Klutz Solar Car–Back to School Bloggie Boogie Sponsor

button1It is hard to believe it is time to think about school, but Back to School sales have already started.  Beginning next weekend I will be participating in a fun blog giveaway event, the Back to School Bloggie Boogie.  From July 17th through July 31st, 25 blogs will be hosting amazing giveaways, each worth at least $75.  This week I am going to be highlighting my sponsors, so you can see what you can win.  My first sponsor is Klutz Books, who are well know for making fun and educational books for kids.  I love to use these books in my homeschooling, because they are perfect for those days I want to add a little excitement and break the book work routine.

solarcarnewI was sent three Klutz books to review, and the first is The Solar Car book.  This book is full of solar science facts and comes with everything you need to build a cool solar-powered racecar: wheels, axles, motors, wires and a genuine one-volt solar cell.  You put the car together without using glue, nails or tape, it all just snaps together.  My son, age 12, wanted to put it together without reading the directions, which didn’t work too well.  But once he actually looked at the book he had the car together in 15 minutes or so.

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Hayneedle Umbrella Clothesline Review and Giveaway

hn_logoThere are many ways to go green and reduce energy consumption, and one of the best is hanging out clothes to dry in the sunshine.  It just seems silly to spend money and waste energy running a dryer when the sunshine is free and, at least this time of year, abundant.  To help me “go green” I recently received the Household Essentials P1900 6-Line Portable Indoor/Outdoor Umbrella Clothesline from Hayneedle to review, and I love it.

When I started looking at clotheslines I had a hard time deciding which kind to get.  We have a large backyard, which has very little shade, but by the time you get past the garage, dog’s area, garden and pool you are about 30 yards from the house.  While I could put a huge clothesline out there, I know I probably wouldn’t use it much if it was that far away.  Plus we rarely run more than 2 loads of wash a day, so I don’t need a huge clothesline.  So I decided the best thing to do was to look at portable umbrella clotheslines, and get one I could put on the deck.  Our deck is only a few feet from the laundry room, so it is convenient to have a clothesline there.

This umbrella clothesline is very portable, since it folds up.  When the box came I couldn’t believe how small it was!  Here it is, both folded up, and fully extended.

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It is easy to put up and take down.  I like the fact that if we are having company over I can just fold it up and put it away.  During the winter I can either store it, or use it inside occasionally.
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