Jingle Jam Giveaway Event featuring Teach My and Petit Jean Meats {OVER}

Christmas giveaway hop

The Jingle Jam Giveaway Hop is here, hosted byMamaNYC and Cheap Is The *New* Classy! This giveaway event is to kickoff the holiday season with a bang. Let’s get ready to jingle and jam with some amazing prizes! This event will run from December 1-15th, so you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways! Good luck and Happy Holidays!

We have TWO prizes to give away!

Prize #1 – Teach My… Kit – open to US and Canada

Winner will be able to select the Teach My… kit they want….  Teach My  Baby, Toddler, or Preschooler Kit


Prize #2 – Petit Jean Meats Deluxe Gift Box – US only

Perfect for the holidays as a gift or special treat for your family!  Petit Jean Meats’ Deluxe Gift Box contains a 3.5 lb EZ Carve Hickory Smoked Ham, Arkansas Style Smoke Sausage, Hickory Smoked Bacon, and Summer Sausage.

deluxe gift box

Mary S. & April Y. are the lucky winners!  Congratulations!

Crazy Christmas Giveaway Hop featuring Canvas4Life {OVER}

The Crazy Christmas Giveaway Hop is here, hosted by GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! and Planet Weidknecht.  During the Holidays, things can get crazy, but we are here to help you take a break and win some great prizes!! Each blog is sponsoring a giveaway of at least $25 value. So, join the crazy and Have Fun!!

Life With Captain Fussybuckets, along with Canvas4Life, gave away one 16×20 canvas print and Kimberly B. was the lucky winner!  


Make a Memory Last with Canvas4Life

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I am a lover of pictures.  I love to find new ways to display them, too, beyond the typical framed picture, which I already have way too many of.  We needed a great family picture taken and when we were offered a Canvas4Life canvas to review, I immediately knew I wanted a family picture on a canvas.  The only hard part in the whole process was taking a great picture with two independent little boys!

While on a family vacation to visit our family in Oklahoma, my dad took this picture:


Yeah, Baby D is eating and the Captain is scratching his ear and looking mischievous and none of us match, but well, that’s our family!  I really like this picture and I knew it would be perfect for a canvas from Canvas4Life in our home!  It was super easy to upload the picture to the website, pick the different coatings and depths, order it, and then, it arrived quickly at our house, all ready to be hung on our wall!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the canvas or the friendliness of the peope I worked with at Canvas4Life.  You can really tell they care about their customers and aim to please.

Here is a side view of the canvas, just to see the depth, which was 1.5″:


Canvas4Life uses genuine HP Vivera quality inks that are guaranteed to last OVER 75 years!  As long as we keep the canvas out of heavy sunlight and away from heavy moisture, it should last for a lifetime.

The canvas that we ordered is 16″x20″ and sells for $78.99.  Canvas4Life is generously giving our readers a 20% off discount with code “CaptFussy20” at the Canvas4Life checkout.  The code is case sensitive and expires on December 14, 2012.  You can also follow Canvas4Life on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about new products and coupons!

Order Petit Jean Meats for a Delicious Gift!

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We were introduced to Petit Jean Meats earlier in the year and we were impressed with everything about them, but most importantly, the taste!  Every single product that we’ve tried from Petit Jean Meats has been absolutely delicious.  Recently, we were sent the Deluxe Gift Box to review and again, we were not disappointed!  The Deluxe Gift Box contains a 3.5 lb EZ Carve Hickory Smoked ham, Arkansas style smoked sausage, Hickory smoked bacon, and Summer Sausage.

deluxe gift box

We had the bacon with homemade waffles one night and it was a perfect breakfast for dinner meal!  The hubby commented on how delicious the bacon was.  Petit Jean Meats have a high standard for their meats and you can tell with each bite of everything!

Next, we cooked the ham and took it to Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a hit!  Everyone was asking what brand of ham it was and where they could get their own.  It truly was a perfect ham and it was all gone by the end of the night.

The boys in the family are big sausage fans, in any form.  We all like smoked sausage but the boys really love summer sausage with crackers.  This makes a great snack or even a meal for my guys.

summer sausage

Petit Jean

The Deluxe Gift Box would make a perfect gift for any pork lover on your Christmas list….whether it’s a teacher, minister, grandparents, or anyone, really, it’s a great gift!  And it has been proven in our family to be a great addition to the holidays.  You can serve the ham for Christmas dinner, bacon and sausage for breakfast, and the summer sausage with cheese and crackers for a yummy appetizer!

It’s simple to order at the Petit Jean website.  Right now, Petit Jean is offering FREE Ground Shipping, so this makes it even sweeter!  The Deluxe Gift Box sells for only $50, which really is a steal for the exceptional quality and quantity of meats!  And while you’re there, check out all the other amazing food they have!


Connect with Petit Jean Meats on Twitter and Facebook.

Holidays are Delicious with Mrs. Smith’s Deep Dish Pies {OVER}

This post brought to you by Mrs. Smith’s. All opinions are 100% mine.


On Thanksgiving, we were able to try the new Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies!  Each of these delicious pies came with a topping/icing packet for a variation on the traditional pie.  The first pie I cooked on the day before Thanksgiving.  It was a Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing and it was delicious!  I personally preferred it without the icing, but the hubby is a cream cheese fan and he really liked it.  It was good to have the option.

pumpkin pie

On Thanksgiving, I cooked the Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce.  The pie came with a streusel topping and it was so easy to prepare, and it came out beautiful:

Dutch Apple Pie

We then cooked the Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce and Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing, all ready for Thanksgiving dinner!

The Mrs. Smith’s Deep Dish Pies were delicious, easy to make, and a great addition to our meal.


Would you like to try a Mrs. Smith’s Deep Dish pie for your holiday (or any other!) meal?  We’re giving away a coupon for a free Mrs. Smith’s pie of your choice PLUS a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma!  To enter, just leave a blog post comment for each of the following entries.  (No entry is mandatory, but the more you answer, the more chances you have to win!)


  • Which pie would you like to try the most?
  • What would you buy if you won the Williams-Sonoma card?
  • Follow Mrs. Smith’s on Facebook (leave your Facebook name for verifcation)
  • Follow Mrs. Smith’s on Pinterest (leave your Pinterest name for verification)
  • Follow Life With Captain Fussybuckets in any way:  Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Giveaway will end at midnight on December 10th, 2012.  A winner will be randomly selected using random.org, verified, emailed, and given 48 hours to respond.  Good luck!


Emma H. is the lucky winner!

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OcuFresh Products – Great Stocking Stuffers!

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I’ve always had a hard time finding stocking stuffers that people will actually use, but now I have a great idea!  OcuFresh products are a great gift and a great way to take care of your eyes.  We received these OcuFresh products to try:


  • Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops refresh and moisten lenses and helps remove particles from the contact lenses that cause irritation and discomfort.  They’re for use with daily wear and extended wear soft contact lenses.  I like these drops because it’s a quick way to “refresh” my contacts and eyes if they’re feeling dry or if there is something in my eye.  They’re preservative free and safe to use daily.  They come in single use droppers so you can keep some at work or in your bag when you’re out Christmas shopping.
  • Optics Mini Drops are good for non-contact wearers.  They relieve eye dryness, lubricate the eyes, and protect against irritation.  They’re safe for the whole family and can be used as often as needed.
  • Optics OcuSave is a vitamin and mineral supplement for your eyes.  Just one soft gel a day may help prevent or slow progression of the natural degeneration of your eyes and reduces the risk of cataracts.  OcuSave contains essential vitamins and minerals like lutein and zeaxanthin that support ocular nutrition.
  • OcuFresh Eye Wash safely and quickly cleanses out dirt, irritants, chlorinated water, or other loose foreign materials.  It can be used when urgent care is needed.  It is also good for daily use to remove pollen, irritants, or dirt that cause discomfort in your eyes.  It is preservative free and helps soothe burning, itching, and stinging eyes.

Look for these products at a store or drugstore near you and give a gift that someone can really use this holiday season!

BeginAgain Toys – No Batteries Required, Just Fun and Imagination!

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BeginAgain makes toys that are simple, yet amazing, and inspire children to learn and use their imaginations for play.  BeginAgain toys never use batteries or electronics, use plant based materials whenever possible, and reduce and recycle, as well.  Their toys are durable and encourage playing together!

We were sent these Safari Buddy Blocks to review.  They come in a little box that fits all four blocks.  Each side is printed with a part of the animal, and the child arranges the blocks to make a picture of a Safari animal.  It’s a cute little puzzle that requires kids to use their brains!

BeginAgain Toys

I love these animals, they’re adorable!


Baby D really enjoyed these blocks and there are so many things to do with them, like stack them!


BuddyBlocks come in safari, farm, or backyard animals and sell for $13 each.

We were also sent these super cute PushArounds Duck and Dog:

BeginAgain Toys

The boys LOVED these PushArounds!  So much so that I couldn’t get a good picture of them playing with them.  They’re made for younger children, but the boys loved zooming them around the floor, having races with them, and having good old fashioned FUN!  The PushArounds are made with natural rubber and Rubberwood and are priced at $13 each.

You can purchase the Buddy Blocks and the PushArounds on the BeginAgain Toys website in the “Beginner” collection.  Check out all the awesome toys that BeginAgain has to offer!  Connect with BeginAgain on Twitter and Facebook, too!


BeginAgain is giving one Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader their own BuddyBlocks puzzle and two PushArounds!  Giveaway ends at 11:01 PM, central time, on December 10, 2012.

 Eg K. is the lucky winner!

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Tree

We put up our Christmas tree and the Captain loved decorating it!


Find Fun, Unique Gifts at HearthSong

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Toys are everywhere this time of year.  I’m already tired of seeing the latest action figure and doll commercials, and we’re not even in to December yet!  My boys love toys that are new, exciting, and are more than your everyday toy you can find at the local store.  That’s where HearthSong comes in!  HearthSong has “toys you’ll feel good about giving.”  It’s true, HearthSong has fun, unique, meaningful toys for every child on your Christmas list.

HearthSong’s website is very easy to navigate to find the perfect gift.  And it’s not just toys…they have costumes, clothes, decor, and more.  You can shop by age or interest.  For instance, the Captain LOVES music, so I searched for “music” toys and came up with a huge number of musical intstruments and fun musical items.  He has a love for marching bands and has asked for a trumpet since LAST Christmas, so we got him a Bontempi trumpet for kids from HearthSong for his birthday.  He absolutely loves it and was beyond thrilled that he got what he wanted.

The trumpet has four keys and a guide on the back of the box for how to play certain songs and notes.  He and Baby D both love to “play” it and pretend they’re in the band.  Soon he should be able to really start playing it, but for now, this is the fun and pretending he loves.



The trumpet looks real, but it is made of plastic.  I was worried about the durability of the trumpet but the boys have played with it a LOT in the past few weeks and it’s still as good as new.  It should last awhile in this house.  For less than $20, I’d call that a great deal!

Connect with HearthSong on Twitter and Facebook for news and special deals!

Our Romantic Gondola Cruise from Cloud 9 Living


Cloud 9 Living is an experience gift company based in Boulder, Colorado.  The idea behind Cloud 9 Living is the concept of gifting experiences rather than material items.  They have 1,700 experiences in 43 regions in the USA.

My hubby and I were given the opportunity to experience a gondola cruise from Cloud 9 Living in Irving, Texas.  Specifically, the company running the gondola cruise was Gondola Adventures, but all of the planning goes through Cloud 9 Living.  This is great because whatever it is that you want to gift, Cloud 9 Living does everything for you.  I was able to select the date and time that I wanted to take the gondola cruise, and the friendly customer service representative told me all about the cruise, what options I had, special add-ons, etc.  I was able to request a bottle of sparkling apple cider and chocolates for the cruise.

When the hubby and I arrived, the gondolier helped us into the gondola, served our sparkling cider and chocolates, and answered any questions we had.  Here's a picture of him pouring our sparkling cider:

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It was a cool day, so he had already prepared blankets in our gondola, which came in handy:

Cloud 9 living

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The view from the gondola was simply beautiful.  The gondolier would tell us about the different buildings and little tidbits about the different attractions.

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cloud 9 living

cloud 9 living

The sun started setting on our gondola cruise, which made everything that much more beautiful.  The gondolier stopped mid-cruise to take our picture for us:

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cloud 9 living

cloud 9 living

This was a fabulous experience!  It was peaceful, romantic, and just FUN to have a different experience like the gondola cruise.  Our gondolier was friendly and aimed to please.  I could not have been more happy with the whole Cloud 9 Living experience from start to finish.  

This would make a wonderful gift for someone special in your life or a special couple that you know, with memories to last a lifetime.  All you do is go online to Cloud 9 Living, pick the experience, purchase it and then present your recipient(s) with the custom gift pack or email certificate, and then they can book the time they'd like to have their special experience!  And if you're not into the romantic gondola cruise, there are many options to choose from such as:  golf lesson with a PGA pro, drive a stock car, food tour, tandem skydiving, massages, biplane thrill ride, hot air balloon ride, and much MUCH more!

Connect with Cloud 9 Living on Pinterest, G+, Twitter, and Facebook.