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Make Life Easier with Rogue at Black Friday Pricing

As time goes by, year after year, it seems our lives get busier and busier which means what used to be a simple task, now takes more time than we have to devote to the chore.  The chore I am referring to is cleaning the floors in your home.  First there was the broom which helped to sweep out all the dirt and grime from the floors, then the vacuum was invented which was an improvement over the broom, but you still had to manually move the vacuum over the floors from room to room to remove the dirt and dust.  Let me introduce you to the newest and greatest technology to cleaning your floors.  “Hello. My name is Rogue™ and I’m here to make your life easier. I’m not just (a) robot, I’m a smart vacuum that comes fully loaded with the latest and greatest tech. I have some pretty impressive features that really set me apart from those other robots. I have Robart® Mapping Technology with Memory, meaning I intelligently navigate and remember your floorplan instead of just randomly bumping around. I also have SmartWall™ Technology which allows you to mark rooms or areas as off limits to me through the Hoover Home App. Who else can brag about that? With other outstanding features like voice control, Wi-Fi connectivity, dirt detection and user indicator lights, I’m pretty much the whole package”.

Special thanks to for generously supplying the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum for the purpose of this review.

OK, Ladies, Who, likes to vacuum your floors?  Sure, I love clean floors but a lot of the time I just can’t fit that job into my schedule of other things that need to be done like cooking meals for my family.  Not to say that I couldn’t vacuum the floors late at night after everyone has gone to bed but that is not a very practical time to preform that job.   Instead, why not let the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum do the job for you.  It can run late at night and not disturb anyone in the house except maybe the cat, if you have one.

Let me tell you a little bit about the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum and what a great product it is.  First of all, let me start by telling you that Hoover Vacuum has been in business for over 100 years.  That is a long time for a company to be in business which means that the company and its products are top notch quality goods.  My grandmother’s first vacuum was a Hoover and I remember playing with it.  I know, silly me, not knowing that years down the road I would actually have to complete that duty for my own home.  But at the time it seemed like fun and I was helping Grandmother.

Here are some of the great features I know you will love.  The Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum uses a high-tech laser to navigate around the house and it remembers the floorplan using Memory Navigation.   If you have specific areas like down stairways that the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum can’t clean, there is Cliff Sensors and the SmartWall Technology that creates virtual boundaries using the Hoover Home App where you can customize areas that are off limits.

Now how cool is this?  Voice Control, Yup, you can command the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum to start cleaning using Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant.  Using this feature before bedtime or before you get home would save hours and your floors would be in great condition when you woke up or got home from work.  Everything these days seems to be Wi-Fi connected and the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum is no exception.  When you use the Hoover Home App you can program the Rogue Robot 970 to begin its job at certain times of the day or week.

How would you feel if you had a smart vacuum?  By that I mean, the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum operates trifecta agitation, brushing and suction to pick up dirt, dust and pet hair and if there is an area that has larger amounts of the yucky stuff, the vacuum slows down to make sure it picks up the junk.  Run time is up to 120 minutes and when his or her job is complete she will ramble back to her docking station and auto-dock, so she is ready for the next time she will be needed.

The Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum has a full 1-year limited warranty, docking station, 14.4 volt lithium ion battery which only takes 3 hours to completely charge and a cleaning tool.

Now for the exciting part!  Ever heard of BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS?  Well, Hoover is running a Black Friday Special where you will receive $200.00 off the suggested retail price.  The extraordinary deal is available at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and from November 22, 2017 until December 3, 2017.  Since most Black Friday deals only last one day, Hoover decided to spread the savings out a bit longer giving everyone a chance to collect on this great deal.

Make sure you put the Hoover Rogue 970 Robot Vacuum on your wish list for the holiday season this year and clean up both dirt wise and money wise.  Then celebrate during the new year having your floors cleaned with the most expert technology and state of the art vacuum available on the market today.

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Easily Hide Unsightly Power Cords and Cables

Do you have a flat screen TV hanging on your wall and do the cords and cables hang down the wall looking unattractive?  Best Buy has a Do-It-Yourself product that is easy to install that will hide those cords.  Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit has everything you need.  The Kit includes all parts needed and all you need to furnish is a pencil, tape measure and a Philips head screwdriver.  Best Buy has compensated me in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or I received the product/service at a reduced price or free.

My Family is always looking for ways to save money, so we do a lot of Do-It-Yourself projects whenever possible.  The Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit looks a bit confusing but is quite easy to install and comes with easy to follow instruction booklet that includes pictures.  I like those kinds of instructions because sometimes the wording can throw you off if you are not used to some of the lingo used by a construction worker.

There are basically 13 steps to properly install the Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit.  First you want to verify the television cord will plug into the top assembly which most standard plugs will fit.  If your television is already hanging on the wall you will need to take the TV down to measure and mark the center of each hole location where the power kit is to be installed.  The maximum distance between the holes is 5 feet so you don’t want to cut the holes in the wall any farther apart than that.  I am using pictures from the instruction booklet which shows a lot more detail than the pictures I took and it should make setting up easier for you.

Best Buy has a video that guides you through the installation of the Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Power Kit.  Watching the video makes the installation easier while using the instruction booklet and Best Buy has some great pointers plus if you don’t want to do the setting up yourself, Best Buy’s Geek Squad will come and install it for you.  That seems easy enough huh?

Included in your kit is a 3-inch hole saw that is easy to assemble simply by attaching the handle to the hole saw.  Drill a hole at each of the locations you marked not more than 5 ft. apart.

Next you want to assemble the sections of the fish tape using the connectors provided and the fish hook.

Now for the fun part, start at the bottom hole and insert the fish tape running it up the wall to the next hole.  The fish tape is flexible enough to make the curves up the wall.

Once fish tape is positioned in the correct spot, hook the wire of the Power Harness and pull through the wall until the other end is exposed then attach the wires and cables you wish to hide and gently pull the fish tape out the bottom hole.  Each wire or cable will have to be done separately unless you are talented and can pull all wires and cords at the same time.

After you have fed all the cables and wires through the wall you want to attach the upper module into the wall using the 3 screws provided.  Make sure the upper module is snug, then snap the trim ring onto the upper module.

Next step is to attach the bottom module onto the wall.  Unsnap the trim ring and take out two screws holding the back cover onto the bottom module.  The trim ring covers the opening you drilled in the wall, giving you a nice clean finish.

Next you want to insert the power harness plug into the back of the power module and slip the cover back on using the two screws.

Route the cables through the bottom module and gasket.  Press the bottom module into the wall opening and tighten the three screws until snug.  Snap on the trim ring onto the bottom module covering the hole you made in the wall.

Included in the kit is a power cord which you will use to plug in the Legrand In Wall Tv Power Kit into a standard receptacle and into the bottom module.

The last thing you do is plug the television into the upper module and enjoy watching television and admire your work.

If your family is always looking for ways to save money and you do a lot of Do-It-Yourself projects you might want to check into getting the Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit to hide those unsightly wires and cables from your flat screen TV. The kit is quite easy to install and comes with an easy to follow instruction booklet that includes pictures.  Best Buy has the Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit which includes everything you need to install plus if you don’t want to do-it-yourself the Best Buy Geek Squad can install it for you.

The Legrand In Wall Cord and Cable Wiremold® Power Kit makes all the difference in the appearance of your room.  It gives a cleaner appearance without all those unsightly wires hanging around.   I like that idea because I like things very organized and neat, plus it is a safety factor as well not having all those wires and cables laying around.  The easy routing of TV power and HDMI cable in-wall does not require any electrical wiring making installation a piece of cake. Swing by Best Buy today and get yours to install this weekend before the games starts.

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The Holidays Are Coming! Are You Ready?

Yes, it won’t be long and the holiday season will be upon us.  Now, for the big question, are you ready to do all that baking and cooking for your family and all those guest that always show up at your house unexpectedly?  Are you planning a special holiday party that will require you to cook and bake for hours?  Maybe a New Year’s Get Together and don’t forget about the Big Game which you usually fix something special for all the guys.  Now is the time to update your kitchen with the best of GE Appliances available at Best Buy at unbeatable prices.


GE Profile Series Ranges

Best Buy wants you to be aware of the GE Appliances that are designed to duplicate a modern approach to style and streamlined look for today’s kitchens.  Even your daily routines will become amazingly simple with the next generation features of GE Appliances.  Best Buy has compensated me in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or I received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

You know there are several manufactures of appliances on the market today.  Some are new to making appliances and then there are some companies like GE that are one of the most reliable and well-established appliance manufactures around.  Most of us sometime in our lifetime have had a GE Appliance or know of someone who has, like your Grandmother or Mother.  It is a company that is completely reliable and stand by their products year after year.

One of the best features of the GE Profile Series Gas Range is the edge-to-edge cook surface which allows you to use those larger pans and enables the pans to be moved from burner to burner with little or no effort and the 20,000 BTU tri-ring burner produces rapid boiling and gentle simmering.

This is a favorite feature of mine because I have several large pans especially if I am canning vegetables and making jellies.  Some ranges don’t have large enough heating surface to accommodate the larger pans so the process of cooking or canning is hindered tremendously ruining the food.  Another great feature of the GE Profile Series Gas Range is the extra-large reversible cast iron grill/griddle.  You can cook as many as 6 grilled cheeses at one time and if it is steak you are wanting, flip the griddle over and use it as a grill.  Perfect for those cold, snowy days instead of going outside.  Check out GE Profile Series Ranges at Best Buy.   The Profile Series comes in a variety of styles with features like gas and electric with double ovens or single oven with warming drawers and these appliances will make your cooking experience easier than slicing bread.

GE Appliances have outdone themselves with the newest in refrigeration by offering the convenience of Keurig Kcup French Door hot single serve brewing right in your refrigerator door.  Wow, what an ingenious idea keeping your counter space open for more important things.  I have a Kcup coffee maker on my counter-top and it does take up a lot of space that I could use for other things like just making room to set dishes down whenever I need too plus your kitchen looks much cleaner when the counter-top is free of clutter.


GE French Door Keurig Kcup Brewing System

The GE French Door Keurig Kcup Brewing System comes in Stainless Steel, Slate and Black Stainless Steel finishes to match any decor you have in your kitchen.  Hot Water Scheduling lets you have water ready for your next cup anytime you wish simply by using the GE Kitchen App.  The latest feature in appliances is the use of LED lighting and the refrigerator has 3 accurate electronic temperature-controlled settings and a full-width drawer with temperature control settings for specific foods.  The advantages of having a water filtration system removes unwanted chemicals from your water and ice. Plus, the GE French Door Keurig Kcup Brewing System is rated as an ENERGY STAR® appliance which saves energy and money and to make things even better – it is Made in the USA.

Best Buy offers expert service to help you find the right GE appliances which will prep your home for entertaining during the holidays at unbeatable prices.  Check out – Prep for the Holidays Campaign Page.  How exciting is this?  When you purchase 4 or more eligible GE Profile™ or select GE® appliances and depending on the number of appliances purchased and whether any are BONUS models, receive a GE Appliances (GEA) Visa prepaid card valued up to $1200*.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I love to save money when it comes to making major purchases and this looks like a really good deal to me.  When you are able to save a little money here, you can buy other things you have been wanting for a long time.  Maybe new cookware to use on your new range.  How exciting is that?

Yes, it won’t be long and the holiday season will be upon us.  Are you planning a special holiday party that will require you to cook and bake for hours?  Maybe a New Year’s Get Together and don’t forget about the Big Game which you usually fix something special for all the guys.  Now is the time to update your kitchen with the best of GE Appliances available at Best Buy at unbeatable prices.  GE Profile Series appliances are a great addition to your kitchen especially prior to the holidays which will make you the talk of the family when your appliances offer the newest features available and you saved time cooking and prepping for the big day.

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Sky Footwear – Socks with Purpose

You are probably thinking how in the world could a pair of socks have a purpose other than covering my feet and keeping my little piggies warm?  Well, yes, it is true, wearing socks has the purpose of keeping your feet warm, prevents your feet from getting blisters when wearing boots or shoes, protects your feet and helps to keep your feet dry.  Not everyone can go to their dresser drawer and pull out a pair of heavy socks to keep their feet warm in the winter or a thinner pair of socks to help divert excess sweat in the summer.


Sky Footwear generously sent me a pair of Gone Fishin Lightweight socks, a pair of Heavy Duty Merica Crew and a medium weight Peaches N’ Cream sock for the purpose of this review.

I first learned about Sky Footwear on the evening news one evening and thought what an ingenious idea on how to give back and to help those in need.  Keaton Hendricks and Eric Cellier developed a sock company that pairs up with rescue missions and homeless shelters across America.  When one pair of socks are sold another pair is donated to a homeless person.  These 2 basketball players teamed up to create a company to help the homeless and in such a way that because most everyone of us wears socks, your not only helping the homeless but you will benefit from wearing the socks as well.


Here is Keaton’s Story in his own words:  The inspiration behind Sky Footwear began back in the fall of 2010. I was volunteering at a low barrier homeless shelter in Bloomington, Indiana, when my eyes were opened to the heart-breaking situation that a lot of my neighbors lived in. I found myself connecting to many of their stories and my heart began to break as I learned about the struggle, pain, and hopelessness that most of them face.

     I realized that many of these people who had nothing were thankful for anything. I was repeatedly amazed at the thankfulness that the individuals at the shelters showed for the simple things that I take for granted everyday.

“I realized that many of these people who had nothing were thankful for anything.”


     Just five years later in the summer of 2015, I felt the growing urge to do something impactful – and as the year wore on, I could no longer ignore the tug on my heart by the homeless I was continuously interacting with in my hometown. I approached one of my closest friends, Eric Cellier, with hopes of teaming together and creating something that would turn this dream into a reality. Having the same passion for the homeless as I do, Eric instantly connected with my vision, and thus began our new journey to bring hope to a group of people who desperately need it.

     Through conversations with members and workers of the homeless community, we came to the conclusion that providing socks is both practical and reasonable. Thus, we dove head-first into the sock business. We hope to create a tangible way that everyone can make a positive impact in the life of a homeless man or woman. We believe that a gift as simple as a pair of socks will spark encouragement and hope into the lives of the homeless across the nation.

     It is our vision that those who wish to make a difference can use Sky Footwear to both make that difference and look pretty stylish in the process as well. You never know what a small act of kindness can communicate. You never know what could spark a change in someone’s life. Who knows, a pair of socks might be just what they need.

– Keaton Hendricks        

After reading Keaton and Eric’s story, I felt really touched that these two young men would take it upon themselves to provide a much-needed item of clothing for the homeless.  The business is set up in one dorm room at Taylor University while the shipping end of the company is set up in another dorm room at the same University.   During the month of May, the New York City Rescue Mission will be receiving the one for one socks.  Next month it will be another city that will receive the one for one socks.


So, most of us wear socks some time or another even those who wear socks with their sandals and do you really want those ole white socks with no character?  Of course not, you want to be flashy, bold and tell your story by wearing a pair of Sky Footwear socks.  You can purchase the socks individually or in packs of three (3) and in the variety of weights for summer, fall and winter at a variety of shops or online.

Sky Footwear has crew style, dress socks, athletic socks, mid-calf, low cut runner socks and outdoor in a variety of colors to fit anyone’s needs plus one size fits all so there is no need to wonder what size you will need.


Checkout Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to catch all the latest news about Sky Footwear.  Which city will they help out next?    Just think, Christmas is a bit away for now but you could start collecting Sky Footwear now for gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday gifts or Father’s Day is just around the corner as well.  Now you have learned that owning a pair of Sky Footwear socks with a purpose other than covering your feet and keeping your little piggies warm is a great way to help the homeless. Won’t you join Keaton and Eric by helping them provide warm socks for the homeless communities across these United States.  Besides, that, We Are All in This Together.

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Nothing Better than Fresh Tomatoes

Yup, There is nothing better than fresh tomatoes and we will have them at the Southport Farmers Market when we open on May 16th at 10:00am.  We will have a vendor that has been growing tomatoes so they would be ready to set out on your table.

Unlike grocery store tomatoes which are sprayed while they are green in a truck and shipped to your local grocery store and most definitely taste like cardboard, our vendor takes pride in offering the ripest and most flavorful tomatoes anywhere this side of the Mississippi.  Ron will have those green ones too if you like Fried Green Tomatoes.image

This will be an exciting market year as we have most of the same vendors from previous years as well as some new and different vendors to offer you an assortment of fresh veggies, breads, meat and eggs.

Mark you calendars for May 16th 10:00am.  Stop in and meet our newest vendors and say hello to your favorites from last year.  Also meet the new Market Manager – Melissa

Glad to have Melissa onboard as the new manager to fill my spot.

See you there  🙂


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Girls DIY Engineering Crafts & Family Games

You might be thinking, engineering for a girl but there are several great engineering crafts for girls to create giving them the opportunity of developing problem-solving skills, learning about circuitry while creating creativity on useful products.  Illumicraft™ by Educational Insights generously sent me a Light-up! Mirror for the purpose of this review.  Please note the review and contents of this review are mine and my granddaughters as well.


Yes, girls can get into engineering and the scientific end of making things work.  My granddaughter fell in love with the mirror she created.  Illumicraft by Educational Insights offer a Light-Up! Cell Phone Speaker Dock, Light-Up! Journal, Light-Up! Pencil Case, Light-Up! Picture Frame, Light-Up! Jewelry Organizer and the Light-Up! Mirror.  When the child puts the project together they learn basic circuitry knowledge on how electricity works.


The Illumicraft Light-Up! Mirror comes with a mirror with built-in frame; 2 LEDs with screw-in back units; battery case with lid and CR2032 battery; and 2 feet of adhesive, conductive copper tape, 2 sheets of sparkly, decorative, shaped foam; 3 sticker sheets; plastic and paper decorative shapes; 5-color paint set and an instruction sheet with easy to follow instructions,  My Granddaughter started right in reading the instructions and it is a perfect size to hang in her bedroom or locker at school.


Girls love to make crafty things and using the Illumicraft™ by Educational Insights products the possibilities are endless as to what they can create.  When I was a child, I loved to make all sorts of things, I especially loved to paint and figure out how things worked.  Educational Insights has a wide selection of DIY projects for children of all ages, Creative and imaginative play, Build & Design, Preschool, Active and Outdoor, Discovery and Exploration and even Telescopes and Microscopes and that’s just the toys.  There is help with school work like math, science, reading, and spelling all in the form of games to simplify the task of learning.


Nola got her mirror done very quickly and is quite proud to show you her finished project.  She used a variety of stickers and sayings of things that she likes and made a very cute mirror for her bedroom. Nola uses her mirror every morning to check her hair and face.  She can’t wait to try makeup.

Educational Insights have interactive crafts and games for children from ages 2 to the everyone in the whole family that help your child develop your child’s interest in learning.   Things like Hot Dots® Tots, created just for your toddler!  Your little ones will like using Elliott—the Musical, Teaching Bear™ to learn and become involved with two interactive board books. Happy Birthday, Baby! and A Trip to the Doctor introduce key early learning skills like making comparisons; recognizing emotions; identifying colors, objects, shapes, and numbers; identifying parts of the body; and more!


Another cute educational game is Pass the Peas™. It is a tasty word game for the whole family! Players literally pass the peas, building words on top of each other’s, in this roly-poly word-building game. 2–4 players. Grades 3+ Our family is hooked on Scrabble and Words with Friends so I am thinking that even the adults in my family would go bonkers over this cute word game.


All kids like to observe nature from a sneaky secret hideout and what better way to do it than using a GeoSafari Jr.Sneak & Peek Periscope™. Look over a rock or around a tree, without being noticed.  Want to scope in the dark? Flip on the LED light to spy on nocturnal animals in your backyard! This periscope features a wide viewing area, easy-grip handles, and soft goggles with a comfy nose placement guide to guarantee successful viewing, day or night.  Perfect for the adventurous child in your family.


There are a lot of toys on the market today, but I have never seen any that offer the educational benefits Educational Insights has available.  Your child can use their imagination and will learn without even knowing it.  Checkout Educational Insights for all the products they have available.  Then look at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram for videos and more.

You might be thinking engineering for a girl is ok now that you have seen some of the products available at Educational Insights.  Educational Insights has a variety of DIY projects for both boys and girls that they can explore the world of developing problem-solving skills, learn about circuitry, other engineering and scientific fields while creating useful fun products.

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Vendor Meeting Planned

The vendor meeting has been planned for February 28, 2017 at 7:00pm

Location:  Bethel Community Church of Southport

2810 East Southport Road

Please attend so we can hold your spot at the market this year.

Market days are Tuesday 10-2 and Thursday 3-6:30

It’s going to be a great Farmers Market Season in 2017