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Canvas Factory, Taking Photo Displays to a New Level + Giveaway

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

~ Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a sample for review. ~

Since our move, the walls in the kids’ room have been pretty bare. The room looks and feels so empty, aside from their furniture, so much so that I can even hear myself echoing occasionally. I decided it was definitely time to do something about this.

When thinking about what the perfect décor for their walls would be, I remembered I had a beautiful canvas print of my son in his Halloween costume a couple of years ago. I had it on display in our living room at our previous home, but really don’t have anywhere in our new living room to put it. Rather than keeping it hidden in storage, I thought it would be perfect to display over my son’s bed on his side of the room.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

But that still left me questioning what to do with my daughter’s side of the room and then it hit me. It would be perfect to get a photo of her in the same sized canvas print! I immediately thought of Canvas Factory, as this is where my son’s canvas print came from and I just love the quality of it. Not to mention, the ease of designing and ordering one.

In just 5 easy steps, my daughter’s canvas print was ready to go!

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

  1. Choose a canvas size. The 16 x 20 print is Canvas Factory’s most popular canvas size and the same size I chose. I like that it’s larger than a typical photo frame, but not so large that it’s obnoxious. It’s definitely a great size to be the focal point or center of a wall/photo display.
  2. Upload a photo. This is probably the hardest part of the whole process. With tons of photos to choose from and wanting prints of so many of them, I chose a great photo of my daughter from her first birthday. Would you believe this was actually a photo taken with my phone? I couldn’t believe how clear and vibrant the canvas turned out after the photo was enlarged so much!
  3. Choose a wrap style. There are three wrap styles to choose from. One is a Gallery wrap, which is simply continuing to wrap the photo around the edges. Another style is a Colored Wrap, in which the outer edges are a solid color. And the third style is a Mirror Wrap, which is the one I chose. This is simply taking the outer portion of the photo that shows on the front of the canvas and mirroring it just enough to fill the edges.
  4. Add any coloring affects or text. I decided to skip this part of the customization process, but you can add color effects like tinging the photo with various colors, or brightening and sharpening the photo, adding text and more.
  5. Checkout. The last step is just completing your order and waiting for your canvas print to arrive.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactoryNeed some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

Aside from the great quality of the prints from Canvas Factory, they are always having a sale of some sort so there’s no paying full price for anything! Right now they’re offering 70% off storewide and when I visited the site I was able to sign up for email notifications (so I’ll always know when these awesome sales are happening) and got a promo code for $10 off! I can’t promise the same will happen for everybody, but you won’t know unless you visit Canvas Factory!

Now would be the perfect time to get those family holiday photos printed on a canvas because these deals combined make a 16 x 20 size canvas print just $28.70! AND, I have the chance for you to win one! Just enter using the giveaway form below!

Where will you display your Canvas Factory canvas print?

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 This giveaway is a partnership with Canvas Factory. It is open to US and Canada Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a 16 x 20 canvas print for my review and inspiring me to finally decorate my kids’ room.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

“Welcome to the Uber Life” + Giveaway

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill
~Thank you to KNG International for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are 100% my own.~

You know what I hate? Going to the refrigerator and finding that what I was looking forward to eating or drinking is gone. At this point, living in a house of four, I feel like it’s just a fact of life. 

But I’m not so sure I’m ready to accept that. And thanks to the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge from Uber Appliance, I don’t have to.  It’s compact size and ease of use allows me to keep those special treats hidden in my bedroom, away from the rest of the family. Well, at least the kids. My boyfriend is still questionable, but if anything ever goes missing I know exactly who to blame.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge Features:

  • Interior dimensions – 8.5″ x 5.75″ x 5.25″
  • Exterior dimensions – 11″ x 7.25″ x 10″
  • 4L personal fridge holds up to 6 cans.
  • Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system.
  • Both heating and cooling options.
  • Plugs into 12V car charger or in-home outlet.
  • Removable shelf.
  • Self-locking recessed door handle.
  • Available in a retro red or silver color.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill "Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Aside from the compact size of the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge, I love that it can be used for both cooling or heating. This makes it a great accessory for camping or even keeping your lunch warm at the office. I can only imagine all the things I would have used this mini fridge for, when I had my own cubicle at work. Mothers can even use it for storing pumped breast milk.

Another favorite feature is that the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge can be used by plugging it into a 12V car charger. That means you can take it on the go! Take it camping or on long road trips and eliminate the need for a messy ice chest.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uses:

  • Office/cubicle
  • Bedroom
  • Dorm room
  • Camping
  • Road trip
  • Vacation/hotel stay
  • Garage
  • Picnic

Want your own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge? There are many different retailers who have it available. You can shop directly from Uber Appliance, but even shop retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair and even Groupon (price varies by location).

I even have a chance for you to win one! KNG International is giving one lucky reader their very own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge! Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Welcome to the Uber Life

What will you use the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge for?

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"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Sponsored by: KNG International and Uber Appliance

Hosted by: Making Time

Co-hosts: Babbles and Tantrums

This giveaway is a partnership with KNG International. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Tights Are a Staple That Never Go Out of Style #itfitsitflatters

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I have a confession to make. I have never been a big fan of women’s hosiery. Am I the only one? I mean, I see so many women all the time wearing some type of hosiery and always thought it was the perfect finish to an outfit, but I just couldn’t ever get with it. And I honestly think it’s because I could never find ones that truly fit me. I’m considered a plus sized woman and even as a child, have had my fair share of tights and pantyhose that I couldn’t even get over my butt.

But just recently I got the opportunity to try some Berkshire tights and I really feel like I’ve been missing out for so long. I finally found a brand of hosiery that has sizing that works for me and I absolutely love the fit. Their sizing ranges from regular to curvy and they even have maternity options.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

The first thing I got to try from Berkshire is their Easy On! 40 Denier Plus Size Tights ($16 or 2/$26). It was love as soon as I put them on!

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Coverage and colors to love.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Easy on the toes.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

I love how just one pair of tights can add the finishing touch to so many different looks. It’s easy to take summery type outfits and make them winter ready. Just like every woman needs that rocking little black dress, every woman needs a good pair of black tights.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

In the past I never would have given red tights a second thought and most of my wardrobe consists of dark colors, like black. But I’ve recently started stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to add pops of color here and there, so I went for it. I am so glad I did! I took this all black look of mine and made it something special. I’ll definitely stand out in a crowd, but in a good way.

And I didn’t stop there! In addition to the tights, I received a pair of Berkshire’s Stretch Fishnet Pantyhose ($11). Most people tend to associate fishnet stockings with burlesque, but I’m here to tell you that they are so much more! I took the same outfit as above, with my red tights and just layered the fishnet stockings over the tights. One simple addition changed up the whole look!

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

Of all the outfits I put together with my new hosiery, this one was my favorite. Who would have thought a hosiery hating lady like myself would go from nothing, to this. All it took was finding ones that worked perfectly for me.

Berkshire, where have you been all my life?! I will never again go without tights in my wardrobe. They’re a staple that simply put, will never go out of style!

Ladies, do you wear tights?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to step up my fashion.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

‘Tis the Season to Make Your Own Holiday Cards + Giveaway

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

~Thank you to Nakturnal for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

There’s no better season for family photos and using those photos to make your own holiday cards. Getting a decent family photo? Eh, we might be able to swing that. Designing your own holiday card? Well, that’s easy peasy with Paperless Post!

Each and every holiday season, I plan our family photo so that I can design my own holiday cards. Getting a family photo is a hassle around here, considering my other half would do anything to get out of taking a picture. But after pulling the “it’s important to me” card and eventually putting my foot down, demanding he get with the program, I get the family photo I long for. Most of the time.

Let’s face it, getting everyone to look at the camera and smile is a tedious effort at best. We typically have no less than 20 takes of the same location and pose, and even sometimes that isn’t enough to get the perfect family photo. Nonetheless, I do what I can to make it a great one, so that we look like we belong on the holiday card.

How do I do that? I make our outfits my main priority.

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

Let’s start with mom because we all know mom holds the family together, right? eShakti is a great place to get a special look for mom. With sizes ranging from 0 to 36 and the ability to customize everything about a piece, mom will certainly be a highlight of the family photo.

The kids? My go-to is definitely Gymboree. With cute and affordable clothes that fit both my daughter and my son, it’s a one-stop shop to get their holiday styles handled.

And last, but certainly not least, dad. I say let Trendy Butler do the work. Just have dad fill out a style questionnaire, choose his preferences and measurements, and let Trendy Butler create the look and send it right to your door. It takes some of the hassle off of me, knowing dad’s outfit is taken care of with no effort.

‘Tis the season for family photos, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Join the family and smile pretty, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Don’t blink when the camera flashes, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hope you got the perfect take, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now design and email holiday cards, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Once I’ve the perfect family photo, or something close to it, it’s time for the easy part – making my own holiday cards. From choosing the perfect card, to customization and even sending it out to family and friends, making my own holiday cards has never been easier than it is with Paperless Post.

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

There are so many different holiday card designs to choose, many of which are straight from high end fashion designers like Kate Spade New York and Oscar De La Renta. After picking which card suits your taste the best, it’s just a matter of adding the family photo and tailoring the details.

What I like about Paperless Post is that there are multiple customization options for one single card. You and a friend could literally choose the same card and end up with totally different finished looks!

Here’s the card I chose to work with, in its original form.

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And this is how my holiday card turned out after making my own customizations.

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

But that’s not even all of the customization! I was able to pick and choose details for the envelope too, right down to which stamp I wanted.

Paperless Post Customization Options:

  • Add a family photo.
  • Change the colors/design of the card itself.
  • Change typeface – actual font, font size, font color, wording.
  • Add a background (wooden background shown).
  • Choose from multiple envelope color/finish options.
  • Change the envelope’s interior liner print.
  • Select the stamp and postmark to be shown on the outside of the envelope.
  • Choose font shown on envelope for letter addressee.

I absolutely love how my finished family holiday card turned out, from the card itself, to the envelope and delivery. And I got to choose every single detail! Not to mention, I’ve gotten some great feedback from our family and friends about the card.

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Delivery was super easy. They were all sent electronically via email! No wait time for printing and delivery to my home, and then the process of mailing them out myself. Talk about a time saver! On top of that, I don’t have extra holiday cards sitting around. I can send and pay for only as many as I need to, without ordering a minimum or certain amount.

All I had to do was input my name and subject (I chose Merrry Christmas as the subject) and then added my recipients’ names and email addresses. My holiday cards were delivered right then and there! When the recipient opens the email, they’ll see an animation of the envelope opening and out pops our holiday card. It’s so fun!

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

On my Paperless Post dashboard, I can even see who has opened their holiday cards and who hasn’t. And if I realize I forgot someone (which I definitely did), I can just go in and add more recipients and again, the holiday card is delivered right then.

So even if you wait until the very last minute to make your own holiday cards, they’ll still get delivered on time with the help of Paperless Post!

Do you make your own holiday cards?

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GIVEAWAY

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Ready to make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post? I’ve got just the giveaway for you! Using the giveaway form below, enter to win 1,000 coins ($90 value) to use at Paperless Post! (Electronic holiday cards are purchased using coins.)

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Who Needs to Go Shopping When You Can Have Your Own Trendy Butler #GiftIdea

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~This post is sponsored by Trendy Butler and contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Product was provided for review, but opinions are still 100% my own.~

My boyfriend is by far the hardest person on my holiday shopping list to buy for. For starters, he doesn’t ever ask for anything (not that this is a bad thing) and on top of that is fairly picky about his style. Anytime I purchase him a shirt or pair of pants, I never know if he’ll really like them until I see his reaction.

Starting right now, I don’t have to worry about this anymore. I’ve decided to get him a Trendy Butler so he can have his own personal Stylist to pick and choose new outfits for him, and then have his very own Butler deliver them directly to the door every month.

Sounds amazing, right? I think I want one too! So how exactly does Trendy Butler work and how do you get one? I’ve got all the answers!

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is an exclusive monthly subscription service for men (sorry ladies) that delivers two pieces of clothing to your door every month. And not just any pieces, but only the most fashionable pieces from today’s highly influential and trendsetting brands. And get this – both pieces are worth a combined $150+!

Since Trendy Butler is like having your own personal fashion consultant, you’re probably wondering how they determine what to send each month. It’s actually very easy. Just have him fill out an online style profile which consists of choosing his favorite looks, and provide sizing and measurements where appropriate, then Trendy Butler will do the rest. Using the style profile, a Stylist will pick and choose pieces that best fit his style. He may not receive a full outfit each month, but the pieces are meant to help him build a fashionable wardrobe.

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

If there’s ever a time where he may have a special request for a particular piece, for example, say he has a special event coming up and is looking for a great new jacket. He can simply submit a special request and his Stylist and Butler will work their magic.

On the flip side, if he receives a piece that he just doesn’t love or perhaps the fit is a little off, he can return it for free and get a replacement piece delivered in next month’s package, along with the new month’s pieces.

Who knew it could be so easy to have a high end closet with no effort at all?

Here’s a peak at what my boyfriend’s Stylist picked out for him this month.

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

He received a Thomas Payne short-sleeved button up shirt in a red and blue plaid design, and a black pair of Union Brigade chino pants. Of course in his casual as ever style, he modeled his new threads with his shirt untucked. That’s so him! And I never would have picked out this shirt for him, but he really likes it.

The fit of the shirt was perfect, but the pants were a little long. That’s an easy fix, though. Or he could exchange them with Trendy Butler and request the same, or a similar, pair of pants with a shorter inseam.

It just goes to prove how great Trendy Butler really is. This is unlike anything I would ever buy for him, but it still fits his own style preferences and both pieces are so versatile, making them great additions to his wardrobe.

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy Trendy Butler Now!

Want to join me and mark that hard to buy for, special guy off your holiday shopping list? Visit Trendy Butler and sign him up today for just $65/month. This may seem a little steep, but don’t forget that he’ll be getting $150+ worth of clothing every single month.

In fact, the two pieces that came in my boyfriend’s most recent Trendy Butler package were worth a whopping $200 combined. That’s a 67% savings because the package was only $65!

And to make the deal even sweeter, you can save an extra $15 off your first delivery by using promo code STYLIST15!

Trendy Butler is a personal Stylist and Butler, right at your fingertips! Men can build and add to their wardrobe every month without the hassle of shopping because their Trendy Butler takes care of it all. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Is there a guy on your holiday shopping list who could use his own Trendy Butler?

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*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I also received a sample free of charge.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Getting Holiday Clean is Easy with Grab Green + Giveaway #GiftIdea

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

~ Thank you to Grab Green for providing product for my review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

If you’re hosting a gathering this holiday season, it’s not just the decorations, food and table settings you have to worry about. You also have to think ahead to the cleanup. And nobody likes the cleanup – NOBODY! But with the help of Grab Green, you can save your elbow grease for another day.

Grab Green carries some of my kitchen and laundry favorites, from dishwashing pods to hand soap, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent pods and so much more. As much as I want to keep them all to myself, their products make daily and seasonal cleaning a breeze, so I just have to share. And on top of their effectiveness, Grab Green only offers products with natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Both our products and formulas are non-toxic: No phthalates, solvents, ammonia, phosphates, fillers, optical brighteners, masking agents or dyes. EVER!

Today I want to focus on holiday cleanup because all those family gatherings are here and there’s no turning back. Just think of all the dirty plates, silverware, pots, pans and even linens and laundry. Yeap, laundry too. If you have family staying over at your house, you’re going to have double the laundry. Ugh!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

The easiest part of holiday cleanup is throwing all the dishes in the dishwasher, but sometimes standard dishwasher tabs just don’t get the whole job done. I’ve had many occasions when emptying my dishwasher, where I come across some dishes that weren’t clean. There was either some type of residue or even leftover food stuck to the dishes.

That’s not the case with Grab Green’s dishwashing pods. They always leave a film-free finish and streak-free shine. Oh, and the pods come in different scents, too (or fragrance free). The red pear with magnolia is my favorite! I’ve been using this scent regularly and when I open the dishwasher after running a load, the smell is amazing. Even my dish cabinet has a hint of a fruity/floral scent.

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

And those stubborn pots and pans that have the baked on and caked on mess? Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods take care of those! This is actually the first time I’ve used these, but after just one use I instantly knew we’d be best friends.

Simply place one pod in the messy dish (or pot, or pan), add hot water and swish it around to release the pod’s cleaning power. Then just let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean. It really is that easy!

The Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods come in a tangerine with lemongrass scent and as soon as the water hits that pod, it’s like an explosion of tangerine. When I used one earlier this week, my kitchen smelled amazing for hours afterward.

If you want to try these, I have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of the post. Just keep scrolling! Trust me, these are a total game changer when it comes to cleanup so you’ll definitely want to try them, especially with all the baking I know you have going on!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen

As for taking care of the linens from the holiday gathering – napkins, placemats, tablecloths, dish towels, dish rags, oven mits, etc. (bet you didn’t realize there were so many linens to wash, huh?) – and all that laundry you now have to do for your in-home guests, you’ll want to use Grab Green’s new Stoneworks Laundry Detergent.

I’ve tried other Grab Green laundry detergents in the past so I couldn’t wait to try the new Stoneworks line, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I tried the Olive Leaf scent because it’s noted as fresh and fruity, which is right up my alley. Who knew anything associated with olives could smell so good?

And hands down, this is one of the most effective laundry detergent pods I’ve ever used. We have kids, so ketchup is king of condiments around here and that means ketchup stains on everything. After a week of my kids clothing sitting with ketchup stains, Stoneworks Laundry Detergent took out every single one, even without any pre-treatment. That alone says a lot, in my opinion. I’ve actually tossed shirts in the trash because I couldn’t get the ketchup stains out.

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy Grab Green now!

So, what more do I need to say? Grab Green makes holiday cleanup a complete breeze! These products would be great gifts for the host or hostess of your holiday gathering, so order today. I won’t blame you if you sneak a few extra products in there for yourself, either, whether you’re the one hosting or not!

Dishwashing Detergent Pods:  24 ct. ($8.00) / 60 ct. ($16.50) / 132 ct. ($39.00)

Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods: 15 ct. ($5.00)

Stoneworks Laundry Detergent: 50 ct. ($12.99)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, where 1 lucky Making Time reader will win a 15 count package of  Tangerine with Lemongrass scented Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods!

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Enter to win a 15 count pack of Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods from @grabgreen! Not only will the cleaner pods lift baked on and caked on messes, but the tangerine with lemongrass scent gives off an amazing aroma. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide #giveaway

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Grab Green for providing these cleaning products and inspiring me to keep cleanup effortless. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Holiday Adventures with The Cat in the Hat + Giveaway #GiftIdea

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing product for my review. Opinions are still 100% my own.~

One of my favorite things about the holidays are all of the Christmas themed movies. From the old school animated cartoons, to modern movies and even episodes of TV shows. I love them all! In fact, I’m no stranger to watching Home Alone during the summer.

This year, NCircle Entertainment is helping us expand our holiday movie collection by adding a few children’s favorites, including a handful of holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat. How classic is that?

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold offer almost two hours of combined fun filled holiday entertainment. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Cat in the Hat without appearances from Fish, Sally and Nick, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Oh, and don’t let me forget The Thinga-Ma-Jigger. We can’t go on any holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat if we don’t have The Thinga-Ma-Jigger!

Here we go go go go,

on an adventure!

The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away.

Go go go go,

on an adventure.

We’re flying with The Cat in the Hat today!

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Yesterday the kids and I sat down to enjoy our new holiday features and then took a break for some coloring. Not only does NCircle Entertainment provide DVDs, but they also offer tons of educational activities, including coloring pages, mazes, word puzzles, matching and spot the difference activities and even fun online games. It’s all-around “Entertainment that Educates!”

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Since we’d been watching some holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, I thought it was only fitting that we each work on a coloring page that featured The Thinga-Ma-Jigger and all of our favorite characters. It was very easy to print the coloring pages right from NCircle Entertainment’s website and we all had a great time expressing our creative side.

My kids and I had quite the day with The Cat in the Hat and your family can too! NCircle Entertainment is giving 1 lucky Making Time reader their very own copies of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold! Simply enter using the giveaway form below. And don’t forget to check out all the fun little extra activities and games NCircle Entertainment has to offer!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy The Cat in the Hat now!

When I was a kid I could always count on my mom (or Santa) to fill my stocking to the brim with all kinds of treats and goodies, and DVDs make perfect stocking stuffers! If you want to ensure your child gets to enjoy these holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, or browse some other holiday titles, simply visit NCircle Entertainment.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! – $8.99

The Cat in the Hat: Told in the Cold – $5.99

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Does your family enjoy taking adventures with The Cat in the Hat?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Ecocentric Mom – a Gift That Keeps on Giving #GiftIdea

Ecocentric Mom is a gift that keeps on giving! Choose from 3 motherhood stages (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom) and give a mom or mom-to-be the gift of a non-toxic, all natural, healthier lifestyle. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing product for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are still 100% my own.~

It’s that time of the month again – my December Ecocentric Mom subscription box came! The last time I talked to you about Ecocentric Mom I was showing you my Mom & Baby Box. But this time I’m doing something a little different and showing what’s inside the December Mom Box.

I still qualify for the Mom & Baby Box which is suitable for moms with children up to age 18 months, but with Christmas right around the corner, little Sadee is going to get her fair share of goodies. So this month, I switched to the Mom Box so I could get a little extra love myself.

Let’s jump right in and take a look at what’s inside the December Mom Box!

Juggling travel, shopping, family and fun around the holidays can be tough. Your box this month includes items to make this time a little more festive and a little less stressful.

 

This month’s box came with 6 products, some of which are full sized and some that are large sample sized. No matter which subscription stage you choose (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), every month the box comes filled with 5-9 products to try.

Ecocentric Mom is a gift that keeps on giving! Choose from 3 motherhood stages (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom) and give a mom or mom-to-be the gift of a non-toxic, all natural, healthier lifestyle. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What do they all have in common? Promoting a non-toxic, all natural, eco-friendly and healthier lifestyle. The products range in nature from health and beauty, to personal care, baby care, home essentials and even food and drink. Regardless of anything else, there will always be something in there to give mom a little pampering and that’s just what mom needs!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy Ecocentric Mom now!

Ecocentric Mom is the perfect gift for moms and moms-to-be this holiday season. Choose between a month-to-month subscription or sign up ahead of time for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription. It really is a gift that keeps on giving!

Did I mention that right now you can even get 40% off the first box of a month-to-month subscription? You totally can! Just use promo code ECOHOLIDAY at checkout!

Which item would you like to try from the December Mom Box?

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*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I also received a sample free of charge.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easily eRase Unwanted Winter Hair #GiftIdea

 The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~ Thank you to Lipton Publicity and Emjoi for providing product for my  review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

Ah, the things winter is made of – gentle snowflakes, cozy fires, hot chocolate, leggings, boots and – hairy legs? Ladies, you have to know what I’m talking about. When cold weather hits, we live in our leggings or pants, and quite frankly that means no task of shaving in the near future. No one’s going to see our grizzly bear legs so why bother?

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

But at some point, enough is enough. We can’t go all winter with hairy legs and Emjoi has just the thing to help – the eRase e60 Epilator. Have you ever had a wax before? eRase is like getting a wax, but without using wax. Instead, eRase uses a series of 60 tweezers to electrically remove unwanted hair.

eRase e60 Highlights:

  • Removes hair from root for up to 6 weeks.
  • Removes hair as short as 0.3 mm.
  • Can be safely used on legs, bikini line, underarms and face.
  • Precision Hair Removal Technology effectively removes majority of hair in first passing to prevent skin irritation and save time.
  • Dual speed control.
  • Includes sensitive attachment for sensitive areas.
  • Corded electrical use.
  • Compact size great for easy use, storage and travel.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

I have never personally had a wax before and certainly never tweezed my leg hairs, so the eRase e60 Epilator was quite a first experience for me. When I took the plunge, I hadn’t shaved my legs in a good 2-3 weeks (I’ve been in serious winter legging mode) so my hairs were fairly long. I knew the eRase e60 would have no problem grabbing them, haha.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

I plugged in my eRase e60, pushed the power button to the first speed setting (wasn’t so sure I was ready for the second yet) and got to work. I ran the epilator up the shin of my leg, feeling every single hair it pulled from the root. Was it painful? Yes. Yes, it was.

Emjoi suggests showering and exfoliating the area before using eRase, to help with comfort. Warm water helps open the pores, so I’ll have to do that next time. But since I was able to go at my own pace, I got used to it after a few minutes, upped it to the faster speed setting and eRased my leg hairs.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

When I was done, my legs were covered in red spots where hairs had been pulled from the root. This didn’t last very long though and my legs were the smoothest they’d been in 3 weeks. The best part is they’ll stay this way for up to 6 weeks. That means no wasted time shaving in the shower, no wasted water from shaving and NO HAIRY WINTER LEGS! This girl has smooth legs under her leggings! Do you?!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy eRase now!

The eRase e60 Epilator would be the perfect gift for women (or even men who have unwanted hair) this holiday season. Ladies, get one for yourself or maybe even your daughter. Fellas, why not get one for your wife? I know you’d prefer her to have smooth legs over beary hairy ones. eRase e60 is the solution this winter!

You can find the eRase e60 in the Bermuda blue color, right at Emjoi for $79.95. And throughout the year, limited edition colors and patterns can be found at QVC.

Who will you give the gift of smooth legs to this holiday season?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity and Emjoi for providing an eRase e60 Epilator and inspiring me to get rid of my beary hairy winter legs.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Keep the Kids Entertained this Holiday with Surprise Ride #GiftIdea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea
~ This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. ~

In my family, holiday get together’s are a time when the adults sit, chat and catch up with each other, while the kids run wild, pretty much destroying whomever’s home we’re celebrating the holiday at. This year that’s going to change! Well, at least the part where the kids destroy the home.

This year, Surprise Ride will be making an appearance at our holiday gatherings. Perfect for ages 5+, Surprise Ride is a monthly subscription box that offers 2 fun and creative activities for kids, along with snacks and fun little extras, all related to a single theme.

One of the things I like about Surprise Ride is that I don’t even have to have a subscription to get their boxes, but can order a single Ride. And this means I can order as many Surprise Ride boxes as I want to keep the kids entertained during our holiday gatherings. With so many different Ride themes to choose from, the kids will get to enjoy different fun activities throughout the day.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

My son recently got his first Surprise Ride box and it couldn’t have been more perfect for him. It was pirate themed! It was this first Ride that inspired me to get a few for the whole family and keep the kids entertained during the holidays.

The pirate themed ride contained the usual 2 activities, fun extras like stickers, a book and a bracelet, and even a Pirate’s Booty snack (told you everything was based around the theme). My son couldn’t wait to get started!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

The first activity was decorating his very own treasure chest and everything he needed to do this was included. In fact, he even had his own apron to wear to prevent getting paint on his clothes. Unfortunately, he was being his typical self and refused to wear it. Kids (insert eye roll, haha). But we ended up using it under his treasure chest while he painted so that he didn’t get any pain on the table.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Once the paint dried he added some jewels and gems to the outside, because what’s a treasure chest if it doesn’t look as good as the treasure it holds?

The only problem now was that he didn’t have any treasure to put in his treasure chest. The next activity in the Ride was going to fix this problem. It was time for a treasure hunt!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

He didn’t know it, but while he was decorating his treasure chest, I took a few minutes to hide the treasure and then created a map for him to follow. Again, all of the tools I needed to complete this were included in the ride, right down to the actual treasure.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

His map read to start at the dining room table, walk between the living room recliners, tiptoe to the couch and then skip to the TV/entertainment center where X marks the spot!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I did something fairly simple and although my drawing skills aren’t that great, he found the treasure using his treasure map. Now he had something to put in his treasure chest and boy was it sparkly!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I also want to note that the treasure map itself is double sided, so I made a map for him to follow and later he can hide the treasure and make a map on the other side for me or his friends to follow. How fun is that and how perfect would that be for a holiday get together?!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy Surprise Ride now!

Single Ride – Want to purchase a few single Rides to keep the kids entertained this holiday? Choose from themes like this pirate one to polar bears, scientist course, Mars, superheroes and so much more! Each single Ride is just $30 and provides tons of fun, learning and entertainment!

Subscription – Interested in giving the gift of Surprise Ride for months to come? A subscription is perfect! Choose from a month-to-month subscription at $24/mth (pay as you go), a 6 month subscription at $20/mth, or a 1 year subscription at $19/mth!

And right now you can use promo code SHARK5 for $5 off  the month-to-month subscription option OR SHARK15 for $15 off a 6 month subscription! Gift giving AND great savings all in one!

Which Surprise Ride(s) will you get to entertain the kids this holiday?

*This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive product in exchange for a review. The pirate themed Surprise Ride box was purchased independently by me. This post does, however, contain an affiliate link in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.