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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Keep the Kids Entertained and Learning this Summer with @NGKids Almanac 2020 Review and Giveaway #NatGeoKidsAlmanac

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Wondering what your children are going to do all summer break? Or maybe how will they stay busy on your long road trip or vacation that you have planned this summer??

Well let National Geographic Kids help you because they just released a very special 10th anniversary edition of its New York Times best-selling almanac for kids: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 (Ages 8-12; 352 pages).

Hailed by School Library Journal as “one of the leaders in the world of almanacs” this year’s edition features all-new content, interviews with renowned National Geographic explorers in each chapter, a special look at what was going on in the world when the first National Geographic Kids Almanac came out 10 years ago, plus the results of the 2019 Almanac Challenge — Lions Forever Poster Contest — and a new challenge for kids who want to get involved with helping our planet.

The best-selling kids’ almanac ON THE PLANET is packed with hundreds of photos and facts, crafts and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation and more. For book lovers and reluctant readers alike, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 is a compelling and balanced combination of:

* Fun and games, including activities, jokes, quizzes and comics

* Practical resources, including homework help and fast facts and maps of every country

* Exciting sections on pop culture, cool technology, extreme exploration and more

* Lighthearted favorites like the “Cutest Animals of 2020!”

However, in addition to not only being fun and educational, the National Geographic Kids Almanac is also designed to inspire young readers to be the change they want to see in the world around them, encouraging them to become more involved environmentally, socially and in other ways. In this year’s edition, National Geographic Kids launches the 20/20 Visionary Challenge, asking readers to imagine the world 10 years from now and to picture a positive change, invention or discovery they’d like to see become reality, in whatever area interests them: animals, people, places, science, technology or beyond — the sky’s the limit! Kids will be able to read some of their great ideas in next year’s Almanac 2021.

My children are going to have a blast reading all the facts and looking at all the photos! It will definitely help pass time this summer AND help them learn about the world around them!

Enter TWO Giveaways below for a chance to win!

1) Summer on the Go Prize Pack (ARV $65) which includes all the essentials to keep kids (and you!) organized, entertained and going strong this summer, including:
* A copy of the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020
* An insulated stainless steel 17 oz water bottle
* A set of gel pens for the Puzzles and Games section in the Almanac
* A drawstring backpack for easy “grab and go” and to hold the almanac pens and water bottle
* A handy, durable and smartly designed backseat car organizer that holds books, snacks and toys, a water bottle, a tablet and even has a hanging tissue box (it’s got it all!).

2) Nat Geo is hosting a Summer on the Go Almanac 2020 Grand Prize Giveaway — a GO-PRO!

Enter for a chance to win below:

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Surprise Mom this Mother's Day with a Beautiful @Teleflora Bouquet! #Teleflora #LoveOutLoud

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This Mother’s Day, celebrate the unique emotional bond you share with mom by gifting her a beautiful bouquet from Teleflora, the world’s leading floral gifting service.

Their Mother’s Day bouquet lineup features spectacular options for every mom, always made by hand and hand-delivered to your door by a local florist. On this day dedicated to mom, express your authentic feelings and make her feel special with a grand gesture that she will treasure for years to come.

I picked out one of the most beatiful bouquets and vases I have ever seen - the TELEFLORA’S ART GLASS TREASURE BOUQUET (Available on for $94.99).

Show mom your unwavering love and appreciation with this exquisite work of art brimming with fragrant pink lilies, purple roses and chrysanthemums. This exclusive arrangement arrives in a one-of-a-kind hand-blown vase with whimsical iridescent shades of turquoise that give each piece a
truly unique and personal touch

The colors of this bouquet are so beautiful and remind me that Spring IS HERE! They also smell AMAZING and brighten up my dining room! They make me feel loved this Mother's Day and I am so thankful to Teleflora for such a beautiful bouquet and arrangement of flowers!

Buy It:

You can purchase the TELEFLORA’S ART GLASS TREASURE BOUQUET on for $94.99.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Heat Holders Socks

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Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea for the mom who is always cold? Or maybe for one that likes to be comfy and cozy?! Then I have the perfect gift idea!


Internationally recognized as the world’s warmest sock, Heat Holders® socks are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks.

Heat Holders® are specially developed with cashmere-like acrylic yarn which provides high performance insulation against the cold with superior moisture breathing abilities. Your feet are staying warm and dry all day. With Heat Holders®, you can give the perfect gift of warmth! Heat Holders® hats, gloves, or socks make for a fun and thoughtful stocking stuffer, or the perfect holiday gift for a loved one, friend or colleague.

We own a cabin way up north Minnesota and it has gotten as low as -40 degrees at night! We work a lot outside and like to enjoy winter sports like snowmobiling, ice fishing and four-wheeling. But we HATE cold feet!
I am so excited to now own Heat Holders socks and I never have to worry about cold feet again! I wore the super fuzzy purple pair last weekend on a cold and damp day and it was like walking around in heaven! I didn't want to take them off!

I also love that they offer different warmths of the socks - Original (which is the warmest), Lite and Ultra Lite. That makes them great for every occasion!

Don't like cold feet??!! Get Heat Holders socks today!

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You can purchase Heat Holders socks from their online store.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

MagStix by BizyBeez

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One of my older kids' favorite toys to build with are magnet blocks - they allow their imagination to build anything and it is easy and fun!

But as a preschool teacher, most magnet toys and blocks I put out for the kids to play with were frustrating and too complicated and they just weren't interested! So when I saw a new kind of magnet block - MagStix by BizyBeez I was really interested to try them with my preschoolers!

I liked these MagStix for my preschoolers for several reasons! Unlike other magnetic toys, this 41-piece magnetic building set comes with a portable playboard that can be used as a building base anywhere — on the floor, table, or lap while traveling in the car. Second, the chunky tactile pieces give kids ages three and older a sense of calm and focus. That’s incredibly valuable to parents of children on the spectrum that love to zoom in on objects that are visually pleasing. Again and again, MagStix bright colors and rotating wheels lead to hours of quiet, brain-building play.

Made of safe, sturdy non-toxic plastic, the stacking pieces are easy to grip and squeeze. For grownups, the multi-piece set is durable and easy to clean. Snap-on wheels -- included in each kit -- take creativity to another level, allowing preschoolers and elementary-aged kids to create wildly imaginative trains, cars and other vehicles. When play is done, all pieces are tucked away in the bonus storage bag.

MagStix have only been around a short time but already they are stacking up prestigious awards:

2018 Parents’ Choice Recommended

2018 Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Award

2018 Memphis Parent Toy Guide

Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego

Cincinnati Family Magazine Top Editor Pick

I really like the base they include that gives children an easy place to start building! My preschoolers love having a base for their building projects and most magnet blocks don't have this!

I also like the size of these MagStix for smaller hands and the bright colors make it attractive to play with for my preschoolers!

MagStix are a fun first magnet block toy for younger ages and beyond. They inspire imaginations to build and learn as they play!

Buy It:

You can purchase MagStix by BizyBeez for $69.99 on

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carthage.Co Stoneware Company

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My favorite dishes to use in my kitchen are my stoneware! They look great and they bake well!

So if you are on the hunt for stoneware, let me introduce you to one of my new favorite stoneware companies: Carthage.Co! They offer exquisite, ethically-sourced pottery made by Tunisian artisans, which is brought directly to your table. There’s no shipping of raw materials to factories to make the same mainstream product over and over again. Carthage.Co works as a direct to consumer channel so you get the same high-end products at a fraction of a retail store’s price.

Stoneware pieces include plates, bowls, bakeware, serverware and drinkware that come in several collections highlighting North African beauty in a modern way. These collections not only inspire a uniquely curated tabletop aesthetic, they empower the Tunisian artisans who make each piece and keep the tradition of their rich history in ceramics alive. Additionally, Carthage.Co products are microwave and dishwasher safe and lead free.

I absolutely love my two new pieces of stoneware from Carthage.Co. I am a huge fan of stoneware and these have really impressed me! I love that they are lead-free and made personally by Tunisian artists!

I used the cake pan for the first time on Sunday for my daughter's birthday cake. The cake cooked perfectly and came out of the pan nicely! The cake pan was easy to wash and looked great - all at the same time!

I also love the deep red and texture of the red serving bowl. It is great for salads, vegetables or whatever else you like to serve for dinner!

Looking for new stoneware for your kitchen? Look no further than Carthage.Co!

Buy It:

You can purchase all Carthage.Co stoneware from their website.

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