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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

RW Garcia Snacks For The Summer

Founded in 1982 and based in San Jose, California, RW Garcia is a family owned and operated artisan maker of high quality organic and all natural corn-based snacks. RW Garcia is committed to sourcing the finest ingredients available, and all of its products are made from stone ground non-GMO corn, contain no additives or preservatives, are verified non-GMO and are certified gluten free. RW Garcia operates manufacturing facilities in San Jose and in North Carolina, and its unique products can be found throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
I got spoiled with snacks by RW Garcia, and I can't get enough of them! We got the MiztBags. Two delicious flavors in one bag. RW Garcia MixtBag combines two of their quality tortilla chip selections into one bag for a snack the whole family will love. Available in three varieties, Yellow/Blue corn tortilla chips, Yellow/Red corn tortilla chips, and new Veggie corn tortilla chips (there’s 3 different chips in this bag!), the MixtBag offers a great snack that is completely wheat and gluten free, contains no Trans Fats and is made with all non-GMO ingredients. RW Garcia MixtBag tortilla chips are verified by the Non-GMO Project as meeting or exceeding GMO avoidance standards. I am in love!
Bring something new to your table. The gluten free crackers are a delicious alternative to traditional crackers. Available in six varieties, Sweet Potato, Sweet Beet, Kale, Harvest (a combination of Blue corn and & pumpkin crackers - OMG Yum!!!), Sweet Pea, and Quinoa, they combine healthful ingredients you crave into a delicious, crunchy cracker. Snack with confidence knowing that these delicious crackers are made with all non-GMO ingredients and are trans fat and cholesterol free. RW Garcia Crackers are verified by the Non-GMO Project as meeting or exceeding GMO avoidance standards.

Alone, with salsa, with dip, with cheese, these snacks are all around amazing!!!

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

Madison Valley Candles

In 2004 Madison Valley Candle Company began hand mixing and pouring candles in the garage of their founders home. For the next 5 years they continued to perfect their proprietary blend all-natural 100% premium soy waxes and essential oils that are USDA certified organic, kosher, and vegan. They moved into their current facility in 2012 and began shipping candles to gift shops throughout California. In 2014 they expanded their shipping nationwide and to Canada. Later that year they launched the Candle by Design platform to allow customers to build their custom candles directly from the website. That means you choose the Size, Container Type, Wick Type, Fragrance, and Color. 
Over the years, customers have fallen in love with the all-natural Soy Candles and amazing gift products. From the beginning, Madison Valley has committed to only use materials from U.S. suppliers. This has provides them with stable and consistent finished candle each and every time. The unique designs and over 90 scents have been featured on several television and promotional programs. They have also created candles for Weddings, Large Corporate events, and even Celebrities. 

I am in love with my candles as well. My whole house smells amazing! Check it all out at Madison Valley Candles on Facebook, as well as Madison Valley Candles on Twitter.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Weekend Trip Essentials

Summer is here and it’s time to book your weekend getaways. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, and all the weekends in between, summer is jam packed with various social events and outdoor activities that leave us fleeing our weekday responsibilities for a few days of fun. Packing for these weekends can be stressful (and often last minute), so here's a list of essentials you’ll need to be prepared for a weekend away this summer. Bon voyage!

1. Heliocare Daily Use Antioxidant Formula.
This clinically proven, dermatologist-recommended, natural dietary supplement contains Fernblock PLE Technology, a powerful antioxidant formula that aids in eliminating free radicals caused by factors you’re likely to encounter during your weekend trips. Factors include pollution, sun exposure, certain foods, excessive alcohol, and even exercise. Now vegan and free of gluten and artificial dyes, Heliocare capsules have antioxidant effects to maintain younger-looking, more resilient skin.

2. Bathing Suit and Shorts.
Whether you’re headed to the beach, pool, or just want to soak up the sun, you’re definitely going to need one (or more!) bathing suit. Throw a pair of shorts on with it and hit the beach bar for the ultimate laid back “surfer girl” look.

3. Jean Jacket.
Hot summer days can turn to chilly nights. Add this extra layer in the evening to keep you warm while still looking fashionable. 

4. Sandals.
These shoes are a must for any warm weather vacation. Whether you prefer flip-flops, gladiators, or jellies, you’ll need a pair of these every day!

5. Moisturizer.
Salt water, chlorine, and sun exposure can dry your skin, so be sure to frequently lather up with your favorite moisturizer.

6. Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and a Hat.
Protect your skin from sun damage by applying SPF 30 or higher before going outdoors. Don’t forget to reapply. And whether your style is a baseball cap or oversized floppy hat, don’t forget to pack a hat and some sunglasses to protect eyes and the delicate area around the eyes from harsh sun rays.

7. Phone Charger.
It’s likely the last thing you’ll pack but you know you will need it. A dead phone is a downer and can be nerve-wracking in an unknown place, so always make sure it’s fully juiced before heading out the door.

With these “must-have” travel items, the fear of “forgetting something” won’t put a damper on your travels plans. So, whether you’re heading on a road trip or a beach getaway, be sure to pack smart and have a summer worth remembering!

Heliocare Daily Use Antioxidant Formula retails for $29.99 (60 capsules) at Walgreens locations nationwide and $14.97 (30 capsules) at Walmart nationwide. For more information, please visit or

Thursday, June 22, 2017

101 Free 4X6 Photo Prints!


Open To New Customers Only. S&H Not Included. Ordered Online. One Time Use. Cannot Combine Coupon Codes. Exp.07-20–2017. Standard Shipping on 101 4X6 Prints: $5.79.  Standard Shipping on 40 (4X6) prints: $1.80.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Material for Your Home Furnishing 

If you are using reusable grocery bags, carrying around your BPA-free water bottle and driving an electric vehicle, you are taking conscious steps toward an eco-friendly lifestyle. But if you're ready to take your environmentally savvy choices one step further, it might be time to invest in green materials for your home. From your patio and living room to your bedrooms and office, there are plenty of ways to transform your home into a more eco-friendly abode. Not sure where to start? Follow this guide to find the furniture and decor that's both mom and Mother Earth approved.

Reclaimed and Recycled Material

If you are looking for reclaimed wood furniture, keep an eye out for the Rainforest Alliance's "Rediscovered Wood Certification," which ensures the wood furniture you are purchasing is made from reclaimed materials. Why? Not only do they have a shorter supply chain, they are an efficient resource that takes advantage of old furniture, houses or other pre-used materials that are ready to be recreated into your next dining room table or outdoor patio furniture. If you prefer metal or plastic, look for furniture made of recycled material, which requires fewer resources, less processing and promotes less waste ending up in the landfill.
In case you were wondering, reusing these materials does not mean their quality will deteriorate over time. In fact, thanks to modern technology, the quality of recycled material increases with the length of time it stays in the recycle loop.

Certified Sustainable Wood

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC certified wood ensures that the product comes from responsibly managed forests that do not lead to deforestation, and also ensures that the wood provides environmental, social and economic benefits to the community while maintaining good working conditions for employees. For those interested in every step of the manufacturing process, the FSC also provides documented chain of control of the the wood so you know exactly how your wooden desk came to fruition. Our planet needs more trees to absorb the carbon dioxide we emit and produce the oxygen we need to breathe. Buying wood furniture might seem counterproductive, however, if you're purchasing sustainable materials that are harvested from tree farms that keep the environment in mind, you'll still be making an eco-friendly choice that does not lead to deforestation.

Low-Toxicity Furniture

When considering the health of the environment, it is important to also evaluate the impact furniture might have on the health of your family. Factors to consider include wood finish, adhesives, upholstery fabric, whether fire retardants were used and coating for waterproofing and soiling prevention. This might all seem overwhelming with so many factors to keep in mind, however, if you're purchasing from a company that has already adapted a green mindset, it is very likely they are also considering the health of their consumer. For the official seal, look for Greenguard-certified furniture that ensures low toxicity that is natural, untreated or has low chemical emissions, meaning it is safer for your family as well as the environment.

Win With #MacysSummerSale

Win a $100 Macy's gift card! 
 Wednesday, June 21st at 12:00 AM ET to Sunday, June 25th at 11:59 PM ET. Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Macy's gift card. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the #MacysSummerSale Giveaway page on and submitting their email address on the form on the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (6/27) via the email address they used to enter. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Coming soon - #OlafsFrozenAdventure

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton, produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli, with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, Olaf's Frozen Adventure will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22nd.

“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s CoCo", said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”

Olaf's Frozen Adventure celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when Frozen first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#Ferdinand Coming December 15th, 2017

Inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Ferdinand hits theaters everywhere on December 15, 2017!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gift Baskets For Businesses

For account representatives and business owners, a gift basket is a great way to tell your customers thank you for their business. For an employer, it's a genuine way to show your appreciation for your employees. Before choosing or creating a basket on your own, however, there a few things to keep in mind to make sure you're picking out the right one.

Be Selective
Don't be afraid to be selective when it comes to offering your clients a gift during the holiday season or even as a thank you. For example, if you have 100 clients and only 20 of those make you 90 percent of your money, then don't feel inclined to offer the other 80 a gift, especially if you can't afford it.

Consider the Consumable Goods
It's hard to go wrong when it comes to food. Even if your recipient doesn't like something, they can share it with someone else, making it a win-win situation. Bottles of wine, boxes of chocolates, fruit and assorted nuts make wonderful choices when picking out a gift basket.

Be Personable
Picking out a gift basket at your local retailer is a nice gesture; however, it won't have a personal touch associated with it, making it feel like any other gift someone may receive. Whether it's a personalized greeting card attached to the top or even a customized label with your business name on it, adding this personal touch, even if it's small, can help your basket really stand out. If you're unsure what kind of personalized gift you should create, check with some online retailers before hitting the order now button.

Give Back
On top of offering a gift basket, consider making a small contribution to a charity of your choice or one your recipient may be interested in and let it be known inside a card. This way, your gift can benefit more than just the person it was intended for. No matter how you give or what you choose, the right gift basket, regardless of how it's done, should leave a long lasting and positive impression for years to come. 

4 Reasons to Never Skimp on Vacation Luxuries

Budget is a big deal when you go on vacation. From hotels and activities, to transportation and food, there are dozens of things to account for. However, you should never skimp on vacation luxuries, and this article tells you why.

Vacations are Rare Indulgences…Most of the Time
For most people, vacations are considered an odd rare indulgence. People actually work to accumulate vacation time, so they can head to their favorite places without care or concern. So, since vacations are supposed to be indulgent, there is no reason to skimp on the luxuries. This might be your only opportunity for a while to really go all out when snagging the best of the best for all of your amenities and activities. If vacations are indulgent, then by all means INDULGE.

You Deserve Comfort and Relaxation
After working so hard in your everyday profession, you deserve some comfort and relaxation. Whether it be with your family and loved ones, or totally alone for a few days of calm awesomeness, you should really strive to feel luxurious and even a little spoiled. Luxuries, such as room service, Singer Island condo rentals, and plush feather pillows, are some of the best parts about being on vacation.

You Have Enough in Your Budget for a Luxury or Two
If you think you never have enough in your vacation budget for a few luxuries, think again. If you divvy up your money a different way, you might find that you have plenty for a luxury or two. Upgrade your hotel choice, downgrade an activity or two, and focus on what YOU love to indulge in. Whether it be a hot Jacuzzi, or a private honeymoon suite, you have the funds if you do a bit of vacation rerouting.

You Might Regret It If You Skip Out
You never know what life will hold once you get away from your getaway. When you return to the normalcy of everyday life, you might find yourself thinking back to your vacation. If you skimped on too many luxuries and travel indulgences, you may feel regret because it could be a while before you are able to go on vacation again.

It’s okay to keep a budget for your vacation, but you need to plan around the things that you want the most. If you have always wanted to stay at a 5-star hotel, plan for it. Even if your vacation is years away. You can still make a mental note, save up, and dream about all the fun you’ll have when you get to indulge in something awesome.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Bible Explorer's Guide

The Bible Explorer’s Guide lets children come up close and personal with everyday life during Bible times through photos, maps, and illustrations illuminating, people, places, objects, and buildings of the Bible. What did Noah’s Ark really look like? Who was David and whom did he fight? How did 1st century citizens of Jerusalem live?

Each two-page spread is filled with images that bring history alive and drawings that help bring life to people and places that we can only read about. With fascinating, brief text and full-color captivating images, this is a reference that kids will come back to again and again. A great addition to any home or school library.

Friday, June 2, 2017

5 Tips for a Faster Remodeling Project

Whether you're replacing your kitchen counter-tops or installing a whole new room in the basement, there are certain tips that you can follow to ensure a smoother, faster renovation. Use the following as a guideline for creating your dream home without the usual stresses!

1. Create a Schedule
Draw up a schedule whenever you start a home renovation. Even if you can't follow it exactly, it will serve as a useful guideline for where you should be in the remodeling process as time goes on. It can also help you overcome setbacks and prevent delays from having ripple effects across your entire timeline; this is invaluable for long-term projects that will take months instead of days.

2. Talk to Your Team
Communication is vital for a successful remodeling project. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with commercial architects or residential building contractors; if the lines of communication aren't open between you and the people bringing your vision to life, you're just asking for problems to arise. Put the right numbers in your phone and make sure that the right email addresses are stored in your inbox.

3. Check Your Walls
Were you aware that bugs can stop a remodeling project right in its tracks? It's a health hazard for the construction crew, and they're legally required to stop working until the issue is resolved. The same goes for mold or rodent infestations. If you don't want your project to hit a dead end before its time, make sure that your walls are all clear.

4. Know What You Want
This is easier said than done, of course, but nothing slows down a renovation like second-guessing your choices. In addition to wasting everyone's time with your indecision, you'll also incur additional expenses as things are torn out or re-installed on a whim. Try to have everything figured out before you put your contractors on the clock; this will save you a lot of time, money and energy in the long run.

5. Vet Your Contractors
Speaking of contractors, you'll want to double-check their qualifications before giving them permission to knock down your walls. How long have they been in business? Are they members of any professional roofing organizations or electrician networks? Make sure to do your homework even if they come recommended by family or friends; your aunt's experience with the company might not reflect your own.

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you plan a home renovation. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you make or create the desired changes to your home, so let your schedule be secondary to your vision.

Otis Grows

As much as we’d like to, there’s no way to completely shield our children from all change, conflict, and grief. The truth is, there’s so much beauty in the world often overshadowed by the “scary” that it’s more important than ever that we teach our kids how to confidently grow in the face of challenge. In the beautifully crafted new children’s book Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast, we’re introduced to young Otis, a red onion who is forced to question his origin and allegiances - given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors and cultures than he could ever imagine. Rooted in the challenges of family conflict, this book appeals to any child – or adult – who knows that growing up can be tough, but that, ultimately, love and wonder will win. Full of bright color and themes of growth and awakening, Otis Grows is a perfect addition to every family’s spring reading list. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Birthday To Hubby & My Mama

Get Them Ready For Summer Camp With Peaceable Kingdom

School's ending for the Summer, but summer camp is right around the corner! Send them off with all the goodies for a fun, memorable summer from Peaceable Kingdom.
Knock, knock! Who's there? Wooo! Wooo who? Wooo hoo! You're going to summer camp! These journals are just the place to record all of the unforgettable summer camp adventures ahead - and to make this year's camp the most memorable ever!
Each postcard book is filled with 12 fun postcards to tear out and send any time! All you need is a message from the heart (and a stamp)!
Classic playing cards with a twist!

Check it all out at Peaceable Kingdom on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waft Personalized Perfume

There’s something truly special about having your own unique scent. You don’t let it define you but it says a lot about your tastes, your sense of style, your multi-faceted personality, and even your emotions. Experience Waft’s innovative personalized perfume to discover your new olfactory love or revisit one of your all-time favorites.
Designing your fragrance is an exhilarating experience that will lead you down a path of self-discovery as you answer questions that help you identify the things that truly express who you are. Once you’re finished, you can even customize your bottle and name your personal fragrance.
The journey to your perfect signature scent has never been easier.

Check it all out at Waft on Facebook.