Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Special!!! Harvest Snaps Review + Giveaway

I have been wanting to try Harvest Snaps for a long time and I am so glad I was picked for this review because they didn't let me down. I received the above 4 flavors 2 from the Holiday Snap collection, and 2 from their regular collection. My all time favorite was the Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch super yummy! followed by the Black Pepper, Salted Caramel, and last the Coffee Toffee. 

I think these will become a regular treat in our house for the both the children and myself, although I think I liked them more then they did. I am really excited to try more of their flavors in the near future. 

If you aren't sure where to find these gems you can search for a store near you here.

You can see some of the flavors available below.

What Harvest Snaps has to say about their product 

Good-for-you and great taste can be hard to come by these days, but for us they’re like two peas in a pod. Inside every bag of Harvest Snaps we combine taste, quality and simplicity. Sprinkle that with the passion we have for fresh, natural ingredients, and you get one "snaptastic" snack.
When it comes to "what’s inside" Harvest Snaps, it all starts with the clean flavors and essential nutrients Mother Nature intended. Our Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas – 70%* to be exact – while our Lentil Snaps come packed with 65% authentic lentils and their powerful combination of nutrients.
With each handful (yes we said handful) your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Finish that off with a high level of protein and fiber and you’re sure to feel satisfied without feeling sluggish. Not to mention, these snappy little snacks are gluten-free.

Holiday Snaps flavors 5.7oz : Salted Caramel, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and Coffee Toffee
Harvest Snaps flavors: Snapea Crisps (green pea based) Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper and Wasabi Ranch, Lentil Snaps (lentil bean based) Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme

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New Years Recap of 2014

My original post of Goals for 2014 can be found here. Below you will find that post in black and what happened in 2014 in red. This is just a recap, not my actual goals for 2015 even though we may choose to work on some we didn't finish, or those those we weren't able to do at all. I will be doing a Goals post soon.

As usual I thought I would put my goals to pen and paper or in this day and age computer and internet. We start this year with our bank account at 83.11 and our savings 0.00. Would love to work on the savings a bit more this year, but first and fore most is paying down our debt which isn't much at all. We have been credit card free for about 7 years now and have paid most of them off. We have a few more bills we owe and would like to see them all paid up before the end of 2014 putting us completely debt free for the first time in a long time. We have done it before and we are close to doing it again. This time we are not going back unless we buy a home of our own. It just is not worth it to have anything hanging over your head when hard times roll in, which is hard for us because we are spenders rather then savers.

As of right now we have 599.97  in our bank account and a total of 5.00 in our credit union account which we use like a savings account. I know it isn't much but it is better then the 0.00 we had last year.There are three discrepancies on our bank account, which I will have to take up with three different companies on the 2nd, which should leave us with a bit more in the bank, about 150.00 more give or take a few dollars and change.  As for being debt free we have a few months on I believe our last bill and we are debt free. We did break down and take a car loan out on a newer SUV but we needed it badly, our van just made it to the dealer ship, we had been told it would not pass inspection and we had just put just under 3000.00 into her. I am just thankful without knowing our credit score we were able to walk out that day with a newer vehicle that is not only safe but fits our whole family plus more.

I was able to hit my goal of making $1000.00 last year online topping out at $1545.41 so I will set this years Goal at $1,500.00 and see where it goes. You may ask how do you make money online? Well for me it is a few sites I do here and there on top of surveys which I have been doing way before I had a computer and they use to come in the mail. I haven't made a dime blogging yet, but others say you can so I would like to see if I can make that happen too, but for those keeping tabs my goal is for online sites not blogging. If I make money blogging I will fill you in at years end. I will also post over the year about sites where I make my online money which in our house is used for birthday and Christmas presents, and really helped out with our budget, in case anyone would like information and would like to do the same.

I did not hit my goal of 1500.00 but that is mainly due to one of my big money making sites going belly up. I did however still hit over a 1000.00 topping off at 1117.11. This does not count my merchandising job. My website took off during 2014 which netted me some extra money we didn't count on, Let's just say our children had a nice Christmas between the money I got from online sites, and the little big my blog pulled in. I want to set my 2015 goal at 1200 for online sites, and now that I am making money with my blog I have to keep track of all of the money for our taxes. 

For me personally I would like to shed some more pounds the numbers on the scale have been up and down all year. Mainly from being on and off of the medication that makes me able to do things I normally don't have the energy for or because I am in too much pain to get much done. Such is the life of living with Fibromyalgia. Always a surprise to find out where you have pain from day to day and the  days there is none while both having energy is even further in between. This is why when I am feeling well I use it while I have it, like yesterday I used it all up and today I am hurting all over, but I was able to get a lot done and the family had a blast ringing in the New Year, well worth the pain I am in now. You can follow my weight loss over at the above tab Pam's Fight to Lose Weight.

As for weight loss sadly I am still fighting to lose weight and even got discouraged because of my medication not being covered for a good part of 2014, as well as some stress a few times during the year. I really just need to move more which is easier said then done when you are in pain everyday and never knowing if it is going to be a good pain day where you can get something done or a bad pain day where you can hardly even get out of bed to use the bathroom.  I guess the weight didn't appear on my body in a year so it will take more then a year to shed it. Have no fear I have not given up yet, the numbers are lower just not as much as I would have liked to see them.

As a family we thought we would like to start a once a month family dinner night where everyone is invited in our family. Those who come can enjoy time together with us and those who don't can always come the next month. The door will be open either way. I have to iron out the day and it has to be soon so I can let those who would like to be a apart of our dinner nights know so they can plan accordingly. We sit down almost every night as a family for those who are in our household but having extended family and our children who have grown and flown the nest would really be nice.

The family dinner thing didn't work out at all, trying to get one day where people can show up is like pulling teeth. We didn't have out Thanksgiving until December 5th and we were still missing 3 of our immediate family members. Maybe we will revisit this not sure. Everyone just seems to be so busy.

As a blogger I am going to work on game reviews with our family over the year, and also branching off to do a blog about places in the area where we live which is called the Tri-State area. New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. I will base it in the nearby towns near where we live and if all works out well branch out even further as time goes by. Not sure if I should open a new tab for that or list it right here under a Heading stating something like MarksvilleandMe visits ________.   

Another thing I didn't get to but it hasn't left my mind. The game thing we would like to try again this year, and I have a few ideas for the Tri-State posts so please keep a look out as I hope to bring these posts to my readers.

Of course I have tons more planned like my daughter Dennise's Sensational Seventeenth Birthday in April, Dorothy and Deanna's combined  half Birthday's Candyland style between May and June. Working on getting a new vehicle, purchasing new living and computer room furniture, painting our bedroom, the bookshelf in the hall upstairs, and the neat rolling doll house bookcases we picked up for free a few winters back. Growing a bigger garden this year, painting and making our enclosed porch a nice retreat to entertain guests during the warmer months, maybe even add a fire pit outside if our landlord ever fixes the railings on our front porch. A trip down south to see my sister and the colleges Dennise would like to attend, which will also double as a much needed vacation we haven't had in about 8 years. I might even be able to visit the ocean for the first time ever in my life which would be awesome.

Except for getting a new vehicle, we didn't get to much at all on this list. For about 10 weeks we went without income, almost losing where we live, when finally someone figured out what was going on with both of my husband's incomes and then we had these huge checks to disperse among all of the people we has missed payments too. Luckily during this time my checks for my merchandising job was coming in which kept gas in the car, and the car payment and insurance paid. Other then that we were hurting pretty bad. Even with all of this happening my husband  was on the Presidents list every semester, and is currently still considered 50% disabled.

The biggest thing this year for me is that I am here, alive, and ready for God to lead me, which I know may be on a totally different path then what I would plan, but something I am willing to do for him, even if I do kick and scream a bit along the way. Here is to a New Year and all of the possibilities it holds for my family and yours. Let's make it the best year we can.

Even though we had a up and down year, God kept us well. We are all here again to see another year unfold, which is more then I could ask for. God is good and I can not wait to see what 2015 has in store for each and every one of us. 

My original post of MarksvilleandMe takes on the 52 Week Savings Challenge can be found here

As you now we had some money problems so we didn't really get to far with the 52 Week Savings Challenge before we had to dip in to help keep us afloat until money starting flowing again. I do plan to try this again for 2015 and hope that things work out a bit better then they did in 2014. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How will you be ringing in the New Year?

Our family is going to be Partying with King Julien. If you haven't already found All Hail King Julien which started on December 19th, then check it out they have five episodes on Netflix streaming which you can find here

If you need something to keep your little ones busy and awake until Party Time why not watch some more shows starring King Julien's friends. I know I haven't watched any of these shows except for the first movie so I am going to be in for a treat while enjoying time with my girls.


If you would like to count down to New Years Eve with King Julie with your little ones you can do it anytime. 34% of parents say they trick their kids and have the party early. We let our kids stay up but not everyone does this so you have the choice of when you would like to count down. Just click the link below and let the Party Begin.

Make sure you check back for pictures of our party on the 1st. or catch them on my facebook fanpage as they happen on New Years Eve. 

Here is to a great start to 2015! Happy New Years from MarksvilleandMe and Netflix. 

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2014 Memories Giveaway Event

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Clear Shower Curtain Liner Review

I love the Clear Shower Curtain Liner for a few reasons. One this is great for when you child is just learning how to take a shower so you can make sure they are washing everything, it is also great you children are bathing with your nearby. You can close it, so your child can splash to their hearts content without getting the bathroom soak and wet. 

The Clear Shower Curtain Liner also resists mold, mildew, and bacteria.  If you are anything like me you are always replacing your liners or washing them with a load of towels to make sure they stay clean and healthy. So far we haven't seen any build up even with our hard water, but time will tell on that one. 

This Clear Shower Curtain Liner has metal grommets as opposed to just plastic holes so I would think that this liner will hold up a lot better then ones we have had in the past that have ripped. The only one who doesn't like this is my husband because he doesn't feel like he has privacy so he doesn't use the shower that this one is attached to. 

What Smarty Pants has to say about their product 

Protect Your Bathroom From Harmful Mold And Mildew
The Best Mold, Mildew, And Bacteria Resistant Shower Curtain Liner On The Market to Protect Your Family From That Unwanted "Nasty" Bathroom Experience...
-Resists the growth of mold, mildew and other harmful bacteria that creeps into unprotected bathrooms 
-Retains shape securely and stays in place while you shower using heavy duty tear proof grommets that last 
-72" length protects your bathroom and keeps your floor dry no matter the size of your tub or shower
This Extra Heavy Gauge Clear Shower Curtain Liner Repels Mold, Mildew, And Bacteria Using The Latest In Shower Liner Materials...
Our shower curtain liner is made of extra heavy gauge vinyl that deters the growth of mold and bacteria and lasts longer than your typical "cheap" liner. This non-porous, "no-smell" material inhibits bacterial growth, is easy to use, and has been highly rated by our customers as comfortable addition to their bathroom space!. Strong, Long, and Mildew Free!
- Anti-rusting metal reinforced grommets for maximum long term usage and durability 
- 72in x 72in size... fits most bathtubs and showers 
- Provides all showers with a waterproof barrier 
- No Bad/Chemical odors thanks to the special anti-bacterial, heavy gauge vinyl

 You can purchase Clear Shower Curtain Liner on Amazon
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Jack Templar Monster Hunter and Reaching Your Reluctant Reader Review

MarksvilleandMe reviews Jack Templar Monster Hunter 
Reaching Your Reluctant Reader
written by
Jeff Gunhus

Reaching Your Reluctant Reader tells how one dad helped his reluctant reader enjoy and want to read. I grew up a avid reader. If I wasn't playing with my dolls, on the farm, or singing, I was reading. For my children it isn't the same. I haven't found one that truly enjoys to read as much as I do. Even my husband didn't enjoy reading before he attended college. 

As parents we are always busy but we have always tried to read to our children to instill the love of reading within them. My youngest two children are a bit behind in reading so instilling the love in them is of the utmost importance. They love being read to but struggle reading themselves. 

As a mom who read at the ripe age of 3, I was a quick learner it is hard for me to see them struggle and this book has given me a few ideas to try with my girls. Just this Christmas my 12 year old actually asked for a series of books. I think it might be working. 


Jack Templar Monster Hunter is one book in a series of books to keep your adventure lover reading for quite some time. This book's main character is a boy but both girls and boys with an adventurous heart will enjoy this book.

Jack Templar is 14 when things start to really change in his life. This is where the adventure begins are you ready to join in?  

You can purchase Jack Templar Monster Hunter on Amazon.

You can purchase Reaching Your Reluctant Reader on Amazon.

Other books written by Jeff Gunhus 

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#Cube™ Review + Giveaway

#Cube Giveaway and Review 

Hosted by MarksvilleandMe

Co-hosted by Marsha's Spot


Sponsored by #Cube

#Cube comes in three colors Black, White, and Black with a Rainbow stripe on it. I received the White #Cube. I have always wanted a  digital picture frame, and even though this only does #instagram pictures right now, I am more then happy with it. I put it right by my computer while I am working, so that I can keep up with all of my friends Instagram  feeds. 

#Cube is super easy to set up and use. You can do it all in under 5 minutes. The instructions are clear and precise. I was able to set it up in under a minute once it was set up the first time so I could share with my friends and family. 

I haven't figured out how to show just my own feed yet, and it is upgradeable so maybe in the future you will be able to see other social media pictures as well. I also would love to see a wood frame as another option, actually I can see this being available in lots of colors. 

One Lucky MarksvilleandMe reader will win one #Cube valued at 149.00. Open to USA and Canada residents. Begins 12/30/2014 and ends 1/13/2015 12:00 AM EST. MarksvilleandMe or any other blog listed is not responsible for prize distribution that will come from Sponsor #Cube. MarksvilleandMe wishes everyone who enters Good Luck!

Unboxing, setup of #Cube

What #Cube has to say about their product

#Cube™ speaks to the enormous popularity of photo-sharing sites such as Instagram by enabling the socially connected to enlarge their viewing experience of photos and videos, from the smaller confines of a smart device. It is an extremely innovative, attractive, & easy-to-use wireless living photo canvas which showcases your favorite social photo & video streams.

Among the immensely appealing features of #Cube™ are:
·       A large 8” square LCD touch screen display, giving the retro-inspired #Cube™ a modern touch.
·       Real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, enabling users to enjoy and display real-time social network images from friends, family, and favorite celebrities.
·       Rechargeability and built-in Wi-Fi as well as free wireless software updates that enable new features & application support.

You can purchase #Cube on Amazon.

You can find out more about #Cube on: 

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BalBoa Baby Shopping Cart Cover Giveaway

BalBoa Baby Shopping Cart Cover Giveaway 

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Sponsored by BalBoa Baby

"A Legacy of Design Excellence" BalBoa Baby® is the result of a collaboration between Shirley Pepeys (the founder of Noel Joanna Inc.), her son, Noel Pepys, and Dr. William Sears. BalBoa Baby® creates unique, fashionable, products using "luxurious fabrics and distinctive prints." BalBoa Baby® products are innovative, fashionable and functional; they're always looking to make "parent's lives easier, their babies happier, and to give them both opportunities to bond and experience life together. Cuddle your baby."
If you'd like to read a review of BalBoa Baby's shopping cart cover, head on over to read Stylish Momme's review.

I love these seat covers the hardest part is remembering to bring it with me. MarksvilleandMe wishes everyone who enters Good Luck

Enter below using the Giveaway Tools to enter for your chance to win a shopping cart cover from BalBoa Baby!
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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Magical Jump of Smallfridge Review

MarksvilleandMe reviews The Magical Jump of Smallfridge
written by 
Kyle M. A. Fuhrer

The Magical Jump of Smallfridge written by Kyle M. A. Fuhrer is a great book for children with big imaginations. In this book we follow Smallfridge on an  adventure when he jumps so high on his bed that he goes to outer space. What will he do there? There is so much excitement that once he is done he is ready for sleep but far away from his comfy bed. How will he get back? 

I thought this was a really cute book and both my girls ages 12 and 7 both giggled as well as I did while reading it. You are in for a few surprises.

This will become a new favorite bedtime book that will take your children on their own adventures while they sleep. Remember jumping on a bed can be dangerous so please be near your children when they do this or provide them with a safe trampoline.

You can purchase The Magical Jump of Smallfridge on Amazon.

You can find out more about Kyle M. A. Fuhrer here

Other books by Kyle M. A. Fuhrer 


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Diggy Review

MarksvilleandMe reviews Diggy 
written by
Calee M. Lee

Diggy written by Calee M. Lee is a great book for any child that likes construction vehicles. This is a simple book for toddlers or a great early learner for a beginning reader. This is a book that children will ask you to read over and over again. 
Product Description
Diggy has lots of work to do! Join in the construction fun and help Diggy do what he does best. If your little boy loves dump trucks, diggers, and building fun, Diggy is sure to be a treat! For fans of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site," and "Where do Diggers Sleep at Night."

You can purchase Diggy on Amazon

Other books written by Calee M. Lee are 


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CanYouHandlebar Traditional Beard Oil Wisdom Review

This is the second product in the CanYouHandlebar line my husband has been able to try out. You can read my review for the Can You Handle Bar Dry Beard Oil Conditioner here. My husband used between a dime and nickel size puddle in his hand. My husband has noticed a difference in his beard since using the CanYouHandlebar line. He has less itchiness, dandruff, dry skin, and irritation. I have noticed his beard feels much more softer then before. I love it. 

My husband would like to see more scents in the line and hopes to be able to review more of their products for our readers. So far we are both in love with their products.

What CanYouHandlebar has to say about there product.

CanYouHandlebar wisdom beard oil is built around the warm scent of fresh cut spruce and cedar. It is warm and fresh but definitely masculine. It will remind you of sitting by a fire with a cup of coffee and letting your mind wander. The base oil was designed with excellent ingredients to help your beard look great and maintain its health. The attention to detail extends to the labeling which is both waterproof and oil-proof.

  • Wisdom Beard Oil, made with olive oil, grapeseed oil, apricot oil, jojoba, argan, vitamin E and essential oils, is blended and bottled by hand.

    Depending on the size of your beard, pour between a dime and quarter sized puddle into your hand and massage it into your beard.
You can buy your CanYouHandlebar Traditional Beard Oil here.

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Epica Fireplace Tongs, 26" Long Review

I have never owned a pair of Fireplace tongs before but these are great. They are sturdy, easy to use, not to heavy, strong, and easy to store. Years ago when we had a wood stove these would have come in handy. We plan on having another fireplace or wood stove in the near future. God willing. 

The Epica Fireplace Tongs, 26" Long are great for using in your outdoor fireplace, or even picking up wood so you don't have to bend over for every piece. These are a must for those who live where it is cold. Just the thing to keep the fires burning and the house warm and cozy.

What Epica has to say about their product.

Whether you're adding wood to your fireplace or rearranging the coals in your grill, Epica Fireplace Tongs make the task easier and safer.
Scissor Action for Secure Grip

The Epica's safety-minded design lets you maintain total control of every object you need to pick up or move. The scissor action adjusts to the precise size of the wood or coal, while the loop handles and curved gripper ends prevent slips and drops.
Foldable for Compact Storage

The Epica Fireplace Tongs fold down to just 17" long, so they're easy to stow when they're not in use or when you're packing for a camping trip. Unfolded, they measure 26" long to keep your hands at a safe distance from the fire.
Sturdy Metal Construction

Made of a metal alloy that's tough and long lasting, the Epica Fireplace Tongs are the perfect choice both indoors and out. The traditional black finish helps prevent wear and tear.

You can purchase the Epica Fireplace Tongs, 26" Long on Amazon.


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MaskIT Products Review + Giveaway

 MarksvilleandMe reviews MaskIT

MaskIT is great for when you are on the go. For home use since our home is pretty much full of girls we don't find the use of this all that much, but when out and about it has great uses. No one wants to leave behind their mess when visiting at a friends house. MaskIT comes to the rescue.

The best part it that it is breaks down once in the environment which means that it is better for the environment and no more wasted toilet paper means less trees being cut down. Discreet and environmentally friendly, what more can you ask for? 

How to use MaskIt video below.

What MadkIT has to say about their product 

Getting rid of your used feminine products can be a problem. Most women have done it the same way since maturity; half a roll of toilet paper later and the evidence is still evident in the waste basket. Not to mention the odor that the toilet paper cannot mask. Well fret no more! With this new innovation, you can be sure that your cycle stays under wraps. 
MaskIT is a specially designed patent-pending product that offers a practical & sanitary solution for the disposal of soiled feminine hygiene items. Its puppet-like function & pocket technology make it simple to grasp a used pad or tampon while protecting the hand. With a unique inversion process these items are then enclosed & sealed within a small pouch that prevents leaking and blocks smells.

Keep Your Cycle Under Wraps!
Made with Certified Compostable Biofilm & Manufactured in the USA
Find out more about this new earth-friendly product at
Available at select retailers and on

The product is perfect for everyone at home or on the go, & makes things easier than ever for the girls who love the outdoors!  Pack it in, Pack it out, no problem now that you can MaskIT!

 You can purchase MaskIT on Amazon in Large and Small.

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