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Math, Memorization and MONKEYS UP!!! #GiftGuide

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As I mentioned before how Broxton is into board games right now, I found another game that I hope Santa brings him!!!  The game is Monkeys Up and it is a fun game that can be played in a group, or individually.    The great thing about this game is that it uses numbers and luckily he is all about math these days!!!
Please note that it says " FLIP'EM, SWITCH'EM and STEAL'EM"  What gamer doesn't like "stealing them" to be part of the way to play and win in a fun fast paced game?  
This game consists of red plastic monkeys.  They have either a number (up to 15) or an X on the bottom.  You also have 1 die that has words like steal, flip or switch on it. 
This game can be played in a group, or individually.  It says it is for ages 6 and older.  Basically, you get to grab 3 monkeys, then follow the instructions on the die to determine what has to happen next. It is fun because you can flip your opponents monkey, or one in the middle of the table.  You can steal from wherever you want as well.  The game lasts around 15 minutes, so its not one that will go on way past the time when you are ready to call it quits. The fact that it allows you to use your math skills (and memorization) is great and I know we will have a blast playing it, if Santa happens to see this and brings it to us!  Watch the video below to see how to play!   

Get Up and Move with the Crazy Legs Game! #GiftGuide

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Having a 6 year old son, you can only imagine the different phases that we go through with entertainment around here.  I am so excited that he is at the stage now where he loves family game night / day.  There are some weekends where he wakes up wanting to play different games and you better believe that we enjoy them over school breaks too!  It doesn't have to be a game NIGHT for us to have fun, we make it a great time day and night!!!!  (We might still call it game night, even if the sun is shining!)  He has spotted several games that he really wants to have this year and who am I to say no to the bonding moments that I get when he requests games instead of individual play?

Being online, I have seen a few games that he has not seen in stores and I am really crossing my fingers that Santa will bring one or two of them to him this Christmas!  The first game I want to share with you is a pretty physical one called, Crazy Legs!!  
Let's be honest here...  The colors alone on the packaging grab your attention to at least see what the excitement is all about!  Then you see it says "KID FRIENDLY YOGA POSES AND EXERCISES!" Hello! You have totally grabbed by attention for real!   What is inside this box????
Flip it over to the back and you see that it is a board game, complete with a game board, game pieces and even a spinner!   
Basically is goes like this:   Youngest starts first, spin and move. Land on an action space, complete the action (actions include: the wave, move back, move forward, crazy dance, get up, wheelbarrow and everybody change seats.)    If you don't land on an action space, you land on one of two colors. Yellow = Yoga and Blue = Exercise.  There is a stack of cards for you to draw for yoga or exercise and then you complete the task.  

I think that this is going to be a fun game for us at home, but I also think it would make a great classroom gift!  Think about the rainy days, or even the days it is too hot / cold.   This would make indoor recess a bit more enjoyable to the kiddos!  (At least let them burn some energy!)  

Let me know, doesn't this sound like a good time???


Making Memories at #HolidayInThePark

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Remember how I told you that we had been busy lately?  Well, in all our hustle and bustle, we had the opportunity to go to Six Flags over Georgia for their Holiday In the Park.  It has been years since I had been to Six Flags and it was Broxton's first time.  He had been BEGGING to go for quite some time and I am so glad it finally worked out for us to go!
We were actually able to get my brother to come with us too, so it was a fun family adventure!  
I was not sure what to expect, so we were all like children filled with excitement!!!

When we arrived, they literally had the red carpet rolled out for us, since it was a special media invite only night.  If you look behind Broxton, one of the employees was photo bombing!  It was nice to see everyone having a good time as soon as we walked in!! (Side note, look at the balloon toy soldier.  Talk about talent!)  

As we entered we were greeted with snacks and good time while we waited for the lighting of the Christmas tree.  They had carolers singing and even guys on stilts.  Talk about going all out!!!   Once the tree was lit... (The countdown started at 6 instead of 10!!!  FUN!)  We headed to check out the rides.  Broxton was thrilled... as he had never been on one before. That was a good reason to recruit my brother, so he could ride since I had Savannah!  Broxton's first ride had him a bit scared, but he did not give up...  He wanted to ride more and ended up having a great time, to the point that he is ready to go back already!  
We were able to get a family photo of us in front of the lit tree.  

This is not a good photo, but they had an inflatable snow globe set up for you to enter and get your photo taken!  

The thing I loved most were all the photo ops throughout the park.  They had set up little backdrops randomly throughout, but they also had beautiful sets that just begged to be photographed.  It was hard to do so, since Broxton wanted to see and do as much as he could in the time we were there, so I did not get as many photos as I wanted.  Another reason is that I want to live in front of the camera and not always behind it.  It is just as fun and seeing his face is worth it all!  

Here is a little more about Holiday In The Park:
 Holiday in the Park features more than one million LED lights, 24 world-class rides, spectacular Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows, artificial snow and 13 dazzling holiday-themed sections of the park.

“Holiday in the Park is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Six FlagsOver Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We are confident this annual celebration will quickly become a holiday tradition in the Atlanta area and we look forward to sharing our beautiful park with all of the families and friends who will visit to create magical memories together.”

In 2015, four new holiday traditions and more thrilling roller coasters will debut for Holiday in the Park, including:

  • Holiday City, a newly-themed section of the park in GOTHAM City featuring spectacular green and purple lights, a 25 foot Christmas tree with 200 brightly lit Batman candles, a light string Christmas tree standing 40 feet tall, and five of the park’s most popular rides including BATMAN: The Ride;
  • Magic of the Season, a state-of-the-art light show through a tunnel of holiday wonder, featuring 7,500 glowing LED lights and the story of holiday magic at Six Flags Over Georgia;
  • Mistletoe Mansion, featuring dozens of mistletoes strung across the midway, more than 100,000 lights and chandeliers outside the famous Monster Mansion attraction for the most beautiful outdoor holiday ball of all in Georgia; and
  • GloHill, another newly-themed section of the park, featuring a walk-through immersive experience with hundreds of glowing light sticks into Holiday City, where guest-favorite holiday rides await.
Returning in 2015 are 10 guest-popular attractions including A Main Street Christmas with a 100,000 light canopy entrance, Retro Christmas USA,A Georgia Christmas and more.

Holiday in the Park operates on select days from November 21 through January 3. Buy your 2016 Season Passes during our Black Friday Sale beginning November 24 through December 1 to save more than 60 percent off the summer pass price and visit Holiday in the Park for free. An All Season Dining Plan, which includes a free lunch, dinner and snack each visit, is also on sale. Passes and All Season Dining Plans are available at


Look at my cutie in her outfit from #Heartnsoulkids #GIFTGUIDE

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Having a little girl now means that I get to look at all the cute little girl clothes!!!  Soon enough she will have a mind of her own and her own style, but until then, I can have fun dressing her up.  I have never been much for dressing up, makeup or any of the "girly" things, but I have had a blast buying dresses for her and having her wear pinks and reds and other cute colored clothes!  We were lucky to have been given a good amount of hand me downs when she was born, but it is still nice to pick out and dress her up too.  (Not to mention the clothes we have don't really match size and season right now!)
I was recently given the chance to check out the clothing line from Heart N Soul Children's Swag Boutique and let me just say... it is hard to narrow down to just one thing!!!  

I really loved the Peace Sign shirt, but they did not have a size large enough for Broxton. 
(He is really into the whole "peace sign" thing these days and we all love the Flag.)  

This is the outfit that I chose for Savannah.  A floral dress with pink leggings!  I was not sure on the sizing, so I went with a 9 month size for her.  (She is in 6-9 month size onesies now.)  The top ended up being a bit too big for her, but she can grow into it.  The pants were long, but fit great otherwise.  
I love the detail they put into this outfit.  See the flower embroidered on the top?  Also, note the design on the back of the pants (the gold)  I thought the hem on the pants gave it an extra special touch as well,  It was more of a ruffled hem, but not too frilly!  

She hasn't been feeling well, but I had to show you just how cute the outfit looks!  Don't worry, you will be seeing it again down the road!   

If you are looking for cute outfits that show off a different style, make sure you head on over to see what Heart N Soul has to offer!  I know that if you choose something to purchase from them, you will have a cute and stylish child!!!!  Head on over and let me know what you see that grabs your attention!  

Love the Ornaments @Tree_Classics - Plus a #Giveaway

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I don't know how your house is doing, but around here...
We have seen the Doctor more than relatives.  Since right before Halloween until now, at least 2 people in the house have been sick.  That means many doctors appointments, many hours of crying (mama and her babies) and of course lots of snuggles and sleep.  That being said, the blog has really suffered, so thank you for staying with me through it all.  As of now, babies are okay and it is just mama that is still sick. Hope that changes soon! I guess I really should take a look at all this talk about oils.  (I will save that for another day, a bit too much else going on right now.)   We are almost in December, so you know what that means...
I should have a GIFT GUIDE going already.  Due to all the illness, it is starting a bit late, but we are starting with a bang for you!!!
Today, I am going to tell you about a new to me company, Tree Classics.  Please notice that I said "new to me,"  as they are not new at all... in fact, they are going on 40 years strong!!!  

If you are looking to purchase a new artificial tree, make sure you take a look at their page. If you know what you are looking for, their search bar is awesome!  You can find your perfect tree based on a number of things:   Needle Type, Shape, Height, Light Type or even by price! (I can not lie, I was pretty impressed that you can pick a "Flat back" tree.  I needed that for sure when I had an apartment and VERY LITTLE ROOM!)  

They also sell beautiful Christmas Wreaths.  My mom has been a huge fan of a wreath on the door for as long as I can remember and they sure have some beauties here!  They also sell garland and more, so head on over!!!  

Finally, they sell a little of this and a little of that for all your Christmas needs.  Storage Bags to Tree Lights, Stockings and the stocking holders to tree skirts.  They also have beautiful ornaments and that means you are in luck!!!  
One reader is going to win a beautiful set of Ornaments to hang on your tree, or to gift to a loved one.  This ornament set lists for $109, but is currently on sale for $59.99   The set I am giving away includes 3 with a snowman design and 3 with pine cones and holly on them.  I am including photos so you can see these glass ornaments, but I will be truthful, the pictures I took do not give justice to how special they really are.  These are sure to be treasured ornaments for years to come!  

Pine cones and Holly Ornaments 

Snowmen Ornaments 

A little about Tree Classics before you head down to the giveaway: 
Founded in 1976, Tree Classics™ has a long history of designing the World's Finest Artificial Christmas Trees. We have since expanded our range of holiday offerings to include artificial wreaths, garlands, and various accessories. Our lasting success is a result of our dedication to quality and personal service that delights customers year after year.
While adhering to classic holiday design sensibilities, Tree Classics maintains an ongoing commitment to both beauty and innovation that has enabled us to develop unique technologies, like our patented Snap Tree™ and pre-lit Christmas trees equipped with our patent-pending Quick Set™ and Worry-Free™ UL-listed lights.

Our best trees and foliage come with Real Feel™ Polyethylene (PE) needles to satisfy even the most discriminating buyers. We welcome you to our family and appreciate the opportunity to show you what makes a Tree Classics artificial Christmas tree so special.

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Everyone needs a little @HopeInABox #GIFTGUIDE

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I am not one to post my beliefs and political thoughts on my blog, but I will say that the world we are living in right now needs much prayer, hope and love.  Every single time you turn on the TV or look online at the news, more negativity.  It is heartbreaking.  I thought the company I wanted to kick off my Gift Guide was just the perfect message we could all use!!!  HOPE in a box.  H.O.P.E = Hang On Pray Everyday!  LOVE IT!!!!

About the company: 
HOPE IN A BOX gifts that offer hope by Romans 12 LLC was founded on the idea that all of us, some time or another, suffer with daily challenges, difficulties, or crisis in our lives. It is during these times, that we might need a reminder of God's presence and His plan for us. The H.O.P.E. (Hang On Pray Everyday) line of products and gift boxes have been developed to remind us to 'HANG ON' to the promises made by God in scripture: that He will meet our needs (Phil 4:19), how He is with us and will help us (Isaiah 41:10), how He is our Rock, Salvation, Defense, and Fortress (Psalm 62:6) and to 'PRAY EVERYDAY' to Christ who loves us, so that He can lovingly guide us in this challenging time. 
While we know that sending HOPE IN A BOX to someone special cannot replace faith in God or daily prayer with our Lord, we do pray that receiving HOPE IN A BOX and using our products daily might help your someone special stay strong in faith or find faith that has been lost or misplaced. 

H.O.P.E. has so many products that I know you will find the perfect box for a loved one.  I have several friends that have been battling cancer, I know that they would love to receive items from here, as they have depended on their FAITH to get them through these challenges they face.  

They have classic coffee mugs for the hot beverage fan in your life.  
They also have beverage tumblers if that is more your style.  

The great thing with H.O.P.E. in a box is that you can order a box with a certain theme: 
Teen Boy, Christian Man, List Maker (those are some that are in the $25 price range.)
Relaxation, Mom, Road Trip (those are a few from the $25-$50 price range.)

If you are not wanting to go with a themed box, you are more than welcome to look and purchase the items individually.  Tell me though, would you not smile and be thankful if you opened your mailbox and saw a package like this waiting on you?  
A much needed piece of mail! 

I know quite a few people that will be wanting the contents of my HOPE in a box!

You can tell that the person that packs your package cares for their work, Each item was carefully placed inside and shown care.  I loved the packaging!  

While I knew I was going to get this for review, it was much a much needed package.  I admit, I do get busy from time to time and it is a nice reminder to slow down and pray, not only for the bad, but praises too!  From hats and t-shirts (what a great way to not only remind yourself, but also to witness to others!) They also have keychains, jewelry, greeting cards, notepads and more!   Like I said, a little something for everyone!  Head on over and see who you can mark off your Christmas list.  (Side note, this would be a great "thinking of you gift"  you don't have to send it just at Christmas!)   

“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted in prayer.” – Romans 12:12


Between Vinings and Marietta, Plenty to do and you can #SHOPLOCAL

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The Thanksgiving Break has started out being pretty busy for us, but I have enjoyed it.  It has reminded me of things local to us that I never really think about.  We had two different invitations this weekend that would be great for the lover of shopping.  No, that is not my mom, but I know many who do girls trips with their moms and other females closer to the holidays. I want to share with you the two trips we enjoyed.  

Up first, we had an invitation to go to Winter Wonderland on the Marietta Square to check out the Ice Skating Rink that has been set up.  Let me start by saying that Marietta Square is an awesome place, but we rarely go, since the few times we have been parking was crazy.  I found out that after 5 (and all weekend) parking is FREE in the parking deck!  Mental note... go back again. It also is nice to mention that it really is great to stroll around once the sun goes down, you really do get the feeling of the holidays!  At least we did the other night!  
First time EVER Ice Skating. He said " I thought I was gonna die!" but he loved it and wants to go back again! 

Enjoying a made to order Ice Cream Sandwich at Sarah Jeans.  AMAZING!
(Watching the train go around the top of the store was a great treat as well!) 

There are so many great places to shop at the square.  We were treated to a little adventure to pop into a few places on our journey.  Some of the places that we stopped in to check out include: The Local Exchange, The Corner Shop, Marina Marina, Double Take Cafe, Marietta Wine Market, Doodlebugz, Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar, Piastra, Options Designs, Square Threads, Lenny's Hair Salon, and Sarah Jeans Ice Cream.

If you are looking for a one of a kind, made local item, make sure to check out all the places on the square.  I would love to make a day out of it... The food we sampled at Double Take Cafe already has me wanting to go try lunch out... then hit up a few places here and there to shop, stop at Tiny Bublles Tea Bar (really, have never heard of such a thing, but with around 50 loose leaf tea's I am pretty sure you will find something you like!)  Finish it up with Ice Cream at Sarah Jeans.  Don't worry about all the calories, between Ice Skating in the middle of the park and walking around checking out all the stores, I think you will earn those treats!!!   There is so much to see and do, but don't stop coming once the holidays are over, there seems to be events going on all the time on the Square!  If you like Wine, The Marietta Wine Market has wine tastings and even craft beer tasting events, call them for more information!  

The other shopping event took us to Vinings.  There is an area there called Vinings Jubilee.  They have several shops and restaurants to enjoy, but the store we went to was called Beehive.  It is a Pop-Up-Shop filled with great one of a kind items from local artists.  
I was really impressed. They have all sorts of products.  Looking for jewelry?  Check!  Cute kids clothes? Check!  Chocolate Covered Potato Chips? Check! Bookmarks, decor and more... Check! The best part was although they have many items available to purchase, it is NOT cluttered. You don't feel like it is chaotic.  Very nice flow and the layout is crisp and clean. 

Looking for edible items?  They have that!  

One of a kind jewelry can be found here! 

They also carry items such as magnets, buttons, and even pocket mirrors!  

Besides having many great products to choose from, I loved that they had these wooden blocks that had "MEET THE ARTIST" on it. It included their name, some information and even a picture of them.  In the past, you have seen just the information, but adding their photo made it feel a bit more personalized, at least to me.

Just a reminder... This upcoming Saturday,  November 28 is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.  
Maybe you want to visit a few of these places and enjoy. 

Marietta Square - 
87 N Park Sq NE
Marietta, GA 30060

Beehive Atlanta Vinings - 
4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE Ste 500
 Atlanta, GA 30339

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