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How Do You REACT?

How do you react to the dust and dirt in your house or car?  If you are like me, you probably think yuck and like to get the messes cleaned up as soon as possible.  Do you have the latest and greatest in vacuum cleaners?  How about cordless?  These are great and I think they save a lot of time and effort when it comes to cleaning up messes.  Have you seen or heard of Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum?  This vacuum is perfect for the really big jobs and the small ones as well.


Hoover generously sent me a REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum for the purpose of this review.  The views on this product are mine and mine alone and I was not influenced in any way.

I can tell you I was real excited to get a cordless vacuum cleaner.  I don’t know how many times I have run over cords and always been a bit short of reaching the last area that needed to be vacuumed because of the length of the cord on the vacuum.  With the Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum I don’t have to worry about having enough cord to get the job done because of it being cordless.


I know you are probably thinking because of it being cordless it doesn’t have any power but quite the contrary it has all the power you need and the length of time the battery stays charged, you can get all your vacuuming done and still have power left over.  I always charge mine after I am done so it has a full charge for the next time I need to use the Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum.  Hoover says the battery life will last 30-min. in hand vacuum mode and 21-min. at full power on carpet.  I think mine lasted longer because I used it both ways.

The Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum has FloorSense technology.  By that it means it knows what kind of floor it is cleaning, from bare floors to carpet.  The vacuum has WindTunnel Surge technology that offers powerful suction.  The Pivoting head of the vacuum helps you to maneuver the vacuum in any direction for quick pickup of debris.  Also, you can use the vacuum for quick above floor cleaning with the removable hand held cleaning tools such as a crevice tool, dusting brush and an upholstery tool that helps to clean every nook and cranny of your home. Hoover offers a 3-year limited warranty which is better than most.


You can purchase the Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum at Walmart, Amazon and other vacuum cleaner stores.  Check out Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and Instagram.

How do you react to the dust and dirt in your house or car?  If you are like me, you probably think yuck and like to get the messes cleaned up as soon as possible.  The Hoover REACT Whole Home Advantage Cordless Vacuum is perfect for the really big jobs and the small ones as well.  I know once you have used this vacuum, you will never go back to the old corded style because you will be able to get your vacuuming jobs done quicker and easier using the Hoover REACT.

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We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas

Southport Farmers Market will be celebrating it’s 6th year in 2018 serving the Southport and south side community and we have you to thank.  Without your support and dedication we would not be able to offer fresh vegetables  and handmade crafts during the spring, summer and fall seasons.  Thanks to our vendors who dedicate time and effort to growing the best veggies in town and Thanks to you, our customers for making our market possible.

We Wish You and your family a


From Our House to Yours


Wishing You a 


Plans are being made for the 2018 season by our vendors, so please put us on your calendar and visit the Southport Farmers Market where you can get locally grown, fresh veggies and beautiful handmade crafts.  See you next spring.


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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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



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2017 Southport Market

Southport Farmers Market

Bethel Community Church

2810 E Southport Road

Tuesday 10-2 & Thursday 3-6:30

Southport Farmers Market is currently working on the 2017 market season and searching for vendors to fill booth spaces at the market.  The market has made an impact on the community the last couple of years and we are looking forward to a thrilling market for 2017.  We will be using the same location because it offers better visibility and access to our patrons and vendors alike.  We are requesting support from local businesses which will help to publicize the location and products available at the market. 

All this new exposure can only make the market bigger and better but we need the help of local vendors like you to ensure our community is offered the fresh vegetables and hand made craft items they want and need.  Once again is the market will be offering the WIC and SFMNP (Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program) to all our eligible customers. This gives our customers a better opportunity to get the much-needed fresh vegetables for their tables. 

The market season will begin on May 16, 2017 and end September 28, 2017.  That figures out to 20 weeks of sales two times a week.  The days and times will remain the same as last year.    

We are looking for vendors who will be making a commitment to show up throughout the market season.  This does not mean that you cannot miss a market day but you will need to make sure you have enough product to meet supply and demand.  Our customers get used to you being there and when you are not they can get a little upset.  Also, please note that if you are a first-year vendor, it takes a bit of time for customers to become regular which means you may not have sales each and every market day.  In other words, don’t be discouraged if you don’t sell out every single day. 

Application and fees must be received by April 15th to assure you will be getting a quality space at the market.  All spaces will be assigned and you will use the same spot every market day.  One new change this year will be FREE Market Fees?  Consider getting a sponsor for the market.  A $300.00 sponsorship will give the company donating an advertising spot on our signs and newspaper ads and your spot will be FREE!  This free booth is for a 10X10 2-day booth for the entire market season.

Email for application.