Tiggly Christmas Sale & Giveaway with 3 Winners!

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Tiggly Christmas celebrates the magic of the season in an educational way. Children learn their shapes while decorating a Christmas tree, designing toys they can unwrap, and even making custom holiday cards using the iPad’s camera function.

My kids love Tiggly Christmas.  If you recall we featured this app last year with Tiggly Shapes and my kids have been playing it all year round.  This app is super cute and filled with holiday fun.  Tiggly Christmas was designed by top early-childhood educators to develop spatial skills and creativity in an imaginative way.  This makes the app perfect for kids age 18 months to 4 years of age.  However, my 6 year old still joins in on the holiday fun.  My kids simply can’t resist decorating the tree and opening those presents!

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The holiday season is all about giving and Tiggly has got the spirit to share with you!  From December 18 to 23, Tiggly Christmas is available for 50% off as part of the App Store’s Holiday Apps for Kids promotion! This is such a great app and with this promotion it can be yours for just 99¢.

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THREE lucky readers here at The Children’s Nook are going to win a FREE iTunes code for the Tiggly Christmas app!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 25 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both U.S. and Canada.  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

I received no compensation for this post.  Tiggly provided product information and prizes for the giveaway.  I simply wanted to share this promotion and host this giveaway for my readers.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Nuby No Spill Flower Child Cup Review & Giveaway

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The Nuby Flower Child Feeding products are one of my favorite Nuby designs.  All of these feeding products are simply adorable and they work great!  The No Spill Flower Child Cup is an 11 oz cup that is both BPA Free and dishwasher safe. This Nuby No Spill Flower Child Cup was my daughters favorite cup.  Sadly we lost it at the mall a couple of days ago, so I will be needing to order a new one ASAP!  My daughter loves the soft spout and the easy to hold design of this cup.  Of course, all cups can spill a bit if you really work at it but the Flower Child Cup is one of the few cups my daughter does not make a mess with.  She tends to find a way to get her milk or water to pour out of nearly every cup I give her, but for some reason she never made a mess with the Flower Child Cup.  She truly loved this cup and would get excited at the sight of it.  Needless to say, we are missing this cup……I may just buy two right away.

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If you would like to get your little flower this adorable Nuby cup.  The Nuby Flower Child Cup is available online at the following retailers:

I also found the Flower Child Cup online at CookiesKids.  This cup would make a cute stocking stuffer!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Nuby No Spill Flower Child Cup!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on January 8, 2015.  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.

 

I am proud to be a Nûby Parent Blogger!  I received this cup from Nuby for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

 

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Pediped Fall/Winter Collection Now Available in Larger Sizes!

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The 2014 Fall/Winter Pediped collection offers over 100 new styles of American Podiatric Medical Association accepted footwear.  The collection highlights more than 90 Flex styles now offered in larger sizes up to 36 (US Youth 4.5) along with 30 new machine washable styles. I am a big fan of kids machine washable shoes.  My son manages to find a muddy puddle to run through nearly every day at school.  With such a large selection of stylish and durable shoes, it is no surprise that Pediped was voted Best Footwear Brand in the 2014 Earnie Awards!

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Winter is coming and in our household a new season means new shoes.  My three babies have all grown at different rates but all six of those little feet never fail to grow with each change in season. This leaves new shoes at the top of my shopping list.  For this reason I love to stock up on shoes during the holidays.  New shoes make great gifts and the kids always get excited for fresh new kicks.  Pediped shoes that have the Flex Fit System come with additional insoles that can be inserted for a snug fit then removed for room as your child’s foot grows. These insoles can reduce shoe size by almost half a size so that your child can wear the shoe for a longer period of time.  Brilliant right?!  My kids outgrow all other shoes before their Pedipeds with the Flex Fit System.

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My son loves to wear his Pediped shoes because he thinks they look cool and fit comfortably.  I love to buy my kids Pediped shoes because they are very durable.  My first grader is especially rough on his shoes and his only pair of shoes from Kindergarten that stood the test of time and still look great are his Pediped Flex shoes from last year.  Needless to say, I went right back to the Pediped website to search for his new pair of shoes for first grade!  The Flex Jupiter shoes have an out of this world name that impressed my outer space loving son.  The orange and black color combo is vibrant and fun.  My son loves color so the splash of orange color on the treads and laces thrilled him.  I like how the Flex Jupiter shoes have the look of a laced shoe yet still offer the convenience of a Velcro strap for my six year old.  The breathable fabric lining and the flexible sole make these shoes a great fit for active boys.

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Pediped is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals, Grip ‘n’ Go and Flex. You can purchase the Pediped Flex shoes featured here as well as other varieties online at Pediped. If you are looking for inspiration to find the perfect style, check out the Pediped Holiday Gift Guide!

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I received the Pediped Flex shoes featured in this post for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Elephant & Piggie: Waiting Is Not Easy! Review & Giveaway

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Mo Willems has another new adventure for Elephant & Piggie fans to enjoy just in time for the holidays.  His latest Elephant & Piggie book, Waiting is Not Easy! was released this November just in time for the holidays.  Waiting is not an easy task for anyone but this time of year waiting for Santa to come to town is on a lot of little one’s minds.  The count down to Christmas is everywhere…..on ornaments, advent calendars, phone apps, and more!  Therefore, the timing of this new Elephant & Piggie book is absolutely perfect.  My kids and I have been reading this book daily and it is such a great reminder that some things are worth waiting for.  In fact, patience is often rewarded!

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In the latest Elephant & Piggie book, Waiting is Not Easy!, Piggie has a fun surprise for Elephant.  This surprise is not ready for Elephant to enjoy yet so it requires Elephant to wait.  The anticipation starts to get to Elephant.  Do you think he can wait for his surprise?  What will it be?  My kids are in love with this book and love the surprise Piggie has to share with his best friend, Elephant.  This story is full of fun, wonder, and a great life lesson.

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Elephant & Piggie: Waiting is Not Easy! is available for purchase at retailers nationwide as well as online at several websites.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win the new Elephant & Piggie book, Waiting is Not Easy!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on December 25, 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.  The prize will be shipped via the sponsor.

I received a copy of Waiting is Not Easy! for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed. 

 

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Huge Cyber Monday Sale on Cricket Magazines!

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A 12-month gift subscription to Cricket Magazine, filled with stories and activities that will make kids smile and foster a lifelong love of reading, is just $20, with the special #GiftofReading Cyber Monday Promotion code that saves shoppers 40% (subscriptions are regularly $33.95). That includes both a print subscription delivered to kids’ mailboxes monthly and a digital subscription too.

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And there are 13 other monthly magazine gift subscriptions to choose from – one for every age and interest – and dozens of high-quality, educational toys and games in the Cricket Media Holiday Gift Guide. Mom, Dad, Grandma and the rest of the family can “hop” to it with Cricket Media, doing their holiday shopping for less, in just a few clicks from the comfort of their couches!

All product information was provided by Cricket Media.  I will receive a product sample in exchange for this post.
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Monk Fruit in The Raw: The Only Zero Calorie Sweetener Allowed in My Kitchen

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I love the holidays.  Spending time with family by gathering together to talk and play games while listening to festive music and eating an enormous amount of delicious treats is a great way to have fun and make new memories.  This holiday season I am hoping to cut back on my family’s intake of sugar by using Monk Fruit in The Raw.  What is Monk Fruit? Monk Fruit is a vine-ripened fruit native to Asia.  I love to bake with Monk Fruit in the Raw because this zero calorie sweetener allows we me to bake with less sugar and my family can’t tell the difference in the taste.  My picky eaters have eaten chocolate chip pumpkin bread and banana bread and had no I had changed my recipes by using Monk Fruit in the Raw!  Needless to say, I have many more recipes in line to try with my new baking buddy, Monk Fruit.

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My family is addicted to banana bread. I make two loaves at least once a week if not more.  Since it has become a regular part of our diet I have been playing around with my recipe this past year to try to make it healthier yet still tasty.  With the a few minor tweaks my banana bread now has less butter and sugar yet no one is the wiser.  The fact that this bread past my picky eaters’ test, tells me Monk Fruit In The Raw is the only zero-calorie sweetener my family cannot identify by taste.  This little fact includes myself.  If I had not added the Monk Fruit In The Raw into the mixing bowl myself, I never would have guessed the banana bread had half the regular sugar it usually does.  This my friends, was an exciting development in my kitchen.  I have tried many sugar substitutes over the years and highly disliked them all.  With the introduction of Monk Fruit in The Raw into my kitchen, I can now reduce my family’s intake of sugar without sacrificing the taste of our food and drinks.

A few facts about Monk Fruit in The Raw: 

  • Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia.
  • Monk fruit, known as luo han guo in Asia, was first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats, or “Enlightened Ones,” which translates to Monks in English.
  • The sweet and delicious extract from monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet.
  • Monk Fruit In The Raw is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.
  • Conscious, rejoice! Monk Fruit In The Raw has the closest taste to sugar of any non-caloric sweetener, and has the least amount of aftertaste.  I find this to be so true!!
  • One pack of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.
  • One box of Monk Fruit In The Raw (40ct packets) retails for $3.49, and the Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag retails for $6.99. Price may vary based on the retailer.

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My banana bread recipe yields two moist loaves of bread.  This is a must for my family because we do not eat butter on our banana bread.  We eat it plain with breakfast or as a snack.  When baking with Monk Fruit in the Raw, you should always check on your baked goods in the oven a little earlier than usual because it.  I have already made four loaves of banana bread using Monk Fruit in the Raw.  The first two loaves I purposely left in the oven the usual amount of time because I simply wanted to see how the bread would turn out without making any changes to the bake time.  The bread actually turned out nicely but my husband and I did notice it was slightly drier than usual.  The last two loaves I baked a couple of minutes less and they were perfect.  When I use a 1/2 cup of Monk Fruit in the Raw, my bread has fewer calories and takes less time to bake!  There is nothing bad about that!

Here is the recipe to my banana bread.

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Blend the following ingredients into a large mixing bowl:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Monk Fruit in the Raw (it looks like fresh powdery snow!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I tend to use even a tad less)
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk (If I am out of buttermilk I use milk)
  • 1/2 stick of salted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (If you don’t have applesauce, then just use an entire stick of butter)

This recipe will make one very large loaf of bread if you desire; however, I prefer to pour the batter into two standard bread loaf pans.  I coat my loaf pans with organic coconut oil and then bake the two loaves for about 30 minutes at 325 degrees. This may vary based on your own oven.  Mine tends to bake a little fast.  Please note when baking with Monk in the Raw, check on your baked goods a little earlier than usual.  My baked goods tend to be done a few minutes ahead of schedule when baking with this sweetener.

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Monk Fruit in the Raw is available in bakers bags as well as packaged in orange packet packs for the sweetness of about two teaspoons of sugar.  These packets are a convenient way to Sweeten tea or a cup of coffee, hot or cold. Mix up a cocktail, blend a smoothie, or sprinkle it on cereal.  You can find a coupon for Monk Fruit in the Raw online at the In The Raw website!

Connect with Monk Fruit in the Raw via Facebook under In The Raw and Twitter @InTheRawBrand to stay informed of new promotions and get some great recipes!

I received product information as well as a sample of Monk Fruit in the Raw for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet Blogger, I agree to use this product for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
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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!

I received a Mommy’s Bliss product in exchange for sharing their.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

 

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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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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 17, 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.  No guarantee that prize will arrive before Christmas Day.

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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