Sunday, November 29, 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Offer a Holiday Season Made with Magic

‘Tis the season for finding amazing gifts and gift sets that will pamper, indulge, and let the recipients know you appreciate the ability to treat them to something very special. There is no better way to do that than with products from one of the most appreciated and loved companies in the business: Crabtree & Evelyn of London. If you’ve ever used products from them, you already know how amazing they are, and how wonderful they would be for holiday gift giving. If you haven’t, you are in for a treat.

Crabtree & Evelyn allows you the opportunity to marvel as the finest botanical ingredients are magically transformed into richly indulgent creams, keepsake boxes are meticulously embellished and sumptuous foods are prepared.

Holiday Tins make perfect gifts and they can hang on the Christmas Tree!
They offer festive ornament tins filled with nourishing hand creams (perfect for gifting to family, friends, teachers, etc.). These are practical gifts that combine with the love of the holiday via their amazingly cute little ornament tins that hang on the tree. I think these tins would look great as a stand-alone ornament on a desk too!
Memory Makers Ultimate Gift Set

Shimmering boxes filled with luxurious fragrance, like this Memory Makers Ultimate Nantucket Briar Gift Set that includes shower gel, body lotion, Eau de Toilette, and a bird ornament the perfect size for a Christmas Tree. This packaging on this set is really oh so cute and the box is one you’re going to want to keep long after the products are used and gone.

Limited Edition Scents
Hand therapy crackers are absolutely perfect for tucking carefully away in a loved one’s stocking. Each cracker contains a tube of hand therapy, in limited edition scents such as Frosted Rose, Apple Snow, and Sugar & Spice. The crackers, a London favorite, are fun to give and to receive.
The quality of Crabtree & Evelyn products is always luxurious, and always a delight to one’s senses. I know so many people who would love to find any one of these items under their tree this year, including me!

You can learn more about these and the other products by visiting the Crabtree & Evelyn website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Black Friday Savings from FabKids!!!

Disclosure: This is  a sponsored  post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

FabKids has rain boots!
That tab you see on the back of them, makes them a cinch to pull up, even for little hands.

What oh what is that I see over at FabKids?? Oh yes, they do now have rain boots, and we absolutely love them! These boots are stylish, functional, sturdy and fun. 

FabKids "Denim Dino Rock Outfit" for Boys  
And when you get an outfit with boots designed for the rain, well, you can't wait for the day to come when it rains. ;)

You can buy the Dino Graphic Tee (or any FabKids' item) separately
or as a part of the outfit.
The first rainy day we had, we set out to explore (and take pictures). It turned out to be a fun day because the rain would come and go as it pleased. We never knew which it was going to do from minute to minute. On our walk, we conducted a little nature hunt, something we do quite often actually, but it's different in the rain. We came across a snail, a wiry looking caterpillar, and a very long earth worm. Those are things you don't usually come across in the daytime, when it's not raining. Here (in the picture above) is the shirt that came with the FabKids outfit my son was wearing. It is the long-sleeved Dino Graphic Tee.

He still picks his mama flowers, every chance he gets. :)
This is a super soft knit on the shirt that makes it breathable and moveable too. You can see the brush of the light knit only if you're up close.  It looks nice, actually. The sleeves are reinforced at the edges, and the collar is too,  not that I worry with FabKids clothing. I already know it's top-notch quality.
Classic Straight Denim Pants
The Classic Straight Denim Pants are rugged and durable while at the same time being very stylish. I've said it before, I'll most likely say it again because it's very true and something parents want to know...the quality of FabKids pants is beyond reproach. They last and last, and you can wash them over and over again and they still look amazing.

The inside of these denim pants has an adjustable elastic band, so the pants are going to grow with your child (or be small enough around the waist yet long enough in length, if your son is built on the slim side like my little dude).

The lace-up boots come up high on the calf to ensure your feet will stay dry and warm. The traction on the bottom is thick and good for helping to prevent slips on the wet ground. We took advantage of the review mode and 'tested' these boots thoroughly, making sure to jump in every single rain puddle we came across. :)

The funniest part of the review? When I'd stop to take a picture of little man in the rain, and the rain would stop completely. No need for an umbrella, son... at least not right this second. ;)

We are a FabKids family, and stand fully behind the brand. 

You can learn more about their monthly clothing subscription by visiting their website. There you will find information on how the service works. First though, let me say that even though it is a subscription service, you don't have to order 'just the outfit.' You can buy anything you want,  any time you want. Or you can buy nothing at all. The decision is entirely up to you. If you do opt in for the montly delivery, do nothing. A pre-designated amount will be charged to your credit card, and one 'outfit credit' will be placed in your account. You can use it whenever you want, it will not expire. If you don't want to be charged for the month, you opt out by the date given to do so. Easy as pie. :)

You can follow FabKids on Facebook and/or Twitter, and be sure to take advantage of the Black Friday sales below.

Black Friday Savings!!

            -          Style Challenge: Holiday-Ready Style – Show us how your FabKids will be festive for the holiday season!

-          Holiday Style Quiz: We have a new, fun quiz to find your FabKids’ holiday style! Feel free to share this with your readers in your post or on your social channels!

-          Black Friday! FabKids will have some AWESOME Black Friday deals for VIPs with savings up to 60%! 

-          Dresses from $15
-          Leggings $5
-          Fuzzies $15
-          Tutus $7
-          Tops from $8
-          Denim & Cargos $19
-          Sneakers $15
-          Socks $1


Look Who's Playing Music on Her New Guitar!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

My oldest son has a guitar. He also gave a guitar to my youngest son. It’s a really nice guitar too, but because little man is not so little, the guitar is full-sized, which means it’s big and it’s heavy. My oldest son’s daughter is 2-yrs.-old. She likes to attempt to play that guitar that is bigger and heavier than she is, and though she does a mean rendition of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,’ I’m scared she’s going to get hurt. Enter this sweet little red guitar sold at

This guitar is 20 ½” long and it is light as can be. It is designed for children ages 3+, and perfect for little hands. The guitar has six child-friendly strings that produce a very mild sound (almost like rubber bands on a box, remember how fun that was to do back in the day?), and my granddaughter LOVES it. You can purchase the red one shown here, or check out the site to see the other designs.

My granddaughter got right to work on playing this one as soon as it came out of the box. The guitar is fully assembled, but you might have to tighten a string or two when you first open it. And if you noticed the band-aid on sweet baby girl’s head..that is from her recent bout at the doctor’s office where she had to get (gasp!) stitches. Thankfully she’s okay and she handled her bout w/the doctor like a trooper! This guitar was going to be a Christmas surprise, but you know, a boo-boo of such proportions is no small thing and little girlie girl definitely deserved a little treat. Thank goodness for grandmas. ;)  And thank goodness for sweet baby girlies too!

This and other great toys can be purchased instantly online from Bonjour Petit, where gift-wrapping and free shipping over $75 are available. Launched in January 2015, Bonjour Petit is an online retailer whose French/American team is dedicated to bringing the finest toys from Europe to the United States via importer Magicforest. 

Or ponder over Magicforest’s vast website,, and find a neighborhood toy store by clicking on their “brick and mortar” button under “stores.” 

Friday, November 27, 2015

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VTech Has Done it Again with their Amazing Kidizoom Smartwatch DX!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Oh yes it is Black Friday today and I know a lot of you are going to be out and about shopping. Good luck to you and I wish you well. I didn’t look at one ad for today, not a one… but I will surf the net come Cyber Monday. Whatever you decided to do, or if you’re opting out of both and just shopping when the urge hits, I do have a great gift idea for the children on your list. The Kidizoom Smartwach DX is a great wearable gadget for the kids that does so much more than tell time!

The VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX takes photos, shoots videos, records your voice and it has a fun feature to change your voice recordings too. It also has an alarm clock built in, and a timer.

It has an easy-to-use and fun-to-learn tutorial to teach you how to tell time.

The smartwatch has a calculator that adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides,

and it provides a calendar, with different backgrounds for the appropriate month.

There is also a nice selection of fun games too. My favorite is the Super Snowboard game, and little man likes Tic Tac Toe. It is touch screen and two players can play (at the easy or hard level), and so far he’s beaten me at it two to one (probably why it’s his favorite). ;)

My son loves all of these features, but his favorite thing right now is by far, the pedometer. He absolutely loves running around and counting how many steps or movements he has taken to get from Spot (A)to Spot (B).

His second favorite feature is the monster identity finder. That’s a little game where you put your finger on the touch screen, it scans it and it tells you what kind of monster you have been deemed. He plays that one first every time he straps on the watch.

You can plug the watch into the computer and connect to VTech’s Learning Lodge to download fun clock faces or different photo themes (some are already included so you don’t have to, but it’s really fun if you do). You can also transfer photos from the watch to your computer.
If the techie in you is wondering what this watch does, it’s actually pretty impressive for a kid’s ‘toy.’ The touch screen is 1.44”, the video resolution is a 320 x 240 pixel or a 160 x 120 pixel, the video length limit per file is 60 seconds and the focus range is 1.5 feet. The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX holds approximately 1,600 photos , and stores approximately 11 minutes at 320 x 240 pixels and approximately 23 minutes at the smaller pixel size. The file formats are standard baseline JPEG for the photos and AVI (Motion JPEG) for the videos. It uses a Micro USB 2.0 cable (included) to connect to the computer.

So...VTech, who always makes such great items for the kids has done it again! The watch is easy to use, and it’s a lot of fun. You can choose which color you like for the band (we chose blue for ours).  This watch allows the kids to have a lot of high-tech features mom and dad have, without having to worry about them getting broken. It’s a win-win all the way around and absolutely the perfect gift idea for so many ages! It is recommended for ages 4+.

The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is available in stores everywhere. You can learn more about the VTech Watch by visiting the website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter

Bonjour Petit Sells a Mama and Baby Puppet Set

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You can purchase this mama and baby puppet set at Bonjour Petit!
Trudi ‘s line of super soft puppets, available for sale at Bonjour Petit, is awesome, and any one of them would be a REALLY GREAT GIFT IDEA! Pardon the caps, I’m not yelling, it’s just that I want to make sure readers know just how very SOFT and CUTE these little puppets are in real life (okay, I’m done with caps now). J

My son loves stuffed animals. He stacks them up at the end of his bed, takes one with him on every car ride, and brings one in his bookbag when we’re visiting friends. He’s even asked to take them to school, which is of course is usually a no-no unless they’re having a special event where it’s deemed okay (like Pajama or Movie Day). When this little puppet arrived, he was a very happy young man because he did not yet have a penguin in his stuffed animal collection, nor did he have a puppet! Now, very happily, that is no longer true. There are other types of animals available too, so be sure to swing on over and check them out (I’m thinking the koala set I saw would be a great addition at some point, he’s a real cutie pie and our penguin puppet would probably love to have a puppet friend ;)).

The mama is a puppet and the baby is a finger puppet!
The Trudi Puppets are unique because they have a mom with a baby tucked away in their cute little front pocket. The mama is a hand puppet, and the baby is a finger puppet, so tons of role play could take place with this one too.  Believe me, that’s definitely going on here, my little one is the king of role play. In fact, right now he’s sound asleep but his stuffed animals, including the cute Trudi puppet are all lined up in the dining room, waiting for the day to start so they can attend breakfast.  After breakfast he’ll put them back on the bed, to wait for the next thing he decides to do at some point during the day. It’s cute, and I’m going to miss when he outgrows such things.

The covering of these puppets is the softest of soft…the kind you just like to reach out and touch, but one great thing about them is that they don’t shed!! The fur stays put, just like it should, and that’s a big deal to me. I’m not surprised though, Trudi Puppets are definitely top of the line when it comes to quality.

I know it’s shopping season now (hey, it’s official today, right?), so I do want to say this would be an amazingly awesome gift idea to consider for anyone on your holiday shopping list.

The Trudi puppet line is just the right size for little hands, and bigger hands too. I can get my hand in there easily to play, my 8-yr.-old can get his hand in there, and my 2-yr.-old sweet baby granddaughter can get her little hand in there as well. It’s a really safe, fun and imagination-inducing toy for everyone to enjoy… and we do!

This and other great toys can be purchased instantly online from Bonjour Petit, where gift-wrapping and free shipping over $75 are available. Launched in January 2015, Bonjour Petit is an online retailer whose French/American team is dedicated to bringing the finest toys from Europe to the United States via importer Magicforest. 

Or ponder over Magicforest’s vast website,, and find a neighborhood toy store by clicking on their “brick and mortar” button under “stores.” 

Looking for a Memorable Gift, Head to

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book. Snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

Merry Christmas is part of our Seasonal Photo Books Collection and is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee, just like all of our other photo books, cards, and calendars. Mixbook uses only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sourced from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

3 sizes available
Digital Press
Printing Time
1-2 business days
With Mixbook, everything is customizable. Add your own photos and text, change the layout, add stickers and backgrounds - you are free to design a Book that is personal to you!

My readers get to save just in time for the Holidays! 50% off cards & 10x10 photo books + 40% off site wide!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get Your Pepper On with Ozeri!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

There’s just something satisfying about being in the kitchen, whipping up a meal, and taking out your pepper grinder/pepper mill to season what you’re cooking. It feels professional, or like you’re creating something extra special. Funny how little things can make the big difference, isn’t it?
Ozeri Takes pepper grinding to a whole new level with their attractive and sleek looking pepper mills. I think these would be a nice gift idea for a Christmas stocking or to add as part of a little basket you put together for a host/hostess of a holiday party this season. Or it could be a nice gift all on its own, especially for someone who loves to cook, has purchased a new home, or  just loves to add a little flair to their every day cooking.

These are all designed to function perfectly and look great while they are doing it too. There are four different types, and I’ll briefly explain them here.

The Ozeri  Graviti Pro Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder is gravity operated. To use it simply flip or invert to activate the effortless one-handed dispensing.  The durable and eco-friendly ceramic mechanism easily grinds peppercorns, salt and spices.

You can adjust the level from fine to coarse, and you can see through the top portion of it, to know how much you have (or do not have) left, and see the action of the grinding as it takes place. The top-mounted grind is designed so it won’t leave a trail or mess behind. The outside of the display container features an ultra soft, non-slip grip. This one looks great in your kitchen too!
I like that this one is operated by gravity. Never having to worry about batteries? Yeah, I like that a lot.

The Artesio Electric Pepper Grinder combines an adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism with a battery-powered engine for push-button effortless dispensing of your salt or pepper. It has an ultra-soft non-slip grip and a built-in light for low-lit dining areas. It is automatic and has an ultra-soft grip. It runs on 4 AA batteries (not included).

I like that this one has a light. I think that was a great feature to add. Nothing breaks up a romantic dinner faster, than having to turn on the light to season your food. ;)

The Ozeri Fresko Duo is both a salt and a pepper grinder with a twist that works by hand. It is made of stainless steel and acrylic, so it looks good in most any kitchen or on any table setting.  It adjusts from coarse to fine.

I like that this one allows you to have two spices in it. I’ve got my Himalayan Salt in the bottom of mine, and the peppercorns at the top. The pretty pink of that particular salt looks great in the grinder.

The Ozeri Savore Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder features a durable ceramic motor that easily grinds peppercorns, salt and other spices. It has an adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism on the front that never requires inverting. The non-slip grip is finger-print resistant so it stays looking pretty.  It also has a see-through container that makes monitoring your pepper level a cinch.

I like this one because it activates via a large push-down button. I think it looks great too.

Each of these Ozeri pepper grinders is great in its own way.  All of them can be found on Amazon.

Do you have one you like best out of the four?

Das Boom! Perfect Stocking Stuffer Alert for Men

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During the holiday season, women are gifted all kinds of wonderful items in which to pamper and indulge their senses. Lotions, body washes, body splashes, aromatherapy kits, you name it. But what about the fellas? Men like a little luxury and pampering too. Enter das boom industries.

Das Boom Industries has revolutionized men’s grooming and wellness, and become a celebrity favorite that has and continues to receive coverage in places like GQ magazine and ‘The Talk’ (television show). How have they done it? Through a Body Brick made from all-natural material that offers completely unique smells geared entirely towards men.  Scents like Bourbon County (Bourbon & Leather), Denali (Juniper, Pine, and Cedar) and Detroit (Tobacco, Musk, and Motor Oil) are a few that you could select and order.  Motor Oil? Yes, Motor Oil. The names and scent combos are entirely too hard to resist, and what a fun gift idea these would be.

The box includes two body bricks, which are essentially soap infused sponges that cleanse the skin thoroughly, resist bacteria, and exfoliate the skin during use to keep it fresh and renewed. The box is a perfect square, lending itself nicely to being gorgeously wrapped with a manly bow (you’re on your own for figuring the bow thing out, but it’s a good idea, isn’t it!!). So now when the ladies are oohing and ahhing over their luxurious spa-like items this holiday season, the men can secretly (because men don’t ohh and ahh out loud over soap) be oohing and ahhing over their own. 

One more perk? The company is very environmentally conscious. The sponge is made from BeBetterFoamTm, which a technologically-advanced material that is plant-based and repels water while absorbing oil, silicone and virtually all hydrocarbons while remaining resilient to wear and tear. This sponge also dries quickly, so it doesn’t get that funky sponge smell we all know (and don’t love).

You can learn more about das boom products by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What is a Crabpot Christmas Tree?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

What is that sturdy wire looking contraption? Happily, it’s a very cool looking Crabpot Christmas Tree!

This little beauty of a tree was created with PVC-coated crab trap wire. The wire is hard core sturdy, not a bit flimsy, which means it’s going to stay upright in my yard  (or in my house), like it’s supposed to, and not fall over.  It also means it’s going to be durable and sustain in the outside, sometimes harsh winter weather.

A Crabpot Christmas tree is amazingly simple to install. What does it include? Inside of the box you’ll find (6) metal upside down ‘U’-shaped placers to secure the tree, 2 packages of replaceable lights, and the tree itself. That’s it? That’s it. Sounds easy, yes? And it is!!! Simply open the tree, secure it in place, and plug it in. Voilá, you’ve got an amazing looking decoration to help ring in the holiday season.  It’s a super simple, super fast way to make your home look and feel instantly festive.

Crabpot Trees come in different sizes. This one stands 3 ft. tall and has 200 lights. That’s just right for me, though I do think the bigger ones are beautiful too. You can purchase a Crabpot Tree with multi-colored lights,

or with just white lights. I like both styles, and would be happy to call either kind my own. You can use it indoors or outside too, which I really appreciate.  I think we’ll be using ours outside this year, though my youngest really, really wants to have it inside. He likes the way it makes the room look when it’s dark outside and the tree is plugged in. So… we’ll see, I might bend and let him keep it in the house…though I suspect he’ll love it more when he sees it outside.

This handy and very pretty decoration stores flat, which is perfect for off-times when you’re not using it. It’s a cinch to store and really doesn’t take up a lot of room.  I love my tree, and do happily recommend it for holiday decorating this year.

You can learn more about Crabpot Trees by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Crabpot items are made in the USA.

A Party Cup You Don't Throw Away!

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Every once in awhile you come across something that really tickles your fancy. Today, for me, that was the Red Party Cup from Trudeau. Now granted, my idea of a party usually involves cake and ice cream, but just the same, these cups are cool. Why? Because they look exactly like the red disposable cups that so many people buy and use, but they’re not. They’re real drinking cups!

These solid plastic cups are BPA-free, made in the USA, and though they’re going to last for a very long time, they’re also able to be recycled when their time in your house is through. That makes them not only cute, but also handy, practical and better for the environment too.

Mine were too cute to keep all to myself. I passed two out to my grown kids, and kept two for the house. I really like them though, and think I’m going to pick up a full set. Imagine your party guests’ surprise when they pick up their red cup thinking it’s a cheap-o disposal, and they discover that it’s hard core plastic, and very much reusable. Sounds to me like an instant conversation starter because everyone loves to discover a “No way!” moment. :)

Trudeau’s Red Party Cup is anything but's a cup for all occasions!! Though it’s similar in look to the iconic disposable plastic cup, once the Red Party Cup is literally in-hand, the “a-ha” moment strikes. The 16 oz., party approved cup is sturdy; being double wall insulated and will keep your drinks colder, longer. Being eco-friendly is no longer a trend, it is a lifestyle. So join the party, be responsible and start using the reusable cup.  Made entirely in the USA!!
  • Eco-Friendly - the greenest red cup there is!
  • 16oz
  • BPA free
  • Dishwasher safe top rack
  • Double wall insulated keeps drinks colder, longer
  • Solid ABS material - durable, break resistant
  • 5 year warranty

You can learn more about these by visiting the Trudeau website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.