Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Do you wait for Black Thursday deals or do you shop all year?  Either way Close to Home is happy to share some new products we were introduced to this year.  Great gifts for guys, gals, foodies, kids and even your gifts for your pets.  We were provided promotional item for this Holiday gift guide but all the opinions expressed are 100% our own.  Happy Shopping!! We hope you will find a new product you are excited to share with family and friends.

2014 holiday gift guide

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Last Minute Gift Ideas- Murray’s Cheese Gifts

You have checked your list, even checked it twice but every year there are a few gifts that you forget.  Chances are these are the gifts that have to be mailed out or you need tomorrow. No worries I want to share with you a last minute gift ideas that is sponsored by Murray’s Cheese Gifts.  I received a crate full of delicious cheeses and acutraments to review and all my opinions are my own.  The 12 days of Christmas are upon us and many of us still have gifts to buy and most importantly delivered fast.


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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I am one of those boring moms that fills stockings excuse me requests Santa to fill our stockings with practical items. Last year we were headed out-of-town after x-mas so we had sunscreen, travel toothpaste and travel toothbrushes. You can often find me shopping for stocking stuffer ideas not in the Christmas Aisle but the cosmetic section.

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A Woman Never has too Many Bags Rockflowerpaper Review

This post about great gifts for women is sponsored by Rockflowerpaper.  All the opinions expressed are 100% my own. My husband would not agree that a woman never has too many bags.  He jokes that anytime we visit family, there is just a major shuffling of bags.  I just ignore him and think this shuffling of bags should be done with style.   Have you heard of ?

Browsing their online catalog I found so many unique and beautiful gifts for women that I would love for myself but really need to think about great gift ideas for others. 

From their Hopsack Kitchen towels, too cute to use really to their art tray and coasters you will find a design that fits any personality or decor.  I love this star fish place mat. It looks like a piece of art work.

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Paleo Cookbook and Slow Cooker Paleo Ham Recipe

There are so many different diets out there.  Low carb, low sugar, no carb just to name a few.  I have heard a lot recently about losing weight using the Paleo diet.  I was provided this about Paleo Slow Cooker  cookbook to review but all the opinions expresses are 100% my own.  We had not looked into this diet before getting this book so this is this first time I was able to get a full sense of the Paleo diet.  While I don’t think right now we will completely follow this diet we will enjoy some of these slow cooker Paleo Recipes.

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Xbox Video Games & M&M’s make great Stocking Stuffers

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are past us but that does not mean your shopping is complete. Most likely you are still looking for a few items to fit under the already stuffed tree or just some stocking stuffers. My kids are asking for the new XBOX One console. We have an old gaming system and have heard some great reviews about the features available in the XBOX that are not even close on what we have. So what do you look for in a gaming system and video games?

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Gift ideas for Dogs –Poochpax Review


Even if you dog has been naughty you want to remember them this holiday season. Subscription boxes are the rage these days, you can get kids crafts to dinners in a box delivered to your door monthly.  Chloe was the lucky recipient once again of a subscription box for Dogs.  A subscription box is a great gift ideas for dogs .This box is called the PoochPax.  Like most pet subscription boxes, you provide the size of the dog recipient and they provide a monthly box of 5-6 items for your pet. 

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How to organize recipes with Key Ingredient Recipe Reader– Holiday Gift Guide Idea


A few Christmases ago I created a family cookbook.  It was quite the process and I wish I could continually add to it but maybe one day I will make the addendum.  I have been talking with a few friends about how to organize recipes and then the The Key Ingredient Recipe Reader fell into my inbox.  I thought I would give it a try and let you know what I think.  The Key Ingredient recipe Reader is the ultimate family cookbook, allowing one to collect all recipes in one simple, easy-to-use, kitchen safe device. Unlike a traditional tablet, the reader is spill and splatter-resistant and sits right on the kitchen counter-top. (bonus my iPad mini case has food stains on it)
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Soundfreaq Soundspot Bluetooth Speakers great gift idea for tween or teen #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot bluetooth speakers t to facilitate my review on great new tech gifts for Christmas.  All the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

How do you listen to music while working? Do you wear headphones and listen off your computer or device?  How about when you are entertaining or doing chores around the house?  Do you have a traditional stereo.  God knows the day of the “BOOMBOX” are behind us.  Do you remember your first one?  I was so excited to get one with dual cassette players to make my own mixed tapes.  I apologize to those of you who do not know what a mixed tape is.. this shows my age a little. I want to introduce you to my new blogging friend, the bluetooth speaker from SoundFreaq Sound spot.

soundfreaq #soundspot #MC

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Gift Ideas for wine lovers on your list- VinoVinti and an Amazing Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This is a Sponsored post about gift ideas for wine lovers written by me on behalf of VinoVinti. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband and I love a glass of wine with dinner, I mean taco night calls for a great Merlot, grilled fish calls for a crisp Pinot Giorgio, I think you get my drift.  We love our wine and it is healthy too right?  My husband had been on the road quiet a bit this month and so I decided to make a nice dinner for us, kid friendly and prep ahead of course.  We would have a nice dinner so we could enjoy a nice glass of wine to celebrate him being home with the family.  Since it was still relatively warm outside, I thought I would grill something and chose the Barefoot Contessa’s Recipe for her super flavorful herb marinated pork tenderloin. I will share her recipe below.

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