Fabric Care: Dryel won’t Shrink/Stretch/Fade sweaters, denim, etc.

Between the two of us, we surprisingly have a lot of clothes that should be dry cleaned. But honestly – who has time for that? Until I was introduced to the brand Dryel,  I rarely paid attention to the tags on my clothing .  And with my busy schedule I would of never had time to squeeze in a dry cleaner appointment.  With Dryel, I can take care of our clothes the way I should, without having to worry about them stretching, shrinking, or fading.



There are just 3 steps in the Dryel process – and they are all super easy. The first step is to pre-treat any stains or soiled areas with Dryel Booster Spray. Then add 1 to 5 garments and 1 ULTRAcleaning cloth to the reusable fabric protection bag. Simply tumble in the dryer on medium heat for 15 to 30 minutes (depending on if you want to renew or deep clean those clothes). Promptly take out your clothes and hang them to avoid wrinkles and you are DONE! Pretty simple, right? Not to mention far less time consuming than driving to your local cleaners.



Dryel is the best way to safely and thoroughly clean your special care clothes at home. The patented Fabric Protection Bag protects clothes and concentrates the gentle cleaning vapor from the ULTRAcleaning™ cloth for optimal cleaning performance. No fading, shrinking, or stretching caused by wet washing or dry cleaning. This is a big deal for me because I have a habit of shrinking clothes. Which is a huge waste of money. A few months of using Dryel and I have yet to have another shrinking problem! I am so thankful for being introduced to Dryel!



Soon, Dryel will be releasing brand their new packaging! It is so sleek and totally stands out on the shelves! I absolutely adore it! Don’t worry though, Dryel is still the same great product that we all know and love! The best part though? Dryel added a FREE Stain Pen (which is a $4 value!). It even has a NEW Odor & Wrinkle Releaser and longer lasting scent. Just when you thought Dryel couldn’t get any better.  The new packaging will be available in December of 2017.


Aiden was ecstatic to open his Package From Santa!

As a parent, it is truly a joy to see your children’s face light up with excitement.  And as they age it tends to get harder and harder to catch this special moment.

Remember my previous post about Package From Santa?  Well…Aiden finally received his from Santa!  This personalized package came in a very nice decorative envelope, that came in a colorful envelope, stamped from the North Pole and addressed, personally, to Aiden.

Luckily, Aiden is still fairly young and believes in the magic of Christmas.  He loved the photograph of Rudolph, where Santa was hiding him when he was just a baby. He also enjoyed the bell and meaning behind it.

rudolph photo
Aiden also received a Nice List Certificate and a personal letter from Santa.  I loved how detailed and personalized this letter was…

The best thing about this package was the personalized video and Santa Calls.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Aiden’s personalized video. It still amazes me how unique this service is and Aiden also loved seeing his picture up on the Nice Wall!

This Package From Santa was so easy to order, customize and receive.  There are three different packages to choose from and I received the Silver Package.
Every package comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time.

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Wow! They are THAT confident your child will LOVE it! save 25% OFF your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout

This was truly and awesome experience to share with Aiden. I cannot wait to do this again next year!

A return to real, true foods for the holidays = Organic, True Story Foods!


True Story Foods Helps You Eat Well For the Holidays Organic, Non-GMO and All Natural Holiday Recipes.

Just in time for the holidays, True Story Foods, makes its national debut offering all natural, non-GMO and organic sausages, hot dogs, and deli meats. Whether you are serving up a wholesome breakfast or wowing a crowd during a festive holiday party, True Story Foods has the most delicious, natural organic meats for your friends and family.

 True Story believes in a future of food that is a return to what is real and true.  A future that is respectful to the source of our food – the soil, the animals, and the farmers.True Story is nurturing a community of family farmers, artisan producers, progressive retailers and food lovers who are dedicated to this future.

Enjoy these simple-to-prepare yet memorable recipes this Holiday season!

Antipasto Skewers


 This recipe was created by food stylist and blogger Betsy Haley of betsylife.com. It’s a quick appetizer recipe that’s easy to make for crowds large and small. Make ahead of time and have less to stress about the day of your gathering.


Makes 10 servings

  • 1-10oz package True Story Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
  • 1 jar Sprouts sweet and spicy cherry peppers
  • 1 package Sprouts cheese curds
  • 1 package Sprouts fresh basil


  1. Slice sausage into coins.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently until brown on both sides. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, remove several cherry peppers from the jar and pat dry. Slice into roughly ½ inch sized pieces.
  4. To assemble the skewers, rip a small piece of basil and skewer followed by a slice of pepper, a cheese curd, and finally a sausage coin.


Chicken Sausage, Feta and Kale Frittata


Calling all frittata lovers! What do you get when you combine sausage, tangy cheese and a healthy heap of greens? Your new go-to brunch or dinner recipe in record time.



Makes 4 servings

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups trimmed and thinly sliced kale
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 True Story Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, cut in bite-size slices


  1. Heat broiler to high.
  2. Combine eggs, salt, and feta, and stir with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a 12-inch ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add kale and sauté for 4 minutes, or until starting to wilt. Add pepper and sliced chicken sausage and stir 2 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Add egg mixture. Cook over medium heat until eggs are partially set, 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook about 3 minutes, or until the top is set.


True Story lives by:

 Fair Trade Partnering With Farmers

True Story partners with farmers to set an equitable price for their animals to ensure the animals are raised humanely and without antibiotics, to create a sustainable livelihood for generations to come. All their animals are fed an all-vegetarian diet, and never fed antibiotics or growth enhancers and live without undue stress or agitation.

Crafting Real Foods

All True Story recipes are crafted in their California Kitchens with artisan methods used for three generations, like hand seasoning and netting roasted turkeys and hams, using traditional all natural casings, and hand tying sausage links. Their foods never contain synthetic nitrates or nitrites.

Provoking Honest Conversation

True Story shares the story of their animals, farmers, and community to provoke honest conversation about how food is raised and prepared. They believe informing and educating food lovers helps them to make better choices for them and their families.





I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Little man went to his dad’s and I enjoyed my time with a friends family. I rocked the gathering this year by bringing a  HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Tray!

The Party Trays come in a few different varieties:

Hard Salami & Pepperoni Party Tray (28 oz.): HORMEL Hard Salami, HORMEL Pepperoni, Sargento Cheddar Cheese, Sargento Colby Jack Cheese, Round Crackers

Honey Ham & Turkey Party Tray (28 oz.): HORMEL Honey Ham, HORMEL Smoked Turkey, Sargento Cheddar Cheese, Sargento Colby Jack Cheese, Round Crackers

There is also a Supreme Party Tray that includes olives, if you’re a fan!




I chose to bring the salami tray to spice it up.


I love how the packaging is so thoughtfully designed.  It comes in a a black plastic tray with easily removable labels so it looks classy on the table.  The tray itself has compartments for the two packages of crackers, two packages of meat and two packages of cheese so you know where everything goes.  I was able to arrange the tray at home and it all stayed in place during the card ride to my friends house.

The individual components were all very tasty.  The crackers were nice and crisp, the cheese was “real” (not processed cheese product), and the pepperoni and salami both had a nice spicy kick to them.  This children that attended had fun making their own little cracker/cheese/meat hors d’oeuvres.

These trays are perfect for an appetizer, but they also work for game day gatherings and noshing in front of the television as we are prone to do during the holidays.

I was able to find pick up my tray at our local Walmart.  They can also be found at Target and other retailers.  Click hereto locate the store nearest you.


**I received free product in exchange for my honest review.**

Package From Santa 25% off


Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the ONLY Santa memory service that does it ALL! Personalized LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS and VIDEOS from SANTA!

Do you want to see your children’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It’s an amazing experience – it’s joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know!

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the PackageFromSanta.com was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!

It’s such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and PackageFromSanta.com really helped make the magic happen in my household this year! So grateful!

PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions. That’s unheard of these days! Such a nice touch.

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come!

The Platinum Package ($69.95) comes in a red box includes:

Personalized Letter from Santa
BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
…and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Wow! They are THAT confident your child will LOVE it!

There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the top of the line Platinum package ($69.95).

Order this holiday must-have for your child at https://www.packagefromsanta.com and save 25% OFF your order when you use FAMP17 at checkout.

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Save 15% #HolidayGiftGuide @USFG

Looking for a fun and entertaining game to play during the holiday season when your family visits? You must check out the hilarious game “Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition“!

 About the game:

Multicolored mouthpieces + action-packed THROWDOWNS x fresh funny phrases = turnt-up unpredictability and ludicrousness!

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition amps up mouthguard gameplay more notches than you and your friends’ belts combined. Our head-to-head mouthpiece THROWDOWNS (challenges) are lit and legit. Throwdown Edition fuses the signature silliness of the original Watch Ya’ Mouth Game with spanking-new, side-splitting tasks and surprises.

With Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition, 4-10 players face off in our mouthy mashup of all your favorite bar games, relay race activities, and acting, singing, and drawing throwdowns —with some social media twists. One round of 4 people lasts 30-60 minutes and only uses 16 out of 100 THROWDOWN cards. Because there’s nothing more annoying than blasting through a pack of cards in one night (or) actually having to talk to your friends.

The Watch Ya’ Mouth line of team-based card games is outrageously fun, but sometimes mouthguard gamers wanna get physical and refuse to share the glory. Thanks to our Throwdown Dice, your opponent changes every turn, so you can take down all of your peeps one by one. The better you know your buddies, the more you can destroy them. Don’t forget to record their humiliation and get Watch Ya’ famous! Gloat over your victories using #WatchYaMouth.

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition comes with almost everything you need for one humdinger of a hilarious hootenanny. You do need a table. And friends. Plus a few common items like pens, paper, and spoons. As long as you’re not basic AF, we gotchu:

  • 100 Throwdown Cards
  • 42 Phrase Cards
  • Multicolored Mouthpieces (4 Regular and 2 Small)
  • 4 Throwdown Straws
  • 4 Noisemakers
  • 2 Throwdown Balls
  • 1 Throwdown Dice
  • 1 Sand Timer

That one friend’s uber-competitive meltdown, brought to you by Watch Ya’ Mouth. Every group’s got one. If you don’t think yours does, then it’s you, boo. But don’t worry. We heart you anyway. $24.99 retail price.

Ages 8+



This is the perfect game for larger families and we were super excited to try out Watcha Ya’ Mouth. This game includes six comfortable mouth pieces, four straws, four noise makers and two ping pong balls.  My little guy loved the noise maker and as a mom I loved the bonding time as it seems you can never get enough one on one with those you love dearly. Watch Ya’ Mouth is the perfect game for family get together to sleepovers.  P.S.  Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN http://amzn.to/2i6NKwG

Sun Tail Mermaid 10% off #HolidayGiftGuide #BestGiftEver @UsFamilyGuide


Talk About The Best Gift Ever! With Sun Tail Mermaid your little girls dreams can come true. This American company has created the world’s best swimmable mermaid tails and mermaid flippers. Their mermaid tails are soft, durable, and come in a wide variety of designs and colors. They are made of high quality swimsuit fabric with 4-way stretch.


Sun Tail Mermaid’s monofins are virtually unbreakable and super comfy! Their patented monofin is several steps ahead of everyone else in engineering, durability, comfort, and functionality. The propulsion and control is exceptional. The monofins come in a wide range of beautiful colors, so you can match your mermaid tails or look amazing wearing it alone.

We had the opportunity to test out this amazing company last year and didn’t hesitate when offered to receive a product to review for 2017. Over the years we have found products such as this fit a little smaller as they should be snug on the child’s body. You may personally chose to order a size up depending on your child and how quickly they tend to grow.  Just an FYI, you have to be an experienced and strong swimmer to use this product and supervision is encouraged at all times.
Swimmable Mermaid Tails. Receive a 10% discount on your order at www.SunTailMermaid.com code: BestGiftEver https://www.usfamilyguide.com/coupon.php?bid=13540&dealid=3452 . @usfg