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Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Get Your College Kids to Call Home‏

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.



How wonderfully quiet the house has been -- no dirty dishes in sight, no piles of shoes to trip over in the doorway, no laundry to fold -- just peace and quiet to be had! But suddenly, the silence, the lack of chores, the absence of the little annoyances you’ve grown so accustomed to are just too much. You are officially an empty nester!

With the first semester of college in full-swing, many parents a re-coming to terms that their kids are well on their way to adulthood. Given this is generally the first time these kids have been away for an extended period of time exploring new surroundings, making new friends; they have probably been calling home and checking-in sparingly.


Instead of bombarding their new found independence with “I miss you” calls, texts and emails, why not surprise them with a care package filled with one of the most valuable things to college freshmen, money!

Sending a pre-paid card like VanillaGift in a care package is a great option for parents to treat their kids, as well as offering a safer alternative to sending cash.



  • The VanillaGift card is reloadable, and with more than 50,000 reload locations, parents can add more money onto the card weekly, monthly or whenever they want to surprise them again.
  • Cards can be used to purchase anything, as long as Visa cards are accepted at the location which includes over 500,000 retail locations.
  • Money gets lost and stolen easily. A VanillaGift card allows accounts to be frozen to protect the money on the card and is easily replaceable if lost or stolen.

Buy It: 

You can purchase VanillaGift cards at many local retailers near you including CVS/pharmacy and Family Dollar!

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DayDreamer Sleeper

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.


As a mother of a newborn, I am always looking for ways to help my baby be comfortable, see the world, and, of course, sleep better. And what is even worse is when a baby is sick and can't breathe very well lying down. I dread my baby getting a cold...it makes them so miserable, especially at night!

The DayDreamer is a lifesaver at times like that! It is the perfect inclined sleeper to help comfort your infant when breathing is difficult. DayDreamer Sleeper is a luxurious and soft sleeper that will help cradle babies, creating a more natural sleeping position to help babies fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. It is a perfect place for naptime and during the nighttime, great for when baby is congested and has difficulty lying on their backs. Created by an infant product specialist, the DayDreamer Sleeper’s flat base is designed to keep the Sleeper stable when baby is awake and moving, while the high walls prevent toys and bottles from falling out of the Sleeper and onto the floor.


It also featured an adjustable 3-point safety buckle to help prevent baby from climbing, rolling or falling out, while the gentle 28° incline is designed to keep your bundle of joy in a comfortable lounging or sleeping position. The soft, moisture-wicking fabrics and ventilated inner core help keep your little one cool and comfortable, and the waterproof seating area helps contain accidents.



I also love that it is easy to wash - which will end up happening all the time with baby spit up and poop always happening it seems! :) It features an easy-to-remove, soft fabric cover that is machine washable for convenient cleaning!

I also love how it is so lightweight and portable - I can move it to the kitchen so my son can watch me cook, take it to Grandma's house for an easy place to sit, and the stable base design rests securely on the ground.


It is available in Blue, Pink or Sage so it will fit all genders!

And most importantly it is quality tested for safety and durability and exceeds standards outlined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you are looking for a portable, comfortable and easy to use place to set your baby to look around or have baby sleep, try out the DayDreamer Sleeper!

Buy It: 

You can purchase the DayDreamer Sleeper for $129.99 from Babies R Us.


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Book Review: The Brickmaker's Bride

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

About the book:

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man---a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura's heart.

About the author:

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

My Opinion

I love reading about the Civil War era but it was a little different in this book because it was a look at the Post-Civil War era. I loved the look into immigration post-Civil War and the brickmaking world. 

And I also loved the Christian themes woven into the story especially trusting in God's timing. 

Judith Miller is one classic author that never lets me down for a good book and she has done it once again!

Buy It: 

You can purchase The Brickmakers' Bride for $12.33 from Amazon.com


Don't miss Judith Miller's latest novel, The Brickmaker's Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, ". . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials."


Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.

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 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

PomTree Craft Kits & Giveaway

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When the holidays arrive, my whole family gets together and there are A LOT of people and a lot of children! With the winter and cold weather here, the kids don't want to go outside and they get really antsy and loud inside! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a mess-free activity for kids to make and play?

Well, then let me recommend PomTree, makers of adorable craft kits that afford hours of creative fun without a drop of glue, tape or mess!


Create a Felt Puppy & Bone Pillow Puff™ Kit ($13) or a wise Mommy & Baby Owl Pom Pals Kit ($13). The concept behind PomTree is "stuck on fun" because everything has a sticky backing that kids as young as 3 can unpeel and then stick.  Beyond the thrill of making something from scratch, there's serious learning going on. Children build essential creative skills by figuring exactly how things fit together with the help of the bright colors and interesting shapes in each kit. For beginners, photos provide a visual guide, while stickers and embellishments offer plenty of options for a child to decorate each project and make it their own.

With so many delightful choices at a great price, PomTree experts have picked five favorites to wrap up and tuck under the tree or hand out at Hanukkah. Check out these five awesome kits that cost $13 or less:

Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit 

Ages 5+ 
 $13 

She's cuddly soft, hot pink and oh-so-wise. It's Mommy Owl. She's brought along her adorable baby owl to cuddle, comfort and create something special. Kids embellish the faceless fluff balls into sweet wiggly eyed-owls. Add nose, feet, wings, you decide -- because you're wise too. Mommy measures an armful 11.3 x 13.6 inches. Baby sprouts to 2.3 x 3.3 inches.

Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Bird Kit • 

Ages 5+
 $13


Let these bluebirds bring happiness into any room. Start with Momma Bird's plush pom pom that needs a child's touch of embellishment. Kids simply peel the backings of giant wiggle eyes, beak, feet and feathers for a customized look. Then repeat with baby for a feathered family that stays with you on the bed, on the desk or in your arms. Pom Pom Mom measures 12.8 x 13.6. Baby stands 2.75 x 3.3 inches.


Felt Pillow Puff™ Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff 

Ages 5+ 
 $13

How purr-fect is this? Create a soft kitty to hug without buying the litter box or cat food. This felt pillow needs little fingers to adhere the enclosed tail, cat nose, whiskers and pointy ears. Meow! Kids can make a cute and cuddly pillow pal without needing to sew. All materials have sticky backings that kids can peel away then press into place. There's even a blue felt mouse to join the chase of an afternoon or evening of fun. When all done, this polyfill stuffed cat measures a purr-fect 7 x 12 inches and arrives with 24 pieces to place in the purr-fect spot.

Felt Pillow Puff™ Kit: Felt Puppy & Bone Pillow Puff 

Ages 5+ 
$13


There's no bones about it, some kids prefer a woof over a meow so PomTree offers a puppy pillow that will make grownups say, ahhhh! Without sewing or gluing, kids can happily assemble the bright colors cut into recognizable patterns from head to tail. Follow the visual on the box or create your own look for a collared puppy with a polyfill stuffed body that can follow kids from room to room without the need for a water bowl. The finished Puppy Pillow Puff barks in at 10 x 11.6 inches.

Pom Jewelry: Pom Jewelry Kit

Ages 5+ 
 $10 


A whopping 400+ pieces spills from this tub of engaging and creative parts. Kids can make bracelets, necklaces, keychains, hair bands, or whatever else their little imaginations can conjure up. This jewelry kit overflows with satin cord, foam charms, felt shapes, pom pom beads and pony beads. There’s enough to make a little sister or favorite classmate a pretty present.


All this is done without electronics, cords, batteries or keyboards. Best of all? There is nothing to clean up when play is done. Other creative activity fun can be found at PomTreeKids.com which features additional playsets, PomTree Pets, Activity Tubs and more. For more information about PomTree, please see my attached press release.

Buy It: 

You can purchase all kits above from Consumer Crafts

Win It: 

PomTreeKids is generously offering (1) Craft Kit from the five listed above to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) PomTreeKids Craft Kit of Winner's Choice

(From the Five Kits Talked About Above:)
  • Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Bird Kit
  • Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit
  • Felt Pillow Puff™ Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff
  • Felt Pillow Puff™ Kit: Felt Puppy & Bone Pillow Puff
  • Pom Jewelry: Pom Jewelry Kit
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FabKids Outfits for Fall!

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One of the things I look forward to each month is seeing the new outfits that FabKids comes out with each month! They are always so cute and perfect for the season!

This month I received two super cute outfits and my children look so adorable in them! Plus, they are perfect for the cooler weather and Fall season.

The first outfit is for my son and is the Denim Ice Master Outfit. It was beautiful with his blue eyes and perfect for cooler weather.


It includes:
  • BLUE PLAID SHIRT: A long sleeve classic button up in blue plaid.
  • CONTRAST DENIM: Our contrast denim is a relaxed loose fit with 6 pockets, button snap + zipper closure and an adjustable waistband.

The pants are durable and I love the adjustable waistband! The shirt is a beautiful color and is perfect for staying warm this Fall but not overwhelming warm!

My daughter received the Autumn Outfit and it is so comfy and perfect for cooler weather also!


It includes:
  • LACE BABYDOLL DRESS: Our long sleeve lace dress is perfect for all occasions. Sheer lace sleeves and fully lined body. Finished with a rhinestone back keyhole and button for easy dressing.
  • FAB SOFT LEGGING: Softest knit legging. Perfect to wear under dresses now-and-later!

This dress and legging seem to run a little small so get a size bigger than normal when ordering. I love the pretty color and lace - it is so feminine and cute for my daughter! I only wish the leggings weren't capri style but the full length would be a little warmer for the cooler weather.

Buy It: 

You can purchase these outfits from the FabKids website.


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