Friday, May 27, 2022

Grabber Tool Giveaway

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Q. What in the world are those??? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

One for You and One for Me! Snack and Go Reusable Bag Giveaway!

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I have four grandchildren now and the one thing they all have in common (besides being sweet) is that they love their snacks. To take them out on a little trip without a drink and snacks could ruin the whole excursion! The best way I've found to pack toddler snacks, to make sure we always have some on hand, is the Snack'n'Go bag by Roll 'eat.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: London, England

 

International Travel, to me, is not just an experience, it is an investment.

This is not the best picture of Westminster Abbey you will find (not by a long shot) but this post is more about a mood than a photo. This was taken in London quite a few years ago but London is still a place that holds great memories for me, and definitely a destination to where I would love to return. 

Going through some of my old travel photos today is giving me all the (vacation) feels.

Camping with a Baby: 5 Tips for a Successful Camping Trip

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Camping is usually one of those couples' or family-friendly activities that can create so many wonderful memories that you’ll never forget. Even if you have a baby, that doesn’t immediately mean that you can have amazing vacation ideas. Sure, there may be some limits on what type of vacation you can do once you have a baby, but fun trips such as camping don’t immediately need to be erased.

 While it will of course depend on the age of the baby, you can still count on having a memorable time in the great outdoors. So, here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a successful camping trip with your baby.

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How to Keep Your Home and Belongings Safe while Abroad

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When traveling, there are many things to worry about – from making sure your passport is up-to-date to ensure you have enough foreign currency. Unfortunately, one thing that often gets overlooked is how to keep your belongings safe while you're away. So here you’ll find some tips on how to protect your valuables while enjoying your holiday.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

5 Tips For Staying Healthy After Childbirth

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5 Tips For Staying Healthy After Childbirth

The postpartum period is one of the mentally and physically challenging phases of motherhood. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop because you’ve had a baby. From the second you leave the hospital, you are thrown back into the chaos of your everyday life. It can get very tough balancing life with your newborn with your responsibilities. Welcoming a baby into your family is an exciting time, but the postpartum period is also critical for families to transition into parenthood. Statistics show that 54% of pregnancy-related deaths occur during this period. That’s why it’s important you take some time to take care of yourself. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy after having a child.

1. Rest

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Having a newborn is a full-time job that requires total attention. However, as impossible as it may seem, you need to get a lot of rest. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this. First, be sure you do not entertain any distractions that may prevent you from getting enough sleep, such as chores. You should also consider timing your sleep following that of your child’s sleep routine, and if you’re lucky, your baby might sleep a lot. During the first couple of days and weeks, you can also restrict the number of visitors you might receive. You can easily get overwhelmed with loads of family and friends visiting you at various times of the day. By limiting these visits, you give yourself enough time to sleep and develop a relationship with your baby.

You must also seek and accept help whenever you can. Try splitting nighttime duties with your partner taking turns attending to the baby. You can also encourage help from family to give you more time to catch up on sleep.

Simple Ways To Have More Confidence

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If you are keen to try and have some more confidence in your life, then there are a lot of ways in which you can do so. This is actually easier to achieve than many people think, and that’s good news because it means that you are going to be able to make it happen much sooner in your own life. No matter what position you are starting out from, finding confidence is always perfectly possible. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the really simple and effective ways to have more confidence in your life, so that you can enjoy the results of that day after day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Gifts Grandpa Will Love

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give grandpa this Father’s Day, or for any other special occasion, then you might be finding it tricky to think of something he will really love. If that's the case, I've put together a list of ideas that most grandpas will adore, which you can read below.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Take me to the River...

 


The Savannah River: It doesn't matter where we visit, if there's water, I'm going to want to go see it.

Part of the charm when we visited Savannah, Georgia, was the beautiful homes and trees. Then we discovered the water and it was a beautiful place all on its own. I wouldn't mind visiting this city again.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Grandma Slept Where?!??! And She'd Do it Again in a Heartbeat Too

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Look Who Came to Visit Grandma!

For the last two weekends in a row, we have been fortunate enough to have grandkids over. For the first weekend, my daughter's two girls were here, and they kind of occupy each other during the p.m. routine, so sleep time was fairly easy. 

Last weekend, my second oldest son's sweet daughter was here (her first time to spend the night) and she wanted to have grandmama next to her, which of course was perfectly fine. I soon came to discover that she is an all-over-the-bed kind of sleeper. She went from the head of the bed, to the side, to the bottom, all before I could even finish the chapter of a book I was reading (and she was sound asleep). 

My bed has a comfortable split king mattress, and is super roomy, but I knew that in no time flat she was going to end up on the floor. She's a little tiny one, and my bed is up very high, so I bargained with the teen. I told him he could take my room, and we'd put his mattress in the living room on the floor (to ensure if the sweet little one toppled off, she would be fine).

He readily agreed, and I had him sit next to her while I set up the makeshift campsite. I transferred the little one to the living room and she didn't even wake up. She was again, all over the place with her precious little rolling around self. My teen's mattress is significantly smaller than mine, so I chose to sleep on the floor next to the mattress. That way I could be a barrier if she fell off of the one side she kept gravitating to (LOL!!). It was perfectly fine though, I'd do it all again in an instant. She's a joy, and I loved having her here. All of my grandbabes are sweet little buttercups, and I enjoy every second I can get with any one (or all) of them.

When my teen woke up and came out to see the sleeping arrangement (namely me on the floor and the babe on the comfy mattress) he started cracking up. He made a big deal of stretching languorously and telling me how restful his sleep on the big comfy mattress was... to which I promptly threw my pillow at him and told him he was in charge of making breakfast. :)

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All is well that ends well though. The little one was delighted to wake up on a mattress in the living room. To her it was a big adventure. And the teen didn't have to make breakfast afterall because his big brother (lil'-bit's daddy) called and wanted to meet for breakfast. We ended up at a cute diner with perfectly-sized silver dollar pancakes and fresh fruit on the menu for the baby grand. And a teen still telling (and laughing) about the mattress story. 

Honestly though, I cannot wait for the next grandbabe adventure. Whoever said grand-littles are the best, surely knew what they were saying. :)

Monday, May 16, 2022

How to Travel without Breaking the Bank

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Traveling doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, there are many ways that you can travel without spending a lot of money. This blog post will discuss some tips and tricks for traveling on a budget. 


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Friday, May 13, 2022

Safety Tips For Cooking Seafood

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Perhaps, you have friends and family coming over for dinner, and you plan to cook something different. Very often, seafood is top on the list for special dinners. The fact that 63% of seafood consumption is at home proves it. However, it is one food category that needs the utmost care, from handling to preparation. The last thing you want is to cause a tummy upset for your guests. Here are some tips when cooking your delicious seafood.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

How To Decide What You'll Be Cooking At Your Next Dinner Party

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When planning a dinner party, the first step is deciding what to cook! There are many factors to consider when choosing a dish, such as your guests' dietary restrictions, your cooking skills, and of course, your budget. The following blog will discuss some tips for choosing the perfect dish for your next dinner party.


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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Do You Know Either of these Treats?

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Johnson's Popcorn has been around since 1940. The store is famous at the Ocean City, New Jersey boardwalk, where the red and white awning beckons visitors to come inside and smell the hot caramel being tossed over the giant kernels of popcorn. These kettles, where the hand mixing takes place, are worth a visit. Caramel is not the only variety that they serve. In fact, there are many others. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

 


My oldest son and his girl recently came to visit.
I'm laughing that she took the steering!  You go, girl!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Tips To Make Healthy Eating More Fun

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We often confuse healthy eating with ‘being on a diet.’ The truth is that dieting is not always healthy, and it’s usually not a lot of fun. If you’re looking to make changes to your menu to lose weight or improve your health and well-being, here are some tips to make healthy eating more enjoyable.


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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Have You Heard of GourmetGiftBaskets? Perfect for Mother's Day!

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Still wondering what to get mom for Mother's Day? Flowers are always welcome, of course, and so are treats. If the latter will be a part of your gift-giving this year, there is none better than GourmetGiftBaskets.com to find the perfect sweet treat for your mom, mom figure, or grandmother. 

The Love for Mom Cookie & Brownie Gift Box is my favorite at the moment, but just like my favorite perfume changes often, so does the treat I most want to try from this site. There are so many great choices!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Ron Jon Surf Shop


Back when the youngest was the smallest in the family (he's now the tallest) 
and my daughter and Juan were expecting their first child (they now have two).

This was from a visit we took years ago to Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, FL.
If you stop at one of the smaller stores around the USA, they are absolutely NOT like this one.
This Ron Jon is the world's largest surf shop (52,000 square ft) & is definitely fun to visit.

Six Reasons Thank You Notes Matter

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It’s not a secret that when most of us were children, we were asked to send thank you notes to family members who gave us gifts. It’s a very old but longstanding tradition with most families, and there is a lost art to a handwritten letter these days. Instead of writing letters by hand, most people prefer to communicate electronically because it’s much faster. The power of a handwritten note is long forgotten by most people, but receiving a handwritten note has so much love behind it that we each feel it when we get one!

There are few that expresses gratitude more than a handwritten letter complete with family letterhead at the top. A personal note makes a big difference to the way that people feel, and it shows a level of happiness and excitement that you are willing to provide to others. Below, we’ve put together six great reasons that thank you notes really do matter and you’ll be on your way to making someone else very happy.

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Teleflora for Mother's Day!

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What is it about dragonflies? I just don't know, but there is something so very intriguing about them to me. There was a period in my life where they were there at every turn.They fascinate me. 

And of course, I love Teleflora flowers. Been a huge fan for as long as I can remember. I used to send them to my mom every single year. She loved them and I now have all of her unique, gorgeous vases from those deliveries. 

Yes, the containers they deliver in are so nice that she saved every single one them. This year, I'm delivering myself flowers in her memory and I intend to cherish that delivery when it comes.

4 Household Problems You Can Solve Yourself

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Should You Give Up Alcohol Completely?

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Honestly, I am probably the only adult I know who has never tried so many of the popular drinks many rave about, and that's okay. It's just not a preference of mine. If I do drink, and it's super rare (like once every ten years, not even kidding) it's usually a shot or two of whiskey and that's it. 

Lately though, I've been hearing a lot of talk from people about giving up drinking entirely. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Guess the Disney Park

 

Anyone recognize what Disney park this is from?

4 Tips That Will Make Owning a Luxury Yacht Much Less Stressful

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Owning a luxury yacht is the epitome of high-class living. It's the perfect way to show off your wealth and enjoy a luxurious lifestyle on the open seas. However, owning a luxury yacht can also be quite stressful. So many things can go wrong, and if you're not prepared for them, they can quickly ruin your dream vacation or business trip. This blog post will discuss four tips that will make owning a luxury yacht much less stressful!

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Friday, April 15, 2022

5 Ways You Can Reduce the Visibility of Skin Imperfections

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Blemishes and spots can affect your mental health and how you see yourself. Fortunately, you can reduce the visibility of skin imperfections with readily available treatments. Me? I have always, always loved freckles but my best friend has them and she's not a fan. I've also always wanted thick, naturally curly hair and she has it and hates it, but that's a story for a different day. :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Almost Wordless Wednesday: How they Decorate for Easter in Prague

 

See the men in the tree hanging the Easter Egg ornaments?

According to MyCzechRepublic.com, during Lent, trees in Prague's Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are decorated with brightly colored ribbons and eggs. When this is finished, they will place the Paschal equivalent of the nativity scene at the base of the tree. They will also place an Easter Bunny in straw. We were lucky enough to get to visit once, when they were preparing for the approaching season.

Tuck Your Perfume in Your Pocket!

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I have found the perfect travel solution for those who love fragrance!! If you are a perfume addict (*cough*) or just someone who always brings along your perfume when you travel, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to do! Bottles leak or worse, break, even when you take precautions to prevent them from doing so. In addition to that, airlines only allow you to bring a certain amount of liquid on board, so if you are flying and just using a carry-on, you have to purchase atomizers, travel sizes, or take your perfume from your full-sized bottles and move into much smaller ones. These petals (or towelettes) from Pinrose solve your every fragrance need! 

These long-lasting fragrances are super easy to tote. The size of a wet nap, you can simply toss them in your purse, luggage or even your pocket, and forget about them entirely until it comes time to use them. No liquid, no muss, no fuss, and definitely no spills. And they smell great!! I'm not sure it's proper perfume protocol but I tuck mine back in after I use it, fold over the little packet and use it again later if I want to refresh my scent.

Try the same Pinrose Sampler Kit I did to see which fragrance might work best for you. They have included two of each of their scents in this kit, so you can test and enjoy them all.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Almost Wordless Wednesday


My son's barber takes a photo after he gives his customer's a haircut. 
Love that my kiddo mugs with some personality. 

The Best Coffees for Coffee Lovers

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If you can’t get enough of the dark bitter boost of caffeine and are getting more particular about your beans, it might be time to start branching out and trying different flavors and types of coffee.


Some people have their coffee with cream, sweeteners, sauces, syrups, etc. In comparison, others prefer to have their coffee with just a little milk - or maybe none at all.


What is true of all coffee lovers is that there are some coffees that you have to try when the opportunity arises.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Educating Your Little Ones the Best Way Possible

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Got kids? They’re bound to be top of your list of priorities. You’re going to want the best for them, ensuring that they have a good quality of life growing up and all the opportunities available to them within easy reach. A huge factor in this is education. Education can open all sorts of doors for your children as they grow up. It can give them the knowledge they need to succeed in life and get the career they want. It can also help them to become more rounded and insightful adults with better relationships amongst family, friends and partners. The list of potential goes on. But how can you make sure that your child gets the best education available to them? Here are some suggestions that you might want to take into consideration!

Monday, April 4, 2022

The Importance of a Strong Immune System and How to Give Yours a Boost

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It's that time of year again when everyone seems to be coming down with a cold or the flu. But did you know that there are things you can do to help boost your immune system and keep yourself healthy? This blog post will discuss the importance of a strong immune system and how to give it a boost. You'll also find some helpful tips on keeping your immune system functioning at its best!

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Discover How To Make More Time For Your Kids

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Are you worried that you are not spending enough time with your kids and your family? If so, then you might want to think about making some changes. Here are the possibilities that we recommend you consider to ensure that your children do get more of your time.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Pure Flix: An Awesome Way to Celebrate the Meaning of Easter with Flash Giveaway

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I had heard of Pure Flix and was interested, but we seldom watch TV so I didn't pursue it. When I heard about it again, I just decided on a whim that I absolutely did want to try it, and you know, it turned out to be soooo good!!  Read about my initial experience with it below and then enter for a chance to win a free 3-month subscription of your own.

How To Expand Your Taste Horizons & Stop Picky Eating

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Picky eating is unfortunately far more common than you might expect. There's such a large number of people who stick with the same meals over and over again, never straying far from their turkey dinosaurs or take out burgers out of fear of exploring different flavours. However, being a picky eater can actually have a devastating impact on your health in the long term, as you'll be limiting your body to the minimal nutrients that go into the small array of foods that you are willing to consume; if you only like professed, oven-ready foods, then you'll be lacking nearly every essential vitamin and mineral that your mind and body needs to thrive. Fortunately, overcoming your fears so that you can expand your taste horizons doesn't have to be as difficult as you might imagine, as this guide contains a variety of effective steps and innovative ideas that you can utilize to start eating more vibrant and exotic foods in no time at all! So, simply read on to find out more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Alligator Affection


Alligator Affection? Well...'affection' is a bit of a stretch. 


While these fascinating creatures do ruin all chances for us to ever swim in fresh water, 
and I'm certainly never going to befriend one (which I don't think is even possible), 
I still don't think they should be confined to a pool surrounded by glass. 
It seems almost deplorable even, to do so.
I may be getting soft in my old age
I'm fine with that... 🌞  
and secretly, I've always been soft anyway 

Monday, March 28, 2022

How To Plan An Awesome Outdoors Family Adventure Day

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As the weather warms up and you head into summer, you'll undoubtedly want to spend some time outdoors with your family. It's no secret that the great outdoors offers almost limitless potential and fun activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Friday, March 25, 2022

How to Boost Your Baby's Immune System

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As a new parent, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your baby stays healthy. One of the best things you can do for your child's immune system is to boost it! There are many ways to do this, and this blog post will discuss some of the most effective methods. You'll also find tips on how to make sure your baby gets the most out of these immune-boosting measures. Follow these tips, and you can feel confident that your baby is well protected against illness!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Wordless Wednesday: What Kind of Fish Tastes Good with Peanut Butter?


I like when they add colors to the jellyfish tanks.
This photo was taken at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Stress Management 101

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It's no secret that stress can have a serious impact on your health. In fact, it's one of the leading causes of health problems in the United States. Stress can contribute to many health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even depression.

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While it's not always possible to eliminate all sources of stress from your life, there are things you can do to manage stress in a healthy way.

Monday, March 14, 2022

How Can You Manage the Signs of Aging?

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We all get older, and there's not really anything that you can do about that. Although you might not be able to stop your body from aging, there are some things that you might want to do to manage the signs of aging. You may look as if you're getting older, but you don't want to look older than your years. Perhaps you'd even prefer to look a little younger than you really are. Fortunately, it is possible to do something about that. You can manage some of the signs of aging, including how healthy and youthful your skin looks.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

10 Simple Ways To Look After Your Technology

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Technology has come a long way since the days when computers were first invented. And so have we. Technology is an

inherent part of our lives, and it’s important to take care of it in order to maximize its performance. This article will cover

ten simple ways that you can look after your technology so that it will last longer and do its best for you now and in the future.

Looking after your technology isn’t just about preventing damage or avoiding the inconvenience of repairs or replacements.

It’s also about preserving resources such as energy, water, and raw materials.


Here are ten simple ways to look after your technology:


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Thursday, March 10, 2022

How Much House Can You Afford?

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Seven years ago, my sister-in-law whose only child is grown, downsized to a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in South Florida. She purchased that home for $145,000. It is a concrete structure (important in Florida), with a nice kitchen, an extra room for entertaining, and a sizeable yard. She got a killer deal on it because the family who had lived there prior, had already moved on to a new home and didn’t want to keep up the payments on two places of residence. 

The house had an offer on in when she first saw it. In fact, it had two offers, one that was under contract and one that was on a waiting list in case the first one fell through, so she was the third in line. Her realtor pretty much told her she wasn’t going to get it, but in her heart of hearts, she knew it was the home she wanted, and she kept checking on it. She looked around at some other houses, at her realtor's suggestion, and even considered one or two of them, but nothing made her heart sing like the one she knew she loved. Long story short, the people who had it under contract were unable to close, the second in line did not qualify and she got the house!! Hurray and that's the good news. Even better...

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Wordless Wednesday: Fill 'er Up

 

Back when a tank of gas didn't cost more than groceries.

I'm not sure what year this is from...it's definitely before my time (and I can't say that a lot lately). 😄

It is appropriately located just outside of the Antique Car Museum in Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Monday, March 7, 2022

HESS Does it Again: All Aboard for Plush Train Release

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Today is the big day!! Inside of this box is Hess's 3rd plush toy, which is being launched today, right now, March 7th at 10:00 a.m. and as usual, it's a beauty!

Sunday, March 6, 2022

A Personalized Letter from the Easter Bunny

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There are 7 children under the age of 9 in our family (and one on the way). FOUR of those are my grandchildren!! Seems like it was just yesterday that I was blogging on here about my kids who were for the most part, all still at home. Now they are (with the exception of my teen), all grown up with families of their own. With Easter fast approaching, I am starting to think of things I can do that the littles will enjoy. The Easter Letter Factory is the first thing that comes to mind!