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9 Uber Fun, Colorful and Functional Kitchen Gadgets You Need ASAP

I love colorful trendy things that make my life easier. Especially in the kitchen. I am no Rachael Ray…but I’ve been known to whip up a tasty dish or two in my lifetime (THANK YOU Pinterest).

That being said, I am on a mission to replace much of the ugly, ratty and archaic kitchen utensils that are clogging up my gadget drawer with fun, colorful, efficient and multipurpose items. These goodies will all replace the half-melted, stained and space-hogging stuff that I have been limping along with for far too long. Here’s what’s in my shopping cart on Amazon as we speak:

I’ve been used the same, ratty, huge noodle strainer for as long as I have been married (like freaking forever). It takes up a ton of space in my cupboard, is a pain to use and even bigger pain to wash. THEN, I saw this: The Clip-on kitchen food strainer for spaghetti, pasta, ground beef grease and more.

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  • 3 PIECE KITCHEN TOOL SET- includes clipon strainer, garlic peeler and basting brush for extra value
  • UNIVERSAL FIT DESIGN- Fits nearly any sized pot, pan, saucepan and bowl
  • USES VERY LITTLE SPACE- Uses much less storage space than traditional strainers, colanders and sieves
  • FINE MESH- allows easy straining and pouring of water and juices from spaghetti pasta, ground beef grease, tuna fish, tomatoes and other foods.
  • EASY & SAFE TO USE- Simply snap on and strain foods; made of food-grade silicone and also dishwasher safe

And it’s under ELEVEN BUCKS!  Grab this space-saving 3 piece set and remember, with Amazon Prime, shipping is FREE.

I love this SO MUCH! I love pickles, but not “pickle fingers” when I need to go speelunking for a pickle with a too-short-fork. The Chef’n FridgeFork Condiment Fork (Arugula and Meringue) to the perfect solutions that clips right to the jar for pete’s sake!

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AND…it’s only $6.99…now I love it even more. Grab your Pickle Fork HERE.

KidsFunwares TriceraTACO Taco Holder-I mean…really. What kid wouldn’t love to eat a taco hanging out the butt-end of a Triceratops? Your kids will BEG for Taco Night with this killer Taco Holders!

Embrace your inner Kitty Lover with this Cats Pattern Embossing Rolling Pin,Wooden Laser Engraved Rolling Pin With Cats For Embossed Cookies (10″ x 2″, Style-1)

Cat Rolling Pin

  • Handmade Item
  • Rolling Pin Cylinder Size 7.8″ x 2″. Total length 15.4 inches. Hand wash only
  • Materials: wood, beech, natural, ecological
  • Rolling-pins can be a really housewarming and pretty gift for your friends, kids and your kitchen. So, you can choose any pattern from our shop or propose your own.
  • The wooden rolling pin for making cookies. The dough can be made of salt-, sugar- or ceramic-mass! Use your imagination. (Seller states that other “breeds” are available…how cool is THAT?!)

Summer time means more corn on the cob! So if you are going to get all messy and buttery, might as well look good doing it, right? Check out these colorful Butter Your Corn Set with Jumbo Corn Cob Holders (For 8) and Norpro Butter Spreader

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  • 4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Price: $14.78 Free Shipping for Prime Members
  • Set includes two 4-packs, assorted colors Chef Craft Jumbo Corn Holders and one Norpro 5400 Butter Spreader
  • Corn Holders have interlocking stainless steel pins that are safely concealed when not in use.
  • The colored handles are soft grip, ergonomic and easy to hold.
  • Butter Spreader is BPA-Free! and measures: 3″ by 1-3/4″ by 1-3/4″
  • Dishwasher safe and comes with a cap to seal and store butter without having to remove the stick

Grab a set HERE (FREE shipping if you are a Prime Member!)

I have arthritis in BOTH thumbs. Crazy, right? It’s also a pain (literally) to do simple things like scoop ice cream. BUT, I discovered this super-cool ergonomic ice cream scoop that uses the heat of your own body to make cutting through cold ice cream a BREEZE. The Ice Cream Scoop with Modern Heat-Conducting Aluminum Ergonomic Handle (Purple) also NEVER CORRODES and is made of SOLID ALUMINUM coated in a durable purple enamel that will last a lifetime. #winning

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Another thing that really bugs my sore thumbs is can openers. Since I loathe electric can openers (their ugly and they take up precious counter space) I’ve been on the hunt for one that do the job w/o torturing my poor thumbs. I think I found my True CanOpener Love with this ZYLISS Lock N’ Lift Can Opener with Lid Lifter!

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  • Designed for Comfort and Efficiency
  • Comfortable, soft touch grip and handle eliminate hand fatigue, great for arthritis
  • Locking mechanism to safely open cans of all sizes.
  • Smooth turning, stainless-steel cutting mechanism opens cans in seconds
  • Magnet lifts lid off can and lever releases lid for easy disposal.
  • 5 Year Zyliss Guarantee

AND…since I was told that opening bottle tops with my teeth is unacceptable (and un-ladylike) I am scoring one of these bad boys too.  The Jar Opener –Mlife”Easy Open” Bottle and Jar Opener, Arthritis Jar Opener, Helps Tired or Wet Hands, Arthritic Weakness, Stubborn Jar Tops. Yeah, baby.

  • THE ULTIMATE JAR OPENER. Effortless – Simply Clamp with Opener and Twist. It’s Easy to Open! Jar opener for seniors.
  • OPEN DIFFICULT JARS – Eight sizes of circular openings provide a secure grip for a wider variety of containers than metal tools. Rubber sidings grips tight to slippery surfaces, and it’s lever action gives anyone the strength to open any lid with our jar grippers.
  • LARGER RINGS THAN MOST. Compare to other similar jar openers, the rings are able to open slightly larger bottles.
  • FOUR SIZES OF RINGS TO FIT A VARIETY OF JARS AND BOTTLES. From soda pop bottle tops to small pickle jars or medium mayo even family size peanut butter jars. (Does not open large Mason jars.)
  • SIMPLE TO USE. Easy hold, non-slip, ergonomic handle. It can be so hard to open the lid of a jar. Whether it’s just a hard-to-open jar or tired hands, arthritic hands, weakness caused by any myriad of reasons, this “Easy Open” Bottle and Jar Opener is the solution!

This piece is neither cute or trendy but Oh Momma it is EFFICIENT! The Chef Remi Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears/Multi-Purpose Utility Scissors for Chicken, Poultry, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Herbs, and BBQ’s is a “must have” for any kitchen. Struggling diced bacon? Screw that! CUT IT! Tired of pulling out the cutting board and hunting for a sharp knife just to chop chicken? Forget Mamasaurus…CUT IT!

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  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE – The Chef Remi Multifunction Kitchen Shears comes with a 100% Money Back Lifetime Guarantee. You won’t get this lifetime guarantee from other big brands. Try It RISK FREE Today!
  • MULTIFUNCTION KITCHEN SHEARS. Heavy duty for easy cutting of meat, poultry, vegetables, trimming fat etc. No need for a knife and board.
  • HIGH QUALITY CORROSION RESISTANT. Sharp stainless steel blades with micro-serrated edge for slip proof cutting. Makes food prep a ‘snip’!
  • BUILT IN BOTTLE OPENER. Serrated section in easy grip handle for opening tough sealed bottles or even cracking nuts! Plus ‘pop top’ bottle opener in the blade for fast & easy opening of bottles and jars
  • COMFORTABLE EASY GRIP HANDLES. Great grip for both right and left-handed chefs, these comfortable and super sharp scissors will make food preparation easier and faster

It also says it comes in “frustration-free packaging”…now wouldn’t THAT be nice. Grab your shear here and don’t forget, with Amazon Prime shipping is FREE.

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This money goes towards the operating costs of this site so we can continue to bring ideas, tips and reviews to our readers!

Pretend Place Nurtures Young Imaginations sprouted when the founders, all friends who grew up loving pretend-play in their youth, realized how important this part of childhood really is.

They knew that many parents made dress-up and pretend-play a major part of their own kids’ upbringing and they wanted to spread the joy and fun it can bring to families everywhere. With all the tech toys around, the folks at My Pretend Play believe that children (and parents!) are missing out on the experiences that they know are so valuable from childhood. Together, they decided to bring forth a company that revives pretend play at its best.

My Pretend Play’s vision is to create a great destination with fun ideas for crafting and other engaging activities to support dress-up and pretend-play. At the same time, they know not everyone has time for crafting on a regular basis, so they also provide high quality and long-lasting product themed towards children’s pretend play adventures.

They created their on-line Playroom with the intent to provide great ideas for creating your own pretend-play gear.

Some of the exceptionally cool and imagination nurturing offerings include their brand new Melissa & Doug Doctor Pretend Play Costume which includes a DIY Eye Doctor craft & activity, the hardcover book, Doctor Nice, by Valeri Gorbachev and two human x-rays.


Another popular pick is for those families who has “wee folk” who love playing fairies.  Get your little nymph running around outside or around the house with their fairy wings flapping and their pretty fairy head wreaths on it’s easy for them to imagine searching the woods for their woodland friends. With the Fairy Prentend Play kid, your kids will have endless hours of fun while looking for the wisps and sprites while avoiding the trolls, goblins, and gnomes.


Another thing that I love is that their Playroom is full of crafts and activities to help facilitate an even deeper fun experience! There are TONS of options if your family wants only one awe-inspiring costume for your wee one, or would like to take advantage of the the subscription option that keeps your little adventurer imagining something new every month!

Remember, every pretend play package comes with at LEAST one Dress-up Costume, a craft and/or activity, and an inspirational book and any order over $59 includes Free Shipping. (Subscription boxes are always free shipping).

PLUS get 30% off your first kids Dress-up Pretend Play box – Try it risk free today!

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**I am a My Pretend Place affiliate which means, if you click through and buy, I get a teeny tiny commission at no extra cost to you 🙂


101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home #bookreview

I love anything to do with natural remedies and homemade products. Growing up, The Mother Earth News was always in our home and my mom referred to the Adele Davis’ Let’s Get Well book constantly.

Recently, I discovered another stellar book in that same vein of goodness. 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants by Jan Berry. Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with the simple, versatile projects in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. In this incredible resource, Jan Berry teaches you the basics of making your own skin care and hair care products, health remedies and household cleaners―then how to customize them into truly unique and personalized items!

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You know that feeling when you get a new book in your hands, and you hold it like a precious treasure while you “oohhh” and “ahhhhh” over it?

This is one of those books 🙂

101 Homemade Products

In this awesome book you’ll learn how to make:

– Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser
– Cool Mint Body Wash
– Basic Calendula Lotion
– Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars
– Basil & Lime Lip Balm
– Lavender Oatmeal Soap
– Violet Flower Sore Throat Syrup
– Thyme Counter Cleaner
– Lavender Laundry Detergent
– And so much more!

All of the projects are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients. No fancy equipment or previous experience required! If you don’t have a certain ingredient on hand, Jan provides tips on how to substitute and what works best. Going green has never been easier or more affordable. With this book, you can use local, natural ingredients to make something beautiful, effective and good for you and your family. Grab your copy of this gorgeous and useful book on Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, Indie Bound and Amazon UK

About Jan

Nerdy Farm WifeJan Berry is the writer and photographer of the blog The Nerdy Farm Wife, where she shares creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into pretty things that are fun and practical. She writes regularly for and Natural Herbal Living magazine. Her projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, Empress of Dirt, Lovely Greens, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, the Bulk Herb Store Blog and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, two children and a menagerie of farm animals.

Connect with Jan on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

**I was sent a free copy of this book to review. Opinions expressed are purely my own.

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Your Tour Guide for Success in 2015

Are you like me? I mean, do you believe, deep in your heart, that you can have a soul-full life, a success-full biz, and do a lot of good for the world in the process?

I absolutely believe that. And good news: I found someone who’s showing us exactly how to make it happen. :)

My friend Leonie Dawson has created something that’s changing the lives and businesses of SO many women around the world in a way that’s never been seen before.

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If you don’t know Leonie, let me give you a few quick deets about her:

She’s a woman who really walks her talk. She’s managed to create a half million dollar a year company, working a few hours a day, spending loads of time playing with her family + making art + living a really full life. And, like me, she believes in making this world an amazing place by giving generously to causes she believes in.

I really resonate with Leonie, and I think you will too. Plus, she knows her stuff when it comes to business!


Leonie created the 2015 Create Your Shining Year in Life + Biz Workbook knowing what a difference it makes. It’s got 6 years and 40 000 women and a “sh*t tonne” of testimonials and results behind it. I offer it whole of heart and know it can make a real change.

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Either you’re ready to do the work to change your life or biz, or you’re not, the workbook/planner is here when you’re ready.


Guru Leonie Dawson has created something that’s changing the lives and businesses of SO many women around the world in a way that’s never been seen before. Leonie Dawson is a mentor to women wanting to create + grow massively successful and heart-centered creative + soulful businesses. She is also an author, retreat leader, visual artist, mama and guide for the tens of thousands who receive her free “AMAZING BIZ + AMAZING LIFE” eZine each week.

I think it’s so exciting + amazing what she’s put together – it’s just SO much more heart-centered, wildly generous + hugely affordable than ANYTHING that’s out there in the world.

Leonie Dawson

Here’s the link again… stop by and take a look!


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