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Benefits of Hugging

Bonus Benefits of HuggingMy Thoughts On The Book

We all know that a good hug from someone that loves us can make the world a little better, especially as children.  I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is an adorable little book with all sorts of hugs.  I love it because not only is it adorable, it is also great for encouraging affection.  They suggest it as a part of bedtime routine and I agree that it would be a wonderful way to end the day with your little one!  It’s a quick read and easy enough that they will begin recognizing words and such, which is always a fantastic benefit!  I’ve shared below some of the other benefits of hugs, specifically for children.  There are also some others that were interesting to learn that benefitted adults and elderly persons, but I kept myself focused for once.  LOL

Benefits of Hugs

Hugs increase feelings of:

peace

relaxation

security

love

motivation

attention

They can also reduce:

behavioral issues in children

pain

anger

blood pressure

IM GOING TO GIVE YOU A BEAR HUGABOUT THE BOOK

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

About the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children’s books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children’s illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he’s not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim.

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My Crafty Zoo received this book for free in exchange for this review
 and giveaway.  My opinions are my own.

Originally posted 2017-02-05 13:00:40.

#PizzaRanch Hope CD

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Before reading the PR statements (listed below) I listened to the CD they put together.  To be honest, I thought ‘Pizza Ranch’ was some sort of silly band name, but it didn’t matter to me.  What mattered was how good the CD was, because that’s why I’m reviewing it, right? Initially, my post was going to start with telling you this compilation of music totally inspires a sense of hope.  Until I read it’s purpose, now it’s got to start differently.  Only, I don’t know what to tell you.

Guess I’ll just go….  On the three hour trip back to seeing our little blessing I began to listen to the CD Pizza Ranch has put out to inspire Hope, not knowing it’s purpose.  Let me tell you, after almost 7 months of our little one being in the hospital, imagining going home (that hope that things may get on to the ‘new normal’ soon) becomes harder and harder.  As a parent, I keep praying and waiting (and I know it will happen) but some days are hard, others harder and that trip back and forth to the hospital, living there and only visiting your home and pets, is taxing.  Frankly, I think I should be paid in advance, at least 20 years worth.  Regardless, by the third or fourth song in, I was feeling hopeful about life in general, about everything. The rest of the music brought the same good feelings of hope.

Although those at Pizza Ranch who took on this project and put it together may never know the effects of their project on everyone, but hopefully they read this and know that they did make a difference.  More importantly, I hope that you’ll buy the CD and it will bring you some hope and happiness as well.

Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

LivingHope

On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31, 2015.
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  “This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.”
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Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes

YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9lEnxuNzMyLfRyX8_tiLA
Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/7tnbk/7l1cgr

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Originally posted 2015-07-19 17:28:40.

Ragamuffin DVD

ragamuffinRagamuffin by definition is:  a ragged often disreputable person; especially :  a poorly clothed often dirty child.  Funny how, in reality, that word describes all of us.  Ragamuffin is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a true story, about his life and struggles as a musician, a human and especially as a Christian.
From personal experience, I can say that sometimes from the outside it looks like Christians have no struggles.  It’s so easy to look in the ‘window’ and see Christians marching on, making it through the tough times seemingly as if nothing bad is happening.  From the outside, it appears as if they don’t struggle much at all.  Then, when one becomes a Christian, it’s almost like we expect things to be suddenly perfect.  For God to fix everything for us.  Throughout time, we learn that reality is we are all surviving our trials with peace only by giving our turbulence to God.  It’s a tough lesson to learn, I’m praying one day I’m decent at it.
I love that the movie shows the struggles.  Tells things from an honest perspective.  This is something we need more of: straightforward honesty.
Where to Buy
Please point your readers to this URL for purchase of the DVD:
Also, consider encouraging your readers to buy one DVD for themselves and give one away to a Ragamuffin in their lives.

About the Film:
RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.

About Rich Mullins:
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “Rich” Mullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, John Tesh, and Hillsong United. Mullins’ musical career formally began with Zion Ministries in the late 1970s, where he wrote music and performed with a band called Zion.  Mullins first solo hit, “Awesome God,” appeared on his third album and brought his music to a wider audience. Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014.
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Originally posted 2014-07-08 20:20:43.

Surf Sharks – an awesome new way to surf!

Surf Sharks Giveaway US Ends 7/14Riding the waves has never seemed like such an adventure as this!  In an exciting and adorable story that kept not only my attention but my nephews as well, Surf Sharks: The First Ride is a gnarly set of fun!!!  It introduces three young sharks and three young surfers telling a story of heroism, teamwork and, of course, adventure.  This story is definitely one to be read with excitement and playfulness.  It kept his attention though and given that he is five, that’s pretty great!  LOL.  The First Ride is the beginning of what I think will be a promising series for boys and girls alike.

After we read the story, Surf Sharks were the talk of the day.  Imagine, riding a SHARK!  What fun!  My nephew declared he wanted a shark.  LOL.  Along with the book we got a fun little gift package with pop up cards, stickers and a sticker book!  That was loads of fun too!  Making the pop ups surf across the table helped us create our own adventure!

Surf Sharks

About Surf Sharks

(From SSA Public Relations)

PASCO, WA (April 4, 2014) – There’s a new kids action-comedy entertainment brand on the scene, all from the imagination of Chance Wolf, an industry-recognized comic book artist and toy designer.

Fully created and illustrated by Wolf, Surf Sharks follows the comedy adventures of a group of young surfers and sharks who forge a friendship and ride the waves together as they help each other solve daily challenges faced by all growing kids.

First book in the series, Surf Sharks: The First Ride is now available in all major book stores and online via Amazon Kindle and iTunes/iBooks in eBook version.  The debut book introduces the surfing sharks – MAVRIK, TALON and HEMI along with their surfer dude friends, RIP, OZZY and WADE as they find that by working together, they can take on even the biggest problems.

Chance brings over 30 years experience as a commercial artist with high-profile credits in comic books that encompass Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spawn and Shadowhawk.  He also received an Emmy Certificate for his work as a main character designer for the Emmy Award Winning HBO animated series SPAWN and worked in product design for McFarlane Toys’ bestselling X-Files collectibles line.

With the tremendous popularity surrounding Sharks, Surf Sharks is a natural for today’s kids.  In fact, Google Trends reports that sharks now holds the #1 spot for animal search terms, not to mention the major success of such shark-themed films and television programming as Sharknado and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Discovery’s ubiquitous Shark Weeks.

Born in 1963 and raised in Eastern Washington, Chance showed a passion for art from the time he could hold a pencil.  As a child, he devoted much of his time nose-deep into comic books admiring the art and mimicking it the best he could on any piece of paper available (including his homework).  Selling his first piece of art at age 11 was a clear indicator of a prospering career as an Illustrator that has now spanned over three decades.

As a young adult, his desire to grow as an artist motivated him to focus on his drawing skills as he hit the drawing board to hone his childhood comic book passion.  His path towards becoming a professional comic book artist began when his talents were discovered by an associate of iconic industry creative Todd McFarlane.  Chance began a tenure with McFarlane that would span over ten years, allowing the new artist to work on internationally recognized comic book titles such as Shadowhawk, Spawn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few.

Chance worked side by side with Todd, assisting in drawing the number one selling comic book Spawn and was called upon to join with a team of artists to handle the task of Main Character Designers for the HBO Emmy Award winning Animated Series Spawn, in which Chance received and Emmy Certificate acknowledging his work on the series.  Chance became Todd’s right hand man on numerous assignments, including toy action figure art direction, designs for licensees and convention booth creation.  Chance was hand-picked by Todd to visit with X-Files creator Chris Carter in Hollywood in order to help finalize designs for McFarlane’s popular X-Files toy line.

Observing his son’s fascination with sharks, Chance was inspired to create Surf Sharks, which he has launched as a book series, with the first release Surf Sharks: The First Ride now available in all leading book stores in hard cover and online as an eBook via Amazon Kindle and iTunes/iBooks.

One winner will get a Surf Sharks Gift Pack.

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Originally posted 2014-06-06 00:23:45.

Get Jammin with #Hallabaloo

Shy Kid Blues Giveaway US Ends 6/30There is something about that boogie little ones get when they hear music that they enjoy. It always makes me smile and of course ensures that I boogie on with them. The laughter and joy that babies find in music is such a pure happiness. I’m not convinced any normal human being could resist that! Recently I had the pleasure of enjoying my cousin’s little one and decided she would be the best reviewer of anyone! So, I put in the Shy Kid Blues by Hullabaloo and cranked it up. Wasn’t long past the intro that those little knees started bending to their own rhythm and those adorable arms followed! At almost a year and a half, this girl loves her a good beat. Dancing and singing and moving to her own drum with that beautiful smile and big blue eyes. I didn’t get a shot of her dancing, I was busy dancing with her, but if you’ve ever seen a toddler dance then you know what I mean!

Hullabaloo has received some great shout outs, including a raving compliment from Parents Magazine hailing them “As good as it gets when it comes to children’s music.”  One can’t resist that one, curiosity requires ya to check it out!  LOL.  Though I couldn’t find any songs from this album on YouTube, you can listen to them at their site.

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Originally posted 2014-05-27 10:55:47.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk &

The Curse of the Yukon Gold

kittyKitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain ReadingThis first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon.

 

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. There are currently three books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, and a fourth to be released in 2014.

My Thoughts

I have very much enjoyed going on this first adventure with Kitty!  I really love that I can learn about the places she is at and be a more active participant in my book!  There are tons of detail and I’ve learned quite a bit about whales, Alaska and so much more!  More than once I’ve caught myself warning Kitty as I read.  LOL.  Something about her makes me want to climb in and make her follow that instinct we ignore when we are a little too curious for our own good!

If you know someone who loves adventure, this may be just the book for them!  It will inspire them to follow their heart and dreams!  I can’t wait to pass this book on to my niece, I think she will enjoy the adventure!

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Originally posted 2014-03-17 00:01:37.

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

SIBB Book Cover SmallNot long ago I saw something in a tv show or something that made me wonder how a parent explains to their child when they have an illness that isn’t going to go away in a few days.  I couldn’t imagine at the time a way to do it, but of course I’m not a Mom who has had to face the need to do so.  It is in those situations where the love of a child sends growth and creativity that we may never have been able to imagine before.

Reading this book has been very interesting.  I’m not going to go into details right this second about the book, as it is down further as you read.  What I will say is that this book is a testament to the creativity necessary for children’s understanding of something they, in an ideal world, should never even have to know about.  The author and illustrator did a fantastic job of explaining in a manner in which a child could understand the chaos of dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.  If you have a child or know someone with a child who is dealing with this or really any other illness, this book certainly makes a way to help them understand what they are going through or that other kids go through it also.

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(From the Company)

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, by Sherry Frith, is the tale of a boy’s battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other kid. He loves recess, playing soccer, and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day! Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a picture book, illustrated by Caroll Newell Walter, for children ages 0 –7.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease.
Sherry wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She wanted to explain aspects of the disorder using words they could understand. Helped by colorful illustrations, and the knowledge they gained, they were able to deal with the sticky icky booger bugs using simple routines to keep their cystic fibrosis at bay. This story lets children know that they are loved, no matter what their medical situation may be.

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was released on July 26, 2013 and is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sticky-Icky-Booger-Sherry-Frith/dp/148080083X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375730020&sr=1-1

Sherry FrithAuthor Sherry Frith is the mother of three boys and the founder of Helping Hearts, a nonprofit organization. She has patents and copyrights pending in various areas and lives each day full of new ideas and grace. Sherry lives in Bakersfield, CA, with her sons—Kyle, Kevin, and Kory.

Illustrator Carol Newell Walter majored in fine arts at Wayne State University and earned a BA and teaching credentials from California State University– Bakersfield. Now retired, Carol and her husband live in Bakersfield, CA, where she continues to create all kinds of artwork.

To learn more, visit http://beatsnot.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.bsnot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beatsnot

Please note: US winners will receive a physical copy (unless otherwise requested), winner’s from any other country will receive a digital copy.  Good luck!
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Originally posted 2014-02-06 07:56:32.

#UnstoppableDVD Review

unstoppable dvdBeing someone who frequently does reviews, I’ve come to a habit of ‘writing’ my review as I view, listen to or test a product.  It is hard for me, at this point, to forget that I’m supposed to be forming an opinion long enough to just experience what I’m doing.  Soon after this video began, my thoughts of anything but the contents of the film left my mind. In fact, beyond just my ‘reviewers’ mindset, I’m rarely able to focus  completely on a film.  I was filled immediately with a sense of awe, of pure fascination with completely focused attention.  I couldn’t tell you what my original thoughts on this one were, as my thoughts weren’t able to penetrate further than the importance of what I was hearing, and thoughts of reviewing passed into the recess of my mind, it was no longer important at all for that time.

Kirk Cameron wrote and narrated this this film as an answer to a question we as Christians all feel and I personally never know how to answer:

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy and Suffering?

Prior to viewing this film, my answer was always that He was holding us.  A generic answer which doesn’t ever give comfort, nor is it convincing.  In all honesty, I’m not sure I ever had a real answer to the question.  I live on faith, knowing that He is there.   That is not enough for everyone or even myself particularly in times of dealing with grief, pain and sorrow.  Knowing God is there, feeling Him, hearing Him, seeing Him doesn’t give me the answer.  I’m still working on being able to productively be able to witness to someone, believer or otherwise.

In the film, Cameron is able to give an understanding to this dilemma that I’ve never heard before, one that in 30 years of going to various churches, hearing various sermons, I never was able to grasp.  His narrative takes the story of a young mans exit of this mortal coil and utilizes it to help us grasp just how much greater God’s plan is than ours.  I’m so in awe of the knowledge and overwhelmingly powerful realization of facts that I’m honestly having a hard time forming this review, but I have to share it.

I have a yearning need for you to see this film.  Not because Kirk Cameron is the be all and end all by any means, but because God gave us a means of understanding through this film that I have never been able to grasp before.  Cameron took stories I’ve heard my whole life, stories I’ve studied, and helped me to see things I have never seen before.  Not through opinion, through simply putting emphasis and thought to parts of the story that have been dismissed or overlooked time and time again.  I have no doubt that this film will move you, bless you and ultimately bring you deeper thought and understanding of why there must be suffering and death, as in them lies a beauty that has been hidden within the depths of grief that most of use would never grasp on our own.

ABOUT UNSTOPPABLE

 

Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”

 

Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope.

 

In theaters for only two weeknights (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.

Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80’s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.

About Provident Films

Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades.  Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at ProvidentFilms.org.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Originally posted 2014-01-31 05:36:53.

#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.

Coming Home For Christmas

viewerI am just going to start this review by confessing: I am a Christmas junkie.  I love it, all of it, the Christmas specials, the feelings they bring, holiday gatherings, decorating, all of it!  The thought of having a perfect Christmas drives me all year long!  This year I have had the privilege of reviewing Christmas stuff- I’m in way up to  my ears with happiness over this one!!!

Now, on to my thoughts!  The movie has a great story!  Having seen probably a hundred Christmas movies, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen this story before!  I loved the story and the message behind it!  The set designers did a great job of making it a believable little town and homes!  The actors could use some work, but then perhaps the fact that they aren’t household names is what makes this special.  The film makes you feel good and even amidst mediocre acting you want to watch, to hear the story, to see it unfold.

Overall, I can’t turn down any holiday movie, good or bad.  This one has a great story, an actual unique one which is a rarity.  While this probably won’t be your new holiday favorite, it is one you will feel good watching.  Personally, I enjoyed it.  I am a sucker for a good Holiday story!

About The Movie

After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven’t been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home… the only problem is someone else lives there now.

The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!

Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
$14.99
Available at Walmart
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon
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Originally posted 2013-11-22 00:01:07.