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Monday, March 31, 2014

Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - April 1 to 7, 2014

Time to link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

Mohawk Valley Trading Co. Happy Easter Package 4/6 US
$75 worth of goodies for Easter

Daddy & Co. Baby Bath Book & Rubber Duck 4/14 US
Happy Easter Event

PURE Safe-Shell Explorer Glass Bottle 4/14 US

Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling on DVD 4/4 US

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways, please.
  3. Giveaways must be hosted by a blog, no sweepstakes or affiliate offers
  4. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  5. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

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Everyone - Have a great week!

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#ShopletReviews - Pentel EnerGel Pens & Twist Erase Mechanical Pencils

I received the following Pentel products for free from in order to facilitate this review.  No other forms of compensation was received.

Being a homeschool mom (my kids' teacher), pens and pencils are something we need on a daily basis.  A good quality pencil is essential for school work.  Pens, on the other hand, are something we all need in our daily life.  This month, I received some Pentel EnerGel Pens and Pentel Twist Erase Mechanical Pencils to try out from the one stop online place to purchase office supplies -

We have been using mechanical pencils for our school work here for over 20 years, I would say.  While teaches lessons with my kids, I found that we were getting up and down so often to sharpen wood pencils due to either them getting dull or from breakage.  I finally got fed up with all the interruptions, and got mechanical ones.  With all these years of writing with mechanical pencils with the kids, I know what is good, and these Pentel Twist Erase GT Mechanical Pencils pass my muster.

What do I like about the Pentel Twist Erase GT Mechanical Pencil?  This twist erase pencil is wider than an ordinary mechanical pencil with a nice grip.  This latex-free ribbed grip is designed to keep the fatigue of writing to a minimum.  The eraser twist up, is over an inch long, thus giving someone much more eraser for their money.  It quickly erases all markings cleanly and completely with no smudges, paper tears, or ghosts.  It comes preloaded with three pieces of super hi-polymer HB lead.  You have your choice of either 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead.  The tip of this pencil is very unique -- it is retractable! This retractable sleeve prolongs write-out, reduce lead breakage and protect your purse or your pocket.  Stock up on these and get them for only $1.11 each.

Shoplet also sent on six Pentel EnerGel Pearl Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pens.  These are just fantastic!  I never really knew about the benefits of gel pens before.  Did you know that I am left-handed when I write?  That when I write out letters, Christmas or birthday cards with pens, that I end up smearing that ink, getting little ghost writing in weird places, and then the left side of my left hand just gets all inked up.  Maddening!  But with these Pentel EnerGel pens, that has disappeared.  The gel ink in the pens dries so much more quicker than regular ink.

These are really popular in my house.  Everyone has grabbed one for themselves to either tuck away in their purses or put in their book bags for college.  The Pentel EnerGel Pearl Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pens are delightful to write with.  This retractable office pen offers great comfort when writing with its latex free grip.  It's beautiful pearly look is so appealing, so pretty.  The grip is very comfortable, and I like that it is a wider pen that does fit well and doesn't slip in my hand.

This pen uses a nice vibrant acid free ink that quickly dries.  It comes in a variety of colors, blue, black, purple, and pink, as well as medium (0.7mm) and fine needle (0.5mm) tips.  I prefer a fine tip, so those are neatly guarded in my purse.  It's a roller ball tip, too, so the ink just glides smoothly on your paper.  For only $2.76 each, they are perfect to take with you anywhere.

What are your home or office needs?  Perhaps you need some promotional products such as mugs, backpacks, or even blankets and golf balls to improve and elevate your business.  My husband would love some promotional shirts to wear when he goes out to meet prospective clients.  I would like some office stationary when I write out his contracts.  Everything you need for your business is at the one-stop online store -!

Oh yes, one more thing...
Lefties of the world unite!

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Marvelous Music Monday - Flying Dreams - March 31, 2014

 I just love music!  Did you know that it was scientifically proven that music will help you pass the time away quicker.  So if you are stuck waiting somewhere, like in the waiting room of a dentist office or somewhere that time just seems to stand still, get out your music player and the time will pass quicker than you realize.

The Monday's Music Moves Me Hop is a fun musical adventure.  Every Monday we get together and share music.  This week's theme for the music hop is "Songs that Inspire us."  Here are some that have inspired me over the years.
It's fun to join in!

This week's theme is a Freebie, so go ahead and choose your favorite tunes from YouTube or any other place you can share the music on your blog.
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Finally, Boogie down to your Fellow Rockin’ Bloggers and bring some back with you to join us!

Xmas Dolly is the Conductor on this Musical trip.  Co-conductors are Callie of JAmerican Spice, Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy of  Curious as a CAThy, Naila Moon of Just the Stuff You Know.

Let's get the show on the road!

I love animated movies.  When Don Bluth broke off from Disney (he was one of the main creators of Pete's Dragon) and started his own animation company, we were excited.  We were really hoping for a new animation company to rival Disney and bring us some great new animated movies.  Don Bluth's cartoons were never really what we were hoping for, but we did get some great music from his productions.

The Secret of NIMH was one of his first productions.  It is really a nice cartoon, but there are so many unanswered questions relating to how and where the magic in the movie came about.  The book it is from, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" is much better than the movie, but has a more sadder ending in my opinion.

Flying Dreams
from The Secret of NIMH
written and performed by Paul Williams

This one is fun and short

The Owls' Picnic
from Rock-A-Doodle
Just watch about the first minute of this one.  I really had to search to find this song with the video.

Who doesn't remember Fievel
Somewhere Out There

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mohawk Valley Trading Co. Happy Easter Review and Giveaway - ends 4/6 US

I received the following products for free from Mohawk Valley Trading Co. in return for an honest review.  No other forms of compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Honey is one of my favorite things to eat.  It's great on my morning toast, mixed with peanut butter on a sandwich or rye crisp, and perfect for my tea.  It's so sweet and tasty with extra health benefits, too! 

Mohawk Valley Trading Co.

I recently discovered Mohawk Valley Trading Co. They offer a variety of sweet honeys, maple syrup, and beeswax candles that all all natural with no additives, and have handmade soaps and natural skincare products.  I was very appreciative to Mohawk Valley Trading Co. to send me a few of their items to review for you.

As I have already stated, we are a honey loving family.  Honey is such a great 100% natural product made for us by bees.  It is full of antiseptic properties.  It is something that we always keep stocked in our cupboard.  Being in California, we try to have orange honey that comes local from what few orange groves that we have left in Southern California, but it is getting harder to find.   This Mohawk Valley Trading Co. raw honey is from the nectar of the Tulip Poplar and Black Locust tree blooms.  It is a mineral rich honey that is darker in appearance than orange honey.  The sweetness of the honey is perfect and has a tangier flavor than orange honey, and taste better in our tea.  It's also a wonderful companion on fresh bread, toast, fresh hot biscuits, corn bread, and with my all-favorite peanut butter.  It gets my mouth watering just writing about.  I am toasting a piece of our fresh made bread just to get more of this honey.

Each one pound jar of this delicious raw honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Co., which I consider a "bee confection," is only $10. 

Honey bees are also the makes of beeswax.  Mohawk Valley Trading Co. forms their candles from the beeswax created by their own bees right here in the USA.  Beeswax is so much better to burn than the cheap candles we generally buy in the store that is made of paraffin.  Why?  Because beeswax can be smoke free, soot free, and drip free when burned correctly.  Because of my nasal allergies, I cannot take the strong artificial scents of the paraffin candles.  The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. beeswax candles have only the natural perfume of honey.  When burning, they burn so much more brighter, and they don't bother my allergies!  That's good because I love to light a candle every now and then.   The Beeswax Tapers are 10 inches, and cost only $10 a pair.

The beeswax candles come in different sizes and shapes from tapers to pillars to pine cones to decorative eggs.  The darling egg-shaped molded beeswax candle is so cute!  It is going to look perfect and burn brightly when Easter dinner is going to be served.  The egg-shaped beeswax candle costs $14 and is 3.75 inches tall.

Along with this Easter package, I received a sweet pink fleece blanket embroidered with "Happy Easter" and the Easter Bunny carrying a basket full of Easter eggs.  I have found out that it is a nice warm extra 50x60 inch blanket to swaddle in on a cold spring evening while sipping some herbal tea sweetened with the Tulip Poplar - Black Locust honey.   This embroidered fleece blanket would make a great decorative throw, a gift in someone's Easter basket or just for yourself to snuggle in.   It is 100% polyester blanket decorated with over 15,000 embroidery stitches and sells for only $30 from Mohawk Valley Trading Co.'s online sister store - Crooked Brook.

Mohawk Valley Trading Co. is an online exclusive store.

Interested in ordering?

 or call 315-519-2640

7:00am - 7:00pm - 7 Days a Week

Mohawk Valley Trading Co.
901 Broad St
Utica, NY 13501

Coupon Codes

There is a giveaway below to win the exact same Easter package that I reviewed.  Only one person is going to win.  Can't wait to see if you won and would like these for Easter?

Receive a 20% discount on all Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles, Raw Honey and Maple Syrup from 3/27/14 to 4/10/14 with the Coupon Code “Royalegacy MVTC Easter Giveaway”.

Receive a 20% discount on all Crooked Brook Personalized Fleece Blankets and a 10% discount on all Wholesale Fleece Blankets from 3/27/14 to 4/10/14 with the Coupon Code “Royalegacy MVTC Easter Giveaway”.

With so many thanks to Mohawk Valley Trading Co., one person is going to win the exact same Easter package that I reviewed worth $75.00.

By entering this giveaway, you agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the GT form.  This giveaway will end on April 6, 2014, and is open to US residents or the 48 contiguous states, and must be18 years or older only.  Physical address is needed for shipping - no PO Boxes.  The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daddy & Co. Baby Bath Time Book with Rubber Ducky - Scrubba Dub Dub with Daddy Duck - Review & Giveaway - ends 4/15 US

I received this gift set of the baby bath book and the rubber ducky for free from Daddy and Co. in order to facilitate a review.  No other forms of compensation was received.

I am so looking forward to being a grandmother and having a little baby back in my arms.  What a time I will have with my little granddaughter.  One fun time that I would love to do is bathe her.  Even though little babies can be slippery, they are a joy to wash.  When they get older they just splash that water everywhere!  Another item that baby loves while getting bathed is some fun bath time toys.

Here is one that baby will surely enjoy!  My kids when babies, loved to have a bath book with them while bathing.  They liked to look at the pictures, while I or their Daddy read to them the story.  This is one very charming baby bath book from Daddy and CoScrubba Dub Dub with Daddy Duck is a delightful story.  It tells about all the little baby ducks are getting their nightly bath with Daddy.  These little duckies have so much fun and adventures every night with Daddy bathing them. 

Along with the book comes a darling Daddy Rubber Duck for even more fun  Scrubba Dub Dub with Daddy Duck is written by Paige Nickell and was illustrated by Curt Walstead.  Bath time delights highlight the love of a Devoted Daddy to his little rambunctious ducklings!

Buy It - This darling little children's book would be a wonderful present for Easter - perhaps even in a little Easter basket from the Easter Bunny?  You can purchase Scrubba Dub dub with Daddy Duck and Rubber Duck gift set directly from Daddy & Co. for only $15.99  You can find a wide selection of Children's Books and parenting in the Daddy's Bookstore.  

Find lots of great gifts for the Expectant and New Father at Daddy & Co.  Connect and converse with Daddy & Co. through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.


With so many thanks to all at Daddy and Co., one person is going to win Scurbba Dub Dub with Daddy Duck bath book and the Rubber Duck gift set - $15.99 Value!

This giveaway will end on April 15, 2014, and is open to US residents only.  By entering this giveaway you agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the GT form.  Good Luck!

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Wordless Wednesday with Linky - Lady Banks Rose Spring Blooms - March 26, 2014

With this spring, my Lady Banks Rose climbing roses are blooming spectacularly once more.  This year there is even a heady fragrance surrounding them.  The wind can even make this perfume hundreds of feet away.  They are said to have the scent of violets, but ours have more of a gardenia scent.

I used this picture a few weeks ago.  Remember the trees just coming out?

Here are those same trees now.  They are nice an shady now.  These trees are a refuge of ours from the afternoon heat when summer comes.  They hubby loves to relax in his hammock here.

Click to enlarge any photo. All photos are taken with my Nikon D40

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