Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Binder Ladies' & Mommy's Makin' It's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Gift Ideas For Everyone In Your Life!

This gift guide was created especially for you by The Binder Ladies and our wonderful friend, Jessica, from Mommy's Makin' It!

The holidays are a time of festive fun, family and friends.....but one of our favorite parts of the holidays is giving gifts! Sometimes it is hard to find that perfect gift for that special someone! This year though we hope to make your search a little easier!  We've compiled a list of our favorite ideas for gift giving this year, for everyone that's on your list!

Thanks so much to these wonderful companies that are helping to sponsor the Holiday Gift Guide:

Kiss Naturals - all natural DIY craft kits
Lovely Candy Co. - gluten free candies
Awakening  - mineral skin care

Be sure to watch for the giveaway dates to enter for these great items, throughout the month of November! 

Grab some hot cocoa, kick back and relax,
as we show you the treats inside Santa's gift sack.
We scoured the web and had many a deliberation,
to find the perfect gifts, for your consideration.

Your home should be filled with love, warmth and treats,
so you feel relaxed when you hit the sheets.
Presents for couples are hard to come by,
Our suggestions are perfect for your favorite gal and guy.
Women want jewelry and skincare and such,
but we have surprises to amp that up just a touch.
The men in our lives can sometimes be tricky,
so in finding their presents, we had to be picky.
Those teens that we love need things that are trending,
and we found great gifts, without a lot of spending.
When the children come running to see what's under the tree,
these gifts are guaranteed to bring giggles, smiles and screams of 

You don't have to work hard to find what they need
We've made this rockin' list to help you succeed.
You don't need a sleigh, fat belly or reindeer
Here's hoping your holidays are filled with love, laughter and cheer!

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**Remember!  These are just our suggestions for each category, however, you may find gift ideas for anyone in your life in any of the categories!

* Rok Espresso Maker + giveaway starting 11/9
* Brew La La Coffee + giveaway starting 11/3
* YouCopia + giveaway starting 11/19
Emerson Creek Pottery + giveaway starting 11/2
* Bart's Cookies + giveaway starting 11/12
* Artistry Gift Wrap + giveaway starting 11/19
Pash Pack + giveaway starting 11/1
Vizardz Night Light + giveaway starting 11/5
* Peach Skin Sheets + giveaway starting 11/7
* The Pleasure Pantry + Discount Code

* Awakening Skincare + giveaway starting 11/14
* Epiphanie Camera Bags + giveaway starting 11/9
* Honeycat Cosmetics + giveaway starting 11/13
* Jamberry Nail Wraps + giveaway starting 11/15
* Balboa Bags + giveaway starting 11/14
* Juneberry Bags + giveaway starting 11/20
Women's Lugz Boots + giveaway starting 11/17
* GroopDealz + giveaway starting 11/21

* Bullet Designs 12 gauge Money Clip + giveaway starting 11/9
* Cariloha Men's Polo Shirt + giveaway starting 11/8
* Mantry Man Gift Box + giveaway starting 11/13
* Mission No-Holes Belts + giveaway starting 11/10
* Cattaneo Bros. Beef Jerky + giveaway starting 11/21
* Mr. Beer Kit + giveaway starting 11/13
* Lugz Men's Boots + giveaway starting 11/12

* Lucky girl Candles + giveaway starting 11/16
Kristin Perry Accessories + giveaway starting 11/16
Younique + giveaway starting 11/17
* Crosley Ranchero Radio + giveaway starting 11/3
* Star Lanterns +giveaway starting 11/11
* Kiss Naturals Kits + giveaway starting 11/14
Del Sol Color Changing Sweatshirt + giveaway starting 11/11
Smith & Vandiver + giveaway starting 11/15

* Smart Labs Toys (Design-a-saurus, Glow-in-the-Dark Lab, + Star Dome Planetarium) + giveaway starting 11/5
* Orb Factory Dinosaur Sticky Mosaics + giveaway starting 11/2
* Groovy Lab in a Box + giveaway starting 11/2
Think Fun Robot Turtles Game + giveaway starting 11/18
 K'nex 70 Model Set + giveaway starting 11/4
* Moffett Watch + giveaway starting 11/3
Kinderglo Nightlight + giveaway starting 11/6
* SeatPets + giveaway starting 11/21
Green Toys + giveaway starting 11/1
Thermal-Aid Hot/Cold Packs + giveaway starting 11/6
Sparkup Book Reader (no giveaway)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review! Yumi Beautiful Rosehip Oil!

*Mommy's Makin' It was sent Rosehip Oil to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Yumi Beautiful Rosehip Oil is Organic, cold-pressed and is a natural source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Trans-Retinoic Acid (a type of vitamin A that retinol converts to). It absorbs into your skin to help keep your skin hydrated and elastic, minimizing the appearance of flaws. It Brings vitality to dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin. Reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks and fine lines over time, and is an awesome spot treatment for discoloration. It's ECO Certified Organic. Pure from the Southern Andes Mountains of Chile, and it's paraben, alcohol, and fragrance free... (Rosehip seed oil has a mild, nutty scent.) Plus, it comes with the 100% YĆ¼mi Love It, Money Back Guarantee.

Mommy's Makin' It was sent a bottle of this lovely oil! It is really nice! It definitely goes on smooth and silky. At first I felt like my face would be oily, but it absorbed pretty quickly! My face has a nice brightness to it now that I didn't have beofre and I have only been using it for about 3 weeks! I definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants that natural glowing look! I did use it on a scar on my forehead and didn't see a huge result yet but I will be using it longer to see if there is an affect on it! As you can see in the pic above my face doesn't look shiny or anything! It has a nice light nutty smell too. I do also notice that my skin looks younger! I get compliments all the time, people think I look 22 even though I am 29! WOW! You can get yours HERE!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Kristin Perry Accessories #giftguide

*The Binder Ladies received a product to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
Kristin Perry introduced her line in 2010. It started as an ebay store selling handmade items. The brand quickly grew to include an Etsy shop and a website that offers wholesale to buyers and shop owners across the globe. The Kristin Perry brand is now sold in several large retailers such as Karmaloop and BlueFly. It has become popular with celebrity stylists and fashion bloggers across the country and has been featured in British Vogue, Seventeen, EBONY, and Bello Mag! Sequins, crystal, and suede are the foundation of the Kristin Perry brand. Each piece is hand sewn, beaded, and welded with precision! 

I (Jessica), received a Sparkle and Suede Wrap Bracelet from Kristin Perry. It really is a beautiful addition to my jewelry collection. It's very light, too, and isn't too bulky like many other companies products that combine materials into one piece.  This unique accessory looks great with jeans and a casual top on for everyday wear, by adding a punch of class to my outfits.  I can also wear it for work meetings, holiday parties and special occasions by pairing it with my little black dress or something even more formal.  It's super versatile!  

I love the crystal embellished chain that gives off some serious sparkle, and is attached to the complimenting faux suede on each end.  My favorite part of the bracelet is the brass leaf charms at the end of the suede tails.  This gives it a really whimsical feel and is a nice additional detail.  
If you aren't much of a bracelet kind of gal, you can wear this as a head wrap instead!  It's like getting 2 accessories in 1! This would be a great gift for your daughter, teen, wife, girlfriend, or any woman in your life who love a little sparkle! This bracelet is sure to impress! Get yours HERE!

Retail Value: $32.00
Stay tuned for giveaway starting November 16th!
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Review! Cozia Cocktail Muddler and Spoon Set!

*Mommy's Makin' It was sent a Cozia Muddler and Cocktail Spoon to facilitate this Review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
Cozia Cocktail Muddlers are used by professional bartenders to mash fruits, spices, and herbs to make an array of amazing cocktails! This muddler has a balanced stainless steel body and a grooved polypropylene head that will help you get the full flavor you are looking for! The muddler can help you make drinks like Mojitos, Old Fashioned's, Mint Juleps, and more! The Cocktail Spoon is a 2-in-1 tool which has a spoon and a fork.
I (Jessica), was sent the Cozia Cocktail Muddler and Spoon! My husband and I make drinks at home all the time and we usually just mash with a fork. This Muddler helped us get the full flavor for drinks that we were looking for! I work at a famous bar here in Oyster Bay, NY and I always watch our bartender and wish I had the same tools that he does! Well, now I do! We used this muddler to make Mojitos which came out beautiful and we threw together this drink (seen below) that really had a great flavor! We muddled half a lime, added ice, then added 4 oz. Vodka, and the rest of the way with Sprite! YUMMY! Great limeaid type drink that took us back to the days of summer!

The quality of the products are spectacular. The Muddler has a great weight to it and it looks stunning. The spoon is very nice as well! It is so cool to finally have these tools in my bar! Best part? They come with a Lifetime Guarantee AND it's risk free! They offer total satisfaction or your money back, 100%! It also comes with a free cocktail Ebook so you can make all of these awesome drinks yourself! You can grab your Muddler HERE!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Holiday Gift Guide: I See Me Growth Chart # giftguide

*The Binder Ladies received a product to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

In 1998 Maia Haag received a personalized book for her son. The book wasn't very well illustrated so she set out to create the best personalized children's books! In 2000 her and her husband Allan opened I See Me after extensive product development. Their first product was My Very Own Name which is an educational book that teaches young children to recognize letters and spell their own name! Since then they have created different lines of books and gifts like Lunchboxes / Puzzles /Coloring Books/ Placemats / Stickers  and Growth Charts! Something for everyone and every occasion! Over the years I See Me has become very popular among parents and celebrities as well!!

I, (Jessica), received a Kick, Score, Run Personalized Growth Chart from I See Me! We never really want to see our children grow up but we really can't stop the inevitable so why not watch them grow in style!? This Kick, Score, Run Personalized Growth Chart is really cute and is perfect for your little man. You can even buy I See Me's Sports Stickers so you can track their growth. You can tell that this growth chart is really well made. I have seen the plastic or paper ones, but this vinyl material will hold up for years and years!

This is the perfect gift for the kids who have everything already! It is also great for the younger kids whose parents may not have something like this yet! I am scooping one of these up for my nephew for Christmas! He will be 2 in February and I know his mom would love to keep track of his growth milestones! This is one gift I know he won't already have! Take a look at all their Personalized Christmas items HERE! We love all of I See Me's personalized gifts! Make sure you check them all out!

Retail Value: $39.95

Connect with I See Me on  Facebook,  PinterestInstagram G+, and Twitter.
Stay tuned for a giveaway starting November 17th!

Holiday Gift Guide: Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Doll #giftguide

*The Binder Ladies was sent a doll and accessories to help facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own.

Manhattan Toy Company started long ago before toys even had batteries and they are still the same company that continues to bring quality toys that are built for the imagination.
Their toys are designed, developed, and manufactured with every child's safety in mind. 
Their products are manufactured to meet or exceed regulatory standards and voluntary safety standards. Manhattan Toy stands by their products and strict testing regiment. They set the bar extremely high for quality and safety standards so you can feel exceptionally confident giving our toys to your children!

I (Jessica), was sent Baby Stella (Peach), The Baby Stella Take Along Travel Crib, and The Baby Stella Feeding Set. My daughter Haylee had such a fun time playing with Baby Stella! She loved feeding her and laying her down into the crib for bed time. Haylee has a little sister (Lily), and she always sees mommy rocking the baby, feeding the baby, and putting the baby to sleep. So now Haylee does the same with her baby.  She calls Baby Stella her Little Sister! So cute! I really wanted her to have a soft plush doll because with her little sister putting everything in her mouth it's almost impossible for Haylee to play with the hard dolls that come with little pieces.  This was perfect for her because she can share with her sister! 

Baby Stella Peach Doll
This doll is super life-like because of the awesome attention to detail that they give to it.  It has cute little toes, a belly button and even a plump little tummy!  The rest of the features are beautifully embroidered.  She comes with a removable diaper, a pacifier that magnetically sticks to her mouth, and a  super cute 2-piece sleeper that's super soft.  This awesome little doll that captured my daughter's heart is also the 2014 Cribsie Award winner as the Ultimate First Doll in the Play Category!  That's not hard to believe, after seeing Haylee play with her!

Baby Stella Take Along Travel Crib
How precious is this!?  The portable crib fits Baby Stella (and many other baby dolls) perfectly.  It's a fabric crib with a really pretty pastel striped pattern on it.  It has metal poles and plastic joints that fit together super easily - assembly took me about 4 minutes!  Even better, this crib comes with it's own zippered carrying case, so Haylee can bring it with her when we visit relatives on vacation!

Baby Stella Feeding Set
Babies are always eating, so it's only natural for Baby Stella to have her own feeding set!  This set is completely soft and includes a can of peas, cereal bowl, magnetic bottle that attaches to the baby's mouth, a spoon and a bib.  The colors are so cute, and even match her crib!  These are easy to use, and I don't have to worry about either of my kids getting hurt with hard, plastic pieces. This was the perfect gift for our little girl! Make sure you check out all the Manhattan Toys on their site!

Baby Stella products are appropriate for kids age 12 months and up.
You can find this amazing doll as well as many other great Manhattan Toys HERE!
Retail Value: Baby Stella- $35.00, Travel Crib- $25.00, Feeding Set- $22.00

Check out Manhattan Toy Company on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!
Stay tuned for giveaways on November 18th!

Holiday Gift Guide: Mr. Beer Home Brewing Kit! #giftguide

*The Binder Ladies received a product to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Coopers Brewery is a family owned brewery with 150 years of experience behind them, and is the world's largest manufacturer of brewing malts. Mr.Beer®, established in 1993, is the world's largest producer of home brewing systems. Coopers joined forces with Mr.Beer® in early 2012, and thus was born the world's # 1 home brewing powerhouse! After this merger Mr. Beer's quality has increased in leaps and bounds and now offers quality, top-of-the-line malts! 

I, (Jessica),  received a Premium Mr. Beer Kit. I have to say that I was VERY excited for this! Maybe even more than my husband was! We followed the step by step instructions included in the box, and also on the instructional DVD. We didn't have any issues, it was super easy to set up! It takes only 28 days to make your own delicious home brew! The DVD really did help us follow along so we didn't make any (major) mistakes! The carbonation drops are really cool too, they make the beer carbonated without the hassle! The kit was a really cool surprise for my hubby! It came with everything we needed to get started brewing:
1 Fermenter (2 GAL)
1 Standard Refill
11 Bottles with Caps
11 Labels
1 Brewer's Guide
1 Instructions
1 Packet Carbonation Drops

It was really nice to actually have a cool project to do with my husband and since we both enjoy a nice frosty beer, I thought this was the perfect thing to do. We spent some time together making it and then we got to taste our delicious home brew together! The beer was really good! It tastes similar to many light beers that we usually enjoy. This is the BEST gift for a husband who loves beer, boyfriend, father, or even a girl in your life that you would think would enjoy this! I know my husband would have wanted to see this under the Christmas Tree this year! Make sure you check out all the great gifts that Mr. Beer has to offer! You can get yours HERE!

Retail Value: $54.95

Check out Mr. Beer on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and G+!
Stay tuned for a giveaway starting November 13th!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win a SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening Kit!!

 Going to the dentist to whiten your teeth can be a lot of work and it can also be very expensive! Most teeth whitening kits are hard to use and don’t fit properly to your teeth. SmileBrilliant makes custom fitted teeth whitening trays – so they actually fit in your mouth and can whiten your teeth better! After several trips to the dentist you eventually have your trays and gel to whiten your teeth. Save yourself some time and money and whiten your teeth with SmileBrilliant! You will not have to make a single visit to the dentist! SmileBrilliant! is a national dental lab designed to help their customers receive professional strength teeth whitening without ever visiting a dentist! Their lab was specifically created to curb the high cost of cosmetic teeth whitening that is charged at dental offices around the world. SmileBrilliant clients can trust their lab-direct professional teeth whitening service to deliver dramatic results at the very best price, worldwide. They truly believe that if you become their customer – then they will have you, your family and friends as clients for life! So go ahead and become their next teeth whitening client. You will be satisfied with your decision! The SmileBrilliant lab creates custom-fitted bleaching trays and professional strength bleaching gel. Many people are surprised to discover that it is actually the dental labs like SmileBrilliant that do the work for many dentists (making the custom fitted trays and supplying the bleaching gel) for top cosmetic dentists who resell their work to their clients. It was their goal to develop a process to cut out the ‘middle man’ and allow clients to have their teeth professionally whitened lab-direct with no dentist visit. So now they can sell direct to you at a much lower cost! Order your kit and they will send you the materials you need to make your custom teeth whitening trays. You send the impressions back to their lab and they create trays to whiten your teeth. I would love to try this to whiten my teeth! I have heard the results are amazing!  The average person who wears their trays for 3 hours a day or sleeps with them over night will have removed all the stains from their teeth after 5-7 applications.
Once lucky person will win a SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening Kit plus 3 whitening and 3 desensitizing gels ($139.90 value). This giveaway is open worldwide. BUT - If the winner is outside the US, they will have to cover the shipping cost for shipping their impressions back to SmileBrilliant.
Thanks to SmileBrilliant and for providing this information.

Priority Chef Garlic Press Review!

*Mommy's Makin' It received a product to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
Priority Chef is the best steel garlic press. It is dishwasher safe, and with 3 compartments it is no hassle and always washes clean! It is industrial strength and you will never have to peel your garlic or worry about the smell on your hands! It really is NO hassle! How long does it take to peel garlic? Then mince or chop? With the Priority Chef Garlic Press you can get all that garlicky goodness in a quarter of the time! 

Mommy's Makin' it was sent a Priority Chef Garlic Press. I had recently bought a different brand and I was disappointed. Priority Chef is much better quality and it is much more easily cleaned! This tool saves me so much time! instead of mincing, I can now just squeeze a handle (workout peeling), and get that beautiful and fragrant garlic in all my dishes! I always use garlic. My husband is a huge garlic fan! In my Veggie Lasagna I always add about 5-6 cloves of chopped garlic which always takes at least 5 minutes to peel and chop. With the Priority Chef Garlic Press I made my lasagna much quicker and didn't have to worry about smelly garlic hands! Check out this recipe HERE! Get your Garlic press HERE

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Reveal Your Glamorous Look with Mia Mariu!

*Mommy's Makin' It received Makeup from Mia Mariu to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Mia Mariu is a beauty company that strives to bring you high quality botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics, and nature's nutritionals that are affordable. Their philosophy is "beauty and health go hand in hand. Everything you want. All you need. Beauty and health in harmony".
Jessica from Mommy's Makin' It received Mia Mariu Black Masacara, Black Eyeliner Pencil, Mineral Powder Bronzer- South Beach, 2 Loose Mineral Powder Eye Shadow Liners- Rosa & Caramelo, and Hydrating Stick Gloss- Gitana. I chose these colors because I am a very fair skinned girl so I figured it would work well with my skin tone. It all did! I really love all their makeup. The Eyeliner stays on with no smudging, the shadow goes on nice and bright so I didn't have to keep reapplying, the Mascara goes on without any clumps and stays on all day, the bronzer gives me a natural glow that I am always looking for since my face is so pale, and the hydrating stick gloss glides on smooth, definitely hydrates and it smells so good! Like Cocoa... I surprised I haven't taken a bite! hehe! They have so many options for any look that you want and I am really happy with my fresh and natural look! It is great for day or night. You can get your Mia Mariu Products HERE!
Enter to win a Reveal Your Glamorous Look Makeup Prize including 1 Eyeliner, 1 Mascara, 1 Bronzer (choice of color), 2 Eyeshadow Pigments (choice of colors), & 1 Hydrating Stick Gloss!!!! Must be 18 years or older and be a US resident. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to an email from (consider adding that to your contact list so it doesn't end up in spam). The Sponsor is responsible for all prizes. Mommy's Makin' It is not responsible for shipment of prize. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.