Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FairyTale Letters

   This past weekend I had a Father's Day and double birthday for my girls. We did a fun Hot Dog Bar for the Father's Day part (I will post about that soon) and a Peppa Pig theme for my sweet girls. Anyone who knows me, knows I love to plan a party. I love the details and especially adding that "something special" that adds detail. 

This year I struggled to come up with just the right thing until I stumbled across FairyTaleLetters.

First, I love a good Etsy shop but when you find an Etsy Shop that is affordable and does custom work that is also instantly available, then it is the best kind of shop for me! 

Heidi at FairyTaleLetters created something just perfect for my little girls. Everyone who attended the party asked me where I received my banner from so I knew I had to share. Not only did I have a perfect addition to my birthday party, I now have a keepsake.

Here are some other really great items that you can order from FairyTaleLetters.

Now here is the best part - anything can be customized and Heidi at FairyTaleLetters is offering a  coupon code for your first purchase. Just tell her Happily Ever Rushed sent you and use coupon code HAPPY25 for 25% off your first order. Coupon expires 8/31/16 so run over and place your order.

Thank you to FairyTaleLetters for the perfect addition to the party!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mosquito Repellent patches

Thanks to the makers of the Mosquito Repellent patches. I am happy to say that this is definitely something I am ready to try. We have a tree area in our back yard and I would swear that there are Jurassic Park size mosquito's in that back yard. I wake up with insane bites that are welted up. 

I was given these patches to try out and see if it would possibly help with the bug bites. I did give the patch a try and while it cut down the bites it still didn't eliminate the bites. 

The patch covered our daughters but I think adults would need two patches. I liked that you can put them in different places and the smell wasn't as strong as I would have thought. I enjoyed the all natural patch and the no bug spray part of the patch. This saved spraying our kids and that is my favorite part. Give it a try but use two of them at a time if you are an adult. You can of course order these on Amazon and get free shipping if you have prime.

**I did receive this product at no charge, but the opinions are my own***

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Kansas City Steaks Giveaway

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How to create the perfect deck lighting

Fred from Fiberon Decking is guest hosting today on the blog. He is here to share on the perfect ways to create deck lighting. Enjoy these ideas and thanks to Fred for guest hosting.
Whether you’re dining al fresco, hosting a get-together with friends, or sharing a quiet moment with someone special, there’s nothing quite like a warm summer night on the deck. To keep the fun going well into the night, the right lighting is essential. Today, composite decking manufacturers such as Fiberon offer a wide range of lighting products -- everything from safety lighting to ambient lighting to accessories and more. Here are some tips to help you select the ideal components for your personal outdoor paradise.


Deck lighting 101: Begin with the basics
  • Unlike the lighting in your home, most deck and landscaping lighting is low voltage. Low-voltage systems use a transformer to convert standard 120-volt household current into 12-volt current. While an electrician can install a transformer, most homeowners opt for models that simply plug into weather-safe outdoor outlets. Transformers are available to support different wattage-levels of output (36 watts versus 60 watts, for example).
  • For safety’s sake, as well as to ensure the amount of power is sufficient for your lighting plan, it is important that you select an appropriately-sized transformer. Some simple calculations are all it takes to make that determination. (Fiberon includes this easy-to-use chart with its lighting installation instructions.)

  • Ideally, you should add lighting during your deck and/or railing installation. If you’re not really sure what kind of lighting you will need or want, ask your builder to pre-wire your deck and railing. Then, once you’ve made your decisions, installation will be faster and easier.
  • While it is possible to retrofit deck and rail lighting, it’s not an easy thing to do. An installer must be able to access the area beneath the deck as well as run wires up through the rail posts. For many deck designs, that access isn’t readily available post-construction.
    • Durability is another important consideration with outdoor lighting. Look for rust-free aluminum with a powder-coated finish (or an equally durable material that is rust- and fade-resistant) that can withstand the elements. LED bulbs are energy efficient; use them wherever possible.
    • Most pros recommend using the lighting products specifically designed for your decking and railing. Fiberon offers lighting in colors and styles that complement its Symmetry, Horizon, and Good Life railing products as well as all Fiberon composite decking lines.
    • There are three main categories of lighting to consider: safety; ambient; and task. Here is some need-to-know information for each kind.
    Safety lighting is essential for any outdoor space
    Before your guests can enjoy your deck, they need to reach it – safely. One of the simplest, most cost-effective options for walkway lighting is solar-powered lights. They are available almost anywhere -- from big box home improvement stores to designer lighting showrooms -- and come in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes. Simply place the lights where you want them (no wiring necessary) and let Mother Nature do the rest. Adding or moving the lights is easy, too. The one drawback: regular sunlight is needed to ensure the lights will shine brightly at night. If your property is shaded for most or all of the day, that might impact the effectiveness of the lights.
    Once your guests have reached your deck, ensure they can safely navigate their way up and around the space. To ensure safe footing on stairs and other areas of your deck, Fiberon offers riser lights and accent lights.


Accent lights
Accent lights are multitaskers. They install flush with deck boards to highlight different levels of a deck or your deck’s edges (a smart idea if the space doesn’t include railing). They may also be used in place of rectangular riser lights. Each Fiberon accent light measures one inch in diameter and uses less than one-half watt of electricity. They are available in white, black, dark walnut, and bronze.
Ambient lighting creates the perfect mood
For general deck illumination, many homeowners rely on lighting mounted on the back of their homes. This is rarely the optimal solution. Often the lights fail to provide illumination where it is needed most, or are too harsh or bright (a wall-mounted floodlight, for example, is hardly conducive to quiet moments). For ambient lighting, Fiberon has two outstanding solutions: post cap lights and post sleeve lights.

Riser lights
Riser lights are installed flush against (you guessed it) stair risers to ensure safe passage up and down. Fiberon riser lights are available in four popular colors (white, black, dark walnut, and bronze) to complement Fiberon decking. Designed to fit a 1-1/2 inch x 4 inch rectangular cutout, these lights feature a translucent acrylic lens that measures 1-1/8 inches x 3 inches and uses a single-watt LED bulb.

Post cap lights
Post cap lights fit on rail post sleeves and feature a ring, or collar, of light built into the cap. A translucent acrylic lens shines a soft light that consumes only one watt of electricity, making it incredibly efficient and inexpensive to run. Fiberon post caps work with Horizon Railing and are available in white, black, walnut, and bronze. Add them to every rail post or mix with unlit caps as desired.
Post sleeve lights
Post sleeve lights are mounted directly on the rail posts. These “eyeball-shaped” lights are 3-1/2 inches in diameter and shine directly down the post, casting a warm, pleasing glow onto the deck surface. Use post sleeve lights to highlight specific areas (a conversation nook, for example), provide additional lighting, or as a substitute for post cap lights. (In some instances, post cap lights can be at eye level when guests are seated, making it difficult for see beyond the railing.) Designed to complement Horizon Railing, Fiberon post sleeve lights are available in white, black, walnut, and bronze, and consume a single watt of electricity each.
Task and other lighting
You may want to consider lighting near the grill or bar area, if applicable. For a covered space, consider using strings of lights or adding a light/fan combination (this may be a project for an electrician unless you’re an experienced DIYer). If your grill sits on an open deck, check out the many auxiliary lighting options available wherever grills are sold.
Candles are always nice on a dining table. For safety’s sake, NEVER leave candles unattended. Use a lantern or similar candle holder to prevent accidents and provide protection against evening breezes. You may wish to opt for the popular (and realistic-looking) battery-operated candles as a safer alternative to burning candles. You can find beautiful options at any home goods store or online retailer.
Lighting accessories ensure not a watt is wasted
With great lighting options come smart accessories. That’s why Fiberon offers a photoelectric timer and DC remote dimmer to enable complete lighting control, day and night.
The photoelectric timer features a light-sensing photocell that will automatically turn deck lighting on and off. You can program the lights to run from dusk to dawn or to run from one to eight hours per day.
The DC remote dimmer works in a similar fashion to indoor dimmers. The device plugs into the transformer and comes with a convenient on/off/dimmer fob. When you purchase Fiberon lighting products, you will need the dimmer if your lights are not connected to the photoelectric timer, or are not connected to a transformer with a switch-operated outlet.
Deck lighting increases safety, extends "use-ability"
Whether you are planning a new deck or revamping an existing one, give careful consideration to lighting design. It really does extend the “use-ability” of your outdoor space, as well as provide added safety. What’s more, many communities and home owners associations (HOAs) now require lighting for areas such as staircases. As with any home improvement project, familiarize yourself with local building codes and HOA requirements, if applicable, before beginning your project.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

I am so excited to be working with all the fabulous co-hosts on this giveaway. Who doesn't need a New Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway? Enter to Win and as always thank you for stopping by Happily Ever Rushed.

Welcome to the Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway Event - This is a fun big event, just because!

and Co-hosted by: Utah Explore, and Deliciously Savvy.

Good Luck everyone! 

The Giveaway!
1 lucky winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite. Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 7/2. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:

 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts June 10th, 2016, and will end on July 2nd, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Antipasta Skewers

  Hello summer season! It is time for parties, barbecues and all things warm. I tend to cook a lot lighter during the warm weather. Even though Memorial day is just behind us, I have already had to "bring a dish" to a couple of events.  I now have made this twice and each time I received rave reviews. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change it up to be anything you would like. 

Wooden Skewers
Cherry Tomatoes
1 can of Large un-chopped olives
1/4 pound of Salami (you can choose any meat)
Frozen Cheese Tortellini
Balsamic Glaze
Mozzarella balls (small/medium)

I set this up in an assembly line and I was able to do 1 full round and 1/2. It depends on how big you want your skewers. I did the tomatoes, the olives, the tortellini etc until my skewer was full. Then I laid them flat across a pan and did a generous drizzle of the balsamic glaze. 

Tip - fold the salami in quarters and the basil in thirds so it sticks on your skewer better.

These travel easy, feed plenty and are light for the summer weather. 
Give it a drizzle and Go.