Friday, December 6, 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
Yeah, I know, I know, but I love Christmas. I swear nothing makes me happier on a cold December night than snuggling up on the couch with all of my kiddos (and hubby), with a cup of hot chocolate (extra marshmallows please) and a good Christmas movie. Since I know that there are many of you who enjoy that simple act of watching holiday movies with your little ones as much as I do, I thought I’d share a couple of cute new Christmas movies that I just had the opportunity to check out so maybe you can add them to your holiday movie list as well!
We recently had the chance to review two new holiday movies from Cinedigm; “The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland” and “The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa”, both with an SRP of $14.95 available from Cinedigm.
About “The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland” and The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa”:
Kids and families will count down to Christmas with the DVD debut of the beloved international sensation, The Secret World of Santa Claus! The two special two-disc sets each feature a dozen episodes of the timeless animated series. In “The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland,” Santa, his reindeer and trusty elves sleigh into a land full of enchantment. But when they arrive, they find the meddlesome Gruzzlebeard has cast a wicked spell on the toys, making them come to life. With Christmas fast approaching, Santa and his elves must undo the maleficent magic before it’s too late…! And in “The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa,” children work with Santa’s elves to make him a gift so he won’t be the only person on the planet who never receives presents on Christmas. While they’re hard at work, the dastardly Gruzzlebeard unleashes hungry termites that nearly eat Santa’s house, along with his trademark suit with special powers! Santa is very distressed, but when he awakens to a big present outside, courtesy of the children, he discovers all hope is not lost.
My children, especially Lil Diva and Lil Man, love Christmas movies and these two were no exceptions. My kiddos have watched both movies several times now and each time I find them glued to the television (not a small feat, believe you me) so I’mpretty sure that means they really enjoy them!
You can pick up both of these movies wherever Cinedigm movies are sold!
Disclosure: I received the items above for review and/or inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide, all opinions are 100% my own!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hey y’all! Sorry I haven’t been around for a few days, I’m working 6 days a week and with trying to keep up with my kiddos and the holidays upon us, I’ve had very little time for much else, BUT I’m here now so I wanted to share a few more great holiday gift ideas with all of you courtesy of the Soap & Paper Factory!
If you’ve never heard of the Soap & Paper Factory then you’re in for a treat!
About Soap & Paper Factory
We created this line to combine all natural, beautifully scented, handmade products wrapped in exquisite, earth friendly packages. Each pattern and fragrance are created together. Each fragrance is designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Each pattern starts as a hand drawing often inspired by nature and finished with a modern flair.
Our products are hand crafted here at our factory in New York. So much care and attention goes into each item, from sketch to production line, making each product is totally unique and great for your home and body. We use the best oils and go organic whenever possible.
There are so many great gift ideas available from the Soap & Paper Factory, from beautifully scented candles and room diffusers, to luscious soaps and solid perfumes, all hand crafted and presented in beautifully designed papers. If you’re looking for an extra special gorgeously handcrafted gift for someone special this holiday season you should definitely check out Soap & Paper Factory!
Disclosure: I received items from Soap & Paper Factory for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide, all opinions are my own!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Having a houseful of girls means that I’ve seen (and played with) my fair share of dolls and I have to admit, I get almost as excited when a new doll arrives as my Lil Diva does…I’m just a big kid at heart I suppose. Lately my Diva is all about Winx Club and their fabulously fashionable line of dolls that go along with their hit show and they are a favorite around here.
We were lucky enough to receive one of the newest dolls from the Winx Club’s newest transformation, Sirenix, for our Holiday Gift Guide. We received the Musa doll and if you know anything about Winx Club or the adorable dolls, then you know how exciting they can be to open for your lil one. Lil Diva is definitely in the doll stage and she spends most of her days playing with her dolls quietly in her room (yes, I realize how lucky I am that she does this LOL) and the Winx Club dolls have become some of her favorites.
About Winx Club Musa Sirenix Doll:
The Winx Club's latest magical transformation, Sirenix, is making a splash! Whether on land or under the sea, these girls are always riding the wave of fashion. With cold water activated color change hair, these dolls have the latest hair trend! Six dolls to collect.
If you have a little girl on your holiday list who loves Winx Club, then you’ll definitely have to check out the latest line of dolls, there are six dolls in the Sirenix line to collect, but I have to say, I’m kind of partial to Musa…she’s adorable!
Make sure you check out all of the awesome gift ideas in Misadventures in Baby Raising’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013!
Disclosure: I received the Winx Club doll for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide, all opinions are 100% my own!
Now I know you may be asking yourself what on earth VeggieTales and Duck Dynasty could possibly have in common, but the answer is…much more than you think!
Recently VeggieTales announced their newest DVD, that’s just perfect for Christmas…“Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas,” and it stars one very familiar member of the Duck Dynasty clan…Si Robertson! Yes, y’all, could quite possibly be the absolute best kids/Christmas movie ever!
About “Merry Larry and the True Lights of Christmas”:
This installment of the widely-recognized children’s series features reality star Si Robertson of Duck Commander as a brand new character, Silas the wise okra, as well as an all-new song titled “Light of Christmas” performed by Owl City and TobyMac.
Starring all-time favorites Larry the Cucumber as Merry Larry the mall elf and Bob the Tomato as Phillip Fleagle the lights display extraordinaire, the film tells a heartwarming tale centrally themed around compassion for others and the true meaning of Christmas.
I don’t know about yours, but my kids can’t get enough of the Robertson family and Uncle Si is their absolute favorite so combining Uncle Si with one of their all-time favorite children’s movies was almost too much excitement for them to stand….seriously y’all, I thought they might bust waiting for me to open the DVD and get it in the DVD player. Now normally I’m not much on watching movies, but I couldn’t resist watching this one with my little ones, even Daddy got in on the act and I am very happy to report that it was a HIT! My kids loved seeing Si as Silas the wise okra and the message of compassion for others and the true meaning of Christmas was as prominent as the powerfully, positive messages in all VeggieTales movies, it’s definitely a new Christmas favorite at our house! If your little ones love VeggieTales, then they’ll definitely love “Merry Larry and the True Lights of Christmas”!
Merry Larry and the True Lights of Christmas are available everywhere VeggieTales DVD’s are sold!
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Disclosure: I received Merry Larry and the True Lights of Christmas to review, all opinions are my own!
Monday, November 25, 2013
I hope everyone’s enjoying our Holiday Gift Guide…make sure you check back often for lots more great gift ideas for the whole family and for lots of great holiday giveaways!
My Lil Diva is at home with me everyday (due to her birthday falling just after the cutoff for kindergarten, she gets an extra year with Mommy…I am NOT complaining) and trying to keep a 5 year old entertained isn’t always as easy as one might think. Since Diva’s days will be much more structured once she enters kindergarten, I try to keep her busy with both structured and free play and when she has the chance one of her absolute favorite things to do is putting together puzzles. All of my children definitely get their love of puzzle building from me, it’s nothing for me to buy a 1500 piece puzzle and spend every free moment putting it together, it’s very therapeutic, and that love has rubbed off on my kids. One of the reasons I encourage puzzle building as much as I do, especially with Lil Diva, is because it combines education (problem solving, learning patience, hand-eye coordination) with fun and that’s a win—win for both of us!
While traditional wooden puzzles are the ones I usually choose for Lil Diva, I couldn’t resist trying out the new iJig Interactive Electronic Puzzle System from Fisher-Price, when I was given the chance. You’d think since trying out new toys is just part of the blogging gig (at least it has been for me), I wouldn’t get overly excited with another one, but nope, that’s so not the case, because I couldn’t wait to get out the iJig and try it out…and I’m not even ashamed to admit that Lil Diva was no where to be found while I was playing. Before I get into more detail about the iJig, I thought I’d show you a little demo of the iJig at work…you’re going to love this one…I promise!
How cool is that?
About the Fisher-Price iJig:
Fisher-Price I-Jig is the unique interactive electronic puzzle & game system with three modes of learning and discovery for hours of engaging play.
Mode 1: Smart Puzzle - An interactive jigsaw puzzle that cues your child with encouraging phrases and fun sound effects to help him learn hand-eye coordination, objects and sounds.
Mode 2: Find & Seek Game - Your child will learn sound, object, color and counting skills. Each puzzle offers a unique set of exciting discoveries.
Mode 3: Discovery Time - Each puzzle & puzzle key come with a unique Discovery Time Game for a unique play experience with each puzzle. The three separate levels of game play allow the I-Jig Interactive Jigsaw Puzzle to grow with your child, helping them to master basic skills and move on to more complex learning while having fun.
I’m pretty sure that the iJig from Fisher-Price is going to be at the top of quite a few holiday wish lists this year and for good reason…this thing is seriously fun! If you have a little one who loves puzzles, then you should definitely check out the iJig…did I mention that you can also buy other puzzles and puzzle keys? The fun never has to end!
Make sure you check out the rest Misadventures in Baby Raising’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for lots more gift ideas for the entire family!
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Disclosure: I received the iJig from Fisher-Price to include in our holiday gift guide…all opinions are 100% my own!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was jump rope with my friends, every single recess turned into a fierce jump rope competition between me and my friends...ah, the memories. Though my kiddos don’t seem to be as interested in jumping rope as I used to be, they do love new ways to get out and have a good time, while also keeping fit and that’s just one of the many reasons why I love Geospace Toys.
If you’ve never heard of Geospace Toys, I can’t wait to introduce you, all of their toys are super fun and creative, but they also encourage children to get out and play, really play, with their toys.
About Geospace Toys:
Welcome to Geospace! As a manufacturer and distributor, we’ve been bringing you fun, unique toys for over 20 years. Shop all of our products here in our online shop. Our most popular toys can be found in the Top Sellers section. We also have a section displaying our Newest Products, where you will find our most recent additions.
Recently we were sent the Sparkler LED Whip 'N Skip Ankle Jump Rope with Lights from Geospace to check out and include in our Holiday Gift Guide and it instantly brought me back to my days as the jump rope champ…ok, so maybe I’m the only one who called me champ, but that’s not really the point.
About the Sparkler LED Whip ‘N Skip Ankle Jump Rope:
Kids love to move. Our updated new version of a classic toy from the 90s with LED lights has kids hopping like frenzied frogs for hours on end. Why is the Sparkler™ WHIP 'N SKIP™ so mesmerizing? Though the basic movement is easy to learn, it’s a challenge to keep it going, a feat of balance, endurance, and coordination. And of course, it has motion-activated LED lights to the delight of kids.
To play, simply attach the WHIP 'N SKIP's tether to one leg and begin rolling the ball on the ground in a circular pattern around your body. With each revolution, your other leg must hop or skip over the tether. Kids get their competitive juices flowing to see who can go the longest and fastest, as the ball’s built-in counter records every revolution. Players devise different ways of moving the ball, and imagine all sorts of games and challenges. It’s a great way to burn off energy, and kids don’t even realize they’re getting an invigorating workout!
Alright, so, I’m really not ashamed to admit that as soon as this thing arrived, I tore it out of the box, put it on my ankle (it used to be a lot easier to do that) and started having a good old time, of course, I may have underestimated how old I am, because I very quickly was out of breath and decided to take it off my ankle and put it back in the box. I may be a little too old (yeah, I admit it) to play with the Whip ‘N Skip, but my kiddos sure aren’t and it’s right up their alley. I love that the Whip ‘N Skip gives kids a great workout (I’ll definitely vouch for that) while they’re still having a blast, for a mom, that’s a win—win!
You can purchase the Sparkler LED Whip 'N Skip Ankle Jump Rope with Lights online at Amazon.com and at less than $20, it makes a great holiday gift for every kiddo on your holiday gift list!
Disclosure: I received the Sparkler LED Whip 'N Skip Ankle Jump Rope with Lights from Geospace Toys for inclusion in our holiday gift guide, all opinions are 100% my own!
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