This Mother’s Day give the gift of “Precious Moments”


Can you believe that Mother’s Day is right around the corner? It seems like just yesterday the kids I work with were making Valentine’s Day cards. Time flies too quickly. Before you know it we’ll “blink” and it will be the Fourth of July!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your mother, grandmother or other special woman in your life? Sure, flowers and a box of chocolates are always nice and appreciated, but flowers die and chocolate disappears (especially in my home). All that that special lady in your life will have left is dried petals or an empty box.

What about gifting your special lady something “precious” that she can enjoy not only year round, but also for many years to come. I’m talking about Precious Moments.

I’m sure many people are familiar with the adorable Precious Moment figurines and other collectibles. In fact, many readers probably own a few. I have about a dozen of them myself. The first one I received was on my wedding day. I have added more to my collection over the past 20 years.

Years ago when our nieces were little, my husband purchased them the Precious Moments Birthday Train. Each year he’d buy a new piece to add to their train. It turned out to be a tradition. They knew their favorite Uncle would gift them a new piece each birthday.

Precious Moments has figurines and other lovely collectibles that represent those special moment in our lives from the birth of a baby, birthdays, graduation, marriage, anniversary and even “just because.”

Did you know that Precious Moments has a collectors club? The Precious Moments Collectors Club offers club members FREE shipping, triple rewards point on purchases, FREE figurine and doll personalization, “Members Only” figurines and so much more!

Each year the Collector’s Club gives it’s members a figurine as part of their yearly theme. This year the theme is “Growing the Friendships that Shape Our Lives.” The figurine that comes FREE with membership is called “Life is Always Greener with You by My Side.” The figurine features a sweet little girl seated next to a hedge with an adorable little bunny sitting inside of it. Mine is pictured above.

There are other pieces in the collection too. I like the one with the frog shaped hedge.

As a Precious Moments Club member you’ll also receive a quarterly Precious Moments magazine simply called Moments. It’s really cute. I love looking at the pictures.

In addition to all goodies I’ve already mentioned, with your paid membership to the Precious Moments Collectors Club you also receive a really sweet Members Only bangle bracelet and a nice Precious Moments Plaque.

I really like the bracelet, but it’s too small for my wrist. I gave it to my daughter.

The bracelet/bangle has the word “Club” engraved on a dangling heart and “We love because he loved us first” (John 4:17) engraved around it.

So to break it down for you again, the Precious Moments Collectors Club gives members;

FREE Symbol of Membership Figurine – Life Is Always Greener With You By My Side –$59.99
FREE Shipping On All Items Purchased at Preciousmoments.com for one full year! – an estimated retail value of $22.96
FREE 4 Quarterly MOMENTS magazines – $24.99
FREE Figurine & Doll Personalization for one full year! – an estimated retail value of $31.96
FREE Members Bangle Bracelet and Precious Moments Plaque – $23.00
TRIPLE Reward Points On ALL Purchases
EXCLUSIVE ability to purchase Members Only Figurines for one full year!

The total retail value of the club is $162.90, but it costs only $59.99 to join (one year membership).

That means you save AT LEAST $102.91 (you save more if you consider free shipping and free personalization).

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, gifting a membership to the Precious Moments Collectors Club would make a wonderful gift. It would be a great gift for someone who is already a fan and collector of Precious Moments, as well as for someone new to the Precious Moments world.

Flowers die and candy gets gobbled up but the gift of Precious Moments can last a lifetime, and the figurines and other collectibles can be passed down from generation to generation too (I happen to have one that belonged to my late mother in law).

For more information about Precious Moments, the Collector’s Club, or to browse the currently available Precious Moments figurines and collectibles, visit PreciousMoments.com. You can also check them out on social media. Their links are found at the bottom of their website.


*I received a free membership 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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Adorable Easter goodies from Koh’s Cares


I know that Valentine’s Day just passed, but it’s time to look ahead to upcoming holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (April 16th). St. Patrick’s Day is not much of a kid’s holiday (I think that one adults celebrate the most), but Easter sure is. Easter is definitely a family holiday.

I wish my kids were young enough to enjoy Easter like they used to. I loved it when they believed in the Easter Bunny. They still enjoy Easter, but more so for Easter dinner and for whatever candy I give them.

Growing up I made sure NOT to stuff our kid’s Easter baskets full of candy. I know that Easter is all about the candy (when you are kid), but I didn’t want my kids to gorge themselves on a lot of candy, most especially because their grandparents always gave them A LOT of candy for Easter.

Instead of candy I would fill their Easter baskets with coloring books, a new box of crayons, reading books, small toys and some candy. One year both our kids got scooters for Easter (and a little bit of candy). My kids never complained about not have a basket overflowing with candy.

If you are in the market for some Easter basket ideas – check out what is new with Kohl’s Cares.

If you are not familiar with Kohl’s Cares it’s a special program that Kohl’s offers to consumers that helps to raise funds for children’s charities.

A few times each year, Kohl’s Cares offers consumers books, plush toys and other goodies for only $5.00 each. The proceeds from the sales of these products goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide.

Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

I am a HUGE fan of the Kohl’s Cares program. I love that they are raising so much money for children’s charities. I also love the products available as part of the Kohl’s Cares program. I especially love their books and matching plush toys ($5.00 each). For only ten dollars you can have a wonderful gift for a child. The products available from Kohl’s Cares would also make great, affordable Easter basket stuffers.

Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares.

These are just SOME of the products currently available in the Kohl’s Cares program.

The Dr. Seuss books are hardcover books. They sell for over $10+ elsewhere, but with Kohl’s Cares they are only $5.00.

The plush animals are super soft and snugly. Quality plush toys sold elsewhere are easily $10 – $20 each, but with Kohl’s Care they are only $5.00.

I love getting the book and matching plush toys and keep them for gifts. The “set” makes a perfect gift. It costs you only $10, but they look like you spent double, if not more, than that amount. Plus the proceeds goes towards children’s charities, so it’s a “win-win” situation.

Kohl’s Cares has a super adorable bunny with a small book for only $5.00. This would make a PERFECT addition to any Easter basket.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo I uploaded of the sweet bunny and adorable book.

I smile each and every time I look at him. The book is darling too.

I have a few of the current Kohl’s Cares products (Thidwick book and plush, Sneeches book and plush, Bunny and book and 100 Cool Simple Science Experiments). I donated the books and plush to a kindergarten program (the plush are used as “reading buddies”), which is why I don’t have a photo of them. They look exactly like they do on the website.

I work as a teacher’s assistant and I brought the science experiments book to work with me so that we can try some of the experiments with the kids. There are some super cool experiments in the book. I am looking forward to trying them out.

The bunny and book I kept for my family. The bunny will make a cute Easter decoration, and the book is a nice addition to my family’s library.

You can purchase Kohl’s Cares products on the Kohl’s website (Kohls.com). In addition they are also sold in stores. Look for them near the check out lines.

To find a Kohl’s location near you, visit their website. You can also look for Kohl’s coupons and promotional codes on places like Coupon Sherpa.

Kohl’s can also be found on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

Have you ever purchased (or received) a Kohl’s Cares product?


*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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Send a little love this Valentine’s Day from Teleflora


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Sigh… seems like only yesterday we were counting down to the new year. Now we’re shopping for Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for that special someone in our life.

As much as some people hate to admit it, flowers are an essential part of Valentine’s Day. Roses seem to be the flower of choice, but there are plenty of other gorgeous flowers you could gift that special someone.

I enjoy receiving roses, but my favorite flower is a lilac, followed by daisies and sunflowers.

Receiving bouquets filled with a variety of flowers is also wonderful.

This Valentine’s Day, if you are in the market for lovely floral bouquets and arrangements, consider choosing a hand-made floral bouquet, professionally-designed and personally delivered by a Teleflora local florist in your neighborhood. Cherish your loved ones by sending a Teleflora floral gift that arrives straight from the heart. This thoughtful representation of YOU will be the talk of the office and home as a loving reminder of how special your Valentine is to you.

Since every Teleflora bouquet is professionally-arranged by a local florist, you can guarantee that every petal of your bouquet is freshly cut, carefully prepared and hand-made with love. Celebrate your loved ones with Teleflora’s “Hand-Made with Love” Valentine’s Day campaign this year with a floral gift that arrives straight from YOUR heart.

This Valentine’s Day, Teleflora has new arrangements and beautiful keepsake containers that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

All Valentine’s Day 2016 bouquets are available for sale now at Teleflora.com in standard, deluxe or premium size options.

Here are just a few options that are available on the Teleflora website.

Love’s Passion Bouquet by Teleflora

Heat up the romance and passion with this stunning floral arrangement that is sure to capture your Valentine’s attention. This striking bouquet features a bountiful display of classic red roses, tulips, and white Asiatic lilies nestled within an elegant, luscious red glass vase with a modern twist design for your sophisticated lady.

Teleflora’s True Lovelies Bouquet

Deliver a special surprise to your Valentine sweetheart with this delightful bouquet that will make their heart dance knowing they are “loved.”  This pretty pink bouquet dazzles with deep red roses, delicate pink alstroemeria, seeded eucalyptus, and other fresh blooms that arrive in a feminine, blush-pink playful keepsake vase with gold metallic script.

Teleflora’s Swirling Heart Bouquet

Celebrating a beloved friendship or that cherished family member that is closest to your heart, gift them with this charming floral bouquet that is sure to brighten their day and deliver a smile. Dark pink and red roses and carnations present a chic ombre floral look that arrives in a glazed stoneware container featuring an artisanal-style heart design.

And my personal favorite…

Teleflora’s Shining Heart Bouquet

Lavish your Valentine with a gift that arrives straight from the heart! This radiant and stylish bouquet presents a vibrant mixed array of rich, red roses, purple alstromeria, huckleberry, and other lush floral stems professionally arranged within a shimmering red keepsake vase with satin finish that’s adorned with a sparkling rhinestone heart.

I was sent the Shining Heart Bouquet to review.

First and foremost the vase is BEAUTIFUL! The sparkling heart shines when the light catches it. Your eyes are automatically drawn to it when you look at the arrangement. It’s the first thing that catches your eye.

The second most important thing about this arrangement is how wonderful it smells. I’ve received plenty of flowers over the years. Some have amazingly beautiful smells whereas others don’t smell much at all. This particular arrangement smelled lovely. I was very pleased by the delightful aroma that I picked up on every time I walked past it.

I really like the variety of flowers that come in this arrangement. Most Valentine’s Day flowers are red, pink and/or white. It was nice to see such a deep, rich purple color in the arrangement.

When I first took the photos the purple alstromerias did not open and bloom yet. They did the next day (I should have taken a picture of them in bloom).

Purple Alstromeria

Winter here in the Northeast is do drab, dark and dreary. It made me smile every time I walked past this arrangement and saw the gorgeous display of colors.

These are just a few of the Valentine’s Day arrangements available from Teleflora. Some arrangements also give you the option of including “extra” such as a Mylar balloon, chocolates or a fuzzy, snugly plush bear.

If you would like to check them out visit Teleflora.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Also, be sure to check out the hashtags #HandmadeByTF and #Teleflora on social media to see what others are saying.

Do YOU enjoy receiving flowers on Valentine’s Day?

What is your favorite flower?


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

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Enter to win the Chuao Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway Sweepstakes



I need a getaway. No, seriously, I NEED one badly! My family and I have not have a real vacation since my son was two years old. He’s seventeen now. Needless to say it’s been a while.

My husband and I would love to have a getaway, just the two of us. Sadly it’s just not feasible at this moment in time.

I remember when my girlfriends and I would go on adventurous getaways, most especially my best friend Dee. Dee and I would literally hop in the car and just drive and see where we end up. We didn’t use maps. We didn’t have any plans and we certainly didn’t rely on GPS (there was no such thing as GPS back then). In fact, we didn’t even have cellphones back then. We just drove.

One time we planned on spending a day or two at an amusement park in New Jersey. We ended up driving to Virginia Beach instead and even drove down to Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Another time we have a few days off from work and school. We just got in the car and drove. We ended up spending the night in Stowe, VT, Burlington VT and at a bed and breakfast just north of Boston. During that getaway we rode on an old fashioned train, went whale watching and got the worse sunburn of our lives – but it was all worth it. We had a blast and we still talk about that adventure to this day.

Chuao, makers of delicious gourmet chocolates, knows how important getaways can be. That is why they are hosting a Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway Sweepstakes.


Decadent chocolate meets seaside luxury as island wellness destination, the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa and Southern California’s premier artisan chocolatier, Chuao Chocolatier partner for a Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway.

The sweepstakes runs from January 19 until February 9, 2017.

One grand prize winner and three of their friends will receive a year’s supply of Chuao Chocolates, a two-night stay at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in an oversized two-bedroom Cottage, rejuvenating 50-minute spa treatment at the award-winning Spa at Coronado Island, plus champagne upon arrival and breakfast for four each day. Additionally, three weekly winners will be selected and will receive a one-night weekend stay and a Grand Chocolate Bar Tower.

Sounds wonderful! I could easily think of three girlfriends to invite with me if I was the lucky winner.

If you would like to learn more about the sweepstakes, or to enter, visit the Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway Sweepstakes webpage on the Chuao website.

Entering is super easy. You just need to provide your name, email address and date of birth (to make sure you are old enough to enter). That’s it! There is no “jumping through hoops” to enter.

Speaking of Chuao. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you are in the market for some quality, gourmet treats for your special someone, Chuao has some yummy options you might want to look into.

Chuao sent me a couple of yummy options for your special someone.



Aphrodisiac Heart Bonbon Collection (5 pieces)

The five flavors include;

  • Salt Butter Caramel: Soft caramel with a bit of sea salt in dark chocolate*
  • Sweet Passion: Exotic passion fruit* cooked into soft caramel in milk chocolate*
  • Meyer Lemon Mojito: Meyer lemon caramel infused with fresh mint* cream in white chocolate
  • Strawberry Seduction: Sweet strawberry* caramel with a touch of tangy balsamic in dark chocolate*
  • Rosemary Salted Caramel: Salt butter caramel infused with fresh rosemary* in milk chocolate*.


My favorite is the Salt Butter Caramel. Dark chocolate and salted caramel in one treat – YUM!!!!

The Strawberry Seduction was also decadent. I love balsamic vinegar on my strawberry, spinach and feta cheese salad. I would never in a million years think to add it to chocolate. Simply scrumptious!

Love Child

Love Child 6 Piece Bonbon Collection

The love child of port wine and chocolate covered strawberries, this bonbon is one of our favorites to create… and eat! Dark and rich, sweet and tangy, it’s full of all natural aphrodisiacs and is ready to sweep you off your feet!

If you love chocolate covered strawberries you are going to LOVE these bonbons. The have all the delightful flavor of chocolate covered strawberries with a bit of a port wine “kick” to them.


What I love about the collections (aside from how delicious they taste) is that they are just enough sweet treats without going overboard. No one needs a ginormous box of chocolates. In addition, when you are enjoying gourmet chocolates, such as these, you are meant to savor each and every bite, not woof them down like a bag of chips.

Chuao has plenty of other Valentine’s Day offerings to suit any budget. They also have their specialty chocolates that are available year round such as Caramel Apple Crush, Ravishing Rocky Road, Popcorn Pop, Triple Nut Temptation, Pretzel Toffee Twirl and Baconluxious to name a few.

For more information about Chuao Chocolatier visit ChuaoChocolatier.com.You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.



*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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Awards Season Giveaway From Fandango/FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 1/28/17)


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It’s awards season. Actually, the season kicked off back on October (2016) with the announcement of the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees (October 10, 2016). Awards season ends on February 26, 2017 with the biggest award of them all – The Academy Awards (Oscars).

There is still more than a month away from the Oscars, but there is already plenty of buzz about some front runners who might just walk away with the most prestigious award.

Some films who are front runners for Best Picture include;

Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

According to IndieWire, other contenders include;

Hacksaw Ridge 
Hidden Figures
Nocturnal Animals 

How many of these films have YOU seen? Personally I’ve only seen Deadpool and Hell or High Water. I want to see La La Land and Noctural Animals.



Many of the film’s that could walk away with the Oscar for best picture are still playing locally (at least where I live). Moonlight, Lion, Fences, La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently playing in our local movie theater.

When we plan on going to the movies we always purchase our tickets online at Fandango. Not only does purchasing our tickets from Fandango help us to skip the lines, it also lets us see what seats are available and allows us to pick out the ideal seats (depending on the theater).

Once we purchase our tickets online I simply print them out and show them to the person at the theater who collects tickets. There is no need to wait online (unless you want something from the concession stand).

Fandango also has a companion site, FandangoNOW where you can purchase or rent movies and television shows – including some award nominated films and television shows. You can watch them online or download them to approved devices.

If you are looking for a great gift idea, Fandango and FandangoNOW gifts cards are a great option. The recipient can use them to enjoy current movies in their local movie theater, or they can rent or purchase their favorite films and television shows online.

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For the first time, Fandango is offering gift cards good for award-worthy movies on the big screen (via Fandango) and on digital platforms (with FandangoNOW).

With awards season, Fandango has you covered for all your movie news and needs, from the big screen to your screen!

You can learn more about the latest movie news, nominated films, awards shows, movie news, trailers and more by visiting the Fandango Movie Awards page.  I appreciate this page. It’s given me more information about the nominated films I didn’t know much about (like Fences and Moonlight). It’s a great resource for movie lovers.

You can also check out the Awards Season Gift Card, which can be found here. You can pick one up for yourself or grab a few for gifts (birthday, anniversary, Easter basket…).



To help you catch up on some of the most talked about films of awards season, Fandango/FandangoNOW would like to give two lucky readers $25 Fandango/FandangoNOW gift cards (each winner gets one $25 gift card). The winners can use the gift cards to see movies in theaters or purchase/rent movies online.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 28, 2017. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which movie you are most anxious to see (in theaters or purchase/rent online)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I will be receiving the same prize in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Toys for the Holiday



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.


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.


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.


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.



*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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