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Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy – Review

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Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy - Review

Living in the Pacific Northwest we love heading to Ocean Shores or Seaside, Oregon for weekend getaways. If you have ever visited the West Coast you know how windy it could get here. You want the shade but the wind is such a hassle with a beach umbrella. The makers of the Noblo (get it? ‘No-Blow’) understand this and so they have a solution and I tried it out. Only, I have not driven to the beach quite yet so I decided I need this for a different reason. I use it to hold my patio umbrella on our windy days so I don’t have to keep taking it up and down depending on weather.

We bought a new home last summer and this spring we finally got the concrete poured to elongate our patio. That means I finally got to shop for patio furniture and utilize our backyard to entertain. I chose a table that is a glass top because in my experience they last and clean well. However, living at the Cascade foothills we get those downhill winds. If we have them in the forecast I have to take my umbrella out. If it were to tip the table would go with it and the glass will shatter.

I decided that because I like the way Noblo looks and attaches it could work to save me having to not lug that patio umbrella on and off. I was able to attach it just like on a beach umbrella and then it sits under the table. I attached mine through the umbrella table hole as pictured and it holds. No one could trip over it. Set up is so easy so why not use it on the patio? *Note it is not labeled anywhere to be a patio umbrella anchor so guarantee on your table safety, but I decided to use it as a hack this way and so far so good on my table.

  1. Fill the Noblo bag with sand up to the labeled fill line and cinch closed
  2. Attach velcro strap  above umbrella spokes
  3. Set Noblo aside and keep your shade

The Noblo is available on Amazon. It is available in blue or red. You can also visit the Noblo website to learn more.

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BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp – Review

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BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp - Review

If you spend any amount of time on a computer you will want to keep reading this! This BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading lamp is a champ and so beneficial when you have to both read paper and screen. These tasks take a toll on your eyes and this lamp is not only very slick in its features but made to help those busy eyes of yours. Let me explain how!

The bar hangs easily atop your monitor so there is no screen glare and you save desktop space. It simply powers with a USB cord you can insert into your computer back or USB bar.

It also has a built-in ambient light sensor which means it automatically adjusts the dimmer to your area lighting. However, if you need you can manually adjust with a tap of a button. Then on top of dimming you get a cool and warm light option depending on your focus needs.

The BenQ ScreenBar has an asymmetrical optical design that only illuminates the desk and ensures zero reflective glare off the screen rather than bouncing from the screen to eyes. I love it and never really knew how beneficial such a lamp can be until I owned one. All of my work around my desk has just the right amount of light at any time a day without me giving much thought to it. Having no glare and proper lighting does something fantastic for my focus.

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Ideas for Throwing Your Kids a Fortnite Party

Ideas for Throwing Your Kids a Fortnite Party

It is the hottest game right now for boys (and girls too): Fortnite! Have you tried looking for licensed decor? It hardly exists so when Anthony wanted a Fortnite themed party I took to Google and Pinterest for ideas on how to pul it off and it was a hit!

I lined the Supply Drop favor bags across my entertainment center and hung balloons in blue and black to spell out Fortnite. I tried to find plain yellow balloons where I was because when the drop shipments happen in games it is a yellow balloon that drops them so that is the best color to pair.

VBucks are the spendable points you earn in the game so I made some, used a 2″ craft circle cutter to cut them all out and tape to chocolate coin candies.

I just googled some prints and printed out on heavy paper top hang around the house.

You can even google ‘slurp juice label like I did and find this pattern. I can fit 3 on piece of paper to print and cut. Slurp Juice is the revive potion and blue gatorade bottles work perfectly. Their is another potion in the game you can find that is purple if you can get grape Gatorade and use those.

Impulse Grenades and bombs occur in the game so you can get brownie bites (I found a bunch as Walmart and Costco also has bins of them). I used cheese puffs for grenades but popcorn works too.

Simple cupcake toppers where I found Fortnite images and craft cut in circle on hard stock paper with toothpicks. Then to finish it off I ordered my son a tee shirt I found online that reads: Eat. Sleep. Fortnite. Repeat.

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Snack Foods You’ll Want to Take Camping

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Snack Foods You'll Want to Take Camping

We bought a new Toy Hauler last year and we love taking weekend camping trips here in the Pacific Northwest. I pretty much have packing and food prep down to a science, but when we first started RV camping it took some research and planning to make sure I packed everything we need and minimize store trips into towns. The first weekend of new RV owners we took it to a very local campground for a weekend as a trial and learn what we were missing.

Our first weekend out I realized some of the things I wish we had were cleaning wipes (boys and toilets in tight spaces), smaller kitchen garbage bags and more snack variety. The snack thing was tough because with boys and us we sort of got bored with our options by day 2 and found ourselves overspending a tiny grocer near camp so we can find some different snack ideas. I am always prepared with some guilt-free snacking options.

Here a few favorites I have stashed aside for our Memorial weekend RV trip. My son LOVES Snikiddy’s Grilled Cheese Puffs. We actually leave on his real birthday (Friday the 25th) so I geared a lot of snacks for him and the friend he is bringing along. He also loves Bare Snacks in his lunches at school and I have the apple packs packed in the RV.

My husband is a Jerky loves so he has some Country Archer Jerky packed. We just tried the honey chipotle flavor and I was a bit skeptical trying it but I like it. Not too much of a heat kick and still addicting.

My personal favorite is PopCorners. I love all of their flavors and having the Kettle Corn flavor is the most snack dangerous for me. I cannot stop eating them. Of course, I love a good potato chip when we grill hot dogs. To me, you can’t eat hot dogs when there are no potato chips handy and I feel much better munching on the Good Health Avocado Oil chips as opposed to those cooked or fried in unhealthy oils. I use avocado oils to cook with so these are the chips I choose.

We also need grab and go snacks for by the lake or polls on site and the Enjoy Life Grain & Seed bars make a great snack. They love the chocolate marshmallow flavor best! When you pack snacks, remember you will be eating more than an average weekend at home. It just always works out that way so make sure the snacks you choose are on the better side of ingredients and oils. It makes you feel a lot less guilty in the end after a weekend of food and fun!

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Lionsgate Paws P.I. DVD Giveaway

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Attention little ‘Detectives’! This movie is for you! Sometimes kids can be better detectives than smart adults. The kids (and Jackson, the dog) in PAWS P.I. discover that there is a missing will and a corrupt neighbor may be involved. Can they solve this crime with the help of Jackson? This pup is on the case! My son is on night 3 in a row of watching PAWS P.I. and you’ll be just as engaged the whole way through this film. Release Date May 29, 2018 on DVD, Digital and On Demand!

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