Friday

Gamesformation: Your Favorite Board Games with a Sweet Twist!



Oh the stories I could tell you of our family game nights. When our children were small, we wanted to teach them to win, but when they did lose, to lose with good attitudes!

I can remember my husband and I playing the board game of Monopoly (I love that game) four times in a row, with him winning the first three times and me winning the last time we played. Talk about being a sore loser! Him, not me! Geesh! After my win, he did not speak to me for three days! I am serious, ask him for yourself!

Maybe, just maybe if the game was made out of chocolate, things might have turned out sweeter! Did you know that you can purchase some of your favorite games from Gamesformotion (the games are made out of chocolate)!

The games will have all the essential features as their famous counterparts, except that the cards and letter tiles have been replaced with the finest Belgian milk chocolate encased within playing piece printed wrappers. The rules for the games have been slightly changed for fun and easy play. So now instead of playing for the bragging rights of winning, you can win and walk away with all the chocolate you could ever hope for. Now that’s something to pass 'GO' for!

Gamesformotion has developed into a leading specialist when it comes to chocolate editions of the world’s most popular games.
You can choose from top games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit™, Twister Scrabble®, Pictionary, Cluedo, Chess & Draughts (Checkers), and Poker.

Disclosure: I was given a few chocolate games to review for this post--Read my disclosure policy here.

Thursday

Free Sample pack of Twinings Tea


Visit the the Twinings Tea website where you can request a free sample pack of Twinings Tea.


CVS: Free full-sized Body Wash coupon


Visit the CVS Minute Clinic Facebook page and request your free full-sized Body Wash.

You will be emailed a coupon that you will be able to print through December 23, 2014, and is valid through December 31, 2014.

Void in NY....


Monday

Holiday Gift Guide | Oster® Versa® 1100 Series Performance Blender


The Oster® Versa® 1100 Series Performance Blender is by far the best blender we have ever owned! Even my teens like it! 

The Oster® Versa® Performance Blender is superiorly designed with a 1100-watt motor and matching speed to crush ice, grind grains and seeds, puree soups, and whip up sorbets and more. The BPA-free, Eastman Tritan® jar creates a forceful blending vortex as ingredients are pushed from the walls of the jar, down into the blade, giving restaurant-quality results every time. 

For those trying to lose weight or are making that one of their New Year's resolutions Oster® Versa® 1100 Series Performance Blender features a number of accessories, including a 5-cup food processor, this blender has the power to turn every party into a success, whipping up homemade salsa, guacamole and dips with ease. Blend fruits and veggies and take it on the run with the Blend ‘N Go Cups – two 20 oz bottles, which can perform double duty as water bottles throughout the day, and a 4-Cup Mini Jar. A seven-year satisfaction guarantee and recipe booklet are included.

As for power, this blender has it - food processing is very quick as is blending and reasonably efficient in terms of consistency and smooth results. Controls are easy to understand. 

The manual is an essential read for using this blender system the way it is intended to be used and the recipe book is very inspiring!

Overview --- In a nut shell:
`Powerful: 1100 watt motor for blending perfect smoothies
`64-ounce BPA-Free Tritan(r) Jar, 5-cup food processor with slicing/shredding disk and a chopping blade, Two 20-oz blend'n go cups
`Control: Combination of manual settings for precise control as well as pre-programmed settings so it can do the thinking for you
`Reversing: Blades alternate forward & backward; drawing food & frozen ingredients into the blade giving perfect results time after time
`7 year warranty backs up the durability and quality; recipes to inspire creativity in the kitchen

The Oster® Versa® 1100 Series Performance Blender would make for a great Christmas gift this year, if I didn't already have one, I would ask for one! You can find it on sale over on Amazon.com

Disclosure: I was given the products featured to help facilitate this post The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Holiday Gift Guide | The Woodland Snow Collection from Yankee Candle



Bring winter’s beauty inside this holiday season with these medium and tall glass pillar candles from Yankee Candles'  Woodland Snow Collection. These medium and tall glass pillar candles are decorated with woodland creature scenes and would make for great gifts this holiday season. 

The Woodland Snow Collection comes in four rich, crisp and festive fragrances — Flurries, Frosted Berries, Iced Pine Cone and Snow Dusted Woods.



Sure the scents are amazing, but what I love even more about this collection is that the large perfect pillar candles have a burn time of a 140 hours---yes, 140 hours! And the medium perfect pillar candles have a burn time of 95 hours--well worth every penny spent!

I love candles and I love giving candles as presents during the holiday season and these are perfect for gifting this year! These would be perfect for teachers, parents, grandparents, anyone in your life! Matter of fact, you do not even have to wrap these! They are decorative enough to be given just like they are!



Disclosure: I was given the products featured to help facilitate this post; Read my disclosure policy here.

Holiday Gift Guide | Holmes® Whole House Smart Humidifier WeMo Enabled

Holmes® Whole House Smart Humidifier WeMo Enabled

Humidifier therapy adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body. Humidifiers can be particularly effective for treating dry skin, nose, throat, and lips. Some people also occasionally use a humidifier to ward off common cold and flu symptoms!

During the winter months, you can easily manage home humidity levels to ensure they are always at the optimum level. Programmable with the touch of a button, this humidifier provides humidity for spaces up to 2,500 square feet for whole home, whole family comfort!


With a 60-hour run time – the longest in the industry – there’s no constant refilling of tanks during the harsh winter months. And a filter reminder conveniently reminds consumers when to reorder and even allows for easy purchase with a “buy now” app function. With five different levels for customized comfort, this smart humidifier also features an automatic shut-off, dry-out mode, plus water refill and check filter indicators.

Find it on sale at Amazon.com

Disclosure: I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post. The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Holiday Gift Guide: Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock Slow Cooker



is the ideal hostess gift, this slow cooker is designed to make family dinners, potlucks and parties easier than ever before. Featuring a unique 9” x 13” casserole-shaped crock, this 3.5-quart slow cooker is ideal for making casseroles, lasagna, or even desserts in advance, whether enjoying them at home or taking them on the go!

This great gadget boasts the brand’s proprietary Cook & Carry Slow Cooker locking lid system to eliminate messes when transporting food. For added inspiration, the Campbell’s® Casserole Recipe Book with top-rated recipes is included. Removable stoneware is oven and dishwasher safe and a cord wrap offers added convenience.

Find it on sale at Amazon.com

Disclosure: I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post. The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Baby and Toddler Printable Coupons

$1.00 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers


$1.00 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

$1.00 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers

$1.00 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers

$3.00 off Clutch n Clean Wipes and HUGGIES Diapers

$3.50 off any TWO (2) packages of HUGGIES Diapers

$2.50 off any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers

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$1.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants

$2.00 off 5 Sprout Organic Baby Food Pouches

$1.00 off ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Baby Wipes

$0.50 off ONE Luvs Diapers

$1.50 off Two (2) JOHNSON'S Baby products

$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends

$1.00 off any 1 Gerber Graduates Lil' Whoos

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs

$1.50 off ONE Dreft Detergent

$4.00 off TWO packages of PULL-UPS Training Pants

$2.25 off ONE package of PULL-UPS Training Pants

$1.50 off one box of Well Beginnings Diapers

$3.00 off GERBER GOOD START Soothe 22 oz

$2.00 off ONE (1) Boudreaux's Butt Paste product

$1.00 off one box of White Cloud Diapers




Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus "The WonderBottle" Review


As a wife and mom, I do all the ironing, but that is okay! I like for all my family to look nice and not wrinkled!  However, there are a few pieces of clothing that my teen girls own that iron perfectly, but by the time we get to church it doesn't even look like they have been ironed! And then there's those white dress shirts that my husband and boys wear, they look great after being ironed, but after riding to church or where ever we may go, by the time we get to our destination their shirts, especially the back of the shirts, are wrinkled pretty badly!

Our family was recently sent the new and improved Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus ----which makes releasing wrinkles from clothes, that you are already wearing, disappear!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is being called “The WonderBottle,” because it has over 101 uses for the home, family and traveler. In addition to its ability to reduce wrinkles in clothes, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can be used as a quick-fix solution to remove creases from pillowcases, bed sheets, drapery, tablecloths, cloth napkins, ribbons on holiday decorations and many other household items.

A quick spritz from the WonderBottle can also remove odors and freshen up furniture, pet beds and infant car seats just to name a few. For those who still want to iron, it serves as a better ironing aid than water without the residue of starch. And in a fashion emergency, Downy Wrinkle Release Plus can even save the day by eliminating static cling. Truly a WonderBottle.

The new and improved sprayer delivers a finer mist and broader coverage to reduce drying time. Downy Wrinkle Release Plus works to eliminate wrinkles by coating fabric fibers with silicone that allows them to relax and slide apart instead of being frozen in a crease. Simply spray, smooth and tug, then allow fabric to dry for a crisp, fresh smelling and wrinkle-free look in minutes.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is sold in a 1-liter bottle for $6.99 and a 500 mL bottle for $4.19. It is also available in a travel-friendly 3-ounce size for $1.99. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is sold at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix and many other grocery, drug, and mass retailers.

For more information visit www.downywrinklereleaserplus.com.

Disclosure: I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

Thursday

Help Santa find his Way to your Home with Reindeer Dust


If you believe in Santa Claus, fairy tales and making dreams come true, 
Reindeer Dust is the book for you.

Some form of Reindeer Dust has been around for years now: you can read HERE how it was first introduced to our children (not the same as in the book).

In the book, Reindeer Dust, the story is very well written and beautifully illustrated which will keep your little one interested as you read aloud. The story builds excitement for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve.

Every year, Santa has a sled overflowing with presents, but sometimes he might struggle getting them delivered if the reindeer do not know where to land! That is why it is always good to have a plan, in case there is bad weather or fog like mentioned in the book.

So Reindeer Dust is the perfect plan that the little boy in the book came up with. He mixes up a special batch of 'reindeer dust' and he, his friends and family sprinkle it outside while reciting “I will always believe!” Through the fog, the reindeer are able to spot the glittering trail of reindeer dust, and Christmas is saved!

While Santa is filling stockings and gobbling up cookies and milk his reindeer can enjoy their own magical fuel. This would be the perfect Christmas Eve treat to to make with your children or give to the neighbor children, classmates, or grandchildren. Just place it in a pretty little bag with a tie with some holiday ribbon and watch their eyes light up in wonder.

Disclosure: I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

Wednesday

New Year's Eve Decorating with Oriental Trading

This year has flown by! Christmas is just about here and then the week after that is the New Year! I truly believe as a person gets older, time goes by faster! It is crazy to think that in just a few, short weeks that 2015 will be here.


Thankfully, I am prepared with our New Year's Eve decorations already thanks to Oriental Trading!




Blast into the New Year with this colorful Happy New Year Bright Banner! Decorated with red, blue, green, orange and yellow balloons, this New Year's Eve party decoration screams "celebration." Hang on walls, in doorways and more!

Oriental Trading has everything you need for your New Year's Eve festivities, so make sure you kick off your 2015 New Year's Eve party with with a bang and order your party supplies now from Oriental Trading.

Browse their party shop for everything you need to bring in the new year in style!


DIsclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was sent items from Oriental Trading to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

50% off Customized Phone Cases

Here's an idea for an awesome Christmas gift for someone else or even yourself:

A customized phone case like this one:
Simply Snapped iPhone Cases

Or the literally hundreds of designs you can choose from for your iPhone or Samsung phone at Tiny Prints. You can also design one from scratch.

And today only, Tiny Prints is offering these cases for 50% off! Here's how to get this offer:

1. Check out Tiny Prints phone cases and choose from iPhone or Samsung and if you want photos or not.
2. Add photos if you want, select your fonts, type in your message, choose your colors. Make it personal. Make it uniquely you (or whoever you are getting it for).
3. When you checkout, use the code EARLYBIRD1210 to save 50%.
It's that simple.

Also, check out all their other gifts and cards and use the code SWDEAL30 to save up to 30% on your order. And code FREESHIP49 will get you free shipping if your order is more than $49.

Pretty awesome...so check it out today.

Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Tuesday

The Proper Pillow Review


I always dread buying a new pillow and I do not do it often. Matter of fact, my husband is the one that actually does all the pillow purchasing for us. It has been many, many years since I have bought a pillow! When I find a pillow, that I like, I like to keep it...forever!

Each night, when I crawl into bed, I will put a pillow behind my back, usually two pillows (my husband's firm pillow and then my soft, squishy pillow, to help prop myself up while I look at Facebook, Twitter, or get caught up on emails.

Recently, I was sent The Proper Pillow to review. The Proper Pillow combines comfort, just enough softness and firmness, it 'props' me up great before I get ready to go to sleep. And then it provides alignment for my head, neck and spine....or at least I feel like I am getting the right kind of support.

Per their site, The Proper Pillow is suppose to help with:

::Neck pain and stiff neck
::Lower back pain
::Headaches
::Sleep apnea
::Snoring---my husband needs to try this pillow in the near future! He does snore a lot!

And I honestly do not know if it helps all of the above listed symptoms, but it did help me with stiff shoulders that I usually have when I get up in the mornings. It took me about three nights of sleeping on the pillow before I noticed a difference.

The Proper Pillow was designed for total comfort, total support and ease of use.
Some features:
::Standard Queen Size – 65cm x 45cm x 12cm
::4-Layer Design with Patent Pending Inner Orthotic
::Ergonomic construction comforts all body types
::Cooling comfort layer disperses excess body heat
::Non-latex, hygienic and washable---it's washable which is a big plus!

This pillow has a notch, or open spot, in the center that helps with aligning your neck and spine. It took about 3 nights for me to feel a difference. I was waking up and not feeling that horrible stiffness in my neck and shoulders like I had been feeling. This pillow has a higher side, and a lower side, so it's easy to find the most comfortable side of this pillow. 

Here are a few links to keep up with the latest from The Proper pillow:
Proper Pillow Website
Proper Pillow Facebook
Proper Pillow Twitter
Proper Pillow Pinterest


Disclosure: I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

Monday

Starbucks: Give more Merry—when you use your Visa Card


Be one of the first 100,000 to buy a Starbucks Card eGift of $10 or more with your Visa® card from Dec 8 - 12 and they'll add an extra $10— just a little bonus to make your gift go further. The bonus won’t be reflected in your checkout experience, but will be confirmed in your email receipt. One per person. Cannot send to yourself. See details and send an eGift.


***To make this an even better deal use Ebates!**
As a new member of ebates you will receive another $10 gift card of your choice if you spend $25 or more plus an extra 7% cash back! This is a very popular deal you will not want to miss.

***Be sure to send the card to a spare email you have laying around as this needs to be sent as a "gift"! Click the "CARD" tab after being directed to the Starbuck's store!

So here's the breakdown:
Shop through Ebates, and buy a $10 egift card (Buy Starbucks card))
So pay $10, Starbucks will add $10 to that card
*New Members* shopping through Ebates will get another $10, plus 7% back in their Ebates account.
So, get $10 from Starbucks, get $10 from Ebates and 7% cash back---that's over $10 that you will make!

Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday

Hot New Hair Products from InStyler this Holiday Season


Our beautiful blonde, actually our only blonde--the rest of our family are brunettes! She has straight hair for the most part, with a few waves in the back if she only brushes through it and not style it. But she is our fashionista and styles her hair quiet a bit. From flat irons, to curling irons she uses them all!

InStyler has some hot new products available this holiday season, and we got to try a few of their products. Your fashionista in your family are going to want these and I have a coupon code for you that I will share toward the end of this post.

Take a look at their products below:

Tulip Auto Curler:
Curling your hair has never been so fast and easy. With the tap of a button, you can have perfect curls and waves every time. With the unique open barrel design of the TULIP, your hair is visible and exposed at all times, preventing hair from getting tangled in the unit.






InStyler Ionic Styler Pro:
Ceramic hot brush and flat iron with cool touch ionic bristles and dual ionic ceramic technology.




Max 2-Way Rotating Iron:
#1 styling tool for straightening, volume, shine, controlling frizz, texture and speed



When we first received our InStyler products, there was no hesitation to which product she wanted to try first. Looking at the pictures below can you guess which one she tried?


BEFORE                                    AFTER

If you guessed the Max 2-Way Rotating Iron or the Ionic Styler Pro---you are wrong! She went for the Tulip Auto Curler! It took her hair from straight to lavish curls in a matter of no time. You can do tight curls or more relaxed curls---just read the directions to see how to do this.

For a limited time you can enter promo code SAVE30 at check out and receive 30% off your total order.

Leave a comment and let me know which one you think you  might like to try.


Disclosure: I was given InStyler products to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

LiveGFree Pasta for Dinner (And how I make it look Homemade!)


I have been making homemade mac and cheese for years now and tend to treat it as a 'special' side dish like for some one's birthday meal, for when we have company or for Thanksgiving dinner. But every now and then I will buy a box of mac and cheese and we will have that---some times I just want that instead of my homemade mac and cheese!

Recently I purchased Aldi's, LiveGFree, mac and cheese (from their Gluten Free line)---yes, mac and cheese in a box! You can follow the directions on the back of the box or you can do like me and just eye ball the water.

Aldi's Gluten Free Rice Pasta and Cheddar (aka, mac and cheese) is a good source of Calcium and Protein with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! With those three "No's" makes this mama want to serve this pasta more often!


If you want to give Aldi's Gluten Free mac and cheese a homemade look, once it is finished cooking just spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray and put the mac and cheese in there, place in a 400 degree preheated oven until the top is golden brown (10 to 15 minutes); it will be a little crunchy around the edges too---yummy goodness!

You can find this and more LiveGFree items in all Aldi's Stores. Plus you can go here at THIS LINK to read more about the Gluten Free products.


Disclosure: I was given Aldi gift certificates to help facilitate this post, but all opinions are mine. Read my disclosure policy here.

Trident Unwrapped---Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide


Chewing gum, is a whole lot easier with Trident Unwrapped. Don't worry, it is the same great tasting, sugar-free gum that we have always loved; just unwrapped. Several pieces of gum, with no wrappers, all in a bottle or bag.

Choose from Original, Spearmint, Tropical Twist, and Watermelon Twist. With 50 pieces in each bottle it is sure to keep the kids and you chewing for a long while! And the bottles will make for great stocking stuffers this year too!

You can find Trident Unwrapped at many grocery stores and super markets across the nation; or you can order them from Amazon.com.

I was given the product featured to help facilitate this post--- Read my disclosure policy here.