Bears For Humanity

This is a guest post by Debbie Bookstaber

 

If you have never heard of Bears For Humanity, you should definitely check them out. Bears For Humanity is a social commerce company that believes in 100% certified organic products, healthy children and a sustainable environment. They manufacture Teddy Bears and Animal Friends with an organic faux fur that is the closest thing to hugging a real bear (but much safer)! The company proudly employs women and at-risk mothers from the CalWORKs program. When a customer buys a Bear For Humanity stuffed pal, another just like it is sent to a child in need. 

We all shop, we all buy gifts, but how often do we see a company who donates 1:1 to children in need? 

Typically, when you purchase an item online, you are asked for your name, credit card and perhaps an option to join the mailing list. When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity™, you have the delightful task of choosing a charity – Toys For Tots, Save The Children, Semper Fi Fund, OneSimpleWish.org, Lucile Packard– because your purchase instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need!

More than that, the cuddly pal is personally delivered to a needy veteran’s house, a children’s hospital or an underprivileged household. It’s a win-win way to run a company! The stuffed bears come in two sizes – 16” Premium Bear ($39.99) and 7” Baby Bear (19.99). The many charity options and five color choices are splashed across www.BearsForHumanity.com website that opens to a philosophical question – Can A Teddy Bear Change The World?

Toy industry experts, the California welfare-to-work program known as CalWORKs and an armful of mom bloggers heartily shout, “Yes!” The benefits only begin with the buy one-donate one model. The bears are luxuriously soft! Bears For Humanity pals are the only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp teddy bears in the world. Plus, they are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic which gives parents the peace of mind they don't get from polyester plush toys!

Give a gift that gives back w/@bears4humanity. Buy 1, give 1 to a needy child #bears4humanity http://amzn.to/1Q5myfu (can be set up to tweet from page post if you have that ability, if not, delete)

All of these adorably squishy bears are also available on Amazon and Whole Foods. Wouldn’t they make the PERFECT Valentine’s Day gift?

We want to share the gift of cuddles with you! Enter to win your very own Bears 4 Humanity Premium and Baby bear. 

Just Dance 2016 Review

Every year we look to find something for the holidays to entertain my kids!  This year is no different!  We have all the other Just Dance games-why not make this one the holiday break exercise routine!  Burn baby burn. If ONLY you knew what I've been eating since.. ohhh.. THANKSGIVING.  

What's very cool about this game NEW is the app that you can download to make your phone a controller!  Awesome, right? Just Dance 2016 has some of the most fun songs EVER on it this time around!  Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars.. Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and many more of your favorite artists attack the lineup of Just Dance 2016.  What is your favorite song on the game?

 


#RealMomGiftGuide BEST Personalized Gift Idea

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BEST Personalized Gift Idea

TOTAL freaking awesomeness!  

Looking for a great gift that is filled to the brim with personalization?  Check out Collage.com!!!  

MOM & HUBBY DO NOT LOOK: lol

They have a ton of really cool products.  What I love about them is their STORY!  Check out Collage.com to make EVERYTHING personal!  Photobooks, calendars, phone cases, mugs, you freaking name it!  

They did not pay me to love them - but they did however offer me product to review.  Needless to say - ALL our family gifts are coming from there this year.  Wish I had an affiliate code to give you! haha

 

GOODY GIVEAWAY

Did you catch the fun info about Goody and the great things you can find @WalMart with Goody?  The #CleanRadiance opportunities to win are endless!

Now YOU can win the Goodiest - Prize Pack - EVER!

Grand prize: Chi Straightener and CROC Blowdryer (valued at $200)

Second prize: Goody Basket (valued at $100) - 2 winners

Third Prize: $25 Walmart gift card - 25 winners

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Goody Gives Great Hair #CleanRadiance

Dog is a paid actor. lol

Dog is a paid actor. lol

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions of course are my own!

 

Goody Gives Great Hair

Being female comes with its own set of obstacles.  Biggest being HAIR problems!  We all have them and often don't like them.  But it is just like anything in life - you have to figure out what product is best for you and your hair!  Recently I started working with Acorn Influence and love that they picked me to take part in their Goody Clean Radiance Campaign & Giveaway!

The Clean Radiance products use copper bristles that seriously give your scalp a great massage!  One thing that I love about this brush is how soft it makes my hair.  I have a mop full of hair.  It needs some serious love in order to give it the life that it has all the time.I'm pretty spoiled with my hair as I try to get it done often!  These brushes I have been using has really given it a little more time between highlights.  I don't know if that's intended with them - but I'll take it either way!  Every female has to take care of their hair ya know?  So why not start with these great brushes!  

I have always been consistent on my hair because honestly, it's the only piece of me that has stayed consistent over the years!  My hair.  Fun, right?


Brookside Chocolate and Clos du Bois Wine Pairing

**This is a sponsored review written by a Real Mom Media contributor..  

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Wine & chocolate.  Did I have you at wine or chocolate? lol

Hi, I'm Debbie, a friend of Joey's who is a DIE HARD fan of wine.  And chocolate.  

So when she asked me if I wanted to be her wine & chocolate contrbutor?  You know I jumped all over that one.

Joey handed over a basket with a great collection of all the bells & whistles for wine lovers.  From coasters to wine covers with great sayings like, "liquid therapy".  Great touch!  I got two pairings.  Clos du Bios Pinot Noir with Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavor and  Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavors paired with a Clos du Bios Merlot.  My dilemma ....which to try first. 

The Merlot is described as having a bouquet filled with blackberry, plum, black raspberry, vanilla and spice, filling the palate with an abundance of blackberry, subtle pepper, and layers of toasted oak and vanilla, leading to a slightly dry fruity finish.   Add this with the BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Açai & Blueberry Flavors of Smooth, where semi-sweet dark chocolate surrounds a bright, fruity flavor hit of açai, highlighted with the flavor of ripe, lush blueberries....and we have a winner?!  Well, I should at least read about the second pairing...just to be fair.

The Clos du Bois Pinot Noir and Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavor states opposites attract when bursting fruit juice sweetness meets dry sophistication.....this could be a challenge deciding.....  The Pinot Noir is described as having a nose that exhibits bourbon vanilla, raspberry jam, and oak, allowing red fruits to layer with blackberry and raspberry, highlighted by spice notes with a lingering smooth tannin finish.  

OKAY OKAY!!  IT'S TIME TO DIG IN ALREADY!

I pulled out the wine opener and grabbed a bottle....The Merlot first.  My taste buds were dancing!  The dry fruity finish of the wine sent the senses on overload when paired with the delicious dark chocolate with Acai & Blueberry flavor.   The people at Brookside and Clos du Bois know their pairing.   BROOKSIDE Chocolate is rich, dark chocolate with sweetened soft centers made with exotic fruit flavors. It's chocolate like you've never experienced before.  When put together with this delicious Pinot Noir?  HEAVEN!  

What a great gift idea this would be for the chocolate or wine lovers on my gift list.  This would be amazing for entertaining as well!!  Thumbs up for that!!!  Thank you Brookside...you made entertaining easier!  Now, if you will excuse me - I'm off to finish... the chocolate of course.  

Sweetness.

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Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 14 Review

Photography and video editing is a pretty crucial part of what I do. And honestly, it is seriously my LEAST favorite.  I love to be in front of the camera - but the editing and making it 'pretty'?

Yeah.  Not really where my strengths lie.  

But when it comes out something awesome?  There is such an amazing sense of pride that comes with being able to do it all yourself.  And in the era and world we live in now a days - where EVERYONE is an expert at phone-photography!  Plus the video editing programming that is out there?  Amazing.  

But one this is for sure - there is nothing better than Adobe Photoshop.  

When I was just starting out with this - I invested in two things.  Photoshop & Final Cut.  Now ask me which one did I actually use? NOT Final Cut!!!  It is soooo hard!  Ok, so I guess you just have to put in the time to learn it.  But still.  It's HARD.  Lynda.com only gets me so far. lol But Photoshop has always been a blast for me.  I used my original one for YEARS until this week!  

I am apart of the Best Buy Blogger Network & I love all the cool things they are opening my eyes to!  I recently got to download Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 14 to review. Truth be told, I had to download it on my other computer because my mac is in OVERLOAD!  Makes me crazy!!!  (If you happen to have a clue how to fix the 'your start up disc is full' part - I'm all ears hahah!!)

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WHAT'S NEW: PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS & PREMIERE 14

*SIMPLICITY!!  Yes.  That's the biggest!  It's so simple to edit, share, organize now!  

*Another great addition is that the new programming makes it SO much easier for the 'newbie'!  Make quick edits, add cool effects and then share them so easily on all the social outlets!

*And they have great ways to perfect the selfie.  You can clear the camera haze from landscape shots and take the camera shake out of video selfies. 

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*4K is IN officially now!  I bought a 4K video camera a year ago from Best Buy and the whole 4K has just come to life in that time.  

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

Gift Giving with Best Buy

How many times are you pondering of what to get someone?  Gift giving pre-kids I was a rockstar at.  But since becoming a mom, I can't even remember my OWN kids' birthdays!!  With the Best Buy Git Giving Center they help you all along the way!  The Best Buy Gift Giving Center helps you pick out the best gift starting by the gift category.  From Birthdays, Anniversaries & more - Best Buy curated the best of the best at Best Buy for you to choose from. 

It's already difficult to make the ultimate choice on what you plan to give as a gift, but if you have extra time to make a list for those 'just in case' moments - then do it!  I think everyone should have a Best Buy Wish List.  You never know when you're moving or having a baby! 

The way I look at it...we put everything in the cloud nowadays, right?  Why not start a wishlist and keep adding to it as your kids grow older!  I mean, if anything - it's a great way to remember what they said they liked ya know?!?!

What is the #1 thing you'd have on your Best Buy Gift Center wish list?

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Grab the LG G4 Smartphone at Best Buy

Best Phone for Cute Kid Pictures

Becoming a mom made me one crazy phone-photography lady for sure.  I have had the exact same phone brand since it first came out in 2007. In the past few months, I realized that it's TOTALLY time to shop for a new obsession!  So when the LGG4 Smartphone came out - It was like a crazy force field drawing me to it!  I honestly hit up the stores like 4 times just to play with it.  And this past week, I made buddies with the sales rep at Best Buy to the point where he knows me by name. HA.  

Sad, I know.  But I'm a DIGITAL INFLUENCER, people.  I gotta have the gadgets to do my job.  

I know.  I totally know what you're thinking. I do have every gadget known to man laying around my house and I def do have an obsession with gadgets... So after doing the Best Buy Trade In Program - mama got a brand new phone!  

I'm actually really embarrassed about my experience at Best Buy.  I snapped an awesome shot with my OLD PHONE of the LG G4, then started fooling around with the LG G4 - THEN bought their phone with trade in on my phone & an ipad - and I DON'T HAVE THE PICTURE BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MY OLD PHONE!

So here are 5 thing about the LG G4 I LOVE:

1) The camera.  It's THE.BOMB.  The Mega Pixels on this thing is 16 MP on the forward cam and 8 MP on the back camera.  The auto focus is the best one I've seen on any phone. For.Sure.

2) The Design.  I love the leather design!!  It's very helpful with a toddler that likes to throw phones.  Ahem.  #JustSayin

3) Display.  Finally!!!  It's brighter, clearer and easier to see.  And as a novice photographer it's really great to SEE the images I take in the dark! ha

4) Get MONEY BACK if you buy it from Best Buy!  Guaranteed $100 Best Buy Gift Card!! $100 is a fab return on your investment, don't you think?

5) Size.  It fits in the palm of my hand.  My husband has one of the crazy huge phones and I can't even stand it.  No way can I handle one of those big phones.  But this one fits perfectly.  It's like the glass slipper! haha

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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PICTURE THIS: Father's Day

Father's Day is RIGHT around the corner!!  (Um, hi.  Yeah, it's SUNDAY!!!)

I'm so behind on sharing my fun finds lately - so sorry.  I mean, I am kind of planning a CRAZY AWESOME CONFERENCE!!  Blogger Bash is taking hold of my brain - but I can't let work get in the way of real life - and real life is filled with things stealing our time and thoughts - so why not share with you some of the best things I've found on the web for dad!

(By the way - these awesome items were sent for review.  But I wouldn't share their greatness if I didn't think they were 'COOL DAD WORTHY!')

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TONKI

When I first tried to understand this brand - I had NO CLUE that they were cardboard!  The name made me chuckle & when I got it and realized how so very cool it was - I am NOW obsessed with the name, product, everything!  Just ordered some for my own dad.  They are about $15 each and come in really cool packaging.  Not to mention - TONKI is an awesome name!

PICTURE IT CANVAS

Anything on canvas is cool - but a picture of you and your family is worth a 1,000 words, right?  This is a great gift.  This company can really do a lot of different things for your pictures too!  Print on canvas, metal and More!!  Picture it on Canvas is a company that has creativity and memories on the mind!  ((I'd share the image of what I got made - but if my hubby is looking at this - I stink at gifting!!! lol))

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EYN PRODUCTS

Sometimes carrying a purse is a royal pain.  And of course GUYS don't carry purses.  (If they do, they're murses, right? ha!)  But just having something to put your id, cash, credit cards in would be such an easy thing, right? Everything You Need right there - in the palm of your hand.  EYN is a perfect case to use when you just don't want to carry a wallet or purse!  

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Casetify

This is such a cool imaging company!  We all love to have a little 'snapshot' to remind us of the blessings in life - so why not put them on our favorite devices?  This site is great because it was simple to upload, edit & see what your final product would look like.  The only problem I had was that I kept making the product for ME and forgot that it was suppose to be for my husband! lol 

 

 

 

So Dad's Day is a big day in our house. We're heading to Wildwood, NJ to enjoy what Morey's Pier has!  What are you up to and what did you get your special dad? 

 

#RealMomsRock Cassandra Miller

#REALMOMSROCK:  CASSANDRA MILLER - MILLER'S MONOGRAMS

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When it comes to discussing how I started off my company, I can say that inspiration for me struck not at home, but at the beach. This past summer, I was traveling down south with my family when I stopped at a little boutique. There, I came across a large monogram “M” for our front door. It was the perfect vacation memento, it spoke to my personality, and I coveted it madly. But when I turned it over and saw the $60+ price tag, my heart sank.

On my way back to our beach house, an epiphany struck: why pay all that money for something I could create on my own? I’ve always been pretty crafty, and I love the whole creative process. When we returned home, I took a trip to a local craft store and found a very similar, but plain version of the same monogram for a fraction of the price.  I took it home and worked some magic, turning it into an identical version of the $60+ boutique piece I had seen earlier in the summer . Soon after creating the door monogram I posted a picture of it on my Facebook and within a very short period tons of my friends wanted to know where I had gotten it. Before long, I was hand painting custom color patterns and schemes, and even a full set of smaller letters custom created to match a bedroom theme for a soon-to-be-born baby girl’s room.   And thus my company, Miller’s Monograms, was born.

I’m not a décor doyenne by training – this is my passion project, which I do in addition to my job as a Registered Nurse in a local emergency room. It’s a wonderful outlet for me: as a woman with a family and a demanding job, with little time to myself, working on these projects gives me some much-needed therapeutic time. Before long, and with some luck and a much-needed social media presence, I suddenly had people asking me to make different personalized items. With a little bit of research, I realized that this was something else I could do, too! 

I started small, with things like wine glasses, water bottles, and tumblers, and asked my customers what else they’d like to be able to purchase. After all, what’s better than a personalized gift that exactly reflects what the recipient likes? Ideas range from sports teams, to favorite colors and themes that have been applied to things like cutting boards and wine glasses bearing a soon-to-be-brides’ married name to name a few! (That last one has proven to be very popular!)

But one of the best parts of my business is the fulfillment I feel in interacting with my customers to create such a special gift. I’ve always been the type of person who got joy in giving something to someone else, and this process allows me to do that time and time again! I strive to make every interaction as personal  and high quality as the gift that I create for them. To help foster these relationships, I send out pictures of their gifts during the creative process and when they’re finished (prior to delivery) to ensure everything is exactly as desired. 

Please stop by my Facebook page www.facebook.com/millersmonograms to find out more about my products and services and to say hello! I would love to discuss how we can create a gift for an upcoming holiday or special event in your life! 

With love,

Cassandra  @  Millers Monograms 

Vintage Marquee Lights Review

Vintage Marquee Lights Review

I have always dreamed of having my name in lights.  I fact, I have actually had my names in lights once!  While on the air in Chicago - I was invited to host an event at a theatre and they put 'Welcome Joey Fortman' on the Marquee and I remember I DIED that day!

Over the holidays - I got this amazing product to review.  I was planning to put it in the holiday gift guide - but I felt like this was TOO COOL that it needed a stand alone!

I actually sent these out as client gifts - so I also didn't want to give away my surprise too! lol

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Hashtag and @ signs are apart of our communication daily these days - so when they offered me one to review, I was all about getting the @ sign.  I got it in a mega box as I didn't realize by the site how BIG they are!

The price is definitely a little hefty, but knowing their story and that they are HAND MADE - they rock!  Well worth it.  Plus, I know over the holidays they had a killer 40% off deal so be sure to keep checking their site if you want it but need a fab coupon code to pull the trigger! =)  ((I have to admit - I'm a sucker to reading about a company that has such a great story behind them and Vintage Marquee Lights are much more than their name!)


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5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

Did you survive the holiday?

I can assure you I'm quite thankful that they are over.  I'm ready to rock the new year for sure!  As someone who loves to give gifts that give way more than just the holidays.....I went on a mission to find some great gifts that you can give all year long.  Plus, mama has GOT to gift herself from the hard work being home with kids the entire winter break, right? #RealMomProblems

Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now.  In fact - I've found my new fave website to fuel that addiction!  (And seriously-the site is called 'MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION'!  TRUTH.)  

Each month, a box is shipped to your front door filled with new products.  They can be anything from sample sizes of clothing & shoes to renting runway fashions & even RENTING TOYS!  Everyone loves to get packages in the mail. There is always something great about getting something new & fun at your doorstep!

 


ECOCENTRIC MOM BOX

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Ecocentric is one of my faves too!  I am not 'granola' if you will. lol I love to support the Earth when I can though and with this box of 5-9 hand selected products you'll discover great new finds!

I love that they send you larger than the usual sample sizes.  They even include full sizes!  Each box has a $24-$50 retail value to them.  You will discover new types of natural, sustainable, organic, and ethical products with each box.


BRICK LOOT

For the LEGO fans, you can’t go wrong with Brick Loot . Brick fanatics!  Subscribers get receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

What I LOVE about Brick Loot is the UNIQUENESS that comes along with their products.  There isn't a giant LOGO (or should I say LEGO logo) screaming at you.  It's unique, cute, convenient and a HUGE gift for any building fans in your house!

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BIRCH BOX

BirchBox.  I actually have seen quite a few different bloggers & vloggers doing unboxing videos of BirchBox.  It's a fun diddy of unique products.  They sent me one for review and I immediately signed up my husband for the dude deliveries!!  He is very into smelling and looking good.  (That is of course a GOOD THING that he's like that.  He is a pretty boy and I love that about him!)  He really liked the idea and that he was getting three more boxes.  The one thing that I'll say is that the boxers in the box they sent for review were a size M.  What guy is a medium??? lol I'm not sure if they personalize that better.  I hope so cause he loved the boxers - but ahem.  Said his 'bits won't fit'.  Ok & alrighty then. lol TMI, right?


FOR THE MAKERS

Many moons ago when my 6 year old was a baby I use to get a monthly subscription of scrapbooking stuff.  I loved it until I stopped scrapbooking and my house filled with STUFF.  lol.  The great thing about these kinds of crafting boxes is that they can be gifted too.  And they teach you a serious step by step learning of simple and cute crafts.  

So, I came across a very cool crafting subscription service called For The Makers.   This isn't just your average "here's a bunch of beads now go build something service"!  They have some serious art projects!  At For the Makers they give you all the materials to make 4 DIY projects for $29 a box. What's really fun about this service is that you can shop the collection pending your personality!  The boxes range from products like making lip balm to shoe clips.  What's interesting to me with this service was that they actually sell the finished products on the website and for a LOT more than the $29 investment you made to handmake them.  And if you are someone who loves to do handmade gifts - you'll LOVE this!


BLUUM

This is a box that I tried out a couple years ago.  It is the PERFECT box for any new mom, mom to babies, baby shower, etc.  VERY motherly with BLUUM.  =)  They have gotten a lot better over the years.  I did enjoy this particular box when I was pregnant with Hudson - because there was a lot of great natural products in there. 

Now they send from pregnancy to preschool including some very fun games!  Bluum also is a great service that lets you try before you buy.  You know as a new mom - the products you buy trying to find the right one is soooo expensive! lol

Games are the New Stocking Stuffer with Funnybone Toys

Have you ever had a dinner party or just a casual group of friends over, and midway through the evening you find yourself wondering, "Now what?" The conversation is in a lull, and people begin to look at their watches. Spice up time with friends with a Game Night!

Funny bone Products has a ton of great games for kids and adults alike. Here are a few that might revolutionize your next cocktail party!

DISRUPTUS

Disruptus asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate. Disruptus™ draws inspiration from the very important practice of ‘disruptive thinking’. Disruptive thinking is one of the most powerful ways to innovate. It has been used to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car sharing programs. Disruptive thinking is looking at an object or idea and coming up with an entirely different way to achieve the same end.

So, in the case of car sharing, the innovators looked at the car rental industry and came up with a new approach that ‘disrupted’ the old conventional method.

ARRAZZLES

Arrazzles lets you explore abstract geometrical configurations. Each card has one of five different patterns of slots allowing for countless abstract building and design opportunities. Arrazzles cards are covered in five beautiful, reflective metallic colors, with a different color on each side of the card. As you build and connect the cards, the metallic colors reflect off each other. The hole in the middle of each card allows for further form exploration – it’s sized to perfectly hold a standard plastic straw, so you can connect the cards that way, or string them together with yarn or pipe cleaner, allowing you to build a completely unique abstraction every time you play!

IMAGINE Peek at the sky at night and see the different arrays of stars. Can you recreate one of them?
Look at the patterns of leaves on trees. Can you build the same?
Appreciate the flower arrangements in your garden and how the colors play off of each other. Try that with the Arrazzles cards!
Start with just one card and attach more cards without a plan in mind!

CONNECT Make interesting arrangements where colors branch off from one another by placing cards side by side on a flat surface.
Connect all of the cards with 4 slots and then do the same for 6 and 8 slotted cards and see how the position of the slots changes the three-dimensional geometry.
Connect the cards in specific color sequences.

BUILD Variations in slot position allow you multiple ways to shape your creation.
Flip a card from one side to another for a completely different color perspective and overall look.
Thread colorful objects through the holes like straws, strings, yarn or pipe cleaners.Use all of the cards or a select few – it’s up to you!



Funnybone Toys can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

#RealMomGiftGuide Family Play with Smart Games

A great New Year's Resolution? Committing one day a week to quality family time. Maybe it's a special family dinner. Maybe it's a family hike. Or maybe it's a fun and raucous night of games!  Family Game night is one of the best ways to hang out as a family.  

Add to your Family Game Night collection for the holidays! SmartGames has a great selection to add to your growing library of games!

Quadrillion

Start a new challenge in a snap, with no direction required! Just place the four magnetic grids together and start playing. Can you fit the 12 puzzle pieces on the game board you just created?

Quadrillion is the ultimate solitaire game for all ages, with big, sturdy puzzle pieces that are easy and fun to handle.

Can you be your own GPS? Can you navigate the city and guide two travelers to their destination? Place the double-sided puzzle pieces on the game board to create routes from start to finish. This game includes 2 booklets, each with 60 challenges from easy to expert. Booklet A (“On the Double”) has challenges with two different colored routes, booklet B (“Delivery Express) challenges with either red or blue routes.

Find SmartGames on Facebook and Twitter.

Deck the Halls with Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

 Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

 Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

There is something fun and special about decorating for the holidays. We have our traditional holiday “home garb” that we deck our halls with: various knick-knacks collected over the years interspersed with new contemporary finds that we add. I love the cozy feeling of holiday-themed candle scents wafting through my house, and watching my boys, in wonder, as they decorate our Christmas tree.


S4 is taking holiday decorating to a new level. This year, they are launching Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights, a line of Bluetooth-enabled light strings that are controlled via Android and iOS smart devices. The app is free, and, along with Bluetooth connection, you can let your holiday creative go to town!


With the Lumenplay™  app, you can customize light string colors, effects and visualize music. There is no “set-up” required. With one touch, the app instantly recognizes the lights and you can immediately start playing and customizing. Imagine having a holiday light show in the comfort of your home!  

You can find Lumenplay™ App-Enabled LIghts at the folllowing retailers: s4lights.com, 58 Apple stores and apple.com, amazon.com, 250 Brookstone stores and brookstone.com, balsamhill.com, gertens.com and bestbuy.com.

For more information on the these awesome lights, visit the Lumenplay™ website!
 

Stay Dry with New Unilever Dry Spray Antiperspirant

There is nothing that brings on sweaty moments than the month of December. Oh sure, the weather starts to get chilly. But the holidays certainly turn up the heat! From shopping in crowded malls and feverishly wrapping gifts (covertly after the kiddos are asleep!) to cooking over a hot stove and making small talk at parties, it’s important to stay dry under holiday stress

Unilever is one of my favorite brands for deodorant. And they are revolutionizing the deodorant category with the launch of a New Dry Spray Antiperspirant innovation and technology across five brands: Degree®, Degree Women®, Dove®, Dove Men+Care® and AXE®.

 

What’s great about dry spray antiperspirant? It goes on fast and dry, so no sticky or wet feelings under your arms as you wait for it to dry. Also? NO RESIDUE. I can’t tell you how difficult it can be to get dried deodorant off sweaters!

 

Here are the New Dry Spray Antiperspirants for you to consider (HELLO!  These will make awesome stocking stuffers):

 

                           

  

Degree Men

Degree Men Dry Spray Antiperspirant includes MOTIONSENSE® Technology, and is designed to respond directly to your body movement for superior protection. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature Degree Men fragrances [SRP: $4.99 (3.8oz)].

            

Degree Women

Degree Women Dry Spray Antiperspirant includes MOTIONSENSE ® Technology, and is designed to respond directly to your body movement for superior protection. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature Degree Women fragrances [SRP: $4.99 (3.8oz)].                    

Dove

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant provides all the care of Dove for softer, smoother underarms. The collection offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection, along with Dove’s signature 1⁄4 moisturizing technology, and is available in a wide variety of Dove fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].                 

Dove Men+Care

Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant is tough on sweat, not on skin. The collection offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection, along with Dove Men+Care’s signature 1⁄4 moisturizing technology and is available in a wide variety of Dove Men+Care fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].                 

AXE

AXE White Label Dry Spray Antiperspirant is designed to help guys feel confidently fresh and is part of the newest premium line of grooming products. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature AXE fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].         

The Dry Spray products will be available at retailers nationwide today, Cyber Monday, 12/1/14 and can be found at online retailers such as amazon.com and drugstore.com.




 

Which Dry Spray products are YOU excited to try?


 

Disclosure:  NOPE.  I did not get paid for this.  I did get some dry goods to test and love them.  All opinions are my own. 

 

Getting Fit for 2015 with Misfit Shine

By mid-December, many of us will be totally over all the cookies, big dinners and candy of the holiday season. We'll be silently vowing to change things for the new year, and that 2015 will be the year to get fit.

Make the New Year's Resolution now, and start by giving the gift of fitness with the Misfit Shine!


This wearable fitness device by Misfit allows you to make goals, track progress and get motivation with friends! It looks sleek on your wrist, and works with the Misfit Shine app. 

Use points to easily measure all your activities, such as walking, running, swimming and cycling. Tap your Misfit Shine to see how close you are to reaching your goal. Find your friends and view each other's accomplishments. Make it fun with a little friendly competition!

The Misfit Shine works with the Misfit App for IOS, Android and Windows. LEARN MORE about the Misfit App.


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#RealMomGiftGuide 9Novogratz Designs

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Husband and wife design duo, Cortney and Robert Novogratz are a well-known name in the interior design world. They have  "designed and developed many." If you are looking for fun gifts for the chic friends and family in your life, the Novogratz's have made their design prowess available to the masses with their Novogratz design lines.

Rams head pillow

Grab design by the proverbial horns with the Big Horn Decorative Pillow. You will be able to layer in both pattern and color with confidence when you bring this pillow home. The silver metallic ram's head is sure to add an instant pop of energy and style to any living space. Decorate with confidence!

Chevron Pillow

Decorating with multiple patterns can bring new energy to a space. Playing with patterns can be both fun and easy, especially with the 9 by Novogratz Pattern Play pillows. The face features a chevron pattern that adds an air of sophistication, while the reverse features a fun polka dot pattern that brings a sense of whimsy and fun. Available in three colors so you can layer on color and pattern with confidence and ease. Play with Pattern!

Full Bed in a Bag

9 by Novogratz is a fun, functional and eclectic collection designed exclusively for Walmart. We've created a versatile assortment that inspires mixing and matching pieces to suit your style and fit your budget. Featuring a bold and graphic print, Sweet Dreams is our most versatile bed. We love it for girls and boys from toddlers to teens.

Wheel Nesting Bowls

This vibrant set of nesting bowls from Novogratz Collection brings a unique touch to your rotation of dishware.

Novogratz Collection Mugs

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Rise and shine to these vibrant mugs from Novogratz featuring messages with a festive flair.

Diagonal Stripe Cereal Bowls

Give cereals and soups some added wow factor with this striped bowl from Novogratz Collection.

"Wonderful" Serving Tray

Brighten up your table with the colorful, cutting-edge Novogratz "Wonderful" serving tray. Renowned for their distinctive aesthetic, Cortney and Robert Novogratz mix elements of modern and vintage design for fashion-forward casual dining.

We won't tell if the person you gift with Novogratz is yourself! Novogratz products are available at Walmart and Macy's.