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Friday, December 19, 2014

12 DIY Handprint, Footprint & Fingerprint Kid Christmas Crafts

Each year, around this time of December, I say to myself...ahhhhh! We need to make a cute craft to give all the grandparents next week for Christmas!

Yep. I'm a super procrastinator. In case you're struggling with time this holiday season as I am, I've gathered up a bunch of adorable, easy kid crafts that may just inspire some holiday joy in your home over the weekend. Take a peek at these handprint crafts, footprint crafts, and fingerprint crafts to see if you can find something that your kids would love to give! These are perfect quick and easy gift ideas for parents, teachers, and grandparents!

DIY Fingerprint Snow Globe Craft 12 Handprint Footprint Fingerprint Christmas Craft Gift Ideas |
DIY Fingerprint Snow Globe Craft | Crafty Morning

Which of these projects is your favorite - or what's the best gift your child has ever made for you? 

Clickin' Moms Gifts for Photographers - #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Disclosure: I received sample products for review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

I wouldn't call myself a professional photographer, but I do dabble in the art whenever I have the chance. And even without a professional job description, I love to receive photo-related gifts! Maybe it's the scrapbooking obsession I carried for years? Something about photos just makes me happy.

Clickin' Moms, a one-stop photography resource, offers online workshops, a professional level application only program, a print magazine, a blog, and a store that's loaded with unique gifts for photographers and photo-loving mamas. They kindly agreed to send me a few items to check out, and all three of them top my would-love-to-receive-this list this year!

Mom's Gonna Snap Tee - perhaps the best shirt with a double meaning ever, this tee is so comfortable that I wear it all the time. Literally. It's like my new go-to errand- or under-a-hoodie- or pajama-shirt. Particularly fun is watching someone else's lightbulb moment when they notice the camera above the phrase and "get it." 

Let's face it. I try to be an awesome mom, but I don't have it together all the time. This shirt is a reminder to me to take myself and my kids a little less seriously. Life is easier when you're laughing!

Lenspen - this clever little tool is small enough to fit in a pocket or camera bag and is so nice to have on hand. I hate cleaning my lenses and don't keep up with it nearly the way that I should. It features a retractable dust removal brush and a special non-liquid cleaning element, designed to never dry out. It's super easy to use and my photos are all much clearer as a result of having it on hand!

Wooden Toy Camera - is there anything cuter than a child who likes to mimic mom and dad's hobbies? This brilliant wooden camera, designed by Twig Creative, lets Lincoln and Addie tag along and take photos with me - without the noisy and flashing lights of every camera toy I've ever found on a store shelf.

I can't even handle the cute.

It's available in a variety of colors and measures 2.25"H, 3.5"W, 1"D. The lens twists (just like mommy's camera!) and there's a spring loaded shutter button so that kids can get used to the action of taking a photo. The 30" cotton strap can be removed when used by kids younger than 3 who might unwittingly hurt themselves.

I love that this toy gives them a realistic glimpse at being a real-life photographer! Simple toys are definitely the best.

You can follow along with Clickin' Moms online, shop the photography gift ideas in their store, or keep up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for all the latest updates!

Disclosure: Thank you to Clickin' Moms for providing my review samples! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.

Gifts that Men will Actually Use from Mission Belt Co. - #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Disclosure: I received a sample for review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

I have a hard-to-buy-for man on my Christmas shopping list - do you? Sometimes, it is hard to figure out what to buy Andrew outside of books and movies. I don't want every gift I give him to be shaped like a rectangle and easily predicted! Some years, I do better than others, but this year I was excited to give him the Mission Belt Co. belt a little bit early!

Mission Belt Co. is a socially responsibly company, which focuses on helping people break out of the poverty cycle. This is their mission and that's actually the reason behind the company's name! One dollar from every belt sold goes to fight global hunger and poverty through micro lending. 

I had Andrew browse the selection and he ultimately chose the Chocolate style - a brown leather belt featuring a brown buckle. 

Mission Belt was featured on Shark Tank last year, and with good reason - their design is unique and pretty awesome! Andrew has had the opportunity to wear this belt for the past couple of weeks, and he is definitely pleased with it.

Most belts feature holes at pre-determined distances, but the Mission Belt offers a buckle design that allows the wearer to adjust the size in increments as small as 1/4".

There are sizing instructions included on the website, and even instructions to resize if you need to shorten your belt once it has arrived. Andrew figured out how the buckle system works right away, without any issues.

Most of Mission Belt's belts are priced under $40. If you need to stock up, they offer free standard shipping on all domestic orders over $50!

Andrew really likes the unique buckle system - he says that he usually falls somewhere between the pre-determined holes on other belts, so this is a much more comfortable option. I think we'll probably be purchasing from Mission Belt Co in the future - though it looks like this belt we received is going to last much longer than any other belt he has owned before!

You can check out the selection at Mission Belt, or keep up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for all the latest updates!

Disclosure: Thank you to Mission Belt for providing my review sample! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.

Eluna Jewelry Reverse Hoop Earrings - Review - #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Disclosure: I received a sample for review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

Since I became a mom, Christmas has been a whole lot more about my kids and a whole lot less about me. I don't really mind - goodness knows I have enough things already to last me a lifetime, but's nice to be just a little bit spoiled, right?

I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Reverse Hoop Earrings from Eluna Jewelry as part of my gift guide this year.

I have had some issues with my earring holes this year, and dealt with an infection from wearing cheap earrings for several days (for a costume...oh, the pain I go through for theatre). I was thrilled when I learned that the reverse hoops from Eluna Jewelry have no clasp! Wearing earrings has been painful for me due to clasps in the past, so this is a very welcome change.

Since there is no clasp to attach, the earrings worn by inserting them through the back of the ear, rather than the front. The metal catch touches the back of your ear when the earring is inserted, and they feel very secure in the ears.

One out of ten people has problems wearing jewelry because of metal sensitivity - I think it's quite possible that I fall into this category.  These earring hoops are available in Sterling Silver, 14 Kt Gold Fill, Copper, and Niobium. Niobium is a hypo-allergenic metal, so it's safe for even those with a sensitivity to wear. The Niobium hoops are available in nine different colors!

I couldn't pass up the purple hoops! So cute!

Sizes vary, but all hoops are under $50! Wouldn't these make the cutest stocking stuffer? To purchase these adorable purple hoop earrings or other items, you can browse April's online Eluna Jewelry store. Find Eluna Jewelry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, too!

Disclosure: Thank you to Eluna Jewelry for providing my review sample! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yummi Pouch Reusable Snack Bag Review + Giveaway - #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Disclosure: I received samples to review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

I've wanted to try reusable snack bags for months and months! Since we use cloth diapers and I wash that laundry every couple of days anyway, I knew that adding in some food containers would reduce my overall load of dishes to wash and/or the amount of plastic we are recycling - and those are both good things.

So, I was super excited when Yummi Pouch offered to send me a set of reusable bags to try out! Available in a variety of sizes and in many adorable designs, they have something to suit every need.

I received one snack size bag, one sandwich size bag, and one storage size bag. Each bag has a top zipper opening, is lined with a water-resistant interior/exterior, and is backed by a 30-day product guarantee. These bags are BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and made of lead-free nylon.

And the best part? They can be washed either in the dishwasher or the washing machine (warm warm is recommended). I have not tried washing in the dishwasher yet, but have easily thrown them in with my other laundry and I love how easy this design detail makes it to keep them clean! One of my biggest fears about using cloth bags for food storage was that crumbs would be trapped in little corners...that is definitely not the case.

The snack-size bag is 4"x7" and is perfect for our everyday on-the-go snacking needs. When we're headed out for a day of errands, I can fill one of these little pouches with cereal, raisins, crackers, grapes, or whatever else my kids are currently willing to eat and have confidence that the mess will be contained in its pouch until it's time to eat the snack.

The 7"x7" sandwich bags are great for snacking, too - especially because I have picky toddlers who don't really eat sandwiches yet. I have really liked using the sandwich bag for Addie - I can put in the same amount of food that I use in a snack-sized bag, but since it is taller, it is less likely that she will spill the contents while eating!

The large Everything Storage bag is 12"x16" and is useful for so many purposes. I have used it to hold dirty cloth diapers, washcloths used while on the go, crayons and coloring pads...really, the ideas are endless! I love using water resistant bags to haul wet swimwear during the summer, too!

We love these reusable bags and will definitely purchase more to add to our collection in the future! Visit Yummi Pouch to find out more about their product selection, and shop online (use code PARTY4YP for 10% off)! You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.


One Director Jewels reader will win a snack bag set from Yummi Pouch (Spunky style, shown above)! This giveaway will end on January 5 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

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Disclosure: Thank you to Yummi Pouch for providing my review sample and the giveaway prize! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.
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