The Star movie release on 11/17 #TheStarMovie #FlyBy #ad

Disclosure: I received free tickets to the film for my honest review. Opinions shared are mine.

Whatever your plans for November 17 onward, make room on your calendar to see The Star Movie from Sony Pictures Animations!  I watched the trailer and immediately thought, “This will be my family’s new Christmas favorite.” See for yourself! [Read more…]

Simply holiday craft for Elf on the Shelf – JingleBall #ad

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Each year, our beloved elf F’nick arrives after Thanksgiving.  Sometimes F’nick gets bored while we’re sleeping, and he gets into mischief. This year, he’ll enjoy the activities we got for him.  This no-sew, no-glue JingleBall craft is finished in seconds!  Even better, it only cost $2 to prepare. [Read more…]

Holiday Cards your life can actually deal with + PayPal #giveaway #ad

Disclosure:  Minted compensated me for this post. This post also contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Opinions shared are mine.

Last year I went through the whole portrait studio process and ordered 100 photo cards. We waited for an hour for them to be printed (which I thought was pretty fast) and I took them home. Since it was just September, the cards went right into the office cabinet….where they still sit to this day. That’s right, I have 100 photo cards from last year that were never mailed. Why? The reasons are many….never got around to stuffing the envelopes, addressing the envelopes, or mailing them.  Why didn’t anyone tell me about Minted?  Don’t worry, friend  I’ve got the details about holiday cards for you!  [Read more…]

Zero calorie stocking stuffer treats – Trust My Heart, Pixie Scents

Disclosure: I received these products to sample. Opinions shared are mine.

Chocolate might be on Santa’s list, but many of us look for zero calorie stocking stuffer treats.  Consider these goodies for guilt-free indulgence!

Pixie Scents

We just returned from a family trip to Disney World.  On one chilly evening, my son passed a popcorn cart and couldn’t stop thinking about it.  After he asked for some “buttery popcorn” the third time, we had to stop at the cart and get some! [Read more…]

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by @AceCollins

Disclosure: Thanks to Litfuse for sending us this book, and providing one for the giveaway! Opinions shared are mine.

My son insists that it’s time to put up our Christmas tree.  Since we use an artificial tree, it’s easy to set it up early. I think we’ll indulge that whim. After all, it’s so much fun to think about the Christmas season.  It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year, as they say! What are your favorite ways to celebrate?  [Read more…]

NCircle titles – The Snowman and the Snowdog, Naya’s Arctic Adventures

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NCircle giveaway featuring The Snowman and Meet Naya -

My children love books, but on snow days it’s just necessary to have a few good DVDs on hand.  Leave it to NCircle Entertainment to offer books-turned-movies that are just right for the season!  In this giveaway, one lucky reader will win 2 DVDs:  The Snowman (with a double feature—The Snowdog!) and Meet Naya.   [Read more…]

Asleep on the Hay by Ben Sowards – book review and tour

Disclosure: I received this book to review. Opinions shared are mine.

Asleep on the Hay (1)

Read a story on Christmas Eve that isn’t the ubiquitous “Night Before Christmas.” This year, add Asleep on the Hay to your family’s holiday bookshelf.
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A Rare Nativity book review

A Rare Nativity book review and #giveaway - enter at

When I received the book A Rare Nativity to review, I worried that it would have a sinister tone. From the first few pages, I just wasn’t sure what the book would contain.  This was probably due to the voice in my head, hearing the words as I silently read.  By the end of the story, though, I realized that the nature of A Rare Nativity was pure and good. [Read more…]

A Thomas Edison Secret Lab Prize Pack

Being a teacher’s kid means that the likelihood of receiving educational toys is pretty good.
Being the child of TWO teachers? The education toys are guaranteed.
Luckily for us, Ryan’s makes learning fun!
Enter to win a Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab prize pack - valued at over $100 - at
This year as part of their Family Night offerings, the Ovation portfolio of restaurants have partnered with Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab series. One lucky reader will receive a A Thomas Edison Secret Lab Prize Pack (and so will I).
Each Thursday from 5-8PM (excluding holidays), participating Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, and Country Buffet restaurants will host a science-themed event.

– November 12 “Why Do Things Float”
– November 19 “Sweet Dreams/ PJ Party”
– November 26 Thanksgiving DVD Sweepstakes (Each restaurant will give away a DVD)
– December 3 Cotton Candy Experiment
– December 10 Genius Dress Up
– December 17 What’s Your Bright Idea!
– December 24/31 Thomas Edison Secret Lab Activity sheet available

Some restaurants will even be showing episodes of the popular series — check with your location to see if it’s included! In addition to this giveaway, the brand is also sponsoring a sweepstakes featuring a trip for a family of four for 5 days/4 nights to sunny Florida!

The special Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab “Genius” Prize Pack comes complete with themed, collectible products including a Secret Millionaire’s Club (SMC) “Business in a Box” lemonade stand, a SMC Car Wash and SMC DVD and of course FREE MEAL COUPONS from any of the more than 300 Ovation Brands restaurants. The prize packs are valued at well OVER $100 each!!!!!

To enter the giveaway, visit the giveaway form below. The contest is open to US readers, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!


The Rockboard Scooter gets kids moving!

For 13 years, we lived in a house on a hill. It was a BIG hill, and my kids were not allowed to take their bikes outside alone. I was afraid (with good reason) that they would fly uncontrollably down the driveway. Sad, right? Well, we moved, and now we finally have a pancake-flat yard. Oh, happy day! So when we received the Rockboard Scooter for the kids to try out, it was an instant hit! I mean, look at it. How could it not be an instant hit? Don’t let Santa get credit for the Rockboard Scooter. It’s too good to pass off on an incognito guy in a red suit. Hide it behind the tree, Christmas Story style, and let the hugs and kisses pour in. [Read more…]