Decorate Your Home with Easy Canvas Prints

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photo to canvas

Our friend Ashley is going to talk about Easy Canvas Prints and her experience with the Easy Canvas Prints ordering process and below you will have a chance to enter to win your very own Easy Canvas!

Easy Canvas Prints
I believe everyone should have a canvas photo in their home on display. Since I have moved into my apartment 2 years ago I really haven’t had a chance to put pictures up. I was given the opportunity to get an 8×10 canvas in exchange for a review. While I am here to talk about the ordering process, I will say that I think everyone should have at least one in their home!

I completed the order process via my smartphone( Note 2).


In the beginning I had an issue with it loading the different sizes and prices . After that incident it went pretty smoothly. I uploaded my picture and I even got to see a proof of what it would look like. Checkout went smoothly, I entered my info and was given different choices for shipping options. I picked the cheapest of course since I wasn’t in a rush to receive my canvas.


At the end of checkout I was given an opportunity for a $10 gift card on my next order if I shared it via FB or email.


I highly recommend Easy Canvas for all your canvas needs.

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Giveaway Time!

Enter to win an 8″”x10″” canvas print ($44.71 value)!

This giveaway will run from July 9 – July 31
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Easy DIY Mint Tea Perfect for Summertime – Christmas in July Giveaway

For those here from the Christmas in July Giveaway, scroll down to find the giveaway form. If you love mint tea, pin our photo now and read it later for an easy DIY mint tea recipe!

Mighty Leaf Iced Teas

I love teas. Iced or hot, I love herbal teas! I drank a cup or two of hot tea everyday this past winter, I have a whole collection of different flavors. Now that summer is here I want my tea iced. I was glad to learn about Mighty Leaf Iced Teas. They come in 4 different, unique and yummy flavors and are perfect for Summertime!

Easy DIY Mint Tea

Easy DIY Mint Tea

I love adding mint leaves to my tea. I grow a mint plant right outside of our house. I pick fresh leaves, muddle them in the bottom of my glass, add ice, then pour any flavor of freshly brewed Mighty Leaf Iced Tea over them. You can remove the leaves from the drink or you can leave them. Either way it is so cool and refreshing! There you have it, an easy DIY mint tea perfect for summertime.

I’ve actually added mint to each flavor of tea and like them all, but I will have to say I like it best in the Organic Black.

What is your favorite iced tea recipe? What Mighty Leaf flavor would work well in it? Share with us in a comment below for an extra chance to win a Mighty Tea Leaf Prize Pack valued at $60. The Mighty Tea Leaf Prize Pack includes: a box of each of the four Mighty Leaf iced teas, a Takeya flash brew iced tea pitcher, and a Takeya glass water bottle.

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Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will run from July 10- July 17! Good Luck.
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Christmas in July

This giveaway is part of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Just Married with Coupons, Sweep Tight and Matter of Cents! Enter to win hundreds of dollars in prizes by hopping from blog to blog! The grand prize sponsor is Maggie Bags. They take recycled material & give it new life by creating eco-friendly & sophisticated handbags! Other sponsors include SodaTabs and JustSweep!
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How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!


Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.


You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!




A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!


When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.


Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.


At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!



To Get Started Click on this link (ZAYCON FOODS)

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Review and Giveaway of Unique Natural Products

Ahhhh! Spring is in the air. There is lots of tweeting outside (not on Twitter), and flowers are blooming. Things are beautiful! Except for the pollen everywhere, right? So you may be wondering who I am? I am Nirra from Mystery Shopping Teacher. I have been invited to write some reviews on Howard House Reviews since I enjoy doing them so much- so from time to time you may see a review that has a different “voice” than usual and it may be mine. I tend to be slightly cheesy, yet likeable enough (I guess). But I’ll try to tone it down since this isn’t my blog.

Back to what I was writing about before. Spring is a time of renewal. With that being the case, it’s also a time that a lot of people like to clean out their house with a good Spring cleaning. So you can imagine has happy I was to get to review several products that would help with not only my Spring cleaning, but cleaning year round too. I mean, I was as happy as I can muster about cleaning ;).

I have received several products:  I got the pet odor and stain eliminator, super digest-it, carpet shampoo and stain remover, and wine stain eater from Unique Natural Products.  I haven’t gotten to use ALL of them yet, but it will be nice to know that I have them when the need arises. There’s nothing worse than getting an awful stain on something only to realize that you have nothing to clean it up with. Not cool. I have had the chance to use the Pet odor and stain eliminator. I have dogs that live in our house and also outside on our back porch and sometimes they make messes. They are adorbs and everything, but when they make a mess I get annoyed. I saw that this product could be used on concrete so I used it to clean up a little doggy mess and it worked! I really like that this product is one that will not bother my dogs or make them sick. It’s such a huge bottle that I am sure I will be having it for a long time to come as we don’t have to clean up after them THAT often. We do have a back-yard so we can let them out when they have to do their business most of the time, but sometimes their tiny little Pomeranian bladders can’t wait, I guess. Either that or they just really like to see me annoyed.

The products that I got to try are eco-friendly and natural. If you have respiratory problems, sometimes you may have issues cleaning with chemicals. I know that sometimes my sinuses can be extra sensitive when cleaning with products that have a strong smell and many products can cause my skin to peel or itch since my skin is kinda sensitive. That’s why I always wear gloves to clean.

Here’s the part you wanted to hear about (I’m sure). I have a gift pack to give away to one Howard House Reviews reader worth almost $60! It will have: Pet Odor Eliminator Ready to Use 24oz, Super Digest It Qt, Carpet Shampoo Qt, Unique Complete Qt, and a Wine Stain 4oz. All you have to do to get your entry in is use the rafflecopter widget below.

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Turn Your Digital Photos into Wall Art with Fracture + Giveaway

I love scenic and landscape photography but ironically we have no such photos hanging in our home. When I learned about Fracture, a company that transforms your digital photos into works of art you can hang on the wall, I new I wanted to landscape photo of something around our place. The hubs went and climbed the tall cow feeder to get this great shot of the sun setting over the trees by our house to have “Fractured”.

Here is the photo we used for our Fracture:sunset photography

And here is our 18″ Fracture:
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Fracture sunset photo

Here is the back, you can see it comes with a screw and hole for easy hanging:

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Hanging on the wall

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The ordering process for the Fracture was extremely easy. I simply uploaded the photo I wanted and chose my sizing and layout options. My photo was packaged well and arrived quickly and safely. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out and plan on getting for more photos made from Fracture in the future.

Connect with Fracture:
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Buy it:

Fracture has several sizing options at affordable prices. You can even get free shipping on any order over $100 using code HHRPROMO at checkout.
Fracture Holiday Deadlines: Order by Dec 7th (international) and Dec 12th (domestic) to ensure delivery by Dec 25th

Win it:

We have teamed up with Fracture to give away one 12″ Fracture! This giveaway is open to residents of the US only and will run from Dec 6- Dec 20. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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How to Make A Chore Chart

This is a guest post by the fabulous Shay from Mainly Braids.

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How to Make A Chore Chart

I think it’s important to teach our children cleanliness and the value of a dollar. Although I’m a stay at home mom I think there’s no reason I should pick up my son’s toy trucks 80 times a day when he’s perfectly capable of doing that himself. I’m a firm believer that a clean home is a happy home.. or at least in the case of my family anyway. My kids are 3 and 5 and I decided it was time for a chore chart that they could easily see and use by themselves.
I searched on Google and Pinterest (follow us!) looking for some cool chore chart ideas. I found a lot of them but I didn’t want to make anything too difficult, expensive and time consuming. I combined a lot of ideas and came up with one simple, cheap, and effective chore chart!

The items you will need are:
>>1 1/2 inch disc circles
>>magnetic tape
>>card stock or paper
>>mod podge (bought or homemade)
>>paint brush
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Decide the chores you’d like for your kids and assign prices/prizes for each chore completed. I decided to add in things that my kids need to work on like reading, writing, and team work.
chore chart magnet tutorial
You may use mine if you’d like, just print out and cut within the inside of the circle and it’ll be a perfect fit to your disc circles. If you don’t want those chores or prices you could easily white it out in paint or use and fill in your own. I used font Quicksand on picmonkey if interested on keeping the same font.
From here it’s pretty easy work. Print, cut out and mod podge to the circles. Once they are dry do a top coat of mod podge and stick some magnetic tape on the back and voila! *To make homemade “mod podge” mix equal parts glue and water. I’ve used it to make our photo canvas pictures with no issues. I also used it to attach the mod podge label to that jar over a year and a half ago and it’s still holding strong!*
diy chore chart
To keep things easy my kids are allowed to pick no more than 2 jobs a day. It keeps them from getting overwhelmed and insures that they do their job accurately and not in a hurry just to earn extra money.
This project cost me a whole $2.97 before I used my coupon. The discs are $1.97 at my Michael’s and the magnetic tape was .97. They typically have a 40% coupon that you can print online so that makes it even cheaper!

Senteur Exotics Fall Scents for Bath & Body and Home

Senteur Exotics Fall Scents for Bath & Body and Home

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Ever since I started using mainly natural products, I’ve become a little bit of an “artificial scent snob”. I just don’t like the majority of scents if they aren’t made from the real thing. I even find myself no longer liking certain soap and candle scents that I used to like. Senteur Exotics creates uniquely fragranced bath and body products and candles made with vegan ingredients and natural oils. I received several of their products and I am just crazy about this line!

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Honey Almond Kiss all natural shea butter soap bar
Honey Almond Kiss body scrub
French Vanilla Candle

Honey Almond

With Fall upon us the unique, sweet, warm scent of honey almond makes for the perfect aroma. The sweetness of this soap bar is subtle and smells so good. I’ve never been a fan of artificial almond scents, but Senteur Exotics natural honey almond scent makes me say “mmm”. The soap is made from natural oils and contains no harsh ingredients that dry out the skin. It contains 100% pure grade A honey that is also an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. The body scrub is also made of all natural oils and sugars. This scrub made a noticeable difference in the softness and smoothness of my skin after just one use. I am totally sold on these products and have become a huge fan of this company.

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French Vanilla

When fall rolls around I always think of cinnamon, pumpkin and spice scents. My husband doesn’t particularly like those scents for our home but we can both agree on the Senteur Exotics French Vanilla, it’s the prefect scent for any season, including Fall. This candle fills our home with the sweet scent of vanilla and lasts for hours. Anytime I’m looking at items that come in scents as gifts for someone I always go with the classic French vanilla scent, who doesn’t love it?


Pssst…Right now until the end of October Senteur Exotics is having a 1/2 sale on their 14 oz candle jars, making them just $7.50 each! You can browse all the scents on their website.

Stay connected with Senteur Exotics on Facebook and Twitter to see updates on their specials and sales.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – A Review

When I was growing up, if you were getting a tablet, you were getting paper. Computers weren’t in practically every household, and phones had cords.  There were only VHS videos, and if you missed a TV show, tough. The difference between then and now is mind-boggling. We just got our new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 from You can do more with this sleek little tablet than you could with my first computer – actually, my first two or three computers, lol. Commodore 64 ring a bell? 





These days, more people than not are tech-savvy, so some of the things I’ll address here might be pretty basic to you. But let’s assume that we have some novice gadget-users reading this (um, kinda like me) and take it from there. Powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, this tablet has a seven-inch display, making it plenty big enough for reading, viewing, or whatever else you might want to do on it—and with a flick of your fingers, you can zoom in or out if you want to adjust the size of what you’re displaying.The images and media are bright and sharp. Ours is the 8 GB model, but it also comes in 4 GB and 16 GB, with additional memory available through the microSD card slot.  Its picture-taking capabilities are better than my old camera. Not brilliant, but very adequate. It has a front-facing camera for video chat and a rear-facing camera for taking regular pictures and video.


Here is a picture of a picture of Lucy taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Here is a picture of a picture of Lucy taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.


The back of the tablet. Rear Facing camera is on upper left.

The back of the tablet. Rear Facing camera is on upper left.



You can also use voice commands using the built-in microphone, and there is a video tutorial to show you how to set it up. Also, the speaker volume is pretty good for such a compact device. Of course, you can always plug in some headphones or speakers if you want.

A lot of touchscreens are imprecise and either too sensitive or not sensitive enough—you can spend five minutes just trying to click that one little button onscreen. Not so with this one; it has just the right amount of sensitivity. 


The personalization options are really nice. You can change the size and type of the font, you can choose how long it takes for the screensaver to kick on, you can choose whether or not you want the screen to flip automatically when you turn it on its side or upside down—you can adjust pretty much anything, any way you like it.


So hub is browsing the Samsung Apps. And there are over 450,000 to choose from! It looks like we have Sonic CD Lite, about 20 ebooks, an expense planner, a mini piano and who knows what else so far. This is like shopping via remote control for hubs. “Hey, this looks cool.” Tap. “Got it.”  “Hey, this looks cool.” Tap. “Got it.”  And on and on it goes.


And ironically enough, with the  Smart Remote app you can turn your Galaxy Tab 2 into a universal remote control. So you can control all of your stuff – your TV, cable box,  Blu-ray and DVR, whatever – from your SGT2. Hub also informs me that the Smart Remote will learn about what you like and you’ll get personalized recommendations. Find a show, click  “watch”  and never see your husband again  it switches automatically.


Another husband stealer (are we seeing a theme here??) is AllShare, with  IR blaster built right in, which is Samsung’s content-sharing service. With it you can wirelessly stream multimedia content from your tablet to your TV (or another DLNA-enabled device)  Don’t worry if you have to leave the room, because Smart View allows you to wireless stream what’s on your Samsung Smart TV to your Galaxy Tab 2.


Misc observations, 4 days in. 

 With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, you can connect up just about any standard Bluetooth keyboard, which is great b/c I don’t love on-screen typing.  Wi-fi seems to be working great everywhere in our house with no dead spots- even laying in bed with it propped against my pillow – yeah, I could be watching the tv or using my laptop, but the small profile doesn’t light up the room and disturb hub like those do. I’m not sure what will happen when I take it somewhere- we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve read conflicting reports about battery life. We are pretty okay- about 8+ hours of  pretty heavy use takes us down to about 8% to 10%  battery life and then it drops fast. But it charges pretty quickly; we just plug it in at night. Not too bad, IMHO. The memory space is good for most things, but it can fill up pretty fast. An SD card for storage is pretty much mandatory if you’re planning on taking lots of pics or video.

After playing games, reading books, watching movies, browsing the web, trying out apps, and taking pictures of the dogs’ noses and dead spiders, the whole family loves this tablet. So much bang for your buck. There is great value for the money in this – at only $249.00, I don’t see how you can go wrong. Do I have any cons? Just one. Sometimes, depending on how you hold the GST2, you can inadvertently muffle the sound, but I’m not sure where else/how else they could have done the speakers so that’s really just nit-pickiness on my part. But yeah, it bugs me. Oh, and I have noticed that running more than 2 or 3 things (apps) at a time can cause a skip/lag. Irritating, but not a deal breaker. So, I guess that’s 2 things. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give this a 9 – based on the way we are using it, it’s great. We  have come a long way since floppy discs, people. 


For those of you who want techy type specs:

Dual-core processor, Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Internal 8GB; External MicroSD card slot supports up to 32GB

Resolution 1024 x 600

Display Type: TFT (provides the best LCD flat panel display)

Wireless Internet WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct

Camera: 3MP rear-facing, VGA front-facing

Bluetooth V3.0

Business or Office: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris® Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption, Sybase Afaria


Video: 1080p Playback @ 30fps

Stereo Speakers

USB 2.0 Host

Battery Type: Li-Polymer, Battery Capacity: 4,000mAh

Dimensions: 7.6″ H x 4.8″ W x .41″ D; .76 lbs

1 year limited warranty

 A very big thank you to for sending me the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 to review!

Nature-Cide 100% Natural Pesticide and Insect Repellant

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Our house is located in a heavily wooded area and this summer we have been overrun with ants, spiders and other insects. I was tempted to fog our house with one of those chemical bombs, but I just hate to have the residue of chemicals on things in the house. I try to use all natural products as much as possible, from skincare to household cleaners. I was relieved to find out about Nature-Cide, a chemical free, 100% natural insect repellent and pesticide. Their line includes products targeted to specific problems insects such as ants, fleas and ticks, and bed bugs. They also have indoor and outdoor all purpose sprays. They carry full sizes and travel sizes at affordable prices ranging from $3.99 – $19.95

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I received the indoor and outdoor pest sprays. I love that the bottles came packaged in plastic with a cap and the sprayer included. I’ve actually received spray bottles in the mail that were put in the box with the sprayer on and half of the product leaked by the time it was delivered to my door. There packaging ensures that your entire product ships safety.

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The day I received the products I used the outdoor spray along the outside of the doors and windows, this was about 3 weeks ago and we haven’t had any problems with ants entering our home like we had before. I spotted a spider on the floor and used the opportunity to test the indoor pest spray. The smell was a little strong, like cloves, as that is one of the ingredients. It worked… and it worked fast, I sprayed the spider and within a few minutes it was dead.


My daughter is terrified of spiders, I’m not too fond of them either but she freaks out anytime she sees one. This is her:

saw a spider burned the house down

I love having a pesticide and insect repellent that is all natural,  and safe for indoors, can be used around the kids and pets.

Connect with Nature-Cide
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Buy it: Right now you can place your order through their Facebook page and get free shipping!

Win it: As a part of the Fall into Green giveaway hop we are having a Nature-Cide giveaway. 5 winners will receive 1 bottle each of their choice of either the All Purpose Indoor pest spray or the All Purpose Outdoor pest spray. The giveaway will begin at 12:01 am EST on September 22 and will end September 30. Click the image below or click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form.


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Keepin' Baby Safe with Gateway Baby Gate Giveaway

September is Baby Safety Month, which is a month-long campaign sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association throughout the month of September. The Keepin’ Baby Safe Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC, is going to celebrate and raise awareness for baby safety month, This event will run from September 11-19th and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great baby safety products! Good Luck!

Our giveaway is the New Gateway Baby/Pet Pressure Gate by KidCo, sponsored by KidSafe Inc. You can read our review of this exceptional baby gate for more information and personal photo’s.

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