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

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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.

We'll be at Legoland this Weekend! Now I Hear Santa will be Too!


Legoland is one of my most favorite places to go. It is truly geared towards kids with rides galore and LEGOS everywhere. My granddaughter went with us last time and she's going with us again this time, but so far, it's been kept a surprise (her dad is driving her up there to meet us). Boy, is she going to get a kick out of it. Ya know, I'm really loving this grandma gig. :)  What better way to kick of December, than with a trip to Legoland, a chance to see Santa and a free picture with him to boot? :)
Coke Florida’s Holiday Caravan Tour Arrives at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
During Annual Christmas Event
Christmas Brickackular to Offer One-Day Only Photo Opportunity with Coca-Cola's Santa Claus
Who:     LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Coke Florida
What:    Santa Claus is coming to town! LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is kicking off the first day of Christmas Bricktacular with an opportunity for children of all ages to experience Coke Florida’s Holiday Caravan Tour and meet Santa Claus. Guests can to take a picture with Santa and receive a keepsake photo on-site; the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Where:  Outside the main entrance to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
When:   Saturday, December 1, noon - 2 p.m.
Comments for this post are turned off. I'm just sharing as an FYI. Hope to see you there!

Happy Salmon Game is an Excellent Stocking Stuffer!

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Happy Salmon really isn't like any game I have seen before. First of all, it's super easy to learn (takes about a minute to read and understand the directions). Second, there are no winners or losers, just the objective of everyone having a good time. Third, the game is self-contained in a cute Salmon pouch that zips (you're not going to lose the cards or directions), and it's small, meaning it's easily portable. That makes it easy to carry with you, anywhere you'd like to take it or store it. The best thing? Kids (and adults) have such a fun time playing it!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Five Little Fish: Fun Matching Game with a Twist #Giveaway

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Ravensburger has this fun little matching-type game with a twist that the will keep children engaged start to finish. The fish have different colored retracting tails. You have to remember where the colors are to match them. There's something about a little fishing game like this that really appeals to the kiddos, and the twist here is the tails fold up accordion style into the fish bodies, while the tops all look the same. Players select a card and try to 'catch' the fish of that color. The one who gets the most fish by the end is the winner.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ya Blew It! Family Game #Giveaway

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Ya Blew It! This rowdy game of riches and risks by Wonder Forge is sure to mesmerize your miners as they roll the dynamite-shaped dice that everyone wants to pick up and roll. This game is for ages 8+

Let's Talk about BRIO with First Railway #Giveaway

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So, let's talk camping! This My Home Town Camping Set from BRIO lets you pack the fam up (the wooden family, that is) and head out for a camping adventure. There's even room for Fido (because who wants to go camping without the family dog?).

Friday, November 23, 2018

Squishmallows Super Soft Plush Toys

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Super soft, squishy toys are all the rage with the kids this year. Squishmallows realizes the trend and has definitely met the need. With cute animals ranging in size from clip-on small, to medium to large, there is an animal here for everyone. I'm all grown up and I fell in love with these too. 

Lugz Black Friday Deal! 40% off Using Code Friday18

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Black Friday Deal!
40% off all day using code: Friday18

If you are looking for high quality shoes, look no further than Lugz. In business since 1993, they have become a name that is well trusted, and they have many styles of boots and shoes that people love. Both of my grown boys (now men) buy Lugz, and my second oldest just got this Men's Phaser Oxford Sneaker in Coyote White. They do come in 4 different colors.

The Perfect Warm Indulgence Gift for those who Live Somewhere Cold!

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This is a Footsac, and I think it is the perfect gift idea for anyone who lives somewhere cold!! We have family and friends up north, and they are already talking to us about their freezing temperatures and snow. 😐 Makes me super glad to live in a warm state. One thing I do remember about living in the cold though, is that nothing felt quite as wonderful as cozying up in a super warm blanket or throw, while absolutely refusing to go outside. 😉

Save Big with Black Friday Discount Code at Gifts for You Now

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First of all, let me share the discount code. Today you can get 25% off sitewide by using the code: DEAL25BNK. Visit Gifts for You Now to take advantage of these great deals. If you miss the sale today, I highly recommend heading over to the site anyway, as they have a wonderful array of cutomized items (including seasonal!) that you can have made. All items can be personalized and most ship within 3-4 days. 

Paul Cardall Christmas Debuts on 9 Different Billboard Charts with #Giveaway

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Every year we try to get at least one new holiday music item to add to our seasonal collection. This year we've added Paul Cardall Christmas, a collection of beautiful piano songs, some accompanied by singing (such as Cece Winans singing Oh Holy Night!). I pulled some of the songs up on YouTube before the holiday officially began and I fell in love. One listen to Silent Night, the way Cardall plays it, and you'll be sold too. Beautiful, peaceful, and accompanied by a lovely string assortment in the background, I think that selection was my absolute favorite out of all the gems included; and they were all gems. I'm always all-in when it comes to Christmas classics, and this is a new way for those to be played in our home.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!



Always so much to be thankful for, and I am. 💕I love every single turkey in our family, including the new little one on the way. 😇  Happy Thanksgiving from my family to you and yours.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

AirFree Air Purifier HUGE Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals with #Giveaway

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The Airfree Air Purifier that  will be on sale is the IRIS 3000 Everyday SRP: $329.99BLACK

FRIDAY PRICE: $199.00
CYBER MONDAY PRICE: $199.00

Airfree Iris available on the following sites: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Wayfair, Amazon, AirFree.com and Walmart.com
Sometimes I add things to my Holiday Gift Guide that are not current reviews.  Perhaps they have been a past review, or I never reviewed them at all and I just happen to love the product. It is, after all, a Holiday Gift Guide and should be authentic in its suggestions and ideas. This year, I'm recycling an older post with a product I still love to this day, and the sponsor has generously offered to give one away to a lucky reader too to help celebrate the holidays and the great holiday sales (thank you, AirFree!!).

 The AirFree Air Purifier is every bit as useful to me today, as it was last year when I reviewed one. It is attractive in any decor, it's silent, and it's small but packs a powerful punch in terms of doing its job well. I couldn't find a brand I'd rather recommend for an Air Purifier. Be sure to take advantage of the great 40% off sale going on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the Airfree Iris. At these prices, you can afford to stock up! This is a gift anyone who values clean air (which is all of us) is bound to appreciate.

This Coffee is Unusual and Delicious! Savings and #Giveaway

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So, it's not often I come across coffee that is really different but with this Java House Authentic Cold Brew, I think I'm on to something (and they are too!). First off I want to say, don't let the name of it fool you, this isn't just for cold coffee. You can make it hot, or you can make it cold. But what makes the Java House Dual Use Pods different?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Whose Tree is it Anyway?


She thinks the Christmas Tree is for her. She sleeps under it, plays with what she can reach, and goes there for a retreat more than her cat tower. I hate to be the one to break it to her that it's not a permanent fixture in the house. I guess we'll wait to let her know. ;)

NIV Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration Edition with #Giveaway

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


If you are on the lookout for a Bible that kids will be attracted to, this NIV Polar Exploration Edition from Adventure Bible is a good suggestion! With an adorable Polar Bear cover,  

Winner Announcement

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

Barb: Cobra Family Safety Radio Set.
Krystal: Playmobil Advent Calendar
Heather: Galaxy Cat Scratcher
Noelle: Polar Adventure Bible
Linda: AirFree Air Purifier

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.

Photo Courtesy of SnoofyBee
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

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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.