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#Naturepedic Organic Pillow

pillows_reviewA good night’s sleep can leave one feeling better than anything else.  So many people today are complaining that they either can’t sleep, are always tired, or don’t wake feeling rested.  While the environment one sleeps in plays a huge role in that, the tools one utilizes makes an even bigger difference.  Sleeping in a position that allows one’s body to rest in a natural manner is so essential that there are literally millions of combinations one can create with thread counts, mattress types, pillows and even pajamas!  The key is finding the right combination for you!

Finding that perfect combination can take years.  One thing that I have learned in my quest for the most comfortable night’s sleep ever is that one cannot *gulp* fully depend on sales and clearance to get that combination right…  I know, that one is hard to swallow for all you deal seekers like me out there!  That isn’t to say that you can’t find great deals, just a realization that the pillows I get at Christmas sales for $3 aren’t the most effective pillows for my quest of the perfect night’s slumber!  They will, however, work just fine for the guest bedrooms and kids to sleep on.  LOL.  So, don’t despair, there is no need to put that off of your list of things that you ‘need’ to go out on Black Friday for!

I mentioned I found my perfect pillow, I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to get to the details so here goes!  My husband and I sleep in very different positions.  He likes his pillows to be flat so that he can sleep with his arm under the pillow.  I however like to have my pillows thick so that I can prop myself up on them as I sleep.  There is a good chance that is weird, but then if you’ve been around the Zoo long, you know I’m a pretty weird cat!  LOL.

We each got a pillow from Naturepedic that fit our sleeping habits, my husband’s first reaction to his new pillow was “Sweet, I don’t have to break it in, it’s perfect!” After a few months of using it, it is still the same as it was when we first got it.  I had feared that it would flatten more and become uncomfortable, as pillows so often do, but I was happily proven wrong!

Now on to the comfortable one…  Um…  I mean mine.  LOL.  One thing I hate about pillows is that they so quickly become smashed down (at which point I’m ready to give them to the hubby and get another!)  Surprisingly, after three months of use my pillow is just as plump as when I got it.  If you think three months isn’t en0ugh to smash a pillow, remember that I have narcolepsy so I sleep way more than one’s average 6-8 hours.  I sleep about 14-18 hours.  Lame, I know.  It is plenty of time to get a pillow broke in though!

If you are in the market for some good sleep, I highly suggest getting yourself one or two of these fabulous pillows!  You will NOT be sorry!  I assure you!

Organic Kapok/Cotton Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton
  • GOTS Certified organic
  • Spot clean only
  • Available Options:
    LS54: Standard Size (20″ x 26″)
    LQ54: Queen Size (20″ x 30″)
    LK54: King Size (20″ x 36″)

Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    100% plant based PLA fiber
  • Machine Wash & Dry (only if necessary)

Pillow Of Choice Giveaway

One lucky winner will have the choice of pillow type and size!

Good Luck!

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Originally posted 2014-01-20 11:50:32.

Family Game Night with #GoliathGamesUS

Family Game Night can be such fun!  We’ve got some games that will definitely become some of your new family favorites!

Family Game Night with Goliath Games

Memories of family game nights are very close to my heart and no doubt close to many of yours as well!  They bring so much laughter, love and -we’ll call them- debates!  My husband has many stories similar to my own, family game nights and family game…. debates….  Haha.  They’ve definitely fostered some healthy competitiveness!  This comes out during game play, as well as in the workforce.  That has proven itself quite beneficial career wise!

New & Fabulous Game Night Games!

Family Game Night with Goliath Games: Word Search!In this Zoo, there is a love for crossword and word search puzzles, so the natural first game choice was Wordsearch!  We had a lot of fun playing and I love that the new puzzles can be stored underneath the cover so they are stored neatly!  With 16 different puzzles and up to 4 players, the game can be played in the game night rotation for quite sometime without players being able to start memorizing location.  Even if there’s a player who is really good at remembering, finding a word that crosses theirs means you get to take the word they found!  I am hoping that they eventually come out with new packs for it but it’s going to be quite some time before we will want new puzzles.  This game is great for both puzzle lovers and competitive family fun!

Family Game Night: Stuff HappensThe next game we played, ages 13 +, is Stuff Happens.  This one is a hilarious way of competitively rating bad day crap.  Great for those who love the one up game, i,e., “today sucked, I stepped in a puddle and ruined my new slacks walking into the office”….  “that does suck, I got a flat tire and tripped on the sidewalk, my knee is bruised and swollen….”  Ah, gotta love the one up people!  haha.  Don’t worry though, you can’t win the game on sheer misery, you have to rate the cards on the misery scale provided correctly to win.  I’m thinking a game where one has to tell the story of how the crazy thing happened before it’s rated is in order!  This one is for 2+ players and comes with 200 cards, so I’d say it could house games of a ton of people!  Easily good for 10 people, I wish we’d had this when we worked at the Children’s Home!  Our girls would have loved this!

Spice Date Night up a bit with these adorable Spicy Games! Last but certainly not, are the Spicy Games.  Oh, how I love these!  Not only are they super cute, but they are great quick games for picnics or vacations!  They are the perfect size to stick in your purse so you’ll have them when you need to kill time!  Say, a layover or camping trip? Each of the games are essentially dice games but with a spin on them to spice them up!  I really couldn’t pick a favorite, so you’ll have to pick on your own.  They don’t require a ton of space to play and you can play pretty much anywhere!  A fantastic coffee table game anyone can play and find room to store without problem!

So, once you’ve got your fantastic new games for Fame Night, check out our dessert and drink recipes to top the night off perfectly!  I love mixing up our game night, any suggestions?  I welcome all!

Family Game Night with #GoliathGames

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Shirley J Mugging Gift Set: The Perfect Gift for Anyone!

Mug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!Hey everyone!  If you are ever in need of a quick sweet snack, you’ll wanna try Shirley J’s awesome Muggings!  Not only are her mugs adorable, the mixes are super tasty too!  We’ve tried all the ones pictured, not all at once though we did run out way too quickly…  Well, all except those two that I may or may not have ‘forgotten’ back for a ZooKeeper Pick Me Up Day!  These are great to have on hand for a quick snack, easy dessert or just a good sweet fix!  I think they’d be amazing gifts for college students too!  You can add things to the mixes or enjoy them as they come, either way you are gonna love having these on hand!  There are plenty of ‘in a mug’ recipes online, but I don’t think they hold a candle to these!  My absolute favorite was the Chocolate Brownie Cake!  I added some peanut butter chips to it and was in a momentary heaven on earth for a bit!  It hit the spot, that’s for sure!

Mug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!We really loved the mugs, too.  Santa’s Mustache was quickly Monkey’s favorite and I am a sucker for a snowflake!  They are huge, so they’ve also become my favorite coffee cups as well!  Perfect for hot chocolate!  With all the mugging going on, it will be your new favorite baking mugging dish!  A quick couple of minutes in the microwave and you’ve got a piping hot cobbler, cake or even no-pan pancake ready to go!  They have one recipe that is gluten free also!  I’ve noticed lately that gluten free is getting quite big these days!

Let me just say, if I can get Monkey to type her thoughts on something, it must be good!  Writing is not her favorite thing, nor does she want to excel at it.  LOL.  So, to show you how wonderful she thought they were, here’s what she wrote:

Monkey’s ThoughtsMug recipes have become pretty popular, and these make it easy to understand why! Check out these delicious Shirley J Muggings!

The “Shirley J ‘S Mugging” ‘chocolate brownie cake’ was a very tasty treat. It actually tasted like a hot chocolate cake. It could be baked a little bit more but thats the only problem i had. i added some white  chocolate chips and they added some gooeyness. I suggest to get some icing for regular cakes and putting it on the brownie cake.

And it was good it had a profound taste and I felt like I was eating at a fancy restaurant!

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Originally posted 2013-12-12 01:11:56.

Fruit Tote with Teether Toys

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Where is the first place every toy goes when the little one’s get their hands on it?  Why, in their mouth of course!  Nothing like that fun oral stage where every little thing must be tasted! This adorable little Fruit Tote with Teether Toys looks like it came straight from the market. The material is organically grown Egyptian cotton and it is made in Egypt utilizing the 13 Villages Project. Each of the pieces are handcrafted, which is always great! Looking over the product, I’m honestly in awe of their amazing ability to construct the pieces. They are insanely well made!

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Product Description

From the Company

As Seen in Mothering Magazine, Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

FOR AGES: The fruit toys are for newborn and up BUT The tote itself is for 2 years and up.

Your little one will have so much fun carrying their fruit teether toys in this cute little tote! Inside the tote includes: banana, grapes and watermelon. Made and stuffed with the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Size of tote is approximately 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and 3 inches high. Size of fruit teether toys vary from approximately 4 to 6 inches.

13 Villages Project

Under the Nile products are made out of 100% organic, Egyptian cotton that assures their products do not come into contact with any pesticides or chemicals during the manufacturing process. The company also practices in fair trade towards all of the people involved with the manufacturing process from start to finish.  The company utilizes 13 villages through teaching and educting the villagers to make the toys. This project is providing health care and gudance for maintaining overall health. The goal is to help these communities lead healthier and happier lives.

Originally posted 2013-10-21 06:45:11.