Have A Swiss Colony Easter!

Swiss Colony Easter

Have A Swiss Colony Easter!

Thank you Swiss Colony for the opporunity to review your bakery items.

Every year we gather our family and head to church for Easter Services. What a soul refreshing time! We are reminded of why Easter is so important! Also known as Ressurection Sunday because we celebrate Jesus Christ's ressurection from the dead. This is the one holiday that has the largest attendance for church services for Christians. We also call Easter the Moveable Feast because it doesn't fall on a set date as does other holidays! The feast is based on the lunar calendar and Easter is scheduled to fall on the Sunday that follows the full moon on or after March 21, also known as the Spring Equinox. 

After church, we return home to have this massive meal and of course keep the children busy as a few "hoppy volunteers" head out to the yard and hide Easter eggs! We fill them with money, small toys, and candy. There are also boiled eggs that the children have enjoyed coloring the night before. They really enjoy doing this task and are very creative.

We have finished the feast and the children are lining up at the door with Easter baskets in hand! They are ready to run! The excited chatter makes the heart and home fill will so much joy! This makes me want to be a child again! I want to hunt for the eggs too! We get the all clear for our stand in Peter Cottontails and open the doors. The children squeal with excitement and head out the door! Parents are quick to follow with cameras in hand! Oh! What fun this hour of hunting is for all! Young and old are laughing, running around, taking pictures, pointing out eggs, and simply enjoying each other's company.

Normally, I will make some amazing dessert. This year has been so busy that I simply didn't have time to be creative. Between our move, this site, and my need to snoop around the new community for interesting hot spots to share with all of you, I am just not feeling the baking bug! Thanks to the fine folks at Swiss Colony, I will be able to enjoy more time with the family without all of the time in the kitchen!

 

Easter Cake Trio 

This is a trio of delicious bakery items straight from Swiss Colony! Each adorable in their own right with cute character designs. My favorite is the cute Easter Chick Cake! It's lemon flavored! Shawn is my chocolate lover and will head straight for the Easter Bunny Cake. The Easter Lamb is vanilla flavored and I am sure will also be a huge hit! I have to admit, we have already tried the Chick and the lemon flavor is extremely good. The cake is moist with a nice icing. Per package suggestion, we heated up a knife so that it would glide through the icing, the rest was a "piece of cake"! Get it?

Swiss Colony took the time to not only ship these yummy cakes quickly, they were also wrapped very well and in a nice box! Their quality was excellent! The cakes were smaller than I had imagined. Of course there is still plenty to enjoy! We will be kicked back on our porch with coffee and tea while snacking of the cake rolls. We may even scoop some ice cream out to serve with it!

Thoughts of Happiness wants to wish all of you a very Happy Easter Sunday! Enjoy your family, food, and fun!

Giveaway:

Sponsored By: Swiss Colony

Prize: Easter Cake Trio ARV $24.95

Eligibility to enter: 

Must be at least 18 yrs of age and a current US resident. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depends on number of eligible entries. Winner will be verified.

 
Disclosure for Reviews

Jesus Sees Us Doll And Book #JesusSeesUs

Jesus Sees Us Doll And Book

FlyBy Promotions provided the Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book to us for review.

How do you introduce your child to Jesus?

Imagine your children took the same interest and wonder in Jesus and the Christian message as they did in princesses, fairies, and elves… Jesus Sees Us is a packaged Jesus Christ doll that has the same comforting power as a child’s favorite toy or blanket, but is rooted in lessons that last a lifetime. Children respond to the comfort of tangible items when they are young, so why not make that item Jesus and the comfort He gives to ignite their faith? The accompanying book is a tool to assist you in engaging your child and starting the conversation about Jesus’ teachings.

 
By the time a child turns three years old, he or she already has the capability to relate to Jesus. Children can understand that, like them, Jesus was a baby with parents who loved Him. They can understand that Jesus grew up to be a man who loved everyone and taught people to do the same. Children become excited and inquisitive when they can master these facts, ultimately making them more open to deeper conversations and ideas about faith.


The Jesus Sees Us doll is an integral part of fostering your child’s initial introduction to Jesus. Even though we talk to our children about Jesus or take them to Sunday services, they are not always able to understand the importance of the Christian message. Jesus Sees Us is a tool that makes Jesus, His teachings, and the concept of faith both relatable and positive to young children by introducing Him as the loving and forgiving presence in our lives. The doll becomes the tangible connection to the stories and lessons in the book. He is the touchable source of comfort that a child can relate to. The Jesus Sees Us doll has a soft body and a warm, welcoming face. His arms and hands are open, inviting your child to hold him, engage with him, and pray with him. The Jesus Sees Us doll allows your child to “play out” the valuable and timeless lessons of the Bible. 

Jesus Sees Us Doll And Book

Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. We tend to celebrate with the Easter Bunny, hiding eggs, and showering our children with candy. Truth is, Jesus is the reason we really celebrate! Why not give the gift of the Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book? Put the real meaning back in this historic holiday! My family has loved reading the book and of course the doll has become the main attraction for acting out the stories in this great book!

To make a special Easter Basket filled with knowledge for your little ones, you can purchase this book with the doll on Amazon! Don't forget to use this code for $10 off your purchase too! At checkout, enter this code: JC10BLOG

No Longer A Slumdog – Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis #NoLongerASlumdog

No Longer A Slumdog

FlyBy Promotions provided a copy of this book for my reading pleasure!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK – No Longer A Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis

 

 

Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.
 
"You girls stay here. I’m going to get something to drink.” But after a few minutes, the train started moving again, and Mom still wasn’t back! Our hearts were racing. The train kept going faster and faster. Where was Mom? 
 
Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories— stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.

The book "No Longer A Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis" is such an inspirational masterpiece. I truly enjoyed it from cover to cover. My favorite quote in the book is from Mother Teresa

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted." – Mother Teresa

Let that statement settle in you mind. Contemplate the deep meaning of her power statement. Remember during the times you feel self sorrow, there are many people out there far worse off that could seriously use our love, understanding, compassion, and assistance.

No Longer A Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis is free to anyone that would like to have a copy. K.P. Yohannan spreads the word by providing copies to anyone that requests it! You may request your FREE copy of the book by clicking on the photo below:

No Longer A Slumdog

 

Hands Free In The Dark With The Multi-Function LED Headlamp #headlamp

Review by: Shawn G., Owner of Thoughts of Happiness

Hands free In The Dark With the Multi-Function LED Headlamp

I was offered the chance to review this Multi-Function LED Headlamp. I was not disappointed in the quality or functionality! I am probably the harshest critic of tools! Working on the construction site in the middle of no where, I have higher expectations of products that are relied upon! Most of the time I start my day in the dark and need to be able to find my way around while having my hands free to write down critical information. Being hands free in the dark with the multi-function LED Headlamp is an asset to completing my daily inspections of the construction site and work performed. This product has 4 light modes, tilting light to help point where you need it, and head strap that fits on my head or my hard hat! The straps easily adjust to the size you need. I just wish it came with the option to put it on a chest strap or a small tripod!

This item is affordable ($17.95) and welcome in my toolbox!

Hands free In The Dark With the Multi-Function LED Headlamp

Other uses for the LED Headlamp is camping, working on cars, night fishing, and hiking after dark! The red flashing light will draw attention. I drop things a lot and this hit the ground, kept working, and didn't scratch up the lens. You can see a long distance with the quality LED lighting.

What would you use this head lamp for?

Disclosure for Reviews

Publisher Plus – PearlMountain Technology Giveaway

Publisher Plus PearlMountain Technology

Publisher Plus – PearlMountain Technology Giveaway

PearlMountain Technology has been focusing on developing graphics software since 2006. When they approached me about running a giveaway for them, I was very happy to be included in the campaign! While I don't have Mac, I did get a copy of an Image Converter program form them in exchange for this post! I have to say, I have been busy playing around with it and love the many features!

The item we are offering in a giveaway is the Publisher Plus for Mac. ARV $39.99 each! We are giving away three (3) copies!

Publisher Plus PearlMountain Technology

Publisher Plus is a powerful page layout application for desktop publishing on Mac. It empowers you to create stunning flyers, brochures, business cards, newsletters, adverts, reports, calendars, posters, booklets, etc. You think it and you can create it with this computer program! It makes me want a Mac just so I can use it!

Publisher Plus – PearlMountain Technology Key Features:
170+ professionally designed templates.
Customize text and crate multiple pages freely.
Lots of art resources: clipart, background, mask, frame and filters.
Lots of editing features: margin, size, calendar, layer, etc.
Add preset shapes or customize shapes with drawing tool.
Multiple export and share options.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 yrs of age & a current US resident. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries. We do verify all winning entries.

There are 3 winners of this giveaway! We want to wish all of you the best of luck in the Publisher Plus by PearlMountain Technology Giveaway! This program will knock your socks off!

 
Disclosure: As stated above, I did receive product in exchange for this post. However my thoughts and opinions remain 100% my own and I only post what I feel will benefit my readers.

MUGZ Ice Cream Maker Giveaway #SHAKEITUP

MUGZ Ice Cream Maker

MUGZ Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

Sponsor: GEOSPACE

Prize: One (1) MUGZ Ice Cream Maker ARV $13.49

US Daily 4/07/15

I had a fun opportunity to review the MUGZ Ice Cream Maker from GEOSPACE and absolutely love it! From start to finish it takes about 5 minutes to make a child size serving of ice cream or a slushy!

I am including a recipe from start to finish so that you can see how easy this really is to use!

LET'S SHAKE IT UP!

COOKIES & CREAM ICE CREAM

1/2 C Half and Half

1/2 T Sugar

1 T Oreo Cookies – crushed

1) Remove all of the top components and fill 1/2 of the mug with small ice cubes. (smaller is best)

2) Add 4 tablespoons of rock salt or ice cream-making salt to the ice for best results. (table salt is fine too)

3) Add 4 tablespoons of ice cold water.

4) Insert the aluminum dish without the lid onto the top of the mug.

5) Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl and pour into the aluminum dish. (There is an inner fill line & you will have plenty left over to do it all over again!) – Careful to not overfill the dish! It will cause the process to take much longer!

6) Place the dish lid on the aluminum dish and press firmly to secure the dish.

7) Place mug lid on top of the dish, twist shut tightly.

8) Now…SHAKE IT UP! – You must shake it for at least 3 continuous minutes and don't stop! This is how your mix turns into ice cream, sorbet, or a slushy!

Make sure while shaking it up to shake it in all directions! Go up, down, sideways, and if you want to get fancy try upside down!

9) After 3 minutes, remove both lids and scoop out your yummy frozen treat with the spoon that is included! – (I had a little trouble getting the dish lid off due to it being cold and sealed well!)

MUGZ Ice Cream Maker

This is a quick, easy, portion controlled, and fun treat making time to share with your children! These are so affordable too! They sell on Amazon for  ARV $13.49! Well worth the price and fun times ahead!

To be eligible to enter this giveaway you must be a current resident of the US and at least 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depends on the number of eligible entries.

 
Disclosure for Reviews

WorryLess Cosmetic Giveaway

WorryLess Cosmetic

WorryLess: The 1st and Only Cosmetic That Looks Like Real Skin.

Movie Magic In Your Medicine Cabinet to Erase Worry Lines!

Alright ladies and gentlemen! Just think, you wake up and there is that horrible wrinkle on your face! Sleeping didn't take that one away! You have a long day ahead and want to look your best! What are you going to do? You reach for WorryLess Cosmetic!

Time to toss all those plumping products that promised to work.  Say bye-bye to Botox.  Make room for the only at home anti-frown line product you’ll need from now on – WorryLess.  Worryless is indeed the stuff of movie magic & I could use the magic at my age! Developed by Hollywood makeup and special effects artists, it uses medical grade silicone to simulate skin—filling and concealing frown lines between your eyebrows instantly!   WorryLess is the first and only topical dermal filler created to virtually erase glabella lines (the deep vertical lines between your eyebrows).  If it works for A-list actors on high definition film, it will work for you!

How does it work?

Upon application, the silicone transforms from a liquid to a flexible rubber-like consistency, which simulates skin.  It seamlessly fills in the deep crevices and because it is translucent, allows your skin to shine through.  The result?  Perfectly, smooth realistic looking skin. 

WorryLess Cosmetic is: 

        Waterproof  (lasts approx. 36 hours)

        Non-irritating

        Non-invasive

       Clinically and dermatologist tested

         Allergy tested

         Pain-free

       Instant Results 

How to Apply in 3 Easy Steps 

Step 1: Prime. Brush on Primer over the areas you wish to conceal. Let it dry for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Apply. Apply a small amount to the skin using the pointed precision application tool. With a spatula tool or a finger, blend the edges into the skin.

Step 3: Texture. Place Skin Texture Pad over the area. Press around the edges. Hold in place for about a minute.  

To watch a Youtube demo visit this link!

WorryLess  Starter Kits come in six shades: Fair, Golden, Rosy, Bronze, Tan and Dark.  Each kit contains two different color shades, two applicators, primer with brush, mixing stick, application tool, spatula and texture pad. Retail Price: $50.00


To Purchase The Starter Kit: click this link!


Get all of the concealment benefits of surgery, but hide frown lines without wrinkles, pain, downtime, or the high cost of surgery.
Silicone Arts Labs manufacturers Worryless and is a product innovation company in the cosmetics and medical industries. Their largest product, Dermaflage, is a scar and wrinkle concealer that uses silicone to replicate the unique tone and texture of user’s skin — vastly outperforming other solutions on the market today. The company’s innovation engine is based on the combination of the science of facial prosthetics and the art of Hollywood special effects. Their breakthrough cosmetic products empower and inspire their customers to feel more confident.

Giveaway Time! Must be 18 yrs of age or older & a current U.S. Resident. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depends on the number of eligible entries! We do verify your entry!

Prize: WorryLess Cosmetic Starter Kit ARV $50

 
*Disclosure: Thoughts of Happiness did not receive product nor monetary compensation for this post. We were provided an opportunity to provide what we feel will benefit our readers. Our opinions are 100% our own and does not waiver!
 

Lil’ Links by Zuke’s

Lil' Links by Zuke's

Lil' Links by Zuke's Giveaway

US Daily 4/03

Prize: Lil Links Treats Prize Pack ARV $16.00

Zuke's is a well respected and trusted part of Milton's daily rewards program. He gets rewarded for going out to potty, following commands, and for simply being a cutie pie! Every morning I get coffee and he gets Zuke's treats! He actually expects it. When we run out, we are in deep doggie doo doo! When Zuke's requested a review, we knew there was only one answer! YES!

Lil' Links by Zuke's This is the "Gimme Zuke's Treats" face I get all day long. So hard to resist, but I must! He would make them his meal every day if I didn't limit him! He doesn't like my choice to do that to him. So, I went out and bought a treat toy to put them in! As you can see in the video below, he has a habit of tossing or dropping the toy to get the treats to fall out. Can't fool him! Lil' Links by Zuke's actually stays in there and makes him work for it! This is a plus for me! It makes the treats last a lot longer and gives him something to do besides taking up residence in my lap while I create!

If your furbaby wants a great treat that is packed with healthy ingredients, Zuke's is the way to go!

One lucky furbaby will be winning a prize pack from Zuke's to try out for themselves! Please be sure you are at least 18 years of age and a current US resident in order to enter this contest! Void where prohibited by law and odds of winnind will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

 
Disclosure for Reviews

Silicone Kitchen Necessities #Giveaway

Silicone Kitchen Necessities

Sponsored by:High-Five Naturals

Hosted by: Thoughts of Happiness

US Daily 4/02

Prize: Silicone Suction Lids, Silicone Hot Pads, & Silicone Oven Mitts prize pack! Total ARV $65.97

Thank you High-Five Naturals for the opportunity to review your great products! I love them!

Silicone Kitchen NecessitiesSilicone Pot Holders

I love these Silicone Pot Holders! I have really nice counter tops in my new home and the cloth hot pads seem to always allow the heat to escape to the counter! I worry it will cause damage to it! The silicone holds the heat well! My goodness, these are LARGE too! You can put two of these down and place a baking pan or stock pot on them without worry!

Silicone Kitchen NecessitiesSilicone Suction Lids

Now these circular jewels amazed me! These are handy! They save you money! No more plastic wrap or those annoying plastic bonnets with elastic! These are very easy to use & clean up! Just place the appropriate one on top of your bowl or pan and it automatically suctions to it. There is a small handle on top of it! The are easy to remove too. Just grab the edge of the lid while holding the bowl and lift it right off!

Silicone Kitchen NecessitiesSilicone Cooking Gloves

How many times have you picked up your cloth oven mitt without realizing it was a little bit damp? You got a steam burn on your hand/fingers didn't you! OUCH! The Silicone Cooking Gloves are my favorite of this Silicone Kitchen Necessities Collection from High-Five Naturals! They handle heat up to 446º F while protecting your hands! Even better, they aren't just for the kitchen! They can be used at the campfire, at the grill, changing light bulbs, and removing the cap on that warm radiator! Trust me, I have put these to the test! No more rushing from the oven to the stove top with that hot pan!

Each of these products are easy to clean and have a tab to store them on a hook. This makes the storage easy too! No cluttering up the counter tops and drawers! The color scheme is pretty nice too! My kitchen is even better with the addition of all three items! Clean up is simple! Wipe them off or throw them in the dishwasher!

Good luck everyone! It's time to give this entire set to one winner!

Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age and a current US resident!

 
Disclosure for Reviews

GoPro HERO3 Giveaway! $199 Value!


HOT GIVEAWAY ALERT!

GoPro HERO3: White Edition Giveaway

Enter to win an amazing GoPro HERO3: White Edition on April 1st, 2015. You can win this with one simple entry so don't miss out!


Includes:

– Professional quality video capture in 1080p 30fps.
– Built in Wi-Fi compatible with the GoPro app for Smartphones/Tablets.
– 5 MP photos with 3 fps burst mode.
– 197'/ 60m Waterproof Housing with integrated flat lense housing.
– Valued at $199.99

This giveaway ends April 1, 2015. U.S. and Canada Only.

CLICK HERE OR ON THE PICTURE TO ENTER TO WIN THE GoPro HERO3

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