Qwirkle: Mix, Match, Score, and Win!

It’s Friday and its time for family game night!  Qwirkle is a great MindWare game that is fun and challenging for both kids and adults.  This makes a great game for family game night as well as holiday gatherings.  Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden tiles and a canvas bag which allows for easy storage.  Qwirkle Plus also includes a Free Bonus pack with 4 wooden tile racks and a score pad and pencil. This helps keep players organized during play.

Each player draws 6 tiles out of the bag to start the game.  This game of matching shapes and colors will have both young and old strategizing on how to score big.  In fact, many find it to be both fun and addicting!  Younger kids may need some help as the game progresses and gets a little more challenging but overall Qwirkle is a great game for kids 6 and up as well as adults.

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Qwirkle, a MindWare best seller, is a great gift idea for this holiday season.  This problem solving game will provide your family with hours of fun and memories!

I will receive the Qwirkle game in exchange for sharing this product information.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Affordable Stocking Stuffers!

Oriental Trading is a great place to shop for affordable stocking stuffers, classroom gifts, and more!  Their selection of holiday items is amazing and thanks to their great selection of party favors you can also find fun gifts that appeal to each person on your shopping list.  I often have extra treats left over when I order from Oriental Trading.  The extra treats make great gifts to leave out for the drivers delivering your holiday packages as well as for your neighbors.  The holiday themed candy from Oriental Trading is always festive and fun.  My kids may just find a Santa Belt Lollipop in their stockings if they make the nice list this year!

My youngest son was born a few days after Christmas so he loves to give his class special goodies when they celebrate his birthday before holiday break.  This year he will be giving his classmates two-sided Christmas stampers and penguin lollipops.  His favorite animal is the penguin and I must say these lollipops from Oriental Trading are so adorable.  The variety of colors make these a fun winter treat and are especially a great choice for a non-Christmas themed item if you have stay away from religious holidays in your child’s school.

Two-sided stampers are always a huge it with kids.  Each color of the Christmas pack includes two stamp designs that each have a cover.  The caps make them easy to use and store away until the next stamping session!  These little stampers are great stocking stuffers, party favors, and classroom gifts.

Arts and crafts supplies make great stocking stuffers.  Oriental Trading has a great selection of holiday themed crafts that will keep your little ones busy on a cold snowy day!  You can never have too many of these in the house during the winter months when the kids start to go stir crazy.  Sticker scenes are always hit with my kids and the Santa’s Workshop mini sticker scene packs are the perfect size for the stocking.  Each sticker sheet has over 30 stickers!  The gingerbread glitter mosaic is only a little bigger the the mini sticker scenes so they are another great stocking stuffer.

Most of us think of balloons as decorations and not gifts.  However, kids absolutely love balloons.  So my advice to you is….never underestimate the value of a good balloon!  This year they will be getting santa punch balloons in their stockings.  They come in red, white, and green with a cute picture of Santa at the North Pole!

Oriental Trading also has a great selection of holiday themed art supplies as well as great brands such as Crayola.  This year my kids’ stockings will be stuffed with these cool snowflake pencils and Crayola glitter markers.  The Stacking Snowflake Pencils from Oriental Trading come in a package of 12.  However, each pencil is truly made up of 6 tiny individual snowflake pencils.  The snowflakes can be used individually or stacked in any pattern of your choice.  The colors of this set of Crayola markers with the added detail of glitter make them perfect for the holiday season.

Oriental Trading has a lot of non-holiday items that are also great for stocking stuffers. This year fidget spinners, emoji themed toys, and squishy toys have all been very popular.  You can find a variety of all three of these items at Oriental Trading.  For example, when shopping the emoji theme, you will find plush toys, stress toys, candy, crafts, and much more.  The emoji balls featured below are soft to the touch with stitched faces and actually feel like a tennis ball.  They bounce really well!  My kids love them.  Squeezable toys are available at Oriental Trading in large assortments as well as individual packages.  My daughter loves squishy food toys so the individually packaged cupcake is a great stocking stuffer.

There are so many cute rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings for the jewelry lover on your shopping list.  You will find a great selection of holiday themed items as well as many others.  My daughter is obsessed with tea parties.  She hosts them daily.  Therefore, I knew the tea party charm bracelet was the perfect stocking stuffer for her.  I was tempted to get the light up Santa rings this year but this cute assortment of rings paired so well with the tea party bracelet that I couldn’t resist them.  These rings are very girl and actually fit a little girl’s finger!  So many rings are too large for my daughter actually wear so I love finding rings such as these that will actually be worn.

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Shop the Oriental Trading Christmas Headquarters to find affordable goodies this holiday season!

I received the products featured in the article for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products.

 

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SmitCo LLC Light Up Journals!

Looking for a fun gift idea for a young lady on your shopping list this holiday season?  Check out the fun and oh so pretty SmitCo LLC Light Up Journals.  These journals not only have a fun light up feature on the cover of the diary, but also come with an invisible ink pen!  The cap of the pen contains an LED light that can be used to light up the hidden messges written inside the journal.  Each page of the journal is lined so it is easy to write paragraphs if desired.  SmitCo LLC Light Up journals also include a built in book mark.  This allows the author too easily find her page.  This is especially helpful when using invisible ink!

 

The SmitCo LLC light up journals are available in a variety of colorful designs.  My unicorn obsessed daughter fell in love with the cover of the Be Magical journal.  She is only 4 year old so her journal entries consist of drawings and random letters but she absolutely does not care that she is not writing a paragraph about her day.  It is simply fun and relaxing to doodle.  Plus, every journal entry is pretty exciting since it is invisible to the naked eye.

Journals are a great.  They allow kids to put their feelings into words, practice penmanship and spelling and the added secrecy of it makes it extremely fun!  I remember keeping a journal when I was a young girl and I can’t help but grin every time I catch my daughter bent over her journal carefully writing a secret message.

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I received a SmitCo LLC Unicorn Journal for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the product I reviewed.

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Disney Musical Exploration Children’s Books

Disney and Hal Leonard teamed up to create an innovative Disney Learning book series that incorporates your little one’s favorite Disney characters into learning and music.  These beautifully illustrated picture books don’t stop when the last page is read.  Each one of these books includes online activities.  You and your little one can participate in a video read-along as well as use your own voices in an audio sing-along.

Disney Learning introduced a new book for you and your little one to explore music with Moana:  The Beat of Your Heart – A Musical Exploration Activity Book is a fun way to teach kids how important the beat is for any music.  This story does a fun job of having kids realize the beat is all around us.  Simply patting, clapping, and tapping with rhythm will have you hearing the music in no time.  My kids love discovering the different sounds they can make with just using their hands and changing the tempo.

 

Mickey’s Found Sounds – A Musical Exploration Storybook features a fun story with Mickey and his friends using every day items to create musical instruments.  Each activity is pictured and explained well so you and the kids can create your own musical instruments as well!  Then go online to play the audio sing-along and you can play your new handmade instruments along with the rest of Mickey and his band!

Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing ItA Musical Exploration Storybook explores your voice.  Kids will see how different their voices sounds when singing low or high, whispering, and much more. Explore this fun story with Rapunzel and her friends.  This book also asks questions throughout the story which helps expand kids exploration and understanding.  It creates great conversation and my kids giggle over the different ways they sounds.  Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It, truly makes reading an experience!

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The Disney Learning Explore Music Series combines the fun of Disney, reading, and adventures all into one.  These books were designed and created with kids ranging from 4 to 8 years of age.  Explore Music books would make great holiday gifts!  These books are available in both music and bookstores as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I received the Disney Learning Explore Music books featured in this article for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone. 

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Sun Tails: Shark Fins and Mermaid Tails

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Sun Tail Mermaid’s monofins are extremely comfortable and virtually unbreakable. Their patented monofin is several steps ahead of everyone else in engineering, durability, comfort, and functionality. The propulsion and control is exceptional. The monofins come in a wide range of beautiful colors, so you can match your mermaid tails or look amazing wearing it alone.

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With a Small Act of Kindness You Can Support a Child with Cancer

I See Me! is a company The Children’s Nook has enjoyed for many years.  They put their hearts and souls into creating beautiful books and memories for children all over and this holiday season you can help them spread joy to children with cancer.  Make  a lasting gift of kindness by helping I See Me! deliver thousands of letters to children supported by the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. I strongly believe in I See Me’s message: When we come together in the holiday spirit, we can make a difference.  This is what makes the holiday season magical!

Write your letter: https://www.iseeme.com/en-us/letters-of-love.html

Thanks in advance for helping I See Me! deliver uplifting messages to children in need, spreading joy and love this holiday. Also, if your kids are old enough, get them to help!  This is a great way to remind our children that they have so much to be thankful for and to be kind and generous to those in need.

 

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SmitCo LLC: Great Gifts for Girls!

Looking for quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12?  SmitCo LLC has several different locked diary sets for girls in Emoji, Diva and Mermaid themes, as well as scrapbook, nail and play dress up sets and party favors that can be used as stocking stuffers to provide hours of fun.

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MAM Baby Oral Care Products Review & Giveaway

It is never too early to start making oral care a part of your child’s daily routine. Whether your little one has teeth or not, MAM Baby offers a great selection of oral care products that have been designed with the help of dentists and ease of use for children in mind.  MAM Baby has a variety of smartly designed teethers to start your little one off right when it comes to oral hygiene.  The MAM Baby oral care rabbit is the perfect way to introduce your little one to oral care.  Not only is this microfiber rabbit adorable to look at but it makes oral hygiene fun!  The MAM Baby oral care rabbit allows you to easily massage and clean your child’s gums and teeth.  Since this fits onto your fingers, I find it easy to control and use effectively.

The MAM Bite & Brush Teether is my favorite for little ones once they reach 3 months of age.  This brilliant teether is soothing on sore gums and cleans them in the process!  My daughter loved this teether when she was little.  Once you are ready to start brushing those first teeth, the MAM Learn to Brush set provides you with the perfect tools.  This set includes a Training brush, First brush, and a safety shield.  The head of the toothbrush is the perfect size and fits comfortably inside a child’s mouth.  The bristles are soft and the red colored bristles help you easily determine the correct amount of toothpaste to use when brushing your child’s teeth.  MAM toothbrushes don’t stop at the bristles.  The bottom end of each toothbrush can be used to clean your child’s tongue as well massage any sore gums.

The MAM First brush has an easy to hold handle that is perfect for when the time arrives for your little one to start brushing on his or her own.  The safety shield is a great help in avoiding gagging when independent brushing begins or tongue cleaning begins.  I should even mention that it is helpful for us parents when brushing our kids teeth as well.  My son has a bad gag reflex and I have brushed too far back in his mouth before and actually caused him to throw up.  Fun for us all right?  Needless to say, the shield can be helpful so we don’t push past our kids’ limits as well.

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MAM Baby oral care products are available for purchase online at shop MAM Baby.  The oral car rabbit is available for purchase in both pink and blue and would make a great baby gift.  It would also fit nicely into baby’s stocking this holiday season!

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I received a MAM Baby toothbrush and oral care rabbit for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

 

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Cars 3: Lead the Way

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Cars 3: Lead the Way is a children’s story based off of the Disney Pixar Cars 3 movie.  This 40 page picture book will take your Cars fan through Lightning McQueen’s latest journey with Cruz Ramirez.  Lead The Way is full of great illustrations by Pixar Animation Studios artist, Garrett Taylor.  He actually designed characters and environments for the Cars 3 film!  These artistic illustrations are fun and exciting.  In fact, my son loves to look at the illustrations in Lead The Way over and over again.

Lead The Way is fun book for Cars fans and the message in the story is great for all kids…..and a great reminder for adults as well!  This story encourages the reader to follow your dreams and believe in the impossible.  Lead The Way takes this positive message from the Cars 3 movie and highlights how special and valuable it is to have someone important in your life to help guide you and teach you.  In Lead The Way the readers get to see how the cars face their fears and are rewarded with great memories and new friends in the end.  I love how this story also teaches the reader that at certain points in your life you may be the leader or teacher and at other times you will be benefiting from someone else showing you the way.  Lead The Way has great illustrations that help cars fans visualize the race cars, both old and new, on this new adventure.  Plus, the little life lessons hidden in the story are a great bonus!

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Cars 3: Lead The Way is available for purchase online and in stores.  Barnes & Noble has an exlusive copy of Lead The Way available for purchase that includes inspiration cards inside.  Books make great gifts for holidays as well as rewards.  This week my kids had parent teacher conferences and they are always rewarded with a new book if we get good reports!  This book would make a great gift for any Cars fan as well as a tool to encourage great personal choices in and out of school.

I received a copy of Cars 3: Lead The Way for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Glow Products to Light Up Halloween!

Looking for some fun non-candy items to hand out to kids this Halloween?  Glow in the dark goodies may just be the perfect thing to hand out.  Oriental Trading has an awesome selection of glow products.  You will find a wide variety of glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces.  A lot of fun Halloween events and activities take place in the evenings so wearing glow bracelets and necklaces can be a fun way to stay visible.  Oriental Trading also has a long list of fun glow toys, cups, tattoos, and more!

Last year a couple houses in our neighborhood handed out glow toys to the kids on Halloween and this excited the kids much more than candy.  This year we decided to hand out some glow toys along with other goodies this Halloween.  My kids picked out the glow in the dark spiders from Oriental Trading.  These spiders have red eyes and glow really well after sitting in natural light for a minute.  These glow in the dark spiders are available for purchase in a pack of 50 or 108.  These spiders make great party favors and are an easy way to add to Halloween décor.  However, the large number of spiders you get for your money makes them great to hand out to Trick or Treaters!

When I spotted the Light Up Puffer Ball Skull Yo-yos, I immediately knew my kids would love these.  These skulls are fun neon colors with spooky skeleton face.  The fringes on the head add texture to this yo-yo that no kid can resist.  Plus, they light up!  Honestly, these light up skull yo-yos may be the best Halloween themed goody I have seen this year.  Since each yo-yo is 3 inches in size and has a 3 inch cord attached to the head, this toy is a handful of fun.  My son did pull, stretch, and beat on one skull to no end and it did deflate eventually but the others are still going strong.  Honestly, even if the skulls deflate eventually, the amount of enjoyment the kids already got out of them made them worth it.  The Light Up Puffer Ball Skull Yo-Yos are great party favors or perfect treats for the special trick or treaters you have coming to your door.  These toys are simply cool to look at, touch, and play with.  Simply put the small loop at the end of the cord on your finger and toss the skull away from you.  When it bounces back to your palm the light up feature will kick in and you will have a fun colorful lit up skull to play with.

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Check out the great selection of glow products at Oriental Trading.

 

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