I See Me Personalized Kid’s Books for the Holidays

I recently was invited to attend a Holiday Event hosted by MomTrends. I was introduced to a wonderful company, The I See Me. This group specializes in personalized books for kids.

The Holidays are just around the corner and every year you spend time looking for those great products to get for your kids and kids that you have to get gifts for. You may want to get a gift that is a little different, that is why I love personalized products and books are one of those products that are amazing to have done and I just love these books.

Since the company launched, I See Me, has been awarded numerous awards and once you take a look at look at the catalog, you will easily see why they are a great choice. Ordering and personalizing the different books in the I See Me catalog is very easy so anyone can order these colorful and engaging books.

I See Me offers you a virtual tour of all their books, so you can have a good idea of what the books you want is going to look like and help make your decision process easier.

The tour takes you from the cover to the dedication page and through each singe page of the book. I loved it because you can see where the child’s name has been included and how special and unique the book would be once it is done.

The other thing I love about this company is that it offers different books for different age groups. so, you can get a book for your baby, your toddler, your older kids and you can even pick a book by gender, age group or occasion.

I would love you to try this product and see for yourself how great it is.
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Disclaimer: I received a coupon to get a free book, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Hostess Gift Guide

The holidays are here and you are going to be attending alot of holiday parties and events to attend. Now comes the big question, what should you get as a hostess gift? All of the things that go into this decision is whether you are close to the host, is it a friend of a friend, or is a work person. These things can make your mind spin with what is the perfect gift. While you can never go wrong with flowers and wine, as a gift. If you wanted to make more of an impact and provide something that is a little different, then I have complied a list of great gifts that any hostess would love and will make you look like the best guest.

Don’t stress this holiday season, get them a great gift.

Hostess Gift Guide

  1. Flirty Aprons – An apron (especially a pretty one like this one) is a gift that you know will come in handy over the busy holiday season. Order your apron & see the other choices here.
  2. Decade candy box – Bring your host or hostess back to their childhood by choosing a Thank You box with candy from the decade of your choice. Perhaps they’ll share so that you can reminisce together. Choose your decade here.
  3. Covered cheese dish – An adorable white porcelain cheese dish that can come out every time your hostess entertains. Buy it here.
  4. Sugar scrub tower – A beautiful assortment of 6 different sugar scrubs for the hostess to pamper herself once all the guests have left. Find this gift idea by Lalicious here.
  5. Gilded trophy bowl – Very simply, a beautiful and elegant vessel to place anywhere in the home and use as wished. Find it here, along with other fab gift ideas from Pure Home.
  6. Glass cocktail shaker – Cocktail season is upon us. You want your hosts to be ready! Add a bottle of hooch and mixers if you wish to go all out. Buy the cocktail shaker here.
  7. Reclaimed soda bottle glasses – For your stylin’ eco-conscious hosts, they will be sure to enjoy these glasses made from real glass soda bottles. Find the reclaimed glasses here.
  8. Salt & pepper cellars – A wonderful and pretty hostess gift that will certainly make its way on to the next dinner table. Buy here.
  9. Cashmere throw – If you’re a house guest for a few days, a luxurious gift that the host might not buy themselves will fit the bill. Like this cashmere throw. Cozy too. See it here.
  10. Custom serving platter – Personalized gifts are the best. They demonstrate that you went the extra step and put some thought into the gift. Like this platter with the host’s family’s last name (or other inscription). Order it here.
  11. Re-wined candles – A clever way to reclaim old wine bottles: as jar vessels filled with natural soy wax that has been carefully blended with aromas of white grape, honey, freshly baked bread and a spritz of citrus. Buy it here.
  12. Taste Trunk’s monthly foodie subscription – Chances are that if your hosts invited you for dinner, they like to cook. In which case, they will really appreciate a single or even a monthly subscription to Taste Trunk, a box subscription service for foodies. Find out more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Luxe Gold Accents Guide

There are so many ways for you to glam up your home in the holidays, and nothing says luxury quite like gold. This rich color has made a big comeback of late, and showing up in every form, from small scale accessories to furniture. It couldn’t be a more exciting time for this color. Have just a few items here and there in a room can easily and elegantly highlight any space. I have chosen a few pieces to share with you that can add to any room and highlight it for you

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

1.  Gold foil throw pillow (buy)  2. Appetizer plates, set of 4 (buy)  3. Gold charger plates (buy)  4. Gold leather Moroccan pouf (buy)  5. Gold-patterned Champagne flutes (buy)  6. Gold brocade goblets (buy)  7.  Gold finish side table (buy)  8. Mercury glass apothecary jar (buy)  9. Gold sunburst napkin rings (buy)  10. Gold table lamp (buy)  11. Gold mercury glass votive (buy)  12.  24-piece Midas electroplated flatware set (buy)  13. Food-safe gold glamour serving platter (buy)  14. Dripless gold taper candles (buy)  15. Italian crepe paper table runner & paper roll (buy)  16. “Cheers” serving tray (buy)  17. Le Souk gold-themed table setting – EVERY-thing your table needs (buy)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Target and Oh Joy! Teams Up This Holiday Season

I recently attended a Target event and got a chance to preview the Oh Joy! collection that is now available in stores Oh Joy! has been part of the Target family this whole year and this is the final collaboration. This collection is presented by Joy Cho. When I walked to event I was carrying my Oh Joy! bag from the summer and we had laughs about how I came prepared for this line.

This collection is one that celebrates the holidays with ease and festive mix-and match party and entertaining pieces that make your holiday gathering look special in just a short period of time. While some of these pieces are holiday themed, there are are pieces that you can use all year round.

You will see ceramic mugs, table runner, placeholders along with more paper and melamine pieces like serving bowls, goblets, oven mitts and paper plates and napkin and cookie favor bags that are made of metallic foil wait until you see it. These will make your holiday guest ooh and aah, and make clean up easy for you.

These colors are so much fun and vibrant, it just is not the same old red and green, nothing is wrong with that, but this adds fun to holidays, you will want to buy one of everything.

Disclaimer: I received some products to review, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Glade Gives you the Gift of Feelings for the Holiday Season

On November 17, 2014, I was invited to attend the opening of the first Glade Boutique. This store opened in New York City and will be there through the holiday season. This one of a kind Pop-Up Boutique is here just in time for the holidays and it was a night of great fun and surprises.

The boutique features a multi-sensory, immersive, and interactive experience for shoppers-including a journey through five spaces all inspired and infused with fragrance. These rooms will knock you off you feet, when you step inside, you will feel like you have been transported into another land.

The idea behind this is one that is simple but one that we don’t think about with our busy lives. How does the power of scent make us feel and how it affects our mood?

The space was created collaboration with designer Pamela Dennis and noted interior and architectural designer Stephanie Goto. Both designers played role in designing the boutique and visitors can see how the interior space reflects the inspiration and emotion they drew from the Glade scents.

When you first enter the boutique, you are greeted by a Concierge to help guide your scent and emotional journey. You have these great sofas where you can just sit and relax from the hustle and bustle of the city and the holidays.

The boutique features five amazing and stunning rooms that bring to life the Glade scents that we have come to love.

Relaxation which was inspired by Hawaiian Breeze is a walk through a larger than life conch shell where a warm breeze blows through the air and an orange glow warms the skin. As sounds of the ocean waves relax the mind, when you come out the other side to experience a beautiful sunset.

Flirty inspired by Blooming Peony and Cherry. This allows you to participate in a personal high fashion photo shoot y stepping into a one of the the kind gown created by celebrity designer Pamela Dennis.

Energized inspired by Red Honeysuckle Nectar. Enter a sleek, minimally futuristic space featurin four Oculus Rift stations (3D virutal reality) where a custom trill ride ends in a field of Red Honeysuckle Nectar and leaves you feeling energized.

You should are asked to share your experiences via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #FeelGlade.

I leave one surprise for you check out the wall of 1.500 candles and see what is hidden there.

The Boutique is located at 408 West 14th Street in New York’s meatpacking district and will be open from November 16th through December 23rd, Monday-Friday (11:00am-8:00pm), Saturday (10:00am-8:00pm), and Sunday(11:00am-7:00pm). It will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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Disclaimer: I was given a swag bag for attending, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Influenster-How can you get into these great boxes

What is Influenster?

Influenster is an online community where people can get to try name brands products and share their opinion about the products on social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,. The site to sign up is https://www.influenster.com/.

I was so excited when I first saw posts about this brand new site, which also includes InfluensterApp for your phone so you can keep track of your campaigns. So, how do you get invited you can have a friend invite you our go under the Help section and request an invite. You will get a form that will ask you enter your name, email, and will using and check all that apply. When you get an Influenster account you will not be getting boxes right away you will first have to complete all information that is requested of you and then start building up your influence by filling out small surveys on their web site or write small reviews on the things you like or don’t then share them on social media. The great thing is that it is all free, you will never be asked to enter your credit card information.

If you are chosen for a free product VoxBox you are chosen based on the badges that you unlock and the influence that you show.

I remember when I go my first box the Sugar & Spice Box. I was so excited because you don’t always know what is inside the box. The box was a diversified box, it contained some new products such as Belvita, Colgate Optic White toothpaste, Colgate Optic White Toothbrush, and Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer. These products were so different but I was so excited to try them all.

I love that these boxes are all a surprise sometimes we are given hints via twitter parties, but it is always a box of fun

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Duracell & SheSpeaks Teams Up for the Holidays-#PowerTheHolidays

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks & Duracell

With the holiday season around the corner, imagine that you have picked out the perfect kids for your children you are all sitting around the tree exchanging gifts. After all the gifts are open your kids begin to open the packages and want to play with the toys and you read on the package that batteries are not includes. You then notice that it needs AA batteries. You walk over to the drawer that you keep all your batteries and find that you are out of them. Panic sets in as all the stores are closed and now you have watch your kids be upset that they can not play with their new toys.

This problem could have been avoided if you had stocked up on batteries before the holidays. With the all of the electronic games, toys, remotes, and let us not forget the all important smoke alarms, we need to always have a fresh supply of batteries on hand. I have a routine that I follow whenever I buy a gift I check to see if it requires batteries and I purchase them and add them as a stocking stuffer with the gift.

Duracell Cooper Top All-Purpose alkaline batteries are not only dependable, they are also long lasting. It provides you with a 10-year guarantee in storage with Duralock Power Preserve Technology. The main thing is it is a brand that we have all trusted for years and is one that we can be confident in. CooperTone batteries are available in AA,AAA,C,D and 9V. These all purpose alkaline AA batteries come in 4 pack and 16 pack.

Be sure to check them out

Hashtag: #PowerTheHolidays
Twitter: @Duracell, @Walmart
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Holiday Gift Guide-TARGET & TOMS TEAM UP FOR A WISH LIST THAT GIVES BACK

I recently attended a Target event and got a chance to preview the new TOMS collection that will hit the stores on November 16, 2014. This season Target and TOMS are working together to focus on the basics, while adding a charity element. Giving back around the holidays is always a great thing.

The TOMS for Target limited edition collection includes clothes, accessories, housewares, kids stuff, shoes and so much more. You will be able to buy things for your parents to your friends. The TOMS and Target items are just as cute as they are affordable: nothing is over $50.

The best part is that with each purchase you will help provide nourishment, warmth, or pair of shoes to someone less fortunate, and isn’t that what the holidays is all about.

Here are a few items that you will be able to find:

1. Throws
Winter is coming. why not give warm, cozy and neutral throws to that always cold person in your life.

2. Sweaters
You will have to go and grab one for your stylish friend and one for yourself. These neutral knits are begging to be paired with skinny jeans, leather minis, and boots.

3. Shoes
Who does casual shoes better than TOMS? The slip ons are a dressier alternative to sneakers, but just as comfy and wearable.

4. Scarves & Hats
Protect your neck and prevent heat from escaping through the top of your head during those bitter cold days that we having coming up. These are so cute and can be used with any color.

5. Beautiful Jewels
The line includes simple and beautiful bracelets that reminds you not to worry about the small stuff.

6. Candle
Candles add elegance and warmth to any room or holiday celebration. This is one is a classic.

Disclaimer: I received products to test for my review, however, all opinions expressed her are my own.

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Guest Bedroom Guide

We can all be overwhelmed with the holidays; especially with the idea of us having guest coming to stay over. We want to make sure that our out of town guest have all the essentials in their room and that we make it look as homely as possible for them. The below items are just a sampling of the stuff that you can purchase to make your home look so much better for your out of town guest. Happy Shopping

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  1. Custom blanket – A custom blanket that says “Welcome” would be instantly heartwarming. Or personalize or monogram it any way you’d like. Order it here.
  2. Custom pillows – It’s easy to add color and custom designer touches to the guest bedroom (or the entire home!) with this service by LoomDecor.com. Simply click a pillow style and customize it with the fabric of your choice. Also consider creating your own custom designs in bedding and window treatments. It takes about two weeks from order to delivery. Start designing here.
  3. Bamboo towel set – Bamboo fiber is incredibly soft and absorbent. Bamboo towels are an addition to the guest bedroom that will make your guests feel pampered. Buy them here.
  4. Unisex bathrobe – A Turkish cotton bathrobe that will only get softer with every wash. A must for every guest room. Find it here.
  5. Fold-able luggage rack – So your guests can get their suitcase off the floor and more accessible. This one accommodates a smaller bag on the bottom shelf. Check it out and other models here.
  6. Reed diffuser – An elegant way to freshen up a room. Guest will certainly enjoy the distinctive scents developed by Nest Fragrances. Buy it here.
  7. Orchid in vase (a faux) – You could get the real thing, but this faux orchid will last forever. And look beautiful that whole time. Check it out.
  8. Bedside water carafe – A simple, colorful glass bedside carafe will brighten up the room and be useful too. Find it here.
  9. Wireless charging station and clock – Your guests forgot their chargers? No worries, small electronics can be charged here. The wireless charging station also doubles as a clock. Find out more here.
  10. Sample organic spa gift set – A beautifully packaged set of sample beauty products by Hollybeth Organics. All true beauty USDA Organic Certified products that smell amazing. Order the spa gift set here.
  11. Mattress topper – Offer your guests luxurious slumber for the price of a fluffy mattress topper. Shop for it here.

In order to make your guests feel extra special, consider offering some spa-like amenities, such as this aromatherapy eye pillow, to make them feel extra relaxed and so happy to be in your home instead of a generic hotel room.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Big Hero 6 Battle of the Bay Review

On November 6, 2014, I was invited to attend a special viewing of Big Hero 6 Battle of the Bay. I also got to see a presentation by John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity, VP of Production and Andy Koehler, GameMill Entertainment VP of Licensing & Business Development. They gave us a sneak peak at the Big Hero 6 video game.

This is a wonderful movie for the whole family and one that you can enjoy during the holidays.

It is about a boy and his robot that go on an adventure. Hiro and Baymax do use technology to eat the bad guys it’s the reason behind why they do that makes this movie move along, not just about the fact that they are trying to save the world.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but Hiro is taken to a very sad place after the loss of his brother Tadashi. Due to this Hiro connects with Baymax, a personal healthcare companion who seeks to help heal Hiro. You have to understand the emotional pain that Hiro is in. Baymax finds it harder to help Hiro feel better with far reaching consequences.

In order to help them on their mission of healing, they recruit adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. This introduces us to the Big Hero 6 team. These young modern day superheros was not so super at first. It took time for them to adjust to their new position and abilities. However, they do adjust and become amazing using their techie ability.

This movie has characters that you can relate to and the team has both guys and gals who are brilliant in the technology field and support each other. Which is a great lesson for kids to learn. As the team’s bond they really become ahndy as they battle the bad guy to save San Fransokoyo, a city that’s lovely blend of both western and Japanese culture.

I will not spoil the surprise for you but you will like the ending. All I can say is that you will enjoy it.

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Disclaimer: I was invited to this special screening of the movie and received a copy of the Big Hero 6 game; however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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