Monday, November 24, 2014

Berries & Moss Holiday Wreath #HollyJollyHolidayGGG

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I don’t know how you decorate for the holidays, but most of my stuff is premade and lit up like a…well, like a Christmas tree. All of my stuff is still in storage for the holidays unfortunately. It’ll be nice to go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving where my dad will take my boys to go pick out a Christmas tree! Meanwhile, mom and I will pull out all of her other decorations. She does it big time! No, they’re not the Griswalds, but they have a festive house.

Creekside Farms Wreath

This coming weekend we’ll do Thanksgiving at mom’s and then head up to PA to spend Sunday with Fred’s parents and his kids for a second Thanksgiving. I’m hoping we’ll have the chance to do some decorating at his house. As for our house, right now I have a wreath.

I’m sorry, I don’t just have a ‘wreath’, I have a gorgeous, live wreath. At this point, I don’t care what else I come up with to get into the spirit of the holidays. This wreath has me completely satisfied. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I saw an email come through from Creekside Farms about their wreaths. I’d never considered getting a live wreath. Honestly, I didn’t know what the big difference was, but figured now was as good a time as any to learn. I emailed right away asking if I could review one and add it to our holiday giveaway.

Creekside Farms

My Berries & Moss Wreath arrived mid week last week. Let me say, I’ve been educated…liberated. I don’t know that I could ever go back to an artificial wreath. When I opened my box, it had the best fragrance! Nothing compares to that aroma at the holidays! I’ve heard of people getting something like a bouquet of flowers in the mail and them not looking at all like what they saw online. I can tell you for sure and for certain that the wreath I received is exactly how it looked online!

The Berries & Moss Wreath is a blend of fresh fir and seeded eucalyptus. Pine cones, moss, Artemisia, and pepperberries surround it as well. The moss is so squishy! I think it’s my favorite part of the wreath. Yes, I received my wreath the week of Thanksgiving. Yes, Christmas is a month away. Not a problem with the Creekside Farms Wreath.Once their wreaths are dried out, they’re supposed to last 6 months to a year!

Berries and Moss Wreath

Now, I have to admit, and my boys have caught me doing this, every time I go outside, I breathe in the fragrance of the wreath. Really, not kidding it smells that fabulous! Trust me, you wish you had smell-o-vision. Maybe scratch ‘n sniff. I’m really happy to have this up on our front door. Makes me wish I had one of those grand, red doors on the front of the house.

The wheels in my brain have already been spinning as I looked through all of the wreathes. One to welcome spring, for the 4th of July, and maybe one day, one for a wedding! Hey, I’m allowed to dream. =)

Have you ever had a fresh wreath?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts Partner For #GivingTuesday

Tonight, Friday, Fred, Doodle, and I along with a group of other church members delivered Thanksgiving meals to 80 families in the larger Annapolis area. Now, I know it’s not Giving Tuesday yet, but today was a day for us to do our part for Thanksgiving.

I know the frenzy of shopping comes the day after Thanksgiving. We’re out getting things for family and friends while people around us are struggling to put a meal on the table. For me, things have improved, to a degree, with my job. I still struggle to make ends meet and try to be as careful as I can with my money. I’ve never been as bad off as some people, but I’ve never been in a place where I didn’t worry about my finances.
Hope Kit
In fact, there were numerous times I’d have to go to the food pantry at church to see if they had food we would use. At Thanksgiving I would hear a knock on my door and guess what? Someone from church would show up with a bag or two of food even though I hadn’t signed up for it. Pride gets in the way quite often, especially in a church where everyone knows you. Of course, that means they know you well enough to deliver you food because they know you won’t ask for it.

When World Vision reached out to me asking me if I’d partner with them for Giving Tuesday, I couldn’t say no. I actually wanted to do this post without receiving anything because this is such a personal topic to me, but I was told they were already shipping me a package. What they sent is absolutely beautiful and the idea of them partnering with Thirty-One Gifts warms my heart.
Hope Kit With Bag
So, what are they doing? On December 2nd, the third annual Giving Tuesday, the first 3,100 donations made by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online to World Vision, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit tote filled with hygiene supplies to a woman or girl in need in the U.S. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian agency and with this partnership, they’ll make twice the impact by combatting poverty in one of the 100 countries where World Vision works and helping a woman/girl in need here to get back on her feet with a Hope Kit.

Did you know, 1 in 3 American women – 42 million women, plus 28 million children – either live in poverty or are right on the brink of it. I know that by the standard of living here in Maryland, my boys and I are living close to the poverty line. If it weren’t for my parents, I wouldn’t have a car to drive. My boys get reduced lunches. That’s different than the past year where they’d been receiving free meals. I work full time at a good job, but because of life’s circumstances, don’t receive child support right now. Life doesn’t always go the way you expect.
Thirty-One Gifts Hope Kit
Thirty-One Gifts Giving
I know that receiving a gift like the Hope Kit would’ve touched my heart going through those tough times. On top of that, they put in a note of encouragement in the Kit as well! Such a sweet blessing!
We haven’t made our donation yet to World Vision and this is the nudge I needed. We order from them every year for my daughter anyhow, so what better time to do it than the Tuesday after Thanksgiving? I would love to encourage you to multiply your charitable impact this year during the holidays!

You also have the opportunity to win a personalized Handle-It Cosmetic Bag in either Paisley Day, Black Chevron, or Plum Chevron from Thirty-One Gifts! Oh, and did I mention, I love Thirty-One Gifts that I already have a personalized Cinch Sac for my youngest son hidden under my bed for Christmas!
Handle-It Cosmetic Bag

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Roaming Reindeer For The Holidays #RoamingReindeerBlogTour

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I’ve heard all about the Elf…you know the one that shows up and does it’s crazy thing all the way up to Christmas. I think it’s time for a change. We never did the Elf anyhow. Let me introduce you to a couple of reindeer, Gus and Sam. They’re a couple of Santa’s reindeer who pitch in to help report back who’s naughty or nice. When I was contacted by PR By The Book, to review this awesome set, how could I say no?

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It’s always good to have helpers. In Roaming Reindeer, the reindeer have to work together, but they realize they can’t get to all of the children so they call in the reinforcements of other reindeer friends. Each of the reindeer are sent off in pairs to check in on whether the kids have been naughty or nice. Reindeer #1 reports back to Santa which child has been naughty and Reindeer #2 will stay to watch the child(ren).

You can see how this might work with the kids right? Putting the reindeer where your kids will see them encourages good behavior. They don’t want to see Reindeer #1 missing. If they work together, both of the reindeer will stay at your house and Santa will be sure to visit with presents! Christmas Eve both of them leave to help Santa deliver the presents.

Roaming Reindeer

Building teamwork with your kids, especially before the holidays is a great idea for the entire family. Who wouldn’t want unity when the kids are all focused on themselves and the presents they want?

If you’re ready to start a new family tradition, be sure to use the discount code that will be active from November 17-November 27. The code ROAM2014 will give $5.00 off the regular price, making it $29.95! The set comes with the hardcover book, Reindeer #1 and #2, and an awesome keepsake box. You can let you kids name the reindeer and put them in charge of keeping an eye on both of them…especially #1!

Roaming Reindeer Book

Not only can you use that discount, you can enter to win the book at our Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway that’s going on now through December 10th!

What are your favorite family holiday traditions?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway 2014

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The Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway is LIVE!

Welcome to the Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway hosted by Mimi, of Woven by Words and Kay, of The More The Merrier.

Christmas is a time for love and sharing. Mimi & Kay love their readers, and they wanted to find a way to give back a little something. They have decided to do a few of these giveaways through out the year, so you can look forward to more wonderful, huge giveaways just like this one!

Mimi & Kay collected over $750 in prizes to give away to one very lucky winner!

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The Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway runs from midnight November 17th to midnight December 10th, 2014. Open to the US only. Distribution of prizes is the responsibility of the sponsors. Neither Kay (The More The Merrier) nor Mimi (Woven by Words) are responsible for the distribution of prizes.

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If It’s Tea You Want, It’s Tea You’ll Get #HollyJollyHoliday

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There are two people in my life who are over the moon about tea: mom and Smooch! Mom has loved tea since before I ever showed up on the scene. She got it from my grandma. My 2nd daughter drinks the stuff like it’s going out of style! I think he job fed into her love for it! I was SO excited when Kay told me that Libre was going to work with us. Smooch will get to use the Starburst Loose Leaf Tea Glass on a daily basis. I already know this will become her main stocking stuffer…when she comes home.

Libre Tea Starburst

So, this year the holidays will be very different for our family. It’ll be our first year that I can remember where we don’t have Smooch with us. She’ll be on her World Race still. In fact, when Thanksgiving gets here, she’ll be finishing up her time in India and when Christmas shows up, she’ll be in Nepal!

I’d never actually used a glass like this so I watched the video on how to use them!

Pretty amazing isn’t it? This is why I know my daughter will love this when she gets home. Of course, I have to figure out how this works myself! Knowing I have tea lovers in my life, I keep around spare tea just in case. I know not everyone is going to love a cup of coffee like me.

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This tea glass was so much easier than I expected to use. I like that it can be used two ways: with open tea leaves and with tea in a bag. This way my daughter can enjoy it either way.

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If you’re a tea drinking kind of person, then I would definitely check into Libre. They have a 6 pack available so you can get them in all three colors. They’d make an amazing Christmas gift for the tea lover in your life. You can also try winning one at our Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway that starts tomorrow!

What’s your favorite way to drink tea: loose or bagged?

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