Saturday, December 10, 2016

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Another Party Weekend

I am so glad I get to say Happy Saturday! I felt like this past week was so long that we'd never make it to the weekend. 

Anyway, the weekend is finally here, and it's another one in which the Wigglesworth clan will be partying. The girls are heading to a birthday party for another cousin (our family has a lot of birthdays to celebrate this time of year) and Mommy will be attending the women's Christmas party at church! 

I am preparing myself for today by enjoying a large cup of coffee. I stayed up a little late last night watching FRIENDS reruns and I'm trying to release myself from this Mombie state. Today is going to be interesting if this coffee doesn't kick in!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 

Gifts for the Weather Enthusiast from AcuRite + Weather Station #Giveaway #MBPHGG16

Thank you to AcuRite for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

My son has an adorable song that he sings every day with his class at school, and in the song they ask, 'What will the weather be today?' I am one of those moms who relies on being able to catch the weather in advance. Knowing what the weather will be before we leave home for the day helps us to prepare. No one wants to be caught out in a rain storm or worse.


Chaney Instrument Co. is a subsidiary of the Primex Family of Companies (PFOC), a family-owned business headquartered in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Founded in 1943, Chaney Instrument Co. and its AcuRite brand have earned a long-standing reputation as the leader in precision time, temperature and weather products.

The AcuRite brand is known for its ease of use, reliable quality, precision accuracy and knowledgeable support team. AcuRite is a consumer favorite at major retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Costco, Kohl's, Amazon and more. AcuRite weather products deliver dependable weather forecasts and precision measurements of outdoor and indoor environmental conditions. In contrast to the TV news or weather websites (which typically rely on regional data taken many miles away from your home), AcuRite provides actionable, personalized weather information, specific to your own back yard.

This winter, AcuRite is helping my family to be prepared, no matter what the weather may be. 

Check out this beautiful AcuRite Weather Station with morning, noon, and night display!

Having a weather station in our home is awesome! AcuRite makes all sorts of different weather monitors and displays. Being able to simply glance over at a colored display screen in our living room means that we can check the weather with ease. We don't have to turn on the TV, or even look at our phones... we just need to look at the weather monitor from AcuRite!

The weather display can easily sit/stand on a table or shelf, or can be hung up on a wall. It has a wireless sensor, which is placed outdoors. This monitors the weather in your own backyard, so you can have the most accurate forecast available. The sensor is weatherproof, so you can feel good about leaving it outside.

The screen is easy to read, and has a beautiful color display. Use the different features and settings on the display to customize to your liking. It's such a sleek design, it looks great anywhere! We keep ours in our living room, but it would also look good on the kitchen counter! The display gives you the current date and time, and it'll display the weather for the whole day- morning, noon, and night!

I love being able to know ahead of tie what the forecast will be by the end of the day. We all know how quickly the weather can change or how fast temperatures can rise or drop. With two kids and a hubby at home that I have to worry about, having the AcuRite Weather Station at home helps me dress everyone accordingly to what the weather is going to be.

Color Weather Station with Morning, Noon & Night Forecast

Plan the day with confidence with your own weather and weather prediction information – pinpoint accuracy right from your own backyard. The AcuRite Digital Weather Station uses patent-pending Precision Forecasting to provide your personal forecast of morning, noon & night (4-hour, 4 to 8-hour and 8 to 12-hour) weather conditions. Precision Forecasting technology combines North America's regional weather patterns with data measured by a sensor in your yard to generate the most accurate forecast available for your exact location.

The bold, easy to read color LCD screen includes indoor / outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure history, Intelli-Time clock and calendar. Intelli-Time clock automatically updates itself for Daylight Saving Time. Display stands upright for tabletop use or is wall-mountable. The outdoor sensor features powerful wireless technology, a weather-resistant design and an integrated hanger for easy mounting. One-year limited warranty. It's more than accurate, it's AcuRite.

Check out some of the other awesome weather products and gifts available from AcuRite...

Outdoor Preparedness Kit
Outdoor Preparedness Kit

Pro Color Weather Station with PRO+ 5-in-1 Sensor, PC Connect, Wind and Rain
Pro Weather Station

AcuRite Digital Meat Thermometer with Pager & Probe for Oven / Grill / Barbecue / Fryer / Smoker 00278
Digital Meat Thermometer

AcuRite 26" Copper Garden Rain Gauge 02353
Rain Gauge

18-inch Atomic Metal Copper Outdoor Clock with Thermometer
Outdoor Clock and Thermometer

AcuRite has all sorts of wonderful gifts for weather enthusiasts, gardeners, outdoor living fanatics, and more! Don't wonder what the weather will be- get an accurate weather reading right from your own backyard with an AcuRite weather monitor!

Want it? Get it!

Head on over to AcuRite to browse all of their weather stations, products for the home, and more! Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Want it? Win it!

One lucky MBP reader will win a Color Weather Station with Morning, Noon & Night Forecast from AcuRite. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. No PO Boxes. Just use the RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for details.

Special thanks to AcuRite for allowing me to share about their awesome weather monitors and for offering this great holiday giveaway, Look for them in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Good luck!

Friday, December 9, 2016

These Bags are BUILT for the Holidays: City Carryall #Review + #Giveaway #MBPHGG16

Thank you to BUILT for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

Got a lot to carry? I know I do! I can't go anywhere without feeling like I have to bring the entire world along with me. I'm you're average mom, who has way too much to carry. I am often leaving the house with kids in tow, a diaper bag, a handbag, and usually some type of tote bag. Why so many bags? I need room for everyone's stuff. Does 'Mom, will you hold this for me?' sound familiar? If I had a dollar for every item I had to hold and tote along for my kids and my husband, I'd be a rich woman!

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BUILT is making my life a little easier these days, with their awesome neoprene products! BUILT was founded in 2003 by three friends, John Roscoe Swartz, Aaron Lown and Carter Weiss. They found a common bond in their passion for innovative design, well-crafted goods, and their enjoyment of food & wine. This led them to the use of Neoprene and the creation of BUILT’s definitive Two-Bottle Wine Tote.

With an inventive design team, BUILT has expanded upon its original creation. Offering an entire collection of goods that provide a fresh take on everyday gourmet and baby essentials combining both function and fashion with neoprene.

I received the adorable City Carryall in Plum Dot from BUILT.

I love totes, and this pretty carryall bag is right up my alley. It's a great design with a pretty pattern, in some of my favorite colors! I love the pattern on the bag- it's so peppy and modern. I'm not usually one to carry a bag like this, but the design is just too cute to pass by. Not only does the bag look great, it's super functional for my busy, busy mom life. I am always on the go- to school, to church, to weekly activities with the kids, running errands, etc. I don't live in a big city, but if I did (NYC, holla!), I would use this awesome carryall everywhere!

The bag is super durable. It's made from neoprene, which is amazing! Neoprene is what they use to make wetsuits, so it helps to keep things warm and dry. The bag is very lightweight, so it's easy to carry, and it has a ton of room for whatever you might need to carry along with you.

The bag has an inner pocket with a snap closure, and tons of room inside!

I just got back from a trip, and I took this bag along with me. It was the perfect carry-on bag for my flight, and was easy to carry around with me. It's also a great bag for trips in the car! It can hold so many things, and I can always quickly find what I need in there.

Getting ready to head out of town, and taking the BUILT City Carryall with me on the plane!

This bag is a must for moms! It's also great to take your work to the office in, perfect for teachers, or any working professional. Love reusable shopping bags? Make this bag your new shopping tote- you'll love how many things you can safely pack inside of it, and how easy it is to carry! It's also squishable, can fold up, and looks great anywhere and any way you choose to use it!

Fashion and function collide in this light-weight, ultra-durable tote bag. The City Carryall helps keep daily essentials together in one fun, stylish package! Made from durable neoprene (the wetsuit material) and features high-quality faux leather straps and zipper closure. Includes an interior pocket, perfect for your keys, wallet, smartphone and more. Folds flat when not in use for easy storage. Wipes clean.

*Also available in black and granite

Want it? Get it!

Head on over to BUILT to discover all of their amazing neoprene bags and products! You're going to love their selection, and I'll bet you'll find lots of gift ideas for the holidays! Connect with BUILT through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Want it? Win it!

One lucky reader will win a City Carryall from BUILT. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. No PO Boxes, please. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for details.

Special thanks to BUILT for allowing me to share about their wonderful City Carryall. Look for it in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

What's your Agenda? #MBPHGG16

Thank you to our friend, Bill, at Moody and Associates, for hooking this mom up with a board game for families with older children. I was given the opportunity to review the board game, Agenda, free of charge for my honest review.  All thoughts and statements herein are my own.  

"Test Your Savvy in this Game of Cunning and Wisdom About All Things Politics" (Agenda)

I am a packaging freak. I love the inside of a game box almost as much as I love the smell of fresh laundry.  I love exploring all the game pieces, the cards, and exploring new ways to play as the number of players increases.
I can almost guarantee the inside of this box will never again look this pretty. 
The Agenda Game is a small piece of political theater in a box where players can throw their hat into the political ring. But these presidential candidates aren’t competing for electoral votes – they have agendas! The game was designed to tickle the funny bone, and teach something new about people and politics in general, every time you play.

The object of the game is to decide on a number of agenda's on their "planks" and place all of them to win the game.  For each plank laid down one must debate or argue their point.  After placing the number of planks decided on at the start of the game.  Similar to UNO, the player that places their last card must claim their win or continue on until someone else does.  
Players choose one of seven political personas (Conservative, Environmentalist, Liberal, Moralist, Libertarian, Corporatist or Socialist), each with specific agenda “planks.” Players travel around the pitfall-laden road that is American politics – from scandals to buying off politicians to filibusters – where the object is to win over the public in votes and polls and gather enough money to implement the most agenda planks. Along the way there is political humor, trivia to test political knowledge, and scandals to avoid.

As you can see all the cards in the box, there is one thing missing... the game sheets that can only be used once... This is not an error it is intentional.  The game comes with a dry erase marker to use and reuse the cards inside... no waste.  Additionally, this is not the never ending board games that are traditionally played... the approximate length of the game is 60-120 minutes.  

I don't know about you, but in most circles talking politics is not pretty, but this game makes it fun.  It is also educational for those that are on the younger end of playing.  As I always say, "A day without learning is a day wasted"

Special thanks to Bill for introducing this game to me.  If you are looking for a game that can liven up a dinner party or just to educate your children on the importance of politics this is a pretty awesome game.

Want it? Get it!

Or buy it on Amazon

The Holidays are Even Sweeter with Chutney from Circle B Ranch #MBPHGG16

Thank you to Circle B Ranch for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own,

What's better than family gathered around the table during the holidays? The holiday table is the centerpiece of our family gatherings, and it's one that my beloved Gram cherished. Fresh foods and condiments are always our family's choice when we get together to enjoy a meal, and that's why I was excited to share some delicious holiday chutneys, courtesy of Circle B Ranch.

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We're so thrilled to be working with Marina of Circle B Ranch. Marina and I are friends on Facebook, and she just happens to own her own ranch in the Ozarks, raising beautiful, natural pork. Circle B Ranch specializes in pork, and Marina makes and ships fresh meats, and sauces all over the country!

Circle B Ranch is a family owned and operated Berkshire/Kurabota Pork Hog farm. Marina and John relocated from Branchburg, NJ in September 2009 to the lush and rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. They originally owned a small hobby farm where John raised turkeys, ducks and chickens for their own consumption. They were ahead of their time since they fed them feed that did not contain unnecessary hormones or antibiotics. This practice and belief has been continued on their farm in Seymour, MO. John and Marina are passionate about food and what they eat. They firmly believe that an animal’s welfare is very important to the taste and the appearance of the meat which is why Marina and John make such a significant effort in the natural and humane raising and handling of their Heritage hogs.

Marina sent some delicious holiday chutneys my way for review this season, and I couldn't wait to share them with my family!

Check out these gorgeous jars of freshly made chutney- made right in Marina's kitchen!

Cranberry Apple Jalapeno Chutney- fresh from the Ozarks!

Cranberry Chutney, as well as Pear Ginger Chutney!

I couldn't wait to taste these chutneys with my family. My hubby isn't a fan of fruits or chutneys, so I excitedly brought these chutneys along for Thanksgiving dinner. I couldn't wait for my family to give these a try!

The chutneys looked gorgeous mixed in with the Thanksgiving spread of delicious foods!

I tried all three of the chutneys, and my favorite with the plain Cranberry Chutney. I actually had this chutney in place of a traditional cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving dinner plate. The chutney was so incredible. It tasted so fresh, as if it had just been made days prior to our celebration. Truthfully, I just wanted to sit down with the jar and eat the chutney with a spoon. I loved the way it tasted with the turkey and the stuffing! It was even perfect for spreading on my famous Thanksgiving leftover sandwich!

The Pear Ginger Chutney was a winner with the family. Everyone loved the flavors, and the ginger actually helped to settle a few tummies! The Cranberry Jalapeno Chutney was enjoyed by the guys who like spicier sauces!

Three Chutneys

 Use this chutney with your favorite cheese, stir it into yogurt in the morning.  Make a great accompaniment for pork, ham or turkey. You can make a delicious glaze for your ham by applying it the last few minutes.  Or why not enjoy it with ice cream?

Check of these other great products from Circle B Ranch...

Pork or Beef Meatballs for Sale
Italian Meatballs

Marina's Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Ketchup

Circle B Ranch Hickory smoked Ham
Smoked Ham

If you're looking for some delicious meats or sauces to add to your holiday meal, don't forget to order from Circle B Ranch. I've tried Marina's meatballs, and they're seriously delicious! I can't wait to try even more yummy foods from Circle B Ranch!

Want them? Get them!

Head on over to Circle B Ranch to browse all of Marina's delicious products! Fresh meats and chutney, plus much more! Add a little oomph to your holiday table with goodies from Circle B Ranch! Connect through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Special thanks to Marina of Circle B Ranch for allowing me to share about her delicious Chutneys this holiday season. Look for them in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Imagine a Colorful Christmas with Scentsy #MBPHGG16

Thank you to Kim Getchell for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions share are my own.

What's my go-to gift of the holiday season? It's Scentsy, y'all! Yep- I am a Scentsy addict, and I'm proud of it! If you've never experienced the goodness that is Scentsy, you're really missing out. Scentsy has been a part of my home life for over 5 years, and there's no turning back for me! I enjoy giving meaningful gifts that will delight the gift recipient, and Scentsy has gift ideas for everyone in the family, and others on your gift list!

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Presented by Kim Getchell, MBP Spotlight Sponsor

I am thrilled to once again be sharing about Scentsy, thanks to the wonderful Kim Getchell. Kim os one of our awesome MBP Spotlight sponsors, and she brings us the latest and greatest from Scentsy every few months here at MBP. Kim is a hardworking wife and mom, and she loves her Scentsy business. Not only does she believe in their wonderful products, she is an amazing businesswoman, and truly takes care of her customers- near and far.

I received a beautiful package from Kim this holiday season!

I love getting Scentsy packages. You know it's Scentsy, because it's clearly labeled on the shipping box. Scentsy products are always nicely packaged, and I never have to worry about fragile warmers being damaged. All Scentsy warmers are packaged in beautiful gift boxes, and my Scentsy package came with the latest Scentsy catalog. I love to look through the catalog, as well as look online!

My Scentsy Box showed a picture of my new warmer, right on the pretty box.

I couldn't wait to open up the Scentsy box to see my new warmer. I poured over a ton of beautiful warmers on Kim's website before I landed on the one I really wanted to see in person this holiday season.

Underneath the lid of my Scentsy box was this inspiring message!

My Scentsy warmer was well packaged, with this instruction sheet lying right on top.

It's important to read through the directions for using your Scentsy warmer, even if you've purchased lots of different warmers in the past. They're not all the same, and you want to make sure you're using the product correctly, and safely. The directions are easy to follow, just take a look and you'll be on your way to enjoying your new warmer,

The warmer was wrapped in plastic, and the cord and bulb were tucked inside of the base for safe keeping.

Take a look at the gorgeous Reimagine Warmer by Scentsy!

At first glance, this may look like a boring black and white warmer with pretty designs on it. This beautiful Reimagine Scentsy warmer is actually meant for you to color! Yes! It's like an adult coloring book printed on a beautiful Scentsy warmer. Just use your favorite permanent markers to color in the lovely designs, and awaken your artistic soul! The markers are not included with the warmer, so if you're gifting this warmer, make sure to also include a pack of markers.

Here's the other side of this beautiful warmer, which I cannot wait to color!

To use the warmer, simply place the warming tray on top, add a Scentsy bar piece, plug in, and turn on!

This warmer is by far one of my favorites by Scentsy. I love that I can choose the colors I want to use with the warmer, and color in the designs myself. I'll be able to proudly display my handiwork, and show off the beautiful warmer in my home. This warmer is just a great gift idea! It's perfect for holiday gifting, as well as a wonderful gift for college students, new home owners, the artist, teens and young adults, teachers, or anyone who loves to be creative!

Add your favorite seasonal scent to the warmer to add a depth of delightful scents to your home!

Reimagine Warmer

Take time for yourself. Reimagine your life in full color.
It’s your canvas, brought to life through your own unique vision. Reimagine lets you take the artistic lead and design a one-of-a-kind piece with inspired creativity and color.
Use permanent colored markers to bring your warmer to life. Markers not included. 

I also received the Peppermint Rush Bar, which smells amazing!

I love the scent of peppermint, so the Peppermint Rush Bar was a great choice for my home. My husband really loves peppermint, and we both enjoy how fresh it smells, and how it makes the house smell all wintry! 

To use, just break off one or two pieces, and add to the warming dish of your favorite Scentsy warmer!

The warmer will safely melt the wax bars, and your home or office will be on its way to smelling delicious in no time! There are tons of great scents from Scentsy! I love their seasonal scents for the holidays, and love their cafe and bakery scents, too! Hubby loves their masculine scents, which is what we normally have going in our warmer in our bathroom.

I have Scentsy in just about every room of our house. I have tons of warmers, and I love to use lots of different scents through out the year. I certainly have my favorites!

Check out some other great Scentsy gift options for the holidays!

Goal Warmer

English Breakfast Warmer

Rejoice Warmer

Chasing Fireflies Warmer

Scentsy Buddies

Car Bar

There are so many great Scentsy products available from warmers and bars to car accessories, laundry products, and Buddies for the kids! You'll have to take some time to look over Kim's Scentsy website to see everything. Have paper handy- you're going to want to make a shopping list!

Want them? Get them!

Head on over to Kim's Scentsy website to browse holiday gifts from Scentsy. The bars are a great deal- just $5.00, and you can sign up to have them auto-shipped, so you never run out of your favorite scent! Warmers are priced at $20 for plug-ins, and go up from there. Great options, even if you're on a budget. Want to earn free Scentsy? Host a party with Kim! Want to start your own Scentsy business? Kim would love to share more about the Scentsy opportunity with you! If you're shopping for the holidays, go ahead and get those orders in so you'll have your Scentsy product in time for Christmas.

Special thanks to Kim Getchell for allowing me to share about these beautiful gift ideas from Scentsy this holiday season. Look for them in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, and look for another post on Scentsy with Kim in the new year!