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7 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress + a Giveaway!

7 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be merry…… and stressed!   Sometimes the holidays can make us feel more tangled up than the lights on the Christmas tree, but holiday stress does not have to be our fate.

For those who aren’t fans of the Christmas season, the hustle, bustle and emotional rustle this time of year brings can elicit some overwhelming feelings, including irritability, loneliness, the blues, and even depression.

For those who love the holiday season, those same feelings can still secretly weave themselves into our spirits, as busyness, shopping, planning, wrapping, cooking, family challenges, and unmet expectations take their toll on our hearts.

The holidays often bring on this flood of heightened emotions which varies in intensity from person to person, and often results in dangerous stress levels.  In the same way that stress from every day trials can be detrimental to our health, holiday stress – even if only for a couple months – can threaten to inflict the same harm.

Last year the APA reported that nearly all women in the US experience such heightened stress during the holidays that their health is put at risk, and that 41% of women use food, and 28% of women use alcohol, to curb the pain of their holiday stress. These statistics are alarming and heartbreaking and serve to remind us that holiday stress is not something to be ignored.

Fortunately, we can be proactive in preventing the negative impact of holiday stress by following a few simple suggestions and intentionally making Christ the focal point of all we do this season.  Below are 7 strategies to keep in mind to avoid letting holiday stress steal your joy, squelch your Christmas spirit, or damage your health.

     1. Plan for your stress.

You are probably well aware of the holiday stressors that push you to the limit, so why wait until they happen again to try to figure out how to handle them?  For example, if decorating makes you stressed, invite friends or family members to help out and host a decorating party with light snacks and beverages.  If baking goods for the PTA bake sale makes you feel burdened and stressed every year, give yourself permission to sit out this year out. If a family function is always challenging, pray for God’s divine intervention in dealing with family conflict this year.  Being proactive in making plans for dealing with common holiday stressors is a great stress reducer.

     2. Pursue a positive attitude.

Whether the holidays are our favorite time of year or not, we still need to pursue a loving, Godly attitude in the midst of the chaos. If we let crowds and traffic put us in a bad mood, we’ll take it out on our family later. If we allow obligations to stretch us thin, we’ll be too busy to enjoy the season. If we focus on all the negative aspects the holidays may bring, we will lose sight of the fact that we are really celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our attitudes and our thoughts will carry us to a destination of a joy, or a destination of bitterness and grumpiness.  If you struggle with a Grinch attitude every year, ask God to help you pursue a new attitude for this season, and experience real joy in Christ.

     3. Purposely get enough sleep.

If you want to be able to stay in a good mood during the holidays, don’t forget to rest! Sleep deprivation has a serious negative impact on our moods and our ability to manage even small levels of stress. Commit to getting to bed at a decent hour and getting a good night’s rest as often as possible.

     4. Party sensibly.

Even though being at every holiday party we are invited to makes us feel and look like social butterflies, all that party-going might leave us bound up in a cocoon of stress.  Choose your social events selectively, and only attend those which are most important to you.  Stand in front of a mirror and rehearse a gentle and polite response to share when someone invites you to a function that you know will not fit into your schedule

     5. Prepare a routine for the month of December.

Think about all the things you usually have to do around the holidays, jot them down on a list, and set a daily schedule for each day in December for fulfilling them, while being sure to include a target deadline for each thing. Write out your gift list, gift suggestions, budget, social outings, travel or packing needs, shopping availability, babysitting needs, special events you cook for, grocery lists, etc. This might sound compulsively organized, but it will be time and effort well spent, because good planning sets the stage for peace.

     6. Practice fun. The holidays are supposed to meaningful and fun, so why do we let busyness and chaos steal the joy and fun from our hearts?  Think about some ways you can have fun with your family or friends this year and make a commitment to follow through with them. Keep in mind that sometimes the best entertainment is cost effective, like watching movies at home or riding around looking at holiday lights and decor.

  1. Promote love.

Our inward thoughts will always drive our outward actions, so if we want to show love during the holidays to family, friends and total strangers, we first have to focus on feeling God’s love. Although every person faces different adversities in life, we can all enjoy the Christmas season if we remember that Christmas is really about celebrating God’s love for us. If we bicker and complain our way through the season, our holiday spirit will exit quicker than Santa up the chimney. But if we focus on the fact that we are supposed to be celebrating peace, joy, and love, our Christmas spirit, our faith, and our love for others will soar. When our hearts are full of love, it’s hard to be a Grinch.

Unfortunately, Christmas can leave us feeling as tattered as the ripped up wrapping paper strewn around a living room floor on Christmas morning. A little holiday stress preparation can be the determining factor in whether your holiday is joy-full or stress-full, and when our hearts at peace our holidays can be too.

Tracie Miles is a national conference speaker and author with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is the author of Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace In Your Chaotic World and is a contributing author to Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today daily email devotions,  Encouragement For Today: Devotions for Everyday Living, and the Zondervan NIV Women’s Devotional Bible.  Tracie has a new book being released September 2014 titled Your Life Still Counts.  She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband of 23 years and her three teenage children.  Get connected with  Tracie on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Enter to win a set of Tracie’s Managing Holiday Stress Conference Calls!  

Tracie is hosting a conference call series this season through Proverbs 31 Ministries called Managing Holiday Stress . Click here for detailed information about the two calls, taking place on November 25th and December 10th, and how to join in the fun on her three live Facebook parties which include lots of fun holiday giveaways!

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Wedgwood, Waterford, & Royal Doulton Christmas Ornaments

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. As always, all opinions are my own.

I’ve been a fan of Wedgwood’s classic look for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never owned many pieces but I always admired them at others’ homes.

Waterford crystal is gorgeous and I’m lucky enough to own a small Waterford piece that I bought in Ireland.

My mom is a little obsessed with British comedies and because of her I’ve watched my share of the TV show Keeping Up Appearances.  On that show there is a character named Hyacinth Bucket {pronounced “bouquet”} who obsesses over her Royal Doulton fine china.  Ever since I first watched that show years ago I’ve wanted a little piece of Royal Doulton for myself.  I still don’t own any but maybe for Christmas this year I’ll buy myself one of the Royal Doulton Christmas tea cup ornaments.

Today, I was browsing through the Wedgwood, Waterford, and Royal Doulton sites while looking for sale items and I fell in love with a number of their Christmas ornaments.  I couldn’t help but share them with you in case you want to snag a discounted ornament for yourself, co-worker, or loved one.

Wedgwood Christmas Ornaments

The beautiful Wedgwood ornaments are on sale from $19.95-$29.95 (originally $29-$43).  Check out all the cute Wedgwood ornaments for yourself.

Waterford Christmas Ornaments

These Waterford Crystal ornaments are probably gorgeous in person and will hold their beauty for generations if taken care of properly.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any on sale right now.  They range from $55-$85 a piece but some can be custom engraved for no extra charge.  Check out Waterford’s Christmas ornaments for yourself.

Royal Doulton Christmas Ornaments

I think these Royal Doulton ornaments are just lovely and I’m trying to decide between the tea pot and the tea cup {or both!}.  The single ornaments are on sale for $14.99 (from $21.50 retail) and the sets of three are on sale for $39.99 (from $58).  Check out all of the Royal Doulton Christmas ornaments for yourself.

What’s your favorite Christmas ornament?

Christmas Gift Guide 2013

Educational Christmas Gifts for KidsEvery item in this gift guide was handpicked by me for you.  I hope it inspires you!

Women

Frankie Rose EyeshadowFrankie Rose’s Single Eye Shadow – $14  Draw attention to your beautiful eyes. Create captivating eyes with our richly pigmented single shadows, available in 18 unique shades. With matte and shimmer finishes, these long-lasting shadows were especially formulated to glide on smooth and blend effortlessly. Curl Active IronCurl Active Iron – $149.99  With a motorized, self-spinning barrel the new Curl Active Iron is the easiest way to get salon-quality curls at home.  With a 1 ¼” barrel that rotates in both directions, all you have to secure the end of your hair in the base clip, press the direction and the barrel automatically wraps hair from tip to root.  It automatically rotates back at the root so you won’t burn your scalp and the ceramic, titanium and tourmaline boosted plates protect hair and evenly distribute heat for voluminous, frizz-free, full-body curls. Luster Pro WhiteLuster Premium White Pro Light – $30.97 (on sale from $43.99) This new at-home whitening system is one of the fastest whitening systems available to consumers, and promises guaranteed results with zero tooth sensitivity.  Its patented light-activated technology uses a xenon gas light and offers similar results as dentist-office whitening treatments, but without the hassle, expense or painful sensitivity.
Frankie Rose Lip GlossFrankie Rose’s Crème Lip Gloss – $16  Indulge your lips with this amazing crème lip gloss available in 12 kissable shades. Available inPearl, Sugar, Pressed Flower, Gala Pink, Cotton Shimmer, Raspberry Dazzle, Valentine, Sunset, Sangria, Crushes Berries, Winter Plum, and Tangerine. Coola Mineral CC CreamCOOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 – $36 Rose Essence Tint CC cream. This rose-scented, tinted formula not only protects, but leaves skin looking glowing and flawless and adds unbeatable moisture to even the driest skin. The broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen contains a Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. COOLA’s Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint – $36 An antioxidant-infused mineral matte SPF 30 BB cream. PUR SerumsWild Durian Fruit Peel – $55 (on sale from $75)  Promotes collagen, elastin, and skin’s natural hyaluronic acid levels, creating less visible wrinkles and firmer skin.Energizing Oxygen Serum – $75 Lipid barrier enhancement improves moisturization and ceramides promote cell renewal.**For a limited time use the code “EMBRACEPUR” to get both for $75.**
Women's Mug Inspirational Mug – $12.99 “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way” From the LabFrom the Lab – $19.95/a month  The newest and most innovative monthly subscription service designed to give every woman access to the best beauty products up to 18 months before they hit the shelves! Dyson DC25 Animal Ball Vacuum Dyson DC25 Animal Reconditioned Vacuum – $299.99 (on sale from $550) + Free Shipping!  Designed for homes with pets. It can be used on all floor types–carpet, wood, laminate, tile–and features Dyson’s patented Root Cyclone technology, that doesn’t lose suction power as you vacuum. You can read my Dyson DC25 Animal vacuum review here.
Stella & Dot Reversible Pendant NecklaceStella & Dot’s Reversible Pendant Necklace – $79 She will flip over this reversible pendant. Wear long or doubled with removable S-hook.  Available in gold and silver. Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift SetPhilosophy’s Amazing Grace Gift Set – $55 ($81 value)  This is a fragrance for women is a uniquely feminine blend of soft, floral blossoms accented by a hint of light musk. Too Faced All I want for Christmas SetToo Faced’s All I Want For Christmas Gift Set – $45 ($105 value!)  A six-piece full-face collection that features the best of Too Faced’s products for eyes, complexion, and lips.
The Tarte of Giving Collector's SetTarte’s The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag – $59 ($490 value!) + Free shipping! Make your own holiday memories with this chic travel bag overflowing with all your must-have beauty essentials. Inspired by the Tarte family and their favorite gifts over the years, this exclusive, rich collection features a host of limited-edition shades that are reminiscent of holidays past, as well as some of the bestselling Tarte products. His Loving Kindness TeacupHis Loving Kindness Tea Cup with Lid – $9.99 Start your day with a cup of hot tea and a wonderful Christian message with this inspirational DaySpring teacup! “His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.  Lamentations 3:23” One Thousand Gifts DevotionalOne Thousand Gifts Devotional & Perpetual Calendar – $17.48 (on sale from $25.98)  This lovely gift set encourages hearts to experience real life transformation in giving thanks and finding joy in all aspects of life.  Unwrap the gift of joy and reflect on glimpses of grace, and discover the endless grace of God…Who wildly loves you!
Julep Freedom Top CoatJulep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat – $12.60 (on sale from $18) Quick drying in 5 minutes flat (no smudges!), 4-free formula, and a high gloss shine.  I adore this and I’ll never buy another top coat again!! Ciate Mini Mani MonthCiate’s Mini Mani Month Gift Set – $58 ($180 value!) + Free shipping!  A festive advent calendar featuring 24 nail art minis. Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. Julep Nail PolishJulep Maven – A monthly box of beauty – Your first one is FREE when you use the coupon code “FREEBOX.”  You can then cancel and pay nothing or pay $19.99 a month to keep the service.  I personally love this subscription!
  Vitamix 1829 Pro 300 Onyx Countertop Blender – $528.95 (on sale from $529) + Free Shipping!  Quickly and easily prepare restaurant-quality meals from the comfort of home with ultra-responsive controls, a quieter motor, and more elegant design. The Variable Speed Dial and Pulse feature allow you to prepare ingredients and create recipes to your exact specifications.  Create smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts in a single machine.

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Men

Personalized Dad Mug Personalized Dad Mug from Shutterfly – $11.19 (on sale from $13.99)  Plenty of sizes and designs to choose from.  Personalize with your own pictures and text. Syma Helicopter Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter – $20.74 (on sale from $129.99). The brand new 3 channel gyro mini metal RC helicopter is on of the world’s newest, smallest and lightest RC helicopter you can get! ThermapenSuper-Fast Thermapen – $89 (on sale from $96).  A professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens) has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use.  You can read my Thermapen review here.
GrillGrates Gift Kit GrillGrates – $49.99 (on sale from $59.99) + Free Shipping! Interlocking raised rail panels simply lay on top of any grill, gas or charcoal. Eliminates flair-ups, hot spots, and creates lovely grill marks. Great Meat Cookbook The Great Meat Cookbook – $25.51 (on sale from $40) + Free Shipping!  With 100s of  budget-friendly recipes, Aidells provides all the information needed for juicy results every time. SousVide Supreme SousVide Supreme Water Oven – $429 (on sale from $499.95) + Free Shipping!  The SousVide Supreme is the worlds first water oven designed specifically to bring the gourmet sous vide cooking method into home and small restaurant kitchens. Sous vide cooking locks in the flavor and preserves the nutritional quality of whatever food is cooked inside.
The Dark Knight TrilogyThe Dark Knights Trilogy Blu-Ray – $29.96 (on sale from $52.99) + Free Shipping!  DVD is only $19.99.  Includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, & The Dark Knight Rises. Home Depot gift card Home Depot gift card – $25, $50, $100, or $200 denominations. You Alone Are My God MugYou Alone Are My God Mug – $9.99 Start your day with a cup of hot coffee and a wonderful Christian message with this inspirational mug! “You alone are my God.  My times are in Your hands. Psalm 31:14”

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Teens

Julep Little Lights Nail PolishJulep Little Lights Nail Set – $36  Comes gorgeously packaged & ready to give!  Four nail color minis for anyone who loves to decorate her nails for the holidays. Stars by Name NecklaceNames the Stars Necklace – $36  Beautifully accenting any wardrobe, this unique pendant necklace brings to mind how wonderfully personal and powerful our Heavenly Father is …‘He counts the stars in the sky and calls each by name.’ A beautiful, encouraging gift for any lady. Halo Lip Gloss SetJulep’s Halo Lip Gloss Set – $36 Two gorgeous sheer, shimmery lip glosses tucked inside a festive ornament package. The conditioning formula is enriched with Julep’s proprietary Power Cell Complex—an age-defying, antioxidant-rich blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract, and green coffee bean oil.
Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Gloss SetStila’s Color Me Glossy Lip Gloss Set – $28 ($124 value!)  A festive collection of nine Lip Glazes, packaged in three trios.  As always, Stila’s famed Lip Glaze delivers a glossy shine on lips with delicate flavors and scents. These iconic click pens are perfectly portable for a glistening pout anytime, anywhere. Handlebar Mustache Adjustable Ring Handlebar Mustache Adjustable Ring – $1.17 + Free Shipping!  This two finger adjustable ring makes a fun accessory to any outfit. Sephora Holiday Light Show Brush CollectionSEPHORA COLLECTION Holiday Light Show Brush Set – $68 ($160 value!) + Free shipping!  This seven-piece brush set can be organized easily and displayed fashionably with the included sleek stand. The brush handles are set in a metallic rainbow finish, and the stand allows you to find the brush you need quickly and easily. This set contains: Glitter Stand, Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Face Contour Brush, Crease Brush, Shadow Brush, & Slanted Eyeliner Brush.
Iphone Owl Cover iPhone 4 Owl Cover – $1.98  This accessory of iPhone4 &4S provides protection by preventing the device from dust and unnecessary scratches. Vintage Rose Pendant Vintage Yellow Rose Pendant Necklace – $3.99 + Free Shipping! Beautiful yellow pendant and a long bronze & alloy chain. Personalized iPhone Covers Personalized iPhone Cover from Shutterfly – $27.96 (on sale from $34.95) Put a face or name on your case.
Starbucks gift card Starbucks gift card – $25 or $50 denominations + $2.99 shipping. Amazon Gift Cards Amazon gift card – You choose the amount, from $10 to $100!  Free shipping. They never expire! Game Stop Game Stop gift card – $25 or $50 demoninations + $2.99 shipping.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HD – $199 & up.  What can I say about a Kindle?  There is so much!  Visit Amazon for all the info. XBox 360 Membership XBox360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $48.95 (on sale from $59.99) + Free Shipping!  With an Xbox LIVE Gold membership, take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends wherever they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Apple iPod Touch 4 Apple iPod Touch 16GB 4th Generation (Current Model) – $194.99 (on sale from $199.99 ) + Free Shipping!  This is the thinnest iPod touch yet. The glass face and stainless steel back provide a clean look and excellent durability.
 Dorm chair Dorm Chair – $53.99 (on sale from $59.99) + $9.99 Shipping.  Comes in multiple colors.  The Big Joe Dorm Chair is one more reason why college is the best four-year of your life. This chair has it all: a drink holder, pocket and easy-carry handle. Don’t wait for college to use it though. You can put it in your bedroom or family room today. Flip Ultra HD Flip UltraHD Video Camera – $172.95 4GB, 1 Hour of video recording.  With its pocket-sized design, UltraHD lets you capture video anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s a lazy afternoon in the park, a family vacation, or a simple everyday moment, your UltraHD will be ready to go. And show off your personality with the Ultra colorful lineup; brilliant white, vibrant magenta and metallic blue. Adult Bean Bag Adult Bean Bag – $78.00 + Free Shipping!  Comes in an array of colors.  Child size also available.  Its comfort per-suede-ion beats new suede shoes. Our Urban Suede features all the richness and beauty of suede derived from the newest fiber technology, 100% pure microdenier polyester fiber. It is perfect for high traffic homes and apartments.
Splash Bowl Splash Bowl – $50.98 (on sale from $64.95) + Free Shipping!  An array of colors to choose from. Unique bowl design.  An unusual and beautiful conversation piece. Soft so that children won’t break it.  Glass Baggie Shaped Bowl Baggie Shaped Glass Bowl – $18.03 (on sale from $20) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Some thingsin life are fleeting. We just use them once, and then relegate them to the trash. Unzippered is designed to celebrate one of those everyday items we take for granted. Rendered in fine hand-blown glass. Unzippered is the temporary made contemporary. Durable borosilicate glass in an individual gift box. Roach Lunch Bags Roach & Fly Lunch Bags – $6.53 (on sale from $8.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Lunch bags with a surprise!  There are 24 bags with 2 designs in each box.  These are cute and fun for occasional use.  Expect a laugh whenever they are used.
Sisterhood Sisterhood Magazine – $26 for 6 months of this bi-monthly magazine. A magazine with an engaged online community, Sisterhood is the only Christian teen girl publication of its kind. Sisterhood is filled with compelling content about all the topics that interest teen girls most—fashion, faith, relationships, music, sports and more. Each article is presented through the lens of a biblical worldview.

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Kids

Dave Ramsey Kid's Super PackDave Ramsey Kid’s Super Pack For ages 3-12, this includes cool tools for teaching kids about money, including the complete set of Dave’s children’s books each highlighting a different life lesson. Regularly $64.94 (on sale for $34!) Fisher Price Barnyard Bingo Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo – $14.99 A barnyard full of animal and color matching fun awaits! This game helps preschoolers learn their colors and identify different barnyard animals. Royal Baby HatRoyal Baby Hat – $17.99 Low-impact dyes used on eco-dyed colors (blue, white, pink). Fabrics and hats are made in the USA. Each hat is carefully wrapped in tissue paper with little thank you note and packed in our signature eco-friendly, recyclable pillow box.
Step 2 Kids Kitchen   The Step2 LifeStyle custom kitchen includes a “stainless steel” oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, a sink with a faucet and a 17-piece accessory set. Complete with sound effects! $79 + Free Shipping Personalized Rag DollPersonalized Rag Doll – $19 (on sale from $22) + Free Shipping!  Choose from 6 different styles and you can personalize the dress with your child’s name. Crayola Play N Fold Art StudioCrayola Play N Fold Art Studio – $22 (on sale from $39) + Free Shipping!  It’s a brightly colored art desk for kids that converts to an easel with an easy-to-clean chalkboard. This kid’s easel desk comes with four sheets of colored paper and an eraser.
Disney Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage Disney Princess Cinderella Transforming Pumpkin Carriage – $34.96 (on sale from $54.99) + Free Shipping! Kids can recreate the magical movie moment from Disney’s Cinderella by transforming a pumpkin into a horse-drawn carriage, and then back into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight! TappleTapple Board Game – $19.95 NAME IT. TAP IT. PASS IT. The game where quick wits are pressed for time.  Choose a category card and start the timer on the wheel. In just 10 seconds, name a word matching the category, press the first letter of that word on the wheel, hit the button to reset the timer and pass it along. Fisher Price Disney's Jake and Neverland Fisher-Price Disney’s Jake and The Never Land Pirates – $44.97  Jake’s musical pirate ship, Bucky, sets sail straight from Never Land to your living room!
Fisher Price See n Say Find n Seek Fisher Price See & Say Find ‘n Seek– $19.99 For ages 3+. This electronic memory game features classic farmyard sounds, just like the iconic Farmer Says See & Say. Kids simply match the sound with the appropriate farm scene card to win the game! Dominoes Dominoes – $7.99 + Free Shipping on Amazon.  It’s hard to beat the classics! Qwirkle Qwirkle – $16.98 (on sale from $34.99)  An addictive strategy game that has a simple premise: match tiles and win points. But the real joy of the game lies in plotting and scheming your way to victory. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition Winner.
Ultra Stomp Rocket Ultra Stomp Rocket – $14.63 (on sale from $19.99)  Stomp Rocket Ultra with 4 Rockets… real foam-tipped rocketry, ready to fly in seconds, up to 200 feet high! Uses no batteries, propellant or other harmful chemicals… just human-powered compressed air. Teaching Cash Register Teaching Cash Register – $35.91 (on sale from $54.99) + Free Shipping!  Ring up the fun with the Teaching Cash Register that helps teach basic math and money skills through creative play. Filled with engaging activities and a drawer stashed with life-size (make-believe) cash, the Teaching Cash Register helps kids make sense of currency with a coin reader that identifies both real and plastic coins. Barbie Fashionista Ultimate Closet Barbie Fashionista Ultimate Closet – $23.49 (on sale from $26.99) + Free Shipping if you spend $25. Includes convenient carrying case, plenty of storage, and 20+ pieces of Barbie fashions, shoes, purses, and hangers
Perplexus Epic Perplexus Epic – $20.99 (on sale from $29.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase. Navigate the steel ball along the tracks, through 125 barriers of varying difficulty as you try to defy gravity. Provides hours of challenging, three dimensional fun. Bugged Out Bugged Out – $13.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase. A preschool version of the classic stack and tumble game, players create a pile of bugs and then roll the die and remove them according to the color rolled. Bracelet Making Kit Friendship Bracelet Kit – $20.13 (on sale from $26.99) Kit includes the friendship wheel to simplify the weaving process, 22 different colors of string, beads, needle, and color-coded looms that can be used again and again. Comes in a take-me-anywhere case for easy bracelet making in the car, at your friend’s, and more.
Color n CarryColor n Carry Kit– $10.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Includes jumbo crayons or markers, over 100+ coloring activities and a cleverly designed magnetic closing carry-along case. Book has 72 pages of coloring activities and a place to store the 6 markers included in the pack. Incorporates learning into play.  Disney Princess kit is shown above but there are many different sets to choose from for boys and girls. Alpha PopsAlpha Pops – $14.31 (on sale from $17.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Play food that’s also educational too! They feature upper and lower case letters on both sides. Great for letter recognition, beginning spelling, color recognition & matching. The popsicles connect, so kids will work those fine-motor muscles. Boogie Board Writing TabletBoogie Board LCD Writing Tablet– $39.99 + $4.99 Shipping.  To write or draw, use the included stylus or any other non-sharp implement (like the back of a fingernail, a chopstick, or even a thumb). To erase, press the button and start over. Endless fun for kids (and adults too!).  Great for traveling!
Chalkboard PlacematCrayola Doodlebugz Chalkboard Placemat – $13.99 + $4.99 Shipping.  This placemat kids will keep the kids drawing on-the-go. Each chalkboard placemat comes with five pieces of Crayola chalk and a sponge eraser. Made with a durable oilcloth fabric that cleans easily, this is as practical as it is fun.  ColorkuColorku – $31.49 (on sale from $34.99) + Free Shipping!  If you like Sudoku, you’ll love this! It’s fantastic for logical thinking.  A colorful spin on Japanese logic puzzles, this wooden board uses wooden marbles in nine great colors instead of numbers to solve each game. Dont Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity BookDon’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book– $13.59 (on sale from $19.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  The Pigeon really, really wants to finish this activity book but that pesky Duckling keeps getting in the way.  Follow the lead as you write, color, draw, and create in this fun-filled book starring the Pigeon and YOU!
Mud Puppy Magnetic Design SetMud Puppy Magnetic Design Set – $16.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Provide hours of portable fun. A hinged tin holds 4 illustrated background scenes on 2 double-sided cards plus 3 sheets of interchangeable magnets. Magnets adhere to the tin to make a million silly faces. Great for play at home or on the go. Felt Mosaic GameFelt Mosaic Game – $18.00 + $4.95 Shipping.  A wonderful introduction to color, form, and design for all children. This game allows your child to exercise their mind with shapes and colors by trying to replicate the images on the cards onto the board. Great for teaching children complex concepts with simple form! Crazy Aaron's Thinking PuttyCrazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty w/ Super Strong Magnet – $13.17 (on sale from $14.95) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  It’s called Thinking Putty because while you play with it, your brain relaxes and opens up to all kinds of creative thinking. Need it? Yes. And you can also knead it. Or bounce it, bend it, tear it, stretch it, snap it, pop it. And it’s magnetic. You get 3.2 oz of dark green putty with iron filings infused in it, plus a 1/2″ cubed rare earth magnet.
Big Bag of ScienceBig Bag of Science –  $27.26 (on sale from $39.99) + Free Shipping!  This kit contains over 60 different experiments in a reusable bag. Blast off with a soda explosion from a Geyser Tube‚ learn about the science of polymers including giant spheres, growing crystals, and Insta-Snow, learn about acids and bases, or even make your own slime… over 70 activities in all! Stormy Seas Balancing GameStormy Seas Balancing Game – $33 (on sale from $39.99) + Free Shipping!  A game of balance.  Players take turns evenly stacking cannon balls, kegs and treasure chests onto the wooden deck of this pirate ship as it rocks and sways. Tip the ship, and you’re sunk!  Game includes boat with flag, 25 cargo pieces and 1 die. Suspend Family GameSuspend Family Game – $15.78 (on sale from $16.99)+ Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  A balancing game that is as easy to understand as it is difficult to master. The game comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces that hang from a stand. With each turn, a new piece is added to the transforming vertical sculpture, causing the balance to shift and the difficulty to increase. Ages 8+.  This game tests your nerves and helps develop hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and interpersonal skills.
Tell Tale Fairy TalesTell Tale Fairy Tales – $10.80 + $9.99 shipping.  Ages 5+.  Cards featuring iconic characters like genies and princesses, settings like a castle and forest, and fantastic creatures such as unicorns and dragons, will guide players through their own unique tale. Create a new personalized bedtime story each night. There are 4 different ways to play but no matter how you play it, the wonderful illustrations and library of images will whisk you away to another time and place in just a few words.  Designed for 1-8 players. Great game to help improve language skills, as well as encourage creative thinking and concept imagery.  This is Not My HatThis is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen – $9.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore in the best-selling book. Shrimp Cocktail GameShrimp Cocktail Game – $12.83 (on sale from $14.99) + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Keep your eyes peeled as you search the seas for matching shrimp in this hilarious matching party game. The shrimp may share any of 4 traits: color, origin, quantity and size. Be the first to find a match and squeeze the starfish to haul in your catch. These cute little shrimp will surely make you smile. By the time the starfish squeaks you’ll be in stitches!
Lego Kingdoms Chess SetLego Kingdoms Chess Set – $81.95 + Free Shipping!  Ages 6+.  Play chess with minifigures in regal LEGO Kingdoms style!  Build all 32 royal characters on the black and white baseplate board! Put your army in place with their weapons and accessories, then battle with your opponent in a classic game of chess LEGO style! Includes a storage box! World Playground BallWorld Playground Ball – $9.95 + $4.95 shipping.  Plato wrote that the world viewed from above resembles a ball. He was probably referring to our Astro Playground Balls. And he was probably in the middle of a kickball game. Alphapets Origami BookAlphapets Origami Book – $10.36 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  Ingenious origami book, without scissors, glue, or past origami experience, readers can turn every letter, from A to Z, into an animal that begins with that letter! A perfect rainy-day activity for parents and kids to do together, the instructions are clear and simple enough that children ages six+ can assemble them on their own, but the designs are so fun that adults will also want in on the fun.
Potholder Loom Kit Potholder Loom Kit – $14.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Weave colorful potholders with this sturdy metal loom and the pot will probably call the kettle jealous.  Refill kit available for $4.99. Shadow Puppets Castle Shadow Puppets Castle Theme – $19.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Other themes available.  Gathers some of your favorite fairy tale figures and scenery so you can put on a play that even Rumpelstiltskin would enjoy. Comes with nine paper shadow puppets on sticks including: a king, princess, prince, donkey, fairy, dragon, witch and a forest and castle for scenery Fingerprint Art Set Fingerprint Art Set – $12.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Ages 3+ How about a big hand for this set that lets kids turn their fingerprints into works of art. Just press a finger on the inkpad, push it on a piece of paper, then add faces, hands, feet and accessories with the included stamps and colored pencils.
Offline Tweets Bird Whistle Offline Tweets Bird Whistle – $1.25 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I had one of these whistles as a kid and I loved it for years!  One toot on our bird whistle and your kid will be atwitter with excitement. Just fill with water and blow in the mouthpiece to hear it chirp. Crystal Crayons Crystal Crayons – $8.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I love shaped crayons but often they don’t have a pointy end for those times you need coloring precision.  Bringing these uniquely shaped crayons to arts and crafts time will undoubtedly make you popular. Bringing them to a pawn shop in the hopes that they’re real crystal might make you feel foolish. ABC Flashy Flash Cards ABC Flashy Flash Cards – $12.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  Teach children animal names and the alphabet with these beautifully illustrated flash cards. Each set is held together with a removable ring. Take them on trips or use them as decorative wall art.
Baby Buff Rattle Baby Buff Rattle – $9.95 = $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  I just think this is adorable!  Enjoy a break from spitting up with a little bit of beefing up. Uniquely shaped dumbbell rattle has natural handgrips and is filled with tiny plastic chips that’ll stimulate your child’s curiosity. Off Broadway Puppet Theater Off Broadway Puppet Theater – $39.99 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible.  The Off Broadway Puppet Theater presents: whatever imaginative tale your kids can tell. Starring: easy to set up, tie-back curtains that can be let down to hide pre-performance and intermission preparations. First Crayons First Crayons – $5.95 + $4.95 flat fee shipping eligible. Triangular shaped so they’ll always stay on the table and at arm’s reach.  Their shape and size make them the ideal crayons for little hands. Plus, there are no wrappers in sight. Every inch is made of smooth, vivid color that transfers onto paper, but not onto hands or clothing.  I need to add these to my little girl’s wish list!
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas DVDThe Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas DVD – $8.99 + Free Shipping with $25 total purchase.  ‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph’s Christmas wish? To be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please! Muppet Band AidsBand-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages Featuring the Muppets

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For those w/ everything

L'Occitane Hand Indulgences SetL’Occitane’s Hand Indulgences Set – $28 ($32 value)  A trio of delicately scented, limited-edition hand creams enriched with 20 percent shea butter to nourish, protect, and hydrate. Amazon Gift Cards Amazon gift card – You choose the amount, from $10 to $100.  Free shipping.  They never expire! VitamintsVitamints – $8.99 The first ever vitamin-and-mint-in-one and can be taken anytime, anywhere. Take one after your morning coffee, a meal or snack, and while freshening breath, it will also help provide your recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Personalized iPhone CoversPersonalized iPhone Cover from Shutterfly – $27.96 (on sale from $34.95) Put a face or name on your case. Equation Geek ClockEquation Geek Clock – $30 Learning to tell time is so grade school. Indulge your inner geek and accept a new challenge with this nerdy clock. Each numerical hour of the day is spelled out with a different mathematical notation, giving you a new mathematical boost with each time check. Personalized Christmas Ornaments Personalized Photo Christmas Ornaments from Shutterfly – price varies $12.79-$23.99
Hulu Plus LogoHulu Plus – $7.99 a month. In addition to Hulu’s other great programming they’ve added a Kid’s Hub! Hulu Kids is available on menus across all Hulu Plus-compatible devices, bringing a kid-friendly environment to the living room and handheld devices ChapstickChapStick® Holiday Tins – $5.99 These stylish stocking stuffers are fun gift additions for friends, teachers, co-workers and family.  The keepsake tins contain lip balms that will moisturize lips all year long. Available at Target, Walgreens, & Walmart. A Christmas Story night light Christmas Story Nightlight – $11.49 (on sale from $19.95).  This will light the way to the bathroom on cold winter nights with a whimsical leg lamp!  Brighten your sleeping home with a little spark of movie magic!
FotorFotor – Free! Using Fotor photo editor, you can resize your photos, adjust the lighting curve, rotate them, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, adjust the tone and colors, or just straighten a crooked shot!  Use coupon code Fotor20 for 20% off their HDR Photo Editing Software.  This is on sale for $89.99. Pick PunchPick Punch – $25 It does exactly what it sounds like – it takes materials, like old credit cards or unused gym membership badges, and punches them into custom guitar picks. Mickey Mouse Band AidsMickey Mouse Band Aids – $2.53 Collector’s Series Mickey Bandages, 20 ct.  The Muppets, Disney Princess, Cars, Hello Kitty, & Sesame Street are also available.
PetHoliday Disney ToysPetHoliday Disney Toys from PetSmart – $5.59 (on sale from $7.99).  These soft, adorable friends from Disney are looking for new homes. Durable tug rope attached at bottom, great for tugging. They even squeak when you press their heads, great holiday entertainment for the pup you love. A PetSmart exclusive. Peanuts Snoopy MugPeanuts – A True Friend Mug – $9.99 Start your day with your favorite hot beverage and a wonderful Christian message with this inspirational Peanuts mug from DaySpring!  “A true friend is always loyal.  Proverbs 17:17 TLB” Catnip Cat ToyCatnip Cat Toy from PetSmart – $14.99 + Free Shipping with $50 total purchase.  This cat toy will captivate your pet!  Your cat will push and bat at the ball to watch it spin around and around.  Plus, this “cyclone” holds catnip – extra fun for your kitty! A PetSmart exclusive.
Amazing Grace Wall ArtAmazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) Wall Art – $12.99 When discovering John Newton’s conversion had rescued him from a terrible life as the captain of a slave trade ship, Chris Tomlin was moved by the idea that we are all born into slavery in some sense, and that the good news is, Jesus came to set us free.  The chorus Chris wrote for Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) celebrates our freedom found in the grace of Jesus Christ. With a timeless message of truth and designed in timeless, traditional style, this wall art beautifully infuses powerful inspiration into your home and/or office!  It also makes a wonderful gift for friends and family!

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Gifts that Give

Veggie Tales DVDVeggie Tales Incredible Vegetables DVD– $50 Help where it’s needed most … AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! With your gift of $50 or more to our Maximum Impact Fund — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will receive you will receive the newest VeggieTales DVD, The League of Incredible Vegetables. Honduras Children ReadingBooks – $8 The book you give through ChildFund’s Gifts of Love and Hope program will be cherished by the child in Honduras who receives it. Not only that, your gift will help the child read better and learn to love reading as well. The title of your book will be selected based on the needs and interests of the child who will receive it, so you can be confident your gift will be used and enjoyed!  There are many other gift options available too!

So, what are you waiting for?  Dig deep and give to these wonderful charities this Christmas.

Disclosure: Some of the items above have been provided to me, some have been donated on my behalf, some contain my affiliate links, and some I included just because I wanted to.  Purchasing through my links won’t cost you a penny more but will help support this site.  Thank you!

 

LTD Commodities: Christmas Decorating & Gift Ideas

LTD Commodities makes Christmas decorating easy!

Today, I got a catalog in the mail from LTD Commodities {You can also shop LTDComodities.com}.  This is a Christmas catalog that I usually look forward to every year but this year I’ve been a bit busy and completely forgot about it.  It was a nice surprise to say the least.  I have a few gift ideas picked out for friends and family but I can’t share those with you because they might see them.  I can, however, share the adorable Christmas decorations they have.  Check out some that I’ve pictured above.  Super cute, right?

Dolls on sale

Okay, check out this ADORABLE and AFFORDABLE little dolls.  I’m kicking myself that I’ve already bought my daughter a similar looking brown haired doll that came with a heftier price tag.  These dolls are only $16.95.  That’s right, just under $17!!  Plus, they have a few different sets of outfits and accessories that you can buy for only $13.95.  Each clothing set comes with three complete clothing outfits and accessories (minus shoes) and the 11 piece accessory set comes with shoes, boots, tights, socks, glasses and more.  Go to LTD Commodities to check it out for yourself.  These dolls are at an unbelievable price.  You all know the brands that look similar to these that have a huge price tag, even the ones at Walmart are around $30.

Moisturizing Gel Heel Socks

Want something nice but inexpensive for yourself?  Look no further than these $4.95 Moisturizing Gel Heel Socks.  I love these gel moisturizing socks but I’m always afraid that all that moisture will give me a nail infection.  With these there is no worry!  Just comfortable, soft heels.  I’m definitely buying a pair of these for myself.

I could go on and on but I just wanted to share one of my favorite places to buy and request Christmas gifts from.  Plus, I’m pretty much in love with their inexpensively priced Christmas decor.  Definitely check out LTD Commodities if you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts!

KidKraft Cookie Baking Set Review

KidKraft Cookie Baking Set

Last Christmas, I wrote about how I searched and searched to find my daughter the perfect play kitchen and how I ended up with a KidKraft kitchen. {See my KidKraft Kitchen Review here}  When the good people at KidKraft saw my post they wrote me an email to tell me how much the liked my thorough review and they asked for my address so that they could send me a KidKraft Baking Set for free – no strings attached.  Of course I said yes and my daughter has happily played with it for months now.  She loves it and I love that it’s made with the same KidKraft quality that I’ve came to expect.

Since Christmas is just around the corner I wanted to share my review of this baking set with you in case that you or someone you know is considering buying a set for the special child in your life.

KidKraft Baking Set

I’ll start with this stock photo from KidKraft.  This set comes with a mixer, removable bowl, two cookies, cookie tray, a working rolling pin, and a spoon for stirring.  Every piece is made with wood and covered with some sort of durable paint.  After months of wear there isn’t one little bit of paint that has chipped.  That’s pretty impressive!

KidKraft Play Cookies

My daughter loves to set her table and serve her little stuffed friends.  Here is a picture of a table that she set herself.  I know what you’re thinking…either that I taught her well or that she is OCD.  ha!  It may be a little of both.

KidKraft Cookies

Here’s an up close look at the cookies to give you a better idea of what they look like.  They have some weight to them without being too heavy.

Kid's Mixer

The mixer moves up and down with ease.  It’s made well so that little fingers won’t get pinched when playing.

Kids's Wooden Mixer

Here’s a look at the mixer when it’s in the down position.  You can see that there is a gap between the beater bars and the bowl.  That’s nice for two reasons. 1.) It won’t scratch the bowl. 2.) Little hands can easily remove the bowl without having to lift the top of the mixer.

KidKraft Mixer

From this angle you can see how it fits perfectly on the counter space available and it even leaves some room for additional food prep.  You can also see the circular logo in the side of the mixer.  If I had my way it wouldn’t be there but it’s certainly not a deal breaker.

KidKraft Kitchen Accessories

Here’s an example of that free counter space being put to good use.  The lovely hand towel was made by my sweet sister-in-law who also made a matching dish towel too.

KidKraft Kitchen

Here’s a look at my daughter baking her KidKraft cookies.

Okay, it’s time for a quick review.

Pros:

  1. All pieces are made with wood so I know they’ll last.
  2. After months of use the paint is still in perfect condition.
  3. The mixer is made well so it won’t pinch tiny fingers.
  4. No annoying noises or batteries to replace.
  5. Working rolling pin and liftable mixer {yes, I made up the word liftable}.
  6. Fits well on our KidKraft kitchen, it matches it, and looks nice setting out.
  7. The bowl can be removed easily and used as a salad bowl or fruit bowl, etc.

Tiny Con:

  1. I’m not a fan of the logo on the side of the mixer.

All in all, my daughter and I both love this set and would recommend it to any little chef.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

This KidKraft Baking Set is on sale right now at Target for $23.49 but prices are always fluctuating so double check before you buy.

December Photo a Day 2012 – Days 6-13

I’ve been a little behind on posting my photo a day photos but I’m here to catch up!  I’ve been posting them on Twitter and Instagram but just not my blog.  Without further ado…

Toys

Day 6 – Toys This is a picture of my husband breaking down and removing the batteries from an old toy so that we could make room for new Christmas toys.

 

 

Christmas Lights

Day 7 – Bright This is a strand of VERY bright LED lights.  I’m not a fan.

 

 

The Money Saving Mom's Budget

Day 8 – Good Book This is a picture of one of the latest drafts of Crystal Paine’s book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, that she sent me before it was published.  It’s a great book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for practical ways to save money!

 

 

A Beautiful Sight

Day 9 – A Beautiful Sight This is my little sweetheart and I think she’s beautiful!

 

 

Christmas Tree

Day 10 – Christmas Tree This is the sad picture of my Christmas tree with LED lights in the middle of it.  One of our strands of lights bit the dust this year and apparently very few people still sell regular old glass light bulbs.  These plastic bulbs are dull looking up close while being blindingly bright and many are sharp to the touch.  I am very disappointed.  Oh, and to make things worse, our very bottom strand of lights just died tonight too so now we’ll have to buy more LED lights unless we buy the old fashioned lights online and those won’t arrive until after Christmas.  I can’t decide what to do.  Remove all the lights and put them back on more sparingly, buy a large LED strand, buy old lights online and pay an outrageous amount for quick shipping, or buy several 2 feet strands of the old lights for $5 a box at the only place we’ve found them at in town.  Decisions, decisions!

 

Day 11 – Something Yummy

This is amazing!  It tastes so much better than my poor pictures shows.  This is a Moravian Sugar Cake which I was recently introduced to.  It’s ridiculously good!  If I find a recipes for it I’ll be sure to share it with you.

 

 

Julep Nail Polish

Day 12 – Sparkle

This sparkly bundle of nail polish is from Julep.  I’ve enjoyed just about every bottle I’ve got from them but their glitter is out of this world.  It brings out the child in me for sure!!! They have full coverage glitter, medium coverage and get this, glitter with different size sparkles!  Yea, I’m hooked.

 

Someone I love

Day 13 – Someone I Love 

Of course I was going to take a picture of my family!  It was between my daughter and my husband and my daughter was the only one home at the moment.  If you’re reading this, I love you too, Michael!!

 

In case you haven’t heard what all this Photo a Day talk is about, you can go here to December Photo a Day for all the information.  The basic gist is that everyday throughout the month of December we’re given a specific theme to take a picture of.  I’ll be taking a picture with Instagram and I’ll share my picture here on my blog.  I also have a linky attached to the main post so you can link up your photo of the day that you’ve published on your blog.  Plus, if you want to participate but don’t have a blog you can use the hashtag #EmbracingDecember to share on Twitter or Instagram!  I hope you’ll join us!

Donate for Free: Coats for Kids with International Delight!

Coats for Kids

 

This is a great way that you can donate to others without even spending a dime…just a little effort!  For every Like or Share of this post on FacebookInternational Delight will donate $1.00 to Coats for Kids, up to $25,000!  Plus, International Delight will also donate 50 cents for every UPC registered at Share Your Delight.  Their goal is $100,000 to the Coats for Kids Foundation over all promotions.  Let’s help them reach it!

 

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

Buy One, Get One Free Holiday Drinks at Starbucks! 12/13-12/16/12

Starbucks

 

Woohoo!  Starting today (12/13/12), Starbucks is offering Buy one, Get One free holiday drinks.  I love these offers!  Please note that this offer is only good between 12/13/12 and 12/16/12 from 2-5pm.  You can choose between Caramel Brulee Latte {my favorite!},Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha. As always, I recommend calling ahead to make sure your local store is participating.

 

Thanks, Christian Clippers!

Win 96 K-Cups! #Giveaway Ends 12/20/12

 

Today’s giveaway is for 96 K-Cups {4 boxes!}.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of our 12 Days of Giveaways that we have going on!

 

12 Days of Giveaways:

Day 1 – $50 PetSmart Gift Card

Day 2 – $455 Blendtec Blender

Day 3 – 2 $25 ALDI Gift Cards

Day 4 – 96 K-Cups

 

Cross Country Cafe

 

Here’s a brief description of the 4 boxes one lucky winner will receive:

 

Green Mountain Breakfast Blend Coffee is the perfect choice if you like smooth mild coffee.  It has a soft not harsh flavor and is my #1 choice!!  Green Mountain Coffee is available in over 50 different blends so there’s sure to be at least one that’s right for YOU!

Wolfgang Puck’s Breakfast in Bed K-cups were also smooth and mild, and had a wonderful aroma as my coffee brewed.  Wolfgang Puck offers a variety of K-cup flavors as well.

Tully’s Breakfast Blend was very flavorful yet smooth and mild and not harsh tasting.  Tully’s  is a well known brand that was established in Seattle, Washington in 1992, and is now enjoyed and loved by many.

Donut House Collection Regular Coffee reminds me of my favorite Donut store coffee. It is a bit more robust than the others and has a rich, bold flavor.

 

For more information on this yummy coffee visit Cross County Cafe or Shore Savings with Patti for her review.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below and as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me.  Oh, and don’t forget to enter the other great giveaways that we have going on now!  Good luck!!

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Win a $455 Blendtec Blender! Ends 12/26/12 #Giveaway

Today is the second day of our 12 Days of Giveaways and we’ve partnered with some fabulous bloggers to give away a $455 Blendtec Blender!

 

12 Days of Giveaways:

Day 1 – $50 PetSmart Gift Card

Day 2 – $455 Blendtec Blender

Blendtec Blender

Here is the blender one lucky reader will win!  The Blendtec Designer Series Wild Side.  Isn’t she a beauty?  For more information on this blender and an unbiased review visit, Shore Savings with Patti.

 

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.  This giveaway will end on 12/26/12.  Good luck!! Oh, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see what the giveaway of the day is!

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