12/6/17

Stuff the Stockings with Soapcreek

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Stuff the stockings with great products from Soapcreek! These Artisan Soaps are a work of art that offer amazing skin nourishing benefits. Soapcreek uses sustainably cultivated food-grade plant oils and scents every product with only pure therapy grade essential oils sourced from farms all over the world. The designs are created with mineral colorants and naturally colored clays which offer soothing and cleansing properties. The Pumpkin Pie Soap smells so delicious that it made my stomach growl when I opened the package. Their Candy Cane Soap would be the perfect addition to any holiday stocking!
Each bar has generous amounts of additives sourced both locally and worldwide through fair trade, such as exotic butters, oils, herbs, seeds, flowers, extracts, raw honey, goats milk, and yogurt, beneficial to many different skin types. Many of Soapcreek's varieties are totally vegan. They list out each ingredient, even the essential oil blend, because transparency is everything to the consumer. Their spa minerals are made with essential oils and natural salts from around the world, including the beautiful Himalayan Pink salt. Soapcreek lotions, cremes, scrubs, lip balm, and all their other products are made with the best available natural ingredients. I love the Cinnamint Lip Balm! Soapcreek products are perfect for family, friends, and coworkers, and don't forget your child's teacher.
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12/5/17

Rocking Monsters - Amazing Wooden Ride-On Toys for Children

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Childhood imaginations can run wild and conquering monsters are often part of child's play. Rocking Monsters are a brand new wooden ride-on toy created just for young children and we were lucky enough to receive one of the very first ones to see what we thought of it. Rocking Monsters are available in three different, exciting designs - Ghost, Octopus, and Shark.
Rocking Monsters are professionally designed by a graphic designer. They are natural - made of solid plywood, harmless oil, and harmless paints. Rocking Monsters are safe - with no splinters or scratches, and have carefully rounded corners. They are eco-friendly, with nothing harmful for the environment or children. They are ergonomic, extremely durable, and easy to assemble in just minutes with included hardware and tools.
We received the Rocking Monster Ghost. It arrived in a flat, wide box that featured a carry handle at the top. Upon opening the box, we found everything carefully packaged for shipping, stacked and wrapped with cellophane so there would be no damage or movement of the pieces in shipping. The hardware was all together in a zipper bag, along with easy to follow assembly instructions.
The wood used to create the Rocking Monster is absolutely beautiful. We love the natural look of the wood! I inspected each piece of wood and found absolutely no defects on any part of them. The main body part of the Rocking Monster was already assembled and we only needed to attach the leg pieces and the handle pieces.
The already assembled body of the Rocking Monster was created with two large pieces of plywood and three smaller pieces that create the "seat" of the Ghost. The two large pieces are slightly different, which creates an interesting three-dimensional appearance from different angles. There are rocker support pieces that slide into the main body, which are then attached with the included screws.
Once those are screwed down, the two large rocker pieces slide down onto the rocker support pieces. The pieces fit snugly, even before they are screwed down, which indicates careful planning and construction by the creators of the Rocking Monsters. Once the rocker pieces were added, we flipped it over to screw those to the support pieces.
The handles fit down into the head of the main body and are also attached with screws. I am so incredibly impressed with the solid construction of this toy. I believe the only way a Rocking Monster can be destroyed is to be thrown into a raging fire. It is so solid that it can withstand the weight of a 150 pound adult!
For over 25 years, I have worked with young children in preschool settings. I have seen hundreds of different kinds of toys and I've seen how children react to toys. One of the most exciting things for a child is to have a toy that they can climb on and ride on. What could possibly be more fun than a monster that they can conquer?
I wanted to show you some close-up photos of the quality of the wood used to create the Rocking Monster. Honestly, I believe this toy could last for hundreds of years, being passed down from generation to generation of children just waiting to be big enough to ride on it. Its design is ergonomic and perfectly sized for a 2 to 5 year old.
I also love the addition of a single color of natural paint to just a few spots such as the handles and the inside of the body. I cannot find anything about the Rocking Monster that I don't like! But the best test of all is whether or not a child is going to like a toy, whether they will use it regularly, and whether it will hold up to whatever they can dream up.
Our Rocking Monster Ghost has been thoroughly tested by a two year old who is very close to turning three years old. He was so excited when we pulled the pieces out of the box and jumped around while we assembled it. I'm not so sure he was happy that I kept stopping assembly to take more pictures because it meant he had to wait longer to climb on top. When he finally got to get on, he easily climbed on, swung his leg over, and rocked away.
He has rocked slowly, quickly, back and forth a little and a lot. I worried a bit that he might rock over, but the rocker pieces are perfectly designed with a bump at each end to prevent that from happening. Even with bare feet, his feet were comfortable on both the rocker pieces and the rocker support pieces, both of which are great spot to place little feet. The handles are naturally placed in the perfect position which helps generate ongoing child-motion for rocking. He has giggled, laughed, squealed, and rocked constantly. He is delighted with his Rocking Monster!
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12/4/17

ShedRain e-Motion Motorized Umbrella

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There is always that one person in your family that is nearly impossible to buy a holiday gift for, but here is a gift everyone is sure to love! The ShedRain e-Motion Motorized Umbrella is a full electric auto open and close umbrella. With a mere push of a button, the fully-motorized, rechargeable e-Motion umbrella opens and closes completely on its own in one smooth motion.
The ShedRain e-Motion Umbrella is one that you can truly operate with one hand. It makes getting in and out of cars and revolving doors a breeze, plus it keeps the other hand free for phones, bags of groceries, kids, backpacks, and more. One charge will last for months, but the e-Motion can also operate manually if the battery ever runs out, so you’re never stuck in the rain. It has a sleek and sturdy design, provides oversize coverage, and features a Teflon coating for superior water-repellency. It's a fabulous holiday gift idea; perfect for the sophisticated, weather-savvy, or tech enthusiast family member!
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