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DIY Corn Bin

Summertime can be an absolute blast for kid, but many of them been home since March and are growing restless. It is time to liven some things up around the house. It’s time to get a little corny! It’s time to make a corn bin? What is a corn bin? A corn bin is like sand box, but it is easier to clean up. Here is a cheap and easy way to make a corn bin.

Materials: 

  • Plastic kiddie pool or a large box that you can easily clean up later. 
  • 1-2 40lb bags of whole kernel deer corn. You can purchase this at a feed store or Academy. 
  • A fleet of John Deere toy tractors 

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Directions: 

  1. Place the kiddie pool (or bin) outside under a shaded area. We suggest somewhere that gets shade all day long so the kids can play in it at any point of the day. 
  2. Dump 1-2 bags of deer corn in the bin. 
  3. Put a bunch of John Deere toy tractors in the bin. It’s play time. (Shoppa’s John Deere has toy tractors so go by one of our 8 locations and add to your collection)  

 

That’s it! A corn bin is an easy and affordable project that results in hours of fun for kids. 

P.S. Watch out. It may attract deer to your backyard! 

 

 

Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Though summer vacations are not an option for many due to COVID, crops, and harvest, you can still have fun. Need some fun ideas, though? Don’t worry. We created a Summer Bucket List with some great ideas that are budget-friendly, summer-themed, and, most of all, fun!   

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  • Bale Hay  
  • Picnic in the back of the Gator  
  • Drive the tractor to DQ to get ice cream  
  • Make ice cream  
  • Go fishing on the lake or bay  
  • Float the Frio  
  • Catch fireflies  
  • Spend the weekend at the hunting camp  
  • Shell Corn  
  • Movie night with the movie projected on the barn  
  • Plant a summer garden  
  • Shooting cans off the fence post with BB Guns  
  • Watermelon on the porch  
  • BBQ Anything  
  • Go swimming in the pond or lake  
  • Run through the sprinklers  
  • Neighborhood Cornhole or Washers tournament  
  • Bake a cake or cookies for the kids with the kids and share with your neighbors  
  • Make a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons  
  • Grab some sacks from the mill and have sack races  
  • Go on a snipe hunt with flashlights  
  • Try a new IPA beer  

 

 

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You don’t have to complete all of these, but let us know which ones you want to cross off. Or tell us what you would add to the bucket list in the comments below!   

2020 Father’s day Gift Guide

There are all types of Dads in this world. The loving Dad, the stern Dad, the Dad of a few words, the Dad who embarrasses you in front of your crush. no matter what type of Dad you have, he still deserves the best, so, give him the best. We have a list of great Father’s Day gift ideas for any Dad.  

  • John Deere Weber Grill for the Dad who loves to cook!  

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  • A lawnmower, for the man who just wants his mower to start and run. Nothing runs like a Deere. 

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  • Stihl products for the man who edges, weed eats, blows off the driveway or, pretends to be a lumberjack.  

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  • Gun Safe for the Dad, who has a valuable collection. Girls, this is a great one because the guns can be locked up when you bring home your new boyfriend.  

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  • Tool Box full of goodies for new Dad, who has no clue what he is doing but needs to start somewhere 

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  • A Gator for the dad who loves going for an evening drive. 

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  • Gift Certificate for the hard to shop for Dad. 

 

No matter what type of Dad you may have, Shoppa’s has everything he wants or needs. Stop by any of our 8 locations and get a gift your Dad will love. If you have any other great Father’s Day gift ideas, let us know in the comments below. 

 

6 Reasons to try Shoppa’s Connect

As a customer of Shoppa’s John Deere, you receive a lot of customer benefits. Warranties, excellent customer service, and quality equipment. But like all things, sometimes you need help with parts and service. At Shoppa’s, we want to take care of you. That is why we have introduced Shoppa’s Connect, a website that customers can use for a wide variety of tasks. These can be very beneficial to you. Here are our 6 reasons why you should give Shoppa’s Connect a try!  

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  1. Shop for parts from anywhere– Realize you need a part but can’t get to the store, or is it after hours? Order your parts through Shoppa’s Connect and have it delivered, or you can pick it up at the store. It is that easy. Let us show you how! 
  2. Manage your equipment list – Do you own several pieces of equipment from Shoppa’s? You can access the equipment that is linked it to your account in your Shoppa’s file. This is beneficial when searching for a specific part for a piece of equipment, or if you need to request service. 
  3. Link parts to your equipment list – Once your equipment list is linked to your Shoppa’s Connect account, you can link the parts to the equipment. When you need an oil filter for your 5055E, just look up your 5055E and click on the oil filter.  
  4. Send service requests – There is going to come a time when the service department needs to save the day. You can send a service request right through the app! 
  5. Look up all your Shoppa’s invoices – Lost your original copy of an invoice? No problem! You can pull all your invoices from Shoppa’s right on the app under the My Invoices tab. 
  6. View our used equipment inventory – Maybe it is time to look for a used piece of equipment. Search our wide selection of used inventory and find the right piece of used equipment for you.  

No matter if you have a lawnmower or 50 pieces of large ag equipment, Shoppa’s Connect is your assistant. Are you ready to get yours? Then sign up for an account at www.shoppasconnect.com. If you need help signing up, watch this video. Once you are signed up and ready to go, keep Shoppa’s Connect with you at all times through an app on your phone by saving it to your home screen. Once you have saved it to your phone, let us know what you think of Shoppa’s Connect below! 

Yard Work for Kids

Summer is in full swing, and your kids are already bored. Do you need a way to get them outside or just out of your hair? Giving them a job/chore outside is a great way to keep them entertained. Not only will it get them outside and active, but it also helps you with the chores. Here are some recommendations for all age groups!   

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Toddlers/ Young Kids (2-5 years old)   

  • Weed the garden/ flowerbeds  
  • Picking up sticks, toys and any unwanted items in the yard   
  • Plant a fast-growing plant (chia pets, sunflowers/flowers, snap peas, radishes, carrots, etc.)   
  • Have them help with planting and adding soil   
  • Water plants

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6-10 years old   

  • In addition to the above:   
  • Plant a Herb Garden   
  • Help transplant shrubs, gardens, etc    
  • Build raised garden beds   
  • Move lawn furniture and larger toys 
  • Hoe the garden  
  • Set up sprinklers    

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10 – 18 years old   

  • In Addition to above:  
  • Rank and bag leaves  
  • Blow off driveway/ sidewalk/ carport 
  • Lay mulch  
  • Create a compost bin  
  • Use lawnmower and weed eater (13+)  
  • Pruning bushes and trees   
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These are just a few ideas to get you started. Kids are usually not fans of doing chores, so don’t tell them it is one! Tell them it is a job and they give paid for it (add it to their allowance). Or make it a competition between kids! See how fast they can pick up all their toys, who can rake the biggest pile of leaves, etc. You can also make it a learning experience for them through gardening and machine maintenance (make sure you do it safely, and that it is appropriate for their age). Now we know there are many more ideas out there, so leave us a comment below on how you get your kids to do yard work?   

 

2017 Shoppa’s Gift Guide

Christmas is here! It is time to be completely stressed with getting the Christmas decorations up, cookies baked, and all the presents bought, wrapped and placed under the tree. With everything that is happening, here are some tips to help pick out a perfect gift for the farmer or future farmers in your life. Let us relieve a little bit of your shopping stress with our Holiday Gift Guide. 

  1. Hand Tools – It’s bound to have happened within the past year, someone has lost the hammer while building fence, killed the battery in the drill, or bent the blade on the chainsaw. Choose to replace those items as Christmas presents with our Stihl products and hand tools! r2c011008 
  2. Pressure washers – When living in the Texas Gulf Coast, the next rain storm is just moments away. With rain comes muddy tires and tractors; so, gift them with a pressure washer to clean off their John Deere first. 
  3. Calendar  – We all have that one farmer that ask for a new calendar for Christmas. Well look no further than our 2018 Shoppa’s John Deere Calendar. Just don’t tell them it was free! file-19
  4. Riding Mowers  – The new year is just around the corner. Say Merry Christmas with a brand new Z-turn mower, a gift you can use 10 months out of the year. R4E028441_RRD
  5. Gift Certificate – Can’t find that perfect gift for the most difficult person to buy for? Well fret not, our gift certificates are the perfect gift for every farmer.  
  6. Toys – Little boys love to play with their John Deere tractors to haul dirt and farm. Little girls use them to drive their dolls and princesses to the ball. No matter the age, John Deere toys will always bring a smile to kids when they open them up on Christmas morning. Christmas Toys (2 of 14)-2

 

We know that this gift guide doesn’t have the perfect gifts for everyone in the family like your Aunt Jill who has no clue why you live in a small town. This gift guide is a simple and easy way to relieve the stress of finding those meaningful gifts. Stop by any of our 8 stores today to get your shopping done. 

6 Easy Recipes for the Holidays

Who is counting down the days till we are allowed to eat as much as you want, take a nap on the couch and watch football? We are! Thanksgiving can be a fun and lazy holiday until your get nominated to bring a dish to the table. Oh no! Well fret not, whether you got stuck with the appetizer, side dish or dessert, we got you covered. So, throw on that John Deere apron and whip out one of these famous recipes from some of our Shoppa’s employees. 

 Appetizers: 

  • Fruit Salad  – Give Thanksgiving dinner a healthy option with this amazing Fruit Salad! Shoppa's recipe cards_3
  • Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips  – Fruit covered in cinnamon and sugar is still healthy right? Whether healthy or not, this dish will be gone in the first few minutes.  Shoppa's recipe cards_6

Side Dish 

  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole – Casseroles are one of the easiest and most tasty dishes in the world. This potato casserole may top everything. Shoppa's recipe cards_1
  • Cornbread Dressing  – Give Granny’s dressing a run for its money with this cornbread dressing recipe. Shoppa's recipe cards_4

Dessert: 

  • Cinderella Cake with Coachman’s Icing  – Your family have a sweet tooth? Well this cake will be gone in minutes. Shoppa's recipe cards_5
  • Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake – Give them an option other than pumpkin for a fruity dessert this year. Shoppa's recipe cards_2

 

Whether you are an expert cook or a novice or you just want get the cooking done, so you can watch more football; these recipes are simply and easy. Everyone will be talking about your cooking skills, even if they are laying on the couch in a turkey coma. Think you have a recipe better than ours? Share it will us on these awesome recipe cards we made just for you! 

5 Winter Plants that will Plow the Stress Away

A winter garden can the perfect holiday escape. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year; having to deal with tangled strands of Christmas lights, a tree that will not stand up and the light-up nativity scene that will not light. With all the stress, you may not have a good stress reliever. What about planting a winter garden? It’s great for stress relief and it brings some life to your yard. Here are 5 winter plants that will help plow your stress away. 

 

  1. Blueberries – Though blueberries are perennial, if planted now, will give you blueberries every year during the late winter, early spring. They are easy to take care of and cold tolerant. Use blueberries for jam, desserts, pancake and waffle toppings, and so much more. 
  2. Winter Lettuce – What is better to plant for winter than some winter lettuce? This plant loves the cold and looks great in a garden or in flower pots on your front porch. Just use the lettuce to make a healthy salad so you don’t feel bad about eating all that Holiday food. If you are not interested in staying healthy, slap some of that lettuce on a double cheese burger with extra mayo. R4E038256
  3. Carrots – Chop up these cold weather vegetables and toss it that healthy salad for a nice crunch. Carrots are great to start indoors during winter. Once large enough, transplant them outdoors so no one with a bottle of ranch dressing finds them. R4E038251
  4. Greens (mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens) – You need to act quickly and plant some greens! These bitter tasting, leafy plants love cold weather and if planted now, should be ready to pick for a New Year’s Dinner of pork chops, black eye peas, greens, and corn bread. If you need help getting your kids to behave this holiday season, just make them eat their greens before opening presents.  
  5. Herbs – Basil, oregano, thyme and parsley are easy to grow indoors if you don’t want to deal with the cold. Just plant in container near a window for some light and watch it grow. Herbs are great to use in the kitchen to add a fresh kick of flavors to any of your dishes. 

 

So, give yourself something to do this holiday season rather than stress over holiday meals, ugly sweater parties, and crazy family members. Place some seeds into some dirt and cozy up in your favorite fur boots and garden gloves. Happy Gardening! 

5 Fall Decorating Tips that are Simple and Easy

With school events, harvest just wrapping up, and football filling your weekends, life can just get busy. So who has time to truly notice that it is the middle of fall and you have not decorated your home? Or maybe you have noticed, but just don’t have a lot of time to dig out the fall decorations and completely redo your home décor. Whatever the case maybe, decorating for fall does not have to be hard or time consuming. We have 5 simple, easy tricks to give your home a fall vibe.

  1. Pumpkins Though pumpkins may seem like an obvious decorating piece, most people use them as outside decor. Yet, pumpkins can be used anywhere throughout the house such as the dining room, living room or your entry way. Place small pumpkins in bowl for a center piece, or scatter different sizes or colors across your mantle to give it a pop of colors. Don’t want to have bright orange pumpkins around your house. Get some white pumpkins! Leave them white or paint them with patterns to give your mantle or entry way a fall look. 

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  2. Candles Candles offer a warm, inviting feel as well as making your home smell wonderful. Tip: If you can’t find a good cinnamon scented candle? Place a non-scented candle in a jar and stuff cinnamon sticks all around it. As the jar heats up and the wax melts it allows the cinnamon sticks to release a scent that will fill your entire home! fall decor (1 of 4)
  3. Use your harvest What is more fall like than a yearly harvest! Use cotton, milo and corn stalks to give your home a rustic feel by creating floral arrangements or use loose corn, milo and rice and place them in jars for some fall colors. Does your family like to hunt? Why not put those random antlers found around your property up to a decorative use! Place them with pumpkins and table runner to create unique center piece. fall decor (2 of 4)
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  4. Pillows and blanketsJust like candles, pillows and blankets can make living rooms feel warm, cozy and inviting. Make you living room feel like a cozy cabin. Switch out the couch pillows with fall colored ones and add a knitted throw to the arm of a chair. This will ensure your family and any potential guest will feel right at home. fall decor (5 of 5)
  5. Use the Green Needing to decorate the outside of your home too? Incorporate what you have by using your husband or kid’s John Deere Tractors. Place pumpkins, mums and maybe even a friendly scarecrow to give your front lawn a fall vibe.

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Whether you use the inexpensive pumpkins and mums or just decorate with warm and cozy pillows, decorating for fall can be simple. Just light some cinnamon scented candles and your home will feel like fall. Have some other simple and easy fall decorating tips? Let us know in the comments below!

National Farmer’s Market Week

National Farmer’s Market week is August 7-13th. This designated time is to celebrate and bring awareness to farmers, ranchers and businesses related to local agriculture. Why are farmer’s markets so popular when your local grocery stores offer a wide variety of similar products in one place? The attraction of going to a farmer’s markets goes beyond just an offering of produce. Most markets include items like baked goods, fresh eggs, soaps and canned goods such as jams and pickles. Farmer’s markets offer the consumer a wide variety of products that families, farms, ranches, and businesses bring. Farmers markets are a big part of the history of the United States. Your local farmer’s markets offer a glimpse into the past. Demonstrating just how rural commerce was done since trade began between the Puritans and the Indians.  

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So why not try one out? Here are 4 reasons why you should go to your local farmer’s market every chance you get! 

  1. Supports local economy and farming and ranching families: When you shop at farmer’s markets, you are supporting local families, farms, ranches and businesses, in addition to boosting your local economy. Shopping local is a great way to meet area producers who can provide products to your family all year long. 
  2. Fresh and seasonal: Fresh just taste better. So, while walking around a farmer’s market, you can see all the fresh, seasonal possibilities for snacks or dinner. 
  3. An affordable variety: At farmer’s markets, many booths offer the same types of products. If you like to bargain shop this allows you to find comparable fruits and vegetables for the best price.  
  4. Social: Local farmer’s markets can be fun and social. You can make it a fun trip for the family. Make it an educational trip for the kids by talking to the vendors about how they grow or produce their products. Most are happy and excited to share in the process. Once you purchase something, have your kids taste it! You can’t do that at the local store! The kids will remember that experience for a lifetime. 

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Though the reasons to shop at a farmer’s market are convincing, you may wonder where you will be able to find one near you. Here is a list of just a few of the local farmer’s markets.  

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If you live in or very close to the city of Houston, check out these:

 

So, get outside and go to your local farmer’s market this weekend! Not only will you be supporting your local economy, but it will also be fun!

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