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Thank you for your interest in the December to Remember Giveaway Hop. This giveaway hop is brought to you by The Hopping

Bloggers and hosted by Mama Smith’s & Women and Their Pretties. Please read thoroughly and sign up using the linky below.

Date: December 6th – 20th, 2016
Star Time: 12/6/16 – 12:00 am EST • 12/5 – 9:00 pm PST
End Time: 12/20/16– 11:59 pm EST • 8:59 pm PST
Hashtag: #DecemberToRemember | #TheHoppingBloggers

Giveaway Hop Details

  • This Giveaway Hop will run from December 6th, 2016 {12:00 am EST} through December 20th, 2016 {11:59 pm EST}.
  • Each blog in this Event will have at least 1 prize per winner. You may have more than 1 prize but you may have only 1 spot on the linky per blog.
  • Each blogger is responsible for obtaining his/her own prize. Prizes can be sponsored or self-sponsored.
  • This is an OPEN themed Event – but your prize should be family friendly!
  • To sign up for this FREE Event, add your blog name and e-mail address to the linky below.
  • Please let us know in a timely manner if you are unable to participate in the hop.
  • Prize minimum value of $15 please.
  • Your giveaway must include proper disclosure and be FTC compliant.
  • Please follow the TOS of a particular social media when adding your entries. If you are unsure whether or not an entry follows the TOS of a specific network then please see below:
  1. Google+ Contests and Promotions Policy
  2. Facebook Promotions Guidelines
  3. YouTube’s contest policies and guidelines

PAID OPTION: For a $10 fee you can co-host this event.You will receive:

  • Be listed as a “co-host” for this event and be in the first 10 of the giveaway linkup.
  • A link to your blog will be included in the opening paragraph listed on everyone’s giveaway.
  • Limited spots available! There are only 8 spots – first come, first served. Once these are full, the Google Form will stop accepting submissions.
  • You will need to be sure to report your link BY December 3rd at 11:59 am EST to ensure your spot on the linkup. Any late links and links with issues will be moved to the bottom of the linky when we go live, and then removed after 24 hours if not fixed.
  • Sign up here to be a co-host: http://goo.gl/forms/mRrIBDZZNVozbXD72
  • Co-hosts must post the giveaway hop signup announcement on their blog. You can find the announcement HTML by clicking here.

Blogger Requirements

  • Please join our Facebook Group “The Hopping Bloggers” which is dedicated to this Event and all upcoming Events. A lot of information and reminders will be shared there. You can also opt to sign up for our newsletter HERE so you do not miss an event.
  • After sign ups end, an email with HTML code will be sent to each blogger. This HTML must be posted in your Giveaway Post.
  • Your giveaway post must be live by 12:01 am EST on December 6th, 2016 or you risk removal from the hop linkup.
  • In that email there will also be a Google Form where you will need to submit your scheduled post’s URL – First Come, First Serve style – meaning the sooner you submit your link, the higher up you are on the Giveaway Hop Linkup (unless you are a paid co-host).
  • Please keep your giveaway at 1 or 2 easy mandatory entries. There is no limit on extra entries.
  • Sign-Ups will close on November 28th, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • While promoting use the hop hashtag as well as #TheHoppingBloggers.

To sign up for this Event, add your information in the Linky Below!


Please include your Blog Name as the “Name” along with the link to your blog homepage. This is just the sign up. You do not need to know the giveaway you will feature yet, but start thinking about it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Bloggers@TheHoppingBloggers.com.

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Disclosure: I received free product in order to do a review of Eshakti. All opinions are mine (and Colleen’s).


This is a guest post by my beautiful friend Colleen. I have had the chance to review some clothes from Eshakti before, and I am a plus size woman. That’s pretty obvious in my picture, I’m pretty sure. But did you guys realize that Eshakti is not just for plus size women? Well, I thought it would be a neat idea to have a guest post written by my very petite friend Colleen for Eshakti, so following is what she had to say about the experience.

Who doesn’t like the feel of their own skin? Now you can feel like you’re in your own skin with E-Shakti. It’s a new way to feel your clothing is really made for you. With hundreds of items to shop, be sure to browse the full selection. When you have selected your feature item, a simple measurement process walks you through what is needed to tailor the desired item to your fit.

Entering these measurements takes only a few minutes in the privacy of your own home. With just your time and your effort, you can open the door to a closet filled with clothing that not only feels good and looks good, but also fits good. Say goodbye to all those mis-shapen too tight here, too loose there mis-fit garments filling your wardrobe. Now you can choose the type of sleeve, the type of neckline, length of the hem, and additional features with Eshakti.

It’s not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good. The fit of your clothes is what makes you FEEL good. The E-shakti measurement process provides the specialized fit that makes you feel beautiful.


In an Eshakti dress, you’ll look good from EVERY angle!

Most of us just buy clothes off the rack. But the way to really make yourself stand out, is to get a tailored fit. In the past that wasn’t available for everyone. But now you can get the celebrity treatment with tailor made clothing from Eshakti and it’s fast, easy, and affordable.

I think she did a pretty good job for her very first review. What do you think? By now, you’ll be wanting to check out Eshakti for yourself, and I don’t blame you. Well the good news is that you can get $40 OFF your first order when you shop at www.eShakti.com.

I adore Ehakti! It’s great for plus size women or women who are petite, like my friend. For my previous review of Eshakti on a plus size frame (mine), click here.

Have you tried Eshakti? What did you think? Leave me a comment about your experiences in the description.

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Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


Every parent wants their child to be healthy. With the food that we have access to nowadays, it’s tough to make sure your child is getting everything they need. We live a fast-paced, harried existence and that means our kids, just like most of us, miss out on their vitamins. Well, since all kids have to eat something, why not make sure they get their vitamins?

MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders are one way to make sure your kid gets your vitamins. It’s one more thing you can do as a parent to help your child besides giving them fruit and veggies, which most children don’t get enough of. So when I was given the chance to review the MegaFood Daily B-Centered, Kids Daily Multi, and Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powders I jumped at the chance. To be honest, this might not have been something I would have really been excited about a few months ago. However, over the summer I read a book that changed the way I think about nutrition this summer. Now, I am looking for more and more ways to give my family the best nutrition possible.

While we haven’t tried ALL of the powders yet, we have had some. And I saw ‘we’ because I tried them too. Each of the jars comes with a little scoop inside that you use to measure out a serving with.



Both my son and I have taken the Kids Daily Immune because I wanted him to take it when he was exposed to pink eye. I wanted to make sure that his body had the best chance possible of not getting the virus or, if he did get it, that it wouldn’t be too severe.

I took some of it myself a couple of days ago. I had a bad day eating, and so I took a serving (well two scoops) of one of his powders in order to get some nutrients into my body to keep my body from going too crazy from the bad food I’d put in it. I can see myself taking this every once in a while. It’s not too bad to drink. I drank mine in just a little hot water to dissolve it. I put it in about 3 tablespoons of hot water and drank it straight up.

There are recipes you can use to hide the booster powder for your children. I would recommend you give it a shot if you want a way to help your child get more nutrition in their diet. My little boy LOVES smoothies that we make at home. I mix strawberries, raspberries, banana, peaches, and orange juice and he will drink a full cup and ask for more. It’s kind of like a special treat to him. I try to do that once or twice a week because I can be sure that on those days he’ll get his servings of fruit. This would be a great way to get the MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders into your child’s diet.

I think my little guy prefers to just drink the booster mixes straight up, like me. I let him have a little honey on his tongue after taking them and tell him to think of them as medicine that his body needs to function at its best. That’s what works for us. He will not take them mixed in with something else that he likes. For him he prefers to just drink it and be done. I tend to agree.

You can find more information about these powders on the MegaFood site, and you can buy them on Amazon.

Have you ever tried these powders? What do you think of hiding nutrients in food that your kid likes? Leave me a comment below.


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Have you ever made a mess of a recipe? C’mon, man (or woman)! You probably have at least once. What about two recipes? No? Just me? Well that’s okay. I was able to salvage two recipes into one surprisingly delicious recipe that works like it was always supposed to be this way and it’s pretty alkaline thanks to the almond butter, almonds, and whole wheat flour. I’m calling it my, “Oops I did it again!” cookie pie because it is a result of two recipes going awry.

Before I can even tell you how to do it, let me link to both of the recipes that I botched to get my one, delicious recipe. The first recipe was found here, and it is for candied pecan almond butter cookies. If you don’t like candied pecans, I’m not sure you are someone I can have a close friendship with. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. This was the second recipe that I botched.

The first recipe that I botched was a simple caramel recipe. Now I’ve made caramels before with my husband’s help. It’s great to do it as a two person thing when you aren’t too familiar with making it. For some reason I thought I could handle it on my own so I just did it by myself. Well, while you’re stirring the caramel, it’s a good idea to have the recipe beside you so you know the temperature to cook them to. I thought you were supposed to cook them to soft ball phase but you actually are supposed to make them to hard ball phase. Oops! So I called them soft ball caramels and they were really, really delicious. They are caramel, just really soft. Here’s where I got the original recipe.

These types of caramels are good for spreading on top of something (chocolate, bread, vegetables, whatever). I put some of the caramel on top of a layer of chocolate and then put home roasted, freshly picked peanuts on top of that with a sprinkle of salt and then coated it all with chocolate. They were the best candy I’ve ever eaten. Seriously. But that’s a recipe for another day.

Today, I am giving you a recipe that is botched to perfection. Trust me on this one.

“Oops I did it again” cookie pie


  • 5-6 soft ball caramels (using this recipe taken to just the soft ball phase) OR 8 0r 9 store bought caramels
  • Candied almonds

    • 1/3 cup of raw cane sugar
    • 1 cup almonds


    • 1 cup salted butter, browned
    • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 2/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup almond butter
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
    • 1/2 bag of miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp butter (set aside- not to be mixed into the cookie pie)


    Prep time: 5
    Bake time:15 min
    Serves: 8-10


    1. Melt the cane sugar on medium heat until it starts to bubble. Add your almonds and mix well. Then, pour them out onto a plate to cool.
    2. Mix your dry ingredients: both flours, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
    3. Heat your butter on medium to medium high until it melts. Keep stirring and heating it until the butter starts to brown. The solids in the butter are what brown but watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. Once it is nicely browned, pour it into a container to cool slightly.
    4. Combine slightly cooled butter and both granulated and brown sugar. Mix until they are fully incorporated.
    5. Add the almond butter to the sugars and butter mixture.
    6. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
    7. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time until they are all mixed in. Don’t over mix! Just mix until they come together.
    8. Chop your almonds into smaller pieces, and add them and chocolate to the bowl. Again, just mix until all is incorporated.
    9.  Place mixture in wax paper and form into a loaf. Pour the tablespoon of oil over the top and rub it in. Then, fold the wax paper closed and put the whole thing into the refrigerator for 3 – 4 hours.
    10. Grease an 8 or 9 inch cake pan. Press the dough into the pan as evenly as possible. The dough will be kind of crumbly, but that’s okay.
    11. Spread 1 tbsp of butter over the top of your pie. Then, take the caramels and stretch them out or chunk them up into bits and place on top of the pie. They will melt in the oven so it’s not necessary to cover every inch of the pie.
    12. Place in an oven preheated to 375 degrees and bake for 15 minutes until caramel is melted. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!

    Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

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