Gift Ideas For The Hard To Buy For Adults On Your List

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Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? I’m not ready! I have so much on my to-do list still and I know I’m not alone. Whether you have all your shopping to do still or you have some hard-to-shop-for people you are still trying to find the perfect gift for, I wanted to share some ideas for all the adults on your list. (Check out my kid’s gift guide if you still have kiddos on your shopping list to buy for!)

For the person who loves to relax at home after a busy day

There’s nothing like slipping off your shoes and putting your feet into a pair of nice, warm slippers after a long day of work or running errands. I’m in love with these “Papa Bear” slippers from Dearfoams! They even make “Mama Bear” and “Lil Bear” ones so the whole family can have a pair of the coordinating slippers. Best of all though, from now through December 25th, for each pair of slippers purchased on the brand site, Dearfoams will donate a pair of slippers – up to 50,000 – to RMHC of Central Ohio. There’s nothing like gifting and giving back to a great cause!

See the whole selection of Dearfoams slippers here.

For Grandma & Grandpa 

Grandma and Grandpa will love seeing photos of their loved ones displayed on a digital frame like PhotoSpring. I have had this frame for over a year and am in love with it! PhotoSpring is great because it allows families and friends to upload and share photos from any location to any digital frame in seconds. This high-resolution digital frame makes photo and video display and sharing easy with automatic selection & optimization of high-res photos and video slideshows, shared images with family and friends through mobile apps and a portable touchscreen interface to browse and interact with images.

Learn more about all the amazing features of PhotoSpring and how to purchase it here.

For the health-conscious

Living healthy is about more than just the food that we put in our mouths and those who are health-conscious realize this. The Eve Room smart home accessory helps monitor indoor conditions like air quality, temperature and humidity. Conditions can be seen at a glance and it can be connected with other smart home devices making indoor climate regulation a breeze. For example, they can have an air purifier turn on automatically when air quality deteriorates or have a humidifier switch on before moisture levels drop too low.

Learn more and buy it here.

For the adventurer in your life

Know someone who always seems to be on an adventure somewhere in the great outdoors? Give them a gift that they can use on their next trip and know they will think about you everytime they use it, no matter where in the world they are! The Sneaky Snuggler Blanket by Montem Outdoor Gear is a great choice. a temperature rating of 40°+, this quilt will keep your loved one warm whether they are camping, hiking, or taking in an outdoor concert. As a bonus, it’s water and puncture resistant and folds out to a comfortable 54″ by 80″ making it perfect for one and cozy for two.

Learn more here and use code ‘makingtimeformommy15’ to get a discount on this amazingly warm quilt.

For the tech-obsessed

A virtual reality headset isn’t something anyone really needs but, trust me, it’s something that everyone on your list would be so excited to get! VR headsets allow you to step into another world and explore new things. Our whole family loves the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset. It is the world’s first standalone VR headset that sets a new bar for hassle-free VR experiences because it doesn’t require PCs, phones, cables, or external sensors. Equipped with WorldSense™ technology, users can duck, dodge, lean, and move in ways enhance the virtual reality experience. The Mirage Solo also contains a powerful Qualcomm processor, a high resolution low-latency display, and a built-in battery. All of this is wrapped in an ergonomic design that makes the Mirage Solo comfortable and easy to use.

Learn more and buy it here.

For everyone else

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a candle and it will mean even more to the receiver knowing that your purchase of a Bright Endeavors candle supports women as they gain important job skills needed to secure quality employment and begin to lift their families out of poverty. Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise in Chicago that empowers young single mothers through its job training program. Each of the premium soy wax candles are handmade by young mothers (ages 16-24) in the program and 100 percent of the proceeds go back to these women. The candles are available in five sizes ($7.99 to $27.99), and this year’s holiday collection features several scents, including Whitebark Pine (scent of earthy, cool pine boughs blended with a touch of sea salt and evergreen), Almond Berry Galette (blend of roasted nutmeg and almond with notes of wild berry and sweet cream), Holiday Citrus (warm, spicy aromas of cinnamon and clove harmonized with gentle blood orange), and Winter Lodge (a woody, smoky scent with notes of anise, nutmeg, tangerine, and cinnamon).

Learn more about this great cause and order some candles here.

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Tips For Gifting Tech This Holiday Season

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Every year so many new tech products come out on the market and sometimes it’s hard to know which to buy, especially when you are shopping for others. I recently went to a lunch where I learned more about new items on the market and also got tips for things to consider when gifting technology items. I wanted to share what I learned and hope it helps you head to the store (or shop online) with confidence!

Virtual Reality Headsets:

A virtual reality headset isn’t something anyone really needs but, trust me, it’s something that everyone on your list would be so excited to get! When shopping for a VR headset you will want to choose one that has a wide-variety of games and apps that are compatiable with it. You’ll also want to make sure the headset has a high-resolution display and comfortable fit. VR headsets allow you to step into another world and explore new things. I learned that students can even use these headsets to view coursework in a whole new way and see it all in 3D! Our whole family loves the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset that we received. It is the world’s first standalone VR headset that sets a new bar for hassle-free VR experiences because it doesn’t require PCs, phones, cables, or external sensors. Equipped with WorldSense™ technology, users can duck, dodge, lean, and move in ways enhance the virtual reality experience. The Mirage Solo also contains a powerful Qualcomm processor, a high resolution low-latency display, and a built-in battery. All of this is wrapped in an ergonomic design that makes the Mirage Solo comfortable and easy to use.

Phone cases to protect phones on the go:

With as expensive as smart phones are nowadays, a quality case is a must-have in my opinion. When looking for a phone case you will want to make sure it’s made with materials that absorb shock and that there’s easy access to ports, buttons, and the camera. Personally, I love the Speck phone cases and have a pretty pink sparkly one on my Galaxy S8+. For those with iPhones they have two new products- the Presidio Pro, a protective, slim case with anti-microbial protection tested to withstand drops of up to 10 feet, and the Presidio Stay Clear, that has a new, innovative coating that resists UV-yellowing and discoloration caused by lotions and other oils.

Headphones:

Raise your hand if people blasting music and other media in public spaces drives you crazy! ? If so, give the gift of headphones to anyone who loves listening to music on the go. When picking out in-ear headphones make sure that they come with at least three pairs of eartips for the perfect fit. Also, if shopping for someone who is going to wear them when working out, you’ll want to look for a rating of IPX4 or higher which means they are sweatproof. One pair of headphones that we learned about was the wireless Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 earbuds. The Always Aware™ eartips let you simultaneously listen to music and hear your surroundings for safer training in any environment, while soft, flexible and secure-fit earloops provide comfort and maximum stability. Sweatproof and waterproof, these earbuds are designed to hold up against your most intense workouts.

STEM gifts for kids:

As a parent of two tweens I can tell you that STEM gifts are very popular nowadays. When looking for STEM gifts you’ll want to consider the child’s interests to ensure learning will be fun! Gifts that help tweens learn essential STEM skills are a great thing to give because, in the next decade, 77% of jobs will require some degree of technology skills. I also learned that girls who were given early coding experience were more likely to report higher technology interest than girls who did not. One fun gift to give, that I know my Harry Potter loving boys would love, is the new Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit. This is the first ever Harry Potter wand that actually works. The wand its able to detect its position in space and recognizes over 30 signature spell motions from the Wizarding World universe. It takes you on a journey from beginner to coder with step-by-step challenges, creativity and fun.

On-the-go charging:

Whether you are shopping for a busy mom or an always-on-the-go young professional, I can guarantee one thing- a phone charger is an invaluable gift! According to Techlicious, 90% of people worry about losing power on our phones. When looking for a portable phone charger you’ll want to get one that not only charges electronics quickly, but has been rigorously tested to ensure safe charging for devices. The Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector is awesome because it is the first-to-market MFi-certified power bank to recharge via Lightning connector, ideal for on-the-go charging as you only need to carry a single cable.

Health & Ftness Smartwatches:

If you have a fitness lover on your shopping list a smartwatch, if they don’t have one yet, makes the perfect gift. When debating which smartwatch to purchase, one thing you’ll want to consider is if the gift receiver would prefer a rugged look or if they’d prefer a more stylish watch. Fitbit’s newest smartwatch serves as the ultimate daily health and fitness companion that empowers users to make the most every moment, stay connected and reach their goals, and simplify their lives. With on-screen workouts, 4+ days battery life, personalized reminders, female health tracking and all-day activity tracking, the Versa Fitbit is the perfect gift for those at all levels of fitness. It’s also available in rose gold or silver aluminum with a variety of stylish accessories. Have a child interested in a Fitbit? My nine year old asked for one this year and Santa is bringing him the Fitbit Ace!

Makeup mirror:

Searching for that perfect gift for a woman who loves doing her makeup? A makeup mirror is a unique gift she probably doesn’t have yet! When searching for a makeup mirror you’ll want to find one that uses full-spectrum LED lighting to illuminate their face for the most natural makeup application. The iHome Vanity Speaker was designed to be as elegant and full featured as any vanity available and it boasts a tilting, distortion-free mirror on one side with a magnified mirror on the reverse side. Best of all, it’s Alexa enabled with tap-to-talk capability. It can play music and audiobooks along with being able to control smart home devices, get weather, news, traffic and more!

What tech will you be gifting this holiday season?

Great Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Ages

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The holidays are here which means it’s gift giving season! I’ve gathered up a variety of gift ideas for kids of all ages- from newborns to tweens! Bookmark this post because I’ll be sharing more great gift ideas as I discover them!

Bobbi-Toads

Bobbi-Toads is a line of stylish kid’s footwear that would be a perfect gift for those that do the four gift rule (something to read, something to wear, something they want, and something they need). They have a line of paintable shoes and a line of light-up shoes. I love the bright colors, fun designs, and sparkles!

Ages 2+.

See all the designs here.

Magna-Tiles®

Magna-Tiles® are magnetic building sets providing safe, imaginative play that makes math and science fun and engaging for children of all ages. They’ve been around for years (when I taught preschool they were the most popular toy in the classroom!!) but now they have 6 brand new sets out including Magna-Qubix™ with 3D cubes, prisms, and pyramids, and Magna-Tiles Freestyle with the patented “X” shape and free-moving magnets.

Ages 3+

Buy them here.

Smithsonian Exploration Station Book Sets: Space, World Atlas, and The Human Body

These books are full of fascinating facts and full-color photographs that make learniing fun! Each set also contains hands-on toys that go with the theme. The Space set comes with a sticker sheet, space figurines to play with, and the glow-in-the-dark stars. The Human Body set comes with a plastic model skeleton and 25 fact cards. The World Atlas comes with an inflatable globe and cardstock models of some of the wonders of the world.

Ages 6+

Buy them here.

Cuddle+Kind

Cuddle+Kind dolls are beautiful, soft, and cuddly dolls, ethically produced in Peru. They are lovingly hand-knit, hand-loomed, embroidered and crocheted by artisans using knitting expertise that has been handed down for generations making them heirloom quality. Best of all, each doll purchased helps feed children! For every cuddle+kind doll sold they give 10 meals to children in need.

Ages 0+

Buy them here.

PlayMonster Yeti, Set, Go! Game

Yeti, Set, Go! is a follow-up to PlayMonster’s Toy of the Year award-winning game, Yeti in My Spaghetti®, taking the mythical yeti theme to a whole new level! In the fast-paced all-play game players help four different Yetis – with four unique personalities – kick meatballs up a snowy mountain, trying to be the first to get theirs on the ledges.

Ages 4+

Buy it here.

Massive Monster Mayhem 

Massive Monster Mayhem is an action-packed, sci-fi action adventure game show starring the greatest Massive MonsterSuperstars in the Universe and they just launched a new toy line this past October. The toys bring kid’s imaginations to life through a variety of battle-inspired items, including a Massive 5-foot Moon Ball, outrageously huge Inflatable Bash Weapons, larger-than-life wearable Bash Armor and Power Punchers – everything kids need to safely step into action, battle giant alien monsters and save the world. 

Ages 4+
Buy them here.

Orbeez Ultimate Soothing Spa

The Orbeez Ultimate Soothing Spa is the perfect gift for a child who wants to have a “spa day” just like mommy! Newly redesigned with bright, lively and fun Orbeez colors, toe separators and nail polish, the Ultimate Soothing Spa comes with everything kids need for the pedicure of their dreams. Complete with 2,000 Orbeez, a cascading waterfall and a built-in strainer, well-deserved relaxation and fun is guaranteed.

Ages 5+

Buy it here.

Monkey Trix Game

Monkey Trix is the ultimate family game with a silly and fierce head to head competitive showdown. Pick your monkey, collect your blocks and turn over the top card. Be the first monkey to build the stack and take the card to win the round. Collect three cards to win the game. (My ten year old son and eleven year old nephew had fun competing against each other and it was hilarious to watch!)

Ages 6+

Buy it here.

Organic Soft Book & Teeter Set from Petit Collage

This is a great eco-friendly gift idea for little ones! Baby’s first organic book is soft and ready for story time. The book features high contrast patterns printed with natural inks on organic cotton. A solid beech wood bunny doubles as a teether and a play pal.

Ages 0+

Buy it here.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines Book

In this entertaining and instructive book, mechanical engineer and educator Paul Long gives step-by-step instructions for making low-tech devices using everyday objects in inspired and ingenious ways. Create machines that flip a light switch, squeeze toothpaste, dispense candy, make music, and more. Each of the thirteen projects demonstrates how to build the machine’s various elements, and explains how they work together to make a mind-boggling mechanism that delivers hours of fun and fascination. Also included are interesting sidebars on the science behind each gadget, plus tips and tricks for success.

Ages 10+

Buy it here.

Artsbot Craft Kits

Artsbot Activity Kits pack hours of creative energy into a small box that’s easy to bring on the go. Each kit contains all the materials needed to create several projects, plus a set of non-toxic markers, a mini sketch journal and pen, postcard and stickers. They also include a cotton drawstring activity bag to keep all the supplies in one handy place.

Ages 5+

Buy them here.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Video Game

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a new action-adventure video game tweens will love. In the game, players can travel seamlessly through the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas star system and discover its seven unique planets, each with its own ecosystem, wildlife and secrets to uncover. The world evolves depending on the player’s actions and choices, and continues to evolve even when they aren’t around. The innovative modular toys that come with the game, and are available as add-ons, allow players to build unique starships which can be customized for a new way to play as players adapt to overcome any challenge they encounter in this epic open world adventure. After they build their starship combo they can see it come to life in the game. (Learn more about why we love this game here.)

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Squishmallows

Squishmallows are a collectible, plush toy line that has been dubbed the “softest” plush toy. From animals to fantasy creatures, more than 50 styles of these marshmellow-soft characters are available and make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. Parents have reported that hey are great for kiddos with anxiety and sensory sensitivities as well!

Ages 3 months+

Buy them here.

Geomag Mechanics Gravity

Kids will love creating unique, moving structures while being introduced to important STEM skills and engineering principles through fun hands-on play. This 330 piece set includes a magnetic cannon, stop and go mechanism, magnetic transmission and Gravity Motor. The system is made up of magnetic rods, steel spheres and elements of different shapes such as cylinders, bearings and modular parts so, when assembled correctly, kids can use the force of gravity to create chain reactions for never-ending fun.

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Carnival Play Set

This beautifully designed, wooden toy set let’s young kids bring three animal friends for a ride on this stylish wooden Ferris wheel. Kids can turn the handle and watch this big wheel spin. They can use the included wooden bead abacus to count rides, ticket holders or the number of spins. Each playset includes a spinning wooden Ferris wheel with three carts and three solid beech wood animal friends.

Ages 3+

Buy it here.

 

Strawbees Imagination Kit

Strawbees is a simple concept of straws and connectors, but a limitless opportunity for kids, or inventors of any age really, to bring their building dreams to life! Kids can build and experiment right out of the box, creating the most amazing stories around the 105 included challenges. This kit will encourage them to develop problem-solving skills as they modify their creations to come up with new and different solutions to challenges.

Ages 5+

Buy it here.

Chrono Bomb Night Vision

Kids get up-and-moving with Chrono Bomb® Night Vision. The Mission: Cross the Laser Field Before It’s Too Late. Kids turn off the lights for a thrilling nighttime mission (or the game can be played during the day with the lights on)! Using the clamps and 37-foot string to create a “laser” field to crawl through, kids wear UV light goggles to illuminate the string, and carefully make their way through the laser field. The game can be played over and over again, building new courses each time or trying to beat your time and master your favorite setup!

Ages 7+

Buy it here.

Hudson Glow Rattle

Hudson is an adorable motion–activated rattle that responds to the way the baby shakes it. Lean the 4″ puppy’s green legs down to see him glow green; lean his red legs down and watch the spots glow red! Hudson’s textured legs are just right for teething babies, and the soft rattling sound will both entertain and stimulate the senses.

Ages 6 months+

Buy it here.

Marvelous Makeable Monsters Book

What can a makeable monster do? They motor, inflate, wobble, drool, soar, and one of them can even do push-ups. Add a pair of wings, subtract a tentacle…the best thing about these monsters is that they’re part experiment, part imagination, and 100 percent customizable. Author Sam Haynor draws on his experience with the San Francisco Exploratorium, Oakland Toy Lab, Goldieblocks, and designing STEAM curriculum to create projects packed with features. While, on the outside, most appear to be built completely from common craft materials, they contain circuits, levers, projectile-launchers, puzzles, and much more. The projects are safe and fun for younger kids working with adults, and most of them can be tackled by middle-graders with minimal adult help.

Ages 10+

Buy it here.

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5 Pregnancy Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

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Getting surprise packages in the mail is so fun! I love finding new products through subscription boxes so now that I’m pregnant I started looking into subscription boxes made exclusively for those expecting babies. Here are five fun ones to check out:

Bump Boxes

Bump Boxes is a monthly subscription service that curates fun, healthy products for pregnancy and beyond. Their subscription can be started at anytime during pregnancy and continue all the way until the baby’s first birthday! Products are specific to pregnancy and once mom hits her due date the subscription transitions to both mom & baby products. The subscription is a discovery service tailored to Mom’s due date/baby’s birthday and includes a variety of different products. There are also “trimester” boxes available for ordering with specific items in each box that help with that specific trimester. Each subscription Bump Box contains 4-8 full size products, with a few fun extras sprinkled in.

You can learn more and subscribe at http://bumpboxes.com.

Mama Bird Box

Mama Bird Box is a fun, modern monthly subscription box for pregnant and new moms. Mama Bird boxes come with a mix of 4-6 pampering items. Each box has products that give attention to a pregnant or new mom’s specific needs for health, encouragement, and wellbeing.

You can learn more and subscribe at https://mamabirdbox.com/.

The Stork Bag

The Stork Bag® was created by a Mompreneur and comes each trimester of pregnancy. There is also a post-partum box available. Each subscription is sent in a reusable gift bag and filled with 8-12 useful products, ranging from full-sized to sample-sized. The Stork Bag even has their own line of branded products, including a Bellie Casting Kit and Stretch Mark butter, offered in the bags and individually on the website.

You can learn more and subscribe at https://www.thestorkbag.com.

The Ecocentric Mom Box

Expecting moms who are searching for eco-friendly products will be in love with this subscription box! Each box is guaranteed to contain 4-5 organic, natural and eco-lifestyle products with a minimum of $45 in retail value. The products- including beauty, bath, pregnancy, baby, home and snack- are all thoughtfully chosen for pregnant moms (and their little one) based on the mom’s due date or child’s birth date (up through age four).

You can learn more and subscribe at https://ecocentricmom.com.

9 to Nest

9 to Nest is a creative monthly gift subscription for expectant mothers-to-be that helps moms countdown the months until the baby arrives. The beautiful gifts are carefully selected and many are handmade exclusively for 9 to Nest. Each box comes with a special poem for the mom-to-be as well. Products are BPA free, PVC free and Phthalate free for your baby’s health and safety and all fabric items are machine washable for easy care.

Learn more and subscribe at https://www.9tonest.com.

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BONUS! Pregnant mamas will also love these FREE pregnancy gift boxes from Amazon Baby Registry and Noobie Box (just pay s&h).

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Gift Ideas For All The Adults On Your Shopping List

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Over the past few weeks I’ve shared gift ideas for kids, gift ideas for tweens and games that make great gifts. With the holidays about a week and a half away I’m sharing the last of my gift ideas today- gifts for adults. Whether you are looking for a unique gift for the person who has everything or you have someone on your list who you struggle to buy for every year, check out the ideas below for some “gift”spiration :) You just might find that *perfect* gift!

Nelle and Lizzy Personalized Jewelry

I love personalized jewelry and Nelle and Lizzy makes beautiful pieces including birthstone jewelry, initial charms and more. Their jewelry is the perfect gift for a mom or grandma and would make a sweet gift for a new mom celebrating her first holiday with baby. It can also be given as a special piece of remembrance jewelry for a woman who has lost a loved one. Nelle and Lizzy made me a beautiful custom piece that honored Avery, Jacob’s twin that I had lost during pregnancy, along with celebrating my two boys, Jacob and Lucas. (Stay tuned to Instagram- I’ll be sharing a picture soon!)

Create your personalized jewelry gift here.

Vellabox

Vellabox is a curated candle subscription box that makes a great gift that can be enjoyed year-round. They source the highest quality candles hand-poured by American artisans and combine them with a bonus lifestyle gift and a unique packaging style to create a memorable unboxing experience each and every month. I’ve received a couple boxes and they both included excellent candles that were beautifully packaged in fabric and wrapped with colorful twine.

Order your Vellabox subscription here.

Custom photo blanket

I love getting personalized gifts and the best ones are ones that have my kids pictures on them. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a proud grandma, mom or aunt, how about a custom photo blanket from Collage.com? They have a variety to choose from but my favorite is the custom sherpa blanket. Made out of long-pile sherpa fleece with rounded corners and decorative stitching, the photos of your choice are in sharp detail on one side and cream-colored sherpa fleece is on the other.

Learn more and order them here. (Please note: shipping deadline has passed for Christmas Day but you can always send this as an e-gift for them to design themselves!)

BodyGuardz Smartphone Accessories

Looking for a great gift or stocking stuffer for that tech savvy person in your life? Help them protect their smartphone with a screen protector or case from BodyGuardz. BodyGuardz products are designed to be durable but they also offer a one year warranty on cases and lifetime replacements of screen protectors and skins so you can be confident your gift will last the receiver for years to come.

Learn more and order here with free shipping.

Cookbooks

 

Have a cook in your life? Gift them cookbooks full of delicious new recipes to try! Great new titles include:

Pixie

Have a forgetful friend or family member? Pixie might be the perfect gift for them! Pixie is the item finder that uses augmented reality and an iOS device to show the location of missing keys, wallets, remotes and other valuables down to inches. With Pixie your family will no longer have to waste their mornings hunting for keys or blaming each other over who lost the remote.

Order Pixie here.

Video Games

If you are shopping for a gamer they will always appreciate a new game to play. Sinisa loves playing old-school Zelda at night after the kids are in bed but there are plenty of other new games on the market that the video game loving person in your life might not have yet. Some new ones adults might like include:

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Ancient Egypt & dash : home of colossal pyramids, gilded tombs, tyrannical god-kings, and the origin story of the Assassins. As Cleopatra empire crumbles, the birth of the Assassin’s Brotherhood will lead to an extraordinary shift of the world order. Along your journey, the mysteries of Ancient Egypt will be revealed. Assassin Creed Origins uncovers the beginning of the Brotherhood. Fight in epic battles, master a completely reinvented combat system, and explore the entirety of Egypt. With the all-new quest system, complete missions in any order you choose, and follow your own path to greatness.

Steep Winter Games

Steep Winter Games Edition includes Steep, the massive open world of the Alps and Alaska, where you master the world’s most epic mountains with a snowboard, wingsuit, paraglider, and skis, and now Steep Road to the Olympics takes you on the journey to become an Olympic Winter Games champion. With Steep Road to the Olympics expansion, freely explore a massive open world, including iconic Japanese mountains, and train to qualify for Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Steep Road to the Olympics is a licensed product of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Includes Steep and Steep Road to the Olympics expansion.

Gear.Club Unlimited

Gear.Club Unlimited offers players the opportunity to test their racing skills on over 400 races in 3 exciting modes! Each championship won will unlock new vehicles, new car improvements, and new races. Thanks to the modularity of the Nintendo Switch, players can engage in high-speed competitions on the go, alone or with friends! Take the wheel of over 30 famous cars from sport coupes to powerful rally racers. Access the Performance Shop, where you can customize your vehicles in fully stocked workshops, upgrading them with a complete range of options for the engine, suspension, gearbox and more.

America’s Greatest Game Shows: Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy

Bring your family and friends together with America’s game, wheel of Fortune, the most-watched program on TV, and America’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy! now, for the first time in full HD, you can test your reflexes, show off your smarts, and experience the thrill of these classic shows with friends and family at home or with thousands of active players online.

Balsam Hill Ornaments

You know those people who absolutely love the holidays? Ornaments and other holiday decorations would be festive gifts they’d love to receive. Balsam Hill makes beautiful ornaments that would look fabulous on their Christmas trees. I love gifting ornaments because they are something that will be pulled out year after year and hold great memories.

Discover the variety of holiday items that Balsam Hill offers here.

Crated With Love Subscription Box

Crated with Love is a date night subscription box that allows couples to save time, money, and stress while creating a moment each month to add some romance! Each Crated with Love box includes four games or activities that focus on inspiring fun while creating quality time with your significant other and all the items you will need for your date night at home are included in the box!

Order the Crated With Love subscription box here.

PhotoSpring Digital Frame

I have the perfect gift to give those who love to take photos or who love to look at photos of their loved ones -PhotoSpring Digital Frame! Nowadays people are taking more photos than ever but they are unable to enjoy them because the images are buried in their devices. (I am guilty of this!) PhotoSpring is great because it allows families and friends to upload and share photos from any location to any digital frame. This high-resolution digital frame makes photo and video display and sharing easy with automatic selection & optimization of high-res photos and video slideshows, shared images with family and friends through mobile apps and a portable touchscreen interface to browse and interact with images. This would be the perfect gift for grandparents because parents can take pictures of their kids and send it directly to the grandparent’s PhotoSpring Digital Frame where they can view and display the photos.

Learn more about all the amazing features of PhotoSpring and how to purchase it here.

Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide

What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything. Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a dot journal work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, intimidating. You decide how simple or elaborate your journal will be, and what goes in there. This guide is the perfect gift for the planner obsessed like myself!

Order the book here.

Edible Arrangements

Headed to a party and need a hostess gift or looking to send something sweet to someone? Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a hand-crafted festive fruit basket or chocolate dipped fruit box. With tons of options at a range of affordable prices, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit and wow everyone on your list. Not only do they make a great gift, but if you’re still unsure of what to bring to your next holiday gathering, surprise the host with an Edible Arrangement to spruce up any dessert table.

Discover everything Edible Arrangements offers here.

Pink Zebra Home Fragrances

Candles and home fragrances are my go-to gifts and I think your friends and family would love Pink Zebra and their line of unique wax fragrances! Custom glimmer candles, simmering lights, and Sprinkles scented beads are just some of the enticing wax products that are shining a modern light on the traditional, boring candle. Pink Zebra can be purchased online through a consultant and you can even earn extra income selling Pink Zebra’s products directly by hosting parties, social media, fundraising etc.

See all the products Pink Zebra offers and learn more here.

Berkey Water Filter

I have the perfect gift for the health-conscious person on your holiday gift list- a water filter! But not just any water filter… the Berkey Water Filter is the world’s most effective and most cost effective personal water purification system available. It uses gravity water filtration technology to remove toxic elements, parasites, bacteria and hundreds of other contaminants from water without removing the beneficial minerals, and without the use of any electricity.

Learn more about Berkey Water Filters here.

Sock Fancy Subscription Box

Socks were the go-to gift for my dad for many years but Sock Fancy takes it up a notch. Sock Fancy is a monthly subscription service that sends awesomely random socks (for men and/or women) every single month. The socks received are high-quality and the hand-picked designs run the gamut from subtle patterns to bizarrely cool graphics and colors. Subscriptions start at just $11 per month.

Get a Sock Fancy subscription here.

Breathe, Mama, Breathe Book

Moms can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing at day’s end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do it—in just five minutes! Mindful breaks can be easy, for example, The Three Breath HugThe Sibling Strife Mindful Break, or, with your beverage of choice, choose The Coffee Mindful Break or The Wine Mindful Break.

Get the book here.

Which of these gifts would you or your loved ones like to receive?

Gift Ideas For Tweens

Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration and this post confains affiliate links.

Little kids are so easy to buy for (gift ideas here) but, as they get older and turn into tweens and teens, I feel it gets harder and harder to find things they want. To help you finish your shopping I’ve put together a list of awesome gifts for tweens and younger teens. Grab some of these at the store or on Amazon and cross that hard-to-shop for tween or teen off your list!

Lightseekers (Ages 8-14)

Lightseekers by PlayFusion brings together a family-friendly adventure game, with smart action figures and accessories, and augmented reality trading cards on your tablet or mobile device (no game console required, just an internet connection). No longer just a game or just a toy, Lightseekers has high-tech components that allow for advanced interactive and connected play, and the classic elements of a video game.

Using Bluetooth, the fully-articulated 7” smart action figures connect in real time to your smart device, and give you options and controls we used to dream about. Never before has a toy been the controller for your video game, but now you can fly through the air and fire your weapons without touching a traditional controller (or the screen).

That’s not all – for the kids who are interested in more than mobile gaming, there’s also the Lightseekers trading card game. Augmented reality cards are included in every hero starter pack, and can also be used to unlock special abilities and goods in the mobile game just by scanning with your device’s camera.

Fun With Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities

Children who are obsessed with fidget spinners will love the book, Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities. This book is a new one-of-a-kind guide where spinners can take their hobby to a whole new epic level. Spinners can learn how to master tricks such as spinning on a hat or stacking spinners on top of each other to create mesmerizing whirling towers of color! Spinners can also track their progress and tricks with a handy workbook. Plus, the book provides backstory into the health benefits of spinning.

T-Rex Dinosaur DNA (Ages 8+)

This kit lets kids excavate and build their very own glow-in-the-dark T-Rex model and collect buried DNA. This innovative kit even brings dinosaurs to life through Augmented Reality using the free Dino Codes app (Google Play or iTunes)! Tweens can take photos and videos of themselves interacting with T-Rex and instantly share via email, text, or social media.

Just Dance 2018 (Rated E 10+)

 

Whether you’re a party starter, a dancer in the making, or a seasoned pro, get ready to turn up the volume and unleash your inner dancer with Just Dance® 2018! Dance to 40 of the hottest tracks of the year, including “24K Magic,” by Bruno Mars, “Side to Side,” by Ariana Grande Ft. Nicki Minaj, “Chantaje,” by Shakira Ft. Maluma, and many more! Great for family gatherings, parties, and holidays, Just Dance 2018 brings family and friends together like no other game.

The Official DC Super Hero Joke Book (Ages 8+)

Knock, knock. Who’s there? DC super heroes telling a slew of hilarious jokes, puns, riddles, and more. Packed with more than 600 puns, knock-knocks, one-liners, riddles, gags, and tongue twisters, this book is sure to make kids smile, laugh, and read jokes aloud to their friends. Illustrated with beloved classic DC comic book art, this first-of-its-kind, kid-friendly treasury is a great gift and a super-fun read.

Play Impossible Gameball™ (Ages 9+)

The Play Impossible Gameball™ brings the digital action both indoors and outdoors with seven connected ball games. Manufactured in partnership with Baden Sports, the Gameball has the durability of a small volleyball and is loaded with innovative sensor technology to enhance the play experience. Players can connect, compete and challenge their ball skills with the popular new game ‘Impossible’ and also see how long it takes to reach their vertical limit in ‘Skyscraper.’ There are a host of single- and multi-player games to choose from for endless hours of entertainment. One such game is ‘Sport Labs,’ which empowers players with a new tool to measure speed, distance, spin and airtime so that they can achieve new personal records and create friendly competition. The app prompts gameplay, tracks scores and reports progress. When the Gameball runs low on juice, players can refuel in just 20 seconds with the remarkable Rapid Charger, which will provide another complete hour of fun.

Find it at Target here.

Creation Crate (Ages 12+)

Creation Crate is a subscription box service that improves tech literacy with both children and adults, without the intimidating technical lingo. Beginner friendly, each project is designed to increase in difficulty each month so that users can be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24-month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor. Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering users real-world skills. Subscriptions start at $30 a month with 3, 6, or 12-month subscription packages to choose from.

Learn more and order the subscription box here.

Crayola Fashion Superstar (Ages 8+)

With the 62-page design book, 24 colored pencils, and 18 SuperTip Markers, young designers have all the colorful tools they need to create their own unique designs by hand with Crayola Fashion Superstar Designer. Kids can use their style and creativity to design prints, patterns, and combinations that best express their personal taste. There is also an app to download so Tweens can show off their designs to their friends and put together a virtual closet so they can find their unique style.

Duct Tape Engineer (Ages 12+)

From a working cannon to a bridge, this powerful everyday adhesive is perfect for creating incredible things! InDuct Tape Engineer, master tinkerer Lance Akiyama shows readers how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed by Akiyama to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age.

Rayman Legends (Rated E 10+)

Following Rayman® Origins, our heroes take a 100-year nap, allowing nightmares to infest the Glade of Dreams. Once Rayman awakes from this mysterious sleep, he must set off on a new adventure with his friends to restore order in the universe. While traveling between five different worlds, players must defeat legendary enemies to save the Teenies from these evil villains. Rayman Legends features a wide range of gameplay, including traditional Rayman platforming action and new music rhythm-based stages.

The Greatest Brick Builds: Amazing Creations in LEGO

This book is a perfect holiday gift for LEGO fans young and old. LEGO bricks have been used for decades by children and adults to create dazzling and playful buildings, vehicles, and unique works of art. In The Greatest Brick Builds: Amazing Creations in LEGO (11/1/2017; ISBN: 978-1684121663; Hardcover $19.99; 112 pages), these jaw-dropping creations are presented in full color, with close-up photos, scale representations, historical commentary on the structures, and details on how each model was constructed using LEGO bricks. Included in this collection are the Golden Gate, the USS Missouri, and the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as other iconic structures created by LEGO crafters from around the world.

Crystal Growing Experiment Kit (Ages 10+)

Perfect for young scientists, the Crystal Growing Experiment Kit offers hands-on experience that grow and challenge their imagination while introducing them to geology. This science kit contains all the materials needed to perform seven different crystal growth experiments and a special display case is included to admire the crystals once they are fully grown.

Merge Cube (Ages 10+)

The Merge Cube merges the physical and digital worlds using augmented reality technology and the powerful camera and sensors in your mobile device. It’s the first object of its kind, and it’s fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology. Now you can hold a galaxy in the palm of your hand, examine fossils and ancient artifacts like a real archaeologist, watch as a volcano erupts before your eyes, and play games in ways never possible before!

Learn more and buy it here.

Just Joking Jumbo (Ages 7-10)

What do you get when you have 1,000 giant jokes and 1,000 funny photos?  A stocking stuffer that adds up to some seriously big laughs! If you have a budding stand up comedian on your list this year – this is the perfect book for them.  Knock-knocks, puns, riddles, tongue-twisters, photos of silly situations and even the craziest info about the history of funny business – it’s all here!

Monopoly for Nintendo Switch

America’s favorite family board game, Monopoly, makes its debut on Nintendo Switch system with new ways to play! experience three unique 3D boards at home or on-the-go with up to six players in total, or take your game online and challenge players in quick matches. Customize your game by selecting from six official House rules chosen by monopoly fans around the world. Don’t have time for a full game? speed it up with special goals that shorten play sessions, and actions cards to move you around the board and personalize your opponents. Build your empire and trade your way to victory!

Arckit (Ages 12+)

Arckit is a free-form architectural modelling system that allows you to physically explore designs and bring your imagination to life. Unlike traditional ‘cut and glue’ models, Arckit is designed for easy set up and take down with their unique and patented modular system. With multiple models available in varying complexities (prices starting from $39.99) Arckit is the perfect gift for budding architects as well as seasoned builders and experienced designers. Build the city of your dreams with Cityscape and Masterplan, or a beautiful modern home with the GO line.

Learn more and buy it here.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Rated E 10+)

Two worlds collide in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies.

What gift would your tween love to get this year?

 

Great Gifts For Kids

(Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration and this post includes affiliate links.)

Raise your hand if you are still looking for gift ideas! ✋ Christmas will be here before we know it so I thought it would be helpful to share some gift ideas with you all that are perfect for kids. I’m also including links to purchase most of the items on Amazon so you can finish shopping easily from your computer and cross that task off your holiday task list! (Stay tuned for my tweens gift guide which will be live in a few days as well!)

CAT Construction R/C Dump Truck

These full-function remote control Cat machines are designed to bring the construction site to your backyard! Scoop up and load gravel, sand or loose dirt with motorized dump bed and shovel.

Disney Princesses Pley Subscription Box (Ages 4-9)

Children get 4-6 official Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories every two months with this subscription box. Learn more and order it here.

Wild Things Animal Blankets

Fin Fun’s Wild Things soft plush hooded animal blankets feature a comfortable design with hand pockets that easily wrap/cascade around the body. Special touches like animal ears, eyes, paws or flippers make these perfect for imaginative play. Styles are available in youth size only, and include: Snowcap Polar Bear, Snapper Turtle, Timber Brown Bear, Cinder Black Bear, and Roary Lion.

A Little House Picture Book Treasury written by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Ages 4-8)

Laura Ingalls lives in a snug little log cabin with her ma, her pa, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their dog Jack. Almanzo Wilder lives on a farm with his family and lots of animals. These pioneer children have all sorts of frontier adventures, including trips to town, county fairs, spring snowfalls, finding new friends on the prairie, cozy winter days, and holidays with family. This collection includes the following picture books: A LITTLE PRAIRIE HOUSE, GOING TO TOWN, COUNTY FAIR, SUGAR SNOW, WINTER DAYS IN THE BIG WOODS, and CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG WOODS.

Crayola Magic Scene Creator (Ages 3+)

Turn still pictures into fun animations with Magic Scene Creator. To use, simply place any of the 70 included Motion Cards on the tablet screen and watch the cartoon drawings come to life. You can also make your own drawings and animate them using the Motion Cards .The Magic Scene Creator comes with six Gel FX Markers so you can draw directly on the screen or enhance the Motion Cards with your own embelishments–create your own car with wheels that appear to spin or draw a cool bird with wings that appear to flap! When it’s time for something new, simply wipe the screen and cards clean with a damp cloth. This fun coloring gift set is a wonderful way to experience the magic of animation.

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 is now available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarming comedy. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad. Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia (Ages 7-10)

Attention dinosaur fanatics! This is a big, gift-worthy hardcover that is also the most complete and comprehensive dinosaur reference ever. Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today.  The new edition includes favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.

GET QURIOUS Explorer Box (Ages 4-8)

With GET QURIOUS, children engage in creative play with story cards, sticker books, puzzles, masks, and more.  Their play experiences can then be enhanced by playing with the Augmented Reality apps.  Once downloaded, the apps bring endless game and activity variations to the children’s play experiences while fostering their curiosity, discovery, and passion for STREAM – Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Kids can enjoy these activities by themselves, or with others. Different boxes are available. The GET QURIOUS EXPLORER BOX and Augmented Reality app bring the adventures of Manu & his friends – Leo and Emma – to life as they blast off into space together. The fun experience of combining physical game pieces with an interactive world encourages curiosity and imaginative play. The EXPLORER BOX helps you create your own stories, build different spaceships and maneuver them within 3D space animations, record stories with four masks of your GET QURIOUS friends, and discover hidden artifacts in four brilliant 3D animated space worlds.

Hot Wheels Extreme Action

Unique Hot Wheels vehicle styles with cool, characterized actions. Buttons unlock motorized drive action with ‘jaw chomping’, ‘spider crawling’ or ‘tail striking’ fun! Features exciting light effects, fun sounds and character themed music.

Erupting Cross-section Volcano Model (Ages 6+)

There’s nothing like an erupting volcanic eruption to get your child fired up about science! Create your very own erupting volcano with this unique no assembly required model. Includes an easy-to-prepare lava recipe, a 13″ clear plastic tray and a removable tube that allows for quick clean up. Detailed cross-section shows the inside of the volcano. Includes a fact-filled Activity Guide, with all the information kids want to know about volcanoes.

Disney Princess Felt

Stitch together 10 of the most popular princesses from the world of Disney animation! The 48-page instruction book has step-by-step instructions and color photos to help you bring these characters to life. Die-cut templates, felt, stuffing, embroidery floss, and a needle are all included so you can make Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, and six other adorable felt princesses. These fun, collectible characters make great gifts for Disney fans of all ages!

Rocketbook Color – Reusable, Cloud-Connected Notebook

Rocketbook Color makes it easy to create, save and share our childrens’ masterpieces without wasting a single leaf of paper. Here’s how it works: kids draw in the Rocketbook Color notebook with Crayola Dry Erase, Washable or Silly Scents crayons and markers, parents tag finished drawings using icons at the bottom of the page, parents scan each page using the Rocketbook app, blasting drawings to each icon’s corresponding destination and then pages erase like magic with a damp cloth after drawings are sent to the cloud.

Street Beats Road Rippers (Ages 3+)

Custom-designed vehicles with high-impact speaker-pulsing action! Features great music, realistic vehicle sounds and flashing lights.

National Geographic Kids Pleybox (Ages 5-11)

This subscription box offers surprises each month with a mission to rescue an endangered animal in a new part of the world. Box includes curated activities and accessories to complete the adventure. Each box provides 5-10 hours of learning, creativity and pure fun! Learn more and get it here.

The King Of Too Many Things Book

King Jasper loves being king. Ruling over his small kingdom, he spends his days reading, coloring, and playing with his dog, Greg. Life in the castle couldn’t get any better! Or could it? With a wizard who can conjure anything Jasper wants—dragons, robots, superheroes, even rainbow-colored kittens—the young king creates a magical mess only he can clean up. A hilarious, modern fairy tale about the dangers of overconsumption, The King of Too Many Things will keep kids guessing with the turn of every page, while showing how always wanting MORE can ultimately lead to LESS happiness.

And, if you are already looking to get ideas for spring and summer birthdays….you’ll want to check out Rocking Monsters!

Rocking Monsters launched on Kickstarter recently with planned production in January and delivery starting in March (for early backers). Rocking Monsters are a unique series of outstanding wooden rocking toys for little kids to get endless fun. Created by professional graphic designer every Rocking Monster is ergonomic, safe, and extremely entertaining. Learn more and back their Kickstarter campaign here.

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Games For Everyone On Your Gift List

Disclosure: Games were received for consideration and this post contains some affiliate links.

 

Our family loves playing board games and we try to have game night at least a few times a month. I think games make great gifts for the holidays and the boys always get a few new ones on Christmas morning. I’ve shared about our favorite games and games that make great gifts in past gift guides so this year I’m sharing more new games from the Chicago Toy & Game Fair along with other games I’ve been sent to check out!

Utter Nonsense! (Family Edition) – Ages 8+

With Utter Nonsense! The Hilarious Accent Game-Family Edition gather the family around the table and get ready to laugh. You don’t have to be good at accents and the combinations don’t need to make sense, that’s where the fun comes in! Players combine silly accents with even sillier phrases to create sayings and actions that are just plain ridiculous. Players are encouraged to improvise too. Chock full of family fun, you and your family will be rolling on the floor laughing in no time.

Buy it here.

Break Free – Ages 6+

You are locked up in handcuffs, how fast can you Break Free? Use your lock-picking tool to escape and collect most points if you Break Free the fastest. Break Free is a super secret spy mission with challenging action skills. The objective of this fast-action game is to find the exit of the maze to open the handcuff the fastest.

Break Free is a table-top game full of urgency, suspense and tons of fun for one to four players and it includes four handcuffs with twelve unique mazes with three difficulty levels. Each color represents a different level of difficulty, making each round unpredictable. Players must handcuff themselves together and insert an equal difficulty level into each handcuff. Using the lock pick, moving up and down, twist left and right and Break Free first to win!
The fastest to break free from their handcuff receives a token that corresponds with the maze color. There are points on the back of each token, the player with the most points after playing all three rounds, wins the game.

Buy it here.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Card Game – Ages 8+

In the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Card Game, you will be on a top-secret mission to recover the greatest treasures known to mankind – The Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty’s Torch, and more. Get ready to jet set across the globe. Your assignment is to apprehend CarmenSandiego, track the location of her hideout, and determine which loot she stole. Can you catch Carmen?

Buy it here.

You Gotta Know Chicago – Sports Trivia Game

You Gotta Know Chicago is the addictive sports trivia game made just for Chicago sports fans. Teams. Players. Coaches. Buildings. Moments. Traditions. Numbers and records. It’s all in here. With 125 cards and 500 questions, it’s good for hours and hours of play. Each card has a point value (based on difficulty) for easy “race to 21” game play… or just ask the questions to your buddies.

Buy it here.

Ice Cool – Ages 6+

Penguins are running through the school in the first flicking game ever to have pieces which curve and jump!

The fun run begins – the rascals are running everywhere and trying to snatch up the fish on the way, but the Hall Monitor is trying to catch each one of them to have some order in the school. Who will be more successful?

It’s not just cool, it’s Ice Cool!

Buy it here.

Top Trumps – 5+

Everybody loves Top Trumps. They’re fast-paced, super competitive, and easy for anyone to pick up and enjoy. They’re also a great tool for teaching and learning; whether it’s teaching kids the size of jungle predators or introducing them to the history of the USA through the US Presidents pack. Whether your friends and family are into Volcanoes or Star Wars, US History or Harry Potter, there’s a pack for everyone on your list!

Discover all of the themed packs and buy them here.

Simon: Star Wars Darth Vader Edition – Ages 8+

Introducing a sinister twist on the Simon game! The Simon: Star Wars Darth Vader Edition game features a game unit designed like the legendary Star Wars character, Darth Vader. Players need to watch, remember, and repeat the patterns, but they will have to follow along with the sounds and colors, and repeat in the correct order by pressing the pads on Darth Vader’s mask.

Buy it here.

Ultra Dash – Ages 6+

Move fast when the colors flash! Set out the targets to design your own course however you want! Use the tagger to choose from 3 game modes: beat the clock, target tally and relay race! Whatever color your tagger flashes, race to that color target and “tag” it; tagger detects targets and scores on accuracy!

Buy it here.

Safe Breaker – Ages 6+

Use your memory and spy skills to crack the code on the exciting game of safe breaker. Electronic safe has diamonds and gold inside; use the fingerprint scanner and spy gear ear piece to listen to clues. To play, pick a card from the pack and turn the safe combination to the corresponding number. Next, use the fingerprint scanner to test the number. If the light is green you have cracked the code and the safe will burst open to release some coins. No luck? use your spy gear to hear the clue and help you deduce the correct number. Is the correct code higher or lower than the number already tried? make sure you keep a straight face and don’t give anything away to the other players. The player who collects five golden coins is the winner. But beware of the “alarm bell” coins – they will alert the police and the player must return all their coins to the safe!

Buy it here.

Soggy Doggy- Ages 4+

Soggy Doggy is the action-packed, suspense-filled board game of bath time fun! Race around the board and take turns giving Soggy Doggy a bath. But watch out! He loves to shake himself dry! Get soaked and you’re sent back to start. Make it around the bathtub and you win!

Buy it here.

What games are on the top of your wish list this year?

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Disclosure: I received samples of all products featured but all thoughts are my own.

Father’s Day is in a few weeks and, if you are like me, you probably still need to find the perfect gift. Let’s skip the tie and socks this year, okay? Today I’m sharing 8 gift ideas that might be just what the man in your life wants. I’ve got something for the grill master to the tech geek and everyone in between.

For the well-groomed man – The Good Stuff

The folks over at The Good Stuff have created the recipe for a flawless barbershop shave. Founded by real barbers with over 140 years of combined experience, they’ve perfected the art of shaving with their premium line of products. The Good Stuff Shave Lather is infused with pre-shave oil to reduce friction and nourish the skin. Their Aftershave has a light, clean fresh scent that protects with SPF15 with no greasy, shiny residue. Does your dad have sensitive skin? Their One of a Kind original formula can be used in replace of after shave or in combination and is recommended twice a week to create healthier skin and softer facial hair.

The Good Stuff monthly subscription lets the dad in your life experience the smoothest shave at home, each and every morning. They are so confident in the quality of their Shave Lather that they are letting everyone try it for just 5 bucks when they sign up! Learn more and subscribe here.

For the tech geek – Navdy

Navdy is the first Augmented Driving device that leverages augmented reality to project information directly in the driver’s line of sight, for an all new driving experience. Navdy enables simple, gesture-based access to the phone functions drivers need most and projects everything directly in their line of sight on the road ahead. A comprehensive eyes-forward solution, drivers can manage all their phone necessities like maps, calls, and messages, while keeping their eyes on the road. Read my full review of Navdy here.

For the man who loves to grill – Zach’s Wing Sauce

Designed with the griller in mind, Zach’s Wing Sauce is the first ever sprayable wing sauce. Crafted like great beers with premium ingredients and even packaged in a beer bottle with a sprayer on top, Zach’s aims to make grilling wings an experience that wing lovers will want to repeat…often. This sprayable sauce means less cleanup and allows grillers to use just the right amount of sauce. It’s made with quality ingredients and are Vegetarian, Dairy Free and Gluten Free.

They offer a $20 Mix Pack online that lets you mix and match your dad’s favorite flavors, like Chocolate Chipotle, Sriracha Lime and Better Buffalo. They can also be find in stores like Jewel Osco here in Chicago.

For the traveler – ModernMapArt

Have a dad who loves to travel? ModernMapArt takes his favorite cities, mountains, and places and turns them into beautiful works of art. If you’re looking for the perfect way to help him remember that trip to Europe, honeymoon, place you got engaged, his alma mater, hometown, or anything else, their maps are a great way to display that nostalgia. ModernMapArt creates museum-quality posters made on thick, durable, acid-free paper. The prints are created using UltraChrome ink so they are fingerprint resistant. Order one here and get free shipping on all US orders.

For the gift basket lover – BroBasket

The BroBasket offers the coolest choices of custom baskets that include all his favorites like craft beer, fine wines and spirits along with his favorite brand name gear and goodies. All baskets are 100% customizable and come in non-alcoholic versions too! The Craft Beer Tasting Kit is designed for those men who scoff at typical domestic beer and want something you can’t find at your local corner store. This basket offers a sampling of the top 4 beers from the 8 California breweries that BroBasket carries. Have a golfer in your life? The Golfers Delight basket above may be the perfect choice! Check out all the baskets available here.

 

For the outdoorsy guy – Family Camping Trip

What better gift to get the outdoorsy dad in your life than a camping trip with his loved ones? In my opinion, the gift of time together is the best gift you can give! Find a camping location here (kids camp free Father’s Day weekend!) and then enjoy it! For added fun, you can customize special shirts for dad and his lads. See how I made our camping shirts (pictured above) here.

For the musician – Yamaha Electronic Drum Set

Whether the dad in your life is a drummer looking for a space saving set to practice on or a beginner hoping to start a garage band, the DTX400K electronic drum kit from Yamaha would make an amazing gift! It’s really like having ten professional drum sets in one compact electronic drum kit because they can freely mix any of the 169 organic drum sounds to create customized kits that suit their style. They can try a heavy metal double bass kit one day then change into a dance kit the next, or keep their ten favorite kits of all time. They get a world of choices in this electronic drum kit: 23 snares, 21 kicks, 36 toms, 31 cymbals, and 42 percussion instruments. Learn more about the Yamaha DTX400K here.

For the coffee adventurer – Atlas Coffee Club

Trying to find a great gift for someone who loves trying new coffee flavors? Atlas Coffee Club is a travel-themed coffee of the month club that explores the world’s best coffee; Tanzania, Burundi, Congo, and beyond. Atlas Coffee Club curates only the finest coffee, paying above market prices to ensure that farms can produce high quality coffee year over year, and roasts each batch to accentuate flavor profiles distinctive to the each coffee region. Made to order to guarantee freshness, a subscription is the ultimate opportunity for organic flavor discovery and global variety. Each month Atlas Coffee Club highlights a new coffee growing country and shows the unique differences in both taste and culture.. To go a step further, they’ve designed their coffee bags as a celebration of culture for each country as each design was inspired by local textiles and landscapes. Order a gift subscription here.

What gift would the dad in your life love to receive?

Creating A Gift Basket For A Sick Friend

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Being sick is difficult for anyone, but it is especially difficult for moms who have households to run and little people to take care of. I’m currently sick with bronchitis so I thought this would be the perfect time to share about things we can do for our friends when they are sick. Personally, I’m lucky to have such sweet friends, who have been checking on me, praying for me to feel better and have dropped off food to my family. These friends have been such a huge blessing to me and have inspired me to think about ways I can give back to my friends when they are sick.

Along with bringing food and offering a listening ear, a couple other ideas that might help a friend out when they are sick would be offering to watch their children or offering to help with any errands or work they might need assistance with. Another way to let a friend know you care about them is by creating a gift basket to cheer them up and help them feel better. I thought about what things might be good to include and wanted to share what I came up with.

Things to make them feel pretty– I love this “hello gorgeous” sign (pictured above). Sometimes when we are sick the last thing we feel is gorgeous so this sign is a great reminder for us. You could also include a little tube of lip gloss because we all know that a little swipe of pink lip gloss adds a bit of a pretty glow to a tired face!

Something warm to drink– Coffee or hot cocoa in a pretty mug can soothe a sore throat and the mug is a nice reminder of friendship that will put a smile on your friend’s face every time she drinks out of it.

Snack– I filled a little bag with sweets because everyone could use a bit of chocolate when they are sick. (I may or may not have picked up a candy bar while I was picking up my medications at the pharmacy last night…..) Find out your friend’s favorite snack and add it to your gift basket for her.

Relaxation essentials– When moms are sick the most important thing they can do is get some rest. Help them relax with a soothing candle they can light while they take a bubble bath or watch a favorite movie. A cute notebook they can write or draw in would be nice as well.

Flowers– It’s hard to keep the house tidy when we are sick isn’t it? Bring your friend some pretty flowers to help brighten up their home and help them forget the mess for a bit.

Kleenex – Most of the time I’m sick the one thing I use the most is tissues. I found a four pack of Kleenex Anti-viral facial tissues at Walmart which lets your friend (or you!) be able to keep a box of tissues everywhere they might be needed- whether it’s on the nightstand or next to the couch. These Kleenex are great because the active ingredients in the middle layer of this 3-ply tissue kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes. As moms, the last thing we want is for our kids to get sick, too, so the added anti-viral feature of these Kleenex is helpful in reducing the spread of germs to our families.

How do you bless your friends when they are sick?

 

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Disclaimer: *In the tissue in 15 minutes.  Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV – the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Disclosure: Products were received for consideration but all thoughts are my own.

Valentine’s Day is almost here and, for many, that means it’s time to show love with cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts. I thought I’d share some gift ideas with you all in case you still haven’t had a chance to go out and find something special. Whether you need a gift for your significant other or a “GALentine” gift for a friend, I hope this gives you some ideas!

“Dinner for 2” Date Night Gift Basket

I shared this romantic date night gift basket a few weeks ago but I love it so much I just had to share it again. It’s super easy to put together- just put some dinner ingredients in there, a bottle of wine, some candles and some Valentine’s Day decorations and you are all set to make dinner in with your sweetie!

Get all the details to make your own gift basket here.

Sweets Gift Box

Does your loved one have a sweet tooth? If so, you’ll want to get them this subscription box!  The SweetsGiftBox is filled with 4-5 goodies ranging from gourmet chocolates and cookies to artisan candies and treats. I loved the variety in the boxes and the few things I’ve tried so far from my sample box are delicious! I like that they are all items from brands I normally wouldn’t be able to find in a grocery store.

Learn more about the subscription service here.

Love’s Passion Bouquet by Teleflora

Heat up the romance and passion with this stunning floral arrangement that is sure to capture your Valentine’s attention. This gorgeous bouquet features a bountiful display of classic red roses, tulips, and white Asiatic lilies nestled within an elegant red glass vase. Each bouquet is professionally-arranged and delivered by a local florist so you can guarantee that every petal of your bouquet is freshly cut, carefully prepared and hand-made with love.

See Teleflora’s full line of Valentine’s Day bouquets here.

Custom Print from 78th & Newbury

I love getting personalized gifts and 78th & Newbury is one of my favorite online shops that offers them. At Christmas I reviewed their personalized canvas travel maps which would make a cute gift for travel lovers but I also think this love song print would make an amazing gift as well. If you are buying a gift for a spouse you could have a print made with your wedding song lyrics on it. How sweet would that be?

Find more gift ideas from 78th & Newbury here.

I love reading romance books so I’m very excited to read about the real life love story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. If your valentine is an avid book reader you may want to surprise them with this cute book!

Buy the book on Amazon here.

What is the best Valentine’s Day gift you have ever given or received?

Gifts For The Home {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.)

A few years ago I wrote about how one of the top gifts on my Christmas wish list was a stock pot to make soup. I realized at this point that I had matured because I was asking for something practical that I needed for our home. Ever since then I’ve had gifts for our home on every wish list I’ve written. This year my top wishes were a KitchenAid mixer, an Instant Pot and the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO along with some photography related items for the blog. I thought I’d put together a list of great gifts you can add to your wish list or that family and friends may like to receive.

Ninja Coffee Bar

Raise your hand if you spend way too much on coffee every week. {Raises hand…} You’ll want to add the Ninja Coffee Bar to your wish list. Get a better than coffee house experience, at home, without pods. This system includes an integrated milk frother and makes 6 brew sizes and 5 brew types – including the Ninja exclusive Café Forte, which amplifies the natural subtle flavors of your favorite coffee. While my Starbucks runs won’t stop, this is the perfect addition to my kitchen so that I can visit the coffee shop less often and save some money as we head into the new year. I’ll be sharing coffee drink recipes on the blog soon!

Buy it on Amazon here.

Honeycomb Speaker

Have someone in your life that loves music? They will enjoy using this new compact, wireless Bluetooth® portable speakers by Honeycomb Sound LLC. The unique honeycomb cell design easily fills a large room or outdoor space with quality sound proving that big sound and deep bass aren’t only produced from the bulky, wired stereo system of the past. I love that this speaker has a long-lasting battery which allows for portability. This speaker also has some great additional features like a USB flash drive input and a power bank function that allows for the charging of mobile phones.

Buy it on Amazon here. 

Switchmate

Smart home tech is all the rage nowadays and these Switchmate light controls are the perfect gift for someone looking to automate their home. It also makes a great gift for someone with mobility issues who has a hard time getting around because they don’t have to get up from the couch or bed to turn the lights on or off. What I love about these are that you get the security and convenience of smart home lighting without the hassle of complicated and sometimes expensive rewiring and installation. Switchmate magnetically attaches to any standard light switch immediately and syncs with the Switchmate companion app which is used to control the switch. There is also a cool “welcome” feature that senses the sync’d phone via Bluetooth and turns on the lights so they come on when you enter the home.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology

Shark’s newest upright vacuum is the perfect gift for anyone who is sick of using a vacuum that doesn’t clean like it should. With it’s dual brushroll system, it easily transitions from floors to carpet, picking up everything from sand and dirt to cheerios. On carpets, the self-cleaning soft velvet brush roll pulls in large particles, while the deep-cleaning bristle brush works at removing embedded fine dirt. On floors, large and small particles, as well as stuck-on dust, are pulled in by the velvet brush roll and then drawn into the high velocity suction channel by the bristle brush roll, leaving nothing but clean floors behind. What I love most about this vacuum is it’s versatility because, not only is it an upright vacuum, it can also be converted into a handheld to clean narrow, hard to reach places.

Buy it on Amazon here. (P.S.- It’s $100 off as of the writing of this post!)

Magic Chef’s Red Portable Ice Maker

If you entertain a lot, this portable ice maker would be perfect for you! The ice maker products up to 27 pounds of ice per day so you don’t need to worry about running out mid-celebration. For any holiday events you are hosting, the red color one would add a pop of color to the party. The ice maker includes a removable ice basket and ice scooper for simple, convenient serving as well as a see-through window to view the ice level at any time.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Philips Wake-up Light

Know somebody who is NOT a morning person? Get them the Phillips Wake-Up Light! This light is clinically proven to provide a more energetic wake-up in the morning. Designed to mimic a sunrise, it slowly gets brighter 30 minutes prior to your desired wake-up time (you can also have relaxing music kick in to help with the wake-up as well). The result is a gentle and refreshing wake-up experience that gradually raises you out of sleep – instead of a jarring alarm clock. What does this mean for your morning? This natural wake-up will leave you feeling more effective and alert – ready to conquer those essential morning tasks.

Buy it on Amazon here.

WellnessMats

Nobody likes doing dishes but at least your feet will be happy when you are standing on one of these WellnessMats. Customized comfort, rich colors, lovely patterns, WellnessMats look good, and feel better. They boost energy, increase circulation, and eliminate foot fatigue. I love that they can be monogrammed and customized so that they fit in perfectly with the decor in your kitchen.

Buy it here.

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO

Anyone who loves to create new recipes will be over the moon excited to receive Ninja’s newest appliance that packs a lot of power and versatility into it’s small footprint. This groundbreaking innovation combines Ninja’s powerful Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction—breaking down fruits and vegetables to unlock their full potential– with the all-new Nutrient Fusion that brings fresh, vibrant ingredients together for flavorful, nutritious meals, snacks, and desserts worth savoring. I was amazed to discover how many recipes that can be made in this, from soups to burgers to desserts.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Debbie Meyer CakeCutters

Looking for a cute hostess gift under $20? Debbie Meyer CakeCutters would be perfect! Those who love to entertain will like how easy it is cut and serve the perfect slice of cake every time with these stainless steel cake cutters. The CakeCutters come in V-shape, for round cakes, and U-shape, for square and sheet cakes. 

Buy it on Amazon here.

 

Shark Genius Hard Floor Cleaning System

Anyone with kids or pets will appreciate the new Shark floor cleaning system, with it’s flexible, tailored, all-in-one solution that delivers improved and easier cleaning than before. The new system offers more control to customize the way you clean finished wood and hard floor surfaces, with up to three settings of electronic steam control- from a light dusting to deep cleaning, to steam blasting- cleaning the dirt you can see and sanitizing the floors when and where you need it. The washable steam pocket pad has special technology that locks in more dirt than ever and the new Steam Blaster technology delivers high velocity, targeted steam to eradicate stains. Along with the steam power of this mop, I love that I never have to touch the dirty pad again because it’s easy and mess-free to attach and remove the cleaning pads.

Buy it on Amazon here.

New Pillows

Nothing is worse than sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress or a lumpy pillow. While new pillows might not be the most glamorous gift, giving someone a good night’s sleep is a practical gift that everyone would love to receive! Brentwood Home makes a variety of pillows and other healthy, luxurious home essentials, all handcrafted in California and shipped to your doorstep.

Buy the kid’s pillow here. Here’s a 10% discount code, too! The Code = OURHOME 10% Brentwood Home Coupon

The folks over at Brentwood Home are offering a giveaway of their Kid’s Space Bundle (ARV $190) to Making Time For Mommy readers that includes a kid’s pillow and a lounger, perfect for any kid’s bedroom or playroom. Here’s a little bit about the products in the bundle:

Lounger

  • Made with nontoxic polyurethane and gel memory foam
  • Has a plush, hugging sensation, so your child feels cradled and secure
  • A perfect place for your child’s “me” time, where they can read, snooze, create, and relax

Kids Pillow

  • For the health-conscious parent who wants the most natural night’s sleep for their child
  • Filled with a mixture of silky smooth kapok, plus the texture of all natural latex for extra supportive resilience
  • The 100% organic cotton cover is detailed with a delicate plaid pattern for a playful touch
  • Has a slim/low profile design perfect for children
Enter the giveaway below to win this bundle!

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Gift Ideas For Women

Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Can you all believe that Christmas is next week?! Today I’m sharing Christmas gift ideas for women. There’s something for everyone on this list, whether you are looking for a gift for your mom or friend. I also won’t tell if you want to go ahead and treat yourself to one of these gifts ;)

Perf Shirts

I’m so in love with this customizable shirt company. With sayings like “work at home mama hustle” and “mornings are for mimosas” you are bound to find a shirt for every woman on your list. The best part? If you don’t see one you want you can create your own! I chose four different sayings from their site and picked the colors and shirt style and they were at my door days later. The shirts are super soft and the printing is done with great quality, especially considering the quick turnaround time.

Buy them here. (They currently have coupon codes posted on their site so make sure to grab one!)

Kiehl’s Hand Salve Trio

Lotion is one of the easiest gifts to give everyone from siblings to teachers. Kiehl’s is known for their quality skin care products and this Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio, that is part of their annual limited edition holiday line, is no different. This moisture treatment offers all-day protection to actually draw water from the air, preventing moisture loss. This is also a product you can buy and feel good about because 100% of sales of this collection will benefit Feeding America. Purchasing this set will provide 295 meals to those in need! I love when companies give back like this! There are also a number of other gift sets that give back to charity as well.

Buy Kiehl’s holiday gift sets here.

InstaShiatsu+ Neck and Back Massager with Heat

Not much is better than a massage at the end of a long day (bonus points if it’s accompanied by silence and chocolate). The InstaShiatsu+ Neck and Back Massager with Heat by TruMedic provides the perfect at home massage that women can give themselves. I love that you can control the intensity of the massage using the built-in wrist supports. Just relax or tighten your grip for your perfect massage!

Buy it on Amazon here.

Bullet Shell Swarovski Crystal Stud Earrings

I love the uniqueness of these earrings. Handmade with real bullet casings, they are an edgy new conversation piece that comes in over 20 different colors.

Buy them here.

Back To The Roots Gift Set

This company is helping people grow their own food- no large plot of land necessary! These Back to the Roots gift sets are a wonderful gift idea and let people reconnect with their food and how it’s grown. They can grow herbs in a can or have their own little mushroom farm. This is a great gift for parents who like to do a lot of hands-on-activities with their kids, too!

Buy gift sets here and use the promo code MakingTimeForMommy10 to receive 10% off of the entire Ready to Grow collection through 1/31/17.

BUILT City Carryall Bag

As a mom I love any bag that’s cute and easy to clean and this one, made of durable neoprene (the wetsuit material), meets both of those requirements. Fashion and function collide in this light-weight, ultra-durable tote bag. The City Carryall helps keep daily essentials together. It even folds flat so it can be kept in the car or closet when not in use.

Buy it here.

Thermos Brand Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid 

Know a health nut that’s also a techie? This is the perfect gift for them! This hydration bottle has a smart lid that connects to iPhones/iPads and Fitbits with it’s Bluetooth Smart Wireless Technology. It will calculate your suggested hydration goal based on your personal data, measures the intake of liquids and keeps track of how much water you get over a daily, weekly and monthly time period. Drinking water is so important and I love that this makes it easy to keep track of how much you are getting.

Buy it here.

Rhea Footwear Daphne Black Booties

Can a woman ever have too many boots? Nope! The Daphne Black Bootie by Rhea Footwear is a comfortable, classic boot she’ll wear for years to come. What I love about this brand is that they have special patented NeverSlip™ outsoles that allows their shoes to have more traction on slippery surfaces, ice and snow. These would be perfect for those who work in places that require nonslip soles on shoes or for anyone that just wants to be able to walk to their car and not fall on their butt if they step on an icy patch.

Buy them here.

Empower Cardio Dance Hoop

Exercise won’t seem like work with this cardio dance hoop! It’s the perfect gift for someone who is looking to change up their fitness routine or start one in the new year. Burn as many calories as aerobics or running and have a whole lot more fun with the lightweight Empower Cardio Dance Hoop. Learn the basics-Latin moves and Hip-Hop grooves and more! Start with five Cardio Dance Hoop instructionals and then get your groove on with five workouts. Once you master the routines, keep learning new tricks with additional free online workouts.

Buy it here for $29.99 and use code SkipFree to get a free Skip Fit and free shipping!

Nowvel Photo Books

Looking for that perfect gift for mom or grandma? I’d love to suggest Nowvel photo books! With their specially built software you can create a book in just minutes! Best of all, they offer a FREE 4X4 pocket book to all new users! All you have to do is pay for shipping (or you can share it on Facebook and even get that FREE). You can also choose to make a larger photo book with either a soft or hard cover. I made a photo book with pictures from our Florida trip and love how it turned out! See a photo of my 4X4 book here on Instagram. The small photo book is the perfect size for photos you’ve taken with your phone camera.

Make your book here.

 

Chicago Cubs Sports Apparel

Chicago Cubs fans across the nation are still celebrating the Cubs’ World Series win so Cub’s merchandise is sure to be a big hit when it comes to holiday gifts this year. Clark Street Sports, Chicago’s premier sports apparel retailer, has over 23 locations across Chicago and an online store with the newest and hottest World Series Winners gifts for the ultimate Chicago Cubs fan. My favorite is this women’s 3/4 length tee celebrating the historic win.

Buy this shirt, and other Cubs apparel, here.

Gratitude: A Prayer & Praise Coloring Journal

Coloring books are really hot right now and I love that this one is a combination coloring book and journal. Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale’s Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!

Buy it here.

What gift will you be giving this holiday season?

Gift Ideas For Tween Boys {Skylanders Giveaway}

(Disclosure: Samples were received but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.)

Christmas is coming and if you have a tween boy on your shopping list you might agree with me when I say they are kind of difficult to shop for! I feel like pre-teen girls are pretty easy to shop for (maybe that’s because I was actually one myself at one time?) but I tended to struggle with boy ideas. With my oldest in the tween stage now I feel a little more confident in knowing what they want so I thought I’d share. (I also want to preface this with a note that girls may like these ideas as well. This is just a list of ideas for boys because I am a “boy” mom and I want to help those looking for ideas. We don’t really stick with gender specific labels on toys at my home.)

Make sure to check out and enter the amazing Skylanders giveaway at the end of this post!

LEGO

Like I said in a recent Huffington post article, you can’t really go wrong with a LEGO set. My boys love any that are Super Hero or Star Wars themed. Generally the boxes have the age ranges on them to help you pick the right one for your child but I’ve found Jake can do ones that are made for children a couple of years older than him. Amazon has the best assortment of LEGO sets including this Star Wars one for ages 8-14 years old that is listed as the #1 new release on Amazon.

The 2016 World Series Film

Being from Chicago, I had to include this DVD! Baseball fans, whether a Cubbies fan or not, will enjoy reliving this moment 108 years in the making! This sports documentary can be found on Amazon here.

Sky Rover Voice Command Missile Launcher

Ready, aim, fire! Kids can fly this toy helicopter and launch “missiles” all by voice command! They’ll enjoy watching as their heli flies in a circular motion in response to their command “enemy scan,” and launches missiles when they say “missile fire”. The helicopter comes with 8 missiles and has a gyro balanced engine for easy and stable flying. This would make the perfect gift for an aspiring pilot or person going into the military. Buy it on Amazon here.

iTunes Gift Card

My boys have been all about music lately. If the boy in your life is all about music then they will love an iTunes gift card to download their favorite songs!

G-Form Youth Apparel For Athletes

Jacob plays multiple sports and I think sports gear always makes a great gift for the young athlete. G-Form’s youth apparel offers specialized products to fit your aspiring athletes. If you have a soccer player, they will appreciate a pair of G-Form’s Pro-S Shin Guards ($44.99).  The Pro-S Shin Guards offer a broader area of coverage than traditional shin guards. They are constructed as part of a sleeve so your sports player will never have to worry about their shin guards falling down. They also have breathable air vents which is perfect for playing during the hot summer months!

Turbo Runner 

Has your tween been asking for a drone? The Turbo Runner is a great option that’s affordable and perfect for kids. Capable of going just about anywhere, the Turbo Runner climbs walls and ceilings with ease. The Turbo Runner is a master of all tricks. Transitioning from flight to running mode, it darts across walls then dashes across ceilings – it even runs down staircases. Mimicking a design that was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Navy for a real-life UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), the Turbo Runner fears no trick thanks to its patented cage, which minimizes any force of impact. Master the trimming controls, and soon you’ll be performing amazing stunts never before possible with a flying RC vehicle. Buy it on Amazon here.

Ball Sports Trivia Book

Any sports fan would love the Ball Sports Trivia book. Whether you’re tweens a football fan, a rugby player, a tennis aficionado, or  baseball player or a soccer enthusiast, they’ll love this fascinating collection of over 250 sport facts. Over 20 sports are covered and they can find out why the number of dimples on a golf ball can make them a better player, how many tennis balls are used each year at Wimbledon and who is the world’s highest-earning ball player (among other things). Buy the book on Amazon here.

Skylanders

The top gift on my boy’s lists for the past few years has been Skylanders,  the toys-to-life video game series that can be played on a number of different video game platforms. There have been new games each year and this year’s Skylanders game is Skylanders Imaginators. In this new Skylanders game, children use the power of their imaginations to create their own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands. All characters from the previous Skylanders game are compatible with this new game and of course there are new Skylanders to collect, along with Creation Crystals and Sensei Skylanders that are now available. Skylanders Imaginators can be bought on Amazon. Here are links to the game for specific systems so make sure you buy the one for the system you have :) XBOX 1, XBOX 360, Wii U

I’m so excited to be giving away one new Sensei Skylander character and one new Creation Crystal, along with a code for your child to create their own Skylander character in the Skylanders Creator App and bring it to life as a 3D printed character. Jake was so excited about creating his own character that he immediately started working on his creation as soon as he found out about it and he will not stop talking about it. The boys have quite a collection of Skylanders but there is nothing quite like having one you’ve created yourself! This will be an awesome gift for any Skylanders lover and these three items are a $75+ value total. (Please note: this giveaway does not include the game. You will still have to purchase the game for the console of your choice.) You must be 18 or older to enter and have a US address to enter. Giveaway ends 12/28 at 11:59pm CST and I will contact the winner via email. Prizes will be received after the holidays.

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me why you want to win.

For an extra entry, share this giveaway on social media and leave the link in a second comment

Which of these gifts do you think the tween in your life would love? Have any other gift ideas? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Games That Make Great Gifts

(Disclosure: Samples were received but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.)

I love the idea of giving a game as a gift because it encourages family time and fun for years to come. I wanted to share some games I think would make great gift ideas. Some of these are for kids and some are for adult game nights :)

For Kids

 

Wethead- Remember Pie Face, the game that was all the rage last Christmas? Wet Head creates similar suspense and fun! Wet Head is an all-new water roulette game. To play you fill the helmet with water, strap yourself in, and give it a spin. Players can play with the included spinner or can download the free Wet Head Challenge app for some tricky trivia questions.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Abundant Harvest for Kids- Abundant Harvest is a one of a kind board game designed to help families and educators open the door to more effective communication and encourage decision making based on principles such as honesty, loyalty and commitment. The intent of the game is to reinforce the Law of the Harvest, basically “you reap what you sow”.  The situations presented in this version of the game are directed towards children who are learning the importance of making decisions based on principle. The scenarios provide parents, caregivers and educators the opportunity to teach children, and allow children to begin to develop and apply principle-based, reasoning skills as they work their way through situations common in today’s world.

Buy it on Amazon here.

TMNT Battlesnap Mutagen Mayhem Game- Looking for that perfect gift that will make your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) fan say “Cowabunga!”? This it it! The TMNT BattleSnap Game is a fun battle game that brings the TMNT heroes and villains to life allowing kids to experience battles in a completely new head-to-head way! They choose their Battle Power (Pizza, Weapons or Mutagen) and their  Game Figure. Then they snap in their Game Figure onto the Battlesnap Card and load it onto the Mayhem Collision Rail before releasing them on a collision course to excitement. The strongest power wins the round and the first player to collect 4 delicious pizza slices wins!

Buy it on Amazon here.

Kerfuddle- The best games are ones that we can play at home or take on the go. Kerfuddle is a fun word game that comes in a small jar so it’s portable. The object of the game is simple; score more points than your opponents by finding words they haven’t found on the 14 Letter Cubes. With the added dimension of the “Shake It Up” cards and the Number Cube, each round is unique. This game is perfect for those just starting to spell but it’s also fun for word game pros.

Buy it here.

Wise Alec Family Trivia Game- This is a great game for families to play together because there are hard questions for the adults and easier questions for kids. The trivia game includes over 1,000 questions from elementary school curriculum including history, science, and spelling. Kids will giggle at parents struggling to remember what they learned all those years ago!

Buy it on Amazon here.

50 Road Trip Games Card Deck- If your family is on the go a lot you will want this card deck that features 50 fun games that can be played in the car or airplane, or even at home! Each card lets you know the rules of the game, and materials, if any, that might be needed, such as a notebook and pen. You’ll find a variety of games for ages 3 and up, including brain games, cherished classics, just for fun cards and pop culture quizzes. This card deck makes a perfect stocking stuffer, too!

Buy it here.

For Teens And/Or Adults

The Agenda Game- Know someone who can’t stop talking about politics? They’ll love this game! To start, players choose one of seven political personas (Conservative, Environmentalist, Liberal, Moralist, Libertarian, Corporatist or Socialist), each with specific agenda “planks.” Players travel around the pitfall-laden road that is American politics – from scandals to buying off politicians to filibusters – where the object is to win over the public in votes and polls and gather enough money to implement the most agenda planks. Along the way there is political humor, trivia to test political knowledge, and scandals to avoid.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Backgammon- Backgammon, a simple game of tactics and chance, was one of my favorite games growing up. This set by GrowUpSmart is beautiful. It comes in a leather briefcase and is a larger set than some I’ve seen on the market. GrowUpSmart’s set is great for beginners because it includes a learners’ instruction manual and access to an online video course that teaches the basics of the game. Unlike many other backgammon games, this game has been tested for compliance with US toy safety standards which I think is great.

Buy it on Amazon here.

KinderPerfect Card Game- This game is basically Cards for Humanity- but for parents! Played in a group,  the “Parent” player will read out a red Question Card and other players will submit their white Answer Cards. The Parent picks the winner they like the best, well, because they said so. The winner then becomes the Parent for the next round and the game is won by accumulating the most Answer Cards. This game would be great played with your mom friends and hopefully will lead to deeper conversations about parenting.

But it on Amazon here.

The Best Gift For People Who Love To Travel

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite things to do is travel. I love going new places with my family and spending quality time with them away from all of the household chores and to-do’s. Though our trips are limited to a few days or a week, I like to keep the memories alive by incorporating bits of my travels in my home. I shared before about some of the travel collections I have, including mugs and magnets, but one thing I always wanted was a giant map to hang and mark our travels on.

I finally found an amazing travel map at 76th & Newbury, an online shop that specializes in custom designs for the home. I love that their maps are made of high quality canvas and can be completely customized. Not only can they be personalized with names, but you can pick the colors of the canvas and the text and choose a quote that’s meaningful to you. Each custom design comes with a proof so you can see what it will look like and request edits if needed. I decided I didn’t like the color combo I had originally requested and asked for an image that was on it to be removed and both requests were done without problem. They want you to LOVE your custom creation!

There are a number of travel quotes I love but in the end I decided to put this one on our map:

I chose to get one of their world maps that I could put pushpins in to mark our travels but they also have some you can put pictures on. I think this is such a cute idea:

Know any newlyweds? How adorable is this personalized map for couples:

76th & Newbury has so many wonderful gift ideas! Do you know someone who would love one of their travel maps this Christmas?

STEM Gift Ideas For Kids And Tweens

(Disclosure: Samples of these items were received for consideration but all thoughts are my own. Some links are affiliate links.)

Fun toys are great but fun toys that reinforce concepts of STEM subjects are even better! Toys that have a science, technology, engineering and/or math focus have been popular the last couple years and I wanted to share some great gift ideas with you that the kids on your Christmas list are sure to love!

Dash & Dot Robots

What child wouldn’t want their very own robots?! Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot your child always dreamed of having. They can use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. Dot is Dash’s companion and a brainy little robot on its own. Dot comes with several games built in, such as Magic Dot Ball, Dot of Music, and Light Sword. Using free apps Wonder and Blockly, you get to make over a hundred more games with instructions in the apps.

For children grades KG and up. The Dash & Dot pack is currently on sale for $169.95 with promo code DASHDOT (Save $30) until 12/31! Each can be bought separately as well, with Dash costing about $150 and Dot costing about $50. Purchase them here.

 

Scratch Programming Playground 

For children interested in coding, there is a great new book out called Scratch Programming Playground. Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in Scratch Programming Playground, kids will learn to program by making cool games. Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges so kids can make the game their own. They can even add more levels or add cheat codes by writing some code. Learning how to program will be a game with this book!

Kids will learn to make games like:

  • Maze Runner: escape the maze!
  • Snaaaaaake: gobble apples and avoid your own tail
  • Asteroid Breaker: smash space rocks
  • Fruit Slicer: a Fruit Ninja clone
  • Brick Breaker: a remake of Breakout, the brick-breaking classic
  • Platformer: a game inspired by Super Mario Bros.

Scratch is geared for ages 8+ but I think that children ages 6 and 7 would enjoy doing this with a parent. Buy the book on Amazon here. Today the book is $10 off so go buy it! :)

Roominate

There has been a big push lately to get girls interested in STEM subjects to bridge the gender gap in STEM. Roominate is an award-winning line of complete building sets that was started with one simple mission: open up possibilities for girls by showing them that creativity and engineering are fun. While this set was created for girls, some boys may like it as well (like my youngest son who was so excited to receive a set). What I like about the Roominate line is that creations can be built as shown or children can use their imaginations to “think it, build it and switch it on” and create their dream project. The Roominate line has unique building pieces with motor power and even comes with play-friendly dolls.

Roominate is for ages 8+. Sets vary in price from about $20 to $50 and are available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Find the one featured above on Amazon here (most sets are on sale as of the writing of this post).

The Future Architect’s Handbook

Have a child or teen who seems to be really interested in architecture? Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Going a step further, children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using an included tool kit consisting of graph paper and an architect’s scale, pencil, and drafting eraser. Finally, readers are challenged to design homes for an eclectic group of clients. Freehand pen-and-ink drawings bring the instructions to life. This book is the perfect introduction to what an architect does at work and why buildings look and function as they do.

This set is ideal for ages 8–13, but creative teens and adults will also find it inspiring. This hardcover book and set is $29.99 and can be found on Amazon here.

Puzzlets

Have a younger child you want to introduce coding to? Puzzlets would be perfect! Puzzlets combines hands-on play with interactive gaming to form one seamless experience, engaging the mind and teaching the player new ways of thinking. The Starter Pack comes with everything you need and setup is simple. Puzzlets connects wirelessly to a personal device like an iPad or Android tablet or to a Mac computer through the included USB cable. What I like about Puzzlets is that it’s not just a series of interactive video games, it’s a toy as well. Only half of any game for Puzzlets is played on a screen; the other half is played by arranging and rearranging the Puzzlets Tiles on the Play Tray. Because there are these two modes of play in each Puzzlets game, it makes working toward a common goal with a friend, parent, or teacher a natural way to experience the game collaboratively.

Puzzlets is great for grades K-2 but I think children a little older would enjoy it as well (especially if they are coding newbies). The starter pack can be found on Amazon for $99.99 here.

Have you found any great STEM gifts for your kids or tweens? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

10 Gift Ideas For Creative Kids

Disclosure: Products were sent for consideration but all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Black Friday is here and everyone is in the shopping mood- including me! I have been online all morning shopping for gifts. I have a lot of great gift ideas I’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks but today I wanted to share ten gifts that are perfect for the creative boys and girls in your life.

Crayola Air Marker Sprayer: This electric-powered toy turns Crayola markers into spray art, just like a real artist’s airbrush but without the mess of paint.  Kids can create realistic-looking airbrush art for craft projects, school projects, windows and more. Air Marker Sprayer features an electric pump which eliminates manual pumping so kids can solely focus on their artistic creations.  For children ages 8 and up; suggested retail price is $29.99.

Our thoughts: Another great Crayola product. It’s a unique way to use markers and the airbrushing looks cool!

Get it on Amazon here.

IDO3D Vertical: 3D drawing pens have been introduced as the newest way to create remarkable artwork, especially for kids. IDO3D Vertical makes 3D drawing accessible for all families with sets starting at only $9.99. Unlike many other pens in ever-growing market, the IDO3D Vertical technology uses no heat or plastic filament and the pens are designed to use cool ink that reacts instantly to the built in LED light, allowing users to draw up over and in 3D!

Our thoughts: Everything is cooler in 3D! This was the top crafty item on Jacob’s list this year!

Get it on Amazon here.

Fright Factory™: Kids can make scary 3D creations with Fright Factory™! Use the special light curing EwwGoo™ gel to fill creepy molds and then flash them with the eerie light from the Fright Factory Creature Creator. Kids can create insects, reptiles, rats, bats and more! Fright Factory™ uses ultra-safe LED light to develop the creations. Gels are quick curing, non-toxic and kid friendly. MSRP: $24.99 Age: 6+

Our thoughts: My boys are excited to create their own bugs :)

Get it on Amazon here.

Pom Pom Wow!: Pom Pom your world! Create custom pom-poms with the Decoration Station. Choose from the six different techniques to decorate your very own pom poms. The set folds up for easy mess-free transportation. The Decoration Station comes with 1 portable play set, 75 pom poms in 4 colors, 85 adhesive dots, 8 removable pom pom trays, 1 removable water tray, 1 adhesive roll dispenser, 2 markers, 1 blotting cloth, 1 paintbrush, 1 pipette, 4 stamper pads, 4 watercolors, and 1 glitter gel pen.

Our thoughts: This was a hit with kids at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! They’re easy to use and you can decorate just about anything with them.

Get it on Amazon here.

Pete the Cat- I Can Draw: Kids will enjoy following the easy step-by-step diagrams to re-create Pete and their favorite stories. This 160-page activity book is packed with everything from the world of Pete the Cat that aspiring artists will want to draw and will be a hit with young fans and budding artists.

Our thoughts: We love step-by-step drawing books, especially when they are fun characters like Pete the Cat!

Get it on Amazon here.

Magic Sketch: Magic Sketch is a fun new way for your kids to draw, play, and learn!  The flexible, LCD screen is transparent, allowing kids to trace with the provided stencils or from their own images! With Magic Sketch your kids can create all kinds of amazing art and, unlike most tablets, the Magic Sketch is super kid proof!  They can drop it, toss it, even step on it — it won’t break!  It’s completely water resistant, so if they have a spill, just wipe it off and keep going!  With the advanced internal electronics, you can clear the screen with just the push of a button! Magic Sketch retails for $29.95.

Our thoughts: Magic Sketch is great because it can be used again and again. It’s perfect for traveling, too!

Get it on Amazon here.

PBS KIDS Do It Myself Cookbook: This cookbook by Laurie Goldrich Wolf features fully-illustrated ingredients, tools, and steps so that children as young as 4 years old can make dishes completely on their own! This exciting cookbook kit includes a 128-page wire-bound cookbook, 45 simple, tasty “nothing sharp, nothing hot” recipes, step-by-step illustrations and a set of measuring cups and spoons.

Our thoughts: This cookbook is perfect for the little aspiring chef in your home.

Get it on Amazon here.

Gemmies™: Gemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft. Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations. Kids can make anything out of Gemmies crystals. starting series include animals, flowers and more! Store all your Gemmies crystals and accessories in the Gemmies Design Studio and display your favorite creation on the light up pedestal. MSRP: $24.99 Age: 6+

Our thoughts: This is such a great open ended crafting activity where kids can really use their creativity to make their own creations. They are all so pretty, too!

Get it on Amazon here.

The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook- Deluxe Edition: This cookbook by Matthew Mead comes complete with 60+ simple, tasty recipes as well as 3 cookie cutters (a bat, a lightning bolt, and a shield), logo stencils and character cut-outs for awesome food styling.  More than sixty tasty, simple recipes are inspired by DC’s beloved characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, and many others! From the Up, Up and Away Parfait to Green Arrow Fruit Kebobs to Holy Guacamole and the Martian Manhunter Malted, the colorfully presented recipes are fun to prepare and to eat. Step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and fans of all ages will enjoy flipping through finish photos featuring classic DC comics art and action figures. An extensive super hero party section offers dozens of drinks, snacks, and desserts as well as cool, clever serving suggestions.

Our thoughts: This is a must for every super hero fan! Imagine how excited they will be to help make “super” fun treats in the kitchen.

Get it on Amazon here.

 

Crayola Emoji Maker: Drawing inspiration from the growing popularity of emojis, kids can experiment with Crayola colors to make 16 custom color emoji stampers and share their unique emoji messages with friends.  Using the included design labels, kids can also create custom color names for their stampers as well as customize the boxes to their liking (each kit allows for 2 packs) . For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $19.99.

Our thoughts: With the popularity of Emojis this is a great gift idea for older children!

Get it on Amazon here.

 

Have you found any great gift ideas for creative kids? I’d love to hear about them!

5 Gift Ideas For Dads

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are still looking for a gift for the dads in your life, don’t worry. I have you covered! Here are 5 gifts that I think any dad would love. Thanks to the companies featured in this post for sending me samples so I can make Sinisa’s Father’s Day extra special this year.

GrafoMap

This is the perfect gift for any dad who loves to travel or has a special place in his heart for any city. I chose to order a map of Sinisa’s hometown, Zagreb, Croatia, that we are going to add to our travel wall. Though I’ve never been there I hope to visit someday with our children and I love that it will remind him of his home country.

GrafoMap uses Open Street Maps – an open source database – to make it possible for users to create an artistic map print of any cityin the world to hang on their walls and enjoy for years. GrafoMap users act as designer, choosing from a range of text and color options to create the perfect map art for their home. 

Learn more and order here.

Mr. Awesome Tshirt by Load Failure

Does your dad or husband have a great sense of humor? Let him show it by wearing a tshirt by Load Failure. He will wear his Load Failure proudly because well, who doesn’t want to make a statement with not-so-subtle humor? And these are not your typical silly shirts in those unflattering boxy shapes that always seem to look loose and too large. These shirts combine both humor and fashion with sayings like “Mr. Awesome,” “This is my Drinking Shirt,” and “Best Husband Ever.”

View all their styles and order here.

Gift Card to a Favorite Restaurant

If going out to eat is rare for your family consider getting him a gift card to his favorite restaurant so that he can go out with friends, enjoy a date night with you or go out to dinner with his family. One of our favorite restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe, has a Burger Tour going on that Sinisa was excited about. Some dads love nothing better than a burger and beer! Along with the meal consider going on a hike together, catching a movie, or doing something else he loves to do.

Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth

Does the dad in your life love technology? Let him geek out over the Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth. Everything else in his home is “smart” so why not his toothbrush, too? This “smart” toothbrush removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush and offers up to six different cleaning levels.

This toothbrush connects to the enhanced Oral-B app that provides real-time guidance while users brush, and records brushing activity that he can also share with his dental professional. It helps users focus brushing on their most important areas by allowing users to work with their dental professional and set time in each quadrant of the mouth. The app also motivates users to brush the dentist-recommended 2 minutes with entertaining news and weather, plus helpful oral care tips and rewards.

Learn more here and look for it at your favorite retailers.

What man wouldn’t be excited to get tickets to a local festival, a sports game, his favorite band’s concert or a fun event? Think about what your dad or husband enjoys and then get him tickets for that. I took Sinisa to a live WWE event and he loved it! He would also enjoy going to a soccer game or country concert.

What are you getting the dad in your life for Father’s Day?

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up and with it families are trying to think of gifts they can give mom on this special holiday. I recently shared some gift ideas but some of my favorite gifts to receive can’t be found in stores. Instead, they are things that are personalized and made with love from my kids. I wanted to share 10 DIY Mother’s Day gifts that kids can help make for all the important ladies in their life- from moms to grandmas!

Bouquet Of Sunflowers Made With Handprints – Kid Friendly Things To Do

Lemon And Raspberry Sugar Scrub – Reasons To Skip The Housework

Handprint Frame – Messy Little Monster

Footprint Stepping Stone – I Watch Them Grow

Jar Of Love – Crafting A Green World

Handprint Table Runner & Brunch For Mom

Mom’s Emergency Stash – Eighteen25

Mason Jar Succulent Planter – The Golden Sycamore

Egg Carton Flowers – I Heart Arts N Crafts

Picture Flowers

What has been your favorite DIY gift to receive or give?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Don’t worry because I have some amazing ideas that mom or grandma will love no matter what she enjoys! Please note: This is a sponsored post and contains some affiliate links but all thoughts on the products are my own.

For the active mom

Mio FUSE, is a waterproof wrist-based heart rate, sleep and activity tracker that completely eliminates the need for those bulky and uncomfortable chest straps. The heart rate monitor also works with the Mio GO App (available for Android and iOS) to monitor progress overtime or analyze individual workout data (max heart rate, steps, speed, pace, distance, time and calories burned).

I love that the Mio FUSE is not bulky and comfortable to wear on my wrist. It’s waterproof so I can wear it anywhere I go all summer long without having to worry about ruining it. The FUSE easily connects to the app I downloaded on my phone so that I can track the steps I’ve taken and a number of other things.

FUSE is available on www.mioglobal.com for $129 and Mio is offering $30 off through May 8th.

For the young at heart mom

 

Coloring books are all the rage now and if your mother enjoys coloring this is the perfect choice! Illustrator Eleri Fowler’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations in My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color depict the joy and tenderness of a mother’s love. From flowers to birds to hearts and more, these pages of delicate pen-and-ink drawings are waiting to be brought to life through her artistry.

Save 30% plus get free shipping when you use code: MOM30 at HarperCollins.com.

For the dessert lover

Doorstep Desserts is a subscription dessert kit for fun and easy dessert recipes (red velvet cake pops, chocolate overload truffles, éclair cake, etc.) delivered directly to your door. You can choose to have mom receive desserts weekly, biweekly or monthly. My family loved our subscription and it was nice to be able to make desserts together during our busy weeks. This would be perfect for a grandma to do with her grandkids because it is so easy with minimum mess.

Use code “mtm75” for 75% off your first kit!

For the mom who needs to relax

The Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser & Complete Anjou Essential Oils Gift Set are the perfect items to lift mom’s mood and bring some relaxation to her hectic life.

Both items can be found on Amazon. Get 20% off all Anjou products on Amazon with code M8WC289G.

For the mom who just needs time with Jesus

In Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk offer moms a calm way to start their day, to refresh themselves in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that they are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to them. This book reach moms where they are with short devotions tailored specifically to their needs. In these pages, moms will learn to resist the rush, halt the hustle, press pause, and find calm in the chaos. Just a few minutes each day can help moms center their heart and mind on what God has for them as His beloved daughter.

For the mom who loves to make her home look beautiful

Make mom’s heart melt this Mother’s Day with a special gift that comes with your own personal touch. PosyBox bouquets offer a beautiful flower delivery service that you can customize. And, unlike other flower delivery options, PosyBox provides a tech twist: with each package, gift givers have the option to record a video for mom or include a photo to be delivered with her flowers! Not only will she be surprised by the brilliant bouquet, but she also gets to hear and see a personalized message that will likely bring her tears of joy!
What gift ideas do you have?

Two Gift Ideas For Creative Kids

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

With the holidays here my mind has been on Christmas shopping. Each of my kids has a list of things that they hope to get. From video games to building sets to puzzles, everything they see in the commercials seems to end up on their lists. Most of their wish lists are similar but Lucas has a lot more variety on his. Lucas loves everything from cars to dolls and I love this about him because he is his own person and likes what he likes, no matter what other kids might say.

Some of his favorite activities are arts and crafts which he developed a love for at summer camp. He loves colors and has a keen spirit for all things creative and playful. In order to make Lucas happy and encourage his artful side I introduced some new crafty kits to him this week. The two kits are TEXT COOL Bracelet Studio and the The KNIT’S COOL Knitting Studio.

Lucas loves to dress himself in unique outfits and now he can send the ultimate fashion statement message with a bracelet. He loves being in control and designing his own things and this kit makes it as easy as 1-2-3 to create. Just turn, reveal, and press! He can even make message bracelets to share with his friends by using TEXT COOL. Text Cool includes an easy to use Bracelet Studio, featuring over 60 letters and emoticons and 35 bracelets to wear and share. Text Cool lets Luke get his creative messages on his wrists for the world to see! He is overjoyed to create and show his creativity with Text Cool.

The other kit Lucas liked is KNIT’S COOL. The Knit’s Cool Knitting Studio is an amazing new tool that makes learning to knit super easy. With the Knit’s CoolStudio, any kid can easily design their favorite fashions – like scarves, headbands, bags and more. The knitting studio kit has everything you need to start knitting right away, including fashion yarn, patterns and accessories to make three complete Knit’s Cool™ projects. Lucas is excited to see his Auntie over the weekend and make a phone case with her. Anyone can learn to craft fun and fashionable accessories with Knit’s Cool by watching the easy How-To videos online!

Do you have a child who loves art and crafts? These would make a great gift for the holidays!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Crayola Gift Ideas For Your Little Artist

Lucas loves anything to do with crafting, coloring or art so it’s a given that we have a huge variety of Crayola products at our home. From coloring supplies to tools to the easel in our living room, Crayola is the brand we trust to bring us quality and fun. The boys were really happy to receive a box of goodies from the brand and especially excited to try out one of their new products, the Crayola Widescreen Light Designer.

This Crayola Light Designer lets your budding artist bring his or her creations to life. They can choose from seven different light-effect combinations that create the animations. The boys loved seeing their designs light up!

There is a built-in easel so they can draw while the screen is lying flat or standing up and easily display their designs. I love that this product has such a large screen which allows both of my kids to create a masterpiece together. I enjoyed watching the boys explore how different colors mixed together, too.

I see this product being used for years to come. It works for them now but as they get older, and their drawing skills improve, I think they will really explore how to make their pictures animated with the lights. After finishing one drawing, the screen can be simply wiped clean and used again. I found a damp cloth works best on it since paper towels seemed to be too rough on the delicate screen. No need to worry about losing the markers because they store in the back of this Crayola toy, so they are always within reach.

Still looking for more gift ideas? Check out Crayola’s site!

Great Gift Ideas From Family Christian {Giveaway}

Still have some names to check off your shopping list? I’m happy to be working with Family Christian to share some of the amazing gifts you can find in their stores and online.

Music- From Holiday CDs to the WOW series full of top hits to Casting Crowns, Family Christian has some great uplifting music. During the Christmas season I love to have holiday music on so I was excited to see Family Christian offering an exclusive ‘A Christmas to Believe in’ CD. Another CD I purchased was Casting Crowns new CD, Thrive. I have not heard the whole album but as one of the top Christian music groups out there I have no doubt that this will bring joy to anyone who receives it.

Kitchen Gifts- If you have someone on your list who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, how about getting them something special to use when they cook or bake? I love these little loaf pans. A great gift idea would be baking a little treat in them and then gifting the treat and dish together with a little note telling the person how thankful you are for them. There are also mugs, serving platters, kitchen tools, casserole dishes and more. Now through Christmas Eve select holiday gifts are 50% off so it’s the perfect time to pick up Christmas dishes, too!

Devotionals & Books- Gifting a book that guides others in quiet time is such a blessing- to them and to you! We love our Veggie Tales devotional but I was excited to give my boys the new Jesus Calling for Kids after hearing on Twitter about how great it was. All Jesus Calling books are 50% off right now. Another special book by one of my favorite Authors/Bloggers called Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas would make a nice gift for families looking to start an Advent tradition.

Willow Tree- I wrote a whole post about Willow Tree and all the beautiful figurines they have. Know a pregnant mom, a new dad, or a couple who just got engaged? Willow Tree makes the perfect gift to honor special life moments. Read more about them here.

Home Decor- The home deor pieces from Family Christian make ideal gifts! Encourage a friend with an angel figurine or a wall cross, or share one of their Christian plaques with an inspirational message. This ‘Be The Good’ print is one of my favorites.

Which Christmas gift idea is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below and you are entered to win a $25 gift certificate for Family Christian! Share the giveaway on a social network and leave another comment with the link and that will get you an extra entry. Giveaway ends December 24, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Share The Joy Of Life’s Milestones With Willow Tree Figurines

I’m a Family Christian blogger and this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

There are some things in my home that just mean the world to me. Some are pictures, some are mementos and then some just represent something to me, like my collection of Willow Tree figurines.

I started my Willow Tree collection when I first became pregnant and bought the “Promise” couple figurine to signify the love between Sinisa and I and the “Cherish” pregnant figurine to celebrate the baby I was carrying. Weeks later I headed to the doctor for a sonogram and discovered I was carrying twins but then got the devastating news that I would most likely be losing one. The set of Willow Tree babies was available at that time and I got them. Every time I walk past them it’s a reminder of my angel baby, Avery. The “Our Gift” couple holding a baby completes my current collection. I hope to get the Mother & Son and the Quietly sets still to keep out year round in my bedroom.

Do you know anyone that is pregnant, getting married or going through major change in their life? I think that Willow Tree figurines would make great gifts. I think it means a lot to people to receive a gift that says “I was thinking about you” and “I’m there for you” instead of just giving a generic gift you could have bought for anyone.

I’m also excited to see that there is a Willow Tree Nativity set at Family Christian! What a beautiful centerpiece to have out at Christmas time. I think it would spark some great conversations during holiday parties with family and friends.

See the whole selection of Willow Tree figurines at Family Christian here.

Unique Gift Ideas For Music Lovers

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.

Some people seem to have everything which makes it hard to shop for them. One way to find them the perfect gift that they don’t have is to look for unique items that are either one of a kind or very rare. Check out my gift suggestions over on eBay! 

Easy DIY Teacher’s Gifts

Looking for a creative gift for your child’s teacher? Today I wanted to share a couple easy DIY gifts I made for the kids to give. Not only are they easy, but they are quick and inexpensive, too! Thanks to QVC for sponsoring today’s crafts!

Lately I have been kind of obsessed with Washi tape. If you don’t know what that is, it’s like colorful masking tape. You can buy it at any craft store and even in the aisles of your favorite big box store. Some have stripes or designs and some are solid color. I had a really cute polka dot printed one that I wanted to use so I decorated a mason jar cup and a supply box with them.

“I’m BURSTing with excitement that you are my teacher” Mug

Materials:

  • Cup or mug of some kind (I used an Insulated Mason Jar Tumbler from QVC)
  • Washi tape
  • Starburst Candy
  • Small piece of paper
  • Sharpie

To make, wrap the mugs handle with washi tape and anywhere else you want to decorate it. I decided to do a line of washi along the bottom but do what looks best on your cup or mug. Fill with Starburst candy (but not too tightly because you’ll need to fit the straw in between the candies). Once the cup is filled and the lid is on it’s time to make a little card. I chose to wrap a small piece of paper in washi tape so the little card matched but you can do whatever kind of card you’d like. Since the cup is filled with Starburst candy I wrote a note saying, “I’m BURSTing with excitement that you are my teacher”.

Extra Supplies Box

Materials:

  • School supply box
  • Washi tape
  • School supplies to put in the box

This was a last minute idea. I had all the supplies on hand since Luke’s teacher told me the day before school that he didn’t need any school supplies. I figured I’d put the supplies to good use by giving them to Jake’s teacher as extras because I know kids always run out mid year. This way the teacher would get extra supplies for the classroom and have a cute decorated box to keep their desk organized.

To make it I just wrapped washi tape around the bottom of the box, one row at a time. I tried to match up the dots on each line so it would blend together better. I then put a row around the top and wrote “extra supplies”. (After we took pictures I decided I didn’t like how my writing looked on it so I took that top piece off so the bottom was the only thing wrapped.) Once it was done I filled the box with supplies including sharpened pencils, small scissors, dry erase markers, crayons, and highlighters.

Looking for more DIY ideas? Tune in to You’re Home with Jill® on QVC every Wednesday at 7pm (ET), through October. Jill Bauer’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill®provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Fans can connect with Jill on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc.

 

Sweet Treats For Little Valentines

Make your child’s Valentine’s Day lunch or snack special this year by giving them a delicious treat. Cheryl’s sent me a beautiful tin full of cookies and other goodies to share with my boys.

The sugar cookies were really good and had a hint of lemon flavoring to them. I also thought the little bird cookie was adorable. The boys liked the frosted heart shaped cookies and the pretzels that were covered with sprinkles.

Looking on Cheryl’s website I saw a bunch of cute gifts for Valentine’s Day. The cookie bouquets were nice as was the “tweetheart” box. If you are looking to have cookies delivered for your valentine then make sure to place your order by 3pm EST today!

 

They also have $5 cookie cards that are perfect for every occasion from happy birthdays to get well wishes.

Chocolate Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is this Friday! If you are still looking for gift ideas I have a few to share from Fannie May and appreciate them sending me a box of chocolates to review. I shared around the Holidays how chocolates were my go-to gift to give and the same is true for gift giving around Valentine’s Day. Since most people love chocolate as much as I do it’s an easy gift to give.

When I received the box of chocolates last week, Jacob was excited to see all of the candy. Every day he has been picking out one to try and we take guesses as to what is inside the chocolate coating. It’s a special moment between the two of us and something we both look forward to each day.

Along with the typical box of chocolate, Fannie May has an assortment of special Valentine’s Day gifts. Here are some of my favorite:

Champagne Celebration Strawberries

Giant, hand-picked strawberries are generously dipped in creamy white and pink champagne-infused real chocolate and decoratively sprinkled with gold, platinum and clear sugar.

Assorted Chocolates – Heart Box, 2 lb.

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate or a combination of both, this essential assortment has something for everyone, from buttercreams and rich nougats, to buttery caramels. This is the box of chocolates that we received from Fannie May. I love the caramels and Jacob’s favorites are the wrapped chocolate hearts. They are housed in a beautiful box that makes this the perfect gift to give!

Loving Favorite Gifts Tower

A selection of favorite confections for your Valentine, each Loving Favorite Gifts Tower weighs 2 lbs, 9 oz and comes filled with: 4 oz Valentine Pixies, 1 lb Delights Individually Wrapped Chocolates, 5 oz Milk Truffle Hearts, 4 Milk Grahams, 4 Milk Cookies, 4 Milk Pretzels, and 4 White Pretzels. Yum! If you have multiple people on your gift list you could even split this one up and give the boxes in the tower out to separate people.

Which gift is your favorite?

Shipping Note: The website says if you order by today (2/11 at 3pm EST) you can use ground shipping and get the gift to your Valentine in time. Waited until the last minute? You can still order and choose overnight delivery on 2/13 for delivery on 2/14 or visit one of their Chicago area stores.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas From The Fruit Company

I love chocolate on Valentine’s Day but it’s also nice to give {and get} healthier options as well so that is why I wanted to share about The Fruit Company’s gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. You can give those you love some sweet, delicious fruit along with other goodies. We received the Red Pear Valentine Tower for review and it was great because it had something for everyone in it.

This gift tower is packed with four Red D’Anjou pears, chocolate covered cherries, zebra chocolate popcorn, strawberry yogurt pretzels and two Fuji apples. Sinisa loved the pears and the boys gobbled up the apples. Jacob thought the pretzels tasted just like his favorite drink, strawberry milk. My favorites were the chocolate covered cherries. They were really juicy and I thought it was a great mix of fruit and chocolate.

Some other gift ideas from The Fruit Company include:

Valentine Berries

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Organic Pink Fruit Basket

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 Chocolate Truffle Lava Cakes

If you are shopping last minute make sure to check out their website for special Valentine’s Day shipping. Choose Valentine’s Day delivery, and receive upgraded shipping at no extra cost as long as your order is placed by noon, PST, February 13, 2014.

Books For Boys {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a set of books to review but all thoughts are my own.)

If you have a little boy that is fascinated by all things that rumble, crumble and crash, a new series by Capstone Book for Young Readers is a SMASH-ingly great gift for this holiday season! The aptly named DESTRUCTION series features four very sturdy board books where readers can follow along as a building is imploded, a car goes into the crusher, a wrecking ball destroys a wall and tires are shredded to bits. Crush It!Knock It Down!Blow It Up!; and Shred It! all feature big, bright images and movable parts that allow the reader to blow it up, knock it down, crush and shred it — perfect for little ones mesmerized by destruction!

Lucas, who is always on the go, is not a fan of typical books. He doesn’t enjoy looking at picture books but he loved these books because he could do things while he was looking at the pictures. He can move the wrecking ball back and forth, make a building crumble to the ground, crush old cars and more.

I also liked that these books were very sturdy. Having multiple kids, it is great when I know items will last for more than one child. The colors of these books were nice as well and the bright colors grabbed Luke’s attention along with my own.

For more information about the series and purchasing information please visit: http://www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/products/crush-it-/.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win all 4 books in the series and a yellow construction hat

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any 0r all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win this set for

2)  Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends January 5, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Chicago’s Favorite Chocolates

(Disclosure: I received a box of chocolates for review but all thoughts are my own.)

You all know I love chocolate. As a Chicagoan, I am lucky to have one of the very best chocolate companies based right here in my area- Fannie May! I can’t remember a Christmas without a box of Fannie May chocolates. My favorites include their pixies and their mint meltaways. I also enjoy their boxes of assorted chocolates.

I’ll tell you a funny story that I am extremely embarrassed to share…. when I was younger (a long time ago) we had a box of assorted chocolates in the fridge. I don’t remember how old I was but I was young enough that I couldn’t just eat as many chocolates as I wanted because they were limited to a dessert item. Well I had my favorites and then flavors I had never tried. I was in the fridge one day when I decided that I wanted to try the other flavors but didn’t want to be selfish and eat the whole piece of chocolate so I took a bite of a few of them and left the other halves in the fridge.

At the time it made sense in my head to share the other half with someone else but, as you can imagine, my dad was not very happy that I had left half-eaten chocolate in the fridge. He probably would have preferred that I just ate the whole piece. Looking back I realize now that a knife would have been a better cutting choice than my teeth. I think about that story every time I have a box of chocolates from Fannie May and it brings back memories of my childhood every time I bite into a piece of chocolate. 

Along with the special memories I have of Fannie May chocolates, I think the chocolate is delicious. I took a look at their website and chose some of the gifts I think *someone* would like if you haven’t bought me them a gift yet ;)

Sea Salt Caramels

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Milk Chocolate Pixies

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Artisan Holiday Bark

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Mint Meltaways

I checked and it’s not too late to place your order for Christmas. There is a 20% off sale and free 2nd day shipping promotion as well. Head on over to their website for full details!

Gift Ideas For Creative Kids From ShopVault.com

(Disclosure: I received a playhouse for my kids but all thoughts are my own.)

Looking for gift ideas? The internet is full of them and I’m here to share my favorite creative gifts from a site I have newly discovered called VAULT. ShopVault.com is a curated marketplace where the most unique and the most sought after brands have been hand picked by influential tastemakers. Members get a first look at hot new inventory and private invitations to exclusive events. It’s free to join and you even get a special discount of $20 off your first purchase of $30 or more!

Here are five gifts I think creative kids would love:

Color Your Own Playhouse Castle

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Piggy Couture Picasso Art Kit

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Veggie Sidewalk Chalk

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Wool Felt Jewelry Kit

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Lay ‘n’ Go Lego Carrier

Top 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Preschoolers

I’m  excited to be joining in with a great group of bloggers for a special Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas series. Please join us as we share our favorite books, games, building toys, pretend play toys, and stocking stuffers! Each participating blog will create their own unique list each week for each of the categories so be sure to stop by each of the links at the bottom of this post.

Here are 10 of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas that are not edible:

Art Supplies: crayons, markers, collage materials, little pads of paper, stamps and ink pads, stickers, playdough, art smock

Toiletries: mini bubble bath bottles, fun character toothbrushes, mini tubes of toothpaste

Vehicles: trains, cars, small planes, construction vehicles

Wearable Items: socks, hats, underwear, jewelry, gloves, dress up clothes

Figures: tiny dolls, Super Hero Squad super heroes, small princesses, dinosaurs, farm animals, characters from movies or TV shows

Games: Go Fish card game, character dominoes, Fruitominoes, game for electronic system

Musical Instruments: harmonica, recorder, triangle

Building Toys: lego bricks, wooden blocks, magnetic block sets

Books: any soft cover books that interest your kids, coloring books

Bath Fun: bath toys, bath crayons, bath squirters

Find more great gift ideas in these posts:

Stocking Stuffers for All Ages {Top Ten Holiday Lists} from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Boys Ages 3+ from Stir the Wonder

Stocking & Stuffer Ideas for Kids from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers from Makeovers & Motherhood

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers from Little Bins for Little Hands

DIY Stocking Stuffers Ideas from Creative World of Varya

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Baskets and Flower Arrangements

I love getting unexpected surprises delivered to my door. Whether it’s a package I forgot was coming or a special gift from a friend it’s exciting. Some of my favorite things to receive are gift baskets from 1-800-Baskets. They recently sent me their Resplendent Elegance Holiday Gift Basket which was full of chocolates and other goodies.

This gourmet gift basket features some of my favorite chocolate brands like Fannie May, Ghirardelli, and Ferrero Rocher. As a sweets lover this basket is perfect because most of the items are chocolates, other candies, and cookies. There are a couple items in the basket for those times when I’m craving something salty as well.

Some other items from 1-800-Baskets that would make nice gifts include:

Best of Ghirardelli® Gift Basket

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Starbucks® Fan Favorite Coffee Basket

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Holiday Cheer Market Box

Another option is to send a gift from 1-800-flowers. I love having fresh flowers in my home. Look at how beautiful these flower arrangements are:

 

Fields of Europe™ for Christmas

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Glorious Christmas™

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Candy Cane Lilies

So many great gift ideas! If you want to give one of the baskets for Christmas you need to hurry because I just found out that the deadline to place orders is 12/19!

(Disclosure: As stated above, I received a gift basket from 1-800-Baskets. All thoughts are my own.)

 

Zume Games: Gift Ideas For Outdoor Fun

(Disclosure: I received a game from Zume Games and can’t wait to play it this spring!)

Do you have someone in your life who loves the outdoors? I have some great gift ideas for them! Escalade Sports, a national leader in recreational sporting goods, has a line of outdoor games called Zume Games that put an innovative twist on traditional outdoor games. Zume Games are portable, easy to play, durable and designed for safe play. 

Zume Games’ must-haves include TENNIZ™, DIZK™, and TOZZ™. Here is some more about these fun games:

TENNIZ™

The instant tennis match you can play almost anywhere. TENNIZ is ideal for building skills and having fun. Perfect for kids and beginners or family recreational play, TENNIZ is lightweight, portable and features ultra-quick setup. TENNIZ comes complete with two 21-inch rackets, 2 TENNIZ balls, 12-foot net and convenient carrying case.  TENNIZ is suitable for ages 8+ and is available for purchase online at Amazon.com and Zume-Games.com. SRP: $79.99.

DIZK™

DIZK is a super-tough, soft-touch, great-grip flying disc featuring a unique design to help it fly, float and flex like no other. Its center hole creates more ways to catch and its versatility makes it great for perfecting those flying disk tricks. DIZK is suitable for ages 6+ and is available for purchase at Sports Authority, MC Sports, Sports Chalet and online at Amazon.com and Zume-Games.com. SRP: $14.99.

TOZZ™

TOZZ is a soft-touch, great-grip football that was made to grip it and rip it, allowing you to get more out of your arm. Its center aerodynamic air tunnel helps create an amazing spiral on every throw. TOZZ’s easy to launch, easy to catch design is suitable for ages 6+ and is available for purchase at Sports Authority, MC Sports, Sports Chalet and online at Amazon.com and Zume-Games.com. SRP: $17.99.

Don’t those all sound like so much fun!?

Gift Ideas For Boys, Sneaky Shopping Tips & A Target Gift Card Giveaway

Target recently gave me a gift card and sent me on a Christmas shopping mission with my kids to one of their stores. My challenge? Be a kids’ gift detective and purchase toys for my boys without them knowing.

Sometimes shopping for kids can be hard. Jacob and Lucas tell me they want everything that they see on television so it’s not always easy to decide which gifts they want the most. With Sinisa working so much it’s also difficult for me to find time to go shopping. While I do a lot of my shopping online, I’ve found that sometimes I just prefer the shopping experience in-real-life instead of online.

Target gave me some great ideas on how I could shop with my children without them knowing. Here are the ideas I was given:

  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 1: While shopping at Target for your everyday needs, indulge your kids with a stroll down the toy aisle. As they interact and point out toys they like such as the Air Hogs Atmosphere, you can easily pull out your smartphone and use the Target app to purchase it right there in the toy aisle without them ever knowing it.
  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 2: For an upcoming shopping trip, bring the other parent, friend or grandparent who can bring the kids to a different part of the store for a snack while you make purchases of the gifts. Or, doing your shopping with the kids’ while in plain sight and tell your kids the items are being given to a cousin or friend, so your kids won’t even realize the gift is for them.
  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 3: Enlist your kids in the shopping fun. Want a sneaky way to find out exactly what your kids want for the holidays while also shopping for a good cause? Tell your kids you’re shopping for gifts to donate to a local charity, and have them pick out the toys to donate. Your kids will love scanning the aisles for their favorite items, like the Flutterbye Flying Fairy or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles R/C Shellraiser. Little do they know that the items you’re picking out will also be the gifts they’ll find under the tree. To make sure they don’t blow your cover, you can drop off items you bought at your local charity and order the items online that they picked out for their Christmas gifts.
  • Kid’s Gift Detective Tip 4: If you don’t have a partner in crime to help during your covert shopping trip, make sure to disguise or hide the items you put in your cart. When you arrive at the store, line your cart with “undesirables” (like jumbo packs of frozen Brussels sprouts or books about manners) so your kids can’t see the real gems hidden inside. You can also swing by the container aisle to convert your cart into a covert shopping storage machine. Just place one big, closeable bin into the basket and add their wish list items to the bin while you wheel through the aisles.

For my shopping trip, I decided to focus on my 5 year old’s gift ideas. I seem to be full of gift ideas for preschoolers but for some reason that next year up is harder. He’s too big for preschool toys but too young for many elementary toys. I went along the lines of #2 and told him I wanted him to show me 5 toys that he thought his friends wanted most for Christmas. At his age, his “friends” wants are still suspiciously the same as what he wants ;)

Here were his choices:

Skylanders is #1 on Jacob’s list. The newest game out is Skylanders Swap Force which he loves. Really anything Skylanders will do!
Angry Birds Telepods toys go with the phone app and are a big hit in our house as well.
Switch & Go Dinos were mentioned a few months ago and here he shares again that they’d be in his top 5. Vehicles that turn into dinosaurs? Pretty cool!
Jacob got this Hot Wheels Set for his birthday. Cars are always a hit with this age group!

This LeapPad bundle tied with the Nintendo 3DS as a top electronic gift. For the LeapPad Jake thought a 5 year old boy would like a SpongeBob game the most and his top 3DS game was Pokemon. 

Target also shares some of their top gifts for boys in that age range. They are:

  • 4-pk. Disney Planes Die-Cast Gift Set (Target Exclusive)
  • Imaginext Justice League Javelin (Target Exclusive)
  • Angry Birds Go Pirate Ship
  • Kidtrax SRT Viper 6-Volt Ride-On Car
  • MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles R/C Shellraiser
  • Zoomer

So many great gift ideas! Need help figuring out how to hide all of the fabulous gifts? Don’t worry because Target has ideas about how to do that as well! Find them all here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Target Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me a sneaky shopping tip you have

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Share a picture of yourself using the Target Kids’ Gift Detective tips on Twitter.

Use the #MyKindofHoliday hashtag to tag your pictures.

4) Subscribe to this blog

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends December 20, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: As stated above, Target gave me a gift card to use. All thoughts are my own.)

Hearts For Home Blog Hop #45

Welcome to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! I am joining a great group of ladies and each Thursday we want you to share your favorite post about anything that shows your heart is for your home: homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, crafts, etc. For those of you that aren’t bloggers I am glad you are here, too! You’ll get some great ideas from everyone that links up.

Last week’s most popular post was: 

Hundreds of Holiday Activities for Kids from Living Montessori Now

 One of my favorite posts from the week was:

 

19 Child-Made Gifts from Back In The Hills

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Ready to join in? Enter your link below. All we ask is that you include the HFH button in your post. The button’s code is above so feel free to grab it from there.

Top Ten Pretend Play Toys For Preschoolers

I’m  excited to be joining in with a great group of bloggers for a special Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas series. Please join us as we share our favorite books, games, building toys, pretend play toys, crafting supplies or kits, and stocking stuffers! Each participating blog will create their own unique list each week for each of the categories so be sure to stop by each of the links at the bottom of this post.

This week I’m sharing about my favorite toys to help preschoolers imaginations grow during pretend play. Props can take children from their homes and magically turn them into everything from Doctors to cashiers at the store to veterinarians.

One of my fondest memories of school when I was younger was when my teacher made a make-shift grocery store with old food boxes we had all brought in from our homes. We then used pretend money, pushed around shopping carts, and “shopped”. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s what created my love for shopping :)

While many items can be found around the house, some specially purchased items can enhance pretend play for preschoolers. Here are my ten favorite pretend play toys for preschoolers:

Fisher-Price Medical Kit

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 Learning Resources Pretend & Play Sliceable Fruits &Veggies

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Playhut Lil Explorers Big Red Fire Engine

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Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register

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Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart

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Community Helpers Gear (and any costumes you can find)

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Baby Doll (Any doll will work. Don’t forget the accessories and gear)

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Kitchen Set (My favorites are made by Step2)

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Black & Decker Junior 25 Piece Tool Set (and a toolbench if you have room)

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Melissa & Doug Birthday Party Set

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Looking for more pretend play favorites? Check out these posts:

Pretend Play Toys for Boys and Girls {Top Ten Holiday Lists} from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Pretend Play Toys for Toddler Boys from Stir the Wonder

Top 10 Lists: Pretend Play Toys for under 3 year olds from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Gifts to Encourage Pretend Play for Preschoolers from Makeovers & Motherhood

Top 10 Pretend Play Toys for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

Top 10 Pretend Play Toys in Our House from Creative World of Varya

Top 10 Preschool Pretend Play Toys from Little Bins for Little Hands

 

Our Favorites From The Chicago Toy & Game Fair

(Disclosure: My family attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair as media and received some free toys and games. I also purchased some items there. All thoughts are my own.)

Last Saturday morning we spent time playing at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. There were lots of great games and toys, some that we had seen before and many that were new to us. Here are some of our favorites we found:

Tenkai Knights

Tenkai Knights are small bricks that turn into figures about the size of LEGO men. My boys both loved these even though they are a bit too young for them (the package says 6-14). There are also larger sets to build that go with these Tenkai Knights.

Chuggington Trains and Track Sets

We love Chuggington at our house and have many of the trains and sets. The folks from Chuggington set up this tall track by hooking together multiple sets and all the kids went wild over it. These trains and track sets would make a great gift for preschoolers!

Pokemon Battle Arena

Jacob, my 5 year old, has just gotten into Pokemon lately. He enjoyed playing with the characters that went along with this Battle Arena but the arena itself was a little too advanced for him. This would make a great gift for the Pokemon lover who is about 7-9 years old.

Pop The Pig

Pop the Pig is a fun game for preschoolers that both boys enjoyed checking out. It will be under our Christmas tree this year.

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts is the perfect activity for a rainy day. Kids build a structure with the pieces and then use a blanket or sheet to create a fort. Lucas loved sitting inside the igloo fort they made.

 Overall, we had a ton of fun. So many new games and toys were added to our Christmas list!

Gift Guide Is Live! 100+ Gift Ideas

I am so excited to share that Making Time For Mommy’s 2013 Christmas Gift Guide is live!! Over 100 different gift ideas are featured and more are being added daily. There is something for everyone which makes shopping for Christmas gifts so much easier. Check back often for more ideas and some great giveaways that will be coming in the next month!

Also, if you have a young child and celebrate Advent make sure to check out my post about the Truth in The Tinsel Advent ebook for little kids. Use code “MAKINGTIME” for 20% off the ebook. Hurry because Advent starts on Sunday!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend, find some great deals and spend lots of quality time with the people you love.

Gifts That Give Back To Mercy House Kenya

(Disclosure: I joined in supporting this cause because it’s important to me and did so without expectation of receiving anything in return, however, recently I was sent some unexpected gifts as a thank you.)

Back in September I shared about a great cause I was helping support and raise money for called Mercy House. A group of bloggers came together with {in}courage with a goal of raising $74,000 by Christmas. The project was split into 5 phases and I’m so happy to share that the first four phases have been fully funded! These moms and babies now have a new van, new classroom space, a new generator, and computer lab. Now it’s time to work on funding a second home and we have a little under a month to raise the money.

We’d love if you’d help by donating money to the project. Another option is to purchase your Christmas gifts through Mercy House or to purchase select {in}mercy items from Dayspring because both donate a portion of the proceeds to the cause. You can give a great gift while doing something amazing for these moms and kids in Kenya. What’s better than that?

Here are some of my favorite items:

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Find more gifts here and here!

 

 

Top Ten Building Toys For Preschoolers

I’m  excited to be joining in with a great group of bloggers for a special Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas series. Please join us as we share our favorite books, games, building toys, pretend play toys, crafting supplies or kits, and stocking stuffers! Each participating blog will create their own unique list each week for each of the categories so be sure to stop by each of the links at the bottom of this post.

Blocks are the first toy that probably comes to mind when you read the title of this post but I want to share some other fun building toys that are on my list of top toys for preschoolers.

Tinkertoy

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K’nex

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Bristle Blocks

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Trio Building Set

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Magna Tiles

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LEGO Bricks (these ones for 4+ and larger bricks for 3s and Under)

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Lincoln Logs

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Waffle Blocks

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Gears Building Set

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Wooden Blocks

Here are some other posts from bloggers sharing their favorites:

 Building Toys for Boys and Girls {Top Ten Holiday Lists} from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Building Toys for Toddlers from Stir the Wonder

Top 10 Lists: Building Toys for under 3 year olds from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Building Toys for Preschoolers from Makeovers & Motherhood

Top 10 Building Toys for Preschoolers from P is for Preschoolers

Top 10 Preschool Building Toys from Little Bins for Little Hands

Top 10 Building Toys From Our Childhood from Creative World of Varya

Gifts for Future Female Engineers from Afterschool for Smarty Pants

 What is your favorite building toy?

10 Gifts Under $40 And More Dream Gifts From Kohl’s

(Disclosure: I attended an event at a Kohl’s store and received a gift card for my time. All thoughts are my own.)

I love the Holiday season. The cookie baking, Christmas tree decorating, carol singing and hot chocolate drinking days are some of the most fun ones of the year. One thing not on the “fun” list? Shopping for the perfect Christmas gift. I love the gift giving part but going from store to store to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list is one of the most stressful parts of the season.

Last week I got a sneak peek at Kohl’s Christmas gift selection and I realized that shopping for gifts could be fun and easy when you shop at one location. From toys to home decor to fashions for the whole family you’ll find everything you need at Kohl’s. The best part? With the great deals they have you’ll save enough money on gifts to buy yourself something nice.

Trying to figure out what to get those hard to shop for people on your list? Here are 10 great gift ideas under $40.

doc mcstuffins doctor bag and doll gift set

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Food Network™ wine sweaters

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Simply Vera Vera Wang initial box necklace

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Big Wheels riders

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Wembley slippers

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San Miguel picadilly votive candle holder

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Melissa & Doug slice and bake cookie sheet

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essie nail polish kit

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St. Nicholas Square® angel tealight candle holder

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Sony® studio monitor stereo headphones

Top Ten Games For Preschoolers

I’m  excited to be joining in with a great group of bloggers for a special Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas series. Please join us as we share our favorite books, games, building toys, pretend play toys, crafting supplies or kits, and stocking stuffers! Each participating blog will create their own unique list each week for each of the categories so be sure to stop by each of the links at the bottom of this post.

Here are 10 of my favorite games for preschoolers. Some of these games the kids in my preschool classroom enjoyed playing, some my own kids play, and some I have received for review in the past years.

 Memory 

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Elefun Snackin’ Safari

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Candy Land

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Garanimals Paw Print Game

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Fruitominoes

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Raccoon Rumpus

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Don’t Break The Ice

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Go Fish

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Cluck N’ Chuck

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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

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Here are more favorite games and puzzles from other bloggers:

Our Favorite Games & Puzzles {Top Ten Holiday Lists} from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Games & Puzzles for 2-3 Year Olds from Stir the Wonder

Top 10 Lists: Puzzles for under 3 year olds from Powerful Mothering

Games Recommendations for Brainy Kids from Afterschool for Smarty Paints

Top 10 Games and Puzzles on Our Shelf from Creative World of Varya

Top 10 Board Games and Puzzles for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

Top 10 Preschool Board Games from Little Bins for Little Hands

Top 10 Games for Preschoolers from Makeovers & Motherhood

Top 10 Books For Preschoolers

I’m  excited to be joining in with a great group of bloggers for a special Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas series over the next 6 weeks. Please join us as we share our favorite books, games, building toys, pretend play toys, crafting supplies or kits, and stocking stuffers! Each participating blog will create their own unique list each week for each of the categories so be sure to stop by each of the links at the bottom of this post.

This week we are talking books. Having taught preschool I have hundreds of preschool books and I’m sharing my favorites with you all! These are good for the older 4s.

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Here are favorite book lists from other bloggers:

Thaleia Maher from Something 2 Offer: Books for all Ages

 Nicolette Roux from Powerful Mothering: Books for under 3 year olds

Sarah McClelland from Little Bins for Little Hands: Picture Books

Emma Craig from P is for Preschooler: Books for Preschoolers

Samantha Soper-Caetano from Stir the Wonder: Books for Toddler Boys

 Natalie Figge from Afterschool for Smarty Pants: Books for Advanced Bookworms

Alisha Carlson from Makeovers & Motherhood: Holiday Books

Varya Sanina-Garmroud from Creative World of Varya: Books for Non-English Speakers

What are your favorite books for children? I’d love to check them out!

Give With Purpose This Holiday Season {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a bracelet and earring set but all thoughts are my own.)

There is nothing better than a gift that gives back. I’m happy to be working with World Vision again this year to help promote their Gift Catalog. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in US and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ Handcrafted Gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

I received a Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set to review. This gorgeous Zakale bracelet and earring set from Nairobi are made from recycled materials by Kenyan artisans. The people received a loan from World Vision to grow their business and lift themselves out of poverty. With a $100 donation people can get this set for free.

This colorful set would make the perfect gift for any woman or girl. I love how the beads really capture the light. Knowing the story behind the bracelet makes me even prouder to wear it.

Want to donate without receiving a gift? The Gift Catalog lets you choose how your donation is sent. Love playing soccer or have kids who do? Donate soccer balls to kids who would normally play with “soccer balls” made of banana leaves or rolled-up trash. Passionate about education? Give kids books and tools they need to be successful in school and help them fulfill their potential and even lift themselves out of poverty. Or maybe you just simply want to give a child food, water, or clothing to protect them from the freezing temperatures.

Want to go beyond yourself? I love these ideas that World Vision shared:

  • Organize a family giving night and have kids select charitable gifts from an organization such as the World Vision Gift Catalog. Talk with your children about how giving back changes lives of children and families living in poverty and that their efforts truly make a difference.
  • Host a house party for friends and family and ask your guests to contribute to a share of a group gift such as a farm animal, winter clothing or school supplies to families in need, or even a water well. Make the selection of the item, how to raise funds for that gift, and the collection of the money a collaborative, group effort.
  • After Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping, consider celebrating Giving Tuesday (12/3) and make meaningful, life-changing gift purchases such as medicine, mosquito nets or a fish pond.
  • Be active in your giving — volunteer at your local homeless shelter or senior living center; cook a meal or bake cookies for an elderly family member or neighbor.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a bracelet and earring set like the one mentioned above

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

 1) Leave a comment telling me what gift you’d give a child in need

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must a a US resident and 18 or older to enter.

Kohl’s Cares: Holiday Giving With The Peanuts Gang

(Disclosure: I am working with Kohl’s to promote their Kohl’s Cares program and received promotional items but all thoughts are my own.)

Kohl’s Department Stores is offering classic Peanuts storybooks, plush toys of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends and gifts, for just $5 each that will leave the entire family grinning from ear to ear this holiday season. Through the Kohl’s Cares program, 100 percent of the net profit from this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. I love this program because it’s a great way for people to find gifts for those they love while giving back to the community at the same time.

Now through late December, Kohl’s offers exclusive hardcover editions of beloved Peanuts storybooks by renowned author Charles M. Schulz, along with coordinating plush toys. Kohl’s also offers a cookbook, holiday CD and a Peanuts Jigsaw Puzzle –perfect gifts guaranteed to spread holiday cheer this season.

Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise for Kids

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown plush: Join Charlie and Linus as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas through fun holiday traditions, including ice skating, participating in the school pageant and finding a Christmas tree.
  • You Can Be Anything and Snoopy plush: Children will dream big with Snoopy as they learn they can do anything or be anything – from an astronaut to a lawyer to just plain cool – as they grow up.
  • Be Yourself! and Woodstock plush: The whole Peanuts gang is gathered together to show children that being yourself is fun and everyone has different qualities that make them unique and special!
  • Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown and Snoopy plush: Follow Linus as he tries, with the help of his friends Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, to part with his beloved blanket before his Grandma’s visit.
  • Peanuts Classic Gift Set: Experience two-times the holiday cheer and endless Christmas miracles with a book two-pack of Happiness is a Warm Puppy and Christmas is Together Time – great classic Peanuts stories.
  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE – Linus plush and Lucy plush: Children will buddy up with Linus and Lucy plush toys as they celebrate the holiday season. Available exclusively at Kohls.com.
  • Peanuts Jigsaw Puzzle: Wrap up in a blanket, pour a cup of cocoa and get to work with the family assembling a jigsaw puzzle with artwork from the classic Peanuts storybooks. It is the perfect stocking stuffer or new family tradition this holiday season.

Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise for Grown-Ups

  • Holiday Cheer: Make sure the halls are decked and everyone is jolly this holiday season with the perfect book for holiday recipes, decorating, entertaining and gift ideas. The go-to holiday handbook this season is filled with tips and tricks from Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Country Living and makes the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties and festivities.
  • Upon the Winter Solstice: Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD: Delight in the holiday spirit with the sounds of this year’s CD from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Grab one for the car, the home and the office to spread the holiday cheer!

Gifts that promote literacy and give back to the community? These are a must for any gift list!

Gift Giving With Lindt Chocolates

Every Christmas my children’s teachers get the same thing as gifts: chocolate! I figure that it’s a pretty safe gift because almost everyone loves it. One of my favorite chocolates are LINDOR truffles so I was really excited to get an assortment of them to review. They come in a variety of flavors and literally melt in your mouth.

Lindt’s special Holiday collection contains, among other items, two large gift bags filled with truffles. Each bag is ready to gift which is nice because you can save yourself some time since you don’t have to wrap it. I love the felt bag because the design and ribbon make the gift look like it cost a lot more than $25.

The bags feature some of Lindt’s top LINDOR truffle flavors including: Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Extra Dark Chocolate. My favorites are the White Chocolate Truffles and Peanut Butter Truffles.  They are so delicious!

Find all of the flavors on Lindt’s website. Which flavor is your favorite?

An Expert Answers My Questions About Choosing Educational Toys & Games

(Disclosure: This interview is sponsored by LeapFrog and I am receiving some of their products in exchange for posting. Thoughts are my own.)

The Holiday gift giving season is coming up and if you are anything like me you are overwhelmed by the choices of educational toys and games on the shelves. I had a chance to ask some of my top questions when it comes to this topic and get them answered by Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos. Jody is the math and science development expert of LeapFrog’s Learning Team where she works on products across all platforms to teach math and science concepts in developmentally appropriate ways using research-based techniques. Before joining LeapFrog, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a researcher and instructor, and a math textbook author. She is also the proud mother of two boys.

Here were the questions I asked her:

  • How are the age ranges on toys/games/apps decided?
  • How would you suggest dealing with younger siblings wanting older siblings games/toys that are not made for them?
  • What should parents look for when buying toys for preschoolers?
  • What Leapfrog toys do you think will be hot this Christmas season?

Check out her answers to my questions below:

If you can’t view the video, here is a direct link: http://bcove.me/tegllg0zFind more details about the LeapPad Ultra mentioned in the video here.

P.S. Stay tuned this weekend for an awesome LeapPad prize pack giveaway!!