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Friday, December 2, 2016

Woolzies Review and Giveaway #sponsored #ad #giveaway #2016holidaygiftguide

The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide continues this week with Woolzies! A couple of years ago, I did a review of Woolzies Dryer Balls.  I had never heard of these until the folks over at Woolzies send me a pack to review.  I have to say, they were pretty amazing and I've used them ever since! To give you a reminder...
Woolizies dryer balls can cut drying time by nearly 25%!  The result?  Quicker dry time and less electricity/gas use as well! Woolzies are intended to replace your fabric softener (both liquid and dryer sheets) as they will naturally fluff and dry your clothing, pretty amazing!  Liquid and dryer sheets have harsh chemicals that can be laden with allergens and are toxic to the environment.  Woolzies Dryer Balls are an environmentally friendly option. My laundry time has definitely been reduced and the clothes are fluffier.  In addition, these have reduced the static cling in my laundry loads.  Woolzies dryer balls are natural and made from 100% pure New Zealand wool and are handmade making them safe and free of any manufacturing chemicals.
Woolizies are unscented but I recommend you could add a few drops of lavender or lemon essential oil onto each dryer ball. Which brings me to the item I'm SO excited about to promote here! 
Woolizies Essential Oil Gift Pack makes an amazing gift! The gift pack includes 6 pure essential oils including lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus. This is high quality, 100% oil that smells lovely. Use this oil for your own soothing home remedies, to add scent to your dryer balls and more. Here's a little more about this oil:
  1. Lavender: 100% pure oil, Soothing and calming lavender scent, Fabric freshener and deodorizer, Easily dilutes with water to create natural sweet-smelling cleaning products. 
  2. Sweet Orange:100% Pure, antibacterial, can remove harmful bacteria from food preparation surfaces 
  3. Lemon: 100% Pure lemon scent, refreshing uplifting, great for adding to cleaning products.
  4. Tea tree oil 100% Pure, helps the immune system. It is used to ward infection of any kind, bacteria, fungi and viruses. 
  5. Lemon Eucalyptus : 100% Pure Revitalizing, clarifying scent 
  6. Peppermint oil: 100% Pure, has a strong peppermint scent. It relieves bad breath, nasal congestion, headaches, stress and nausea
Ready to learn more? Check out Woolzies in these places: InstagramFacebook, Twitter and their website.
I'm happy to report that the folks over at Woolzies have will be giving away one of their essential oil packs to one Barefoot by the Sea reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter Form below (give it a few minutes to load) and enter.  Good luck! 

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Please note, I did receive a pack of Essential Oils to review for the purpose of this feature. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions, as always are 100% my own. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New England Cupboard Feature and Giveaway #holidaygiftguide #gifts #newengland

Continuing the Holiday Gift Guide with New England Cupboard

When you think of New England, what do you think about? I'm a native New Englander so a lot of my memories have to do with the weather, our seasons and the food! Nothing screams New England to me more than a fresh apple crisp in the Fall, home-cooked comfort food and my Grandmother's baking. Lucky for us, New England Cupboard is around to give us a head start! 
New England Cupboard is a specialty food mix manufacturer and distributor located in Bangor, Maine. "All of us at New England Cupboard hope you enjoy our fine line of products. The greatest compliment you can give us is to share your creations in good health with family and friends. And share your stories with us and the rest of your friends and family." - Jim Collins, owner and operator of New England Cupboard. 

New England Cupboard includes a variety of items including their delicisou New England Cupboard Baking Mixes, Bakewell Cream, Jimbo's Spice Rubs and Soups, Cook in the KitchenWinterport Mixes and Jake's Dog Treat Mixes. Naturally, New England Cupboard has a variety of fabulous give options for this holiday season! Something for everyone - including your beloved pet! 
I spoke with Jim on the phone and he raved about their Bakewell Cream and said it makes a big difference in baking - a secret native New Englanders know. How could I resist baking up a batch of delicious biscuits? They did not disappoint! Perfect for bakers young and old, the Bakewell Cream makes a great stocking stuffer and gift. It gives you fluffier, higher rising baked goods - there's no substitute for Bakewell Cream! The Bakewell Cream gift set makes a nice holiday gift and includes their signature cookbook for real, down-home cooking! I'm happy to report that it's CYBER WEEK at New England Cupboard and that means 15% off everything - even shipping! So, it's a great time to head over and get a few more names crossed off your shopping list! 
I'm also happy to report that I'm giving away a copy of the New England Cupboard cookbook to one lucky reader of Barefoot by the Sea! Simply visit New England Cupboard and comment below what items you'd like to try most. Check out their Facebook page and comment that you did for an extra entry! I'll select the giveaway winner on December 18th! 

Thanks to New England Cupboard for the opportunity! Happy Baking! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

ElectroBags Feature and Giveaway #giftguide #holidays #handmade #etsy

I hope this Monday finds you relaxed and full from a wonderful Thanksgiving and fun weekend. I'm sure many of you braved the stores but I'm happy to tell those of you who didn't, there's still plenty of time! Today's Cyber Monday which I hear is "the day" to score some amazing deals on gifts for the people in your life. I'm excited to kick off the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with a collection of wonderful shops with something to offer for everyone on your list. I really love bringing shops and artisans you may not have heard of before. I love the idea of shopping local and supporting local artists.
 Today I'm happy to introduce you to ElectroBags! ElectroBags offers handmade,  high quality custom made wallets and handbags. Trish, the owner works from  her home studio in Pennsylvania USA and balances business and motherhood.    On a side note, I'm ALWAYS happy to support a hardworking entrepreneur and  fellow mother! Trish taught herself to sew about 6 years ago and never looked  back. Her etsy shop features beautiful handbags in trendy and classic prints.  Here are a few of my favorites... 

This Zippered Chevron Wristlet is so cute and versatile! Great for a holiday party, this could easily take you from day to evening! Who says you can't spoil yourself this time of year? 
I absolutely LOVE The Necessary Clutch Wallet which fits everything you need easily - including your iPhone and features a wrist strap. I think this would make a lovely gift for a Mom or a BFF! 
Love the contrast on this Swoon Coraline Wristlet! Great for a sister or girlfriend! 
This is such a sweet gift idea for a tween or teen. This Buttercup Bag is affordable and adorable! 
Finally, how perfect is this for a soon to be Mom or a new Mom? Genius! The Travel Changing Pad
I've been following Electrobags for a while now and YOU SHOULD TOO! Check out Electrobags on Instagram,  Pinterest and Facebook to "be in the know" and find out about the latest sales and news! These beautiful handbags and wallets are made in the USA and such great quality, perfect for someone special in your life and unique! 

Right now, ElectroBags is offering 15% until the end of November! Simply visit ElectroBags and use the coupon code NOV2016 at checkout to save 15%!

I'm also excited to share that ElectroBags is giving away this handmade wristlet to one lucky Barefoot by the Sea reader! Simply enter below (let the Rafflecopter load, it takes a minute) for your chance! This giveaway will end on December 18th and is open to US readers only. Good luck! 
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Thank you ElectroBags for being part of the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide! Happy Shopping my friends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Hodgepodge Style!

I'm guessing a lot of you are prepping, shopping, cooking, baking...getting ready for THANKSGIVING! Hard to believe it's already here! Head over to Joyce's and join the hodgepodge for a bit of a diversion between the chopping and prepping! 

1. What's something you might say runs in your family? My Grandmother always kept a tidy house, she started her morning cleaning. She passed that onto my Mother and now, me. I have been know to "have" to have a clean house before I leave in the a fault. If I know we are going somewhere, I will set my alarm so that I can clean the house and have it tidy for when I return. It's been passed on over the generations ;). I can't stand coming home to a messy, cluttered or dirty house. 

2. I read here a list of ten things you should do before 2017 arrives (in less than six weeks!)...which tasks on the list might you do? What would you add to your own 'before the year ends' list?

visit your Dr. or dentist, deep clean your home, donate unwanted items to charity, look someone in the eye and tell them you love them, write an honest letter to yourself, clean up your inbox-desktop-photos, travel to a place you haven't been, compliment a stranger, watch the sunrise, think ahead to your goals/plans for the new year? 
I'm in the process of donating items to charity. I went through my oldest's room and my closet last weekend. My youngest's tomorrow. I'd also love to write some goals for 2017! 

3. What's something other generations (not your own) misunderstand about yourgeneration?  I think older generations think that we are less social and sucked into electronics and our phones. Look around any restaurant and we may just prove their point! 

4. Sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing-which would you miss the most if it weren't on the holiday dinner menu? Mashed potatoes (but hold the gravy). I've never had sweet potato casserole, it's not part of our spread. 

5. What are you overthinking right now? Christmas gifts - how can I already feel behind? 

6. Your favorite slang word lately? SUP? Not really. I don't use a whole lot of slang but I did say that as a joke last week and it cracked my husband up. 

7. Write an acrostic for the word grateful: 

Give back to your community
Realize how lucky we are
Always be kind
Tell your family you love them 
Eventually the sun comes back out
Follow your dreams
Understand some people are in pain, show compassion 
Love with all your might


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