Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bamboo by Relax Home Life Pillows for Christmas!

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Bamboo is amazing. No two ways around it. It's soft to the touch, versatile to use, and it's a renewable resource. What's not to love? Relax Home Life recognizes all of the wonderful qualities and good reasons to use Bamboo and they have fashioned a line of pillows that you are going to love!

We Have Teachers to Appreciate this Holiday Season so we Shopped at Teacher Peach!

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Teachers are amazing. Seriously, think about it... they have on average, 20 some students to care for both physically and mentally for 6+ hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 seasons of the year. We expect a lot from them in terms of how dedicated they are to our kids, and I think they deserve to be recognized for living up to that standard (and then some), time and time again. Picking up a little Christmas present for them before the holiday break is a nice thing to do. Teacher Peach thinks so too, and they have created a whole array of items to help celebrate our wonderful teachers.

 One of the items they have is a subscription box. This is a great way to tell an extra special teacher that you appreciate them for more than just one day. You can order these in 3-month, 6-month or annual time frames.

Appreciate teachers all year long. A Note from the Teacher™ will delight every teacher you appreciate—today and in the months to come! These boxes are brimming with Teacher Peach products that teachers love to explore, experience, and sample. From greeting cards, postcards, stickers, and supplies, A Note from the Teacher bring surprise and smiles to the teachers who receive them. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How the Library Can Make You a Better Communicator

Libraries can be a fun place to visit. Not only do they open up whole new worlds through loaning books but many libraries also offer a range of other services. One thing you may not know you can get from a library is better communication skills. However, just by frequenting your library on a regular basis, you could be going a long way toward boosting your communication skills, and these skills can be used in so many different areas of your life.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Denise whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Junior Elf Kit giveaway.

Now That's Music! #Now60Fav The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Your Music Lovers!

Just a reminder that the Now That's What I Call Music #60 CD has been released. If you have a music lover on your list, then score! You've just found a great stocking stuffer gift idea.

The Stationery Studio has Personalized Gifts Galore!

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I like to give personalized gifts for Christmas. It makes it clear that I put some thought into what I selected. I like to make my friends and family feel valued and appreciated. I think taking the time out to get something special for them as their holiday gift is one good way to do so. Thankfully I have found The Stationery Studio. They have most excellent gift ideas for every single person in the family. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Time to Clean the Gutters!

Gutter Cleaning is one of those things that you really want to get done this time of year, before the holidays set in and make it so you're too busy to get them done. Now I know that climbing up on the roof is never really all that fun. Then, once you're up there on the roof, other challenges will often arise or be noticed, like finding cracked roof tiles, deciding tree branches need to be trimmed, and so on and so forth. That means more work, and since you're up there already, you usually opt to just do it and a one hour job turns into an all-day job. That's why hiring a service to do the work makes good sense! Let a professional make light work of those jobs that could take you an entire day to do, and rest easy that it's being done right.

When you're looking for a service you want to make sure they are licensed, professional and that they have a comprehensive list of things that they will do (not just the gutter cleaning alone). It is worth the investment in your home to have someone come out and not only check the gutters, but also inspect the trees that could affect them, check and/or install gutter guards, do any gutter repairs that need done, and even get those cracked roof tiles mended in no time flat. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and in the case of keeping the house gutters clean, that is very, very true!

#WhatYouLuv Twitter Party! Plus Diapers and a $25 American Express Giveaway

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We have a one-year-old in the family who is working on getting potty trained. She is still in diapers too though, most definitely when she goes out, and also while she is sleeping. We know that the one thing you do not want to compromise with diapers is quality. That's why we trust Luvs, and now they have introduced their new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with Nightlock plus Softener.

Luvs diapers always offer extra value for your money. From the extra stretchy tabs, to the ultra leak protection, and the money back guarantee, this is a brand that can be counted on to protect your little ones. Luvs knows that parenting can be a roller coaster, but they know moms (and dads) can take it in stride by being prepared. Having a high quality diaper choice, that doesn't break the bank (like Luvs) is one way to do so. Being a part of a family who has been using Luvs for two generations, I'd say they are definitely a diaper brand you can trust.

Shopping Today? Be on the Lookout for PlayMobil... Kids LOVE These Kits!

This year my son was introduced to Playmobil. Turns out he loves them just as much as the other brand of building kits he's been using for ages. I like them too. They're nice and sturdy, the pieces are big, they are easy to put together and they stay together!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone who celebrates today has a wonderful time visiting with people you like and love, and that you have lots of good food to eat. If you're really lucky, I hope you have someone to do the dishes too. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't Be Stuck in the Kitchen...Go Visit Those Guests! Birds Eye #Giveaway

Birds Eye wants you to have a wonderful holiday season filled with more time out of the kitchen, than in it. That's why they are sharing the following fast-to-make, absolutely-delicious-to-eat holiday recipe favorites with you! In addition, they'd love to have you chime in with some of your favorite Birds Eye dishes, and I'd really like to hear those too!

We use Birds Eye throughout the year for a quick way to make stews, soups, crock pot meals and more. They always taste perfectly fresh and you get to skip the lengthy prep time (all the work is already done for ya!).

The first recipe Birds Eye would like to share is the classic Thanksgiving favorite: Green Bean Casserole! I know this one is always a big hit in our family, and I for one wish we had it more than twice a year (Thanksgiving and Christmas). Since I'm the cook most of the time, I guess I could make that happen. :) Keep reading below to see two other Birds Eye holiday recipe favorites and then be sure to enter the giveaway too!

Ahoy! It is the Perfect Time to Buy a Playmobil Advent Calendar!

Are you doing shopping the day after Thanksgiving? If so (or if not, this could be a wonderful exception), what better gift to pick up to help heighten the sense of adventure than a Playmobil Advent Calendar? Kids LOVE being able to count down the days until Santa arrives, and you'll enjoy watching how excited they get to do it (I'm predicting my son will want to open a window first thing each morning, even before he gets up to brush his teeth).

The Protector is Going to Become Your New Favorite Toilet (say what?!)

The Protector was designed to do one thing... protect you from the consequences of an overflowing toilet. This toilet has a second drain system in place (concealed within the bowl) that protects you from the toilet overflowing. Hey, in real life, these things happen. Keep reading to see why I really, really like this newest invention from Mansfield Plumbing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

KNEX Clock Work Roller Coaster #Giveaway

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The beauty of K'nex is that they sometimes have these great building kits with moving parts. There is just something extremely satisfying about putting in a lot of hard work to build something, and then seeing it become truly functionable. In this case, they've created the ClockWork Roller Coaster Building Set that has a motorized car to move on the track.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Nutcacker or The Night Before Christmas Book Choice #Giveaway

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Special holidays call for special books and no one does elegant and beautiful in children's books like Cider Mill Press. Whether you are looking for a timeless story like The Nutcracker or a traditional favorite like The Night Before Christmas, and really anything in between, you are going to be impressed when you visit their website.

Its Hard to Be Cute: Ellie is the Cutest Little Wiener Dog Ever! #kidsbooks

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Ellie is a cute little Weinerdog who tries oh so very hard to be good...

DreamFrenz No-Tech Pillow Toy for Kids

What is my favorite thing about the DreamFrenz pillow line? Well, there are a few things, but my number one favorite thing is that they are no-tech. Most every child likes to snuggle up with a soft buddy for play. This bright happy pillow (it comes in quite a few different styles, including Marlin the Moon that glows in the dark) makes it easy for kids to carry it wherever they go (room to room, in the car, a trip to grandma's, etc).

Toys for Boys: 33 Days Until Christmas!

My son has a group of friends who come over several times a week to play. Usually because there are so many of them, they take their games out into the backyard. One of their favorite things to do (in the title of this post, I noted that these are 'boy' toys, but the girls play too!) is take out my son's toy gun collection and play teams against one another. Oh the drama they do too... all of course, in the name of good fun. It's hysterical to watch, and evidently very fun to do. So...for Christmas,  I have decided to add two new plastic weapons to his aresenal. The first is the Dart Zone Blitzfire Quick Shot Blasters 2-pack. These are available only at Target, which isn't a problem because I know so many of you love that store, (just like I do). 

This Glass Teapot from Ecooe is Sure to Please Any Tea Lover! with #giveaway

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Do you have a tea lover in your family? If so, this adorable, and I do mean adorable little Ecooe Glass Teapot would be a wonderful holiday gift idea!

Looking for a Delightful Holiday Gift Idea? Heavenly Tea Leaves Sampler Pack

Well I can see how they got their name. It can be heavenly to sit down with a hot cup of tea and relax. In addition to providing great flavors and a delicious brew of tea, Heavenly Tea Leaves also offers some great gift ideas with their smartly bundled variety boxes.

BIG Gifts that won't Break the Bank! American Plastic Toys

Okay, I will readily admit that I am that mom, grandma, aunt, what have you... I like to make sure the kids get at least one BIG gift under the tree from Santa. This year I've found a way to do that for at least two of the littles in this family, without breaking the bank. American Plastic Toys makes a solidly built Deluxe Plastic Beauty Salon for $35.00 that my granddaughter is just going to love!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter: Shelly won the Carpet One Door Mat giveaway and Sandy K won the Thrive by GoMacro giveaway.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hampshire Toffee: Looking for a Special Treat to Gift or Serve on the Holidays?

"Hey, what 'cha got there?" I've got Toffee!!!!!!  Hampshire Toffee to be exact, and let me tell you what, if you've never tasted Hampshire Toffee, you are missing out. This is easily THE best toffee I have ever had, and I'm telling you right now, if you have guests coming for the holidays, or you're looking for a little something special to give someone for Christmas...this is a gift that is going to be very well received!

Stomp Stomp Stomp Stompeez! I Love That Song!

Last week one of my son's clubs had PAJAMA NIGHT. The kids and adults all had to wear pj's and slippers to the group. Robes were optional. My son was excited but concerned because he didn't have slippers. Well guess what? Surprise! Mom had a pair put away for Christmas, and I gave them to him early. Throw in the fact that they were Stompeez and suffice it to say, my son was deeee-lighted!!

Bulb Head - The Home of Bright Ideas: 3 Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $30!

This pan is virtually indestructible. Bake in it, mix in it, cook in it and nothing sticks.
Available for $19,99 at Bulb Head.
There are many reasons to want a Red Copper pan, my number one reason though, is the 9-year-old you see in the photo above. Why? Because it doesn't matter how many times I tell him metal will ruin a pan, he's always picking up a fork or spoon to use in them!!  "I'm stirring lightly!" or "Oops, I forgot" are common phrases I hear when I get after him. With this pan, it doesn't matter. He can beat eggs in with a mixer if he wants to, and it isn't going to scratch!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wendy Mignot Cyber Pearl Event November 25-28

Everyone is getting ready for big-time savings, and that includes Wendy Mignot where you can get freshwater pearls in simplistically beautiful designs for that special someone in your life! 

Everyone is getting ready for big-time savings, and that includes 
Wendy Mignot where you can get freshwater pearls in simplistically beautiful designs for that special someone in your life! 

Wendy Mignot makes gifting easy this Holiday Season with Fine Pearls and Leather accessories friends and family will cherish all year round. Join C.I.Visions and Tribe Mignot Thanksgiving Day Online and In Store at La Vie Est Belle and

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Trudeau Offers Affordable High Quality Products for the Kitchen You are Going to Love!

Putting together a practical gift set like this for the baker in your family is such a good idea for the holidays!! This is something you could give before Christmas to someone who bakes a lot (we all know someone who bakes a lot!) or that you could gift for Christmas, that they would surely love. All of the items are from Trudeau and you purchase then separately, which makes it easy to choose what you would like to include in your gift bundle.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Roundup: Savings for the Kitchen!

Looking for some great deals for the kitchen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 
I've got a round up of 'em below. These all begin, or 'go live' at midnight, November 24th, EST.

T-fal, a leading manufacturer of non-stick cookware and small kitchen appliances is having a great sale!

·         T-fal 18 pc. Non-Stick Cookware Set, $39.99 – SAVE $80 on this must-have set for every home chef. Deal applies 11/24 – 11/28 at  

T-fal 10 pc. Ultimate Copper Bottom Cookware Set, $69.99 -  SAVE $60.00 for this long-lasting performance set with a sleek, modern design that looks good in any kitchen. Deal applies 11/24 – 11/28 at  

T-fal OptiGrill Plus, $99 – SAVE $50.99 on this innovative indoor grill with a cooking sensor that guarantees a perfectly cooked meal every time. Deal applies 11/24 – 11/28 in store and online at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

·        Krups, manufacturer of the leading range of fully-automatic espresso machines is in on the sale too! Fully Automatic Espresso Machine, $299.99 – SAVE $400 to enjoy cafĂ©-quality coffee drinks at home with this machine. Deal applies 11/24 – 11/28 at  

·         Hurom, global market leader for slow juicers, has some really fantastic models and colors available, and they will have a great sale going on too!  NEW HUROM HH Wine Elite Slow Juicer, $279.30 - 30% off original MSRP ($399) at

 NEW HUROM Rose Gold H-AA Slow Juicer, $321.30 – 30% off original MSRP ($439) at

·         NEW HUROM Mint Green HP Slow Juicer, $209.30 - 30% off original MSRP ($299) at

·         NEW HUROM Pink HP Slow Juicer, $209.30 - 30% off original MSRP ($299) at

From the pure whole seed flax to the chia blends and cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil, all of Carrington Farms' vitamin and mineral-full health food products are a great way to start adding a little more nutrition to your everyday life. That’s why they’re giving their consumers the biggest sale of the year on Cyber Monday! Carrington Farms is offering 30% off your entire online order at (reminder: free shipping over $50!)

Veestro: plant-based meal delivery service shipping fully-cooked meals directly to your door! This kind of service makes me happy. With so many after-school functions and weekend sports events, etc. there are many times we just don't have the time to get a good meal together. Veestro makes worrying about getting a healthy meal together a thing of the past. This would be a great gift idea for most any one too!

·         Buy $300, Save 30% - Code: Get30,
·         Buy $200, Save 25% - Code: Get25,
·         Buy $100, Save 20% - Code: Get20,

'Tis the season for savings, 
and you can't go wrong with deals like these! 
To reiterate, these items all go on sale 
at midnight (EST), November 24th (with the exception of Carrington Farms who has their awesome sale running on Cyber Monday only). 
Happy Shopping & Happy Saving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Blankets, Quilts, Throws and More! $100 Lush Decor Giveaway!

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What's my son got there? He's got a new quilt for his bed from Lush Decor. What is awesome about that, besides everything is that one lucky reader is going to get a chance to shop at Lush Decor too, because at the end of this post, there will be a $100 gift code giveaway!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sengled Makes the World's First LED Bulb with Stereo Sound!

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A lot of amazing wrapped up in one small package!
World's first LED bulb with stereo sound.
Instead of traditional Christmas gifts this year (except for the younger two kids, they'll still get their Santa visits), I think I'm going to do something different. I'm thinking something like the Price is Right, but with a family twist to it. There will probably be 8 of us there, so I've already started collecting items for the prizes. Of course I want the items to all be fabulous in one way or another. This Solo bulb from Sengled fits the bill and then some. What is it? It's the world's first LED bulb with stereo sound, and it is AWESOME!

6 Month Supply of Flora Renew Probiotic _ Prebiotic #Giveaway!

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Be sure to download your coupon for $3 off any Famly Flora product
AND enter to win the giveaway below for a 6-month supply of Flora Renew!

Flora Renew is a probiotic / prebiotic you can purchase at Target ($3.00 off coupon found here) that comes in a convenient pre-measured powder form. You can mix it up with any cold beverage to make a drink or you can sprinkle it on cold food. These little packets contain not only a probiotic/prebiotic duo, but they also boast organic inulin which has been deemed nature's super probiotic! Take good care of your body, and support flora renewal (even while taking medications), with Flora Renew...the formula with two probiotic cultures!

Monday, November 14, 2016

North Pole Kids Club: My Kid is a Junior Elf! with #Giveway

A large part of all the fun Christmas entails comes with the build-up that goes along with it. What better way to get your kids excited this year, than to make them junior elves?! We did it! My son just recieved his Official Elf Kit in the mail from the North Pole Kids Club, and let me tell you, this kit is fun! Keep reading because one lucky reader is going to get one to call their very own (well, they'll get one so their child can call it his or her very own). 

Got a Little or Young Girl? You are Going to Love SmitCo!

I love hearing about new companies this time of year. We have a whole family full of little girls right now, including a sweet little 3-year-old grandbaby who is my personal favorite, so this one is of particular interest to me. ;)

Quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. SmitCo products include rose gold, gold or rhodium plated jewelry and sets, as well as very popular stretch sets for little girls - all packed in cute gift boxes.

SmitCo also has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls, as well as several different temporary tattoos sets to provide hours of fun. A huge hit is the Emoji themed nail art sets - we have a larger and smaller set and both are equally popular. All these items are packed in quality packaging. 

Currently there is one princess dress up set but we will be adding 2 new and different sets before Christmas! Find all the great products here:

We trust you will find some or all gifts here for the princesses on your list!

My readers get to save!
Get 15% Off Entire Cart Of Gifts! Go to: Use promo code ACART15% to save!

PicturesOnGold will Laser Your Photo onto a Locket! #lockets

'Tis the season for shopping, or thinking about shopping. Right now I'm still in the thinking stage, and one of the things I'm considering is a PicturesOnGold locket for my mom. She lost her husband a couple of years back and she still holds him very dear to her heart. I know my mom and I'm sure the symbolism of the heart-shaped locket would be cherished.

How about you? Imagine your favorite photos and pictures engraved permanently into 14K gold, Sterling Silver or Rose Gold. This would be a great idea for so many people. My graduate-to-be came to mind, my mom as I noted above, and a close friend of mine who is getting married. I might even like one of these for myself...though I'd have to group the kids to get 'em all to fit in there. ;) exclusive Locket designer lets you create custom lockets. The process of lasering the photo into the locket is exclusive to Pictures on Gold.

You can also add engraved messages. The lockets are waterproof, scratchproof and come with a lifetime gurantee! No need to cut up your treasured photos!

My readers get to save!
Save on customized Lockets from Pictures On Gold! Just in time for the Holidays! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

#JazzLovesDisney November 18th Release Date!

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Jazz Loves Disney - November 18th Release Date!
Disney Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Cinderella's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo instantly comes to mind as a classic and a favorite. Every time I hear it, even still today, it takes me back to the book (I used to read it as a child) and to the movie (I have had it on both VHS and DVD). Those kinds of memories are the kind that allow you to instantly revel in the contentment and happiness of your childhood.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

15% Off Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker!

Tickets are on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker on most cities on the 2015 North American tour! Families love Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! It's the ultimate holiday tradition and creates memories for a lifetime. The production includes over 200 romantic costumes and 10' tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for shadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party. During the battle with Nutcracker Prince and the 3-headed Rat King, a golden cannon shoots roses! In the Magical Snow Forest an authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world, is escorted by Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) on their way to Act II. The Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its dedication to world peace with Act II named the "Land of Peace and Harmony." The first scene of Act II features a stunning "Dove of Peace" with a 20' wingspan and danced by 2 dancers each with one feathered wing. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! Use the code BALLET to get the biggest discount of the season for your family.

SAVE 15% Off Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker

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3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights... Yeah These are Cool!

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. 

They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! 

Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! 

Find all of these amazing products here: You can also pick these up at Target (in stores or online)!