Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas and Crafting

You guys! I'm having a hard time accepting the fact that we don't have much time left before Christmas arrives. I know I've talked about this before and every year my goal remains the same, to have a stress-free holiday when I'm prepared and organized. When everyone is dashing around grabbing last minute gifts, I want to be the one sipping eggnog by the fire. In reality, I don't drink eggnog and with the new puppy in our house we rarely light a fire so yes my friends, I will be making a mad dash to complete my holiday commitments and shopping like so many of you. I am happy that Amazon prime exists so I'm not too nervous about it but still, it's coming down to the wire.
That being said, we've had a great December so far with the perfect mix of family time and productivity. One of the things I do every December is the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude!  This was my sixth year doing it and it just keeps getting more fun. Kennebunkport Maine is a beautiful coastal town and this time of year, completely decked out for the holidays. They have an entire weekend devoted to welcoming Santa, wonderful Christmas music and festivities throughout their town. Saturday morning brings a plethora of craft fairs at different locations scattered throughout the village. I always set up shop first thing Saturday morning and look forward to meeting new people and seeing old friends. One of the things I love so much about this craft fair is that The same crafters attend every year so it's great to catch up with people and see what they're up to.  This year, the morning started out with a lot of freezing rain which kept people away the first hour or so but by mid-morning the place was busy! It was a great day and absolutely put me in the Christmas spirit. Here are a couple of pictures of my table at the event.
The event was a success and what's best about this?  Leftovers make excellent holiday gifts! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bixby Bar Feature!

There was a time when Santa would stuff my stocking full of chocolate kisses and Reesie's peanut butter cups. Over the years, I've requested to have a candy free stocking simply because I don't want to work quite as hard on my New Year's resolutions :-). Still, I love to indulge in a delicious bit of chocolate every once in a while but if I'm going to do it, I want to be well worth the calories.  After researching this company a bit more I realized that their candy is perfect for the chocolate conscious connoisseur, using only the finest organic and all-natural ingredients, these non-GMO treats contain no additives and are made by using fair trade and green resources. Let me introduce you to Bixby Co!  
Kraft chocolate was a term that I wasn't familiar with but I am so glad I am now! Consider this: chocolate that goes the extra step, chocolate that is for those who have a little more sophisticated taste, rich in flavor and depth. Developed and founded by a new generation of entrepreneur, Kate McAleer, wanted to create a good quality product that used the finest ingredients and was socially conscious while creating deep roots and supporting her local community. Bixby & Co uses premium organic chocolate and the finest ingredients in their bars.  The Bixby Bar incorporates this organic chocolate plus delicious fruit, nuts and spices.  The result is delicious, rich and makes a wonderful gift for the holiday season and beyond!

The flavor combinations are incredible, these most certainly aren't your run-of-the-mill candy bars!  I absolutely love their Limited Edition bars including the FIGGY, their Sweet Fig Gingerbread Walnut and the TABOGGAN, their Cranberry Maine Sea Salt Pistacio!  I think Santa would love to find a Bixby bar waiting for him instead of milk and cookies (just sayin')!  Since I'm always looking for a great holiday gift that's different and uniquely suited for the person I'm giving it to, I feel like these would make a great gift!  They are full of flavor and goodness, not junk!  

You can learn more about Bixby Co by visiting their website here, following them on Facebook and on Twitter.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you'll save 10% off your first order! Be sure to check out Bixby Co and their gift packs which include a vegan sampler, white chocolate sampler, and holiday gift pack. Also, their "You Pick 6" packs are on sale right now and make a great stocking stuffer or gift! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Puppy Pics!

Tippy's very first SNOW (he loved it)!
His new favorite sleeping spot!  And clearly, my new favorite vacuum spot! 
Light post today - 'Tis The Season! Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Applegate's Good Morning Bacon Feature and WIN A YEAR'S SUPPLY!

Applegate recently announced their latest product from "the pork heavens": Good Morning Bacon!  I'm happy to give you a little more information about their newest product as a proud Bacon "Ambassador"...

It’s Leaner, Not Meaner
While most bacon you currently enjoy is made from the belly of the pig, Good Morning Bacon is an innovative style made from the shoulder of the hog. It’s equally porky, but with 60% less fat than regular bacon, making it amore sensible and arguably more delicious - choice.  My hubby - who LOVES his bacon - agrees!  It's delicious and the smarter choice!

They're Going Whole Hog!
These sizzlin’ new strips are hitting the shelves for two reasons; first and foremost, it’s porktastic!  By utilizing the shoulder, a previously unpurchased part of the pig, to make this bacon, Applegate is delivering a more sustainable product and curbing waste!

In other big news, Applegate is offering up their newest contest  - you can enter to win a year’s supply of bacon (!!!) YES A YEAR'S SUPPLY and test your chops with our Bacon History Quiz!  Share it with your friends and use the hashtag #baconhistory. The more the merrier when it comes to bacon!  Did I mention this is Casein Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free AND LOW FAT?  Savory, indulgent, applewood smoked bacon and ZERO guilt.  Yummy on Blts and salads, go ahead and grab a slice or two - start your day off with protein power! 

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