Elizabeth Lennox

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I know this seems silly, but my feet are always cold and this thing keeps my toes really warm!  

I got these under cabinet lights and they are truly amazing.  Motion activated, magnetically held underneath the cabinets and rechargeable.  The charge in my house seems to last about three months – and they fully charge in about an hour.  These results will be different for your homes and with your usage – but these were a huge help to me.  I have a 115 year old house – so it was a fast and reliable way to add under-cabinet lighting.  
I’ll be adding these to closets and my linen closet.  
I’ve bought other items from Amazon – but none have been amazing enough for me to recommend.  

My new house has a small backyard, so I tried to be environmentally friendly by getting a “reel” mower (the old-fashioned push kind).  And it was painful to push.  This year, I broke down and got a new mower.  This baby is battery operated and soooo smooth!  It’s self-propelled with multiple speeds.  But that’s not the best part…it has a button to start it!!  Yes, a button!  No more of those yanking cords – this baby begins to purr with the press of a button!  It can mulch or bag and it even collapses down for easier storage.  Plus – it comes in a box and everything is already put together!  The handles are collapsed – but I with a flick of two majugy things, the handles extend and come out.  Like magic!  Love this mower!  

I haven’t posted anything to the “Elizabeth’s Picks” pages because I haven’t been blown away by any product yet.  There have been some products that I’ve liked, but they haven’t been “Wow!”  But this security camera is a “Wow” for me.  As a technophobe, this camera was shockingly easy to set up and install.  The hardest part for me was installing the holder for the camera.  But the software takes you through every step and before I even realized it was ready – the camera was already sending images to my phone as I walked in and out of my doorway.  No monthly subscription needed – but you can get extra bells and whistles if you want to upgrade.  But the software sends images directly to your phone.  You will need to take it down occasionally to power it up – but the camera comes with the charging cord.  So you don’t even need to connect the wires for this baby to work!!  

I have this air fryer and use it ALL THE TIME!  I love it!  The air fryer is a really great way to make foods that are healthier and just taste better!  For lunch, I sometimes make sweet potato fries (lots of potassium and fiber – plus, they are DELICIOUS!) .  I’ve made some of the juiciest chicken in this baby – although I can cook a max of three large breasts at once, which is about five servings.  Oh – and roasted chic peas!  These are the best!


Roasted Chic Pea Recipe:
1-2 cans of drained, rinsed chic peas
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
McCormick’s cajun, low sodium spice nux
Frank’s Hot Sauce (depends on your heat level)
Cover the chic peas in the olive oil.  Then sprinkle with the cajun spice, lightly or more, depending on your preference.  Then douse them with a bit of hot sauce.  Spray the air fryer pan with cooking spray and dump the chic peas in.  Cook for 20 minutes at 270 degrees.  Shake them up at the end of this first 20 minutes.  Test them.  If they are crunchy, then you’re done.  If not, put them in for another 5-10 minutes, or until they are to your crunch level.  Personally, I prefer them very crunchy, so I’ll put them in for another 20 minutes.  
I’d tell you how long these will keep in an air tight container, but I don’t know.  I make these crunchy treats and they are generally gone within a day or two.  
You can use this same recipe for kale.  I know – ick!  I don’t eat it myself, but I can make crunchy, spicy kale – the entire package (I remove the hard “spine” and tear the kale into bite sized pieces).  My kids and husband will eat the kale like popcorn!  It’s gone within 30 minutes.  
So if you’re trying to find ways to get more healthy foods into your diet, these two options are GOLD! 

Ladies – if you have a painting job to do – this little baby is a must-have! I sprayed water sealer on my deck and it took me about 5 minutes to cover the entire deck. I was standing there, stupidly looking at the beautiful deck, wondering, “What do I do now?!” I put down three more coats – so in total, it took me about 30 minutes to seal the whole deck and that included cleaning the machine. I spoke to a friend who painted the bannister of their front porch. it took them all week to hand paint those spokes. I did my whole front porch bannister (three coats of paint – about 18 feet and 66 spokes) in 2.5 hours! Plus – the sprayer finish is 1000 times better, neater, cleaner than any kind of hand painting! There are no messy clumps of paint anywhere and it really seems to make the paint last longer! I can’t imagine using a paint brush again. This little baby is just so easy to use, even on trim work. And clean up really is shockingly easy!

Bissel Crosswave – vacuum and mop combined.
Holy cannoli this is the best product ever! I actually bought one about two months ago, but I didn’t post this product because I wanted to make sure that it was good enough. IT IS! This thing is AH-maayzing! I know the picture of the dirty water is gross, but I posted that just to show you how much dirt it picked up. Now, that might be a testament to how good the machine is, or it might just reveal how dirty my floors are. Either way, I love this thing! Seriously, you no longer need to sweep the floor before mopping! This thing does it all at once!

Fall is the time to eat apples.  They are healthy, sweet, great for your stomach because of the insoluble fiber, loads of vitamins and can snap through a sugar craving fast!  However, sometimes an apple is just too much of a commitment.  I know – that sounds silly.  But there are times when I know I should eat an apple, but I just don’t feel like it.  I grasp that my issue is silly.  Here’s my solution.  I slice all of the apples up (see my apple slicer too!), pop all of the slices onto the trays (there are SIX with this baby) and in about a day, I have tons of crispy, healthy apple slices.  I don’t know why – but it’s just easier to eat apple crisps vs an apple.  Try this dehydrator – it’s fabulous with apples, but I’ve also used it for bananas, plums and a few other fruits. 

During the winter months, I use this inside.  In the summer, I’m tempted to set it up outside, just so I’m not heating up the house.  Unfortunately, that’s not a good idea.  The humidity during the summer months doesn’t let the apple slices truly crisp up.  So put this puppy in your basement or cellar – and it works perfectly!   There are more expensive models and less expensive – but I suspect that they all work in the same way.  


Now that everyone is ramping up for apple pie season, this baby is a MUST!  It also slices potatoes and other veggies – but I only use it for apples.  Warning though – the suction cup on this model isn’t great, but the slicer is awesome and the product isn’t very expensive, so I just ignore that suction problem.  If you find a better one for the same price, let me know.  But the apple slices come out uniform and it slices them FAST!  I use this mainly for dehydrating apples so I usually leave the skin on.  But the tool has a little lever that allows you to skin the apples perfectly.  It’s also super fun!  

I found these and clip one to my running shoe and another to the pocket on my leggings during my morning runs. The clips are strong – but not obnoxiously so. The lights are super bright and perfect for running or you can attach one to your dog’s collar for those dark-time walks. One morning, I was running down a street, coming to an intersection where there were tall bushes that hid me from oncoming traffic. The lights are so good that the person driving down the street saw me coming and slowed down – inching towards the intersection. I feel much more visible wearing these lights whenever I’m out during dark periods and with the sunset happening earlier in the evening, I’ll even wear these out when I’m walking at night.

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