FromYouFlowers.com {Review}

Who doesn’t love to receive flowers? I know I do! I love Valentine flowers, Mother’s Day flowers, and random “It’s Tuesday” flowers.   If you are looking for a great company that offers flowers with same day delivery (arranged by a florist), then look no further than FromYouFlowers.com!

I recently received BEAUTIFUL flowers from FromYouFlowers.com for Valentine’s Day!  Flowers are such a wonderful surprise and these did not disappoint!

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My flowers arrived from one of the TOP local florists in my area – FromYouFlowers.com partners with local florists – one of the reasons why they can offer same day delivery!  My flowers were a Rose and Lily Celebration bouquet, and it had red and pink roses and beautiful pink lilies.  The roses smelled so wonderfully sweet and the flowers were impeccably fresh – they lasted for well over a week with little care other than changing the water every day or so.

 

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As you can see, the lilies in my bouquet were absolutely stunning!  It was perfect for Valentine’s Day – it even came in a beautiful pink vase that I will be using for years to come!  Every arrangement can also be sent with a free personalized card message.  They also offer a large selection of plants, gift baskets, sympathy flowers, corporate gifts, and more!   My flowers came with an adorable stuffed bear, which my youngest daughter immediately proclaimed as hers, of course.

 

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For gentleman that aren’t as well, proactive, about getting Valentine’s Day flowers, FromYouFlowers.com also offers a cute service called “The Hint” where you can gently remind your sweetie to send some flower.  If you forgot Valentine’s Day this year, FromYouFlowers has an awesome collection of St. Patrick’s Day flowers and gift baskets!   Mama Games readers even get a special promotion – 15% off your next order!  Just enter the code “blog” when you check out.  Make sure to book mark FromYouFlowers.com for all of your floral needs!

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Burnt Impressions Novelty Toaster {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review and Giveaway}

Are you planning on making breakfast in bed for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?  If you are, check out Burnt Impressions for the perfect novelty toaster!  Their full line of novelty toasters is sure to have a toaster that is perfect for you and your sweetheart.

I know you may be thinking – what’s so special about a toaster?  From the outside, a Burnt Impressions toaster looks like a normal toaster.  I love the Burnt Impressions toaster I received, because the streamlined shape and red accents match the red accents that are already in my kitchen.

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However, with Burnt Impressions custom toasters, the real magic is on the inside!  Special plates inside the toaser make a seriously cool peice of toast!

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Pretty cool, huh?  This is a pretty sweet Valentine’s Day peice of toast!  I gave a peice to my youngest daughter, and you can see the absolute look of delight on her face.  Her first question was, of course, “How’d you do that, Mom?”  We definitely love our “I Love You” toaster!  It makes breakfast that much more fun.

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Burnt Impressions is sure to have a toaster that will be perfect for you! They range from the funny to the irreverent.  One of my favorites – remember the grilled Cheesus sandwich from Glee – yep, you guessed it – Burnt Impressions offers a toaster that will toast Jesus into your toast.  Politics more your style?  How about Obama or Sarah Palin with your morning toast?  Burnt Impressions has tons of awesome designs, so you are sure to find one that will be perfect for your family!

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Bart’s Cookies {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review & Giveaway}

 

Cookies are an awesome alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day box of chocolates!  For those of you who are Chocolate Chip cookie nuts, I highly recommend that you try Bart’s Cookies!  Bart’s Cookie’s claim to be the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.  I had a chance to try three different kinds to see if they could live up to their claim.  I sampled Milk Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chip, and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

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First of all, the shipping was super fast, and the cookies were EXTREMELY fresh when they arrive.  When I opened the bag, the chocolate smelled so yummy!  As you can see from the picture below, the cookies are not the traditional “cookie” size.  These are dense, compact little cookies that pack a big punch!

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Bart’s Cookies are about an inch ‘”tall” and they are densely packed with chocolate chips.  With their size, I expected them to be a little bit hard – but they were extremely moist and fresh.  They were literally oven fresh and so yummy!  My daughter and boyfriend loved them as well – these cookies disappeared VERY quickly.  Bart’s Cookies would be great to heat up in the oven as well.  These little cookies would be a great treat anytime and would make an awesome Valentine’s day gift.  The price is very affordable too – you can get 1 dozen + 2 extra cookies for only $17.95!

 

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So if you are looking for a super tasty, unique Valentine’s Day gift or any time treat, head over the Bart’s Cookies.  You won’t be disappointed!

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2 Bubbies Cookies {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review}

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Are you looking for a tasty alternative to a box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day?  How about great favors for a wedding, or your next corporate event?  If so, check out 2 Bubbies Cookies!

2 Bubbies Cookies makes hand-made Sugar Sparkle Cookies.  They are thick-cut sugar cookies, and as you can see below, they are super sparkly.

I had the opportunity to review 2 Bubbies’ Conversation Heart Valentine’s Day Cookies, package in an adorable gift pail.

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I love the gift pail as well – it has a cute “key” that you can use to pry open the lid (like a paint can).  My girls are planning to use this to store crayons and art supplies when our cookies are gone!

But the good stuff is definitely inside the bucket!

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In addition to being beautiful, these cookies are SO tasty!  They are thick cut, super soft and moist and they taste awesome.  The sparkle sugar on top gives the cookie a nice sweet crunch. They are made with all natural ingredients, and 2 Bubbies offers a replacement or refund if you are dissatisfied – but you won’t be!  These cookies are absolutely delicious.

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The Valentine’s Day cookies are so cute.  Each cookie sells for $2.00, and for 50 cents extra, 2 Bubbies will personalize the message on your cookies.  How cute would this be for a proposal (Marry Me?)?  You can also personalize the sticker on the back.

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One of the coolest features is the ability to put a photo or corporate logo onto your cookies!  I was SO excited to get cookies with The Mama Games logo on them!

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These would be perfect for corporate events!  You can also put a photo, which would be adorable for wedding favors!  The possibilities are endless, and 2 Bubbies also has tons of cookies already designed that you can choose from.  So if you are looking for a custom, unique gift, make sure to give 2 Bubbies a look!

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Dairy Free Cookies for Valentine’s Day {Recipe}

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If you have a family member with a dairy allergy, you know how difficult baking can be.  Dairy free cookies, muffins, pies, and bread are absolutely staples at our home, because my youngest daughter is very, very allergic to any kind of dairy product.  Dairy free baking can be challenging because it is often butter that holds together many recipes.  In this recipe, we use Crisco, but there are also some times of margarine that can be substiuted, and in a pinch, vegetable oil can work with some recipes.  We substitute almond milk for regular milk, as we find that it does not affect the taste of baked goods as much as soy milk does.  Here is a quick, easy recipe for dairy-free roll-out sugar cookies.  These are super easy and totally dairy free!

My girls are able to make AWESOME roll out cookies, as we use The Cookie Thing to make all of our cookies even sized!  This is extra helpful because we don’t have to add extra flour to roll these cookies – we simply put the dough between two pieces of waxed paper and roll away.  As you can see, my six year old is awesome at it!  She is using The Little Cookie Thing, which is made specifically for little hands!  This is extra helpful when baking dairy free cookies, because again, we don’t have butter to help hold the dough together.  The Cookie Thing makes it a snap to roll them out!

 

If you would like to learn more about The Cookie Thing, or even have a change to WIN The Cookie Thing AND The Little Cookie Thing, head over to my full review on Kate N’ Kaboodle!  This is an awesome, awesome kitchen tool, and is one that is going to be a part of our baking from now on!  Enjoy your dairy free cookies this Valentine’s Day!

 

Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Cookies {Recipe}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Pink food coloring
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix Crisco and sugar in a bowl on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add egg, almond milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  2. Combine baking powder, salt, and flour in a bowl. Gradually add into wet mixture until well blended. Add food coloring as desired. Do not overmix.
  3. Refrigerate dough about an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you have a Cookie Thing, you should be able to roll cookies out in between two pieces of wax paper using the 1/4 inch measuring boards. If you are using a regular rolling pin, lightly flour your surface and roll out dough.
  5. Cut out cookies. Before placing on cutting board, coat the cookies with sugar by pressing lightly on both sides into a bowl of sugar. For different looks, roll in red sugar crystals, or a combination of red and white sugar.
  6. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake 7-9 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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Treat Personalized Greeting Cards {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review & Giveaway}

 

When my boyfriend and I were separated by several thousand miles for over a year, one of the ways the ways that we connected was through the mail.  Note, cards, and letters were part of the way that we stayed close.  Now that we are together, it’s still important to connect through cards.  Personalized greeting cards can be a great way to take an ordinary greeting card and step it up a notch!  Treat Cards gives you the opportunity to do that!

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Treat.com is a site that I will be using this year to create unique, personalized, one-of-a-kind cards for my boyfriend, daughters, and friends.  Treat allows you to make personalized greeting cards with your own pictures and words!  How psyched would your loved one be to open up a professionally printed card that you made just for them?  Treat also has a great selection of Valentine’s Day Cards for the whole family!  You can also check out their Valentine’s Day cards on the Treat Iphone App.

 

They also have additional features that will help you connect with your loved ones.  Don’t know what to write on your card.  Treat.com’s Message Library will help!  Bad memory?  No worries – Treat.com’s reminder service will make sure that you never forget your mom’s birthday again.  You can even print a gift card right inside your personalized card in case you forgot to get a gift too!

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Shadora Jewelry 2 Carat White Topaz Earrings {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review & Giveaway}


 

Of course, jewelry is one of the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day.  And while I can’t imagine that there are any women who wouldn’t love to receive diamonds on V-Day, in today’s tough economy, I don’t know too many families who have that in their budget.  I know mine doesn’t!  However, you don’t have to break the bank in order to give the woman in your life beautiful jewelry!  Shadora Jewelry is an online discount jewelry store which has affordable, classic, and beautiful jewelry.

I had the opportunity to review 2 carat white topaz earrings from Shadora Jewelry.

 

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They came in a pretty little black gift box that would be appropriate for wrapping up for Valentine’s Day or any holiday.  The earrings are 2 round cut white topaz gems.  The setting is sterling silver.

 

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The earrings are really delicate and pretty!  They are secured by a butterfly back so they are sure to stay secure in your ears!

 

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My daughter tried these pretty earrings out as my ears aren’t pierced.  She is a little fussy about earrings.  If they are not easy to put on, pull on her ears, or are otherwise uncomfortable in any way she will not be a fan!  She really loved the Shadora white topaz earrings.

 

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She thought that the earrings were easy to put in and were not heavy in any way.  As you can see, they are tasteful and appropriate even for an 11 year old!  She is planning on wearing these for formal occasions such as school and athletic banquets and band concerts.  These would be a beautiful addition to any woman’s wardrobe. These would be a tasteful and simple earring to wear to work as well as to formal events.  And as you can see, when you get close, it is very difficult to tell that these are not real diamonds.

One of the best features of these weddings is the price!  Shadora says that these earrings retail for $79.99, but you can get them on Shadora for only $19.99!  This is sure to fit in any budget and will make for a beautiful gift.

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LippyDudu Lip Balm {Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Review and Giveaway}

 

As you may know, I’m on the lookout this year for fun and unique gifts for Valentine’s Day to include in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.   If you plan on doing any smooching this Valentine’s Day, or if you are looking for a fun gift for your significant other or teenager, you must check out Lippydudu lip balm!

Lippydudu is an adorable little Etsy shop which carries lip balm, body balm, lip scrub, and a funny (and yummy smelling!) spray called “eww de toilet”.

I had a chance to review Lippydudu’s Valentine’s day creation, a lemonade lip balm appropriately named “Shut Up and Kiss Me”.  As you can see, the lip balm arrived in an adorable hand-stamped muslin gift bag.  This would be the perfect size to include inside a Valentine’s day card!

 

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Not only is this a seriously cute gift, the lip balm is, in a word, amazing.  I live in Western NY, where dry forced air, nasty weather and ridiculous temperatures can do some serious damage to your skin and lips.  It’s not uncommon for me to wake up with dry, cracked lips that can get pretty painful.

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Lippydudu’s lip balm was a great cure!  The lip balm went on nice and smooth.  It was definitely not greasy at all – it left my lips with a smooth and silky feeling.  It’s taste was was very light and natural – it was a sweet lemon flavor, but it wasn’t too overpowering.  Best of all, it soaked into my lips and made them super smooth and eased the dry and cracked feeling!

Another awesome, awesome thing about LippyDudu’s lip balm?  No harmful chemicals, preservatives, or other gross stuff!  I recognized every single ingredient:  beeswax, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, argan oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, flavor oils, vitamin e.  This is a product that you can feel good about using yourself or allowing your children to use!

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Kat N’ Drew Magnet Cards

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Getting and giving cards is a part of just about every holiday there is.  While some of you out there might save your greeting cards, I’m betting that there are a lot of cards that end up in the trash after a particular holiday is over.  Not with Kat N’ Drew Cards!  If you have been looking for unique Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, your search is over! Kat n’ Drew Cards makes a card giving a gift giving experience as well.  Along with handmade cards, Kat N’ Drew cards pairs funny or sweet sayings with a gift, such as a magnet, charms, bracelets, and bookmarks. Kat N’ Drew’s magnet cards are definitely a unique gift!

 

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I had an opportunity to review one of Kat N’ Drew’s Valentine’s Day Magnet cards.  First of all, shipping was SUPER FAST!  I contacted Drew through their Etsy store on January 16, and I had a card in hand three days later!  That is one of my favorite parts of supporting and buying from small businesses – customer service is prompt and personal!  You will not be disappointed with Kat N’ Drew in this department.  Drew is super friendly and fun and that is reflected in their products as well!

My magnet card arrived neatly wrapped up, and was packaged in plastic to prevent damage during shipping.  It was in absolutely perfect condition!

 

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Each card is handmade and has a place to write a small note on the inside. This would make the PERFECT little card to go in a bouquet of flowers, used as a gift tag, or just as a sweet little note for a part of your Valentine’s Day celebration.

 

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As you can see, I chose the “I Love You Most” magnet card.  My boyfriend and I are always going back and forth with “I love you most”, “No, I love YOU most.”  A little sappy, perhaps, but it works for us.

 

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Now, our “I Love You Most” can have a perfect home on our fridge.  The magnet sayings range from sweet to silly.  One of my other favorites was “I Love You Even when you Hog the Bed.”  Kat N’ Drew cards have SO MANY cute phrases on their magnets that you are sure to find something that will be a perfect fit for you and your significant other this Valentine’s Day.  Right now they have 106 choices!

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