December is here and the holiday season is finally upon us!
The trees are starting to go up, the lights are being hung and now, we’re bringing on the presents!
That’s right! This year, we wanted to take the time to not only support the small business owners this holiday season, but to give back to our readers for making 2014 such an amazing year. Without further ado, your chance to win big with our holiday giveaway extravaganza!
Brought to you by Rose Uncaged, Probably Crafting, From ABCs to ACTs, The Mad Mommy, View From the Fridge, The Everyday Momma, Chaos & Kiddos, and Gym Craft Laundry, this giveaway is one winner takes all and includes over $700 in prizes!
Now, let’s get to the prizes!
$25 to spend in store!
Inspired Apparel sells athletic apparel that is bold and modern in design, inspired by Scripture. Wear the truth, be inspired!
Wooden Holiday Baking Set
From the owner of House Mountain Natural: From initial design, to creation, to packaging. Every item in my shop starts with me and is shipped by me. I am a one person team from start to finish. Many hours a day and often seven days a week. I am doing what I love and loving what I do!
My toys: I embrace both the Montessori theory of learning through play and the natural beauty of Waldorf. My toys are designed with the guidance of my sister, a certified preschool teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Each piece I make is carefully sanded and left in its natural state, or painted with Eco-friendly soy paint. Then sealed with my own blend of organic oils and local organic beeswax.
Essential oil Aromatherapy Diffuser Pendant
Gorgeous on its own – but it’s useful as well! The pendant doubles as an Aromatherapy pendant.
Simple place 1-10 drops of your favorite essential oils on the back on the pendant and allow to soak in. You add the amount of oil to suit your personal needs. I recommend you do this right before you retire for the night, and put your pendant on in the morning. The heat from your body will start to release the scent of the oil.
Circular pendant measures approximately 1 1/2″ in diameter.
One gorgeous collar from the shop. Any collar, any size.
From the owner of Oh Pudge: All collars are made by ME in my home in Texas. Each collar is made with 100% cotton fabric with two layers of medium weight fusible interfacing inside to add strength. No nylon is used, for my nylon allergic friends. All seams are made with a durable box stitch with 100% polyester thread. Each different size is adjustable with a coordinated quick side release buckle. Collars are machine washable (YAY!), on the delicate cycle, lay flat to dry.
Winner’s choice necklace. Any necklace from the shop.
Eternal Girl jewelry is made from hand drawn designs. All images are created with a unique henna inspired pattern. It is secured in an antique styled, bronze pendant with a round glass covering. The necklace is made with a bronze metal chain. Black and colored designs available, as well as custom orders.
“Mama Bear” Holiday Gift Box
The Holiday Gift box was created with Mother and Child in mind. We’ve chosen three of our most popular products for you to enjoy. Our Immortal Skin Reparative Oil is specifically designed for Mama Bear, for all of the ‘natural effects’ that pregnancy has on the skin. Our Neutralizing Baby Bum Ointment helps baby avoid the dreaded diaper rash (this helps Mama too!). Our Soothing Goats Milk Artisan Soap satisfies everyone in the family; it’s creamy texture and luscious lather pampers skin of all ages. Stylishly packaged in a black gift box with red satin ribbon, perfect for any occasion.
From the owner of Antidote Skin Care Company: Not your typical handmade skin care company. We ditched the common flowery designs in favour of a more edgy image to reflect who we are and what we’re all about. We’re in your face, we’re on your face, we’re serious about our products but don’t take ourselves too seriously. All of our products are handcrafted in Canada by a trained Chef, using all natural organic oils, essential oils, and wild harvested botanicals infused through a tested culinary technique (not everyone can say that!). All of our products are 100% non-toxic, paraben, GMO and cruelty free. As much as possible we use organic ingredients and a large number of our products are vegan friendly. Rock on!
Mom On the Go Planner
This planner is perfect for any mom who wants cuteness and functionality as they plan their busy lives on the go. This version of the planner is non-denominational and will work for any religion or belief system. It has the same great features as the LDS, Mothers Who Know version but without all of the LDS elements.
16×20 Rectangle Aluminum Print
Get your favorite photo aluminyzed to display on your furniture piece, mount it on your wall, stick it onto a photo album – or just about create it into an amazing work of art. Aluminyzed photos stand out for their vibrancy, sophistication, professionally modern look and durability.
Set of 4 Limited Edition Moisture Plus® Designer Tubes
Now the ultra-moisturizing, satin-shine, SPF 15 formula you love is available for a limited time in four super stylish new designs, for the fashion lover in all of us. New patterns will be released periodically, and these current patterns won’t be around for long.
Buddy the Elf Quote Pillow
From the owner of Noonday Design: As a family, we love the movie Elf! We find ourselves quoting the movie all year round. I wanted to do some designs that reflected Buddy’s fun and happy Christmas spirit. This 16″x16″ pillow features Buddy’s famous quote, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” It features a distressed ivory/cream background with brightly colored letters in a fun unique style.I am a freelance graphic designer and run a successful design business from home. I have recently started designing items for sale on Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle. My designs include personalized art, children’s designs, home decor, and even some apparel and accessories.
Mini Felt Doll with Sewing Pattern Bundle
Winner will receive a one of a kind handmade mini felt doll by DelilahIris with a Feltie Sewing Pattern Bundle including the best selling unicorn pattern and flower pixies.
Women’s Slouchy Beanie Hat
From the owner of Hallopa Joop: This slouchy hat has been a firm favorite with Haloopa Joop customers since 2010, but I recently launched it again in a new yarn. The yarn is made from 65% wool and 35% alpaca, which makes it a gorgeous combination of warm and soft. This slouchy hat is very flattering, and the deep ribbed brim will fit a wide range of head sizes. The hat in this giveaway is in dark grey – other colors can be found in my Etsy shop or by custom order.
Meal Planner in the design of your choice.
This 12 month Meal Planner is 7.5″ by 9″ and includes the following details: 12 monthly laminated tabs, personalized cover, week, month, and year at a glance pages, 2 Notes pages per month, meal section for each day, weekly grocery list, contacts page, holidays, and 2 sided pocket folder.
Personalized Christmas Prize Pack
1 My Very Merry Christmas Board Book, 1 My Very Merry Christmas Coloring and Activity Book, 1 My Very Merry Christmas Personalized Stickers, 1 A Christmas Tree for Me Personalized Place Mat.
From the owner of I See Me!: Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.
Item of winner’s choice from SparrowFall Designs, value of $17.50 or less.
SparrowFall Designs note cards are made with beautiful pen and ink drawings and quality linen paper. Each set of six blank note cards comes with six linen paper envelopes. Note Card size: 5 1/2″x4 1/4″, Envelopes: A2.
Christmas Prize Pack
Includes an Origami Star Filled Christmas Ornament, 3 Original 5×7″ Fine Art Prints by Dana, Silver Plated Leaf Necklace.
$15 towards anything in the shop.
Custom invitations by Birds Fly Studio. All items can be custom made to fit your colors, fonts, etc. All products with images will be replaced with your own!
Handmade, one of a kind toddler purse and coin purse.
This cute, tiny purse makes a great baby or toddler present! It’s made from a pretty pastel print and closes with an adorable red heart button. This purse is meant to be carried in a little girl’s hands and not over her shoulder. Machine washable! Dimensions: 5″ wide at the rim, 6.5″ wide at the base, 5″ high handle.
The tiny coin purse makes an adorable companion to the toddler purse. It is 3.5″ wide by 3″ high. Both the coin purse and toddler purse have been hand sewn with cotton fabrics from an original pattern designed by Meghan of MegExpressions.
Bracelet and Earrings from Tiffani’s by Design.
Red Cultured Sea Glass Bracelet, accented with gold. Variety of shapes of sea glass linked together with gold plated findings. Lobster style clasp.
Black and White Mother of Pearl Shell Earrings with Tibetan Silver. Silver Plated Lever back style.
Ankle Warmers with Deer Ornament
Cozy and unique, handmade from hand spun yarn ankle warmers. Beautiful Fall Winter boot cuff, leg warmers, ankle warmers, knit wool women accessory. Would make a wonderful Christmas gift for teens and adults.
$75 to Create Ur Plate.
After having her significant other bring home another stack of paper plates for a holiday celebration, Create Ur Plate founder Sandy Casey decided she had no room for more leftover plates and came up with the idea of having one plate, with interchangeable and customizable decals for any holiday or event.
Make one set of plates perfect for any occasion with our unique Plate-Ables™ system. Switch up glass plates with reusable Plate-Ables™, or create your own personalized disposable plates with ease. Or, choose from hundreds of designs we have available. Make it your table, your way.
SHIPPING TO US LOCATIONS ONLY.
Dean & Grace Giveaway – Kid’s and Women’s Clothing
When Dean & Grace contacted me to do a giveaway promotion, I thought to myself, “Now here is the perfect fit for my blog.” Two stay-at-home moms who decided to dig in to the small business world and provide a time-saving, quality service to busy families. I love their heart and excitement for their business, and I think their concept is really cool. You know I’m a big fan of avoiding taking the twins to any store at any time, so any opportunity to shop on my phone while the kids play is a major win for me, plus it doesn’t chip away at my busy schedule. And…I’m supporting local business and working moms by joining. YES.
Ready to take your chance to win in this awesome giveaway? Talk about crazy simple. All you have to do is send a text!! If you win…You get one item for free from their online shop. Yay!! The giveaway will run now through Thursday, August 21st. Text “giveaway chaos” to 76000 to enter. I’ll be sure to follow up and let you know who won!
A few things to note –
- Free to join
- Readers can opt out at any time
- Members select groups they would like to shop from (You choose what you receive texts for!)
- Product line includes unique items and clothes for women and children
- Members receive text messages only once or twice a week
- Feel free to join their service to learn more about how they work (press STOP to end getting texts from them at any time!)
Co-Owners Sara Peak and Whitney Nordmoe, both stay-at-home moms, both turned entrepreneurs, built the business on the premise of putting families first. Which is why we are proud to support local boutique shops from across the world. Kids are only little once and deserve to be dressed in something special!
One of our main missions at Dean & Grace is to provide busy working moms an opportunity to shop unique boutique style clothes without actually wasting time shopping or searching the internet for unique finds! We bring the items right to your phone via text and surprise you with adorable fashion for kids and women!
Happy Birthday Turn it Up Tuesday!
My friends at Turn It Up Tuesday are celebrating a birthday!!!! These fabulous ladies work very hard to create a wonderful community among bloggers of all shapes and sizes, walks of life, backgrounds and interests. They’ve asked me to help them celebrate this special event by sharing this super awesome giveaway they are hosting!! See below to take your chance at winning big. Happy Birthday, friends!!
Hearty Crock Pot Soup Recipe: Kids in the Kitchen
There is nothing a working mom loves more than to come home to dinner already made. The crock pot is the working parent’s best friend. If only we could “set it and forget it” for so many other elements of our daily routine! This hearty crock pot soup recipe is a major win on a number of tasty levels – You can swap the ingredients up based on what happens to be in the house, it’s so easy that the kids can prep it, and it almost crosses into the chili realm for those hearty men in your life. Perfect for a crisp fall day or a chilly winter night, this crock pot soup recipe makes an appearance on our family menu all football season long.
What you’ll need:
- 1.5lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken – whatever is on hand)
- A couple of bags of frozen veggies (This time around, I used a small bag of corn, the last of a big bag of peas, and about half of a big bag of broccoli)
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can stewed or diced tomatoes (I happened to have basil/oregano diced on hand so in they went!)
- 2 cans tomato juice (you can use spicy or just regular – the tiny 5.5oz cans)
- white rice
- salt and pepper to taste
You may notice the very best thing about this recipe is there really is no measuring involved. It really is one of those “toss it in and let it cook” crock pot soup recipes that prep in 5 minutes or less. I’ve been challenging myself to use what I have on hand instead of running to the store to get ingredients, because that’s become a huge time-suck to my busy day. A few minutes of creative thought and digging around in the cupboards and freezers, and I am usually finding I have enough on hand to make something everyone will love.
Preparation (get ready…this is a tough list):
- Coat the crock pot with non-stick spray.
- Break up the meat and put it in.
- Pour all the frozen veggies on top.
- Pour in the tomato soup, diced/stewed tomatoes and tomato juice.
- Stir it all up so everything is coated and well mixed.
- Cook on High for 4 hours.
So, where does the rice come in? When you walk in the door, and see that lovely little “Warm” button, dump in some instant rice (about 2 cups or so) and put the top back on and wait 5 minutes. BAM. Ready to eat!!
I top mine with some shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream (it’s nice and chili yummy thick without the yucky beans I hate and spice that can be too much for the kids) and oh man, SO GOOD.
I picked this recipe for the dinner challenge in the Kids in the Kitchen series for 2 reasons. One, if the boys want to help, it’s a piece of cake to have them dump everything in the crock pot. Two, if I’m out and want Emily to get this started before I get home, this recipe is easy enough for her to whip up and set to cook by herself. WIN!
If you have any awesome, family-friendly dinner recipes that get the kids in the kitchen along with you, be sure to share them below. And now for a little extra special surprise! We’re hosting a little giveaway this week!!!