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Spring into Summer Gift Guide
Here in the frozen tundra AKA Missouri, I’m counting down the days until the first day of Spring. While that day is always bittersweet, the older I get the more I look forward to the longer days and more time outside! While I know many of us still have lots of Winter to deal with, remember that Spring time will be here before you know it.
Which is why this year we are fighting off Winter and getting ready to Spring into Summer. (See what I did there…Springing into Spring which just as quickly Spring into Summer.) I know, I know, I won’t quit my day job just yet, but we are ready for all the Spring and Summer fun that is coming our way!
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Get ready for a road trip with these great brands!
Perksik’s Pure Sky
The older I get the more Eco-friendly I am becoming as well and while I do have some must have not green products, that list is certainly shrinking.
One of my favorites currently is Perksik’s Pure Sky Green Car Cleaning Essentials. Pure Sky is a towel 4 set that includes an interior microfiber cleaning cloth, body non-scratch towel, and a windows streak free towel. Are you counting?? Me too..The fourth piece is simply water and we all have that at our disposal 99% of the time.
The Pure-Sky Car Cleaning Kit is made of patented state-of-the-art composite Ultra micro fibers, consisting of multifilament yarns that are made of more than 1,000 strands per yarn.
This Environmentally friendly option keeps you chemical free and helps you save money too! Plus it reduce your need for disposable cleaning sponges, cleaning chemicals, and paper towels. It’s a green clean and removes over 99% of bacteria in your vehicle! Use The Pure Sky coupon Code: Puresky18% to save on this great product!
For the “Clean Freaks”
We have kept hand sanitizer in our vehicle for years and jokingly say that we were hand sanitizing before hand sanitizing was cool. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing the same now though. We are in fact probably doing it more often, so I was anxious to try EcoFreak when I heard about it.
What is EcoFreaks?
EcoFreaks takes hand-sanitizing to a whole new level with their vehicle dispenser bundle. They are made specifically for your car and it is one action motivated, so no more grabbing the bottle to squirt your hands. Each bundle includes one auto motion-activated dispenser with cup holder koozie, one gallon of foaming hand sanitizer, and one funnel for easy refilling. Koozies are also available in charcoal, lime, and pink. Active Ingredient: 80% Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic, plus aloe for moisturizing. But my favorite part is that it ismade in the USA!
I remember the days when you had your face covered you were up to no good. But those were the days. Now 90% of the people I see out and about has their face covered with a mask of some kind. Because I suffer from anxiety attacks wearing a mask in HARD for me, but I still do it. I’ve had more anxiesty attacks while wearing a mask than any other time in the last year. But I’ve found the mask that everyone needs to try! The HMNKIND masks are the softest mask you will ever wear, plus they are 99.9 percent antibacterial and they offer a kid size in extra small!
HMNKIND began with a simple thought: to do better. They do better by creating a reliable and trusted source for high quality, thoughtfully designed everyday protective apparel and accessories. Their antibacterial fabrication is a patented wet polyurethane foam designed by K Beauty and Skincare industry experts. Their masks also prevent 99.9 percent of UV rays. They are clinically tested, and have superior quality against particle filtration.
HMNKIND not only does better to care for the Earth by utilizing recyclable materials in the product and packaging design, but it also does better for society by giving back 10% of all sales to Color of Change to promote equality.
Keep the Kids Busy
If you are heading out on a roadtrip with kids you understand how quickly they get bored. But never fear Rap Dad is here. Rap Dad has songs about farts, dinosaurs, ninjas and cars! Plus they have original children’s stories for them to read as well. Talk about a win-win situation! The author even signed the 4 books I received, so I’m sure our grandson Tater will love these books for years to come.
Friendly Fables books. He has taken the story lines and created rap music for kids to sing with him! He has performed live in Canada, as he resides in Toronto. Friendly Fables is a children’s book series that features experiences that children can connect on an age-appropriate, emotional, and intellectual level, from a first trip to the zoo to a hospital visit. There are milestones, challenges, and sometimes, a bit of the extraordinary! (Think friendly monsters, magical garden gnomes and one VERY proper pig!) Friendly Fables’ based kids rap album debuted in #1 on the iTunes children’s music chart in Canada and their YouTube Channel has over 500,000 views!
Spring into the New Season with PeachSkinSheets
I’ve had PeachSkinSheets before for our bed and they are AMAZING!! While this set is going to be for the guest bed or daughter’s family uses while here, I know they will sleep like babies when they are here for a visit. These are literally the best sheets on the market and with their wide variety of colors, everyone will find their perfect match!
PeachSkinSheets in Red: With thousands of 5 Star ratings, PeachSkin Sheets are the best sheets ever because they are made of a high-performance 21st-Century SMART fabric that helps warm sleepers stay cool and cool sleepers stay cozy. Even better? They also help with night sweats by keeping skin drier and wicking away moisture, instead of absorbing it like cotton will. The breathable advanced poly fibers act like workout clothes to keep the moisture off of your skin so you stay comfortable all night long. All PeachSkinSheets are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which keeps pollen and dust from attaching to the fabric.
Get a Flippy
A Flippy is a great tech accessory that allows you to work from home or while traveling. It’s compact size allows you to take it with you, and the design allows for you to have the perfect angle no matter what you are doing. I’ve used it for cooking, reading, and working as well as going down the road and it’s a game changer.
The Original Flippy tablet pillow stand is ideal for all ages parents, kids, teens, and even grandparents. Mine lives on my desk to help keep me organized during the day, but of a night it’s often taken to the living room with me!
Flippy is available in so many colors and patterns, and one version comes with internal storage for cords and glasses. It also comes in full and mini tablet/book sizes and has three different sides for different angles for display positions. Flippy is designed for sitting or reclining, standing – great for workers, students, cooks, and gamers – and puts your comfort first, with no “tech neck.”
Sale proceeds also help support the literacy non profit First Book.org. It is made by Happy Products, Inc., a certified women owned business.
Native Vanilla is a baker’s BFF. The brand brings organically farmed, sustainably-sourced top-quality vanilla to your home! It is known for producing the world’s finest quality ethically-sourced vanilla.
The DIY Vanilla Extract Kit is my personal favorite, and I have it in my pantry tucked into the back where it’s nice and dark. In just 4-6 months it will be ready to use, so in the meantime I’m using the Vanilla Bean Powder in my morning coffee in place of a preservative filled creamer.
The Organic Vanilla Bean Sugar is the perfect solution for cookies, cakes, yogurt, oatmeals and of course sauces. But because it is made with cane sugar we have to be careful how much we use for health reasons.
This antioxidant-rich superfood is the perfect option for gluten-free and vegan lifestyles and has no artificial fillers or additives
About Native Vanilla:
Native Vanilla brings organically farmed, sustainably sourced top-quality vanilla to your home. Ethically sourced and grown by a Papua New Guinea micro-farmer cooperative, the company is committed to providing vanilla products including vanilla extract, vanilla bean powder, vanilla sugar, and vanilla beans. Quality for the consumer, a fair price for the farmer.
Give the Gift of Southern Caramel
Southern Caramel makes it’s caramels just like Grandma used to and the made-from-scratch flavors are out of this world. This rich gourmet flavor is brought to you by Sarah who owns the business and has made the old time recipe new again by giving it a modern twist.
The fresh ingredients are simple sugar, cream, and butter. But then she adds in some unexpected flavors that always leave you wanting more.
My box of four included:
Sea Salted Caramels-The Sea Salted Caramel in sauce form – aka liquid gold. Perfect on top of ice cream, mixed in coffee, or right out of the jar. Which I expected to be my favorite, but it wasn’t.
Lime Salted Caramels is perfect for summertime! Their orginial caramel recipe is sprinkled with our house made lime salt. It reminds me of the best Keylime Pie I’ve ever had. And no I’m not even joking, it sounds like an odd combination, but trust me, it works!
Coffee Caramels- They had me at Coffee, but the hints of coffee are strong enough that you don’t always want a cup of Joe for the afternoon pick me up. But I will have to admit, that these are probably my favorites!!
Chocolate Strawberry Caramel- Tastes just like you are biting into a chocolate covered strawberry but without the fruit. While I expected to love this one, I actually have a love/hate relationship with it, but I will gladly eat them any day of the week.
They also have Salted Caramel, Bourbon Caramel and Lavendar Tea Caramels that I will have to try, but not for awhile because the boxes I have will last quite awhile, or at least I hope!
Bake Me A Wish
It’s never to early to start thinking about Easter which is April 4th this year. While I’m enjoying the “break” in holidays, that doesn’t mean, I’m not busy planning ahead for that holiday. Since our daughter and her family live out of state we often times have to get creative when it comes to gift giving. That’s why I LOVE Bake ME A Wish! They ship delectable sweets that can be sent overnight with a personalized greeting card which makes our loved ones feel even more loved.
Their delicious Easter lineup includes:
- Deluxe Easter Basket
- Mini Easter Basket
- Easter Cookies
- Or their cake collection is also wonderful if you prefer!
Overnight delivery is guaranteed for those last-minute gifts.
About Bake Me A Wish!
Bake Me A Wish! was founded in 2005 with the mission to deliver divinely crafted birthday cakes and gourmet baked goods to anyone across the United States, wherever they are. BakeMeAWish.com features delicious gourmet dessert options including sumptuous recipes, personalized greeting cards and elegant packaging. 15 years later, Bake Me A Wish! offers a magnificent lineup of other mouthwatering bakery treats including cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and pies. They have expanded their offering even further with gorgeous snack baskets. Bake Me A Wish! has become the go-to source for people in need of high-quality baked goods, and is excited to help make your gifting dreams come true. Bake Me A Wish! is located in New York, New York and delivers throughout the country.
The older I get the more I realize just how badly I’ve treated my body over the years. But that is a thing of the past thanks to my friends at ErgoFoam. Working from home is hard on a normal day, and we as a society spend countless hours at our desk and then on the couch or our favorite recliner. The under the desk foot rest, gives us all the foundation for any proper seated position. Properly placed, a footrest can offset a seated load, relieve leg pain, reduce back fatigue, and promote better circulation. I LOVE it because they have a Tall Versions for shorter people like myself who aren’t always able to reach the ground.
Chris Lam is the Founder of ErgoFoam, the market-leading foot rest named ‘Best Under-Desk Foot Rest of 2020’ by Wirecutter. Available in varied sizes, ErgoFoam enforces proper seated position from the ground up. Flipped over, the rest becomes a rocker, and a Netflix show becomes the perfect time to infuse some active movement into another evening spent at home.
We are spending more and more time outside enjoying the fresh air and goign to the mountains with our daughters family. But having a hot meal in the mountains isn’t always easy, but the next trip to the mountains I will put our new nomadiQ to the test! This sleek, sexy, BBQ Grill is lightweight (under 12 pounds) and easy to set up to use! It is the ultimate portable lightweight gas grill that allows you to charbroil everything you can think of. Plus the protection pouch fits perfectly to keep your grill clean when not in use. It even ignites with just a click of a button. Making it one of the best portable grills on the market. Shop nomadiQ Grills today!
Get ready for Mother’s Day with Mom Jokes! Laughter truly is the best medicine and comedians Lisa Beth Johnson and Phoebe Bottoms have came up with more than 300 jokes. Ranging from snarky, sassy, and witty this is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all the Mother’s on your list! Here’s just a few of some of the jokes you can find in this great book!
- Every Mother’s Day my children make me breakfast in bed. Good thing I taught them how to make bottomless mimosas.
- Q: What’s the difference between me when I’m nine months pregnant and a supermodel? A: Nothing, because my husband values his life.
- The good thing about going back to work after having kids is that you have your mom boss voice perfected.
- I thought my 7-year-old was mature enough to feed our goldfish—and he is—he just isn’t mature enough to know they don’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Bring on Father’s Day!
Dad Joke Face-Off by UltraPro Playroom is the game with the best worst jokes you’ve ever heard and great for creating engagement between kids and Dad! Inspired by the hit internet sensation, this game will make any game night a laugh riot. We’ve all groaned or rolled our eyes after hearing “dad jokes” before, but, when the pressure is on, can you stop yourself from laughing or even cracking a smile?
In Dad Joke Face-Off, two players sit face-to-face and take turns telling jokes. Read a Dad Joke off of your card and do so WITHOUT SMILING OR LAUGHING, while trying to get your opponent to crack. Sounds pretty simple? Don’t take our word for it, get your friends and family together and see who laughs… or doesn’t laugh the most!
- The Party Game where You Laugh First, You Lose
- Get your friends and family together and see who laughs… or doesn’t laugh the most
- Contains 600 Dad Jokes
- 2 to 12 players
- Ages 13+ with average play time of 30 minutes per game
Old Trapper Beef Jerky
Old Trapper beef jerky is handcrafted from the most savory and highest-quality protein. The end result is a take-anywhere healthy snack that is low in calories yet high in protein – the perfect snack or even quick meal replacement. Each 1 oz serving contains only 70 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of carbs.
The ingredients behind the company’s 50 years of success are as short as its actual ingredient list: lean high-quality meat, quality seasonings, real wood-fired smoke and a hands-on manufacturing process. Couple that with an affordable price point and Old Trapper’s ability to outlast the competition becomes obvious. Varieties include: Old Fashioned, Peppered, Hot & Spicy and Teriyaki
If you have followed me for anytime at all you know I love my coffee and things that have to do with coffee. But I have found a new love for my afternoon drinks which usually includes homemade iced tea or iced coffee. But the sweat that leaves rings drives me absolutely bonkers so for the most part I use a tumbler of some kind all day.
But now instead of a tumbler I am breaking out my Sok-It for both hot and cold drinks. The reusable hot beverage sleeve is perfect for those “to-go” cups and literally lives in my purse so I can always use it instead of cardboard sleeves. Plus, I am helping the landfills by not using a new one daily when I purchase coffee outside the home.
But the Java Sok that gets the most use at home is the Reusable Insulating Cold Beverage Sleeve. This large sleeve keeps my desk free of rings and allows my drinks to be cold without constantly having to get more ice. PLUS, it keeps my hands dry, so it is pretty much a win-win situation. I am thinking that we are going to have to order a few more just so we have them on hand because they are seriously that handy. It is time to help mom upgrade her daily to-go coffee encounter with eco-friendly, fashionable, cup sleeves from Sok-It™. With over 40 designs, there is a style for every mom on your list.
As Empty Nesters we sometimes run out of things to talk about. No, I’m being dramatic. However, how many times have you been at a party and no one is talking? Been there, done that and got the T-Shirt. But with Tabletopics on your side, those awkward moments of silence are a thing of the past. This conversation piece is the perfect addition to any home bar!
You can compliment the perfect cocktail with interesting conversations shared with friends. On the back of each card is also a “fun fact” in the form of interesting fact, tidbits of information about cocktails, or even cocktail recipes. But the fun doesn’t stop there, some include a famous quotes, and on the opposite side is the questions. What a perfect way to break the ice! Just remember they are made for ages 21 and up! Pick up your Tabletopics today! .
This year we have really been working on eating better and more “organic and raw” ingredients. While Brady’s scale is seeing great improvement, mine is still stuck at a number I dislike very much. But that isn’t here nor there honestly, today we are talking about one of my favorite “snacks”. While the Missouri weather is teasing us with Spring like weather, we are also getting our fair share of rainy and cold days. So on those days I enjoy sipping some broth instead of grabbing something to eat.
However, eating plain broth all of the time get’s rather old, but with my new found Fond Bone Broth I’ve got several flavors to alternate with. Plus it’s Keto friendly which is a HUGE help for me especially when I’m home alone. If you don’t eat Keto but eat Paleo it’s also Paleo Friendly.
This yummy broth is all-natural goodness, without preservatives and the perfect bone broth. With 8 different Fond Bone Broths available you can literally have a different broth every day of the week.
Youth Tonic Bone Broth is the flavor of Shitake, Shallot and Sage which makes for a savory delight.
Liquid Light Bone Broth is made with Turmeric, Thyme, and Black Pepper making it the perfect health food for all!
Mother’s is the perfect blend of Fennel, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Bay Leaf making it the perfect pairing for salty meats.
Spring Clean is the perfect broth to have on hand for recipes that call for garlic and onion. The lemon, radish, onion, and garlic combination is PERFECTION in a jar! Add it to your chicken noodle soup and thank me later!
The Spur is the amazing combination of beet, poblano and serrano giving your broth the most unique flavor ever. We are going to try it in our chili just for an added kick.
The Conductor Bone Broth Tonic is a delicious blend of Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Smoky Chipotle. Which allows you to take your stews and soups to the next level easily.
Order your own case of FondBroth today!
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Being a Nana of a 2-year-old grandson sending unique gifts is something I have to do for holidays because of the distance we live apart. While I ordered an Easter Basket from a company a few months ago that was personalized that isn’t the only thing his Nana and PopPop will give him. The Easter Basket we got him will be used for years to come, so now comes the fun part and that’s filling it! Since it’s already been delivered to their home, we are going to send a Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way straight to Tater (His online nickname.!)
Why the Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way Basket
Because his darling parents do not let him have a lot of candy and this was a great “compromise” for me at least. The adorable roof comes off the house and nestled inside “hiding” is a plush Easter bunny dressed in the most adorable and cozy carrot-themed sweater. Plus, it has a few “candy” because what is Easter without a little candy.
Included is a blue Crisped Rice Cereal Treat, a chocolate bunny (YES!) Everyone needs one no matter what the parents say! A package of Peeps, a bag of Jelly Beans and a package of smarties (smoothies) and the ever so needed M &M’s! Plus they even have the option to buy 2 of the exact same house! Which will cut down on the arguments the kids have about who’s Easter Basket is better! I’m sure our little “Tater” will enjoy this Happy Easter “House” for years to come.
Give the gift of relaxation!
Mom’s everywhere can always use relaxation and my friends at Homasy have us covered! Their bath bombs are 100% natural and come in a set of 12. Each bath ball is individually marked with a sticker so you know which bomb you are using very quickly. But if you have ever used a bath bomb that is individually wrapped you know what a pain they are to open. Not with their handy “seam ripper”, you can have a bath bomb open in seconds.
The packaging is way super cute with the pale yellow grass under the bombs to help cushion their delivery. They also placed 2 silica gel packs in the box to ensure they stayed nice and dry until arrival.
These bath bombs made the water silky smooth and the colors have all been vibrant. However, the vibrant colors do NOT satain the tub which is a huge bonus in my book. The bombs fizz perfectly and the smells are just right and not overpowering like other bath bombs I’ve tried. Give mom the gift of relaxing this Mother’s Day with her own set of Bath Bombs from Homasy!
Essential Oil Diffuser
While we are talking relaxation may I suggest the Victsing Essential Oil Diffuser! The Wood Grain is stunning and looks perfect no matter what room you use it in. Mine is currently in the office/craft space as that is where I tend to spend most of my downtime as well as work time. While working I tend to use a combination of Orange and Peppermint with a drop of “Sweet Spring”. Which helps me stay focused. Then of an evening when I’m busy crafting or sewing I tend to use lavender and Lemon Myrtle to help me relax.
The Victsing Wood Grain Diffuser set comes with Lavender, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, as well as sweet orange. The essential oils go perfectly with the diffuser and while it’s not a sound proof diffuser, the water is relaxing in it’s own way.
The diffuser itself is nice and puts out a good stream of vapor. I love that I can turn it on for one hour, three hours, or even 6 hours. The light patterns are kind of fun to watch at nighttime but during the day I tend to not even notice the sounds or the lights.
I will say that the Essential Oils that come with the kit aren’t as high quality as the one’s I have currently on hand. But for a beginner I think this is the perfect kit, or for someone like me who has the oils, but not found the perfect diffuser, the Victsing Wood Grain Diffuser Set fits the bill perfectly.
Fairy Light Treehouse
Spring has arrived here in Missouri and I for one couldn’t be happier. But that doesn’t mean the ground is ready to be planted just yet. So start your kids off right by helping them get their Fairy Light Treehouse growing inside! There is no better time to start the love of gardening off than right now.
Everything you need to grow your magical garden is included in your My Fairy Garden – Light Treehouse playset. Creating your own magical oasis has never been easier thanks to the easy-to-follow guide that takes children through caring for their seeds and learning about how plants grow.
Watch your garden grow in size too, the My Fairy Garden sets have bridges to connect them so you can build your My Fairy Garden village, with so many different My Fairy Garden’s, you can collect them all!
All you need is some sunlight, warmer weather, and most importantly… love! Order your Fairy Garden’s today!
As a kid I can remember going to Aldi for the month, one time a month and it was always a huge shopping trip. We used to load up no less than 4 shopping carts full of essentials and I believe that is where my love of Aldi began. As I transitioned into being an adult, our ALDI trips have become a lot smaller, but one thing still remains is that my love for ALDI will never die. I do have to travel 45ish miles to get to ALDI now, it never dissapoints me! Fans of ALDI, it’s time to celebrate your love of the best-ever grocery store with a cookbook dedicated entirely to your favorite products. I can’t wait to try the stuffed chicken breast recipe on page 84 of The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook: Delicious Recipes Made with Fan Favorites from the Award-Winning Grocery Store
Jeanette Hurt, author of The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook: Delicious Recipes Made with Fan Favorites from the Award-Winning Grocery Store has all the recipes you will need to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner with lots of yumminess in between! Pick up your copy of this fabulous cookbook today!
ALDI started out as Albrecht’s grocery store in 1913 in Germany. Eventually, the Albrecht brothers took over from their mama, and they turned it into Albrecht Discount, or ALDI, for short. In 1976, ALDI opened its first store in the United States in Iowa. Today, the company’s on track to become the third largest grocery chain in the United States, with more than two thousand stores open now.
Get ready for summer adventures with the help from Boost Oxygen! Boost Oxygen has a great line of products to help you feel your best when the air quality is poor, or you are getting acclimated in a new altitude. Our daughter and her family live in Cheyenne, Wyoming and love to hike in the Rockies. When we visit we often times go into Rocky Mountain National park and the first time I went I was so sick. I had a headache, was dizzy and the shortness of breath is a real struggle.
While I survived, and have had episodes on recurring trips even when I prepare, so it’s nice to have Boost Oxygen on hand now so that will be a thing of the past. They have several products available and their oxygen is 95% pure, in a portable, easy to use handheld canister and comes in a variety of sizes.
Boost Oxygen helps you stay oxygenated and wards off shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness and nausea. Not only does it improve sleep and lift your mood, it also increases mental alertness and stamina. Boost Oxygen is safe for all ages, and also supports altitude acclimation, migraines and when dealing with poor air quality.
Increased oxygen intake has been reported by health professionals as the natural health and well-being aid that promotes energy, better mental acuity, increased capacity for exercise (and quicker recovery), as well as boosting the immune system.
Boost Oxygen is available in Natural, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Menthol-Eucalyptus as well as Think Tank. Think Tank has an Organic Rosemary Aroma which delivers more oxygen to your brain allowing support for optimal performance. They come in three different sizes.
The Pocket size has up to 40 One-Second Inhalations the Medium size has 100 One-Second Inhalations and the Large Size has 200 One-Second Inhalations. Pick up some Boost Oxygen today so you are ready to tackle the next hike, outdoor fun or just to be prepared.