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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paper House Puzzles

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
Paper House Puzzles

  Are you looking for a unique gift idea that would work well for a child or an adult.  How about a nice gift you can give to the entire family?
  Paper House Puzzles aren't just ordinary puzzles.  These puzzles offer a unique challenge for children and adults alike.  Not only are the puzzles shaped like the subject but then there are actual pieces that are shaped like that too. 
  Mommy in GA and mommy in PA each received a sampling of these puzzles to review and here are our thoughts:
  Mommy in GA: These are GREAT for family fun quality time!!!  They are better quality than your average puzzle :)

The kids' had a blast and didn't lose interest in the middle of it like they sometimes do when we do stuff lol.

I love that the puzzle itself is a replica of the item like the flip flop is shaped like a flip flop when you put it together!!!
  Mommy in PA:  We received the Baseball Glove, the Butterflies, and the Flip Flops.  I had my son help me choose which one we were going to make first...he picked the Butterflies : ) 
  Now right away we realized that it's not just the shapes of the puzzles and pieces that make Paper House Puzzles unique.  They also have the best box design that I have seen for puzzles yet.  As you can see in the photo below the box actually folds in at the end instead of just having the cover come off like regular puzzles do (and no more paper shreds lying in the puzzle pieces because you had to cut the lid off with a knife).  Also note the extra copy of the finished puzzle that is provided.  It is so much easier than having to pass around the box so everyone can see : )

  The puzzle itself is great quality, sturdy pieces, no paper tearing.  We had a blast making it too.  Talk about a challenge.  We actually ended up separating out the pieces for each individual butterfly as that seemed to be the easiest way to do it.  We worked on it off and on for a whole weekend, what a fun family project : )
So if you are puzzle lovers like we are and you're looking for more of a challenge you should definitely check out Paper House Puzzles : )

Friday, March 6, 2015

"Your Quantum Breakthrough Code"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Hay House, Inc. in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
"Your Quantum Breakthrough Code:  The Simple Technique That Brings Everlasting Joy and Success"
by Sandra Anne Taylor
  If you are looking for something more to add to your positive thinking routine then trying the techniques in Sandra's book is definitely something to look into. 
  Sandra shows you how to use a simple technique involving chakras to decode and code certain messages into our minds.  She primarily focuses on using the chakra located in the middle of the forehead (also known as the third eye).  The technique itself is super simple and is something that anyone can do in just a few minutes a day, but according to Sandra the results are amazing.
  Decoding is simply removing a negative response and coding is simply enforcing a positive response in its place. 
  Sandra gives a lot of examples about how this decoding and coding technique has helped many people change how they react to a lot of different situations.  She even gives techniques for people who cannot do the technique how it is actually supposed to be done due to physical limitations (she thinks of everything).
  The first and most important part of the book is to determine where our weaknesses are whether it be shyness, insecurity, procrastination (mommy in Pa and mommy in Ga both need to work on, boredom, worry, unworthiness, etc. and turn them around and use them to better ourselves.  Often times it is our own hang ups that prevent us from living a more fulfilling life. 
  Sandra also is kind enough to include illustrations depicting how to perform the technique so that it is easy for anyone to accomplish.
  Even though the book itself doesn't focus much on the other chakras, Sandra does include some charts at the back of the book that indicate which chakra works best for each decoding/coding statement.
  Mommy in PA:  What a great book to pick up to add more usefulness to all of my positive thinking techniques! 
  I have to admit the first couple of chapters took me awhile to read due to it having a lot of the same information that I already read elsewhere just written differently.  But once I got to the part about using the chakra and how to decode and code I was hooked : )
  I haven't really took a lot of time to try out the technique due to trying to get this review written but with it only taking a few minutes a day I definitely plan on incorporating it with my other positive thinking techniques like my affirmations to kick it up a notch. 
  I love how Sandra explains how working on just a few decoding/coding messages helps free up other issues due to a lot of them being linked in some way.  This could really make a huge difference for me.  I really can't wait to work on my procrastination one.  Mommy in GA and I are always talking about how great we are at procrastinating : )
  I even learned a new thing or two about being too needy with my affirmations and that it can actually put a block up and prevent things from being able to happen.  Also we have to watch how we envision ourselves, most of us don't even think of how we think of ourselves but this too can put a damper on our progress.  And always try to get over saying things like "I will be happy when..." and embrace being happy now.
  So if you are working on bettering yourself, your life, and your future this is definitely worth looking into. = Great Customer Service!

disclaimer:  I received nothing in exchange for this post.  I am just writing to inform our readers of a company going above and beyond.'s great customer service
  Ok, so I know that this isn't our typical type of post but something happened to me recently that made me want to spread the word about some great customer service. 
  I had received a promotional code from a website for $20 off my purchase from so I decided to use the credit towards making my son some special valentines for his classmates.  We had done this before and they always get rave reviews : )  Well I ordered the valentines so that they would be here in plenty of time for the party and eagerly awaited their arrival. 
  A little over a week before my son's Valentine's Day party I wandered out to the mailbox and there inside was my order with a plastic sleeve wrapped around their normal cardboard mailer.  I saw right away that it was wrapped up by the post office and hurried inside to see what was wrong.  I practically cried as I opened the packaging and realized that my son's valentines had become mutilated, dirty, and not all there (about half of them were totally missing).  Of course, the envelopes were all ok...LOL.
  Well after my initial shock of thinking I'd have to send my son to school with regular store-bought valentines, I called the number that the post office had included in the package about who to contact regarding missing merchandise, etc.  Well that in itself was another disappointment, I didn't get to speak to anyone and found out I needed to know if the package had insurance on it before I could even proceed.
  Not knowing if has insurance on their packages or not I decided to contact customer service.  I just figured I'd maybe get my money back eventually after they were able to file the insurance claim through the postal service.  But lo and behold they took action...a woman contacted me the next day wanting to confirm my order number so that they could get a new shipment sent out to me and that yes, even though it was only a few days until my son's party that they would make it to me by the day before.  Amazing! 
  And guess what?  They did! 
  Moral of the story:  There are a lot of great companies out there that are focused on making sure that their customers are happy...and is one of those companies : )  Thanks!!!!