Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

February 27, 2017

Twisted Chocolate Products Are Now Available at Giant Food Stores

This post and giveaway are sponsored by GIANT Food Stores.

It's a crazy time in America, and opinions are running wild, with people struggling to see eye to eye on a daily basis. But, can we agree on one thing?


Chocolate, in all shapes and forms, is wonderful, heavenly and divine?  


See? We can all come together on the common ground of deliciousness!



Giant, my go-to place to shop, knows chocolate - and is even taking it up a notch with their limited-time original Twisted Chocolate products!

So, why "twisted?" Each product, from hummus and floral bouquets to ice cream and soda, is infused with the wonderful flavors of chocolate...and a little something extra. The subtle hints of spice adds a new level of delight to each bite!



Intrigued and ready to dive in? In honor of the limited-time Twisted Chocolate product line, Giant is giving one of my readers a $25 gift card! That way you can buy $25 worth of delicious Twisted Chocolate products while they last!

Or you can hide them and eat them all yourself. No judgement here.

Learn more about the Twisted Chocolate offerings on the GIANT Food Stores website and be sure to follow Giant on Facebook and Twitter.




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Disclosure: I was provided products to try to facilitate this review and conduct the giveaway. All opinions are, as always, my own.

December 20, 2016

Gifts For Guys With Beards

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Friends: I'm going to keep it short and sweet.

I've been asked by several friends with partners who have beards about the things I've purchased for Bearded Hubby over the years.

I figured that since beards are oh-so-hip right now, this might be a common conundrum other partners-of-bearded-men may face (no pun intended).

So, for sake of ease, I'm compiling some of the best products I've purchased (or have noted to purchase) for my guy with a beard. I hope this helps the unbearded with their gift giving this holiday season.









Hubby spritzes this conditioning oil onto his facial whiskers daily. It keeps them tamed and smells pretty good, too.






Beard Bib by Beard King



True Story: my friend Ed shared this on his Facebook newsfeed a year ago in a joking kind of way. I saw it and thought THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING AND HOW CAN I GET IT IMMEDIATELY. Partly because it's fun, but also I'm tired of cleaning trimmed beard hairs out of all the crevices in my bathroom.






Beard Trimmer




Because, seriously, if you're going to have a beard, you need to keep it in line.

Seriously.








Beard Shaper Template




This is not a product we've personally purchased - but it's on my radar as a future gift because I feel if a guy is going to shape his beard at home, he might as well get all the help he can get.

Nothing is worse than an asymmetrical beard, amiright?




Natural Boar Bristle Beard Brush and Comb





Another "on my radar" gift that I've stored away for future use. I know nothing about boar bristle, but it's clearly the way to keep beards in top notch shape.





And pretty much anything from Beard King.

Wishing you a happy holiday, glad tidings and goodbeards!




Other gift ideas















Hope you and yours have a happy holiday!

December 13, 2016

Steph's (Semi) Ultimate Gift Guide 2016

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It's that wonderful time of year again, where we frantically rack our brains to think of the perfect gift for all the amazing people in our lives. I'm going to be honest: sometimes gift giving can be overwhelming and exhausting. Even when it is born out of great intentions. I absolutely LOVElovelove finding that penultimate gift that totally makes someone's day.

But, man, sometimes it's hard to know what to get!

Well, friends. I'm here to make our lives a little easier. As I am wont to do this time of year, I have compiled a few of my fave picks into a gift guide to help guide your gift buying. These are items the Andersons have on their own holiday lists.

Or stuff we just really, really dig.  






For Kids




Balance Beans

Balance Beans is a logic game and math game all in one. Set up the Red Beans according to the Challenge Card. Then carefully place the colorful Beans on the Seesaw to keep it from teetering. When you balance the Seesaw, you are actually balancing an equation! As the challenges get harder, you’ll rely less on trial and error – and more on math and reasoning skills. This bean-filled logic game is a fun way to introduce young learners to elementary algebra. Available on Amazon and Target.com.




Clue Master

Clue Master is a fun logic game that develops the skill of deductive reasoning, a key ability in math, science, computer programming, and many other fields. In this game, you may deduce information based on what must be true even though you can’t see it directly. The more you play, the more deductive tricks and strategies you’ll learn as you reason logically from the clues you’re given! Available on Amazon and target.com.





Yoga Spinner


Yoga Spinner is a delightful introduction to yoga that encourages teamwork and healthy physical activity. Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins! You’ll need a little luck and teamwork, and a bit more flexibility and balance to win this entertaining yoga game. Available on Amazon.



BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine

BYOU Magazine, published by Heartlight Girls Publications, LLC, is for girls ages 7-15 and helps build self-esteem in fun and empowering ways with features on positive celebrity role models, stories about real girls making a difference, tips, advice, games, crafts, contests, jokes, and much more. Topics include friendships, bullying, inner beauty, empowerment, community service, and other timely subjects to help today’s girl glow from the inside out. Founded and published by Debra Gano, who is a national self-esteem expert, best-selling author of the award-winning Heartlight Girls series, and former professional model & actress (as well as a mom to her 13-year-old daughter!) believes ALL girls deserve to have healthy self-esteem




Vivitz

Welcome to the world of Vivitz ! The Fun, Flexible, Girls Activity system, where you can "Connect, Create, Decorate" yourself, your room, your world! Soft to the touch Vivitz pieces connect together to create everything from fashions for you, to decorations for your room! My kids are currently obsessed with this fashionable building system.






Rubik's Cube

The world's #1 brain-teasing puzzler is still going strong with billions of puzzling combinations, but only one solution! Scramble the colored squares on this addictive and multi-dimensional cube. Then twist, turn, and rotate to match up the colors again on all 9 sides! Can you master the mysteries of the Rubik's Cube ? Can you improve your time once you solve it? Pit yourself against the ultimate brain teaser! 






FlashPad

Activity-packed, portable playtime. The fun-filled FlashPad Infinite is a handheld electronic touchscreen device with 16 built-in games like Catch Me, Remember Me, Chase Me, and lots more. Its 16 LED light circle touch points and seven different LED lights ensure that there's never a dull moment.







Tickets to see Frog and Toad at Arden Theatre

A Year with Frog and Toad follows the unlikely friendship between cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Their friendship blossoms and grows as they learn many life lessons along the way. Filled with musical numbers that will make you laugh and cry, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is a show to delight every age. The Arden Theater will be presenting A Year With Frog and Toad with music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale from November 23, 2016 – January 29, 2017. Based on the beloved Frog and Toad children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad is the first of two Children’s Theatre offerings during the 2016/17 Season. Buy tickets now!



For Grown Ups


Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions




Hubby and I believe in the importance of journalism and supporting the print medium of newspapers and magazines, especially during this season of life where these things are under fire and threatened to extinction. As a way to show your support, consider gifting a subscription to your loved ones - or even yourself! A few of our favorites:

Poetry Magazine
Allrecipes
Food Network Magazine
The New York Times
The Washington Post
Womens Running Magazine
The New Yorker






Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough Socks socks are American-made and simply the best. That's all. We wear them almost exclusively.








Cave Tools BBQ Grill Tools Set

SUPER HEAVY DUTY bbq grill tools set - We use 20% thicker stainless steel than normal barbecue sets so they are extremely durable and will never bend or break when picking up large pieces of meat. SPATULA BOTTLE OPENER FOR TAILGATING - serrated edge for cutting, contoured tip for easily flipping burgers, oversized face for large steaks - Grill Tongs Have 6 Teeth for turning hot dogs and sausages & Includes Metal Loop that Latches Shut for Easy Storage. DISHWASHER SAFE FOR EASY CLEANUP - Extra Wide Hanging Hooks with Leather Straps fit on any grill tools holder including Weber Genesis and all other barbeque models.


Amazon Fire TV Stick  

Amazon Fire TV Stick connects to your TV's HDMI port. Just grab and go to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube.com, music, and much more. The Amazon Fire TV Stick has changed the way we watch TV. We love that all of our apps and networks are connected, the parental controls are great and integration is fantastic.






Settler's of Catan Board Game

The women and men of your expedition build the first two settlements. Fortunately, the land is rich in natural resources. You build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan? Barter trade dominates the scene. Some resources you have in abundance, other resources are scarce. Ore for wool, brick for lumber - you trade according to what is needed for your current building projects. Proceed strategically! If you found your settlements in the right places and skillfully trade your resources, then the odds will be in your favor. But your opponents are smart too. Settler's of Catan Board Game is our favorite board game, hands down! Great for kids 10+.






Cheese Board Set

Because we're classy like that.












Turntable (with Built in Speakers)

Hubby has been into vinyls, so if you have a music fan in your life, this is a good recommendation!







Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

The AeroPress coffee maker is a new kind of coffee press that brews coffee under ideal conditions: proper temperature, total immersion, and rapid filtering. This results in amazingly delicious coffee with a wide range of beautiful flavors but without bitterness and with very low acidity. Since its introduction the AeroPress has become a much beloved brewer for serious coffee lovers and coffee professionals around the world.






Other gift ideas















Hope you and yours have a happy holiday!

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