Saturday, December 29, 2018

Winner Announcement






Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter: Sandee won the Child Safety Kit and Maria won the Private Reserve Holiday Jazz Community Coffee giveaway.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The LifeJacket Mini Jolt Speaker is Worth the Price

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When I ask my grown kids what they want for Christmas, I don't get a list like I did when they were little. In fact, sometimes they say something along the lines of, 'don't worry about me, just buy for the kids.' 🙄 Well, even though they are grown, they are my kids, so they still qualify as it being a given that they're going to get a gift. I'd just like some suggestions on what it is they might really like to have under the tree, instead of me having to guess. Last year, my second oldest did say he's like a LifeJacket Bluetooth speaker and he got it. He used and loved it all year long and so this year, not knowing what he wanted (outside of a good trip, since he started traveling right after the big day), I instinctively knew he'd appreciate another LifeJacket speaker, so... I got him the next size up (from the one he got last year) and he was surprised and delighted. He instantly used it to get the Christmas tunes rolling, and that set the tone for the rest of the day.

Singsation Karaoke All-in-One SOLO Giveaway

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Thank goodness for Bloglovin' where I recaptured this post. I'm not sure why it deleted (if you tried to access it from the holiday gift guide, I apologize, and thank you for the e-mails to alert me, I have no idea what happened), it even had giveaway entrants... so weird!! In any case, reposting it now. Please feel free to enter the giveaway.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Record Your Child's Heartbeat while you are Expecting!

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What makes the stuffed animal in this elegant holiday box so special? It is a My Baby's Heartbeat, which makes it a once-in-a-lifetime kind of stuffed animal because it allows you to permanently record your baby's heartbeat, while you are still expecting! Not much beats the excitement of hearing your little one's heartbeat while you're on the table with the sonogram machine hooked up to you. It always sounds so fast, and to me it always sounded like horses galloping in a movie scene, lol. I remember that excited and very appreciative feeling of hearing my children's heartbeat though, every.single.time.

Finally Made it to Toy Story Land! Another Disney World Favorite!

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There are two things we have been wanting to see in the Disney World theme parks. One is the Avatar Flight of Passage ride (we've been in line for it, but left because the line is soooo long) at Animal Kingdom. The other is Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. We recently went to Orlando and went to 2 parks: Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, so we got to see the latter, woohoo! As we walked into Hollywood Studios, we were met with scenes from Fantasia in the topiary display at the entrance. Disney always does such a great job with their displays, but this one was an instant favorite. I love that movie, and can't wait for it to come back out of the vault (I had it on VHS, never on DVD).

Friday, December 21, 2018

Stay Hydrated and Choose Healthy Drinks: Multi-Flask Solution for People on the Go!

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You know the kids are getting older when one of the gifts you get, that you know will thrill them is a Precido Multi-flask 7-in-1 drink container. The truth is though, that I know this is going to be a very welcome gift for my 2nd oldest who likes to have a drink with him at work all of the time, but has trouble with his bottles.  Glass keeps water cold and tasting the best, but on their own, they are too fragile. His plastic ones don't hold up either. And stainless steel was next on his list, but I told him, it alters the flavor of the water, or at least it does for me. This child, my youngest, is helping me wrap gifts today and he isn't overly excited about my giving his brother a 'drinking glass' but trust me, that's because he's young and doesn't need to know the value of such things yet. ;) His brother on the other hand, is going to appreciate that I've found the perfect solution for his dilemma.

Best Buy has the Stylish LG-Watch W7 Smartwatch on Sale!

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LG has really combined fashionable design and function with their LG-Watch W7 Smartwatch 44.5mm Stainless Steel, on sale right now at Best Buy. With a classic stainless and black color scheme that goes well with casual or dress, and a look that mimics a traditional analog watch (but is really a smartwatch) this selection is the perfect gift for anyone into fitness, technology, or just plain style.

Fin Fun Mermaid Items: got the Lip Gloss for my Daughter!

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After the kids fall asleep (even the grown ones, since this year we are all staying over at my oldest son's house to bring in the morning together, in large part to watch my grandbabe open all of her gifts), Santa likes to sneak in and put items in the stockings (that inquiring minds won't know is there until Christmas morning, because Santa was patient and waited). This year one of the items that was headed to my daughter's stocking is Mermaid Lip Gloss. This is just the kind of thing I like to give her so she can have a little bit of pampering throughout her day. This is especially true now that she's going to have her first child. If I could pamper her all day long, I would. Of course I cannot because a). She is grown now b). We live in different cities But that's okay! Every time she puts on a bit of shimmer and shine with these lovely flavors like blueberry, vanilla, and grape, she'll remember her mama loves to spoil her just a bit. :)

Introducing Fin Fun’s first-ever lip gloss set designed just for beauty fanatics. The Mermaid Lip Gloss comes in a 3-pack set featuring vanilla, blueberry, and grape flavors with a hint of shimmer—just for the mermaids who love to look pretty out of water!

This is just one of many fun mermaid items you will find on the Fun Fin website (and yes they sell the popular tails!). Head on over and see what you can get for the (child or adult) mermaid in your life too!

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Awesome New Tula Baby Carrier plus Enter to win a $75 Visa Gift Card

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Photo Source: Baby Tula
My daughter is earnestly looking for products that she wants to have to welcome her little bundle of joy that will arrive in March. She is being selective, and very thorough with her research. After going through descriptions, reviews and personal preference she noted there was no other baby carrier she wanted than Tula. "Baby Tula" she calls it, with a sing-song voice that indicates her endearment. She makes me laugh, but I am impressed she's going all out to ensure she's not just collecting items, but is truly creating an inventory for baby that she will appreciate, use and enjoy.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Learning Resources: Tock the Learning Clock with Giveaway!

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One thing we are going to be working on over the holiday break, is teaching my granddaughter how to tell time! She is in kindergarten now, and she is a very smart little girl, so I know this isn't going to be overly difficult for her, yet I do still want it to be fun. What better way to do both (teach and have it be fun) than with a great learning toy, which is the specialty over at Learning Resources where you can find so many items that are helpful and enjoyable to the kids, such as Tock, the Learning Clock (which comes in pink and blue).

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bring in the New Year with Hammacher Schlemmer plus $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Hammacher Schlemmer, a company that is celebrating their milestone 170th year in business. Some of you can relate to going through the big Christmas catalogs that used to come in the mail this time of year from department stores. Oh how I would pour over those...hoping Santa would bring me the things I just had to have (that I'd never seen or heard of until I opened those glossy, beautiful pages). I'd even circle things I wanted, for good measure. Now as an adult, I am the same way but in a more practical and applied sense, and I do it online instead, with Hammacher Schlemmer. This is a company that has so many gorgeous, unique and fun items. They make it easy to shop for anyone that is on my holiday shopping list, both now and at any time of the year. At the moment, I'm looking to them for holiday selections, and for items to bring us into the new year. Let me note too, that I am also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, so they too can apply it towards something they find and love on their website as well. They offer so many items that are special. I think you will be very content to browse until you find the items you'd like to buy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: A Center Stage Pop-Up Book

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I really wanted to get to the movies to see The Nutcracker when it came out, but I have a boy in the house, and while I sometimes take him to movies he might not otherwise select on his own (and he usually ends up liking), we didn't get around to the theater before this one had come and gone. Still a little bummed about that one. Perhaps if my granddaughter had been here visiting while it was on, I would have had a chance to get in there and see it. I did, however, get to help celebrate the release of the movie, by picking up this fabulous pop-up book from Disney: Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: A Center Stage Pop-Up Book

Monday, December 17, 2018

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa: Huge Suites for Very Reasonable Prices

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Photo: Courtesy of Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
A lot of friends, family and co-workers here are planning trips to Orlando over the holiday break, and why not? It's the ultimate place to go, with so many theme parks and different shows/activities to visit, and it's the perfect time to go, with the kids out of school, and the weather being absolutely perfect for exploring places that may be outside (like the Disney World theme parks, which is where we went on this particular trip!). When we go to Orlando, we always check availability with Sky Hotel & Resorts. Though we have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of their sites we have stayed at, The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is 100% our absolute favorite. I suppose because it is where a very special event took place for our family (we stayed in a family suite when my 2nd oldest proposed to his girl on Valentine's Day a couple of years ago), but also because you can get a VERY spacious 2-bedroom suite, for a price comparable to that of what you would pay for a standard room elsewhere. Plus, the location there is everything!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

$25 Gift Card of Choice: Giveaway from Nutrition


HueTrition is concerned with good health, and that makes me like them right from the get-go. With all the food temptations that are around during the month of December, January is a great time to create a plan to get healthy! Huetrition is going to make this a lot easier for you with lots of resources to make your journey to health easier.

Private Reserve Holiday Jazz Coffee Giveaway

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Our holidays here revolve around good food, tradition, spending time with family, and after all is said and done, kicking back at the end of the day together to enjoy a high quality cuppa joe. Some of you may know that Community Coffee puts out these great holiday flavors and blends, and I really look forward to trying them year after year. For the 2018 season, one selection they have is the recurring (which must mean it's popular, and I can see why!) Private Reserve Holiday Jazz blend that is absolutely tasty-delicious.

More often than not, I end up crying the blues when the season is over and they are no longer selling them (oh Bread Pudding coffee from seasons past, I miss you so!) but this year, I've gotten smart and after tasting this blend, and loving it so much, have decided to stock up and have a few bags on hand that will get me long past this glorious (I do love this time of year so very much) holiday season. 

Top 5 Unique Game and Gift Ideas for Kids

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#1). 'Tis the season to shop for games...because who doesn't like to give or receive games? In addition to traditional selections, we always make sure to add some unique games into the mix too. Games the kids don't expect, but that are a barrel of laughs, or unique in some other way. The Tic Tac Tongue game from YULU is both of those things, and first on my list of (5) gift buying suggestions. I saw it on Live with Kelly and Ryan (via YouTube) and I laughed, and knew I had to get it for my niece and nephew (brother and sister) because this kind of game is right up their alley! What a silly and cute game to give the younger kids this year!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Teleflora is Always the Perfect Gift

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We have 2 weekends left until Christmas shopping is officially over, and we did have good intentions to get out there and start buying gifts for our friends and loved ones, but it's raining. A lot. So today, I'm staying home and ordering my gifts to be delivered. I have no worries though because the perfect gift option that you can get right from your computer, that is touching, personal, special and useful (because the vases are reusable) is Teleflora. If you haven't taken a look at them lately, please do! The flowers are amazing and gorgeous, and they arrange them to be oh so lovely, but it's those keepsake vases that rock my world!! Seriously, I just cannot get enough of them! Take a look and you'll see what I mean. The ornament vase above with the sweet little Cardinals on snow-covered trees is the perfect example.

Throw a Party in the Garage: Decorating Tips for a Memorable Time


You might have a small home without much square footage. Throwing any sort of party is a challenge, but there is an option in the garage. It may not be the most beautiful room in the house. However, you can decorate the space so that partygoers feel energized and welcomed. It takes only a few creative ideas to make the party a success.

Mermaid Glass Bead Bracelets Glow in the Daylight

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Nogu creates mermaid glass bracelets that glow in the daylight with their iridescent glass beads that make them look and feel oh so very special. There are so many different colors and styles to choose from that it's a bit difficult to select only one. You can wear these individually for a simple and special look, or you can stack them for a fun and attention-grabbing look, the latter of which would alleviate your need to pick only one color. 😊

What in the World is a Chickapig?

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I don't know what happened the day I posted this and the karaoke giveaway post, but both of them disappeared from the blog (yet I can see them on bloglovin'). In any case, here it is again, and let's hope that it was just a one day glitch (it's never happened since I began blogging in 2012)! The game is Chickapig, and I'll be honest, I wanted it just because the boy likes pigs...BUT it's got a rich story behind it that I want to share, most notably, it was invented by Brian Calhoun, a man who creates custom guitars for rock stars. The game caught on and became popular behind-the-scenes, and now it has thankfully spilled over into the mainstream. Rocker Dave Matthews has partnered with Mr. Calhoun to endorse and help promote it, and the rest we shall say, is history. :)

The ONLY Telescope and Microscope Combo in One for Kids!

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I've been a fan of Educational Insights for awhile. Every item we have purchased from them has lasted and lasted, and many have been passed on to the next generation of littles that have come into our family. Some we keep and cannot bear to part with (like the talking globe that we have had for over a year and still use all of the time).  That's why when it came time to shop for my nephew, I knew they were the perfect place to go, and they did not disappoint with this high quality GeoSafari Jr. Explorer Scope for children ages 3-6.

LEGO DC Super Villains Deluxe Edition for XBox One Giveaway

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We've got games! My son has been asking for an XBox One for a couple of years now. I have been hesitant because I don't really like him to be online live (he's only 11). However, after a conversation we had with his friends over, that I had nothing to do with and didn't orchestrate, I found out that most of his friends do not go online, or even have the option to do so in their home (their parents didn't pay for/hook up the 'live' option), so I am thrilled to say we now have it sitting under our Christmas Tree, all wrapped up with a child who has no clue he's going to get it for the holiday. And if you have a console, you have to have games!!

Pendulonium Game

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This game is new for 2018 and in addition to be labeled a STEM challenge, it is also great fun! It seems like a simple game, and it is, but the learning that's going on too is wonderful for the younger crowd. I have a 5-year-old nephew who is going to love it! It comes with an instruction booklet to help you set up the pieces in various ways with increasing challenge. Players pull the pendulum back and swing to hit the ball that is perched in front of it, hoping to knock over the stacked pieces. You can use said challenges, or design your own. This is the kind of game that gets addicting. You play once, do a great job (or not, ahem) and want to try again and again and again. We have a lot of fun with this one, and I think it would be a welcome gift to give for the holiday season. Learning Resources offers this and so many other great learning ideas for kids that are enjoyable too.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Child Safety Store Safeguard Your Home Set with Giveaway

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Child Safety Store has everything you can think of to keep baby safe. They have very big items like safety gates for the pool, large items like gates for inside of the house, and then a whole array of smaller items to make everyday things safe for the little ones in your life.

smART Sketcher Projector Trace or Step by Step Instructions on How to Draw

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STEAM is huge these days. Most of us have heard of it, and for those of us who haven't, the acronym means Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Toys geared towards all of these elements may get labeled as a STEAM item, and if they do, that probably means your oroduct is going to be fantasic, like this sketcher! We want our children to be prepared for the future, to understand how to use and create in ways that will allow them to have fun yet seamlessly move forward and progress in the areas forementioned (and I've said it a million times, if they are having so much fun that they don't realize how much they are learning, that is even more amazing). The smART Sketcher Projector is wonderful for all of these things, and kids are going to love it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

3 Great Travel-Sized Products for Baby!

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Okay, I'll admit it right here and now that I am a little giddy about our latest addition to the family. So much so, that I already bought baby her own ornament for the tree, and made a stocking for her as well. No biggie, right? Except she's not even here yet. ;) She's due in March. The stocking was easy to fill (yes, that is an 'I mustache you a question' pacifier, and yes, she is a girl, lol... I got girly pacifiers too). ;) Babies are on the go a lot, and a diaper bag is needed everywhere the parents take them, so filling a stocking with travel-sized items like Bourdeaux's Butt Paste (the BEST diaper cream I used when I had a little one in the house), a diaper cream applicator (there are times you don't want to get your hands dirty, I'm thinking of an airplane, but there are others) and Baby Magic items. 

GuruNanda Premium Essential Oils Roll On Giveaway

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A great gift to give any time, but especially during the holidays or to start a new year, is essential oils. They have so many different quality claims and uses. I use essential oils to soothe a headache, relieve cold symptoms, or simply put me instantly in a happy mood, depending on which oil I am using. A couple of years ago, one of my grown son's girlfriend put essential oils on my wrist when I was studying for a certification test I was about to go take, She said it would help me concentrate and think more clearly. I'm not sure if that's true or not (because I studied hard too), but it did smell pleasant (one of my favorite scents), and I did ace the test. 😊 In fact, she may have been the first person to really introduce me to essential oils. I haven't looked back since my first purchase shortly after that event, and I am now a huge fan! What I haven't tried yet is the roll-on version, but oh my goodness they do look delightful. Let's talk about this limited edition Exotics Kiss set from Gurunanda.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hello Kitty DVDs from Sentai FilmWorks

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Do you have a Hello Kitty fan in your house? You too can find Hello Kitty (and so many other anime selections) at Sentai Kids. I don't per say, but I DO have a granddaughter in her own home who LOVES Hello Kitty, so this year, she's going to get DVDs from grandma for Christmas. Or maybe it will be from Santa, I haven't decided yet (if they go in the stocking, Santa did it). ;) 

Ravensburger makes Gorgeous Jigsaw Puzzles!

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Ravensburger has all of these great jigsaw puzzles to choose from, and we have (2) of them in our house right now. I used to sit and put puzzles together with my grandmother when I was a kid, and I loved it, but outside of the preschool puzzles, this for some reason isn't really something I've done with my kids much, until now. The only question I have for myself is: Why did I wait so long? We're having so much fun putting these together.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Protection is the Best

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A lot of people will be getting electronic devices for Christmas. One thing you want to make sure that is true, whether you are on the giving or receiving end of that, is that you give or have protection as well. Nothing ruins a beautiful piece of technology faster than a virus or worse. I think so many of us have been a victim of it at one point in our lives and learned our lessons well. I did, and have used Kaspersky ever since. There honestly is no other brand of virus protection I trust more.

Mobo Triton: The Perfect Big Gift Idea from Santa

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The Mobo Triton Cruiser (adult and kid sizes) makes the perfect "Santa Gift!"
Up to 40% off through December.
Do you give a big gift from Santa Clause to your kids each year? We used to, for as long as they believed. Now that my youngest son is older, I still give him a big gift, and I still say it's from Santa, he's just on to me now, about who it's really from... 😉 

Winner Announcement




Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:

BRIO 1st Railway wooden train: Katie
Ya Blew It family game: Antoinette
Five Little Fish: Lisa Ann
Java House: AmSamm
Moosh Moosh: Ed
Pop Culture Cards: Amy
The Community DVD Set: Bernie

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Welch's Christmas-Themed Fruit Snacks

Welch's makes fruit snacks in fun holiday shapes that I know my students are going to love. I passed their seasonal shapes for another season out in October, and the classes who saw the wrappers in the garbage were not at all happy that I didn't bring enough for them too. :) It's amazing to me that older kids like these as much as younger kids, but if we're being completely honest, I really think they're cute and like to eat them too. Come to think of it, I can see all of my kids, including the one who has a child of his own, picking these up and eating them if I have them in the snack bowl while they're here to visit. They surely add to the festivity of the season, and Welch's mixed fruit Fruit Snacks are always so de-li-cious!

The NEW 28-count and 5-count Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Christmas-themed boxes now feature custom pieces in seasonal shapes including an ornament, Christmas tree, snowman, Santa Claus and a snowflake. These festive fruit snacks are the perfect snack for parties or to gift in any stocking this season!

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
The Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Christmas-themed box and pouch have custom graphics with fun shapes including a snowman, ornament, Santa, snowflake, and Christmas tree. These fruit snacks are perfect for stocking stuffers or holiday entertaining.

KEY PRODUCT FEATURES:
ü  Made with REAL fruit
ü  Fruit is our first ingredient
ü  Gluten-free
ü  No preservatives
ü  Fat-free
ü  5-count box $1.00
ü  28-count box $4.49
ü  Available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Christmas Tree Shops and other local retailers.

The Community on Blu Ray: The Complete Series with Giveaway

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We don't watch a whole lot of TV and when we do turn it on it's usually a sports show. Right now I have Pandora running through a playlist of Christmas songs through the television, and that's nice. So while this show, Community, may be awesome, I honestly don't know!!! I looked it up on YouTube and saw that Chevy Chase is in it. I know people like him. I also saw that it is a comedy, and that it got great ratings from consumers who purchased it. So...when the chance came to give a complete series BluRay DVD set to one lucky winner, I decided to go for it! A big thank you to Mill Creek Entertainment for the opportunity!

Slime is a Very Touching Gift, Don't you Think?

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As an educator and as a parent, I can tell you slime is all the rage right now, so what better thing to tuck into their Christmas stocking, or wrap up to gift for the holiday season, than slime?! The title is a play on words I got from the manufacturer, Kangaroo Manufacturing and I thought it was really cute. It's accurate too. Kangaroo goes all out with their slime production, bottling not only the original Super Cool Slime, but also selling wonders such as Glow in the Dark Slime and Jurassic Park Slime (say what?!?) that the kids are sure to love!

The Harlem Globetrotters Sure Put on a Good Show!

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We recently went to CFE Arena, on the University of Central Florida campus, to see The Harlem Globetrotters. This venue is a great one for watching shows because it is one of those places where there really isn't a bad seat in the house! 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Personalized Little Book of You

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The Little Book of You is so charming, and it's 100% personalized for your little one. It would be a wonderful keepsake to give to any child for Christmas, and there is still time to order to get yours in time for the holiday! 

Light Up UCF in Orlando: Christmas Fun for the Whole Family

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We recently took a trip to CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida (on the University of Central Florida campus) to visit their Light Up UCF event. There's my darling grandbaby, acting like she's a Gingerbread cookie. She gives me sweet smiles when I take her picture.

Moosh-Moosh Softest Plushies Ever! FLASH GIVEAWAY!

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Look we found moosh-moosh plushies that levitate!! Just kidding. But we did find the softest, cutest plushies for holiday gift giving that I've ever seen. Seriously, these are so very soft and squishable! They're officially called Moosh-Moosh but we call them friends.


Stocking Stuffer Idea! An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Favorite Yuletide Quotes & Traditions

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If you're looking for a sweet stocking stuffer, An Old-Fashioned Christmas is the perfect little hard cover book to tuck into the sock of someone you like or love. It's chock full of favorite quotes and traditions by people you know such as Carrie Fisher, Mother Teresa and so many others in between!

Rescue Guard 351-Piece Survival Pack

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We live in Florida, so we know what it's like to have to prepare for natural disaster. Preparation is key when the time comes because I guarantee that if you wait too long, there's going to be nothing on the shelves for you to buy at any store, that has to do with safety or care for when those lights go out (and they always go out). I'm talking about boards for windows, shutters (for the same), non-perishable food, bread, water, you name it. If it has to do with what you'll need during a hurricane, the stores are going to be sold out. That's why the Rescue Guard Survival Pack is something that would be relevant and important in every home where natural disasters are common occurrences (hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, etc.).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Love Does for Kids with Giveaway: 5 Winners!

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I like a book that is real, something that we can relate to when my son and I are reading together. Bob and Lindsey Goff Viducich are a father/daughter pair who bring real life stories to us, infused with faith, love and laughter in their book Love Does for kids. It is the follow-up to the best sellimg book, Love Does.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sparkle & Change Sequin Bible Giveaway

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5 lucky winners are going to get a chance to win this wonderful Sparkle & Change Bible for kids.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Winner Announcement




Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:
Theresa: Caprista Espresso Machine
Jodi: Legacy Letters
Terry: Paul Cardall Christmas CD

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland. My Oldest Son's Perspective

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My son is writing from his point of view today,
on how wonderful it was to experience the Legoland Bricktacular.
Visiting Legoland with the kids is always great, but it's extra special this time of year,
when everything is decorated and all lit up for Christmas.

Florida is a beautiful state packed with theme parks and attractions.  There is entertainment available for any age you may be. This post is all about Legoland, located in Winter Haven, Florida, about an hour southwest of Orlando.

Everyone knows my mom, Rose…as she’s the owner of this Blog. I’m her oldest son, Carmelo, and we took my daughter, Zoe as a complete surprise to her.  Days prior to the mini-vacation I informed my daughter that Grandma Rosey and I had a surprise for her but we wouldn’t tell her where or what it was.

Friday, November 30, 2018

I Have Hit the Jackpot with this RazorX Surprise!

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To me, the best kind of surprise to give the kids is the one you know they're going to love, but they didn't ask for and don't have a clue that they're getting! This Christmas, my tween who loves to skateboard will be getting a RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard (lithium-powered) with a remote control. It's unlike anything he's ever had before, and I know he's going to flip (haha, I mean that figuratively, not literally, though he might be excited enough to do that too).

Great Savings on Smit Co Products!

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Quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. SmitCo has several different diaries with lock 
and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as light up diaries to provide 
hours of fun. Another huge hit is the new Pony and Mermaid themed scrapbook kits. SmitCo products also include very popular stretch jewelry sets for little girls - all packed in cute gift boxes. 

$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: Not a sponsored post. I'm working with another group of bloggers to help bring you this giveaway. Happy Holiday shopping to you!



Every year at Christmas I shop at Amazon for holiday gifts because their prices are unbeatable. In fact, not long ago, we received the latest copy of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, which will go under the Christmas Tree for my son. He's been a fan of those books for years, so I used the convenient order-before-it-is-published option on Amazon, to make sure we would get ours quickly when it came out (and we did). Anyone who is familiar with Amazon knows by now that there isn't much of anything you can't find on Amazon. It's truly a gem of stores, with prices that are reasonable, customer reviews galore, and great customer service. I love Amazon, and one lucky reader is going to get a chance to love them even more because there is a $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

$100 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

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Starbucks is a favorite of my daughter and my daughter-in-law. Either of them could sit in the store and have a cuppa or a specialty drink and be perfectly content. My youngest child's bus stop used to be right next to a Starbucks, so while we'd wait for the bus to come, I'd sometimes take him in for a breakfast treat. That was really nice because we'd take it outside to one of the tables to make sure we didn't miss the bus, and that early morning time was so peaceful. It gives me good memories of Starbucks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Canvas Champ Makes Gift to be Treasured for a Lifetime

This post is written in partnership with BraVoMark and Canvas Champ.



If my kids are looking for a gift for me, they all know they can never go wrong with pictures; most especially pictures of my family, or of places we have traveled.  If you sit in my living room, it's not one bit difficult to tell that these are my two passions in life. Over the years I have found that  canvas is one of the best mediums to use for printing and displaying photos, and the best place to order canvas prints is Canvas Champ because their prints not only look beautiful, but they also come with a lifetime guarantee.