50% Off 18-Inch Christmas Stockings 3-Piece Set

For many people, Christmas time is the happiest time of the year. All of the family celebrations, dinners, gatherings, and festive decorations just seem to put everyone in good spirits. One of the most famous Christmas decorations are stockings. When my kids were small, we’d fill their Christmas stockings with sweet treats and small toys and this is what my parents did for my brother and I as well when we were small. This Christmas, if you're in need of some new stockings for whatever reason, I have a great deal for you. At IcyDeals, you'll find an adorable 3-piece Christmas stocking set that features Santa Claus, a snowman, and a cute little reindeer. Each stocking measure 18 inches in length and they are made of 100% polyester. Just think of all the goodies these stockings will be able to hold. 

You can purchase this adorable Christmas stockings set for $14.99 here:   https://dealspotr.com/go/qLL4V. And if you use my promo code ANGIESUE43 at checkout, you'll receive an additional 50% off!

What do you plan to fill these stockings with for Christmas?

Deal on Trendy Boots For Winter

The Visvim Blackstone Moc Toe Folk Boot made GQ's list of one of the best winter boots to wear this season. They even speculate that even John Mayer may even own a pair. GQ goes on to say that these boots are "made from exceptionally supple leather, packed with subtle workwear detailing, and most importantly, they're sturdy enough to see you through the most brutal winter." Sounds great until you find out that these boots retail for a whopping $1,789. If you don't happen to have John Mayer type of cash, you can buy very similar looking boots on sale at JCPenney for only $49.99. 

The Big Mac Oak Mens Steel Toe Work Boots come in brown and black and will get you through winter just as well as a pair that costs $1739.01 more. I bought a pair of these as an early 18th birthday present for my son and he recently wore them in his senior pictures.  

Now through November 15, 2017 at JCPenney when you use the coupon code 42HURRY, you can purchase these boots for the insanely low price of only $37.49! You can find further details here:  https://www.jcpenney.com/m/jcpenney-coupons/N-mpi6e5. Also, if you make your purchase through Ebates, you'll receive 2.0% cash back on your purchase. If you're not an Ebates member yet, you can join here:  https://www.ebates.com/r/ABAILE171?eeid=28187.

Review of INNX Quilted Microfiber Suede Couch/Sofa Cover

With three dogs in our home (two of them being 75 plus pound Pit bulls) it's essential for us that we protect our couch with a cover at all times, because couches are expensive and we want ours to last as long as possible. Couch covers can protect your couch from pet hair, claw marks, and all sorts of stains caused by pets. I end up needing to change couch covers about every year or so and the opportunity to review a new quilted microfiber suede couch cover from INNX came right around the time I was looking to replace our current cover.  

The INNX Quilted Microfiber Suede Couch/Sofa cover measures 74 inches in height by 69 inches in width with the armrests measuring 23.5 inches in height by 20 inches in width and is suitable for 95% of couches in the market (not designed for leather material). It's very heavy duty and features three layer quilted construction for extra softness and comfort, which my dogs really seem to appreciate. The straps are very handy because when my dogs get a little rowdy, the straps keep this cover from being pulled all the way off my couch. I love the feel, design, and overall plush look of this couch cover. It's also machine washable.  

You can purchase this INNX Quilted MicroFiber Suede Couch/Sofa Cover on Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/INNX-Microfiber-Loveseat-Protector-Slipcover/dp/B01FPJDEP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470833201&sr=8-1&keywords=sofa+protector.

Creative Holiday Gift Ideas From Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and McCrea's Candies {Review and Giveaway}

*Note:  I received the below products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

In my opinion, gift baskets are one of the most meaningful gifts you could give to someone for the holidays and other special occasions (and I love receiving them as well). They can be personalized with such little effort. They make great gifts for any gender, age, or personality. This holiday season at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and McCrea's Candies, you'll find a lot of great products that would make perfect additions to any gift basket you might be making for someone special, including McCrea's Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels and McCrea's Classic Vanilla Caramels, as well as Nielsen-Massey's Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Nielsen-Massey's Pure Coffee Extract. Before I tell you about these products, I want to tell you a little bit about each of these great companies. 

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been crafting the world's finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Founded by Richard Massey, who later partnered with Chatfield Nielsen, Sr., the company is still a family-owned operation run by the third generation of Nielsens:  Craig, Matt, and Beth Nielsen.  Nielsen-Massey Fairtrade products are certified by FLO-CERT and all products are all-natural, allergen-free, GMO-free, and certified kosher and gluten-free. McCrea's Candies was founded in a home kitchen by husband and wife team, Jason and Kate McCrea, with backgrounds in biology and chemistry, who transitioned into the sweet science of candy making after double layoffs. McCrea's Candies are made with premium ingredients and locally sourced cream, milk, and butter. They are gluten, nut/peanut, and soy free and contain no corn syrup or other artificial flavors or colors.

Now without further ado, I want to tell you about some of the products these two great companies offer. Those with an adventurous palate will love McCrea's Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels, made of rich, creamy caramel with crystals of Hawaiian black sea salt. You can see specks of the salt in these caramels. The caramel is rich, creamy, and delicious and easy to chew and the Hawaiian black sea salt not only adds a slight crunch but a nice burst of flavor. The caramel and the salt complement each other perfectly, making for a delectable treat. The traditionalist will love McCrea's Classic Vanilla Caramels, original caramel generously infused with sweet, aromatic vanilla. These are delicious as well with the perfect amount of vanilla flavor.  Both of these caramels come in three different sizes and you can even buy them by the case. Whichever caramel you might be enjoying at the moment, you can count on a moment of pure bliss.  

Nielsen-Massey's Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker's sugar and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, the pinnacle of all vanillas. It can be used in any recipe where vanilla and the sweetness of sugar are desired. It's ideal for baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and pies where it can enhance the vanilla flavor. It can also be sprinkled in beverages such as coffee, cocoas, or smoothies. As well, it can be used to top pancakes, fruit, or cookies. My favorite way to enjoy it is in my coffee for an extra touch of sweetness, which I especially love during this time of year as the days are getting colder. This product is kosher and gluten-free certified, as well as all-natural, allergen-free, and GMO-free. The rich, freshly brewed flavor of Nielsen-Massey's Pure Coffee Extract is achieved through the careful distillation of premium coffee beans. This full-bodied flavor enhances frozen desserts, baked goods, and cocoa, as well as savory dishes like soups, gravies, tomato sauces, and salsas. This concentrated extract is easy to keep on hand, unlike ground coffee or beans, which rapidly lose their flavor. This product is also kosher and gluten-free certified, as well as all-natural, allergen-free, and GMO-free. 

Are you in need of some creative ways you can include these products in gift baskets this holiday?

  • Hostess Gift - For the hostess who hast it all, thse luxurious products from Nielsen-Massey and McCrea's are the perfect, scrumptious way to say thank you. 
  • Caramel + Sugar + Herb - Create a sweet and savory gift for the foodie by pairing Nielsen-Massey and McCrea's products with a planted herb. It's a beautiful and useful present that's sure to delight. 
  • Traveling Foodie Gift - Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels with salt crystals straight from Hawaii's volcanos is sure to remind of luaus, leis, and luscious sunsets, while Classic Vanilla Caramels and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar taste of travel to Madagascar and beyond. Pair with an exotic plant like a hibiscus and you've got a perfect gift for the wanderer. 
  • Holiday Guest Welcome Basket - Put all the items into a beautiful basket on the nightstand along with bottled water, travel-sized sundries, a mug and coffee. Your guest's firs morning at your house is sure to be a delight. 
  • Party the Night Away - The perfect New Year's Eve gift! Pair the items with a high-end vodka and some drink recipes (see below for ideas). 
  • Sophisticated Boozy Basket - Include a bottle of champagne and a personalized glass or two with the items. Add a note suggesting to rim the champagne glass with the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar. McCrea's Caramel goes great with wines, beers, and ales. The Vanilla Caramel pairs well with a lightly-oaked Cahrdonnay- semi-sweet sparkling wine and a lighter Pinot Noir, while the Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel goes well with a sparkling sweet sherry or a dry sparkling rose, with the bubbles playing off the pops of salt. 

And here are some infused drink ideas in which you could include some recipe cards with the Party the Night Away gift basket. 

  • Salted Caramel & Coffee Vodka - Infuse vodka with Pure Coffee Extract and McCrea's Vanilla Caramel for a unique signature drink that'll be the hit of the holiday party. 
  • Coconut Caramel Moscow Mule (recipe here).
Visit Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and McCrea's Candies at the links below for more product information and additional inspiration: 

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Website:  http://nielsenmassey.com/consumer/index.php
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NielsenMasseyVanillas
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NielsenMassey
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/nielsenmassey/

McCrea's Candies
Website:  https://www.mccreascandies.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mccreascandies
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mccreascandies
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/McCreasCandies/  

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Road Trip Checklist For Safe Holiday Traveling

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Consider doing a little road trip prep before heading out for the holidays to ensure you and your family arrive at your destination safely as possible. You definitely don't want "Betsy" acting up and ruining your entire vacation/holiday. 

  • Tires - Make sure each of your tires have the proper amount of pressure in them. You can check your tire pressure and add any necessary air at most gas stations. You should also check your tire tread depth. An easy way to do this is to insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, you tread depth is less than 2/23 inch and it's time to replace your tires before any major holiday traveling. You should also make sure you have a spare tire in your vehicle in case you encounter flat, blowout, or other emergency during traveling. 
  • Fluids - Make sure your car isn't low on engine oil, brake fluid, transmission and differential fluids, and even windshield washer fluid. If any of these are low and you can change them yourself that's great, but if not, you may need to make an appointment to get your vehicle into a shop before holiday travel. 
  • Battery - Make sure your vehicle's battery is in proper working condition before heading out for the holidays. There are tons of tips online for how to do this yourself properly but most parts stores like Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts, etc. can check this out for you. 
  • Brakes - If you're already hearing squealing, squeaking, or grinding sounds or feeling a vibration or wobbling when braking, it's time to change your brake pads and rotors. If you can't do this yourself, it's a must that you get your vehicle into a shop before holiday travel. 
  • Belt and hoses - Check engine belts, heater hoses, etc. for any signs of wear. If you don't know the proper way to do so, again most  parts stores like Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts, etc. can check this out for you. 
  • Emergency tool kit - Pack an emergency tool kit for any emergencies you may encounter while on the road.  You should include jumper cables, a flashlight, flathead and phillips screwdrivers, a crescent wrench, a socket set, pliers, a pocket knife, tire repair kit, and anything else you might think you'll need. 
  • Car seats and safety belts - Make sure all safety belts are operating properly and if traveling with kids, make sure any car seats are installed correctly for the type of vehicle you'll be traveling in. You can find tons of information regarding car seat safety at Cars.com where certified child passenger safety technicians at  conduct hands-on tests of a car's Latch system and check the vehicle's ability to accommodate different types of car seats.

Do you have any additional road trip tips for safe holiday traveling?