GIVEAWAY! Bunnies By the Bay Gift Set Just in Time for Easter! Valued at over $150!

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We are excited to bring our readers an amazing giveaway just in time for Easter. Earlier this week we introduced you to Bunnies By The Bay children’s products. They have been so gracious and allowed us to offer a great Easter gift pack from Bunnies By The Bay worth over $150 –how can you resist that adorable bunny!

Giveaway includes the following products:
Welcome Home Wee One Gift Set ($105.00)
Bud Teether ($19.00)
Are You A Bunny? Board Book ($10.00)
Big Lops Large Plush Bunny ($25.00)

US address only / 18+. Extra entries also available! Giveaway ends 03/26/15.

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“Sweet Surprise” Promotion:  If you go to BunniesByTheBay.com, you can click on the home page image and get a random surprise. They are offering discounts up to 50% off your order and a chance to receive a $100 gift certificate. Plus, get your order in time for Easter if you order by March 27th.

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Spring Break Vacation Essentials: 1.25oz Silicone Travel Bottles by Dot and Dot

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1.25oz_travel_bottles_review_DotDot_travel_essentials_2Traveling over Spring Break? Good travel accessories are essential to a stress free vacation. Check out the set of TSA approved, BPA free, 1.25 travel bottles by Dot & Dot. We recently received the above set to put to the test…

Each soft, squishy bottle has a silicone suction cup on the back that works great for temporarily attaching the bottles to a hotel or guest bathroom. With a little practice you can use the bottle while it’s suctioned to the shower wall as well. Having the suction cup molded into the bottle also helps keep your soap and lotions sanitary, organized and away from the shower head that can cause travel bottles to become water logged.

The travel bottles are easy to use and fill. The top is a clear, screw-top lid that easily removes to reveal a wide mouth opening, big enough to transfer your family size soaps and lotions. To use the travel bottles, simply squeeze the bottle and the soap will easily release through the cap’s membrane. The cap helps seal and prevent leaks –we haven’t seen any yet!

The sets come in different color combinations so you can easily organize your toiletries. A tab on the lid can also be used as well as sticky labels, etc. If you are in the market to upgrade your travel gear, give these bottles a chance. They are well made and have lasted us a lot longer than their dollar bin travel-size counterparts. The set is packaged in a clear travel bag, perfect for TSA inspections and easy packing when traveling.

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Add a Pop of Black and White to Your Home This Spring!

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Cotton Cushion Cover C’est La Vie!, $9.95, Black/White Graphic Print Pillow, $32.79, Michael Amini by Nourison Black/ Silver Geometric Throw Pillow, $34.00, Black Sequin Heart Throw Pillow, $25.00, Naptime All The Time, $20.00, Decorative Square Briar Black/White Pillow, $36.99, Bear and Co. + Pillow, $20.00+, Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow, $155.00, It is never too late to be what you might have been, $20.00+

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Mission Unboxable is the Ultimate Science Spy Kit for Kids!

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Entertaining your middle school kids can be a challenge. The activity has to be fun and creative to get them away from tablets and mobile phones and into some quality family time. Our kid testers (ages 7 and 10) recently had the opportunity to check out Mission Unboxable, a cool science spy kit developed by an 8-year old boy, Michael, and his Mom, Lisa.

Mission Unboxable has the setup of a monthly subscription box with additional purchase options easily visible on their Etsy site. Secret missions not only come with kid tested missions (for boys and girls!) but also may include spy gear, disguise kits, fingerprint analysis, decoders, get-away cars, target practice, bird watching (yes, bird watching), bouncy balls and much, much more!

The missions are great for all ages and perfect for family night, spring break, staycations and more! The kits can be ordered to accommodate more than one child so your children can solve the mission together. The Etsy store even has party favors for a super creative spy birthday party! Check out their super adorable ring bearer “Ring Security” briefcases too, complete with glasses and badges.

Mission Unboxable is a great way to expand your child’s imagination and expose them to the mysteries of science. After the missions are over, kids can continue to collect future missions and use their kits to inspire their own imaginative playtime.

Purchase a single mission for under $20 (includes US shipping), we’re loving the bouncy ball kit … or a monthly set with briefcase starting at only $60 (3 months/includes US shipping).

Which mission will you choose? If you try Mission Unboxable, tag us on Instagram at #giftingexperts with your pics!

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Looking for Heirloom Quality Gifts this Easter? Check Out Bunnies By The Bay!

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We are so excited to introduce you to a company you will be ordering gifts from year after year! Bunnies By The Bay is a full service children’s plush, apparel and gift accessory company based in Washington. Bunnies By The Bay products are heirloom quality and the perfect gift for baby and kids whether it’s a baby shower, birthday or Easter!

With an early Easter this year, take advantage of the great gifts that Bunnies By the Bay provides. Whether you are near or far, their selection of fine products will warm your recipient’s heart! Plus, when you purchase certain merchandise, like the plush “Buddy” (shown above and below), the company contributes to Red Thread Charities which helps support orphans globally through leading charities.

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It’s all about the details… Our samples came wrapped in adorable carrot tissue paper and logo seal. The retail tags feature cute bunny faces and carrots. The apparel stitching is top notch and looks adorable on the modern blue, pink and neutral color outfit choices. The “Where’s Puppy?” board book came saran wrapped with a suede-like touchable cover insert. The pages are thick and durable with a glossy, photo finish. Even our 12 inch super soft plush puppy came with subtle pink blush marks on his cheeks!

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All of the products we received are high-quality pieces that could be passed from generation to generation. Please check out their website for a ton of animal plush options, baby/kids apparel, books, blankets, and more. We will be featuring their bunny lines in upcoming Easter posts and hosting a giveaway later this week!

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Be Prepared for St. Patrick’s Day with our DIY Confetti Shamrock Shirt

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St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away so we have put together a super easy DIY Confetti Shamrock T-shirt that will keep you from getting pinched!

Here’s what you will need:
T-shirt
Fabric Paint (we prefer Martha Stewart)
Wood or Foam Block
Assorted Shamrock Foam Stickers (Michaels)
Cardboard Scrap (optional)

This is a great DIY to do with your kids! Simply wash and dry your t-shirt(s) so you will have a clean, non-wrinkled surface. Then place a piece of scrap cardboard in between the two layers of the shirt. (This step is optional since the Martha Stewart paint doesn’t seep through but if you are doing this project with kids or paint heavily, you might want the added protection!)

Remove the sticky backs from the shamrock stickers and place on the wood or foam block. We recommend layering the shamrocks in a set of three (see pic below) to add height to your stamp and to give strength to the stem part of the shamrock. The stickers will stick to themselves so no glue is needed to keep your stamp together. We used glitter foam shamrock stickers and the glitter did not effect the printing. To get the best controlled print, use a watercolor paint brush to paint the surface of the shamrock stickers with your fabric paint. We used white paint on a green shirt but you could also use a white shirt with green or gold paint.

Stamp the shamrocks directly onto your shirt in a random, confetti pattern. After every stamp, place another layer of paint on the stamp so your prints are completely visible and similar in opacity. Have fun creating your own designs and patterns! Allow your shirt to dry and follow any fabric paint instructions as far as ironing, etc.

Comment below or tag us on Instagram #giftingexperts if you use our DIY this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Relax After a Long Monday with InstaNatural Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oils

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Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits:
1. Relax Aching Muscles
2. Respitory Cold Relief
3. Calm indigestion
4. Release Tension Headaches
5. Morning Pick Me Up
6. Anti-Dandruff Solution
7. Soothe Aching Teeth or Gums
8. Natural Bug and Rodent Repellent
9. Improve Blood Circulation
10. Natural Cleaning Agent
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1. Treat Minor Skin Irritations and Blemishes
2. Calm Anxiety
3. Sleep Aid
4. Insect Bite Relief
5. Fabric Freshner and Deoderizer
6. Alleviate Ear Aches
7. Improve Concentration
8. Heal Chapped or Sunburned Lips
9. Reduce Acne
10. Strengthens Immune System

We have recently started researching the benefits of essential oils and were excited to try the 100% pure oils from InstaNatural. There are many benefits to using essential oils. We have listed our top 10 for both the peppermint and lavender. Before using essential oils, you should talk to your doctor and thoroughly research frequency of use and how to apply before using the oils on a regular basis. As always, extra care should be given to newborns, young children and those who are pregnant or nursing.

Essential oils can be applied topically, inhaled through the use of a humidifier or diffuser and added to drinks and food. It is important to look for essential oils that do not contain fillers and are 100% pure like the oils from InstaNatural.

We love the InstaNatural oils for their purity, light fragrance and large size. The 4 ounce size bottle is nearly 6 inches tall  which is larger than most bottles you will find at natural food stores. And at under $20.00 each, it’s a great gift for yourself or a friend!

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Spring Has Sprung … Accessories with a Hint of Green

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Frends with Benefits Rebecca Minkoff Headphone Cap Set for Taylor (green), $49.99, Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt – Women’s, $64.00, Women’s Xhilaration® Nylon Strap Analog Watch – Mint Green, $16.99, TAI JEWELRY Stone Bangle Cuff, $97.00, Ariel Convertible Sequin Clutch (green), $68.00, Christian Louboutin Mea Culpa Metallic Red Sole Pump, Light Gold, $895.00, LORIE TRENCH, $250.00

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