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Monday, November 30, 2015

Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates Feature and Giveaway

Let me start by saying there is something magical about receiving a good quality box of sweets. Sure, we can say we like chocolate but when you get a really good piece of chocolate?  I feel like it's a spectacular gift, truly!  Enter Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates, as magical as it gets! I first discovered these amazing chocolates years ago when my grandparents were given a box around at Christmas.  I remember taking that first bite of the most delicious, Sweet Slope. Since then, my Mom lived in Salem and I was over the moon thrilled when I realized that Harbor Sweets was in the heart of her town! 
This New England-based Chocolatier recently celebrated 40 years of making all natural dark and milk chocolates. They are known for their delicious signature Sweet Sloops and recently introduced their new line of hand-crafted truffles called Salt & Ayre.  These are made with 70 percent dark chocolate, and include delicious flavors like Chai, CafĂ© au Lait, Hazelnut and Espresso. These bite size chocolates include three popular sea salt pieces: Caramel with pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Crystalized Ginger, with Thai Ginger Sea Salt and Almond Buttercrunch Toffee (my personal favorite) garnished with Chipotle Sea Salt. 
Harbor Sweets also has their product lines including their Classics, original nautical designs including those Sweet Sloops that I remembered years ago, Sand Dollars and Marblehead Mints. They also have Dark Horse Chocolates for the horse lover and the Perennial Sweets (Topiary Toffee, Sweet Iris & Nantucket Basket).
Harbor Sweets started off small in 1973 and have grown steadily over the past 40+ years. Each year, Harbor Sweets makes Christmas happier for so many! The majority of the work is done by hand, each employ uses original chocolate-making techniques using copper kettles and wooden paddles and use fresh local butter and cream. Harbor Sweets focuses on quality and you can literally taste the difference. 
If you live in the Northeast, be sure to come by Harbor Sweets for their big Open House from Thursday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 6th! During this time purchases over $100 receive a 10% discount! Punch cookies and, of course, chocolates are served! 
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Be sure to like Harbor Sweets on Facebook and Twitter to be in the know and order soon, in time for holiday delivery!
Disclaimer: I did receive samples to facilitate this review however, all opinions, as always are my own!

Letter From Santa Program from Shaws #sponsored #ad

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Now that we are stuffed from all the turkey and those leftovers, we're really getting down to business!  December 1st is tomorrow friends, that means 24 days of shopping, preparing and if you have kids, the big guy arriving!  Christmas is such a magical time for kids, thoughts of Santa Claus leaving treats by the fireplace and who could forget his reindeer?  
I'm happy to let you know that the folks at Shaws are helping Santa and parents out a bit this year with their Letter From Santa program.  This programs allows you to go to here, fill out the requested information, review the letter and hit send.  You'll instantly receive the PDF letter from Santa to your child, niece, nephew or whoever would love to experience the magic this season.  The letter arrives via email with an envelope included, ready to print.  I know my kids have loved hearing from Santa in the years past and this is the perfect way to keep that tradition going! Best of all, it's quick, easy and free! It's Shaws way of helping you out a bit this Christmas.  After your submission, you'll receive coupons from partners including Redbox, Coke and Oreo which will help save money as you get ready for holiday celebrations.

So be sure to head over and make those kids experience every last bit of magic this season thanks to the Shaws!  They will be delighted!  

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Stores. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Rifle Paper Co City Coasters Feature and Review

Rifle Paper Co is a wonderful stationery and gift brand out of Florida.  The company launched in 2009 and began as a small business out of husband and wife team Anna and Nathan Bond. Over the past several years, this small business has quickly grown into an international brand. All of their paper products are assembled by hand in their studio to make certain every product is up to their standards. The result is beautiful, high quality items that are environmentally responsible. 

Rifle Paper Co continues to expand, they are developing more products including wallpaper, apparel and home products. There is something for everyone!  
"We strongly believe life's personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note, and hope that our goods inspire you to share these moments with others." Rifle Paper Co

One of my very favorite gift for the 2015 Holiday Season are these beautiful Coaster Sets. This one, is their Cities Coaster Set and it's safe to say, I love it! This gift features four beautiful cities from around the world, all packaged in a pretty keepsake box...ready for giving! They also have other coaster sets, so there is likely something that would work for the people in your life! 
Rifle Paper Co also features a helpful gift guide! Simply search by collection or interest and you're sure to find a unique gift for everyone on your list! 
Be sure to check out Rifle Paper Co on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for inspiration and information on their products!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!  I, for one, am full! What a wonderful day, celebrating with great food and family! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Studio Fun International Feature! #sponsored #ad

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

This time of year is a great one to expand your children's book collection! I'm always looking for great, new books so I was excited to get this opportunity from Studio Fun International, in partnership with the ASPCA to review their new line of Rescue Readers! With Thanksgiving upon us, it's always nice to think of what we are most grateful for and one of those things are our dog Tippy and cats, Kazoo and Pumpkin.  They bring lots of smiles into our lives! 
These books arrived with colorful pictures, rich and engaging.  My kids were excited to get their hands on the new reads. Each story is inspired by a true animal resuce story from the pet's point of view, stressing the importance of care and the protection of our furry friends. The books are perfect for early readers and honestly, anything that encourages them to pick up a book and read is a win-win in my book! Here's a little more information about these great books! 

Studio Fun International, in partnership with the ASPCA, has published a children’s book series, ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers.

• Each book creates a fun and educational hands-on experience written at a Level 2 reading level for early readers.
• Four to five percent of the purchase price of every book goes directly to the ASPCA to help continue its mission.
• Stories are available in paperback, library binding hardcovers, and e-books. The paperback books are priced at $3.99 or $15.96 for all four everywhere books are sold.

Be sure to like Studio Fun International's Facebook page to be "in the know" and learn more about the ASPCA's mission to help our animals! Good News!  Studio Fun International and Moms Meet are giving away a pack of the books to my readers!  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below to win a couple of these great books!

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Hope  you have a wonderful day today my friends!  We are spending our day in the kitchen and getting ready for the big day tomorrow!  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  
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