Garden Helper – Handy Camel Bag Clip Review

The Handy Camel Bag Clip

Camel Clip

Okay, so you see a new product and half of you gets excited that it may work, the other half wonders if it is a waste of money.  I felt that way about this when I first saw it in a magazine. The Handy Camel Bag Clip. I am a master gardener and always trying to make my garden jobs easier.   I always have potting mix, peat moss, and compost left over.  I usually just roll the bag top over and put it in the shed, or even forget it outside. Then the kids or my husband go into the shed looking for something and knock it over.  Mice tend to also go inside and create their winter nests.  This may be a simple and affordable solution. The price was $19.99 for three.

Handy Camel Bag Clip

I have to admit, I wanted to try one and I did.  The company was so helpful they sent me one right away*.  I have had it all summer long.  I have used it for numerous things and am quite surprised at the durability.  The clip helped with the problem of how do you carry a 40 lbs bag of potting soil?  Like a Santa bag?  Go get a wheel barrel?  This clip just seemed to answer more problems than just sealing a bag.  Initially, I just wanted to keep the bag closed but this does more than that.  It helps carry, transport and keep water out, which seems to be frequently due to leaving the bags in my garden area.

Handy Camel Bag Clip

My kids were able to help me carry my larger bags because they now had a handle to hold.  The kids were even swinging the bags at each other and the clip never let go. (Um…the kids swinging the bags at each other is another story. lol) These clips are very durable and hefty.  I did leave mine out most of the summer exposed to the elements and it seems not affected, but I don’t think I would do that on a regular basis.

I actually did come up with a another use for it, and that was to keep my numerous bags of bird seed closed.  The twist ties never seem to stay on and I am forever sweeping up seed.  So, as summer draws to a close and I use up my potting soil for the fall pots, I can now use the clip on my bird seed for the winter!  It looks like I will have to order some more clips because the uses just keep popping up.

*I was provided one at no cost to test and give a review.  Thank you for the opportunity to test such a fun and useful item.

Maleficent Movie Review

Maleficent 2014

Maleficent 2014

I consider myself pretty traditional.  I feel that children should not have to worry about killing, violence, every electronic, social media incident out there.  My children are informed on the dangers of doing certain things, but I want them to grow up being able to “just be a kid.”   Run, play, skip, jump, laugh, fish and catch frogs is the goal right now in life.  I know it sounds pretty sheltered, but why should they worry about life’s violent and hurtful side.  They will experience it for the rest of their lives, so it can wait a little bit.

So as far as movies, my kids are still watching PG-13 and under movies.  Some of my friends make fun of me because I still encourage them to listen to Radio Disney.  Who wants to hear a child sing inappropriate songs?  We watch movies together as a family and then discuss anything that was a little much.  So my reviews will tend to be open but know that we are discussing movie incidents afterwards.

Well, the kids talked me into seeing this movie with a group of their friends.  I thought perhaps it may be too violent, but actually turned out not too bad.  There were a couple of spots that were a little emotional with some violence, but these can be one of those things parents talk about when driving home from the movie.  Little kids I think will be scared or sad in a couple of spots.  We covered our eyes.  It was good not great.  We did like the lesson it taught, which was about revenge.

Maleficent was a kind girl who is taken advantage of and becomes mean.  She then takes revenge on Sleeping Beauty, who in turn helps her realize that she is the one who ultimately gets punished.  This movie does take people on an emotional roller coaster but it is a good lesson so we were able to move past the couple violent parts.

All-in-all, I think most ages would enjoy this movie because there is action, emotions and a lessons on greed and revenge.  We would recommend it but caution it for children under 7 as some parts are a little scary.  Have fun at the show!



PB Mocha Brownies (gluten free)

PB Mocha Brownie gluten free

PB Mocha Brownies (Gluten Free)

I attended the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo and met with Ardenne Farm. The table was set up with different cookies, cake mixes, muffin mixes, and other gluten free mixes that just looked amazing. So I could not wait to have my family try one of their delicious mixes.  We decided on the Brownies because we are brownie experts.  They were chewy, moist, chocolatey and oh my gosh, you will never miss the non gluten-free kind.  These brownies were just as easy to make as other mixes too.  We expected reducing our gluten intake would mean eating foods less appetizing but this has proved us wrong.

My kids loved these.  They did not even see a difference in them compared to the other mixes.  In fact, they said these were better and “yummy.”  This will make it so much easier to reduce our gluten intake due to my youngest daughter’s gluten intolerance.

PB Mocha Brownies
These moist, chewy, chocolatey brownies will make you pause in you day! This is comfort food at its best.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 box of Ardenne Farm Gluten Free Brownie Mix
  • ½ cup of oil
  • 2 large eggs (I used gluten free liquid eggs)
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup of peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp of Fate Free ½ & ½
  • 2- 3 tablespoons of Mini Chocolate Chips (Semi-sweet)
  1. For BROWNIES: Preheat oven to 350° for shiny metal pan or 325° for dark or nonstick pan. Spray or grease the bottom of the pan only of a 8” or 9” square pan.
  2. Combine oil, eggs, water and coffee in the mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting.
  6. For FROSTING: Place the sugar, PB, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1 tsp at a time of the cream until fluffy and spreadable.
  7. Spread on the cooled brownies and sprinkle on the mini-chips until satisfied. Yummy!
  8. As this recipe is gluten free, I made sure all the ingredients used were gluten free.