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Subscription Box: Spirit Sox

Posted on February 28, 2023 in 2023 Gift Guides Spring Gift Guide

Have you heard of Spirit Sox? I have a sock fetish. I own way too many pairs of socks. Now, however, I can get them delivered right to my door every month. It doesn’t cost a lot and it’s a great thing. I love Spirit Sox. They have brought my fetish to an entirely new level. I can get two surprise pairs of socks for such a cheap price. And they are high quality socks.

These Spirit Sox are so stylish. I love them. I even ordered a subscription for another Frugal Family member. She loves them too. She said she’s already worn both pairs and got so many compliments. She says she’s going to get her own subscription soon.  She loves socks as much as I do.  We are now sock buddies, along with Sisters-in-Law.  We love new style, and these socks put style on the map.

I love the pair of float socks.  They are super cute, and so comfortable. You will love the comfort in these socks, as much as, the style.

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

Award-Winning Artist, Teacher, Composer & Author Jamie Lee Hoffer Unveils Giggles & Stardust

Posted on October 27, 2022 in 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

New Online Destination For Preschoolers Ready To Learn, Sing, Laugh, Share & Imagine

       Original Songs, Videos & Books, Colorful Illustrations, Lovable Puppets & Captivating Stories Join Together With Jamie To Create A Warm & Nurturing Environment Where Children Can Discover The World & Themselves

The screen lights up and you’re instantly transported to a magical place where colors are brighter, faces are friendlier, music is happier and the whole world is bigger and better than you ever imagined it could be. And, best of all, your host in this wondrous new destination is so instantly likable and trustworthy, you’re ready to follow her wherever her imagination – and yours – will take you.

Welcome to GigglesandStardust.com, a brand-new online destination created by and starring a true Renaissance woman in the realm of child education – teacher, author, composer, illustrator, award-winning artist and loving Mom, Jamie Lee Hoffer.

Already an increasingly popular online personality among children and their parents thanks to a series of musical and educational videos on YouTube and elsewhere, Jamie officially launches the new Giggles and Stardust site today.

Featuring enchanting videos, original songs, book readings, colorful artwork, important life lessons, and a family of lovably unique puppets, Giggles and Stardust easily manages to be entirely contemporary while embracing the nostalgia of beloved childhood classics.

Tipping its hat to the warm and loving sensibilities that made shows like “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street” such timeless classics, GigglesandStardust.com stands in direct contrast to the overly slick, hyperkinetic children’s fare so prevalent today in favor of a thoroughly accessible environment designed not only to entertain young children but to educate them as well.

On the new Giggles and Stardust site, for example, young children are invited to spend time with Jamie and her puppet pals – including Pickles, Aunt Gloria, Cody, Sequoia, Madison Dragonson and Wide Mouth Bullfrog – as they share music, stories, social interactions, and lessons about nature, creativity, and friendship. Highlights of the site also include jam-packed Giggle Time Episodes filled with captivating, learning-centric stories, art, dance, music, and adventures.

With a focus on rhythm, color, hand/eye coordination, textural exploration, movement, storytelling, and self-expression, Giggles and Stardust is a space fueled by curiosity, excitement, and a fun-loving spirit.

Giving Children The Gift Of Learning & Imagination

Giggles and Stardust is a subscription-based site offering monthly, weekend or annual passes beginning at only $1.99 per month – making it an ideal gift for your own children or for family members, friends or co-workers with preschoolers in their lives. In addition to subscription-based passes, visitors to the GigglesandStardust.com site can purchase one of several books written and illustrated by Jamie, including           “I Don’t Want To Wear A Diaper Anymore,” “There’s a Jungle in the Back of My House” and “My Friend Sam.” Visitors to the site can also download her new album, “Songs From the House on the Hill” for instantly catchy songs that even a grown-up will love!

Giggles and Stardust subscriptions include:

▪          Themed content that includes activities, puppets, videos, songs, and book readings

▪          Age-appropriate art projects designed for preschoolers

▪          Adventures in which Jamie accompanies her young friends on various outings

▪          Kid-friendly interviews with professionals in their fields discussing topics such as bugs, health, art, music, dance and more

▪          Puppet stories linked to episode themes

▪          Songs and music videos

▪          Book readings

▪          Easy access to such merchandise as clothing and books, with more to come

To check out Jamie’s CD of original songs, visit Apple Music (also available on Pandora, Spotify and YouTube Music). In addition, parents can sign up to receive the Giggles and Stardust newsletter.

Meet Jamie!

Born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Jamie showed promise as an artist from a very young age, parlaying that talent into a BFA degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. After later relocating to Los Angeles, she became a sought-after graphic artist until she began teaching art to children ages 5-11 while also working as a preschool teacher for children ages 14 to 24 months (“Best job I ever had!” she says.).

When COVID forced millions of children (and adults, of course) to learn and work from home, Jamie, her supportive husband Andrew Hoffer, and a talented team of educators, programmers and entertainment industry advisors joined forces to create Giggles and Stardust – a site designed to encourage preschoolers and their families to have fun while learning from everywhere and anywhere around the world. Giggles and Stardust was thoughtfully designed to teach  “these newest humans on our planet that although feeling joy and happiness is wonderful, feelings of sadness, frustration or anxiousness are normal and an important part of what makes us the very special people that we are.”

Commenting on the launch of her new “baby,” Jamie says, “Everything I’ve done throughout my career and personal life – from being a singer-songwriter and artist to mother and preschool teacher – has led me to the creation and launch of GigglesandStardust.com. My goal is to show little ones that they are loved, supported, and important. Here, we sing, we laugh, we ask big questions, we wonder, we create, we love, and we all belong! Let’s help each other grow in confidence, connection, and love. Thank you for joining us. And remember – together, we can make the world a kinder place…one giggle at a time.”                                                                                                                           

For more information, please visit www.gigglesandstardust.com.

D8te Box was an Added Pleasure for Sarah and Josh

Posted on October 22, 2022 in 2022 Fall Gift Guide

D8te Box was great for Sarah and Josh, my 25-year-old, daughter, and her boyfriend.  They loved all of the Halloween stuff, in the box.  Nothing was seductive, and it was great for 2 young loves.  There was Pumpkin Spice stuff to infuse Rum, Sarah loved it, and plenty of other wonderful products.

This wonderful subscription box can be ordered by the month, 3-month, 6 months, or 1-year subscriptions.  Each longer subscription, the better the price.  For instance, 1 month is $42.99, but 12 months is $39.99 per month.  This is a magical kit.  It’ll help your relationship grow.  Sarah and Josh have been together for over 8 years, and this just makes their relationship stronger.

You can get similar stuff, to the items pictured, in your D8te Box.  There are never the same items, so while the above box is amazing, next months will be different.  It is always wonderful items.

You will love this D8te Box, whether your relationship is new, or well established.  Sarah loved all the Halloween themed products in this month’s box.  She couldn’t get enough of it.  There were so many items, and it included some things I’m jealous I didn’t keep.  But I’m old fashioned, and we wouldn’t have done the box, so I gave it to my daughter, who would.

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

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Once Upon A Book Club is Fabulous

Posted on October 2, 2022 in 2022 Fall Gift Guide

My 25-year-old, daughter, loves Once Upon A Book Club.  She’s been using them for some time.  She loves that on different pages, there’s a present.  She loves reading, as well.  So, she reads to the certain page, the first present was page 13, I believe, then she opens her present where it tells her to.  The present is always something to do with the storyline.

So, what’s included?  A book, with an amazing story; presents, between 3-5; and much more.  The presents have been excellent, Sarah agrees.  This is the best Subscription Box we’ve found, dealing with books.  You get a wonderful book, and gifts to go with it.  The more you read, the better the gifts get.

Sarah said she wants this Subscription Box for Christmas.  You know, a continued, monthly box.  Which is a great idea for anyone, but a teacher; it’s a wonderful idea.  She teaches at an alternative school, and this is a great surprise for her to come home to.  It’s not expensive, and worth it!  It’s just $49 a month, and shipping is free.  You can’t beat that price.

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


Wizarding World Loot Crate

Posted on September 1, 2020 in 2020 Fall Gift Guide

The Wizarding World Loot Crate is amazing.  My daughter, 23, loved the surprise she received.  She’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so this was right up her alley.  She opened it, as soon as FedEx dropped off the package.  She was so excited to see all the cool stuff.

You can see all the cool stuff you can get, too, by looking above.  These boxes are amazing, with new items every other month!  She loves the wand, and has a display box for it, already.  The shirt fits perfectly, you can pick your size.  And, the other items are just great too.  Don’t want to give everything away, you’ll have to order to see all the cool things you can get.

There’s been epic past crates, as well.  Great products to wear, or travel with.  Something new, every other month, and we must own them all.

At Loot Crate, you can get multiple different crates.  There’s all kinds of films, even a game Crate for Destiny.  That would be loved by my hubby.  The crates could have: comics, household items, wearable products, figures, utility, tumblers, and school products.

My suggestion, is to go subscribe, by picking your favorite show, game, anime, etc.  They are all there.  You will enjoy every last product in your crate.

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




Posted on January 25, 2019 in 2019 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Once Upon a Book Club is Fantastic!

Posted on November 9, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve never been so excited about a product.  I’ve been wanting to try Once Upon a Book Club for a while, so when it came across my desk, I couldn’t refuse.  It’s so cool how you get an amazing book, and products for certain pages of the book.  This month’s box was fantastic.  I don’t read much, but I really got into it, and now my daughter, age 21, wants to borrow it.  I am super excited about this amazing product.  You can get 1 month for $35, or 3 months for $100, so save yourself some money and go for the 3 month subscription.  You won’t regret it.

If you are an avid reader, you will love Once Upon a Book Club.  My daughter is borrowing this weekend, and she reads constantly.  She’s going to school to be a teacher, so she has to read a lot.  But, I’m sure she will love this as much as I do, and I’m not big into reading.  This was one of the most fantastic reviews that I’ve ever gotten to do though.  I was able to keep up, and understood what I was reading.  The book was so special to me.  And, the products that go with the book were amazing.

Once Upon a Book Club would be the perfect gift for someone, this Holiday Season.  They will love it, if they love to read, or even if they don’t get into it much.  I wasn’t sure how I’d react, but I’m so intrigued.  I loved it, and am definitely going to subscribe, after the rush of the Holidays.

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




Fuss-Free Recipes with Dinnerly

Posted on July 9, 2018 in 2018 Summer Fun Gift Guide

Dinnerly is a dinner, subscription box.  It’s absolutely perfect.  My daughter and I made some fabulous meals, with the food that was sent.  Every week, you can get different foods, and even Vegetarian dishes.  We went with meat dishes though.

We started with the Turkey Burgers, with Green Beans, and roasted tomatoes.  Oh were they ever delicious.  I can still taste them, my mouth is literally watering.  It was super delicious.  We filled the burgers with cheese, and it was great to add to the flavor.  I ate 3, by myself.  We made them small though, and were able to get 8 out of the package.

Then we made Sausage, and this potato salad for my Mother In Law.  She absolutely raved about the sausage.  Thought it was delicious.  Said, “I’ve never tasted so much flavor in Sausage”.  And, the potato Salad, she took home.  Said it was delicious, and wanted to feed it to my father in law.  Who, after trying it, loved it too.

Finally, we had Chicken Breast.  It was so moist and yummy.  I wish I had more.

Dinnerly is inexpensive, and I’ll be ordering a lot, in the future.  It’s got to be the best subscription box I’ve ever belonged to.  You get to pick out your food, and have it delivered to your door.  All you have to do is add the ingredients together, and cook.  And, you always get a side dish.

Dinnerly is Pure Delish!

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



Mystery Tackle Box was a hit at our home

Posted on December 28, 2017 in Reviews

Mystery Tackle Box is a great subscription box, that my husband, and son, both love.  My 6 year old loves going fishing with his daddy, so when the Mystery Tackle Box came in the mail, they fought over who got to open it.  The Mystery Tackle Box had some great fishing gear in it, that they will use this Spring, to go fishing.  I think the 6 year old was more excited than the 40 something year old, and he was pretty excited too.  Now we can get something (Mystery Tackle) every month.

You can subscribe to Mystery Tackle Box for as little at $14.95 a month.  Or, you can get a Pro or Premium box, for just a little more.  Check out the plans here.  You will love it as much as the males in my life did.  It would even be great for that female fisher.  I don’t fish, or I would love it too.  It is a great gift for anyone who fishes, and you can even give it, as a gift.

Mystery Tackle Box is the original monthly lure subscription service. We have featured over a hundred different brands in our boxes and have introduced tens of thousands of anglers to new products they have come to love. We ship out over 2 million baits a year and we continue to grow as our customers love getting their boxes every month. In fact, we’re often told that it feels like Christmas once a month!

So start changing the way you discover new lures and learn new fishing techniques and subscribe to Mystery Tackle Box today!

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



Subscribe to Winc for the Holidays

Posted on October 29, 2017 in 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Reviews


We love Winc!  It’s a great Wine delivery service, and it’s super fast at getting orders out.

Last month, I ordered 5 bottles of Wine, from the subscription box, and they were here in no time.  Delicious, and picked from my favorite things.  All you have to do is, go to the site, select the answers to the questions, and wala, your wine will be sent, after you pay of course.  But, the wine starts at just $13 a bottle, and is quite delicious.  My favorite bottle is pictured above.  And, on the page of each of the wines, it tells you the tastes, pairings, etc.

Your information is kept on file, and every month, you will get a box of wine, until you cancel.  I’m sure you won’t cancel though, because the prices are right, and the wine is decadent.  Winc will be to you in no time flat, I think my shipment took 3 days.

We drink wine for the Holidays, so this is the best subscription box around, for us.  I’d rather spend my money on a good box of wine, than any other subscription box.  My sister loves that Winc exists.  She collects wine, and drinks for special occasions, so this is right up her alley.

I have a dear friend who loves coming to my house, because I always have a chilled bottle of wine, in the fridge, so when she needs a glass, after a long day, she knows where to go.  I love being that go to friend.

Go to Winc’s homepage, and click Get Started!  You will just answer a few questions, and they will select the wines best suited for your taste.  Don’t worry, you can always change the selections, if you think they got it wrong.

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


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