New Giveaway: Momscape’s Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Lle. S. who won our Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

 

Enter to win a package of 3 jars of artisanal, fair trade honey from Bee Raw Honey...

The essence of BeeRaw Honey’s products is in their simplicity, skipping processing to feature honey as nature created it: raw, real and so pleasing to the palate that you’ll stash away that old honey bear for good.

To celebrate and support America’s rich beekeeping heritage, Bee Raw partners with family-owned apiaries around the country and derives each varietal from a single local floral source to achieve a distinct flavor, color and aroma.

Each Bee Raw varietal honey is “fairly traded,” meaning the local beekeepers that produce them receive a premium price for their premium product. Bee Raw also strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual laborers and using postconsumer paper and glass packaging.

The company’s assortment of innovative honey flights, classic honey jars, and honey gift assortments can be purchased at www.beeraw.com, along with a brand new line of estate-grown loose teas.

We love Bee Raw Honey so much, we’re giving away a selection of 3 10.5 ounce jars from The Bee Raw single varietal honey collection:

Our winner will receive a 10.5 ounce jar in each of the following flavors:

Wild Raspberry Honey, Maine—Light yellow in color and floral with a unique raspberry finish intertwined with the aroma of warm cocoa butter. Try it with raspberries, peaches, pears or sour cream.

Wild Black Sage Honey, California—Sage gets its name from the Latin salvia (meaning “to heal”). This honey is mild with a mouth-warming hint of pepper and a smooth, clean finish. Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano, wine-poached pears or goat cheese ice cream.

Star Thistle Honey, Colorado—Thick and creamy with soft notes of cinnamon and a long, sweet finish. Perfect for oven-roasted apples, hot apple cider or in a recipe for pan-seared prawns. 10.5 ounce jar

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Winter Skin Care Products

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Winter temperatures and dry air can leave your skin dry and flaky.

Here are a variety of affordable yet luxurious skin care products, recommended by the pros at SkinStore.com, that can help you return to a more hydrated natural glow during this cold weather season.

 

Alchimie Forever Excimer Gentle Cream Cleanser 6.6oz
Alchimie Forever Excimer Gentle Cream Cleanser 6.6oz
$41, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
This antioxidant cream cleanser glides on the skin to gently remove impurities and all traces of makeup from face, eyes and neck, while leaving the skin silky and luminous. Alchimie Forever’s signature Blueberry extract brightens the skin and reduces redness, while Rose softens and enhances elasticity. Natural antioxidants derived from Cucumber and Mallow help to fight free radical damage and promote a youthful appearance. Hydrating and soothing, this pH-balanced face wash is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Gentle enough for even the those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Plus Intensely Nourishing Cream 1.7oz
Alchimie Forever Kantic Plus Intensely Nourishing Cream 1.7oz
$79, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
This ultra-nourishing cream is rich in emollients such as Jojoba and Vitamin E, infusing the skin with moisture. Natural antioxidants derived from Blueberries and Grape Seeds reduce redness and prevent the formation of free radicals. Red Clover, packed with plant estrogen, lifts the skin and restores its youthful elasticity and resilience by stimulating natural collagen and elastin production.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion, 8.5 fl oz
Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion, 8.5 fl oz
$18, Beauty.com. Get Beauty.com coupons here
Rich with Vitamins C, E, and Pro Vitamin B5 for soft, smooth, nourished, moisturized skin. A mega-effective body lotion that helps to instantly soothe and nourish dehydrated skin, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. Mega-Rich Body Lotion.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask 3.3oz
Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask 3.3oz
$60, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons here.)
This luscious, creamy mask is packed with natural botanicals to soothe, protect and brighten dull skin. Oats, known for their softening properties, are combined with wild pansies to speed the recovery of distressed skin and calm irritation. Antioxidants from Grape extracts protect the skin from environmental stress, while the powerful Blueberry reduces facial redness.

 

Alchimie Forever 532nm Antioxidant Relief for Hands and Feet 5oz
Alchimie Forever 532nm Antioxidant Relief for Hands and Feet 5oz
Price: $39, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons here.)
This award-winning cream blends natural antioxidants to soften, nourish, detoxify, heal and protect both hands and feet. Jojoba and Shea Butter are combined for a powerfully moisturizing treatment, while Willow Bark sloughs away rough skin, minimizes brown spots and naturally alleviates pain and discomfort. Watercress has detoxifying and purifying properties to reduce swelling and invigorate tired legs.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free 50ml/1.7oz
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free 50ml/1.7oz
$21.50, Strawberry.net (Get Strawberry.net Coupons)
An efficacious soothing cream for face & body
Contains super emollients & antioxidant vitamin E
Helps shield cracked dry skin even on hands elbows knees & feet
Relieves minor skin irritations sunburn windburn scratches & abrasions and leaves skin eased revived & comfortable.

And don’t forget to use your sunscreen – even in the winter months! Here’s an award-winning sunscreen:

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 1.7oz
La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 1.7oz
Price: $29.95, Skinstore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
Skin Cancer Foundation Recommendation
The Seal of Recommendation is granted to products that provide effective UV sun protection and safely aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.
Allure Best of Beauty 2010 in Category: Best of Skin – Facial Sunscreen
Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid with Cell-Ox Shield is a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. This ultra light, fast absorbing sunscreen fluid provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level. It’s excellent for use outdoors and at the beach. The advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 60 is a unique association of photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer-lasting protection, with advanced efficiency against UVA rays.

5 Fun New Apps for Kids

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Traveling for the holidays?  This year brings a new crop of fun apps that help keep your kids occupied while you travel to see family and friends. Here are five fun apps for kids:


1.       Spellwood

Spellwood is set in a charming magical world where wizards use words to cast their spells in fun word battles.  Friends and family can play together through Game Center or Facebook Connect with as many as 50 like-minded spelling wizards. Each new tower provides a new challenge, with magical spells to change letters, restore health, and change the size of the board playing area. With several difficulty levels and a variety of game-play modes, Spellwood is perfect for all ages.  Available for $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.
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2.       Angrybirds

Angry Birds has started a bit of a franchise. Now you can even play AngryBirds Star Wars. No matter which Angry Birds game you play, the survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve.  Available for $4.99/0.99/free on the App Store and Google Play.

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3.       Fruit Ninja

Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.  Swipe up across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior. With three games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.  Available for $2.99/$0.99/$1.26 on the App Store and Google Play.

 

SpinArt

4.       SpinArt        

SpinArt is based on one of our favorite childhood crafts! It’s fun & creative.  Whether it’s waiting in line at the bank, at the dentist, or on a really boring date, you can always take a spin.  Available for $1.99/$0.99/$0.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

5.        Bookworm

Link letters left, right, up and down to build words to keep Lex the Bookworm sated and smiling. Bigger words return better bonuses. But watch out for burning letters — they could spell disaster!  Available for $2.99 on the App Store.

New Momscape Giveaway: The Heart of Christmas on DVD {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Heather A., Austin B., and Jamie L. – who each won a Heart of Christmas DVD!

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Christmas time is nearly here, and, with it, some of the most heartwarming, inspiring movies. I’ve recently been introduced to a new holiday film, sure to become one of your family’s treasured movies of the season.

Inspired by a true story, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (rated PG) tells the story of Austin and Julie Locke, who are devastated to learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. With courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax one last Christmas – even if it has to be in October.

When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of care and support. The Heart of Christmas will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays.

We think you’ll love this movie, so we’re giving away three DVDs of “The Heart of Christmas.”

There are multiple easy ways to enter, and they are all detailed on the rafflecopter form below:

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Things We Love – Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

There are certain foods we just crave. For me, it generally has something to do with chocolate. For others, it’s something salty. Usually, these types of things come in a slick, brightly colored bag with lots of ingredients we can’t pronounce.

The folks at Sasquatch Books recently sent me this delightful new book that can help us “take back our snacks,” in the words of the author. Real Snacks, by Lara Ferroni brings you recipes for your favorite childhood treats without all the junk.

The “Real Sweet” section includes recipes for snack cakes, cookies, frozen treats and confections. While the “Real Salty” section includes chips, dips, crackers and snacks like Corn Nuts and Hot Pockets. There’s even an appendix with 22 simple recipes for pantry items you can make in your own kitchen, such as evaporated milk and chocolate syrup. (Enter to win a copy of Real Snacks here.)

Here’s more information on Lara’s new book, as well as some other titles and resources to help you serve healthier snacks for your family.

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Imagine Twinkies, Doritos, and Cheez-Its without the artificial colors and preservatives, full of wonderful flavors and nutrients from whole grains and natural sugars, and easily made in your own kitchen. Lara Ferroni shows you how with this collection of 50 nostalgic childhood treats that satisfy your junk food cravings, but without all the junk. Gluten free and vegan options are included for every recipe.

Combine this with Lara’s first book, also available online from amazon.com:

Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
A chocolate-glazed doughnut and cup of coffee is a match made in heaven for many North Americans, but wait! Something new is happening in the doughnut world: boutique bakeries are popping up everywhere, and “designer doughnuts” are all the rage. The best news of all is that they’re actually easy to make at home. And really, is there anything more scrumptious than a fresh doughnut? In Doughnuts, prepare to be tempted by more than fifty recipes, including Chai, Huckleberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet. Of course, the cookbook is also full of traditional recipes for favorites like Old-Fashioned Sour Cream and Chocolate Raised doughnuts, as well as vegan and gluten-free recipes. The mouthwatering photography and tasty recipes will leave readers and home cooks drooling and dreaming about doughnuts.

And then there’s Unreal Candy – healthier versions of such popular candies as M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. These, you can buy in one of those slick, brightly colored bags. But you’ll be able to pronounce the ingredients. There’s no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no preservatives, and no GMOs.

Each of the Unreal Candy varieties below is available online from Quill.com (Get the latest Quill online coupons here, before you buy.)

Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts
Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts

Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy
Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy

Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy
Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy

Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate
Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate

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Things We Love: ‘Life is Good’ Thanksgiving Tees

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We love Life is Good, and we especially love their collection of Special Limited Edition Thanksgiving Tees.

For Women:

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Christening Gift Ideas

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Guest Post by Rebecca Jensen.
Rebecca is a blogger and freelance writer who loves writing about sewing, baby fashion, faith, and preserving memories. She currently writes for the handmade christening gown christening gown supplier cristeninggowns.com.

A baptism or christening is a special and significant event, marking the entry of a child into the path of faith. As per usual with such events, the child and the parents are presented with gifts to celebrate this milestone in their lives, and for friends, family, and well-wishers, the question becomes: What do we get them? As with any gift, what you choose will depend on both what the recipient is like and on your budget and preferences, but here are a few ideas—traditional and not-as-traditional—to get you started.

Children’s Bible, Children’s Book of Bible Stories: This kind of gift is by far one of the most popular for this particular occasion. The baptism has just taken place, symbolizing the entry into a life of devotion to God; what could be more fitting than to give a gift that helps foster that devotion? Bibles and books of Bible stories geared toward children can be very visually appealing and help the child learn lessons from the word of God even when they are very young.

Christian Jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry is a classic choice because it can be personalized and serves as a beautiful and lasting keepsake of the event. Popular choices include bracelets with the baby’s name (these can be for mom too!), cross pendants, or other jewelry with charms of religious significance. Keepsake boxes are also bought in addition to jewelry to help keep track of it until the child is old enough to appreciate it. Depending on the religious denomination, a child’s rosary might also be a fitting gift in this category.

Memory book: A memory book is not necessarily christening specific; it can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. Friends and family can write letters to the child and memories of their special day, and later the parents of the child can add pictures and keepsakes to complete this customized and cherished gift.

Keepsake toys: Silver rattles are a popular choice. Plush toys, like soft lambs or bears, are a softer and more cuddly option. Of course, when choosing plush toys, check for any parts that may fall off (or be chewed off) that may pose a choking hazard. Make sure the toy is wire-free, sturdily constructed, and washable, if possible, to endure lots of hugging.

Photo-related items: Photo-related items are a given for any memorable occasion. Photo frames and albums give the parents of the child a way to preserve and display memories of this special day. A picture of Jesus to place in the child’s room might be a thoughtful gift as well.

Shadow box: Shadow boxes are another form of memory gift that have limitless possibilities. A shadow box can be a beautiful way to display the christening gown and other mementos from the christening day.

Savings bond: Presenting a savings bond to the parents for their child is more practical than sentimental, but can be of lasting value and symbolizes your concern and care for the child’s future and seeing him or her through life.

There are many options available for christening gifts, but whatever you choose, remember that if you present it with thoughtfulness and love, your gift will be appreciated by those who receive it.

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Teach Your Kids about Election Day: Books and Apps

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Election time can be such a busy time. As moms, we’re trying to sort out all of the candidates and issues for ourselves, both locally and nationally, but we want to keep our children informed and involved in the process, as well.

In our family, we’ve started a new tradition of recording the Presidential debates as well as the national evening newscast through our DVR, so that – once the homework is finished, we can all sit down and watch the coverage. We like to speed through the commercials, and we find ourselves pausing the broadcast frequently to explain things or give extra background information. It takes a good deal of time each evening (and, to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t actually happen EVERY evening), but every little bit helps. Any kind of dialogue we can have with our kids over the candidates and the issues facing our country is time well spent.

On that note, here are a few fun books and apps and to help teach kids of all ages about voting and the founding of this country.


Disney American Presidents App

From Disney Publishing Worldwide. Available online for $3.99
A fresh, new way to learn about the extraordinary men who inhabited the oval office and set the course for our country, just in time for the Presidential elections and inauguration! Sit in the oval office and flip through the Unofficial Scrapbook—you’ll find plenty of amazing stories and new perspectives about the men who helped shape our nation on the windy road to our modern Presidential elections.
Ages:
3-5
Platforms: iOS

 

Grace for President
Grace for President
Available online from Amazon.com for $15.99
Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the “best man for the job”-and seems to have captured all the male votes-while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought-and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

 

Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Available online from amazon.com for $5.99
When a junior mayor election is announced in Danville, Phineas and Ferb decide to run against each other! This 8×8 features an original story and a pull-out poster.

 

John, Paul, George & Ben
John, Paul, George & Ben
Available online from Amazon for $12.23
Once there were four lads. John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few. liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

Cool Things – A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

Here’s a new book to check out with your kids:

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone
A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

When Talia Leman was just ten years old, she rallied students from four thousand U.S. school districts to report more than $10 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Then she founded RandomKid, a nonprofit organization that brings youth together across the globe, providing them with tools and resources to create positive change.

Today RandomKid has unified the efforts of 12 million children bringing aid to four continents. In Talia’s new book A RANDOM BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF ANYONE, Talia Leman – now seventeen and a senior in high school— shows readers how to find their passion and make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them.

Passionate about the potential we all have inside us, Talia writes, “The truth is, our power comes from being who we are, exactly as we are, and doing what we do, exactly as we are compelled to do it! When you spread value—by generously giving it away from the genuine place of you—people sit up, wake up, and pay attention.”

Writing with enthusiasm and humor Talia shares her secrets for being greater than you know how to be, including:

·         Sideways is a better way to go forward

·         If life gives you lemons, lemonade is just one option

·         Too many cooks is the right number

·         Purpose happens by accident

·         It’s not about thinking outside the box; it’s about not having a box at all

Read more about A Random Book about the Power of ANYone at amazon.

Halloween Gifts

It’s nearly Halloween, and whether you’re looking for something fun to bring the hostess of a Halloween party – or maybe a Halloween gift for your child’s teacher, we’ve found some fun Halloween gift ideas:

Three Sisters Halloween Gift
Three Sisters Halloween Gift
Price: $19.95
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons
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Halloween Tower of Treats Gift
Halloween Tower of Treats Gift
Price: $39.95
You told your little sister there were monsters under her bed. And in her closet. Every year on Halloween, you made her trick-or-treat at the scary neighbor’s house while you stayed on the sidewalk. And then you stole her Halloween candy. Maybe it’s time to make it up to her. Send a Halloween Tower of Treats Gift that will trump any pillowcase full of candy.

Owl Creek Halloween Cookie Gift
Owl Creek Halloween Cookie Gift
Price: $29.95
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Happy Halloween Bat Gift
Happy Halloween Bat Gift
Price: $29.95
So if you’re looking to give a little something extra to someone this Halloween, we’ve got an adorable solution. Our plush Halloween bat comes with festive gummi pumpkins and traditional style candy corn. The perfect sidekick for any trick-or-treater, this soft and fuzzy plush bat can tag along with his Velcro wings.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Moose Munch Popcorn Gift Tower
Halloween Moose Munch Popcorn Gift Tower
Price: $29.95
When Harry & David set out to create their own caramel popcorn snack, they ended up with something completely different. And way better. Moose Munch Popcorn is not your average caramel popcorn. Harry & David makes over 5 million pounds a year.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Candy Gift
Halloween Candy Gift
Price: $19.95
You used to keep your stash of Halloween candy in a pillowcase under your bed. And somehow your little sister never found it. But when you get your Halloween treats in our exclusively designed owl candy boxes, you won’t want to hide them anywhere. In four different colors, these owls contain tasty Halloween treats. We’ll leave the tricks up to you.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Pear Box Gift
Halloween Pear Box Gift
Price: $19.95
It all started with pears. Really good pears. Pears so big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon. Well, that’s what Harry and David used to say anyways. Their Royal Riviera Pears really are unique. Their fruit is soft and buttery. It might seem weird to describe fruit as being buttery, but the texture is so smooth, there’s not really any other way to describe it. And they are loaded with juice. Too bad you can’t squeeze juice out of a pear like you can with an orange. You’d probably be able to fill a juice cup with just one pear. And don’t forget the flavor. These pears are so sweet, you might want to save them for dessert. With pears as sweet as these, you won’t need ice cream anymore. Unless you’re putting the pears on top. Wait, that’s a great idea.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

 

Haunted Halloween Gift Box
Haunted Halloween Gift Box
Price: $39.95
Enjoy the flavors of fall in a gift box that’s sure to be a conversation starter. It’s not a trick-what’s inside is most definitely a treat, perfect for sharing or keeping to yourself. It’s almost like being a kid again.
Available online from Wolfermans.com

Get many more creative gift ideas on Momscape’s Great Gifts Blog >