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DIY Vanilla Bean Gift Set

Do It Yourself Homemade Vanilla Gifts

I’ve developed over 25 recipes for the Living Litehouse Blog, so this post is a little different, focusing more on how to reuse Litehouse’s pourable dressing bottles. I’m always looking for thoughtful and homemade gifts and this DIY Vanilla Bean Gift set is the perfect homemade gift for hostesses or foodies- especially with Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up before we know it!

DIY Vanilla Bean Gift Set includes homemade:

Vanilla Extract

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

You can view all of my instructions on the Living Litehouse blog: DIY Vanilla Gift Set with Reusable Jars.

Homemade Vanilla Kit Gift with  Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup and French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Fall Family Selfie

Fall Family Selfie

Fall is here! From here on out, the weather in Iowa will only get colder and I’m sure snow will be on it’s way. We have a beautiful day today in the low 60′s so we are taking advantage of it before the weather gets too cold.

We have our fall decorations out: big, beautiful mums, a fall wreath and pumpkins. We decided to take a fall family selfie on our front porch with the warm sun shining, to show you guys how easy it is to enter a #SuaveFamilySelfie prize pack. Here are the details!

Enter for a chance to win a #SuaveFamilySelfie Prize Pack

Enter for a chance to win a Suave® Fall Family Selfie prize pack by snapping a photo of you and your family living beautifully outdoors and posting it to Instagram.

Step 1: Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

Step 2: Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

Step 3: Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

*To get your Instagram link visit instagram.com, log in, and find the link to your photo. It will be in the format of http://instagram.com/p/YOURPHOTOID.

*To retrieve the link from your Instagram mobile app, go to your profile picture on the app, click the “…” in the bottom right hand corner, and then select “Copy Share URL”.

Enter the sweepstakes weekly to increase your chance of winning. Each week 6 new winners will be drawn to receive a $175 Walmart prize pack.

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Suave and Lunchbox.

Inspire Future Girl Innovators with GoldieBlox

GoldieBlox and the Parade Float

The thing that first caught my when I saw GoldieBlox online was the diversity in characters on the boxes. I am always looking for toys, dolls and books that represent my children, because all children deserve to see reflections of themselves. There is not enough diversity in toys, TV, movies and books and I was excited to find a cool toy with beautiful Black girl on the cover. In a world were only 2% of scientists and engineers are Black women, I am proud to support GoldieBlox who’s goal is to inspire future innovators in a field with gender inequality.

GoldieBlox will inspire a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous, and tech-savvy. Gender equality in engineering and tech will provide the balance and innovation we all need to thrive; the female perspective is not only valuable, but critical.


GoldieBlox is an interactive book series and set of construction toys for girls. Priscilla is the girliest of girls you will ever meet. Don’t let the engineering aspect of these toys fool you into thinking your little girl might not be interested. The characters, the colors and the cute diary in the new GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit all immediately drew her in and she was excited to start building.

GoldieBlox Engineering Toy for Girls

She first decided to build the Zephyr Derby Racer and I was surprised at how quick she built it. I just love the diary of Goldie the inventor that doubles as an instruction manual to build all of these amazing toys that actually move and spin.

On to the building of the tea cup ride! Building toys from scratch and seeing the car tires move and the tea cup ride spin will give girls so much confidence that they can do anything.


GoldieBloxs’ new fall products are now available for presale including the GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit that Priscilla loved. These would be such great gifts as we start heading into the holiday season. More information about each of these products are below!

GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit ($59.99) GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit is the ultimate expansion pack for the most adventurous innovator! With more than 190 pieces, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit offers hours of fun and endless possibilities.

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine ($29.99) GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story + construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled.

GoldieBlox Action Figure ($24.99) For the first time ever, Goldie comes to life as an action figure! More than just a doll, her articulated shoulders, hips, knees and joints along with specially designed hands and feet are designed for action. With the included construction kit, kids learn how to build Goldie a 13’ zipline and send her soaring!

GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit

I am so excited to be able to offer a giveaway of both the GoldieBlox and The Builder’s Survival Kit and the GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine to inspire one of your future innovators!

GoldieBlox Giveaway

GoldieBlox Prize Pack!

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