Gifts That Multiply Hope: Review and Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post, but I received a gift basket of Gift Catalog items to facilitate my review.

It's the time for giving and the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog is here. Enter my giveaway. Purchase items to support World Vision’s mission. #WVGiftCatalog

It’s the time for giving and the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog is here.

When a donation is made to World Vision’s “Where Most Needed” fund, you can choose from different items to receive as a meaningful memento of your donation/gift. I’m giving away one gift basket full of all of the mementos you can receive if you make a donation. Simply comment on this post about the item you’d most want, and then share the post far and wide!

Items included within gift basket:

The Heaton Hope Bracelet ($100) – This year, everyone’s favorite TV mom, Patricia Heaton, has partnered with World Vision to design the Patricia Heaton Hope Bracelet. The name was purposely chosen to encourage people to feel hopeful about our world and to give hope, through generosity, to those in need.

Vietnamese Tote ($100) – Disabled Vietnamese women gain independence by creating these beautiful hand-embroidered purses.

African Soapstone Box ($85) – Talented artisans bring raw stone to life with etched designs and hand dyed finishes that showcase modern African creativity and provide a sustainable way out of poverty.

Charm Necklace ($100) – Made by a gold and silver plating specialist in India, the unique and elegant charms make this necklace a subtle statement piece.

May 2017 Gift Catalog Donor Gift Item Shoot

Infinity Scarf ($75) – This fashion-forward accessory is made by artisans in India who are trained in the loom industry to attain skills and a sustainable livelihood.

May 2017 Gift Catalog Donor Gift Item Shoot

Wraparound Ring ($55) – A vibrant, adjustable ring with aqua and blue chalcedony stones set in metal, made by female artisans in India.

*Prices in the Gift Catalog are subject to change

It’s so hard to choose a favorite, but I’m quite partial to the Heaton Hope Bracelet. It photographs so well and fits me too. I have tiny wrists so it’s hard to get a good fit. All of the items, though, are gorgeously made. I’m proud to have a gift basket and I hope the same for you! Remember, to leave a comment on this post, share the post, and answer this question:

Which item is your favorite?

Orange Lemonade Banana Pineapple Punch Deliciousness

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and Simply Orange Juice Company.

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Everyone, what do I love more than Christmas morning presents with my family? Christmas brunch! Oh. Yes.

At my parent’s farm, ever since the eight (nearly nine) grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between. And the kids allow that! The adults do too! I’m not a patient person, and call me crazy, but it’s all about my parent’s brunch spread! They prep the food the night before and then just pop the main courses in the oven when brunch time is near. There’s hot carafes of coffee, my dad’s oven-cooked bacon, and a giant box of doughnuts that my brother always brings. And if he didn’t? I think Des the Doughnut King would be quite upset. There’s always sausage and fruit as well. We make drinks that morning.

My eye is always on the prize, though. The punch.

This is something we start with in the morning, but then make a new batch or put it out again in the afternoon – when we’re finally out of our Christmas pajamas – and neighbors are coming over to have some punch and snacks. Then it’s punch and mixed nuts! The perfect combo. I get everything I need at our local Sam’s Club. Among the ingredients for this spread are Member’s Mark Mixed Nuts, and then the stars of the show – a Simply Orange® 2 pack and Simply Lemonade® 2 pack as well.

Look for them in the juice aisle.

My brunch mocktail is simply the best. I’m all about having convenient beverage and snacking solutions for our huge holiday gathering on December 25th. It seems to get larger every year, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I actually love going to Sam’s Club on a weekday. There, I can get everything I need for my family and for extended family too. Simply Beverages® are deliciously simple. You can find their great-tasting 100% juice drinks in the refrigerated section of your Sam’s Club. I love that they come in 2-packs, because that’s perfect for entertaining. My recipe uses convenient ingredients.

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And my dad always says that it’s not a party until there are mixed nuts!

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Orange Lemonade Banana Pineapple Punch Deliciousness:

Ingredients:

3 bananas
2-1/3 cups Simply Orange®, divided
1 cup Simply Lemonade®
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup Sprite
sliced oranges for garnish

Instructions:

Peel bananas and add them to a blender.

Add 1/3 cup of Simply Orange®.

Process until bananas are pureed.

Pour into large pitcher.

Add 1 cup each of Simply Orange®, Simply Lemonade® and pineapple juice.

Stir to mix well.

Add Sprite.

Serve with an orange slice garnish.

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Special notes:

This can be easily doubled or tripled. Just make sure you know the size of your container/pitcher/punch bowl before you start mixing. I always like to refrigerate my items before making the punch so they are cold, and you don’t have to add ice. Simply Beverages® are found in the refrigerated aisle so they are already cold, but you may want to put the other items in the fridge too – like pineapple juice, Sprite, and even the sliced oranges.

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Then you can gather around the table and enjoy this punch! Or put it out on a snack table (a card table – per my parents) and watch people get absolutely delighted over the delicious punch and the mixed nuts. Throw in some cookies for extra fun!

What’s your favorite cocktail or mocktail for the holidays?

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