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...

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!

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


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