Friday, December 28, 2018

5 Friday Favorite's, of my 5 Friday Favorites

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As the year comes to a close, I realize that I haven't been on Amethyst Moon for a long time, and that I haven't been writing as often as I've wanted to. I was really aiming for regular blog posts. That'll be my New Years resolution, to blog more and blog often! 

When I think of my favorite things, that I got this year, things that happened, or stuff I learned. Life is all about the expierences and what you make of those expeirences. These expierences were some thait I've posted bout in the past on my other top 5 posts. 

1. Freya

I really had to include my best furry friend Freya on this list of my top 5 things this year. Even after these two years together, she's been amazing. She's by my side when I'm not feeling good, she's cuddling with me when I'm alone, and she's one of the sweetest cats I've ever met. Nobody could have told me that the cat that walked into our apartment on Halloween night would mean so much to me. One of her favorite things to do with me is to watch Sylvester the Talking Cat videos because his birthday's on Halloween, she was found on Halloween, and she thinks he's a handsome boy. She also says sometime next month she wants to have her 5 favorite Freya things. 

Freya told me to leave her alone why she slept, I didn't listen, and this is the "Go away, I'm asleep stupid human," look she gave me. 

2. Brian BarczykEven after the lessons, he taught me about making each day awesome, there are still many things that Bryan has taught me. The other thing's he's taught me were about reptiles, and about tarantulas. Once I used to be a bit scared looking at tarantula's, but once I've gotten to watch Brian's videos, and have been able to learn more about them, I'm not as scared of them. They're still a spider and I'd probably scream if one's near me, at least I can watch them on videos without wanting to turn the video off. It's a start!   

3. Cromimi

I have yet to write a full-length article about Cromimi, and hope to do that one day. It's been a very cool game, and one of the few games that I'm still playing as we speak. I deleted Hybrid Animals off my phone, it became way too repetitive and boring, but even after these few months, I'm still playing them on the website, breeding and adopting mice. 

I think it's the breeding that keeps me coming back for more when it comes to Cromimi. I know the colors aren't actual mouse colors and genetics don't really work like they do in the game, but I like picking out two mice and seeing what their offspring would look like. 

Remember Jen mouse? Well, here she is with my pink mouse Romeo and her latest baby, their son, Solar Comet. Isn't he precious? His little white belly is adorable!  

4. Cash Crate

I really hate posting about ways to make money as I've said before, it just seems a bit scam like to talk about making money doing survey's online, but honestly, the last two months I've made $140. While it might not be enough to make a living off of but, most survey sites are not meant for someone to make a living wage off of, they're a way to earn a little extra cash every now and then. 
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5.  After Halloween Makeup

I've worn this makeup a lot since I've gotten them right after Halloween. I'm hoping there's going to be some amazing right after Christmas clearance at the stores, I have yet to find any, but I'm sure that there have to be some amazing sales. 

The after Halloween makeup, I used both the eyeliner, mascara, cream eyeshadow, lip liner, and lipstick. It looked pretty awesome right.  
What have been some of your favorite things that you've done or experienced this year? I really hope that everyone has had a wonderful year and I wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A New Way to Think About Using Smiley 360

Looking for your Smiley break down? Let me clarify that this is not a post about decoding your emoji's and I am not breaking down your happy smiling face. This is a blog post about Smiley and all of the Smiley family links.

I will not take time to talk about signing up for Smiley or any of Smiley's sites. It's all pretty self-explanatory and pretty straightforward. There's more than just one Smiley like the website, in fact, there are several. Some may not be a good fit for you or your lifestyle, which is fine, but there's a list of the Smiley like sites below. If in case I forgot one, or there's any new Smiley like pages, please let me know! 👇

Now that you know about your choice of Smiley like sites, there's tons to do on these sites. If you put in the work, it'll all be worth it. I've had no problems with Smiley or any of the Smiley like sites ever. The work isn't even hard work, it's all pretty easy and something you can do in a matter of minutes.

The Prequalifying Missions

If you go to your dashboard. there's a chance for you to prequalify for a free product. The questions are usually centered around what you know about the product and if it's right for your family. Most, if not all of the questions are multiple choice, there's no time for answering why you want to qualify for a product.
All you need to do to get to the quick prequalifying survey is to click on the "Get Started" button and the rest us all up to you.
I will not explain the questions about the prequalifying survey I did above, because I don't want to give you time to think about the answers, but I can say that I ended up being able to qualify for the study that Generation Good was doing. Just because you passed the qualifying survey and qualify for a product does not mean  that you will get the product, you do have to accept the mission, and sometimes the missions can and will fill up. 
If you qualify for a mission you will come to a page like this one

Doing Your Missions

This is one of my current product missions as we speak. It's about PB8 probiotics. I am actually happy about being able to be part of the PB8 mission. I was urged by my doctor to start taking probiotics as a way to help me feel better. To be able to find out what probiotic was right for me, trying PB8 would answer many of the questions I had about the product.

When you get to your mission page and once you get your product. You'll have a card explaining your mission and you'll have a list of tasks you have to complete for your missions. The one thing I really love about missions is, if possibly you know nothing about sharing information about products or blogging, there's going to be tips on what to do, and steps to take to maximize your page views and to get the word out about your products.

Quick Mission Break Down
The little number in the octagon tells you how many points each task is. Sometimes you can do the task more than once and it's okay. On all your missions you have a goal. The goal is usually easily obtainable, and once you're done with a task, and all is good to go, your little grey social media buttons on the side won't be grey anymore. 
Required Tasks vs. Optional Tasks
Required task. Required tasks are tasks you must do, most of time it's sharing to your Facebook, posting a review on the retail site the specified and sharing to your Facebook. 

Optional tasks. Optional tasks obviously are optional, but if you're new to blogging and sharing your an opinion on products, it doesn't hurt to learn what should be done almost everytime you blog or share about a product. Practice makes perfect and it's not really much work at all. 

An Example of a Task

Almost all of the time all you have to do is click on the share button. There are times when you do a task that they will ask you to provide a few words to the link. The way the links and information gets shared depends on the social media account is used, Facebook users will have to copy to a clipboard and then share the information, Twitter is usually just one simple click, but something like Pinterest or Instagram, you're asked to provide the permalink of the product. The task will show you where to find your permalink at. It's all pretty simple. 

Another important thing to note about Smiley, and sharing any task, both on your social media and your blog, always post that you got the product for free and if you can include the hashtag #freesample or whatever the task says to do. This is not just something that Smiley asks you to do, stating that you got the product for free is required by the FTC. 

5 Quick Tips for Using Smiley and Doing Tasks

  1. Always research your products: It doesn't take tons of work to research your products. When I got my PB8 Probiotics, I researched what probiotics do, and the company itself. This will help you form a review and post a well-informed blog post about your product.
  2. Keep notes: Always keep notes about the product missions you're doing. I like to post my opinions on the products, the due dates, what I want to include in the post, and what I need to do. This keeps you organized.
  3. Follow other reviewers on social media: A lot of the time reviewers and people who use smiley will support one another. They'll like and click on the links as often as they can. 
  4. Talk to your friends about the product: I know it's a task on the list, but face to face interaction is great. You'll learn what your friends think of the product and that too will help you formulate your opinion.
  5. Always pretend you know nothing about a product: While it might sound like the opposite of tips 1 and 4 it is not. When I get a product and I'm meant to talk about it. The best approach is to imagine you're an alien who's crashlanded on earth. You know nothing, and the information you gain will help your fellow alien friends learn about what your findings. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Favorite 5 Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Hanukkah Books For Kids

Instead of naming five random things that I've loved during the week, I've decided to change up my Favorite 5 Friday lists up a bit. I want to name my top 5 favorite thing's for a certain topic or my top 5 favorite items.

This weeks list is going to be about Hannukah. I am not Jewish, but I do believe in teaching children about different religions, and holidays of the world when they're young, even if it's not what you believe. I've been getting books from PJ Libary and PJ Our Way for a little over a year and now, both my kids and I love the books. They're always so much fun to read and are really exciting.

It was hard picking only 5 books that were my favorite books about Hannukah, they were all so cute, but because I had to pick my top five books, these ended up being my favorites:
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1. Hoppy Hanukkah by Linda Glasser
Is every bunny ready to learn about Hanukah? I know I am, and it's not just because I think bunnies are oh so cute, but because this book is so well written. In this book, your kids will learn when it's the right time to light the menorah, why the menorah lit at night and what the menorahs are for. The book makes anyone who knows little about Hanukah or someone who knows's a lot, start hopping with joy!
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by [Kimmel, Eric A.]
2. Simon and The Bear by Eric A. Kimmel
Simon set out for America, just to have the ship he was on get wrecked. Simon was sure he was going to die. But he didn't die, he was saved by a bear on Hanukkah nonetheless. This is the story about Simon being saved by a big and not so mean or scary polar bear. While this book may not be historical or at all true to life, your kids will learn to share, and learn to have compassion, not just around holiday time, but all the time.
Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by [Ehrenberg, Pamela]
3. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
I used to, and still love books that have a story and a recipe (or song) included with the book. It makes the stories feel more realistic to me. Queen of the Hannukah Dosas has recipes for dosas and Sambar in it. Sambar and Dosas are popular in India, which may not be known for Jewish culture, but that's why I like the book. The mom's Indian and the dad's Jewish, it shows kids how to incorporate both together, and that not everyone everywhere eats the same thing for the holiday.

Latke, the Lucky Dog (Hanukkah) by [Fischer, Ellen]
4. Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer 
Latke the Lucky Dog, is a book about a dog who's the color of latkes and is adopted from the shelter at Hannukah time. Latke gets to learn all about Hannukah time, by chewing up things he shouldn't be and eating latkes that he really shouldn't be eating. This dog shows the benefit of adopting a shelter dog while showing kids that even if something happens, there are always ways to fix things. 

5. Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen
It's not just the lights on the manorah that are special it's lights everywhere, just like the title imply's! The little boy in Chanukah Lights Everywhere learns exactly that. The importance of menorah lights, and the importance of lights in general.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

7 of the best sites for Influencers and Bloggers

Who said that you couldn't try before you buy? Better yet, who said that you had to spend money on stuff that you blog about? Sometimes the coolest things in life are free. Well sort of free, the only cost to you is a few moments of your time sharing your opinion on a certain product! Both as an influencer (a fancy term given to people who talk about what they like on their blogs and social media) and as a blogger you actually have some opportunities that are right underneath your nose!

None of the sites I've mentioned cost you anything nor will they ask you for personal information like your bank account number. However, they may ask qualifying questions to see if you are indeed a good fit for the product they're sending out. Who would blame them? They don't want to send a package of cat food to you if you don't have a cat nor do you know anyone who has a kitty cat. 

Home Testing Club

Who are they? Home Testing Club is a site that offers free items for an opinion. They even put you into a drawing to win gift cards for being active! 

What do I do? You sign up with your Facebook or Email. There will be some sign-up questions when you first join, and all you have to do is answer the qualifying questions and wait for an e-mail that says that you're accepted into the study. 

What do they send? I've gotten baby washrags and a baby towel, a butt cushion, and nail polish. My favorite was the nail polish. 


Who are they? Crowdtap is a Word of Mouth Marketing site. You'll answer questions, take photos, and do tons of fun stuff and get products to try every now and then. They have product parties and samplings.

What do I do? You answer questions, take photos and even post stuff on your social media. Like all of the other sites and apps, you have to sign up and give your address and email address. Every question and activity you do, you earn points that you can spend on gift cards. 

What do they send? I've gotten hair dye, makeup remover, and cereal bars. 


Who are they? Smiley is another word of the site, and a little bit similar to Crowdtap, but a lot different as well. Like Crowdtap you're answering questions, and doing little tasks but unlike Crowdtap there are more opportunities to get a product to evaluate. 

What do I do? The sign up is really pretty basic, you sign up and there'll be missions almost every week. The missions include answering a series of questions to earn points or sharing some information. There will be a breakdown of Smiley and Smiley like sites Saturday to explain how it works exactly.

Unlike Crowdtap, you can not use your points for cards. The points earn you badges, and badges give you more opportunities to get a product to evaluate.

What do they send? Lots of things. One of the recent things that I received from them was my Hair, Nail, and Skin Vitamins. I have gotten OB Tampons and Claratin. They also sometimes send food as well. 

House party/Ripple Street

Who are they? When it comes to Ripple Stree was formally House Party, it's a bit different from the other sites that I have mentioned. Ripple Street is a site that provides you products from a certain company and campaign they're doing so that you can have a literal house party. 

What do I do? There's really nothing to the sign-up process, I don't even think you give them anything more than your e-mail address. After signing up you answer questions about certain products and sign up for campaigns that are open. The campaigns then ask a handful of questions and to share that you're having a party. 

What do they send? The campaigns can range from something like Oreos to Legos to even Captain Morgan. I can't even begin to name all companies that Ripple Street Works with. The stuff you get for the party will also vary. For my most recent Duplo Dinosaur Party, we had one of the Dulpo Dinosaur minipacks, a Duplo Set, Party Hats, a Placemat and Stickers! 

Who are they? Sampler is a pretty straightforward sample site. You fill out a questionnaire and you'll be randomly chosen to order products. 

What do I do? After you sign up for Sampler you're asked a series of preliminary questions, like where you shop at, what kind of pets you have, and what deodorant you use. After that happens either you're asked more questions for products you may be able to qualify at the time or sometime in the near future, or you're brought to the page where you can order your products. 

What do they send? I think Sampler is by far one of the coolest sites that I've used. Some of the stuff I've been sent have been sugar-free ketchup, gum, pasta, and a coffee energy drink.

Sample Source

Who are they? Samples Source is kind of like your free be subscription box type of thing. They only send a box once every 3 to 4 months, but when they send a box, it's well worth it. You still have to give your opinions, but most of the time they are quick and easy questions that only take a few moments of your time.  

What do I do? All you have to do is sign up before the boxes go out (not the day of) and check with friends and social media to find out when they send a box, click on the samples you want and wait a few weeks! 

What do they send? I've gotten many things from Sample Source in the past, one of my favorites and Freya's favorite things to get is cat food! Some of the other stuff has included cereal, dishwater pods, and even shampoo!

Pinch Me:

Who are they? Pinch me is probably the most popular site and a lot of people know about Pinch Me, but if you don't know anything about them. They're a monthly free sample box. You order a box and get it 4 to 8 weeks later. All they ask for is a review.

What do I do? On one Tuesday out of the month (and sometimes sooner), you're able to order a handful of products to review. A few weeks later they ask you to provide your honest opinion and that's all you have to do.

What do they send? I can't even name everything they send. I've gotten stuff like dry erase markers, sponges, food, cat food, and shampoo and the last time I got deodorant and putty glue. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tag Thursday: Christmas Style

It's time for Tag Thursday, the day where I let some of my creative juices flow into a puddle on the floor. I haven't done one in ages and it's Christmas time! That means I'm doing an extra special Christmas tag! The tag was created by The Enthusiast, all credit goes to her!

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
My favorite Christmas movie has to be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Even when it wasn't Christmas I'd ask my mom to watch Rudolph. These were the days when we only had one TV in the house and I couldn't understand why my mom wasn't as happy to watch Rudolph as I was.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Many years. I lived in the midwest United States for my whole life. There have been years when I had a white Christmas.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Usually at home, or at my husband's parents or grandparents that live in the same town. It's nowhere special or far away, unfortunately. I'm not a fan of being far away from the house anyway.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Both the melody and the lyrics merge together nicely when it comes to Winder Wonderland. In all honesty, I don't think I could possibly pick out my favorite version of the song. I like all of them.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Only if it's from a family member and the family member is around, then I'll open a present, but most of the time I wait until Christmas. It's what my family used to do, and it's what I do.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I can, but the only way I can remember them is to cheat. I start singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and start listing the reindeer, "You know Dasher, and Dancer," you know that song. Yes, I can name all the reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Oh and Rudolph. Yeah, I think I got all of them. Does he have any more that aren't famous that I forgot?

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
I really don't have any particularly that I'm looking forward to this year.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We have a fake tree. They're cheaper and can be bought after Christmas for pretty cheap. Plus, I'm not a fan of stepping on tons of little tiny pine needles. That's painful!

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Peanut Butter Blossoms.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I like giving more than getting. I love seeing smiles on people's faces when they open their present.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
My pet frog Johnny, my "Grow a Frog." I got Johnny when I was probably a little older than 9 from my uncle's girlfriend. You sent away for an African Clawed Frog and got a tadpole in the mail about 6 weeks later. The time that I got Johnny, was a bit cold and they didn't think that a tadpole would survive so they sent a juvenile frog to me instead. Johnny lived for 7 years! He was a really cool pet and an awesome Christmas present!
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12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Good question! It's not really a particular place that I want to visit, it's more of a location. I love winter photos with mountains in the background. I would love to actually see a mountain covered in snow up close, in real life.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm pretty awful at it. I can't even wrap a box without asking for help, or nearly mutilating the box. I'm probably not the kind of person you'd want to wrap your presents.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
My most memorable has to be one of the worst holiday moments. It was the holiday that my family had carbon monoxide poisoning when I was a child. It was Christmas break and I was in 2nd grade. I remember being sick and really sleepy. I then remember my family staying over at my grandparent's place just so they could get the heater fixed. The gas company felt bad for us because we didn't have a tree yet and bought one for us.

15. When did you realize the truth about Santa?
I was in 4th grade. I had no clue that Santa didn't exist until a teacher told our whole 4th-grade class. I was eventually going to figure out that he didn't exist, but finding out that way wasn't the way I would have wanted to find out. 

16. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I don't make any, mainly because I know I won't stick to them. I'm not going to make a resolution and not live up to it.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
My family and the little things that happen. When I talk about little thing's its stuff like Toys 4 Tots and community agencies that help people who wouldn't be able to get something for their kids for Christmas. That is what makes the holidays special.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

10 Christmas inspired makeup ideas that I'm excited to try

I'm excited about Christmas, and I'm excited about learning new makeup inspiration. The thought of making my face more festive sounds crazy, but at the same time so exciting that I can't believe that I haven't thought of finding some Christmas inspired makeup ideas.

If you had to do your own makeup inspired by Christmas, what would you do? Would it all be color based, like reds and greens? Or would you try to do your makeup to look like a reindeer or The Grinch? Let me know in the comments below! Here are some of my favorite Christmas inspired makeup photos that I've found

🎄1.Holly and Ornament Eyeliner and Eye Shadow

The detail would be hard to copy, but I find this makeup inspiration beautiful. Even the nails are festive and colorful. Every time I look at this photo I find an element that I missed the first time. 
Makeup by Nasia Belli Instagram: @nasiabelli  #makeup
Nasia Belli

⛄2. The Grinch Makeup 

I've seen this look done many times online and in a group that I'm in on Facebook. Every single time that I see the Grinch Makeup and face paint, I'm in aw. I'm sure none of these girls (or guys) in the face paint hate Christmas! 
She’s not The Grinch underneath that makeup! I bet she doesn’t even want to steal Christmas. | 14 Pictures That Will Make You Say "This Is Why You Take Them Swimming On The First Date"

🎄3. Eye'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Normally I'd be against the whole eye glitter thing, but if it's used with the snowflake, it works out really nice don't ya think? This is something that I'm dying to try. 
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⛄4.  Razzle Dazzle and Red

This too was amazing. I might as well admit it. Glitter and Christmas go well with each other. Especially when you're decorating your eyes with the most festive glitter to make ornaments and snowflakes. I love how Christmas makes people's eyes sparkle!
Lucinda on Instagram: “Hi beauties! Full picture of this Christmas inspired makeup I did with @saraigen15 Details below: Brows: @jeffreestarcosmetics #jeffreestarcosmetics Unicorn Blood and Redrum Glitter: @litcosmetics #litcosmetics Fire Cracker and Gold Digger Lashes: @houseoflashes #houseoflashes Starlet Eyeshadow: Inner Corner: @evepearl #evepearl Diamond Eyes Eyeshadow Palette @suvabeauty #suvabeauty Kohl and Bloody Mary @sugarpill #sugarpill in Love + @evepearl #evepearl Salmon Concealer i

🎄5. (Lady) Jack Frost

It had me at the metallic blue lipstick and the silver eyebrows! The whole look is captivating it looks like something inspired by children's movies! But what sets this look apart from the rest is that the eyes match the cheeks!

⛄6. I present to you, a sparkly new year

Now your makeup can match the ornaments. What would even be cooler to me would be finding metallic gold lip stick and some deep red eyeshadow. But if you can't find metallic gold lip stick or deep red eyeliner, I suggest something like this! 
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🎄7. Cranberry lips

Having your cranberry colored lips as the main focus of your makeup, and the main focus, you're going to stun all of your friends and family at Christmas parties. 
Christmas Makeup: Sparkles, Smokey, and Berry

⛄8. Red as Rudolph's Nose

If you don't want to go through all of the work turning your face into something else, but you want to still be festive! Sparkly red eyeshadow and matching eyeliner work just as good! 
red eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics

🎄9. With your candy cane lips 

While candy cane lips look difficult to pull off, as long as you have a steady hand, it shouldn't be incredibly tough to pull off. Is this look way too sweet or minty fresh? Only you can decide. 
Still shot of the Candy Cane lip art I did for @smashboxcosmetics ❤️ I used Always On liquid lipstick in Bawse, Ruby Light lip gloss form the Light It Up Gloss to Go collection and @wolfefaceartfx face paint for white details.  Just uploaded the extended version of this video to my YouTube. Check it out (link in bio). Also, this is available as print (seasonally) on my Etsy!  Have a wonderful week everyone!  #makeup #lips #lipart #christmas #lips #candycane #smashbox #smashboxsquad #smashboxc...

⛄10. Oh Deer!

I actually have my Dear Makeup Pallet Set from Halloween still! Santa! I've been good can I help you, please! I don't know if I have the doe eyes to pull it off, or if Santa will allow me to pull his sleigh this year, but at least I'd be a beautiful doe. 
Cute Deer Halloween Makeup Look
Stay Glam

Monday, December 10, 2018

My top 8 Books about Christmas

Whether I'm 5 or 5000, there's always room in my heart for Christmas books. It's been one of my favorite things about Christmas. Curling up somewhere warm, while reading about people whose hearts are filled with warmth. Except for the Grinch, his heart was filled with cold, it was also thought that his heart was two sizes too small.

But enough of me, what are some of your favorite stories or favorite books about Christmas? Is it weird that I even have favorites and could even compile my favorites into a list? I guess that depends on who you ask!

8. Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

I was in middle school when a teacher read this book to the class. When I thought about writing this blog post, this was one of those books that I knew I had to add. It's not every day when you read a book about a kidnapping around Christmas time!
Deck the Halls (Holiday Classics) by [Clark, Mary Higgins, Clark, Carol Higgins]

7. Baby's First Christmas by Esther Wilkin

Baby's First Christmas excited me, to see all of the things that the baby got for Christmas, made me happy. Even if I personally didn't get beads, a truck or even a toy boat for Christmas. But it wasn't the story that captivated me as much as the pictures did. The photos are so beautiful.

6.  The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten isn't about Christmas as much as it is about sharing and caring. We should care about others all the time. But it always makes me think about how we should care about other's when Christmas is near.
The Mitten by [Brett, Jan]

5. Jingle Bells by Kathleen N Nye

Even if Jingle Bells wasn't originally written to be a Christmas song, this book made me believe that it was. It also made me want to ride a one-horse open sleigh with a raccoon, an ostrich, a bear and oh and of course Santa! That would be loads of fun!
Jingle Bells (Little Golden Book) by [Daly, Kathleen N.]

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again by Darrell Baker

I didn't mean to have a flood of Golden Books when it came to Christmas books! It's just how I was raised, I did, and still do love Golden Books, and the Christmas Golden Books were read many times when I was a child, even when it wasn't Christmas. When I got too old to read them on my own, I read them to my sister or brother. Now the tradition still continues!

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

Yeah, some might say that my heart is two sizes too small when it comes to Christmas and Christmas movies. But what they don't know is that I really love Christmas, and love the holidays, it's not too small. It's just right. The only difference is that I really don't verbalize my love for Christmas like other people do.
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2. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

I know I mentioned this book just the other day, but it is one of my favorite Christmas books. This mouse isn't stirring though, it's celebrating Christmas, and helping Santa! Santa Mouse is adorable. Is Santa Mouse even real? He's so small, nobody would even notice him crawling up their Christmas trees!

1. A Christma Carol by Charles Dickens

I don't think the books or TV show's versions of a Christmas Carol are as good as the book. The original is a classic and even if I was forced to read it in school, I love reading the story over and over again on my own accord!
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Count Down to Christmas: My favorite book: Santa Mouse

In only 22 days, Santa Mouse will be putting a present in your tree! Don't tell me that Santa Mouse isn't real. He's real and I'm sure of it! Everybody needs a cute little helper, someone who will share cheese with them! That's why Santa made Santa Mouse an honorary teeny tiny, Santa Claus!

About Santa Mouse

Santa Mouse was written in 1966 by Michael Brown, and illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt! It's a timeless classic about a mouse who gives Santa a Christmas present, and in return Santa gives the little mouse with no name, a small Santa Claus uniform, and he becomes Santa Mouse.  Santa Mouse helps Santa with all of his journies by putting a small present in the tree. 

Santa Mouse is both available three separate books, Santa Mouse, Santa Mouse Where Are You?, and Santa Mouse Meets Marmaduke or you get the whole compilation in one book. The book I had while growing up (and still have) is the compilation. 
1989? Seriously?! I was only 2 1/2 when the book came

Why It's My Favorite Christmas Book

Santa Mouse is one of my favorite books about Christmas time. It reminds me that little acts of kindness go a long way. It's taught me no matter how little you are, you can still amount to a lot. This is coming from someone who's short and small.

The craziest thing about this books how much I loved the book. I don't see how I couldn't  It was my favorite book as a kid, even when it wasn't Christmas time, I would love cuddling with my Santa Mouse Plush and hearing the story of Santa Mouse! Mice are so adorable, and it's even more adorable when they're wearing Santa suits.

Where to find the Book

The only places I've actually seen the book sold are Amazon, eBay, and Barnes and Noble online. I actually read somewhere that you can't find it in the stores anymore. I can't guarantee that they'd have the full book or the stories separately, but at least there are places you can still get the book if you're at all interested. 

The Bottom Line

Santa Mouse is a tradition and a classic character. I don't know where I'd be without him. Even if he may not be real. I do think the notion of Santa having a mouse as a helper is a great idea. Everyone should have the heart of little Santa Mouse around Christmas. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nutrition Now Multivites Hair, Skin & Nails Review

Ever have family members recommend a product, and you're thinking that they're crazy? Especially when the person recommending is your sister and your mother? Yeah, my sister and mom have been telling me to take hair, nail and skin supplements for the longest time and I wasn't sure what the big deal was.

My experience

I just recently had the chance, Nutrition Now™ MultiVites Hair, Skin & Nails, a dye-free and gluten free gummy vitamin, just for my hair, nails, and my skin (why does it feel like I'm going to be attacked by zombies?)For the, most part it was great. The vitamins tasted great, my nails look a lot better than they did. These were great quality, easy to chew and very easy to swallow. I really should have updated about the nails, but I forgot about it, I'll probably get to that in a week from now so people can see differences

Since then these are my first nail, hair and skin vitamins, so I don't have anything to compare them to, but as for gummy vitamins, they're going to be one of my favorites. Why? The taste! I really like the taste, wild berries are so yummy, and there's no chalky taste like some chewable vitamins have! 

My Recommendations

While my results may be different from others results I have really seen a difference in my nails. Before starting a vitamin regimen I believe it helps to talk to a doctor if anyone has any questions. I do feel that I would recommend it to others.

I just recently had the chance to try Nutrition Now's Multivites, Hair, Skin & Nails for the very first time!

My nails as of right now

My final thought

While my results will not be the same as everyone else's, my nails have looked better, and my hair hasn't been breaking as much! So I would in no doubt keep these vitamins in my medicine cabinet and maybe next time I should listen to my sister and mom a bit more!


It's currently Tuesday, December 4, 2018: I never usually update about these things, but in this case I will. I really liked the gummies to begin with I thought they'd really help my nails, but they didn't. There's really no change in my nails and they've actually started to break and tear more than I would have wanted my nails to do. Instead of changing my review, I'd like to state that these may or may not work for you. There's only one way to find out, but I do suggest to approach with caution.