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Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of almost ten years. We have a 21 year old daughter who has grown up, got married on us and a had a little one who is less than a year old. Just love being Nonna! We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share!

Dysfunctional Thanksgiving Wishes

As a Native, I’d like to add “and themselves” to the thought!

With all the fun and dysfunctional love I can muster, I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.  May this be a day filled with loved ones and only a little insanity.  😀

God Bless You

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Crossroads Blast & $50 Giveaway WW Ends 12/15

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Thankful for Our Followers Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Thankful for our Followers Giveaway Hop hosted by So Easy Being Green.

YOU are the reason that we host giveaways so it’s time to show our appreciation to you… our readers and blog followers. Normally we offer giveaways with entries to help boost our blog, but this Hop is all about making it easier on YOU. Each blogger in this Hop is offering a wonderful prize, worth at least $25 and ALL giveaways have only ONE way to enter! Hop around to them all as we show you how we’re Thankful for YOU!


The Prizes

The prize for this giveaway is going to be a mystery box.  Mainly, because I love surprises and never win the awesome mystery box giveaways!  So, I’m providing you with a mystery box of prizes!  The box will have a variety of goodies including (but not limited to) Christmas goodies, books or DVDs, and possibly household stuff.  It will add up to far over $50 and will *hopefully* bring a smile to your face! Good luck!!!

To Enter

Follow Crafty Zoo with Monkeys and leave a comment as to how you follow.  Please use complete sentences for SEO purposes.  Don’t forget to leave your email so I can reach you!  I suggest spacing it out so spammers can’t snag it.  I.E.  Monkey AT craftyzoo DOT com or something similar.







At, the nation’s largest dining deals site, we love surprising our diners with fun ways to save.  This holiday season, we’ve handpicked delicious dining experiences and gift ideas for every budget and compiled them into an exclusive Holiday Gift Guide.  Simply pair any Gift Card with one of these gift bundle ideas below for the ultimate dining experience and holiday treat:


1.      The Movie Buff: For the movie-quoting, obsessed friend, surprise them with two tickets to a movie on their must-see “Oscar” list and a $25 Gift Card. Enjoy a night of appetizers and plot-dissecting debates! Ready to splurge? Stop at the concession stand for some candy, drinks, and a jumbo popcorn to share! Create your own >


2.      The Workaholic: To help someone on your list find much needed tranquility, pair a $100 Gift Card with soothing bath salts, lavender mist, and a face mask to create an affordable, at-home spa treatment. Ready to splurge? Add a spa gift card and make Dinner reservations for a nice, relaxing evening post-massage. Create your own >>


3.      The Wine Fanatic: Bring Napa Valley to every wine lover on your list! Pair their favorite wine with decadent cheeses, crackers, and of course chocolate. Then, cleanse their palate with some late night dessert and a $25 Gift Card. Ready to splurge? Instead of dessert, make it dinner and BYOB at thousands of Restaurants nearby! Create your own >>


4.      The Romantic: Add some romance into your holiday with a $50 Gift Card, bouquet of roses, some irresistible chocolate covered strawberries, and a candlelit dinner for two. Ready to splurge? Pick up some bubbly on the way home for a classy touch. Create your own >>


5.      The Theatre Lover: Add some dramatic flair to the holidays with two tickets to their must-see show and end the evening with our $100 Gift Card – perfect for dinner and dessert. Ready to splurge? Buy them a memento from the show and two drinks during intermission! Create your own >>


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Happy Holidays!

4th Annual Gratitude Giveaway Hop Int Ends 11/30


When I saw this hop, and what it was about, I had to join in.  I hope you all know how thankful I am for all you do.  My site inspires me to try new things.  That wouldn’t be at all possible or even useful if it weren’t for you.  😀

So, I’m going to offer this giveaway as a little token of my appreciation.  Though no giveaway could ever do enough to show you how thankful I am!

The Prize

Choice of the following:

Live to Give By Austin Gutwein

Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief By Margaret McSweeney

Prodigal By Rektok Ross

Mother of Pearl: luminous lessons and iridescent faith By Margaret McSweeney

Etched… Upon My Heart By Jill Kelly

To Enter

Follow Crafty Zoo with Monkeys and leave a comment as to how you follow.  Don’t forget to leave your email so I can reach you!  I suggest spacing it out so spammers can’t snag it.  I.E.  Monkey AT craftyzoo DOT com or something similar.  😀



Smart Ones Coupon & Giveaway US Ends 11/27

Hey everyone!  Don’t know if you caught my previous post, but I love love love Smart Ones!  It’s great to have a set of meals to help me keep my own goals for breakfast and lunch!  Their oatmeals are great and their selection of lunch entrees are even better!  The awesome people over at Smart Ones are going to give away another 5 coupons to one lucky winner!!!  Enter below and good luck!!!

This post was created in partnership with Smart Ones®. All opinions are my own.

Pineapple Cheese Dip/Ball

Great as an appetizer! We had it with crackers at the party and I ate some of the leftovers on a bagel. They can also be made ahead and frozen.

The Great Turkey Escape Giveaway Hop


The GRAND PRIZE is a kitchen island from Tresanti. The winner will get to choose one of the four pictured!!  Good luck!

To help the Turkey escape, Crafty Zoo with Monkeys is providing a giveaway of turkey alternatives!  (Something to eat the day before so you can work on preparing the turkey, but we don’t have to tell him that!  LOL)



1 Winner will receive the following:

1 Coupon for Free Fast Fixin’ Product up to $9.99

4 Coupons for Any 1 Udi’s Gluten Free Product


All Is Lost Movie Tickets Ends 10/31 US/CAN


Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), All Is Lost is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.

All Is Lost opens in NY and LA October 18, nationwide October 25th.

– Emma Pritchard Jones. THE HUFFINGTON POST

– Pete Hammond. DEADLINE

Crafty Zoo with Monkeys was not compensated in any way for this giveaway.  Each household is only eligible to win 2 Free Movie Tickets via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

7 Ways to Achieve a Cozy Bedroom This Fall

It is a small pleasure but one that is deeply felt and appreciated by everyone who experience it. That sensation of being almost awake, warm and snug in the cozy depths of a bed while a chilly grey day dawns outside and an icy wind whistles around the eaves. We are drawing closer to the time of year when we excavate the warm winter sheets from under the heap of light summery bedding and start hunting for our dusty but trusty hot water bottle. How can you add that essential coziness to your bedroom to get you through the dark, dreary winter months? Read on…

Warm Up Your Bedding


Your bedding is arguably the most important part of your bedroom, after the bed. Your entire body is in touch with your bedding and it should feel even better than it looks! Choose patterns and styles that suit your bedrooms theme, while ensuring that you select fabrics that feel wonderful against your skin. Winter sheets add a luxurious and instant warmth to your bed, negating the need for to endure the chill of the first few minutes until plain cotton sheets absorb some of your body heat! For more creative ideas for bedding you can check these wonderful posts by frommoontomoon Warm up Your Bedding

Thick Curtains

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Thick, heavy curtains are excellent at blocking out unwanted glimpses of the miserable weather outside! They are also very good at trapping heat inside the room so you are not exposed to any chill radiating off the window glass. Choose black-out type curtains in your favorite colors and shades to infuse your room with secretive snugness! For very nice curtains, my personal hot favorite is yorkshirelinen


Throws and Cushions

download (2)Your bedroom, as your living room, benefits from a scattering of comfortable soft cushions and handy throws. Choose heavy knitted throws that have an interesting texture to them, as this adds depth into your room. While looking decorative and attractive, these cosy features are also useful when you are reading in bed or when you need an extra layer to stave off the cold as you fall asleep. For decorative cushions I go for decorative cushion covers

Radiator Settings

download (3)Set your radiator to an optimum setting. This means to have your room just a little too cool, without being icy-cold. If you have your bedroom radiator set too high you will not sleep comfortably, throwing off the covers and getting sweaty. When the radiator switches off you will then become cold and clammy – not a pleasant way to spend a restful night! If, however, you set your radiator just below your optimal comfort level, you will actually sleep better and keep the covers over you all night – perfect for that waking-up-feeling-snug-and-warm feeling!

Lighten the Mood

download (4)Seasonal effective disorder or SAD affects many people at this time of year, and it has been found that insufficient light can be a trigger for the condition. Install several lamps or points of light in your room and aim to be able to create levels of light, from fairly dim (so you can get into bed without stubbing your toe) to cheerful and bright, to ease the trauma of getting out of bed!



Personal Touches

download (5)Make your bedroom uniquely yours by adding small personal touches to the room. It can be a beloved childhood toy, a picture that speaks to your inner being or anything that brings a smile to your face. The essential coziness of any room is enhanced by how the room makes you, personally, feel so do not stint in adding the things that appeal to you!



Paint it Darker

download (6)If you are brave enough to repaint your room seasonally try a darker, but not gloomy shade! Vibrant crimson or warm chocolate walls bring the room closer, making it feel snug and enclosed – like a den almost!



These seven hints will hopefully give you an idea of how to infuse your bedroom with cosy comfort ahead of the colder months that are approaching. Implement as many as you like, mixing and matching ideas until you have made your room the perfect haven for you!

This post was written by Jessica Christian from 4 Interior Design  Go by and check them out when you have a sec!

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