Mohawk Valley Trading Company & Crooked Brook Prize Pack Giveaway! #2014HOTHolidayGifts

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 *We received the following items as a courtesy from Mohawk Valley Trading Company & Crooked brook in order to facilitate this post. Affiliate links may be present in post! All opinions present are honest and based on my experience!

When Choosing items for the #2014HOTHolidayGifts Holiday Guide co-hosted with Home on Deranged, I knew  I definitely wanted to feature items from Mohawk Valley Trading Company and Crooked Brook.

In the past, I had the opportunity to review the items featured in this giveaway so I was confident in the quality- PLUS not to mention the amazing health benefits associated with each item.

One lucky reader will receive the following Holiday Prize Pack filled with items from Mohawk Valley Trading Co and Crooked Brook!

Read a little more about EACH of these items below!

Maple Syrup & Raw honeyYUM! you will NEVER buy a commercial syrup again! Perfect substitute for processed sugars! 

Grade A Dark, Robust Maple Syrup is primarily made from sugar maple sap- this is preferred for maple syrup production because it has an average sugar content of 2%. note: the sap from other maple species is usually lower in maple sugar content, and about 2X as much is needed to produce the same amount of finished syrup). Grade B, is wonderful for baking and for those who love a maple flavor. ONLY 10% of syrups produced are labeled “Grade B.”

Perfectly pairs with all of your favorites!  Waffles, crackers, teas and more!  Some flavors EVEN shown to aid in allergy suffering! 

Raw Honey
If you are planning to use honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics.

BeesWax Candles

Lightly scented, naturally!  Burns cleaner and evenly!  PLUS LASTS LONGER!

The custom turkey and evergreen styles are perfect holiday season centerpieces for your table!

100% Pure Beeswax Candles from The Mohawk Valley Trading Company are hand dipped or hand poured and made from 100% all natural, unbleached yellow beeswax, produced by their bees in the USA.

When burned correctly, with a trimmed wick and in a draft free zone beeswax candles are smoke free, soot free and drip free. When burned they emit negative ions, thought by some to clean the air and prevent problems with asthma and depression.

Handmade Soap

My skin has never felt better!  No residue feel or dry feeling after use! My FAVORITE is the Goat Milk!

Handmade Soap ( and all natural skin products) from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful surfactants, degreasers, plasticizers, reproductive toxins, pesticides, carcinogens, industrial chemicals or hormone disruptors.

Crooked Brook Apron


Wear this lovely addition to this holiday season! High quality fabric and beautiful design!  A must have in any kitchen!

Women’s Waist Aprons made of 10 oz., 100% cotton Bull Denim and embroidered in two locations.

This AMAZING prize package is valued at $175- WOW!  Good luck!

*Ends 11/21/14 US Only

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Additional sponsor rules:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Mohawk Valley Trading Company honey and soap inventory fluctuates daily and they reserve the right to substitute one type of honey or soap for another in case of a shortage of a particular type.
  • The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
  • Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.

NOTE: For the duration of this giveaway (from 10/31/14 through 11/21/14) you can receive a 20% discount on all Mohawk Valley Trading Company maple syrup, raw honey, beeswax candles and handmade soap and on all Crooked Brook personalized fleece blankets (embroidered or blank), sweatshirts (embroidered, printed or blank), hooded sweatshirts (embroidered, printed or blank) jackets (embroidered, printed or blank) or fleece jackets (embroidered or blank) with the Coupon Code: “The Noise of Boys Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway”                            


Santa $1,000 PayPal Cash Giveaway! #SantaPaypalCashGiveaway

It is an absolute pleasure for The Noise of Boys to assist with promoting this AMAZING Opportunity! I would love if a reader from this blog wins!

I know how financially stressful the holiday season can be!  

♣ Good luck to ALL entrants! ♣ 

What would you do with an extra $500 to spend this holiday season?

How about I make the answer to that question a little easier with your chance to win $500 Paypal Cash in the

Santa $1,000* Paypal Cash Giveaway!

Thanks to some amazing friends and supporters of A Peek Into My Paradise we were able to come together collectively with a CASH PRIZE of $1000; which will be awarded to two very lucky winners of $500 each through Paypal Cash!

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Cake, Pie, Oh My! Fall Festivals & the Competitive Cake Walk #True Tales

Every Thursday, we bring our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Series- which focuses on the ups and downs, the hilarious and the not-so funny moments, surrounding parenthood inspired by our own toddlers and preschoolers.

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My co-host on this series is the fabulous tech mom Melissa from Home on Deranged.  Not only is she now hosting a TV segment but she is also a co-author in the new Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness book! 

Another project we hold near and dear to our heart is our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, which is currently in development and features some fantastic brands and giveaways.  It truly is a labor of love, so any time you enter or share a giveaway- it means SO much.

This post courtesy of the always fabulous tech mom, Melissa from Home on Deranged.

This week, it’s my turn here at Home on Deranged, and I feel like pondering Halloween and Fall Festivals. Instead of going door-to-door trick-or-treating, it’s become popular in many parts of America to attend fall festivals, which are a little less scary and allow families a safe haven to enjoy the holiday, getting dressed up and gathering candy. Plus, there’s frequently bounce houses and lots of games for the little ones, so they can feel like they had a good time without overloading on the scary side of Halloween. But, then…. I discovered something odd, and asked myself, When did taking a cake walk become a competitive sport?


When did taking a cake walk become a competitive sport? The #PinkandBlue Trenches on Home on Deranged @homeonderange

It’s that time of year – the Halloween free-for-all. As I get older, I think knocking on strangers’ doors and asking for free candy is a bit weird/surreal/confusing, but it’s what we Americans do best: take the opportunity to behave in a way that any other night of the year might get us in trouble. And so it is that this year, my new obsession is fall festivals. You know, those events that are family friendly, usually hosted by churches, where you can play silly games and get some candy or little toys. And walk a cake walk.

Competitive sport?

I admit freely that I’m not a patient person, a trait I inherited from my mother. I’m also an uber-competitive person, no doubt from being the first born. So I freely acknowledge in writing this that I’m not properly equipped to judge how a cake walk is run, since, if I were running one, I’d be a bit of a hardass about it. Nonetheless…

So we go to a fall festival at a local church. Great setup, with free hot dogs and chips for everyone, a wide variety of bounce house sizes, and lots of fun little games that toddlers can do and feel successful, while loading up on tiny pieces of candy.

But then there’s the cake walk.

With 12 numbers on the floor, they play the music as we all do the zombie dance around. After probably six turns around the floor, I still have nothing to show for my efforts. But then I start to notice. We don’t always have 12 in our group. But when the music stops, 2 or 3 people randomly jump on a number that’s available. Sometimes, they win. A little annoying, but hey, it’s free and the goodies aren’t exactly gourmet level treats.

But then I notice that event volunteers are some of the winners. And teenage boys, who’ve been scooping up candy, are also winning. Continually. And then this one nice soul wins, but offers his cake to someone who’s been trying to win unsuccessfully, and he gets griped out for trying to give his cupcake to a “non-winner.” Um….

I go collect Thomas and the girls, thinking that with four of us on the floor, we can increase our chances of winning. Thomas gets a piece of cake. Leelou gets a cookie, after about 5 tries. I’m exhausted, a little fed up, and ready to go. But Annie….oh, sweet Annie. She wants to win. To just have her number called and get a cookie like her sister. And still, volunteers jump in (including the cake walk monitor!), and song-is-over-joiners win.

At this point, my Mama Bear awakens, walks over to the number callers and says, “I will give you money to just call her number and let her have a cookie.”

Probably not my best moment. But you know what? It worked. First they call her number, but she bolts to be near me at the last minute, so loses her chance. Next twirl, I plant her firmly on #2, and she gets chosen. With a gleeful, “I WIN!”, she grabs her cookie and we go.

As I feel agitated and ridiculous.

When did a cake walk become a competitive sport? Have I gotten too greedy in my old age? Should I even be concerned that the person in control of the music was a grumpy gus who acted like the cakes should be protected at all costs?



Door to door candy begging is sounding better all the time.

How about you? Does your family do fall festivals or do you stick to tradition and only go trick or treating? Should there be rules on the cake walk, or is it silly to even worry about? Share your thoughts in the comments, so I can decide if I should just go make my own damn cookies.



cake walk photo credit: wandernwoman via photopin cc

Respiratory Wellness & Tips with Essential Oils!

The following article was provided by my friend, Lorraine Aguilar- Sales Consultant for Young Living Essential oils & Creator, of Created for Healing.

The best offense is a good defense.

Essential oils are part of a good defense. According to several scientific studies, eucalyptus, rosemary, and basil contain natural compounds that have been shown to exhibit strong antiviral activity against the enterovirus.

These essential oils can be diffused to allow their natural compounds to enter the respiratory tract and promote natural support and wellness. The oils can also be applied topically into rubs that can be applied to the chest, back and feet, where they are absorbed into the body via the skin.Essential Oils

Essential Oil Chest blend- Apply to chest, back, and or feet as needed.

5 drops Rosemary
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Cypress
2 drops Lemon
Add to ¼ cup coconut oil/or carrier oil

Here are some additional oils to support the immune system.
I use this wellness foot blend in a bottle with a roll top for easy application.

15 drops Melrose
15 drops Thieves
15 drops Lemon
7 drops Oregano
7 drops Frankincense

Diffusing is something that is important to do on a daily basis, but especially during the fall & winter. Diffusing essential oils creates an unfriendly environment for viruses and bacteria. Diffusing also allow the oils and their natural germ fighting compounds, to enter the body via the lungs to promote wellness.

Taking additional supplements such as: vitamin D, C, and probiotics is also shown to be beneficial for the immune system. Eating balanced foods and getting a good night’s sleep, lower stress, and exercise help to build a healthy body and immune system.

If you would like an essential oil and supplement consultation send me a message. or follow Created for Healing on Facebook!

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LEGO KidsFest 2015- City & Tour Dates Announced! #LEGO

I am SO Pumped up to share this info with you!

Information provided in cooperation with US Family Guide. No compensation was provided.

2015 LEGO KidsFest Tour

The LEGO® KidsFest kicks off its seventh year on the road with new tour stops in St. Louis and Nashville and a return to some popular markets!

The 2015 tour stops include Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 27 – March 1), St. Louis, MO (March 20 – 22), Nashville, TN (April 17 – 19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 4 – 6).

In its seventh year of touring, LEGO KidsFest is visiting a few less markets this year to focus on its new LEGO Creativity Tour.

“With the pilot of the LEGO Creativity Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi in December, we expect to be sharing some news about new tour dates early next year,” said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc.

“Right now through year’s end, our focus is on testing new concepts and continuing to deliver an amazing and fun-filled LEGO experience for families around the country.”

Covering more than three acres of space, the LEGO KidsFest extravaganza brings all of the hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experience together in an activity-filled event for all ages and builders of all skills.

Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at

On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.  Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000-30,000 visitors at each venue.


Some of the activities at the shows include:



  • LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Fusion: test out a new, fun and creative way of combining real LEGO brick building with a smartphone or tablet.
  • LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
  • LEGO Star Wars™: build and display a Star Wars model
  •  LEGO Disney™ Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book
  • LEGO Super Heroes: build a badge and pose with a bigger than life Spiderman model
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail:purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
  • LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
  • LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
  • LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama
  • LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity


 Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets for all 2015 tour stops are on sale at