Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oriental Trading 2016 Christmas Review and Giveaway...

Thanks to Oriental Trading, my family is really excited to tell you about some of their amazing Christmas products!

Every year Christmas is a huge hit at our house! It has always been one of our very favorite holidays.

Look at some of the awesome things we received...

We can't wait to fill theses adorable Gingerbread House Treat Boxes with fun goodies! We got a wide variety of yummy candy that we know everyone will love.

Next, my precious grandkids love their new book that came with a cute little mouse...

Miracle Mouse is a special little creature who traveled with Joseph and Mary, and was present for the miracle of Jesus' birth. This wondrous event inspired the little mouse to travel to homes near and far each Christmas to share the good news of the season.

Check out these beautiful ornaments that we are excited to fill. We are going to put rose petals and each families last names inside of them. I can't wait to give them out with a pretty Christmas tag tied to each one.

We are thrilled to add this fabulous dangle-leg Santa and snowman to our Christmas collection...

These look so fantastic on our piano. Their dangling legs are so fun. I can't wait to show them off when people come over soon for our Christmas party!

Are you planning on having a Christmas party this year? If so make sure and check out this great company! They have lots of super cool items on their site. We love that we can get everything we will need to pull off the best party of the year. They also have incredible Santa costumes and much more!

I had such a hard time deciding what to get because of all the options. Oriental Trading is really great to work with and the product ships fast right to your door.

Thank you so very much Oriental Trading for the amazing products and customer service!!

Now here's something exciting...

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Luminaria Experience The Light Review...

Thanksgiving Point Luminaria: Experience the Light
-Ashton Gardens hosts more than a million lights in new holiday event-

2016 features a brand new, never-before-seen holiday light experience! Luminaria will be set within the 55-acre Ashton Gardens which is our second home during the summer. We are super excited this winter it features a million different lights on display. The general public can join in from November 25-December 31 (closed Sundays, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day).

My hubby and I had such a fun date night going to check out the Luminaria! We are really excited to tell you about some of our favorite things...

First we had fun visiting the Poinsettia Pathway. Next, I started skipping down Candy Cane Lane with happiness. All of the lights are really awesome and the music helped make it feel so magical!

Look how pretty all of the lights are on the trees! We remember seeing people starting to hang lights up months ago getting ready for this spectacular event.

We visited two of Santa's reindeer at the Reindeer Woods. After that we both got a delicious cup of hot chocolate to enjoy for the rest of our fabulous journey.

We absolutely loved the nativity scene before entering the new Light of the World Garden. Glowing lanterns and peaceful music accompany this space featuring 35 monument- sized bronze sculptures depicting scenes of Jesus Christ.

Another one of our favorite stops was at S'mores Village. It is filled with intimate fireplaces where families can make their own s'mores.

There are some fabulous games for the family to play in this area as well. We had fun looking inside the cute little gift shop. The Waffle Wonderland featured some yummy must try treats.

Snowflake Lane lead us to a giant snowman that had cool blue lights going up and down the trees! We felt like little kids again singing Frosty the snowman as we looked up with wondrous eyes at the brilliant snowman!

My hubby and I give this fantastic experience a huge thumbs up! We loved it and plan on making it a new yearly tradition. It was a wonderful, romantic evening!

Ticket prices and other details for the event can be found at: (*Note: Luminaria is a timed ticketed event each evening.) #Luminaria2016

About Thanksgiving Point:
Thanksgiving Point is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a farm, garden, and museum that are collectively dedicated to providing opportunities for transformative family learning and fostering an environment where positive, meaningful experiences naturally happen. Created in 1996 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than two million annual visitors from all 50 states and around the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. For more information, call 801-768-2300 or visit

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hammacher Schlemmer Disney Christmas Carousel Tree Review...

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Well look no further, Hammacher Schlemmer has tons of perfect gifts! Click on the boxes below to see a few great ideas...

Now I am super excited to tell you about The Disney Christmas Carousel Tree!!

I fell in love with this the second I saw it! This tabletop Christmas tree shows more than 50 beloved Disney characters celebrating the holidays with movement, music, and lights.

We love the rotating sleigh at that top with Mickey Mouse. It is so fun that Pluto is leading the reindeer. I was thrilled that it also features Cinderella’s castle! I have always been fascinated by castles.

Children and parents alike will delight as they discover their favorite Disney characters cavorting throughout the tree, from Daisy and Donald Duck exchanging gifts, to Bambi sporting a wreath collar, to Peter Pan surveying the crowd from the rooftops.

The trains that chug around the tree are really fun to watch. We also enjoy watching the royal couples as we listen to the beautiful songs. The detail put into each character is brilliant and very impressive!

We think it is fabulous that the tree is secured on an elegant wood-finished based. It is also softly illuminated by 20 colorful LEDs that are so pretty. We love how the snow sparkles and it really glows when the lights are on.

Watch the video below to see it in action...

Our granddaughter Kaydence really loves this too! She got so excited when she saw it and had a big smile! It is great that this Plugs into AC or runs on three AA batteries. We are getting lots of compliments on our new beautiful Disney Tree!

Hammacher Schlemmer has tons of fun, high quality gift ideas so make sure and visit them to see more! They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Another awesome thing about this company is their unconditional and unwavering promise that their merchandise is guaranteed for life! Click on the box below to read more about it!

Thank you very much Hammacher Schlemmer for the AMAZING products and customer service!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pete’s Dragon Review...

Pete’s Dragon, a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film centered on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Families will be captivated by this magical movie followed by never-before-seen bonus features, including a revealing look at director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of “Pete’s Dragon,” the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and hilarious bloopers.

This awesome movie arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 29; just in time to entertain the entire family this holiday season!

Our Review: We loved this movie! Pete's Dragon is a must see. We liked how friendly Elliot is to those that are being nice to him. But if you try to hurt him or make him mad, look out. He'll show you his mean and scary side. Like when he was on the bridge blowing fire at everyone to stop them from chasing him. Pete was able to calm him down but it was too late, Grace and Jack almost die as they fall from the bridge. Elliot saves them though and that changes everyone's attitude toward him. Then they all realize he is good.

I loved when Pete meets Elliot for the first time. He says, "are you going to eat me?" Then Elliot picks him up and they fly off together. We felt bad when they tranquilize Elliot and tie him down. We thought it was brilliant when Elliot was on the back of the truck and Pete unties the chains then Elliot makes himself invisible. All of the people come running in to see the Dragon and it looked like he flew through the roof. This is a fun family friendly movie that everyone will enjoy.

There are tons of bonus features as well. Making magic is really good. It lets you see what they did to make Elliot come to life. There are also bloopers which are always funny. Another thing to watch is the music video with Lindsey Sterling. We have always loved watching her play the violin. She is amazing!

Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Scotties Review and Bring Comfort Home Sweepstakes...

It’s time to fall in love with fall… and winter too! Scotties® Facial Tissues by Royale® looks forward to the change of the seasons.

The crisp air provides a perfect opportunity to sip hot cocoa and curl up by the fire. The leaves, like a work of art, burst into color on every tree. Thanksgiving is just around the corner – a great time to gather around the table with family and friends.

Although winter has not arrived just yet, it is time to stock up as cold season will be here before you know it! Thankfully you can be prepared as Scotties is available in-store and also online on It’s the perfect combination of softness and strength that can provide comfort to you and your whole family. Scotties is soft enough for everyday use, and strong enough to tackle your worst cold.

Next, check out some of Scotties new 2016 holiday box designs featuring serene snowflakes, picturesque snow-covered villages, and nature scenes with polar bears, birds, trees, and much more! The new designs are a perfect way to bring comfort and holiday cheer into all the rooms in your home.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are such special holidays at our house. I want to share some ways I make our home inviting during this time of year. For Thanksgiving this year I made a special placemat for each guest with their name on it. We plan on having each person at the table name something they are thankful for.

During the Christmas season we keep extra busy with our Serving Others This Holiday Season project that we do every year. My family absolutely loves Scotties facial tissues! They are super soft and strong as well. When you have to blow your nose often, then these are the best tissues to use for sure.

A huge thumbs up from our family for Scotties! Thank you so very much for the amazing products!

Now here's the really exciting part...

Enter the Bring Comfort Home Sweepstakes, where you could win a sampling of the new holiday Scotties box designs! To enter, use this link (Sweeps Runs November 22 – December 31)

About Scotties:
Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States. Scotties is the brand of facial tissue you can trust to deliver kitten-y softness, strength and value in every sheet. Their products are environmentally considerate, and they are dedicated to responsible forestry. For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues please visit

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Forgotten Carols 25th Anniversary Giveaway...

Popular Musical Production ‘The Forgotten Carols’ celebrates 25th Anniversary The Forgotten Carols, a seasonal concert favorite, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year!

Michael McLean, a well-known performer, composer, songwriter, author and director staged his first one-man concert in 1991 with the hopes of it becoming a tradition families would enjoy. For those first performances McLean played all the parts to give people a sense of how families could create their own narration at home.

Over the course of the last 25 years, McLean’s modest one-man show has evolved into a huge theatrical production with over 1 million concertgoers enjoying the music that has become a time-honored Christmas tradition and attracts repeat attendance from guests of all ages. The show has been produced all over the world in limited runs, including shows in Ireland, Germany, England and even Ukraine. “One of the great things about touring is seeing the familiar faces that have been coming for years and are part of the Forgotten Carols family,” shares McLean. “New comers and longtime devoted fans of this production keep the magic of the performance alive. We embrace, giggle, and sometimes cry at these reunions.”

The Forgotten Carols 2016 concert schedule includes performances in four states Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. The production has arranged over 20 shows in 12 different cities and showcases an elegant arrangement of special musical choral performances and solos. McLean stars as one of the musical’s primary characters, John, an elderly gentleman who helps Constance, a young nurse who can’t be bothered with Christmas, discover a new love for the season.   

Each year, local community and student choirs are invited to perform alongside the professional Forgotten Carol company members during the concert in their cities. It’s important to McLean and the show's producers to preserve this tradition that keeps the magic alive for an enchanting experience each year. Performance tickets are on sale now. For a complete listing of concert dates and locations or to purchase tickets visit the website at

My husband and I are really excited to go on a date to this performance soon! This will be our first time seeing the production. We have heard incredible things about The Forgotten Carols. Everyone that we talk to about it highly recommends making this a family tradition.

Now here's the really exciting part...

One lucky winner can receive 4 free tickets to any Forgotten Carols performance. Enter below...

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Monday, November 14, 2016

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gordmans 2016 Halloween/Fall Review and $100 Giveaway...

My family absolutely loves Gordmans!!

I am thrilled to tell you about some great things they have going on...

Gordmans is the perfect place to go shopping for all of your Halloween, fall d├ęcor and much more!

I had so much fun looking at everything. Check out some of their smashing Halloween products...

When I first walked in I was excited to see so many Halloween items! I love Halloween and was delighted with Gordmans selection!  

I love this bag and know it would be a huge hit with all mummy's! :)

Check out this adorable boo-ling game..

I got this really cute book for my precious grandbabies...

I'm a grandma now and kept finding things that I had to get! Oh and yes, I am a very young grandma. ;)

I was happy to even find some large bags of candy for a great deal that I bought to pass out to trick-or-treaters!

 Next, I spent a long time shopping for fall items...

I am a huge gift giver and can't wait to give some cute fall items to some of my family and friends!

I think this turkey would make a wonderful addition to our yard this fall!

I am thankful for being so blessed! I love this count your blessings pumpkin and can't wait to show it to my family when they come over on Thanksgiving!

My family had so much fun on our shopping spree! Since all of Gordmans merchandise is up to 60% off department store prices, this is for sure the place to do all of your shopping!

Gordmans can also help you create the perfect fall outfit that you will look fabulous in! I love their clothes and fantastic boot selection!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Gordmans and have a blast shopping! The staff was very helpful and friendly and made our visit incredible.

Click on the picture below to enter to win $100 gift card...

Make sure and visit Gordmans on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube!

Thank you so very much Gordmans for the amazing products and customer service!!

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