Crazy Black Friday Deals from Rosewe

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As you all know I LOVE shopping!!  One of my favorite ways to shop is online.  I think that the reason that I love online shopping so much is because I live in a small town where there are not a lot of different options and I HATE wearing the same thing as everyone else.  So I tend to shop online at stores that we do not have in our area so that I can make sure that I am not going to show up somewhere in the same thing that someone else is wearing.

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Crazy Black Friday Deals Are Here

I love that Rosewe offers amazing and crazy “Black Friday” deals this year.  In fact you can save up to 80% off of their clothes.

Plus you get amazing additional discounts.  You can save an additional $5 off of $39 (sale5), $10 off of $69 (sale10) and $15 off of $99 (sale15).

Beautiful Dresses

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I love so many of the dresses that Rosewe has to offer. The Charming V Neck Split Design Black Chiffon Dress ($14.09) is one of my favorites and a dress that I am sure that I would LOVE to own.  In fact it is just one of the many items on my personal Rosewe shopping list!

Something a Little Fancy

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If you want something that is a little fancier than Rosewe has that too.  My personal favorite is the Fine Quality A Line Design Navy Blue Dress ($21.28).  This dress is perfect for nicer events and at this price you won’t feel bad if you only wear it once.  However the great thing that I like about this dress is that you can do so much with it and you can definitely dress it down to be able to wear it more often.

Coats That Allow You to Have More Than One

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When it comes to coats I generally only purchase one because they are so expensive.  I love that with the coats from Rosewe that I could afford to buy more than  one.  I am in LOVE with the Trendy Long Sleeve Turndown Collar Solid Black Coat ($28.74).  I think that this is an adorable coat and one that you could wear dressed up or down.

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I also love the Elegant Black Long Sleeve Woolen Coats with Turndown Collar ($30.50)…

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…and the Charming Single Breasted Long Sleeve Trench Coat Black ($22.78).

Shirts to Love

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Finding shirts at a cheap price generally means that you are not going to be able to have great detailing.  The Trendy Fake Two Piece Design Long Sleeve T-Shirt ($21.77).  The Chic Long Sleeve Round Neck Solid Black Sweaters ($41.50) is another one that is going to be added to my list.

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Fun Pants Too!

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Don’t worry Rosewe can get you into some great trendy pants too.  The Spring Essentials High Waist Black Leggings for Girls ($14.39) are on trend and look great on too!  I also love the Charming PU Patchwork Solid Black Middle Waist Leggings ($14.35).

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Check out Rosewe now to take advantage of their awesome sales!!  You will be just as impressed as we are!!

SALE!!! Shop Early and Save 50% at Kate Quinn Organics

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Kate Quinn Organics is an absolute favorite of mine for my girls and even for my family and friends.  Recently I purchased the adorable elephant dresses for my daughters and I have to tell you that they do not disappoint at all.  I am so excited to be able to share with you that they are having another AMAZING sale right now.

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That’s’ right with the Kate Quinn Organics shop early sale you are going to be able to save 50% at Kate Quinn Organics!!  So log on  and start shopping the amazing sale today!  Just enter the code friends50 at checkout and you are going to be able to take advantage of these amazing deals!

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I know that I will be and I plan on picking up the following for my kiddos!!

I love the Puff Sleeve Piped Dress and with the savings code you will get it for just $32!

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I also am in love with the Piped Cloud Dress and it is on sale for just $29!!

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Then there are the adorable girl sets in folk floral…

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…and modern calico.

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The clothes from Kate Quinn Organics are amazing quality, look adorable on, and are really some of the best clothes that you can buy for your girls.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Halo

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I LOVED Halo SleepSacks when my kids were younger. I loved being able to keep them warm and cozy at night without having to try and keep them all bundled up.  They are the perfect gift for older babies.  I had thought that my Halo Sleepsack days were over until recently when I discovered that they offer a “Little Kid” size.

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I was eager to check out the Halo SleepSack Little Kid with my daughter, Althea, because she is always cold.  I had honestly thought that it might not be big enough for her but I figured that Adeline could use it if she could not.  I will say that Althea just fits in the SleepSack and she LOVES it!!

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Tips for Keeping Your Children Warm at Night

Give Them Footed PJs

Giving children pajamas that are one piece and have feet is one of the best tips for being able to keep them warm all night long.  For years I have struggled with finding the right type of pjs for each of my kids but I have always found if they are cold that the fleece footed pjs are the best.  These keep them tucked away and warm.

Find an Alternative to Blankets

My kids are wiggly and move around in their sleep a lot.  This means that they kick their blankets off.  Then once their blankets are off they get cold and wake up.  I have found that with the Halo SleepSack they are not able to kick their blankets off.  They can still move around like they want and their arms and faces never get too hot either.  The SleepSack is absolutely perfect.

Try Adding Layers

This is a tip for the older children in your life.  This is not something that is recommended or safe for infants.  Adding a pair of fitted or thermal pjs is a great way for your child to stay warm in their footed pjs.  This is one that could lead to overheated children if your child is really not cold at night.

Turn Up the Heat at Night

Most people try to avoid turning up their heat at night because of the amount of money that it costs.  It only makes sense that you would need to turn up the heat at night considering that temperatures drop during the night.  There are some options that could help keep you warm, like space heaters, but you want to make sure that you only pick choices that are going to be safe for your family.

Staying warm at night does not have to be hard.  I highly recommend the Halo SleeepSack because it is safe and works well.

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — YOXO

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YOXO is a new company that I am so excited to share with you!  Their products are amazing and creative and so much fun!  I just can’t believe what a great idea that they are and how cool they will be to watch my son check out and play with.

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I am trying hard to teach my children about recycling and using things again.  A lot of time as a blogger we have a ton of cardboard boxes laying around.  The kids get to play with them, paint on them, color on them, or make things out them and then I do not feel as bad when we eventually toss them.  I love it when my children are creative and when they learn to make treasures from our trash.

YOXO is really the perfect company for my son Andrew.  He is always being creative with things that others would look at as garbage.  One time he took a broken pencil eraser, a lid from an empty peanut butter jar, a bottle lid from a 2 liter of soda, tape, and a few other small things and created a “hovercraft”.  I know that he is really going to appreciate the YOXO kit that we got!

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YOXO is a company that encourages your children to play with your trash!  That’s right your kids are going to get to create something amazing out of things like old toilet paper or paper towel tubes.  We got the YOXObot Orig ($19.99) and I think that this is one of the coolest toys that I have seen in a long time.  I love that it is something that Andrew will get to create and that it is something that is going to be fun for him for at least a few hours.  I also love that he can take apart his robot and make another one out of different things.

Raising environmentally conscious kids is important these days.  We only have one earth and it is sadly becoming damaged by modern industry.  So it is necessary for us to teach our children how we can take better care of the world that we live in.

5 Tips to Have Environmentally Conscious Children

Tip 1 — Lead By Example

The first thing that you should do if you want your children to respect the Earth is to lead by example.  You will have to respect the earth and do the same things that you want for them to do.  This is going to be absolutely necessary in the case of recycling or even up-cycling (for those of you who do not know this is re-purposing something that you can no longer use into something to be used).  If you do these things your children are going to see you do them and they will do them too.

Tip 2 — Take a Vacation Inspired by Nature

Theme parks and attractions are a lot of fun but why not take a break from them?  There are many different national parks and state parks where you can focus on something more important.  You can show your children all of the beauty and amazement in nature.  This is going to teach them for a lifetime about the more important things in life.  Plus they are going to learn to enjoy things that they might not have enjoyed otherwise.

Tip 3 — Garden with Them

Planting a garden with your children is a great way to teach them about food.  It can show them where things come from.  You can also use this to teach them how to eat healthier by focusing on things that are grown and not processed.

Tip 4 — Make Recycling Fun

The great thing about YOXO is that it makes recycling a fun process for your and your child.  Your child also gets to use their creativity and imagination to do something great with something that has been recycled.  I just can’t wait to see how much fun Andrew has as he gets to create his own robot from garbage and junk that he finds lying around our house.

Tip 5 — Clean Up Together

Pick a place that is local to you and somewhere that your child enjoys to help clean up.  Look at local parks and think about ways that you can help the park to be more enjoyable for your child and others to come.  Taking a few minutes of your time to pick up these areas ensures that they stay nice and fun for future generations.

 

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Honeycat Cosmetics Let You Bathe in Deliciousness

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Do you love to take a bath and relax?  Do you long for the most luxurious bath products?  If you do then Honeycat Cosmetics are going to be the products that you want under the tree. They are a great gift for any woman because their line offers the bath and body products that you want to use.

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I honestly believe that there is a perfect gift from Honeycat Cosmetics for EVERY woman on your Christmas list this holiday season.  You can see what the company has to offer from the amazing list below where I share with you some of the women on my list and the Honeycat Cosmetics that I am going to be giving them.

For the Chocolate Lover

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We all have that one friend who LOVES chocolate.  In my circle I am definitely that friend.  I love chocolate and chocolate goodies so much.  I even find it easy to be on a diet when it includes drinking a chocolate shake a few times a day.  If you are like me than the Chocolate Bath Melt Treats ($20) are sure to please.  I love mine and use them all of the time.  In fact I was just telling my husband that my baths were not going to be quite as soothing when these are gone.  These really do smell just like chocolate truffles which make me feel like I am bathing in luxury.

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For the Tween

Tweens are SOOOO hard to shop for!! Right?  I mean, they are not old enough for teenage stuff, are too old for kids stuff and seem to be caught in the middle of everything!  I find that many tween girls love getting yummy smelling bath and body goodies.  The Vanilla Cream Grooming Bar ($6) is the perfect gift option for the tween in your life.  While I have not personally owned this one I am sure if it is anything like any of the products that I have owned that it is sure to smell amazing.

For Your Favorite Teen

Teenagers are also very difficult to buy for.  I never think of myself as old until I have to go shopping for gifts for teenagers.  I feel like I am so out of touch with what is cool.  The Oops! Pack ($20) is the perfect choice of gift for that special teen in your life. (Just share with her that she might not want to take all of the pieces out in front of everyone as that might be a little bit embarrassing!)  The Oops! Pack is a collection of 1 disposable panty, 1 disposable cloth towel, 1 panty liner, 1 tampon, and a 2 oz bottle of “Kleen Kitty” feminine wash.

For Your Child’s Teacher

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My five year old is VERY active and he is part of an overly active preschool class.  I have been in there to help and do it and I do not know how these sweet ladies make it all day long.  So when I was trying to put together Christmas baskets for them I knew that I wanted a special treat that would help them to forget about their longer days.  I was excited to receive the Amenity Kit-ty ($30) set because I thought that it was cute and I knew just who I would gift it to this holiday season.

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For Your Mom

Who doesn’t love the idea of giving their mom a little something to help her relax?  I might be partial to these types of gifts because I think that my mom always needs to relax (just kidding, mom!).  Even though my mom is not a “single lady” I would LOVE to give her the All The Single Ladies Gift Set ($45).  This gift set is adorable and it has EVERYTHING that you could want.  It includes the amazing chocolate melts that I received, foot cream, bubble bath, a candle, and edible body powder (I will admit that thinking about giving this item to my mom kind of makes me giggle and I would probably just pluck this one out for myself!).

For Your Grandma

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I was also sent the Chick of the Sea Gift Set ($20).  This gift set is a steal and so cute too.  I think that it is a gift that any grandma would LOVE to have!  The set comes with a washcloth, candle and bubble bath.  Not only is it cute but it is a great set to allow that special someone in your life some time to relax.

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For Your Survivor

My aunt is a breast cancer survivor so when I saw the Purr for a Cure Gift Set ($30) I knew that it would be perfect for her and other survivors.  This gift set gives that special survivor in your life some treats that allow her to pamper herself.  The kit comes with bubble bath, a candle, a bar of soap and wash cloth.  A nice long bath can have many soothing qualities for your body and your soul.

For Your Girlfriend

Looking for something for that special lady in your life?  There are so many great bath and body products from Honeycat Cosmetics but there are also some great lingerie pieces.  I am obsessed with the Honeycat Lace Panties ($20) and the Honeycat Lace Tank ($20).  Both of these are so cute and I think that they would be comfy and fun to wear to bed at night.

 

Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Tsukihoshi Makes Kids’ Feet Happy

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Tsukihoshi are one of my personal favorite brands of children’s shoes.  I first discovered them when my second child was a toddler and I have been buying them since then.  I have been very lucky to have worked with them in the past for reviews and am so excited to share a few of their new styles with you for our holiday gift guide.

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Tips for Choosing Comfortable Shoes for Your Kiddos

Tip 1 — Measure Their Feet

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I know that it sounds repetitive to measure your child’s feet but they are constantly growing.  I find that measuring every 3 months is a good idea if you are buying new shoes.  Otherwise I take note of things when I am helping the kids get their shoes on.  The best tip for making sure that your child is comfortable in their shoes is making sure that they are wearing the right size.  I measured my son’s feet and he actually needed a size smaller than I would have guessed in the Speed that we received.  I love the quality of Tsukihoshi shoes as they are always amazing.  Huxley loves the design and how bright the Black/Yellow colors are.

Tip 2 — Let Them Have a Little Room but Not Too Much

It is a good idea to let your child have a little bit of room to grow when you are purchasing shoes.  You want your child to be able to grow but you do not want them walking funny or tripping over shoes that are too big for them.  So make sure that you are ready for them with shoes and that they have everything that they need.

Tip 3 — Buy Smart Shoes for Kids

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Lately I have been seeing a ton of children’s shoes with heels on them.  If we know that heels are not the best shoes for us, why are we suddenly jumping on this new trend to put them on our little girls?  I am not completely against these shoes if that is your thing, then that is your business but every child needs a good pair of tennis shoes.  Adeline was thrilled when she received the Kaz in purple/rose.  I love that she is wearing shoes that are comfortable on her and not going to hurt her feet or development in any way.

Tip 4 — Check the Flexibility

Your child’s foot bends and moves when they are walking.  Make sure that you choose shoes that allow their foot to move when they walk.  You want shoes that are flexible and offer your child flexibility as they move and walk.  I find that Tsukihoshi shoes are very flexible.  In fact this is one of the things that has kept me coming around as a repeat customer for all of these years.  I was shocked the first time that we owned a pair b/c they were so flexible.

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Tip 5 — Make Sure They Breathe

One of the worst things that happens with many kids’ shoes is that they do not breathe.  When a shoe does not breathe and air does not circulate they can become a breeding ground for bacteria.  I have never noticed one of my child’s Tsukihoshi shoes smelling bad which means that they are not the type of shoes that are going to do this to your child.  Another great thing about Tsukihoshi shoes is that you can wash them.  I have washed some of ours multiple times and never ruined a pair which is huge b/c I have ruined a lot of other shoes washing them.

Choosing shoes that are comfortable for your child can be hard.  It is something that you want for them as much as you want it for yourself. The problem is that you might not even realize that their shoes are uncomfortable unless they are able to clearly communicate that with you.  Any parent and child will be happy with how Tsukihoshi shoes fit and just how comfortable they are wear.

Holiday Gift Buying Guide

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Well it is that time of year when we must all start thinking about the holidays even if we have not been thinking about the holidays.  This year I am going to be preparing a great guide to holiday gifts and must have items for the holiday season.  Keep checking back as I will be adding a ton of information to this post and I will be adding all of the MUST have gifts in this one popular location.

Perfectly Personalized

vivo print logo VivoPrint offers you the chance to get the personalized gifts that your loved ones are going to cherish for years to come.

zazzle Zazzle makes it possible for you to create the perfect personalized gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Perfect for Everyone

DK publishing logoDK Publishing offers you the chance to give books to everyone on your holiday gift list.

zoku logo Zoku makes the products that you need to have delicious healthy frozen treats at home any time.

winning moves logoWinning Moves Games offers a little something for everyone!  You can rest assured that you will have the best family game night after shopping with them.

books to me logo Books to Me offers you scheduled books of the photos that you have been posting to your Instagram account.  I am eager to check out this product and will be posting a full feature at the beginning of December so you can check it out.  I think that this is a great gift for your favorite person who loves to post pics at Instagram!

chicken soup logo Chicken Soup for the Soul books are perfect for anyone who loves a good heartwarming tale that is going to encourage them in their own struggles.

eco cloth diapers logo  Eco Cloth Diapers offers you the chance to buy high quality bamboo items for everyone in your household. They are a whole lot more than just cloth diapers!

 

Items for the Kiddos

chatsters logo Chatsters Gabby doll is a fun and interactive toy that is unlike any doll that you have seen before!

zoomer dino logoZoomer Dino makes your child a dino tamer!!

PaddlePak I love Trunki products and find that they are going to make a lot of people happy this holiday season.  I am in love with the Yondi neck pillows because they are neck pillows that my little ones will actually use.  I am also in love with the PaddlePaks!  I love that these amazing backpacks are splash proof and a ton of fun for your child to carry around.

alex kitchen 4   ALEX Toys offers you the best choices for a great home kitchen for your little one.

digipals logoDigiPals offers a unique way for your child to carry their electronics and keep the screens clean at the same time.

toddler alex 4 ALEX Toys offers you a lot of toddler fun for your little one.

Poof logo  POOF offers you a great line of My 1st Sports toys that will help any budding athlete find their sport.

alex piano ALEX Toys offers bath time fun for little ones!

green toys logo Green Toys offers safe toys that you don’t have to worry about containing toxins or other harmful chemicals.

wee squeak logo  Wee Squeak offers adorable styles of squeaky shoes that your toddler and early walker will love to wear!!  Until November 25th you can enter a contest to win a $50 gift card!!  Open to residents in the US and Canada!

Boogin head logo Boogin’ Head will be like a breath of fresh air for moms as it makes their life a whole lot easier.

safari ltd logoSafari LTD offers you a little something for all of the kiddos on your shopping list this year.

north star toys 1 North Star Toys has all of your handmade wooden toy needs and a great nativity set that is perfect for the holiday season.

BubbleBum LOGO cmyk Bubble Bum booster seats offer you all of the protection that you need from a booster seat in a package that is fully portable and can be folded into a small bag.

spark up 2   SparkUp is the reader that you wish that you always had for your child.

tsukihoshi logo  Tsukihoshi Shoes offer you a great selection that are comfortable for your child but also feature the best styles and colors.

yoxo logo  YOXO offers your child creative fun and is a great tool to teach them about recycling.

halo logo  The Halo SleepSack is an amazing gift that will keep the little ones in your life warm all night long.

 

Items for Women

honeycat cosmetics  Honeycat Cosmetics offers luxurious bath products that will be the favorite gift of any women in your life.

taos untopia Taos Footwear offers the perfect shoes for every woman in your life.  Check them out for great style, function, and fun!

betabrand logoBetabrand offers great clothing choices that are fun for any men and women on your list.  Check out my post on their awesome holiday styles options.

couture gel logo Couture Gel Nail Polish will let you give the gift of the perfect home manicures.

 

initials overnighterInitials Inc offers free personalization and something for everyone!

our world logo Our World Boutique offers you an amazing selection of high quality clothes and jewelry so you can shop for that favorite woman in your life.

live happy logo Live Happy Magazine is a great gift for any woman that you want to be able to find her true happiness in life.

Items for Men

betabrand logoBetabrand offers great gift choices for men and women both.  Check out my post about their clothes being perfect for holiday style.

Ideal Toys Logo  IDEAL Toys offers you a great selection of yard games that are perfect for any fun loving man in your life.

For the Techies in Your Life

d link logoD-Link offers exciting solutions to make your home into a smart home.

BITS Limited Logo  BITS Limited offers a unique way to keep your electronics protected and safe with the some of the best surge protectors on the market.

eartheasy logo  Eartheasy makes the perfect gifts for any outdoor enthusiast in your life.

For Your Favorite Photographer

miggo logo  Miggo offers a great line of camera straps that are completely unique and offer a great solution to the same boring and bulky camera bag.

Perfectly Stuffed Stockings

zebra logoZebra Pens offers you a lot of great choices that are going to make it easy to have perfect stockings this year.

dust off logoDust Off offers clean computers and screens.  Great new fashion forward options are perfect for stockings for everyone you love!

piggy paint logo Safari LTD is a great nail polish that can perfectly fit in your favorite little girl’s stocking.

For New Moms and Pregnant Friends

hip baby wrap Hip Baby Wrap is the perfect gift for a new mom or mom to be.  Babywearing has a ton of benefits for baby and mommy too!

For the Fur Babies in Your Life

Print Neater Feeder offers you a simple solution to being able to keep your house clean from food and water spills and messes.

For the Fitness Enthusiast

ignite by spri  Ignite Fitness offers the fitness enthusiast in your life great workouts that are a ton of fun.

Holiday Gift Guide — Holiday Cards They’ll Treasure for Years from Minted

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Have you struggled with finding the perfect holiday cards each year?  Do you hate thinking about spending all of that money for someone just to toss them aside or even throw them away after the holidays.  Well, look no further you can have all of the amazing holiday cards of your dreams with Minted.

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These special personalized holiday cards are just what you need if you want share the joy of the season with you friends and family.  They are also perfect for you to be able to share how your family has grown, something that you are proud of or have accomplished, or just to share so that your family and friends will keep them for years to come.

Plus you will find that there are holiday cards that are perfect for every family.

Looking for Something Unique?

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If you are looking for a unique holiday card then you have to check out the Destination Luggage Tag.  This card is a favorite of mine for the unique shape and creative design.  Plus the card is absolutely beautiful.

Celebrating Christmas?

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I sometimes feel like everyone is sending out the same Christmas cards.  I love that the Holiday Map West Coast Holiday Photo Card is perfect for families who are not living by their friends and family.  I have a lot of friends who have moved away and I think sharing a little greeting from where they are living is a great way for them to say Merry Christmas.  Minted offers many different Christmas card designs so there is going to be something that is perfect for everyone there.

Want Something Striking?

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The Merry & Bright Hand Lettered Holiday Photo Cards are unlike anything that I have ever seen before.  These cards are simply striking in their shape and are something that will be sure to impress everyone on your holiday card list this year.

Rather Celebrate the New Year?

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If you are not big into Christmas or if you’d rather send a card that would look great on someone’s fridge year round then you will find that Minted has a great selection of New Year cards for you to choose from.  I love the Date Stamp Holiday Postcards.  Not only are these great because they offer you a little something different and can be left up all year but they also are a postcard so you are going to save money when you are mailing them.

Can’t Choose Just One Picture?

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Sometimes when you have had a particularly exciting year it can be too hard to pick out just one picture to put on your holiday cards.  You might think that your only option is a collage card like everyone else has sent in the past but you do not have to look any further.  Minted offers you some unique options like the adorable Retro Peace Tree Holiday Minibook that will show off a small collection of your favorite pictures.

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If the minibooks still do not work for you there is also a great selection of booklette cards.  I love the Joyful Type Holiday Booklette Card and think that it would be so much fun to create one with my family’s favorite memories from the year.  I also think that it would be fun to let each kiddo pick out a picture to be included in the booklette.

Considered Giving a Keepsake?

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One year I wanted to do something different for our Christmas cards.  I wanted to send out personalized ornaments with a picture of our children but was very frustrated when I could not find them for a price that I thought was reasonable.  I sure wish that I had found Minted that year because these Twisted Peppermint Holiday Ornament Cards are adorable and the perfect keepsake for your family and friends.

Want to Show Off Your Sense of Humor?

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For me personally nothing is greater than getting a hilarious card.  I love it when people show of their sense of humor with their cards and I am always impressed when someone is willing to show off their sense of humor with their Christmas cards.  When I saw the Wreck the Halls Holiday Photo Cards I laughed out loud.  I instantly could picture my children on there and I loved that it would be something for family and friends to enjoy looking at together.

Best of all with Minted you can get one stop shopping.  Pick up your holiday cards and create some keepsake gifts at the same time, all from the convenience of your home.

 

Double Your Savings When You Buy Gift Cards At Kroger! #Kr2xdip {Plus Giveaway!}

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Tatu Digital Media and a campaign for Sverve. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.

Yeah, I’m a Black Friday fanatic. Note that I said Black “Friday.” I don’t do Thursday. In fact I blatantly boycott stores that are open on Thursday. But at the same time I am on a budget. That doesn’t mean I go cheap, it just means I go with a very firm limit on what I am going to spend. There are two ways I do that: Cash and gift cards. My credit cards and debit card stay at home on Black Friday, under lock and key.

So my strategy is simple. I pick up the Sunday paper and scour the online Black Friday sites. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around and the paper comes out with the Black Friday ads, I’m already set. You know why? Because I went to the bank on Wednesday for my cash. And on the way home I stopped by Kroger and stocked up on a whole lot of gift cards along with my last minute Thanksgiving dinner items. Then I immediately pull my debit card out of my wallet and put it up in the cabinet.  So I’ll be stocking up on Gift Cards for stores that are closed on Thanksgiving and doing my Black Friday shopping on Black Friday. Look out Home Depot, REI, Barnes and Noble and Marshall’s. I’m coming for you.

This Black Friday, in addition to using my gift cards like cash, I’ll be able to save even more. Want to know how? Right now at Kroger, you can double your savings by earning 4x fuel rewards and extra credit card rewards (if that is your thing) when you buy gift cards.

HOW IT WORKS:

Fuel Offer: Now through December 6, 2014, get 40 cents off per gallon when you spend $100 on gift cards. ALL gift cards are included in this offer with the exception of Visa variable, MasterCard variable, and American Express variable gift cards. Any other “variable” gift cards are included and you can add any amount that you want up to $500!

This is handy dandy and useful even if you don’t use your credit card!

Earn Credit Card Rewards: Use your favorite rewards credit card to purchase gift cards. This will allow you to earn points and miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery stores!

Now, if you will humor me, a little math. Feel free to skip this part if the percentage breakdown game isn’t your thing!

Right now you can save 15% when you purchase $100 in participating gift cards:

$6 Off Fuel: Anytime you buy a $100 gift card you will earn $0.40/gallon of gas. That is $6 in savings for a 15 gallon tank.

$3 Back: If you earn 3% on grocery purchases through your credit cards rewards program you will get $3 back!

For additional details, head to Kroger near you!

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Eartheasy Review and Giveaway!!

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Eartheasy has all of the products that you need for a sustainable life.  You will be able to find the things that will help to purify your water as well as so many great things that you can not find anywhere else.  I was surprised as I looked through the shop at all of the cool things that they had and how many of them were perfect for Christmas gifts.  I will admit that I often struggle with what I am going to get those on my lists because sometimes it can just be too hard to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday list.

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I find that my dad is VERY hard to shop for.  I honestly never know what to get him at holiday times.  This year it was all made easier when I discovered Eartheasy.  My dad is a hunter, fisher, and outdoor enthusiast.  I often say that many of my “off-the-grid” lifestyle preferences are because of him.  This year I am going to be doing something unique and fun for the holiday season and one of the things that I did was really search for the perfect gifts for everyone on my list.

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Eartheasy had so many amazing gifts that I could have given to him.  I was especially intrigued by the Life Straw Go ($34.95).  This water bottle is supposed to filter impurities out of the water.  So you can actually get safe drinking water when you are not close to a water source.  You can use the bottle to scoop water from a pond, lake, stream or river and the filtration system is going to clean the water for you!  This is the perfect solution for hiking, camping, and backpacking anywhere.  You never again have to worry about running out of clean drinking water.

The bottle has many amazing features that I wanted to share with you!

**It can filter 1000 liters of water!

**It removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.

**The bottle can filter 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites.

**There are no chemicals or iodine so the flavor of the water is not affected during filtration.

**The bottle is a double leak-proof bottle made out of BPA Free Tritan.

**You can easily clean the bottle since the filter and mouthpiece detach.

**There is a carabiner clip to make it easier to carry the bottle.

**Many different strains of bacteria can  be removed including:  escherichia coli, campylobacter, vibrio cholerea, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, and salomonella.

**Some of the types of protozoa that can be removed include: giardia lambia (beaver fever), crytosporidium parvum, and entamoeba histolytica.

This is one water bottle that is going to be worth far more than the money that you spend on it and it is a gift for my dad that I am sure that he is going to love!

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