Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope your day is filled with abundant blessings from God!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Safety1st Carseat Giveaway

Keep your child safe this holiday travel season!

Enter to win your choice of Safety1st carseat!
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Enter to win a carseat from Safety1st on TheLinkFairy.com!

It's holiday travel season and with so many heading to be with family, every parent should make sure their kiddos are safe. Whether you are traveling by car or plane this year, it's always important to make sure your children are riding in the proper car seat. It's not as complicated as you may think. It just takes planning to keep everyone safe on your holiday travels. Take a look at some great travel tips from Safety1st on How To Survive The Holidays With Kids and make sure your travels are merry and safe! 
Enter through the widget below. Open to US residents 18+. Ends 12/10.

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#BlueBeePals Are Waiting For You At Toys R us This holiday Season

Bluebee Pals

It’s that time of year where kids are making their holiday wish lists and moms are searching for unique gift ideas. I am excited to introduce you to a new revolutionary toy that will receive a seal of approval from moms and kids! Moms, meet Bluebee Pals, a new Interactive Bluetooth® Enabled Plush Companion and Learning Tool from Kayle Concepts.


Bluebee Pals is a huggable plush toy that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The advanced technology includes lip synchronization allowing the animal’s “mouth” to move while singing and reading your child’s favorite storybooks or learning apps. You can even surprise and entertain your family and friends when you use your Bluebee Pal as a wireless speaker phone! Bluebee Pals are available in 5 adorable characters: Leo the Lion, Lily the Lamb, Winston the Puppy, Riley the Zebra and Sammy the Bear. You can find Winston the Puppy at Toys ‘R Us this holiday season and the whole gang is available on www.bluebeepals.com.

I know my boys would have loved having one of these when they were younger and I know several little ones who would love them now!

You can find all about them HERE!!

I received this information as a part of MomSelect. I was not compensated in any way for posting.

Candy Cane Mice ~ A Christmas Craft


I love making little Christmas goodies for friends and family, and the occasional random person who happens into my life around Christmas! One of the little goodies I am making with a couple of my dearest friends is Candy Cane Mice. This one is an oldy but a goody!




We had a ball crafting these little guys. The day was full of laughter, good food, and even better fellowship. I love spending days with my friends like this. The conversation goes all over the place, we get to share while doing something we all enjoy, and the end results are going to bless other people! That's what I call a good day. Oh and of course there was good coffee too!

So if you want to make some of these adorable Candy Cane Mice here's what you need:
  • Candy Cane Mice template 
  • Felt in a variety of colors
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Fabric shears 
  • Craft glue 
  • Candy canes (full size or small 3" individually wrapped, you just want to make sure the candy canes are individually wrapped or they don't fit in the mouse. )
  • Craft Knife or Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Wiggly Eyes (optional)
The process is really easy. If you are using full size candy canes you want to enlarge the template by 150%. If you are using the smaller candy canes (like we did) you want to print the template the size it is without enlarging. 

Cut out your pattern pieces. Trace the ear and body with a pencil on the color of felt you want to use. Cut out your pieces.


With a hole punch cut the nose from red felt and two eyes from black felt (or skip the eyes if using wiggly eyes). Cut the inner ear pieces from a contrasting color of felt. You can even make their noses different colors if you want.


With a craft knife or scissors and the pattern, cut the slits in the mouse for the candy cane and the ears. If you are doing this project with your kids this should be an adult only job!

Glue the face on the mouse body and the inner pieces of the ears in place. Set aside to dry.


Assemble the mice by slipping the ears through the slits in the front of the mouse body and the candy cane through the back slits and tucking them into the ears to hold them in place.

These make an adorable table favor at a party or meeting or even just a cute package topper! Plus they hang from a tree branch by their tails and look super cute as an ornament.

Here's what 100 of these little mice look like!!

Have fun crafting. I know we did!

What crafts are you planning on making this Christmas season?

(The Candy Cane Mice template came from Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2003)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Christmas Snowflake Snack Giveaway

The Christmas Snowflake Snack Giveaway

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The Christmas Snowflake Giveaway

3 - Winners

Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to work with The Popcorn Factory to bring you "The Christmas Snowflake Giveaway". This giveaway will have 3 winner each receiving amazing snack packages for Christmas. Let's take a look at the these mouth watering prize packages.

Grand Prize:
 Snowflake Tin & 7 Tier Tower




 A superb line-up of tantalizing holiday treats can be found in our Snowflake Tin & Tower. 7-tier Tower includes Hard Sour Candies, Butter Pecan Cookies, Mini Snowflake Pretzels, a tin of Drizzled Caramel Corn, Pixies®, Natural Pistachios, Spicy Peanuts, Honey-roasted Peanuts, Fancy Mixed Nuts and a  2-gallon, 3-flavor tin packed with Butter, Cheese & Caramel popcorn goodness.


Contents:
 7 TIER SNOWFLAKE TIN & TOWER
ITEM NUMBER: T7617
APPROXIMATE HEIGHT OF TIN & TOWER: 18"
2 OZ FOIL SOUR CANDIES
8 PC BUTTER PECAN COOKIES
6 OZ WHITE STAR PRETZELS
11 OZ ROUND TIN DRIZZLED CARAMEL CORN
9 PC PIXIES®
6 OZ FANCY MIXED NUTS
5 OZ NATURAL PISTACHIOS
6 OZ HONEY ROAST PEANUTS
6 OZ SPICY PEANUTS
TOWER TIED WITH SATIN RIBBON
2 GALLON TIN MEASURES: 10 1/4" DIA. TOP X 9 1/8" DIA. BOTTOM X 7 1/2" HIGH
20 OZ (1.25 LBS.) CARAMEL CORN
7 OZ (.438 LBS.) CHEESE POPCORN
6.49 OZ (.406 LBS.) BUTTER POPCORN
SHIPPING BOX MEASURES: 10 5/8 X 10 5/8 X 22 1/2"

Second Place Prize Package:
Snowflake Snacker's Choice Gift Box


No two snowflakes are ever the same, but the reaction of receiving our Snacker’s Choice Gift Box always is… sheer joy! We pack if full of Soft Baked Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Christmas Jelly Beans, Spicy Peanuts, Hard Sour Candies, Chocolate Toffee Pretzels, Candy Cane Caramels, Coconut Snowballs and four flavors of gourmet popcorn cheer: Cheese, White Cheddar, White Chocolate Peppermint Kettle and a mini-canister of Chocolate Kettle.

Contents: 
 SNOWFLAKE SNACKER'S CHOICE GIFT BOX
ITEM NUMBER: C7694
GIFT BOX MEASURES: 18 X 11 1/2 X 4 1/2"
SHIPPING BOX MEASURES: 18 1/2 X 12 X 5"
CONTAINS:
1.6 OZ CHEESE POPCORN
1.6 OZ WHITE CHEDDAR POPCORN
6 OZ WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT KETTLE CORN
11 OZ SHORT CANISTER CHOCOLATE KETTLE CORN
4 OZ COCONUT SNOWBALLS
6 OZ SPICY PEANUTS
2 - 1.075 OZ SOFT BAKED CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
4 OZ CHRISTMAS JELLYBEANS
4 OZ FOIL SOUR HARD CANDIES
3 OZ CHOCOLATE TOFFEE PRETZELS
2 OZ CANDY CANE CARAMELS


Third Place Prize Package:
Snowflake 7-Way Popcorn

 The perfect gift for any popcorn lover, our 7-Way Popcorn Tin is loaded with seven flavors of gourmet popcorn cheer: Chocolate, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, Cheese, Drizzled Caramel, Cranberry, Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Mix and White Chocolate & Peppermint Kettle.

 Contents
 The perfect gift for any popcorn lover, our 7-Way Popcorn Tin is loaded with seven flavors of gourmet popcorn cheer: Chocolate, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, Cheese, Drizzled Caramel, Cranberry, Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Mix and White Chocolate & Peppermint Kettle.

 Working with The Popcorn Factory in 2014 has been a true pleasure.
I look forward in working with them even more in 2015.

A Big Thank You To Them
The Popcorn Factory



This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid in  the Continental United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 12/12/14.


Holiday Contest and Sweeps and The Minister's Wife Stamps and Saves did not receive any type of compensation for this giveaway. The Popcorn Factory will be responsible for awarding and shipping of the prizes to the winners.  
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Azure naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum Giveaway



I've mentioned this before, and I may mention it again, but there are a lot of wonderful skin care products on the market. I love trying them out and finding ones that work well and I have found another I really like a lot.

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum is a wonderful serum that really does make a difference with my skin and I think it would for you too.

Here are some details about the company and the Serum:
Azure Naturals provides high quality facial skincare and anti-aging products using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. We are committed to delivering the finest skin care system and making sure that our clients are 100% satisfied with the results. Our customers are looking for better health and better skin and the solutions that we develop will always be designed around these elements. We appreciate those who are taking the journey with us to return to your youth.


Azure Naturals - ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Serum (1 oz size)
Our serum will increase cellular renewal by boosting the production of collagen and elastin. Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E are all powerful anti-oxidants that when combined can provide up to eight-fold antioxidant protection, 96% reduction of sunburn cells, and prevent the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin. Our serum is intentionally designed to be thin, but not greasy or watery. This is the optimal consistency for a Vitamin C serum and allows the potent ingredients to deeply penetrate your skin to repair sun and other environmental damage, while boosting production of new collagen and elastin.

WHY AZURE NATURALS? Our ULTIMATE VITAMIN C is 100% guaranteed to be the fastest working and most effective Vitamin C Serum on the market today. Compare our ingredients to similar product from Skinceuticals, Obagi, and PerriconeMD. Not only will you find we have superior organic and natural ingredients our Vitamin C serum is $80 to $130 less expensive per bottle! More expensive does not mean it works any better! If you don't care about wasting money, you should still buy our product because it works better! You can donate $100 you save to charity!


HOW DO YOU RECEIVE OPTIMAL RESULTS? Just like exercise, it is very important to use your skin care products consistently. VITAMIN C serum can be applied twice per day in the morning and at night. If you only use the serum once do so in the morning. Vitamin C serum will help protect you against future sun damage and other environmental stressors, but it is definitely not a substitute for sun screen! Your skin’s texture should start to improve with the first application, but give your skin at least 30 days of consistent use to see the optimal results. Follow with our ULTIMATE HYALURONIC Moisturizer, ULTIMATE RETINOL, or another good moisturizer. Our Vitamin C serum is safe for all skin types and conditions including dry or irritated skin, wrinkles, fine lines, dull complexion, acne, and eczema, etc. You should not experience any dryness, but if you do you are most likely applying too much of the serum. If you have dry skin start slowly, especially around any areas that are prone to dryness. You can begin to apply more serum gradually as your skin adjusts.

I really enjoyed using the serum. It's different than other serums I have tried. Others it didn't seem to matter if I used a lot or little at first, but with this one I followed what they said and started slow with just a tiny bit. As I increased the amount I used (which is never really a whole lot) I started noticing a difference. I love how my face feels when I use it. It feels fresh and renewed.


I have seen a small difference in some of the dark spots I have on my face. They don't seem as dark or prominent anymore. That's a first for me and I love it!

You can purchase your own bottle of Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum HERE!

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Azure Naturals has generously offered to give 3 of my readers their own bottle of Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum! Whoo Hoo!! use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Need Some Help Loosing Weight? Check Out Yacon Root Extract




Finding products that help you with weight loss can be tough. Let's face it, there are so many thing out on the market it's hard to choose. How do you know what will work and what won't. 

A lot of that comes down literally to trial and error. You just have to try the product and see if it helps or not. That can be a bit discouraging, but you can also go on the recommendations of friends and other people you trust too.

On product that we tried in our house was from BioGanix. It was Yacon Root Extract. My husband, who is diabetic tried it out for me. But before I tell you about his experience here's  some info from the company:

Pure & Organic Yacon Root Extract Premium 1000mg is the METABOLISM GAME CHANGER you have been waiting for! Bioganix's PREMIUM, ORGANIC Yacon Syrup formula, which comes in easy to swallow Veggie Capsule form, is high in Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which is CLINICALLY PROVEN to help with Natural Weight Loss. Its also a natural and safe Prebiotic and Probiotics supplement for digestive regularity and has numerous other health benefits.

Yacon Benefits:
-Proven by 2 clinical studies to help you LOSE WEIGHT and reduce excess fat.
-Buy Yacon Syrup to increase metabolism and curb appetite. 
-Prebiotic and Probiotic support for healthy digestion and regularity. -Maintains healthy blood sugar.
-Enhances liver health.
-Rich in antioxidants!

Pure Yacon Extract is Clinically Proven! Facts: In a 2009 study published in Clinical Nutrition, it was found that Yacon Root Syrup has a direct link to weight loss. Of 55 Obese Women who took Pure Yacon over 4 months, the average weight loss was 33lbs and 4 inches of waist circumference. They also experienced a drop in bad Cholesterol and more frequent and healthy bowel movements. 

Another study by a TV Dr tracked the results of 60 women (40 finished the trial) for Yacon Benefits over the course of 4 weeks. The following is the results:
-29 (73%) of the women lost weight
-14 women lost five pounds or more
-Avg weight loss was 2.9 pounds
-Avg reduction in waist size was 1.9 inches
-Total weight lost was 153 pounds
-27 (68%) recommended Yacon Root as a weight loss tool.


To be honest with you, we're not completely sold on Yacon Root Extract. He took the pills as recommended on the bottle and really did not see a significant change in his weight. It fluctuated as it normally does from day to day, but showing any real weight loss, no.

The one thing he was hoping was that it would help him keep his sugar level down a little better. After reading up on Yacon Root he thought it should help some. Unfortunately it did not. In fact for a few days his sugar level went up and he struggled to get it back down to a good level.

Does this mean I am not going to recommend this to you? No, but it does mean I would say you need to find out for yourself. Every product does not work the same for each person. What did not work for my husband may work great for you! I have heard of a lot of people who have used Yacon Root and had great results. So I recommend you check it out for yourself.

You can purchase BioGanix Yacon Root Extract HERE!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.