How to Boost Your Family’s Immunity + Giveaway

immunity-boosting-tipsThe Cold & Flu season is here and you can help boost your family’s immunity by following these easy steps. Keeping our families healthy is on top of our to do list, you can easily prepare your home & family to help fight colds & flu.

With toddlers in the home, the chances of someone coming down with something is a given. They love sticking their hands in their mouths and touch anything they come in contact with.

Knowing this, it’s important to be on top of our families habits. You can help boost their natural immunity with these easy steps that you can begin today. Continue reading “How to Boost Your Family’s Immunity + Giveaway”

Birthday Party In Style With Jord Watches

I grew up in a family that loves birthday parties. Ever since my first birthday, Snow White themed. My father and I share the same birthday month and since we live a few hours away from each other we mom decided on planning a a joint party.  We had my mom, dad, brother and SIL drive down from Jacksonville and the peeps from south Florida come up.

We had a FULL house, a change of pace from our empty home since moving away from everyone. Nonetheless we had a great birthday party, the kids played until they couldn’t anymore and our bellies were inundated with such delicious food thanks to my awesome mother.

Since it was my father’s 60th birthday we chose to showcase our ages as the party theme and I’m not ashamed of getting older so I was a trooper. I’m obsessed with all things Rose Gold at the moment so obviously it was the color I chose for my side of the party. My father went with a traditional “man color” of blue. (That’s my grandma praying over us, and we’re taking photos… we eventually bowed our heads I promise)33 birthdayparty

To add to the festivities I got to showcase a lovely Rose Gold wooden from watch from Jord Watches.

I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of owning a real wood watch. I tend to buy wooden toys for Nico and furniture for the house but never anything for me. When I was approached by Jord Watches to review one of their wooden watches, I immediately looked over all of their watches and of course asked for the Rose Gold one.

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Ask and you shall receive! The watch I got is from their Cora Series: Koa & Rose Gold. This watch retails at $275 but their watches start at $129. Some features to point out are:

  • Automatic (requires no batteries, I have a few watches sitting in drawers because I don’t want to go get new batteries, but don’t we all?.)
  • Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • Swarovski Crystal Markers
  • Very light on the wrist
  • Elegant
  • Dress it up or Down

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You can check out all other specs on the Cora Series here or head over to their website for their full men & women line up. Also be sure to check out their Instagram feed  and follow them on twitter & facebook to keep up with their latest info.

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As a bonus Jord Watches is offering my readers a chance to win a $75 vouchers towards a purchase one of their fabulous watches but not to worry, even if you don’t win they are kindly giving away a $20 coupon to everyone else!!! (Ends June 5th)

Enter the giveaway below! Don’t forget, Father’s day is coming up on June 19th. Dad would be more than happy to sporting Jord Wooden Watches.

Click here to enter the $75 voucher giveaway

Thanks for reading! Good Luck

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Giveaway Winner Time

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Pine Bros giveaway! I appreciate all love to my site and to Pine Brothers for facilitating this giveaway. Show them some love!

It’s so much fun giving away stuff, who doesn’t love free stuff right?

I’ve contacted the winner and I’m happy she’s happy she won. Enjoy Laura.

Stay tuned for more fun giveaways, reviews and your run of mill rants.

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10 Reasons Why I’m loving our New Air Water Dispenser WAT40B – A Review + Giveaway

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Have you ever thrown a party and seen so many barely touched water bottles? I have. Way too many times. I’ve been guilty of it too, although it irks me when I see it happening. I’m so thankful I got the New Air water dispenser.  As a mom in charge of everything in the home, buying all the groceries, keeping our bills in check and everything in between is all me.  Having said that, going to the market with a toddler is not my idea of a good time. But I must in order to have food and water.

Before I was approached NewAir I had a discussion with my husband about us getting something to help us control the water waste happening in our home. I wasn’t thinking of a Water dispenser like this. No kidding! And then New Air contacted me about reviewing one of their products. It didn’t take long for me to say yes.  It’s like they read my mind. Yes, I know what you are thinking.. water cooler? Not very attractive right? Wrong!  There’s no huge 5 gallon water jug hanging on top of it. That’s already a plus in my book.

I don’t know about your family but we are water bottle drinkers here, and the amount of water bottles I had to purchase weekly to keep a healthy family that lives off of two types of water, regular and sparkling; my trips to the grocery store were becoming a little too much.

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10 Reasons Why I’m loving the New Air Wat 40B Water Dispenser:

  1. BPA Free
  2. Discreet Water Compartment.
  3. Bottom loading makes it easy to maneuver, unit stand 41 inches high.
  4. Cold is just the right temperature. (39-45°F)
  5. Hot water dispenser, great for tea or coffee, instant noodles and more, plus has a safety feature in case smaller children try to use it. (185°F & Up)
  6. Energy Star approved, provides hot and cold drinking water using less energy
  7. It’s super quiet
  8. Water Waste is practically zero
  9. Takes up very little space
  10. My husband gets to do the heavy lifting in picking up those 5 gallon water jugs up and bringing them home, not me. No more lugging around packs of bottled water from the car to the house.(Although I could, I just don’t want to)

Okay, number 10 is mainly just for me, but you get the point. It’s a great little machine with a sleek design.  I would definitely recommend getting one for your home or office.

Here’s a quick video review:


Head over to New Air’s website to see more, also head over to their Facebook page; it’s filled with great information on this and their other great products.

Interested in buying one for yourself?  You can purchase one for $249.95 here (shipping is free) Feeling lucky? Want a chance to win one of your own? You can enter their giveaway here for a chance to win a water dispenser of your choosing.

Thank you so much for reading!

*Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  

ellen

Books to Read:

1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Mess Free Painting Craft + Fun Giveaway

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Now that my son is a couple of months shy of TWO! (It has gone by terribly fast) 🙁 He is constantly on the move, on to the next thing. There are only a couple of hours of Peppa Pig and Egg surprise videos this mama can handle. What is it about those videos? Oh my goodness.  Anyways. I’ve been thinking of different ways to entertain him other than being glued to the iPad. Mess free painting can be a solution.

Painting can be fun but messy, but I’ve come across Kwik Stix and mess free painting is now possible.

Being that he’s 22 months, his attention span is limited and I’m not about to set up a whole elaborate play time for something he might not even try or will do for a few seconds. It needs to be practical, easy to clean and fun.

I was approached by the guys over at Kwik Stix for a review and after reading over their product. I said YES of course.  The claim is that these markers paint similarly to real paint but dry within 90 seconds. So your kiddos work of art doesn’t have to hang anywhere to dry, no glitter involved, glues, and macaroni. I gave it a try with my kiddo and he loved it as much as a kid his age can. But mostly I loved it. Mess free painting? YASSS!

Don’t get me wrong I still need to supervise the kid or else he’ll draw on my walls and furniture and that ruins all the fun. But this is definitely something you can sit your kiddo down for, give them ample space to work if they are young like my little one.

FEATURES: 

  • Ease of use – similar to markers/glue stick containers
  • Glides on paper with little effort – great for little hands that lack dexterity
  • Colors are nice and bright 
  • Dry time is exactly as advertised  – 90 Seconds
  • Mess free painting
  • Works on paper, canvas, posters, and even wood – so be careful with your furniture as with anything that a child can draw with. 

The pack I received had 12 colors, which you can find here. There are also different options available, a 6 pack & 96 pack; these would be great for a classroom. If you know a teacher going crazy with the mess the kiddos make, these would be a great Christmas gift.  
 
To find more info on their company by visiting their webpage, Facebook page and amazon product page to make a purchase. I highly recommend these Kwik Stix. You can also check out some of their other products. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of your Kwik Stix.

Thanks for stopping in and good luck!

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Bloomsy Box Review + Giveaway

You know those flowers at your local supermarket? Leave them be! You’re so much better than that. I have been know from time to time to pick those up too. I don’t typically write posts on flowers but this time I decided to take BloomsyBox up on their offer to review their subscription box service. First because Well, I love flowers. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. Secondly, I just celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary and flowers would be a great way to start the celebration (also let the hubby off the hook, yes dude, you’re welcome!)

I’m somewhat of a newbie to subscription boxes, I have signed up for a few before but I never thought about getting flowers delivered monthly.  I received a medium bouquet of roses, but blooms will be vary monthly.

How does the subscription box work? 

 Bouquets come in three different sizes: Small $34.99/mo, medium $38.99/mo & large 48.99/mo.  They also have different payment plans which – Month to Month, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay and 12 Month Prepay. Prepaid plans will lower the monthly price slightly. Bouquets will be different every month. All plans auto-renew & may be cancelled online at any time.

Where does the flowers come from? 

They are shipped from farms directly to your door.  Blooms come from South Africa, Holland, France, and South America. They are handpicked and delivered fresh.

My take on the service?

My flowers were beautiful, delivered to my front door, thorns removed (except for a few missed ones) All I did was cut the stems slightly under running water and placed in a vase. There were a total of 24 roses 12 were long stemmed and 12 shorter. They lasted a whole week. I think this would make a lovely anniversary gift, especially the 12 month plan.

Here’s how the arrangement looked on day 8.

Share this post with your husband and give him a big hint!

Now onto the giveaway. Enter to win a 1 month subscription box to Bloomsy Box below.  Winner will be announced after the giveaway has ended. Open to US Residents. Good luck!

Want to find out more? Visit their website at www.bloomsybox.com for details.

Thanks for stopping in!

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY // Deserving Health Organic Mom & Baby Products

**Deserving Health gave me these product to review free of charge. All opinions are my own. 
 
Hello Lovelies,
I’m so excited to be bringing you beautiful mama’s this giveaway. We have the world’s hardest job and we need a little pampering every now and again.
Today I want to tell you moms & dads about a wonderful company called Deserving Health. As some of you may know I try to be as healthy as possible by limiting my families exposure to unnecessary chemicals.
I’m always on the lookout for great products to share with you guys.
Let me tell you a little bit about them and then we’ll get to the Review and GIVEAWAY! YAY!
“Deserving Health offers the purest botanical extracts, essential oils and naturally-derived ingredients that cleanse, re-hydrate and revitalize the skin naturally, without harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances or color, or synthetic preservatives.”

Their products are not tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients!

I tried three different products:

Vitalizing Fruit Exfoliating Face Scrub with Apricot Seed &
 Age-Free Rejuvenating Day Cream
 

SCRUB:
Gently exfoliates dry, rough skin to promote a soft, smooth texture. Rich fruit extracts moisturize and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. Suitable for all skin types, is PH balanced, paraben & gluten free.

This feels very good against my skin, the scent alone is amazing. I’ve tried other scrubs that were a little too rough on the skin. But this was very mild and soothing. I mostly use it at night as to not scrub off the good oils from my skin that I need. But a good night cleansing is good to go.

DAY CREAM:
Our unique formula leaves skin feeling extremely soft, firm and radiant. Apply Deserving Health™ Age-Free Rejuvenating Day Cream with green tea extract as a make-up base to enhance a flawless looking complexion.For all skin types, PH balanced, Paraben & Gluten FREE.

Very light and feels great on the skin. Keeps my skin soft throughout the day. I’ve been searching for one of these since now I’m past my thirties I NEED to take better care of my skin so I can age gracefully. Most products have questionable ingredients and this one was exactly what I needed.

Organic Bubble Bath 

Deserving Health™ Baby Bubble Bath naturally scented with the soothing essence of Fruity Mango, these bubbles gently cleanse and condition baby’s sensitive skin.  Contains Jojoba and Wheat Germ Oil to boorish and moisturize even the most sensitive skin. Our rich, hypoallergenic formula makes bath time a fun time.

My son is a year and half old and I had never put him in a bubble bath till now. He absolutely loved it and I wasn’t worried about what was in the water.  It’s tear free as well. The smell is definitely fruity but mild.  He’s been having bubble bath’s more often now.

I think if you purchase any of these products you’ll be satisfied. They carry a full line of baby products, skin care, homeopathic medicine, & natural treatments.  Visit their website to see all of their amazing products.

Now onto the giveaway!!  

One lucky mama & baby will win this awesome gift set. 
Set includes Organic Bubble Bath, Baby Lotion, Scrub & Day cream. 

There are lots of options to enter. Giveaway will run from 8/3/15 to 8/10/15.  Open to US & Canada residents.

GOOD LUCK LOVELIES!!

ellen

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Freshly Picked Moccasins Review + Giveaway

I’m so excited to be hosting my first ever giveaway for my awesome readers! I’m even more excited that it’s a Freshly Picked Giveaway  of their fabulous moccasins. If you are not familiar with this company you will surely fall in love with them at the end of this review.

Freshly Picked Moccasins Story:

Susan Petersen started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. Using her second child, Gus, as a mocc-tester, and a bag of scrap leather she picked up at a yard sale, she began experimenting with designs. Working at her kitchen table, on a shoestring budget, Susan persisted through some disastrous attempts until she had created a pair of moccasins that not only looked adorable on Gus’ chubby little feet, but stayed on his feet as well.

Since then the moccasins have gone through about six design changes. Each change has perfected the look and the fit of the soft-soled shoe. The moccasins you purchase today are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.

Money was tight at the time Susan started and in order to earn money to start her business she got resourceful. Her brother owns a window installation business and in the summer of 2009 she convinced him to let her keep the old windows that he was removing from the houses. She spent a whole summer banging the glass out of the windows because they were encased in aluminum frames. At the end of the summer she took the aluminum window frames to the scrap yard and recycled them to get money. She made $200 dollars and with that literal sweat equity, she started her business.

Susan also appeared on the T.V. Show The Shark Tank which helped her grow her business even more. Freshly Picked has been a feature in so many blogs, magazines and celebrity children are wearing them like crazy.

So, let’s get to it.

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I was so looking forward to getting these babies in the mail, I had seen countless pictures on their Instagram feed (They have over 284k followers, AMAZING!) and they are all absolutely gorgeous. It was difficult picking just one.  For the purposes of this review, I chose the “Prince George” Freshly Picked moccasins.  Fitting, because…Nico is my little prince.

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They arrive in this beautiful dust bag to keep them protected along with a Freshly Picked pin 🙂

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These Freshly Picked Moccasins soft-soled leather shoes are incredibly comfortable (No complaints from my little man), they have an elastic band that hug your babes tiny feet so shoes won’t fall off!! They are flexible and mold to their feet.

There is no left or right side, as your child grows into them you will see them taking shape of each individual foot. The Freshly Picked logo is stamped on the bottom of each shoe. All in all, it is great quality product and I couldn’t be happier.

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For those with disposable income, I would certainly get all colors! But having a price tag of $60 bucks a pop makes it more of a special occasion type shoe for me, especially since kiddos grow out of things so fast. Enter below in the Freshly Picked giveaway.

There are 10 different ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  This contest is only open to residents of the US. Also, you are not eligible to enter if you’ve won a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the last 60 days.

GOOD LUCK!

You can take a look at all the colors here, let me know in the comments below which is your favorite!

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All opinions are 100% my own.
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