Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Barb whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Cobra Family Safety Radio Set.

SnoofyBee Clean Hands Changing Pad

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We've got some cool presents under the tree, but SnoofyBee is definitely one of the best. I have four kids, and wish this would have been around when I was changing diapers!! Any parent knows that every once in awhile, our sweet little bundles of baby job like to 'help' change their diaper, and by help, I mean they get their hands down there where yours are, and the end result isn't always pretty!!

It's really rather small when it's folded up, like a clutch purse, which makes it easy to fit into most any size of diaper bag. OR if you're traveling light, you can use this as the 'diaper bag.' There is a place to fold in diapers and wipes that you need, and maybe even a lightweight outfit too (I'm thinking a onesie)!

The concept is super easy, lay it flat and Velcro the 2 arm strips to keep baby's hands above it while you're changing the diaper. So nice! Simple inventions are always the best ones, aren't they?!

There is a belt to hold baby in place and the measurements can be seen above. The Velcro to secure the SnoofyBee around baby's torso is nice and sturdy, so you don't have to worry about it popping off when baby is wiggling around happily on top of it.

The SnoofyBee comes in a variety of colors and patterns. We chose the blue and gray Chevron here. The pads are water-resistant and they have a quarter-inch foam pillow for baby's head. There are 2 clips for toys, to make it even easier and more pleasant to get the dirty work (aka diaper changing) done efficiently and quickly. This is a great gift idea for any mom to be, and it's also an awesome holiday gift idea for moms or those about to be (moms or dads). Now that I know about this product, I can't imagine not owning one.

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Learn more about this awesome changing pad by visiting the SnoofyBee FAQ page where every question you have is likely to be answered. Do you know someone who would love this item too?

The Harlem Globetrotters are Coming to Orlando!


The Harlem Globetrotters are on tour and coming to a city near you!

Vince Gill Double Vinyl Christmas Music Exclusively made for Cracker Barrel

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Exclusively made for Cracker Barrel, these LPs are just festive!

Ask this child if he likes country music, and this is the hearty laugh you will get. He's not typically a fan. He did, however, love these two albums, appropriately colored red and green despite them being by one of country's greats, Vince Gill. Why? Because they are filled with so many of his holiday favorites (my boy likes Christmas). I love them too, for many reasons, but most especially because Gill has a clear and pure voice that lends itself well to these seasonal selections.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Best Cyber Week Deals on Walmart: FREE Caprista Espresso Machine PLUS enter to win one!

So many of us are thinking ahead to Black Friday and holiday shopping. Me? I look for the cyber deals, and what better place to find them than Walmart, where great prices get slashed even more? Or in this case, you get a free machine when you buy the coffee...say what?!? It's true, keep reading!

EduShape Gifts for the Younger Crowd!

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A holiday gift guide just wouldn't be the same without EduShape on there for baby! This is a company that for years, has been making high quality toys infants and small children love. Their items last and last, making them a sure bet to get passed on when your little one outgrows them.

God Bless You and Goodnight Board Book Giveaway 5 Winners!

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Touch and Feel books are the best when you're a kid, and God Bless You & Good Night, written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow is oh so very sweet!

HueTrition is Helping You Eat Better! $25 Gift Card of Choice #Giveaway

This is not a post that is sponsored for me.  I have joined in with other bloggers to help promote HueTrition and offer you the giveaway.

'tis the season for reviews and giveaways and we're really adding a bunch of 'em to help you with your holiday gifting ideas! I know shopping season is literally right around the corner now, if you haven't started already! Today we're talking about HueTrition, a great resource to help your family eat better foods! They encourage everyone to fill their plate with color to get more nutrients in your diet every day. They have a list of HueApproved foods that you can share with your family.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ellie Claire Journals Make Great Gift Ideas!

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I have several good friends for whom I would like to get something special for Christmas, but I don't want to spend a ton of money (something we've all agreed we're not going to do). It's hard to find something meaningful that doesn't cost a small fortune, but with these high quality journals from Ellie Claire, I think I've hit a homerun.

Personalized Embroidered Sherpa Blanket Makes a Thoughtful Gift Idea!

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Not much else is as appealing as cuddling up in a cozy, soft blanket with a hot cup of something delicious to drink on a cold morning or evening. Gifts for You Now has added the special touch of a carefully and beautifully embroidered name to the softest of material, to make these kinds of moments even more special. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

$200 Kohl's Gift Card #Giveaway

Disclosure: I am working with a group of bloggers to promote the giveaway. I did not receive product or monetary compensation. I just like to offer these to readers during the holiday season.

FLASH GIVEAWAY! Playmobil Advent Calendars are Out! Enter to #win one here!

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Advent calendars are always fun for the kids, especially true when you have one from Playmobil. What's more awesome than opening a prize each day that consists of one of their great toy pieces? Well, how about a scenery set you can add to each day?! Whether you choose the NHL set or the Post Office kit, or one of the several others they have to choose from, all come with a cardboard cutout that allows you to create a scene (in a good way, of course).

$100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway

I am excited to bring a gift card giveaway to you, in collaboration with another group of wonderful bloggers. We used to have a Target close to our home and I would walk over and browse (and usually come home with something 😍). When we moved, Target became a little bit of a drive, and certainly not walkable, so we ended up not going so often. The one time of year I always go though, is during the holiday season. They go all out with their holiday decorations and have some of the best edible seasonal goodies around. We find all kinds of treats and yummies to share with family and friends there. If you share my love of Target, you're going to appreciate the giveaway below. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Harry Potter Quilled and Game of Thrones Pop-up Card #Giveaway

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It's hard for me to pick a favorite superhero because quite frankly, I love them all (well, most of them). I do have to say I have an affinity towards Wonder Woman though. She's pretty amazing and so was the blockbuster movie. So if I were to pick a hero for a candle to display in the house, it would definitely be her. This gorgeous tin holds a scented candle made of palm and paraffin wax and is sold at Insight Luminaries, where you can find awesome pop-culture candles in all shapes and sizes!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stocking Stuffers: Smashy Mashy Smooshy Mushy Fun!

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I'm not sure what it is about little smooshy items, but I am certain my son, my granddaughter, my daughter (who is 19) and my students are all in on the craze. What better way to surprise them than putting Smooshy Mushy or Smashy Mashy items in their stocking?!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Keep Olbas Natural Herbal Remedy Products on Hand for Fall and Winter

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Whatever it is you're looking for when it comes to taking care of a cold, Olbas has taken it upon themselves to help. Menthol lozenges are important to keep on hand this time of year, because with the change in weather, you know you're going to need them at some point. Herbal cough drops are a good alternative if you're not into the big burst of menthol (for the record, I like both). And Olba Oil keeps the momentum of symptom relief going as an inhalant (add some to a tissue or handkerchief), helping to keep nasal passages clear and minds refreshed. It can also be used as a massage oil.

Oversized Bamboo Hooded Baby Towel Set #Giveaway

Disclosure: I am participating in the promotion of this giveaway that is generously hosted by Saving you Dinero. No product or compensation was provided to participate.

When my new grandbabe gets here I'll be looking for Bamboo items for her. It's a material that just gets softer and softer each time you use it. so how could I resist? Saving you Dinero is hosting a giveaway for a lovely infant towel gift set that is made of Bamboo, and it's from SmitCo. I've shopped with that company before and was very pleased with the quality of their products.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

$200 Walmart Gift Card #Giveaway

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We spend a lot of time at Walmart this time of year. Seems like there's always good deals to be found, and with so many people on our shopping list, shopping at a savings matters. If you win this giveaway, you can stretch those bucks further too because $200 can really go a long way at Walmart. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Celebrate with Zulily: November is National Family Literacy Month

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November is National Family Literacy Month, and while your child may have a ton of books he/she can read (I know mine do, and I am thankful!) many children may not have the opportunity to experience the magic of books. Zulily wants to help, and for the month of November they have teamed up with publisher Penguin Random House and nonprofit First Book to help provide books to children in need all across the United States. What better time to form such an alliance, as it is the season of giving?!

The event runs November 1 - December 12, 2018. Special sales will be launched during the campaign and will feature a curated selection of children's books. Every book that also has the "BUY 1, GIVE 1" badge will trigger a new children's book donation, up to 100,000 books from Penguin Random House to First Book.

In addition to that, there will be various times when shoppers can visit Zulily's social media channels and engage with comments and likes to help spark the 'Buy One Give One Campaign.'

So many of the books that have the 'Buy 1, Give 1' badge are available, that you are sure to find one or more that you would love to have and simultaneously gift to another child as well. Classic favorites like Corduroy, Dr. Suess, and Sesame Street are on there. So are newer favorites like My Little Pony (oh my goodness, how my granddaughter loves those books!). Sales are continuously running, so be sure to check out the Zulily website and see what might have currently gone on sale at the moment...but you have to hurry (and check back often) because each sale only runs a limited amount of time. 

This is the kind of initiative that I can really get behind and support. Having fostered a love of reading in all 4 of my children, since they were very little, I understand the importance and impact that kind of gift can have on their life. If you appreciate companies showing this kind of support as well, head on over to the Zulily website. Take a look at what they have to offer, and don't forget to visit their social media sites periodically as well. Surely a child will thank you, whether you know it or not...and that's always the best kind of giving.

$100 Nordstrom Gift Card #Giveaway

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

$150 EvgieNev Wall Decals #Giveaway

This information is brought to you by EvgieNev. All opinions are my own.

A good friend of mine and her husband use EvgieNev decals and their kids' rooms look gorgeous! This is the fastest way I can think of, to change the whole look of a room in an instant, with minimum sweat equity, and the results are nothing short of gorgeous.

I do think wall decals are one of the best ways to decorate a new nursery or even a child's room. You can create a beautiful and happy scene in a room that you will spend many hours in with your child.

EvgieNev makes removable sticker that are made using top-quality matte vinyl. Just peel and stick: it's so easy! Included FREE test decal.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Monday, November 5, 2018

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Holiday Vacation Time Coming up Soon? Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort is PERFECT for Families!

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Just a few hours of driving is perfect to keep you close enough to home, but still far enough away that it feels like a mini-vacation. Cocoa Beach is not that far from us. It's a nice little area known for beach time and surfing. We had never been, and decided it was time to remedy that, so we packed up our car and headed straight to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort.

If you're looking for a resort that has a traditional pool (7ft in the deep end!), a jacuzzi, a water park for the smaller kids, a lazy river (yes, I did say a lazy river) all by itself (so fun!) AND all-night access to the private beach, then this is the place for you too. I had heard prior to our visit that Cocoa Beach resorts really have it going on; this one was the perfect introduction for us to prove that rumor to be true.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

2 New Adventure Force Blasters Kids Really Enjoy! #Giveaway

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The sun was a little harsh as far as casting shadows goes, but the weather was otherwise perfect, and there was no way we were going home, we had two new Adventure Force toys to review! The design, the height/distance the darts can go, and all of the considerate features made this my son's favorite duo to date from Dart Zone (a company he has loved for awhile now).

Let's get THE COMFY!! As Seen on Shark Tank

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So the Comfy has become a one-size-fits-all wonder hit in our house. What is it? It's a very reasonably priced blanket that is a sweatshirt, literally.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

In Courage Devotional Bible for Women #Giveaway

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I think a great gift to offer someone during the holiday season is a Bible. Those who read regularly will appreciate a different format (different Bibles serve different purposes), and those who don't read might be encouraged to do so if they have the good book in their home. I already have a devotional Bible that I love, so I gave this one to my son-in-law, who will be gifting it to his mother or grandmother for the holidays.

A Perfect Stocking Stuffer: The Legacy Letters with #Giveaway!

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This award winning book, The Legacy of Letters by Carew Papritz is the kind of book you can become emotionally involved in while reading. It's just a small, little book but it really packs a powerful punch. 40 letters a father wrote throughout his life to his family are included and they will resonate with the readers through and through. I've read through mine once, and I fully intend to pick the book up and go through them yet again.

Reindeer in Here: A New Christmas Tradition for Kids

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A friend that arrives on Dec. 1st each year, and goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Meet Reindeer in Here. Your friend arrives on December 1st each year, and returns home (to Santa Clause at the North Pole) on Christmas Eve. It includes both a book and a lovable reindeer plush who has one antler shorter than the other. This will help reinforce the message that different is normal, and every 'child' is special. The set was introduced in December 2017, and sold out entirely on Amazon (#1 Best Seller and #1 New Release). It also won 9 awards in under 1 year. So what makes it so special?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Just in Time for Thanksgiving! Powerizer Complete #Giveaway with 3 Winners!

This information is brought to you by Powerizer Complete. 

Sometimes I'm happy to collaborate with another blogger to bring you a giveaway. This time I'm doing so with Janell from Saving you Dinero. It's a goodie too because not only does it give you great ways/ideas for using Powerizer Complete, but it also has a giveaway, which will allow (3) winners the chance to try it for free!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I have some tips to help you get your kitchen ready for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies, and more.

It's much easier to use the kitchen when it is organized and clean. With Powerizer Complete you will have 1 cleaner that can do it all!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

$350 Off LG Matte Black Stainless Steel Appliances at Best Buy!

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It's pretty nice to walk into your kitchen and think, 'Wow, I love this space!" The LG Matte Black Kitchen set at Best Buy makes that instantly easy. Imagine entertaining or cooking each night with these stylish appliances paving the path. What better way to make use of a room we occupy so often, than to make into a space where you actually want to be. Nothing feels better than having your house decorated in a way that makes you feel happy; a place that just feels like home.

GrabPoints: A Survey Site for All Ages

This is a guest post. I am happy to welcome GrabPoints on the blog today!

GrabPoints: A Survey Site for All Ages

I’ve heard some people say that GPT and survey sites are only for millennials, especially those looking to make a quick buck for extra pocket money. I beg to disagree. I am not a millennial, and I actually know of several retired people who have turned to online rewards sites as sources of passive income. While the platform may seem innovative and new, the method of earning rewards by doing surveys and other simple tasks is a time-honored one.

There are so many survey sites out there that, for the most part, it seems like a simple matter of choosing which one works best for your schedule and other personal criteria of a useful rewards site. On my part, I would like to present GrabPoints as a legit survey site that actually works for people of all ages looking for ways to earn online. In this article, I aim to thoroughly describe what makes it appealing and effective for users, regardless of their age.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Jackson Galaxy Constellation Cat Scratcher #Giveaway

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What's a holiday without a gift for everyone...including the pets?!

We spent a decent amount of money on only the best of the best for our cat when we got her. It was our hope that she would find her new home comfortable, and that she would fall in love with us, just as we instantly had with her. Well, fast forward to now, and we've found that she has indeed become very fond of us, especially the boy (she likes my granddaughter a lot too), but the items we bought for her, meh...she can take them or leave them. Some of them, like her bed, she has just decided that 'leave them' works best, lol. The two exceptions she makes, are a). she uses the cat litter box we got her (thank goodness!) as long as the swinging door is off, and she uses her cat tower (as a scratching post and a climbing device to sit upon and watch what's going on outside (she rarely uses the cubbies on it though). So... we know she likes a scratching post.

Young Scientists Club: Diving into Slime, Gel and Goop

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If you have been around school-aged children lately, one thing you might have picked up on is that slime, gel and goop (whatever form it's taking) are things that are all quite the rage right now. They were 'in' last year, and they're in again this year! That makes fun days at home a breeze, if you have the Magic School Bus: Diving into Slime, Gel & Goop Science Kit.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lonely Planet Kids: Ancient Wonders Then and Now!

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Lonely Planet Kids makes the best books...the kind you want to keep out, so everyone can see them, instead of putting them away on your bookshelves. We just became the proud owners of Ancient Wonders Then & Now, and I'm so crazy about it, it's sitting on the shelf under my coffee table, so everyone who sits on our couch can take a look. This is one of those books that you can look at a hundred times, and still enjoy when you pick it up that 101st time.

My Very Own Nursery toy from American Plastic Toys

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What you see here is the coolest toy for toddler girls that I've seen in awhile. It's simple, the lines are clean, it's lightweight and it's bound to evoke a lot of imaginative play sessions for your little one. My Very Own Nursery from American Plastic Toys has everything a little girl needs for her baby dolls, all day long. There is a crib, storage underneath and on the side, a feeding chair (some dolls fit right in the seat) and even a sink.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

UnbelievaBrella: Reverse Closing Umbrella from ShedRain

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I cannot count the number of times I've struggled  to get in or out of my car without getting me and everything around me soaking wet while closing my umbrella, while it was pouring down rain. ShedRain recognized the universal struggle and set out to find the solution, which they did with the UnbelievaBrella.

Friday, October 26, 2018

3 Top Picks for a Baby Shower Gift Basket

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There are several people in my inner circle who are expecting babies in the new year, including one I announced that is family (MY baby girl). One thing that I love to do for those close to me, who are anticipating a sweet little bundle of joy, is put together a gift basket with unique items I know mom or baby will love. 3 of my top picks are Yoee Baby, Baby Butz (gotta have something practical and priceless in there), and anything from HABA...in this specific case, I'll be discussing the adorable Gallivanting Goose Cuddly. Let's start with Yoee Baby... 

I don't know whether it's the feathery soft hair, the colorful shirt, or just the fact that you're interacting so closely and gently with baby while using the Yoee Baby, but one thing that is for sure is the ratings on this, from people who have purchased it, are ahhhmazing!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Playmobil Take Along Haunted House

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Playmobil has a Take Along Haunted House that is hauntingly hexing, or at the very least, it is a lot of fun and perfectly fits in with the Halloween season. My son loves this time of year, and though he'll have fun with this set all year round, it will definitely be a seasonal favorite for many years to come. I love that everything is contained inside of the carry-along house (you don't have to worry about losing pieces), and my son loves that it has such gruesomely cool and very detailed pieces like bats, a spider, rats, a skull, trap floors, and detailed characters such as a vampire who comes with his own coffin.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Paula whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Welcome Mat from Carpet One.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cobra Family Safety Radio Walkie Talkie Set #Giveaway

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When I go to the gym, my youngest goes in the kids room and I can't see him. I am sure he is safe, otherwise I wouldn't have him in there, but an extra measure of security that we now have, and love, is the Family Safety Radio Set from Cobra. There are many features we appreciate with these radios, but the most important one is that it allows us to communicate with each other clearly, up to a 5 mile range.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

See It! Stream It! Chromecast is Available at Your Local Best Buy

When we moved into our place I opted for a cable package because it was such a good deal. Fast forward to the end of that sign-up period, and the bill went up atrociously. Now, we're looking to cut the cord to cable, and have been thinking of streaming our entertainment instead, with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player, available at Best Buy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

$25 Gift Card (or Paypal) #Giveaway from HueTrition

This information is brought to you by HueTrition. 

Happy to collaborate and share this post for a blogger friend. 
I hope you enjoy, and that you enter the giveaway too! 

It's Fall!! Even though some of the weather around the country may not feel like fall - you are starting to see Halloween and Fall decorations all around our neighborhoods. HueTrition wants to help you make the most out this season with tips and hack to help you stay healthy.

Their newest series is called Fall Into Fun! Did you know pumpkins aren't just for decoration? Monica from HueTrition will be sharing some pumpkin tips, recipes and beauty hacks on their HueTue channel. You will even learn about exercise routines all surrounding what we love most about the Fall season! Catch the first episode here on HueTube.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Toys that Little Girls Love! Calico Critters and Aquabeads!

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Photo Source: Calico Critters Designer Studio
Have you started holiday gift shopping yet? I know it's a controversial subject, where some are completely for it, and others are on the side of  'no way, it's way to early!' Me? I start shopping the day after Christmas for the next year, and keep shopping throughout the new year, so I don't overextend myself the month or two before the big holiday. This year I've got 2 things put aside for my granddaughter. Well, I did have two things. Now I have 1 because she was with us last weekend and I couldn't resist taking one of them out (I knew I should have wrapped it!) because it's totally right up her alley, and I knew she'd have a great time using it!! More on that to come in a minute. First though, let me tell you about this adorable Designer Studio from Calico Critters (both items are from Epoch Everlasting Play and both will be featured in the Holiday Gift Guide).

Carpet One Welcome Mat Giveaway

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I don't miss much about being up north (just being honest). I do, however, have a thing for trees and though my state has some amazing, fantastic, terrific selections of their own, one thing from up north that I do miss seeing regularly, is the huuuge pine trees; made even better when they host a layer of freshly fallen white snow on top of their gorgeous, evergreen branches. With my new entry rug from Carpet One, we can have a welcome reminder (get it? 😊 ) of those glorious trees each and every time we go in and out of the front door.