St. Patty’s Day Celebration Ideas and $50 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway


Looking to be a little more festive this St. Patrick’s Day?  You are in luck because Oriental Trading has hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day accessories, party supplies, crafts, and much more.  Oriental trading has a wide variety of green party supplies that work well with any St. Patrick’s Day theme.  They also have several party supplies that are specifically designed for St. Patty’s Day such as the St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow plates and shamrock stir sticks featured here.


My guests will each grab a seat to claim these St. Patrick’s Day goodies.  Each place setting consists of a stress toy frappe, wrist band, green fortune cookie, stir stick, as well as a fork and plates to eat more festive foods.


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The green and gold sequin fedora and St. Patty’s Day wrist bands are fun and easy ways to dress up for the day.  The fedora fits myself as well as my kids.  The wristbands will fit adults better than young children.  The wristbands can stretch far enough to wrap around a sippy cup so my daughter likes to use her wristband to decorate her cups.


Oriental Trading has a great selection of toys and treats that will have your guests feeling lucky to receive.  The pom pom assortment pack from Oriental Trading consists of a rainbow of colors that are a fun and festive way to appeal to all your guests.  Oriental Trading does offer packs of pom poms that are all one color so you could simply order a set of green if that would suite your St. Patrick’s Day party more.


These green coins make great party favors as well as décor.  One side of each coin says, “four leaf clover for good luck” with the flip side having a four leaf clover on it.  I will be hiding these so my kids and their friends can go on a hunt for the leprechaun’s treasure.  These Good Luck coins will be providing a wealth of entertainment for our festivities!

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Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Sale online at Oriental Trading.

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March is Craft Month and Oriental Trading is celebrating by giving away a $50 Oriental Trading Gift Card every day!  Oriental Trading wants this giveaway to be fun and easy so there are two different ways for you to enter for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes!craft month contest:

  • Post a photo of a project you’ve completed on Instagram with the hashtags #orientaltrading and #contest.


You can enter an image you’ve already posted or uploaded, but you will need to post or upload it again so your entry counts. Unfortunately, editing an old Instagram post with the new contest hashtag won’t work.

This contest is to celebrate National Craft Month, however, it is not limited to craft images so you may post your lesson plans, parties, playdates or any other awesomeness you’ve created.  Most importantly, your image needs to include at least one Oriental Trading product.  There’s no limit to the number of entries you can post. Winners will be announced on Facebook each day at 3 pm Central and will have 3 days to email and claim their prizes. For full rules, please see our blog.


I received St. Patrick’s Day Party supplies and décor from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Daily Goodie Box: It’s More Than Just Free Samples!


I recently became a member to the Daily Goodie Box.  It is free to join!  After becoming a member I received a Goodie Box filled with full size samples.  I love trying new things so I am so in love with this idea.  The Daily Goodie Box is a great way to try new brands and products.  This box is truly full of goodies!  You get a wide variety of products to try and they are not itty bitty samples sizes either.  The Daily Goodie Box I recieved contained coffee, popcorn, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and much more!

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Our Goodie Box was filled with a wide variety of products and flavors.  This is a great way to encourage your family to try new things!  My kids loved the raspberry Fig Bar.  I managed to sneak a few bites and the raspberry flavor was excellent.  The Gary Poppins lite popcorn is a great healthy snack. I am definitely going to try some of the other popcorn flavors soon.  I personally love the Xylichew spearmint gum I received in the goodie box. The flavor is really refreshing and the packaging is convenient for me to keep in my purse.

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This was my first experience with Nellie’s Natural Laundry Soda and I am really happy with its performance so far.  The bag comes with a scooper so you can easily measure out the needed amount to wash a load of laundry.  This sample bag includes enough laundry soda for 15 regular size loads of laundry!  the Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste is free of color which I personally enjoy.  We tried the blackcrurrant flavor.  My kids don’t mind it but they still prefer strawberry flavor more.  Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste is available in several flavors as well as a flavor free option.


Coffee Blocks Better Butter Coffee is made up of instant coffee, clarified butter from grass fed cows and other organic ingredients.  Simply add a mixture of hot and room temp water and mix to enjoy a cup of butterlicious coffee.   This cup of butter coffee perked me right up.  It is an interesting twist on traditional coffee that was fun to try and easy to prepare.  Tip: if you have curious kids around let them help prepare it.  My kids loved getting to look at it the coffee at different stages.

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Become a member today for your chance to get picked to review a Daily Goodie Box!  It is a fun and easy way to try new products.  The products in our goodie box were made of quality ingredients and definitely worth trying!

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3DLightFX Star Wars R2D2 NightLight


3DLightFX has created some seriously cool wall décor for kids and collectors.  The 3DLightFX Star Wars R2D2 recently busted its way into my son’s bedroom and has been a smash hit with everyone who sets eyes on it.  This R2D2 mounted on the wall is truly eye catching.  It does not look like your average wall décor.  The robot is mounted flush to the wall and appears to be coming through it at an angle.  This makes an impact on anyone who steps into the room.  The fun of 3DLightFX wall décor is not limited to Star Wars fans as they offer a great selection of characters as well as sports themed lights.

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A wall decal provides the look of your wall being busted and the decal conveniently marks the two places where the screws should go to mount the light on the wall.  The light itself is light weight yet sturdy.  The light feature is battery operated leaving the 3D light to be cordless.


My boys are big Star Wars fans and they love this 3D light.  Two different spots on R2D2 send off a soft glow of light that can be turned on manually or set to timer.  The light is not very strong but we didn’t expect it to be.  We ordered the 3D light more for the look than to function as a night light.  However, the fact it lights up does at to the fun. My kids think the R2D2 is extremely cool looking and all of their friends love it as well.  The idea of your favorite Star Wars character busting into the room has great appeal to the kids.

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Star Wars 3D Wall Nightlights including the R2D2 are available for purchase in Target stores as well as online at Target.

I received the 3DLightFX R2D2 Star Wars 3D Wall Nightlight for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the product I reviewed.

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Sukey’s House!: with Sukey Molloy & Friends


Sukey Molloy has been entertaining children for many years and her work has been honored with Parents’ Choice, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Prefered Choice, Creative Child, and Mom’s Choice Awards for over a decade.  My kids have been enjoying Sukey’s Circle! for years so we were excited to find out that Sukey and friends recently released a new DVD, Sukey’s House!   This DVD consists of 18 songs live from Sukey’s living room and 2 of these songs have yet to be recorded on CD!  Volumes 1, 2, and 3 contain 1 hour and 13 minutes of fun songs perfect for young ears.  Sukey’s happy face and gentle voice make a warm and welcome source of children’s entertainment.  My kids instantly feel comfortable with Sukey’s presence when she is talking or singing on our television.  She often reminds me of my son’s kindergarten teacher who I used to call the child whisperer.  She can silence a room and command complete attention without ever raising her voice.

Sukey’s House! DVD features classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Little Star yet contains many more new fun songs for your little ones to enjoy and memorize. If you little ones love Sukey, be sure to check out Sukey’s Circle! as well.  Sukey’s Circle! shows air on BabyFrist TV, Happy Kids (Roku), and YouTube.

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Sukey’s House with Sukey Molloy & Friends Volumes 1,2, and 3 is available for purchase online at several stores including Target and Amazon.

I received a copy of Suky’s House! for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Oddball DVD Review & Giveaway


Oddball is a fun family movie based on an incredible true story.  Nine year old, Olivia, and her eccentric chicken farmer grandpa team up to save the penguin population near their homes.  After Grandpa Swampy witnesses his mischievous dog, Oddball, protect an injured penguin from a fox, he and his granddaughter set out to train Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary.  Olivia’s mother has been working very hard to protect these lovable penguins that have been enjoyed by their family for generations.  This heartwarming story is packed full of adventure and adorable animals. A great combination for a family movie!  My kids loved it!  There are even a few hidden laughs in the movie for the parents.  Oddball tells a very cool story that truly proves how amazing animals can be and opens our eyes to how beautiful nature is and how our actions may influence it!

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The trouble that this beautiful dog gets into during this movie caused many fits of giggles amongst my children.  My kids made me rewind this scene with the apples so they could see it again and again.

Check out the Oddball movie trailer for a sneak peek of this fun film!

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Oddball is now available for purchase on DVD.  You will find it online at many retailers including Target.

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One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Oddball on DVD!

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I received a copy of Oddball on DVD for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit Review & Giveaway


Nidecker is a family owned Swiss company that has been pushing design bounderies in both style and performance for over 100 years.  Today, NDK is a brand I associate with quality and reliability.  NDK products are well loved and used in my home.  Therefore, I was very excited to find several of their products online at SmartPlanet.  The most recent product we added to our home is the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit.  This round double decker food container completely separates your food into two compartments.  The best part is that each compartment has its very own lid.  Each compartment is microwave safe. Simply remove the lid from the compartment before heating up your food in the microwave.  Between the two compartments you have 32 ounces of food storage.  The twist on top lid also features a large handle that allows you to easily carry this meal kit.



I have a bit of an obsession with soups, so the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit has become my go to food container for soup!  My hubby just happens to make the best broccoli cheese soup and it is best enjoyed with some bread for dipping.  The top compartment is perfect for keeping my bread fresh and the bottom compartment is just the right size for a nice bowl of soup.  Using this meal kit is a great way to keep me from heating up too much soup and eating too much food for lunch!

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NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kits are available in four color combinations.  All four colors are available for purchase online at SmartPlanetHome.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit from SmartPlanet!

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I received a NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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I See Me! Personalized My Magical Snowman Book Review & Giveaway


I See Me! has a wide variety of adorable children’s books that can be personalized for any child.  These personalized books are filled with charming stories and colorful illustrations but most importantly they are personalized with care.  Each personalization in an I See Me! children’s book blends into the story leaving the child feel like the story was written just for him or her.  This winter I personalized the I See Me! My Magical Snowman book for my daughter and this story simply melts my heart.  The forest animals gather together to build your child a snowman.  When your child discovers the snowman, he or she reaches in for a hug.  To the delight of the child, the snowman comes to life!  This story is a great reminder of how powerful love can be when the snowman exclaims, “I became alive when you touched my heart!”

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Once the snowman comes to life the magical snowman and your child have many adventures in the snow.  The Magical Snowman is a fun and sweet story that reminds your little one of how special he or she is to you and the world.  Complete with a personalized message from mom and dad and photo of my daughter taken just before the book was made, my daughter’s personalized copy of this story, Charlotte’s Magical Snowman!, is a book she will treasure for years to come.


If you are looking to keep your little one busy during the winter months, I See Me! offers several other great products you can personalize!  They even offer personalized My Magical Snowman stickers, coloring book, puzzle, and placemat!

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Personalize a copy of My Magical Snowman today online at I See Me!  This book would make an amazing gift for your unique snowflake!  I See Me! offers 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can be confident in ordering a personalized book from the website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a personalized copy of My Magical Snowman from I See Me!


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I received a personalized copy of My Magical Snowman for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording


Get your little ones to burn off some energy this winter with the Fancy Nancy The Musical Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD.  This album consists of 11 fun songs that will have you and your little ones dancing and singing along to in no time.  Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording has encouraged my little ones to put on their own live performances right at home!  The song, You’ll Always Feel Much Better After Tea, has become a must during my daughter’s tea parties.  She has tea parties almost daily so this CD has been getting a lot of use!  Needless to say, my daughter loves this CD.  The Fancy Nancy Musical Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording can be enjoyed whether you have seen the musical or not.  In fact, my kids have never seen the musical and they enjoy this album very much.


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Fancy Nancy The Musical would make a great addition to your playlist and would make a great gift for any lover of music.  Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording is available for purchase on CD in stores as well as online.

I received a copy of Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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eShakti: We Design. You Customize


Finding clothing that fits your body as well as your fashion style can be a challenge.  Therefore, I find the company, eShakti, to be the perfect solution to this fashion dilemma.  eShakti has an amazing selection of women’s clothing and you can customize each and every piece!  I always feel better in clothing that fits my body well so shopping at eShakti is the perfect way to guarantee my clothing is going to fit well.  Some day I must try customizing a pair of eShakti pants but I never seem to get beyond all of their beautiful dresses.  Their dress selection is simply outstanding.  I happen to love wearing dresses.  A lot of people think of them as formal wear but I think they are the most comfortable form of clothing.  Since I live in a rather cold state, staying warm in dresses can be a challenge during the winter.  When I came across the cowl neck pleated cotton knit dress on the eShakti website, the pleats immediately caught my eye.  The pleats on the dress were very flattering on the model and the cowl neck simply looked warm and cozy.  I knew the dress would be great for winter.  Let the customizing begin!


The eShakti cowl neck pleated cotton knit dress is available in 7 colors.  However, your choices don’t end with color when shopping with eShakti!  You can customize the neckline, sleeves, and the length of this dress.  The eShakti website does a great job of informing you the best way to measure to get the most accurate size choice.

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When customizing my cowl neck cotton knit dress, I chose to change the sleeves and length of my dress just a tad.  I opted to have the dress to run just below my knee.  I liked this length so that you could see my leggings or tights yet my legs are still well covered in this cold weather!  In fact when I sit down, I often curl me legs under the dress and it feels like they are wrapped in a blanket.  I also wanted my sleeves to be fitted to my arms so I my arm width when placing my order.  The sleeves fit my arms perfectly.  They are fitted yet I still have room to move.  I opted to keep the thumb holes in the sleeves because sometimes I like to use them.  I also chose to keep the cowl neck line on my dress.  I find this style to be cute, comfy, and warm for winter.

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The purple color of this cotton knit dress is really pretty.  The stitching on my dress is perfect and the fabric is a great quality.  I especially appreciated the quality of this fabric while the wind wanted to blow me away during these photos! The pockets are also nice to have.  The pleats are my favorite detail on this dress.  They give shape to the dress and add interest to the dress as well.  They also give the dress a little flow.  The material is not super thin so this dress is great for winter as well as the cooler fall and spring days!

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eShakti has a beautiful Valentine’s Day selection available as well as the new Spring 2017 designs!  Plus, they are currently having a sale on these beautiful items!

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Customize your favorite eShakti design to get the perfect clothing just for you!  eShakti is offering an exclusive coupon code for The Children’s Nook readers!  Enter code, TCHNSNOOK when you shop eShakti from January 27 thru February 28, 2017 to get 10% off your purchase.  Follow eShakti on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay informed of new designs and promotions.


I received this customized eShakti dress for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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ezpz Mini Mat: Less Mess. More Fun.


Meal time just got a whole lot more fun and less messy with the awesome ezpz mini mat!  The ezpz brand makes high quality silicone all in one placemats and plate/bowl that suction to the table.  The ezpz brand is most well known for the Happy Mat but I must say their Mini Mat does not fall short on function or usefulness.  In fact, the smaller dimensions make the mini mat the perfect travel companion.  We take our ezpz mini mat with us every where.


What makes the ezpz mini mat so amazing?  This mat is a placemat and plate all in one that cannot be moved by your infant or toddler.  No more toppled plates and bowls!  The plate is divided into three sections giving it the look of a smiley face.  The two smaller sections are ideal for 2oz of food and the larger section of the plate is ideal for a 4oz portion of food.  The ezpz mini mat is a great way to teach your growing child how to become a more independent eater without the struggle of moving dishes.


As if the min mat itself is not already brilliantly designed, ezpz packaged this mat in a reuasable bag.  Simply toss your clean mat in the bag and stash it in your diaper bag or car and you are prepared to feed your active little one wherever you may go.  We use the mini mat at restaurants, parks, and more.  The mat provides a clean and easy to use surface for little ones and when you are done, simply toss back in the bag to take home and clean.  I usually wash mine by hand in warm soapy water because I usually need to wash the reusable bag as well.  However, ezpz mats are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe and free of BPA, PVC, and phthalate.

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The ezpz Mini Mat is 8.5 inches x 7.7 inches in size.  This provides a nice amount of space to eat off of yet it is still small enough to easily carry in your diaper bag.  The Happy Mat is 15 x 10 inches is ideal for at home or simply older children with bigger appetites. Three to four of these mats can even be stacked and carried with food! The ezpz Mats can be purchased in blue, lime, coral, and gray.

I received an ezpz mini mat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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