Monday, November 17, 2014

USA Every Day Review

 
 
With the Holidays in full swing I'm on the hunt for meaningful gifts for family and friends! One thing that I wanted to try and do was not only give meaningful gifts but purchase from those companies that are located in the UNITED STATES! Its so important to try and help companies that sell great quality products that might get missed by these large companies that make everything overseas! That is why I was so excited to receive my "Celebrate American Made" box!!

 
The box I received was all about introducing consumers to small companies that make awesome holiday gifts.
 

  • Temporary tattoos make awesome stocking stuffers (they even have Frozen tattoos for the kids)
  • Wonderful handmade spa products for women
  • Kidecals makes cool keyboard stickers and a million other things that are great for kids, parents and DIYers
  • Your True Nature makes all kinds of inspiring products - T-shirts, books, posters, etc.
  • Surf Sweets is a yummy organic candy company which everyone needs all year round!
  • And, beautiful holiday cookies from the wonderful Sisters of St. Benedict
 
We received this box free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

 
Here's what the Peeps over at USA Everyday Box had to say this Holiday, "Bring on the holidays! My daughter turns 2 on the 24th, Thanksgiving is the 27th and then a solid month of fa-la-la-la-laaaaa. I'll get to see more friends and family over the next two months as they descend on our house than I will all year. Nothing makes me happier.

My mind is racing with ideas. There are decorations to be hung, food to prepare, and gifts to be purchased. There's a lot to do, but I have to say that buying gifts is my favorite activity. I love the challenge of finding that special something that's truly a token of my love and gratitude.

Finding great products made by small business is what the USA Every Day box is all about. By receiving eight different samples, subscribers will be introduced to companies that make creative, gift-worthy products. There's something for everyone and that's what most of us have to achieve this holiday - gifts for everyone!

Happy Holidays!"


We LOVE LOVE LOVE our USA Every Day Box!!!!! It came beautifully packaged!! Like opening up a bunch of little gifts!! Sophia and Sam shared the sugar cookie and I shamefully took a big bite before I handed it to her! It was DELICIOUS! The tattoos are out of this world! We will be having fun with those for sure! We will most definitely be doing the Frozen one tonight, our baby is obsessed! The rest will make great stocking stuffers! I will be pampering myself with my spa treatments, and my keyboard is looking beyond cute with my button decals! I am just over the moon with these companies and that they are brought right to my doorstep!!!! It's time to start bringing business back to the land we so dearly love The United States Of AMERICA! To subscribe or just read more about this amazing subscription box go HERE Don't forget to like them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Had to share my fun new decals ;)


The USA Every Day Box is your answer to the question,
Where Do I Find the Made in America Version? From snacks to home goods, pets and everything in between, we’ll bring you the best American made products.
We connect you to those American made versions and introduce you to the companies that make them.
We’ve met some pretty keen people and would love for you to get to know them too.
Try products and find your new American Made favorites. 
The USA Every Day Box Ships Every Three Months
Next Box will ship February 1st
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pottery Barn Inspired Advent Calendar

Every year Ralph and I splurge on one expensive Christmas Decoration. I have come to realize that cheap decorations don't last and if we continue to improve our Christmas Decoration every year we will have quite the Beautiful collection! This year I was really torn between two... we needed more outdoor décor but I really wanted to start a new tradition with Sophia now that she is ONE!! That being an Advent Calendar! The one we would have chosen was the Personalized Pottery Barn Clothespin Advent Calendar...

From the peeps at Pottery Barn: A whimsical take on a holiday favorite, our Jumbo Clothespin Advent Calendar lets you hang small, tied-up packages for each day of the countdown.

  • 67" wide x 10" high
  • Made of poplar plywood with a pine frame.
  • Painted dates show clearly the approach of Christmas Day.
  • Each date includes a wood clothespin to hang goodies
BUT with a Price Tag of $149 not including shipping and Personalizing  I knew we were looking at somewhere in the $200 range! I ended up picking 2 of the Outdoor Lit LED Twig Deer because we needed more outdoor items!! As the days past I knew I still "needed" the advent calendar! That's when I got crafty! I knew I could make this and CHEAP! I sent ralph to our local hardware store and had a pine board cut to the measurement I needed! $6 dollars! Stopped at the craft store and bought clothes pins $1 had a stamp set and red/black/white paint at home and received advent bags from a BEAUTIFUL Etsy shop, Fancy That Loved $29.99! Grand total to Make this project....ready... $37 dollars!!!!! And it really is almost the same!!!!!! We adore our calendar and I know we will for years and years to come! It will be hung in a few days!! During the countdown we will read Sophia one Christmas story that she gets to open and we will have her sweet little fingers take out what ever is in her countdown advent bag!

To Do: Paint Board White, Paint Clothes Pins Black, Measure Out marks, Hot Glue and Stamp!

We have yet to hang it but you get the idea ;) I have a few touch ups that need to be made before hanging!
**I received the Advent Bags free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest! 

About our Bags from Fancy That Loved, "Beautifully crafted Advent Calendars that can be used every year! These fun hand stamped bags will be perfect to hold candy pieces, a special note or whatever your heart desires! These muslin bags feature premium fabric with matching thick cotton drawstrings for superior quality with red bakers twine and 24 mini clothespins. Make this a family tradition that your kids will look forward to every year!

Included:
24 individually hand stamped bags 3" x 4"
Red bakers twine to hang on a cute wooden spool
24 Mini Clothes pins

I can't even handle the cuteness! You don't even need the board for these bags at it comes with the wooden spool of twine and clothes pins!!! Just order and hang without the work! :) Fancy That Loved has the BEST customer service and they are quick to respond, ship and are o helpful with any questions you may have!!!





More about "Fancy that Loved" from the peeps themselves,

"A little about me...
It's those little moments in life that make living worthwhile. A baby shower, a child's first birthday or even an annual holiday - these are the special occasions that deserve a celebration! As a sassy stay-at-home mother of three boys, I know just how important it is to celebrate the precious occasions and milestones within a family. As an avid party planner and lover of paper crafts, my Etsy shop Fancy Loved That is a soulful evolution that will tickle your senses!

With a penchant for color and a keen eye for design, each one of my products will give your event a unique look and style that will be the talk of the town. As a business owner, I stay attuned to the latest trends, fads, color palettes and pop culture to guarantee a modern selection of party décor and accessories.

To me, there is just something so special about adding those magical finishing touches that everyone will notice and appreciate. I offer a variety of handmade party goods and supplies that will take your event to the next level. Whether you are planning a wedding reception or a 1st birthday party, I will work with you to provide quality party décor and accessories that will knock their socks off!

With the help of my loving husband, we pride ourselves on around the clock 24/7 customer service so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your event!"
 
Oh how we adore EVERYTHING in her shop!! It really is the little details in life that make it so Magical!!! We will certainly be back to dress up our holidays and just everyday life! Stop by her shop and check it out HERE! Don't forget to follow on Facebook HERE and Instagram: #fancythatloved
 
Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Are Back

Hi Everyone!! We are back, Fall has been Amazing!! We have been enjoying every minute! Now that the holiday season is in full swing we will be busy but in the best ways possible! And good news for all my readers...LOTS of Holiday Giveaways! I will be reviewing some of the hottest items this Christmas season and bringing you the best of the best! I will be doing a Holiday Gift Guide for those of you who want ideas on what to buy the special people in your lives! So Stay Tuned! In the meantime here is a picture overload!




Bringing Food to those in need!

Navy Dress for pictures for me Dad

Halloween from the Beekeeper and his tribe.

She got her BIG girl bed.




I don't want to go nuts with pictures but those are a few from Sept-Oct-Nov

HAPPY FALL EVERYONE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bye Bye Social Media

We are taking a Social Media Break until Halloween (maybe) ;) Time to unplug and enjoy FALL and Sophia's FIRST Birthday!!! We will see you all soon!!! There is still one Giveaway Going on with WeeSqueak! Don't forget to enter HERE winner will be chosen in 5 days via Rafflecopter and the winner will receive an automated e-mail! Enjoy October Everyone!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Viv & Lou Review

Ok You all know me and my monogrammed obsession right?!?! Well I found the Queen of all monogrammed companies!! It really has me wanting to scream from the roof tops! I may go monogramed crazy in my house!
I received these products free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

Here's what the peeps over at Viv & Lou had to say, "We invite you to shop Viv & Lou when an ordinary gift just won’t do! We combine quality, affordable personalized products and exceptional order turnaround times to create a fun and easy shopping experience for our customers. We strive for perfection because we understand the importance of quality products and excellent service!   If you need a one of a kind gift, want to tell someone how special they are, or just want a new stylish personalized product for yourself, you can find it at Viv & Lou!"

What is so impressive to me besides the amazing designs is the quality!! To me that is so important!! These products are so well made it blows me away! The customer service is the best I have ever dealt with and they truly care about their customers!! Don't even get me started on the price...it is so affordable and blows the doors of the prices I was previously paying at LL Bean and Pottery Barn! I'm serious when I say Viv & Lou is my new IT place for all things momma and Sophia. And all the lovies in my life during the holiday season!!

Shipping is super quick too!!!

It was so hard to choose a "favorite" out of everything I received but I'm totally loving the Large Navy Anchor Market Basket!!! I usually do peapod grocery delivery every other week but I need fresh fruits, veggies and meat throughout the week. I like to fly in and out of the grocery store as I'm not a huge fan. This Market Basket is perfect!! I am able to run in to the local Whole Foods fill it up and be on the go! No more bags to try and juggle all while holding Sophia! I have ventured out three times since I received my Viv & Lou goods and I have been stopped maybe 10+ times by people asking me where I purchased or just to say how cute it was! I love that it is inscribed in pink with my last name too! Swoon!

Next up was Sophia's Backpack and insulated lunch box! I LOVE this to pieces! Her first backpack! I had it monogramed with her full name! Eventually when she goes to grade school I will do initials but right now we are not to concerned with "stranger danger" as she is always with her momma! This backpack has been great, we have packed it up for fall walks, picnics, mall trips, you name it! It is the perfect size for her and I know it will be around for years and years!



 


OK I can't even handle Sophia and I's matching Mother and Daughter Monogramed Baseball Hats!!! These seriously have me in tears! I love to be matchy matchy with my girl and these are just precious! I love that we have the same initials too SLV!

Last but not least is my travel bag! Of course in my favorite NAVY anchors! Can you tell I'm a total Navy Brat at heart! Something about those anchors that bring me a sense of peace. We come from a long line of retired and active Navy military in my family. I am a proud Navy Daughter and I can't pass up anything that has anchors on it!!


To check out more Viv & Lou and to shop go HERE!!! Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter , Pinterest and Instagram!! Happy Fall Y'all!!!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lotus Bumz Review

Sophia Loves To Be Naked!!! Yes, like ALL the time! I can usually keep a shirt on her but pants is usually a No Go! I almost leapt out of my skin when I got my Lotus Bumz package in the mail for review! Insert the cutest ruffle butt cloth diaper EVER here! Sophia is totally styling in this thing! Not to mention in the world of cloth diapers this one has topped the cake for us!!! It is not only super stylish but super absorbent as well!!

I received this product free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.


I know I have done a ton of diaper reviews and you are probably wondering... well why Lotus Bumz??? I think they answer this best, "Why Use Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers? There are significant environmental benefits that come with reusable diapers. Did you know that over 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the US alone? They will take centuries to decompose. Plus, the amount of carbon emitted in the production of one disposable diaper is roughly the same as that emitted after washing a cloth diaper 200 times (in cold water). Some babies may be sensitive to the chemicals and plastic used in disposable diapers. Cloth is a gentler, and more natural option. Cost is a large factor for many people. Lotus Bumz Cloth diaper system will help you save a lot of money! The initial outlay for Modern Cloth Diapers may seem large – they may cost you $250-$600 initially. However, if you calculate the cost of disposable diapers over a period of 2-3 years (the average baby is in diapers for 2.5 years, costing $2500-$4500), they will save you lots of money! If you have more than one child, then the savings will be huge!"



It is time to start thinking about the earth and our babies futures!! I love that my family is saving money and the environment all at the same time! Not to mention Sophia's sensitive skin, she really needs the best of the best and Lotus Bumz is it! I can't wait to get her in the matching cloth diaper and legwarmers soon! You have to go check out what they have, you can purchase HERE!
Don't forget to like Lotus Bumz on Facebook too!
 If that wasn't reason enough to Fall In LOVE with LOTUS BUMZ this will be.... They are giving away not one but TWO cloth diapers to one of my readers!!! Winner will be chosen at random via rafflecopter on November 1st! GoodLuck!!

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 11, 2014

De Odor Works and Water Works Review

I have a NEW Favorite in the Body Health department!! It is called De Odor Works! and it REALLY Works!!!


The Science:

"De Odor Works is a revolutionary new deodorant product made entirely of medical grade, lightweight (approximately 2 ounces) stainless steel. Its secret is the unique reaction that occurs when ordinary running tap water and stainless steel combine to neutralize odor. Using stainless steel with running water is a recognized method of eliminating the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that cause odor. Stainless steel is biocompatible to human tissue, so you can use De Odor Works anywhere on your body without any adverse effects. The science behind De Odor Works has been studied and clinically tested for over 10 years by Abbott Research Group."

How to Use:

"De Odor Works is safe, effective, comfortable, fast and easy to use. And it's reusable. Its odor eliminating action is activated under running water such as ordinary tap water in your shower. It can easily be added to your daily hygiene routine. Simply shower as usual with soap and water. Rinse well. Then rub De Odor Works across areas of concern for 30 seconds under running water. Voilà... odor is gone! De Odor Works can be used under arms, on the feet, the groin area — anywhere that you feel you have a problem with odor!"

Health Benefits:

"De Odor Works is safe and effective and does not cause health problems that are associated with over-the-counter deodorant products. It does not contain harsh chemicals that can potentially irritate human skin nor does it contain aluminum. In fact, it contains no chemicals at all. It is non-allergenic and uses only ordinary tap water so it has no adverse effects whatsoever. Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants are not only ineffective at removing body odor but the ingredients in them could endanger your health."

This was a BIG concern for me when I became pregnant with Sophia! Even now that she is almost one and I'm still Breastfeeding! I don't want any harmful chemicals on my body! Especially with my little one snuggling on me and nursing!! I can't rave enough about this product! It is truly genius and works Great!!! I also think with the holidays coming up it would make the perfect gift as well!! You can read more about it on their website and purchase your own De Odor Works HERE!!

I also received Water Works a natural flush system. I have to be honest, I'm wicked OCD when it comes to body cleanliness. I shower everyday sometimes twice and during my stay at the hospital after I had Sophia was torture! Sorry guys I don't mean to get graphic but there were so many people "downstairs" that I couldn't wait to get home and shower. This tool would have been perfect, I also think its fabulous for after you do the "deed" keeping things clean and regulating your body naturally! It is only a water flush and runs naturally. I'm not into anything harmful and LOVE that Water Works is all natural, using just water! "WaterWorks is safe, effective, FDA cleared and clinically proven not to upset the delicate balance of the vaginal ecosystem." You can read more about it on the Water Works Website or Purchase yours HERE!!
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