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Movie Review: Disneynature Bears in theaters today (April 18, 2014)

 

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Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend with your family? Would you want to do something that would help support our national parks? If you answer “yes” to either of these questions you should consider taking the family to see the newest Disneynature film, Bears, which is in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Disneynature has released other beautiful films including Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, African Cats, Earth, Oceans, The Crimson Wings and of course Bears. Their next film, Monkey Kingdom, swings into theaters next year.

Bears is the story of a mother bear named Sky. She survived the harsh winter in an underground cave along with her two cubs – Amber and Scout. When the snow starts to melt and things begin to thaw out, Sky knows it’s time to take her cubs on an incredibly journey to find food.

It’s true what they say about “survival of the fittest”. Sky soon learns that getting food for her hungry cubs is not as easy as it would seem. She needs to deal with other bears for prime fishing spots, as well as protect her young from hungry bears who would love to gobble them up instead of fish, most especially a HUGE bear named Magus (he’s the “big bully on the block”) and an outcast named Chinook.

Another predator that Sky has to watch out for is a very hungry wolf name Tikanni who is always lurking around the cubs.

Amber and Scout are typical “children” – always getting into mischief, most especially Scout. Amber tends to stick close by her mother’s side.

The family has to struggle and go hungry a lot the time because the world can be a cruel, harsh place – especially for the young. Sadly only half of the bear cubs born survive their first year. Starvation and predators are their worse enemies.

The film is not all about struggling. There are plenty of times where the family finds food – and plenty of it. I don’t want to give away anything but let’s just say it does have a happy ending.

I learned a lot about bears from watching this film. The film shows you the daily life of bears during the course of a few months when the winter snows have melted and the bears needs to eat as much as they can to build up enough fat reserves to survive another long, cold, harsh winter.

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It was amazing to see just how much Sky cared for her children. Have you ever heard someone say “don’t mess with mama bear” when referring to a human mom and her children? I have. And it’s true. Don’t mess with a mother bear when it comes to her young. She will fight for them to the death.

It was amazing to see just how much Sky sacrificed for her children. You can tell that there is a lot of love there. People might not think that animals can feel love and other emotions. I believe they can. Sky exhibited a lot of love and devotion towards her children. It was truly amazing to see.

This is a wonderful movie for the whole family. You don’t have to like bears to appreciate this magnificent film. Of course once you see this film you are going to be fans of these big, furry creatures. :-)

There are a few scenes where bears are fighting. That might be a little intense for very young children. Aside from that the movie is very family friendly. Its rated G. It runs for a little over an hour and a half and is narrated by actor John C. Reilly.

Bears opens in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

If you see the film during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014), Disneynature will make a donation, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, to the National Park  Foundation. The foundation helps protect our national parks and the wildlife who calls them home, including bears like Sky, Amber and Scout. I hope you will consider going to see the film during opening week to help support a wonderful organization.

For more information about the National Park Foundation visit www.NationalParks.org.

There are other ways you can help too.

Disneynature Bears plush

The Disney Store is also contributing to the National Park Foundation. For  every plush from the DisneyNature Bear film that is purchased, $1.00 will be  donated to the National Park Foundation (campaign ends May 11, 2014). You can  find the plush bears here – Amber and Scout. You can see my plush Amber at the L.A. Zoo here – Visiting a real life bear at the L.A. Zoo in honor of Disneynature Bears. Scroll down towards the bottom and you’ll see my plush at the zoo. They are adorable and would make a wonderful new “friend” for your child or grandchild.

A company that makes cases for iPads and iPhones created special cases in honor of this film. They are donating 20% of the sale of these cases to the National Parks  Foundation. This is just one more way you can help save bears like Sky, Amber  and Scout and many other wildlife creatures.

To learn more visit www.DODOcase.com.

Bear case from DODO

There is a fabulous educational guide all about bears found on the Disneynature website. This 93 page guide is FREE and can be downloaded on the Disneynature website (scroll down to where it says Educational Guides). The guide is not only great for educators it’s also wonderful for parents to share with their children, as well as the whole family. As an adult I learned A LOT about bears from the guide too.

Also on the Disneynature site you’ll find videos, photo gallery, information  about Bears and other Disneynature films and more.

If you would like to learn more about Disneynature and the film  Bears you can check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. They can even be found on Pinterest.  The official hashtags are #DisneynatureBears and #MeetTheCubs.

I also have a wonderful 23 page activity “booklet” that you can download for FREE and enjoy with your family. Simply click on the text link below.

Disneynature Bears activities

Disneynature Bears Activity Pages

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I attended a free screening in order to do this review. My travel expenses were covered. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Visiting a real life bear at the L.A. Zoo in honor of Disneynature Bears – in theaters April 18, 2014

 

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This Friday the newest film from Disneynature called Bears opens in theaters across the country. I was excited to have the opportunity to screen the film a few weeks ago. The film opens in theaters April 18, 2014.

I love bears. I think they are beautiful creatures. They look very cuddly. I just want to snuggle up with one. Of course I can’t really do that. I don’t think the bear would be too happy about it. LOL.

I love animals. I have been an animal lover all my life. Bears are one of my favorite animals (in the top 10).

We have a small zoo near where we live. They have a couple of bears that live there that are indigenous to our area. The zoo is located in Bear Mountain State Park (NY). This year to celebrate Earth Day (April 26th) they are inviting people to visit the park and make treats to give to the resident bears.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

One would think the park was named because of the area bears that call it home. The are was actually named Bear Mountain because the profile of the mountain resembles a bear lying down (so I’ve read). There are bears that live there and in our area. In fact my daughter and I saw a small bear strolling along side the road when we were leaving the bank – a 1/2 mile from our home. The bears like to feed in the dumpster at the nearby dumpster. Bear sightings are not uncommon around here since we live on the edge of the park land. My husband even saw a bear one day on his way to work.

I’ve also been an ambassador for the Bronx Zoo (NY) for the past few years. They have Polar Bears there too.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

When I was out in Los Angeles a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to screen the Disneynature film Bears. It’s the story of a mother bear named Sky and her two cubs, Scout and Amber.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life  Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two  impressionable young cubs, Amber and Scout, are taught life’s most important  lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their  journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bear family emerges from  hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as  the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of  avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must  work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while  staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present  wolf. Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of  life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  Directed  by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and  Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), and narrated by  John C. Reilly.

After we screened the film we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Zoo to check out a real bear. I love bears. I love animals. I love zoos. Needless to say I was thrilled.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA. It’s open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (they start to put the animals away for the night around 4:00 PM).

I’ve been to the Bronx Zoo here in NY many times. The animal enclosures are huge and sometimes it’s hard to see the animals. At the L.A. Zoo the animal enclosures are smaller which allows you to really get close to the animals (a safe distance of course). I liked being able to get close to the animals. Los Angeles Zoo

Here are some fun facts about the L.A. Zoo.

The  Los Angeles Zoo was the fourth zoo to serve the city.

The Los Angeles Zoo opened in November 28, 1966. Among the animals at the Zoo on opening  day was American alligator Methuselah, who passed away in 2010.

The world’s first gorilla baby delivered by Caesarian section was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in 1977. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces and was named Caesar.

In 1981 the L.A. Zoo become a partner in the California Condor Recovery Program, helping to  bring this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction.

A donation from Alice C. Tyler funds a new Meerkat exhibit which would later provide inspiration for the animators of Disney’s The Lion King.

Our first stop on our zoo visit was the California Condor Rescue center. This special center not only provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about these magnificent endangered birds but it is also a fun interactive play area for children.

Much work is being done by the zoo to help repopulate the California Condor. Many of these birds have died over the years due to garbage that people carelessly toss on the side of the road and in the woods. The birds will eat just about anything and have consumed things such as buttons, bottle caps and screws. Many of these items are poisonous or end up getting stuck on their insides, killing the birds.

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X-ray of a California Condor

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Look at all the garbage tossed aside by humans that get ingested by the Condors. I see bottle caps, screws and what looks like glass.

The California Condor is the largest bird in North America. It’s wing span can reach up to 9 feet!

At one point there are around 20 California Condors left. Thanks go conservation efforts there are now over 400 California Condors, 200+ are freely flying around California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico.

The zoo was kind enough to bring out one of their California Condors, Dolly, for us to meet in person. Isn’t she beautiful.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Dolly the California Condor

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the L.A. Zoo make sure to stop by the California Condor exhibit. The play area features places where kids can climb and crawl under things. It’s set up to mimic the Condor’s natural environment. There is also a medical area where children can examine and care for Condor’s (plush, stuffed animals), complete with medical scrubs, stethoscopes and X-rays.

Condor Rescue Zone

There are a lot of wonderful animals to be seen at the L.A. Zoo including Koalas, Giraffes, Chimpanzees, Okapi, Lemurs, a Rhino and more.

Here are just a few of the animals we had the opportunity to check out while at the zoo.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Masai Giraffe

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Happy Chimpanzee

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Baby Masai Giraffe

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Hippopotamus

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Giant Otter – They can grow to be five feet!

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Flamingos. The gray ones are babies. Do you know how Flamingos get their pink color?

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Meerkat

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Alligator – I don’t want to get too close to him!

We also had the chance to meet Randa the Indian Rhinoceros. The zoo spell’s it Randa but it sounds like Rhonda.

Randa is the second oldest Rhino in captivity (she’s in her mid-40′s). The unique thing about Randa is that she had cancer. The cancer was located under her horn. The zoo had to remove her horn to get to the cancer that was underneath it. They successfully removed the cancer and after many weeks of chemotherapy Randa was cancer free (yeah!).

The zoo had to adapt a machine used on humans to work with Randa so she could get the treatment that she needed.

Her keeper told us that Rhinos like to rub their horns no things. Since Rando no longer had a horn, all she had left was a bit hole in her nose. They had to constantly put new bandages on it because she kept opening it up and it was getting infected. To combat the infection the zoo put MAGGOTS in her wound! Ewww!!! Maggots actually help to heal wounds a lot faster. Doctors around the world use maggot therapy to treat patients. Thank goodness my doctor doesn’t do that. Gross!

I’m glad that Randa is doing OK these days.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Randa the Rhino at the Los Angeles Zoo

The zoo also has a beautiful carousel that features many of the animals found at the zoo.

One odd carousel character that stands out is the Dung Beetle. The carousel has one along with a pile of dung (aka – poop!) that you can sit in and ride around in the carousel. LOL!

Dung Beetle Carousel Seat.

Dung Beetle Carousel Seat.

LA Zoo Carousel

BEAUTIFUL carousel creatures.

The zoo visit would not be complete without stopping by the Bear exhibit. The L.A. Zoo has a Black Bear on exhibit. His name is Ranger.

Here are some interesting facts about Black Bears.

American black bears are the smallest and most prevalent of the bears native to North America.

American black bears live in various   forests throughout North America and are found in 41 of the 50 United States.

Black Bears mostly occupy temperate forests but can also be found in swampy or mountainous forested areas.

Black Bears eat grasses, fruits, berries, nuts, insects, human foods, and occasionally small vertebrates.

They can weight from 150-600 pounds.

Male bears are 25% larger than female bears.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Black Bear at the L.A. Zoo – Doesn’t he look soft and cuddly?

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

So beautiful!

For more interesting information about bears you can download a FREE educational guide from the Disneynature website. The guide is 93 pages long! It’s not only great for educators but also parents and people who are interested in learning more about Bears.

You can find the guide at Nature.Disney.com. Scroll down about half way and you’ll see the guide along with several other guides you might be interested in.

Also on the Disneynature site you’ll find videos, photo gallery, information about Bears and other Disneynature films and more.

The bears featured in the Disneynature film Bears are brown bears, but the information found in the guide covers pretty much anything and everything you’d want to know about these beautiful creatures.

Disneynature Bears opens on Friday, April 18, 2014. If you see the film during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014),  Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fun, will make a  donation to the National Park  Foundation to help protect our national parks and the wildlife that calls them home. That means bears, like the beautiful black bear at the L.A. Zoo and bears like Sky, Amber and Scout (featured in the film) will be protected, as well as other wildlife.

If you would like to learn more about Disneynature and the film Bears you can check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. They can even be found on Pinterest. The official hashtags are #DisneynatureBears and #MeetTheCubs.

The Disney Store is also contributing to the National Park Foundation. For every plush from the DisneyNature Bear film that is purchased, $1.00 will be donated to the National Park Foundation (campaign ends May 11, 2014). You can find the plush bears here – Amber and Scout.

I have one of the plush toys (Amber). I took her to the L.A. Zoo with me. She “photo bombed” a few of my photos, as well as happily posed for others. Here are some fun photos from the day.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Amber rescued me from a Rattlesnake at the California Condor Rescue area. No worries… it’s not a REAL snake. I wouldn’t put Amber I danger.

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Amber reading up on Vultures and Condors at the California Condor Rescue Center.

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Amber “monkeying around” while I tried to take a picture of a Chimpanzee.

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Whose the real bear in this picture?

DODOcase was kind enough give the bloggers on our trip lovely iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S cases. These are limited edition cases that you an purchase from their site. They each feature a custom Bears design in honor of the film.

DODOcase is donating 20% of the sale of these cases to the National Parks Foundation. This is just one more way you can help save bears like Sky, Amber and Scout and many other wildlife creatures.

To learn more visit www.DODOcase.com.

DODOcase

To learn other ways you can help the Nation Park Foundation visit www.NationalParks.org.

For more information about the L.A. Zoo or to connect with them via social media, here are some helpful links for you.

Official website: www.LAZoo.org.

FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest. The official hashtag is #LAZoo.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Amber at the L.A. Zoo

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. My travel expenses were covered.

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Save Money and Help Support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

 

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I’m all for saving money when ever and where ever possible. Who doesn’t like to save money?

I also love to help out others whenever possible too. If I can save money AND help people out it’s a win-win situation.

If you shop at Rite Aid and/or have a Rite Aid near you I thought I’d tell you about their Miracle Balloon campaign to help support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is their 20th annual event. Rite Aid has been proudly giving to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raising more than $64 million to help injured and sick children in the communities the Children’s Miracle Network serves.

This year’s Miracle Balloon campaign kicks off on Sunday, April 6, 2014 and will run through May 24, 2014.

Every time you purchase a Miracle Balloon at Rite Aid you’ll receive $9.00 in coupons.

The coupons you’ll receive are;

$1 off any L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler

$1 off any Aleve 50ct

$1 off any Kleenex 6pk

$2 off any Colgate Toothbrush 2pk

$2 off any CFL GE Light Bulb

$2 off any Centrum Silver 100ct or higher

If you purchase a Miracle Balloon every week you’ll receive these coupons every week. These are great products. Most of them I use on a regular basis (Kleenex, Aleve, L’Oreal shampoo & condition).

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon.

For more information about the organization visit CMNHospitals.org. You an also check them out on Facebook, Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

This is a wonderful charity. I hope you will consider purchasing a Miracle Balloon every time you shop at your local Rite Aid store.

To find a Rite Aid location near you please visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find Rite Aid on the various social networking site.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers and to benefit the charity. Any opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Hippity Hoppity… Easter’s on it’s way. Celebrate with Lindt and help raise funds for Autism Speaks

 

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Easter is almost here. It’s hard to believe that since I associate Easter with green grass, tulips and warm weather. It’s almost April and it’s still bitterly cold outside. If it wasn’t for aisles full of Easter goodies at the local grocery store and retail stores it wouldn’t even seem like the spring time holiday.

It’s customary to give children (and adults) baskets full of candy and other sweet treats. Lindt, makers of mouth-watering truffles and other chocolate delicacies, has plenty of delightful Easter options that are sure to please family and friends.

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New this year is an adorable 1.7 ounce hollow Lindt Gold Bunny paired up with a fuzzy pair of bunny ears. The suggested retail price is $6.99. Even though I have teenagers they both had fun with the pair of bunny ears that I was sent to review. They even tried to get the ears on our dog and one of our cats. Needles to say our four-legged family members were not overly thrilled by it.

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Another new addition to the Lindt Easter product offering this year is the Lindt Carrot Box. The carrot shaped box is filled with the cutest miniature chocolates. They are too cute to eat! There is the famous Gold Bunny along with a lamb, chick, lady bug, carrots and miniature Lindt eggs. The hollow chocolates (Gold Bunny, chick and lamb) are made out of milk chocolate. The ladybug and mini-carrots are made out of hazelnut crisps. The eggs are made from Lindor milk chocolate. The suggested retail price is also $6.99.

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You can never go wrong with a bag full of miniature chocolate truffle eggs. The bag is perfect for tucking inside and Easter basket or your purse. :-) Each miniature egg is individually wrapped and at $2.99 a bag you can pick up a few to enjoy now and long after Easter is over.

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Your Easter purchases can also help to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks. For each Lindt Gold Bunny that is sold, Lindt will donate .10 cents to Autism Speaks (up to $100,000). It’s a win-win situation. A great charity gets a much needed donation and you (or a loved one) gets to enjoy a melt-in-you-mouth-yummy Lindt Gold Bunny.

In addition Lindt has a fun Facebook app that will donate $1.00 to Autism Speaks AND you’ll be entered to win a Lindt Easter Basket.

The app will ask for some basic information (name, address, e-mail) in case you are the winner. Once you complete that you’ll go to a lovely field scene where you need to locate three blue puzzle pieces. For each piece you find Lindt will donate $1 to Autism Speaks. In addition there will be other items you will need to find (Lindt eggs, Lindt lamb, Lindt candy…). You need to find the items as quickly as possible. It seems hard but it was actually rather easy. It was fun to play and it makes me feel good knowing that $3.00 will  be donated to Autism Speaks because of it.

Go here to play the game – Lindt Scavenger Hunt Game.

Easter is almost here so don’t delay. Hop on over to your nearest Lindt retailer (or shop online) to pick up some yummy Lindt Easter treats.

Visit www.LindtUSA.com to check out all the available treats (both holiday and non-holiday candies). You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (social links found at the bottom of the Lindt home page).

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Kimberly

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

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Experience Luxury and Comfort with Boll & Branch

 

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Sleep… oh how I love sleep. Sleep is a beautiful thing. I could sleep all day if left alone. Sadly I sleep in the living room so sleeping in is next to impossible.

My husband and I have to sleep on a sofa bed. We used to have a beautiful Queen sized bed that we slept on in the bedroom. At that time our infant daughter slept in her own room which was the dining room which we converted to a nursery. When we had our second child both kids fit comfortably in the small room. Once both of our children needed “big beds” we had no choice but to give up our bedroom (we live in a one bedroom condo). That meant my husband and I had to move into the living room.

Over the years we’ve slept on a sofa bed, air mattresses, a daybed/trundle set up and then back to a sofa bed. Needless to say we rarely get a good night’s sleep. Between the inconvenience of sleeping in the living room – which is open to the hallway, kitchen and dining room – and the lumpy sofa bed, we rarely get a good night’s sleep. It’s so bad that sometimes we talk about putting our Queen size bed back up in the living room. Of course we can’t  do that but there are nights we wish we could.

We almost moved into a house last year. That would have been a dream come true. What we wouldn’t give for a REAL bed.

These days the only time I get to sleep on a real bed is when I travel and stay at a hotel. My husband has not slept on a real bed since 2005 when we went to Lake George, NY with friends on vacation. Sigh…

Just because we can’t enjoy a real bed doesn’t mean that we don’t want to experience as much comfort as possible.

I recently learned about a bedding company called Boll & Branch. They sell 100% organic cotton products that are guaranteed to give you a sleep experience like no other. Hearing that I knew I just had to try out their sheets.

I have experienced 100% organic cotton products in the past and I know how soft and wonderful they can feel. I was excited to put these sheets on my bed.

Boll & Branch sheets are made without the use of harmful dyes or chemicals.

I was totally blown away when my sheets arrived. Instead of stuffing them in clear plastic bags like other sheet sets sometimes come in, the Boll & Branch sheets came in a beautiful keepsake box with a satin ribbon.

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I felt like I was a Princess opening up the box. I have never seen bedding presented in such a way.

Inside I found a Queen sheet set (flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillow cases) lovingly place in between some white tissue paper.

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The bedding was not put inside plastic bags. Instead they were tucked inside beautiful, soft fabric “bags” with real button closures. They felt a lot like soft sheets (bedding). I think perhaps they might be made of the same material that the sheets are made of (organic cotton?).

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Seriously…. I felt like royalty! I have never seen bedding sold in such a gorgeous set up. It was like nothing else I have ever seen before.

Each fabric “bag” even had an embroidered tag on it letting you know which piece of the bedding it was. For example “Q” for Queen (the bedding size) and the word “Flat” to let you know that the fabric bag had the flat sheet inside.

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The sheets inside are pristine white. So pure white that I was reluctant to put them on my bed. I wanted them to stay clean and white like that forever.

We received the pleated set. There is a nice pleated embellishment both on the pillow cases and on the top sheet.

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I could not wait to sleep on these sheets. I was looking forward to that first night.

The sheets are heavenly! They remind me of sleeping at a luxury hotel. If it wasn’t for the bar digging into my back from the sofa bed I could easily believe I was sleeping in a bed at a high end hotel. Even my hard to impress husband admitted that he truly enjoyed them too. Initially he was like “They are just sheets. What is the big deal?”. After spending a few nights on the sheets my husband admitted that he enjoys them. He does miss out flannel sheets (they are nice on chilly nights) but he certainly appreciates the Boll & Branch sheets. A couple of times I’ve heard him let out a sigh… “ahhh….” when he crawls into bed at night. I agree with him. When I am in bed I feel like saying “ahhh….” too.

This is quality bedding and worth every penny. I can only hope that some day we get our Queen bed back so I can put these on a real bed where they belong (not on our horrible sofa bed). Then we’ll truly feel like we are sleeping at a fancy hotel.

Boll & Branch wants to not only change the home textiles industry, but also the world, by donating a portion of every linen purchase to a non-profit charity called Not For Sale. It’s bedding that gives back.

You can learn more about the company’s involvement here -http://www.bollandbranch.com/about-us/not-for-sale.

I love it when a company gives back to our community. I am more likely to patronize a company that cares about others then I do companies that are only in it for the profits.

The bedding from Boll & Branch might not be “budge friendly” for most people, but if you have an opportunity to buy a set you certainly will not be disappointed. As I mentioned earlier it’s worth every penny.

For more information please visit www.BollandBranch.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Kimberly

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

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See How You Can Help Out Labels for Education’s Book Bonanza And Earn FREE Books For Your School

 

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Are you familiar with the Labels for Education program? It’s a special program where consumers clip labels from participating product and submit the UPC codes or beverage/sauce caps to their school’s Labels for Education coordinator. They in turn submit them to the Labels for Education program where they are turned into earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics  and other free merchandise for the school.

This year Labels for Education is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been around that long.

Growing up my school didn’t participate in the Labels for Education program. I wish they did. Many of the participating products my mom always purchased. I even purchase them for my own family. Products like Campbells soups, Chunky Soups, Swanson, Prego, BIC and Pepperidge Farms. There are actually 2,500 participating products that can have their UPC codes or lids/caps redeemed for Labels for Education points.

In addition to helping school earn points for free products that their school needs, they also have a Labels for Education Book Bonanza. Registered school can earn FREE scholastic books.

  • Schools that submit 1,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 5 books
  • Schools that submit 2,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 10 books
  • Schools that submit 3,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 20 books

Book Bonanza

I think it would be easy enough for any school to submit 3,000 UPC’s and beverage/sauce caps, especially if you have a mid-to-large size school. There has to be at least 1,000 students at our high school. Even if that translates into 500 families that would mean each family would only have to submit SIX labels/caps. Just six! With over 2,500 participating products, I’m sure that families could submit double – even triple that amount.

Many of the participating products might already be in your pantry or cabinets. You wouldn’t have to buy anything extra either. Simply purchase the products you normally buy. If they are one of the participating products you just need to remove the UPC code or remove and rinse off the cap and then send them in to your school’s program coordinator. Talk about easy!

The Book Bonanza ends on March 31, 2014.

Check with your school to find out who your Labels for Education coordinator is. If you don’t have one please consider presenting the program at the next PTA/PTO meeting. It would be such a shame for your school to miss out on the chance to earn free equipment, supplies and books.

If you would like to learn more about the Book Bonanza visit www.Scholastic.com/BookBonanza.

For more information about Labels for Education and to check out the eligible products visit www.LabelsforEducation.com.

I really hope that you and your school will participate in this special program. Books are very important in a child’s life.

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Kimberly

*I am being compensated for my participation in this promotion, however all  opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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