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Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


As I sit here contemplating what gifts I still need to get for one last family Christmas get together (yes we are STILL celebrating Christmas on New Year's Day!), I am also thinking back to the last year. 

It doesn't seem like there was anything memorable to come out of it. No one thing that stands out or that "wow" moment that will never be forgotten. There was a lot about this year that was rather bleak. We started off the year with my Grandmother passing away in January and enduring the sort of ugly truths about family that can come out at times like those. We also lost our step Granfather this year. Thankfully the opposite has happened with his passing. Family drew together, and supported one another. Things tended to hum along, but nothing stands out as incredible or extraordinary. 

We had happy moments to be sure. We gathered for birthday and holidays and those are always special moment I love. This tail end of the year has been my favorite because of that. Being amongst people we love. We did make it another year. That is itself is wonderful. It's the breathe-a-sigh-of-relief kind of wonderful. Perhaps,that's because we have stood at the abyss and looked in, but did not fall and refused to jump. Though it all, there is always hope. The hope that the new year brings better. That we do better.

I have seen a meme floating around with a quote that is attributed to Brad Paisley: Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Make it a good one. That fits right in with hope. It's that chance to take a deep breath, grab the pen and fill those pages with the best thing of all - A LIFE WELL LIVED. 

My wish is that you experience a year filled with life. That you get connected to what means the most to you, that which brings you joy, the moments that put a smile on your face and a song in your heart! 

And from my heart, I want to thank you for being here. Let's make this New Year one to write about! Let's fill those pages and not leave any blank spaces!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Please celebrate safely!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I hope you have had a good year and I hope the new year brings you all the happiness and joy your heart can hold. 

Christmas Traditions With #KeepsakeIt and Hallmark


Hallmark Keepsake ornaments have been a part of our lives for almost as long as I can remember. From our first Chistmas together after we got married, my husband started a tradition of buying me ornaments to commemorate the year we'd had and the changes we had gone though. The I started getting him ornaments reflecting his interests. We have ended up with an eclectic and fairly extensive collection of Star Trek and Disney ornaments!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bake FUN Holiday Cookie Shapes And Snacks For Less!

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It's that time of year. COOKIE TIME! Making cookies is a staple activity during the holidays. With these fun cookie cutters, you can rock the Christmas party with the coolest fun foods because cookies cutters don't have to be for just cookies! 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

What Was Your Worst Christmas Gift Ever?

We've all had them. Bad, BAD gifts. The ones that leave you scratching your head, the ones that leave you wondering if the people around you even know you at all.

I've had a few of those, too. Usually from well meaning elderly relatives. But then there are others.... One of the absolute worst gifts I ever got was from my husband's paternal grandmother. Well in this case, it was the gift along with the circumstances surrounding it.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Be Prepared For Power Outages With The #MotionSensorLightPro


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#MotionSensorLightPro


Do you live in an area that is prone to severe weather? Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you have the supplies to get through an extended power outaged? These are things we don't really like to think about, but they are a reality that we should take the time to plan for and make sure we have useful tools ready.
We live in an area where tornadoes are a fairly regular threat. Even when not threatened by tornadoes, we sometimes have severe thunderstorms. During many of these events, we are left without power. Sometimes it is for a couple hours and has been as long as two weeks. For those times when we know it will be a relatively short suration, it's imperative to have lanterns and battery powered lights ready. 
I was recently sent the Motion Sensor Light Pro to review and it is a unique, rechargeable LED light. It can be used as a regular light while plugged in. The bendable neck allows you to direct the light where you need it it so when used on a power strip, it can be helpful for lighting areas when you are doing repairs, working on a car or any number of tasks.

For using as a portable light, it does need an initial charge of twelve hours. Once charged though, you can unplug it and use the included clip on the metal prongs. This completes the circut, allowing the light to work. This is the one thing about this light that I think could be improved. Little clips like this are so easily lost and in an emergency when time is of the essence, you might not be able to find something to take it's place. I would have liked to have seen the circut completed by flipping the prongs into the base where they could complete the circut inside. I will be attaching the clip with a string or something so it remains with the light.
Now a really cool thing about this is if by chance you don't have the clip handy, you can unscrew the bulb and by holding it in a cupped hand with your finger on the sides, you complete the circut and the bulb will light! 

#MotionSensorLightPro

Despite the clip , this is a neat and useful light. We can pretty much count on losing power at least once during the winter and when Spring rolls back around, we are back into our thunderstorm/tornado season, so I already know we'll be using this light. The MSLPro LED light is a handy addition to your emergency supplies, the tool kit or even just to keep handy in house. You can find these over at Amazon.


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Disclosure: I received the item(s) mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post may contain affiliate links which simply means if you click these links and decide to purchase, I may make a small commission. This is at no cost to you, but it can help me a little and I thank you!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside Women's Winter Boots Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Lugz

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: IMHO Views, Reviews & Giveaways



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Lugz are some of the most comfortable shoes! They have style, function and great construction. Anyone woud love to find these under the Christmas tree! Place them under the mistletoe and you'll get kissed double! :) 

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Lugz Winter Boot Giveaway Dec 8 -22


Welcome to the

Baby It's Cold Outside Women's Winter Boots Giveaway!

The weather is cooling down (and is downright freezing in many places!) so why not warm up your feet with some fashion forward and oh-so-warm winter boots from Lugz? Krista over at SavorySavings.com recently was able to review a pair of the Thora winter boots from Lugz and loved them so much that she wanted to give a pair away to one lucky reader!

Enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Lugz giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from December 8 through December 22, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

School Zone Little Scholar Tablet Giveaway

Sponsored by: School Zone

Hosted by: Savory Savings

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It's is fascinating to watch kids learn. They are like sponges and absorb things so quickly! Their little gray matter is constantly discovering, figuring things out and problem solving. A lot of what adults consider playing or goofing off can be pretty serious business to a kid! 

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Little Scholar Tablet Giveaway Dec 10 - 24

Welcome to the

School Zone Little Scholar Tablet Giveaway!



Kids love to play with our phones, tablets and any other electronics they can get their hands on. But often times, parents feel a lot of screen-time guilt as their kids toil away playing Angry Birds or other silly (yet, fun!) games and not gaining much in the way of skills. School Zone has an incredible tablet for kids that aims to change all that! This awesome tablet is aimed at the 3-7 year old crowd and works on skills such as reading, math, writing and more! Krista over at SavorySavings.com recently had the opportunity to review the Little Scholar tablet and her 6-year-old, Miss LadyBug, LOVES it! She works on the word searches pretty much every chance she gets and her spelling has improved dramatically as a result! Now one lucky reader will have a chance to win!

Enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a School Zone giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from December 10 through December 24, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rabbit Hole Hay - Timothy Hay Delivered! Discount Code Inside!



I recently got to let our buns try some First Cut Timothy Hay from Rabbit Hole Hay and they are munching it like crazy! Rabbit Hole offers first and second cut timothy hay as well as orchard grass and alfalfa. You can also pick up some organic apple wood for chewing.

Slicing It Up With The #KUUK Potato Chipper #review


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#PotatoFrySlicer

I don't consider myself to be very fluent in the kitchen, but I like playing with and using gadgets that either make a job easier, or make the food fun. This is slicer does that for me! I received the Kuuk Potato Fry Slicer to review and I found it easy to both use and clean!