Sunday, November 25, 2012


I did tell you before that we would have different guests stopping by every now and then.  I want to introduce you to Mr. Moose Mills of Moose Mills Products.  He has graciously agreed to an interview.  So let's begin.........

First of all, thank you Moose for stopping by to visit us.  Where and when did you start Moose Mills Products?

Gifts, thank you for having me.  It feels good to be in warmer weather down here in Florida.  It is a bit cold up in New Hampshire where I live.  Moose Mills Products is going on two years old.  The company that owns Moose Mills is Product Quest a manufacturing company with locations in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Product Quest was started by an entrepeneur in 1995.  Some of the employees of PQ got together and came up with the idea to make skin care products that appealed to men as well as women.  My graphics and designs are the result of one Awesome graphic artist and her department at PQ.  EJ is the best artist around and I can't thank her and her crew enough for all they do! 

From reading about you from your earlier blogs on, you are a single dad raising a daughter.  Tell us about her.

Oh, you are talking about my pride and joy, Minny Moose.  As you know from reading that blog that you mentioned, my wife left me about two years ago and she left Minny for me to raise.  I absolutely love raising Minny, and with the help of a great family, Minny has the best of care.  When I have to travel on business, it is good to have such support from my family.  Minny is 4 years old and she travels with me every now and then.  She went with me recently on a business trip to North Carolina and got to see all the fall colors.  North Carolina has some beautiful mountains like New Hampshire.

What are some of the things you do to help promote Moose Mills Products?
I do several things. As you mentioned earlier, I have a blog.  I talk about my travels and my products, highlight various gift stores that carry my products, and do fun things on my blog.  I also have a Facebook page, and I get on Twitter and talk to my followers. I go to Gift Shows. I did a show in March in Portland, Maine. And I just did a show in September in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. These shows are for buyers from gift stores and we show our products to them and they place orders. I love meeting all the nice people at these shows. We are doing a few more shows next year. I also travel around helping promote my products with my "adopted mom" and sometimes with her family.  If you go and read my blog you can see some of the trips that I took this year. 

You told us that your products are for men and women.  Do you have a favorite?
I like all my products.  I do have some that I really like.  One is my Magic Hand Therapy?  Do you like that name?  I have a cool creative team and they came up with that and the other cool names of my products.  The reason that it is called Magic Hand Therapy is because your dry, tired skin on your hands becomes soft and touchable after using my hand treatment.  Magic!!!  And you know that they say that "mud" is good for your skin.  Really?  Well I know that my Mud Foot Balm is AWESOME for your poor tired feet!  It contains this cool ingredient that brings your feet back to life!  And I absolutely LOVE my Butter Cream for all over your body!  It contains shea butter and if you smell it you will want to eat it.  But I don't recommend that!  And I think the coolest named product I have is my Cool Hand Moose Hand Sanitizer.  Don't you just love that name?  You can check out all my products at

As you know, Moose, I am selling some of your Moose Mills Products in gift bags on my website  Can you describe one of the gift bags for the readers?
Yes, I see that you have really made some cool combinations of my products and you have put my moose plush doll in each gift bag.  The Hand/Foot/Lips Gift Bag is probably the most popular one as it has my Magic Hand Therapy, Mud Foot Balm, Aloe Lip Balm along with the plush moose doll.  You have a total of 5 different gift bags which I think is a very nice selection.  One of my gift bags would be a great gift for that special someone in your life.  Please check the gift bags out at her website.
How was your Thanksgiving, Moose?
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Minny Moose and I spent it with family up in New Hampshire.  Lots of food and Minny and her cousins had a blast playing together.  It is great for families to spend quality time together.  I am all about Family!
I  hear you are getting ready to take a trip overseas?  Are you traveling to the Far East?
Yes, there is a crew from Product Quest going over to Japan, China and the Philippines.  We will introduce some of the products we make here including my Moose Mills Products.  I am so looking forward to going over there.  I will take pictures and do a blog on my trip when I return.  Who knows, maybe I will do a blog while I am over there.  Make sure you follow my blog to see what happens!
Well, Moose, I know you are very busy and have to run.  I want to thank you for stopping by and giving us a few minutes of your precious time.
Yes, I am busy getting ready for my trip to the Far East.  And I am also busy marketing for the Christmas holidays.  You know, "A Moose's work is never done"!  I want to thank you for having me stop by, and Merry Christmas everyone!!
That's all for this time.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!!
As Always,





Monday, November 19, 2012


Can you believe that it is almost Thanksgiving?  A time to thank God for all you have.  A time to get together with family and eat too much!  .

As I told you in my last blog, my hubby and I have been married almost 49 years.  Yes, a very long, long, long time!!  But you know it really doesn't feel that long.  We have four children, three boys and one girl.  And we have one grandson who is 9 years old.  We are fortunate that all our children live in Florida, so we can see each other fairly often. 

This is the time of year to be thankful.  Thankful for what?  I am sure you have a lot of things to be thankful for. I am thankful to God for how good he is to me.  I am thankful for good health, for a loving husband, for a loving family, for good friends and I could go on and on.  What are you thankful for?

When we get together at Thanksgiving, our daughter-in-law always brings a card for each of us to put on that card what we are thankful for during the year.  It has become a tradition each year.  Most of us groan about what we should write and we have one son you always puts some "smart" answer.  But most of us put what we are so thankful for.  Do you have a "Giving Thanks" tradition?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Please send me a comment below.

I have a confession to make.  I am addicted to Pinterest, thanks to my daughter-in-law.  She warned me and she was so right.  I am on there a lot grabbing "Pins" and most of them are for desserts!  Now I am sure I will never be able to make them all.  (I have over 600 pins on desserts alone!)  But I am going to try at least one of them for Thanksgiving.  If you haven't tried Pinterest, you should at least give it a look.  You will probably get "hooked" just like I did.

I am sure that some of your family will be in front of the television for the Big Game after or before your meal.  It is a tradition for the Detroit Lions to play the first game on Thanksgiving as well as the Dallas Cowboys play the second game on Thanksgiving.  Our family is originally from Michigan.  We moved to Florida in 1985.  Now you would think we were Lions fans.  Nope!  We are fans of the DaBears!!!  That's right, the Chicago Bears!  But that's for another blog.............

Now after you are done preparing everything for your Thanksgiving dinner, everyone has eaten, you have cleaned up the kitchen and everyone has left, do you have a headache from it all?  Probably.  Why not use one of my Vintage Ice Bags to help that headache go away.  I love how you can use ice or hot water in the bag.  So why not pick one up for yourself.  The Vintage Ice Bag would also be a perfect gift for some of your names on your Christmas list.  You have a choice of 27 different designs.  Visit my web site here.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  God's Blessings to you all!!

As Always,


Monday, November 12, 2012


Welcome to my new blog, Gift Bags n More.  I am glad you stopped by to visit me.   I am a semi-retired grandmother living in Florida.  I can't stand to not be busy, so I am always doing something, thus the "semi-retired".  It helps me keep young!
Gift Bags n More developed from requests for Gift Bags of different products.  I have done the gift bags for shows and they were a great hit.  So I decided to offer them on my own web site
Now I do have a guest "star" that will visit from time to time.  She is our very own cat, Punkin.  She has been with me at work since 2002 and lived at work until I semi-retired last year.  You can say that Punkin retired with me.  Now it wasn't easy getting her to retire with me as my husband of 49 years (yep, 49 years as of 12/28/12) does NOT LIKE cats.  It took 2 of my bosses to talk my hubby into it.  So hubby decided to go ahead and let Punkin come live with us.  Well, needless to say, Punkin now has my hubby wrapped around her little paw!  He Loves Punkin.  Now he won't admit to that, he will just claim he likes her, but he is constantly talking to her and she meows back to him!  She talks more to him than to me and I have taken care of her for 10 years

Here is Punkin at work.  She was always helping me get my work done.  She is a little cat.  When most people first see her, they think she is a young kitten.  They don't believe me when I tell them that she is 12 years old.  She is a small cat and I like that about her.  She is very independent as most cats are. 
On my web site, I offer Just Fur Pets®, a new pet line.  Just Fur Pets is not like any other pet product.  It is a trendy line of products designed to pamper and tackle any furry situation.  The exclusive FURSURE Blend, which is trademarked, is made with only the best, most natural ingredients.  All Just Fur Pets® Products are free of Alcohol, Phthalates, Petroleum Derivatives, Sulfates and Parabens.

You can buy Just Fur Pets in 4 different gift bags or each product individually.  Take it from Punkin, "This is the best pet product out there" and "Don't forget your pets!".

So in the future, I will have Punkin visit quite often.  I will also have guest pets visiting.  I heard that Mr. Moose Mills is quite the traveler, so I am sure he will be stopping by also.

Look for me on twitter @giftbagsnmore.  I also would love you to stop by my Facebook page here  and I would appreciate it if you would "like" my page.  Thank you so much!