Holiday Gift Guide

Hey folks, I know that it may seem a bit early, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Once Halloween ends everyone will have one thing on their minds – Christmas. Just this past week I noticed that some stores are full of Christmas lights and decorations already.  The toy sections are stocking up and I am already stressing about what to buy for the holidays.  I need gifts for my kids, family, teachers, etc. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time. I would love to take some of that stress off of you by helping my readers out.

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I thought that this year I would make a list of some of my favorite items and share them with you. They might be small stocking stuffers or maybe just some great gifts for a teacher or friend. I would also love to showcase products that I have reviewed on my blog or items that I have purchased outside of blogging life, whether they were from Etsy, my friends or neighbors, or local shops.  There are so many things that I would love to share with you.

So here’s what I am asking, if you would like your product or company to appear in my Holiday Must Have’s, let me know.  Shoot me an email, text me, Facebook me, etc.   I am also trying to put together a big giveaway of all of the items too.  Don’t get too excited, I am not Oprah!

If you want to be included in my list and want to participate in the giveaway, I am accepting donations of one (or two) of your items from your company. If you are unable to do that, maybe you could create a specific freebie or discount code for the winner?  I know that I have many friends that have small businesses and I am including you guys too. Don’t think that this is just for the larger companies that I write about on the blog! The only requirement is that I have ordered from you in the past and I have used or tested your product. I have a list already in my mind and I will be reaching out to some of you shortly. But, if you have a product that you sell, make and I haven’t tried it yet, but would love to be included on the list/giveway, contact me ASAP so I can test it out. I only like to showcase items that I have experience with.  Remember, the more the merrier!




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What exactly is  Well it’s something that I wished that I had back in my college days {wow, I sounded really old there}.  But it’s an awesome website that allows you to search online for textbooks and will rent them to you for a low cost.  No need to buy them anymore from your campus bookstore {or wherever you kids are buying your textbooks from these days}.

Here are some of the awesome perks of the program:

– Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
– Free shipping both ways
– You can even highlight in the textbooks
– Flexible renting periods
– Live customer support
– 30 day risk free returns
– They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Here’s a video that explains it all to you:

But renting textbooks is not all that they offer to students.  If you were unfortunate enough to spend the $$$ on a textbook that you probably opened 5 times all semester, then they have something for you!  It’s a wonderful new program called RentBack.

RentBack is a great new way for a student to earn money on books that they have already purchased.  You send it in to RentBack and they will rent it out to other students for you and you will get paid each time someone rents the book!  Pretty cool, right?  See, why didn’t someone come up with this stuff when I was at UD.  I hated waiting in line at the end of each semester praying that I would get at least $100 back on the $500+ that I spent!


Well if you aren’t sold on then this might help you out. They have partnered up with Operation Smile and will donate money from each book rented to this wonderful program.  If you aren’t familiar with Operation Smile, than you must check them out now.  They are a great international charity that help children who are born with a cleft lip.  They will provide free cleft surgeries to these wonderful children whose families may not be able to afford the surgery otherwise.  It’s life changing for these children!


Please check out their website today!

If you know anyone in college right now who is spending a ton of money on books, tell them to STOP and check out or today!

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Featured Sponsor: Jen’s Wreaths

Hello everyone! I am having a wonderful time at the beach. So far the weather has been pretty nice! The kids are wearing me out but I am at the beach so I can’t complain!  I know that it’s been pretty hot the past week but let’s talk Christmas!  Yes, I said Christmas!

But I am not talking about presents {yet}.  I am talking about wreaths.   I wanted to send a shout out to my featured sponsor this month: Jen’s Wreaths. You might remember my post about Jen a few months ago. You can read it HERE. This time she is sharing a fun new idea for fundraising, Christmas Wreaths. Now I know you are thinking CHRISTMAS IN JULY? But seriously, it’s not that far away and it’s time to start thinking about these things. If you work at a school, church or another group and you need something new for your fundraising this year, check out Jen’s Wreaths.


Here’s a little more information about Jen’s Wreaths and their fundraising program.

We currently work with 60 organizations that sell our balsam fir products to raise money, and we work with organizations in the lower 48 states.   We are in the process of revising our program for 2013!  We offer more than just wreaths.  We have balsam fir candy canes, swags, crosses, and multiple sizes of wreaths.  We expect to have the new fundraising packets ready to mail out June 1st, 2013!  Advisors of organizations can request a packet of information from our website and look it over to see if it might be a good fit for their group.  Our fundraiser is unique and has virtually NO RISK.  We do not have a minimum order size and are happy to accommodate even small group sizes.  Our shipping charges are all up front and there are not hidden costs.  We are flexible and willing to customize our program for groups with special needs.  We have great customer service and are always happy to visit one on one via phone.  Our office ramps up for the holiday season starting September 1st and will be fully staffed at that point.

So what do you have to lose, head on over to Jen’s Wreaths and request your “Christmas Wreath Fundraiser” packet today!

And if you are not looking for fundraisers but want to order some Christmas wreaths, make sure that you bookmark her page and check it out as we get closer to the holiday season!

You can also find Jen’s Wreaths over at Facebook / Twitter 


Thanks again Jen for your sponsorship! We appreciate it!  Remember if you are looking for a place to advertise your business or website, Erin the Irish Mama is a great place!  Head on over to my advertising page and check it out!  I am also going to give away one free large ad spot ” The Full Growler” very shortly! So stay tuned for details.

Happy Christmas in July.



{SPONSOR SHOUT OUT} Welcome Meechoo Apparel

I want to introduce you guys to one of my newest sponsors here at Erin the Irish Mama.  Meechoo Apparel.  I have spent some time checking out their website and it’s such a cute page! You really need to check it out now.  
They offer a fun line of t-shirts for kids {and even woman} that you can have personalized with their names {or initials}.  The designs are so cute and unique! 
How cute is this shirt? 
You can follow Meechoo Apparel at all of these great spots {let them know that I sent you to their page}:
Thank you so much Meechoo Apparel for your wonderful support this month! 
If you would like to advertise on my page, sponsor a giveaway or even have me do a product review, then click here for all of the fabulous information!  Right now all of my ad spots are 50% off! You can’t beat those prices.  This is perfect if you have an Etsy shop, sell Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One or Partylite.  If you pick a larger ad you can even get a whole post dedicated to your business or blog!!!!!  It’s the perfect way to get new business to your page!

Awesome Affliliates

So I have these awesome people on my page that are my affiliates! They sometimes do fun product reviews and giveaways and sometimes they just like to link up with my page and share their products and / or services with my wonderful readers!

Well today I wanted to give a special thanks to a few of those affiliates! I also wanted to pass along some of the discount codes that they want me to share with you, my fabulous readers of Erin the Irish Mama. 

Enter IRISHMAMA for 10% off of your very first purchase

I did a product review & giveaway a few weeks ago talking about Cape Java and their awesome deals on K-Cup & Keurig Machines.  Everyone loves and needs coffee so you might as well head on over to visit this fabulous company today. 

Just Simply Baby
Use code JSBAR63 for a 10% refund off of your first purchase
Just Simply Baby is a great family-owned business who specializes in cloth diapers and natural baby products.  They have a ton of great products over on their website.  Just Simply Baby was generous to let me host a fabulous giveaway.  We gave away a $25 gift card code to their website. It was a fun promotion!!!  Check them out today. 


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Wondershare is a great online photo slide show builder! I tested out this product and each month I put my 1 Snap A Day Photos into one of their fabulous slide shows.  I did a product review and also hosted a giveaway where FIVE lucky winners won free lifetime codes for the online software!  Make sure you check them out today. They are still offering my readers 50% off the product.   Just click here
Conscious Box

Conscious Box is someone who I just recently linked up with. I will be doing a giveaway with them very shortly so stay tuned. But they are a great online company that offers all natural products delivered to your doorstep every month. They offer all natural beauty products, health foods and even non-toxic home goods. Each month your box will contain between 10-20 different products! I just received my first box the other day and I couldn’t believe everything that was in there! Now it’s time to test it all out and get the information to you guys! But in the meantime, feel free to check them out yourselves by clicking here:  Discover the Best Natural Products on the Planet with Conscious Box!


Shabby Apple
Dresses from Shabby Apple
Shabby Apple is a great woman owned company that I am affiliated with.  They have a massive website full of dresses, skirts, swimsuits and even maternity clothes for woman.  They also sell a variety of kids and preteens clothes as well.   Be sure to click here: Dresses from Shabby Apple to check out their page today!


Thank you to all of my affiliates. I am very sincere when I say that I do appreciate all of your support. Whether through a product review or giveaway, I am very grateful that you picked my page!
If you would like to advertise on my page, sponsor a giveaway or even have me do a product review, then click here for all of the fabulous information!  Right now all of my ad spots are 50% off! You can’t beat those prices.  This is perfect if you have an Etsy shop, sell Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One or Partylite.  If you pick a larger ad you can even get a whole post dedicated to your business or blog!!!!!  It’s the perfect way to get new business to your page!

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{SPONSOR SHOUT OUT} Welcome ZeeBee Threads

I wanted to take a moment to welcome ZeeBee Threads to the blog. They are my latest and greatest sponsor this month! 

Here’s some more information directly from ZeeBee Threads website

ZeeBee Threads was founded with one clear objective: to provide active women with stylish casual clothing options at affordable prices.

It was the result of the drive, dedication and vision of a working mother, Jessica Morris, who wanted to upgrade her wardrobe, but not at the expense of her family’s budget; or at the expense of her already precious time.  

At ZeeBee Threadsyou’ll never pay more than $50 for great quality women’s stylish, casual clothing.  No more sales rack diving. No more retail clutter. Just stylish twists on women’s everyday basics delivered to your door.
I immediately fell in love with the Eco-Slouchy Pullover.  How cute is this top? I seriously have to go and get one for myself.  

Oh and I can see myself living in the vintage super soft lounge pants along with this pullover! 

Oh and check out the Organic Scoop Neck top.  Right now it’s on sale for 40% off with the Coupon Code: SAVE40%

So take a moment to head on over to all of their pages to check them out {just be sure to tell them that I sent you over there}.   When on their site check out their code for 15% off your very first order! Plus free shipping on all orders over $50. You can’t beat those deals. 

ZeeBee Threads

Welcome ZeeBee Threads!

Remember to enter my Serenity Candle Company giveaway below!

If you would like to advertise on my page, sponsor a giveaway or even have me do a product review, then click here for all of the fabulous information!  Right now all of my ad spots are 50% off! You can’t beat those prices.  This is perfect if you have an Etsy shop, sell Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One or Partylite.  If you pick a larger ad you can even get a whole post dedicated to your business or blog!!!!!  It’s the perfect way to get new business to your page!
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{PRODUCT REVIEW & GIVEAWAY} Serenity Candle Company

When you live in a house with 3 boys candles are a necessity. Trust me! Boys can be pretty smelly.  My husband and I love burning candles so I was thrilled when I was given the chance to review two candle scents from Serenity Candle Company. This company sells a huge variety of hand poured, earth friendly, soy candles. 

The two scents that I chose where Lavender Vanilla and Apple Crumble. I received two Travel Tins (which are bigger than a tealight and last a lot longer) and let me tell you that the second I opened up the box, I could smell them. You never know if the smaller candles will have the strong scents but these candles do!

The first one I picked to burn was the Lavender Vanilla.  It was perfect. This scent was so calming and relaxing and it wasn’t at all overwhelming like some candles tend to be.  It is my favorite one of the two.  And they do burn for a long time. I burned mine for a few hours each day over a couple of days and they still had the great scent! 

Just this past weekend I burned the Apple Crumble tin.  This one is perfect for your kitchen, especially if you want your husband to think that you actually baked something nice. It smelled delicious!!!  I love food scented candles – I think I might have to try the Cinnamon Stick and French Vanilla one next. 

Right now if you head on over to their website you can get 5% off your order if you use the code: SOYSERENITY {in all caps}. Plus shipping is ridiculously cheap. The flat rate shipping fee is only $4.95. You can’t beat that.  They sell 4 different sizes of jar candles, travel sized tins, tealights, candle melts, wax tarts and a variety of accessories! Oh and did I forget to mention that right now all of their candles are 20% off? No, well they are so you better get your behind over there now! These are perfect gifts for Mother’s Day.  Trust me, I would love to get a few of these in May {hint, hint to whoever is reading this and should be helping the kids pick out my mothers day gift}.

But right now Serenity Candle Company is giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win not one but Two LARGE Scented Jar Candles. How awesome is that? I wish that I could enter this giveaway!

So make sure that you stop on by their different pages listed below {make sure that you tell them that I sent you} and then enter the giveaway!

Good Luck! And now that I have used up my two candles, my house is back to smelling like stinky boys again! HELP! I need to run over and get in on this deal now!

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*** Please note that this is not a paid review, I received a few products from Serenity Candle Company to review and host a giveaway for my readers. All opinions are my own and are not at all influenced by anyone. Your own opinions may differ than mine but I am just sharing mine here on Erin the Irish Mama. ***

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Cape Java 10% Off Code

Just a reminder that CapeJave is still offering 10% off of your first time orders if you click the link below and use the promo code IRISHMAMA

And as always your order will ship for free if you spend $60 or more! It’s so easy to have your K-Cups and even a new Keurig machine delivered right to your home or office!

Remember to keep on voting for me if you enjoy reading my blog! Thanks for all of your kind words and support!!!

Sponsor Love: Fortune Cookie Advertising

I wanted to welcome my newest sponsor to the Erin the Irish Mama page! Thank  you so much for taking the time to place your ad on my blog page. 
Please take a minute to read all about how you too can advertise in fortune cookies! You can have them set up for your own company or special event.  
Fortune Cookie Advertising works with thousands of companies throughout the United States. We customize fortune cookie strips with an advertisement/coupon/message, bake the cookies and distribute them throughout any of our 40,000+ Chinese restaurant partners in the United States. We are the first and only organization that has brought this type of innovation to the table. The reason for this is that over the years, fortune cookies have been a fun, enjoyable part of dining in Chinese Restaurants. People love cracking those yummy cookies open and reading their fortunes to the people they’re with and associating it with their own lives. That’s why we’ve decided to take the symbolic aspect of fortune cookies and fuse it together with advertising!

This easy, affordable process opens the door to countless amounts of potential customers! Orders can be tracked by placing coupon codes, QR codes, telephone numbers, websites or email addresses on the strips. We also customize cookies for businesses and special events.

Please check them out here: 

Thanks again for your advertising support. I just used their “where do we deliver” map on their website and found out that they deliver cookies to China Grill Buffet which is right in the next town! 

If you are interested in advertising on my website, please click here or go to this link to check out my advertising rates (and promo codes):

It’s Giveaway Time: More from Paulina

Last week I introduced you to Paulina and talked all about her Chloe + Isabel jewelry. Well today we are going to learn a little more about Paulina. She just doesn’t sell jewelry. She has a lot of other things going on!
Oh and if you read below, she will be giving away one gorgeous bracelet to a lucky winner! Not only will the winner receive this piece, but they will also win a handmade jewelry display piece that she sells over at her Etsy shop.  

In case you missed my piece on Chloe + Isabel, run over here quickly to check it out!
So here’s a little bit more about one of my sponsors as well as the girl with a great giveaway!

Paulina is not your average college student, she is finishing up her four year degree online. Since doing this her social interaction has dropped heavily, what does she do? Well, she gets three part time jobs so she can always be busy. The negative side?  Well there are a lot. Now there just isn’t enough time in the day and still have zero social life. So then came the blog, Simply Me. It has been her escape and she will admit her blog at first was a very unorganized disaster much like her life. But in the new year she is bring about change in everything in her life. She is getting organized, getting healthy, studying hard, working her tail off, getting social and even meeting a boy here and there. So basically after a few months about having a blog, Simply Me, she is finally taking action of actually doing that. Discovering who she is and talking about it all over the Internet. 

With this giveaway Paulina is letting us get a look into one of her jobs. Working in fashion, she started working with Chloe + Isabel in September and has seen some success, so just like her over achieving self she has also opened an etsy shop to help others stayed organized with it comes to their jewelry. 

Check it out and enter below for your chance to win a free bracelet and a display piece/organizer! 
Oh and if you are not the lucky winner, feel free to check out Paulina’s website to order some of your own fabulous Chloe + Isabel jewelry. She will be glad to help you out.

Paulina Dombrowski
Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser 

Good Luck to everyone who enters!  Please let me know if you have any questions or issues with the Giveaway.

I hope you are all enjoying your day off! Happy President’s Day! We are off to visit our cousin and then hit up Victory Brewery. I have yet to go there, so check out my Facebook Page later, I am sure to post pictures and write a few posts about it. I might even get a post out of that one!

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