Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Smarty Folks Use SmartyPits (okay that was lame, but it's also true!)

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Smartypits is an aluminum-free deodorantm, and this Coconut Mango version they have smells so so so so good! Seriously, this stick has the best fragrance I have ever come across for a deodorant. Smartypits is about more than just keeping odors in check, it is also about providing you the most sensible choice of protection, free of potentially harmful ingredients.

Give the Gift of Reading! Candlewick Press has Awesome Book Suggestions for Kids!

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Books are a staple for holiday gift giving. I always make sure the children in our family get a big, beautiful hardback book full of great illustrations and an engaging story line. If you like to do the same, I have found several really good options and will share them here. Around the Table that Gradad Built is a great choice. It is a wonderful testament to the power of family and traditions. Walk through the things this family loves and see them through the eyes of a child.

Monday, December 9, 2019

We love the Comfy!! Right Now You Can Buy One Get One Free!

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One thing we have this year that we got last year and still love and use is the Comfy! When the weather gets a little chilly we are ridiculous and snuggle up in blankets, put on the heater, and even whine a little. We live in Florida. 😸 The other day we were driving early in the morning and we saw a man wearing one of these while he was walking his dog. He was rocking that Comfy, and we laughed. Sometimes though, we do get a little warm in ours because it is so gloriously, snuggly warm (I wish we would have had this when we lived up north, we would have lived in it!!) . That being said, the Comfy Hoodie, while still nice and cozy, is a much lighter version to consider. It comes in a variety of colors and is sure to ward off the chill of the season, without making you too hot, if you live in a state that doesn't get to below-zero temperatures. That being said, warm state or not, we still love our comfy too, and since they are having a BOGO sale this holiday season, I wanted to run my post again, from last season. Both versions (and they have a kids version too!) are stitched together well and built to last. I highly recommend picking a couple up while they have this sale running because these make a most excellent (and appreciated) present to put under the tree.

Top Gift Picks for Older Toddler to Tween

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Buying for the littlest kiddos is a piece of cake. That is not always true for the older ones. Sometimes buying for them can be a bit challenging, especially since their tastes and preferences at that age seem to change so quickly. Some things though, are staple items that are timeless and always well loved. For boys, my top pick is the Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig from Horizon Group USA. Of course, girls will love this one too, but my boys always had a natural bent for experimentation and discovery. This kit piques a natural love of discovering their inner archaeologist as they unearth 6 real gemstones included in the kit. It is recommended for ages 12+

  • Exciting reveals: dig your way through vibrant and fun shaped digs or place them into a bowl of water and watch a fizz, pop and bubble Reaction take place to reveal the gemstones
  • Learn to use excavation tools: 3 excavation tools included to get a real feel for digging and chiseling away
  • Fun fizzing dig shapes: Includes 3 colorful and fun shaped fizzing digs including a planet fizz dig, an asteroid fizz dig, and Star fizz dig
  • Identify gemstones: take a closer look at the patterns and colors of each gemstone using the magnifying glass like a true Gemologist


The Squishy Diary from It's So Me! is recommended for children ages 6+, but I can see tween girls loving it oh so very much as well. The inside has 60 lined sheets of paper to write your most personal thoughts. Stickers and a unicorn pen are also included. It's the squishy soft pink unicorn cover that will really have the gals swooning. My granddaughter is 6 and she would LOVE this. My niece is 12 and she would love it too, equally, if not more!

  • Express yourself as you pen down personal goals, cherished memories, and exciting stories with the It’s So Me Squishy Unicorn Diary!
  • Squeeze and squish your unicorn cover, as you open up your diary to reveal 60 lined sheets all about you!

Both of these ideas are great for gift giving. I am happy to recommend them both to you!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Top Christmas Gift Ideas for a Baby or Toddler

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I have found the easiest members of the family to buy for are the babies!! These perfect gift ideas are sure to please, and I highly and happily recommend them all!

The Touchscreen Purse from Save The Girls is SUCH a Great Gift Idea!

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Everyone I know has either dropped and broken their phone, despite having an awesome case, or they know someone who has; seeing someone with a cracked screen is unfortunately, not abnormal. One way to help is the touchscreen purse from Save the Girls. Why the name? Because 10% of all sales are donated to Breast Cancer Research. 

Aware that breast cancer afflicts one out of eight women and will kill more than 42,000 in the U.S. this year, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Lange started her donations to Breast Cancer Research her first full year in business. Lange is part of a new type of socially responsible entrepreneurs who believe that commerce, invention and charity are not mutually exclusive. How Lange’s company came to be answers how she decided to focus her charitable contributions to Breast Cancer Research. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Flash Giveaway! Make Beautiful Bows in an Instant!

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Making packages pretty is all the rage right now ('tis the wonderful season), and I'm all for that; in fact, I just wrapped some gifts this morning to put under the tree and I wanted them to look as special as they could because they're for my kiddo, and he's pretty awesome. It's always the ribbons and bows that give that extra special touch to holiday packages. There are, however, many other ways you could use the Bowdabra, which creates the perfect bows for decorating your house, your tree top (that seems to be the new trendy thing, and it's cute), hair ribbons, wedding decorations, baby showers, baskets or any gift you might have throughout the new year to wrap. With the Bowdabra you can make the big beautiful bows of your dreams, perfect, every single time, even if you don't have a crafty or artistic bone in your body!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Lazy Turtle: Best Quality Apparel for the Beach

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I don't know what happened. Yesterday he was in diapers, today he has outgrown the last size there is for kids in shoes, and he is on the biggest size in clothes that is left for children. Soon he'll be wearing men's clothing to match his men's shoes. That being said, he has also outgrown his swimsuits, which we found out on the last vacation we took (over Thanksgiving Break), so we have to replace his old with some new, and what better time than the holiday season when we are already out shopping anyway?! Lazy Turtle makes premium sun and swim clothes, and this Splash Sun Safe Long Sleeve is top of the line. It is just what we needed to replace his previous swimshirts (rash guard shirts) that he has outgrown. I love that it's a bold, bright red too. That makes him easier to spot on the beach, or when we're in the water. These shirts are a necessity for us, because they keep my child protected without the need to apply and reapply sunscreen liberally and often (something he hates to do because it interrupts his fun!).

Don't worry about all that fun in the sun with the Paddle Sun Safe Long Sleeve shirt’s natural SPF rating of 50+, blocking 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Comfortable, soft, tagless fabric kids love to wear.  We’re honored to help keep your family sun safe, and as an added bonus, keep chemicals from sunscreen off your body and out of our oceans. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Rockin Jump Trampoline Park in Myrtle Beach, SC

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On our recent vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina we did some things that I knew my youngest would love. After all, this was supposed to be his birthday celebration, but a hurricane headed our way derailed those plans, so I wanted to make sure the things we did would be special and memorable on this alternate and slightly delayed vacation. A trip to Rockin' Jump surely put a smile on his face.

A Knife for Life Giveaway

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Kyoku Knives giveaway

A Knife for Life Giveaway

Practical gifts make me happy. I say it every year, and it's always just as true. I'm all about spending money on things that will make people happy, but I also ant the gift to be something they can use, beyond just 12/25. Kyoku Knives incorporate the precision craftsmanship of Japanese sword-making masters while utilizing modern forging techniques to enhance your experience on the board. That kind of gift, really makes the cut (yeah, did that on purpose). ;)

Deluxe Bitsbox: Teach Kids How to Code with GIveaway

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Teach Your Kids to Love Coding

Teach Your Kids to Love Coding Giveaway

I think it's wonderful to find gifts for kids that no one else has gotten them and that they will love for a long time to come. Yes, it's nice to have that element of surprise with a trendy gift that's been running a commercial on TV for a long time, trying to hype up the kids, but how often do those gifts last for keeping their interest after they've played with them for a time or two? With four children in the family, three of whom are grown, I can't count the times I have seen that happen. Maybe giving them a skill would be more ideal? It will keep their interest and maybe spark a passion for coding, and that could serve them well for the rest of their lives. Now that's a gift to give!