Sunday, November 23, 2014

#Giveaway Personalized Hang-Up Home Organizer from Thirty-One Gifts


As we prepare for the holidays, I like to try and organize my home as much as possible. From the holiday wish lists to the items needed for the kitchen. So having organizers in place, like the Hang-Up Home Organizer from Thirty-One Gifts, I can not only have a way to organize my lists and coupons, but I can do it in style!

Recently, I was sent the Hang-Up Organizer to personalize and review from Thirty-One Gifts! I like that when it comes to personalizing, I can not only choose the style I want to go with, but I can also choose the lettering and style of lettering to go with for the embroidery.

This organizer is not only a very fashionable one to hang up, but it is also very easy to hang up. I like that with the various slots, I can not only find places for those holiday wish lists, but also a place for my coupons, business cards, recipe cards for our weekly menus, a calender, and more! There is also a great dry erase, which is perfect for putting those grocery lists and reminders on.


The Hang-Up organizer comes with the dry erase marker, and not only has a slot to hold it at, but I can also add other pens to the other slots that are in the same area, so we can have a pen handy when needed. I found the size, at 42 inches long, to be great for covering that dull door in our kitchen that leads to the garage. Also with the length, I can hang it to where it is easily accessible, not only for myself and my husband, but also for the kids!
In all making the Hang-Up Organizer from Thirty-One Gifts a great product to have in the home and to give this holiday season! Well to help with the organizing and holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from Thirty-One Gifts would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Hang-Up Organizer!



Product received, thank you to Thirty-One Gifts and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Personalize the Holidays with I See Me! Books


With the holidays, I tend to think of family, time we will spend with loved ones, catching up on old times and making new memories. Having children, I find that making those memories with them and sharing those holiday traditions with them is something I look forward to. One such tradition is reading those holiday stories.

Sure I can get those books that have the same stories that my parents read to me, but I found that by making things more personal, even when it comes to the stories, can help make those memories a even fonder one for my kids! To help with making memories that will last with my kids, I was sent a personalized My Night Before Christmas book for Wyatt from I See Me! Books!


When it came to personalizing and ordering my book for review from I See Me! Books, I found the process to be a very easy and fun one. I was able to not only add Wyatt into the story, but I also dedicated it, and added the entire family into the story!

The book comes with not only having Wyatt and our family incorporated into the Christmas story book, but the title of the book also has Wyatt's name in it. Making the books you can find and personalize from I See Me! Books not only a great gift to give and share with your little ones this holiday season, but also a unique gift that will be one to remember and shared for years to come!



Product received, thank you to I See Me! and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Gift Ideas with the Strawberry Shortcake Styling Doll


With those holiday lists, I find myself feeling nostalgic when I see familiar products. I know that toys have come a long way since I was a child, but I really enjoy seeing those characters that I loved as a child, still around and still being a favorite with kids today. One such iconic character is Strawberry Shortcake, and to help with finding those hot must have toys of the season, I was sent a Strawberry Shortcake Styling Doll to review.

This doll not only has hair that is fun to style, but she also smells sweet, like a strawberry, which is something I can remember when I had my own Strawberry Shortcake doll years ago! I like that this doll is a lot more modern than the one I had when I was little.

The Strawberry Shortcake Styling Doll comes with hair clips, hair extensions, barrettes, styling comb and a outfit. There are many different ways of doing her hair, and you can find inspiration for the different hair styles both in the package, but also online when you head to The Bridge Direct site and go to the Strawberry Shortcake Styling Doll page! In all, making the Strawberry Shortcake Styling Doll a must have for the Strawberry Shortcake fan in your life!

Product received, thank you to The Bridge Direct and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Gift Giving with CHARM IT Jewelry for Girls

When it comes to Estrella, she is a girl with many interests and hobbies, from her love of animals and the outdoors, to music and fashion and being with her friends. So when it comes to the gifts to give her over the holidays, I like to find gifts that help to express who she is. Recently I was sent a charm bracelet, with a variety of charms attached to it, that have her different interests displayed on it with charms representing her different likes and hobbies from CHARM IT!

I like that over at CHARM IT, I can find not only some great gift sets with the charms already in place, but I can go on and purchase a bracelet or necklace, that is ready to be made by personalizing it with the various charms from their amazing collection!

The charms from the CHARM IT line are ones that express the interests of girls, giving girls pieces of jewelry that help them to express themselves and feel empowered! I also like that we can not only go online to purchase the CHARM IT products, but we can also find them a various stores like GAP as we head out to do our holiday shopping! Making the CHARM IT products a must have piece of jewelry for my daughter this holiday season! So with this years big holiday shopping days just around the corner, be sure to either go online to the CHARM IT site or to one of the stores which carry the products, so you can give your girls a piece of jewelry that makes a statement and empowers them this holiday season!



Product received, thank you to CHARM IT! and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Gift with the Monster High Catacombs Play Set from Mattel

When it comes to the holiday gifts that my daughter sees as a must have, she has the Monster High characters and sets at the top of her list. From the dolls that she enjoys collecting to that must have Monster High Catacombs Play Set that she and her friends see as a must have when displaying and playing with their dolls, we have found Monster High to be a hot line of toys this year! To help with this years guide I as sent the Monster High Catacombs Play Set to review.

This play set is the ultimate doll house for the Monster High fan in your life. From the 3 levels which have the different play places to play in to the secrets that are to be found within the play set itself, your kids will find so much to be found in this set! My daughter and her friends can add up to 15 of their Monster High dolls to this set for play, and they can pose the dolls easily using the clips that are on this set.


This house is 4 ft tall, offering lots of fun to be had as the girls go from level to level, and explore the catacombs! There is a elevator, spooky stair case, and when you put the clock on the right numbers, you find a door that opens and leads to the lab! You also find some great furniture that comes with this set, and once set up, you have a spinning chandelier, and the pool floor that when you flip it, becomes a fun dance floor!

When it comes to the accessories, I really like the detail like the items for the lab area where there is a quill and book set, then more items you find that can be put on the tables and chairs for the other rooms, helping to really bring the play together. I like that the clips for the dolls are placed around the set, so you can pose and stand the dolls for really great imaginative play! In all, making the Monster High Catacombs Play Set a must have for the Monster High fans in your life this holiday season!





Product received, thank you to Mattel and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Holiday Gifts from Fisher-Price w/ the Imaginext Battle Rover

In my house, when it comes to the toys my kids want and like, it can be like night and day. On one hand I have my daughter, who is a very girly girl, who loves her Barbies, Monster High, and makeup, then on the other hand, I have my boys who love their cars, dinosaurs and trains. So when it comes to gift giving over the holidays, I go in two completely different directions at times so I can ensure that they get want they want! To help with this years holiday shopping, I was sent the very cool, Imaginext Battle Rover to review.



The Battle Rover is not your everyday vroom vroom, as my boys would put it, in fact it is unlike any of the other toy cars and trucks that they have. It is a big, and very cool vehicle that can give my boys the ultimate outer space experience. There is both a fun small space vehicle that can be manned by one of the Imaginext characters that come with this awesome machine, along with a space shuttle!

The little space vehicle can go on a patrol of the terrain, then drive right back up inside of the Battle Rover in the compartment that opens up for driving in and out of on the bottom. There are also cool sounds with over 200 sound effects and phrases, lights that flash, and weapons that the kids can control.

This all in one vehicle, has a launch pad, space station, that is kid powered, and when the boys make it to their drilling destination, they can activate the drill as well! They can go from exploration to battle mode when their Battle Rover comes under attack, then launch the shuttle as it shoots out disks at potential alien threats! There are places to store the characters that come with this Battle Rover, where they can drive the rover, fight off aliens or survey new and unexplored lands, making the Imaginext Battle Rover, a must have toy for the holidays!

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Giving Hugs with the Hugaboo

When it comes to baby, we want to keep them safe and give them a sense of security, which in hand keeps baby happy. As a mom, when we have a baby, we want to carry them with us and never put them down and baby would prefer this as well, but when it comes down to the reality of things, especially when there are other kids in the home, we find that we can not carry baby and hold them all day and night. So to help when it comes to those times when baby wants that sense of security they get from being held and we find that we need to do dishes or get dinner cooked, I was sent the Hugaboo.

The Hugaboo is a great baby seat, that is soft and snuggly, making it the next best thing to being hugged and snuggled in mommies arms. The Hugaboo provides the support that helps baby when they are learning to sit up on their own as well.


I like that once baby is able to hold their head up, the Hugaboo can be placed on the floor and provide baby comfort and support, while giving mom and dad a chance to get other things done, and is a great product to have for babies 3-8 months! Along with the softness of both the cover and the seat, I like that I can easily clean up the Hugaboo with the spot washable cover. In all, making the Hugaboo not only a great product to have when you have a baby, but also a great gift to give this holiday season!





Product received, thank you to Hugaboo and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Holiday Toys from Educational Insights

When it comes to the holiday toys that my boys like and want I like finding toys that help promote their imaginations and are toys they will enjoy playing with. A couple of toys that they both like are trucks and dinosaurs, so when we were sent Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, from Education Insights for review, I knew this would be a toy both boys would like!



With Spike, the boys can enjoy a kid powered construction toy, that is also part dinosaur. They can have fun playing with this toy both indoors and out, as they flatten everything in their way, and clear a path for some fun construction or destruction! Spikes jaw opens and closes and the tail and head pivot as they roll him around. And as they push him around in the dirt, he leaves cool dino tracks behind, making Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller a great toy to give your kids this holiday season!!!




Product received, thank you to Education Insights for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#GivingTuesday Holiday Gifting with Carri Backapacks


Over the holidays, we find ourselves surrounded by family and friends, and we also find that with the holidays we get into the spirit of giving. There are many ways to give this season, and with the holidays you have the kids coming out of school, finishing that first half of the year, to head back to complete the rest of the year after the holidays are said and done, so what about gifting those school supplies for the second half of the school year? Well that is what you get when you buy a backpack from Carri Backpacks!

With the backpacks they have from Carri Backpacks, you not only get a backpack that you can carry a laptop, tablet, and books in that is durable and padded, but when you buy a backpack from the Carri Backpacks line, you also give one to a child in need. This not only helps to make sure that your kids go back to school after the holiday season with a new, durable backpack that is ready to take on the rest of the year, but you can also help to give a backpack to a child in need, who would really benefit from having a backpack for school!

The idea is one that comes from the facts that are in place, like the fact that in the US, 22% of children live in homes where the income level is below the poverty line. Making it so when it comes to those school supplies that are essential for school, the kids do not have what they needed for school. So as we head out to get gifts for others, help others by giving to those in need, by buying one and giving one when you purchase a backpack from Carri Backpacks, and be sure to mark your calenders for Dec 2nd, which is Giving Tuesday, so you can join others as they give back this season!



Product received, thank you to Carri Backpacks for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Holiday Gifts from Uncle Milton's Toys

With the holiday shopping that is to be had, I like finding not only those must have toys for the kids to play with, but also items that can help decorating their rooms! One line of toys that I have enjoyed adding to my kids room, both the toys and the fun decorative items, is Uncle Milton! And to help with finding some great ideas for the holiday shopping this year I was sent the a couple of the decorative wall items from the Uncle Milton's Toys line!

With the Mr. Happy Moon Room Light, I like that this item is not only great for putting up in babies room, but can be a great item for toddlers as well! Wyatt enjoys having his own bed in the big boy room, and just like his older brother who has a Light Saber Night Light from the Uncle Milton line over his bed, Wyatt can add his Mr. Happy Moon Room Light over his bed. This night light is very unique, by not only adding a comforting soft light to the room, but it also plays sounds that sound like soft cricket noises, helping to relax little ones as they drift off to sleep!

Then with the Disney's Frozen Light Vines, we can decorate Estrella's room with the 10 foot long string of lights that not only has those iconic characters from the movie, but also changes the lighting colors with over 200 color combos! This set is a great one to put above my daughters bed or around her window, bringing the magic of Disney's Frozen into her room for her to enjoy every night! In all, making the room products from Uncle Milton's Toys a must have when shopping for the kids in your life!


Product received, thank you to Uncle Milton Toys and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.


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Adding Kitchen Tools from Mastrad to the Holiday Cooking Lineup


The holiday cooking season is upon us and like many I like to ensure that my kitchen is well equipped with the tools I will need in order to help bring those meals together! Well to help with this years preparations for the holiday cooking and baking, I was sent a collection of amazing kitchen tools from Mastrad to review!

One of the traditions we partake in each year is the baking of those delicious gingerbread men, so with the Gingerbread Pan, I was excited to take a look at it and add it to my kitchen gadgets when it comes to the holiday prep! This pan is non stick and flexible with the silicone molds. I like how easy it is to get the gingerbread shaped men and candy canes out by just putting the pan upside down and popping them out! Making it not only very easy to make and keep those gingerbread men together, but also easy for the clean up after it is all said and done!

With the Mini Pies Kit, I can not only make some homemade mini pies to serve over the holidays, but I can also make ravioli with this set as well. This set helps to make it so it is easy to set and seal those adorable mini pies, and with the ravioli, I can create different shapes, set and seal as well, Making the Mini Pies Kit another must have kitchen gadget, for not only having on hand over the holidays but for anytime of the year!

With the Origami Cutting Board, you get a set of two very unique and handy cutting boards. I like hat I can lay the boards out flat when doing food prep, then I can easily fold the boards into bowls, which helps to get the items into a dish for cooking or transporting goods to another location after cutting and chopping!

Then with the Spiral Veggie Slicer, I can turn the ordinary veggie trays we serve up, into fun works of art, bringing those holiday dishes and tables together! In all, making the products from the Mastrad collection of kitchen products, a must have line to add to your holiday prep!


Product received, thank you to Mastrad and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Scents from Old Factory Candles

With this time of year, I look forward to the baking, putting up the tree, and making my house smell like the holidays, and when there is not anything in the oven to keep that warm fresh baked scent in the air, I like to have fragrances on hand that do remind me of the season! Well to help with keeping those holiday scents in my house and reminding others of the holidays when they walk in, I was sent some of the candles from Old Factory Candles to review.

I went with the Happy Holidays collection, and with this collection I received 3 different 2 ounce candles which included Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread. I found these fragrances to be a perfect addition to my home when it comes to keeping those holiday fragrances going in my house! I like that with each of the candles, they burn for over 20 hours, and when you combine the scents by burning them in the same room, you bring the holiday memories from the scents you get, into your home for everyone to enjoy! Making the candles from the Happy Holidays collection from Old Factory Candles a must have this year. So this holiday season, as you head out to get those fragrances that bring the holidays home, be sure to add the candles from Old Factory Candles to your list!


Product received, thank you to Old Factory Candles for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

#Giveaway #GivingTuesday With Thirty-One Gifts

With the holidays, I not only like to see it as a time for family, but also the season of giving. In our home we do a lot of giving when it comes to giving back to the community, and I like to find other ways to give to others as well. One day that is set aside to help encourage the giving is Giving Tuesday, which will be on Dec 2nd this year.

This year, to help celebrate Giving Tuesday, the people from World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are teaming up to help get personal hygiene products to women in need. You can help making a donation by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online (Worldvision.org) to World Vision. Also for each of the first 3,100 donations made, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit filled with hygiene supplies to a woman or girl in the US! 

Well to help with spreading the word and encouraging others to give this Giving Tuesday, I was not only sent a Hope Kit as seen in the picture below, but the wonderful people from Thirty-One Gifts would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Handle-It Cosmetic Bag!


Product received, thank you to Thirty-One Gifts and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Keeping Baby Warm with Minky Couture

The cooler weather has made its presence known for many, and with that we find ourselves pulling out the jackets, scarves, and cozy blankets to keep warm. For those who have a baby in the home, we tend to find ourselves in search of those blankets that are just the right size for baby. The ones we can wrap baby in and snuggle them with as we hold them. So to help in our home when it comes to keeping baby warm this year, we were sent a very soft and cozy minky baby blanket from Minky Couture to review.

We chose to go with the Hunter Pink Brown. I really like the design, but even more so I like how soft the minky is! The size of this blanket is also a great plus with it being 36 x 30 inches, it makes for a great blanket to wrap baby in and snuggle with!

I like that at Minky Couture we can not only choose baby blankets from the great variety of designs that are available to choose from, but I can also get coordinating blankets for my older kids and myself! In all making the minky blankets from Minky Couture a great selection of blankets not only for baby but for the rest of the family too! Well to help with keeping baby warm this year, the wonderful people from Minky Couture would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Minky Couture minky baby blanket!!



Product received, thank you to Minky Couture and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Fun with the Thomas and Friends Track Master Avalanche Escape Set

I think when it comes to the holidays and those must have toys of the season, I find that just like with me, my husband gets excited to check out those hot toys! To help with this years list of hot toys we were sent the Thomas and Friends Track Master Avalanche Escape set, which is a track master motorized set to review.

Well when it comes to our boys, they love trains. They enjoy watching the shows and have quite a collection of the Thomas and Friends DVD's, so adding this train set to their collection of trains, has made for a great fit! As Thomas goes around the track, he finds himself needing to gain some momentum as he begins going over a mountain top that is not stable and to get over the big gap!
Aside from the big gap on the mountain, Thomas must also cross the rickety bridge, all while gaining speed so he can go faster and go through the spooky cave, discover a fossil, and come out to be a very brave little engine!

This set is not only fun to set up with a 6 foot track, but is a lot of fun to play with and watch as Thomas overcomes the obstacles in his way, over and over again! Making the Thomas and Friends Track Master Avalanche Escape a great gift to give the Thomas and Friends fans in your home this holiday season!



Product received, thank you to Fisher Price and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Hot Holiday Toys from Barbie with the Barbie Glam Camper

With the big holiday shopping season fixing to kick off, it is time to get those wish lists made and find out what the kids want this year. As in many years past, even when I was a little girl, one of the hottest line of toys is again a must have, and with the line of toys from Barbie, you are sure to put a smile on your kids faces this year! To help with finding those hot, must have toys for this year, I was sent the Barbie Glam Camper to review.

I can remember when I was a kid, that the Barbie Camper they had back then was the coolest, must have item for Christmas one year, so when the Barbie Glam Camper came in, it took me back! The thing is, compared to the camper I had, this one blows the one I had out of the water! The Barbie Glam Camper is very neat and has the pull out bed, bar, kitchen area, top sleeper, mini bathroom, TV and more!
The camper opens up, and the cab detaches for a fun, glammed up camping experience with Barbie! I like that when it is closed, you can drive the camper around when it is attached to the cab, making the Barbie Glam Camper a hot holiday toy to give this holiday season!


Product received, thank you to Mattel and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Keeping Little Ones Warm this Season with Baby Deedee


The colder weather is upon us and with little ones, we need to ensure that they stay warm. Some might think that adding extra blankets might do the trick, but with the issues you can have with babies kicking off the blankets along with the increased risk of SIDS when blankets are used, having wearable blankets is the way to go. Well to help with keeping little ones warm in my house, we were sent the Baby Deedee Sleep Nest to review.

This wearable blanket is very ideal for using on the cooler winter nights, and can be used in place of loose blankets. It is very easy to put on and take off with the shoulder snaps, even when baby is sleeping. I also like that the material is quilted and breathable, and the cocoon like shape helps to provide comfort as well.
The outside shell is also very soft, and is made from 100% cotton, giving the material maximum breathability. Then when it comes to the warmth that this wearable sleepsack provides, I like that it can be put on over babies clothing, and can keep baby warm in a room where the temperature is 67-74 degrees F!

The Baby Deedee Sleep Nest is also machine washable, and with the various sizes that we can choose from which can be worn on baby from birth on up to 36 months, I find the Baby Deedee Sleep Nest to be a must have item for both keeping baby warm this season, but also a great gift to give as you do your holiday shopping this year!



Product received, thank you to Baby Deedee for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Cornbread Beer Bread Mix from Boardwalk Food Company


With all of the holiday baking and gift giving, I like to find things that can simplify the process, whether it be a great addition to the holiday menus or a great gift to give this season. To help with the baking and gift ideas this year, I was sent some of the very delicious Cornbread Beer Bread Mix to review,

This mix is a very easy one to put together, by just adding your favorite beer when you are ready to make this mix, it will give your cornbread a very sweet and moist bread that does not take very long to bake! Making the Cornbread Beer Bread Mix a great product to not only have on hand while cooking this holiday season, but also a great gift to give!


Product received, thank you to Boardwalk Food Company and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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