Color your world over the holidays with Crayola book kits

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Crayola kits make great gifts! #ad

2 kids.  2 weeks.  1 very tired mom.

That’s what Christmas break usually means at my house.

You would think that spending my days with 110+ 6th graders would build my endurance for time spent with my personal children, but it’s quite the contrary.  Being a hands-on mom is a much tougher job than teaching all day!!  When my kids are home, they like to have one or two “pajama days” but then it’s time to get our game on.  What will we do all day?  These awesome Crayola kits from Baker & Taylor Publishing can keep smiles on everyone’s faces! Whether it’s Rock Painting or Drawing that floats your child’s boat, you’re both going to enjoy these book kits.  Both are priced at under $20 and shipped free with Amazon Prime, these books are perfect for gift giving.  Christmas, birthdays, and “just to say I love you” — all are perfect occasions for art!   [Read more…]

One for me, one for you – I love that kind of shopping!

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I am all about the “buy something for myself” while I’m Christmas shopping.  I used to feel guilt about that syndrome.  It seemed so frivolous to buy myself something when the shopping trip was supposed to be for gift-buying.  The thing is that I tend to buy people things I want for myself as gifts.  So when I’m wrapping it, the whole time I’m wishing that someone would gift it to me!  Then I decided that someone CAN gift it to me….. ME!!!

Awesome scarf - $23 shipped!!

This scarf with sleeves is adorable – I want it in every color!!  It is $23 shipped, just right for a girlfriend gift. I ordered beige but they also have red and black.

Another gift I ended up buying myself this year was a Birchbox subscription.   [Read more…]

The Happy’s make a fun gift for Christmas and birthdays

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Having a pet is a great part of childhood, but it is not something that everyone can enjoy.  Having a pet could become an allergy issue, an extra stress, or simply a financial burden for some families.  There’s a way to give your child some pet joy on Christmas morning without having to potty train — welcome to The Happy’s from Cepia!  [Read more…]

Roll right into the new year on the EzyRoller

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - EzyRoller #ad

What’s your Red Rider? You know, like on The Christmas Story? I’m talking about that toy that you’ll remember forever. The one that always got pulled out; the one that had scuff marks and maybe even some blood from a scraped knee. It’s the toy of your childhood that you wish you still had. For me, that toy was my bike. I rode it everywhere from the school playground to my best friend’s house. Now that I live in East Tennessee, with its rolling mountains and all, bike riding is a lot more strenuous than it was when I was 10! My kids love to play outside and wheeled toys are always a hit. I’m excited for them to see the EzyRoller this year. It’s that toy THEY will tell their kids about!
the EzyRollers line is great for holiday giving! #giftguide [Read more…]

Movies to add to our family DVD library #sponsored

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Excuse the stack on top of my DVD player.  As you can see, we watch a lot of movies.

Although we have cable and Wi-Fi, with hundreds of channels and websites, there is not always a family-friendly show on television for us.  We closely monitor what our children see and hear.  My husband and I believe that it’s our parental responsibility to protect the innocence of our children, which includes the content that we introduce to their brains.  When the TV is on at our home, it’s usually turned to a documentary or a Veggie Tales cartoon.  In fact, even as I type this my husband and 5-year-old son are watching a mini-series on wildlife in China.  We also like to have an assortment of DVDs to play in the van or to take on trips with us.  Family Christian has great prices on DVDs that reinforce strong family values.   [Read more…]

Feel the Difference in more-T toothbrushes #NaturallyHealthy

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Enter to win a prize pack from more-T in the #NaturallyHealthy #giveaway - ends 12/16/14.

Welcome to the Naturally Healthy Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! To help you keep healthy naturally this winter, our members are offering giveaways to help you prevent and treat potential ailments. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more naturally healthy giveaways! Our sponsor for the giveaway is more-T[Read more…]

Brushes that bring smiles for Christmas #giftguide

Bling toothbrush - makes a great stocking stuffer! #giftguide Disclosure: I received product samples. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

With all the candy and other sweet treats my kids consume at Christmastime, it’s a no-brainer to include a cool toothbrush in their stockings.  There’s nothing exciting about plain old brushes; however, the options on this gift guide are nothing ordinary! [Read more…]

Gifts for the active elves on your list #giftguide

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Looking for ways to keep your active elves busy over the Christmas holidays?  Check out these fun toy ideas.  They’re sure to inspire lots of creative play while even teaching your kids a little bit, too!

The Wild Kratts are popular in our house. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop featuring Silverlit

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Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway! This event is hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views.

One lucky reader will win a Nano Falcon, thanks to Silverlit Toys. Check out my gift guide post! Nano Falcon - enter to win! #giftguide [Read more…]

Let your child fly high with these toy ideas #giftguide

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There’s something so intriguing about space. That unknown frontier is still a mystery and inspiration to all of us. Even from a young age, children are enamored with looking up into the sky and wondering about the great beyond.  If you have a child who likes to fly high, here are some gift ideas that will delight, entertain, and educate your little flyer!

The first gift my son asked for this Christmas was a remote controlled helicopter.  We got one when he was only 3 years old and he loved playing with it; unfortunately it crash-landed and didn’t work properly after that.  This year he’ll receive the Silverlit Nano Falcon.  This heli is especially cool because it’s a record-holder for the smallest RC copter.  [Read more…]