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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)

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

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)

Enjoy Your Christmas Morning with The “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Yule Log” on the HUB Network

Enjoy Your Christmas Morning with The “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Yule Log” on the HUB Network

Christmas morning is a special time. Ok, it is special, but let’s be real for a second. Chances are, you are awoken by your excited, squealing children pouncing on you at 6am (if you’re lucky) yelling “He came, Santa came!!” They practically pull you out of bed and drag you down the stairs to see what the big guy put under the tree. Then the chaos ensues. Wouldn’t it be nice to slow things down … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Christmas, entertainment, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, Seasonal, Toddlers

Big Disney App Review!!

Big Disney App Review!!

Just in time for Christmas, I have a BIG app review here for you for three new Disney apps: Doc McStuffins Moving with Doc HD, Mickey Mouse Mash-Up and Frozen: Storybook Deluxe. There’s a huge holiday sale going on right now on Disney apps for up to 75% off for a limited time on Disneystories.com . Doc McStuffins Moving with Doc HD:  This app is all about moving and getting healthy with the help of Doc … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, Computer, Educational, entertainment, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal

Sweater Yourself This Holiday Season!

If you aren’t hosting your own holiday sweater party, I bet you’re going to at least one this season! We are a week away from Christmas and time is running short to get your paws on a great festive holiday sweater (remember, the more bling and blinking lights, the better). Through the Ad Council’s campaign with Goodwill® they have developed a new, interactive tool that helps you have fun with seasonal clothing and reminds your friends of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Charity, Christmas, Computer, Costumes, Fashion, Featured Store, Play, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Host a Festive Holiday Sweater Party with Goodwill!

  I swear the days go by faster and faster every year. Here we are, in the midst of the 2013 holiday season and where did the year go? A fun way to commemorate holidays past is to host, yep, you guessed it, a holiday sweater party! If you don’t have anything to wear, take this Festive Holiday Sweater Quiz: http://bit.ly/SweaterQuiz and head to your local Goodwill via our store locator at www.goodwill.org to find a holiday sweater that suits … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Charity, Christmas, Entertaining, entertainment, Fashion, Parties, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

For the Harry Potter Fan on Your Holiday List

For the Harry Potter Fan on Your Holiday List

Harry Potter fans are diehards. I would know… I am one of them!  Every time the movies are on TV I will get sucked in and watch them, even though I have seen them a million times (and no I am not exaggerating!) If you have a Harry Potter fan on your Christmas list this year, you are in luck. Joseph Nogucci just released their signature Patronus Charmballa bracelet!   The Patronus Charmballa bracelet is a part of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories (Adult), Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Christmas, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Jewelry, Kids Gifts, Mommy Gifts, Seasonal

All I Want for Christmas is Joseph Nogucci

All I Want for Christmas is Joseph Nogucci

Ok Santa, I am going to make it SO easy for you this year.  I am going to do your homework for you and give you a list of my top 5 favorites from Joseph Nogucci. With links to each item. See, I have been a good girl this year :) 1. DreamCatcher Earrings & Earrings Gift Set– A sparkly and matching bracelet and earrings set? It does the fashion for me! Done and done.   2. Pink … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories (Adult), Christmas, Fashion, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Jewelry, Mommy Gifts, Seasonal