Thursday, November 30, 2017

@RedRoseTea - SWEET TEMPTATIONS For Holiday Gatherings Or Just Because

It's the time of year for warm blankets, HALLMARK movies and HOT drinks.  
Tis' The Season...
I LOVE this time of the year!

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 Do you have a favorite HOT DRINK this time of the year?  
I'll admit that Tea is not my first choice at Christmas time...but it soon may be after trying the product I'm going to tell you about!




How can you go wrong with that?

I decided to try out the Caramel Apple Pie first, because I love CARAMEL everything.  
Plus...I followed this simple recipe to create myself a Caramel Apple Pie Latte (thanks to Lisa Lillien, AKA HUNGRY GIRL'S) idea:

I patiently waited for the tea to brew, added a dash of milk and some cinnamon and ENJOYED!  I do believe it would have been great just totally straight too!
It tastes great, is sweet and definitely something I will be drinking more of this holiday season.  Plus, it smells great too!  In fact, my mother in LOVE has been dieting and she is able to have Stevia sweetened things on her diet...so she will really enjoying trying out these Sweet Temptations Teas too.
These teas make the perfect stocking stuffer or just to have in your cupboard for a COZY evening at home during the holidays.  
They would also be awesome to offer at your HOLIDAY parties and gatherings as well.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about Red Rose Sweet Temptations Teas right now!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Runway Makeup Ready With @SallyHansen And @RimmelLondonUS

One thing on my bucket list...that some of you may or may not know, is that I would love to go to FASHION WEEK someday.  
No...I'm not a fashion blogger or beauty blogger...I'm just simply a mommy who loves fashion and makeup and all things pretty!

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 So when we had the chance to try out some new products, in the most IN DEMAND color for the runway this year...I jumped at the opportunity.
Did you know that Grey tones are the perfect neutral for the fall season and one of the top colors seen on the Runway?

First we did manicures, with all the Sally Hansen products we received!

All three of these Sally Hansen products are amazing quality, are long lasting and are in a fall/winter shade that is guaranteed to get noticed.  I love that I can do the 2 step Miracle Gel and it even lasts through shifts at the restaurant...where people notice my well manicured hands.

Then I headed to the mirror to try out some of the darker GREY tones from Rimmel London.
I am pretty neutral when I typically do my everyday makeup, but it's always fun to try new looks and I'm not going to lie...MY HUSBAND LOVES the darker lips and eyes...for a night out on the town.
For this achieved look I used: 
The makeup even looks good in the black & white tones of a picture!!

CLICK HERE to check out all the products Sally Hansen has to offer!
CLICK HERE to check out all the products from Rimmel London!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving From Us To You! #Thanksgiving2017

Two years ago today...I said "YES" to the sweetest proposal!  
I said YES to the laughter, the tears and all the emotions that goes into blending a family!  
Let me just say...
BEST DECISION EVER!  

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 As I reflect on ALL that our family has to be THANKFUL for...sometimes I am simply overwhelmed (in the best sort of way) with emotion!   
My heart is just simply overflowing with thankfulness!
I am truly thankful everyday, not just today!  
But I wanted to wish our readers, followers, friends and family a HAPPY & BLESSED Thanksgiving too.  
Please take some time today to reflect on the many blessings in your life too!
Indulge in good eats, eat lots of sweet treats and offer LOVE especially to those who need it most during this time of the year!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Cozy Night By The Fire With A @PineMountainFire Balsam Fir Firelog

This past week, our family has gotten into the HOLIDAY spirit.  
We pulled out our Christmas decorations, started playing Christmas music in the car & around the house, baked some HOLIDAY favorites and even lit a nice cozy fire in the fireplace tonight.

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YES...I understand that it's still 90 degrees this Thanksgiving week during the day...but the evenings do cool a bit and we are ready for the holidays, even if Mother Nature doesn't agree!
When this  American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs arrived, I couldn't wait to put it in the fireplace!

These logs are so convenient & easy to use too!  
You don't even remove them from the packaging.  

You simply place the entire log into the fireplace...make sure your flue is open, use the lighter to light the bag on fire, and then sit back & enjoy the light scent of Balsam Fir and the calming light of the cozy fire.
So tonight, we watch a movie and enjoy the benefits of using this American Home by Yankee Candle Balsam Fir Firelog, instead of burning traditional wood in our fireplace!
Have you used one of these American Home by Yankee Candle Balsam Fir Firelogs before?  
Interested in trying them out in your fireplace this winter...especially during the holidays?
CLICK HERE to learn more about them.
I can't wait to get more, so we can enjoy many more fires in our fireplace this Christmas!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

GIVE YOUR PET A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS - @SniffandBarkens #BarkensBucket

Every year, I always try to wrap up a couple presents for our fur babies or fill a stocking for them full of toys & treats.  
Ridiculous or not...I love to give our four legged pals something new to enjoy during the holidays, when everyone else in the family is unwrapping new toys and gifts!

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Have you ever considered purchasing a #BARKENSBUCKET before?  

One arrived at our house for our pups this CHRISTMAS and our youngest little girl was most interested from the moment the box got dropped at our front door.  
It was like she knew it was for her!
Of course, she was even more excited about what was inside!  
I'm putting the toys away until Christmas, so they can open them when the rest of us are enjoying our new HOLIDAY CHEER.
Best of all the Holiday Bucket itself doubles as an adorable & large dog food container (it seals completely) that will be convenient, durable and fits an entire bag of her puppy chow inside.  
I LOVE THAT!  
It's much better than just having the bag of dog food laying around.

PS.  This is a great deal for the selection of PREMIUM dog toys that you'll get in the #barkensbucket!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR dog a Sniff & Barkens HOLIDAY BUCKET and your puppy will thank you!  
You'll enjoy using the bucket for projects, storage of their dog toys or even like me...storage of their dog food.  
It's the gift that keeps on giving!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tis The Season - For HOLIDAY Baking! Falalalaaaa...

Tonight, we really felt it!  
THE HOLIDAYS ARE APPROACHING! 
 Tomorrow we are celebrating Thanksgiving early with all six of our kids and our family here in town. 
 I CAN'T WAIT!!  I'm so excited!  
Even the leaves in our yard have accepted the fact that it's indeed becoming the season of HOLIDAY CHEER!

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That means turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixing...plus all six of our kids together to celebrate what we are THANKFUL for this year!  

That also means that we had to do some HOLIDAY BAKING tonight.  
I have a "fool proof" Martha Stewart Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that has been my favorite for years.  
Even Santa has given props for these delicious baked goods over the years!  
So tonight, I whipped up a batch for us to enjoy!!  And trust me, enjoy them we will!
Meanwhile, our kitchen was busy with my oldest daughter too...who decided after all day being obsessed with the thought, of making Candied Maple Bacon Cupcakes.  Is your mouth watering yet?

I think everything came out pretty good and our taste testers would agree!  YUMMY!

What things are you starting to BAKE for the holidays?  
Do you have any family recipes you can't wait to start baking?  
THE SMELLS ARE WORTH IT!  
Okay...your tastebuds will be super excited for the holidays too!

COMMENT BELOW what your favorite thing is to bake during the holidays!

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@TechnoChicShop - Taking Crafting & LED Lighting To An Adorable Level Of Cuteness

I love companies that make projects that serve more than one purpose! 
Companies that like to help parents out by making our kids use their mind, adding in a little science, some imagination & creativity...to create something that also can be usable in real life.  
Companies that use a little more creativity and a lot less SCREEN TIME! 

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TechoChic contacted me to see if I'd be interested in checking out a few of their products.  
We tried the DIY Blinky Bow Ties kit first.  
My little guy offered to be my assistant! 
 This kit comes with everything you need to make several completed paper BLINKY BOW TIES.  You can create the in black, in red, or mix them up for a black/red combo.  We created an all RED bow tie.  
It was easy to do and when we connected the battery and it lit up, my son got pretty excited!
I think these BLINKY BOW TIES are super adorable!  
These would be great for a prom/formal, where the goers like "less than traditional" accessories.   They are also super cute for the little guy to wear when he's feeling "FANCY".   I can guarantee you that my sister and her dates, back when they were in high school, would have absolutely loved this "OVER THE TOP" kinda quirky accessory.  LOVE IT!!
We also got to try out the DIY Light-Up Flashy Flowers.  
This kit comes with everything you need to make TONS of Light-UP Flashy Flowers.  
My youngest daughter wanted to assist me with this and she did it all mainly by herself.  Assembled the flower, connected the battery, attached the pin and then we added it to the hairband (that came with an additional accessory kit).  
The finished product is super cute, makes a great pin, hair flower or even attached to a stick/straw...can be the perfect party decoration that LIGHTS UP.  
LOVE IT!

Both of these kits were super fun to try out...and create products that are FLASHY and BRIGHT!  Perfect for adding a little bling to parties or even decorations for events (especially night events).

CLICK HERE to learn more about these kits from TechnoChic and all the other kits they offer!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

She's 6 Mos Old And FULL OF IT!! #PUPPYUPDATE

It's time for another update on our puppy HARLEY!!  
You guys have been enjoying this...right?
We've made it to her HALF Birthday!  She's officially 6 mos old!  
She's so funny!  She loves her big brother Bear and follows him around.  He's teaching her how to guard the yard and he's her favorite play mate. 
She's a bit of a MOMMY's girl and likes to keep an eye, foot or body part on me in some way, all day long.  If I go upstairs, she goes with me.  
If I am folding laundry, she's laying on the laundry room floor waiting for me.  
She's MY GIRL!
She goes on HUNGER STRIKES while the kids are at school, because she misses them.  Our youngest daughter is her favorite person to feed her!  It is adorable and makes our daughter feel a special connection with her.
She is smart and learning tricks!  
This is her "sitting pretty".  Pretty good, right?
She is by far the most obedient, self aware and curious puppy I've ever had or trained.  I'll chalk that up to her breed and the fact that she is just a good temperment dog...and I'll count my blessings!

ENJOY THE PUPPY UPDATE and keep checking back...as we inch our way towards a year!  
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