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A Wreath from Christmas Forest Would Look Spectacular On Your Door

Posted on November 19, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Reviews

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Christmas Forest is a great Company.  I love them.

Christmas Forest has the best Wreaths, and they get to you in perfect condition.

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All I had to do is tie the ribbon on.  They are fresh, and smell delightful.  The wreaths are perfectly priced, and so beautiful.  Even more beautiful, in person.  The wreath I got, is the wreath pictured above.  I love it, it’s so timeless.  It’s not your traditional red, but it stands out, on my door.  I love the scent, every time I open the door, as well.  And, I’ve received so many great opinions on it.  Even the UPS man said now amazing it looked.

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My mother in law is envious.  She said she had to get one too, so she picked the one above, and went ahead to order.  I gave her all the information she needed, and the wreath should be here any day.  I admit this wreath is gorgeous, as well, but I still love my wreath best.

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The wreath, directly above, is called Holiday Swag, and it perfect for any room, or door.  It’s 25 inches long and 20 inches across, and is absolutely beautiful, as are all wreaths from Christmas Forest, but this one is kind of special.  It’s different, you know what I mean?  I love it, and the price is so fair.  You can read more about it on Christmas Forest, linked above.

More about the Company:

Rick and Ramona Holt sold their first Christmas wreath at Pike Place Farmer’s Market in Seattle in 1976. Rick was working in construction and Ramona was a piano teacher at the time. Looking for extra Christmas money to buy Christmas gifts, they harvested cedar boughs to sell to a local nursery. When the owner of the nursery said that he didn’t need the branches after all, the Holts decided to try their hand at making and selling wreaths so the boughs would not be wasted. They worked all night making wreaths and the next morning they sold their first Christmas wreath in Seattle, Washington. That was 40 years ago and now the wreaths of Christmas Forest have decorated thousands of doors around the world.

You can read more here.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

Soupman is delicious!

Posted on October 28, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Reviews

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Soupman is the ultimate soup.  We eat it everyday in our home.

My dad loves it, especially the Lobster Bisque.  We buy this for him, by the case, because it’s his favorite.  He will be 70, so when he needs something quick, he can pour it out of the box, and into a bowl.  Then, heat.  It’s delicious, I’ve tried it, but I’m more of a Chicken girl.  My mom likes the Chicken Gumbo, and my daughter likes the Crab Soup.

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Here’s something cool.  You can find the closest supermarket to you, and go there to try Soupman.

 

Here’s some fun Soup Facts:

Soup Facts

 What is a Bisque?
A rich cream based soup, usually seafood and usually finished with sherry.

What is a Chowder?
A rich, usually seafood, soup made with broth, potatoes and usually cream.

What is a Goulash?
Rich Central European stew, usually with beef or veal and usually flavored with paprika.

What is a Gumbo?
Of Louisiana origin with African influence it is a rich stew usually with meat, poultry or seafood thickened with okra.

What is a Chili?
Of Tex-Mex origin it is a rich stew usually with beef or poultry simmered with onions, tomatoes, chili peppers and beans.

There’s so much more to learn, at this link.

Where it all started

THE PHENOMENON STARTED BACK IN 1984. WAY BEFORE THE CLASSIC PUNCHLINE ON SEINFELD, THERE WERE LONG SOUP LINES OUTSIDE OF AL’S LEGENDARY NYC STORE.This was soup worth waiting for, even in sub-zero winters. The innovative recipes, miraculously fresh ingredients and spices from Al‘s secret sources showed jaded New Yorker’s a whole new side of soup.

You can learn more, and where to purchase The Original Soupman, here.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

Newman’s Own is the Perfect Addition to the Stocking This Year

Posted on October 27, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Reviews

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Newman’s Own is a great brand, with great foods.

We received a nice box from Newman’s Own, including Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Organic Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups, Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and more.  These items, though, would be perfect little stocking stuffers.

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My 19 year old, daughter, sucked down the Dark Chocolate.  She loves dark chocolate, and said this was terrific.  My 5 year old, son, ate the Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and he says, “yummy”.  You know 5 year olds, they are honest.  And, he loved them.

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Newman’s Own has an entire line of foods, including cookies, snacks, candies and mints, etc.  You will love the products from Newman’s Own.

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My favorite is pictured above.  I love the Organic Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar.   I, personally, also love the Fig Newmans (Strawberry).  But, the Espresso Dark Chocolate is the ultimate.  You should try both of these items.

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Another great product is Organic Newman’s Special Blend – 18ct K-Cups.  I love the K cups from Newman’s Own, especially Special Blend.  This is wonderful.  I am an avid coffee drinker, and this is my go to brand.  With all the brands out there, Newman’s Own is, and has been, my favorite.

About the Company:

In 1982, Newman’s Own started as a tiny boutique operation – parchment labels on elegant wine bottles that Paul Newman filled with his homemade salad dressing and gave to his neighbors as holiday gifts. He expected train wrecks along the way and, instead, got one astonishment followed by another.

To read more, go here.  You can learn so much about the company, by simply clicking the link, at the beginning of this paragraph.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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Educational Insights has something for Every Child This Holiday Season

Posted on October 17, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Educational Insights is my go to for great Educational toys.

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Jacob has the My First Telescope, and he loves it.  Jacob is 5, but loves looking at the stars at night, and whatever else he may see up there, including the moon.  He loves going outside, during the evening, and seeing what’s new, and where the North Star is.  His daddy loves the My First Telescope too, because since he has a telescope, they can watch the wide world together.

Shhh…They’re Learning!

  • Ideal tool for preschoolers interested in space and the moon
  • Encourages exploration and discovery
  • Provides hands-on experience with a scientific tool
  • Introduces the wonders of space
  • Perfect for STEM learning

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Have you checked out the Design & Drill Activity Center that Educational Insights has?  Well, it’s spectacular.  It is helping Jacob, in ways I never thought possible.  Recreating the pictures is so much fun for Jacob.  He loves the Design & Drill Activity Center.  It keeps him busy during the daylight hours.

Cut to the Chase

  • Kids can drill fun-shaped bolts into the board to re-create the pictures found in the Activity Guide or create their own original designs
  • 120 Chunky plastic bolts in 5 colors, a reversible power drill, a screwdriver, 3 drill bits (Phillips, socket, flathead), and a combination wrench for tiny hands
  • 20 Colorful easy-to-follow design activity cards
  • Built kid-tough, durable
  • Requires 3 AA batteries, not included

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Let’s not forget about family time. We can get that with Sophie’s Seashell Scramble.  This game has brought us hours of fun.  We love to sit down together and play.

Cut to the Chase

  • Board game designed to teach patterns and pre-reading skills
  • Quick, fun game that children can grasp quickly
  • No reading skills required
  • Easy setup and cleanup
  • Based on the award-winning The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!®

Educational Insights is the best company I’ve come across in a while.  So much fun, but yet, STEM learning at the same time.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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Christmas will be lit up with 3D Light FX

Posted on October 16, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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My son loves his new Thor Hammer from 3D Light FX.

He says it makes his newly remodeled bedroom shine.  He also says He’s so glad he got this light.

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There are so many to choose from, including Avengers, Minions, Transformers, My Little Pony, Paw Patrol, etc.  Take a look at 3D Light FX to see which one your child would like to have their room lit with.  These will make great Christmas presents.

If your child is scared of the dark, like mine is, this would be perfect.  Have their favorite character light their room, at night.

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Check out the front of the car.  It’s awesome.  The headlights become the night lights, and there is nothing scary about this.  Your child won’t awaken in the night, and be scared.  None of the lights have the scare affect, like some other brands.

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The Thor Light, and other Avengers lights, are so cool.  The Thor Hammer is bright enough to cause a light effect, but not so bright that it’ll keep your child up all night.  I love it in Jacob’s new room.

The lights are all safe, cordless, and Battery Operated.

You can watch videos about your favorite light, to see how to hang your cracked portion, and remove without damaging your wall.  Those videos are all available to you right here.

There are also 3D minis, available for purchase, here.  And, Lil Deco Lights, here.

3D Light FX has been one of my favorite products for years.  I’ve had the car headlights, in my room, since I got them from my wife, about 3 years ago.  She still has a fear of the night, due to her past.  So, she loves the light as much as I do.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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George Dickel Whisky will make a great Holiday Gift

Posted on October 15, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

 

George Dickel Whisky is so sweet, and good.  dickel

I am not an avid drinker, but this Whisky is delicious.  I only drank two shots, because I don’t normally drink, but it was so sweet, and delicious.  I would suggest buying as a gift for someone you love this year.  Even my wife tried it, and said “Yum.”

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I shared with my father, as well, who is a Whisky drinker, and he said, “it tastes like no other”.  Which was a good comment, in his opinion.  He usually drinks a leading brand, but is switching to George Dickel, now.

“Our 90-proof Tennessee Whisky. We blend older whiskies to achieve deep, assertive flavors with an incredibly smooth finish. Bold and brazen, this is our Superior No. 12.

Concentrated flavors of rich oak and subtle vanilla lead to a long finish with hints of maple, butter and smoke. A whisky with enormous depth, range and personality – considered by many to be the gold standard of Tennessee Whisky.”

There’s more than just George Dickel Whisky No. 12.  There’s a few good ones, including:  Whisky No.1, Whisky No.8, Whisky Rye, and Barrel Select.  They all have a unique taste, that you will be sure to find delicious.

About George Dickel Whisky:

“Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant when he entered the whisky business. Dickel grew his reputation for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region. Thus, Geo. A. Dickel & Co. was born and when the Cascade Hollow Distillery opened in 1878 in neighboring Coffee County, George Dickel bought a large share. George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.””

You can read more here.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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Sea Turtle Sports for the Holidays

Posted on October 10, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Have fun with games, and a Turtles Nest, this Holiday Season, by ordering from Sea Turtle Sports.

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Check out the Yazoo Disc Toss Game, for 1.  It is so cool.  We love it, in our household.  It’s so fun to play.  My 19 year old, and her boyfriend love it.

Features:

  • Two (2) telescoping aluminum poles for use on sand or grass
  • Rubber boot s to protect pole tips
  • 175 gram competition quality disc (frisbee)
  • Custom carry bag with adjustable strap for easy transport to tailgating parties
  • Two (2) durable, soft, polyurethane can-shaped targets

Whether you are out and about, or at home, in the back yard, the Yazoo Disc Toss Game is so much fun.

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Sea Turtle Sports has this amazing Turtle Nest, that you just have to try.

The Turtle Nest is just like a Hammock, but better.  It’ll keep you snug like a bug.  It comes in the bag shown, so that it’s easy clean up, when you don’t want it out.

The price is fantastic.  I will be getting another one, for at my parent’s house.

Features:

  • EXTREMELY DURABLE, BREATHABLE, & QUICK DRYING – made with heavy duty triple stitched seams and can safely support up to 400 LBS. Dries quickly when damp and is made of soft parachute nylon material.
  • EASILY PORTABLE – spacious enough to hold two people (or three up to 400 lbs), Turtle Nest compresses down to the size of a softball for storage in the attached pouch. The storage pouch can also be used to keep other gear or a drink while hammock is in use.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – weighing in at only 22 oz Turtle Nest can be thrown in a backpack or carry bag without adding weight or bulk.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL – ideal for hiking, camping, dorm rooms, deck use, backyard, beach, lake, boating, tailgating, or wherever you “hang.” A great alternative to a tent, air mattress, sleeping pad, ground or yoga mat, swing, or cradle.
  • STURDY – hanging carabiners are made from iron and are non-corrosive, designed for a lifetime of hammock hanging.

You don’t know what you are missing, without these products in your life.  You will love both of these products.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

 

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Sashka Co for Great Holiday Gifts

Posted on September 27, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Sashka Co has handmade bracelets, with glass beads, that are perfect for any occasion.  You can get it with you favorite football team’s colors, or your favorite colors.  Whatever suits your taste.

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My daughter loves her Sashka bracelet, and has already asked for more for Christmas.  Of course, she’s going to get them.  Sarah loves the baby blue bracelet.  She wears it to show her favorite color.

My mom also loves Saska.  She wears her bracelet everyday.  My mom got Pink and White, to show her support for Breast Cancer Awareness, she is a two time survivor.

My wife wears a Black & Gold Bracelet, to show her love for football, and the Steelers.  She never takes it off, not even to shower.  She really loves those guys, but the point is, you can shower with it on and it won’t come loose, fray, etc.

Any color combination you want put together, is possible with Sashka.  You can see some of their work, above.  They carry all colors, and again, the beads are glass, but not easily broken.

Take a look at the bracelets on their site, and something will catch your attention, I’m sure.  My wife makes giddy noises every time she looks at the site.  The site is listed below.

About Sashka:

Sashka Co. glass beaded bracelets are handcrafted with love by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Each bracelet is carefully handmade bead by bead. Skill, passion, and some of the world’s finest glass and sterling silver beads go into each one. Proceeds from your purchase empower Nepali artisans to rise above poverty through fair trade.”

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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Feel Clean for Christmas

Posted on September 27, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Colgate and Softsoap have some great products out for Christmas this year.  I love feeling, and smelling, clean.  And, now I do.

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Colgate has Optic White.  Optic White is powerful and works.  It whitens quickly.  I’ve never seen a whiten work so well.  Do you want a beautiful smile?  This is the product for you.

The Colgate Optic White Toothbrush & Whitening Pen provides effective whitening and convenience, all from one product.  Perfect for everyday use, no hassle & no mess.  It’s as easy as Brush, whiten, go!

The Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste whitens in no time at all.  It’s inexpensive and works great.

The little bit of tingling gives you a fresh clean mouth.

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Softsoap has some really great products out for the Holidays, which include:  Vanilla Crème Body Wash, as well as, Peppermint Body Wash.  My daughter uses the Peppermint, while my wife uses the Vanilla.  My wife loves Softsoap, and brags about how soft her skin is.  It really is, as well.

There are also Foaming Hand Soaps.  My 5 year old, son, loves washing his hands with the foaming Hand soap.  He says his hands feel “squeaky clean”.  I love the foaming hand soap as well.  You can really see where you are washing your hands, and that you are getting a true clean.

Softsoap, and Colgate, have always been my go to brands.  So, getting to write about them is just an added bonus.  If you haven’t used these products yet, it’s time you start.

My mom and dad love Softsoap for their hands.  My mom even uses it in both bathrooms, and at the kitchen sink.  She won’t buy any other brand.  So, I was raised with Softsoap, and now my wife buys it for our home.

There are special offers on both websites, take advantage of the coupons you can find there.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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Sprout would make a great Christmas Gift!

Posted on September 27, 2016 in 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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I recently came across the product “Sprout”, and I love it.  My step-daughter is so pleased with the outcome of this product.  She loves that she can grow her own herbs, and veggies, with just a Pencil, or Ruler.

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Our Sprout came in Pencil style.  There were 3 in the Herb pack, 3 in the Veggie pack, and 3 in the Pizza pack.  This has been great fun, planting with my kids.  We live in Pennsylvania, so we got planters and a direct light for the plants.  This way, they will live in the house, and not outside, where they will die off.

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Sprout is a pencil that you can use, then plant, but to be honest, it was so amazing, that Sarah just planted them.  She loves the concept, and she is a 2 year College student.  Even my 5 year old, Jacob, loves this product.  He leaves them alone, but he does help Sarah water them.

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You can get one larger planter, or get several small planters, to plant your pencils.  We did small planters, but as you can see above, Sprout did a big planter.  Either way would work.

Sprout is very well priced, at just $7.50 for a package of 3 pencils.  This is a super value.  You will just need a pot and some top soil, once you purchase the pencils, or ruler.
I do love the idea of this product.  My step-daughter could actually write with the item she is going to plant, and we just went ahead and planted.

The seeds are actually in the end, where the eraser would be.

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The vision of Sprout is to help reduce the world’s use of resources and be an active advocate for issues surrounding sustainability – all in a straightforward and comprehensive way.

The Sprout pencil is made of natural ingredients.  The seed capsule contains high quality, and non GMO seeds, and is water soluble.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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