3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

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My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)



What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids


Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

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Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)


Easter is Coming! Got PEEPS?!

love your peeps

It’s not really Easter without a big basket of PEEPS!

I’m not a huge fan of sweets and candy, and I’m not even really crazy about marshmallows, but dang… I gotta have a couple peeps at Easter time! It just doesn’t seem like Easter without an assortment of Marshmallow Peeps. I like looking at them more than I like eating them. They are just so darn cute!

Peepsters wholePEEPS have really kicked things up a notch this year with their yummy little Peepsters. These cute bite-size nuggets of goodness are a great tasting combination of rich chocolate and delicious marshmallow flavored crème.

Available in creamy milk chocolate or rich dark chocolate varieties. I like the rich dark chocolate best, of course.

I also love the chocolate covered marshmallow chicks. Just delicious!

The little PEEPS Marshmallow Bunnies inspired our homeschool easter craft last week!

peeps bunnies

Head to your local supermarket and grab your PEEPS, then visit their website for cool crafts and activities you can do with Peeps (if you don’t want to eat them all!)

PEEPS Brand provided me with the products for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that PEEPS are awesome.

Get Prepared for Next Winter, Right NOW!

3 tips to make next winter a little easier

Spring has sprung, as they say, meaning that now is the perfect time to prepare for next winter.

Why? Well, just think about it. While you don’t want to be one of those irritants who crows about Christmas as soon as the last one is over, preparing for the cold snap now, when some stock is out of season and therefore cheaper, will save you cash and let you beat that winter rush.

You know the winter rush, right?

It’s that time when you’re walking through the town centre and people in shops look more like looters than customers. Panicked staffers on checkouts; clamorous customers pawing at the last iPads on store shelves– the winter is a nightmarish period of time to shop.

Which makes now the perfect time to get your winter preparations out of the way! You’ll meet calm people on shop checkouts, mingle with polite customers and, if you’re lucky, pick up some bargains.


1. Warm Your House Early

What is really irksome in the lead-up to winter is when the freezing cold kicks in. You’ve got ice cubes for feet, the big chill in your living room, and no heating to get you through it.

For a start, try getting new, preferably double-glazed, windows for your house. They’ll be easier to install in the springtime and will retain heat more cost-effectively than blasting a radiator on.

After which, make sure your home is adequately insulated and that your heating systems are top of the line. That way, you won’t have to suffer in the cold when winter comes.

We have new windows in our house, but that didn’t help when we ran out of wood pellets for our pellet stove in February! We will definitely be buying an extra ton of pellets this year because running around in the cold, looking for bags of wood pellets to buy was NOT FUN!


2. Pick Up a Christmas Bargain

It’s already been mentioned but, by crikey, shopping during Christmas time is stressful. Just walking down the high street makes you feel like a salmon trying to swim downstream when another thousand salmons are swimming up against you. And those salmons have Christmas shopping that they’re constantly bashing into you with, bloody hypothetical salmons.

So, the lesson is to get your Christmas shopping out of the way quickly, picking up bargains all through the year, to beat that festive stress.


3. Get Stocked Up

You see it like an annual event on the front of newspapers – “COLDEST WINTER IN A CENTURY”, exclaims the newsstand every winter.

Although they’re mainly setting out to scaremonger and sell papers, the tabloids are right that, as climate change causes fluctuations in weather, the temperature is becoming bitterer in those winter months.

To remedy this, you should stock up like it’s the coming apocalypse. Buy grit-loads of grit, keep provisions of tinned foodstuffs and maintain a backup generator in case the wild weather blows out your main power supply.

After which, you needn’t worry about the winter weather again…

May Designs FREE Monogram Gifts till March 23rd!

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Give the Perfect Gift with May Design’s

New Radiant Orchid Collection for Spring 2014!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! What better way to welcome the promise of warmer weather than with this season’s hottest color, Radiant Orchid!

May Design’s new Radiant Orchid Collection is vibrant, colorful and would make a charming gift for anyone! Think ahead to Mother’s Day and Easter!

You can stay organized with May Design’s fresh and feminine prints in a happy pop of purple. With design names like Bike Ride, Wild Flower, and Swan Lake, these cute notebooks, cards, and diaries make the perfect gift for anyone looking for a dose of Spring.

From notebooks to cards, every aspect of May Designs is customizable, which includes adding a fun array of elegant monograms and novelty cover patterns. Each May Designs notebook offers a choice of useful inside pages ranging from agendas and journals to grocery lists and budget planners, all neatly clad in soft canvas covers.  Plus, May Designs individually stitches down the spine of each book for not only an eco-friendly binding solution, but a more durable, water-resistant canvas cover that can easily withstand being dropped or squished.


I think her designs and products are adorable and would make a great gift for anytime of the year like a birthday, baby shower, wedding gift, graduation present or for holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter.

Get FREE Monograms on all books and notes until March 23rd! No coupon code needed!


Visit www.maydesigns.com to browse the collection!



Mica May, the Mompreneur behind May Designs, made the switch from designing logos and websites to running a multi-million dollar stationery company, May Designs. On a whim, she started creating notebooks with patterns and useful inside pages, and within four years, she had not only had three children but had built the company into what it is today, a nationally recognized brand!


JORD Wood Watches Giveaway & Review

JORD wood watch giveaway

We are excited to team up with JORD Wood Watches to offer our readers a chance to win one of their amazing and stylish wooden watches!

JORD wood watches are hand crafted from 100% natural wood. JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and far away from today’s metal and rubber. You can view their fashionable and unique watches at www.woodwatches.com

Check out a few of their most popular watches here:

I normally don’t wear watches because I find them to be heavy and uncomfortable. Such is not the case with JORD Wood Watches. The Ely Maple Watch that we are giving away to one lucky reader is lightweight, feels comfortable and natural on my wrist and looks great! A really unique fashion statement that is just my style. I know you will fall in love with JORD watches too.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up and these watches would make a great gift idea as well!!!!


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Dear Santa, Here’s My List!

Dear Santa,

I don’t want a lot this year. Just a few select accessories, some comfy maternity pajamas for my growing belly and a nice pair of slippers.

Dear Santa

Lastly, I would like a Dodge Caravan Minivan for my growing family.


The Fashionable Housewife

How to Get the Best Deals At Nordstrom


Do you ever browse the Nordstrom site looking at all the goods and wishing you could buy them all? Sometimes, it can be depressing not to have the money to buy that North Face jacket you wanted or those Rag and Bone jeans that you know would look adorable. However, there are ways to shop at Nordstorm without spending all your hard earned cash in one hit.

Nordstorm Coupons

One of the easiest ways to save money with the premier fashion retailer is to use Nordstorm coupons. These coupons offer the users the chance to purchase their favorite top, pair of pants, boots or accessory at less than full price.

The amount of discount differs from coupon to coupon and the coupons are not available all the time. There could be coupons for 20% of anything in the Nordstorm store or coupons for $50 off a particular item. The options are endless, but each coupon is only valid for a certain amount of time. If the shopper sees a coupon that they could make use of, it is better to use it than lose it.  You don’t know when the next opportunity will arise.

Coupons are generally issued online via a coupon site. Users will use a coupon code at the time of checkout when they purchase their Nordstorm item. The Nordstorm site will read the code and deduct the correct amount from the sale.

Nordstorm Gifts

In truth, anything could be used as a gift from Nordstorm. However, there is a specific gift section which highlights some products that would make excellent presents for friends, family, co-workers and even your boss.

Nordstorm coupons can be used for gifts just in the same way as any other product in the store as long as the coupon says so. At certain times of the year, when it’s coming up to a holiday season for example, there might be special offers on products in the gift section. If this is the case, customers can check if Nordstorm coupons are still valid to use in conjunction with the other offer.



Savvy Shopping

To find a good deal, it’s necessary to think ahead. Always be prepared for the sales. If there is an item you’ve had your eye on and you think it might be in an upcoming sale, it’s important to keep checking back with the site. Sale items rarely last long at Nordstorm due to the quality of the products.

Some items such as purses and jewelry can be snapped up in duplicate during a sale. If you love it then others will love it too. Buying accessories at a discount price to sell on at a later date means that not only can you save money at your favorite store, but you can make a little money too.

Look Out For Free Shipping

Quite often when you get a deal online, it hardly seems worth it for the shipping fees. Always check the shipping policy and if there is a charge, try to coincide your order with a free shipping offer to make the most of your purchase. If this isn’t possible then try to order more items. This might seem slightly counterintuitive, but the fact is that if you have to pay for shipping then you might as well get more items included in that one cost.

Sign Up for the Newsletter

If you’re a true Nordstorm fan, then it’s definitely worth signing up for the Newsletter. This will tell you all about the latest offers that Nordstorm has so you can be sure to make the most of every sale that comes up.