Candlemart by Hanna’s Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received products in exchange for an honest review.

I love candles.  My mother and I always smell candles anytime we go shopping together.  I have many good memories growing up, smelling and discussing candles with her.

I was so thrilled to review products from candlmart by Hanna’s.  I decided to pick products with a Spring theme.

Spring Trios Triple Pour Lilac Breeze Scented Wax Melts

Fresh Cotton Trios include: 4 Periwinkle Pansy melt cubes, 4 Violet Petals melt cubes, 4 Lilac Breeze cubes

I love having melts because they are wonderful at giving off a smell without the flame.  This is important to me because I have 2 preschoolers running around — and a cat!  AND let me tell you what — these melts smell divine!  It is like bringing a spring  bouquet into your home.  I absolutely love them.  You can melt one fragrance, or mix and match.

    Lilac Petals Scented Small Pint Jar Candle

    Lilacs hold a special place in my heart.  My mom had a lilac bush in our backyard growing up.  We always had fresh cut lilacs in our kitchen.  The smell of lilacs always warms my heart.. so this candle was a must!  In fact, I let out a squeel of excitement when I ran across this candle on the website!  This candle has a fresh picked lilac smell with pear-splashed medley of boxwood, violet, precious woods, and berry-infused musk.  Trust me … this candle is heaven in a jar!!

    Wild Berry Scented Wax Melts 

    The next prodct I picked was the Wild Berry melts.  They smell of juicy blackberries and cranberries — dusted with confectioners sugar.  I really love the smell of berries — so this was a great pick for me.  I used to go in our backyard as a kid and pick berries to make homemade pies — So I love that these melts smell just like berry pie!  

    Aromabeads Lavender Thyme Scented Canister Candle 

    I love having lavender candles around the house.  They are perfect for burning right before bedtime.  They have a calming affect on the girls, and help us get ready for bed.  They are also perfect to burn during bubble baths. 

    The aromabeads candles provide a unique burning experience because they burn different, and release fragrance into the air faster.  This is why I picked a lavender fragrance for this particular candle type.  It has a Lavender Thyme Fragrance with notes of jasmine flowers, and rose petals blended with the sultry notes of sandalwood and musk.

    Peony Fields Scented Small Pint Jar Candle

    I really love the smell of Peony flowers.  This candle has the smell of peonies with also hints of Rose, cyclamen, white musk and tender woods.  My girls really love this particular candle.  They kept wanting to smell it.

    GIVEAWAY TIME: Candlemart by Hanna’s is giving a $10.00 credit to their site  (and free shipping) to one lucky reader!  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  To enter the giveaway, please (1) FOLLOW me on instagram, and (2) COMMENT on the giveaway post on instagram.  The contest ends June 12th.

    Winner will be notified via instagram, and the prize will be fulfilled by Candlemart by Hanna’s.  Remember you have 48 hours to claim the prize, or I will choose another winner. GOOD LUCK!!!

    Click here to learn more about Candlemart by Hanna’s.  You can find Candlemart by Hanna’s on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

    My Review of the Very Hungry Caterpillar Surprise Slides Game

    Our #TuesdayTryThis is an awesome game we recently purchased on Amazon called “The very Hungry Caterpillar Surprise Slides Game.

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    My girls absolutely love the Hungry caterpillar Book, so I knew that they would fall in love with this game.  We had so much fun playing it, and I was surprised at how well it kept their attention.  I even found them playing it together (without Mom) — how awesome is that!

    This game is perfect for teaching because it:

    • Promotes color recognition
    • Encourages turn-taking and playing together
    • Perfect first game for preschoolers

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    The colors of this game a beautiful and vibrant.  You also switch the tiles during the game, which changes the game play (the slides) — which makes it exciting and new every time!  I really adore the game pieces, they are little worms.

    The only thing I hated about the game, and it really isn’t a big deal, was that the flip over pieces fit too snugly (mom has to help) — so I just placed them down loosely on top and that solved the problem.

    A FRIENDLY NOTE from a mom who has plenty of experience with games not lasting in her house –> I suggest putting the game away yourself after the kids are done playing with it.  This will keep the game nice, and will help you keep track of all the pieces.  I keep our games in my closet where the kids can’t reach them.  If they want to play with them they have to ask me to get them down.  This helps me keep track of everything, and allows the game to be used more than once.

    Note from Elizabeth: This is just an honest post that was not sponsored by the manufacturer. I just really like using this product & wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

    Click here to purchase a copy for yourself today!

    Favorites in April

    Beauty Favorites

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    I am in love with this lip and cheek stain from Earth & Eve.  It is the perfect size to fit into your purse –  and gives such a cute spring color.

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    I used this product all last month, it’s excellent! Origins GinZing Eyecream takes care of puffiness, dark circles and dryness. It also has illuminators in it, so it helps waken up your skin. I love love love it!


    Favorite Toys

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    This is the most adorable wooden tea set from Cubbie Lee Toy company.

    My girls really enjoyed this set. They play with it every day. The quality of this set is amazing! What a wonderful toy to help teach cooperation and role play.


    Favorite Books

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    One of our new favorite books this last month was the “Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury – 5-Minuted Bedtime Treasury“. The girls really love watching Really Woolly episodes on television, so I had a feeling this would be a huge hit. It is a beautiful padded hardcover book, with 30 inspiring stories to encourage little ones and offer a heartwarming reminder of just how much God loves them.

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    Favorites on Netflix

    I had TWO binge watches in April.

    1.  Santa Clarita Diet

    Joel and Sheila Hammond are realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.

    2.  The Shannara Chronicles

    ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a new TV series based on the best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, the story follows an Elven Princess, Amberle, a half-human half-elf, Wil, and a human, Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop a Demon army from destroying the Four Lands.

     


    Favorite New Apps

    My girls are in love with this new app we downloaded.  It is called Tasty Treats, and can be found on the app store.

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    What products did you love this month??  Please let me know in the comments

    Tangled: Before Ever After Review & Giveaway

    My girls and I love watching Disney movies together.  It is the perfect time to cuddle on the couch, and have some quality bonding time.  We absolutely love the story of Rapunzel, and Tangled is still one our favorite movies.  So, when we heard that Disney’s Rapunzel was coming back in a long-awaited Tangled sequel we were thrilled!

    We absolutely fell in love with the sequel — and if the sequel wasn’t enough, Disney has also created a spin off series (which the movie sets you up for).

    Synopsis:  

    After all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, Tangled: Before Ever After is a magical movie event!!

    Voice Cast:     Mandy Moore(“This Is Us”) as Rapunzel; Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Eugene, formerly known as Flynn Rider; Eden Espinosa(Broadway’s “Wicked”) as Cassandra; Julie Bowen(“Modern Family”) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna; and Clancy Brown (“Sofia the First”) as Rapunzel’s father, King Frederic.

    Executive Producer: Chris Sonnenburg (Disney’s “Enchanted”)

    Release Date: April 11, 2017

    Buy on Amazon here:

    Tangled: Before Ever After

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    The girls and I loved this movie so much, we decided to have a GIVEAWAY and give our readers a chance to win a copy of their very own.  This giveaway is sponsored, and ran by us.  Please share, and Good Luck!

    Click Here to Enter

    Note from Elizabeth: This post was not sponsored, or offered by the manufacture. I just really liked the movie, and wanted to share with you.  🙂

    Watch the first five minutes of Tangled Before Ever After below:

    KH by Kalani Subscription Sock Box Review and Giveaway

    Socks are one of my favorite ways to add a splash of personality to my wardrobe!  So as you can imagine, when I heard Kalani Hilliker from Lifetime’s hit TV show, “Dance Moms” started her own sock line, I was all about it!

    Kalani’s Sock Box is a monthly subscription service that features two brand new pairs of socks designed by Kalani herself.  Each month, you’ll receive two new pairs of soft, synthetic-blend socks with playful, unique patterns (a $30.00 value).  You can buy each sock individually if you don’t want to sign up for the monthly subscription box.

    To be truthful, I expected these socks to be like any other decorative socks that I own; cute, but not that comfy.  Most of the socks that I own are too tight, slip down all day, or don’t hold up for very long.  I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I put on these socks!!  They were not only more than what I expected.; they are my new favorite socks!

    The socks I received in my box for review were crew socks, with a built-in heel.  The heel is one of the reasons the socks are super comfy.  They are made out of a soft, synthetic stretch blend which makes them perfect for all day wear.  I thought that they breathed wonderfully while keeping my feet warm.   I loved that they didn’t slip down throughout the day.   They are a wonderfully designed sock, not at all what I expected.  I’m so ready to see Kalani’s designs for next month!

    Tell me what do you look for in a sock?  Post in the comments below!

    You can use my discount code (LizB20) to receive a 20% savings on individual sock purchases.  Sign up today to receive KH by Kalani.

    You can use my discount code (LizB20) to receive a 20% savings on individual sock purchases.  Sign up today to receive KH by Kalani.

    For my birthday I’m giving away $25 PayPal to one lucky winner!  This giveaway is US, 18 or older.  Giveaway ends on 6/17.   Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond.  If there is no response during that time a new winner will be chosen.  


    May the odds be ever in your favor.


    Click here to Enter

    Bring the spa home with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Basil Liquid Hand Soap & Lotion

    “The best tip we have for Hand Lotion is simply this– use it!  Hands spend so much of the day hard at work: typing,  driving,  cooking,  leading little ones across the street.   Give them the break they deserve with this moisturizing formula.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself! This was the quote on the lotion bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Lotion. I know as a single mom I can become do stess doing the simplest of everyday chores… and my hands and mind take a beating!!

    Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has come up with a fabulous new scent to help just that; Basil – it is said that basil can help revive the senses, clear the head, and calm the nerves!.. Just what this mom needs!

    The Basil Collection, like all of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day lines, uses only plant derived ingredients and essential oils. There are no harmful bleaches, ammonias, petroleum distillates, parabens, phosphates, or phthalates.

    Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap contains a special recipe of aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of natural essential oils to create a hard working, non-drying, yet softening cleaner for busy hands.

    The lotion contains a special recipe of shea butter, almond oil, aloe vera, and a unique blend of natural essential oils that leaves the hands super soft and moisturized.

    The smells lasts a really long time… which is awesome because it really does help relax me. It’s like a personal spa in a bottle!

    I can’t wait for you all to try it.

    This post was sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day as part of a new product sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.

    What brand of soaps are you a fan of and why?

    My Book Review of “Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day”

    Reading is something my family enjoys doing.  It gives us quality time together as a family, and helps us wind down at the ends of the day.  We are always looking for new books to add to our library!  Wee are so excited to share with you this new book that we recently added called Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick

    We absolutely LOVE IT!

    If yoy have children that are animal lovers like mine, you will fall in love with this charming book.  It is filled with six stories of adventurous animals who end up snuggled in for the night.

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    Synopsis:  

    Meet six wild baby animals in this read-aloud storybook collection.  Playful tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses, pandas, and gorillas love to explore their natural habitats.  But when the dashing,  splashing, munching, and crunching are done, it’s time for sleep.  After all, every baby animal needs to rest!

    With its depiction of true-to-life animal behavior, this treasury of original stories is perfect for sharing with any toddler who is (almost) ready to say goodnight.

    Buy on Amazon here: Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day

    My Book Review:

    My favorite thing about Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick is the use of onomatopoeia; which is the formation of words from a sound associated with the name (eg, crunch, splash, munch).  The sing – song melodic cadence coupled with action words kept my daughters very entertained the whole time I read the book.  Infact, they never let me read just one, it has to be ALL six! … Yes,  it is that good!

    The illustrations by Laura Watkins, are absolutely gorgeous!  Her soft beautiful animals coupled with the sweetness of the story will keep your child engaged and relaxed.

    If your toddler is as wild as mine, they will related to this book.   All the animals have  an adventurous day, then snuggle in for the night with their mama.

    At the end of the book there are interesting facts about the animal featured in the book.  I overheard my oldest daughter Allie,  sharing her new learned facts with her friends at daycare.

    Kids Book Review:

    Allie (5 years old):  She loved the baby tigers.   She loved the fact that they played and snuggled with mom.   She loved the fact that they drink milk before they eat meat.

    Cora (4 years old):  She loved baby giraffe.   She thought he was so cute.   I think she liked that he ” just wasn’t talk enough”.