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Do You Have Whirligigs?

You know those whirling seed pods that fall from the trees in or around your house and into your gutters.  Ever since I was a child, we called those seed pods Whirligigs because they go spinning to the ground and guess what, those spinning seed pods clog up your gutters stopping the flow of water away from the house which can cause severe damage to your foundation.

Do You Have Whirligigs?

I have the perfect solution to this age ole problem of keeping your gutters free and clear of leaves and whirligigs.  Yes, it is a gutter guard but not the expensive kind you see advertised on TV, in magazines or at home shows.  The perfect solution is quite simple actually and possibly a third of the expense of those products you see on TV, plus it is a DIY project that can be installed in just a short amount of time.

I am referring to Gutterbrush Leaf Guard which is nothing more than -yup you guessed it-brushes that fit down in your gutters.  So, you are probably thinking how can a brush do the job of keeping my gutters clean and free flowing.

We put the gutter brushes up in the summer of 2016 and we love them. We have large maple trees in our yard and come spring time the whirligigs start flying clogging up our gutters and downspouts.  My husband has spent numerous hours cleaning the gutters and I was always afraid he would fall off the ladder.

I am happy to report that since we installed the GutterBrush Leaf Guard, my husband no longer has to hop up on a ladder to clear the debris from the gutters or downspouts.   It is one investment we made that has paid for itself many times and what a relief it is that my husband won’t fall off the ladder.

Spring is just around the corner and it will be here before you know it and those Whirligigs will start flying through the air, so its not too early to start thinking about taking care of that problem before the spring rains hit.

GutterBrush Leaf Guards are easy to install. Here are instructions from the GutterBrush Leaf Guard web site.   “First, remove all leaves and debris from the gutters and make sure downspouts and outlets are clear.  Fill your gutters end to end with GutterBrush. If you have a corner, just bend the brush to fit.  If a piece is too long at the end, simply bend the brush back into itself (fold it) to fit. No need to cut GutterBrush.  Most leaves will pass right over the GutterBrush Gutter Guard. Small debris caught in the top of the brush either blows away or begins decomposing and washes through the gutter during natural weather cycles.”

Since we seem to be experiencing a mild winter, there are days when the temperature is warm enough to get out in the yard and clean up the winter debris and what a great time to include taking care of your gutters before the spring rains hit.

Check out GutterBrush where you can get a free sample.  On the website, it tells you how to measure your gutters to ensure the correct size GutterBrush you will need.  Peek at Facebook and read other reviews about this wonderful product.  Twitter and Google+ for more information.

The perfect solution to the age ole problem of keeping your gutters free and clear of leaves and whirligigs is a gutter guard but not the expensive kind you see advertised on TV, in magazines or at home shows.  The perfect solution is quite simply GutterBrush Leaf Guards.

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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.