System Knife Sharpener – Review

Knife Sharpener DragSys

System Knife Sharpener

As a home cook I am always looking for ways to sharpen my techniques and skills. Now I found a super-easy way to sharpen my knives too (okay okay that was beyond stupid and cheesy just soak in the awkwardness)! I was recently asked to review System Knife Sharpener from DragSys.

This particular system is to be used for kitchen knives, fruit knives, hunting knives, etc. I usually take my knives to a mobile sharpening company and that has worked really well for me over the years. is a mobile knife sharpening in NYC and it’s similar to the local company I use. I wanted to try a system knife sharpener for a change, so here are my thoughts.

It has a suction cup design, which is safer and convenient, and ideal for one handed sharpening. It has 2 stages for coarse and fine-sharpening. It features a unique sharpening wheel design that is convenient to sharpen back and forth.

Instructions for stainless steel knives:

Step 1: Course Sharpening

Suitable for blunt knives. Place the Vertoku knives in the sharpening slot. Using slight downward pressure, run the blade from its heel to its point though the slot. Repeat three to five times. Sharpen tools every six months or when necessary.

Step 2: Fine Honing

This is a necessary step used to eliminate burrs on a knife and to polish it. Place a knife in the sharpening slot. Using slight downward pressure run the blade from its heel to its point through the slot. Repeat three to five times. Normally, it is recommended to sharpen a knife once a week to keep your blade sharp at all times.


Please keep in mind that this sharpener isn’t suitable for serrated bladed and scissors. This sharpener can also be used for ceramic knives, but only for coarse sharpening (step 1). Do not put this sharpener in the dishwasher and always keep it away from children’s reach.

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Knife Sharpener DragSys
Knife Sharpener DragSys

This knife sharpener is available through Amazon.

The Natural Dentist Kids Toothpaste – a review

The Natural Dentist Kids Toothpaste

My children’s health and safety are two of my largest priorities. I want to provide them with the best I can offer. I like to take them to the dentist when I can and I hope that other parents feel the same. There are loads of dentists that you could pick from (for example, you could take a look at going to someone like this Dentist Fort Wayne but it’s up to you). It is also worth having the contact details of an emergency dentist handy, just in case you or your child ever need an emergency appointment. More often than not, an emergency dentist can be hard to find so you want to make sure you have their details ready so that you don’t have to waste time searching for a phone number. It’s not just the dentist that is important, but also picking the right products. By choosing the right products and the right companies I am feel that I am moving in the right direction. One of those important products would be my children’s toothpaste. I recently was exposed to The Natural Dentists Kid’s Toothpaste. I was curious to learn more about the company and product line. I am thrilled at all of the amazing information I learned. In order to help you, let me share some of the information I found most beneficial.

The Natural Dentist’s Plan: “Use kid-friendly packaging and fruity (not-yucky) flavorings to make the brushing ritual a fun activity for both you and them. As with all of our adult toothpastes, this product does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors. Dentists generally recommend the use of a fluoride toothpaste, to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities starting at about 2 years old. We recommend that you use it on a child-size toothbrush in small amounts and work with your child to teach them not to swallow excessive amounts.”

The Natural Dentist Toothpaste
The Natural Dentist Toothpaste

No artificial sweeteners

No artificial coloring

No preservatives

No SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

You might be thinking, “why would it matter if my toothpaste is all-natural?” Great question. You should know that many products contain artificial and harsh ingredients, dyes, preservatives and alcohol, which can be absorbed through the soft tissue in your mouth. The Natural Dentist has equal or better results using natural ingredients and will contribute to the overall health of your body.

All products by The Natural Dentist are made in the US. As for GMO’s this is what they have to say, “It is not our intent or our policy to source any plants altered by genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, agricultural experts believe that many American crops have been unintentionally affected because there are ultimately no barriers to cross-pollination. Therefore, we cannot certify that our US-cultivated plant ingredients have not been affected.” Which I think is fair enough.

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Allergies are a hot topic now-a-days. If your child has an allergy to strawberries you will want to avoid their Berry Blast and the Orange Zest flavors. You are safe with one of their mint varieties or Groovy Grape. People might also wonder is their products are gluten free? Dairy free? Soy free? Corn free? What about MSG? Their products are free of any soy, MSG, dairy, wheat or gluten based ingredients. However, several of the ingredients in our toothpastes and rinses are sourced through the hydrogenation or fermentation of corn and corn oil. If you have a sensitivity to corn, we suggest that you ask your doctor before using The Natural Dentist products.

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My daughter is 2 and is now able to have tiny amounts of fluoride in her toothpaste. The ADA says, “consult with a child’s dentist if considering the use of toothpaste before age 2.” If you are not able to give your child fluoride and need a safe and effective toothpaste then The Natural Dentist’s Fluoride Free Toothpaste is the way to go. I am now able to give the fluoride free version to my 1 year old and the versions with fluoride to my 2 year old. I love that I am able to buy both kinds in the same great flavors so my 1 year old doesn’t get jealous of my 2 year old.

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For a complete list of ingredients click here.

Look for The Natural Dentist at your local retailer. Click here to find your closest retailer who carries The Natural Dentist; here is a link to some coupons.

I was talking to a friend the other day who worked in marketing and he was telling me that it would be good idea to get my dentist in touch with an agency that understands the business. I care about local businesses because they take care of my childrens teeth so I recommended them some dentist marketing strategies.

If you would like to purchase some organic toothpaste right now? Here are some Amazon links:

The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper Fluoride Toothpaste, Groovy Grape

The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper Fluoride Toothpaste, Berry Blast

The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper Anti Cavity Rinse

Check out The Natural Dentist on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Try to win a trio of The Natural Dentist’s Toothpaste here

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Fall Off the Bone Ribs Recipe

How to cook Fall Off the Bone Ribs

Have you ever had that moment when you are eating ribs and they just melt off the bone? Where you just put them up to your lips and its like they are jumping into your mouth? Making a slab that can do this is way easier then you might think. It’s all in the timing and temperature. Below I will show you how you can achieve that fall off the bone rib you desire.

You will need:

1. Cut the slab into sections with 3 or 4 ribs per section.

2. Cover your 9 x 13 casserole dish with several layers of tinfoil (this will be important for steaming).

3. Sprinkle an ample amount of Adolf’s Meat Tenderizer all over your ribs.




4. Rub some of the BBQ sauce on the ribs by hand.



5. Add a small about of water to the bottom of the dish.  I typically add around 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of water. Some people like to add more but I feel like that is plenty.


6. TIGHTLY seal the top with tin foil.



7. Cook at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Then loosen the tinfoil cover a tiny bit.

8. Lower temp to 275 degrees. Cook for 2 hours.

9. Lowers temp to 225 degrees. Cook for 1 hour.

10. Add more sauce if desired.



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Why Ohio? Things to do in Ohio

Are you looking for things to do in Ohio?

Then you have come to the right place. Ohio is such a beautiful and family-oriented state. I moved here approximately 15 years ago. Before living here my honest opinion of Ohio was, “it has a lot of hills and colleges.” That’s it. End of my brain energy on Ohio. Now I see Ohio for that it really is. A beautiful state filled with rolling hillsides, open country, booming cities, strong small business growth (with some even managing to begin investing in marketing experts for tree care providers, to name but one example of how far their reach has grown), and more than you can imagine doing. For those that are planning on moving here, a word of advice, make sure you have all your important documents and needs sorted before you move to your new home, you don’t want to get there and a disaster happen to find out you’re not fully covered yet. There are companies such as First American Home Warranty that deal with Ohio housing needs in this area, to make sure your belongings are safe within your home.

* This page will continuously be updated and changing so please come back often to see what is new!

If you are looking for places to eat I would suggest:

Here is’s 50 Things to Eat and Drink in Cleveland in 2015

Here is’s Best Pierogi’s in Cleveland

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Mexican Meatloaf Recipe

This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes I have created. I typically use an all beef mixture. You can use the normal beef/pork/veal mixture or any combination. Just a warning – if you use the all beef mixture it will be heavy and dense! We like this version occasionally but others might not like how heavy and thick it is. This is a personal preference. Please choose your meat accordingly.


  • 1.5 lb beef (or any meatloaf combo you like)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 bag of shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 can (rinsed) black beans
  • 1 taco season package


1. Whisk your eggs.


2. Mix egg and breadcrumbs with meat mixture.

3. Add in taco seasoning, salt, pepper and can of rinsed black beans.

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5. Gently fold in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese.

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6. Place mixture into a greased loaf pan


7. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top.

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8. Cook at 375 for 45-60 minutes. Times will vary based on your meat mixture and oven.


9. Serve with taco toppings you and your family love.


Sour cream, green onions, taco sauce, can of Rotel, Spanish rice, refried beans, black olives, hot peppers, salsa.

AYL Silicone Grip Gloves – A Review

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Cooking is not only a large part of this blog but a key part of my life. I love to cook. Finding new ingredients and gadgets is what a cook lives for. I was chosen to review an amazing product that is so versatile that I am sure you are going to pop over to Amazon to grab a pair for yourself.

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AYL (Accessorize Your Life) is a top seller over at my favorite place to shop,! The item which I have fallen in love with are their Silicone Grill Gloves. These gloves come ready to use right out of the packaging. They are 100% premium grade FDA-approved silicone. They are non toxic and odorless which is so helpful because I can be okay with the smell of rubber, but I don’t want my beautiful meal to be tarnished by a rubbery smell which other inferior gloves can do. The gloves are super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Best of all the can easily withstand heat up to 425 degrees!

My husband was thrilled when he saw me with our new Silicone Gloves the first time I used them. He immediately asked, can we use those on the grill?! I laughed and told him yes. His response, “I am going to stick my hand right into the fire!” Such a guy…I reminded him about the heat limits but yes, babe, you can briefly stick your hand into a fire.

These gloves are perfect for everyday kitchen use. I have always used name brand oven mitts ::cough cough William Sonoma cough:: but I have now made my switch to these AYL glove.  I have used these gloves on everything from your standard fry pan to a super heavy ceramic stock pot. Every cookware item these gloves have touched not only allowed me to grip with strength but with delicacy as well. I can hold tightly to a very heavy stock pout but also tenderly pour water out of a tiny pot. I thought that holding onto the handle of a fry pan in these gloves would be difficult or awkward due to the finger style instead of a mitten style that I am accustomed to. Every time it was smooth and safe.


I grabbed my gloves just yesterday to use them when my oven was off. No oven this time, just a defrosted can of broth. I make my own bone broth from scratch and freeze it so I always have chicken stock on hand. When you defrost a jar of liquid the top is always crazy hard to unscrew. The seal gets too tight after storage and if you forget to wipe the lid (and I’m a very forgetful gal) then that reopening in going to be a beast. I instantly thought of my new Silicone Gloves and BOOM! I was able to open it on my own! That was a thrill for a weakling like me. Besides opening stubborn jars, these gloves can be used for changing a light bulb, camping, fishing and for tons of other ways too.

AYL gives their customers a lifetime warranty. They promise to take care of their customers 100%. That is a guarantee I can groove with.







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Smarty Preschool Adventure App Giveaway

All kids love technology. It is alluring and memorizing. They want that screen time. They literally scream for the screen!

I limit what I let my children play with and watch on the TV, iPad and all types of devices. I try to find the best educational apps for my kids to use when I do allow them those minutes on the tablet. If they are going to be on there they will at least bear fruit in the process.

I was able to review the game Smarty Preschool Adventure and it was such a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the app and more importantly, so did my 2 year old. She loves playing with it and has gotten much much better at recognizing all types of colors and shapes. It’s a very good part of her Incremental Games collection for her age, and hopefully she’ll be enjoying it for a time to come. To find out more about the game please read the full review here.

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Smarty Preschool Adventure is for children ages 2 to 6. It teaches colors, shapes, counting and matching. When registered it is also available in the following languages: Spanish, Italian, Russian, French, German, Portuguese, Greek, Hungarian, Serbian, Croatian, Polish, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Chinese.

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For your chance to win a free download of this awesome educational game please see the form below (may take a moment to load, please have patience).


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Smarty Preschool Adventure App Giveaway

Smarty Preschool Adventure – A Review

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Raising a child in society today its hard to not be bombarded by technology. Television, DVRs, blue-ray players, cell phones, iPads, tablets, cell phones, iPods, and who knows what is next. We try to limit our children’s screen time so that they can use their imagination and be exposed to people and nature. Reality is we also need to have our children exposed to technology because it will be an integral part of their education and future in general.

When I brought home my second child I saw the value that could be seen in an iPad/tablet. When I needed to sit with my newborn and nurse (which as all mothers know can be ALL day sometimes), I needed to have my toddler distracted and entertained; otherwise she will want to crawl and be on my lap too, which can be quite the balancing act. I now still exclusively breast feed my youngest and still need those 20 minutes to side track my daughter. Finding a good, quality and educational app for your child is not as easy as one would think. Some are full of advertisements which can lead your child into the internet (which is not appropriate for young children), some are full of glitches which freeze and turn off that game. That is horrible when a kid cannot play something they started due to a app error. Some are non sense and will not provide any value or gain in the play time.

When I was given the app from Anna, the creator/owner/developer I was excited but hesitant. You just never know what it is you are installing onto your tablet. I let my daughter be the first to open the game. She easily was able to independently open the game and get it started. She likes being able to figure the buttons out on her own.  The main menu is the games main character, “Smarty” cat, juggling different shapes of multiple colors as well as fruit. The user touches an item being juggled to choose the game they wish to play. This is a fun concept but too hard for my 2 year old to fully understand. She want to play the “match the color game” but is unable to know which item to touch for that game to appear. This can causes stress for my daughter and me. I tried to figure out what shape or fruit goes with which game and I cannot find any association between them. It’s almost as if its random. If only the items being juggled would more easily identify with the wanted game then my daughter, and other users, would have an easier time navigating.  A few times she has turned the game off because she cannot figure out how to get into the game she wants. When she is on a roll, however, she will play this app for a solid 20 to 30 minutes.  We also get a screen where you can tell it is showing you how many levels you have unlocked with stars and numbers. I cannot figure out exactly what it is trying to tell me.

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My daughter has never been very good at her colors. She could count to 20 by 2 year but colors allude her. No interest in learning them either, until this game! She loves matching the colors to the thought bubble with the lead color! I was thrilled to see her repeating the correct colors! Saying them out loud with the game. Then later recalling those colors correctly. Happy mama here.

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There will be multiple shapes to drag to the matching shape bubble. If there are 2 hexagons then it will count as you drop them in the bubble. She loves numbers, so this feature is great. Another shape game is when you get to physically shake the tablet back and forth to make the shapes fall from a cloud. This is a great interaction my daughter loves. She like to drag them back like puzzle pieces.

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Join the Points:

This is my daughters most captivating and most frustrating game on the app. In this game you take your finger and touch a small flower. Then dragging your finger you create a line which you move to another flower. You do this to make different shapes such as a line, triangle, hexagon, etc… My daughter wants to play this game all the time, but being only 2 years old, her fine motor skills are not fully developed. The screen is very sensitive and you have to have your finger exactly on the center of a very tiny flower for it to recognize your touch and make the line for you to be able to connect. I would suggest that the screen allows a larger area for a finger to be able to start the line, or to make the flowers a bit larger. This would help the younger children. I really love this feature because it is using their fine motor skills. It allows the user to pick a color that they want the line to be. The most fun part is when you finish connecting the lines a tiny bee goes around the shape showing you that you did it correctly. Sometimes my daughter will get confused on which flowers are supposed to connect. I would also suggest that when a line is being held for a few seconds and has not connected with the correct flower yet that the flower you are looking for starts to change color or gets slightly larger. So the child playing can recognize where they need to drag their finger to.

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Paint the Shape:

This is a great color learning game. You will see a large shape in the center of the screen. Then at the top of the page you will find the name of a color, in that color (the word red and the writing is in red). On the sides of the screen you can see all of the color options. Here the child touches the color they are looking for then touches to shape. The shape fills up with the correct color and you get a new shape and color to play again.  My daughter forgets to look at the word at the top to see what color she is looking for. I would suggest making that word larger and maybe make it enlarge if the child guesses wrong, so they can see what their reference point is again.


When a user completes a task correctly they are encouraged with a celebration and congratulation. A bunch of stars or confetti shapes will fall down and you will hear a phrase like “Magnificent” or “Great you are”! I am not familiar with the phrase “great you are” but this game is available across the globe in many languages so it must fall in a non American English phrase category. My daughter loves the praise of a job well done when she completes the level.

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This app is a lot of fun. Its very educational and fairy easy to use. My 2 year old really likes it and has opened it daily since it was downloaded. I would recommend this app to others who have children within the 2 to 6 year age range.

I would suggest purchasing this app. It is by Kendal Investments Ltd and currently costs $2.99. I will be running a giveaway shortly for a chance for a free download of the game! If you don’t win a copy that is okay, you wont regret paying $2.99 for this fun fill game.

Also, please visit them on Facebook at

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Natural Seed Sprouts by Vremi Review

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Since having moved to the country I have been thrilled about the opportunity to now have my very own garden! I have big plans for this spring and summer. I have already spoken to my neighbor about borrowing their rototiller to work up the land. I cannot wait to have a gorgeous, healthy lawn of my own! I have already started using websites like to locate a lawn care expert to take care of my lawn for me. I have my composter slowly filling, and now I have some seeds to plant. Now I just need this Ohio weather to warm up. I am not holding my breath on the Ohio weather part for now…

As you know, I am an organic and low chemical matriarch. I buy organic fruits and vegetables. When gardening I will also hold myself to a high standard and not allow chemicals in my food. By using organic seeds (like the ones you can get from and soil (my own compost) I will be able to control the quality of my food. I recently found out about Vremi and their organic seeds for sprouting. They have a large variety of seeds but the one that I am most looking forward to are the radishes! My husband and I love a crisp few radish on a hot summer day; just a nice treat while relaxing. I believe that these sprouts are best eaten raw, without cooking, in a salad, a sandwich or as a fresh snack.


These seeds are all organic and contain no GMO’s. They are USDA certified. This is just what I look for. A product that can guarantee the safety and health of me and my loved ones. The greatest part of these seeds are their nutritional value. Sprouts are an excellent source of highly absorbable Vitamins including A, B, C, E and K, Chlorophyll, high quality balanced proteins, fibers, Minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, zinc as well as trace Minerals, Carotene, Amino Acids, Enzymes, Anti-oxidants and Bioflavonoids.

When you are ready to grow your radish seeds you will need to prep your seeds by rinsing them 3 times per day for 2 to 3 days. This will help accelerate your germination time. Make sure to not allow them to sit in water. Having a seed sit in still water will cause fungus and that is not good. After those initial few days your seeds will begin to sprout. Once they are begun to sprout you can keep them in your a shallow dish or plant them in soil. I plan on planting my in organic, composted soil. I will not bury them but lightly press them on the top of the soil. Then sprinkle a tiny amount of organic compost on top. Make sure to water your seeds daily. The soil will absorb the excess water. Its better to add water a tad too much water then not enough. If they don’t have enough they will dry up and die but if you over water then the soil will absorb the excess water for you.

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Radish sprouts are a great diet food for those who are now on their New Years Resolution kick to loose that holiday weight. They are only 43 calories per 3.5 ounces! They have high amounts of vitamin C which is great for your skin. Our skin is constantly being attacked by free radicals which are created by toxins, pollutants, stress, UV rays, and more. The vitamin C in radishes can help destroy these harmful molecules and help restore your body’s natural collagen, which is the protein which naturally helps aid in your skins condition.

You are able to purchase these seeds and more through Amazon. They are currently ranging in price from $12.90 to $17.90 for the individual sprouters. Since they are so affordable and easy to use I suggest you stocking up!


How to Clean High Chair Straps

How to Clean High Chair Straps


All parents and caretakers know how crazy and messy meal time really is. Wouldn’t it be great for a child to simply place the food that was given to them in their mouth? To chew it up and shallow it. And happily?! Okay, okay, I know its too much to ask for. If I can get a kid to eat what I give them in any form I will be thrilled. Having 1 picky eater and 1 who hasn’t developed fine motor skills fully, meals are pretty adventurous over in the Fox household.  High chairs are a necessary evil. They are great because you can contain your child for a few brief moments of the day. Evil because those straps are always a beautiful light creme to white color. Seriously manufacturers. When are you just going to make them orange! Dye them for us in the factory and save us from the depression of seeing our beautiful chair go from white to a sloppy orange/green/purple/red/every possible color mess. But, if you are like me, I cannot stand looking at gross dingy straps. It makes me feel like my child is sitting in their own filth…because they are! So I have found the perfect concoction to get your straps back to new!

How to Clean High Chair Straps

1 part baking soda

2 parts bleach

2-3 drops of your daily dish soap

Mix these three ingredients well with a toothbrush. Use the same toothbrush to scrub your straps. Rinse straps with warm water afterwards and let air dry.