Wednesday, December 13, 2017

15% OFF of Penwizard Personalized Character Books for Kids!

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We always have books alongside the presents underneath the Christmas Tree. Fortunately, my youngest is an avid reader, so he loves them just as much as the toys. This year he has a large, hardcover (you can select a softcover as well) Penwizard book under the tree with his name on it (and in it), literally. :)  

$20 OFF Just in Time for Christmas! The Tanda Pillow is Awesome!


If you're looking for an awesome Christmas gift to give this year, give the gift that gives year round. The ultimate in cooling pillows, you will never have to flip your pillow to get to the 'cool side' again.
There are two options to choose from, Complete Cool or Comfy Cool, or you can get a set of either type, and right now if you enter the code giftzzz you can get $20 off your order. Just in time for holiday delivery!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GiftsForYouNow: Personalized Gifts Show you Put Thought into Your Gift! PLUS 15% OFF!

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We have some pretty special kiddos in the family, and this time of year, I like to take extra special care with the gifts I pick out for them. I want them to get them something they will love, something they will use, and most of all, something that will allow it to show through, how special they are to me! GiftsForYouNow allows me to do that with items like this very durable, and oh so special (not to mention cute!) personalized Quilted Owl Embroidered Backpack.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Star from Afar Christmas Game for Kids!



Check out this unique new way to teach kids about the meaning of Christmas through a fun and engaging game. This is exactly the kind of thing I am looking for this time of year, to encourage the little ones in our family to have a wonderful and fun holiday season, while still getting some insight and understanding into the true meaning behind the holiday.


The Christmas Star From Afar is a fun and unique game that teaches children about the true meaning of Christmas. Each day during the week before Christmas kids search for the Star for a fun hide-and-seek game (like Elf on the Shelf) and once it’s been located they move the Three Wise Men to its location for that day, until they reach their final destination at the stable with newborn baby Jesus. The Christmas Star From Afar includes a book, wooden Star, a full wooden nativity scene that matches the artwork of the book, and optional scripture to use throughout the month. https://starfromafar.com  

What a perfect way to share this touching story with your children, and in a way that hasn't (that I know of) been done before. Kudos to the creator (who also has an Easter version) for coming up with this innovative treasure. Learn more by visiting the website, and be sure to get your copy today!! What a perfect way to lead up to Christmas morning. :)

Fooled Ya! Book FLASH Giveaway!

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Optical illusions, magicians, hoaxes and more! This is a fun book to giveaway if you have a little one in the house who likes to be a trickster. We have TWO little someone's in the family who like these kinds of things, and one is the perfect age to have this book under the Christmas tree this year!

Hammacher Schlemmer has the BEST Christmas Decor. Check out our FAO Schwarz Train!

Classic FAO Schwarz Motorized Train from Hammacher Schlemmer

What's a tree without a train? Not as fun, not as fun at all, if you ask my youngest son that is... so what do we do when big brother comes to visit? We take out the train that just arrived on our doorstep and get busy assembling it around the Christmas Tree (one of two trees we have up this year)!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

L Shaped & Other Atypical but Beneficial Types of Office Desks

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While in years past many corporate offices used a “tried and true,” yet ultimately monotonous interior layout for desks and chairs, today there is much more variety and freedom in the way that offices are planned. All of this lends a much healthier and dynamic feeling to many of these offices, as workers feel more freedom to communicate and move and sit in healthier ways that are kinder to the body.

Smart Help the Alexa Way!



Things just become easier and smarter with Alexa, 'a cloud-based voice system service available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and many third-party manufacturers.' Ad hoc reporting is one of those things.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Decorate for Christmas in an Instant! GeekMyTree with 50 Awesome Effects


Every year we like to go all out for Christmas and decorate to the max. We have not, however, had a tabletop tree ever (with the exception of the year we left the state for the holiday, and that one was borrowed from my mother-in-law). I have always liked them though, and thought this year in addition to our full-sized tree, we'd get a smaller one too. Tree Effects from GeekMyTree is perfect because it does so many THINGS!! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

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Congratulations to Janet whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Blendy Pens giveaway.

ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World at Gaylord Palms


Baby, it's cold outside!! You don't get to say that much here in sunny south Florida, but last weekend at the ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World display at the spectacular Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, we sure got to be cold and have a fabulous time while doing it too. 


We donned our own hats and gloves, and the parkas (which they provided) and braved the freezing cold just so we could see what all the happy fuss was about (everyone who has seen it loves it). It did not disappoint.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Community Coffee Limited Edition Seasonal Flavor: Dark Chocolate Peppermint

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In the tree, on the tree, or around the tree...Community Coffee's seasonal flavor, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, is sure to be a welcome addition for most anyone this time of year!

3 Excellent Potluck Dish Ideas to Bring to Work: from Quill!

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It is that time of year where holiday parties at work are abundant. We've had one already and I know there are more to come, including the big one where everyone will be asked to bring a dish. Quill has come up with some great recipe ideas, for 3 potluck dishes. They are all easy to make, but still uncommon enough (as a potluck dish) to be cool. I can't decide if it's the first, second or third that I like best, but I'm leaning towards the (second one), which is a rice dish. All of them look great though, they really do, and any one of them would surely be a hit at any holiday business get-together.



In addition to the recipes, Quill.com is a wonderful place to visit to pick up most anything you need for in and outside of work. In the case of a potluck work function, for example, you can not only get recipe ideas for a dish to bring, but you can also buy the decorations, containers to carry your food in, napkins, disposable cutlery and more from them as well. They are truly a goldmine one-stop shop for all of your office and party needs!



Browse their site to see all that they have to offer. I'll be headed over later today to check out their guide on how to plan the perfect party. 'tis the season, and I'm thinking a small gathering for a group of us who all work in one key area of my job would be an awesome idea, and a great way to say Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) too.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tips from Quill: 5 Ways to Cut Down on Noise in an Open Office Space

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It used to be years ago, that I could work under the most harrowing of circumstances when it came to noise, and not even blink an eye. While that is still true to some extent, there are some things now that I really prefer to do while I'm at work, in silence. I am lucky enough to have a contained work space now, for the most part, but there are always a lot of people in it, so it still can get downright noisy. It's even worse, I know, if you are in an open space (I remember that very well!). Quill has come up with 5 ways to cut down on noise in an open office space and I think it's definitely worth a read.




All of the tips are good, and the photo in the article of the clear panels makes me happy! I'd love to have something like that in an open space office, where you could still see out, and others could see in, but you were able to cut down drastically on the noise levels all around you!!




One of the tips they offer (it's the last one on the list...I'll let you head on over to the article to see so I don't give away all of their tips) is the one my kids would like most...all four of them!! In fact, they have used it before at home, which is an open space full of family...not quite an office, but definitely an effective tip for most anywhere. They have homework so they need quiet sometimes too.




Quill is one of those websites that you love to browse when you have a few minutes of downtime, or when you're in need of a good idea for your work or office space. It's a site I've turned to time and time again, and if you head on over to give them a visit, I'm sure you'll end up using them for a consistent resource too. Good things are happening over there, which makes it easier to have good things happening for you too. Big thanks to Quill for the great advice.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Our Fotor Online Photo Editor Makes Greeting Card Pictures Perfect!

The online photo editor at Fotor.com is going to make Christmas a whole lot better for us, because now I know the holiday greeting cards we send out are going to have the coolest photos on them!! I have some great ideas in mind. One is for my nephew. He sent me a picture of his little girl a couple of years ago. It's an awesome photo of the baby in her grandma's arms, but it was so dark... I loved it so much though, that I kept it anyway. I knew someday an opportunity to fix that picture would arrive. That time is now here!

ORIGINAL with dark shadows. I kept it waiting to find a good photo editor.
See how adorable and sweet she looks in the picture??  You can see why I absolutely love it. You can also see that it's way too dark, and baby has a big shadow on part of her face. Fortunately, you can use all kinds of filters and effects through Fotor to change your pictures, so I knew there was hope to improve the overall look of this one! 


One of the photo effects I tried was the 'news print' option. This is where you can play around with the color and make different parts of the photo have their original color and others seem black and white. On the left I made sweet apple dumpling (the baby) have color and nothing else. On the right, I colored in the background. These looked a little better, but still not what I was looking for entirely. Think of the options though, that you would have with this kind of ability to edit the colors in your photos!! I'm still giddy with excitement when I think about it, because I am a huge photo-loving geek (and proud of it). ;)


Of course then when I started looking through pictures I came across more that I wanted to use. That led me over to the many photo collage options available on the website, of which there are plenty! I'm still playing...and haven't finished the picture I want to put on the Christmas Card for my nephew, but I'm getting there... and do you see in the bottom, right corner? There's my photo edit of baby girl that I started with in this post...the shadow is now so much better. I may black & white some of the other photos and add just a bit of color...or do that to all of them. I'll probably play some more with the stickers too. You can see I added (2) at the bottom, middle. I love that they have such a huge variety of stickers. There are plenty to choose from too, that are specifically related to holidays. OR I may just start from scratch, 'cuz I'm not at all bothered like that... the most important thing to do is create a photo for a greeting card that I know the recipient will love for years to come.

All in all, there are so many photo design options available on the Fotor website that I know I'm going to be able to tweak and create until the photo I want to make is just right. This site is a goldmine for making the photo edits you've always wanted (and some you didn't even know you wanted until you came across them). I hope you'll give Fotor a chance this holiday season, to help you make the most of your photos. I'm guessing if you head on over, you will fall in love with the site too. What better gift to give, then the one that incorporates a photo? None (if you ask me)! Happy Holiday creating to you and to me!

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Doug whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Quarto Knows book giveaway.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Wouldn't be the Same without our Annual Oriental Trading Shopping Spree!

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Taking a look at these little, soft, plush sweethearts, you might be asking, "Whatcha' got there?" My reply would be..."4 little (12") Yarn Hair Slumber Party Dolls from Oriental Trading that are going to make the four little girls in my family very happy when they pop up in their Christmas stockings this year!"

Monday, November 27, 2017

CYBER Monday Sale (all week long) This is Not Your Ordinary Backpack with #FUL #GIVEAWAY

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I have two grown children in college, one in her first semester and another in his last. Either of them would appreciate the stellar quality of a FUL backpack. It's the 10-year-old, however, who is getting this one. Let me tell you why...

Quantum Health Organic TheraZinc and Cough Relief Lozenges #Giveaway!

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Now that the seasonal chill has begun to settle in, it's definitely important to prepare for winter ailments. On behalf of my client, Quantum Health, here are 5 simple tips to help keep your family going strong all winter long: 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

#LoveOutLoud with Teleflora this Holiday Season!

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Flowers are an easy way to make someone happy, especially this time of year, and Teleflora is one of the best florists we have ever used. Their fresh, fragrant flowers are delivered in perfect condition, and they always come in some kind of vase (or sleigh, as the case may be). This year I'll be using them to #LoveOutLoud and I hope after reading my story, that you'll join in and share a little flower love as well during the holiday season (which is officially here, hurrah!).