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Review: Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws

Remember when you were young at drank everything through straws without a care in the world? Those were the days. Now we know that using plastic in our every day lives isn’t the best of ideas due to as the nasty chemicals that can be leached into our foods. What is a family to do when they like using straws for things like smoothies and milkshakes?

That is something that I’ve been working on at our house. While we could go without straws, the fact of the matter is that we like using them for certain drinks. I recently received this really nice set of stainless steel straws from Eco at Heart. The set includes 5 straws, a cleaning tool, and a smoothie ebook.

Eco at Heart

The Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws (affiliate link) are 18/8 grade stainless steel which means we won’t have to worry about them rusting or bending. They are dishwasher safe, but to get them truly clean, I recommend washing them by hand immediately after use. They are 8.5″ long and 3/8″ wide which means they work wonderfully for thick drinks like smoothies and milkshakes. (See picture above for a comparison with a traditional plastic straw.)

These straws do take some getting used to as they have a different feel when drinking. They get really cold with cold drinks which makes sense since they are stainless steel. They are easy to clean if you clean them immediately after use. If they sit for a little while, you’ll probably need to allow them to soak for a little while before cleaning.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Back40 Your Essential Seed Vault

Back40 Organic Seed Vault
Growing your own food is an important skill to master. It’s a great way to cut down on food costs, and it helps you know how your food is being grown. With so many companies going with gmo seeds and nasty fertilizers, it’s getting harder and harder to find the nutrient dense, delicious fruits and veggies of days gone by. Growing your own garden helps put at least some of that great food on your table. Not to mention, there is something to be said about food that has been grown by the work of your own hands.

This year, we’ve been messing around with a few different growing techniques given that we’re in a new location and now have lots of horse manure at our disposal. I strongly believe that it’s critical to learn different techniques before you absolutely need those skills. Eventually, I would like to be able to grow most of our fruits and veggies, so the trial and error procedures that we’re going through right now will help us be more successful in the future.

Enter in the Back40 Your Essential Seed Vault…. The Essential Seed Vault contains 16 varieties of non hybrid, non gmo, certified organic seeds (22,000 seeds) in resealable mylar envelopes inside a hermetically sealed waterproof 1 gallon can.

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Peas
  3. Lettuce
  4. Onion
  5. Beets
  6. Slicing Tomatoes
  7. Winter Squash
  8. Spinach
  9. Swiss Chard
  10. Radish
  11. Carrot
  12. Sweet Pepper
  13. Zucchini Squash
  14. Cucumber
  15. Bush Bean
  16. Cabbage

The Back40 Your Survival Seed Vault (affiliate link) is supposed to have a shelf life around 4 years. In other words, the seeds should be viable for at least 4 years. The seed vault also comes with a growing guide to help make the most out of the seeds.

I’m impressed with the variety of vegetable seeds that are included in this set as it gives us a good start to our seed stores. We’ll also be adding some herbs and fruit seeds.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Goodbye, Gram!


Early Sunday morning, Gram went to meet her Heavenly Father. Nearly 3 years ago, we said goodbye to G’pa. Because Gram and Gramps had been married for 71 years at the time, we weren’t sure how much time we would have with Gram after Gramps passing. We were blessed with nearly 3 additional years with Gram. She had the opportunity to enhance the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with her sweet spirit even with the ups and downs of various health issues.

We’re rejoicing in her long life and the fact that she’ll no longer be suffering. She will be dearly missed by all, but we’re thankful that we have the comfort of knowing that she was a Christian.

My mother-in-law called Gram her little bird and says that she has flown away to be with Jesus. No more sorrow. No more pain. She’s safe in the arms of Jesus.

Prayers are appreciated for the family during the grieving process.

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Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11

A sequence of events took place on September 11, 2001, that would alter the lives of many Americans for years to come. For some Americans, it would change their lives forever….

At 08:46 EDT, Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

At 09:03 EDT, Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

At 09:37 EDT, Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.

At 09:58 EDT, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

At 10:03 EDT, Flight 93 crashes in field in Pennsylvania.

At 10:28 EDT, the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

President Bush writes in his journal at the end of that fateful day, “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.”

We will not fail

I can remember very clearly where I was when the attacks happened. That day is burned into my memory as our lives changed dramatically that day. I remember the call from D telling me that he wouldn’t be coming home for at least a few days, so I needed to pack him some clothes and what not as he’d be staying at work. The base was on high alert. How security is handled on based changed from that day forward.

The events from that day changed the climate within the military community. Multiple deployments… Long deployments… This became the new normal for many military families.

So many lives were lost that September day. We will not forget…

  • The lives of the innocent people who boarded the planes that day.
  • The lives of those that were at work in the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
  • The lives of the rescue workers and volunteers.

So many lives have been lost since that day. We will not forget all the military members who have given their lives since that day.

We came together as a nation that day. People started praying and going to church again. We mourned as a nation, and we lifted each other up. All too quickly that went away. So many people have forgotten that day, but we have not forgotten. It’s not Patriot Day as that is just stupid political correctness that trivializes what really happened that day. It was an act of cowardice, of terrorism that took the lives of innocent men, women, and children. No, September 11th is a day of remembrance for all those who lost their lives or gave their lives to help others.

It is up to us to keep their memory alive, to not forget what took place, to not be politically correct, to remember the horrible attack, to pass along our memories to younger generations. We must never forget to remember.


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Wordless Wednesday: Butterflies and Blossoms


Praying Mantis 1

Yellow Butterfly

Yellow Flower 1

Yellow Flower 2

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