Friday, October 18, 2019

FREE Noxicare Sample Pack

I've been using Noxicare for a number of years to help relieve pain and inflammation of my fibromyalgia and arthritis. The last few years especially has been hard as I'm having more issues with my joints stiffening up and my muscles cramping more. I'm also having more issues with restless leg syndrome and while my chiropractor does help immensely Noxicare seems to take it to the next level. A couple of years ago I took my tube to the massage therapist when my back was really bothering me and while Diane was doing her thing she tried a bit of the cream on her shoulders and she commented later that she noticed her shoulder muscles relaxed and she wasn't expecting it to work as quickly (if at all) right away.

Noxicare is a pain cream formulated with willow bark, holy basil, rosemary extact, Alpha Lipoic Acids, ginger and Boswellia extract. No prescription is needed. It is designed to help alleviate inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain. There are no known side effects - what I HAVE noticed is that suddenly I will notice a decrease in the deep ache that I am feeling.  Learn more about how it works here.

Noxicare is offering a FREE 5ml Noxicare sample pack with free shipping as well. Click here to orders yours today.  This is a nice size to keep in your backpack or purse.

Disclaimer: I did not receive anything for posting this announcement.

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New review for Christmas in Newfoundland Memories and Mysteries by Mike Martin is coming Nov 20th. We will be participating in the Blog Tour for Pump Up Your Book.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Honey apple crisp ~ Yum!

Today I thought I'd share a favorite desert. It's based on a recipe for Apple Goodie my aunt once made when we went to her house for desert and games and I've tweaked it to make it my own.

When I was growing up my mom only cooked with honey. Now, I can't stand the taste of honey on it's own but add some apples, cinnamon and oats and it makes a awesome Apple Crisp. Add some caramel and whip cream or vanilla ice cream and it tastes like heaven. This recipe doesn't need to be adjusted - this is the recipe I personally use when making Honey Apple Crisp.

There are a couple things to remember when cooking with honey.
1) Lower the oven temperature 25 degrees
2) Use half the amount of the sugar in a recipe if you are using sugar. So, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar then use a 1/2 cup of honey. Simple.

Honey Apple Crisp
3 cups apples, sliced (I don't peel it but you can if you want)
1/2 cup honey
1 Tb flour
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Mix together and put into a 9x9" pan.

3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup flour
1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup melted butter (or margarine)

Mix together completely and crumble over the apple mixture in the pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

This recipe is pretty sweet and rich. If you'd like to adjust the amount of sugar feel free to. This has already been adjusted as it had a LOT of sugar to start with and this is less than 1/2 of what was originally called for.


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Friday, October 4, 2019

Stocktober ~ a GyspySpoonful tradition

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Stocktober Fest has arrived! Snag amazing savings on the GS site today on all types of ready to ship, in stock items. We're moving it ALL OUT at deeply discounted prices to make way for our holiday inventory. Start your holiday shopping NOW ~ it's only 82 days until Christmas...

Plus, we'll even ship it to the US for no extra charge. The price you see is the price you pay.

My shop, Natural Therapy Packs has a variety of items such as fall/halloween coasters, water bottle carriers for kiddos, travel pillows and so on @

See everything @

An example of some of the discounts:
1) NaturalTherapyPacks (misc) is 10-30% off for travel pillows, seasonal coasters, water bottle carriers, etc.
2) MeeshesPieces aprons are 30% off
3) Barbs Yarn Gallery has scarves, hats, lovies and phone covers 20-57% off
4) Yves Treasure Shoppe - use coupon code: October10 for 10% off everything not currently discounted in her shop
5) Just Bobbin Along: has 9-20% off on keyfobs, blankets, etc
6) Forest of Jewels: has several pieces of jewelry on sale. Use coupon code: WelcomeOctober for 10% off everything not currently discounted in her shop.
7) Goosie Girl is the founder of the GypsySpoonful Market community and very tallented. She creates fascinators, hair bows, and many other things perfect for pictures, pageants, Halloween, holidays, etc. Her discount is approximately 10-35% off.
8) A Crafty Mama Co is offering 50% off instant downloads as well as some markdowns. Your coupon code for the downloads is: id50stocktober
9) Scrapper's Snips & Stitches - most of the shops inventory is on sale. The majority is 40% or more off.
10) Simply the Glitter - many pieces of jewelry are marked 10% off
11) Lace and Sneakers - Entire store is marked down 25-50%.

Disclaimer: These discounts are provided by the owners of these handmade shops. I am not an affiliate and do not receive anything for sharing except from sales in my own shop @ NaturalTherapyPacks. Thank you for reading GivingNSharing2.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Classic Storybook: The Monsters Monster

I thought I'd share one of my favorite storybooks tonight. It's an older book from 2012 - it's so much fun to read this book and get into character. I usually end up making my throat very sore and scratchy about half way thru. I love this book!

This fun story is about 3 little monsters who learn about manners, courtesy, respect and kindness from a surprising source. The "big, bad" monster that they created all by themselves. This story is well worth investing in the hardback book - you will be reading it over and over and over again.

The Monsters' Monster
by Patrick McDonnel
$ 4.79 (Thriftbooks, used copy)
$ 17.09 (Amazon hardback) $15.57 (paperback)

Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.

Monster Crafts and Activities:
1. Paperbag monsters
2. Papercone monsters by Easy Peasy and Fun
3. 20 crazy easy monster crafts by Brooklyn Farm Girl
4. Monster Math Games by The Measured Mom
5. Monster Music & Songs

Reading App: Teach Your Monster to Read
This is the program that Gianna loves to play. She began playing this at around 3.5 and at 5.5 is almost all the way through the game. She is only allowed to play it in the car while we are picking up kids from school so it's pretty limited. She began reading just after her 4th birthday and I think this game is a big reason why she began reading so early (along with all the reading we've done together, sesame street and the one on one I've done helping her). It's available on most electronic devices: Laptop, Computer, Kindle, Ipad and Android devices. Learn more here.

Disclaimer: This review is based on a book I have in my personal collection and read to my daycare kiddos. I think I actually love it even more than they do! No money exchanged hands and I received this book to review about 7 years ago from the publisher or maybe the author. At this point I don't remember. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Changes are a comin...

I've come to a realization or two in the 5 weeks since I closed my daycare doors and began working for someone else:

Most importantly, I had forgotten how difficult it is working for someone else.

Wow! Currently (as of the last 5 weeks) I am working as a courier. I like the job for the most part. It's easy and it's nice meeting new people. But the boss doesn't pay on time (always a day late), he takes his stress out on the drivers. I don't handle conflict well and his screaming and yelling at us has been really difficult to get used to. And the cars we are driving weren't safe at all when I started. I very nearly quit when the van I was driving wouldn't stay running and died when I had 2 cars and a semi on my tail on F Street. Then he put me in another car that was worse. I was actually told to not turn the car off until I got back to the office because it wouldn't start again. I called mom and asked her to begin praying - these cars are not safe.

This job will likely only be for the next week or two. Thank heavens. I want a job where I feel valued and like I'm making a difference. Being a courier is ultra easy and like I said I like the customers for the most part. But when you have a question on how to handle something (and no one has told you and you've never picked up something for them) you shouldn't get put down and torn apart.

Hopefully I will have great news in the next week or so. If so, I will be moving out of state mid October and starting a new chapter in my life. 

Thanks for listening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Welcome to the NEW GivingNSharing blog. Creatively known as GivingNSharing 2. Lol

This blog will be dedicated to handmade and my thoughts and ideas whether it's handmade, reviews, interviews with other handmade artists and possibly more. I actually intended to originally combine GivingNSharing 1 with the new version but for some reason I'm getting a error message so needed to make up another one.

I'm looking forward to seeing old and new friends in this blog. As most of you know reading is a passion of mine and sharing literacy with families around the world is so very important. I found this neat quote online by Joy J Golliver and it fits my passion so well:

"The meaning of life is to find your gift
    The purpose of life is to give it away."
~ Joy J Golliver

So, remember whether you are reading to your child, spending time with a dear friend or helping a handmade artist support their family you can make a difference in their life by the time you give & the love you share.

You can find me on social media by clicking on the links in the right column in the Welcome section. As many of you know I'm nearly always available. I'm working as a courier now so mostly I will be answering after 3 pm or weekends. =D 

Thanks, Tina