Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Great Christmas Gift Idea For Babies & Toddlers-- Zubels Organic Hand Knit Dolls

I have always been a stickler for safe, non-toxic toys and that is why I was so happy to get a chance to receive a Zubels Hand Knit Doll to review. Zubels are some of the finest hand made 100% cotton dolls in the world.  They've been sold in boutiques around the world for over 7 years and now they finally have an online store!

"Zubels were born of a creative group working together to bring smiles to children (and to us). There was a need for an eco-friendly yet purposeful toy whose only requirement was a little love and imagination."

How cute is this hippo?!
Zubel Hand Knit Dolls come in 4 different sizes: 7" (with rattles), 12", 14" and 24". We received a 12" "Pom Pom Pam" Cheerleader Doll to review. Z and I decided this would be such a great Christmas present for my 2 month old niece for Christmas. Since they are non-toxic and made with 100% organic cotton, I feel safe letting her play with it. Pictures just dont do her justice-- she's really cute and soft with adorable blonde curls! The perfect present my niece's first Christmas!


The hippo and the girl elf (both pictured on this post) are my favorite Zubel Knit Dolls. I think Z would absolutely freak if she received the hippo one for Christmas since hippos are her favorite animal. And how cute is that elf?! If you're looking for the perfect Christmas present, look no further because Zubels has such a large selection you're bound to find something perfect! They even have Santa, a snowman, and both a boy and a girl elf! 


I'm really proud to be in partnership with Zubels because they're a company that is committed 100% to providing their customers with safe, fun, imaginative toys. I just love that each one is handmade with love and care. I also love how reasonably priced these handknit dolls are, I don't think I've seen prices this low for hand knit, organic toys anywhere else!

To order your own Zubels Doll or check out their massive selection check out www.zubels.us!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Giveaway Winner Announced & More Giveaways To Enter

Well, its looking like my laptop is going to take longer than I thought to fix as Lenovo has decided to tell me that a broken hinge on my laptop that is less than a year old is not covered under warranty (and to think I even bought their useless extended warranty as well)... Way to kick a girl while she's down, Lenovo... How is a blogger supposed to blog without a computer?! I miss my Toshiba computer and I will never get a Lenovo again. 

Anyway onto the good news... Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Zaptop Bottle Opener Giveaway!

The winner is:

TIFFANY T.

Congratulations!

Didn't win? That's alright, I have a ton more giveaways for you to enter! :)


Old Factory Candles Gift Set - US - 11/24
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Letter from Santa Deluxe Package - US - 11/28
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 Soothie Suckers Ice Pops - US - 12/1
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NEW! Reed & Barton Ornament of Choice  - US - 12/4
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Reed & Barton Blown Glass Ornament Review & Giveaway

Looking for the perfect Christmas present? You can stop looking now because I have found it! Reed & Barton is known for their high quality products and the beautiful Checking It Twice Egg Ornament did not disappoint. I was excited to get the chance to work with Reed & Barton because their reputation really precedes them. Did you know they have been making fine tableware and giftware since 1824? My husband and I started a family tradition where we get Z a Christmas ornament of her very own every year. A lot of time (and money) goes into this special holiday tradition of ours as I search for the *perfect* ornament for her each year. There are no words to express how happy I am that this year we are going to give Z an incredibly special (and beautiful) ornament from Reed & Barton


The ordering process was so easy but it was so hard to choose which one I wanted as all of the blown glass ornaments are absolutely gorgeous but eventually I chose the Checking It Twice Egg Ornament.
  "The Checking It Twice Egg Ornament by Reed & Barton tells the classic Christmas story. Santa, lugging a full bag of toys, has made his list and is checking it twice while Rudolph, decorated in ribbons and jingle bells, patiently awaits the night before Christmas. The darkening sky, accented with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and glittering snow will soon speed them on their way." 
This ornament is part of the Christmas Reflections Collection of fine handmade European ornaments. It was elegantly packaged for gift-giving and storage and it is accented with glitter and hand-set swarovski elements.


This is seriously one of the most gorgeous ornaments I've ever owned and it's 4.5 inches tall! Pictures dont even do it justice, you really have to see it to believe it. I wanted to get out my Christmas tree and take pictures of it hanging but my husband rolled his eyes at me and told me I have to wait til Thanksgiving before hanging up the tree. Bah humbug! So be on the lookout for next week because I will be updating this post literally as soon as I have my tree up. That's how excited I am for this ornament-- I cant wait to show it off!

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To order your own Reed & Barton ornament or check out their gorgeous selection of blown glass ornaments click here!


Reed & Barton was generous enough to offer one I'm No Domestic Goddess reader their own Blown Glass Ornament! (Winner's choice!!) This giveaway is open to the US only.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NOAH- A Wordless Picture Book




This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God - and a formidable engineering challenge.

It's true what they say, a picture is worth a thousands words. The pictures in this stunning book are so meaningful and gorgeous, that there isn't even a need for words at all. In case you haven't caught on, NOAH is wordless picture book filled with 64 pages of truly stunning pictures drawn by Mark Ludy. Part of me feels embarrassed that a children's picture book has me so fascinated but you really have to see it to believe it. Everyone knows the story of Noah's ark but no one has every told it quite like this before.

Z and I can spend an hour just looking at and talking about the pictures. And as an added bonus, you can find Squeakers the mouse on every page (and let me tell you, its not always easy! lol). This book is going to be a treasure to have in our house and I look forward to many hours of talking about it with my kids. I recommend this book for all ages and it would make such a wonderful Christmas present this year!

"Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again."

About the Author:
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Mark’s website: http://www.markludy.com

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just a head's up!

My laptop is broken once again, (the second time in the 10 months that I've had it) so things are going to be slow on the blog for the next week or so while it is getting fixed. I may fall a bit behind on giveaways that end but I promise that once I get my laptop again, I will catch up! Right now, I'm stuck using either my phone, my Kindle, or my husband's annoying desktop that refuses to upload photos from my camera. So basically, it will really just be a technology limited week for me! 
Have a great week, everyone!

P.S. While I have your attention... dont forget to enter the giveaways I have going on right now! :)



Old Factory Candles Gift Set - US - 11/24
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Letter from Santa Deluxe Package - US - 11/28
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NEW! Soothie Suckers Ice Pops - US - 12/1
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

From the Creator of Veggietales-- "Why Do We Call It Christmas?" DVD

"Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus' birthday?  More than you'd think! 
Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world's most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don't miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?" 


Watching Christmas movies is my family's favorite way to get into the holiday spirit and Buck Denver’s “Why Do We Call It Christmas” was the perfect movie for us. This fun-filled DVD teaches you where Christmas got its name and you find out where some of the popular Christmas traditions came from and the meaning behind them.  The Christmas Story is quite well known but join Buck Denver this year to learn the Story Of Christmas.

This cute movie contains the following topics:

-Where do we get the word Christmas?
-When was Jesus born?
-What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
-Who is St. Nicholas?
-What is Hanukkah?
-Who is Emmanuel?
-Luke 2 Story

Watch the DVD Trailer below!



My family really enjoyed this movie and even I learned things that I didnt know about Christmas! It's 60 minutes long and it held my 3 year old's attention the entire time. I love how it connects all of the "commercial" aspects of Christmas to the real story of Christmas. I know it answered a lot of questions I had as a kid when it came to Christmas. I think this movie would make such a great stocking stuffer for any curious kid (or adult-- I enjoyed it! lol).

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Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Capitol Tree at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI

We were invited to go see The 2014 Capitol Tree at The Henry Ford Museum! For 50 years, a beautiful tree has traveled across the country to be delivered to the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC to help celebrate the Christmas Season and the great outdoors. This year, Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota has provided the 88 foot Spruce tree and the tree will make almost 30 stops on the way to the nation's capitol.

We didn't really know what to expect when we got there and we were kinda surprised that they didn't take the tree out of the truck. But it makes sense if you think about it because taking the tree out at every step along the way would surely damage the tree plus you'd have to worry about people pulling on it and trying to break off pieces. We were pretty excited to write our names on banner that was on the side of the truck. It was pretty cool to be a part of such a neat tradition for this country.

You can track the US Capitol Tree or see if it's stopping near you at www.capitolchristmastree.com!





Baby girl and I writing our names!


All of these great pictures were taken by my wonderful husband; he really has become quite the photographer. As a photographer myself (and his adoring wife), I'm super proud of him! 

After looking at the tree, we headed into the warmth of The Henry Ford and checked out the museum! If you are ever in the Detroit area, its a must-see. We absolutely love spending our time there. We will be going back soon to check out Holidays in The Henry Ford Museum and I will definitely post a ton of pictures about that! Find more details about Holidays in The Henry Ford Museum at www.thehenryford.org. I hope to see you there!

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received tickets to The Henry Ford Museum mentioned above for free in the 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."