Monday, November 21, 2016

Little House On The Prairie And Giveaway!

** We received one of these dolls in return for our honest review. All opinions are my own. **



Little House On The Prairie was my very favorite childhood book series. I read each book several times over and would sneak them under my pillow so I could read them at night when I was supposed to be in bed. I would imagine how much fun it would be to be alive back then and do all of the things that Laura did. Especially wearing those cute boots and dresses! One thing I never had was a Laura Ingalls doll. Thanks to The Queen's Treasures, they exist now and they are just as adorable as I imagined!


I've been debating whether or not this doll would go into my own collection or would my youngest daughter be successful in her many attempts in trying to take Laura for her very own. She's also a Little House On The Prairie fan and has her own books but, this is something I have been hoping for for so long! (Of course, I figure she will end up winning. They always do.) But, for now, she plays with her quite a bit. Usually when they are reading some of Laura's own books!



Plus, the Laura Ingalls doll has a few things in common with her other 18" dolls. They can wear each other's clothing and even hang out at a tea party or just sit on her bed. We have been checking out all of the clothing and other products that The Queen's Treasure offers on their website and we are planning a day to visit the store. (We aren't so far away so we're thinking maybe after winter!)


The doll is very well made, as you can see. A lot of detail went into this as well as excellent craftsmanship! She comes with this cute patchwork quilt, her eyelet ruffle front nightgown and cap, a pillow and her little ragdoll. The box itself can easily be converted into a bed! Her eyes close when she lies down and open when she wakes up! This is definitely the type of doll that could and should be handed down and will indeed last for a very long time. I would have to say that the quality is nothing short than exceptional. We have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters and I've had dolls myself, so, I have seen some on both ends of the spectrum. I would place this doll and all of the tiny details from the hair, to the nightie, to the ragdoll, and the beautiful patchwork quilt, in a 5 star rating. (I'd even add a few +++++'s there too!) 

The Queen's Treasures is very generously offering this giveaway which is perfect for the holiday season! I would be ecstatic to own a collection like the winner will be receiving! 
The prizes include: 

  • One Laura Ingalls Doll by The Queen’s Treasures. Retail value $99.99 
     
  • One Little House Wagon, one Little House Pony, and one Little House Pony w/Saddle by The Queen’s Treasures. Retail value $279.97 
     
  • Jack the Brindle Bull Dog and Shaker Boxes, Cooking Set, Dishes Set, and Kitchen Tool Set. Retail value $195.95 
     
  • Doll Clothing and Accessories by The Queen’s Treasures including: Child’s Apron & Cap, Prairie Dress Set, Little House Night Gown, and Little House Quilt & Basket. Retail value $89.96 
     
  • One Complete Collection DVD Set of the original Little House on the Prairie television series. Retail Value $120 
     
  • One DVD of the Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilderdocumentary. Retail Value $19.95

You can enter directly at this link! 

This is also a great website for anything and everything, Laura Ingalls! You can find many different references, Laura's story, recipes, and much more. If you are a Laura Ingalls fan, you will adore this website! (Your little ones will too!)

You can also find a great deal of doll furniture, clothing, this Laura Ingalls doll, and much more, at The Queen's Treasures! (You can also find this doll at Target!) The 18" doll sells for a suggested retail price of $99.99. If you are looking for a full line of accessories,  you can find them here!  If you scroll to the bottom of the website, you will find a place to enter your email for their list. Be sure to do this because you will be included in secret sales and elite pricing! (It is certainly worth your while!) 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Save Your Sanity While Holiday Shopping

Easing Holiday Stress

With the holiday season approaching, you’re probably already wondering how you’re going to incorporate holiday activities into your overloaded schedule. There are several things you can do to ease holiday stress. Holidays should be a fun time, not a time of feeling overloaded with obligations and activities.

Plan ahead meals

You already know that the closer it gets to a holiday, the harder it gets to find time to prepare meals for the family. Cooking extra food prior to the holidays and freezing it can ease dinner time stress. Popping a homemade frozen meal in the oven or microwave is quick, easy and stress-free and guilt-free. Doing some pre-holiday baking and freezing cakes, pies and other desserts will certainly ease some of the stress related to entertaining.

Set limits

Although it may be difficult, setting limits is a key to keeping your sanity and not depleting your energy. Make choices as to what events you and your family will attend. Accept invitations according to what comfortably fits into your schedule. It seems that the call for volunteers increases considerably around the holidays. Agree to volunteer but stay within the limit of what you can easily handle.

Shopping

One ideal way to reduce holiday stress is to shop ahead. Online shopping gives you the advantage of shopping anytime that’s convenient for you. If you have families to shop for that include a mix of adults and children, holiday gift baskets are a great gift idea. One large basket can be given for the entire family to enjoy. Baskets are available for kids, teenagers, adult, pets and those who love their pets. Placing holiday orders early will take that task off of your holiday “to-do” list.

Organization

Organization is always a great time-saver. Lists, such as a shopping list, a chore list and various other lists can be one of your most valuable organizational tools during the holidays. Storage boxes give you a place to pack up home d├ęcor items in order to make room for holiday decorations. Label boxes as you pack them so that unpacking will not be a stressful experience. 

Stay focused

As much as is reasonably possible, try to stay focused on one project at a time. Multi-tasking isn’t always a time-saver. Methodical steps toward the completion of a task are usually more efficient and effective.