How to Protect Fruit Trees and Shrubs from Birds, Squirrels & Other Pests

How to Protect Fruit Trees and Shrubs from Birds, Squirrels & Other Pests

There are lots of cheap or free methods you can use to help protect your fruit trees and shrubs from pests like squirrels and birds, such as hanging aluminum pie plates or old CDs from the trees branches to scare them off.  You can also buy reflective bird tape to hang from the branches or place an owl decoy nearby to scare away birds.

We have quite a bit of time and money invested in grapes, blueberries, limes, lemons and satsuma trees and its a fight every year to keep the birds and squirrels from stealing most of our delicious crops so I’ve tried all sorts of things to keep these rude invaders away. All of the above methods are helpful in keeping birds and squirrels away from your fruit trees and shrubs, but they’re not foolproof and the critters are smart and get used to these tricks after awhile. I really wanted to cover my fruit trees and bushes completely to keep everything out so we devised these simple domes using irrigation tubing to use as a framework for wildlife netting.

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10 Ways to Save Money at TJ Maxx

10 Ways to Save Money at TJ Maxx

Many people flock to TJ Maxx for great deals on clothing, home décor, fragrances and more. TJ Maxx can in fact be a great place to find deals, and even sweeter is the fact that you can implement some simple tips and tricks to save even more cash when you shop. Look at these 10 ways to save money at TJ Maxx, so you can fill that cart with all of your favorite finds for less.

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How Holiday Sales Help You Save Throughout the Year

How Holiday Sales Help You Save Throughout the Year

Well I thought I was all done with my pre-Christmas shopping but then a friend at work told me that Kohl’s had their Jansport backpacks on clearance so I had to make another trip back today and boy did I score! These backpacks all retail for between $59 and $89 but I got them on clearance today for between $4.80 and $12.80, PLUS I got to use a 30% off coupon AND I got $10 back in Kohl’s Cash. I saved a whopping $375.41 and that doesn’t even include the $10 Kohl’s cash. With five kids I seem to spend a small fortune on backpacks for back to school each year so I’m thrilled to have stocked them up for next year at these bargain prices.

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Forget Resolutions! Free 2018 Goals & Priorities Planner

Forget Resolutions! Free 2016 Goals and Priorities Planner

I’m a strong believer in making goals but statistics show that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolutions. On the other hand you are much more likely to be successful if you have written down specific, measurable goals that you regularly review. That doesn’t sound too difficult does it?

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Save Big on Luxury Items at The Real Real!

Save Big on Luxury Items at The Real Real!

Have you heard about The RealReal yet? It’s an online luxury consignment site where you can find amazing designer finds from Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Jimmy Choo and more. Everything is 100% authentic and there are so many great deals! Take $25 off your first purchase with this link and score something fabulous for a great price. I just bought this gorgeous Kate Spade New York Scatter Station necklace, that retails for $95, for just $26.55 shipped! Use your $25.00 credit to score your next Obsession.

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Small Space Living Gift Guide From World Market

Cost Plus World Market has created a Guide to Small Space Living to help you make the most of your space. From organizing and storing with intention to multi-purpose furniture and decor additions, World Market has everything you need for your cozy studio, apartment or home.

Also, take a peek at the new Fall Super Natural Collection. Pale colors, natural wood, copper finishes and stoneware exemplify World Market’s homage to honest materials.

 

Child Car Seat Safety Tips

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Car Seat Safety Tips

During the holiday season many of us will be on the road more than usual with all the extra shopping and trips to visit family. Of course car seat safety is important all year long but this busy travel season is a great time for a checkup. Here are a few tips for keeping kids safe while riding in cars:

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NECTAR Mattress Setup and Review

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been provided with the product below from NECTAR to facilitate this review. I have received no other compensation and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

NECTAR Mattress Setup and Review

I’ve had my old mattress for about 15 years, since before my kids were born, so it’s long past time for a new one. I had no idea that mattresses came this way now as I remember borrowing a truck and struggling to get my old one home because I didn’t want to pay the delivery fee. This king sized Nectar mattress was delivered straight to the front door in a vacuum sealed roll inside a vinyl bag and delivery was free!

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Free Christmas Gift & Holiday Planner Download!

Free Christmas Gift & Holiday Planner!

Okay, some of you may be thinking it’s a little early in the year for this, but with my small budget and my large gift list it’s never too early to get started on holiday planning! Between my five kiddos, my parents, my best friend and gift exchange parties at work I have a lot of people to buy Christmas gifts for. That’s not even considering the neighbors, the mail lady, the kids’ teachers, and all the other people I can’t remember right now! If I don’t start thinking about this stuff early then my entire budget is blown for months. That’s why I REALLY need a Christmas Planner and I thought it’d be awesome to share these super holiday strategies with you.

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10 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving It

10 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving It

I love Halloween but with small kids, taking out pumpkin guts and carving a pumpkin is messy and time consuming and I can never get the design to look quite the way I envisioned it in my head. So, we started looking for out of the box ways to decorate our pumpkins and over the years have used several on this list and have bookmarked the others to use in the years to come.

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