Monday, December 12, 2016

Hallmark Baby Perfect For Shower Gifts

Hallmark Baby

We all know Hallmark for their cards. They now have Hallmark Baby which carries a bunch of cute baby gear and gifts. I am a part of Hallmark's blogging team and love it. I'm a big fan of my local Hallmark store. I often go their for cards and cute items for my kids. 

We recently had our 3rd child, Sadie Jade. She is now almost 3 months old. Time sure does fly. The Hallmark team sent us some cute baby items. I really like that Disney and Hallmark have some sweet baby items. This Winnie the Pooh book is precious. And the soft blocks are too cute. 

You can also order personalized gifts on their website. I think this is the perfect place to find baby shower gifts. 

Find Hallmark Baby on Social Media:

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

$100 Amazon or Paypal Giveaway

amazon or paypal giveaway


Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Could you use some extra cash during the holiday season? I have teamed up with some great bloggers for this giveaway. You have the chance at winning one hundred dollars. The prize is your choice. Amazon or Paypal cash. 

This giveaway has you visiting our Facebook pages as an entry. All liking is optional. Any likes or comments are always appreciated. 

Giveaway Details:

This giveaway starts December 5th  and ends December 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to residents of the USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the rafflecopter after they have responded.




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Thank you for entering. What would you do with the money if you won?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello Kitty StoryGIF Advent Calendar

Hello Kitty


Hello Kitty is putting a new digital spin on the Advent Calendar with the Hello Kitty StoryGIF Advent Calendar by Zoobe Messenger Entertainment. This special countdown to Christmas runs from December 1st to 25th. Hello Kitty fans can unlock an adorable free GIF each day they come back. (Or purchase all 25 at once.)  The app will be available in apps stores on November 30, 2016 - on iOS $.99 and Android $.79.  
The Advent Calendar is a Christmas tradition that has been around since the early 1900’s that acts as a special countdown the big day with 24-25 doors or windows with chocolate or other special little surprises when opened each day leading up to Christmas.  The Hello Kitty Advent Calendar is a digital experience that gives fans the same effect via their mobile phones with a new cute image to collect each day to express themselves, spread the holiday cheer and message to friends. Super cute. Super easy to use.

The GIF app is pretty cool. I have it on my android phone. You can pick a few GIF's and put them together. Then you can send it to a friend. I tried one and sent it to my hubby via messenger. I think this could get pretty addicting. I'm a huge fan of Hello Kitty and anything Sanrio. Cute things are often called "Kawaii" in Japan.  I showed my 4 year old this fun app and she thought it was great. She loves Hello Kitty too! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Earn Free Gift Cards With Swagbucks

Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What's Online at Swagbucks.com



I joined Swagbucks a few years back. I have earned many Amazon Gift Cards along the way. When you join you have different options to earn swagbucks. The swagbucks add up and you then can cash them in for prizes and/ or gift cards.

You can do daily activities to get points. I do the daily poll and daily search. If you shop online you can get swagbucks by shopping.

There are some people who use Swagbucks every day. This helps with Christmas gifts or other holiday gift purchases.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gift Wrapping with Current Catalog

Current Catalog

The holiday season is here. Many of you have probably started shopping already. You will soon need to wrap all those wonderful gifts you bought. Current Catalog has all your wrapping needs. They carry everything from wrapping paper to tags and bows. When I was a kid, my mom would wrap the presents nicely with pretty paper and bows. I'm not as organized and my little ones don't appreciate it. They just want what is inside. I think now my daughter is a little older she will think the bows and tags are cute.

The wrapping paper is nice and solid. I don't like when paper rips while you are wrapping. These tags are adorable. The candy cane ribbons are super cute. You can make any package look like a pro wrapped it. 



Gift tags

I love these chalkboard gift tags. They are great to put on gifts and even table settings. You could even use them as decoration for a tree. 

Current Catalog has home decor and Christmas Tree ornaments. They have gift items and stationary. You can even buy your holiday cards here too. The prices are affordable which is important during the holidays. 

What kind of wrapper are you? Do you go all out or are you a minimalist?


Find Current Catalog on Social Media

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(*I received complimentary products for this review. All opinions are my own.*)



Top Toys On Amazon

                                                 



Do you have time to go to the stores for your holiday shopping? Make your life a little easier and shop on Amazon.

Here are Amazon's top toy picks. There are a lot of fun items to get for the kids this year. Shop Amazon's Holiday Toy List - Top 100




My daughter is addicted to shopkins. She has over 100 different Shopkins and dolls. My mom asks her if she has too many and she will answer "no". Check out the new Chef's Club line. These toys are little so you may be stepping on them sometime in the near future. I often find them in the couch and scattered in the living room.





Skylanders Imaginators is out now and my son loves it. I think he already finished the game. You can create your own Skylander which is a really cool feature. Amazon is having a sale and it is a lot cheaper than I payed in October.






Fisher Price Imaginext has a lot of cool toys. My kids have a few Imaginext toys and love them. We have a different pirate ship, from a few years back.  This one looks great. I know two of my kids would be fighting over this one.

The list goes on and on. It's easy to get most of your shopping done with a click of a mouse.

What is on your shopping list this year?


(*post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.*)

Friday, November 11, 2016

$130 Amazon or Paypal Giveaway



Tis the season to be shopping. Holiday season is approaching quickly. I teamed up with a bunch of great bloggers to host a giveaway. You have the choice of getting your prize as Amazon credit or Paypal cash. It is really simple to enter. If you have a twitter account you can follow some or all of these amazing bloggers.

I know holiday shopping can be difficult. Especially if finances are tight. So winning this would be so helpful to someone. Enter below using the rafflecopter.



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This giveaway starts November 11 at midnight and ends November 24 at midnight. USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the rafflecopter after they have responded.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Trailer






Did you see Guardians of the Galaxy? I loved the first movie. It was funny, silly, action packed, and some sad moments. A good mix for a film. I also like the actors. It was entertaining and never a dull moment.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 trailer is out. Once you watch it, I guarantee that song will be stuck in your head. Well, it was stuck in mine. I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

Marvel movies have been a lot of fun to watch. Some people think they are coming out with too many. I'm always different from critics. I love these movies!

As a kid, I really only read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books. Now, as an adult, I have expanded my horizon.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chipex Giveaway

Chipex

Recently our car was scratched right on the gas cap area. We don't know who did it but when you are in an apartment complex anything can happen. Chipex is a pain chip repair system that helps touch up the scratched area.

You go to the Chipex website and find your color match to your car. 

They also have an Aquaphobic Screen Wash that you put on the windshield. It will repel rain from windshield. Anti freeze to -5C. It has deep cleaning technology. 

The Chipex Touch Up Kit comes with paint, brushes, gloves, and cloth. It is a great kit for any car owner. I don't normally take care of the car. My husband makes sure everything is working right.


Chipex is holding a giveaway to win a Chipex kit.


Win a Chipex Bundle #21

Chipex on Social Media:

-Like them on Facebook

-Follow them on Twitter


(*Sponsor is hosting this giveaway* )




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Amazon Or Paypal Giveaway

Giveaway


It's another great giveaway hosted by some amazing bloggers. This giveaway gives you the chance to win $125 for Amazon or Paypal. Your choice for the prize. It is really simple to enter. Follow the directions and links on the rafflecopter.

The holidays are fast approaching and soon you will be shopping for gifts. Some people probably already started shopping. I usually have to shop right until the last week before Christmas. I think $125 would help a lot. You will also discover fun Instagram accounts along the way.


This giveaway starts October 16, 12:00 am and ends October 30 at 12:00 am. USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the rafflecopter after they have responded.



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What would you spend the $125 on if you won?


Friday, October 14, 2016

Family Of Five

Nia and Sadie

I was on a short break recently. We welcomed our third child into the world. We are now a family of 5. I never thought I would have 3 kids. All beautiful and special in their own way. We are all very happy to have Sadie in our family. I can't wait to see how the two girls will be with each other. 
When I was growing up I wanted a big sister so bad. 


Baby Feet


I had Nia 4 years ago, so I forgot how tiny babies can be. I'm going to enjoy these few months of baby time, when things are more calm. My 4 yr old and soon to be 8 yr old are both quite energetic. They are both strong willed and challenging. It's funny how we think one age is harder than another but each stage is a different kind of challenge. Parenting is an adventure and a learning experience.

Are you a parent? If so, what has been most challenging to you? What has been the most fun?




Sunday, September 18, 2016

Brooklyn Bean Roastery Coffee

Brooklyn Bean Roastery


I am a coffee addict. Every morning needs to be started with a cup of coffee. Or otherwise, you probably don't want to talk to me. I've never been a morning person. I love sleep. But now that I am a mom of 2 and soon to be 3, I have to wake up early. For me 7:30 am is early.

I was excited to try these 2 flavors from Brooklyn Bean Roastery. Vanilla Skyline and Express-O comes in k-cups. I use a keurig at home and am always looking for new flavors and brands to taste.


Express-O Espresso Roast

My favorite out of the 2 was the Express-O Espresso Roast. I like flavored coffees, but usually my favorite are medium or dark roasts.

I would definitely recommend these k-cups to those who use the keurig original machine. They have flavors and roasts for all different coffee addicts. They use high quality 100% Arabica beans. 



You can find Brooklyn Bean Roastery on Social Media:

Follow them on Twitter

Buy them on Amazon

Follow them on Instagram

Like them on Facebook


Do you love coffee?  


(*I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. *)


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pinterest For Business And Blogging

Pinterest for Food Bloggers


If you own a business and sell goods, then you should be using Pinterest. Many people go to Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. Some people use it for crafts, recipes, and DIY projects. There are also those that use Pinterest to find gift ideas. 
What can a business, artist, etsy shop owner, and blogger do on Pinterest?
  • Create an account
  • Start with 5 boards that would fit in your category. You should also create a few general boards that you know many people will be looking for.
  • Have one board that is for your business or shop. You can also pin items you are selling in other boards. For ex. If you are selling children's clothing, pin to your store board and have a board for Children's apparel.
  • You don't need to get carried away with creating boards. I learned this while blogging. Let's just say I created way too many boards. 
  • Interact with other Pinners in your area of business. Like, repin, and comment on posts.
  • Use good descriptions for each Pinterest board you create.
  • Have pin it buttons under your products or blog posts. This makes for easy sharing.
  • Make sure you have good quality photos to pin.
These are a few ideas that can get you started. When I first started using Pinterest, it felt like an easy addiction. You could sit and drool over all of the food recipes. If you are a food blogger, then Pinterest will be a big resource for increasing visitors. What do you look for on Pinterest? 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Animal Jam Toys

Animal Jam Plushies


My son adores the Animal Jam game made by National Geographic Kids.  Animal Jam toys are now available at Walmart and many other stores. We have found some at our local Walmart and also Toys R Us. The toys are made by a brand called Jazwares. They sell plushies, mini blind box toys, figures, and figures that come with dens. The best part is that they come with a code. This code can be redeemed in game. My son has a membership for Animal Jam and my daughter just plays a non member character. He enjoys decorating his characters, which are animals. These plushies had codes that gave us rare plushies in game. You can then decorate your den with all the plushies you have collected. The dens come with your account in game.



Animal Jam Figures


Animal Jam figures are cute. They come with accessories that come off and you can decorate each figure. They come with wings and hats. And of course, the in game codes.

We have a ton more but the tiny accessories have been collected by my daughter. 



Animal Jam Adopt a Pet Blind Box


The Animal Jam Adopt a Pet boxes are fun because they are blind boxes. This means you do not know what you will get inside. The codes that come with them can be redeemed and you might get gems or an item. You need to redeem 5 of these codes for another special in game prize/item. These boxes are harder to find for us. They run out really fast in the stores. You can find them online on Amazon.



Inside Adopt a Pet


Inside Adopt a Pet boxes you will get a tiny animal, a food dish, and an accessory.

These are great for stocking stuffers. Any Animal Jam player will enjoy them.

Do you have children that play Animal Jam? It is a fun and safe game for kids. You do not need a membership to play. It is also educational because they put real life facts about animals in the game. 






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Monday, September 5, 2016

Uncle Bubble Toys

Uncle Bubble Toys

Uncle Bubble toys bring you fun new ways to make all different bubbles. You can make tiny bubbles and also very large bubbles. My kids absolutely loved these products. Even my son who is more into video games these days, loved making the large bubbles with the Unbelievabubble wand.

Ultra Bouncing Bubble

The Ultra Bouncing Bubble comes with 2 gloves. You pour the special liquid into a small tray and blow a small bubble. You are then able to bounce the bubble with the gloved hand.


Bubble Watch


The bubble watch is cute for little kids. Its a great idea for stocking stuffers or birthday party favors.
It has a tiny wand and bubble liquid inside.

Bizzy Bubblz

The Bizzy Bubblz is pretty neat. It has these tiny holes, to make tiny bubbles. You rub the bubble liquid on the surface lightly and then blow out.


My daughter using Bizzy Bubblz

The Bizzy Bubblz make super small bubbles. The photo of my daughter using it we added too much liquid to the surface.



Unbelievabubble

This is Noah playing outside with the Unbelievabubble large wand. This was a really cool bubble making tool. Making these really large bubbles. 

Bubbles are the perfect outdoor toy. Everyone loves to make and pop bubbles. 


Do you know anyone who would enjoy making bubbles? 



(*I received complimentary products for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own.*)












Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DIY Easy Yarn Hanging

Wall Hanging


It is really simple to make your own wall decor. All you need is yarn/roving, a hoop/wood dowel.

You can try using yarn or wool roving. You can also use a wood dowel rod or even a metal hoop. I used a hoop for my projects at home. I made one with wool roving, which is thicker and fuller.
I also made one with thick yarn. 


Materials

In the photo, the black yarn was of a thicker variety. The purple yarn is basic size. The colorful one on the bottom is roving. Which is unspun wool. People use the roving to make yarn.


Metal Hoops


You can find the metal hoops at a craft store or online. They are called macrame rings. 



Wool Roving

The wool roving I used was from an Etsy Store. It was a sampler bag that included a rainbow of fun colors. I like working with roving because it is so soft and bulky.

Step 1.

You take your desired length yarn and cut it. Fold it over. Grab it from the fold.


Cut and fold




Step 2.

Take the folded end and drape over the ring. Then you pull the tails through the top. It is similar to the way you would make a tulle tutu. The no sew kind.

Keep adding yarn until you get the desired width you want. It is very easy to make. Experiment with different colors and lengths. You can even use ribbon or thin pieces of recycled fabric. 

These wall hangings give a boho vibe to any room. 

Do you enjoy making your own decor? 






Monday, August 22, 2016

Revive VoxBox From Influenster

 Influenster Revive VoxBox 


I belong to Influenster which is a fun website to share your opinions on products you like. You can sometimes qualify to receive samples for testing purposes. 

Recently I received the Revive VoxBox. This box included 3 varieties of protein powder from The Vitamin Shoppe. I'm curious about how they will taste. I have not tried them yet but think they will be nice in a smoothie. Or maybe a vanilla ice cream shake. I'm all for trying new supplements that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. 

There was also a sample of SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo. This will be great for my hair. 



SnackWell's Biscuit Thins


SnackWell's Biscuit Thins are a good source of protein and fiber. They are made with real coffee. I got to try the French Vanilla Latte flavor. I really liked these for dipping in my morning coffee. They have inspirational messages on them. 


Hills Bros., Chock Full o'Nuts, and Kauai Coffee

Single serve pods in great tasting coffee. You can use these K-Cup style pods in your Keurig. They are certified 100% compostable and are better for the environment. My favorite out of the 3 was the Kauai Coffee. 

Overall, I loved my Revive VoxBox. 


What product do you think you would like the best? 


(*I received these products for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*)



Friday, August 12, 2016

Free To Do List

To Do List



Here is a free To Do List for you to print out. If you click on image and choose save as, you can then print out for your own use.

I need to make lists for myself or I forget to do things. You can make lists for blogging, shopping, goal setting or whatever you want.

What do you make lists for?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lisa Frank Leggings

RageOn


RageOn has some really fun clothing. They have leggings and shirts in all different themes. I personally love the Lisa Frank Leggings. I really want a pair for myself. Yes, I am aware there are unicorns on them. Unicorns rock!

Do you want things for your apartment? The you can get shower curtains and bedding. They all come in fun themes. 

Back to Lisa Frank. Remember her cool and wild colored stationary? It was all over school, well back when I was in grade school. Dolphins, tiger cubs, unicorns, oh my! 

Use the coupon code for 10% Off:

BAREFOOT

Let me know if you get anything cool. It's back to school and some of this stuff would be great for your teenager or college bound student.


(*aff link in post*)



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Make Your Own Plushie

Quick and Easy Plushie


You can make your own plushie with 2 simple materials. All you need is fleece and stuffing or filler.
We had some pink fleece material in the closet, so I decided to make my daughter a quick little plushie. She uses it for her baby stuffed animals. It's a no sew plushie and is really easy to make. 

You can use the cut and knot technique or you can sew. 

Materials you need:

- Any color fleece material
- Quilt filler or stuffing


Soft Filler

We had stuffing on hand. I had originally gotten stuffing for another plushie we made. The other plushie was made using felt and hand sewing. That took a little longer to do. And my hand sewing skills need some work. 


Soft Fleece Material

Fleece can feel really soft, which is always important for a plushie. You can also decorate your design after you finish knotting. Have your kids draw or add fun embellishments. 

What other projects can you do with fleece?

- no sew blankets

- no sew pillows

- no sew floor cushions


Our next project is to make a giant no sew floor cushion. If you don't like the knot technique, there are a few other techniques that don't require sewing. 

Check out the "braided" technique here. This blog shows the braided look for the edge. I like how it looks and will try this next time.

Have you ever made any no sew projects? I'd love to hear about them.





Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sticky Quotes Sticky Notes

Sticky Quotes Words of Wisdom


Sticky Quotes are sticky notes that have messages on them. Everyone needs a little motivation every now and then. We need to feel inspired. I know I do. It's back to school season and kids of all ages are heading back to the daily grind. Some kids love school, some kids do not. My son tells me he doesn't like it but will tell his teachers that he does like it. I think these Sticky Quotes are great to leave around the home. You can even put them in your kids lunch box. 

These are also nice for adults. Maybe they are having a hard work week or lack of motivation. Maybe they don't really like their job. A note of encouragement is very helpful.



Sticky Quotes Motivational

You get free shipping on all orders. A single set comes with 3 pads. They also come in bigger bundles. 


Smile

Something as simple as "smile" is a good one for a lunch box or snack bag. I think these are such a good idea. 


Different Themes:

- Happy Birthday

- Love Letter Sticky Notes

- Lunch Box Sticky Notes

And many more.


Find Sticky Quotes on Social Media:

- Like them on Facebook

- Follow them on Instagram


Where would you put your Sticky Quotes? 









Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kalencom Diaper Bag

Kalencom Bellisima Diaper Bag


Carrying a diaper bag doesn't mean you have to look less fashionable. You can find beautiful and chic diaper bags on Kalencom's website. Kalencom makes a variety of cool diaper bags that will fit your own personal style and fashion sense.

I am so excited to review their Bellisima diaper bag. I tend to gravitate toward the color black. It goes with most of my clothing. What I really like about the Bellisima is that it looks like a regular pocket book. I'm going to be a 3rd time mom this September. With my first child I had a diaper bag that looked more like a messenger bag but still kind of bulky. When my second came around, I really didn't own a diaper bag. Now for baby number 3, I'd like to look like a pro and be completely prepared for any situation. Well, to be honest, I'm not the most organized mom. 


Diaper Bag Features:

- 3 interior pockets

- a matching insulated bottle bag

- a coordinating zippered pouch

- large folded changing pad 


I like that it has an insulated bottle bag and the pouch is perfect to hold a few diapers. 3 different pockets is great. One for my phone, another for keys, and maybe some lip balm. 


Bellisima Diaper Bag and changing pad


I like the color of the changing pad. It is a pretty teal color and soft too.


Thinsulate Insulated bottle Bag

I never used an insulated bottle bag before. This will come in handy.


Inside Kalencom Diaper Bag


The inside of the bag is lined in the same color as the changing pad. Such a pretty color and it looks nice next to the color black. There is plenty of room for a whole pack of wipes, a bottle, snacks, diapers, and my own personal items. I will even use this when I'm out to brunch with friends.

I know I will feel confident and stylish carrying the Bellisima. 

The Bellisima comes in 5 different colors/patterns. So if you don't buy everything in black like me, you can opt for another color. 

Items over $50 qualify for free ground shipping.

Are you looking for a diaper bag or nobody someone who is expecting? Diaper bags make great gifts at baby showers. Kalencom is offering my readers a discount. 


Discount Code:  BAREFOOT

This code is good for 25% off your order. It will expire August 31, 2016.

Go to Kalencom and see all the nice bags they have to offer. 


Kalencom on Social Media:

- Like them on Facebook

- Follow them on Instagram


(*I received a diaper bag for review. All opinions are my own. *)













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