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November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: PhotoThrow Color Throw Blanket

I bet you have some really awesome photos on your computer just sitting there waiting for something to be done with them. I know I sure do. I take a lot of photos when we are on outings and when we have people over for cookouts and family dinners. And of course there are school activities and field trips, Girl Scouts, oh yeah and all the activities we do for holidays. Needless to say I have a bunch of photos and I'm sure several of them would make really nice photo gifts. One choice for a photo gift is a really cool Color Throw from PhotoThrow. The one shown in the photo above is The NEW Color Throw.

About The NEW Color Throw:
This new ColorThrow measures 40” x 58”, it’s softer, weighs less, and with more than 70,000 additional stitches, the new size ratio improves the resolution of your knitted image beyond anything you’ve seen before. The colors are brighter, more vivid and alive, plus you still have the option of personalizing them with names, messages or any other desired text. Machine wash and dry, and produced with the same quality standards you expect. This Throw is made using a special process that is also available in the SWEETHEART Throw format, and both will only be sold for a limited time.

I love that it's the perfect size to lay over the top of my husband's recliner. It's a little older and well, not quite as beautiful as it used to be. Toss on the throw and it looks great again! Then it's on display for everyone to see, and is convenient to use if he gets a little chilly in the evenings. The other thing I thought was pretty cool was that the throw actually makes us look a little thinner. I took that as an added bonus because it helps remind us that we've both put on a little extra and now we can see and remember how we want to look again.

Buy it: You can order custom photo throws online at Make sure you enter code CT-40 for a really awesome deal. It makes the throw go from $90 down to $39.60!!

Holiday Gift Guide: Threadz Make-a-Purse Kit #DIY #Giveaway - Ends 12-9

My daughter has always showed an interest in any sort of crafting I've done. From scrap-booking to crocheting you name it. I think she just wants to do what mommy's doing. And I'm okay with that, I actually enjoy crafting with her and even just watching her craft. It's fun to see a child's interpretation of instructions. I haven't been brave enough to teach her how to crochet yet, but I've found a few kits that have allowed her to make some of the same things I make on her own. One of them is the Threadz Make-a-Purse Kit. With this kit she gets to make a yarn purse on a loom. It includes everything you need to make the purse as well as step-by-step instructions. So with a little help from me to get it started she's off creating her very own purse, something she can call her own.

And as you can see from the smile on her face she LOVES her new purse. The included cord can be cut to any length for the purse strap, but she wanted it to be cross-body style so I only cut off a short amount. The best part is now that she knows how to make the purse, and we still have all the necessities (loom, needle, and hook) she can make even more purses in whatever color she wants with different types of yarn. This is the type of kit I like to get my kids because it's not a one time use then you're done. Next she wants me to get her the one to make a beanie hat. (Guess this mommy got a great idea of what to get for Christmas!)

They always say seeing is believing. Check out this awesome video that shows you just how easy the purse is to make.

Buy it: You can purchase Threadz Kits online.

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Win it:  One lucky reader will win a Threadz Make-a-Purse Kit. This giveaway will end December 10th at 12:00 AM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US/Canada.

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Holiday Gift Guide: YumEarth Organics Treats make great stocking stuffers! #Giveaway - Ends 12-9

I'm not a big fan of super sugary candy, I just don't like the way it leaves my teeth feeling after I've eaten it. And I know it's not good for them or me either. That's why I was happy to learn about YumEarth Organics. They are made from all-natural ingredients and real fruit extracts. Plus they have 100% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C per serving. Another positive for me who has trouble getting in all of the vitamins I know I need. Of the four flavors Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, and Perfectly Peach I would have to say the peach is my favorite. I'm not a fan of actual peaches, but I love peach flavored candy.  They taste great and they don't leave a sugary film feeling on my teeth afterwards either. The fruit snacks came in banana, cherry, peach and strawberry flavors and actually tasted like little bits of fruit. Again they didn't taste like they were packed with primarily sugar like some fruit snacks do. I've actually put a few of the organic pops in my purse and some of the fruit snacks in my car for having on the run.

We believe YumEarth tastes better because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours...and because we love spectacular flavor and hand craft all our flavors to make them all tart and bright and delicious!
YumEarth treats are made with all-natural ingredients, no artificial colors or artificial dyes, no gluten, no peanuts, and no tree-nuts, just award winning taste.

Buy it: You can buy YumEarth Organics Treats at: YumEarth,, or at local stores.

Win it:  One lucky reader will win YumEarth Organics Lollipops and Fruit Snacks (value  $15.98). This giveaway will end December 10th at 12:00 AM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US.

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