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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Vellabox Candles Review & Giveaway

I received a sample from Vellabox for the sole purpose of this review

Just like any other girl on this planet, we like things that smell pretty and candles are a great way to keep our home smelling nice. Am I right? Well Vellabox is an artisan candle subscription company and I've come to fall in love with them. They only send health conscious candles!

Came with a handwritten note, I really love when companies do this, it means SO much!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Great Kids' Gift Ideas for Christmas

Getting a truly unique Christmas present for a child is rather challenging, and we all know that. You need to consider their age, their preferences, and what they like doing most when they have some time off from school or chores. Besides, the gift doesn’t have to be boring or mundane. One example of a highly practical present that might not make an impression on kids is any type of clothing.
It goes without saying that apparel can be interesting and nice to get, especially if it is printed with one of the child’s favorite characters from cartoons, movies, or even books. Something that we would like to suggest to parents and anyone else who might want to offer an unforgettable present that has a purpose is to go for educational things.

Educational presents
Provided that the age of the kid doesn’t prevent you from doing so, you could select an easy-to-use microscope or endoscope. These gadgets are fun to utilize especially if the child has an interest in things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These days, many endoscopes are affordable and convenient and will enable the user to employ their smartphone or tablet. Chances are that the kid you’re trying to find a nice gift for has already learned to use such a device.
Another way of going about things would be for you to choose one of the many telescopes for children available nowadays. The neat thing about this type of present is that its design largely depends on the kid’s age. If you’re getting it for a toddler, you should stick to products that have no corners or sharp edges that might endanger their safety, nor should these items have any components that can be easily swallowed.

Cool gadgets
There’s no other better way of finding an amazing gift these days that doesn’t involve you scouring the market for the latest gadgets. Depending on the child’s age, you could go for miniature robots, a mini-drone, or even a 3D pen. It stands to reason that some of these devices might advance technical difficulties, especially at the beginning of the learning curve.
However, if you know that the kid will be guided by an adult in their attempt to learn how to use such a gadget, we warmly recommend you to consider one. You can even choose a magnetic thinking putty, as it could also make an excellent present.

Presents made specifically for their passions
One thing that we have to make clear is that not all children are the same. Of course, they differ physically, but a lot of details that make the difference between one child and the next involve their hobbies and favorite pastimes.
In many cases, these passions come from the fact that they have spent a good deal of time in the company of an adult. Take this case. If the child has gone fishing with their dad or mom ever since they were a little one, they might be interested in the same activity. While a present like a miniature tackle box packed with plastic worms and other innocent accessories might seem unusual, it may, in fact, be just the right gift for a kid who loves fishing.

Eating More Humane is Easier Than You Think & GIVEAWAY

Adopting Harvey was one of the best things I've ever done. It is true, dogs really are a (wo)mans best friend. He has added so much joy and light to my life. The message about animal cruelty and adopting a #ShelterPet is one that has gained ground in recent years and one of the reasons I found Harvey, but the ASPCA is concerned with the welfare of farm animals as well. Farm animal welfare tends to get overlooked because it's not as easy as going to a shelter and taking home a cow. But here are five simple ways that you can become a more welfare-conscious consumer when grocery shopping for your family:

  1. Eat Seasonally - Eating foods in season means that you’re able to buy from a more local economy and avoid having your food ship from other countries. This means fresher foods picked at peak ripeness too!
  2. Shop Locally - CSA’s and local farmers’ markets help support local, often smaller scale, farmers and ranchers who are producing outside of the traditional factory-farm system. If you aren’t sure where to start, visit your local farmers’ market and start asking some question - this guide will get you started.
  3. Conquer Labeling Confusion - Marketers create confusion with their flashy labels and clever catch-phrases. But unfortunately, sometimes they care more about finances than transparency. Words like “natural” or “humane” often don’t have any oversight to actually tell you as a consumer anything concrete. However, some phrases and labels do have regulations associated with their use, and that’s what you can start to look for as a savvy shopper. Here’s a guide to labeling to get you started.
  4. Be Careful to Minimize Waste - One of the ways we can treat the animals used for food respectfully and humanely is by making the most of the food we purchase. Purchase only what you know you’ll use and serve the right sized portions to avoid wasting what your family buys.
  5. Look for Certifications That Mean Something - Unlike marketing gimmicks there are certain certifications and awards that have true meaning. For example the USDA Organic label shows that the produce grown (or fed to the animal) didn’t use banned pesticides. Others include Animal Welfare Approved or Certified Humane

See The Good Groceries Guide for more information about how our shopping habits impact the lives of those around us - animals included. And don’t forget to enter to win some fun items from the ASPCA by using the Rafflecopter form below!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Toyota Tundra 4x4 SR5 Crewmax

2017 Toyota Tundra 4x4 SR5 Crewmax Review

The 2017 Toyota Tundra 4x4 SR5 Crewmax is absolutely perfect for anyone wanting a pickup truck who needs that extra bed space, or wants to tow. This was the first pickup that I've test drove and I was OBSESSED with this Quicksand gorgeousness!
2017 Toyota Tundra 4x4 SR5 Crewmax Review

Deck Your Halls for Pennies This Season

Okay – so maybe you have to spend more than a couple of pennies. But truthfully, with some amazing finds from Goodwill, you can decorate for the holiday season very frugally. Whether you are just starting out in your first apartment or starting from scratch due to unforeseen circumstances, your local Goodwill store will have plenty of fantastic items for the picking.
The holiday season is stressful enough without having to think about the hundreds of dollars you might spend when you hit up your local chain retailer for those holiday decorations. So just say no and use the Goodwill locator to find the store (or stores, if you’re lucky) that are nearest you.
And not only can you find thrifty bargains on some beautiful and unique items at Goodwill, but you are also helping Goodwill’s mission to put people in your local community to work!
Collectively, over 313,000 people in the United States and Canada connected with jobs or earned employment using Goodwill organizations’ career services programs this past year. And more than that - tens of millions access the Goodwill education, training, and online learning services that Goodwill offers to strengthen their job training skills. As a non-profit, they are dedicated to helping create jobs and providing on-the-job training for many who would find employment opportunities scarce without Goodwill’s help.
Tips to help you find the best and most unique bargains for your holiday decorating at Goodwill:
  1. Shop the entire store – You will likely find things all over the store, not just a seasonal isle, that can be used for décor.
  • Throw blankets, pillows, table runners, etc… are items that can be used seasonally and year-round.
  • Candle holders are a great year-round item that can also be used for different seasons.
  • Dishes, serving platters, and cups are usually found within that section, even when they are seasonal, so don’t skip this section!
  • Photos and wall décor is usually within it’s own section, but you can find some great seasonal and non-seasonal stuff to decorate your walls.
  1. Be willing to buy something if you love it, regardless of the season, because you can repurpose anything you find to fit your needs.
Some items that I have found (and purchased) for holiday decorating that you can be on the lookout for:
  • Serving dishes
  • Cups and plates
  • Silverware
  • Tree ornaments
  • Candles
  • Stockings
  • Porcelain Santas, Angels and other unique items
  • Garland and other misc holiday items
Have you used Goodwill as your go-to store for decorating for any season? If so, share your finds with us on social media using the hashtag #ShopGoodwill!