Share Some Goodness this Holiday! Gifts that Give Back

Looking to give gifts that not are not only great gifts, but will make the gift-ee feel better as well? Life is Good, ORGANIC INDIA and Manduka make giving feel even better- and they are fantastic, ethical companies that also give back.  These are fantastic brands with really awesome items, you will love them.

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Life is Good, lifestyle brand spreading the power of optimism, from t-shirts, self-help book, mugs to comfy pj’s, introduces  the Holiday collection ($10-78) and has something for the kids, mom, the office, and even the grinch who could use some positivity in their life. There is a lot to choose from, and the quality is top notch- nothing that will have to be quickly tossed. The clothing line lasts, and wears well.  They will have their items a long, long time. (I still have a t-shirt I got in high school!) It’s nice to be able to spread a nice message wherever you go. In addition, Life is Good donates 10% of their net proceeds to kids in need-that’s something to smile about. 
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ORGANIC INDIA’s, Tulsi Tea Line ($5.99) have become one of my son’s favorites. He especially loves the peppermint variety, (there are several to choose from) and I like that it’s completely organic. These USDA organic teas are infused with a sacred Indian herb that’s packed with goodness + deliciousness in over 20 flavors. A cup of Tulsi tea warms up the soul – lowers stress, bolsters immunity, enhances stamina and promotes a healthy metabolism. He has some health issues, so I am all for anything that will give him any kind of a boost.  These teas are not only good tasting and good for you, as well as environmentally friendly- but they are good for the people who farm them. ORGANIC INDIA works directly with marginalized farmers in India providing healthcare, education, gender equality and empowerment programs. Sipping fireside, never tasted so good! 
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Carved Creations: Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are approaching quickly and it is crunch time.  For the dads and children of wonderful mothers out there, this post is for you.

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There is a great new jewelry site out there called Carved Creations.  What separates Carved Creations from the pack of other Mother’s jewelry available is that it is well made, hand crafted, and feels substantial.  This is no aluminum heart on a cheap string of metal, these are well details works of art.

“In response to the thin, lightweight Mother’s Jewelry that began to proliferate in the last decade, we decided that it was time for someone to develop high-quality, sturdy Mother’s Jewelry that was professionally designed and professionally crafted, using the right blend of old-world craftsmanship and the latest technology. We jumped on the task and have been developing designs as the industry leader in the world of Mother’s Jewelry ever since. Our attention to detail and quality can be found in every Carved Creation…When you feel a Carved Creations design, you know you are holding the best.”

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The designs are thoughtful and special, as well as perfect for that special someone in your life.  We really like the Page Pendant Heart and the  Vesta Topazio Legacy Tassel Bracelet.  One is a necklace the other a bracelet, both are well made and pretty pieces.  The Pendant can be customized with the birthstones of your choice as well as the names of your choice.  Each PagePendant features your special names in deep detail and a brilliant GemTag birthstone for each name.  The PagePendant is delicately curved on both sides, and has a substantial sturdy touch. Carefully designed so that each name appears completely at least once, these shapes give the illusion of being lifted off of a page of continuous script text, for a stunning effect. 
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Must Have Kids Clothes from Rockin’ Baby

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You know that my girls love clothes, and most days they love to match. I was so excited to see these adorable clothing items from Rockin’ Baby as well as learn the great story behind the company.

About Rockin’ Baby:

This company has a great heart for charity behind them. They like to give and to help and if you are purchasing some of their slings, pouches, or clothing items, they know you do too.

Every sling, pouch, or clothing item you buy they will donate an item to mothers in desperate need in Haiti or Kenya. They will do this through well managed, non profit organizations who are committed to helping these mothers living in terrible conditions. They call this their “Mother to Mother” mission.

When they started “Mother to Mother” in 2011 they wanted to make a real difference in the world and with your help, they really have.

Rockin’ Baby used to just be a company known as the the sling and pouch company that donates a new sling to every mother in need for every sling purchased, and they just launched their first children’s apparel collection that is also a one-for-one concept: You buy. We give. One-for-one.

For every item of clothing sold across all designs from the new Rockin’ Baby collection, an item from the Hero range will be gifted to an Ebola orphan, providing vital clothing for a child in need. The project is known as Child to Child and it will be carried out in partnership with Child Fund International.

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Logo Loops Holiday Headbands

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You all know by now how girly my girls truly can be. They absolutely love to dress up and do anything they can to accessorize themselves. They were so excited to receive these adorable headbands from Logo Loops for the holidays.

About Logo Loops:

Logo Loops, LLC produces a custom embroidered cotton/lycra stretch headband as well as “ready made” styles. Each of their headbands is a quality product manufactured and embroidered in their own workshops. The “loops” can be worn as a fashion statement, sports accessory, or team/school/camp spirit-building product.

Each headband is made of 90% cotton/10%Lycra stretch. The headbands are all machine washable and can be tumbled dry. Logo Loops ensures that each band maintains it’s “memory” and is non slip for girls who are always on the go. These stretchy accessories wont’ cause a headache unlike stiff wire or plastic headbands. They run 2 1/4″ wide, the perfect one-size-fits-all.

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Great Games for Kids from Wonder Forge

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We are all big game players in my family. As we have had children it has been tricky for us to find games that can include our young children, but are still fun for the adults. I must say that I have not ever found a game that I was not 100% satisfied with from the Wonder Forge game family. They have such great games for all the kids in your family, that adults enjoy playing as well.

About Wonder Forge:

In 2007, Jacobe Chrisman (Founder & CEO) and a small group of creative types with a passion for children’s entertainment came together to develop extraordinarily fun, original play experiences for kids and families.

Since it was originally launched, Wonder Forge has always offered top-quality experiences, raising the bar for preschool and family games everywhere. The preschool games help to celebrate the “can do”  attitude in all kids – engaging them physically, socially, and creatively. The family games bridge generation gaps and create wholesome family moments and lasting memories.

Wonder Forge additionally always works to create strong, long-lasting partnerships with licensors. This is wonderful when your children love certain characters.

Today, Wonder Forge makes over 85 games that have won more than 160 top awards for product excellence. They are sold nationwide and in over 11 countries.

About Eye Found It Journey Through Time:

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In this wonderful game, you work together as a team of historians, scientists, and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries with the Eye Found It Journey Through Time Hidden Picture Game from Wonder Forge. You can venture and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. You want to Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel. This game is recommended for ages 4 and up.

My Thoughts: This game was a great deal of fun. I had a lot of fun playing this game with my daughters. I also have to admit that this is one of my husband’s favorite games that we have played with the girls as well. My daughters are ages 3 and 5 and so they definitely were both able to understand and play the game really well.

About Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace Game:

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I’ll get you Red Baron! The world’s most beloved beagle is back!  A legend in his own mind, Snoopy takes off as the Flying Ace in constant pursuit of his nemesis, the Red Baron. Flip cards and race to make matches before Snoopy spins to a stop. It’s high-flying family fun! This is a great game for children age 3-10 years old.
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Got a Peanuts Fan? You Will Love the Vermont Country Store

Have you seen the new Peanuts movie yet?  It’s hard to believe there is a new one out- but even if you haven’t, surely you and your family love watching the Christmas Special every year.  It’s definitely one of our favorites, and is for our parents as well.

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The Vermont Country Store (with physical locations as well as online store) has an exclusive Peanuts Collection of apparel, holiday cheer, and home décor – just in time for the holidays. Here are some of my favorites:

Peanuts Portable Record Player: Vintage-looking, lightweight, great sound, compatible with digital devices and made by Crosley – plus to go with it, a holiday record from the Peanuts gang too!

Super Soft Pajamas:  Available for men, boys, women, and girls and decorated with exclusive prints

Peanuts Christmas Clock: Sings holiday carols on the hour – but also has a light sensor so that the Peanuts gang keeps quiet when the lights are out!

Winter Flannel Sheets Set: Check out the gang skiing and having fun on soft Portuguese flannel sheets

Campfire Night Light: Snoopy and Linus, an adorable night light – the campfire flickers and adds a glow to the room
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VeggieTales Christmas Books #VeggieTales

Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? One of my favorite things during this season is the love and laughter in the air. The spirit of Christmas is full of kindness, sharing and forgiveness. VeggieTales Christmas themed soundboard books are a great way to remember and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with your children.

My son loves VeggieTales- the TV show, movies, live show, and of course the books.  These cute singing veggies are a great way to bring the reason for the season to your family.  It’s easy to get caught up with the material things, the hustle and bustle, and all the rush-rush of the holidays- sometimes, we really need to take a moment and remember what it’s really about, and to be grateful for all we have and what we’ve been given.

VeggieTales Christmas themed soundboard books are a fun and interactive way to teach children the true meaning of Christmas.
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Great Gifts For Your Kids

The cold and eventful festive days are coming up quickly, which means lots of fun events for adults but long stuffy days indoors for kids! Being stuck inside during holidays can be boring, making your little ones cranky.

Let me introduce to you some creative solutions to beat the hard-to-cure holiday cabin fever! Cooper and Kid–creatively curated kits designed especially for kids to have fun while learning. Squirrel King–craft kits that transform a child’s reality into an imaginative world of colorful squirrels and the homes they live in. And last but not least, Zoonicorns–the unique combination of unicorns and zebras into adventurous plush toys, with a creative children’s book to bring the characters to life.

STEM learning kits

Cooper and Kid is all about making dad cool again and doing what matters most–bonding with the kids! Cooper & Kid has everything a dad needs in the winter for educational fun (think STEM) with his kids! Each Cooper Kit is fun-in-a-box with endless hours of amusement…no more mindless TV shows! Each kit contains a huge box of fun, with themed projects, toys, books and ideas that dads and kids will truly enjoy. Together they can build rocket ships, take off with sky lanterns or explore the world of butterflies — there is so much to create and discover!

An activity book guides dads through the theme and the contents of the box for hours of fun. Plus, the shipping box turns into a toy too! Sign up for the Cooper & Kid subscription online and every three months a Cooper kit is delivered to dad at home. The subscription price is $65 per quarter.

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