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Gift Guide Roundup 2014

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Family Tradition -
Ornaments with Love  World Vision (Gifts that Give)

Thinking Outside the Box -
SkyZone
College Football Hall of Fame Medieval Times 
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DVD -   Paw Patrol Beethoven Music Collections  (Motown / Midnight Special)
Comedy Collection  (Carol Burnett, Mama's Family, Dean Martin)  China Beach Complete Series  Ninja Turtles Season One  Santa's Magic Toy Bag  PBS Kids Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood  How to Train Your Dragon 2 Jingle All the Way 2 
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Kids Music -  Kidz Bop Kid CD's

Henry HuggleMonster from @DisneyReads

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Every now and then we spot a new show on TV and stop to check it out.  That was what recently happened when we spotted Henry Hugglemonster on Disney Junior.  Broxton and I though it was a cute and entertaining show, with adorable little monsters.  He is a bit too old for this show now, but it was still cute to watch and learn about a new character.  I thought it was great to introduce a cute and friendly monster to get kids to realize that monsters are nothing to be afraid of.  These two cute books both come with stickers, so you know that is an added bonus for any kids!  
I would totally get the Welcome to Roarsville first though.  It gives a tour of the town and has several words to help identify the things in the book.  Think site words type- like i…

Alert! Stocking Stuffer Alert! @InRoadToys

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Filling stockings are always a toughie for me... I like fun things in them, but not candy.  At Broxton's school they are each to bring in enough items for the kids in the class and it can be anything from pencils to erasers, candy to trinkets or toys... Whatever they want to bring... That got me to thinking about what would be fun stuff to add to Broxton's stocking at the house...   (I would not mind jewelry in mine, but don't think Santa is buying for me this year! Ha! Ha! Ha!)  I noticed something he has been playing with way more than normal lately and then it hit me... This would be an AWESOME stocking stuffer for someone!   
FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Have you heard of InRoad Toys?  They make a play tape that is so much fun and it is a…

Feeling Chic? Need a bit of help?

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If you are looking for a book to give this year, you might be interested in At Home With Madame Chic.  This book is a book about "becoming a connoisseur of daily life." I have tried reading it, but to be honest, I have had a hard time getting in to it. I am more into fiction these days and this just does not flow like that.  This book is broken down into sections and each section has a great deal of information.  From cleaning schedules to chic houseplants, making your workplace chic to enjoying afternoon tea. (There is even a breakdown of tea for you to figure out what might be best for you!)
I know once I am in the mood, I will enjoy this - you don't have to sit and read it all at once, just leisurely flip t…

Dinner and a Show? #MakingMemories @MedievalTimes

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If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, you need to check to see if there is a Medieval Times near you. We have been to them a few times and it is always a night to remember!  As I was trying to come up with a few "outside the box" gift idea's this year, it hit me!  Medieval Times would be AWESOME!  Not only do you get dinner... but you get a show to remember!  
I contacted Medieval Times to see if we might be able to work together (they said yes!) and now I get to share our latest trip with you!   For us, we went to the Atlanta, Georgia location.  It is located at one of our malls and when you pull up, you know you have made it!  They have the outside near their location resemble a giant castle!
We w…

Travel the World with the Children's Activity Atlas

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Not sure about your budget, but around here, we can not go jet setting all over the world.  Don't get me wrong, we would LOVE to do so, but it just isn't going to happen any time soon.  Broxton tells me that he wants to go to England to visit his Uncle, then he says he wants to go here, there and every where else...  but that just isn't going to work.  What do we do instead?  We look online and check out photos and read about the different places... but now we can do something even more fun!   We received a Children's Activity Atlas for review and let me tell you... this joker is just what we needed!   This book is a hard back book that is filled with fun things inside.
Your book comes with a passport for you …

The Healthy Baby Butter #Lavanila

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Pampering is not just for your baby.  Not to mention that your "baby" doesn't stop being your baby when it reaches a certain age.  Even though Broxton is now 5, I still baby his skin as if he was a newborn.  I see nothing wrong with that and I love how his skin feels!  
We were sent The Healthy Baby Butter from Lavanila and it has been awesome putting it on Broxton and not having him freak out that it burns his skin (eczema) or that it is too cold / hot or whatever issue he wants the lotion to have.  We have used it numerous times and each time he greets it with a smile and that is what a mama wants.  This is one of the lotions he uses after bath time.  I will comment on the fact that I do wish it had a stronger scent... I know most people…

Classic Toy Crazes #JingleInsiders

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FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Since I just shared how we watched the movie, Jingle All the Way 2 the other day, I wanted to share with you a couple commercials of other toys that were big hits.  (In Jingle All the Way 2, they are on the news talking about a bear that is "the toy of the season"  remember what the toy was back when you were younger????? )  

For my age, it was all about the Cabbage Patch Dolls!   I had a couple of them and even got to go to "Babyland General Hospital" where they are "born."



After my toy days were over, the hit was Tickle Me Elmo.  I don't remember any family needing this one, but I do remember hearing all about the way people were going crazy trying to get it...  One of my moms friends was d…

Cookies, Hot Chocolate and Jingle All the Way 2 #JingleInsiders

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Our house has been hit with the sickies!  It started off that Broxton had a runny nose.  No big deal... Then, I got sick...  I got over mine, but then Broxton came home sick again.  (After a trip to the doctor, because I could have sworn it was the flu, we learned he just has a nasty cough and needs rest, fluids, snuggles, and over the counter medicine.)   This past weekend, we were sent a goodie box full of excitement to totally get us in the Christmas mood and although we weren't feeling great health wise, we totally had huge smiles on our faces as we opened our wonderful treat box!    If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that we treated our neighbors to gift bags with Jingle All the Way 2 treats!   Wonder …

Looking for a Movie tonight? How to Train Your Dragon 2 - #HTTYD2

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FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.
I know I shared that we saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 for movie night not too long ago, but I wanted to come back to it again for a minute... I know people are trying to get last minute gift ideas together and what better than a movie night with the family?  I have to say, Broxton wasn't huge into the first one, but for some reason, he really took to this one and was totally in it from the start...  He has even asked to watch it a few more times…

Sing Along With Frozen (Storybook) @DisneyReads

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I know that Frozen is still a popular theme right now and I have a book that you must get to go under your tree this year!   It is the Frozen Sing Along Storybook!  This is a hardback book that has perfect illustrations of the story and at the end you get a special treat!   You get the lyrics to 3 of the popular frozen songs!  The songs they included?   Let It Go - Do You Want To Build a Snowman - For the First Time in Forever.  Broxton laughs when I try singing for him, but hey... I love it, so he enjoys it!   They even include a CD with the instrumental versions of the songs!   Perfect for Karaoke night!
This is sure to be a hit this year, so make sure you grab a copy now !   Frozen Sing Along Storybook  This book is written f…

Preschool Gift Sets from PBS @PBSKIDS #MakingMyList

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If you are looking for a great gift for the preschool age, look no further!  S has always been a channel we have loved and I am quite sure it saved me a bit of sanity from time to time!   From Sid the Science Kid to Caillou, Daniel Tiger to Dinosaur Train... There was always something Broxton could watch and I was always confident it was a great show for him!  
Just in time for Christmas, PBS has released a couple gift sets to make gift giving even easier for you! Check it out!   Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures in which Caillou can play “make-believ…

Stocking Stuffer Idea - Daniel Tigers Neighborhood #MakingMyList

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When I was young, I went to a day care.  I remember that every day, they would get us ready for when our parents would pick us up.  We would all sit and watch a couple kid friendly shows, they would wash our hands and face (day care was rough... we played all the time OUTSIDE!)  fix our hair and then we would go home...   One of the shows we watched?  Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
I loved it as a kid and when I saw that they had sort of "remade" Mister Rogers show, I was THRILLED!!!!   Granted, it is geared for the preschool age, but every now and then I still catch Broxton watching it.  
The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The show I am talking about?  Daniel Tigers Neighborhood!
This cartoon show follows Daniel Tiger, son of Daniel Striped Tiger from Mister Rogers Neighborhood. …

Need a Stocking Stuffer? Try out @CapriClear

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There is no point in trying to hide the fact that I know nothing about how eczema feels... All I know is that when Broxton starts to have a flare up, it is painful to see it on him... and with some lotions / potions, it makes him cry and yell that it is burning him.  I have no clue, so I just try to see what works the best for him.  During the summer, it isn't really that bad anymore, but I do notice that I lotion him up all the time...   I try to do so in the winter too, but he is so busy all the time, that he doesn't want to slow down to let me try and prevent it.  We were recently sent a new (to us) product to try and it has been a hit around here!   It is CapriClear and it is a coconut oil.  I love it because I don't notice any scent...…