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21.11.14

Big Fun This Christmas! Collectors Edition!!! @LincolnLogsKNEX #MakingMyList

Christmas brings so many cool new toys for us to play with and so many great memories of playing, learning and building!  I love getting Broxton gifts that is not only exciting to play with, but also gifts that get that brain working!  Building and thinking, learning and laughing... Isn't that what childhood is about?  
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 Broxton got a nice big box of Lincoln Logs for Christmas and he was in heaven.  He loved them and watching him play is so much fun!  He even was able to talk his Papa into getting on the ground and playing with him once!!!   Well, he is going to be in total shock this year!  Little does he know that he will be getting a Collectors Edition Homestead!  This is AWESOME!  

The BIGGEST Lincoln Logs set ever created - over 330 parts, including real wood Lincoln Logs, just like you remember!  Includes a frontiersman figure, 2 horses and a buildable covered wagon that really moves.  Packaged in a beautiful, silver-accented tube for durable storage.  For ages 3+.  Suggested Retail Price is $99.99.  

Of course I had to open it up and see what all was inside.  I hate when you purchase things that are packaged huge but are then almost empty.. that was not the case with this.  I actually put the bigger logs nice and neat in the bottom, stacked up.. then threw the other stuff on top.  I think when clean up is left to a 5 year old, he won't be so neat about it, so the little bit of room left over will quickly be filled!    
I will point out the wagon on here...  (Please don't notice my roof coming off,  Ha ha ha ... I got sidetracked with the wagon and didn't realize I messed up the roof for the picture!)  Anyways, we have a couple sets... but have never had the wagon before, so when I saw this one with the horses, I was thrilled!  He is going to love it!
With Lincoln Logs, I love the history.. They were founded in 1916!  Besides that, it was a toy that MY DAD played with, so he passed the love to my son...   He loves them and I love that it is not just a toy, but it lets him build... and it lets his creativity shine!  He has used this to make different houses for battle with his soldiers, he and his daddy set up camp grounds and so much more!  As I said, its not just the toy that is the gift, it is the memories of playing with them!    


Make sure to follow Lincoln Logs on Facebook!  They have some pretty great things going on over there! 

A Pirates Night Before Christmas @SterlingBooks

I am not sure how or when Broxton got into enjoying Pirates, but he did ... and when he sees a pirate book, he loves to read them. So much that one day, Marc had to make a special trip... He had in his mind he wanted to buy Broxton a new pirate book, so they had to go to a book store and find the perfect one.  Now, Broxton has several pirate books and I am not ashamed to admit that when I read the books to him, I do notice I attempt (not very good) to sound like a pirate.  
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One Christmas we were sent a book to review called A Pirates Twelve Days of Christmas...    It was a cute book, so when I opened the mail and saw we had A Pirates Night Before Christmas from the same author, I knew we were going to be in for a treat!  
With Sea Horses (instead of Reindeer) we had names like "Jolly" and "Roger" even "Salty" and "Scurvy"  It has the "Twas the Night before Christmas " feel, but all the way Pirate sure to make any little sea lover delight in reading this book!  I love the story.  I love the illustrations!  I really hope they make a new book for next year!   

The website description: 
'Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark,
Not a creature was stirrin', not even a shark!

Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of "The Night Before Christmas!" On a ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn't expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit …
 
Philip Yates's rollicking rhymes and SebastiĆ” Serra's sprightly, fun-filled pictures turn Clement C. Moore's Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration. 

The Night Before Christmas @SterlingBooks

The Night Before Christmas brings several traditions to our house.  I don't really remember any "traditions" growing up, just a routine we had each year...  We would go to my Mema and Grandaddy's house, then come home and do Christmas with my parents and brother.  The next day (Christmas) we would go to my Grandma's house and do Christmas with her.  Now that I am married and we don't live near home to go to those events, we have started making our own traditions. Broxton bakes cookies for Santa, we put out reindeer food for the reindeer and starting this year. we are going to read The Night Before Christmas.  It is going to be the last book in our Christmas Countdown of books.... 
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We were sent a copy of The Night Before Christmas, you know it... the poem that many people can recite... Well, this book  is beautifully illustrated with detail to the magical touches that make this book and the whole spirit of Christmas a magical thing.  To the twinkle in Santa's eyes to the inviting colors of his suit, it makes me want to tell Santa a couple items on my Christmas list!   I do enjoy that the illustrations in this book are more like a painting and the crisp lines of an illustration aren't in here.  Although it is a colorful book, it isn't "cartoonish" like some tend to be!  I think that this book with the illustrations mentioned above would be a great one to give to a new family.  As a way to let your gift live year after year and for them to start a family tradition of their own!  

20.11.14

VTech InnoTab #Giveaway ($109 arv)

Christmas wishes means a big "wish list" from a little 5 year old this year.  He is all about anything and everything he sees on infomercials.  That and if it is a toy, he thinks that is pretty neat and that he needs it.  No worry if it is feared towards girls, he thinks I need it so I can play too!  I love that he is so excited about the holidays and to be honest, I am excited to see what he is going to do when he sees what is under the tree this year!
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Yes!  Broxton will be getting the V-Tech InnoTab Max!  This is geared to "grow with your child" and it really is pretty awesome!  I had to take it out and check to see what all it offered and how it felt.  I think it is awesome that it has a front or rear facing camera... it rotates!   (He is really into taking video and photos these days.)  I also thought it was pretty impressive that it has a case built onto it for safety and get this... there is even a handle built into it as well!  
 I positioned it this way for the photo so you can see the way you can prop it to watch video or play games.  This is the case propping it up.   You can also see the camera at the top in the middle.   
This is the back view of the V-Tech InnoTab Max.  As you can see, the handle at the top flips down for storage, or up for carrying.  There is a stylus to the right. On the bottom is a place for you to place a game cartridge.  They also added padding on the bottom so that if it is places on a table, it will not scratch the surface.  

As I said, I had to check it out and it looks really user friendly.  I did enjoy knowing that you can log in with your account that you set up, but if they have friends over, they can log in as guest and not mess up any of the settings that were saved.  The touch screen capabilities and all of the apps make this great.  The fact that is is age appropriate and even comes with kid-safe wi-fi... It just puts it over the top!!!!

More about the V-Tech InnoTab Max:


VTech® InnoTab MAX (Ages 3-9 years, MSRP: $109.99)
  • VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet features its fastest processor yet with up to six times the processing power of previous generation and a 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  • InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone
  • InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store
  • The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  •  InnoTab MAX also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  • Other InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech
  • Parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log
The only problem I am having is deciding what I like most about it!  Really, is that a bad problem to have?  Now, the great thing is that just in time for Christmas, one lucky reader will get to win a V-Tech InnoTab Max!!  


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Reindeer on Strike? @SterlingBooks

Seems like everyone is going on strike, or asking for more money these days!   Even the reindeer at the North Pole think that things need to change!!   Guess the cookies and milk for Santa and the carrots and treats for the Reindeer just were no longer cutting it anymore! 
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So, what is the big deal this year?  Well... in The Great Reindeer Rebellion, we learn that all the reindeer told Santa that they were tired of pulling his sleigh and that they were all on strike until things changed.  Of course Santa was a bit worried, but then he realized it was a super special job to get to do that and make Christmas come true for boys and girls all over the world...  He then sent out his elves to place HELP WANTED posters for them to come and apply to pull Santa's sleigh... The animals turned up like crazy, excited to get to help in such a special event! (Not every day can you say you helped pull of Christmas!)    The only problem was that they just did not work.  The dogs smelled treats and went the wrong way, the cats got sidetracked by a mouse running around and the elephants?  Oh my... they were great.... until they made the roof cave in!  Just imagine, 8 elephants hanging out on your roof while Santa delivers the gifts!  What?!
You will need to read the book to see what ends up happening.. but as we all know, Christmas was saved and Santa was able to deliver presents.  (At least he made it to our house last year... what about yours?)  

19.11.14

Want a collectors Tin with NFL @LilTeammates ? #Giveaway going on now!

The holidays bring along lots of great times.  Not only the excitement of the weather (Hot chocolate anyone?)  But it is so much more...  for us, it is about making memories and of course, gifts!  Broxton is showing a big interest in all sports and not just in playing them.  He says he wants to play every single sport there is, but it is cute when he gets his toys out to start playing games in the house!  

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We have been able to review several products from the TeenyMates line.  They have all sorts of sports figures, like NBA, NHL and even NFL.  The part that really excited Broxton?  When they introduced the Lil' Troops!  As much as he is excited to get them, their newest release is what made MAMA happy!  They have now came up with a set!  It is in a collectors tin!  (Talk about making me for real happy!  He now has a place to store all of them!  Score one for organization!)
The TeenyMates NFL Collectors Tin to be exact!   You might want to know what all that is... Well, here you go!  
  • 4 packs of the new Series 3 NFL TeenyMates (each pack including 2 TeenyMates and 2 puzzle pieces)
  • NFL standings stadium display for collectors to display their TeenyMates and rank them according to their real weekly NFL standings
  • A rare collectable glow-in-the-dark TeenyMate!
Keep in mind that this isn't just a "kids" gift.  This would be a great gift for any NFL fan... Especially those doing fantasy football or something!  Cute little things to go around a man-cave!  

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Tracks Collegiate Headset #Giveaway from @SOLREPUBLIC ($129 value) #MakingMyList

I can't hear it!  Turn it up!  That is too loud, turn it down!  That is what road trips used to sound like for me...  Broxton loved having his tablet on and playing his games... but Marc wanted to listen to music (I mean, there is only so much theme music to Angry Birds someone can take, right?)  So that was the cycle... Broxton wanted to hear his games, Marc wanted to hear music and me.. Well, I just wanted to sleep!  Hello, some of the best naps are in the car, at least for me that is how it goes!  

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I bought Broxton ear phones for the car trip, but he was never really a fan... After the newness wore off, he no longer wanted to wear them.  What that meant was back to hearing his games and I knew I wasn't wasting more money on ear phones...  (To be honest, the sound doesn't bother me.. I just tune it out.)   I was given an opportunity to review the collegiate collection of  on the ear headphones from Sol Republic and I fell in love with the ones representing my UGA Bulldogs!   I wanted them for me, since I enjoy listening to things on my computer while the boys are watching things on TV or playing video games.  I knew that this was the perfect answer for me.  Not to mention what  a nice gift to give myself!  


 When they arrived, I knew I was happy with my choice!  The bright red! The sharp Georgia Logo!   The sleek look and the ease of adjusting the ear piece to fit my big head... It was perfect.  Then, I saw the inside!  It said  "Hairy Dawg" and I knew that they went the extra mile to make sure that Georgia fans such as myself would be very please and proud to wear these anywhere!   
I was very impressed with the quality of the sound, the way they felt on my ears and of course the look of them.  I guess I spoke about them a little too much, because on game day when we headed to Athens to watch the Bulldawgs play, look what Broxton decided to pack for him on the road trip!   He loved them and I think they went with his outfit, don't you agree?  He wore them pretty much the whole way to Athens and then on the way back home! I think he was pretty proud of how he looks, am I right?  



Since returning from our road trip, there have been a few times when I have noticed that Broxton would go and get the headset for him to play on his tablet when I was watching a TV show or something.  I crack up now, since they are like gold around here!  My stepson who thinks he bleeds purple and gold and acts like he would rather be dead than wear any red and black was also busted with them on!  He even thought it was okay for him to take them to his room for him to use... I don't think so!  I don't get much, and my goodness these are staying mine! They must be pretty fantastic if he wanted them and they were clearly UGA all the way!  I am telling you...  If you are looking for a great gift idea this year, why not head on over to see what all teams they have represented!  I am sure you will find a school you love on there!   Not only will you be purchasing a beautiful (looking and sounding) headset, you will be put as number one of the gift giving list this year!   

Now, you want to hear something pretty fantastic????

Sol Republic is going to give one of my readers a collegiate headset of their very own!  Just in time for the holidays!   Just enter the rafflecopter form below!
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