Friday, December 9, 2016

New Christmas Floral Arrangements from Teleflora: Give the Gift of Flowers!

My mom is a huge fan of flowers and her favorite bird in the world, not to mention it's the state bird where she lives, is the Cardinal. The Send a Hug Chrismas Cardinal by Teleflora bouquet hits a homerun for being a flower bouqet that I know will make her very happy. Besides the fact that it is full of large and small Carnations, which in and of itself makes it awesome, it is also sprinkled with winter favorites like Pine, Cedar and Seeded Ecualyptus, just to name a few.  You can purchase it in Standard, Deluxe or Premium sizes.  I'm not sure which my mom will like better, the oversized mug for her morning coffee, or the flowers to brighten up her home. We shall see though...because these are on their merry way. This is my favorite for her, of the seasonal choices.

Hickies Eliminate the Need for Shoe Strings!

My son is constantly running around with his shoestrings hanging. In the photo above you will see how his play shoes look before Hickies. What in the world are Hickies?, you might be asking. They are little doohickies that replace shoelaces. I hope that clears up the question up for you. :) You only have to put these in your shoes one time ever and then it turns them into slip-ons. You don't have to take them out and re-fasten them everytime either. It's just a one-shot deal.

Hickies come in a variety of colors and would be a good gift to slip into someone's holiday stockings.

This is how the shoes looked with the laces removed and the Hickies replacing them. I left them unfastened so you could see one way to use them. There are a variety of ways you can style them though, to ensure your shoes have the look and fit that you like.

My son liked the ideaa of having no laces to tie so much (seriously, his always seem to drag the floor or come untied) that he swapped out shoestrings for Hickies in his high tops too.

Here is the 'before' shoe with laces that are hard to keep tied. All of his shoes have laces that are hard to keep tied.

This is the shoe after, with just one Hickie in place, so you can get a feel for how the finsihed product will look. With these little doodads in place, my son can run, jump and play without worrying about his shoestrings catching on something or tripping him.

The above is a a stock picture from their website. It perhaps shows how they look better than the photos with my son's shoes, since the shoes they used are lighter in color. These are handy to own for children or adults, and they fit most any type of shoe eyelet.. You can learn more about Hickies by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

#NothingHiddenHere #notinOURranch Tessemae's Creamy Salad Dressing

Disclosure: I am working in conjunction with Tessemae's and the Mom It Forward Influencer Network . I have been compensated for the post. All opinions stated however, are genuine and my own.

It started off as a gloomy, rainy day. Rings of "I'm Hungry!" and "I'm bored!" filled the house. A quick look in the cupboard proved that there really wasn't anything all that appealing, so off to Walmart we headed. It was then and there, when we happened across the Tessemae's All Natural Dressing, that we decided to have salad for lunch.  I have four children, 3 of whom are all grown up
now. 1 of the 4 prefers Creamy Caesar, the rest of us: Creamy Ranch.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

3 Day FLASH Giveaway! Put Me in the Story Personalized Book Giveaway

Putting your granddaughter's name in a book is a big deal. Adding her picture in it a couple of times...even better. Make it a "Hello Kitty" book and your'e going to be Grandma of the Year! Or at least that's the case in my family where my baby grand loves Hello Kitty like no other. :) Put Me In The Story makes these absolutely adorable-cute-wonderful personalized books...check them out. There IS going to be a theme you love, and one lucky winner is going to get one to call their own!

Big or Small Oriental Trading has Gifts for up to 75 Percent Off Right This Very Second!

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Oh my goodnes this is the cutest little gift bag ever!! I saw it on Oriental Trading and I could not resist picking up a set of 12 for a VERY reasonable price. My son got Christmas oranments for his two favorite teachers and we will be putting them in these cute little 3D Elf Shoe Gift Bags.

We also picked up some stickers and a sticker scene to take to the classroom as well. My son is in elementary school and stickers on papers and homework that has been turned in are a big deal. What better kind of sticker to use during the holiday than those that have a seasonal theme? You'll find plenty to choose from at Oriental Trading, that's for sure.
Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:

Tamra won the Birds Eye Prize Pack.
Sara Z. won the $25 America Express Gift Card & Luvs Diapers
Mary won the GeoSmart Solar Spinner
Theresa won the Lush Decor Gift Code
Elena won the 6-month supply of  Flora Renew Probiotics.
Terry S. won the Brentwood Home Personal Space Bundle.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Samsung Gear IconX: You Probably Have Not Seen Earbuds Like These Before!

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These are not your ordinary earbuds.
The Samsung Gear IconX holds up to 1,000 songs,
tracks your fitness, allows you to adjust them for ambient sound
(so you know what's going on around you) and the case doubles as the charger.
Amazing, right?

These earbuds are for my oldest son. He's a beast when it comes to working out and he goes through three things like crazy. 1). earbuds 2). armbands for his phone 3). phones (but as they say, that's a story for another day)

Candlewick Press is Impressive but Oh That Christmas Story Pop-Up Book!

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I like to gift books for Christmas. These three stories here are great because they are engaging enough that kids will delight in reading them alone, or enjoy huddling up with someone else to share their story time. I remember getting lost in books as a kid and absolutely loving it. In fact, that's one of my favorite childhood memories. Candlewick Press  offers a wide array of books for children of every age. That Christmas Story book though...that one's a pop-up. A pretty spectacular pop-up at that!

No Two Items are Ever the Same! Cate and Levi

Cate and Levi is well-known for their high quality products, no two of which are ever the same because they are using reclaimed wool products to create them. They have puppets, stuffed animals, pillow pals, and more. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wait Until You See What No Starch Press has for Your LEGO Lover!

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What better way to spend time with the LEGO lovers in your family this season, than with The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book that shows you step-by-step instructions for covering your tree with LEGO creations. No Starch Press has a whole series of LEGO books to offer, including this one, about all different kinds of LEGO topics. I like all of the ones I have seen so far. This one is my fave at the moment (because, well, 'tis the season!).

SnapPower: Innovative Ways to Use Outlets in Your Home!

Christmas stockings are a fantastic way to treat friends and family. I like to purchase items to tuck into them that the recipients may not have considered on their own, or that they may not have even heard of, but I know they would use and love. I also like to purchase awesome and unique things at reasonable prices. Using the above criteria, these two items from SnapPower are perfect for holiday stockings in every single way.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Looking for a Great Gift Idea? Plazmatic X Windproof Lighters!

The Plazmatic X is a lighter without a flame! That makes it windproof, which is pretty awesome if you're camping or doing something outside that requires a fire start. The dual heat beams are what you use intead of butane or harmful liquids. It's kind of interesting to see it in practice. I didn't think it would light something easily without a flame, but sure enough, it lights like a charm...every single time. THIS is a cool item to put into a Christmas stocking.

There are no flames!
Plazmatic X Windproof Black Ops Lighter

The lighters come in a variety of colors and styles. There is a Black Ops version that has a sleek gunmetal body. It looks black but it's really dark gray. Or is it 'grey?' I never know the right spelling for the color... lol, but that's a story for another day.

Cricket Kids Magazine Subscription #Giveaway

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Not everyone wants to give a gift that the kids open on the holidays and will instantly love but forget soon. Some of us want to give a gift that will last all the year through! Such is what you will get if you offer a gift subscription to one fo the wonderful Cricket 'bug' magazines. These are designed to be age-appropriate fun ways to actively engage children in both the love of learning and of reading. In honor of the holiday season, Cricket is giving away a one-year subscription to one lucky winner's magazine of choice! That's not all they're giving away...for every subscription ordered they donate one as well. Keep reading to learn more.

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Melanie whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the AcuRite wall clock.

Congratulations to Kristi C who whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter for the K'nex Roller Coaster giveaway.

CHAMILIA Jewelry is the Perfect Gift Every Time.

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You know it's going to be a good day when the gift you open up has CHAMILIA on the box. The jewelry they offer is absolutely gorgeous and they have more selections than I have the room to mention here! Right now it's their 2016 Holiday collection that has really caught my eye, but I also have a necklace packed up and wrapped so pretty under my tree that I am gifting to someone in our family who is very special to all of us.

Festive Four-Packs are Just One Dollar! Welch's Real Fruit Snacks

Welch's has come out with a holiday edition of their yummy fruit snacks. These handy four packs are the perfect size for putting in Christmas Stockings, and the box front is decorated with a festive theme.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Patience is a Virtue... or not. :)

I had one of my daughter's Senior Photos engraved on a locket.
I love it so so so much!
Pictures on Gold does not make your standard locket. There is no cutting and pasting a photo to fit inside of the heart-shaped space. sireee. It's better. Way better. The photo you choose is etched on gold, so it's staying put always, never fading, and you can't mess it up by cutting it wrong to fit. The picture I selected for this locket is one of my daughter's Senior Pictures and I could not be happier with how the final product turned out.

Brentwood Home Kids Space Bundle #Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive a product in exchange for the post, but am putting it up so you have a chance to see the wonderful looking products Brentwood Home has to offer, and you get a chance to enter to try and win a bundle packages of your own.

Brentwood Home offers products that are conducive to relaxation and slumber. A great looking bed...they've got it. A handy dandy pillow, yep, they've got 'em.  A great place for your child to sit and relax. Mm hmm. They have a bundle for that too, and now you have a chance to win one of them here. The Brentwood Home Kids Space Bundle offers a non-toxic memory foam gel filling lounger and a natural filling pillow duo so your child can snuggle up in a corner and just chill.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The MouthGuard Challenge Makes for Hilarious Family Fun!

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Have you yet heard of the Mouthguard Challenge game?

It is a game that can make a lovely couple like this (see photo above),

turn into THIS, in 30 seconds flat, and it is h.y.s.t.e.r.i.c.a.l.!


I can't get the funnier clips to load because they're too big, and that's a shame because they're hard to watch without really losing it. The video above is when we just opened the box and were 'practicing' using the mouth guards.

This game was created by Alex Mandel (Howie Mandel's son). Looks like the comedic gene doesn't fall too far from the tree. :) Inside the box you will find 51 challenge cards, revenge cards, and 5 cheek retractors/mouthguards. Mouthguards are unbreakable and can be washed in the dishwasher. 

This is all family-friendly content, and the game is made for 2-5 players (if you purchased extra mouthpieces you could have as many people playing as you wanted). The cards have simple tasks like, 'recite the alphabet' or 'eat a spoonful of peanut butter.' Seemingly simple tasks are no longer easy at all though, when you have a mouthguard in. :) 

One tip before playing would be to go through the cards and gather items you might need and have them close by when it comes time to play. That will allow the game to flow smoothly without regular interruptions.

If your family is comprised of a bunch of goofballs like mine is ( I say that very proudly, lol!) this is a fun game to break out when they are visiting. This would also be an excellent game to give for Christmas!

Do note, this game is for players aged 16+ 

You can learn more by visiting Identity Games. Be sure to check the store locator to find out where you can purchase the game. It is also available at Amazon.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Personalized Ornaments for You! Celebrating 3 of the Girls in Our Family

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Personalized Ornaments for You knows how to make gift giving and decorating even more special than it already By creating these fabulous personalized ornaments you are going to love!