Saran Wrap Ball Game


Looking for a fun and easy game that is great for any party?  The Saran Wrap Ball party game can be easily customized for any party.  Simply select some small fun items to roll into plastic wrap that are appropriate for your guests.  This can be adults only, kids only, or both… get to decide!  Remember to start with your best prize in the middle and add the others as you continue to wrap and build your ball.  I decided to throw a small ball together for my kids to unwrap on New Years Eve.  The center of the ball has a dollar bill (they are young and easy to please yet) and the rest of the ball is filled with candy, erasers, and coins.  With only three kids claiming all the prizes, I kept my ball simple.  Also, with no gender specific prizes since I will have boys and girls getting the prizes.  Simply add more items for a larger group of people.


Since my youngest is only 3 years old I kept the size of my plastic ball to be fairly small. I didn’t want the kids to get frustrated or bored with the game.  To play the game simply choose someone to be first at unwrapping the ball.  The person to the right of the person unwrapping rolls two dice repeatedly until he or she rolls a pair.  While that person is rolling the dice the first person continues to unwrap the ball and may keep any prizes he or she reveals.  Once the person with the dice rolls pairs the dice and ball get passed to the next person.  The game continues like this until the last prize is revealed.  This game is great for Christmas parties, birthdays, and any other group gathering really.


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Laser Christmas Lights: Decorating Made Easy


Add a fun and festive look to your home this holiday season with little to no fuss with Landscape Projector Lights.  From a distance of 25 feet these laser lights can cover up to 3900 square feet with pretty blue and green lights.  This projector is waterproof so it can handle being out in the snow or rain.  Our projector is staked in the ground of our front yard and surrounded by a lot of snow.


The small amount of time and energy needed to set up this projector is minimal.  These laser lights even have an internal clock of 6 hours that will start when you plug in the projector.  They will then turn off after 6 hours and turn back on again 18 hours later.  No need to worry about unplugging the projector or setting a timer!  Plus, this small projector takes up a lot less space in my Christmas storage bin than the piles of lights we used to use every Christmas.  This makes my husband very happy!

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This set of Landscape Projector Lights can be used either indoors or outdoors.  My kids loved how this projector lit up our ceiling with green and blue stars.  When the projector is outdoors shining on our home it still gave a magical feel inside when some of the light peeked through the windows.  My kids love these lights and I must say that their mom does too.  They are pretty and simple to use.  I love Christmas decorations but it can be time consuming and difficult to decorate outside.  The Landscape Projector Lights make decorating much easier and add a little magical feel to our home.


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The Landscape Projector Lights Blue and Green Laser Christmas Lights can be purchased online at Amazon.  These Starry Laser Lights LLC Landscape Projector Lights come nicely packaged with the laser light, ground stake, and manual.  These lights are great for the holidays and would be a pretty addition to any party or weddings as well.


I received a set of Landscape Projector Lights for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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I Love My Grandma Children’s Book


Quality time with family is special.  In fact, some of my most precious memories were created during simple moments shared with family.  Children will get excited over new toys and fun getaways but they will always remember and appreciate the time and attention you devote to them.   The new children’s book by best-selling author, Giles Andreae, I Love My Grandma reminds us all of how valuable time together truly is for all ages.  I Love My Grandma is a sweet book about a child spending the day with grandma and highlights how special the time shared between grandmothers and their grandkids truly is to the entire family.  The author does a great job of getting the reader to recall all the different ways he or she enjoys grandma.   I love how this story shares how grandchildren may enjoy the treats grandma gives them but the time spent talking together is equally if not even more important than the flashy adventures and special treats.  After all, its a grandmother’s right to lavish her grandchildren with goodies and love!


In the words of Giles Andreae,

“I hope your grandma’s just like mine. We really have the bestest time!”

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I Love My Grandma is available for purchase in stores as well as online.   A story sharing the many different ways in which grandchildren love to spend time with their grandmothers would make a great gift for any grandmother or grandchild.  Reading this story together will simply be yet another memory to cherish!

I received a copy of the I Love My Grandma book for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Oriental Trading Christmas Sale!


Whether you are hosting a holiday gathering or looking for stocking stuffers, Oriental Trading has a great selection of Christmas and Hanukkah items that are sure to brighten up your holiday.  Having the ability to shop for all of my party needs at one website makes preparing for a holiday event much easier.  Oriental Trading has fun party supplies that will give your party a festive look and feel.  Plus, you will find holiday themed candy, plates, cups, and more to keep your guests well fed!

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Looking to add a little holiday cheer outside?  Oriental Trading has a variety of outdoor holiday decorations available as well.  I recently added the North Pole Candy Cane Light-Up Stake Path Markers to our walk way.  This set includes six plastic candy canes that are strung together and light up with only one cord to plug in.  This makes assembly easy.  Simply stake each candy cane into the ground and these sweet little candy canes give off a festive glow.  These light-up candy canes do need to be placed fairly close together so if you are planning on covering a lot of ground you will need more than one set.  We usually get snow during the holidays so I left my candy canes stick out of the ground a bit so that they will stay above the snow once it covers the ground.

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If you have some stockings to fill this year, Oriental Trading has a great selection of stocking stuffers.  Holiday themed candy and fun goodies like these adorable Gingerbread Erasers make great gifts.  These Gingerbread Erasers are an amazing deal. One order includes 72 erasers.  My kids are giving them out to all of my cousin’s kids at our Christmas gathering this weekend.  My son’s birthday is only 3 days after Christmas so he is going to give each of his classmates one of these Gingerbread Erasers when his school celebrates his birthday this month and that still leaves several left over for my daughter to use during our tea parties!  These Gingerbread Erasers are small and simple yet very cute. The kids love them!

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Oriental Trading crafts and holiday themed art supplies are fun for home and at school.  Many of these items would make great classroom gifts!  Holiday crafts like these DIY Gingerbread House sticker sets are a great way to keep kids busy during holiday parties.

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However, our most recent Oriental Trading craft has been the perfect way for my kids to create homemade gifts and really get in the spirit of giving this holiday season!  The Fleece Candy Tied Pillow Craft Kit from Oriental Trading includes materials to make six fleece candy pillows.  The kit will result in three green candy pillows and three red candy pillows.  Simply tie the fringes on one end of the fleece candy and secure with a fleece strip.  Then stuff the pillow through the remaining open end. Once the pillow is completely stuffed tie of the fringes and secure with the last fleece stip.  The candy pillows are fun to make and my kids are very excited to give their creations as gifts this Christmas.  Their favorite part of this craft was pulling apart the stuffing and filling up the pillows!  These candy pillows would make very sweet gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, family, or anyone else on your shopping list.  Who can resist a sweet gift made by a cute kid?!

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Oriental Trading not only has great stocking stuffers but they also have a nice selection of Christmas ornaments and larger toys that would make great Christmas gifts.  In fact, you can find several Learning Resources toys available for purchase online at Oriental Trading.  I recently ordered the Smart Snacks Shape Sorting Cupcakes set and my 3 year old is obsessed with it.  This Learning Resources toy includes 8 cupcakes and a tray.  Each cupcake separates into two parts.  Pull of the frosting topping to reveal a shape cut out inside of the cake portion of the cupcake.  Each color of frosting has a unique shape extending from the bottom that will fit inside the matching bottom piece of the cupcake.  The muffin pan also has raised shapes that the kids.  This toy is fun for both boys and girls.  The colorful frosting and the required matching of shapes gives this toy educational value as well.  Overall this is a great toy, that my kids play with on a daily basis.

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My 12 Days of Christmas Personalized Family Book Review & Giveaway


There is nothing cozier than cuddling up on the bed with a good book.  My kids have learned to appreciate bedtime stories since before they could talk.  Children’s books are a great way to wind down before bedtime and story time snuggles are the best.  The kids get to end their day feeling safe and loved and its simply a great way to end your day together.  Our story time together often includes my kids treasured I See Me! personalized books.  They have been enjoying these books for many years and I personally have so many great memories of cuddling up with my kids and sharing their special I See Me! stories with them.  Each of my kids love their I See Me! books and I love to see how impressed their siblings continue to be by each others special stories.  My 8 year old son once commented on how well of each of their I See Me! books fit the individual and represent their personalities and interests.  The fact that he recognizes this reminds me of how special these personalized books really are to each child.

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Since Christmas is all about family time for us, I decided to personalize the family edition of the I See Me! book, My 12 Days of Christmas.  This is our first family edition I See Me! book and it did not disappoint!


My kids love I See Me! personalized books.  They truly appreciate every personalized detail in these books. In fact, they poor over every detail on every page…..including the cover!  I love watching them explore an I See Me! book for the first time because it is one of the only times my kids slow down and don’t rush out of excitement.  You would never guess they were jumping on the bed only seconds before I gave them their new I See Me! book.  Every I See Me! book we own is unique and special because they were each made for one of my kids specifically.  However, our newest I See Me! book, My 12 Days of Christmas, is a book special to our entire family.


Your personalized copy of My 12 Day of Christmas will feature the family last name on the cover and can be personalized with up to 12 first names throughout the story!  Depending on your family size you can personalize the story to include just your immediate family or add grandparents, cousins, etc.  You can choose to have a photo of your family pictured above the book dedication.  I like to include a photo in our I See Me! books because it is a great way to remember how old the kids were when they received the book.


My 12 Day of Christmas is our very first family I See Me! book but most importantly it is now a new holiday tradition I look forward to enjoying for many Christmases to come.

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I See Me! personalized books make fantastic gifts.  The family edition, My 12 Days of Christmas is a special way to create a book for the entire family to treasure and enjoy each holiday season.  The I See Me!, My 12 Days of Christmas, book is available in the family edition featured here, but is also available to be personalized for an individual child.

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets


Dr. Mercola prides himself on creating supplements with premium ingredients.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder consists of  simple list of natural and/or organic ingredients.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic PowderPackets are great for adults who do not want to swallow and pills children who simply don’t know how to swallow pills!  Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Adults pack 70 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving.  If possible, mix one packet with 8 ounces of water or juice each morning.  Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder is Gluten free and Soy Free.  This dietary supplement is conveniently packaged in small packets that can easily be stored in your car, purse, bag, or desk.

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Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids has a Natural Raspberry Flavor that blends well with water or juice.  However, my kids don’t drink flavored water or juice too often so I usually add the powder to a breakfast smoothie.  However, I will say Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder actually tastes better than other powders I have personally tried and my daughter will willingly drink this powder simply mixed with water.  I was honestly shocked by how much she enjoys the raspberry flavor.  This complete probiotics powder is an easy way for me to help my kids maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora while also aiding in food digestion.  This supplement also helps support immune system function.  The easiest change in my kids I could gage after taking this daily probiotic is how it helped them digest food.  I love not having to worry about constipation for my kids.  We had this problem with one of our kids before using daily probiotics and going to the bathroom quickly became a struggle.


Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids pack 10 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving. Dr. Mercola believes this to be the optimal does for most children ages 4 and up.

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One box of Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic includes 30 Powder Packets.  One box of Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic for adults retails for $41.91 and a box for Kids retails for $29.97.  Now thru November 27, 2016 save 15% off  your purchase!


I received Dr. Mercola‘s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets via MomsMeet for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game


You have most likely heard of the famous children’s book series, Pete the Cat.  Since so many children love this New York Time’s besting selling children’s books series (including my own kids), I thought it would be fun to check out the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game.  I can’t resist a game that is based off of a great children’s book series!  This game requires no reading skills so younger children can join in on the fun of collecting buttons in this game as well.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is intended for 2 to 4 players ages 3 years and up.  The concept is simple and fun.  All of the players travel across the game board collecting and losing buttons as they go and when all of the buttons have been claimed, the player with the most buttons wins!

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My kids love the colorful button and fun jars.  So many kids are collectors at heart so they quickly get invested in collecting the buttons!  The buttons and jars are a very thick cardboard material and have held up well to little hands.  They still look like new after many uses.  The spinner for this game is actually on the game board and works fantastic.  It actually may the best functioning game spinner we own.  My kids love how fast it spins.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is yet another BriarPatch game my kids enjoy on a regular basis.  It is a great introduction to board games for young kids and a fun way to spend quality family time together.

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Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game can be purchased in stores as well as online at Amazon and AreYouGame.  Pair this game with a Pete the Cat book for a fun themed gift for a child or even a classroom!

I received the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game 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 Idea: 3DLightFX 3D Deco Lights

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office!

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Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments Review & Giveaway


Hallmark is a company with a rich history that shows with the quality and care with which so many of its products are created. Heritage Collection Ornaments are handcrafted and designed by Hallmark artists.  In fact, these hand blown ornaments are crafted with great care by artisans in Poland.  Each ornament is a small piece of magic that sparkles beautifully on a lit up Christmas tree.

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The Heritage Collection consists of so many gorgeous ornaments that I am finding it impossible to choose a favorite.  The Winter’s Owl is perched on a sparkling pinecone and the color of the feathers on its wings is simply beautiful.  The vivid blue eyes on this ornament caught my daughter’s attention right away.  The Decorative Santa has a beautifully classic holiday pattern covering Santa’s suit in gold.  Not to mention his beard sparkles!


The Gold Pattern Ball Heritage ornament is classy and delicate.  This hand blown ornament combines the classic clear ball shape with intricate embellishments adding high quality décor to any tree.  The Gold Pattern Ball is so beautiful and


All three of the ornaments on my tree from the Hallmark Heritage Collection have sparkling gold accents that bring the ornaments to life when the Christmas tree is lit up.  Since each Heritage Collection Ornament is hand made, they will truly be a special treasure for you or a loved one to enjoy year after year as it hangs on the tree.

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Heritage Collection Ornaments are available for purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores as well as on the Hallmark website.

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I received the Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments featured in this review.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Fancy Nancy the Musical CD


Fancy Nancy now has her very own musical! This CD makes the perfect gift for fancy kids of all ages!

“An irresistible collection of ingenious tunes by award-winning composer/lyricist Danny Abosch and lyricist Susan DiLallo.” -NYMetroParents

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