Category: For Moms

Teleflora’s Homemade for the Holidays Arrangements Are the Perfect Last Minute Gift

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 by No Comments

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the impossible to shop for person on your holiday list? If so, Teleflora has you covered. After all, who doesn’t love pretty flowers?

As part of its “Homemade for the Holidays” collection, Teleflora has three different arrangements from Buddy Valastro, otherwise known as the Cake Boss.

  • T14X300CThe Gingerbread Cookie Jar bouquet features white spray roses, red carnations, and white miniature carnations accented with flat cedar, variegated holly, noble fir, and white pine. The arrangement is displayed in an adorable cookie jar and comes with a recipe for chocolate dipped cookies.
  • The Holly Days centerpiece features creme roses, red carnations, and seasonal greens displayed in a decorated ceramic serving bowl and topped with two red pillar candles. This arrangement comes with a recipe for Christmas meatballs.
  • The Merry Mug bouquet features white carnations, red miniature carnations, white cushion spray chrysanthemums, noble fir, and white pine. It’s displayed in a festive red mug with a matching stirring spoon and comes with a recipe for Merry Mocha.

T14X600CAside from being pretty and thoughtful gifts, these bouquets are also perfect for the last minute shopper. All florists within the Teleflora “Find a Florist” network provide convenient same day service.

To qualify, all you need to do is call or place your online order by 2 pm for local floral delivery service in any city throughout the United States or Canada. It doesn’t even matter if you’re in a rural area like I am — every Teleflora arrangement I’ve ever received has been promptly delivered and absolutely beautiful.

Photo credit: Teleflora

Link Round-up: Gift Tags, Ornaments, Cookies, and More

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features washi tape gift tags, ornaments, cookies, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for peppermint chocolate coconut cookies.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make washi tape gift tags.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make paper ball ornaments.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a cute pinecone snowman.

Artsy Fartsy Mama shared a cute craft to make with the kids—winter window clings.

Restyled Junk showed off a cute Christmas garland made from old jeans.

Club Chica Circle showed us how to make a cute snowman headband.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

Treat Yourself to Tracks Air from Sol Republic

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, you can’t go wrong with the Tracks Air headphones from Sol Republic. Available in White, Gunmetal, Vivid Red, and Electro Blue, these amazing headphones make it easy to wirelessly enjoy your favorite music.

The headphones were easy to pair with our devices right out of the box, even though this was my first experience with Bluetooth. I was listening to music from my Chromebook within five minutes!

If you have two different Bluetooth devices, dual device connectivity lets you sync both at once. So, you can watch Netflix on your tablet and answer an incoming phone call at the same time!

My head size is quite a bit above average, so I wasn’t sure how well the Sol Republic headphones would fit me. But, the headphones are very easy to adjust for a perfect fit. They are easily the most comfortable pair I’d ever had.

The sound quality from Tracks Air is impressive, although I did experience a bit of skipping when I strayed towards the outer limits of the Bluetooth’s 150-foot connectivity range.  The volume controls are on the right ear, so you can quickly adjust the volume up or down as needed.

Tracks Air advertises a 15 hour battery life. I was able to listen to music for two entire work days without needing to recharge, so I do believe this is accurate.

Recharging is done with a USB cable via your computer. There’s also a cord included with your purchase if you accidentally drain the battery but want to use the Tracks Air as wireless headphones until you have a chance to recharge.

If you’re on the fence about your purchase, keep in mind that  Tracks Air now comes with 100-day Money Back Guarantee. However, the guarantee applies only to Tracks Air wireless headphones purchased on or after October 15, 2014 directly from Sol Republic via the official website. If you’re not satisfied, Tracks Air headphones must be returned within 100 days following purchase to be eligible for a refund.

Of course, if you’re planning on buying headphones, you might want to set aside a little extra money. I made the mistake of letting my husband and my 10-year-old son try out my headphones. They both liked them so well that they’ve requested pairs for themselves!

Disclaimer: Samples were provide by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Sol Republic

The Nick & Nora Footie Pajamas Are the Solution to Cold Nights

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 by No Comments

Lesson learned: Never say never. I said I’d never wear footie pajamas. I laughed at them on the racks. But then I found myself freezing in my house, with a fever. That’s it—the fever made me delirious enough to send my husband out for a pair of these because they seemed like the perfect solution.

You know what, though? They kind of are.

They’re soft and fuzzy—and warm, of course. I got the zebra ones (there were also leopard and sock monkey versions), so these are just black and white with a black zipper that zips all the way up the front of the torso.

The material is a little thinner than I expected, especially on the feet, but layering a pair of socks under them should keep me nice and toasty.

Sizing is a little tricky. I would normally wear a small in other pajamas, but I’m 5’8” and there’s not a lot of wiggle room on the length when you’re shopping for something like this.

If you’re about my height or taller, you may want to go up a size. The medium is the perfect length (as long as it doesn’t shrink) but the sleeves are a bit shorter than I would like.

It’s a little baggy around the middle and there’s plenty of room everywhere else. That’s not really a big deal in my opinion, since they’re not exactly meant to be sexy. I wear a size 6.5 shoe and there’s extra room in the foot areas, which have cute zebra faces and ears on them. I don’t think they’ll trip me, but it’s worth mentioning.

I doubt I’ll be living in this thing all winter, but it’s nice for the nights when I just can’t get warm. They’re $24.99 at Target, but right now Target.com has a 30 percent off coupon code (JOY30) and free shipping.

Photo credit: Target

Link Round-up: Christmas Crafts, Treats, and More

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features Christmas crafts, treats, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for easy chocolate Oreo truffles.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute snack idea for school.

Create Craft Love shared a DIY chalky finish Christmas frame idea.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a paper plate elf.

Restyled Junk made cute snowman lights.

Artsy Fartsy Mama showed us how to make a sequin tree.

Club Chica Circle made Santa and elf hat candy jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Scrapbook Inspiration, Gifts, Laundry, and More

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has scrapbook inspiration, gift guides, laundry problem solutions, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared some holiday cookie recipes.

A Beautiful Mess inspired us with scrapbook ideas.

Crafty Journal showed us how to turn a Christmas card box into a gift box.

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Kenarry gave us a gift idea for teachers.

One Good Thing by Jillee solved some common laundry problems.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared a gift guide for teens.

Create Craft Love gave us a recipe for eggnog French toast.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Ornament Ideas, Hot Cocoa, Gifts, Traditions, and More

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ornament ideas, hot cocoa, a gift guide, tradition ideas, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make low fat chocolate chip raspberry quick bread.

A Beautiful Mess shared some of their favorite holiday projects.

Crafty Journal showed us how to make a dollar bill angel.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make ugly sweater ornaments.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a recipe for the best ever creamy Crock-Pot cocoa.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared some gift ideas for the traveler.

Create Craft Love put together a Christmas traditions printable.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

The Aladdin Plastic Mason Jar Tumbler: Good for Smoothies and Gifts

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by No Comments

I think the fact that I get really excited about cups may mean I’m officially getting old, but the Aladdin plastic mason jar tumbler a friend bought for me at Target really made me happy.

I love the old school look of it, first of all. Drinking out of mason jars takes me back to those easy southern dinners with my whole extended family on special occasions or just random days of the week.

The straw is another thing that makes this cup a winner. Have you ever tried drinking a smoothie or protein shake through a regular straw? It’s not always easy! The straw here makes it a little easier to consume thicker drinks because it’s got a wider diameter.

Plus the pattern on it complements the color of the lid, which is a nice touch and makes it an even cuter gift.

The cup’s not completely spill-proof, but I’d much rather hand my daughter use this than a cup with no lid at all. It doesn’t topple over easily, either. It’s just like a lightweight mason jar (since it’s made of BPA-free plastic, not glass).

One more thing I love about this cup: It’s dishwasher-safe! That’s a big deal around here since my daughter’s managed to accumulate quite a few “hand wash only” cups.

There are a few different sizes and color options, and of course that influences the price. The one above is a 32 oz. one, and it’s available for $14.99. Smaller ones, like the 20 oz. style, are less (the 20 oz. cup is $9.99).

Photo credit: Target

The Sarah Fit App Helps You Stay Healthy for (Mostly) Free

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 by No Comments

Fitness guru and YouTube star Sarah Dussault (of Sarah Fit) just released a new free app that keeps her videos organized and accessible for you on the go, handy when you want to look to her for inspiration at the gym or when you have a few minutes but don’t have time to boot up the computer and search for a workout routine.

There’s also an exclusive subscription option for $.99/month that gives you budget-friendly—healthy—meal plans. And there’s a forum and easy access to the Sarah Fit blog and other social media sites (all free features, just like the videos).

The app is incredibly user-friendly, and the color scheme (pink and gray with lots of white space) is easy on the eyes.

The videos are my favorite part. I haven’t actually paid for the meal plan access that’s part of the app, but I’ve seen sample videos on her site where she’d shop for a week on a budget and I was impressed (at the moment, I’m enjoying making my own meal plans with as many multi-night dinners as possible, so I haven’t felt the need to spring for a weekly meal plan).

Back to the videos, though! There are over 300 of them, divided into Fitness, Haul/Favorites, Lifestyle, and Recipes so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. If there’s a video you like and plan to use more than once, you can save it to your favorites, another section in the app that’s easy to get find in a second or two.

She talks fashion, fun, fitness, and food, so if you’re into eating healthy and working out, I recommend giving it a try. I’ve followed her for years and she’s consistently provided valuable content, so I’m glad there’s an easy way to access it all from my phone.

The forum is another fun feature because you can connect with other fitness and health enthusiasts to discuss favorite foods, workout songs you love, share product reviews, and motivate each other.

Photo credit: iTunes