Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Empower Kids and #ShareYourSmile

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Just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, personalized children’s book publisher I See Me! has launched the #ShareYourSmile social movement. In hopes of spreading acts of kindness, and inspired by the new “I Can Change the World” personalized storybook, #ShareYourSmile empowers kids to believe in themselves and their ability to affect change in those around them.

I See Me! will donate $1 for every photo with hashtag #ShareYourSmile shared (up to $5,000) to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving.  So go help empower kids and share your smile now!

Celebrate the Holidays with Avon's Exclusive Deals - #AvonHoliday

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This holiday season, Avon and mark. have all of your shopping needs covered with fabulous finds that will be sure to wow whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, loved one or even yourself.

To get holiday shopping off on the right foot, Avon has two exclusive deals not to be missed:

· On #BlackFriday receive FREE shipping on all orders and 30% off any purchase of $30 or more on Avon.com

· On #CyberMonday score a limited edition beauty bundle featuring six of Avon’s most loved products and an exclusive tote, in addition to free shipping and 30% off orders for $30 or more on Avon.com

To learn more about the Avon and mark.’s holiday gifts, visit Avon.com or meetmark.com.

God Bless Our Christmas - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Tommy Nelson. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.

This sweet rhyming story will help your little ones focus on all the blessings of Christmas with family, including decorating cookies and trees, singing favorite carols, giving gifts, and celebrating Jesus!

God Bless Our Christmas has a unique black, white, blue, and red color palette that highlights the winter world of our adorable snow-animal families. The penguins, polar bears, arctic hares, snow owls, and their neighbors are each enjoying a different Christmas blessing or tradition. In the end, all of the animals gather around the tree, thankful for Jesus—the brightest part of the season.

My Review:

This padded hardcover book is a delightful way to open children's eyes to the blessings around them. It showcases animals as they participate in different Christmas activities, and how they're thankful for what they have or are doing. In the end, the animals are shown giving thanks for the real reason of the season, Jesus. Children will be all smiles as they look at the cute animals and hear good things about Christmas.

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Cheeky Home Announces Line of Tableware Products That Give Back‏ - Review

I received products for review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.

When I am having a gathering in my home or hosting a party elsewhere, I tend to bring paper plates and cups, and plastic utensils. That way it all can just be thrown away and a bunch of dishes aren't piled up.

Cheeky is a new line of tableware to hit shelves. It's a line of fun, colorful tableware that marries style and design with social responsibility. Its products includes plates, bowls, napkins, cold cups, hot cups and cutlery.

Cheeky launched in U.S. Target stores nationwide. What makes their company different than other tableware companies (other than the fresh, bright colors) is that Cheeky aims to provide 10 million meals to Americans facing hunger by the end of 2015. They are doing this in partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization. The way it works is simple. For every Cheeky item purchased at Target, Cheeky will donate the monetary equivalent of a meal to Feeding America. The Feeding America network of food banks then provides food to adults, children and seniors across the country. It's a win-win situation!

We held our Thanksgiving feast a few days early and I used Cheeky as my tableware. Coffee was one of the drink options and I used Cheeky hot cups for that. Included with the striped cups was white lids and pink sleeves. The sleeves didn't stay securely on the cups every time but the cups were durable and the lids snapped in place without struggle. Dinner plates, dessert plates, plastic cups, and bowls were set out for each guest's use. Rather than serving guests food on plain white tableware, each Cheeky piece had pops of color to them. Better yet, the tableware was unyielding and wasn't flimsy. There was no worry of food spillage. Although the plastic cups are meant to be disposable, I've washed and reused them. They are well-made enough to be used more than once.

Unfortunately, the nearest Target location from my home is over two hours so I won't be able to purchase Cheeky at one of those retailers. Hopefully Cheeky will be available in other stores soon because I'd love to purchase the brand that has functional products and helps serve those in need.

Harvest Snaps - #HarvestSnapsFan Review

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Harvest Snaps is a healthy snack company that uses all-natural peas and lentils to create airy, crunchy tasty treats. Their Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas - 70% to be exact - and the Lentil Snaps come packed with 65% authentic lentils. It's a great way to feel satisfied without feeling sluggish. Their non-GMO crops are grown and harvested in rich North American soils.


I received all six flavors of Harvest Snaps. There's Wasabi Ranch, Caesar, Onion Thyme, Tomato Basil, Black Pepper, and Lightly Salted. The snacks are long and thin in shape. They have a crunchy texture that's light and airy.

Harvest Snaps were recently served at a family gathering and they went over quite well. Because they have a light crunch, even the younger children were able to eat them. I've also taken Harvest Snaps to work and consumed them when I'm craving a guilt-free snack. Although I like all six flavors, my favorites are Wasabi Ranch and Caesar.

Which flavor of Harvest Snaps would be your favorite?

Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip - #HormelFamily Recipe

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Just the other day I crafted a dip for the first time. My entire family loved the flavor combinations and soon consumed it all. It's an easy recipe that includes Hormel Real Bacon Pieces and one I'll definitely be making again soon.


Ingredients

1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 1 oz. packet dry ranch dip mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Hormel Real Bacon Pieces
freshly cut vegetables, corn or potato chips

Directions

In a bowl, add the sour cream and dip mix and stir until well blended. Fold in the cheese and bacon bits. Chill covered for 1 hour before serving.
Serve with vegetable or chips.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Limited Edition Softsoap Brand Body Washes - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review from Colgate-Palmolive. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.


I've used Softsoap's liquid hand soaps and body washes several times. I like the fragrances and the way my skin gets clean. Softsoap now has available, until December 2014, limited edition body washes. The three scents - Alpine Mint Frost, Parisian Berry Bliss, and Venetian Vanilla Spice - will wrap you in the holiday spirit with their moisture rich formulas.

Softsoap brand Alpine Mint Frost - Its revitalizing scent of Cool Winter Mint will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth all winter long.

Softsoap brand Parisian Berry Bliss - This moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the festive scent of red winter berries leaves you ready to enjoy winter.

Softsoap brand Venetian Vanilla Spice - Let the invigorating scent of Sweet Vanilla & Spices infuse your shower to leave you with soft and smoother skin all winter long.

All three scents are available at Walmart for a limited time. When using Softsoap Limited Edition Body Washes, I am enveloped with scents that remind me of the holidays. The scents are true to what the bottles indicate. The flip-top lids are easy to open, and the body wash lathers up nicely. My family likes Softsoap because it doesn't irritate our skin and it gives our bodies a nice, clean feeling.

Be sure to pick up your Softsoap Limited Edition Body Washes before time runs out!
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