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PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Toys for the Holiday

 

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Are you still looking for some great gifts to put under the tree for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew? If you answer “yes,” look no further than your local Whole Foods Market. That’s right – your local grocery store.

Whole Foods Market has teamed up with PBS KIDS by launching new holiday items for their line of responsibly-sourced toys.

Not only are these toys environmentally friendly, but they also give back – to the PBS mission of education for all children. 100% of profits for the supplier, PBS, go back to their non-profit work. All products give 1% to Whole Kids Foundation, which helps give parents, teachers and children more tools and opportunities to eat well.

Some of the PBS KIDS’ responsibly-sourced PlanToys and Aurora Plush animals are  pictured above and below.

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I LOVE the plush toys! They look adorable. I wish we had a Whole Foods Market local to us. I would purchase the plush toys not only for gifts, but also for myself. I love to collect soft, cuddly, plush animals. The Llama (?) and Ferret (?) pictured above are especially cute.

I received a couple of toys from the collection to review.

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Honey Bee Stacker 

All little ones should experience the fun of a stacker toy. Normally they are made of cheap plastic with colorful rings. This set is a much better option. It’s made from wood and meant to last for many years (this is something that could be passed down in a family).

Stacker toys are a great way to teach even a young child about shapes and sizes. The “objective” is to stack the rings on top of each other from largest to smallest.

I love the adorable little bee the sits on top.

When not in use I think this makes an adorable nursery/toddler room decoration.

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Safari Animal Outdoor Croquet Set

I haven’t had the opportunity to play with this set yet. I am donating it to the classroom where I work. I thought this would be a great toy to enjoy indoors when it’s too cold or raining to go outside. We have use of the gym in the afternoon.

This is a classic croquet set. The objective is to hit the balls under the wooden arches.

This set is very well made. I love that it’s made out of wood. Under normal use this set could last for many, many years.

Even adults could have fun with this game too (although the mallets are a bit short for adults).

Not only are the PlanToys and Aurora Plush toys very well made, I think it’s a “win-win” situation that proceeds from the sales goes to children’s charities.

You can find these and other toys are your local Whole Foods Market. To find a location near you visit WholeFoodsMarket.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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What’s new with Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I absolutely LOVE the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kohl’s Care is a special program set up by Kohl’s to raise money for children’s charities.

To date, the Kohl’s Cares program has raised nearly $300 million through it’s special merchandise program.

To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

I an honored to support a program that does so much for children in need.

Every few months Kohl’s Cares puts out books, plush animals and other fun merchandise for both children and adults. You can find the products on the Kohl’s website (search for Kohl’s Cares). You can also find the products near the checkout area.

Each Kohl’s Cares product sells for $5.00. What I love is that Kohl’s Cares usually puts out delightful children’s books (many of them classics) and matching plush animals. Each costs $5.00 (they are not sold in sets). For $10 you can have a wonderful hardcover book and a snugly soft plush to give to your child/grandchild or as a gift to another child. At the same time funds from your Kohl’s Care purchases is going to support children’s charities. It’s a win-win situation all around.

I have been an avid fan of the Kohl’s Cares program for years now. Some items I have purchased for me and/or my family. Some I have given as gifts. And often I have donated books, toys and plush to where I work.

Here are some of my personal favorites from over the years.

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I like to display the book/plush combo on one of our bookcases. I switch them up very few weeks.

Growing up I was an avid reader, and I loved plush animals. That love has carried into my adult years. That is why I enjoy displaying books/plush that were mine, or my kid’s, favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl's Care product.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl’s Care product.

You can see some of the Kohl’s Cares products I have donated to where I worked too. Remember, Kohl’s Cares sells other products (not just books and plush). You’ll see one example, a puzzle, pictured below.

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The Disney books in the middle area are Kohl’s Cares books.

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Currently the Kohl’s Cares program is selling Clifford the Big Red Dog books and plush animals. I love Clifford! He was a favorite of mine when I was younger. My kids also enjoyed reading Clifford books and watching him on television.

Did you know that the late actor, John Ritter, was the voice of Clifford for a while? It’s such a shame that he had to die so young.

I LOVE the plush toys! They are not only adorable (and look just like the characters) but they are super soft and snugly. They are also a decent size (they are not little), making them idea for little hands to carry around.

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What would be better than having a Clifford the Big Red Dog book read to you (Kohl’s Cares has four to choose from) all while cuddling a snugly friend at bedtime.

As I mentioned earlier, Kohl’s Cares sells other products as well. Currently available is this fun coloring set.

I received the coloring set to review. It contains a variety of books (coloring book, activity book, doodle book), stickers and crayons. I had taken pictures of it but I can’t seem to find them.

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All that for only $5.00 AND it helps children’s charities too.

There is also a super adorable Clifford the Big Red Dog backpack – idea for a child just starting school. I received one to review too and I can’t find those pictures either (all of the picture were together). I have since donated it to a local charity so I no longer have it to take photos of (I filled it with back to school supplies).

If you would like to learn more about the Kohl’s Cares products, or to find a Kohl’s location near you, visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Now would be a great time to stock up for holiday gifts or upcoming children’s birthdays. You can’t beat a quality stuff animal and hardcover book combination for only $10 ($5 each). The books alone are more than half off what you would pay for them elsewhere (I found one of the book on Amazon for $13+).

Have you ever purchased a Kohl’s Cares product?

What do you think about the program? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. Often I buy additional pieces to give as gifts or donate. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Wearable Art That Benefits Animals

 

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I am a big time animal lover. Not only do we have a mini-zoo at home (five cats, a dog and a Goldfish), but I grew up around animals (horses, dogs, cats, birds, fish…). I love all kinds of animals, big and small, domestic and wild.

All of our pets are adopted, except our Goldfish – we won him at the country fair. I believe that all animals in the shelter deserve loving, caring homes. I also feel that animals world wide deserve to be treated well and with respect. For that reason I am always happy to support companies that help animals in some degree.

Animal lover and artist Amy Pugh has combined her passion for painting and her love for animals to create stunning one-of-a-kind vegan bags and accessories – backpacks, pencil bags, wristlets, totes and more – that feature her unique paintings. The name of her company is Salvador Kitti, named after her art appreciation cat by the same name.

Amy donates some of the proceeds from the sale of her products to animal welfare charities. Currently she is donating a portion of the sale of her Purr-fect Cheetah Tote to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

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I absolutely LOVE this tote bag. The Cheetah painting is breathtaking.

In addition, she has a “green” company, meaning they do what they can to reduce their “carbon footprint.”

I like the backstory as to how the company name came to be.

When artist Amy Pugh rescued a stray cat she never thought that animal would change her life’s purpose in such a huge way. That cat had 5 kittens inside her Atlanta, GA home, one of them being Salvador, who immediately stood out for his curiosity with her artwork. Soon, Salvador started painting himself, dipping his paws in the paint and walking across the canvas. From here, Salvador Kitti was born.

Too cute!

I was sent a few Salvador Kitty products to check out for myself. I was sent a wristlet, wristlet/coin purse and keychain “charm.”

If you look at the larger wristlet, at first glance you might notice just a colorful pattern. But when you look at it some more you realize it’s the image of a cat looking at it’s self in the mirror. What is looking back at the cat is a majestic lion. I believe the cat featured in this painting is Salvador, Amy’s cat whom the company was named after.

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The wristlet is very roomy featuring one large inner pocket and two side pockets (on the inside). This lightweight wristlet is roomy enough to carry your wallet, car keys, cellphone and some make up.

The smaller wrislet could double as a coin purse. It features a mother and baby giraffe. There is only one pocket on the inside.

The smaller wristle could hold a small wallet and/or cellphone and car keys.

Both wristlets are sold. I’m not sure what kind of material they are made from.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Each one also features a very well made strap.

I don’t have a picture of the keychain charm. I have no idea where it went! I seemed to have misplaced it.

The keychain charms can also be used to adorn your Salvador Kitti bag (or any other bag you would like to clip it to).

Each bag also come with a logo charm (paw print) on the zipper pull. The paw print is made out of a series of hearts.

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For me, the Salvador Kitti bags are a win-win-win situation. Win #1 – A beautiful bag. Win #2 – They feature animals and I love animals. Win #3 – a portion of the sales goes to help animal charities.

Salvador Kitti currently has a KickStarter campaign going on worth checking out. There is also a brief video on the KickStarter page that features Amy’s cat Salvador, whom the business was named after.

Here is the link to the KickStarter campaign – Salvador Kitti on KickStarter.

Salvador Kitti also carries other products including watches, aprons, backpacks and more.

You can see more of Salvador Kitti’s work here – www.SalvadorKitti.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

What do you think about the bags? Has any of Salvador Kitti’s designs caught your eye? If so, which one/ones?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Adorable gifts that give back from Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you have read my blog on a regular basis you know how much I really LOVE the products from the Kohl’s Cares program. Just in case you are not familiar with Kohl’s Cares, I’ll give you a brief introduction.

Throughout the year Kohl’s, as part of their Kohl’s Cares program, offers specific products for only $5.00 each. They usually include adorable plush toys, books, games and more. One hundred percent of the net profits goes to support children’s health initiatives nationwide.

I have been a fan of the Kohl’s Cares products for a long time. My favorites are the book and matching plush combinations. Kohl’s Cares usually always has special books with a matching plush toy. They are $5.00 each ($10 for the set). They make wonderful gifts for children for birthday’s, holidays, baby showers, new baby and “just because.”

I have several book plush sets that I display on my bookcase and rotate throughout the year (usually when there are new products from Kohl’s Cares). One I keep on display all the time – Put Me in the Zoo book and matching plush. It was one of my favorite books growing up.

Here is just a few pieces from my Kohl’s Cares collection.

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Some of the pieces I keep for myself to share with my future grandchildren. Others I donate to where I work (I work with children).

The items offered through Kohl’s Cares changes every few months. The products are available both online and in stores. In our local Kohl’s store the Kohl’s Cares products are on display near the check out lines.

The products are available while supplies last, so if you see something you want I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it.

Check out what is new right now from Kohl’s Cares.

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I have the Penguin and the Bear, as well as a couple of the books. The books I donated to where I work. The plush I kept to give to our neighbors who are expecting.

The books are hardcover with dust jackets. If you have ever purchased a hard cover children’s book you know they can be expensive. These books are only $5 each.

I love the plush toys. They are SO SOFT! They are made exceptionally well. I can see them being someone’s best friend for years to come. They are the perfect size to tote around too.

I adore the matching books. Together the plush and the book make a wonderful gift. Where else can you find something so cute for $10 (book & plush)?

If you have a lot of young family members, grandchildren or your own children you should consider stocking up on these. These would even be great for a last minute children’s party invitation. It’s always great to have extra gifts on hand just in case. Anyone would be thrilled to receive these delightful gifts from Kohl’s Cares.

Don’t forget, 100% of the net profit from the sales of these items goes to the Kohl’s Cares charitable contributions.

To date, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness. A complete list of hospital partners is available online.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Do you have any Kohl’s Cares products?

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Kimberly

*I received free product sample as well as purchased products on my own. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Give hope to those in need with Soap Box Soaps

 

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There are so many things that we have readily available to us that we might not give much thought about. We talk about this often with the kids at work. We try and teach them about not wasting things and using only what you need when it comes to paper, glue, glitter and even the food that we offer. We try and explain to them that some people don’t have these things, or very little of them.

Take for example soap. Do you use soap? Of course you do. Soap is needed to wash your hands and wash your body to keep clean. Now imagine if you DIDN’T have soap. How weird would that be? We use soap so often that we don’t really stop and think that some people don’t have access to soap.

One brand is helping consumers become aware of this, as well as something else that is important – fresh water. The brand is called Soap Box Soaps.

Soap Box Soaps offers consumers a variety of products including bar soap, liquid soap, body wash, conditioner, shampoo and lotion. Their products are available in different varieties and scents.

Soap Box Soaps products are paraben, EDTA, phthalate free and cruelty free. They are also made right here in the United States.

I was sent some Soap Box Soap products to review. I received Liquid Hand Soap, Bar Soap and Body Wash in their coconut scent.

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Liquid Hand Soap – I loved this hand soap. It comes with a pump which makes it easy to use when you are washing our hands. One pump is all you need to get your hands squeaky clean. It washes well and rinses off completely without drying out your skin or leaving any kind of a residue.

Body Wash – You don’t need a lot of this body wash to clean your body. A little goes a long way. It makes your body squeaky clean. The shea butter helps to make your skin feeling soft and moisturized too.

Bar Soap – This was the first product to go. It’s not that it’s not long lasting, it’s just that my family of four takes daily showers and use soap all the the time.

This is great soap. I washed well and rinsed off completely leaving my skin feeling fresh, clean and soft.

I love the smell of coconut. It always reminds me of the beach.

The Soap Box Soaps coconut smell reminded me of not only coconut, but also baby powder. At least that is what the scent reminded me of. When I told my husband he said he could see how I picked up a baby powder-like scent too. Another words it doesn’t smell 100% like coconut. It has some other refreshing scents mixed in (or at least that is how I smell it). Trust me, it’s a good thing! The products smell AMAZING!

I like that the scent stays on your body for a little while. It’s very subtle. After I washed my hands I could still smell the coconut scent for a few minutes later.

The products wash your body and hands very well and rinse off completely without leaving a residue. Your skin feels fresh and clean the way it’s supposed to. They even help to moisturize your skin with the shea butter.

What makes Soap Box Soaps stand out from other brands is that Soap Box Soaps gives back when you purchase their products. When you “buy one” Soap Box Soaps “gives one” bar of soap to those in need.

The "Hope Code" can be seen in the box.

The “Hope Code” can be seen in the box.

While working aboard, Soap Box Soap founder David Simnick learned that a bar of soap and fresh water could help save thousands of lives. That is why he created the charitable program called Hope Code.

Each Soap Box Soap product has a special code on it. When you enter the code in on Hope Code page, you can see where your purchase is helping to make a difference.

When I entered the Hope Code for the liquid hand soap I found that the soap I received to review is going to help a school in India.

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That is amazing! Over 3,000+ children have been saved. That makes my heart smile when I think about that.

You are always going to need soap (bar or liquid), so why not use products that are not only good for you but also do good for others, like Soap Box Soaps.

Soap Box Soap products are available individually or bundled together for extra savings.

If you are interested in learning more about Soap Box Soaps products, or their charitable contributions, please visit SoapBoxSoaps.com. You can also find the brand across all the social media channels. You can find those links on the bottom of their website.

Soap Box Soaps are not only available on their website, but you can also find them at your neighborhood Rite Aid store. To find a Rite Aid location near you, visit RiteAid.com. You can also find Rite Aid on the social media channels.

Have you ever tried Soap Box Soaps products before? If so, do you have a favorite?

What do you think about their charitable contributions?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Rite Aid and Soap Box Soaps to bring you this information. I received free products to review and compensation. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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How to make your own “Cat Cave” and help spread some “paws-itivity” for animals in need

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis I’m sure you know all about our “mini-zoo” which consists of five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a Goldfish that fears the cat.

Our pets mean the world to us and we are always on the look out for ways to keep them happy, healthy and entertained.

Pet videos are very popular on social media. I don’t think a day goes by that I am on Facebook and I don’t come across a cute or funny cat video, or photos of adorable dogs and puppies.

I rather look at cute cats than see posts about people’s political views. Ugh! I can’t wait for it to all be over with so we can be back to our lives and not share all this political stuff.

I’m not the only one who feels that way. The people behind the “Ugly Christmas Sweaters,” and one of ABC’s Shark Tank’s most successful businesses, Tipsy Elves, feels the same way.

Why do cats love boxes so much?

Why do cats love boxes so much?

You see, Tipsy Elves isn’t just a Christmas sweater company. With emphasis on the ‘tipsy’, they strive to embody the fun holiday spirit no matter the month.  Which is why, as America searches for its next president, they are shocked to see some of the headlines being published on the internet.

In an effort to bring good vibes and fun times back to social media, Tipsy Elves is reaching out to bloggers and cat owners, like myself, to help out. After all, it’s our feline friends that are frisky enough to captivate the internet with such fervor.

As part of Tipsy Elves #CatsForFreedom initiative, the brand sent me a couple of their Patriotic shirts to create a Cat Cave for our frisky family members, as well as to help replace the unpleasant political headlines with some Tipsy Elves ‘paws-itivity’.

What is a Cat Cave you might ask? This brief video provides you with a little more information about them.

 

The “Donald Trump” kitten cracks me up.

Basically it’s a box with a shirt over it. The neck opening now becomes the opening to the box for the cats to crawl through.

Tipsy Elves sent me a couple of t-shits to make a Cat Cave with.

As a blogger who does reviews I receive packages almost daily. Of course the one time I need a nice, square box I don’t get one.

I did found one box that was somewhat usable.

Our cat Bella was more than happy to be the first cat to try it out. The funny thing is she’s probably the only cat who can squeeze through the opening. Our other cats are rather large, with the exception of one other cat, Kitty. She’s about Bella’s size.

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Bella loves it. As for our “wider” cats, they were a bit more reluctant to squeeze inside. They didn’t know that the neck opening is stretchy to accommodate them.

This is so quick and easy to make. You can make several and stack them up too. Try using different size boxes and shirt too.

To see Cat Caves that other have made, check out the hashtag #CatsForFreedom on social media.

If you would like to learn more about Tipsy Elves and check out their fun clothing line, visit TipsyElves.com. You can also check them out on social media.

FYI… Tipsy Elves will be donating 10% of all orders using the checkout codeCATSuntil May 31, 2016 to the San Diego Humane Society, which provides cats of all ages the resources to live freely.

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Kimberly

*I received free shirts to make the Cat Cave with. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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