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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Founded 1776 Premiere Box - July 2014

Founded 1776 is the first subscription box dedicated to helping you discover quality Made in America home and lifestyle accessories!
We received the very first box. "Sweet Freedom" kicks off the definitive collection of Made in USA brands.

Products included:

Baberaham Lincoln - One size fits all drink insulator from North Carolina.

Runyon Canyon Apparel:
Signature Woody Brown Bandanna - Eco friendly & hand screened from North Carolina.

Pils - A one handed bottle opener with a cap catching magnet.

The box, tissue paper, and insert cards are 100% recycled and Made in America. All products are vegan & animal friendly. This was a great box to get, and all the items are useful. And of course, completely awesome that is American Made!

Check it all out at Founded 1776 on Facebook!

Baby Mantra 3-in-1 Bubble Bath

Baby Mantra is a natural, organic, NPA Certified and PETA Certified skin care line for moms, babies, kids and sensitive adults!
After a long day spent covered in sunscreen and pool water, make sure your little ones go to bed with clean, nourished skin. The Baby Mantra 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Newborn Shampoo, and Body Wash is made with organic ingredients, is chemical free, toxin free, and dye free. The light scent of lavender and intense moisturization of Aloe Vera will leave your baby calm, relaxed and snuggly soft. Perfect for relaxing into sweet slumber after an action-packed day. Baby Mantra’s 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Newborn Shampoo, and Body Wash retails for $15.99 and can be found on, and

Check it all out at Baby Mantra on Facebook, as well as Baby Mantra on Twitter.

Daisy Container Ecocozies #BackToSchool

Daisy Container Company makes insulated, reusable, neoprene containers with a food-safe liner. Why Ecocozies? They are Earth positive; eliminates the need for disposable food storage products. Keeps food fresh for hours. Foil liner is food safe. Free from BPA, lead, PVC and phthalates. Durable; dishwasher safe. Encourages fresh food and healthy eating. Fits neatly into children's standard size lunchboxes.
We received the Military Green Square Ecocozie. The square ecocozie provides a great solution for sandwiches or chicken (hot or cold) for your children's lunches or snacks on the go. Add carrots, pretzels or oranges to make healthy snacks as you shuttle your kids around town. Put your food directly on the food-safe liner. Ecocozies fit neatly into standard size lunchboxes. Perfect color for Callan, and the perfect size for his lunch! Awesome!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Time Flies.....

Justin And The Knights Of Valor #Giveaway

Young Justin dreams of following in his grandfather Sir Roland’s footsteps and becoming one of the legendary Knights of Valor. Along his quest, he encounters a slew of quirky characters, including the beautiful Talia and handsome Sir Clorex, who try to teach Justin the skills he needs to become a mighty knight. Justin is put to the test when he is forced to face a power-hungry army of thugs, led by the mighty Sota, but soon learns that true strength comes from the heart. From Antonio Banderas comes this wonderfully animated adventure for the whole family, with an outstanding cast of voice talent that includes Freddie Highmore, Rupert Everett, Alfred Molina and Saoirse Ronan.

This is such a cute movie, and I love the animation! Callan really enjoyed it! Great for family movie night!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus @DownyWRplus Week Four #Giveaway

With the new Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus forget the time consuming hot iron; just spray, smooth, and watch the wrinkles disappear before your very eyes. The “WonderBottle” as it is known, does not only save you from embarrassing wrinkles on your clothes but features 101 uses. The new Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is a quick-fix solution that removes wrinkles, as well as, removes odor and eliminates static cling. Downy wants you to have the opportunity to give you one of the hottest products on the market each week of this summer. So one winner for the next 7 weeks will win a Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Kit!
The giveaway kit will include:
1 1-liter bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
2 500ml bottles of Downy Wrinkle Reaser Plus
3 travel bottles of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
A T-shirt

You can enter each week if you want, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Every Day Is The Perfect Day For A Celebration!

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line Celebrations to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun.
The opportunity for a Celebration is now at your fingertips with this complete collection of papers, inks, stamps, dies, and embellishments. Creating a heartfelt greeting or event has never been easier. I was able to try out some of the ready-to-make kits from Celebrations, who teamed up with Purex! So much fun to do, and also easy enough to have Callan help me! Very fun!

Check it all out at Spellbinders on Facebook, as well as Spellbinders on Twitter.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Family Nutrition On-The-Go With Beaba #BackToSchool

Between feeding, bathing, grocery shopping, doctor’s visits and play dates, life is always busy with baby! At Beaba, they know the needs of new moms. Since 1989, they have revolutionized children’s nutrition with one goal: to help parents provide the best for their baby, stress-free. That mission was realized with the creation of Babycook, the signature product by designer, Jean-Michel Chaudeurge. From then on, modern parents have remained the inspiration for all the designs, as Beaba strives to surpass expectations, from practical function to pleasing aesthetics. Beaba offers an amazing assortment of feeding items, including plates, bowls, cups and utensils for babies and toddlers.
We received some great items! 2nd Stage Cutlery - Beaba's 2nd Stage Spoon & Fork Set includes 6 spoons and 4 forks adapted to baby's grasp. These spoons and forks are perfect for little hands learning to self-feed. BPA, phthalate and lead free. Dishwasher safe.
Set Of 3 Portions Containers - Portions food storage containers are perfect for storing, heating and freezing homemade baby food. Place them directly into Babycook's bowl for fast and easy defrosting or reheating with steam. Airtight and leak-proof lids ensure food stays fresh. Easy space-saving stackable sizes nest together perfectly in your cabinet.

Check it all out at Beaba on Facebook, as well as Beaba on Twitter.

The Witch Of Belladonna Bay

The Witch Of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri

About The Book: 
“Time lies.” Bronwyn hasn’t set eyes on her hometown of Magnolia Creek, Alabama for fourteen years. But with her brother, Patrick, behind bars for the murder of her childhood friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at wits end with her 11-year-old niece, Byrd, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient Magnolia trees. “Love lies.” But before she can even take in what she left behind, she’s wrapped up in the mysteries surrounding the murder and the magic running through little Byrd. “Evil comes in all shapes and sizes.” As her bond with Byrd grows, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel the uncertain future of her family.

My Thoughts:
This is the first book from this author (of any pseudonym) that I have read, and I love it! I will definitely be reading more! The writing is gorgeous and the characters just come to life off the pages! I did not want the book to end! I hope we will be hearing more from Belladonna Bay in the future!

About The Author:
Suzanne Palmieri (AKA Suzanne Hayes), is the author of The Witch of Little Italy and the co-author of I'll Be Seeing You & This Heart of Mine, as Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches.


Ernest & Celestine

Featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright!

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding tunnels, lives a tiny mouse named Celestine. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and has a hard time fitting in. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a grumpy bear named Ernest, the two become fast friends and embark on an adventure that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow. 

This is a really cute movie! Great for family movie night! A bear and a mouse! Very cute!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amber Alert: Terror On The Highway

Larsan is a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young girls along the way. He is hotly pursued by police chief Martha Geiger, herself a mother of two. Using the Amber Alert system, Geiger constructs a psychological trap that will brutally punish the man who came in to mess with her town.

Release Date: July 29th, 2014

Cast: Tom Berenger (Platoon), Torri Higginson (TV’s “Stargate: Atlantis”), Britt McKillip (Coming Home for Christmas)

This is a great movie. Thrill ride the whole time! Perfect for movie night!

TERRO Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes #Giveaway

Summertime is in full swing. And the weather is nice (in most places, finally!). The mosquitoes are pesky, the flies are pesky, and so are those darn ants! But TERRO has the solution!
Protecting your home from sweet-eating ants is a piece of cake thanks to these ingenious outdoor ant killer stakes. The TERRO Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes feature eight durable stakes per box filled with 2 ounces of the highly effective ant bait – enough to control most outdoor ant invasions. For long-term control of Argentine, ghost, little black, acrobat, pavement, odorous house, crazy, cornfield, and other sweet-eating ants, simply place the TERRO Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes in areas where ants have been observed. As worker ants forage for food and water, they are immediately attracted to the sweet liquid ant bait housed in the stakes. As the ants consume the bait it begins to deliver a toxic reaction to their nervous system which ultimately kills them. However, the ant killer works slowly enough to give the foraging ants enough time to return to their nest and share the deadly bait with the queen and the rest of the colony.
The rugged, weatherproof Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes feature reinforced stake ridges that provide increased strength when placed in ground. See-through windows make it easy to monitor the bait level so you know when it’s time to replace them. A built-in tiered bait pack increases bait consumption and reduces waste. This attention to detail makes the Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes one of the most convenient and economical ant killers available on the market today.

They sure seem to be working for us, thank goodness! We love TERRO!

Lots & Lots Of Fire Trucks

Callan loves Fire Trucks and Fire Fighters, so this was a really cool collection to get for him. Lots & Lots Of Fire Trucks!

Vol. 1 - "Brave Heroes And Big Rigs"
If you love fire trucks, get ready for the most exciting collection of non-stop fire truck and firefighting action you'll ever see! From giant hook n' ladders to spectacular super soakers, you'll see the biggest collection of firefighting and rescue equipment ever recorded on one DVD! With lights flashing and sirens wailing, you'll race along on real life fire calls with real firefighting heroes and see what it's like to feel the heat, smell the smoke and taste the flames! Plus, you'll go aboard a fireboat, through the Pierce fire truck factory, climb to the top of an aerial ladder truck, and visit the busiest fire stations in North America! You'll have fun finding out about teamwork, fire safety, and modern-day fire heroics from real-life firefighter Bryan "The Rat" Ratushniak as he takes you through a day in the life of a firefighter! Spectacular camera footage combined with award-winning sing-along songs and music by James Coffey and lots of real-life sounds make the thrilling action of these mighty machines a favorite among young and old alike! Also includes a bonus inspirational tribute to firemen, "A Fireman's Prayer" which gives tribute to all those brave fire fighters who risk their lives daily to save ours. Length: 35 Minutes.

Vol. 2 - "Amazing Rescue Rigs"
Here they to the rescue, the biggest, bravest, firefighting machines in the world! No matter what your age, if you love firetrucks, you'll love this new action-packed DVD! From racing red fire engines and high flying choppers to giant pumper trucks and amazing rigs, you'll see firefighting equipment of every shape and size. It's one of the greatest collections of emergency vehicles ever recorded on one DVD! Plus, kids and adults will have fun learning how to "Stop, Drop and Roll" and other life saving fire safety tips from Fireman Jim, America's favorite firefighter! Length: 35 Minutes.

"Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks and Firefighters" Book
 This giant, 128 page full color book is loaded with lots of exciting color photos of fire trucks and firefighters in action, interesting facts, fire science, safety tips, history, recipes, trivia, and just about everything you’d ever want to know about the world of fire fighting. This is the kind of book everyone can enjoy - from youngsters to oldsters! Firefighter Joe is your guide through this fun book which is also a learning tool and a reference guide that takes you into the world of firefighting. Great for home use, classroom use and fire department open houses. Chapters include: Meet Firefighter Joe; Firefighter's Tools & Equipment; Rescue Vehicles - Pumper, Ladder and Specialty Vehicles; Firefighting Facts; Fire Science Basics; Fire Prevention Week; Fire Prevention & Safety Tips; What is a Firefighter?; Firefighters In Action!; Words of the firefighter - prayers, poems and inspirations; Old Time Firefighter's Alphabet; Classic Fire House Traditions; History of Fire Trucks & Firefighting; Antique Fire Trucks; Greatest Fires in History; Firefighting Timeline; Fire House Museums; Cool Fire Related Websites; Lots & Lots of Fire Trucks Sing-A-Long Songs!
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