Mom Knows Best : December 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Throwing An Incredible Baby Shower!

So, you want to throw an incredible baby shower. Whether you’re doing this for your friend or yourself, this post is full of tips that will help everybody to have the best time. Read on to get started!


Who Should Host The Shower?
If you’re wondering who should host the shower, tradition normally states that anybody other than the mother-to-be should host it. Maybe a best friend, mother, or sister. However, there are no real rules. It can also be hosted at any time during the pregnancy, although later on is usually traditional. Not quite when she could give birth at any minute, but when there isn’t much longer left to wait!


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Set The Tone With Invitations
Send out invitations in advance so that everybody who is close to the mother-to-be can attend. A text message or phone call can be fine, but using traditional invitations for the party is a nice touch too. You can also set the tone with these invitations and give people an idea of what the day will be like. It’s up to you how you do it, just make sure you get a good idea of who will be attending.


Know Your Audience
Know your audience for the shower, or at least have a good idea of what they will like and won’t like. There are many games you can play to perk up the party, but some are a little classier than others. Some might not be to everybody’s tastes - think nappies and smushed up chocolate bars! Make sure you choose the entertainment wisely.


Decorate Using Your Imagination
Use your imagination to decorate and make the get together even more exciting. You can use bunting and balloons for a simple way to perk up a room. Instead of investing in an expensive centrepiece, you can use gifts as the centrepiece. They’ll likely all look really pretty in their paper and bows, so make the most of them. If your guests need them, you could suggest baby shower gift ideas before the big day to help them out.


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Serving Food And Drink
It’s a good idea to serve food and drink for your guests depending on what time you throw the shower. If it’s later on in the evening, you could serve tasteful cocktails and mocktails. Having buffet style finger food is always a good idea. Just don’t buy too much. You don’t want all of the food to go to waste.


Goody Bags
It’s usually tradition for guests to leave with a cute goody bag to thank them for attending. Leaving them with a nice keepsake from the day is a good idea, so they remember it fondly. You can put other things in the goody bags too, from sweets to cupcakes. You can even get ready made goody bags to save you the trouble of putting them together yourself.  

Make sure you have a positive attitude and make a great playlist for the shower too. These little things all make a big difference. Have fun!

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Vegetarian Egg Foo Young

Skip the Chinese place and make your own Egg Foo Young at home.


   I think my favorite meal to enjoy at a restaurant is Chinese. It is hard to find a good Chinese restaurant that is safe to eat at in Albuquerque, don't get me started on the dangers of Chinese buffet places. My husband is a health inspector so I know too much about food safety and restaurants so I don't go out to eat much. My favorite place to get Chinese food at burned down a while back so I have not been able to enjoy my favorite dish for quite some time. My favorite dish is Egg Foo Young. I just love the way it tastes and the people at the restaurant just make it so much better than I do. I am able to make my own and while it tastes great, it just does not look the same. I decided the other day to attempt to make Egg Foo Young again and I am glad I did because this recipe tastes so good. So skip the Chinese place and make Egg Foo Young at home. Now all I need is those fancy white boxes that you get at the Chinese place and some chopsticks!



                         Vegetarian Egg Foo Young
                                                        Makes 6-8 small patties
                                              6 large eggs
                                              1/2 cup vegetable broth
                                              2 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced into thin strips
                                              1 cup bean sprouts
                                              1/2 cup shredded carrots
                                              1 scallion, finely chopped
                                              2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
                                              1 tablespoon oyster sauce
                                              1 tablespoon soy sauce
                                              1 tablespoon sesame oil
                                              1 tbsp vegetable oil
                                      Foo young sauce
                                            1 cup vegetable broth
                                            2½ tablespoons soy sauce
                                            2 teaspoons rice vinegar
                                            2 teaspoons sugar
                                            1 tablespoon cornstarch
                                            1 tablespoon water
                                            1 teaspoon sesame oil
                                            1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Instructions
  Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add vegetable broth, mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots, scallions,  garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated. Set aside and make the sauce.
  Combine all sauce ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring often. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for two minutes, stir a couple of times. Take the pan off the stove and set aside so you can prepare the egg foo young patties.
  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat it with the vegetable oil. Using a ladle, pour small amounts of the egg mixture in the hot pan. You can make two patties at a time or one big pattie. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown, and then turn over to cook for 3-4 minutes more. Continue this process until all the mixture is used.
  Warm up the sauce, if needed and pour over the Egg Foo Young patties.




Did you know that eating Chinese food can bring good luck for the New Year?



Thursday, December 29, 2016

KidSafe Lil' Stinkers Aroma Plush Will Bring A Smile To Your Child + A Giveaway

           Discover a cute stuffed animal that smells terrific and puts your child in a happy mood.


   I have recently discovered essential oils and their uses beyond scent. When I first started using essential oils is was for their wonderful scents. I liked using the oils in my homemade lotions and body butter as the oils gave them wonderful scents. Then I discovered that essential oils, when inhaled, could be helpful for things like sleep and energy. Did you know that lavender oil helps calm and peppermint helps with energy? I love using peppermint oil in my diffuser during the day as it helps me to be productive. I then use a lavender body butter at night to help my body relax and fall asleep. So when I discovered a cute plush animal that smells terrific and can help lift a child's mood, I knew that my boys had to have one. I discovered this cute Lil' Stinker last month at ShiftCon, a wonderful eco living conference. The company Plant Therapy makes these adorable plush animals and they were at ShiftCon to introduce their wonderful essential oil products to bloggers like me who have a passion for healthy living. This plush was shown to me along with some wonderful scented essential oils.


    Plant Therapy makes these Aroma Plush animals that not only look so cute but they also can uplift a person's mood. The secret to these KidSafe Lil' Stinkers is a special compartment inside the plush that gives the animal a great scent that will uplift to a better mood. You simply place a couple of drops of the included essential oil inside the compartment of the cute plush animal and this Lil' Stinker smells so good for a week. The essential oil that comes with the plush contains Plant Therapy's signature scent, PJ’s Blend. PJ's Blend is a cheerful burst of fruity essential oils, including fresh Steam Distilled Lemon and bright Pink Grapefruit which are known to be uplifting.

    When the KidSafe Lil' Stinkers Aroma Plush arrived at our house, I barely had a chance to take a picture of the plush as my boys fell in love with it. My boys just love the way he smells. My boys decided to take turns of who gets the Aroma Plush at bedtime. When I finally had a chance to hold the cute plush, I was amazed at how wonderful he smelled. I did not want to put him down. My one son woke up the other day in a great mood, trust me, he is not my morning child and came down holding the Aroma Plush. He smelled the cute plush animal and said, "mmm, he smells so good!" I think the essential oil in the Aroma Plush put my son into that happy mood. So now I discovered another use for essential oils. I love that I can use other essential oils in the Lil' Stinker. I need to try lavendar oil in him for my other son who has trouble falling asleep. This Aroma Plush is just one of the many items that Plant Therapy sells. Plant Therapy sells many essential oils, many of them are safe for kids, along with many other products that are useful with the oils. If fact, Plant Therapy has a special line of oils made just for kids called KidSafe. Check out Plant Therapy at the below links.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How To Wrap Presents With Reusable Cloth Bags

Check out how you can cut back on waste by using cloth grocery bags to wrap presents.




It is a couple days after Christmas and trash cans are filled with so much waste from all the wrapping paper and boxes from all the gifts. The trash service doesn't come until Friday and the cans are overflowing. It makes me sad to see all that waste in my neighbor's trash cans as most people do not take the time to recycle the boxes and the wrapping paper. On top of that, if one did want to recycle the wrapping paper, they would be surprised that most of it can not be recycled. There is some wrapping paper that is able to be recycled but that is only good if your city allows any wrapping paper to be recycled. My city does not recycle any wrapping paper so I decided this is going to be the last year that I wrap my gifts with paper that will end up in the landfill. I already have stopped buying paper napkins and instead use cloth ones so I am ready to do even more to reduce my trash waste.



This was our mound of trash after we opened up presents. I will recycle the boxes but sadly the wrapping paper will go in the trash can as my city does not accept it in the recycles. After attending ShiftCon a couple of weeks ago, I am trying to be more "green" as I want to not only take care of my body but also the earth. So I thought up a better way to wrap presents. I will use cloth bags, you know the ones that people use at the grocery store, to wrap my gifts. I always have a stash of these cloth bags as I get plenty from blogging conferences, like ShiftCon, and from brands that I work with. I discovered that with a few extra touches, like ribbon, that I also get from brands, that I can use these bags to wrap almost any gift. 


  The awesome thing is that the receiver of the gift will then get a cloth bag to use at the grocery store. This bag just might help a person to be greener and thus reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. Did you know that most of those plastic bags end up in the landfill? If the consumer does take them back to the store to be recycled, well then energy needs to be used to recycle them. So using a cloth bag over and over is the better choice. I like to stuff all my cloth bags into a bigger cloth bag and then keep them in my car so they are always ready to use. When I unload the bags, I then place them by the garage door to then put back in the car next time I drive. Here is another picture of my Christmas waste.


Now here is a picture of gifts in reusable cloth bags. I love that after the presents are opened, my guest can take a cloth bag with them to use for grocery shopping. The bags that I use for my family's gifts can then be stuffed into a bigger bag and then be stored for next time. Those bags take up less room than all those tubes of paper. I also do not have to waste money buying more paper at the after holiday sales. That keeps me out of the stores buying items I don't need just because it is on sale. 
For some people using cloth bags may not seem as pretty as Christmas wrapping paper but with some practice and using items that you already have like ribbon, silk flowers, etc, you will make a great looking gift that is great for the environment. I also like to reuse Christmas cards for gift tags.

What are some ways you can reduce trash for your gifts?
 I would love to see how you wrap a gift without using wrapping paper.


Want to know more about ShiftCon, the healthy living conference that I attended? The next conference is February 2018 in California. Get details here.











Friday, December 23, 2016

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Feast Menu

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   Check out what is on my menu for my Christmas dinner. I live in New Mexico and I like to serve a southwestern food on Christmas. Posole and tortillas are common items to serve on Christmas eve here in New Mexico and tamales are a common Christmas day menu item. I created the green chile cheese bread to go along with these items. I bought all my ingredients at Smiths Food and Drug stores as they have the best selection of New Mexican ingredients for my holiday meal. They also have great prices, friendly employees and short check out lanes.


Slow Cooker Vegetarian Posole
 serves 10-12

Ingredients:
6 quarts water
1 2 lb. package frozen Posole
10-12 ounces frozen corn
2 medium onions diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1½  Tbsp.  salt
1 14 oz.  container Frozen Red Chile

Instructions
Place all ingredients into the slow cooker crock. Place the lid on the crock and cook on high for 4-6 hours, stirring after one hour. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocados if desired.



Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamales


Masa dough
  •                       2 cups masa harina/corn flour 
  •                       ½ teaspoon baking powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon cumin
  •                       ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  •                       4 tablespoons cubed butter
  •                       1 cups water
  •                       1 cup vegetable broth
          
        Tamale filling
                         1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
                         1 jar sliced jalapenos 
                        
        1 package dried corn husks
        Steamer basket or foil

Directions
             Soak the corn husks in warm water for about an hour. While they are soaking you can make the masa dough. Place the masa harina and spices in a food processor and pulse until blended. Then add the butter and blend until combined. Add the liquid and blend until well combined and looks like sticky dough.
     Take a golf ball size piece of the masa dough and spread it onto a wet corn husk. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick, you do not want to see the corn husk through the dough. Place a couple of jalapenos on the dough and then sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. Fold the corn husk over to join the edges of the masa.If you need to add more masa dough to cover the filling, do so as no filling should be showing. Fold the rest of the corn husk over so it resembles a burrito and set aside. Repeat until all masa dough is used. You can then place these bundles in a freezer bag to freeze or steam them. I like to place half in the freezer and cook the rest.
     Place your steamer basket in your slow cooker and pour about an inch of water in, make sure the water is not touching the holes of the steamer basket. If you do not have a steamer basket, you can place your tamales on top of some crumpled up foil. Just make sure to use enough foil so the tamales do not touch the water. Then place the tamales in the basket and cover the slow cook with the lid. Cook on high for 6 hours. Serve with sour cream, avocado, cheese, and salsa.


Green Chile Cheese Bread

2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
4 teaspoons butter soften
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons powder milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green chile 

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Stir in butter, salt, 1 cup of flour and powder milk. Stir in the remaining cup of flour and beat well. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if needed.
2. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
3. When the dough has doubled, knead it with some flour.
4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 10" by 15".
5. Spread the green chile and cheese down the middle of the rolled dough.
6. Fold over the long sides of the dough and then roll it lengthwise.
7. Place the dough into a bread pan and let rise in warm place for an hour.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or lightly brown on top.
9. Cool for an hour and then bread will be easy to remove from pan.



Chocolate Mint Cream Pie

24 chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 package chocolate mint chips
2 egg yolks
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put the sandwich cookies in a food processor and process into crumbs. Mix the melted butter into the crumbs and press the mixture into a pie pan. Chill the crust for an hour.


In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in milk until well blended. Add chocolate chips and egg yolks; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is melted and thick. Remove from heat. Beat in cream cheese with wire whisk until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate just until cool, about 1 hour.

In large bowl with electric mixer, beat whipping cream and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Reserve 1 cup whipped cream for topping. Fold remaining whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture. Spoon evenly into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Spoon or pipe reserved whipped cream over filling. Store in refrigerator. I shredded some chocolate on the pie before serving, I just used a chocolate bar that I had. You can also use cookie crumbs too.

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What is on your holiday menu?



"These opinions are my own and I was challenged to share my holiday menu in exchange for a gift card."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Homeowners Insurance Is Necessary When You Own A Home



   I am so excited to be able to remodel my master bathroom. It won't be long until my bathroom is done. This project may have started last July but my husband and I have been thinking about this renovation since 2011. Five years ago, our house had a frozen pipe that burst from sub-zero temperatures. That pipe left a lot of water damage in one of the upstairs bathroom ( the kid's bathroom) as well as the kitchen. Thank goodness we had Homeowners Insurance to fix the bathroom and kitchen. The insurance paid for a new bathroom and that was what led to my husband and wanting our bathroom to look nice.  It just took five years for us to save up the money and decide on how we wanted the bathroom to look. My bathroom is almost done. My husband and I painted last weekend. Then the tile people will do their work and finally my husband will do the install of everything else like cabinets and sinks. We are hoping it will be completed the first week of 2017. Get a sneak peek at my bathroom remodeling progress and some of the items that I selected.


 It was that frozen pipe that reminded me the importance of having homeowners insurance. That claim cost a lot of money but our insurance took care of it thanks to the payments we make every month and that we chose to have the proper coverage on our home. Your payments to home insurance may seem like a lot of money every month but when you see how much it costs to fix damage from a broken pipe, you will understand why you pay what you pay. The amount just to dry the rooms out was over $10,000 and then I think the rest was equally over the same amount. Our insurance also paid for us to stay in a hotel along with meals while the rooms were being dried out.Your home is where you live so making sure it is insured for the right amount is very important. Take a look at some details about my home insurance. 


About my home
Two story brick 2000 square foot home with a large backyard located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Three bedrooms with a newly updated master bathroom and 1 and a half other bathrooms. Granite counters in the modern kitchen along with all new stainless steel appliances. Two car attached garage. Quiet established neighborhood that is close to the highway and shopping. 

House Value: $199,000

Policy: $1046.00 Deductible: $500

About Users
Owners bought the house brand new 19 years ago. Family with several children. Credit in the low 800's

About Policy
Safeco was the cheapest insurance recommended by real estate agent with a low deductible.

About Customer Service
Safeco has good customer service. A previous claim was handled in a reasonable amount of time.

See http://www.kodig.com/home-insurance-quotes/ for more information on homeowners insurance.

Have you had to use your home insurance? Do you pay more or less for your home-owners insurance?



"These opinions are my own and I was contacted by http://www.kodig.com/home-insurance/ to write this review."

Start Your Morning With Crazy Faith Coffee And You Might Just Lead Someone To Christ

I love starting my day with a great cup of coffee and God.


  My day always starts with my daily devotion followed by a cup of coffee. Now when I drink coffee, it has to be the good stuff as I like to savor my coffee and taste is important. I was sent a cool package of coffee from Family Christian and I could not wait to taste it. The aroma of Crazy Faith Awakening Blend Ground Coffee was so amazing. When I opened up the bag my senses were enticed by such a great aroma. I just had to take a couple of big breaths as the smell of coffee was that good. I then went straight to my coffee maker to brew a cup of this wonderful smelling coffee. When I placed my scoop inside the bag, I discovered a foil wrapped package. So I paused my coffee making to open up the foil package. Inside the package, I discovered a small card which sparked my curiosity. I opened up the card and found an inspirational story. As I read the story on the card, that smelled of great coffee, I learned more about what having faith meant. This story was about a couple who had five children and how God used their faith to adopt three more. This couple also conceived a baby the same year bringing their kid count to nine. It was through this faith journey that this couple decided to start Crazy Faith Coffee Company.


  Thanks to John and Josee Waller, I got to enjoy a great cup of coffee. I, of course, made my coffee after I read their story. The taste of the coffee was just as I had imagined while enjoying the aroma. It was mild and flavorful. As I was enjoying my coffee, I thought about my faith and how I needed to step it up several notches. I thought about people in my life who I wanted to lead to Christ and how sending them this great bag of coffee was something I needed to do. I knew that most people enjoyed coffee and that a bag of great smelling coffee that comes with stories of faith might just be the seed I needed to plant in these people. The first person that I needed to send Crazy Faith Awakening Blend Ground Coffee to was my mom. I had just talked to her this afternoon about my daily devotional guide that I read every morning. I had told her that my devotional referenced to her favorite country singer. My mom thought that was cool and she also told me that she used to get that devotional in the mail ( I signed her up many years ago). I have no clue if my mom ever read the devotional that I sent her, but knowing that she remembered it was enough for me to send her another subscription. I love when God tells me to have faith and to keep talking to my mom about Him. I can't wait for my mom to get her package of Crazy Faith Awakening Blend Ground Coffee so I can have another conversation with her about God and one day she will accept Him into her heart.


So who can you think of to send a bag of great smelling/tasting coffee to? These stories of great crazy faith inside a bag of coffee may just be the seed that leads them to Christ. This Freshly roasted coffee also is organic and Fair-trade and comes in regular and decaf.

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As I was writing this post, I received a coupon from Family Christian in my email for 50% off one item and that was my sign from God to order the coffee for my mom so she could learn more about following Jesus. I love how our faith works! Make sure to sign up for their emails so you too can get discount coupons.

"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Crazy Faith Awakening Blend Ground Coffee from Family Christian to facilitate this post."

Monday, December 19, 2016

Heart Healthy Broccoli And Cheese Rice

            You will love this healthy version of a family favorite dish.



  My family loves broccoli and cheese rice as it is so delicious. This healthy dish is a great way to get my boys, including my husband, to eat their vegetables. Most people make this broccoli and cheese rice dish with lots of cheese, white rice, and cream soup. Now all that cheese and cream soup are loaded with fat. My recipe is made with healthy organic whole grain brown rice and a can of low-fat cheese soup. My recipe also has double the amount of broccoli too which gives it more nutrition. My family and friends think my healthy version of broccoli and cheese rice is delicious and it is still full of flavor. Whenever I bring my healthy version of broccoli and cheese rice to a potluck, people love it and don't seem to notice that it is a healthy dish. I never have any leftovers when I bring it. So why make your old full of fat broccoli and dish rice dish when you can be kind to your heart and make this heart healthy version.


  My heart healthy broccoli and cheese rice starts with a bag of delicious Mahatma® organic whole grain brown rice. I like serving my family brown rice as it has more fiber than white rice and fiber is good for a heart healthy diet. Mahatma® Rice, has recently introduced two new organic versions of their Whole Grain Brown Rice and Extra Long Grain White Rice varieties. These organic additions give smart shoppers an affordable, organic rice option. I love that this rice is also Non-GMO Project Verified. These organic rice varieties come in two-pound bags and are sold in most grocery store. Did you know that you can cook rice in the microwave?  I like to use my rice cooker when I make my rice but I need to try cooking rice in the microwave next time I make rice.


Heart Healthy Broccoli And Cheese Rice
     Serves 6

Ingredients
             1 cup Mahatma® organic whole grain brown rice
             1/3 cup non-fat milk
             1 can low-fat condensed cheddar cheese soup
             1 teaspoon garlic powder
             1/2 teaspoon black pepper
             1 package frozen broccoli cuts (16 ounces)

Directions
          Cook the brown rice according to directions on the package. When the rice is done, combine the milk, cheese soup, garlic, and black pepper until well mixed. Add the broccoli and soup mixture to the cooked rice and combine well. Then heat the rice and broccoli in the microwave for about 3 minutes and serve. If there are any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator.

Now what should I make with the Mahatma® organic Extra Long Grain White Rice? I am thinking a mushroom pilaf as my boys and I are growing mushrooms. What is your favorite dish that you like to make with rice?          




"These opinions are my own and I received packages of Mahatma® organic rice to facilitate this post."

Friday, December 16, 2016

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Sponsored By Newmans Own

When you find a company that makes awesome food and snacks and that gives to charity, It is a win-win. I do not know another company that gives back as Newmans Own does. Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More had the wonderful opportunity to taste a box filled with their wonderful food that they make. You can read her review of them by going HERE.

Onto The Giveaway~

  • 1 READER WILL WIN A Newmans Own Prize Pack

  • THIS GIVEAWAY IS LIVE AND WILL END ON 12/30 AT 7:00 P.M.

  • WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM, NOTIFIED WITHIN 48 HOURS AND HAVE 24 HOURS TO RESPOND TO THE EMAIL TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE OR ANOTHER WILL BE CHOSEN

  • MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER

  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

ENTER BELOW AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU~

Disclosure- The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.Contact Tammie at info@tpankuch.com and see how I can promote/feature your product for you.

$100 Bath and Body Works Giveaway Event!



Welcome to the $100 Bath and Body Works Giveaway Event!

What a great prize! This would be great to win so you can stock up on your favorite products.


Just in time for the holidays, this great group of bloggers wanted to partner up, to bring you one great prize! You can never go wrong with Bath and Body Works, right?!



The Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a $100 Bath and Body Works Gift Card.
Enter with the easy form, below:
 

  Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts December 17th, 2016 , and will end on January 16th, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US and Canada. 

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