Keep Toasty Warm this Winter with Heat Holders®

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Keep Toasty Warm this Winter with Heat Holders

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When I first moved to the midwest from South FL I really had no clue how to dress. In FL if it drops below 70 degrees we just threw on a jacket and gloves.  Temperatures actually hit 70 below zero with wind chill during winter last year!  That’s a HUGE difference and it meant learning to layer and how important it was to have a really good winter coat.  I feel much more prepared this winter.  I’m also really excited about my new hat and socks from Heat Holders®!

Heat Holders® are the warmest socks ever! They are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. They are better than heated, electric or battery operated socks because you can just put them on without fussing with batteries, wires etc. Heat Holders® means No more cold feet! They are made using a unique 3 step process which makes them the Warmest Thermal Socks!

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I got chose a really pretty purple winter hat. I love the color and I really love how warm and comfortable it is.  I also really like the longer length of the hat because I am able to pull it down over my ears keeping them warm as well.
Heat Holders’ warmest-ever hat is here! The new, Chunky rib Heat Holders 3.4 Tog Hat is exceptionally thermally effective, with a new Heatweaver plush insulating liner that has been developed to hold even more heat in.  The soft fur-like lining feels great against the skin and it’s also very efficient at using the heat that naturally rises from your head to keep you warmer for longer.
  • Outer: 53% Polyester 47% Acrylic, Lining: 100% Polyester
  • New ‘Heatweaver’ plush lining
  • Stretchable rib construction
  • Advanced insulating yarn
  • Machine washable at 40°

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I think my favorite product is their Twisted Yarn Thermal Sock!  It keeps my feet nice and warm no matter what type of show I am wearing. They are amazingly soft too! I’d love to get a pair in all the different colors.

When temperatures fall, pull on this pair of Heat Holders thermal socks and enjoy the extreme warmth that these seriously chunky socks will provide.

The warmest in thermal socks, these Heat Holders have a massive tog rating of 2.34 keeping your feet fully insulated with the specially developed extra heavy bulk yarn.

The inside of each sock has been intensively brushed, giving them a sensationally soft feel, while holding more warm air close to the skin therefore keeping feet warmer for longer. The long pile cushioning, means these socks will not only help keep feet cosy but protected and supported too. 

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Heat Holders® also carry neck warmers, joint warmers, gloves, tights, leggings, thermal underwear, snugover fleece, and blankets!
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My Dolphin Show Has a Holiday Gift Just For You

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My Dolphin Show Has a Holiday Gift Just For You

Happy Holidays to everyone from the family-friendly iOS game My Dolphin Show by Spil Games! To get you ready for the upcoming holiday festivities, we wanted to share these fun activity buttons with you.

The first button includes instructions on how to make your very own dolphin origami. The other provides a code that gives players 300,000 coins, allowing them to purchase a lot of the game’s creative costumes and unlock new worlds! We’ve also included a trailer showcasing some of the cool tricks you can do.

Download Dolphin Ornament instructions!

Instructions to receive 300,000 free coins!

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Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

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Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

 

Your children will jump for joy when they see these Hasbro toys under the tree on Christmas morning! I just wanted to share two of the many choices they have for you.

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

If you have followed me for any time at all you know we are HUGE Star Wars fans.  Logan is going to flip out when he opens up this Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set.

The galaxy is in turmoil. Rebel spaceships are striking out against the evil Galactic Empire and the forces of the dark side. The Empire’s sinister agents are intent on flushing out Rebel spies and crushing the Rebellion forever! Will you lead the Rebellion and take on the powerful Imperial armies? Or will you give in to the power of the dark side and impose order on the galaxy by tyranny and force?

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Logan will be all to re-create epic battles and even create new ones! The Star Destroyer includes 9 figures as well!  He is going to have so much fun! Plus additional figures and vehicles can be purchased separately so he can expand his collections.

  • 9 figures and vehicles from Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  • Remote controlled Star Destroyer that fires Energy Blast balls
  • Command Controller launches Star Destroyer forward and back
  • Exclusive Luke Skywalker figure available only in this set
  • Includes Darth Vader, 3 Rebel soldiers, and 3 Stormtroopers
    Ages 5 and up
  • Vehicle requires (4) 1.5V AA alkaline batteries, not included.
  • Controller requires (2) 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries, not included.

You can purchase the Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set here.

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set is going to be another hot gift on Christmas morning.  All the kids love to play battle and they’re going to have so much fun playing outside with this. I love that it comes with a target as well for single player occasions.

Test your accuracy with the Precision Target Set! The set includes everything you need for target practice: a Firestrike blaster, a target, and 10 Suction Darts in 2 different colors. Just stand up the target or hang it from a door, and take aim with the light beam when it’s your turn. Your Suction Darts stick to the target, so you can see your accuracy improve with each shot! Sharpen your dart-blasting skills alone or take on a friend in a suction-dart showdown. Either way, you’ll become a sharpshooter with the Precision Target Set!

FEATURES:

• The Precision Target Set has everything you need for target practice or a competition.
• Target can stand up or be hung on a door.
• Blaster’s Light Beam Trigger activates the precision Light Beam, which works on targets up to 15 feet away.
• 10 Suction Darts work with most front-loading N-Strike blasters (sold separately).
• Darts come in 2 colors so you can tell whose shot is whose.
• Ages 8 and up
• CAUTION: Do not aim at eyes or face.
• TO AVOID INJURY: Use only darts designed for this product. Do not modify darts or dart blaster.
• Requires 2 “AAA” batteries (not included).
• Suction Darts only work with front-loading blasters.

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

Hasbro has everything you need to make it a magical Christmas for your munchkins!

 

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Grid Iron Grill – My Favorite Lunch Stop in Webster City

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My Favorite Lunch Stop in Webster City

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This past Saturday I spent the day in Webster City, IA with my fellow #NorthIowaBloggers. We had a full day of fun (watch for more posts coming) and I was starving!  We stopped for lunch at the Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge.

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Deb Brown, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and Burk Risetter, Grid Iron Grill

The owner, Burk Risetter, came out and chatted with us and welcomed us.  The atmosphere was relaxed and great for friends and the whole family.  My favorite part of the whole visit was definitely the food!

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We started with fried pickle chips, onion rings and loaded potato skins. All were so delicious!

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While enjoying the appetizers we looked through the menu and decided what to order for lunch.  I had a very hard time making a selection.  There were so many options that looked delicious.

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I finally decided on the Bourbon Burger with Sweet Potato Fries! I wish I had a picture but it looked so good I was in a food trance and started eating without even thinking about a picture. The wings above are in bourbon sauce as well.

The Bourbon Burger is a half pound charbroiled patty tossed in their delicious bourbon sauce then topped with sautéed red onion and melted Swiss cheese. I ordered mine with out the bun.  I think I could dunk anything in the bourbon sauce.  It was so good! I thought about licking the plate. We were in a public place so I did not, but it was very tempting. The Sweet Potato Fries served on the side were amazing!  I consider myself an expert on sweet potato fries because I order them whenever and wherever I can find them. These are among the best! They are thick cut and were not at all soggy.  They came with this delicious marshmallow sauce. It was good, but very sweet.  I had also ordered my favorite dipping sauce for them – honey mustard. They were excellent and I ate every single one.

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Back L to R: Alicia from Fit & Farm, Jennifer from Jeni Eats, Me, Amy from Modern Rural Living Front L to R: Katie from On the Banks of Squaw Creek, Sara of All in an Iowa Mom’s Day, and Beth Ann from It’s Just Life

 

All of the #NorthIowaBloggers loved their meals and we were all so stuffed.  We didn’t order any dessert (we didn’t have room in our bellies) but I’ve heard on good authority that the Chocolate Lava Cake is to die for.

Next time you’re anywhere Webster City, IA I highly recommend making a stop into the Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge!

The Grid Iron Grill is located at 1121 East Second St. Webster City, IA 50595

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Creativity comes Alive at Kelly Gau Studio

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Me and Beth Ann with our Snowmen

One of my favorite things to do is spend time painting and crafting. I love to create; for me it’s fun and relaxing.  One of my favorite places to create is at Kelly Gau Studio. Kelly is one of my favorite people both as a person and an artist.  She makes these beautiful mixed media lovelies.  You can check out Kelly’s work here.

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Kelly had the table prepared for an afternoon of creativity

I was really excited to bring my fellow #NorthIowaBlogger, Beth Ann from It’s Just Life, to make Snowmen at Kelly’s studio last week. The studio is in Lake Mills, IA and she teaches you the process step by step.  Your cost includes the class and all the supplies you need to make your own lovely.  Here is her Events Schedule.

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Beth Ann working on her Snowman

It’s amazing how we start out with a blank canvas and it slowly comes to life. Kelly is so good with her directions and explanations that anyone can look like a real artist by the end of the project.

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Working on my Snowman

This is about half way through the process. We used paint, scrapbook paper, music sheet and LOTS of modge podge. Okay, I probably used a little too much of the modge podge and Kelly may or may not have instructed me to use less.  I’m sticking to her famous quote “there are no mistakes”  ;)

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My Finished Snowman!

This is my final creation! How cool is that?! I absolutely love it and it’s hanging in my living room. What I thought was so amazing is we all followed the same instructions yet we all had such different works of art.

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All the finished Snowmen done by our class

Her class was so much fun! Beth Ann and I had a wonderful time hanging out with her.  I mentioned before that Kelly is one of my favorite people.  We go to the same church and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her over the last few years. I just love that she loves Jesus so much and it shines through everything she does.  She is such a sweet and encouraging light. I just love being around her.

If you’re in the North Iowa (or southern Minnesota) area I highly recommend taking a class with Kelly and letting your creativity come alive!

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The Hottest Apps and Accessories to Make the Holidays Special

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The Hottest Apps and Accessories to Make the Holidays Special

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It seems like now a days everyone has a smart phone – from grandmas down to grade schoolers.  Phones are great for people to get a hold of you as well as a source of entertainment. Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

If you’re looking to give a smart holiday gift this year, keep in mind that 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 42 percent own a tablet, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. So what about an amazing app?!

Often we may get bogged down by the frenzy that often accompanies the so-called “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” one way to simplify the season for the gift-giver and receiver alike is to give apps and accessories for mobile devices.  As over half of adults have a smartphone, giving the gift of helpful accessories for the gamer or the music lover in your life is an easy way to make holiday wishes come true.

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Whether a friend or family is looking for the latest and greatest, U.S. Cellular has all the season must-haves including the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPad Air.  Based on current trends in the industry, the experts at U.S. Cellular suggest the following apps and accessories to help your loved ones get the most out of their devices this holiday. Technology can enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life. It’s a great gift idea!

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Beats Solo HD 2 Headphones: Lightweight and compact, these colorful headphones are durable and comfortable. Updated and improved acoustics let you hear all your tunes with clarity and resonant bass. Go solo with confidence and bring your music with you anywhere.

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JBL Flip 2: This wireless, rechargeable battery powered speaker brings rich sound to any on-the-go lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your hand, the JBL Flip 2 features SoundClear echo and noise cancellation technology, so you can use it as a hands-free speakerphone.

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iGrill: Android and iOS users can modernize the primal experience of grilling with the iGrill family of apps. Bluetooth Smart Technology allows users to monitor their grillables with the compact iGrill Mini, original iGrill, or the 4-probe capacity iGrill.  Easy to read displays and customizable alarms mean your steak is cooked perfectly every time.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System: This much-acclaimed lens system attaches to your iPhone or iPad to provide superior optics and clearer images. The system includes two macro lenses (5x and 10x), a fisheye, and a wide-angle lens. The four-in-one design means changing between lenses is quick and easy.

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Moga Pro Power: Gamers attach their Android smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, to this handheld game console and use its precision controls to play games. The display is on the smartphone. The Mogas buttons, triggers and joysticks are highly responsive and maneuvers much better than a smartphone’s touchscreen controls.  iPhone users won’t be left out of the game anymore with the Moga Ace. And both units charge your smart phone as you play.

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Moto TC Rally App & Car: Working with the Griffin TC MOTO Rally Car, this app lets you race alone or compete against an opponent. Drive by using your mobile device’s touchscreen steering wheel, or by titling the device itself. The Rally Car is a USB-rechargeable device with impact/obstacle sensors that let players interact with their environment with unparalleled realism.

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Having your Party at SkyZone is a Slam Dunk

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Whether you are looking for a great way to burn off a ton of energy for your younger jumpers or daring teen stunters – SkyZone provides a variety of activities to keep your kids moving.

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Our crew had a great time visiting the Fort Lauderdale facility to celebrate a birthday and the start of our Thanksgiving break. Scheduling for this party of ten was quite simple. Guests are asked to arrive thirty minutes before their scheduled jump time. Upon arrival each guest is checked in by a designated hostess, a waiver is signed and all are given a pair of SkyZone socks required for purchase at a nominal cost.

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There were four well staffed zones for the kids to rotate around while parents relaxed in the cafe or joined to watch from the sidelines. Safety was key for all of our jumpers, I found the staff was on top of making sure the kids had a fun experience while keeping them safe.

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Whether they were perfecting their jump shot, zipping around in a fast paced game of dodge ball, diving into the foam pit or simply bouncing around, our crew was kept moving during their entire stay.

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Once our hour concluded, we were greeted by our hostess who took us to a party room for pizza and drinks that came with our package. The kids were able to relax and refuel before we headed out for the evening.

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SkyZone is a great attraction for kids of all ages. They are reasonably priced and the energy that your kids will expend will be well worth your visit!

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

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My sister loves to take pictures and she has some adorable kids she takes pictures of but it’s frustrating because her camera stinks.  It was a no brainer when I was thinking about what to get her for Christmas. She definitely needs a new camera.  I want to get her something she’ll love to use and something that can capture those sweet kids of hers.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.  Simple translation is that it takes amazing pictures.  My sister is not a professional photographer but this camera may make others think that she is.

  • Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
  • The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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She is going to be so excited when she unwraps this camera! I can’t wait to see her face.  Best Buy truly is a destination for everyone on your list. They have so many gift ideas and items that are sure to please. As a consumer their prices and service make me a happy shopper.

Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!  Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? If not I suggest heading over to Best Buy where you’ll be able to cross off all the names on your list. You could probably even find something for yourself.  After all that shopping you totally deserve it!

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Old Spice is making a Man of our Boy #SmellcometoManhood plus a Giveaway

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This post and giveaway were made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Old Spice is making a Man of our Boys

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There’s a certain age where boys start smelling – well more like stinky men than little boys.  There’s all sorts of changes going on as they become teenagers including one stinky change that involves body odor.  You can tell from Logan’s expression that he is not fond of this change in Jayden.

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Jayden is 11 (12 in March) and plays football. We’ve had to explain to him that part of growing up and becoming a man means tha he needs to wear deodorant. We wanted to encourage him and see wearing deodorant as a rite of passage rather than something he had to do because he was stinky.  It was also something cool that he could do that his little brother won’t be able to do for a few more years.  We had to welcome him to Manhood.

Old Spice is back with a new campaign – introducing “Dadsong,” which comes on the heels of last January’s much-buzzed about “Mom Song” – in which moms lamented that Old Spice sprayed a man onto their sons. Now, it’s dad’s turn to tell his side of the story with another humorous, over-the-top song from Old Spice.

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Both Jayden and Logan were very happy with the results.  Actually, we all were. He smells much better now :)

Do you have a young man that needs to be welcomed to manhood?  I highly recommend Old Spice for holiday gifting. Old Spice is the gift of manhood and it couldn’t be easier. They have a variety of manly smelling products for every guy on your list.

This holiday season, giving the gift of manhood couldn’t be easier with Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, featuring the brand’s innovative and first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which eliminates the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day. With Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, “One Spray Lasts All Day.”

Old Spice Re-fresh Body Sprays are the perfect stocking stuffer. Teens can “Scent Responsibly” with this gift that keeps on giving, one spray at a time.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Old Spice will offer special savings on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray in the P&G brandSaver® in newspapers across the U.S. on Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as for download for redemption at retailers nationwide.

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Old Spice also offers Holiday Gift Sets, with deodorant, body wash, body spray, shampoo and more! It’s available in a variety of scents – including new nature-inspired Timber scent.

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We’re giving one lucky reader an Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood kit!

Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood Kit

The contents of the kit include:

  • Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – The gift that keeps on giving, one spray at a time. Be among the first to enjoy new Old Spice Timber – the best way to get that lumberjacky smell without working at a local tree lot.
  • Old Spice T-Shirt – The manliest chest tattoo on the planet without the regret when you turn 60.
  • Old Spice Branded Earbuds – Silence mom’s singing in the car. You’re welcome.
  • Bear Paws Meat Tool – Cutlery your dad, his friend Dave and Uncle John will be impressed with when you’re given the reins to carve the holiday bird.
  • Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet, except holiday lights, where only half the strand works.
  • Art of Manliness Book – Full of wisdom and New Year’s Resolutions.
  • “Scent Responsibly” Instructions – Nothing will earn you grandma’s fruitcake faster than overspraying. Thanks toOld Spice Re-fresh technology – where one spray lasts all day – you can smell like a man and not a middle school locker room.
  • Smellcome to Manhood Certificate – A made-up diploma for the inside of your locker or to add to your LinkedIn profile.

All you have to do is enter on the rafflecopter below! Good luck!

*Giveaway is open to the US only. Giveaway ends 12/16/14 at 11:59pm CST.

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Looking Good thanks to my InstaWave Automatic Curler

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I was very excited to try the curling iron. I love to curl my hair and right now I use a wand to do that.

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I use the wand because I love how easy it is and the curls they produce. One downfall to the wand is that sometimes I burn my hand. With the insta wave I won’t get burned again!

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It wraps the hair around the wand for you! I have to admit, although I was excited to try it, I was also so scared that my hair was going to be a tangled up, hot mess in this hot curling iron!

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Thankfully that wasn’t the case at all. It didn’t even come close to tangling my hair. It worked great! I will use it all the time! I will say that it works better for hair with some length. When I tried to do the short underparts of my hair it did not really work, but on the longer top parts of my hair it worked great! I love it!!

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If you curl your hair with a wand or curling iron it is time to try the ista wave, you won’t be disappointed!

You can find Kiss InstaWave on Target.com or on Ulta.com.

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Great holiday gift ideas from Best Buy

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Did you know that there are only 16 days until Christmas?  That’s just over 2 weeks!  I’m almost done with all my shopping but I do have a few more names on my list.  Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  I’ll be heading to Best Buy to finish up my shopping because they have so many amazing holiday gift ideas for everyone!

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

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I can’t wait to see my nephews and nieces open up the gaming system they’re getting for Christmas. My sister and brother in law got them an xbox one! Shh, don’t tell! ;)

Xbox One is the place for games.

What is Xbox One?

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

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Do you have anyone on the list that loves music? Here are some sweet ideas.

JBL:

JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

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Do you like to travel or have anyone on your list that enjoys travel? What about a GPS?

Garmin and TomTom

Feauting bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.

Garmin 52LM

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Garmin 2597LMT

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

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Themed Christmas Stocking for my Hubby – Freedom to be Spontaneous

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Themed Christmas Stocking for my Hubby

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Christmas is my favorite holiday of all.  I really love finding the something for everyone and seeing their reaction when they open up their presents.  I spend months hunting until I have found that “perfect gift” for everyone on my list.  Believe it or not the hardest person to shop for is my husband.

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My husband is my best friend. We have been married over 8 years.  You would think he’s be the easiest person to find a gift for. While I know what he loves the thing is if he wants something he just buys it. I’m the same way. I could find something he needs but I really want to his gift special. I mean he is my favorite person in the whole wide world.

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I decided that this year I was going to get something really fun and unique.  He’s an over the road truck driver so I really to soak in every moment I get to spend with him while he’s home.  This year I bought a stocking and decided to go with a date night theme. This will give us the freedom to be spontaneous and have everything we  need for a really special night.

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I filled his stocking with everything we needed for a fun filled date night.  I put a few gift cards in – for dinner, his favorite store, and a coffee gift card so we could get a warm beverage and take a brisk winter walk.  I didn’t stop with dinner though. I included his favorite candy and even included a scented candle and KY Liquibeads.  Hey, we’re married, the date night doesn’t stop when we get home.

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You can find the KY Liquibeads on K-y.com or at Walmart. I had a hard time finding it at first.

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KY Liquibeads are inserted once every few days so that when the mood strikes, your body is ready to go without needing extra, messy lubricants. If women are pregnant or nursing, they should first consult a doctor before using. You can grab a $1 off any KY product coupon here.

The product comes with an applicator that you use to insert a bead once every few days so that your body is ready whenever the mood may strike.  There are 6 beads and 6 applicators included in the box.  All you have to do is insert one bead in the top of the applicator and then insert it as you would a tampon.

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My husband and I have so much fun together. I can’t wait to see his face when he gets his stocking! Maybe I’ll go with a theme every year for him.  What are you getting your special someone for Christmas?

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love decorating and baking for the holidays and I have so much fun giving presents. This year my husband and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Florida. I was talking to my niece on the phone and just about everything on her Christmas wish list had to do with Frozen! She is obsessed with it.

Just a few days ago I received a box of candy from Sweetworks. They have delicious and unique confections perfect for all occasions. I just love using them when I bake my treats. Okay, I also like snacking on them too. They’re delicious and fun, can you blame me? You can read more about them here.

Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway #recipe #giveaway #frozen I decided I was going to come up with a special treat for my niece and it could not have been easier. Another bonus is that it’s so easy I can whip up a batch with her help.  She’ll love it!  I’ve called it Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge!

You start with 3 and a half cups of mini marshmallows and 1 and a half cups of white chocolate chips. I also added a tablespoon of shortening because it helps the chocolate to melt.  I used two 4.5 oz jars of Sixlets. They have different Christmas colors, but I went with the blue, white, and silver for the Frozen theme.

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Turn the heat on low on a burner and mix the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Make sure you give this constant supervision. It only takes a few seconds to burn.  As soon as the chocolate is smooth remove the pan from the heat and add in the marshmallows and 1 jar of the sixlets.  Mix until blended.

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Once blended spread in an 8×8 pan and top with the other jar of sixlets.  Then pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes.  Once it’s set you can cut, serve, and enjoy!

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I think these will go over really well!

Now, I have a sweet surprise for you! I’ve joined up with 24 other bloggers. Each of us is giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack!! That means there will be 25 winners!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:

8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2), 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2), 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2), 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2), Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1), Mint Ovation Sticks (1), Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1), 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1), 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1), 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1), 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1), 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1), and 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

Imagine all the goodies you can make!! All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. Make sure to check out the link below too for more chances to win. You can also check out their unique creations with Sweetworks!

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Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 3 and ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 4.5 oz jars of sixlets
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in marshmallows and one jar of sixlets until blended.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 pan and top with the second jar of sixlets. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes until set.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders

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cameras and camcorders!

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I love catching reactions.  When I’m at weddings I’ll definitely snap a pic of the bride but I like also catching the groom as he sees his bride walking down the aisle.  I also love to see our munchkins faces when they open up their presents. Taking pictures is a great way to capture all sorts of memories.  In fact I’m usually the photographer at all of our family functions.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories. The three featured cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. I’d love to share why you should upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories.

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Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

I shoot with a Nikon DSLR and I love it! I am constantly getting compliments on my pictures. The quality is phenomenal and it’s great for printing out enlargements.

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  • A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
  • This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  • Also available in red or gray

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Sony ?6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony is a household name when it comes to electronics so it’s no surprise that they make a great camera.  I love how compact this camera is yet you can still change the lenses.

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  • A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
  • This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
  • Also available in White or silver

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

I love my DSLR but this camera is still on my list. I love how compact it is and how easy it is to share your photos on social media. I have two friends that have this camera and the quality is excellent.

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  • A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
  • This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself!

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow #review  #kidsI need a glass of water.  I can’t sleep. Can you read a story to me? I have to g to the bathroom.  I’m thirsty again.

Does this sound familiar?  If you have kids (or nieces, nephews, grand kids, etc) then you may have heard one, all, or more of these bedtime excuses.

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Meet Brad. He’s my adorable 6 year old nephew.  He plays hard and gives fantastic hugs.  He does not like to go to bed and can think of plenty of excuses to stay up. This is where elo comes in.
elo™ is a mom-created, kid-loved, doctor-endorsed, bedtime system that promotes healthy sleep and a more enjoyable bedtime.  A Minneapolis mom and a local trio of child specialists are debuting the elo My Storytime Pillow just in time for the holiday season. elo works when a child lays his or her head down on the pillow, and it tells stories and plays white noise. But it stops if kids lift their heads up, even prompting them to “lay back down to hear the rest of the story.” It encourages them to stay in bed and fall asleep faster.
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This is one of the things he will find under the tree this Christmas. I think it’s such a genius idea and can’t wait for him to try it out. He really loves it when I read him stories.
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My sister and her family travel a lot between Florida and Indiana so I think this would also be a great travel pillow. It would help him fall asleep during the long car ride so he’s not as cranky when they arrive.
You can purchase the elo My Storytime pillow online and if you live in near the twin cities they  just opened a kiosk at the Mall of America! It’s by the Apple Store, near Lego Land.
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