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Think World Vision this Mother’s Day

April 22, 2016

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This Mother’s Day, think about how you can globally help children. World Vision is committed to helping children and mothers around the world.

What can you do differently this Mother’s Day?

Teach your own children about cultures and other countries. Take a moment to learn about a new location together. Find out about its families, its way of living and what it likes to eat. I can see making a family adventure right in the comfort of your own home. Pick a location at random or choose one you always wanted to know about. Do online research. Ask your children what they want to know about. Make it a game to hunt for the answers. Make it about fun and fascinating facts!

Read a story book about a faraway place. Take some time to discuss the differences in how we live and explore how they live.

Learn about different foods in other regions of the world – Not all locations have grocery stores. Find out how they get foods, or grow them.

For the ultimate in a Mother’s Day Gift – Sponsor a child. Sign up with World Vision to sponsor a child as a family. Choose whether to help a boy or girl. Share what your donations will be doing to help this child and its effects. Let them know about the changes your help will bring. Clean water, bed nets, education and much more. Let a child be a child!

Your sponsorship is a one on one relationship with the child you selected to help. You will receive updates about your sponsored child. You can communicate directly with them. Send packages, emails or even take a family trip to visit. Each dollar donated make more then $1.30 in impact. Support a child and you are supporting the community. Let them grow and thrive.

For more information about how Child Sponsorship works, visit World Vision today. Open your heart this Mother’s Day. World Vision wants all children to be cared for. Find out how you can help.

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Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

November 22, 2015

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Planning your Thanksgiving meal? Does it make you stress? Getting all the side dishes done, making the turkey to come out on time, setting the table, enough food, drinks, and oh my goodness – what about dessert?

Did you know that most of the stress over the meal is actually about making the perfect pie?

The folks at Sara Lee provided this very informative Thanksgiving Pie graphic.

 

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For generations, families have chosen Sara Lee pies for holiday celebrations! Their pies have that fresh, homemade taste!

Got a Sara Lee Pie question? The Sara Lee Pie Hotline is open through Thanksgiving Day to help bakers of all experience levels ensure their pies are a sweet success. You can call 1-888-914-1247 or tweet your pie predicaments to @SaraLeeDesserts using #PerfectPie during hotline hours.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Don’t forget the pie!

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One2Try Review: A Touch of Dazzle Halloween Jewelry plus Win One! Closed

October 1, 2015

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Boooo! It is time for Ghosts and Goblins and all things tricky. I found a treat so good, you don’t even need a costume. Introducing Touch of Dazzle Halloween Floating Lockets.

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The Spirit of Halloween Floating Charm Locket is filled with trinkets of Halloween fun. There is a black cat, ghost, witch on a broomstick and sparkling Halloween colored crystals. I love the size! It is about the size of a quarter. The outside rim of the locket is dotted with more crystals for added twinkle. There is nothing scary about the Boo Locket, just a pure treat. The locket is high quality! It really is an eye catcher and super fun to look at. I really like the floating aspect of the inside charms. The detail on the charms is amazing in design and colors. Adding the holiday theme color crystals makes this a treat to wear all Halloween month!

 

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I can’t wait to see the Christmas Designs from Touch of Dazzle.

Touch of Dazzle store on Amazon is filled with bling for every style. You will find lockets for all occasions along with gorgeous jewelry items. Right now my readers can get a shopping discount.

Discount – Receive a $10 gift code on any item in at A Touch of Dazzle on Amazon:  Use coupon code: LN75-G7W4G7-HE8TN3

For a Locket use code LOCKET15 to get 15% off any Locket!

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Touch of Dazzle is also holding a sweepstakes. Enter to win one of 5 Halloween Floating Lockets!

Enter Here!

Good Luck and Happy Halloween!

 

Many thanks to Touch of Dazzle for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

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Help your Holiday Party Host soothe Overworked Hands

November 19, 2014

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Party Host Gift Idea – Glow-ology

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Entertaining is tough on the hands. We use them to get everything just perfect then we have to wash all the dishes. The party was a huge success but the cleanup is brutal on the hands.

This year give something to help the party host have a loving touch all season long. Glow-ology offers luxurious hand products sure to be a welcome gift. The Glow-ology Renew Hand Wash is safe on your skin even for frequent use. Made from natural and organic ingredients, this dermatologist tested is gentle on sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic!

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I love the fragrance of Renew Hand Wash. It smells light, fresh and clean! The complex aroma has several layers of scent. It starts with a fresh breeze scent then lingers as a floral. I found the aroma very uplifting and calming as the same time! There is no greasy sticky feeling on my hands after washing, just a super clean feeling with a luxurious smell!

Continue the hand pampering with the Glow-ology Renew Hand Balm. The delightful fragrance of the Renew Hand Wash mingles in this long lasting moisturizer. Made with pure Shea- Butter and natural alpha-hydroxy acids, the Renew Hand Balm softens and exfoliates dry skin. My hands must be really dry as a small dab soaked in right away. I hate the winter dry hands so I will be keeping this balm close by.

Glow-ology products can be purchased at select gift stores or directly online. Right now is the perfect time to place orders for holiday gift giving and for pampering your Holiday Party Host. Free UPS Ground Shipping thru 12/31/2014 on orders over $45 in the United States.

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Don’t arrive empty handed at your holiday party. Your host will be all smiles with a gift from Glow-ology.

Many thanks to Glow-ology for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Knott’s Merry Farm – Southern California Holiday Tradition #MerryFarm

October 24, 2014

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My family has tradition every Christmas here in Southern California. We visit Knott’s Merry Farm! It is a jolly time walking through the shops of Ghost Town which have been transformed into an old time Christmas Village. There are tasty holiday treats including hot chocolate and a super decadent treat of made to order Maple Lollipops. It is a taste tempting variety of cookies and more!

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Right now is a perfect time to purchase the Knott’s 2015 Season Pass. They make great holiday gifts too! New Passholders bonus – Purchase a 2015 Season Pass today and use it for one 2014 visit!  Hurry the special bonus promotion ends on November 3rd. The 2015 Regular Season Pass offers unlimited 2015 visits to Knott’s for 9 easy payments of $8.50 with other passes at varying prices .

I am looking forward to attending the opening day of Knott’s Merry Farm. There are seasonal delights everywhere you look. Santa’s Christmas Cabin will be the home of the Jolly old guy himself, Santa! There will be cookies and more plus the opportunity to take a photo with Santa!

Christmas Craft Village is filled with shops from local artisan and is free to the public Monday Through Thursday. I usually visit the shops at least 3 times during the holidays looking for the perfect gifts.

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Live Entertainment will be all around Knott’s Merry Farm. Merry Christmas Snoopy, a new on ice spectacular, will be inside the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. A live performance of Christmas Carol will be playing in the Birdcage Theatre. Camp Snoopy will have your favorite characters dancing and singing holiday fun songs! The holiday spirit is thriving at Knott’s Merry Farm.

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Don’t forget about the famous rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. The wildest rollercoasters will bring out the screams in everyone. I prefer the famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. The last time I rode it, I got quite wet! I love visiting during the holidays. There is always something special to find in the Christmas Village in Ghost Town.

Give Knott’s Season Passes this Christmas. They fit in stockings very nicely and will give your loved ones a 2015 year of fun!

Many thanks to Knott’s Berry Farm for providing the admission tickets. Thanks to GigaSavvy for providing information for this post. Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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A Warm Thanksgiving Hostess Gift – Diamond Candles

October 24, 2014

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Are you traveling to someone home for Thanksgiving? Did you know that over 94 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving? Maybe a faraway relative or friend is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year. After all it is there turn to do all the cooking! Make your host smile with a luscious candle from Diamond Candles.

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I love the way Diamond Candles smell. My favorite scent is the Pink Macaroon. The aroma fills my entire home. I have had several Diamond Candles over the past year, which I usually buy when they are having a really good special. I might buy 2 or 3 at a time. Besides the fantastic long lasting aroma, the fun of the Diamond Candle is finding what is inside. There is a ring, that could be worth up to $5000! It is like grown up cereal box prizes!

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I love the collection of rings I have from my Diamond Candles. There are a few beauties but I am still searching for the $5000 one. Something new they created is RingReveal. There is a code inside the RingCandle to enter on the Diamond Candles site. You could win a fancy ring up to $5000. Record your spin and reaction and if you are lucky, you get to choose your ring. I will be looking for my code in all my new candles.

The Fall collection is available now. Rich Autumn inspired scents can fill your home. Pumpkin Chai, Candy Corn, Gingerbread Latte, Cinnamon Pinecone are just a few to choose from. Courtesy of Diamond Candles, I received a Holiday Scent not yet on the site – Candy Cane. The inviting fresh aroma of peppermint is delightful. It smells good enough to eat. I love having candy canes around for color and munching. The Diamond Candle reminds me of my favorite holiday goodie!

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One wish I have for Diamond Candles, put the ring pack lower in the candle. It does not take too long to burn the candle and reach the ring. After I melt one for a while, I will dig the ring out. Once I have done that, I usually stop burning that candle. It still smells as awesome but the anticipation of something sparkly is gone. I have a shelf of partially burned candles that I alternate to keep burning until gone. Then of course I have to buy a new one for more bling!

Diamond Candles make great gifts for anytime or the holidays. With the fabulous fragrance choices there is one for every home! Each RingCandle sells for $24.95. Buy a few for gifts and watch the smiles!

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I am patiently waiting for my Diamond Candle to burn down to the ring…..patience…come on….hurry up…..

Many thanks to Diamond Candles for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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See’s Candies for Easter Giveaway – Closed

April 4, 2014

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Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin down to  See’s Candies. Gorgeous chocolate bunnies, spring decorated chocolate eggs and more filled the shelves at the Tustin Marketplace location See’s Candies Concept Store.

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The seasons change at See’s Candies. Right now it is filled with Easter Treats! Courtesy of See’s, I was able to pick out goodies to fill an Easter Basket of my own. I felt like a kid choosing the most adorable Dark Chocolate Bunny all wrapped up in Blue colors. The Little Milk Chocolate Bunny looks so cute next to it. Of course I had to choose the Scotchmallow Eggs! The Scotchmallow is my all time favorite See’s ever! It is always the first picked out of any box, so getting an entire box of Scotchmallow Eggs is a chocolate lovers dream. They are a must in my basket. The hand decorated Mayfair Egg has a filling with Cherries and Pecans. Can you believe the fantastic flavor combination?

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Being in a See’s Candies store is always a joy. Did you know they love to share a chocolate sample? It is true! The friendly See’s folks hand you a chocolate for visiting. It is a great way to taste something you have not tried before. Thanks See’s for always making my visit delicious!

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Now is the time to shop the Easter selection. Stop in to see what is hoppin!  Stop by the Tustin Marketplace or any of the many See’s Candies stores to fill your baskets with the best chocolates around. The bunnies are so cute! Not close to a store? You can place orders online at Sees.com!

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a $25 See’s Candies Gift Card.

Thanks very much See’s Candies!

Giveaway ends on 4/12/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. (gift card may not arrive in time for Easter shopping)  ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to See’s Candies for providing the review gift card. Disclosure: A gift card was accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

 

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My Moment with Buddy – The Cake Boss!

January 23, 2014

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I can not believe I had the opportunity to meet Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss. It was a dream come true! I was a Grand Prize winner in the TLC Bake with the Boss Sweepstakes that ended over the summer. The trip was delayed because of Buddy’s very busy schedule. It seems he was just about everywhere. After all – we all love to eat cake.

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My trip to New York City took place the week before Christmas. It was magical. My mom was my traveling partner and we had the most spectacular time. It was freezing the day we arrived. We sure were bundled up coming from a warm 83 degrees in Southern California. It was in the low 30’s with snow all over the place. I think we brought them a heat wave because it got up to 69 degrees by the time we left. We only had to wear a sweater. Our holiday could not have been any more fantastic. We visited the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! Simply gorgeous. There was so much to do in NYC. We made the best of our time before our Baking Day seeing lots of the NYC sites. We also took a bus ride to visit Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. A couple of cupcakes, and a couple of the best cannoli ever! Yummers.

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The moment had arrived. Myself and 2 other winners plus guests were whisked away (no pun intended) in a stretch limo to Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey. Walking in the front door was an aromatic delight. They were making the most delectable smelling cakes. I was drooling, it smelled so good! As we waited in the lobby, we could see a few of our favorite Cake Boss people. Grace was munching on a cookie tray, Lisa was carrying some papers, Maurizio was making a delivery through the lobby doors and Buddy’s two sons were playing on the intercom. It really made the whole experience real to see everyone!  As we were escorted through our factory tour – Mauro waved to us from one of the baking rooms and Joey was spotted too. Frankie passed by our baking room and waved to us all. I even saw Sophia making cookie trays!

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Our baking class was held in the same room where they film The Next Great Baker. I felt in the presence of baking artists. Buddy had one of his instructors teach our decorating class but we had a very special helper. Marco (Buddy’s son) stayed and made a cake with us. He was a joy to be with! He really knows his way around the bakery. He was showing us all how to use the equipment! We were provided with a cute layer cake and the fondant in blue and white colors to make a holiday snowflake cake. The instruction was easy to follow plus we had expert help from one of the other bakers. Working with fondant was a first for me but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The snowflakes were giving me issues so I just made my cake with circles. My bow – well it needed a lot of help. Funny thing is – it has always been a dream of mine to be a cake decorator.  Marco’s cake was adorable, until he got a hold of the black piping bag. It was still the bakers son’s masterpiece. Thanks for the smiles Marco! You are a doll.

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As the class proceeded, a warm and smiling Buddy walked into the room. I actually got to meet The Cake Boss! Let me tell you, he is a true friendly and caring person. His passion for what he does spills over into helping others to be the best decorators ever. He took the time to help us with the cakes and spent time with each of us chatting, laughing and taking lots of pictures. I brought him something from Southern California – my favorite See’s Candies that he could share with his family! Buddy, I hope everyone enjoyed the chocolates, it was my way of saying thanks. My mom and I had a special connection with Buddy as she grew up in Hoboken and I was born there. He said he loved meeting fellow Hobokenites!

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A bit of comedy – I actually asked Buddy for a job. (I can’t believe I did that.) I mentioned it was one of my dreams to be a cake decorator and we both looked at my cake. I had to giggle and tell him ” well my cake did not show it”. He responded that all I need was a little more practice. I told him I would be the first one to apply when he brought Carlo’s Bakery to Orange County. I bet it comes soon!

Our cakes were boxed up for us to take. The cake made it on the plane back to Southern California for the centerpiece of our holiday dessert table. I made it! It was more than a cake – it was a memorable, once in a lifetime experience to be part of Carlo’s Bakery even for just a moment. My deepest heartfelt thanks to Buddy and his outstanding crew. We felt like part of the family! I can’t wait to visit the Carlo’s Bakery in Las Vegas – opening soon. Save a cannoli for me!

My thanks to TLC for the incredible trip, the incredible show and for the unforgettable memories.

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Minted and the Holidays Photo Cards – Order Now!

November 5, 2013

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Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman – are you singing yet? When the tunes start in your head, it is time to order your personal Holiday Photo Cards. Minted is ready and waiting for your order.

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MIN-WWK-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PDMinted has beautiful designs. Most are created by individual designers through design competitions. That is the true beauty of Minted – they are always searching for designs plus they let the Minted community vote on the designs to be released. I am impressed with the incredible selection. The styles represent many tastes from the elegant to a simple casual feel. There is something for everyone!

I have always loved getting and giving Holiday Photo Cards. What a perfect way to see a family as they years go by. Sending one each year to loved ones, showcases the growth and continuing love! My personal cards are usually of myself, Hubby and our two fur babies. I can’t get them to stay still with Elf hats though.

My choice of Holiday greeting card is usually very light hearted and comical. The Non-Photo cards at Minted are simply stunning! The Sweet & Warm Card is just so sweet! Once you choose a card design, the personalization begins.

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You choose:

The shape

The colors

A flat or folded card

Paper selection

Inside, backer, label and liner options

and your own personalization.

I had a lot of fun playing with the options!

The card I am ordering is the 12 days reality check! OMG! It is so funny! Yep – everyone is getting this card this season.

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Get started today with Minted. Order the perfect Holiday card to arrive in time for sending. Take advantage of the Minted Coupon Codes. If you order through this weekend you can get $25 off and free ground shipping! Use code JOY25FS . for more details visit the coupon page. Offer expires on 11/11/2013.

Visit Minted throughout the year for all your special occasions. They have gifts, cards and more! Shop Minted for all your greeting needs.

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Twitter – lots of discount codes get tweeted!

Facebook – Special offers and fantastic ideas!

Enjoy the Holidays!

Many thanks to Minted for providing the credit for a review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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