Friday, December 27, 2013

The Legend of Ranger: The Reindeer Who Couldn't Fly

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Amazon link is an affiliate link.

First and foremost, I wanted to let you know that all profits from this project will be donated to the Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer.

About the Author

"My message is if you believe in yourself, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish,” says Dr. Alan Salisbury. And Salisbury’s is indeed proof of the limitless possibilities of positive thinking. From an illustrious 30-year military career, in which he pioneered the use of computers on the battlefield and earned the rank of Major General, to a highly successful 12-year tenure in executive roles in the field of IT, to a full schedule as an independent consultant, Salisbury’s life has been defined by the axiom that self-belief equals achievement."

Ranger the Reindeer

The Legend of Ranger is about a reindeer who happens to be Rudolph's younger brother. His dream is to be able to fly like the other reindeer but he doesn't know how. Ranger goes on a mission to find the secret of flying but everyone just tells him that it "lies within".

When the other reindeer become ill, it's up to Ranger to travel to another village to find medicine so Santa can give out gifts in time for Christmas. He finally finds the power to fly through his determination to get back home to the sick reindeer and deliver the medicine.

The Legend of Ranger: The Reindeer Who Couldn't Fly has one important message - always believe in yourself no matter what obstacles lie ahead.

Where to Buy

You can purchase The Legend of Ranger at the following websites:

Barnes and Noble

In addition to the Ranger book, the Opus One Studios website has a CD and a Ranger plush toy available, as well as a boxed set of all three items. 

The CD includes Ranger’s Song, “Dream and Believe,” and a complete 36-min audio book version of The Legend of Ranger. For additional details, go to

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Starbucks Verismo Coffee Brewer & Giveaway

Disclaimer: Products mentioned in this post were provided by Staples in exchange for my honest review.

Starbucks Verismo

There's no better time to have a hot cup of coffee than during the cool winter weather. I was ecstatic when I was asked to review the Starbucks Verismo brewing system because I didn't own a coffee machine and had been drinking instant coffee! Before my review, I wasn't even aware that Staples carried brewing systems. Did you?

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

The system can brew one cup at a time. I really love how compact it is; it doesn't take up much counter-top space. 

The drip tray is removable and can be customized to the size of your cup, from dainty tea cups to It's-Monday-and-I-Need-A-Large-Amount-of-Caffeine-In-My-System cups. 

Starbucks Verismo

There are three buttons located on the brewing system:
  1. Espresso
  2. Brewed coffee
  3. Milk

Starbucks Verismo

The tank can hold 1 liter (33.8 fl oz) of water and is located in the back of the system. It is also easily removable.

Starbucks Verismo

The Starbucks Verismo system comes with 2 welcome kits containing select pods for you to try. 

My husband wanted a latte, so he used the espresso pod and milk pod. :)

Starbucks Verismo

How Does the Verismo System Work?

You simply drop the pod into the Starbucks Verismo system, pull down the lever, and press a button! Your coffee will be ready in less than 15 seconds.

Starbucks Verismo

Mmm, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
Starbucks Verismo
Voila! The final product:


See it in action:

The system has a built-in storage for used pods and can hold up to 10 of them. Once filled, you just remove the bin and discard the used pods.

The Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer and coffee pods are available at

It is available in three colors: Piano Black, Burgundy, and Champagne.

Connect with Staples on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway Time

Lucky you! You have the chance to win your very own Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer in Piano Black.

The giveaway will end on January 2, 2014 at 11:59pm PST and is open to US residents only.

Buena suerte and Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Happy Tot Morning Organic Pouches Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received free samples of Happy Tot Morning in exchange for my honest review. I love being a Happy Blogger!

Happy Family Organic Superfoods

As 2013 is coming to an end, a new Happy Family product is making its way into your shopping cart in January!

Meet the new member of the family - Happy Tot Morning

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Available in two yummy flavors for your tot to enjoy:

  • Banana, Blueberry, Yogurt & Oats
  • Apple Cinnamon, Yogurt & Oats

Happy Tot Morning pouches are a healthy breakfast blend made from organic whole grain oats, fruit, and greek yogurt.

They also contain Salba the super chia which is a great source of Omega-3 (ALA)!

Why you'll love them:

BPA-free packaging
No added sugar
No artificial flavors
No artificial colors
No preservatives

Why your child will love them:

Easy to eat and they taste delicious (Shh, I've had a little taste)

Pictured below is Z eating both flavors of Happy Tot Morning. He loves them! No further explanation needed. :)

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Yum, yum, yum.

Happy Tot Morning


Happy Family is giving one lucky family a case of Happy Tot Morning pouches! 

If you win, you'll receive (8) Banana, Blueberry, Yogurt & Oats and (8) Apple Cinnamon, Yogurt & Oats for a total of 16 pouches. Talk about a happy package at your front door!

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The giveaway is open to US residents and will end on December 26, 2013 at 5pm PST.

 Enter below. Good luck! 

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Happy Tot Morning Giveaway - Word of the Day

12/19 - Morning

12/20 - Organic

12/21 - Yogurt

12/22 - Oats

12/23 - Salba

12/24 - Happy Family

12/25 - Happy Christmas

12/26 - Non-GMO

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nuby Travel Set Review

Disclaimer: As part of the Nuby Mommy Bloggers, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

With the Nuby Travel Set, you can conveniently take baby's utensils on-the-go with no worry about messes and no digging through the diaper bag trying to find a spoon.

  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • PVC-free
  • Latex-free 
  • Dishwasher-safe (top rack)

The set comes with 4 forks and 4 spoons.

The available colors are:
  • Yellow/Orange
  • Green/Blue
  • Yellow/Green
  • Red/Yellow
  • Red/Purple
  • Blue/Red

I love the Nuby Travel Set because I can take it anywhere! It even fits in my purse. The utensils are just the right size for little hands.

So far, I have used the spoons to feed Z yogurt, oatmeal, and rice. 
The forks have been used to feed him mac & cheese.
He is also learning to self-feed and these are perfect for practice. :)

The Nuby Travel Set can be purchased at:

Find Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
Nuby is always hosting giveaways for their fans!

What is your favorite Nuby product?

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Imagine Baby $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $50.00 Imagine Baby Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Leettle Baby and co-hosted by Our Piece of Earth & Mama Pure!

Christmas is around the corner, and if you are worried that there will not be enough fluff under the tree, you have come to the right place! One lucky reader win a $50.00 Imagine baby gift certificate to spend on any items of his/her choice. It will also make a great gift for a new mom who is wanting to cloth diaper! 

All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below! There is one mandatory entry, but you can greatly improve your chances of winning by finding the most recent Imagine diaper prints on a few of the participating blogs. Don't worry, you will get hints on where to look!

Giveaway begins on December 12th, at 12 am EST and ends on December 27th, at 12 am EST. Open to all residents of US & CAN, 18 years and older. Good luck, and Merry Christmas!

Disclosure : One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Hiccups and Sunshine is not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Alanna at leettlebaby (at) yahoo (dot) com. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet. Page may include affiliate links.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Amber for Babies Teething Necklace (Plus a Giveaway!)

Disclaimer: I was provided this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you Amber for Babies!

Baltic Amber for Babies

Amber teething necklaces are one of my favorite natural remedies for babies.
They are safe and have no side-effects whatsoever.

I've been using an amber teething necklace for my son and I love it. 
Not only does it look adorable, it really does help with those terrible teething phases!

With this amber teething necklace, it was no exception. I love the color I chose and my little one doesn't even notice it's there! He's gotten used to wearing them.

Baltic Amber for Babies

Natural Teething Remedy

These amber teething necklaces are made with authentic Baltic amber.

They are:
  • Natural
  • Non-invasive
  • Free of side-effects

Baltic Amber

When buying baltic amber teething necklaces, it is best to make sure they are made with 100% Baltic amber.

Baltic amber consists of 3-8% succinic acid which is released by the warmth of baby's skin. It is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, thus providing pain relief.

Baltic Amber for Babies

Amber for Babies

If you visit the Amber for Babies website, you can easily shop for teething necklaces by color, type, and specials.

The available colors are milky, multicolor, cherry, lemon, and honey.

Amber for Babies also has many amber bracelets to choose from!

Each bead is individually knotted for extra safety. The necklace is made with durable silk and a screw safety clasp.

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Baltic Amber for Babies

My little munchkin is wearing one of the best sellers - 12" Honey Raw Beads Amber teething necklace. :)

Baltic Amber for Babies

You can find Amber for Babies on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.


Baltic Amber for Babies

If you'd love to win an Amber for Babies Amber Teething Necklace, make sure to enter the giveaway below. Since the holidays are around the corner, it will make a sweet gift!

Open to US residents only. 

Giveaway will end on December 13, 2013 at 11:59pm PST.

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Word of the Day - Amber for Babies Giveaway

12/4 - Baltic

12/5 - Babies

12/6 - Amber

12/7 - Teething

12/8 - Remedy

12/9 - Natural

12/10 - Succinic Acid

12/11 - Necklace

12/12 - Drool

12/13 - Superstition

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hump Day Blog Hop & Social Media Link-Up

Happy Hump Day!!
...and rest assured, because its all down hill from here. In a good way! Welcome Back to a Mid Week Link up where you can link up everything you got, including your giveaways. Make sure they go on the right linkies below.


How does it work? 
Not only will everyone get a chance to get spotlighted. One or more of the spotlights will get a follow on the next MOHTH hosted giveaway on one of the social media accounts they have featured below. So this could be beneficial if you are trying to grow your audience!

Sign up here:

*Please go to the link above to sign up. Make sure it is an email address that you check often. *

1. Follow your host  Mommy Only Has Two Hands

2. Spotlight This Week: Kelly at Hiccups and Sunshine

3. Tweet This Hop

4. It would be nice if you displayed the button in your post or blog sidebar to help spread the word.

But Most of All, have a Happy Hump Day!

Once again Our Spotlight This Week Is: Kelly:
Hiccups and Sunshine

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Giving Tuesday: Holiday Salute to Military Families

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a military wife, there have been many birthdays and holidays that had to be celebrated without my spouse. This is especially difficult during the holiday season when families get together to enjoy the festivities. Many active duty members have to endure being separated from their families countless times.

Last year, my husband, who is active duty Navy, was unable to come home and missed our son's first Christmas. He watched through a video call as our little one opened his presents. It was important for me to remain happy despite being apart. Seeing the smile on his face lifted my spirit and I know it meant as much to him as it did to me.

Walmart is partnering with Operation Homefront and Fisher House to bring you the Holiday Salute to Military Families which honors military services members and their families.  With a $2 million donation, their main goal is to provide meals, toys, and lodging assistance to military families in need during the holidays. The program will even help hundreds of active duty service members reunite with their families for the holidays!

            Fisher House              Operation Homefront
Join in our Holiday Salute to Military Families and learn more about how the Walmart Foundation is helping to give back to our military. 

If you would like to give back to military families during this holiday season, you can do so by visiting Fisher House and Operation Homefront.

Giving Tuesday is an excellent way to get everyone involved in helping others. Your support can go even further by sharing this post on your social networks and tagging a military member you are grateful for! #GivingTuesday

Happy Holidays!

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