Apr 27, 2014

Having a Fun Vacation does not mean you break the bank ~ Here are some ways to save money and still have a great family vacation

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How to Save Money in Your Family Holiday Break

If you are worried about how you can possibly afford to get away on a family holiday this year don’t despair, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the costs of this break. Spending less money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing fun and comfort, it often just requires making better informed choices. So let’s look at some of the cost-saving tips that is going to allow your family to have a much deserved holiday break this year.

How to choose the right tour operator

A package holiday is usually the best way to go if you are trying to save money. Low-cost family holidays can be achieved if you’ll compare major tour operators to find the best packages that perfectly complement your budget. There are some amazing deals to be found – especially if you are willing to be flexible about

Apr 25, 2014

{Review} Potty Mouth Soap - for those dirty mouths, fun gifts and more!

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Potty Mouth Soap is an all-natural, safe way to help discipline your kids. What's more, it's fun and effective. This 3.5 oz bar of soap is specifically designed for stopping that potty mouth. It is made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients.

So when your little darling dares to sass you can feel completely safe when placing Potty Mouth Soap at the edge of their mouth. And that yucky taste will help nip the lip that you're so fed up with.

Apr 24, 2014

{Review} The Adventures of Mouse and Mole DVD for Kids

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This series originally aired in BBC is a sparkling adaptation of Joyce Dunbar's classic stories about practical Mouse and capricious Mole. Mouse and Mole live together in a little cottage in the country. Mouse is practical and cheerful. Mole gets into scrapes and needs mollycoddling. Their everyday adventures appeal to adults and children alike. the charm of the stories lies in the endearing friendship of the two central characters and the humor of their exchanges.

Apr 23, 2014

{Review} Jewelry in Candles from Candle Pizzaz

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Many have how heard of the wonderful candles and wax melts that can be purchased that have a little hidden piece of jewelry inside.  Well, here is one that I personally was sent for this review and my sample of the fragrance "Love Potion" was pretty nice.  And before you ask, No, I did not get a valuable piece of jewelry inside, but I did get a pretty pair of earrings, that unfortunately neither my daughter nor I can wear since we

Author Rachel Anderson on Tour with A Ripple Effect Romance books 1 through 6 ~ featuring Righting a Wrong & Giveaway

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. If only life worked that way. Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for

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Apr 21, 2014

Understanding Jesus Cultural Insights Review

Understanding Jesus
Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ by Joe Amaral

Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ's life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, author Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographical distance and over two thousand years of history. Using a chronological approach to the life of Christ, he guides the reader through significant events such as Jesus' birth, baptism, and crucifixion, pointing out illuminating details that that the Western mind would normally miss.

Amaral's premise is that

Apr 18, 2014

Sticks 'n' Stones Book Blast & Amazon Giveaway - WW - ends 05/13

About the Book

Title: Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+ Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls

Apr 10, 2014

Book Review - Outdoor Crafts

 In honour of Earth Day (April 22nd) Dorling Kindersley have put together a fantastic selection of titles that will help you stop and appreciate the world around us. The books in this "Earthly Pleasures Boutique"  are currently available at 30% off  and cover books for children and for adults. One of these books is Outdoor Crafts and we were sent a copy for review. The best endorsement for this book is not what I can write about it but what I can show you. This is what our 5 year-old daughter thought of the book. When I went to

Apr 5, 2014

DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband



  • 3 pieces of orange t-shirt cut to approximate 2” wide & 24” long
  • 3 pieces of white t-shirt cut to approximately 2” wide & 24” long
  • Additional t-shirt scraps in smaller pieces for creating flowers

Apr 4, 2014

Love your dog, but not the mess in your house?

If you’ve ever owned a puppy (or currently have one) you know the problem: peeing or marking in the house! While most dogs can be successfully house trained within time, others are...well... a different story. Whether your dog is simply stubborn, or if there are medical issues leading to incontinence, belly bands provide a great solution. What is a belly band? It’s a cloth belt that wraps around your dog, and it holds a disposable pad inside to absorb the liquid.

While they’ve been available at pet stores for a while, I highly recommend getting them custom made for your dog. At the Purple Puppy, you can send in your dog’s measurements, and they even let you choose the fabric. What differentiates these hand made bands from store bought ones is the fit. You want the fabric to snugly wrap  around your dog, avoiding slips and leakage, yet still be comfortable for your pet to wear. For extra security, The Purple Puppy has elastics sown into the sides of all their bands, securing a far better fit than most other brands.

We have successfully used these at Evo and Eli’s Love Box, an animal sanctuary I volunteer for. I also use belly bands on one of my own dogs (I have four, but promised I wouldn’t reveal his name to protect his privacy. He’s a great dog, he just can’t quite make it through the night!). Purple Puppy bands are high quality products and, at about $10 each, will only run you half of what I paid for the store bought counterpart. Oh, and if your doggie is a girl, there are panties available too!

You can check out The Purple Puppy here: https://www.etsy.com/people/ThePurplePuppy

Clockwise from top to bottom: Charlie, Oakley, Wyatt, and Jessee (all Evo and Eli's residents)

Disclosure: I received free the item(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review. Regardless ~ All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.