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October 30, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: PomTree {Review & Giveaway}


There is something about Fall that just screams crafts at our house. Perhaps it is the change of weather or the beautiful red and orange leaves flying through the air. Fall is just a fun time of year and we have been soaking it up while making some fun and creative crafts from PomTree.


PomTree makes amazing craft kits and the best part is there is no glue, tape or mess to clean up! I enjoy a clean and organized house, so doing crafts with my kids is a bit like herding cows--it takes a lot of patience!

So how is there no-mess?

The concept behind PomTree, is "stuck on fun" because each piece has a sticky tape on the back that even a 3-year-old can un-peel, and once it's off you can stick the pieces together, creating a masterpiece!

My kids really enjoy PomTree craft kits and I know this because they will say, "Mom, remember when we made that…" or "Mom, it was so fun when we built the…" and this means so much to me! 


We received two kits to play with, the Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff and the Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit. Both kits are adorable and my girls had a blast putting them together. 


The Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff came with foam & felt stickers and shapes, a polyfill quilt batting, some wiggly eyes and some pom-poms. My oldest loves cats and is constantly asking for a real one, so I thought she would love this kit! 


It was really easy to put together and the instructions were easy to understand too. My daughter had such a fun time, even her daddy came to help out too! Daddy daughter moments are precious, so this melted my heart! 


The Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit came with felt stickers, a plush fabric ball, wiggly eyes, a pom-pom and very clear instructions! This cute and cuddly owl is adorable and the fact that it comes with a little baby is the icing on the cake--too cute!


For the Mommy & Baby Owl Kit, my daughter was extremely determined to do it all on her own. Every time she un-peeled a piece her face would light up in excitement knowing that she had done it all by herself, it was lovely! 


Their masterpieces!



These PomTree kits can be purchased at Consumer Crafts, also, enter to win any one of these 5 kits below. These five kits cost $13 or less!




Gunamuna: Gunapod Wearable Blanket {Review & Giveaway}

Disclaimer: I received a product in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are 100% my own.

Getting a good night sleep whether it is nap time or bedtime is every parents dream for their child. I love when my kids sleep through the night and have a regular sleeping routine, so when something like cold weather keeps them awake, life is not fun.

The Fall weather here in Chicago has been so nice--the leaves are changing, our street is beautiful and the weather has been so mild. Then, all of a sudden the temperature dropped to freezing leaving our house mighty chilly at night. My three kids are bundled in their warm beds with cozy blankets, but for my little seven month old, she is always cold and can't have any loose blankets in her bed with her.

Fortunately when the cold weather hit, I was lucky to have found out about Gunamuna Gunopods, which are cozy and warm wearable blankets--perfect! 


The Gunamuna Gunopods are wearable blankets with an innovative patented WONDERZiP zipper system, making them very functional and the perfect solution to loose blankets that can be dangerous for infants.

My daughter loves blankets but she is always pulling them over her face, which absolutely terrifies me. The Gunopod has solved my problem and allows my daughter to have a safe and warm sleep!

We received the Classic Dreams Solid Plush Gunapod wearable blanket in Charcoal and she wears it all the time. 


She even wears it when it is time to pick up her sister from school.


The Gunamuna Gunapods are very easy to use, you simply unzip the middle zipper and slide their arms through the arm holes and zip it back up.

The WONDERZiP zipper system has 4 separate zipper pulls, allowing you to use the Gunapod in many different ways.


Having such great functionality makes it very easy to change my daughter's diaper in the night or anytime for that matter. I can also unzip the bottom if I am ever worried that she is too warm. 


As we prepare for the upcoming cold days here in Chicago, I am grateful to know that my daughter will be warm, but most importantly safe while she sleeps.


You can purchase a Gunamuna Gunapod online for $24.99 - $39.50.

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October 27, 2014

The Dog Did What? {Chicken Soup Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?
About the book:  "Our dogs make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about the many ways our canine companions surprise us, make us laugh, and touch our hearts.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 humorous and heartwarming stories about our lovable, goofy, and comical canines. Whether funny or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and touch your heart."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's The Dog Did What? book!

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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

Find Your Inner Strength {Chicken Soup Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength
About the book:  "We’re all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering stories in this collection will inspire and encourage you to overcome your own challenges.

There’s nothing like real stories from real people to inspire you. These empowering and uplifting stories by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's Find Your Inner Strength book!

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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

Christmas In Canada {Chicken Soup Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas In Canada
About the book:  "Christmas is a magical time of year! This collection of 101 festive holiday stories will warm your heart and spread holiday cheer with its tales of family, fun, and traditions from across Canada. A fantastic holiday gift and a great way to start the season!

From mummering and caroling, to winter lights festivals and crèche displays, to feasts and cookie-baking parties, Christmastime in Canada is full of fun and special traditions. You will delight in reading the 101 merry and heartwarming stories about family, goodwill, and holiday traditions across Canada’s provinces. Remember, all our stories are “Santa safe” so they can be enjoyed by the whole family."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas In Canada on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's Christmas In Canada book!

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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

The Cat Did What? {Chicken Soup Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?
About the book:  "Our cats make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about our feline friends that surprise us and charm us.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 amazing stories about the absurdities, mischief, miracles, and magic our cats bring to our lives. Whether humorous or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and warm your heart."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's The Cat Did What? book!

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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

Reboot Your Life {Chicken Soup Review & Giveaway}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life
About the book:  "We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives. But these 101 inspiring personal stories of change will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life will inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!"

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's Reboot Your Life book!

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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

Touched By An Angel {Chicken Soup Review}

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched By An Angel
About the book:  "Seen or unseen, angels are all around us. In this collection of 101 miraculous stories of faith, divine intervention, and answered prayers, real people share their incredible experiences with angels and the many ways they touch our lives.

You only have to look to find the angels in your life. These divine guides, guardian angels, and heavenly messengers help and guide us when we need it most. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories from religious and non-religious, about hope, healing, and help from angels."

You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched By An Angel on Amazon!!
One lucky readers will win their own copy of Chicken Soup's Touched By An Angel book!
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A BIG THANKS to Chicken Soup for the Soul for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

October 25, 2014

Where to Find the Best Beauty Tips {Walmart Suave Hub}

If someone asked me what my top beauty/hair care tip was I think I would have to say use a good brand of shampoo and conditioner and blow dry your hair after you wash it to style it the way you want it. For my hair these are the simple steps that come before any of my other 'beauty regiments' because if my hair looks good than I am set. If I don't have time to do my makeup, my nails or put on perfume I don't mind, but if I don't take time to do my hair I always regret it.
Although doing my hair is the key step in my morning beauty routine, everyone is a little different and everyones priorities are a little different. Walmart Suave Hub is where I like to turn when I am faced with an unsolvable beauty crisis. The Walmart Suave Hub is filled with beauty tips for any occasion from staying in, to going to the park and even for going out on a fancy date. If you need some beauty tips, or are just curious on ways to ease your getting-ready process, check out the Walmart Suave Hub.
Walmart Suave Hub also is where you can go to find Suave product promotions. When you visit Walmart to fill your Suave needs, don't forget to sign up for a Suave Family Perks account so you can earn points with every Suave purchase that will go towards a Walmart gift card! 
What is your best beauty/hair care tip?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

October 21, 2014

Raise Money with Johnsonville Sponsored Pears!

So I have a little secret! I LOVE to sing and song-write. In fact I recently put together a group of people to begin working on my first album and was so excited to recently add Pearup.com to that team and know they are going to be a major help in my success!
Pearup.com sponsored by Johnsonville can help you and all your friends raise money towards a charity, group or event for the things that are really important to you. You can create a pear for your sons soccer team or your upcoming family reunion or your favorite charity or a project you and a team have been dying to complete but don't have the funds! The list of possible pear sponsorships is endless.
How the Pear works is simple. Simply visit THIS PAGE and choose from the list of available Johnsonville Sponsorship Programs the one that is most suited to your cause or event. Fill out the form on the right and click Select Sponsorship. Fill out the remaining details and upload a picture and then all you have to do is share your Pear with your friends! Right now Johnsonville is offering a special surprise gift for people who create a Pear for their family reunion.
To raise funds your friends and family simply visit your Pear and complete easy, free activities to earn your campaign money. I just completed all the activities for my Pear and it only took about a minute! Johnsonville donates money for every person who visits your Pear and completes activities, the more they complete the more money you get for your event. If you don't need to create your own Pear you can make a huge difference in a lot of good causes by spending a few minutes supporting other peoples Pears. You can check out and support my Pear here! (It would mean the world to me). I am so excited to be part of this and am so excited by the support I have already received. What would you like to create a Pear for??
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

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