My 12 Days of Christmas Personalized Family Book Review & Giveaway

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There is nothing cozier than cuddling up on the bed with a good book.  My kids have learned to appreciate bedtime stories since before they could talk.  Children’s books are a great way to wind down before bedtime and story time snuggles are the best.  The kids get to end their day feeling safe and loved and its simply a great way to end your day together.  Our story time together often includes my kids treasured I See Me! personalized books.  They have been enjoying these books for many years and I personally have so many great memories of cuddling up with my kids and sharing their special I See Me! stories with them.  Each of my kids love their I See Me! books and I love to see how impressed their siblings continue to be by each others special stories.  My 8 year old son once commented on how well of each of their I See Me! books fit the individual and represent their personalities and interests.  The fact that he recognizes this reminds me of how special these personalized books really are to each child.

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Since Christmas is all about family time for us, I decided to personalize the family edition of the I See Me! book, My 12 Days of Christmas.  This is our first family edition I See Me! book and it did not disappoint!

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My kids love I See Me! personalized books.  They truly appreciate every personalized detail in these books. In fact, they poor over every detail on every page…..including the cover!  I love watching them explore an I See Me! book for the first time because it is one of the only times my kids slow down and don’t rush out of excitement.  You would never guess they were jumping on the bed only seconds before I gave them their new I See Me! book.  Every I See Me! book we own is unique and special because they were each made for one of my kids specifically.  However, our newest I See Me! book, My 12 Days of Christmas, is a book special to our entire family.

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Your personalized copy of My 12 Day of Christmas will feature the family last name on the cover and can be personalized with up to 12 first names throughout the story!  Depending on your family size you can personalize the story to include just your immediate family or add grandparents, cousins, etc.  You can choose to have a photo of your family pictured above the book dedication.  I like to include a photo in our I See Me! books because it is a great way to remember how old the kids were when they received the book.

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My 12 Day of Christmas is our very first family I See Me! book but most importantly it is now a new holiday tradition I look forward to enjoying for many Christmases to come.

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I See Me! personalized books make fantastic gifts.  The family edition, My 12 Days of Christmas is a special way to create a book for the entire family to treasure and enjoy each holiday season.  The I See Me!, My 12 Days of Christmas, book is available in the family edition featured here, but is also available to be personalized for an individual child.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a personalized copy of My 12 Days of Christmas family edition I See Me! book!

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I received a personalized copy of My 12 Days of Christmas for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets

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Dr. Mercola prides himself on creating supplements with premium ingredients.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder consists of  simple list of natural and/or organic ingredients.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic PowderPackets are great for adults who do not want to swallow and pills children who simply don’t know how to swallow pills!  Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Adults pack 70 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving.  If possible, mix one packet with 8 ounces of water or juice each morning.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder is Gluten free and Soy Free.  This dietary supplement is conveniently packaged in small packets that can easily be stored in your car, purse, bag, or desk.

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Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids has a Natural Raspberry Flavor that blends well with water or juice.  However, my kids don’t drink flavored water or juice too often so I usually add the powder to a breakfast smoothie.  However, I will say Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder actually tastes better than other powders I have personally tried and my daughter will willingly drink this powder simply mixed with water.  I was honestly shocked by how much she enjoys the raspberry flavor.  This complete probiotics powder is an easy way for me to help my kids maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora while also aiding in food digestion.  This supplement also helps support immune system function.  The easiest change in my kids I could gage after taking this daily probiotic is how it helped them digest food.  I love not having to worry about constipation for my kids.  We had this problem with one of our kids before using daily probiotics and going to the bathroom quickly became a struggle.

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids pack 10 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving. Dr. Mercola believes this to be the optimal does for most children ages 4 and up.

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One box of Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic includes 30 Powder Packets.  One box of Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic for adults retails for $41.91 and a box for Kids retails for $29.97.  Now thru November 27, 2016 save 15% off  your purchase!

 

I received Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets via MomsMeet for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game

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You have most likely heard of the famous children’s book series, Pete the Cat.  Since so many children love this New York Time’s besting selling children’s books series (including my own kids), I thought it would be fun to check out the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game.  I can’t resist a game that is based off of a great children’s book series!  This game requires no reading skills so younger children can join in on the fun of collecting buttons in this game as well.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is intended for 2 to 4 players ages 3 years and up.  The concept is simple and fun.  All of the players travel across the game board collecting and losing buttons as they go and when all of the buttons have been claimed, the player with the most buttons wins!

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My kids love the colorful button and fun jars.  So many kids are collectors at heart so they quickly get invested in collecting the buttons!  The buttons and jars are a very thick cardboard material and have held up well to little hands.  They still look like new after many uses.  The spinner for this game is actually on the game board and works fantastic.  It actually may the best functioning game spinner we own.  My kids love how fast it spins.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is yet another BriarPatch game my kids enjoy on a regular basis.  It is a great introduction to board games for young kids and a fun way to spend quality family time together.

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Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game can be purchased in stores as well as online at Amazon and AreYouGame.  Pair this game with a Pete the Cat book for a fun themed gift for a child or even a classroom!

I received the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Holiday Gift Idea: 3DLightFX 3D Deco Lights

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office!

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I will receive a 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights product in exchange for this post and an honest review in the future.

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Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments Review & Giveaway

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Hallmark is a company with a rich history that shows with the quality and care with which so many of its products are created. Heritage Collection Ornaments are handcrafted and designed by Hallmark artists.  In fact, these hand blown ornaments are crafted with great care by artisans in Poland.  Each ornament is a small piece of magic that sparkles beautifully on a lit up Christmas tree.

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The Heritage Collection consists of so many gorgeous ornaments that I am finding it impossible to choose a favorite.  The Winter’s Owl is perched on a sparkling pinecone and the color of the feathers on its wings is simply beautiful.  The vivid blue eyes on this ornament caught my daughter’s attention right away.  The Decorative Santa has a beautifully classic holiday pattern covering Santa’s suit in gold.  Not to mention his beard sparkles!

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The Gold Pattern Ball Heritage ornament is classy and delicate.  This hand blown ornament combines the classic clear ball shape with intricate embellishments adding high quality décor to any tree.  The Gold Pattern Ball is so beautiful and

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All three of the ornaments on my tree from the Hallmark Heritage Collection have sparkling gold accents that bring the ornaments to life when the Christmas tree is lit up.  Since each Heritage Collection Ornament is hand made, they will truly be a special treasure for you or a loved one to enjoy year after year as it hangs on the tree.

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Heritage Collection Ornaments are available for purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores as well as on the Hallmark website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Hallmark prize pack of Heritage Collection Ornaments!

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I received the Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments featured in this review.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Fancy Nancy the Musical CD

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Fancy Nancy now has her very own musical! This CD makes the perfect gift for fancy kids of all ages!

“An irresistible collection of ingenious tunes by award-winning composer/lyricist Danny Abosch and lyricist Susan DiLallo.” -NYMetroParents

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I will receive a free Fancy Nancy The Musical CD in exchange for this post and a future review. 

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game

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It has been a long week but Friday night game night has finally arrived and we will be introducing you to a fun family game featuring one of PBS Kids’ favorite friends, Daniel Tiger.  The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood series was actually inspired by another well-loved sweater wearing character on PBS, Mr. Rogers.  Whether your little ones are fans of the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood series or not, you are bound to be a fan of this week’s feature board game.  There is actually a rule in the game that requires you to say, “Thank You” when receiving a gift!  This game is wonderful for social development and simply fun to play.  This Friday for game night my littles and I will be exploring Main Street in the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is yet another great family game by BriarPatch.  This board game features five special places on Main Street that each player must visit.  When taking your turn in the game you spin the wheel to get a number.  You then move your game piece that many spaces in any direction you wish.  The polka dot spaces require no action.  If you land on the tree, you pick a Thank You card to determine what your next move will be.  If you land on a gift space, you may choose a game token to gift to another player.  The player receiving the gift must reply with, Thank You.  What’s not to love about a game that involves gift giving and teaching little ones to be gracious when receiving a gift?!  Each player continues to explore main street and fill his or her own backpack along the way.  Once the backpack is full, the player can then race toward the finish line.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is intended for kids 3 years old and up.  It truly is easy enough for my 3 year old to play a complete game.  Since there is more to this game than a race to the finish line, my older children enjoy the game as well.  The game does not require to follow one set path.  This keeps the game interesting and exciting for all of the kids.  My kids never get bored with it.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is surprisingly much anticipated by all of our family members even though none of my kids watch the show.

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Celebrating her arrival to the bakery!  After all, sweet treats are about to be stuffed in her backpack!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game can be purchased online at Are You Game.

I received the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Main Street Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Quilted Monkey Mat: Convenient, Cushy, and Clean!

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The Monkey Mat was designed by women who were always on the go.  The Monkey Mat allows you to make your space anywhere you go!  No more bulky blankets!  The Quilted Monkey Mat has an easy to carry pouch that makes this blanket extremely portable.  Simply grab the handle and off you go.  It is very lightweight so that even a small child can easily carry it.  The handle also unbuckles so you can easily access the zipper to remove the mat from the pouch.  The pouch is conveniently attached to the mat itself so you don’t have to worry about losing it.  All four corners of the mat are weighted and also have loops so you can stake it down if desired.  Take it to the beach, park, sporting events, concerts, and more.  The Quilted Monkey Mat is also convenient for travel both close and far from home.  Keep your little on off the floor at the airport, hotel, and more.

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Stay clean and dry with the Monkey Mat.  The Quilted Monkey Mat provides 5 square feet of clean lounging space.  It has a water proof base and is machine washable.  The top of this mat is even water repellant.  The ripstop nylon is soft to the touch and quite durable.  It has held up well to my young children playing with toys and crawling around on it, walking on it with shoes, food and drink spills, and more!

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We try to soak up as much sun as possible on warm fall days but the ground is often damp due to cooler temps.  The Quilted Monkey Mat is a must for our picnics or lazy time at the time at park.  The mat does an excellent job of providing us with a dry surface to relax on and enjoy the outdoors.

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The center of the mat has the Monkey Mat logo.  All four corners of the logo have loops that attach to car keys, toys, dog leash, and much more.

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The Quilted Monkey Mat is available for purchase in red or grey on the Monkey Mat website.  This would make a great gift this holiday season!

I received a Quilted Monkey Mat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle Review & Giveaway

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is an 18 ounce bottle of perfection.  The sleek and stylish look of this bottle is backed up with this Nidecker Design double wall that can keep your beverage cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.  That’s right exhausted parents everywhere, no more lukewarm coffee!

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle does an amazing job of keeping beverages either cold or hot.  Since my kids tend to distract me, it can literally take me hours to drink my coffee.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle keeps my coffee warm so I no longer have to suffer through drinking cold coffee that was intended to be hot!  With the exception of my daily cup of coffee, I usually drink water all day long.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle still amazes me with how long it can keep my water cold.  Before owning the NDK Original Vacuum Bottle, I probably consumed more room temperature water than cold on a daily basis.

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My NDK Original Vacuum Bottle goes everywhere with me.  The cap screws on tightly to help you avoid unwanted spills making it easy to take anywhere.  This bottle honestly never makes it to the cupboard.  I wash it, and I immediately fill it up again to use.

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is available in four fun colors and may be purchased online at the SmartPlanet website. You might as well just buy one in every color. This bottle is that awesome!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle!

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I received a SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game

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It is never too early to introduce your little ones to playing games.  They will thrive on being included in family game time and pick up on many social behaviors along the way!  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game is a great way to introduce little ones to board games.  The game is very simple to play yet introduces kids to a couple common board game activities such as using the spinner when it is your turn and counting spaces for your game piece to move.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game introduces kids to both the big and small letters of the alphabet.  Each game card features a fun illustration from many of Eric Carle’s popular children’s books.

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We have been huge fans of Eric Carle books for years so I was delighted to see BriarPatch made a game featuring one of our favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Despite the name of the game including the oh so famous hungry caterpillar, this game includes a wide variety of different Eric Carle illustrations.  Each time we play The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game, my kids and I read an Eric Carle book before starting the game.  Its a fun way to get them excited about reading as well as the game.  They can’t wait to find the letters and see the illustrations that are in these much loved books!  The board game is colorful and sends each player on a zigzagging path through the alphabet.  There are four game pieces since the game is intended for 2 to 4 players.  My kids love the game pieces.  The only flaw we found with this game is that the spinner does not spin very well.  However, it doesn’t deter my kids from getting up at the crack of dawn to play this game!

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Spin, move, seek, and find!

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Find The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game online at AreYouGame.com and Amazon.com.

I received The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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