Wrapping Pretty Presents the EZ Way

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. How you wrap presents kind of tells a lot about your personality.  My brother always took pride in the extremity of his gift wrapping efforts--and not in a good way.  One year he took a full DRAWER from a chest of drawers, complete with the junk still in it, put the gift in the drawer, and wrapped the … [Read more...]

My Holiday Shopping Secret…Luvocracy!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Luvocracy. It's starting to be noticeably more crowded in the stores.  More cars driving around.  Less parking spots.  The temperature rising inside, frenzy, and long lines.  Yep, it's Christmas shopping time! I am about 1/2 done.  But it's hard to keep all the ideas straight in my head, not to mention the choices I have to make.  It would be really nice if there were a place where I could … [Read more...]

LeapPad Ultra Giveaway!


We got some super fun mail a few weeks ago... The LeapPad Ultra is out!  One thing I love about the Leapfrog company is that they really try to improve each product they make, trying to listen to the parent feedback they get.  We had the Leappad 2 and while they were pretty fun, they lacked a few things that the LeapPad Ultra now has.  For one--it includes a charging cord, hallelujah!  The other ones always needed to be purchased separately … [Read more...]

15 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Making Now


I know that with the weather being super hot and everyone laying by the pool and eating watermelon and all, Christmas seems very far away.  But here's the truth--for everyone who wants to make handmade gifts for your family and friends for Christmas, now's the perfect time to start!  You have to plan in advance for these things because when it actually comes down to the holiday time, you'll be way too busy with other things like decorating, … [Read more...]

Handmade Gift Idea: Tropical Sugar Scrubs

Hello Honeybear Lane Readers! My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes. I love this time of year! It's so fun to make handmade gifts - I think it makes gift giving so much more personal! I have a fun gift idea for you today - perfect for your girl friends, teachers, or that sweet Starbucks gal you see everyday. :) How about a Tropical Sugar Scrub! They are made with fun Tropical Teas that names like Coconut Rum and … [Read more...]

Sharing the Joy: Giving to a Deserving Family

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**Stop reading if you are my oldest sister! As Christmas day approaches, I found myself wanting to do something special for a deserving family.  And right now, I can't seem to stop thinking about my sister's family.  My sister, her husband, and all the kids really, are such amazing examples to me of patience, love, and hard work.  They have had such a rough several years, ever since my sister gave birth to her youngest baby at 23 weeks.  Her … [Read more...]

Santa Bottle Cozy

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I know Thanksgiving is tomorrow (gasp! Are you ready??) but after that we are all clear to talk about Christmas until the cows come home!   Today I'm so excited to be sharing with you this really simple way to dress up a  glass of wine (or sparkling cider in my case since I don't drink) by making a Santa Bottle Cozy. I pretty much adore everything about Christmas, but something I think is a really cool tradition is neighbor gifts.  It's such a … [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Idea–Educational Kids App


I got the opportunity to try out this new app that is interactive with cards, courtesy of Cypher Kids. We got these learning cards, each in a different pack:  letters, numbers, and animals.  With each set you download a free app through itunes.  Then you open the app on your ipod touch (the ones with a camera), ipad, or iphone and scan the special coded square on the back.  It will bring up a 3D and interactive picture on your device.  It's … [Read more...]