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.
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