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Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of Fun with Chuck E. Cheese’s, Plus a fun Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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If you ask my kids on any given day what they want to do, the answer is “go to Chuck E. Cheese’s” 100% of the time.
They love eating pizza, playing games, and crawling through the tubes.
I love that I can take them there when I really need to get some work done, but they’re full of energy.  I take advantage of the free Wi-Fi while they play and then we end it with pizza for dinner.  Chuck E. Cheese’s has been my “work at home mom” saving grace, but on May 19th I won’t be working during our visit, I’ll be celebrating!

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday by hosting a world-record breaking party!

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM record attempt

Chuck E. and friends have teamed up with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM to attempt A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in stores nationwide on May 19!

Families are invited to visit their local Chuck E. Cheese’s to be a part of the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds” world-record breaking event.

Every child that comes in on May 19th will receive a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets, while supplies last, regardless of participation in the record-breaking stunt.

So lets head over and celebrate with Check E. and make his birthday as special as he makes ours!

40 Days of VIP Birthday Giveaways

In honor of its own birthday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is hosting a daily sweepstakes to celebrate 40 years of fun!
In the 40 days leading up to the milestone on May 19, Chuck E. Cheese’s will be giving fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience. 
To enter, upload an image of your receipt showing that you visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids.

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Birthday Parties is What Chuck E Cheese’s Does Best!

We have had so many birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s that I’ve lost count.  Anthony’s first birthday was there 12 years ago tomorrow and ever sense it’s been my go to party spot for an easy and fun kid’s birthday party.

Why I love Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Parties:

  • Online reservations, right from the start it’s simple.  I have 3 loud kids, I don’t want to be on the phone with anyone trying to make reservations.  Chuck E. Cheese lets me book my entire party online.
  • I can order the goodie bags through them if I don’t feel like making them myself.  Time saver!  Plus, Chuck E. Cheese’s now has bigger and better goody bags.
  • I can also order my cake at Chuck E. Cheese if I don’t want to order it somewhere else, or (don’t laugh) bake it myself.  
  • The kids get to run around and have a blast without tearing up your house.
  • Their new pizza recipe is delish.
  • Best of all, no clean up!  Literally I get to pack up my kids and the gifts and head back to my still (semi) clean home.

Chuck E. Cheese has come out with some great new party features including VIP parties that include having the entire party area to yourself before the restaurant opens.  Eat more Play more packages geared towards the older kids, which gives them 3 slices of pizza each.  Also they have come out with exciting new party themes to choose from including: Party Like a Rock Star, Dressed in Pink Party, Sports Sports Sports, and Chuck E. Super Fan.

Plus for a limited time only the Birthday Star gets 1,000 tickets!

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The New Eat & Play Express Package

During my usual weeknight visits, I anticipate the spending a few hours between the kids playing, eating, and visiting the prize counter.  Because I am going to make the most of my time with work, this usually doesn’t bother me.  However, there are nights that I would love to bring the kids into Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate small accomplishments or because I really want the pizza but I just don’t have the entire evening to set aside.  
Chuck E. Cheese’s has rolled out a solution, new Eat & Play package.  Visit Monday through Thursday and order the Eat & Play Express package for just $31.99-$32.99, depending on the Chuck E. Cheese’s location. 
(If your pizza does not arrive within 20 minutes, receive a FREE dessert)

Package includes:
1 Large 1-topping Pizza
4 Drinks
2 20-minute Play Pass Cards/45 tockens (for non-play pass stores)
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1 Dessert (giant chocolate chip cookie or cinnamon dessert pizza, based on availability)

I will definitely be taking advantage of this package during busy weeks that I want to add a little fun to!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Will you be joining the 40th anniversary celebration?   Make sure you snap a quick picture while you’re there!   

I am hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader who goes in-store on the 19th!  Take a picture at Chuck E. Cheese’s and post the picture in the comments section below.  One lucky winner will be chosen a random.

Winner will receive a swag bag with two guest passes, 1,000 tickets, a Chuck E. Cheese’s shirt and a goody bag.

Head over to 40YearsofFun.com for more details on Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday celebrations and enter for a chance to receive special offers.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

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Have you met Gabriela McBride yet?  American Girl’s 2017 “Doll of the Year” Gabriela was released on January 1st and she has Lilly completely in love!

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

Gabriela McBride, is the American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year! Gabriela is described as a, “true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her overcome stuttering.” Gabriela is a wonderful American Girl Doll to help  teach your child they can overcome any obstacle they are facing in life. From stuttering to confidence, this American Girl Doll is truly inspiring. 

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I love how each American Girl doll has a story behind it, so your child can relate to the doll! These dolls are meant to be fun and give your child hours and hours of play time, but to also inspire them to be the best they can be! I think that is what makes American Girl dolls so unique. 

If you child has a stuttering problem, then Gabby could really help build up your child’s confidence. Gabby shows strength, and shows that writing poems becomes an outlet, and helps build up confidence to overcome her stuttering! 

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Gabriela is 18″, has warm brown eyes that open and clothes. She has some beautiful dark brown hair that is full of curls. Gabriela has a cloth body, which makes her very huggable. She can move her head and limbs, easily which makes playtime more fun! She does come with the Gabriela paperback book, and her signature outfit. 

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American-Girl-Doll-of-the-year-2017-gabriela-blog-reviewHer Outfit: 

  • Fitted dark blue jeggings
  • Cropped purple sweater with silver dream graphic, and a soft turquoise tank top
  • Purple shoes with turquoise straps
  • Pink Double headband and 10 hairbands

Plus you can head over to the Gabby-dedicated site: http://americangirl.com/girloftheyear where you can find free book excerpts, videos, e-cards, and much more. This is a fun perk of the Gabby doll! You can even create your own Gabriela poem

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Where to Buy: 

If you are interested in buying the Gabriela American Girl Doll, you can shop at amerciangirl.com or through one of their retail stores! This is a perfect doll to add to your child’s American Girl collection! 
The Gabriela Doll & Book Set Retail Cost: $115
Gabriels Accessories Retail Cost: $28

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Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

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American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

If you are looking for a new American Girl Doll for a special little girl in your life, consider Melody Ellison! She is all about fairness and equality for all people! Melody loves to help out her friends and family, church, help at home and more. She believes that her voice is powerful, and that it can make a difference in making the world a better place. 

Melody is the BeForever character, whose story (1960’s era) reflects the changing face in history. Her story is the backdrop of the civil rights movement, she wants to raise awareness of racial inequality! Melody wants her friends and family and all the community that surrounds her to be aware of the inequalities, and make a change. She is inspired by Dr. King, to have a dream of her own! 

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Melody stands for fairness and equality for all people. She loves music and performing, so that each person can find their “voice” and express their opinions. You can see this is one inspirational doll, who can bring confidence and strength to your child! Teach them to speak up for things they believe in and be themselves. 

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Melody Comes With: 

  • Bright blue and green houndstooth A-line dress with a blue collar. It has a stunning blue bow on the chest and blue bows on the side pleats. 
  • Blue ribbon headband with a bow for her gorgeous hair. 
  • Underwear and socks
  • Blue patent shoes with a bow on the toes 

Melody is an 18″ doll, that is the classic size for American Girl Dolls! She has a nice soft body that makes hugs extra soft! she has moveable hands and feet, and her head moves. Your child will love playing dress up, and just playing with Melody for hours. You can buy so many fun accessories for the American Girl Doll line! I think even some parents out there, get envious of these adorable dolls! 

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I think what sets Melody apart, is she has such an inspirational story behind her. That if you read this to your child and let them learn all the inspiring things about Melody, they too will feel that they can make a change in the world today! 

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a Melody doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

A Must Have for all Little Mermaid Fans!

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Back in November I shared a great deal on Fin Fun Mermaid Tails here.  Since then Fin Fun has sent Lilly her very own Mermaid Tail to review!
Lilly received the Maui Splash Mermaid Tail and she is in love with it!  It slips on easily and the quality of the fabric is amazing.  Lilly has worn hers several times in both the pool and the ocean and the fabric has remained stretchy with brilliantly bright colors.

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She tells me “the Monofin makes it easier to swim with because it moves back and forth so easily”
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The price of the Maui Splash Mermaid Tail is a bit high at $54.95, but for the quality of the tail along with the fun design, I think the price is a good match.  Plus, if $50+ is to0 high for a pool toy, Fin Fun offers designs priced as low as $34.95.

I thought about getting Lilly a mermaid tail for the last couple summers, but always put it off.  However, after seeing how much fun she has had over the last few weeks, I will definitely be adding the to my Summer Mermaid Must Haves post that will be live this spring.

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Make sure you check out all the great fins and blankets that Fun Fin has to offer, and stay up to date on Limited Edition patterns and sales by connecting with them on  Faceboom and Twitter!


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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Tween Boys!

This post was made possible by iConnect and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine
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Stocking stuffer ideas can be a challenge for tweens.  When the kids are young I always had fun finding little toys and treats that would put a smile on their face and keep them entertained while I make my coffee on Christmas morning.  Our rule is stockings first while mommy gets coffee and then we start in on Santa’s pile.  However, now that my oldest is a tween, finding stuff to fill that stocking with isn’t easy.

After some searching I think I’ve come up with a stocking full of fun that will keep my tween as amused as my little ones.


My Top Tween Stocking Stuffers

Snacks and Candy; I’ve always put candy in the kid’s stockings but as my son has gotten older I have started putting different types of snacks in his stocking.  Such as mini jars of Nutella, cans of Pringles, and Slim Jims.

Small electronics; I have started keeping an eye out for budget friendly small electronics, such as headphones, a selfie stick, and portable batteries.  I found a number of items in the $5-$10 range.

Clothes; My son loves Under Armour (Like most boys his age) and these shirts roll up easily and it ends up being a really practical gift that he will enjoy.

A simple and cool old-school toy; Think Magic 8 Ball or Rubik’s Cube.  This will keep my almost teen entertained while I’m making that coffee and just maybe keep him away from his phone.
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Some Old Spice Styling Products; When my little boy sprouted into the double digits and beyond, I suddenly realized he was spending a lot more time focusing on his looks.  The boy who didn’t want to shower suddenly needed his hair cut at a barbershop, his clothes to look just right, and lets not get into the cloud of cologne that follows him out of his bedroom.
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Old Spice Pomade, Putty and Paste hair stylers make the perfect stocking stuffers. Not only will they help you win stocking stuffer bragging rights, but you’ll also be giving your little guys (and the big ones too) the tools they need to achieve the holiday hair style they’ve been searching for!

Best of all, Old Spice Styling Products are both affordable and easy to find.  Ranging from just SRP: $6.99-7.99, they are at a perfect price point for stocking fillers.  Plus, they can be found at Old Spice and in hair care aisles at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide, so they make great last minute gifts.
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Finally the last thing I make sure I stuff in his stocking is a piece of wrapping paper.  A few years ago I started wrapping gifts with different paper patterns and making the kids find a ball of their patterned paper in the toe of their stockings to see whose gifts were who’s.  This has been such a fun tradition!

What are you putting in your tween’s stocking this year?

Creating Christmas Magic with PackagesFromSanta.com

Thank you PackageFromSanta.com for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.
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The twins are my babies and at 7 years old, I know my Santa years are almost over, so I am cherishing every minute of the holidays this year.
I love the excitement in their voices and the sparkle in their eyes when we talk about Santa.  PackageFromSanta.com gave me an opportunity to tap into the Christmas magic and create an amazing memory for all of us!

Take a peak at the excitement when they opened the box in my video below!  It was so special sensing how happy they were that Santa knows them personally.  (also half way through you here Aidan say “I am on the good list, mom you didn’t call him”.  Let’s just say Aidan’s had a rough couple of weeks.)

I give PackagesFromSanta.com 2 thumbs up!  Everything that came is high quality, from the box to the sugar cookie, this is a perfect way to bring Santa alive during the holidays!
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We received the Platinum Package from PackagesFromSanta.com.

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Personalized Letter from Santa Claus
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8 1/2 X 11 Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
“Santa, Stop Here!” Window Decal™
Rudolph’s Sleigh Bell w/ Velvet Pouch™
Collectors Santa Swatch
Mrs. Claus’ Famous Sugar Cookie in Tin™
Christmas Cocoa – Santa’s Favorite!
Genuine Reindeer Food in Collector’s Tin
Elf Candy Cane with Red Bow
Santa’s Special North Pole Return Address Label
Special Elf Shipping Label Addressed To Your Child
Genuine North Pole Stamp
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A Traveler’s Must Have! Travel Wise Packing Cubes

Product sample was submitted for review; all opinions are my own.

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Whether your an over packer like me, or just want to keep everything organized, these are a must have when packing!
I used them over the Thanksgiving holiday when we went to South Carolina and my packing went so much smoother.
I loved arriving and being able to just move smaller cubes around the room.

Do you have a Traveler on your holiday list?
Then this is the gift idea for you!

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TravelWise Packing Cubes – 3 Piece Set

The TravelWise 3 piece packing cube set is a travel essential that allows clothes to stay folded and neat when packed in their own “small drawers”. The cubes are fantastic for staying organized on both short and long travels and help avoid over packing. Constructed of lightweight, durable nylon, these multi-sized cubes allow you to compartmentalize similar items such as shirts, pants, swimsuits and electronic accessories to streamline packing. The open mesh top makes searching for misplaced items a thing of the past and our five color choices allows each traveler to have their own individual set. Available in five colors, BLACK, SILVER, RED, TEAL and PURPLE, each set includes (1) small, (1) medium and (1) large cubes to organize different sized items when traveling.

At only $9.95, the 3-Piece Packing Cube System makes a great gift for anyone in the family.

Get it on Amazon.com

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Create a Fun Reading Nook with Discovery Kids Foldabel Play Tent

Product sample was submitted for review; all opinions are my own.
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With technology and toys pulling on the kid’s time every day, It can be hard to encourage young kids to sit in a quiet room and read.  However, it is one of the most important activities that can lead to not only a lifelong enjoyment of reading but also it is the most important foundation at school.

As an autism mom my children are language delayed, so learning to read has been a struggle.  So I know firsthand the issues a child will face at school if their reading is not at grade level.  After countless head in palms moments and a few tears (from all of us) the twins are finally on the pathway to loving the adventure a book can take them on.  

Once the kids got a grasp of reading on their own, it was time to create a quiete reading corner that is fun and enticing so that they will want to relax and read.

The Kids Play Tent by Discovery Kids has been the perfect addition!
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The tent is easy to put together, it took me about 5 minutes to build the frame.  It has a screened window so the kids “can breathe inside” and if I want to move it or put it away it folds down flat.
I also love the simple design and neutral colors, which not only goes with most room designs, but it also doesn’t call their attention while reading.

To create the prefect reading tent I grabbed an old basket and filled it with books that the kids were able to read on their own.

Added some comfy pillows and favorite blankets.

Put it in a quite well-lit corner.

That’s it, a cute area to relax with a book.  
And guess what?  The kids are reading twice as much, because they love their own little reading areas.
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Want to learn more about the Discovery Kids Foldable Tent?
It is available at Kohls and ToysRUs for $69.99.
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Top 5 Reason why the Nabi ELEV-8 should be on your Christmas List!

Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
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Nabi has been a popular brand for several years now and I have always been curious about their products when I would see them on display at stores.  The bright red soft cover seems to just grab your attention no matter how old you are.
However, I always seemed to group android based tablets into two categories.  One being the kind that only allows you to download those $15 a piece games that require you to buy cartridges at the store to play with.  Or secondly being to difficult to use with hard to organize apps.

WELL!  Nabi sent me the Nabi ELEV-8 and within 5 minutes of opening the box, everything I thought I knew about Nabi was proven wrong.  We are now obsessed with this tablet and it is the kids go to system for screen time.
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It is jam packed with features that are perfect for kids and tweens!  With e-books, games, TV shows, drawing studio, and so much more.

Here are just 5 reasons why Nabi is Awesome!

  1.  Educational.  The Nabi ELEV-8 is equipped with the award winning Wings Learning System that offers over 300,000 questions and 16,000 lessons.  Kids have fun learning with games and video tutorials through the Wings Classroom in Math, Reading, and Writing for pre-school through 6th grade.  There is also full parent visibility so that we can check our children’s proficiency and how much time they spending on the learning section.
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  2. Full Parental Control.  Parents can set screen time limits, set time limits for particular apps, set reward game minutes for time spent on educational play, and so much more.  Nabi gives parents’ control like no other tablet I have seen.
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  3. Nabi Pass.  The Nabi Elev-8 comes with 6 months of free Nabi Pass, which gives you all of the wings courses free, instead of purchasing them individually.  It also gives you free access to countless games, movies, tv shows, apps, and e-books.  My kids are currently having fun reading all the e-books which includes titles such as Rise of the Guardians and Ice Age.  Their favorite feature is that if a book is to0 hard for them to read on their own, the Nabi can read it to them!
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  4. Fun.  What really got me about this tablet is how many great apps there are.  All the games that kids are looking for with their favorite characters are available.  TV shows such as Teen Titans Go and National Geographic, and e-books for kids ages 3 to 14.  All the games that my kids loved on the more expensive tablets are available on the Nabi, however only the Nabi gives me this much control!
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  5. Affordability and Design.  Ok that’s two but both are important to us moms.  The Nabi elev-8 retails for $149.99, that is a great price point for a full-featured tablet that offers all the games, shows, and apps that kids want with the full control that parents want.

As far as design goes, the Nabi Elev-8 is a thin and sleek tablet with front and rear cameras.  It also has a crisp and bright visual display and head phone jack which makes this a necessity when traveling with kids.
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Want to learn more about the Nabi Elev-8?
Check here!
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Some other great things from Nabi include the new Hotwheels, American Girl, and Barbie Nabi Tablets.

The Barbie 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi features dozens of Barbie apps, games, and video content, including Barbie comic strips and create your own Barbie Fashion.
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The Hot Wheels 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi comes with several Hot Wheels screens, including “Hot Wheels Labs” where kids can watch videos about the science of hot wheels cars, and, more specifically, the forces propelling the toy resistance, friction, and gravity.
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The American Girl 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi includes 70 videos, apps, and games featuring American Girl characters.
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Simply Earth Essential Oil Box ~ Give the Gift of Relaxation this Holiday Season!

 Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
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Want to give someone the gift of relaxation this holiday season?
I have a perfect option to share with you!
A Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box Subscription

Each month, Simply Earth sends a box which includes 6-7 essential oil recipes and all the key ingredients you need to make them.
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I recieved the Holiday themed box to review which included 6 recipe cards, 4 15ml size bottles of essential oils (Rosemary, Pine, Frankincense, and a Happy Joy combination), a roll on Curb Hunger blend, small mason jar, spray bottle, 2 oil jars, plus ribbon, twine, and stickers.  This box’s value is well over $200 if purchased seperatly, however with the EO Recipe Box, it is just $39 for each monthly box!

The first recipe I tried making was “Holiday Home Scent Spray”.  By adding only 5 drops of essential oils and water into the spray bottle provided, I was able to create an awesome scent that is subtle and refreshing.
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They also include an fun recipe for DIY scented ornaments that I plan to do with the kids once the Christmas tree is up.

For someone like myself, who is just beginning to dabble into the love of essential oils, these boxes are ideal.  I get a great matching of oils that are all 100% pure with no additives or fillers and am also taught simple and unique ways of using them.
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Simply Earth is also a company that gives back!  13% of all profits are given to organizations that are fighting to end human trafficking.

Ready to sign up for this awesome subscription box?  Use the coupon code MOMMYFREEDIF and recieve a free diffuser when you subscribe to the the eo recipe box.
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