Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"One Christmas Bear" Children's Book Review/Giveaway

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of this book to facilitate an unbiased and honest review.  No monetary compensation was received!


Some of the most enjoyable times of my day have been spent reading with my family.  Tucking kids into bed and spending quality time reading to them is very special to me.  During the holiday season, I look for a cute book to read to them and this year I discovered, "One Christmas Bear" by Anne Vittur Kennedy.

About the author:
Anne Vittur Kennedy has been delighting young children with her humorous and playful books for thirty years. Her awards include American Library Association’s Notable Books List, Teacher’s Choice, The Green Earth Book Award, and The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.

About the book:
Count the joys of Christmas with Christmas Bear and his arctic friends in One Christmas Bear, the new holiday-shaped board book for toddlers and preschoolers by Anne Vittur Kennedy. Little ones will love to count seasonal elements, such as crunchy candy canes, colorful ornaments, and frosty snowflakes, and parents will appreciate the emphasis on family, friends, and the sweet depiction of the reason for the season—Jesus’ birth!


With beautiful illustrations and simple, rhyming text, One Christmas Bear is perfect to help little ones learn to count, and wonderful for families to enjoy together. Count the Blessings of Christmas! Follow the merry adventures of a polar bear and the Artic animals as they enjoy winter fun! From crunchy candy canes and frosty snowballs to friends to play with and a family to love, your little one will enjoy counting God’s wonderful gifts. 

Our thoughts:
This book is really cute.  It is a very sturdy board book and it is really easy to clean.  One of the main things I like about this is that it is a counting book.  I encouraged my kids to count the different items, like the caribou and cookies in the photo above.  Rhyming text really helped keep my kids interested, and by using cute animals, doing fun things, they were hooked!  The animals, although different, were having fun together and were friends.  All these things were given to us by God.  Beautiful!

Would you like to win a copy of this adorable book for your little one?  Enter here or click on the image below for your chance to win one of five copies that are being given away on December 1st!







The Pre-Black Friday Holiday Sale on SWAGBUCKS! #ad

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As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

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As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Popular Fertility Foods Around the World

Disclosure:  After suffering from years of infertility, I wanted to share this information with others!  Maybe I can help!

Once a couple decides to start trying to conceive, they will start doing research on how to increase the chances of getting pregnant quickly. One thing that they would immediately think of is what foods to eat while trying to conceive to help boost their fertility.

As a matter of fact, there are a variety of fertility boosting foods around the world that could be added to your diet if you want a pregnancy to be in your cards sooner rather than later. Let’s take a look at some of these fertility boosting foods from different areas around the world.


Walnuts

The Romans believed that walnuts would improve fertility, and that belief was established then. In fact they were right about walnuts being a fertility boosting food. However, the main reason the Romans ate walnuts because they believed that not only fertility would be improved- but their sexual desire and libido would be as well.

In fact, walnuts were served at weddings to bless the new bride and groom to help them create a family of their own.

Ironically the Romans knew their stuff because after research has been conducted, it has been found that walnuts are great for fertility. There is a lot of zinc found in walnuts, and zinc is essential for helping your man improve his sperm quality and count. So there you have it. Walnuts will help your man’s fertility. As long as he doesn’t have a nut allergy, buy him plenty of walnuts to snack on while you are trying for that baby.

Coconut

In India, coconut is the traditional fertility food. It’s used as part of wedding ceremonies because it represents fertility. The coconut is put in a pot, that represents the womb. Then the bride and groom are given a coconut during the ceremony as a gift. They will cherish the coconut for the rest of their lives.

In fact, coconut oil can definitely boost fertility in women by supporting healthy hormone production, as well as boosting cervical mucous production to help his swimmers make their way up to the egg waiting to be fertilized.

Maca Root

Maca Root is a popular herb in South America, especially in Peru. It is a great fertility booster, and can also increase the libido in women, and give them more energy.  Maca root can also improve immune systems, which can also help improve fertility since both go hand in hand. Maca Root can be found in capsule form in health food stores, and plenty of women take this while trying to conceive.

Yams

African women eat yams to help promote fertility. If you plan to incorporate yams in your diet, you will specifically want to eat wild yams because they have the goods to help boost fertility for women as they have properties to help with ovulation. You will need to go to specialty health food stores to find them. Keep in mind that wild yams can be so effective that it is common that many women who have incorporated them in their diet will increase chances of having twins.

Fresh Figs

The Ancient Greeks believed that fresh figs were fertility foods due to the shape which resembles ovaries and testes. Therefore, many women who have been trying to conceive have eaten fresh figs to promote fertility for centuries.

As a matter of fact, figs are a great food to help boost fertility because they are rich in iron and magnesium. Fig leaves also have insulin lowering properties which is helpful for women who have PCOS and can help them ovulate as a result.

Crappit Heid

Crappit Heid may sound gross when you say it, but this historic dish was eaten by the wives of fisherman who lived on the coasts of Scotland. Crappit heid is fish heads that are stuffed with oats and chopped liver which is loaded with vitamins that boost fertility.

The fishermen who lacked money to spend on food were very proud to provide such a hearty, delicious and nutritious meal. They also believed it would help their wives who ate it birth healthy and strong babies.

Fish Roe

Fish roe, or fish eggs are expensive in North America. However, they were incredibly valuable to those living around the Andes a century ago and even before that. Tribes sent men to the sea to fish for the eggs, and after they were caught they would be dried out in the Sun.

After being dried up, these men carried them back to their villages on the mountains to give to their wives so they could have healthy and strong babies. Fish eggs do help promote fertility because they are loaded with fertility nutrients that will help couples achieve that pregnancy that they have been wanting to achieve.

Pastured Eggs

In China, eggs are considered to be a popular health food, and women are told to eat as many as 10 eggs daily during pregnancy. Eggs also play a crucial role in the Chinese preconception diet too. Therefore, women were encouraged to eat eggs before trying to conceive to help boost their chances of conceiving.  Egg yolks are indeed packed with fertility boosting nutrients.

Animal Organs

Animal organs have vitamins and minerals that will boost both male and female fertility, and this was known for centuries. Bone marrow, adrenal glands and blood were believed to have the nutrients to help boost fertility. Hunters from the Amazon, Africa, Canada and Australia would serve themselves and their wives these foods to help create healthy and strong babies.

Because of the rise of the vegan movement today, these particular foods would be unacceptable. Eggs and fish roe would be included. However, there are plenty of alternatives that you can look into by consulting with naturopaths who can help you find the right supplements to take to help you get pregnant.

If you are trying to conceive, and wonder what foods you can eat to help boost your chances of getting pregnant, now you know of what foods to eat to help make that happen. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TOMORROW ONLY -Swagbucks - The November Swag Code Extravaganza (US) #ad

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Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with a Swag Code Extravaganza! It all happens on Wednesday, November 15th beginning at 7AM PT/10AM ET. 

6 Swag Codes worth a total of 40 SB The codes will be all over Swagbucks so be on the lookout!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!

Swagbucks - Get up to $28 to try Gamefly for the Holidays! #ad

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Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an offer through Gamefly where you get 2500 SB (which is the equivalent of $25 in gift cards) for signing up. This is the perfect gift for the gamer in your life.

Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2500 SB by using this link!

You must be Swagbucks member to take advantage of this offer. If you're not a member, you'll be prompted to sign up for Swagbucks first, which takes less than 30 seconds.

If you haven't tried Swagbucks yet, this is a great time to do it, since you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of December. That means you get $28 total (2800 SB) for spending $10 on a 2-month Gamefly subscription! This is one of several deals available on Swagbucks throughout the holidays, including double cash back shopping and more.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Earn Free Gift Cards during the Swag Feast Team Challenge - US #ad

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In need of some extra spending power as we head into the holidays? Swagbucks is holding a Swag Feast Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash! The challenge runs from Monday, November 13th until 12pm PT on Friday, November 17th.

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site: 
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. In addition to earning SB, you'll contribute to your team's total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before December 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 4th place team will receive a 15 SB Swag Up Rebate, Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, November 17th at 2pm PT and will expire on Thursday, November 30th at 11:59pm PT

Monday, November 6, 2017

Get more free gift cards during November Swago with Spin & Win (US) #ad

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, November 6th at 9am PT and running until Monday, November 13th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, November 13th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Brick Loot Subscription Box for Your Lego Lover #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  We will receive product to facilitate an honest and unbiased review. 


Brick Loot, which was created by a 9 year old boy, is a box subscription company for LEGO and Brick fanatics!  Subscribers will receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items including Custom LEGO Kits, LEGO Minifigures and more. Brick Loot boxes are filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.  Do you have someone who loves Lego?  The Brick Loot subscription box is the ideal way to keep them entertained year round.  It is the perfect gift for Lego Lovers from 6-99!

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Holiday Harvest Collectors Bills #ad

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November has arrived, and as we get deeper into the Holiday Season, Swagbucks is marking the occasions with "Holiday Harvest" Collector's Bills!  "Collector's Bills" are special SB point values with designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more!

Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search from Monday, November 6th through Sunday, November 12th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 4 SB
  • 6 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11 SB
  • 14 SB
  • 22 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The 2017 Swagbucks Holiday Sale! #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I receive SB for sharing.



Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. There are

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!