Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review


About Harvest Snaps:
Good-for-you and great taste can be hard to come by these days, but for us they’re like two peas in a pod. Inside every bag of Harvest Snaps we combine taste, quality and simplicity. Sprinkle that with the passion we have for fresh, natural ingredients, and you get one "snaptastic" snack.
When it comes to "what’s inside" Harvest Snaps, it all starts with the clean flavors and essential nutrients Mother Nature intended. Our Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas – 70%* to be exact – while our Lentil Snaps come packed with 65% authentic lentils and their powerful combination of nutrients.
With each handful (yes we said handful) your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Finish that off with a high level of protein and fiber and you’re sure to feel satisfied without feeling sluggish. Not to mention, these snappy little snacks are gluten-free**!
Of course, you can’t have good ingredients without good partners, and you can bet the farm that we did our research before we planted the first seed. We recently made the decision to source Canola/ Sunflower/ Safflower oil for the entire Harvest Snaps range of products. Our commitment to transparency and providing healthier-for-you options drives our innovative process.
Our non-GMO crops are grown and harvested in rich North American soils. Our farmers are just as passionate about raising crops as we are about delivering our product to you.
*Pea and Lentil content may vary slightly by flavor.
**Harvest Snaps are made in a facility that also manufactures products containing wheat, milk, soy, shrimp and fish.

My Review:
I was a little unsure if there would be much of a flavor or even worse that things would just taste salty.   I was wrong in those assumptions and found myself eager to try each flavor.   My favorite was the Wasabi-Ranch which I thought was strange since I am not a big fan of hot but this was not hot it was filled with a tasty and satisfying flavor!   YUM!  
I also was a fan that these snacks are gluten free and GMO free!   What a great combination that allow me to feel safe feeding them to my entire family!
I was able to sample both the snap peas and the lentils.  Both were very tasty and the combination of flavors were fantastic!  I will keep my eyes peeled to see if any new flavor combinations are created.  

I received Harvest Snaps for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spend or Save

Money. So much money to spend. I mean, with Christmas right above the horizon, and the New Years even closer than that? It's getting pretty tedious when you consider how the zeros in your bank account keep disappearing. Aren't you tired of it? I mean, how can you just go around shops, buying stuff and so absent-mindedly giving your cash away like there's no better option? Oh, you think there isn't? That explains everything. Alright, let me give you a really good way to buy all those presents and other stuff without using up your entire paycheck AND savings.
Overstock. Yes, I won't even beat around the bush. Shopping at Overstock will make all your problems go away. You wan to know why? Because of the overstock discounts they provide. I mean, consider the following question - how much are you going to have to buy for Christmas? I imagine quite a lot, especially if you have kids. Now, think about everything you're going to buy. You've probably memorized how much all of it will cost when put all together, right? I mean, it's not that difficult to remember big numbers. It's kind of automatic, to be honest. Wouldn't you want to decrease said number? Remember - you have living to do after the holidays are over!
So here comes captain overstock coupon to save the day. Use one, and you'll definitely get hooked. Seriously - it makes you spend less than you would have originally. Who doesn't love that? Overstock has a wide range of merchandise you'll find yourself needing at one point or another, and Christmas is the time of giving - you don't only worry about what you need anymore. And, heck, even if they don't have that exact item you're looking for, I'm willing to bet they'll have more than one substitute. Grab an overstock promo code, waltz in, and you'll be awestruck at the realization of how much you can buy without using that much money! You'll laugh at how you kept spending small fortunes on things you can buy at quite the reasonably high discount rate, and the future you will thank you for your new found smart money-saving habits. I can guarantee it.
Let this Christmas be especially merry with all the things you can provide for those you call dear. Someone wants a scarf? Go ahead - get one. I'm pretty sure Overstock has some awesome merchandise available for you to choose from - they even have the Worldstock at your disposal, where you can buy items from all over the world! Just, whatever you do, don't forget about their overstock deals when you do the shopping. You want to hear what's even more amazing? The fact that, with the money you saved, you can use yet another coupon and buy something else at another discount! Trust me, it will make your life so much, much easier. You won't have to keep an extremely watchful eye over your bank account after the holidays. I'd say that's a win scenario!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Christmas Ornament Head Band




Tis the season to be Jolly!!!!   I took that to the next level this year and made a DIY ornament headband for my daughter. 

Let me be honest... I waited till the night before her school Christmas program to go dress shopping and so my daughter and I were out shopping till 9pm and then I still got home and made her this adorable Christmas ornament headband!   CRAZY only a little bit... LOVING my sweet girl is worth it.  

If you own a hot glue gun then this headband is already half way done!   Pick up some smaller ornaments and plug in the glue gun and start decorating the headband.   I ended up making two because it was fun and I thought they were so adorable that I plan on wearing one next week before we are on Christmas break.  Make it as simple or as crazy as you want it to be.   Use different sizes for an added dimension!  

I might have been a little sleepy but when she woke up and saw her headband her smile and excitement for her concert increased at least by 10!  :)  

I was so proud of her as I watched her perform her songs.   Hands down her songs were the best songs!  :)

Dear Selah,
You are a one of a kind girl that keeps me on my toes and brings me joy each and every day. I am one blessed mom to call you my daughter.   Watching you scrunch your nose during the program reminded me of your sweet innocent giggle.  I thought you had to sneeze but nope you have the same nose twitch your daddy does... you both scrunch your noses or move your lips when you concentrate....it truly is adorable!  I love you with all of my heart.  

Love, 

Mom  

Oriental Trading Review



A huge thank-you to Oriental Trading for sending me these items in an exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

One thing my church does the first week in December is play an active role in the community for the annual Christmas Walk.   During the Christmas Walk all the business's pull out deals and other free fun to get more people in town and shopping in the stores.   

This year our church handed out free hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks.   We also had a free craft thanks to Oriental Trading!   There were so many mess free activities to chose from their site that it was hard to narrow down the choices.   I knew I wanted it to be simple and mess free as parents don't want to walk around with wet glue or paint.  So I was very pleased to find the many choices for the magic color products.   The magic color items are black but when you use a scraper tool you will scrape and see the bright color underneath.   It made for a simple, fun and mess free activity!   I loved the inspirational words as well as the beautiful Christmas tree ones! 



The ornaments were a huge hit!   Parents loved how easy it was for little hands but also the big kids showed an interest and took their time to created beautiful designs in them. 

I received each of the items described below! 

Item Description:
Color your own Christmas Bracelet It’s like wearing festive holiday lights around your wrist! Kids will love to bring these paper bracelets to life. Simply use your own crayons or markers to make each coloring craft unique. This Christmas craft for kids is fun for church or school, and you can even have the kids wear their DIY bracelets in Christmas programs! 

Color your own Nativity Magnets-  For the person who has everything, this nativity magnet is the Christmas gift that is sure to please. Use this charming magnet as great Christmas stocking stuffers, or give them as gifts for well wishers who stop by to give you good Christmas cheer. Keep a magnet on-hand for yourself to hang up your Christmas cards on your fridge, and to keep track of Christmas party invites that will come your way. For a great Christmas decoration, these magnets are a real hit.

Magic Color Scratch Christmas Trees-  Magic Color Scratch Green Christmas Tree Ornaments. Scratch your own ornaments for your Christmas tree! In a fun Christmas tree shape, these magic color scratch tree with star ornaments make a quick and easy art project for classrooms, day care and more. 

Noel, Joy, Peace Scratch Christmas Ornaments Looking for a creative way to ring in the holiday season? These scratch Christmas ornaments will add a personal touch to your Christmas decorations. Complete with holiday phrases, this holiday craft kit will be the new Christmas tradition! 

Magic Color Inspirational Ornaments-Scratch your own fun designs into these inspirational Christmas ornaments! This is a fun craft activity for Sunday School kids! Paper.

Color Your Own Religious Christmas Birds Fuzzy Magnets These chubby birds will fill every heart with warm fuzzies after kids color them in. These Christmas birds are perched inside the words Noel, Joy and Hope

We had some very happy kids... and yes even some "big" kids joined in and made some fun ornaments, bracelets, and magnets. 

Once the package arrived I inspected each item.  There were a couple of the magic color items that had minimal scratches already on it but nothing major that would make me angry.   Each item listed above is not going to break your bank... VERY AFFORDABLE!   I did have to tie on the strings to the ornaments and put the magnets on but it was very simple and still well worth the cost!  

The ornaments, magnets, and bracelets are for sure on my recommendation list for anyone and everyone!   Thanks Oriental Trading for helping me create a successful Christmas Walk for my community!   :)  Parents loved the mess free activity!  


Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Banded" Review and Giveaway


YOU CAN LOOK GOOD. AND FEEL GOOD.
BANDED™ is different than other no-slip headbands

You’ve got headbands…one that stays put through an entire workout, one that fits comfortably all day, and one that is fashionable. Unfortunately, you don’t have one headband that does all three at the same time. We created BANDED™ no slip headbands just for you. Quite simply, we provide a better headband product for women than any other product on the market.



YOUR PURCHASE
FEEDS A CHILD

We support Amazima, founded by Katie Davis, and their mission to feed, educate, and encourage the orphaned, poor, and vulnerable in the country of Uganda. For each headband you purchase we provide Amazima the funds to provide 3 meals.
My Review:
I really wanted to be cool and wear a headband across my forehead but I got the headbands that are a bit too big...or maybe my forehead is a bit too small?  Even though I didn't wear them on my forehead I loved wearing them the traditional way!   They added the right touch to my outfit and I got several compliments!  
So Banded caught my attention first because of their give back business model! I love the that each headband purchase also purchases three meals for children!   I love to promote business that give back!
I also found out that one of my local stores, Aunt Hattie's, is selling these exact same headbands!   I found this pretty exciting!    
The headbands I received truly are staying on my head better then other headbands I have used.  The site also has so many awesome designs that if you are like me it will take some time deciding which ones you want and comparing it to the outfits you have that will match it.  
Hurry and order some headbands from Banded for those left on your Christmas list!   

Time to enter the giveaway using the easy rafflecopter form below.   Winner will receive 1 Banded headband similar to one above. 
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