Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: The Mexican Slow Cooker by Deborah Schneider

Disclosure: Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Slow cookers are the busy mom's lifesaver. Nothing beats throwing a bunch of fresh ingredients into a slow cooker, pressing a button and then returning home to a warm, delicious and healthy dinner.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Give a Gift that Gives Back with @WorldVisionUSA

Christmas is coming up fast, Here's a way to give a gift that makes a difference. The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog is filled with gifts that give back. Why gift another throwaway item when you can give a gift that can transform the life of someone in need?

World Vision provides donors the opportunity to give a gift in a loved one’s name, making these the perfect presents to show family and friends love and to spread the joy of the holiday season across the world. And, as an added bonus, there’s nothing to wrap! Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog.
Goats – World Vision offers donors a variety of livestock to choose from, and goats are their most popular option. One goat is a valuable source of milk and fertilizer for a family. The milk provides children with easy-to-digest protein and calcium, and the fertilizer helps crops flourish. A gift of two goats sets a family on a path towards success as shepherds who can start their own flock. $75 for one, $150 for two
Fruit Trees – Even with all the sweets and treats the holiday season brings, it’s important to remember nature’s candy—and not just for the figgy pudding! Donating five, ten, or fifteen fruit trees can help a family feed itself and start a business. The seed of this gift can blossom for years as a few trees turns into groves and orchards full of good, healthy fruit. Partridges not included. $30 for five trees, $60 for ten, $90 for fifteen
Soccer Balls – Every parent knows one of the best feelings in the world is seeing a child’s face light up like the Christmas tree as they discover what’s been left for them by Santa. Donors can pass that same joy along to kids across the world with their gift of soccer balls, which replace makeshift balls made of banana leaves or rolled-up trash. The global popularity of soccer makes this gift a great way to reach out with a helping hand. $16 for two balls, $32 for four, $48 for six
Career Training for Girls and Women – Empower a woman with this investment in skills training, business education, and, most importantly, hope. With opportunities in weaving, jewelry-making, baking, dairy farming, and more, this gift helps create the chance for mothers and daughters to take their future into their own hands. It’s like they always say: Give a woman a fish, and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you can change the world. $25-$125
In addition to the gifts above, World Vision operates the Where Most Needed fund, which provides for improvements in the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Donors to this fund are eligible to receive beautiful artisanal goods from Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, which make wonderful presents and stocking stuffers. Pledge your support and you can receive a handcrafted gifts to give to a loved one (or yourself!)  
To learn more about World Vision, check them out on social media:
 Facebook: WorldVision
Twitter @WorldVisionNews 

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or follow this link: 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Unique Holiday Gifts from NOVICA #Giveaway #sp

Disclosure: Special thanks to for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

One of my favorite websites for unique, thoughtful and affordable gifts throughout the year is Novica, in association with National Geographic, connects shoppers with artisans from around the world. The artisans featured on Novica set their own prices and receive fair compensation for their work. Take a look at this video to see exactly how Novica works. 
The beautiful nativity sets around the world on make wonderful holiday keepsakes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Time Garden

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are as always my own.

In case you haven't heard, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. I know, I know - the thought of sitting down and coloring.... um.... haven't done that since I was about six years old. If I have a moment of free time, coloring just doesn't spring to mind.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top 5 Reasons for Renting vs. Buying New Toys

Disclosure: Special thanks to pley for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

I'm a huge fan of minimalism. I like to keep things simple. I try my best not to accumulate junk. I'm a huge fan of the #KonMari method. I cleared out my closets this year, and I'm down to a few pieces I love - I even use Le Tote, so my wardrobe is constantly rotating, fresh and new, but I only have a few pieces at home at a time. The two areas that challenge me the most, to this day, however, are books and toys. I'm a huge reader, but toys - they are all over the place. Here's a solution! Finally!

Gudrun Sjödén Winter Collection

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Gudrun Sjödén, and I occasionally receive items for review. All opinions are my own. 

In my longstanding question for comfortable fashions that will carry me from work to play and fit my very active lifestyle, I've found an answer: Gudrun Sjödén creates clothes in unique, colorful designs and natural materials – for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Vibrant and sustainable, this is a brand that honors women who appreciate individual style and comfortable, organic materials. Here's a look into the lovely winter collection, which my top three picks.

This winter's collection was inspired by green, white and midnight blue. I've chosen my favorite item from each winter color category.

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Idea: Philips Sonicare PowerUp

Disclosure: I received a sample of the Philips Sonicare PowerUp for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Every Christmas, I throw in some healthy gifts here and there. A big box of specialty, fresh oranges from Florida, a jar filled with macadamia nuts from Hawaii, an indulgent bath oil. Here's a great idea for a nice stocking stuffer for anyone in  your family: The Philips Sonicare PowerUp.