Disney Planes Fire & Rescue is coming to theatres SOON & Kohl’s Has The Apparel #MagicAtPlay #FireAndRescue #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

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Did you know that Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue will be in theatres on July 18, 2014?  It’s coming soon so you need to make your plans to go see it!

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire.

I love the messages in Disney’s kids movies!  It is so important that our kids learn that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned but that we still need to figure out our place in the world.  It look like Rusty might just be learning that lesson in this movie!

Kohl’s is so excited about the new Planes movie and they can’t wait to tell you all about a new, limited edition Disney apparel by Jumping Beans smoke jumper tees!  These are SO cute and I can’t wait to see what scene in the movie matches up with this tee!

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The price and size range for the Smoke Jumper Tee is Toddler: 2T, 3T, 4T ($18) and Boys: S-XL ($20)

There are some really cute clothes in this Kohl’s Disney & Jumping Beans line and I showed you my favorite in a previous post.  I also put this adorable board together with the perfect outfit for your little daredevil!  You could switch the shirt out for this new shirt and it would still rock!  See the whole collection on the Kohl’s site!

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Get $10 of $25 Kid’s Apparel Purchase at Kohl’s!

To help celebrate the release of Disney Planes Fire & Rescue, Kohl’s is offering $10 of $25 a Kid’s Apparel Purchase with your Planes Fire & Rescue Movie stub from  7/18/14-7/26/14.

Full offer disclosure:

Bring your Planes Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl’s and receive $10 off your Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more, in-store only. OFFER VALID FOR ONE-TIME USE 7/18/14-7/26/14. IN STORE ONLY., ONE KIDS APPAREL MERCHANDISE COUPON PER CUSTOMER. Offer is nontransferable and must be presented at time of in-store purchase. Offer can be combined with other offers. Dollar-off discounts applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. No cash back. Offer not valid for price adjustments on prior purchases, the purchase of Gift Cards, payment on a Kohl’s Charge account, the purchase of Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items. Offer excludes prestige brands of cosmetics and skincare and select prestige brands of fragrance. For a complete list of these excluded brands, go to Kohls.com/beautyexclusions or look for signs in our stores. Offer also excludes select electronics; see store for details. Excludes sales tax. Photocopies or duplicates not accepted. Only one Kids Apparel merchandise coupon may be used per customer. Return value of merchandise purchased with $10 coupon will be subject to adjustment. See store for details.

I hope you’re making plans to go see this movie!  What part are your kids most excited for?

 

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

 

 

 

3 Things @NokiaUS Needs To Do To Be A Player In The Smart Phone Market

I was provided with a Lumia to facilitate this review.

 

In February I was given a Nokia Lumia to review.  Since there was no one thing that Nokia wanted me to talk about, I have spent the last 6 months really using the Lumia.  I made it my primary phone, giving the new number to all my friends and family and using it exclusively.  Doing this has given me the chance to know my phone and get a good feel for what it offers and what it needs.

The voice quality is great, the camera is amazing {in fact, I often use it in place of my DSLR~ the photo quality is that good} the screen is big and clear, and the interface is surprisingly easy to use.  However, there are a few things that Nokia needs to do in order to really be a player in the competitive smartphone market.

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3 Things @NokiaUS Needs To Do To Be A Player In The Smart Phone Market

 

3. Ring Tones/Alarm:

One of the things that I noticed right away was the lack of loud ring tones.  This is important to me because I live in a constant “loud” state.  Between the kids, the background noise, and always leaving my phone in my purse, I need to be able to hear it ring. 

The lack of a loud ring is most apparent in the alarm.  When I sleep, I s.l.e.e.p. and I need an alarm that will wake me from my hibernation.  Since I travel so much, I also need to be able to count on it when I’m staying in a hotel.  Unfortunately, the Lumia eventually stops sounding it’s alarm if you don’t snooze or dismiss it.  I can not tell you how many times I have slept through my wake-up, making the Lumia worthless when I really need it.  This would be a deal breaker for me if I was considering purchasing this phone.

2. Accessories

I am a girl and I like pink, anything pretty, and whimsical accessories.  I recently went to a Verizon store to find a cover for my phone and they didn’t have anything but a flimsy, rubber grey snap-on that only covered the back case.  Even though the Lumia is very durable, I am starting to notice scratches on the screen.  I use my tech hard, and I need to be able to protect it.  Nokia needs to back up their products with accessories that not only protect them, but satisfy it’s users desire to brand their stuff.

1. Apps

If “location, location, location” is the most important thing to remember in real estate, than “apps, apps, apps” is the most important thing to remember when you want to break into the smart phone market.  Sure, we can check our email, browse YouTube, and Google/Bing anything we need to know on the internet, but we still need our apps!  Since my job basically consists of social media 24/7, I need reliable, easy-to-use, intuitive Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter apps as much as I need a reliable phone.  In fact, they’re all that really matters because they are what pays my bills.  Unfortunately, Nokia just can’t offer that right now.  The best rated FB app doesn’t work well when following a link from the app to an outside site and won’t let me post pictures to my blog page.  The Pinterest app doesn’t work well AT ALL and I almost never use it because it is just one frustration after another.  The Kindle app glitches non-stop and IG is nothing but a pain. 

Nokia has to do something about this because it is, singlehandedly, holding them back from being a major player.  The phones have so much to offer but that is pointless when it comes down to it.  We need our apps, we want our apps, you have to find a way to provide those apps!  Offer incentives to developers if you have to, just do it!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my Lumia and it will continue to be my sole cell phone.  Although I have never been a fan of iProducts, I still think Nokia has it all over them when it comes down to it.  Windows transfers well to cell phone use, I love having Adobe on my phone {you’d be surprised at how much I use it!} and the big screen, vibrant color, superior voice quality, and ease of use make the Lumia a good choice for a cell phone.  Nokia just needs to tweak their products a little to appeal to the masses. 

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the Lumia mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

Field Station Dinosaurs has ALL the Dinosaurs!! @Jerseysaurus #travel

Our trip to Field Station Dinosaurs was sponsored to facilitate this review.

 

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If there is one thing that all kids like, it is dinosaurs.  The prehistoric creatures capture every little imagination like nothing else in history.  They’re large, dangerous, loud, they “magically” disappeared, and the coolest things ever.

Thankfully, there is a place by us that has more dinosaurs than my kids could even wrap their minds around!  Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ is 32 life sized dinosaurs on a 3/4 mile track in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies.

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There is so much more than just walking around the ground looking at dinosaurs, though.  There is Dinosaurs Alive! a 3D movie!  My girls go absolutely nuts over 3D so we made sure to see this.

Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant 3D screen.

We also caught a great show with a real live T-Rex!   It started out with a fun game of “New Jersey Governor or Paleontologist?” in which Jacey got to participate!  Yeah, she got 3 of 3 correct!  I don’t know how she did it but…

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And then we got to see a T-Rex!! 

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The girls loved it!  They had so much fun learning about the T-Rex with the huge animatronic to show them what they were being taught.  Such a great way to learn!

We also got to excavate and found a dinosaur skeleton!

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If you have a Commander Pass, you get to have a little “meet & feed.”  Little kids love this!!  It was really sweet!

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There really is a lot to do at Field Station Dinosaurs!  It a great way to spend the day!  {Wear sneakers because it’s all gravel!}

 

 

 Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel has the calendar of upcoming special events.  Check it out!!

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with admission to the place mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Where to Eat in Beaufort, SC @Visit_Beaufort #travel

Our whole trip to Beaufort SC was sponsored so we didn’t pay for any meals.

 

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In April, we had the pleasure of spending some time in Beaufort, SC!  It is truly a gorgeous town and had me scouting real estate while I was there~ especially in the satellite town of Port Royal, just a few miles away.  I can’t wait to go back!

Of course we had to eat while we were there!  South Carolina is a great place for seafood, comfort food, and southern fare.  You honestly can’t go wrong  when choosing a restaurant but following are our favorite picks.

 

Southern Sweets Ice Cream Parlor~ 917 Bay St in Historic Beaufort, SC 29902

 Located in Downtown Beaufort, Southern Sweets is centrally located in the heart of shopping in the Old Bay Market Place. 

“Its a serbert masterpiece!” she says. :)

 

Bricks on Boundary~  1420 Boundary St, Beaufort, South Carolina

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We ate here for lunch one day and LOVED it!  Serious, some of the best bar food I’ve had in a long time.

Moon Doogies Cafe~ 925 10th St, Port Royal, South Carolina

We stopped in Moon Doggies with everyone from Beaufort and Port Royal that had sponsored our trip and it is so much more than a “cafe.”  Make sure you try the fried pickles and a sandwich!  So good!

Fat Patties~ 831 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort,  SC

Fat Patties is worth getting into your car and driving for!  The burgers are out of this world, they sell homemade ice cream {including some adult only flavors} have corn hole, and also have live music.  We loved the outdoor seating because the kids were able to get up and walk around while we waited on our food.  They also had fun playing corn hole for the first time.  Put Fat Patties on your list!

These nachos were AMAZING!!

The Foolish Frog~ 846 Sea Island Parkway, Port Helena, SC

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Chef Will specializes in preparing fresh seafood including his famed Maryland style crab cakes (no fillers here!), fire grilled steaks cooked to perfection, smokin, finger licking good ribs, yardbirds, pasta, salads and a huge selection of appetizers.

If you’re slightly adventurous, try the Fish Tacos!  They’ll clear your sinuses!  ;)

 

We hope you get a chance to stop by each of these places while you’re in Beaufort!  You won’t be sorry!!

 
HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the product mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

Keep Momming #sponsored #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire and keep mommying. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

 

 

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

 

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

 

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

 

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

 

 

Pretty and Functional for your Fridge with Charles Viancin Silicone Lids & Food Huggers

I received the silicone lids & food huggers mentioned below to facilitate this review.

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You don’t think much about products that make your fridge look good.  You buy them because they work and keep your food fresh.  But, what if there was a product that not only helped keep your food fresh, but it also made you smile when you opened the fridge door?  Would you buy it?  I would!

The Charles Viancin Silicone Lids do just that! 

The lids can be used on a rimmed bowl or pot, including glass, ceramic, wood and more. They create an airtight, water-tight seal around any rounded surface, keeping food at its freshest and avoiding en route spillages.  They are also microwave safe.

I received two of these lids to review and I love them! I didn’t know that silicone lids were such a great kitchen tool!  They’re easy to use, easy to wash, and bring just a little bit of flower-happiness into my every day.

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Charles Viancin doesn’t just make lids, though.  There is also a line of products for drinks like wine stoppers and drink covers {perfect for the camp ground!} and cooking products like colanders, steamers, and a cutting board.

 

BUY IT: You can buy Charles Viancin products at a store near you! Find out exactly where on their store locator!

 

Food Huggers

Food Huggers are another great silicone cover product that you didn’t know that you needed in the kitchen!  I work very hard to not have to use plastic wrap, tin foil, or plastic baggies but one thing that I haven’t been able to figure out is how to store half used veggies.  We’ve been working very hard on fixing our diet and we eat a ton of vegetables so that means that we also have a ton of half eaten veggies.  I have been using plastic sandwich baggies to keep them fresh, but I don’t have to do that anymore!  Now I have Food Huggers!

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the foods we love most. The Food Huggers were designed to help get as much freshness and deliciousness out of each fruit and veggie.  Keeping things fresh means less waste and more taste!

I love these little things!  SO perfect!

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I also love the avacado huggers!  We all know the story with avacados~ sometimes we cut them open to find that they’re not quite ready for us.  Now, you can put a Food Huggers on it and wait another day or two.

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Both the silicone lids and the silicone Food Huggers are the perfect gifts for newlyweds, housewarming, and your favorite culinary extraordinaire!  Food Huggers are safe for food so don’t worry about that!

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BUY IT: Right now, Food Huggers are only available online but they are working on getting them into a store near you!

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the product mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Peppa Pig The Balloon Ride DVD 8/12/14

We received a copy of Peppa Pig The Balloon Ride DVD to facilitate this review.

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Peppa Pig, thehit preschool series from Nick Jr., is taking kids entertainment to new heights with the all-new adventure-packed DVD release, Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride soaring into retail stores nationwide, August 12, 2014 from Entertainment One.  The DVD ($14.98 SRP) features 12 episodes filled with the wholesome family entertainment and gentle humor that has preschoolers and parents everywhere falling in love with this charming little piggy.  Filled with lots of fun adventures, from a hot air balloon ride, to fun with painting, a new baby piggy, an exciting bicycle race, and of course jumping in muddy puddles, Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride is sure to become a fan-favorite. 

 

DVD Episodes:

  • The Balloon Ride
  • The Cycle Ride
  • Whistling
  • George’s Birthday
  • Ice Skating
  • Painting
  • The Baby Piggy
  • Very Hot Day
  • Daddy’s Movie Camera
  • Dr. Hamster’s Tortoise
  • The New Car
  • George Catches A Cold

 

 

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HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the DVD mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure. U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until June 24, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride DVD as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  ten dollars ( $10). All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 10/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

WIN a Stay at the @DiamondResorts in Los Cabos Azul, Mexico #DiamondsResorts

How long has it been since you got away with your family?  It can be hard, sure- but it’s also so important to take time with those who matter most to you and recharge your batteries once in a while.  Diamond Resorts wants to help you find the time, and is offering one lucky reader the stay of a lifetime in Los Cabos Cabo Azul!
 
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We are giving away a 7-day vacation for a family of four to Diamond Resorts International® in Los Cabos Cabo Azul. If you needed an excuse to get away, here it is!  Make sure you enter for your chance to win.Diamond Resorts International® has a network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Diamond Resorts manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations of a Lifetime™ through 93 managed resorts, 210 affiliated properties and four cruise itineraries. 

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You can enter to win the “Vacations of a Lifetime” sweepstakes as well- here is some additional information about it- 

“Dozens of entrants will win resort stays during the sweepstakes, and seven grand prize winners will each have the opportunity to win from a one-week stay up to 80 weeks of accommodations over a 20 year period at any Diamond Resorts International® property throughout the world. Consumers can enter from now through July 22, 2014, at diamondresorts.com.

Do you want to win a stay in Los Cabos?  Of course you do.  One winner (chosen via Rafflecopter form) will receive one week (six nights/seven consecutive days) vacation accommodation for up to four people at the Los Cabos Azul location. The terms and conditions of the grand prize winner will be the same as the Diamond Resorts Vacations of a Lifetime sweepstakes. Please have a look: https://www.diamondresorts.com/terms-and-conditions.

Contest for Have Sippy Will Travel and Diamond Resorts ends July 23, 2014. Please feel free to enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Snake & Mongoo$e~ Drag Racing, Fast Cars, and Money, Oh My!

I received a copy of Snack & Mongoose DVD to facilitate this review.

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Ever wondered how drag racing got to be so popular?   Well, in the 60′s & 70′s there were two guys who struck out and decided to make a name for themselves, and money to support their families. 

Snake & Mogoo$e pairs the new movie with clips of the old races to weave the story of Prudhomme and McEwan.  It also tells the story of the effects of balancing a marriage and family while trying to make it big.

“Snake & Mongoo$e,” the incredible true story of the greatest rivalry and friendship in drag racing history, pits Don “The Snake” Prudhomme (Jesse Williams) against his longtime friend and on-the-track nemesis Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen (Richard Blake). From the fiery days of early speedways through the explosive peak of their popularity, these are the triumphs and tragedies behind the legendary races and Hot Wheels partnership that created a global phenomenon. Ashley Hinshaw (CHRONICLE), Kim Shaw (She’s Out of My League), Fred Dryer (“Hunter”), Ian Ziering (SHARKNADO), Tim Blake Nelson (O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?) and Noah Wyle (“ER,” “Falling Skies”) co-star in this nitro-burning drama of the two men who battled business and each other to change motorsports forever.

 

 

BUY IT: You can buy Snake & Mongoo$e for $10 on Amazon.

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the DVD mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Eco-friendly, handmade, laser-cut, real wood~ Joyo Wood Jewelry

I received the Joyo wood jewelry mentioned below to facilitate my review.

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Every now and then, I come across a company that I love just because they are who they are.  Joyo is one of those companies.  Sure, I can get wood jewelry others places, but why would I when there is Joyo?

All Joyo laser cut jewelry is designed and handmade by Jenn Liddiard in Scituate, MA. She gets inspiration from museums, architecture, history, and nature, and loves taking a natural material like wood, and transforming it into a unique, intricate, unexpected form. 

When I was asked to review a piece of Jenn’s jewelry, I said “Sure!” and let them decide what to send me.  Fortunately, I love everything that Jenn creates and the small Leaf earrings I received were no exception.
-14k gold filled or sterling silver ear wires
-Walnut or birch wood
-Total length 2.25″
-Drop 1.5″
-Width 0.75″

There is also a matching cuff!  I love it!

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Wearing these earring is a joy!  They’re light weight, so comfortable and stay in place.  Never once did they start to wiggle out of my ears.  I even took a nap, a full-blown-lay-down-in-a-bed-and-use-a-pillow nap and they stayed in place.  When I woke up, my ears weren’t sore and the earrings were still in one piece. 

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Even with all my hair, these light Birch wood earrings manage to peek out and make themselves known.  They’re so pretty.

I know that you’ll love Joyo and Jenn’s creations as much as I do!  Support small businesses, women owned businesses, and eco-friendly products, support Joyo!

 

BUY IT: The Small Leaf Earrings I received are available on the site for $35.

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the earrings mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.