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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Studio Fun International Feature! #sponsored #ad

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This time of year is a great one to expand your children's book collection! I'm always looking for great, new books so I was excited to get this opportunity from Studio Fun International, in partnership with the ASPCA to review their new line of Rescue Readers! With Thanksgiving upon us, it's always nice to think of what we are most grateful for and one of those things are our dog Tippy and cats, Kazoo and Pumpkin.  They bring lots of smiles into our lives! 
These books arrived with colorful pictures, rich and engaging.  My kids were excited to get their hands on the new reads. Each story is inspired by a true animal resuce story from the pet's point of view, stressing the importance of care and the protection of our furry friends. The books are perfect for early readers and honestly, anything that encourages them to pick up a book and read is a win-win in my book! Here's a little more information about these great books! 

Studio Fun International, in partnership with the ASPCA, has published a children’s book series, ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers.

• Each book creates a fun and educational hands-on experience written at a Level 2 reading level for early readers.
• Four to five percent of the purchase price of every book goes directly to the ASPCA to help continue its mission.
• Stories are available in paperback, library binding hardcovers, and e-books. The paperback books are priced at $3.99 or $15.96 for all four everywhere books are sold.

Be sure to like Studio Fun International's Facebook page to be "in the know" and learn more about the ASPCA's mission to help our animals! Good News!  Studio Fun International and Moms Meet are giving away a pack of the books to my readers!  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below to win a couple of these great books!

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Hope  you have a wonderful day today my friends!  We are spending our day in the kitchen and getting ready for the big day tomorrow!  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Harry and David Feature 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

This time of year, it seems like it's all about the treats.  I love that shopping at Harry and David offers a variety of goodness to choose from, including their famous, delicious pears, gourmet nuts and variety of chocolates. We've given and received the gift of Harry & David for years and it's always a welcome gift to receive. This Mom always appreciates a box of delicious and fresh fruit, especially when we seem to be overrun with goodies this time of year.  Don't get me wrong, the holidays is a time of indulgence.  Still, once in a while, I'm glad to have something equally and delicious like their fresh variety of pears.  Let me just say, these pears are DELICIOUS!

"Since 1934, Harry and David has grown to become America’s premier choice for gourmet gifts. From our handpicked fresh fruit to our hand-packed gift baskets filled with delicious treats, we are committed to providing premium quality and excellence in every way." - Harry & David
I'll be the first to admit that shopping at Harry and David requires a bit of self-restraint. From fresh There is an extensive array of tempting foods to choose from as you scroll through their mouthwatering pages. I love that they also have a range of price points to fit most gift budgets. You can keep it simple with tasty snack trays that start at under $20 or opt for the big guy, an entire gourmet dinner spread for about $200. No matter what you choose, you can rest assured this gift will be one that makes your recipient smile! 
Years ago, my dear friend told me she loved their Moose Munch.  I had never had the opportunity to try it, until now! It's beyond delicious!
I love that their website is easy to navigate, you choose your category and type of food or occasion and they filter the rest.  You can also shop by price, type of gift and more. They also offer monthly clubs when you aren't sure what to give! Be sure to visit Harry & David and check out their gift options this season, you won't be disappointed!  Also, make sure you enter my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!  It's filled with a variety of items from the companies I'm featuring over the next two weeks.  Harry & David's in there!  How could you resist? 
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Have a great day my friends and as always, thank you for your continued support! 
Please note, I did receive Harry & David's delicious pears to check out in order to facilitate this review but all opinions, as always are my own. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Orange Owl Feature and Review

If you're like a lot of Moms, baths and showers are a luxury.  Forget the spa people, I'm lucky if I shave my legs!  I have to admit though, there are days when I like to really relax and indulge a bit, especially if I have some luxurious bath and spa products!  Enter  The Orange Owl!  The Orange Owl is my new favorite "go to" for all-natural, handmade, vegan-friendly products without parabens, dyes, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance oils or petroleum products. I discovered this company after visiting a friend and seeing it on her bathroom counter.  After checking out their shop, I was excited to see their variety of body butters, scrubs, lip balms and soap bars! I was excited to try out their products for myself and was not disappointed! 
First up, I love the Orange Joy Body Butter, light and fluffy but left my legs feeling soft and silky!  It's true when they say a little of their body butter goes a long way!  This 7 fl oz jar will last me a long time and I'm thrilled about that!  The price point ($10.99) is very reasonable for the quality products in this jar, what a fantastic gift! 
Next up, their Mocha Buzz Body Scrub.  I'm usually not a fan of Chocolate scented things but not the case with this product!  The coffee/vanilla/chocolate combo made this more subtle. Perfect to exfoliate with, I really got a jolt off this product, again the $10.99 price point makes it a win-win for me! 
Finally, my favorite product, their Squeaky Clean Soap Bar - thick and chunky, this bar left my skin and senses feeling refreshed and invigorated!  I love this product and I think you will too!  For $6.99 this soap is completely gift-able and comes in an adorable little eco friendly container!  I think the Orange Owl's gift basket would make an amazing gift for someone in need of a little pampering!

Be sure to visit The Orange Owl to be "in the know" and follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news.  You might be lucky enough to find these products in your area, check out their store locations here.  When in doubt, order online!  

I'm thrilled to tell you that some of the companies in the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide are participating in their own giveaways.  Others are going to be part of a prize pack at the end of the guide!  Enter here for your chance to win a variety of the items I'm featuring over the next two weeks!   

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Friday, November 20, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

I love this time of year.  I think the chunk of time between Halloween and New Year's is magical and so special!  Can it be stressful?  Most definitely!  Over the years I've grown into myself and feel a little more "in control" of me so I'm able to enjoy the Holiday Season and embrace it.  We're settling into our routine as a family and continuing our traditions.  I love that our children are so excited to celebrate and there is nothing like the wonder of a child at Christmas!

I'm thrilled to again bring you some of my favorite products, companies and shops!  There will be yummy treats, gifts ideas, product recommendations and giveaways!  How could I NOT share the love you guys?  So, keep reading in the following weeks and join me as I feature these amazing companies and then get ready to shop!  We've got some great ones this year!  

It's coming next week! 
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