My family is big on tradition. Every year we have the same routine for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year we will be adding a new tradition with Gourmet Gift Baskets.I'll be waking up early in the am, while everyone is still asleep, and start making breakfast with all
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Diamonds are no longer a girls best friend. These days when you ask a lady what she wants for her special day, it's likely she's got some kind of makeup in mind. In the days of social media and hashtags like #WakeUpToMakeUp, all girly girls are addicted to their makeup. There's something about waking up bare faced and taking your selfie, then getting all dolled up and posting your selfies side by side to show the dramatic difference.
I've always worn makeup. I've just never been all about the brands like some girls. If I can find a good makeup I usually stay faithful to it for quite some time. I hate the thought of spending money on a brand I may not like, so i stick with what I know.
I was recently introduced to an amazing brand called Artistry. The Artistry takes brand takes beauty forward, beyond boundaries. As one of the world's top 5 largest selling premium skincare brands, their success is guided by three pillars; Discovery, Imagination and Invention.
Artistry was started in the 1950's by a woman, for women. Today the brand offers specialized skincare and on-trend makeup designed to meet the diverse needs of of women of all ages around the world.
One of the products I tried that I was simply amazed with was the Signature Color Light Up Lip Gloss with an extra moisturizing formula-enriched with jojoba and avocado oils, it gives lips a luxurious, vibrant shine, with sheer to medium coverages available. But the best part? Apply anytime, anywhere with the built-in mirror and LED Light. You know how hard it is to apply your lip gloss in the car on a dark night? Now you have a light and mirror all in one making it easier than ever to perfectly apply your favorite shade of gloss.
Speaking of Lip Gloss, I highly recommend the Artistry Signature Color Velvet Lip Kiss Trio. This kit would make great stocking stuffers and gifts this Holiday season. It comes festively packaged and has a color rich, full body formula that glides over lips like a gloss but dries to a matte finish with lasting color.
Discover the glamour of bolder, thicker lashes with Artistry Signature Eyes Volume Mascara. It boosts lash thickness by up to 600% in an instant. Create your most beautiful lashes ever with a new generation of bold volume. The advanced brush technology surrounds your lashes for up to seven times the fullness. My lashes have never been long or thick, but with this mascara I instantly have both.
And now for a girls favorite product, well accessory, the BRUSHES!!! We all know that makeup is only part of what you need. In order to apply that makeup your going to need a good set of brushes. A good brush can make all the difference when your applying your makeup.
The Artistry Brush Set. These are seven of the must have brushes for expert application. It includes a powder brush, blush, eye shadow, eye contour, eye liner/brow, eye brow/lash, and lips brush, and a beautiful carrying case with room for all of your favorite cosmetics.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
The iconic, best selling toy from the 1980a, who remains as one of history's most successful, trusted and cherished children's entertainment properties, is making a huge comeback. Teddy Ruxpin is more lovable than ever before and brings Magic and Friendship to story time with interactive technologies and features! He enjoys telling tales and singing songs with friends ages 3 and up, making him the perfect companion. Teddy Ruxpin is embedded with innovative technologies which include color, electronic LCD eyes that react in fun and surprising ways as he tells tales and sings songs. The new soft and cuddly 14" tall Teddy will have the core features and play patterns that parents and grand parents fondly remember, and will still read stories to children with a motarized mouth. There are more than 40 full-color eye expressions and animations. These expressions sync to Teddy Ruxpin's emotional state as he takes you on exciting storytelling adventures. Teddy Ruxpin's motorized mouth with talking technology moves whenever he Speaks or sings. Children can start, pause or move on through the stories, using the easy-to-use touch sensors in each of Teddy Ruxpin's paws. Want to fast forward through Teddy Ruxpin's sing-a-long songs? Just touch the Teddy Ruxpin logo on his vest. Teddy Ruxpin is Bluetooth-ready, enabling him to quickly sync with the exclusive story time app on any smart device. Downloading the app is free and easy. There are two convenient and fun ways to play! Mode #1 - Use the free story time app to help new readers advance their reading abilities; view digital books to read along with Teddy Ruxpin on any enabled device! mode #2 - When a device isn't available, kids can enjoy listening to Teddy Ruxpin's stories without the read-a-long app! Teddy Ruxpin comes with three original stories already unlocked with purchase the airship, all about bears and captured by Mudblups! There are seven additional stories available to purchase and unlock in the story time app. With so much fun packed into this fluffy 14-inch toy, Teddy Ruxpin is the ideal travel companion for everything from road trips to visits with grandma. And remember, you don't need a Wi-Fi connection to access your unlocked stories and songs, so Teddy Ruxpin is the perfect pal for story time fun anytime, anywhere!
Teddy was my all time favorite toy as a child. I remember being around 5 years old and waking up Christmas morning to find Teddy and his pal Grubby under the tree. At the time I thought they where the coolest toys ever. I sat for hours at a time listening to the stories. My son's have always asked me about my childhood; what kid of shows I watched, what toys I had etc. So, they where shocked to see one of Mommy's favorite toys available in stores, and this was one toy Momma made sure to get them for Christmas. I'm looking forward to many nights listening to stories with Teddy Ruxpin and my boys, just like my Mom did with me.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Christmas has always been my favorite Holiday. Not just because of the gifts (although that does play into it a bit), or seeing the smile on the kids faces when they open that one gift I swore they weren't getting, but really it's just the ambiance of this time of year. Turning on the Christmas lights while sitting by a warm fire chatting with the family, it simply feels amazing.
Every year on Halloween night as soon as we get back from trick-or-treating, I get my decorations out and get busy. I always get a little side eye when I tell someone i'm decorating for Christmas on Halloween, but the kids love it. Plus there is so much stuff to set out, lights to hang and furniture which needs rearranged in order to fit the tree. I just feel like it's to much work to only get to enjoy a few weeks. The longer I can enjoy it the better. This year I've added quite a bit to my collection. All of it came from Oriental Trading.
Not only are these pieces great for Christmas but I also think they would look really good year round for a primitive/country type decor. We have the really light colored wooden paneling on our walls and it gives a nice country feel to it. I've been buying a few primitive pieces here and there so that I can soon have my entire living room matching the theme.
The Joy picture is even prettier in person. It's got a nice wooden frame and the word Joy spelled out in artful metal on a rustic red wood.
The Holiday Crafted Wood Tree Set ended up alot bigger than I anticipated (which I love). The set adds a really nice "natural" feel to the rest of my Holiday decor. These are great as a center piece or just sitting on your fireplace mantle. The star topped trees can be beautifully arranged to create a Holiday-esque landscape. It comes in a 3 piece set with a large, medium and small tree.
The Autumn Leaves Barn Store is one of my favorite items from Oriental Trading. The rustic metal star with gingham bow and and Fall foliage makes a casually elegant decoration in any room. And just like the Joy Wall Hanging, this piece is a great accent to your Country decor making it great to use not just for the Holidays, but year round.
I'm loving all of these new pieces used from logs. I see people using logs for centerpieces, as cake stands at weddings and parties. They can pretty much be used anywhere or for anything. I love the silver, metal looking letters. It looks really good sitting on my coffee table in front of my Buffalo Plaid-esque center piece (read more about the center piece Here)
Oriental Trading has decor and supplies for every Holiday and occasion you could need. Check out everything they have to offer using the link below. Be sure to follow on Social Media for special offers.
Christmas is near and I can hardly contain my excitement. Spending quality time with my family, the snow laying beautifully on the ground, lights and decorations. It all makes for the most beautiful time of year. I get in the Christmas spirit pretty early, like right after Halloween early. Christmas decorations can take time so I like getting an early start so that the family can enjoy everything a bit longer.
Oriental Trading has a beautiful new Christmas collection this year called Buffalo Plaid. I found many great items to add to my decor collection.
It all started out with this gorgeous buffalo plaid tree skirt. As soon as I saw it I just had to have it. After that it seemed like everything buffalo plaid was just adding its self to my cart (well that's what I'll tell my husband anyway (HaHa). In all seriousness though, I believe this is by far, my favorite Holiday collection. Red and black plaid are sort of like the staple Christmas colors, and then add in plaid which is also a Holiday must have, and you have the perfect Holiday decor.
The tree skirt adds a classic and homey feel to your Christmas tree. It will look log-cabin awesome featured next to a roaring fire in the fireplace. The Plush Holiday Snowman adds the perfect touch sitting in front of he tree. This one was quite a bit bigger than I expected. 20" by 11".
I used the Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray as a center piece for my living room table. You can get the matching bowls and this would also make the perfect dish to serve your Holiday treats. I opted for using the Stringart Table Topper and the Holiday Handcraft Mason Jars to sit right in the serving tray. The mason jars come in a set of three. They can instantly take any space from drab to fab. Each jar is festively painted and wrapped in burlap. Best of all you get that craft look that's oh-so-trendy without any of the mess or stress of making it yourself.
These Buffalo Plaid Cones look absolutely stunning as center pieces or alone. You get two cones, both sizes ranging from around 15 and a half to 18 and a half inches. The plaid fleece has such a Holiday feel to it. I use mine on either side of the Plaid Snow Man Table Topper. The Snow Man itself sits at about 16 inches tall and is beautifully crafted of wood. He's adorable and festive with a buffalo plaid scarf, sprig of berry and holly on his knitted hat and jolly jingle bells. He's also great as a center piece and as a Christmas decoration on your mantle. (He's also 33% off right now).
Check out everything Oriental Trading has to offer with the link below. Make sure to follow on social media for special offers and more.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Crayola has always been a staple brand amongst households across the world for as long as I can remember. Known for their excellent quality and durability, Crayola is also known for helping kids (and adults) to bring out their inner artist.
The Color Wonder Magic Light Brush Deluxe Kit is a gift for parents as much as children, because this non toxic painting set for kids is completely mess free and offers Color Wonder paint refills and additional paper for endless entertainment. Gone are the days when you had to hide the kids paint sets for fear of a disaster occuring. The magical part of this kit is that the specially made Crayola products only reveal their color on the unique Color Wonder paper. They won't work anywhere else. How cool is that? No more worrying about having a beautifully decorated wall by your 3 year old.
The Color Wonder paint is a colorless gel. This particular set comes with size paint pods that all look clear but they magically reveal a color as kids paint on the special paper. The only downside is that the paints can;t be distinguished from each other except by the color marked on their respective lids. With this new magic light brush, once the bristles detect the paint color, they'll light up to match it, that way kids know exactly what color they are painting with. Kids of all ages are sure to be enticed as they watch the magic come to life. (Three double A batteries are needed)
For the budding Fashionistas in your life I highly recommend checking out the Fashion Superstar Deluxe Kit. My 5 year old niece is already more stylish than I am and she loves everything fashion. I knew this would make the perfect gift for her this Christmas.
With this kit kids can use their own style and creativity to design prints, patterns and combinations to express themselves. What I found so great about this particular kit is that after your kid is finished designing an outfit they can then download (after asking permission ofcourse) the free fashion designer app to showcase their designs. Who knows, maybe they will become the next ultimate fashion designer. Fashion design toys are always in trend, and its rare to find one that pairs digital and non-digital activities so well.
This Holiday season you really can't go wrong with Crayola products. Whether you need something to stuff the stockings or the perfect gift, make sure to check out Crayola.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
When my youngest was a baby he suffered terribly with colic. For months I tried everything I could find. I tried gas drops, Gripe water, baths, soothing music, holding and rocking him. Nothing I did seemed to help. Every night around 1 am he would start crying for no reason and continue for hours. It made for a restless baby and a very tired Momma. I just know if I could have found something to help him then my experience would have been better. Don't get me wrong, it was a wonderful experience, but it was tough. There isn't much worse than having a crying baby whom you can't help.
Luckily, for my next baby I'm going to be prepared incase we deal with the same thing.
There are many more products on the market these days that aim to help or prevent colic. The product I trust with holding up to their standards is MAM. MAM recently came out with a new line of baby bottles which help to prevent colic, gas, and reflux issues. The Anti-Colic Baby Bottle has ventilation holes to regulate the pressure balance. This enables the milk to flow evenly and without bubbles. Doing this reduces upset tummies. MAM's new Anti-Colic Bottles are ideal for both newborns and infants. The bottles are available in multiple color combinations and different sizes.
I must admit I'm pretty impressed in not only the concept of helping and preventing colic, but the look and feel of the bottles are really nice. I definitely wish these had been around with my other babies.
MAM's Anti-Colic Bottles have won multiple awards including; New York Family Magazine "Best Bottles", National Parenting Publication Awards, The Bump Best of Baby Award, NCW Eco-Excellence Award and the What To Expect Love It Award.
MAM offers other products like regular bottles and pacifiers, products for cleaning and sterilizing, oral care and teething,cups and teething toys, gift sets and more. I'm obsessed with these adorable Holiday themed pacifiers. Another favorite is the MAM Infant Basics Gift Sets. They come with 2 of the 5.5 0z Anti-Colic Bottles, 2 of the 9 oz, one 2' medium flow nipple, one 3' fast flow nipple, one newborn start pacifier, one Bite and Relax Phase 1 Teether and one soft brush. The gift sets would make a perfect baby shower gift for Moms to be.
We've teamed up with MAM to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win $30 worth of MAM products. Enter below using the Entry Form.
Please visit the MAM website to see more products.
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Do you want to see your children's face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It's an amazing experience - it's joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know!
Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the PackageFromSanta.com was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!
It's such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and PackageFromSanta.com really helped make the magic happen in my household this year! So grateful!
My favorite part of the entire package was the personalized letter I got to write myself. No one knows our kids better than us, so we are the perfect ones to write their letters from Santa. If I had a choice I may have picked a bigger package. One that atleast came with the cookie and reindeer food.
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The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:
Personalized Letter from Santa
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Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
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There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95).
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Thanksgiving is here! What will you be serving your guests? With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner check out GourmetGiftBaskets.com they have the perfect Thanksgiving baskets full of treats and snacks for the foodie, the wine connoisseur, even the beer drinker! . Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket has the best of both worlds.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
I've found that sweet treats are great gifts for the Holiday season. Not everyone on your list is going to be easy to buy for. This can put a large amount of stress and pressure on parents who already have a lot on their plate. One of the simplest ways I've found to relieve that pressure is gifting sweet and tasty treats to a majority of my family and friends for Christmas. I mean, who doesn't love sweets, right?
I found some delicious and affordable treats online from a nice bakery called Barbaras Cookie Pies. Third generation Barbara brings her Mom and Nanas cookie dough recipe to a new level with the introduction of her Original Cookie Pies. Barbara serves as President and Owner of Barbaras Cookie Pies, LLC. She also acts as Chief Marketing Officer for FACT Group LLC.
Barbaras specialty gourmet desserts and snacks make perfect gifts and treats for your own enjoyment or entertaining, business/corporate events and special occasion parties. But most importantly, they make the best gifts for your friends and family.
My absolute favorite item I received from Barbaras Cookie Pies was the Apple Caramel Cookie Pie. Cookie pies are a cookie in a cookie. This particular flavor started out as a seasonal variety but was so popular it was decided to make it available year round. The sweet, soft apples, drizzled in delicious caramel, with the buttery soft cookie crust is perfect to add on your dinner table this Holiday season, or as a gift to a loved one.
Another favorite of mine is the Chocolate Pretzels. Covered in chocolate and M&M's, different colored sprinkles and pretty much every other topping you could imagine. These where a hit with the kids. The boys want to order extra for all of their friends and give them out this Christmas. Chocolate covered anything is always a hit with kids.
Also available are the assorted Cookie Platters with various type of yummy cookie flavors. These look amazing sitting on the dining room table for Christmas or just to hand out to friends and family. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of cookies that come in this platter. All of them unique and yummy in there own way.
If your looking for the perfect sweet treats this Holiday Season, whether as gifts for your friends and family, or just to add to your meals, make sure you check out Barbaras Cookie Pies. Follow the links below.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Having trouble finding the perfect gifts this season? GoingGoble has you covered. All year long we've been testing/reviewing products in preparation for the Holidays. In our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide we have compiled a list of amazing gifts for your loved ones. Your sure to find something for every special person in your life. The best part is not only are all of these awesome gifts listed for you, but some have been personally reviewed by me. Below you will find a list of these products, some with full reviews, others with images and links straight to the site, to make purchasing easier for you.The Gift Guide will be updated all season long, so be sure you keep checking back for new gift ideas and reviews. We will also be offering up giveaways on some of the products below.
Monday, November 13, 2017
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I got a beautiful 16x20 bolack and white canvas photo of my boys which I absolutely adore. The first print I received was a bit too dark. I emailed the company a photo ands expalined my issue and they immediately sent me a new print. The customer service was incredibly delightful and my new print is the staple piece of my bedroom.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Kentucky Division of Tourism
Holidays in Kentucky make for one of the most wonderful, unique times of year. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the temperature changes, basking in the foliage, with festivals and activities that showcase the state’s authentic tastes, sights and sounds. Tis the season to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday cooking, shopping and decorating. Here’s how to experience the state’s one-of-a-kind charm and unparalleled hospitality this season:
1. Illuminate the Sky – In a state with some of the most striking natural beauty, there are endless possibilities and ways to explore this holiday season, including driving lights tours and shows. For more than 20 years, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has hosted the state’s original driving tour of three miles of holiday lights at the Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Spectators can immerse themselves in the grandeur of the horse park while also taking advantage of activities for the whole family, including a mini express train, craft fair, exotic petting zoo and more, starting Nov. 17. The magic of Christmas is alive in the small town of Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Experience firsthand the Grand Rivers Festival of Lights starting Nov. 3. The festival showcases more than 700,000 lights and hosts musical productions at the Badgett Playhouse, gift shops and cozy lodging along peaceful Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Ashland makes winter a beautiful scene with a Winter Wonderland of Lights. Watch as 850,000 holiday lights illuminate Ashland’s Central Park and downtown area starting Nov. 18. ChristmasTime at the Ark offers a world-class animated program projected onto a lifesize Noah’s Ark at the free laser projection show, “Encounter the Wonder.” The iconic 510-foot-long ship will become the screen for a groundbreaking new show that is free and open for all to enjoy. Looking for something a little deeper? Dive into the underground this year as the Louisville MEGA Caverns hosts the only underground light show across the globe. The 17-mile man-made cavern located under the city of Louisville lights up 850 charactersand 2-million points of light. Visitors can drive through all of the underground passageways to see the transformation take life.
2. Cheers to the Holidays – Featuring authentic distilleries and the rights to claim the fame to “America’s Native Spirit,” it wouldn’t be a Kentucky holiday without bourbon. This year, Maker’s Mark Distillery is hosting self-guided after dark Candlelight Tours, Dec. 2- 9, featuring holiday décor, seasonal cocktails and sweet treats. Take advantage of the time at the distillery to preview signature bottles that make for great gifts or the smaller items to fill stockings early.
3. Step Back in Time – In wrapping up its 225-anniversary as a state, Kentucky offers a host of historical adventures, especially during the holidays. My Old Kentucky Home, Kentucky’s most famous landmark – also the namesake for the state song – guides visitors through the Victorian mansion with docents in hoop skirts and tailcoats. Learn about the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era, including the origin of the Christmas tree, the yule log, Santa Claus and Krampus, while touring each room of the mansion. Experience firsthand how the early settlement days of Kentucky were spent celebrating the holidays. See and hear the classics at the 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough State Park with candlelight tours and decorations keeping with the traditions of the time. Lanterns, bonfires, Christmas Guns, music and dance, along with time-appropriate food and refreshments, add to the event’s atmosphere. Discover the simple gifts of long-ago winter days filled with wonder and laughter at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, while discovering connections to the past throughout the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings. Shaker Village is home to an impressive collection of Shaker architecture, skilled craftsmanship and spirituality.
For trip-planning assistance, from hotel reservations to restaurant recommendations, as well as a full list of events, visit kentuckytourism.com.
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