Recommitting Myself To Nutrisystem In 2018

 

If you have followed my blog for the past couple of years (or more) you’ll likely remember the journey I went through in 2016 to find a happier healthier me. Thanks to Nutrisystem, I was able to lose 55 pounds, reach my goal weight, and feel better than ever about myself.
The last half of 2017 was a pretty tough time for me. There were various reasons that my stress levels were sky-high and I have to admit that I did not handle the stress as well as I could have. Then the holidays hit and what else comes with holidays? Sugary, delectable treats. With my stress mounting higher than ever and so many hard to resist treats around, my life-long struggle with food won and here I am facing 2018 thirteen pounds heavier than what my goal weight was, which I struggled so hard to get to. Rather than let my weight spiral out of control I decided I was going to do something about it, and recommit myself to my health and wellness this year.

 

Today marks the start of my new Nutrisystem journey with more clear goals in my sights this time around. In 2016 I was so incredibly focused on that number on the scale. Those little digits on a scale were my defining moments, which led me to lose the weight, yes, but this time around I’m looking to make a complete lifestyle change. While working on losing the 13 lbs gained, I want to improve my stamina, improve my endurance, strengthen my cardiovascular system, and improve my flexibility as well. I am completely recommitting myself to my health and wellness this year and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way than with Nutrisystem.

 

This first week will be my ‘Turbo week’ which means pretty restricted calories to help kick off the weight loss and get my body geared up and my metabolism revving. Since the first week does have such restricted calories I won’t be able to stat any workouts just yet, but I have a brand new treadmill arriving on Wednesday so that once Turbo Week is over I can kick things into high gear. I’m so pumped for this new year and the new me that will be emerging along with it. Stay tuned folks…the best is yet to come!!

Classroom Valentine’s Treat Bags

 

I’m sure you can all guess by now how much I love making treat bags for my daughter’s class for every holiday.  Treat bags are such a fun way to offer a little something extra for all the littles in your kid’s class and are SO easy to pull off when you shop Oriental Trading.  When my boys were younger I made treat bags for their classes as well and it typically involved going to four or five different stores (sometimes even going back to one I’d already been to when I couldn’t find something I was looking for at a better price at a different store).  Thanks to Oriental trading, I can order everything I need at a great price, I can shop at one convenient place, and the selection is far bigger than anything I could hope to find in my little rural corner of the world.

 

 

You cant have a great treat bag without some delicious goodies, right?  I found some of the CUTEST Valentine’s themed candies at Oriental Trading!  If you’re looking to recreate these treat bags, here’s the candy my daughter and I chose to help fill the bags:

  • Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs – You’re a “llama” fun – and these Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs are too!  These super cute packs a great for classroom valentine giveaways…they’re so cute and filled with cherry flavored deliciousness!!
  • Tootsie Roll Pops Valentine Candy – Let your valentine get their licks in with the valentine candy everyone knows and loves.  But these Valentine Tootsie Roll Pops come with a fun twist!  Each pop surrounds a cherry-flavored Tootsie Roll center and includes fun Valentine’s Day messages on every wrapper for a delightfully sweet way to celebrate your sweetie.
  • Sweethearts True Love Classroom Exchange Packs – These classic conversation hearts are sweet Valentine’s Day treats for a sweet class of kids. With enough to go around, this bag of goodies is a crowd-pleaseure and is guaranteed to make your holiday shopping easy.
  • Dum Dums & Smarties Assorted Candy – This candy mix is a smart choice for all your sweet events!  With an assortment this big, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats for every occasion!  Includes Smarties roll candy and peach-mango, mystery, fruit punch, bubble gum, strawberry, cherry, sour apple, cream soda, orange, grape, blue raspberry, blueberry, root beer, raspberry lemonade, cotton candy and butterscotch suckers.
  • Valentine Printed Hard Candy Bracelets – Pretty enough to wear yet tasty enough to eat, hand these sweet accessories out to all your buddies on Valentine’s Day.  Each candy bracelet features a candy “charm” with “XO” inscribed on it.  Include a candy bracelet in Valentine’s Day cards or treat bags for an extra special treat!

 

 

While candy is always a given, for me, a REALLY awesome treat bag always includes a few fun finds that kids will love, that aren’t candy.  While there are SO many fun things to choose from at Oriental Trading, here are the items my daughter and I picked out to include in the treat bags:

  • Valentine Monster Pencils – Kids will go crazy for these fun wood Valentine Monster Pencils! With messages including, “Eye Like You” and “Sweet,” these wrapped pencils will create monstrous smiles this school year.
  • Polka Dot Slap Bracelets – Slap on the style when you add these bracelets to your party favor bags. Slap bracelets are fun and trendy kids’ jewelry – and adults love them, too! In four bright colors, these bracelets look great layered or alone. Stock up and hand them out on Halloween or during school Valentine’s exchanges!
  • Valentine Cards with Glitter Heart Tattoo – Glittery tattoos are a great way to dress up for Valentine’s Day! Party favors that everyone loves, they’re sweet gifts that make great alternatives to sugar-packed Valentine candy.
  • Mini Conversation Heart Erasers – Make no mistake – these conversation hearts are perfect for school Valentine exchanges! They’re great party favors at a Valentine’s Day party when you hand them out with stickers, notebooks and pencils.

 

 

Last but not least, you’ll need some super cute bags to put all these fun treats in, and you guessed it, you’ll find those (and even the ribbon to tie them with) at Oriental Trading.  These Conversation Heart Cellophane Bags are perfect for Valentine’s Day goodies!  Printed with pretty pastel conversation hearts, these cellophane treat bags are ideal for party favors and delicious gifts for your special sweethearts.  Set them out on your own Valentine’s Day candy buffet, or spend some quality time with your youngster assembling goody bags for his or her school Valentine’s party!

 

If you’re looking for the mother-load of all things Valentine’s Day, make sure you check out the full selection that Oriental Trading has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Perfectly Purple Products for 2018

 

If you guys haven’t heard yet, purple is set to be one of the hottest colors of 2018!  You don’t have to tell my daughter that twice before she asks for a whole slew of new purple products to kick off the new year right.  We found a few perfectly purple, super-fun products that my daughter just couldn’t live without and we wanted to share them all with you so you can have a perfectly purple year too!  Whether you’re looking to add some purple toys to your home or some functional (and purple) products to send your kiddo off to school with, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

Drink in the Box and Snack in the Box are some of our favorite new products.  Packing a school lunch or taking my daughter on a small road trip have never been easier, or more mess-free!

Drink in the Box is the world’s only reusable drink box, is patented, BPA and Phthalate free, won’t squirt or leak, and helps to hydrate your kids without all the sugar and risk of mold, or impact to the environment of a disposable juice boxes.

Snack in the Box features two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. Patent pending design, Snack in the Box is BPA and Phthalate free, keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don’t eat more than you planned.

 

 

 

The Colorz Box from ZIPIT is the purpley-ist way to store all of your stuff!  Bursting with bold colors and striking patterns, this hard shell pencil case can hold so much more than just pencils!  Store school/office supplies, your cell phone, electronics, cosmetics and more.  Only high quality materials are used to create this stylish and practical, storage box.The Colorz Box easily holds up to 60 pens and pencils, but the storage possibilities are really endless.  Keep all your essentials organized and exactly where you need them, day in and day out. From the vivid red interior to the hard shell exterior, this is one clever product with as many uses as you can think of.

 

 

One of the funnest (and purple) ways to explore your surroundings is the Nancy B Science Club Microscope from Educational Insights.  Zoom in on the microscopic world with this purpletastic microscope!  This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope gives up-close views—30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications of anything you can imagine, from peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells.  The included Activity Journal features 22 pages of awesome experiments as well as writing and drawing activities designed to encourage meaningful, hands-on experience with this real, scientific tool.  Set includes:

  • microscope with 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications
  • tweezers
  • scalpel
  • petri dish
  • spatula
  • stirring rod
  • test tube
  • pipette
  • 7 blank slides
  • 7 cover slips and slide labels
  • 4 prepared slides
  • specimen vial

 

We’re set to kick off our year in purple style thanks to these fabulous finds…make sure you’re ready to rock the hottest color of the year too!  All of these products are under $27 and easily available online 🙂

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

DIY Unicorn Valentine’s Exchange Box

 

Can you guys believe it?  Valentine’s Day is almost here!  While most people are just packing away their Christmas decorations, you KNOW my six year old daughter already has her mind geared towards Valentine’s Day…I guess she got her preparedness from me, but hey, who doesn’t like to be prepared, right?  Since my little munchkin had her heart set on a unicorn Valentine’s exchange box for her class I just couldn’t let her down, and I figured why not show you all how easy it is to make so your little unicorn-obsessed munchkins can have this super cute box too.

 

 

This super cute unicorn box is actually really easy to pull off. I found all of my supplies at Oriental Trading, so everything was an easy one-stop-shop, I didn’t have to go to multiple places to grab what I needed.  For this project you will need:

 

 

First things first, you’ll want to center where your unicorn horn will be, and cut an opening off to the side that’s large enough for Valentine’s to be put into the box.

 

 

You’ll want to create a good base layer of the tissue paper, which is where the craft glue and foam rollers come in SUPER handy.  I put some of the craft glue in a small dish and covered the roller.  Apply the glue to the box, add a layer of tissue paper, and use another (clean) roller to press the tissue evenly on.  For the remaining 5-6 layers of tissue (however many you need) you’ll simply wrap the tissue around the box and tape into place for a crisp, beautiful white box that’s ready to decorate!

 

 

For the next step, you’ll want to create the unicorn horn so it can dry while you finish the rest of the box.  Using the same craft glue and roller that you just used on the box, cover the foam cone in glue, then simply roll in the silver glitter sand.  (Tip: if you place a toothpick in the bottom of the horn it will help you cover the horn in glue and glitter WITHOUT covering your hand too!)

 

 

While your unicorn horn is drying, you can start working on the rest of the box.  For this box, I used 25 pink and 25 purple ribbons that I simply curled with some scissors.  Attach them in an alternate pattern with whatever glue you prefer (I used hot glue for these so they would dry quickly and not slip out of place).

 

 

Once the unicorn horn you glitterfied is dry, you can attach to the box with whatever glue you prefer, again, for quick-drying purposes I used hot glue.  Just make sure you remove the toothpick (if you inserted one) before you try and attach the horn!

 

 

To create the unicorn ears, I used 2 large white hears and 2 small pink hearts.  Turn the hearts upside down and attach the pink heart to the white heart like you see above.  Fold the heart in half, add a dot of hot glue to keep in place, then cut the bottom flat so they’ll be easy to attach to the box.

 

 

When you’re all done attaching the ears, simply add eye stickers, eyelashes, a couple extra hearts and a cute little smile and you’ve got quite possibly the cutest Valentine’s exchange box you’ll ever see!

 

 

There’s no doubt that your little one will want some super cute valentines to pass out to everyone else’s boxes, and you guessed it, I was able to find those at Oriental Trading too!  These Valentine Emoji Bracelets and Exchange Cards are perfect for the whole class and offer a cute little item kids will love to wear every day, even after Valentine’s Day!

 

Thanks to my friends over at Oriental Trading, we were able to get everything we needed for Valentine’s Day in one quick shopping trip and had everything delivered to our door just a few days later.  Make sure you check out everything they have to offer to fill all of your Valentine’s needs.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

New Easy-To-Find Snacks For The New Year From Kellogg’s – Giveaway Too!!

 

 

Looking for some new snacks to add to your daily routine for the new year?  If you follow my blog, you know that I live in a very rural area.  Being 25 miles (one way) from the closest grocery store means relying on convenience stores some times…I mean, who wants to drive minimum of an hour to get to and from the store for simple necessities or snacks?  All of my favorite new snacks are available at most retailers and convenience stores nation-wide, so keep your eyes peeled for these tasty treats when you’re out and about either grocery shopping, fueling up your vehicle, or stopping into a c-store for a quick bite to eat.

 

 

This year I am re-committing myself to my health and wellness, and that means kicking up my normal workout routine a notch.  Kellogg’s Special K Protein Bites and Kellogg’s Special K Nourish Bites are my new favorite go-to post-workout snack.  The combination of protein and fiber helps fuel my muscles and replenish my body.

Special K Nourish and Protein Snack Bites deliver real, satisfying ingredients you can see, like crunchy pistachios and almonds, quinoa and rich dark chocolate.

Special K Nourish Bites – The Special K Nourish line has wholesome ingredients so you can feel confident giving your body what it needs.  Special K Nourish Bites are available in savory Dark Chocolate Pistachio and sweet Blueberry Almond Quinoa flavors.

Special K Protein Bites – these little bites aren’t just a tasty treat, they also pack in up to 9 grams of protein per serving. Packaged in a unique stand-up, resealable bag, these new snacks are easy to grab throughout the day.  Special K Protein Bites are available in creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate and chewy Caramel Nut flavors.

 

 

Living in Arizona means much of the year is perfect for light hiking.  You know what else is perfect for light hiking?  Bear Naked Granola Bites!  With tons of great taste and long-lasting fiber to keep you going, these are the perfect little pouches of deliciousness to toss in your pocket or hiking bag.  Bear Naked Granola Bites are available in two of my favorite flavors ever: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Peanut Butter & Honey.  These too-good-to-pass-up treats are gluten-free and Non-GMO project verified, so you can enjoy any time without any added guilt!

 

 

Ran out of lunchbox snacks and don’t have time to run to the store?  Convenience stores to the rescue!  These Cheez-It Duoz are some of my daughter’s favorite snacks and I LOVE how easy they are to find.  If you have a bacon and cheese lover in your home, these are sure to be a big hit!  The bacon and cheddar cheese combination is a flavor match made in heaven.  The new Bacon flavor Cheez-It crackers and Cheddar Cheez-It crackers mixed together in one package is the best thing since original Cheez-It’s!

 

 

Sometimes we just want a delicious treat while we’re playing games and don’t want to drive umpteen miles to get it.  Thankfully one of our favorites is available at most c-stores as well, and you’ll be likely to love them as much as we do.  The Cocoa Krispies Treats With Milk Chocolate M&M’s Minis is a household favorite, and after one bite, you’ll see why.  Crispy marshmallow treats made from puffed, oven-roaster rice and real cocoa with milk chocolate M&M’s Minis…it doesn’t get much better than that!

 

I hope you’re all as excited to welcome the new year as I am, and thanks to my new favorite treats from Kellogg’s, the year is bound to be off on a wonderful start!

 

***GIVEAWAY***

Kellogg’s has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway so one lucky winner will get to taste these delicious treats for themselves!  One lucky winner will receive a box of snack goodies sent directly to them from Kellogg’s. Giveaway will begin 01/08/17 at 10:00 pm EST and will end 01/15/17 at 9:59:59 am EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!

Kellogg’s Snack Box Giveaway

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Gourmet Gifts For Everyone On Your List From Gourmet Gift Baskets

 

 

Are you still on the hunt for a great gift that you can order last minute?  Thanks to my friends over at Gourmet Gift Baskets, there’s still time!  You’ve still got another day and a half to order some great gifts and get them delivered for Christmas, guaranteed.  While there are TONS of great holiday gifts to choose from, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites that are great for anyone on your list whether it’s grandma, a significant other, or even your children’s teacher or bus driver!

 

DECK THE HALLS GIFT BASKET

This lovely gift makes it easy to send holiday cheer!  Inside a festive red cloth-lined basket, your recipient will discover a delightful collection of exquisite gourmet treats.  Complete with rich chocolates, crisp chocolate-filled wafers, and handcrafted popcorn, this cheery gift is the perfect way to make this winter season bright!

Deck The Halls Gift Basket contents:

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com – 4.2 oz. – Handcrafted popcorn that’s popped in a mixture of healthy oil, just the right amount of sugar, and gourmet salt then dusted with sweet brown sugar and freshly ground cinnamon!
  • Candy Cane Kettle Corn by KingOfPop.com – 1.4 oz. – Sweet and savory kettle corn that is dusted with speckles of peppermint candy canes for a candied mint taste.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery – 4 oz. – Deliciously crisp cookies that are loaded with rich, decadent chocolate chips.
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries by Annalie’s Chocolates – 4 oz. – Chocolate and cherries simply go better together – sweet maraschino cherries are encased in delicious milk chocolate.
  • Chocolate Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet – .9 oz. – Delicate European-style wafers that are are rolled into cylinders and generously filled with luxurious chocolate.
  • Belgian Chocolates by Annalie’s Chocolates – 1.76 oz. – A collection of four rich truffles, including dark chocolate crisp, chocolate mousse, white chocolate cappuccino and milk chocolate cherry.
  • Dark Chocolate & Caramel Smothered Grahams by Annalie’s Chocolates – .65 oz. – Crisp graham crackers are first topped with sweet caramel and then smothered in layers of rich dark chocolate.

 

CHRISTMAS GOURMET GIFT BASKET

Gourmet Gift Baskets thinks that Christmas gifts should be the absolute best of the best.  (No one wants to send something subpar for the holidays!)  And that’s why they created this stunning arrangement, which includes some of the most exclusive gourmet sweets!  Inside a beautiful basket, Gourmet Gift Baskets has brought together delicious treats, like cheese and crackers, chocolate double dipped peanuts, and rich chocolate truffles, creating a generous Christmas gift they’ll find irresistible.

Christmas Gourmet Gift Basket contents:

  • Chichester Trail Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company – 2 oz.
  • Pretzel Twists by Auntie Trudie’s – 3 oz.
  • Olive Oil & Sea Salt Hors D’Oeuvre Crackers by Partners – .75 oz.
  • Double Dipped Peanuts by Old Dominion – 3 oz.
  • Dark Chocolate & Caramel Smothered Grahams by Annalie’s Chocolates – .65 oz.
  • Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Pieces by Harvey’s Pretzels – 4 oz.
  • Cherry Buds by Butterfields Candies – 1.75 oz.
  • Belgian Chocolate Truffles by Annalie’s – 1.76 oz.
  • Savory Garlic Cheddar Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. – 2 oz.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com – 4 oz.

 

LET IT SNOW SNACK TIN

This fun, festive snowflake covered tin is just what the doctor ordered to cure the winter blues!  This two gallon tin is full of gourmet snacks like handcrafted popcorn, buttery peanut crunch and sweet, rich chocolate, your recipient will forget about shoveling all that snow and focus instead on enjoying these delicious treats.

Let It Snow Snack Tin contents:

  • Hickory Maple Bacon Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com – 1.8oz – Lightly sweetened kettle corn that’s made fresh daily is seasoned with a smoky/sweet blend from hickory and maple.
  • Sugar Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery – 4 oz – Delicate and crisp, these sugar cookies are baked according to a family recipe.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com – 1.4 oz. – Handcrafted kettlecorn is sprinkled with just the right amount of gourmet sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion – 3 oz. – Bite-sized squares of extra-large peanuts that are folded into fresh butter and dusted with brown sugar.
  • Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Nabisco – 1.4 oz. – Quintessential cookies that are generously loaded with rich chocolate chips.
  • Oreo Cookies by Nabisco – 2 oz. – Crispy chocolate cookies with a luscious, creamy center.
  • Cashew Brittle by Hammond’s Candies – 2.5 oz. – Crispy pieces of brittle packed with nutty cashews.
  • Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Filled Square by Ghirardelli – .53 oz. – Squares of exquisitely rich dark chocolate that are filled with creamy caramel and a hint of sea salt.
  • Garlic Parmesan Popcorn by KingOfPop.com – 1.1 oz. – Parmesan cheese and spices are popped right into this gourmet popcorn.
  • Zesty Ranch Popcorn by KingOfPop.com – 1.1 oz. – Handcrafted gourmet popcorn bursting with the flavors of onion, garlic, herbs and buttermilk.

 

Thank goodness for Gourmet Gift Baskets!  Last minute gifts are hard to find, and often disappointing.  Not this year!  Give the gift of deliciousness that everyone will enjoy with Gourmet Gift Baskets and leave the headache behind.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

The New Pharaoh’s Pyramid From PLAYMOBIL Is The Best Last-Minute Gift!

 

Looking for a great last-minute gift for the curious and inquiring little minds on your holiday shopping list this year?  You have to check out the PLAYMOBIL Pharaoh’s Pyramid playset!  Your little one will love unraveling the wonders and mysteries of Ancient Egypt with the new Pharaoh’s Pyramid.  Nothing satisfies boredom better than embarking on an exciting new adventure, and this set is primed and ready for kids to unleash their imaginations and explore ancient secrets and buried treasure.  They can invite friends over to play, or play alone so whether your child is a social butterfly or not, there’s tons of fun to be had!

 

 

Unlock ancient secrets and mysteries inside Pharaoh’s Pyramid.  The five chambers within hide precious treasures protected by tricky puzzles and sneaky traps.  Discover the room filled with jewels and golden riches or climb the stairs to enter the tomb chamber complete with Mummy.  Just watch out for the booby trap waiting to drop you below!  You can sneak through the revolving door but be careful, there might some skeletons or spiders hiding in the shadows.  Remove the pyramid walls to discover even more ways to play.  Set includes three figures, tomb, Mummy, two skeletons, treasures, spiders, fire pots, hieroglyphics, and many other accessories.

 

 

Some features you and your little one will love are:

  • Includes a revolving door, trapdoors and a rock trap!
  • Includes 3 figures and many more accessories!
  • Over 18 inch wide by 14 inch high by 10 inch deep

 

The new Pharaoh’s Pyramid from PLAYMOBIL has been such a huge hit, that it’s up for Toy Of The Year 2018!  How exciting is that?  I’ve cast my vote, and voted the Pharaoh’s Pyramid our #1 pick!

 

 

No matter what kinds of adventures your little one likes to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with the PLAYMOBIL Pharaoh’s Pyramid play set.  Encourage learning and fun in one great gift!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Meet Makey Makey…The Most Unique Holiday Gift That Will Unleash Imaginations Everywhere

 

Have you ever played Mario on Play-Doh or the piiano on bananas?  Chances are, probably not.  But with the help of Makey Makey, you can alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future.  Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century that can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet.  It’s a simple invention kit that’s great for all skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

 

 

So…how does Makey Makey work?

Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey board. For example, you could place a clip on yourself, and a clip on a banana.   When you touch the banana, you make a connection, and Makey Makey sends the computer a keyboard message and the computer just thinks Makey Makey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). This allows Makey Makey to work with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.  How cool is that?

 

What can you make with Makey Makey?

 

That’s up to you!  First, load up a computer program or any webpage (yes that’s right, you’re surfing the internet to invent).  Let’s say you load up a piano. Iinstead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, kiwis, tomoatoes…anything really, and the various everyday objects become your piano keys!!

 

 

Want to play your favorite Mario game with a controller made of Play Doh?  Yeap, you can do that too!  No matter what idea it is that you can dream up in the amazing mind of yours, you can bring it to fruition with the help of Makey Makey.

You might be asking yourself, what materials work with Makey Makey?  Well, the possibilities are endless there too!   Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn’t already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape).  Some favorite materials to use Makey Makey with are: ketchup, pencil graphite, finger paint, lemons, you name it!  Other materials that work great are: plants, coins, your grandma, silverware, anything that is wet, most foods, cats and dogs, aluminum foil, rain, and hundreds more!

 

 

If you’ve got someone on your holiday shopping list that loves to create new things all the time, you can’t go wrong with Makey Makey.  Whether you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer or a present that will bring hours of fun Makey Makey has got you covered!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Bring More Magic To Your Christmas with Twinkly

 

Are you looking for a fun, modern way to put a little something extra into your Christmas tree?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a traditional tree with traditional lights as much as the next person, but how great would it be to customize your lights all from the convenience of your smart device?  Meet Twinkly, the technological evolution of the traditional light chains.  Twinkly is a whole new way to create a light display with endless customization opportunities in your hands.

 

 

Twinkly are smart lights that will make your Christmas unforgettable.  Twinkly features a smart design that gives you the ability to personalize your lighting effects for an even greater experience.  Designed for intuitive use, just connect over Wi-Fi and you will be playing with your lights in a matter of seconds.

How Twinkly works:

  • Choose your Twinkly – Choose the product that best suits your needs: begin with the Starter Set. Then, thanks to the add-ons, you can always add some magic to your tree or your home!
  • Download the Twinkly app – Don’t wait a second more, download the free iPhone and Android app now and discover the pre-made effects in the Twinkly gallery.
  • Decorate your Christmas tree – Make your Christmas tree as you like, put the topper on and turn on the lights with the magic of Twinkly.
  • Light up your Christmas – When the app recognizes the light chain, you can start customizing your tree with the limitless Twinkly effects.

Twinkly Features:

  • Designed to fit your tree as normal lights would, but equipped with the newest RGB diffused lens addressable LEDs.
  • Wi-Fi connection dual mode: you can connect directly from your smart device or, if desired, connect Twinkly to your home Wi-Fi network.
  • Control the lights from the app.
  • Smart lights recognition for precise animations: we use our patent-pending computer vision tech to understand how the lights are placed on your tree.
  • Draw & customize your own effects.
  • Download new and updated animations.
  • Share your effects as animated GIF images.
  • Physical button functionalities: press to change pattern, hold while powering up to reset.
  • Upgradable firmware.

 

I wanted to be able to show you all how Twinkly works, so make sure you check out this quick video of the different effects and how easy it is to change the light pattern on your tree:

 

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to make your tree the most epic it’s ever been!  Check out Twinkly and see what you can dream up and bring to life with the help of Twinkly 🙂

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Delightfully Delicious Holiday Gifts From GODVIA

 

When you hear ‘GODIVA’, you automatically think decadent, indulgent, and delicious…right?  I know I do!  GODIVA has been a family favorite for years and I was so excited to partner with them for this holiday season!  Since 1926, GODIVA has been the premier maker of fine Belgian chocolate.  With GODIVA you get nothing but quality ingredients, elegant styling, innovative selection, and beautiful packaging.  No matter who you’re shopping for you’ll be sure to find a gift you’re proud to give.

There are SO many great gifts available from GODIVA this holiday season, the hardest part about gift-giving will be deciding which items to choose!  Here are some of my favorite GODIVA holiday gifts for 2017:

 

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHOCOLATE GIFT BASKET

There’s no place like home when home has this exceptional basket of chocolate treats!  GODIVA’s Home for the Holidays Basket is filled with seven sensational gifts, starting with a 16-piece Seasonal Gift Box — an assortment featuring their NEW Limited Edition Petit Four Chocolates plus some of the most beloved milk, dark, and white chocolates.  The petit four-inspired chocolates are crafted with rich ganache, airy mousse, and nutty praliné surrounded by a chocolate shell.  Each is delightfully decorated with a chocolate bow to evoke the impeccably wrapped gifts of the holiday season.  Flavors include Gingerbread, Lemon Coconut Macaroon, Chocolate, Holiday Tea, Pistachio Brown Butter Cake, and Coffee Hazelnut.  Also inside: one 8-piece Gold Gift Box and one 4-piece Gold Favor, filled with milk, dark, and white chocolates with classic Belgian fillings such as silky ganaches, crunchy nuts, and smooth caramels.  The 6-piece Holiday Truffle Flight features truffles in delectable flavors inside a festive green box featuring delightful illustrations by Scotland’s award-winning illustrator and animator Lesley Barnes.  There’s also a 6-piece Cherry Cordial Flight, a fun Holiday Star Ornament filled with 10 individually wrapped chocolate truffles, plus a luscious Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar.

 

SEASON’S GREETING CHOCOLATE GIFT TOWER

Treat your holiday host, please a crowd or tuck this chocolate-filled beauty under the tree for seasonal joy that’s a sure thing! GODIVA’s Season’s Greetings Chocolate Gift Tower includes three delightful Godiva treats, including a 50-piece Seasonal Tin, in gorgeous green with a stunning design by Scotland’s award-winning illustrator and animator Lesley Barnes, and – most importantly! – filled with individually wrapped chocolate truffles.  There’s also a 16-piece Seasonal Gift Box, which also shows off the designs of Lesley Barnes, and is filled with an assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolate classics and brand new chocolates, including pieces from the NEW Limited Edition Petit Four Chocolates collection. Inspired by petit fours, the classic bite-sized French confection, these delectable chocolates feature rich ganache, airy mousse, and nutty praliné fillings enrobed in Belgian chocolate shells.  Each piece is delightfully strung with a chocolate bow — evoking the impeccably wrapped gifts of the holiday season.  Last but certainly not least: an 8-piece Gold Gift Box with milk, dark, and white chocolates with classic Belgian fillings.

 

HOLIDAY JOY GIFT BOX

A generous gift for friends and family, GODIVA’s Holiday Joy Gift Box is filled to perfection with seasonal treats.  Their delightful Star Ornament is filled with 10 individually wrapped milk and dark chocolate truffles in green and red foil.  The 8-piece Gold Gift Box features an exceptional assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolates with classic Belgian fillings such as silky ganaches, creamy pralines, rich caramels, plus fruits and nuts, presented in a beautifully illustrated gift box.  Inside the set of seasonal chocolates made of creamy milk chocolate ganache surrounded by delicious milk chocolate, are a trio of fun shapes: jolly Santa Claus, festive Snowman, and wintry Penguin.  The 85% Dark Chocolate G Tablet is made with extra dark chocolate and crunchy cocoa nibs.  Presented in elegant wrapping with bold gold G.  The Single Origin 42% Milk Chocolate Bar features silky milk chocolate perfectly balanced by the flavors of almonds, vanilla, peaches, and apricots.  And the Blond Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar, with deliciously smooth blonde chocolate blended with sweet and crunchy salted caramel.  So much to enjoy!

 

SWAROVSKI LUXURY HOLIDAY GIFT BOX

Spark the joy and magic of the season with this year’s Holiday Luxury Gift Box, featuring stunning Swarovski crystals.  The beautiful red box is truly swoon-worthy, especially since it’s filled with 64 assorted chocolates, from delectable classic favorites to luscious signature truffles in milk, dark, and white chocolate.  Finished with luxurious red ribbon.

 

HOLIDAY COCOA MUG SET

Just in time for the chilly holiday season, GODIVA’s Holiday Cocoa Mug Set includes everything you need for cozy winter afternoons and relaxing evenings by the fire.  Includes GODIVA’s smooth and creamy Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa presented with two elegant white porcelain mugs with gold designs and gold handles.

 

 

Don’t forget to fill those stockings with GODIVA deliciousness too!  Check out my favorite 2017 GODIVA stocking stuffers:

 

LIMITED EDITION 2017 HOLIDAY PLUSH BEAR

Gifts just don’t get any more adorable than this!  Sporting a red sweater with faux fur collar and gold button, GODIVA’s Holiday Plush Bear holds a bag of 6 milk and dark chocolate medallions wrapped in red and green foil.  A sweet gift for kids and adults alike.

 

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WITH WRAPPED CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Delightful on the tree and fun to open, this Godiva Ornament paired with 6 milk chocolate wrapped truffles is a must for the holiday season.  Delight friends and family this holiday season with our elegant ornament, filled with individually wrapped milk chocolate truffles in festive seasonal wrappers.

 

CHOCOLATE FILLED STAR ORNAMENT

Hung from the tree, GODIVA’s pretty Star Ornament filled with 10 individually wrapped milk and dark chocolate truffles is ready to delight.  A sweet gift for kids and party guests, it’s sure to be the hit of your holiday celebrations.  The chocolate truffles are presented in festive seasonal wrappers.

 

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE SANTA BOX

A delicious treat for the holiday season, GODIVA’s adorable Santa Box is filled with eight individually wrapped chocolate truffles in red and green seasonal foil, including four milk chocolates and four dark chocolates.  Tuck inside a few stockings, slip under the tree, or present to friends at work.  This gift will delight young and old alike!   The chocolate Santa box is the perfect alternative to the classic chocolate foil Santa.  The colorful box and the festive green and red wrapped chocolate truffles will put them in the Christmas spirit.  But because it’s full of wrapped truffles, the chocolate Santa is the ideal gift to share or enjoy over time.  Give them a delicious chocolate Santa Claus this Christmas that will truly stand out and be remembered.

 

MASTERPIECES CHOCOLATE BARS

Last, but certainly not least, no stocking would be complete without my favorite new GODIVA treat.  These Masterpieces Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart Bars are to die for!  Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart filled bar is inspired by Godiva’s most beloved chocolate, the heart-shaped ‘coeru iconique’.  Introducing Godiva Masterpieces – Godiva’s most exquisite chocolates now available in delightful individually wrapped mini chocolates, perfect to enjoy anytime.  Each Masterpiece is crafted in the shape of a signature chocolate and filled with smooth and creamy fillings that melt in your mouth.

 

If you’re loving these great gift ideas, keep in mind that this is just a SUPER small fraction of all of the great gifts GODIVA has to offer this holiday season.  Make sure you check out the whole selection for all of your holiday gift giving needs.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***