Ready Set It’s Thanksgiving: 5 Entertaining Tips

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Ready.. Set.. It’s Thanksgiving week!

Ah, how this holiday makes me happy. Also, HOW are we already more than halfway through November? My favorite Babbleboxx assistant/fan is joining us again, as always, and with her best friend this time. Time for the unboxing!

How cute are they? They had just run a fall 5K before the unboxing and were in good spirits. Now let’s talk about the box in better detail. First, we have a Petlanthropy Donation Gift Card. How novel is that? I really think that’s the perfect holiday gift for the animal lover in your life. These gift cards bring needed care, livesaving and smiles to beautiful, local, homeless cats, kittens, puppies and dogs in need. With one of these gift cards, you can find animal shelters and projects you care about on www.petlanthropy.org and apply the value of the gift card to any local animal shelter project or donation page.

I chose Dakin Humane Society’s donation page for my gift card, because they’re local heroes. That’s where we got our cat, Juniper, as a tiny kitten. We love it there! Where would you donate? Check out www.petlanthropy.org for more.

Next we have Solid Gold! I got Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats with Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon, and Tropical Blendz Cat Food With Turkey and Coconut Oil. Pretty convenient because today is Athena’s birthday and she gets super awesome treats! Don’t forget your pets for Thanksgiving with Solid Gold’s new line of dog and cat recipes that incorporate ingredients from your favorite holiday feasts into holistic foods. Your pets will love it! Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats combine turkey, sweet potatoes and cinnamon for a texture, aroma and taste that are a nutrient-dense reward for dogs of all sizes.

As for the cats, Tropical Blendz grain and gluten free wet cat food is crafted with a balanced combo of wholesome turkey and coconut oil. It’s served in a paté form that can be served as a balanced meal, an accompaniment to dry food, or as a tasty treat! Solid Gold has a variety of wet foods and treats that are great holiday stocking stuffers for your pets! If you’re looking for grain free dog treats or grain free cat food, check out this discount here. Athena LOVED her birthday treat.

You can find out more about natural dog treats here, as well as natural cat food here.

Next we have Sipp Sparkling Organic Drink!

Yum. It’s available in six flavors. I got mine in Blackberry, Mint & Lime and it was so flavorful, I drank it alone with my dinner last night. I can see using it and other flavors in cocktails, mocktails and other drinks. Just plain chilled is delicious too! They’re perfect to serve with Thanksgiving dinner! Sipp Organics blend fruits, herbs and agave into a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage. Are you making cocktails this holiday? They will surely have a lot of flavor with these organic drinks!

Find out more here.

Speaking of cocktails, we have an awesome book! Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist by Tara Roscioli and Beth Ritter Nydick from Blue Barn Kitchen Publishing. Holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology. Pretty cool! Their wonderful recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, anti-inflammatory spices, and clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Also, many of their recipes offer pitcher-sized variations that are perfect for holiday entertaining – and they feature innovative mixers like kombucha and iced tea. The Clean and Serene Mocktail has my heart! Find your perfect Thanksgiving cocktails and clean cocktails by buying the book here.

Last, we have the Edible Arrangements Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with Orange Swizzle Berries! I think Edible Arrangements® is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving celebration, especially if you want to hear your guests gasp. Not only is this product delicious and convenient, you can order last minute options all the way up to 11/22 (the day before Thanksgiving)! My bouquet included salted caramel apple wedges and chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange Swizzle®. It also had playful pineapple leaves, a chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, additional grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and a keepsake pumpkin container that can be used again. Perfect gift, centerpiece, dessert, etc.

Ready Set It's Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving Babbleboxx is amazing! Read all about it and our five entertaining tips for the holiday. #ad #ThanksgivingBBxx

Ready Set It's Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving Babbleboxx is amazing! Read all about it and our five entertaining tips for the holiday. #ad #ThanksgivingBBxx

Ready Set It's Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving Babbleboxx is amazing! Read all about it and our five entertaining tips for the holiday. #ad #ThanksgivingBBxx

The fruit was so juicy and we LOVED the chocolate. See? We couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving! You still have time for the most perfect Thanksgiving dessert ideas. Just click here and use the following discount codes for awesomeness:

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Here are my 5 favorite entertaining tips for Thanksgiving and beyond:

1 – Start with something fun, like an Edible Arrangements® centerpiece!

2 – Plan your menu.

3 – Prep or even make your sides and some desserts early – just to test them out!

4 – Serve what YOU really love! For me, that’s mashed potatoes.

5 – Serve drinks for all ages!

Happy Thanksgiving!

15 Amazing Items You’ll Want For Back to School

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Do you want to know the BEST 15 items for #backtoschool this year? 3rd grader, Scarlet, helps highlight all of the school supplies and products she's loving now #sp #BTSBabbleboxx

This post is otherwise known as “Scarlet’s Best Day Ever.”

You see, Scarlet LOVES school supplies. She got gift cards from her birthday party to book stores or just general credit card gift cards. You know what she wanted to buy with the credit card gift cards? School supplies. Just school supplies! I told her to wait, because the most unique and exciting back-to-school items were still to come. And that’s how we got to this place right now. School starts in one week (wow!) and I can’t wait to show you how ready my kids are. 3rd grade & kindergarten!

Here we come!

Back to school shopping can be a bit tough, so I like to rely on my kids’ interests, and also what I see online. That’s why I was so excited to create an awesome video with Scarlet for you today! It will definitely show you all of the happiness, giddiness, and product love you’ll see in these parts. This is such an amazing compilation because it covers school supplies, of course, but also features back to school lunch box items, and personal care products. I’m so excited to start! Now:

Do you want to know the BEST 15 items for #backtoschool this year? 3rd grader, Scarlet, helps highlight all of the school supplies and products she's loving now #ad #BTSBabbleboxx

1 – Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug Well, where do we begin? Here! All you do is plug your Wemo Mini Smart Plug in the wall, download the free app, connect your Wemo to your Wi-Fi, and then you can remotely control your lights and appliances from anywhere in the WORLD. Talk about Smart Technology! You can set schedules and timers, and even control your Wemo with your voice – using an Amazon Echo or Google Home Device. It gets better, though. I have a promo code for YOU to get 20% off your own Wemo Mini Smart Plug. So make your home a Smart Home with this code: WEMOtamaracamera, at this link. So that’s WEMOtamaracamera. Now through September 30th, 2017. Don’t miss!

This is such a big one for us because we go on 2-3 big trips a year and this brings peace of mind.

You can also click the below photo to take you there.

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2 – Zoono GermFree24 Hand SanitizerFoam Hand Sanitizer

3 – Zoono GermFree24 Hand SanitizerSpray Hand Sanitizer

These products are both favorites in our household, because fall/winter/even spring germs can be SO ROUGH on a household. These are DA-compliant, water-based hand sanitizers that kill 99.99% of germs on contact, AND, they work for up to 24 hours. Plus, they’re environmentally friendly and do not rub off. They remain active on the skin’s surface through hand washing and sweating. If you’re looking for a 24 hour hand sanitizer, I can’t say enough good things about these. I feel good about Scarlet bringing them both to school. Here are the links to purchase Foam Hand Sanitizer and Spray Hand Sanitizer.

4 – Pure Growth Organic – Animal Crackers

5 – Pure Growth Organic – White Cheddar Popcorn

6 – Pure Growth Organic – Crispy Rice Squares

Well.. yum. Who isn’t looking for a good lunchbox solution, or three? These organic kids snacks are AMAZING! I even have tried all three. In fact, I served them all at a summer playdate and they were all three eaten fast. Get your own here and use code: 2020BABBLE to get 20% off. Organic snacks? Yummy ones? 20% off? What are you waiting for?? These are a must!

7 – OOLY – Mighty Zipper Pouch

8 – OOLY – Jumbo Brights Neon Colored Pencils

9 – OOLY – 2-in-1 Flip Side Notebook

10 – OOLY – Yummy Yummy Scented Gel Pens

11 – OOLY – Eraser

Well, this is a lot of fun! You’ll see Scarlet’s delighted reaction in the (below) video. So much color! So much use! I have to say when you think perfect back to school supplies for 3rd grade, I can’t imagine passing by OOLY! These cute school supplies are also FUN school supplies and they’re also art supplies. How great is that? OOLY loves creating products to help kids (and adults) smile and express themselves. In fact, I’m about to let you do the same thing with this awesome link for you to enjoy 15% off orders of $35 or more, PLUS free shipping in the Continental US! AND free OOLY eraser. Ends 9/7/17.

Just use the code “ready” at this link and click any of the below photos.

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12 – Snip-Its Kids Salon Products – Tangy Apple 3-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo

13 – Snip-Its Kids Salon Products – Morning Miracle Mousse Styling Spray

14 – Snip-Its Kids Salon Products – Silly Slicker Ultimate Sculpting Gel

In my video (below), Scarlet read the conditioning shampoo as “tangly” but on the record, it’s actually “tangy.” And it smells DELICIOUS! Both kids use all three products! Snip-Its actually specializes in kid haircuts/parties, and since we don’t have a location near us, we can get salon-quality hair products that have been designed with kids in mind. Salon haircare products right at home! Both of my kids were excited. You can find a salon near you by visiting www.snipits.com.

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15 – Duck® brand Duck Tape – I think Scarlet was pretty excited about the name – Duck Tape – because she always thought it should be called that. This helps us so much around the house! Also, their website has a whole new section dedicated to the Duck Tape® Makers™ – with videos, articles, projects and ideas. It’s pretty inspiring. We’re project people here.

Definitely check out their website here.

So, how cool is that? 15 amazing items for back to school. I love how it’s school supplies and beyond. There’s something for everyone, or if you’re like us, there’s everything right there. And I promised you a fun video, so here it is!

What’s #1 on your school supplies list?