Monday, November 30, 2015

Level Naturals ~ Taking care of you. Taking care of our World.


I was given the opportunity to review Level products.  Level products are made using the finest  natural ingredients. Vegan, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified. All natural essential oils are used in their products - never any chemicals. Gluten Free

If you have never used a shower bomb....order them now!  They are amazing. You place the bomb on the floor of your tub where the shower water can hit the bomb. You will be amazed at the menthol and cucumber scent that fills your shower. You are surrounded by mist that is soothing, refreshing and relaxing.   
The Shower Boms make excellent gifts!  Only $8.00 for 4 bombs ~ they have 3 scents available

The Bath Bombs are also extremely refreshing...I swear when I use their bombs I can close my eyes and I feel like I am in a professional spa.
The Bath Bombs come in packs of 6  for $15.00 ~ they have 11 different scents 

The master of all is their soap! There soaps are amazing. Since I have extremely sensitive skin - I only use natural products. Level soaps are made with excellent craftsmanship. All Natural and good for your skin. Soap is sold in 5.8oz bars - bars sell for $7.00 and they have 15 scents available 
I was given the Menthol and Lime soap...so refreshing! 
Perfect for winters in Wisconsin!   

They are offering 15% off your first order. For under $20 dollars you can put together a total spa package for a perfect holiday gift!

 Level Naturals ~ Taking care of you. 
Taking care of our World.

Levels product line includes: Soap ~ Shower Bomb ~ Bath Bomb ~ Body Butter ~ Body Polish ~ Soy Candles ~ Room and Body Mist



Craft Supply Organization Tips

Whether you have a craft room or an area in your home designated for creating your masterpieces, it can easily go from being neat and organized to a creative mess in no time. The next thing you know, touches of glitter can be found on your bathroom floor and cabinet handles. If this describes your crafting experience, here are useful organizational tips that will help you get your mess in control and creative talent flowing:

Ribbon Holder
It's hard to store and organize spools of ribbon and rolls of colorful washi tape that so many crafters use for a variety of neat projects. Paint a wood bracelet holder in a vibrant color, and store your spools of ribbon and tape on the dowels of it for a pretty yet functional storage option.

Shower Caddy
Transform a wall-mount shower caddy into a craft storage center. You can store instructional books, sewing patterns, cards and envelopes on the shelves, and hang scissors, ribbon and other tools down below.

Embroidery Floss
For those who use embroidery floss for crafting, know how easily it can become a tangled mess resembling a bird's nest. Wrap each strand of embroidery floss around a clothespin, and put the end of it securely under the bottom part of the clothespin that automatically snaps closed.

Printer Trays
You can often find printer trays at flea markets and thrift stores. Printer trays are ideal for organizing craft supplies including ribbon, scrap booking supplies and beads. You can place your trays across your crafting table or on shelves next to your working area for easy access.

Color Block Pegboards
Brighten up your work space with a couple of pieces of pegboard painted in bold colors that can also be used as storage. Hang them side by side on one of the walls in your crafting area. You can hang small storage racks, scissors and a variety of craft supplies from hooks placed in the holes of the pegboard pieces.

Standing Shoe Cubby
Paint a standing shoe cubby in a vibrant color that coordinates with your crafting area. In some of the compartments, you can also place decorative baskets and boxes. You can store a sewing machine or other crafting devices on top of your standing shoe unit. You can store everything from scrapbook paper to fabric and a glue gun to other crafting necessities in the baskets and compartments of the standing shoe organizer.

Bathroom Accessories
Turn lovely bathroom accessories into crafty storage. Use a pretty toothbrush holder for storing markers, small paint brushes and pencils and a soap dish for little things like buttons, beads and business cards. Vintage Teacups

Teacups make unique and pretty little storage solutions for jewelry makers or any crafter who uses small parts to make their creations. Tape your vintage teacups to the bottom of a shelf or drawer to keep them from tipping over or sliding around.

These helpful and creative organizing tips will help you keep your crafting area organized, pretty and supplies easily accessible for the utmost productivity.

Bio -
This guest post contribution is courtesy of The Ribbon Retreat, a crafting site dedicated to all things ribbon and more such as elastic ribbon, sequin ribbon and chevron ribbon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pura Naturals

I was given the opportunity to review two great kitchen sponges.  One with Citrus Burst Soap and the other was a scrubber. They are GREAT!!!!

What makes these sponges so special is that they are 

* Guarantee they will stay fresh for 30 days
* Contain plant based renewable resources
 are Super Durable
* Soap sponges infused with biodegradable cleanser
tough on dirt
* Earth Conscious

Keep your kitchen clean the natural way with Pura Naturals!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Make a Difference by giving World Vision gifts.........


I was given the opportunity to review a World Vision bracelet. World Vision Gift is an amazing way to give back. By purchasing your Holiday Gifts from World Vision you are supporting a worthy cause. 

Making A Difference!


Help where it's needed most — and receive a gift for yourself or someone you care about! Your gift to help where most needed will address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. 

As a memento of your gift, you can receive beautiful items like this lovely mango wood beaded bracelet handcrafted in Indonesia. One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children. The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft - what better way to honor a mother in your life than with this gorgeous bracelet!  
The Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet is beautiful. The bracelet is beautiful. Excellent workmanship!  When I wear the bracelet I get compliments all day long. I have large wrist and it fits perfect. My friend has very small wrist and it also looks great on her. It is beautiful a PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT for someone special on your holiday list.
Approximate size: 2 1/2" tall x 8" long (adjustable length)
Please note your gift is tax-deductible, less the fair market value of $9.
Allow 7-10 days for delivery of handcrafted gifts.
This is a perfect way to spread love to all while doing your holiday shopping.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rick Brick and the Quest to Save Brickport An Unofficial LEGO Novel by Tamony Hall

Rick Brick and the Quest to Save Brickport

An Unofficial LEGO Novel by
Tamony Hall

Rick Brick is an architect who remembers the days when Brickport was gleaming and prosperous. Today, the city crumbles under corruption, poverty, and crime, but a powerful young billionaire has recently stepped in to run the capital. The billionaire demands that Rick design and build a magnificent structure at the center of the city, something to bring the city back to its original splendor.

But the billionaire has ulterior motives. The last brick to be used to finish the building is The Onyx Brick, older than the universe and holding all evil. Once the structure is finished, it will destroy the universe. It’s up to Rick to find The Golden Brick, which holds all good, before The Onyx Brick is put into place. Rick and his friend must cross through a portal and into three different brick dimensions to search for The Golden Brick. From the land of the dinosaurs to deep space, Rick will face great challenges and overcome hurdles with his quick mind and clever brick building. Will Rick Brick save the day? Or will Brickport, and the rest of the universe, be destroyed forever?

This is the perfect book for reluctant readers who love LEGO bricks. Get kids excited to read with this fast-paced LEGO adventure!

Davey is 6 and learning how to read. His reading journey is a struggle. Since Davey loves Lego's ~ Rick Brick and the Quest to Save Brickport is a excellent book to read to him. Making reading fun I feel is key to helping kids learn to read and enjoy reading.

Rick Brick and the Quest to Save Brickport is a perfect holiday gift for the Lego lover on your holiday list.

Friday, November 20, 2015

COCO & DEAN Explorers of the World by Emily Scofield

Journey with Coco and Dean as they discover some easy steps to take to help ensure that our world stays beautiful and healthy for future generations. In this fun filled text, expert Emily Scofield deftly addresses and explains complex topics like 'carbon footprints' and 'renewable resources'. Children everywhere will find this an enjoyable and eye opening read!


I was given the opportunity to review COCO & DEAN Explorers of the World by Emily Scofield.  COCO & Dean is a book about a curious brother and sister. 

The book is divided into three stories. They are PERFECT bedtime stories. Each story has a meaning.  Emily has included a learning section to the end of each story.

  Each story discussed a topic that helps save our EARTH? 
Learn interesting environmental facts that will make children think about the importance of protecting our EARTH.

Perfect Holiday Gift for all children on your holiday list. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Garden Dance ‘pretty in pink’ Libre Tea Glass


NEW Garden Dance ‘pretty in pink’ Libre Tea Glass

If you are a tea drinker - having a Libre INfuser Tea Glass is a MUST HAVE.  I love to drink leaf tea - the Libre Tea Class gives me a fresh hot loose leaf tea with no tea in my drink.  

Check out what a great gift the Libre Tea Glass is - add some loose tea and you have a perfect holiday gift for the tea lover on your list. A gift that says RELAX and ENJOY!

BPA FREE
Glass Interior
Twist off Lid
Durable Polly Exterior
Removable Filer
Leak Resistant thermal container
Keeps Drinks HOT or COLD
Click HERE to get your Libre Tea Infuser
 Great for Holiday Gifts, Calm moments and Traveling!
Pretty'n practical tea glass infuser! 

Excellent Holiday Gift!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#BarkingWednesday ~ Xylitol Kills Dogs

WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!!
ALL DOG OWNERS!!!!
This is the time of year that many people make dog treats for their fur babies.  Make sure to check ingredients of products you use for the treats. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Xylitol can be found in many low fat versions of products.  One I know for sure is Low Fat Peanut Butter. 

A very small amount of Xylitol can kill your dog.
Xylitol is estimated to  be 100 times as toxic as chocolate to dogs

Click HERE  for a great guide on products that contain Xylitol.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Has it been your dream.....................

Has it been your dream to open your own ice cream shop? Will you be making that dream become a reality in the near future? If this is the case, you need to make sure that everything looks professional when customers eventually start to make their way into your shop. This means that you need to have all of the necessary supplies in place. The question of where these supplies should be acquired can be a difficult one. However, you will be able to find what you need if you take some time and do some looking around. Here are a few ideas about where to buy supplies for your ice cream shop.

1. Retail stores
The large retail stores will sell most of the supplies you will need to effectively run your ice cream shop. However, the price you will pay when you buy your supplies from a retail store will most likely be slightly higher than some of your other alternatives. Retail stores are a good place to buy a small amount of supplies if you run out and you do not want to wait the time it takes for an online order to arrive. However, buying all of your supplies from a retail store will not be cost effective in the long run.

2. Specialty websites
The Internet is a fabulous tool that you should be taking advantage of in order to save money while opening your new ice cream business. There are many specialty websites that you can buy your supplies from. These sites specifically sell the supplies you will need to open your ice cream shop. This includes tasting spoons, cups, cup lids, cone holders and many other items. You will be able to save a lot of money compared to what retail stores will charge you for the same items. Most of these sites will give you a discount if you order in bulk. Gelato Products sells supplies for ice cream shops. You can view their inventory by going to http://gelatoproducts.com/spoons-1/tasting-spoons.html.

3. Auction sites
Certain ice cream shops may order more supplies than they need. Other stores may go out of business. These shops often try to sell their unused inventories of supplies quickly by putting them up for sale on auction sites. You might be able to find yourself a great deal if you happen to be browsing the listings at the right time.

Fall and Winter Festival Ideas


Fall and Winter Carnivals
Leaves changing, cold weather moving in and snow beginning to fall; these are all signs that winter is near. Don’t get depressed thinking about it when you can create fun ways to celebrate the changing seasons. Many times your school or church organization needs a way to raise money for equipment or trips and what a great way to bring life to the community by holding a carnival appropriate for the season.

Theme and Decorations
First you will want to create a theme, but this shouldn’t be difficult since there are many different props that can be used. Fall produces many pumpkins so why not hold a pumpkin festival? Make the environment fun and inviting by decorating with hay bales and pumpkins. Fall colors such as orange, deep red and brown are great colors to mix into the theme. Add a mixture of apples and call it an orchard fest!

Location and Attractions
Pick a venue that will accommodate the amount of attractions you want to feature. If it is a fundraiser you are looking to host, then perhaps you will want to charge an admission fee. Try and feature an equal share of indoor and outdoor activities to make the most use of the space and don’t forget fall food favorites like turkey legs, hot chocolate and kettle corn!

Some fun activities may include:
Pumpkin or Gourd Decorating Contest

A perfect way to raise money! Kids can purchase the pumpkin or gourd of their choice and then go to a fun table filled with paints and glitter to begin making their creation. Placing the finished items on display in such a place as a stage will not only make them feel proud for what they have done, but it will be an easy way to judge the contest. Judging can be performed by the general public or a specified group of volunteers. Gift cards and dollar store items make great gifts. Soliciting from area businesses can also be another way of gaining prizes.

Arts & Crafts Booth
Everyone knows that arts and crafts can be a fun way for children to show off their creativity. Offer the children a variety of leaves to choose from and let them decorate the leaves with paints and glitters. Provide scraps of construction paper, paper plates, crayons, markers and safety scissors, allowing their imaginations to flow with creativity.

Photo Booth
There is no better way to make fun and lasting memories than with photos! Offer silly props and colorful backdrops to make this attraction exciting and enjoyable. The initial photo booth can be free, but offer the final pictures for a small fee. Selling accessories such as frames or albums would be another great way to add to the fun while raising money for that field trip.

Snowman Contest
If the climate allows, feature a snowman contest by providing a large area of participation and a time frame. Offer a variety of fun props to add to the snowman and when time is up everyone must stop the task and wait for judging. Once again, a selected group of volunteers can be chosen for judging and fun prizes should be handed out to participants.

Ice Fishing Contest
Another fun contest that can be performed in a real lake filled with real fish for adults, or a swimming pool filled with toy fish for children. The goal of this competition can vary according to size or amount of fish caught within a certain amount of time.

Whatever theme or event you choose, remember that people will also be attracted to musical events as well as plenty of seasonal foods and warm drinks. Start advertising at least one month in advance by using colorful banners and fliers. Scout the community for donations of prizes. Use colorful signs above each booth and add balloons for an additional feature. Have fun and stay warm!

Bio -

This guest post is courtesy of SignMission, a custom sign company based in Florida. SignMission has a variety of products including kettle corn banners, gourd banners and hot chocolate banners.

Engaged Organics ~ Delicious spices

I have found the best tasting organic spices. 
Engage Organics  are delicious tasting spices perfect for making meals special.

Here is a pic of tonight's supper....Tilapia  seasoned with Engage Organic All-Purpose spice. DELICIOUS!!!!
Very easy to make.
Clean the Tilapia then coat with Engage Organics All Purpose Spice the grill on top of the oven - about 2 minutes per side.

 Engaged Organics website is backed full of great tasting recipes! Click HERE for recipe page.

Here are a few that taste delicious!
 Jeremy's Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes


 




Garlic Bread to Die For              


The Engaged Organic label identifies food grown with practices that:
  • Don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and soil fumigants.
  • Don’t use genetic engineering (GMO)
  • Don’t use sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Do improve the quality and fertility of the soil
  • Do protect water quality
  • Do reduce soil erosion
  • Do rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control
  • Do reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment
  • Do produce high quality, great tasting food
Engaged Organics make Excellent Holiday Gift for 
the Chef on your list. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

#BayerExpertCare ~ Moisturizing Dog Shampoo

This post is sponsored by Bayer® ExpertCareTM and the BlogPaws Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Bayer ExpertCare products but Green and Glassie only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bayer ExpertCare is not responsible for the content of this article.

I often wonder what is the difference between dog shampoos and which shampoo is best for Diesel. 
In the next three months I will be testing three Bayer® ExpertCareTM shampoo products.

The products I will be testing are:
ExpertCare Moisturizing Shampoo
ExpertCare Itch Relief Shampoo
ExpertCare Coat Cleansing Foam

Diesel's first review is on the Bayer ExpertCare Moisturizing Shampoo.



As you can see from the pic the shampoo has a nice later. The smell is amazing...wish this pic had smell-a-vision. Yes, Diesel is in our bath tub. It is November in Wisconsin and way to cold to give him a outside bath.

I really like the Bayer ExpertCare Moisturizing Shampoo.  Diesel is enjoying his shampoo. Whenever he stands still and lets me later and massage the shampoo into his fur I know he likes it. Being a Smooth Fox Terrier ~ Diesel is a little on the active side. So standing still for bath is a plus!
He smells fantastic. A very clean fresh smell.
When Diesel was all dry - his fur was so soft. Hug-able Soft!

What do I want from Bayer ExpertCare Moisturizing Shampoo?


Winter in Wisconsin is cold and long. Skin dries out fast and keeping skin moisturized is hard and a ongoing battle. I am looking for a shampoo that will help Diesel's skin stay moisturized and prevent dryness. It has been two weeks since Diesel's bath. I have noticed less shedding and less dander. The clean fresh smell is still lingering and his fur is still extremely soft.


A little about the Moisturizing Shampoo - it is a hypoallergenic shampoo that is excellent for routine shampooing. The shampoo is a soap-free shampoo made with moisturizers and essential fatty acids that not only clean but replenish moisture and help protect Diesel's skin.

The shampoo comes in a 12 fluid oz bottle with a easy to open and close cap - making opening and closing the bottle with one hand easy to manage. I am a one hand on the dog and one hand on the shampoo bottle dog washer.

After using Bayer ExpertCare Moisturizing Shampoo I defiantly would recommend the shampoo for all dogs.  I found the shampoo to be a positive for Diesel ~ Fresh scent - Moisturizing - Nice Later.

Check out what made my trip to PetSmart a little sweeter. I not only found quality products for Diesel & Digger I also took advantage of their SALE!  Quality products on SALE is a WIN WIN!!!! I can always trust Petmart to get me the best deal possible on all of Diesel's products.




Wednesday, November 11, 2015

LEGO® KidsFest announces tour stops for 2016


  

Charlotte, NC: Feb. 19-21 (Charlotte Convention Center)
Harrisburg, PA: April 8-10 (Farm Show Complex & Expo Center)
Kansas City, MO: May 13-15 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Louisville, KY: June 3-5 (Kentucky Exposition Center) 
Milwaukee, WI: Oct. 7-9 (Wisconsin Center)
Houston, TX: Oct. 21-23 (NRG Center)
Cleveland, OH: Nov. 4-6 (I-X Center)

 LEGO® KidsFest announces tour stops for 2016 at new and returning markets
#LegoKidsFest, @LegoKidsFest

(Hartford, CT) LEGO KidsFest kicks off its eighth year on the road with new tour stops and a return to some popular markets.   
New tour stops in 2016 include Charlotte, NC (Feb. 19-21), Harrisburg, PA (April 8-10) and Kansas City, MO (May 13-15). 
It’s been three years or more since LEGO KidsFest stopped in Louisville, KY (June 3-5), Milwaukee WI (Oct. 7-9), Houston, TX (Oct. 21-23) and Cleveland, OH (Nov. 4-6). 
Covering more than three acres of space, the LEGO KidsFest extravaganza brings all of the hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experience together in an activity-filled event for all ages and builders of all skills. 
“Our 2016 LEGO KidsFest tour is going to delight both new and returning audiences,” said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc. “We’ve still got some favorites on the show floor, like the Big Brick Pile, Creation Nation and the Race Ramps. There are also many new and unique activities designed for building, learning and fun.” 
Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session. 
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more. 
Some of the activities at the shows include: 

  • LEGO Model Museum: life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
  • LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
  • LEGO Disney™ Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book
  • LEGO Super Heroes: pose with a life-size Spiderman model and more
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail:purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
  • LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
  • LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
  • LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity
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About the LEGO Group 
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. 
Guided by the company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com
For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus
LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, DUPLO, LEGENDS OF CHIMA, NINJAGO, BIONICLE, MINDSTORMS and MIXELS are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.The LEGO KidsFest is produced by BuzzEngine, a marketing and events organization. LEGO KidsFest was awarded Best Proprietary Event by Event Marketer Magazine in 2013.