Make Your Mother’s Day Party Special with Oriental Trading Co.

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Do you have a mother’s day party? I know some people don’t, but we have so many moms in our family that we feel the need to celebrate ourselves a little with a whole party! There is usually some sort of cooking involved. Generally we do a potluck style lunch or dinner. This is great until it’s time to do the dishes. That is unless you go the route of paper plates, because let’s face it, not one of us moms wants to do the dishes on Mother’s Day.

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This year, Oriental Trading is my go to place for my Mother’s Day party supplies. I chose an assortment of flowery paper plates, napkins, a tablecloth, etc. from the In Bloom Collection to fit with the theme. My daughter and I set up the table so you can get an idea of what our party might look like. Minus the food, drinks and people….

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I think those dinner plates are just so pretty and wonderful for spring. We’ve been having some dreadfully gloomy weather in Oregon this week. These really helped brighten things up.  When I was setting everything on the table I realized just how sturdy all of these items are. The metallic silverware is heavy. There will be no fork prongs breaking off at my party. Even the napkins were stronger than you’d expect. It’s all high quality.

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I thought these straws would be a fun addition to the cups. There  are several flower patterns available in the package, so you can kind of keep track of who’s cup is who’s.

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Did I mention that I these lovely small glass vases and ivory floating candles also came from Oriental Trading? Yep. They did. The glass is really heavy and sturdy too. The candles come in a set of 12. These will be used at many a party to come.

Buy it: Not only does Oriental Trading Co. carry items to decorate your table, but they also have lot’s of Mother’s Day gifts, crafts, home decor, jewelry and more. Click here to shop.

Disclosure: This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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PlumHill Pure Body Essentials Sugar Body Scrub Review & Giveaway (Ends 5/4)

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful“. That is the motto at PlumHill Pure Body Essentials. If you are a fan of pampering yourself with natural beauty products, then you will LOVE PlumHill.

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PlumHill’s natural skin care line is centered on three basic steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and most importantly, moisturize! With these three steps and PlumHill products, you too can enjoy softer, smoother skin.

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PlumHill offers a large selection of products that are natural and contain no parabens, but for this review, I will be focusing on the Sugar Body Scrub. Their unique sugar scrub enhances circulation, brightens and smooths your skin to perfection.

I was really inspired to read how PlumHill got it’s start. The owner, Jeanne, started making these wonderful products out of her own kitchen to help combat dry skin. After a few years, she decided that these products were too good to keep to her self (I agree) and so PlumHill was born.

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I was sent a lovely sampler pack so that I could try the products out. My daughter and I were having so much fun opening each jar and just taking in the wonderful fragrances. With scents such as Winter Vanilla, Coconut Lime and Cranberry Orange, just to name a few, who wouldn’t be excited?

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I could tell just by looking at them that they were high quality. The fact that I can see bits of cranberry in the Cranberry Orange tells you that these ingredients are in fact real and not just an added scent.

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The way the sugar scrub works is simple; after cleansing in the shower you just scoop a little into your hand and apply using a circular motion. You can use these on feet, elbows and even your face. You can use it basically anywhere that you’d like to have softer skin. I admit, after using these products, I am sold. I noticed that my feet were super happy after using the scrub with a pumice stone. They really felt soft and rejuvenated.

Buy it: Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11th this year. What better way to pamper your mom, (or yourself) than with these Sugar Body Scrubs. In addition to the Sugar Scrubs, PlumHill offers a wide assortment of products such as lip balms, shea body butters, hand and body washes, etc. Be sure to check out the site and pick up some gifts for mom or yourself. Shipping is a flat $5 on orders less than $75. Click here to shop.

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Disclaimer: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Beauty Box 5 April Review

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My April Beauty Box 5 package arrived last week and I wanted to share with you what was inside. This month’s theme was “Shades of Beauty”. It’s all about leisurely layering and taking more time for yourself. If you are not familiar with Beauty Box 5, they offer a monthly subscription service where you receive 5 new beauty products every month. Some of the items values, exceed the cost of the box, making it a great deal for beauty enthusiasts.

So here is what was in the box:

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Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick, Retail $4.99 for 0.12 oz: This hydrating and paraben free lipstick feels light but delivers luscious, full bodied color that lasts.

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Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes, Retail $2.49 for 40 wipes
: Maybe I am a little too practical, but this was my favorite thing in this month’s box. I mean, come on, it’s a mini tub of all purpose wipes. Any mom should be able to appreciate this. These are just the right size to remove eye makeup or correct minor cosmetic mistakes. Plus they are hypo-allergenic, paraben free and not tested on animals.

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Bonne Belle Lip Definer, Retail $3.95 one size
: This handy lip liner keeps lipstick from feathering and makes for a lovely natural look when paired with a clear gloss.

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BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Retail $18.95 for 16 eyeshadows and 4 face powders
: This little palette is the perfect size for your favorite clutch. This is a great set for touch ups while on the go.

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Jergens Natural Glow – 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer, Retail $9.99 for 4 oz
: Ready to start on your tan? Get a jump start by giving yourself a subtle tan that’s easy to apply and doesn’t leave streaks.

Buy it: Interested in getting beauty products in the mail each month from Beauty Box 5? Plans start at $12 per month or get 3 months for $30. Shipping is free. Click here to get started.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Surf Sharks: The First Ride Review & Giveaway (Ends 5/1)

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Do your kids love sharks? Do they like to read or be read to? If so, Surf Sharks might be right up their alley. Surf Sharks The First Ride is the first in a series of books featuring the adventures of three young sharks, Mavrik, Talon and Hemi and three young boys, Rip, Ozzy and Wade who share a love for the surf.

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For this review I was sent a fun Surf Sharks gift pack that contained not only the Surf Sharks: The First Ride 38 page hardback book, but also a full color sticker book with 32 stickers and 6 Pop-up collectors cards. So fun!

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My daughter was really excited because she loves sharks and she also loves stickers! It totally made her day to get the gift set. My photo bombing dog was also excited about the book as you can see.

This book was a hit at our house. My kids really liked it when I read this book to them. The super bright images filled every page and helped keep the kids attention. They really were following the story line and wanted to know what would happen next. The story was fun overall and you could actually learn a bit more about sharks from it than I was expecting. So, if you do have a little one who loves sharks, this would be great for them.

Buy it: Surf Sharks: The First Ride is now available in all major book stores and online at Amazon. Click here to shop.

Win it: One of you will win a Surf Sharks gift package like the one I received (Value of $25). Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Florsheim Kids Shoes Review & Giveaway (Ends 4/27)

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If you have boys, then you probably know how boys often feel about getting dressed up. Boys don’t like to be uncomfortable, not even for the sake of fashion. I have found that the easiest way to get my boys to dress up is to keep them comfortable. This can get a little tricky when it comes to dress shoes, and that is the reason why Florsheim has been my go to dress shoe for boys. My son was so excited to pick out his new pair of Florsheim shoes for spring. Just after a minute or two browsing the site, he quickly pointed to a pair and said “I want those!” Just when I thought I couldn’t love Florsheim any more than I already do, they came out with the Meridan Jr.

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The Meridian is a closed toe sandal. Not exactly the dress shoe that you’re most likely to find on the Florsheim site, but they are adorable. I consider them to be the kids version of a business casual shoe. I really like that these are easy to put on. The velcro zips and pulley help him have both of his shoes on in less than a minute.

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The sturdy rubber sole has good grip that even does well in rain. I know this because it rains a lot in Oregon.

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My son was begging to wear the shoes from the moment he knew they had arrived. I’ve never seen this kid so excited about a new pair of shoes. He wears them every day.

Buy it: If you are in need of a well made dress shoe to complete your sons Easter outfit, take a look at Florsheim shoes. You can buy them online or at Nordstrom.

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Ross Dress for Less Contest: Show Off Your Shoes & Win Gift Cards

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If you love shoes and you love Ross Dress for Less, it is time to get yourself  over there and head directly to the shoe department. Through April 18, Ross is having a fun promotion where you can win awesome prizes.

How it works is simple:

  • Snap and upload your best Ross shoe selfie, then share with your friends and encourage them to vote for you.
  • At the end of the promotion, the top three shoe selfies with the most votes will receive the grand prize, second prize and third prize of a $500, $300 and $100 Ross Dress for Less gift card!
  • Additionally, each week we will select one winner at random to win a $50 Ross gift card.

Please note: Name brands or logos should not be showing in your photo.

I went over to my local store today to check out the selection of shoes that Ross has and I was pretty excited. There were a good two rows full of shoes in my size. Truth be told, I am more of a sporty style shoe wearer more than a dressy shoe wearer and considering I was wearing jeans in the store, I was trying on the sneakers.

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This pair was my favorite and they were super comfy.

Do you have a favorite pair of Ross shoes, or will you head over and buy a pair for this event? Remember, the winners get gift cards! But you only have until April 18 to enter. Click here to enter or vote.

Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Umi Children’s Shoes Review & Giveaway (Ends 4/20)

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If you are looking for cute and comfortable shoes for your little one, you should check out Umi. Whether you have a baby, toddler or big kid, Umi has shoes to suit your little ones needs and style. From play shoes to dress shoes, Umi has a large selection to choose from.

I have been reviewing Umi shoes for a couple of years now and I can vouch for the quality and comfort of these shoes. These are the only brand of shoes I would dare not have the kids break in first before going on a long walk. They’re that comfy. They are also durable. My kids seem to bust through their other shoes with little to no effort, but whenever we have Umi shoes, they seem to last so much longer. My boy does eventually bust through them, but it takes him much longer and my daughter hasn’t been able to break them at all.

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This time around, I let my daughter choose a pair of shoes. She decided on the Quin B. These are an adorable, high top shoe. The colors are bright and perfect for spring. These do have tie up laces which means that I get to tie them for her, but it’s not a problem. Hopefully I can use this opportunity to teach her how to tie her shoes since she is nearly 5.

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These shoes have great tread on the bottom so she won’t slip and fall while she’s playing.

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As you can see, she is pretty happy about her new shoes. These are her favorites. She chooses them over all her other shoes when we go out. She has gotten so many compliments on these shoes whenever she wears them too.

Buy it: Umi offers free shipping and free returns on all orders (excludes AK, HI & clearance items). Head over here to shop.

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Disney’s The Pirate Fairy Released on Blu-Ray/DVD & Deals

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If you are a fan of the Fairy Movies or even Peter Pan, then you will love The Pirate Fairy. Newly released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 1st, The Pirate Fairy is a fun adventure movie about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), the very curious dust keeper fairy. Her curiosity ends up getting the better of her and gets her into deep trouble. She ends up having to leave Pixie Hollow, becomes the mischievous pirate fairy and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. But that’s just the beginning of the story…

Get a sneak peak at the movie below.

The movie features music by Natasha Bedingfield which adds an extra bit of happy to the film. Have a listen in this video:

My kids totally loved this movie. Even the boys liked it, which surprised me a little. All three of them watched it from start to finish more than once.

Here are some cool Pirate Fairy activities for the kids. They’re free! Just click the button right below and get ready to print.

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If you would like to buy The Pirate Fairy, here are a few deals for you:

Amazon -
DVD $17.99,
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital $22.99
Amazon prices can change at any time.

Target - Blu-ray/DVD/Digital (Includes 32-Page Storybook And CD) $22.99

Walmart -
Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD + Bonus DVD (Walmart Exclusive) $26.96
Blu-ray, DVD + Digital HD $24.96
DVD $29.96

Toys R Us -
The Pirate Fairy DVD Gift Set $19.99
DVD $19.99
The Pirate Fairy Blu-Ray Combo Gift Set $29.99
The Pirate Fairy Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy) $29.99

Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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