#39 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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It’s been a long time since I have last posted a Saturday Top Five Laughs post. Our last minute trip to Nova Scotia kind of threw me off. Without further adieu let’s join
The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #39 (for us)!

5. Someone older in our family tried to eat a cheese stick with plastic on!!

4. While we were traveling to Canada, our youngest had a melt down. So we called my husband, who talked to him for five to ten minutes. There was complete silence on my youngest’s end, until we realized he’d fallen asleep!

3. My son passed gas on me and when he couldn’t do it again, said he wasted all his farts earlier.

2. Several of our children kept mixing up the names of family members and calling them Nanny B (a combination of Nanny and their Uncle’s name) Aunt B (really their uncle’s name) and Uncle C (really their aunt’s name.)

1. Youngest daughter: Can I have a cheesestick?
Youngest son: I’ll get it my lady.
Youngest son: *bringing it to her* Here you go my lady.

And that’s a wrap for this week!

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Opal Apples ~ Bzz Agent Review

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It is our pleaseure to review OPAL Apples! Through the Bzz Agent Program we were able to obtain free samples of these delicious apples!

These are a MUST try! My family found them extremely delicious! They were not around for long…they were gobbled up! Their crunchy sweetness was supurb!

 

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YOU CAN’T COMPARE APPLES TO OPALS®

They may not be available year round, but from November until March, bright yellow Opals® are the apple of our eye. We love them for their flavor and texture (sweet and tangy, with just the right crunchiness), but the fact that these non-GMO apples are naturally non-browning is what makes Opals® truly incredible.

  • Opal® Apples arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and are grown exclusively in Washington at Broetje Orchards
  • Known as the apple with a purpose, a portion of Opal® Apples’ sales goes to their Youth Make a Difference grants, which support youth-led non-profits involving food, nutrition and agriculture
  • While Opals® are amazing in any kind of recipe, we prefer them raw (why mess with a good thing?)

Click here to find Opal® Apples in a grocery store near you!

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Deck the Halls with Big Hero 6!

If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6, it is well worth the time and money…at least we thought so. Read our review here.

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Direct YouTube link: http://youtu.be/8IdMPpKMdcc

Like BIG HERO 6 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6

Follow Walt Disney Animation Studios on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Follow BIG HERO 6 on Tumblr: http://bighero6fans.tumblr.com/

Visit the Website: http://www.disney.com/BigHero6

BIG HERO 6 is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to pop on and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Faith and Family Reviews! We hope you remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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This photo reminds me of a water color painting but it is one I took with my iPhone on a hike in Nova Scotia on December 1st – I think it is a beautiful view and it was more so in person. More about our trip in the new year!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Cats and Dogs

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Are you looking for last minute gift ideas for cats and dogs? We were able to get a few things for our cats and dog for Christmas. I have to say they came in pretty handy and have been a nice addition to our pet supplies and pet pantry!

ökocat Natural Cat Litters

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Our children do most of the animal care on a daily basis. Our 14 year daughter assured me that the ökocat Natural Cat Litter worked really well and she could not smell any odor from the cat litter. I cannot vouch for that since I have not been out to the “kitty palace” the children made for them since getting back from Nova Scotia.

Facts About ökocat Natural Cat Litter:
- Natural Pinewood and Paper Pulp
- Industry leading 7-Day odor control
- Holds up to 500% its weight in liquid
- 4 unique formulas include clumping, long-haired, pine, and dust-free options
- Eco-friendly, biodegradable

Available at www.healthy-pet.com

Sherpa® Safety Suite™

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We have not had a chance to use this safety suite yet (purple pet carrier not included). It is good for both cats and smaller dog carriers. We got this product for our oldest daughter for when she gets her new cat. It is basically a grey base that allows you to strap your soft carrier into your car with a seat belt. It also works with a small pet carrier like the one we have shown in the photo below.

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Facts About Sherpa® Safety Suite™:
- Helps improve vehicle safety for pets
- Fits into standard carseat safety locks
- 6-sided restraint system prevents tipping, sliding, and lateral shifting
- Works with any brand of soft-sided pet carrier
- Safety-tested

Available at www.sherpapet.com

e-Cloth

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We got a chocolate brown colored pet bed. Light colored items for pets is not my idea of practical! The first time we gave it to our dog while he was recuperating from being neutered – ouch! It is very soft and he is using it…sometimes…remember, he is an outdoor dog. It rolls up nicely and would be great while traveling over the holidays.

Facts about e-Cloth (from their website):
- Perfect for long car trips, a holiday away, vacation, camping, staying with a friend or even every day use at home
- Plush and deeply padded top
- Hard wearing and waterproof underneath the base
- Can be quickly rolled up, making a perfect travel bed
- Comes with Velcro fasteners and integrated carry handle
- Size: 35.35″ x 23.5″
- 100% Polyester (Waterproof Polyoxford Material)

Learn more about e-Cloth:
www.ecloth.com
www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
www.twitter.com/ecloth
www.pinterest.com/eclothusa
www.instagram.com/eclothUSA

Hear Doggy Toy

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Our dog loves to play and chew on things. We gave him the dragon Hear Doggy Toy to give him something to do while he recuperates (in the garage!) after his surgery. But it would be a great little travel toy too!

Facts About Hear Doggy:
- Perfect silent toy for holiday travel
- New characters include Elephant, Gator, Giraffe, and Cow
- Chew Guard Technology™ for tough play!
- “Flattie” (no stuffing) designs

Delightibles for Cats

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Does your cat have mouse breath? Does it need freshening? Delightibles is a new breath mint for cats. They are center-filled treats BHA, BHT, wheat and soy free. We received tuna flavored…they do smell like tuna!

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Our cat Freckles LOVED Delightibles!

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Facts about Delightibles:
- Made in the USA
- Delicious, wholesome ingredients
- 100% guaranteed. Return the product to a local retailer and get a full refund.
- Available in these flavors: turkey, dairy, chicken, tuna, beef and salmon

Merry Christmas to our pets!

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The Salvation Army – Red Kettle Reason

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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‘Tis the season to be giving and what better way to give than to The Salvation Army. I’m sure you’ve seen people ringing their bells near that red kettle.

This is one of the oldest and biggest providers. Established in London in 1865, The Salvation Army has been serving people for about 150 years internationally and over 130 years in the United States.

Here are few great facts about The Salvation Army.

  •  “In 2013, The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 59,000 employees, and 3.4 million volunteers served nearly 30 million American in need.  That’s almost one person, every second, every day.”
  • “The Army has nearly 7,600 centers of operation covering nearly every zip code in the country.”

How did The Army’s Red Kettle start? In December of 1891, The Salvation Army’s Captain McFee decided to provide Christmas dinner to the poor. He needed to raise money and put with the approval from the authorities, he place a large pot on the Oakland Ferry Landing in San Francisco. By Christmas of 1895 there were 30 Salvation Army locations.

You can help online or via text messaging! Anyone can become a virtual bell ringer and raise money for their local communities by creating an Online Red Kettle at onlineredkettle.org.” Or “Donors can text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign.” End of the year giving is extremely popular and is also tax deductible with the proper documentation, please make your donation by December 31, 2014.

I believe giving is very important throughout the year, however around the holiday’s it seems a bit more meaningful to my family.  I look at what I have and wish that for everyone, I have meals on the table and a loving, healthy family. With a 6 year old daughter it’s sometimes hard for her to understand the real meaning of Christmas. I really have instilled that Christmas is not all about gift, but, giving and thoughtfulness.

Please visit The Salvation Army at RedKettleReason.org.

#RedKettleReason #Sponsored #MC

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Sears #MoreMerry Sale

This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger and all opinions are my own.

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Are you looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? Sears has some apparel deals going on that you might want to take advantage of:

30% EXTRA off when you spend $150 or more on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

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25% EXTRA off when you spend $100 – $149.99 on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

20% EXTRA off when you spend up to $99.99 on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

Simply use this online code: JINGLE

http://bit.ly/1GA5vKc {Coupon is Valid 12/16/14 9:00 AM -12/24/14 11:59 PM}

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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Simley 360 ~ Mr. Sketch Marker Review

We are very pleased to introduce Mr. Sketch markers!

We received the holiday marker pack free from Mr. Sketch!

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This was a wonderful review to be able to complete around the holidays. The markers assisted my chidlren in making cards and gifts! Everything tiurned out great! The markers gave great pigment and coverage to the artwork.

We were pleased to see that these markers were the thin markers and not the large chisel tip markers… all of my children found them easy to use an the smells were great!

Mr Sketch offers a variety of scented markers. PLease visit their website for further detail! 

 

 

 

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Smiley 360 ~ Children’s Dimetapp Cold & Cough Review

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We were pleased to review this product! Smiley 360 provided us this product for free to review.  Dimetapp is our go to favorite in children’s medicinal products! … We have tried a variety of others … but this one stands true with quaility, effectiveness, and taste. The grape flavor is easy for children to swallow. There is nothing more I dislike more than when one of my cildren spits out the medication I am trying to dispense. Thus, I either mis a dose or try to caluclate how much actually got into the child and dispense the rest. With dimetapp… I have not had any dosing issues because it is taken well… the children like the flavor! YEAH!

As for effectiveness… it works great … it subsides symptoms for the duration of the cold/sickness and helpd the children feel better!

If you would like more information on the product including ingredients and dosing information please click here!

Get your 1.00 off coupon here!

 

 

 

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Pet Gift Ideas: Treats

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We had the opportunity to review some pet treats not so long ago. Most of them were for our dog but we did get a little something for our cats too. We try hard to feed our animals healthy food and treats. We want them to live a long and healthy life and believe a healthy diet is a huge part in achieving this goal. If you have a pet on your Christmas list, Evanger’s has pet gift ideas to consider for the health of your pet. It is a new pet food brand to us, but here are some facts that we like about them:

Holiday and Kosher Pet Foods
Made in the USA
Over 40 certified Kosher meals for Dogs and Cats for Hannukah
Human-grade, USA-sourced ingredients
GMO-Free, No Preservatives
Even Grain Free


About Evanger’s

Dr. Fred Evanger began making pet food for his champion Great Danes in the 1930s. Almost 80 years later, Evanger’s continues to be the choice of top handlers, breeders, and enthusiasts. Our commitment to using the highest quality wholesome ingredients continues to make us the natural choice of conscientious pet owners.

Against the Grain

The following photos are of Against the Grain, Grain Free Jerky and another pellet like grain free treat that Padfoot is eating in the bottom photo.

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Padfoot LOVED his treats, as you can see in the above photo! He really got into them. :)

Evanger’s Organics for Cats

We do not know about you but we usually share our holiday meals with our dog and cats. We have to get after the children for giving our pets our favorite pieces of meat! Evanger’s Organics for Cats has a healthy option of Turkey Butternut Squash Dinner, which your cat is sure to enjoy this Christmas or Hannukah season! I know ours did. I did not realize until after the fact that my photos of the cats eating did not turn out well so I do not have any photos of them gobbling down their treat. But I assure you they LOVED it!

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You can find more information at www.evangerspetfood.com Your pet is sure to enjoy some of these new holiday favorites!

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