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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Save Your Produce! with #BluApple


In our house, we are very inspired people.  Inspiration, as you know, shows itself in many forms.  In our kitchen, for example, inspiration shows itself when we go grocery shopping and decide we are going to either try out 15 new recipes in a week or when we are going to eat completely healthy, so we overbuy on fruits and veggies.  The second one wouldn’t be too bad, except things never work out that way and we always end up having veggies go bad before we get to eat them!

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It was with great hopes that I accepted the chance to try out BluApple.  As many of you know, I am very skeptical.  This hasn’t changed, so I went into this with my skepticism strong, as is normal.  BluApple proclaims to keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer periods of time.  They are said to work by absorbing the gas that causes fruits and veggies to over ripen.  Sounds too good to be true, huh?  Our produce NOT ruining before we get to it????  Sure, that’s gonna work…  I’m game for just about anything.  With a 100% money back guarantee (and yes, I AM that person who WILL follow through with getting my money back) I really don’t think I could possibly go wrong for me.  I tried it.

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After about 3 weeks in my crisper, I see the awesomeness of the Blu Apple!  Lettuce is my number one ruining veggie.  I buy it, use some, then forget about the rest.  I’m super excited to report that after having forgotten about my leftover lettuce for 9 days, it was STILL good!  Saved me from that quick run to the store when I realized I did indeed have some AND it was still good.  Plus, totally worth it!  Lettuce, as you probably know, wilts super fast so having it stay fresh and not wilt was awesome!  I’m sold.  No getting my money back, on to buying refills!


I could do a cost analysis of my savings for the veggies and fruits I’ve saved thus far, but that would do you no good, as you probably get a different amount of produce than I do.  So, I’m just going to say: $9.95 for two bluapples.  They are supposed to last 3 months before you need to refill them.  Refills (which is usually where companies get ya) are $9.95 for a whole years worth!  So, for $20 you will have a year and roughly 3 months where you don’t have to worry about your fruits and veggies ruining if you wait a few extra days to use them!  I’d call that a win!

Get Your BluApple


Also sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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Italian Beef Cabbage Stew: Simple & Delicious!

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew is an amazingly good soup! Your whole family is sure to love it! 

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew is so easy and so delicious!  Healthy AND it doesn’t break the bank!  It’s a winner all around!  You can add in kidney beans and corn also. It’s great all on it’s own but it also goes well on macaroni noodles or rice!

If you are doing paleo, you can easily modify this one to fit your diet.  Either way, it’s full of healthy vitamins and such!  It didn’t last long around the Zoo, even though Monkey “hates cabbage!”  haha



  1. Brown ground meat and drain.  Can I just say, this picture just did not turn out well!  LOL.  Oh well, don’t give up on me now!

  2. Place meat in a stew pot, add in onion, celery, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth and herbs.  If you want to add in the carrots or kidney beans, now is the time.  

  3. Boil for 30 minutes then turn down to a simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

  4. Add in cabbage and green beans. Simmer an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!

    We have a lot of other fantastic soups and stews for you to enjoy!  You can find them here!

*Could Be* Dairy Free Crepes and Chunky Fruit Syrup Filling

I will admit that the thought of making crepes didn’t effect me at all. I hadn’t even heard of them… Then Chief Zoo Keeper decided that they were too difficult for me to make… Challenge taken! The recipe, the process, was very easy. If you are worried about trying them, don’t. I swear it was easy!

Welcome to the Zoo!

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