made from particle board or veneer. It’s REAL, solid wood.

Oak Furniture Land also offers FREE shipping and all of their furniture is completely assembled so you don’t need to do a thing. Simply wait for your furniture to be delivered and enjoy it.

Free shipping can save you a lot of money. Shipping is often expensive.

I knew we needed to get our dining room set from Oak Furniture Land. The hard part was picking out which set we wanted. They have so many to choose from in various shapes, sizes and styles.

Here are just a few examples of their dining room sets.







See what I mean? It was difficult to narrow down a set. There are so many beautiful sets to choose from.

After much debating with my family we finally chose our new dining room set – Baku Light Natural Solid Mango Dining Set. It’s a 5′ 6″ table with six wooden chairs.

The table is surprisingly easy to move around. It’s solid, but not extremely heavy. We put those felt pads on the bottom of the table and chair legs to help prevent scratches on the floor, and to make everything easy to move when I need to vacuum or mop.


We chose this set because it has a country look to it but it could be dressed up with cushions for the seats.

A friend of mine also said that this set it good for scratches. Just in case it was accidentally scratched it wouldn’t show up that much because the nature look of the wood.

I cannot tell you how excited I was for this set to arrive.

The delivery company kept us updated on the delivery and allowed US to pick the day/time frame that worked best for us. Not many companies do that. Often they tell you what day/time they are coming.

I was pleasantly surprised that the table was delivered right away.

I am IN LOVE with the table. Totally in love. It’s a beautiful table.

This is a solid table. You can tell just by looking at it. It’s exceptionally well made. We even tried to push it to see if it wiggled, but it didn’t. The same thing applies to the chairs. We tried all six chairs and all of them are solid (no wiggling!).

It took a bit to get used to it. We were so used to a small round table with four chairs. This table is a rectangle, a foot bigger and has six chairs (not four).

I love that I am able to put things on this table and make tablescapes. With our old set there was hardly room for us, let alone a centerpiece.

Table 1

Table 2

Table 3

I’ve been playing around with centerpieces and placemats. Currently I have four candles in the center of the table and two mason jars with sand and seashells and candles in them.

Even our cat, Bella, likes the table (she had to test it out the first day we got it – she has not gone it since because she knows better).

Bella on Table

You can see from the photos how beautiful this set is. They put a lot of detail into it from the grooved design and even round “nubs” (for lack of a better description) on the corners.




My apologies for the different colors of the wood. The time of day, sunlight, ceiling fan light and other factors changed the way it too.

Love! Love! Love!!!

Oak Furniture Land has so much more than just dining room sets. They have all types of furniture like beds, coffee tables, night stands, dressers, chest, bookcase, display cabinets and more. Their styles range from Rustic, French Farmhouse, Mid-century Modern, and so much more.









I hope and pray that we have a house one day. If by some miracle that happens I know exactly where we will go shopping at Oak Furniture Land to get the furniture we need.

If you would like to learn more about Oak Furniture Land visit OakFurnitureLand.com. You can also check the brand out on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

What do you think about Oak Furniture Land? Do you like the pieces? Did any of them stand out to you? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Oak Furniture Land Logo


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

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