Montana June

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Axe Gold Line


With two teenage boys in the house, finding a good brand to keep them smelling fresh can be difficult! Axe Gold Line makes this task much easier!

What The Teenagers Thought

Teenagers..ugh. They are so wishy washy, and they change their mind every other day! It’s no different with toiletries. I have two teenage boys, and they might like something one day, then their best friend’s cousin’s brother (yes, I exaggerate..haha) tells them it’s not cool anymore, so they don’t like it.  I can’t tell you how many times we have bought body wash and deodorant, just to have them decide they don’t like it anymore.

This is not the case with Axe! Axe has been the one true staple in their daily routine. They love the way it works, and smells, and would never, in a million years, give it up. The Axe Gold line is, by far, their favorite. It has things like Bergamot, which is actually one of my oldest son’s favorite essential oils.

My youngest son is very active and sweats a ton! Seriously, it looks like he takes a bath in sweat, after 5 minutes outside. It’s quite gross, and it can be very stinky! He has been using the deodorant from the Axe Gold line, and we haven’t had any issues with stinky smells since then! I love that it comes in a solid, and a gel,  because this accommodates both of my boys.

If you have teenagers, I dare you to try the Axe Gold line! I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

The Products

Gold Wash & Style Shampoo- Great style has never been easier. In one step, cleanse away dirt while Style Control Technology infuses hair with texture & light control. Just wash, dry, shape, and go for instant style.

Gold Fresh Body Wash- This refreshing Gold Fresh scent blends mountain air and fresh wood. The shower isn’t just where you go to stop being dirty, it’s where you start being awesome. It’s the crucial first step, so get it right. And this Body Wash relaxes you with its smooth fragrance, so you can smell smooth from the very start. When you smell smooth from step one, magic follows.

Gold Body Wash- This relaxing Gold scent combines oud wood and fresh vanilla. The shower isn’t just where you go to stop being dirty, it’s where you start being awesome. It’s the crucial first step, so get it right. And this Body Wash relaxes you with its smooth fragrance, so you can smell smooth from the very start. When you smell smooth from step one, magic follows.

Gold Fresh Body Spray- The men’s body spray that keeps you fresh all day with a refreshing scent. With the unique fragrance of Iced Mint and Leather, it not only protects you from body odor but it also has a fresh scent that takes you from day to night. You’re Gold.

Gold Body Spray- The men’s body spray that keeps you fresh all day with a sophisticated scent. With the unique fragrance of Oud Wood and Dark Vanilla, it not only protects you from body odor but it also has a fresh scent that takes you from day to night. You’re Gold.

Gold Original Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant- A fresh scent of Sandalwood and Bergamot. This antiperspirant spray goes on instantly dry with anti marks protection, keeping you fresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.

Gold Fresh Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick- This antiperspirant allows you to make an impression without going over the top. Goes on smoothly and provides all day freshness and 24-hour odor protection. Apply a few strokes to washed and dried armpits. Wait a minute, get dressed and go. You’re Gold.

Gold Original Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick- A fresh scent of Sandalwood and Bergamot. This antiperspirant stick goes on instantly dry with anti marks protection, keeping you fresh and protected from sweat for 48 hours.

Gold Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick- This antiperspirant allows you to make an impression without going over the top. Goes on smoothly and provides all day freshness and 24-hour odor protection. Apply a few strokes to washed and dried armpits. Wait a minute, get dressed and go. You’re Gold.


There are many pain relief products on the market, but very few that actually do what they claim. Real Time does exactly what it claims!


HEMP Oil Plus is a rich cream that delivers on-spot relief from pain and stiffness. The homeopathic formula of HEMP Oil Plus has the same light feel and great smell that you love and expect from Real Time Pain ReliefPlus, it is made with 4 new key ingredients: Turmeric Extract, Peppermint Oil, Wasabi Extract, and Hemp Oil. This gentle but revolutionary cream is ideal for daily use in the fight against pain and stiffness.

Key Ingredients of HEMP Oil Plus

  • Hemp Oil is believed to offer antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals to skin.
  • Turmeric Extract is naturally rich in antioxidants and minerals that have a positive affect on collagen and skin tissue.
  • Wasabi Extract warms up stiff muscles and leaves an invigorating sensation on the skin.
  • Peppermint Oil is soothing and promotes blood flow. When used topically, it leaves an enlivening and refreshing tingle on the skin.


Real Time Pain Relief is the first product that we developed and remains our best seller. It is formulated with a special blend of 17 Ingredients from Nature including Aloe Vera, Menthol, Arnica, Capsicum, Willow Bark, and more. Real Time PAIN Cream is a non-greasy, fast absorbing lotion that delivers soothing relief within minutes of application.

It is Ingredient Based Therapy that lasts. Even better, it smells great and won’t leave you smelling like medicine.

Real time PAIN Cream is formulated and packaged in the Heartland of America and is free of​:

  • Harmful Chemicals
  • GMOs
  • Parabens
  • SLS
  • Dyes

My Thoughts

I’ve tried a lot of pain products that didn’t do what they claimed. I have issues with my shoulder, as well as carpal tunnel in my hands and wrists. I have a lot of days that I have pain, and nothing seems to work. The other night, my shoulder hurt so bad that the pain radiated all the way down my arm. I put on the Hemp Oil Plus cream, and it started settling it down within minutes. It didn’t completely take it away with the first application, but I did put a second application on about an hour later and that took the pain from about a 10 down to around a 2.

The best thing about this pain cream is the smell. It doesn’t have the horrible “medicated” smell that most pain relief creams have. It’s actually a pleasant scent that doesn’t bother my senses at all. Real Time offers many different products besides the pain cream. They even have pain relief bath bombs!

I definitely recommend that you try these products if you suffer from pain.


Good knives can be hard to find. Either they aren’t sharp, or the handles are too flimsy. Farberware has really brought their A game with these knives!

About The Knives


One of the most common complaints about cutlery is that is in not safe to wash in the dishwasher. Well, now you don’t have to worry – Introducing Knife Armor from Farberware.



  • KNIFE BLOCK SET: Crafted high carbon stainless steel blades perfect for everyday use and precision while cutting, the knives and shears are durable and long lasting; wide assortment of knives allows for various use purposes.
  • ASSORTMENT OF CUTLERY: Set includes 8” chef knife, 8” bread knife, 5” santoku knife, 5.5” serrated utility knife, 3.5” paring knife, (6) 4.5” steak knives.
  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED HANDLE: Farberware handles are ergonomically designed for comfort and better control while using products; light weight for easy precision, has non-slip handles that provide sure grip even when wet.
  • EASY ORGANIZATION: All parts of the stainless steel cutlery are kept neat and organized in the natural colored knife block, that is included with set; the block allows for easy organization in the kitchen.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: Easy to care for and to clean, dishwasher safe and will not rust.

My Thoughts

Oh my word! These knives! They are quite amazing, let me tell you. Seriously. These are the best knives I’ve ever owned. The knife block is very well made, and it looks wonderful on my counter. The handles are a stylish black, and easy to grip. Did I mention that they are super sharp?

My husband loves the big chef’s knife, because it will slice through an entire pack of bacon in one cut. I also use that knife to slice my watermelon, and it is amazing! With all of the different sizes, there is a knife for any need, from slicing cheese to cutting meat. Speaking of meat, the steak knives cut so easily that it’s almost like cutting through butter!

These knives can be put into a dishwasher, making clean up super easy. They wash up just as easy by hand. The blade are made of Japanese stainless steel, and will last a very long time. This is important to me, because I don’t like having to replace big purchases like this on a regular basis. When I purchase something, I expect that it will last, and not just fall apart or rust in a short time.

If you are wanting a great knife set, that is built to last a long time, then I highly recommend this set! The knives are amazing, and cut like no others!



The Litter-Robot is seriously the best invention ever! We’ve eliminated almost all of the litter boxes from our home! It’s very convenient!

About The Litter-Robot

Say hello to the completely re-imagined Litter-Robot III Open Air (retail $499.99) with Connect. After the cat exits, the patented sifting process automatically separates the waste from the litter and deposits the clumps into a waste drawer for easy disposal. Now WiFi-enabled so you can remotely monitor and control a single Litter-Robot or multiple units. Compatible with Apple mobile devices with iOS 9.0 or greater.



  • Great for cats 5 lbs and up
  • View the waste drawer level
  • Control multiple Litter-Robot units
  • Receive status notifications
  • Monitor your cat’s litter box usage
  • Change settings remotely
  • No international Connect sales
  • Free shipping to the contiguous US

My Thoughts

When the Litter-Robot arrived, I was super excited! This thing was HUGE! We have 6 cats, so this was essential. With 6 cats, came just as many litter boxes. That’s a lot of litter! We love the Litter-Robot because we don’t have to touch the litter.

The first thing that really amazed me was how easy and effortless it was to set it up. I had it up and going in under 5 minutes. It was easy to connect to our internet and get the app going. I really like that I can look at the app to see when I need to empty the tray. The Litter-Robot is truly an amazing convenience.

My kitten, Muffin, was the first to get inside and use it. To say she liked it would be an understatement. The first couple of days, I kept getting notifications of a sensor fault, and when I would check, sure enough Muffin was in there playing….haha! She was definitely having too much fun!





It took a couple of days for the other kitties to acclimate to it, but most of them came around. The exception to that is one older cat that isn’t able to climb into it (we don’t have the optional steps) and another cat that stays in my son’s room due to anxiety.

The Litter-Robot has a very convenient night light. Yes, cats can see in the dark, but hey, a little help never hurt 😉 I think it is a great feature, especially for an older cat that may have trouble seeing.

The Litter-Robot is extremely quiet, and even though it was in our bedroom the first week, we never were bothered by it running in the night. Seriously, it’s very quiet. We never heard it running. We have since moved it into our usual place in the laundry room. I like that we can basically just forget about it. Yes, we check it to make sure there’s plenty of litter, and we completely change the litter, but in between, we can forget about it. We don’t have to scoop it every day, and this is an amazing thing! Is it a little pricey? Yes. BUT, it is absolutely, completely, totally worth it!


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5 Renting Tips for Pet Owners


5 Renting Tips for Pet Owners

By Aurora McCausland


Over 68% of people in the United States have pets. With an astounding number of people choosing to rent rather than buying a home, especially among younger people, there’s a chance that you’re both a pet owner and a renter, as well. If you fall in that percentage of the population, and even more specifically, if your pet is a furry friend like a cat or a dog, here are a few renting tips for you as a pet owner!


Make sure that you understand the pet rules in your lease

When you get ready to sign the lease of your new rental, make sure that your landlord understands that you have a pet, and that you understand what that entails for you. Generally speaking, there will be an additional pet deposit and/or pet rent that you’ll be required to pay. This covers the cost of potential damage that your pet could do to the rental unit.



What to do if damages do occur

Things happen. Your pet is likely to make a mistake or two over the course of the time that you are living in your rental property. Depending on the severity of the mistake or damage, there are a few different things you should do! If your dog pees on the carpet, that’s a relatively easy fix, as long as it’s a one time occurrence. You’ll need to make sure that you get the smell completely out, because a lingering smell makes a dog feel like they can continue to relieve themselves in that same spot. So, get a great brand of urine remover that you trust, and after cleaning the spot, sprinkle it with baking soda, let it soak, and then vacuum it up.

If the damage is a bit bigger, like bite or scratch marks on the walls or doors, or serious damage to the carpet, you should let your landlord know right away. With something like this, it’s best to not wait until it’s time to move out and the damage is worse. If you talk to your landlord, you can get the damage taken care of. And remember, that’s what your pet rent is for!


Don’t make changes to the property to accommodate your pet

We all want our pets to be as comfortable as possible. But this means making sure their bedding is soft and washed regularly, and doesn’t mean installing a doggy door  without permission. If there’s something like that that you would like to do to the property, it’s worth bringing up to your landlord. If it’s something that will enhance the property, and you’re willing to pay for it, they may let you make the updates that you want. Just remember that in this situation, it’s definitely better to ask for permission than forgiveness.


Pick up after your pet

It can be tempting to not pick up after your pet when you’re running late for work. If you have a private backyard, you have a little bit more freedom, but you do need to make sure that you keep the yard hygienic at all times. But if you share a common green space with the rest of the apartment complex, it’s really important that you keep a stash of doggy bags in your back pocket so you always are able to clean up after your pet.


Give your pet lots of exercise

Especially if your pet is young, it’s important to make sure they get enough exercise. A pet that is cooped up in a small space, like an apartment, all day long, can easily end up with a lot of pent up energy. If they don’t get the exercise that they need, then they could end up causing damages to the rental just because they need to get their energy out. So, if your rental unit doesn’t have a private yard for them to run around in, make sure that you take them on daily walks that are adequate for their age, breed, and species.

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Date Night on a Budget


Date Night on a Budget

By Christine H.


It’s no secret that a healthy relationship relies on one very important ingredient: time! However, as we get more settled into our relationships, and as life demands more and more from us, it’s incredibly difficult to make one-on-one time with your partner a priority.

Additionally, it’s hard to have date-nights of the same calibre as your early days of courting and romancing. Going out for dinner and a movie together, even just once a week, really adds up after a while. Eventually, you start to realize that keeping your relationship healthy and thriving might require a little bit of ingenuity. Here are some ideas to make date night continue to be special for you and your sweetheart… without putting a dent in your carefully-planned budget.


DIY Cooking Class

Have you ever looked up local cooking classes? Whether they’re at a local college, or provided by a professional chef, the prices can be really steep. However, you can get a very similar effect by putting in some planning at home. Either look up a YouTube tutorial by someone you like, or record a cooking show on the Food Network. Buy all the ingredients ahead of time, and then get ready to learn something new together! This can be a great date night because you have the activity and the meal all wrapped up in one. Just make sure you do the preparation ahead of time to have a seamless cooking experience in your own kitchen. That means no leftover dirty dishes from earlier in the day, and all the necessary tools within arm’s reach so that you’re not spending 20 minutes digging through stacks of pots and pans. Even if the dish turns out awful, you’ll have a fun experience together!

If cooking isn’t really your cup of tea, consider creating a different class together. For example, how fun would it be to sit down in front of a canvas and create something beautiful, as instructed by Bob Ross on The Joy of Painting? It’s easy to find recordings online, or at your local library.


Get Dessert (just dessert) at a Fancy Restaurant

There’s probably a restaurant in your area that you look at longingly. Candlelit tables, rave reviews, and hour-long waits all attest to its quality. However, it also comes at a price. Eating dinner there as a couple can easily cost you $100. And so, you sweep it off the table as an impossible date. Maybe you log it away as a “someday” possibility. Someday, when the kids are grown and you’ve both gotten significant promotions and the house is paid off and…

Well, maybe it’s time to think more creatively. After all, you don’t need to order two entrees, and appetizer, their second-nicest wine, and some after-dinner coffee in order to enjoy yourself at that restaurant. Dessert itself probably costs $20 or less. So, cheat the system! Split a Subway sandwich for dinner, and then head over for a late reservation at the restaurant. Enjoy the atmosphere and the delicious dessert! Dress up nice and take your time. Just tip generously in order to make up for the low tab. Looking for other ways to eat out but save oodles of money? Check out this link.


One for the Books

This is one of my favorite activities to do with people, but I understand that not everyone gets the thrill out of bookstores that I do. In any case, this is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation for each other, so give it a try!

Alright, here’s how this activity is done: First, go out together to your local bookstore. Once there, you’re each assigned to split up and find 5 books (of course, you can pick a different number if you want.) Here’s the catch: each of these 5 books is supposed to make you think of the other person in some way. It could be that you remember that that’s their favorite poet that they studied in college. Or perhaps it’s the red dress worn by the girl on the cover. When you meet up again together after 30 minutes or so, you can share the books and explain why it made you think of them. This is a little bit of a reverse get-to-know-you game. Instead of sharing something about yourself, you’re sharing what you know about the other person. It will surprise you to see what your partner has noticed about you, and both of you will benefit from putting in a little bit of extra effort thinking about the other person.


Take a Hike

At first, this activity might seem like a bit of a copout. Hiking is just for nature junkies, right? Wrong. Science has proven that getting outside has amazing effects on our brains. It gets us out of our routine ways of thinking, elevates mood, eliminates stress, and can even have a positive effect on our interpersonal relationships. Isn’t that an experience that you want to share together? Look up some close-by hikes, dress accordingly, and bring some exciting trail snacks. In order to make sure things go smoothly, double-check the elevation gain per mile (which will help you determine if it’s rigorously steep) as well as very specific directions to the trail head.


City Walks

Alright, so maybe you’re not a couple that likes to explore the great outdoors. You can still benefit from a walk together. If you live close to a major city, there are probably a lot of self-guided walking tour audios available. You can each plug these in and stroll through the city hand-in-hand, learning more about the streets you’re so familiar with. Look up walking tour podcasts for your city and explore the possibilities.


Do you have a future basketball pro in your family? What better way to foster their skills than with the ESPN Future Pro basketball!

About ESPN Future Pro

ESPN is home to the world’s most compelling sporting events and highlights, celebrating the greatest sports moments and culture every day across multiple platforms, globally. The ESPN Future Pro series is strategically designed with instructional elements to foster sport skills for any aspiring athlete. Create Top Ten worthy moments in your own backyard with the ESPN Future Pro Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer ball and Softball. The ESPN Future Pro range has been designed by professional athletes.

Shoot and score with the ESPN Future Pro Basketball. An instructional hand-print guide helps you perfect your layup, jump-shot or three-pointer. Each ball has been designed by professional athletes for tomorrows future pros. Visit for all coaching videos and the latest content ESPN Future Pro, 27.5″ Basketball

My Thoughts

This is a really nice basketball, and would make a great gift for the future pro! It has the neatest hand placements, so that they can learn how to properly handle the ball.  It bounces really nice, so you can tell it has good quality to it, which is great because a good bounce is important!

If you are looking for something to get your kiddo for Easter, that isn’t sugary candy, then this is definitely the thing to get! They have more than just basketballs. They also carry baseballs, softballs, soccer balls, and footballs.


If you are a dog owner, you know how horrible dog breath can be. To help that, Loving Pets has Ora-Bone!

About Ora-Bone

Patent pending Ora-Bone™ was designed to do dental BETTER. THREE breath freshening ingredients fight bad breath in your dog’s mouth and gut, while Ora-Bone’s unique design has up to TWO TIMES the cleaning surface area of similar products!

• Every surface has a dental feature
• The center bulb cleans behind the front teeth, roof of the mouth and tongue
• Stepped, tapered ribs, that wrap around both sides of the entire bone, form teeth-fitting channels that clean more effectively
• Ribs/Channels promote movement in your pet’s mouth, increasing effectiveness
• Nibs, wrapped around the heart-shaped opening, massage gums and scrape the tongue for fresher breath

Available in bags or singles. Comes in 3 sizes for any size dog.

  • Small – for dogs 5-20 lbs.
  • Medium – for dogs 21-50 lbs.
  • Large – for dogs 51 lbs. or more

What Spike Thought

My doggie brother, Spike, has yucky dog breath. Most dogs do, it’s normal. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make their breath smell better! These treats from Ora–Bone are very nice in size, and will keep your dog busy for a little while. Now, Spike, he loves to gobble up any treat in mere minutes, so it doesn’t last long for him..haha.

I took the bones out of the bag to check them out, and admittedly, smell them. They smell minty fresh! I didn’t expect that, to be honest. He absolutely loves these bones! They have really helped his nasty dog breath! The thing I like about the Ora-Bone is that it doesn’t just freshen breath. They help clean the gums and teeth as well. These treats are definitely something that you need to try for your dog!



Easter isn’t just about candy and the Easter Bunny. Easter is about Jesus. What better way to show how much you care about someone than to give them this limited edition statue from Precious Moments.

“Be Ye As Little Children”

  • Website exclusive, limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide, this stunning sculpture captures the sentiment that Jesus expressed about the blessed innocence of children when He said to His disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” –Mark 10:13.
  • Your loved ones will be encouraged to remember that child-like devotion to our Heavenly Father is the path to an eternity in Heaven, and at the same time, their children will be inspired by the timeless message about God’s eternal and abiding love for them.
  • Makes a wonderful religious gift for Christmas, Easter, housewarmings or religious occasions like baptisms, First Holy Communions and confirmations. Just beautiful as a gift for any family with children or faithful friends who appreciate Christian home décor.
  • Meticulously sculpted in bisque porcelain and expertly hand painted
  • Approximately 7.5H x 7W x 6.5D inches

My Thoughts

This is an absolutely gorgeous piece! It would make the perfect Easter gift for any collector. These are limited edition, so the time to get them is now. They are a nice size statue, that will look nice anywhere you display it. It is very well made, and very much depicts the meaning of Easter.

We all know someone who collects Precious Moments, and this would be the perfect addition to that collection. I have a friend who collects them, and she has so many that she can’t even display them all! She’s been collecting them for as many years as I can remember, and whenever I see one, I always think of her.


Peanut brittle is a much loved treat, but it’s so hard and gets stuck to your teeth. Why not try Softer Than Brittle?

About Softer Than Brittle

Our unique, soft and flaky peanut snack goes back to the basics with just six simple, all natural ingredients. This delicious family recipe has been hand-crafted with love for over 60 years.

Passionate about family traditions, Melissa Diedricks took her grandmother Marcia’s long established secret recipe for a unique, soft & flaky peanut snack and formed Softer Than Brittle®, a delicious gourmet treat that is like no other. Plus its naturally gluten & dairy free as well as vegan!
​Now you too have the chance to sink your teeth into this delicate, flavorful, palate pleasing treat!   This gourmet, vegan peanut snack is made in small batches in a copper kettle and contains no preservatives, cholesterol, gluten, dairy, or hydrogenated oil. The product features a clean label with only six or seven natural ingredients.

Peanut: Original Peanut Softer Than Brittle® is loaded with delicious peanuts.     

Cashew: Cashew Softer Than Brittle® is loaded with delicious cashews with a peanut base.

Almond: Almond Softer Than Brittle® is loaded with delicious almonds with a peanut base.

Pecan: Pecan Softer Than Brittle® is loaded with delicious pecans with a peanut base.  

My Thoughts

Peanut brittle has always been hard for me to eat, because it’s so hard. I always feel like I’m going to break a tooth when eating it. When Softer Than Brittle arrived, I dug right into it. It is so soft and flaky! It’s definitely not your Mother’s peanut brittle! This is not only soft and chewy, but it’s vegan. There are only a few ingredients in them, which means it isn’t filled with a bunch of gunk.

My husband and I are trying to eat healthier, and nuts are a big part of our snacking. Honestly, a person can only stand so many plain nuts. With Softer Than Brittle, I get a variety to choose from, and it satisfies my craving for sweets. I am in love with this brittle, and I will never go back to regular brittle!