$250 December Cash Giveaway Event #BestGifts #HoHoHo

We started decorating here. My youngest daughter asks how many days we have until Christmas even though we have several countdown calendars. This time of year is a lot of work, especially with having 4 kids, but it’s worth all the effort. I love seeing the excitement on their faces.

We’re giving away $250 to one lucky winner. What would you do with it if you won?

We’re sleighin’ it with another event for our elves!! We’re Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and bringing you our 4th Annual December Cash Event! So don’t be a secret Santa, jingle your way over and enter the giveaway event! This event is HOSTED by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners! Dash Your Way Over To The CoHosts! Coupons and Freebies Mom, Deliciously Savvy, Mom To Grandma, Southern Mom Loves, This Mama’s Life, Comfy Abode, Christy’s Cozy Corners, LuvSavingMoney, Beautiful Touches, and Babushka’s Baile. ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $250 PayPal cash OR a $250 gift card of choice, including Amazon! Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 12/01/19 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 12/21/19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen after/around December 22, 2019. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize via PayPal or Amazon. The winner has the option of choosing between PayPal and an Amazon gift card. Twitter dummy/fake accounts are ineligible for entry and will be blocked. Authentic accounts only are eligible to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winter is Coming! Be Prepared with BePrepared Emergency Essentials Kits

Weather-based and other natural disasters are increasing in frequency – and severity.  The result is more and more people impacted and even displaced by extreme weather and natural disasters.  Along with 72-hour emergency kits, FEMA recommends that families be prepared with a 2-week supply of food, water and other essentials (https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf). 

Every family needs to be prepared for the inevitable unforeseen circumstance, especially when it comes to stocking up on emergency essentials.  Although no one can prevent or avoid unexpected events, everyone should prepare for them. While other emergency food options fall far short of nationally recommended caloric content, Emergency Essentials created its own certification: the Quality Survival Standards™ (QSS™). QSS-certified meals are guaranteed to contain a minimum of 1,800 calories and 40 grams of protein (per person, per day), and often provide far more. That’s why the 2-Week Be Prepared Survival in a Pail kit from Emergency Essentials is the country’s go-to 2-week survival kit. It delivers the basics families need for 14 days, featuring delicious and nutritious chef-crafted meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a shelf life for up to 25 years – plus all the required cooking gear to cook the meals…an 80-gallon, heavy duty survival grade water filter for food rehydration and drinking…and life-saving supplies for warmth and weather-protection.  Be Prepared Emergency Essentials has established itself as a national leader in emergency preparedness for good reason.  Families across the country have come to depend on Be Prepared Emergency Essentials and the company’s popular2-Week Survival in a Pail kit for the highest quality, stored-to-last emergency foods – healthy entrees that are easily prepared in only a matter of minutes and packaged in durable containers to withstand a major event.

Catastrophes can strike at any time – and Be Prepared Emergency Essentials is there to meet the critical needs resulting from the unexpected.  For more information on Emergency Essentials visit the https://www.beprepared.com/emergency-essentials-2-week-survival-in-a-pail.

I live in southwestern Pennsylvania where we can experience all 4 seasons in the same week. We can have 92 degrees with 90% humidity in August then -10 with 3 week old ice on the ground in February.

In the winter it can be hard to leave the house because of the cold and ice. Sometimes ice accumulation on the power lines will cause a line snap. Car accidents causing utility poles to go down is another thing that happens. So I ask myself, with a family of 6, what do we do if we have another “snowpocalypse” lose power for days? Cooking would be difficult, heating the house would be hard, leaving the house would be hard.

Each area of the country has their own real disaster threats: floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, etc. How would you prepare in an emergency?

BePrepared Emergency Essentials Kits give you almost everything you need to survive including food kits, cooking utensils, fire starters, water purifier, and more.

We received the 2 week survival in a pail emergency kit. It contains enough food and supplies for 2 weeks. While it does not include water it does include and water filtration system. BePrepared Emergency Essentials does offer kit that contain water as well.

The BePrepared 2 Week Survival in a Pail is an easy grab and go kit for a true emergency situation. It has a variety of dehydrated foods. My son helped me do an unboxing video of the kit so you can see everything included:

How do you think you or someone you know could use this kit? Products from BePrepared.com are great for the survivalist, adventurer, or outdoor enthusiasts.

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A.C. Moore Black Friday Ad #BlackFriday

Where are my crafters and DIYers at? The A.C. Moore Black Friday Ad is here!

Check out the $5 deals on the front page! Includes specialty gingerbread house kits. I always get a gingerbread house kit to work on as a family. The kids look forward to it each year.

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Rituals – The Ritual of Advent Countdown To Christmas Review and Unboxing

I was so excited to be chosen for the Rituals – The Ritual of Advent Countdown to Christmas calendar. I love advent calendars anyway. I think it adds just a little more excitement to the holidays, especially when they have amazing treats in it like this advent calendar does.

A Little About Rituals

Rituals is a unique luxury lifestyle brand that focuses on ancient traditions for the body and home. It’s already a leading bath and body brand in Europe. They encourage you to slow down moments for the mind, body, and soul. The products range from candles, mineral make up, natural skin care, Soulwear, and more.

Rituals opened its first store on Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat. After that they opened in London, Madrid, Antwerp, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Stockholm, and New York. Now Rituals has more than 600 stores, more than 2000 shop-in-shops, and 4 city spas in 27 countries worldwide. In the US they have 18 stores spread throughout New York, New Jersey, and California as of 2018.

About The Ritual of Advent Calendar

This is a 24 day advent calendar with 24 products to experience. These are not tiny samples but rather travel size and full size products to enjoy. The Ritual of Advent Calendar can be purchase for $74.50 but has a product value of $145.50.

This advent calendar include 24 little luxuries including 4 candles that act as advent candles. The box itself is attractive and decorative. It would be a nice addition to your holiday decor. The outer box look ready to gift complete with gift tag and bow.

When I took the advent calendar out of the outer box I could already smell the amazing scents coming from the products. These are not cheap fragrances.

I did an unboxing video with the help of my daughter. I unboxed the first 7 days of the advent calendar. I you don’t want to see the products because you’re planning on buying this calendar you might not want to watch it. It would be a spoiler. The back of the box does list the product the box contains but it doesn’t say which days.

First 7 Days Unboxing Video (spoiler alert)

Where to Buy

Ritual of Advent Calendar:

Lord & Taylor – Ritual of Advent Countdown to Christmas Calendar


Individual Rituals products:

Rituals at Ulta

Rituals at Macy’s


This advent calendar is an amazing value for a luxury brand. Whether buying this to use as an actual advent calendar or gifting as a Christmas present I’m sure it would be loved. Who doesn’t want luxury pampering products gifted to them?

Check out more products from my Holiday Guide this year by clicking the Holiday Guide tab at the top of the site!

Thanks to Tryazon and Rituals for selecting me to participate in this Tryabox sampling. This post also contains affiliate links. I will get a small commission from sales made through my links.

Gift Ideas For The Cook or Foodie

For the Foodie or Home Chef

I’ve developed an interest in trying new recipes. Pinterest has become a daily visit for me. I love finding recipes for new desserts, appetizer, meal ideas, and sides to try for my family. There’s been a combination of things that have really sparked this interest though and they make great gift ideas.

I’m breaking the holiday guide 2019 into categories. Welcome to the chef and foodie holiday guide.

Instant Pot

For a while I felt like every time I clicked on a recipe I was interested in it was an Instant Pot recipe. I didn’t know what the big deals was with Instant Pots. Finally, after a coworker started telling me about this great recipe and why I needed an instant pot I gave in. I decided if I saw a deal on one I’d go ahead and grab it. After all it would benefit my family. Honestly, a couple days after I found a deal on a refurbished Instant Pot Lux 6 qt for $40. I used it so much. I realized with my family of 6 I’d do better with an 8 qt. I found a deal on the Instant Pot DUO 8 qt and grabbed that too. I’ve since inspired many family members and a few friends to either buy one or pull theirs out of the closet.

Instant Pot DUO is available in 3 qt, 6 qt, and 8 qt.

So why an Instant Pot? I asked myself the same question. Instant Pots are more than pressure cookers. The Instant Pot DUO in particular has the follow features: saute, slow cooker, pressure cooker, warming, steam, and yogurt. The last feature is the reason I upgraded to a DUO. Not all Instant Pots have the yogurt function. My Instant Pot saves me time and clean up. That’s because I can saute the onions or meat in the pot then add the ingredients. So many one pot recipes.

If your recipient already has an Instant Pot there are TONS of Instant Pot accessories out there. I definitely have some Instant Pot Accessories on my holiday wish list. There’s also lot of instant pot cookbooks.

Misfits Market Box

I love this box for so many reasons. I’m going to list them here for you:

  • All fruits and vegetable are certified organic and non-gmo
  • Helps eliminate food waste in the US by using less-than-perfect produce that would otherwise be looked over
  • Uses compostable packaging and boxes are made from recycled cardboard
  • Budget friendly, affordable way to have organic and non-gmo produce shipped right to your home
  • You get to choose your delivery day
  • 2 different box sizes to choose from
  • You get to try produce you may not have otherwise tried
  • they offer job opportunities to those that sometimes find it difficult to find work and pay a living wage.

The more I learn about this company the happier I am that i found this company. I chose the Madness box with biweekly deliveries for my family of 6. Misfits Market Box has helped my family try new things and helped me try new recipes to add to my families meals. We’ve tried jicama, turnips, fennel, and romanesco broccoli. We also get things like onions, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, carrots, and lots more. One of the fun things is not knowing exactly what produce you’ll receive. I did a fun Misfits Market Madness box unboxing video on the YouTube channel if you’d like to see an example.

If you’d like to try it for yourself you can get a discount off your first Misfits Market box through my referral link.

Misfits Market box also has gifting options. You can either send a box to your recipient immediately or you can get an egift card with redemption code to give to your recipient so they can redeem it on their own time.

Raw Spice Bar

This is an awesome gift idea for the person that loves their kitchen gadgets so much they already have them all. Think you’re being clever by getting the angry momma steam microwave cleaner, well think again, they already have TWO. Every chef could use more rubber spatulas right? Wrong, they have 20 and have been giving them away.

But spices, spices are the answer. Raw Spice Bar allows you to buy fresh grounds spices and have them sent to your home. Make a one time order or subscribe to get fresh spices each month. As a gift, Raw Spice Bar has the option to gift a spice set or gift a spice subscription.

This is a great way to get fresh spices and try new spices. For the true foodie or home chef this is the gift they won’t want to return.


Lovable Labels

Some people think of labels as a simple way to mark toy bins, clothing, school supplies, etc so they don’t get lost or are easy to find. Lovable Labels does have labels for all that but did you know they also make awesome kitchen labels too!

My absolute FAVE product is the Date It! labels I LOVE using these to mark left overs in the fridge. You can write whatever you want on them. The name of the food and the date. You can use them for work to put your name on your lunch. They’re washable, dishwasher and microwave safe, and can be use again and again. They are several different designs to choose from. You can use the wet erase marker available on the Lovable labels site or I like to use a china marker with mine.

Lovable Labels also has canning labels, pantry labels, spice labels, and more. Oh hey you could get the spice subscription I mentioned and the spice labels!

Avoseedo 2.0 is an easy way to grow your own avocado tree. It’s also pretty cute too. Read more about Avoseedo 2.9 on my Avoseedo 2.0 review post and be on the lookout for a giveaway!

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