reviews

Last Minute Cards with American Greetings

Who else is in shock that Christmas is less than 72 hours? I can definitely say that 2016 has been one of the fastest years of my life and December has flown by. Life can get the best of me as a stay at home mom of two and the last thing I want to do is brave stores with last minute shoppers. We have several family members in different states and friends all over the US. Sometimes the thought of addresses an stamping 60+ cards can be daunting. With American Greetings, you can easily send cards anywhere in the world with the click of a button.

American Greetings has hundreds of holiday cards to choose from and you can easily search by theme and design. If you’re a long time reader of my blog or know me in real life, then you know I have crazy cat lady tendencies. My husband always jokes that if I wasn’t married with children I would live in a one bedroom apartment with 27 cats. You can probably guess what the first thing I searched for was. I love the humor section on American Greetings. It’s always nice to make someone smile, especially if they are having a tough time around the holiday season.

Memberships are 25% off through 12/25 so this is a great time to get your 1 or 2-year membership and schedule cards through the year. They have cards for all occasions (14 to be exact) and 9 major holidays. There is also a free app to make sending greeting cards even easier. My kids love to scroll through and see all the different cards they can send to their grandparents and friends.

*This post was sponsored by American Greetings however all opinions are my own*
Happy early Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

xo, Chanel

Luxury Chocolate You Need

Raise your hand if you have a huge sweet tooth but the thought of baking overwhelms you. Or if the thought of going to the grocery store during the holidays at all stresses you out. As a stay at home mom, I love when things are easy. That includes being able to do most of my holiday shopping online. Vosges Haut Chocolate offers the most luxury, gourmet chocolate on the market. Everything they make is beautifully crafted and packaged. Almost like you’re opening a one-of-a-kind designer gown. I’ve never tried anything so rich and decadent in my life. There are several people I know that can be tough to shop for but I’ve learned that people always love great food, drinks, and desserts, especially around the holiday season. All hail Vosges and their incredibly delicious chocolates and treats.
One of the most popular pairings they offer are the wine and chocolate gift boxes. I have several people in my life who love great wine and great chocolate and these luxury pairings are a total home run. Here a few of my other favorites from Vosges!
This Bubbles + Brunch Gift Box would be perfect for any lady boss. Buttermilk pancakes with fruitwood smoked bacon chocolate smothered liberally with aged bourbon barrel syrup and toast with a morning mimosa. It does not get much better than this, especially when you have some time to yourself to indulge.  If anyone wants to send me one, email me for my address 🙂Drinking Chocolates. Need I say more? We set up a hot chocolate bar every year from the day after Thanksgiving well into the New Year. There are fewer things I love than coming downstairs in a quiet house before everyone wakes up and making hot chocolate with all the fun toppings. The gourmet drinking chocolates would taste like heaven!
I love champagne. Probably too much. It’s my go to drink and these Champagne Truffles scream my name. They are blended with 85% dark chocolate and Krug Champagne so you know they will probably be the best thing you’ve tasted all year. Did you know that you can store any of the Vosges truffles in the freezer for up to 4 months (just make sure they’re sealed). Once you’re ready to enjoy, you can pull them out let them come to room temperature!
Any of these chocolate bars would make the perfect stocking stuffer. I also love how you can buy them in collections for someone who really appreciates gourmet chocolate. I’m putting the Noble Pig Chocolate Bars under the tree for my husband. He loves bacon, beer, and chocolate so this is a no brainer.
I can confidently say that the Caramel Marshmallows were by far the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. I hated that I had to share them with my husband (you’re welcome babe). If you only order one thing from Vosges, these need to be it!
Going to a New Year’s party? Need a gift for your boss who has everything? Want to send something just because? Vosges has gifts starting at $25 and under so there is really something for everyone. Use code HENEVE15 for 15% off your order! You can find Vosges on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
*this post was sponsored by Vosges Haut Chocolate. As always, all opinions expressed are my own*

Holidays with Harry & David

A few years ago, around late December, I ordered a Harry & David Gift Basket for a friend. It was late in the month, I hadn’t had time to do any shopping, and I was just flat out exhausted. I remember having to call and order because my internet was down. I was dreading making the call because I hate talking on the phone and rely so much on the convenience of online ordering. I was so pleasantly surprised at how amazing their customer service was! They went above and upon to make sure my friend got the gift basket at her home in such short notice. It was at that moment when I knew I loved this company and would be a life long customer. Since then, I have always referred my friends and family to Harry & David.
One of my favorite things about these amazing gift baskets is how they are equipped for sharing. Everything is packaged nicely in their own bags or boxes so that you can enjoy the treats longer. I love opening up the yogurt covered pretzels for the kids as an afternoon snack, or enjoying some fruitcake for breakfast with coffee. Everything is top notch, fresh quality and absolutely delicious. This Classic Christmas Gift Basket comes with gourmet popcorn, milk chocolate covered cherries, assorted truffles, peppermint bark, jordan almonds, fruitcake, yogurt covered pretzels, raspberry filled shortbread cookies (by far my favorite) and Royal Riviera pears. The pears taste like Heaven on Earth  and are the most delicious fruit you will try this holiday season.
The presentation of the baskets are always so gorgeous. When I think of Harry & David, I think of high quality gifts for: business partners, people who are hard to shop for, and host/hostess gifts for parties. Everyone loves holiday treats but not everyone has time to spend all day baking or braving the grocery story rush. That is what makes Harry & David so special; they do all of the work for you.  If you have any last minute shopping to do, or you just want to make someone’s day, be sure to keep Harry & David in mind.
*This post was sponsored by Harry & David. As always, all opinions expressed are my own*
How do you #ShareTheHolidays? I would love to hear in the comments below!

Making Mealtime Easier with HelloFresh

Last week my family and I had the pleasure of trying HelloFresh, a weekly meal service which delivers seasonal farm fresh ingredients to your doorstep. They send pre-measured portions packaged in their own box which easily fit in the refrigerator. It definitely beats the stress of meal planning and hectic grocery shopping. My husband and I loved cooking these meals together. He is the cook in the family and really enjoys it. I, on the other hand, cannot stand it. However, these meals were so easy to cook that I didn’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. In fact, I cooked two of them without any help (pats self on back). I really appreciate that the majority of the HelloFresh meals can be cooked in 30 minutes and have no more than 6 steps.
I love that you can really customize your meals and there is something for everyone. If you are single, newly married, work full time, or have a family, HelloFresh offers a plan for everyone. You can even view the meals ahead of time before you sign up to see if they would be something you’re interested in (spoiler: you will be interested). I chose the Family Meal Plan for 4 people and it was more than enough for for 2 adults, a 4 year old and almost 2 year old. There are no spicy ingredients within the family plans but there is still plenty of flavor. I received three meal on the day of my choosing. They were shipped overnight so that all ingredients were grocery story fresh. My favorite to make was the One-Pot Ravioli Bake. I cooked it for lunch one day for me and the kids and it was so easy, not to mention the most tasty of the bunch. The meal that took the most time was the Sweet & Sour Pork. Luckily that was the meal my husband and I cooked together. Despite the length of time it took to prepare (around 40 minutes), the resulting dish was well worth the wait!
Want to try HelloFresh and get $35 off your first box? Be sure to use code CHANELVANREENEN35 when you check out! Know someone who would love this as a gift? Check out their gifting options here. You will NOT be disappointed!
*this post was sponsored by HelloFresh. As always, all opinions are my own*

A Fresh Start with StartPlanner

Real Talk: The last time I had a real planner was in 2011 … the year I got married. I received it from one of my bridesmaids and quickly became obsessed. I loved making notes and looking at my to do list from a glance. It was so helpful with wedding details, girls dinners, and events. Fast forward to almost 6 years later and my daily to-do lists consist of carpool drop off, school projects, playdates, and blogging. 2017 is going to be a year with a lot of changes, starting with my blog name! More to come on that later this month but my main goal for 2017 is to be more organized. What better way to start that resolution than with the 2017 Hustle Daily Planner from Start Planner.
The Hustle Daily from Start Planner is the only planner you will ever need, starting with 2017 and years to come. The format of this planner has everything you would ever need. My favorite section is the Mini Goals. I love making short term goals for my week because they’re easier for me to accomplish. When I have too much on my to-do lists, I get overwhelmed very easily. The Hustle Daily Planner allows me to track expenses, finances, water, and vitamin intake. It also helps me plan weekly meals, budgets, birthdays, vacations, and projects. It is a life saver for any mom or busy woman! Start Planner was started by two amazing women, Kristy Dickerson & Jenny Grumbling less than two years ago. They have built this incredible company from the ground up and if you’re a long time reader of my blog. you know that I love to support woman and small USA based businesses. Fun fact: The design of this beautiful cover was created by Atlanta artist Hannah Joiner, another mom boss!
*this post was sponsored by Start Planner. All views and opinions expressed are my own*
Do you have any goals for 2017? I would love to hear them below! Happy Monday, Friends!

Unique Christmas Gifts for Girls

1. Ice Cream Stand – Tenderleaf Toys is one of my favorite websites for unique gifts. I featured their parking garage in my gift guide for boys. This colorfully painted wooden ice cream stand is perfect for little hands and big imaginations. It encourages imitative play, social skills, communication skills and promotes dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and balance. I know Evelyn will get a lot of use out of this over the next few years! 
2. Lovey – Evelyn is obsessed with her muslin swaddle blankets but they are becoming too big for her to be dragging around now that she’s older. She seriously reminds me of Lunis sometimes and I cringe thinking about how many germs get on those blankets. Iv’e been on a mission to find her a smaller lovey that is easier to carry around and doesn’t get so dirty. Enter Bearcubs Co. At 17″x17″, these loveys are the perfect size for your growing toddler. They are so soft and snuggly and fit perfectly in a diaper bag. I am obsessed with this classic Christmas print and think it would be an amazing gift for babies first Christmas. And let’s talk about this monogram toddler blanket. How sweet is that E? If you’re ordering for Christmas, be sure to get your orders in by December 1!
3. A not so typical baby doll – Bash Petite Dolls hand makes each of their unique dolls in Connecticut. Their creative use of patterns and colors make for gorgeous, one of a kind dolls. I first discovered them on Instagram and spent a good 15 minutes scrolling through their incredible gallery of beautiful dolls. If you are interested in any of these amazing dolls or even something more, message them on Etsy or Instagram and they can help you. Be sure to mention code HENEV10 for 10% off! {good until 2.28.17}
4. Kid Friendly iPhone holder – Even though we try and limit screen time, sometimes we do give in. It’s hard for our kids to sit still while waiting for dinner and there are days when I really need a shower … so the iPad or phone wins. This adorable furry stuffed animal by PawdPet is more than just a cuddle buddy. It has a magnetic belly so the phone sticks to it, preventing damage. There is a pocket in the bag and it has a carry strap. I have to say that this is one of the most genius products that has come out this year. 
5. Building Blocks – These are definitely gender neutral but since I have an almost two year old daughter, they are going in my girl gift guide. Smiling Tree Toys handcraft each of their toys in Minnesota. I love that you can get most of their items personalized. One of my favorite items of theirs is this custom name puzzle. Evelyn has really been into animals and letters. For some reason she thinks every letter she sees is an A. She is constantly yelling out “an A! an A!” These Picture Alphabet Blocks will be perfect for her to learn the alphabet. 
Can you believe that Christmas is in just under a month? Where has the time gone! Have you done all of your shopping or are you late to the game like me? 

Traveling in Style

Very seldom do you hear the words “luxury” and “parenting” in the same sentence. When it comes to my luggage, I have two requirements: a bag that can fit a whole lot of things and still be stylish. For over ten years, Storksak has been making luxury products for parenting. Their entire line of bags are stylish and functional. I cannot wait to use my new Cabin Carry On for our upcoming Austin trip. By far my favorite feature is the smart hanging organizer inside which allows you to pack, hang up, and use without unpacking. I love when good design is also practical!

This combination cabin and carry on bag is the ideal traveling companion when you’re on the go. Its wheeled design allows you to easily switch back and forth between rolling and carrying a comfortable duffle. This bag can hold enough for a weekend getaway with the girls and is also well suited for a business traveler. I am obsessed with their entire line of travel bags, especially this backpack.

If you’re a parent to be needing a hospital bag, this is the ideal one for you. I wish I had this for both of my hospital stays because it would have fit everything we needed and then some. I love the gender neutral colors of grey and black, which make them perfect gifts for your husband, father, or brother. Be sure to check out their Black Friday sale happening today until Monday. A few of my favorites are the unisex Aubrey MessengerJuliette in black, and Lucinda in taupe. These bags can all transition from a diaper bag to a sleek every day bag.

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving filled with yummy food and loved ones. Have you scored any Black Friday deals yet? 

SaveSave

Latest from Instagram

Copyright © 2017 · Theme by 17th Avenue