The Story Of Three: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Congrats to the winners & thanks to everyone who entered!

Veggie Tales DVD winners are Vanessa W & Sarah W

Goldberger Dolls winners are Donica S & Ashley N

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We're In Cahoots with Santa

*This post has been written by Janessa of the blog Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Janessa received the item mentioned, at no cost, to facilitate this post. All opinions are her own.*

In our family, there are typically only 2 times a year that we spend money on gifts for our children: Christmas and birthdays. They may get a little treat every now and then and a small basket of goodies at Easter, but we are a family on a budget, so the splurges have to be limited. I'm sure many of you can relate!

After some thought and discussion, my husband and I have decided to spend a chunk of the money we set aside for Christmas to transform our backyard into a fun and inviting play area for our children this spring. A large portion of that money has been set aside to purchase a swing set, (I'm so excited for them) but our backyard play area could not be complete without a deluxe sandbox! When Eartheasy contacted me about featuring an item from their store in our InCahoots Holiday Gift Guide, I immediately fell in love with their Cedar Square Sandbox with seats and couldn't wait to share it with all of you!


Featuring a seat on either side, and made of beautiful untreated cedar, this is a sandbox that will look great for years to come. Once the kids grow older, fill it with garden soil and turn it into a raised garden bed.
  • untreated, and non-toxic
  • maintenance free
  • two seats
  • resists warping from winter frost
  • clean, safe place to play.
  • Made from 1.5" thick cedar, and sanded smooth by hand.
  • assembles in just 15 minutes
Dimensions: 4 feet square and 14.5” tall.

The patented connection system: EZGrowIt

  • Using our patented connection system, you can easily assemble your sandbox/raised garden bed kit in less than 15 minutes.
  • All hardware is made of stainless steel, so it will never rust.
  • Made from smooth, 1.5" thick cedar
  • No tools are needed for assembly.
  • The EZGrowIt hardware connections are already screwed to the wood. Posts have a ‘male’ fitting, and the boards have the ‘female’ fitting. Simply slide the female connection over the male to lock the board in place.
  • Cedar can expand and contract, and yet maintain tight connecting joints. Even after years of exposure, the raised garden bed will not fall apart.

Sustainably-sourced lumber.

  • We buy our Western Red Cedar from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified partners, so it’s more ecologically friendly.
  • We only use 2x6 and 4x4 western red cedar dimensional lumber. This eliminates bowing, warping and provides years of enjoyment. Actual measurements are 1.5”x5.5” and 3.5”x3.5” respectively.
  • All the 4x4 corner posts are cut ornately for added interest.
  • Western Red Cedar contains no chemical preservatives and will last 10 to 15 years when used as a raised garden. WRC is a wood which is very stable and dense, containing natural organic properties causing the wood to be impervious to insect attack.
  • Lumber is sanded very smooth to prevent splinters.
Doesn't this sandbox look amazing?! My husband appreciates the quick, easy setup, and I love the fact that you can turn it into a raised garden bed once your children outgrow it. It will last us for YEARS! We had another sandbox (plastic) from a well-known toy manufacturer. Actually, it was a sandbox/water table in one. It only lasted through one summer. The problem was that it was not strong enough to support the weight of the sand/water (one of the legs snapped off) and the sand/water was not a good mix for a plastic table. Inevitably the sand would get wet and, sitting inside of plastic, it would take forever and a day to dry. It was also extremely small, so my son could not use any of his large toys/trucks in the sand. I can not WAIT to set-up this sandbox this spring! It is large enough that my kids have plenty of room for playing, even with friends, and it's perfect for the backyard. If you're looking for items to make your backyard a fun and exciting environment for your children, you'll certainly want to check out this sandbox!

Connect: Visit the Eartheasy website to see all of the great products they have available for purchase! They have tons of amazing items and focus on selling products that have an emphasis on sustainable living. You'll find items to make your home a greener place, gardening products, water conservation, non-toxic pest control, and energy efficient goods as well. They also have a great selection of gifts this holiday season!

Buy It: You can purchase the Cedar Square Sandbox with Seats directly from their website. It is priced at $309.95 with free shipping. While I know some of you may look at that price and decide this is not the sandbox for you, keep in mind that the money that was first spent on our old sandbox is now sitting at the local landfill. This is a sandbox built to last for years!

Win It: One lucky reader will win this sandbox/raised garden for their family! If you'd like to win, just enter using the easy Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!  

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Beyond Bedding Review and Giveaway

I love climbing into a cozy & comfortable bed every night, but I dislike shopping for bedding or at-least bedding for myself. I feel like I can't ever find a style that I like at the price I want. A few months ago my daughter received her first Beyond Bedding set for her toddler bed, the Pretty Pony Horse 5 pc set & it is absolutely adorable! When it was time for me to update my bedding set, I knew I had to shop online at!

At you will find a huge selection of luxury bedding at affordable prices, from modern crib bedding, teen bedding & even adult bedding, you will quickly fall in love with the styles they have to offer!

After browsing their bed in a bag sets, I chose the Black, Chocolate, Camel Jacaranda Microsuede 6pc Bed in a Bag. I absolutely love microsuede & this set looks great in my master bedroom! Not only is it super soft, it's super comfortable, I love to get in bed on a chilly night & wrap myself up in the comforter!

The luxury Jacaranda Stripe Microsuede Collection creates a rich & relaxed mood for your bedroom, my set arrived with embroidered throw pillows & a corner-pleated skirt, this 6 piece bedding set is also machine washable. Along with the skirt & pillows, the bed in a bag set included a comforter & two pillow shams, it took just seconds to give my bed & my bedroom a new look!

What do you think? Can you tell what my favorite colors are? You can shop online & get your favorite bedding set delivered for only $7.95 flat rate shipping to the U.S, that's a great price!

Buy it: Purchase your own bedding, sets & kids room accessories online!

Win it: 10 Winners will each win a children's bedding set from Beyond Bedding! 

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter, good luck!

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Best Buy and Holiday Shopping

The holiday's are here & shopping is in full force, Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs. 

Here’s why Best Buy's Gift Center is a great Holiday Shopping Destination:
The assortment is second to none:
  • Feature more than 100 products sold only at Best Buy this Holiday
  • Offer a market-leading selection of the hottest tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and titles, wearable technology, health and fitness gear, mobile accessories and much more.
Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents are passionate, highly trained, knowledgeable and impartial so they can help ensure you get the perfect gifts for your family and friends…and yourself
They know price is important to us, and frankly it’s important to them too. Their Low Price Guarantee will ensure you’re getting the most competitive price possible.
The combination of and their 1,400 stores offers the ultimate showroom to touch, test, try and buy the latest technology.

Technology is evolving quickly and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for your to choose the products and services that work best for you.
  • Phones: At Best Buy you can see and try all of the phones, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options
  • Tablets: Best Buy is the only place in America where customers can see all of the latest and greatest tablets. 
  • Computing: Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing. They help set the market by working with the industry's tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.
  • Mobile Accessories: Best Buy has one of the largest selections of accessories and wearables this holiday. Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, health & fitness gear and headphones will truly rule holiday. 
  • Home Theater: Best Buy offers the world's newest technology, best assortment and service in home theater.
  • Appliances: Best Buy is better positioned than ever to bring the latest small appliances and special deals to you.
  • Gaming: Best Buy is THE destination for gaming this holiday. Not only dodo they have the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the hottest game releases and everything else you need for a great gaming experience.
  • Music/Movies/Musical Instruments: Best Buy offers terrific deals on the best entertainment stocking stuffers.
  • Digital Imaging: Best Buy features the newest selection of cameras, accessories and advise so you can find the perfect gift or capture your own holiday memories.
  • Tech Services: Best Buy is home of the Geek Squad for help installing, repairing, troubleshooting, optimizing and offering all sorts of technical advice from every Best Buy store, in-home, online and by phone

Best Buy doesn't forget about the kids either, from Barbie dress up games to Fisher Price Little People, they have you covered! Maybe your new years resolution is to get fit? Best Buy has a huge selection to help you reach your goals, give yourself a fitness tracker, a Jawbone Up, the Fitbit Flex, or a pair of wireless headphones , portable speakers or check out the logitech speakers to help keep you motivated while you work out!

So who's ready to shop? I know I am, Best Buy has two great ways for you to save! Take 15% off Health & Fitness, Fisher Price and Mattel Toys as well as take 10% off Headphones & Portable Speakers (excludes beats, bose and Sony).

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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

We're In Cahoots With Santa Douglas Cuddle Toys

Douglas Cuddle Toys is no secret around my horse & neither is the passion that my daughter has for horses! She adores horses, from the figurines to plush animals, they all have their very own special place in her room! You've probably even seen Douglas Cuddle Toys on IHeart-Motherhood before, Little Sister C owns the Kicky Boots Sak w/Horse & the Pink Calliope Horse Purse, she still interacts with both of them almost daily!

If your not familiar with Douglas Cuddle Toys, they are a family-owned & operated business that has been around for 60 years. They have become one of the oldest & most respected plush companies in the United States. 

At Douglas Cuddle Toys you will find a variety of plush toys like Lil Snugglers, Plush Bags & Purses, Stuffed Dogs & more! With Little Sister C being the horse lover that she is, after browsing through their stuffed horses category, I chose the Sage Super Pinto Horse for her.

Sage is 36" long & is beautifully made, she is soft, cuddly & realistic. Her hair is so fine & I love her colors, her legs are easy to position & move around as well. I adore her facial features, I think my daughter will be jumping for joy & enjoy loving on this sweet new friend!

I'm looking forward to my daughter cuddling up with her new Sage Horse Christmas morning, I can't wait to see what she thinks! What plush toys from Douglas Cuddle Toys do you think your children would enjoy?

Buy it: Visit Douglas Cuddle Toys online to purchase Sage Super Pinto Horse along with other plush toys!

Win it: One lucky reader will win the Sage Super Pinto Horse, which is currently on sale for $71.24! 

Use the giveaway tools form to enter, good luck!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving!
A few winners to announce, congrats & thanks to everyone who entered!

Mamas and Papas Octopus Mat winner is Joyce H

Tickety Toc winner is David S

SoyL Scents winner is Christa L

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We're In Cahoots With Santa Calico Critters

*This post has been written by Janessa of the blog Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Janessa received the items mentioned to facilitate this post. All opinions are her own.* 

I have gone over a number of gift ideas for young girls in this year's gift guide, but today I will be featuring the TOP item on my daughter's wish list: Calico Critters! Calico Critters is a line of miniature animals with life-like environments where your child can play and interact with them. There are many houses to choose from, along with things like a grocery store, a burger café, ice cream truck, toy shop, and more. You can also purchase many different types of accessories for the houses and critters, from bunk beds, to living room sets, to cars. Let me just say that if you knew my daughter, you would know that these little critters have Maggie written all over them! There is nothing that Maggie loves to do more than play with animal toys she finds around our house, have them interact, and develop relationships. Of course, many of the animals she finds are just random and therefore don't really go together, nor do they have accessories that work with them.

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The Calico Critters line is like a dream-come-true toy for Maggie! It is like playing dollhouse, but with many animal families.  Calico Critters sent me the Adventure Treehouse and the Outback Koala Family Set to gift to Maggie on Christmas morning.

Here are details about these 2 items: Adventure Treehouse Details: Calico Critters have tons of fun playing in the Calico Critters Adventure Tree House Playset! Features cabin, slide, sundeck, swing and pulley. The Treehouse set includes tree trunk and grass base, 2 tree branches, tree stem for pulley, 2 railings and 2 ladders. Critters and accessories not included. Treehouse measures 13" x 11.5" x 15". Connect the Lakeside Lodge for even more fun!

Photo Credits: Calico Critters

The picture on the left is what is included inside the box. The two pictures on the right show accessories that must be purchased separately.

Outback Koala Family Set Details: Mother, Sheila owns her own eco-friendly shop. Father, Bruce is the leader of the Cloverleaf Corners Environmental Awareness Society. Sister, Adelaide wants to start her own eco-fashion company when she grows up. Baby Brother, Joey is very attached to his Mother and loves playing outside. 

Photo Credit: Calico Critters 

This treehouse looks like so much fun, and what a fitting place for a family of koalas to live! There are so many cute details to this treehouse; I know Maggie will have a blast with it. And, look at that koala family! I have always been the kind of mom who does a lot of babywearing, just like Sheila. I'm really excited that this is portrayed, and Maggie will be able to act it out with the koala family. Not only will we be wrapping these two items to give to Maggie Christmas morning, I'm actually planning to purchase her a few other pieces to go along with her set. I've got my eye on the Calico Critters Gift Set and the Family Camper--hoping I can find them on sale over the holiday season! Calico Critters are toys that I think Maggie will be playing with for years to come and I'm excited to help her start her collection.

Connect: Visit the Calico Critters website to find out more about these adorable little critters. Then, make sure you "like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter as well.

Buy It: You can purchase Calico Critters directly from their website, at, or look for them at Toys"R"Us. The Adventure Treehouse is priced at $69.95 and the Outback Koala Family has a price of $22.95.

Win It: One lucky will win a Calico Critters prize package like the one I received, including the Outback Koala Family and the Adventure Treehouse. If you'd like to win, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Heilala Vanilla

Happy Hey La La Holidays!  Heilala Vanilla ( is teaming with Fat Daddio’s ( bakeware to help celebrate the holiday baking season.  Their Celebrate the Baking Season contest offers entrants a chance to win a super deluxe Bakers gift from Heilala Vanilla and Fat Daddios bakeware package totaling over $200. 

About Heilala Vanilla Ltd:

Founded in 2002, New Zealand-based Heilala Vanilla Ltd., is a grower, manufacturer and distributor of a premium line of award-winning vanilla products.  The Heilala Vanilla range includes Heilala Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Paste, Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Powder and Vanilla Syrup.  Heilala’s Vanilla plantation is located in the Vava’u Islands, Kingdom of Tonga.  Heilala Vanilla is the only vanilla in the world that is direct from plantation to pantry with no traders or outside distributors.  Heilala abides by Fair Trade practices and is recognized by the local Agriculture Ministry in Tonga as a true example of a Pacific partnership in practice.  Heilala products are sold in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.  For more information on Heilala Vanilla visit

Stay connected with Heilala on their social sites:

•             Facebook  at
•             Twitter at @heilalavanilla
•             You Tube at
•             Pinterest at

For the cooks in your life make sure to check out some of their Heilala Vanilla gift sets!

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MAM Pacifiers

Happy Holidays from MAM! MAM’s new holiday pacifiers, are the perfect stocking stuffers for baby. 

MAM has two ways for you to win this holiday season, they are holding a Facebook/Instagram contest called #MyFavoriteMAMProduct in which 10 winners will win 5 newborn MAM Start pacifiers + 5 MAM Anti-Colic bottles. (Ends 12/2) Find out more online by clicking here!

They also have a  MAM Holiday Cash Contest going on at in which each order placed between now and December 31st is automatically entered to win a $25 gift card.

MAM 6+ Months Holiday Pacifiers
Includes two BPA-free pacifiers

• Offered in an array of fun Winter themed designs in assorted colors including Red/Blue, Purple, Blue or Red
• Curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face
• MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple stays comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture
• Symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development
• Textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe
• Storage case is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers MAM’s cutting-edge pacifiers combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life. 

Recommended retail: $7.49

About MAM Pacifiers
Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists, MAM pacifiers provide maximum comfort and style for babies of all ages.

Clever design and lightweight materials make MAM pacifiers a pleasure to use.  All MAM pacifiers feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that allows little ones to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment.  MAM pacifiers feature an easy-to-grasp front knob and a curved shield for a comfortable fit that’s gentle on baby’s skin, thanks to generous air holes and MAM’s patented interior surface. 

MAM pacifiers are available in an assortment of colors and design motifs, and come in two nipple options: patented anti-slip Silk Teat™ Silicone or Natural Latex.  Like all MAM products, the brand’s pacifiers are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-Compliant.  

About MAM
Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1976, MAM offers real solutions for real parenting with an award-winning range of smart and simple products. A global leader in the baby care category, MAM’s mission is to combine the best in technological innovation, medically sound function and contemporary design to provide innovative baby care products essential for a child’s early years.  The MAM collection includes pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, and oral care items.  MAM is sold in over 30 countries and five continents.  For more information about MAM products, please visit

Stay connected with MAM on their social networks:

Twitter: @MAMBABY
YouTube: Subscribe to MAMbabyUSA

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Dyson winner is Stacy

Balance Bike winner is Cynthia D

Gymboree winner is Randi S

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Enjoy Great Discounts on Nutrisystem – Leslie Lost Over 27lbs

Nutrisystem has been around for 40 years. That is longer than the concept of losing weight became fashionable outside Hollywood. Needless to say, the weight loss program has helped many thousands of people get into shape and to achieve the weight of their dreams. So, what is Nutrisystem all about? It is basically a weight loss program that enables you to select a meal plan based on your preferences. They have several menus on offer on their website. You can go over the options available to you and choose the one you think would suit you best. From there on, you simply have to follow the program to the end.

This focus on personalized meal plans is what sets Nutrisystem apart from the weight loss programs you will find in the market. You have complete control over what you eat and how much you eat. You can pace your weight loss efforts and keep track of your progress using the tools provided bythe program. All in all, this is one of the simplest and uncomplicated weight loss programs you will find. But is it affordable enough for you to give it a go? To put it simply, yes it is.

The program itself is not pricey. Comparing to some of the other programs you find, it is in fact quite affordable. You can reduce the cost of the program for you even further with great discounts available to you online. You can get a discount of up to 50% on your Nutrisystem orders on Brad’s Deals. There are other coupons and vouchers available on the website as well. An equally great website you can use is and WeightLossTriumphYou get the option to choose between the different coupons and promotions on offer on the website.

It Worked for Leslie
So, with the personalized meal plans and coupons to get you great discounts, Nutrisystem is a great option. It has worked for many people in the past and many others are still using it. Leslie K. is one of the numerous success stories you find about Nutrisystem. When you look at Leslie, even her older pictures, you might think that she doesn’t need to lose weight. Yet, she herself admitted that her eating habits made it next to impossible for her to maintain her weight at a healthy level.

Instead of hardcore weight loss, she needed a way to improve her eating habits. That is what she got through Nutrisystem. Following the meal plans, she was able to divide her food intake into smaller portions and divide them over the course of a day. Over time, her habits changed and she was able to bring her weight down to an acceptable level. She lost over 27lbs on the program and still swears by her newfound eating habits.

If you are finding it hard to develop the right habits to lose weight effectively, get on the Nutrisystem weight loss program right away. With the great discounts on offer, it is a win-win option for you.

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Dr Fischer Review and Giveaway

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1965 & provides products that offer consumers the very  best approach of two worlds, science & nature. They offer a wide selection of products from anti-aging skin care to baby care, sun care products & so much more!

As a Wendy's Blogger, I was sent a variety of Dr. Fischer products to review. I've heard of Dr. Fischer, but have never tried any of their products, so I couldn't wait to try my new items for myself & Little Sister C!

My Dr. Fischer package included EYE-CARE for baby purified cleansing wipes, Kamil Blue soapless soap for baby, sensitive baby wipes, EMOL baby bath oil, EYE-CARE for adults purified cleansing wipes, a limited-edition Dr. Fischer mommy bag as well as Dr. Fischer Genesis Skin Care samples.

First off, I have to say the limited edition bag is nice, spacious & offers plenty of room for diapers, a change of clothes, etc! The EYE-CARE purified cleansing wipes for adults & baby are hypoallergenic, tearless, rinse-free, as well as preservative-free, they are even gentle enough to use daily. 

The EMOL baby bath oil offers moisture-intensive cleansing care for dry & delicate skin, it's preservative-free, hypoallergenic & 100% soap-free. This is perfect to use for baby's daily bath & is non-greasy while calming the skin with Chamomile & Azulene. 

My daughter enjoyed having the Kamil Blue moisturizing soapless soap in her bath, it's made for babies & sensitive skin, it even contains natural Chamomile & Azulene to calm the skin. It effectively & gently cleanses your little one's skin, just wet the skin, later & rinse, your done! 

Dr. Fischer sensitive baby wipes are extra soft & thick, arriving in an 84 count, they are moisture enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5, hypoallergenic alcohol & color-free. Made with soothing Chamomile & Allantoin, these are the finest wipes for your baby, perfect for diaper changes too, but as Little Sister shows below, they are great for wiping off your face as well!

So which Dr. Fischer products catch your eye? Visit them online to see their complete line of products & to find out more about the company.

I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy's Bloggers for Fischer Pharmaceuticals Ltd. I received Dr. Fischer products to facilitate my review. One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winners must have a U.S.-based address to receive their 

Buy it: Dr. Fischer products can be purchased online at Amazon!

Win it: One lucky reader will win a Dr Fischer prize pack valued at $75!

Use the giveaway tools form to enter, good luck!

We're In Cahoots With Santa Kwickeye

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 Have you heard of Kwickeye? It's a super useful website that makes shopping and gifting for kids, baby, and mom fun and exciting! It's essentially a curated collection of fabulous products/services for kids, baby and mom - a collective wish list, if you will, of items that moms really want for themselves and their little ones. 

When Kwickeye reached out to me about a sponsored giveaway, and I read that they were featured on featured on CNBC as one of the most promising startups globally, I thought maybe you'd like to hear about them too! On Kwickeye you'll discover unique stores, amazing deals on top brands, eco-friendly/organic items, awesome toys, educational apps, and incredible items for moms! You'll find new brands and one-of-a-kind products that you may have never seen or heard of otherwise! The site was founded by a mom - Gayathri Santhanam, an entrepreneur with technology background. She has two adorable kids (ages3 and 6) and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Using Kwickeye, you can collect your own finds or favorite products (kind of like "pinning") from any online store with a simple click of a button and organize your must-haves in just one place. The purpose of this is twofold - you can shop anytime directly from your collection OR you can use these lists to follow what your friends and family want so you can surprise them with the things they love on special occasions. 

With Kwickeye, you can create,share, and follow baby shower, birthday, and holiday wish lists. Also, friends and family can anonymously reserve the wonderful items on your list ANYTIME! Are you more of a private person? No problem! Your lists can absolutely be private. Also, if you're a helpful person, you can help moms make shopping decisions by entering an opinion or your review on items that you already own and love.


 Kwickeye has put together a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide for kids ages newborn-14 and for moms. If you haven't started your Holiday wish list yet, Kwickeye would be a great place to start exploring incredible products and to create and share your lists. Start collecting and sharing your favorite kids products today on the Kwickeye website!

Kwickeye not only wants to help you find amazing products for the holidays, they want to help you purchase them too! They're giving away a $75 Amazon Gift Card in our Gift Guide!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 12/9/13 at 11:59 PM EST. 
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers
  Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Kwickeye. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Barefoot Books winner is Melinda S

Barney DVD winner is Kelsi S

26 Bars & A Band winner is Jess S

Thanks to everyone who entered & congrats to the winners!

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Weight Watchers through the Holidays: Survival Tips

It’s fall – the best time of year.  The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting brisk – not to mention that days are packed with holiday festivities. In the midst of it all, going out for a run may be the last thing on your mind.  Indeed, the months leading up to the New Year can be rough on your fitness plan.  However, don’t throw in the towel just yet – just follow these simple tips to survive those cold, dark months.

Take advantage of holiday promotions. Weight Watchers offer great deals during the holidays.  Search online for Weight Watchers discounts. I got my own from WeightLossTriumph.

Learn the art of recipe substitution for holiday baking. Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes are full of butter, sugar, egg yolks, and cream -- ingredients which are high in Weight Watchers Points.  But that doesn’t mean you have to go without your favorite treats to lose weight!  For cake and cookie recipes, replace butter with half canola oil and half applesauce to save Points and lose weight.  Instead of sour cream on chilis and soups, try nonfat Greek yogurt.  You can also sign up for a Weight Watchers newsletter which features weekly recipes or check Emily’s wonderful Weight Watchers recipes.  Nobody will notice that you are serving up health-ified treats!

Make your own fall treats.  Here are 3 easy recipes to savor the flavors of fall without all those extra calories:

For apumpkin spice latte, start by brewing ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee or tea.  Then, add 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon sugar, ¼ cup skim milk, and pumpkin pie spice to taste.  Enjoy your pumpkin-pie-in-a-cup for just 2 Points Plus.

For an easy, low-calorie spice cake, combine one box ofspice cake mix and a 15-oz can of pumpkin, adding water to thin the batter if necessary.  Mix well, and bake according to package instructions.  Frost cake if desired – but remember to count those Points values!

For a simple pineapple cake, combine one 15-oz can of crushed pineapple with a box of angel food cake mix.  Bake according to package instructions.  Delish!

Sign up for a 5K.  Earn activity points by running or walking a 5K, or 3.1 miles.  Several cities and communities host Turkey Trots annually on or around Thanksgiving.  Check a racing website such as …. or …. To find a Turkey Trot near you.  You’ll feel energized andearn Activity Points (which you can use to indulge in your favorite Turkey Day foods)!

Join a gym.  Instead of turning to food when you’re feeling anxious, burn your stress away with a sweat sesh!  Think about joining a gym to get your daily dose of exercise during the winter, when road conditions can be perilous for an outdoor workout.  If you’re the type of person who needs a group to stay accountable, consider taking group exercise classes.  Many gyms also offer personal training.  

Maintain an attitude of gratitude.  When all else fails, remember the meaning behind the holidays (hint: it’s not to load up on food).  Keep a positive outlook, fill up on holiday cheer instead of cookies, and enjoy spending time with your friends, family, and loved ones.
Sheeva A, a lifetime member of Weight Watchers wrote this article.

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