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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gift Ideas For The Whole Family + #Giveaways - #GiftGuide 2016

I probably could do with quite a bit of things, including a new car, but I was trying to think of something I need and nothing came to mind. Maybe I'm learning to be content. However I still want a good laptop to handle blogging.

 What is something you really desire as a gift?


So here is my gift guide for this year.



Household



Books





Women

Men



Children Gifts


Pets


Miscellaneous Gifts







Stocking Stuffers: 
Hand warmers *Engraved pens * Jewelry * Nail polish essentials * Batteries * flashlight,
Scarf * Ear buds * Mini tool set * Mini sewing kit * Book light * Manicure set * Essential oils
Family ornament * Love letter * Sports Game Tickets * Luggage Tag * Golf Balls * Phone Case
Candy * Money Clip * Fast Food Gift Cards * Gloves * Sunglasses * Scented Car Freshener
iTunes Gift Card * USB Flash Drive * Pocket Knife  * Slipper Socks * Playing Cards
Shoe Polish * Hair products *Pencils *Notepads



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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Quilted Monkey Mat - Make Your Space, Any Place #MonkeyMatLifestyle

Whether I am inside or outside, we are always looking for clean surfaces to sit and hang out.

As a mother with young kids, I am also always on the go and when we do go out, we bring all the tools to be comfortable, whether watching a soccer game, park play or just a nice picnic.

I have chairs that I bring to outings, but sometimes it's a great day and we want to hang out on the grass or sometimes, it's just too rushed to get the chairs and I grab one of our cushy blankets.

The last time I grabbed a blanket to sit on the grass, there was water coming up from the wet ground. The ground did not look wet until we actually sat on it! Ew! So we sat on our shoes on the blanket.


Introducing The Monkey Mat

I LOVE the idea behind this mat and I honestly should have found something like this many years ago for my family. I really didn't think of it or that they had them available.



The Monkey Mat is perfect for my needs. It will be perfect for your needs. And yes it is big enough for all the picnic baskets and for pets and family to enjoy sprawling out!

I love the design. I love the color and most of all, I love the backing that will not allow water to come through on food and clothing. There is no spoiling frolicking on the ground with this mat, or I should say, there won't be any nasty surprises!
Next Spring and Summer outings will be even better with this grab and go mat!!

As seen on Shark Tank - 5' x 5' mat in attached 6" x 6" ultra compact pouch, so nothing gets lost and can go on any family adventure: beach, picnic, concert, travel, hikes, camping, sporting events, and so much more!



  • Compact, Portable and Soft: Seats 4, lounges 2
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight
  • Water Repellent
  • Quick drying, 
  • Sand proof
  • Puncture resistant,
  • Soft ripstop
  • Nylon Material - Spills, grass, sand, dirt, etc. shake right off! Perfect for in/outdoor use
  • Machine Washable - Machine wash warm, tumble low or hang dry; very quick drying.
  JamericanSpice

Exclusive features - Weighted corners for a breezy day, center loops allow for fun attachments (toys, keys, dog leash, etc). Corner loops for stakes (sold separately), buckle strap to latch onto any bag, cooler, stroller, belt, purse, bike handle, etc.

Multi-purpose/function - For in/outdoor use: sporting events, amusement and water parks, hiking, backpacking, soccer games, sun shade, indoor throw under highchair for easy clean up. Use the Monkey Mat to shield from unwanted dog hair or to cover a dirty picnic table. Great for an arts and craft table cover or transporting plants in car. The Monkey Mat makes for endless possibilities!

Monkey Mat Stakes  (sold separately) - Corner weights & loops help keep mat grounded

MONKEY MAT GUARANTEE - If you don't love it, return it for full refund!

This will make a nice gift.



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I received this mat to facilitate this review.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 From Sprint #Giveaway #TisTheSeason

I do need a phone, but it's not in the budget, so I"ll keep the turtle crawl that I have for now. 

What kind of phone do you own and do you like it? 



Samsung Galaxy S7

Welcome to the 2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide The Samsung Galaxy S7 From Sprint Giveaway #TisTheSeason!

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

My Crafty Zoo

Adventures of a Nurse

Welcome To My Kitchen

Life in a House of Testosterone

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now more about our sponsor in this giveaway!
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Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7

See the review HERE.

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I would also like to say Thank you to all the promoting bloggers!
Just Like the Stars

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/25/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Because It's Christmas - Health Update - 4Ms #Music

I was able to meet up with my doctor after another round of lab work.

GOOD NEWS!!!
I am responding well to the iron supplements given to me by my internal doctor! My hemoglobin and platelets are up. Just one point, but still up!
So she tells me to continue with the supplements and how I eat with the healthy choices and then we'll meet again in three months.

I was concerned very much. And so now I will not have to have a blood/iron transfusion.

God is good.

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My daughter is in her practice for choir and they are also preparing a nice little Christmas program. I'm excited for them! I love that our church helps our children to be involved with these programs and missions.

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The weekend has been very cold and rainy and expected to continue tomorrow Monday. I understand and accept it, but ew on the shoes :)
My garage and backyard were flooded last night, but the water receded early this morning so we could venture out for worship.

Now to wait for the right time to tackle projects.


Welcome to another musical week! Share with us and enjoy hopping around!



Give Me Christmas
Sidewalk Prophets
from the album Merry Christmas To You


Sidewalk Prophets




His Name Shall Be
Matt Redman
from the album These Christmas Lights


His Name Shall Be

Oh, can you hear the angels' song
That rang so sweet and clear
When heaven's light and music fell
And mercy found us here
Glory in the highest
And on the earth be peace
Glory to God the angels sing!

He came to tell the Father's love
His goodness and His grace
To show the brightness of His smile
The glory of His face
So glory in the highest
And on the earth be peace
Glory to God Your children sing

His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor
Mighty God, Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace for all eternity oh,
His name shall be

He came to lift the weary ones
Give peace and perfect rest
To take away our burdens and
To give a glorious gift
So glory in the highest
And on the earth be peace
Glory to God the world will sing!

One name above all others
One name that came to save us
Oh sing, His name is
His name is Jesus!


*What if portion control came without trying?
*What if you didn't crave carbs and junk?
*What if your body was burning fat while you're eating your delicious holiday meal?
*What if you could indulge a little without the guilt or weight gain?
*What if you could actually LOSE weight through the holidays while feeling less stressed and having more energy?
All of these things are possible with Plexus! It's time to enjoy the holidays and feel your best!
#60daymoneybackguarantee #pinkdrink #plexusworks #nomorewobblefromyourgobble

Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Pampering Pregnant Mom For the Holidays #Giveaway

I can't wait to be pregnant again. I hope I will enjoy being pregnant as I did before. I mean it was tough sometimes, but you learn and remember as you go and just be part of it all. 

Did you enjoy being pregnant? 


Pampering Pregnant Mom For The Holidays

Welcome to the 2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide Pampering Pregnant Mom For The Holidays Giveaway!

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

My Crafty Zoo

Adventures of a Nurse

Welcome To My Kitchen

Life in a House of Testosterone

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now more about our sponsors in this giveaway!

Belli Skin Care

Pampering Pregnant Mom For The Holidays

Cleanse & Glow Facial Duo

See review HERE.

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My Baby's Heartbeat Bear

Pampering Pregnant Mom For The Holidays

Winner's Choice of Bear

See review HERE.

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I would also like to say Thank you to all the promoting bloggers!
Just Like the Stars

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/25/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lugz Women's Tambora #Giveaway - #GiftGuide

I would love to own of ot the Lugz sneakers! They seem to be really strong footwear. 

What kind of footwear do you wear most? 

Share with me and enter below to win! 


Lugz Women's Tambora Giveaway

Welcome to the 2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide Lugz Women's Tambora Giveaway!

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

My Crafty Zoo

Adventures of a Nurse

Welcome To My Kitchen

Life in a House of Testosterone

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now more about our sponsor in this giveaway!

Lugz

Tambora

Women's Tambora

See the review HERE.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I would also like to say Thank you to all the promoting bloggers!
Just Like the Stars

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/25/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

A Blessed And Thankful Time With My Little Loves #4Ms #Music

The kids had a whole week off for Thanksgiving. They were super excited to hang out with mom. I am thankful that they are delighted to be with me. I wonder how it will be as they get older. But when your 11, and 9 year olds want to really spend time with you, that is a blessing.

I love having them home. I miss them during the school days and I'm so blessed to be able to stay home with them. Thank you God. Thank you husband Charles.

We had such a nice and calm time together. They enjoyed my meals and also they helped with the cooking. They didn't balk about the chores and we just enjoyed the time together. There was music, dancing, laughter, fun!
Now if only they could not bicker so much at each other :)



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On the day before Thanksgiving, there was a knock at my door. I went out and this man was there delivering a huge box of Thanksgiving meal products.
Someone was calling from my daughter's school about my name on a list to receive a Thanksgiving basket. I didn't return the call, so I was shocked to see the person on my doorway.

I asked if he could take it back and give to someone else who would use the basket much better than I would.  I had already bought a turkey breast, and baked what I needed for my little family.
He shied away from accepting the responsibility to find someone else in need. And tried to convince me that I could use it.

I took the basket, went to my moms group to offer it to a family. It was the day before Thanksgiving, so I was willing to deliver it that day.
I couldn't find anyone fast enough, so I called the number that the delivery guy had left. Turned out it was not a good number. So I called the number that was calling my home for the past couple days about the basket, and I asked them to find someone to receive it.

JamericanSpice

Awhile later, the same guy came to pick up the basket again. I was relieved! I hope someone was able to get it on time.

I asked why was my name on this list and they explained what the church was doing, by delivering the Thanksgiving basket to families who might have been flooded out, because the school was assuming the parents of all or most of their students had been flooded out and would need care this Thanksgiving.

I applaud the church. This is what we do for people.
But even though I didn't have a full turkey or all the trimmings, I had what I needed and figured someone else could use the items more than we did.

Way to go One Church - formerly Hope Alive.


But I did promise to get my kids a normal turkey when they went on sale , so they could have a drumstick :)

It was a very good week with my little loves. I"m so thankful to be alive with them.
And my husband called. I hoped he was home too to share in the family time.

I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!





Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


*What if portion control came without trying?
*What if you didn't crave carbs and junk?
*What if your body was burning fat while you're eating your delicious holiday meal?
*What if you could indulge a little without the guilt or weight gain?
*What if you could actually LOSE weight through the holidays while feeling less stressed and having more energy?
All of these things are possible with Plexus! It's time to enjoy the holidays and feel your best!
#60daymoneybackguarantee #pinkdrink #plexusworks #nomorewobblefromyourgobble




Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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