Why I’m a Mom

As a parent, do you ever wish you could stop time, and just enjoy the special moments with your little one forever? Sure, parenting can be a hard journey, but Mommy’s Bliss is here to take the trip with you. Check out the video below to discover firsthand what Mommy’s Bliss values most:

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tiggly Counts Review & Giveaway

TigglycountsTablets have become a great learning tool and source of entertainment for both kids and adults. Last year I was introduced to Tiggly and their amazing Shapes toy.  We featured Tiggly Shapes last year in our holiday gift guide.  We loved them so much that it was a no brainer to include the Tiggly Counts counting toy in our holiday gift guide for 2014.  Tiggly apps recently launched in the Google Play store for Android, including the Kindle Fire! Now every family with a tablet can join in the fun that Tiggly apps and toys have to offer.

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Tiggly Counts is the first math toy designed for preschoolers on the tablet. Each set of Counts comes with 5 colorful counting toys, a felt carrying pouch, and three FREE award-winning apps that teach important early math concepts like addition, number line, and counting in a fun and tangible way.

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Now that you got the facts let me tell you how awesome this toy is for kids.  This is seriously an amazing teaching tool disguised as a toy!  After playing with Tiggly Counts for about 20 minutes my 6-year-old asked me for a notebook and pencil.  Needless to say, I was curious what he was going to use it for since he was enjoying tablet time at the moment.  To my amazement, I watched him complete a math problem on the app with his Tiggly Counts toy pieces and then write out the math equation he had just solved in the notebook.  He continued to do this until he completed a page full of math problems.  Tiggly Counts keeps my boys fully engaged.  They enjoy using the toys with the apps as well.  My boys will even play together sometimes and take turns on who gets to use the next toy piece in the app.  I am so impressed with this toy and the apps that can be used with it.  It is such a great value considering all of the apps are free!

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When I walked into our office to check on my 3-year-old playing Tiggly Counts, I could not help but giggle at the sight of his “work station.”  If you have any Team Umizoomi fans in your house, you are well aware that the three tiny super heroes sitting on the desk have mighty math powers.  Apparently, he thought his math friends would enjoy Tiggly Counts as well!

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Math has never been more fun!

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Now if I could just get my kids to quit doing math problems so he can go to bed.  I hope I never stop having this problem!

 

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Tiggly Counts is a must have toy for tech loving preschoolers and young school aged kids.  Through midnight ET on December 1, my lucky readers here at The Children’s Nook can score 30% off Tiggly Counts simply by ordering through Tiggly! No messy code needed.  Happy shopping!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win Tiggly Counts!

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I received Tiggly Counts for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the item I reviewed.

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Rileyroos Now Available in Bigger Sizes!

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Rileyroos shoes combine style and comfort to start early walkers off on the right foot.  Rileyroos are adorable children’s shoes that are designed to imitate barefoot walking and to protect little feet. The sole of a Rileyroos shoe is flexible and its rubber-padded sole curls above the toes to provide leverage as a child begins crawling.  This makes Rileyroos a great first shoe.  Since many young Rileyroos fans start out wearing these shoes, and enjoy the fit and feel of the design.  I am happy to tell you that Rileyroos recently introduced toddler sizes for several of their Rileyroos designs.  Now when your little one out grows the infant sizes, they don’t have to say goodbye to Rileyroos!

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My baby girl is growing like a weed and has outgrown the infant sizes at Rileyroos.  She recently got her first pair of Rileyroos in a new bigger size in the adorable Mairin style!  The new Mairin hot pink sparkles shoes are a comfy casual shoe; however, the silver sparkle straps are a great girly detail my daughter loves.  I think this feature allows you to pair these shoes with a lot of outfits.  I ordered the Mairin shoe one size up from my daughters current size since I plan on her wearing these with no socks once the weather warms up.  My daughter can wear them during the winter months with socks and they should fit perfectly in the spring with no socks since her feet will no doubt grow as quickly as a spring flower.  I find Rileyroos to fit true to size so there is a little room to grow in my daughter’s shoes right now yet she can still walk and run in them easily.  She finds the Mairin shoes so comfortable that she never wants to take them off!  These Mairin shoes are a pretty vibrant pink color that contrasts nicely with the patches of silver on the shoes.  The sparkly crisscross straps really make the shoe fun.  They also do a great job of keeping the shoes on my baby girls feet yet they also make getting the shoe on and off quite easy.  They are the perfect shoes for active little girls who love pretty things!

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You can buy Rileyroos for your little one online as well as in select retailers.  Rileyroos offers one flat $6.99 shipping rate no matter how many shoes you buy but if you spend $50 shipping is free in the continental US!   All other orders will receive a $6.99 discount with this promotion!  Simply use coupon code: FREEFIFTY at checkout.  Use the store locator to find a retailer near you that carries these adorable shoes.  I was pleasantly surprised that I have a store near by that has Rileyroos!

I received a pair of Rileyroos 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 Guide: Hallmark #Keepsakeit Ornament Review & Giveaway

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My favorite holiday tradition is decorating our Christmas tree.  My kids and I delight in unwrapping each and every ornament and reminiscing about past holidays. Each ornament brings back memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.  We have many Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments among our tree decorations and we recently added a bit of wonder and magic to our collection with the Happiness Makes Magic keepsake ornament.

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The Happiness Makes Magic ornament features a magical north pole snow flake inside a small globe.  The base has ‘North Pole City’ written on side and a white snowflake that on the other side.  Simply press the center of the snowflake and the snowflake inside the globe begins to spin, light up, and play music.  This ornament will play for about 31 seconds and then will become quiet and still again.  You can press the button again to restart the magical performance.  The ornament can be stopped just as easily by pressing the same button again.  This ornament gets a lot of play time in our house.  My kids cannot resist bringing this magical north pole snowflake to life with a quick press of the a button.  Throughout the day this ornament truly brings magic and wonder to our home and fills our hearts with happiness.  The beautiful music that plays with each spin of the snowflake reminds me of how magical this time of year can be and how much I treasure each and every moment I get to spend with my loved ones.

No photograph can do this magical ornament justice, so I am sharing a couple short videos of the Happiness Makes Magic ornament in action.  This does not show you the entire 31 seconds of play time but these videos will hopefully give you an idea of how mesmerizing this ornament is in person and even more magical when hanging on a lit up Christmas tree.

This beautiful snowflake ornament makes you feel like it is truly magical and falling straight from the north pole each time it begins to spin.

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Add a little holiday magic to your tree this year with the Happiness Makes Magic Hallmark keepsake ornament!  The Happiness Makes Magic is available for purchase online at Hallmark.com or find this magical ornament in a Hallmark store near you!

The 2014 Hallmark Dream Book of Keepsake ornaments is loaded with amazing ornaments.  Be sure to check it out because these ornaments would make wonderful gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

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Keepsake moments happen every day. Enter the Hallmark’s #KeepsakeIt Sweepstakes by sharing your moments.  To find out how to enter visit Hallmark here: http://bit.ly/1sfFwRL.  Awesome prizes are up for grabs but the contest is only open through 12/18!

One lucky reader is going to win a Hallmark Keepsake ornament!  Hallmark will be sending the winner this prize so it will be a surprise which ornament the winner will receive.

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 15, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Hallmark will choose the ornament and ship the prize directly to the winner.

I received the Happiness Makes Magic Hallmark Keepsake Ornament for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the item I reviewed.

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Holiday Gift Guide: John Deere Gear Force Fleet: Harvest Action Combine

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This fall, John Deere introduced an exciting new addition to its award-winning toy line, the John Deere Gear Force Fleet.  This fleet consists of action-packed toy vehicles that offer endless farm and off-road excitement.  The Harvest Action Combine is designed to pick up and haul corn and when the hopper is full, Jackson and Hank can unload the combine with the corn launcher.  The corn launcher is a favorite in our house!  The new Gear Force Harvest Action Combine playset also includes Jackson (a farmer), Hank (a construction worker), a raging bull that’s ready to charge, a dog, and three accessories: a shovel, wrench and pitchfork.  Both Jackson and Hank have peg holes in the bottom of their boots so they can stand on the combine while working and embarking on adventures the kids create!  Their heads, arms, wrists, and legs move so these men can hold accessories, sit in the driver’s seat, and be manipulated by your child’s hands for fun imaginative play.

November 2014 208The John Deere Harvest Action Combine has a lot of detail that make this toy look very realistic.  My kids drive this combine all over the house and it always makes me smile when I see their curious faces up close to the combine so they can watch the combine at work.  The combine is supposed to pick up the corn and move it to the inside of the vehicle so it is ready to be launched.  However, our corn usually gets caught in the vehicle, so I just use the handle of a wooden spoon to get it out when this happens.  This toy would be perfect if that feature worked properly.  Even with the jamming of the corn, my kids play with this toy regularly.  They simply cannot get enough of the launching feature on this combine.  They love to see how high they can send the corn flying.  To my children’s delight this corn can be launched extremely high.

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The Harvest Action Combine has several buttons that make realistic sounds and flash on the vehicle lights.  The side panels of the vehicle have places for the tools to be hung and these panels also lift to expose more added details including a gear that can be moved around by hand.

My princess and her John Deere.

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This toy is great for both boys and girls, future farmers, princesses, and everyone under the sun. The John Deere Gear Force Harvest Combine simply delights my children and their friends, inspires creative play, and produces lots of giggles.

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The John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine is available for purchase at Toys R Us, Walmart, Amazon.com and John Deere dealers.

 

I received the John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Minted Holiday Cards and a $75 GC Giveaway!

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You may not know this about me but I am a card person.  I love giving and receiving cards.  It always brightens my day to get a pretty card in the mail.  Despite the freezing cold temperatures here in Wisconsin, I love the walk to my mailbox each day in December simply because I love finding holiday cards waiting to be opened.  This year I will be creating my family’s holiday card at Minted.com.  The 2014 Minted Holiday Card Collection is absolutely stunning.  This collection consists of fabulous unique designs and a whole lot of sparkle!

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The Luggage Tag holiday card is a super cute and unique way to send your holiday wishes a traveling to each and every one of your loved ones!

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The Minted 2014 Holiday collection has a wide selection of real foil-pressed cards that will leave your holiday card shining with holiday spirit!   The beautiful designs and classic holiday messages will showcase your holiday photos on thick luxurious card stock making each and every card a tiny piece of art.  The real foil-pressed cards are now available in gold, silver, and the new rose gold foil.  Looking at all of these beautiful cards makes me long for the sparkle and shine of holiday décor.  With this amazing Minted collection we can all add a little shimmer to our holiday cards as well!

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The Minted 2014 Holiday collection has a wide selection of real foil-pressed cards that will leave your holiday card shining with holiday spirit!   The beautiful designs and classic holiday messages will showcase your holiday photos on thick luxurious card stock making each and every card a tiny piece of art.  Looking at all of these beautiful cards makes me long for the sparkle and shine of holiday décor.  With this amazing Minted collection we can all add a little shimmer to our holiday cards as well!

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Not only are Minted holiday cards printed on quality card stock but they are customizable so you can create the perfect holiday greeting card for your family.  Minted also offers a wide selection of customizable products that would make outstanding gifts.  You can even create customizable wrapping paper to put them in!  Enjoy 15% OFF + FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING on all HOLIDAY CARDS!  Use CODE: HAPPYHOL15.  This promotion ends November, 24th!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a $75 Minted Gift Certificate!

Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 4, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S. and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Minted is sponsoring this giveaway and will provide the winner with the $75 gift certificate.

This is a sponsored post.  I will be receiving a gift certificate to purchase holiday cards from Minted in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine alone.

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New Kidorable Rain Coat! Plus an Umbrella Giveaway!

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Kidorable offers a wide selection of themed clothing and accessories for kids.  They offer a variety of themes for boys, girls, and even a few that work great for both boys and girls!  We love Kidorable products here at The Children’s Nook.  Not only are Kidorable products adorable but the quality is great as well.  My kids have a long list of Kidorable products including gloves, boots, coats, umbrellas, hooded towels, and hangers.  Each and every one of these items is well made and full of little details that make them more fun for kids to use and wear. 

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Kidorable recently introduced this swimmingly cute Mermaid rain coat to go along with the .  The Mermaid coat is simply adorable with its purple fins, refreshing blue color, and underwater details.  The inside of the Mermaid coat is lined with a soft light material with a sea shell design.  The Mermaid Rain coat fans out at the bottom to give it the look of a mermaid tail.  The colorful scale detail around the center of the coat may just be my favorite detail of all.  It is super cute and really makes the bottom half of the rain coat look like a mermaid’s tail.  The Mermaid Rain Coat even has Sea Star buttons and fun pockets to hold whatever treasure your child cannot leave the house without.  Please don’t tell me my kids are the only ones that must take a toy or some odd trinket from the house every time we leave!  The Kidorable Mermaid collection is soft and sweet and little girls simply look adorable in this Mermaid rain coat!

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Kidorable is offering a free Mermaid umbrella with the purchase of the new Mermaid rain coat today!  Enter the coupon code, SWIM, to receive a FREE Mermaid umbrella when they purchase a Mermaid Coat at www.kidorable.com.  This promotion ends today!  If you need a little inspiration in finding the perfect gift this holiday season, Kidorable has a fun Holiday Gift Buying Quiz you can take that is quick, easy, and educational!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win the Kidorable Umbrella of his or her choice!

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Kidorable provided me with a Mermaid raincoat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Oriental Trading $500 Gift-A-Day Giveaway!

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Oriental Trading’s Gift-A-Day Giveaway has begun and the giving continues through December 13,2014.  Enter daily for your chance to win $500 in Oriental Trading products!  Imagine the fun you could have this holiday with $500 in Christmas toys, candy, stocking stuffers, and party supplies!  Visit www.giftadaygiveaway.com daily for more information and your chance to enter this amazing giveaway!  No purchase necessary

 

I received no compensation for this post. I simply wanted to share this fun giveaway with my readers!  Good luck!
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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway

The Three Dogateers are here to save the Holidays!  Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

Enjoy a fun family night watching The Three Dogateers starring Dean Cain, Richard Riehle, Bill Oberst Jr., Andrea Monier, and Sabrina Gomez!  Based on these fun GIFs this movies is looking to be a fun family must see movie!

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The Three Dogateers is available for purchase at Walmart on November 18th or simply  pre-order a copy online today!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of The Three Dogateers DVD!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on November 27, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S only.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  No P.O. Boxes! The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

This post is sponsored by RLJ Entertainment.  I received no compensation for this post.  RLJ Entertainment provided product information as well as the prize for the giveaway.  All opinions are mine alone.

 

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Leap into Gaming with LeapTV (Mommy Parties)

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We received the LeapTV gaming system and games featured in this post in order to host a sponsored MommyParties party for LeapFrog.  All opinions are mine alone.

LeapFrog is one of our favorite sources of fun and educational toys.  Therefore, it is no surprise that LeapFrog recently introduced a new gaming system that is actually both fun and educational!  We received the new LeapTV gaming system so we could throw one jumpin’ party.  Our LeapTV gaming party may have been the easiest party I have ever planned as a parent.  I had to put zero thought into entertainment because the kids were enthralled with the LeapTV from start to finish.  My biggest challenge was honestly getting them to stop playing the Pet Play World (which comes free with the LeapTV gaming system) so they would have enough time to try the Sports and Dance & Learn games!  The kids had so much fun playing with this new gaming system that they were seriously still talking about it the next day.

November 2014 577The LeapTV educational gaming system is ideal for kids ages 3-8.  I think this age range is pretty accurate; however, if your child has older or younger siblings in the house they will most likely get in on the fun one way or another.  A couple of my sons’ friends have another gaming system at their house so I thought it would be interesting to see if they found the LeapTV to be as exciting and challenging as their older gaming system.  Well, these boys had so much fun I could not keep them away even for a drink and snack!  I finally talked them into leaving their pets alone for a minute so they could eat a quick snack when one of the boys pets suddenly needed a bath.  We were all giggling when he went running from the table to take care of his pet.  At the end of the party the kids were literally on the floor still playing and giggling.

The game controller for the LeapTV has a brilliant design that allows it to easily transform into two different positions.  One position is designed to be held by one hand and looks like a wand. The other position is intended to be held by both hands.  The controller has an adjustable wrist band attached to it so the player using the controller can securely attach it to his or wrist.  This is helpful in preventing your young new gamers from accidently throwing the controller in the excitement of playing the game!  This controller can be held in either position comfortably by 3 year old during game play and he can also transform the controller himself.  A lot of the sports and dancing games don’t even require the use of the controller so if you worried about your child not being able to handle a controller well, don’t let that stop you.  This is one of the reasons I find the LeapTV to truly be the perfect way to introduce kids to gaming.  The kids get to learn how to use a controller during some features of the games and really develop those fine motor skills while building confidence in their abilities to play and have fun with the gaming system.

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I am so happy we had the opportunity to try the LeapTV because it has exceeded all of our expectations.  The kids absolutely love it.  It entertains our entire family.  My one year old will jump right in and join in on the fun.  Plus, my 6 year old will often help his 3 year old brother with the math problems in the games.  It is so much fun to see them work together while laughing and playing.  This gaming system is fun, educational, and inspires teamwork and competition.  The LeapTV is simply a great source of family fun.

Buy It!

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LeapTV as well as games for the LeapTV gaming system are available for purchase at most mass retailers as well as online at LeapFrog.

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