iPhone 6 Pink Leather Wallet Case Review

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About a month ago, my mom got a brand new iPhone 6.  This was definitely not her first smart phone, but we know that with 4 grand kids running around, she better get a case right away.  The phone store she was at had a ton of cases, but she really didn’t care for any they had, and to be honest, the cases in the store were really very expensive.

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I decided to get her a the pink leather wallet case by ShielderCases for her birthday.  At $25 (PRIME!!) I was a little worried that it would be cheap and would fall apart right away.  However, I have been proven wrong over the last month.  She has dropped the phone herself several times, and I know the grand kids has dropped the phone too, and this case has protected her iPhone very well, and held up really well.

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One of the things my mom likes most about the ShielderCases wallet case is the wallet part of it.  She says that it is so much easier to put her id, debit card, and cash in the wallet case.  She also says that it makes one less thing she has to keep up with

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Over all she and I are very pleased with the ShielderCases Pink Leather Wallet case.  The $25 that it is currently listed for right now on Amazon is well worth it.  If you are interested in purchasing your own Wallet case, you can do so on Amazon, the case comes in pink, brown, and black.  You can find them here: http://amzn.com/B00QAZ8IIU

Also, if you get a chance, head over to ShielderCases and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ShielderCases/540758799402336

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Face Wash Recipe (Plus GoPure Coconut Oil and Avo Lavender Essential Oil Reviews)

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For the past few years I’ve had a horrible time with breakouts and dryness on my face.  My PCOS hasn’t really been helping with this issue either.  I have tried face wash after face wash, and every retail product I tried, either made my face oilier or dried out the dry spots more.

Last year, I was at a fall festival and there was a local company there who had this really neat booth with all natural hairspray, soap, and face wash made out of all oil.  I was thinking there is no way this will work, but they convinced me to try it.  And low and behold, IT WORKED!!  My dry spots were hydrated and the oily places where cleaned. I couldn’t believe it.  When I ran out, I could not for the life of me remember the name of the company, so I decided to try to make my own.  So here is my recipe for my combination skin…

For a 4oz bottle:

2oz Castor oil

2(ish)oz Fractionated Coconut Oil From GoPure

15 drops of āVō Essentials Lavender Oil

15 drops of Peppermint Oil

15 drops of Spearmint Oil

15 drops of Lemon Grass Oil

Since the Fractionated Coconut oil is already a liquid just combined that and the castor oil with the essential oils (LOVE LOVE LOVE the Lavender oil from āVō Essentials) in a bowl, give it a quick mix and pour into a 4oz container.

To use, what I do is put like a quarter sized drop onto my hand in the shower, and rub onto my face.  When I am done with my shower, I use a washcloth and gently scrub the oil off.  When my face dries, it may still feel a little oily, but that my skin absorbs that quickly.

I use high quality pure oils, like the GoPure fractionated coconut oil and the āVō Essentials Lavender Oil, so that I am not adding more chemicals and irritants to my skin. I love the fractionated coconut oil for GoPure because I don’t have to melt anything and there is no smell, those are the only benefits that I’ve found with it.  I like the Lavender oil from āVō Essentials because it seems like the quality is a little better than some of the other lavender oils that I have used.

I honestly love trying these two products, even though it’s always to combined more than one product into a review post, I am glad I did with these two products.  They just go so well together.

If you are interested in purchasing either the 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut oil or the  āVō Essentials Lavender Oil you can find them at the links below.

GoPure Fractionated Coconut Oilhttp://www.gopurenaturals.com/collections/body-skin-care/products/fractionated-coconut-oil

āVō Essentials Lavender Oilhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00u9s6tty

The  āVō Essentials Lavender Oil can be found on Amazon (PRIME!!) and the GoPure Fractionated Coconut can be purchased on their website.

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Blupure Countertop Water Filter Review

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There has been a lot of press recently about how dirty tap water is, and it has a lot of people scared.  We have been using water filters for years, but I know I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it.  I’ve always kind of wondered about the things that are in water filters, or what might be left over once it goes through the filter. What drew me into the BluPure filter was two things;1) It is ecofriendly and 2) there were 13 stages in this filtration system.

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The 13 stage filtration consists of the following filters:

  1. 5-micron filter pad
  2. KDF-55
  3. 5-micron filter pad
  4. catalytic carbon
  5. 5-micron filter pad
  6. G.A.C. (granular active carbon)
  7. 5-micron filter pad
  8. ion exchange resin (I.O.R.)
  9. 5-micron filter pad
  10. zeolite natural rock
  11. 5-micron filter pad
  12. calcite
  13. 0.5-micron carbon block


There are a ton of steps that water has to go through just to end up in your glass.  Almost everything that might have been in you water should be out by then including:

  • Chlorine
  • Cysts
  • Heavy Metals
    (mercury, iron, lead, etc.)
  • Herbicides
  • VOCs
  • Asbestos
  • Giardia
  • Arsenic
  • Bromide
  • PBCs
  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Radiation Particles
  • Medication Residue
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Pesticides
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Cadmium
  • Petrochemicals
  • Sediment

That is a quite a bit of stuff. The water to me tastes so much cleaner, and it no longer has that chlorine taste. I am going to try to have the water tested soon, to see if a lab can tell the difference between a control sample and a sample of water that went through the filter.  Once I get the results I will post them.

There are a few problems I’ve had with the BluPure filter.  First of all, we have very high water pressure at out house, and that caused the BluPure filter to leak.  The leak was very slow, so I could never find where it came from.  BluPure sent me a replacement part, but before I went and tried to take the filter apart, I decided to try the filter at my mom’s house.  There it worked just fine.  The second issue we had was that since the filter hooks directly to the faucet, the water coming out of the faucet very slow.  That is just more annoying than anything, and I’m not really sure what is causing that issue.

Overall, barring any thing coming up on the lab report, I really do think that BluPure has come up with a very nice product.  I wish that I could use it at my house, however my mom and sister are really enjoying having it.

If you would like to purchase your very own BluPure water filter, you can do so on Amazon.  The current price is $85.95 (PRIME!!) and has 4.9 stars out of 5!  So, if you are looking for a filtration system that will remove almost everything in you water for a reasonable price, this is where you should look.

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Hair Symphony Detangling and Soft Hair Brushes with Cosmetics Bag

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When I was a kid, I was very very “tinder” headed.  I hated to have my hair brushed by anything other than my hair brush, which was one of those slicker hair brushes that don’t really brush you hair or get the tangles out.  I soon learned that if I wanted my hair long like I wanted, I was going to have to deal with the pain of brushing out my hair.

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But, what if it didn’t have to be that way?  I know my daughter wants to keep her hair long.  So last year I found a detangling brush on Amazon, and instantly fell in love.  These brushes are so easy to use, and I know that I have reviewed another detangling hair brush in the past. When I saw that Hair Symphony was looking for people to write reviews, I wanted to review another brush of this style, so that Goose could help me demonstrate how easy the brush is to use.

Detangling and Soft Hair Brushes with CosmeticsBag ReviewYou may ask yourself, what is so special about the Hair Symphony detangling brush, aren’t they all the same?  Well, here is how it is different…

The pink detangling brush is specially designed by European top engineers alongside beauty experts with years of experience in hair care.

With its smooth rounded tip bristles it manages to successfully detangle any type of hair. It will not be a problem for either short or long, thick or thin, straight or curly hair. The alternate heights of the pins and the pattern at which they are placed work to glide through any tangles easily and without any pain. Don’t be fooled by the “cheap” imitations you may find online. Quality is essential for this brush to actually work. We have done several tests for the endurance and elasticity of the pins, and always updated the composition of the plastics used

Here is Goose showing how easy the Hair Symphony detangling brush is to use.

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The Hair Symphony soft styling hair brush is really great too.  I love how the handle is nice and sturdy, and fits my hand really well.  I tend to gravitate toward this brush more than the detangling one, but they are both great!

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And to keep everything organized, Hair Symphony includes this awesome cosmetic bag to keep your awesome hair brushes.

If you are interested in purchasing a Hair Symphony hair brush set, you can find them on their website http://hairsymphony.com/products.html# and Amazon.  The set right now is about $17.00 (PRIME!!!).

You can also connect with Hair Symphony on the following social medias:

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Best For My Pets Bully Sticks Review

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From food to toys, I am always trying to find better and better products for my dogs.  They are like my babies, and I always want what is best for them. Tobie and Bailie have been with us for a long time, and have been with us through some of the worst times in our lives.  Sophia just joined our family a few months after our sweet little Evie passed away last year.

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When I get the chance to review pet products, I always jump at the chance, because I want other pet parents to know what is good for their animals too.  So, recently my little 8 lbs Sophia got to review the Best for my Pets Bully Sticks.

Best for my petsWhen I first saw the bully sticks, I was worried that they would be too big for her, but as you can see she had no problem trapping that bully stick between her little paws, and going to town.

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Sophia is the type of dog who really really likes to chew on toys and treats, so it normally only takes her two or three days to get through the Best for my Pets Bully Sticks, however, I never let her get down to the last few inches because I get afraid she will choke. Even though they are hard like bone, but soft enough to chew and digest, I just get worried something will happen when I’m not looking.

best for my petsYou can see that Sophia loves them, but you have to know that I love them, too!  They are so much better for my furbabies than the junk filled treats that they get a lot of times. The Best for my Pets Bully Sticks are 100% Natural.  They are chemical, gluten, and grain free.  Chewing on the Best for my Pets Bully Sticks promotes good oral health, is 100% digestible, and is high in protein, but low in fat!  There are so many awesome things I could say about the Best for my Pets Bully sticks, but the thing I love most is that they donate a portion of their purchases to help rescue animals.

If you are interested in purchasing some of the Best for My Pets Bully Sticks, you can find them on Amazon.  They come in 8oz packages and each stick is about 6″ long.

You can also follow Best for My Pets on the following social networks:

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ErgoGrip Comfort Grip for iPads and Tablets Review and GIVEAWAY

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You know, I LOVE my iPad Mini.  It’s so convenient for Goose to play with, and has fueled my reading addiction. The only problem that I’ve had with the iPad mini is it hurting my hand and wrist after reading for about an hour, and Goose seems to have trouble holding onto it sometimes too.

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The ErgoGrip has become my iPad mini’s best friend. This little silicone rectangle has suction cups so that it sticks to your iPad or tablet giving you a more comfortable hold on the device.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI love the ErgoGrip because it is so easy to put on my iPad mini and to take off, but there are so many awesome features.  There are no adhesives, so you don’t have to worry about the ErgoGrip messing up your device.  The silicone is very soft, so even if you are going to be on your tablet for hours, the ErgoGrip is going to make sure you are comfortable.  They come in five different colors, so odds are, you could find one to fit your tastes. Also, the extra width of the ErgoGrip makes it easier for little hands to hold onto the tablet.

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There is only one thing that I don’t like, and that really isn’t any fault of the ErgoGrip.  As you can see in the photo above, I have the ErgoGrip on the top of my iPad Mini (the short side).  If I wanted to use it on the long sides, it would block part of the screen.  So when using the ErgoGrip, I have to use my iPad mini in landscape mode.  Not a big deal most of the time, though can be annoying.  Like I said, this is not the fault of the ErgoGrip, it is, frankly, a drawback to the size of the iPad Mini.

Overall, I am very pleased with my ErgoGrip, and plan to keep using for quite some time.

If you would like to purchase your very own ErgoGrip, you can find them on Amazon. Right now, they are $8.99 (PRIME!!!), so if you plan on getting one, I would head over to Amazon soon, and pick one up; the ErgoGrip is well worth the price.

You can also enter to try and win an ErgoGrip.  You can enter any time between now and 3/2/15 at 11:59pm

 


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Snowy Day Fun Our Preschooler (Plus Review)

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Over the past two weeks, we have had 5 winter storms. Yes, I said five!  Everytime the snow starts to melt a little, a freeze comes and it turns into another layer or ice!  In fact, as I write this post, we are supposed to be getting like another 3-5″ of snow.  That may not sound like a lot to some of you who get feet and feet of snow, but for the south, that is a lot of snow since we are not used to it.

Goose is starting to get a little cabin fever.  Dance has been cancelled, we haven’t been able to see family members like we normally do on the weekends, and she hasn’t been able to see any of her friends.  So, we had to come up with something to do.

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This year is the first year that I felt comfortable with her riding on a sled, and we have a perfect place for her to ride the sled this year. So she took a few ride down the yard on the sled, but soon got tired on it since she (as she says) “couldn’t steer that thing”.

Michael and Nora built a really cute snowman, and I decided to up the cuteness, and put some really great glow sticks that I got from Amazon for the the eyes and mouth.  It was so funny, the people driving down the road got so confused when they came upon it.  We made it so that it wouldn’t be too much of a distraction, but it was noticeable once night fell.

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Another thing we tried was coloring and measuring the snow.  Goose loved that, and I even got a quick fun lesson in on how the color dilutes when you add more snow.  I think she was just having fun coloring snow and slicing through it with the ruler.

We also tried to make snow bricks and a snow castle, but I think our snow was just too dry this time, and the bricks and the castle kept falling apart. It was fun to try though.

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When we came in from playing in the snow, Goose was cold and wet, so she went straight into the bath.  I surprised her by putting a handful of the same glow sticks we used for the snowman in there with her, and turned out the light.  She had so much fun, and she stayed in the bath until the water went cold!

The past few days, she has had some fun but we are looking forward to being able to drive around town again and seeing all of her dance friends.  I love the snow, but I think spring would be welcome too at this point.

If you are wondering where I got all of those glow sticks, well like I said, I got them on Amazon.  The company that sells them sent them to me to review, but honestly, they were a great price (about 13¢ a stick), and probably would have bought them anyway. The glow sticks are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.  They come in a pack of 100 8″ long sticks, and have the connectors so that you can make bracelets, necklaces, glasses, or whatever your imagination can come up with. They are a one time use type thing, so I do feel wasteful using them a lot since they can’t be recycled.  So I limit the amount that Gosse uses (other than the bath I guess) so we can cut back on that waste, sort of a compromise.

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FulcrumGallery.com Review

FulcrumGallery.com reviewOn of my favorite pass times is capturing Goose’s childhood through photos. I have personally taken THOUSANDS of pictures of her.  I have so many now that I’ve started to search for ways of displaying a select few in actual print.

A few months ago, I was contacted by FulcrumGallery.com about doing a review. I immediately went to their site to see what kinds of things they do.  I saw some of the most beautiful prints of paintings and photos.  Normally, those are not really my thing, and I was about to decline, but then I saw that they would do custom photo prints!!!  I was extremely excited.

So I set off to deciding which picture I wanted from the THOUSANDS of photos I have of Goose.  Let me tell you it was not an easy decision!

Baby Marohn's photoThere were so many choices to make.  First I had to decide which photo I wanted. I decided on a picture I took of Goose using my Samsung point and shoot camera.  I figured it would show me how good a quality the print is when it gets here since this camera is far from anything fancy.

Then I had to choose what style I wanted.

FulcrumGallery.com has plain canvas prints with not a lot of other options.

Museum wrap canvas with quite a few choices to make

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Gallery wrap canvas with only a couple of options

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Framed Canvas with lots and lots of frame styles to choose from

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That’s not including all the mat and glazing options you can choose from.

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So after a few hours (yes I am one of those indecisive people who spend hours trying to make one decision that should be super simple…you should see how long it actually takes me to write one blog post haha). I decided on the 20.88 x 16.88 inches Framed Photo Print, Tuscan Rustic Walnut frame, Top Mat Haze, and Non-Glare Acrylic Plexiglass.

When I got my tracking number, I was doing my own little happy dance.  I checked the number severl times a day to see where my package was. It was so frustrating to have to wait.  This is where I have to say I was very disappointed, not in FulcrumGallery.com, but in UPS and USPS.  The package was sent “Smart Post” so once it arrived in my city, it was transfered to my local post office for delivery.  Somewhere between UPS and USPS, my beautiful photo was misplaced!! I was so upset.  FulcrumGallery.com made it right though.  I was impressed with their customer service reps, and how quickly they responded to my emails about the shipping.  In no time, another print was on it’s way to my house.

Last week, my framed photo print finally made it’s appearance.  It was obvious that FulcrumGallery.com takes pride in their work. My order was packaged perfectly and safely.  It actually took quite a bit of effort for Goose and I to unpackage it.  It was like Christmas morning for Goose and I, we could not get the print out fast enough.

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Upon getting all the packing material off I was very very impressed with how close to what I ordered my actual print was. The only noticeable difference to me was the color of the mat. The mat on what I ordered was a tad bit darker, but again that may just be my computer screen resolution. I am very happy with the matting, and it turns out to be the perfect color.

Fulcrum Gallery Frame reviewI am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work. The frame is beautiful.  To me, it is very obvious that this is NOT a cheap frame.  It is a nice thick piece, and feels very solid.

Fulcrum Gallery ReviewWhen I turned over the print, I noticed that even the custom framers stand behind behind their work by signing the back of each framed print they do.  Out of all the prints I’ve had made, this is the first time I’ve seen the framers stand behind their work.

fulcrum galleryI have to say that I was very worried about how clear the photo itself would be.  Like I said before, I just used a regular point and shoot camera.  It is 14 megapixels, but that in no way put my mind at ease. If you look really really close, you can kind of see that the image is not 100% clear, but truthfully, no one is going to be looking that close to that photo.  If I had used a DSLR or a more professional camera, I would have expected more.  However, that was not the case, and the photo quality is really what I expected.

Overall, I am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work and professionalism.  I was very happy that I was able to experience their customer service first hand, because they were just plain awesome.  I will be proud to display their work in my home for years to come.

If you would like to purchase your very own custom print from FulcrumGallery.com, head on over to http://www.fulcrumgallery.com.  They have high quality designs that would fit in anyone’s home. The framed photo I received would have cost around $60, but believe me, when I say I am not a bit disappointed in the craftsmanship.

FulcrumGallery.com is also on the following social networks if you would like to connect with them:

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Wave3 Coffee Review

Wave3 Coffee Review

 

One of the things I LOVE about having this blog is getting to try new things. Out of all the things I get to try, however, coffee has to remain one of my favorite. That’s why I was so excited when I got the Wave3 coffee in the mail.

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The package actually came while we were on vacation, and when my sister told me it had arrived, I was ready to get home and have an awesome cup of coffee, since the good coffee on our cruise ship was far from free, and the free coffee was far from the best cup of coffee I had ever had.

I opened the package as soon as I got home, and I was suddenly hit with the wonderful aroma of a well roasted coffee. I was eager to have a cup, but I needed to wait since I had not slept in about 20 hours and had to go to bed.

The next day, I could hardly contain my excitement as I brewed my very first cup of Wave3 coffee. The first sip of good coffee in over a week was almost overwhelming. When the bold but not bitter, robust yet smooth flavors hit my mouth, I knew I was home.

Wave3 also has some interesting claims about their coffee that I could not personally verify. They claim to have 7 health benefits, but I am not sure I can fully verify those unless I continue to drink their coffee everyday (which is a possibility along with a few of my other favorite brands listed in reviews on my site) Here is the list of the 7 health benefits

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Top 7 Health Benefits of WAVE3 Coffee…

According to Wikipedia, The Third Wave of Coffee refers to a current movement to produce high-quality coffee, where coffee is an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity. Wave3 takes this concept even further by sourcing not only the best tasting coffee beans, but the most nutritionally superior as well.

WAVE3 contains essential nutrients including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin. These nutrients occur naturally in WAVE3, remember we’re organic and nothing artificial is added.

WAVE3 improves energy levels and brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, reaction times and general cognitive function. We think our customers are the smartest people in the world!

WAVE3 increases the burning of fat in your body while boosting your metabolic rate.

WAVE3 can drastically improve physical performance through increased adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. Many WAVE3 fans enjoy a robust cup of WAVE3 about a half an hour before heading to the gym.

WAVE3 helps fight depression and makes you happier. No wonder WAVE3 coffee lovers are always smiling!

WAVE3 contains massive antioxidants. Drinking 3 cups daily could make WAVE3 the biggest source of Antioxidants in your diet… in the average American diet WAVE3 beats out the antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables… combined.

The only problem I had with the coffee was determining the specific flavors of the coffee, but after reading the Amazon product description and the reviews, most people say that there is are chocolate and berry tones.  Once I read that, I could slightly taste it, but it definitely not overpowering like some of the coffee currently on the market.

Overall, I love this coffee, and very happy to say that Wave3 is USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Sustainably-grown, and is roasted in the good ole’ USA.

So, if you are ready to get your very own bag of Wave3 coffee, head on over to Amazon,http://amzn.com/B00PJTQVPK, (the only place I’ve found this coffee for sale) and either grab a bad before they sell out, or have Amazon email you when more bags become available.Disclaimer

 

Seeds of Love Review

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Seeds of Love is a very unique and cute way to spread love and cheer.  The seed packets are actually very cute little greeting cards.  Each packet holds a high quality organic seed mixture of Delphinium, Xinna, Calendula, Celosia, and Sunflower seeds.

 

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The back of the Seeds of Love package recommends that you can plant all year long, but to make sure you plant in 5-7mms of soil in full sun.  I would have reccomend that, if it’s cold outside, that you plant indoors and wait until the threat frost is over to move outdoors.

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I know for us, once birthdays and holidays are over, we never know quite with to do with the cards family members and loved ones sent us.  When you give a Seeds of Love greeting card, your family and friends can remember the love and kindness that was behind the special occasion throughout the year, by planting the seeds that are found inside.

With packets that say “I Love You”, “Happy Birthday”, “Thank You”, “Congratulations”, and “Happy Holiday”, there will never be a happy occasion where you couldn’t use the Seeds of Love greeting cards.

seeds of loveI love how versatile the Seeds of Love packets are.  You can give them as a card on their own, or you can put them in a card as like a little extra gift. Goose and I decided last night to make her friends some Valentine cards.  She thought it would be a great idea to add the Seeds of Love packets inside the cards for her grown-up friends.  They are going to be so surprised when they open their cards, and Goose had a ton of fun too.

Each Seeds of Love box contains ten packets of seeds that are ready to be handed out to your loved ones. I plan on giving some out for Valentines day, and may end up putting Valentine stickers are the ones that are for other occasions since the package looks like it could be for any time of the year.

If you would like to purchase your very own box of Seeds of Love greeting cards, you can find them on Amazon.  Currently the price on the box of 10 packets is about $20, but well worth the price if you are looking for something a little extra for a gift.

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