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Ugly Snuglies Review

UglySnuglies: Bizarre Bear and Krazy Kitty Review and Giveaway

Bizarre Bear and Krazy Kitty Ugly Snuglies

When I was a child I was always reminded it was “what was on the inside that counts”. I took this lesson and applied it to friends, boyfriends and really everybody I encounter in my adult life. I believe that a person is defined not by their outer shell but what is in their heart and soul is what is important. I believe this to be true and think that it is a message that is getting lost in this beauty conscious world we are living in. There is more importance on filters, injections and basic photo editing then what somebody thinks or feels.

I think that this message needs to be taught at a young level, and while we have all these conveniences of modern photography, I am not sure they should be used to the extent they are outside of professional photography studio. The message of what is on the inside is not as clear as it was when I was growing up.

I believe in this message, so when an offer came across my email to review the UglySnuglies, I was looking forward to learning more about them. UglySnuglies are unique stuffed animals that teach the lesson that “it is what is on the inside that is important”.

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Goodie Girl: Holiday Goodie Bag Giveaway

Goodie Girl: 2015 Holiday Goodie Bag  Giveaway!!!

Goodie Girl CollageJason and I are fans of a good cookie and lucky for us I get to sample and try a fair amount of cookies in a wide variety of flavors. Back in July 2015 I reviewed a cookie company that is based out of the Tribeca Neighborhood in New York City. This company was called Goodie Girl and they were easily one of the better cookies we sample.

The thing that was special about Goodie Girl cookies is that they are gluten-free, but do not taste gluten-free. I have discovered that many items that are gluten-free and unfortunately have a really unpleasant after taste. The thing that got my attention about Goodie Girl is that they are all the cookies we know and love but are safe for those with gluten issues and do not have that after taste. I would have to say that my favorite cookie is the Mint Slims, the taste is identical to the yearly Girl Scout treat. My second favorite was the Chocolate Chip and it  reminded me of a classic chocolate chip cookie and was similar in taste to Famous Amos cookies.

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Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap Holiday 2015 Giveaway!


Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap Instagram TeaserI have mentioned that I love artisan soap and this soap is no different. I had the opportunity to review Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap back in April. Since April I have been swapping this out on a rotating basis with other soaps and love it each time I use it!

I am also happy to share with you all that Udderly Naked’s Pumpkin Pie Soap recently won the Best in Show at the American Dairy Goat Association’s bath competition show – so help me in congratulating Wendy and Udderly Naked Goat Milk Soap!

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Canyon Bakehouse Holiday 2015 Giveaway!

Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Canyon Bakehouse. This post may contain affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Canyon Bakehouse Holiday 2015 Giveaway!!

Green BrownieI love the holiday and the decadence that comes with it – the breads, the baked goods and the bagels on Christmas morning. I am saddened that as we embark on this holiday season that those with gluten sensitivities could miss out on this decadence – that is until now.

Canyon Bakehouse is a gluten-free bakery that makes breads, bagels, buns and brownie bites among other bakery items. Everything made in this dedicated gluten-free bakery is made of 100% all natural whole grain ingredients that are not only gluten-free and kosher but dairy free, tree nut free, soy free NON-GMO ingredients.

See my Bread Review here and Bagel and Brownie Review here

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The Brush Naked Bamboo Toothbrush Holiday Giveaway!!

The Brush Naked Bamboo Toothbrush Holiday Giveaway!!


Back in August I had the opportunity to review The Brush Naked Toothbrush Company and their toothbrushes. At that time the toothbrushes were made of 100% bamboo and unfortunately due to manufacturing issues the company can no longer guarantee that the bristles are bamboo but instead are now made of a polymer and in the future will be made with a BPA-Free Du-Pont Nylon. While the bristles are not biodegradable, the handle is still made of 100% bamboo and the packaging is still recyclable and compostable.

See my previous review here.

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Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Review

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament – Flying Ace – Review & Giveaway

Diagonal Flying Ace by HallmarkI have mentioned this in the past, but my father was a commercial pilot when he found out I was going to be joining his world. When I was young and holidays would roll around my mother and I would get my father Snoopy and Flying Ace items. I remember a stitched picture of Snoopy and his trust doghouse/plane, and a saying about loving to fly hanging in our hallway growing up. Even my father would call himself “The Flying Ace” (and sometimes the Red Baron) and proudly display his collection.

As I got older the realities of a pilot job became clear to my father and he decided that to be the father he wanted to be (present and always there for me) he had to retire from the somewhat random life of a commercial pilot. As I grew from infant to toddler he would take me up in the plane to calm me down, and he did not know it at the time, but setting me up for a life of loving planes.

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Hallmark Personalized Books Review

Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Hallmark Licensing, Inc., this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Hallmark Personalized Books – Review & Giveaway

Hallmark Personalized Book HolidayThere is a tradition in my husband’s family that stands to this day – each Christmas Eve one of the elder men read “The Night Before Christmas”. The best part of the story is the added sound effects that are in place of exclamation points, periods and pauses.

This tradition began long before I joined the family, and long before my husband has clear memories. This usually takes place shortly after the meal and before the younger ones go to sleep . The young kids gather around the reader for the best seat.  After the reading, usually “Santa” makes an appearance and excitement ensues (or sometimes tears of happiness). I wish I could have seen the patriarch of the family, Grandpa Jack read the story. I have heard stories and I feel as though he is with us each year and I know he is thought of each year this tradition repeats itself.

I have wanted to get a copy of this book for a couple of years now as I thought it would be nice to have our own copy. I recently had the chance to have a book personalized by Hallmark and this seemed like the best choice. I decided to take a different angle with my personalization in that I made the book more general and it is personalized to “Henberger Clan” with a personalized ‘from’ line as well.

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