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holiday2013bannerThere is always that one person on your list that is difficult to shop for and you spend hours at the mall searching for that perfect one-of-a-kind gift.  It’s times like these, that I turn to Novica.

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Novica has a large selection of gifts including jewelry, clothing, home decor, paintings and more. At Novica, you can connect with the artisans from around the globe to find unique items at a great values.  Each item is handcrafted to showcase the artists talent and creativity.  Novica doesn’t charge artisans any fees to sell so the gifts you purchase truly help the artisan support their families and their love of crafting.
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holiday2013bannerThis holiday season give a gift that will make every techie in your life happy, the gift of power!  Let’s face it, in a world of technology from smart phones to tablets, we are a connected society.  But sometimes, that connection fails and we are left scrambling to charge our devices at home and on the go.  Thankfully, there is Halo2 Cloud.

logoHalo2Cloud makes clever, innovative technology products to help save time and solve problems at home, in the car and at the office!  With their extensive line of products, including portable chargers, you can remain connected where ever life takes you. 
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logoIf you have a picky eater in the house, you know how difficult it can be to get a healthy, balanced meal in their little belly.  It’s hard to get them to try new foods, so as a mother, we often find ourselves trying to make food more attractive to our stubborn offspring.  With that in mind, one mom decided to make eating fun by creating a tool that cuts food into bite-sized pieces, quickly and easily!  FunBites come in three designs; squares, hearts and triangles and are BPA free.  Made entirely in the USA, Funbites are perfect for the picky eater! 

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holiday2013bannerThe next couple weeks are going to be packed with holiday parties, singing carols, and of course, a visit to the mall to see Santa!  During all the festivities, I have to make sure the kids are looking their best because you never know when the perfect photo opportunity will come up!  Thankfully, this is easy to do with Gymboree’s adorable line of clothing!

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Gymboree is a high quality, clothing line for children.  From newborn to tween, Gymboree has everything you need to make the holidays special.  With clothing, shoes and accessories, your child will look adorable heading out to a holiday party or a play date with friends.
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.

Like most parts of the country right now, we are seeing very low temperatures.  Just being outside for a couple minutes is unbearable so we are inside, wrapped up cozy, waiting out the cold snap. You know what is perfect for days like this?  A nice, toasty warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

With our Keruig, it is simple to make a cup whenever we need to shake the chill off.  Just pop in a single serving and enjoy.  We recently had the opportunity to try a couple new brands and they were a big hit!

We received three drinks to try, the Grove Square Hot Chocolate Variety Pack and French Vanilla Cappuccino as well as the Caza Trail Dark Roast Coffee.  This was the perfect combination for our family because the kids love cocoa, my husband loves dark blends and I adore flavored coffee!

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The Grove Square Hot Chocolate Variety Pack Flavors include Dark Chocolate, Peppermint and Milk Chocolate.  This is my favorite time of year because peppermint products hit the shelves, so I was down right giddy when I discovered that Peppermint was one of the hot cocoa flavors.  It was the perfect balance of cocoa and peppermint, too.  Both the dark and milk chocolate was splendid and the kids loved dunking in a marshmallow or two.

I admit, I kept the Grove Square French Vanilla Cappuccino all to myself. I love flavored coffee and this one did not disappoint.  It’s not to often I can drink a coffee without adding some sort of creamer.  With the French Vanilla Cappuccino, there was no need.  It was perfect right out of the Keurig!  The vanilla flavor was perfect and this cappuccino was so smooth and creamy!  I loved it so much, I bought more. 

IMG_7780My husband, the dark roast lover, was pretty excited to try the Caza Trail Dark Roast.  He likes his coffee strong with maybe a splash of creamer.  The Dark Roast is a blend of select coffees from Latin America, Africa and Indonesia.  This coffee is perfect for those who like a bit of a punch with their morning drink.  He loved the rich flavor of the dark roast.

All there varieties were a big hit with our family and we have long since replenished our supply.  You can purchase all three on Amazon, the Grove Square coffee here and the Caza Trail coffee here.

How would you like to win a box of single serve Donut Shop Coffee?  Just enter on the widget below!

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating

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holiday2013bannerIt’s no secret that stuffed animals are a huge hit with little kids.  They get attached to a special one and lug it around with them wherever they go. Inevitably, these lovies get dirty, damaged or lost and it is heartbreaking for the little one.  I have seen time after time, friends scouring the internet looking for a replacement, and quick!

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Sisters, Joan and Pat Bommerscheim, had a ingenious idea!  For three generations, the sisters have hand-sewn plush long-eared Buddies for each of their babies.  What is so special about these Bommerscheim Buddies?  They aren’t just any ordinary stuffed animal, but whimsical cuddle toys with fabric covers that can be removed, washed or replaced!  When these stuffed toys get dirty, simply remove the cloth cover and toss it in the laundry. After 50 years, the sisters have made the Bommerscheim Buddies available to everyone.

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holiday2013bannerKinsley is really into dolls and pretend play right now.  Her interests are moving more away from baby dolls and more towards the larger 18 inch dolls. Unfortunately, these dolls can get quite expensive.  Luckily, there is Springfield Collection and their cute assortment of quality, affordable dolls and accessories.

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Springfield Collection Dolls are a brand of Fibre-Craft, the beloved company that’s celebrating 60 years of making children’s creative activity products. Springfield Collection knows the importance of imagination and creative play in a young girl’s life so they have created a line includes five gorgeous, quality-made dolls, each with her own unique personality and story.
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Do you have a hard-to-shop person on your list this year?  I have the perfect solution for you! Why not give them the flu, a stomach ache or the rotovirus?

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With GIANTmicrobes, you can gift your loved one a wide variety of microbes, from maladies to menageries!  Even better, you can get some in fun Christmas Boxed Sets!
microbesGIANTmicrobes are stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes but much, much larger!  The GIANTmicrobes website has a huge variety of microbes including the cold, brain cell, penicillin, even bed bug.  The latest releases are plasma, liver cell, even heart cell that beats when you press it!  They are great for teaching or just for fun!  
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Carrie’s back!  If you have been a follower for some time, you may remember Carrie is Kinsley’s little Elf from Elf Magic. 
all-elves-groupIf you aren’t familiar with Elf Magic, it is a wonderful family tradition that has been around for 50 years! It involves a mischievousness little elf and a whole lot of love!  Each year, Kinsley writes Santa a letter asking if her elf, Carrie, can come down and stay until Christmas. Carrie shows up around Thanksgiving and will join Santa again at the North Pole on Christmas Eve. During this time, Carrie will get into quite a bit of mischief and it is the highlight of her visit. Each night, she sprinkles the magic North Pole Snowflakes on her Elf, so that Carrie will come to life while she is sleeping. Each morning, Kinsley will wake up and search for Carrie to see what elfcapades Carrie got herself into during the night.
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holiday2013bannerI can’t believe it is December already!  Christmas is right around the corner, and if you are like me, you might be a bit panicked that your shopping list isn’t completed.  Thanks to Super Duper Publications, I am here to save the day! 

This year, give the gift of knowledge with Super Duper Publications selection of educational games.  These games are so fun, kids won’t even realize they are learning.
sdplogoSuper Duper Publications selection of children’s education materials are great for the classroom or parents of children who learn different, home schooled or just want to augment school lessons. 

Super Duper Publications has been employing Speech-Language Pathologists to make language-enhancing learning materials for kids since 1986, so you know you’re getting the best tools out there when it comes to self-service learning for kids. No matter the skill that needs improving, you can browse their extensive website and online store, www.SuperDuperInc.com, and discover hundreds of enticing products created by language professionals.  Each game or activity lists right on the website what skills it improves, so you’re sure to get the item that works on the specific skill you would be hoping to target with your child.

We recently had the opportunity to try three games from Super Duper Publication.  If you remember my last post, then you know how much we enjoyed our previous game.  The three new ones we tried did not disappoint!
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