Thursday, November 20, 2014

3 Steps to Create Stunning Christmas Gifts This Year

3 Steps to Create Stunning Christmas Gifts This Year

Christmas time in Australia is coming up fast, and even though your loved ones say that how their gifts are packaged does not matter, you want them to look absolutely perfect. It is important that you find the best source that carries the trimmings you use for your gifts this holiday. These elements are almost as essential as the gifts themselves. So how do you know that the embellishments you are considering will make your Christmas gifts look stunning this year? Follow these three tips to selecting appealing gift wrapping accessories and your mind will be at ease knowing your gifts are fabulous, both inside and out.

1. Trends in Christmas Wrapping Paper - Fashion and decorative holiday paper are very much alike. Styles and trends are fickle and change from year to year. What was in fashion in popular culture last year may be out of fashion this year. However, the spirit of the Christmas season does not need to be lost in the yearly introduction of new trends. While you are searching for the best method to decorate your gifts, keep in mind that there are excellent online vendors, as well. In fact, you may even find a wider selection if you go to an online vendor. Eco-friendly gift paper has increased in popularity and is also being widely sold by online vendors. Not only will your gifts look remarkable swathed in eco-friendly paper, they will also create less waste.

2. Gorgeous Gift Tags - It is true that the smallest things in life leave the greatest impression. When you are in a hurry, you may toss a sticker on that gift and swiftly address it to the recipient. Believe it or not, the right type of label can make your Christmas package even more spectacular. Make that happen this year by using some of the most artistic gift decals you can find. They come in a variety of illustrations: a scooter, trailer, cactus, cowboy, or just about anything else you can imagine. There is a tag available to suit the taste of anyone on your gift list.

3. Dazzling Ribbons - Bows with sticky backs just do not hold a candle to the real thing. A skillfully tied ribbon is the finishing touch needed to bring the appearance of your Christmas packages together. This shows your loved ones that you care enough to ensure their Christmas gifts are properly and handsomely wrapped. There is a variety to choose from, as well, including patterned, solid colours, and more.

In order to unearth the perfect Christmas wrapping paper, beautiful gift tags from Australia, and ribbon for your gifts this year, it will take a lot of effort and exploration. There are many people out there who want to do this, but they just cannot find the time to squeeze it into their busy schedules. Now The Paper Drawer is here to meet your Christmas gift needs. They have everything you are looking for in order to make your Christmas gift wrapping a beautiful breeze. Learn more by visiting

The Artisanal Kitchen Review

I received a gift basket from The Artisanal Kitchen at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

*not the basket I received*

This holiday season, delight your family, friends, and colleagues with a gift of great taste that they’ll remember for years to come. Each of our gourmet gift baskets is filled with the finest products of The Artisanal Kitchen™ collection available and packed with care, guaranteed.

My basket had a selection of different beans and rices


The holidays are here and it's time to start looking for that perfect gift. The basket I received from Artisanal Kitchen is a beautiful gift idea. The beans and rice choices that I got in this basket are great. I got Lentils, Saffron Rice and some other choice beans and grains that I can't wait to try. These items were presented in a beautiful metal basket and wrapped in cellophane. My husband is the main cook, but we are both amateur foodies, and we can't wait to try all these choices we got. If you are looking for that perfect food centered gift, one of these baskets will fit the bill perfectly! Check them out at the links below!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Show Me the Kwan Game

It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ - can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. 

and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, 

or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.

Tips to make homemade chocolates

Tips to make homemade chocolates

Do you want to make chocolates at home? If yes, we have compiled a number of helpful tips to make this task easier for you. 

Oh wait! Before we start with it, let me give you a brief. 

*Homemade chocolates cost less than the ones you buy from the store.

* Homemade chocolates won’t taste like your favorite brand. However, you have the liberty to customize your chocolates and make the best chocolate ever. So, the good and bad are in your own hands.

*Shape – You can give your homemade chocolates any shape you like. For kids, you can make car shaped chocolates, while for others you can choose another shape. The only trouble here is to choose the right mold. We suggest buying a few of them so that you have a variety to choose from.

* Finally, you have made them. You know how hard you have worked for it. So, it will definitely taste good.

So, now let’s jump over to the tips and help you make exciting chocolates for you and your loved ones.

1. Get the ingredients and materials ready: If your ingredients and materials are ready, you will save time and money. How? You save time because once you start making chocolates; you don’t have to hunt for anything. So, you will save time and enjoy making them. You save money because there will be events when you cannot waste time adding ingredients in the mix. If you are late, you will probably spoil the mixture. Thus, leaving you with a bowl full of ‘not-so-tasty’ chocolate mix. 

So, keep the ingredients and materials ready. If you are planning to buy some cool molds, here are some overstock coupon codes. Use it and get an additional discount on your purchases. 

2. Chocolate flavors: You need to know what type of chocolate you want to make. Accordingly, purchase the flavors. Some examples of chocolate flavors are white, sweet, semi-sweet, dark, milk and bittersweet. 

3. Clean sugar, good chocolate: Sugar is one of the ingredients you will use to make your chocolate sweeter. So, when you buy it from a local store or grocery, check for it properly. It should not have any trace of salt, flour or any other ingredient that can spoil the taste of your chocolate. 

4. Butter: You don’t want to add salted butter to your chocolate mix. So, look for unsalted butter. Note: Butter should not be substituted with margarine. This change will extend your cooking time considerably. So, avoid this mistake.

5. Liquefy chocolate: There are a number of ways in which you can liquefy chocolate so that you can shape it into its final form. However, we suggest heating it in the oven, a double boiler or a microwave. These options will help in keeping the heat levels in control. 

6. The use of thermometer: It helps in monitoring the temperature. Tip: If you have a thermometer that has a bulb, check that it doesn’t touch the sides of the pan. This is because it can give you the wrong reading, resulting in a spoilt chocolate mix. 

7. Mold game: When the chocolate is ready, move it carefully into the molds. You can even use a teaspoon to pour it carefully in the molds. Now, add other ingredients like candy sprinkles, marshmallows, peanuts or other items to make your chocolate tastier.

8. Mold check: There are a couple of things you should know before buying a mold. Be sure that the molds have the FDA approval and are of good quality. If you have any doubts regarding the quality of the mold, buy it from an authenticated online store. Here is an overstock promo code. Use it and get some of the best molds at a discounted 

Another point of caution is that if your mold has air bubbles, you should try and remove it before moving further. This can be done by holding it a couple of centimeters above the ground and then dropping it. Do it a couple of times and you should have a bubble-free mold.

9. When should you remove your chocolate mold out of the freezer? Keep a regular check on it, maybe after every 5 or 10 minutes. Check the bottom of the mold. If you see a gray figure appearing down there, you can remove it. Once you remove the chocolates, wash the mold properly in hot water so that the stickiness is removed completely. You can dry 
it using a dry piece of cloth. 

10. Shape the occasion: There are a number of molds available in the market. Buy some that suit the occasion, if you are making chocolates for a particular occasion. For example, if you are making chocolates for Valentine’s Day, you can look for molds that are heart and rose shaped. For Halloween, there are some amazing molds available. For kids, there are ‘n’ number of molds. So, use it and let the occasion have an additional surprise.

11. Mix it properly: When the chocolate mix is ready, you need to mix it properly. Spend some time mixing it. Don’t try to speed up this process because better the mix, better will be the taste of the chocolate. 

12. Melting the bar: If you have bought a large block of chocolate, you need to chop it into small pieces. Use a good serrated knife. Chocolate making is an art. You might feel that you are not good with it, but once you start making it, you will be at ease. You just need a couple of mistakes that can help you make the best chocolates ever. Yes, mistakes! Mistakes help you learn a lot and without mistakes, you can never be the best. So, don’t worry and make some mistakes. This will get the best in you, and soon you will have the best chocolates ever, made by you!

So, don’t waste time. Get the ingredients, get the materials, and start making delicious chocolates at home!

Penguin Christmas Classics Review and Giveaway

Give the gift of literature this Christmas.

Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

Collectible hardcover editions of five beloved Christmas books, beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative end papers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers.

I received this set of 5 Christmas Classics from Penguin at no cost in exchange for an honest review


It seems like everything is going digital now. I was so excited to get these beautiful hardcover Christmas Classics from Penguin! These are classic holiday stories that I love, and I love sharing these with my boys! They love the stories, and I love the cuddle time I get when we sit down and read together. The artwork on the dust jackets is beautiful. I love the small size of these books also. They are easy for even little hands to hold comfortably, and they can go with us in my purse if we going to doctors, or somewhere else where we might have to wait. These will be part of our holiday traditions for years to come now!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Toe Juice Review

TOE JUICE® is a skincare product enhanced with DermaVine®, that naturally promotes happy beautiful skin. Toe Juice® creates natural refreshment for Dry, cracked, irritated skin. Toe Juice® provides Refreshment for Athlete's Foot, Warts, eczema, psoriasis and MORE!!!

I received  2 new Toe Juice products.

Toe Juice Skin Refreshing Toner

Toe Juice can be used for

Acne Athletes foot Cold Sores Diabetic Eczema Foot Problems
Ichthyosis Psoriasis Insect Bites Jock Itch Jungle Rot
Misc. Skin Irritation Rashes Ringworm Warts

My Review

We have quite a few skin issues between us in our house. There are so many different products on the market to fix this issue or that issue, and you wind up with drawers full of products that don't work. I started using Toe Juice last year and I love how well this product works! I was very excited to see they had some new products added to their collection, and I could not wait to try these. I have been treating some acne with the Soothing Beauty and have had great results. I use the original Toe Juice on small cuts and scratches. It stings for a moment, but this really helps with cleaning and healing all our multiple skin issues. This is an amazing product with a funny name, and I recommend it to everyone I know!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shop Online for Less

Shop online for less

Shopping can be rather frustrating sometimes. You need to drive to a shopping mall, where you spend hours queuing and selecting the items you need to purchase, it can be way too much hassle. Online shopping, on the other hand, can be an entirely different experience. You go to a website, click a few times and you are already at the checkout window where you enter your credit card details and that is pretty much it, you then wait until your purchase arrives the next day. Also, online there are many more ways to save money, one of which (and probably the most popular) is using 

Today I will briefly review what you can buy with Sears coupons at Sears online store and how big the savings can you make. One of the best deals offered this November is for Kenmore appliances. Kenmore is a Sears owned brand that is manufactured by many world-known firms such as Samsung, Sanyo, Panasonic, and others. Because it is Sears owned, it always comes at great prices that might possibly knock your shoes off. Right now, with Sears coupon code you can get up to 30% off all Kenmore appliances, plus extra 35$ off if you spend over 300$, and if you spend more than 399$, 
you will get your parcel delivered for free. In the end, you manage to save somewhere between 30% and 40%, which definitely makes you feel good about your shopping experience. Another great offer involves hot deals of the week. These deals already come at a discounted price of up to 50%, you just need to check them out once in a while in the ‘deals center’. They include everything from fitness & sports, to electronics, appliances, tools, and much more. With Sears promo code you can get a further 75% off every deal, which makes for a great bargain. In the end you never pay more than 20% or 30% of the original price, hence you get your desired item for bread crumbs instead of paying a small fortune. 

One more deal that might peak your interest is for select tools. You can get up to 50% off with best Sears deals, plus extra 15$ off purchases over 75$, and a free delivery with one coupon. This coupon in particular not only helps you save money, it helps you save precious time too, because you do not have to browse around for different discounts, you get three with one coupon code. These are just a few discounts you might get if you use new Sears coupons 20% off, there are plenty more to choose from online, all you need to do is to look for them at Sears website or different websites that you can find using your search engine. There are plenty of discounts to choose from and you will definitely find the one that is right for you. And once you use it once, you will want to use it again and again, because the savings that you can make at Sears can be humongous.

Thanksgiving To Remember Giveaway!

Thanksgiving To Remember Giveaway! Prize:  Wonderful Fall Tote Bag filled with several prizes including restaurant gift cards.  Prize value over $200! One lucky person will win it all!

Enter to win a Simple Savings For ATL Moms Fall Color Tote Bag ~ This bag will include items to help you have a wonderful Thanksgiving including coupons, Department Store Gift Cards, and Restaurant  gift cards, etc.

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Key Caps Review and Giveaway

This 'Label-Label' Key Cap is a completely NEW design of key cap cover. It is specifically made from stretchy silicone material, so our Key Caps stretch to fit over most key shapes and sizes. It has a specially designed 'window' in the key cap itself so you no longer need any additional key tags. You simply stick on an identifying label directly onto your key and then slide on your 'Label-Label' Key Cap.

I received the 8 pack of Key Caps with labels at no cost in exchange for an honest review

My Review

This is a fantastic product if you have more than a few key on your key ring. I have tried several different ways and products in the past to try to mark and label my keys. Most of them have failed. Other labels fall off, and if you have larger or odd shaped keys it can be hard to find other cap like products that fit them. Nail polish peels off and fades also. I like these labels and caps because of how easy they are to use! When you purchase the key caps you get a sheet of blank labels that you can either write on, or there's a template to print labels with your printer. These key caps are super stretchy so they will fit larger and bulky keys as well as small ones like house keys and padlock keys. The labels go on under the cap so the cap keeps the label securely in place. These caps allow you to easily identify your keys quickly without a lot of fumbling. I also love the little knob on the side that identifies which end is up. These are just so unique and useful! Now that we have been using them, I can't imagine not having them!

Giveaway time!

Grand prize is a $50 Target Gift Card!
10 other winners will win a pack of key caps!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Specs Review and Giveaway

A surprise for your eyes, HOLIDAY SPECS are a one-of-a-kind holiday favorite - perfect for everyone. With over 10,000,000 sold around the globe, our special holographic lenses miraculously transform Christmas lights into magical figures of candy-canes, angels, stars, ornaments, snowflakes, gingerbread-men, elves, reindeer, snowmen and even Santa! Brightly printed and inexpensive, HOLIDAY SPECS 3D Christmas Glasses are great stocking stuffers & party favors for this season. Perfect for kids, teachers, family members, the neighbors, the mailman - ANYONE!

I received a package from Holiday Specs at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


These Holiday Specs are such a fun item for the holidays! My boys have had so much with these as decorations have started going up around our town. They are easy to use and don't require any batteries or anything special at all. There are the plastic viewers and then there are paper viewers, which are like the 3D glasses you get to watch movies. My kids have been having so much fun with the plastic viewer, opera style glasses. The handle makes them a little easier to use than the paper ones. These are just fun all around for my kids, and for me and my husband. Holiday Specs has these viewer glasses available for more than just Christmas. They have ones for Halloween, Good Luck, Sunday School and and to view fireworks!

Holiday Specs Twitter

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