Erin’s Very 1st Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

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Okay folks, the time has come for my very first holiday gift guide and giveaway. I have done product reviews and giveaways in the past but nothing ever like this. This is huge! I have so many awesome things that I can’t wait to share with you. No I wasn’t paid to do any of this. I am doing this because I love all of you and I love the products that I am sharing with you. Yes, some of them I was asked to review and blog about but I am only sharing the ones that I love and would use even if I wasn’t asked to write a review in the past. I am picky about which products I review and I only pick ones that I think will appeal to my readers and their families. After checking out all of these awesome items, make sure that you enter the contest below. There are a few free entries and a ton of other ones that you may need to work for. But it’s worth it. Whoever wins, will get something from every vendor or company on this list! Whether it’s an actual product, a discount code or a code for a freebie. I’m just giving you some ideas on gifts for you family, friends, teachers and anyone else that you give to during Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays or any other holiday.

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First up is something that is for the adults on my page. Wine glasses! You guys all know by now that I love my wine.  I love drinking out of cute glasses too.  One day I was searching Etsy for teacher gifts and found Kelly, the owner of MADPainterVA. She has been my source of wine glasses for over a year now. I have purchased quite a few glasses for the kids teachers (hey I figure that if they have to teach one of my kids then they must need wine). I have purchased special ones for my friends and I have even ordered a special University of Delaware one for myself.  MADPainterVA has a ton to pick from on her Etsy page, but I have sent Kelly images (like my UD glass) and she just whips it up and within 2-3 weeks its on my doorstep. I also love that they are HUGE glasses, not tiny little sample ones. Here are some pictures of a few that I have ordered from her in the past. Oh and for all of you LuLaRoe lovers she has a glass for you too. MADPainterVA offers a ton of personalized, hand painted glassware, ornaments and more. Check out MADPainterVA now! You can find the perfect gift for almost everyone on your list.  Oh and while typing this up I just noticed that she has Five Nights at Freddy’s ornaments! I might have to go order  a few for the boys now since they are obsessed!

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Next up is Illumibowl, the motion-activated toilet night light.  Yes, I know it sounds funny but trust me it is pretty cool and becoming a pretty popular item.

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I love this product, especially since I live in a house of all boys. The Illumibowl was featured on Shark Tank recently and has become a huge hit. I have a sleepwalker (or a sleep pee’er is that even a word?). He likes to wake up and hit the bathroom in the middle of the night. The problem is, he never hits the bowl. But leaving the light on is a huge pain for the other kids (and my husband hates when lights are left on). So here comes the Illumibowl. You connect it to the side of your toilet and set the color feature (you pick one color or you can have it rotate) and when it senses motion in the bathroom, it turns on. The bowl now glows at night so the wonderful men/boys in your life can aim a little better at 3am. It’s a huge hit and I love their newer model (here’s my review from the last model: Illumibowl Review).  The new model attaches to the bowl a little easier and will stay in place better. Check out their video from their time on Shark Tank.

You can find the Illumibowl at their website Illumibowl.com, Amazon.com, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walmart. For my wonderful readers, in case you don’t win, you can still get a great deal on the Illumibowl. Click here to order your own and use the discount code IRISHMAMA for a great deal.

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Another product that I have picked for you guys is called Kwik Stix.

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Sean loved these when I reviewed them awhile back (Kwik Stix Review). He loved painting but I hated the mess. But these are different. There’s no water, no paint brushes, just a clean Kwik Stix.  So now there’s no mess and they dry pretty darn quickly.

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Now that I have Owen in the painting stage, I was excited to pull these back out of my craft closet.  He loves them and I enjoy that there’s NO MESS!!! Since I did my last review on Kwik Stix, they have come out with some new products and you can purchase them in Target. I mean I know that we are all there a few times a week (don’t deny it, I run into you guys all of the time). These are a perfect as a stocking stuffer or just for your every day crafts.  Kwik Stix is giving our lucky winner two items.  The winner will receive a 6 pack of Metalix colors and a 6 pack of basic colors.  But remember you can find them online here, or at your local Target.

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One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is decorate. I love the way that my house feels when it’s clean and decorated for Christmas. It makes my house feel like a nice cozy home.

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I always buy garland and wreaths from Target or craft stores but I never have bought a real wreath. Last year I received one from Jen’s Wreaths and I loved it.

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The smell of this wreath was wonderful. It was so pretty and delivered in a wonderful box so it wasn’t smushed at all. You can read my review from last year here (Jen’s Wreaths) She sells wreaths, swags, centerpieces and the most adorable candy cane shaped wreaths too! And they are delivered right to your door in time for the holidays. I just ordered my traditional wreath the other day. I can’t wait until it arrives! My front door looks naked without it.  One lucky winner will receive both items below.  A gorgeous holiday swag as well as the traditional wreath. You can always head on over to her website and order any style today. Feel free to use her current promo code BLACKFRIDAY for 10% off plus free shipping

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When Owen started eating solids I knew that I wanted him to have real food! But I didn’t have time to make my own. Luckily around the time he was ready to eat, Beech-Nut came out with their 100% Natural Baby Food. They had wonderful flavors that weren’t just the gross combos that other baby food companies made. These were actually enjoyable and Owen loved them.  Plus they were so healthy for him. You can read all about their original products on my previous review here (Beech-Nut Review)

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Now Beech-Nut is selling Coldpurée pouches. It’s a new line of products available in select stores around the country.

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Beech-Nut is always innovating with the goal to make parents’ lives easier, so with convenience in mind, Beech-Nut’s nutritious food for babies is now hands-free. They still use the same unique cooking method as their Naturals and Organic jars – which they call the coldpuree method so you know that you are getting the exact same healthy food.  One lucky winner will receive the four pack pictured above! I was tempted to open them up for Owen, since they are perfect snacks for when we are on the go (aka at Target) but don’t worry, I saved them for you guys!

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Last but certainly not least is a new product from Auro Yoga.

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They sell a huge variety of yoga products from mats, to bags, clothing and a variety of other yoga accessories.  Their latest product is their beach and swim towel.

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I received one a few weeks ago but since it’s a little too chilly here in NJ I couldn’t test it out at the pool or the beach. But I did try it out after my showers. I absolutely love the over sized towel.  This will be perfect at the beach for the kids. I can use it to dry off more than one kid or I can set up down on the sand and have two kids sit for their snacks.  It’s huge!  It’s made out of a very suber absorbent microfiber so you will dry off quickly.

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You can find their products over at their website or on Amazon.  Just make sure that you use my discount code 2016ERIN to receive 20% off today!

So are you ready for the giveaway guys. Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

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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.

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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 

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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.

 

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November Sponsors

First off I want to start out by saying Thank You to all of my wonderful sponsors this month. This was the first time I offered ads on my blog and I am grateful for all of you who took a chance with me! I hope that you will continue your ads or swaps again soon!  I am also running a promotion for the month of December. Check it out below (or click on my Advertising/Product Review page for more information). 

But take a moment to check out my awesome sponsors!


Jen’s Wreaths

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Welcome to Jen’s Wreaths! We are a family owned company located in the north woods of Minnesota. If you have been looking for a truly authentic Christmas wreath, you have come to the right place. All of our hand crafted Christmas wreaths are made using the freshest, sustainably harvested, balsam fir available to ensure a crisp evergreen scent as well as a beautiful door wreath or a grand large Christmas wreath you will find it here. Please feel free to browse through our large assortment of different fresh Christmas wreath options and let us know if you have any questions. Have a great holiday season!

**If you check out her website she also has a 10% off promotion right now as well as free shipping**
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Sara Sherrell- Rockin’ Oily Momma

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I am an essential oil using  mommy blogger, posting about life as wife and mommy. Faith, family, and health are frequent topics that are near to my heart. We use Young Living essential oils to stay happy and healthy. Using essential oils in place of pills has been amazing! 
You can read about my journey toward becoming the Rockin’ Oily momma here 
http://sarasherrell.com/2011/08/19/whats-this-young-living-thing-anyway/
Stop by and leave a comment! I would love to see you!

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Hi everyone! I’m Leslie…a born and raised Jersey Girl with three little peas and a bullie named Ozzie. With the three peas being ages six and under, our household is always loud and chaotic. I wouldn’t have it any other way (most of the time).  I have a crafting problem, for which I blame my mother.  She was a master of all trades, and has passed that passion to me.  I like trying new crafts and projects, right now focusing on cookie decorating, knitting and sewing.  My family is my biggest inspiration, so my current projects include children’s scarves and reversible headbands (for my diva Pea), boo-boo bags (for my rugged and rowdy Peas) and lots of cookies (loved by all my Peas).  I love creating hand-made gifts for friends and family, and I’m hoping to create those -made with love- items for you to give to your loved ones! 

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Thanks again for your support. And if you would like to advertise on Erin the Irish Mama, please click on my Advertising/Product Review page or send me an email

This month only I am offering 50% off all ads. Just remember when checking out on Passionfruit Ads, that you use the special code HOLIDAY. And, as always, I am giving away 3 Swap Ads per month. Just go ahead and use the promo code SWAP for your free small ad.