Creative Father’s Day Celebrations + a Go Organically Fruit Snacks Giveaway

Creative Father's Day Celebrations

We’re only a few days away from Father’s Day. This year it’s time to think beyond the tie, “World’s Greatest Dad” mug, or other traditional gifts. Does Dad really need another hobby-themed tchotchke like the golf ball statue? Check out these four more creative ways to celebrate Father’s Day that Dad will be sure to love!

Idea #1 – Take a hike. What better time to head outdoors than a Sunday in June? Buy Dad a cool piece of hiking gear and attach an invitation to go hiking together that same day. (Need some ideas? Try an insulated water tumbler or an old-school compass.) To make your hike even more enjoyable, print out some Nature Bingo cards and check off items as you see them. Go scouting for squirrels, berries, ant hills, and more!

Idea #2 – Make a memory book. It’s so easy to take pictures these days and post them to social media, but Dad would love to get those precious pictures in a hard copy format. Preserve your memories by ​printing a dozen or so of your favorite family snapshots and paste theme in a mini scrapbook along with handwritten captions and mementos. Have your kids go nuts with hand-drawn artwork to make a beautiful keepsake.

Idea #3 – Have a “favorite foods” feast. What are Dad’s favorite things to eat? Make a list and make a meal out of them, even if they don’t seem to go together. Ice cream, bacon, potato chips, pizza, smoothies, Philly cheese steaks – whatever! If Dad likes it, make it for him to enjoy.

Idea #4 – Send him on a wild goose chase. Get Dad up and moving with a fun treasure hunt. Present him with a clue written on an index card, all leading to the next clue and finally to his ultimate destination – the gift! You could also include smaller gifts along with each clue as he goes.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks

No matter what you and your kids do with Dad for Father’s Day, you can all enjoy some Go Organically Fruit Snacks! These fruit snacks are sourced from USDA certified organic fruit and other ingredients to offer you the best, most authentic and delicious snacks for your family.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will receive three boxes of Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks, one of each flavor. To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 7/2/18. Good luck!

Go Organically Fruit Snacks Giveaway

Save on Summer Cookout Essentials with #SamsGrillAndChill + Sam’s Plus Membership Gift Card Giveaway

Summer cookouts are the best, aren’t they? I just love enjoying some ice cold beverages on a warm summer day and grilling up some burgers and hot dogs. Just in time for summer, Sam’s Club is offering great prices on summer cookout essentials for their members!

#SamsGrillAndChill Deals

Check out this list of #SamsGrillAndChill deals for a glimpse at just some of the products available:


And don’t forget to check your Valpak envelope to see the great member prices on other summer cookout essentials from Sam’s Club!


Sam’s Plus Membership Gift Card Giveaway

If you’re not already a Sam’s Club member, here’s a great opportunity for you! Enter the #SamsGrillAndChill giveaway for a chance to win one of ten (10) $100 Sam’s Plus membership gift cards. Good luck!

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review + Reader Giveaway

Baby monitors have certainly come a long way since I had my son nine years ago! Back then I used an audio monitor that frankly didn’t work all that well. I didn’t find much use for it, so I didn’t use a monitor at all for kids #2, #3, and #4. But when kid #5 made her appearance late last year I knew I wanted to give a video monitor a try this time around so I could keep tabs on her while I was occupied with her siblings.

So I was thrilled to try out the new easy to use and secure Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. I’m telling you, if you want a video monitor with all the bells and whistles, this is the one! This product is the first video baby monitor to use DECT technology, providing an independent closed network for up to 1500 feet of secure, interference-free range.

Aside from the extra-long range, other features include long battery life, clear night mode, pan/tilt/zoom, 2-way talk, noise reduction, lullaby and white noise and sensors + alerts for motion and room temperature.

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Features

This baby monitor is definitely an upgrade from baby monitors used in the “olden days” and even recent models! Key features include:

Experience Extra-Long Range
Powered by Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology, the video baby monitor extends up to 2x farther than comparable monitors, with interference free up to 1500 feet (more than 4 football fields!).

Enjoy a Longer Battery Life
With a long-lasting battery, you’ll have the confidence to get on with household activities while your baby naps. You can use either A/C power or rechargeable batteries to power the monitor without worrying about the battery going dead. Not to mention, battery life is 13 hours in standby mode (audio on) or 5 hours of continuous operation.

See Clearly at Night
Clear night vision allows you to easily see details, even in a pitch black environment.

Get Peace of Mind with Wide Eye View
Any movements of your baby can be captured remotely from the monitor unit with the pan, tilt and zoom functions – giving you peace of mind.

Talk to Your Baby Anytime
Equipped with a microphone and speaker for 2-way communication, you can talk to your baby by pressing and holding the “TALK” button. Keep your baby happy by talking to him or her while you’re doing chores to feel more confidence because you’re always in touch.

Clear Sound Makes it Easy to Hear What’s Going On
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor camera minimizes background noise for clear sound. Babbling, gurgling, crying or just breathing softly – whatever sounds your baby makes, you can always hear them clearly.

Customizable Smart Sensors + Alerts Function
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor includes smart sensors and alerts that let you choose what’s right for you and your baby, detecting any changes of conditions in your baby’s room. Motion, temperature and sound sensors are incorporated, with automatic notifications whenever action is required. A chime will sound to notify you, an LED will light and a notification will appear on the monitor screen.

Lullaby and White Noise
Gentle, soothing sound helps calm your baby for deeper, more restful sleep. The built-in sound generator creates a natural listening experience that relaxes babies, lulling them into a deeper and more restful sleep. Panasonic’s Baby Monitor has five types of white noise sound, in addition to lullabies.

My Thoughts

All of the features listed above are really impressive. I found the picture to be very clear and I like that the pan/tilt/zoom function allows you to scan around the room. This could be useful if you wanted to keep tabs on multiple children in the same room.

I also really liked the smart sensors for motion, temperature and sound. Sure, you might not want to know every time your baby moves or makes a noise, but if you do want to you have that option. You can either choose to receive a sound notification as well as have it appear on the screen or just have the screen light up with the notification.

Probably my favorite feature, as silly as it sounds, is the lullaby / white noise option! Setting up this monitor in my baby’s room meant that we could move the sound machine we’ve been using for her somewhere else and turn it on and off without having to enter the room while she’s sleeping and possibly wake her up. I also really liked the 2-way communication where we can talk to her to help her settle back to sleep if need be, or reassure her that we’re on our way.

I tested the range outside while my daughter was napping and found it to be tip-top. We even took a quick stroll around our cul-de-sac and the monitor never lost communication with the receiver.

All in all, I really recommend this unit. If I had one “wish” that could be fulfilled it would be that the receiver unit wouldn’t have to be plugged in to work; a backup battery option would be great. Otherwise it’s a little tricky to place the receiver as it needs to be near an outlet, which could be problematic for overnight stays outside of your home (hotels, other people’s homes, etc.). Still, that’s a small complaint in comparison with all of this monitor’s awesome features.

Where to Buy

The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor retails for $149.95 and is available to order on Panasonic.com as well as Amazon.com. Please note that it has an estimated ship date of June – July. Now through 5/31/18, use the coupon code P9P3KQZGPQ46 to save $10 when you order directly from Panasonic.com!

Reader Giveaway

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win a Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 6/4/18. Good luck!

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Giveaway

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review

Save on Crafting and Party Supplies at PaperMart.com + $20 Gift Card Giveaway!

PaperMart.com, the complete packaging supplies store, is giving you a chance to get some high-quality paper products for free! Today (Monday, April 9th) through Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 pm ET, enter to win a $20 PaperMart gift card. You can enter the giveaway by clicking here and submitting your email address at the top of the page. Ten (10) winners will be selected via a lottery drawing and notified on Monday, April 16th via email.

Whether you like to make your wrapped gifts extra special, you’ve got an upcoming party to decorate for, or you’re a small business owner looking for beautiful custom packaging, you’ll want to check out PaperMart.com for high-quality products at affordable prices.

But PaperMart.com doesn’t just sell packaging materials! Case in point: while browsing their website I found these Reusable Bags with a Pocket – aren’t they cute? You could use them as an ecological gift bag, or store them in your vehicle for grocery shopping trips. If you do use them as a gift bag, your recipient gets an EXTRA gift as they can use that bag for toting their own groceries, stashing library books or just about any carrying job.

In addition to this #SaveOnPaperMart giveaway, new customers can get 5% off their first order at PaperMart! Just use the coupon code SAVINGS5 at checkout; some exclusions apply. Offer is valid through 4/30/18.

Shop PaperMart now and enter for your chance to win a $20 PaperMart gift card!

Softer Than Brittle Review and Reader Giveaway

I’ll be honest. I have never been a big fan of old-fashioned peanut brittle. When I was a kid, peanut brittle was a BIG tradition in our family, particularly around the holidays, but not something that I ever cared for. (Which I never would have wanted to admit to my Grandma – who usually made the brittle.) Do you know what I AM a big fan of? Softer Than Brittle!

Softer Than Brittle is a unique, soft and flaky gourmet nut brittle hand-crafted from a 60-year-old family recipe. It is a “better-for-you-brittle” in that it contains no preservatives, cholesterol, dairy, or hydrogenated oil. It’s even vegan!  Not only is Softer Than Brittle super delicious, soft and flakey, it also features a clean label with just 6 or 7 basic ingredients. Easy to understand – easy to know what you’re eating.

This gourmet, nut snack is made in small batches in a copper kettle. I’m not quite sure what that kettle being made of copper adds to the process, but I have a feeling it is something good because the end result is so delicious.

Softer Than Brittle is available in four varieties: Peanut, Almond, Cashew and Pecan. While I have tried and like them all, I really love the Almond flavor. It is SO yummy!

I have been enjoying Softer Than Brittle as an afternoon snack to tide me offer between lunch and dinner, but it could be used for so many other occasions including as an office treat, taking on road trips (the resealable pouches make it perfect for that), after school snacks and more. When will YOU eat Softer Than Brittle?

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win a prize pack of all 4 varieties of Softer Than Brittle: Peanut, Almond, Cashew and Pecan. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/16/18. Good luck!

Softer Than Brittle Giveaway