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...]

HOT Fudge Valentines

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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a tantalizing picture of Hot Fudge that I had just whipped up.  Well the other day I had a hankering to make something delicious and I wanted to try making Hot Fudge. My grandma had a simple recipe that I followed.  The only problem is that I used Fat Free Evaporated Milk instead of the regular kind which meant that there was no fat in the mixture.  Sounds healthy right?  Well no fat also means … [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...]

Top Five Gifts to Give Guys & A Giveaway

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Who do you think is the easiest person to shop for?  Your kids?  Your spouse?  Your Mom & Dad?  How about the hardest?  Typically I think most people would vote that the hardest person to shop for is the menfolk.  We always want to be able to give gifts that are special and meaningful to the recipient, but sometimes giving your husband another new tie just doesn't really have that impact.  So if you have just purchased your husband or dad a … [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...]