Wednesday, September 28, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - MC Squares Dry Erase Tools Teens Will Love!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to MC Squares for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift idea would be perfect for tweens, teens and even adults who like to stay organized and love cute decor.  Check out MC Squares:

MC Squares dry erase products can help keep you organized and look cute doing it!  They offer a huge range of products, many of which are peel and stick for endless customizable options.  Check out a few of our favorites:


Reusable lined paper in standard and notepad size means you'll waste less paper and save some trees!  These are reusable for at least 2 years. They feature a durable whiteboard finish and Gorilla Board core. They won’t stain, warp, or chip. They can be washed with water and a soft cloth for reuse thousands of times!

Multi-used sticky notes, index cards and checklists make it super easy to stay organized:


MC Squares sticky products stick like magic to most shiny appliances like fridges, mirrors, windows, lockers, plastic bins, laptops, and monitors without leaving behind sticky residue.  We love this sticky monthly calendar:


MC Squares also has multicolored packs of sticky notes: Yellow, Pink, Blue, and Green - so you can use each variously for writing reminders, plans, or lists, drawing, or doodling.


These notes are constructed with high-quality dry-erase film on the front and aerospace-grade Bubble-Bond foam tape on the back for long-lasting durability



Need some great markers to get started with your sticky notes? 


MC Squares offers Tackies...bright, bold wet-erase markers!  You can use dry eraser markers with these products, but Tackie markers help prevent accidental smudging or erasing and still wipe off easily with a little water.

MC Squares helps you save hundreds by replacing wasteful paper products. They are easy and fun to use and a great way to make organizing fun!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

B is for Beekeeping: A Fun and Educational Picture Book About Bees!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

As an avid gardener, I am a huge fan of bees and bee education and conservation.  Today, I am super excited to share a fabulous book that is a great tool to get younger generations interested in bees too!

B is for Beekeeping: An Alphabet Book

About the book:
Beekeeper and conservationist Justin Weiss brings the ABCs of honeybees to life for the next generation of environmentalists in his delightful new children’s book, B is for Beekeeping: An Alphabet Book.

With concise, easy-to-understand language, such as “C is for comb,” and “H is for honey,” Weiss introduces young audiences to the ABCs of beekeeping and the critical role that honeybees play in the ecosystem.

In B is for Beekeeping, Weiss uses each letter of the alphabet to teach a beekeeping term and idea, and each fascinating new fact is brought to life by a bright, playful illustration.

Perfect for parents, grandparents and teachers, B is for Beekeeping intends to encourage children to explore the “un-bee-lievable” world around them and to respect some of the smallest, but mightiest, creatures.

About the author:
Justin Weiss is a husband, father and hobby beekeeper. He loves to explore the world with his family and try new foods. 

Born and raised in California, he currently lives outside of Dallas, Texas, on a small suburban homestead. He and his wife have a garden, keep bees, raise quail and chickens, and have an orange cat named Leo. He is fluent in Spanish, having also lived in Chile, Easter Island and Spain.

Weiss serves his community as the assistant city manager and also as a board member for the local school district’s education foundation.

It has always been a dream of his to publish a book — a special gift for his children that he hopes they will want to pass down one day, too.

A portion of all sales of this book will be donated to organizations such as Pollinator Partnership, the Bee Conservancy and Project Apis m.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. Treats Everyone Can Enjoy This Holiday Season!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

This holiday season, Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. so that everyone can enjoy some holiday goodies!  If you or someone in your family has food allergies or an autoimmune disorder, you know those holiday treat trays are usually a no-no.  But this year, you don't have to miss out on the fun thanks to Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R!


Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R’s mission comes straight from the struggle of the founders' search for treats they could eat after being diagnosed with life-changing autoimmune disorders. Often times, autoimmune disorders cause you to have to revamp your diet and eliminate or greatly reduce certain inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, soy...the list goes on and on and varies from person to person.  After discovering I had Hashimoto's earlier this year, pre-packaged treats and treat mixes were no longer an option.  It's pretty hard to find tasty sweet treats that were safe for me to eat on my new diet, so I just skipped them altogether.  For the most part that was okay, but on occasions were everyone else got to enjoy a treat, I sure felt that craving to join in.  Fortunately for me, it didn't take long for me to find a satisfying solution... Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R.  Their mixes are easy to prepare and free from Grain, Almond and peanut, Nightshades, Gluten, Soy and seed, full of Taste, Egg and dairy free and made from Real foods (hence the G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. acronym)  Check out two of my person favorite mixes from Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. :

Sugar Cookie Mix


An AIP sugar cookie, you say? Oh, hooray! Enjoy this mix for beautiful drop cookies, or roll-out into fancy cut-outs for holidays, birthdays and more. Store in fridge or freezer to preserve freshness. Without grains, nuts, dairy and more, you’ll enjoy the freedom and taste the joy.


Ingredients: Tapioca Flour, Organic Tigernut Flour, Grass-fed Gelatin, Coconut Flour, Vanilla Powder, Sea Salt And Baking Soda.

Dark Choconot™ Fudge Cake Mi

 Dark Choconot™ Fudge cake mix is as chocolatey as it comes...without the chocolate!  So, for those on restrictive diets, let them eat cake.  Without grains, eggs, dairy, nuts and more, this cake mix is delicious just as it is.  Or, show off your creative flare by adding fruits, vegetables and more.  Enjoy as a cake, muffins or cupcakes, too!
 

Ingredients: Organic Tigernut Flour, Tapioca Flour, Organic Carob Powder, Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin, Baking Soda, Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic Vanilla Bean Powder

It is difficult and isolating to remove certain foods from your diet.  With Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. baking mixes, you can feel the freedom and taste the joy as you boldly stand for a happier, healthier, more whole you.  These mixes would be great to have on hand for all those holiday reasons to indulge and they make great gifts for those who are on allergen-free or AIP diets!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, September 26, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - Fancy Schmancy Gifts They'll Actually Use from Celestial Silk!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Celestial Silk for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift ideas are something that I've been using every. single. day. since they arrived and these goodies are from Celestial Silk:


Celestial Silk offers silk pillowcases and hair scrunchies that are made with quality materials.  Silk is known for it's ability to create a luxurious sleeping atmosphere and protect your hair from getting tangled and breaking.  These lovely silk goodies from Celestial Silk do just that.

Mulberry Silk Scrunchies

I have been using these beauty every day.  Mulberry silk scrunchies keep all hair types healthier and more manageable by reducing the friction that leads to frizz, breakage and hair loss. Celestial Silk hair ties are more comfortable than normal hair ties and they help prevent hair creases.  Plus, they look great!


 Not just practical - silk is always elegant. A touch of silk adds a little luxury and subtle glamour to everyday hair care routines.  Celestial Silk hair ties are made with 100% grade 6A mulberry silk and are Oeko-Tex 100 Certified. 

A set of these beauties would make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season!

25 Momme Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

A true silk pillowcase is soft, buttery smooth and luxurious. You've heard about the benefits of sleeping on silk pillowcases. Endless reasons to use one...allergies, skin, hair, on and on.  No matter the reason you want one, Celestial Silk offers a variety of sizes and colors that will match any decor. 


They have both zippered and unzippered cases and over 28 colors and 3 sizes to choose from! This 25 momme mulberry silk pillowcase is truly the epitome of luxury sleeping and since you spend over a third of your life in bed, why not treat yourself or that special someone? 


Check out Celestial Silk for a beautiful selection of silk gifts to spoil them this holiday season!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Fun Halloween Books For Kiddos This Spooky Season!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Printers Row Publishing Group for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Check out our roundup of fun books to help your little ones celebrate Spooky Season:

 These sweet and spooky titles readers are sure to be a hit with young readers. 

Squeaky Bat
By Maggie Fischer

Illustrated by Lucy Barnard
Publication Date: 8/16/2022
Price: $8.99 | Silver Dolphin
 ISBN-13: 9781667200378
Ages 0-2

It’s Halloween, and Squeaky Bat can’t help but squeak with joy because it’s her favorite time of year! An adorable, squishy vinyl bat shows through cut-outs in the center of this book to appear on every page. Young readers will love squeezing the bat and hearing her squeak in this fun, rhyming board book!


It Sounds Like Halloween!
By Maggie Fischer

Illustrated by Gareth Williams
Publication Date: 8/9/2022
Price: $11.99 | Silver Dolphin
ISBN-13: 9781667200323
Ages 3-5

It’s Halloween night, a time for tricks and for treats. There are spooky sounds all around, but they’re not all what they seem! Is that a werewolf’s howl or just a cute little dog in a Halloween costume, barking at the moon? With picture prompts to push the sound buttons throughout the story, young readers will have an eerily good time discovering what is making each sound in this fun, interactive board book.


Halloween Super Puffy Stickers! Boo to You!
By Maggie Fischer


Illustrated by Samantha Meredith
Publication Date: 8/2/2022
Price: $6.99 | Silver Dolphin
 ISBN-13: 9781667200262
Ages 3-5

No tricks, just treats in this fun Halloween activity book! Turn the pages and make your way through monster mazes, daring doodles, and silly search and finds. With colorful illustrations, 32 activity pages, and more than 75 puffy stickers, this book is so much fun it’s spooky!


Disney: The Nightmare Before Christmas 
Movie Theater Storybook and Projector


Publication Date: 8/16/2022
Price: $19.99 | Studio Fun
 ISBN-13: 9780794449407
Ages 6-8

Relive the frightful magic of the beloved Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas through this interactive storybook with handheld slide projector and 20 spooktacular images of all your favorite movie characters!




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

#HolidayGiftGuide - Outside the Box: The Perfect Gift For Crafty Kids and Teens!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Outside the Box for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

If you have an artistic kiddo, Outside the Box should be on your radar this holiday season! 

These fun boxes are created to offer hands on art projects that tie in to a picture book to encourage and all around learning experience that your kiddo won't soon forget. With a subscription, each month they’ll explore a different art project or theme with engaging projects that promote creativity.  You can choose between a Regular Box (enough supplies for 2) and the Family Box (enough supplies for 4 artists) or Insider’s Club, all digital subscription.

Each box contains a picture book that relates to the project to inspire and set a context, written easy to follow instructions with a QR code and link for a resource page with video tutorials and other resources, and all of the art supplies needed for the project. Art supplies are full size – not sample sizes.

Our box was the Yummy Still Life Art box:


This box includes: the hilarious classic book, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett,  8 sheets of high quality watercolor paper, a set of Faber-Castell Eco Watercolor Pencils, 2 brushes, 2 water cups, paper towels for blotting, detailed instruction booklet and a link to the tutorial video and other resources.


Instructions were easy to follow and A dove right in, excited to get started!




Outside the Box makes it easy to provide your child with fun, imaginative, and educational art projects, with no experience and no planning necessary other than to order the kits!


The boxes & projects are designed for elementary age children – roughly 5-11. If your child is on the younger end, they will need more parent involvement that older children do. 


A and D are 16 and 13 and both found this kit to be easy to follow and fun.  They loved the high quality watercolor pencil set that came with the kit and have used them several times since completing the included activities.


Outside the Box would make a lovely gift for kids and teens who love trying out different types of art projects and enjoy exploring their creative sides!  Check them out this holiday season for a gift that will last all year long!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - Gamers Will Love Tech Gifts From Redragon!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Redragon for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

If you have a teen who is into gaming and PCs, Redragon is your one-stop shop for the perfect gift this holiday season!  


Here are a few of our favorite gifts ideas from Redragon:

Redragon M612 Predator RGB Gaming Mouse

This is an 8000 DPI wired optical gamer mouse with 11 programmable buttons and 5 backlit modes.  In case you're not tech-inclined, this is simply a really cool mouse!

Features:
Pentakill, 5 DPI Levels - Geared with 5 redefinable DPI levels (default as: 500/1000/2000/3000/4000), easy to switch between different game needs. Dedicated demand of DPI options between 500-8000 is also available to be processed by software.

Any Button is Reassignable - 11 programmable buttons are all editable with customizable tactical keybinds in whatever game or work you are engaging. 1 rapid fire + 2 side macro buttons offer you a better gaming and working experience.


Comfort Grip with Details - The skin-friendly frosted coating is the main comfort grip of the mouse surface, which offers you the most enjoyable fingerprints-free tactility. The left side equipped with rubber texture strengthens the friction and makes the mouse easier to be controlled.

5 Decent Backlit Modes - Turn the backlit on and make some kills in your gaming battlefield. The hyped dynamic RGB backlit vibe will never let you down when decorating your gaming space.

Fatigue Killer with Ergonomic Design - Solid frame with a streamlined and general claw-grip design offers each gamer a satisfying and comfortable gaming experience with less fatigue even though after hours of use.


I've been told that this is the best gaming mouse D has ever had and he's pretty excited about using it!

Redragon H520 Icon Wired Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound - Memory Foam Earpads

D is also REALLY enjoying this headset!


Features:
Precisely Clear Audio – Enjoy the real clear and lossless sound quality with 7.1 Surround-Sound technology, creating a field of immersion wherever in game field, listening to alive concert or in a chatroom chat room. The 50mm drivers offer a wider frequency range, richer sound fields, higher definition and extreme fidelity sound.


Adjustable and Comfortable – Its free-adjustable headband with lightweight durable made steel frame will free your head from extra burdens when gaming or listening to music. The finest leatherette with premium memory foam filler enables your ear to breathe and keep them dry and cool. No need to worry, even after hours of wear you feel nothing but comfort.


All in Control - The Redragon H520 boasts independent line control with sound volume +/-, on/off and mic on/off. 7.1 surround sound (under software running), and mic on/off status are monitored on the USB cable panel.


Talk it Like You Hear it - Not only can you hear lossless sound but you can talk it out. The detachable 4mm-thick foam wrapped microphone will surely offer you the clearest communication between teammates or friends, no more distorted sound and boomed mic cases.


For All Platforms - With 3.5mm braided cable , mic/audio splitter cable and an extra control box USB cable. Styled to match any platform you use, whether PC, PS4/3, Xbox One X/Series X, NS(Some models like S in old version might need an adapter, adapter NOT included), Switch or Mobile Devices.


Redragon has gifts for all budgets.  Here are a couple of super affordable stocking stuffers for gamers:

Redragon Key Tester Tool

Redragon Coaster

If you have a gamer on your list, check out Redragon for gifts they will really love!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - Don't Forget Your Fur Babies! SodaPup Has Got You Covered!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to SodaPup for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

SodaPup has got your pups covered this holiday season!  They offer a great line up of durable and engaging enrichment toys to keep your doggo entertained.


Check out some of our favorites:

Nylon Toys
SodaPup Nylon Toys are Made in the USA from an FDA compliant material that is safe for dogs. These are durable material for the most serious chewers. 


Nylon is a hard material that mimics chewing on bones, but is safer. Chewing on nylon toys helps promote fresh breath by scraping plaque and bacteria off your dogs teeth.



Many of SodaPup's nylon toys have crevices that you can smear food (think peanut butter) on to offer your pup a tasty licking challenge as well as a chewing challenge.


Rubber Treat Dispenser Toys
SodaPup engineered a proprietary rubber compound for maximum tear strength, making their toys tougher than the rest.


 Forget stuffing their stocking.  Stuff their toys instead!  Help your dog fight boredom by filling the Christmas Tree Toy with treats like kibble, canned dog food, peanut butter, or your favorite dog treat recipe. 





The rubber material is FDA compliant, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is sustainably harvested helping us reduce SodaPup's carbon footprint. 


Treat your pup this holiday season with some fun enrichment toys from SodaPup.  They are 100% Harley Mae approved!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.