Dec 242014
 

50 days of Christimas

Tomorrow is Christmas.  What a fun time I had putting up my 50 days of Christmas post.  I hope you all enjoyed them. Today I want to talk about traditions again.  When I was growing up we use to go to Church on Christmas Eve and while we were gone Santa Claus would come and leave lots and lots of presents! One year he even came when we were getting dressed for church!  We even have a Santa suit in the family that someone would dress up in to bring presents after we were home or later on for  the niece and nephews. The tradition of Santa Claus coming still goes on to this day at my Mom’s IMG_0917(1)probably for the last time this year as she just went into assistant living but this year my family that live in the area will stop and visit and Mom will be there.

One other tradition my brother Dave who lives in Florida and me in Oregon carry on is making my Mom’s recipe for little smokies.  It is weird how that makes us feel a bit more like we are with family.  The recipe is so easy – you take equal amounts of yellow mustard and grape jelly (I use about 1/2 a container of each) and heat them together.  Once blended add the little smokies and cook on low or in crock pot for a few hours until the sauce thickens. It might sound like it is a weird combination but they taste great! These are served at my Mom’s too on Christmas Eve.

Living out here in Oregon I have new traditions ~ Rex and I each open one present on Christmas Eve before he goes to work.  I make the little smokies and watch some Hallmark Christmas Movie.  Christmas Day I will make hot chocolate, french toast and sausage and Rex, Joey and I will open the rest of our presents.  Rex has to work Christmas Night so I will probably watch another Christmas Movie.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy it with family and friends. Merry Christmas to each of you!

Kaisy1

 

Dec 232014
 

50 days of Christimas

Where has the time gone? Can you believe that Wed is Christmas Eve?  I have pretty much everything done for my Christmas Celebration.  The only thing I have left is a few presents to wrap.  I just went on Pinterest and found tons of cute present wrapping ideas I would like to share with you.

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Here is a cute idea from In My Own Style.  You can get directions HERE.

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These are from Cool Mom Picks. You can get the patterns HERE.  

There are lots of cute ideas that you can get from Pinterest and I am sure all of you have great wrapping techniques.  I hope you all find a stack of pretty wrapped presents under you tree!

Kaisy1

Dec 222014
 

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I have talked about products before that use the Dead Sea Minerals and how I like them.  I have also used other products from Adovia so I was happy to try their Mud Mask. The Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask contains  Dead Sea Mud, bee’s wax, jojoba, evening primrose and olive oil. It also has a variety of oils including aloe vera extract and chamomile which is a anti-inflammatory agent.  They all work together to gently remove toxins and impurities and at the same time firms the skin.

The Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is easy to use and great for all skin types.  You first clean your face of all excess oil and pat dry.  Then apply a thick layer of the Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud on your face and neck.  You leave the mask on until it drys which takes 20 to 30 minutes.  Then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.  Splash with cool water and pat dry.  You can follow up with a light moisturizer.

I love using this product.  It makes my skin feel clean!  I like the glow I get and it makes me feel energized.  I have been using it once a week to help my skin look younger and prevent aging. If you are looking for a spa treatment mud mask at home Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is for you.  You can purchase it on the Here.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 222014
 

MACE Brand Logo

MACE Brand is the perfect holiday gift this season. Whether you are protecting yourself during holiday shopping or MACE Brand Pepper Spraylooking for a gift for that hard to shop for person on your list. Not to mention stocking stuffers and more. Many people think that Mace is different from Pepper spray but it is actually a brand of pepper spray. Our pepper spray is natural, it’s OC and triple filtered water.

This time of year you hear so often about people breaking into cars, stealing gifts off the front steps and even taking woman’s purses.  That is why it is so important for you to be very careful and aware of your surroundings.  Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:

  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall, store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

I also carry MACE Brand Pepper Spray with me.  When I am shopping by myself I always have it handy and ready to use.  Rex also has some in his backpack.  He works downtown and takes the MAX to work. Lately we have had some rioting going on downtown at night so I worry about him and he works the graveyard shift.  I am happy to have the MACE Brand Pepper Spray to keep us both safe.

You can purchase MACE Brand Pepper Spray to keep you safe or any one you care about HERE.  Keep in touch with MACE Brand Pepper Spray on their social media sites.

MACE on Twitter: @MaceBrand
Kaisy1This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MACE and Crossroads Media Hub. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Dec 222014
 

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 I just downloaded the updates on this app and was really surprised at how good the graphics were.  I really like that the kids can have fun while learning. My nephew loves the pictures and sings along with the songs. It is something I feel safe letting him play with. I also like that it is a free app.

Get Preschool & Kindergarten Books, Songs & Early Reading Games App on iTunes

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We love the Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App. It is a fun way to get kids to learn. They have activities that they like to do. I know my nephew spends hours on this app and loves to practice his letters.  He has learned a lot by using Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App. I love when an app is educational and that kids like it!

Get Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App on iTunes

Android users can also find Kids Academy on Google Play!

Also be sure to visit Kids Academy on social media!

Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Kaisy1

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and Kids Academy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Dec 222014
 

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Are you still looking for  a great stocking stuffer? Cenoire has a line of  fashionable electronic toothbrushes.  The new Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 2014 is compact and is perfect to carry in your purse.  It comes with two additional brush heads IMG_0919and batteries.  Mine is in a leopard print which I really like. They have a variety of colors and styles to choice from.

I love how compact it the Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 2014 is.  It can be carried discretely in my purse or pocket. Since I can carry with me, I always have fresh breath. It features an improved head fro easier use with a more ergonomic design.

A simple on/off button gets your toothbrush going and then approximately 23,000 brush strokes per minute work to keep your pearly whites clean – faster and more effective than normal toothbrushes. The electric vibration strokes do the work for you, freeing you from the back and forth motions of traditional toothbrushes.

You can find Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 2014 on Amazon.com and QVC.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 222014
 

50 days of Christimas

It’s always fun finding old recipes and doing something new with them. tree-trimmer-treats I love Rice Crispy Treats what about you? They are easy to make.  I found a cute way to make them into ornaments.  You can eat them or put them on your tree.

Through my 50 days of Christmas I have found that many of my favorites are things from the past and that many websites have lots of good ideas to help you celebrate the Christmas season.

If you would like to make these Tree Trimmer Treats you can go HERE for the directions.

Kaisy1

 

Dec 212014
 

50 days of Christimas

Yesterday I talked about taking a bit of time for yourself and I am going to do the same today.  With all the rushing, planning and making things I am all stressed out.  One of the things that helps me relax is taking a bath.

drtealI recently received Dr. Teal’s Refresh & Renew Rosemary Mint Epsom Salt Soaking Solution. There is nothing better than sitting in a aroma-therapeutic bath.  I found that the rosemary and mint essential oils help clear my mind and unwind.  Now I can start making my list again.

Epson Salt has magnesium sulfate in it which helps revitalize tired, achy muscles and refreshes your skin’s appearance.  It also nourishes the skin and the senses.  I love to take long hot baths and have candles lite and maybe even a glass of wine.  It almost makes me feel like I am at a spa.

Now after my relaxing therapeutic bath I should be able to conquer the rest of my projects.  You can find Dr Teal’s Epson Salt’s locally at Walmart.  You can also find it on the link below from Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 202014
 

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I found away to update a room with out a lot of work.  Vinyl Wall Decals from www.vinyldisorder.com are a great way to bring any room to life! They look awesome, last forever, and are easy to apply and remove. Wall Decals come in any shape and size and can be made from any image!

I recently received the vinyl wall decal about.  Always Kiss Me Goodnight.  So last weekend I had Rex help me put it up.  It was really easy to do.  You start by finding the perfect spot to put it up your decal. Make sure it is clean.  Then flip so the hard backing paper is facing you.  Then you just smooth  on to the wall and gently and slowly peel off the backing.  We did just a small portion at a time. It turned out great!

What I like about Vinyl Disorder is the wide variety of decals you can get ~ they have some for every room.  You pick the size and the color.  If you have a design you don’t see you can send have it made specially for you.

You can purchase the same vinyl wall decal I received HERE or you can find one that works in your home. Start the new year out with a fresh looking room!

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dec 202014
 

50 days of Christimas

With all the rushing around I have been doing with getting ready for the holidays ~ I  took a bit of time for myself last night.  I had started a book and wanted to finish reading it.  So I did.  So today do something nice for yourself. Take a few minutes to sit down and go through that magazine that has been sitting on the table or read The Twist of Fate or any other book you want.   To me it was like a mini vacation! Here is a little bit about the book I read.

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About The Twist of Fate by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty’s mailbox, Ty’s faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her – make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?

My Review:

I loved this story ~ It was a quick read and once I started I was finished before I knew it.  Kenzie and Ty live in the same apartment building and they often get each others mail.  When a postcard appeared in his mail box from Kenzie fiance Ty didn’t want to tell her and ruin her favorite holiday.  Kenzie got a letter from Ty’s mom in her box and she ended up inviting her to visit even though she knew Ty didn’t want to see or talk to his mom.  Do Ty and his mom make amends for something that happened in the past?  Does Ty tell Kenzie about the postcard? Do they end up together?  You will want to read The Twist of Fate to find out.

Kaisy1

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.