Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and congratulations to our winners: Rosie, John and Amanda B.!

And a big thanks to our sponsors, Truly’s Natural, Good Earth Beauty and Numi Tea!  Please check out our review of their products and other great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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If you missed out on this giveaway, or weren’t a winner, be sure to enter our next giveaway later this week!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Giveaways!

Mother’s Day becomes twice the holiday after you have kids.  We still get to honor our own moms with a thoughtful gift they can actually use, and receive some macaroni art or undercooked pancakes from our own kids.  Whether you’re looking for something your mom will appreciate, or (like us) treat ourselves to something special in celebration of being a mom, here are some great ideas!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Mad Hippie Oil

mad-hippie-oilAntioxidants aren’t just good for your diet, they’re good for your skin, too!  That’s why we love the Mad Hippie Oil from Mad Hippie Skin Care.  Despite being an oil, this moisturizing blend doesn’t leave your face looking greasy. It has a light, pleasant scent and a little goes a long way.  The dropper makes it easy to extract just the right amount for your face and neck.
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Easter Basket Gift Ideas and Giveaway!

Who Loves Me? Personalized Book

who-loves-me-bookIf you’re looking for a gift that is more meaningful than a new dress and more lasting than a plastic egg full of jelly beans, we recommend the personalized book, Who Loves Me?, by I See Me! This colorful and thoughtful read includes the name of your child in the title, for example, “Who Loves Emily”.

Upload a picture of your child to be displayed on a dedication page along with their full name, and choose up to 6 names of those who love your child best to be incorporated into the story.  Each of these names is featured on a page spread along with a lyrical rhyme of that emphasizes the depth of their love.  For example – and this is a paraphrase – ” Mama loves you more than the mountains and more than the streams…”.  The sentiments are nature based and accompanied by a collage-style illustration that reminded me of Eric Carl.  Think colorful hand-cut painted papers that are layered to create vibrant images.
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And The Boken Diaper Bag Winners Are…

boken-bag-2Congratulations to Alicia and Kelly!  They have won a Boken Every Day Bag in their choice of color.  Thank you to everyone who entered for your participation and support!

boken-bagIf you didn’t win, you can still purchase this versatile, compact diaper for yourself.  We think this bag is perfect for busy parents, since it can be worn as a messenger bag, backpack or carried as a tote and is compact and machine washable.  The design and variety of colors are such that even Dad can carry it without feeling like he’s lugging around a “diaper bag”.

Check out our full review here.

Boken Bag Review and Giveaway

boken-bagIf traditional diaper bags are not your style, a convertible Boken Every Day Bag might be just the ticket.  It’s made from machine-washable, water-resistant material that easily wipes clean and can be worn as a cross-body messenger, tote or backpack.  For great pictures of the bag in-use, visit the Boken website.

The multipurpose bag features detachable messenger and backpack straps, a big mesh pocket and zip pocket on the inside, a baby bottle pocket and mesh water bottle pocket on the outside.  It has easy access pockets on the front and comes with an extra large diaper pad.

boken-bag-2As if it weren’t versatile enough, the Boken Every Day Bag folds into a small zip pouch perfect for storage and ideal for traveling since, when worn as a backpack, it distributes weight evenly to reduce back strain. That said, don’t confuse this for a travel backpack.  The straps are not padded and the bag isn’t structured enough to make it replacement for a traditional day pack.  Of course, it is much more compact and lighter than a day pack.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Kids

Chuao Chocolate

chuao-chocolateWe usually stick to non-edible gifts at our house, but it’s hardly Valentine’s Day without chocolate!  Lucky for us there’s a lot of great chocolate available these days, since we’re going for quality over quality. One of our new favorites is Chuao Chocolate.  They have a great variety and fun flavors that appeal to grownups and kids alike.

Our current favorite is Chuao’s Oh My S’mores.  It combines two of our favorite treats, chocolate bars and s’mores; no campfire required!  Waffle Wild Strawberry is another great choice for kids, or how about Potato Chip?  Or Firecracker? As if chocolate needed help being more fun!
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Book Review: Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Spending-The-Holidays-With-People-I-Want-To-Punch-In-The-ThroatThe first thing I did when I got my hands on Jen Mann’s book of holiday essays, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, was look at the chapter titles. Right away I could tell I was going to thoroughly enjoy it, I mean, how could anyone not like a book filled with chapters like “Why You Wont’ Be Invited To Our Chinese New Year Party This Year, Or Ever” and “Like A Neon Virgin In Guess Jeans And Swatch Watches”? Well, maybe you…you probably don’t have the refined sense of humor that I possess. Even if you aren’t as funny as I am, you still might get something out of this clever book.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Giveaways!

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral-fusion-nail-polishA jar of Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is the perfect size to fit in a stocking.  Their formulas are 100% Vegan, Toluene Free,  Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Cruelty Free.  Plus, they have some really sparkly colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

For extra variety, choose a Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Set and get three coordinating colors in one!

 

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

justins-peanut-butter-cupsAlthough we try and stay away from stuffing our stockings with sugary treats, it’s cruel to exclude them all together!  That’s why we love Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not only are they 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and have Zero Trans Fat, they are made with “Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa”.
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Holiday Gifts for Kids and Giveaway!

Strider Bike

strider-bikeWhat’s more classic than finding a bicycle under the tree Christmas morning?  If your kid is old enough to walk but not ready for a bike with pedals, there’s no better introduction to bicycling than a Strider Balance Bike.

Since both feet are on the ground, the rider gets to move at the pace that makes them feel comfortable, whether that be at walking pace or faster.  The best part of the balance bike is that the rider masters the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.bell-helmet

If you’re going to give a bike, don’t forget to include a helmet!  We like the Bell Toddler Helmet because you can adjust it for the perfect fit and it has extended rear coverage for extra protection.
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!

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I come from a family full of teachers and have seen the best and the worst gifts possible.  Generally speaking, they really do feel like it is the thought that counts, which speaks to the altruistic nature of teachers. Unlike your postal carrier, hair dresser or garbage man, society doesn’t expect you to gift teachers and the holidays.

It’s certainly most common for elementary teachers to receive holiday gifts, so keep in mind that your thoughtfulness will even more appreciated by secondary education teachers, teacher aids, and any of the support staff.

If you’re compelled to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work, there are a few do’s and don’ts.  Just remember that nothing is expected, and sometimes the best gift is just a heart-felt handshake and verbal thank you. Oh, and don’t be offended if they decide to re-gift it to their hair dresser.
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