My Therapy Wine Glass #FunGifts


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Looking for a fun gift idea or simply want to add a cool wine glass to your collection?  This fun, My Therapy, wine glass would definitely make a delightful gift one could enjoy again and again.  Wine drinkers like to enjoy the flavors of a good wine while socializing with friends and family at a party or paired with dinner.  However, many wine drinkers also love the simplicity of enjoying a glass of wine when relaxing in the quiet of his or her own home.  As a stay at home mom and blogger, there is little to no quiet in my life.  I am willing to admit to you that a glass of wine after my kids go to bed could definitely be considered my therapy!

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The glass has a nice weight to it and a smooth rim for drinking.  This wine glass is just shy of 13 ounces.  I like that it feels sturdy yet has a sleek look.  The My Therapy words and image are printed in white on the glass.  I only hand wash this glass and the image is still in perfect condition after several washes.

 

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The My Therapy wine glass would make a great gift for any wine lover.  This wine glass would be the perfect addition to a wine basket gift for a housewarming, birthdays, bridal parties and more!  Pair the My Therapy wine glass with a favorite bottle of wine and you have a fun and special gift for your Valentine!

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I received a My Therapy wine glass for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Create Custom Gifts with Mixbook

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special?  Help your valentine remember your special times together with a customized photo gift this Valentine’s Day!  Mixbook is an easy to use website that allows you to create beautiful photo books, calendars, and more.  Mixbook also has some seriously sweet Valentine’s Day card designs this year.  I created the card pictured below for my kids to give their daddy this year.  After all, nothing says love like the smiling faces of those special to you!

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Mixbook has customizable cards for nearly any occasion and allows you to customize both the front and back.  The back of the Valentine’s Day card I created also has a large photo covering the entire back of the card.  I also created Thank You cards for my son to give to those who gave him a birthday gift.  We customized the front and back of the card with photos and used the blank inside to write special messages to each recipient.  The cards turned out great!  Mixbook also included extra envelopes with each of my card purchases.  This is very convenient in case you make a mistake addressing any envelopes!

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Mixbook helps bring memories to life with a great selection of photo gifts as well as by offering a convenient and easy means to ordering photo prints.  My two year old daughter recently became obsessed with looking through photo albums and this new hobby of hers quickly brought to my attention how far behind I am on printing photographs of my kids.  I am not very good…..okay, terrible actually, at remembering to actually order photo prints of my kids.  The framed photographs in my home could most definitely use an update and I don’t even have a photo album of my daughter yet.  Since I am less than thrilled with the print quality of photos printed in an hour or less at most of the stores near my home, I decided to order some photo prints from Mixbook.  The coloring in the prints is very accurate and uploading the photos to order was quick and easy.  Now I just need to put them in picture frames and photo albums!

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Connect with Mixbook via Facebook as well as on Twitter @Mixbook.

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Check out the Mixbook Valentine’s Day gift guide for inspiration this holiday.  Use Code: LUVMX to get up to 50% off your Mixbook purchase.  This coupon code will score you a minimum of 30% off your purchase and the more you spend the greater the discount!  Offer Ends: 2/8.

I received a Mixbook credit to purchase products in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the website and the products reviewed.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

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Best selling author, Jeff Kinney, grew up wanting to become a newspaper cartoonist.  While that dream did not become a reality, he did create one of the most popular children’s book series to inspire young readers to lose themselves in a story!  Kinney came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 1998 and worked on developing the story and main character Greg for 6 years before publishing it online.  To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day!  The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in print in 2007.

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Kinney has continued to delight young readers with many stories featuring Greg, a middle school aged boy.  In fact, my son is one of his biggest fans.  He loves this series and is currently collecting all of the books.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School is the 10th book in the ever so popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  My son has a signed copy of this book and it is one of his most prized possessions.  He has read this book 3 times in that past two months.  He loves the detail in this book and absolutely loves the humor.  In Old School, Greg and his family go electronic free.  Greg’s mom encourages everyone in their town to unplug from modern conveniences and get to know one another.  Even the clocks are unplugged in Greg’s house!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is thought-provoking and fun.  My 7-year-old literally laughs out loud when reading these books.  When my son was reading Old School, he could not put it down.  The story had his complete attention.  He laughed out loud and when he would finally put the book down, he always had something to discuss with me.  His love of these books has helped make reading a hobby he looks forward to enjoying daily.  It even inspired a 7-year-old boy to leave this note on his stocking for St. Nick to find!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School is available for purchase online as well as in stores.

I received a copy of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the book I reviewed.

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Swaddle Designs Muslin Singles Review & Giveaway

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Muslin blankets have become a must have item for moms over the years.  These lightweight blankets made of soft breathable fabrics are perfect for swaddling, creating shade, playtime, and much more.  Swaddle Designs offers an amazing selection of fun prints and colors for their muslin swaddles.  You will find a variety of patterns in soft, bold, vibrant, or classic color combinations.  In fact, Swaddle Designs recently introduced several new prints and many of them are now available in stylish black and white designs.

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Swaddle Designs was founded by RN and mother of two, Lynette Damir.  With the combination of stylish patterns and quality fabrics, Swaddle Designs has become a great resource for parents.  The muslin swaddles are one of many of their items I am obsessed with and recommend to all expecting parents.  The 123 Swaddle Label is sewn to each blanket so you can easily remember how to properly swaddle your little one.  The open weave design of the muslin swaddle helps reduce the risk of overheating.  We use these blankets all year round but they are a must during the hot months!  Best of all, after each washing these blankets get even softer to the touch.

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Swaddle Designs muslin swaddles are my daughters favorite blankets.  She is 2 years old and still sleeps, cuddles and plays with these blankets.  My daughter has never liked the feeling of a heavy blanket so muslin blankets were the perfect fit for her.  Swaddle Designs muslin swaddles are very generous in size and easily cover my toddler.  The designs are super cute and fun.  We recently added to new muslin swaddles to my daughter’s collection and she is in love with the new Swaddle Designs patterns.  The XOXO design is adorable and perfect for Valentine’s Day!  The Bunnie XOXO design is equally adorable and would be a great gift for Valentine’s Day and Easter.  So pucker up, because your little one will be oh so kissable cuddled up in these cute blankets!

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The new Muslin Swaddle Singles make for the perfect gift.  No matter if this is baby #1 or #5, he or she deserves a special blanket! Now you can pick and choose the perfect print and color for your little bundle from Swaddle Designs.

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Wrap your little one in love this Valentine’s Day with Swaddle Designs Muslin Swaddle Singles!  The new Muslin Singles are available for purchase online at Swaddle Designs.  These singles even come in a cute gift box, so they are ready to be given to your sweet little one!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Swaddle Designs Muslin Swaddles Single.

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Swaddle Designs provided me with Muslin Singles for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker Review & Giveaway

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Thanks to one of Smart Planet’s newest products, you can now make your very own gummy candy at home!  This Gummy Candy Maker set is my family’s latest obsession.  It is super easy to use and loads of fun.  The Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker set includes four silicone mold trays for making gummy bears and gummy worms as well as one giant gummy bear mold.  This candy maker set also includes a microwavable silicone candy bowl with an easy pour spout.  This set is surprisingly easy to use and clean.  The gummies easily pop out of the molds and are ready to eat.

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My kids could easily remove the gummies from the mold all on their own.  In fact, they were so quick about that this was the only picture I managed to get before they started shoveling their gummy treats into their eager mouths!

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The Gummy Candy Maker also comes with a recipe book.  You will find a recipe for standard gummies as well as others for vitamin and sour gummies.  The recipe for just regular gummies includes 4 packets of gelatin as well as a 30z box of gelatin in the flavor of your choice.  Simply mix these ingredients with cold water and heat them up in the silicone bowl.  The light film is created at the top of the mixture when heated.  You can the tell which gummies I poured first into the mold because the top has a more solid pink color.  It doesn’t effect the texture of your gummies in any way but if you want to have a more clear back on your gummies, simply scrape the film off the top of your heated ingredients before pouring them into the mold.  This will give them a more professional look if you will be serving them to guests.  Once you are ready to pour, fill each gummy mold and then refrigerate.  When fill the small gummy bear molds be sure to fill them to the top or your cute little gummy bears won’t have ears.  We did this the first time we made gummies using this set.  Honestly, my kids didn’t even care that the ears were missing.  They were too excited to gobble up their cute little creations!

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To create the giant gummy bear, you simply double the recipe.  We found that we like our gummies to be a tad softer so we actually cut out one packet of the regular gelatin when creating our giant gummy bear.  You will put this mold in the freezer to let it set.  The giant gummy bear turned out great.   Since this mold is not made of silicone and did place a light spray of palm oil in the mold before filling it.  Once the gummy was set, I simply pulled the mold away from the gummy at its side and it easily separated.  I tipped the mold over a plate and the gummy easy fell out of the mold and maintained its perfect shape.

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The Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker set is a great way to get creative in the kitchen.  It is extremely easy to use and my kids are busy coming up with new requests for the next batch of gummies we will create with this Gummy Candy Maker.

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These gummies would make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!

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The Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker is available for purchase online at the Smart Planet Home website.  This Gummy Candy Maker is fun for the entire family to use and the treats are just as fun to eat!

Connect with Smart Planet via social media:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/smartplanethome

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smartplanethome

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One lucky Children’s Nook reader is going to win a Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker!

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I received the Gummy Candy Maker for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Wild Kratts Baby Buddies

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PBSKids launched a new Wild Kratts app this month!  Join Chris and Martin on an African Savannah adventure with wild animal babies in the new Wild Kratts Baby Buddies app.  Wild Kratts Baby Buddies teaches kids about caring for animals.  Your little one will get to learn about how to feed, wash, and protect animals.   Their favorite Wild Kratts characters will share facts and tips with the help of their creature powers.  Plus, a chance to play with a baby elephant, zebra, cheetah, aardvark, and crocodile!

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In this scene my daughter helped Martin scare away the lion that could harm the baby animals.  Then my little girl helped Koki play with the Cheetah as well as feed the baby Cheetah a tasty meal.

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The Wild Kratts Baby Buddies app is available for $1.99 from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.  The Baby Buddies app is designed with kids ages 3-8 in mind.

PBS Kids provided product information and as well as the Wild Kratt World Baby Buddies app free of charge for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the product I reviewed.

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LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray Giveaway

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Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.

There are few things as important in life as your friends. No matter how old you are, your friends are there to help you when you’re down, support you when you make mistakes, and be your rock when the going gets tough.

The new movie, LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE, is all about friendship, trusting yourself and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost. All set to an awesome rock soundtrack you’re going to love! Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea as they learn that fame isn’t important, it’s your friends that count!

About LEGO FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE:

  • True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!
  • The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.
  • As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.

LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE brings to life (in animated form) the LEGO construction based toy LEGO® Friends. LEGO ® Friends invites girls into a universe, Heartlake city, and inspires them to use their imagination to build and role play their own stories with fun-loving relatable characters.

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LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE is available on digital HD January 19th!  The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available February 2, 2016.  Until then, have fun exploring the fun app Warner Bros. created loaded with activities and music!

Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!
www.L2MOfficial.com

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One lucky Children’s Nook reader is going to win a copy of LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on Blu-rayTM!

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Get Organized With Label Daddy

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Label Daddy can help you and your family get organized in 2016.  Label Daddy labels come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  They also offer many packages that will include an array of sizes to suit different needs.  I love all of the label sizes offered by Label Daddy but the extra small label is by far my favorite.  It can be used to label almost anything!  My 5-year-old son recently got an extra small label pack of Captain America labels.  I have labeled all of his snow gear and outdoor clothing that he wears to school.  These extra small labels even fit well inside his mittens.

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My son is a huge cars fan.  We have buckets and buckets of Disney Cars and HotWheels die-cast cars in our home.  My son likes to take one car with him wherever he goes so I have even started labeling the bottom of his beloved cars before they leave the house!  The extra small labels easily fit on the bottom of his race cars.  Extra small Label Daddy labels truly are a must for our household.

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Label Daddy labels are easy to apply and they are made to last. Simply peel and place the label where you need it.  The label will stick nicely.  In fact, I have never had issues with any labels coming off or not performing well.  Label Daddy includes a list of helpful hints with each order that is really helpful if you are unsure of which type of label to use on certain materials and fabrics. The label sheets come inside a resealable plastic bag so it is easy to store any unused labels.

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Visit LabelDaddy.com to check out the great selection of labels.  Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order!  Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout.

I received a promotional code to purchase labels at LabelDaddy.com for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Fancy Mobility Backseat Car Organizer


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Looking to get organized in 2016?  Why not start with your car?! If your vehicle looks anything like mine did last year, you may have felt like you were walking through a mine field when navigating in the back seat of your vehicle.  Between our car ride necessities of sunglasses, mittens, wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, sippy cups and water bottles as well as the selection of books and toys we keep in the car to entertain our kids, our van floor gets littered with our kids supplies.  The Fancy Mobility backseat car storage system was an easy and affordable solution for our clutter.  The best part is that my kids are actually using it and think its great.  They love having a special place for each of their items and mom and dad love having a clean floor!

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The Fancy Mobility backseat car organizer is easy to install and adjust for a perfect fit.  It literally took me one minute to install.  The top of the organizer has a buckle strap that I connected below the headrest of our front passenger seat. I looped the lower strap through the base of the front passenger seat creating a snug fit to the back of the front passenger seat. This lower strap keeps the storage unit from hanging forward and getting in the way of kids getting in and out of the van. The number of storage compartments on this organizer is really impressive. The top compartment has a velcro closure. The bottom two rows of the organizer have solid pockets as well as additional mesh pockets in front of them. The mesh front pockets make it easy for my kids to see smaller items. There is a snap loop on the left side of the storage unit that is great for pacifiers. My daughter likes to loop her sunglasses in this spot. The bottom right and left side of the unit also have cup storage for sippy cups or water bottles. We use one of these compartments to store extra mittens during the winter. Great unit and the visor storage is a great bonus for this busy mom to store coupons and other small items.

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The visor organizer is a small little piece of storage I never knew I needed until I had!  I have found this storage unit to be perfect for keeping coupons and other papers.  The pen holder is a simple yet much loved feature. No more digging through my entire van to find a pen when I go through the bank drive-thru!

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This amazing Backseat Car Organizer and visor storage system can be purchased online at Amazon.

I received a the Fancy Mobility Backseat Car Organizer and Visor Organizer for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Hallmark Personalized Keepsake Ornament Review & Giveaway

personalizedHallmarkornamentHallmark Keepsake ornaments have been spreading the spirit of Christmas for many many years.  Many of you have most likely hung a few if not several Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on your trees this year.  My Christmas tree is no exception.  We have been decorating our tree with Hallmark ornaments for as long as I can remember but this year we added a new Hallmark Keepsake Ornmament to our collection that is truly like no other.  It is a Personalized Hallmark Keepsake Ornament! 

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Hallmark Personalized Keepsake Ornaments allow you to create a one of a kind ornament.  Personalize a Hallmark Keepsake ornament with a photo, words, or even both! We have the Hallmark Sled with Rails Keepsake Ornament.  This special ornament is personalized with our family name and all of the members in it.  The personalization is perfect making this ornament an excellent addition to our Christmas tree.  This sled ornament is made of metal and wood and really has an authentic look to it.  It is not very heavy so it is easy to hang on the tree.  This sled ornament definitely makes me nestalgic.  Every time I look at it, I start thinking about playing in the snow as a kid!  That is what makes Christmas ornaments so special…..the memories that go with them!

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Hallmark offers a variety of Personalized Keepsake Ornaments that are festive as well as a great reminder of special moments in your life.  Personalize and order a personalized keepsake ornament online at Hallmark.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Hallmark Personalized Keepsake Ornament! 

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I received a free Hallmark Personalized Keepsake Ornament in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine alone.

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