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Giveaway: Botanical Cards from Bottle Branch

Giveaway: Botanical Cards from Bottle Branch

I discovered Elizabeth on Instagram @ehpyle and was delighted to discover that lives near my neck of the woods, one town over. Her Instagram feed is gorgeous — she’s a recovering botanist, mother, semi-professional mess maker who is obsessively learning to take better photos. Her obsession has paid off. Her photos are amazing.

Bottle Branch @ehpyle

Now she has a store called Bottle Branch where she turns her botanical collages into gorgeous thick notecards. The envelopes are equally luxurious. I received this collection from my husband for my birthday. She’s my guest blogger today and we are doing a giveaway of her beautiful cards in time for Valentine’s Day! Here’s her mompreneur story:

I was delighted when Mia asked me to do a giveaway with her on her blog, and I’m thrilled to offer a set of six botanically inspired greeting cards from my etsy shop, Bottle Branch. Read more…

The Dumpling Mama's Chinese Red Envelope GIVEAWAY!

The Dumpling Mama’s Chinese Red Envelope GIVEAWAY!

The Dumpling Mama Chinese Red EnvelopesI met Chrissy Jee of @thedumplingmama on Instagram and I was thrilled to know that she decided to open her own business designing and printing really nice Chinese Red Envelopes. I like to have them on hand. I’ve used them for my son’s 2nd grade China unit as a guest presenter. I don’t know how to speak or write Chinese so the characters always confound me. Chinese Red Envelopes are used for many things besides New Year’s.

Chrissy Jee of The Dumpling Mama

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Kimberly Clark products at Walmart

Stock up and Save on Kimberly Clark at Walmart

Thank you to Cottonelle, Kleenex, Scott and Viva for sponsoring this post. You can find great deals on all these products for the holidays at your local Walmart via the Ibotta app.

I’m way over due hosting my neighborhood moms’ book club. I had it all scheduled a year ago, only to find myself at Boston Children’s Hospital when my son needed surgery to remove a cyst the size of an egg in his neck. My book club is finally back on!

Kimberly Clark products at Walmart

I made a quick stop to Walmart to stock up for this party last week and was glad to save money on Cottonelle, Scott and Viva products that I will need using the Ibotta app. With the Ibotta app, I saved (and you can too): Read more…

Goosebumps Movie Book

Goosebumps Movie Activities from Scholastic!

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

Do you like scary movies? I get so scared that I can’t watch them, but my kids are braver than I am! I did see the trailer for Goosebumps at the last movie that I went to and I loved that it was about all the Goosebumps books! This big-screen adventure is based on the Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine, with R.L. Stine played by none other than Jack Black.

Goosebumps Movie for Halloween

Of course, capturing the monsters from the Goosebumps books that come alive will take some know how. Reading the books will help!

I love that Scholastic has collaborated with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation on this movie. Families can celebrate Halloween by seeing the Goosebumps movie in theatres and checking out all kinds of movie tie-ins they’ve created! Read more…

Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

Bertolli® Pasta Sauces Reminds Us of Tuscany #BertolliTuscanTour

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

This was my first time to shop at BJ’s. The trick for my family is to buy in bulk to save money while not wasting food. That’s the hard part but I want to teach my kids not to be wasteful. It’s also about gratitude. To me, not wasting food shows appreciation for what you are fortunate to have.

Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

What I like about BJ’s is that there is a huge variety of items, and while there is bulk savings, the quantities are not overwhelming. Take Bertolli® Pasta Sauce. It’s a great deal at $5.79 for 3 bottles! Read more…

New Whole Foods South End BOSTON Brings Me Home Again

New Whole Foods South End BOSTON Brings Me Home Again

When I was in college 30 years ago, I volunteered at Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter for men. It was located in South End, Boston, then an area cut off from Boston proper by the orange line subway line which ran above ground. It wasn’t a safe area; I had to recruit my 6 foot 2 inch football player friend Neal to come with me.

Our job was pretty straightforward. We mixed up a pitcher of KoolAid and offered multi-vitamins to guests as they came in to sleep there for the night. I was the front person; Neal, amused by the action we’d get, kept pace by filling paper cups of KoolAid. One night as we were leaving the premises, a strung out homeless man followed us, yelling garbled expletives and closing in quickly!

We screamed “RUN!” to each other and sprinted the half mile to the subway station (and by “sprinting” I mean that I held Neal back as I am a slow runner and he chivalrously slowed down for me to catch up. He noted at our 25th college reunion that I wasn’t a very good runner back in college. I never improved much either). The weird guy opted not to chase us so it ended up being an “All’s Well That Ends Well” tale of excitement to be retold around the dining hall that night. We did end up returning to Pine Street Inn the next week and the week after that with no other incidents of excitement.

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hair chalk

PickyKidPix Wants This: Hair Chalk (and a discount coupon)

PickyKidPix is obsessed with hair styling which she is learning via YouTube videos, mostly through Cute Hair Styles. She’s watched all 200+ of them. I can actually recognize the videos from the audio alone!!

She gotten quite good at complex braids and have moved on to hot styling products including curling irons and flat irons. When I told her I had an offer to try out Hair Chalk, she was all over it! “YES!”, she said. And her disdain for my blogging has moved incrementally but slightly in a more favorable position.

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win a website, Go Daddy, No Websitus contest

Help Your Favorite Small Business Win a Website Through Go Daddy

My mom friend Suzi Wilder  makes the most beautiful fused glass works of art. I buy them as presents for every wedding I am invited to. She works out of her house so I will go by when I need a gift and she will set up a display of her latest pieces on her dining room table.

A few years ago, she had a website, WilderGlassworks.com, but it’s no longer operational. It’s too bad because she does beautiful custom pieces that you could have ordered online. Here are a few examples but the photos do not do justice to her pieces!

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Jonathan Antoine, voice of an angel

Discovering The Next Pavarotti

Do you remember when Susan Boyle was discovered on Britain’s Got Talent? Well, prepare to be amazed. My husband sent me this video with another revelation.

The friendship of Charlotte and Jonathan is a good reminder not to judge a book by its cover. I hope you enjoy their performance. Do you think Jonathan Antoine is next Pavarotti?

Britain’s Got Talent Unearths The Next Pavarotti

And here he is in high school, waiting to be discovered. Voice of an angel.

Jonathan Antoine, voice of an angel