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*New Toyfinder App BabyLOVE makes Holiday Shopping Easy

*New Toyfinder App BabyLOVE makes Holiday Shopping Easy

If you can believe it, there are only 69 days left until Christmas and 52 days until Hanukkah. The clock is ticking and, even though I LOOOOOVE to shop, I’m getting a bit anxious on what on earth I’m going to get my son, nephews, nieces, neighbors, you name it. Every time you turn on the TV, some new commercial comes on promoting some toy that your kid instantly wants. Every web site has a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Baby Gifts, Baptism Gifts, Birthday Gifts, Chanukah, Christmas, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Services, Tech, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

How Much Do You Know About Recycling Bathroom Products?

We try to be good about recycling in my home- my eldest even commissioned himself captain of recycling around the house.  That’s right, he gets to be in charge (with mom’s supervision).  He’s pretty good at it, and likes learning how he can recycle and what can be recycled.  It keeps us on our toes, and he doesn’t miss a beat. A lot of people don’t recycle their bathroom products. Maybe they don’t know which items can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Earth Day

Design a Free Printable Valentine from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

  Want to spread the love this month? ! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s easy to spread the love — one heart at a time — with a free printable Valentine. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) created a Valentine’s Day card printable and adorable how-to video to get everyone in the loving spirit.   You can download the printable Valentine’s Day card here cmnh.co/valentine and watch the video below! “I Love You” from CMN Hospitals from CMN Hospitals on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Valentine's Day

Discover Unconditional Love this Valentine’s Day by Adopting a Shelter Pet

Discover Unconditional Love this Valentine’s Day by Adopting a Shelter Pet

  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while most people think of candy, cards, flowers and dinners out, Bellamy Young thinks about the dogs and cats that are in your local shelter, waiting to find their furever family and home. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted from shelter and rescue groups, but 2.4 million healthy and treatable pets still need our help to find a home each year. The Shelter Pet Project, a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, Pets, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

Monster 500 Racing is Ideal for a Scary Good Time

Monster 500 Racing is Ideal for a Scary Good Time

Haha bad pun but I couldn’t help myself!  My boys are starting to get into scary, weird and gross things. Normal boy stuff, in other words. So when we were sent Monster 500 Racers, the timing could not have been better. I contemplated saving these for Christmas, but I decided a little treat for them would be nice. The Monster 500 is a team of creepy, ghouly, downright gross and strange characters! Kids can collect each … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Chanukah, Christmas, Kindergartners, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, Seasonal, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

    As we enter the throes of the holiday season, gifts are on our minds. Pets are #1 on many children’s holiday wish lists, so imagine if you could give them the gift of a pet, while saving a pet’s life? December 2nd is the fifth annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, a special day to bring awareness to all of the shelter animals who are so patiently waiting for their furever family to come along and adopt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Pets, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Food Safe Families Wants You to Have a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving  

Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table. There are many commonly held practices when it comes to cooking the big bird that are actually harmful and can cause food poisoning; not how anyone wants to spend their holiday! The Food Safe Families campaign (from the USDA and the Ad Council) wants to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Below are the top five Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the facts listed after the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!   Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Parties, Seasonal, Thanksgiving

Support Our Vets this Veterans Day with OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

Support Our Vets this Veterans Day with OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BAND-AID® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” National holidays that honor our veterans and military will always be special to me because two men in my life that I love so dearly, my husband and my father, both proudly served our country in the military. My husband (who I met … Read entire article »

Filed under: Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Veterans Day

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Educational, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Will You Show Some #ShelterPetLove for Adopt-A-Dog Month?

Will You Show Some #ShelterPetLove for Adopt-A-Dog Month?

Of all the dogs in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home. Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year. The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund® and the Ad Council, hopes to encourage these prospective pet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Halloween, Socially Conscious