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Those leaves look so peaceful don’t they? Well, my fall has been anything but peaceful. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I like to post a few times every week. I knew that my work schedule would go a little crazy once the school year started, but I had no idea how crazy it would get.

At the end of September, while my Mom was staying at my home, we had to rush her to the hospital. After 6 days of tests and very few answers, Mom was moved to a rehab facility to try to regain her strength and movement. She possibly had a stroke, but no conclusive results because of her pacemaker. She ended up staying in rehab for four weeks. My week consisted of frequent trips to visit and still trying to get all my work done. The therapists felt Mom did better when a family member was present for their sessions. We alternated and worked out a schedule where us kids could be with her. Of course, I loved hanging out with her and helping her relearn to walk, dress, eat and interact. After the four weeks, she was not back to her baseline of ability, but we felt she had made great strides. Mom and my sister are moving to a new home at the end of November, so in the meantime, she and Mom have moved in with me. Mom is getting ‘in home’ therapy sessions with the physical, occupation and speech therapists. It’s a busy and crazy schedule around here.

We survived ‘Sandy’ and even kept our power on the whole time. We were more fortunate than many of my other friends in the Northeast. My heart broke as I heard stories of friends in NY who lost their entire first floor and it pained me to see the pictures of New Jersey. I lived in Princeton for 5 years and spent many weekends and summer days at the shore. The pictures were so hard to watch!

So, even before I add in the two big events I ran this fall, a fund-raising Banquet and a fund-raising 5K race…I had a full plate. No regrets here though, I’m just thankful Mom did not have a debilitating stroke or a heart attack or some other life altering illness. We are hopeful this round of therapy will help her continue to walk and care for herself as much as she can.

SO…that’s why I have been silent. Not out of apathy, but out of necessity. I am back and the mad dash has slowed down. So, I will be posting more frequently. I have a giveaway for a $25 Target Gift Card coming up this week and a few other great reviews and giveaways this month.

AND let’s not forget that the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is coming soon! Mom loves Christmas music, so to keep her spirits up and to give her a sense of security we played Christmas carols in the rehab center. We got a few looks from some of the staff, but they saw how it brightened Mom’s spirit. We are now playing carols in the house. After all, the mall is full of decorations and holiday sales already, so I’m just trying to keep up! Can’t wait to get out the decorations!!

Thanks for being patient and for coming back to read!!!


Welcome to the Christmas in July Hop hosted by Sarah’s Blog Of Fun. We have some terrific bloggers bringing you some awesome prizes all with the Christmas Spirit in mind!!

American Family has been extremely generous to sponsor a Grand Prize for two lucky winners!! First place gets a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and a $50 Walmart Gift Card. Second place gets a $50 Amazon Gift Card. You can get a lot of shopping done with that!!!

American Family would also love to extend a special gift to each and everyone who enters. You can get an eBook copy of “Summer Desserts” for free. Don’t let the title fool you, these recipes can be used for your Holiday baking as well!!! Sign up with American Family, and keep the fun going all year long!!


Enter the giveaway here at Di Doodlings and then check out the other blogs giveaways below, and don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize drawing for your chance to win even more!!”

I am giving away a Gift Card also. One lucky reader will win a $50 Target Gift Card. I know I am always stopping by Target for a few things…and ending up with a basket full of great deals! I hope you find some bargains too! Please use the easy Rafflecopter form below to enter. A winner will be drawn by on July 25. Winner will have 24 hours to reply via email or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!! And don’t forget to check out all the other great blogs listed below!

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I am so thrilled to be reviewing a Scentsy product for you. I have entered many blog contests – trying to win a scentsy giveaway, but no luck. I don’t know a Scentsy consultant in my area, so I had never even seen or SMELLED any of their products. When Stacy Mayo, Scentsy Director, agreed to a review/giveaway for my Holiday Gift Guide, I was thrilled.

First, it took me forever to decide which product I would choose. I love the holidays, so I looked through the Holiday Collection. Love-so-many! My eye was drawn to the night lights, because I have so many places for them in my house. And then, I found the ONE! I have a huge collection of Nativities, so when I saw this one–that was it!

My View At Night!

Stacy also included three Scentsy Bars. I ordered one Pumpkin Marshmallow, for immediate use and 2 bricks  of Cinnamon Vanilla. The bars are adorable and so colorful!

My order arrived and I quickly read all the directions for assembling the night light. (screw in the light bulb, twist the base onto the outlet plug!) I immediately broke off a few pieces of the Scentsy bar, plugged it in and turned on the light. I walked away and within 20 minutes I thought someone was baking a pumpkin pie in the kitchen! Stacy also included a grab tab, which is very useful for changing out the scents. I placed it in the wax, turned off the light and waited for the wax to harden. Voila! The wax pops out and I put in the Cinnamon Vanilla scent. Also, incredible! One thing I did notice, the smell is not overpowering, but it is definitely noticeable. Sometimes, with a lit candle, the smell fades. Not so with this product.

So what is Scentsy all about?

Scentsy is the hottest new thing in home fragrance. Their candles are wickless, flameless, no soot, no lead, no worry…perfect for homes with small children, pets, dorm rooms and even assisted living centers or apartments. Piece of mind for parents!


Candle Warmers – Full Size, Mid Size and Plug In. The bases are ceramic and sit over a low watt light bulb (like the kind you probably have in your night lights already). This light slowly melts the wax and releases incredible frangrance into the air.

Scents– Each bar lasts approximately 50-80 hours. There are over 80 scents. Corner Cafe, Holidays, Tropics, Romance, Men,  Baby…you will find one or two you will love! Also available in bricks for economical purchases of a favorite fragrance. Scentsy uses a custom, food-grade paraffin wax blend selected for its superior scent loading capability, melting point and firmness. Made in Idaho and France, there are no phthalates in their products.

Scentsy Buddy – a stuffed animal with a scent pak tucked inside. Perfect to display in a nursery, but durable enough to be carried around by your child.

Scentsy Solid Perfume – five great smells that work with your body chemistry to envelope you in the best fragrance all day

Scentsy on the go – hanging  car candles, room sprays, travel tins and scent paks

Business Opportunity

Scentsy offers a fun and rewarding Work at Home Opportunity. You can read Stacy’s story on her site. You can start your own business with a small investment ($99 plus tax and shipping). There are no monthly order minimums, no inventory to carry and you can start immediately. Contact Stacy if you are interested.  She is a Director and will work with you to set up your home business.

Buy Scentsy Products Right Now

Contact Stacy today and ask about her awesome specials going on now. (email

Stacy has a newsletter that goes out 1-2 times a month. You can sign up for the newsletter and earn extra entries in my giveaway. You will have to opt-in to the newsletter in order for extra entries to count.  Newsletter sign up.

One of the entries for my giveaway is to follow Stacy’s Facebook page. Get a head start and follow now. 

If you leave in Southern Idaho, Stacy can come put on a Scentsy party at your house. Live too far away? Stacy has a great traveling basket party. She sends you a box filled with all you need to host a party–and earn free and 1/2 priced products based on party sales.


Stacy has graciously agreed to offer a giveaway to one of my readers.  One of you will win a plug in warmer and 3 Scentsy bars of your choice.  This Giveaway is part of my WIN YOUR GIFTS Prize pack. The Hop runs November 3-7. Get a head start on entries by ‘liking’ Stacy’s Facebook page, signing up for her Newsletter and looking over the many scents available!

Di Doodlings received one or more of the products mentioned above for free for evaluation purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. DiDoodlings Disclosure.


I LOVE getting Christmas cards. I love looking through the mail for the red or green envelope. I eagerly open the letters with fancy return address labels. I relish each family story. (OK, maybe a few of the family letters are more like PR masterpieces, but still I like reading them!) I have a cute wire holder for all the cards and visitors can browse through them also. At the end of the season I take all the cards and I put them in a scrapbook. Well, not in A scrapbook…over the years I filled several books with the treasured photo cards, family letters, cute messages. Here are a few shots of my albums.

What are you doing for your cards this year? I spent some time perusing the Tiny Prints Christmas Card site. They have tons of beautiful cards and layouts!  They offer flat fold cards 7X5, 5.25×5.25, 9×4 AND a really cool 5.25 circle  card, a tri-fold card and folded cards in several sizes. I picked out a few of my favorites. I had a hard time only picking a few!

How adorable is this ornament card? It even includes the ribbon to tie the TWO pieces together. There are lots of options of pictures and wording. The pricing is really good if you need 100 of these. Ornament cards take a bit more time, so if you like one of the many styles of this card, please order early!

This cute tri-fold card is perfect to show case a few pictures and just right for displaying on a mantle or table top.

Tiny Prints offers Christmas Cards and Photo Cards. All cards can be created and designed by you. Pick your words. Pick your photos. Print on the front, the inside the back. It is all included in the price. You can get some cards for as low as 69 cents. Now that is a bargain. Once you get to the card site, there are filters on the left side to help you choose the design layout, how many photos, card size, theme and on and on! I hope you take some time to check out TINY PRINTS this year. You will not be disappointed. I have used them before and appreciate the quality of their work and their fast service.

Disclosure: I received a set of cards from Tiny Prints for this review. My opinions are my opinions and I happen to really like Tiny Prints. If you are on my card list this year–you will be getting a Tiny Prints card!