Are you are searching for the perfect gift for person who loves to cook and entertain or maybe you need a gift for a couple who just bought their first home? Maybe you are looking for something to make cooking for the holidays easier for you. I want to share a great product with you that I discovered recently. You may find it is just what you are looking for.
Every kitchen and every good cook needs a great cutting board and this natural bamboo wood cutting board really fits the bill. Made from 100% natural, organic bamboo it is ultra strong yet lightweight. It has a non-porous, antimicrobial & antibacterial surface that eliminates strong odors and bacterial growth. This reversible cutting board has rounded non slip silicone corners that come in blue or green and maximize safety. This cutting board makes a great cheese and serving board and is easy to clean with warm water and soap.
I was very impressed with this board. I loved the silicone corners and how even on my quartz counters the board remained steady with no slipping through my chopping and cutting tasks. It looks very nice and makes a nice addition to our kitchen. It was easy to cut and prepare food on and easy to clean after.
I like this board so much you will find it on our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Mommy Ramblings’ readers get a gift too! Take 15% offthis great board when you buy it on Amazon. To get the discount just click HERE to add the board to your cart and enter the Coupon Code GOURMET2
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Portable North Pole is a magical console used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages to the folks you care most about. In just a few simple clicks, you can provide Santa with all the information he needs to create a unique, tailor-made video message that would even bring a smile to Scrooge’s face!
Portable North Pole videos come in 2 main types: Christmas and Birthday greetings. And they’re free! Or you can upgrade to a Premium version, with more Santa facetime, extra personalization options, the ability to include more photos and truly incredible scenes from his village in the North Pole PLUS the long anticipated Santa’s Verdict, that lets your loved one know if they are one Santa’s Naughty or Nice list. Mommy Ramblings’ Readers Save 20%USE PROMO CODE: BLG20PNP , To redeem your promo code click HERE. Portable North Pole is also a favorite on our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. My children are amazed by the Portable North Pole and we visit every season!
As a lifelong doll lover, I really love this post. Why? It is about dolls of course. I think dolls are a classic toy of childhood that let children model loving and caring for a baby and teaches them how to nurture a small baby or child. Dolls can also help a child who will soon be welcoming a new sibling to the family. Before the new baby arrives the child and parent can talk about all the care and time the baby will need. Then when the baby arrives the parent can encourage the child to do the same things with the doll they are seeing them do with their baby sibling.
Now if you have a brand new little one that is your own or on your holiday list that you would like to introduce to dolls, the Babi Corolle soft dolls have sweetly expressive faces that will captivate and soothe baby. All Babi Corolle first soft dolls are designed with multiple “handles” so they are easy for tiny fingers to grasp and explore. Unique combinations of ultra-soft and supple materials and textures delight and intrigue little ones, and everything in the Babi Corolle collection is produced to meet all applicable mandatory and voluntary safety standards.
Corolle’s Babi Corolle first dolls’ soft vinyl faces (Lili dolls excepted) are delicately scented with vanilla so that the hugs your baby gives to her lovie are as sweet and memorable as the hugs you give her! A plus for parents: All Babi Corolle first dolls are machine washable (air dry naturally, please) and have a sewn-in label with space to write baby’s name.
A great gift set for ages birth and up is Miss Fresh Riviera & Blanket.Miss Fresh Riviera is an adorable first doll with a soft body that’s ideal for hugging and cuddling! The sweet expression on her vanilla scented, smooth vinyl face will charm and soothe little ones. Included in the set is a coordinating soft blanket. There are other styles in these sets so check out the Corolle Website to see them all.
Okay are you more in the market for a realistic baby doll? Corolle’s Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Dollhas a soft body, blue sleeping eyes, and supple vinyl skin that’s delicately scented with vanilla — a Corolle signature and is an excellent for little ones 2 and older. This adorable 14-inch baby doll comes with her own soft lovey, blanket and mini booklet for complete mommy play!
Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll features high-quality materials and careful details. Her soft body is lightweight and irresistibly huggable, and her sweet, authentically sculpted face will charm and captivate little ones. Her supple vinyl skin is delicately scented with vanilla and her blue eyes close when you put her down for a nap or at bedtime, just like a real baby.
Mon Bébé Classique Dodo wears any 14-inch baby doll fashion and fits comfortably in any nursery accessory from Corolle’s Mon Classique Collection. There is a nice selection of outfits and baby care accessories that can really extend the play with this Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll.
Designed in France and part of Corolle’s Mon Classique Collection for make-believe moms ages 3 years and up, Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll is the winner of a Platinum Seal Award from The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the only independent consumer review of children’s media. Award winners are selected based on their quality, innovation, and ability to provide children with an engaging play experience. The Platinum Seal Award is The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s highest honor.
Need a little dolly for the stocking?
Looking for a stocking stuffer that is just too cute? One of the Mini Calin baby dolls is the perfect choice. They little dolls have cuddlly soft “bean”-filled bodies. Little hands can hold easily to the bean bodies of these tiny babies and they may be small on size but your little one will shower them with a huge amount of love. Very portable they are great to keep in a diaper bag or in the car to keep little ones busy. Even older girls love them and want to collect them all because one is cuter than the other. They are 8 inches tall and made for ages 18 months and up.
Corolle is a premium doll brand that is designed in France. Corolle dolls are designed to be the perfect look, size, feel and scent for little ones to love and cherish. Pretty, sweet faces are sculpted after real babies. Fashions are inspired by current children’s clothing and adapted for a young child’s dexterity so they are easy to dress. Corolle dolls’ supple vinyl arms and legs are smooth to the touch and delicately scented with vanilla, and their bodies have the ideal amount of filling for hugging and cuddling.
These dolls are all so nice and make great gifts for a child. They are all huggable and soft and smell so great. We love them so much we are adding all three to our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
Corolle is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win a Mon Classique Bebe Dodo Doll of their own! Thank you to Corolle for the review product and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.
You know what they say about dynamite coming in small packages right? You can’t dismiss something small as weak and you certainly cannot dismiss the compact triangular Audiosharp Music Eyes Speaker as anything less than dynamite! This little speaker packs a powerful punch in features and sound. It is portable, has Bluetooth wireless capabilities, allows you to answer calls right from the speaker too! The dual drive unit speakers deliver incredible sound!
The internal rechargeable 650 mA battery is good for up to 5 hours of play time and 300 hours of standby time. The built-in microphone supports hands free calls. The connection range is up to 30 feet. You can also use the 3.5mm AUX cable to connect and it is included with this speaker.
We were so impressed with this metal speaker, it is drop resistant, dust proof and comes in red and black. It easily paired with both my iPhone 6 and my husband’s Note 4 with ease. The sound is awesome and it has a phenomenal play time. The speaker has big and clear sound that is truly full range. The bass hits low and the treble pops the highs out perfectly. It is hard to believe the awesome sound is coming from this little speaker. It is in pairing mode the first time you turn it on as noted by the LED blinking blue to red. After the initial time you turn it on you need to hold the multifunction (phone handset icon) for over 6 seconds until the blue red blink starts. All functions are announced audibly when engaged. For example, to turn it on or off, simply hold the multifunction button down until it audibly announces it is on…or off then release it.
Be sure to use the supplied charge cord or you may hit the multifunction with the plug as you are inserting it. Some plugs are too large for the small area around the charge port and can press the multifunction button in when inserted causing it to turn on or enter pairing mode, etc. It charges quickly. The speaker is very stable and will not tip over or move at all due to the shape and rubber strips on the bottom. The controls are on one side with the charge and AUX ports in the center under the attached rubber dust cover door. Controls are clearly marked with “+” & “-” for volume and the “|<” & “>|” for changing the track forward or backward, and the one with a phone receiver is a 9 function multifunction button (on-off-pause-continue-answer call-hang up-refuse call-redial last number called-pair).
We think this awesome speaker is the perfect gift for the music lover in your life this holiday season or you might want it for yourself so you can have your favorite Christmas music playing anywhere you are. Audiosharp has graciously provided Mommy Ramblings’ readers with a coupon code for 30% off this unit which you can purchase on Amazon at the link at the bottom of this post. Just use the code 6TE5NWK3 and save 30% on this awesome speaker! We like the Audiosharp AS0847 Music Eyes Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker so much, you will find it on Mommy Ramblings 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
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Are you making homemade gifts this year? If you are you can make them even more special with custom labels. From decking the halls, to wrapping presents the holiday season is the perfect time to get creative and festive.
StickerYou is your one-stop shop for creating custom stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos and more. These durable products are perfect for business use or to use around your home and with holiday gifting. Your friends and family will be impressed! For a very limited time, StickerYou is offering a 13% discount on your next order! Use promo code13STICKER at checkout! Want to get started or take a look around? CLICK HERE !
StickerYou is the only online platform in the world where you can upload your own designs or artwork to create completely custom stickers, labels, large format decals, temporary tattoos, iron-ons and magnets. Order your sticky products in any shape, any size and any quantity you wish. StickerYou has no minimum order quantity on most products so you can order the right number of stickers or labels to fit your event. StickerYou’s custom die-cut algorithm allows them to die-cut around the edge of your sticker or label design creating a unique shape. You are not limited to standard shapes.
About Label/Sticker Products:
Bottle labels are one of StickerYou’s most popular products. Use them to label your homemade goods such as jams, honey, cookies bags and more. Their premium vinyl material has great color reproduction, which means it is easy to match the color of the labels to a specific theme or color scheme. Customers have the choice between white vinyl material or clear vinyl material. StickerYou typically recommends white vinyl for bright colors or busy designs. Clear labels also look beautiful if going for a more simplistic or modern design. Their labels have a high quality shine which gives them a professional look.
The labels are photo quality so customers can even upload photos and use them on their products. The material will apply bubble free and has a strong but removable adhesive. If an error is made during application, the labels can be peeled up and replaced. The label will remove clean with no adhesive left behind.
StickerYou’s labels are durable! They are waterproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, heat resistant, fade resistant and will stand up to mild abrasion. Their website has tons of templates. So if you want to make your own labels but are not so skilled making your own graphics, this will be perfect! You will still get a great look that you created yourself because the templates are totally customizable.
The days are getting chilly and soup and stew weather is upon us. There is something about this time of year that makes it more comforting than any other time to enjoy a savory stew, flavorful soup or even a hearty chili.
I love to cook stews and soups this time of year. One of my very favorites that I grew up with, is Pasta Fagioli which means pasta with beans in Italian. It is a warm-you-up, stick-to-your-ribs, bowl of deliciousness.
This weekend I cooked a huge batch of it in my brand new Emile & Henry Stewpot. I love this huge 7 quart, red covered stewpot. It is big and that is good because being Italian we never cook a little bit of anything. I believe it had to be an Italian that coined the phrase “Go Big or Go Home”. We just always have enough for anyone that stops by. I have a big family, but stews and soups are so good the next day and even to freeze.
This huge stewpot is an entirely natural cooking vessel. This stewpot is part of Emile & Henry’s Flame® product line and can be used direct on heat (gas, electric or halogen), in the oven, the microwave, even on the barbecue. The cookware is highly resistant to thermal shocks and you can take it from the freezer and put right in a hot oven.
The cookware itself retains heat so your food stays hot longer. The cookware is wonderful for cooking simmered dishes like stews and soups but recommended by word renown chefs to use when cooking caramel due to its even heat diffusion. This stewpot makes caramel quickly and easily. We are going to try that out as my husband has been going on about wanting to make a sea-salt caramel.
Flame® Cookware is produced using raw materials directly from nature like non-treated clay, sand, filtered water and mineral oxides for the colorful glazes. So you know you are cooking in total safety. There is no lead, cadmium or nickel in them cookware and so no risk of contamination when cooking. The cookware is made in France from high fired Burgundy clay.
Since it is such an excellent heat diffuser as opposed to metallic cookware, it diffuses heat and does not conduct it. The cooking process is gentle and food does not burn, so you are left with the flavors of your food intact. Since it is such a great diffuser it performs well on lower temperatures. So very high temperatures are unnecessary and it is advised to start with low heat.
The cookware is very sturdy and resistant to mechanical shocks that make it a great choice in restaurants. The glazes used are very resistant to the dishwasher and the most aggressive of detergents
While my Pasta Fagioli was simmering I made a nice crusty round bread in my Emile & Henry Bread Cloche. You may remember when I showed you those last year. They are still one of my favorite kitchen items and the only way I make bread now!
When my Pasta Fagioli was done I served it with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and the fresh sliced bread. It was the perfect weekend dinner on a cold night for this family.
Emile & Henry is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win their own 7 quart Emile & Henry Stewpot ($240 ARV) . Thank you to Emile & Henry for this gorgeous stewpot and for sponsoring this awesome and extremely generous giveaway for our readers at Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.
I really love using essential oil diffusers throughout my house on a daily basis. I think there are real benefits in using the oils. I love diffusing Peppermint in the morning and throughout my day as it is very energizing and makes me feel invigorated. I like many blends and making my own but one thing for sure, you need a good diffuser. I wanted a mid size diffuser and I saw the ZAQ Galaxy. It is a large mid size diffuser and hold 200 ml of water with an 8 hour run time. It has auto shut off and it works amazing well and is very quiet.
The outer portion of the diffuser is a white ceramic designed to resemble outer space. It is a very tranquil diffuser that has colorful changing LED lighting or can be used without the lighting effects. I have been using my diffuser every day and it works so well, is easy to keep clean and is just such a great addition to my home. ZAQ diffusers have a 1 year limited warranty and they have awesome customer service if you ever need it.
We think the ZAQ diffusers like the Galaxy make a great gift this holiday season so we are adding it to our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide here at Mommy Ramblings.
ZAQ is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win a ZAQ Galaxy Diffuser! Thank you ZAQ for the review product and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.
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When you think about children’s toys, there are the flash in the pan, flavor of the week toys and there are the classic toys that thrill kids from generation to generation. Parents embrace classic toys because they remind them of their childhood and they know they are a wise investment that will provide their child with years of fun. One of those classics is blocks. Blocks are so great because they are never the same toy twice and the possibilities are limited only by one’s own imagination.
Recently I had the chance to take a look at Lakeshore Learning’s Castle Blocks. These enchanting hardwood blocks let kids create a fascinating fortress, spacious palace & more! The durable, stackable blocks come in 12 unique shapes & are printed on every side with a fun medieval theme—so kids can construct castles from all directions! They come in a set of 60 blocks.
My kids loved them and have been playing with them since they arrived. Every day there is a different adventure that awaits them, new castles to build and conquer and battles to be won. This is the kind of creative play I like to see in my child, one that has them really thinking about what they are doing. I think with all the technology today, children need a balance or they will miss out on challenging their brains in a creative way.
The blocks are gorgeous, solid wood and decorated beautifully on all sides. They are a true heirloom toy to be handed down from generation to generation.
Lakeshore Learning has so many toys and games that challenge, teach and entertain kids while they have fun. Right now you can save 20% at Lakeshore Learning. Click HERE to get a 20% off coupon you can use in-store or online. Oh and since we think the Castle Blocks from Lakeshore Learning are so great, we are adding them to our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
Do you want a chance to win a set of Castle Blocks? If so just read on to the giveaway below.
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If you are looking for a fun way to take in the sites of New York City and celebrate the holidays, you have to hear this! How does a warm and cozy cruise tailored for friends and family sound? Step inside Manhattan’s toasty solarium which is decked out in holiday decor for a 90 minute cruise to see the lights of New York City! Of course delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats for all guests are included. Then join in on 20 to 30 minutes of live holiday carols or enjoy 2 live Jazz Trio Sets!
Aboard the 1920’s style yacht, you can relax on the heated back deck salon to enjoy the gorgeous view of the island. Take in picturesque views from the glassed-in observatory.
Along the way you will see:
The Yacht Manhattan in Full Holiday Decor!
Cocoa, Cookies & some sing-along Holiday Carols or live Holiday Jazz!
Battery Park, South Street Seaport & the Financial District
Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Parts of Brooklyn & Queens & the NYC skyline
The Williamsburg, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges of the East River
A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase. For more information to see cruise schedule please click HERE! Receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code 15COCOA – Valid for any Cocoa & Carols Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan II!
The busiest travel day of the year is almost upon us. As people make plans to take trains, plains and automobiles to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a product I recently found that might make your trip a little more comfy. If you have a long journey then the Enzo Comfort Travel Pillow will be your best friend.
This travel pillow comes in its own travel bag and since it is memory foam it can be squished and fit in tight places and emerge from the travel bag as good as new. This pillow is contoured and very substantial so it will support your head and neck helping to alleviate pain and stiffness if you have to take a nap during your journey. The memory foam will allow it to fit to your needs for maximum comfort.
This travel pillow has a luxurious velour red cover that is so comfy and soft. The cover unzips and is removable so you can wash it. The unique design of this pillow gives you the maximum lower neck support which is so important. There is a snap closure on the front that keeps the pillow securely in place. It is a nice memory foam with cooling gel so you will not get sweaty or uncomfortable wearing it.
You can purchase this pillow right on Amazon. It comes with a money back guarantee and a 2 year warranty. I know mine is going with me when I travel.
I received a Enzo Travel Pillow to facilitate my review. As always my words and opinions are 100% my own. pmee59edb1290ec2ae2dd85a795ae9e8f4