Thursday, December 29, 2016

There are THREE Unique Game Modes in the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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My oldest son and his family
Two of my boys are grown and have families of their own, the oldest of whom also gave me a sweet granddaughter. The boys have a lot of similarities, but they're also different in many many ways...as is the case with most siblings, I suspect.

My second oldest son with his girl and his younger two siblings
The oldest likes to grill, the second oldest likes to eat out. The oldest likes designer clothes, the second oldest likes what he likes, regardless of the label. The oldest likes to play his video games on a PS4 console, the second oldest likes an XBox One.  


The one thing they always agree on though, is that they both like to play Call of Duty! So...good mama that I am, I got them both a copy of the latest and greatest version, to ring in the new year: Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.

About the Game

The acclaimed studio team at Infinity Ward put together an amazing version of this game with three unique game modes; a single player campaign with unforgettble characters, rich emotional arcs and epic battles; multiplayer that introduces innovative gameplay which challenges players to achieve their goals in creative ways based on their specific play style; and an all-new cooperative zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride into the 1980s with Zombies in Spaceland.

About the Modes

1. Campaign Mode: Players engage in an unforgettable journey as they engage in heoric battles with hallmark Call of Duty combat. This campaign spans our solar system, taking players on a journey from Earth and beyond. Return to classic, large scale war. set within a plausible future setting, the game puts players in the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of the Earth's last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable adversity, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy. Many parts of the campaign, will for the first time ever, occur as a near seamless, action-packed experience with few visible loading times.

2. Mutli-player: It's an incredibly deep experience where everything, including weapons, equipment and more has been built around all types of play styles, and where players have the power to combine them however they wish. Players customize their rigs , and different rigs are unlocked as you level up while playing multi-player. This mode also gives you the option to join mission teams, which will allow for unlocking additional XP as well as a variety of unique items as missions are completed.

3. Zombes in Spaceland: This new mode takes players back to the 80's as they battle through an action-packed storyline, fighting as one of four classic '80s archetypes.

Both of my boys grown children work hard and don't get a lot of down time, so when they do, it's nice for them to get absorbed in a video game and just chill out for a bit. Both boys also have birthdays coming up early-ish in the new year, but I know one or both of them will purchase this game before then, so I'm gifting these as new year's gifts. What better way to start the new year, than owning the brand new Call of Duty Infinite Warfare game?!

The game is sold in stores nationwide!! You can learn more as well, by visiting Activision. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Feel Ban Fresh!

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So Ban was the big holiday hit of the year over here. Funny, right? But true. When I got the shipment from the sponsor I was delighted because my grandparents used the brand, but honestly I haven't seen it for years. I kept one and tucked the others in Christmas stockings, along with other useful (and some special) items. Everyone who got one was excited because they too hadn't seen it for years! That got us to reminiscing about products we haven't seen forever and a day that our parents and grandparents all used...and it was fun to do so! It's funny how common the products were in most every house back in the day. :)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!



Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Pigskin Rapture: Four Days in the Life of Texas Football


If you've got a Texas football fan in the family, you're going to want to see this post. Pigskin Rapture, Four Days in the Life of Texas Football is written by Mac Engel and full of great photos from Ron Jenkins (what a job, right?!), and when it comes to football in that state, this book covers it all!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Meet Dash the Robot by Wonder Workshop

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It's never too early to start teaching the kids about coding. Fortunately, Dash the Robot by Woder Workshop also makes sure that the learning is fun.

Screen Yourself Year Round: Sunscreen, that is!!

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One thing that is an easy choice to pick any time of year to add to small gift item ideas is sunscreen! We live in a state that is relatively warm year-round (thought right now you wouldn't know it). ;)  For us it makes sense to stock up, and it's easy to understand why we do. If you live in cold state though, it's equally important for you to stock up too. The rays that are harmful to your skin do not care what season it is, or whether it is hot or cold. Sunshine is sunshine, and your skin can be damaged by it regardless. That is why is it important to make sunscreen a part of your normal routine to protect the skin that is exposed to the sun, even if this time of year, it's just your face!

Products made by the likes of Bull Fog, No-Ad and Ocean Potion make it easy to pack your sunscreen and go! Add a tube to your purse, car, tote, etc., to ensure that you alway have it with you. Today you can get sunscreen in the form of cream, stick, lotion, roll-on and more! Any way you find most convenient is very likely available. I know we stay stocked up, and for holidays like Christmas (and one day soon, Valentine's Day), it's an easy way to say, 'hey, I love you, stay protected."

How about it readers, do you use sunscreen year round?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What is Organic Apparel?

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Organic apparels have become favorite commercial products among health conscious people. Some wear organic clothing just to establish a social status symbol while others want to contribute a little to save the environment and keep their bodies well,  especially in the case of health. But wait what actually it is?

Cultivated without pesticides or chemical fertilizers and harvested by hand, organic cotton clothes contribute to the well-being of those who grow it. Sustainable production practices do not pollute water, soil or air. They even contribute to the improvement of soil quality! The process that makes our clothes works exclusively with organic cotton. Non-allergic, soft and soft to the touch, organic clothes ensure the well-being of ours protecting the sensitive skin.

TOAST Real Wood for Your Favorite Electronics!

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My son likes to make movies. It eats up a ton of space on whatever electronic device he's using, but he loves it so much... that I can't help but let him indulge. He's young, but it is definitely his passion. I couldn't put the time and effort into it that he does and be happy, but him... he's delighted to spend the time to make sure his final product is just the way he likes it. So... to further assist him with his indulgence, and to free up some of my time (because I get, 'Hey can you hold this camera mom?') and preserve our electronics (aka to avoid the dreaded thunk sound from a dropped electronic device because it was hard to hold and film at the same time), I have purchased him a real wood TOAST phone and tablet stand.

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Congratulations to Fiona whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Hotels.com gift card giveaway.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Grizzly Gear Emergency Multi-Use Lantern #Giveaway

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We were supposed to go camping, several times, but then the holiday season just took off into full swing and every weekend, as well as many week days have been filled with activities galore! Not that I'm complaining, because I'm not, but I'm also not camping, lol. That's okay though, because when we do go, I'm ready for the night with my new Grizzly Gear Emergency Multi-Use Lantern.

#GadeCosmetics #FeelTheBeauty Plus High Value Savings!

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Going through the make-up displays this time of  year is an ordeal in itself (a good one). I love to spend time perusing the beauty products to pick out the perfect gifts for the girls in our family.  GA-DE (pronounced like the gemstone Jade) is an instant favorite. With  a wide array of products, colors and styles, there is really something for everyone, and believe me, the gals over here are not all the same when it comes to style, color and make-up application. That's a good thing though, we don't want everyone to be exactly the same. :)

3DLightFX Super Affordable Present that is Going to Stand Out (Literally and Figuaratively)

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How can something so simple delight every single person who walks in the room? Well because the concept is cool, it's different, AND it's Marvel. :) This Captain America Shield is just one of many 3DLightFX Deco Lights you can buy. They offer many of your most favorite characters, and all of them are downright awesome!  They have Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Hasbro, and more, and every single one of them is great in their own way.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bags of Love Personalized Gift Items

 

You know I love personalized items. Even better when you can create them just the way YOU want thehm to look (not just throwing a name or picture in there, but actually designing it yourself). That's what I came across on the Bags of Love website recently when I was creating my photo gift wrap. I was able to select the shape I wanted. I like the heart above, but I went with a traditional photograph look, completel with a white border. There are many options to select from though... I think you'll enjoy toodling around to see what they have available.

Kohl's Cares! Pick up a $5 Item You Will Love and Help Others at the Same Time!


I've mentioned it before and I'll likely mention it again, Kohl's Cares...and appropriately enough, that's the name of their $5 line, where you purchase items for a very reasonable price (most for just $5) and 100% of the net profit goes towards children's health and education initiatives nationwide. Nearly $300 million has een raised since the year 2000, which is wonderful and amazing! How does it work?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

#PlayLikeHasbro Hasbro and NERF Always Make the Kids Happy

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If you're headed out to finish up holiday shopping this weekend, and you have kids on the list, don't forget the Hasbro/NERF items! Hasbro has been a staple for many years, and with good reason. They make high quality toys and games that are always fun for the kids.


Some of the games they have would be great for the adults too. I can see everyone of my kids enjoying this Pie Face Showdown, even the three who are grown. This one has two players in the face boxes...one of which IS going to get slapped with the whipped cream. We have the single version of this game, but the double one looks like it's going to be even more fun! This would be a great party game too, for so many ages.

Friday, December 16, 2016

GlobeIn Lets You Deliver Special Any Time of the Year!

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Sample of the Cozy Box Subscription from GlobeIn
This is just one of many options available
See now, this is the kind of delivery you wan to give or gift any time of the year! It's like sending someone extra special a dose of something, well...extra special. GlobeIn is a montly subscription that delivers a box full of highly curated, artisan-made products from around the world.

The Magic of My Name Children's Book

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You can never have too many books! At least that's what we say and firmly believe in my family.
The Magic of My Name is a fun book to personalize and own, because it incorporates your child's name into the story. I've already noted, I love the ones that do that because my kids all (but one) have very unique names, so if you don't do something like this, they just won't find their names in a book (or on anything else for that matter, lol!).

Gift Giving: Still Time to Get Your Sentry or Master Lock Items!

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What is that? It is a fire-proof safe from Sentry Safe  and it's going to be storing all of my important papers in it from this day forward. Up until now I have had them in a big black tote bag (for a year!) and I'm very lucky they are all intact and okay. It's time to put them someplace safer though because we're talking items like birth certificates, shot records, and more. Things that are not easy to replace. I am fortunate no one has spilled anything on them, or put something heavy on top of the bag, or any other myriad of things that could have happened. 

But you know what?  Besides me getting this to protect my own documents,  Sentry Safe and Master Lock, both masters at protecting your personal items, are perfect to consider when you are out and about doing your holiday gift shopping this weekend too!

Reading to the Kids on Christmas Eve: Good Books by GoodBooks.com


Christmas books are a great way to bond, make memories and create family traditions. It's nice to settle down for the night, with a tale or two about Christmas, told in a storybook full of wonderful pictures and stories from afar. Babushka is one such book, and I think my kids are going to love it!

Sarah McLachlan Wonderland


Sarah McLachlan has a Christmas CD out! I gave mine away. Not because I didn't want it, I did, but because we had to take a White Elephant gift to my Women's Meeting this week, and I wanted to include something really special in the gift package I wrapped. Everyone loves Christmas music (well, most people do, lol, I know there are a few bah-humbugs who don't), so this was a great addition to the little assembly of Christmas-themed gifts that I wrapped.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Malt Shop Cookies in a Personalized Tin? Yes, Please!


These are not dog treats, they are just personalized in this instance with a dog on the label. YOU can personalize yours any way you want to... but putting a dog or cat on the top might not be a bad idea if, you have kids. That way you can disguise these bad boys as pet treats and save them all for you!! Kidding. I'm kidding. I share with my kids, haha, but the thought did make me laugh. Why? Because these are Malt Shop Cookies, and I do like anything that has malt! 

GeoSpace Knows that Kids Like Things that Light Up!

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Do your kids like things that light up? Most kids do! GeoSphere by GeoSpace is a light that comes in many different sizes. It has a lot of cool things about it, but the coolest I think is that you build it yourself. Then you drop the wireless puck light in and let it go!

Looking for Stocking Stuffer Ideas? Try Dessata! No Tangles Fast!


Ever hear of a Dessata Brush? These are chunky little brushes, perfect for little hands (or Christmas Stockings) that detangle your hair in a jiffy! If you have a child who doesn't like to sit still while you gently pull and tug for far too long, this brush is the one you want to bring into your house. The bristles glide right through the rattiest of tangles quickly, and leave you and/or your little one good to go in no time flat. It doesn't break hair off so easily like a traditional brush does either, which makes it a winner in my book.

Have You Seen the Old Batman Shows? Own Them Now on DVD!


My son knows Batman, but he doesn't know Batman. He's never seen an original. I think it's high time I introduced him, afterall he is 9-years-old now, so for him not to know these up to this point means I've really been slacking! This Three Classic Superhero Origins DVD is sold at Mill Creek Entertainment, and it has not only the original Batman shows but also the original Batman & Robin shows and those of The Shadow. I've never seen the Shadow, so I think it's going to pretty exciting when we break this one out to watch. The only thing I know about the Shadow is the voice that came from the radio show (I do believe)... Oooonly the Shaaaaadoooow Knows. Of course I may even be embellishing my syllables wrong. It's been awhile. :)

It Doesn't Get Cuter than Vandor!! Excellent Christmas Gift Suggestions and Ideas!

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You just couldn't love Vandor products more than I do. All of your favorite characters put to use on items that are practical, and that you love too: What's not to love about that???

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Reasons I Love the Krups Savoy Thermal ET351

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This is not your grandmother's coffee pot, but OH how I bet she'd love it! If your grandmother was like mine, coffee was prone to be running any time of the day or night. As  a child, I didn't 'get' it but now as an adult, I surely do. With the holidays coming on like a freight train (and I say that as delicately as possible because I do very much love the holidays), it's time for me to move away from the single-serve brewer and bring out the Krups Savoy Thermal ET351 Coffee Brewer. Why? Because a). the house is going to be full of people, which means coffee will be flowing day and night, and b). Krups is amazing... the warming carafe alone makes me a very happy woman, but more about that later.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Give the Gift of Thermos This Year

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Thermos knows that different people have different lifestyles, that's why they have something literally for everyone. Filtration bottles, hot and/or cold thermos bottles (or combos), coolers, and even an infant and toddler line, just to name a few...are some of the products they have to offer.
I for one, was surprised at how thoroughly they have evolved over the years. Or maybe they've always had such an extensive line and I just found out about it. :)  In any case, I'm going to showcase three of their items, and if you're shopping for anyone who packs a lunch, has a child, works out regularly, or any other scenario where a Thermos item might be needed, then this post will be of great interest to you. :)

Hotels.com An Easy and Fast Way to Find a Hotel Anywhere! #giveaway

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Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most traveled seasons of the year. If you are looking to take a trip, and need to stay in a hotel, Hotels.com provides you with an easy way to select your hotel and save money too.

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Congratulations to Audra whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Cider Mill Press Classic Christmas book giveaway.

Bil-Jac Caramel Apple Dog Treats! Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Dog!


Ha! Have you ever heard of Caramel Apple Treats for dogs? I haven't until recently, but let me tell you, these are a big hit with the pups (my oldest son's pups), and of course they're Bil-Jac so the mama of the fur pups (the human one) gave her seal of approval. These are perfect to put under the tree (or in the doggy stockings) this year. Can't leave Fido out, he's been a good boy all year long!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Getting into the Holiday Spirit with Famous Artists

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It seemed like Amy Grant was everywhere once upon a time. I thought she did a great job singing pop and gospel music. Then she disappeared, or I just didn't hear much about her for some reason, for such a long time. So when I found out she had released a holiday CD, I was delighted!

MyCharge HubMax: Get Your Valentine Something They'll Love Year Round!


What do you do when you have both Apple and Androids in the house? Well, one thing you can do that is very smart, is get a MyCharge HubMax that will charge both (at the same time!). Even better? You don't have to worry about finding/toting/storing USB cables because with this device they are already built in! That makes it absolutely perfect for travel, but it also makes it ideal for home.

Urban Market Bags Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers!

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Do you see the little bag all snuggled up there against the boxes? Inside of it is a treasure,
but not the treasure of sorts you might be thinking. Inside of that bag is three Urban Market Bags that can be used over and over again. It's the perfect gift idea to put in a stocking as a there-pack, or to take apart and put into three holiday stockings...or 2, if like me, you are keeping one. ;)

Everyone Soap is Perfect for Holiday Guests!


EO Products makes something for everyone. From lotions, to essential oils, to bath soaks and more, they are sure to have something for each and every person on your holiday shopping list. For me though, it is the Everyone Soap that is sitting in my bathroom! With so many people coming to visit or staying over for the holidays, it's nice to have a 3-in-1 product that I can leave in the shower and know everyone is covered (hence the name).

Everybody Cut Footloose! THIS Is a Book to Get the Kiddos. So Fun!


When you find out an old movie you used to love has been turned into a children's Picture book, well...that's exciting! Of course, I had to rent the old movie for my kids to see because...well, because the book made me want to see it again, and I knew if they saw it, they'd be excited about this book too. My plan worked. ;)

That's Just Marbulous! Get the Kids an Edushape Marble Run for Christmas this Year!

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Ever had a marble run? Man, these things are fun. They make a nice show piece in any room, and no one can resist picking up a marble and giving it a go. The Marble Runs, like everything else at EduShape, are made of the study, high quality pieces. That means it's not going to be a wobbly mess like some of the lesser quality ones sold elsewhere might be. Everything at EduShape has an educational bent to it too. What is that bent with the Marbulous Marble Run?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Today I'm Putting Face Masks in the Christmas Stockings!


7th Heaven makes so many different kinds of facial masks. They even make some specifically for men (see the blue ones on the left). Everyone loves a little pampering at times, and getting a soft, clean complexion from it always rocks. This brand works great too, with each mask doing what it says it's going to do. That make them absolutely wonderful as STOCKING STUFFERS!

Candlewick Press Has Such Cute Picture Books!


Blue Penguin and Bears in the Snow are both great book ideas for holiday gift giving, and they both come from the extensive library found at Candlewick Press

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The following prize winners have had their name randomly selected by Rafflecopter. 'Grats to 'em all!
Susan: ECOOE Glass Teapot
Crystal: Put Me in the Story
Lauren: Manhattan Toy Gift Card

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Smit & Co. Scented Nail Polish and Sticker Set for Kids!

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You know when you happen upon that gift that you didn't even know you were looking for and you instantly know it's going to be perfect? Well, that happened to me recently while browsing Smit Co., where you will find a TON of great holiday gift ideas. This Peel-Off Nail Polish Art kit with three bottles of colorful scented polish and emoticon stickers is going to be a huge hit with my darling granddaughter. Huge.

Design a Koozie & Get a Discount!

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My someday to be daughter-in-law (they're engaged, no date set) is a delight. She also is a young lady who takes her Koozies very seriously. I did not know this until recently when my SIL and I were over at my son's place, helping him hold up boards while he drilled them, preparation for a hurricane alert. His drill died in the process and he offered the neighbor who was outside doing the same (they live in a condo) a beer in exchange for the use of his drill to finish up. 

The neighbor readily accepted and out came a bottle in a koozie... but not just any koozie, it was his girlfriend's koozie. When his girl pulled up to help, she immediately spotted and wondered what her koozie was doing outside...and I laughed. Of course she had no problem with the exchange, but it was fact that she is one who is dedicated to the koozie design and style she has selected to bring home. Now as a funny reference I will of course be designing a koozie for her for Christmas or her birthday which is immediately following, at this website, which is Express Imprint. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Christmas Floral Arrangements from Teleflora: Give the Gift of Flowers!



My mom is a huge fan of flowers and her favorite bird in the world, not to mention it's the state bird where she lives, is the Cardinal. The Send a Hug Chrismas Cardinal by Teleflora bouquet hits a homerun for being a flower bouqet that I know will make her very happy. Besides the fact that it is full of large and small Carnations, which in and of itself makes it awesome, it is also sprinkled with winter favorites like Pine, Cedar and Seeded Ecualyptus, just to name a few.  You can purchase it in Standard, Deluxe or Premium sizes.  I'm not sure which my mom will like better, the oversized mug for her morning coffee, or the flowers to brighten up her home. We shall see though...because these are on their merry way. This is my favorite for her, of the seasonal choices.

Hickies Eliminate the Need for Shoe Strings!


My son is constantly running around with his shoestrings hanging. In the photo above you will see how his play shoes look before Hickies. What in the world are Hickies?, you might be asking. They are little doohickies that replace shoelaces. I hope that clears up the question up for you. :) You only have to put these in your shoes one time ever and then it turns them into slip-ons. You don't have to take them out and re-fasten them everytime either. It's just a one-shot deal.


Hickies come in a variety of colors and would be a good gift to slip into someone's holiday stockings.

Loving This New Find: Tessemae's Creamy Salad Dressing

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It started off as a gloomy, rainy day. Rings of "I'm Hungry!" and "I'm bored!" filled the house. A quick look in the cupboard proved that there really wasn't anything all that appealing, so off to Walmart we headed. It was then and there, when we happened across the Tessemae's All Natural Dressing, that we decided to have salad for lunch.  I have four children, 3 of whom are all grown up
now. 1 of the 4 prefers Creamy Caesar, the rest of us: Creamy Ranch.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

3 Day FLASH Giveaway! Put Me in the Story Personalized Book Giveaway


Putting your granddaughter's name in a book is a big deal. Adding her picture in it a couple of times...even better. Make it a "Hello Kitty" book and your'e going to be Grandma of the Year! Or at least that's the case in my family where my baby grand loves Hello Kitty like no other. :) Put Me In The Story makes these absolutely adorable-cute-wonderful personalized books...check them out. There IS going to be a theme you love, and one lucky winner is going to get one to call their own!

Big or Small Oriental Trading has Gifts for up to 75 Percent Off Right This Very Second!

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Oh my goodnes this is the cutest little gift bag ever!! I saw it on Oriental Trading and I could not resist picking up a set of 12 for a VERY reasonable price. My son got Christmas oranments for his two favorite teachers and we will be putting them in these cute little 3D Elf Shoe Gift Bags.


We also picked up some stickers and a sticker scene to take to the classroom as well. My son is in elementary school and stickers on papers and homework that has been turned in are a big deal. What better kind of sticker to use during the holiday than those that have a seasonal theme? You'll find plenty to choose from at Oriental Trading, that's for sure.