12/2/16

Holiday Gifts That Help Change the World - More Than Me

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my honest review.
This holiday season, you can help change the world for someone when you shop at NaturalLife.com. They have many wonderful gift ideas to fit any budget, and their More Than Me program helps to fight for every child's human right to a safe and healthy environment. More Than Me is working to rebuild a struggling education system in Liberia, West Africa.
The More Than Me product offerings are wonderful! There are mugs, glass trays, tshirts, and journals with inspirational sayings, as well as boho headbands, stickers, and zipper pouches. These products are perfect holiday gift ideas! I love the positive outlook these products encourage and I really love that a portion of the proceeds go to help children's education in Liberia.
I adore my new More Than Me Mug that reminds me to "Do What Others Say Cannot Be Done." It's a good saying to keep me motivated (as I drink the coffee that helps motivate me). I placed the beautiful "I Am" Glass Tray in the bathroom - it's a great place to store my earrings, watch, and bracelet while I'm getting showered in the morning. What a wonderful way to remind myself each day that I am bold, creative, powerful, worthy, and beautiful!
I think my favorite, though, is the Boho Headband. I've tried lots of headbands over the years and this one is by far my most favorite ever. It's super comfortable, super versatile, and I love the colors! It comes in three different prints - turquoise and pink, black and cream, and red and olive. You're going to love them as much as I do!
This holiday season, give gifts that help change the world. Shop today for More Than Me products at www.naturallife.com and be inspired to live for something bigger than yourself! 

12/1/16

Gatlinburg Relief Fund in place at SmartBank

NOTICE:

In the wake of this week’s tragic wildfires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation has established the Gatlinburg Relief Fund which will directly benefit the families impacted by the wildfires.

The relief fund is being managed by SmartBank, an East Tennessee-based community bank with multiple branches in Sevier County. Anyone who would like to contribute to this fund may either drop off a monetary donation at a SmartBank location (listed below) or by mailing the donation to PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 37868-1910. Checks should be made payable to “Gatlinburg Relief Fund.”

 Additionally, the foundation is accepting online gifts here or at www.smartbank.com.

“Since the fires began earlier this week, we have been inundated with calls from people wanting to know how they can help,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank President & CEO. “After talking with Gatlinburg officials, they are requesting that anyone wishing to help, make a donation to the chamber’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund, where the dollars can have the greatest impact.”

The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created to assist the local business community and citizens through various charitable efforts.

SmartBank Locations
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – 2430 Teaster Lane #205, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Sevierville, Tenn. - 1011 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
Gatlinburg, Tenn. - *currently closed*
Knoxville, Tenn. - 5401 Kingston Pike #600, Knoxville, TN 37919
Knoxville, Tenn. - 202 Advantage Place, Knoxville, TN 37922
Chattanooga, Tenn. - 835 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga, Tenn. - 2280 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
East Ridge, Tenn. - 4154 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412
Hixson, Tenn. - 5319 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343
Ooltewah, Tenn. - 8966 Old Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363
Destin, Fla. - 4405 Commons Drive East, Destin, FL 32541
Panama City, Fla. - 2411 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405
Pensacola, Fla. - 201 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

11/30/16

Giveaway! 6 Big, Bold, Beautiful Books from National Geographic Kids

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Welcome to the
Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop
December 1-14, 2016

After you enter my giveaway, be sure to hop around the list of bloggers below,
and enter to win prizes on every blog!

I'm giving away
Six National Geographic Books
that kids (and adults) will love!
- ARV $120 -
Books make the best gifts! A thoughtfully selected book will hold a child's interest long after the new toys have been tossed aside, and books are also very budget-friendly. National Geographic Kids Books is featuring SIX new titles that are perfect for gift giving. They are big, bold, and beautiful hardcovers! They cater to book enthusiasts and reluctant readers alike! They are also fun, inspiring, AND educational (but don't tell your kids that last part!).
5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 
(ages 8-12, $19.99) - Did you know that one-third of the earth is a desert, that beets are sometimes used to give red velvet cake its color, or that there are more caribou than people in Alaska? Well, that's only the beginning...5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 features gross facts about toilets and edible insects, gravity-defying facts about things that fly, awesome new dino-discoveries, facts about newborn octopi, and how many oranges it takes to make one glass of OJ - just to name just a few! This book is the ultimate boredom buster and is perfect for curious kids who love to learn about the weird, wild and wacky!
Get it HERE!
Ultimate Oceanpedia 
(ages 7-10, $24.99) - Perfect for the ocean-obsessed, this book is the most complete ocean reference ever! Ultimate Oceanpedia is overflowing with amazing facts, photos, art, and diagrams that take the reader on a journey through the ocean. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sharks, fish, crustaceans, sponges - from the weird to the wonderful - they are all featured in breathtaking photographs with easy to read captions. Wild weather, underwater exploration, and tips and pointers on how to help keep our oceans thriving round out this thick, keepsake volume.
Get it HERE!
Tales from the Arabian Nights: 
Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love and Betrayal
by Donna Jo Napoli - (ages 8-12, $24.99) - Do you have a child who loves magical stories about far away places? Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, kings, sailors, and genies come to life in a stunning retelling of the Arabian folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights and other collections, including those of Aladin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In this beautiful, gift-worthy book, beloved author Donna Jo Napoli not only brings timeless tales of royalty, adventure, and love to life, but also includes sidebars that connect the stories to history, culture, and geography. A perfect storytime selection for bedtime or anytime. "A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical routes" - starred review, Kirkus.
Get it HERE!
The Book of Heroines 
(ages 8-12, $14.99) - In The Book of Heroines it's all about Girl Power! Looking for a leading lady? How about more than 100 of them? True stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, ladies in lab coats, and everyday people who all have two things in common - they were girls and they changed the world. From Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall, and Wonder Woman to Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, and Katie Ledecky, The Book of Heroines not only highlights how girls are just as tough as boys, but also challenges the reader to be a heroine herself and provides tips on how to unleash her inner heroine.
Get it HERE!
The Book of Heroes
(ages 8-12, $14.99) - The Book of Heroes highlights 100 guys who had the boldness, bravery, and brains to meet the challenges of their day. Featuring a very diverse array of amazing minds, heroes from history, sports stars and even action heroes - like Abraham Lincoln, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Irwin - boys will be sure to find more than just a few role models in the pages of this book and also perhaps inspire them that they, too, are capable of extraordinary things.
Get it HERE!
How Things Work
(ages 7-10, $19.99) - Discover the secrets and science behind bounce houses, hovercraft, robotics, and everything in between in this book that provides both the quick answers AND complete explanations for all things high tech, low tech, and no tech (how DOES glue work?). Detailed diagrams, revealing photos, hands-on activities, and fascinating facts all help to demystify many common items - like how a microwave works, how an eraser makes pencil marks disappear, and how an iPad or tablet can do so much - and also delves into the more futuristic, but very real inventions like bionics, invisible cloaks, and tractor beams. "Tales from the Lab" and profiles of talented engineers, inventors, and scientists provide plenty of inspiration. How Things Work is perfect for the kid who thinks "just because" isn't a REAL answer.
Get it HERE!

Enter to win ALL 6 National Geographic Books!
One lucky winner will received these big, bold, beautiful books from National Geographic. To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 12/14/2016. Good luck!

giftYou - Gift Registry for Family and Friends #holiday #wishlist

Disclosure: I received compensation for my post.
Of all the people in my family, not a single one of them lives in the same state where I live. That makes holiday shopping a bit of a challenge. My mom is in Florida, my sisters are in Missouri and North Carolina, my mother-in-law is in Nevada, and my kids are in Texas and Oklahoma. They are all different ages and have many different interests, and since I'm not involved in their daily lives, knowing what gifts to buy them means I'm contacting each one to ask. Now there is giftYou.com! It's a gift registry where all my friends and family can add their wish lists, all in one place. I can add my own wish list, too. Then we all browse each other's wish lists and as we make selections off the lists, it reserves those items so no one duplicates the purchase. The gift ideas are claimed secretly, so no one will know who is giving each gift, leaving the joy of the element of surprise.
giftYou makes it easy by allowing you to add wish list items from any online retailer - just copy and paste the product URL into the giftYou site. There is also a search option so if you want something and aren't sure where to get it, giftYou will try and find it. That comes in handy for those much sought-after kids' gifts every year! You can even custom create any gift by manually adding any item to your wish list. giftYou users create their wish list, then share it with friends or family in groups. Anyone can create a group and invite anyone else to join it. Once you've claimed the gifts you want to buy, you'll be able to click from the wish list directly to the site where it's for sale, assuming there's a link on the wish list, making it super easy to finish all your holiday shopping. Plus, giftYou is totally FREE!
You can add wish lists for your children and grandchildren, and add in clothing sizes (shoes, shirts, pants, etc.), favorite stores to shop, or things like favorite artists, movies, hobbies, and teams, so that other people can come up with gifts for them on their own, instead of just having to pick from the wish list. You can even suggest gifts for other people! giftYou is also mobile ready, so you don't need to install a separate app for your phone. Instead, giftYou is automatically optimized for small screens if you go to it on a mobile device, and will be automatically optimized for larger screens if you visit it on a desktop or laptop. giftYou works great for birthday and wedding gift registry wish lists too! It really takes the stress off finding the perfect gift for someone I care about, because I want to give gifts that people really want. Plus, I can do all my shopping from the comfort of my home! 

Get started today at

11/29/16

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (November 30 - December 6)



SnackNation Healthy Snack Delivery Service - First Box FREE

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review. 
When I was a kid, my mom always kept a drawer full of snacks in the kitchen. My three sisters and I always loved when she replenished the drawer, so we could dig through and see what was new. That memory came flooding back to me when I received my SnackNation box. I had so much fun digging through the box to see what goodies were inside!
SnackNation is a healthy snack delivery service. They curate new, innovative snacks from emerging brands and deliver them in an immaculately packed monthly subscription box. Their goal is to make healthy snacks more accessible for all, which is why they also donate meals to Feeding America for every box purchased. Originally, SnackNation only delivered to offices (currently over 2,500+ across the country), but now you can get them delivered to your home!
Get your FREE SnackNation box HERE! You're going to love this box of healthy snacks as much as I do. There are so many wonderful, healthy snacks in the box. It comes with 15 full size snacks, and includes everything from salty to sweet, and soft to crunchy. There really is something for everyone!
SnackNation treats are always healthy choices, with no artificial anything, including colors, sweeteners and flavors. After your first FREE SnackNation box, your subscription continues for a low $24.99 a month. Although you'll pay a low shipping cost on your free box, shipping is free for the rest of your subscription. And of course if you ever get tired of snacking on delicious treats, you can cancel anytime. That's a great deal!
Some of my favorite items in this box include the Oloves Basil and Garlic olive packet, the Gringo Jack's Chile Rubbed Flaky Tortilla Chips, the Nature's Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar, and the Dark Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt Bark Thins. These snacks are perfect for after school, evening munchies, road trips, and lunch boxes!
I really appreciate the fact that SnackNation donates a meal to a family in need for every box purchased. We are often so busy with our lives that we forget about the less fortunate, so having SnackNation make a donation on your behalf means you'll be helping others just by having a snack!
SnackNation gets my highest recommendation! We enjoyed everything in our SnackNation box. It was all fresh, delicious, and perfectly arranged in their signature box. Grab your FREE SnackNation box today and see for yourself!
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Carter's #carterssweetdreams #givingtuesday

Carter’s is one of my favorite brands for my kids! So help them give back to the community on #givingtuesday. When you buy one pair of PJ's in any Carter's retail store or online, Carter’s donates a pair to the Pajama Program - up to 100,000 pairs. Give more sweet dreams to children in need and more jammies for every little one! #carterssweetdreams

11/28/16

Holiday Decorating with The Burlap Cottage

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love to decorate my home and The Burlap Cottage is one of my favorite places for unique holiday decor. This absolutely gorgeous Christmas Poinsettia Pillow is handmade with a soft turquoise brushed canvas fabric and white felt poinsettia, plus three big hand sewn jingle bells. This 12x16" lumbar pillow is perfect for the holidays and even arrives packaged for gift giving!
The Burlap Cottage was founded by Leanne Wyatt in San Antonio, Texas. She makes and sells a huge collection of unique gift and home decor items. She started the company to be able to stay at home with her young son, who was suffering from a chronic illness (and thankfully he's made a complete recovery). Leanne continued building her business and is now a top-rated Etsy seller with over 130 amazing products, plus she sells on Amazon!
Some of my favorite items are the Christmas tree skirts, the Christmas stockings, and of course, the holiday pillows. A gal can never have too many pillows! The Burlap Cottage also offers wonderful gift items for anniversaries, weddings, baby, and mom gifts. Leanne can even personalize gifts for you!
I am absolutely delighted with my Christmas Poinsettia Pillow! You can choose this pillow in different colors, like red and white, white and gray, green and white, and several other color combinations. There are also pillows with sayings like "Jingle" or "Merry Christmas" and I'm dying at the cuteness of the plaid Scotty pillow! Go check them all out!
Shop for great holiday decor items and gifts at
and on Amazon.
Don't miss the special offer at her Etsy shop!

CROSS Pens "The Long Story Short" #WriteGift

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
CROSS Pens has always been the gift given for recognizing achievements and for special moments. Whether it was moving away from home, how you started your career, getting engaged or married, or graduating from high school or college, these moments, no matter how big or small, are ones that have lead you to where you are today. CROSS Pens are top quality luxury pens and have long been a favorite of mine! They are the perfect way to make a long story short with their engraved pens.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day my husband asked me to marry him. An internet dating site actually brought us together and although that story often raises eyebrows, we have a fabulous relationship that was meant to be. People sometimes still think we are newlyweds. The CROSS Pens "The Long Story Short" is a wonderful way for me to give him the perfect gift that celebrates us. I had this CROSS pen engraved with "Another Day In Paradise" for him, and every time he uses this fine writing instrument, he will think of us.
What will you have engraved on your CROSS pen? 
to order the Write Gift to celebrate something meaningful!

11/25/16

Giveaway! Lugz Women's Winter Boots Plus #BlackFriday Deals

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
It is certainly getting cold here in Kansas! Are you ready for the cold, wet, snowy weather that's coming this winter? If my feet are cold, then I'm cold all over. These brand new Lugz Women's Tambora WR boots are everything I dreamed they would be, and more! They are super cute, toasty warm, and incredibly comfortable.
They provide me with incredible warmth with a super-soft plush faux fur lining. These Lugz boots are also water-resistant, keeping the moisture away from my skin, even in the cold rain and snow. The insole is luxuriously cushioned and they are roomy enough for me to wear even my thickest winter socks. The durable, reinforced rubber heel and toe give me excellent traction.
The snowy white color with the tan faux fur is such a great look. Lugz does offer the Tambora style in other colors, but the ones I chose are a completely unique style! Plus, since they are lace-up boots, I can even tuck my pant legs into the boots. I absolutely, positively love these boots! They are the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe!
Lugz offers great boots for the entire family! Check out their collections for men, women, and kids at www.lugz.com

SHOP TODAY on Black Friday for 40% off the ENTIRE STORE with no exclusions, with code FRIDAY.  
Win a pair of Lugz!
Enter below to win! One winner will receive a pair of Lugz Tambora WR White Boots in any size, or choose another color from the other Lugz Tambora Boots. Giveaway is open to US readers, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 12/11/2016. Good luck!

Nature Anywhere Birds-I-View Feeder #review - Holiday Gift Idea

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
The Birds-I-View Window Bird Feeder from Nature Anywhere is a window bird feeder. It sticks to the outside of a window with super strong suction cups. This bird feeder is made of high quality, anti-UV premium acrylic that will stay clear and beautiful for years. It's ready to use, right out of the box!
The Birds-I-View Feeder features a big cut-out viewing window that allows you an unobstructed view of all the birds that come right up to the window to eat. It's a great holiday gift idea for any age! Kids will love seeing birds up close, grandparents will love the entertainment, and I'm loving seeing the different kinds of birds in the window while I'm working on my computer.
This bird feeder will even entertain your cats while you're away. I love the design, with its rounded perch bar and slide-out double food tray. You can use two different kinds of feed to attract different kinds of birds. I haven't had any trouble with squirrels either, since they can't get to the feeder on the window.
I bought a small bag of wild bird feed at my local hardware store for just $3 and filled up the food compartments, with plenty of bird food leftover so I can refill my Birds-I-View Feeder whenever it gets low. I am really enjoying watching the birds come up to eat!
When hanging your Birds-I-View Feeder, be sure to wipe the window clean first so the suction cups stick well. I also used the same window cleaner cloth to wipe the inside of each suction cup before pressing it to the window. The suction cups work great and the feeder hasn't moved a bit. It is perfect for those who live in rental properties, like me, because I don't own the yard or trees, but I can decorate with a bird feeder on the window.
The photo below is my view from the inside of our computer room. I keep trying to catch a picture of a bird in the feeder, but when the birds see me lifting up my camera they get skittish and fly away. Initially, it can take a while before the birds find the feeder, but once they do, they'll come back again and again. I'm absolutely thrilled with my Birds-I-View Feeder!
to order the Birds-I-View Feeder
for the holidays or for a gift anytime! 

11/23/16

BuiltNY City Tote #review - Holiday Gift Idea

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Here is a fabulous holiday gift idea! Give her a City Tote from BuiltNY that combines fun and fashion with functionality. It comes in five different fun patterns, plus a basic black color. It's made from neoprene (the wetsuit material) so it's perfect for wet or snowy weather.
This City Tote even has a interior pocket for your phone or keys. It has a snap button closure and features two high quality faux leather 10.5" straps. It measures 12.6" x 4.7" x 24.6" and holds lots of stuff, but folds flat for storage. It's also lightweight but very sturdy.
It's perfect for shopping, makes a great purse, and is a great travel carry-on. Or, take it with you, folded flat in your suitcase, while you're traveling so you can fill it up with souvenirs to bring home. It's also a great option for taking to the gym or toss snack bags and toys in it for a road trip.
I've owned several BuiltNY products over the years and they are very durable. I always get compliments on the styles and prints, too. I love my new City Tote! BuiltNY also sells fabulous lunch totes, wine and beer totes, clutches, backpacks and more, all made from Neoprene insulated material.
Visit www.builtny.com today and
grab holiday gifts for everyone on your list!