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Wow, the weather has taken a serious dip in the Northeast. Tomorrow is going to be absolutely frigid, the morning will feel like 7 below 0 degrees F. The only bright spot is that next week, we should be back to more seasonable temperatures.

When the weather gets colder, I get into the mood to make hearty meals that stick to your ribs and warm you up. I love a good pot roast, beef stew, pasta fagioli and other flavorful stews and soups, on cold winter days.

If you have been following Mommy Ramblings for a while, you will remember my posts about the best way to cook hearty soups and how to make the perfect beef stew. The right cookware, and the way you cook, really make a difference in how your recipes turn out. I love trying new things in the kitchen and, I have always wanted to try cooking in a Tagine.

A Tagine is a cooking vessel that is used to cook food at a low temperature, for a long time. The unique shape of the Tagine lid allows steam to circulate, which works to keep all the ingredients tender and moist. This kind of vessel and cooking method, works so well with dishes like pot roast. The end result is that type of meat that just falls apart so beautifully, and melts in your mouth.

I just finished cooking my second pot roast in my Emile Henry Tagine, and I don’t think I will cook pot roast any other way. There are so many great recipes you can make in a Tagine. My daughter loves cooking chicken tagine. Any type of recipe that you can cook at a low temperature for a long time, will turn out well.

There are many different kinds of Tagines on the market, but I prefer the Emile Henry Tagine. This Tagine is made of their Flame Ceramic and can be used directly on the heat of the stove or in the oven. This is perfect, because I love starting off on the stove cooking my onions and garlic, browning my meat, and then transferring it all to the oven, to cook for several hours.

You can see the video I made the first time I used the Emile Henry Tagine to make pot roast

We love the Emile Henry Tagine so much, which is why you will find it on Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. A gift of Emile Henry Cookware, is a gift any cooking enthusiast will treasure. I know, I certainly do! My Emile Henry Cookware and Bakeware are staples in my kitchen, and they make cooking and baking for my family and friends, easier and better than ever.

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My kids loved the The Nut Job movie so, when The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature arrived on our doorstep a few weeks ago, they could not watch it fast enough. We set it up in our Epson projector and they were glued to the screen from beginning to end. When I asked them about it, my one son said that the part where (spoiler alert) Surly thought Buddy was dead was really sad. He was really happy when he turned out to be just unconscious. Overall they really enjoyed the movie and it is one they love to watch.

Surly and his friends are back in the action-packed animated adventure, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, available on Digital, Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand NOW from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and animal hijinks, this family-friendly comedy introduces new fan-favorite characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan, Kung Fu Panda), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale, Ant-Man).

The film also features an incredible voice cast including Will Arnett (Lego Batman), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Jeff Dunham (Smurfs: The Lost Village) and Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie). The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature comes packed with exciting bonus content including deleted scenes, special animation and art reels as well as a feature commentary with the filmmakers, giving viewers a peek inside the making of the film and how the characters were brought to life.

Surly Squirrel (Arnett) and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home.

BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:

  • Deleted Scene
  • Animation Progression Reels: Watch as two key scenes are brought to life, from storyboard and pre-visualization, to final animation, lighting and effects.
  • Concept Art Reel: See the concept art that inspired animators to create the world of The Nut Job 2.
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Cal Brunker and Producer/Co-Writer Bob Barlen

Running Time: 1 Hour and 31 Minutes

Rating: Rated PG for action and some rude humor

You can watch the trailer HERE!  Get it on Amazon.  To see more you can visit The Nut Job 2 website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   What do you think? Have you seen The Nut Job 2?


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With the days getting dark earlier and the temps getting colder, it is so nice to snuggle up on the couch by the fire and read with my kids. A book we have been diving into recently, is The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower. This is Eric’s second book in The Bizarre Baron Inventions series. This novel follows the Baron family as they set off for an underwater adventure with their steam-powered submarine. It is not all fun and games, their journey is filled with complications that the Baron family is not prepared for.

Young, clumsy and terribly unscientific Waldo “W.B.” Baron is really excited for a deep-sea diving adventure when his clever, inventor parents are hired to go on a secret treasure hunt. This top-secret mission ends up being filled with very unexpected shark attacks, diving mishaps and even a pirate’s curse. Follow as W.B. discovers these complications one stumble, trip and fall at a time.

My boys love this book, and I am enjoying it with them. It is one of those books that we need to read just one more chapter of before calling it a night. If this sounds like something your kids would like, you are probably right! You can purchase this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and IndieBound.

About Eric Bower

Eric Bower is the author of The Bizarre Baron Inventions series. He was born in Denville, New Jersey, an event of which he has little recollection, yet the people who were there have repeatedly assured him that it happened. He currently lives in Pasadena, California. His favorite type of pasta is cavatappi, his favorite movie is The Palm Beach Story, and he is the proud recipient of a “Beanology Degree” from Jelly Belly University in Fairfield, California. His wife and family have told him that the degree is nothing to be proud of, since “It’s not a real degree. You know that . . . Right?” and “Eric, they literally give them to everyone who visits the Jelly Belly factory,” but he knows that they’re all just jealous.

Giveaway:

Enter to win a The Splendid Baron Submarine themed prize pack!

One (1) winner receives:

  • A copy of The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower
  • A The Splendid Baron Submarine themed gift pack. Includes some pirate-themed goodies, Go Fish, and ghostly treats as well.

Giveaway ends December 15, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

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You have probably heard of the New York Times Bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life.  Did you know there is a storybook Bible based on that book? There is, it is called, God’s Big Plans for Me and it is written by Rick Warren.

Pastor Rick Warren uses lyrical storytelling and engaging illustrations in his chronological approach to 40 Bible stories. Each story is introduced with a theme relatable to readers of all ages. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible helps children grow closer to God and discover the purpose for their own lives.

If you are looking for a meaningful gift to give to any child in your life, this Storybook Bible would be perfect. I really like the format and how stories from the Bible like Noah and the Ark, Ruth and Naomi, An Angel Visits Mary, The Parable of the Lost Sheep and many others are arranged and written. Another thing I like is reading one story each night with my kids. It is a wonderful way to teach them about Jesus. There is a dedication page you can fill out, which makes the book even more special.

Giveaway:

We have a special treat for Mommy Ramblings’ readers, you can enter for your chance to win God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Open to US residents. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway and for the review book. Good Luck!!!

God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible Book Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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What a week! With so many going through unspeakable pain due to the shooting in Las Vegas and the people trying to rebuild their lives in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, one questions keeps coming to the surface…What is going on in this world?

This week, I also received Jeremy Camp’s new CD, The Answer. I thought the lyrics to the title track summed up a lot of what is on my mind and I am sure on the minds of thousands of others.

So many questions, the world is reaching
So many hurting, so many lost
With all this thriving, who can we lean on?
Creations crying, out from the dark

Another song on the CD that I think many will relate to is, Never Stopped Loving Me. It reminds us that no  matter if you go astray or through a dark period, God never stops loving you. He is always there for you, and that is a very comforting.

Many of the tracks on this CD, have that recurring message in them. In Love So Great, the lyrics say:

You made a way when I was so lost
You came running when I could not
You gave your life to show me true love
And took my chains and gave me freedom

Word of Life, is another powerful song and I think it will speak to many in these times. You can view the video below.

Word of life
Speak to my weary heart
Strengthen my broken parts
Lead me to Your open arms
Word of truth

Illuminate all these lies
The enemy speaks inside
In freedom I will rise‘Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I’ve been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life
(Your word of life)

Spirit of God
Take me to a deeper place
Take me out of what is safe
And I will not be afraid
Spirit of God
Fill me with joy again
Springing up from within
It cannot be contained

The lyrics to My Defender are very applicable to what is going on in the world. I think this whole album can bring hope and comfort to those who feel broken and hopeless in this world.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow
And I stand face to face with the enemy
I will know that I am not forsaken
You surround me when the fire’s at my feetYou’re my defender
You fight for me
I will remember
You’re all I need
You are my healer
My remedy
Against the power of the unknown
And I will not stand alone
‘Cause You’re my defender

I can see You when the night is closing in
And I will trust You when it seems that there’s no hope
And I hold tight to the promise You have given
‘Cause this I know and I am confident

The Answer was just released on October 6th and is Jeremy Camp’s 15th career album in 15 years. Since his debut album, 2002’s STAY, Camp has established himself with numerous landmark accolades including four RIAA-Certified Gold albums, more than 4.5 million albums sold, a GRAMMY nomination, three American Music Awards nominations, multiple ASCAP awards, 41 radio No. 1’s, a Gold digital single (There Will Be A Day) and a multi-platinum DVD. 

“What’s been amazing about The Answer is that all of the songs were inspired by just being present,” Camp shares. “There was no song where I was sitting there and had this epiphany when I was writing. In every writing session, any idea literally just came in the moment. I was praying the whole time, ‘Lord, give me opportunities to combine these things that You are doing in our hearts.”

Camp continues, “When things get tough our first initial reaction is to say, ‘I don’t know if I can handle this.’ I can just tell you there is nowhere else to run. We can turn our backs on the Lord, but that’s where the problems are. There is pain and there is hurt, and Jesus literally offers peace, He offers hope and joy, and He offers the words of eternal life. This song is to encourage others to stick to the only true source of life who gives us all we need – Jesus Christ.”

Giveaway:

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Our dog Zoey is a West Highland White Terrier, but most of the time she is not white because she loves to dig in the dirt, chase critters and get dirty. When we give her a bath, if we don’t keep an eagle eye on her, she will run out into the yard and roll in the dirt.

Do you know what a wet Westie looks like after rolling in the dirt? If not, they look more like a Scottish Terrier. It is something we have grown to understand, we know she will need to be bathed a lot, and that we will have to deal with her terrier behaviors that make her white coat black.

I had to chuckle when I opened up the new book, Baby Chomper’s Bath Time by Jeff Minich. It is about a little puppy that just like my Zoey, who does not like baths. One day, baby Chomper escapes from his house and does what he does best, gets dirty. Chomper rolls in the mud, dives into trash and gets sprayed by a very smelly skunk. When he returns home, stinky as can be, there is no doubt that baby Chomper needs a bath.

With nowhere to run, Chomper realizes bath time can be one of the most fun times of all! He uses his imagination and finds out baths don’t have to be bad. In fact, they can be really fun. He can imagine he is on all kinds of adventures while in the tub. He can dive into the deep blue sea, be the captain of his own ship and surf to a faraway shore.

This picture book teaches children a valuable lesson of looking at the bright side of things. It shows them, if they change their attitude, things might not be as awful as they think. The story provides the perfect springboard for discussion with your own children or in a classroom setting.

I really enjoyed this book and so did my kids. If you, would like to purchase it, you can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and stay in the loop on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About The Author:

Jeff Minich is the author of the Nuggies illustrated children’s book series. Created in collaboration with illustrator Renan Garcia, the series includes Daddy Forgot My Dinner (Vol. 1); All the Other Nuggies (Vol. 2); A Very Scary Pumpkin (Vol. 3); Oui Oui, Gigi! (Vol. 4); and If I Could Climb Trees (Vol. 5). You can learn more about the Nuggies book series by visiting: GetNuggies.com

Giveaway:

Enter to win an autographed copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, by Jeff Minich—plus a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A Dyson Supersonic hairdryer
  • A complete autographed set of the Nuggies series
    • A copy of If I Could Climb Trees: Nuggies: Vol. 5, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Oui Oui Gigi: Nuggies: Vol. 4, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  A Very Scary Pumpkin: Nuggies: Vol. 3, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  All the Other Nuggies: Nuggies: Vol. 2, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  Daddy Forgot My Dinner: Nuggies: Vol. 1, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich

Value: $518+

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich

Value: $19.95

Giveaway begins September 26, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 26, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

Prizes provided by Jeff Minich

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I recently had the chance to review a Men’s genuine leather wallet by Kinzd. It was the Crazy Horse Men’s Slim Bifold Wallet with RFID Protection. I was very impressed with this rugged looking men’s wallet. It has a very nice suede feel and was expertly crafted.

 

It arrived in a black gift box, so easy to wrap and gift. The details are very nice. The wallet is stitched around the edges and opens to reveal multiple pockets for credit cards, license, membership cards etc. there are small pockets on each side of the card holders and a large bill pocket.

 

The wallet is nice and slim and the leather has a distressed look that is very appealing. This wallet is perfect to give as a gift to any man. With the holiday season coming up, this would make a great gift!

See our video review below:

 

We have some good news, we are having a giveaway. Enter below for your chance to win your own Crazy Horse Men’s Slim Bifold Wallet by Kinzd.

 

Giveaway:

Kinzd  is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of  Kinzd, Crazy Horse Men’s Leather Slim Bifold Wallet with RFID Protection! Thank you to Kinzd for the review wallet and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Open to US Residents in the contiguous 48 states.

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Just in time for summer reading, Welcome To Wonderland 2:Beach Party Surf Monkey  the second book in this new illustrated series by Chris Grabenstein, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics.

P.T. and Gloria are back with a diverse cast of characters in this entertaining middle grade paper over board series filled with madcap escapades that kids will not want to put down. 

There’s always something wacky happening when you live at a motel, and P. T. Wilkie has grown up at the world’s wackiest one yet! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood will be filming their next movie-BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY-right in St. Pete’s Beach, P.T. and Gloria know that Wonderland would be the PERFECT location.

Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (Crazed fans? Missing stars?!) it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before the movie AND the Wonderland are both all washed up!

Read an excerpt HERE!

We love this book and it is not one you will be begging your kids to pick up, more than likely, you will need to beg them to put it down when it is time for dinner or bed. Keep them reading and engaged over the summer with this exciting adventure.

We want to add some excitement to your summer with a great giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win your own paper over board copy of this book below.

Giveaway:

Random House Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey! Thank you to Random House Kids for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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It has been a sad and stressful week in our house. My uncle, my father’s brother, passed away. He was my last living uncle and the only “grandfather” my youngest children knew, since my father had passed away before they were born. I was very close with my uncle, especially after my dad died, 10 and a half years ago. Even though he lived a long life, it was still sad to lose such a beloved man.

After this week we are definitely in need of some time to enjoy some much-needed family time. That is why I was so happy to recently receive Let’s Go PJ Masks on DVD as an Official PJ Masks Blogger. This DVD has six action-packed episodes, plus a super new music video and a bonus set of stickers! Tonight we will pop some popcorn, grab some candy and drinks and settle in for a family movie night in front of the TV.

Our kids are excited to see Catboy, the real parade leader save the day from Night Ninja, even though he does not think he can lead the Ninjalinos without his drum. They can’t wait to see what happens when Luna Girl turns a sleeps-walking Cameron into her very own human puppet and it is up to the PJ Masks to save the day…but Gekko needs to stop messing around first.

So I am off to get things ready for tonight. How do you celebrate Family Movie Night at your house? I would love to hear all about it in the comments. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this DVD.

Giveaway:

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Do you take a lot of photos? I sure do! I love my DSLR and how easy it is to share, save and edit my photos instantly. While it may be ideal to share your photos through email, social media and online photo sharing sites with your family and friends, there are benefits to being able to print and share photos at home.

Imagine taking a rare family photo with all your aunts, uncles and cousins at your holiday gathering. Sure, you can tell most `you will post the photos to Facebook and that will be good, but what about Aunt Harriet who does not have a computer and thinks if she tries to use one her identity will be stolen? Wouldn’t it be nice to send Aunt Harriet, Uncle Earl and Aunt Ethel home with that rare group photo? It sure would be, and it can be hassle free!

All you need to do is insert your SD card or use Wi-Fi Direct and print from your smart phone with the Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab.

This unit was so easy to set up, we inserted the 1 ink cartridge and let it go through a 4 minute set up. Then I inserted my SD card and it was so easy, my 7 and 9-year-old were able to select their favorite photos and print them. The pictures were great quality, the colors vibrant and the image was clear and sharp. Check out our video review below:

 

This compact unit is small on size and big on features! It uses MicroPiezo inkjet technology to create detailed prints at 5760 x 1440 dpi at up to 5 x 7″, ideal for snapshots and family photos. You can also set the layout to print multiple photos to one page. You can use 3.5 x 5″, 4 x 6″, and 5 x 7″ paper, as well as No. 10 envelopes, for producing your most common and convenient photo sizes. It is fast, capable of producing a 4 x 6″ photo in about 36 seconds.

Have a big family? No worries, everyone can go home with a copy without having to reload the printer because it can hold 50 sheets of plain paper and 20 sheets of gloss photo paper. It is versatile and will power up with the conventional power plug included or you can use a USB 2.0 cable to connect to a USB port.

You can do some photo editing directly on the printer like cropping, removing red-eye and more. There is only one ink cartridge to install and the dye based ink is rated to last up to 200 years in album storage. The photos are scratch, water, smudge and fade resistant.

I will be inserting a video review of this printer so you can get an up close and personal look at the unit. While you are waiting, would you like to enter our giveaway for your chance to win one of these awesome units of your own? You can enter by using the widget below. We added the PM-400 to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings!

Giveaway:

Epson is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab. Thanks to Epson for the review product and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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I know, When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette may sound like a weird title for a book but what a book it is! Max Davis grew up with a church that turned him away from God. Everything was not allowed, no Christmas Trees, no music in church, no TV etc. It turned him off so much that when he met the woman who would later become his wife in high school, he told her flat-out he would never go to church with her. Ah but he did, what he found was something completely different, there were instruments, there was singing and it was about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It changed his life.

Since that time he has come to understand that Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things, sometimes supernatural things, through us! This book is hard to put down. It is especially helpful for those who are hurting and weary from worn-out religion and aire longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. This book will make you laugh, cry and come face to face with Jesus through the heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus appearing in ordinary people. This reaffirms that Jesus is fully present in us and our everyday circumstances, especially in difficult times.

I have a lot on my plate right now as I am sure most of you do. Yet, when I received this book, I could hardly put it down and could not wait to pick it up again. The stories spoke to me, they even mirrored some things I was going through or struggling with. They also were a welcome reminder that Jesus is very much alive and the Holy Spirit lives in us from him. In a world that can be bitter and hard to swallow at times it is nice to know that at the most opportune time we can be touched by Jesus through anyone, even a stranger in the coffee aisle at the supermarket. It also reminds us of the way we are blessed with the presence of Jesus in us and what a gift that is!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this inspirational and uplifting book? Just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:

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If you are looking for some challenging quests, tricky game and love to explore new worlds, I have just the game for you! Step into a mystical gateway as you enter a place called Halfworld. It is there waiting for you to unravel its myriad of mysteries. You are on a quest after your father, a famous researcher who devoted his life to the exploration of enigmatic portals vanishes. As you embark on a journey to a place where universes collide and intersect, you enter the dimensional crossroads known as Halfworld.

Challenge your intellect, explore breathtaking locations and meet dynamic characters as you teleport yourself in this out-of-this-world adventure to get to the bottom of mysteries that span realms and defy time and space. Can you find your father and decode the enigmas of the Twin Moons? Only time will tell! Are your ready to embark on your quest? If so, you can download the game HERE for FREE.

I don’t play many games but when I am in the waiting room or delayed somewhere, I will. This is the kind of game I like because it lets you use your mind, is challenging. The mini games break it up and add variety.

This initial version already has:

  • Nearly 700 absorbing quests to tackle
  • 95 collections to assemble
  • 18 stunning scenes to explore
  • Three thrilling mini-games to play
  • Unique characters and dozens of powerful tools
  • Game Center Support

Requirements: compatible with iPad2, iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, iPad Air2, iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 8.0+ firmware

Languages supported: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
We have added this game to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings! I hope you give the game a try and let me know what you think.


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Looking for some help in the kitchen? How about some very powerful help? The Vremi Super Power Blender will be your best friend. It will win you over with its ability to whip up fruity frozen delights or its power to pulverize greens into gazpacho in record time!

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The blender has a powerful 1400W motor and includes an oversized 2L pitcher, measuring cup and tamper. See my unboxing video below:

 

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I am in the middle of some major home renovation projects and my kitchen is one of them. In fact my kitchen is about to be dismantled and I don’t have anything in it anymore. I whip up a quick frozen fruit smoothie with this blender and show you a great way to clean it in the video below.

 

It is a very nice looking blender, sleek stainless steel and very powerful. We think it would make a wonderful and very useful addition to any kitchen. You can find it on our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. We have a special present for you too, a giveaway!

 

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Tis’ the season for sending packages. When you are shipping packages and want to print your labels at home, it is important that you weigh them accurately. If your package weight is off, you will either pay more or risk the package being sent back or sent to your recipient with fees owed.

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Some people rely on bathroom scales but they are not made to weigh packages. They also can be highly inaccurate. Do you earn extra income selling on eBay or Amazon? If so, you really need to have something better than a bathroom scale.

I want to share a scale I found to be perfect for all my shipping needs. It is the the Smart Weigh USPS UPS Digital Postal Scale.

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This scale is heavy duty and has a weight capacity of 440 lbs. It features a high quality stainless steel platform and has an easy to read LCD display. This scale is great for home or office use.

 This scale has some very nice features, use the TARE option to consecutively weigh multiple items, the PCS function accurately gives you a count of items that weigh the same. This scale operates on a 9 Volt battery that is included but it also has a USB cord to use as an additional power source. The scale can display the weight in kg/g/lb/lb:oz and comes with a 2 year warranty.

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I was very impressed with this scale, I weighed a variety of items including my kids and my husband, a new vacuum, a 10 lb bag of sugar and more. It was highly accurate and I like that you don’t have to lean over to see the reading. The display is able to be placed eye level or on a counter so that it is easy to read and not obscured by a package.

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I have the protective film on still, it is beautiful stainless steel underneath. The OCD is telling me to leave it on so it stays nice. lol

It is easy to operate and has a beautiful gleaming stainless steel platform. We really like the versatility of the USB cable and the high weight capacity. It is really nice to have a shipping scale with a large weight capacity like that. I can even weigh my dogs on it! We think this scale makes a great gift and are adding it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Would you like a chance to win one just like this? If so, enter below through the Rafflecopter widget. Check out all the Smart Weigh products, they have scales for everything!

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I love baskets, they lend such a warm and cozy touch to any room and they are incredibly useful. I like high quality baskets because they are made to last. The craftsmanship of the Peterboro Baskets Co. is something I really appreciate. I have several of their baskets and have collected them for more than a decade. One of my favorites that I always have people commenting about is my coffee basket as shown in this post. That basket is useful and so attractive. Peterboro makes their furniture quality baskets right here in the USA!

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I love large baskets, the oversized picnic basket I recently ordered has a hinged wood lid and is perfect for storing a multitude of things. It is also a great picnic basket to take along when you have a big picnic lunch. I can’t wait for summer to use it for packing up our lunch and snacks when we go down to our dock on the lake. I can get everything we need in it and it is easy to carry.

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It is also great to store books, toys, yarn, throws, magazines and more. It really works well to keep the things you want at your fingertips in a neat and organized way.

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This basket is available in natural, driftwood, cherry or honey stain. I chose the honey and the color is beautiful. You can even make it really special by adding an optional small or large plaque to the front. That would be perfect for celebrating an engagement, wedding, anniversary or more.

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Founded in 1854, Peterboro Basket Company is the oldest continuous manufacturer of baskets in the U.S.A. Every basket is one-of-a-kind due to the fact they are made by hand.

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We think Peterboro baskets like this and others make great gifts and we are adding them to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings! If you would like to have a chance to win one just like this in the color of your choice, enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Have you ever felt a stuffed animal so soft you could not stop yourself from touching it over and over? If you have not, you have not been up close and personal with a Cate and Levi’s Stuffed Animal. We recently welcomed a Cate and Levi Handmade Stuffed Bunny into our family. Our bunny is one of a kind because they are all handmade of premium reclaimed wool i Canada, no two are the same! The fun thing is that you never know what your bunny will look like until you open the package. I love the color/pattern combo we were sent.

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This bunny reminds me of a bunny my daughter has had since she was very little. I can see how a child would love a bunny like this for life and how it would find its way to a college dorm room just as my oldest daughter’s bunny did. My little kids love this and I do too. It also makes a lovely room accent. We love it so much we are adding it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

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This bunny is no small fry, it is approximately 22″ in height. The bunny can be hand or machine washed and you can machine dry on low.

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Check out my video review of this adorable bunny:

 

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If you wake up with a running or stuffy nose, have a dry cough, sneeze often, suffer from itchy or watery eyes, the culprit causing your allergies may be your home. Dust, pollen, pet dander, mold and more can be found in most homes. Here are some tips for a cleaner, healthier home.

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Get rid of wall to wall carpeting and padding and replace with hardwood, tile or other impervious flooring. Carpeting is a magnet for just about every allergen, walking across them sends releases those allergens back into the air. If it is not possible to get rid of all your carpeting or if you have to do it little by little, start with the bedrooms.

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Double up on the door mats, have one outside and right inside the door to minimize the chance of introducing irritants into your home. It is also a good idea to remove your street shoes at the door and encourage your guests to do the same.

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Curtail the curtains and drapes. Opt for blinds or shades instead because they trap fewer allergens than window treatments made from fabric. If you must have curtains or drapes, make sure to get ones that are machine washable and wash them often. Vacuum blinds and shades once a week with a brush attachment, wash them regularly with warm water and soap especially if you keep the windows open often.

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Many are allergic to mold and with over 100,000 different species of mold in the world it is hard to get away from. Mold loves damp places that is why it is so prevalent in bathrooms. Make sure you dry surfaces of standing water and make sure your bathroom has adequate ventilation. Replace caulk around sinks, tubs and showers to prevent water seeping in and encouraging mold growth behind the walls.

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Check under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, make sure there are no leaks or drips that will be a breeding ground for mold. Also check for rodent droppings another allergen.

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Use a vacuum with a Hepa Filter to vacuum floor surfaces, mattresses and upholstered furniture. After that, vacuum with a UV-C Light Vacuum like the Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Vacuum.

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Vacuuming with this can leave your home surfaces 99.9% germ and allergen free! The ultraviolet light technology is built into the vacuum and can eliminate dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria, mold, allergens, flea eggs and more that are lurking in your home.

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This portable vacuum comes with a brush and crevice tool attachment. This is a great way to clean your home and destroy germs and viruses like MRSA, H1N1 and more without the use of harsh, harmful chemicals.

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Vacuum bedding, mattresses, furniture. floors, rugs and more. Eliminate odors by killing odor producing bacteria.

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The 400 watt motor and cyclonic action ensure maximum power and suction, and easy empty, bagless design and 2-stage micro-allergy filtration prevent recirculation of pollutants.

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Using the same UV sanitizing technology  that’s been used for over 30 years in hospitals, food processing facilities and water treatment plants, CleanWave’s germ reducing  light can penetrate a micro-organism’s cell membrane damaging the DNA, preventing growth and killing the organism.

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Check out my video here of how easy it is to use.

I love that I can take this anywhere, it is easy to operate and has a safety feature that automatically turns the light off if it is not on a flat surface. It is easy to empty and gives me peace of mind. We have allergies in our house and using this vacuum is making a difference.

Would you like to win one? If so, enter the giveaway below. We like this vacuum so much we are adding it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Babies who are teething have a new best friend! Meet Sammy The Squid, his squeaks will have baby squealing with delight. The variety of textures and chewable parts will make Sammy a friend your baby will want around all the time.

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This teething toy is part of the Brain Builders Collection from The People Toy Co. Sammy may seem a little pale but it is a good thing! There are no added colors for  safety. The unique shape holds your baby’s attention, soothes sore gums and helps develop multiple senses.

Check out our video review of this teething toy below:

You can purchase this teether on Amazon. We like it so much we are adding it to Mommy Ramblings 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

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As we move into the holiday season, I want to share a great gift idea for little ones. Say & Pray Devotions: First Words, Stories, and Prayers  is a nice, sturdy board book by bestselling children’s author Diane Stortz. This book is a perfect beginner devotional for little ones learning words. What is especially nice, is that this book not only teaches words but helps teach kids about learning and following Biblical principles.

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The fun style of artwork and educational elements that were in Say & Pray Bible are in Say & Pray Devotions. Teaching the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing Biblical principles for life is easy with this book. Little ones love saying all the words that represent the things they see on each page. This method of associating the word for the item helps with learning sight words which in turn develops their earliest reading skills.

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We are adding this to Mommy Ramblings’ 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. If you would like to purchase the book, you can do that HERE. We also have a giveaway below where you can enter for a chance to win a copy of this great book for little ones.

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Fall weather is boot weather! If you are looking for some new boots, check out the Women’s Flirt from Lugz. This is an everyday, go-to boot that takes the classic work style boot and gives it a fashionable facelift!  This boot features a chunky, leather wrapped wooden heel, permahide upper,  padded tongue, flexastride memory foam insole and padded collar. lugz-2016-1

I love that these boots provide great traction whether I am walking in wet leaves, snow or sleet. The durable lug sole gives me the confidence  I need to step out in any kind of weather.

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The Flirt is available in black gum, black, golden wheat and brown gum. I chose the black gum and love the look of them! Enter below for a chance to win a pair!

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You might not be familiar with compression arm sleeves. If you aren’t, there is no better time to start getting acquainted with them all the benefits they offer. Keep reading to learn about 6 health benefits that compression arm sleeves like SLEEFS can provide.

Protection

Compression arm sleeves work as an added layer of protection over your skin. If you are playing contact sports, they can help protect you from bumps, scrapes and cuts that could occur as you go up against other athletes. They also protect your arms from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Many people use them on one arm when they are driving. If you are the kind of person that likes to drive with the window down and your arm out, you need an arm sleeve!

Promote Blood Circulation

When you have a sports injury, it can cause you to have poor blood circulation in the injured area. In turn, that can cause swelling and inflammation. Compression arm sleeves can help improve the blood circulation which can prevent swelling and inflammation while promoting healing.

Regulate Body Temperature

Do you play outdoor sports? If you do, wearing compression sleeves help regulate your body temperature. No matter if it is hot or cold outside, they help keep your body temperature regular.

Preventing Muscle Soreness

Compression sleeves serve to loosen up your muscles so they won’ t hinder your performance. They will also work after to prevent soreness and tightness.

Helps Injuries Heal Quicker and Muscles Recover Faster

The increased blood flow caused from wearing compression sleeves helps your body heal quicker and your recovery time from injury can be significantly shorter.

My daughter is a runner and cyclist, she loves compression arm sleeves! She likes the way they feel and the way they regulate her body temperature when competing. She is running in the upcoming New York City Marathon and the weather has suddenly turned quite chilly. Having Arm Sleeves is a great way to deal with those fluctuating temperature changes.

A great site for arm sleeves is SLEEFS. About a week ago I placed an order for a couple of pairs. They have sizes for kids right through to adults. There are lots of styles and colors to choose from and you can even design your own! My daughter selected the Gorilla style in honor of Harambe.

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I ordered a purple lightning style that looked really cool. You can order one sleeve or two depending on your needs, we ordered pairs.

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So have you ever tried arm sleeves? If you have, I would love to hear how you use them. If you have never tried them, check out SLEEFS and try some today! If you are in New York City for the marathon, cheer my daughter on, she will be the one with the Gorilla arm SLEEFS on!

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It is never too early to read to your kids. I started to read to mine in utero. I even had that Dr. Seuss book that was made to be read to your unborn child. When they are born and as they grow, keep reading to them. Sometimes those eager little hands can wreak havoc on the pages of books. As a book lover, that stage made me nuts. I soon learned sturdy board books were the option for us.

I want to share a great board book with you today. Baby, Baby! by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Allie Busby is a short rhyming poem book that celebrates the discovery and wonder that fill baby’s days. At the end there is a special reminder that Baby is always loved by God. This sweet book  is perfect to add to any new baby gift or first birthday present. With the holidays fast approaching it would make a nice little Christmas gift for your baby or one that is close to you.

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The book features such adorable illustrations of babies doing all kinds of things from riding in the stroller to banging on pots and pans. At the end a baby safe mirror is on the page to show baby who it is that God loves. Babies love to look at themselves and they will have so much fun seeing their reflection in this book.

Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Baby, Baby!

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I love reading aloud with my kids. This summer we had the chance to check out Time Traveling With A Hamster by Ross Welford.

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This book is packed with adventure and time travel. 12-year-old Al Chaudhury’s dad died when he was just 8 years old. On Al’s 12th birthday he received  a pet hamster, a letter from his dad. The letter directs Al to their old house where he will find a time machine. The time machine is an ancient Apple laptop and a metal wash basin.

His father’s letter contains a mission that will require Al to travel back to 1984 and save his father’s life. You see there was a go-kart accident when he was 12 that is the cause for his death at age 39. If Al can go back in time and prevent that accident, he can change the outcome of events that happened after. Al is given a choice of accepting the mission or not and you can bet Al accepts. Time travel is not easy and Al finds out that going back in time 30 years requires more than courage and imagination. It requires lying to his mom, stealing a moped, setting his school on fire and keeping his pet hamster safe through it all.

This book makes a great read aloud book you can read a chapter at a time with your kids or one that older kids can read on their own. It is a really fun book to read together and leads to lots of great conversations afterward.

Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such asThe Big Breakfast, The Morning, and Bridezillas. This is his first novel. Follow Ross on Twitter.

So are you excited about this new book? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

 


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After my mom died, my 87-year-old dad was living alone and I worried about him. Even though I lived only a few houses away, I wondered, what if he fell or had a medical emergency? That was when I got him a medical alert system that he wore on his wrist to call for help.  It gave me great peace of mind to know he would be able to immediately call for help if he fell or had a health issue.

My dad has since passed away but I was thinking about how medical alert systems are not just for the elderly but could be a life saver for anyone. They are especially helpful for individuals living alone especially in remote areas.

I remember the day a friend’s dad fell shoveling snow off his walk. He could not get up, the temperature was frigid and there were no close neighbors. My brother found him thankfully or he would have frozen to death.

I have a very close relative who is in his early 60’s, not elderly but a very active and vivacious man who lives in a remote location. I thought a Bay Alarm Medical Alert unit would be perfect for him. He is always doing work on his property out in the country. He chops wood, loves home improvement projects, mows with his tractor and maintains numerous bird feeders all over his yard.

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I wanted to help eliminate the stigma that a medical alert system is only for the elderly. I hoped he would be open to testing it out and indeed he was. The system we received included a main console, a secondary help button, which we mounted in the bathroom, a pendant, wrist unit, vial of life and a pair of Boomba socks.

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It was a very easy process to set it up and literally took about one minute. All we had to do was hook the main console unit up to the phone line. It is advised to test the unit after installation by pressing one of the help buttons.

We pressed the button on the pendant and a Bay Alarm Medical operator promptly answered through the main console and asked if we needed help. We knew quickly everything was ready to use in an emergency.

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Bay Alarm Medical sends a form that you can list the people you want called in an emergency in addition to 911 if necessary. Another helpful thing that comes with the system is a magnetic Vial of Life which can be filled in with any medications taken. It can be placed on the refrigerator using the magnet on the back. This will assist paramedics in an emergency situation.

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Inside the package was a pair of Boomba Socks, they come with every subscription as a Bay Alarm Medical partner. For each pair of socks they give away, they’ll donate an additional pair to the Socks in the City Program at the St. Anthony’s Foundation.

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The In-Home System like we installed for our loved one is Bay Alarm’s most popular unti and trained operators can respond through the main console 24/7. It does require a landline but there is an In-Home Cellular unit that gives 24/7 medical alert protection without a wired phone connection. That unit is powered by AT&T’s 3G Network.

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The Automatic Fall Detection unit works with both landline and cellular in-home alert systems and can automatically call for help if the individual cannot. They also have a GPS Help Button which literally can go anywhere because it has the speaker and button together in a compact mobile unit!

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I hope he never needs to use it but knowing he is only one button away from getting the help he needs gives me great peace of  mind.
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If you would like to learn more you can check out all the Bay Alarm Medical products on their website. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop with them.
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So did you ever think about getting a unit like this for a loved one? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment and let me know.

 


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Father’s Day is tomorrow and my husband got an early present, a bacon bouquet! You probably think that sounds funny but he really did. He is not really into flowers, truth be told he does not know the difference between a flower and a weed most of the time. That has led to some huge problems when he decides to just weed my flower beds without telling me, but let’s not go there now.  Back to the bacon. My husband likes jerky so when I found out I could get him a Chef’s Cut Real Bacon Jerky bouquet it was a no-brainer. Chef’s cut handcrafted bacon jerky has real ingredients and is slow-smoked to crispy perfection. This man’s bouquet is perfect to celebrate the special Dad in your life.

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The  Bacon Bouquet arrived in a bouquet box, and included 8 packages of bacon jerky in 3 different flavors: Siracha Style, Maple Style and Applewood Style. My main beef with bacon is the nitrates so when I found out Chef’s Cut Bacon Jerky was nitrate free…you really can have your bacon and eat it too! Beyond that my husband thought it was an awesome Father’s Day Gift! He said it was really tasty and he loved the varieties. It is also much healthier than you might think.

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The jerky is made with uncured bacon that is marinated in chef-crafted seasonings. Each piece is a thin, crispy piece of hog heaven because they smoke each piece slowly. Chef’s Cut has no MSG, no Nitrates and is Gluten Free. Bacon and Jerky Lovers of the world know that is something to rejoice about. If there can’t be bacon flowers, at least there can be bacon bouquets!

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You can see all Chef’s Cut products on their website and stay in the loop with them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

I received a bacon bouquet as a blogger working with Chef’s Cut and #SocialBttrflyCo. All my words and views are 100% my own as always.

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If you live in the northeast or will be visiting soon and are looking for family fun destinations, we have you covered! Camelback Resort Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark  is located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. This resort features Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast that opened in 2015. The waterpark is awesome!

 

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There is a lot to do for kids of nearly every age. The lifeguards are very attentive and collisions in slides are avoided as they pay extremely close attention to make sure the first rider is out completely before allowing another rider down the slide.

Penguin Play Bay is an area that even the youngest kids can enjoy! Multiple swings, small slides,  water activities and of course some shallow water to splash and play in provide hours of tyke size enjoyment.

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Kartrite’s Quest is a large area that offers fun for kids 40″ and above. Prepare to be soaked as a large bucket on top dumps water on unsuspecting guests below. Kids have so much to do in Kartrite’s Quest! They can splash, slide, play basketball, test their coordination and so much more!

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There are many slides throughout this area that vary in size from pint size to ultra grande! Small open and tube slides are great for kids to start out on. When they have their slide groove totally on, they can go up the stairs and ride any or all of the 3 large slides atop the quest! Out ‘N Back Trek & Silkroad Runner Slide are 2 of the larger slides for kids and adults alike.  Then there is the Lava Luge Bowl Slide that shoots riders out into a large bowl area.  We rode all these slides and had a blast!

There is a pool area where the water is a max depth of 3’6″ and features the Ally-Oop Lagoon. The lagoon has several basketball hoops on the wall and multiple balls so everyone can try their hand at some water hoops. There is a large artificial tree in the center of this pool that separates the sections. Off to the other side is the Croc-O-Nile Crossing. A series of floating platforms along with an overhead climbing type rope ladder that kids can hold onto as they make their way from platform to platform tests their coordination and navigation skills. If they do fall in they have to start over and cannot climb on a platform from the water.

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The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool is a large pool that turns into a wave pool intermittently with the sound of a loud fog horn.

 

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Children regardless of how well they swim need to wear a life vest if they are under 42″. There are life vests available for all ages supplied by the lodge. This policy was not enforced until our last day and our little guy was so upset when he was told he had to wear a vest based on his size alone. He was upset since he had been in the pool the entire stay without one and knows how to swim very well. This same situation played out many times with many other kids during that day.  It would be best if all lifeguards followed the same procedures so the kids don’t get upset. I think  there should be some type of water test for children who may be short but are good swimmers to allow them to go without the vest.

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The waves are very fun and the wavepool was one of our family’s favorite things. We spent many hours in that pool.  The lifeguards on duty at the wavepool  are very attentive and constantly scanning the water for anyone in trouble. Our kids had a blast in that wave pool and never tired of it. There are clear round tubes guests can use in the wavepool to sit in or hold onto. Guests are also able to just stand or free swim.

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The Lost River was another favorite spot. There is a  current that guides you around in a single tube, double tube or you can free swim it. Cascading waterfalls at certain points will get you wet if you don’t navigate away from them.

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The Venus Slydetrap is a 608ft. raft ride for 3-6 people. This is what we considered a family ride but our little guys were hesitant to ride and so we had to skip this. It looked really fun and I was disappointed not to be able to try it.

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My husband and 9-year-old went on some of the free-falling slides-The Paradise Plunge and the Skydive Plummet that looked very intense. They had a blast but they were not for the faint of heart!

The Bombora Flowrider  is an action packed surfing simulator. Guests can surf or Boogie Board and show off their amazing skills to the people who gather to watch. My husband gave some Boogie Boarding a try! There are lessons available in the morning and after closing. The waterpark is open until 9 pm.


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Mystic Springs is an indoor/outdoor warm spa lagoon with hydrotherapy jets. You can enter indoors and proceed to go into the outdoor section even in winter.  The hot tub can be used by everyone and is not just 18 or older. This may or may not pose issues for you. The issues we saw were some youngish teenagers  that were making out in there. There is also no lifeguard in the hot tube area and it is to be used at your own risk.

There are cabanas that you can rent if you so choose. Towels are provided but they are small. There are lockers and changing rooms. There are plenty of chairs, tables and lounge chairs around all of the attractions.  There is food available, but it is the typical chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fries, pretzel type stuff.  Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed in. GoPro and similar action  cameras are not allowed to be used on the rides.

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It was not crowded when we went so there were no issues with that. I know from prior reviews they used to have the park open to the public and not just guests of the lodge. When it was open like that, there were reports of it being too crowded which I assume caused them to give the lodge guests exclusive access.

When you exit the waterpark you walk straight into a large arcade and the air condition can be quite a shock. The arcade seemed to have a nice selection of games but our kids are more the kind that want to be the action so they did not play any games. We all kept busy and active in the waterpark during our stay.

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There are several types of rooms to choose from. Rooms with bunk beds and suites are available. The rooms are not well-lit and are very dark. There is no sink in the bathroom but that is very common in these types of resorts. It does make one think what is on the door handle of the bathroom since you cannot wash your hands before coming out. The bathroom is very small and just has the toilet and tub/shower combo. We had a room with 2 queen size beds and a sofa that also opened to a bed. There was no maid service our second day which shocked me since we had been through most of the towels and thought they would replenish them. There was  no turn down service offered.

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The wi-fi is a bit iffy depending on where your room is located. We had to change rooms as the first room we had did not have a wi-fi signal at all. From what I heard many people were unhappy with the wi-fi coverage. Since I have to be able to log on and write, no wi-fi was not acceptable. When we changed rooms they put us near the front desk and we did have a good wi-fi connection.

The staff in the lodge could benefit greatly by some serious customer service training. This is not just my own opinion. Most of the guests we met there admitted the same. At check in, you could hear a bit of arguing among guests and staff as they were told coupon booklets were not valid that clearly showed they were and other issues. The lodge staff was not friendly and cheerful and requests were met with grunts or huffy annoyed breathing complete with eye rolls. That was really annoying and totally uncalled for. However, when you went to the waterpark you forgot that and did not encounter it again until you returned to the main lodge.

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Due to the staff in the lodge we went to eat off the premises. If you want to go out, there are several family and fast food restaurants off site as well as a Shop Rite and Walmart. The rooms have a microwave and small refrigerator with a tiny freezer.  Even with a few more than 2 lumps in this Camel’s back, the waterpark made up for the down side. There are activities you can pay for outside the waterpark like ziplines and other action activities.

We did run into guests who said they got good deals on a room, coupon book and breakfast vouchers on Groupon. If you are planning a trip check out specials. May has a special of buy one night at regular price and get one night at half off. If you have been to Camelback Lodge please share your experience in the comments. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments too and I will answer to the best of my ability. You can follow Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Keep following us as we bring you more great family friendly destinations in the Northeast.

 

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We are starting to really fire up that grill now that we are almost into the unofficial start of summer. If your grill needs a bit of spiffing up from a mostly unused winter or just cleaning between grilling, I have the product for you! This USA Q’Grill BBQ Stainless Steel brush is all business!

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It is strong and durable and made to last. It will also cut your cleaning time down because it gets your grill clean 3 times faster than conventional grill brushes. The brush’s ergonomic design and sturdy construction offers unparalleled durability. You can see it in the polymer enhanced handle that feels great and looks great! The stainless steel bristles offer a horizontal 3 in 1 grill cleaning that will get your grill sparkling clean fast. So no matter what your entertaining schedule looks like this summer, cleaning your grill will be fast and easy!

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See my video below to get up close and personal with this awesome brush.

You can purchase it right on Amazon, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. Makes an awesome Father’s Day Gift too! If you do get it, let me know what you think.

 


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Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Who is the best Mom Ever? Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your mom or maybe it’s your daughter, niece or best friend.  If you are looking to show someone they are the Best Mom Ever, Got Me Tipsy can help. Got Me Tipsy has practical, beautiful, glass mugs that say just that. Isn’t that a great gift for celebrating Mom any day? I think so. What a great reminder to have as moms start their full days every morning. It is a positive affirmation for them and just starts the day off right like the coffee inside it.

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I love my mug, I always have loved glass mugs and this mug is such great quality. It is heavy-duty and the words on the front really perk me up. It holds 13 ounces of my favorite beverage. The mug is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Got Me Tipsy has a lot of other great sayings on glass mugs like this for all kinds of gifts or for yourself. You can also find this and their other products right on Amazon. Click the link at the end of the post to shop.

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I am not a cloth diapering mama and I make no excuses. It is nothing that every appealed to me. Sure the prints are cute and they look sweet but when reality hits, those adorable diapers…well, let’s just say…not for me. However, as a blogger, one focused on bringing you great products, I go outside my comfort zone to showcase products you might love. So if you are a cloth diapering mama, you just want to keep reading.

Recently I was contacted by Snuggy Baby to see if I wanted to review one of their All In 2 diapers. Again, with my audience in mind, I said sure. I have to say the diapers are very cute. I chose one with adorable owls and woodland animals on the fabric. I also pick a hemp insert. These diapers are designed to fit babies from 8-35 lbs. There are 4 rise settings, cross over snaps the cinch and crotch and bottom snaps.

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The hemp insert has a removable infant insert is inserted in the diaper alone when using for a newborn. It can then be added back to the middle of the inserts as an extra soaker pad for larger babies. It took a little time for me to get the liner in the diaper but I am sure it was because it was my first time doing anything like that. You are supposed to wash the inserts several times before use for maximum absorbancy.

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If you want to see my video review of the diaper, you can check it out below. I apologize as it is not the best and I fumbled a bit but it is what it is.

 

Snuggy Baby also has baby wraps, wet bags, doll slings and more. If you want to win a $30 Gift Certificate to Snuggy Baby then just enter the giveaway below. If you use Snuggy Baby diapers feel free to tell us what you think in the comments.

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Back today with some great product finds I recently tested and recommend to my readers. First, if you are looking for great coverage in an Oven Mitt. One that really goes the distance up your arm to keep you covered and safe from burns and splatters, Crucible Cookware truly delivers. These are such awesome oven mitts. They are extra long and can be worn on either hand. Mitts are textured for a great grip and provide way more than just hand protection, they cover the lower part of your arm as well. They feel nice too with the cozy, quilted lining. They are quality made and available in red or black. You can order them right on Amazon. Check out my video review below for more:

 

Now back to the classics, classic shaving gear that is. This 100% Badger Bristle Shaving Brush by Perfecto is perfect for achieving that great lather that facilitates an awesome shaving experience. The handle fits so nice in the hand and provides a secure grip. It fits in most shaving stands and can be used for way more than shaving. Did you know you can use them to do detail cleaning of your keyboard, car dash, get deep in the crevices of hand card furniture and decorative moldings, polish shoes, use for powders, great for gun cleaning and much more. See our video below and if you want to learn more or purchase this classic Perfecto Shaving Brush, it is available on Amazon.

 

The final product for today I want to share is the Mocase Bike Bag. This is a great bag that fits over the center bar of your bike. This bag has plenty of room to carry your gear when cycling. It is easy to remove and has a removable strap to carry it. There is even a waterproof cap inside in case you get caught in the rain or want to be more visible. It has reflective trim that allows you to be seen by vehicles at night. There are lots of compartments and a bungee on the top you can secure things under. See my video review below for all the details. If you like it for yourself or someone else, you can check it out or order right on Amazon.

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Let me know what you think.

I was provided with products to facilitate my reviews. As always I only recommend products I love.


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Tired of fumbling around trying to find the right key? Hate that big bulky key ring with sharp jagged keys sticking out of your pant’s pocket or sliding all over your purse. Would you like to find a better way to streamline those keys?

Well, if you answered yes, I have the answer! Isn’t that good news, when it can be so hard to find a solution or answer to many of life’s questions, I am going to give you this solution right now! How awesome, then you can spend the rest of your day finding answers to all the other unanswered questions floating through your mind.

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KeySmart Pro is the answer to taming that messy, cluttered key ring of yours. I could tell you so much but you know if a picture speaks 1,000 words this video easily has to speak thousands more!

Pretty cool don’t you think. You can see all KeySmart has to offer on their website.  I love my KeySmart Pro! Let me know if you decide to tame that messy key ring with KeySmart Pro.

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When I was younger my mom bought these awesome radios that looked like they had a TV screen in the center. She bought 3 of them and they were all different colors. When you turned the radio on, the “TV screen” would light up with colored lights that flashed in beat with the music. One of my friends loved then so much, she still talks about them till this day.

Technology has surely changed since the late 70’s hasn’t it? It is amazing how far we have come. Those radios my mom bought way back were cool but today I am going to show you something to really blow you away. I had the chance to test out the Havit Lighthouse, outdoor, wireless, Bluetooth, LED Speaker.

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This is so much more than a speaker! It is a lantern, it is a power bank to charge your mobile devices, it’s an FM radio, it can play music from a card, audio cable connection or Bluetooth connection. It has voice prompts and it has awesome colored LED lighting options that are beyond cool! We absolutely love this speaker and I bet you will too. You can buy this right on Amazon-there is a link to the product at the bottom of this post. Check out our video below.

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• Driver: 6 ohm
• Bluetooth Version: 2.1
• Color: Army green
• LED Power: 3W
• Output Power : 10W
• USB Output: DC 5V,1A
• Power Supply : DV 5V,Li-on battery,8000mah
• Charging Means: USB
• Bluetooth: Yes
• TF card : Supported
• Speaker:10W
• Power Bank Function:Yes
• FM Function: Yes
• Size: 18.7x12x12cm
• Weight: 1066g

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Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not like using any type of toxic products. You will not find Bounce dryer sheets, Tide detergent, Cascade, Scrubbing Bubbles etc in my home. I will not expose my family to those carcinogens. As the mother of a cancer survivor, I wish everyone would become more aware of the toxic chemicals that manufactures try to shove down consumers’ throats. They think nothing of poisoning consumers so that their profit is greater and they can pass more along to their number one priority which is their stockholders.

Beauty and skin care products can be some of the most toxic products around. It is scary thinking that people spread these toxic products all over their skin which is the largest organ in the body. It makes me cringe. This does not mean that I forgo beauty products, it just means that I do my research and choose healthier options. Recently I discovered Mascli. Mascli is on a mission that aligns with my ideals. They want to bring awareness to consumers of the dangers in the products that line the store shelves and beauty care aisles. They want to provide healthier,safer, non-toxic alternatives that are far superior to the products most consumers are using.

I recently tried a bottle of their anti-aging moisturizer called Awakening. Awakening comes in a glass bottle with a chrome color pump top. It is beautiful on the outside but the ingredients on the inside are where the true beauty is. Awakening uses 100% certified organic oils and vitamins E & C, Minerals, Antioxidants and Omega 3 6 9 Fatty Acids. It is a unisex moisturizer perfect for men or women and won’t leave men smelling flowery or perfumey.

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You might expect a moisturizer to be a lotion or cream but Awakening is a mix of essential oils and so the consistency is like that. It does not feel greasy and it smells nice. It absorbs quickly and hydrates skin. It is recommended to use 2 times a day so I apply in the morning and then apply my makeup right on top. You rub it on your face and neck with your fingertips in circular upward motion. Highest concentration should be on the brow area and the jaw line. At night after cleansing my face, I reapply and just go to bed. It is really working to hydrate my skin, making it firmer and gives it a healthy glow.

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Awakening is a revolutionary product and I have not run across any other anti-aging moisturizer like it. Watch my video review below to see more.

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Do you love family breakfast time? A big weekend breakfast with pancakes, bacon, maple syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice sounds great doesn’t it? How about taking the fun factor up a notch with fun shaped pancakes. Think it sounds like a lot of work or is too hard? Well, you might be surprised to find out that it is not hard and it actually is a very fun process. It is so easy to make pancakes in fun shapes using the batter pen and fun silicone molds from Kitchen Khancepts.

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The batter pen is easy to fill and easy to clean because both ends unscrew. Just fill it up with your favorite pancake batter and then squeeze it into the molds that you have placed in your pan or griddle. You can also use the pen for cake batter making it easy to fill cupcake molds. Everything is food safe materials and BPA Free. Take a look at our video below to see how it works.

 

 

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You can find this great pancake set on Amazon and if you want to take a look just click on the link below. Let me know what you think.

 


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We are moving into spring, the weather is warming up and soon the kids will be out of school for summer. Are you looking for fun outdoor things to do? How about camping? Even if it is in your own backyard, a family camping trip can be fun. You can start the night off with a fire in the fire pit, make s’mores, catch fireflies, have a sing a long and just talk and reconnect under the stars.tent pic 1

Kids have a blast camping out and you will make memories to last a lifetime. If you are looking for a nice 3 season tent for 2-3 people, you might want to take a look at the Semoo lightweight, waterproof, 3 Season Tent. This tent has a fun, vibrant orange color scheme. It is easy to set up. We put a tarp under ours. It comes packed in a duffel bag so that it is easy to transport.

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The tent has a large front door with a screen window and the back of the tent features a screen window too! There are interior pockets on the left and right side of the interior of the tent. These pockets are great to hold your wallet, smartphone or smaller items.

Check out our video below to see all the great details. If you want to take a closer look there is a link at the end of the post to the Amazon listing.

I hope you and your family have some great adventures this summer.


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I love essential oils and my stash was getting a bit out of control. I needed a place to store it all so the search for a quality essential oil bag started. I recently ordered a Gogobag Essential Oil Case and I am so happy! It is a nice hard shell case with dual zipper closure and carry handle.

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It holds 30 bottles of 10ml and 15ml oils according to the manufacturer’s description but it also held 5ml bottles. I love that it holds so many bottles so I can easily store it anywhere and it is effortless now for me to take my oils anywhere. Great when we are traveling too. The cases are black and available with either blue, green or pink accent coloring.

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Check out my video below to see more great details about this Gogobag Essential Oil Case.

 If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments. I will do my best to answer any questions and respond to your comments.

I was able to purchase this case at a discount in return for leaving an honest an unbiased product review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

 


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I love using essential oil diffusers in my home. They are so beneficial in numerous ways. I love the aromatherapy effects that the diffused oil produces. There are so many diffusers on the market and you may be confused with all the choices. Like anything you have the subjective factors like one’s taste and preferences. Some like  diffusers that have multiple LED light options, others do not, some like larger diffusers, others prefer smaller ones,  some like the gently bubbling sounds and others are bothered by the sound. You also need to consider where you want to place it in your home or office.

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I can speak to you about my preferences and taste. I love large volume diffusers. I adore the LED lights that change or remain fixed. To me they are very soothing and relaxing. I like a diffuser that has a very good mist output. I have found all that and more in my newest aroma ultrasonic diffuser from Aiho. You can see my video below.

 

This diffuser has awesome features. It has a huge 500 ml capacity! This diffuser will run for hours without needing to be refilled. Large volume diffusers like this are great to run overnight or all day without having to be refilled. There are 2 mist settings-low and high, the diffuser of course will run longer on low. The lights are so nice and can be set to change colors or stay fixed on one color. There are seven light colors but each one has 2 shades of intensity. The lights can also be turned off. There are timed run options starting at one hour and going up in increments. It also has a constant on until empty when the unit will shut itself automatically when the water tank is empty.

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This diffuser has nice clear markings so you can add the amount of water you desire from 100 ml to 500 ml. It also has a gentle and soothing bubbling sound as the ultrasonic diffuser works to push the oil through the water volume and into the air. The cord on the plug is nice and long and allows you to have a lot of flexibility on the placement of the unit. I truly love this diffuser. If you are looking for a high-capacity diffuser with great LED lights, choice of mist speeds and run time options, you should check this out. It is available right on Amazon.

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I have always loved dolls and doll houses. I did as a child and as and adult, I am still an avid lover and collector of both. I am amazed at the number of adult collectors of Lundby Swedish Doll Houses. There are many groups on Facebook alone dedicated to long time and brand new Lundby Doll House Collectors.  I have been collecting Lundby for a few years now. You  may remember my previous posts about my Lundby Smaland Doll House. Lundby smaland Doll House stock

 

I am here to show you some new additions to our Lundby doll house. First the biggest addition is really getting ready for Winter and swapping our Garden for the Winter Garden. We put away the trampoline and the race car because the garden is covered in sparkling snow. There is a small hill where the family has fun skiing and sledding. A snow-covered stone wall with a stylish gate surrounds the garden. Smaland Winter Garden

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We added the Winter Family so that Mommy, Daddy, Sister and Brother are properly dressed for their winter activities.  Then of course the Smaland Winter Accessories with backpack packed with two thermal containers, plus 2 sets of skis. The set also includes a sled, a snowman and a “snowball pile” with real light!

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We added some new interior furnishings as well. A set of Nursery Baby Furniture with a crib, bedding and changing table/dresser combination. This collection includes an adorable Chest with 3 drawers, a Crib with bedding, plus a sweet Teddy Bear to cuddle at night or during naps. Lundby Baby Furniture

We added the Lundby Smaland Aquarium Set as well. The realistic aquarium is filled with 3 colorful fish and a seahorse. The aquarium is pre-wired with a working light and looks wonderful when lit.  Two potted geraniums are included to spruce up our Smaland house decor. To complete the look,  a gorgeous painting by artist Lisa Rinnevuo is included. This exquisite work of art is reproduced from one of the artist’s real paintings.

 

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For more than 65 years Lundby Smaland – pioneers in doll house lighting and design – has for offered high-quality collectibles, inspiring creativity to stimulate play and design. This accessory set is appropriate for children ages 4 and over, with adult supervision. Lundby gets its name from the Swedish village where Grete and Axel Thomsen first began creating and selling clever dollhouse furniture in 1947. Lundby continues to delight children and adults alike with lovely, high quality dolls houses, furniture, dolls, and accessories.

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Harry Connick Jr. takes a true departure out of his comfort zone in his new album released today, That Would Be Me. For the first time in 25 years, he worked  in the studio with outside producers on this album which continues to stretch boundaries and embrace the plainspoken instincts that have guided him throughout his life.

 

When talking about the new album, Connick half-jokingly confided: “It’s the only time I’ve violently thrown myself out of my own comfort zone,’ enthusiastically agreeing to work in the studio with two ‘external’ producers.  The noted collaborators he’s chosen are acclaimed musical craftsman in their own right –  Producers Eg White (Sam Smith, Adele, Florence And The Machine), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pink, Weezer, Fall Out Boy). The result is a riveting album full of surprises and stirring musical conjurations, delivering great songs and new insights into a prolific artist who Butch Walker, himself, has called ‘an American musical treasure.’

TRACK LISTING:

1.       (I Like It When You) Smile
2.       (I Do) Like We Do
3.       Tryin’ To Matter
4.       Songwriter
5.       Do You Really Need Her
6.       You Don’t Need A Man
7.       You Have No Idea
8.       Where Prisoners Drown
9.       (I Think I) Love You A Little Bit
10.    Every Time I Fall In Love
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I actually liked the second half of this album this best. I think it is because I am a sucker for love ballads.  So not hard not to believe that Every Time I Fall In LoveYou Have No Idea followed by Love You A Little Bit were my favorite tracks. Yes, this album was a departure from Harry’s usual style but not a derailment by any means. It is true reaching and stretching out of our comfort zone we can discover the best things await us there.

Are these the best things for Mr. Connick Jr. I highly doubt that he has reached his peak. He may say he is one year closer to dead in I Like It When You Smile but I think it is safe to say, “Harry there’s a lot of life in you yet and a lot of music in your soul!” 

You can find this album on iTunes and Amazon. Check out the official Harry Connick Jr. Website and Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

 

I participated in the That Would Be Me album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

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With more and more time spent on our computers, tablets and laptops it is inevitable that we will have a mug of coffee, tea or other beverage around our work area. This can lead to very unfortunate and devastating consequences if drink gets spilled. Travel mugs are good but they tip easily and if you have the top open which most do it will spill when knocked over. How about a mug that did not need any fancy maneuvers to get it to stay secure in place and stay upright even if you knock into it accidentally? One that was super secure but you could just lift right up to take a sip and then place it down and it would not tip.  Does that sound impossible. I am sure it does but then you have not met the Mighty Mug. Let me introduce you.

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Developed by a team of industrial designers and mechanical engineers, Mighty Mug, is the world’s only Mug that grips to your desk when knocked into, but lifts naturally.  Mighty Mug is powered by an innovative and patented Smartgrip Technology. Simply place Mighty Mug down on your desk and it creates a powerful airlock which allows Mighty Mug to resist accidental knocks to help avoid spills. When you lift Mighty Mug the pressure is instantly normalized allowing the airlock to release and Mighty Mug to lift naturally. You need to try it to believe it.

 

Mighty Mug Go comes in a variety of colors and holds 16 oz. It is BPA free, fits in car cup holders, is dishwasher safe and comes with a 100% Happiness Guarantee!  I tried the Might Mug Go in Lilac and I was very impressed at how it worked. It effortlessly performed exactly as stated. It gives me such peace of mind, I am a wreck when one of my kids comes bounding in my office with the energy of a tree monkey and I have a cup of coffee on my desk. Now I don’t have to tell them a dozen times to be careful, watch out, don’t hit my cup.

 

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Do you love the taste of homemade thick cut french fried potatoes, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, friend zucchini and more but don’t like the fat, greasy mess and calories?  If so, you are going to love the Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100.  This sleek Airfryer uses Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results. Fry, Bake, Grill or Roast your food for you and your family. Its time you experienced this revolutionary way to cook your food. Dont Fry Your Food, AirFry Your Food. ab-airfryer100r-ls1-l

This appliance is like a Mini Convection Oven. AirFryers work the same way as convection ovens, but better. The fan technology removes the fats & oils from the food, by allowing it to drip through the drip basket. It then AirFrys the food by lifting the oil and making your food airborne by coating it. It does this continuously throughout the cooking process. The result is, you don’t need to use oil. Meaning less waste, fewer calories and less guilt.

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The Air Fryer uses a combination of high-speed circulation, which makes the hot air rapidly circulate within the AirFryer. All the ingredients within the non-stick food basket will be heated at once, as the heat will come in through all sides. This guarantees that with the Avalon Bay Airfryer your food will be cooked evenly due to the optimal heat distribution. The 30 minute timer lets you customize the settings to cook your favorite foods the way you want.  The AirFryer turns itself off when your food is cooked and the timer dings. The AirFryer has a fully adjustable temperature range from  200-400°F.

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Features:

  • Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results
  • Mesh metal basket helps provide extra crispy results.
  • Safety Element: 30 minute timer
  • Hassle free clean up with dishwasher safe parts
  • Stainless steel 304 heating element

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With the Avalon Bay AB-AIRFRYER100 you have so many choices when it comes to cooking or reheating food for your family. The 3.2L mesh metal basket has a quick release allowing you to easily remove it. This striking red shaded AirFryer from Avalon Bay has a compact design and a stainless steel 304 heating element. The non slip feet, you can be rest assured that it will stay in place and not slip off your bench top. A unique feature on this appliance, is its top handle, which is great for carrying and storing away conveniently. For a quick clean-up this Air Fryer does come with some dishwasher safe parts.airfryer 100 red

What We Love:

We love this AirFryer because it is so sleek and secure, it does not move when cooking and with kids we do not have a safety issue.  When you fry in the conventional way, it is messy and dangerous. You can not leave the frying foods unattended and there is always the risk of splattering oil burning the person preparing the food or someone nearby. Oh and you know what is amazing, you can even bake a cake in it! It’s great to have the food we love without the calories of conventional frying.  If you want to try eating healthier the Avalon AirFryer is a great way to get the taste you love without the mess or calories you hate.

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See our video review below to see how we made the thick cut fries pictured above:

Thick Cut Fries:

Five or Six Large Potatoes

1.5 Tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt/Pepper To Taste

This is such and easy recipe, just peel the potatoes and cut into thick homestyle fries. Put the fries in the basket and coat with extra virgin olive oil. Cook in the AirFryer for 10 minutes. Take out basket shake and return to fryer to cook 10 more minutes.  Remove fries to plate and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

 

Do you have an AirFryer?  If so let me know in the comments. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments as well.  I look forward to reading your comments and questions.  Follow Avalon Bay on Facebook.

 


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Recently I tried to adjust my favorite coconut oil, chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute almond flour for white flour.  The problem was the cookies spread out way too much and were like crepes.  I added more almond flour and the second batch was better but still way too thin.  They tasted good though, so I know if I keep experimenting, I will come up with the solution.

In my search, I did find it would be best to chill the dough and I will try that next time.  In the meantime, I tried another recipe for Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies and this one used baking soda instead of baking powder like mine and I decided to try it and chill the dough.  The cookies did not spread out but they did not take like a chocolate chip cookie like my first recipe.  The taste and texture is more like a macaroon.  They are very good, but I cannot believe there is such a huge difference in taste and texture.  This recipe almost tastes like flaked coconut was added.  Like I said, it is very good, just not what I would call a chocolate chip cookie.  I would refer to it as a chocolate chip macaroon cookie, lol.  Anyway, lets take a look at how we make these  and I will update with the other recipe and post pics of the first go round on that as well.

For my almond flour, I used the Morning Pep brand that is available on Amazon.  It is made from 100% all-natural Certified Gluten-Free by GFCO blanched almonds. The flour is ground very fine so it gives baked goods and sweets a rich flavor and moist texture, contains no preservatives or additives.  Morning Pep Almond Meal Flour is a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin E, protein, iron, magnesium and calcium. Morning Pep Almond Flour is considered pasteurized by the USDA and The Almond Board of California.

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Almond Meal Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (More Like A Macaroon In Consistency)

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
    • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 2 Large Eggs
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Fine Grind Sea Salt
    • 3-3-3/4 Cups of Almond Flour (dough was too soft with 3 cups so I added about 3/4 cup more)
    • 1-1/4 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
    • 2/3 Cup Toasted Walnuts (Optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a silicone baking mat or line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In your mixer bowl  cream the butter, extra virgin coconut oil and brown sugar. Next, add the vanilla and eggs and mix until blended.

Add baking soda and sea salt.  Add the almond flour one cup at time, beat well after each addition. I felt the dough was too soft after adding 3 cups of flour and gradually added more, I would say about 3/4 cup more.  Dough was still soft  but not as soft as before.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated in the dough, if you are adding the nuts, add them now and mix.

Chill the dough for at least an hour. Scoop with a small cookie scoop onto the lined cookie sheet and bake immediately for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Let cook and remove to baking rack to cool thoroughly.  Yield about 3 dozen with the additional flour.

 See our video below of the process:

 

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I received 2 bags of Morning Pep Almond Flour to facilitate my review.  As always my words and opinions are 100% my own.

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The Pridebit Julienne Peeler lets you easily peel your vegetables with one side of the blade and with the opposite side of the peeler, julienne them effortlessly. The peeler has a 2 in 1 blade that will peel even tough vegetables like squash and eggplant easily.

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Food prep is easy with this versatile tool made of professional quality stainless steel that maintains sharpness even after washed in the dishwasher.  The peeler comes with a handy cleaning brush to help you clean out any small vegetable peels and then you can just rinse them and put right in the dishwasher.

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See our video below of it in action.  You can purchase the peeler on Amazon.com. There is a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee! Let me know what you think.

I received this peeler to facilitate my review as always, my words and views are 100% my own.

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Summer is just about here, if you’re like me you’re probably busy making summer plans. We have some nice day trips planned and since we live on a lake, we really love the summer! Keeping the kids active and cool all summer long may seem like a huge undertaking especially if you don’t have a pool or lake nearby.  How about your own water park in your yard?  Wouldn’t that be a great way to keep the kids busy, active and cool all summer long?  It is so easy with Blast Zone’s Inflatable Crocodile Isle Water Park with 2 Slides!

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This huge inflatable is only about the size of an extra-large folded sleeping bag when deflated.  The magic occurs when you attach the UL listed blower, in mere minutes, before your eyes, it inflates into a child’s dream-their own water park!  With a large pool area and 2 long fun slides, climbing wall, lookout platform and spraying water they will have hours of fun, playing and keeping cool.

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Simple to set up, and one tip we want to share to make things easier is  to get a very large tarp to put under the inflatable. The tarp makes it easy to move the deflated water park on the tarp to different areas of your yard. The other advantage with the tarp is that it is easy to cover the deflated and dry inflatable when it rains.  We keep our inflatables out all summer and using this method our inflatables are in great shape year after year.

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To set up, all you do is unpack the inflatable, quickly attach the water hoses and sprayer to the handy velcro holders, tie the little air out take and hook the included blower to the yellow intake and turn it on.

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Features

Dual Sides

Massive Splash Area

Upgraded Tail Walls

Climbing Ramp

Upgraded Climber

Safety Netting

Commercial Vinyl Impact Surfaces

Double and Quadruple Stitching

Included Fan W GFCI

Included Storage Case

Inflates in Seconds

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UL Listed Blower

Sprayer Assembly (Water Parks Only)

Carrying Case

Instruction Manual

Instructional DVD

1 Yr Warranty on Inflatable

1 Yr Warranty on Blower

“2 Yr Promise” on Kit

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When inflated you can secure with the included stakes to keep you inflatable safe and secure and there are even stakes for the blower.  Then simply attach your garden hose to the hose that extends down the back of the inflatable and secure.

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Turn on your water supply and the water will spray out of the spray heads located above each slide  and eventually fill the pool area,  Now you could fill the pool area too if you like and then connect the hose to the back as well.  We do it the first way and it works fine.  now if you live in the mountains like me and do not have truly level land you  will find areas of the pool that are deeper and areas where it is very shallow but my kids never really care about that and given we move it around all the time the changes in the water of the pool is fun.

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One big advantage the Crocodile Isle has  over the Ultra Croc we have is that with the climbing wall in the front they kids do not exit the pool to climb up to the platform and go down the slides.  This means that they will not be tracking grass, leaves and dirt back into the water and slides.  I really like that!  This is a huge inflatable, 14′ D by 22′ W by 8′ H  with room for up to 6 kids to play at once. The rugged Crocodile Isle Water Park is constructed according to Blast Zone’s strict quality and safety standards, using double and quadruple stitched, reinforced polyester oxford. Commercial-grade vinyl is used on the climbing and slide surfaces, adding extra strength and longer life to the unit. As with all our products, the Crocodile Isle comes with Blast Zone’s industry-leading warranty and customer support.  There is a handy storage bag to hold the inflatable at the end of the season for storage.

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Please note, we just turned the water on that is why it is not showing much in the inflatable. The water fills it very nicely and creates a refreshing splash pool!

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As a blogger I have a brand relationship with Blast Zone and have tested many of their products over the last several years.  I  can tell you that when you are making a purchase like this, you want a quality inflatable, one that is not just going to last for one season.  Over the years we have reviewed many inflatables from Blast Zone and do you know that all of the ones we reviewed we still use and they are in excellent shape.  Multiple years and they look great and provide year after year of enjoyment. As a parent it only makes sense to invest in a product that is going to last and not one that is trashed at the end of the season.

You can see some of our other reviews of Blast Zone products HERE!  There are videos to show you the products in action.  If you have any questions please ask.  I have a lot of experience with the products and would love to assist you with your questions.    The Blast Zone products are available for purchase on Amazon. Recommended for ages 3 years and up. Max weight on inflated structure is 300 lbs. If you have a Blast Zone product I would love for you to tell me what you have and what you love about it.  If you are looking to buy one, share with me which you think you will purchase.

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You may also like to see video reviews of ours for the following Blast Zone products: Rainforest Rapids, Pirate Blaster Water Park, Ultra Croc Water Park and the review for the  Wet/Dry Hang 10!  Keep up with Blast Zone on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter.

I received the Crocodile Isle Water Park to facilitate my review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.


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Our family loves to ride bikes and if you are looking for a fun way to customize your bike or your kid’s bike, I have a great product I want to share with you.  Adding super bright, long-lasting LED rim lights to your bike is so easy.  The Speed Racer rim lights come in packs of 6 lights-2 blue, 2 multi color, 2 green, they are rust resistant, 100% waterproof and able to be used in any terrain.

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They attach to the valve stem on your bike tires. Fits most bikes and has motion sensor LED technology, this ensures durability along with the 50,000 hour of lifetime on the lights.   See our video review below and on YouTube for a real time look at the super bright bike rim lights. The lights come complete with the AG 10 batteries. You can purchase these lights on Amazon.com.

 

Let me know how you have customized your bike or your kid’s bikes.  Have you added rim lights?

 

I was provided with these bike lights to facilitate my review, as always my views and words are 100% my own.

 


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Car Chargers for our smart phones are essential.  We need to know that we have the capability to charge our phones and mobile devices in the car.  Not only do I work from home and need my cell phone to be ready for me at all times to check and respond to business emails, take and make calls, check on the weather or other important things, it’s a contact point for my family.

 

I recently tested out the white and black +LIFEGUARD Car Charger 2.1 A and I was very impressed.  It has two USB ports so it can charge 2 devices at once, the front glows a nice blue color to show you the charger is working and believe me, it really is bad when you can’t tell and find out the hard way.  This way I know my charger has power and my connected devices are recharging.

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They device is compact and easy to take when traveling.  I am very impressed with it and you can purchase them right on Amazon.  Let me know if you have them and what your think.  Also let me know if you have any other questions about them.  I will be happy to answer them.

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SPECIFICATIONS:
Type: Dual USB Car Charger
Input: DC 12-24V
Output: 5V – 2.1A (Max)

Compatible Devices:
USB Output 1 (+IQ): All devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, Tablets, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Google Phone, Motorola, Sony, cameras, power banks etc.
USB Output 2 (1.0A): Cell phones and other small usb devices.

 

I was provided with 2 chargers by the company to facilitate my review.  As always all of my words and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 


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I have a great universal car mount for your smartphone to share with you.  You can use the K2R Universal Car Mount in the car or even on your kitchen counter.  The adjustable sides ratchet closed to hold your phone securely.  Holder rotates 360 degrees to hold your phone in all kinds of angles for portrait or landscape viewing.

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Out of the package it’s super easy to just connect the 2 pieces and tighten with the lock nut.  Next remove the protective film from the bottom, place on a clean, flat surface and push down on the lever lock to secure.  You will not be able to budge the holder.  When you are ready to release you push up on the lever and pull the little strip on the back and the holder will release, leaving no damage to your surface.

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We tested this mount on the counter at home and in the car and were very impressed with the secure seal and all the viewing angles.  You can see our video review to see it in action.  Please let us know what you think.

 

 


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I love baking bread.  I know what goes in and I love the way it comes out.  I also enjoy the whole process especially kneading the dough.  It’s quite therapeutic and I have an easy way to make sure it doesn’t stick.  I just knead the dough on the dual-use silicone pastry and baking mat from 1Easylife. The mat provides a large non stick surface for me to knead the dough.  It also comes with a free 15″ wooden rolling-pin.  I like that the mat has measurements in inches and cm all along the sides as well as different size pie crust circles.

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There are so many quality features in this mat, it’s the thickest mat on the market with a thickness of .7mm, simple to clean and takes up no room to store because it can be rolled.  You can also use it in the oven to line a cookie sheet and it is heat-resistant up to 480 degrees F.  With proper cleaning the mat is safe from micro-organisms and it is odor resistant. A very large 25″ by 15″ mat that gives you plenty of room to make your pastry, knead dough or bake lots of cookies on.

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You can see our video review below:

 


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It’s a momentous milestone when your child graduates from college.  My daughter (my oldest) graduated from college as a double major, so she earned 2 Bachelor degrees.  That was a proud time, but she didn’t stop there. She continued her education and we are getting ready to celebrate another graduation.  Graduating with honors and a 4.0 GPA she will receive her Masters in Public Administration.

What’s more impressive, is she started a 6 week internship with an agency (will not give the name to protect her privacy) soon after starting school. They were so impressed with her work in those few weeks, they never let her go. She will be hired full-time in an executive position after graduation!  She has been working for them full-time and going to school at an accelerated pace. It makes me really proud that she could do all that and maintain her honors status.  She is also going to be receiving some very impressive awards from the university in her field of study which is really exciting.

When you think about the work and sacrifice that is put into earning a college, masters, or higher degree, you want to make sure that you honor the graduate and also their achievement.  As we draw closer to graduation season, graduation gifts are a topic of interest.  If you have a child or relative graduating this spring, Church Hill Classics has gorgeous Official School frames that are unlike anything I have seen before.

I am so excited, about a week ago I ordered one for my daughter’s diploma from their website.  Her university was one of the official schools they have frames for.  I was able to choose from a selection of frames and then I could customize with mat color, frame color, frame style and more.  I chose the Presidential Gold Engraved Diploma Frame and customized with the black suede mat, solid hardwood, rich mahogany frame and upgraded the glass to the conservation UV plus reflection control.

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A couple of days ago a huge box was delivered.  I had to check it out and I was very impressed.  It was packaged very securely and arrived in perfect condition.  The pictures don’t do it justice because the flash and the upgraded glass don’t want to be friends, but it is gorgeous!  I cannot wait for her to see it with her diploma!  I will definitely update with that!

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Church Hill Classics frames are made proudly in the USA.  The video below will show you how they create these magnificent diploma frames.  You will be amazed at the quality of craftsmanship and expert care that is taken to ensure every customer receives a museum quality frame to protect and showcase their hard-earned  diploma.  #EarnItFrameIt

Church Hill Classics has graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  They will be offering one lucky blog reader a code to order a diploma frame ($200 value)!  Thank you Church Hill Classics for the beautiful review frame and for sponsoring this graduation giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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National Craft Month LakeshoreMarch is National Craft Month and Mommy Ramblings is celebrating!  Time to let your creativity shine and Lakeshore Learning has everything you need  for painting, stamping, drawing, coloring and craft projects of all kinds.  We recently took some time to get our craft on with Lakeshore’s Washable Watercolor Brush Pens, Super Safe Tabletop Paper Center and the Mini Stampers Marker Tub.

The Tabletop Paper Center is made of quality hardwood and is super sturdy.  The rubber feet on the bottom of the base keep the unit super secure on the table.  There is a paper guide that you thread the paper under and can use to safely cut it to different lengths for projects. The 400 ft paper roll is included and the paper is quality and thick enough that nothing went through to the table, not even the paint! The dowel inserts through the roll and then fits right into the table top base.

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We had stamping fun galore with the Mini Stampers Market Tub which includes 50 markers in 10 different designs. Never had to worry about anyone waiting to use the same stamper as there were five in each design.  This stamper set would make great party favors too!

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Mini Stampers Lakeshore Learning

 

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The watercolor brush pens were an easy way to have watercolor fun without spilled water cups or constantly having to dip your brush in water and paint.  With gentle pressure you can paint with the brush tip of the pen.  The colors are vibrant and washable!

Lakeshore Watercolor Brush Pens

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Lakeshore Learning March is Craft Month

We had so much fun with all the great Lakeshore Learning, Arts and Crafts Products we reviewed and we are so happy to let you know that Lakeshore Learning is providing me with the same 3 products to giveaway to one lucky blog reader.  Thank you Lakeshore Learning for the review products and for sponsoring this crafty giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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The Lakeshore Learning Arts & Crafts Bundle Includes:

Tabletop Paper Center and 400 ft. Roll of Art Paper

Super-Safe Tabletop Paper Center

Mini Stampers Market Tub of 50 Mini Stampers in 10 Designs

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Set of 8 Washable Watercolor Brush Pens

Lakeshore Watercolor Brush Pens Set

 

Lake Shore Learning Arts & Crafts Bundle Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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