Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kids Will Love Learning How to Draw Disney Frozen 2 Characters and Making Bath Bombs Inspired by the Upcoming Frozen 2 Movie (which Arrives in Theaters This Friday) (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Just this AM my youngest daughter woke up and said, "Is it November 22nd yet?"  She was all upset that it was taking so long to get here already.  And, because for a moment it had slipped my mind what the significance of November 22nd was, she was quick to fill me in with her Frozen II song and dance.  How could I not remember this new movie arrives in theaters on Friday?  She has it written and decorated on all the calendars in the house, and even has a snowflake chain going in her room (which she started last month).  But, I snapped back to reality and got on the ball, thanks to her enthusiasm and excitement for this big day.  She is already planning our day out -- wake up super early (for no reason at all), then eat breakfast, get dressed and ready, and then watch the first Frozen movie, before heading out for the 12 PM showing of Disney's Frozen II.  She is hoping the theater will not be as crowded because kids are in school (one of the perks of homeschooling -- getting the movie theater to yourselves during weekly day time movie showings.  To say she is excited about the new Frozen II movie is an understatement.  And, I know she is not alone in this excitement, as her friends all want to see the movie, and some even dressed in new Frozen II costumes which were released prior to the movie releasing so kids could dress up for Halloween.  

I told my girls I had a Frozen II surprise for them this afternoon if they finished their school work on time -- Wow! I never saw them whip through improper fractions, decimal work, three-digit multiplication and division word problems and journaling so quickly.  They knew we had an art class to attend later in the afternoon, so they were hoping to enjoy the surprise before we left.  So, what Frozen II surprises did they get?  Check out these two new creative activity books inspired by the upcoming Frozen II release, available now from Quarto Knows...

"Learn formulas, practice ratios, combine chemicals, and use the scientific method to form bath bombs that are uniquely Frozen 2 and uniquely yours!"

"The step-by-step drawing exercises in Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2 will have you drawing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and the new characters from Disney Frozen 2 in no time!"


If your kids are all about the upcoming Frozen II movie, these two activity books would definitely put a smile on their faces, like they did with my two girls.  My girls couldn't stop smiling, and were quick to grab white paper from the printer to try their hand at drawing the different Frozen characters in the new Learn to Draw Frozen II book.  

As show on the cover of the drawing book, this new book comes with tracing paper and practice pages included with the book. But, if you have multiple children, make sure you have extra tracing paper or white printer paper handy, as they will all want to get in on the fun trying to draw Olaf, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa, and all the other Disney Frozen II characters.  My girls spent over two hours trying their hand at learning how to draw the Frozen II characters.  They both liked how the instructions were set up to take kids step by step through the whole drawing process. And, while it took a few tries with a couple of the more detailed characters, they both enjoyed the book, and can't wait to draw more characters this evening after dinner.  I wanted to show some of the drawings they did, but they said I had to wait until they showed their Daddy first, before adding to my post, as they were so proud of their drawings and wanted it to be a surprise for him . They didn't want him to see the blog post with photos, in case he follows my blog during the day at work. :-)

After my girls were done with the Learn to Draw Frozen II book, they moved on to the Frozen II Make Your Own Bath Bombs books.  This book is a kit and includes a 32-page book that includes fun science behind the fizz experiments, a basic bath bomb recipe, as well a handful of fun Frozen II inspired bath bombs kids will love making, including Elsa's Ice Castle Bath Bombs and Olaf's Natural Elements Bath Bombs.  There is even a fun Kristoff's Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs recipe that my girls want to make and gift to me for Christmas, as they know just how much I love hot chocolate, and would enjoy soaking in a bath that smelled like it. :-)  In addition to the book filled with all the step-by-step bath bomb recipes and science behind the fix, the kit itself comes with citric acid, Frozen 2 molds, liquid coloring, baking soda and bubble powder (the secret ingredient!), to get kids started on making all the bath bombs in this new Disney Frozen II Make Your Own Bath Bombs kit, available now from Quarto Knows.  

Because the girls have a class an hour away, I told them that we could read through the book and get a feel for how they would be making the different bath bombs, and then make a few tonight upon our return. The bath bombs have to sit in the molds for  a few hours minimum after making to harder and set, so I told the girls it would be a process and that we couldn't rush it, or they would just crumble into pieces if removed too early from the molds.  We are going to make Olaf's bath bombs tonight, along with Anna's Candy Bath Bombs.  Then, tomorrow when they wake (probably early again), they can have a bath and try out their new Frozen II inspired bath bombs they made using this new book/kit.

My girls were so happy the two Frozen II surprises I had for them, and couldn't wait to get to art class today to tell their friends all about them, and give them the Frozen II drawings they made for them.  I know their friends' parents will be asking me about these two creative activity books, as Frozen II is all the talk right now with kids especially, as we are only a few days away from its release in theaters.  These two books from Quarto Knows would make for a fun surprise gift to give kids upon returning how from the movie, to continue the fun at home. Or, buy now and wrap and leave under the tree for the special Disney Frozen fans in your life.  They will be all smiles when they see these two books, and they will be entertained for hours, learning how to draw the different Frozen II characters and making their own bath bombs to enjoy in the bath, or to gift to friends.

You can learn more about these two new Frozen II inspired releases by visiting the Quartro Knows website: https://www.quartoknows.com/.  While you are there, make sure you take time to look at their wonderful selection of books and gifts for kids of all ages, that would also make for great presents left under the tree, like these books...

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Glitter All The Way This Cyber Monday with 30% off Sunshine & Glitter Eco-Friendly Glitter Skincare-- Makes for Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  This year, I had a goal to start my shopping back in September when stores started to have clearance sales on toys they were looking to move before adding all the new holiday toys.  I was able to get some great deals for my girls and family, as well as pick up a handful of gifts for the girls to donate to kids in need this holiday season. As we near Thanksgiving next week, and all the crazy Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I plan to be done with my shopping before I sit down to enjoy turkey dinner with family.  My goal is to only have stocking stuffer and last minute gifts needed as the countdown to Christmas begins, as I really want to enjoy every moment of the holidays without worrying about shopping and spending lots of money.  While gift wrapping is a whole nother story, it does feel good to be winding down with my shopping.  And, in addition to wrapping up my shopping, I am hoping that my holiday gift guide for 2019 has offered your some great gift ideas for every person on your shopping list.  With over 150 items already added (see them all here), with reviews of each and every product shared, I will be finishing up my gift guide by the end of the next week, as I want readers to have time to place their orders and receive them in advance of the orders.  So, we on the lookout for my last minute gift ideas and reviews that will be posting today through the end of the next week.  I think I have about 50 more products to go. :-)

In addition to sharing all the great gift ideas for men, women and children, I also wanted to start sharing some fun and unique stocking stuffer ideas that will put smiles on people's faces when they wake and dump out their stockings on Christmas morning.  First up is a new Eco-friendly glitter skincare line I stumbled upon recently and had the opportunity to try out a few of their products including their moisturizing glitter body gel and glitter sunscreen (which come in cute sample size packs that make adding to everyone's stockings a breeze).  

Sunshine & Glitter also recently announced an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line that I for one can't wait for you to try, and already have some of their gifts sets on my wish list to Santa.

So, what is Sunshine & Glitter, and why shoudl you have them on your radar as you begin to do your holiday shopping online?:

"Sunshine & Glitter started in 2018 with a mission of helping children develop a habit of wearing sunscreen by infusing joy and sparkle into their skincare regimen. We have since expanded to multiple lines of health and wellness products that provide effective skincare and incite joy. We are committed to using ingredients that are nourishing, naturally derived, vegan, cruelty-free, and reef-safe.

We are thrilled to say all our SPFs are made reef safe and now with Biodegradable glitter. This new Biodegradable glitter replaces the use of plastics in our glitter with a plant based product, wood cellulose. Wood cellulose is stable and does not degrade on the shelf, however once it enters soil, compost or waste water environments, where microorganisms are present, the glitter naturally decomposes. Extensive testing has been done on all our glitters, and our sunscreens. We love bringing you the highest quality products on the market.

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! 

Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable"


I was sent a bottle of Holiday Slay, as well as a handful of sample-sized glitter sunscreen samples to try out, and have been loving them.  

"Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA."

I was quick to find a good hiding spot for my new moisturizing glitter body gel, as my girls were eyeing it from the moment I took it out the box, and wanted it. 

They love glitter and love bath and body products that leave their skin shimmering and shining with added glitter, and loved the gold glitter effect that Holiday Slay offers.  :-)  When they saw I hid the body gel, they were quick to grab their wish lists for Santa to add this and any other glitter products from Sunshine & Glitter to their wish lists.  They are hoping that he brings them some of the fun gift sets below that I was looking at them the other day while learning more about their ECO friendly glitter skincare line and products available, to help me with my write up.  

Here are a few more products from Sunshine & Glitter that both my girls and I found ourselves going back to,  and hoping Santa brings us for Christmas.  They are all affordable prices, and ready to gift as is, which is also a nice touch, saving you time in the wrapping dept.. :-)

I really like the Beary Merry Pink Glitter Moisturizing Body Gel bottles with the little knit caps on the bears -- so cute! These are going to make great gifts for my girlfriends, as well as for the Secret Santa swap I will be doing with family and friends.  I could go on and about how much I am loving this relatively new ECO Friendly glitter skincare company and their product offering.  But, instead, I wanted to make sure you knew about them, so you could start browsing their online shop and getting your holiday shopping lists ready.  And, be on the lookout if you like doing holiday shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, as Sunshine & Glitter will be offering 30% off their product offering - making it a great opportunity to try out their new Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line for yourself, as well as stock up on their holiday-themed gift sets and products that are fancy enough to be given as is, or slipped into stockings to be enjoyed all year long.  I don't know about you, but my girls love glitter, and the more sparkle the better. So, I know they will love finding their own supply of Sunshine & Glitter products under the tree.  

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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The Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler Makes a Great Thanksgiving Hostess Gift or Gift to Give This Holiday Season - Review and #Giveaway #AmberValeHomeL3

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Do you love candles?  I love getting candles as a gift for holidays and birthdays, but also love to gift them to family and friends, too!  Living in New England during the cold winter months, you can never have enough candles to light and enjoy, especially when the power goes out, and you need a way to light up the house.  So, when I asked to review the new Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler the other day, I jumped at the opportunity to try out the three 4 oz. candles that make up the sampler.  Be sure to read on, as I am offering one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win an Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler for themselves, or to gift to something this holiday season. :-)

So, what is Amber Vale Home?  First, don't feel bad that you don't know who they are, as I wasn't aware of them either before being sent their Holiday Sampler candle set.  But, before I go on and share all about these amazing smelling candles made with phthalate-free fragrances, here is a little about Amber Vale Home, and why you should have this brand new home decor company on your radar for now on...

More About Amber Vale Home: 

"Amber Vale Home is a brand new home decor company focusing on hand-crafted items. Their flagship product is soy-coconut blended, wooden wick candles with a variety of unique scents such as Porch Chat (whiskey + leather).

Now, here is more about their Holiday Sampler, which includes 3 candles, perfected scented for the upcoming holiday season.
About the Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler:
"The Holiday Sampler combines three 4oz candles: Tennessee Christmas (evergreen + deciduous), Gathering (orange + clove) and With Extra Whip (peppermint + hot chocolate). With a focus on natural, wholesome products, these candles are made with phthalate-free fragrances blended meticulously to nail down the scents of the season: evergreen, clove, hot chocolate and peppermint."

Candle Features include:

  • Natural soy/coconut blend
  • Wooden wick that “crackles” when burning
  • Phthalate-free
  • Realistic scents

Like I mentioned above, I was sent a Holiday Sampler from the folks at Amber Vale Home to try out, and have been burning the three candles in my home for the past few days.  I first started off with Tennessee Christmas candle, which was evergreen + deciduous scented, as my girls wondered what a real pine tree would smell like, if we had cut one down and decorated it in place of our artificial tree.  I always grew up with an artificial tree, and found it easier to take care and be able to store away and reuse this tree year after year, especially with the animals we have.  But, I can see where my girls were coming from, and wanting to see how a real fresh cut tree would smell like in our home.  I have bought and burned other so-called Christmas tree candles over the years, but none ever really smelled like an evergreen tree.  That was, until I burned the evergreen candle from Amber Vale Home.  If I hadn't known I was burning a candle, I myself, would have been fooled by the realistic scents of evergreen that filled my home.  I had lit the candle in my open kitchen/dining area, but the smell of evergreen made its way through my house to each room, and everyone coming out to look for a real tree.  When my girls and husband saw I was just burning a candle, they couldn't believe how realistic the scent was, and how it was able to travel throughout the first floor of our house like that.  

Seeing just how wonderful the evergreen scented candle was, I couldn't wait to try the other two wooden-wicked, phthalate-free candles from Amber Vale Home.  In addition the evergreen candle, the holiday sampler also contained Gathering (orange + clove) and With Extra Whip (peppermint + hot chocolate) candles to enjoy.  Being a hot chocolate lover, I had to try out the With Extra Whip candle next. And, just like the Tennessee Christmas candle fooled us all into thinking we had a real evergreen tree in the house, the With Extra Whip made me crave a cup of hot chocolate with a peppermint stick to dip in it.  Mmm, I am getting hungry just thinking about how delicious this candle smelled when lit.

As for the Gathering candle, this would be perfect to burn and enjoy during Thanksgiving dinner, as it has orange and clove scents, both of which you associate with turkey dinner and all the fixings.  This year I am letting my parents host Thanksgiving dinner, but plan to buy and gift my mom the Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler as a hostess gift and thank you for having us for Thanksgiving, as I know all the work that goes into prepping, cooking and cleaning up a Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd.  I know that she will enjoy having this candle burn while family and friends are over catching up and enjoying time together, and then long after everyone leaves, and she is sitting, relaxing after a busy day.

In addition to gifting the Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler to my mother for hosting Thanksgiving, I also plan to pick up a few more of the candle sets to gift to friends this holiday season.  At only $20 per Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler, which includes the three 4 oz. seasonal scented candles, you can't go wrong for the price, and how amazing these three candles smell.  

Plus, with the addition of the wooden wick you get to enjoy the crackling sounds the wick makes as the candle burns down, and fills the air with these three seasonal scents.

I could go on and on about how much I love the new Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler, but instead, why not pickup this 3-candle set to enjoy for yourself.  I know that once you try out the three different seasonal scented candles from Amber Vale Home, that you, too, will want to pick up more of the Holiday Sampler sets to gift to family and friends on your holiday shopping list. You can learn more about this brand new home decor company, specializing in hand-crafted items, by visiting the Amber Vale Home website.  There you can learn more about their soy-based Holiday Sampler candle set, as well as other great gift ideas for the holidays.  And, be sure to bookmark their website to visit time and again and see what new products that add, that would go great in your home, or gifted to that special someone in your life.

Learn more about these candles at the Amber Vale Home website, and feel free to follow their socials.

As mentioned above, as part of the Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler campaign with Lev3l Digital, I am able to offer a candle set giveaway, for only lucky reader to win.  Up for grabs is the same Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler (three 4 oz. candles in the set), with a retail value of $20.  

Want a chance to win the Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler for yourself, or to gift to someone special this holiday season? Then, complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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