Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Amazon.com Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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I try to keep candles around the house. It’s a decor that comes in handy during power outages and I love the ambiance of a pretty candle when the sun goes down. But candle shopping is difficult when you’re looking for a candle that doesn’t have synthetic fragrance and that will actually produce a quality burn.

 shop Big Dipper Wax Works. all natural beeswax candles. bright idea.

Beeswax Heart Pillar

From reading on the Big Dipper website, I’ve learned that beeswax candles are better for the environment. They burn cleaner, longer, and brighter.  Big Dipper has a large selection of candles. The Heart Pillar is very pretty & perfect for warming hearts this Valentine’s Day.

Big Dipper is a Green America approved business located in Seattle. They donate 10% of the net profits from all candle sales “to organizations dedicated to outreach, education, and sustainability efforts devoted to promoting sustainable beekeeping. ”

It think it’s a great idea to bee Eco friendly and use beeswax candles from Big Dipper.

Big Dipper Wax Works provided the Beeswax Heart Pillar to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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live life in color

lug = colorful bags for the organized traveler. Lifestyle bags of all types, in all colors. Perfect for travel, work, play, and the everyday.

CABLE CAR
SATCHEL
When it’s time to get up and go this smart satchel is ready to hit the road! There are pockets and pouches aplenty, including one that’s soft-lined for gadgets and a mesh zip pouch for stuff to keep in view, but the piece de resistance is a matching key chain that clips right inside. Bye, bye lost keys! Other enviable features include the fully adjustable strap and the hidden water bottle pocket on the side. 
Available in 9 colors, I’m living life with my Plum Purple Cable Car Satchel! Made of 100% polyester, it is water repellent inside and out. The Cabel Car has a flat bottom and for the most part it can sit upright without falling over. The strap is comfortable and can be worn cross body or over the shoulder. The best part is that it has plenty of USEFUL pockets and pouches. Zip closures and one magnetic closure.
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UNDERCOVER BEARS
AGENT GOMER
Whether hitting the road or flying the skies, this snooze inducing blanket and pillow set will quickly become a travel staple. Made from ultra-plush fabric with squishy ears to squeeze, these bears beg to be cuddled. Just remove the blanket, inflate the pillow, and slip it into the cover. And don’t fear spills—the blanket and pillow are machine washable.
The lug® collection of undercover bears is a cuddle team of different bears/agents. Different colors, faces, names, and personalities!! Agent Gomer, the green bear, is “the natural choice for all things that sprout, bloom, and spring forth. From roses and daisies to radishes and string beans, this bear grows it all – a greener paw, there could never be. A journey with Gomer is sure to bring good luck and reinvigorate when it’s time to take cover.”  
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Unzip the bear & inside is a blanket and inflatable pillow
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Put the inflated pillow back into the case
Voilà
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Lug® aptly selected Agent Gomer for my review knowing that we are two “green” peas in a pod. I’ll call this blanket + pillow combo a traveler’s gem. Beary snuggable. And NOT just for children! 

Pillow Case Size: 11″w x 9″h x 3″d
Blanket Size: 35″w x 46″h

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Notes From Dawn received a cabel car satchel and an agent Gomer bear from lug® in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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This recipe calls for fresh cranberries but it also works with those you put in the freezer after the holidays. Make it for Valentine’s Day and enjoy its distinctive orange and cranberry flavor♥  

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2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan ( You can also use 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

dash salt

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 cup orange juice

1 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries)

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a loaf pan. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add egg and beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until combined. (dough will appear very dry) Reduce speed to low; beat in orange juice. Fold in cranberries and walnuts. Spread batter in prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake about 50 minutes to 1 hour. (tent with foil usually after about 30 minutes to prevent top from browning too quickly) Cool in pan 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack or leave in pan to cool. Cool completely before slicing. 

Cranberry Walnut Bread freezes well so if you are making it with fresh cranberries when they are in season, you can make two loaves and save one of them for another time.

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Hawaiian Flowers and Leis

Hawaiian Flowers, Leis, and Gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box when shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift. Bring some of Hawaii to her (or him) with a special delivery from With Our Aloha.

With Our Aloha is an Hawaiian company commited to its local heritage. They responsibly use the island’s resources to enhance their local economy. Extra attention is given to special orders and custom requests; their customer service is top-notch.  (Read some of their customer’s compliments on products and service here)

My Hawaiian orchid was carefully packaged (wrapped & staked) and I received it by FedEx next day delivery. It was just beginning to bloom.

Hawaiian Blooming Orchid

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‘Pacific Matriarch’

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a few days later

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Below are their two most popular Valentine’s Day choices:  

Aloha (Love) Tropical Flowers Assortment

Aloha (Love) tropical flowers assortment anthuriums and orchids

and the Deluxe Pampering Sampler Gift Basket For Her.

Hawaiian Women's Spa Gift Basket

With Our Aloha has lots of gift-giving options for your Valentine. Show your love… direct from Hawaii

Notes From Dawn received a beautiful live ‘Pacific Matriarch’ orchid from With Our Aloha in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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